This grass is so comfy. I could just lay here forever under the sun in the green patch of paradise. I probably spent too much time here I feel like I have wasted most of the Spring laying around in this field doing nothing but lazing around. I can't remember most of the days of Spring this year as every day was the same, but at least Hikari came to visit me some days so didn't feel too lonely. At least I think she did, I can't remember how long she stayed with me or how much we talked, but I am sure she was there. It was still nice of her to visit even if I was unsociable.
This week has been too hot for my liking, and I think it's affecting my mind and is the reason why I haven't been able to focus on anything lately. I've been struggling to concentrate on anything lately, and I know I should cheer up a little and get a few things done, but I can't find the strength within me. But this field of grass is just too comfy, and it's so easy to just relax here without a care in the world.
I'm not sure how much longer I can go on like this, these lazy days need to end, and I know deep down that I am wasting my life here, but I just can't do anything else. It all started two years ago when I picked up the final copy of my favorite manga. I was so excited to read that volume and ran all the way home, but after I read it cover to cover reality started to set in as I realized the story was over. A story I had been ready for years just ended and part of me ceased to exist with it.
I was so lost after the series ended that I lost my appetite, several friends, and all my hobbies. My days passed by in a blur, and I can barely remember anything that happened. It's sad, but that was my life for the past two years, and it looks like it may be my life for several more years. I can try to blame the heat, but I know deep down the heat isn't the cause of my problems. I need to pick myself up, but I don't know how. If I don't get over the loss of that manga series, my life would be wasted. I need to get myself together before tomorrow and my first day at my new school.
It's hard to believe that I am going back to school since I finished High School not that long ago, but someone decided I should study some more. I'm guessing it was Hikari that signed me up for these classes, she's always meddling in my business and looking out for me. Before I knew what was happening, I was enrolled at an academy I never heard of before without anyone asking my permission or opinion and classes start tomorrow.
I know next to nothing about the academy. I was given a brochure at some point, but that ended up in my bin. I remember seeing picture's of smiling students and teachers and the buildings looked similar to the ones used by other schools but apart from that I can't remember a thing about what that brochure said about the school. I'm not even sure what classes I will be taking. I could be studying anything considering Hikari's eclectic tastes. I could be signed up for something as simple as cooking classes or something extreme like mountain climbing. Who knows what she signed me up for?
Anyway, did I mention how soft this grass is? It's so comfy that I can feel myself start to drift off to sleep. But before I can, before I manage to slip away, a shadow falls across me. I squint to try and make out the person suddenly standing over me.
"It's time to wake up now, Yuki," A voice sings. "What are you doing laying around for? It's far too hot, and you may end up being cooked by the sun."
Once again, Hikari is meddling in my business as I recognize her voice and finally make out it was her standing over me. I'm embarrassed to admit it took me a lot longer then it should have to recognize that is was my childhood friend stood over me. Hikari's smiling at me and her purple eyes are shining today. I always found her cute and loved the way her brown hair looks as the wind blows through it.
Anyway, I respond to Hikari disturbing me by shooting her a dirty look as if accusing her of interrupting my rest. Hikari should know by now how much I love my rest. But instead of saying anything in response to my stare, Hikari continues to smile melting my resolve.
"Oh, it's you Hikari," I say seeing she isn't going anywhere.
"Geeze! Is that what passes for a greeting these days?" Hikari replies with a huff.
"Sorry. I was just lost in thought," I quickly tell her hoping Hikari won't get mad.
"Hmph," Hikari puffs out her cheeks. "Well, it's my fault for expecting you to treat me with a little respect."
"I said I was sorry," I tell her hoping she won't get mad, Hikari is really scaring when she gets mad.
"Fine, fine," I let out I sigh of relief her calm down.
Hikari is one of my oldest friends and someone I can trust with anything. When I first discovered that I liked other girls in a way most girls like guys, the first person I told was Hikari, and she didn't think any less of me. Hikari is such a good friend and cute in her own way, but I think we have been friends for so long that I can't see her as anything other then a friend, but I sometimes do wonder what it would be like if we could be more then friends.
Hikari is the kind of person who shoots first and asks questions later, but she is probably being overprotective rather than assertive. This is probably why I assume she is the person who enrolled me at my new academy. I can't think of anyone else in my life that cares enough about my future and is bold enough to choose a path in life for me other than Hikari. We are more like sisters me and Hikari. When we were younger, Hikari would always follow me around and stealing my lunches. Now that she is older, Hikari is always meddling with my affairs. I could complain about it and probably should say something, but I don't, and I honestly can say I don't intend to complain. Hikari is a good person and someone I am lucky to call my friend. I really don't understand what she see's in me, and part of me is worried she would leave me behind.
"Anyway…what are you doing out here? Do you have any idea how long it took me to find you?" I relaxed too early, and I feel a drop of sweat roll down my back as I realize she is still mad at me.
"I'm just relaxing. What's the big deal?" I reply.
"Relaxing?" Hikari really is mad at me. "You don't do anything BUT relax!" Very mad at me. "You are aware that we're starting school tomorrow, riiiight?"
"Yep. Painfully aware," I tell her but something she just said captures my attention. "Wait… you said we're, as in we. Are you attending class with me, Hikari?"
"Oh, give me a break!" I watch as Hikari facepalms. "I've explained this to you at least six and a half times! I swear, talking to you is like talking to a brick wall… except a brick wall is better looking then you are!"
"Hey, I object to that," I speak up.
I consider myself to be beautiful. I have long brown hair that is smooth and gorgeous, lovely brown eyes and flawless skin. I know Hikari doesn't mean what she said, but I still can't let her get away with slandering my good looks.
"Rrrgh!" Hikari must be really, REALLY mad to growl like that. "Look! We are going to the same academy together, and that's final! You don't have a say in the matter, okay?"
"Okay," I say, putting up my hands in defense. "Please done hurt me."
"I wouldn't dream of hurting you," Hikari says with a smile.
"Um, I have a question though," I instantly regret saying that as I see Hikari's smile fade but I see no going back now and ask my question anyway. "What kind of classes are we taking?"
Seeing Hikari's facial expression change, I can tell she is torn between scolding me and giving me a proper answer.
"Well if you read the guild I left at your house…" I probably should have read that brochure before I throw it out. "… You would already know that we will be taking basic first-year classes. Nothing too difficult, I'd imagine. They know you're a noob, so you shouldn't have any problems."
Somehow being called a noob hurts more then I thought it would, but once again I'm sure Hikari doesn't mean anything by it.
"Aren't you a noob as well Hikari?" Hikari must be like me if she is taking the same classes that I am but the taken back almost offended look I get in response begs to differ.
"Well no… I'm not new to this," Hikari tells me. "You know I've been practicing for years."
Practicing? I never noticed her practice anything. I must have been more zoned out then I thought if I failed to notice my friend picked up a new hobby.
"I'm confused," I admit struggling to figure out just what it is Hikari has spent years practicing. "What have you been practicing?"
I expected to see a frown cross her face and this expression is one I know all too well because it is Hikari's "I'm tired of your clueless ass" face.
"I've been practicing to become a fully-fledged magical girl, of course," Hikari tells me with her words hit me like a truck. Did she just say "Magical girl?" Somehow I find part of me believing that my childhood friend must be a magical girl as the stupor I have been trapped in for the past two years shatters in an instant. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have opened my eyes. I see Hikari is happy her smiling beaming at me looking very proud of what she just said.
Of course, now I remember all about Hikari training to become a magical girl, and I am surprised I forgot about that incredible fact. I have known about Hikari's train for years. If I put two and two together, then that means that tomorrow Hikari and I will be attending an academy for magical girls but if that's the case, then why am I going when I have no magical talent what so ever.
"Tee Hee!" Hikari laughs. "You look like you have just taken an ice-cold shower, Yuki! Is everything ok?"
I think about her question for a moment. I do feel more alert now then I have in years. It's a familiar feeling… it's the way I used to feel before my favorite manga series ended. Magical girls are very, very real, and the whole time, my head was buried in my manga; there were real life magical girls all around me. I was just always too nervous about going anywhere near them. The only reason I am friends with a magical girl is that I knew Hikari before her power awakened. I can't believe I let my mind stay foggy these past years. Maybe now I can start to go back to being normal once I start this new school tomorrow.
I look to Hikari once more and smile, seeing a slight blush form on her cheeks.
"Hikari… Why am I going to a school for magical girls?" That's a question I need an answer to.
For a moment, I watch Hikari shuffle on the spot once again finding her mind torn and looking hesitant to tell me the answer I seek.
"The truth is…" Somehow I am fearful of the answer. Is Hikari about to tell me I have some power I can't control which has the power to destroy the Earth or is she going to tell me I have to pretend to be a magical girl while I am attending class. "About a month ago, you and I were having dinner… And all of a sudden your powers awoke."
"Wh… What?" I don't remember that.
"I noticed it immediately. But you seemed like your old, oblivious self, and barely paid attention to what happened." Hikari tells me.
"So… What did happen?" I have to know.
"Like I said, we were having dinner together. I accidentally knocked a glass of water off of the table," I listen in silence waiting to hear about my powers awakening. "It was going to shatter on my bare feet, and I screamed afraid of cutting myself on the glass. It happened so quickly I couldn't move away in time." I'm starting to see my power as super speed, and I dashed forward to push my dear friend out of harm's way. "And you… You kind of glanced at the glass, and it stopped. Mid-air. Frozen in time. I mean LITERALLY frozen in time ice and all."
"I don't believe you. I would remember something like that," Could my mind have been so foggy that I could have forgotten something so amazing?
"You just shrugged and continued eating,"
"…" I guess I was zoned out worse then I thought.
"I think, at the time you believed I had made the glass freeze in place. After all, you've known about my magical powers for a long time," That must have been why I forgot all about that event. "I awoke to my powers when I was thirteen… Maybe fourteen? I don't quite remember. But still… I have a specific set of powers and don't forget, I'm untrained. There's no way I could freeze something in time. So… After that night, I replayed the event back in my mind over and over. The only explanation is that you froze the glass. You suddenly awoke to your own powers and saved me from getting cut on broken glass."
"So what you're saying is… I'm a hero!" I brag.
"Bleah! Not quite, Yuki," Hikari responds. "Anyway long story short… I never enrolled us to attend the academy. We were both sent letters from the Association. They can detect who has magical powers and who doesn't, you know. They keep a record of everyone. According to the Association, once a magical girl reaches eighteen years of age, it's the law for them to attend the academy. The letters basically demand that we attend the academy, effective immediately. Because you awakened to your powers, right on the age of eighteen, you get the joy of going back to school. Regardless, we both start class tomorrow. We'll both be training to become magical girls!"
With all this information I have learned, I feel both exhausted and excited at the same time. Is it true? Do I really have magical powers that can freeze time? It wouldn't surprise me if I were dreaming right now. I don't know how I can use my powers or whether or not, I have used them more than that one time that Hikari just mentioned. But then I suppose I would be learning to use my power from tomorrow onwards at this magical girl academy. I suppose the point of this academy is to for them to train me to my full potential. Going back to school and attending class with Hikari again doesn't seem like such a bad thing. It may actually be fun, and I could end up making some new friends.
"What do you say we get out of here? We can grab some dinner and celebrate our last night of freedom!" Hikari suggests smiling once again.
"Sounds good to me. You're paying, though," I reply.
"I am not, you big lug! You can pay for both of us!" Hikari's smile somehow gets bigger as she says that.
"Hey, dinner was your idea, not mine!" I tell her. "Why should I pay?"
"Pfft! You're just as hopeless as always," Hikari giggles. "How did I get dragged into going back to school with you?"
"You love it," I smile back.
"Ah ha ha… Let's see how many classes we can make it through before I strangle you out of frustration," I can't tell if she's joking or not.
Bzz… Bzz… Bzz… Bzz…
"Please shut up," I moan begging my alarm clock for just five more minutes.
Bzz… Bzz… Bzz… Bzz…
"Please shut up for the love of god," I continue to groan as I start to toss and turn.
Bzz… Bzz… Bzz… Bzz…
I can't take this and reluctantly open my eyes. I soon find the source of that evil noise that woke me up when I look down to see my alarm clock having a seizure on the floor. With my blurry vision and the way my alarm clock is moving around on the floor, I struggle to read the time. I sit up and stretch before I rub my eyes, hoping to clear up my vision. When I look at my alarm clock again, I can finally make out what the numbers are saying.
I yawn and once again stretch out my tired muscles feeling thankful that it is still early, and I haven't got much to do today. All I have to do today is eat some leftovers I have in the fridge, and I think I still have one or two shows recorded I need to catch up on. If that is all, I have to do today, why did I set my alarm clock so early.
I feel hungry already when I think of the cold Chinese take out I have in the fridge. Hopefully, it hasn't lost all its flavor after a few days of being in there.
I yawn again and start to feel like I have forgotten something. Was there something I was meant to do today? I feel like there was something important about today that I forgot about.
No, it's nothing or nothing important at least that I forgot about. I have nothing going on in my life, and I am wasting it away doing nothing. It may be that Hikari said she would visit today or something small like that.
Oh! I remember something now. School? I think Hikari mentioned something about school yesterday.
Am I supposed to go to school today?
I am suddenly wide awake and feel like someone has thrown a bucket of water over me. I forgot, I completely forgot about school. Today is my first day at the academy. An academy for magical girl how could I have forgotten about something like that? Everything is coming back to me now. Hikari told me that first-year orientation starts at eight thirty sharp. SHARP! Hikari warned me that if I were lat, then I would get locked out.
I can't be late on the first day of school. What would Hikari think of me if I was late? More importantly, what would the other cute magical girls I have yet to meet think of me? I would prefer not to be known as a trouble maker.
I leap out of bed which turned out to be a bad idea when I feet get tangled up in my blanket, and I end up being dragged down to the floor narrowly avoiding landing on my head. As I get to my feet and dash towards my kitchen, I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't hurt.
I throw open the door of my refrigerator and roughly throw the leftover sweet and sour pork into my microwave. I rush over to the microwave and frantically press the buttons till the lights flicker to life, and the microwave starts to hum.
I leave my breakfast to be cooked to perfection while I quickly go to get dressed.
I must look like a mad woman running around my home like a headless chicken.
I treat the door to my closet like the door to the fridge by throwing it open. It is only when I open the doors that I realize I don't have my uniform yet, but before panic can raise within my body, I see a familiar looking dry cleaner bag on a coat hanger. Confused as to where this bag came from I take it down and find a handwritten not cutely written attached to the bag.
"I went to the trouble of picking up your new uniform for you."
"You owe me one."
Thank you, Hikari. I am so glad I have a friend like her.
I tear into the bag and quickly put on my uniform. I'm still in the middle of changing when I hear the familiar beeping coming from the kitchen. Breakfast is ready.
I rocket into the kitchen after I finished changing into my new uniform. I think I set a new world record with the time I finished eating my breakfast, but I can't celebrate yet as I rush to the door and rush out onto the street.
I am not sure where I am going and may have gone the wrong way, but Hikari said the academy is within walking distance of my house so it can't be that far or hard to find. I have a map on my fun so as soon as that's loaded, I begin my hurried walk towards the school. I hope I can make it one time. When I look to my watch, I see it's 08:24 AM and begin to pray I make it on time. My heart sinks a little when I see my phone tell me I am still eight minutes away. I will only be four minutes late so it won't be so bad right?
I wonder if Hikari would be there to greet me at the gate. It would be nice to see a familiar face after the chaotic morning I have had. My power walk turns into a jog when I see the school gate. I can't believe it, I may actually make it on time.
I can see a few other straggling students so it won't be that bad if I am late. The yellow color of our uniforms really stands out, making the students of this school stick out even from a distance. I am not surprised when I don't see male students, this is a school for magical girls after all. But it's still my first time seeing such a thing.
When I enter the school gate, it isn't hard to see where I have to go as I see other students head towards what appears to be the school hall. I take it that is where the first-year orientation is being held. Taking a quick look around I can't see Hikari anywhere, so I take it she is already inside waiting for me.
I run for the hall with a group of other students, so it looks like I wasn't the only person who was late at least. I only barely make it getting a disappointed look from the teacher at the door, but with the steady stream of other students I entered the hall with I can tell they won't make a big deal out of me being late. A few seconds after I enter the hall, I hear the door close, and the locks click into place proving Hikari wasn't lying when she told me they would lock out any latecomer.
Speaking of Hikaru, I can't see my childhood friend anywhere. I guess she gave up on me and thought I would never make it on time. I imagine Hikari is somewhere in here already sat door so I do the same quickly finding the only empty spaces left are the ones at the back of the room. I quickly settle into the back row, feeling tired and out of breath, feeling lucky to have this row to myself. I must be a mess right now after running all the way here and not having enough time to properly dress myself this morning. It isn't long though before I feel someone else standing close by me. When I turn to face this person, I was expecting to see Hikari, but instead, I come face to face with a complete stranger.
A girl with black tied into to braids that rest on her shoulders and a pair of pretty grey eyes hidden behind a pair of glasses look at me as if she is trying to find the courage to talk to me. The way her body lightly trembles and her eyes quickly dart to floor tell me this girl isn't the most confident person in the world.
"Can I… I sit next to… To you?" The girl asks her voice, shaking more than her body.
"Go ahead," I tell her with a small smile, instinctively shuffling up to make more room. It was pointless of me to move, but it's a habit of mine.
"Thank you," The girl shyly says as she sits down.
The girl next to me must have run to school too. When I look closer at her, I notice the drops of sweat on her forehead and the way she is breathing heavily all tell me she has recently run.
"Please d… Don't stare…." I see the girl next to me face turn red as she looks away from me.
I feel my own face heat up as my as I look away realizing I was caught staring. As much as I don't want to look back, I can't help myself, and within seconds, my eyes wander over to the girl sitting beside me.
"S… Stop it! Stop looking," I guess the girl had the same idea as me as our eyes meet.
"I'm sorry," I quickly reply. "I didn't mean to."
"I'm sorry too," Well I wasn't expecting her to apologize. "I'm not good with people, and I'm being terrible with you by overreacting."
"It's fine," I tell her. "If I was making you uncomfortable, then you should say something."
"No I was still wrong," She says, shaking her head. "I was upset with myself for running late and then yelled at you for nothing. I'm sorry for that, but I am also happy to see I wasn't the only one who barely made it here on time."
"Yeah with the number of students I saw running I doubt anyone would be punished," I say which seems to help her relax a little.
"I promised myself I wouldn't be late," The girl mumbles. "I can't believe I slept in… I'm a stupid, stupid girl."
"Hey now, don't beat yourself up. I slept in too," Once again I see the girl beside me relax a little but not completely.
"You don't understand. I only slept in because I went to bed at three AM," The girl says. "Even though I promised myself I wouldn't stay up so late."
Well, the girl sat next to me is really interesting, to say the least. I can't help but wonder what it was that kept her up so late last night even though unlike me, this girl seemed to remember clearly that we had school today.
"So…" I can't stop myself as my curiosity gets the better of me. "What kept you up last night?"
"It's… It's…" Her face turns redder than before. "It's too embarrassing to answer."
"Come on you can tell me," I insist wanting to know now more than before. "You can trust me. I won't tell a soul."
"Fine if you insist I guess I will tell you," She finally relents. "I was watching films."
I can't imagine her being into films that will keep her up at night, so does that mean the girl sitting next to me was watching something more adult? She doesn't seem like the type to do something like that, but then again, I only just met this girl.
"It's not my fault that horror movies keep me up at night," Well, I guess I was wrong, and she is the type to watch scary movies. "I can't help but see things in the shadows and jump and every sound after watching those kinds of films. I don't expect someone like you to know what it's like to be scared like that. To be engrossed in the story so that every hair on your body stands on ends… To be scared of every sound you hear in your own home. Until you have experienced the kind of fear that leaves you paralyzed, you will never know the joy of a good cult horror film."
The girl starts to breath heavy again, clearly exhausted after answering my question. She may have a screw loose, but she seems like a good person.
"You have never lived until you have seen a film that can curl your toes, chills you to your bones and gives you goosebumps all over," She continues clearly more in love with the horror genre then I would have ever thought possible.
"I'll take your word for it," I reply.
I have never been good with horror films, and I have a feeling if I don't stop her soon she will whip out her phone and start steaming one of her favorite films. I'm not sure why this girl watches those films when they scare her senseless and make it so she can't sleep at night.
"By the way, what's your name?" I ask probably too late, but I can't keep calling her the girl sitting next to me now that she opened up a little to me.
"My… Name?"She stutter, getting embarrassed again.
"Yeah, it's a little late for introductions but better late than never as they say," I say.
"My name is Yui… Yui Akiyama," She answers still nervously. "Pleased to meet you… I guess."
"Pleased to meet you, Yui," I smile. "My name is Yuki."
As soon as our introductions are complete, the first-year orientation begins with the school's principle stepping onto the stage. The principle is an elderly man with a bald head and an eye patch coving his left eye, but for a man of his age, our principle is in real good shape with a tall body that looks like it is made of nothing but muscle. Our principle introduces himself as Mr. Jin and goes on to give us a brief history of the academy, but I barely listen to a word he has to say even once his history lesson finished and he goes on about what we will be doing once our classes start. I always found school assembles boring, and this orientation is no different as I find myself feeling as if I may fall asleep. Thankfully the orientation comes to an end, and I aimlessly follow the crowd of students out of the door without a clue as to where I am meant to go.
I am really lost, and from the way Yui is sticking to me, I guess she is lost too. I really wish I was paying attention and knew where I was going. All I can do is watch as all the girls I followed out of the hall split up into groups and head to their classrooms. I could take a guess as to which one is mine because the worse thing that can happen is the class laughing at my mistake if I am wrong, but with nervous Yui, following me, I am not sure she can handle that embarrassment like I can.
At least I have one hope. I start to scan the crowd and look for Hikari. Hikari my reliable childhood friend who has always looked out for me should know where I need to be heading and she might even be able to help Yui out as well. I step to the side and let the crowd pass by with Yui doing the same. It times like these that I regrate teasing Hikari about her hight as it's biting me in the ass now that I can't find her.
When I suddenly feel a tap on my should, it makes me jump. When I turn around, I am at first relieved to see that Hikari has found me, but then that relief fades as I see the cross look she has on her face.
"You idiot! How could you miss orientation?!" Hikari yells getting the attention of several passing girls, but none of them stop to help. "I waited for you, but you didn't show, and I had to sit by myself!"
"Hikari I was there I swear I just cut it a bit close and slipped into the back row," I tell her feeling glad I have at least one witness to back me up.
"You still let me down Yuki, and you are going to make this up to me!" I am not sure what she has in mind, but I am pretty sure my wallet won't be able to take it.
"I will I promise just go easy on me," I plead praying that she will show me some mercy.
"Did you sleep in again?" At least now Hikari sounds more annoyed than angry, that's moving in the right direction, I think.
"Well yeah I did," I admit. "I just forgot about school but listen I wasn't the only one that barely made it here on time the girl I was sat next arrived at the same time as me."
"The girl you were sat next to?" I am not sure why, but Hikari seems to be getting angry again.
"Yeah, she is…" I turn to see Yui stood just behind me looking slightly scared. "It was this girl here."
"I see," Hikari says, looking Yui over. "Is she a first you too? She looks just as lost as you do Yuki."
"Yeah, I think so," I tell her. "Can you help us out Hikari we are not sure what to do or where to go?"
Hikari almost looks sad, just for a moment. But then a bright smile flashes across her face.
"I am always happy to help!" Hikari smiles. "Know that orientation is over we have to go to our homeroom and meet our teacher. I can lead the way!"
Hikari starts to happily skip away, but before I follow, I turn back to Yui to make sure she is still with me. I see Yui nod her head, and together, we follow Hikari through the halls of the school.
When we arrive in the classroom, I find it comforting that it has the same atmosphere as a regular schools classroom. The noise of friend talking amongst themselves and the faint whispers of music being played through someone's earphones are all sounds I am familiar with. There are about thirty other students in our homeroom, and all of them have already split up into smaller groups leaving myself, Hikari and Yui alone together. At least all three of us can sit next to each other, so already my homeroom doesn't seem too bad.
Looking around the classroom, I see everyone has already broken up into groups, and despite being only the first day of school, my fellow students are even in little cliques. At the back of the room are the sporty girls, and one of them even brought a basketball to school for some reason. At the front of the room, there are the bookworms with looking nervous as they shyly look around the room. By the door is the rebellious girls with neon color dyed in their hair and their clothes are untidy with a few of the girls even having their sleeves cut off.
Finally, in the middle of the classroom is me, Hikari and Yui. I've known Hikari for as long as I can remember. I have only just met Yui. I don't know how Hikari and Yui are getting along if I am being honest… I don't think they have spoken a single word to each other. I wonder if they will be friends. I hope they will get along with each other. I guess only time will tell if Hikari and Yui become friends.
The noise in the classroom finally calms down as the door opens, and a woman enters she makes her way to the front of the class before turning to face us with a smile on her face that instantly make me feel at ease. Everyone makes their way to a free seat in the class, and the teacher patiently waits for everyone to be seated before she begins to speak.
"Good morning, class! I am your homeroom teacher, Miss Otsuka! But you can all call me by my first name, Satomi!" I have a feeling I am going to get along with this teacher. Satomi seems like a kind woman, and I don't feel scared of her like I was of some of my teacher I used to have in school. "You will find that I am a very informal teacher. Unlike any teacher, you have had during your school years, for sure! I hope we can all become friends and form a bond that will carry on long after you have all graduated for the academy!"
Satomi seems like a really nice, laid back teacher I think I will grow to like over my time at this academy. Satomi has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes, but the one thing I notice most about her is in reality two very large things I see stretching her shirt. On a less shallow note, Satomi does have a very nice comforting smile. Satomi defiantly isn't bad for an older woman. Satomi is good enough to have captured the attention of the whole class, and even the rebellious girls are looking in her direction and showing her some respect.
"I am sure you all have a million questions burning in your brains, especially after orientation," Satomi continues. "Rest assured, I am here to help each, and every one of you achieve your goals and gets good grades during the year. As your homeroom teacher, I'll offer you support and guidance. If you ever need any help with any of your subjects, you can always come to me."
Satomi claps her hands together and gives off an air of confidence that instantly makes me feel like I can trust and rely on her whenever I need help. Satomi is just beaming with this energy that I can't shake or wish to after the warmth I feel it creating within me.
"No then with all that out of the way…" As she walks forward, Satomi accidentally knocks a stack of papers off of her desk with her elbow sending the important looking documents scattering across the floor.
A gasp escapes the lips of my fellow classmates. Everyone waits in silence, watch Satomi, and seeing how she will react to the mess she just made.
"O-oops…" Satomi sighs.
Bending down to pick up her papers, it isn't long before a loud thud is heard as Satomi slams her head into the corner of her desk. The sound echoes through the quiet classroom as everyone watches the scene unfold before us.
"O-ouch! Ahh…" Satomi cries out, rubbing her head.
I hear Yui quietly giggle next to me finding the scene before us funny. A few girls get up from their seats and rush to the front of the classroom to help our teacher pick up her papers. After two failures in such a short time, Satomi isn't able to maintain her composure. Satomi is glowing red and beads of embarrassed sweat trickles down her face.
"Um… Class… If you could forget that little spectacle… I would greatly appreciate it," Satomi asks us with a nervous laugh.
A few students giggle quietly as Satomi resumes her speech. Remarkably, Satomi hasn't lost the respect of the whole class after what just happened. If Satomi were a teacher at my old school, then she wouldn't be able to show her face around the class after what just happened.
"Okay, class! Where was I… Oh, yes! For our first business today, I will be covering the subjects that you will be learning this year! Let's begin!" Satomi smiles once again, regaining her composure. If you hadn't seen her accident just now, you would never know something went wrong in here by the way she is acting. "There are three core subjects you all need to attend in order to progress at the academy. These subjects are Magical History, Practical Magic, and Alchemy. Any other subjects you choose to undertake at the academy are optional but will provide credit towards your overall degree."
The classes seem pretty easy. In Magical History, we will learn about the origins of magical girls and how they became so commonplace in our world. We will learn about several of the most famous magical girls and the way magical girls have impacted our modern society. In Practical Magic class, we will be training to hone our minds and bodies as well as learn spells. I think that Practical Magic will be my favorite class. Finally, in Alchemy class, we will be learning how to make magical items ranging from swords to staves. We will also learn how to make potions and portals, Alchemy seems like it will be a very interesting class.
This academy seems pretty cool. I had no idea what it took to become a magical girl before now. I guess it makes sense when I think about it. All the magical girls I have ever heard about most have worked really hard to achieve the things they did. Beside me, I hear a pen frantically scraping against a sheet of paper. I turn to see Hikari taking notes with her tongue sticking out the side of her mouth as she concentrates on writing down what the teacher says. On my other side, Yui is also taking notes, but at the same time, I notice she has also doodled a wicked witch stirring a cauldron.
"Your time here at the academy will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. In fact, when you look back on these days, you may think it was all just a dream! That's how pleasant your days here will be." Satomi's smile never left her face the whole time she was talking. "That said, don't think you can just slack off. To graduate, you will need to put in a lot of hard work."
The rest of the day passes by in the blur as we are given a quick tour of the academy and spend some time getting to know our fellow classmates. I have never been good when it comes to first impressions, and today was no different. Well, Hikari was quick to make friends with the entire class. All I did was make awkward small talk and failed to make a connection with anyone. Yui was like me at first, but soon she became part of the bookworm group leaving me by myself for the rest of the meet and greet part of the day. I know it's stupid, but I felt so relieved when Hiakri and Yui returned to my side.
Before I know it, I am filling out of the classroom with the rest of my class. Hikari is pulling me along, and Yui is still following me like she did earlier. Hikari tugs me to the side of the hall before she spins around and faces me.
"So, Yuki, what did you think? Everything sounds so exciting, right?" Hikari cheerfully asks.
"Yeah," I nod my head. "I think I'll enjoy my time here."
"Oh, I am so glad to hear that! I think we will have most of our classes together so we can help each other out with our studies!" Hikari says, smiling as I notice Yui is still with us only now she is staring absentmindedly at her phone. Maybe I should see if she wants to hang out with Hikari and me. "I can't wait for Magical History class, I can't wait to learn about famous magical girls like..."
I just let Hikari trail off, I know what she gets like when she's like this and that Hikari will just continue listing off famous magical girls until she ran out of names to list. Instead of paying attention to my childhood friend turn to face Yui.
"Hey," I say, causing Yui to look up from her phone looking a little uncomfortable.
"I wasn't following you around, I swear!" Yui quickly tells me although I never accused her of anything like that.
"Don't worry about it," I assure her. "I take it you don't know anyone at this school."
"Yeah, I am by myself here," Yui admits looking down for a moment before she looks to me with a smile forming on her lips. "But I am glad that I met at least one nice person here."
"Me too," I tell her. "If you want to you are more then welcome to hang out with Hikari and me anytime you want."
As night falls and the once warm heat of the day cools down enough so that you can feel a chill in the air, most people are fast asleep, but not me and my collages. Wearing makes to hide our identity, we move boxes of supplies in silence, knowing what we are doing is wrong, but we have chosen to walk this path. The path we walk is one of blood and death that others will hate us for walking, but this is something we must do. In order to break free from the person that controls this world, we need the strength to defeat them. It is the only way we can achieve our goals.
"So we are really doing this?" I turn to my green haired subordinate and dear friend. "Are we really going to attack that academy?"
"Yes," I tell her. "Yes, we are."
"About time we took our revenge on that place," My green haired friend says. "After all, their students killed our mentor's."
"Just remember not to get carried away," I warn her. "We are not as strong as we used to be."
With that, we go back to work. We have a lot of things to prepare if we want to break free of this world and the person who controls it. The time to finish our mentor's work has come at last. I just hope we are ready.