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Sophie Stark

"But he isn't even family!"

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a character in “Better Days Are Ahead”, as played by Something?

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GENERAL INFO
Full name: Sophie Stark
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 23rd of August
Age: 19

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Classes for College: Animation

APPEARANCE
Height: 5'5
Scars/Tattoos/Piercings:
[*]Scars: A thin white scar runs from her lower left lip halfway down to her chin.
[*]Tattoos: Sophie's lower left arm is covered in a tattoo. One that includes the Danish flag, the American flag, musical notes that go between the two flags on which the words 'Infernum et Retro' are written.
[*]Piercings: Only her ears are pierced since she doesn't like needles and the idea of anything piercing her skin really isn't very comfortable to her.



This brunette's hair is thick and wild. When she actually wears it down, it hangs around her shoulders in flowing curls. Since it takes her too long to comb out, Sophie usually just ties it up in a ponytail instead. Her eyes are brown, often framed by dark eyeliner and eyeshadow. Other than that, she's rarily seen with very much make-up on. Enough time is spent on taming her hair, so the girl doesn't feel like doing much make-up. And she looks better without it anyway.
Sophie's skin has but a little tone to it, and a few freckles are spattered from cheekbone to cheekbone. Sophie has a slightly crooked smile that will reveal her very white teeth, since she is rather strict when it comes to taking care of them.

When it comes to clothing, she's pretty straight forward. Sophie rarily dresses so she stands out, in this case meaning wearing a lot of different and bright colors. Her wardrobe is quite big, but she's got a sense of picking out clothes quickly. It won't take her very long to spot the outfit for the day when she gets up in the morning. Still, it's usually a pair of jeans and a tank top with a plaid shirt. Despite that, she's always wearing her leather jacket over everything. Miscellaneous leather bracelets are wrapped around her wrists and a silver ring on her right ring finger. The last accesory she owns is her fathers dog tag around her neck.



PERSONALITY
She's... Unnoticed. This girl isn't like a lot of other girls. Or at least, how she sees a lot of other girls. Sophie is a very sweet and quiet girl. She might come off as a little shy at first, but in fact she isn't. Admitted, she won't be the first one to open her mouth in a large crowd, but she can be pretty fun to be around once you get to know her. Then she's very loyal to her friends and loved ones. Sophie a little bit of a problem with letting her guard down when it comes to other people. You just have to take it easy with her. People that are rushing around and forcing things confuse her and she can't keep up. It's not that she doesn't trust people or something like that, but she's just that nice and easy.

Temper. Tread carefully. If you actually manage to piss this girl off, she'll unleash a fury you wouldn't think could come from her. And it lasts for a while. But that is only if you even manage to get that far. If Sophie finds someone annoying or gets mad at them, she usually leaves or just stops talking to them. All in all, she's one of those people that are hard to piss off, but if you do, run.

She's got a mind that requires something to do all the time if she isn't sleeping. It's a huge problem for her if she is left alone with her thoughts for too long, which is why she is such a calm person. She does what she can to take it easy and not rush things, but she'll get frustrated and confused (and a little depressed) if left alone with her thoughts for too long. That is also why she reads so much or plays on her guitar or goes out for drinks. The reason for her frustration and sadness if left alone, are memories from the past. Some that haunt her still, though it's slowly getting better. The loss of her father took it's toll and it's a long road to recovery. He's the one she's thinking of when she's left alone too much. And with a new guy moving in, being the only other man in the house, Sophie is finding things difficult. She had told her mother to cancel it and tell the boy to live somewhere else, but her mother had disagreed. They had to let him stay there now that he was coming soon. Sophie doesn't know how to handle the fact that someone else is coming in to their house. Someone she doesn't know.


Hobbies: Drawing, video games, music, partying, cooking and reading.


HISTORY

Mother is American and her father was Danish. The two of them were very much in love when they met each other, and it all resulted in her father moving to America. After a few years, Sophie was born. Stark was taken after her father, since they wanted her to have something from Denmark to remember as well. What better than a last name? Anyway, they lived in America until she was six and then they moved to Denmark. Once they'd settled in, little Sophie had to start school of course. A year was spent learning the language, which was difficult and boring. Sophie finally started school and loved it, all the new friends and all the new things she had to get used to. Life was well for the time and the years passed by for the Stark family. Sophie grew up and became a teenager, growing more and more beautiful every day. Life seemed pretty good all in all. Then her father got a letter one day, that informed him that he'd been redrafted for the military. Well, not as a soldier or a jet pilot or something. No, Sophie's father had been in charge of supplies for the Danish soldiers currently in Afghanistan. He'd resigned when he'd met her mother and found a job in America. The job had never been exactly dangerous and nothing had ever happened to him, but there were still risks. All he did though was to fly the supplies in to the Danish base and check that everything was alright, then flying home.

Except this time, her father didn't come home. One day, two police officers were standing outside the door and informed them of what had happened. Sophie's father had landed in Afghanistan as planned, but the base had been attacked. He was dead. The feeling she had when she heard the news, she can still remember to this day. It's like walking up a set of stairs, only to find that there's a step missing and you feel kind of weightless. That was how she had felt anyway.

Some time passed before things went back to a kind of normal life again. Sophie became a little more introverted and a little more quiet, though she still found the energy to be the sweet and loving girl she'd always been. After a while. An idea started to build up in her head as school grew more and more boring to her in Denmark. She could speak Danish and English - though her English was by far the best - so why not go back to America and go to school there? Just to try something new. A fresh start. She and her mother talked it over for a while before finally settling on doing just that.


Family: Mother.
Known Languages: Danish and English


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Habbits/Quirks: She tends to clutch her father's dog tag when she's nervous or tense. Also, she tilts her head when there's something she doesn't understand. Has a need for brushing her teeth every morning and every evening. Last but not least, Sophie loves hugs.

So begins...

Sophie Stark's Story

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It was around one o'clock in the afternoon when Nori Tanaka's plane landed in Texas on that Sunday. To say that he was feeling nervous was an understatement. The young man had never been this far from his family before and he wasn't quite sure how he was going to handle it. He hoped that perhaps he wouldn't miss them too terribly. Nori watched the excited people that were aboard the plane with him. No doubt they were all looking forward to seeing family or friends. The young man released a deep sigh. Everyone around him slowly began getting up from their seats when they were given the ok. Nori decided to take his time. He was in no hurry, after all. He waited until the line had thinned out before slowly standing from his seat. He reached overhead to grab his messenger bag and slowly slung the item onto his shoulder. Nori slowly made his way into the line and made his way off of the plane.

When he'd gotten inside the large building, he made his way towards where he'd be able to get his luggage. As he stood, waiting for his bags to come through, Nori heard a voice behind him. "Are you Mr. Tanaka, by any chance?" a soft female voice said. Nori turned around to see who was talking to him to find a short woman standing rather close to him. Nori smiled at her and confirmed that he was indeed the person that she was looking for. "Wonderful! I'm Mrs. Lewis. I work with the agency and I'll be driving you from here to the Starks' home. It's about an hour drive from here so as soon as your bags come through we can be on our way." she said kindly. Nori nodded, smiling. As they waited for his bags, Nori noticed that Mrs. Lewis was quite shorter than he was. It wasn't something that he was used to. Nori was the shortest member in his family and even his friends were taller than he. At times he wished that he wasn't only 5'4. His height had been the cause for much torment when he'd been younger and as he'd gotten older he'd been able to put up the other children's words. It was then that Nori caught sight of his things. He quickly grabbed his bags, Mrs. Lewis helping him, and slowly made their way to the older woman's car.




One Hour Later

Mrs. Lewis had pulled her old car to a stop in front of one of the lovely houses that lined the street. Nori's nervousness came back full force when he realized that this was it. The woman next to him gave him a smile as if trying to reassure him. The two got out and removed Nori's things from the car. They then made their way slowly towards the home. Nori began wondering about the small family that he was going to be staying with for the next couple of years. He'd not been given much information about them save for their names, ages, things like that. He truly hoped that they would at least get along for the duration of his stay. Another deep breath as Mrs. Lewis knocked on the wooden door. Nori began fidgeting with the left sleeve cuff of his white and black hoodie as they waited for someone to answer. Mrs. Lewis just continued talking to him, most likely trying to keep his mind from wondering. It probably would have worked, too, if he'd not been as smart as he was. He only gave her a small smile, as if thanking her for the attempt. After what seemed like forever, the door slowly began opening. This is it. he thought, trying to stop fidgeting. No turning back now. Once the door opened there would be no turning back. He would make the best of this trip no matter what. He was here to make new friends and to take full advantage of the opportunity he'd been given.

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"Did you clean up upstairs?" Catherine Stark called to her daughter. They would be recieving their new guest today and she wanted their home to look good. First impressions were always important. Sophie's mother was a beautiful lady, with the same thick brown hair as her daughter. She had been the one to make sure that their guest would still be coming, despite what had happened to the Stark family. It had caused some arguments between her and Sophie, but in the end her daughter had agreed. I don't think she's ready for it, but if she doesn't try we'll never move forward. Catherine knew how much love and caring her daughter was capabale of, but you had to work for it. When she was done downstairs and thought that everything looked as it should and was nice and tidy and clean, she sat down by the kitchen table and sighed. Their house wasn't huge or stuffed with all the latest things. Instead, it was nicely decorated and comfortable. The living room was nice and cozy, though not very big. The dining room was the biggest room although the two Stark girls usually ate their dinner in the kitchen. Then there was a small living room upstairs as well, plus all the bedrooms.
Catherine looked up as Sophie came down the stairs and headed toward her.

"Yes, mother." The brunette flashed her a smile and winked. "I couldn't get behind the tv though. It's too heavy for me to move." She shrugged and sighed, sitting down as well. Sophie had tried to accept the fact that someone was coming to stay with them, but it was still very hard for her. Well, I suppose you get credit for trying? She rested her head on the table and sighed, closing her eyes. She didn't enjoy doing anything on a sunday. She would rather just relax and watch tv or something else that didn't require her to use muscles.

Catherine ran a hand through her daughter's thick wild hair. She had noticed that she was wearing it down today. That always looked great, but she knew how much trouble it was to tame it. "You look nice today." She remarked, smiling.

"Hmm?" What did she mean by that. Her hand brushed a stray lock of hair out of her face. "I always wear this." Sophie looked down at her self. Her body was dressed in a pair of black jeans, a white band t-shirt and a plaid shirt. Her mother shook her head and smiled, pointing at her hair instead. "Oh. It's Sunday. I didn't want to bother with doing much with it, so it turned out pretty well."

A bright smile appeared on her face. "I think you turned out pretty well in general." Catherine said with a wink and a small laugh. "And I thi-" There it was. At this time, it couldn't be anyone but their long awaited guest. She stood up and patted Sophie's shoulder who did the same, though she waited behind her mother. Catherine walked directly for the front door, taking a moment before opening. Then she grabbed the handle and slowly pulled, now face to face with the boy that would be their guest for a long time.
"Hi," She said first to the Lewis woman. Then she looked at Nori. "Hello, welcome to Bay Grove. I'm Catherine." Her next move was to gesture for the both of them to come inside. What did you do to ease the tension? "Come in, have a look around."

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When Mrs. Stark opened the door, Nori released a breath that he'd not realized he'd been holding. When his deep brown eyes took in the woman that was standing before him, he realized that he'd had nothing to really worry about. The woman already seemed like a very nice person. The young man realized that she was speaking to him. "Hello, welcome to Bay Grove. I'm Catherine." Nori smiled kindly at Catherine and replied, "I'm Nori and thank you so much for allowing me into your home." He followed Mrs. Lewis into the house, falling silent once again. As they entered into the home, Nori's eyes took in everything about the home. He could easily see that they, the Starks, did not have all of the newest things but did that really matter? No. It didn't. Nori was just glad that he was here now and was able to get to know this family that had decided to allow him into their home.

Nori came to a stop in the room, spotting the girl. His eyes took in everything about her. He remained quiet, listening as Mrs. Lewis softly spoke to Catherine. Nori strained to hear, taking his concentration away from the girl. It seemed that Mrs. Lewis was going on about his accomplishments in school and the like. It was then that Mrs. Lewis said, "I actually need to speak to you about something in private, Mrs. Stark. Besides, it'll give them time to get acquainted." Nori watched as the two older woman slowly made thier way out of the room, leaving him alone with the girl. He turned his attention back to her. He supposed that he should introduce himself to her. He began subconsciously fidgeting with his hoodie cuff once again. He offered the girl a small smile before speaking. "Hey..um..I'm Nori." He eyed the girl closely, wondering how she even felt about him being in her home. As he studied her, he noted that she appeared to be around his age which would mean that she would possible be going to school with him in the next couple of days. If that was the case, then this girl could either help him to fit in with all of the other students..whom had all known each other for all of their lives, or she could make his time there terrible. He hoped that no matter this girl's feelings, that she would find it in her heart to help.

He was quite far away from home, and..he was in a place that he'd never been to before. Nori knew that for some time he'd rely heavily on these two women. He tried to push these thoughts from his mind. He need to be paying attention. "It's nice to meet you." he said softly, smiling at the girl once again. Nori hadn't been told much of anything about either of these women and he wondered if, over time, he'd begin learning more and more about them. He hoped so. He wanted to get to know them. They were, after all, to be his family away from home.

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Well, it would seem he is well behaved. Catherine Stark thought as Nori introduced himself. She'd always appreciated when people did that like he had. Stating your name and make a good first impression in general. "We're very glad to have you." She said to him and smiled again, closing the door behind them. Quickly, she glanced at her daughter who was still standing in the doorway to the kitchen. Catherine knew that Sophie hadn't been much for it, but it was too late to change anything now. As Mrs. Lewis seized her attention and talked about Nori's accomplishments in school and so on, she listened politely and nodded. From time to time she would look at him and nod, seemingly impressed. After a few minutes, Mrs. Lewis wanted to talk to her in private and so they stepped into the dining room instead. "Yes, alright." She followed the other woman, eager to hear what she had to say.

Sophie let out a sigh when her mother and the other woman left her alone with Nori. She wondered if this was going to be akward. Could it be anything else? She was alone in a room with a person she had never met before, yet he was going to stay with them for a long time. When he finally spoke up, Sophie tilted her head and took a few steps towards him. "I'm Sophie Stark." She said simply, wondering if it was in it's place to shake his hand. He hadn't so she guessed not. I wonder if he's nervous? If it had been her in his shoes, she'd be dying. All in all, he seemed like a nice person. Well mannered and quiet. That could possibly change when she got to know him better, but the first impression was good so far. It made her loosen up a bit and not be quite so tense. Still, she had her guard up. Nori probably didn't know anything about her father at all. Still, Sophie was wearing his dogtag around her neck as she always was.

"It's nice to meet you to." She replied and offered him a brief smile. "I hope you had a nice flight?" If not nice, it must have been a long one. And if it hadn't been nice, it must have seemed even longer. Sophie ran her fingers through her hair and sighed. "Would you like me to take your bags to your room?" She supposed that was what you did. Showed your guest around and helped them with their luggage. If not, then at least it was an attempt at being friendly. "If you like, I can show you around the house?"

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Mrs. Lewis had led the way into the other rooms, wondering how she was going to break the news to Mrs. Stark. She stood, waiting for the other woman to reach her. She took a deep breath. Her eyes found Catherine's. "Mrs. Stark..there is one thing that I wanted you to know about Nori. Something that happened only recently. I'm..actually..surprised that he still came. Nori was in the competitive music club in his school. Last year..his..girlfriend whom he'd met during his time in the club was..well she was the victim of a hit and run. The poor girl didn't make it. You can only imagine what the poor boy went through. From what I've heard from his parents, he'd been going to propose." The short woman paused for a moment, allowing for the other woman to come to terms with what she'd said. "I believe that Nori quit the club and hasn't sung since then. Perhaps, with time you and your daughter could help him to overcome this. From what I've been told even his parents have been able to get anything out of him about it." A sigh. Perhaps she shouldn't have said anything but she hoped that this family could help Nori, even if it was just by a little bit.




Nori was glad that Sophie was at least attempting to speak with him. He'd been worried that she would just ignore him. "The flight was ok..long, but ok. I've flown to Japan before as well. I actually think that this was a bit longer." he said. When Sophie asked if he wanted her to take his things to his room, he quickly spoke. "Oh, no that's quite alright. I can manage them later, but..thank you for the offer." He was again surprised at the young woman. He'd not been expecting her to offer to help with his things. Sophie quickly brought Nori out of his thoughts again. "That would be brilliant. I mean..if you don't mind." he said, his brown eyes gazing at her steadily. He was trying to remember his manners but it was becoming harder and harder as his nerves seemed to be coming back full force. He hoped that the girl near him hadn't noticed his fidgeting. He was sure, though, if she hadn't she would soon enough.

He offered Sophie another small smile. He allowed her to lead the way and he followed closely. Nori wondered what Mrs. Lewis had wanted to speak with Catherine about. The only thing that came to mind was about her. After the accident, he'd felt as if his whole life was at an end. Instead of allowing himself to fall into grief he chose instead to throw himself harder into his studies. His parents had been worried for him of course. They had even tried to get him to remain in England. Nori had felt that it would be best to get away from everything and everyone that he knew. So far, everything seemed to be going well. This was the first time that he'd thought of her since leaving home.

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When she first began to talk and explain what she had apparently anxiously waited to tell her, Catherine could immediately hear that it was nothing good. The tone in her voice and the look on her face said as much. Still, she listened intently as Mrs. Lewis spoke, her eyes widening a little. Although what had happened to Nori was tragic and a terrible thing, a smile tugged at the corner of Catherine's lips. It wasn't a wicked smile or an evil one, merely a kind smile that matched the look in her eyes. "I think..." She started and looked thoughtful for a few moments. "I think we can help him. We've been through some things lately as well, and I think maybe Sophie and him will have something to share." She shrugged, but looked at Mrs. Lewis again and still smiled. "We're going to make this work out in the end. We'll take care of Nori." And that they would. The Stark's had always been very good at taking care of family and loved ones. When Nori was going to be a guest in their home for so long, they were damn well going to take care of him as well. And that with the same amount of love as they would treat a relative. There was still something that nagged at Catherine though. She knew Sophie wasn't so fond of the idea of having this foreign student stay with them, but she was still sure that she would get over that. "Poor boy..." Catherine sighed and shook her head.

"I thought the flight from western Europe to here sucked..." Sophie shrugged and shook her head. Spending more than a few hours in a plane was dreadful in her oppinion. There was nothing you could do. You sat there with almost no space, the food and drinks you bought was expensive as hell and for some reason, there had always been a screaming baby quite close to where she was sitting. Sophie loved children, but not when she was stuck in a plane for such a long time and had to listen to it cry. When Nori declined her offer, she was a little surprised. She would have said yes if it was her. As she stood and watched him, Nori seemed to be getting a little more nervous. Had he been like that when he came in, or was it because he was talking to her now? Sophie took a step towards him and put her hand on his shoulder, offering him another smile. She had always found that calming if she was nervous. And because of how she was raised, she knew that she better make her guest feel welcome. "I don't mind at all." She said as soothing as she could, before turning around and heading up the stairs.

She decided to show him what was upstairs first, so that whatever her mother and Mrs. Lewis wanted to talk about, they could do so in private. Once at the top of the stairs, she took a left and stopped as she came into the second living room. Although it was significantly smaller than the one downstairs, it was very cozy and nice. There was a tv, a couch, a chair and a table. That was it. "This is our second living room I guess. Kind of where I watch tv since my mom either works or doesn't want to watch the same as me." Sophie shrugged, pausing for a moment and walking past Nori. "In here is your room." She pointed at a door that led to the room Nori was to sleep in when he was there. It wasn't huge, but average sized (like her own) and had what he needed. "And in here, is my room." The words were followed by the same gesture and a shrug.

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Mrs. Lewis nodded in agreement with Catherine. "Yes. The whole thing was terrible. I'm glad that you two are the family that he got placed with. Perhaps..you three just needed each other." Mrs. Lewis finished going over a few small details with Catherine before bidding the woman goodbye. "If you need anything just give the agency a call. They can then relay the message to me. It was nice meeting you. I'll be seeing you later on." she said. Mrs. Lewis exited the home and made her way to the car. She checked to make sure that all of Nori's things were out of the trunk and then got into the vehicle. She gave a wave before slowly pulling out and away from the curb.




Nori followed behind Sophie obediently. His eyes took in everything that they could. He'd be living here for some time and he didn't want to seem silly having to ask where a room was or anything like that. After being showed where his room was and where Sophie's was, he smiled. "Your home is very nice. It reminds me of my own except we don't have an upstairs." he said quietly. He fell silent for a moment. He decided to open a bit up. It couldn't hurt anything. They would be living together for some time and they might as well get to know each other. "So, how old are you?" he asked, eyeing her closely once again. He wondered if she'd be going to school with him and if so he wondered if she'd even want anything to do with him. Ever since..she died Nori had pushed most of his friends away from him. He'd just felt as if if he let someone close that they would just leave him as well. Silly, yes..but he just couldn't seem to change his way of thinking.

"Have you lived here all your life? It seems like a nice place. Before I left I did some research on the town. It seems like a wonderful place to live, regardless. I'm afraid London isn't really that interesting once you've lived there your whole life." he joked, feeling a bit more at ease as he spoke with the young woman. Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad staying here. Despite what his parents had said, Nori believed that he was going to have a wonderful time in America. Speaking of which... The young man pulled out his cell phone and quickly sent a text to his mother. He'd completely forgotten to let her know that he'd made it all right. He put his phone back up and looked back up at the woman.

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"Yes, that might very well be the solution to all of this." She said and nodded. Catherine was sure that they would find some sort of safety and comfort in each other. Maybe Sophia would be a little slow to open up, but it would get there. All in all, it seemed to be nice having Nori there. And as that thought had entered her mind, Mrs. Lewis bid her farewell after going over a few small things. If anything was wrong, she could always call the agency. "Yes, thank you for your help." Catherine smiled, following the other woman to the front door and waved as she drove away. "Alright..." The Stark woman said, thinking about what they were going to have for dinner.


She accepted the compliment and nodded, smiling for a brief moment but didn't say anything. Sophie looked around the place herself, even though she lived there. Sometimes, if you were around the same things every day, you could actually forget what they looked like. That was how she felt anyway. "Thanks. We don't have the fanciest things, but it's nice and cozy." A few moments passed in silence and Sophie was on her way into their small upstairs living room, but Nori's next question caught her a little off guard. "Oh.. I'm 19." She said. "Same as you, right?" She was certain that she remembered something about Nori being the same age as her.

And then it would seem like he decided to open up a bit. He started asking some questions and in general just talked more. It was better, in Sophie's opinion. She didn't want to be around a mute for the time he was going to be here. "No, not all my life." She said and left it at that. "And Bay Grove is a great place to live. It's small and everyone knows each other, but it's nice." A shrug. She was sure that Nori was going to fit in. At school, it might be a little harder but that was how it was. Even their small community college was nice to go to. And most of the students well behaved. Most. Not all. "I suppose living in the same place for a long time can get boring? And does it really rain as much in England as they say?" Sophie tilted her head and leaned against the wall, her hands finding the dogtag around her neck.

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Nori smiled brightly at Sophie. "It does. It's not all that bad. I've never been big into sports or anything like that so its never bothered me." he said. He was eyeing the girl. He was glad that she didn't seem bad at all and that her mother was quite nice as well. On the trip to Texas, Nori had fretted over how his 'family' would be. He couldn't have asked for nicer people. When he'd signed up for the program, he'd heard a bit of bad things from a few of his friends at the time. How everyone in America would treat him terribly and they were loud..always thought that they were right. Nori was glad, at least as of right now, that none of those things seemed to be true of the Starks. Nori brought himself out of thought. He wanted to ask if there was anything else to the home but refrained from it. If there was, he hoped that Sophie would eventually show him. He would not rush her.





"I guess that I'll bring my stuff up..if that's all right?" he asked, smiling still. He waited for the ok before slowly making his way back down the stairs. Once he hit the main floor of the home, Nori put his carry on bag about his body and then proceeded to pick up a couple of other bags. He looked to see what he had left and was pleased to see that it should hopefully only take him one more trip to bring everything to his room. He made his way up the stairs and to the room that Sophie had showed him was his. He entered and sat down his things in the corner, out of the way. He looked about the room for a moment. It was simple but it would do. He actually liked it. He smiled to himself before making his way back down the stairs to retrieve the rest of his things. He finally sat the rest of his bags down and was quite glad that he was done. Now all that he had to do was unpack everything. This..he wasn't looking forward to. He'd always been terrible with unpacking. Any time that Nori and his family would go to Japan to visit with family, he would always spend months trying not to unpack. It was just one of the things that he hated.

He sighed and then pulled the first suitcase up onto the bed. He opened it and looked inside. Just clothing. He turned around looking for a closet or a chest of drawers. He found both. He slowly began unpacking the items, either folding them or hanging them and then placed them where he wanted them. He was afraid that this was going to take some time. Since he was going to be in America for some time, Nori had been forced to bring quite a bit of stuff. He hoped that the Starks didn't think that he'd brought too much. He wanted them to like him. Already, Nori knew that he liked them but he couldn't help but wonder how they felt of him.

(Sorry it took me a bit to reply...I've got family visiting. ^^)

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"Of course, that's fine." She said and shrugged, nodding but looking down at her feet. Her mother was probably going to do everything in her power to make sure Nori was getting settled in and comfortable. Sophie had tried her best to be friendly and nice to him, and so far it went well. Still, her frustration over the fact that there was a boy in the house was still there. Now that he was going to stay in the room she had shown him, she supposed he could do what he wanted. While he had declined her offer of help earlier, she decided to leave him to it. Sophie went to her room, sat down on her bed and sighed with her head in her hands. The sound of Nori going up and down the stairs she could hear. After a few minutes it became boring. With a heavy sigh, she got up from her bed and walked downstairs. "We're out of milk, mom." Sophie said to her mother as she emptied the carton.

"Oh, I was going to go to the store anyway. I think I'll go do that now." Mrs. Stark nodded, taking her shopping list and her car keys. "And why don't you go talk to him in the meantime?" Catherine said to her daughter with a smirk. "He's cute, isn't he?" Although she was only teasing, she thought Nori was a handsome young man. The expression on Sophie's face was also the one she had hoped for. Her cheeks were a little red and she hid her face behind her hair, saying something along the lines of: 'Mom! Just go shopping, okay!'
With a soft laugh and a wave, Catherine headed out the door.

When she had made sure the blush wasn't so easy to see on her face anymore, Sophie headed up the stairs. WIth a soft sigh she pushed the door to Nori's room open. Sophie dared to look at him for a moment, and stood with her hands behind her back. A strand of hair fell infront of her face as she stood there and glanced up at him. "Um... Hi." She started. "Can I help you with anything? Or is there something you'd like?" Sophie shrugged. "A drink, or something to eat?"

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Nori quickly went through his clothing, putting his things away into their proper places. He wondered what his family was doing right then. He missed them already and wondered how he was going to get by over the next few years. This would be longest that he had gone without seeing them. Nori had already decided that he would try not to think about them..or her. He didn't want to think about the life that he could have had if she'd only listened to him..not left without the rest of the group. Nori had been lost inside of his head when Sophie had first entered his room. Only when she spoke to him did he realize that she was even there. "Um... Hi." Nori quickly turned his eyes to find Sophie eyeing him. How long had she been there? He wasn't sure but luckily he'd moved on from putting clothing away. Currently, Nori had been about to pull out his laptop before the girl had come in. "Hey." he said quietly. He offered Sophie a smile. "Can I help you with anything? Or is there something you'd like? A drink, or something to eat?" Sophie asked.

He thought for a moment. A smile on his face as he returned to his suitcase. "I think that I've got it all under control but thanks." Nori pulled out his laptop and sat it down onto the small desk that was against the wall. He opened the case and plugged the machine in. "That should be the last of it, I think. So..did your mom leave? I thought that I heard the door." Nori asked as he finished setting up his computer. He turned his full attention to Sophie. He was fidgeting once again with his sleeve. Nori turned his gaze from the pretty girl and quickly closed his suitcases and then placed them into the closet. He finally brought his gaze back to the woman. "What kind of movies do you usually watch?" he asked. It was sort of random, which Nori had been known to do often, but he saw nothing wrong with it. If her mother was gone perhaps they could watch a movie..he wasn't too sure though. Should he ask her? He debated with himself for a long moment before saying, "Would you wanna watch a something? If not, that's okay." He eyed Sophie, wondering what she would say.

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When she saw the laptop he had, a real smile appeared on her lips. It was only for a moment though, and Sophie quickly averted her gaze. It looked just like an old book, and she loved things like that. In fact, she enjoyed reading very much and was a big history geek. Then he opened his mouth and spoke to her. At first, Sophie didn't hear what he said because she remembered what her mom had said earlier. And then her cheeks flushed a little bit again. Damn it... Don't be awkward. Quickly, her focus shifted to Nori again, concentrating on what he was saying now.

"Oh, yeah. She left. Gone shopping." She explained, noticing Nori fidgeting with his sleeve agian. Whether it meant that he was nervous or if it was just a quirk of his, she wasn't sure. Oh, no is he going to ask all sorts of questions about me now? Sophie hoped that he wasn't like that. She didn't hope that Nori was a creep that asked personal questions already. Of course, they would learn a lot of things about each other since they would be living together, but whether or not he was like that, she would find out in minute. Then came a question. A rather random one at that. "Uh.. That differs. All sorts of genres." Sophie shrugged and leaned against the doorframe, hands still folded behind her back. "Um.... Sure." There wasn't really anything else she was supposed to do now, and if watching a movie made Nori feel welcome and happy, then that was fine by her. She loved movies. "I'll let you decide which movie. We have a lot." And with that, she turned on her heel and gestured for him to follow. Sophie walked over next to the tv, where there we shelves filled with DVD's. "Pick one." She said and turned, shrugging.

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When Sophie said that she would like to watch a movie with him, Nori was glad. He'd been afraid that the girl would think him silly or odd. "I'll let you decide which movie. We have a lot." the young woman said. Nori merely nodded, following Sophie as she turned and followed her to where the tv was. Nori began skimming through all of the titles that Sophie and her mother had. He tried not to take too long, but he was afraid that he was going to choose a film that the girl wouldn't want to watch. At last, Nori saw a movie that he absolutely loved and pulled it out off of the shelf. He walked over towards Sophie, smiling brightly. "What about this one?" he asked, holding the case up so that Sophie could see what movie he'd picked out. Les Miserables..he'd seen the play a few times and had absolutely loved the film. When it had come out he'd begged his parents to get it for him. Even when he'd been in the competitive music club, he'd been trying to convince their director to allow them to perform a few of the songs.

Nori waited to see Sophie's reaction. Then, he handed the case over to her so that she could get everything set up. At least after this time he'd know where everything was and such. He sat down on the couch, towards one of the ends. He was trying not to fidget and for the time being seemed to be doing quite well. He was actually surprised with himself. Normally he was a mess when meeting new people and here he was sitting as if it didn't bother him at all. "You know," Nori started, not sure why he was telling the girl this, "When I was in the competitive music club in school..we were trying to get our director to let us do a few of the songs on here. He never would though. Think he didn't care for it much." He turned his gaze to Sophie, smiling slightly.

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His choice was a good one. Sophie really liked that movie as well. In fact, anything that something to do with older times or history in general, was interesting to her. She could spend hours reading about how naval warfare went down in the 18th century. A lot of her friends thought that she was a little weird with that, but Sophie didn't care. It was the most exciting and interesting thing to her. "Sure." A shrug was all she gave, not wanting Nori to know that she liked the movie as well. Why that was, she didn't know. At least it's not like he wants to watch Twilight, or Titanic. And that was a great relief. Those were two of the movies she really hated. When he handed her the case, she took it and moved over to set everything up.

Sophie turned away from Nori and bent over, to put the DVD in the player. As he had taken his place on the couch, so did she. It was a little farther away from him though, so it wouldn't get awkward. Sophie was very focused on that. "Oh, that sounds... Cool." In all honesty, she was trying to recall what the songs were. "What instrument do you play?" That was a good topic for conversation. And a way to find out more about Nori. The best way to get comfortable with each other, would probably to just talk. It'd defuse the tention and probably make him stop fidgeting all the time. The tv came to life and showed the menu, which Sophie navigated through quickly. Once everything was set up as it should be, she clicked play and the movie started.

"I'm sorry but I haven't been told much about you, so you'll have to fill me in as we go along." Of course, her mother had told her a lot about Nori, but she had tried to ignore it. Even though Sophie was frustrated and not exactly comfortable with another boy in the house, the way she was raised didn't allow for her to be rude to her guest. "I don't mean to be rude or anything..." A smile was sent his way as she pulled her legs up and wrapped her arms around her knees.

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When Sophie asked him what instrument that he played, he..froze for a moment. Nori wondered what he should say to her. He debated with himself for some time, Sophie was even still talking. "I'm sorry but I haven't been told much about you, so you'll have to fill me in as we go along." He turned his gaze to the girl, watching her. "I don't mean to be rude or anything..." He offered the girl a small smile. "No, it's all right." he said looking back to the television. "I actually sang in the club but I can play the violin as well." He fell silent, wondering what she would think. After the accident, Nori preferred not to talk about his time in the music club. It cause him a great deal of pain to even think about those times. He only wanted to forget about her. To not remember the wonderful times that they had together..to forget..everything. Nori knew that it was a silly thing to wish for but he could not help it.

Nori eyed Sophie again. "You know, normally when playing the violin you aren't able to move around? Well, I taught myself how to dance while playing. It was actually quite difficult." he said. Before he'd left England, his mother had insisted he bring along his instrument. At first, Nori had resisted, not intending to continue on with the instrument. In the end, he'd relented, packing the instrument along with the rest of his things. Thinking of it now, he wasn't sure if or when he'd be able to even practice. He didn't want to bother Sophie or her mother. He tried to focus upon the television. He didn't need to be worrying about such things. "Do..you play anything?" he asked, smiling. He did know a bit about Sophie but if she wanted to get to know each other in the normal fashion then who was he to argue. H'd actually poured over both Sophie's and her mother's files. He wanted to make sure that he knew as much as possible before joining them in the States. He'd not wanted to disappoint them and so far it seemed as if he was doing rather well.

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When Nori replied to her question, she was actually a little surprised. Sophie didn't know any boys that could actually sing. Her face only very briefly revealed her surprise though. The girl tilted her head and shrugged. The fact that he could sing was cool, in her opinion. Then he said that he could play the violin as well. That wasn't the sort of instrument most young people learned. A lot of them seemed to prefer the guitar or piano or something like that. That also made it easier to start a band. These days, there weren't a lot of bands with violins in them. "Oh, that's... Cool." Sophie finally said and then looked at the tv for a moment. I really hope he's good at playing the violin... There's no such thing as a mediocre violinist. At least so she thought. When playing that particular instrument, you were bad until you were good. A violin could sound beautiful, but one wrong note was all it took to ruin it. And then it sounded completely awful. "I hope you'll let me hear it one day. I know my mom will absolutely love it." Sophie shrugged and glanced at Nori, in an attempt to keep the conversation going.

"Hmm?" Les Miserablés had caught her attention while he began to speak again. Apparently it was something about dancing while playing the violin. Agreed, it was impressive. Then again, Sophie absolutely hated dancing. She was no good at it and it was awkward. If anything, it would have to be slow dancing. "I can only imagine." She nodded and laughed a little, the idea of it a little amusing to her. Then again, maybe it wasn't so bad. In her mind, Sophie tried to picture what it would look like for someone to dance while playing the violin. It was hard though, since the movie was always grabbing at her attention. "Oh, I uh... I can play piano." His question came suddenly. Her father had taught her how to play when she was little, so it was a little bit of a tender subject. If you knew Sophie well, you'd know that because she was now clutching the dogtag around her neck. But Nori didn't know her very well yet. "And then a little bit of guitar."

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Nori listened as Sophie informed him of what she played. He noted that she was clutching something that was hanging about her neck. He said nothing of the action, however. It was none of his business. "That's awesome. I've never tried playing anything else. I'm so used to playing the violin, though, I doubt that I'd be able to play another stringed instrument." He smiled at her. "You know, a couple of my friends back home play the keyboard and drums. I've jammed with them quite a bit." he said, falling silent for a moment, watching the movie. Nori was glad that Sophie hadn't really asked anything about his singing. He didn't like talking about it. He would gladly talk about anything but that. He took a deep breath, trying to push the thoughts from his mind. Nori pushed up his hoodie sleeves, revealing his arms. He realized that he'd not commented on Sophie's earlier statement. "I'm sure you'll hear me playing soon enough. I practice quite a bit, I'm afraid." he said,smiling. Nori had always loved practicing the difficult instrument. He would often spend several hours in his room back in England just playing different songs. The music always seemed to calm him. After the accident, Nori had almost lived in his room, barely ever coming out. His parents had become quite worried for him.

He'd finally informed them that he was indeed still planning on heading to the States. He saw no reason to put off the trip. This was a wonderful opportunity for him. He couldn't possibly miss out. Now, sitting here with Sophie, talking with one another, Nori was glad that he'd decided to come. His time in Texas would hopefully help him to get over the loss of Hannah. So far, yes he'd thought about the girl but everything else was keeping his focus mainly away from her. He was sure that it would catch up with him once they all turned in for the night.

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"It's never too late to learn, I guess." She released the dogtag and let her hand fall down to her lap, her legs now crossed. Sophie figured that if she didn't want Nori to ask about the dogtag, then she probably shouldn't draw attention to it. However, the question would come sooner or later. Did Nori know about her father? How much did he actually know? That was of great interest to Sophie since he was going to stay with them for such a long time. Either way, he was probably going to ask about it at some point. "Oh? Jamming is always fun." A brief smile was sent his way, but it quickly disappeared. For a while, she watched the movie and almost forgot about Nori being there. Les Miserables really was a good movie, and one she could easily lose herself in. "Hmm? Oh..." She seemed to ponder that for a moment. "You're welcome to practice. If you can not do it in the middle of the night, that would be wonderful though." The girl shook her head as she remembered her mother. "My mom is probably going to want to hear it as well, though. So be careful." Sophie looked at Nori and winked. "Hun er garanteret ellevild..." She didn't even think when she said that. It hadn't been directed at him, but more something she said to herself. It wasn't very loud either. And the chance that Nori understood Danish was minimal. It would surprise the hell out of Sophie if he did.


Then, she heard a car pulling into the garage. Her mother was home again. If she knew her right, Sophie would guess that her mother had bought huge amounts of food and candy and other things. She didn't want to serve something Nori didn't like, so there had to be something to choose from. Plus, Catherine was probably going to come up and ask him if he was alright and if he was settled in, if he needed anything and finally; what he wanted to eat for dinner.

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Nori laughed when Sophie told him not to practice in the middle of the night. "You don't have to worry about that. I promise I won't bother you with it." he said, smiling. When Sophie spoke the words, "Hun er garanteret ellevild...", it confused him. He was not familiar with the language. Nori eyed Sophie for a moment, almost as if trying to decide if he should ask her what it meant. After finally deciding on what to do, he asked, "I'm sorry. What does that mean?" He was eyeing Sophie, waiting for her reaction. Before the young woman was able to answer, Nori could hear Mrs. Stark pulling into the garage. Nori wondered what they would be having for dinner. He'd not eaten since very early that morning and now that he was thinking about it, he was quite hungry. He was thankful that his stomach hadn't given away his hunger. He fell silent, wanting to finish the movie. It had to be almost over. He could now hear Mrs. Stark moving about in what he assumed was the kitchen. The sounds made him miss his own mother whom he'd left back in England. He pulled out his phone and checked his messages. She'd sent him a few, asking him several questions. He took his time to reply, carefully keying in the message. When she quickly sent back a message, he was surprised. usually, Nori's mother was working. It seemed odd to him that she would reply to his message so quickly. he decided not to dwell on it. Perhaps she actually got off work on time and was on her way home.

He was sure that whatever the reasoning behind his mother's sudden interest in texting, it wasn't anything too terrible. Nori looked over at Sophie, eyeing her once again. He could only imagine how awkward it was for the young woman to have him in her home. If he was honest with himself, it was quite awkward for him as well. He was never really good at making conversations with people that he didn't know and now was no exception. He was fidgeting once again. He hoped that he would soon be able to become comfortable around the two women. He was silent, most likely Sophie was able to see his nervousness. He wouldn't be surprised. Nori turned his attention to the television, seeing the credits rolling. "Should..we go and help her?" he asked quietly. He wasn't sure what was expected of him. Should he have even offered to help the older woman at all with putting the groceries up? He had no idea.

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Sophie did what she could to offer Nori a real smile. And she succeeded. It was as all the other ones a brief one, but still she had tried to do it. The young girl was a little confused now. There was a complete stranger here, who was going to be staying with them for a long time. It was frustrating because she didn't know him very well, and because she hadn't had another man in the house for many years. "Hmm?" Sophie looked at Nori, seemingly confused and wondering what he meant by that. "Oh!" The Danish... She sighed and shook her head. "I'm sorry, that was rude. It meant, uh... She's probably very excited." That was a good translation, so she nodded after she'd told him. Then, Nori was silent. The movie was coming to an end and they could hear Mrs. Stark moving about in the kitchen, Sophie contemplating going down to help. Then again, she had to stay and make sure her guest was comfortable. And why is he not hungry yet? I would be if I had been on such a long journey. She thought to herself and glanced over at Nori. Maybe he was but hadn't told her, even though she'd offered him food earlier.

It wasn't hard to see that Nori was nervous. Sophie had caught onto that a while ago as he had started fidgeting again, but didn't say anything. In her experience, that only made it worse. Then, when the movie came to an end and the credits rolled, he opened his mouth and suggested that they go help her mother. "Yeah, uh... I guess that's a good idea." He had manners, she had to give him that. It wasn't very many people that suggested to help with anything when they were guests in someone's house. Sophie had been raised to offer a helping hand if she could. Apparently Nori had as well. She grabbed the remote and turned the tv and DVD player off, getting up. "You don't have to help if you don't want, but you can come along and see what's for dinner?"

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Sophie answered him, "Yeah, uh... I guess that's a good idea." Nori eyed the young woman as she turned off the tv and dvd player. He followed her example, standing. "You don't have to help if you don't want, but you can come along and see what's for dinner?" Nori smiled brightly at Sophie. "I don't mind at all. I usually help my mum out quite a bit back home. My dad is actually from Japan," he followed Sophie down the stairs, "So, I have always been taught to help out around the house..respect your elders. You know, the things that most kids aren't taught anymore. I can't even begin to tell you how many of my friends couldn't care less about their family." He fell silent once again, still slightly fidgeting. He was trying so very hard not to allow himself to become nervous but Nori just couldn't help it. Since Hannah's death, he'd really not spent a lot of time around girls..or any of his friends for that matter. He was no longer used to carrying conversations with people. He did..enjoy speaking with Sophie, though. It almost seemed to remind him that he was alive and well..that there was more to life than Hannah. As he followed the woman, Nori wondered how long it would take for the awkwardness to disappear from the air. He was sure that over time they would all become more comfortable with each other.

When they reached the bottom of the stairs, Nori allowed Sophie to lead the way into the kitchen. He followed silently, taking in everything. He could see Sophie's mother still putting things away. He decided to wait for Sophie to say anything to the older woman. He hadn't really spoken to her mother and was not very comfortable with speaking with her. As he stood there, Nori couldn't help but think of his parents. They would rarely have supper together though on the weekends they would always try to have lunch together. Nori had learned quickly to be thankful for the time he was able to spend with them. Nori turned his deep brown eyes to the two women in the room, watching them converse with each other. Nori had no doubt in his mind that eventually he'd come to love it here. He couldn't have asked for kinder people to be staying with.

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She'd suspected as much. Nori wasn't a typical English or American name, so she'd guessed that he was probably from somewhere else. It sounded like it was Chinese or Japanese to her. "Oh, well in that case come along." Sophie headed down the stairs and sighed. Never had she understood why children could be so mean to their parents and family. Maybe if you had a horrible family, it would make more sense. And for Sophie, family meant everything. Even more so since the loss of her father. Again, she noticed that he was fidgeting. Either he's just very shy, or I'm a terrible host. The girl thought to herself. It was a little awkward now that he had just arrived, but hopefully it would disappear. Sophie was a little shy as well, but she tried to be friendly and make him feel at home. If her mother dropped one more comment about Nori being cute or handsome, she'd want to find a hole to hide in.

"Hi, mom." Her soft voice rang through the room as they reached the kitchen, Catherine packing things away. "Do you want some help with everything?" Sophie wondered just how much help they'd be, but then again, her mother had really bought a lot. Sophie took a something from the table and put it in the fridge, bending down to put it on the bottom shelf.

"Well... If the two of you could pack the things away, I'll start making some dinner." Catherine smiled and looked from Nori to Sophie and winked at her daughter, who just gave her mother a certain stare. Then she took the pot roast they were having for dinner and began slowly preparing it. She was grateful for the fact that their guest was willing to help out.

Sophie nodded and glanced at Nori. "Yeah, uh. Well just stuff things in the fridge, it's tightly packed already so... Wherever there's room.." She shrugged and offered him a brief smile, before taking some of the things that weren't going in the fridge and putting them in cupboards and the like.

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Nori nodded when Catherine said that they could put the groceries away so that she could start on dinner. Sophie looked to him after her mother was finished talking to her. "Yeah, uh. Well just stuff things in the fridge, it's tightly packed already so... Wherever there's room.." she said, offering him a smile. She began putting things into the cupboards so Nori began taking out the items that could go into the fridge. At first he'd been worried that he wouldn't be able to find the right place for any of the items but when he opened the fridge he realized that Sophie hadn't been lying. It was packed very tightly. He wasn't sure that his fridge back home had ever been this full. It brought a small smile to his face. He couldn't imagine either of the women eating so much so he wondered if Catherine had bought extra because he was staying with them. Either way, Nori was glad that he'd been placed with the Starks. They were so very kind. He wasn't sure why they'd accepted him into their home the way that they had.

It didn't take too long for him to finish putting everything into the fridge. When he was finished he stood near Sophie, waiting for her to finish. He was silent, not really wishing to say much in front of Catherine. It wasn't that he was..afraid of her it was just that he really didn't know her all that well. Nori had been planning on staying in the kitchen but his phone began ringing. He pulled it from his pocket, seeing that it was his mother. He quietly apologized and answered, speaking in Japanese, "Mama nē. Watashi wa anata ga kon'nani hayaku yobidasu tame ni kitai shite inakatta. Subete ga yoidarou! Iya.. Iya.. Watashi wa daijōbu koko de sore o tsukutta. Īe, watashi wa mada nete inai. Watashitachiha, yūshoku o shūsei suru junbi o shite iru, watashi wa omou. Īe, watashi wa mada renshū shite inai. Watashi wa suru tsumoridesu. Hai. Watashi wa yakusoku shimasu." He was now walking out of the kitchen and up the stairs. He didn't want to bother Sophie or her mother while he was speaking with his mum. When he'd made it to his room, he sat down on the bed, pulling his legs up close to his body. His mother just kept talking. Seemed that she actually missed him more than he'd thought that she would.

He was on the phone for at least thirty minutes before he was able to get off. He remained sitting on his bed for a moment longer. He did miss home terribly. There were only bad memories there, now, though. He was actually glad to be so far away from England. As least this way he could hopefully get over the accident. Deciding that he'd been upstairs for too long, he rose from his bed and made his way slowly back downstairs. He entered into the kitchen to find both women still there. "Sorry. Me mum wanted to make sure that I'd gotten here all right." he said, eyeing the two women. He had a small smile on his face. He hoped that they weren't angry that he'd just walked out of the kitchen. Looking back on it, he probably should have said something before walking out.

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Hmm, strange. He was so talkative before. Sophie thought to herself when she noted that Nori was standing near her, not saying anything. He was done with packing his things away, so there wasn't really much left. Did he keep quiet because he didn't like her mother, or because he was nervous? Catherine had done nothing but be nice and smile since he'd arrived, so it couldn't be that he didn't like her. Anyway, who could make their mind up about a person so quickly. "Oh, Geez!" Sophie jumped when Nori's phone rang, almost dropping a pack cereal on the floor. She looked over at her mom as they could hear him speaking his native tongue. Sophie understood none of it, and neither did her mother. It was still interesting to listen to though.

"So, did you watch a movie while I was gone?" Her mother asked and looked at her daughter with a smile. She had thought it funny when she'd teased her daughter before she left for groceries. Sophie hadn't, but Catherine was amused. "He seems a little nervous though."

Sophie looked at her with a raised eyebrow and shrugged. "Wouldn't you be?" She asked, thinking that if she was in Nori's shoes, she'd be terrified. "And yes, we watched Les Miserables." A stray lock of brown hair fell in front of her eyes, but Sophie quickly brushed it away. Although the girl had sworn not to fuzz about her appearance today, she had. Sophie wore a little bit of make-up, but it had been her clothes she'd been fuzzing about the most.

"It's just because he's in the company of a beautiful girl." Catherine walked over to her daughter and gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She knew it wasn't easy for Sophie to have Nori there, but she was doing pretty well. In time, it would all turn out just fine. "And that is a good movie." And so, they helped each other out with preparing dinner.


Then Nori came back after what seemed like a long time. Dinner was almost finished and Sophie had set the table. She didn't look at Nori though, because she felt a little awkward now. The thing her mom had said about being in the company of a beautiful girl had got her thinking. A lot of guys at her school wanted girls that used a lot of make-up and were fake and annoying. But there were of course also the boys that looked for something else. Which was Nori? Besides, at her school, Sophie was kind of unnoticed. She didn't speak very often, but was always friendly when someone did take their time to talk to her. She was just a little introverted.

"Oh, that's quite alright." Catherine said as Nori returned. "If it had been Sophie who was travelling so far away, I'd be calling once an hour to check on her." The woman said and smiled warmly at the boy. She could easily understand that his mother had called to hear about the trip. "Anyway, take a seat at the table."

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Nori noticed immediately that Sophie wasn't looking at him. That was strange. He couldn't think of anything that he'd done to upset her. Well, save for leaving the room for several minutes. He said nothing of it, however. He only hoped that whatever the cause that Sophie would get over it quickly. When Catherine spoke to him, he smiled and nodded to the older woman. He slowly made his way over to the table and sat down. He hoped that he'd not sat somewhere that he wasn't supposed to. He wasn't sure where the women usually sat so he'd tried to sit in a normal place that guests sat at. He sat quietly, waiting for the women to join him. As he sat there, he began thinking of Hannah again. He..missed her. He'd found himself countless times wanting to call her to tell her about something. He wondered if he would ever..get past her and the events that had happened. He still somewhat blamed himself. He should have never allowed her to leave by herself. Nori was sure that he wasn't too happy right then, but he couldn't help it. He was debating about going to bed early. Maybe that would help him to feel better.

It wasn't long before it was time to eat. Nori waited for Sophie and Catherine to fill their plates before he served himself. He had always been taught that ladies should always be first..in anything. He waited to see if the Starks did any prayers or anything like that before beginning to eat. He ate at a normal pace and even thanked Catherine for the food, saying that it was good. Nori wasn't used to eating this sort of food but it was a nice change. He was actually surprised at how good it was. Perhaps it was because he was so hungry. Nori was silent, for a bit. He wasn't sure what the women normally spoke about during dinner. He'd left his sleeves pushed up, so as to not get his hoodie dirty. He began wondering if Sophie had any tattoos. He'd not noticed if she did. He actually did like Sophie quite a bit. He only hoped that all of this awkwardness would soon disappear.