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Asagi Arakawa

"Hehehe~"

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a character in “Arc 4”, as played by SkyCladSaya06

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Name || Asagi Arakawa

Age || 18

Gender || Male

Sexuality || ????

Appearance || Asagi stands at 5'5" and takes on a rather cute, feminine appearance despite being born male. He even grew his hair out and dyed it pink which further emphasizes his androgynous appearance. Making himself to be quite a connoisseur with regards to his fashion sense, he often dresses in trendy outfits. He has a preference for shorts and skirts and is often seen wearing them, even to school.

Face Claim || Rider of Black from Fate/Grand Order || Fate/Apocrypha

Personality || Asagi's a rather upbeat and energetic kid. He's quite optimistic, going on the belief that all gray skies have some silver lining in them somewhere. He's rather patient with people, even if they shun him at first due to his disposition. Always curious, he doesn't like staying indoors most of the time and prefers to spend a lot of time outside, trying out new things and meeting new faces. So far, the city life is yet to let him down.

He's quite good at concentrating on most tasks particularly if it's related to his chosen profession to study in. He finds it hard to get sidetracked but on the downside, this makes him less flexible with his pace and more prone to being too much of a perfectionist to finish his work on time.

Room Number || Room 503

Roommate || Makoto Itsuna


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Likes:
Fashion || An aspiring fashion designer as well as the apprentice of one, it is no surprise for Asagi to be quite knowledgeable about fashion...even if his tastes are quite unorthodox. He likes giving advice but tends not to meddle with other people's choices as to not color their own perception of fashion.

Rock Music || Asagi's a huge rock fan, which tends to put him at odds with his more ambient roommate.

Video Games || Some people are quite astonished upon learning that Asagi plays games as a pasttime too. He has a preference for FPS and MOBAs when playing.

Dislikes:
Horror || Asagi scares easily so he isn't able to tolerate horror very long. This puts him at odds with his roommate who aspires to be a horror writer.

Hospitals || Asagi doesn't like going to hospitals. Actually, he doesn't like almost any medical practices at all, especially surgery, being done on him.

Sports || Despite being physically fit, Asagi doesn't really like engaging in competitive sports as it tires him out and ruins his look. He's also received harsh prejudice towards him because of his lack of enthusiasm for it, making him dislike it all the more.

History || Asagi had a rather strained life growing up, mostly brought upon by the fact that he swings in an unconventional way. He was born as the youngest child in a family of five composed of his father, mother, two older brothers and himself. They had a traditional military background: His grandfather was a Major during the last years of the war while his father is currently a Colonel in the armed forces. His older brothers; both being vastly older than him were not too shabby either. One was a neurologist while the other was a civil engineer. Based from this fact, it could be inferred that their household and upbringing was very masculine.

So when his family finally found out about his...true disposition and preferences, their relationships started becoming strained. Asagi doesn't really like to divulge the gory details but seeing that his father, the Colonel, is still handling some of his expenses, it can be said that they were at least able to reach a compromise.

His love of fashion led him to take up fashion design as his specialization. Seeing that his family isn't really supportive of him and his pursuits, he took on several jobs during his studies. He did commissions, took on some cleaning jobs and helped out at some firms, all during his high school days. He was able to balance all this very well, allowing him to graduate from the prestigious Seven Stars Academy; a feat that his brothers weren't able to do.

His fashion designs soon caught the attention of a very prominent designer looking to make a big name for herself so she took Asagi in as an apprentice. She even gave him something like a part-time job with a reasonable salary, allowing him to decrease his reliance on his family for most of his expenses. He enrolled in Partisan Rose as it was the more open university at the time and transferred to Blue Lotus, just so he could get away from the stress at home.

Colors || Speech = Fuchsia / Thought = Orchid


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So begins...

Asagi Arakawa's Story

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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12:30 PM

Makoto practically rushed back to the dorm upon dismissal, forgoing lunch with some of his peers in school. Along the way, he just picked up a burger and some fries to snack on as he took the bus home. Normally, he would've hanged out with some of his peers or just kill time browsing the bookshop Mecca over at Kinokuniya or maybe even a cheap movie but today, he just opted to go home. A new roommate was assigned to him and regardless if that person's going to be someone like Aziz or not, the thought was exciting.

"Hmm...if I had time I could've cooked something. At least the welcome wouldn't be too shabby..." Makoto thought as he took his quick lunch while watching the scenes pass from the bus window. Only a few people were on board at that time. It wasn't exactly dismissal for the rest of the city, it seems.

Arriving at the dorm, Makoto entered at his usual pace--no one could probably notice the anxiety on the boy's part. Inside, he immediately noticed Cel's absence from her usual post due to her classes. Instead, Ritsuka, another girl who takes Cel's shifts whenever she's not around, was manning the station in her stead.

"Hey Makoto! Your new roommate just arrived earlier. You had already left for school so the Boss decided to accompany him instead." Ritsuka greeted him.

"Yeah, I actually reminded Cel to tell him about it--and that I just settled my rent for the month. Did she--?" Makoto asked as he logged in.

"Yep! All taken care of. Cel's quite efficient in this place you know? It's why Boss likes keeping her around. Oh and did you know? Boss is even thinking of hiring her as his secretary once she graduates! How dope is that?" Ritsuka went on, never passing up a chance to indulge in some rumors.

"Hmm...Old Man Ryota and Cel working together...Kind of an odd combination."

"Jealous?" Ritsuka elbows him playfully. "Old Man also has a son you know? A rather dashing and charming young man...Plus, he's a lot closer to Cel's age."

"Honestly, I'm not too surprised there. I think I've seen his son once or twice. It was when I moved in here the first time. Besides, wasn't this place registered under his name?" Makoto recalled.

"Ugh! You're no fun!" Ritsuka sighed. She teases him about his crush in the dorm possibly being swept away by some dashing gentleman and he's thinking of deeds and registration. The young man's density rivals that of a solid steel cylinder sometimes.

"By the way, what do you think of the new guy? You know? My new roommate?" Makoto asked. Cel's classes were early so if anybody's seen his new roommate arrive and showed him around, it would be this chatterbox.

"Hehehe~ I had actually slept in during my shift...The Boss took care of everything." Ritsuka sheepishly confessed.

"Figures. Guess I'll have to find out myself. See ya!" Makoto sighed before waving Ritsuka goodbye.



Room 503 - Makoto's Unit

"This...must be some kind of mistake..."

She sat patiently on the bed, her eyes fixed onto the direction of the window. Much of her luggage was still in their bags, sitting idly by the side of the bed, unpacked. She might've been waiting for him to show up as to ask about the boundaries of the room. The afternoon rays shone on her hair almost perfectly. Looking at her from the doorway, with her exotic hair and attire, Makoto found her quite beautiful. However...

"Umm...This is--?" Makoto coughed, snapping him back to reality and catching the attention of his beautiful visitor who immediately made eye contact with him. "You sure you have the right room?"

Wordlessly, the girl glanced at the papers Ryota hands over to the new residents. Makoto knows as he did receive one of those when he arrived.

"Room 503 right? Unless someone switched the plates around when I got here, I'm in the right room." His visitor informed him.

"5th floor is men's floor so--?" Makoto tried to explain though even he was confused with what's going on. His visitor didn't seem to understand either--until they recalled the outfit they were wearing.

"Oh right! Yeah, the skirt throws people off sometimes. Anyway--" The newcomer immediately got on their feet and extended a hand towards Makoto. "I'll be transferring in here from now on. My name's Asagi Arakawa but you can use just Asagi if you want. And just to clear up any misconceptions--I'm a guy. Nice meeting you roommate!"

"Makoto Itsuna--" Likewise, Makoto took Asagi's hand and shook hands with him. "--nice to meet you as w--wait, what? I'm sorry?" Makoto stumbled back, surprised by the fact that Asagi just told him he's a guy.

"Hehehe! You're like the third person who reacted that way when I came here. Miss Cel even rubbed her eyes upon hearing that. But yeah, I'm a guy. That's why I was assigned to this room." Asagi explained. "Mr. Ryota didn't seem too surprised though. I guess he's already accustomed to this."

"This is rather weird..." Makoto sighed. At the very least, it didn't seem like she--well, he, would cause him any problems. For now. "I mean, isn't this dangerous?"

"Hmm? Well, of course I'm quite worried you'll do things to me while I'm asleep or in the bath. But Mr. Ryota said you're a decent guy so I doubt you'll do that~ Oh, and if you're worried about me doing something to you in your sleep, I'll say it now: You're not my type. Plus, I'm quite scared of being arrested~" Asagi answered back with a mischievous grin.

"The way you just dismissed that as just a matter of types and tastes bothers me..." Makoto sighed once more. "Yeah, I'm not the type who'll do something like that. Just saying."

"Great! I guess we'll be able to get along then heehee~" Asagi chuckled before going over his bags. "I wanted to unpack as soon as I arrived but, I didn't want to intrude upon any of your stuff so I waited. Could you show me my boundaries then?"

"Huh? Oh, yeah sure. I already cleaned the place up before you arrived..."

Working together, Asagi managed to settle everything in practically no time. That and the fact that he didn't really have a lot of stuff. Clothes, drawing supplies, sewing supplies and gadgets--apart from that he didn't have anything. No picture frames or posters to hang nor exotic plants to keep around. Makoto gave his new roommate's stuff a good look.

"Still...Asagi Arakawa...Why do I feel like I've heard that name before?" Makoto thought as he searched his memories.

"Hey, Makoto! You friends with any of the residents here?" Asagi suddenly asked.

"Yeah. Why?"

"Think you can introduce me to them? I want to meet everyone. Plus, I figured you wouldn't want them inquiring about having a "girl" roommate every few days or so."

"I suppose...But everyone's in class right now." Makoto thought. "Off the top of my head, the only ones around are Menou and Akeno. Soichiro, I don't know. There's Aziz but...it may not be a good idea to introduce Asagi to him right now."

"Can we wait a bit longer? I don't think anyone's back yet."

"Sure thing. Oh, and here. For you." Asagi takes out some coffee flavored sweets and handed it to him. "As thanks for helping me unpack~"

"Thanks. I don't really like coffee though..." Despite saying that, Makoto promptly ate one of them while he and his new roommate waited a bit longer.

"He doesn't seem like he's into illegal stuff like Aziz though. Hmm...maybe my new roommate may not be so bad..."

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Soichiro Tanizaki Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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Menou stretched a little as she was done with school work for the day. She briefly wondered what to do before hanging out with Makoto crossed her mind. She nodded a bit and decided to get to her online friend's room, knocking on the door.

"Makoto? Are you there? Can I come in?"


Akeno couldn't concentrate on her classes. She never really did concentrate on the classes as she read the textbook many different times but this time she really was at a loss for what to do. Noa may not have been the nicest girl around but she was still Akeno's roommate and she was really worried for her. The blue haired mute sighed heavily, wondering what to do.

"Miss Furuya, may I ask why you sighed so heavily?"

Akeno blinked and looked up at her Life Science teacher while shaking her head. She instantly got out her phone and switched the speech to sound as close to her original voice as possible.

"Sorry, teacher. I was just concerned about the lesson is all."

The teacher blinked at the sudden robotic voice before sighing a bit.

"Well if that's the case, then allow me to give further details."

Akeno didn't really need the details as she got the gist of it from her textbook but felt like her classmates would at least appreciate it. She stretched a little and wanted to go back to the dorm but felt like she didn't want to see Noa suffer any more than she had to. But no one really took her school. No one except for an eccentric man that she really wanted to get to know better. She grinned as the bell rang. She then started to walk around Partisan Rose's campus to look for the male known as Soichiro. When she finally found him she all but ran to him, loading up the text to speech app.

"Hey, Soichiro. So, I know you don't really like Noa that much but she's really sick and I wanted to go get her some medicine or something from a convenience store. But I don't really want to go about doing it alone. So can you please help me get something?"

Akeno just hoped that Soichiro would accept so the two could get to know each other better.

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Soichiro Tanizaki Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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"Yes! I shall exact my revenge on my rivals once I find and secure them! They will not escape the emperor's wrath!"

Soichiro had been in the middle of discussing his greatest plans to a few listening ears he had in Partisan Rose; surprisingly enough, this certain group of people had always stuck to his odd plans like glue. Almost as if they wanted to turn it into an epic or a movie or something.

"Hey, Tanizaki, have you seen Takamine around?"

What an odd question. His eyes focused on the member of the group, a youth with messy black hair tucked into a snapback cap. This guy...his name was Mamoru right?

Well, true. some time ago he had spotted the wild inventor seemingly bolting from the campus. She got off earlier than he did during Mondays, so he supposed she had gone early...but usually he would always see her hanging around malls or at fast food places after school, so it was a rather odd notion that she had gone home early.

"She went home early. For what reason, I do not have an ounce of knowledge of."

"Awww, you guys live in the same dorm! Can't you contact her or something?"

Contacting Takamine was a gesture that was unheard of. He didn't consider himself to be anyone close to her after all. But, she did have this group chat where all of them were in.

As soon as the thought crossed his mind, his phone buzzed wildly.

Checking the group chat, he saw...quite a few messages left behind.

JunkBomber69: WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BS
JunkBomber69: CHRIST ON A BIKE

Well, he couldn't help himself.

KingoftheUnderworld: What seems to be the problem??
JunkBomber69: FUCK OFF EDGELORD
JunkBomber69: DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THI S
KingoftheUnderworld: No?? What are you talking about?!
JunkBomber69: THE NEW KIDS

New...kids?

A robotic voice behind him snapped him out of it. Akeno was rushing towards him, asking for help with medicine, it seemed. Well...he was just about to head home himself. And maybe she had heard about...whatever Takamine was screaming about in the chat.

Turning to Akeno, he fixed his posture.

"Fine then. But make haste, I must return to my kingdom as soon as possible."

While on the way to the convenience store, he adjusted his scarf and looked over at her.

"Mortal! Have you heard about any new...citizens to the dorm? Residents of any sort?"



Blue Lotus - 3:20 PM

"What the fuck--?! The fuck?!"

A flurry of colorful curses were murmured under Kanade's breath as she hauled herself through the hallways of the third floor. She burst into her room, throwing down her backpack and kicking aside a few things on the floor under the bed. Taking a look at the model kits and the various items lying around the room, she fell onto her bed.

A new fucking roommate. And for the time she's spent in Blue Lotus, she hasn't felt this pressured in a while.

She didn't really know why- she was Kanade Takamine, and who knows, maybe the new kid was a total scrub that she could convert into a cool kid- but she felt excited for some reason. Maybe it was the idea of finally spending time with someone. Having a roommate that you could talk about, the same way Nagisa seemed to be on good terms with her scary roommate.

Or how well Kujo and Aziz got along. And how Hotaru knew so much about the cryptid-- she coughed, correcting herself. Cryptid had a name and it was Menou, right.

She got up again with an odd sense of motivation.

First of all...cleaning up this mess of a fucking room.

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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"Oh? Looks like you have a visitor!" Asagi immediately informed his roommate though before he can even react, he had already gotten up to answer the door.

"Asagi wait!" Makoto couldn't believe it as he also tried to make a break for the door. They had just talked about it, about how everyone could misunderstand Asagi's presence in his room. However, what's done was done. Asagi opened the door revealing the visitor to be none other than Menou Koizumi.

"Koizumi? Wow...this...how should I explain this?" Makoto stood there, flabbergasted at this development. Seeing all this, Asagi couldn't help but let out a chuckle.

"You're Makoto's neighbor huh? Nice to meet you--Oh? My name's Asagi--Arakawa Asagi but you can use Asagi if you want since I'm not that old~ And before this all seems strange to you, I just want to point out: I'm a guy. So there's nothing weird about me being assigned to this room." Asagi immediately lifts up the fog of doubt. Makoto sighs in relief.

"Yeah, it's just as he said. I'll be sharing this room with him from now on." Makoto manages to compose himself as he walked over to the two. "Asagi, this is Menou Koizumi from Room 307; the girl's floor. She's currently in St. Gabriel's Academy though some of her classes are taken online."

"Nice to meet you~ Well, I'm still sorting some things out so--" Asagi gave a small bow and wave to the two before heading back to his checking his devices.

"Rather rare for you to suddenly drop by...do you need something?" Makoto asked, any trace of surprise or panic in him gone.



"Takamine! I've just decided to ditch class and--whoah!" Aziz was quite shocked when he heard some stuff being moved around inside Kanade's room. He wanted to resume the study on the salvaged item immediately so he already made up his mind to not attend class at that time.

"Hey! You sound like something's going on there! Did you find something new?!" Aziz called out from the other side, wondering what is going on in the room.

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Soichiro Tanizaki Character Portrait: Noa Arai Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Menou smiled a little as Makoto asked what she'd like. She merely shook her head.

"I just wanted to see if we could hang out if you aren't too busy is all... I wanted to try to get out a little more and I figured here was a good place to start... Still, it kinda seems like you're busy. Maybe we can plan on a little surprise dinner to welcome everyone? I'd be happy to help."

Menou wanted to try and make a good first impression as being known as the shut in creep started to hurt her a little. She figured since Makoto knew a thing or two about cooking, maybe she could help too with setting up or seasonings or whatever.


Akeno blinked and thought before nodding.

"Yeah! We have three new friends!"

She had done a little research on them while staying up last night. She stretched and smiled.

"They all graduated from Seven Stars and they all seem to be pursuing different paths in life~ The first one really likes fashion and he wants to be a fashion designer. The second one makes OST remixes in her spare time and develops games too. The last one is blind, but she makes up for it with her amazing cooking."

Akeno grit her teeth to maintain her smile. She was envious of all of them. They all seemed to have complete control of their lives. Meanwhile, Akeno was still stuck in her mother's shadow. Still, she wouldn't reveal her problems to anyone. Not until she knew she could completely trust them.

"Isn't that awesome, Soichiro-kun? We're getting prodigies in a way~ I wonder if any of them will recognize Hotaru-chan?? Wouldn't that be something~"

Akeno pulled out some medicine for Noa. Just because she didn't trust her doesn't mean she won't be nice to her. Her mother taught her to be polite to everyone after all.

"Still, I wonder if anyone else in the dorm will get them for roommates?"


A girl with curly auburn hair traced the outside of Blue Lotus for a name plate. She wanted to make sure she had the right area. The girl sighed in relief when she found the braile and nameplate indicating that this place was indeed Blue Lotus.

"Thank goodness... My GPS has yet to lead me astray. Now, a proper introduction is in order."

She straightened herself, relaxing her shoulders and calmly knocked at the door. She wanted to present herself as refined, composed and easy to talk to. She patiently waited for someone to answer the door, eager to meet a potential new face.

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Soichiro Tanizaki Character Portrait: Noa Arai Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya

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"All of them are from Seven Stars?! Then they must know my archenemies!"

Still, the idea of three different prodigies coming to their dorm was odd. Blue Lotus was almost chock-full of "problem" students despite them being rather nice people, himself counted. He briefly wondered; a fashion designer, a cook and a game developer. Those were rather varied people.

"Takamine and Itsuna currently lack roommates do they not? Then there is a chance they will be receiving roommates."




"What the fuck-- Harumi?!"

Kanade turned, an eyebrow raised. But then, at the same time, Aziz brought up a good point...

"SHIT! The fuckin' flux capacitor! Son of a bitch!"

She turned her gaze on the rock that was still on her workdesk before looking back at Aziz. Maybe with how he ditched class, he would have heard of that vital piece of info...

"Hey, Harumi! Have you heard of anyone new coming here?! New residents?! If you did, do you know who they are or how they act?! If I get a roommate and she finds out about this she'd definitely rat me out!"




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FennecMedic: Misa-chan! :D Today's the day you move to the dorm right?? Are you on the way yet? Oh, I just know the others will be excited to see you! >_<


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DJ_HoundCity: Thanks. :) I'm already on my way, can't help but be nervous though...I'd reckon this trip will still take me around 4 more hours. I should get some shut-eye. I've been awake streaming the whole night.[/b]

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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"Hmm...I just cooked yesterday though..." Makoto wondered about Menou's request. If he did it too frequently, some of the other residents may get too accustomed to getting a free meal from him. If it was just her, he would've obliged immediately. For everyone though--

"Wait--" Just then, an idea came to him. Their schedules don't always mesh well so it would be a bit of a drag for him to introduce Asagi to everyone one by one. It would be much easier to clear up the misconception surrounding his roommate over at the table with everyone--well, at least everyone he already knows.

"Okay! I'm fresh out of ingredients though so we'll have to buy some more." Makoto agrees to the plan. "Can you wait here a bit though? I just need to get changed." He excused himself and retreated back to his quarters.

"What's up?" Asagi asked.

"I'm heading out for a while. Need to get some stuff for dinner. Today's a bit of an occasion with you coming here and all. Figured it would be easier to just introduce you to everyone over dinner."

"So it's like a welcome party for me? That's too sweet~" Asagi grinned at the idea. "I'd kind of feel bad making you pay on my behalf though. Want me to shoulder the costs?"

"Nah, I was the one who came up with the idea. It's my responsibility."

"Hey, I'm serious. I would really feel bad."

"Hmm...If it will make you feel better, I guess I can charge a little. How does 20% of the total costs sound?"

"That sounds good, thanks~" Asagi thanks him with a smile.

"Well, I'll be going then. Menou's waiting outside." Having changed into a fresh shirt and pants, Makoto bids his new roommate goodbye and heads outside.

"Sorry for the wait. We'll stop by the farmer's market along the strip mall near Queen's. According to Sora, that's where all the good stuff is. Come on!"

As he lead the way though, Makoto espied a new figure peering in from outside. "Hmm? Who's she? Koizumi-san, can you check up on her? I'll just get permission to use the kitchen from Ritsuka."



"Hmm? No. Haven't heard anything like that." Aziz explained when Kanade asked about supposedly new roommates. "I suppose it's thrilling. What will you do if your roommate turns out to be a total stuck-up and gets us busted for having the rock?"

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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"Alright, let's go! It's a Jaguar ladies! A Jaguar!" Aziz cheered as he led the others down to the car waiting outside their dormitory. "Driver, think you can play some songs from this?" As the vehicle cruised down the street, Aziz hands his mp3 player over to the driver.

He hoped the girls would appreciate his "music" selection.

Upon arriving at West Harbor, Aziz could see that people have already started crowding around the place. Thankfully, being a public place, they didn't need to fight for seating or anything like that. However, Aziz did recall Fuyumi's request. It would be quite difficult to find a place like the one she described at this time.

Being so close to the sea, there was a nice beach area where the trio would be performing. Tents were set up, stalls on the side were peddling food and wares. On the right of the stage was a rather posh dining hall, reserved for special guests. Judging from the food and silverware being passed on, it was obviously catering to a rather high-end clientele. Aziz was sure he could afford it but, these kinds of concerts aren't really his style and he prefers being in the company of friends...even if they have to settle for something less nicer for their seating--

Which was becoming a bit more trouble than it's worth.

"No matter where we go, there's bound to be people." Aziz sighed as he opted to pass up on some nice benches near the lamps upon seeing a group of high school girls chatting on the side. "Not giving up though!"

Taking out his phone, he immediately messaged his comrade-in-arms.

"Yo man! Can you scout for a nice area we could chill at? Somewhere cool and quiet yet with a nice view of the performance? Hold the fort until we arrive.

P.S. If you're with Nagi can you...you know?"




"Ta-da!" Before he knew it, Cel had led Makoto into a comfy looking sandwich shop. It was quite small with only seven tables for four but it was well-lit with air-conditioning. "Not too posh but, at least the food prices are reasonable."

"As long as it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg then I'm down for it!" Makoto leans in to look at the shop's selection.

"Haha! Of course it won't! Hmm..." Cel also leaned in, standing by Makoto's side. Having chosen her sandwich, Cel calls on the attention of the server. "I'll have the bologna please!" She then turns to Makoto. "You?"

"Hmm...I think I'll just go with a ham and cheese--oh, and can we have it to go?" Makoto reminded them that they should get back to the dorm. "Koizumi-san's waiting after all."

"Is Koizumi already good at cooking? Spaghetti's not something you can easily prepare everyday since it's very time consuming. Definitely not something a beginner can handle."

"Yeah. Still, we do have an occasion. Might as well bring something special to the table."

"You're right."



The two finally managed to catch a cab back to the dorm as soon as their sandwiches were served. Upon arriving inside, Makoto wondered at the apparent silence that greeted him.

"Uh...Koizumi-san?" Makoto called out to the lobby. No answer. "Hmm...maybe they're still helping out at the room."

"Or maybe they're in the kitchen...Hey, Ritsuka! Have you seen Koizumi?" Cel asks Ritsuka, who had been on desk duty since morning.

"Hmm? Oh, she just left with Takamine, Harumi and Miss Hirabayashi around...twenty minutes ago, I think? Apparently there's a concert going on over at the West Harbor." Ritsuka explained.

"What?" Makoto was taken aback. "I thought she wanted me to help her out with cooking."

"Oh? Well, they just left. Is that spaghetti?"

"Well, what are you going to do now?" Cel asks Makoto who just sat defeated on the sofa. "Hey, there's still Wednesday. You don't have class until later in the afternoon on that day right?"

"Yeah, I guess. But--" Makoto could only sigh. "I guess you win this time Aziz."

"Is that spaghetti?" Makoto turned around and saw Asagi standing by him in the lobby.

"Asagi?"

"Yep! You were taking a while so I thought I should wait for you here." Asagi explained. "Hello again Miss Cel!"

"Hello!" Cel greeted him back. Seeing that she didn't come to any misconceptions means that the two already met and cleared up any misunderstanding that could have risen.

"Yeah." Makoto rises up to his feet. No point in feeling down now. "This is still your welcome party after all."

"Huh? You mean this is for me?"

"It's for all the newcomers. Makoto thought of throwing a little dinner to welcome you all~"

"Hehe...yeah--wait, newcomers?" Makoto thought Asagi and the other girl were the only ones coming.

"Nope. We have three new residents this time."

"Hope you brought lots of grub!"

Seeing all this, Makoto was able to manage a smile. Even if Menou's not around, at least it won't be a lonely dinner.

"Alright! I'll make you guys so much food you won't be able to move afterwards!"

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Fuyumi felt a little bad for the trouble she was causing Aziz. She heard the mass of people surrounding the area and felt incredibly guilty about her request. If her hearing was a bit damaged, she decided it wouldn't matter as long as they had fun. Though, she did get separated from the group due to the loud chatter of the other people around them. Luckily for her, she had Menou holding her hand the whole time.

"Koizumi-san? Do you happen to know where the others are?"

"J-Just a-a-ahead..."

Even if her hearing was slightly impaired, the tremors being felt through Menou's grasp indicated to Fuyumi that the introvert was not having a good time at all. Fuyumi seemed rather concerned.

"Koizumi-san??"

Menou barely heard a word. The introvert was on a verge of a bad panic attack with her shallow breathing and shaking body.

"I can do this... I can do this... I can't do this! What was I thinking?!"

Menou shut her eyes in a very desperate attempt to shut out the voices and the more panicked she was, the worse her inner thoughts got. The thoughts berated her for her useless attempts at finding happiness and continued their merciless onslaught as she struggled to control her breathing. Fuyumi decided to take matters into her own hands.

"Miss Tachibana? Miss Koizumi doesn't appear to be doing too well... Would it be terribly alright if we got to a more private place?"


Akeno came to her dorm and heavily sighed to herself. Noa Arai had already been given medicine and she watched the girl sleep carefully. She grit her teeth a little as she remembered her failed attempt at reaching another person. If she wasn't just a doll, maybe people would actually accept her. She coughed a bit herself as she looked around the room.

"It should be close to dinnertime. Makoto's probably making some food. Maybe to get a good first impression on everyone. If nothing else, I should at least go."

Akeno frowned to herself as she remembered her mother's words; to always make a good impression and accept food. But not too much food, she wouldn't want to come across as a pig.

"Screw it all. Maybe something interesting will happen for once."

She went down to where she knew the kitchen was located and saw Makoto, Cel and an unfamiliar person. The person was dressed in women's clothing, had a noticeable white streak in otherwise long pink hair tied in a braid, striking purple eyes and a cat like smile accompanying their face. She blinked, unsure of the new person but it didn't matter. They would only see her foolproof mask accompanying the porcelain doll known as Akeno Furuya. They wouldn't try to dig deeper. They wouldn't help, no one would help. They only wanted the doll to be admired or shunned. No one wanted her to become someone she wants to be. So, for now, she would smile and hug the stranger. It was part of her character after all. After hugging the stranger for a good while, she flashed them a wide smile, loaded up the text to speech app and started to "talk" to them.

"Hey there~! I'm Akeno Furuya! Who are you?"


She tilted her head curiously.

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Just as the day seemed to spiral into further oblivion, Aziz spun around and turned--to find the girls gone. He looked around the crowd left and right but he didn't recognize anybody who resembled any of them.

"Great! Socially awkward, Miss no-vision and sailor mouth all got lost in the crowd! Now what am I going to do?"

For a moment, Aziz wondered what to do. He asked them out to go on this little journey. They were his responsibility. And he royally fucked it up. Somehow, he wondered if it would've been better for Menou if she had stayed with King-wannabe. At least she wouldn't have to bother with big crowds.

"Urghh...what's so wrong with crowds anyway? It's not like any of them are minding you let alone checking you out..." Aziz wondered just how bad Menou's condition was. "Hopefully it's not bad enough that she freezes up helplessly..."

A text from Kujo told him that Nagisa's gone to follow Kanade so there was that at least. This put him a little at ease since he knows that despite her health condition, Nagisa should've already found a good spot for them. Still, he didn't want to leave all the responsibility over to her. These times are the times when a man's gotta act cool.

"So let's shine the way only Aziz Harumi could shine!"

Wherever they are, Aziz knows everyone came here to watch the beachside show. So naturally--

"Sir? I think I saw some suspicious people wondering around the back of the stage. Could you go check?" Aziz asks the bouncer watching over the stage. Fortunately, the guy took the bait so he took this chance to sneak into the stage and head on over to the microphone.

"Umm...hello!" Aziz addresses the crowd through the microphone. "Can we please all rise for the national anthem?"



"Oh hey Akeno--whoah!" Makoto saw Akeno descend from the stairs and turned to greet her but was visibly taken aback when she immediately hugged Asagi, standing a little off to the side.

"Whoah! Is she your little sister or something man?" Asagi asks, a little surprised.

"No, she's--" Before Makoto could introduce her, Akeno whipped up her app and introduced herself to Asagi. "Yep, you heard. She's also a resident up in the girl's quarters."

"Oh, is that right? Hello then! I'm Asagi Arakawa but you can just call me Asagi~ I'm Makoto's new roommate and I just want to lay it out here as to not cause any misunderstandings: I'm a guy. So it's not as if Makoto suddenly got a prompt for an eroge opportunity or anything." Asagi introduces himself to the girl. He couldn't help but notice her speaking through the app though. His eyes turned to Makoto for an explanation but debated against it.

"You didn't go with them Akeno?" Makoto asked, referring to Aziz's troupe that left the dorm a few moments ago.

"What do you mean? Oh, are you talking about that girl who visited the room a couple of hours ago?" Asagi recalled Menou's visit.

"Yeah. They went to the park to watch some live thing or whatever. Don't really know the details myself."

"Great! More food for us then!" Ritsuka declares.

"Since when did you cash in on this?" Cel reprimands her.

"No matter. I should be able to make enough for everyone here. Well then, I'm going." Makoto excused himself as he went up to the kitchen.

"I'm helping him out. Catch you upstairs Ritsuka~" Cel followed shortly after. With the two heading up, that only leaves Asagi, Ritsuka and Akeno down at the lobby.

"First day here and everyone's already nice to me...I may enjoy my stay here more than I thought." Asagi grins as he muttered those words to himself. "Akeno right? Do you know a nearby convenience store that sells ice cream by the tub? I kind of feel bad that I'm not bringing anything to the table save for some coffee candy while my roommate cooks up some spaghetti for everyone. So, mind tagging along with me? You've lived with them for a while. You know what flavors they dig right?" Asagi invites Akeno to tag along with him. He was still new in the area and he'll need someone to help him navigate.

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Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Menou was stunned into complete silence when Kanade picked her up and carried her out of the giant sea of crowds. Ugh, she felt like garbage but was grateful for the assistance. When they finally made it out and she was set down, Menou was still gathering her bearings.

"Miss Koizumi? It'll all be okay. Miss Takamine and I are right here beside you. Nothing's going to happen, you're safe..."

Menou heard those words and took several deep breaths, sighing a bit before weakly hugging Kanade.

"T-Thank you, Kanade..."

Small tears were falling down before she realized what exactly she was doing. She quickly let go and hid her bright red face. Fuyumi just rubbed her back once she could find it.

"How are you feeling, Miss Koizumi?"

"Y-Yeah, I'm doing okay..."

This caused the blind girl to smile.

"That's quite a relief to hear. Now, you don't have to talk if you don't want to but what caused you to break down back there? No one's going to judge you, we're all quite concerned."

Fuyumi wasn't actually sure if Kanade would judge her for it but Fuyumi certainly wouldn't. She had quite a few panic attacks herself when she was going blind and knew how painful and terrifying it could be. Menou was about to answer but she then saw Nagisa.

"A-Ah, Nagisa..."

Fuyumi smiled, relieved that Menou was at least feeling a tiny bit better.

"Ah, so you are the fabled assassin. My name is Fuyumi Hirabayashi. If you perhaps need nutrients to sustain yourself for any slayings, come to me and I'll cook you an excellent meal."

Menou blinked, almost surprised at Fuyumi's wording. Did she seriously believe Nagisa was an assassin? Regardless, Menou did feel a little bit better though still majorly embarrassed about hugging her crush.


Akeno blinked. Did... Did he seriously want her to come along with him to get some ice cream? Akeno weighed her options a bit. On one hand, the two had just met and she didn't quite know everyone in the dorm well enough (no thanks to herself just being a doll and not a human) but on the other hand, it was an opportunity to make an actual friend. Akeno jumped at the chance.

"Oh, yeah! Sure thing~ I'd love to come along. I know a couple of ice cream places that sell tubs~"

She flashed him a warm smile. It was a little strange that he was dressed in women's clothing if he identified as a guy but Akeno wasn't about to question it. She had no room to talk herself as she was just a doll existing in human skin. At least, that's how her mother always made her feel like. The perfect doll to just be admired by everyone and never once allowed to show humanity or cracks.

"We should get going~ We can talk along the way if you need an idea on who people in the dorm are?"


Meanwhile, Madoka and Hotaru arrived back at Hotaru's dorm room and Hotaru seemed to be brimming with excitement and checking her phone every five minutes. Eventually, Madoka sighed and looked over at the half-Icelandic girl.

"Emirsdottir, what are you excited about?"

Hotaru then grinned at Madoka.

"Well, though the cakes are for everyone, there's one newcomer in particular I'm really excited to see again!"

"Is that right. Who's that?"

Hotaru hummed as a faint nostalgia clouded her mind.

"Mm... Her name is Misaki Amamiya. I've known her since high school. We were all in a group together and I'm just really excited to introduce her to you guys~"

Madoka blinked.

"That's pretty lucky for the two of you to be in the same dorm."

"It really is~ Still, hopefully whoever ends up as her roommate treats her okay. Otherwise, they'll suffer my wrath!"

"Emirsdottir, I highly doubt you have wrath to show in the first place."

Hotaru pouted.

"That's not true! I can get mad if I wanted!"

Madoka chuckled a bit.

"Sure, I'll believe that. In any case, how do you want to do this?"

She smiled and set up a small cake slice with a candle on it.

"Before Misa-chan gets a chance to experience everyone else, I want to give her my own personal welcome~ You don't have to stick around if you don't want to."

"I'll do so just in case. Wouldn't want you to accidentally burn the dorm down."

Hotaru smiled.

"Great~! I can't wait to introduce you to her! She's really sweet~"

Hotaru then loaded up her message system to send Misaka a message.

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Message to: DJ_HoundCity

From: CandySlayerPhantom

Hi, Misa-chan! So looking forward to seeing you again~ Ah, when you get there, come over to room 307! I have a surprise for you~ :D

Message sent!


Hotaru grinned.

"And now it's time to wait..."

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Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Surprisingly enough, that little ploy worked. Almost too well in fact. Almost everyone in the crowd stood up. This in turn, allowed him to pinpoint the people he lost in the crowd somewhere away from the throng that waited in front of him.

"Ah, there they are!" Aziz happily waved at the girls. He can also see his homie Kujo telling others to rise up as well. It was almost like a revolution. Still, the crowd stood up to sing the national anthem so he might as well deliver it to them. Give the people what they want. Everyone's a lot pickier if it's free.

After he finished belting out on stage, everyone went back to their original positions. From the sides, two security members tackled him and escorted him out. No matter, he'll find a way out of this himself. He always does.

"Enjoy the show, guys~"



"Great then let's go!" Asagi cheered as he followed Akeno out to the streets. He hoped everyone would like this little surprise.

"Ah! Ritsuka-san? Please don't tell the others what we intend to do, 'kay?" Asagi made sure to remind the gossipy lady before heading out.

Trudging along the streets in that time of the day was a little bustling as most students are all headed home to take a break. Some were middle-class workers donning suits and suitcases, eyes always drifting to look at their watches. A couple of boys glanced at their direction and Asagi felt slight amused from the looks those kids were giving.

"So about the others..." Asagi started conversation with the girl accompanying him. "I wonder what everyone's like? I think I have a good grasp of Makoto and Miss Cel but I haven't really met the others yet. Makoto was planning on doing it over dinner but, I don't think it's possible right now--since everyone up and left after all."

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Yoite Arakaki Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Soichiro Tanizaki Character Portrait: Sora Kyousuke Character Portrait: Noa Arai Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Menou was rather confused as to why everyone was doing the national anthem but focusing on the lyrics and song helped calm her down quite a bit. She supposed she had to thank Aziz for helping her calm down along with the others but she was unsure if she wanted to go out in public any time soon. Still, she turned her attention back to Fuyumi, who smiled at her.

"Do you feel a little bit better, Miss Koizumi?"

"Y-Yeah... Thanks, everyone... Still, how the heck is Aziz going to get out of that spot?"


Akeno flashed him a grin. Truthfully, she was very excited to get to know the young man standing next to her. But first things first, she needed to introduce the others.

"Oh, right! Yeah, I can tell you a little bit about everyone."

Akeno didn't know too many details considering no one really wanted to get to know her better but she could at least tell him the basics.

"Let's stat with the girls first. I can't tell you about any newcomers but I do know a little bit about the other girls. First is Hotaru Emirsdottir. She works at a maid café, graduated from Seven Stars and is taking some classes in Interior design. She's really sweet and wants the best for everyone around her. Her roommate is Menou Koizumi. I think if you know Makoto then you know a bit about Menou but she's a bit of a shut in. No one really knows why though, but try to be careful around her. Ah, there's also my roommate Noa Arai. She's really smart but people don't like her much because she can be blunt around other people."

She seemed a little bit sad.

"I find it kind of unfair. Noa-chan should have friends too, which is why I'm trying to be her friend. Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Next is Nagisa Makinami. There's a bit of a rumor going on that she's the assassin but don't take it too seriously. She's pretty quiet but she's not a shut in like Menou is. Her roommate is Sora Kyousuke. No one really knows much about Sora Kyousuke because she's almost always out on her job. But, I've seen the job she works at and it's really nice. Lastly, we have Kanade Takamine. She..."

Akeno looked down to think of a good word to describe her without being mean.

"I think a good word to describe her is... unique. She speaks her mind a lot and can be a bit mean but she's the perfect person to be around if you want to have fun. Now let's move on to the guys~"

She grinned a bit at him.

"Since you already know Makoto, let's start off with his ex-roommate; Aziz Harumi. Aziz gets a bit of a bad reputation but is otherwise a decent guy. He's charismatic in his own right but he's a bit of a trickster so watch out. His roommate and partner in crime is Kujo Nobuyuki. I heard he's part of a gang so be careful there but he seems like a really cool guy to be around if you're friendly to him. And then there's Soichiro Tanizaki. If you meet him, don't freak out if he speaks in a weird language about Tyrannica and relics and ascending to higher powers."

She let out a very weak and almost breathy laugh, coughing afterwards.

"In any case, Soichiro imagined a world of his own and that's really admirable. I really like how he can be himself without worrying about others judging him... But I'm getting off track again. There's also Madoka Ikeda. Madoka is quiet and anti-social except when he's around Yoite and Hotaru. Still, he's really passionate about films and filmmaking so if you want to be friends with him, maybe start off with a conversation about movies? Lastly is my good friend Yoite Arakaki! He's a super sweet guy who always tries to communicate for me. I'll get to myself after I'm done with Yoite, but he's also an incredible artist who loves all kinds of paintings~ Definitely get to know him better if you're looking for instant popularity. Though, I'm not too interested in that stuff. I'm more interested in being friends with people who seem nice."

Akeno spun around to flash Asagi a happy grin.

"And that just leaves me~ So, I'm not entirely sure how to describe myself. My mom wants me to be the perfect girl that always gets good grades so I can marry a doctor and start a successful career in a perfect household. But... I don't really want that. I'm more interested in music but that's about it. I haven't really gotten enough time to develop too many likes so sorry. But, I can say that I'll be a lifelong and loyal friend if you'll have me~ Ah, you're probably also wondering why I'm using a text to speech app? That's mainly because I'm mute. But, I'm working on getting my voice back. The reason why I lost it is a bit too complicated to talk about though..."

Well, Menou put her real self out in the open and she was hopeful Asagi would accept it. He seemed like a nice enough guy.


Message to: DJ_HoundCity

From: CandySlayerPhantom

Oh, yeah! Absolutely! Completely spaced on that. Haha~ I'll meet you in the lobby to help you out and we can talk about the other people in here when you show up~ See you soon!

Message sent


Hotaru squealed happily, causing Madoka to sigh a bit.

"So I take it she's almost here."

Hotaru quickly hid the cake and put out the candle before taking his hand.

"We're meeting her in the lobby, come on!"

After a couple of protests, Hotaru dragged Madoka down to the lobby where the two of them waited.

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Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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"Holy shit, they threw him out!"

Practically manic laughter emanated from Kanade, who seemed to have recovered from her earlier terrified state. Nagisa wrinkled her nose a bit, playing with her hair a little.

"Didn't he invite you guys? Bit of a shame he won't be able to watch."

"Oh? You're worrying over him Nagisa? Ha! I knew you had something on the guy!"

"No, of course not."

Kujo soon came barreling towards them, laughing all the way.

"Yo, what's up?! Did you see that?! That's my roommate!"

"He just got thrown out, Nobuyuki."

"He'll find a way around it~ Come on, the performance might start soon! Loosen up!"




Misaka had just stepped out of the convenience store and into the streets when she passed by a pair of-- girls? A girl and a boy? She furrowed her eyebrows, about to dismiss it, but heard the tone and electronic speaker of a text-to-speech app.

She turned; the girl, or at least, one of the girls was using the same app she had. Not that they had the same voice, obviously, but she briefly caught the screen of the app on the girl's phone. But she wouldn't have noticed it had she not heard the name Hotaru Emirsdottir being mentioned.

Maybe they were residents of Blue Lotus too...?

She stopped walking, and stared after them for a bit.

...Maybe tailing them wouldn't hurt. She was a nonexistent entity. She reached up, pulled her hat over her head a little and looked down at her phone to make it look like she wasn't exactly following them, just headed in the same direction.

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Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa

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"Ah yes, Hotaru. Didn't really talk to her much back in high school..." Asagi recalled his time in Seven Stars. Contrary to initial expectations, that had been one of the most memorable times in his life. He was pretty much the reason why Raven's band couldn't count as an all-girls troupe, regardless of how he looked.

"Ah, good times~"

The other people didn't seem too bad upon Akeno's description. Of course, they hadn't met him yet so he wasn't sure how the others would've judged him. If Makoto is anything to go by though, it appears he wouldn't have such a difficult time.

Of course, Akeno introduced herself too, going as far as to inform him about her being mute. "That explains the app then..." He reckoned as he listened attentively.

"Hey, if you don't want to talk about something then I won't press on. I have my own skeletons I prefer to keep in the closet too. Everyone does. Still, don't your fingers get tired typing after a while? I guess when you've been using it for too long, your body starts adapting."

As they went on their small journey though, Asagi noticed something from the corner of his eye. A weird person wearing a hat that covered their face was tailing them. He wondered if it was some on-campus pervert or something. "Haha! Wonder what the look on their face is going to be once they see what's under "this" skirt."

"Well, I guess we're here!" Asagi practically dragged Akeno inside the small air-conditioned shop with him, all the way into the freezers. "Whoah! So many different flavors. Hey! You got any best sellers here?" Asagi yelled at the clerk minding the counter, who only gave him an odd look. However, he was really trying to look back to see if that person's still tailing them.

"So, which ones do we get? They've got a bunch of flavors here like cookie dough, coffee crumble and stuff. Basic flavors too!" Asagi asks Akeno, leaning down on the large freezer.

"Someone's following us..." Asagi whispered.

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Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Menou just took a couple of deep breaths in an attempt to relax herself. When she managed to do so, she focused in on the performance. Fuyumi closed her blind eyes to listen to the music better and smiled at how good the performers sounded. Menou in term felt more and more calm as she kept on listening to the music. She kept quiet so as not to disturb Fuyumi or the others and focused on listening to the songs being played.


"Huh... So, we're being followed..."

Akeno just nodded to show that she understood what Asagi was talking about. Truthfully, her fingers were in a bit of pain from using the text to speech app. Normally, she'd be okay due to using sign language but since she only recently got the app, it was a bit of a pain to use. Still, Akeno noticed the person that was supposedly following them. They wore a hat that covered their face so Akeno couldn't get a good look at them. Still, Akeno motioned to the basic flavors of ice cream as well as cotton candy, cookie dough and birthday cake. She remembered Hotaru liking cotton candy and Yoite and Noa enjoying cookie dough ice cream. Plus, no one can go wrong with the classics. As for the birthday cake? Akeno remembered getting it after a successful choir outing and enjoying it. She smiled widely in the hopes that he would accept and wondered what to do to get the stalker off of their backs.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya

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Nagisa rolls her eyes after Kujo had finally quieted down to hear the performance. She takes a brief glance at everyone around her; Kujo was too busy looking at one of the female performers on stage, as if he wasn't even listening to the music. Holding back a scoff, she turned her eyes to the others.

Koizumi was focusing on the performance, and Hirabayashi had her eyes closed. Nagisa hummed a bit, turning her attention to Kanade, who had surprisingly gone silent. She was surprised to find the blonde with her arms crossed over her chest, staring at the stage- though it was obvious that she was deep in thought about something. Whether it were one of her jokes, or she was just thinking about the next kit, there was no doubt that the music was reminding her of something. Nagisa just couldn't pinpoint what it was.

"Well, I wouldn't pry."

Nagisa just sighed a bit and stared back at the stage to watch.




Misaka has the crushing feeling she's been spotted.

But she's come this far, and she swears she's not stalking, just eavesdropping, and at the time she feels like she's seen that pink hair with the white streak before...

Wait.

She racks her brain for an idea. Stepping just the tiniest bit closer, she peers out at the two again. She's definitely seen that before...

The sound of guitar shreds and the cheering of the crowd fills her ears when she recognizes the person.

"Isn't that-- the bassist from the Star Section in the Battle of the Bands at Seven Stars...?"

She should know, she was the pianist for the Reserve, but it didn't hurt to at least attempt to figure out who it was.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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"Alright, let's take the vanilla, the cookie dough and the cake flavored ones. That should give us a bit of variety while still falling within our budget." Asagi suggested as he tried coming up with a way to interrogate and apprehend their stalker. Just then, an idea came to mind.

"Hey, I bet this would go great with some waffle cones. Round up all the tubs in our basket. I'll go get the cones~" Asagi gestures to Akeno with a wink, pointing over to one of the aisles.

In reality though, Asagi didn't immediately head over to the aisle where the cones are. Instead, he went around the counter, near the shopping cart and basket rack before sneaking up to the person following them from behind. He tapped her shoulder, calling her attention.

"Alright, what do you-- Hey!" Asagi's expression softened from initial suspicion into one of recognition. "You were the ones who entered in the battle of the bands back in high school!"



"Whew! Out at last." Aziz sighed in relief after the management finally let him off. Took some stern reprimands and a wad of bills but he was finally out of that cell block. Nonetheless, he wasn't really allowed near the perimeter of the venue so he had to watch from afar. At the very least, Nagisa and Kujo were finally with them.

"Yo man! When everything's done, ask them to come over to Jerry's round the corner. Can't get in anymore so I'll make the reservations so we can have dinner there."

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Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Akeno was a little confused as Asagi vanished but figured it was to apprehend the stalker. She just decided to grab all of the ice cream recommended by her new friend. After getting three tubs of vanilla, one tub of cookie dough and another tub of cake flavored ice cream, she walked down to the isle where Asagi supposedly went to only to find that he wasn't there. Akeno pouted a bit.

"I guess he did go after the stalker after all."

Still, Akeno took a deep breath and sighed heavily, feeling better after that. She just decided to wait for Asagi to come back up.


Once the concert ended, Menou sighed a bit, somewhat relieved for it to be over. Fuyumi smiled.

"Did you have fun, Miss Koizumi?"

"A little bit... Still, I think Makoto will miss us. Shouldn't we head back?"

"Are you okay?"

Truthfully, Menou was unsure of her mental state at the moment and was worried about getting her friend even more mad at her than before. Plus, she didn't want to suffer another panic attack and look like an even bigger fool in front of her crush. She figured this was enough for the day. Fuyumi was oblivious to Menou's thought process though and instead focused her attention on Nagisa.

"If I may interrupt, I don't think Miss Koizumi is feeling too well. Would it be rude if she were to leave? I don't mind if she does, I can just ask any of you guys for help."

This just made Menou feel worse. She knew Fuyumi was just looking out for her best interests but Menou just felt like scum. Maybe she was being rude.

"It's alright... I don't think I'll have another attack... I'm just worried for Makoto is all... I don't want him too mad at me for tagging along with you guys."

Fuyumi smiled a little, understanding Menou a bit.

"I can understand that but I don't think your friend would mind too terribly if you make other friends. Besides, if nothing else, after this, you can hang out with him tomorrow to compensate~"

Menou sighed a little.

"You have a point... Hopefully he's not too mad at me for this..."

Fuyumi smiled warmly and clapped her hands.

"Terrific~ Well then, Miss Takamine, Miss Makinami and... Erm, forgive me, sir, but I don't believe we've actually had the chance for an official meeting. May I please have your name?"

It was true. While Fuyumi was familiar with the voices of Menou, Kanade, Nagisa and Aziz, the man who had only recently shown up was a complete mystery to her.


"She's not showing up..."

Madoka internally winced a little at the tone of Hotaru's voice. He may not have known her for very long but there was a small sadness in her voice that made him feel a little sad as well. He couldn't help it; he had only seen the half-Icelandic girl as perky and upbeat.

"She could be lost?"

"But she said she'd come here after she got her things sorted..."

"Not everyone's a workaholic like you are. Maybe the new girl's taking her time."

Hotaru sighed.

"You're right. I'm probably not being very patient. I'm just really excited to see her is all..."

Madoka looked over at the clock and sighed a bit. 6:30 PM.

"... Emirsdottir."

Hotaru looked up at him with a curious hum.

"If your friend doesn't show up in the next thirty minutes, I'll take you somewhere to get your mind off things."

"E-Eh?! I-Isn't that a little bit rude??"

Madoka shrugged.

"If nothing else, I'm sure Cel can figure it out with new girl. Besides, you need some cheering up. So..."

Hotaru flashed him a warm smile.

"Thank you so much, Madoka-kun~"

Madoka just nodded in reply and waited.

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Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Misaka was very, very much ready to swing her phone at the sudden tap on her shoulder- but when she saw the person recognize her, she paused and attempted to compose herself- which really just resulted in her looking way more suspicious than she initially had.

"Pianist for the Reserve side," She mumbled. "I overheard your companion mentioning an old f-friend--"

Goddammit, she was starting to stutter. She immediately switched to her app on her phone.

"--An old friend of mine, and thought you guys might know where Blue Lotus was."




"Wha--? Oh right, the newcomer. Ahem--! I'm Kujo Nobuyuki, seller extraordinaire, daredevil and big daddy of the dorm!"

Kujo thumped his fist against his chest, grinning wide. Nagisa rolled her eyes.

"He's Aziz's partner in crime, literally."

"Hey, come on, Makinami, you're acting like he never gave you five phones with our proceedings!"

"Well I didn't ask for five phones now did I?"

"Oi! Weed-head! Your phone's ringing!"

"Hey, Takamine, I don't do-- Huh?"

Kujo looked over at his phone, briefly reading the message.

"--Yeah, so Aziz wants us to go over to Jerry's, just around the corner for dinner-- I mean, if you guys are up for it. He's made some reservations."

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya

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Having cleared up the earlier misconception, Asagi shrugged the incident off with a laugh. "Haha! Yeah, I knew you looked familiar! Been a while right? Anyway, you should've just called out--I mean, it's not like we're going to bite you or anything. Come on!"

Asagi practically dragged Misaka with him towards the aisle where Akeno was waiting. He decided to introduce the "stalker", just so any remaining misconceptions can be cleared up. "Yo! Apparently the person tailing us is this girl right here. Her name's Misaka and check it out! She'll be moving in with us as well! Talk about amazing coincidences eh?" Asagi introduced the Akeno to his fellow Seven Stars alumnus.

"Misaka, this is Akeno. Hope you two can be good friends from now on!"

Having finished with that, he turned his attention to the ice cream tubs. "Yep! That does it for the shopping, I guess. We should get back now!"



"Yahoo! We're back! Oh? You guys are a pair of faces I've never seen before." Asagi greeted Hotaru and Madoka as he strode into the lobby, tugging the two other girls along. Immediately, he approached Hotaru.

"Remember me? Well, we didn't really talk much back in high school since you had your own little group. It's me, Asagi~ I played bass during battle of the bands back at Seven Stars remember?" As he jogged up Hotaru's memory, he extended an arm to drag Misaka up front. "And guess who decides to show up too!"

Turning to Akeno, he continued. "We've already met Akeno here who was nice enough to show us around as well. She even helped us choose the flavors of the ice cream. See?"

"Lively bunch eh?" As if on cue, Cel descended down from the stairs and saw the small gathering in the lobby. "Me and Makoto just finished up. Come on! It looks great, I'm telling you."

"Only cause you helped out." Likewise, Makoto followed Cel downstairs too. Hotaru and Madoka had already arrived but of course, those who watched the harbor live wasn't around yet. "Hope none of you mind spaghetti. As per Cel's request, we added something different to it but I can assure you, it tastes fine just the same."

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Hotaru's eyes brightened the second she saw Misaka walk through the doors with Akeno and an unfamiliar girl. She squealed in delight before hugging Misaka tightly.

"Misa-chan~!!! I'm so happy to see you again! Ah! I should probably help you out with registration!"

Hotaru dashed off to work out Misaka's paperwork causing Madoka to sigh a little.

"I swear, it's never a dull moment with her... So, I take it you're Emirsdottir's friend? I'm Madoka Ikeda. You probably already know Akeno Furuya if you two were together coming in. And, you are...?"

"He's Asagi-kun~ He's going to be living with us too."

"Is that- Huh? He??"

Akeno nodded with a bright smile as Hotaru finished with a happy smile before hugging Asagi as well.

"Asagi-kun~! I remember you too! Sorry we never really got to talk much but hopefully we can catch up on lost time here."

She giggled happily at him and then noticed Cel and Makoto.

"Ah, right! Guys, my uncle let me bring over some sample cakes to welcome you to the dorm! Looks like it's become a giant party, huh~ Misa-chan, our plan had a small dent."

She giggled a bit sheepishly.

"But it's alright! I can talk to you about the others while we're enjoying Makoto-kun's cooking~"

Akeno smiled warmly at the scene, slightly looking forward to the party while Madoka just sighed a little.

"I'm going to go see if that idiot's around."

"You mean Yoite-kun?"

Madoka nodded a bit before leaving. Hotaru smiled.

"While we're waiting for Madoka-kun, do you need help with your bags, Misa-chan?"


When Kujo announced that Aziz made reservations for dinner, Menou froze. Yep, she wasn't going to be able to enjoy dinner with Makoto after all. It really upset her but she didn't want to make Aziz mad at her for being flakey.

"I'm in..."

Fuyumi, on the other hand, seemed to have brightened up considerably before clearing her throat.

"I'd be delighted to go~! I wonder what kinds of cuisine they have over there? Perhaps Bulgarian cuisine? Maybe Italian? American? Ah, this is exciting~"

Menou stepped back, surprised.

"You, uh, got really excited all of a sudden..."

Fuyumi smiled warmly.

"Of course. I do aspire to be a chef so even going to a diner will be enough to expand my culinary knowledge. Tell Mr. Harumi that I'd be delighted to go, Mr. Nobuyuki."

Menou just weakly chuckled at Fuyumi's antics, still startled.

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Misaka froze, ready to whip out her Mirror Force card, when a weight all but tackled her. She almost felt her breath be knocked out of her lungs when she felt arms wound around her tightly. She lightly tapped Hotaru's shoulder.

"I--I missed you-- t-too but I can't br--eathe--"

When Hotaru let go, the girl abruptly ran off to handle her paperwork. Before Misaka could catch her breath and call out, someone called her again; she hesitantly looked over to see a red-haired guy who seemed to be acquainted with Hotaru, who introduced himself as Madoka Ikeda. Asagi's companion from earlier apparently was Akeno Furuya but Misaka almost felt like the world was spinning all around her; it was overwhelming, almost, the welcome in this dorm. At least, for a NEET like herself.

"U-Uhh, M-Misaka Amamiya. T-Thanks, gotta go."

She dashed over to where Hotaru had apparently finished, taking a bit of time to skim through the needed info; so she was in Room 302, apparently...and she'd have a roommate.

She barely caught the name Kanade on one glance. She really shouldn't be basing things off names, but that sounded friendly enough, she supposed.

They were soon joined by a rather mature-looking blonde with a braid and a brown-haired guy. They provided some sort of normalcy to the rather bright and cheery colors of the dormers so far.

When Hotaru offered help, Misaka glanced down at her bags and smiled sheepishly.

"Probably...I mean, with my equipment and all."




"Cool! Well, it's just around here. Just follow me!"

Kujo walked on at a leisurely pace. Kanade shrugged.

"Well, ya heard him."

"Hey, Aziz, when we get there at least meet us up at the entrance, man! We're heading there ASAP!"

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Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Madoka Ikeda Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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A rather small reunion unfolded, particularly from the Seven Stars alumni. Cel wondered how it was back in that school. Normally, one would think that a prestigious school like that would breed some rather...difficult students. Seeing Misaka, Hotaru and Asagi though, almost everyone seemed amiable.

"Oh, come on. We can settle her bags in later. You'll have a lot of hands to help you out with that." Cel taps Hotaru's shoulder and faces the two new residents.

"Misaka-chan, right? I'm Laeticia but everyone just calls me Cel. You'll usually find me on the front desk so if you have any concerns, you can always run it by me, 'kay~ Don't be such a stranger now~"

Madoka walked off to look for Yoite so Makoto took charge in leading everyone to the dinner table. He was only able to prepare spaghetti and some garlic bread but thankfully, Asagi and Hotaru covered all their dessert needs with some delicious ice cream and cake. A simple dinner all things considered but, at least it wasn't as lonely.

"Well, dig in! Plenty enough for everyone." Makoto urged the others on when everyone had gathered around the table.

"So, do we like--name ourselves like in class?" Asagi asked, scratching his head sheepishly.

"Just tell us your name and anything you might want to clear up. That would do~"

"Alright! In that case, hi! My name is Arakawa Asagi but you can just call me Asagi! I'm sure Cel-san, Makoto, Hotaru and Misaka knows this but, just to put it out there: I'm a guy~" Asagi introduced himself with a wink.



"Hey, there you are!" Aziz called the group over once he saw them pass by. "Come right in. I've already ordered for the rest of us so we shouldn't have to wait long. Speak of the devil--"

Before long, a waiter carrying heavy trays laden with food appeared before them. Most of the menu was comprised of grilled seafood, complimenting the whole beachside theme. Salmon and tuna belly were the main course for the evening along with some stewed mussels. On the side was a platter of bakes scallops and some beef dishes.

"For those who aren't a big fan of the bounties of the sea, of course~" Aziz explained. Like those who remained in the dorm, Aziz stood up once everyone had taken their seat and, raising a glass of Fanta in the air, he started a small speech.

"Well...I'm no poet or emcee but, I just wanted to welcome Hirabayashi-san as a resident of Blue Lotus. I know I'm not exactly in any position to do so since I'm known to be quite the troublemaker but, Hirabayashi-san! Welcome to Castle City!"

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Laeticia "Cel" Concepcion Character Portrait: Makoto Itsuna Character Portrait: Aziz Harumi Character Portrait: Hotaru Emirsdottir Character Portrait: Menou Koizumi Character Portrait: Akeno Furuya Character Portrait: Kujo Nobuyuki Character Portrait: Nagisa Makinami Character Portrait: Kanade Takamine Character Portrait: Asagi Arakawa Character Portrait: Misaka Amamiya Character Portrait: Fuyumi Hirabayashi

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Hotaru smiled warmly as Asagi introduced himself. She then turned her attention to Misaka.

"Go ahead and introduce yourself if you'd like, Misaka-chan~"


Menou was almost impressed with how easily Aziz managed to get the food and beachside service. She supposed it must have been one of the perks of being rich. She soon heard Fuyumi sniffing.

"I can smell salmon, tuna belly, yellow tail, mussels that have been stewed, baked scallops, Harami Miso beef, Waygu beef seasoned with Cajun spices and teriyaki chicken. Always a classic."

"You got all that just from smelling the air?"

"Well, I do aspire to be a chef and since I can't really see the food well, in regards to cooking, I have to rely on smell. They all smell delicious and I imagine they're cooked to perfection."

Menou just shook her head. It came across as a little weird to tell apart food based on smell. Still, she supposed she couldn't complain. Fuyumi heard the speech and smiled.

"I'm happy to be here, Mr. Harumi. I hope we can all get along. Perhaps we can cook wonderful meals together or go on fun outings?"

Menou smiled weakly. She wasn't really sure if she was going to go on any outings anytime soon after what had happened.