It was no doubt apparent to the students that Manami was acting slightly off today.
The current head of the disciplinary committee, as always, stood by the school's gates at the end of the school day, keeping a stern eye on her peers. Or at least, she was supposed to be. Normally, she would reprimand anyone getting lazy with their appearance just because school hours were over, or if they were simply leaving too fast for her liking... but today, her eyes wandered over the others and she said nothing. She simply folded her arms, lips pursed as troubles ailed her thoughts.
Things were getting extremely hectic lately. Her usual complaints aside, lately that stupid app had been all the rage (and led to so many phone confiscations - popularity of apps meant nothing before the rules, damn it!), and she'd pegged it for trouble ever since the start. Not because there was anything overtly sinister about the thing - apparent predictions aside - but because it could, and most certainly was, a disruptive influence to the students.
And now, users of the app were disappearing.
Manami wouldn't be an immediate guess as a user of Strange Gospel, and that guess would be correct. That said, she had most definitely seen it in action during one of her first confiscations. As if showing the stupid thing's features would change her mind. That said, the fact it managed to show she would be twenty yen short for a sandwich during lunch the next week was... concerning. She considered the possibility that it was a video someone took from awhile ago and uploaded to the 'net like a creepy weirdo. But something niggled at the back of her mind, denying this could be the case.
And then, the spate of disappearances that only seemed to target users of the app... Manami didn't consider herself easily intimated. Her background and personality certainly showed she wasn't afraid of confrontation... but this was just too strange. How were her schoolmates disappearing? Was she a target too? Manami didn't even possess a phone that could download the app, but why did she have the horrifying feeling that just seeing the app in use had 'marked' her?
And then, on top of that, there was apparently a stranger in a trenchcoat hanging around?!
It spoke of Manami's incredibly self-restraint to prevent herself from screaming into the air in frustration, potentially freaking out . Lazy, slobbish students she could deal with. This was just getting riidiculous!
Ah, yes, the cherry on top: a recurring dream she could not understand, nor did she have a strong desire to at the moment. She leaned against the school's boundary, her present task momentarily forgotten. It sure took a lot to take her mind off of her duties, and damn was there a lot on her mind right now.