Chapter 26:

Volume 2, Chapter 5-1: Felicity Goes Crazy

Heroes of the Past

Winter Break 2016 Week 1 SaturdayBookmark here

I looked down, seeing white sheets covering me, and Yuka sitting nearby. She noticed my movement, closing her book.Bookmark here

“Oh, you’re awake, Yuki,” she declared.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I still feel like crap though. What time is it?” I asked.Bookmark here

“It just turned 12 a few minutes ago,” Yuka answered.Bookmark here

“I haven’t been out for a long time then,” I said, relieved.Bookmark here

“No, have some water,” Yuka said, handing me a glass of water.Bookmark here

I nodded at her words, drinking the glass of water in two gulps. It felt pretty nice, I had to admit. Throwing the white blanket off, I yawned, looking around the dark room. The only light source was from the open door.Bookmark here

“I’m guessing this is the second floor,” I said.Bookmark here

“Tai helped me carry you up here. You were muttering things, as we brought you up here,” Yuka revealed.Bookmark here

“Huh? I don’t remember that at all. What did I say?” I asked, curious.Bookmark here

“Something about Ichizen. I couldn’t quite hear it clearly. Looks like you miss him, huh?” Yuka replied.Bookmark here

“Of course I would. He was a good friend, even if he did make me angry most of the time. I feel responsible for his death,” I said.Bookmark here

Shoot, did I reveal too much? No, Yuka wouldn’t question the phrase. At least I hope she wouldn’t.Bookmark here

“You shouldn’t though, Yuki. Ichizen did what he did best, finding adventure, so I think he was happy in the end,” Yuka assured me.Bookmark here

But was he though? There was no doubt in my mind Ichizen found the adventure he seeked. Yet, was he content with the ending? He could have been in my place right now. Ichizen would love this right now.Bookmark here

I balled my right hand into a fist, frustrated with the outcome. He should still be alive. I would just have to keep going on with this hero thing to figure out what really happened. Tess and the others hid secrets. That I knew for sure.Bookmark here

“Yuki, Yuki! Hey, snap out of it,” Yuka said, looking at me.Bookmark here

“Sorry, I was just thinking about a few things. What did you say again?” I asked.Bookmark here

“It looks like you’re fine now. Let’s head back downstairs and get you some more water,” Yuka replied.Bookmark here

I nodded and walked downstairs together with Yuka. At least my head didn’t hurt as much anymore. I saw Tess holding a plate of food when we passed by the living room. She noticed me and gave me a wave.Bookmark here

“Tess, you okay?” I asked, looking at her.Bookmark here

“Of course. I just took a quick nap,” she answered.Bookmark here

“Really? You had a lot to drink. Are you sure?” I asked one more time.Bookmark here

“I’m fine. How about you, Tomo? I heard from Tai that he carried you up,” Tess answered, placing a piece of steak into her mouth.Bookmark here

“Uh yeah, I’m doing okay. Where’s Felicity?” I asked, looking around the room.Bookmark here

“I don’t know. I woke up half an hour ago and just went to get food. She might be upstairs tending to people,” Tess replied.Bookmark here

“I think I did see her there,” Yuka confirmed.Bookmark here

“Tomo, if you see Feng again, tell her that I’m ready for another round if she’s willing,” Tess said.Bookmark here

Really? I mean, Tess did look fine now. What was up with these people? I nodded in agreement and walked towards the dining room to get a bottle of water. Yuka and I stared at the empty box.Bookmark here

“It’s all gone,” Yuka said.Bookmark here

“I have a pretty good idea of what happened to it,” I muttered, recalling Zhuyu and Shan standing near the box earlier in the night.Bookmark here

“Well I’ll just go to the kitchen again. You want to wait here?” Yuka asked.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I’ll just sit down here,” I replied.Bookmark here

Taking a seat, I saw Shui and Kristoph at the opposite end of the table. Seven opened water bottles were on the table. Six were near empty and the last one was still half full. And of course Zhuyu and Shan were here. Kristoph had his head on the table, probably sleeping. Shui was pretty alert for someone who downed so many shots. Or so I thought.Bookmark here

“I told you I’m fine, Long. In fact, I can get another shot,” Shui said, reaching out for an empty shot glass on the table.Bookmark here

“Yeah, yeah. You’re okay, man,” Zhuyu nodded.Bookmark here

“Hey, I just remembered something. I have homework to do,” Kristoph exclaimed, his head shooting up from the table.Bookmark here

“No you don’t, it’s winter break already,” Shan denied him, pushing him back down.Bookmark here

Kristoph looked at Shan with a confused look. It then turned to one of joy and he put his head back on the table again. People were just falling left and right. At least Zhuyu and Shan still appeared competent.Bookmark here

“Yuki, I’m back,” Yuka said.Bookmark here

She handed me another glass of water. I drank it and felt better. Okay, what should I do now? I certainly did not want to witness another Tess versus Kyoi drink off. That was what landed me in a bed. I guess I should be of some use and help out Felicity on the second floor.Bookmark here

“Yuka, I’m going to go upstairs and help out Felicity. I don’t see what else I can do at the moment,” I decided.Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll stay here and read my book,” Yuka said.Bookmark here

I saw Ichaival and a tall Filipino man playing guitar in the living room. Oh, he had that kind of interest? He looked pretty happy doing it too. There were a few people gathered around them, listening.Bookmark here

Finally arriving upstairs, I walked around. It was huge, just as big as the first floor. I might actually be lost. Stumbling around, I ran into a familiar face.Bookmark here

“Yuki, are you already feeling better?” Memoria asked.Bookmark here

“Yeah, pretty much. Where’s your sister?” I replied.Bookmark here

“She should be around here somewhere. How do you like the party so far?” Memoria asked.Bookmark here

“It’s been pretty fun and scary,” I answered.Bookmark here

“Oh, what do you mean by scary?” she asked, moving closer to me with curious eyes.Bookmark here

“Tess is pretty scary and Kyoi too,” I replied.Bookmark here

“Oh, those two. Hmm, I think you’ll enjoy this. Follow me,” Memoria said, walking away.Bookmark here

With nothing better to do, I followed Memoria. We arrived at a sliding door and Memoria pulled it open. Inside, I saw Felicity with a few other people inside. Ko was there too, an animated expression on her face. She made some strange noise effects to emphasize her points.Bookmark here

“Enjoy, Yuki. Please keep them company just long enough so they’re done talking. Felicity is in no condition to take care of anyone right now,” Memoria said and then with a bang closed the door.Bookmark here

Wait a minute, what was going on? I tried opening the door but found it locked. Damn you, Memoira. You did this on purpose. Before I could even think about a way of escaping, someone grabbed me.Bookmark here

“Yu~ki! You’re finally here!” Felicity said.Bookmark here

I shuddered at the sound of Felicity’s voice. This was not going to end well. Resigned to my fate, I took a seat willingly. Tess sat next to me, eating some fried noodles this time. Wait, Tess? I didn’t see her when I first arrived in the room. You know what, screw it. Whatever. At this point, I didn’t really care anymore.Bookmark here

“Yu~ki. Here have a drink. Loosen up so we can talk,” Felicity insisted, pushing a glass of whiskey toward me.Bookmark here

“Uh, Felicity, you sure you’re okay?” I asked, already knowing her answer.Bookmark here

“I feel excellent. Absolutely fabulous,” Felicity replied.Bookmark here

“No, she’s pretty riggity rekt. I don’t even know how to save her,” Ko whispered to me.Bookmark here

“And you aren’t?” I asked.Bookmark here

“No, I’m pretty riggity rekt. Felicity keeps pouring us drinks so I can’t help it. So like I said before, I might not remember anything I say. Just know I mean no harm,” Ko admitted.Bookmark here

“Yu~ki! Let’s talk about something fun! I know, let’s talk about the boys . I mean, you’re hanging out with them more, right? So tell me what you think of them,” Felicity asked.Bookmark here

“Uh, I don’t know. If anything, I’m with Tess more than them,” I replied, not liking the direction of this conversation.Bookmark here

“Fine. I’ll talk about them then. Maybe that will loosen up your lips a little!” Felicity shouted out.Bookmark here

“Not good, ” Tess muttered.Bookmark here

“Tess, do something,” I hissed.Bookmark here

“Tomo, please calm down. Let Fel talk,” Tess said, sipping her drink.Bookmark here

“I just heard you say `not good’. Do something or else we’ll have to listen to her talk about things which may get out of hand,” I demanded.Bookmark here

“Tomo, it’s alright. We’ll get through this together,” Tess promised, nodding with a serious face.Bookmark here

“The hell we will,” I muttered.Bookmark here

“Yu~ki! You know what I don’t like. It’s something that bothers me about the boys,” Felicity asked, looking over at me.Bookmark here

“Whatever do you mean?” I replied, hoping Memoria would come back soon.Bookmark here

“They have so much talent but don’t even put in effort. Jin is a genius but his effort is so bad. He could do so much more but he doesn’t. Shan too. I know because I had class with him once. He’s smart but what does he do? Nothing, I hate it. So much wasted potential,” Felicity ranted pounding the table several times with her left hand.Bookmark here

“Hey, don’t talk about them like that. Let them do what they want!” Ko disagreed.Bookmark here

“Oh, you just shut up, Ko! Like you know anything about them. Nobody wants to be near a weirdo like you. It’s probably out of pity they are even friends with you!” Felicity countered.Bookmark here

Crap, crap, crap. This was getting out of hand. Much more so than Tess and Kyoi. This was different. Malicious intent and emotions were being thrown out here. Tess with her ordinary indifferent expression watched without a word.Bookmark here

“What about Zhuyu then?” a girl near Felicity asked.Bookmark here

“Oh, he’s better than the other two sort of. He tries but there’s something about him that’s still off. He shouldn’t spend so much time watching anime. He’s just as bad as Jin or Shan,” Felicity revealed.Bookmark here

Ko said nothing in response, probably knowing the volatile situation in the room. However, I could tell she wanted to say something. Damn it. Why was I stuck here?Bookmark here

“And then there’s Kyoi. She thinks she’s so good. Pff, I could take her on in a fight if I wanted to. Thinking she’s the best just because she taught Long something. I could be better than her if I wanted,” Felicity said with bitterness.Bookmark here

Damn, If Kyoi were here, she would no doubt destroy Felicity. I sighed and drank the whiskey, hoping the conversation would eventually end.Bookmark here

“Screw Kyoi. Right, Tess?” Felicity directed her glance over at Tess.Bookmark here

“Fel, she’s right here,” Tess revealed.Bookmark here

What! My eyes frantically moved around searching for any other place than here.Bookmark here

“Well, Felicity, I never thought you had such strong opinions of me. It appears I have much to learn then,” Kyoi said, her voice calm but her eyes filled with deadly intent.Bookmark here

“Oh, if it isn’t Miss High and Mighty herself. I figured you would still be in the bar resting after challenging Tess,” Felicity said, the tone of her voice clear that she was not backing off from this fight.Bookmark here

“Fel, you should..,” Tess began but then stopped.Bookmark here

I scooted my chair away from the table, placing distance between the two. I grabbed the cup of whiskey too. I would need some assistance to survive the upcoming carnage.Bookmark here

“Tess, stay out of this. It’s between the two of us. No interference, okay?” Felicity requested.Bookmark here

“If you wish,” Tess replied.Bookmark here

I sneaked over to the door and tried it. Damn, no luck. It was still locked. Memoria, please get back here soon. I might die because your sister is a crazy drunk who talks too much. Might as well watch how it unfolded since there was no escape.Bookmark here

“What makes you think that you can just go around teaching people things, Kyoi? Do you really think you’re that smart? I bet if we had a test right now, I could get a better score than you,” Felicity challenged.Bookmark here

“Felicity I believe you may have the wrong opinion of me. Ko, what are you thoughts on Felicity’s behavior right now?” Kyoi asked, looking over at her.Bookmark here

No, don’t answer. I could see the number of possible casualties rising. I sipped my whisky as the two women stared each other down.Bookmark here

“If we’re going to be honest here since none of us will remember this, Felicity, you crazy,” Ko revealed.Bookmark here

“What did you just say Ko? I thought you were on my side!” Felicity shouted in a loud voice.Bookmark here

“Not when you’re a crazy drunk, I’m not,” Ko muttered.Bookmark here

“Fine Ko! Fine, it’s not as if you’re my best friend or anything. Tess, help me out here!” Felicity demanded.Bookmark here

“I do have tests available right now actually. If you truly want to test out your theory,” Tess answered.Bookmark here

Savior! I could see the light now. Yes, this would provide a good distraction and shut Felicity up. Felicity took a drink from the whiskey bottle and then nodded.Bookmark here

“Alright but we need an even playing field. Kyoi, drink this bottle so we’ll both be at the same level of intoxication,” Felicity demanded.Bookmark here

“Whatever you want,” Kyoi agreed.Bookmark here

Tess pulled out sheets of paper from underneath the desk and handed them to Kyoi and Felicity. Kyoi downed the entire bottle without effort and looked bored. Considering this was Kyoi, it probably was easy for her.Bookmark here

I pulled out my cellphone. Wait, why didn’t I do this before? I could have asked someone for help. I suffered through this for no reason. I had no bars in the room and it looked like the Internet was weak in here too. Damn it, my hopes had been dashed.Bookmark here

I finished my whiskey and watched the two women write on the papers. Ko stood next to me, holding her head.Bookmark here

“Uh, Ko? What’s up with Felicity? Is it just the alcohol or.. ?” I asked.Bookmark here

“Probably a little of both. Her personality isn’t exactly the best at times. But I mean Tess would know that the best,” Ko replied, taking off her glasses.Bookmark here

I heard the sound of a knock on the door. Yes, rescue was coming! Tess walked over to the door and nodded. She stepped back and then the door flung open. I rushed towards it, knowing this was the best possible chance for escape.Bookmark here

“Memoria told us to check in on you,” Ichaival said, noticing me dash.Bookmark here

“I’m going to pretend that you aren’t taking a test in here. Close the door, Darryl. We’ve done our job,” Shan said.Bookmark here

No, no, no! Damn you, Shan. You jerk, I’m not going to forget this. I clawed my way to the door but someone held me back. It was Felicity and her eyes weren’t the forgiving type. The door shut.Bookmark here

“Get back in here, Yuki. We’re not done yet,” Felicity said, making it clear that there was no leaving until she said so.Bookmark here

“Someone should be worrying about the test. Unless you’ve already admitted defeat,” Kyoi said nonchalantly, placing her pencil down.Bookmark here

“I assume you finished,” Tess said.Bookmark here

“Yes. Now we wait for Felicity,” Kyoi said, leaning back on her chair.Bookmark here

Twenty minutes passed and I drank two more cups of whiskey. Felicity left an entire bottle near the desk and I poured from there. The tension in the room had not subsided, in fact, it felt more dangerous than before.Bookmark here

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