An advanced alien lands somewhere in a search for energy to power her spaceship, and before long she comes across a young girl. The ship's energy runs on emotion, and as the alien's species doesn't give as much as an emotional output due to being able to easily switch between a physical form and a body of information, the girl is a perfect fit to help power it up.
The girl is rather abrasive at first and she pokes and prods at the alien. On the other hand, the alien frequently gets into rather unsavory conversations with the girl. However, they eventually put aside their differences and start to form a great bond, but it looks like the girl has some pretty big issues of her own...
This story is written in its entirety in a 2chan thread by an anonymous poster. An archived version of the original Japanese story can be read here, and an English translation by vgperson can be read here.
This story provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: The girl's father sexually molests her, and her mother physically and verbally abuses her because she's dissatisfied with having to raise her daughter.
- Accidental Murder: The alien pointed out even though the girl did want to kill him, the murder of her father was an accident. She pushed him while they were in the bathroom, and he slipped and fell in an unfortunate place, killing him in a matter of seconds.
- Accidental Pervert: The alien, a LOT. When they first meet, she places the equipment for generating energy from emotion somewhere presumably unsavory on the girl, so the girl accuses her of being a pervert, though the alien putting it somewhere strange is likely justified due to their different biologies. In later conversations, she reveals she's a lot more open about sexuality than the girl is (even though her sexual wants have dwindled due her body being half information), so the girl gets uncomfortable with this really fast, and pokes at the alien, which she knows hurts her.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Downplayed. A boy at school likes the girl and confesses to her, but she doesn't reciprocate and turns him down. However, the girl's friend liked the boy as well. Let's just say her friend did NOT take well to him liking the girl.
- Ambiguous Gender: The alien, initially, until the girl asks and the alien confirms she's a woman. This is discussed by the girl:Girl: Given its you, I was expecting you to say something crazy like "We dont have gender as such"...
- Condescending Compassion: The girl makes a friend at school, who only befriended the girl because her friend took pity on her and saw her as being lesser and more pathetic. When her friend's love interest confesses to the girl, she takes it horribly because her expectations of the girl were betrayed and starts bullying her - see Not Good with Rejection below.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The girl was abused by her parents (sexually by her father and emotionally by her mother), bullied at school for a multitude of different reasons, started believing her fantasies of living a happier life after she murdered her parents were real, and that backfired because her life was so unhappy, she couldn't even experience true joy in her imagination. Once this realization hits, she commits suicide, but the alien saves her in time to put her in another body so she can continue living. Afterwards, the alien puts the girl on her spaceship and they travel off to another planet. While the girl does have some getting used to in her new form, she finds the new planet - Earth - rather interesting, and the both of them are left with hope for the future.
- Death by Falling Over: How the girl's father died. See Accidental Murder above.
- Does Not Like Men: The girl considers boys to be "kinda scary" and would prefer it if they ignored her. Possibly because she was sexually abused by her father, even if she can't remember it at the time.
- Driven to Suicide: After realizing she's been living in a fantasy world after killing her parents, the girl stabs herself in the abdomen. While her attempt is successful...
- Bungled Suicide: ...the alien turns her into a body of information and prepares her a new physical body, which allows her to continue living.
- Earth All Along: Inverted. We're lead to believe the girl is a human and that the alien landed on Earth, but it turns out the alien is actually a human in a distant future where humanity has made many more developments and can now explore space. At the end of the story, the alien takes the girl to Earth, explaining this isn't the alien's birthplace, but the origin of her ancestors.
- Emotion Eater: A variation. The girl's emotions are used to power the alien's ship, but this doesn't weaken her ability to feel emotion by any means.
- Human All Along: Inverted with the girl, who's technically the real alien by our standards. Played straight with the alien, who's actually a human in a distant future where humanity has developed drastically, and can now explore space.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes:The girl, who's later revealed to be the actual alien by our standards, as the alien is a human in a distant future, insults the alien's appearance and pokes her in a way that hurts her, though the girl later regrets insulting her. That said, she doesn't really understand a lot of things about the alien's being, culture, and society, likely because the alien describes things in very eloquent ways... and being put off by it is only taken further once she's put into a human body for herself. However, after the girl apologizes for insulting her, in turn, the alien comments that the girl looks odd to her as well. The alien also makes commentary about the girl's culture being shy about sexuality (which she often forgets, to both of their dismay) and wonders if leaving family members' corpses in the bathroom is a norm in the girl's culture.
- I Lied: When it's revealed that the girl's experiences of being abused are just a fantasy based off of her old but real memories, the alien insists that, she, too, is a figment of the girl's imagination and takes her leave. However, she returns to save the girl in the middle of her suicide attempt and tells the girl she lied about being imaginary, that she was the girl's only piece of reality.
- It's All My Fault: Discussed. The girl blames herself for everything bad that happens that even tangentally involve her, even the things she couldn't possibly help. The alien repeatedly tries to make her see how overly harsh that is, but the girl quite eloquently argues for the virtue of choosing to take responsibility even when you don't have to. While this is a sign of how broken she is, the alien is also moved by the nobility of it.
- Matricide: The girl, shortly after murdering her father, also murdered her mother. While her father's death was unintentional, murdering her mother was very intentional.
- Miss Imagination: The girl. After she murdered her parents, she tried to dream up a fantasy world in which she had supportive adoptive parents and friendly classmates, and got so absorbed in this world that she was convinced it was reality. However, this ended up working against her favor. She didn't know what true happiness was like at all, so she couldn't even fantasize about being happy, and her fantasies came to be her way of reliving harsh memories.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The girl, after realizing she's responsible for killing her parents. She cries and says that she still loves them both, even though they didn't love her the same way, and hopes they can restart and get along in the afterlife. Afterwards, she attempts suicide.
- Nameless Narrative: None of the characters are given specific names.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The girl has an alien friend. Though as it turns out, the girl is not a human at all while the alien is.
- Not Good with Rejection: The girl makes a friend at school, and the friend likes a boy who doesn't reciprocate, but likes the girl instead (see All Love Is Unrequited above). Her friend took pity on the girl and thought of her as being more "pathetic". When the boy confesses to the girl and thereby betraying her friend's expectations, her friend was not having it at all. She even accused the girl of being a traitor and inflicted assortments of violence on her.
- Patricide: The girl accidentally murdered her father after pushing him in the bathroom.
- Resentful Guardian: The girl's mother abuses her because she doesn't want to have to raise her daughter, even accusing the girl of making them poor.
- Self-Made Orphan: The girl killed her parents prior to the events of the story. While murdering her father was accidental (though the alien found that the girl did have prior desire to kill him), murdering her mother right afterwards was intentional.
- Starfish Aliens: The girl, presumably. While it's never shown what she looks like due to the nature of the medium, she does mention that she has multiple limbs, no hair, and says that everything is 'vertical' in her human form.
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: In vengeance for the boy she liked confessing to the girl, the girl's friend harshly bullies the girl. She hid her shoes, vandalized her textbook, and pulled off the girl's underwear and showed it to the whole classroom.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: See Earn Your Happy Ending above.
- They Died Because of You: The alien tells the girl that she's the one responsible for killing her parents.
- Transhuman Aliens: See Human All Along above.
- Translator Microbes: The alien uses this kind of technology so she's able to understand the girl and vice versa.
- Vague Age: The character's ages are never specified. The girl (as well as her classmates, presumably) is definitely a minor, as she's still in school and the alien mentions the girl having an extensive vocabulary for her age and gives the girl a short body to match her age when she becomes a human - but it's unclear how young or old she is aside from that, though it can be inferred she's a teenager or maybe a tween. Likewise, it's safe to assume the alien is an adult as her comments on the girl's age imply she's at least somewhat older than the girl, but it's not clear how old she is, either.
- Wham Line:Alien: That world of yours... is all in your imagination.