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Michiko Akasuki

"Everyone, even the people who pretend their lives are perfect, are a little bit broken inside. The trick isn't to hide the damage; the trick is learning to heal from it."

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a character in “Gem Power”, as played by CrimsonFox

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Wish You Were Here β™« Hurt β™« Jenny β™« From Where You Are β™« Keep Holding On β™« Remember the Name
{"O-Oh, it's nice to meet you! I'm Michiko, but most call me Mich."}


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| N A M E |
Michiko Akasuki

| N I C K N A M E (S) |
-Mich (by closest friends)
-Mimi (by family)
-Michi (by friends)
-Suki (by teachers)

| A G E |
16

| G E N D E R |
Female

| R O L E |
The Nerd

| E T H N I C I T Y |
American (Quarter Japanese)

| B I R T H D A T E |
May 21st, Gemini
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| S E X U A L I T Y |
Heterosexual


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{"Sure I'm not the most busty girl in the world, but I don't really look like a boy... do I?"}


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| H E I G H T |
5' 1"

| W E I G H T |
104lbs

| E Y E C O L O R |
Amber

| H A I R C O L O R |
Strawberry Blonde

| A P P E A R A N C E |
Michiko (known to her closest friends as 'Mich') would be considered more "cute" than "sexy". She's easily the shortest of her friend group (much Mac's delight) and is typically mistaken for 2 or 3 years younger than she actually is. Mich's hair is for the most part too short to do any serious styling on it so she usually just leaves it down and, though her best friend has tried time and time again to convince her to wear her contacts more often, Mich really only ever wears her thick red-rimmed glasses (which she is almost constantly pushing up of wiping off with her small blue cleaning cloth or occasionally with the edge of her shirt). Though surprisingly curvy, her cup size is only an A+ ("which reflects her grades" as others have teased) and her slender figure is hidden by the baggy salmon jacket that she constantly wears - even when she sleeps (the reason for this is because it belonged to her mother and it comforts her). Most of the attention she's gotten in regards to her physical appearance has been negative, being teased for her lack of prominent feminine features among other things. If she were to wear form fitting clothes then this issue might be resolved, but alas she chooses not to. Under the coat she typically wears her simple school outfit; a size-too-large long sleeved blue shirt with black buttons, a slightly darker blue bow and a white-blue-stripped collar with a plain white undershirt as well as a lighter blue skirt with a white stripe along the bottom with black leggings underneath. The only jewelry she wears is the topaz ring on the pinkie ring of her right hand. Her right arm is wrapped in bandages she never takes off.

| O D D I T I E S |
Mich's right wrist from her palm to her elbow is bound with linen which she never takes off (not even when swimming or sleeping). She has a few excuses prepared for when anyone asked, ranging from a bunch of ant bites she doesn't want to scratch at to an allergic reaction. But the truth is that she's hiding a series of horizontal scars and one long vertical scar. Of Mich's friend group only her best friend knows whats under the bandages and the story behind them. Mich's not proud of these scars and hides them out of shame, so drawing attention to them will almost certainly make her cry - she flinches if someone touched her arm as squeezing tightly enough will cause her pain. Most don't ask as it only makes for an awkward conversation change (besides, no one wants to hear about her "rash").


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{"W-What? No I wasn't thinking about that! Why would you even- ...how red is my face?"}


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| P E R S O N A L I T Y | WIP
Awkward ✦ Brilliant ✧ Compassionate ✦ Burdened ✧ Hard-Worker ✦ Wise

Mich is, in every sense of the word, a nerd. If you were to follow her around for a full day you could estimate that she spends 6 hours sleeping, 4 hours practicing on her violin, 10 hours reading / writing / studying / doing homework, and the remaining 4 hours eating / doing chores / etc. Literally she would seem to live the most boring lifestyle in existence. ...Well obviously this is an exaggeration, however it's not too terribly far from the truth.

At the top of her class, Mich is considered a genius and there is a degree of truth in this statement. Getting good grades is one of the most important goals as she knows that they will be critical to making it into a good college with a full scholarship (plus it makes her parents proud) which drives her to frequently sacrifice her health in order to ensure this goal is met. She excels in all of her classes from math to english to history to science and she thoroughly enjoys all of them, finding anything having to do with learning and the gaining of knowledge utterly fascination. Of course in order to keep up with all of her study material, homework and extra credit assignments she's had to develop acute organization and time management habits, as well as be responsible enough to keep up with these busy schedules. This has made her quite the planner and note taker - she's extremely detail oriented and can become rather fussy if things are not kept according to the plan/script. Mich has a deep love for music and plays the violin for extended periods of time, becoming completely swept away by the music and oblivious to anything else going on around her until the piece is over. She'd someday like to compose music however has found it to be much more difficult than simply studying it. This is because she has photographic memory (a small detail she's kept to herself her whole life out of fear she'd get in trouble for having an unfair advantage); most all her "studying", aside from homework, is actually just her reading or writing stories.

Don't give her too much credit, though. This stories are mainly sappy-romantic novels and online fanfiction as she is a big-time drama-lover and sappy-romantic (can't blame a girl for being a girl). This information she keeps to herself however as she is only all of that in secret - when in a real life remotely romantic situation her who face turns bright pink and she freezes up, only able to stutter and giggle nervously until the moment passes or she hyperventilates so hard she passes out. In this sense she is very much like a child, and when the moment has passed she will typically turn to / call her best friend and squeal about it for a good 5-10 minutes (usually making her friend laugh hysterically at her, which she is often too frantic to mind). There are many times where you may catch her mind wandering to a steamy daydream (you can usually tell exactly how steamy by how pink her face is turning) which, upon rousing her from it, she will heatedly insist that it was totally innocent and that she wasn't thinking about anything (even if you haven't actually accused her of anything).

Though on the inside Mich may be a bit of a girly-girl, it doesn't reflect outwardly whatsoever. If anything you'd think she was more of a tomboy than anything else. She never dresses up nice, puts on make up or even wears her pair of contacts - literally she puts 0 effort into trying to look nice other than showering, brushing her hair / teeth and putting on more than just a giant T-shirt. Really she's not an unattractive girl, in fact she's really cute, but if she actually bothered to make an effort once in awhile there'd be a good chance she'd make homecoming court rather than just student council. However at this rate that day may never come.

Mich is typically a very level headed and even tempted person. She's spent the majority of her life facing bullies so now insults / threats don't get under her skin at all (or at least, not that she lets on - occasionally she'll find truth in an insult and simply agree to it, adding it to her ever growing list of deficiencies). However the thing that can really upset her is nothing to do with her, but is instead total insensitivity. Being so compassionate and considerate of other people's feelings and need, seeing another person completely brush those things aside and hurt someone really ticks Mich off. If she sees this happen (for example, if she sees some jerks scaring a cat for fun) her timid nature will step aside as she takes a "momma-bear" aspect and charges into the fray to deal justice. Now even when in protective "momma-bear" mode, Mich is fairly small and less-than-intimidating, but what she lacks in size she can make up for with her words. Being incredibly bright my primary strategy it to use her words against then, scolding them and calling them out on their biggest insecurity , making them flustered and unable to get a word in until they eventually run off if only to not be scolded anymore. Believe it or not when Mich is angry her the more vulgar side of her vocabulary comes out in a force that could rival Mac's day-to-day swearing.

However the tiny, reserved, valedictorian is more than just a compassionate protector. Mich wears a faint smile even when under attack, not because she's just that happy, but because that smile is forcibly plastered onto her face like a irremovable mask. It was what kept people from realizing how she was dying inside after her mom passed, and she's never managed to rid herself of it. All negative emotions are hidden behind this mask that slowly suffocates her the more she hides behind it. And though Mich knows this, she cannot bring herself to remove it - it's far more important to her that others think she is doing perfectly fine and it under no pressure at all, than her own sanity. Her only outlets are her ability to play music and her new found duty to protect the earth.



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{"Don't be silly, this stuff is easy. Let's move on the the next problem."}


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| G E M |
Topaz - Mich's gem is the brilliant topaz. While others may fight close-combat, Mich knows that would put her at a disadvantage, so she instead used her topaz to form a bow and it's ability to manipulate air to form air-rows (haha, see what I did there? ....ahem, sorry, moving on). These arrows are made of condensed wings so wherever they strike they explode with a gust of wind, and by manipulating the wing carrying them Mich can ensure that she never misses (though the further the distance the weaker the arrows become - at a certain distance they will simply disevaporate before being able to hit their target). If forced to fight close range Mich tends to favor a shield and a whip to do damage or at least slow down the target so the others can finish it off.

| E L E M E N T |
Air - aside from the weapons / armor that Mich's topaz can create, it also has the ability to manipulate air. She uses this to "fly" (though really it can only assist with movement speed and jumping height as, not actually allowing flight) while she's fighting to stay out of the way of harm while keeping her target within damage range. Being able to control the wind means that Mich potentially has the ability to create / control tornadoes (though this would be extremely dangerous). She has to be extremely careful with her power, however, because the gem is able to sense when she's becoming upset and/or stressed and will slowly suffocate the one(s) causing her distress without her actually meaning to. (Follow LINK for appearance of arrows)

| S T R E N G T H S |
✦Utterly Brilliant - top of her class and a fantastic musician, Mich is incredibly bright and no problem escapes her sights unsolved (if she can avoid it)
✧Fast Learner - picks up on things fast and it very detailed oriented, Mich secretly has a photographic memory, and she's also a great teacher / tutor
✦Sensitive - though usually would be a weakness Mich's sensitivity towards others gets people to open up to her more easily and she's very good at telling if somethings wrong / see through a person's actions to their true intentions
✧Goal Oriented - being very determine can only get so far without being a great planner and time manager; fortunately Mich is all of these
✦Motherly - this could also be perceived as a weakness because this trait makes Mich very forgiving and generous, however it also makes her very fair and understanding towards others; she is always looking out for others even those who couldn't care less about her

| W E A K N E S S E S |
✦Awkward - even through in her head she's a social butterfly, the truth is that Mich is not good in public situations (speaking / socializing / etc), and she tends to blush heavily and freeze up in remotely romantic situations
✧Easily Distracted - Mich gets distracted fairly easily, drifting off into day dreams (some innocent, some not so much) more often than she admits; other major distractions are passing cute guys and anything that can be read
✦Weak - Mich is fairly weak both physically and in will (meaning that when she's getting picked on or has a complaint / disagreement, she tends just to keep quiet instead of speaking up for herself)
✧Poor Health - the irony of Mich's life is that, while she is adamant that others take good care of themselves by eating regularly / drinking enough water / personal hygiene / etc, she often forgets to take care of herself (usually only remembering about the time she becomes faint from hunger or has been awake for three days straight)
✦Unrealistic Expectations - Mich frequently takes on more than she can handle and puts extremely high goals for herself that she is occasionally unable to reach despite how hard she tries and she tends to take these failures to heart



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{"Huh? Did you say something? Sorry, I zoned out."}


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| H O B B I E S |
✦Music - Mich has been taking violin since she was 6 so she is very good at it and in addition to violin she has 4 years of piano experience; these are both outlets for all the stress she keeps hidden under her mask-like smile and it's not uncommon to hear her in a practice room during the day (it should be noted that when Mich plays her violin she becomes a completely different person, throwing herself into the music and has a fondness of adding heavy bass / electronic music to her own sound)
✧Reading/Writing - a lover of literature, Mich's favorite genre is romance - is she can't find a book she likes, gets an idea or thinks that she can do better, she'll end up writing her own little love story and posting it to a fanfiction website
✦Day Dreaming - it's not at all uncommon for Mich to drift off into her own little world on the cloud of some fantasy she's having, becoming totally oblivious to whatever is happening around her (the steamier the day dream the more pink her face becomes and the more heatedly she'll deny any accusations)

| H A B I T S |
✧Narrating - Mich tends to add a narration to whatever she's doing or to whatever interesting thing is going on around her (though normally she only does this in her head, occasionally she may accidentally start narrating out loud)
✦Wiping Off Glasses - almost like a compulsive or a nervous habit, Mich always has her small blue cleaning cloth in her jacket pocket which she uses to wipe off the lenses of her glasses obsessively
✧Day Dreaming - it's not at all uncommon for Mich to drift off into her own little world on the cloud of some fantasy she's having, becoming totally oblivious to whatever is happening around her (the steamier the day dream the more pink her face becomes and the more heatedly she'll deny any accusations)

| L I K E S |
✦Rock Music - to must people's surprise Mich is a huge heavy rock / metal fan who often enjoys picturing herself as a badass gangster (even though she's almost the exact opposite) who is the leader of her own gang; this is a fantasy she keeps to herself for obvious reasons
✧A Challenge - an unsolvable math problem, a piano piece requiring 2 players, a science experiment that requires absolute precision or else Ka-Boom; sign Mich up. She's always the first to volunteer for the most mentally challenging tasks (but don't ask her to get involved in sports of public speaking as she's terrible at those)
✦Helping Others - whether with homework, preparing for a test, emotional / personal issues or otherwise, Mich is an extremely understanding person who not only wants to succeed but to see others succeed as well
✧Playing Music - despite all of the stresses in Mich's life, she always finds some peace in taking a minute and letting all of those troubles get swept away by playing a beautiful song on her violin or on the piano
✦The Jock - Mich has a huge crush on the Jock and, while she's openly confessed her love to him in her day dreams, in real life she tends to turn a shade or two more red and stutters whenever she tries to speak to him (she'll deny that she like-likes him if anyone asks, but apparently it's really obvious)

| D I S L I K E S |
✦Bullies - having been bullied severely for the majority of her school career, Mich has for the most past learned to simply ignore their teasingly, however she tends to take some of the things they say to heart and it discourages her / wears on her self esteem
✧Taking her Glasses - Mich typically doesn't like letting other people have her glasses because then she can't see and they almost always smudge glass with their fingers (not to mention the dumb comments of "Wow, you really can't see!" No duh...)
✦Big Crowds - it's not that Mich isn't friendly, she's just not very good at being social and tends to find a corner to read in whenever she's surrounded by people; she's also totally terrified of being in front of / publicly speaking to large groups of people (all that attention scares her)
✧The Dark - so it's pretty childish of her but ever Mich has never gotten over her fear of the dark and sleeps with a night light (if she sleeps, that is)
✦Rude Awakenings - it's not at all uncommon for Mich to drift off into her own little world on the cloud of some fantasy she's having, becoming totally oblivious to whatever is happening around her (the steamier the day dream the more pink her face becomes and the more heatedly she'll deny any accusations... even if none have been made)

| G O A L S |
✦Make Loves Ones Proud - Mich wants to make her parents happy and whenever she faces difficulty she imagines her mom smiling down at her from heaven; this gives her the motivation he needs to overcome obstacles
✧Become a Doctor - yes it seems somewhat cliche that "the oriental wants to be a doctor" and this has been used against her by bullies for ages, but Mich knows that somewhere there is a cure for what her mother had and she wants to find it, even if only so that others don't have to go through what she did; this means making pristine scores in school and graduating (preferably on a full-ride scholarship) from a notably college are all necessary
✦Requited Love - this goal it likely based on her many fantasies and even more likely to never happen, but Mich would probably die of happiness were her crush to like her back

| F E A R S |
✧Betrayal - Mich has had people who she thought were her friends turn right back around and back stab her, making her extremely fearful that her friends now might do that, which would be absolutely devastating
✦Death - Mich herself has faced death and no longer holds a fear of dying, however few things scare her more than the idea of losing a loved one (especially if there was any chance that she could have preventing their death)
✧Failure - this can mean a number of things; she fears not being able to achieve her dreams, she fears not being about to save another's life, she fears that she'll never be good enough and she'll never be accepted or loved... she fears being a complete and utter failure



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{"I... I miss her. Really bad, sometimes."}


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| H I S T O R Y |

Michiko Akasuki was born to a young couple, Ryota Akasuki and his wife Milly. They were a small family of three who didn't make a lot of money; Ryota was a business man and his wife was a school teacher who had to quiet her job in order to take care of their new baby "Mimi". However though they were not wealthy, they were happy and this was more than enough. Michiko grew up in a happy, healthy, loving home for the majority of her childhood. Her parents encouraged her to try her hardest in school and she did her best to make them proud, quickly rising to the top of her class and this didn't go unnoticed by either her parents or her peers.

When Michiko turned 10 her life became very hard. "Michi", as she was called, became the primary target for other kids to pick on. They made fun of her oversized red glasses, her love of reading, how bad she was at athletics, what a nerd she was... the topics for teasing seemed to be endless and they used to upset Michi greatly. She didn't understand why no one seemed to like her so she went to her mom in tears. Milly sat down with her daughter and comforted her, explaining that usually when someone bullies another person it's because they themselves are feeling insecure, and that by making another person (the target) feel insecure about themselves, it makes the bullies feel a little bit better about themselves. Michi would need to be understanding towards these bullies and find out what they were insecure about; by doing this she would be able to "turn bullies into besties ". This explanation made a lot of sense to the girl and she started trying to get to know her tormentors which, though initially only got her teased more, slowly began to make the bullies open up to her. Naturally it was off to the side and she promised not to tell the rest of their friends about their issues, but it seemed to work and Michi (though she wouldn't call them her "besties") was getting pushed around a lot less (and a lot less harshly).

However this wasn't the end to her worries because when Michiko was 12 her mom got sick. She was bedridden and unable to work, so her father had to spend more time working in order to pay for medical treatment. Milly went back and forth between home and the hospital exactly six times over the course of a year, her stays ranging from a few days to a few weeks, before she finally transferred into the hospital permanently. Michi didn't understand what was going on and it terrified her to see her mom so pale and weak in that hospital bed, but she visited her mom every day after school to play her violin and show her the schoolwork she was doing. By the time Michiko turned 13, her mom had passed away, leaving only Mimi and her dad Ryota.

Ryota took the death of his wife very hard and threw himself into his work, staying in the office for obscene hours, trying to distract himself and justifying this behavior under the pretense that he had to pay off the hospital bills. Michiko did something similar, obsessing over her grades. She started losing sleep and neglecting to eat / drink, becoming thin and pale with dark bags forming under her eyes. This physical change was not noticed by her father (who was in a similar state) however it was noticed by the kids at her school. The bullying began again, mainly focused on how "obsessive, ugly and orphaned" she'd become and even those people who she thought she'd become friends with turned against her in support of the popular majority. Her new nickname became "Mich" because she "wasn't pretty enough to be considered a girl". Mich didn't fight this. The lose of her mother, the neglect from her father, and the people she thought she'd befriended turning around to stab her in the back was too much for her to try to reason about or resist. Every insult she took to heart as a new found truth and she became depressed, unwilling to speak much less play music. It was after a few months of this that she began cutting herself out of desperation to feel something other than despair - even if this "feeling" was pain.

A few days before Mich's 14th birthday she attempted suicide around 9:14PM. Ryota returned home at 9:56 because his boss had told him he'd was going to work himself to death and sent him home early. It was by this miracle that Ryota found his daughter in the shower, unconscious but alive, and called 911. The emergency medical team managed to get Michiko to the hospital in time and she spent her birthday there receiving blood transfusions and being psychologically evaluated, and after about a month she was finally released. Ryota had realized his mistake and vowed to make up for his negligence. He took off a month of work (using all his vacation and sick days) in order to spend time with her and for the first time since Milly's funeral they were able to open up about the loss and grieve together. During that time Mimi and her dad became very close and he sprang the idea on her of moving across town. It would be close enough that they'd be able to visit Milly's grave occassionally, but she'd go to a new school and he'd start at new job (meaning he'd get paid less but he'd also work less hours, which he could spend with her) - this way they would both get a fresh start. Michiko eventually agreed and they moved towards the end of the summer.

It was difficult at first. There were new bullies to tease her, a new class she had to surpass in order to be valedictorian, and she was still recovering from what happened and it showed - but she was slowly getting stronger. She knew that her mom was watching her and wanted to make both her parents proud of her, so she started working hard. For the first time in months Michiko picked up her violin, picked up a new book, offered to tutor struggling students, and tried to be happy. There was still a lot of guilt and grief weighing her down, but now she was trying to move past it and slowly but surely her depression began to lift. She managed to befriend the school "Rich Girl" (though this was entirely by chance) and they became very close; she found out all about Michiko's mother, her attempt on her life, and the story behind the scars that she hides on her right arm. It was actually she who started calling her "Mich" out of affection instead of contempt, and the nickname (with a new meaning) stuck. She also developed a love of romantic-fiction novels as well as a huge rush on the school's Jock (and though she hasn't admitted to it, it's fairly obvious). Mich also formed a rather surprising friendship with the school's "Bad Boy", Mac, after he fended off some bullies who'd been harassing her after school - she'd noticed him looking at the colleges board and offered tutoring, which he (somewhat reluctantly) accepted - she's come to see him as a sort of 'brother' figure.


| R E L A T I O N S H I P S |
Ryota Akasuki - Father | 39 | Businessman, Dad
Milly Akasuki - Mother | 36 (deceased) | N/A
Arianna Hunt - Friend | 16 | Classmate, Best Friend, "Rich Girl"
Kenneth Lefèvre - Friend | 16 | Classmate, Crush, "The Jock"
Sebastian Fox - Friend | 18 | Classmate, "The Playboy"
DJ Myles - Friend | 18 | Classmate, "The Introvert"
Mac Solomon - Friend | 16 | Classmate, "The Bad Boy"






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xxMac Solomon
"He's got a bad reputation and a lot of people are scared of him, but deep down Mac isn't a bad person. In fact he's actually really smart and caring, and he has some big dreams for himself in spite of his background. I almost see him as a big brother... Just don't mention his height."

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Mich views Mac as a protective big brother figure. Mich was getting pushed around by a gang of three guys on her way to the library after school and Mac stepped in to defend her, scaring the bullies off and pulling her back up to her feet. Mich was confused by this but felt she needed to make it up to him, offering to tutor him as she'd seen like looking at the school's college board, promising that if he came to study with her she could help him get into whatever school he wanted. He didn't seem receptive at first but a week later he found her in the library and Mich kept true to her word. Over time she got to know Mac beyond his reputation and has come to respect and admire his determination, and though they don't exactly hang out she considers him a good friend. If they are ever together Mac has a tendency to put his elbow on her shoulder, wordlessly emphasizing the fact that she's shorter than him, but she doesn't mind (she's one of a very small number of people he gets to gloat over).

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xxKenneth Lefèvre
"He's so friendly and talented, sometimes he's a little bit childish, but he's just so caring and handsome~ D-Don't tell they others that I like him! I don't want him to know! He's got so many fans I'd just be setting myself up for disappointment. I'd love to study with him sometime b-but I think he'd rather be on the court, so I've never even offered..."

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Mich isn't terribly close to Kenneth because she's somewhat intimidated by his popularity (and she gets all flustered whenever he speaks to her). Even though Mich is the student council president, valedictorian of her class, and the same age as Kenny is she still views herself as "unworthy" to talk to him, convinced that among his throng of adoring fan girls she would simply be brushed aside and doesn't want to set herself up for disappointment. Aria has repeatedly tried to convince Mich otherwise but it's no use as Mich simply denies her affections for the Jock (though apparently it's still fairly obvious). But beyond his popularity and appearance, Mich has fallen for the Jock because of his friendly and care-free nature. Having always had a plan with a set destination in mind, she doesn't understand how he can so elegantly float through life. She doesn't know that he likes to sing and were she to find out she'd probably only fall harder for him.

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xxDJ Myles
"Dee is quiet and likes to keep to herself so most people disregard her, but she's actually got a great sense of humor and loves to read. We recommend books to each other when we find good ones. Oh! And she's an amazing writer too - she's even writing her own novel! Really, there's a lot to her under the surface. She's also really tall (or maybe I'm just really short)."

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Mich and Dee are not super close but Mich would still consider them friends. They got to know each other over the shared love of reading and writing; Mich had asked about a book Dee had her nose buried in and their friendship just went from there. When Mich found out that Dee was writing a book she offered to read through it and check for spelling/grammatical errors, to which Dee said she's think about it (Mich decided that this meant yes and is now very excited). The two of them frequently share good books that they've found as well as short writings that they've done (though Mich concedes that Dee's skill surpasses hers by far). Beyond this love of literature both Dee and Mich are hard workers and occasionally study together in silence. Though Dee may seem cold and unfeeling, over time Mich came to understand that Dee is simply very reserved and actually has a good sense of humor - her nature of keeping to herself is based on a fear of reliance on others which Mich understands very well and respects.

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xxSebastian Fox
"Sebbie is an interesting character. He really likes girls and girls usually like him back. I think he flirted with me at first but now he views me more as his little sister (thankfully). Even though he teases me a lot, he's actually really nice and a good listener, whether I'm tutoring him or just talking about my day."

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When Mich and Sebastian first met it was... awkward, for lack of a better word. He came to her for tutoring (since academics were not his strong suit) and had spend most of the study session flirting with her, causing her to become extremely flustered. However over time he came to view the adorably awkward girl as more of a baby sister than a romantic interest (something that Mich was thankful for). Since coming to that conclusion he's behaved as a big brother would, taking every opportunity to tease and poke fun at her (all good-natured, of course) and Mich has grown accustomed to this. He especially likes to pester her about her crush on Kenny and is constantly trying to set her up to talk to him, as well as constantly trying to get her to put some effort into her appearance (insisting that she'd be "so stinking cute" if she actually tried). Like a brother he's also quite protective of her and is always there when she wants to talk. She would consider him to be her second best friend however, unlike Aria, Mich hasn't really told him a lot about herself from before she came to the high school - she knows he's very sensitive and it breaks her heart to imagine his face should he ever find out about her scars.

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xxArianna Hunt
"Aria has been my best friend since I moved here. She's super friendly and sweet, though sometimes a little bit stubborn and childish, and she's always there defend me whenever I'm being picked on. Aria knows me better than anyone in the world and I trust her more than I do myself - honestly I don't think I deserve her friendship, yet she still my best friend."

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Aria is the best friend that Mich would've ever asked for. They met completely by chance during the first week of school: Mich was being picked on by a group of jerks during school and Aria had told them off. She was so friendly and considerate Mich almost couldn't believe it and they soon became steadfast friends. They shared a love of reading, writing, video games (though usually Mich would just watch as Aria played since she was so much better at it) and anime. Mich came over to Aria's house almost every day, knowing how lonely her friend was since her parents were constantly working, and as they grew older they bonded over fanfiction and cute guys at school. During one such hang out Mich had broken down to Aria about everything that'd happened before she'd moved, going as far as to unwrap the bandages from her arm and show Aria her scars. It had been an extremely vulnerable moment for Mich but Aria had hugged her tightly and comfortable her, at which point Mich knew she could trust Aria with her life. Mich truly believes that she doesn't deserve a friend like Aria and wishes that she could somehow make it up to Aria for being so good to her; if ever Aria's life were in danger, Mich would lay hers down without hesitation.

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So begins...

Michiko Akasuki's Story

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Red, all of it was red. Mac rode his skateboard through the streets of Point View City, but it wasn't his hometown. The entire city was made of ruby, and glowed bright red, even the sky was ruby colored. Mac rode aimlessly around the empty city. Nothing to be seen, or heard except for the sound of his skateboard. Then the sky began to darken, a huge shadow was cast over the entire city, causing Mac to stop in his tracks. The once ruby city began to blacken, and crack as the darkness came towards him. Mac tensed up as he peered into the darkness to see many yellow eyes to look back at him.

The monster eyes began circling around him, like sharks circling their prey. He held up his right hand to only see that his ruby gem is no longer there. He backed away slowly before he bumped into something behind him. Behind him was a version of himself entirely made of ruby, and with burning eyes. This was the same entity that explained everything about the gems to him when the ring first attached to his finger nearly three weeks ago. Mac looked at his doppelganger with confusion.

"You have to fight. Or your world will turn to dust." The entity stated in a cold, and emotionless manner. The darkness behind it then began creeping up behind the entity, soon turning it's body completely black, and replacing it's fiery eyes with bright yellow ones. A sinister, and unsettling grin crept across it's face as it held it's hand out to Mac. "Or you can embrace the chaos. Revel in the madness." Mac stared at the hand, and before he could react a sword formed in it's other hand. It then proceeded to stab Mac right through his stomach.

Mac's eyes shot open as he quickly sat up in his bed. He looked down at his right arm to see it completely encased in ruby. It soon receded into it's normal ring form. Mac got out of bed, and ran his hands down his face. Another nightmare. He has had similar dreams for the past week, each one more intense than the last. It was decided among the group that they'd first learn how to control their new found abilities before they started hunting the monsters. And since then the ruby ring has become....restless would be the best word for it.

Mac can feel the ruby entity growing anxious. It wants them to fight the monsters. It's tired of waiting. And Mac can sympathize with that. Mac got himself dressed in his usual attire, and began to leave his room. He left the orphanage that he calls home as fast as he could, and kept his head down on the way out. He was not in the mood to deal with the jerks that run the damned place. He pulled out his phone, and sent out a mass text to his friends. It told them to meet up at the woods, where they first got the gems.

It was a Saturday, and school was about to start so he hoped that everybody would be free. Mac quickly rode his skateboard to the outskirts of the city, and had to hoof it to the meeting spot. Once he was there he stared at the crater that once held the gems. His gem slightly reacted to this, and grew slightly.

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Michiko Akasuki


It was early Saturday morning and, while most other kids were asleep, Michiko had been awake for hours.

Initially she'd been criticizing a summer reading assignment that would be due on the first day of school, but (like always) she'd gotten distracted. What normally hooked her attention were books (*cough*fan-fiction*cough*) or the fantasies of cute guys (*cough*Kenny*coughcough*) however this time it had been something different: the ring upon her right pinkie finger. At first she had simply ignored the strange pull from it - like a tiny magnet tugging at her attention - however over the course of an hour her curiosity had gotten the better of her and she soon found herself tucked into a ball on her chair, knees to her chest and eyes fixated upon the peculiar item.

Straying to the memory of how she'd come into possession of the ring, it was no question as to why she was so fascinated by it.

Just over a week ago she'd agreed to go out with her friends and watch the meteor shower outside Point View City, Washington. It was beautiful and she'd actually been able to sit back and enjoy it (likely because Aria had stolen her notebook to prevent her from taking any notes or do homework). However this simple pleasure had been cut short when Mich realized that a few meteors had not burned up in the atmosphere and seemed to be coming directly towards their little group. They had scattered in fear, regrouping around the smoldering rocks before (against Mich's better judgement) moving closer. Like the first episode of an awesome anime, something like liquid / sentient gemstones leaked out of the space rocks and attached themselves to all of their bodies - assuming the form of rings that could not be removed.

Naturally they'd panicked but these things revealed to them all that they were the only survivors of a brutal war where a great evil (whom they referred to as the "Mistake") had driven the rest of their species insane. But as cool / tragic as that sounded, it got much worse: many more meteors had landed on earth containing the crazed aliens, who would attached themselves to any living creature nearby and proceed to wreak havoc on the world. Of course they all thought they'd gotten hit by the space rocks and were dreaming everything... until out of nowhere (as if to prove the gems' story) a bunch of bedazzled, acid-spitting frogs attacked. In response their "rings" had kind of taken control of them all, and with unfathomable powers, the they'd managed to defeat the monsters before the "rings" warned them that they were now the protectors of their world and becoming almost completely unresponsive.

Starstruck (literally), they had all agreed to take a week and try to understand what had just happened. As far as Mich could tell it was like something out of an anime and she'd just spent almost six hours puzzling over this sentient-gemstone-magical-alien-ring-thing, discovering nothing. She had so many questions. How many were out there? How many of them were still sane? What'd happened to their planet and what was the "Mistake" they so feared? Yet aside from the occasional vague emotion and constant satisfaction to felt to/from the ring, she'd discovered nothing else aside from what they'd been told that fateful night.

But her efforts had not been entirely fruitless; it was almost immediately apparent that her topaz companion had the ability to manipulate air in addition to giving her a protective shield for melee combat, like it had during that first battle. She'd discovered this while playing her violin - needing to turn the paper at a particularly busy section, she'd been surprised by a gentle, source-less gust of wind did the work for her. She'd since been trying to learn more about this ability and discovered that she could create a bow that fired air-rows (yes that was a literal pun) because she was rather... unsuited, for melee.

Michiko was snapped out of her daze by the buzzing of her phone on her desk and she jumped as if she'd been shot before reaching over and picking it up. It was a mass text from Mac to herself and the others, telling them to meet him within the next hour at the place they'd found the gems. Mich felt a wave of excitement and fear as she responded "omw". Had her friends found anything else? Was something wrong? Had they all done their summer assignments? She wouldn't know until she got there, so she quickly threw a few important items into her backpack, pulled her fuzzy salmon sweater over her head and raced downstairs. Her dad was already at work but had left half a pot of coffee for her which she promptly poured into a thermos before hurrying out the door.

Hopping onto her bike, and with the cool wind to her back, Michiko was there perhaps 20 minutes after sending the text. Mac was already there of course and she offered him a warm smile as she leaned her bike against a tree. "Good morning Mac," she chirped happily, her somewhat quiet voice still quite cheerful as she addressed him, "How're you?"