Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.
17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.
Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.
Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?
Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.
Adam Smith has always loved the Japanese culture, which began with his love of anime and manga. This helped him accomplish his goal of moving to Japan to become an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Iwate, Japan. When he’s not reading, writing or speaking Japanese, he is working on paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults with his sister, Cheree.
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we’re going to be late,” Haruka yells, diving from the train before the doors
have even finished opening.
I try and shove my way through the pack of harried
commuters crowding the doorway before I lose sight of Haruka. One little train
delay, and suddenly everyone is in a rush. It was only like three minutes tops.
Maybe ten. Now it looks like we won’t even be stopping for food, in case we’re
late for Juku.
I watch Haruka tear off up platform, ducking and
weaving between pedestrians like she’s trying out for the Olympics. I lose
sight of her and suddenly she’s at the far end of the platform. I have to run
or else she’ll leave me at the station. I don’t know the way to Juku
on my own. Not that I want to go there, but still.
I stop at the top of the stairs, huffing and heaving.
I’ve never done so much running in my life. Peering down the steep flight of
stairs, I catch a brief fading glimpse of Haruka disappearing down the far end
of the hallway like a white rabbit down the rabbit hole. I’m never going to
catch her now.
“No. Stop. Wait.” Sucking in a breath, I mutter weakly.
Well, I tried. Maybe if I find a nice place to sit
down, she’ll come back for me. Like a McDonalds or something.
A hard shove lands on my back, and I feel the ground
fall out from under my feet. My foot catches on the edge of the step, and a
sharp jolt race up my leg as I suddenly become airborne. Everything slows and
my panicking brain struggles to comprehend my newfound ability to fly. Countless
stairs drift by before my eyes as I watch the concrete floor creep up to greet
me. Screaming, I squeeze my eyes shut and await the inevitable thud against the
hard surface below.
A firm hand
grabs onto me, and I thud into something soft instead.
When I gather up enough courage to finally open my eyes
I come face to face with the broad chest of the boy—young man—who caught me.
His dark hair hangs casually over eyes brimming with concern.
“Are you okay?” he asks, carefully repositioning his
grip on me. His black woollen jumper ripples against his lean, athletic body as
he gently lowers me to the ground. The black jumper and faded jeans stretched
across well-maintained muscles gives him a look I can only describe as roguish.
“I’m fi—” I start to say, but end up biting back a
scream when I try to stand up.
“You are not.” He grasps my ankle.
I cringe as pain shoots up my leg when he moves the
ankle back and forth.
“Here, lean on me until you can walk.” The guy pulls me
into his arms and starts leading me away from the stairs.
I glance back and think I see a certain blond lurking
at the top of the stairs, glancing everywhere and looking shifty, but when I
look again he’s gone.
“Hiro~shi~, why’d you run off on me like that?” an
incredibly whiny voice calls out as soon as we enter the station proper, and a
girl with wavy copper-tone hair comes running over to meet us. The instant she
sees me clinging to the guy, a look of pure murder enters her eyes. “Get your
hands off of my boyfriend!”
Freaked by the sudden anger directed at me, I
reflexively start trying to bury my face into the guy’s chest. This doesn’t
seem to do anything to lessen the girl’s rage, for some reason.
“Ease off, Sakura. She fell down the stairs, and
injured her ankle. I’m just helping her walk.” He gives her a crooked grin and
the girl seems to calm down. “You’re lucky I’m fast on my feet or things could
have ended up a lot worse.”
The girl, I belatedly recognise as Sakura, leader of
the music club, the one who didn’t show up to club today, turns towards me, and
I could swear a scowl tugs at her lips before it’s replaced by a warm smile.
“Are you alright, Waters-san?”
“I’m fine.” I try to push myself to a standing
position. Away from her boyfriend.
“Oh, so you two know each other then?” Hiroshi frowns
at my wobbly distancing and grabs my shoulder to keep me upright.
“Yes, Waters-san joined the music club yesterday. She’s
my newest kouhai,”
Sakura adds in a sickly sweet voice, still unhappy about my proximity to
Hiroshi beneath her friendly grin, but at least no longer looking for a knife
to stab me with.
“Found her! She’s over there hugging that boy!” a
sudden cheerful voice shouts loud enough to attract the attention of several
Sakura looks ready to snap, and I almost tumble back
onto my ass trying to put as much distance between me and her as possible.
Hiroshi just laughs and grabs my hand to keep me from falling as a distraught
looking Haruka and a way too happy Miki come bounding over to us.
“Rin-chan, gomenne.” Haruka stops in front
of me, taking in my awkward stance between Hiroshi and Sakura.
“I-turned-around-and-you-weren’t-there. I-looked-everywhere. Where-did-you-go?
I can only blink as her hyperspeed rundown washes over
me while Miki bounces around beside her like a joyful dog expecting a treat.
Sakura just stares at us like she’s planning a killing spree and is trying to
work out who to start with.
“She had a bit of trouble on the stairs,” Hiroshi
volunteers when it becomes clear no one’s going to talk.
“Stairs?” Haruka stares blankly like the entire concept
“I fell down the stairs.”
“Oh my god, are you okay, Rin-chan?” My overly concerned cousin nearly barrels me over in her
rush to comfort me.
“I’m fine,” I mutter. Really, I just want people to
stop fussing over me.
“Takahashi-san, maybe you should take Waters-san to a
hospital? She might need to get looked at.” Sakura is casual and friendly, but
her eyes still glare at Hiroshi’s hand on my arm.
“I’m fine,” I assure them, my much-used catchphrase.
Even if I did manage to break a leg, I’d probably still tell them I’m fine. I’d
really like for my mother not to hear of this. “I just jarred it, that’s all.
I’ll be right in no time.”
“Come on, we’ll skip Juku tonight, let’s get you
home.” Haruka grabs me around the waist and Hiroshi finally let’s go, much to
“I’ll help,” Miki pipes up as she grabs my arm, then in
her usual energetic way begins bouncing on the spot. Each tug on my arm sends
another jolt of pain across my wounded ankle. Oh, yay! Looks like I’ve got two
babysitters, one of which is doing more harm than good, to make sure I get home
As I hobble away, well
aware of everyone gawking at the scene I’ve caused, I can’t help but notice
Sakura throwing herself into Hiroshi’s arms the moment we step away from them.
I turn my gaze away from the lovely scene and that’s when my eyes catch on a
certain blond kid standing near a café on the other side of the station. He’s
there watching me, usual manga held
open in one hand and clutching something small in the other. He mouths
something at me and I can’t help trembling as his warning comes floating back.