Awkward Acquaintances Sept 21, 2017 20:56:12 GMT -6
Post by Yasuda Erina on Sept 21, 2017 20:56:12 GMT -6
Monday, May 19th, 2003
Though Monday morning was, for many students, a return to the daily grind of classes and schoolwork, for Yasuda Erina, it was a return to everyday adventures and comforts. Crisp uniforms, morning greetings, the recounting of weekend exploits... Even things like that were fun sometimes, weren't they? Yes, she wanted to say that every day was fun!
"I found the Hikarizaka Oyakodon!" she had announced to her friends after exchanging good mornings, ignoring expressions of surprise and befuddlement as she pressed on with the details of last week's explorations. Retelling the story was almost as fun as the memory itself, and the girl described the event in a flurry of words and gesturing that could make one dizzy. Seated beside her, Miyahira Suzume listened with an amused smile, though Erina thought she also saw a hint of something she couldn't quite place. Confusion? Worry? Either way, it was no good, wasn't it? No, no, Suzume shouldn't feel bad!
"Come with us next time, Suzume-chan!" Erina attempted to whisper to her deskmate as homeroom began. "Exploring was really, reeaaally fun~!" This invitation elicited only a weak smile and noncommital nod from the darker haired girl, but that was fine. They could talk about it more at lunch! Suzume could be such a quiet girl, she just needed an extra push! And if Suzume came and became friends with Tomoya too, then maybe Mayu and Kohaku and others could come as well!
Visions of potential outings danced through the young girl's head throughout her first few class periods. Where would they go together? Another restaurant? Oh, maybe something cute, like a cafe! Did Hikarizaka have any temples? Karaoke might be fun too! What would Suzume like? She should pick the next fun place!
By the time lunch began, Erina was brimming with excitement and wasted no time in showing it. Without a second thought, she turned to her friend, all smiles, and unleashed the flood of enthusiasm that had been building up since the day began.
"Suzume-chan, you should become an explorer too! Pleeeeease~! It would be suuuuper fun, and you can meet Tomoya-sempai too, and if you come, maybe even Mayu-chan would be okay! I bet you know lots of places we could go, and you should pick next time and-"
"I... Hold on a minute."
Though nothing out of the ordinary, her friend's sudden word barrage caught Suzume off guard, and she raised her hands in a stopping gesture as she cut the verbal assault short.
"Er... What is it you're asking?" she tried again, offering a patient smile, though from what she could piece together, she was certain she had a fair inkling...
It was about that upperclassman, wasn't it? The one Erina had gone to the Founder's Festival with. The one she had gone "exploring" with. The one she absolutely insisted she wasn't dating though it all seemed a little odd. The one that Suzume was fairly certain had some kind of reputation. Erina wanted her to... meet him?
Getting interrupted seemed to have made the pigtailed girl lose her train of thought, and she paused for a brief moment to recollect her thoughts before continuing, swiftly regaining steam with each word. "You should be friends with Tomoya-sempai too and we can all go exploring together!"
He was "Tomoya" instead of "Okazaki" now, huh... She had said that earlier too while telling her story. Had something happened then? Maybe they actually had started dating after last week's outing. But Erina didn't seem like the type that would or even could keep something like that a secret. And she was always friendly too. It hadn't taken them long either to move on to a first name basis. No, she was over thinking all of this. It was probably fine.
"If that's okay, I suppose..."
"Let's go find him! You can meet over lunch! That's the best way to make friends, right~?"
"Ehh? Right now?!"
A reply wasn't necessary. Though their friendship had not been long, Suzume had quickly learned that with Erina, life's pace always seemed to double in speed. Before she could object, her bubbly classmate had scooped up her wrapped bento, chirped a quick goodbye to their other friends, and started for the door, looking back only when she realized she was not being followed.
"Come on, come on~!" she urged, hurrying back to collect her friend, tugging playfully at her arm. For the moment, Suzume could only nod dumbfounded, grab her own lunch, and follow along.
Ah, this was so exciting! It was always fun when friends met! Now they could all be together at once!
Erina hummed a happy tune as she practically skipped down the hallway, Suzume in tow. Now that she thought about it though, where was Tomoya at lunch? Oh no, she hadn't planned that part! Her steps slowed as she considered where to head first, though instinctively, her feet led her in the direction of the cafeteria.
Oh, yes, that might be it! Tomoya was in the cafeteria the last time she had seen him at lunch! Maybe he would be there again! She began to quicken her pace again, but a light tap on the arm stopped her.
"Isn't that him over there?"
The freshman quickly turned to glance in the direction Suzume had indicated, perking up as she caught sight of a familiar head of navy hair out the hallway window. Ah, that was Tomoya sitting on that bench outside! Yes, that was perfect!
"Good job, Suzume-chan! Let's go surprise him!"
Surprises, however, weren't the girl's strong suit. She bounced down the stairwell and out of the school building in the least conspicuous of manners, slowing down only when she was within hearing distance of her target.