Here be second chap for all o' yeh mates out there!
Reviews (critical if possible, please, from typos and such to problems with the mian story) will be thanked
I arrived at school late, of course. At least I made it only ten minutes late, but Kunifuji-sensei didn't seem to agree with my dim sense of victory. He did let me in the classroom though not before lecturing me in front of everyone about duty and what has to be done in accordance to fulfill it. To summarize what he said, ?get here on time from now on? fits nicely.
I sit next to the window, but I can't let myself get lost in my thoughts, especially since I arrived late and he actually let me in. I should pay attention to classes and if I'm feeling lucky even answer some of the questions he is asking. Alright, this class is Calculus, not my strongest subject, but I think I can defend myself a little in this. I take out my notebook and pencil and try to understand what the class is about.
It's lunchtime. Since Arihiko isn't here, I don't think I'll eat at the cafeteria; maybe it's better if I buy bread and eat in the classroom. Some students dash off towards the cafeteria while others stay behind and form small groups. Something is odd though; there are more students here than usual, and most of them are in a single group of people. I walk out of the classroom and take a peek at the small group of people from a different angle. It seems that someone is the center of attention. Poor fellow, I'd hate to be in that position. Anyway, I should buy something. Probably a curry bread; for the sake of change I want something spicy today.
I arrive, my bread in hand, and sit at my desk. Looking again at the group of people, it seems that the majority of them are gone; they probably already sated their curiosity. Paying a little more attention I realize a girl I don't recognize is at the center, talking openly with the students. Since I don't know her, she is probably a new student. She has black hair, reaching to her shoulders with eyes are of similar color. She sports a slim frame, but not flimsy; I?m guessing she probably used to be in a sports club before coming here. Aside from her slightly darker tone of her skin, she doesn't seem to be that different from any other girl around. Not a beauty, but not half bad looking either. Thinking back, most likely I didn't notice her presence because I arrived late; I should have noticed the other students taking brief looks at her, however.
The bells rings and the class returns to their seats. My next class is English, a pretty easy class. It's enough if you do the homework to understand the basics of this subject, and if you somehow happen to fail the exam, if you show that you did your homework to the teacher, she helps you out a bit by boosting your grade. It?s not an important boost, but a significant enough one so you don't fail. Since this is easy, I'll indulge myself with looking outside the window and get lost in thought.
The bells rings once more, signaling the end of school day. The last class was with Kunifuji-sensei: Probability, one is one of my weakest subjects. At first it was kind of easy, but after two weeks of class, everything started to get incredibly hard. I just can't understand how one has to proceed to solve these kinds of problems. I get part of the logic, but when it's time to pose the problem I'm lost and get confused. If there is a subject I'll fail, I'm sure it's this one.
Whatever, I should leave. I told Arihiko I would bring him some medicine. I'll probably have to cook for him and his sister again.
"Tohno-kun. I need to have a word with you."
I was just standing up to leave when Kunifuji-sensei stopped me. I think I have an idea what he wants to talk about. With heavy feet, I shuffle towards him.
"Yes. What is it, sensei?"
I really don't want to be here, I just hope this conversation ends fast. I have some things to take care of, and I?d rather get them done as soon as I can.
?Tohno-kun. Has something happen to you lately??
I can only mumble that idiotic response. I expected him to say that I needed to study harder for the exams, because my grades have gone down a little, or something along those lines.
"Well. Have you had any problems, at home or school?"
Oh, nothing, just this thing with Kohaku-san. You know, the thing with her memory; that kinda stuff. What am I supposed to tell him!? I doubt he will actually be able to help me, not that I'm in dire need of any. Maybe I should talk a bit, that way he'll be satisfied and I'll resume my day.
"...Yeah, kind of"
It appears he wants me to talk a little more.
"They aren't really personal, but a person close to me had... an accident. At home we have been trying to cope with that and help as much as we can"
"Hmm. So it's that..."
Apparently he is happy with what he knows. I won't say anymore and wait to see what he says.
"Tohno, I'll be a little blunt, so please bear with me"
"When you changed your residence, your student performance has been rather erratic. I'm not saying you are doing badly, but it's not as good as it used to be. Generally, you are doing a little above the average, but you used to do better"
I say this with a little bit of surprise. I knew that I was getting grades a little above average before, but nothing to get excited about.
"Despite any problem you have, your number one priority should be your studies. I know you can do better"
"I don't want to keep you here any longer, so you should go to home and study. Goodbye, Tohno-kun"
"Yes. Goodbye, Kunifuji-sensei"
After that I get out of there. Feeling uncomfortable, I don't like the idea of a teacher knowing about my problems, but it isn't that important either, so I try not to be bothered about it too much.
I bought some medicines for Arihiko and his sister. This may, no, this does look weird, a man taking care of another man like this, but I feel this is my duty. Because I suffer of anemia I tend to pass out from time to time, something that has brought me some deal of discomfort. When Arihiko is around, he helps me quite a bit, and when I was living with the Arimas he even let me sleep at his house; I'm indebted to him in a way.
I arrive to his place, a small, two storied house; a nice for a small family, so much different than my over-sized mansion. I knock the door and someone opens; it's Arihiko again. He doesn't look as bad as before.
He says this with a little energy, he?s not yelling and waving his arms like crazy, like he usually does though. He is still sick.
"Hi. Any better?"
"Yeah, a bit"
He moves to let me pass. There he goes to sit in the same chair, this time not throwing himself at it. And what a surprise I get when I see the same trash bin. Same place, same 'contents'.
"If you feel better, why the hell is that still there?"
"Oh. I do feel a bit better, but I didn't wanna risk it!"
He even laughs about it, lazy idiot. If he tells me he was expecting me to actually clean that up, I swear I'll tear him apart with my own hands.
"And what did you bring to this great friend of yours?"
"Some medicine. They are not actually going to cure you, since they are only painkillers and such. It's the best I got without any prescription"
"Yeah, no problem. Thanks"
It looks like he is feeling considerably better, more than what he says. As far as I can tell he didn't vomit again too, that's a plus.
"And what have you been doing during the morning?"
"I slept most of the time. Actually I just woke up"
Maybe that's why he hasn't clean that, but still, there is a light stench coming from the bin that permeates the air in this place. He must have gotten used to this odor, that or he still can't smell.
"Hey, wanna eat something?"
"C'mon. My sister made something, very rare of her, but it seems to be edible"
What an impressive guy he is, this Arihiko. And I don't mean it in a good way.
"How can you ask me this with that barfed up bin stinking this place?"
"Ooh, that. I'll clean it up in no time, then"
He gets up from the chair with a grunt, and walks towards the bin, takes out the bag that was covering it, ties a knot and throws it to another, bigger, trash can, but the stink remains. Now that he 'cleaned it up', I guess I have no choice. Well, I better open the windows.
He served his food, but I had to serve mine. More like I wanted to. It's not my intention to risk getting infected more than I already have. Most of the food is just leftovers of the morning breakfast made by me, only with some more vegetables, and something that appears to be soy beans. At least there is some fried rice.
"Any news in school?"
Any news? Well, in English we are seeing something new. In Calculus we saw how to integrate trigonometric functions. About History, I think we are past the French Revolution, but I didn't pay much attention to it, so I'm not really sure. But doubt he considers any of it important news. I finish chewing and swallow.
"Well, just school stuff"
Wait. I think there is something. Besides classes there was something else. Something new.
"Hmm... Now that I remember there's a new student"
"Yep. A girl"
I take some rice to my mouth and start chewing, but he stopped for a little while. He is interested.
"Really? Is she cute?"
I really wouldn't know. I didn't take a close look at her. I'll take this chance to get on his nerves.
"Interested are you? Are you planning on doing something devious with the new student?"
"Well, you know me. If it's a beautiful blossom we are talking about, I wouldn't mind pushing my luck a little. 'One has to strike while the iron is hot', right?"
I somehow am doubtful that phrase is intended for this kind of situation.
"You tend to say some disturbing things now and then"
"Hahah. Don't tell me you didn't miss my companionship at school. Man, you are getting colder day by day!"
"Only with you"
He nods in agreement and laughs happily. Seems that his optimistic self is coming back
"About your sister. Is she feeling OK?"
He looks at the ceiling for a while, as if trying to remember something. Then he answers, still with food in his mouth.
"Yeah. She did prepare this meal, so I suppose she will go to work tonight"
That's good. That means she'll take care of him.
"Say. You didn't answer my question earlier..."
What question? That's right, about the new student. I should focus a little more on what I'm doing. My absent-mindedness is getting the better of me.
"You know, the new girl?"
"Yeah, yeah. What was the question again?"
He just replies my joke with an annoyed look.
"Hahah. Ok ok"
I eat a little more before responding to gain a little time. I really don't know what to say or where to begin. Besides, it's not like I gave her a good look to start with.
"Well. I only saw her a little from a distance"
He answers me with only a sound. Of course he wants me to keep talking about the same subject.
"Well... She has black hair..."
"... And black eyes..."
"... Uh huh"
"And black skin!"
"Huh? Dark skin?"
"Yeah. As black as the night itself"
Of course I'm lying here. She did have a darker tone of skin than most of the other girls around, but not 'as the night itself'.
"An exotic beauty, huh?"
I never said she was beautiful. He is just making up stuff now.
"Sorry to break your fantasy, but I was half joking there"
"She is not dark skinned then?"
"In a way... She does have dark skin, but only slightly darker than most of the other girls"
"Aha! A mixture! Much better!"
"Whatever you say"
We finish our meals and chat a little more of no topic in specific. He actually stopped asking me about the new student. Maybe his curiosity was satisfied. Something that caught my attention was not any of the topics but how he acted. He was looking more and more energetic, meaning he is getting better, and fast. Most likely, what he caught, isn't influenza, but just a common cold. After a while I said good bye and I went on my way.
Going home later than usual isn't something I wanted to do, but at least I wasn't doing anything dangerous.
Now that I remember Kohaku-san said she would make something new to eat. I'm sure it wasn't the feasts she used to make, but she did ask me what I wanted. I feel like I let her down. Anyway, I hope she is taking good care of Hisui, who is still sick. Although she can't cook as well as she used to, she kept a great deal of her medical knowledge, that's why I didn't buy any medicine for Hisui. But what bothers me a little is not that I didn't buy her medicine it's that I didn't buy her anything at all. And to top it off, I still have no idea of what to get her to cheer her up, just the damn broom or a stupid duster. Now I'm feeling miserable.
"Whatever. I should hurry home"
And here I am, talking to myself out-loud again. Bad habit Shiki, bad habit.
Same as above
"I settled for that shriek. Those dull vacant eyes... oiled cabbage stench of her...! [...] You know what? I'm sorry if I'm not gonna do this the way you want me to or the way you might. But I will not make an angel out of someone who wasn't an angel...!" -Chief Tyrol, on his beloved wife.
Have you heard about the saying that goes something like "drunk people and kids tell no lies"? Well, that's just a fallacy.