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Mika Walker

"Don't be afraid! Red is the color of the hero!"

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a character in “Kokoro”, as played by リンーちゃん

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Mika Walker



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Name: Mika Walker
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5 "How do you grow taller again?"
Weight: 129
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Nationality: 1/4 British and 3/4 Japanese
Romantic Interest: Used to love a boy at her high school until he found someone else before she could ask so now she's moving on.
Job: She always takes part time jobs that circle around things like janitor for her high school, or helping out at the orphanage. Something around the topic of helping someone else.
School: High School - Senior Year (But she's struggling and just barely making it)



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Personality: Mika is a type of young girl who is kind, but sometimes people think otherwise because of how honest and straight forward she is. She's never afraid to burst our her opinion, whether it be loud, or quiet, but she isn't afraid to stand up for herself, or someone else but she's probably stay back for a while, waiting for someone else to say something first. It's not that she's afraid to say what she thinks, but she wants to see if anyone else would do the same thing as her, to be brave and be the hero.
Mika likes to think of herself as a hero, someone who's always saving someone else and bringing smiles to people's faces. It's not always a save as in rescuing someone from a life and death situation, though she would really want to do that, but it is sometimes, and almost always, saving someone who's lonely or unconfident. This goes for people of all ages, all genders, all nationalities, she doesn't care as long as she's able to help someone.

Oddities: Guillain Barre - Losing muscle strength starting from the feet and up (ascendancy) It also ties with breathing problems, clumsiness, and some pain although unlike most people who have it, it's not deadly to Mika from what doctors are saying.
Insomnia - She has trouble sleeping at night because she's afraid of giving into death during her sleep, even though the doctors say her other disorder is not deadly.

Likes:
~Being a hero "I'll save everyone, and everyone will be happy! It'll be a happy ending!"
~The color red "Red isn't the color of blood, or the color of anger, it's the color of the hero!"
~Smiling "Depression and anger don't lead to happiness, that's why I'll smile even in the hardest times."
~Food "I-it's really good... Did I gain a lot of weight over the last summer? Oh dear..."
~Her friends "I've missed them for a long time now... I look forward to meeting them after so long!"

Dislikes:
~Bullying "It's not something a hero, or anyone would accept!"
~Judging "Don't look at someone lowly because they're small or aren't smart! Everyone's equal!"
~Rudeness "What's the point in being mean...? You can always solve things easier by speaking kindly."
~Fakes "Be yourself! Don't act like someone who you're not, because you're you, and that makes you special!"

Fears:
~Aqauphobia "Deep water just frightens me... I can't go to the beach, or the pool unless it's really, really shallow!"
~Chronophobia "I don't want to grow up, and I don't want time to move either... I'm already happy right now, and I don't want that to change..."
~Hypnophobia "I'm afraid of going to sleep one day, and not waking up again."

Talents:
~Music "I can play a cello, a piano, and sing! But that's too embarrassing to do in front of other people!"
~Origami "I-It's not really a useful talent... but I do it often during class, especially with the tests I get terrible grades on!"
~Getting Along "Especially with the children... They're all so sweet and adorable! And I can put up with any attitude also, as long as they can stand by honesty!"
~Bilingual "My mom is British and my dad is Japanese! I already know how to speak Japanese by being in Tokyo, and my mom taught me English!"

Flaws:
~Clumsiness "Because of my disorder, I tend to stumble a lot... I think I once broke a pot by accident and had to pay for it actually..."
~Honesty "Sometimes I speak my mind too early and it tends to draw people away from me..."
~Knowledge "I'm not very smart because I kept on forgetting to pay attention in class...?

Hobbies:
~Helping the orphanage "I know the children there! It's only likely that I'd have to help them and care for them when no one else will!"
~Reading "It's like going to a whole other world of fantasy... Sometimes I think it's better than reality actually."
~Painting/Sketching "I sketch a picture, and then I paint it later! It's nice to paint the spring cherry blossoms most though!"




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Bio: Mika grew up with her single mother throughout her life. Her father had passed by the same disorder she got from him (Guillian Barre) so her mother's been single ever since, but won't move on because of her strong love for her dead husband. Mika never knew her father though, so she didn't really understand why her mother was constantly weeping over a picture of a grown man, but her mother always did it when she thought Mika was looking away so that way her child wouldn't feel any pain like she did. Her mother always wanted Mika to be a smiling and helpful child in the first place, so she didn't want her to see any depression from anyone, or else it'd be a terrible influence.
She got most of her friends in elementary, being the social butterfly of her grade. She always talked to anyone possible, and everyone possible, but that made her forget about one thing; She had grades to worry about. Even though she was in elementary only, she never paid attention, and it made her grades suffer. This especially took place in Jr. High, where because she didn't know her multiplication very well, had trouble memorizing formulas... so she had terrible grades, and just barely made it to the next grade without being left behind.
Mika also had trouble in PE. She and her mother never knew about her disorder for a long while until Jr. High where she started to collapse during the runs, or even small jogs they did. Her mother got very worried and took her to the hospital where the doctors told her what her daughter had, but saying it wasn't deadly from what they know. This lead to Mika skipping PE everyday and instead, trying to catch up with her studies she missed years before.
There was a boy there who also helped her do that. He was two years older than her, and he was constantly teased for helping a 'kid', but he still helped her anyways. He tutored her after school for around a whole year. Over time, she developed romantic feelings for him, but kept quiet. She decided to ask him just before he would proceed to high school, but on the last day, the day she was going to confess, she figured out that he already asked someone else who accepted. This put her into depression for a long while, but eventually got over it and moved on with life.
Also during Jr. High also, she began to visit the orphanage since it was on the way back to her home. She met these three young children who had no family other than each other. She found them strange at first, but over time, she got to know them better, and they became like a family. She thinks of herself as their older sister because they all adore her for how much she smiles and stays happy. Not only that, but they admire her because she stopped their bullying once, leading to them calling her a hero. This is where she got the hero idea from, because of those three children.
Sadly though, she moved high schools from her friends that she met during that time, and lost them for a long while. It was saddening, and she struggled even further without their support in her high school alone, and stressed even more because of her grades and because of how unintelligent she was. Still, she soon figured out that she would finally reunite with her friends again that summer, and looks forward to it more than anything.

Other: Mika doesn't get much sleep, so she's often yawning and has those black bags underneath her eyes though hardly anyone notices because how much she smiles and acts like she's not tired. Mika can also speak English and Japanese from her mother's tutoring (Her mother is British, her father is Japanese).

Relationships: Mika has a very close relationship to her mother who is still alive today. They're almost like best friends, especially since her mother looks very young and acts very similar to her daughter. Although Mika never knew him, she has a strong love for her father because of all the great things she's heard from her mother. Overall, she loves herfamily more than words can describe.

Character Thoughts On Others:

"I think I've seen a few of their faces before... but it's such a hazy memory..."

Akira Tanaka~ "She so protective... But that's really a good thing! I kind of admire her for that, because I can't always do it myself sometimes! She's really someone I look up to!"

Hana Keiko Yukimura~ "I don't think she's a bad person unlike most people... She may have a difficult personality, but I do believe that she's a really good person!"

Naota Suzumi~ "He's... well... an odd one? He doesn't smile very often and it bothers me that somethings wrong... Or maybe that's just his personality?"

Kisa Yamada~ "Even though she's older than me, she's quite childish and immature! I kind of like that about her really... Hopefully it wouldn't be bothering if we could become friends!"

Suki Nakamura~ "The dear is so quiet... and shy... But I find her really adorable~ I think she's really sweet too, and I'd love to try and talk to her again! "

Zane Aria Shinto~ "He's a bit rude honestly... maybe even slightly immature for acting that way and cussing so often, but I'm sure that's not how he really is! Everyone's got a nice side to them!"

Hotaru Quo~ "Quiet too? Really... people won't ever make friends if they don't open up to other people... it worries me about what will happen to them in the future..."

Hinata Izo Setsuna~ "Ahh... Have I seen him before...? Wait a minute, oh! He's that designer right? The one I've heard about around the orphanage? Someone's quite popular!"

Yuki Kioku~ "He's smiling so often... But then the next moment you see him angry...? Is it schitzphrenia? No, that's wrong... That's wrong... Forget I said anything!"

Mika Nitz~ "The center of attention hmm... I suppose everyone wants that from time to time! He kind of reminds of Yuki, seeing how the two smile so much..."

So begins...

Mika Walker's Story

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"And stay out!" Mika yelled at the three older college students who were abusing the orphanage. Although it was only throwing rocks and staring at the children while teasing them on the side, she hated bullying over everything else in the world, and she loved the orphanage just as much as her friends and family, so she obviously wouldn't let that slide so easily.

The students backed off after getting a small lecture from Mika, and a small whip from the bamboo stick she used to protect others. Obviously she wouldn't hurt them, but it probably did sting quite a bit afterwards. She wasn't the type of person to hurt others unless completely necessary, and when it wasn't, just a pinch to get people back into order.

She let out a sigh once they scrambled away and walked back to the three children she always talked to and kneeled down to their height before asking, "Is everyone alright? They didn't hurt your or anything did you?"

"Uwah, Mika's such a cool hero!" The oldest boy, probably around the age or 7 or 8 said. His tone obviously told everyone he admired her.

"We're fine..." The girl in the center said with her head hanging low as she held onto her teddy bear tightly.

"You'll stop by again and protect us, right?" The younger boy asked who was beside the girl and across from his other friend.

"Of course!" Mika grinned, "Heros always come to the rescue, remember?" She asked before patting all three of them on the head, and standing up normally, beginning to walk away as she waved and said goodbye. In return, the three children also waved back before heading into the orphanage again for lunch.

"Hmm... what to do now..." She asked herself out loud, but then sighed a bit later, 'I wonder... where all my friends are right now... I don't think I've seen them in a while... and maybe a few others... Hopefully they're alright and living good lives...' She said, growing anxious that her friends from elementary and Jr. High were getting bullied or something.





Naota Suzumi


Naota sat at a bench, a bit close to a small stream that passed through the park he was near, but no one went to that park recently because there was a small crime around a few months ago. But Naota could care less about things like that. He always went to the park to find peace and quiet, and plus, it was a nice place to play some music.

In his hand was a guitar, and on his side was a pencil and a sheet of music with lyrics. He took the pencil into his hand and began to write a few things down, and crossed a few things off before setting it down again and taking a deep breath.

Naota stopped for a moment, looking around to see if anyone was in the area. Although he was a professional singer, he wasn't fond about holding live shows or anything because he wasn't exactly keen on singing in front of other people, so he liked to do it when he was alone, especially near the park.

"Alright..." He told himself, and took another deep breath before stroking the first chord on the guitar and starting.

(Heads up, this is a song taken from the internet name Imagination Forest because I was too lazy to make one up myself!)

"Hello," said summer breezing along
Through the window I let it on in
From somewhere outside along, those birds, were singing a song

A half-read book went down from my hand
With a smile, I asked, “From where do you come”
Already three, in the noon, my eyes, they were still in the dark.

The world’s not really all so strange.
There’s just me, the one that stands out.
Matters so grave that any who’d try, could never believe…


He stopped after slowing down, and paused before sighing, "Not good enough yet..." He grabbed the pencil again and continued to try and think of more lyrics and better chords, glancing here and there to make sure no one was in the area.

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Zane Aria Shinto

"Z... n...."

A small and familiar voice drifted into Zane's sleeping mind.

"Za... un..." The voice spoke again and Zane stirred. "T... Tsuki?"

"Zane-kun! Wake up!" Zane jolted at a loud screech and violent shaking from his sister. "ZANE-KUN ZANE-KUN ZANE-KUN!" Zane was in a kind of stunned daze for a minute before grabbing his sisters shoulders and stopping her crazed attack on his person. "YES TSUKI?!" He shouted to get her full attention.

"Hee-hee, Good morning!" Tsuki giggled at her big brothers anger as if he was more teddy bear than sleeping grizly. In response to this Zane glared annoyed at his little sister.

"That... was it?! You woke me up just to say that?!" Zane questioned, clearly annoyed. "Nope!" Tsuki responded before tossing an abnormally large bag onto his lap. "What is...?" Zane began, however he quickly saw that it was filled to the brim with old toys and games.

"It's for the orphanage silly! You know I like to make donations when I can but today I'm really busy..." She trailed off.

"So... what?" Zane questioned. Tsuki frowned.

"Well I just thought... since you're the BEST big brother in the world AND since it's my turn to take care of Mom... that you could do it for me?" She asked with an innocent smile. Zane glared at her. "No."

"BUT ZANE-KUN! I have no time to do it today and I really want those orphans to feel better about their situation!" She wrapped her arms around Zane and began to fake sobbing. "PLEEEEEEASE! Zane-kun..." Zane sat there frowning for a few moments before forcefully pushing Tsuki off of him and taking the bag of toys in hand. He sighed. "Fine."

"Yay Zane-kun! You really are the best-" Zane cut her off. "Yeah, yeah I know, you manipulative little..... gah, just get out of my room so I can get changed."

***

The walk to the orphanage was a fairly long one and it annoyed the Hell out of Zane to have to walk it. Tsuki owed him one.

He did the job quickly, he walked into the orphanage, left the toys on the desk and quickly left, ignoring the questions and thanks given to him by children and workers alike, simply walking back out the door with a quick wave of his hand to show acknowledgement of the other peoples existence.

However as he stepped out of the door he noticed something... or more, someone. A girl, walking away from the orphanage just as he was about to. Normally this wouldn't concern nor bother him... but there was something about this girl... did he know her? He didn't think so... but she seemed so familiar, so much so that it very deeply bothered him. Had he known this girl in the past perhaps? He couldn't tell. Finally, deciding that the outcome of doing so would make no real difference to him so it was worth a shot to eliminate his annoyance, he quickly walked forward to catch up with her.

"Hmm... what to do now..." She asked herself out loud, before quickly following up with a sigh. Jumping on his chance, Zane spoke.

"How about you do me a favor and answer my question?" Zane asked calmly.

"Who... are you?" It seemed intrusive and rude to just come out and ask something like that. But it's not like Zane particularly cared how intrusive or rude he was. He had a question, he wanted and answer. Simple as that.


(Apologies if the post seems rushed near the end. I was caught for time.)

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"How about you do me a favor and answer my question?"

Mika heard a voice behind her as she turned around, and saw a blonde haired young man in front of her. For a while, she just stared, probably seeming to be rude or strange, but it was because she had thoughts going through her head, 'He... looks like someone I used to know back then... Who was that again? But I do think I've seen him... somewhere before... haven't I?'

She snapped out of her dazing a moment later and immediately answering with her default smile, "Y-yes? What would that be?" She asked. Mika first began to think it was about the orphanage or something since she just came there and was still a bit close to the building, but apparently, that didn't seem to be the case.

"Who... are you?"

"Hmm?" She looked at the person standing in front of her with a confused, yet curious face. Mika saw that no one else was in the area, seeing how rarely anyone would visit an orphanage, and figured that he was talking to her. She wasn't the type of shrug off any questions, even to a strange, so she just answered, "A-ah, Mika, Mika Walker. Nice to meet you." She gave a slight bow of respect as she always did, but then after raising her head, she asked slowly, "Though... if you wouldn't mind me asking, why so curious all of a sudden? I don't recall us ever meeting before..."

Half of that was slightly a lie because she had a strange feeling about the stranger who she was talking to, but then again, the memory felt so hazy that it also felt as if it was just a hallucination or something she felt very uncertain of, and perhaps it was, but she couldn't shake off the unusual feeling, so she couldn't hesitate to ask.





Naota Suzumi


After writing down a few more notes into his music, he pulled up his guitar again, and took another deep breath, beginning to play a different chord and a different tone to it. Since he didn't feel the last song would do well, he decided to ignore it for now, and instead, brought up a new sheet he just began to scribble down lyrics.

(Again, another song name Kimi no Me wo)

One by one, I gathered
the sounds you liked to hear
though the sounds by themselves, really
hurt my ears so much it was unbearable

I’ll stop playing the guitar I started strumming yesterday for a while
I was just trying to copy the sounds of the CD I borrowed from you

So, just as I thought, to keep you from knowing
I can’t shut it away
From the chord that’s about to be flooded
Another’s smell leaks out

Ah, it’s become yet another song with the same ambience

It’s not anything else, it’s a song
Made to capture “your eyes” and your attention
That’s why this song seems so much
Like that artist that you like

“There’s no twist” “There’s no charm”
Go on, I don’t care, even if you speak ill of me
It’s alright. For now, all I want
Are your eyes looking right here, at me.


But right afterwards, he sighed and let his head hang before he thought to himself, 'What am I saying... People already stare at me enough in public... Ah... who was I singing about just then though...' He just had the person who he was singing about in his head, but after he stopped, the image just disappeared like a dream.

Then he felt as if eyes were watching him as he turned and looked around. Strangely, there were more people at the park than usual, since he saw a tall blonde man, a teenager with brown hair, another with white hair, and a girl playing with her dog, "So many people..." He murmured.

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"A-ah, Mika, Mika Walker. Nice to meet you."

Zane smiled a wide smile for a moment, forgetting about his past as he did so. He was about to say something like. "Mika! It's been so long!" or "'Sup Mika, still playing hero?" But he stopped himself and his smile faded just as quickly as it had appeared.

Aye, he remembered her, the name, the voice, the face. This was the Mika he had known all those years ago, he was, in a way, thrilled beyond words. One of his old friends back again! He was so glad, he wanted to catch up, to talk to her but... something stopped him. There was after all a reason why he distanced himself from the others back then... not much had changed since then so the catching up, the general chit-chat, even letting Mika know that he remembered her, he couldn't allow that.

Those days... were over.

"Though... if you wouldn't mind me asking, why so curious all of a sudden? I don't recall us ever meeting before..."

Zane sighed. She had forgotten him completely it seemed, this was for the best, still the realisation of such did sting ever so slightly.

"That's because we.... haven't... met... before..." The forced and hesitant sentence made it clear that he was hiding something, he had always been a terrible liar. "I've... I've never seen you before..." Zane paused. "As to WHY I was curious.... I... I dunno I just was, random curiosity, nothing more, if you got a problem with that then take it up somewhere else 'cause I don't give a damn." He glared at her, suddenly defensive due to a lack of reasonable excuse. "Now if you'll excuse me..."

Zane began to trod off in the opposite direction, leaving a very open and loose end to the entire conversation that any dedicated person was sure to not let get away so easily.

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Suki Nakamura

Suki looked around her. Suddenly there were alot of people in the park and it was making her slightly uncomfortable. She was used to the surroundings of many people, since that's pretty much what scool is like, but it doesn't mean she's comfortable with them. She started fiddeling with her fingers when all of a sudden Junior walked over and licked her fingers reassuringly. She gently patted his head. Her dog was the best friend she had. Maybe it was a bit sad but she doesn't care.
The atmosphere with all the people made her feel uneasy so she decided it was time to leave the park. She leashed Junior and picked up her skateboard and made her way towards the exit of the park.
As she walked, she started thinking. "Am I running away from my problems? I know I should work on comunicating but-" She didn't have time to finish her train of thought before something unbelieveable happened. Junior bolted, making her drop the leash in surprise and shock.
"Ah!" She waws shocked but she quickly reacted with getting on her skateboard and hurrying after him. Her heart was racing, what if she lost him? They passed several people and all of them gave strange looks.
After what seemed like ages but in reality was a few minutes, they reached the orphanage. Junior passed a girl and a boy pretty much just outside and he sniffed them quickly before walking into the yard of the orphanage. She got off her skateboard and bowed apologetically to the two before running after Junior but she froze at the gate. She hadn't been here in so long.
Junior noticed and walked back to her. He wagged his tail as she picked up the leash. "He wanted to visit..."

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"That's because we.... haven't... met... before... I've... I've never seen you before... As to WHY I was curious.... I... I dunno I just was, random curiosity, nothing more, if you got a problem with that then take it up somewhere else 'cause I don't give a damn. Now if you'll excuse me..."

Mika saw her glare at him and felt a little shiver go down her back, even though she kept a smile on her face as she always did. But something wasn't right with what he said, 'Should I... say something? I mean... It'd sound a little creepy for a stranger to say they know another stranger... right? Y-yeah... maybe...'

She began to debate with herself if she really should say he seemed familiar in some way, thinking that if she didn't say it, she'd lose someone she used to know, but if she did, it'd sound really unusual. Yet while she debated, she knew she wouldn't let one thing go as she began to walk the same direction as him and gently tugged on his shirt before saying, "I know when someone's lying. L-listen... I know this might sound strange... but I do recall seeing you somewhere before. My memory has never been the best... so if we have met before, and I don't remember right now, I apologize." She said politely, like she would to an adult before doing a quick respectful bow.

When Mika raised her head, she looked at him again and said, "Besides, you asked for my name, didn't you? And didn't I answer? So now it's your turn to introduce yourself." She smiled, wanting, at the very least, to end the conversation on a good note rather than a bad one.

Mika then felt something around her as she saw a dog sniffing around her. She giggled a bit, patting the dog's head before seeing the owner apologize and run off to get him. She ran towards the orphanage too, which surprised Mika since she didn't know very many people who would visit, "It's nice to see people finally come..."

That made her think of something then as she turned back to the blonde teenager and asked, "Actually... I also have another question if you don't mind me asking... Why did you come here? Not many people care about this old orphanage anymore, so I'm a bit surprised that anyone would actually stop by."






Naota Suzumi


Naota leaned his head back on the bench he sat at, murmuring a song out loud, and actually falling asleep. He hadn't gotten it for two straight days, and he was really tired. This was all because of his career as a singer. He didn't just sing the song, he also played the instruments, or as many as possible, and wrote the music out. It was enjoyable, yes, but also very stressful, causing him to stay up late at night, or getting no sleep at all. It was only likely he'd be tired.

But his short nap, which didn't even last a minute, was interrupted when the alarm on his phone rang, making him jump from the bench and nearly drop the guitar on his lap. Once he caught it, he let out the greatest sigh of relief you'd ever hear. He sat back down, and pulled out his phone which had an alarm saying, 'Part Time Job.'

A small smile formed on his face, for once, as he stood up, and put the guitar back into its case. The bakery was probably the best thing he loved about life, besides his old friends, who had no idea where they were, and his family. It was just a part time job, and he was surrounded by adults and the elderly, but Naota was treated kindly, and he was able to laugh and smile without worries.

He grabbed his music sheets and stuffed them into his pocket before walking towards the direction of the bakery, still having a very small smile on his face. But as he passed the orphanage where there were three people, and he recognized them all, even though it was so hard to remember where he had seen them.

Naota saw that already two were talking, and obviously wouldn't interrupt people, so instead, he walked up to the girl with the dog and brown hair, and tapped her on the shoulder, "Excuse me miss..." He said in a low and quiet tone as he always did, also using polite speech since he was probably one of the most polite people you would ever see, "Correct me if I'm wrong... but I think I know you, but I can't remember very well, so I could also be incorrect about my statement. If so, I apologize." It was actually a little too polite, even when talking to a stranger, or anyone actually, but that's just the way he was.

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Zane Aria Shinto

Zane sighed. "Guess I'm home fr... wha?!" Zane stumbled slightly, being thrown off balance by the sudden tugging on his shirt. Thankfully he managed to right himself before he fell flat on his face. Glaring aggresively he turned to whomever was behind him. "Hey watch it buddy or I'll pound your... oh... Mika..." He saw Mika looking back at him and had ended up addressing her by first name without seeming to notice.

"I know when someone's lying. L-listen... I know this might sound strange... but I do recall seeing you somewhere before. My memory has never been the best... so if we have met before, and I don't remember right now, I apologize." She spoke politely to the point where Zane was visibly cringing... still, while it was a major annoyance to him also, it was almost a relief to know that Mika hadn't actually completely forgotten him... as, who was he kidding, he remembered all of them, all of his friends from the past, his memory was perfect. The only reason he never sought them out... well... for the same reason he drifted apart from them in the first place.

"Look I... you don't-" He was cut off by Mika's own voice.

"Besides, you asked for my name, didn't you? And didn't I answer? So now it's your turn to introduce yourself." She smiled with those words.

Zane was about to come up with some convoluted excuse when he noticed a dog at his heels and its owner close behind, when the girl arrived and made a quick bow of apology Zane recognised her and under his breath he muttered a barely audible. "...Suki...?" However before he could say anymore she was gone... not that he probably would have anyway...

He heard Mika mutter something about how it was nice to see more people come and suddenly felt his voice working before he could stop it. "I'm Zane Ari-" A hand was clamped over his mouth like lightning. Damn tourettes! It always made him say what he didn't want to say!

He was about to correct himself when Mika was talking again and so he decided to just leave it and hope she didn't notice.

"Actually... I also have another question if you don't mind me asking... Why did you come here? Not many people care about this old orphanage anymore, so I'm a bit surprised that anyone would actually stop by."

Zane suddenly felt himself blushing terribly as he found himself explaining his reasons for being there.

"I was... donating some old toys..." He paused. "For my sister! You see... she didn't want them anymore and she made me lug this bag all the way down here and it was heavy and I was annoyed and..." He froze for a moment.

"Why do you ask so many questions... you never did that-... I mean I never DO that... and by that I mean answer questions..." Zane felt his lie crumbling and his eyes began to dart as if frantically searching for a way to climb out of the hole he was digging himself into.

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Mika saw that she almost made the 'stranger' in front of her trip and immediately let go. The glare she got at first kind of scared her a bit, making her shiver for a mere moment. Even more so when he began, "Hey watch it buddy or I'll pound your... oh... Mika..." Though, she calmed down after seeing how his tone of voice switched.

After asking for the stranger's name, he started, but suddenly cut himself off all of a sudden, "I'm Zane Ari-"

'Hmm?' Mika wondered to herself, only staring up at the person who introduced him self as Zane, but apparently didn't finish, 'Zane.... That name... Haven't I heard it from somewhere...?' It made her think even harder, causing her to tap her finger on her cheek as she did so. Without even realizing, she silently said, "Zane... Aria... Shinto... isn't that right?"

But a moment later, she didn't even know that she said something out loud, like it was a dream or something, obviously shown in the way she spoke, "A-ah? Did I say something? Hmm... Must have been nothing!" She shook her head to herself, probably looking really strange, but she always did in the end, so it didn't bother her too much.

Just as she finished asking her last question about why he was visiting the orphanage, he went red as he explained to her, "I was... donating some old toys... For my sister! You see... she didn't want them anymore and she made me lug this bag all the way down here and it was heavy and I was annoyed and..."

Mika laughed a bit at his reaction to such a basic question, but apologized for being rude a minute later and said with a smile, "That's good to hear, at least there are other people who would even care to donate such things when it could be thrown away which would be much easier to do... Still, Id have to thank you for going through the trouble of bringing them here for the children." She said happily since the kids rarely got anything new to play around with.

"Why do you ask so many questions... you never did that-... I mean I never DO that... and by that I mean answer questions..."

"You're quite the odd one, aren't you?" Mika giggled a second time before sighing, "Mm... Though, I can't really say that either since I am odd myself. I guess I have that random curiosity, isn't that right?" She copied the line he used from before then turned towards the orphanage, "But I suppose you could say it's because of the orphanage? I'm quite attached to it, so I just can't help myself when I see people visiting this old place."





Naota Suzumi


"I t-think I know you a-aswell. I-I saw you in the park a-and I c-couldn't help but n-notice you as you were s-singing."

'Eh... she's blushing. This girl's so shy she can't even talk to someone...?' Naota wondered to himself, only blinking at her a few times before finally saying something out loud, "Ah... I think I remember seeing you pass by..." He glanced at the dog, remembering seeing the dog distinctively over everything else for some reason, "That song then... I'm guessing you heard it? What do you think?" He asked, though his facial expression didn't change very much. It was his job, after all, to see if anyone favored the songs he wrote and if it was worth publishing.

"I-I'm Suki. Suki Nakamura."

'Suki... Nakamura?' It was just a sly moment, but Naota had a very, very surprised look on his face after hearing that name, 'As in... the one I knew in the past...? S-she does look sort of similar to the Suki from back then... but maybe it's just a coincidence... Though... having the first and last name may be more than just a coincidence...'

He glanced up at her again, checking to really see if it was the girl he knew from a while back, 'She doesn't seem to recognize me though... Maybe she is the wrong person... Or did she forget?' Naota's memory wasn't the greatest, or the worst, but he did remember all the memories of his past with his friends.

Nevertheless, he didn't want to bring it up. At least, not until he was certain or until she would bring it up, so he simply stood quiet and held out his hand, introducing himself as he would to most people, but only saying his first name in fear she'd realize his last name, and maybe ask him a bunch of questions like most of the girl's did after finding out that he was that professional singer and song writer, "Nice to meet you, Nakamura-san ; Naota." He said simply.

It probably would have sounded rude because most people would have to say their last name as well, but Naota really wasn't in the mood to be swarmed by another fan, so in the mean time, he'd rather just to have a regular conversation with a regular person than having a one-sided conversation with an insane fan.

Not to mention, he also had to get to his second and part time job at the bakery or he'd be late.

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"Zane... Aria... Shinto... isn't that right?"

Zane froze as he barely caught Mika's words. Had she... remembered him? Was that even a good thing? Or a bad...? He didn't know but he suddenly felt extremely uncomfortable, embarrassed even and he began to blush furiously. What would she think of him if she knew he was actively trying to avoid being re-introduced to her? *Oh come on Zane! Not like you care if she remembers you or not! What does that even change? You're still leaving right now and you'll never have to see her again.* With those thoughts in mind, Zane opened his mouth to speak, to confirm his identity get it over with and leave... but then...

"A-ah? Did I say something? Hmm... Must have been nothing!"

Even though he had convinced himself of admitting to her... that he didn't really care... Zane still released a sigh of relief. "No... I don't think you said anything anyway..." He heard her laugh at his explanation of why he was at the orphanage.

"That's good to hear, at least there are other people who would even care to donate such things when it could be thrown away which would be much easier to do... Still, Id have to thank you for going through the trouble of bringing them here for the children." She seemed genuinely happy as she spoke those words.

Attempting to seem as casual as possible Zane replied. "Yeah well... it was what anybody would've done... or more what they should've done. I'm not heartless after all..."

"You're quite the odd one, aren't you?" Mika giggled again followed by a sigh, "Mm... Though, I can't really say that either since I am odd myself. I guess I have that random curiosity, isn't that right?"

"But I suppose you could say it's because of the orphanage? I'm quite attached to it, so I just can't help myself when I see people visiting this old place."

Zane actually smirked at that. He remembered Mika... wanting to be the hero all the time. So caring about the orphanage like she did was almost expected of her. Still when he was younger he had always acted out and took risks being as much of a leader figure as he could... so it was only natural that they would disagree sometimes... still.

He turned around and stepped two steps to stand beside her. Looking up at the orphanage as he did so and murmuring.

"I suppose I shouldn't have been so surprised to meet you here of all people... stupid hero." He turned from the orphanage then.

"Well then, a question for a question eh? Both of our curiosities sated. In that case, I think we're even and I'll take my leave. So long, Mika." With that Zane took off at a furious pace in the other direction. Hoping to be long gone bfore Mika could even properly react.

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After she seemed to have murmured something, perhaps it was a name, or a location, or a date, she didn't know, Zane became red all of a sudden and she wondered why, 'But... what did I say that struck a nerve? I can't remember though... Maybe I should ask? I'm blunt like that but- Ah! Mika, idiot, that'd sound weird! You're making yourself look stranger in front of people now!" She sighed at her miniature internal conflicts with herself, but brushed it off later.

"No... I don't think you said anything anyway..."

"Yeah, that's what I thought too!" She said, though she knew she said something, but couldn't lay her finger on it, sort of like a dream you had but didn't remember after waking up, 'How odd... my memory isn't the best, but it's never been this bad before... Strange... Ah well! Must be normal! Might as well just ignore it in the mean time!"

"Yeah well... it was what anybody would've done... or more what they should've done. I'm not heartless after all..."

Mika, after hearing that, let out a small sigh a second time as the smile on her face seemed to fade as she turned to glance at the orphanage children, "I really wish that was the case... But there are many people out there who are just too selfish or care for themselves... Sometimes they have a reason, but most times... they're just plain greedy. Still, that's why I'm here to save them from that sin!" It probably sounded really corny, the way she said it, but what she said was what she thought, and it was true because she even took pity on people like that because she believed that a 'hero' shouldn't hate on anyone and instead, try to save them from their conflicts to make them into a better person.

While she was staring at the orphanage, she also heard Zane say, "I suppose I shouldn't have been so surprised to meet you here of all people... stupid hero. Well then, a question for a question eh? Both of our curiosities sated. In that case, I think we're even and I'll take my leave. So long, Mika."

She was spacing out at that moment, not really paying attention to what he said until a minute later when he was already paces ahead of her. All her thoughts occurred in a mere moment as she began to wonder, 'Huh? Stupid... hero...? How did he know? We just met, didn't we? No one else calls me that but those few people I used to know in elementary and Jr. High... Though... the name Zane does ring a faint bell... B-but that's probably just a coincidence!'

Mika raised her hand to wave good bye as she would to anyone she met, even though it may have only been a mere minute or two until she recognized something, 'My part time job...' She thought before realizing something quite important and running to catch up with him, "H-Hey! I've got one more question to-"

And just as usual, she fell down from the weakness in her legs. It was nothing deadly, or at least to her, it wasn't, but it did affect her running abilities. But, just as usual as well, she got up, dusted the dirt off her legs and hands before saying loud enough to hear, "Neh! I have one more thing to ask!" She pointed to a piece of paper in her hands with what appeared to be directions, "Where is this place? It's an elementary school, and I have a job there, but I never came there beforehand. Do you recon knowing the location and just pointing out the way to me before we part?"





Naota Suzumi


After introducing himself, he noticed that Suki, the girl in front of him, also seemed to show a great amount of surprise as seen by her reaction to his first name, 'D-don't tell me she figured out that I was that singer they've been putting up everywhere...' He gulped, hoping that wasn't the case, at the very most since that'd be horrible. All he wanted was a normal day, nothing more, and this was exactly what he was looking for, if only it wouldn't fall apart just yet.

"It's n-nice to meet y-you too, N-naota-san. Your s-singing is a-amazing, by the way."

"Ah, you really think so...?" A slight expression appeared onto his face again, also a bit surprised. Yeah, he did hear it often from crazy fans or just people walking by, but she just said it short and simple, just like that. It made him a bit glad really, because he always felt that a short, straight to the point answer was always the best, no matter what the situation was, "Thanks... I suppose... But they're all just work in progress songs. I doubt they'll ever even be published. Feel lucky you hear it because you won't be hearing it again-" He judged noticed that he pointed out, almost literally, that he was the songwriter, and the singer that was on his rise to popularity in the city. Naota was just begging on the inside that she wouldn't find out or at least pay any attention to it.

"You know, I-I had a c-classmate once named Naota."

"You... Did...?" Naota asked, wondering if she was actually that one person he remembered in his class as well. It was such a long time ago, and that girl he knew who went by Suki, probably could have changed immensely, perhaps she wasn't even the same person from back then either and it was just a strange occurrence that the two had classmates with the same name as the both of them, but for some reason, Naota highly doubted that.

Since she began to bring it up, he scratched the back of his neck, his eyes darting around, but avoiding her as he was perhaps embarrassed to say, "O-odd... I had a classmate back in elementary who also had the exact name as you... Suki, Nakamura... And not to mention she looked completely like you and even had the same personality, and the problem with stuttering..."

He may have been a bit embarrassed because, well, if he got the wrong person, it'd be a little awkward, wouldn't it? And the normal conversation he was hoping to have suddenly, and most likely, would have just disappeared into the distance, but he had a strong feeling about this, and decided to take the high risk anyways.

Then, Naota noticed he didn't tell Suki his last name as she seemed to have been wondering about it. There was a reason why he didn't want her to know, two actually; One being that his last name sounded kinda girly, and he was made fun of it sometimes in childhood, and two, he could just mistake her for a fan he saw in a last live show he did, which was actually just the week before. But still, as put, Naota had his hopes that the girl standing in front of him was the one from his childhood and took the risk, "Susumi; my last name is Suzumi. Suzumi Naota."

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