Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Japanese Cryptic: Elevator

Translated from Japanese by Shishou(師匠)


Cryptic Story

There was a certain mansion which had an elevator that was rumored to be haunted.

Just out of curiosity, I invited A-kun and B-kun to the mansion.

"Should we really be doing this?" A-kun said with a quivering voice.

"Huh? Ghosts don't exist!" B-kun assured A-kun.

"Yeah, yeah. Ghosts really don't exist." I added to B-kun's statement.

I entered the rumored elevator.

I: "Hmm...Certainly, looks creepy in here."

B: "I don't think we should be doing this."

A: "You are scared. lol"

I: "Lol, I think the same."

B: "Hey, I don't want to hear that from you."

A: "Aren't you trembling with fear? lol"

B: "Shut the hell up!!"

I: "Now, now, don't start fighting here. lol"


Elevator arrives, the door opens.

They both ran away with their tail between their legs.

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  1. Did SOMEBODY press the lift button since none of the 3 did? :)

    1. The narrator is the ghost in this story. One reader has posted a very detailed explanation below. :)

  2. I'm guessing that "I" is actually a ghost since the other two doesn't really seem to be responding to his words in their conversation.
    Also, it seems like "I" was the only one who entered the elevator so the "Elevator arrives, the door opens." line implies that A and B were waiting for the elevator to arrive on the ground floor rather than it being the three of them in the elevator waiting for it to reach another floor.

    1. Woah! That's 100% correct. Kudos to you; this was really tough to crack cryptic.

    2. Thanks. I suspected "I" was a ghost when the story said "I" entered the elevator but didn't mention anything about A and B entering the elevator.

  3. oh! i know that ghost! it's Casper, wasn't it!?

    1. Casper the friendly ghost? Yup, that was casper and just wanted some friends :(

  4. This one is really tough, thanks to Anon- san! I would've never guessed, because I "invited" A and B to the mansion. Also, if the 3 of them was not together in the elevator, then why "I" talk to himself? Please do explain because this time I am really confused lol XD

    1. "I"'s talking to himself is most likely just him commenting on their situation. I guess "I" is basically seeing them as entertainment.


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