It Was Game Over

Twenty minutes later, police arrived and took us to Masa’s home. At the living room, his parents and my parents were waiting for us anxiously. We were rebuked about an hour and forbidden to see each other for next two weeks.

When we were in the second grade, we were in the same class again. We always looked for a new prank to have a gay time and already earned the reputation for pranksters. It was around June and monsoon season. We were at Masa’s house and got bored to death due to heavy rains. Out of boredom, we concocted a silly prank to amuse ourselves. We thought that it was fun to make a threatening call to every classmate. We took a time to write a draft and polish it carefully, so that it would sound real. The main theme was that we called them anonymously and ransomed them for their lives to bring five million Japanese yen to the park at 5:00 p.m. prompt.

We called every single of our class mate. It was a hard job for us not to burst out laughing during the call. Sometimes we couldn’t read through the whole script, because we simply could not refrain from bursting out laughing with tears in our eyes. After we called every single of them, we were laughing uproariously, clapping hands. I was getting a little anxious, so I warned Masa that it would be a big trouble if someone recognized our voices. He did not feel any slightest danger and convinced me that it would be impossible to detect our voices, because we changed our voices skillfully. Thus, we were nothing to worry about.

The following day we went to the class room as if nothing had happened. It was a costmary for our teacher to have some announcements in the morning. While she was telling us about our itinerary of the day, one of the classmates suddenly spoke up, “I had a threatening call from a stranger yesterday.” When I heard it, I got shit-scared even though Masa encouraged me not to worry about anything. And then another classmate chimed in with fatal words, “I had a threatening call, too. I recognized the voice – it was Shogo.” As soon as they heard my name, many classmates started agreeing and shouting in unison, “It was Shogo!” Furthermore, many classmates recognized Masa’s voice as well. Finally, our teacher asked how many people got received a threatening call from us yesterday, and every single of them raised their hands heatedly. It was game over.

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