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DXN - Welcome to City N Again - Part 1

Feb 6th, 2016
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  1. [13:13] <Cherem> ==== x ====
  2. [13:14] <Cherem> The car drive is fast: after all, it's not that far away. However, you come across the scene, and there's already cars stopped, people reversing. Up ahead, you can see the bus, still on fire.
  3. [13:15] <Cherem> Really it's a miracle you heard about it before the media started.
  4. [13:16] * Cerys_Doyle stops the car. "Shite."
  5. [13:17] <Cherem> Above, you can see there's a woman at the fire, watching something already gone. Actually, you've seen her before: Shin-something, one of Honda's fellow Tindalos members.
  6. [13:18] * Sargeant is now known as Kisami_Mako
  7. [13:18] <Cherem> Kisa-something*
  8. [13:19] <Kisami_Mako> The woman is holding up what seems to be a firearm, which she promplty lowers for whatever reason.
  9. [13:19] <Cerys_Doyle> "Oi, let's be ready fer anything, aye?" She's looking at you Goemon.
  10. [13:20] <Cherem> Honda is already out, his suit jacket left in the car, in his vest as he speed-walks towards the woman, raising his hand in greeting.
  11. [13:20] <Goemon_Hozuki> "I got you" Goemon nods in return.
  12. [13:21] * Cerys_Doyle follows, eyeing the whole scene to take in any threats and alternative escape routes.
  13. [13:21] <Kisami_Mako> She waves at him with a concerned look, but not sheathing her weapon. "I'm glad you're here. Listen, I need to check on a friend of mine, she shouldn't be here."
  14. [13:22] <Cherem> "I'm certain a lot of people shouldn't be," Honda nods, "My car's open, did you see what happened?"
  15. [13:22] * Goemon_Hozuki goemon follows close behind trying to keep with distance to jump in front of anything coming at honda.
  16. [13:23] <Kisami_Mako> "I don't know, I wasn't looking - a loud crash, the bus is half gone, a girl crawls out, heals her injuries and blasts off... it's a mess." She makes sure the safety of her gun is off for now.
  17. [13:25] <Cherem> "... An overed was on the bus? Did they cause this, you think?" Honda moves towards the bus, his sleeves rolled up as he eyes the wreckage.
  18. [13:27] <Kisami_Mako> "I couldn't tell you. I don't know. Less than a minute later, you're here. As of now, you know just as much as I do. She was wearing a school uniform, too. Listen, I'll be back in just a moment." With that, she runs off to Miyaki-chan.
  19. [13:31] <Cherem> "A student?" Honda frowns, turning to the others, "Doyle, you have a friend around here, right? Can you give her a call?"
  20. [13:31] <Cherem> At the sidewalk, Miyaki is looking around in a daze, "What... do you know those people?"
  21. [13:32] * Cerys_D nods and pulls out her phone dialing. "Operator, situation."
  22. [13:32] <Cherem> And in her secluded room, Operator's phone rings.
  23. [13:34] <Cherem> "Did she see anything?" Honda turns back to the wreckage, and walks dangerous close to the flames, looking for survivors.
  24. [13:35] <Cherem> As he does, two more figures come into view: two young women, one with long, black hair and a school uniform, the other... well, you've seen her on TV.
  25. [13:36] * Kisami_Mako takes Miyuki in charge. "Alright, you go home, right? I'll call some other police officers to handle this. Right now, I'm first answer to this emergency."
  26. [13:36] * Cerys_Doyle holds her phone out, speaker on. "What can ye tell us?"
  27. [13:36] <Cherem> Miyuki nods a little, "Ah, yeah. I can do that. You're sure you'll be okay?"
  28. [13:37] <Otomo_Reiko> "Operator speaking. I can confirm at least one Overed was on the scene, possibly two."
  29. [13:38] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu dashes over with Ginyomi, surveying the area. Clearly she is not a happy camper.
  30. [13:38] <Kisami_Mako> She takes on a proud smile and winks at her. "Have I ever been not okay, dear? I'll see you tomorrow!"
  31. [13:39] <Cherem> Ginyomi waves at Honda, who returns the guesture, clearly getting flustered at seeing her. Ginyomi turns to the others, "You, you're with Honda?" she glances at the phone, "What happened here?"
  32. [13:40] <Cherem> Miyuki smiles weakly and nods, "Alright... here, let me know when you get home or I'll worry. That's all." She waves as she heads out, giving the mottley assembly a quick look before heading out. She hesitates a moment, but keeps going.
  33. [13:41] <Otomo_Reiko> "Bus explosion. Multiple witnesses. May have been caused by another Overed but I can't be certain. Another did flee the scene with incredible speed."
  34. [13:41] <Kisami_Mako> She waves her friend off with her softest smile, giving in a little sigh as she turns the corner. She makes her way back to Honda, still concerned. "Anything new?"
  35. [13:42] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "You saw it all?" She looks at the others, "And you arrived afterwards?" Still turning her head, her eyes fall on Mako, "And you are with them?"
  36. [13:42] * Cerys_Doyle continues to hold out the phone, face stone as the others converse.
  37. [13:47] <Otomo_Reiko> "More or less, correct."
  38. [13:47] * Goemon_Hozuki nods
  39. [13:48] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Got any kind of a description on the Overeds?"
  40. [13:49] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "Anything."
  41. [13:49] <Otomo_Reiko> "The one with the most visual exposure was wearing a local school uniform."
  42. [13:52] <Otomo_Reiko> "The other was caught by surrounding cameras but the UGN has already taken them offline. I can try digging around for any copies of the footage that may have been recorded."
  43. [13:52] <Kisami_Mako> "One of them was a schoolgirl. She has grievious injuries, but... Not much else distinctive about her. She healed, and poof."
  44. [13:53] <Cherem> "Alright. So, there's the local school." Ginyomi looks down at her uniform, and rubs her forehead, "I will be attending, but at the same time, Honda." She gives him a look.
  45. [13:53] <Goemon_Hozuki> "So a student who runs really fast and can heal?" Goemon asks.
  46. [13:53] <Cherem> "We'll figure it out, Ma'am." Honda doesn't snap to attention, but nods, "Well, this is better than a stuffy meeting, right?"
  47. [13:53] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I bet her uniform is still a little grievous even if her body isn't."
  48. [13:54] <Cherem> "You're not off the hook for that yet," Ginyomi responds, "Sounds like an Overed. And that too, the uniform. An easy place to start.
  49. [13:55] <Kisami_Mako> "You might have a point about that. Ah, and I just wanted to go home and watch my romcoms..." She growls with a shake of the head. "So, we should track her down is what you're saying." She then considers the others for a moment. "Name's Mako. Don't let the uniform throw you off."
  50. [13:56] <Kisami_Mako> Indeed, she's wearing a uniform of the JSDF, right now. Her shoulder patches indicate she's of the sergeant rank. She's been at this for a while.
  51. [13:59] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I figure the girl is just a victim or a target. But yeah, I'd like to see if it's possible to talk to her and go from there."
  52. [14:00] <Otomo_Reiko> The sound of loud keystrokes and rapid typing comes from Cerys' phone.
  53. [14:01] <Cherem> "Track her down. Ask around. I'll keep an eye out at school as well." Ginyomi looks at Honda.
  54. [14:04] <Cherem> Honda nods, "We'll look into this. Whoever did this..."
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  57. [15:09] <Cherem> ==== X ====
  58. [15:26] <Cherem> In the aftermath of the explosion, there's some legwork to be done. Asking witnesses, following the girl, checking cameras. You notice she's actually related to an Arson case: namely, her house was burned down. Attending the local High School, her name is Chou Minami.
  59. [15:28] <Cherem> So another thing comes up while you search: this is not the first time this has happened, apparantly.
  60. [15:39] <Cherem> As you look between varying sources, from people talking trash in bars, to police reports, to overheard conversations, you start to see a pattern. About a month ago, people started getting jumped. It could be students, adults, anybody, but nobody died. Along with that, several cases of arson, several small fires, marked with actual deaths. And one house fire, killing two and maiming two more, the home of one student, Chou Minami.
  61. [15:42] <Cherem> On top of that, you notice that they all seem to be happening in the same area, overlapping with the school, and your neighborhood is on the very edge of it. How nice.
  62. [15:56] <Cherem> At the end of your investigations, the next step is made clear. Visiting the school and figuring out what's the deal with Chou Minami.
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  65. [16:02] <Cherem> ==== X ====
  66. [16:06] <Cherem> City N Public High School. On a school day like today, it's nice and crowded, and most of the kids are in class, but the sudden arrival of a celebrity has shaken things up a bit. While the school was made aware of it, and some strings were pulled, there's no public official who's really ready for a star showing up.
  67. [16:06] <Cherem> "Do you think this will work?" Honda is wearing sunglass obscuring his face, dressed in his suit. Looking at Miyu, he looks very... well, businesslike, almost like a bodyguard himself. Although, that's the whole idea.
  68. [16:07] <Cherem> With Honda, Doyle, and Goemon acting as your "bodyguards" for a minor event, it would give Overwatch a chance to peek into the computers without worry, and a chance for you to ask around about Minami.
  69. [16:08] <Goemon_Hozuki> "No but it should give us a bit a leeway shouldnt it?" Goemon asks with a smile on his face.
  70. [16:08] <Ai_Yuu> Ai is in her uniform; probably enough to blend in, once she gets some distance between her and Honda. She pretends to be one of Minami's friends, hoping to cover up the lie through sheer apologetic awkwardness.
  71. [16:09] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I hope so, because this hurts my soul. Do you have any idea how many times they told me I had to show less cleavage or wear a longer skirt? It's like seeing my thighs would strike people dead." Miyu mutters to Honda.
  72. [16:10] <Cherem> Waiting to greet you is the School's Principal, a man with a shaven head and hands behind his back. Behind him there's some other minor members of the school, but the real onlookers are in the school windows. It's still classtime here, but nobody's really focusing on learning. Even a few teachers are looking out and trying to get a glimpse of the car.
  73. [16:11] <Cherem> "I'm sorry, Ms.Shinjou." Honda apologizes, stepping out of the car and opening the door, "But, you've given us a good chance."
  74. [16:12] <Cherem> Up above, Ai, you're one of the several students who are closest to the window, and as a result you are crowded, crowded, there are far too many people right there in your space.
  75. [16:13] <Ai_Yuu> "Ghgf--" Ai wiggles, cheek pressed up against the glass!
  76. [16:13] <Cherem> On the other side, Class Rep Hidea is talking with the teacher, exchanging words about... something.
  77. [16:14] <Cherem> Similarly uninterested is one of the new students: the boy, only here a month, is doodling in his notebook. He seems completely unphased about the events that are occuring.
  78. [16:14] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu steps out of the car and waves to no one in particular. She smiles, but not too much. Can't clash with the broody image, after all.
  79. [16:15] <Cherem> Up above, you can see several phones come out, to join the ones already out. Can't deny the publicity.
  80. [16:15] * Cerys_Doyle gets out of the car as well, managing to keep her intimidating look. Of course children shouldn't be too hard to intimidate.
  81. [16:15] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon steps out and tries to use a hat to cover some of his face.
  82. [16:16] <Cherem> "Ah, Miss Shinjou, thank you for arriving. And you brought your... entourage too." He glances between them.
  83. [16:16] <Cherem> "Ah yes. Miss Shinjou has her own reasons, you must understand," Honda smiles warmly.
  84. [16:18] <Cherem> Despite your face pressed to the glass, you get a good listen in to what people are saying.
  85. [16:18] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Thank you for having me here."
  86. [16:18] <Cherem> "Oh, an idol? here?" "Yeah, to visit Minami. You know, the girl whose house-" "Shh, don't talk too loud. Don't mention that name"
  87. [16:20] <Cherem> And on the other side of the room, the class rep's voice manages to carry right to your ear, "So she's been in the infirmary this whole time... And, Akane..." Seems Minami and this other girl were at odds.
  88. [16:21] <Cherem> Although, come to think of it, you can remember Minami. She was actually a pretty calm girl, almost completely forgettable, save for one little note: She was sweet on that new boy, a point of contention with the other transfer student.
  89. [16:22] <Ai_Yuu> "--?" Ai's ear wiggles, briefly honing to a pointed tip as she eavesdrops. Akane... got it! But Minami's in the infirmary? Yuu wriggles, pushing off with just a little too much strength to be natural, making her way out of the crowd; she pauses just long enough to glance at the doodling boy's work.
  90. [16:24] <Cherem> "Now, you wanted to see Minami, yes?" The principal nods, 'She's been in our infirmary and we informed her about your visit. She's actually a fan, Miss Shinjou. Now, if you and your people will follow me..." He turns to lead you.
  91. [16:25] <Cherem> Honda looks at the others and nods, sending a quick text on his phone. Overwatch, that's him asking for you to start probing in and bringing up anything relevant about this Minami girl.
  92. [16:26] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu nods, walking along and waving every now and then at anyone she happens to catch staring.
  93. [16:28] <Cherem> And boy do they stare. An idol with bodyguards? Who couldn't? You also get your fair share of picture attempts, but Honda puts himself in front of them unless you're posing. Thoughtful.
  94. [16:29] <Cerys_Doyle> If anyone gets close, Cerys makes sure they are given enough reason not to, being reasonable that they are children.
  95. [16:30] <Shinjou_Miyu> Alas, no posing, just waves and smiles.
  96. [16:30] <Cherem> The boy, Michio, looks up at you Ai as you pass. A little smile crosses his face as he moves to cover it, but you can catch a girl's face. But at the same time, you feel a piercing gaze into your back.
  97. [16:31] <Ai_Yuu> "!!" Ai whips around, almost fast enough that her tails might pop out.
  98. [16:31] <Cherem> None of them seem to make a go for it, although one boy does get a little too close and recieves a strong-arm out the way.
  99. [16:33] <Cherem> From the crowd, the other transfer student, Akane, has her eyes on you. Her hair is short, bobbed, and black, and her face is obscured by a cough mask, one that she's worn every single day for the past month. What else of her face that is visible is mostly scar tissue. Lovely.
  100. [16:33] <Cherem> Her eyes through are cold, hard, and fixed right on you.
  101. [16:35] <Cherem> As you approach the Medical room, the Principal stops and turns, "Now, she's been very tired recently, and through some hard things. We have her do her lessons in here though, so, please bear her situation in mind."
  102. [16:37] <Cherem> "Ah, Ai, right?" The boy doesn't seem to have noticed her, "Not interested in the Idol?"
  103. [16:37] <Shinjou_Miyu> "So I've heard. We'll be considerate."
  104. [16:38] <Ai_Yuu> The Chimera maintains eye contact, bringing the hot yang to the staredown. It's more instinct than intent, though, and the boy has her turning back around, shy and civil asserting over the beast's fangs. "Oh--um--yes. I mean, no. I like... boys more." --wait. Er... Think fast! "Who are you drawing?"
  105. [16:40] <Cherem> With that, the Principal nods, opening the door and stepping aside. Inside, the medical room is actually quite nice. It has a window at the far end and several beds with pull sheets, and the center is taken up by a young girl in a school uniform. Laying in the bed, she's surrounded by books from her studies. As you enter she turns away from the door: could she have heard the principal?
  106. [16:40] <Cherem> But after a moment she turns back, and smiles, "Oh! You're here! Miss Shinjou!"
  107. [16:42] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Hello." Miyu strolls over to the bed and smiles sweetly. "Chou Minami, right? You can call me Miyu."
  108. [16:42] <Cherem> Michio laughs a little, "Ah, I just, you know..." he shows his sketchbook shyly, "I tried drawing Minami, but, I don't think I'm that kind of artist." Honestly, it doesn't look that bad.
  109. [16:44] <Ai_Yuu> "I think it's good!"
  110. [16:45] <Cherem> The girl sits up, and that's when you can see it: her left arm is almost entirely bandaged. "Oh! I- yes! Please, call me Chou."
  111. [16:45] <Cherem> "I can't believe you actually came!" She looks like she's seen a star, and, well... "I tried to organize things in here a little more."
  112. [16:46] <Cherem> "O-oh, you think?" Michio flushes a little, looking at it, "I... thank you. Honestly I've been trying to practice more, but other things get in the way." He glances back up at you, "You know how it-"
  113. [16:47] <Cherem> "Michio-san." From behind you, a very quiet, somewhat muffled voice. Akane's voice. "You should not be drawing in your book."
  114. [16:47] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I heard things had been difficult for you. So I really felt like I should try and show some support, Chou."
  115. [16:49] <Cherem> The girl flushes, looking down. "Oh. I would... I would appreciate that." From this close, she has a pretty plain look about her, but there's a certain... purity in the way she talks. Very calm.
  116. [16:49] <Cherem> "And you, other-previous-transfer-student," Akane's eyes bore into the back of Ai's neck, "You should not be disturbing Michio."
  117. [16:50] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Do you feel like things will get better for you?" Miyu asks, reaching for a pen.
  118. [16:52] <Cherem> "Ah..." Minami stops for a moment, eyes on her arm. One of her legs is covered completely by her blanket, and it's easy to tell why as she moves it. Again, nothing but bandages. Half her body, easily.
  119. [16:54] <Ai_Yuu> Ai rounds on Akane, reflex again dragging her to meet a challenge with a challenge. "Rrrh--" She cuts herself off again, biting her tongue. "I'm not... bothering him."
  120. [16:55] <Cherem> "She isn't, Akane." Michio's voice takes a little bit of an edge, and you're welcome to a very intense staring match between the two. The heat could cut through steel.
  121. [16:58] <Cherem> And then, he backs down. Akane turns to you, Ai, "I would advise leaving Michio alone. He is bad luck."
  122. [16:59] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Well, it's admirable that you've come as far as you have. Just don't be afraid to reach out for a little help or vent if you need to. It helps keep us all sane." Miyu pauses to look over the bandages. "What would you like me to sign?"
  123. [17:00] * Cerys_Doyle looks around suddenly, leaning over to the others. "Where'd the principal go?"
  124. [17:01] <Cherem> "Ah, perhaps..." Miyu hesitates, looking up.
  125. [17:01] <Ai_Yuu> "There's no such thing!" Ai bristles again, but remembering her father's wisdom brings back another about self-control. She runs fingers through her pale hair, glancing back at Michio. "Show me the next thing you draw, okay?" A small smile, and Ai makes to leave. Better go sneak down to the infirmary!
  126. [17:01] <Cherem> "Ah. so you noticed." A voice comes from one of the other beds, and the sheet opens wide. Sitting there, there's... an exact duplicate of Minami.
  127. [17:02] <Cherem> "Tch. I was hoping it would last longer-" The duplicate stands up and points at you demandingly, "You! Who are you all?! And what do you want with her?!"
  128. [17:02] <Cherem> Minami, the one you were talking to, freezes, turning to look at her doppelganger.
  129. [17:04] * Cerys_Doyle takes a step forward to put herself between the doubles and her charges.
  130. [17:05] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu looks, too. Possessive twin sister, maybe? She bites down a sarcastic remark with some effort. "Just here to show a little support and sign an autograph. I'm sorry if we disturbed you."
  131. [17:06] <Cherem> "Tch. Don't lie to me-" There's a flood of something, almost immediatelly. Minami passes out as her duplicate keeps her eyes locked on you. Warding.
  132. [17:06] <Cherem> Michio nods a little, flushing a little. But it's short lived: as you leave, you can hear Akane snatching away his notebook.
  133. [17:07] <Cherem> However, by this point the teacher has noticed, and is heading on an intercept course.
  134. [17:08] <Cherem> As this is all happening, Overwatch is getting a nice look at the UGN database and the person before you. UGN Child, Codename "Blessed Wind". Syndrome, Hanuman/Angel Halo.
  135. [17:08] <Cherem> Known member of the UGN task force "Bloodhounds" and several-year hunter of False Hearts.
  136. [17:10] <Cherem> Reading more, seems like she's been assigned to hunt down a False Heart agent, codenamed "Uncle Father". How lovely.
  137. [17:11] <Cherem> The girl in question is still pointing at you, demanding that you reveal your identity.
  138. [17:11] * Cerys_Doyle pulls out her phone, checking the notification.
  139. [17:11] <Cherem> In response, Honda raises his hands, "We're not who you think we are. Who are you?"
  140. [17:14] <Cherem> "I don't have to tell you anything. You're Overed. UGN members have to identify themselves." You can see her hand wind back, her arm lighting up with sigils, symbols, and arcs of white light.
  141. [17:14] <Cherem> "So if you aren't saying who you are..."
  142. [17:15] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Fine. We were around when that bus got mangled. Some of us were worried that you were the target of something. We asked around and figured it was either that or you're a total disaster magnet."
  143. [17:16] <Cherem> Blessed Wind hesitates, "I... Wait. You saw that?"
  144. [17:19] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Yes. Or I should say one of us did. Felt there was another Overed in the area at the time, too. Then we just put two and two together and figured whatever happened was an attempt at getting rid of you."
  145. [17:21] <Cherem> "Well... Her." Blessed Wind crosses her arms, nodding at Minami. "Poor thing. We think the one who burned her house down was..." She frowns, "You haven't tried to kill me yet. So you're not False Hearts either."
  146. [17:23] <Shinjou_Miyu> "We're not. We're hoping to keep people safe. We'd like to find who's responsible."
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  152. [16:08] <Ai_Yuu> Ai is in her uniform; probably enough to blend in, once she gets some distance between her and Honda. She pretends to be one of Minami's friends, hoping to cover up the lie through sheer apologetic awkwardness.
  153. [16:12] <Cherem> Up above, Ai, you're one of the several students who are closest to the window, and as a result you are crowded, crowded, there are far too many people right there in your space.
  154. [16:13] <Ai_Yuu> "Ghgf--" Ai wiggles, cheek pressed up against the glass!
  155. [16:13] <Cherem> On the other side, Class Rep Hidea is talking with the teacher, exchanging words about... something.
  156. [16:14] <Cherem> Similarly uninterested is one of the new students: the boy, only here a month, is doodling in his notebook. He seems completely unphased about the events that are occuring.
  157. [16:18] <Cherem> Despite your face pressed to the glass, you get a good listen in to what people are saying.
  158. [16:18] <Cherem> "Oh, an idol? here?" "Yeah, to visit Minami. You know, the girl whose house-" "Shh, don't talk too loud. Don't mention that name"
  159. [16:20] <Cherem> And on the other side of the room, the class rep's voice manages to carry right to your ear, "So she's been in the infirmary this whole time... And, Akane..." Seems Minami and this other girl were at odds.
  160. [16:21] <Cherem> Although, come to think of it, you can remember Minami. She was actually a pretty calm girl, almost completely forgettable, save for one little note: She was sweet on that new boy, a point of contention with the other transfer student.
  161. [16:22] <Ai_Yuu> "--?" Ai's ear wiggles, briefly honing to a pointed tip as she eavesdrops. Akane... got it! But Minami's in the infirmary? Yuu wriggles, pushing off with just a little too much strength to be natural, making her way out of the crowd; she pauses just long enough to glance at the doodling boy's work.
  162. [16:30] <Cherem> The boy, Michio, looks up at you Ai as you pass. A little smile crosses his face as he moves to cover it, but you can catch a girl's face. But at the same time, you feel a piercing gaze into your back.
  163. [16:31] <Ai_Yuu> "!!" Ai whips around, almost fast enough that her tails might pop out.
  164. [16:33] <Cherem> From the crowd, the other transfer student, Akane, has her eyes on you. Her hair is short, bobbed, and black, and her face is obscured by a cough mask, one that she's worn every single day for the past month. What else of her face that is visible is mostly scar tissue. Lovely.
  165. [16:33] <Cherem> Her eyes through are cold, hard, and fixed right on you.
  166. [16:37] <Cherem> "Ah, Ai, right?" The boy doesn't seem to have noticed her, "Not interested in the Idol?"
  167. [16:38] <Ai_Yuu> The Chimera maintains eye contact, bringing the hot yang to the staredown. It's more instinct than intent, though, and the boy has her turning back around, shy and civil asserting over the beast's fangs. "Oh--um--yes. I mean, no. I like... boys more." --wait. Er... Think fast! "Who are you drawing?"
  168. [16:42] <Cherem> Michio laughs a little, "Ah, I just, you know..." he shows his sketchbook shyly, "I tried drawing Minami, but, I don't think I'm that kind of artist." Honestly, it doesn't look that bad.
  169. [16:44] <Ai_Yuu> "I think it's good!"
  170. [16:46] <Cherem> "O-oh, you think?" Michio flushes a little, looking at it, "I... thank you. Honestly I've been trying to practice more, but other things get in the way." He glances back up at you, "You know how it-"
  171. [16:47] <Cherem> "Michio-san." From behind you, a very quiet, somewhat muffled voice. Akane's voice. "You should not be drawing in your book."
  172. [16:49] <Cherem> "And you, other-previous-transfer-student," Akane's eyes bore into the back of Ai's neck, "You should not be disturbing Michio."
  173. [16:54] <Ai_Yuu> Ai rounds on Akane, reflex again dragging her to meet a challenge with a challenge. "Rrrh--" She cuts herself off again, biting her tongue. "I'm not... bothering him."
  174. [16:55] <Cherem> "She isn't, Akane." Michio's voice takes a little bit of an edge, and you're welcome to a very intense staring match between the two. The heat could cut through steel.
  175. [16:58] <Cherem> And then, he backs down. Akane turns to you, Ai, "I would advise leaving Michio alone. He is bad luck."
  176. [17:01] <Ai_Yuu> "There's no such thing!" Ai bristles again, but remembering her father's wisdom brings back another about self-control. She runs fingers through her pale hair, glancing back at Michio. "Show me the next thing you draw, okay?" A small smile, and Ai makes to leave. Better go sneak down to the infirmary!
  177. [17:06] <Cherem> Michio nods a little, flushing a little. But it's short lived: as you leave, you can hear Akane snatching away his notebook.
  178. [17:07] <Cherem> However, by this point the teacher has noticed, and is heading on an intercept course.
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