Yuri: "I.. I don't understand…"
She looks away, her normal pensive self, but I don't know what she means, unless-
Yuri: "This isn't right, what's happening?"
I don't like this, is this Monika's doing? Out of the corner of my eye I see a new file and quickly check it.
"It's going to be okay, Yuri.
It's Monika. I..
You're about to know a lot of things very quickly and it's going to be scary, but it's also going to be okay.
Sit down, we're all in this together. I'll be back to the club once I finish here.
Take a breath, don't worry too much about understanding everything by yourself.
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry."
A message for Yuri? So it's true. Yuri knows. Maybe Monika found out how to make everyone receive the same 'treatment' as herself? I'm scared of what this could do to everyone.
I really hope we can hold this together.
Sayori: "Yuri? Is something wrong?"
Natsuki and Sayori both huddle around Yuri, who has begun to cry softly as she stares at the table, hands on her temples as she leans forward.
Yuri: "I.. I.. I, don't know. Is this.. Am I..alive?"
Yuri falls quiet as the other two girls begin to comfort her, it isn't long before the next person realizes the truth.
Natsuki had been kneeling beside Yuri's desk but as the screen advances she's holding Yuri tightly in her arms as her eyes go wide and tears begin to form.
Natsuki: "aah… ah...thi-this isn't normal. I know what happens here.."
The screen advances; A panicking Sayori is attending to both girls as Yuri sobs more heavily and Natsuki buries her face in Yuri's uniform.
Another file. I don't know if I should give them a file of my own or if they aren't ready for any more yet.
"Natsuki, focus on these new files, the rest will follow.
Don't try to focus too hard on anything, just let it come together.
We will make it through this together, I promise.
I hope what I'm doing is right. ~Monika"
The screen advances once more. Sayori has joined the embrace and now the three girls are holding each other tightly. They aren't doing well… but things could get worse.
I decide to add a note while we wait on Monika.
Stay strong-stay together-txt
I don't know how hard this is right now. I don't know if after you've gained an understanding of all of this you'll stop liking me altogether, but I care about you all so much.
I'm going to stay here for you.
It's going to be okay. We're going to make it better this time."
I have no idea what to say. That was stupid. I feel helpless to all of this. I continue to advance the dialogue, to no avail. Nothing is changing yet.
It's strange waiting on time to pass with this disconnect.
Monika finally appears.
Monika: "Oh.. no." -
Monika: "Is everyone okay? It's going to be okay, please let it be okay."
Monika rushed over to her crying friends but stopped herself short of reaching them.
Monika: "Sayori?.. Yuri..? Natsuki?" →
Monika: "I know it's a lot to learn so quickly, and.. I know what terrible things you now know.. Can I come closer?"-
Natsuki: "Stay back!" →
Yuri: "Y-you made me, you made me do terrible things. You made us fight, you made me cut more and more. You found out my secrets and you used them, you used us."
Monika stepped back.
Monika: "Yes.. I did.. I.. I know you hate me now, but I just want to help you through this. It's better for you all to know this and not have to live unaware of the truth." →
Monika looked away. The air was getting heavy, for myself as well. This was too much, too quickly. Of course they are locking up and clinging together like this.
Of course they are pushing Monika away, they lived through what she's done so many times.
Of course this isn't a better ending.
Sayori: "Wait… Monika.." -
Sayori's cheeks are streaming with tears as she extends an arm Monika's way.
Sayori: "...you brought us back.. You opened our eyes, knowing it would reveal terrible things about you." →
Sayori: "come here, let's stick together this time…"
Natsuki and Yuri remain silent. The screen advanced to show Monika approaching, but neither of them have budged.
Monika: "I want to help.. Please let me try again. I'm not asking for forgiveness, I never can, but please let me…" -
Yuri held out her hand as well.
Natsuki: "Just get over here." -
Yuri: "..please. We can talk later, just. For now, please."
As the screen advanced to the four girls embracing I let out a sigh of relief. I'm still tense, worried, and uncertain. But thanks to Sayori we're at least starting on the right foot.
I have no idea what's right here. I don't know how you would react to meeting the person who's killed you in such disturbing ways so many times.
Is it all because it was hardcoded? At the very least, it looks like we've broken out of that now.
This has never happened before. Maybe this is when they each gain true free will. In which case does that excuse any of the past? The past is what made them who they are. I doubt it.
And it's not going to magically get better. But maybe we can make it to a better ending.
The screen dims before fading out completely.
Monika: "I think we're going to need some time to talk. I don't..
I don't expect things to go wonderfully, but I'm already happier now than I've been in a long time- just to see them completely free. Truly alive.
I feel like I've regained what I lost when I saw you…" →
Monika: "That makes it feel even worse to know what I've done to them… I need to do better, but I can never take back what I've done. Not truly." →
Monika: "Please visit us soon… I'm sure everyone will be at least a little more at ease then. And, thank you."
I check again for any new files, but the folders have gone still. I decide to leave a note before I close down for the day.
For Natsuki- Yuri- and Sayori-txt
"I don't know the right words to give you right now. Monika seems to be trying ever since I spoke directly to her.
She seems to be trying to make up for her mistakes, which I know is putting what happened lightly.
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for everything you've endured. You're back now, and it's not happening ever again.
I don't know what's best, so I don't know what to tell you about Monika, or the real world, or yourselves.
Take a moment to relax and let everything fall into place in your minds, then think. Think long and hard about all of this.
I'll be here for you, and Monika wants to help you along as well.
I think finally finding a way to speak directly to you all has broken you out of the script. I think you're all truly free now. Even those terrible things..
They were part of the script even then.
I care about you, I'll be back tomorrow.
This is the beginning of our newest ending. Hopefully one that doesn't have to fully end. One in which everyone is free from the binding code and you can all truly live life.
Please be kind to each other.
I love all of you, including Monika. She went through all of this alone, but this time no one has to be alone."
I have no idea how things will end up. But I think this is the start of a long process of healing for each of the girls.
From wounds they've always had, and from wounds they only just found out existed. But hopefully, together, this can be the new 'best' ending by not being an ending at all.
I look through the files and it really seems like a lot of the script has been torn apart by Monika's earlier eye-opening act. Maybe this really is the beginning for all of them.
No longer tied down, no longer robotically repeating themselves. I wonder what that means for them?
Just four friends stuck together, in their own little world, with a small glimpse into something grander.
Maybe I can make that a little less depressing, and maybe they can make it better for each other as well.
Only time will tell. But I'm not giving up on them. They each mean so much to me, it's the least I could do.