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Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the "edge" of Hell) is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. In the Divine Comedy poem Inferno, Dante depicts Limbo as the first circle of Hell.

The corneal limbus is the border of the cornea and the sclera (the white of the eye).

An event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as the shell of "points of no return", i.e., the points at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible, even for light. An event horizon is most commonly associated with black holes.



What is it? What is it about you?
You’re not that pretty
But my eyes keep going to you
You’re bothering me
I’m getting dizzy, help me
It’s getting darker outside
Don’t you want my love?
Only the sound of the clock ticking gets louder

You and me
There is no conclusion
But when I see you
I feel like I know everything
I’m struggling too, help me
oh let me into your heart
Only the sound of the clock ticking gets louder

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table of contents.

I. limbus
II. summary
III. objective
IV. act I
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limbus.

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summary.

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objective.

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Everyday is the same. Always repeating. Never changing. That is the conclusion Hotaru Shimizu reached at the age of 14. Everyday she would wake up and get ready for school. She would take notes in class diligently and come home with fresh groceries for the day’s meal. She would cook her meal, complete her homework and study, clean the house, and finally go to sleep. And this would repeat - day in and day out.

Everyday is the same. Always repeating. Never changing.

At one point, when her body underwent the mechanical ritual of getting ready for school leaving her mind numb and free flowing, she wondered to herself,

「What am I living for?」


And the answer came. The reason why she agreed to this lifestyle. The reason why continued robotically through the days and weeks despite time blurring into one dull cycle. Yet the faith in that answer had diminished to the point that her answer became hollow and she felt… nothing.

The questioned still hung large over her head.

「What am I living for?」


Nothing came. She didn’t have an answer to that question anymore. With empty eyes, Hotaru grabbed her bag and stepped out the door for yet another day of school.

When she returned home, the house was empty, as it always is. As it should be. Dropping her bag of groceries in the kitchen, she gathered a fresh pair of home clothes to change into after her bath and made her way into the bathroom. The action was so automated, so ingrained into her daily routine that it took a moment for the static that replaced any voluntary thought to subside and the image of small floating dots sprinkling her eyesight to register as something most definitely not normal.

But once it did, it was too late. The small dots quickly grew larger and larger, enveloping her vision until all she could see was darkness. Perhaps it’s the shock of something so out of the ordinary taking place, but her consciousness faded fast.

Whether she wanted to or not, she accepted this without restraint. The last thing she recalled before her heavy eyelids closed was the sudden sensation of falling…

And falling…


And falling…


Until she awoke to the sound of voices. Human voices. Spoken words. But she couldn’t distinguish what one person was saying. They all merged together into one collective low mumble.

When her eyes fluttered opened, her hypothesis was correct. She was surrounded by a crowd of people. At first, all she saw was a sea of feet and legs, different sizes of torsos decorated in an arrangement of familiar yet different clothing, up until she met their faces. Their eyes. Bright and excited. Beady. To the brink of tears.

The voices grew louder. Whatever space she had between herself and them was filled as the closed in until all she saw was a tangle of limbs.

Again, the shock seemed to be too much for she felt herself grow faint. Their voices filled her ears, the volume loud enough that even the static in her mind was muffled so all that she could hear was them. All she could see was them.

Fleetingly, she thought this might be how it ends.


“Grab my hand!!!!”

Somehow, a voice managed to stick out in the crowd.

“You don’t want to get squished, right?!”

The thought of death by suffocation was indeed a very unpleasant thought. In the crowd, there was one person’s hand that stood out to her, and she took it. That hand pulled her to her feet and forced her forward and running.

“Let’s get out of this joint! Don’t let go of my hand unless you wanna get mauled!”

She didn’t understand why this person seemed so happy. Why that crowd of people seemed so happy. Where she was or how she got here. What was happening. But she knew one thing: those empty words. That meaningless answer.

She needed to get home.
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The two continued to run and run, yet there was no sign of them losing the crowd. Gradually, her speed lessened as her legs grew sore from fatigue. Hotaru was never the athletic one to begin with.

For a split moment, possibly due to stress, possibly due to fatigue, Hotaru thought she heard laughter from the crowd. The thought sent chills down her spine.


"They just don't know how to give up, don't they? Man that's annoying!" The stranger looked behind her shoulder to confirm how many were still after them, but when she met Hotaru's weary eyes, she smiled. "Don't worry girly, I got this!"

With a sharp turn, the two entered a slim alleyway. She turned around again and place a finger to her lips, signalling them to move as quietly as possible. Soon, they arrived at an open back road with little to no people around.

"GOD," The girl flopped onto the ground and absorbed the cool pavement with delight. "I haven't ran for that long since PE..."

Weakly, she lifted her head and flashed Hotaru a breathy smile. and a victorious peace sign "Told'ya I got this. You doing okay?"


Hotaru managed to nod, her breaths still fast and heavy.

The girl laughed loudly before immediately shutting her mouth in case someone heard her. But her grin was still apparent underneath her hands. "I'm Amaya Maeda, what's your name?"

"Hotaru... Hotaru Shimizu."

"Hotaru-chan, huh~" Amaya wobbled into a standing position. "Nice to meet'cha!" She spread her arms out wide. "Welcome to Limbus! Home of ghosts and ghosts and more ghosts! Sorry for those peeps back there going crazy. It's normally pretty dull around here, trust me."

"Ghosts...?" The word rolled off her tongue like a foreign language. She lowered her gaze to her hands. They were undeniably her hands. She was most certainly alive - as alive as she was a few moments ago before waking up. "But I'm... not..."
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"Did you see that?" "I saw that!!!" "Oh My Fudgenuts. Should we...?" "Pinkie, don't you dare." "How many times have I told you it's INA!" "You said you think your name is Ina. Not that it is Ina." "Don't argue with me about names Momo-chan." "It's Momotarou-sama to you!!!"

Momotarou Yuki and Ina(?) were bickering like always, would you call these two friends? Not exactly. Anyways, they were minding their own business as usual in this dull place they call "home", until they saw something totally unusual happen today. Okay, so even the smallest little thing could cause an uproar here, because it was just SO boring! But, today an extra-extra-extraordinary thing occurred.

"Alice finally appeared in Wonder~land! Did the white rabbit whisk her away!?" Ina's eyes gleamed, as Momo reluctantly pulled her out from the front of the crowd.

"If this was wonderland, you'd be the mad-hatter! And here I thought I watched too much anime!" Momo shook his head, muttering the last part under his breath. He didn't know how someone magically fell from the sky like Laputa: Castle In The sky, and his curiosity got the best of him. "What did the girl look like?"


"Oooh~ Someone's interested now, eh?"

"I wasn't the one who ran like Sonic the hedgehog into the crowd to see what happened!"


"Well, mmm. I can't remember, but if I see her I will! I'm gonna try and find her, maybe she can teach me how to freefall like that! I think I saw someone bring her in that direction!"

Momo could care less about Ina's antics, but for some reason his heart was speeding up and ramming against his ribcage. This feeling... was excitement? It's been so long, since he felt anything but boredom, so this seemed almost alien to him.

"Hey, wait! I-I'm coming too!"



"Momo-chan, we goofed up."

"You mean you did... you said you saw them heading this way!"

"I DUNNO, I guessed!!! They ran so fast... I'm ti..red..."
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"--dead?" Amaya finished Hotaru's lingering sentence with a curious expression. "Of course not, silly - dead people just don't come shooting out the sky like a comet or something!" She didn't mean to, but she found herself growing closer to Hotaru, all the excitement and anticipation inside her just radiating out like the sun. "You're a real human being! Those don't show up here all willy-nilly. I've been here for yearssssss and you're the first one I've ever seen!"

Hotaru took a small step back. Amaya's energy, although welcoming, was overpowering and too much for someone as introverted as Hotaru to handle at full strength. Everything was a little too much for someone like Hotaru to handle in one sitting. "I'm sorry, I don't think I quite understand what's happening... I just want to go home."

An emotion Hotaru couldn't decipher reflected itself in Amaya's eyes. But it was too fleeting that she didn't give it a second thought.


"AWWWW YOU POOR THING!!!!" She wrapped her arms around Hotaru's shoulders and petted her head as if she was a small puppy. "Don't worry, I'LL GET YOU OUT OF HERE!!!!"

A moment of silence passed between them.

"... somehow."

Her confidence deflated as soon as it sporadically appeared. Awkwardly, she took a step back and scratched he cheeks. "Any ideas? Haha... ha... I guess we can ask for help-- not from that crowd of crazy people of course, but, uh...."


"Maybe we should get an adult..."

"EWWW!!!!!!!" Amaya screeched in disgust and immediately covered her mouth. Turning around, her eyes flickered to anyone who could been in hearing distance. From afar, she saw a girl with vibrant bright hair and a... girl? Boy? Doesn't matter.

"Shoot, I think someone heard me. We need to run!!!"
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"Shh!" Ina slammed Momo mercilessly against the wall and listened carefully. She was certain. Her prey was close by...

"Can you not stuff your fingers in my mouth?" Momo fought back a blush, but more importantly he might have just broke something from that impact right there. Who said ghosts couldn't feel pain after death? If he was gonna have a life after death, why couldn't he have ended up in the Soul Society instead of this place!?

Since Momo was distracted in his own thoughts, Ina ditched him and walked towards an alleyway, coming behind Amaya and Hotaru.

"BOO!" Ina raised her palms up and playfully moved her fingers back in forth like a dancing spider.

"Ina!!!" Momo was offended that she left him there while he fantasized about becoming a shinigami and going BANKAI! "Stop bothering people ! We're supposed to find that girl who caused that commotion back there." Momo smacked her head and forced her into bow. "Sorry, sorry, this girl doesn't think before she acts. We'll be on our way now–"

"WAIT!" Ina shoved Momo into a wall with her hips and inspected Hotaru up and down with an usually serious expression. "You." She crossed her arms and stood at the tip of her toes so that she could be at eye level with Hotaru. "Have you two seen her? The girl that caused the fuss back at the plaza?"

"She had black hair like you (Hotaru) and Momo-chan here, except soo much prettier. I just wanna ask her how she did that cool magic trick and fell from the sky!!!"

"So, you only remember that she has black hair? You don't remember her appearance at all??"

"I SO DO! She had glasses like her's~~!!!" Ina pointed stubbornly at Hotaru's lenses, nearly flicking them with her sudden movement.
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Amaya released an ear piercing scream and almost took a giant swing at Ina as a natural defense mechanism if all her energy wasn't put into her vocal chords. She put her hands to her chest as her labored breathing became even quicker, now with the addition of a sore throat.

"What the hell was that for?!?!" She raised her fists. "We're supposed to be hiding here and now you ruined my perfectly constructed plan of awesomeness!!!!!"


Hotaru decided to ignore Amaya and focus her attention on Ina. The person they were looking for was so painfully obvious that she didn't find the point of redirecting them elsewhere.

"The person you two are looking for is me, and I don't know how I fell down into this world. I just want to get out." She looked down at her feet, her eyes heavy and crestfallen. "I'm sorry."

She didn't even flinch upon Ina's sudden movements. With the voices from the crowd barely audible from where she stood, the static resumed in her head leaving her disorientated and disassociate.


Amaya frowned and pushed herself between Ina and Hotaru, shielding Hotaru with her body. "Look what you two did, you made Hotaru-chan sad!!!! APOLOGIZE!!! HOTARU-CHAN DID NOTHING WRONG!!!!"
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"Ergh...!!!" Ina reflexively took a step back, her face twisted uncomfortably with guilt as sweat piled up on her forehead. She peered passed the loudmouth stranger with an energy that matched her own, and inspected the incredibly gloomy presence emitting from the robot-like girl. "SORRY!!!" Ina almost crashed into Amaya as she apologized, her voice booming so loud, it recoiled her entire body forward.

"Thousands of sad souls are enough here!!! We don't need another one being sad!!! ACCEPT MY HUMBLE APOLOGY PLEASE, HOTARU-SAMA!!!"

Ina got onto all fours, entering dogeza position, and slammed her forehead so hard against the ground blood started splurting out.

Momo stared down at Ina like she was crazy. Was he the only sane person here right now? He already couldn't deal with Ina, but now there was another girl just as loud and annoying as her here? What a day indeed.

"If all you wanna do is leave, you don't have to apologize to us. Because like, um..." Momo quickly glanced at Amaya, not knowing her name, made him stumble with his words. "...s-she said. You did nothing wrong... um. Hotaru...-san is it? I'm Momotarou Yuki. And this is Ina. We didn't mean to make you feel bad, we'll properly introduce ourselves, right?"

Momo mercilessly kicked Ina's behind as hard as he could.

Ina yelped up, her entire face the same shade as her outlandish pink hair. "Ahahaha~~" She nearly lost her composure as she rubbed her butt and got onto her feet. "I'm Inanananana and Momo-chan's right! You must have been scared, suddenly tossed into this crappy-dappy place! We're sorry for bothering you!"

"Yeah, so let's make amends." Momo smiled and extended his hand out to Hotaru for a handshake, but then quickly put it back to his side, wondering if she might not like that. "Now that we're here, it feels wrong to just leave... say, since we're pretty much involved now, I wanna help you out!"

Was it his time to shine as a shounen hero!? Probably not. He's probably just the 'extra' helping the real hero of the story from the sidelines.

He turned back to Amaya, and gave her an awkward smile. "Sorry, I didn't catch your name yet... but do you have a plan?"
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Hotaru wasn't equipped to handle Amaya or Ina's overabundance of energy, but Momo... speaking to someone normal was a breath of fresh air she didn't know she needed. She was grateful for their help, especially towards a stranger like her - and these feelings go to Amaya as well - but in her socially inexperienced and robotic state, she expressed this with a simple "thank you" and a small bow.

"I'M AMAYA MAEDA AND THIS IS HOTARU.... uh.... HOTARU--"

"--Shimizu."

"HOTARU SHIMIZU AND!!!! We were just getting to that planning part, actually." Amaya laughed awkwardly. "BUT 4 minds are greater than 2, right?! Well think of something together!!! Just, make sure we're not going to a place with a lot of people. I don't want Hota-Hota to get crowded around like that again, ugh."
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"HI AMA-AMA!!!!" Ina body slammed into her kindred soul with a bearhug, completely not acknowledging the basics of personal space. She almost did the same to Hotaru, but Momo managed to yank her backwards before she could.

"Dude, my hair!!!" Ina rubbed her bald spot and shot Momo a dirty glare before resuming. "Oh, Hota-Hota is it~? Is it because she's... one hot-a-girl~?" Ina grinned at her lame joke, folding her fingers back, and mimicking a gun, while shrugging her shoulders up like an idiot.

Momo changed his mind. Amaya seemed pretty nice and decent compared to the other pink-haired fool laughing her head off right beside him. He returned a small smile to Hotaru, feeling strangely awkward at her presence. Maybe he's more used to dealing with people like Ina and Amaya now that he found it hard to be around a regular girl...

"Amaya-san, Hotaru-san! First, we should leave this place. People are gonna eventually come here like Ina and I did. Once she's safe for sure, we can talk about the other things!"
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