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Suzume Nakashima

"Is there really such a thing as a curse?"

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a character in “Fruits Basket: When Love is a Lie”, as played by Andieland

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Name: Suzume Nakashima
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Zodiac Animal: NA, Normal

Deeper Description: Suzume would be described by many as nothing special or quite plain. Someone that blends easily into the crowds of Japan; the only thing that makes her stand out at times is when she wears her Miko robes and her long flowing black hair that spills down past the middle of her back. When she isn't wearing robes she looks like anyone else nothing extraordinary not ugly, not pretty just Suzume.

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Her sense of style stems from her very traditional upbringing. She typically wears skirts and blouses since it was drilled into her by her mother that, that is how a young lady should dress. It doesn't bother Suzume too much because she has never really thought of her style and how it affects her looks. She wears very little makeup, if she does its a little bit of lip gloss.


Personality: Suzume, her name fits her personality well. A young woman who is petite and quiet who likes to keep to herself and is a little shy. In high school she was very shy in fact but over the past few years has come out of her shell a bit. Like many people her age school is very important to her, and she spends allot of her time studying. In her free time however she spends it at her grandfather's shrine helping the elderly man care for it. She does have one guilty pleasure, manga. Something she picked up very young and her love of reading.

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The stories she reads in her many collections help Suzume escape from her frustrations even for a little moment. The heroines giving her sense of someone extraordinary something that she doesn't think of herself. She believes that she is nothing more than another face in the crowd. That no one would ever see the girl named after one of the smallest most plain birds, the sparrow. So in this sense Suzume can be a bit down on herself and at times think of herself as unimportant or useless. This was one of the reasons her parents encouraged her to start helping her grandfather at his shrine. So that maybe their daughter would come out a bit and maybe even find a husband. This coming from their traditional thinking, and the fact that they don't want their daughter living with them for the rest of her life.

This attitude of her parents is often makes her feel frustrated as though they are trying to pressure her into something she might not be ready for. Many times she quietly excuses herself from a meal when the topic turns to her love life. She feels as though that is something that should happen naturally and on in it's own time. Not something that she be rushed just because her parents don't want to look as though their daughter is unwanted by men. Perhaps that is why she spends more and more time with her grandfather who is more understanding. A man that believes in fate, magic and curses, who dotes on his grand daughter always telling her how beautiful she is. How she reminds him of her grandmother, Michiko. This always makes Suzume blush having seen pictures of her grandmother when she was young, she just can not see herself as someone that beautiful.


Special Skills: Suzume doesn't believe she has any special skills but she has noticed that when someone comes to the shrine who seems to be sad or upset. That after she has even spoken to them for a short time they seem to be happier when they leave, after paying their respects. She does well in school, and prides herself on her good grades. It's one of the few things she thinks she's good at.

Likes:
+ Manga
+ Reading
+ The shrine, especially early in the morning before people start to come.
+ The Sohma Estate, she has walked past the Sohma house for years and admired the beauty within the walls.
+ Fall, she loves the cool weather and the changing of the leaves.
+ Takoyoki, it's a treat she has loved since she was very young.
+ The color red especially fall leaves of that color.
+ Tonari no Totoro - a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro
+ Her grandfather, he is the only person she feels that truly understands her.
+ When her grandfather plays the Shakuhachi.


Dislikes:
- Her parents pressuring her.
- Talking in front of a large group of people.
- Being embarrassed, something her grandfather does on a daily basis.
- Confrontation
- Her older brother bullying her.
- Not having the money when her favorite manga is on sale.
- Seeing someone sad, this happens allot at the shrine and she does her best to cheer them up.
- Being teased


History: Suzume is the second child to Daichi, and Hitomi Nakashima. She has a brother Hideki who is four years older than her. The Nakashima's brought their children up in a very no nonsense, traditional home. Suzume was expected to be very lady like, and Hideki, well it seemed to Suzume that he got to do what ever he liked. He constantly picked on her and teased her as a child, her parents doing not much more than scolding him and telling her that he didn't mean anything by treating her wrongly. Even when she was younger she could remember coming up with ideas or being imaginative thinking of magic or spirits. Then having her parents tell her that there are no such things as magic or spirits, and that she was was being a foolish child.

From an early age she had heard stories of the cursed Sohma's from other children at school. Living not to far from the Sohma Estate she was often told that if she got to close to the house that she would end up cursed too. Many times she would bring this fact up to her parents and they would say those children were being silly and she shouldn't have anything to worry about. But one experience she had told her other wise, she couldn't had been much older than six or seven, but she was following behind her mother walking as they were going to visit her grandfather at his shrine. They began to walk past the Sohma house as they had many times before, but this time something distracted Suzume and she fell behind. Her mother had run ahead to catch up to Hideki who was trying to run away from her. Before Suzume realized she was alone standing in front of the gates of the Sohma house. She remembers looking ahead and not seeing her mother than starting to break down and cry. It was then a young boy peeped his head out of the gate of the estate.

"Why are you crying, and why are you doing it here...?" he said.

Suzume wiped her eyes, and began to explain the situation to the boy who looked not to really be concerned. He soon came out of the gate and sat next to her on the walk.

"You're mother will come back just be patient and wait...", after that Suzume didn't feel so scared and the pair sat there quietly.

He didn't say another word they both just sat there, and soon her mother rounded the corner of the walk finding Suzume sitting next to a boy. Her mother began to spout off at how worried she had been and scolded Suzume for falling behind. Then unknown to Suzume she realized what house her daughter was sitting in front of, and that the boy was probably a Sohma. She snatched up Suzume once the realization came to her, and started to drag her away. Suzume waived as her mother pulled her other arm and thanked the boy, as soon as they passed the Sohma Estate and the boy was no longer in sight her mother stopped.

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Floods of questions were thrown at Suzume as to where the boy had come from. When she told her mother that he had come from inside the gate. More questions than came as to whether he had touched Suzume. Suzume shook her head telling her mother that he had only spoken to her and then sat down next to her. Her mother sighed in relief and then told her from now on that if she were to ever pass by the Sohma house again to pass on the other side of the street. This dumb founded Suzume because her mother and father had told her that the rumors about the curse weren't true. If that was so then what was wrong with the Sohma boy.

As Suzume grew older, she only headed the advice of her mother when someone she knew would speak to her parents were around. She just couldn't understand why a place so beautiful and the people within could be cursed, if those sorts of things don't exist. It was around this time she started going to her grandfather's shrine on a regular basis to help him there after the death of her grandmother. She was sweeping one day and asked her grandfather about the Sohma's. He was playing his flute and stopped he confirmed what her classmates said, that the Sohma's were a cursed family and that often times strange things happen to people connected to the family. He chose not to speak anymore about and like her mother years before warned her to stay away from the Sohma's.

This only peaked her interest more, she knew that her grandfather was a spiritual man being a priest at the shrine. He also believed in many things that Suzume had as a child believed in. But she still didn't understand how the Sohma's could be cursed. So she decided that she would try to figure out a way to talk to someone from the family get to know them.


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So begins...

Suzume Nakashima's Story

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Character Portrait: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Tatsuko Sohma Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Kishi (Nico) Sohma Character Portrait: Yami Sohma Character Portrait: Ryuu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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The wind was blowing through the trees, as the moon was shining down upon the house. All the Sohma's where gathered in the same area, for the first time in a year. Yami was at the Head of the table, watching the others talk softly to one another. He could see some who were to afraid to be even near him,so they were trying to distract themselves by playing with their food. Another group would talk among themselves quietly. The others didn't mind all that much of his presence and eat their food. There was a knock at the door, which surprised everyone even Yami. He had told all the servants to not enter the room, no matter what. He cased his eyes coldly on the maid who walked in, looking as pale and horrified as humanly possible.

"Didn't I tell everyone in the house, not to enter? Why are you here"? Yami said this in such a way the maid stopped half way, to afraid to come any closer. This annoyed Yami, for he couldn't stand seeing her just stand there. He raised his hand and beckoned her to him. She walked quietly,passing the other family members,who seemed to not even know of her existence. As she stood beside him, she had her head down, not daring to look up at him, without permission.

"Tell me what you want. It better be a good reason as well, or you know what will happen". At the thought the maid shivered noticeably at Yami. She stumbled on her words making them unclear and inaudible. Yami became annoyed and started tapping on his glass loudly.

"Are you some kind of mute child? What is it! Tell me, before I cut off your tongue"! She jumped back and this time looked up at him.

She looked around once than moved toward his ear,softly whispering to him. Yami nodded slowly and shooed her away. She ran at the signal, leaving the room immediately without even looking back. Yami sighed softly and stood up from the table. This had caused everyone to turn and face him in curiosity.

"This event is dismissed. You all may leave". He said this in a flat tone and walked out the room without a single good-bye.

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Character Portrait: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Tatsuko Sohma Character Portrait: Kishi (Nico) Sohma Character Portrait: Yami Sohma Character Portrait: Ryuu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Everyone ate their food and chatted amongst themselves; everyone was weary of the head; everyone was behaving in the typical fashion. Ateryu sighed and scanned the room through her fringe over and over again, looking for something interesting to make note of. The only thing that was out of place was a maid coming into the room. Yami seemed pissed at that; Ateryu smirked at the poor girl shaking before looking over everyone else. The younger zodiac would start school soon, and they were dressed in their school uniforms. Ateryu had refused to go to a school and was dressed in a plan black T-shirt and baggy black pants. It was cold but she hadn't remembered to bring a jacket. Oh well.

Without any explanation (as per usual everyone was left in the dark) Yami dismissed them and left, with Keiko following close behind. Damn suck up rat She scoffed and scolded herself. Maybe she was simply asking permission for something? Like a school trip or something. Ateryu shook her head and glanced at Nani. She would probably follow the rooster out of the room but for now she leaned back in her chair and continued to watch everyone.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima

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Suzume made sure to wear a jacket over her clothes, she hated to have to walk in such cold conditions but there was no way her father would have the time to drive her. Her brother had better things to do then deal with his little sister, and mother didn't have a vehicle of her own. But she was determined to make it to her grandfather's shrine today none the less. It was one of those time's she missed being in high school and having some set place to be everyday. But that would change once the semester for her college classes started up.

As she was about to leave out the door a hand pressed on her shoulder and she turned to see her mother standing there smiling.

"Suzume-chan don't forget your bento", she handed the little cloth covered package to her daughter.

"Oh geez thanks mom, I would have hated to have to go out to grab something for lunch today. You know grandfather, he hardly ever keeps his refrigerator stocked", it was true he didn't think about eating a big meal since grandmother had passed away.

Suzume hugged her mother grabbed her bag with her manga, and her geta in it, she was just wearing her loafers till she got to the shrine where she would change her shoes. She walked along the same road and path that she had walked along for many years.

The Sohma estate had been big part of their neighborhood for as far back as Suzume could remember. It was like the world grew up around the families compound. Many feared the Sohma's, other's thought of them as deviants and just flat out weird. But Suzume since the day she had met the little Sohma boy that she never learned his name had been fascinated by them. She found them intriguing and some what curious. She had even gone to school with some, but they usually kept to themselves barely letting anyone else into their circle. Suzume was sure they had not the slightest inkling of her existence, but she found herself always drawn to take a glance between the wooden gate that lead up to the main house.

As she reached the edge of the property she noticed some coming from inside, getting into a car and leaving. Not wanting to appear a nuisance she decided she would just keep moving instead stopping as she normally did. Trying not to appear as though she were paying attention to anyone she continued down the side walk in front of the estate. But if she had been paying more attention to her feet and not the house and the people coming out of it she wouldn't have tripped.

Suzume came crashing down to the ground in front of the house, scraping her knee and cracking her chin on the pavement.

"Ap..oouh!" she pushed herself up enough to where she was sitting on the sidewalk.

That's when she she felt a burning sting and then a warm trickling rolling down her chin, out of instinctual reaction she put her hand up to her chin. When she had pulled her hand from the spot with a slight hiss of pain, she realized from the blood on her hand she must have cut her chin fairly well.

"My goodness I should have paid more attention to where I was going".

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Yami Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Yimme looked around as everyone began to get up after being dismissed from the table Yami. She stood up and started to get ready for the trip to school. She put her helmet on, goggles, gloves and jacket and walked outside. She noticed Daisies smoking, she just rolled her eyes and smiled at him, she didn't really care for his cocky attitude but who was she to judge others.
So Yimme looked around as everyone else got into cars and drove away, she didn't like cars, it deprived her from nature no matter how tough nature can be.
So she walked to her moped and started it up. She started to drive out of the Sohma property, Yimme waved to the others that were still standing around as she pulled out. Then she herd a thud and she saw a girl laying on the ground. She pulled up next to her and lifted her goggles so she could see better. That's when she recognized a girl in her class, and she looked like she was bleeding. So Yimme smiled and got of her moped and helped the girl up. "Hi, i'm Yimme and it looks like you could use some help."
Yimme grabbed a small band aide form her bag and put it on the girls chin. "Don't worry about this it happens all the time to me. You will be fine in a little while just try to be more careful." Yimme got back on her moped and looked back at the girl. "We go to the same school right? Because I'm headed there right now and I could just give you a ride if you like?" Yimme was happy to help anyone and her moped could easily fit two people she just never thought to ask anyone before.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Yami Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Daisuke followed behind Ateryu flicking the last of his smoke into the pavement of the driveway. His hands dug into his pockets. Seemed there was a party at the main gate and he was bored enough to crash it. His eyes moved from Nani to Ateryu. "One day we should just get out of this country I mean what could he really do to us then" leaning back against the gate and yawned some. "He's a brat after all" he just like everyone else hated Yami. When he was younger he got hit often because of his mouth. Durning his middle school days he was actually quite friendly and close with the rest of the sohmas. But one day he changed and he had been a jerk ever since.

"Plus I'd protect you girls" he winked towards them before his eyes glanced and the girl who had fallen and yimme taking care of her. "You guys want to do something? I'm pretty bored plus when was the last time we hang out aside from family gatherings? Like middle school....weren't we at the hot springs." He smirked and put his hands behind his head as his eyes focused back on them.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Ateryu blinked and looked at Daisuke; he was the ram. She always remembered him as the kid who spoke his mind, always getting in trouble for it too. Ah well at least he made things interesting. She smiled as she remembered all the mischief the group got into at the hot springs. Good times. She wondered briefly what had happened to him that he became so...antisocial? He used to be friendly around the other Sohmas. Maybe he called the head a brat one too many times....

"That's true...he is a brat." But then what would you expect when you were given EVERYTHING you wanted? She sighed and lit another cigarette. "Hey I'm up for anything. I have no plans today, Nani do you have plans?"

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Suzume had been quite grateful to the girl that had passed on her moped and been nice enough to stop and even had a bandaid.

"Th...thank you" when the girl said her name she nodded "Yimme my names Suzume... I'm out of high school I'm afraid", she got up from the ground.

It was curious how this girl would even think she knew who she was... then as other came out of the Sohma estate she realized she was surrounded by several members of the family. Suzume blushed a bit out of sheer embarrassment she was trying to avoid interfering with the family but had ended up doing quite the opposite.

You guys want to do something? I'm pretty bored plus when was the last time we hang out aside from family gatherings? Like middle school....weren't we at the hot springs."

Suzume looked up at the young man, he seemed familiar to her perhaps she had seen him in school before. She straightened out her haori. She would have loved to spend some time with them, but would they want to hang out with someone that wasn't a member of the family.

"Hey I'm up for anything. I have no plans today, Nani do you have plans?" said one girl smoking.

'Well I was going to head into the market to get some ingredients for dinner, your both welcome to come I'm sure Taiga wont mind'. another said that had red hair

"Yeah I need to grab food for my apartment, I heard foods important nowadays. Coffee first perhaps?" replied the girl that was smoking.

Suzume's head snapped back and forth as each person spoke, and then she turned back to the young man that was close to her age. She thought that none of them realized that she was even there, so she picked up her bag, she bowed politely to the girl that had helped her in the beginning.

"Thank you for your kindness again, but I think you and your family have plans" she glanced at the guy and nodded to him, and she then started to walk down the sidewalk once again.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Daisuke raised a brow to the stranger before looking back to the girls. "Yeah let's go to the cafe downtown. It's on the way to the market. The one rei works at. Or atleast used to." He pulled himself from the fence and would of offered the stranger along it seemed she wanted to. "Nani, Ateryu lets get going" he was glad it started to snow. He enjoied it a lot. He opened up his arms and grinned. "If you two are cold you can cuddle up to me" he was somewhat joking. Though like any man his age he did crave for that touch. Being a Sohma he could never touch any other girl and it was frustrating.

"Also get whatever you want I'll pay. Feeling kind of generous today" looking towards yimmie on that stupid moped. "Hey brat skip school and bring your friend with you." Daisuke thought this was great. He was going to stroll downtown with a couple of good looking ladies.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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"Hey brat skip school and bring your friend with you." said the guy.

Suzume turned back and looked around her like perhaps there was someone else he was speaking about.

"Me too?" she asked.

She looked at Yimme it wasn't a good idea for him to suggest that she skip school. But then again if she were to go she would be skipping out on her turn at the shrine. But perhaps her grandfather would understand, that she went out with someone at the last minute. But then again she would have to explain why she was going anywhere with one Sohma let alone a whole group of them. Her grandfather would be worried for her, if he knew that but maybe she could just say she ran into some friends they invited he.

She stood next to Yimme, and looked at the girl, "Are you going with them?" she asked.

She probably sounded silly asking the question to someone that was obviously younger then her. But as of right now Yimme was the one she was familiar with.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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"Nani, Ateryu lets get going" Daisuke had a mischievous grin on his face, "If you two are cold you can cuddle up to me."

She couldn't tell if he was joking or flirting. Either way she laughed, "I'll keep that in mind." Ateryu liked the idea of the cafe he offered up and was thinking about which way to go when he yelled to two people a few feet away from them. When she looked she saw Yimme and an unknown girl. She didn't think this girl was a Sohma and she wondered why Daisuke would invite a stranger with him, but then realized it was probably because she was cute. Well Ateryu didn't mind. Meeting new people gave her a chance to interact with them and study them better. And the better she understood people the better she could design and write about characters in a book.

So now she would wait for someone to lead the way because she couldn't for the life of her remember where the cafe was.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Yimme shrugged at the girl. It wasn't the first time she had ever mistaken anyone for a high school student. She actually does it more than expected. Then she herd a voice "Hey brat skip school and bring your friend with you." Yimme looked back to see the man that was smoking out side before. She also noticed Ateryu and Ninato were there also, Yimme thought about skipping school and thought that maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea. Besides that man called her a brat, that doesn't sound very nice to her!

So Yimme ignored him and looked back at the new girl she just met. Her face seemed happy, well besides the blood rolling down her chin she seemed happy. Yimme realized that this girl might like Daisuke, or at least took some interest to him. So then Yimme decided that she would skip school though she might get in trouble from the older Sohma's later, she didn't mind hanging out with a different crowd.

"Are you going with them?" Asked the girl

Yimme smiled and nodded yes "Hey Daisuke! My names not brat it's Yimme get it right! And also I'll be taking you up on your offer but you better have my back if anyone gives me a hard time for skipping!" Yimme was still a little unsure about missing school especially since some of the kids in her class were Sohmas.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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"yo Rei! how's it going" a masculine voice that Rei new so well called. Sh turned and smiled at him and the rest of the group.

“Daisuke….what brings you here cutie? Oh, Hello, Yimme, Ninato, Ateryu Come, have a seat, I’ll be over to get your order in just a minute.” Rei said as she turned to grab another order off the counter.

“Rei, don’t dally girl, I don’t want to have to fire you” the owner called to Rei making her shuffle faster. An older man slid his foot out of the booth and down Rei went. The man whistled as he could see her pale pink panties. Rei turned bright red as people began laughing. She sat there for a moment, wearing a bowl of clam chowder and sticky white rise before she pulled herself up with as much dignity as she could and started cleaning up the mess.

She felt like crying but wouldn’t give the man the satisfaction. People continued to laugh as her boss came out and yelled at her.

“Clumsy girl! Now look what you’ve done!” her boss yelled. Rei said nothing just continued to clean, only because she really needed the job. Youko watched with irritation and worry wanting to go tell the man and their boss where they could shove their job but she knew the consequences for that would be dire for Rei so she sat back and waited for the girl to come to the kitchen so she could comfort her.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Ateryu glared at the man Daisuke held up. He was feral looking, grinning and laughing before but now shaking in surprise and fear. Disgusting. She sighed and walked to a table where she kicked the chair out from it a bit and sat, leaning back and putting her hands behind her head. She hoped Rei was ok, her boss was a jerk but she knew the girl had handled men like that before.

"I saw it clearly. Dai you should just kick his ass, show him for perving on an innocent girl."

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Nani nodded in agreement about the cafe, though she had to be back home to make lunch for Yoshi, a cake at the cafe wouldn't hurt.
Nani smiled at the two younger girls that joined them but her mother Hen vibe began to shine through.
' Yimmie I would prefer you went to school, it's not wise to be skipping or listening to Daisuke' she scowled at him as she spoke but then smiled briefly.
She engaged in general chit chat with Ateryu on the way, mostly about work and life. They had been friends for a while now and Nani could always knew she could trust her though Nani did trust easily unless it came to her sister.

As they entered the cafe Nani noticed Rei and smiled at her taking the seat that was offered. She barely hadtime to breathe before Rei clambered to the floor. In all honestly Nani had not seen the accident and being quite conservative she did not want to be involved but Daisuke began to shout. Felling it her duty she gently stood up and placed a hand on his shoulder to let him know she would handle it. She gathered from the older gentleman's smile that it was he who had tripped Rei up.
'Try to calm down Ram...' she muttered before indicating for Ateryu to follow her.
She headed over the owner of the cafe ' Your staff member was tripped by a customer, if you would be so kind to make him apologize before my friend over there makes him with force'.
It wasn't a threat, but Nani liked things to be kept neat but she was also protective of people just like a mother her and Rei did not deserve to be bullied.

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Kenji took his seat next to the pink haired Sohma. There were other Sohma's dotted around the room but they never seemed to acknowledge each other which always confused him.

Kenji went to unzip his bag to get out his work pad only to find the bag already open without his book in. He panicked a little and frantically began looking around his desk, causing himself to push his chair back and fall off it. He lay for about five seconds before jumping up to the sound of laughter
' I'm OK guys, just a little trip' he laughed nervously when his eye caught the teacher.

' You Young man are a trouble maker, sit back down before you embarrass yourself further' the teacher barked at him, this was a regular occurance for Kenji so it didn't bother him much, though he was worried about his sketchbook.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Suzume gasped when the man tripped the girl that the other's talking to when they entered the cafe and she just shook her head in shock when the girls Boss belittled her afterwards when it was obvious. The poor girl didn't say anything and just started to clean up the mess that was no her fault.

Suzume immediately went down to the floor and started to help the girl named Rei, she knew that it would probably be odd for a total stranger to help her. But there was no sense in her cleaning the whole thing by herself.

"Here I'll help you out" she said as she picked up a bowl that had went flying.

She then pulled a cloth from her bag and started to use it to help clean up some of the chowder that had spilled on the floor. She then put the bowl on the tray that Rei had been holding in the first place.

"There..." Suzume tucked a piece of hair behind her ear when she got a good look at Rei she was sure they had some classes together when they were in high school. "Rei... right I think we were in home room together during my last year of high school. My names Suzume Nakashima."

Girls you saw that to didn't you!"

Suzume turned when she heard... what had they called him Daisuke yes that's right.

"Yes Daisuke we saw it but, bullying back a bully isn't going to help Rei" she said quietly but still loud enough to be heard.

She was sure that after his actions that Rei might loose her job for his hasty reaction. She understood that they wanted to protect Rei but perhaps the family was going about it in the wrong way.

She turned back to Rei, "Here you should go back you have chowder all over the front of you, I might have a change of clothes in my that might fit you if you need it. I think we're about the same size".

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Daisuke looked to Nina when she put her hand on his shoulder and his grip loosened on the man before pushing him away. Damn hen she may be hot but she had act all motherly ALL THE TIME. He thought as they went to talk to the manager. Sometimes a strong hand was needed she couldn't talk her way out of everything.

"Tsk" he was aggravated and once he saw the stranger helping rei he grew more irritated. Sitting back in the booth he stared out of the window and watched the snow. Waiting for either the situation to be over or be called to rough up the customer.

Either way he was staying and getting some hot cocoa. To see Rei so active from one table to the next looking cute and flustered. He smiled lightly as he drifted in his own world for a few seconds. He thought this would turn out differently. He'd make I the boss and Customer apologize to rei and she would fawn over his heroism. But this was reality and that never seemed to work in his favor.

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Yimme was still following the group as they walked into the cafe with everyone. But in the back of her head there was a voice that kept re-stating what Ninato said before.

" Yimmie I would prefer you went to school, it's not wise to be skipping or listening to Daisuke"

Yimme started to think that she was right. Why was she listening to Daisuke!? When has he ever done the right thing! When all of the commotion started to happen Yimme just watched from her seat. She couldn't stop getting the idea that something was happening important at school. But if she deiced to wimp out and go to school first of all she would get into trouble for being late and second of all she would never hear the end of it from Daisuke.

So when most everything was settle Yimme went up to Ninato and said "Ninato I think I am going to go to school you were right it's not wise to skip out." Then she ran out the door not looking at the others. Yimme was a good girl she didn't want to be a bad person she had to keep her innocence it was one of the last things she had.

After getting her moped and driving to the school she was defiantly late. She grabbed her bags and ran threw the front door and towards the class room. Yimme slowed down and stood out side the door for a second, she took a giant breath and open the door. The teacher instantly stared her down. "I'm sorry that I was late I have a good excuse!" The teacher just pointed to a open seat. Yimme in shame hung her head and walked towards the open seat and sat down ready to learn. She looked out the window and thought to her self. 'Maybe I should have stayed with the others...'

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Everything happened so fast, a girl helped Rei pick up the mess, as her boss gave her the 'you are in so much trouble' look. I felt as though her feace was going to melt from the heat.

Daisuke had defended her....and it would probably get her fired....but damn he had defended her! She couldnt help but smile but she buried it not wanting her boss to see..

"Thank you Suzame" She said and bowed as she took the tray back to the back room.

"Your fired" She heard from behind her as soon as she walked through the door to the kitchen. Rei felt her heart stop and saw her mothers face in her mind. How was she going to pay for her meds now? She felt her eyes well up with tears and tried to fight them.

"Now thats not fair!" Koko exclaimed

"My decisions final, that man out there is threatening to sue if i don't get rid of the brat." the woman snarled then walked out of the kitchen.

"I'm so sorry Rei....we'll get you another job i promise....one with a boss that isnt a total bitch." Koko said with a weak smile. Rei froced a smile back then took off her apron and headed towards the cafe exit.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Taiga Sohma

The meeting had been surprisingly short; it wasn't like Taiga minded in the least, though. He still had plenty of work to do cleaning up the shrine and he hoped to get it all done before too many people came by. By the time he got out of the estate, everyone else seemed to have already gone elsewhere. He certainly didn't blame them for hurrying to get out of the snow, though.

Thankfully it wasn't a particularly long walk back to the shrine, though he knew he'd be out in the snow again shortly anyway. Within a couple minutes he had arrived, panting slightly from the quick pace he had taken up the steps to the Torii gate. Frowning slightly as he realized the branches of the trees on either side of the gate were beginning to encroach it, he shook his head and continued forward, making a note to deal with it later.

Hurrying around to the back of the shrine and through the door into the living quarters, he changed into a slightly heavier white keikogi and a gray-green hakama. Pulling on another layer of gloves over the thin cotton ones he was already wearing, he pushed his white hair out of his face and grinned. Returning to the yard, he grabbed a snow shovel, a heavy-duty broom, and a bucket of salt and quickly set to work clearing the ablution pavilion, and the path back to the living quarters, of snow and ice.

Torako Toushi

Torako yawned as he made his way to the shrine for his almost-daily visit. It wasn't a long walk from the university and the caretaker was nice and kept the place clean, so he did tend to enjoy making the visit, even on snowy days. He had decided to make a slight detour today, however. Heading through the town to stop at a cafe, he stopped just inside the door, surprised at the commotion inside. There was a waitress with chowder all over her, a table full of Sohmas, a very disgruntled customer, and an angry cafe owner.

"Two hot chocolates to go, please." he waved at the owner as he came in.

Humming the melody he'd been working on in class earlier, he took a seat at one of the unoccupied tables and pulled his music composition notebook and a pencil out of an inside pocket of his jacket. Flipping the thin book open to the midpoint, he tapped his eraser absently on the table to the time of the music he was humming as he tried to figure out how to finish the song.

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Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Daisies looked around and wondered where yimmie went off to but eventually shrugged it off. He growled waiting for Nani to finish talking. He had a feeling it wouldn't matter anyway. His eyes narrowed at the perv before growling. "You Nani Ateryu sit down!" He yelled to them before lookimg at the menu. He wasn't going to leave anytime soon.

"I want to drink something maybe even get something to eat already" he sighed and closed his eyes. His elbow went on the table and his chin rested in his hand. "Rei" he whispered to himself before looking at suzume. "What are you anyway. Some stalker. Why where you in front of the Sohma house hmm?" He thought she was pretty cute. Just not as cute as rei.

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Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Suzume Nakashima Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Youko Rose Riyashee Character Portrait: Kishi (Nico) Sohma Character Portrait: Ryuu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Ateryu raised her eyebrow at Daisuke and the whole commotion. Giving a soft smile at his persistence to express his hidden feelings for Rei, the ox stood to get some coffee. Nani was leaving to do her shopping and then go to the shrine, so Ateryu would have her coffee and meet her there.

After placing the order several things happened at once. Rei's boss yelled at her again and fired her, which was totally unfair. After that a friend who worked with her had some angry words to Daisuke and he ran out looking guilty, probably to go speak to his crush. The guy who was sitting at the counter also rushed out after speaking some harsh words to the owner of the cafe and Ateryu swore she had seen him somewhere. She blinked and let out a breath at everything before grabbing her coffee and taking a large gulp. The group had gone their separate ways, Yimme had gone to school after Rei fell and Nani had already left to do her shopping. There was no one interesting her to watch so Ateryu decided to leave as well. Waving and sending a friendly and apologetic smile to Rei's friend she walked through the door.

Daisuke, Rei and the guy from the counter were all outside chatting and she nodded to them, not wanting to interrupt but decided to offer some form of explanation. After the guy handed Rei something she walked over.

"Hey, Dai, I'm going to go catch up with Nani ok? You and Rei have fun, we'll all get together for a catch-up some other time. Rei sorry for how things turned out.....but don't worry I know something will work out. They always do I guess." She wasn't sure what else to say so she headed off. The morning had been certainly interesting but she was looking forward to having a few hours of quiet at the shrine.

The walk was peaceful and quiet as she sipped her coffee. It wasn't at all how she liked it...but coffee was coffee she supposed. She walked past a gym that had some people boxing and she nearly didn't give a second look. But the people in it looked familiar.... Was it... yes it was. There was Kishi, Ryuu and she figured it must have been Ichirou. Ateryu was about to wave a hello but they seemed very into their activities. With a smile she finished her coffee and kept walking.

Figuring she wouldn't be able to find her friend if she looked int he shopping area Ateryu decided to head straight for the shrine. It was a quiet walk and she took her time, stretching every now and then when her arms felt a bit stingy from the cold. Why was it so cold in these parts? She couldn't decide if she liked it or not...

Coming up to the shrine she could see people were already getting busy with chores and things. Maybe Taiga would have something to do for her. There was also the guy from the cafe...which would explain why he looked so familiar. She walked up to Taiga.

"Mornin', bit cold out today Taiga. Has Nani returned from shopping yet?" She wasn't trying to sound rude, she was blunt and hopefully the other Sohmas were used to it by now.