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Pet Girls are Slender

Genre: Horror (I made the graphic for fun, I don't want that to be judged)
Anime: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Word Count: 1998 words

Some comments: Man! This was a fun write. I wrote it all last night and edited it today. I had to cut about 500 words and it was very hard to do so, but I think it worked out great in the end. Thank you so much Contest-Hime for throwing another contest. We all appreciate what you do for Crunchyroll's community!

Optional Songs: In the story you are going to see a few of these stars: * and *. The gold star is the link to a song that you listen to as you're reading and then the black star means to stop the song. Then once you see another gold star, start the new song and repeat the process. You don't have to use them, but it can be fun to listen to them as you read.


*It is finally summer vacation. The time for relaxation and fun. Sorata Kanda, is sulking in a chair out on a porch facing the ocean in his swimsuit and tank top. His face is sour and he's gazing out to the sea. Nanami Aoyama walks out of the large cabin in her swimsuit while putting on some sunscreen on her arms. She looks at Sorata and gives a sigh.

“Stop whimpering in that chair and get to town and send in your report already! It’s your fault for forgetting Kanda-kun!”

“Please Aoyama, don’t rub it in.”

Sorata puts his face in his hands and starts to moan and mope, but suddenly Misaki Kamiigusa jumps out of a window and tackles Sorata.

“Kouahi-kun! Stop diddle dandling and get to town this instant! If you’re not back in time to play by 20:00 tonight then I’ll make sure you won’t be able to sleep when you get back!”

Misaki is sitting right on top of Sorta and he squeals in pain.

“I can’t believe this passed my mind. Now I have to write this report before midnight or I’m screwed!”

Misaki remains on top of Sorata and scolds him some more. Nanami laughs and looks over to see that Mashiro Shiina, Ryuunosuke Akasaka, Jin Mitaka, and Rita Ainsworth all step out of the cabin in their beach attire. She waves at them and they all walk over.

“Rita thanks again for getting this cabin for us.”

She smiles, “It’s no problem at all. I’m just glad that I can have some alone time with my precious Ryuunosuke, maybe he’ll propose to me this week.”

“I-idiot, don’t say strange things like that in front of everyone!”

Ryuunosuke blushes and turns away, Rita continues to tease him and Jin tries to break them up. Shiina walks over to Sorata who is still being abused by Misaki and crouches down and stares at him.

“Sorata. Please work fast so you can come home to me. I’ll be sad without you here.”

Sorata stops to hear the gentle voice above him. He stares into her big, beautiful eyes and glances at the ring on her finger. He smiles and raises his hand to her face.

“You got it. I’ll do my best and get back as soon as I can.”

Shiina gives a slight smile and Misaki releases Sorata, and he is finally able to get up.

“Don’t worry Kouhai-kun, I’ll take good care of your fiancé, so you can borrow one of the cars and try going to the coffee shop since they’ll have free internet there. Get that report submitted ASAP.”

Misaki hands him the keys and Sorata then grabs his bag with his computer. He opens the car door and says ‘goodbye’ to his friends.

Shiina comes over to the car and grabs his hand.

“I’ll be waiting for you, Sorata.”

The two kiss before Sorata enters the car and he drives away.

Sorata thinks to himself as he’s driving that he wished that the cabin had functional internet and better reception, but Sorata doesn’t mind the isolation. He believes it’ll be very relaxing being detached from society and to enjoy the company of his friends with no distractions.

“I wonder if Shiina and I this week will actually have s-“

He stops himself from finishing the sentence and yells at the top of his lungs.

“We can only do that when we’re married! I can’t force Shiina to do that… but if she asked me to I don’t think I’d object…” he fantasies for a few seconds, “NO! Sorata stop it!”

Sorata continues to argue with himself in the car as he drives to the town. *

Sorata parks the car and starts walking to the coffee shop. As he’s walking to the coffee shop he sees a stand run by an old woman in the corner of a small ally. Sorata is curious and walks over to it.

*He gets a better view of the old woman and is surprised by her appearance: she wears sunglasses, a black pilgrim-esque dress, and has a “43” tattoo on her neck. Sorata is spooked a bit by this woman, but he keeps looking at the stand. Apparently it is a seashell shop and there is tons of seashells laid on the front counter. He glances at the old woman hesitantly and then tries to leave.

“Young man, are you not interested in any of these shells?”

“I’m sorry obasan, but I’m in a bit of a hurry-“

“Wait! But look at this shell right here! It’s a hermit crab shell and it’s completely white.”

Sorata wants to leave, but is pulled in by the old woman’s words. He walks back over and she hands him the shell and just as she said, it’s completely white.

“They say that the color white represents purity and innocence. It’s like you young people; so new and fresh with no stains. Your beauty comes from your impartiality, but as you get older, your purity starts to get tainted. You try to keep yourself clean as your life goes on, but you can never stop the dirt from getting on you. Then eventually before you know it, you’re just as dirty has the ground you walk on and you can’t help but envy all those clean, young individuals around you. Yes, clean, so very clean. They are all pure, fresh, and unsoiled; they are white.”

Sorata feels a chill go down his spine and doesn’t know how to reply back.

“Take that shell, I’ll give it to you for free. Make sure to give it to your lover, she’ll like it.”

The old woman smiles and Sorata walks away immediately with the shell in his hand. He looks back at the stand with a serious look, then turns his head, and continues to the coffee shop. *

It is 22:00 and Sorata is on his way back to the cabin. It took him all day to finish the report and he is eager to make his way back so he can sleep.

He then remembers Misaki’s warning and realizes that he will not be able to sleep tonight.

“Dammit it all!”

Though, Sorata still hasn’t been able to get that strange encounter he had today with the old woman out of his head. He’s eager to tell everyone the story and hopefully spook the girls. Sorata makes it back to the cabin, locks up the car, and heads to the cabin. He notices not too many lights are on and thinks that everyone must be asleep. He walks into the front door,

“Tadaima.”

He takes off his shoes and goes out into the living room. The cabin is huge. It is a three story house. Not to mention the living room is pretty big and is basically a movie room with a gigantic kitchen in the back of it.

Sorata is still amazed by it when he walks into the cabin for the second time. He starts to walk over to the kitchen and then steps on something.

“A ripped piece of paper?”

He picks it up and sees that there’s something written on it:

Let’s play a game.


Sorata rolls his eyes and immediately thinks that Misaki is playing with him again. He noticed that the house is awful quiet and only a select few lights are on. Sorata figures that everyone is in on this and they’re going to play a joke on him. Sorata accepts the challenge and decides to play along.

He notices a flickering light coming from the bottom level. He walks over to a ledge where he can look down to the bottom floor’s common area where the flickering light is coming from. He speeds walk over and looks down. He sees what looks like another piece of paper lying on the floor downstairs and sees that the light has stopped flickering.

“You guys can’t fool me!”

Sorata runs down the hall, to the stairs, and runs to the common area of the bottom floor. He picks up what he thought was paper, but it’s a picture. A picture of Nanami with her eyes closed laying on her bed.

“Wow they got really into didn’t they? Trying to scare me or something?”

He looks at the back of the picture and it says:

Wake me up.


Sorata guesses that they want him to go to Nanami’s room, which is just down the hall. He walks there and puts his hand on the doorknob. He smiles and quickly opens it.

“Gotcha-!“

No one is on the bed. He looks around the room, but then sees a note on top of Nanami’s duffel bag. He reads the words:

Open me.


Sorata immediately opens it and what he sees inside shocks him.

*Hair. Tons of hair. Sorata is confused at first, but he notices that it is a combination of all his friends’ hair. He sees that there is blonde hair in the bag, but it’s not Shiina’s, it’s Rita’s. Sorata stands up frightened.

“O-okay guys, you can stop the jokes now, I think this has gone too far.”

Sorata turns around sees that there is a note by entrance of the room. His heart drops. He picks up the note shaking and reads it:

Someone didn’t close the front door.


Sorata hears a huge commotion upstairs and he flinches. He rushes upstairs and sees that the front door is wide open. He closes it without thinking and locks the door. Sorata’s heart is almost beating out of his chest and he has to catch his breath. He looks all around the room making sure there is no one there. And as he’s scanning the area, the light from the common room downstairs starts to flicker yet again. *

“Shit. Shit!”

Sorata runs over to the ledge, looks down, and sees a tall figure in a black suit looking straight up at him. Sorata screams and falls back onto the floor. Sorata cannot believe what he saw. He couldn’t catch the man’s face, and wonders if he even had a face.

Sorata backs away from the ledge and glares at the hallway to make sure the man doesn’t sneak up on him. Sorata starts to back up to the kitchen and knocks over a vase. He then notices, a note falls out of the broken vase.

*Tears roll down Sorata’s face and he picks up the note and reads it:

I forgot to take the food out of the oven.


Sorata turns his head towards the oven. The tears continue to flow from his eyes and he slowly makes his way over to the oven. He grabs the handle.

“Please God. Please.”

He says those words and opens the oven. Sorata screams bloody murder and falls to the ground. The seashell falls out his pocket. He cannot move, his body will not move on its own. He wants to run away, but he cannot move. All he can do is stare in horror at his fiancé’s body that has been smashed inside the oven. Her blood oozes out of the oven and stains the seashell.

“Shiina… n-no…” *

*Sorata manages to raise his body. He steps forward and puts one foot after another. He cannot stop his fate, how could he? He couldn’t even save that of his friends. Another step. Sorata believes if he can open that front door that maybe something will change. Yes. Maybe he can escape. Another step. Maybe the rest of his friends made it out alive. Another step. Maybe if he gets help from town they can save Shiina.

Sorata unlocks the door and grabs onto the handle. But it’s too late. His fate was determined the moment he walked into the cabin, but he doesn’t give up and convinces himself of his delusions. He wipes the tears from his eyes and looks forward.

“Don’t worry, Shiina… I’ll definitely… save you.”

He opens the door.
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So to submit, you just post your art or your story here?
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sasarahsept wrote:

So to submit, you just post your art or your story here?


Yup!
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Ahh I want to join in, I have a lot of ideas, but they never seem to translate properly into words. oh well hopefully my drawing is good enough...
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I'm sorry, there's just something I want to clear up: we're allowed to submit either one drawing or one story?

Oh and we submit it on this thread?
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yumikikoharu wrote:



I'm sorry, there's just something I want to clear up: we're allowed to submit either one drawing or one story?

Oh and we submit it on this thread?


Contest-Hime answered that in the OP, but yes, you can only submit 1 piece of artwork or a story. For a story you also need to make it clear what category it belongs to, like horror, romance, and so on.
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Sketch of a Obito screencap I did a while back and just "cleaned" up a bit a day ago lol.

Entry:

The one I wanted to use which I finished a few days ago during downtime, but I assume it has to be anime related, if not I rather use this:
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This might seem a bit silly, but do authors retain all rights to their work? (Outside of naturally granting Crunchyroll non-exclusive right to host submissions on the main site, social media sites, print in the newsletter, etc.)


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A Day Off at Wagnaria!!!





That seems like it could be one of the actual episodes.



LoomyTheBrew wrote:

Pet Girls are Slender

Genre: Horror (I made the graphic for fun, I don't want that to be judged)
Anime: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Word Count: 1998 words

Some comments: Man! This was a fun write. I wrote it all last night and edited it today. I had to cut about 500 words and it was very hard to do so, but I think it worked out great in the end. Thank you so much Contest-Hime for throwing another contest. We all appreciate what you do for Crunchyroll's community!

Optional Songs: In the story you are going to see a few of these stars: * and *. The gold star is the link to a song that you listen to as you're reading and then the black star means to stop the song. Then once you see another gold star, start the new song and repeat the process. You don't have to use them, but it can be fun to listen to them as you read.


*It is finally summer vacation. The time for relaxation and fun.





Brutal.
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cay032692 wrote:

Sketch of a Obito screencap I did a while back and just "cleaned" up a bit a day ago lol.


Da hell? I had no idea you could draw!! Well done!


maxgale wrote:


Brutal.


Indeed
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Do the drawings have to be of anime characters?
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What are the restrictions on drawings? Do they need to be a certain size/DPI? Does any media work and are they allowed to be edited digitally or completely digital? I know it's a summer drawing but does that mean it should be summer theme?
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I may as well join in on the fun It's not like I have much to do this Summer.
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T_T No... no no no no no no no, this is crucial please don't do this to me out of all the characters.
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We can draw anything right? And just post it on the forum as our entry? sweet!
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