Another Bizarre Day in Morioh

Josuke Higashikata

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"Mori mori mori mori, Morioh Cho Raaadioooo~"

"Good morning! Greetings, all! This is Morioh Radio, and once again is me, your neighbor, Kai Harada."

"What a beautiful morning, thanks to the clear weather we're having. And I have a perfect song here to start the day. Here's our first song for the morning."

The radio sounds off from within the alarm clock sitting on a dresser next to Josuke's bed. Upbeat music blares loud enough to wake him up from his slumber. Grogginess comes over him, fitting with enough sleep he has gotten. His eyes blink a couple of times to the realization that he's awake. Josuke gets halfway up, propping his back against the wall behind him and his bed. The once pompadour haircut is a mess thanks to his sleep.

His hairstyle now was chaotic and messy, not something Josuke would prefer to go out in public with. The smell of breakfast cooking enters the room with his nose sniffing the air. Eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee are the mixture of the scent that his mom was cooking. Josuke already knows that if he doesn't get ready now that his mother is just going to give him an earful of him being lazy.

Within minutes after waking, Josuke goes to the bathroom down the hall to begin his hygiene routines. He starts brushing his teeth, flossing, sloshing mouth wash, applying deodorant, and fixing his hair into a pompadour to finish his hygiene. After wetting his hair, he applied hair gel to start the process, brushing it into his desired style. After fixing himself up, he walks back to his room to dress in his school uniform. It only to him three minutes to put on the school uniform.

He looks back to see him all dressed up and his pompadour looking fabulous as always. With everything looking satisfying to his style needs, Josuke walks out of his room, closing the door, then following the kitchen's cooking aroma.

"Morning, Josuke. Breakfast is almost done cooking. How would you like to have coffee?" Josuke's mother, Tomoko Higashikata, says out loud over the popping coming from the eggs and bacon cooking together in the same pan.

"Yeah, sure. Could you put in some milk and sugar for me?" Josuke replies, walking over to the kitchen table with his hands in his jacket pockets.

The coffee maker and toaster are sitting on the table, both cooking currently. Josuke's mom takes the eggs and bacon out of the pan, putting them on a plate. She places the food on the kitchen table in front of her son before he sits down.

"Milk and sugar, right?" She questions before pouring the coffee for him.

"Yes," Josuke replies, pulling one of the chairs out underneath the table.

Before he could sit down, the doorbell rings to catch their attention.

"Could you get the door, Josuke?" His mother calls out, being busy to cook the rest of the breakfast.

"Sure."

Josuke approaches the front door and opens it to see who it is. A friendly, familiar face stands on the other side of the doorway. His best buddy, Okuyasu Nijimura, is happy to see Josuke and ready for the day.
 

Okuyasu Nijimura

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"Oi Josuke!"

Okuyasu leaned against the doorframe, giving his best friend a cocky grin. "Koichi called me and told me you were coming home yesterday!" He stepped inside the threshold and waved to Josuke's mom. "How was it helping out the Speedwagon foundation? Did Jotaro say hi?"

One of his hands came up to puff his own shorter pompadour. "I joined a tournament and died! You know, like that old movie." He put a finger on his chin and watched as Josuke grabbed his breakfast to go. "Oh! And I fought another Stand user with this big robot lady! She was pretty cool. But she ran off to do something."

As they exited and stood outside on the brick walkway, Okuyasu wrinkled his nose. " They canceled school, for like, a week. Wanna go visit Mikitaka? Or get lunch at Tonio's after the arcade?" Okuyasu's singularly focused mind neglected to mention the reason for the school closure, considering he'd tried to cope with the awful oppressing wave of ennui and pain that swept across the world with a few sneakily acquired Sapporos.

As they headed down the street, they passed a strangely shaped rock on the side of the road. Almost instinctually, both Josuke and Okuyasu raised their left hands and gave a mocking little salute towards the rock.

"Yo, Angelo!"
"Oi, Angelo!"
 

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Josuke was surprised that school had canceled for the week. That means his vacation is going to last even longer. They walk down the familiar sidewalk that makes up their regular route, passing by the houses that made up the suburb of Morioh.

"I saw that new game on TV you were in when I stayed in Arcadia. For sure, I was rooting for you, Okuyasu." Josuke positively mentions as they walk down the street.

"It sucks I didn't get to finish at the top of the leaderboard. My stand's power got reduced, thanks to that uncomfortable collar we had to wear." Okuyasu states about his moments in Dante's Abyss.

"Hey! How about next time we both enter? We could do damage to other players and have a chance to get our MVP moment for everyone to see on live TV!" The stylish pompadour teen confidently proposes his idea to the delinquent.

"Hell yeah! Crazy Diamond and The Hand teaming up together will be an amazing duo to bring our game on!" Okuyasu adds, having a cartoonishly happy expression upon his face of Josuke wanting to join him in the next Dante's Abyss.

"When one of those tents get set up in Morioh or anywhere else, I will sign up with you, I promise." Josuke bets on his soul to having Okuyasu's back in the game.

"Those bastards aren't going to know what hit them! Hehehe!" Okuyasu daydreaming about their badassery taking on others.

They come across one of the recreational parks that Morioh holds. Not wanting his breakfast takeout to get cold, Josuke tells Okuyasu to stop here and rest for a minute. Both rest at a tree off the beaten path and hung out. Josuke opens the plastic container that holds his breakfast. Two eggs, strips of bacon, and two pieces of toast are what made his breakfast.

He holds a fork and begins to munch down on the breakfast after starving this morning. A thermos filled with coffee mixed with milk and sugar sits next to him. Josuke remains seated on the healthy green grass while Okuyasu leans against the oak tree. They conversed while Josuke finished up his breakfast that only took three minutes.

"So, were you able to talk to Jotaro again after working with the Speedwagon Foundation back in Arcadia?" Okuyasu questions while Josuke takes his last bite.

"I saw him once, and we only got to exchange our greets since he didn't have much time to talk," Josuke recalls, placing his fork back in the used container and snapping it shut.

He takes a sip of his coffee, caffeine entering his body, making him more ready for the day to come.

Josuke remembers what his buddy questioned earlier about what they were going to do for the day.

"How about we go visit Mikitaka? I haven't seen him in a while. I'm curious of what he's up to lately." Josuke remarks about visiting their alien friend, that is now a resident in Morioh.

"Sure! When we catch up, let's all go hit up the arcade!" Okuyasu excitedly says with a childish manner, just the thought coming over his mind imagining spending time again with his original friends he has been dying to do for some quiet time now.

The duo sets out exiting the park and is now back on the regular streets of Morioh. Pedestrians pass the two while walking, and traffic on the road was not too heavy. They remember where Mikitaka is supposedly living since he hypnotized a woman, making her think she is his mother.

It was great to finally be back in Morioh, away from the hustling and bustling of the great city, Arcadia.
 

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They'd taken a long leisurely walk through the streets of Morioh, passing by lots of whitish tents with the SPW logo on them. "Oh yeah, Josuke! Did they tell you why they came here? I mean, I guess it was some kinda disaster or something, but none of the people want to talk about it. You'd think a planet blew up or something!"

Behind them, someone poked a head from a tent and then flipped Okuyasu off. Neither teen noticed as they went further down the block heading for their strange alien friend's neighborhood. The two approached a public playground dotted with slides, swings, and a climbing structure shaped like a rocketship. Okuyasu slowed down to stare at it, clearly awed by the height. "Wow...has that thing ever looked so big? I coulda sworn it was only like..ten feet tall a week ago..." He scratched his head, looking at the rocket as Josuke walked up to the structure. He raised a fist and clanged on the metal, making a ringing sound.

A hatch opened up near the top, and the placid face of Mikitaka poked out and looked down at the two. "Oh. Okuyasu and Josuke. Hello. I'm glad you're here, I was hoping to see you before I left."

Josuke looked up his pompadour at the white haired teenager as he slid out of the rocket and floated down to the ground. The three exchanged the complex handshake they'd taught the alien, Okuyasu passing him a Calpis drink he'd bought with breakfast. "Mikitaka... you're leaving? Where?"

Okuyasu and Josuke exchanged glances, trying not to chuckle at the alien's possible antics. "Going home, huh? Morioh got too boring for you?" Josuke joked.

"No." Mikitaka replied. "This corner of the universe is going to be destroyed by Darkseid."

Okuyasu felt a twist in his stomach at the mention of the name. "Wait, like, an eclipse?" He guessed. He was sure he was wrong though.

The alien shook his head. "No. An intergalactic conqueror, and a Fallen arbiter." The blank looks on the two youth's faces made him clarify. "Every planet in the crossroads was made by someone. They guard them. And Darkseid was one. Now he seeks only to destroy, and I have finally been able to repair my vessel." His face softened as if he were wistful. "I am saddened I cannot take my friends as well...but there is only room for one."

Josuke tried not to burst out laughing. "I mean... it's a toy, man! Good luck!" Then his gaze straightened and he got a much more serious look on his face. "Wait, wait.... intergalactic conqueror?"

Okuyasu looked sheepish. "So that's what that voice telling me I was needed was about...." He counted on his fingers, The Hand materializing to draw figures in the sand. "There was that weird cartoonist guy, and then the voice message in my head that I drank to forget... then all the refugees started coming in and the Speedwagon foundation showed up."

Something dawned on him.

"Hey, Josuke...." Okuyasu said, failing to notice his friend reading a newspaper that Mikitaka had handed him. "If there were tons of people that lived on another planet.... and now there's tons of extra people here....I think a planet DID blow up!"

Josuke held the front page of the Morioh Times open in front of Okuyasu's oblivious face, the headline reading GOVERMORNE DESTROYED.

"Oi....hey. You know I don't read the news!" Okuyasu exclaimed, getting to his feet and raising a hand to smack their alien confederate on the back. "Well, good luck getting home! I guess we'll see you in a couple days!"

Mikitaka waved goodbye as the two left. "We will never meet again. Goodbye, Okuyasu and Josuke. I enjoyed learning about human friendship."

"Soooo......let's get lunch at Trussardi, and then maybe see if the Speedwagon Foundation knows anything else. We gotta help if this guy can blow up planets or whatever!" Josuke said with the confidence of the natural leader he was.

FWOOOOOOOOOOOM

The silvery rocket from the playground rose in a column of smoke and heat, arcing above the horizon and clearing the lower stratosphere before Okuyasu could even say "Za Hando."

The two looked at each other, and then as one, pretended they hadn't seen it.
 
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