Note: Written for Fic_Promptly, prompt "Fatal Frame/Ouran, Hikaru &
or / Kaoru, lost in the forest (it was Tamaki's fault!) they find
themselves trapped in a certain village". There's very small spoilers
for the Shadow Festival ending, because I thought it was a pity that
nobody got to see the twins.
See The Twins In The End
It was all Tamaki's fault.
He'd had the idea that it was fun to play hide-and-seek in the woods.
The haunted woods. The woods where Minakami Village lay, the legendary
place that had disappeared centuries ago.
It wasn't a legend, not anymore. Not to him and Kaoru, not after all
they'd gone through when they'd stepped where they shouldn't have
stepped. He hefted the camera as they came into the room full of
candles, too tired to do anything but gaze at them. Their clothes were
dirty, and his twin looked as exhausted as he was. They'd spent hours
on the run from hostile ghosts, unable to sleep, and of course the one
friendly person - ghost, whatever - was gone. At least the two of them
were smart, and the puzzles of the place weren't too hard, with them
together, but he was still tired.
Kaoru leaned on him as they stood there, and Hikaru nudged him. "Gotta
go forward," he said. "Maybe if we…."
His twin nodded, and they walked forward, only stopping as yet another
pair of ghostly twins appeared before them in the center of the room.
Twin girls, sleeping with a kimono or something similar draped over
them, hands joined together. Hikaru had to wonder if these two had made
it here, just like the two of them had, but had been too exhausted to
go further. They looked so peaceful.
Hikaru and Kaoru were not going to share their fate.
He raised the camera, took a picture of the twins. Maybe if they made
it out, it would mean something to somebody somewhere.
"Let's go," he said, and they plodded forward.
The next ghost, the one they'd found before, was far less pleasant to
deal with. They fell to the Kusabi, the mad girl's cackle coming from
nowhere to taunt them.
As Hikaru lay there, everything going to grey, he thought he saw one of
the girls reach towards him, as if to help him.
And everything faded to black.
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