It’s been weeks since I was sent to the ski lodge to collect the mysterious doll and collect samples from the skiing lodge near there. It is indeed the exact same doll Hatsuya had that went missing decades ago, but, in terms of the condition, the doll seems a bit newer and not a fake. Is this another copy of it, or from earlier in the past than the one we had? We now have the technology to analyse what this thing is made of, but it can’t sense any magical presence.
The mysterious doll is now in the hands of the Powell Research. The doll was never in Hatsuya’s hands (unless you count myself) as it turns out that they were only interested with the ski lodge near where the doll was found and already have existing data about the doll in question. Powell doesn’t seem to be interested about it as they mention it as the only man-made shelter in the area from the blizzard that frequents there. I had to distance myself from the research team because Hatsuya could observe what I could see and hear with my own eyes and ears and use me as a tool to look into what Powell is doing.
Hitoko: “Ms. Saeko, during our observation, this doll seem to be giving out quick emerald blue flashes with random, but long, intervals between each instead of the rapid flashes of emerald green that you described.”
Blue? I have never seen or heard of the doll emitting that colour before. Them mentioning the kind of colour it is associated with eliminates the possibility of them mistaken blue as green. I have seen one quick flash in green before, but the doll wasn’t anywhere near me at that time, though I’m not sure if it doesn’t have to be near me, or not for me only, for it to work.
Me: “That is new. This has never happened before, so I don’t know what it means. Did you, or the other staff researching this thing wished for something in the same or neighbouring rooms as where the doll is being researched?”
Hitoko: “Well, I was thinking about if everyone were to always wear skirts of lengths like most school uniforms these days instead of other kinds like jeans and such. Nothing more, though I’m not sure about the other staff. Maybe each pulse I saw is from each staff, and the colour possibly meaning that it won’t happen immediately?”
An interesting theory, though I’m not sure if this is the exact cause behind the strange patterns of lights.
Me: “Green is for accepted, I think. Never saw other colours before, so I don’t know what it means. If it had read yours and that happened, it might mean it heard what you wished, but I don’t know if it would happen later or not accepted.”
I am secretly agreeing with what Hitoko was wishing: girls would look awful if they are not wearing skirts, or are wearing the long ones. I’ve also seen women with bad fashion sense and/or housing, and want them to have something better. As for the guys… The girly boys might as well be rescued from having ugly male things and become actual girls. I don’t really like girls who behave like boys either, or those who show unethical behavior. Also, could something be done to a girl’s body to be more useful, less stressful, and no awful ones?
Hitoko: “Hey… some rapid flashes of green are happening now, and I’m feeling something happening to my body.”
I feel it myself too, but I don’t see any noticeable changes between us.
Anouncement: “Attention all supervisors and management staff. Please come to the auditorium immediately for an emergency meeting. This includes the board of directors.”
I don’t know what happened for them to call everyone at such short notice.
Hitoko: “I think that includes us.”
As we made our way there, it became more apparent that every single person heading there is a woman wearing skirts with not a single man in sight. I remembered that the people the anouncement mentioned included men, and women who don’t wear skirts. Quite a number of them seem to be making calls on the way there. I received a call from Kotomi too, who sounded a bit different.
Kotomi (on phone): “Saeko… I’m scared. Shin’ichi, (2nd brother), my uncle, my dad, Itsuki, all the guys I know, had been turned into girls. My own behavior has changed too: don’t know why I am so emotional. I tried to be like my usual self, but I can’t. Help me! I think I might be going crazy!”
She sounded very different than usual. Kotomi is considered the most male-like person in the family, but she doesn’t sound like it now. She has to see Itsuki as a male regularly to keep her sanity level stable, but if Itsuki is a female now, he can’t become a man even when the Mizuho uniform is removed, and Kotomi would become insane. It was because of this curse that Kotomi has to marry Itsuki even though she wasn’t interested in him, but she has to in order to make sure she sees him regularly after graduating from high school. The news of all the men having turned into women itself is also shocking. For the past few years, it’s been gradual, but why so sudden now? I don’t know the full extent of it currently.
Has it something to do with what I had just wished? All the non girl-like boys might have already become girls, so saying having the girl-like boys to become actual girls also means wiping out the remaining male population? Well, there could be men who are neither tough nor girl-like left behind, but I see nothing but females around me. Even the females who previously behave like males are now forced to behave in a very feminine way. I said “forced” because they could still think as their old selves, but are helplessly unable to express themselves except in a feminine way.
At the emergency meeting, it was revealed that all the remaining males who weren’t turned into females with the existing phenomenon had just been completely been turned into girls, women who were above a certain age had become young again, and all children below a certain age suddenly became teenage girls. It’s not clear if it affects all males, or just the girlish ones, but it is for sure that there are only girlish males left behind when it happened as everyone else had already been changed.
Babies who are now being born from their mothers already have a body and behaviour of a well behaved teenage girl with, oddly enough, clothes. This is for existing pregnancies. With the male gender seemingly wiped out, how could anyone reproduce themselves naturally? This could start the extinction of the human race if this is not solved as, even though females can produce children, that could not even happen in the absence of males. It is unknown at this time if a compromise has been made to compensate this or reverse this situation. As nobody was able to stop the earlier phenomenon, I doubt anyone could stop this one. There is apparently no known way to turn back.
With everyone now appearing to be girls of around the same age, the idea of a family now looks nothing more than a group of girls of around the same age being together. This change is similar to Mizuho uniform, but is independent of it at a larger scale without the uniform itself, more allowances to visual differences. Everyone is wearing a skirt that are no longer than a certain length. Except for a few, they all are of the same “default” tartan design pattern and colour. I’m guessing the ones aren’t wearing those were those who already have skirts of that length or shorter at the time it happened as mine never changed, I don’t see skirts longer than that length, and I heard some people who weren’t wearing that “default” skirt saying that they weren’t wearing it earlier but had owned it before.
The clothes could be taken off, but if no clothes are worn for longer than a rather short time (30 seconds on average), the previously worn clothes would reappear at sections where no clothes were worn in that time. Even stranger for the bottom: unless wearing another skirt of a specified maximum length or shorter during that changing time, a previously worn skirt would always appear. No clothes could be worn over the skirt except as part of the upper clothing. Clothing underneath it is allowed, but only if the said skirt is worn first. This means that nobody could be naked, and everyone is forever stuck wearing short skirts.
There is, however, a loophole for people who doesn’t want to be seen wearing the skirt: pin the bottom of the mandatory skirt upwards onto the clothing covering the torso as clothes worn at the legs are technically seen as beneath the skirt. Due to the “skirt first” rule, if the skirt is removed without removing the clothes underneath for more than a certain amount of time from removing the skirt, those clothes would be removed automatically. There are exceptions to this, but it’s not much. One thing for sure is that this loophole does not work with the Mizuho uniform, which now oddly seem like a more restricted version of this strangeness.
The extent and the impact of this new phenenomon is not known in its entirety at this point in time, but from what we have seen so far, it certainly is a major change.