Chapter 0:

One Shot

Birth Certificate

Satou adds to the accumulating number of cardboard boxes in his empty room.Bookmark here

"Phew. That should be all of it. I never knew how much stuff I had until I moved out. Well... I say moved out but I only moved into my parents' old house. Oh well. I'm finally living by myself so it counts. Adult life, here I come!"Bookmark here

He walks around surveying every corner.Bookmark here

"How long has it been? 19 years? Everything's so old. It looks like a haunted house," he scoffs as he comes across a worn down closet. "No wonder they couldn't sell it. but it's the perfect atmosphere for my next novel."Bookmark here

He carefully opens the closet door as to not accidentally break it. Slowly, a form of a human appears before him. A black-haired, teenage girl in a white one-piece dress is sitting inside, staring at him dumbfounded.Bookmark here

"What the hell?" he shockingly reacts.Bookmark here

The embarrassed girl starts screaming at the top of her lungs.Bookmark here

"Wh- Hey!" Satou yells back while covering his ears. "I'm the one who should be screaming! Who are you? What are you doing here?"Bookmark here

"Where am I?!"Bookmark here

"How are- Wait! You don't get to ask questions! You're the one who broke into my house!"Bookmark here

"Why would I break into your house?"Bookmark here

"Hell if I know!" Satou grunts. "This isn't going anywhere. So, who are you? Are you from around here?"Bookmark here

"I'm..." the girl is in deep thought.Bookmark here

"Oh!" Satou interrupts. "Are you an old tenant perhaps? Mom never mentioned anything about renting this place out before."Bookmark here

"Am I?"Bookmark here

"Listen here, you... I ask the questions. You give me answers. Got it?"Bookmark here

The girl ignores him completely and looks around the room.Bookmark here

"What is with this sad place?"Bookmark here

"As I said, it's my house. Thank you for your needless opinion. Could I ask you to leave now?"Bookmark here

"Why should I?"Bookmark here

"Look," Satou sighs getting tired of questioning her. "Can you just tell me who you are?"Bookmark here

"I'm... I don't remember."Bookmark here

"Excuse me?"Bookmark here

"I don't know."Bookmark here

"Alright. Playtime is over. I really need you to leave now or I'll call the cops." Satou grabs her by the arm... but his hand goes through her skin. "Eeep! A g-g-g-g-ghost?!" He jumps back in fright and falls on the floor.Bookmark here

"Ew!" the girl looks at her translucent arm with fear and disgust. "What is this?! Gross!"Bookmark here

"What in the loving hell-" Satou watches as she jumps outside of the closet and examines her body.Bookmark here

"I'm... a ghost?!"Bookmark here

"Are... Are you haunting me?!"Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

"You're not going to kill me, are you?"Bookmark here

"Why would I do that?"Bookmark here

"Because you're a ghost?" Satou answers with a question. "I don't even know what the hell is going on anymore!"Bookmark here

"You just keep saying hell. Hell this. Hell that. Are you a satanist?"Bookmark here

"It's just an expression!" Satou takes a better look at her ghostly body. "More importantly... I'm not dreaming, am I? This is so cool."Bookmark here

"What's so cool about it?! Why don't you be the ghost instead?"Bookmark here

"I would if I could."Bookmark here

The girl's eyebrow twitches. "... You really area a satanist. Gross."Bookmark here

"Did you die here?"Bookmark here

"I don't know."Bookmark here

"Are you bound to this house?"Bookmark here

"I don't know."Bookmark here

"Well, what do you know?"Bookmark here

"Nothing."Bookmark here

"Not even your name? How you died? Or when?"Bookmark here

"Nothing!" She seems frustrated for being asked the questions she wants answers to as well. "What do you want from me?!"Bookmark here

"I see. Oh well. I guess I'll be living with a ghost now, huh?"Bookmark here

"How can you be so calm about this?"Bookmark here

A mobile phone rings on a distant table.Bookmark here

"Hold on. I'll be back."Bookmark here

"Gross."Bookmark here

Satou runs to pick up his phone.Bookmark here

"Satou, dear," his mom speaks on the other line. "How are you?"Bookmark here

"Hey, mom. I'm..." he takes a peek at the girl touching her face and arms. "... good. Quick question. Did anyone live in this house after us?"Bookmark here

"Hm? No. It was empty. Why?"Bookmark here

"I thought so. Nothing. Just curious. What's up?"Bookmark here

"Just checking in on you. The small box marked Important is with you, right?"Bookmark here

Satou puts his hand on top of the box. "It is. Right here."Bookmark here

"Good. You should be responsible for your own documents now. Make sure everything is there. Your passport..."Bookmark here

Satou opens the box and picks up the passport. "Right here."Bookmark here

"Your birth certificate..." his mom continues.Bookmark here

"Right here," he picks up the piece of paper and skimmed through it. "Hm?"Bookmark here

"Your school credentials..."Bookmark here

"Hey, uh... Mom? I think there's a mistake," he interrupts.Bookmark here

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"In my birth certificate, the checkbox for Twin is ticked instead of Single."Bookmark here

"Oh," his mom's voice falls. "Mm."Bookmark here

"What do you mean 'Mm'? Don't we need to get this corrected?"Bookmark here

"No. That's not a mistake. I did give birth to twins."Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"I'm sorry I had to tell you this over the phone. We didn't mean to hide it from you. We just couldn't find the right time to bring it up."Bookmark here

"Wait, wait, wait. I have a twin? Where-"Bookmark here

"She died shortly after birth."Bookmark here

"S-She?" Satou gets even more confused.Bookmark here

"It was a girl. You were fraternal twins."Bookmark here

Satou slowly processes the information. "... I see."Bookmark here

"I'm sorry, dear."Bookmark here

"No, it's fine. I just..." he tries to come up with an excuse. "... need to clean up in here."Bookmark here

"Okay. Take care."Bookmark here

"By the way, did... Did she have a name?"Bookmark here

"Hm? Oh. We were going to name her Sachi."Bookmark here

"I see. Okay, I have to go. I'll call you later."Bookmark here

Satou hangs up the phone after they bid their goodbyes.Bookmark here

He turns around to see the girl who is checking the back of her dress. He walks closer to her but she doesn't seem to notice him.Bookmark here

"Sachi." Satou throws the name out like a roulette ball hoping it will fall into the right pocket.Bookmark here

"Yes?" She turns to him. "Huh? Sachi? Sachi! That's it! How did you know?"Bookmark here

"You've got to be kidding me..."Bookmark here

Ana Fowl

Birth Certificate

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