Thursday

"Well, that was a complete waste of time. Don't know why there's such a fuss over this video. It kinda sucks. Even as a weird surrealist piece, it's not very interesting."

Ring Ring

"Who the hell is that at this hour? Hello?"

"Seven days..."

"What was that?"

"Seven days..."

"Seven days what?"

"..."

"Seven days what?"

"...I-I'm sorry?"

"You've given me no context here. If you're calling up with that voice, it must be something sinister to fill me with dread, right? But without any context, I don't feel anything. If that was your intention, you're doing a really bad job of this. So, again, seven days what?"

"In seven days, I'll come to your home and kill you."

"Why?"

"Why what?"

"Why would you do that? What did I do to you?"

"You watched my video."

"You made that video? Honestly, don't quit your day job."

"W-What do you mean?"

"That video was a bit crap, to be honest. Yeah, it has some mildly freaky imagery, but there wasn't really a point to it. Was it supposed to be some post-modern arthouse thing?"

"N-No, it's just supposed to curse people who watch it."

"That seems rather inefficient. And needlessly cruel."

"Look, just get your affairs in order before next Thursday because I'm going to come and kill you, okay?"

"Okay, Okay. And what time should I expect you? I've got stuff to do that day."

"Oh, uh, whenever's convenient for you, I suppose."

"Thursday as a whole isn't really convenient, to be honest. Maybe we can reschedule for the day after? I've got a birthday party until five, but I should be able to pencil you in around six?"

"O-Okay... That sounds fine."

"Okay. Next Friday at six. See you then."

"G-Goodbye..."

"Bye. Huh. Weird."

Friday

"Why's the TV on? Did someone put that video on before they left? Huh. I don't remember that girl being in it last time. How the hell is she crawling out of the TV? Wait, are you the phone girl from last week?"

"Your seven days are up."

"Eight."

"...Eight days. Your eight days are up. I've come to take your life now. Tell me your name."

"Shinji."

"Shinji... I've come to take your... Wait, that banner... It's your birthday today?"

"It is."

"Oh! H-Happy Birthday!"

"You don't need to bow. But thank you, anyway."

"H-How old are you now?"

"Seventeen."

"I see. Actually, it's my birthday tomorrow."

"No way! Well, I can hardly die without getting a chance to repay the birthday wishes. That wouldn't be fair, would it?"

"I... suppose not. Shall I... come back tomorrow then?"

"If it's not too much trouble."

"It's no trouble, really. What time would work for you?"

"Well, I'm free all day, so shall we say... four o'clock?"

"Okay. Four o'clock tomorrow then. Enjoy the rest of your birthday, Shinji."

"I will. Thanks again.

Static

"And back into the TV she goes... She's a strange one."

Saturday

"Hello again."

"Hello again, Shinji."

"I told you yesterday that you don't have to bow. Especially since it's a certain someone's birthday today. Happy Birthday."

"Hehe, thank you."

"How old are you now, anyway?"

"fffffttysvn..."

"What was that? I couldn't hear you."

"F-Fifty-seven..."

"Come on. That can't be true. You don't look a day over nineteen."

"That's because I'm dead."

"Since you were nineteen? What happened?"

"I... I don't want to talk about it. But enough about that. The time has come, Shinji."

"Oh, okay. Oh! But before you kill me. Here."

"A... present?"

"Yeah. You know, since it's your birthday."

"*Gasp!* A necklace?"

"I thought it might have been a while since you'd gotten a birthday present, being dead and all, so I thought you should get something special this time."

"It's beautiful, Shinji. But... I didn't get you anything for your birthday yesterday."

"It's fine, don't worry about it."

"It is not fine!"

Okay, okay."

"Look. You be here at noon tomorrow. Okay? Okay!?"

"Okay, yes, I will be here at noon tomorrow."

"Good. See you tomorrow, Shinji. And thank you for the present. It's my first present in nearly forty years."

"Sure, no problem."

Static

"She's got a cute smile. I wish she'd show it more often."

Sunday

"Shinji? Hello!?"

"Hi, sorry. I was in the other room."

"Oh, good. I was calling you for a while."

"Oh, sorry. I had the TV on mute."

"Why did you do that? I thought you might have run away, or something."

"And miss a chance to see you again? No chance."

"Y-You just wanted to see me so you could get your gift."

"No, really. I enjoy our little chats."

"o/o L-Look, just take your present already, idiot!"

"Oh, thank you. And I see you're wearing the gift I got for you too."

"W-What of it? It would be untoward if I stopped wearing your gift a day after you gave it to me."

"I guess that's true. Oh, wow. This is a really nice watch."

"I-It's nothing. I just couldn't let you die after giving me a present without getting one yourself."

"Well, either way, I love it. Thank you."

"Y-You're welcome. A-Anyway! It's finally time, Shinji! I'm definitely taking your life this time!"

"But, then I won't have a chance to properly make use of this great gift you gave me."

"...mmmmm, okay, fine! One more day, Shinji! I'll be back here at noon tomorrow!"

"Okay, I'll set my watch to it then."

"..."

"You okay?"

"Sh-Shut up! Just enjoy your last day on Earth while you still can! Idiot... Why are you making this take longer than I can stand?"

"What was that?"

"Nothing! Shut up! Idiot!"

Static

"...She's so cute when she's angry."

Monday

"No more stalling, Shinji!"

"Crap! Crap!"

"You're coming with me this time!"

"Pants, pants, pants! Ah! Remote! Pause! Wow, that actually worked. I guess that only works while she's inside the TV, huh? Anyway, pants."

"..."

"Okay, pants are on. Phew. That was a close one. Okay, now, unpause and hope she didn't notice."

"Just make this easy on us both and come quietly!"

"Ah, spot on noon. Punctual as usual. At least, that's what this watch tells me."

"Stop it... Stop being so damn charming!"

"'Charming'?"

"Harming! I said 'harming'!"

"'Harming'?"

"Yes! Your kindness is harming me!"

"O...kay?"

"I keep coming here to take your life, but you keep being nice to me! Why are you making this so difficult?"

"I'm sorry, I didn't realise this meant so much to you."

"Yeah, well, it does! Using my cursed video to kill others is all I have left since I died!"

"But, people who watch your video are innocent. They don't deserve to die-"

"Neither did I!"

"...You were murdered."

"...Yes. I inherited psychic powers from my mother. The media called her a witch and murdered her. I killed them and then their loved ones killed me."

"When you were nineteen."

"Yes."

"But, that was so long ago. The people that killed you are likely all dead or close enough."

"I don't care. The world should suffer what what I went through!"

"And you think killing innocent people like you will make things better?"

"I... J-Just shut up!"

"Come here."

"No. Ah, hey! Stop hugging me! Let go!"

"Shhh... It's okay. You don't need to do this anymore. Let it go."

"No. Don't stroke my hair. That's unfair..."

"I can't help it. Your hair's really pretty."

"stop..."

"Like you."

"Hrrr..."

"It's a waste to see such a pretty face so sad all the time. Please, let it go. Move on."

"I can't."

"You can. You had the strength of will to persist after death and create that video. Resisting your desire for revenge should be trivial for you."

"No, I-"

"Yes, you can. I know you can. And, deep down, so do you."

"N-No!"

"There's no need to push me-"

"Shut up! Just... shut up for a minute, okay?"

"Okay. I'll shut up."

"..."

"..."

"..."

"...?"

"I-I'll see you tomorrow. I need some time to... think."

"Hey, wait!"

Static

"...Damn. I hope she'll be alright."

Tuesday

"Um... Hello? Shinji?"

"I'm here! I'm here! Hi. Are you okay?"

"Yeah. I'm... I'm okay. I'm sorry about yesterday."

"Hey, if I'm not mad about you trying to kill me, I certainly can't be mad about your little... freak-out yesterday."

"Y-Yeah... I gave it some thought and... I think you're right. I can move past this. I have to."

"Oh, good. Because I dreaded the idea that such a cute girl might lose herself to her dark urges."

"S-Stop calling me cute! I'm not!"

"I highly disagree."

"Hrrrrrrr..."

"You're even cuter when you pout."

"I can still kill you, you know."

"If these petty hits are all you've got, then I think I've got nothing to worry about."

"*Sigh* Heh. How are you always so unflappable?"

"What do you mean?"

"I've come here five days in a row now with every intention of killing you, but you never seem fazed by it."

"Oh, because I was never scared of dying in the first place."

"Eh? How come?"

"I was honestly contemplating taking my own life before I got your call last week."

"Wh... What?"

"But, seeing you fumble your way through this whole vengeful spirit thing was so adorable and fascinating that I just... heh, I couldn't resist sticking around to see it all play out."

"So, I... gave you a reason to keep on living?"

"Yes, I suppose you did."

"Heheh. What a sad pair we are, huh?"

"Heh, yeah."

"I guess it's ironic that my attempt to kill you gave you a reason to live."

"Very. But, you know, you being dead at the time really puts that video's quality into a whole new perspective."

"Oh, stop."

"Hey, don't hit me!"

"If I can't kill you, I can at least get you back for forcing me to let go of my vengeance."

"I... guess that's fair?"

"Good. Now, I have to go and... get some stuff ready."

"Okay. Will I see you again tomorrow?"

"Sure!"

"Good. I can't wait. Oh, hey, before you go. What's your name?"

"Hehe. You'll have to wait until tomorrow for that."

"That's mean."

"Now, you know how I feel. *Wink*"

Static

"Man, she is something else..."

Wednesday

"Hel- Ah!?"

"I was waiting for you this time."

"I-I can see that. D-Don't scare me like that. You'll give me a-"

"Heart attack? Aren't you a ghost?"

"...Sh-Sh-"

"Shut up, I know."

"Hrrrrrr..."

"Come on, don't be like that. I'm just teasing."

"You're mean. I'll kill you."

"We've already established that I don't care if you do."

"You're no fun."

"And you're the most fun."

"Then, I'll hold my name hostage so you'll never know what it is."

"Hey, come on now. That's the cruellest thing you've threatened so far."

"It's not nice, being on the defensive, is it?"

"I dunno. Sometimes, I like a girl to take charge."

"..."

"Heh."

"I'm gonna go."

"No, wait. You can't just leave. You promised me you'd give me your name today and I'm not letting you leave until you do."

"Is that the only reason you want me to stay? So you can learn my name?"

"What? No! I want you to stay because, well..."

"Yes?"

"Well, I... kinda... like you."

"You like having someone to tease."

"No, I mean I... like you."

"...Like like?"

"Like like."

"You... Wow, I... I l-like like you too."

"Heh. That's great. Is that enough like to tell me your name now?"

"Once you have it, what then?"

"Well, I'd like for you to stay here. With me."

"We both know I can't stay in this world. I've already passed on."

"Then, I'll go with you."

"You have people here who care about you. I know what it's like to be left behind and I won't let you do the same to them."

"Then... Maybe if I leave the TV on, you can come visit whenever you want."

"Okay. I can do that."

"And maybe I can come visit you in your... TV... house... thing."

"Sure. That sounds fun."

"Alright. So, same time tomorrow?"

"Of course. Set your watch to it."

"Oh, you know I will."

"Good. I'll see you tomorrow then, Shinji."

"See you tomorrow... TV Ghost Lady."

"Yukie. My name is Yukie."

"Heh. See you tomorrow, Yukie. I love you."

"I l-l-l-love you t-too, Shinji."

"Never stop being so cute, Yukie."

"You stop that."