Todd patted Bobby's shoulder. "Wait, you went to Amsterdam last year. That counts!"
"That wasn't a vacation." Bobby bit his lip and turned away. "I really don't want to think about that day. So... can we please just forget about it? Anyway, which gate do we have to go to?"
Todd smiled as he marched forward towards the exit. "Well, you'll be in for a treat."
"Guys," Yuzuko butted in with Sakura pacing behind. It was amazing how Bobby and Todd were exactly the same online as they were in real life. "Where are you guys going?"
They skipped past several tour groups and oncoming human-traffic to catch up with Todd. "It's a surprise."
"That's his way of saying he hasn't got a clue!"
Todd pointed to the front page of his leaflet. "It says we've got to look for a silver bus."
"Silver bus?" Yuzuko froze on the spot. Stomach-churning, she tried to convince herself that it had to be just a coincidence. It can't be? Todd and Bobby were going to be part of the show as well. What were they thinking? It would kill Bobby with his mental health issues.
"What's wrong?" Todd asked, bringing Yuzuko back to reality.
"We've got to get a silver bus too." Sakura saved Yuzuko from an awkward moment. "A company called Happy Surprise Tours."
"That's our bus too!" Todd explained.
"Well, now we know why we had to get the bus from the airport." Yuzuko sensed the sadness in Bobby's eyes as he spoke. The way he shook as if he was out of his comfort zone. She wondered if Bobby was in the know, whilst Todd was oblivious.
"No idea," Todd admits. He seemed none the wiser. He pointed at Bobby and showed the papers. "I know that we've won this holiday and we've got to wait around here."
Bobby sighed. "It sounds overly complicated. Are you sure it isn't a scam?"
"They had a website in Japanese," Yuzuko lied. "Mother paid for ours. You two are lucky that you won. My mother said it cost a lot of money."
"Well then, it can't be a scam then." Todd folded his arms.
Oh dear Todd, Yuzuko thought. Her head sunk into her neck. She rubbed her eyes and yawned. You have no idea what kind of shit you're going to get into.
"What makes you so sure?" Bobby asked.
"Cause the bus is just parking up." Todd was right. A silver bus was parked right outside. "By the way, have you been getting those weird emails from RHF Corp?"
"Of course," Yuzuko replied. "My grandfather runs the company."
Bobby shrugged his shoulders. "I deleted it. Just assumed it was spam. Did you read it?"
"Of course I did," Todd said.
"You really shouldn't. That might be why you get so many viruses on your laptop."
"Hey!" Yuzuko yelled. "My grandfather dosen't make viruses. He's the best of all men. RHF stands for Robots have Feelings."
"Really?" Bobby said, chuckling. "It sounds like a pitch for a video game."
"Now you're interested." Todd went to one of the vending machine behind him to get a drink." Well, it's urging people not to support that TV show, Game of Mass Destruction and not to be afraid of robots."
"I've never watched the show, Game of Mass Destruction. There's an old PC game called Mass Destruction with tanks, is it related to that?"
Todd collected his can. Dropping his voice tone down a pinch, he said, "You've never watched it?"
Bobby shook his head. "No. I don't watch TV. I've only installed Netflix for you."
"It's only the most popular show since Disney did the Game of Thrones remake."
"That show is terrible, but not as bad as Sia's game! It's the worst show in the world!" Sakura screamed.
"It's a disgrace!" Yuzuko folded her arms. "I hope they shut it down for good."
"So, what's it about?" Bobby asked.
"Mainly robot slaying. But I'll be honest, I like it more when they've got lesbians in it."
Bobby pulled his crucifix from out of his top. "Now I know what you do at night."
"Gross!" Sakura wiggled her shoulders. "You're such a pervert."
"Not like that, I just happen to think it's a great show that has something for everyone. It's so real with the sex, killing and everything!"
"I don't think they'll ever broadcast it if it was real. The Pope would forbid it. Surely these TV production companies have standards. It must be staged."
Bobby has such a pure mind compared to the filth that came out of Todd's mouth. Yuzuko wondered how the two got on like a house on fire.
Todd carried on waffling on. "The Pope has no power over TV."
"Sometimes I wish he did."
"So, we can hear songs of praise every morning? No thanks, Bobby." The interior of the bus had more sunshine then the skies outside with its floral curtains and plush leather seats. The bus driver's disgruntled face stood out from the flamboyant colours.
Sakura and Yuzuko listened, dreading how Bobby and Todd would react in the game. Todd's gameplan would involve pulling his pants up and down like a yo-yo. Yuzuko knew that she would be safe with the two of them around. Bobby was a devoted priest, thus would have no interest in killing or sleeping with anyone.
It's the others she had to be worried about. Once everyone took their seats, a woman dressed in orange steps into the bus as her voice boomed into the microphone. "Hello and welcome to Happy Surprise Tours. My name is Lisa and I will be your tour guide today." Lisa did a headcount. "Great! There's twenty of you."
Yuzuko didn't know how much longer she could pretend to act. Seeing Bobby and Todd was bad enough. To see her online friends from Seoul, Sook-Jo and Chang-Hoon as well as her friend from Shanghai, Yanyu and her Uncle Fan thrown into the mix made her sweat. To make matters worse, there was a man from America panicking, suspecting that they might be dragged onto the Isle of Hakai to play the game and that Lisa was non-other than the vile Sia Bucks herself.
Lisa butted in on the couple's conversation and smiled at him "Let me reassure you that you are all safe. Our first stop will be near the beautiful beach with green pastures and delightful waters."
"Devon or Cornwall I reckon," Todd belted out.
Lisa smiled. "You'll see."
The bus made several detours for scenic drives stopping at Birmingham, Oxford, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. The occasional stops left enough time for bathroom breaks, selfies and snacks. By the time the bus drove into a ferry in Portsmouth, the moon was already up when the bus converted into a ferry.
Yuzuko was so happy to see more of her online friends but wished that she had the guts to tell them it was all a trap and hatch a plan for all of them to escape. By doing that, she feared she'd do more damage than good. Yuzuko had visions of Sia dropping bombs. Because God knows what Sia Bucks had in store for them should she rebel.
Lisa helped the bus driver on with a gas mask. Yuzuko noticed that a lot of the other passengers were still asleep. When she looked at Sakura, she found herself yawning and drifting off.
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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...