Somehow Hikaru was feeling a lot worse. Even if her last dream had been calm, this one surely wasn’t. Something was wrong. Something was really, terribly wrong. She was staring right at the person that had been chasing her through her nightmares. Two big, glowing green eyes stared right back at her. Right back through her.
It was Yuugi.
Out of all people, it had to be Yuugi. Her best friend. Someone she trusted. Why? Why was this even happening? It didn’t make sense at all.
“We caught you now, Running Witch!”
His voice was garbled. It wasn’t no longer Yuugi. Nothing was Yuugi about Yuugi.
Hikaru looked at him. Stared at him. “Yuugi…”, she tried. He cocked his head to his left shoulder. “Yuugi, it’s me, Hikaru.” His head fell to his right shoulder. “Hikaru…”, he muttered. He seemed to lit up completely. “Hikaru!”
Hikaru nodded, still quite scared. “So, you’re not the witch then.”, Yuugi said. “No, I’m no witch Yuugi, you know me.”, Hikaru replied, trying her best to sound calm. “Oh…” Yuugi seemed confused about that.
“Why are you here?”
“I don’t know, I’ve been here every night.”
Yuugi seemed to even grow more confused. “But this is my datascape, how did you even end up here?” His datascape? Hikaru didn’t understand anything about this all. But things looked peaceful now. Right?
Until something seemed to click. Yuugi seemed to understand. “Oh, I see…” He seemed to talk to someone. React to a voice Hikaru couldn’t hear. And Hikaru grew scared again. Yuugi looked up at her and smiled. “I know it now!”, he announced, proudly. “You’re here because I like you!”
“You- Wait what? How does that even work?”
“Well, you’re a cyborg, your mind is capable of entering datascapes… Your body is asleep but you are actually awake, just here and not out there.”, Yuugi explained, his smile faltering a little. “I’m sorry, I must have made contact with you without noticing…”, he said, looking apologetic. “It’s fine, it happens…”, Hikaru muttered. “Can you get me out of here?” Yuugi stared at her. Her face went to Not Yuugi again. “No.”, he said.
“Unless my mom fixes me, or your brother. I think I’m infected with a virus. You know, that one that has been circulating on the internet?” Yuugi looked around him. “Sure looks infected in here. You probably can’t see it.” Hikaru couldn’t see it. But that didn’t change the terror building in her stomach. “But… Why?”, she asked, no longer able to sound calm.
“Haven’t you listened to me?”, Yuugi asked. “Because I like you.” His smile came back, but this time it didn’t look like Yuugi was smiling. More like a monster inside of Yuugi was smiling.
“And now we can stay together forever.”