The day was kind to the new students at Seton Academy. It was one of the fall days when the last vestiges of summer appeared, giving them one last warm embrace before autumn truly arrived. The crowd of students all chattered amongst themselves, eagerly waiting for their dean to arrive and welcome them officially. With such a diverse student body with so many animals, there were practically no humans to be seen.
Well, except for one, who was waving goodbye to his children.
"Bye, dad! See you during the winter break!" Lanka called out as she dashed towards the crowd of students that had started to gather around the dean. Except for her long streaks of black hair that she had received from her father Jin, she was a spitting image of her mother Ranka, down to her personality. Slightly smaller than average girl her age, she more than made up for it with her massive presence. Bubbly, always smiling and high energy, she was the first person that you would notice in a crowd, helped by her unique pink and black-streaked head of hair.
Her brother Riku simply waved back at their parents as he followed his sister. Tall with fluffy dark hair that barely covered his small wolf ears, it would have been easy to mistake father and son, were it not for the tail and ears. Turning, his orange and yellow eyes shone as he gazed for the first time upon the school his parents went to. Aunt Hitomi had told them countless stories about the cooking club and the many friends they made at the school.
Jin and Ranka gazed longingly at the crowd, watching their children mingle with the mass of students. They knew that they would see them in a few months, but those months would drag on with their eldest children out of the home. Jin was looking suspiciously at the other animals, especially the bears that were just entering the school.
Sensing his apprehension, Ranka shuffled right up next to him and wrapped her arm around his, entwining their fingers together. "Don't worry Jin, I heard that the school has become much stricter on students being rough. And if they cause any trouble, Lanka will protect Riku!" Jin smiled at his wife's optimism. "I don't doubt that; I just hope that they will be fine."
The couple watched as the bears approached Riku.
Lanka tensed up and dashed up to shield her brother, remembering her parents telling her about the fights that they had with these animals. But Riku just patted her, easing her tension. He then likewise approached them, confidently pulling out one of the manga books that he had brought with him. The bears pulled out their copies of the same series and let out a cheer, finally meeting their friend in real life. The group then started to chatter about the lastest chapter that had released, with Lanka joining in the discussion.
"See? They will be just fine." Ranka smugly said, nuzzling up her cheek against his shoulder. Jin breathed a sigh of relief, happy that he was proven wrong.
"Maybe they will be." Jin smiled and look down at his wife's face. All these years and he never quite got used to the fact that of all the mates she could have chosen, Jin was always her first choice, while it had taken him years just to see her as a girlfriend. But now, he could not imagine himself with anyone else right here, at his side, and watching their children go off to school.
"What's wrong? Is there something you see in my fur?" Ranka asked, seeing how Jin's eyes had glazed a bit as he was mesmerized by his wife. Coming back to earth, Jin shook his head and chuckled. "Nothing, I was just thinking about how lucky I am that I found you." Ranka laughed. "And it only took you 15 years to admit you love me," she replied, as the pair began walking towards the downtown.
"Better late than never," Jin said, gently squeezing her hand. "But now that I did, I will never let go." Ranka laughed. "And neither will I!" She squealed, leaping up and giving him a small licking session. Jin just smiled and held her up by the waist, the couple walking off towards their home. "No matter what happens Ranka, I will always hold you up."