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Joanna English

"Wanna hear a knock knock joke?"

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a character in “Group of Idiots”, as played by OurStars

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Name: Joanna "Jo" English
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Role: Girl 2
Romantic Interest:
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 120lb
Nationality: Caucasian- Mostly Irish and Dutch, as far as specific places go.
"Shocker, eh? I have a more Asian-looking coloring than many of the others, despite not having, to my knowledge, a drop of Asian blood!"
Job: She works at a car wash.
Grade: Junior
Oddities:
Joanna often appears to have a bottomless stomach, able to consume large quantities of food at breakneck speeds. Despite her own large portions, she always seems to be taking the leftovers of others. She also tends to make strange faces when she is focusing on something, often amusing others without her actually knowing what's going on. Also, the young woman is particularly good at finding things- she calls it her superpower. On that note, she likes to call random talents superpowers.




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Personality:
"You talk all the time, but you don't say anything."
Among the Group of Idiots, Jo is probably the least serious, or at least it often seems that way because she never seems to tire of clowning around. Her sense of humor ranges from sarcastic to absolutely childish, and she is definitely the most likely, among the group members, to play pranks or crack jokes during class. It often appears as though she bases everything she does around trying to get people to laugh, and the young woman doesn't mind humiliating herself if she can cheer up someone who was looking under the weather. That is one of her more redeeming characteristics, actually: Jo is constantly trying to get other people to smile or laugh, and puts a lot of energy into making others feel better when they seem to be down. She'll make fun of herself, play pranks, leave little cards, or whatever else it takes to get them to brighten up a bit. It does border on nosiness, because sometimes people genuinely don't want another person to try and make them feel better, but she seems to ignore the fact that she is invading their business, in favor of focusing on the fact that she is doing so in an attempt to help them. Most people believe that she does this because she is smiling all the time herself, and thus believes that others should do the same. In fact, she does it because seeing other people cry or be upset makes her feel uncomfortable, to the point where she begins to squirm or feel butterflies in her stomach. It just doesn't go over well with her, for whatever reason. So she plays around until they finally crack a smile.

The young woman can't seem to be serious about anything, though she has her reasons, and makes a joke in the most tense of situations because she dislikes the pressure that they bring- like the air is denser than their bodies and is trying to sink below them or something. It takes a good deal to make her finally leave her barrier of humor and general goofiness, and even then the occasion may only yield a fleeting moment of her being somber, before she cracks under the tension and does something uncalled for in an attempt to distract people from whatever the matter at hand is. In this way, she can be something of a nuisance from time to time, but she does try to minimize this by simply distracting herself from whatever the problem is. Because if Jo is a master of anything, it is of denial, a word that wasn't always in her vocabulary. As she grew older, Jo began to be less stubborn about proving herself, losing hope and becoming the sort of person who hides their insecurities behind a joke and a smile, like a clown hiding a frown behind their harlequin's mask.

Not to say that her optimism can't be real, of course. She has a sincerely goofy humor and desire to help others: it's just killing birds with two stones to also deflect attention from herself. It's funny how, if you talk enough, people stop really paying attention to you. It's like how, when a quiet person speaks, everyone stops to listen as though they are going to impart sagely wisdom, because it is a strange occurrence. But it is easy to tune out a person who speaks a lot, isn't it? Somehow, Jo began to subconsciously use this to her advantage when she was younger, and can easily deflect attention towards others. That's probably the reason that she is so focused on making others smile and such, as well. She'd rather focus on resolving the problems of others than resolving her own, acting like a parasite who uses the problems of others to ignore her own. She's incredibly insecure about her future and her intelligence, and has completely resigned herself to the belief that she will work a dead end, minimum wage job for the rest of her life because she isn't good enough to do any better than that. She's had pressure from her parents to be the best ever since she was a child, after all, and when a person spends their whole life putting everything they have into meeting expectations, and failing nearly every time, they eventually get tired. So Jo, who seems to have endless energy, grew tired and gave up, allowing herself to mentally beat herself up as she jokes about being an idiot so that people won't think that she needs help.

On a lighter note, the young woman is something of a tomboy, not the sort to spend time dress shopping or doing makeup or anything like that. In fact, outside of school, her fashion is either abysmal or just shorts and a T-shirt, often with a superhero logo on it. Regardless of how she dresses, Jo's mischievous behavior and general tendency to goof off does give the impression of the sort of girl who doesn't fit stereotypical images of femininity, even if she isn't quite as boyish as, say, Ryoko is. She can be very childish, planning elaborate treasure hunts and challenging people to impromptu competitions, but also has a graveness about her whenever she slips a bit or cracks slightly. Anyway, whether it be her endless appetite, love for running around, obsession with superheroes, or general playfulness, the young woman seems to be a bit of a tomboy. She does love adventure, the sort who will jump off of a cliff into the lake below without a second thought, or go exploring in woods without thinking about the presence of bugs or animals or anything like that. Jo has the bad habit of acting before thinking things through, and has narrowly missed a good amount of trouble several times before, aided by her friends and a knack for making things up on the spot.

Impulsive || Cheerful || Insecure || Resigned || Loud || Goofy || Adventurous || Childish || Mischievous || Loyal || Non Serious || Resourceful || Kind




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Likes:
Food
Candy
Free Food
Making People Laugh
Corny Jokes
Small Pranks
Video Games
Basketball
Soccer
High Jumping
Her Cat
Company
Juice
Free time
When others smile
Belonging
Treasure Hunts/Finding Things
Cartoons
Superheroes/Superpowers

Dislikes:
Crying
Seeing Others Cry
Making People Worry
Soft Drinks
School Work
Failing
Tense Situations
Broccoli
Insults (Though she pretends to laugh them off)
Being looked down on
Trying her hardest and failing anyway
Spiders
Dyslexia
Nagging
Thinking About The Future
Report Cards
Disappointing her Parents

Talents:
Jo is a young woman of many talents, though several of them are so useless that they are hardly worth mentioning. For example, she can wiggle her ears and make her eyebrows due to the wave. She can also touch her nose with her tongue easily, and is quite gifted when it comes to making mazes with paper, or planning treasure hunts, Peter Pan-style.

On top of those things, the girl is also able to consume large quantities of food without passing out, and is actually quite athletic, despite her gluttonous appetite. She can dunk a basketball and juggle a soccer ball quite well, being more the sporty sort than the academic type. Her best sport, however, is high jumping: she was the champ in her old middle school, in fact. Not that that is saying much, because it wasn't super popular at her middle school, and that was a few years ago anyway. She can hide any negativity behind a grin and a joke, or make people laugh in even the worst of situations. Jo can brighten a room while simultaneously irritating the hell out of everyone in it, and can forgive almost everything, though she is unlikely to forget. She can make the most ridiculous of silly faces, and has a gift for getting small children to flock to her as though she were a giant lollipop.

Jo can also ignore a report card, or hide it where no one will find it. She can quietly stress herself into a pit of undetectable despair, but pretend to pluck herself out in an over dramatic jump with a smile. Jo is quite gifted, isn't she? Too bad most of her superpowers aren't super productive, huh? One useful thing, though, is the fact that she is a particularly good finder. "Yeah, I was sorted into Hufflepuff. We're particularly good finders!"

Flaws:
When it comes to academics, Joanna really isn't the best, often placing towards the bottom of her class and grade. Studying doesn't come easily to her, and the dyslexia hardly helps the issue. She used to put a lot of pressure on herself to do well, because she didn't want to disappoint her parents, and would study relentlessly. But, eventually, she just grew tired of it all. She was tired of having to study twice as hard as her friends just to get the grades that they earned without putting in any effort at all. She was tired of working towards a goal that she stopped believing she could reach, like a bird flying further and further away from her hand. So she stopped trying. Now, she jokes about her grades as if it isn't a big deal, and acts like she doesn't care about it. But the thing is, just because she stopped trying doesn't mean she stopped caring. When she jokingly calls herself an idiot, she means it. Jo thinks of herself as a fool, doesn't believe that she is smart, and refuses to see it any other way. Because pretending to accept something is a hell of a lot easier than actually dealing with it.

And she is absolutely terrified of her parents finding out, to the point that she hides her report cards and avoids them whenever they seem to be in a 'grades' kind of mood. She is the only child of a highly intelligent family, after all, and expectations weigh her down like cement blocks on the feet of someone sent to 'sleep with the fishes.' She fears the future almost as much as she fears her parents, because she doesn't believe that she will accomplish anything. Jo genuinely believes that she will work at the carwash for the rest of her life, because her parents certainly aren't going to support her if she can't make it into a good college, that much she is sure of. She tries to push away everything with a joke and a smile, focusing more on others because she is too cowardly to face her own issues. She isn't as brave or hopeful as she had been as a child, despite her constant smiles and playfulness. Jo refuses to take things seriously because she's already drowning beneath an ocean of expectations and failures and her own insecurities, and can't bear to add another layer to that. So she focuses on making people laugh and smile, not for their sake but for hers. Because it's a distraction that people don't call her out on.

Her love of superheroes and belief in superpowers is probably her trying to make herself feel better about herself, because how can she expect to be fantastic anyway, if she doesn't have powers or a tragic back story? It's escapism, honestly.

Poor Academics || Has Given Up || Afraid of the Future || Afraid of her Parents || Insecure || Cowardly || Pressures Herself || Avoids Seriousness


Hobbies:
What does Miss Jo like to do? Well. There's eating and climbing and making people laugh and telling jokes and playing pranks and eating and sleeping and swimming and jumping and playing basketball and eating and playing video games and watching marathons of shows and, oh, did I mention eating? Seriously, never offer to treat the girl to a meal, because she will most certainly take advantage of the invitation, and will drain your pocketbook with her bottomless stomach. She seems to be constantly moving, and claims that all of her energy comes from her stomach.

Oh, and she also likes to watch/read anything to do with superheroes. It's a bit of an obsession. She goes to local conventions in costume, and forces her friends to go to movie premiers. She's had this love of superheroes ever since she was a child, and watched the really terrible nineties live-action superhero TV shows. One of her favorite activities, however, is planning treasure hunts. She has a knack for finding things, but also likes to hide things and then leave weird, oddly specific hints around for people to find them. She was really into geocaching when she was a kid, and did it with her parents, but that stopped when she started being a disappointment of sorts.




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Bio:
Theodore and Gretta English were both geniuses in their own right, representing the forefront of their respective fields. This had been the case ever since they were children, and nothing had ever been incredibly difficult for the two, who somehow were gifted with both high intellects, above average looks, and social skills. With their combination of talents, they were both destined for success throughout their lives. The two met while working for a prestigious engineering company in Japan, while Theodore worked on a project that Gretta was the team leader for. The project was to be incredibly successful, gaining them both further prestige among their peers. The pair were a power couple from the get go, and when they finally decided to have a child, great things were expected of the tiny, pink infant that they held in their arms on November 11th. She grew up speaking both English and Japanese, the language of her family and the language of her country, and at the age of three was put into piano classes. It was then discovered, though at the time it was dismissed based upon her youth, that Joanna English had no musical talent whatsoever. Theodore and Gretta decided that they were fine at this- their daughter didn't have to be a musical prodigy; they hadn't been, after all. They kept her in piano, but were somewhat lenient about it, as long as she attended all of her lessons and practiced for an hour a day. The definition of lenient, for the record, is not insulting her poor playing. Gradually, the child grew more talented, although she was never as good as one would think she would be based on the intensity of her practicing, but this correlated with a directly downward trend in how much she liked to play the piano. Still, little Joanna trooped on, because she didn't want to disappoint mommy and daddy.

This continued to be a trend throughout Joanna's childhood: her parents would put her in something or tell her to focus on something, but most of the time she would end up trying ridiculously hard only be be, at best, slightly above mediocrity. One of Joanna's most cherished memories is of a piano competition that they put her in. She won first place, probably due to practicing hours every night just for that one day, and it was the last time she had ever seen her parents to be proud of her. After that, she proved to be less than the expectations which had been set for her from before her birth. When it came to school, she was found to have dyslexia in the second grade. Her parents insisted that if she tried harder, she could still be top of her class. So she did. Joanna put all of her energy into studying, suppressing the normal desires of childhood to go outside and run around and play in favor of focusing on the curriculum material in order to try and make her parents proud again. That piano competition remained a distant light of hope that it could be done, although she never won another competition in regards to what her parents put her in. She surrendered her childhood to a desperate search for approval, thinking herself an idiot who could never do anything right. Her parents would never outright insult her, of course, but she could hear their whispered conversations and read the expressions on their faces. The Englishes were not sentimental folks, and did not accept failure. It grew to a point at which Joanna was terrified of lower grades, and would cry if she got anything less than an A. In elementary school, Joanna cried a good deal.

However, she learned rather soon that crying is of no use, and that tears will not make things easier. Even without the dyslexia, she hadn't the mind for academics, having difficulty concentrating and simply being unable to wrap her head around the lessons unless she worked hard at it. While teacher's admired her effort, other classmates would tease and call her an idiot for trying so hard only to get average grades. They didn't care if she cried, and it only alienated her more when she did so. In order to end this, Joanna learned to automatically smile whenever she felt that she was about to cry, because it made holding the tears back easier. Finding this to be successful, she started to stop letting on about any difficulties she was having, becoming a class clown of sorts. She would still go home and study furiously, of course, but at least she could have approval from her peers, even when they said that she was too loud or kind of annoying. Anything was fine, if she could be accepted by somebody at least. When Joanna was in middle school, her parents allowed her to quit piano in order to join the track and field team. She was an excellent jumper, and because the best high jumper on the team. While this did help to boost her self esteem to some extent, her parents didn't really care, for they found athletics to be nothing more than a healthy distraction. She continued to be a failure in all that they cared about, leading them to, in a whispered conversation that she was unfortunate enough to overhear, wonder if something had gone wrong during the pregnancy, to produce a daughter so unlike themselves. After hearing that, Joanna pretended to be sick and didn't leave her room for three days.

When she finally left, it was with a new philosophy, though perhaps not a better one. She still berated herself and thought of herself as an idiot who would never amount to anything, but at the same time simply gave up. As a thirteen year old girl, she gave up on the future. Rather than spending all of her time studying religiously Joanna would play outside or watch cartoons, or draw intricate treasure maps. Years of desperately searching for things just out of reach had given her gift for finding things, even if they were never the important sort of things. She pretended that the angry red marks, glaring up at her from the stark white test paper, didn't crush her a little bit, and would merely grin and call herself an idiot in a joking tone. Her peers would laugh, and so would she, only adding to the weight on her shoulders. Teachers noticed the change, but also thought that she was happier, unable to see past the superficial expressions, and remained silent in what they believed to be her best interests. People thought that she had gotten better, not realizing that it was a thin wallpaper over the cold hard truth: she had simply given up.

Joanna threw away tests and began to avoid her parents, not wanting to see the looks on their faces when the saw their daughter, who could barely pass classes and had gone from a studious, eager-to-please girl to the sort who wasted her time with things they considered nonsense, such as treasure hunts and superheroes. Her head was thoroughly in the clouds, as far as they were concerned, and that disappointed and worried her parents. At first there were confrontations, often running bitter, but they gave up as well, quietly submitting to the fact that there daughter was not going to be an intellectual as they were, quietly believing that she would be in a deadend job. There is nothing so sad as parents who have given up on their children- it only encourages those children to lose hope even further, after all. And Joanna did. Fearing that college would never be an option, she got a job as a first year, working at a Car Wash run by a kindly, if slightly prickly at first, old man who wore a ball cap regardless of the weather. She made friends who didn't seem, she hoped, to notice that she was useless, an idiot who was destined for nothing more than making a pittance and living paycheck to paycheck. At least they didn't look at her with those disappointed eyes that her parents did--they didn't chip away at her with their eyes alone. With those friends, she could be happy. And she was, to an extent.

But that little voice in the back of her head never went away. "You're an idiot. You will never amount to anything. Why aren't you good at anything useful? Don't you realize that you are disappointing your parents? You're disappointing everyone- just a waste of space. Yeah, go ahead and make a joke. It's all your good for, anyway. Focus on others so that you don't have to deal with yourself- how selfish."




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Other:
She actually still knows how to play the piano, and is decent at it due to a childhood of obsessive practicing, but she doesn't really like to play the instrument, to be honest.
Her parents go on business trips to America a lot, because their English is first-language level and such, and as thus, Joanna is often home alone. This is a double edged sword, for while it does mean that she doesn't have to avoid them, the young woman dislikes empty houses.
Joanna has always wanted a pet, but her parents have pet allergies, and otherwise don't like the mess. She tends to dote excessively on animals, however.

Relationships:
While Joanna doesn't have any siblings, she does have two overbearing, overachieving parents. She thinks that they are constantly disappointed in her and believe that she can't do anything right, and thus avoids them. While they are in truth a bit pushy, and have very high expectations, they do still love their daughter- they are just bad at conveying their feelings. The relationship is strained, but more of a cold war than a hostile battlefield. Both sides are afraid of pushing the other over the edge.

Joanna also has a very strong relationship with the man who runs the Car Wash she works at- he is the stereotypical prickly old man, who expects a lot of effort and admires those with a strong work ethic. Though he may appear prickly and rude at first, he does have a warm heart beneath all of those thorns. She would probably hate disappointing him nearly as much as disappointing her parents, and always works very hard at work. He disapproves of her joking about being useless and having no future, and is a grandfather figure to Joanna. She cherishes the old man very much, and is rather fond of his wife as well.

Thoughts towards Other Characters:

Female
Holly - "She may act a bit stand offish at times, but Holly's a lot better once you get to know her, you know? She doesn't really play a lot of games, though, I think."

Rebbeka - "She's so shy, but that makes her kind of adorable, doesn't it? I'm absolutely certain that she has a fan club waiting in the wings, but she doesn't believe me."

Shiro - "Meow! She's really fun, isn't she? I like Shiro, even if she tends to injure herself whenever she goes on an adventure with me. It's easy to make her laugh, too."

Ryoko - "Ryoko's so cool! It's fun to fuel her fan girls, also, and she's usually willing to go on an adventure- I just wish she would stop worrying about me."

Kaori - "I'm pretty sure it freaks her out when I eat a lot, but I don't mind. She acts tough, but it's really easy to make her blush, and I find that funny. Making her laugh is always worth it!"

Tamika - "For someone who claims to hate kids, she does act a lot like one, doesn't she? She doesn't seem to like it when I bring that up, though."

Kaya - "I want your eyes! Sleeping is to her as eating is to me, I think. It's hard to make her laugh sometimes, but I manage!"

Ana - "Ana seems to prefer a supporting role, but isn't it kind of boring to be nothing but a spectator? Well, she doesn't really express herself very often, but you can't really force people to, right? I think she's nice, even if my jokes freak her out sometimes."

Emerie - "Who? Is that the new girl? She seems very put together, I guess? She's foreign, but so am I, so that doesn't really mean anything to me, I guess. I haven't spoken to her yet, actually- she's not in my year."

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Male
Jaemin - "Do you think he'd teach me how to fight? I could get really strong, like Black Canary or Batman! Well, maybe not that cool. Anyway, Jaemin's pretty awesome, just like everyone else. He always seems so bored, though, so I try to get him to laugh when I can- because if you make a bored face all the time, your face will get stuck that way, right?"

Akiyuki - "Isn't he cute? Just like a girl! Now, if we could only get him into a dress. . .kidding! Well, maybe another time. Anyway, his food is really delicious, and that makes him brilliant in my book!"

An-Ren - "He's pretty cheerful, and constantly bragging about us- not that I don't agree that we are a pretty awesome group, of course. I think we're kind of similar, but I don't know what that says about him."

Dalen - "He may like to argue, but isn't it kind of like a kitten hissing at you? He's pretty fun, actually, and he's really good at making clothing, which I think is really cool! Plus, his appetite nearly rivals mine. We should have an eating contest sometime."

Milo - "Did you know that he is technically a dwarf- standing beneath 4'10", that is! Anyway, Milo is really intelligent, and can get top grades without trying- it really makes me feel like an idiot...kidding! But he gives me his food sometimes, albeit somewhat reluctantly, and that's the surefire way to earn my favor!"

Kyo - "He's a bit of a flirt, but otherwise rather nice, and he is one of those who doesn't try to pry or anything. It isn't really a challenge to make him smile, but I don't know how genuine the smiles actually are. Oh well."

Ryu - "He's really calm, but still pretty interesting- plus, his music is really awesome! Almost makes me wish I still played the piano. Well, not really- I hate that instrument. He doesn't mind my jokes, and uses a few cheesy puns himself sometimes. Sometimes I get this feeling of disappointment from him, and it freaks me out...just kidding!"

So begins...

Joanna English's Story

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Oscar Wilde once wrote that only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. If that is true, then Jo must be a rather boring individual, because it is her habit to wake up rather early in the morning so that she can watch cartoons while she eats breakfast. She is bright eyed and bushy tailed by the time she arrives at school, and usually has been for at least half an hour before then. Of course, the dark-haired student tends to be rather awake during any meal, and is always brilliant if there is food around to be had. She has more than once joked that all of her energy comes from her stomach, and there has been little evidence to dismiss the idea; at the very least, her stomach seems to be the holding place for two of her essential organs. Her heart and her brain often seem to be residing within the stomach, after all.

After a morning of her usual routine, Jo walks over to the sink and washes her bowl. Her breakfasts tend to be surprisingly simple, consisting of little more than cereal and a banana, because she can't cook and there usually isn't a lot of things in the house that aren't ingredients for her mother to use for actual cooking. This doesn't make complete sense, as her mother is gone far more often than her father, being the director of a department at the firm where they both work, but Jo has never really questioned the fact all the same. When Jo dresses, she puts on shorts beneath her skirt, because she has the tendency to jump around, and the shorts provide far more mobility. Honestly, Jo probably wouldn't wear skirts if they weren't part of the uniform, because she finds them to be rather useless pieces of cloth, but as they are part of the uniform, it doesn't matter. Needless to say, she changes into denim shorts or something of that sort before going to work after school.

As there is a track competition coming up, Jo also packs her shoes so that she can practice her high jump after school before going to work, or perhaps before school begins. There might not be enough time for that, actually, but that doesn't concern her. Finally, Jo leaves the house. She stands just outside the door for a moment, hands on her hips, and simply grins up at a cloud that is shaped like a smile, as though she is having a staring contest with it. "I win!" the young woman proclaims when the drifting of the clouds warps the face into a different shape. Satisfied with this pretend victory, Jo gets on her bike and whizzes down towards the school, which is no more than a seven minute's ride away from her house.

It isn't very long before she arrives at school, hair slightly messed up but held back by a loose ponytail. "Now, where is everyone?" she asks herself, the sort of person who, when no one is listening, thinks aloud. She waves to a classmate, friendly as always, before heading into the school building. She doesn't know if anyone else will be here yet, having arrived a bit earlier than many of her friends usually do, but can at least rely on An to have arrived early for school. "I'll go bother him, and whoever else is with him," Jo decides, putting her fists on her hips in a stance that looks just the tiniest bit like Peter Pan before running, not walking, to the Student Counsel room. Unknown to her, she had basically just made a beeline around them, managing to slip past An and Aki without being seen, though it was unintentional. In fact, only after she enters the Student Counsel room and look out the window does she see the two. Grinning ear to ear, she waves her hand in a broad motion and shouts down to them, "Oi! Good Morning!"

She is about to go down to meet them, when an idea, albeit a bad one, hatches in her mind as though a chicken had just laid an egg and abandoned it in her skull. There is a tree just outside the Student Counsel room, and she instantly resolves to climb down it. Jo runs back to the window and climbs so that she is standing on the windowsill, which is wide enough for her to not need any support. Next, she stares at the sturdiest looking branch near her for a long time, an impulsive spark in her eyes. Before anyone can properly stop her, the young woman propels herself forward in a jump, and manages to grab onto the branch, though it hurts her shoulders slightly when gravity tries to pull her down. Her smile is only brighter at this success, and she begins to climb down the tree. Of course, a branch ends up breaking beneath her feet, and Jo falls onto the ground, executing the roll that she has seen on TV (and practiced several times has a child) to cushion the blow. By the time she is standing again, her butt aches and her uniform is covered in grass. Her hair has a few leaves in it, as well. Despite all of this, her smile is unfailing as she sticks her hands up in the gymnast V formation.

"Tada! And she sticks the landing, Joanna English, representative for Japan!"

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A few seconds before her alarm clock was set to disturb her sleep, Ryoko's dark onyx eyes snapped open, her inner body alarm effectively waking her up without the aid of the screeching siren. When it did go off though, Ryoko promptly slammed her hand down on it before whipping the blankets off of her. "Ryo-kun! Up and at 'em!" The booming voice of one of her elder brothers echoed down the hallway .

"I'm up! I'm up!" She yelled back. Ryoko was never one to waste any time, even in the mornings when most of her friends moaned and groaned before squeezing in a few precious minutes of sleep. She dropped into a push up position, doing ten in rapid succession before flipping onto her back and lifting herself up, touching her forehead to her knees, doing ten sit ups. Footsteps thundered up the spiral staircase, and the head of her eldest brother poked into the doorway just as she was getting up off the floor.

"Is that all you're gonna do?" He asked in a teasing yet brotherly tone. Ryoko puffed out her cheeks in a childish manner, giving her brother a playful shove, before grabbing her uniform and closing the door on him. Her brothers were constantly making fun of her for her rather simple morning routine while they're usually off in their little home gym, lifting weights, doing pull ups, and even getting a quick mile run on the treadmill before heading off to school. Of course they were just teasing, but it didn't stop Ryoko from giving her usual response, "I wanna be able to go to school without smelling like I just went through a marathon.". Within five minutes later, Ryoko burst out from her room with her briefcase-looking bag for school, and tore down the spiral staircase down into the battlefield most would call 'the kitchen'. Food flew through the air and onto plates because her brothers didn't think it was worth the effort to walk three steps to place the food onto each other's plates.

"Ryo-kun, heads up!" Ryoko snapped her neck towards the call of her name to find a piece of toast in midair, going straight for her. With a challenging smirk, Ryoko kicked off the kitchen counter all to her mother's dismay and caught the offending piece of twice cooked bread in her mouth. Grabbing a butter knife and smearing some butter onto the toast hanging from her mouth.

"I've gotta get going, thanks for breakfast!" Momentarily taking her 'breakfast' from her mouth, she placed a quick peck to her mother's cheek before making a beeline for the door. A chorus of farewells followed her as she stepped into the sidewalk, starting her five minute walk to the school to meet her friends.

It wasn't too long afterwards that she bumped into a few female students (NPCs) that go to her school. If seeing across a busy street was considered 'bumping into someone'. "Ryoko-san, good morning!" They called across the traffic littered street. The athlete merely gave them her signature smile and a small wave, before walking off still munching on her quickly disappearing piece of toast. Turning the corner into the school gates, she was immediately greeted with several greetings of a good morning. Returning all the greetings, she quickly made her way to where their infamous group usually met, to find An and Akiyuka there exchanging greetings. Just as she was about to call out to them, a familiar voice beat her to it. Just as she was looking around for whoever it was, a flurry of uniform and dark hair blurs her vision as the ever so exciting adventurer, Joanna English, tumbles down a tree not too far from her.

"Tada! And she sticks the landing, Joanna English, representative for Japan!" Joanna, as far as Ryoko's ever known her, never takes anything sitting down and stands up despite her now rather ruffled condition. With a playful grin, Ryoko snuck up behind her and wrapped her up in a back hug.

"Morning, Jo." She whispered in her ear, hearing a few girls squeal behind her, she quickly let the girl go. She then started picking the leaves and twigs sticking out of her friend's hair and brushed off her uniform. She also sent an acknowledging nod towards the two males, "Morning, An-san, Aki-kun."

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It seemed just after he asked about her, Jo's voice called out to them from the school building. "Eh?" He let out an amused sigh and waved up at her. However his amusement would quickly turn to worry as she began to try and climb down one of the nearby trees. Really... She should've just taken the stairs back down, I guess that wouldn't be too long of a fall but still... Thankfully she made her way down successfully (And proudly declared it) and with a bit of relief Aki made his way over to her, just then noticing Ryoko appear behind her to give her a hug and beginning to pick leftover tree off of her.

He shook his head but smiled as he looked to the two, "Good morning you two." He reached forward to pick an errant leaf from Jo's hair. "Well, as a reward for your stellar performance I present you with this." He presented the lunch to her with a bit of flair, "Aki's handmade lunch." He gave a small smile and looked the slightest bit nervous, for one he wasn't usually the type to joke around but he sometimes tried when Jo was around, and secondly he was a little concerned that any onlookers might get the wrong idea about him giving a lunch to a girl. Though, on second thought he might not really mind that so much.

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Milo didn't fall asleep till around 3 in the morning, so he wasn't too happy to be woken up by his father that morning. He actually had some of his experiment papers stick to his face when he sat up from his desk.

When Milo made it to the student council room that morning he didn't even bother to wish anybody good morning as he sat down and smacked his face on the surface below him. A slew of grunts and whines came out of his throat that no one would have been able to comprehend.

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"Oi! Shiro-chan!"

Shiro stretched her arms and came to an immediately stop in her little jog, where she'd probably have been sure to fall into the planters just beside her. She didn't turn around to see who it was, and instead, tried to guess without knowing first, 'And that person would be...' Shiro thought for a moment, comparing the voice to the people she knew, then snapped when she got it, turning around and pointing at him, "Akura-san!"

After seeing she got it right, she did a sort of victory-like pose before waving, and saying with that little grin of hers on her face, "Good morning, Akura-san!" It was only natural for her to call everyone by their last name, and add in honorifics. True, she was an idiot, a clumsy, tall, and strange idiot, but she was always polite, even towards her friends. It wasn't something that she chose to do, but something she saw that was necessary.

"Shiro... what on Earth was that back there? Running around looking at your watch and then tripping into a street lamp of all things... I'm telling you you've got to be more careful or you could get seriously hurt..."

Shiro immediately put both her hands together, as if in a clapping position, before holding them in front of her and bowing her head slightly while saying with a silly smile, "Ahaha, sorry! Can't help myself you know! Besides, I doubt I'll get seriously hurt! That's so rare it'll probably never happen! The worst injuries I've ever gotten are just regular scars and bruises and little cuts is all." She said, listing the three on her fingers as she went along, "See? Nothing serious! Anyways, anyways," She cleared her voice by coughing a bit, "Lets go find the rest of us in this huge group of freshman, now shall we?" She referred to the rest of their little group. (AKA. Group of Idiots)




An Huang


"Morning An. You're here early today."

An turned around and saw a blonde boy, being around 6 or so inches shorter than him, and looking slightly feminine. But An already knew who he was, and didn't mind the appearance of his, so he simply smile and waved, "Morning Aki-kun. Well, you can't expect very little of me! As Student Council President, I've got a few things I've got to handle, so coming here early will give me some free time later!" He said with a regular smile.

"Say, have you seen Jo yet this morning? I put together a little lunch for her since I had some extra."

"Jo...?" An asked, wondering who it was until he remembered, always calling people by their full first name at the very most, "Ah! Joanna-chan? Mmm... I haven't seen her today yet... It is a bit early in the morning after all, so she must be-"

An was interrupted when he heard a loud voice call, again, from behind him as he turned around and saw a girl with black hair, put into a pony tail, yelling from above them, seeming to attract the attention of many students actually, "Oi! Good Morning!"

Before An could say anything himself, the girl simply got down from the floor she was on above them, and hit the floor and giving them a proud looking gesture, "Tada! And she sticks the landing, Joanna English, representative for Japan!"

Often, An would get nervous, concerned about what would happen; She could have slipped and fallen, a teacher could have seen her... But An was so used to Joanna after being her friend along with everyone else for such a long time, so when she hit the ground, he only clapped his hands and shouted, "Morning Joanna-san! And nice stunt today!"

And just behind him, another one of his good friends came up, Ryoko; The male-looking young girl who was also apart of their huge group of odd friends, "Morning, An-san, Aki-kun."

"Morning Ryoko-chan!" An said with enthusiasm, as he always did everyday. Unlike some people, who referred to her by Ryoko-kun, he refused to add the male honorific to her name, finding it was insulting and rude, so he always called her by Ryoko-chan instead.

Next came Milo Tonks, the computer genius who could fix practically anything and was the smartest in the whole school. He sighed at the way his friend approached them all and said, "Come on Milo-kun! It's not very early in the morning! We've still got the whole day left to last, remember!" He laughed, patting him on the back.

And even though he didn't say much, An could see in the corner of his eye another friend, though he was a bit... well... different towards the others in their group. He waved towards Delan, that usual grin on his face and said, "Morning Delan-kun! You're missing out all the fun!"

'Really... I never knew everyone would arrive at school so early...' An thought to himself with a smile on his face, 'I'm pretty glad though, or I'd pretty much stay out here, surrounded by a bunch of strangers, not to mention how claustrophobic I am! Thank the gods they're here at this time...' He said, since his friends, The Group of Friends were always there to keep his spirits up. It was the reason why he joined Student Council actually, but he wouldn't ever tell them that, 'I'd probably get teased!' He let out a small giggle at himself, hoping no one heard since he was basically laughing at what he was telling himself.





(Incase someone hasn't found it out... For here, NPCs are in dark blue, Bold is a previous comment by another character or to stress the importance of a certain word, Green is Shiro's thoughts, Blue is Shiro's words, Tan is An's words, and Red is An's thoughts! ^u^)

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"Ahaha, sorry! Can't help myself you know! Besides, I doubt I'll get seriously hurt! That's so rare it'll probably never happen! The worst injuries I've ever gotten are just regular scars and bruises and little cuts is all."

Ryu grimaced at her words. She talked about it so casually... it was if she felt such "little" things couldn't possibly cause her harm and, at least to his knowledge, they probably wouldn't. Still at the rate she had her little accidents Ryu had not a doubt in his mind that Shiro would eventually end up seriously hurting herself. It was logically, near certain. That was probably what worried him above all else.

"See? Nothing serious! Anyways, anyways, lets go find the rest of us in this huge group of freshman, now shall we?"

Ryu shrugged and followed her confidently. Ignoring the once again, obvious gossiping girls and snickering guys who saw him with her. *It's truly upsetting that in a typical school nowadays a male cannot be seen casually alone with a female without implications being made...* Ryu thought, but he erased such thoughts from his mind and continued to follow Shiro without worrying about what other people thought. Shiro was his friend and he didn't give two damns about what rumors people spread, after all he was almost kind of famous, he was used to rumors if nothing else.

Deciding to not let their earlier conversation slide so easily, Ryu spoke up. "Look Shiro, I know you think that little injuries are O.k. and granted, maybe they are, but what I'm trying to say is that if stuff like that keeps happening then you're bound to end up getting more badly injured..." He paused for a moment. "That's all that's worrying me about it, I know you can't exactly help it, but take my advice and at least try to be more cautious yeah? The last thing I or anybody else in our circle would want to see is the clumsy and innocent Shiro getting badly hurt eh?" He smirked as he finished his sentence. Ryu kept following Shiro after that for a few moments before he stopped. "I'd hasten a guess that An is at the student council room already... he usually comes early so if we're looking for the others we should probably start there." He stepped towards the school building and gestured to Shiro, expecting her to follow. "And please Shiro... do watch your step." The way he phrased it, it almost sounded like he was half-joking, half-serious.

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Entering the building with Shiro hopefully still in tow and following the voice of a rather loud and familiar girl who would apparently be the "representative for Japan. Ryu quickly found himself standing before a large number of his friends and was shocked to see so many in at such an early time in the morning. He announced his presence "Good morning everybody, shocked to see so many of you in so early in the morning, if I'm being honest." He counted each of the people there, excluding himself and most likely Shiro.

Joanna-chan.

Akiyuki-kun.

An-kun.

Milo-kun.

and Ryoko-chan. Much like An, Ryu disliked the idea of refering to Ryoko as "kun" as he felt it to be rude.

"So how's everyone doing today hmm?" Ryu asked.

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Milo groaned. "If you continue to touch me you'll increase the chance of me getting sick or harmed, An-san. So it would be wiser to not do so, would it not?" Milo grumbled, "And I do not recall ever saying it was either early in the morning or not."

Wow, he was not in a friendly mood this morning. He finally looked up from his place on the desk and looked at his friends.
He sighed, "But good morning... I guess."

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Jo nearly jumps three feet into the air, straight back into the tree, when she feels a person's arms suddenly wrap around her from behind. Still, she is ever the adapter, and recovers quickly from the small surprise of unexpected human contact. The greeting in her ear tells her the identity of her mysterious hugger, anyway, causing Jo to grin once again- a smile only made more playful when she hears a few girls, probably Ryoko-chan's fans, squealing at the sight of the hug. It is made only more amusing by the Ryoko-chan's reaction, which is to quickly release Jo from the embrace and begin picking leaves and stuff out of her hair. It reminds the girl of a mother monkey picking bugs out of the hair of the child monkey. Is there a specific name for younger monkeys? Hmmm. . . the trivial question enters Jo's mind, though she pushes it back to be inquired after later, turning her smile to Ryoko-chan, who has now begun to brush off her uniform.

"Careful, Ryoko-chan, you're going to make your fans worry," she teases with a playful smile, the one that makes her eyes crinkle very slightly and the tiny mole on her face seem to shrink to an infinitesimal size. It isn't long before Aki has joined in the Clean-up Jo effort, one which is constantly needing more volunteers, because Joanna can't be bothered to spare a thought towards her appearance- it isn't nearly interesting enough, after all. As soon as he extends the little package, Joana can identify it, and her expression seems to light up even further. Greedily, she grabs the precious box away from Aki, and hugs it to her chest as though protecting a sacred item from potential thieves. "I love you, Aki-kun!" she declares, wrapping him in a bear hug, though one hand is still holding the lunch. When she finally releases him, it is clear that a great amount of self restraint will be needed to keep her from eating the lunch before it is time. She's already been caught eating in class too many times, though teachers have come to simply accept the fact that she is going to eat in class regardless of what they say.

"Can't you just live in my house and cook for me every day?" she implores, only half joking. After this, she acknowledges An and his comment, giving a rather dramatic bow, twirling her hand slightly for flourish while the other hand is against the lower part of her back.

"Naturally," her voice holds a false pompousness, as she stretches out the last syllable. Of course, when she opens her eyes back up to look up at him, they are dancing slightly with humor. They always seem to be doing this. In a flash she is standing up straight once more.

"G'Morning, Milo-kun, Delan-kun," Jo follows An's suit in greeting them, saying the last name a bit louder because the owner of the name is further away. She smirks at his comment about being teased, clearly amused by the fact that he thinks anyone would tease the beloved SC president. Half of the girls are in love with his face, and everyone else adores his amicable personality. Anyone who might seriously tease him would likely earn the disdain of the majority of the student body.

"I was thinking about practicing the high jump, for the first meet, since it's next week and all, but I took slightly longer getting here than I planned, I guess," she explained, facing both of her palms upward with a shrug.

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|: Tundra Manticore uses Frost Breath!
|: Cyrus takes 17 damage
|: Nova takes 18 damage
|: Tundra Manticore attacks Cyrus!
|: Cyrus takes 8 damage
|: Character Select > Cyrus > Attack > Tundra Manticore
|: Cyrus attacks Tundra Manticore!
|: Tundra Manticore takes 10 damage
|: Character Select > Nova > Magic > Incinerate > Tundra Manticore
|: Nova casts Incinerate on Tundra Manticore!
|: Tundra Manticore takes 32 damage
|: Tundra Manticore is defeated
|: Victory!


Ana Yamaguchi hummed along as the battle victory fanfare song played from her old Ninpendo Portable video game player. It wasn’t often she got to slay 16-bit monsters before school, but she happened to wake up early today. She made a quick note of how much XP, Gold, and random items her party earned from the battle, then took a moment to see what time it was. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun, she thought to herself, I should probably start heading off to school now before I get too carried away.

Ana saved her game before shutting off the handheld device and finished getting ready for school. Out of habit she took a minute to decide on which manga to bring along with her in case she had some free time later in the day, and ended up choosing the first two volumes of Magical Demon-Slayer Momoko-chan~! She hadn’t read it in a while, but it was a fun action-comedy series that would certainly entertain her if she was feeling bored.

It wasn’t long before Ana was already out the door and walking to school. She took her time walking at her own slow but steady pace, and being especially attentive at every crosswalk. When she was about halfway to school, she looked at the clock on her cellphone to check her progress. I guess I shouldn’t have spent so much time trying to reach level 10, but I’m not running horribly late. There should still be enough time to chat with the group before school starts.

Once Ana reached the school’s front gate, she paused and looked around to see if anyone from the Group of Idiots were around. The place was getting a little crowded with fellow students arriving at school, but Ana didn’t spot any of her friends. I guess they must have all gone inside already. I should check the Student Council room, since Huáng-san is usually the first to arrive.

Blending into the flow of students entering the school, Ana slowly made her way towards the Student Council room as she passed by several clusters of students (NPCs) all greeting each other and filling the hallway with conversations. When she finally arrived at her destination, she was happy to see the Group of Idiots were gathering there.

Good morning,” Ana said with a soft smile to the group in general, though a little unsure if anyone heard her amongst the chatter of everyone talking to each other. As Ana walked into the room she started making a mental note of which friends were here and which ones had yet to arrive. Well Jo-chan is certainly here, and already playing around with everyone. I don’t think she could ever hide in a crowd. Huáng-san is here too, as always. Is that Tonks-san next to him? I didn’t expect him to be here this early. I see Ryo-kun and Kawada-san are here as well. Oh, and so are Shiro-chan and Akura-san. I wonder if they arrived here together?

While Ana was distracted scanning the room she felt herself absentmindedly bumping into something, only to look down and realize that this “something” was none other than Delan Woo. “Ah! I’m sorry Woo-san, I didn’t see you there,” Ana said nervously and blushing slightly. I can’t believe I walked right into him! I hope he doesn’t get angry at me.

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Milo Tonks

Eventually, Milo got bored and pulled a broken motorized helicopter out of his bag. He just simply needed something to keep his mind focused and hands distracted.

He yanked at some wires and twisted some screws. His sister had broken it and wished for him to fix it. And that was a month ago. He at least wanted to have it fixed by her birthday.

He glanced up once he realized Ana had come through the door. The action caused him to slip with the screwdriver and slice his finger open. He looked down at the now bleeding finger, "Well... This is rather unfortunate."
His mother was going to give him hell for this one.

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"Morning Delan-kun! You're missing out all the fun!"

"G'Morning, Milo-kun, Delan-kun,"


"Mornin'.", he yawned as an answer and slightly winked.

Yeah. It was mornings. But it seems like not too early that everyone is still in their beds and sleep. He spotted Ryu, Shiro, Joanna, Aki, An, Ryoko and even Milo already there.

He was a bit irritated seeing An, knowing, he is there in the student council and again, makes all the things alone without any of the other student council members. He sometimes can really irritate him helping anyone everywhere. He really should take his time and speak with that idiot and get his act stright. Like so, he'll end up being someone everyone can order around. And Delan hated that his friend treated likewise, although he isn't goot at expressing himself as a good person with good ambitions.
He walked towards the student council room, having his thoughts filled with a clothes design. Yesterday, he had no time to finish it because he slept during the time he made the new doll model. He regret it now that he slept that time and kept it in mind to finish it during class. His worst subject was in the first hour anway... ah well, he was worst in any subject anyway so it didn't matter when he will...

"Crap!", he suddenly muttered to himself and stopped to walk. He forgot to bring his sketch box. Without it, he can't draw any designs. He sighed a bit irritated, wanted to start walking again, as suddenly he felt a bump from behind and abruptly whirled around, seeing Ana, the gamer girl.

“Ah! I’m sorry Woo-san, I didn’t see you there,”

"Yeah right. I am too small to be seen am I right?", he said irritated while looking *up* to her annoyed, not just because of this case, plus he was angry she was higher then himself. And although he was at fault too, standing in the hallway and blocking the way he didn't admit it and continued to complain. "Do you think with just a word saying sorry I'll forgive you?" Suddenly he had an idea. She was perfect! Perfect for him to use. He grinned a bit evil and pointed at her, rudely stated: "See as yourself as lucky, because I'll forgive you. Yes, I'll forgive you, unless you be a model for me for one day. How does that sound? Aren't I forgiving?" He had a specific clothes piece in his head.

"Although you are definitly not the best choice, I am hoping a good work from you." Having decided that all on his own, without even hearing any words against from her he yawned and walked beside her. "Now let's go to the classroom or the student council room... oh yes, the student council room! That stupid president should really give a rest. And the other members should work too. He'll overwork himself, that idiot. You come?" He finally asked Ana and looked at her, patiently waiting for and answer. "Oh, and I forgot to say good morning." He remembered and looked at her grinning a bit naughty. She didn't greet him neither. And he just love the feeling to be in an 'advantage', if someone can even include it as an 'advantage'... he is just being chidlish again.

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While she walked, she noticed a lot of people seeming to whisper and glance at the two, with funny faces in her opinion. She couldn't really say it annoyed her, since she wasn't someone to really get angry, but she was a bit curious towards why. Apparently it seemed to have been bothering Ryu a bit, well... at least, in her eyes it did, so she turned around and simply said, "Ignore those people. Doesn't matter what bypassers think, because they don't know anything about us." She noticed what she said may have sounded a little rude to the students around her and froze, 'T-that's... also like telling them off...'

Shiro sighed but stretched her arms a second time, keeping her eyes on the ground since it's what she tended to never look out for and listening to her friend as he went on, "Look Shiro, I know you think that little injuries are O.k. and granted, maybe they are, but what I'm trying to say is that if stuff like that keeps happening then you're bound to end up getting more badly injured..."

Just as she always would, she shrugged, a bit of an aloof expression on her face as she lifted her eyes from the ground and looked towards the school in front of her, "Doubt it! It's been like this for such a long time, and nothing's serious has happened, so the chances of it happening in the future should still be the same, right?"

"That's all that's worrying me about it, I know you can't exactly help it, but take my advice and at least try to be more cautious yeah? The last thing I or anybody else in our circle would want to see is the clumsy and innocent Shiro getting badly hurt eh? And please Shiro... do watch your step."

"Yes, sir! Yes, sir!" Shiro laughed care-freely, almost like a child really, besides her slightly matured voice that is, "Ehh... clumsy and innocent? Since when did I get that title?" Shiro turned her head backwards, and while doing so, as expected, she was about to slip on a puddle of water (Yes, a puddle water, indeed) before one of the students grabbed her and got her back onto her feet.

"Still falling, Minami-san?" The younger boy laughed before walking off. Shiro was mostly known in the school for being so clumsy, perhaps some of it from being in their little group, but everyone, almost everyone knew she'd fall a few times a day, and it's been a sort of trade move now.

'And we just talked about keeping an eye out too...' Shiro sighed and continued walking, now following Ryu since he figured they'd be in the Student Council room and took the lead himself as she followed behind, keeping her eyes out for any bumps on the ground or any small puddles she'd possible trip or slip on.




"Morning everyone~" Shiro exclaimed with a bunch of enthusiasm, always loving to be around the many close friends she had, "Sorry we're so late! Well... early... in some way, but apparently, we missed a lot, didn't we! Anyways, we're back!" She then took a chair and sat down, listening to all the conversations with a wide smile on her face.






An Huáng


"If you continue to touch me you'll increase the chance of me getting sick or harmed, An-san. So it would be wiser to not do so, would it not? And I do not recall ever saying it was either early in the morning or not. But good morning... I guess."

“Good morning."


An brought his hand back at the first sentence, being a bit surprised about his bad mood. Not that he was in a good mood very often or a bad mood very often, but he always saw Milo as a sort of calm guy, one who didn't react very much to anything. But that was just An, being An, it would be hard to expect any less of him. He slightly laughed and nodded understandingly before seeing Ana walk through the door almost at that same time while he put on another grin, "Yeah, morning you two!"

"Good morning everybody, shocked to see so many of you in so early in the morning, if I'm being honest."

"You'd really think thats's surprising for me?" An said with a sigh, but not really saddened or angry or depressed, more like a comical sigh that wasn't meant to hurt anyone, "I always get here in the morning, remember Ryu-kun? As Student Council President that is. If I wasn't, things would be terrible... hosting the events, that is." An rubbed the back of his neck, thinking of how out of order everything would be if he didn't take care of it all before and after school.

"I was thinking about practicing the high jump, for the first meet, since it's next week and all, but I took slightly longer getting here than I planned, I guess."

"Well, maybe Ryoko could help you after school? I'd offer to help myself but I'm certainly no athlete, the most I could do is cheer you on."


"I'd probably offer to cheer you on also... But I can't really do much with all the extra work I'll have to take care of after school..." An sighed, feeling guilty he couldn't accompany his friends, 'But... I guess that's the responsibilities of being Student Council President...' He let his head hang for a little bit. It made him sometimes reconsider taking on such an important job. Sure, he had a family there and he treated them all equally and enjoyed himself with them also, but he needed some time with his friends also, 'Maybe.. I should reconsider...'

While thinking to himself, An felt a bit of a glare, or maybe it was just him, but he felt a bit of an odd aura coming off from Delan as he asked, "D-Did I say something to offend you D-Delan-san?" He kind of already knew the answer though, so he just immediately said, "Never mind! Never mind!" before he could answer. Although there was a smile on his face, An couldn't help but let a small frown appear onto his face, 'Though... I guess he's right, in some way. But I can't say no to people... Not when they ask so innocently...'

Again, as he continued to think, An leaned back in his chair slightly and began to wonder where the rest of them were, "Ah... I noticed something actually." He then leaned back forwards since he noticed he was falling after Shiro pointed it out to him, "We're missing a few people, aren't we? Where's Jaemin, Tamika, Kyo and Kaori, and Kaya-chan? Kaya-chan may be oversleeping again now that I think of it... She's going to miss class again... And maybe the others are outside?" He guessed.

"Now that you think of it..." Shiro began, opening the window and looking down from the second floor they were all on onto all the students below them, searching the crowd, "I don't think I've seen them yet either..." Then, something, er... someone seemed to catch her eye as she tilted her head and pointed to a girl with brown hair, who looked a bit foreign and said, "She's pretty. Do any of you know her?" It was a bit of out of no where question, but Shiro was always a curious girl, and didn't hesitate to ask when she was. This was just another one of her curiosities again.

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Aki smiled brightly at Jo's reaction, his cheeks darkening slightly as she gave him a hug accompanied by a declaration of love. "Haha, well, I'm glad you're so happy with it... And well, I'm flattered but I think my sister would be pretty upset if I moved out." He chuckled lightly and rubbed the back of his neck, his gaze wandering over to Ryoko for a moment before looking back towards the group that was forming nearby.

It seemed that many of the other members of their "Group of Idiots" had arrived in rather quick succession. Aki cleared his throat and ran his hand through his hair as he did so often, looking over each of his friends with a warm smile. He was quite content with simply standing towards to the back of the group quietly, it was part of his generally timid nature. His attention was redirected towards Jo as she brought up practicing her high jump.

"Well, maybe Ryoko could help you after school? I'd offer to help myself but I'm certainly no athlete, the most I could do is cheer you on." It was his mentioning of this that conjured forth images of him in a cheer leader's outfit into his mind, instantly blushing at the embarrassing results of his own imagination. I don't think I could handle wearing a skirt that short... That'd be way too embarrassing, don't know how girls do it. He put his hands in his pockets and looked up towards the sky, trying to shake the thoughts from his mind.

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Cleaning Jo off didn't take much time, especially with two people doing it. She then proceeded to pout and poke the adventurous girl with a twig she pulled out of the girl's hair when Jo made the comment about her "fans". Ryoko refused to believe that she had fans, she wasn't like that, she just thought that they appreciated that she was working so hard and played a major hand in bringing the school's teams to the finals. She still refused to believe that they worshipped her, like Jo constantly makes it sound. The athlete did have the courtesy to flash the girls a smile though, in which they immediately chatting amongst themselves. Aki then handed Jo a homemade lunch, that the girl seemed to love so much. Ryoko could admit that she was somewhat envious of the boy's culinary skills. Don't get me wrong, Ryoko could cook, but only the basic things and only albeit decently. When the girl then went as far as to ask, jokingly of course, if he could live with her and cook for her every day, Ryoko took the liberty of poking her again with the twig she refuses to dispose.

Ryoko then simply smiled at An as he greeted her. She let an amused smile settle on her face as the ever so lazy Milo practically trudged in and threw himself onto a desk. She let out a chuckle as An tried to console the boy only to be shot down. Jo then called out to Delan who was some distance away, she merely nodded in acknowledgement at the shorter boy. Then Jo mentioned a high jump she was yet to master and Ryoko was about to offer to help when Shiro and Ryu walked in. She once again simply nodded her greeting.

It was when Ana walked in that Ryoko let a full smirk stretch across her face. Abandoning her place beside Jo, she discreetly and quite elegantly snuck around everyone to be behind Ana. It also helped quite a bit that Delan made a big deal of Ana bumping into him. While the rather short designer was ranting about how she would pay him back for apparently "not seeing him". Ryoko placed a hand on the brunette's head, effectively invading her personal bubble, which she considers herself to have been a master at now, especially when it came to Ana. Not too long after she'd met the girl had she found that one of her favorite things was to make the girl blush. She didn't know if it was the mere amusement she got from making the girl embarrassed or if it was Kyo rubbing off on her, but she didn't care, she just took enjoyment from bursting the girl's bubble.

"Take it easy on Ana, Delan-kun." Ryoko uttered, wrapping her arm around the girl's shoulders. Then a mischievous challenging smirk formed on her face. "It isn't her fault that she couldn't see you, you could pass of as an elementary school student with your height," Ryoko also loved to press buttons when it came to Delan. The boy's arrogance irked her to no end, but she countered it with shots at his rather tiny, delicate figures. Not to mention that he made dolls and dresses, Ryoko laughed for a whole three days after she found out. "Besides, if you need a model, just use one of the underclassmen again." It wasn't unusual that the upperclassmen "asked" the underclassmen to help them out with their club activities and more often than not, the female underclassmen liked to model for Delan.

That was when someone suggested Ryoko helped with Jo's high jump. "I'd love to, I was supposed to serve as the assistant coach after school today anyway, I'll just ask him if I could help you, Jo, how about it?"

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Ryu was content then. Simply sitting and listening to his friends speaking to each other and laughing made him smile, it reminded him that he was, deep down, a teenager and not some pseudo stressful superstar like everybody else seemed to think he was. However such an illusion was short lived as the intercom blared to life and the principals voice, laced with annoyance and impatience, spoke arrogantly through the schools speakers.

"Ahem... would Master Ryunosuke Akura please make hs way to my office immediately. There seems to have been a little... misunderstanding regarding his current position... again. That is all." The intercom cut off coldly and without so much as a single warning.

Ryu could hear a few nearby students snickering as he stood up and frowned at his friends. "I apologise everyone... but it seems I have to go... I'll be sure to speak to you all later yeah?" With that sentence and a light shrug, Ryu took off for the principals office.

***

As Ryu slightly cracked open the office door and peered inside, he heard the gruff voice of the principal order him to sit down and shut the door behind him. Ryu gulped lightly and did as he was instructed.

"Tell me Ryunosuke, do you know why you're here?" Ryu shook his head. "No, sir." The prinicpal furrowed his brow. "Oh really, you couldn't even hasten a guess?" Ryu frowned. "I'm guessing it's something to do with my work?..." "Of course it is Ryu! It always is!" The principal interrupted before throwing down an open letter onto the table. "This, Mr.Akura, arrived on MY desk this morning addressed to you! Now, I have enough mail to deal with without sorting through your damned fan letters but upon reading this particular note, I find a request that you leave school periodically for a small portion of the morning to attend some sort of meeting? Now had you informed me beforehand then maybe I..." Ryu quickly butted in then. "Wait sir... a meeting? I assure you this is news to me aswell... where is the meeting? What's it for?" The prinicpal tilted his head slightly, seemingly surprised to see Ryu's own conclusion. "It says here that it's for some "once in a life time" contract and that you are to meet the producer in the park gazeebo for twenty minutes from now..." The principal paused. "Now look here Ryu, I am not an unreasonable man... I can understand that your lifestyle can be quite hectic and I admire your drive to remain in school regardless... but having mail sent to my office and leaving school before it even starts for meetings and such is not acceptable and poses as a distraction for not just me and you but potentially for the other students. Now, this once I will allow you leave, but from now on you make sure to receive your own mail and to arrange your meetings outside of school hours, understood?" The principal finished, standing upright with hands folded behind his back. Ryu stood up also and bowed gratefully. "Yes sir, thank you for understanding." The principal smiled warmly and patted Ryu on the back. "Not a problem Mr. Akura. Now I'd suggest you hurry, that letter looked very official and you really don't have that much time."

***

Thankfully the park and the school weren't too far apart from each other and Ryu found himself arriving quite a while before his meeting was even supposed to start. So in the meantime he decided it would be best to take a walk. Get some fresh air and put on his "fame face" for his upcoming meeting. He didn't exactly WANT to be doing this... after all these meeting always went the same way, he would get an offer, hear the offer, refuse the offer, then head back to whatever he had been doing beforehand. It was always an awkward experience and he never liked doing it... still he felt obligated to do so... as if it would be almost selfish to flat out refuse to meet those who offered him what they surely though was the ideal life.

As these thoughts swirled in his head and Ryu walked on lost within them he was distracted by a light panting sound. "What on Earth?" He thought before looking downwards. At his feet sat a familiar dog. "Pa...ku?" Ryu sounded out sounding slightly confused... "Well if you're here... then surely that means..." His eyes shifted slightly to the bench that Paku was sitting beside and Ryu jumped back slightly in shock at the red haired girl who lay upon it. How had he not noticed her earlier? He really had no idea. "K... Kaya-chan?" He spoke quietly, hoping to catch her attention... though he didn't get a response. It would seem Kaya was asleep... *Sigh* "Of course she is... I suppose I'd best wake her." He petted Paku's head to reassure the animal that he was no threat before placing his hand on Kaya's shoulder and shaking her gently.

"Oi, Kaya-chan, c'mon now, wake up."

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“No... no no no nononononono! Woo-san that’s too cruel! I can’t possibly do that, it’s too embarrassing!”

"Cruel? How come? I am being kind! Ya know-" Before Delan could finish his argument, Ryoko suddenly appeared and clinged on Ana. He could already predict what was coming with her having that cheeky smile on her face. Being alerted, he glared at her who's for him, neither a boy or a girl kind of human creature. He remembered how he had goosebumps after actually finding out that that high human being was actually a girl.

"Take it easy on Ana, Delan-kun."

Like he thought.

"It isn't her fault that she couldn't see you, you could pass of as an elementary school student with your height,"

And that could he also predict. She was so predictable with her argument against him. Still, it irritated him every time. "Sh- shut up you Giant not girl not boy creature! You two are just too high for the avarage people." He stated while sticking out his tongue. "What are you anyways? If you are a girl, act like it. And don't come with the argument that I make clothes and dolls! I heard that enough from you." Then he scrutinize her from the head to the toe and showed a slight smirk. "No dress will suit you I guess." He added, had that eyes that were looking down on someone on the face. Really thinking she just suited into boy clothes. What was not his business.

“Ryo-kun... t-thank you, but... I mean, I don’t think you should make fun of Woo-san’s height.”

A bit surprised, he looked back at Ana while lifting his eyebrow. Did he heard her right? Did she actually defend him? How interesting. A slight smile, that disappeared shortly after that appeared on his face, delighted to see that someone actually defend him, what normally would be the complete opposite. It was always him against the world, so he saw it. So he was actually a bit happy hearing that, still not showing his true feelings. "See? Ana understands me! Not like a certain someone." He said to Ryo smirking.

"Besides, if you need a model, just use one of the underclassmen again."

“Woo-san, can you please reconsider? I know you like designing clothes, but I don’t think I’m suited for being a model.”

Delan acted as if he was thinking, but he didn't reconsider anything. He was a stubborn child and will not give up until he get what he wants. That was his principles. He lifted his head to Ana and smiled as kind as he could (what wasn't quite a kind smile) and stated: "For real? Still, I want you. The underclassmen aren't bad, but they don't have your face and figure." He hold her kin so he could see closer to her face. He was quite statisfied with it, so it seems. "Don't decide everything before you even give it a shot. And trust me, that dress I designed will suit you perfect... A- and it's not a compliment! It's a fact." He suddenly felt a bit embarassed saying such things, but then he pointed at her declaring: "I guess with this it's settled. I'll measure you after school." He grinned, still not accepting any objections. If she were to decline, he would get his way anyway. So he thought.

"Ahem... would Master Ryunosuke Akura please make hs way to my office immediately. There seems to have been a little... misunderstanding regarding his current position... again. That is all."

Music guy? As Delan heard that annoucement, he didn't thought anything. But he did had a bad feeling, still he didn't thought much about it. Hope that guy didn't get into trouble because of his work..., he just thought, because he know how the feeling was that his work wasn't recognized by people. But he didn't want to jump to conclusion, so he just let the thing be.

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"What? You spurn my affections? Reject my proposal? I'm hurt, Aki-kun. Heartbroken, even!" Jo laments, clutching her heart and stumbling back a little bit before falling to land on one knee, facing downwards but managing to maintain the hurt expressions. Of course, this little charade lasts only until another member of the group enters scene, at which point he begins to stand once more.

"Good morning back at ya', Ana-chan," Jo greets the more demure female friend with a beaming sort of grin, making a grand waving motion despite the fact that Ana is relatively near to her at the moment. While the two aren't particularly close --Jo suspects, with evidence to confirm the guess, that Ana can be a bit startled by some of her pranks-- she still is fond of the young woman, as she is of all of her friends. They are all incredibly nice people, after all, who rarely begrudge her food and aren't constantly pressuring her to do better. Immediately, Jo registers the direction in which Ana is walking, and her body moves before her mouth does, hand suddenly shooting out in a sign for stop as she lunges out. It is too late, however, and the soft-spoken girl runs directly into Delan, a far from soft spoken boy. The flinch on the girl's face is animated, almost exaggerated, as she witnesses the scene with the fascination of a bystander during a minor car crash. The damage is not bad enough for her to be overly concerned, but does draw some reaction out of her. This isn't saying much, of course, because Joanna tends to have some sort of cartoon-like reaction to most things, even if she forces the reactions because she finds them funny.

"Noooooo! Run away, Ana! Before he eats you!" Jo warns her, but the feigned urgency in her voice is given away by her cheery expression, making any attempt at acting completely void. The sound of muttering prompts Jo to turn around once more, this time facing Milo, who is staring at a bloody finger with a rather blank expression, not doing anything about the cut. "You shouldn't bully people like that, Delan-kun. It isn't gentlemanly," she informs him as a sort of secondary thought.

"Oi! Milo-kun! You should bandage that. Oh, wait," she unzips her bag and pulls out a handy-dandy first aid kit, necessary because she tends to scrape herself in trees, and because she hangs out with Shiro frequently enough. Of course, all of the band aids are various superheroes, this one being Justice League themed, and she spends a second staring at them before electing to take a Green Lantern one for Milo. "You'll make us delicate ladies faint with all that goriness," she scolds him playfully before crouching by the desk and extending the band aid towards him. She's still smiling, but only her nose up is visible due to the angle at which she is facing the desk.

"Aw, come on, An-kun! You can wear the miniskirt and bring pom poms! You too, Aki-kun," she offers, acting as though she considers this a deal clincher that will have them coming to cheer for her without hesitation. "An offer you can't refuse," she adds, winking in a manner so overdone that it is clearly meant in jest. Most of what she does is, after all. Those who don't know Joanna personally often have difficulty distinguishing her jokes from sincerity.

"The great Ryoko-kun is always welcome at my practice, of course. Kanade-senpai is constantly whining about you joining almost every sport team but track and field, you know," Jo drops an octave and lines her hand up perpendicularly with her mouth, as though about to tell some important secret. "I think she's a closet-Ryoko fan, personally." It is obvious that poking her with a stick will not do anything to deter Joanna.

"Goodbye, my love, my darling! I shall wait for you with bated breath!" she calls out to Ryu as he walks away, holding one hand to her heart and flicking the other about as though she is some Victorian lady, saying goodbye to her lover with the fluttering of a handkerchief. Having executed this with complete Joanna-style precision, she spins around on her heels and sneaks over to Delan, putting her arm over his shoulders -an action that requires her to crouch slightly- and waggling her eyebrows suggestively.

"Trying to get Ana-chan alone, are we? Delan-kun, you sly dog," she teases him, grinning as mischievously as always. Of the group, he is one of the most fun to tease, because he always reacts to everything with such. . . .emotion.

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"Thank you Joanna-chan."Milo said as he took the band-aid with a small smile. If found it amusingly annoying on how Joanna bounced from topic to topic and person to person as if she we trying to solve everyone's problems.

He wrapped the Green Lantern bandage around is sliced finger and continued working on his mini project.

By the time Joanna was done, he couldn't help but comment. "It's better to breath when talking you know." He said to the hyper girl, "Or are you trying to die from lack of air?"
Funny, Milo's way of showing he cares, comes out blunt and emotionless.

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While she would normally be entertained by Joanna’s animated and over-the-top performance of everyday occurrences, Ana’s attention was too preoccupied with trying to find a way out of Delan’s plan to enjoy it. It was only when Joanna stepped into the conversation did Ana realize that another friend was coming to save her.

"You shouldn't bully people like that, Delan-kun. It isn't gentlemanly"

Jo-chan! I’m so glad you’ve come too! Now with you and Ryo-kun we outnumber Delan 2 to 1! I mean, 3 to 1.

Not that this seemed to do much to deter Delan Woo. Delan was a very stubborn person, and Ana knew it would be difficult to get him to change his mind. It was about this time that Delan appeared to have finished thinking about reconsidering his offer:

"For real? Still, I want you. The underclassmen aren't bad, but they don't have your face and figure."

Did... did Delan just say I was prettier than the underclassmen? No, he couldn’t have meant it. Ana broke eye contact with Delan as she looked down at the floor, unable to bring herself to look at anyone. He’s just teasing me and trying to make me embarrassed. There are plenty of other girls that look better than me. Plenty of girls better suited for modeling...

Since her eyes were downcast and looking away from Delan, she had no defense ready for when he held her chin and turned her head back to face him.

“Don't decide everything before you even give it a shot. And trust me, that dress I designed will suit you perfect... A- and it's not a compliment! It's a fact."

Wait, is Delan a little embarrassed by this too? Does he really mean what he’s saying? Maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions too quickly...

Fortunately Delan stopped holding her chin and backed away before Ana got too uneasy with his proximity.

"I guess with this it's settled. I'll measure you after school.”

Measurements? As in my three sizes!? Oh nonono this can’t be happening. That information is just too private for other people to know about.

Ana tried to say something, but the words just wouldn’t come out. Meanwhile, Joanna apparently couldn’t pass up this opportunity to tease Delan:

"Trying to get Ana-chan alone, are we? Delan-kun, you sly dog,”

Ana was wide-eyed with horror and panic as her vivid imagination ran wild. Oh no, this is getting even worse than I thought. He wants my measurements and we’re going to be alone!?

I can’t do this. Not like this. This is just too much. I can’t believe he’s trying to make me do this. I have to get out of this no matter what. I have to be firm and just tell him ‘no.’

But... but he’s so stubborn! Even if I refuse he’s not going to accept it. No matter what I say he’s just going to stand firm and have things his way. This argument is just going to keep going in circles until he gets what he wants. Even the combined efforts of Ryo-kun and Jo-chan will only increase his determination to have things his way. It’s pretty amazing, actually. I wish I could be like that. I wish I could have the same determination and not budge until things go my way. I wish I wouldn’t get so nervous about these things and just speak my mind.

But what am I going to say? What can I say? I don’t want to hurt his feelings or tease him, and if I embarrass him it’s only going to make things worse. Isn’t there a way out of this without hurting anyone’s feelings? Isn’t there a way to mend this situation and still be friends?


It was a long time before Ana could gather enough courage to reply. Her voice was still nervous and hesitant, struggling to come out. “Woo-san, I... I can’t. I’m sorry for bumping into you – I really am – but what you’re asking for is too much.”

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"You shouldn't bully people like that, Delan-kun. It isn't gentlemanly,"

Delan heard her remark rolling his eyes. He didn't bully her. That's for sure so he didn't said anything to her that time and other because he was concentrating on Ana. And Ana seems flustered and embarassed. He didn't like it. It's not like he will do something weird right? Measurements are measurements. Not like he is somekind of a perve... he didn't even want to think it and shook off the thought. But still, he was irritated with her remark. What is she thinking? As if he was a gentleman. He doesn't like to be a gentleman, although his bloodline requires it. He didn't care for his family at all. That was the weirdest thing of him. Although he have such a rich and known family, he doesn't like to brag about it. He hates his family. Well, but still, he was arrogant in other (many) things, so it should even all of it.

"Trying to get Ana-chan alone, are we? Delan-kun, you sly dog,”

Now Delan was getting more angry. "What do you want? I am not trying to 'get' her!" He was embarassed to even say that out loudly, but he continued. "I am... inviting her. Right! I am inviting her. To get to see some... things and then trying out my dress! What is so wrong with that? Are you saying that I did something wrong? And what do you actually saying? Please, you should try your jokes with others. Because I am serious here." He stated in one breath and looked at Jo serious, wanted to show her how serious he was. It was his work, his hobby and even his future after all. Although he is "sometimes" childish, for his work, he'll be dead serious.

“Woo-san, I... I can’t. I’m sorry for bumping into you – I really am – but what you’re asking for is too much.”

Delan looked back to Ana. She looks very... worried, nervous... and was she scared of him? He sighed. "Relax a bit. I am not going to bite you." He said strongly, without even trying to soften his voice. "Okay... first of all I'll ask you: What are you doing after school?"

There were no hidden meanings behind the question and his expression shows it all that it was because of bussiness. That side of him would be because his bloodline. Stubborn in reaching objectives. Then he showed a slight smirk, having again his arrogant face. "I guess it would be playing your games right?" He answered his own question by himself. "Don't you wanna do something useful sometimes and help me out? That's friend for right?" He knows that he himself wasn't a good friend at all, but still, he wanted to have the help he needed. Like always, an immature thought. "And to make it clear: You are NOT going to go on stage or something to perform them. I am just going to take a picture of you in the picked dress."[/color] Suddenly he grabbed her hand and hold it tightly while looking up to her smirking. "And I can guarentee, one more time, that it will look good on you. My eyes are always right."

Then suddenly he had an idea. "Joanna! You think so too right? She looks good in a dress! Say it! And just to infrom you: I am not bullying her, right?" Joanna was honest, so his impression of her, although she behaves like an idiot, she had a kind heart. Not like him. But that one thought he throwed far away into the deepest corner of his mind. Like hell he isn't kind. See?