[VIEWER POLL RESULTS]

There were 334 votes cast in this viewer poll! Thank you for participating!

A pie chart showing the results of the viewer poll. Of 334 respondents, 285 voted to save Ping, 39 voted against, and 10 were undecided.

Selected Viewer Comments:

  • please save ping i will literally cry if she dies not joking
  • Ping’s like an NPC in a video game who ultimately doesn’t do much but it wouldn’t be the same without her, which means I legally have to say SAVE HER
  • I SWEAR IF THIS COMES BACK TO BITE US IN THE ASS >:(>:(>:(
  • Save Ping but give her rockets. Do it. I know you want to.
  • if u like it then u shoulda put a ping on it

MONO-9000 paused for a few seconds, apparently lost in thought. Then…

MONO-9000 speaks.
MONO-9000
…Okaaaaaay, I’ll fix her up so you can kill her properly next time.

It floated over to Ping’s body and plucked her head and torso from the ground with new rubber-tipped claws. The flashes of electricity finally died down, now that her power source was no longer in contact with the puddle on the floor. I winced as someone turned the lights back on– both from the brightness, and from having to see Gugalanna’s corpse in even more clarity.

Gugalanna's body and the remnants of Ping, now in clear view.
MONO-9000 speaks.
MONO-9000
Well, what are you standing around waiting for?! You’ve only got an hour before your very first Class Trial! Don’t you want to be prepared?
Riko snaps.
Riko
An hour?! That’s not nearly enough–
MONO-9000 sparkles.
MONO-9000
Not my problem! Kekekekek!

And with that, it zoomed through the doorway and out of sight. At least it was out of our hair now…

Jurou whimpers.
Jurou
…D-do y’really think she’s gonna be okay?
Aoi thinks.
Aoi
You mean Ping? I dunno… Hope so.
Sal frowns.
Salvatore
Strange for that thing to have a change of heart. I wonder what’s up.
Ishi snaps.
Ishi
Who cares?! Ping’s not the one who’s fuckin’ dead!
Tim yelps.
Timaeus
Ishi–
Ishi's losing it.
Ishi
–Shut the fuck up! Y-you can’t tell me I’m supposed to just– get over it! When I find out who did this to her I’ll fuckin’ ki–
Ishi gets pulled into a headlock again.
Ishi
GACK!
Vash looks miserable.
Vasundhara
I-I’m sorry… Let’s get out of here, okay?
Tim sighs heavily.
Timaeus
…Thanks, Vash… Sorry, Ishi…

Despite her words, Ishi didn’t seem to struggle much as a morose Vasundhara dragged her out of the room. My best friend’s anger resonated with all of us, but we had to focus. We only had an hour… Can’t afford to waste a second of it.

Let’s take a look at the crime scene.