Family on Repeat

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πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have lots of fun⭐⭐⭐🎡🌈

(Translated and arranged by Saya)

This happened last week to my little brother, who is 9 years old. 

That day after school, my little brother decided to pop back home before going out to play with his friends in the nearby playground. 

He played hide-and-seek with his friends, and before long the sun began to set; then at one point he saw his whole family -- dad, mum and me -- come to the playground to take him home. 
This was unusual and my little brother was so happy that he stopped playing the hide-and-seek although the game was still going on, and said goodbye to his friends and went home with us. 

After he arrived home, I came to his room and helped him with his homework. That was unusual too. 
I looked so cheerful and stayed by his side the whole time he did his homework, and we talked happily together about the latest video games.  

Then came the dinner time, and mum called us from the dining room on the first floor.   
Our rooms are on the second floor, so we yelled back that we were coming and went downstairs. 

It wasn't an anniversary or anything, but somehow mum had prepared a feast for us, and there was even Hamburg steaks*1 on the table which was his favourite dish. 
My brother gobbled up his Hamburg steak in no time; and dad (who was never talkative) noticed that and asked him "do you want the half of my steak too?" in a caring manner.

Soon it was the time for his favourite anime show, and he switched the TV on, but it only showed snowstorm, and it was the same state with all other channels. 
Then all of a sudden, mum snatched the remote away from his hand, and turned off the TV. 
She was smiling cheerfully as she did it, so he felt that was a little creepy. 

After the dinner, mum said to him, "I have bought a cake for you."
Dad said, "let us have a bath together." 
I said, " I have a new video game." 
Everyone was in good mood and smiling at him. 

But us being so nice caused my brother to want to do something mischievous. 
He decided to tell us that he would go to the restroom, and then not go back to the dining room. 

Our restroom *2 has a door which is designed in such a way that if you locked it, it renders the doornob immoveable too.
So if you locked the door while it was still open and then closed it, you could lock it without someone being inside the restroom. 

When we first moved into our house, my brother would often use this mechanism of the door to play a trick on us, and we would frequently end up prying the door open using a 10-yen coin.

So his plan was to lock the door using the same method, and then hide in the small basement storage room accessible from the floor of a washroom*3 on the opposite of the restroom. 
And he thought he would jump out of the basement when we came to search for him.

At least that was what he said was happening in the house.

I said that was only what he said was happening, because none of it was happening in the reality as I knew it. 
My brother went actually missing after he said goodbye to his friends in the playground. 

According to his friends, in the middle of playing the hide-and-seek, my brother suddenly shouted, "I am going home," and walked away from them. 
They didn't see anyone come to pick him up. 

But he never came home, although the night was creeping in, and we heard nothing from him either. 
We reported him missing to the police, and called out to him from loudspeakers in the town.

Dad made calls to my brother's friends, and it was the first time I saw him lose his composure. Mum was in total agony, crying inconsolably.

I myself went to the playground and searched in and around it, asking anyone I met for any information about his whereabouts . Honestly, I feared that we had lost him forever. 

Around the same time, while my brother was hiding in the basement, he heard the announcement from the loudspeaker that we were searching for him. 
As he sat there confused, suddenly the door to the dining room was banged open, and he saw the three of us walk out of it, in an orderly manner, towards the restroom. And he heard us say just like before: 
"I have bought a cake for you."
"Let us have a bath together." 
"I have a new video game." 
We uttered those words in the exact same tone of voice as before.

At this point, my brother realised something was seriously wrong, and he decided to stay where he was and continued to observe us from there. 

Then we again said:
"I have bought a cake for you."
"Let us have a bath together." 
"I have a new video game." 
And we began turning the doorknob so fast and banging the door so furiously as if we intended to break it. We made such terrifyingly loud noises that my brother was convinced that he would be murdered on sight if he was ever found by us. 

Just as he thought that, the door to the restroom was broken open, and an eerie silence followed. 
And then:
"I have bought a cake for you."
"Let us have a bath together." 
"I have a new video game."  
The three of us -- or what looked like us --- started going up the stairs,
chanting the same phrases as before. 
As soon as they had gone upstairs, my brother jumped out of the basement and ran out the front door on barefoot.

He ran away at full speed and without looking at where he was heading; but somehow when he realised he was back in the playground. 
The police car was still parked there, and the police officers were searching around the place. My brother saw them and ran up to them, crying. 
The police informed us of it straightaway, and because I was also looking for him nearby, I went to fetch him. Thus we were reunited.

The story I told you just now was a summary of the story that my brother told the police officers, but of course they didn't believe any of it, so in the end they concluded that my brother temporarily left home of his own volition. 

However, ever since then, whenever my brother comes home, he immediately checks all the channels on TV with a dead serious face. When I see him doing that, I can't help but think he was telling them the truth. 


*1  Hamburg steak --- A popular dish in Japan. See Amazing Japanese Hamburg Steaks 

*2   Our restroom --- In Japanese houses, the toilet often isn't found in the bathroom but it gets a room of its own. Japanese people tend to think it's unclean to have the toilet in the bathroom.

*3  Washroom -- 洗青所 (sen-men-jo) in the original Japanese text. It's a place where one brushes teeth, washes one's face, or takes off one's clothes before taking a shower or a bath.

Here are more stories about creepy family πŸ˜†πŸ’œ:


  1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 13:29

    Sorry the story isn't Halloween related πŸ˜†πŸ’“✨ But I hope I can continue to post more spooky stories in the coming month!

    Thank you always for leaving comments. I really, really appreciate your contribution to my blog!πŸ’“✨

    1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 13:33

      Btw I don't know why but I like creepy stories that involve families behaving strangely. πŸ˜†✨

  2. I see there's a glitch, call the technician and reset the simulator ASAP before the human realize what is happening.

    Good story Saya! πŸ˜€

    1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 14:53

      OhπŸ˜†✨ Are we in the Matrix?

      Thank you for your funny comment!🌈✨

  3. The thing about family behaving strangely is that it invades your home. It isnt an outsider. It is something near your heart. Thats why the story of that girl and her mom calling her downstairs is so scary. ,πŸ‘½

    Cryptics next time saya san please? 🀀

    1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 15:05

      You might be talking about "A voice from upstairs." I have added it to the list of creepy family stories above! πŸ˜†✨

      Thank you for your comment!

  4. This was creepy and terrifying indeed. I was really confuse with how the sister was telling the story until I read after the next part. Thank you as always!

    1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 16:54

      The narrator was actually a boy.πŸ˜†✨

      I am so glad you found it scary!
      Thank you so much for your comment!πŸ’“✨πŸ’“✨πŸ’“✨

    2. Wait it is? I was under the impression that the narrator is a girl πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

    3. Saya_In_Underworld31 October 2021 at 12:50

      Yes but it doesn't matter πŸ˜†✨

      The narrator used the male pronoun δΏΊ(ORE)to refer to himself in the original text.

      I didn't think it mattered to explain it in the story so I left it out.

  5. How ominous. The snowstorm shown on TV is ominous. Apparently, the brother has the right instinct. It reminds me of that midnight show where you see a background image of a landfill, and there is a list of real-life names being shown.

    1. Saya_In_Underworld30 October 2021 at 18:17

      You mean this? πŸ˜†⭐

      Thank you for your comment!😁✨

  6. Really good story! Also welcome back Saya. I just wanna say thanks for posting again. Ive been striving to look for J-horror stories before (like Occult/Okurato lol) but nothing came close to your translation, research and story-telling.

    Ive been lurking here for ~7 years reading your cryptic stories since I'm graduating mid school, and now Ive graduated college! Sorry for my rant but i just wanna say I really appreciate your effort running this website (and most probably countless other) for years. Thank you for everything

    1. Saya_In_Underworld1 November 2021 at 11:04

      I am glad you enjoyed the story!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’Ž✨

      I really appreciate that you like my translation! It gives me confidence πŸ˜†πŸ§‘✨

      It's so wonderful to know that you have been my blog reader for such a long time! Well done for graduating college! I hope you find a work you love doing πŸ’ž✨

      Thank you so much too for taking the time to write such a lovely message 😊🌸✨Take care!

  7. If I had an experience like that, I too would always check the TV. Nice and scary as normal. γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†!

    1. Saya_In_Underworld1 November 2021 at 11:06

      γ©γ†γ„γŸγ—γΎγ—γ¦!γ‚³γƒ‘γƒ³γƒˆγ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ΅✨Thank you always for your comment!⭐✨

  8. I'm so glad I checked here on Halloween! So exciting to see new stories. I hope you're doing well, Saya-san!

    1. Saya_In_Underworld1 November 2021 at 11:07

      I hope you had a happy Halloween!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’“✨
      Thank you so much and take care!

  9. Aarhggh I was late checking your post. Great scary story as always. It is always eerie to find your family is not actually your family haha.
    Saya, do you dress spookily or cutely for halloween? :D

    1. Saya_In_Underworld1 November 2021 at 21:00

      I don't usually dress for Halloween but I would like to try doing that one day. πŸ˜†❤️✨

      I hope you had a happy Halloween! Thank you so much for your comment!

  10. This story really scared me and freaked me out. Maybe it's the family thing. They are the people you trust the most and to think you go home and the people you trust blindly turn out to be supernatural entities.

    1. Saya_In_Underworld3 November 2021 at 15:07

      Yes, I also think that's why a story like this one is especially unsettling! πŸ˜†⭐

      Thank you for your comment!πŸ’“✨

  11. That got the hairs on my neck sticking up!
    Stories with duplicates, or doppelgangers are really eerie. I wonder what would have they done to the kid if they had found him?

  12. Saya_In_Underworld10 November 2021 at 08:55

    I find such stories scary too!πŸ˜†✨

    They would probably have eaten him if they had found him😱⭐ LOL ✨

  13. My family house have the same door locks.
    When my siblings and I were small, we frequently locked the door just like the writer's brother. The locks couldn't be pricked open, so my dad ended up hacking the locks all the time until he got fed up and leave hacked locks remain unfixed.

    Anyway, cool story Saya-san. Thank you :).

    It's great that the brother got smart and manage to keep his composure. But then kids are always smarter.

    1. Oh that is a fun piece of memory you share with your family! I am glad you never encountered any doppelgΓ€ngers! πŸ˜†✨

      I think kids can be smarter than we adults because they are more in tune with their instinct!

      You are welcome and thank you for your lovely comment!πŸ’–✨


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