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Zane Aria Shinto

"Ha! Don't make me laugh!"

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a character in “Kokoro”, as played by AuraRift

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Zane Aria Shinto




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Name: "None of your damned business." Zane Aria Shinto

Age: "Why does it matter?" 18

Gender: "You trying to make some sort of stupid joke asshole?" Male

Height: [i]"Probably taller than you, you inquisitive little prick."
5'9"

Weight: "Now you're just pushing your luck." 132 lbs

Sexual Orientation: "I like women. Deal with it." Straight.

Nationality: "Best of both Worlds I'd say." British father and born in Birmingham, however he was raised by his Japanese mother in her homeland of Japan. He considers himself half British and half Japanese, yet shows no pride in his British heritage.

Romantic Interest: "You must be LOOKING for a beating! He had a crush on one of his female friends when he was younger and nicer. However time apart and his new, darker personality have caused those feelings to fade, though they could renew in time. (The "female" friend in question is as of yet undecided, based on RP it will most likely be the female character he interacts best with.)

Job: This and that... He does a local "odd job" service for those willing to pay him. Otherwise he takes any work he can get.

School: Ha. High school, though he rarely shows up and when he does it's almost NEVER for class.




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Personality:
A risk taker and self proclaimed "badass" Zane loves to live his life on the edge whenever possible, taking extraordinarily brave and stupid risks for the sheer rush of what he would say is living his life to the fullest. He has ALWAYS been like this, back in the past and now in the present, this aspect of his personality has never changed. You could say he was and still is that kid from down the road who's always covered in scraped and bruises. The kid who'd lead you into a dark forest and call it an "adventure". The kid who'll gladly go into old man Craggy's garden to retrieve the ball that was kicked in there, even with the vicious dog that lives there. Another part of him that has remained the same is his headstrong attitude, natural leadership and refusal to follow the rules, he's his own person and nobody else and don't you EVER try to tell him otherwise. He's the kind of guy who lives to be followed and won't follow anybody else unless it is one hundred percent, absolutely necessary.

However there are a very many things that have changed in Zane's personality. He was once a great guy to be around, kind, friendly, innovative and decisive, he was that one genuinely "good" guy who you really didn't mind hanging out with and who got along with everyone. He wasn't hateful, spiteful and he accepted everybody who needed someone to accept them. He was always there for his friends, always standing up for those smaller than him and always being as reckless as possible as he did so... but everything change when Zane began to distance himself from his friends due to two traumatic events in his life.

The tourettes came first and then the departure of his father from his life. The close proximity of these events changed Zane for the worse. He began to fear peoples words and his own. He thought that being so close to others would only get him hurt so he avoided them. Eventually he began to feel spite and later hate for all of the other people in the World (apart from his sister and Mother of course) and this has developed into the personality he has today. Spiteful, hateful and insulting. That is all that remains of his personality... or is it? Deep down he regrets everything, he hates the way he's become, throwing insults at every corner, laughing at the weak and beating down the strong with words or... even more physical attacks if the stress becomes too much. He hates himself now, hates what he's become. If someone were to try to get close to him again... anybody really... to try and reach out to him. The old Zane might just come back.

Oddities: My problems are my business. Nobody elses.

Tourettes Syndrome: Zane has been diagnosed with mild tourettes syndrome, not in the way that he curses alot, more that he blurts out whatever he feels like saying even when it's really not the right time or appropriate situation. Aside from that, he comes across as a bit of an asshole, but that's more a form of self defense rather than anything else. The only people who know about his tourettes are his Mother and younger sister.

Insomnia: Zane cannot sleep at night due to what he claims to be "repeating nightmares", like his tourettes, only his Mother and younger sister know about this.

Likes:
Publicly:
-Being in control.
-Belittling others.
-Winning.
-Laughing, at other people or otherwise.
-Overcoming difficult obstacles.
-His Mother.
-His sister.
Secretly:
-His old friends.
-Ice cream.
-Animals.
-Standing up for others.
-Taking the blame.
-Helping his allies.
-Shouting at the night sky. (It helps him let out his aggression.)

Dislikes:
Publicly:
-Most other people.
-Having to work.
-School.
-Spicy food.
-Having Tourettes.
-People who pick on the defenseless.
-Sleeping in.
Secretly:
-His living conditions.
-Certain things about his old friends.
-His inability to earn a decent ammount of money or hold a solid job.
-Harm coming to those he cares about.
-"Love"
-His Father.
-The way he acts.

Fears:
Publicly:
~He acts like he fears nothing.
Secretly:
-Any harm coming to his Mother/Sister.
-Being alone.
-Cramped spaces. (Claustrophobia.)
-Water. (Aquaphobia.)
-Being hurt by others.
-Badly hurting others himself.

Talents:
-Secretly he's a cooking prodigy.
-He can play a multitude of musical instruments, self taught.
-He's got impressive physical strength.
-He's quite dexterous.
-After years of experience, he can fight quite well.
-He has an impressive singing voice.
-He's a very hard worker. (Well except in school.)

Flaws:
-He's not overly intelligent, though he's certainly not stupid.
-He's bad at taking criticism, though he won't openly show it.
-He's overprotective of his small family. His sister especially.
-He has minor tourettes syndrome. Meaning he may say things he really shouldn't.
-He always holds back while fighting.
-He works himself TOO hard sometimes.
-He doesn't like to accept help, in fact he's quite stubborn about it.

Hobbies:
-Video games.
-Music in general.
-Debating/Arguing.
-Spending time with his sister.
-Cooking (Secretly).




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Bio:
On a stormy night in Birmingham, Johnaton Alexander Rodney rushed his wife of two years, Dalia Rita Shinto, into the cold hospital wards. She was deep into labour at that point and after many months of waiting she was finally to give birth, as her water had broken that same night. The doctors rushed around and flocked to her like they would have done with anyone, giving Johnaton the relief he had been wanting as he watched his beloved wife rushed away to the safer area of the hospital ward. A few hours later their son, Zane Aria Rodney, was born.

Wanting to raise Zane in her home land, Dalia convinced Johnaton to make the move with their son to Japan where he proceeded to live a happy childhood. He was a troublemaker if there ever was one, always taking risks and getting into bad situations, he causes his parents many problems however they loved him regardless and six years later they had another child. A baby girl named Tsuki Kairi Rodney. That day Johnaton leaned close to Zane and said to him. "You see son, that's your little sister. Will you promise me something? Will you always take care of her for me and your mother, always look out for her no matter what happens alright?" With a cheerful smile and nod Zane responded. "Of course Daddy! I love Tsuki already, I promise to keep her safe, haha!" A teary eyed Father patted his sons shoulders and sent him off to hold his baby sister for the first time.

From then on, life for Zane was great, he had a group of great friends who he loved like family, a strong Father, a beautiful Mother and a happy, if slightly annoying little sister. However as time progressed things began to turn sour. A long string of horrible events occured... the discovering of his tourettes, the disappearance of his Father aswell as one, still unknown reason, turned Zane into the spiteful, hateful, distant and insulting person he is today and even drove him to change his last name in spite of a Father he feels has abandoned him. In effect, the boys life was ruined and now the only reason he keeps himself alive is to provide for his now struggling family and prove his own worth to the man who abandoned him... by keeping the promise he made to him in private twelve years ago.

"Of course Daddy! I love Tsuki already, I promise to keep her safe, haha!"

(More will be added as the RP progresses.)

Other: "Nothing more to add really."

Relationships:

Johnaton Alexander Rodney - Father - Unknown ~ "He's hardly worth that title anymore."

Dalia Rita Shinto - Mother - Alive ~ "You even think about hurting her and I'll beat the everliving shit out of you."

Tsuki Kairi Rodney - Younger sister - Alive ~ "Different person, same story, lay a hand on her and you're a dead man."

Character Thoughts On Others:

Akira Tanaka ~ "You either hate yourself, or you love yourself, this girl needs to make up her God damned mind. Pfft, doesn't bother me either way I suppose. Though I wish she'd build a bridge and get over it. Hypocrite."

Mika Walker ~ "I don't freaking get her. Why go out of your way to help so many people? Does she just want the glory of the title "hero" or something? Hardly a heroic ideal now is it? Pfft, pathetic. Not like she could do much with that illness of hers anyway."

Hana Keiko Yukimura ~ "What a psycho eh? Talk about anger management, I mean I'm a dick but at least I don't assault people, I'd like to see her try that on me though, I aint got no problems with hitting a woman if it's self-defense."

Naota Suzumi ~ "Fucking sociopath, singing, cat loving, opinion hiding weirdo. That's what he is to me now. Next."

Kisa Yamada ~ "If I were even bothered to talk to her the first thing I'd say is to stop acting childish and grow the fuck up. It's blatantly obvious to me that she can't REALLY be that childish at her age, NOBODY is that childish at our age."

Suki Nakamura ~ "With all that stuttering you'd think there was something wrong with the girl... still I guess I can't really judge on that... I guess other than that I don't have much of a problem with her, which is rare."

Hotaru Quo ~ "He seems like one of those "analyst" types. Watching people and judging them silently no doubt. I ever see that intrusive little punks eyes fall on me and he won't know what hit him.

Hinata Izo Setsuna ~ [i]"Guys got some sort of heart condition right? I suppose I'd sympathise with him... If he wasn't such a brat. Staring at others, eating like a pig and living in the cushy little house that Daddy bought him... pfft, let his heart kill him."


Yuki Kioku ~ "He goes through emotions like a teenager who just jumped on the puberty bandwagon, I'd love the chance to just slap him upside the head when he starts shifting around like some sort of bipolar."

Mika Nitz ~ "This guys over peppy attitude just does my head in... not everything has a silver lining and when push comes to shove it sometimes feels like he's just pulling all that "silver lining" crap right out of his ass... which is ironic when you think about his orientation."

Kei Mamoru Suzuki ~ WIP




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So begins...

Zane Aria Shinto's Story

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"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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Akira woke up with a jolt when the sudden sound of shattering glass was heard throughout the house. She rolled her eye and sighed as got out of bed. She had soon showered, brushed her teeth and did her hair up in in long ponytail before getting dressed. Once heading downstairs she was greeted with the sight of her mother passed out. Akira shook her head slightly before heading outside. To her anything was better than being home with that wretched woman. Akira decided to head for the park it'd be a way to clear her head for right now andprovide an outlet for her for the time being at least. On her way she passed someone that genuninely shocked her. 'Its been a long time since I've seen Zane.' she thought. Akira was tempted to spark up a conversation with him but decided against it as now may not have been a good time.

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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."