She hadn’t expected it to rain so suddenly — especially since it had become humid and the hot air was just too much. But as she continued to stroll around, trying her best to remember which way she had come from and which area she was in, droplets of water began to plop onto the top of her head. The smell of rain was clear, once she closed her eyes, lashes brushing against the edges of her cheeks softly.
At the rate it was increasing, Yuki was sure that she wouldn’t be able to make it back into the dorms in time. The idea of finding shelter brushed aside all others — her dark brown eyes now glancing around to seek for one. Spotting the shade at the center of the glistening garden, the brunette quickly made her way over — boots tapping against the drenching pavement. Before she came any closer, she spotted a figure that had already taken shelter underneath.
She jogged over, letting out a sigh of relief as she managed to get underneath the cover as the boy scooted over. Her attention turned to the unexpected company, lips curving into a grateful smile. “Thanks.”
And taking a deep breath, she gathered her long hair together, brushing it over one shoulder to dry out. As she squeezed the ends of the dark locks to rid of whatever water she could, she averted her eyes over at the amicable inquiry. “Mmm, it does feel nice. Though, I still wish I had known beforehand.”
It didn’t look like the rain would stop any time soon, but that didn’t bother Nai. He had successfully calmed the kitten, and he had no objections to the change in weather. In fact, the sound of the droplets hitting the roof of the gazebo was nice. Though it was erratic and random, the rhythm was soothing.
Plus, he was happy that the girl who had joined him didn’t have an evil presence. She wasn’t a bad person, or at least so his instincts told him. Had she been suspicious, Nai still would have allowed her access to the gazebo. Being put in many fatal situations had little to no effect on his sense of self preservation. Or lack thereof…
When she answered him, his smile widened. She could have easily just ignored him, like most in this school (and even before he arrived here) had.
“If you listen hard enough, the sky will tell you!” His excitement at not being disregarded was apparent, because his sentence came out rushed and all in one breath. Once he realized what he said, the boy knew she wouldn’t understand. Like Jiki said, his ears weren’t like a normal. Nai could hear things others couldn’t.
“U-um…” What was he to say? Even though it was his body, he couldn’t explain why he had such amazing hearing. There was no way he’d be able to explain being able to understand the sounds of nature.
“Anyway!” he said quickly, trying to cover up his own confusion. “My name is Nai! What’s yours?”
Be incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, or live with Jiki…
REALLY TOUGH CHOICE.
“B-but—! It wasn’t me! That man… the bad one, he put the gun in my hand.” Nai’s arms flailed as he tried to explain the situation as best as he could. Something deep inside told him that without his friends, they wouldn’t believe or understand what he was trying to convey.
Karoku… What should I do?! Would his voice even reach the bluenette? Probably not… after all, Karoku didn’t even know who Nai was anymore.
The… Security force?! Nai had sworn Hirato said he didn’t have to worry about them anymore. What should he do?! Gareki wasn’t here and… he didn’t kill anyone! Doing as he had last time they were after him, Nai quickly put on the disguise Gareki gifted him.
“I’m sorry—!” he said politely, bowing before he quickly darted off in whichever direction he saw fit.
Nai was scrambling about the campus, searching for a proper place to shelter it and himself. The reason he had not gone to his dorm, or in one of the appropriate classrooms? Because the child had yet to grow accustomed to the layout of the Academy, seeing as he only had familiarized himself with the Second Ship—and, of course—the Niji Forest. More or less, he was lost.
Another reason was because it seemed to be shaking, scared perhaps? He didn’t want to chance startling it further regardless.
The sky kept whispering to him, and the animals loitering about all harmonized, conveying the same message that fueled his mildly-frantic search for shelter—It’s going to rain. Soon. Soon! It’s going to storm. The sounds of nature all fell on deaf ears, save Nai’s who’s hearing exceeded that of a normal human.
Not too far off, Nai took immediate notice of a gazebo-like structure sitting in the center of a small garden. Careful not to wreck any of the flowers, he made his way into it. Once inside, and clear the ominous clouds and their promise of a storm, Nai gently set down the creature in his arms, a happy smile plastered on his visage.
“We made it just before—!” His words broke off as the roaring howl of thunder shook the air. Following, the small creature he placed down let out a mew. Droplets of rain fell, and the wind began to pick up in speed. Worried that the cat would be frightened, he reassuringly petted it’s head. “Ah, it’s okay! We’re okay here,” he cooed, scooping up the feline just as he noticed someone running to take shelter where he and the feline took refuge.
Ever obliviously trusting, Nai simply made room for his new encounter and smiled cheerfully at them. “I want the rain to end, but at the same time I don’t. …What do you think?” he inquired, not seeing any harm in striking up a conversation.