As Japan continued down the empty and silent halls of the second floor, his sandals made small clicking noises as he took one cautious step after another. There were doors lining both sides of the hall, until they disappeared into the darkness ahead; Japan turned to the door closest to his right, and tried to open it. The knob wouldn't budge.
"Locked?" Japan wondered quietly, turning and walking a little before testing his luck on another doorknob. Nothing to see there either; it wouldn't open. Quick pounding on wood caused him to snap his attention to the end of the hallway which he'd come up from, and then he saw you, panting a little from running so far.
"J-Japan, hey," you managed to choke out. "Find anything yet? I got worried because I didn't hear you, so I decided to come up here
" Japan nodded with a tiny smile at you, and replied smoothly, "[Name], there is no need to worry about me; please take caution and be aware." You nodded at him.
"Arigato gozaimasu," he said before trying another door. As he wasn't expecting it to open, his pressure on the door caused it to crash open; he stumbled inside the room before a plate fell off of a shelf, and smashed at his feet. He edged around it, slightly spooked; you clung onto his arm desperately, your pupils narrowed because of the sudden sound.
" Japan began. "It's alright." You blushed, and then quickly let go, putting your hands behind your back. "Ehe, sorry, NihonI was being stupid again." He shook his head, and then said, "You're not stupid. You're quite smart, in fact. But now we need to concentrate on the task before us, so don't hurt yourself on the broken shards." He swept the pieces into a small pile, and led you by his hand out of the room.
"I think we should go downstairs to check on the group," Japan said.
"Yeah," you replied, staring into the dim room and trying to see if there was anything of interest. After all, you didn't come to his weird mansion just to be scared. You wanted the loot; but Japan thought otherwise and the two of you headed downstairs again.
Japan's surprised exclamation startled you, and you jumped.
"What is it?"
"Everybody is gone," Japan murmured. "This is a regrettable situation we're in." He brushed past you to go back upstairs again, and you paused before following him.
"Maybe they wanted to explore for themselves, or maybe while we were up there they managed to come upstairs with us," you tried to argue. "We should probably just stay in one place and wait for them to come back down or something."
No," came Japan's response. "I have a bad feeling about this place. Let us go find them." You were slightly irritated you didn't get your way and it seemed like you would manage to avoid the other group again, but stuck with Japan's idea and walked the corridors in silence. After a few more locked doors and Japan's nonchalant expressions, you burst, "Let's just stop and--!"
It was a crash from inside the house which had made you stutter in the middle of your sentence.
"I think I'm just tired," you stammered. "But
Japan, did you hear that as well?" Japan was obviously shaking now, but he said, "Hai." You perked up for any other noises, and heard a dull thump coming from downstairs; then you hissed, "I knew they were downstairs. C'mon, Japan!"
"Hey, Japan," you shouted at the Japanese man who was just coming down the stairs. You waved the object in your hand at him. "Look!"
"Doitsu-san's whip!" Japan exclaimed with a concerned face. "What is it doing here?"
"I-D-K," you replied, shrugging. "Looks like he didn't want it or something!"
"I'll go look for Doitsu-san, so [Name], you stay here!" Japan ordered, running into another room across the main room.
You shivered, and sat down on the floor. It was dusty, but you didn't mind; however, you didn't have much time before a large shadow loomed over you.
Your scream echoed down the corridors, just as it attacked.