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Catheroura Sylvain

A friendly girl to people she find interesting. She's the cheerful cat-loving airhead who's got a bottomless stomach. And although she is always smiling, you wouldn't want to give her a bad mood.

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a character in “Strangers”, as played by xxwingless_angelxx

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Character's Name: Catheroura Sylvain

Gender: Female

Age: 16

Appearance: Straight shoulder-length black hair / brown, almond eyes / slightly tan skin tone/ ideal height but slightly underweight

Personality: smiley / (almost) always hungry / (most of the time) kind /emotional /

Other: Likes to read certain shojo manga and fantasy books, has hobby of making digital art.

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I wince when I hear my name called out loud. There's only one person that could be.

Scanning the crowded hallway, I spot Archlinne easily. She's the palest one here, and between that and her dark hair, there's no way you could miss her. I, on the other hand, am the exact opposite. I guess you could call me... inconspicuous? I don't stand out much. Which is good. Because I don't like to attract attention to myself. I was never used to it growing up.

Things changed three years ago, when Lyn started hanging out with me. I don't know how it happened. I was pretty used to flying under the radar. Then she got assigned to the seat next to mine, asked to share a textbook, and the next thing I know, she 's chattering away as if we hadn't just met 30 minutes ago. She didn't seem to care that strict Mrs. Fredberg was trying to bore holes into her with her eyes. People stared at me. For the first time. We got thrown in detention on her first day. A bunch of stuff like that happened, and before I knew it, we were friends.

Lyn's impatient voice fills the hallway, "Jeez Kai, hurry up will'ya!", she yells, waving animatedly the whole while.

More people start to take notice of her, and inevitably, me.

Seriously, she knows how I feel about things like this... I sigh to myself and wave back as subtly as possible, before trying to get her to shut it by making the universal Shush sign, index finger in front of mouth. Of course... it doesn't work.

"What do you mean "shut up"? Just get on over here!"

I sigh again. Okay, okay, I'm going, I'm going.

I move quickly through the crowd, attracting even more stares. In my haste, I get careless and bump into someone.

She stumbles back a bit... and falls flat on her butt. Shit!

"Hey, you ok?" I hold my hand out to her. She looks at me with brown almond eyes.

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"I'm fine." I replied. And with a smile, I got up with some serious-looking guy's help.

"Thanks" I said, while patting my skirt, trying get the dirt off. (Phew! Good thing I was wearing shorts!)

"I'm sorry about that. I was being careless" He said, trying to apologize.

"Its okay, it was my fault too. I should have been more careful myself." I replied.

"Kai~!!" A girl shouts from afar. Probably his friend.

The guy waves his hand to the girl while mouthing the words, 'wait a second'.

"I have to go now, her voice is way to loud to stop now." He said this while sighing.

That was when we realized everyone eyes were fixed on us.

Then he went on his way. Quickly, but more carefully. When everyone saw this, they went back to what they were doing.
I looked at where he was untill I couldn't see him anymore.
That guy seemed nice-- well, despite the fact that he made me fall.

I turned around to see where I fell, and I saw bits of food with chocolate and a Procky Sticks wrapper, which reminded me of my chocolate Procky Sticks. I can't wait to eat them on the way home!........................where's my Procky Sticks?

I gasped....................... "MY PROCKY STICKS!!!"

I must've sat on them when I fell! My hand was behind my back while I was holding them. Good thing my hand was okay. But now my snacks are all crushed to pieces! I'm such an idiot, I knew I shouldn't have thrown the box!
What was that guy's name again?...........well anyways, I have to find him. He owes me some Procky Sticks!



I ended up going to the convenience store to buy myself a steamed bun to snack on. That guy is probably on his way home by now anyways......And I take back what I said about him being nice.

When I was outside the convenience store, I saw a box with a note that said
'please care of this little guy, I have no time for him.'

I opened the box--and inside there was a sleeping kitten, which I just woke up unintentionally. I just love cats so much, that I ended up researching about them in the past.

"......KAWAII~!!!"

Was my first reaction which I learned from that anime I borrowed from someone. The kitten had gray fur with blue eyes, and looked about 3-4 months old, which means it can take in solid foods already. I gave it some of my steamed bun and watched it eat. When it was asleep, I closed the box. I know I can't take care of it. I know Its way too much for me. But that was probably enough food for it to stay alive longer. And that was enough to make me happy.

With a my mood back to normal again, I headed home.

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I wonder how that kitten is doing, is it still in that box, or not? Was someone kind enough to take him home? All I could do was wonder in my apartment alone. I never knew leaving home for an easy school to pay for was going to be this lonely.... And I already forgot how hard it was to make friends at a new school, since I was at the same school on elementary and middle school with the same friends.

Anyways, what should I do now? I already finished coloring that anime character I made on Photoshop, and the pizza I ordered. I should probably just go and order a DM burger for dinner or something, its not really that far. Yeah, I'll just do that.

After I locked the door, I looked at the view behind me. That's right, I was on the second floor of the apartment building, I forgot about that. I walked to the view, and leaned on the railing. Wow, I've got a beautiful view, too. There's my school, and that convenience store. And not far from here is DM burgeria, but most of people only call it DM. There's a path nearer to it, but the place has lots of trees. Oh well, nearer is better. I never knew how close everything was in a town, compared to a city, its actually pretty convenient. Oh yeah, I better get going.

While I was getting closer to what looked like even more trees, I saw this guy not too far away from me. Looks like he's following someone. I decided to see what he was up to, so I hid behind the trees in the left side of the street. My burger can wait, in the meantime i'll chew on these candies in my pocket.

After a while, I started to see the trees shrinking in numbers, so I switched to the other side of the street, good thing he didn't see me. Then when I was behind him and the trees, I realized there was a girl sitting on a bench with her eyes closed. So that's who he was following.

The girl opened her eyes and said, "Umm… can I do anything for you?”, looking a little uncomfortable.

“Uh. It’s just that, I wanted to apologize properly from bumping into you awhile ago.” the guy replied. This voice.... Then I realized who the guy was. He was the one who bumped me in the school hallway! So this guy bumped into someone again? Sheesh! He's so clumsy. Turns out he wasn't careful enough in the end.

I guess this is enough snooping around. At least I finally know what he was up to. Oh no! DM's almost closing! So I hurriedly retraced my steps in the shadows. Good thing I dropped the candy wrappers a while a go, I would have been lost!
When I finally got back to the main street and closer to DM, I saw a girl carrying a plastic with two burgers inside. Probably DChickens, since that's what the plastic says. I then realized she was approaching me. Wow, what a coincidence. Its the girl who was probably that guy's friend.

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*Beep Beep*

The sound of my cellphone ringing disturbs the stillnes and makes me jump. It seems out of place here. And much too loud. I take it out of my pocket, more interested in shutting it up than anything. Until I see the screen. It's a message from Lyn:


Sender: Archlinne L'chimyre
Subject: Where d heck d'ya go, jerk?!!!!!

M tossin ur stuff n d river


Oh shit. Oh shit. I've done it now. I try calling her. She doesn't pick up. I find the path between the trees. Damn it, I was gonna hurry back, I just... forgot. She'll chew my head off for this. I sigh. I might still make it before she leaves the burger place. I break into a jog, looking at the ground to keep from tripping over tree roots. I notice flashes of color on the ground. Some kind of plastic? Slowing down, I pick one up.

Candy wrappers? But there weren't any here a while ago...

I look up ahead of me, and I see a girl with her back to me. I don't think I know her, but for some reason, my eyes are drawn to her puffy pink skirt. Where have I seen that before?

Ah! That girl from this morning! She's a transfer student, isn't she? But why is she here?

I reach out to tap her one the shoulder, "Hey--"

The moment I do, the strangest thing happens.

A high pitched shriek pierces the air. She turns around with unexpected speed, fisted hand on a collision course with my face, eyes clenched shut.

I don't know how, but I actually manage to move back and dodge in time! Didn't end there though. She probably threw a lot of force in that punch. Because when she missed, the momentum carried her whole body forward.

Straight towards me.

The unexpected weight catches me by surprise and I lose my footing. For a second, the horizon tilts. Then there's a dull thud. And all the wind gets knocked out of me.

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I sit beside Kai's bag, wondering what the heck has possessed that guy to leave a girl all alone on a newly opened food chain store, in a deserted place. I look at his bag, at least he left his bag, but what does he expect me to do with it, bring it home with me?? The nerve of that guy. I got his bag and placed it in front of me, I know he told me before to not rummage through his things, but its his own damn fault for leaving me all alone, with just his bag. There were only two zippers so I opened the first one inside was a pocket book, and a notebook, then I opened the next zipper, its smaller than the first one. I looked inside and found a pen, what the? where are his books?? I closed the zipper and settled his bag aside and finished eating my burger, I don't eat his, basically because I don't have a huge appetite, lucky for him.

I fished out my phone from my pocket after I've eaten my share of burger and texted Kai

Where d heck d'ya go, jerk?!!!!!
if he expects me to carry his stuff well his well wrong about that
M tossin ur stuff in d river
That should show him he can't mess around with me, I glance outside the window and see something pass by, it was so fast, that I wasn't able to catch whether its a human or something else, probably a human. I sighed. I was surprised to see a guy standing right in front of me.

"May I sit here?" he is very polite, and what surprised me is, he doesn't seem to be so scared looking at me
"Umm... Sure" and one thing for sure I'm nervous as heck, his eyes bore into mine, as if he can see right through me
"So, why are you all alone here?" he asked his eyes not leaving mine. It would have been a nice feeling if it was Kai doing that, but it wasn't, it was some random guy whom I just met, and he's very young, probably the same age as mine
"I..uhh... my friend.. umm.. I don't know, ditched me?" I wonder if it could be called ditching when he left his bag for my sake
"You're very pretty" I was too busy thinking probably, because when he said that I was caught aback
"Umm... thanks, you too, I mean handsome that is" okay I'm getting stupider by the second, he laughed at my response
"So umm.. can I ask you something, how old are you?" I hope he won't get mad at me for asking,
"What do you think?" his eyes smiled into mine
"Uh... 16?" he looked at me, oh no was he younger than 16, its freaking me out, he got so silent. Then suddenly he smiled
"I'm 18" now I'm the one surprised, abruptly without thinking I said
"You're so young!" he laughed again
"Thanks, I have to go now" he stood up then leaned close to my ears "nice meeting you Archlinne L'chimyre" then he left.

I'm wide eyed who the heck was that guy, I don't ever recall telling him my name, I don't even know his... Probably I'm tired already, that I think I'm seeing things, or probably I did tell him, but I just didn't remember since I was too tired.

I ordered another burger for my grandmother maybe she would like to have some, I won't give her Kai's share, after all it is Kai's share, besides I did promise I'll treat him.
I gathered all of my things, and left the burgeria, at the same time, I saw the girl, the same girl who bumped into Kai this morning at the school, and her hair was a mess. I decided to approach her probably; just probably she knows where he is.
When I was just a meter apart from her I forgot I left Kai's bag inside the store and turned my back around and ran back to the burgeria and took his stuff, he totally owes me, big time. I look at the window again, just to check if the girl was still there and how surprised I was, there on the path, was not just her, but also Kai, and the both of them sprawled on the sidewalk.

I went outside and stood at the end of Kai's feet

"What the heck are you two doing?" I glared down at them, it was awkward, totally awkward. I can see Kai was uncomfortable at the situation he was in. I bent down and settled Kai's bag at the end of his feet and placed one of the burger on top of his bag

"I'm off" then I left, without looking back, I don't know what happened after that, like I care, I'm used to it anyways, always being left behind

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Orange. All I see is orange.

It takes a second for me to realize that I'm actually looking at the sky, cast orange by the setting sun. Once that registers, a rush of sensation assaults me: a dull pain at the back of my head, the stinging of my probably scraped palms, a weight on my chest making it slightly harder to breathe...

Wait... a weight on my chest?!

I feel something push up against my chest and I look down. Hands, with feminine, slender fingers. It's that girl, from this morning. Feeling the places where her weight is settled against my body, I know without looking that this is very, very bad. If anyone finds us in this compromising position, I can't really blame them for anything they might think of to explain it.

Her almond eyes are wide with shock. She looks horrified, to say the least. I don't blame her. I probably look the same.

Before we even get a chance to start blushing, I hear approaching footsteps. I feel myself tense up. I can't get up. The girl makes no move to get off me. Either she doesn't hear anything, or she hasn't quite come to her senses yet. So someone just had to pass by this rarely-used street at this exact moment. If you really do exist, thank you, thank you, whoever you are up there.

"What the heck are you two doing?"

My blood runs cold at the familiar voice. She's standing right in front of me, just at the end of my feet, blocking the view of the sidewalk from the path. Lyn.

Her gaze is sharp and accusatory, although I'm not quite sure what she's accusing me of.

Before I get to say anything, she breaks eye contact and bends down to set what looks like my bag and something else on the ground. She turns around, and with her back to me, says "I'm off" in a voice that manages to sound both completely nonchalant and extremely cold at the same time.

"Lyn--" But she walks away without a backward glance. I don't know if she even heard me.

I lean my head back a against the ground, feel the slight warmth of the setting sun, and let out a loud sigh.

I feel a slight shift in the weight above me.

Without opening my eyes, I say, in a voice as casual as I can make it, "You know, you should really get off me now, while nobody else is looking."


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I stared at him blankly. It was the only thing I could do, because I had the habit of being an airhead when everything was too fast for me to process. I would even get into fight mode when I got surprised, but that was only when I was in deep thought, like what happened just now.

"Lyn--" this guy said, trying to call that girl, but she was too far for his voice to reach. But what he said did make me come back to my senses, which made me move a little.

"You know, you should really get off me now, while nobody else is looking." He suddenly says. Probably felt me move.

Anyways, I probably should listen to him. I got on my knees first, then on my feet. I heard him exhale. Wow, did I gain some weight, or something? then, I held out my hand, smiled, and said, "Hey, you ok?" And he looks at me with his brown eyes.

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She smiles at me, of all things.

I'm flat on the ground, finally properly using my lungs after she gets her weight off me, and she just holds out her hand to me and smiles.

I don't know what to make of this. It's not the reaction I'm expecting. Not after she tried to punch me when I just barely tapped her shoulder. Then we end up in an embarrassing situation more suited to some cheesy soap opera than my life, and she just smiles and tries to help me up?

I don't get this girl.

But her hand is waiting, and I take it. She helps pull me up with a little tug, and I'm surprised again by how strong she is. She's a just a little shorter than me, and I made a fuss of it earlier, but weight-wise, she probably isn't that heavy. Lyn is probably heavier. I know from when I had to half-carry her one time when she sprained her ankle.

Lyn. I look at the direction of the sidewalk at the end of the path.

I really did it this time. Even I'd be pissed if I found out I got ditched by my best friend, out-of-the-blue, with no notice, even while I'm treating them, just so they could mess around with some random stranger. That's probably what she concluded, based on that reaction. Seriously, as if I was the type to go fooling around with girls, in bushes, no less. She probably never thought that it might have been an accident. All the blood rushes to her head when she gets mad. That's Lyn for ya--

A light cough interrupts my thoughts. I look at the girl. She's looking expectantly at--Oh! Her hand! Jeez.

"Oh, er, sorry!", I drop her hand quickly. I sneak a look at her face. It might just be me, but I thought she looked amused by my reaction. I look at my feet as I adjust my glasses that had become slightly askew.

Great. Now she probably thinks I'm some socially awkward loser.

I don't know why the embarrassment hits me now of all times. She doesn't say anything and I feel more awkward by the second, so I venture,

"So... you're a transfer student, right? I'm Kai Kira," my hand flies to the back of my neck. I look at her and try a casual smile, "Sorry, I keep bumping into you."

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Haha. I repeated what he said to me when he bumped me at school. I wonder if he realized? Oh well, no need to tell him, he might get the idea that I'm evil or something.

I helped him up, but he doesn't seem to let go of my hand. I continue staring at my hand, he doesn't seem to know he's still holding it. He must thinking about lots of stuff. I'll see what happens if I don't tell him anything. This is the perfect time to make fun of him! Now, let's see his reaction...

"Oh, er, sorry!" He drops my hand quickly. pfft. That was hilarious! But, I shouldn't let him know I was laughing at him in my head, that'll be unpolite... pfft.

And because of that, we approach an awkward silence. He stops it by starting a conversation...

"So... you're a transfer student, right? I'm Kai Kira," he smiles. "Sorry, I keep bumping into you."

"It's okay, although it was my fault this time. Sorry about that. I tend to be like that when I get surprised!" I replied while smiling. "I'm Catheroura Sylvain, but you can call me Cat." I bend down to get his bag and his burger for him.

"What class are you in? I'm in class A, what about you and your friend?" I asked while stretching both hands to him with his burger on the left, and his bag on the right.

"Thanks." He said while accepting them both. "Me and Lyn are in Class A too. I guess that makes us classmates."

Then, realizing that I'm getting pumped up by the idea of having a friend, I try my best not to show the excitement in my face. I don't care if we're not close friends, as long as I know that I'm not going to be alone anymore.

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So her name's Cat, well Cath--something. Damn, that name's a mouthful! Why do girls have such complicated names? Ah well, Cat is easy enough to remember.

She mentioned being in Class A. So she's a classmate of mine. That's strange. I don't remember her being introduced this morning... But that was probably just me zoning out again. I don't really pay much attention in class. And today was the first day. I was even more out of it than usual.

I glance at her. She grins brightly. Is it just me, or does she seem really happy for some reason?

A light breeze rustles the trees and suddenly, I'm reminded of where we are, and of the swiftly fading sunlight. The sky's already turning into that twilight purple-blue color. It was time to get out of here and go home. Here in Willow Creek, no one goes anywhere near the woods at night. If you asked anyone why, they probably wouldn't be able to give you a very satisfying answer. I suppose you could get lost, since we don't have a whole lot of streetlights. But really, it's mostly just one of those small town things. Everybody's great-great-great-grandpa or whoever ancient ancestor did it, so we just keep doing it. The teenagers get rebellious every now-and-then, but aside from that, it's a pretty ironclad rule.

"It's getting dark. We should get going", I say, perhaps a little too seriously, but Cat doesn't seem to notice. She keeps on her smile and follows me the few steps out of the path and to the sidewalk.

"It was nice meeting you. See you the next time we bump into each other", I smile and wave as she goes off in the opposite direction. She yells out her goodbye, waves back enthusiastically, and goes on her way. I turn and walk into the other direction.

After a few steps I take out my cellphone. I sigh.

There's zero chance she'll pick up if I call. So I type out a message instead.

Recipient: Archlinne L'chimyre
Subject: Sorry

It's not what you think.


I erase that. It just sounds wrong somehow. I type out something else.

Recipient: Archlinne L'chimyre
Subject: I'm sorry

Thanks for my bag. And the burger. I owe you one. Tomorrow's my treat.


I doesn't quite feel contrite enough, so I add:

Then you can ditch me too if you feel like it :)

I hit send and hope that it'll be enough for her to at least consider talking to me tomorrow. I sigh and continue to walk.

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The sky's gotten darker now, so I head home walking to the main street. I don't think its safe to go through the forest anymore.
But somehow, I feel like I forgot to tell him something....
Oh yeah, I remember now!.... no, wait. I don't think that was right....uh....That's right, he owed me Procky Sticks!!

Great, how am I going to tell him now. I was getting really excited about having a friend. Oh well, he gave me his cellphone number. Wait, I forgot to tell him my cellphone number! No wait, If I have his number, I can send him a message telling him that its me texting him. Uh, I'm really starting to get dumber by the second!

Anyways, I was supposed to buy a burger for dinner! DM is probably closed by now. That pizza should be enough for a normal person's dinner. Now I'm starting to think that I might not be normal, 'cause for some reason I'm still hungry.

Me and my parents went to the doctor before they sent me to Willow Creek, just to be sure that I wouldn't get sick so easily by the time I start living here. The doctor said I didn't have any problems, just a big appetite, but I never really gained weight for some reason. I might have a super stomach in a parallel universe, or something.

As I see my apartment up ahead, I think about sending a message to Kai. Nah, that encounter should be enough for now. I don't really think he's the kind who likes talking too much, so. By the time I was walking up the stairs, I got the key to my room beforehand. Before I went in, I stole a glance of the view. I realized that this building was pretty tall, because I saw almost everything even though I was still on the second floor.

When I decided to get inside, I went in front of the door, unlocked it, then turned the knob. I turned the lights on before getting inside. By the time I was inside, I shut the door and locked it again. I did that every time I got in. Its kind of weird, but it became a habit of mine. I'm not really paranoid, or anything.

I don't feel sleepy yet. Why don't I make another character in Photoshop? That'll be fun. Good thing my parents allowed me to bring a laptop here, I would have bored myself out! So I turned my laptop on. Why don't I try making a guy this time? Its a good way to make myself not too used to drawing girls. I was never that good in drawing boys in the first place, but I have enough patience to practice today.
When I sat on the chair, I felt my cellphone in my pocket, so I took it out, and placed it on the table next to a bag of potato chips. I opened Photoshop, and started drawing the base while munching on some chips, letting time pass by.

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I finish the drawing, but its still colorless. I always do the coloring on another time when I finish a drawing, so when I get bored, I have something to do. The drawing is a guy listening to music on his headphones, trying to sleep. Its not that bad actually, compared to my other drawings of guys.

I look at the laptop's digital clock 1:39 AM. Uh oh, I gotta sleep now. I haven't even changed yet! I quickly turn the laptop off after making sure I saved my work. It would be a shame if it wasn't saved. Then, I went to change into a sleeveless shirt and mini shorts. I turn the AC down, so it doesn't get too cold in the morning, and quickly throw the junk food's wrapper into the trash can. I turn the lights off, turn my nightlight on, and get into bed. At least I could sleep, now that my excitement's toned down. After that, I drift into a good night's-- well, good morning's sleep.
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BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP!!!
I wake up with the sound of the kitten-designed, voice-activated, digi clock.
BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEE--
I shut it off with a drowsy, but clear "I'm awake". I used to love the idea of a voice-activated clock when I was a kid, but for some reason, it really annoys me now. But since I already woke up, I can't really go back to sleep no matter what I do, so I sit down, then I lay down the other end of my bed. Its funny 'cause when I do that, it actually helps when I try to wake up in the morning. After about five minutes, I get on my feet. I turn to see what time it is. 6:07 AM. Five hours of sleep, huh? That's probably enough to last me a day.

I go to the fridge to see what's for breakfast. There's some cereal and fresh milk. I grab them both and set them on the table. I get a bowl and a spoon, and eat up. By the time I finish eating and washing the bowl, I go in the bathroom, and take a shower. I turn the knob from lukewarm, to cold. I've always preferred cold compared to hot. Cold room, cold drinks, and even cold bath water. After the bath, I brush my teeth, then I get dressed into my new school uniform. It didn't really seem right to wear it yesterday, so I'm wearing my uniform for the first time today.

By the time I finished eating, changing, and preparing my stuff, I turn my nightlight off. When I was reaching for it, I saw the clock. 06:37 AM. Its almost seven. After checking if I left anything on , I head outside and lock my door. Before going straight to school, I went to the convenience store to buy some snacks, if ever I wanted to eat anything.

When I exited the store, I looked at where the kitten's box is supposed to be, but to my surprise, there was nothing there. I hope the person who took it is taking care of it right now. After realizing I was staring at that spot for a while, I face front to continue my walk to school, but first, I look at my wristwatch. 6:46 AM. I should probably hurry now, so I try to walk faster.

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I guess I wasn't walking very fast. By the time I got to school, it was already around seven. Most people probably get to school two times faster if they came from the convenience store like me. I recall these things while sitting on my chair in the classroom. Oh well, as long as I wasn't late, I'm sure its fine.

I look at my watch; 7:08 AM. Wow, the teacher's not here yet. Class is going to start in three minutes. Just when I thought about that, the class rep waves at Lyn, and says something. "Hey you! Can you do me a favor and get the teacher for me? I don't wanna get in trouble again. Thanks!" after this, he goes back to laughing with his friends about something. Someone there probably mentioned the teacher.

Lyn rolls her eyes, but she's probably going anyways. I can tell, 'cause she's putting her stuff back in her bag.

I suddenly hear a girl whisper, "Sheesh, I can't believe how lazy the class rep is. Remember last year? He never changes."
" I know right?! Why's he class rep again, anyways? Its just because he's popular, right??", the other whispers back.
"Yup. No doubt about it."
"Anyways, have you heard of that new teen star?"
"Yeah. I think he's hot, don't you think so too?"

Uh, I don't wanna listen anymore..... hm, popularity, huh? They should've picked someone more responsible to be class rep. He probably just bosses around random people, like Lyn.

Once I see her walking to the doorway, I fish for a fantasy book in my bag. A friend told me to read it, so she gave it to me before I left the city. Its a good way to kill time without being disturbed. I don't notice anyone doing anything interesting, so this should be the best possible way. When I finally find the book, I check the time. 7:09 AM. I'll just read the prologue. Once I start reading books, I don't pay attention to what's happening around me.... well, there's no one to talk to, so this should be fine.

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I close the book and looked at the watch. 7:12 AM. I finished chapter one along with the prologue, and yet Lyn hasn't come back yet. It seems Kai hasn't arrived too. I would've thought he left the classroom to get something from his locker, but his bag isn't on his chair. Then again, he might have left his bag in his locker, or maybe he's just absent. If he was absent, I hope I don't get any news about a broken spine, or something. That would be insane! No way I'd be that heavy! Anyways, I wish he wouldn't be absent...

Lyn hasn't come back too. I wonder if anything's up. Maybe the teacher isn't in the faculty room, and Lyn has to look for her. Lyn. I wonder what her full name is. What if Lyn is just a nickname made because her name was to long? That would make her almost like me, like how my name is shortened to Cat...Wow, I sure do wonder a lot about random things.

Then I come back to my senses. The first thing I notice is a weird feeling. That feeling when you think something's out of place, or when you get nervous, but you’re not. Its really hard to describe.

My friends made fun of me when I told them about this feeling. They said stuff like 'ooooh~ Cat can feel the bad spirits!', or something like, 'the souls are within reach!’ I always thought this was just them being all interested in the supernatural and stuff like that, since it was really popular at that time. Anyways, I’ve always thought it was just my gut feeling.

In the middle of my thinking, someone near the door suddenly shouts, "The teacher is comiiing!!". Everyone starts running like headless chickens-- except the chickens where trying to get to their seats and hiding their cellphones.

By the time the door opened, everyone was already in their seats. The teacher comes in with a smile. Behind her is L--Kai?! How?...My guess would be that Lyn saw Kai while she was on her way, and dragged him along with her. Just as I thought, Lyn was there, but she was behind him, silent. very silent...

Most of the people I've met would be shocked at how accurate I was at guessing stuff, must be a gift. But if I knew they would be together, I would imagined their entrance differently. Kai would have been behind Lyn, while she dragged him by the wrist. I think her personality is like that. Maybe she's just being like this because she's in front of everyone.

Before I realized I lost my gut feeling for a while, it comes back. This doesn't seem right. I want to ask, but that feeling says I should just observe. But you can try asking for Procky Sticks-- if you remember to do it.....I will remember, just you wait, brain!!

"Wow, I'm surprised to see everyone in their seats, the class representative is doing a great job! This class is wonderful, two people even volunteered to come and get me! Such nice kids." the teacher smiles.

I smile at the thought of how the teacher has no idea what really happened. She will probably never know what really happened. And how much of a jerk the class representative really is. My face turns expressionless.

I glance over to Lyn. She's still silent in her chair. I wonder what happened? I'm pretty sure something's bothering her, I just don't have an idea. Even though she's normally silent, her eyes are always wondering around the room, but right now, she's staring so hard on her palms, I wouldn't be surprised if she bores a whole into them. Did something bad really happen? I wonder, hoping an answer would suddenly hit me hard...

"My, I'm sorry for being late! I'll start the class right away!"

There's no pain at all.

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Morning classes were a blur.

I tried my best to pay attention, I really did. It just didn't seem to be working. And I couldn't even take a nap, not even in friggin' history with Mrs. Fredberg! Stuff kept tumbling around in my head. That guy just now, Lyn, Cat, and... I almost forgot... that girl. The one in the clearing.

The moment I start thinking about her, for some reason, I can't stop. Nah. I know why. It's because she was the one I knew the least about. Who was she? Someone's relative? A tourist? Or just someone new in town? But if she was, how did she know about that place with the burned down trees? Was she even here, right now, in this school, introducing herself?

But transfers are a rare thing here. By the end of the day, most everyone knows if somebody new has transferred in. Which brings me back to that guy. Lyn's ex-boyfriend--God, that's weird; even just saying it in my head is weird--Why was he even in the faculty room in the first place? To see Lyn? But I don't think he even talked to her when we were there...

And around and around it went. When the bell rang for the last time that morning, I was sick of myself. Food. Food will fix me. I lean back in my chair and close my eyes as all around me, the sound of closing books, zipping bags, and scraping chairs fill the room as people leave. With my head tilted back over my chair, I sigh.

Oh yeah! Crap, I forgot. I straighten myself on the chair and look around. I catch sight of her just as she's heading for the door. Good.

"Hey, Cat!" I call out. She stops and turns to look at me, tilts her head a little.

"Wanna get lunch with me and Lyn?" I continue.