"You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it."
― Libba Bray
Just play along. Pretend you haven't got a clue what's going on! Once you're at the airport, find the silver bus that says Happy Surprise Tours. Don't worry, if you can't find them, they'll find you."
Her mother's words had burned inside Yuzuko's brain. Game of Mass Destruction was a crazy show. People believed that the game was a hoax and that all the family stories were nothing more than fake news. She knew it was real, and the fact she was nominated just solidified the fact. Sweat poured from her forehead, swerving her shoulders to get through to her suitcases.
"Sakura?" Yuzuko noticed her girlfriend was leaning towards one side. It was the first flight that the two of them had taken outside of Asia. London was their number one choice for a honeymoon, but the dream had been corrupted.
"Oh!" Sakura straightened herself up. Her long hair slapped Yuzuko's face. "I'm fine, just jet-lagged. Plus, looking at that wretched woman's face makes me want to puke."
The wretched woman was non-other than Sia Bucks. People were checking in and out with their phones, rings and watches. Drones carried advertisements for Game of Mass Destruction. Posters of Sia Bucks plastered all over the walls. Every half mile had fans of the show fighting against protesters with the police struggling to maintain the peace.
Yuzuko was about to walk past it until she heard a familiar voice.
"Will they ever shut up about Game of Mass Destruction?" She couldn't mistake that loud voice for anyone other than Todd Patrick.
"Hey!" Sakura said, taking selfies behind the Union Jack flag. "Those guys sound familiar. I think that's Todd and Bobby."
"From the Choco Donuts group chat?" Yuzuko asked.
"Let's go and see them."
Yuzuko and Sakura approached the two men who appeared to be having a general banter. Todd was looking over at Bobby, who had his head stuck in his console. "Are you still playing that stupid Chocolate Donut game?"
"I thought you liked that game!" Yuzuko interrupted them. Sakura lept up and surprised Todd by covering his eyes.
Yuzuko could only see Todd's back, but could tell from the upbeat voice that he was glad to see them. "Sakura! Yuzuko! What are you guys doing here."
"We're on a trip to the UK."
Bobby looked up at Todd when Sakura opened his eyes. Taking no notice of the bustle. "For the record Todd, I think the story behind it is a masterpiece. It's so addicting. Got pretty much all the merchandise for it." He smiled at Yuzuko and Sakura. "It's good to see you two as well."
"You mean in that pink room?" Todd mentioned. Yuzuko remembered the room Bobby saved for his daughter from pictures. "You really do need to get out more."
Bobby shrugged his shoulders, pointing at his suitcase. "I'm outside now. This is my first holiday after all."
"You've got to be joking?" Todd yelled outside the checking point. Papers trapped between his fingers. "Don't tell me you've never been abroad on holiday?"
"Not everyone has parents you know; let alone rich ones." The crowds and multiple checkpoints must sent Bobby's anxieties off the scale. Yuzuko was so proud of him, knowing he'd been through. "I did not remember going away anywhere when I was younger."
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Game of Mass DestructionScience Fiction
Sia Bucks hosts the Government-funded reality TV show, Game of Mass Destruction. The 30th season is about to start, and the chosen twenty are bestowed the task to destroy a thousand flesh-eating robots for a chance to win two billion dollars. Acts o...