12 • Yuki's Hotel

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6/13 After School

We went to my Palace again two days later with a plan on how we were going to steal my Treasure.

"You see us as threats?" Mona asks, noticing we were all wearing our Phantom Thief outfits.

"I see you as people trying to steal my Treasure, so I suppose," I paused then muttered, "There's someone in my Palace"

"Yeah, us," Skull says.

"No, other than us. A masked person, trying to kill my shadow"

"The same person Madarame told us about," Panther says.

"Maybe, I'm not sure"

"Why a hotel?" Fox asks.

"People never stay in my life. They're there for as long as they need to be, then they leave," I answer.

"Alright, let's split up," Skull said. "Panther, Fox and Joker, you take the left. Spectra and I will go right"

"Hey, what about me?!" Mona shouted.

"You can go with them," he added, waving a hand towards Fox.

Skull and I started walking down the hall, in search of an elevator to get us to the next floor. I opened the first door, stepping in to get a better look, and found a yellow shirt on the ground. I moved it with my foot.

"Hey, that's my shirt," Skull commented. "What's it doing here?"

"Yuki?" Another voice that sounded a lot like Skull's asks.

I looked up at them, seeing another Ryuji, but this one was shirtless and not in his Phantom Thief outfit. He came over to me, completely oblivious of the real Ryuji in the room, and kissed me.

When he let me go he turned into a Shadow. Skull and I fought it off quickly then left the room, continuing down the hall.

"What was that all about?" He asked.

"This is my cognitive world, it's what I see. I see you as someone who... likes me?" I mumble nervously.

He chuckles, scratching the back of his head. "Let's just forget that happened, we should keep going"

"It's probably best we don't open any other doors, either"

We met up with the rest of the team and made it to the roof which had a beautiful garden. We found the Shadow me standing there beside a large tree.

"There's her shadow!"

"Wait, don't attack her," I tell them weakly.

"What, why? What's wrong?" Panther asks.

"He's here"

The Shadow version of me fell to the floor, but didn't vanish. The masked man ran away before we could stop him. I remained frozen on the spot, expecting myself to die.

"I'm going to die"

"No, you're not. You would've already been dead when your Shadow died, right?" Panther asks, hoping to be right.

"I'm not sure," Mona replies. "Maybe since we're here, still in her Palace, she isn't going to die. But stepping back into the real world may cause some problems"

"Why is my Palace still here? My Shadow is dead, the hotel should be falling apart," I say.

"I don't know, maybe that's because you're still in here. When you leave it'll be destroyed"

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