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Torako Shinta Toushi

"What the bloody hell is going on here?"

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

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Name: Torako Shinta Toushi

Nickname: Tora

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Description: Torako has naturally curly black hair that is layered. His hair is mostly cut around chin-length, though there are some longer pieces, most notably so is a portion of his bangs. His eyes are actually a dark shade of purple due to trauma when he was very young. Unfortunately, he also has extremely poor vision because of the injury and usually wears contacts, though he has been known to wear his glasses on occasion. He's slim, but not extremely so, and he has quite a bit of core and upper body strength. He is usually seen in a pair of black jeans, a red t-shirt, and a black jacket. He's been known to change up the colors or his style every now and then, but he always seems to wear a black and red dog collar around his neck, complete with a fish-shaped pet ID tag that says "little tiger" on it; a very uncreative pun on his name. He also carries around a music composition notepad and a pencil, both of which he keeps safely tucked in the inside pocket of his jacket.

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Personality: Torako is blunt to the point of rudeness and his favorite word seems to be 'idiot,' which he calls his friends a lot, though it's actually quite affectionately. He's often quiet, but when he has an opinion he's not afraid to speak up. He often gets lost in his thoughts and has been known to hum melodies while he's distracted. He doesn't seem to notice that he hums them anymore and gets rather embarrassed when somebody points it out. He's very stubborn, but extremely patient. For some reason unknown to him, young children tend to flock to him. He can sing rather well, though he does his utmost to avoid anyone knowing that since he thinks that it's embarrassing. He gets very annoyed when people point out his eye color or poor eyesight, especially when they ask him if he needs help because of it. Something random this way comes.

Special Skills:
* Singing
* Composing music
* Cooking

Likes:
* Composing music
* Candy
* Singing
* Cooking
* Eating
* Children
* Music

Dislikes:
* His eye color
* His poor eyesight
* Pity
* Rude people
* Childish adults
* Being embarrassed

History: Torako Shinta Toushi was born on February 22nd to Kara and Kenji Toushi. His parents were always ones to make jokes or puns about anything they could, so naturally, when they had a child on the so-called "cat day," they couldn't resist the opportunity to name their little boy Torako, which is made up of the kanjis for 'tiger' (tora) and 'child' (ko). When he was still very young, his parents got in a rather bad fight one night and infant Torako was caught in the crossfire. A couple weeks in the hospital later and it was revealed that the injury had damaged the pigments and vessels in his dark blue eyes, thus creating his rather unnatural dark purple irises. After that, his parents went back and forth between living together and being separated, though they finally got divorced when he was fifteen. He lived with his mother until he was eighteen, when he promptly moved into the dorms at his university of choice, where he studied music composition and learned how to sing to the best of his ability. He is still attending the university and lives in the dorms.

Anything Else: He usually wears contacts, but when he is studying, working, at home, or reading he wears his glasses, which have very thin wire frames.

Personality

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Basics:

Handedness: Right

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 130 lbs.

Eye color: Dark purple

Hair color: Black with red highlights

Distinguishing marks: His eyes and the faded scars on his forehead, which he keeps neatly covered with his bangs.


Family/Religion:

Parents: Kara Toushi (mother) and Kenji Toushi (father)

Siblings: None

Relationship status: Single

Friends: Some of the other students at his university.

Enemies: His parents.

Ethnicity: Japanese

Religion: Agnostic

School/work/home:

Education: High school graduate. Currently studying at a school for the musical arts.

Degrees: N/a

Vocation/occupation: He works part time at a rock climbing gym.

Employment history: N/a

Own or rent: He lives in a dorm.


Psychology:

Fears: Losing his eyesight completely and being hurt by people he thought he could trust.

Eating habits: He gets takeout most of the time.

Food preferences: He's not a picky eater.

Sleeping habits: He often stays up late working on his latest composition, but is somehow always up for his 6am composition class.

Book preferences: He'll read anything, but is partial to music books.

Music preferences: He'll listen to most anything besides for most rap and hip-hop. He's not a big fan of metal either.

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

Leader or follower: Follower

Hobbies: Composing music, reading, listening to music, rock climbing, and cooking.

How do they relax: Composing music, rock climbing, and listening to music.

What excites them: Finishing a song and teaching someone how to rock climb.


Astrology/Phisiology:

Birth date: February 22nd

Time of birth: 12:31 AM

Western astrological sign: Pisces

Chinese zodiac: Dog

Handwriting: Slightly messy cursive.

General health: He's rather healthy, but often gets headaches and stomachaches from overstress.

Objects kept in:

Pocket: Wallet and cell phone.

Wallet: Money, credit cards, and ID.

Other:

Talents: Composing music, singing, and cooking.

Drugs/alcohol: He isn't fond of either.

Prized possessions: his red and black dog collar and the fish pet ID charm that hangs from it.

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So begins...

Torako Shinta Toushi's Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Character Portrait: 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: 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: Torako Shinta Toushi Character Portrait: Rei Shinobu Sohma Character Portrait: Ateryu Kei Sohma Character Portrait: Daisuke kai Sohma

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"Rei!" Rei heard from behind her before someone grabbed her wrist. She swung around ready to be angry but found it was Daisuke.

“Oh…hi” she murmured while whipping her eyes.

"I'm so sorry rei. I didn't mean to get you fired I was just upset at what that perv did. I'll rough up the manager. I'll get your job back."

Rei smiled a little bit and shook her head. He always seemed to jump to violence…but he wanted to protect her, and that mattered to her.

Looking into her eyes as a blush formed over his cheeks. "Maybe you can get a new job. I know another cafe but...it's well...." Rei's eyes lit up at the prospect but became weary when she heard the but.

"It's one of those cosplay cafe. You know were all the girls wear those se...cute.. maid outfits. You're cute enough I'm sure they'd hire you" he smiled some hoping it would cheer her up. Rei turned red but nodded.

“That would be great….” She said with a smile.

"Since you have the day off...I...I..could take you out....make up for it...though I did promise ateruy a drink too. So she might want to tag along "

“I don’t want to intrude on you and Ateruy, go ahead and take her out, ill just--

"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.” Rei heard from her left. She looked at the man unsure of who he was. 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." He said before 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.

Rei looked at it for a second then tucked the note in her pocket.

"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." Ateryu said before walking off. Now ie felt bad….she had ruined her friends chance to go out.

“I’m Sorry…..” she murmured as she looked at Daisuke.

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

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

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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?'