Announcements: Initiative: Promoting Forum Roleplay » Universe of the Month! » Finding Universes to Join (and making yours more visible!) » Guide To Universes On RPG » Starter Locations & Prompts for Newcomers » RPG Chat — the official app » USERNAME CHANGES » Suggestions & Requests: THE MASTER THREAD »

Latest Discussions: Empty Skies » Does Mind Affect the World? » I have an announcement. » Iskjerne Ballad by dealing_with_it » Viking Music / Norse Songs - Germanic Paganism » Capitalism » Panspermia: a Case for Cordyceps » The Ethics on owning a Housepet » I just really had to share this plot idea. » Materialism » Satire & Comedy » Platonic numbers » No complaints (a little bit of rappin) » Any multi-player roleplay videogamers here? » Needing a woman's perspective on a concept » Gluts and Gaps » Universal Basic Income » Impending Pursuit Q&A » Eudaimonia » Loot! »

Players Wanted: Long term partner to play an older male wanted » DEAD! » Looking for new RP Buddy(s)! » Sands of Oblivion » Looking for Role Players to join an active universe » Looking for Empire of Cendalia Players » Seeking Roleplayers for The Isekai Wonderland Project » Hadean The Brave - Fresh Blood » Just a trophy of status - long term, story focus! » Kingdom come looking for roleplayers » The Last Dragon! » Roleplay Return for 1 x 1 » Players wanted for a science fiction adventure. » Players needed for Fantasy Romance reboot » One(1) male & Two(2) Female Roles OPEN <3 » Talmora: Kingdom of magic » Looking For A New Partner » Hellboy characters » 18+ Writing Partner [Fantasy, Romance, Etc.] » 18+, Multi-Para to Novella Writers please! »

0
followers
follow

Kaoru Sakurano

"I'm just your problem."

0 · 526 views · located in Furushima Academy

a character in “The Awakening: A New Generation”, as played by bugprince

Description

Image
Image




"Sorry I'm not made of sugar. Am I not sweet enough for you?"

Dialogue Color#FF6699
Thought Color#FF99CC



Name
Kaoru Sakurano
Nicknames/Aliases
Fracture
Age
16
Gender
Female
Sexual Orientation
Homosexual
Academy Year
Tenth
Birth Date
May 15th




Image
Image
Hair
Shoulder-length and messy. Her hair is naturally brown, but it's dyed pastel pink.
Eyes
Yellow
Height
5'1"
Weight
125 lbs
Body Build
On the thinner side of average build
Physical Mutations
None, unless she's using her power.
Notable Scars
A lot of small, faded scars all over her arms, from transformations.
Piercings and Tattoos
None
Casual Wear
She's a pretty sloppy dresser, preferring t-shirts and jeans over anything fancy. For special occasions, she usually wears a red leather jacket. She mostly wears black, grey, or dark red, but isn't afraid of little splashes of bright or pastel colors.
Face Claim
Haruko Haruhara - FLCL





Image
Personality
Kaoru is chill. She's quiet and calm and rarely loses her cool. Under this stoic exterior is a completely weird sense of humor. Kaoru is fond of overly complicated insults and surrealism and she's always ready with a snarky, deadpan comment. She's an introvert through and through and tries to stay as far away from social situations as possible. People just stress her out. Speaking of, she gets stressed and drained very easily, and rather than getting anxious or nervous, she just gets tired. She spends a lot of time sleeping and has trouble staying awake when she's anywhere comfortable. In fact, even when she's not comfortable she can still fall asleep easily. It's not unusual to see her curled up in a corner, taking a nap. It's kind of hard for her to be serious, but when she is, she can actually give you some pretty good advice if you need it.
Strengths
  • She plays the bass guitar, and she's damn good at it. She plays it for stress relief, and doesn't often play in front of people (unless she's not alone). She played in a punk band before she left for Furushima. She loves music and is never without a pair of headphones (whether she's wearing them or not).
  • If you're stressed out, being around her is a breath of fresh air. Her chill demeanor and sense of humor are very calming, making her a good person to vent to.
  • She loves graffiti art. She likes to create it herself and her designs aren't bad.

Weaknesses
  • She has zero energy. She sleeps way too much and doesn't last long in physical activities.
  • In stressful situations, she checks out really quickly.
  • When transformed, she's reckless and doesn't care about what or who she damages.

Fears
  • She hates what happens when she uses her powers, and is scared that she'll hurt innocent people.
  • She's really scared of heights. She tries to stay as far away from ledges as possible.
  • She has an irrational fear of horses.




Image
Image
Power Name
Bone Manipulation
Power Class
Mutation
Power Description
Kaoru can manipulate the shape of her own bones. She uses the power to create protruding spikes and club-like shapes from her arms. These transformations only affect the bones, so her physiology doesn't change to accommodate the new structure. In other words, transforming will break the skin and cause pain and blood loss. Another effect of her power is that she has high pain tolerance and quick healing. Because of this, the transformation doesn't leave lasting damage and the broken skin repairs fast with only minimal scarring.
Power Limitations and Weaknesses
  • Changing her bones is incredibly painful and causes blood loss. While Kaoru can't die from this, it's certainly not healthy for her.
  • She can only use her power for short bursts before the anemia makes her too weak. After going back to normal, she needs to rest for a while until her energy comes back, and she can't transform again for several hours.
  • She gets a huge adrenaline rush when she transforms, making her intense, energetic, and violent. While it's very useful when she has to fight, it leaves her with no energy at all basically all the time.




Image
Image
History

Before Kaoru's powers awakened, she had a good life. She was in a town full of anti-awakened sentiment, but her mother, Hanako, was neutral on the issue, so Kaoru was too. She was in high school at the time. She had a group of friends who, while all pretty intimidating punks, weren't dangerous in the slightest. She played bass in an up-and-coming garage band called Tokyo Panic (they weren't very good, but at least they were having fun). Things were good, until she awakened.

Her first transformation wasn't pretty. She couldn't control it, so there were bone spikes coming out of her skin everywhere, causing overwhelming pain. She and her mother were scared she was going to die. Eventually, she went back to normal, and they both knew exactly what had happened.

After her awakening, Kaoru changed. While before, she had been energetic and loud, she became quiet and easily exhausted. It was like all the energy had been sucked out of her. In addition to her lowered stamina, she was constantly worried someone might find out about her powers and she would be targeted by the anti-awakened activists in the town. She was under a lot of stress, which seemed to trigger her transformations. They happened frequently and to avoid being caught, she stopped leaving the house for anything other than school and band practice. Besides those times, she was always at home sleeping off her fatigue.

Her friends noticed the change, worried for her wellbeing, but she brushed off their concerns. She couldn't tell them, she had no idea how they would react. Plus, it's not like her power was very glamorous, like mind-reading or super-speed. It was just gross and scary.

Then came the Week From Hell. It was finals week and Kaoru's grades had been dropping since her awakening. She needed to ace her finals or she would fail multiple classes. She was studying like crazy, and barely got any sleep. On top of that, Tokyo Panic had gotten their first gig and they were having practices constantly in preparation. She was stressed and overtired and she couldn't keep it together. Right before the show, she very nearly transformed in front of her friends. She was able to calm herself down and reverse the change before the bones broke her skin, but it was a really close call that would have ruined both the show and her relationship with her friends. Once she caught her breath, she steeled her nerves and gave her best performance ever.

Afterwards, she immediately told her mother, and they decided that she needed extra help to control her powers, so her mother contacted Furushima.

She took her finals after that and while she didn't do very well, she at least passed. After school ended, she started teaching herself to control her transformations. By the time she got her invitation letter, she had come a long way from having to rush home whenever she was stressed.

She was already doing better, and she was hopeful that attending Furushima would help her even more.

So begins...

Kaoru Sakurano's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Lucien Ashford Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Kosei Kasahara Character Portrait: Alfred Komatsu Character Portrait: Rosalina Oria Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
Kosei Kasahara
LOCATION ║ Academy Dormitories
CURRENT TIME ║ 6:00 AM
DATE ║ Monday, Sept. 11th, 2023

#C52325#0B5F6A

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Bong, bong, bong, bong, bong...

A loud, yet muffled bell made itself known to all the students sleeping in the dormitories as it began to resonate throughout the academy grounds. "An alarm clock for the students." The staff would say. "So we better not be hearing any excuses coming from you guys about your 'alarm' not going off,' because it would most definitely be a lie with this thing ringing every morning."

So, the waking of the students began throughout the dorm rooms; there was no way any of them could have slept past the disruptive noise that giant bell had made. Of course, you could always fall back asleep, but if you wanted to be on time for your first day, that probably wasn't the best of ideas. The "alarm" only rang once in the morning, so it wouldn't be waking anyone back up again after that.

Down at the east dormitory building, Kosei's eyes cracked open after the echoing began to fade away into a peaceful silence (other than the loud thud that had come from the room above, likely someone had fallen out of bed on accident), and let out a quiet, tired sigh, before tossing the blankets away and forcing himself to sit up. He was used to the bell, after being here for nearly a month and a half already, but he'd had a rather restless night. Of course, that was normal for him, barely being able to get a wink of sleep. Though it was this time that he actually had to wake up; he couldn't just ignore it and go back to bed and forget about his problems like he had been able to during the "school break." So, he just had to make himself get up, as painful as it was. He would be fully awake sooner or later anyways...or at least, he hoped he would be.

Rubbing his eyes, he finally twisted himself so he was sitting on the side of the bed, and then stood up, letting his shoulders slump with no care of fixing his posture at the moment. He had plenty of time to get ready for the day before his classes started, with that being at 7:00 AM. But with the way he was moving right now, and how he basically moved every morning, it was best if he started getting himself moving as soon as he could. Otherwise he'd end up at the academy's doors half ready and looking dead.

Moving over to the small bathroom, Kosei flipped on the light and groggily began to splash his face with the cold water that he turned on, as an attempt to make himself more alert. It seemed to do the trick well enough, and as he looked back up at the mirror, he let out a quiet groan. Talk about some serious bed head. His hair was completely flat on one side. This would take a while to try and fix.

After about ten or so minutes, he finally had it looking normal again, much to his relief. He quickly brushed his teeth after that, and then moved out back to get dressed. He spotting his uniform already sitting on the desk, folded nicely and ready for him to change into. He lifted it off, and threw on the black pants, along with the white shirt, and the long sleeved, grey sweater over that. It hadn't actually gotten too cold outside yet, but September was technically autumn, so they were asked to wear these now. He didn't mind it, really. It was actually quite a comfortable addition.

He let out another sigh as he finished dressing, and the plopped down onto his bed, looking over at the clock that sat over on the nightstand by his bed. 6:45 AM, it read, so it seemed that he'd made pretty good timing this morning. Even so, it would probably be best for him to head to the academy now. He grabbed his bag that laid on the side, checking inside once more to make sure he had everything, and then pulling it up onto his shoulder.

"Let's hope today goes well." A quiet mumbled escaped his mouth as he walked himself over to the door, grabbing the card key that sat on the table and shoving it inside of his bag to keep himself from losing it. Saying he wasn't stressed out or becoming more paranoid by the second was an obvious lie; he was already having a hard time take the first step out the door. How was his first day going to go? He hoped at least decent. Maybe he could actually make a friend now, since he was going to have to go out and be around people.

Overthinking things wouldn't get him anywhere, of course, so he finally forced himself out the door, heading down the stairs to the exit, to begin the short walk to the academy's entrance.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
TIME ☼ 6:00 AM ☼
LOCATION ❣ Dormitories ⇛ School Building ❣
MUSICRomance - Wild Flag

Kaoru had only been awake for ten minutes and she was already in a lousy mood. She had been dragged kicking and screaming from a wonderful dream about… superheroes or something (she couldn’t remember it very well, but she knew it was great) by a loud bell way too early in the morning. She sat on a bed that wasn’t hers trying to force herself to stand up and not to retreat back into the comfortable darkness. She wasn’t at home, she couldn’t just give up and go back to sleep. She had to go to class.

She reluctantly stood up from the bed and yawned. Coffee. She needed coffee. This motivated her to finally get dressed. She wasn’t very fond of the uniform she had to wear. She didn’t like wearing skirts, but at least she got to wear leggings underneath. She at least liked the color scheme. She had chosen a black sweater and red tie, making her whole outfit black and white with a red highlight.

Her hair was messy, but it looked okay enough. Kaoru decided she was ready to leave. She put on her headphones and played an upbeat song to try to put herself in a better mood. As she left the dorm building, she kept an eye out for any place that sold her precious caffeine.

As much as she was dreading her first day of her new school, she had to admit the scenery was doing wonders for her mood. It was pretty; her music only heightened the effect. Taking in the Fall foliage and comfortable weather, she smiled.

Then she yawned again.

The setting changes from Academy Dormitories to Furushima Academy

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Lucien Ashford Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Alfred Komatsu Character Portrait: Rosalina Oria Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
TIME ☼ 7:00 AM ☼
LOCATION ❣ School Building ❣
MUSICCan't Sleep - K.Flay

By the time she got to her Power and Ability Control class, Kaoru was basically a zombie. She hadn't been able to find any coffee and the fatigue was weighing on her. She was nervous too, and her nerves were only making her more tired. The class was about controlling your abilities. She was going to have to use her power. The thought scared her to no end. Furthermore, she would be in a class with a bunch of other people. If she transformed, she might hurt someone. She didn't want the highlight of her first day to be causing grievous bodily harm to both herself and someone else.

Maybe if she explained to her teacher that if I actually use my powers I'll probably make everybody throw up and possibly kill someone no big deal, they would let her sit out and she could get some more sleep. Fat chance.

She tried to push the dread out of her mind when she reached the rest of the class, stuffing her phone and headphones into her backpack. She sat down on the ground with her arms resting on her knees and watched everyone else. She figured she might as well not bother trying to make a good first impression. It didn't really matter when that impression was going to be immediately shattered when her bones burst through her skin in a huge bloody mess and she went completely psycho-bonkers-crazy and then passed out.

Seeing that the teacher was late, she lowered her head onto her arms. She tried to sleep, but her nerves wouldn't let her, leaving her impossibly tired but unable to doze off. She just kept trying to relieve some of the tension in her gut while waiting for class to start.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Lucien Ashford Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Kosei Kasahara Character Portrait: Alfred Komatsu Character Portrait: Rosalina Oria Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
Kasahara Kosei
LOCATION ║ School Building
CURRENT TIME ║ 7:15 AM
DATE ║ Monday, Sept. 11th, 2023

#C52325#0B5F6A

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Well, he definitely hadn't been the first person to arrive at the school's building. People were already lined up around the door, some already sitting inside, waiting for class to start. It seemed the teacher hadn't arrived yet, which Kosei was fine with. Especially when he looked up at the time, and realized he was fifteen minutes late. How lucky to have the teacher late so he wouldn't have to be marked as tardy on the first day.

Letting out a quiet sigh, he began to move into the class, squeezing past several students who were crowded around the door, blocking the entrance, and then letting out a sigh as he moved to sit down at a desk he was just going to say was his for the day. It was near the back, but in the middle, which he found was a good, comfortable spot.

Looking around, he could see all different students. Some looked excited, some nervous, one looked particularly embarrassed like he'd just said something awful, and one girl was being quite loud, yelling about accepting friendship with a boy by the window who looked like he was...well, he couldn't really tell. It didn't look like he felt anything actually, and if he did, he could only imagine it was annoyance.

As the students from outside of the classroom began to shuffle in and take their seats, it was clear that their teacher had arrived. No later did he actually come in, wearing a rather nice looking suit and tie, and he moved towards the front, clearing his throat once to let those know who were still talking that he had arrived. He waited silently for a moment, before the noise of the class died down, and finally he nodded, letting out a quiet sigh, and then offering a small smile to them all. The man was rather tall, with red hair and strange, sharp yellow eyes. He seemed to be looking over his new class in that moment, as if he could tell who would be the troublemakers causing him problems.

"Welcome, students," he suddenly began, snatching back all of the students attention, "to your first day at the academy. I hope you've had a good enough start here, and I can tell some of you have already made some friends. Of course, this class isn't exactly about socializing, so save that for later. He turned towards the board then, and began to write down his name, neatly as he could. "My name is Takahiko Nakajima, but please just call me Mr. Nakajima. I'm your teacher for Power and Ability Control. The name basically explains what this class is about: learning to control your powers, as one of the Awakened. Now, this class is all first years, so each of you will be on the same level, or at least most should be, in controlling each of your abilities, so we'll all be starting at the very beginning. Believe me, this class won't be easy, and some of you may seem catch on faster than others, but by the time we're finished, you all should at least be able to use your newfound abilities quite a bit better.

Kosei wasn't entirely sure how he felt about this class being the first thing in his day. Trying to use his powers, in front of the others? So much could go wrong with that. He had hardly used his abilities before coming to this place...he didn't even have a basic understanding of how to use or keep control over the electricity stored inside of him. What if he released too much? Or if there was water around... But, this is just the first day, they won't make us use our abilities too much, right? I don't know...if I'm up for this.

Mr. Nakajima continued on, moving closer to the front row of students, and then scanned the class again. "Now, I'm sure most of you have figured this out by now, but this place is much too small for us to actually have our class in. That being so, we're not going to have our class here for the most part. Instead, we'll be having it down at the sports facilities in the field, where we have plenty of room to try out things without having to worry about destroying the school building." He turned to the door. "We'll be heading there shortly, as well, after I explain several things. First of all, you'll all be changing into the school PE uniform, which includes a white t-shirt and black shorts of different lengths or pants. Those will be provided for you down at the sports facilities, and you'll have to change into them there, in the changing rooms. Don't worry, these don't cost anything on you kids, because they're constantly being destroyed and need to be replaced after 'accidents.' Be sure to be fast about that as well, because I'd like to get started as soon as possible."

"The second thing is, there's usually some kind of academy guard "wandering around" while this class and the Power and Ability Use class is going on, so be sure to be on your best behavior and try not to get into any fights. I'd rather not have them get involved."

The guards. Kosei had only heard bad rumors about them in his short time here. Some claimed that they were all anti-awakened, and were constantly looking for a chance to attack and harm the students, or "get involved" with them if any fights or the such were to break out. So, it was clear they weren't particularly liked, and it even seemed like his teacher wasn't all too fond of them either.

Of course, he wouldn't try to hold any negative feelings against them until he knew for himself...but that was quite a challenge after hearing all of that.

"Now, third, I'd like to try and make this first class as injury free as possible. Of course, I can't expect that completely, but I don't want anyone trying too hard to use their powers, because I've already had classes where that goes out of control, and ended up having to send more than just the careless students off to the medical office. Do your best to keep it under control, and if it feels like something might go wrong, stop yourself as soon as you can." He crossed his arms for a moment, trying to think, and then nodded. "Alright, that's all I can think of. If anything else comes up, I'll talk to you all about it down at our class. You're dismissed to head for the field."

Kosei sat where he was for a moment as the other students began to get up, and then finally, he stood from his seat, lifting up his bag from the ground and then forcing himself through the crowd so he wasn't the last person out. He glanced around the class, wondering what each of their abilities were, but decided to not think about it too much. He'd find out soon enough anyways.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

#, as written by Kestrel
Image
Image





For having three silver footballs floating behind him, Alfred sure managed to hide well from Nao's view. Maybe he took a different path, she thought to herself, as Nao tried to mentally map the school grounds to think of how Alfred could have possibly walked. Or perhaps it was she, who took the odd route. Nao sighed inwardly, it was so nice to have had a light-hearted conversation. She hadn't had one in ages.

The changing rooms at the sports facilities were awfully full of talk for a first day. Most these students had either just met or supposedly known each other for a few days, right? Nao wondered, as she traded in her uniform for the gym clothes she internally dub as ugly duckling skin. At least she could have worked with the uniform a little, but now she just looked the same as every other girl in the room, add or subtract a few pieces of clothing.

Nao politely exchanged small talk with some of the other girls – it was a breather to learn she wasn't the only one who had an aversion to their duckling skins, before leaving for the field. The pleasantries had taken up more time than she had liked, but she couldn't quite ignore the changing room social etiquette on her first day. Nao just prayed their teacher hadn't been watching the clock as much as she had thought about it. Being a normal schoolgirl and good student was hard. She entered the field, slightly lagging behind the girls she had just been talking to, when her eyes were drawn to a trembling pink-haired student. Her expression seemed as if a dentist had used articaine for her entire face. Was she sick? Well, whatever it was, it would be quite unbecoming to ignore her now that Nao had looked her way.

“Excuse me, are you alright?” Nao turned around and walked up to the girl. “You seem a little unwell, here, let me help you,” She wove herself under the pink-haired girl's shoulder before he fellow student could even protest. It was a little bold for Nao to do so, but she also didn't want to arrive any later than she already was. “Come on. It's just a few steps from here.”

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Image
TIME ☼ 7:30 AM ☼
LOCATION ❣ Sports Facilities ❣
MUSICLittle Pistol - Mother Mother

By the time Kaoru had finished changing, she was starting to feel a little faint. Whether it was from her exhaustion or her rapidly beating heart, she had no idea. Even if she got to sit out during this class, she would have to use her power eventually. She thought about when she couldn't control her transformations. The pain was unbearable, and what came after was even worse. She would give anything to never have to experience that again.

Just as she started to feel her eyes filling with tears, she noticed someone asking if she was okay. She turned towards the girl, and found herself leaning on the stranger's shoulder.

Grateful for the help, she mumbled, "Thanks. I'm alright, though. Just... tired."

Once they got to the field, she sat down on the ground and groaned into her hands.

"Do you have any idea of, like, what to do if your power is literally the worst thing ever?"

She dropped her hands from her face and looked up at the girl. Oh no. She was really pretty. Kaoru was never very good at talking to cute girls. In her distressed state, she was even more likely to embarrass herself.

"Um, nice to meet you, by the way. My name's Kaoru."

She really hoped the girl didn't notice the redness in her cheeks.



I found brimstone in my garden



Characters Present

Character Portrait: Nakana Nao Character Portrait: Kosei Kasahara Character Portrait: Alfred Komatsu Character Portrait: Kaoru Sakurano
Tag Characters » Add to Arc »

0.00 INK

#, as written by Kestrel
Image
Image





“Nice to meet you, my name is Ito Nao.” Nao introduced herself, with a slight formal bow, before she sat down next to Kaoru. “A girl who teleports herself and everything she touches all over the place is a lot of trouble.” Nao first answered the girl's concerns, recalling her own youth. “Back then I didn't have much control over my abilities. When I had to do the dishes, I'd hear them shatter in the other room before I even scrubbed the food off of them. There was this one time I sneezed and ended up in a telephone pole. It was quite difficult to explain to the fire department how I got up there.”

She smiled softly, though her story was interrupted by their ability control teacher's instructions. Nao calmly listened to mister Nakajima explain the house rules. Nao hadn't judged the man to use rough and tumble teaching methods, even if she herself didn't exactly object to them. Well, appearances weren't always all, but still, she was coloured a little surprised.

When mister Nakajima was finished, the other students were already standing up to look for a partner. She'd finally found Alfred, but it seemed he had already made another, spiky-haired friend. Nao didn't quite expect Kaoru to take that kind of initiative, she still seemed – what did she call it - tired? Nao scooped closer to the girl, noticing a slight blush. Nothing she hadn't already dealt today, Nao noted. She stretched and crossed her legs in front of her, watching their fellow students picking a spot in the field.

“Sometimes, it takes someone else to believe in you, to believe in yourself.” Nao mused and put her hand on Kaoru's, “Kaoru, I'll be your partner today.” Nao stood up and pulled on Kaoru's wrist to get her up on her feet. Perhaps she didn't have as much faith in Kaoru as Nao wanted her to believe, but Nao was confident enough in her own ability to feel safe regardless. An unwavering image, in her smile and eyes, easily mistaken for blind trust.