Chapter 8:

Eight – White Box

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Think of a night, just an ordinary night. You left the lights of your room open then you fell asleep. Then you woke up with seeing nothing. There is a blackout. You can’t fall asleep again because it’s too dark and you can’t see anything at all. But after some time, the lights came back while being awake. Was it hard to see because it’s very bright?Bookmark here

Yes, it is.Bookmark here

It’s so bright that I can’t properly see after I opened my eyes. I kept winking and winking so that I can clearly see this mysterious room.Bookmark here

Finally, my vision has cleared.Bookmark here

“W-What in the…Bookmark here

White…Bookmark here

It’s all white… Does this mean this room is just a white room with four walls?Bookmark here

Now that I’m seeing this…Bookmark here

This room is unbelievably huge!”Bookmark here

I kept looking on my left and right, back and front, up and down to see if there is anything here except the lone door.Bookmark here

I’m seeing nothing but a room with immaculate white walls. There is not a speck of dirt or stains that I can see. It’s like the perfect laundry soap for cleaning white cloth that I saw in the commercials. But this is way beyond that!Bookmark here

“Seriously, this is the same size as a mansion. If only I can get the area of this room…Bookmark here

Hm?Bookmark here

I can’t see any light source, so where is the light coming from?”Bookmark here

I looked down to my feet but I can still see my shadow underneath. It should probably mean that the lights are from the ceiling, or the ceiling itself can be a huge light source for this. But I expected this to at least release heat, but there’s nothing.Bookmark here

“I should probably check the ceiling once my body heals completely.”Bookmark here

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I’ve been here for a solid twenty minutes. I wonder if thirty minutes here doesn’t take a minute in the outside.Bookmark here

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“Now then, what should I do now…?”Bookmark here

I grabbed the notebook and a pen in my bag and started writing about my first impressions in this place.Bookmark here

0827, year not to be defined.Bookmark here

I entered a very mysterious room and discovered that it’s only a plain white room. Nothing more, nothing less. My only companion here is this locked door. That’s it. All I can see is white walls.Bookmark here

I’ve spent 20 minutes in this room as I’m writing this. I wonder what time is it in the outside world. There are no gravitational changes yet.Bookmark here

I closed the notebook and grabbed a marker. It’s not an ordinary one. Its tip is the same size as my thumb.Bookmark here

I went to the nearest wall to me…Bookmark here

Just walking makes me feel tired because of how big this room is.Bookmark here

I reached out my arm as high as I can and wrote a vertical line that symbolizes my first day here and I will repeat this 729 more times until I leave this place after two years.Bookmark here

“What an idiot. I shouldn’t be thinking of getting out of here right now. Two years is a long time for me to spend here…Bookmark here

Wait, how should I take a bath?Bookmark here

I need to start a fire so I can cook. My food supply right now has protein and calcium. I need more vegetables.Bookmark here

But drinking milk is a must everyday for two years. I need to restore my bones to its former glory. I want to beat my vertical leap record.Bookmark here

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How would I take a dump here?”Bookmark here

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It’s a good thing they gave me a clock exclusively for this time-accelerated place. It’s been two hours since I entered, and I am getting really tired already.Bookmark here

1:30am, 0828.Bookmark here

“I really should sleep now.Bookmark here

Wait…Bookmark here

Can this clock set alarms?”Bookmark here

Another good thing is that the clock is a mobile terminal but I don’t have to worry of it running out of power since they said that while I’m here, it will continue functioning just like it’s an entity from this room.Bookmark here

“Ya~wn…Bookmark here

I need to prepare the sheets and get to sleep quickly. Fortunately, it’s a bit cold here but not chilly. I can use a blanket to get comforta-Bookmark here

Blanket…Bookmark here

Good grief. How can I wash my clothes without water and how can I sustain a drinking water for two years?!”Bookmark here

I guess I should sleep and think of those things after I woke up this morning. I won’t set an alarm so I can get a lovely sleep.Bookmark here

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No birds chirping.Bookmark here

No sounds of a noisy electric fan.Bookmark here

No dry smell of mornings.Bookmark here

No sun.Bookmark here

But it’s still cold.Bookmark here

10:43am, 0828.Bookmark here

Oh yeah, I’m not on the usual bed I used to sleep on. This is not my house.Bookmark here

How strange it is to be in a room without any windows. This is bad. I get to spend two years in this blank place without my skin touching the sunlight.Bookmark here

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"Was there a time that I wasn't exposed to the sun for a long time?"Bookmark here

My eyes aren’t completely open so I tried to blindly get my bag.Bookmark here

But I felt something cold: A metal tube.Bookmark here

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It’s a faucet.Bookmark here

“What the heck… Is this a joke…?Bookmark here

How in the world did a faucet suddenly popped up in a white wall in an unknown dimension?”Bookmark here

I twisted it to test if there is water or it’s just a joke.Bookmark here

*Sha―*Bookmark here

There is water. Seriously.Bookmark here

I hope it won’t break. I have no experience in plumbing.Bookmark here

“Oh, eggs. I need eggs.”Bookmark here

Every month, the door opens up so that I can get some things dropped off from the outside. But the catch is it’s just a one-time deal every time. Whenever the door opens up, I only have once chance. So the ways I have thought of are boxing the supplies and kick it in to the room while I’m at the midpoint room. Once I enter the midpoint room, I can only go there just one time. So I need to leave myself there whilst transporting items.Bookmark here

But today, the door opens up again for me to get more supplies. This will be tough.Bookmark here

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2 dozens of eggs, cracked. 3 dozens, safe.Bookmark here

5 kilograms of meat. Good grief, I don't have a refrigerator.Bookmark here

Vegetables, specially potatoes.Bookmark here

A handful of utensils.Bookmark here

Two sacks of rice.Bookmark here

One hundred pieces of axed logs.Bookmark here

“All check.Bookmark here

Hahh…Bookmark here

Hiro, Sean… Are you seriously making your patient do heavy work even when he just got his bones intact?”Bookmark here

Thankfully there is a cart for transporting things from midpoint room, and a rope to be tied to it so I can pull it back.Bookmark here

I guess I should also leave a note if I need something for next month.Bookmark here

“Snap, I need to prepare lunch. I’m hungry.”Bookmark here

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August 28, Monday.Bookmark here

I gathered some supplies from the midpoint room. It’s a little difficult knowing that I can only enter and exit once in a month.Bookmark here

Gravitational changes: None.Bookmark here

A faucet suddenly appeared after I woke up today and surprisingly, the water is drinkable. It’s like water from the river a thousand years ago.Bookmark here

As expected, I didn’t do well at cooking my lunch and dinner.Bookmark here

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0912, Day 17.Bookmark here

“Hahh…Bookmark here

Even though I’m alone in this plain room, I’m still doing schedules…”Bookmark here

I never thought that I would compare this accelerated room to our house.Bookmark here

It’s only been 17 days since I entered, but just thinking about the outside is really getting to me. I really miss the people I left behind to accomplish my dumbness.Bookmark here

It’s depressing to think that I have already spent 17 days here but this doesn’t even count as a day outside.Bookmark here

“713 more days, huh.”Bookmark here

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0926, Day 31.Bookmark here

There are still no changes in my surroundings.Bookmark here

The pain in my body lessened after 31 days. I’m now used on living with myself here, seeing no reflection of mine, but only my shadow underneath my feet.Bookmark here

I chose not to stain this place with things that is out of place so I started a new way of living for me: Minimalism.Bookmark here

I have no problems in space since I hardly even use the other corners of the room.Bookmark here

Tomorrow is the time where the door will open again.Bookmark here

I have survived a month in this unknown dimension.Bookmark here

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The next day.Bookmark here

“Ya~wn… Urk…Bookmark here

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Why is it harder to get up now?Bookmark here

What the… This isn’t my imagination. My body seriously feels heavy right now.”Bookmark here

No, it’s not because of laziness. I managed to get up but it’s like an idiot’s luck. Somehow, the blanket felt like it weighs double of its original weight.Bookmark here

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Oh great.Bookmark here

My body is starting to be affected. If not because of my proper recovery, I may never use my limbs ever again in my life.Bookmark here

I think the time finally came for that. Bookmark here

“The door shall open anytime soon…Bookmark here

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Who would’ve thought that I will still be alive after a month trapped in this bright white box.Bookmark here

Two years.Bookmark here

Twenty-four months.Bookmark here

One hundred four weeks.Bookmark here

Seven hundred and thirty days.Bookmark here

One million, fifty-one thousand and two hundred minutes.Bookmark here

Sixty-three million and seventy-two thousand seconds…”Bookmark here

I’ve been doing nothing for the past month and now I’m just lying on this pure white floor muttering words that I shouldn’t even say out loud.Bookmark here

This weight is really something. I can feel the floor sucking down my whole body until I sink. It’s like I’m being squashed by thin air.Bookmark here

But regardless of that, I have never once forgotten to recall the people who were around me before that grotesque accident happened.Bookmark here

Seriously… I really missed them.Bookmark here

My family, my friends, acquaintances, and anyone who had a connection to me…Bookmark here

I really missed them.Bookmark here

It feels so lonely.Bookmark here

I haven’t talked to anyone but myself. I can’t say what I want to the people I wanted to commend. It’s very quiet. So quiet that it feels like I can’t hear anymore.Bookmark here

It’s lonely.Bookmark here

I’m so lonely.Bookmark here

I am alone.Bookmark here

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Finally the door opens up.Bookmark here

My legs are shaking as I am attempting to stand up and walk to the doorway. Just a few steps and I will be at the midpoint.Bookmark here

“Wah…”Bookmark here

Even if it’s subtle, I felt that it has gotten a little lighter. I guess it’s just a simple application of common sense on why does this happen in the midpoint room.Bookmark here

The middle room is not totally affected by the occurrences from here or from the outside world. If the door is open in my side, the time in the middle accelerates. If the door from the other side is open, then the time is just normal. Bookmark here

Simply putting it, this middle room adapts to its present surroundings. The door is like a barrier that doesn’t let the presence of the two dimensions meet. If that happens, it may just form a distortion that will heavily affect both of the dimensions.Bookmark here

Without that door, I’m probably turned into dust the moment I entered this room.Bookmark here

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0927, Day 32, Month 2.Bookmark here

The gravity finally changes.Bookmark here

In my estimate, it’s probably double the pressure of the gravity of the outside world.Bookmark here

If the acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s2 in the outside, I hypothesized that it is 19.6 m/s2 in this room.Bookmark here

But just so you know, I suck at physics so please don’t expect this to be correct. I'm only a (dropout) in my fourth year in junior high.Bookmark here

As expected, it has gotten harder to move, but I hope I can adapt to it after some time.Bookmark here

I shall expect that the force of gravity will increase every month. But the main problem is if it will be arithmetic or geometric.Bookmark here

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1015, Day 50, Month 2.Bookmark here

I finally got the hang of moving around in a chamber which doubles the gravity of the Earth.Bookmark here

It feels like it’s just the same force of the normal gravitational pull of the Earth. Adaptation is needed if you plan on staying here for a long time.Bookmark here

The condition of my body, on the contrary, has gotten better instead of getting worse. I can’t tell the details because I have no equipment to check myself up. Sorry about that, Hiro, Sean.Bookmark here

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1027, Day 62, Month 3.Bookmark here

Today, I turned 16, but with cruelty.Bookmark here

As expected, 2x gravity is a goner. But it feels a lot heavier than last month. That I can tell since training my body to adapt to the squashing force.Bookmark here

But this one has a lot more pulling force. I think I was right that the pull force is increasing geometrically. I would say this is 4x gravity.Bookmark here

Fortunately, my body is holding out better than last month. No skeletal malfunctions, as far as it is concerned.Bookmark here

To think that I will spend my whole sixteenth year here and turn seventeen in an isolated place, I will definitely feel very lonely. But this day is just an ordinary day. October 27 is just a day where I add up one year to my age. Nothing more, nothing less and no celebrations. I never celebrated this day since I was born.Bookmark here

This day is just a normal day.Bookmark here

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0215, Day 173, Month 5.Bookmark here

VOIDBookmark here

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For that day, that is the only written word on Gin’s journal. That word occupied one whole page of his notebook. It was not written with the usual rich black ink nor written with a pen. It was only written with one finger. The absolute white room where he is spending his two years…Bookmark here

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