Goodbye Liar — Chapter 9︱Her Subterranean Hallows, Pt. 3 (also known as “There’s Supposed to Be a Cheat Code for Happiness”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

After the last verse leaves her lips, IA releases a breath from the depth of her diaphragm and breathes through her tiny nostrils. Yukari’s eyes are alight, while she’s finishing up the last line of the tune. IA notices that the Yukari that immerses herself in her music is more childlike and innocent, far different from the spiteful person that showed her fangs, from before.

Like their city’s distant fairy tales around half-moon transformations, and the formalities of the bequeathed tradition, Yukari is metamorphosed into a new person, her chrysalis is shed. Though, whichever of the two or three dualities within her, are truly indicative of the light that lay on either side of the moon’s surface… is a mystery to anyone involved. Her core self isn’t evident through this experience alone. And thus, there isn’t enough of her that she is willing to unveil, her hangetsu transfiguration is harangued by the sweetest solemnity.

Who is Yukari Yuzuki, really? IA asks herself and finds the subject of her thoughts… staring into her with a cat-like gaze.

“O-Oh!” IA stumbles, her awareness opening with frail petals, “H-Hey there, I kind of zoned out, so I didn’t notice that we were done!”

“I think it’s a sign. I suppose, that you and I should get a little bit of shut-eye,” Yukari says with a small smile, “but, I must say — your voice sounds more magnificent in person, than from a video-recording.”

“T-Thank you!” IA says in reply, with a small bow, “Well then… uh, where will I be sleeping?”

“I only have one bed,” Yukari groans apathetically, seeming either tired or annoyed by the question, “but, I can set up a futon on the floor.”

“Is that really okay?” IA asks again.

“Yes!” Yukari growls, but her amethyst eyes still remain expressionless, “And, if you don’t hurry to bed, I’m going to tempted to completely ravish you!”

IA does a double take and replies with, “You’re going to do what to me?!”

“Just fuckin’ go!” Yukari yells after a sharp inhale, “Ya hear?”

“A-Alright,” IA concedes, still feeling a few unwieldy shivers, disperse like legions of termites down her spine!

The bedroom next to them is small, some would say quaint, but to IA it looks like a prison cell. The sheets are the color of dirty dishwater and the pillow looks as stale as aged bread. IA slinks over to the twin-sized bed-frame and slowly, and carefully sits on the mattress. The springs shriek and the piercing noise hurts the sensitive girl’s ears, IA thinks to herself, This room is where Yukari sleeps every night? She can afford all of those weapons and instruments, not to mention the high-tech security, and yet… and yet she chooses to sleep on something so meager?

IA hears the drop of Yukari’s aforementioned futon and she peaks around the doorway and sees Yukari laying on a slipshod sack, that would normally never constitute as a functional futon or even a comforter! The lavender-haired, rock ‘n roll demon has her head turned away from the bedroom door and she’s using her right arm as a pillow. The Lunarian of an android’s other arm is cradling the other side of her skull, and she’s fastened herself into a strange position, like how someone would regularly buckle themselves into a rollercoaster.

Feeling timorousness and a suffocating guilt, IA tip-toes over to the frail figure and covers her figure with the thin blanket on the bed. Yukari doesn’t stir, but there isn’t a sound or a snore, so IA is unsure if her companion has even fallen asleep and she’s too afraid to look at her sidelong countenance to check! IA lays on the stone-cold bed, bereft of any covering, and cradles herself to sleep, in this unfamiliar hermitage.

At daybreak, the flaxen-haired ingénue is startled awake by Yukari’s contralto singing-voice, the hooded VOICEROID is monotonously crooning—

難易度:EASY
Difficulty:EASY
right down up right right down right right up up down down left right left right
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ちょっと、↑にためて下さい。

Wait a moment, please hold the “up” button.

格ゲーで↑溜めがあるキャラって絶対ジャンプするから使いづらいよね。

In a fighting game it’s often difficult to differentiate a “hold” up command from the “jump” command.

難易度:NORMAL
Difficulty: NORMAL
right down up right right down right right up up down down left right left right
right down up right right down right right up up down down left right left right

回転 一回転

Rotate 一One Revolution

世ノ中意外トアマイ

In this life, I am surprised and naïve

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right down up right right down right right up up down down left right left right

回転 反転 一回転

Rotate, Invert 一One Revolution

オレノ仕事ジャナイシ

Hey, that’s not my job after all

むちゃぶりじゃないか 不可能 可能
Isn’t that asking a bit too much, trying to make the impossible possible
とにかくやれって 命令ばかり
“Anyhow, just do it!” Just taking orders

UNREASONABLE 理不尽 UNREASONABLE

なせばなるって 精神ローン
“If there’s a will there’s a way” you say? Tapping into my spiritual reserves
マイナスばかり 貯まって
Filled to the brim with negative emotions

馬鹿 ばか バカ

Stupid! Idiot! Moron!

コマンドを入力

Command Entry

ここまでの隠しコマンドを正確にコメントすると、
If you’ve entered the secret code properly up to this point,
もっとセクシーな姿に···!?
perhaps you’ll take on a sexier form···!?

なりません。

Nope.

難易度: HARD
Difficulty: HARD
→↓BAXYLR↑↑↓AYLRA
→↓↑→AXYR↑↑↓↓←

回転 一回転

Rotate 一One Revolution

世間体ガ正義

Keeping up appearances is justice

→↓BAXYLR↑↑↓AYLRA
→↓↑→AXYR↑↑↓↓
ちょっと? 間違えないで下さい。
What’s wrong? Don’t start messing up now.
過程ヨリ結果
Results over process

むちゃぶりじゃないか 学校 会社

Isn’t that asking a bit too much? School and work

頭ごなしの 命令ばかり

No chance to get a word in edgewise. Just taking orders

UNREASONABLE 理不尽 UNREASONABLE

なせばなるって 精神ローン
“If there’s a will there’s a way” you say? Tapping into my spiritual reserves

マイナスばかり 貯まって

Filled to the brim with negative emotions

馬鹿 ばか バカ

Stupid! Idiot! Moron!

コマンドを入力
Command Entry

さっきはスミマセンでした。正確なコマンドをコメントすると、

Sorry about last time…but this time if you enter the right code,

今度こそもっとセクシーな姿に···!?

you’ll surely become sexier···!?

なりません。

Not.

正直ナトコロ見タイ

I’d like to see some honesty

まだまだ大丈夫! いけますよね?

Hey, it’s still OK! You can keep going, right?

絶対ニヤレ

You gotta do it

難易度高すぎるかもしれませんけど、

I know this is getting pretty hard but,

あなたなら出来るでしょう?^^

Since it’s you, you’ll be fine, right? ^^

確実ニヤレ

It must be done

居残り 補修 出張 残業
Working overtime, fixing things up, business trips, putting in the hours…

とにかくやってもらわないと···

If you can’t get this done for me···

トテモコマリマス

I’m gonna be really let down

難易度:INSANE
Difficulty: INSANE

居残り 補修 出張 残業

Overtime, fixing things, business trips, long hours,

宿題 課題 テスト 卒論

homework, problems, tests, graduation thesis,

依頼 任務 命令 責任

Requests, duties, orders, responsibility,

納期 期日 提出 明日

Billing dates, due dates, presentation deadlines, all tomorrow.

部活 試合 練習 勝利

Club activities, matches, practice, victory

業者 商談 接待 成立

Vendor meeting, negotiations, business dinner, agreements,

進学 就職 転職 面接

Higher education, employment, changing jobs, interviews

回転 反転 一回転

Rotate, Invert, One Revolution

期待シテタノニ。

Even though I had all those hopes.

後輩 先輩 先生 上司
kōhai, senpai, sensei, jōshi
→B↓AY↑L→
気ニ入ラレタイ
I want to be liked
友人 同僚 彼氏 彼女
Friends, coworkers, boyfriend, girlfriend
↑↑↓↓←→YL
所詮他人
There’s still strangers to deal with
疲労 心労 問答無用
Fatigue, anxiety, there’s no point in arguing

SELECT START SELECT START SELECT START

ABYL RX→←

↑↓同時押し

↑↓press at the same time

十字キー陥没

The key pad freaking caved in

左右モ同時押シ
Press left and right at the same time too
むちゃぶりじゃないか 不可能 可能
Isn’t that asking a bit too much, trying to make the impossible possible

とにかくやれって 命令ばかり

“Anyhow, just do it!” Just taking orders

ドウシテ?ネエドウシテ

Why? Hey, why is it like this?

なせばなるって 精神ローン
“If there’s a will there’s a way” you say? Tapping into my spiritual reserves

マイナスばかり 貯まって

Filled to the brim with negative emotions

馬鹿 ばか バカ

Stupid! Idiot! Moron!

むちゃぶりじゃないか 学校 会社
Isn’t that asking a bit too much? School and work

頭ごなしの 命令ばかり

No chance to get a word in edgewise. Just taking orders

UNREASONABLE 理不尽 UNREASONABLE

なせばなるって 精神ローン
“If there’s a will there’s a way” you say? Tapping into my spiritual reserves

マイナスばかり 貯まって

Filled to the brim with negative emotions

馬鹿 ばか バカ

Stupid! Idiot! Moron!

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TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Published by eggheadluna

H.E. Rodgers is the author of the Juniper's Tree series, also known as the 真柏Project. MyAnimeList: https://myanimelist.net/profile/Egghe... Twitter: https://twitter.com/EggheadLuna #真柏Project #JunipersTree

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