[Atsuro is smiling down at his communicator, and pretending this morning didn't happen. There's just something about his smile, however...]
I'm pretty sure I heard other people mentioned Halloween over the network. [Gotta set up the context or something for this. Wait for it.] And it reminded me of all the usual Halloween stuff and tricks to scare people.
Which lead me to this... Have anyone heard of One Man Hide-and-Seek? It's a game for those brave enough to take on the unknown.
[Oh, a game. How bad can it be?]
First off, you need to prepare things in order to guarantee your safety. You need a stuffed doll with all four limbs, some rice, needle and red thread, and it must be red, a sharp tool like a knife, fingernail clippers, a cup of salt water or sake, a bathtub and a hiding place.
So what do you do with all of these? I'll get to that now.
First, preparing the doll! You replaced all its stuffing with rice and a few of your clipped fingernails, then sew up the opening with the thread. Make sure there's some thread leftover, you need it to wrap it around its body. It's a part of the instructions, as well as that extra 'oomph' to the look. Don't forget to give it a name!
Just not your own.
After your doll's ready, draw a bath and take that cup of salt water or sake into your hiding place. And now we can start with the game.
Let's say the doll's name is...Yuji and I'm playing the game as the example, so you just substituted our names with yours if you're trying it out.
At 3AM in the morning, I'd say "For the first game, Atsuro is it." three times and drop Yuji into the bathtub. Make sure there's water in it! After that, go around and turn off all the lights in the house. Or your apartment room. But leave the TV on, as long it's on a static station. Then you count to ten with your eyes closed, before going to the bathroom with our sharp tool. Back to using me as an example, when I get there, I'd say "I found Yuji!" and stab him.
I won that round, so I say this next: "You are the next it, Yuji". Then I leave it where it was, even while stabbed, and hurried back to my hiding place as fast as I can and...hide quietly. Don't forget your cup of salt water or sake with you!
This is the part where people reported hearing things, feeling things and basically all the spooky stuff. It'll go on until sunrise, so stay hidden as quietly as you can, or else Yuji will find you!
[He smile, quite into this and not at all disturbed, before continuing.]
Let's say you want to end the game early. This is where that cup comes in. Take as much of the liquid as you can in your mouth, but don't drink it, and look for our friendly stuffed friend . But, keep this in mind, they're not always in the bathroom. So keep on searching for them, and never spit or swallow that liquid. Once you find them, spit the liquid over the doll and say "I won!" three times. That's almost the end of the game!
So how do we truly end it? Just burn the doll and get rid of their remains.
But sometimes...people reported feeling a bit sick a while after their game.
Oh and make sure no one else is around when playing the game! Why? Well, they might get "found" instead of you and you don't want them to be found by our dear, stuffed friend.