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No-Go AA+

Airdalen Academy

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a part of No-Go AA+, by Victorant.

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Victorant holds sovereignty over Airdalen Academy, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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Akira Blake [286] I'm a boy, I swear! R-really... (Stats up to date)
Shiori Kitogawa [239] I don't have a lot of time.. they hate me.. I need to change. (Stat update)
Yuuki Fujioka [237] This may be a new school, but my goals haven't changed. Don't bother me. (Stats Updated)
Ryou Giou [236] "They say I need a distraction, what do you think?" (revamped)
Gen Fukui [236] You'll have to bare with me a bit longer, darling~ <updated>
Rhys Browning [231] "I'm trying to hold back." Stats Updated 24/03
Bishop Trander [221] "Well, it looks like I'm going to be at this school longer than the others... Things will be different this time. Right?" EDITED
Johnny Farelli [219] "I will get stronger. I have to... for everyone's sakes." (FridayStatsUpdated!)
Aeon Shirokami [213] "For me, it will always be business as usual."
Kazuki Miyamoto [206] "Here's the deal, try to keep up. Because, there's no way I'm slowing down for you pal." (stat)

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Character Portrait: Shiori Kitogawa Character Portrait: Akira Blake Character Portrait: Johnny Farelli Character Portrait: Rhys Browning Character Portrait: Yuuki Fujioka Character Portrait: Bishop Trander Character Portrait: Ryou Giou Character Portrait: Mai Kon Character Portrait: Arietta Hakushiro
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BISHOP TRANDER


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Bishop was in the middle of a giant heard of students funneling into the large school hall. He didn't really notice a specific face or person go by him amongst the crowd too caught up in reading the signs over each classroom door. <Ahuh.. So this is the building that the staff mainly works out of.> He sighed trying to get a feel for his new school. It was definitely different that any school he had been to in America or on a military base. From the uniforms to the layouts, he would have to see how things were when it came to assignments as well. But that was for later. The blonde shook his head reminding himself not to think too far ahead, that how you get discouraged. He took a breath and finally broke through the threshold of the school hall finding that since he walked so slow in order to not get lost, that many students had beaten him to get a seat.

"Aahh.... Ummm." He contemplated where to sit slowly walking down the left isle to find a seat. He first noticed a tall brown haired kid, sitting next to that blonde he saw earlier (Johnny & Arietta). But he didn't make a move to sit next to them, honestly not seeing the open seat. He moved further down the aisle beginning to think ins a vicious circle. <If I don’t sit now, more seats will be taken up. If the seats are taken up I’ll look weird. But what if I sit next to someone weird or mean? So I have to find a good seat! But if I don’t sit now-> On and on it went as he walked down the aisle until he reached the end and looked to the side and saw the purple haired girl from before (Yuuki) who yelled at him. He froze for a moment with wide eyes; if she looked to make eye contact he would turn awkwardly away and shuffle off <Like hell I’ll sit with her!> He didn't even take the time to notice the two other students sitting next to her (Shiori & Rhys). The American was having a bit of a hard time trying to assimilate in Japanese school, being spooked by a purple haired girl.

Bishop walked back up the aisle noticing some of the looks he was getting and decided to just take a seat anywhere. He opted for the right sight of the hall where there was a large gap between the row of seat in front of him, leaving the students sitting there with leg room. He removed his back pack and set it in his lap, looking around. To his surprise Bishop’s phone would ring, and he brought it up seeing it was a text from his dad; ’Hey son! Have a great first day at school. Always remember that me and your mother are proud of you and we love you very much.’ Bishop smiled at the message and replied back thanking his dad, but was interrupted by another male student. ’Hey, do you mind if we sit here? We’re trying to stay together.’ Bishop looked up seeing several junior class students looking down at him, their gazes curious seeing his foreignness. Bishop looked to his side seeing that the seats beside him were filling up and they didn’t have enough room for them all unless he moved. ”Ah… Sure-” ”Thanks!” Bishop spoke hesitantly wanting to be nice, but as soon as he began to speak they took his offer for an inch and made it a mile.

Slowly he stood up, once again seatless and sighed looking around clutching his backpack in his hand. It wasn’t like the others, some girls had cute charms or anime chibi characters on there’s. The same was for male students, though their bags were typically more conservative. Bishop’s backpack was an olive green, a military bag actually. He took off the American demarcations and insignias not wanting to stand out too much. However on his backpack were several pin buttons he acquired through his travels. He had 13 in all. Some were cities he’d visited or lived in, a few were companies that made products that he used for hobbies and some were music bands. All however were western, which was enough of a giveaway if one were to pay attention. Bishop now stood in near the center of the hall, looking back and forth to find an open seat. He’d take anything now…. Except if it was in front of next to that girl who scolded him (Yuuki). He spotted a seat to the rear of the hall and didn’t think twice about it. Bishop hurriedly went to take that seat just noticing a tiny girl sitting next to that seat (Mai). He looked down towards her automatically assuming she was a freshmen like him. He looked up seeing a silver haired, yet effeminate looking boy (Akira) sitting next to a super tall guy (Ryou). He gave the briefest of glances to them and went back to his phone to look over his text, and then hit ‘send’.

Bishop sighed and put his phone on silent, not expecting a text back and put his phone away. He fidgeted in his seat placing his unique backpack in his lap, only to look down to fuss with a few of the buttons lost in thought. Bishop was rather oblivious to what had happened before, keeping his head low with a troubled expression. From this point on, he figured that keeping a low profile on the first day wasn’t such a bad idea. He didn’t even think that suddenly sitting next to these people and not introducing would be rude, he was very use to the somewhat anti-social American culture. Bishop raised his head causing his blonde hair to sway gently, looking up only to see a few girls staring at him. He blinked and looked back not sure of what to do. He looked down at his uniform to see if it was something on him, then touched his face thinking maybe there was dirt or worse- a booger! When he found nothing, the freshmen heard laughing and just went back to looking down. Whatever it was, he had missed it like always. <This first day is not going to plan... I wish I was swimming.> He just hoped that the announcements would start soon so he could move on.

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For whatever reason Mai felt a little bad about listening to the conversation. Sure she was sitting right beside Akira but to the small girl it seemed more like a conversation between the two of them. I shouldn't eavesdrop of their conversation. While she did feel bad for eavesdropping, she felt even worse for the fellow. To have to deal with all those girls must be difficult. Mai couldn't even imagine what it'd be like and she was sure she'd just end up fainting or something as a result.

"Your name?" Mai looked at him and bit her lip before giving her name. "K-Kon, M-Mai." Doing her best to stop the stutter, Mai gave him a weak smile. It was the second time she had introduced herself and she was rather proud. Most people overlook her due to her being mistaken for a middle schooler, and at its worst a grade schooler. When she thought about this very morning a few people thought Ren and her were father and daughter. In realizing the implications of that her face turned red again and she brought her hands up to cover her cheeks.

In that moment a small group of girls had approached Ryou. They began to ask him questions and her and Akira and she felt guilty for having brought this on him. Had they not sat next to Ryou maybe those girls would leave him alone. On second thought they probably wouldn't. She could imagine them trying to figure out who got to sit next to him which would cause more problems for Ryou. Maybe it was a good idea to sit here. It seemed Ryou took care of their presence with his next words. It certainly was true, he could talk with whoever he wanted to and it wasn't their business either. Letting out a sad sigh, Mai glanced at the girls as they apologized and left. They sent glares that could kill a person at Akira and her, sending shivers down her spine in the process.

There was very little going the way she had expected and Mai wasn't sure if she'd make any more friends. It wasn't like she had many friends at her old school. Most people teased her about her short stature which of course she took on the best she could. However the guys thought she was cute that way, along with her stutter, but they never told her in person. Mai didn't find out about this until a group of girls had confronted her about it. They had asked that she stop faking the stutter and actually act her age. That was when she came to realize just how annoying she could be because of her flaws. Once summer had started Mai cut her bangs so she could no longer hide behind them and her parents sent her to stay with her cousin.

Mai didn't hate them for it but she was a little sad that they sent her away. After staying at the shrine for a few days Ren had confronted her about her timidness and told her to try and overcome it. Almost every day he forced her into talking with not only him but the rest of the shrine. It was a good experience for Mai and she was thankful towards her cousin. Of course talking with people she grew to know and talking to complete strangers were two different things.

Coming back from her worrisome thoughts, Mai caught on the ending of their conversation. Like Akira she wondered what they would do to him. It wasn't like they could just beat him up or something, he was a guy after all. When it came to her, well that was a different story. Mai was a girl and girls could be extremely nasty. She only had to deal with it once and she was in no hurry to go through it again. There were stories of girls messing with other girls, and Mai had seen it on occasion. At the time she never thought much about it until those girls had confronted her.

Hurried movement brought her attention to the area on her right. Quickly looking up Mai saw that a blonde boy had sat down besides her, or rather plopped down. Their gazes just barely crossed but it was enough for Mai to look away. She knew she wasn't his focus of attention as he held a phone in his hand. Placing her hands on her lap, Mai couldn't help but notice the fidgety boy next to her which in turn made her fidgety. Maybe he's nervous too. Oh! I should say good morning right? Yeah come on Mai just say it. She repeated this in her head multiple times, practicing saying Ohayō aloud. Maybe just maybe there wouldn't be a tutter but she'd have to do it soon before the announcements came on. Come on! Say it! Just say it. Then it came out "Ohayō." Instead of actually be happy that she had managed to say it out loud, Mai was just happy that she didn't stutter.

Hopefully she wasn't too late in saying good morning to him. When Mai looked back at him she realized he was the kid from before. The one who had been playing music and later got chewed out by the purple haired girl. It was obvious that he wasn't from around here. The bookbag that he had was covered with various buttons that presented a western theme. Is he American? In noticiting this her curiosity rose but she couldn't bring herself to say any more.

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Yuuki nearly fell asleep waiting for the program to begin. The loud and rowdy boy (Kazuki) from earlier seemed to be giving a teacher a lot of trouble, from what she could see. He was up front and somewhat appeared to be arguing with the adult. Perhaps that was why the program hadn't begun? Either way, she was a bit tired of seeing that guy around here. He seemed to cause trouble for everyone he met, and she wasn't looking forward to having a run-in with him, she'd surely tell him off way worse than she had the blond guy that had carelessly interrupted her studying with his wretched excuse for music. Suddenly she noticed that the seats around her began to fill in. There was a very cute and feminine blonde girl (Arietta) that chose to sit not too far off in the row behind her, along with a brunet male who chose to sit down a little while before the blond. He was sitting a bit closer to Yuuki, but was in the same row as the blonde female.

“Hajimemashite,”

The boy (Johnny) seemed to be attempting to converse with the girl (Arietta) and the male definitely seemed to be struggling with the language. He was doing rather well, but as a native of the language, Yuuki noticed the slight errors in his pronounciation. He was trying, so she couldn't fault him on that. Not to mention he wasn't very loud. That was something she definitely could applaud. The conversation wasn't very annoying, or perhaps it was because the entire room was buzzing with noise, either way, this wasn't a place she could study. She didn't mind the noise when it was suited for the situation, and this was a situation where others were expected to at least greet one another..

“My name is Johnny Farelli. My Japanese is not that good. It's nice to meet you.”

Even Yuuki almost laughed as she overheard that. Was he reading from a Japanese 101 handbook? She didn't turn around to look, or she probably would have laughed noticing the conversion book he held. She only caught glimpses of the two out of the corner of her eye. He was definitely foreign judging by his name, but was he American or Italian? She wasn't sure, but it was definitely food for thought.

Suddenly Yuuki froze. She got her own seat mate. She looked over and noticed a very 'classic' Japanese beauty (Shiori), well, aside from the girl's stunning gemstone eyes. Yuuki had never seen eyes that color, but she was fairly certain that not many were accustomed to purple hair. It was Yuuki's natural color, which even she found to be a bit odd, but she couldn't argue with the fact.

The girl didn't seem very social, but Yuuki decided to at least say hello and introduce herself if they were going to sit together, "Ohayo.. I am Fujioka, Yuuki." Her tone was formal, very serious and didn't seem to be very energetic like the blonde girl (Arietta) in the row behind them. The dark haired girl (Shiori) seemed to be waiting on someone to join them, because her head was turned away. Yuuki sighed a bit at this and adjusted her glasses. Perhaps she just wasn't suited for this kind of thing? It might have been a sign that she shouldn't try with others.. even when the timing permitted it. The two seats in front of her remained empty still, and Yuuki wondered when the program would begin. Perhaps the girl sitting beside her wouldn't notice her failed attempt to make idle chitchat? She noticed that blond guy from earlier and rolled her eyes as he fled the scene. Running away because he got scolded once? Wow. Pathetic.

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"I have wondered
what they see in me
whether they imposed
their dreams on me or
do they make me their illusions
because, I can only be me."
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This Miyuu guy is quite talkative. It reminded him of his Aunt and his cousins. He was not bothered by it as everyone would initially think. Useless chatter or not, anyone was free to speak whatever is on their mind. It would be in his own decision whether he would react to any of it, but he would listen as much as he could. Just like how Miyuu was saying that girls like the small girl beside them is preferable.

It's not like he dislike girls like that in general. Ryou has high tolerance whether he knows it or not. It's just he didn't like the thought of them being overbearing to other people who simply wanted to talk or ask something. Jealousy... That was a normal feeling which he had felt on some occasions. If people like someone or something, the sense of monopoly is a normal thing. It's just that he knew how to portray it without making himself appear like some jacka**. It also seemed that Miyuu apologized about his one-sided argument towards the girls which was done out of his temper.

"It's okay. Just remember to always to take a step back. When you cross the line, there's no going back."

His voice held no resentment or superiority. He was simply speaking something that he has an idea about and sharing a thought, a word of caution to prevent certain bad things from happening. His eyes of silver looked on ahead, but it held a brief moment of sadness, then it was gone. He then gazed at the smaller girl who finally introduced herself as Kon Mai. The little girl was either having a speech defect or was timid.

He was betting on the latter one based on the encounters he had with her at the store. That's why it's nice to hear her voice from this perspective. He gave a nod to acknowledge that. "Kon-san, nice to meet you." He noted before his attention shifted back to Akira who spoke about being quiet to prevent trouble and something about coffee. "It's fine. Talk as much as you want..."

His eyes were now directed at Akira, those eyes which reminded one of the moon's mysterious light. "I like coffee." He added as a fact because the beverage was mentioned. There was no other reasoning behind it. Akira then stated that he was not worried about the possibility of the girls causing annoyance or trouble to him. Ryou wasn't sure if that was the wisest decision, but that was a nice thing to hear. His features softened ever so slightly. "Okay... thanks..." He then returned his attention to the front. He got lucky on having Akira and Mai as his seatmates. They were not troubling and annoying as well which was much welcome.

That was then he noticed some of the girls at front looking at their row. Most were looking at him in awe and in admiration, but when he caught them, they quickly looked away. He released a sigh at that and then found they were also looking at someone else. From the corner of his eyes, he noticed another new occupant who has blonde hair. At first, he thought it to be Aeon, but there were many differences on that part, so that was his bad. Then, he heard laughter which made the blonde boy lower his head head. In his judgement, it was due to embarrassment. It was then that Mai managed to greet the boy. That was a good start.

Ryou then noticed the boy's backpack with familiar pins. It has a western theme which he would relate to the states. Other than that, he noticed what the girls might have seen as peculiar. "Hey." He spoke that in his natural dialect which was English. His eyes gazed at the blonde boy. "There's a cherry blossom petal on your hair." He continued speaking in English. The way he spoke it was fluent and one could note that his tone remarked that he has been living in America for a very long time. The pink petal was sticking out against the yellow of the boy's hair. If the blonde-haired boy doesn't understand him and wasn't American, it was his bad then. "Don't take them seriously." He ended it at that and if the boy has no idea of what he was saying then, he would deal with it. Anyway for now, he looked to his front again, returning to his own solemn peace. until to the point it will last.

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Rhys wasn’t looking forward to school. School meant more early mornings ahead of him. He grasped that he was fortunate to be going to Airdalen Academy at all, but the whole process was over his head. He only hit this realisation after the announcement had concluded for a while. How was he going to keep his grades up to the average? He wasn’t going to believe that the school would keep him for sports only. His grades had to be at minimum, passing. He couldn’t risk a flunk. Ahhh fuck, I forgot to worry about that. I guess I could hire a tutor or something.. His hand tugged at his tie, not used to the getup. It was almost suffocating. Another thing he really didn’t like about going to school, uniforms.

"Of course. We don't want to get the seats with gum on them."
Rhys turned to Shiori with a concerned fleeting look. When they started chatting, Shiori passed off as shy but trying until now… now she seemed far from trying and more like fed up, done. Was she fed up and done with him? Well fuck it, I tried. He was confident that he hadn’t done or said anything questionable to bring up the mood change. He was being as nice as nice could get with someone he had just met. ”…yeah.”

"I'm fine by the way, why did you ask?"
Rhys went silent for a moment, collecting his thoughts as his eyes slowly moved to avoid hers. He was unsurprisingly a man of few words unless he was swearing rowdily. He hadn’t sworn yet in front of her, because he was holding it back. ”It’s not right to swear in front of a lady…” His mother taught him that much in spite of her upbringing. ”Cause… just cause.” He ended up saying before his brown eyes stared back at her. He decided to leave it at that, not trying to be nosey in business that wasn’t his. He patiently waited as his new acquaintance stood up and turned her attention elsewhere for a bit. Rhys wasn’t particularly in a hurry, but he wanted to be on time and do whatever needed to be done at this school. A part of him hoped Shiori wasn’t going to decline such a small thing as a meagre walk to the hall. That would wound his pride.

"Alright, don't slow me down though. It's this way, we just have to follow the crowd that's forming."
”You’re the boss.” he responded in his usual tone of voice as they walked together, joining the large crowd of students headed in the same direction for the school hall. A few people brushed past him but Rhys didn’t think much of it. He couldn’t feel any pain from it had they pushed hard. He simply had no reaction.
He looked over Shiori once to check that he hadn’t lost her before directing his attention to the front of the hall. It was much fancier than any school he had ever gone to. Well tickle me impressed… they have a nice budget. Scratching the back of his neck, he glanced side to side as the rows of seats filled up more and more by the second. He let out a small sigh, Time for school… before claiming the seat next to Shiori with his hands at his knees. Impulsively, his attention turned at the voice of another girl (Yuuki) wearing glasses in their row beside Shiori as she introduced herself. He watched her subtly as she rolled her eyes, before returning his attention to the front as he wasn’t the one being talked to. I haven’t seen a single ugly girl since I got here... she’s a looker too.




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Arietta began to wonder if Saburo chose to sit elsewhere, and was completely oblivious to Johnny's nervousness, and even more unaware that he'd had a full on cinematic hallucination. She wasn't really concerned, well, to be fair, she wasn't really concerned about anything that didn't bring her popularity, aside from her school assignments. The only thing she did notice was his change in position, not that she cared to ask about it. She knew asking questions wasn't necessary this early in the game, besides, she wanted to observe for now. Watching people and listening were the easiest ways to figure out whether or not their friendship would benefit her quest for obtaining and maintaining popularity. Her goal was to avoid losing popularity, especially since a lot of her habits would definitely dock several 'cool' points if anyone found out about them.

“Hajimemashite,”

Arietta was surprised when the stranger (Johnny) attempted to strike up conversation. Immediately she weighed out the risks and perks of responding. If she ignored him he might begin telling people that she was rude. If she was seen speaking to the brown haired male, Arietta doubted that it would harm her reputation too badly, seeing as he seemed to be quite sporty. Sure, she was judging him solely by physical appearance alone, but she felt that talking to him held little to no risk factor.

"Ohayo. I'm Hakushiro, Arietta. You're new, right?" She replied back to the boy with a warm smile spreading across her features. Though she was totally just playing along. She wasn't in a good mood, nor did she feel like being social, but it would hurt her reputation to be snappy or rude so she had to be nice to him in the end. Though it wasn't the boy's fault (Johnny) she was just having caffeine withdrawals. She wasn't really sure what to say to him, seeing as she was completely unfamiliar with the boy (Johnny). He came across as confident, which was a good trait to have in Arietta's opinion, especially when entering a new school.

“My name is Johnny Farelli. My Japanese is not that good. It's nice to meet you.”

So his name is Johnny? Well that was kind of anticlimactic.. Where is this kid from? Though she didn't linger on that, instead, she chose to surprise him. It wasn't every day she was allowed to reveal that she was bilingual after all, "I can speak English rather well, or so I've been told. You don't have to use Japanese to talk to me if you don't want to." She replied in English to him, unsure if he was Italian, British, or American. As long as he wasn't born in Italy, she was confident that he would understand her use of the English language. She was kind of glad that her grandfather forced her to learn right about now, it would definitely come in handy if they'd be dealing with Americans this year.

Her eyes returned to the front of the room, blue orbs rolling as the faculty failed to get a move on, "I missed my coffee for this...?" She asked herself in a soft, rhetorical tone. She wanted to get this program over with, it made her too late to grab a morning coffee, hence why she was kind of grumpy this morning.





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“Gooood Morning!”


A loud and cheerful voice boomed and echoed throughout the hall as Ms. Araya moved to the front to pull down a projection screen showing the speaker, a man with blonde hair in his early 40s wearing relaxed clothing aka the Principal. Airdalen used to have a huge widescreen television in its place but since an incident where the hall was left open neglectfully… they had settled for using a projection screen alone which may have been noticed by some of the seniors. It was last year rumoured that students from a nearby public high school had come across the unlocked hall and decided to vandalise it. Their reasons? Jealousy was the suspected motivation. Attending Airdalen Academy in itself guaranteed a place at a top university with its reputation, provided the student had studied decently.

Dr. Endo lifted his head with his hand on his hat to reveal his face. The background was unclear as he took up most of the screen space, but it was enough to know that he was in a different time zone completely with the lack of lighting coming from the windows. At the start, there was a bit of lag but it eventually settled which showed the speech was happening in real time and not pre-recorded. As he spoke, subtitles in English appeared down the bottom keeping in mind students that may not be fluent with Japanese.

“Allow me to introduce myself; I am Airdalen Academy’s principal Dr. Gorou Endo.”


For some seniors, this would be the first time they had ever seen the principal Dr. Endo’s face. For maybe most, it would also come as a shock to see him blonde and foreigner looking based on that, but alas it was only dyed hair. He was always enraptured by other cultures, another reason Airdalen Academy was thriving with international students in comparison to other Japanese schools.

“I don’t normally make appearances but I would like to personally welcome you all to an exciting year ahead of you as Airdalen’s seniors and juniors.”
“As I’m also scheduled for a meeting in a bit, I will keep this greeting succinct.”

Dr. Endo paused and gazed around the school hall with a slight amused smile on his face. It was enough for newcomers to view him as a warm and friendly person.

“For seniors, I encourage you to make the most of your final year before the college entrance exams and before leaving Airdalen in general. The time you spend partying compared to the time you spend studying makes all the difference to what career options are available to you in the future. Not one to brag, Airdalen’s reputation and connections that I have spent years building up to has led to this moment, your final year. I have done my part but it is up to you to seize this opportunity as a student here under this high school’s name, to put in the extra mile that will determine the rest of your life from this point onward. “
“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

“To all students—“

He was cut off by a soft female voice in the background telling him his time was up.”

“Oh, that’s my cue to leave then…
In short, everyone, I do wish you all wholeheartedly the very best with your studies. Keep in mind I do not mean to alert you, just prepare you for the future as I am confident the Airdalen staff members are trying to do for you as well so please respect them too in my absence. Enjoy your first day back!”


The screen blackened out and Ms. Araya rolled back up the projection screen before dusting her hands off and standing professionally at the podium, clearing her throat.

“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

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"Ohayo.. I am Fujioka, Yuuki."

Shiori heard a female voice introduce herself, and she turned her head to find the source. It was none other than the girl with the odd hair color, and apparently her name was Yuuki. Snow? That was unusual. Perhaps because she was pale? Or was she born in the winter? Perhaps it's because she is so pretty? Although the ebony haired girl couldn't help but ponder on the other girl's given name, she was once again torn from her own thoughts when Yuuki rolled her eyes at someone behind Shiori. It was then that Shiori noticed that Rhys seemed to visually acknowledge the other girl, but he didn't introduce himself. Kind of like he'd done when she first met him. She also noticed the girl's eyes were rolling at someone else other than Rhys and herself, and she managed to turn her head in Rhys direction just in time noticed a blond male student scurrying off. (Bishop) She wasn't sure what went on between them, but so far the purple haired female hadn't done anything to her or Rhys that was grounds for treating her like the plague. Shiori kind of understood that, a lot of people treated her like the plague too, but that was because she often ran them off with harsh words whenever she got too embarrassed or nervous. Though before she could offer her own name to Yuuki, the program finally began. Shiori turned her eyes to the front and had a look of disbelief on her face. The principal dresses like a hobo.. seriously?

“For seniors, I encourage you to make the most of your final year before the college entrance exams and before leaving Airdalen in general. The time you spend partying compared to the time you spend studying makes all the difference to what career options are available to you in the future. Not one to brag, Airdalen’s reputation and connections that I have spent years building up to has led to this moment, your final year. I have done my part but it is up to you to seize this opportunity as a student here under this high school’s name, to put in the extra mile that will determine the rest of your life from this point onward.“

Shiori kind of let her mind go blank as the pricipal began speaking to the junior students. She was thinking a lot on what he'd said. Make the most of this year? He was referring to studying and excelling in class, which she'd done rather well in so far, but she wanted to make friends. She hadn't made a single once since attending this school, and it was definitely becoming quite lonely watching others have fun. Sure, it would be hard, but her goal was a lot different than what the principal was trying to get across to the older students. She let out a soft sigh, seeing as what most students found difficult came easy to her, but what came easy to her classmates was truly terrifying to Shiori. Just the small conversations she held with Rhys were enough to make her stomach churn in anxiety.

“Oh, that’s my cue to leave then… In short, everyone, I do wish you all wholeheartedly the very best with your studies. Keep in mind I do not mean to alert you, just prepare you for the future as I am confident the Airdalen staff members are trying to do for you as well so please respect them too in my absence. Enjoy your first day back!”

Enjoy our first day back..? Easier said than done for some of us.. Shiori thought to herself, keeping her eyes low. She kept quiet, not even looking to her seatmates as she began retreating into her own mind. She often did this, seeing as she typically had no one else to talk to about her problems and anxieties. Besides, even if she could talk openly to those around her, she wouldn't, because interrupting the program would not have been a good idea. She didn't want detention this early into the year.

“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

Ms. Araya announced. Shiori waited for a few others to stand before she did so herself, looking to Rhys, seeing as she had to pass by him to exit the row, "Excuse me." she stated before slipping past him. She managed to do it without brushing against him, likely due to her thin frame. She made her way to the front, retrieving her folder. There was a picture of Rhys clipped to it, and Shiori immediately tilted her head. What were the chances that the only junior that she'd met so far would wind up being her partner? She shook her head, quietly returning to her seat. This was just too strange. Immediately she showed Rhys the front of the folder as verification, "We're going to see a lot of each other I suppose." She responded. Then turned her head to look at the violet haired girl. They were interrupted by the program beginning, and she never was able to give the girl her name in return, "I'm Kitogawa, Shiori.. As you can see I am a Senior." She replied in a formal fashion to her. Though something interesting caught her eye. On the outside in black ink, more than likely marker considering how wide the letters were, was the word 'Panthers'.

"Panthers...?" She asked herself aloud, completely baffled. It took the ebony haired student a moment to remember, but after a second a look of recognition swept over her face, "Oh.. team names. Right." She added. There was also discussing the team name with Rhys, that was something that Ms. Araya mentioned as well. Immediately Shiori turned to Rhys with a questioning look on her face. She was completely fine with whatever their team name was, as long as it wasn't anything like 'fluffy kittens', but she wanted to make sure that he was comfortable with their animal name, "Is Panther's all right with you? I'm fine with almost whatever." She stated, still speaking formally, but now that their conversation was no longer on a personal level, she was a lot more confident and made eye contact far more easily than before. There was a reason to speak to Rhys other than personal interest, and that took a lot of the pressure off. Whether he liked her or not, they had to cooperate with each other, and that made her feel a bit more relaxed. Now he had an academic obligation to be civil, but she wasn't entirely aware that most boys held little regard for school rules, much like Kazuki, but how could she know? Shiori didn't spend a lot of time socializing with boys, or anyone her age for that matter.



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"It's okay. Just remember to always to take a step back. When you cross the line, there's no going back."

Akira nodded her head, "I know.. Arigato.." She responded, her eyes not meeting Ryou's as her thoughts began to flash back to the boy she'd hurt back in Britain, and her fists gripped at the dark school uniform trousers that she wore. She didn't want to think about that, even though it was an accident. He could have died because of their fight, and she still blamed herself, even though he started it. Luckily he didn't die though, that was a silver lining..

"Kon-san, nice to meet you."

Akira smiled a bit at this, glad that her new friend Mai seemed to be doing well in the conversation, well, as decent as a shy girl could accomplish. Akira wasn't even sure as why Mai's progress made her so happy, but it did anyhow. She was beginning to understand something that her therapist once said. It was becoming more apparent to her that emotions didn't always have to make sense, which only confused her even more in the end.

"It's fine. Talk as much as you want..."

"Hontou ni? (Translation: Really?)" Akira asked in a surprised tone. She never expected that, especially since she typically annoyed others with her hyperactive personality, especially back home in Britain. She wasn't used to others accepting her eccentric and sometimes overbearing behavior. She felt very blessed that Mai and Ryou were the first two people that she met, because she was aware that this could have gone a completely different way. Thank God.. they're both so nice and understanding

"I like coffee."

The eye contact was a bit intense, especially since there was something about Ryou's that she didn't quite understand, but she grinned at the mention of this. She really liked coffee, especially lattes and iced coffee, it was nice to know that they had something in common, especially since they'd be sitting here for a little while. It was definitely something to talk about later, and then she got an idea. She was about to speak up about it, but Ryou began to speak and Akira shut her mouth respectfully until he was done.

"Okay... thanks..."

"No problem. No one should stop someone else from making friends. Even if it's a horde of women." Akira chimed, laughing a bit as she mentally compared the girls that stalked Ryou to a horde of rhinoceros. They are definitely angry and mean enough.. Akira thought as she wiped her eyes, pushing the thought out of her mind before she made herself look like a fool. She didn't want to laugh too much, because she didn't want Mai or Ryou to think that she was weird or something.

"How about we all go get coffee sometime? My treat." Akira offered to her two seatmates. She wasn't sure if they'd want to go now, considering they'd all just recently met, so she chimed in again nervously, "It doesn't have to be today." After covering all her bases, Akira let her eyes to Mai, then to Ryou, looking for a reaction, trying to figure out how they'd respond. Sure, Akira didn't have a lot of money, but thankfully coffee was cheap, and she was scoring overtime on certain days... so a small splurge wouldn't hurt. Also, Akira wanted to make friends, and the easiest way was to hang out and treat them sometimes, right? If they made good memories together it would happen naturally without a lot of effort.. and they'd have the memories as a great added bonus.

"Ohayō."

It was right after she mentioned coffee that she noticed that a blond haired boy (Bishop) joined them, though she only realized it because Mai spoke up. Akira shot the blond a friendly smile, "Ohayo~" she rang, running a hand through her short ivory locks. It was so different posing as a boy... She wasn't sure if she'd ever get used to it.

"Hey."

Immediately Akira's eyes widened as Ryou spoke in English to the light haired male (Bishop). She didn't realize that Ryou knew English, which was her primary language, "You speak English too..?" Akira stated, also speaking English. It was then that her British accent came to life, and she blushed immediately upon realizing it. She still hadn't banished her accent entirely, apparently. She didn't realize it by the way he spoke at all, but perhaps it was because she was relatively new to Japan? She'd only been here about a year or two..

"There's a cherry blossom petal on your hair."

Akira chuckled at this and nodded at the blond (Bishop) to reassure him that Ryou was telling the truth. She hadn't noticed it until now, but there definitely was a blossom in his hair. This reminded her of the one she'd plucked from Mai's hair earlier, and she simply grinned to the small girl next to her, "You weren't the only one. He has one in his hair too." She stated, hoping to reassure the girl. She seemed really bothered by it earlier, so Akira hoped it would put Mai's mind at ease. She didn't even realize Mai was uneasy about it because Akira (who was dressed like a boy) touched her hair so casually. She was used to British life, where touching someone that you'd just met was relatively normal.

“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

She definitely didn't feel that she would get along with that female teacher.. (Ms. Araya) She would avoid speaking to the teachers at all cost, seeing as if they ever found out she wasn't really a boy, she'd be in big trouble. She'd possibly be expelled, and being expelled by Airdalen Academy would do her no favors in the future. Akira sat still, just as instructed seeing as she didn't have to move, one of the few perks of being a Junior. Though, she was getting a bit restless. Sitting still definitely was becoming a bit boring. She wanted to run around and get active. Her legs were aching to move. She thought they'd at least be in classes or something by now.. Though she wasn't very familiar with the Japanese school year. She was still getting the hang of it. Akira looked over to Mai, smiling weakly. She was a bit nervous about this program. What if she didn't get along with her Senior? Would she be able to keep them from finding out that she's a girl?

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"Good morning and thank you, Fukui-san. I wished the same with yours."
Gen had a passing dissatisfied look on her face like a pout with her fingertips reaching for her brow, covering an eye in the process. “First name basis is quite alright darling~ no need to be so formal.” She responded, removing her hand and smiling as she spoke. She appreciated his reply but at the same time it felt a little off putting if he was going to treat her as if she were a stranger or as if they were newly acquainted. They had been in the same senior class for quite a length of time after all. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Gen had asked that of every other senior too. Despite that, she highly doubted he would heed her words based on his personality and due to the fact they weren’t close to begin with. If they had talked prior, it would’ve been a similar situation as to now with simple light greetings.

As Aeon and Vika introduced themselves to each other, Cassiopeia had turned to her."Good morning Gen-chan! Thank you for asking! Japan is a very beautiful country! I had lots of fun during the holidays seeing different spots!" Gen smiled at her fellow senior’s enthusiasm, already aware that she wasn’t a native to Japan. She was a bit interested in what had brought the energetic girl to their country too; was it family business or something more? There was no way for her to know as just like her and Aeon, she wasn’t close to Cassiopeia. The two had been running in completely different social circles.
Gen’s bright purple eyes widened in surprise as Cassiopeia’s hands clasped hers. "I still haven't seen the other places! That's why during our next break, why don't we go all together?" She couldn’t help but note at this point how the two (Aeon and Cassiopeia) were opposites in regard to how they approached people. Aeon kept people at a distance while Cassiopeia seemed to real them in. Well, they do say opposites attract~ "It would be more fun!" Gen was finding it harder and harder to refuse the girl the longer the offer was pushed forward. It wasn’t that she wanted to refuse, quite the opposite. It did sound like it’d be fun and all, but she wasn’t sure how the rest of the company would take it if it consisted of Aeon and more apathetic men in their travels.

Wait… more men? Gen’s eyes almost glittered at the thought. While she wasn’t particularly attracted to Aeon, she was aware that he was quite handsome and wouldn’t be surprised if there were more just as good looking guys in the pink-haired elite’s life. Maybe it was destined to be! Maybe she’d meet… the one. "Wouldn't it?" “Yes, I do believe so~ but I wouldn’t want to trouble you…” Gen’s hands were now holding Cassiopeia’s with a matching liveliness.
Before she could continue daydreaming and falling deeper into her romantic fantasies, Aeon had caught onto their conversation. "You are getting ahead of yourself, Cassiopeia. Allow them to have time to think about it properly as they could have other things already planned." Gen snapped out of her thoughts and resumed her casual look of friendliness accompanied by calmness. She had gotten a little carried away inside her head at least… not that anyone else would know besides Vika maybe.

An announcement was made by Ms. Araya, requesting all students to head inside the school hall. "Well, since we're all together here, shall we go together?" "I agree! Let's go together, friends!" Gen chuckled lightly at Cassiopeia and Vika, starting to understand just how similar to the two were and why they were friends to begin with. "Come on! Let's go!" Before Gen could say anything further, she found herself along with Vika, holding hands with Cassiopeia in the middle leading them towards the location and Aeon trailing behind. She sighed inwardly but not out of frustration. Well~ this is certainly a bit of a change. Engrossed in her thoughts about school in general, the male eyes observing her and her company were not given any attention from her.
Unfortunately for them, they had only arrived just on time so most seats were for the most part occupied with single seating here and there except for the seats that nobody else but girls wanted in the front row… cause of Kazuki. Those girls of his had likely been disallowed to sit there but as there were no seats really available for all four of them it wasn’t really a decision she had to make. Gen’s hands slid her uniform skirt properly behind her before sitting down next to him, taking a moment to admire his features before returning her attention to the assembly at hand. While she wasn’t a fan of his, she wasn’t against him either as evident by the way she spoke of him with Vika earlier that morning. He was one of the seniors she still hadn’t decided what category (to like or hate) to place him in. Those things took time. Similarly, she was still getting to know Aeon and Cassiopeia.

The appearance of the Principal was a little… odd. She hadn’t expected to see him at all before she graduated but for some reason or another, he had actually gone through the trouble. It was a nice gesture, she supposed.
“For seniors, I encourage you to make the most of your final year before the college entrance exams and before leaving Airdalen in general. The time you spend partying compared to the time you spend studying makes all the difference to what career options are available to you in the future. Not one to brag, Airdalen’s reputation and connections that I have spent years building up to has led to this moment, your final year. I have done my part but it is up to you to seize this opportunity as a student here under this high school’s name, to put in the extra mile that will determine the rest of your life from this point onward.“
She couldn’t help but whisper quietly over to her seatmate Kazuki, “I get the feeling he’s trying to address you~”

“Oh, that’s my cue to leave then…
In short, everyone, I do wish you all wholeheartedly the very best with your studies. Keep in mind I do not mean to alert you, just prepare you for the future as I am confident the Airdalen staff members are trying to do for you as well so please respect them too in my absence. Enjoy your first day back!”

Gen clapped at the conclusion of the principal’s address politely before listening to Ms Araya’s instructions on junior and senior pairings. So, that’s how it will be this time around~ She proceeded to stand up and retrieve her folder but realised Kazuki-san might not be as... willing. "Kazuki, would you like me to retrieve yours as well darling?" She spun around.






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A peaceful morning. Outside of the quiet Tanikaze household, the cardinals were chirping, and the smell of fresh morning dew filled the air. That is, until a sense of worry literally flowed out the window.

"Oh no.... I'm late! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" said Shintaro as he leaped out of bed in his pajamas. "I'm actually late on my first day back to school!" He was hitting his head with his palm over and over again, to the point where you would think it was at least bruised. The blue-haired boy quickly undressed, replacing his old clothes with the old Airdalen uniform, one that catered to his liking. And the most important part of the change were of course the two white clips on his hair. After applying a little cologne, Shintaro dashed out of his house, after locking the door.

Luckily, Airdalen wasn't that far from his home. It was definitely within walking and biking distance, and the heat couldn't get him tired. It was already autumn, how could it be too hot? After a few minutes of running, Shintaro faintly heard the PA from the school. Wow, it was still the same guy. After doing all the announcements for a few years, you'd think that job got boring.

“ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ALL SENIORS AND JUNIORS PLEASE HEAD OVER TO THE SCHOOL HALL FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS. SENIORS, PLEASE HELP GUIDE THE JUNIORS SHOULD THEY GET LOST. WE’RE RUNNING BEHIND ON SCHEDULE SO STAY SHARP.”

It didn't take long for Shintaro to realize that the ceremony was going on. "Oh noooooo!" he yelled, as he boosted his sprint. He was running so fast and hard that if he stopped, he would probably do two flips and land face-first into the dirt. Nevertheless, he kept running, straight into the entrance of the school. This is where he started to slow down, more because the entrance was as empty as a ghost town. "Man, I really am late..." He frowned.

“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

"There's the principal... Why am I wasting time? I need to get there." Shintaro awkwardly speedwalked his way to the school hall, noticing that EVERYONE was already inside. His brain did a little twirl, and his cheeks turned red in embarrassment. He saw a few students even look at him. "S-sorry... I'm late..." he said, taking a seat. He was so embarrassed that he didn't notice that he stated the obvious.

He was sitting in the middle of a bunch of people he'd never seen before- juniors and seniors alike. "H-hi.. I'm..." He tried to introduce himself, but his target just ignored him. Did he actually not hear, or was he just a douche? "Never mind..." he said. Was this how he was going to start his year? Late?

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"Ohayō." Bishop blinked hearing a tiny voice speaking to him and looked over to see the black haired girl looking up to him. Their eyes locked for a moment, he was sure that she was talking to him. "Ohayo~" his eyes followed that voice to find a silver haired boy, although an effeminate looking one greet him as well. He assumed that they were both together, seeing as they appeared to be the same age as him. "O-Ohayo?" He had honestly never heard of that greeting before. He looked confused for a moment, letting his accented words hang in the air for a moment. He blinked realizing that he was being rude and turned to give them both his full attention. "Uhh-" Bishop bowed slightly and closed his eyes, only to come back up with a warm smile on his face. "Good morning. It's a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for letting me take this seat next to you." His Japanese wasn't perfect, but he had a practiced accent. He was far past the phase of mispronouncing the words so that another word came out by mistake. In the back of his mind, he heard his mother scold him about how gentlemen always introduce themselves first. "I'm Bishop." His smiled broadened again showing his teeth, however his cultural and social awareness was somewhat lagging. He had never been properly trained in introducing himself on a 'last name, first name' basis. In American culture, you usually just said your first name and that was that. So he simply said his first name, an honest mistake.

"Hey." Bishop's eyes snapped immediately to the person that spoke his native tongue finding a tall older male (Ryou) talking to him. "There's a cherry blossom petal in your hair. Don't take them seriously." He blinked and slowly reached up to pluck the pedal in his hair out and looked at it. He glanced to the girls in front of them that were still casting glances their direction, relieved that he finally got the peddle out. "Ahh... Thank you!" He called out back in American English. A small smile on his face grew back, with the realization that not everything was going to go bad on this day. Bishop tossed the peddle away. Bishop opened his mouth to speak but was interrupted by an amplified voice coming from the front of the room.

“Gooood Morning!” "Woah." He looked at the man on the screen finding someone with blonde hair like him. Were foreigners somewhat common at this school? He understood that this school was usually for the higher echelon of society, but the fact that it meant more people that were like him were here was a warming thought. He would pause his conversation for now and listen, reading the subtitles not because he needed to but he was on the look out for any words he didn't recognize in Japanese so he could try and get an idea.

“Allow me to introduce myself; I am Airdalen Academy’s principal Dr. Gorou Endo. For seniors, I encourage you to make the most of your final year before the college entrance exams and before leaving Airdalen in general. The time you spend partying compared to the time you spend studying makes all the difference to what career options are available to you in the future. Not one to brag, Airdalen’s reputation and connections that I have spent years building up to has led to this moment, your final year. I have done my part but it is up to you to seize this opportunity as a student here under this high school’s name, to put in the extra mile that will determine the rest of your life from this point onward."

Bishop smiled more, being at a minimum a little motivated by the principles speech. He adjusted in his seat and listened on.

“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

This part was really speaking to the young freshmen. He nodded silently to himself, thinking of all the things that possibly laid before him in his future. He had swimming to look forward to, making and meeting new friends and experiencing the culture that was the other side of his family whole-heartedly. A small fire began to burn in his eyes and that smile turned into a confident grin. Sure the first few hours seemed like disaster, but this was the pick me up the young blonde needed. With the people sitting to his right, it seemed that not everyone here was going to hate him. That was a success in itself, at least in the teenage mind.

“To all students— Oh, that’s my cue to leave then…
In short, everyone, I do wish you all wholeheartedly the very best with your studies. Keep in mind I do not mean to alert you, just prepare you for the future as I am confident the Airdalen staff members are trying to do for you as well so please respect them too in my absence. Enjoy your first day back!”


Bishop was half tempted to wave goodbye, but decided not too. He perked his head up hearing someone clear their throat. “I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

Bishop nodded and sat down as he was suppose to do, there wasn't much else he could do anyways. He looked around as the seniors began to get up and shuffle to pick their folders up, his mind thinking about who he might be paired with. He turned to the trio beside him with his constant soft smile and blue eyes. "So... Umm, you excited to meet your seniors?" He smiled sheepishly, feeling a little lame for having small talk on an obvious topic but it was all his mind could think up to say at the moment.

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Rhys stared at the screen towards the front of the hall with the most serious face he could muster even though he had the strong urge to laugh when the Principal introduced himself. He didn’t have anything against the principal. If anything, he was thankful to Dr. Endo and the rest of Airdalen’s administration for being generous enough to accept his scholarship form. It was the principal’s appearance and general attitude compared to what Rhys had expected beforehand, that made him want to laugh. Rhys had expected someone more suiting of the title of Airdalen Academy’s Principal… someone well-dressed, straight-faced and definitely not blonde. As the speech continued, he had Rhys’ respect nonetheless. The man was a friendly one and that was better than the stuck up he had imagined.

“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

Rhys nodded silently to himself. I hear ya… He was already aware that it was going to be hard for him to be on par with the rest of his peers when it came around to studies. He needed to commit to studying and take it seriously enough if he wanted to stay enrolled to Airdalen Academy. Getting expelled for poor performance in his studies would practically ruin him at a chance of going to any other school in Japan. He would also then be forced to leave Japan entirely to continue his studies elsewhere but most likely in his home country Britain, back to living with his mom. For what it’s worth, he was here to prove something. Rhys wanted to be independent and live a decent life far from the gang background both his mother and father had. A good education was one means to achieve that.

After the principal had finished, Rhys inhaled deeply before tuning into what the female teacher, Ms Araya had to say.
“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

Rhys’ eyebrows furrowed in confusion as this was the first he had heard of having ‘assigned seniors’. Had he missed something in the school brochure? Oh well, it might come in handy. He leaned back in his seat, folding his arms appearing far from complacent and coming across more as moody by the average passerby’s assumptions. I’ll just sit here… and… fucking wait or whatever.
"Excuse me." Rhys moved his legs back as far as he could (which wasn’t much) to make way for Shiori to go through as she sashayed by with ease. Her standing up to move to the front was enough to confirm to him that she was a senior, older than him and a few steps closer to graduation. He leaned his head back to stare at the ceiling absentmindedly, not even thinking about which senior he’d end up with until… his student ID was revealed to his face. "We're going to see a lot of each other I suppose." “Bullshit-” Before he could stop, he had already spoken. He sat upright, shaking his head as if to say, ‘don’t mind what I just said’. He meant no offense by it. He was just shocked at the coincidence they had been paired. Shiori turned away from him to continue talking to the violet-haired girl (Yuuki), a junior judging by the fact she hadn’t stood up. "Is Panther's all right with you? I'm fine with almost whatever." She brought up when she was done. Rhys shrugged, feeling the same way. It wasn’t anything that would shame him or affect him personally. “Yeah…” He closed his eyes as his hands came together behind his head as he stretched, feeling stiff from being up so early. When he was done, he let his hands return to his knees. “So, Kitogawa-san… uhn, what exactly are we paired for?” he let his confusion show. He figured as his senior, he was allowed to ask dumb questions.

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“For seniors, I encourage you to make the most of your final year before the college entrance exams and before leaving Airdalen in general. The time you spend partying compared to the time you spend studying makes all the difference to what career options are available to you in the future. Not one to brag, Airdalen’s reputation and connections that I have spent years building up to has led to this moment, your final year. I have done my part but it is up to you to seize this opportunity as a student here under this high school’s name, to put in the extra mile that will determine the rest of your life from this point onward. “

Arietta turned her head to listen as the principal mentioned the Seniors, not that she was being motivated by the speech. He was talking about grades and academic reputation. No one cared about that stuff, and the people who did typically were at the bottom of the social food chain. Her grades were not in jeopardy, she knew she would get into a good college. She wasn't worried about improving her grades, too much. Sure, she would put forth effort, but she was more interested in making her final year count socially, to rank up a lot of popularity points. She wanted to be someone that her classmates would never forget, but for a good reason. She wanted to make friends, she wanted it so desperately that she sometimes would lie to make others like her better. She doesn't consciously choose to lie, it just sort of happens, and she later regrets doing it. It's a habit she wishes she could nip in the bud.

“For juniors, I encourage you with the school motto Keizoku wa chikara nari. High school while a time for fun and meeting new friends is not always easy or as bright as expected. It is a challenging time, debatably the most challenging phase of your life as you go through stages that test you as an individual in a society that thrives on conformity. At Airdalen, we are not all about conformity. We believe in exploring new possibilities, new experiences and that those tough times that can come with being different can serve to strengthen the being. Continuing after setback is strength in itself. Airdalen Academy is all about continuing, your decision to continue and seek higher studies. One day, you will also be in the same position of our seniors so don't feel as if you will never get there.”

Oh, so we mention making friends for the Junior students? They're not the only ones having a hard time with that.. Sure, she had a few friends, but nothing close. She was mostly just in acquaintance to everyone. She didn't have a specific friend circle. She would hang out and talk to just about anyone, but she didn't really 'belong' to one group. She didn't have anyone she could go shopping or have lunch with.

“To all students—“

Why didn't they edit this out of the video? Embarrassing much? Arietta thought, brushing her hair back as she criticized the film production. In her mind, this was almost like being forced to watch your ten year old brother's first home movie. Had no one heard of cutting out unsightly interruptions? She didn't really care, but it was irritating her inner perfectionist.

“Oh, that’s my cue to leave then…
In short, everyone, I do wish you all wholeheartedly the very best with your studies. Keep in mind I do not mean to alert you, just prepare you for the future as I am confident the Airdalen staff members are trying to do for you as well so please respect them too in my absence. Enjoy your first day back!”


The principal returned on topic, and Arietta was getting tired of the speech. She wanted the staff to get a move on with this program and get it over with. She had better things to do than babysit a snot nosed freshmen all day. Well, that's how she saw it at least. She often neglected to remember that she was once a freshmen as well.

“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

"Sayonara." Arietta stated in a casual tone towards Johnny. She couldn't stick around and lag behind on this. She didn't want to be that senior. If she was the last one to receive their folder, she'd end up keeping her Junior waiting. She didn't want to cause a delay, that would be uncool, the complete opposite of what she was trying to achieve for herself. She approached Ms. Araya without a single word of recognition. She waited to be handed her folder, and blinked at the word written on it. Wolves, huh? That's not so bad. She thought to herself with a smile. Then her eyes shifted to the picture of a male student (Bishop), whom she deducted to be her freshman partner. He was blond, much like herself and he had blue eyes as well. This was definitely going to lead to a lot of misunderstandings, she just knew it. There were just too many physical similarities between them. Natural blonde hair wasn't exceedingly common among the Japanese. Great.. She thought to herself with a strong sense of dread.

Arietta began looking through the room, her eyes scanning the room carefully as she mentally went through the process of elimination. She located all of the blonde students, then narrowed it down to the males, and with just a little bit of effort, she managed to locate her freshman. (Bishop) He happened to be in the back of the room, sitting near the spot she'd noticed Ryou when she walked in with Saburo. She made her way from the front towards where her partner sat. Her approach was a confident strut, and once she was in close enough of a proximity to hold decent conversation, she introduced herself, "Ohayo, I'm Hakushiro Arietta, your Senior partner." She spoke first in Japanese, but decided to show off a little bit, and repeated herself in English, just in case. He was blond after all, so he likely wasn't from around here. She knew there was a chance she was wrong, considering she was raised in Japan her entire life, but still it was worth it. She didn't want to intimidate him with a foreign language if he wasn't Japanese. The presentation was subtitled in English, so she felt it was necessary to equally accommodate as well. There were two other students present that Arietta didn't recognize (Akira and Mai), but they weren't her concern, so she ignored them entirely.

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The conversation if that's how it could be described between the three of them led to Akira's invitation. He got no reason to reject it and it's free. "Sure, but not today." He said in his ever casual tone. He has other arrangements after school. "Another time." That was when the blonde-haired boy (Bishop) sat on their row and he unequivocally used the language he's most familiar with, English.

It caught Akira's attention who threw a question about him knowing how to speak English. "Yeah." That was Ryou's simple answer and he didn't expound on that while he noticed Akira having a British accent, as the guy spoke in English. He was familiar with it because of his British Aunt, but he didn't point that out and simply kept it to himself. His attention then shifted to the other boy (Bishop) who aired his gratitude. "It's nothing." He answered back still in English as he returned his attention to the front.

It was rightly on time too as the program began with the Principal delivering the welcome speech. He was not that entirely startled with the foreign looks of the man. He grew up in a country with diverse ethnicity, but this is the first time he had ever seen the Principal, so it's a bit surprising to see the man is not pristine looking as the reputation of this school. The guy isa mystery, a traveler, seeing the guy is not here at Airdalen and most of the days too. That's not a bad thing really, the school is still functioning.

Then, it was done. Ms. Araya asked the seniors to get their folders. It's now official that he's a senior. He would be as said in the Principal's speech should be thinking about his future and all.

That's easier said than done, because right now, everything is just a distraction, until he could finally... Ryou stopped his thoughts at that and simply stood from his seat. He's required to get his folder and to know the freshman who's assigned to him. He pushed back his chair, but not before returning it in place and to make his exit. It's easier. He didn't want to bother the others and they were at the last row so, there's nothing wrong with what he did. "See you around. Miyuu-san, Kon-san." He reverted to Japanese and then, he paused a while to look at the blonde boy (Bishop). There was no question that he's really a giant among the students here and those silver eyes that seemed to envelope everyone in its gaze. No wonder others couldn't help but attached their eyes on him. "Enjoy Airdalen." This one spoken in English. He then gave them a polite nod of the head before he went to the front to get his folder.

When, he got his folder. The freshmen especially the girls all wondered who he got, they wanted it to be them, seeing this as a great opportunity to get close to such a hunk in their personal description. They tried to get a peek and waited for Ryou to approach them and so, but their hopes were crushed. Ryou got a guy with the name Johnny Farelli, from the name alone, he could guess that this new guy is a foreigner. Anyways, the school year was starting out to be good. This would save him from another round of hounding girls. He looked at the ID picture and recalled that he had seen this guy somewhere. He mused on that before his eyes widened a fraction at his realization. "That guy..." He finally remember the guy he saw at the grounds earlier who was almost as tall as him.

In that case, it won't be hard to spot this junior (Johnny) in the hall. His eyes searched the hall and found the guy on the opposite side of his seat earlier. It seemed the freshman (Johnny) also considered other people due to the towering build they both possessed. He walked towards his junior and then stopped with enough distance between them and in a spot he won't blocked the others. "Johnny Farelli?" He spoke in his perfect English using his hunch that the guy was not a Japanese native. If wrong, then, he'll just go with the flow. He was no translator, but English is the universal language, right? When he got Johnny's attention, he showed the front of his folder where Johnny's picture is clipped. "I'll be your senior, Ryou Giou." He then extended his other hand for a handshake while his silver eyes landed on the younger guy, it was really peculiar shade and rare. The handshake whether it was done or not, his grip was firm and strong, but it wasn't overbearing or hurtful. When it's done, he returned his free hand to his side and spoke again. "We'll be..." He glanced at the folder's cover to read the word written there in black. "Cheetahs..."

Animals were fine as long as they stay in the imagination and away from him especially the ones who have fur. "If you want another name, tell me." He was actually fine with whatever team name. It wasn't a big deal for him. His voice never raised a notch and was calm with the ambiance of gravity delivering his words to always have weight, significance. He then opened the folder to see its contents. There were pens, papers, a school map, class schedules for both of them, balloons, and gums. Is there something else to be done here? Anyway, he handed the ones, he believed are to be for Johnny. "Your schedule and map." The map was not needed by Ryou, since he knew well-enough the school grounds. For the rest, he kept it in the folder unless instructed.

"If you have questions, ask away." Ryou told Johnny and never once did he speak in Japanese. All of his words were in English. It also wasn't spoken with a Japanese accent, but an American one which was odd as Ryou appeared to be Asian including his coloring except for the height. Anyways, some of the girls were sneaking glances at them, blushing mostly at Ryou even the other female seniors were gossiping among themselves about the two being partners. They will be hard to ignore as they are giants and seemingly athletic because of their built at the same time. They are already being labeled as the Powerhouse team. Well, they would just have to wait and see if these two would synchronize or not.

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"You good for nothing scoundrel! I told you to stay put!" If hair could really become roaring flames, Hayashi's red hair would be one. This nephew of his had always been the very definition of trouble ever since he had been designated as the only known relative. "You already ate!" Hayashi declared with those glazing eyes of his. "The subway sandwich!" Kazuki placed his little finger inside one of his ear and rolled his eyes. The old man had forgotten that he wasn't able to eat it, because he was dragged out of the house, saying that they were late, only to find out that they were too early. "I should remind you. You dragged me or technically kidnapped me from my house without letting me eat." Hearing Kazuki talked back infuriated Hayashi more!

"Shut it!" Hayashi then physically took out a roll of tape "I'll attach you to your sit permanently! I can't leave you for one second!" Kazuki quickly retaliated by fighting his uncle's lunge. "Oi! Calm down you old man! You're on drugs aren't you!? I know it!" The security guys present there quickly restrained Hayashi who was rather prone to his insane acts. "Hayashi-san! Please calm down!" Kazuki clicked his tongue and sighed in annoyance while Hayashi finally noticed the other students looking at them. He glared at them. "There's nothing to see here! Get back to your seats at once!" The students immediately did so as Hayashi calmed himself down. "I did say I don't want no part of this stupid program." Hayashi quickly glared at Kazuki who looked away in irritation with his arms now folded over his chest.

"Hayashi-san, everything's fine now?" Hayashi forgot that the security was still around them. "It's fine." He was released and narrowed his eyes at Kazuki. "Stay there." Then, he left but not before Kazuki followed his uncle with his complaint which was ignored. "I'm still hungry! Tch! Bastard..." He shook his head in irritation and that was when some of the girls that adore him began to close on him. "Kazuki-senpai!" He looked at them and his irritable mode quickly turned into a cheerful one. "Hey there girls! Looking very cute today!" He smiled at them with that mischievous swagger of his. "Can we sit beside you?" He was about to answer a resounding yes, but the security and other staff prevented them, saying his uncle ordered them. "What!? This is harassment! You coots!"

It was still done as Kazuki placed one of his feet on his other knee and then placed his elbow on his raised leg where his cheek was now on the palm of his hand. "Boooooring~~" He was not pleased at all. Whoever said school was fun was probably mental. He stayed like that for a few minutes while tapping his index finger on his cheek, before he felt the seats beside him being occupied. He took a moment to look from the corner of his eyes to see it was a girl with blue hair (Gen). This girl was a senior like him if he remembered correctly. He wasn't in school too often and he always skips classes, so he can't be really sure.

It was then the projection screen was lowered down and the principal delivered his speech somewhere not in this country from the looks of it. Kazuki had finally met the guy once with his uncle when he was enrolled here. It was nothing too formal, just introductions and what he personally dislikes, sermons. He was told to behave as much as possible and that his uncle ensuring that he would do so. Well, it wasn't working out as far as he could tell. He closed his eyes, not wanting to watch or even listen to this bull of crap. Speeches are always boring. Oh! How he wanted to just get out of this hall, may be he should. There's nothing to stop him really. He cracked open one of his eyes and could see the the staff watching the students including him particularly with intensity. They're making sure that he won't be causing a ruckus like earlier. "This sucks..." He closed his eye again and sighed it complete dejection. That's when he noticed something warm, a breath near his ear, followed by words.

Kazuki opened both of his eyes and then turned his full attention to his female seatmate. Those golden eyes like that of a jungle cat looked at her with curiosity. "You think so, huh..." He then looked at the screen and the corner of his mouth lifted into a devilish smirk. "Aren't I very popular?" His confidence can be heard in his voice and seen in his expression. That is simply how he is. He then looked at her and winked. "Don't you think so cutie?" When he was done speaking, the speech was finished as well and the order for the seniors to come at front to get some folder was issued. He sighed at this in pure annoyance. This was something he didn't like to participate in. He would rather want to sleep in. "Tch!"

That's why he remained on his seat and then leaned on his chair. Kazuki didn't want to babysit some infant. He had other more important things to deal with than this idiotic sh*t. This was a mess for him in every sense of the word. He crossed his arms again over his chest when his seatmate called out to him by his first name. That was something. He would understand if it was a foreigner thing. Others used it too but with an honorific. That's when he finally recalled her name from the word of mouth he had heard along the way which he matched with her other characteristic which is saying darling. He straightened his back and untangled his arms from its position. "I can't say no to a beautiful lady, especially when she's very willing to do so, Gen, my dearest." He ended it with his trademark smirk and those eyes of his hinted with tease and playfulness.



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Character Portrait: Aeon Shirokami Character Portrait: Akira Blake Character Portrait: Gen Fukui Character Portrait: Bishop Trander Character Portrait: Kazuki Miyamoto Character Portrait: Cassiopeia Argyris Character Portrait: Mai Kon Character Portrait: Vika Saitou
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"No person is an island as they say
I truly believe in that very much
That's why I'm glad I have met you
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Cassiopeia is completely oblivious from the looks she was receiving from the other students whether it came from the boys or the girls. She entered the hall and all eyes were immediately on them or on her. The seniors knew her very well while the freshmen were in awe of her appearance. She was like the very model of what a princess from a fantasy world should look like which earned her nickname, Pink Princess, but popularity, reputation and things like that didn't matter to her at all. This is would be odd, since she's one of the popular girls or even daresay the most popular in the academy. She's very social which at times can be overbearing which she doesn't mean to. That's why Aeon is very helpful in those areas just like earlier, reminding her to take a step back, but she's still well-liked for she's a very genuine person which makes it very hard not to like her.

The seats were mostly occupied and the ones where they could all sit together was at front. "It's a good thing we made even if it's barely..." She said with a bright smile, since they're not late. There's no questions about where to sit from her point of view. She followed Gen's lead and sat beside her with such elegance for very little effort. Clio finally reached its mistress and landed on her lap with it's ears flapping. "There you are Clio!" She greeted it which happily replied. "Clio made it!" That's when she noticed that Kazuki was on the same row as them. He was actually Gen's seatmate. "Hi Kazuki-kun!" She greeted him with a smile and then looked at his nose in delight not minding that the band-aid she placed was gone. "It seemed to be better now. Does it still hurt?" There's concern on her eyes, but her attention shifted when the program finally began.

She looked at the projector screen and had that wide-eyed look on her face. It was priceless in a very adorable way. She had never met the principal before. He looks to be a very nice and cheerful man. She would like to someday meet the principal in person, because this is a wonderful school where she has so many fond memories and will continue to make more for this year. The speech was wonderful and when it ended she clapped her hands not only for politeness but because, she liked what she heard from the principal. It was then Ms. Araya's turn who told them that the seniors are to come up at the front to pick their folders which contained their freshman partner or for the other word junior.

She was very excited about this and can't wait. "I'm so excited to know who will be my junior! Are you excited too, Gen-chan? Kazuki-kun?" She asked the two and then looked at Vika. "I wonder who's your senior partner going to be, Vika!" Cassiopeia was in full glow of excitement as she then looked at Aeon. "This is so much fun! Isn't it?" Clio supported her as always. "Fun! Fun! Clio agrees!" She then smiled happily as she stood up from her seat while Clio bounces at her side again and went to Ms. Araya. "Good morning, Araya-sensei!" She greeted the teacher and then took her folder. "Thank you!" She looked at the ID attached at the front. "Wow... So pretty... Look Clio, don't you think so?" Clio bounced higher to see the picture and spoke in agreement. "Clio agrees! Clio agrees!"

She happily returned to her seat to show her the others her junior partner. "Look everyone! Look Aeon! She's very pretty! She's my junior!" She showed the junior's picture proudly to Gen, Kazuki, Vika, and Aeon. That's when Clio interjected with a very well-timed fact about her junior partner. "Clio! Clio agrees pretty boy! Pretty boy!" She had a startled expression as she looked at Clio in question. "Eh? Boy? Isn't she a girl? Akira... Blake?" Clio answers. "Boy! Boy! Clio reads boy!" She looked at the ID again and there's the gender which stated male. "Oh... you're right... A boy..." She nodded and the burst into a smile. "Well, he's very pretty for a boy! So cute!"

That's when she hugged the folder closed to her chest. "I'll be looking for him then! Wish me luck okay? I'll see you all later." She happily waved at them and then went on her way as she looked around the hall. "Hmm... Clio, do you see him anywhere?" Clio continued to bounce happily and then its eyes began to blink red in affirmation. "Clio sees! Clio sees!" Cassiopeia brightened at this info. "Where!? Clio show me the way!" Clio did so as it bounces towards Akira while some of the students moved out of the way and looked at the bouncing pink ball in surprise and curiosity while Cassiopeia followed behind. Clio soon was in front of the junior partner (Akira), bouncing with zest. "Clio found pretty boy! Clio found pretty boy!"

"There you are Clio! Oh! You found him!" Cassiopeia was now behind Clio which bounced towards its mistress in pride. "Clio good! Clio good!" She lightly giggled at this. "Yes, you did good Clio." That was then she noticed another presence, this was familiar to her. "Arietta-chan, good morning!"She greeted her fellow senior with a bright smile. She didn't expect to see Arietta and was happy that she did. "How was your vacation? I wish you had lots of fun." She asked with a sincere smile, then she looked at her junior partner (Akira) and the others present there (Bishop and Mai). "Are one of them your junior partner, Arietta-chan?" She asked and then introduced herself to the freshmen. That should be common courtesy. "Hello and good morning, everyone, I hope you're enjoying Airdalen. My name is Cassiopeia Elegy Argryis." She introduced herself with such a natural sophistication similar to that of princesses without any effort while Clio bounces happily at her side in which she gestured for it to come which it did.

She was now holding Clio as she presented it to them. "This is my friend Clio." Clio happily introduced itself. "Clio! Clio's name is Clio! Nice to meet ya!" She then looked at her junior partner with such kindness. "You must be Akira Blake, right? I will be your senior." She showed the ID picture on the folder. "See? It's a pleasure meeting you and everyone as well." She smiled at them kindly and without a hint of anything except for sincere friendliness.
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“Oh thank goodness,” Johnny breathed in relief. Was his lack of skill in the language that obvious? He suspected so; it would be unusual if he was, in fact, skilled in Japanese after a month of reading his dictionary. Odder still even with some notes from a father who hasn’t been near the country since said father was a child.

Johnny was about to continue with the conversation, ask questions about the ‘word on the street,’ when the video feed flashed into existence. He silenced himself as he saw the image of an older man with very laid-back attire, not unlike a modern hippie.

The principal? Johnny thought. He looks like no principal I’ve ever seen.

The principal spoke in Japanese. It was Johnny’s ultimate test for the day, to identify as many words as he could, and discern a meaning from them. There was the introduction, where “Dr. Gorou Endo” fit in the typical place for a name in an introduction. Johnny also caught the words ‘welcome’, ‘seniors and juniors’. He caught very little on the encouragement for the seniours, For the bit directed towards the juniors, Johnny caught something about “meeting new friends”, as well as “exploring new possibilities” and “continuing.”

Continuing, Johnny thought, Yeah… I know I need that, man.

Almost as quickly as it happened, Johnny blinked away the thousand-yard stare. He missed the closing statement of the speech, but he guessed it would been a repeat of “welcome back”, followed by “Have a great year”, or something like that.

Johnny determined that it was a typical “welcome, or welcome back, to school,” speech that he heard in Jr. High thrice before.

A very lovely-looking teacher rolled up the projection screen before standing at the podium. Johnny couldn’t help but notice a familiar-looking set of eyes, as if she knew things she preferred keeping under wraps. Johnny knew that gaze well, so he easily identified it. The teacher did a hell of a job hiding it regardless, and she delivered her instructions as professionally as he usually does.

Johnny caught ‘folders’, and everything about how the “juniors should remain seated”. He did catch something about ‘team names’ and ‘partners’. Partners? As in year-round partners? Forming teams that run throughout the year… Johnny felt a sort of giddiness in his stomach at the thought of the idea. Teams… friends and rivals… pushing him to be the best he could be.

Moving, he was certain, was a good idea after all.

Team names, though… Johnny kinda hoped for “Wolverines”. Red Dawn, if anything, taught the foreigner how awesome a war cry that word made. Way better than “Eagles”, or “Cheetahs”.

The blonde girl said “Sayonara”, which was a common enough phrase for Johnny to understand.

Johnny nodded and replied, “See ya.” in his more native language. For a second, he watched as the blonde locks waved behind the girl. She was certainly easy on the ey-

Wait, no. That's impolite. Damnit. Johnny willed himself to relax, if only for half a minute. The one who remained taller than the foreigner approached. “Johnny Farelli?” came the fellow giant’s first words. “I’ll be your Senior, Ryou Giou.”

Now that Johnny got a good look, he noted the slick black hair, the long face with the strong jaw, and the silver eyes that hid only the details behind an obvious darkness. With a little work, they could easily look like twins. “Charmed,” Johnny replied in his deep, almost smooth jazzy voice as he stood and extended his own hand. His own grip was practically identical to Ryou’s; strong and firm, but not overbearing. His lean fingers were lightly calloused- especially by the fingertips. That made his hand feel stronger than it already was.

“We’ll be…” Johnny glanced down at the folder along with Ryou. Apparently the team name was written on the folder. Ryou continued, “Cheetahs.”

Cheetahs… Johnny returned to his previous thoughts. While Wolverines would make an awesome war cry, the animal itself did not seem to represent them. Wolverines were small, yet savage and cunning. Cheetahs were lean and fast- both were values that encompassed the foreigner better. Back in his previous schools, he was easily twice as fast as the next-best athlete. It was practically a given which team would win before the team picks were even finished.

Johnny waved off the offer for another name, “It’s all good, dude. Cheetah’s fine by me.”

Ryou announced and handed Johnny his schedule and map. The map seemed a little complicated, especially with a few glyphs he couldn’t read (ie: almost all of them) but he could tell from the images where he was, and which rooms belonged to which building. Thank goodness good old universal numbers were used. “If you have questions, ask away.” Ryou added.

Johnny was glancing over his schedule as the offer to answer questions came up. “Nah, I’m good man,” he said as he looked up to meet Ryou’s eyes like a polite Junior… or… was eye contact not proper in Japanese culture? Or... wasn't it Chinese? Is that aspect even similar? Crap, I didn't think this through.

The sudden uncertainty made Johnny look away, where he then spotted the blushing girls sneaking glances at the two giants. A smirk formed on his face as he stifled a light laugh- if only to hide his earlier uncertainty, and the thousand-yard stare that comes with it. “Jeez, I didn’t think I’d get such looks so soon,” he quipped before glancing back to Ryou. Johnny knew with Ryou being the senior, the girls were probably looking at Ryou more than Johnny. He reached out and patted the slightly taller boy’s shoulder. “ Hey, if you need a wingman, I’m your guy,” he said with a wink and a white grin, completely unaware that Ryou had a very personal and troubled past. (God what a douchebag, Johnny is.)

Johnny often played wingman to many a friend in Jr. High. This would be the first time he played wingman to someone almost as fit as him, and slightly taller. The notion sounded pretty slick... unless that's not how Ryou rolled. Damnit...



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“Bullshit-”

"It's not like I arranged for it to happen, I thought it was strange also." She replied in a distant tone, crossing her arms over her chest, her head held high in a pristine manner. Shiori wasn't really sure what he was referring to, considering she never participated in a lot of cussing, but she immediately felt threatened by it. The fact that Rhys was far from being 'just average' looking didn't make it any easier for Shiori to make harmless and polite conversation with him either. When she took a chance to peek at his reaction, Shiori noticed the shake of his head, and that Rhys apparently wished to retract his statement, so she did her best to move past it as well, but being Shiori, she read a little too far into everything. Jerk was pretty much the worst word she'd ever said aloud, other than imbecile. She mostly chose alternatives when insulting others, and she never used words like dammit and bullshit when responding to others, because it was seen as impolite and crude to cuss in her strict upbringing. She didn't mind thought, because Shiori never found a scenario where she needed to say such things, but she half wondered if that was because she rarely spoke to others out of social interest. Perhaps around friends cussing would become more useful or appropriate? Her parents wouldn't appreciate their daughter picking up the habit, so she shook the thought out of her mind. She didn't need to get into more trouble than usual.

When she brought up their team name, Rhys shrugged his shoulders. So he was alright with it as well? She wasn't really sure if the name suited them, but she was fine with it if he was. She didn't necessarily like or dislike cats, so she felt fairly neutral about the animal. Panthers were strong felines, and she knew that did not define her at all.

“Yeah…”

"Okay." She responded with a nod, still lost in her evaluation of how well the name suited the team. She couldn't judge Rhys, but as far as physical strength was concerned, she was definitely not a panther, maybe a worm? Though Panthers were also intelligent and stealthy, she definitely felt that she could be those things if she tried hard enough. She figured everyone else saw her as a wallflower, so how hard would it be to be a bit sneaky? Then she caught herself, she was doing it again. She was completely overthinking the assignment. S-shoot! I hope he didn't notice me going off into space like that!!

“So, Kitogawa-san… uhn, what exactly are we paired for?”

Immediately Shiori brought her finger up to her mouth like a 'shhh' motion, but her next actions contradicted that. She tilted her head, as if thinking very hard on the topic. She held that pose for a few seconds before opening the folder to search for answers. Immediately her face was consumed with curiosity. There was one black ink pen, a blue one, and a red one.. Lined papers, a school map, which she assumed could only be for Rhys, so she handed it to him as she rummaged through the contents, not looking up as she tried to put the mystery together. Then there were their class schedules, a pack of balloons? Why would we need these? Shiori asked herself, a sweat drop beading down her head in confusion. Then there was a packet of cherry gum. She handed him his schedule, looking over her own with a satisfied nod before folding it up in her skirt pocket. She'd worry about her classes later, because it was the least of her problems at the moment. Her junior was looking for answers, and she couldn't supply any, that was the worst feeling she'd felt in a while. Without any other clue of what to say, Shiori held out her hand with the gum packet in her palm, "I don't know if we're allowed to chew this now... but there is some Cherry flavored gum in here.." She responded, stalling for time as she tried to think about whatthe staff had in store for the teams.

"Well, we've got three pens, gum, balloons, and lined paper.." She trailed off, naming off the items slowly to buy a little more time. She didn't want to seem like a stupid senior that was uniformed, but at the moment that was exactly what she was. She had no idea what the school had in store for them, and she hated being left in the dark, especially when her Junior was looking to her for answers. She felt more useless than usual, so she decided to make a guess or two. What could they want us to do with three pens, gum, balloons, and lined paper? She couldn't help but wrack her brain. Maybe the gum was meant to be an ice breaker, and they would write their name, address, and phone number on the paper with the pens then give it to their partner? N-No way! Not going to happen! Immediately she tensed up at that thought. She definitely didn't want anyone to know where she lived, and the thought of giving a boy her phone number.. it was immobilizing. Even so, she had no idea what role the balloons would play in all of this... so she tried to relax. She was probably just psyching herself out for nothing. She had to stay calm, or she'd say something rude. Immediately she let out a slow sigh, trying to ease her mind.

Finally she answered his initial question with a gentle shrug of her small shoulders, averting her eyes in shame, "I have no idea.." She admitted, although she hated every second of it. She didn't like this feeling, being ignorant to something like this was the last thing she wanted to display to others. She wanted to be seen as a smart person, but she also wanted to grow out of her habit of retreating from others and become a warm and cute person as well. So far, she wasn't doing so well, even at her best quality, "I can't think of anything they have planned for us, at least nothing realistic when we've been given these unorthodox items.. Gomenasai." She apologized, going through the items in her hand again, almost obsessively. She was definitely a bit OCD about things. Then she finally got an idea, not that she would enjoy it. If she was right, she'd definitely be holding Rhys back a lot in the hours to come. She dreaded participating so much that she barely wanted to speak up about it. Returning her eyes back to Rhys, Shiori spoke in a sincere and genuine manner, until she got to the part about herself, "Perhaps they'll have us do team building exercises or sports contests? I'm not good at sports though, so don't expect much there." She tried to explain her inability to him a bit nicer than that, but talking about her weaknesses never really came out in a nice way. She always put on her abrasive protective shell whenever she was at risk of having her feelings hurt.

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Character Portrait: Akira Blake Character Portrait: Bishop Trander Character Portrait: Cassiopeia Argyris Character Portrait: Mai Kon Character Portrait: Arietta Hakushiro
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"See you around. Miyuu-san, Kon-san."

Oops... I said Miyuu instead of Blake to Ryou, didn't I? That's my grandmother's last name, not my actual surname.. C-crap! She immediately began to panic. She would have to straighten that out and be more careful next time, because she'd create a lot of misunderstandings. She was so used to telling others she was Miyuu-san's grandson that she'd accidentally used it as her own last name when introducing herself to Ryou.

"So... Umm, you excited to meet your seniors?"

Bishop's question got her to stop fretting over her mistake, and Akira nodded her head, speaking in a British accent again, "Yeah, kind of... I just hope I don't accidentally say the wrong last name again.. I told Giou-san that my last name was Miyuu.. that's my maternal grandmother's last name... I was given my step-father's.." She explained, all in English. She wasn't sure if Mai knew how to speak English, so she repeated herself in Japanese as well. This was definitely going to be an interesting day. She had a feeling she was going to be speaking broken Japanese or English before the day was over. Switching between the two would eventually get confusing.

"Clio found pretty boy! Clio found pretty boy!"

Akira couldn't help but stare at the pink little ball, completely baffled. She'd never seen anything like it, and for some reason it was calling her 'pretty boy'. Well, she was dressed as a guy, and pretending to be one, but she didn't really feel like she qualified as pretty, as a boy or a girl. W-What is that...? A bomb? Akira asked herself mentally, looking to Bishop and Mai, hoping they would know.

"There you are Clio! Oh! You found him!"

Her blue eyes landed on the owner of the contraption, and the girl appeared to be a bit older than Akira, but the folder that the beautiful blossom haired woman held definitely confirmed it. It was only then that it registered to Akira whom the pink haired girl was, and why the girl's little orb had been searching for her. Akira stood and bowed immediately in respect.

"Clio good! Clio good!"

Artificial intelligence? Wow.. This school is full of rich people. She didn't realize just how elite of a school this was until just now. Akira could never afford something like that pink ball. It seemed a bit childlike, but it was still smarter than anything Akira could ever afford, so she couldn't hide that she was genuinely impressed by it.

"Yes, you did good Clio."

Clio? The name was easy to say, especially since Akira grew up speaking English, so she was a bit relieved by that. At least she knew the little robot's name. Though she still wasn't sure what her Senior's name was. She tried to sneak a peek at the folder that the Senior held, but she began talking to the girl that introduced herself to Bishop as Arietta Hakushiro. Akira was well aware that the Japanese addressed themselves by last name, first name... but she was born in Britain so she was mentally wired to say it the other way, every time she introduced herself she had to force it out backwards and it felt generic. Akira kind of toned out of Arietta's and the pink haired girl's conversation, because it was none of her business. She ended up shrugging her shoulders in confusion to Mai and Bishop in confusion, because this was pretty awkward, at least she thought so.

"Hello and good morning, everyone, I hope you're enjoying Airdalen. My name is Cassiopeia Elegy Argryis."

The girl was so charismatic and feminine. Akira couldn't help but kind of idolize her. She wanted to be more like that, but no matter how hard she tried, she was never like that. She always turned to sports or her fists whenever she got angry, and Akira couldn't apply her own makeup to save her own life. The only time she ever tried her mother took a photo, because Akira had a 'clown' face after the attempt. Needless to say, the photo was so traumatizing that she never bothered to do it again, so she never got any better at it.

"This is my friend Clio."

Akira now got a better look at the little pink orb, and she tilted her head in curiosity, scratching at her hair. Did she have to charge this thing before she brought it to school, if so, where was the charge port? Akira didn't see a single slot for that. Maybe it was in the back or underneath? She wasn't going to ask, but it was definitely an interesting thought, but also a bit too complicated for the less than studious Akira.

"Clio! Clio's name is Clio! Nice to meet ya!"

"Kawaii. I'm Akira-kun, Clio-san." Akira stated in a casual tone, examining Clio. She wondered how it worked, and how it could respond to others so accurately. How many phrases did it know? Could it help her cheat on tests? She kind of hoped it wouldn't get swiped in class, it'd be sad if her Senior lost the cute little pink ball.

"You must be Akira Blake, right? I will be your senior."

"H-Hai. I'm Blake, Akira. It's very nice to meet you. I hope we get along very well, Senpai." Akira stated, hoping that she wasn't wrong about this. This girl is my Senior? Akira thought looking her over for a second, but not in a strange or inappropriate way. She focused primarily on the girl's face, because well, Akira wasn't actually a boy.. so she didn't share their perversions. She wasn't interested in anywhere else. She could tell that the stranger was attractive just by looking at her face, neck, and shoulders. She didn't have to see anymore to verify that. The ball even bounced back to the senior girl, which caused Akira to look down at it once more.

"See? It's a pleasure meeting you and everyone as well."

Akira barely remembered taking that picture, but it definitely made things official. She was a bit curious about their team name, so she kind of blurted it out, "If you don't mind me asking, what's our team name, Argryis-san?" She was a bit excited, especially if they'd be doing any physical activities today. She was sporty, and she definitely wanted to be moving. She'd had her fill of sitting down. She was ready to run, jump, and have fun.





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"I have wondered
what they see in me
whether they imposed
their dreams on me or
do they make me their illusions
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Ryou nodded and then took a seat beside his assigned freshman with his attention at front. He was never a talkative person in the first place so, silence had never been an issue with him. Johnny had no questions so, he waited quietly since it was obvious that something else was up with the materials inside the folder. He'll wait for the teachers to announce something about it, but his peace was disturbed not rudely, by Johnny who commented about being a wingman.

He glanced at Johnny before looking around to know what caused those words. He knew what wingman means, he wasn't ignorant about it. True enough, there are girls looking at them, but mostly at him. Some faces, he knew from the constant harping at him, others, are new and was likely to join the rest of the females to become as described by his colleague at work, stalkers. He wasn't looking forward to it at all, but his freshman appeared not bothered by it. Johnny looked like he's having fun at that and would not shy away from the overbearing attention.

"Don't need it." He said without much stuttering or doubt. It's not because of confidence or anything. He was simply not interested in getting into a relationship with anyone or does he have budding affection for any of the girls present. He is after all still in one complicated yet strong relationship with a certain sleeping beauty. This caused his eyes though to reflect a bit of sadness almost invincible and unnoticeable, but it was only for one second, before he looked to the front again.

"But, thanks." It was an offer, so it's only proper and he wasn't offended since there was no way Johnny knew anything about him or about her. He also answered in a manner without arrogance or sarcasm. He wasn't like that, he spoke because that's his definite answer. It's always heavy with meaning and not because he said it out of a whim. That's probably why most consider him more approachable than the one known as School Idol. He is distant but, his words are always sincere to his emotions, making him more relatable. That's when he felt someone's presence or better yet, many people around them. He's reaction was to look and saw it was composed of girls, some familiar, some not at all.

They started with a greeting for him and Johnny and then they began to ask questions leaning more to him. It was all done in Japanese at this point. They were innocent in nature, so he answered some like if he's a senior, who was the teacher speaking at front or is he a model which is no, but it soon dwell into certain subjects, Ryou wasn't very fond of, like if he's attached to someone, and other deeper things which are personal in his opinion. "You're bothering me now." His voice was never loud, but in that moment the series of questions were instantly stopped. The girls knew that he was not going to entertain them any longer and he is always a man of his words. They offer their apologies. He returned his attention to the front and closed his eyes while he also crossed his arms over his chest as he returned to his own isolated world, but they didn't leave as if they still had hope.

"Johnny." He started as he open his eyes and glanced at the younger male at his side. Using first name basis might be odd and denotes closeness in Japanese culture, but to Ryou this is common to his birthplace and since his Junior is a foreigner, he kept with the basics. "Take charge." This was spoken in English and then he closed his eyes, keeping to himself again.

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Character Portrait: Aeon Shirokami Character Portrait: Shiori Kitogawa Character Portrait: Gen Fukui Character Portrait: Rhys Browning Character Portrait: Yuuki Fujioka Character Portrait: Kazuki Miyamoto Character Portrait: Cassiopeia Argyris Character Portrait: Vika Saitou
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"This is but another responsibility thrust onto me. As such, I have no choice but to acknowledge it and as always, I will ensure it to be without failure."


It had become a routine between them and Fukui. She would always state that using her first name would be fine, however, he was not the kind to do that just because he was told so. His usage of first names had great bearing for him. It is used by him towards the people whom he had recognized to have significance to him in a certain sense. Furthermore, it is only done towards a very limited amount of individuals which one would be Cassiopeia. As such, the students and even staff at the the academy could not help but assume the pink-haired girl is special to him. The notion is not incorrect, but there are certain factors that should be considered and he would not explain that to anyone.

That is why he simply did not respond and chose to left it at that. For now, he followed the three inside the hall. The seniors who noticed his presence greeted him as a show of respect. He answered them due to his polite tendencies, but then he did not stop as small talks which he could sense targeted towards him were not very appealing to him. In any case, he had other matters to attend such as where to sit. Apparently, there are sporadic empty chairs scattered about. Knowing Cassiopeia, the girl would like for the four of them to be together. The only chairs available for that purpose would be the ones at front. However, that parasite is there. He watched the girls who did not even bat an eyelash in taking the said front seats.

Aeon, without much of a choice, joined the three girls. He occupied the chair at the aisle and remained pristine as he had always been. And soon enough, the program began. The Principal made a surprising appearance especially when the man seemed to be favoring anonymity to his own students. As for him, he had met the Principal due to his circumstances. It was imperative and such. Furthermore, there was also the favor bestowed to him. The reason he could be seen intervening in Miyamoto's activities. No matter, he put such irritating thoughts aside for now. He watched and listened to the Principal's speech and when it was done. A well-timed clap was delivered by him as this should be proper decorum. Others also followed his example and when the applause ended, Araya-sensei had taken the podium.

The female teacher announced that there will be teams consisted of the Seniors and the Freshmen more known as the Juniors. He had heard of this activity before and now, he was going to be a part of it. Cassiopeia was clearly excited about it and that was positive thing to see. At least, someone was purely enjoying this. In any case, the Senior students were to collect the folders in her possession which held the basic information of their assigned Junior. He obliged as the other Seniors did as well. A polite exchange occurred between him and Araya-sensei before the folder was given to him. He found the attached ID of his Junior with the name of Fujioka, Yuuki, a female freshman.

With excitement, Cassiopeia showed the picture of her Junior. She was saying that it was a she and her Junior is very pretty. He would admit the person on the picture was very feminine and would fall into that category. However, he read at the gender section that the she is actually a he. He was about to say something about it when Clio had went ahead on it. It was clearly obvious that Cassiopeia was not the kind to dwell on mistakes or misapprehensions. She was already looking forward meeting her Junior as she went on her way but not before bidding them goodbye.

As for him, he looked back at the picture of his Junior. He should begin looking for her as well. His eyes landed on Saitou and Fukui while he completely ignored Miyamoto in the entire process, despite the obvious flirtations going on. It does not concern him at all. "Fukui-san, Saitou-san, I will be going on ahead as well. Excuse me." Delivered in his ever calm and impeccable mannerisms, he left them as he began his search. Some of the seniors both male and females approached him and offered their greetings. Others even tried to engage him in more talk, especially of the girls who was clearly speaking to him with subtle flushed faces. However, he politely dismissed himself and stated he has the need to locate his Junior. This is true of course.

Continuing on, Aeon soon found his Junior among the throng of students. He also took noticed one of the female Seniors that would ask for his assistance in linguistics. He approached them and announced his presence in a manner with such eloquence and a presentation that avail him of his current prestige around the school despite him not doing anything special in his understanding.
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"Excuse me. Good morning, Kitogawa-san." Aeon could see that Kitogawa was conversing with a male, someone new in his understanding probably her Junior. "To you as well." He implicated the younger male (Rhys) since it is the polite thing to do. Afterwards, he changed his attention towards his main purpose coming over here. "Good morning. Are you Fujioka Yuuki-san." When confirmation is given, he opened the folder taking note of the schedule and the map. "I am Belrose, Aeon. I shall be your Senior Partner. Here are your class schedule and the school map to make sure you will get acquainted with the academy's facilities." When it was taken from him, he continued on. "Our assigned team name is Bears." He had actually taken look at the contents of the folder and read the animal name assigned to them prior searching for his Junior. "I have no objections to it, however if it is not to your liking, do inform me. I will see what I can do."

He was of course asking for Fujioka's opinion. It is only the polite thing to do and from his standpoint, this girl would be his responsibility for the rest of the school year. Tedious really, however, he would not do his duties half-heartedly. He never did. "If you have other questions, do not hesitate to ask me. I will answer to the best I can." In that period, there was nothing out of place about Aeon. He was completely calm and collected, a vision. At the same time, the other students were also taking glances at the male Senior. They were also whispering to one another as to how lucky the freshman girl was in having Aeon, the School Idol, as her partner. Others were envious and mostly the girls since Fujioka would have opportunities to be close to Aeon in which they could not.

However, Aeon was simply doing what is asked of him. This was just another responsibility. Whether this was going to be a sound partnership, beneficial, or not. It would be left up to Aeon and Fujioka.



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Character Portrait: Aeon Shirokami Character Portrait: Gen Fukui Character Portrait: Kazuki Miyamoto Character Portrait: Cassiopeia Argyris Character Portrait: Saburo Inoue Character Portrait: Shintaro Tanikaze Character Portrait: Vika Saitou
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"I can't say no to a beautiful lady, especially when she's very willing to do so, Gen, my dearest."
I…I- Gen turned away from Kazuki for a moment as her eyes darted around the room with panic. All she could hear was her heart beat racing. The romantic side of her told her she had been hit by cupid’s arrow but would she be able to handle its calling? -Thump thump- She placed a gentle hand against her chest, trying to remain calm as she usually does but it was futile with two contradicting thoughts fighting one another in the back of her mind. It’s too soon.. -Thump thump- Don’t you believe in love at first sight? Well yes- but I’ve seen him before and I never--Thump thump- She loosened and stretched out the fingers of her free hand before forming a tiny fist, followed by closing her eyes and breathing in and out. Gen always wanted to be in love but she had never felt this way and it wasn't turning out the way she imagined it would be. She always thought she would have a crush on someone more of 'her type' which was someone charming, decent looking, tall... and mysterious. Kazuki was all of the above but mysterious as she wasn't blind to his reputation or the way he flirted around. Why do I hold his words with great weight nonetheless? With the hand above her heart, she gripped the material of her uniform a little tighter. Maybe it was simply the way he called her 'dearest' or maybe his handsomeness had won her over or maybe she was just a tad bit more dramatic and idealistic than the average girl but there was no helping it for Gen. It was out of her control in the meantime. She turned around again on her heel to meet his gaze, with a dreamy look on her face. Just roll with it dear, we don't pick who we fall in love with~

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"Thank you dear, you're absolutely charming~" She smiled, a real smile. It was something she didn’t do very often but she couldn’t help herself. It was thrilling to feel that way for someone, even if that someone for now was Kazuki.

"I'm so excited to know who will be my junior! Are you excited too, Gen-chan? Kazuki-kun?"
As if on cue, Cassiopeia spoke up glancing at the two making Gen feel inferior. Her smile faded and was replaced with a lost look like a deer in headlights. It wasn’t Cassiopeia’s fault, but the girl made her rethink her position. She was far from a princess, as the daughter of a butler. Gen shook her head not wanting to dwell on that thought. It wasn’t like her to think negatively about anything and she loved her father with all her heart. Also, theater that she loved so much would say otherwise. It wasn’t birth alone that made one a princess. “Yes, but of course~ I hope we all get along just fine.” Gen replied, her smile returning but the polite one rather than the toothy grin. Cassiopeia appeared satisfied with her answer as she turned to Vika giving Gen room to compose herself more.

Folders~ She dropped a fist in an open palm at the realization. Gen walked to the front at normal walking pace and politely requested both her and Kazuki’s folders from the teacher. While Ms. Araya looked for them, she glanced around the crowded hall for a distraction. She spotted a fellow senior (Shintaro) in the distance looking anxious and wondered why he wasn’t picking up his folder too. Did he not pay attention to the announcement? “Actually~ may I also request Shintaro’s? Poor darling looks confused.” When given, she hugged both folders to her chest and returned to her little morning group with her hair hitting against her back.

"Look everyone! Look Aeon! She's very pretty! She's my junior!" Gen only managed to get a quick glance of the white-haired junior (Akira) before Cassiopeia continued to excitedly show everyone else. It was a little humorous as Cassiopeia discussed the junior’s gender with her little contraption friend. “Well, he's very pretty for a boy! So cute!" Gen chuckled and looked over at Vika, as they hadn’t been able to talk much since the group formed. She gave the girl a reassuring smile and a few words. “I hope you’re not nervous ma cherie~ we’re quite a good class of seniors this year.” Gen wasn’t quite so lucky back when she was a junior. The memory itself was making her smile crack. Her senior would get so annoyed at her overuse of the word darling because she was the younger one in that pairing arrangement.

"I'll be looking for him then! Wish me luck okay? I'll see you all later." Gen waved as Cassiopeia made the first move to leave. "Fukui-san, Saitou-san, I will be going on ahead as well. Excuse me." She watched Aeon leave before sighing aloud beside her friend Vika. She had already told him to call her Gen, but as she predicted he was going to stubbornly keep up the formalities between them. “Well dear~ we must part but let’s walk home together?” She suggested even though it was practically a given with them living together. Gen handed Kazuki his folder with a lingering stare before withdrawing her grasp. “Try to have fun too dear~ it’s not so bad.” She said encouragingly while holding her cheek before making her way through the crowd to Shintaro further away.

”Darling~”
She extended her hand to give Shintaro his folder but as she did, she managed to glimpse a very familiar face as she eyed the ID. ”Oh, you got paired with Vika! Please do take care of her~” she nodded and looked over her shoulder as she turned away to say one more thing to urge him to follow through with his role. ”We’re a bit behind darling~” Gen was aware that he wasn’t as social as her other peers but he had a responsibility to fulfill as did every other senior. As Vika’s assigned senior, she also didn’t want the girl to be kept waiting. Goodness knows how nervous Gen herself was when she first started at Airdalen but thankfully she got the hang of things rather quickly despite her unpleasant senior.
When her favors for other seniors were done, all that was left for her to do was meet her own junior. She finally snuck an once-over at the folder’s photo to see whom she had been assigned. Saburo. Male~ Without further thought, she looked up and her purple eyes scanned the room for chestnut colored hair to match the photo. She had to maneuver around the crowds which took time being small and easily overlooked, but eventually managed to find him sitting with friends of his own. Without a doubt in her mind, she knew it was the right person. Gen was pretty good with faces and didn't feel the need to reaffirm it.

”Hello Darling~”
She approached her junior with a subtle smile, removing the paper clipped ID copy to show what she was here for before snatching an unoccupied seat near him. “I’m Gen Fukui, but Gen will do. Welcome to Airdalen Academy darling~” She said cheerfully, bowing her head before reading the team name. “We’ll be group Lions… Lions? Well, that’s certainly something on its own don’t you think so? If not, we can change it your liking~” She proceeded to share the contents of the folder by opening it between them but her head was in the clouds. She looked for Kazuki discreetly while Saburo was occupied. She wondered how he was doing and caressed her cheek shyly thinking about the future.





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Though Arietta went ahead to sit with a foreigner, Tsuyoshi had other ideas. "Forget that, there are a couple people I know over their." He said motioning towards a few seats a bit farther to the left. As they approached, Tsuyoshi called a greeting that was met by two other Seniors. As they drew closer, Saburo could make out the others a little better. One was definitely on the taller side, at least 6 feet tall. Despite being tall, the guy was pretty sturdy looking. Thinking back Saburo thought he'd heard Tsuyoshi say something about the guy being the Forward on the basketball team. The other was a bit shorter than the first with a couple girls sitting at his side. The bandages covering parts of his pleasant face stood out quite a bit, though he was pulling them off somehow. It seemed not much would look bad on the guy. Saburo had seen the second senior at last night's party, the guy's name was...Hiroki.

"How's it going Tsuyoshi?" The tall senior called back.
"It's been as good as it get's. What about you guys?"
"You know, the routine." The bandaged guy replied, flashing his pearl whites. One of the girls to his left let out a giggle.
"Guess you must hate your life if your routine is to mess with the GS."

The GS was a prominant and violent mid sized gang. GS stood for "Gun Squad" which was rather ironic since the norm was for members to carry trademark switchblades. The gang had received the nickname after a small number of the members found a way to obtain firearms. A difficult feat in Japan. They had gotten a hold of a shotgun, rifle, and pistol. The shotgun and rifle had been confiscated, but the pistol was never recovered. Therefore, one never knew if the GS member they ran into was the one packing heat. So, it was sometimes assumed that any member one ran into had a gun. Hence the name "Gun Squad" due to the assumption that any member was in possession of a firearm. Anyhow, the GS was notorious for being quick to flip their knives thus the assumption that the bandaged senior had been cut up by the GS.

"Hey, no one messes with my crew." By crew, the guy probably meant a number of girls he was often seen with. He practically looked like a pimp, and no one would be surprised if that was his future profession. "Not even the GS, that guy was the newest member of the "Guts" Squad after I was through with him." Hiroki smirked at the end of his statement and his personal companions practically gazed at him in awe. "Wait a sec, you were the kid at the party yesterday right?" the ladies man pointed a finger at Saburo.

"Yeah"
"Well you're gonna have one hell of a time, especially since you're starting out with the right crowd." The tall acquaintance of Tsuyoshi chimed in.

That was when a male voice boomed throughout the area. “Gooood Morning!”
"You know they used to have a huge ass wide screen instead of a projector?" As Tsuyoshi said this one of the teachers moved to pull down the projection sheet.
"Really?" one of the girls next to Hiroki tilted her head a bit.
"Yeah, it was huge."
"Why'd they get rid of it for?"
"Fucking beggers from the public school smashed it. Jealous they couldn't even afford their own damn radios."

“Allow me to introduce myself; I am Airdalen Academy’s principal Dr. Gorou Endo.”
The Seniors around Saburo became perplexed. Not one of the group had seen the Principle before. After delivering a bit of a motivational speech, the man was shut off.

“I will now be handing out folders to the seniors with your activities inside. Juniors please remain seated and await your assigned senior. Compared to previous years, we will also be assigning team names due to the feedback we received from our graduated seniors. You are free to discuss your team name with your partner and change it to another animal provided it isn’t taken already. We will be proceeding with activities once everything has settled, thank you.”

"Huh?"
"Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you." The seniors all began to stand. "We're doing this thing where we have Freshman partners now." The group began to walk towards the teacher handing out folders. "Who knows, maybe you'll get lucky and get one of us."
"Yeah...and maybe I'll get unlucky and get some fag..."
"Don't worry about it, you'll be fine." Saburo turned his head to see one of the two girls that was with Hiroki. Her brunette hair fell slightly past the shoulders and paired nicely with her fair skin and hazel eyes.

”Hello Darling~” The male Freshman raised his eyes to see a shorter girl with interestingly violet eyes and almost white hair.
"Uh...hey." Guess he didn't get lucky, but he wasn't unlucky either.
“I’m Gen Fukui, but Gen will do. Welcome to Airdalen Academy darling~” His senior spoke taking a seat next to him.
"I'm Saburo."
“We’ll be group Lions… Lions? Well, that’s certainly something on its own don’t you think so? If not, we can change it your liking~”

Huh, Lions. Who came up with the team names? The boy wondered whether everyone's default names were this lame. He could probably come up with a better one in a few seconds..." How about'Strike'. Or 'Strikes' whichever one fits better."

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The conversation with the anonymous girls quickly took a turn for confusion as Johnny rapidly lost track of what was being said. Fortunately, Ryou came across as a man of few words, so he could catch most of what his Senior said just fine. Even if he knew Ryou’s answers, the simplicity of the answers made the questions all the more a mystery to the foreigner. Despite the Japanese talk leaving him in the dust, Johnny could tell that Ryou was getting annoyed somewhat. “Johnny,” Ryou said as he closed his eyes, “Take charge.”

“You got it, man,” Johnny replied. Though confident, he was actually completely unsure of himself at this point. He only caught mentions of things like teachers and seniors. The questions about “certain subjects” went way over the foreigner’s head. “Oh, and you can call me Jay.” he added.

After a greeting, Johnny offered what answers he could give. Within the first sentence out of his mouth, the girls simply left. They seemed disappointed that they couldn’t talk with the more familiar hunk anymore. Did they not see Johnny for anything? If so, why? Would Johnny need to prove himself a fellow worth conversing with? Was it the uniform? Johnny’s lean musculature was pretty visible beneath the narrow sleeves. Was it anything?

Was there something wrong with Johnny, specifically? There couldn’t have been a problem. He socialized just fine in his old schools… This place must be more different than he imagined… or maybe his old school was intimidated by his physical prowess. Goddamn, there has to be a problem. Something that can be fixed. This isn’t normal; this... interaction... this… up and leaving… was just not normal.

Johnny's mind wandered until it settled on the idea that there were other students who were able to eavesdrop. There was that one girl one seat ahead, (Yuuki) who chewed-out that blonde boy from before. She seemed annoyed before, and seemed to want to avoid conversation entirely beyond that previous chew-out. What would she think of his pathetic attempts at fitting in? What would the others who understood him think?

Damnit, they are pathetic attempts, aren’t they…? Johnny put a hand to his forehead and rubbed his temples with his long, athletic fingers. I really suck at this. I hate sucking at things.

Johnny’s lips flattened as his face flushed. He never learned a Japanese equivalent of “Well, shit…” but he sorely wished he had the balls to ask his dad about curses. Still, talk about an utter insult, especially since he knew from experience that he was great with… girls… Oh… Johnny sighed in disappointment to mask his attempts to put the past behind him. Now wasn’t the time for the past; now was the present and the future. He already spent all summer thinking about the past, he wasn’t about to waste this year.

The foreigner sat back in his own chair. He wiped a hand over his face to push the red away. After a moment, he figured out a way to get his mind off what just happened. “Oh, I do have a question,” he suddenly said to Ryou in English. “I’m not that good with… ahm…” He pat a hand on his knee as his mind raced. “What was it… honourifics? I know there’s words you add to a name when you talk to someone, but I don’t know the specifics.”

There were words like “chan” or “kun” or “san” and what-have-you, that Johnny heard many times before, but never figured out how they all fit in an actual conversation. Hopefully this would keep his mind focused on the present… and also make him not embarrass himself in front of other people again.