|Period 62: The Girl in the Poster|
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For an upcoming art contest Yue decides to enter an old picture her father drew. But as she begins to change it, she notices strange, other changes are beginning to occur.
Yomi is working on an entry for an art competition and asks for some opinions. She observes a couple of ghosts, then decides to paint something new; she wants to surprise everyone.
Admiring her limitless freedom in the form of paper and drawing supplies, Yue is approached by some classmates who have discovered that another one of her posters was chosen to be featured. Yue humbly claims that this was only because nobody skilled had entered, although in her thoughts she is much more confident; she's loved to draw since she was little, it would only make sense she would be so talented by now. But she refuses to say that on the ground she might sound arrogant.
It's then a handsome classmate remarks that she has become their classes pride, and he asks for her autograph once she becomes famous. Yue is very flustered by this until he goes on to ask her if she will be entering the upcoming traffic safety art contest. She assures that she will be, and mentions that she's been giving it some thought already, and she tells them that she will do her best after they notice the winning entry will be displayed nation wide.
Or so she thought, at the time.
Tiredly, Yue collapses with scraps of paper surrounding her. She hasn't gotten any good ideas or inspiration, and she knows that if she relied on a past entry to assist her, then chances are her classmates wouldn't surround her with such admiration as usual. It's then her dad joins her and asks to see her work, and immediately he's filled with nostalgia as he recalls drawing similar things when he was younger. He shows her some of his old work and asks for her opinion, but Yue is less-than impressed.
It's then she spots one picture her dad did, of an accident involving a truck that ran into a pole and has alarmed onlookers. She feels such a picture would make a strong impact, and seeing no harm in submitting this type of design she decides to emulate it with her own skills to clean it up a little and make it look even better. Soon the entry day arrives and everyone is wowed by Yue's entry. As she expected it holds a lot of impact and everyone stands in admiration of her bold entry, convinced she will win for sure. She admires her own special touch, a girl laying on the ground in front of the truck- but just then, a Teacher calls for her and brings her back to the Staff Room. She and a few others have been concerned over her picture, but Yue can't understand the problem because to her it doesn't feel all that tragic and the girl is the focal point. She is disappointed the Teachers don't understand but the Art Teacher comes to her defense by saying Yue took a realistic approach with her entry, and it's different from the others in a good way.
Yue feels relieved to know that at least one of them gets it, and she's convinced the judging panel will be overwhelmed by her amazing entry. A typical Mary-Sue artist would never get this attention, if she wants to become famous she has to be willing to get a little controversial sometimes. Inspired to make her picture even more stronger she decides to redraw it again.
The following day as everyone comes into class they notice Yue has redrawn her entry. Yue observes its admirers as she thinks about the various upgrades she made to ensure her entry looked even more realistic, and she decides that in order to make sure it remains a strong entry, she will keep working to upgrade it.
That night at home Yue is approached by her dad, who asks how her entry is coming along. But because she can't tell him that she was copying his for inspiration, she insists its nothing special as they eat dinner. As she eats, she tries convincing herself that by now it's become her own creation anyway.
Yue rushes into class the next day and wonders how else she could improve her image, and notes that tomorrow will be the day of competition. But to her surprise she finds that something new has been added that she can't recall drawing; it looks like someone put blood beneath the girl. She is in disbelief knowing this might have happened, but notes that it's become even stronger now. But she wonders when this could have happened.
The next day Yue eagerly hears everyone chattering about her image- but not in a good way like she hoped. In fact, a few of her classmates are concerned by her "new additions", confessing that they're kind of scary looking. Yue is confused because the last time she checked, there was only a little blood on her picture. It can't be that bad, right?
Seeing Takao even express concern causes Yue to worriedly observe her picture. She sees the girl has a face that she doesn't recall drawing, but she isn't able to linger on it very long when their Teacher calls for everyone to head inside for class. She finds herself too distracted to think about anything else however, and she decides that in order to save her entry she must hurry up and redraw it again. Once class ends, Yui rushes back to her image and is prepared to fix it when she notices its been changed again; somehow, the image appears to be moving. She drops her supplies in disbelief as her friends approach, concerned by her inability to be satisfied yet. They know she likes drawing but worry she might be getting too out of control in her striving of perfection.
It's then one girl seems to recognize the location, it's a traffic signal near their school. They ask Yue if she is correct and she confirms that she is, and she observes it more closely to realize they are indeed right. She never gave it much thought before, but now that she's noticed it she rushes into an empty girls' room and calls her dad at work to ask about it. He's surprised because she usually doesn't call him during school, and he begins to recall the picture, explaining that a girl was hit by a truck that ran into a pole near her school- much to Yue's alarm as she thinks about how the girl wasn't in his original picture.
To her shock, she discovers that her dad was working on a project for the traffic safety program, but because he didn't know what to draw, he took out his notepad one day after witnessing the accident. He didn't think anything was wrong with it at the time, but after he redrew the scene from memory he realized it would hold bad vibes considering it was a real accident, so he never submitted it.
Now, Yue begins to wonder what ever happened to the girl from the accident and she runs back to the area the posters are displayed to observe hers. She wonders if the girl she drew was the very same, and frustrated with this ordeal she tries ripping her poster off of the wall, until she sees the girl suddenly reaching out for her. She turns away in a panic and runs from the hallway, nearly running into her classmates as she runs out of school. In her blind panic, Yue runs while trying to determine what she can do for her entry now and mentally claims not to care about this girl, saying she can die.
It's then Yue is hit by an oncoming truck.
As she lays on the ground, bloodied all over, Yue sees her friends, Takao, and their classmates staring at her in fright. She can barely access the critical damage done to herself as she tries to ask them for help, and as everyone screams and tries to get an ambulance, she realizes she's at the very same location in the picture. This dons on Takao and everyone else as they think back to her entry; which is shown to have changed, so that the girl in the picture has been replaced by Yue. As bloody tears for in Yue's eyes, she realizes that the girl in the picture wasn't of the girl in the accident, but of her this entire time.
Back at school some students notice that the picture looks different, and now there is a ghostly-looking girl behind the victim. They observe the girl, who appears to be smiling.
As she is putting on the final touches of her picture, Yomi wonders if Yue's fate would have been different if she wasn't working for others praise. She goes on to ask what she should do with her picture, and she notes the surprise from the Readers in seeing it, as it looks a lot better now. She's come to believe that taking the high road leas to a happier outcome, while shortcuts may lead to an accident. She asks everyone to be careful.
- Yue Miyazaki
- Yue's Father