[Talk - Aoi]

Introduction card for Aoi Himura, the Ultimate Pathologist. They're a tall, thin agender person with pale skin and puffy red hair. They're wearing a strange sunglasses-like visor and a baggy argyle sweater.

The person with the visor and baggy argyle sweater had been sitting on the edge of the couch, ignoring the chatter of the talkative kid next to them. Once they saw I was awake, they immediately hopped to their feet.

Aoi looks worried.
Aoi

Hey, you alright?

Timaeus smiles weakly.
Timaeus

Me? Y-yeah, I’m not, uh hurt or anything. Just cold, I guess.

I tucked my hands underneath my arms, trying to warm them up a little. Now that I thought about it…

Timaeus looks confused.
Timaeus

…Why would I be cold? The air’s not that chilly here…

Aoi

I’m not sure. I was cold too, waking up… but, well, I’m always cold.

Timaeus smiles.
Timaeus

Even in that sweater?

Aoi thinks.
Aoi

Yeah… huh. Guess it is weird, then.

Aoi retracted their hands into their sleeves and shuffled a little closer.

Aoi smiles.
Aoi

Name’s Aoi. Aoi Himura… I’m the Ultimate Pathologist. Sal over there was saying we’re all Hope’s Peak students?

Timaeus looks confused.
Timaeus

All of us…?

Timaeus smiles.
Timaeus

Oh, um, Timaeus Woodworth, Ultimate Librarian! Just call me Tim, ahaha.

Aoi smiles.
Aoi

Timaeus… Did you pick that name, or are your parents academics?

Tim looks a little miffed.
Timaeus

It’s a perfectly fine name, I think!

Aoi thinks.
Aoi

Oh, no I just meant– Timaeus, like the Platonic dialogue, right? That’s not a name you give someone on accident.

Tim gasps.
Timaeus

Wh– No one ever gets that!!

Aoi laughs.
Aoi

Ahaha. I don’t get out much, so I do a lot of reading… It’s nice to meet you, Timaeus. Regardless of the circumstances.

Tim grins.
Timaeus

Y-yeah, you too!

Aoi laughed a little, but their voice grew somber as they glanced over at the …students? who had yet to wake up.

Aoi thinks.
Aoi

Ah, don’t let me keep you, though. I should stay here, but… go look around this place yourself. It’s… I don’t know. You kind of just have to see it.

Tim looks worried.
Timaeus

Oh… alright, sure.

I watched for a moment as they knelt down beside one of the bodies and checked its pulse. It made me think too much of a coroner at a crime scene– I backed away to go talk to someone else. Hopefully those folks will wake up soon…

At least Aoi themself seems like a nice enough person. If nothing else, I’ll have someone else to talk to about books!