It’s always nice to receive feedback. Even better if it comes with a fancy logo and a chance to make up stuff. So, without further ado, I would like to thank A Winter’s Reverie for the nomination and the awesome selection of questions to answer. I really enjoy their posts. Their passion for the subject material definitely comes through in their writing. Thanks and keep on keeping on!
Like most things there are rules, so here they are?
- Display the Award Logo.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
- Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
- Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
- Ask them seven questions.
All right, here are the questions A Winter’s Reverie asked me to answer.
- If you could Blue-Skidoo into your television or monitor, what show would you choose and why?
- Once inside your show, what would you do?
- If you could meet one fictional character for a date at a coffee shop, who would you choose?
- What are some of the questions you would ask?
- You have been placed in a fighting game and your about to do your signature move. What is the name of your move and what do you do?
- Your opponent’s life bar just depleted and you won your match. What is your winning phrase?
- Can you dig it?
Don’t worry the answers are coming. Just sit back and enjoy…
I leant back, resting my head on the couch cushion as I stared at the ceiling. Damn it! How can it end like that? I looked down, peering beyond my nose at the ending sequence from the last ever episode of Highschool of the Dead. It didn’t seem to matter how many times I watched the anime or read the manga, there still wasn’t enough.
“This is bullshit!” I stood up and took a step towards the screen. “Show me more. I need to know how it ends.”
The image on the screen froze, a grainy line creeping across the horizontal. That’s odd. I took another step forward and then glanced back at the remote. It wasn’t there. Neither was my couch or the coffee table. I turned back to the frozen image to find it had expanded beyond the screen and wrapped around me.
“No way!” I turned again, taking in the sights and sounds of my surroundings. High garden walls lined the street. Darkness hung over every house. There wasn’t a single light on in the entire street. The moon hung overhead glistening on the wet pavement.
A dank smell rushed along the narrow street as the wind whipped through the neighbourhood. I covered my face and turned. Nothing moved. Not at first anyhow. A deep guttural groan pierced the deathly silence. Then another and another.
I stepped back as a wall of shambling silhouettes emerged from a side street. More and more followed behind them. All turning to face me, eyes glazed, mouths gaping.
“Could this be real?” I grabbed a clump of hairs on my arm and twisted, growling as they pulled free. “It wasn’t a dream. That was for sure.”
The silhouettes shuffled forwards, bumping off one another. One tripped and stumbled. The others moved on, trampling it into the pavement. Teeth glistened in the moonlight as they drew closer, the stench of death getting stronger with every step.
What was I going to do? Somehow, I appeared to be in the anime. Could I get back home? The zombies staggered toward me. Guess this wasn’t the time to get into it. I turned to run, but something made me stop. A sly smile appeared on my face as I spied an abandoned shovel.
If I really was in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, I should at least make the most of it. Seriously, this was what I had been waiting for. I grabbed the shovel and swung it through the air, testing its weight. This will do. I rolled my shoulder and moved into the middle of the street.
The first zombie dropped to the ground, but the attack did nothing to deter the others. I stepped into the next hit, slamming my shovel into one zombie’s chest and knocking it back. Four or five toppled over, but instantly rolled towards me, dragging themselves on.
My smile widened as I brought the shovel down hard, turning one zombie head to mush. I know this shouldn’t be this much fun, but it is an anime. Hang on. Does that mean I’m an anime too now?
I leant over a puddle and stared at my reflection. “Shit yeah! I am an anime.”
The zombies closed in around me, arms reaching, hands grasping, teeth gnashing. There were too many of them. As much fun as I was having, it was going to be for nothing if they got a hold of me. I stepped back and let out a sigh. The rest of them would have to wait for another time.
I turned and ran. I had no idea where I was going, but I could work that out later. For now, I just needed to put some distance between us. The buildings rose up around me, getting taller as I moved away from the zombie horde.
A park appeared ahead, the road splitting and moving around the edge. I decided to stick to the road. The trees created too many shadows to navigate with confidence.
I skidded to a halt beside a wooden board. It sat beside a doorway. Shards of glass littered the floor, inside the cafe a light flickered. Another survivor. I rested my shovel on my shoulder and crept through the window, stepping over the broken glass.
A chair shifted, sliding across the tiled floor. I stopped and stared. Frozen with disbelief. It made sense, but at the same time, I couldn’t quite react appropriately.
“Are you just going to stand there and stare?” A pair of large blue eyes looked up at me. She gestured to the chair she had just slid away from the table. “You should probably sit.”
I nodded and dropped onto the chair. “Is it really you, Saeko?”
She nodded and then placed her katana on the table between us. “Would you like a drink?” She looked around. “This is a coffee shop after all.”
“Uh!” My mouth hung open, but no words would come out. I took a deep breath. “No thanks. Do you mind if I ask you some questions?”
Saeko grinned, a hint of excitement in her eyes. “I assumed that was why you were here.” She swept back her blue hair, revealing a white apron and her bare shoulders.
I gulped. Was this really happening? “Why am I here?”
“You want to know how it ends, don’t you?” Saeko sat back folding her arms across her chest.
“Well, yes, but how?”
“That’s a different question altogether, and sadly I don’t know.” She glanced toward the broken window. “We don’t have much time.”
“All right.” He leant forwards. “Let me just clarify, because my mind is having a hard time processing this. You are Saeko Busajima?”
She smiled. “Yes.”
“What have you been doing since the manga ended?” I had to stop myself from laughing. What an absurd question!
“Surviving.” She reached forward and grabbed her katana. “Question time is over. We have company.”
Broken glass crunched and cracked beneath the horde’s feet as they staggered into the coffee shop. I jumped up grabbing my shovel, swinging it at the nearest one. Its head spun independently from its body.
Saeko rushed past me slashing a zombie in two. She glanced back at me, mischief and joy plastered to her face. I followed slamming my shovel into zombie after zombie.
We burst through the horde and raced across the street. A fog gathered beneath the trees, making it even hard to see where we were going.
Saeko grabbed my hand. “This way follow me.”
We weaved between the trees and past a large fountain. A set of stone stairs led us to another street, high above the park.
“That was fun.” Saeko turned to me and smiled. “Do you want to stick around? We could use an extra set of hands.” She straightened down her white apron and then stared along the street.
Before I could answer, a zombie burst out from a side alley and charged into Saeko, knocking her to the floor. She rolled onto her back, holding her katana between her and its chomping mouth.
I charged in, swinging my shovel low. It struck the side of the zombie’s head and sent it flying across the street, arms and legs flailing as it spun. I stepped between it and Saeko, waiting for a second attack.
It jumped to its feet and lumbered towards us. I lowered my shovel and charged. The blade swept above the ground, whipping the zombie’s feet out from beneath it. I leapt into the air, spinning the shovel overhead before bringing the tip crashing down.
The zombie’s head rolled away. Its body lay still and lifeless.
Saeko wrapped her arms around me, squeezing me from behind. “Thank you. You saved me. That was quite the move. Does it have a name?”
I stared at the decapitated zombie, and then my shovel. “Yeah.” I chuckled to myself before glancing over my shoulder at Saeko. “Can you dig it?”
Well, I hope you enjoyed that. It wouldn’t have worked without the awesome questions from A Winter’s Reverie, so once again thanks. Now, I need to keep this thing going. I apologize if you’ve already been nominated, but that just means you’re extra awesome. Feel to answer in any way you like, or not at all.
Here are the Nominees…
I picked each of you because I have enjoyed reading your posts, and again if you’ve already done it, then no worries.
Now for the questions…
Here’s the setup. You’ve just received a letter in the post. I know, how oldfashioned. Anyhow, the letter tells you that you’ve won a massive prize. It is a rent-free house/apartment of your choice for life, but before claiming your prize you must make some choices. Remember these decisions are for life too. There are no take backs.
- You will need three anime roommates. Who are they?
- You can have one anime pet. What is it?
- You can have an anime vehicle to get around with. Which one?
- You will receive an anime robot to help around the house. Who is it?
- You will receive a new wardrobe. Which anime character will you dress like?
- For protection, you can select any anime weapon or ability. Which one?
- And lastly. You can have your house/apartment in any anime world. Which one?
Thanks for reading.