Where Is The Demon? chapter 1

Chapter 1 (Oneshot)

It was on my way home from my evening part-time job after school.

When I was too tired, I would take the train home, but when I was in the mood to walk, I would walk home. The commute from my part-time job to my home takes approximately 40 minutes. Today is one of those days when nobody is at home, so I decided to walk home.

There are several paths I could take to get home, but today I decided to go through the shrine that opens to a narrow slope. The road was dark in the evenings, but going through the shrine was way closer than going through the main street.

I’ve passed through that path during the daytime ever since, but more so when I started my part-time job. The path through the shrine is dark compared to when I passed through it during the daytime, and it was quiet because there were neither tourists visiting it nor locals walking around to relax.

It was unavoidable that I would meet dangerous people in dark places like that, so I always kept an eye out whenever I passed through there from my part-time job so that I could immediately run and call for help.

I’ve always assumed that if I ran into something bad, it would be human.

I couldn’t imagine what would happen if that time did come, and I would hate having the misfortune to do so.

It’s always been on my mind, but…

That day finally came, and it was completely different from what I imagined.

Rather, there was also that possibility, and I kind of expected it to some degree, but I never thought that it would really happen…

Yes, it was on my way home from my part-time job when I passed through the shrine leading to the narrow, sloping road. Normally, I would pass through the torii gate to get through the other side of the shrine.

However, I couldn’t pass through that day.

I almost froze for a moment.

But I mustn’t stop.

I mustn’t let it see that I’ve noticed it.

But it was fast.

Don’t let it know that you’ve seen it.

I just want to get home as fast as I can.

I couldn’t think of anything else as I walked further and further while telling that to myself.

I immediately ran after I got past the torii gate. I tried to ignore it by looking at the road ahead as I ran through the slope, hoping to reach the main street as fast as I could. But I couldn’t keep it from entering my peripheral vision.

But I saw it. I saw it by the torii of the shrine I always used as a shortcut just as I was descending the slope.

There was a girl clad in a red kimono who looked strange as she crawled on all fours like a spider.

Its image was burned into my mind when I first noticed it. I thought it was close even though there should have been a wide distance between us.

If it had been another person, they’d think it was just an illusion, right? But I couldn’t ignore it even if someone had told me that.

It was a certainty that only I would’ve understood.

I didn’t look at it properly, but its image was seared into my mind as if I had seen it up close.

I ran and ran.

But even as I did, I had the feeling it was looking at me.

I didn’t want to look at it as I passed by, but I knew that it was following me.

But I ran past it, and I was able to reach the main street. Whew!

My heart was beating so fast that it felt like it was going to jump out of my chest.

For some reason, I was certain that that thing wouldn’t be able to leave the shrine, so I was relieved.

At least that was what I thought.

I thought I just came across an unimaginable experience.

As I passed through the main road, I wanted to forget it as soon as I could and decided not to pass through there anymore.

But I was wrong. So wrong.

It’s there.

There it is again.

At the end of the main street, I turned onto the side street that led to my house and turned on the next corner. In the darkness of the residential street, I could see it on the second floor of the neighbor’s apartment, then on top of the fence.

The strange girl in the red kimono who was crawling around like a spider was looking straight at me. And it was smiling.

Oh shit, I have to run.

Even though I tried so hard not to look at it, its image was burned into my retinas.

No, I haven’t seen it. I haven’t noticed anything. It’s just following me on its own.

My footsteps quickened a little as I realized that I wasn’t far from home.

Just four more turns and I’ll be home.

I hastened my steps, as I told myself that I haven’t noticed it over and over again.

Just three more.

Two more.

I can see my house.

Oh, oh my god.

It was on the second floor of the three-story building, looking from the veranda that was facing the street I was on.

It’s looking at me.

It was looking from the veranda on the second floor. And it was laughing as it crawled on all fours.

How did it find my house?

Is it mocking me? Did it read everything in my mind and found my house even though I wasn’t thinking about it?

Or did it just happen to appear there because it was convenient?

I’m going to take a bet and say that it was the latter.

It just happened to be there, that’s all.

But I don’t want to take any more detours and be chased by it indefinitely.

After all, this residential street is only lit by a few lights.

It’s all or nothing.

I’ll just go straight into the house.

I got my keys out and went up the steps to the entrance.

Hurry, hurry. I couldn’t get the key into the keyhole.

Hurry up, hurry up, YES! 

I hurriedly went into the house and immediately closed the door so it wouldn’t get a chance to get in.

I’m not going to look.

I wasn’t going to look at it.

But I saw it at the edge of my vision as the door seemingly closed slowly as I forced it to shut.

The girl was sneering at me in front of my house.

I’m done for. It found me.

I couldn’t move for a while as I sat down at the entrance.

I locked the door, but I knew. I knew it was there.

I looked up at the ceiling.

Nope, not there.

I went up the stairs leading to the living room on the second floor.

Not there.

Thank god, it’s not here.

I’m so tired.

I saw on the internet that I should chant a mantra three times.

I did just that and mentally chanted a mantra I found. Occasionally I also said it out loud three times. I also read that it was good to brush your left shoulder with your hand, so I did that too.

Then, I went into the bath.

I was so certain that it would appear while I was taking a bath.

I looked up at the shower ceiling.

I looked behind me while I was showering.

I even looked at the bathroom mirror.

It wasn’t there either.

Great, I managed to survive it.

It didn’t show up in the bath.

It’s going to be fine.

It didn’t appear in the bath just like in the movies.

I’m really tired.

Whatever, I’ll just sleep.

Today was really unforgettable.

I don’t know if they’ll believe me, but I’ll tell my friends tomorrow.

I closed the lights as I lay down into my futon.

And then I realized.

I realized how naïve I had been.

It was sneering as it looked at me from beside the futon.

[Original End: It was sneering as it looked at me from the ceiling.]


Where Is The Demon?

Where Is The Demon?

Oni wa Doko, オニハドコ
Score 4
Status: Completed Type: Author: , Released: 2021 Native Language: Japanese
Fear that suddenly appeared in everyday life.

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