[Talk - Ishi and Jurou]

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.

Tim speaks.
Timaeus

Hey, you okay? You missed the meeting…

Ishi looks confused.
Ishi

…meeting?

Tim laughs nervously.
Timaeus

Remember? We were gonna meet in the library this morning and–

Ishi yells.
Ishi

Shit! Why didn't you wake me up?!

Tim sighs.
Timaeus

I can’t break into your room, Ishi.

Ishi grumbles.
Ishi

You coulda just banged on the door or somethin’!

Tim grumbles.
Timaeus

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.

Jurou blushes a little.
Jurou

G’mornin’…

Ishi grins.
Ishi

Hey dude!

Tim smiles.
Timaeus

Hi… um, didn’t you say you would be at the meeting too?

Jurou grumbles.
Jurou

Wouldja believe I overslept?! My sleep schedule’s totally outta wack, bein’ in space an’ all! Where’s the dang sun?

Tim sighs.
Timaeus

How does anyone sleep through that horrible alarm…?

Tim frowns.
Timaeus

W-well, I just wanted to make sure you were, uh, okay. With the secrets and all.

Ishi grumbles.
Ishi

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.

Tim laughs nervously.
Timaeus

I mean… that is pretty much what happened, isn’t it?

Ishi yells.
Ishi

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?!

Tim smiles gently.
Timaeus

Never said it wasn’t justified.

Jurou frowns.
Jurou

Y-yeah, my brothers can take care o’ themselves, but if somebody tried t’hurt the babby sister… I getcha.

Tim sighs.
Timaeus

Yeah.

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.

Tim smiles weakly.
Timaeus

W-what about you, Jurou? Do you wanna talk about your secret?

Jurou sweats.
Jurou

Uhhh… it’s really dumb…

Tim laughs.
Timaeus

I’m sure it’s not any sillier than mine!

Ishi giggles.
Ishi

I know what it is already!~ There’s nothing wrong with Fall Out Boy!

Jurou squawks.
Jurou

ACK! B-but it’s so mainstream! Ruins my garage band cred… weh…

Tim smiles.
Timaeus

Oh! I’ve heard of Fall Out Boy!

Jurou grumbles.
Jurou

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.