I didn’t have to look too hard to find Ishi, thankfully– she stood in the lobby, looking about half-awake. Just as I suspected.
Hey, you okay? You missed the meeting…
Remember? We were gonna meet in the library this morning and–
Shit! Why didn't you wake me up?!
I can’t break into your room, Ishi.
You coulda just banged on the door or somethin’!
That wouldn’t have made any difference, you sleep like a log!
…Oh, there was Jurou, walking around the corner and giving Ishi a shy wave.
Hi… um, didn’t you say you would be at the meeting too?
Wouldja believe I overslept?! My sleep schedule’s totally outta wack, bein’ in space an’ all! Where’s the dang sun?
How does anyone sleep through that horrible alarm…?
W-well, I just wanted to make sure you were, uh, okay. With the secrets and all.
Yeah, it ain’t anything you don’t know, Tim. The way they worded it is absolute bullshit though! Makin’ me sound like a criminal!
Jurou politely averted his gaze as Ishi pulled the letter out of her bra and read it off to me.
Ishi Utsunomiya has been expelled from two different schools for violent outbursts.
I mean… that is pretty much what happened, isn’t it?
They were beatin’ up on my lil’ bro, man, what the hell was I supposed to do? Just let him sit there and take it?!
Never said it wasn’t justified.
Y-yeah, my brothers can take care o’ themselves, but if somebody tried t’hurt the babby sister… I getcha.
All three of us fell silent for a moment as we pondered the elephant in the room. Our brothers and sisters… would we get to see them again…?
Getting stuck in this rut again wouldn’t help anyone, though. I tried to change the subject.
W-what about you, Jurou? Do you wanna talk about your secret?
Uhhh… it’s really dumb…
I’m sure it’s not any sillier than mine!
I know what it is already!~ There’s nothing wrong with Fall Out Boy!
ACK! B-but it’s so mainstream! Ruins my garage band cred… weh…
Oh! I’ve heard of Fall Out Boy!
See?! Too mainstream! Ugh! But their stuff is just so darn catchy…
I left Jurou to his pouting and Ishi to her teasing and headed for the dorms with a smile. At least those two were alright… but they weren’t really the ones I was worried about.