Quote from The twisted dream will die, when the cicadas cry.
DISCLAIMER: Higurashi does not belong to me in any way, shape, or form. Nor am I in any way affiliated with the company that owns it. Yes, this is a Higurashi fanfic. For those of you who don’t know what Higurashi is, here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higurashi_When_They_Cry Now, as stated in the title, and for those of you who know Higurashi, it may have some rather disturbing scenes. So if you're weak of heart and stomach, or you've seen Higurashi and you didn't like it, you may want to redirect to a different page. You have been warned. Also note that everything is subject to change, from the titles, to the chapters, to even how often I update this thing. Now without further adieu, let us begin this adventure into Hinamizawa!
Kyuu Ketsueki (Alive) - A young boy of 15 who had moved to Hinamizawa a few months ago, quickly becoming friends with his classmates.
Cecilia (Alive) - A beautiful young woman who is the "sister" of Kyuu but also his legal guardian.
Caroline Yamato (Alive) - A girl around Kyuu's age, a resident of Hinamizawa and Kyuu's best friend. Although at times things don't feel right with her.
Randy (Alive) - A little girl with a big secret. She says the the revolver she carries around is just a real-looking toy.
It was already near dusk, I didn’t know it had been that late. The setting sun made the shadows along the walls that were cast by the trees look especially strange and they’re starting to give me the creeps. Usually I had no problem walking home by myself; I’ve been doing that for nearly six months since I moved here, but then again I usually went home long before sunset. And now that it’s so late, no one else was on the streets, and I felt alone and rather unsecure. Then, I don't know when they appeared, but I began to hear something, footsteps.
They were faint and vague at first, but gradually the sound became louder and more clear. The footsteps were coming from behind me, and they were matching each and every one of mine. Although strangely, after each two steps that I take there is a third step from behind me that seemed out of place yet still in rhythm with the rest of the footsteps. I was becoming scared. I didn’t want to look back; I didn’t want to know who or rather what was following me at a time when no one else was on the street. Yet, at the same time I wanted to look back; I wanted to find out that it was just Caroline or one of my other friends playing a trick on me. I wanted to turn around, see the faces of my friends, and laugh out loud with them for falling for such a simple prank. But I think that part of my subconscious mind told me it wasn't my friends and I forced myself not to turn around.
Every bit of my logical mind was telling me, was shouting at me to run, run as fast and as far as possible away from this, this thing that was fllowing me. I didn’t listen; I just kept walking, not turning back, not even glancing behind me for a moment. Yet I was not focusing at all on the road ahead of me, my mind was too distracted on worrying about this thing behind me, what it was, and why it was following me. I kept walking, just walking, the only sounds I heard were the cicadas crying, the leaves rustling in the wind, and those footsteps that were following me.
One-two, one-two, were the footsteps, with always that one step extra in between each two. I was paying so much attention to those footsteps that I didn’t notice the truck driving toward me honking its horn until it was so close that it would run me over in a few more seconds. Out of pure instinct I darted to the side, and then I broke off into a mad sprint, for I wanted to get as far away from the streets as possible. I wanted to escape those footsteps, those maddening footsteps that even now still echoed in my ears. And I thought I did manage to for a moment. But it was to no avail, for after a brief moment of silence I heard it again, the footsteps. It just kept following me, even matching my running perfectly, with the third step in between every two steps I take. I can’t stand it anymore…my vision became a blur...and eventually I blacked out...
The next thing I heard was the ear-piercing ringing of my alarm clock. Slowly I opened my eyes, rubbing them as I hammered the snooze button on my alarm clock. Then all became silent, as I lied on my bed pondering the creepily frightening dream I had. It was the first time ever since I've moved to Hinamizawa that I've had a nightmare, and it was the first time I've had a nightmare as frightening as this one. I was honestly afraid this time, even after I've woken up. I didn't move a muscle for a long moment, listening to the various sounds around me, listening for those strange footsteps. But other than the cries of the summer cicadas, I heard nothing. I breathed a sigh of relief that my paranoia was just paranoia, nothing more, and I was about to go back to sleep. I closed my eyes and began to drift off, but only a moment later a loud voice came from downstairs.
"Kyuu! Get down here for breakfast!"
The voice snapped my eyes open and I sat up on my bed, sitting there for a moment before crawling off to get dressed. To be honest I was still a bit tired and wanted more sleep, but when Sis is using that kind of demanding tone, I've learned it's not a good idea to go against it.
"Yes yes, don't rush me." I shouted back before pulling my white T-shirt over my head.
"Fine, but don't blame me if you're late for school. It's already 8:30." the voice replied.
Eight Thirty, those two words snapped me fully awake. I had completely forgotten to check my alarm clock when I turned it off, and now it's only fifteen minutes before school started. I quickly finished dressing as I rushed downstairs, almost tripping while I was getting my shorts on but I managed to catch myself in time. Arriving downstairs I was greeted with a smack upside the head, causing me to flinch. When I looked back up, there stood in front of me a young woman with long brown hair. Her name's Cecilia, and she's my adopted sister that's been taking care of me ever since my grandparents passed away.
"Why are you up so late? Go eat your breakfast, it's getting cold. And here's today's lunch." Cecilia said, holding out a bento box, which I immediatly grabbed along with a slice of toast lying on the table.
"Yeah thanks Sis I'll be going now." I replied before taking a bite out of the toast and darting out of the house.
"Hey wait-" Cecilia started but I cut her off.
"Oh and Sis, I'll be borrowing your bike today. Hope you don't mind."
"Wait! What about your breakfast?" Cecilia's voice shouted from inside the house.
"Don't worry Sis, if I get hungry I can ask Caroline for some food." I shouted back at Sis as I went off toward school on her bike with the bento box resting safely in the basket at the front of the bike.
As I rode the bike toward the school, I turned my head to enjoy the countryside scenery while occasionally taking a bite out of the piece of toast. Hinamizawa is a small town located in the mountains. ****, it's not even a town; it's more like a village. But I like it here. While I passed down the dirt road, I heard the pleasant sound of the summer cicada cries. Having been raised in the city, Hinamizawa was the only place I've heard these things, and their cries were music to my ears. Plus, the fact that I can see the mountains and there were trees lining each and every street was much better than the city and its pollution.
It wasn't a very long way to school especially when I took a shortcut, and I managed to get there in time, although barely just. After locking up Sis's bike, I went off into the classroom only to have something light drop on my head the moment I opened the door. Without even looking at the object that had bounced off my head I knew it was Randy in the classroom with the chalkboard eraser. Only she would set up something like this just for me, and I swear she has some kind of grudge against me. Maybe because I made fun of her ponytail the first day I met her, I've heard that many girls are known to hold grudges for a long time. I'm just suprised I didn't see this coming.
"Randy! Come out wherever you're hiding! You're not getting off the hook this time!" I shouted, looking around the room to see if I can spot her.
"I'm right here Kyuu!" the brunette girl yelled, waving from her desk.
When I was just about to go and give Randy maybe a punch or flick on the forehead, someone grabbed me by my shirt collar and stopped me. I froze in place, knowing immediately who it was. My fears were confirmed when I turned around, only to catch a glimpse of the teacher before the spine of a book was brought down on top of my noggin, and it hurt.
Before the teacher said anything, I knew what I was in for and took the hint, turning toward the door I walked out into the hallways. A wall of laughter following me, including of course Randy's and those of of my other friends Mion, Rena, and Rika. Leaning against a wall, I stood there, waiting for the first class of the day to end so that I can return to the classroom. Because as dull as classes were, it was at least more interesting than having to stand here in the hallway with absolutely nothing to do. Plus being laughed at by the entire class wasn't exactly good for my ego.
I stared out the window at the sky, watching a bird fly by in circles for a few minutes, before hearing the classroom door open and seeing a girl walk out of the room only to stand right beside me.
"Caroline? What are you out here for?" I asked my best friend.
"Oh, Kyuu. I was a bit late so the teacher had me stand out here." Caroline replied with a sheepish smile on her face.
"Really? Why were you late?"
"I was waiting for you Kyuu! Why didn't you meet me on the way to school like you do every day?" Caroline answered, pouting.
"Er, well. I thought you left already, since I was so late. So I took a shortcut."
"Of course I'd wait for you Kyuu! You idiot! I'm not talking to you anymore!"
I sighed, knowing very well that I've gotten onto my best friend's bad side. But then I had a smile on my face as I went back to staring out the window. I was content with how I'm living now, peacefully in Hinamizawa alongside all my friends. And I wish it would stay that way forever.