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The Hums of Yui Kodai

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Throughout this world, there existed many flavours, fresh, savoury, sweet, light—the absolute best to grace the tongue, and the tastes loathed by the few who ever endured its pain. 

Enter, the tomato.

Brilliantly red, plump, and filled to the top with a sweet and acidic flavour that could only be described as 'fucking great!'. Such a wonder fruit known as the tomato has made a name for itself all over the world—from its humble beginnings in South America, lasting long into this New Age of Quirks. 

And today, a greater form of this behemoth was about to introduce itself to our young hero.

The phenomena began today.

"You've never had ketchup before?" asked a surprised Pony Tsunotori, peering closer to the receiver of this pressing question. Her slightly broken Japanese was impeccable, as always.


No 1-A student would be able to tell, but this quiet and short answer seemed to startle Pony even more, but the Japanese cogs in Yui’s head started to turn.

"You're missing out, Yui. I'll just go and get some from the shops then! Piece of cake!"

Ketch…up? What was that? Maybe that was one of her English phrases—she’d said something like 'Catch up, damnit!!' during a training exercise before. 

Her Japanese…it sounded like some sort of food! Just what was she saying to her?

Please, what’s the 'piece of cake'?


Her response fell on deaf ears, as the American girl had vanished from the dorms, with no trace left. 

But what was left was the faces of her classmates staring down the dorm exit in shock.

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Pony Tsunotori had returned.

"Hey, Yui! Here’s some chips and ketchup, you’ve gotta try it!"

There were many fries on this plate, a bit too many for a single person. Not that she wanted to speak, but those chips smelt pretty damn good.


Yui was indeed surprised to see this many. But intrigued her more was the thick, red liquid that was spurted on the side of the dish. Surely, the red and white container next to it, with such an odd shape, would give her an explanation.

It read…Heinz? Heinz—Tomato 'Ketchup'?

She didn’t mean to drool at the second word.


Trying this new food, was a newfound duty.

Her hand reached out before she could even think, taking a chip, and dipping it into the red depths—and took a soft bite.

Oh my God.

The rush of sweetness from tomato’s flavours, and a perfect combination of ingredients that she'd never be able to see, that made this red riot into a completely different beast!

This…this was…this was simply… 


Yui might have enjoyed it a bit too much.