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Echoes of the Mirror 1.1 ‘Mentality’

*Authors Note*

In this particular series, it should be noted that there is a heavy focus on sexual themes, violence, and traumatic events.

These are meant to challenge the main character's views on the world and his relationships. 

That being said, If your someone who's okay with that, I'd really appreciate it if you want to check it out and leave some feedback.

Thanks! =^.^=

***

I found myself walking to school with probably a look of malice…

Or at least so I assumed.

All I knew is that I was absolutely not in a good mood and the companion at my side could probably tell that from a mile away

“You look you want to kill someone Haku! What’s with the scary look?” Kira asked as she planted herself in front of me.

She was only 5’4 with a smaller bust, but even with me being 5’11 and average build, She barely left me enough room to breathe.

“What do you mean? You say it yourself, I always look like this!”  I said as I pointed to my slender face with short black hair and green eyes.

Kira puffed out her cheeks and firmly planted her hands straight into her sides right above her navy blue skirt.

“I can’t deny that, but this time it’s extra EXTRA evident! How do expect to make people like you this semester if it looks like you’re gonna’ beat em’ up!”

Ah… That was it… I found myself so caught up in being pissed that I forgot that the reason WHY I’m pissed is because summer vacation is over.

I adjusted my black blazer and shoved my hands into my freshly pressed pants pockets.

“Kira. I told you once, I told you a million times; This is a small town. If someone dislikes me, as long as I live here they are going to find some reason to keep on doing so.”

“With an attitude like that I wonder why. Hmm?” She retorted as she did a twirl and started skipping.

“Not everyone can be a social butterfly and come from such a well known and liked family as you ya’ know. I’d say that’s where over three quarters of your fans come from.” I said as I tried to keep pace with her.

I felt bad saying that, but it’s true. She’s a beautiful girl with long blonde flowing hair, blue eyes and a bubbly/cutesy personality, but to the saner of the few, she’s well… annoying.

For the most part she’s smart and since she’s always at the top of her class, most of her peers envy her.

Her mother and father own the local market and book shop, and almost all the profits they make, they just throw right back into the community. Beyond that, they’re also a family of very talented and gifted summoners. While the general populace find their familiar or ‘pact spirit’ by the age of 15, the Nakajima’s have made it their sworn duty to find theirs by the age of 8.

“I keep telling you Haku they’re called FRIENDS not FANS dummy. Besides, you’re my friend so that must mean that I’m ULTRA SUPER likeable!”

“...Or it could just be the fact that you wouldn’t leave me alone ever since middle school. At this point I’d say that you’re the fine line between me having someone to socialize with and me talking to my bedroom lamp out of sheer lack of better options.” I said teasingly with a grin.

“MEANIE!” She screamed out as she cut through another group of students walking on the sidewalk.

As I watched her turn down a corner at breakneck speed, I could only think of how laughably easy it was to hurt her feelings.

Despite the fact that she’s an extremely gifted and powerful lightning-spirit user, her skin is paper thin when it comes to teasing.

I keep telling people that spar with her, that all they really need to do to avoid a trip down to the local clinic is to say that her skirt is dumb or call her stupid and before they know it she’ll give up and take a month of therapy before she comes back to school.

“HAKU!” said a voice from behind me.

-Ah… It’s going to be one of those days…

“Did you drive Kira to the point of therapy again!?”

I turned around to see an angry brunette with a pixie cut, brown eyes, and balled up fists.

I sighed and put a hand in my pocket.

“Only if vaguely comparing someone to a lamp can do so.” I said with most serious look I could manage.

She un-clenched her fists and made her way towards me rolling her eyes.

“Honestly Haku? If we’re lucky maybe she’ll only go to the guidance counselor for a couple periods.”

Alex. As protective of Kira as ever…

She’s really a nice kind hearted girl wrapped up in a 5’6 package and an average bust, but if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m one of her very limited friends I’d be under the heavy suspicion that she’s a mob boss… Even in her cute school uniform, I’ve never seen anyone look so intimidating in a skirt with knee highs.

She already pummeled 3 freshmen this year for cat-calling and managed to convince them to tell the principle that they tripped in the shower.

Scary.

Beyond that she’s never lost a single duel to any student that ever dared spar with her… So it’s easy to see why nobody ever gets in her way.

Her familiar is a wind spirit, and everyone calls her the “Hurricane”.

“I only teased her a bit. If I was nice to her all the time she’d break into my apartment and make me watch a 24 hour marathon of ‘Magical Moe Girls’ with her.” I said.

Alex shuddered, most likely engulfed in a sea of regret and PTSD.

“A-a-anyhow Haku… Would it kill you to lighten up a bit and play nice for once? We’re seniors and it’s the first day back from vacation! You already have it hard enough without making cute girls run away in terror from you.”

-Hmm? An opening. Hehehe.

“Oh~?” I started with a grin. “I haven’t seen you run away from me Alex and you’re pretty cute~.”

Her face went bright red and her face darted straight to the ground.

“S-s-stupid Haku!” she muttered.

She may be a rough and tumble summoner, but I have to admit that seeing her all embarrassed and girlish was extremely cute.

Noticing I was admiring her, she quickly glanced up and started to speak.

“S-so… Have you finished your summer homework yet?”

My eyes widened as my newly found cheerful mood shattered into a million pieces.

“Uuuuh. Define… Finish…?” I asked slowly as I nervously scratched my head.

“HONESTLY!?!?!” She screamed at me.

“I know.. I know…” I started as I mentally tried to ready myself for the first verbal-assault volly.

“Let me firmly remind you Ha~ku… That you have NO practical credits since you can’t find a familiar… And that if you DON’T do your homework… YOU… CAN’T… GRADUATE… IDIOT!”

This…  was very true.

I’m 19 and was held back a year specifically for this reason.

I mean honestly… If it wasn’t for the fact that Kira begged me to come to school with her while she preemptively begged the Headmaster to let me enroll in Hira High (A summoner-only school), I would NOT have this problem.

I get wanting a close friend to go to same school as you, but everyone already got their familiar while they were still in middle school!

“She really stuck her neck out for you ya’ know…” Alex stated as she read my thoughts.

“~sigh~ I know… It makes absolutely no sense mind you, but I know.” I replied.

“Isn’t obvious? She really likes you, Haku.”

Despite my protagonist mentality,  I was fully aware of this.

I sabotaged one of many confessions that she had planned for me.  

With me being me and her being her, It would just never work out…

I’m an outsider, a failed summoner, and to be frank a bit of an asshole. She’s super cute and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t attracted to her, but she deserves better than that.

“I highly doubt that. I guarantee she was just hopped up on sugar and decided to go on a white-knight crusade.”

Alex rolled her eyes.

“Whatever you say…” She began as we approached the old wooden double doors of the school building.

As we entered the school we found ourselves in a pretty average room surrounded by lockers.

“Homeroom?” I asked Alex inquisitively.

“4-A” She answered.

Crap.

Kira was in the same class with me, but I hoped that after coming back from her study abroad program Alex would land in our homeroom…

I may play it off pretty well, but I really hate not being around my friends.

“Nervous after being gone so long?” I asked.

She laughed.

“Nah. If anything I’m ready to get back to practical studies! I may have learned more academically abroad, but I feel lost not being able to spread my wings!” She stretched out like a bird as a small gust swept by us.

Tenacious as ever… God help the poor professor that has to be stuck with her.

“Anyhow, we should probably get going. I have to help my parents clean up the spare bedrooms at the house tonight since my cousins are visiting, but I’ll catch you tomorrow, k Haku?”

I nodded politely and gave her a smile and wave as I headed off to class.

***

School was… Lackluster to say the least.

It was a fairly large brick-built school that was built in the early 1900’s and had 20 or so large university-style classrooms that were built like small auditoriums. Of course there was also a cafeteria and a few offices. Though the most important feature I have to say, is the blatantly obvious…

It’s a summoner school.

One of the last ones standing in 2030 since summoning is essentially a dead art…

I mean, there are other branches of magic users as well… Most of them being far better than summoning.

Being a Mage is much more useful and easy since you’re just doing chants, using talismans and using background mana. This makes it very practical for most people with the only downside being that you need licensing to legally be one.

There’s also Sorcery which uses someone’s ‘Gate’ to connect their soul to the spirit realm and tap a manawell to use elemental magic. Though this art can’t really be taught since you need to be born with a Gate. Even then, both the amount of mana you can use and the elements you have access to all depends on the affinity you have with elements and gods.

Being a summoner however is all about the familiar. It’s kinda’ a misnomer since one doesn’t really ‘summon’ anything. Rather once a spirit-pact is made, the familiar will be bound to the soul and allows one to use the elemental magic and mana that it has.

Summoning also comes with the added benefit of being able to ‘Call forth’ your familiar to fight for you.

In lame man’s terms - the more powerful the familiar, the more powerful the summoner.

The town of Hira along with Hira High, is all about summoning.

Hira High teaches you all the basic knowledge that a normal highschool does, along with basic knowledge of Magicka and an overbearingly strong emphasis on summoning.

Simple right?

Mages and sorcerers are banned from Hira and are treated with animosity. Sadly people who don’t practice summoning are treated just a few steps better than that, which is also a few steps better than being an outsider.

As I sit in one of the many seats in classroom 4-B towards the back I ponder this.

I am both an outsider and due to the lack of a familiar, I can’t really ‘practice’ summoning.

While thankfully nobody treats with any real animosity since I’ve lived here for 11 years and I’m friends with Kira, I am blatantly ignored… Which really can get lonely at times.

I look around the classroom and watch as people take notes on the professor's lesson.

“As you can see there is a significant difference between spirits in the Elemental kingdom and the Demonica Kingdom so we can infer…”

-Yada yada yada.

I find that there’s almost no point in even listening since I never get called on and while there is basic course work, you only get graded on the practical parts of the class, so I’m going to fail anyway.

I lay my head on the table in front of me and watch as Kira raises her hand.

“Professor?”

“Yes Kira?”

“What would happen if two summoners battled that had a Elemental and Demonica familiar?” She asked.

“Well as we mentioned, since Demonica spirits use a branch of magic known as Necromancy (essentially Anti-Magic as you should all know), the necrotic summoner would die due to his prana (your life force essentially) being consumed completely.” The professor answered, adjusting his glasses.

“But what if…” Kira started.

“ANYHOW, that is not POSSIBLE as we all know, since in the town of Hira, there are no Demonica spirits that can make a pact. And since Hira is one of the last Summoner colonies, any further questions would be irrelevant.” The professor stated bluntly.

At this, everyone in the room went silent.

Professor Reid was very blunt when it came to his lessons and the way he retorts to questions he finds stupid, it’s like you’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.

Can’t blame him though… After working at Hira High for 32 years out of his 67 years of age, that fact would make anyone bear a countenance of death.

His bald head shined as he turned around and continued his lesson on the whiteboard.

I didn’t feel any need to learn anymore about ‘the principles between magic and energy’ so I closed my eyes and managed to fall asleep.

When I woke up I noticed a super red faced Kira less than a centimeter away from my face--

“EEP!” She squeeked.

“Huh? What’s going on? Is school over?” I asked as I wiped the sleep from my eyes.

“U-uh mhm.” She responded nodding her head violently.

I decided not to pry on why she was blushed since, after all, it IS Kira. So the answer would probably long-winded and uninformative.

“Did the bell just ring?” I asked.

She shook her head.

Weird. Last time I fell asleep in class I woke up to 30 texts from Kira and Alex and was welcomed by my watch telling me it was 3 AM...

Wonder what woke me up then. I’m used to Kira standing over me so often that I’ve instinctually learned to ignore it, so that can’t be it.

“Oh well.”

I stood up and stretched.

We left the school and Kira was as full of energy, blabbing about her day as always.

“Haku~?”

Kira stopped short and looked at me with her hands on her hips.

“What’s up?”

“Are you listening to me?” She asked pouting.

“Of course I am!” I blatantly lied. “You were telling me about how great the first day back to was and how you made so many new friends.”

“Good! You were listening!” Kira stated with a huge smile.

That...Was extremely close…

Though it was kind of expected since that's always her main topic of discussion.

“What about you Haku?” she asked with a big smile.

“No new friends.”

Did she really expect anything different?

“Though I did play a mean game of twister with the sandman.” I added.

Kira sighed.

“School is for learning not sleep silly! How do expect to become a good summon…” She stopped short.

She hit a sore spot and she knew it.

I was absolutely pissed, but I stomached it since I knew she only had a slip of tongue.

“I’m...Sorry…” She said apologetically.

Her face was extremely sincere.

-Oh come on… Don’t look at me like that...

“Oh! Umm… I know! Let’s go to my place and watch Magical Moe Girls!” She said.

-ABORT!

“I’ll um pass… I have to go back to my apartment and clean anyhow, so I will have to take a raincheck on that one.”

I smiled on the inside, confident that I avoided a great tragedy.

“Oh?” Kira placed her finger to the side of her face and thought a moment.

I could plainly see her gears turning.

“Then we should go to your place and watch it then!” She shouted triumphantly.

-No.

“But it would be very distracting if you came.”

“But I’ll help you clean!”

-Stop.

“I also have homework!”

“There’s no homework on the first day of school though.”

-This is bad.

“My guardians….” I started.

“Haku… you live alone.” She plainly stated.

Obviously her intelligence is going to be the death of me.

“I HAVE TO GO TO WORK!”

“But you just said you need to go home and clean…”

It appears I have been bested...

I have no choice but to bring her home with me… If I turn her down and tell her I don’t want to hang out, it’ll come to the point that her therapy bills will build into an insurpasible mountain of debt that will destroy her future.

Not too mention the violent images in my head of Alex busting down my door and breaking my arms due to the ‘psychological abuse’ I inflicted on her dear friend, are pretty convincing as well.

“Ok fine…” I said putting up my hands in defeat with a weak smile.

Kira’s eyes lit up as she bounced up and down in one spot like an excited puppy.

“YAY!” She screamed as she her arms up and made the ‘victory’ sign.

“But no Moe Girls ok?” I asked pleadingly, clasping my hands together with a slight bow.

“Mmm…” She thought “Ok, Haku.” she finished with a smile and her head tilted.

As we began to leave the school grounds, I took in the scenery around me.

The school was indeed somewhat large for what it was, but it lacked simple things that most other school buildings had in the country.

There was no courtyard when you left the school. Just a simple wide path that only stretched out a few meters.

The town around that was a simple one.

We only had the most basic of stores, with all of them being made out of the same dark maroon brick and due to not really having any real type of communal road work, the streets were a sun bleached asphalt that was cracked in several places.

Altogether it looked like a small mining town built in the 1800s that was made to comply with modern day standards.

Despite this, it was kinda’ comforting.

Most of the residents lived quietly by themselves living above the small shops they owned, or they lived in their cozy houses on the west side of town, which in retrospect to the rest of the town, wasn’t even a mile away.

As Kira and I walked down the sidewalk we saw the odd couple or two sweeping their storefronts getting ready to close for the day.

I looked over to the girl on my right who had a huge smile on her face and felt a twinge of jealousy at how carefree her life seemed.

I couldn’t really complain though, I may have been ignored for most of my time in Hira, but I was never really abused.

In fact, most of the larger main families in the town accepted me as-is...

When I left the small group home that I was essentially raised in, it was the Nakajima’s that offered to rent me the single bedroom flat above their bookstore.

“Yay! We’re almost at Haku’s!” Kira said excitedly as she jumped up and down clapping her hands.

we took the corner off School st. and quickly found ourselves in front of the bookstore.

We went around back, climbed a small wooden staircase and I put my key and the door and let us inside.

“Haku?” Kira asked as she took her shoes off.

“Hm?” I responded with a slight tilt of my head as I removed my own shoes.

“Your apartment is actually pretty clean…” She commented with a smirk as she made her way over to my black leather couch in the corner of the living room.

-Crap. I completely forgot about that lie.

“Oh. Uh… I must of cleaned it yesterday and it completely slipped my mind.”

“Ok!” Kira happily said with a huge smile as snuggled herself violently into my couch.

I took our blazers and put them up on hooks by the front door and made my way to the kitchen to start making dinner.

It may seem odd to anyone outside of this town, but school days are extremely long here due to the summoning aspect of things. A good 3 hours of the day was set aside specifically for practical classes, so by the time we get to leave it’s already 5:40 PM.

*grRRwl*

As I started frying up some vegetables in a pan I heard Kira’s stomach growl loudly from the living room.

“Umm...S-sorry Haku… I guess I may have skipped lunch.” Kira stated in embarrassment, scratching her head.

*sigh*

this seems to be a common theme with Kira.

“Should I make some extra for you to bring tomorrow?” I asked her while raising an eyebrow.

She nodded excitedly.

“Yes pwease!” She shouted, obviously trying to accentuate her cuteness as much as possible.

I swear the only reason why she ever hangs out with me after school is so she can snag a free meal...

I took a container out of the cabinet and set it on the counter.

As I continued making a stir fry I could hear Kira go into the bathroom and get in the shower.

“Seriously?” I mutter outloud to myself.

I can’t blame her for wanting to get showered at this time of day, but an average person would at least have her priorities straight and take a shower AFTER eating.

I stepped out of the kitchen and knocked on the bathroom door.

“Kira?”

I could hear her humming to herself from beyond the door.

-She must not have heard me.

I made my way into the bedroom and reached into my closet to grab a bright pink backpack that was filled with several articles of her clothing.

Kira has a really bad habit of treating my apartment like she lives here.

It isn’t abnormal of her to spend the night here after coming over to help me study or hangout...

With Hira High being as physically demanding as it can be with it’s practical courses, everytime Kira comes over she’s almost always exhausted.

I keep telling her not to come over on school days but she keeps on insisting that it doesn’t matter.

It eventually got to the point where I convinced her to leave a bag of clothing here, since she makes an extremely bad habit of falling asleep on my couch.

This wouldn’t be a problem for most people, but it was impossible to wake her up! A person would have better luck trying to wake the dead than her!

I walked over to the bathroom door and once again knocked.

“You forgot to bring your change of clothes with you again, so I’m coming in to leave your bag ok?”

Once again no answer.

-Oh come on...

I opened the door, walked in and placed the bag on the floor.

As I lifted my head up I saw a fully naked Kira staring at me with a fully blushed face, mouth gaping.

“H-h-hak-k-k-u….” Kira started to stutter as she made no attempt at covering herself as she stood there in pure shock.

My mind blanked.

I couldn’t manage to move my body as I could only take in the full sight of Kira’s glistening slender body.

Making an ‘O’ face I quickly tried to break the tension...

“I-I-I umm… b-b-brought your bag…” I said as I slowly pointed at the bag at my feet, trying to be as nonchalant as humanly possible

*THUNK*

My body convulsed and was thrown into the air as a bottle of shampoo made full force contact with my forehead…

I saw Kira desperately trying to find something to cover herself as I hit the floor with a *THUD* losing consciousness.

.

..

………………...

-Ughhhh

I peeled myself off the bathroom tile and stumbled my way into living room to find Kira standing in front of me vigorously apologizing.

“I-I-I’m s-s-sorry Haku! Y-you r-really surprised me and umm…-”

Kira couldn’t seem to stop herself from tripping over her own words.

“-I-It’s not like t-that I’m unhappy that you w-wanted to see me n-naked… but umm…” Kira continued to ramble as she hugged herself somewhat violently, as if protecting herself from a hungry pack of wolves.

Just what kind of person does she exactly take me for?

“I-I tried to knock…” I tried to interject.

“A-anyhow Haku, i-if thats w-what you really w-want all you h-have to do is ask... “

It seems that her mind is spiralling rather pervertedly…

“B-but u-umm… ANYHOW Haku, I uh finished d-dinner… so uh… please forgive me!” She finished with a bow and a blushed face.

I tried to explain to her that it was just a misunderstanding, but it seemed her mind was on autopilot as she whipped around the kitchen serving dishes muttering something about ‘marriage’ and ‘purity’.

After this event had passed and we finished dinner I got up off the couch  and started pick up our dishes.

I turned my head around as I started to walk to kitchen to ask if Kira wanted me to walk her home…

“Oh hey, Kira--”

*ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ*

Kira had sprawled her entire body over the couch like a starfish and was already fast asleep, snoring violently…

-Yup. Looks like you’re staying the night…

*sigh*

I placed the dishes in the kitchen sink, walked over to the couch and threw a blanket over the lifeless Kira.

“Well… Goodnight I guess…” I said as I gave a small sarcastic wave over my shoulder and walked into the bedroom.

***

“MORNING HAKU!!!”

“AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” I screamed like a girl as I shot up out of bed and clutched my blanket towards my chest.

In front of me on all fours was a bright eyed and bushy-tailed Kira, staring at me with wide blue eyes and a wide smile.

I desperately surveyed my surroundings, making sure that nothing uh… ‘important’ was showing.

“Huh, did you see something scary Haku?” She asked as she looked around the room and tilted her head back at me.

-Yes. Yes I did. Something absolutely terrifying…

“I was just… Surprised…--”

Kira smiled.

“--A-anyhow! What did I tell you about waking me up like that!?”

Kira rolled upside down on top of me and put a finger to the side of her mouth and thought.

“To not to?” She asked while staring at me inquisitively.

I slumped my shoulders and gave a *sigh*...

-I guess it can’t be helped.

“Whatever… Can you please leave a moment so I can get dressed?”

Kira made a pouty face but left without the room without any complaints.

...

….

I had quickly put on my jet black school uniform and straightened my tie as I left my room.

I was greeted by a smiling Kira who handed me my school bag.

-Alright. Time to greet the day!

I walked over to the front door to open it and--

“--Morning Haku!” Said Alex leaning against the threshold of the door with a wave.

...

-On second thought maybe not.

“Hey.” I said nonchalantly.

*Tch*

Alex clicked her tongue and gave a slight scowl.

“I thought I would have gotten you this time…” She said as she stood up, straightening her skirt.

“Yeah? Well unfortunately Kira already--”

“BEAT YOU TO IT ALLY!” Shouted Kira with a wave from behind me.

Alex gave a disappointed sigh and furrowed her eyebrows.

“Seriously Kira? Slept over at Haku’s again?” she asked as she pointed her gaze to the jubilant Kira.

Kira just tilted her head with a smile.

“Oopsie!” She said.

Alex was well aware of Kira’s habit of falling asleep at my house...

While she was never necessarily ‘angry’ perse, she did STRONGLY disapprove of girls sleeping over at a boy’s house, stating on several occasions that it was ‘shameless’.

.

..

The three of us quickly found ourselves walking the sidewalk to school…

While Kira was skipping in front of me humming a happy tune, Alex was at my side critiquing me on my habit of not paying attention to my practical courses.

“Haku, how do expect to be able to use or understand any elemental arts if you keep ignoring your practical studies?” Alex asked me with her eyes piercing my soul.

“Easy.” I stated with my hand in my pockets, obviously disinterested. “I don’t.”

I already long gave up the idea of being able to actually find a familiar…

I’ve tried many times to find one, but everytime I approached a fire, water, earth, or any other spirit, it would just run away.

Alex looked at me with a sudden sad expression...

She knew very well that I didn’t enjoy this subject.

She let out a *sigh* and changed subjects-

“Are you at least going to come and watch the sparring match today?” She asked with a hopeful expression, a somewhat pleading sound in her tone of voice.

-ugh…

I try to keep my distance from anything summoning/magic related, but I do try to show my support for my friends any way I can.

It was the second day back from school, and Alex already challenged one of the other seniors from 4-A to a match.

“For as often as you chew me out about school Alex, you have an awfully bad habit of picking fights with people…” I said as I slumped my shoulders.

Alex seemed genuinely insulted by this.

“It’s not like a pick fights and beat people up Haku!” Alex shouted at me with clenched fists.

-I find it ironic because that's precisely what you do.

“It’s called practice! You know? Like studying? That thing that you never ever do Haku?”

This time I was insulted!

I may have flunked a year by a couple credits, but she knows better than anyone that I had to pass the past few years by aceing almost every academic class I had!

I mean, there have been times that I’ve been known blow off home assignments, but it’s not like I go home and just shove my face into a pile of manga…

“Hey! For your information I do in fact..!-”

“Whatever… I just want to know if you’re coming or not Haku.” Alex stated with a fierce face.

-Looks like it actually means alot to her…

“Fine. Time/Place?” I asked with a face of defeat.

Alex suddenly gained a huge grin.

“East side of town, the field, right next to the old shrine. We’ll be going at it about half an hour after school.”

“Alright.” I responded.

Alex tilted her body and gave a smile.

-For someone so pushy, she can be pretty cute when she wants to be.

Alex then peered over to Kira.

“You’re coming too, right Kira?” Alex asked.

“Umm…” Kira scratched her head with a sorry an apologetic expression.

“I can’t. Sorry... I have to help my mother and father unload the new stock at the bookstore today.” Kira said as she gave a small bow.

I looked over to Kira with a confused look.

“Wait, doesn’t that mean that I should be there too? Afterall I do work there…” I asked.

“It’s fine.” Kira said with a wave.

“It’s your day off Haku. You worked hard all summer. Besides, I think Alex would be very upset if you didn’t come to her match.”

Alex gave a thumbs up and a smirk.

*sigh*

-looks like it can’t be helped…

***

I had an uneasy feeling all throughout the school day…

Luckily I managed to be at least a little productive and hand in the summer vacation homework, but beyond that I just couldn’t concentrate.

If I had to be honest with myself, I’d say that watching matches made me quite a bit envious… Though mainly I just found them terrifying.

Thinking about two high-class summoners attack each other…

What if one of them misses and hits me?

It’s not like I can do anything.

I don’t have a spirit that will step in the way and block the attack like the others.

Honestly I don’t even see why it’s so important to Alex that I even show up.

I can’t congratulate her in her techniques since I don’t even know what’s considered ‘good’ or ‘propper’...

I’m so oblivious to the knowledge surrounding magic, that even if she loses I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference.

I walked out of the school feeling self pity.

Remembering that I was on I time frame, I stared at the sky as it started to dark and looked at my watch.

-5:45…

I still had 25 minutes until the match and it only takes about 10 to get to the field if I take the side streets.

I decided that  I would walk the main street to kill a little time and hopefully settle down a little.

As I walked along the sidewalk I thought of how lonely it was without Kira or Alex by my side.

I kept thinking that if they were to stop being my friends it would be alot like living in the group home again…

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...

When I was only about 8 my father and I were driving through this town on our way to Nashta, the capital of continent we live on. He decided that we would stay the night here in the inn since it was late and the city was about 10 hours away from here.

The town seemed angry that we were here, but they didn’t take any hostilities against us since we were just travelers.

However, when I woke up in the morning, my father was nowhere to be found…

The townspeople were nice enough in the beginning and tried contacting the nearest authorities, but no one knew where my father could have gone.

After a few days, learning that I had no living relatives, the main families came together and decided that I would be the newest addition to the town of Hira.

While some did disagree with this, Himari Matsumoto, the head of the largest main family in Hira said this:

“Too long we have found ourselves stagnant, without any new additions to our small community.  We are all of a like mindset- “Do not let those who do not know of us tarry here”. However, we have few children. If we go long enough without any new blood, it will not be long before we become inbred. This small boy is without any family. We must not let ourselves forget that we want to be known as a gentle and kind community. Let this boy walk with us, and bear the ancient title of summoner.”

After that I was put into the local group home for those under the age of 16.

I had no friends.

No family.

I was all alone and bullied.

It wasn’t until I met Kira, and stopped a group of kids from teasing her in middle school that I was actually able to make my first friend.

After that, people stopped bullying me.

“He’s a friend of the Nakajima’s.”

That’s all they would say.

From that point on I was just ignored. Treated the same as the cherry blossom trees that littered our streets…

A piece of scenery.

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As I walked down the main street I saw old lady Yamada struggling to bring in a few signs outside of her antique store.

I hate seeing people struggle so I quickly ran over and gave her a hand.

“Oh Haku!” She exclaimed as I grabbed the other side of the large sign she had.

“Thank you so much!”

“I’m happy to help.” I responded with a smile.

I helped her bring in 3 more smaller signs and walked outside so she could close the store for the day.

After she locked the door she turned to me.

“You see, that’s the problem with most kids nowadays, so stuck up in their own life and mentality that they can’t even see an old lady struggle… But not you. This is good.” She said with her hands behind her hunched back giving me a smile.

“Well I have my own troubles too, but I try to lend a hand if I have the power to do so.” I said to her politely.

I checked my watch.

-6:05!?

The match was in five minutes, so I gave miss Yamada a bow and prepared to take my leave.

“Oh! Haku before you go…”

I turned around to see Miss Yamada with a serious expression looking at the sky.

“It would be wise of you to abandon a part of your own mentality tonight Haku.” She said.

I looked at her confused.

She turned her gaze to me with a sullen expression.

“The trees are anxious tonight… Change is around us...”

-What does that mean?

“...around you Haku. I’m afraid if you make a decision tonight, with your own mentality, you won’t be able to turn back…”

“What do you mean…” I tried to ask.

“Don’t you have somewhere to be Haku? Hmm? Don’t tarry here any longer, I bet you have a friend waiting for you, and you’ve already helped me here Haku.” She said to me with a smile.

I gave her a bow and took off to the field.

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Discussion (6)

  1. The A.C.

    I really enjoyed this chapter, and it is really well written. While reading it I got a nice slice-of-life mixed with some implied magic-ish (since the summoning has not actually been shown yet). I also like the pacing, it has not been rushed to anything important already in the first chapter, but it is still interesting to keep my attention. I like stories that take their time to develop. I do wonder what WIP stands for (maybe it come up later?). There is nothing negative I found while reading (beside the minor typos that will always slip through). Anyways, I look forward to the next chapter.

    1. Virgo Silver Post author

      Thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The “WIP” actually stands for ‘Work In Progress’; The title itself is actually a place holder. Since I mainly come up with the story as it goes along, I let the story tell itself up to my plot points. This makes it difficult for me to name it in it’s current state. I hope that the turn of events in the second chapter manages to catch your interest as much as this one does.

    1. Virgo Silver Post author

      I remembered what you said about the familiars and how they where lacking description in chapter 2. I tried to beef up this chapter and chapter 2 a bit to make the mechanics of the familiars (and magic in general) a little bit more transparent and descriptive.

  2. Justice

    This was a very impressive and entertaining story. There was a ‘Aw man!’ moment when I reached the end. Good thing there was a second chapter waiting around the corner. Had the flow of an anime. Very well done.

    1. Virgo Silver Post author

      Thank you very much for your kind compliments. I’m very glad to see that you’re enjoying the flow and story.

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