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Yuko Oshiro

"Yuko here! At your service."

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a character in “Our Very Average Lives”, as played by Keen

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"Music is the proof that miracles exist here on Earth, that's what I believe."

Theme Song
Makkura Mori no Uta || Asami Imai


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Full Name || Yuko Oshiro / 優子 大城
"Yuko means gentle child, I wonder if I've lived up to that name?"
   
Gender || Female
"Maybe you need some glasses? I need them too and I think they're quite cute."
   
Age || Fourteen
"Adulthood seems so close and yet so far away."
   
Sexual Orientation || Uncertain
"I don't really think about those sorts of things."



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Hair Color || Black
"Straight, dark, and boring!"
   
Eye Color || Blue
"People say I have my mother's eyes, if they're even half as pretty as mom's I think I got pretty lucky."
   
Height || 5'1"
"Just about average, but I've still got a couple years of growth in me yet!"
   
Weight || 114 lbs.
"I thought it was rude to ask a girl's weight? Not that it really bothers me much."
   
Scars || None that are easily noticable
"I was never much of a rough houser, I always played carefully or stayed inside."

Tattoos & Piercings || None
"Eh? No way. Though... Getting my ears pierced sounds kinda fun, there's lots of pretty earrings out there."
   
Oddities || A mole on the left side of her neck.
"It's been there for long as I can remember."



Personality:
{Kind, Dedicated, Naive, Creative, Shy, Unassertive, Thoughtful, Curious}
When most people describe Yuko, they describe the model student or daughter, an intelligent girl who never makes trouble and will go far in life. Ever since she was young Yuko has been a fairly level-headed girl who was never more pleased than when her friends or loved ones were proud of her, receiving their praise motivated her in almost every endeavor. With her numerous positive traits and friendly disposition Yuko has always been popular at school, despite this her group of close friends has always been small and comprised mostly by her little sister and only a handful of others. A naturally curious and hard-working girl Yuko finds herself interested in a very wide range of things and always puts forth her best effort when doing just about anything. Despite having given several performances and recitals up on stage Yuko finds being the center of attention in other scenarios rather uncomfortable and dislikes being around large crowds. In recent years however Yuko's life has become a bit less simple. The joy in playing violin and her parents praise has diminished, feeling trapped in her desire not to let others down but also her growing displeasure with life the girl has hit her first major roadblock in life. Uncertain of how to deal with the problem she has internalized and kept it a secret from even her sister and simply attempts to push on and endure.

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Hobbies:
Music || Whether listening to it or playing it Yuko loves music in most any form.
Gardening || Yuko adores flowers and though it's small she quite enjoys tending the little garden at her home.
Reading || Typically manga or short novels, Yuko is quite the little nerd when it comes the fantasy genre.
      
Habits:
Humming || Given her musical nature it comes as no surprise that she often finds herself humming when bored or occupied with idle work.
Fiddling with her hair || When in moments of stress or nervousness Yuko will often play with her hair, sometimes without realizing it.
Research || When faces with anything that piques her interest or curiosity Yuko will often research it extensively in an attempt to absorb every detail about whatever has caught her attention.
     
Likes/Loves:
♥ Music
♥ Her family
♥ Flowers
♥ Lively people
♥ Learning
♥ Fantasy

Dislikes/Hates:
✖ The violin
✖ People putting themselves down
✖ Dogs
✖ Spicy foods
✖ Failing

Strengths:
Music || When it comes to anything related to music Yuko is quite adept and learns very quickly. Of note she has been playing the violin the longest and is considered a prodigy and is quite well known for her skill.
Academics || A strong work effort combined with a bit of natural intelligence has made Yuko into a fine student who does well in all her classes. Except PE.
Diplomacy || Yuko seems to have a knack for mediation due to her calming and thoughtful nature.
Calm || Level-headed and patient, it's hard to get Yuko to panic or get angry and she'll often recover quite quickly from being riled on the rare occasion it does happen.

Weaknesses:
Athletics || The one area of school where Yuko suffers is in physical education thanks to her low stamina and strength.
Standing up for herself || Yuko is easily pushed around and manipulated, rarely saying 'no' and being a bit naive to deception.
Independent || Ever since growing up Yuko has made efforts not to bother others and rarely seeks outside help or counseling.
Oblivious || Subtlety is something sometimes lost on Yuko, she is direct when she deals with others and expects the same in return.



History:
Born to the happy couple of Mami and Kyo Oshiro in the small town of Yamasaki, Yuko's short life has been a pleasant one alongside her beloved younger sister, Haruka. Of the two sisters Yuko has always been the more reserved and well-behaved, even when she was young many facets of her personality were the same as they are now. From a young age Yuko was a curious child and it was apparent rather early on her aptitude for music and it didn't take long for her parents to have her learning the violin. In both her musical and academic ventures Yuko was quite successful, overjoyed at the praise from her parents and especially her sister. As a result Yuko is fairly well known around town for the occasional concerts and performances she puts on locally.

Carrying on this role of violin prodigy and ace student into middle school, Yuko's mind and heart feel heavy. Between the uncertainty regarding her current daily life and the trouble caused by her sister the young girl is beginning to feel the effects of her stress. Seeking answers and an outlet for her bottled up stresses has begun to broaden her horizons with new experiences and new people, perhaps unconsciously hoping she might find someone who can 'save' her.



Face Claim:
Tamako Kitashirakawa || Tamako Market

So begins...

Yuko Oshiro's Story

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Character Portrait: Kimiko Mori Character Portrait: Yuko Oshiro Character Portrait: Haruka Oshiro Character Portrait: Renya Sparks Character Portrait: Satoshi Sato Character Portrait: Ume Yoshida Character Portrait: Minami Sato Character Portrait: Mika Yoshida Character Portrait: Akira Tsukino Character Portrait: Setsuna Sato Character Portrait: Shirudo J. Hato Character Portrait: Saki Ryuu
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Kito School Bus Stop|7:10 AM|Friday
The morning breeze was perfect, not too cold and not too hot. There wasn't even a need for Kimiko to wear her favorite jacket, which was currently draped over her arm. Yamasaki School didn't enforce a dress code like most city schools. It was too small for that. Or so they claimed. She assumed they just didn't want to spend their money on uniforms. Of course, she didn't know what schools in the city were like, so she couldn't really say if she'd like uniforms or not.

With a small sigh, Kimiko smoothed down her skirt as she waited for the bus to come. She was the first one there because she had woken up to her dad leaving for work and she'd gotten bored at home. Her house was fairly boring when it was just her and her parents; she hoped that either Minami or Saki would have some idea of a plan for the weekend. Maybe she could convince her parents to let them go to Kyoto... Was there still time left?

Nope. Her parents always wanted a week's warning before she decided to do that. Kimiko rocked on her feet and shook her head with a pout. There was nothing to do in town though. Except camping and she did not want to go camping. She wondered in passing whether or not she had to work this weekend. A glance at her phone confirmed that she did not.

Why was she already thinking about the weekend? School hadn't even started yet. She had to get through the day first, then go to the Student Council meeting and practice some tennis. Did she have practice this weekend? No... Not that she was aware of. She did have a deadline for Chapter 39 for School of Chance though. It was a good thing she was almost done; she just had to add some finishing touches.

She looked up at the sky as people walked up, other students that went to the same school. Yamasaki School was divided into each of the grade levels. It was a good school with top academics and athletics, but it wasn't located in the city, so it didn't get much recognition. That was okay. Kimiko didn't want to think what it would be like if people from all over the country came to attend it. Way too many people. She turned and saw Minami and Saki approaching and waved enthusiastically, "Hey, you two! I was wondering when you'd show up!"

At the moment, the bus pulled up and Kimiko pulled her friends onto it with her. They all sat down in the back, like they'd been doing since Kimiko moved to Yamasaki. She placed her bag on her lap and pulled out her sketchbook, turning to a drawing of her character Mami. "It's a new one. She's the reincarnation of Sleeping Beauty. What do you think?"

She smiled, just happy to be with her two best friends.


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"Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap!" Ume jumped out of bed and threw on her clothes in a hurry. As she passed Mika's room, she threw open the door. "We're going to be late, Mika-chan!"

Without waiting for her sister's reply, Ume hurried down the steps. It wasn't like her to stay up late, but she was studying for the English test and she felt like she was going to fail if she didn't. Miyuki Yoshida wasn't there, which was to be expected. She probably had to leave early for something. It wasn't like anything serious happened in Yamasaki, but Miyuki did a whole lot more than just policing. As she popped some toast into the toaster and poured two glasses of orange juice, Ume went over the English vocabulary in her mind.

When Mika finally came down, she slid the glass towards her along with a plate of buttered toast. "We need to hurry, Mika."

She ate quickly and grabbed her sister's arm before racing towards the bus stop. The bus was already there and people were already loading on. Moments before the doors closed, the redheaded twins stepped onto the bus and sat down. Ume sighed in relief and smoothed down her hair. She wasn't going to be late today.

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Character Portrait: Kimiko Mori Character Portrait: Yuko Oshiro Character Portrait: Haruka Oshiro Character Portrait: Ume Yoshida Character Portrait: Minami Sato Character Portrait: Mika Yoshida Character Portrait: Saki Ryuu
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Haruka Oshiro
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Kita Neighborhood || Oshiro Residence || 7:09 AM || Friday


Haru's alarm blared loudly in her ear. She had pressed snooze at least 10 times already, and looking at the clock, she groaned a deep sigh as she realized she was late for Basketball practice. Scrambling out of bed, Haru threw on her makeshift school uniform and brushed her hair lightly before heading downstairs, guitar in hand.

Luckily, their parents had already left for work, so she wouldn't have to deal with another lecture on timely manners. Yuko came downstairs a few minutes later with her bag and violin strapped over her shoulders. "Onee-chan, if you're riding the bus you should probably hurry up a bit." Haru turned back to the toast she was making. She usually rode her bike to school, whereas her sister commonly rode the bus. It made sense for her less physically active older sister.

Haru didn't stick around to eat with Yuko, she was already late. She passed the bus stop moments later. She never really paid much attention to the people who lived around her, but she did recognize them, even though she;d never really spoken to any of her neighbors. She could see the Yoshida twins rushing to the bus as she passed. The two never really liked her, but they didn't hate her either. Not that Haru would have cared either way. She just ignored her thoughts and continued her rush to school.

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Bleary-eyed, Yuko rolled over onto her side in the darkness of her room to look over at the blurry red glow of the digital clock that sat by her bed. Squinting her eyes the numbers came into sharper focus, 4:47 AM. She had been awake since about 4 and it didn't seem she'd be getting back to sleep anytime soon. With a yawn she sat up and stretched before slipping out of her bed and heading for the bathroom, if she was up this early she figured she may as well get the usual stuff out of the way now. So the morning continued on with a singing and humming filled shower and breakfast. After bidding her parents farewell as they left for work, Yuko decided to use the extra time to prepare bentos for herself and her sister.

With the sun finally up and some tea in her system she began to feel more awake, today was going to be a long one full of many yawns, she wasn't sure why but this had been happening to her more often lately. It was becoming a bit of a nuisance hearing people's concerns about whether she was sleeping enough every time she yawned and even more of a nuisance trying to assuage them by insisting she was fine. With a quick glance at the clock on her phone she headed outside with her headphones fit snugly over her head, pumping their dulcet tones into her ear as she began work tending her small garden that sat in the backyard of their home. It wasn't a practical garden, nothing grown there could be eaten or used in any sort of way, Yuko liked flowers and that's what she grew. In the small plot were currently growing marigolds, pansies, and asters. Lost in her little world of music and flowers Yuko neglected to check the time until it was already 7:00.

She rushed back inside and upstairs to wash her hands, fix her hair, put in her contacts, and grab her bags before heading back downstairs to see Haruka eating a meager breakfast. "Onee-chan, if you're riding the bus you should probably hurry up a bit." Yuko nodded, she was just about to head out after all. "You better hurry too." Yuko smiled as her little sister headed out the door before her, shouting after her "And be careful!" With a moment spent to look over her bag to make sure everything was in order she realized she had forgotten something, Haruka had left without her lunch. A small sigh escaped her lips, she would just have to give it to her once they were at school. Now in a bit of hurry Yuko rushed out the door and locked it behind her before walking off at a brisk pace towards the bus stop.

Without a moment to spare she arrived at nearly the same time as the bus. The driver spoke but Yuko could barely make out what he said over her music so she simply wished the man a good morning before dropping a couple of coins for fare into the receiver. Exhaling deeply she began to catch her breath as she walked down the center of the bus and took a window seat towards the back and watched as people began to enter one by one. She recognized most of them from school though she had never really spoken to any of the high schoolers.

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Character Portrait: Kimiko Mori Character Portrait: Yuko Oshiro Character Portrait: Ume Yoshida Character Portrait: Minami Sato Character Portrait: Mika Yoshida Character Portrait: Shirudo J. Hato Character Portrait: Saki Ryuu
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The bed was so comfortable, the sheets covering her wonderfully in the blissful temperatures. Then the silence of sleep was broken by the worried howls of her sister. "H-huh, whadda mean Ume, you're supposed to be timely, I'm the lazy one!" Mika groaned out loudly as her sister dashed by, her panicked trotting down the stairs audible to her. Rolling out of bed she flopped onto the floor stomach first, grumpily tossing her clothes on and joining her sister downstairs. A glass of orange juice and toast was slid towards her as once again she was told to hurry it up, "Yeah I get it nee-chan, little girls gotta eat good y'know?" She went about munching on her toast and sipping her orange juice as Ume devoured the food quickly, then came over over her and grabbed her arm to take her out. Mika held onto her half finished toast as her sister dragged her away from the table, grabbing their bags they went out.

Mika let out a chuckle as the twins ran towards the bus, if she wasn't actually trying to rush she would have put the toast in her mouth like an anime protagonist. They arrived only slightly before the bus closed its doors, Ume dragging her to the same seat as her near the front of the bus. Now the painful part began as she finished her toast, the bus began to groan out mechanical noises while barreling forward at disappointingly low speeds. Even at the pitiful pace the bus went at looking out the window was hardly something to do with as she knew all the environments from countless other bus rides, Mika sighed at her sister, "Umeeeee, why do bus rides gotta be soooo boring..."

She hung her head between her legs as she pathetically exhaled, simultaneously reaching into her bag she snatched two of her plethora of lollipops. Tearing the wrapper off one and plunging it into her mouth she tried to occupy her mind with swirling the treat around, clanging into her teeth. Mika looked longingly at the second before tossing it over onto her twins lap, smirking at her. Mika recalled something, again reaching down into her bag, yanking out a manga just for occasions of nothing to do just like this.

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Shirudo's eyes shot open as he gasped for air, throwing the sheets off the bed as he briskly leaned forward. It took him a few moments to catch his breath, he managed to ease it into a slower pace. After his eyes finally focused, the boy scanned the state of his surroundings. His room was dark, only illuminated by a sliver of light peeking through the window shades. Shirudo then looked himself over and realized he had slept in his dress shirt and pants again, a habit which came into fruition back in middle school. He had the tendency to cover the scar spanning the entirety of his chest, to keep it hidden from the sun and any external enigmas which feast their eyes upon such a wound. His sight trailed over towards the digital clock sitting on his night table. The LEDs formed the time 6:50 AM, notifying Shirudo that he still had enough of a span to follow through with his morning procedures. "Already got everything on but my jacket and tie. Let's start off with that." Moving in an autonomous fashion, he collected his jacket and tie from his closet then quickly dressed himself in the bathroom. He looped the tie with finesse, slipped on the jacket then covered his scalp with his newsboy cap. Shirudo looked prepped for school, as per the usual, draped in a generic uniform and fashion sense.

The student scaled the stairs and proceeded to the kitchen. He began to fumble through a cabinet, fluently snatching orange containers of pills and placing them on the counter top before him. The contents of the bottles were his lifeline, the only things keeping him tied to the land of the living. He subconsciously downed each dosage with quick swigs of lukewarm water. It was a miracle he didn't choke on the horse-sized pills. Thankfully, he was used to the process. Once Shirudo was done with downing the last of his medicine, he swiftly brewed a cup of coffee then procured himself a granola bar.

The student began to slowly nibble at the snack as he set out through the front door, "I'm going now." He said in a quiet monotone, glancing back at the empty hallway. His parents must have already departed for their jobs. Shirudo winced then faced the open street, the student continued to make way for his friend's house. Most of the student on the block were already rushing to the bus, meanwhile the individual he was waiting for was most likely only stirring now. "How late was she up until? Pretty sure I logged off at eleven, how much longer did she stay online for?" The query was muttered under his breath as he approached the door. He lightly knocked on the wooden surface, rang the door bell and patiently waited.

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"A collaborative collab."

(Collab between Mikey and Jedly - Part 2)

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Renya woke up to a thud, and looked over her shoulder to see her cat letting out a screech as it hit the ground of her room. She yawned and felt like sleeping a little bit more, since it was only the first day of school. But she noticed her clock and jumped up, opening up her blinds, shooing the cat out of her room, and ruffled her hair."Holy crap...I shouldn't have stayed on that late." Renya moaned, and shuffled through her closet for an outfit.[i]'I have to make a good first impression.' She thought, and looked in the mirror as she clipped her butterfly clip on the right side of her head, and brushed her hair out. She slipped her under wear on, then her clothes, and started out the door.She ran down the stairs, just noticing that her mom had just mopped the stairs. Renya tumbled down and fell flat on her face, grabbed a banana from the kitchen and her water bottle, and heard the door bell ring.

"Coming~!" She yelled, and grabbed her sweater from the coat rack just in case it was cold out. Renyas mom popped out from her bed room right down the hall from the kitchen and waved good bye to her."Bye hun, hope you have a good day." Renya's mom said, and Renya nodded."I hope I do too." She said, and opened the door to see Shirudo standing there."Sorry, I stayed up till 1 playing CoD." Renya said, rubbing the back of her head, and she let out a small chuckle."Let's go were gonna be late!" Renya said, grabbing his hand and starting to run to the bus stop, feeling the small hint of wind as she started to run.


The boy shuddered at the thud eminated from behind the door, "What was tha-" He was cut off mid-sentence as his ears picked up the incessant pattering of footsteps rushing down the hallway. The door flew open, and in its frame was standing a winded Renya. Shirudo raised a cautious eyebrow at the girl, letting out a sigh at the mention of the time she turned off her console. "On a school night? That isn't healthy by the sli-" Before he could ridicule her any further, the student made a beeline for the bus stop. She left the young teen in the dust, "Forgot she's an athlete. Wait up!" He shouted as he began to quicken his pace, utilizing a form of speed-walking he had perfected over the years.

By some grace of god, Shirudo had managed to catch up with Renya and was barely matching her speed, "I don't think the bus will go anywhere if a kid suddenly goes into cardiac arrest en route." By the time they had reached the stop, the student was near the brink of his endurance, panting out of exhaustion. They had made it, just barely. "It's a miracle. We actually made it. Also a miracle that I didn't spill my coffee. I see you're still pretty fast, Renya-san" He commented, not flinching at the fact that he had called the girl by her first name. The two agreed that designating her as 'Renya' sounded and flowed better.

As Renya walked into the bus she smiled as he called her 'Renya-san', it made her feel more welcomed. Renya sat down at the back of the bus, and looked out the window, soon zoning out and looking at the beautiful landscape of Yamasaki, Kita. It was very different from Texas, and it made her feel weird because of how well kept the kept Kita. It made her feel warm inside, and she soon broke her eyes from the window and waved Shirudo over."Hato-Kun!" Renya waved and let out another smile.

The boy narrowed his eyes at Renya for a moment, then accepted the invitation. He fastened himself comfortably in the seat next to her, "And so begins the daily grind. This is your first time going to this school district, right? Well, it's pretty decent if you were to compare it with other schools, so rest assured." Shirudo slightly loosened the tie around his neck. He took a sip of the bitter beverage, then let out a sigh of relief. "I'm sure we'll be in the same class. Let's hope this is a... bearable year." His voice trailed off as he leaned back on the seat, an aura of ennui floating around him. He tipped the rim of his hat over his eyelids, "For now, let's enjoy the quiet, calm, bus ride." Although, Shirudo knew such a dream would never become reality.

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Yamasaki Electric - 07:00



"Look at you!" Okamura said. "Seven sharp, and you're already dressed and working on the schedule! You're improving."

Akira sighed. He was getting better at gauging when, exactly, he had to leave the house to get to Yamasaki Electric on time, on foot. His first day, he had scraped in right before starting time, which Okamura made clear was unacceptable. "The earlier we start," he had said, "The earlier we finish."

And, Akira continued in his head, the earlier we can start sitting around waiting for people to have electrical problems in their homes.

Oh well. He was used to it at this point. It was a bit dull, but it was work. It would keep him sharp for next year, for uni.

As they headed out to the van, Okamura asked, "So what's on the plate for today?" He had delegated the task of plotting out the maintenance route to Akira almost from the start.

"Uhhh..." Akira consulted the ledger. "According to this, our first stop will be near Kita neighborhood. There's a light out near there."

"Lemme see." Okamura grabbed the ledger and examined the address. "Alright, let's go." He started up the van as Akira hopped in, and was off almost before Akira could get his safety belt on. He had a habit of doing that, but Akira didn't mind so much. He knew Okamura was a careful driver at this point, though he admitted that his senior's driving could appear to the newcomer. It certainly had seemed reckless when he had started the job. For the first week, he privately wondered what sort of maniac he was working with. After the first couple weeks, though, he adjusted, noticing that Okamura only sped up when on open areas of road, always slowing around busy areas.

7:15

As the familiar facade of Kita neighborhood approached, Okamura asked, "Doesn't say why the light is out, does it?"

Akira looked. "Nope. Just says the light's out."

Okamura grunted. "Guess we'll find out what the problem is when we get th—oh."

He slowed the van to a stop and pulled over. The two got out, and Akira followed Okamura's gaze up to the light. It was out, all right. Knocked out. The glass pieces lay at their feet. Okamura knelt down and examined the pile, then sighed as he stood up. "Smashed the light, too. Figures. You know what these lights take, right?"

"Yes sir!" Akira ran around to the back of the van and opened it up, climbed in and grabbed the harnesses, then searched for the right bulbs. These little bits of drudgery were his lot as the junior employee, of course. He found one and grabbed the toolbox, then brought all of them to Okamura.

"I'll need the insulated gloves to take out the dead light," Okamura said as he pulled on his harness. "You should probably put some gloves on too, for the broken glass. Then I'll need the fresh light, and also...oh, right. One second." With the harness partly on, the older man hobbled to the back of the van and hopped inside. After a few seconds, he came out holding a semi-oval piece of glass in a plastic bag. "Need you to hold this one too. This goes in last."

Of course. The cover for the light. "Sorry, I should have gotten that one as well."

"I accept your apology, though it is not necessary. Just get ready to hang from the top of a pole for a few minutes."

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Haruka Oshiro
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Kita Neighborhood || Yamasaki Academy || 7:27 AM || Friday

Haru coasted through the school gates right as the bus was unloading, still late despite her speed biking. She hurriedly locked up her bicycle, grabbing her bag from the luggage rack and racing off towards the gym, barely noticing as she passed by her sister and only friends. She waved a small greeting to Yuko as she passed, neglecting to look behind her. "Please tell me I'm not gonna kicked off the team!" She said, bursting in through the gym doors. Haru almost blushed as everyone turned to stare at her.

Haru's coach walked over as the practice continued. "Oshiro, you know the penalties for being late, correct?" Haru nodded. "Then go." Her coach gestured towards the locker rooms, and Haru ran off to change. Three minutes later, she was out on the track, running laps as punishment. It wasn't as punishing as her coach thought it was. It gave Haru a clear view of two Middle School classrooms: hers and Yuko's. Yuko and Yoshida both sat next to the windows in their classrooms, and when Haru was out running she could wave at them as much as she wanted, sometimes her sister would even cheer her on.

It was the rare times like these when Haru felt like people actually cared about her, when she knew there were still people out there who didn't judge her as a bitch. So far only three people didn't, and her parents weren't part of those three people. It didn't bother Haru. She honestly couldn't care less whether her parents liked her or not, as long as she had Yuko and her friends than maybe it wasn't all that bad.

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The bus ride was an uneventful one. By herself with her music drowning out the sounds around her Yuko may have even fallen asleep a few times along the way. As the bus stopped in front of the school the activity of the numerous students around her rising from their seats and collecting their things jostled her fully back to consciousness. Concealing a yawn and rubbing her eyes Yuko got up after them and walked off the bus just in time to catch her sister waving towards her and rushing off towards the gym, looked like she was going to be late. Yuko gave a small smile and waved after her sister, she supposed this meant she'd be seeing her running from the classroom this morning once again. Her little sister's athleticism was something she thought to be rather impressive, Yuko could never handle all that running around.

With her sister disappearing beyond the gym doors Yuko refocused herself on the short trip to the shoe lockers, headphones still thrumming along all the way. As she changed shoes and placed her outdoor shoes into her locker her mind was a blank, foggy mess. She gave a sigh as she shut the small locker door and turned to head further into the school, the feeling that today was not to be a good one hanging heavily on her shoulders. Her gaze wandered aimlessly as she walked the halls until the sight of fluttering red hair caught her attention. Reaching up she gently pulled the headphones off her head as she observed the twins from a short distance behind them. Seeing this as at least an opportunity to distract herself from her pessimistic state of mind she quickened her pace to catch up to the pair and put on a bright smile. "Good morning you two." Her smile became a bit more genuine as she looked down at the smaller of the two, Mika.

"Must be nice to have your sister in the same year as you, it's a bit lonely in my class." It was an effort mostly at small-talk but it was also the truth. What caught her eye next was the manga that little Mika was still gripping tightly. With a quick scan over the cover and title Yuko's eyes lit up with recognition. "Ah! I think I've read a bit of that one, it's the one where the main character's hand is replaced with an umbrella right? And he's always able to somehow use it to win fights and get out of sticky situations." As Yuko recalled the contents of the rather ridiculous story she could feel a giggle coming on. It was a very silly manga, the type she usually wouldn't read but she had seen it in her sister's room before and read it out of boredom. "Do you like it much?" She felt a bit better already, funny how that seemed to work.

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The bus made reading more difficult then she would have liked, the confounded vehicle jostled even on these flat roads. Despite the bumpy nature of the bus it hardly stopped her from enjoying the read, it was a delightful action piece which took itself wonderfully not serious. Her twin was also quiet during the ride, her nose sank into English notes. The trip ended and following the flow she dropped the manga from her face got off the bus. Once entering the fresh air Mika stretched her arms into the air, she noticed Haru out of the corner of her eye and went to wave, when Ume suddenly grabbed her and dragged them inside to the shoe lockers.

Mika placed her manga onto the ground as she changed her shoes, not wanting to toss it into her bag. Keeping it out felt better, for some reason throwing it into her schoolbag made her feel like she couldn't take it out for another good while. Again Ume seemed to be flustered by some sort of emotion because shortly after switching shoes Mika was again tugged along, heading towards the classrooms. Not long into their trip through the hallways however a voice reached the pair, a good morning greeting from Haru's older sister Yuko. Mika naturally smiled in response to being interacted with, halting Ume in her march to class, or at least separating from her grip to indulge the conversation.

"Heh, yeah I guess tis pretty good ta always got me sis' with me," Mika did some sort of smirk as she replied to the comment of their sisterly bond. No family in the city could stand up the adorable sisterly bond of the Yoshida's! Then a topic of greater interest came up, Yuko commented on the manga Mika still held in her hand. She had read it too? Mika's eyes brightened up as spoke of it, Ume never had a huge interest in manga so she mostly talked about it with Haru. Haru however was rather scary to have a differing opinion with, and now a kid who rivaled her own vast levels of cuteness had appeared and wanted to talk.

"Yeah yeah, I've got quite da likin' for it! I can tell from yer giggle ya also enjoy da ridiculous story tellin', I'm always a fan of somethin' bein' silly and action packed!" At the moment Mika raised her left foot into the air, balancing on her right heel as she performed some sort of ridiculous in place spin that made her twintails lash about, coming out of with if with one arm outstretched supporting a finger gun. "Secret Move: Red Tornado Shot," Mika semi-shouted as she narrowed her eyes at Yuko, the serious eyes only lasted two seconds as Mika proudly placed her hands on her hips and smirked, "If ya 'preciate manga like dat, what do ya think of ma work in progress secret move!

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Shirudo shifted in his seat, a constant feeling of uneasiness tingling down his spine. Even though it appeared that his expression hadn’t changed by the slightest, he was a little distressed. At this point, he was used to riding buses. Yet the hardship caused by such automobiles left a permanent scar on the boy’s heart, one which will never fade out of reality. It will forever be there, embedded into his soul. Unlike the scar spanning his chest, it isn’t visible, it’s something he must deal with on his own. Most people would never want to even set foot in a bus after going through a traumatic event of that sort. But Shirudo was a realist, a stoic student who quickly wraps his mind around the situation before him, and accepts it as the one and only truth. His mind was slowly drifting off into reminiscense, until the beeping of his phone broke him out of the trench wrenching at him. The student’s hand shot into his pants pocket and produced a handphone, which he quickly silenced. He quickly noted the gazes of student’s sitting around them. They were too busy chatting amongst themselves to divert their attention to a sudden ring, which was to Shirudo’s relief. He flipped open the phone and skimmed the screen, realizing that the text was from a club member, Rito. ”Clubs finally meet today, eh pres? How’s it been going with reeling in members. Though I know you’re not the… talkative one.”

Shirudo narrowed his eyes at Rito’s blatancy, but he would refrain from getting into needless bashing. After all, destroying club members through text wasn’t exactly his forte. He instead began to peck in a response, forcing his thin fingers against the keypad. He quickly glanced at Renya before continuing with his message. ”Well, looks like you owe me a 2.4K yen steam card, because I actually managed to get a member. She only recently learned of our club’s existence through me, to which she ecstatically wanted to join.” Shirudo sent the text, and almost instantly received a response. It was amazing how skilled teens were with cellular devices today. Might as well have them surgically attached to their hands. ”I’m not surprised she didn’t know we existed. Barely anybody does, with your marketing skills. It’s amazing we even get club funds. Wait a sec. She? Hato-san. Buffing your avatar, I see.”

Shirudo only sighed at the remark, he was about to reply to his clubmate before a figure suddenly moved through the corner of his sight. It sat itself in the seat adjacent to them as the bus spurred onwards, nearly making Shirudo lurch forward in his seat. He quickly flipped his phone shut and pocketed it, then looked over the newcomer. The boy’s eyes widened as he realized that the student council president was sitting next to them, with that ever-endearing smile of hers. Shirudo gulped back surprise at Kimiko’s sudden appearance, and only gave a solemn nod as a greeting. Flawlessly, she greeted Renya in her native language, though Hato was able to understand every word. His grades were almost on par with the president’s, but he has his own set of faults here and there. Shirudo was unable to deduce whether she greeted Sparks out of obligation as an individual of high moral, or out of the goodness of her heart. Maybe it was a mixture of the two. The boy perked up when the thought of the Gaming Club resurfaced from the back of his mind, ”Ah, yes, Kaichou. Oh, um, good morning…” The boy fumbled with his words, then finally composed a completely legible sentence.

”My club will have its member forms in early next week, along with fund derivations and set of activities.” He straightened his tie and took another sip of his beverage, quenching his throat dried from disuse. It felt a little disconcerning being in between two talkative individuals, it felt as if he was a barrier between the development of their conversation. Luckily, soon enough, the bus came to a halt at the school gates. His skinny figure was nearly crushed to death by the flow of students gushing out of the bus. The boy was also able to spot a familiar middle schooler, Yuko Oshiro. The girl had already slung a pair of headphones over her ears, meanwhile Shirudo get his own neatly tucked away in his messenger bag. ”I’ll talk to her later. Have to get to class alive first.” He thought to himself as he let out a quiet grunt, ushered by the constant movement of students. The student consciously kept Renya in check, then proceeded to the classroom with her in tow.

The scenery itself was nearly captivating, a lowly populated town unscathed by the ruthless clutches of industrialism. The establishment itself wasn’t too modern as well. To Shirudo, it looked like a generic school morning. Students were catching up, complaining, chatting, some were even ‘kyaaah’-ing. It was just the ordinary carousel of life, one which Shirudo rode nonchalantly on a weekly basis. After a quick change of footwear, he continued to the classroom. ”Almost… There… Just bear with it.” He mumbled to himself as he finally rounded a corner and sulked his way through the door. ”And, destination arrived. Phew.” Yet again, a miracle he hadn’t spilled his drink. The boy had spent years mastering the art of coffee physics. He laid down his messenger bag then slumped forward in his desk, waiting for the rest of his classmates to stroll on in. ”I think pres and her group should be here momentarily, then a few others, and that’s it.” He mentally ticked off students in his head as they entered the classroom. Soon, class would tick into session. ”So, how’re you liking it so far in Yamasaki, Renya-san?”

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Renya stepped off the bus with Hato-Kun, and already felt over whelmed. The school was so small compared to her old high school in Texas. She almost jumped when some girls walked over to Shirudo, and her. Renya suddenly got a surge of courage, and she decided to confront all the girls who walked up to her."Hello!Wait-" Renya covered her mouth, and forgot they spoke Japanese."Konnichiwa, I'm so so glad to be here~!" She smiled, hoping that she wouldn't get to shy once she entered the school. Renya looked at the schoolyard, it was way more beautiful and clean than her old school. "The trees are so pretty here.." She dazed off, not listening to the blonde hair girl speaking to her. Everything was just so different, it made her uncomfortable. 'I wonder if the teacher's are nice over here...' Renya smiled to her self and chuckled.

Renya finally snapped out of her daze and listened to the girl speaking. "I'm Renya." She managed to say, without freaking out when older students walked past her (older, cuter boy students). She drooled as they walked past, almost forgetting about Shirudo. 'So cute..' She thought, and almost squealed. The guy she was staring at reminded her of the Sims character she made when she was 14.

"When's school starting?I'm so confused." Renya said rubbing her head, and shot a smile at everyone who was around her.

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Kita Neighborhood || Yamasaki Academy || 7:31 AM || Friday

Haru had finished her laps, and since class was to start in about 20 minutes, the practice had been ended. "Oshiro! Practice is over, get changed and go to class!" Haru nodded to her coach and ran to get changed, looking up to the window in hopes of seeing her friend. Ume was apparently standing by the hall windows, chatting with Yuko, and Haru smirked before heading to the locker room. The other team members ignored her as usual. Her locker was in the back of the room, away from the others, which would've been an nsult if Haru actually cared.

Walking back out to the courtyard, she stuck her hand in her pocket to find something inside it, pulling out a piece of paper. Club reminder. "Crap!" Haru scanned the courtyard for Mori, praying she was nearby. She was. "Mori-san! I have the sign up sheet for the Music Club!" Haru rushed over to the girl, out of breath and worried. "Please! I know I've said it a million times before, but I just need a little more time to find members, I promise promise promise to have it in by Monday!" Haru pleaded.

For some reason, no one wanted to join the Music Club, and even after three weeks Haru was still the only member. Even her musical prodigy sister didn't have enough time for an after school club. Today had been the third time extension Haru had been given and she had spent the entire week trying to recruit members, making flyers and at one point performing one of her songs in the auditorium during volunteer hours. Still, no members. "Just give me one more chance."

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Yamasaki Academy|7:35 AM|Friday
Kimiko went over everything in her mind to make sure she wasn't forgetting anything when someone called her name. "Mori-san!"

The Student Council President turned to find Haruka Oshiro running towards her. "I have the sign up sheet for the Music Club!" Haru rushed over to the girl, out of breath and worried. "Please! I know I've said it a million times before, but I just need a little more time to find members, I promise promise promise to have it in by Monday!" Kimiko raised an eyebrow; that would make four time extensions and the blonde girl had already passed the limit. She bit her lip and glanced back at her two friends before turning back to the Oshiro girl. "Just give me one more chance." Haruka pleaded and Kimiko dropped her shoulders in defeat.

"I can't give you another extension, Oshiro-san. Maybe you should find some people not involved in clubs, like Ume-san for example. I know she needs the interaction and you're in the same class. And, chances are, if you get Ume, her sister will follow. Then you have the three minimum requirement," she suggested. Ume really did have to get out more. The only time she did anything during the week was to go to their tutoring sessions. Even then, she occasionally asked Kimiko to come over to her house.She placed a hand on Oshiro's shoulder, "If you can get three members by the end of the day- which means after club activities and sports are done- I will not shut down the Music Club. Otherwise, I have no choice. I'm sorry."

She hated telling people things like that, but there were times when she had to be responsible and act like a proper student council president and the middle school had to have their forms turned in by the end of today, unlike the high school students, which had more detailed and more difficult forms. She offered Oshiro a small smile and walked inside with her friends. After slipping out of her outside shoes and into her slippers, she made her way to the Student Council room. She passed her own classroom and popped her head in, "Don't forget to turn in your club activity forms by Monday, everyone."


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Ume let her sister and Haruka's older sister interact, seeking glances at the younger Oshiro as she ran laps around the track. She looked so pretty when she ran, which seemed strange, considering she was probably all sweaty and smelled terrible. Eventually, Haruka disappeared inside and Ume was forced to listen to the conversation about manga. It didn't interest the redhead much, but she decided to get something useful done while they talked.

With a sigh, she pulled her camera out and snapped a picture of the two talking girls. It probably startled Yuko, but Ume didn't wait to see. When Haruka ran past them, saying something to Mori-senpai about a club, she snapped a picture of the two of them and Mori's two friends. She wished she could get some up close shots of Haruka with her beautiful black hair and doe-like brown eyes, but that was just a small notion. "We need to get to class, Mika-chan," she told her sister before bowing to Yuko. "It was nice talking to you, Oshiro-senpai."

Before Mika or Yuko could reply, Ume latched onto her sister's arm and dragged her to their classroom. Ume sat in the back next to the window, Mika sat in front of her, and Haruka sat next to her. She glanced at Haruka's seat and noted that it was still empty, meaning she was probably still talking to Mori-senpai.

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With a bright smile Yuko nodded along to Mika's words. "Well, actually such books usually aren't my thing but this one was certainly... Charming." Another light giggle escaped her lips as more amusing memories surfaced. "I typically read fantasy, often have a good deal of action but they're rarely focused on comedy like this one." Rather suddenly Mika twirled to action in an impressive (and adorable) feat of gymnastics culminated by a dramatic gun-like pose and a bold declaration of her secret move. Yuko's only immediate reaction was to blink. Too. Cute. It was only once Mika had resumed her more casual demeanor that Yuko finally broke free from her stupor. Smiling uncontrollably she gave a small round of applause for the little red-head before tapping her chin in thought. "Hm... Well, I think it was quite good. Certainly suits the mood of the manga, and actually, I'm quite impressed you managed to stop facing the right way after all that spinning, and you don't even look off balance. I look forward to seeing the finished version, maybe I'll even have thought up a special move for myself by then."


Mika certainly was a joy to be around. With a quick glance up and away from the tiny adorable creature Yuko spotted Ume not far off. She seemed to be listlessly lingering near the window before rather suddenly producing a camera and snapping a picture in her direction. Fortunately enough she happened to have been smiling already, she just hoped she looked alright in the picture. It was a little out of the blue but not too surprising all things considered. "Ah!" Had this been a cartoon, a lightbulb would have certainly appeared of Yuko's head as a look of recognition dawned on her. "Mika, you're in the same class as my sister right? Could you make sure to give this to her, she forgot to take it this morning." As she spoke she reached into her bag to retrieve a simple looking bento and held it out to the small girl before her. It wasn't more than a moment later that Ume took hold of Mika and snagged her away to class. Yuko blinked as she waved the pair off, "Was nice... Talking to you too." They hadn't really talked at all though, perhaps she would seek the pair out during lunch.

A small sigh escaped her lips as she closed the small distance to the window and peered out at the small number of students still milling about. Classes -were- starting soon but there was still some time, that and Yuko knew it wouldn't be hard to come up with some excuse for being late, the teachers adored her after all and for now the thought of heading to class was a slightly depressing one.

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Mika kept her grin as Yuko commented on her amazing work in progress technique, the finished product would ideally involve explosions but that plan may need to be altered. Yuko was going to come up with her own special move, this was some pretty great news! Finally someone to talk special moves with, Haru and Ume were hardly into things as 'silly' as these complex moves. It seemed Ume was snapping some pictures but at this point Mika barely took notice to her sisters photography, she could never take a bad picture while being this cute anyway!

Yuko then suddenly handed a bento to Mika, the request being to take it to Haru, simple enough. Taking it in one hand she swung up the other with a thumbs up, winking at the same time, "Quest accepted fair maiden!" Ume then grabbed her arm in the way she usually did, pulling Mika along to their next class as Yuko said her goodbyes. Mika waved with her free hand with too much vigor as she was taken away to the classroom. They arrived and the twins took their seats, it seemed the teacher was already here and Haru drifted in not long after them. Haru slunk into her desk looking rather down, just the job for the local resident cutie to cure and complete a quest at the same time.

"Pssshht! Harhar, yur big sis gave me dis ta give ta ya," she placed the bento onto the adjacent desk that was occupied by Haru. Mika gave a simple smile over to her friend as the homeroom teacher noticed the interaction. He didn't wish to stop talking so he shot a warning glare in the adorable redheads direction. Mika replied with a proud full faced grin before returning to fiddling her lollipop around to pass the time until classes ended.

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The boy was slumped over his desk, eyes now closed as the time of morning activities strolled on. After they opened a sliver, out of the corner of his peripheral vision, he could see Renya completely absorbed by new surroundings. It must have been breath-taking, suddenly becoming part of such a secluded community. Regardless of its sequestered place in this world, the city still thrived and developed its own infrastructure without leaning heavily on government sustenance. Within such a small town, everybody learn of each other at some point. Even though she has only moved in recently, Renya should become known by the community at some point. At least, that’s how Shirudo perceived it. Maybe it was just his hopeful thinking. He was about to speak up to his friend, when Kimiko suddenly poked her head into the classroom, with her advisors in lieu. ”"Don't forget to turn in your club activity forms by Monday, everyone."

She might as well have been the herald of death, bearing Shirudo’s untimely demise. The image of Itou reminding him about club documents suddenly flashed in his mind, only affirming the terror churning within. In a small span of moments, Shirudo’s blank expression slowly contorted into realization, surprise, and lastly, denial. It was Friday, which meant that there was only two eligible days to submit forms. ”It has to be today. I hope he’s already there.” He promptly thought to himself as he suddenly rose from his taciturn state with widened eyes. The student stepped out of his desk and swiftly slung his messenger bag over his shoulder. Shirudo then turned to Renya with a now determined look on his face, ”I’ll be back momentarily, Renya-san. Just have to quickly save my own hide. Maybe get to know some of our classmates? A few of them are interesting.” He spoke in a nonchalant voice, with a tinge of urgency. With that, he departed for the clubroom, walking at a brisk pace as his allotted time slowly dwindled. Luckily, the room was located relatively nearby, and within a minute’s time he was already at the double doors. Shirudo quickly flipped open his phone and glanced at the time, ”7:42. No time to lose.” He slammed the door open and stepped into the door frame, spectating the integrity of his clubroom.

It looked like an ordinary classroom, excluding the stash of junk food which Shirudo completely loathed, a few various consoles, and a figure standing near the panes of windows. The individual had his back faced towards Shirudo, with the sun casting down glamorous rays around him. The white-haired guy spun around with eligance and faced the club president with a heart-warming smile. He then parted his arms, as if he was inviting Shirudo into his embrace, then chirped away charmingly;

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Shirudo instantly crossed his arms over his chest, in a ‘x’ formation, and narrowed his eyes at the guy. ”Sorry, already reached the Bad Ending. Game over. Try again?” He hissed at the student as he proceeded to tend to the clubroom. ”What!? I already got the bad ending? What did I do? It was the morning confession, I had the angle of the sun shining perfectly behind me, a kind smile and arms ready to hug. It was how I unlocked Hia-san’s rou-” Shirudo raised his line of sight from the piling of games he was organizing, ”Wait, isn’t she ten or something?” Itou blinked his eyes, then shrugged, ”So?” Shirudo glared out him with disgrace, then shook his head. ”No time to talk about your failed attempts at 3D romance, we have to get our forms finished in the next ten minutes, or you can kiss your right to openly express your love for lolis goodbye.” Itou suddenly let out a cry of despair and got to work signing papers, motivated by saving his youthful heroines. ”Say, Kaicho. Aren’t forms due Monday? Why do we need them in today.” The second year abruptly froze in the midst of cleanup, then fixated a gaze of bewilderment onto Itou.

”Because, I’m sure there are many people waiting until Monday to turn in their club forms. And that means there’ll be a line, which I’ll have to wait on. And there will be other people on that line, people who will strike a conversation out of boredom. What if they try to talk to me? I can’t keep up a decent conversation for more than a few seconds. I can only experience so much angst until I falter.” Itou stared at the boy with a blank expression, then placed his face in the palm of his glove, ”Dear gods, what are we going to do with you?” He shook his head and allowed Shirudo to finish the last of the documents. ”Oh, and make sure all club members are accounted for today. We’ll be talking about tactics. Since we started midway through last year, this is our first time partaking in the Club Fair.” The second year looked his senior over, then let out a sigh, ”Your shirt’s untucked and your tie is loose. You have to look somewhat presentable. This is your last year, after all.” The boy compacted all of the sheets and slipped them into his bag. ”You only have ten minutes left. Better hurry, dear Kaicho.” Shirudo grunted and yanked the bag onto his shoulder, then proceeded towards the doors, ”See you later, Itou-senpai.” The boy broke into a sprint instead of his usual walking pace, as he was at the whim of the clock’s ticking hands. He could already feel his heartrate quickening, but he was close enough to the student council room to not have a serious problem. Then all of a sudden, he felt somebody tug at his collar, which quickly stopped him in his tracks. He nearly lost his center of gravity, but recovered as soon as he could. Shirudo spun around to face the person who halted him, taking the chance to catch a breather.

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Yuko began to hum absentmindedly a tune which she'd been practicing for the violin lately, it was a difficult piece but she was confident she could have it down within the week. As she watched from the window slowly but surely the number of wandering students dwindled as the beginning of class drew ever nearer. Feeling that she could delay no longer Yuko pushed away from the window with a sigh before adjusting her bags on her shoulder and turning to begin making her way to class. After only a single step however she came to a stop as the distinctive sound of feet slapping on the hard hallway floor came from around the corner ahead. Running in the hallways was of course against the rules but Yuko was willing to let the offender slide today, that was until she finally saw who it was.

'Round the corner came the bobbing figure of Shiudo Hato, huffing and puffing as his legs and arms pumped with great effort to propel him down the hallway. Dumbfounded by the sight she barely managed to react in time, reaching out to grab the boy's collar as he ran by. Shiru stopped dead in his tracks and turned to face Yuko who was looking none too pleased. With a furrowed brow and a stern voice she kept her grip tight on his collar, "Shiru! What do you think you're doing? Not only is running in the halls is against the rules but considering your condition it could even be dangerous for you." With a huff she released Shiru's collar and crossed her arms over her chest. She was certain of course that Shiru didn't need to be told these things, he knew quite them quite well after all but the need to scold the young man took precedence over logic for the moment.

Her expression softened as she sighed, a look of concern now painting her features though her arms will still firmly crossed over her chest. "So what's the matter? Where are you going in such a hurry?" It was quite rare to see Shiru in such a rush, he was usually so composed and reserved so to Yuko, whatever matter was at hand must have been important. Shirudo couldn't help but to feel a little bashful at the scolding, averting his eyes to the ground instinctively. He nudged the bagstrap into a firmer position, "Oh, sorry, I was en route to the student council room. Have to get these forms in before classes start." The boy caught his breath and looked down at the girl, then cocked his head. "I think my heart's able to handle a bit of running once in a while. But classes do start soon, and we both might be late. He flipped out his phone and let out a sigh of relief, skimming over the digitalized numbers on the screen. "But I understand, sorry for running. I apologize." He waited for Yuko's response, yet her cheeks were still puffed after reprimanding him. "Want to accompany me to the office? I'd feel more comfortable with somebody by my side. A few of those officers are kinda intimidating."

"As if I would have let you go alone after seeing that anyways." She gave a roll of her eyes but put on a small smile nonetheless. "C'mon, we might still make it in time and if not, I'm sure we could come up with an excuse." She spoke as she turned and began walking the familiar path to the student council room. "You really shouldn't have waited so long to turn in your forms though, I'm a little disappointed in you Shiru-chan." She couldn't help but smirk as she attempted to tease the boy. Shirdo could only narrow his eyes at Yuko, as he despised living the events of last winter, where the girl managed to convince him into wearing a maid's outfit. He pouted at the thought and continued to walk down the lively hallways. "We still have a few applicants here and there, and there are so many drifters that it's nearly impossible to get an exact amount. Most people are just submitting member forms, but the Gaming Club basically relies on funding to upkeep its activities. Might as well pick the fruit when its ripe, rather than waiting for other farmers to come along and snag a few. I could have waited until Monday, but I'm sure that's when most people are submitting documents of their own..." He shuddered at the image of waiting in line with others. The second year perked up as a thought crossed his mind, "So, how's it been going with your classmates, such as that guy... um, what was his name again?" Shirudo asked as his train of memory derailed.

A small giggle maanged to escape from Yuko's lips at Shiru's rather colorful explanation of funding and fruit. "You really needed people to sign on that badly? I'd think a gaming club would be more popular, or at least have some phantom members. You know you could've gotten me to sign on in name at least." Feeling a yawn coming on Yuko reached her hands up into the air in a stretch in a stretch in an attempt to conceal the sign of her fatigue, "Satoshi-kun? He's fine, why do you ask?" She glanced over at Shiru, her head inclined slightly to the side in curiousity. Shirudo glanced at the ceiling and shrugged innocently, "Can't say I have a reason, just gotta keep tabs on my friends, hm? And we just desperately needed members to tempt the council into giving us a little bit of extra funding. Even though we live in such a small community, it's amazing how creative and original people are around here. There are a lot of infantile clubs in need of feeding. Not a lot of grub to go around." He tightened his tie, propping up his formal tone of speech. "We're almost there. Let's hope Seitokaicho is in a benevolent mood." Such a fear was all but ironic, since Kimiko had never been seen in an angered state. She always retained her cool, something Shirudo respected the student council president for. "Oh, and here we are." He rummaged through the contents of his bag and produced the bunch of documents. With a nod of determination, the boy made a slight smile at the girl and then gently slid the door open after knocking. "Hello?" He asked while peeking his head into the council room.

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As Renya made it to class, she took in a deep breath before entering the classroom.She finally felt as if she was ready, and walked in. She tried to ignore the stares she got as she walked in. The teacher soon grabbed her and pulled her to the front of the room."Everyone!" He said, and got their attention, Renya watched as all the kids looked forwards.She noticed a few girls that she saw on the bus."This is Renya Sparks, she is new here, so I expect everyone to be nice!" He said, and Renay let out a sheepish smile, and sat at the back of the class room, not wanting to be greeted anyone else.Most of the people here were either talking to someone else, or staring at her.'Great..' She thought, and rolled her eyes.'I'm now officially stuck in hell.' She rubbed her head, and took out a book from her bag, and started to read, trying to distract herself from the stares.

She felt uncomfortable, and tense, so she kept reading.She didn't even understand what she was reading.'Ugh, Japan is so confusing..' Renya thought in fustration. She didn't even practice reading Japanese. Renya mentally slapped herself for that, and shook her head. Renya was to busy playing video-games, and eating.

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Character Portrait: Kimiko Mori Character Portrait: Yuko Oshiro Character Portrait: Haruka Oshiro Character Portrait: Ume Yoshida Character Portrait: Minami Sato Character Portrait: Mika Yoshida Character Portrait: Shirudo J. Hato Character Portrait: Saki Ryuu
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Yamasaki Academy|7:55 AM|Friday
Kimiko looked up when Hato entered with the older Oshiro girl. She smiled warmly at the two of them. "Hello, Hato-san, Oshiro-san,"
she greeted as she straightened out some of her papers. "If you have your club activity forms, you can put them in the basket over there and I'll look them over after school. Right now, I believe it's time for school."

As if on cue, the high school bell rang, signaling the start of classes. She gestured for everyone to leave the student council room and locked it behind her. With the others, she walked to the classrooms, bidding Oshiro a farewell when they passed her room. They entered the classroom moments before the teacher and settled down. Kimiko sighed as she took out her workbooks. This was going to be a long day...

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Yamasaki Academy|9:00 AM|Friday
Ume smiled at the idea of the of learning to play and instrument. No one had ever offered before. She looked over at Haruka to find that she had fallen asleep. Eventually, some drool started coming out of her mouth. Ume laughed softly into her hand and leaned over to poke the black-haired girl. "You might want to wake up, Oshiro-san," she whispered. She poked her again. "Oshiro? Wakey wakey...

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Character Portrait: Kimiko Mori Character Portrait: Yuko Oshiro Character Portrait: Haruka Oshiro Character Portrait: Renya Sparks Character Portrait: Satoshi Sato Character Portrait: Ume Yoshida Character Portrait: Minami Sato Character Portrait: Mika Yoshida Character Portrait: Akira Tsukino Character Portrait: Saki Ryuu
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Shirudo slowly peeked his head into the clubroom and took in the personnel already present. Most of the council wasn’t present, as they were most likely making their way to their morning classes. The only people he could spot was the tight-knit trio of Kimiko, Minami and Saki, all of them were relatively acquainted with the shy student. Almost instantly he received the green light to enter the room from the president herself. The boy timidly nodded and gulped back uneasiness as he slowly paced his way towards the basket. With one last glance at the parcels, he dumped them gently and nodded to the council. ”If at all possible, could we discuss club funds before my club meeting? I’d like to have a stable thesis before I begin to map out plans with my members.” The request wasn’t strong in its delivery by the slightest. It was a miracle it even left his mouth and were able to carry out every syllable through the medium of air. Before the president could respond, the bell abruptly rang and notified them that it was time to make way to their classes. Following suit, he filed out of the classroom behind the others, keeping in tow with Yuko. The girl’s classroom was in the middle of their route, and Shirudo bid the girl farewell with haste. ”I’ll see you during lunch, alright? Good luck surviving through the morning.” And with that, he gave the girl a minute bow before continuing onto his own classroom.

The boy sat back down in his seat next to Renya and let out a sigh of relief. Since the teacher was yet to arrive, he was half-tempted to begin paging through a manga magazine to kill the time. By the time he had arrived, his blonde friend had already introduced herself to the rest of the class. Such an act could never be accomplished with Shirudp’s calmness completely retained. He gave the girl a greeting smile and straightened his newsboy cap and tie, looking presentable. ”Oh, right. The Gamers’ Club will be having a meeting today. Would you be interested in shadowing and checking it out?” And now that the invitation was sent, Shirudo could rest assured that he had fulfilled all tasks he had set out to do that morning. Soon enough, the teacher had arrived and began yet another grueling lesson. By this point, the boy had gotten used to the monotone voice which dictated his academic career. It was a recurring cycle with no end, a constant revolution day in and day out. He glanced at the back of his classmates’ heads, deciphering which ones he somewhat knew. Along with being on good terms with a few high schoolers, he also knew a few middle schoolers in Yuko’s age range. In addition, he was surprisingly close to musician who was his nextdoor neighbor. All of them played their own part, strummed their own chords in his life. His very average life, if one would.