It's only a few minutes before I awaken. I move into a sitting position, running my hand through my hair before remembering I don't have a hand on that arm anymore. It happens more often than I'd like.
I'm suddenly filled with vitality, almost anger, and I'm not sure why, as the girls- or, mostly girls around me each sit up, some more awake than others. The room is small, square, concrete on all sides. It's more like a prison than a room, as a matter of fact, and I wonder if it's intentional. I recognize the girls immediately after examining our little prison, and I snap to my senses.
I stand up, furious, but am suddenly quelled by the crackle of static and the noise of a speaker starting up.
A voice clears its throat. The voice. "YOU MAY ALL BE WONDERING JUST WHERE YOU ARE." It begins, deep, rumbling. I've heard it before somewhere, but I can't quite place it. "I UNDERSTAND YOU MAY BE CONFUSED AND AFRAID, ALL OF YOU. THERE ARE SEVEN OF YOU IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW, SOON TO BE SIX. YOU ARE THE LAST REMAINING SURVIVORS OF THE NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE; CONGRATULATIONS."
I already don't like this character, whoever he is. He sounds constantly angry over something, as if he despises even himself. I rub my arm anxiously, straightening my shirt, wanting it to get to the point so I can start chatting with the people I know so well and finding out just where we are.
"ONLY ONE OF YOU KNOWS ME PERSONALLY, BUT PERSONAL MATTERS MEAN NOTHING NOW. YOUR LIVES MEAN NOTHING NOW." It rambles on. "FOR I AM YOUR RULER. I AM YOUR LEADER; I AM THE PERSON WHO HAS GIVEN YOU LIFE, AND WHO SO SHALL TAKE IT AWAY. I AM GOD, AND YOU ARE BUT PEONS."
"Get to the point." I squint at the wall where the voice seems to be coming from. I am in no mood for listening to someone brag on and on. The voice is starting to sound more and more familiar, but I still don't know who it is If only I could remember where I was before this...
"AND NOW YOU ARE GOING TO SUFFER IN THE PLACE OF THE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE YOU LEFT BEHIND. CONGRATULATIONS, NATSUME, TAKASHI, SUZU, MOLLY, NAOMI, IKUNO, AND MIKI. YOU ARE THE ONLY HUMANS LEFT ALIVE."
I rub my stump anxiously, and grit my teeth. I know who the voice is now, and it takes me a moment to remember the name. But now I can place it, and now I'm confused.
Before I can address him, the door swings open, revealing a glowering, dark hallway. "TAKE THE FIRST FEW STEPS TOGETHER." The voice roars. "AND YOU WILL LEARN
JUST HOW MUCH
I HATE YOU."
And so it all begins anew. Thank you for reading.