Sipping Away the Monotony [Nakamura] Aug 31, 2019 14:28:44 GMT -6
Post by Densetsu Karu on Aug 31, 2019 14:28:44 GMT -6
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Time: 4:20 PM
It was a dreary day, with clouds in abundance and further on the horizon, the promise of rain. The shopping district was no less bustling, of course; the world had no reason to stop turning just for a little unfavourable weather. Ahead of Karu, a group of pigeons were competing to gobble up a decrepit chunk of bread that had been left behind on the sidewalk. He watched them for a moment, amused by their competition. A new challenger, its wings still unkempt from some past scuffle, managed to sneak past the squabbling birds. It snatched up the morsel while the others were distracted and fluttered away with it.
Life, at all stages, was a zero-sum game.
The pigeons scattered as he walked past. His attention moved to the path ahead. Before long, he was only a couple of blocks away from his destination. Class had ended roughly an hour or so ago. Karu, wholly uninterested in the myriad of extracurricular clubs that Hikarizaka Private High School had to offer, had left the school as quickly as he could. He wanted to visit his favourite café before it closed for the day. To be able to partake in some of their tea would make up for an otherwise monotonous day.
As he rounded the corner, he immediately noticed the familiar uniform of his school, worn by a girl standing in front of the café. This sight was not typically noteworthy on its own; after all, the shopping district was a popular after-school hangout for many students at his school. It was the girl's familiar, chin-length orangish-brown hair that sparked recognition in his brain. The name of a student he had met only two days prior, Nakamura Hanako, crept to the forefront of his mind. Yes. It was her. To say that she had left an impression last they met would be an understatement.
Well, there was no use in ignoring her. She would surely recognize him the moment he passed in front of her to enter the café. Oh, the cruelty of Lady Fate, to take away his moment of peace right as he began to grasp it. Begrudgingly, he headed toward her, preparing for another social interaction. When he was within earshot, he waved to her, even though her back was turned, and said, “Hello, Nakamura-san!” He waited, but she didn't respond. For a moment, he felt panic. Had he the wrong person?
No. It was definitely her. With that renewed realization, the panic ebbed away. She must've not heard him, somehow. Deciding that was the case, he walked past her, then turned around and smiled in her direction. “Hey, Nakamura-san,” he said, a little more casually. Hopefully that would get her attention this time.