“Not at all. But I could tell how long it was. It’s not that long.”
“Yeah, yours too Saki. It’s about the same,” Satoru said looking relieved.
He crumpled up the paper and set it on fire. It was reduced to ashes in a matter of seconds.
“…but did you see even one word?” he seemed unusually anxious.
“Not a letter. Your writing is so awful I couldn’t read it at all.”
He was finally convinced and left the room. I went over and looked at the stack of papers he had written on. Satoru pressed down hard when he wrote, so it left a distinct impression. I shaded the paper lightly and the words appeared.
I looked it up in the library and found that it was the mantra of Akasagarbha.
It would probably go smoothly. I held my breath and focused on Satoru.
He was breathing quietly as if asleep, but once in a while murmured something unintelligible.
Right now, Satoru’s consciousness was at its lowest, almost like the state you’re in when you’re hypnotized. If you could bring out all the thoughts that are usually suppressed, like what happened to me earlier, then it wouldn’t be surprising if you could control someone through their hallucinations.
The hardest part about hypnosis was bringing down the subject’s level of consciousness. If you could do that, then the rest is easy. After all, I already knew the mantra buried deep inside Satoru’s mind.
Nonetheless, failure would be unforgivable. If I fail, we would both die here. I rehearsed my lines mentally over and over. I took deep breath and spoke in my strictest voice.
Since I couldn’t see him, I couldn’t tell if there was any response.
“Satoru Asahina. You have broken the rules and gone where you were not supposed to. Furthermore, you have allowed your mind to be poisoned by a demon. The real problem, however, lies much deeper.”
I felt him stir.
“You have violated the very foundations of the Code of Ethics, the last of the Ten Precepts, ‘Do not desecrate the Three Jewels’. You have fallen for the words of a demon and questioned the teachings of Buddha. Therefore I must seal your cantus immediately.”