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Taiga Tetsuya Sohma

"Well, isn't this interesting."

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

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Name: Taiga Tetsuya Fujitaka

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Zodiac Animal: Dog
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Description: "Well, in case you didn't see from the millions of pictures of me throughout this profile, I have chin-length white hair, though my eyebrows are actually dark gray. It's all natural so I just assume it's because of my zodiac form. My eyes are an odd shade of brown, though they can look a bit blue at times, I'm told. I'm pretty slim and although I've got quite a bit of muscle on me, it's difficult to see. I tend to wear t-shirts or tank tops and jeans with dark red sneakers, though I've been known to mix it up quite often. I'm the live-in caretaker of a shrine near the Sohma estate, so I'm almost always wearing a kimono when I'm at home."

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Personality: "I'm usually pretty calm, but I've been known to be the life of the party when I feel like it. I like reading, but I love playing music. I have a wide variety of instruments that I have learned to play since I was little; I actually concentrated on music more than schoolwork, so I'm not the brightest when it comes to textbook things. I also learned to draw along with my elder brother, Haru, and although he was always better at it, we were both very good. That about covers my hobbies, so I should probably move on to another topic. I'm very loyal, but if you stab my back, don't expect a second chance. I'm stubborn and can have a short temper at times, but most people have successfully avoided seeing me snap. The possibility of losing control of my body, such as being paralyzed, terrifies me." [[Something random!]]

Special Skills:
* Playing a wide variety of instruments
* Drawing
* Cleaning
* Maintaining the shrine by himself

Likes:
* Warmth
* Candy
* Guitar
* Girls
* Rock climbing
* Playing music
* The shrine

Dislikes:
# Chaos
# Death
# Cold
# Rain
# Rude people
# Bitter food
# Seafood
# Sports - it's not that he's bad at them, but most of them don't seem to interest him.
# Backstabbers
# Annoying people

History: Taiga grew up on the Sohma estate following his elder brother, Haru, around like a lost puppy. His brother wasn't a zodiac animal, so he didn't really understand the inconveniences of the curse. However, Haru did manage to keep Taiga as far away from the God as he could so that his little brother wouldn't have to go through the same troubles that previous generations had. Taiga spent most of his time in his room playing guitar or piano, those being his favorite instruments to play. When the New Year celebrations came around he was always one of the people playing music for the incoming zodiac animal to dance to. As soon as he could though, he was out of the Sohma estate and living in the nearby shrine, eventually taking over the role of Caretaker from the previous one so that he could retire in peace. There he's lived rather happily for the last six years.

Anything Else: N/a

Personality

Extra useless information that you don't need to read about if you don't want to.

Basics:

Handedness: Right

Height: 5'2"

Weight: 115 lbs.

Eye color: An odd, light shade of brown.

Hair color: White

Distinguishing marks: His hands, especially his fingertips, are extremely calloused and scarred.


Family/Religion:

Parents: May Sohma (mother) and Shiro Sohma (father)

Siblings: Haru Sohma (elder brother)

Relationship status: Single

Friends: Haru and a couple of the other Zodiac children.

Enemies: Anyone he doesn't like.

Ethnicity: Japanese

Religion: Agnostic

School/work/home:

Education: High school graduate.

Degrees: N/a

Vocation/occupation: Live-in caretaker for the shrine

Employment history: N/a

Own or rent: He lives in a rather spacious living area of the shrine.


Psychology:

Fears: Needles and paralysis.

Eating habits: He tends to make food at home, but sometimes gets takeout. He's a remarkably neat eater.

Food preferences: He's not picky, but isn't very fond of bitter food.

Sleeping habits: He can sleep anywhere anytime and often stays up late, but is always up early to get to work cleaning the shrine.

Book preferences: He'll read anything.

Music preferences: He doesn't like most rap, or hip hop. He like old rock and roll, country, some pop, and alternative genres. He's rather fond of American music.

Groups or alone?: He likes being in small groups.

Leader or follower: Leader

Hobbies: Playing guitar/piano/violin/etc., reading books, and reading and memorizing American poetry.

How do they relax: Reading, playing music, cleaning the shrine, and reciting poetry.

What excites them: Learning a new song, finishing a book, learning a new instrument, and memorizing a new poem.


Astrology/Phisiology:

Birth date: September 27th

Time of birth: 3:13AM

Western astrological sign: Libra

Chinese zodiac: Goat

Handwriting: A very neat and flowing mix of cursive and print.

General health: Very healthy. When he gets sick it hits him hard, though.

Objects kept in:

Pocket: Wallet, key to the shrine, and cell phone.

Wallet: Money, credit cards, and ID.

Other:

Talents: Playing various instruments, drawing, cleaning, and memorizing poetry.

Drugs/alcohol: He isn't find of the idea of either.

Prized possessions: A small bird charm carved out of a dark blue gemstone. He wears the charm on a leather thong (a thin strip of leather, mind you) around his neck. He wears a silver feather alongside the bird.

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(Taiga is rather frightening when he's in a bad mood)

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So begins...

Taiga Tetsuya Sohma's Story

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Characters Present

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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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma 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 kai Sohma

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Keiko & Ichirou Sohma


Keiko was still attempting to warm up after the walk here. The snow had freshly fallen and the wind was softly blowing, but just enough to sting your fingers if you left them uncovered for too long. She didn’t even live that far from the estate. Thankfully Ichirou offered to give her a ride to school.

Seeing everyone was nice, even the ones she barely knew. They had a bond, something she could never get enough of. It was special and one of the things she could say that she held dear to her. Keiko was well aware of where the others stood on the bond, thanks to Ichirou and Xian, two of the only Zodiac that ever talked to her. But they were her best friends at the same time, so she didn’t mind.

Then there was a knock at the door, which surprised everyone even Yami. The terrified maid soon made her way to Yami’s side, and soon after, she was dismissed. "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. Ichirou was one of the first out the door, leaving Keiko to hope he remembered his offer. Keiko herself got up slowly, hoping to catch up with Yami. She had been hoping to visit, and she had no time to stay sadly, due to school. He was further ahead than she thought he would be but catching up was easy.

“Yami,” she said quietly as she walked a few paces behind him. “It was nice to see you again. I was hoping I could stop by again today, but after school. It has been some time since I’ve seen you and I feel sorry for it.” Keiko tried not to say too much, knowing how delicate Yami could be. Giving him a headache would make her feel terrible.

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Ichirou walked quickly walked out to his car, where a familiar face awaited. “Is it getting cold in here Kishi,” he said, quickly jumping into the car. He rubbed his hands together as he started the car. “It is so damn cold out, I hate it. Can’t wait till it’s warm out.” Ichirou looked at his friend before pushing him lightly. “Come on, lighten up. Keiko’s school isn’t that far away so you won’t have to breathe the same air as her for long. Then we can go do whatever you want. That is, until I have to work, then you can come help me.” Ichirou squirmed out of his coat and threw it into the back of the car.

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Characters Present

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: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Yimme Sohma Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma 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 kai Sohma

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It had been a cold walk to the main Sohma estate. Though Nani could drive she decided to walk with Yoshino to the family meeting.

The meal had been the same as always. Nani was absolutely terrified of Yami, of his every movement and word. She occasionally grabbed for her younger sisters hand under the table and glanced at Ateryu from time to time to keep her calm. Yet there was something soothing about being among the other Zodiacs, it felt safe and 'normal' to be around those you did not have to hide from.

Nani managed to stay calm throughout the meeting, after all she had people who she loved to keep her mind balanced. However, she became incredibly uneasy when Yami made an example out of one of the maids. It was not in her personality to be nervous of frightened in fact she was rather blunt but it was just a control Yami had over her ever since that day.
After the charade of bullying the maid all the zodiacs were dismissed and Nani was the first out of the door to the street. Though she did wait for the others just outside the main gate.
' He is such a bastard...' she muttered before exhaling out a long breath.

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It was the same as every morning, apart from the fresh snow that lay on the ground. Kenji could smell burnt toast as he looked out of his window at the large Sohma estate.
A wet nose nudged his hand, Simone the family dog was ready to be let out back. He pushed open his bedroom door and the fawn coloured dog scampered into the sitting room to play with Kenji's uncle.

Kenji grabbed a towel, took a shower and began to put on his school uniform. It was the same average morning he had every day.

' Kenji I'm making toast do you want any?' his uncle yelled from the kitchen.

Rather than reply Kenji walked from his own room to the Kitchen and took an apply from the fridge and indicated that he would rather have that. His uncle tried to make small talk, it was often awkward between the two, having no real family connection they both often sat in silence.

' The Sohma family gathered again today... A whole bunch of them. They are such a funny family, don't you think?'

' I have to go to school Uncle, I will see you afterwards'. Kenji hated talking about the Sohma family, they were the talk of the school and now a topic with breakfast.

With that Kenji left the house passing the Sohma estate as he went, he saw a few people leaving. Whatever they had been up to was over.

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Character Portrait: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Ichirou Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma 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 kai Sohma

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Tatsuko stared at her plate, moving food around as the other Sohma’s chatted animatedly amongst themselves. She wasn’t in a particular mood to ‘talk’ with her fellow kin, so she opted for keeping to herself. She could feel Yami’s eyes glancing at everyone, watching them, following their every move. She felt a slight chill roll down her spine as she tried to ignore the feeling and poked at the food placed in front of her. Her head snapped up at the sound of Yami’s voice when a maid sauntered into the eating area. Her frightful stare said it all as she mumbled and stumbled over her words. Yami ordered her out of the area and the woman left bumbling about, not before whispering something into his ear. Tatsuko sighed as she pushed the plate in front of her.

”This event is dismissed. You all may leave,” were the magical words to escape Yami’s mouth as everyone jumped and left the room. She stayed, sitting at the table before watching the events unfold between Yami and Keiko. She knew that Keiko was attached to the head of the family. Why was a question she wanted to know. He was…cruel. She shook the thought from her head before she pushed herself out of the chair. She didn’t want to be in the house any longer and she forced her legs to walk towards the entrance. With a final glance, Tatsuko made her way towards her own home on the estate.



The sun was out, shining brightly as Tatsuko blocked the sun from her eyes. She was a part-time librarian and she was on her way to work. It required little to no physical contact, something she was grateful for, and she enjoyed it. It gave her time to reflect on what happened the previous day, or if something needed to be done soon. She watched the cars pass by and took a closer look at one in particular. It was Ichirou’s car. She recognized it and it brought a small smile to her lips as she noticed two passengers. Both had snow-white hair so she assumed one of the inhabitants was Keiko. He cared so much for the girl, it almost caused a tinge of pain to cross into her heart and the unrequited feelings he shared with her.

She knew the feeling all too well. Although she never really spoke to him, Kishi had nonetheless captured her interest. She kept this crush to herself, not letting the others know, especially Yami. They would ridicule her for having even the slightest sentiment for the cat. She sighed and groaned to herself. Love sucked.

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Ateryu often calmed Nani after one of the family meetings that was the great thing about having a woman near your own age. Nani snapped out of it and smiled.
' Thanks Ryu, you know I just hate him so much.'.

Nani noticed her friend smoking, it was a habit she hated often reminding her of her fathers cigars. Her mothering instinct wanted to tell Ateryu to stop but she never did.

It was at that moment Daisuke appeared, the Ram. Nani truly felt comfortable around him because before she left the family they had grown up together much like the younger zodiacs now.
' How have you been?' She asked him as she fumbled into a large black bag she had been carrying. She pulled out her phone just to drop her sister a quick text.

Yoshi I forgot to make your lunch... home for dinner?

As she send the text she was zoning in and out of the conversation. "Hey I'm up for anything. I have no plans today, Nani do you have plans?".

Nani had to think a little, often she would clean up the house alongside Taiga, however she did need some food to make her sister and Taiga's dinner.

'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'.

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The snow crunched under Kenji's feet. It was cold but he loved it because it reminded him of English weather.

As Kenji basked in the winter sun he fumbled in his pocket to find a pen. Often his inspation for art hit him at strange moments and this was one if them. He brushed some snow from a garden wall and placed his bag onto it. He pulled out a blue book and opened it. Picking his bag back up Kenji began walking and drawing down the street.
He began sketching a tiger in the snow
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It only took him a few minuted before he pushed the book into the bag on his back, not realizing it had fallen into the snow behind him.

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Characters Present

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: Keiko Sohma Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma

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Nani didn't seem to be getting through to anyone at the cafe, the manager was not willing to listen and Daisuke was getting angry shouting at Nani to sit down.

Checking her watch she realised the time, if she wanted to make it back home in time to help Taiga with the house she was going to have to leave for the market.

'Ateryu are you staying? I'm going to head off, this coffee break has turned into a lot more than a short break... I'll catch you later Daisuke, I really need to get shopping feel free to pop round later.'

With that Nani left the cafe into the winter sun. She pulled a small white wool hat from her bag and placed it onto her pink hair, she also pulled out her purse. The cafe was only a few doors up from the market, she could smell fresh fish as soon as she entered. She got the usual fish, meat and cleaning products and took the items to the till.

((Small time skip here to the shrine))

Nani entered the shrine
' Hello Taiga... I have the shopping' she yelled before placing the food and product on the kitchen floor.

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Kenji tried to focus but he couldn't. School was not his forte and he had lost his drawing book. He kept looking into the back of peoples head and staring endlessly. He could see people whispering infront of him, mainly boys trying to grab Keiko Sohma's attention. The same as always....

He placed his head onto the desk and brushed his hand through his dark hair. How had he managed to lose his book, it was the only precious thing in his life other than Simone and his Grandmother.

His mind began to drift until he heard a whisper
here...

It was Yoshino Sohma, a pink haired girl who was rather pretty handing over his sketch book. He took it without hesitation, grinning like an idiot to show how much he appreciated what she had just done. He opened it to the last sketch in his book, it was a rough drawing which he ripped out and write 'Thank-you' on the bottom of handing it to the girl next to him.

'Are you passing notes Kenji.... stop disturbing people and get out of my class'
Crap... he had been caught out, again making a fool of himself.
He stood up and left the class.

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Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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Torako Toushi

Torako, engrossed in his composition, hardly noticed the commotion around him. What did snap him back to reality was the fact that he'd been sitting there for much longer than he should've just for two cups of hot chocolate. Getting up, he tucked his notebook and pencil into his jacket pocket just as the owner came hurrying over with two cups of coffee.

"Here you go, sir. I apologize for the wait, but one of our waitresses was causing trouble."

Torako raised an eyebrow at the owner. "She may have caused a single accident or whatever happened, but at least she always gets my order right, idiot." he'd been a regular at the cafe for some time and he almost always ordered the same thing, so it bothered him that his order was brought to him incorrectly.
"I'm leaving. It's not worth my time to come to a cafe run by an idiot that fired one of his most competent workers." sticking his hands into his pockets, he turned and headed outside.

After wandering for a few minutes, he stumbled upon the waitress girl, her name was Rei if he remembered correctly, and one of the boys that had been in the cafe when he'd first arrived.

"Yo. If you need a job, I can probably hook you up with one at the gym I work at. It would probably just be running errands, but the people are nice, at least. He pulled his music composition notebook and pencil out of his pocket, flipped through to the back page, and wrote down his phone number and name on it before tearing out the page.
"Here. Call this number if you're interested." pulling out his phone to check the time, he cursed quietly to himself. "Ah, if I don't hurry up and make my stop by the shrine now I'll be late getting back for lunch."

Handing the page to Rei, he waved as he tucked his notebook and pencil into his pocket and took off at a jog in the direction of the shrine. As he ran, it vaguely occurred to him that he hadn't even introduced himself to the girl, but he half-hoped she'd remember him from his daily trips to the cafe. Truthfully, he couldn't think of a viable reason as to why he'd given the girl his number and offered her a job. It wasn't like the gym needed a new employee; they were doing fine with everyone they had already. Shaking his head, he chuckled. It was a little late to be thinking about all that.

Within a couple minutes, he'd arrived at the shrine to find the white-haired caretaker, Taiga, finishing up clearing the steps of ice and snow.

"Good afternoon, Taiga! Sorry I'm late, but there was a commotion at the cafe, so I also seem to have no hot chocolate. Is there anything I can help you with today?" he grinned. He usually came by earlier in the day with hot chocolate and helped out around the shrine. It wasn't that he enjoyed cleaning, but the presence of the friendly caretaker was pleasant.


Taiga Sohma

Taiga shivered. His nose had long gone numb from the cold as he worked to clear the steps, leading up to the shrine, of snow and ice. He couldn't help but grin, though, as a familiar face popped into view.

"Little Tiger!" he teased the younger boy with the literal meaning of his name, as he often did. "Don't worry about it, I understand perfectly. You don't always have to come help out if you don't want to, though. You should know that."

"It's no problem! You know I enjoy visiting." Torako grinned back.

"Ah, let's see. If you're feeling daring today, one of the trees is starting to block the Torii gate. I was hoping to get it cleared up before Nani got back, but I don't think I'll have enough time to do it myself." looking back up, Taiga wasn't surprised to see that Torako was already gone in search of the tree clippers.

Shaking his head, Taiga chuckled to himself as he finally finished up the steps. Jogging back up to the shrine, he set to work cleaning up the temizuya; making sure the water and water ladles were all clean, as well as the temizuya itself. That didn't take long, so he moved on to the Haiden and began cleaning the flooring in there.

Despite being in a different section of the shrine, he heard Nani's call loud and clear. Putting away his cleaning supplies, he headed out of the Haiden and back around to the living quarters tucked behind the Honden. Stepping inside, he took off his shoes and headed into the kitchen.

"Welcome back! I'm almost done with the cleaning, so I'll get started on lunch shortly." he smiled and bowed slightly, more out of habit than anything else. He'd always felt that women ought to be treated with more respect than his fellow men, so he tended to be a little more formal with them. Nani, even though she resided at the shrine with him, was no exception.

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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.

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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It often annoyed Nani at how much cleaning Taiga could do within the hour she had left. However, he had been sch a sweet and generous man allowing her to come love with him after all the commotion she caused with the head. So for that she was grateful. Plus he wasn't a bad cook.

' I'm going to make some tea? would you like some. I expect Toushi-san is here? Shall I make him a cup' Nani filled a blue kettle placing in onto the heat ' I got a few things in the market, rice, fish and a whole other bunch of stuff... oh and before I forget Yoshi is home for Lunch....'.

Nani took three glasses out from a small cupboard, she then heard Ateryu shout through and grabbed a fourth. She popped her head around the door and waved Ateryu over also giving a little wave to Toushi.

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After being sent out Kenji took out a pair of gloves and put his coat on, he decided to go sit under a Sakura tree, the place he went to draw.

He took out a pen and began to doodle a silly picture of his teacher writing rather obscene words around her head. It wasn't that he disliked the teacher but this was the only way he was able to vent his frustration... and all because he tried to send a note in class. Which he never got to give to Yoshino. Though he still had the sheet tucked in his pocket.

He turned the page and began to re-draw the tiger he had done before but this time he added trees and a stream. He was totally sucked into his own little world when a flash of pink caught his eye.
There she was... the Sohma girl sitting opposite him.

Kenji didn't have very much experience with girls, his cheeks flushed a little before he registered her questioning his art. For some reason without hesitation Kenji handed his whole art book over.
Why did I do that... he sighed in his head.

Now she was going to see pictures of Simone, his Grandmother... random animals and a few funny pictures of people he disliked ... his uncle.

'they are not not good' he mumbled.

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Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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Taiga Sohma

Taiga nodded to Nani. "Tea would be lovely, thank you. Ah, and yes, Torako is clipping one of the trees that was beginning to obstruct the Torii gate. I'm sure he'd appreciate a cup as well." he nodded again at her finishing sentence. "I will be sure to prepare enough food for her as well."
Taiga grinned at Ateryu as she approached him. "Good afternoon, Ateryu." he bowed slightly in a formal greeting, "It is pretty chilly, and yes. Nani just got back. She's over in the kitchen. I'll get to work on lunch shortly, if you'd like to join us."

A moment later, Torako came over, having finished trimming the tree, and asked if he could go inside to take out his contacts. "Of course! You know you're always welcome here. I believe Nani was just making tea, if you'd like to stay a bit." he smiled.

When Torako came back out and said he couldn't work any more, Taiga simply nodded. He didn't have any more work for Torako anyway. Gesturing to one of the seating mats at the table, he headed for the kitchen.

"Make yourselves at home. I need to start working on lunch." disappearing into the kitchen, Taiga set to work.

Torako Toushi

Torako was already up in the tree getting ready to start clipping off branches when a girl walked through the Torii gate. He'd seen her often enough to recognize her as a Sohma, though he'd never had a conversation with her. He saw that the girl was talking to Taiga, but he was too far away to hear. Further movement attracted his attention as he saw one of the other residents of the shrine, Nani, poke her head out of the living area and wave to him. Giving a brief wave in return, he set to work trimming the tree until it was well out of the way of the gate.

Climbing down from the tree, he rubbed his eyes. His contacts were starting to get dry; they hadn't soaked for nearly long enough the previous night and the cold air certainly wasn't helping any. It was probably time for new contacts anyway.

Jogging over to Taiga, he grinned. "All done. Do you mind if I come in for a moment? My contacts are pretty dry, so I should probably switch over to my glasses." he explained as simply as he could. He kept his head tilted downward, trying to shadow his odd eye coloring from view. In his experience, it had always caused him trouble, so he thought it best to keep it from being all too noticeable.

When Taiga nodded his approval, Torako thanked him, took off his shoes, and headed inside. Heading into the bathroom, he washed his hands and set to work removing his contacts and tossing them into the trash can, where they were practically invisible against the trash bag. Reaching into his jacket, he fished around for his glasses for a moment before biting back a curse. He'd left them back in his dorm room, since he rarely wore them out. It was a little late to put his contacts back in after he'd already thrown them away, so he decided that he'd just have to grin and bear it. Sure, he'd probably trip over everything in sight, but there wasn't exactly anything he could do about it.

Walking back into the living room, he bowed slightly. "I think I left my glasses in my dorm. It doesn't look like I will be able to assist you any more today, Taiga."

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Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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Ateryu sat on one of the mats at the table and listened halfheartedly to the conversation between Taiga and the guy - Torako she had learned his name was. He was an interesting looking guy, Ateryu wondered if he only looked the part of if he really was interesting. When he sat she noticed he seemed to have trouble seeing, and he tilted his head down, as if not wanting to be seen. Odd. She played with the strands of her hair, reaching to her shoulders. Maybe she should dye it red next. Or Purple. Eh well she would probably ask Nani to help with her whatever color she dyed it next. She sucked at doing her hair and the murky brown color it was now proved it. She nodded tot he guy at the table.

"Hey. I'm Ateryu." Might as well get some form of conversation while she waited.

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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Nani delicately placed milk and sugar onto the table whilst waiting for the kettle to whistle. She had gotten out five little red cups which had been a gift from Ateryu last Christmas and placed them onto little red place mats. It was one thing Nani couldn't fault her friend for, she had excellent taste in cups. Nani chuckled to herself as the Kettle gave out a high pitched whistle.

Since Nani like things to be clean she placed the hot water into a large white teapot which meant everyone could have more than one cup. She then placed the hot and heavy pot onto a large floral tray to avoid marking the table.

Nani sat next to Ateryu naturally just as Toushi entered, he looked like he was struggling to see.
' Toushi why don't you sit next to Taiga... and don't worry about the rest of your work'
In any usual circumstance Nani would have let him sit anywhere but since he could not see it was better to have him sit next to Taiga in case he fell onto one of the girls.

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'Uhm yeah, I do like tigers..they are majestic and graceful but solitary a bit like myself'

Kenji hadn't meant to compare himself to a lonely animal but something about this girl made him want to talk about his life. She seemed interested in his art yet this was the first time in all of his years of education that she had spoken to him. Why today? Why now?

As Yoshino began to ask about his Grandmother Kenji Smiled. He loved her dearly and missed her.
' It is my Granny, I was meant to send her this for her birthday but my uncle wouldn't pay the air mail for a 'Silly Picture in a frame'' Kenji put on a mocking tone, but it was clear to see he was upset though he didn't want to bring the mood down ... he quickly changed the subject.
' Looks like I am going to end up failing if I keep getting kicked out... Why did you follow me, your a perfect student?'

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Torako Toushi

Torako had obediently sat down at the table when Taiga went to go make lunch. He certainly wasn't one to deny a meal prepared by someone else, especially when it was free.

Torako was half-surprised when the girl, Ateryu, spoke. "It's nice to meet you. I'm Torako, though most people just call me Tora." he smiled, but quickly got lost in thought for a moment.
"Ah, it figures that now I realize how to finish the song." he chuckled to himself.

He found himself looking up without realizing, half-staring into space for a moment before he realized. "Sorry. I keep getting lost in my thoughts." he grinned sheepishly.

Taiga Sohma

It didn't take Taiga long to get the chicken and vegetables cut up and into the frying pan. Adding in some noodles and various spices as well as sauce, he headed back into the other room where everyone else was.

"Lunch is on the stove. It shouldn't take all too long to cook, hopefully." turning to Torako, he added, "How's University been treating you, Tora? Making lots of music?" he grinned.

"It's been treating me fairly well. I think I may have just figured out how to finish up my latest assignment." Torako grinned, "I just hope I still remember it later."

"I'll have to have you come sing at a shrine festival sometime. I'm sure everyone would love to hear it." Taiga turned to head back into the kitchen. "I ought to get back to work making lunch."

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Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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She looked at the cups that Nani had set out and blinked a few times with a small smile. They were the same cups she had given to her as a gift. Ateryu turned to look at her friend with a knowing smirk. When Taiga came back in she nodded silently at the conversation before turning to look at Torako.

"So you're a singer and you go to University Tora? Must be hard work."

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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As the conversation began to flow Nani sipped her tea. She often listened to to others rather than speak herself.
She felt a small vibration in her pocket.

It wasn't often that anyone other than Yoshiro Texted her and she expected it would be her younger sister.
I left class, could I come home early?
Nani scanned the text a few times before typing the reply Are you feeling ok? Come home ...
It was not like Yoshi to come home from school, so naturally Nani panicked. She decided to discuss the matter with Taiga whilst Ryu And Toushi spoke.

She walked over to where he was cooking and told him Yoshi's plans. Though Nani had been living with Taiga for a while, she often ran things by him as it was his home after all.

She would always be grateful he opened his home up to her after she dissapeared. Taiga was one of the kindest in her family and Nani admired him for that, he was the closest male to her after 'him'.

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He sat and stared at her red eyes as she offered to help ....

Kenji couldn't believe that he was so lucky to have a beautiful girl offering to help him learn.
'I would pay a lot more attention if you were teaching me....' he clasped his hands over his mouth.. he had not meant to say it.

I am incredibly sorry Yoshi-San, please forgive me for being rude towards you'.

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Torako Toushi

Torako grinned sheepishly at Ateryu's comment. "I'm really just studying music composition, but I do sing. My professors say that I'm not too bad, at least. It's hard work, but it's worth it."
"What about you? Are you in college or University yet?" he ran a hand through his hair.

With his vision as it was, he couldn't tell how old Ateryu was, but he remembered he looking old enough to be heading to college. He just hoped that he didn't say anything to offend her, seeing as how he was at the shrine almost every day and she'd likely be visiting again sometime in the future.

Taiga Sohma

Taiga hummed quietly while he cooked, mixing together sauce and ingredients to make sure that everything was sufficiently flavored. He was half surprised when Ninato came into the kitchen and started saying something about Yoshi coming home early.

Bobbing his head periodically to show that he was paying attention, Taiga thought for a moment before he started speaking. "Your judgement is valid in my eyes, Nani. She is your little sister, so I believe you should do what you think is best. Lunch should be done in just a few minutes, so she should be just in time for it." he smiled and stirred the contents of the pan once more. "If it concerns you terribly, then I would advise that you inquire as to why she left class early."

Turning off the stove, he gave the stir fry a last mixing before he went to get down bowls for everyone and a larger bowl to put the stir fry in. Transferring the stir fry from the pan to the bowl, he positioned a serving spoon in it and went back out to the main room.

"Lunch is ready!" he set the bowl on the middle of the table and, after a quick trip back into the kitchen, set bowls, silverware, and chopsticks down in front of everyone. "Can I get anything else for any of you?" he smiled cheerfully.

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Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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"I never saw the point in me going to college or university. I didn't even go to a high school, I chose home tutoring instead. Too many people in those places. But it's good that you're making something of yourself." Taigas comment earlier made her think briefly. "I'd like to hear you sing sometime."

His eyes were an interesting color, she noticed now. Ateryu found herself wondering about it but before she could ask, Taiga came in announcing that lunch was ready. It looked delicious and her conversation was forgotten momentarily. "Thank you Taiga, everything looks wonderful." She would wait until Nani was sitting down before she grabbed some food.

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Character Portrait: Yoshino Sohma Character Portrait: Taiga Tetsuya Sohma Character Portrait: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Kenjiko James Hima Character Portrait: Ninato Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma

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Nani smiled softly at Taiga before following him to the table. He always prepared lunch for her, most of the time it was just the two of them but on occasion Ryu and Toushi would join them but never at the same time.
It was nice to watch Ateryu getting on with others, Nani often thought of her as a sister than just a cousin and always liked to see her happy. Plus she knew she could trust this boy since he was a friend of Taiga's.

' Grab some food Ryu I am just going to see if I can see Yoshi coming home yet'

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Kenji couldn't help but blush, not only had he embarrassed himself but she was calling him Hima-San....

Since he spent some time in the Uk, Honorifics didn't really appeal to him. He much preferred the English way.
' You can call me ... Kenji' He spluttered ' If you like that is'

It was strange to think that only 24 hours ago he knew nothing about the pink haired Sohma girl... yet somehow he had became, well friends with her. She seemed so lonely in class, as far as Kenji could remember she rarely spoke to others and kept to herself. It was almost like the living embodyment of how Kenji felt inside.

' What would you like me to call you.... Unless you don't want to be friends?'

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