Raisin's Daily Life
| Player: Himehorn Leedah
(Jul 07 2015)
(Oct 11 2015)
(Jan 13 2016)
(Nov 13 2016)
for life in the universe, sending messages, satellites, etc; but they
never got an answer… and they found out why, when they came to
visit. They emerged from a strange cave in a snowy mountain from
Canada. They called themselves, Himehorns… long time has
passed since their appearance.
At first there
were a lot of conflicts within both species, it was thought that they
would go extinct. Unimaginable things happened, really bad things…
but also, good things, that made those past assumptions null and
void. A movement led by a quirky pair, a young politician and a white
They fought for
the good of both species, and their coexistence. Eventually
succeeding, leading toward a new age where both species could live in
harmony with each other… but still, things are not perfect, we
are still adapting to them, the same way, they adapt and evolve to be
among us, as equals.
This is a new and
small country, in middle of the ocean. Created to stimulate and test
the adaptation of himehorns and humans alike for a better tomorrow.
Where herds are small and equivalent to the average human family and
himehorns are free to live with humans or by themselves if they so
In small hybrid
house cave, lives a small herd/family… Led by a conservative
leader, and six other himehorns. Haremhorn, the oldest, the tomboy
musclehorn, the three little smallhorns and of course, our heroine.
Today is her first day in a new educative system… and she is
I'm late Haremhorn wil make Leader scold me! D: I hurry, not worrying
that I might forget something, just that I get there as soon as
predicament, in a hurry she stormed to the front door, just to
realize that she was forgetting something very important, her brand
new school bag!… and her treasured Dinosaur strap, that she
attached to it. Wondering if to go back for it or not, she heard
heavy footsteps behind her...
going back for the dinosaur strap! I spin around to go get it and
bump into someone!
She fell with her
butt to the ground as she bumped with a familiar face…
Musclehorn had noticed her going out without her bag so she went
after with a steak in her mouth, managing to catch up with her…
but she didn’t predict that our heroine would stop so abruptly,
sending her to a painful landing.
Oh... it's you... Penny!"
She noticed that
she had brought her school bag… with her strap intact!
Relieved that she didn't have to go back, she started to notice
people staring at them… confused, she looked around, to notice
that Penny didn't change at all! In panic, covering with what she
could, she escorted her back home.
Penny! nohorns wear clothes!"
She grunted while
chewing her steak, complaining in confusion, not understanding what
she did wrong. After getting home what awaited them was an angry pair
of himehorns at their doorstep, ready to unleash a big scolding…
Both contemplated in terror the scene, before they dragged them
didn't do anything!" I shout!
Both of them
pointed at the clock, clarifying what she had done. ¨Now, take
this note with you … and get going!¨ The leader said with
an angry voice while musclehorn was being scolded by haremhorn.
Knowing that her scolding was just postponed, she finally went to
school at her own pace.
frown the whole way there. I might have made it if I hadn't had to go
take Penny back!
While she was
walking to school, she heard a calm voice calling her from behind.
¨Excuse me... You dropped something.¨ A nohorn was there,
with her Dino strap on his hand. Her strap fell off her bag, but
because of her bad mood, she didn't notice it at all. ¨I think
this is yours…¨
Oh thank you! I don't know how that fell off.... but I'd have been
very sad if I couldn't find it!
¨I am glad I
found it then... I think that you will have to glue the other end,
the strap is kind of weak, so it will fall off if you move it too
much…¨ After saying that, he looked at his clock. ¨Oh,
sorry. Well, if you excuse me, I better get going…¨ and
with a little wave of his hand, he left...
you again!" I shout after them. I better hurry if I want to make
it before I'm really in a lot more trouble! In order to keep
Yamasaurus safe I put it in my bag where it can't fall out and hurry
on my way!
When she arrived
at the school she saw that the gates were closed, and there was no
one in sight. The opening ceremony should have ended, so everyone was
already in their classrooms... after trying to open the gates...
without much results. She tried to think of way to get in.
gate's only three feet high, I should be able to climb over that.
On top of the
gate, she heard a metallic noise. Looking at the source, she found a
nohorn in a tracksuit...¨WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING!?¨and
with a movement of her hand the gate was full open in an instant. As
she to the ground, she catched her…¨ohh, you were a
student, sorry… but you are LATE¨
know I'm late! How else was I supposed to get in?"
She pointed at
the intercom that was at one side of the gate. ¨You have to be
more observant, you are not a smallhorn anymore… Mmh, I don't
recognize you. Are you a first year? You are lucky, first-time
offenders will get just a warning… be grateful~<3 Now then,
come with me to the teachers’ lounge¨
I didn't know that was for that." I tag along after her, hoping
I put my student ID in my bag.
When they opened
the door, there it was, the kind nohorn from before. ¨Now, wait
here until your homeroom teacher comes for you… and You. Eh…
Sorry, what was your name again?¨ ¨Kei… Kei East¨
¨Oh, right… well then Kei, come with me. Third years have
P.E.¨ … and with that, our heroine was, alone...
hide under a desk!
After a few
minutes, the door opened once again. Hidden under a desk all she
could see was the pair of long legs of her teacher. ¨Eh, I was
told the new student was waiting here… bathroom break,
perhaps?¨ As she waited patiently for her, she walked towards her
desk… Right in front of our heroine.
seemednfunnier until she got here... Remembering my broken strap I
take it out of my bag and crawl out holding it. "Oh, hi! I was
just getting my dinosaur..."
What she saw
there was a blonde girl munching from a bag of snacks. When their
eyes met, her face turned completely red. Overwhelmed by the
surprise, in her confusion, she tried to hide the bag behind her
back, scattering sweets everywhere. After recovering her composure,
introductions were in order
Raisin! I'm a new student for thenfirst year class! I'm sorry for
yes…¨ *cough* ¨Don’t worry about it…
j-just forget what you saw¨ She said under her breath, still a
little embarrassed. ¨Do you have a note from your mother, right?
¨ After handing the note that stated the reason for her
tardiness, both of them headed towards the classroom. ¨Ready?¨
As she opened the
door, all the attention in the room fell on her the moment they
noticed someone behind the teacher. She observed that there was
almost forty people inside. Ten from each. Nohorns, haremhorns,
musclehorns, and now, with her, ten hornmothers…but no male
nohorns for some reason.
really weird being in a room with this many nohorns!
a seat over there *cough* Before the introductions, a little
explication is in order… You are all here today, not as
himehorns, and not as humans, but as students and as such I hope we
all can reach a better understanding of this world, and of each
other, together, for a better future¨
go sit down and check out who's around me. Left is a musclehorn,
she's pulled the sleeves off her uniform... Right is an ordinary
looking nohorn. Behind me is another nohorn and she looks like one of
the he ones. In front of me... I can't tell but she's a himehorn, the
horns are a giveaway.
classic subjects here, in St. Victoria, Himehorns will learn all
about humans and vice versa; from their biology to their psychology,
past, present and the future. How to be yourselves without being tied
to your instincts, and how to accept each other… and much,
put up my hand and ask.
"We're learning about the future?
you asked! You see, we won’t be learning about the future
itself, but how to forge it with our efforts and things we are
learning here; and with that, we hope to predict and in a sense,
learn about what kind of future our teachings will or at least, could
bring for himehorns and humans alike.¨
Well that actually makes more sense than what my imagination had come
teacher grabbed the student list and started calling them one by one.
Upon hearing their name, they stood up, talked a little about
themselves, or something, and then sat down again. Raisin got
surprised when even some of the musclehorns said something…
now, was her turn to shine.
name is Raisin!" I introduce myself when it's my turn. "I
like dinosaurs and Saint Blossom Starry Leader is my favorite show!"
After that, they
were given a general explanation about each class and their content.
When the final subject was explained, the recess began. A little
anxious, Raisin took her strap with her little hands, as she observed
how everyone started to go around talking to each other, forming
want to find a group too but it's kind of scary not knowing any of
heeey… are you ok? ¨ Absorbed in her own world, she didn't
notice that someone had approached her… she finally came to
her senses when a nohorn softly poked her cheek… In front of
her, was the worried face of a haremhorn, and at her side, the face
of a curious nohorn. ¨Oh~!, good reaction!¨
I try to ask but being poked in the cheek it's not real words that
but you were ignoring me for a while… so, I took the liberty
to tease you a little bit, jeje¨ She said as she poked her cheek
again with an amused smile. ¨Stop that, you will turn the raisin
into a tomato. Don’t you see she is embarrassed?...You were
spacing out for a while, are you ok?¨
alright... I... not knowing anyone is kind of scary."
scary? I think is fun~¨ Said the nohorn as she leaned on Raisin's
desk. ¨Well… I think that it could be a bit overwhelming
if you are not used to it… were you homeschooled, perhaps? …¨
Asked the haremhorn as she examined Raisin with her eyes in an
inquisitive way. ¨Anyway, nice to meet you.¨
Nice to meet you, I'm Raisin..." I introduce myself again, the
nohorns name turns out to be Choux.
that is not my name~ Himehorns call me like that because I am always
with Cream and Coco~¨ Said the nohorn as she pouted. ¨…Well,
it suits you, so it’s fine. Don’t you think so too,
Raisin? I am Cream by the way… and Coco is the one that just…¨
Before she could finish, the bell rang again…
does that one mean?"
that the next class has just begun¨ A few minutes later someone
opened the door, and a himehorn wearing a lab coat crossed the door.
¨Hello everyone... I can see in your faces that some of you
didn’t expect to have a himehorn as your teacher… well…
surprise~¨ She said with pride and joy.
is a lot like what I'm used to, except the teacher changes with the
class. That's new.
¨I will leave
the inspirational story of how and why I became a teacher for another
time… All you need to know is that I will be in charge of most
of the himehorn related classes this year… and also the
adviser for himehorn related affairs… If you need advice,
don't hesitate to come to my office!¨
wave my hand in the air. "Where is your office Teacher?"
¨I am glad
someone asked... my office is the last room in the right side of the
building, right beside the nurse's office, just go down the hallway.
You won't miss it… also, the adviser for human related affairs
is in the opposite side, beside the teacher’s lounge¨ she
told her, gesturing everything.
nod, not really understanding where any of them places she mentioned
were. It was enough for everyone else and I don’t want to look
Then, the teacher
tried to draw them a map on the blackboard, but she didn't reach it
well enough…after a few tries she gave up and left…a
few minutes later, she came back with a special stick and a step
ladder… with a triumphant look in her face, she finished her
explications without further issues.
make a copy of the map in one of my notebooks, just in case.
the basics, the teacher decided to end her class a little early…
¨Just for today, don’t get used to it… I will be
back later. Enjoy your time.¨ Given that they had some extra free
time until next class, everyone started moving around and talking to
each other like before...
look around for the ones that had been talking to me earlier.
She stood up and
anxiously looked around. After a few glances, she noticed Choux with
her head lying on her desk, chatting with Cream near the window…
she decided to approach them, and as she did, remembered that the
nohorn mentioned someone else in her group… but curiously, it
wasn't with them.
slowly make my way over to the two by the window. Trying to be
noticed before I have to try to join into the conversation myself.
As she approached
them, she clumsily tripped on her way, but for her luck, someone
grabbed her before she could get hurt. A little embarrassed, she
casted a quick glance over to the group and saw Cream waving at her…
and making weird signals. Then, Coco softly lifted her and went to
¨I asked Coco
to go and ask you if you wanted to join us, but it seems you found
her first… I saw you fall over there, so I asked her to give
you a lift just in case.*giggles*… Are you alright? ¨ She
dusted her a little, while Coco softly deposited her on a chair
beside Cream, and then sat down.
fine. I just tripped over myself trying to act normal." I say,
feeling my face turn a little red.
worry about it, as long as you are fine… oh, by the way, the
shy musclehorn you see over here is Coco… Choux mentioned her
before, I believe. The teacher asked her for help, so she wasn't here
with us¨ when Raisin looked at her, Coco shyly waved her hand
while blushing a little…
wave back. "Does anyone have some glue, or some string? My strap
broke..." I hold up my dinosaur.
¨Ohh~ I saw
you holding that before… Let me see, let me see~! ¨ Choux
said with a childlike insistence. Raisin, under pressure, hesitantly
handed her the strap.¨…Mm~ I see, I see…I know
someone who can fix it! Leave it to me! ¨ She exclaimed with
gleam in her eyes and a wide smile, showing her fang.
I finally decide it'll be okay to let her have it long enough to get
it fixed. "S-so, have you all been in this kind of school the
As soon as she
agrees, Choux runs off somewhere leaving them without time to react…
¨*ahem* Sorry about that… about your question, I have been
in this kind of school for about 3 years. Before, I was in a himehorn
exclusive school… as for Coco, this is her first time in this
kind of school¨
she feels as overwhelmed about this as I do." I say with a nod.
grabs Raisin hands shaking them in agreement, with a little tear in
her eyes. ¨Nohorns aside, as far as I know, she has always been
like that… She lives near my house, we know each other since
we were smallhorns. Choux, well…she appeared a few years ago,
wanting someone to play with…¨
haven't really played with a nohorn before." I admit. "It's
mostly just been my little herd family”
I see. You must
come from an old fashioned herd, I presume. I mean…if you were
homeschooled and never had much contact with nohorns
before…Persuading your leader must have been very tough. Old
fashioned leaders tend to be very stubborn. So, what made you want to
come to a school? A mixed one above that.
of our haremhorns got sick and the other two couldn't handle the
teaching on top of their jobs and hers." I fidget a bit. "We
all got to pick and I was curious..."
did she had? Is she alright or…¨as she covered her mouth
lowering her voice, Coco was already shedding tears in silence…
meanwhile Choux came back at the same speed she left, holding the
fixed strap in front of her. With a satisfied smile on her face she
wiped the sweat on her forehead.
you!" I almost shout, distracted by the strap. "She's not
sick anymore but she hasn't really recovered yet." I get back to
the question I'd been asked.
embarrassed with her hand behind her head, a little laugh escaped
Choux as she smiled, leaving her fang visible, blushing a little.
¨…anyway, what were you talking about? … and…
why is Coco crying? ¨ She said pointing at her while tilting her
head in confusion.
was saying why I'm here, one of our haremhorns got sick... that's
under the desk to reach her seat beside Coco, giving her a little hug
¨She's a little oversensitive. I bet she got the wrong idea,
before you could finish your explication. She will be fine.¨
Explained Cream, while patting Coco’s head. ¨Well, what do
you think of this school so far? ¨
different. But I like it, I think."
¨I am sure
you will find the experience interesting at least. Nohorns have a lot
of interesting things to teach us…¨Said Cream with a
candid smile. ¨…but there are a lot of boring and
difficult things too.¨ Said Choux pouting, interrupting
her.¨…well, if you ever need help, you can count with us¨
remember that you said that." I joke back, starting to feel
comfortable around at least these ones.
As if to ruin the
mood, the bell rang once more, indicating the start of the next
class.¨Oh, it seems the free time is over already…¨Said
Cream, as everyone slowly started to go back to their seats. Coco,
noticing this, stood up and slowly approached Raisin. A little
hesitant, attempted to lift her.
a little bad for making her cry earlier I let her try. A good way to
make a musclehorn sad, afterall, is to tell them they aren't allowed
to lift something.
Raisin got hurt when she fell, Coco carefully lifts her. After safely
delivering her to her seat, Coco leaves with a little wave of her
hand. A few minutes later the himehorn teacher came back with her
stick in hand, but the P.E. teacher came along, carrying her step
a very big nohorn.' Is all I can think.
came to remind you that after this you will have lunch time…The
Cafeteria will be open in a few minutes. The remodeling of the
rooftop has finished, feel free to use it…Also, You are not
allowed leave the premises to buy food, until you bring a permit from
your home.¨Said the P.E. teacher.
didn't have one of those permits, and we didn't know about the
cafeteria so I have my own dinner from home. When the class is done I
head over to the others.
are you going to eat your lunch?"
By the time she
arrived to their seats, they were already gone. She had been too
slow. She should have talked to them beforehand… Not knowing
where to go, she decided to wonder around the school looking for
them, or at least, to find a nice place to eat for the time being.
on television always said how the roof was the best place to have
your lunch so that's where I head to.
especial lunchbox, she headed towards the stairs. Unsure of where to
go, she followed the flow of people around her… managing to
reach the third floor, she looked around for the stairs to the
rooftop, attracting the curious eyes of the third years that were
still in their classrooms.
this wasn't such a great idea.' I think as I keep searching. There's
still a tiny trickle of traffic towards the top of the building... I
hope that's their destination anyway.
She slowly kept
following them, a little too self-conscious of the attention she was
attracting…. Out of the blue, a blinding light got in her way…
once her eyes adapted to the brightness, she finally saw the stairs
she was looking for. Finally on the rooftop, she was greeted by an
not particularly high up, only three floors, but it still offers a
great view of the surrounding town. A little higher up and I might be
able to almost seen the convenience store that's two blocks away from
Absorbed by the
view she didn’t notice the true appeal of the rooftop, until
she looked around. A world of green met her eyes. Vines within the
chain links of the cage surrounding the roof, providing cover from
the sun, grass patches surrounded by sidewalks with benches, for
everyone to enjoy.
seems more like a park than a rooftop.' I observe to myself and
ignore the benches. instead opting for a grass patch with just enough
shade; and just close enough to some flowers.
Finally able to
relax, she started to eat, enjoying the scenery and the soothing
breeze. After a while, her eyes drifted to the school’s
backyard where the gym, a huge green field and a line of trees were
in sight… until she saw a familiar pair of horns in the corner
of her eye, followed by a call.
the others I was looking for earlier. I gather up what little I'd
unpacked and stuff a small apple rabbit in my mouth as I hurry over
As she approached
the group, Coco made her some space for her to sit. ¨…After
we came back from the bathroom, I looked for you! ...you were nowhere
to be seen¨ Complained, Choux. ¨This is the most popular
place, so I thought you would be here…I am glad I was right¨
Said Cream, with a welcoming smile
is that where you were?" I smile. "I looked for you right
after the bell and couldn't find you. I thought maybe if I headed for
the roof I'd see you. I'm happy it worked out." I unpack my
lunch, an ear has fallen off one of my two remaining apple rabbits
and I put it back. You can't eat an incomplete apple rabbit after
rabbits! So cute.¨ Said Choux as she chewed on her food, while
taking a look at what the others were having. ¨Oh, you are right…
Did your haremhorn made it? ¨ Said Cream, as she took a bite of
her food, placing her hand over her mouth; while her and Coco leaned
towards Raisin to take a look.
of them did yes." Her herd was big enough to have three; well...
two until the one got better.
¨Did you know
that we will start to learn how to cook and all that this year? ¨
Said Choux as she ate her food vigorously. ¨… it will be a
nice excuse to eat snacks in class ¨ She said as she finished her
sandwich. ¨Do you know how to cook, Raisin?¨ Asked Cream,
before eating from her salad.
no not really." I answer, a little embarrassed. "My Leader
is kind of traditional so only the haremhorns know how to cook.
Leader can't even make tea on her own."
¨It must be
nice… having someone to do everything for you¨ Choux
thought aloud. ¨*giggles* Don’t worry about it. We are here
to learn. There is no reason to be embarrassed about that¨ Said
Cream, while Coco assented with her head¨ ...but it would be a
head start¨ Said Choux, as she drank some juice.
don't do everything... but yes they take care of a lot of things you
noho- humans do yourselves." I answer, trying to make it clear
that I wasn't offended by the joke.
now that I remember. We have P.E. after this¨ Said Choux as the
laziness invaded her, while she stretched lying on the grass. ¨…
and after that, we have home economics if I am not mistaken…
Have you heard about those classes, Raisin? ¨ Asked Cream, while
Coco joined Choux on the grass.
really." I frown and move onto the next piece of my lunch. A
thermos filled a meat and potato heavy stew. "What are they
Let see, how do I
explain it? ... In P.E. you exercise a lot… but not as much as
your musclehorn would… You also play lots of different nohorn
games, study their rules, compete with others… and I have also
heard that sometimes they give prizes to the winners, in especial
events... What do you think?
sounds kind of weird... except the games, games are good. If I'd
known there was a class about games I would have brought my Generals
of Conquest deck!"
there is class about that, and nobody told me? ¨ Said Choux,
while rolling in the grass. ¨In P.E. we do a different kinds of
¨games¨ like volleyball, and stuff, but we call them sports…¨
¨Oh, and I also heard that after school we can have some kind of
special activities, if we want…¨
that sounds less fun... the sports. Too much exertion is bad if
you're not a musclehorn." I pick up a small thermos full of a
sweet, cold, tea. "The other thing sounds like it could be more
¨Is not that
extreme… but I don’t like it either. I would prefer to
take a nap instead ¨ Said Choux as she fell silent. ¨For what
we were told, the exercise is a short time before we play, to avoid
injuries and to train our bodies to be at least at the level of an
average nohorn, more or less… ¨
still sounds like a lot of work... but I guess our Haremhorns had the
same idea, they insisted on some running around most days too."
health is important.¨ Said Cream, as she tickles Choux, to
prevent her from falling asleep to skip P.E. Hearing her laugh, Coco
decided to get up… just in case. ¨S-stop... I give up, I
give up¨ Said Choux, laughing. ¨I can’t even get some
sleep here… at least we have H.E. afterwards¨
one is going to be bad. I don't know anything about any of that."
¨ Exclaimed Choux with a broad smile, which prompted Cream to
make a complicated expression. ¨Don’t worry about it, you
will be fine.¨ she said, ignoring Choux, for some reason. ¨
Do you have some idea of what we will be doing in that class? ¨
food, right?" I'm pretty sure I know what it's about, but how to
actually do any of it...
part of it. We will also learn how to do simple chores, and how to
take care of smallhorns and small nohorns… if I remember
correctly¨ Said Cream, trying to remember the things she heard
about it. ¨ …We can eat or take home whatever we make
there, so it’s not all that bad.¨ Said Choux.
long as you have a nohorn or haremhorn in your group." This was
certainly going to be an experience. I'm scared that it's going to be
more than I can handle
female nohorns were talking about H.E. when we were coming back from
the bathroom… something about personal projects and getting
some attention… Sorry, that is all I heard.¨ She
apologized, while Choux took some of her juice. ¨Really? ... I
heard them talking about something else ¨
like what?" I ask, packing up my lunch remnants.
about other class having P.E. at the same time they had H.E. or
something like that. I didn’t pay it much attention ¨Said
Choux, as she stretched and then proceeded to slap her own cheeks to
get rid of her drowsiness. ¨We have some time left. Shall we get
going or…¨ Asked Cream to the group.
think a nap would be great! Eating always makes me sleepy."
¨That is a
bad idea. We have just a few minutes until the next class.¨ Said
Cream while placing her hand over Raisin’s shoulder from behind
her¨… and I don’t think you want to skip P.E…
not with this teacher¨ Coco shivered from the weird aura coming
from her, as she said it. ¨Shall we get going then? ¨
that bad?!" That's quite a shocking thing to hear. "Maybe
we should, I don't want to get lost and be late or something."
Didn't you met her already? You got here late, didn't you? You should
have met her already.¨ Said, Choux tilting her head in confusion.
¨Don't worry about it! She is a good person. Cream is
exaggerating¨…¨b-but… I saw it. I am not
lying.¨ Said Cream with a little tear on her eye.
I did meet someone... she got mad when I tried to climb the fence..."
have been her. She said a few words to first years in the opening
ceremony ¨ Said Choux with enthusiasm, making clear that she
liked her. ¨I saw her fall from somewhere in front of my window,
and run to the entrance a few minutes after the first bell rang.¨
Said Cream, at the same time.
fell out a window?"
know… she landed on her feet, and then ran towards the
entrance, so I think she jumped from somewhere…¨ Said
Cream, in disbelief of what she saw. ¨You are just seeing
things…¨ Said Choux while waving her hand, putting aside
the possibility of that being possible ¨You can ask her if you
not sure if I should, that seems so unbelievable. I don't think a
musclehorn would even try something like that."
glad? Your first day, and you already saw an unsolved mystery in this
school¨ Said Choux, laughing. ¨Well, shall we get going? …ah,
but I don’t know if you are going to have class outdoors or in
the gym… Where do you want to go? ¨ she asked, as they
headed towards the stairs.
there be an arranged meeting place no matter where it would be?"
classroom, of course.¨ Said Cream, after regaining her composure.
¨It’s better if we go to the classroom, the teachers always
go there first, and if you are late they leave a message on the
blackboard. So, always go there first. ¨ She explained to Raisin,
ignoring Choux idea. ¨ Boring~¨
a good plan, I need to put my stuff away anyway." I answer,
holding up my lunch stuff.
¨We also have
to do the same… Let’s go. ¨ Said Cream, as they went
down the stairs. ¨…h-hey!, don’t leave me behind! ¨
Exclaimed Choux as she run to catch up with them. The lunch time was
reaching its end, they could observe how the wave of people started
to form, as they arrived to their classroom.
so many people." I balk, not used to seeing more than six or
seven at a time... even when I had gone out to do things in town.
would have been even more shocked if you had been at the opening
ceremony. Everyone in the school was there.¨ Said Choux without
much thought. ¨Don’t worry, Raisin. You will get used to
it…¨ Said Cream, trying to reassure her. ¨What do you
think of the school, so far? ¨
weird, but I think it'll be good when I get used to it."
¨Did you have
anything in mind when you decided to come here? Like… How did
you thought it would be? Was there something that you wanted to
learn? ¨ Asked Cream in a friendly manner, while Coco averted her
eyes discreetly acting uninterested, also a bit curious, and Choux
anxiously awaits the answer.
nohorns mostly... ah I meant humans!"
It’s natural to be curious about them, after all, most of the
himehorns from traditional herds almost never have real contact with
them, unless is unavoidable.¨ Said Cream while Coco nodded to
herself, and Choux puffed her chest with a broad smile on her face,
as if she had won something.
your special then?" I ask, not quite understanding what it was
supposed to mean, but getting the general idea that Choux was proud
¨Coco was the
same as you, she got curious about humans after we met¨ Said
Choux while hugging Coco, making her blush. ¨After she stopped
being scared of you, of course.¨ Cream retorted. ¨I was just
trying to say that is natural to be curious in that situation …
What made you interested in them? ¨
hadn't really met any, and most of what I know is what I see on
shows, or read in books."
that means … I was the first?!¨ She exclaimed, feeling
victorious. ¨… yes, yes, you were the first. Now, calm
down.¨ Said Cream trying to lower her tension, as she was
attracting too much attention. ¨Well, if you want to meet or know
more about humans, this school is a good start.¨
what I thought too!" I answer, happy they thought it was a good
idea. "I'm not sure if you are. I've seen humans before... I
just haven't really met any of them."
Choux, in her own
world, made deaf ear to Raisin’s words, not even the sound of
the bell worked… but a light chop on the head sure did the
job... After a while, some light steps could be heard from the other
side of the door… but it never opened, for some reason.
someone lock the door?"
Choux didn't like
to wait nor the tension in the air, so she decided to open the door
herself… She found a note on the floor. ¨Open the window,
and wait on your seat¨ A bit confused, she decided to do as the
note said. The moment she sat down… the P.E. teacher entered
by a rope through the window!
I stare, confused. "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh?"
confused and astonished, while the teacher stood there, waiting for a
reaction. One could almost hear her inner voice saying: ¨Am I
cool, right?! I am the cool teacher! Right!? … I always wanted
to do that. ¨ … following Raisin’s scream was Choux,
with claps and praises, full of excitement.
applause the right response here? I wonder, I sit down at my desk and
wonder what other strange things could happen today.
Shortly after the
homeroom teacher entered the classroom, but using the door… as
normal people would. ¨I told you this morning not to do that! I
caught you red handed, but you ran off somewhere! Every year is the
same with you! Come to the principal’s office! Now! ¨
¨B-but…! ¨ ¨No buts, now! *sigh*¨
"W-what about class?" I ask Choux.
as you all can see, your teacher will be a little busy for a while.
Please go to the gym and wait there for further instructions.¨
said the homeroom teacher before escorting the P.E. Teacher…
¨I knew she was a problematic teacher¨ said Cream to herself,
as they made their way to the gym.
think maybe she's just weird." I answer, even though it wasn't a
question. "Besides, it might not have been her point but she's
letting you know even when you grow up you can still have fun!"
will keep an eye on her, just in case. ¨ Said Cream, still a bit
skeptical. Coco, behind them, still had a blank expression out of the
sheer surprise because of what happened, while Choux was nowhere to
be seen… for some reason. A few minutes later, they arrived to
the gym of the school.
you think you have to." I answer with a shrug as we walk. The
gym is very large and the lines painted all over the polished wooden
floor are very colorful and confusing. It's enough to make you dizzy
just looking at them all.
A few minutes
later, a teacher comes to the gym… the himehorn teacher.
¨Well, it seems that the scolding will take a while; I mean, the
talk with the principal … I was given instructions by your
P.E. Teacher, so I will be her substitute for today. ¨ She said,
a bit happy that she got to be in charge.
just happy we aren't going to be stuck standing around with nothing
to do. I'm a little bit worried though nohorns sometimes have a
strange idea of fun.
now though the teachers the same as me ao it shouldn't be too bad...
first thing to do was… to warm up! Yes… some light
jogging inside the gym. After each lap, we have to do some stretching
to make sure no one gets hurt. Everyone brought the medical
certificate, so we are good to go… I think.¨ She said,
trying to recall what she was told, doubting a little bit.
Running... I hadn't run for no reason in a long time. This might be
this is improve your stamina. Most of you have little to no exercise
under normal circumstances so, be extra careful.¨ said the
teacher, repeating what she was told, referring to the hornmothers.
¨Musclehorns, be sure to stretch and to run at an average speed.
Don't get too excited…¨
think I'll stay close to the wall so it's easy for everyone to pass
me..." I say to Choux as I start to do some light stretches.
Only the musclehorns had been told to but even I knew that doing
anything without stretching could end up hurting.
Choux on other
hand, a bit agitated, had just arrived in time to hear Raisin.
Confident that no one noticed her absence, she whipped the sweat of
her forehead with a fanged smile on her face, full of satisfaction
for her accomplishment…without realizing that she still had a
rope tied around her waist.
a strange belt."
her, Choux tilted her head in confusion before looking down to see
her supposed belt… a bit overwhelmed by her carelessness, not
knowing what to do, she grabbed part of the rope and started jumping
it while laughing in an awkward manner…
must be some kind of n... human exercise." I shrug and start
jogging slowly. Running was something I used to do a lot of as a
smallhorn... but not much since. Haremhorns say if you do too much
hard work tomorrows egg might break... or worse.
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Raisin started her light jogging, Choux’s rope was slowly
starting to be pulled. By the time she noticed she was being dragged
by it, she panicked. Unable to escape nor untie herself, she was
slowly dragged outside the gym… After a few laps and some
stretching, the class proceeded its course.
did Choux go?"
then, is everyone is feeling fine? If that is the case, let’s
continue… let's form four groups. We will divide the gym to
make different activities today. Each group will do a different
activity and after some time, I will blow the whistle, when that
happens everyone will go to the next activity.
do a quick survey, torn between staying with the people I know and
ranking the activities by intensity so I can have the easiest time
to decide, Raisin ends up in the team with fewer people. The
basketball team; which will practice throwing basketballs into the
hoop. ¨Remember to stretch before and after each activity.¨
said the himehorn teacher, with a happy look on her face, seeing that
everything is under control so far.
grab a ball and throw it as hard as I can. It doesn't go very far,
but hits the ground hard enough to bounce off the backboard before
ricocheting out across the gym.
three attempts with the same results, she goes to the back of the row
to wait for her next turn. Obverting all the others; she noticed that
she was not so bad, as all the others had pretty much the same
results… or worse…Before she could grab the ball,
someone came to give them some assistance.
a very complicated explanation involving how your offhand should only
steady the ball and something about letting the ball roll off your
fingers I try again! This time I get a lot closer... before hitting
the floor and bouncing off across the room.
Well, it’s just a matter of practice, don’t give up.¨
Said the teacher trying to encourage her… After a few more
tries, and a slow improvement the time for the next activity arrived,
and the sound of the whistle with it… the next activity was
soccer; some passing practice.
is easy enough; or so I thought... my first few passes didn't make it
all the way and so I got mad and really kicked it hard! Lucky for my
partner my aim was off and the ball hit the wall behind her before
coming back and almost hitting someone else behind me.
a while, a tall figure could be seen by the entrance of the gym…
It was the P.E. Teacher, carrying Choux on her shoulders. After
leaving her on the ground, the smiling Choux ran towards Raisin and
her group. ¨So, how is the practice going? Somebody needs help? ¨
asked the teacher to the group.
doing fine!" I run for the ball I didn't intercept and the kick
it back... too hard and too far left.
that moment, the PE teacher disappeared; in the blink of an eye, she
intercepted the ball and kicked it towards the nearby goalpost making
it bounce to her. After receiving it, she kept the ball under her
control as she walked towards the group again. ¨Here you go.¨
She said, giving her the ball.
Is all I can say. "I don't think even Daniel Radcliffham could
do that and she's famous!"
a little blush on her cheeks, the teacher scratched her head a
little. ¨No… there are people even better than me out
there. I am just a PE teacher.¨ She said, trying to hide her
embarrassment. ¨Well then, let’s continue with the class.¨
Said the teacher, and proceeded explain them the basics.
than a few times I get distracted by trying to do that same shot.
some tries, they heard the signal to rotate activities. Hearing the
whistle the PE teacher went towards the sound, to talk with the
himehorn teacher. Meanwhile, Raisin and her group headed towards the
handball team, in which they have to practice passing and shooting to
the goal to score.
gotten better at throwing but catching isn't very good. We keep
having to run and get the ball after I missed it so the game can
the coaching from the PE teacher and some trials and errors, she
manages to catch the ball three out of five times or so, just in time
for the rotation. Their next destination is the volleyball team,
where they have to practice service, reception, assist and attack,
rotating their roles.
is easy! Sometimes I hit the net... and sometimes it goes out of the
lines; but more often it makes it over. I don't like receiving, it's
hard, the ball hurts and sometimes you have to slide on the floor.
Assist sounded easy, but putting the ball up is easier than putting
it up and in a good direction for the next person.
and I don't have the vertical to attack.
something I was worried about happening does! Not to me though, the
ball goes sailing and hits a haremhorn right in the horn! It pops
with a loud BANG! And the poor haremhorn is knocked down, scared and
probably a little confused but not hurt visibly.
than used it, the PE teacher approaches her with a warm smile and a
helping hand, making it clear that there is no problem, making sure
she is OK. A few minutes later, the himehorn teacher comes with a
cart full of balls. At the sound of the whistle everything continues,
and so does their coaching.
the end of that activity I can do all of the stations at least a
little, even though I'm still not jumping very high.
that they still had some time to spare, the teachers decided to give
them some ¨free time¨ to play around. Rest, exercise, train
their bodies, practice some more, play a match of the sports they
practiced or whatever they wanted as long as it was safe and they
didn't wander outside the gym.
wait to see what my new friends are doing.
around, Raisin finds her friends with ease. Coco, in an awkward
situation, approached by two groups. One asking her to join their
training session and the other, asking her to join their team for a
match. Choux, lying on the floor near the teachers, and Cream, still
practicing her service.
head over to Coco, she looks like she might need some help.
knowing what to do, given her shyness, Coco starts to panic a
little... Looking for a way out of her predicament, in her
desperation, she notices Raisin as she approached. Not knowing if
Raisin had noticed her Coco waved her hand, trying to hide her panic
as she pleaded for help with her eyes.
you are Coco! Choux was asking for you over by the teacher."
It's not the best but it's all I can come up with.
behind Raisin, Cream came by and offered herself to join the match,
while the group with the musclehorn that wanted Coco to join their
training session shrugged and went away… As Raisin took Coco
to where Choux was, Cream smiled and waved her hand at them as she
went the other way.
wave as we continue past, then again as we approach Choux. "Hi...
I hope we're not bothering you. Coco needed a way to escape from some
small herds that all wanted her to do things."
little groggy, she only raised her head to look at them and nodded.
Acknowledged their presence, they sat beside her to rest… Coco
still a little shy tugged at Raisin’s sleeve, wanting to tell
her something… when suddenly Choux, half asleep, seeking for
warmth curled up like a kitty between them.
can't help giggling at that.
is it Coco?"
little embarrassed for the interruption, she hesitated a little,
before trying to whisper to her ear. While she conveyed her gratitude
towards her new friend, the bell rang, completely covering her voice.
Too embarrassed to repeat it, she grabbed Choux and started to walk
towards the next class.
I missed most of that!" I say, chasing after her but not being
able to keep up.
the main building, the third years started to go outside…Still
tired from all the exercise Raisin slowed her pace and as she did,
she heard Cream calling her from behind. Looking back absentmindedly
she tripped over a pebble, almost falling, if it wasn't for a third
year student that caught her.
I yell, flailing a little bit as I fall, not quite realizing that
someone caught me for a little longer than it should have taken. "Eh?
Oh! T-thank you!"
she abruptly moved away from the student, embarrassed of what had
happened, and proceeded to apologize profusely trying to hide her
embarrassment… ¨Hey… Are you okay? ¨ asked the
student to Raisin, as she raised her head, noticing that it was the
same nohorn she had met that same morning.
fine! J-just because I'm a hornmother doesn't mean I'm fragile like
so-sorry, I didn't mean to offend you.¨ said the nohorn avoiding
eye contact while scratching his head, bewildered at Raisin’s
reaction. ¨…at least you're not hurt.¨ He said to
himself with an innocent smile, before meeting her eyes… Both
of them, unaware of the prying eyes around them.
okay, everyone gets distracted to what's around her sometimes."
the one who was about to fall horns first to the ground…¨
He said to himself while slightly tilting his head to the side …
before letting escape a little snort of laughter. ¨ I hope that
you don’t get distracted very often. ¨ said the nohorn
before patting her head with a candid smile.
usually! But there's just so much new stuff today…"
Raisin noticed that his gym uniform had been torn a little on the
chest. She wondered if she had to do with it, grabbing her horns
unconsciously, a little hesitant if to ask him about it.
Misunderstanding her gesture He stopped patting her, apologizing, a
little embarrassed; when the bell rang.
oh... I don't know where I'm supposed to go nowwwwuuuuuuuuuu" I
start tearing up and trying not to cry.
knowing what to do with the teary eyed Raisin in front of him, He
started to look around for help. As He panicked, He finally noticed
the prying eyes around them; condemning him as the cause of the tears
soon to be shed by the small hornmother… until Raisin heard a
known voice behind her…
don't know where I'm supposed to go!"
thanks for waiting for me ... What happened? ¨ Said Cream, not
understanding why she was yelling at a nohorn, noticing that a lot of
people were watching them... Seeing her with teary eyes and the
nohorn still trying to talk, to explain probably, with no words
coming out of his mouth…
My expression changes quickly to relieved happiness. "I tripped
and almost fell on this nohorn and then the bell went and I didn't
know where to go!"
let’s go then… We have to go to our class first, since
it’s the first day. I thought I told you that already…
anyway, are you alright? ¨ Said Cream as they started heading
towards their own classroom, leaving the embarrassed nohorn behind,
while rumors started flowing behind their backs…
fine! That nice nohorn caught me before I hit the floor!"
Good to know! I'm glad it wasn't what it seemed …but I think
that the people around got the wrong idea. I hope no weird rumors
start to spread thanks to that …¨ Said Cream a bit
concerned. ¨ Oh! I know. Why don’t we make something for
him in home economics class? What do you think? ¨
sounds good I don't want to get in trouble."
anything, I doubt it will be you the one with trouble. ¨ Said
Cream with a little chuckle. ¨… but with a little gift and
some luck you might make a new friend. That should make any kind of
bad rumors go away… or so I think, but I am not used to giving
gifts to nohorns, you should ask the others¨
that why we had such problems with them before? We weren't giving
them enough gifts?"
knows… I heard about giving gifts from the nohorns in our
class... One said she left a letter inside a desk so they could meet
after school and other one, right after P.E. class… they were
really nervous for some reason, but the others encouraged them. ¨
Said Cream, shrugging.
that is a good idea!" I get out my paper pad, all the pages have
pictures of happy eggs on them. "Dear nohorn that I bumped into
today. Please meet me after PE class. I really, really, need to give
you something!" I finish writing. "Hows that? I think the
second really makes it sound important!"
good I guess, it also makes it sound more urgent… but how will
you give it to him? Do you know where does he seats or something? ¨
Said Cream giving her opinion about issue; as they talked about the
gift issue, trying to figure out a way to deliver the note, they
arrived to their classroom.
should be easier to smell which one is which " I pout after
Cream and I arrive at the classroom. I wondered what was coming next
as she and I found our seats.
old lady followed by a haremhorn enter the classroom…¨Hello
class, I am Mrs Batterheart, and I am in charge of the H. E. Class…
or so I would normally say… I am retiring pretty soon, so this
young lady over here will be taking when that happens; until then she
will be assisting with the class¨
a retirement?" I ask, leaning over in my seat.
puts a bittersweet smile at hearing her question. ¨Good question,
dear. Retirement means that I have been teaching for over 40 years.
So now it’s time for me to leave the teaching duty to the next
generation.¨ she says while looking at the distance in
retrospective. ¨ Is
there any other question? ¨
mam!" I didn't think that she would hear me.
then my sweeties, if there are no more questions… let’s
go to the kitchen.¨ She said as the haremhorn lead the way and
opened the door for her. ¨Dear, can you please take them to the
kitchen on the third floor while I go get some prints? ¨ She told
her as they went out of the classroom.
try to stay close to Cream and the others so that I don't get lost or
followed the haremhorn to the third floor, right past the classrooms
of the third years. At the end of the hallway was a double door. When
she opened the doors, they could observe a big classroom with eleven
cooking stations, with ovens, microwaves and all the implements they
not completely overwhelmed, but close. I know what a lot of these
things are because I've watched the haremhorns use them to make food.
I've even seen them used on shows.
much rather be doing the part of this class that's about making
soon as they entered, the haremhorn went to the main cooking station
in the front of the classroom and asked everyone to split into groups
of four between the ten remaining stations… After a while,
Raisin's group ended up in the last station of the back row, right
beside an opened window.
any of you ever done this before?"
have experience, and Coco has helped me before… Choux, well…
she is a special case; let's leave it that way… what about
you, Raisin? Have you ever had the opportunity or the interest in
cooking before? ¨ Said Cream as she examined the cooking station
and Choux leaned against the window frame.
really. I've seen some of the programs with the white haired nohorn
who has eyes on the back of his head... and I watched our haremhorns
a couple times..."
you don't really have firsthand experience… Let’s do our
best then, maybe you will like it.¨ Said Cream, with a warm
smile… After a few minutes, the teacher came back with the
copies. ¨Well then, my sweeties; as it is tradition for the first
years, the first lesson will be… how to make cookies¨
I mumble quietly. "I guess cookies are kind of like really small
her a bit disappointed and crestfallen, Cream approached her. ¨Don‘t
be sad; before we can make something big, we have to start with
something small… plus, cookies are better for the gift, right?
¨…at hearing the word ¨gift¨ the nohorns in the
other stations started to whisper among themselves.
would be I think!" I only know for sure that I'd love being
the haremhorn started to distribute the copies Raisin noticed that
Choux had been by the window for quite a while. Out of curiosity, she
decided to check on her… She tapped on her shoulder a few
times, without an answer, noticing that she had dozed off while
enjoying the warmth of the sunlight.
I try to gently shake her awake. "You got to wake up, you'll get
she tries to wake her up, Choux loses balance and starts to lean
forwards… before she could fall, Raisin reacted with haste,
grabbing her, but her strength was not enough to move her out of
danger... Seeing all this, Coco lifted both of them with ease, moving
them away from the window …
struggle a little for a minute before realizing we're not actually
falling. After a relieved sigh I say. "Thanks. That would have
later, Cream gives her a chop to the head to wake her up…
¨Sorry about that Raisin. She's quite energetic, but also run out
of steam quite fast… At this rate She will fall asleep again
before she can wash her face; and we need her wide awake…
Would you please accompany her to the bathroom? ¨
think I can find that." I answer; not entirely sure if I can do
what I just said.
they left, Cream approached Raisin and whispered on her ear. ¨…
we won’t mind if you take a little detour on the way back to
leave the note for the nohorn. ¨ Said Cream with a warm smile on
her face, giving her a thumbs up… Not understanding very well,
Coco mimicked her, doing the same.
I decide that on the way back would be best. Just in case I get lost
I think that having someone who knows the way around would be best. I
take Choux by the hand and start half leading, half herding her out
into the hall.
they walked the empty hallways on their way to the bathroom Raisin
looked around, as if to figure out which one was the classroom of the
nohorn… only to be interrupted by Choux, every time she
started to doze off while walking, making their walk even more
problematic; until they finally arrived…
the bathroom! Choux's so tired the best thing to do is get the water
going as cold as it will go and then splash her face myself! Except
when I try to splash... it turns into more of a spray.
school has very impressive water pressure!
the spray of cold water hits Choux straight to the face, a cute sound
escapes her out of surprise at the cold sensation. ¨Hinya~! …
I am drowning, I am drowning! ¨ still half asleep Choux struggled
as Raisin washed her face, slowly bringing her to her senses.
¨Uhhh~¨She complained, before sneezing.
not drowning sillyhorn." I tell her. "You just needed a
fully awake, and a little grumpy, Choux puffed her cheeks and ran her
hands over her face… After looking at her wet hands a little
smirk appeared on her face; then she used her fingertips to throw a
few drops of cold water at Raisin's face while making gun sounds in a
playful way. ¨Pew, pew~¨
no! I'm already awake!" I back up, trying to get away, not
managing it. "I need your help on the way back."
¨ she said without hesitation. ¨…BUT, first, I have to
finish something here. ¨ She proclaimed in a serious tone,
pointing up with one hand and the other under her elbow; then flicked
her finger with the last drop of water at Raisin’s face…¨I
am done, let's go!¨ she said with an innocent smile.
you! I need to take a note to the nohorns desk."
see… but do you know the name of the ¨nohorn¨? ; Is a
girl or a boy? ; Do you know of what year is it, or its classroom? ¨
She asked, grabbing her chin, trying to understand the situation as
they walked down the empty hallways. ¨…Anyway, for what do
you need me? ¨ She tilted her head, curiously.
don't know? She had short hair and a flat front?"
that is … not very particular… Himehorns have good
sense of smell… right? Can’t you just find it smelling
around?… Anyway, do you remember anything else about that
nohorn that might help us to find it or its desk? ¨ Said Choux
while frowning, tilting her head inquisitively.
all kind of smell the same." I shrug and kick at the floor. "And
then there's all the smelly stuff they like to wear. She... he? Was
kind of tall? And short hair that was kind of yellow!"
stuff? …weird, in the rules of the school says that we can’t
use normal stuff. We have to use what the school provides us, so we
don’t upset himehorn’s sense of smell… it must be
a new student then.¨ Said Choux, looking up, trying to reach a
conclusion… ¨When was the last time you saw it?¨
morning! I think I did something that might have got him in trouble
so I need to take a note for them to meet me later!"
morning… in the opening ceremony? No, you came late to class…
So, if it wasn’t in the opening ceremony, where did you meet
with the nohorn? ¨ Asked Choux a bit confused… ¨Oh, by
the way… can I see the note? …If you don't mind, of
course.¨ Said Choux with innocent curiosity in her eyes.
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hand her the note. "I worked really hard on it! It was after the
morning... thing... I almost fell down and I got really panicky and I
think it made people think she did something bad!" I ramble. "So
I'll give them the note that I have something super important to tell
them behind the gym and then I can give them some cookies I'm going
to try to make!"
listened to Raisin’s explanation and then proceeded to read the
note in her hands. After a few seconds in deep thought… ¨I
don't really get it … ¨ she said with a puzzled expression
on her face. ¨… but it seems important; so it would be
better to ask a teacher for help… What do you think? ¨
could, but they're all kind of scary."
Why? ¨ she tilted her head in confusion. ¨… they all
seem like good people so far… but, I guess that they might
seem a little scary for you; since it’s your first time in this
kind of school…then… do you want me to ask one of them
for you?¨ she asked with a big smile, showing a little fang.
wouldn't ask that!" Raisin answers, a little louder than needed.
"But if you were there too it might be better?"
nodded with enthusiasm while grabbing her hands. ¨You can count
with me! ¨ Glad of Raisin’s vote of confidence, she struck
a pose with a hand on her chest and other on her hip; showing a fang
through a smug smile. ¨SO… where are we going now? Do you
have a teacher in mind of the ones we met? ¨
about the window one?"
she tilted her head to a side, looking at her with a blank
expression. She looked both sides at the windows of the hallway, to
see if they had passed a teacher along their way, coincidentally
spotting the P.E. teacher in the school grounds in front of the gym;
hitting her palm with her fist at the realization.
you have a headache?"
N-no, no, don't worry about it, I am fine.¨ She gave her a
bashful smile, blushing a little, scratching the back of her head to
hide her embarrassment for being slow. ¨ Oh, by the way, I just
saw that teacher outside.¨ She walked towards the window and
waved at her, trying
to draw her attention.
very saren...serentuitus?" I try to use one of the big words
that describes the situation but can't quite remember them.
Did you say something, Raisin? ¨ she looked at her over her
shoulder, all smiles, as she leaned over the window in a dangerous
position without a care in the world… Given up on trying to
get her attention she grabbed Raisin’s hand and started going
towards the schoolyard, half dragging her.
don't have to pull! I can walk!" I grumble, trying to keep up.
I'm still happy to have someone here who knows where they're going
a while and a few stumbles on their way, they somehow arrived safely
to where the teacher was. Choux smiled widely as she waved
energetically calling for the P.E. teacher. Smiling at her, she
looked surprised when she spotted Raisin concealed behind Choux…
¨Raisin wants to ask you something! ¨
uhm." I take a deep breath and then start again. "I'm
looking for a nohorn that's kind of tall and yellow on top. T-the
hair I mean, I'm supposed to give them this note!"
teacher approached Raisin at hearing her request. A little scared,
she closed her eyes and braced herself, but all she felt was a soft
pat in the head. She opened her eyes again and looked up at her; her
teacher was smiling at her. ¨You did a great job asking for help.
Let me see what can I do. ¨
you!" I exclaim loudly, happy to be able to make up for causing
see… ¨ the teacher proceeded to call a student that was
doing some laps around the gym, telling it to call all the blonde
students in her class or anyone who had something yellow today. A
little confused the student followed her orders… ¨Well
then, now let’s wait and see if it's in my class. ¨
long do we wait?"
a few minutes. Don’t worry.¨ Moments later, twelve curious
students presented themselves before them. ¨Is everyone here? ¨
she asked to the student from before. ¨Yes! …Ah. No, Kei
was feeling a little bad so He is resting under a tree.¨ …
then. Raisin, is any of them the person you are looking for? ¨
I stare, at each one for a little bit but can't really tell. "I
don't think so, what about the tree one?"
everyone! Someone please show her where is Kei and the rest go back
to running… follow them, Raisin… and good luck…
After that let’s practice some soccer and volleyball. Make the
teams however you want, just play carefully as always.¨ clapping
her hands, she made everyone follow her commands.
follow along behind the group and the nohorn they lead me to looks
familiar, and I think I smell something familiar but it's really hard
the group dispersed Raisin found herself under the shade of a big
tree beside said nohorn, which
seemed to be enjoying the occasional breeze with his eyes closed,
oblivious of his surroundings and of their presence. Meanwhile Choux
took her leave… and tried to climb the nearest tree behind
Again? ...¨ having heard someone’s voice beside him, he
rubbed his eyes and stretched, as he sat up to look at the owner of
the voice. ¨Oh. Hey, it's you.¨ A little yawn escaped him.
¨Sorry about that. It seems that I almost fell asleep…
thanks for waking me up.¨ He smiled at her.
I try to hand the nohorn the letter, but I'm flustered enough that
it's more than a little shaky. As soon as he takes it I start running
with more questions than answers, still drowsy he pondered about what
just happened as he stood up, scratching his head while stretching
and yawning. Now fully awake, he paid it no much mind, putting the
note inside his pocket… but as soon as he started to walk he
heard a voice from above…
should probably read that!" The mysterious voice is both ominous
and slightly cheerful at the same time.
little confused and surprised he looked up, but there was no one in
sight. A bit curious he decided to take a closer inspection to the
source of the voice… but the voice of the PE teacher calling
for him stopped him from doing so… minutes later, Choux heard
the PE teacher calling for her from below.
many times have I told you not to play in the trees on school
property?! If you hurt yourself it gets us in trouble!"
b-but this is the first time somebody has told me that¨ She
jolted, surprised that she found her ¨D-don't try to be a
know-it-all, you know what I mean…!¨ She replied, taken
aback by her comment ¨… can you get down?¨ Choux
jolted again, at her question ¨…b-but of course I can…¨
the stubborn Choux started to climb down the best that she could
trying to prove that she in fact could do it… her trembling
feet reached one branch after another. Now she only had to climb down
the trunk... when she was getting ready, the branch made a loud
sound, stopping her in her tracks.
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branch didn't break, but the damage was already done. The surprise
made her jump hastily to the trunk of the tree, hugging it with all
her might. Now, like a kitten, she was unable to move out of fear to
the fall… to which the teacher panicked a little; until
certain someone came with a ladder.
was the PE teacher again! She'd heard the shaky voice and kept watch.
Usually she was rescuing balls from the trees, not students.
a little confused when she felt a little tap on her shoulder, changed
her little teary eyed expression into her usual smile when she
noticed the PE beside her on the ladder… after a light hearted
scolding by the teacher, glad that she was fine, they returned to
where they were supposed to be.
forgot to wait for you..." I tell Choux when she finally catches
up. "I was really nervous."
worry about…¨ She laughed dryly. ¨I-I was just talking
with the teacher and I lost the track of time…¨ she
averted her eyes and scratched her nose a little... ¨So, how
things went? ¨ a mischievous smile appeared on her face as she
waited for her answer; while they walked towards their class.
won't know until later right?"
know, but how do you think it went? ¨ they continued talking the
matter until they finally arrived to the classroom; where everyone
else had just finished reviewing all the steps to make the cookies,
the possible variations they could make with what they had there and
the rest of the theory.
down at the papers I make a very confused sounding noise. "Does
this really make sense to anyone?"
at all! ¨ Said Choux with a carefree expression on her face,
whereupon Cream left out a big sigh. ¨Leaving Choux aside…
I thought this might happen. So here you go Raisin, copy my notes.
They will make everything easy to understand for you, but for now,
let’s just start making the cookies¨
thank you!" I quickly look over the notes, and so, kind of
understanding start getting a small bowl ready for the dry
that everyone had their little bowl ready with the basic ingredients;
they started to choose what kind of cookies they would make. One by
one, each group started to take out the ingredients for their mixes.
¨So, anyone has anything in mind? ¨ Asked Choux while
munching the chocolate drops.
we have squid?"
almost choked trying to contain her laughter; Cream taking advantage
of that, took the chocolate drops from her hands and gave them to
Coco, who had been staring at them for a while, but didn’t have
the courage to ask for them. ¨Raisin, we have to choose from the
list they gave us in class.¨
I like squid, even the regular kind..." I looked over the list,
staring a little too long at an option that says 'Oatmeal and Raisin'
before finally saying something else. "The ones with chocolate
in them are really good right?"
an old classic, uh? Yes, they are very good! ¨ She remarks,
striking a thoughtful pose, as she licks the last bits chocolate from
her lips. ¨Yes they are… but I am not sure if we have
chocolate for everyone… thanks to someone.¨ Cream pierced
Choux with her stare. ¨Hehe~ You will make me blush. ¨
then maybe the one with the raisins?" I ask quietly. "Or
have we eaten all of those too?"
in that moment caught Choux red handed with the unopened bag of
raisins in her hands, giving her a cold stare, making her give them
back. ¨Here you go, Raisin… I think that Coco have some
chocolate drops leftovers if you want them… use them before
the binge eater over there finish them off.¨
and raisin go good together! It'll be fine!"
after, the four of them had their mixes ready for the next step…
Raisin & Coco's working space was a little messy afterwards, but
mostly clean. Cream's was spotless, while Choux's looked like a dough
bomb had exploded in front of her, but somehow, she inexplicably had
not even one stain on her.
take a floury hand and try to leave a print on Choux's back.
as Raisin’s hand was about to touch Choux’s back, the
himehorn teacher tapped on her shoulder to point out her mess, making
her turn around. In consequence, Raisin’s hand went a little
too far, touching Cream’s back instead, leaving a floury
handprint on her…¨mmh? Do you need something, Raisin? ¨
I answer quickly. "I was just trying to tidy up a bit!"
immediately started to help Choux to clean her mess, to cover up what
she did. Meanwhile she could hear someone chuckle behind her…
it was Coco, who had witnessed everything. She was trying her hardest
not to laugh, giving Raisin a thumbs up. After that, she helped them
to finish cleaning.
return the gesture, a little confused but her expression makes me
thing that it was a good thing.
refined and composed Cream had no idea what just had happened…
Now they had to decide if they wanted to give the cookies some kind
of shape… Everyone started to use the cookie cutters.
Different forms were all around, some left them round, others made
them square and even gave them animal forms…
go right for the animal ones, everyone knows food is more fun that
her group stayed cleaning Choux’s disaster, all the other
groups had taken theirs before her, but thanks to that Raisin didn't
have to wait in line to get them like she normally would… All
she found there was a few dinosaur cookie cutters; since the rest of
the shapes had already been taken.
is perfectly okay! Dinosaurs are probably the best animals! I hope
there's a pentaceratops!
back full of a broad smile and starry eyes, Raisin happily showed to
the surprised Cream and the rest the little hidden treasure she
found. ¨Fufufu~ You seem really happy with those cookie cutters.
I am glad you were lucky enough to find them. ¨ Cream smiled
softly, putting a hand on her cheek.
too! I wonder what everyone else took that there were so many good
started to look around with curiosity and saw a bit of everything,
from geometric shapes to robots, classic animals, like cats, giraffes
and even rare ones, like dodos. ¨Quite a selection, right? We
were told that the ones that don't have the classic shapes were made
by one of the clubs.¨
There really were all kinds of shapes, but our group has the best
started to prepare the cookie dough to put it in the oven; with the
cookie cutter that she so wanted in hand, Raisin started to work
really hard and with a lot of care, even giving them little details…
Now was just a matter to decide if to add some cream or sprinkles on
top or leave them plain.
start getting ready to add stuff but I get stopped. "Whoah! You
add that after or it'll just get melty and burned."
being stopped just in time by one of the teachers, she was kindly
told how to put all kind of toppings and to review the copies before
every step, so she wouldn’t make that kind of mistake…
After that, once all their baking sheets were in their oven, they
were ready to turn it on and wait.
it done yet?" I ask again, it felt like forever since I asked
like a smallhorn waiting for a snack, her eyes were almost glued to
the little window of the oven, until the kitchen timer rang, giving
her the answer she so much wanted… but before she could open
the oven, Coco lifted her ¨Not so fast. You have to use your oven
gloves.¨ Cream kindly scolded her.
just to open it?" I pout a little bit and go searching for some
first! ¨ putting her hands on her hips Cream pouted at her
question… Now with her gloves and the oven turned off, Raisin
took out all the trays one by one, putting them on the counter with a
lot of care not to burn anyone… when her cookies finally came
out, she couldn't help but to admire them.
of them have puffed up a little weird and they're probably the
lumpiest dinosaurs ever.
what do you think? Do you like them? ¨ Said Cream as Coco and
herself stood beside her… while Choux jumped into Coco’s
back and started to climb her to look from above. ¨Let’s
wait until they cool down a little to try them… in the
meantime, why don't we prepare a cute wrapping for them? ¨
sounds like a great idea!"
started to open one by one the cabinets of their cooking station,
looking for what they needed. After a few tries, she took out a pile
of wrappings with all kind of designs on them. ¨Now, let’s
find something nice.¨ She told her, while Coco helped to sort
them, with Choux still on her shoulders.
pick a plain black one and some white but also somehow kind of shiny
ribbon. "How about this?"
I see. So, you want something more sober and classic. Fufufu~♪
¨ Said Cream with a candid smile. ¨Ehhh~? I thought she would
choose the one over there. It has tiny dinosaurs munching on pink
hearts… Oh! I want that one, with the robots! ¨ Choux
pointed with her finger from above.
would have taken the dinosaurs if I were keeping them for me." I
answer quietly; trying to figure out how to make the nice little
pouch everyone else has managed to make.
a few tries Raisin managed to make a cute little pouch. It was a
little bit wrinkled, but it was cute nonetheless. Using a lot of the
shiny ribbon, she tried to make it stand out like the others, so
after trying many different ways to make it look pretty, she decided
to make a classic long tail bow.
do you make the tails all curly?" I asked, trying to make them
do at least one little loop.
do it like this…¨ Cream demonstrated how to do it using
her own little pouch. ¨Now, you try it. If you can’t do it,
I will do it again for you. ¨… and so, the process of
trial and error began. A little later, all of them had their little
pouches ready. ¨Well then, shall we go for the cookies? ¨
they still going to be warm?"
course. I am sure that they are still warm, but not enough to burn.
Even so, be careful. ¨ Said Cream, sounding like a caring mother.
Meanwhile, Coco was helping with the rest of the cookies, putting
them in their pouches as fast as she could, trying to avoid a
thieving hand coming from above.
still a few of them go missing. I managed to sneak one of them
myself; they're pretty good!
all the little pouches were carefully filled, Coco handed them out to
each one of them. The black one to Raisin, the pouch with the robots
to Choux and the pink one to Cream, leaving the one with magical
girls to herself… but what Raisin didn't notice was a fifth
pouch that Cream and Coco had hidden.
to put them away until later... somewhere they won't get squished."
My bag would be best, probably, but it wasn't here.
then my sweeties, it’s almost time to end the class, but before
we end our sweet time together… Please, fill this
questionnaire, to know which recipes would you like that we focused
first.¨ the teacher showed them the copy in question while the
himehorn teacher started to distribute them.
quickly go through and put marks next to anything with cake in the
started to put marks, answer questions and add suggestions…
While they were at it, Mrs. Batterheart, as it was her tradition,
went to every group offering some milk to accompany the cookies. The
himehorn teacher, following suit behind her, offered chocolate powder
for those who wanted.
who wouldn't want it? She wouldn't let me have quite as much as I
wanted though... but it was still really good!
few sips later, Raisin started to want to eat some more cookies to
accompany it… but then she remembered that she had planned to
give them as a gift. A bit dejected, she lowered her head a little,
before drinking another sip of chocolate milk… instants later
she felt some soft taps on her shoulder.
I accidentally inhale some of the milk. As delicious and yummy as it
is, it’s not very good for breathing. After a small coughing
fit I can breathe again and turn around teary eyed. The tears are
mostly from all the coughing.
wiping her tears, what she saw in front of her was her little group
holding a pouch with the dinosaurs she liked. ¨We thought that
something like this might happen since you are giving away your
share… so, we mixed some of our cookies and made you a little
pouch for you.¨ They smiled at her.
you! I practically fly out of my chair trying to hug all of them at
once but not having long enough arms.
witnessed everything Mrs. Batterheart smiled candidly. Letting out a
little chuckle, she patted their heads and she offered them a refill
of their glasses of milk. Also smiling, the himehorn teacher looking
at Raisin’s glass, asked them if they wanted some more
chocolate powder for their milk.
get more chocolate of course, and try dipping cookies. The second one
I try can't handle the milk and almost half of it falls into the
the snacks with a big smile, swinging her legs under her chair,
chatting and giggling happily with her group, Raisin carefully
finished the questionnaire just in time for the bell to ring; but
even if the last class of the day was over, she still had stuff to
do. Clubs to see, gifs to give…
back to the regular classes will be almost a chore compared to the
thinking about the snacks she just had Raisin managed to get back to
her classroom. Not knowing what to do next, she stood there thinking
for a moment… ¨ Yay! The classes are over! ¨ Choux ran
to her seat. ¨…What are you going to do now, Raisin? ¨
Cream asked, while Coco watched her curiously.
don't know?” I go to get my bag. "It's time to go home
so... maybe go home?"
you have to go and talk to the nohorn to give it the cookies? ¨
Said Cream, while Coco looked at them confused trying to understand
what were they talking about ¨We can wait for you if you want. ¨
Choux clung to her back playfully. ¨Oh, why don’t we go
see the clubs afterwards? ¨ Cream suggested.
almost forgot!" Grabbing my bag I start running as fast as I
can... it's not that fast.
started to run clumsily across the corridors… but since she
hasn't memorized the layout of the school yet she got lost more than
a few times, having to go all over the place. Regretting to have
decided to run she walked slowly trying to catch her breath…
coincidentally finding the right place.
look around and try to smell for the nohorn even if they all smell
got no results, the area was too big… so she decided to look
around the area where she found him asleep… Failing to
pinpoint the place she felt very disappointed. All her hard work…
in vain. Now angry and hungry she decided to sit down and eat the
cookies… but where she sat down, was very squishy.
ground is usually kind of hard and bot this warm." I make a
confused face and look and there's yellow on top nohorn, somehow
still asleep despite being sat on! "Uh... uhm. Excuse me?"
didn't answer… After a few tries she started to poke him, but
He still did not respond… puffing her cheeks she was starting
to get inpatient. So she decided to start having fun with his face,
making him do funny faces. She giggled happily while He slept…
until a wrong move made him sneeze strongly.
bunch of spit gets on my face and I cringe, opening my eyes to see
yellowontopnohorn awake now... "Ahm... Hi! You weren't where you
were supposed to be." She said.
I didn’t understand the note very well… and…
sorry about the sneeze.¨ Unaware that she caused it, feeling
quite ashamed, He lent her his handkerchief to clean herself. ¨…and
more importantly. Why are you sitting on my chest? …You are
lighter than I would have thought.¨ He tried to laugh it off.
couldn't smell you so I sat down and there you were!" I smile
and stand back up. "Here!" I hold out the pouch of
¨ He looked both side, looking for someone else, staying there
confused for a few seconds. ¨…for me? …Why? ¨
He tilted his head to a side, failing to understand the situation. He
stood up and grabbed the pouch of cookies. ¨… can I open
it? ¨ He asked, still a bit embarrassed for the whole situation.
I nod. "They're for earlier when I might have got you in
…¨ He murmured to himself, failing to recall what trouble
she was talking about. ¨… anyway, thanks.¨ He smiled
shyly, scratching the back of his neck. ¨Oh~, cookies… it
has been quite a while since the last time I had some.¨ He said
as he opened the pouch, putting one of them into his mouth.
stare, trying to figure out what the expressions on the face mean.
"Are they bad?"
seconds of silence felt like hours as she looked at him intently,
fearing the worst. ¨… was this your first time making
cookies? ¨ He asked her, feeling the pressure of her stare.
¨…don’t look at me like that. They are good.¨ He
said as he sat down again. Patting the grass beside him He smiled
kindly at her.
was!" I move to the ground he mentioned and crouch down before
sitting cross-legged. It's good they're good! I was a little
was no need to be so worried. Here, eat.¨ He laughed softly as He
fed her one of cookies. ¨What do you think? Was I telling the
truth? ¨ He smiled kindly as He watched her eat the cookie. ¨So,
thanks for the snacks. I was kind of hungry after P.E.¨ He patted
her head softly to show his gratitude.
almost as good as the other ones I had!
that her cookies were not as bad as she feared, she smiled with
relief. He smiled back, glad that the tension had disappeared. After
that, both of them enjoyed themselves eating the rest of the cookies
under the shade of a big tree… ¨I got a little thirsty…
do you want something to drink? ¨
there more milk with the chocolate in it?"
I guess so. There was milk tea, green tea, banana milkshake and many
fruit juices the last time I checked the vending machine. With that
many options, I am sure it will have chocolate milk… Well,
I’ll be right back. ¨ He dusted himself a little and waved
at her as He walked towards the cafeteria.
eat another cookie while I wait, wondering if there really will be
chocolate milk when yellowontopnohorn gets back.
a few minutes the peace is interrupted by the sound of something
moving in the bushes that were nearby. Followed by a set of barely
audible whispers… I little curious, Raisin focused her
attention on the bushes, but when she was about to go take a look,
the nohorn came back with a plastic bag.
comes in bags?"
sometimes? …but the sachets of milk are sold in the
supermarket, not here… I think.¨ He softly patted her
head, unsure if she asked seriously or if she was joking, He couldn't
help but to laugh. ¨Here you have… There was only one box
of Chocolate Milk left, so I bought one of each to try later. ¨
you!" I grab the box and look for the spot to poke the straw in,
but can't find it, or the straw. "I think it's broken."
that one doesn't need the straw. Here, let me show you how to open
it… You have to grab it like this and pull… but not too
hard or you will spill everywhere. ¨ He sat behind her and
grabbed her little hands to help her open the box of chocolate milk.
¨…and… done. Easy, right? ¨ He smiled
That was really easy!" I thought it worked like a juice box.
smiled at each other as He patted her head, and then enjoyed the rest
of the cookies… She finished her share while drinking the rest
of the chocolate milk, while He tried out most of the fruit juices. ¨
I still have a box of banana milkshake, milk tea and green tea. Which
one do you want? ¨
much do you have to shake the banana one?"
you don’t even have to shake it, since it's only banana
flavored milk… but this one is mostly natural, so you do have
to shake it… still, not much, you just have to give it a few
good shakes before drinking it. Like this… ¨ He shook it
with force. ¨Do you want to try to open it by yourself? ¨
think I can figure it out." I say quietly as I not too
ceremoniously took it and start trying to open it.
it seems that I had one more box of juice left…¨ He spoke
to himself in a low voice as He stood up and walked towards the
bushes that Raisin heard whispering a few minutes ago. After putting
the plastic bag with the tree little boxes in front of it, He
stretched letting a little yawn escape…
trees can't drink from boxes. Their straws are in the ground."
mind, don't mind…¨ He laughed. As He walked back towards
Raisin a little hand came out to grab the plastic bag, but got
slapped by other hand before it could reach it. They started to slap
each other while a third hand slowly came out from the side grabbing
the bag, dragging it into the bush.
that?" I ask, finally managing to get the container open, only
spilling a little of the milk.
I don’t know. I think someone was attracted by the smell of the
cookies… I noticed it a little bit too late, and now there are
no more cookies to share, so I thought I would give them something to
drink at least. ¨ He scratched the back of his head. ¨…Oh,
hey. You managed to open it. ¨ He smiled.
course I did!" I state proudly before taking a big drink.
"Drinks that taste like something you're supposed to chew are
Does it taste bad? ¨ He tilted his head to a side before sitting
down in front of her. ¨Let me check the expiration date…¨
He took the little box for an instant. ¨Well, the contents are
fine, so it should taste normal. Don't you like the banana milkshake?
¨ He asked, a bit concerned.
not bad, it's just weird."
am glad. ¨ He patted her head as she took another sip. While he
was at it a little beeping sound came out of him. Taking out a cell
phone from his pocket he checked the time. ¨Well, it seems that
my free time is over, I better get going.¨ He said, a bit
disappointed. ¨Oh, right. I almost forgot…¨
what?" I ask, not unable to accept that a nohorn might make
I …forgot to ask your name. ¨ He laughed awkwardly
scratching the back of his head. ¨One of the things I noticed
about your note is that you forgot to put your name on it. Also, I
don't think I have told you my name either… or did I? ¨ He
contemplated the thought. ¨ Well, better late than never…
right! I'm Raisin!"
uh? ¨ He stole a quick glance to the empty pouch on the ground.
¨It would be funny if my name was chocolate, don't you think? ¨
He laughed dryly a bit embarrassed after thinking twice what he said.
¨Pfft…¨ a little laugh came out of the bushes. ¨Shhh!
¨ A little smack was heard shortly after.
mean the little chocolate covered ones?"
laughed softly at her question dispelling the embarrassment from
before; and as if a brilliant idea had come to him, he gave her a
mischievous smile. ¨ Oh, you mean… something like... this?
¨ Suddenly, he hugged her playfully. ¨A good example of a
covered Raisin. ¨ He said happily with a big smile.
would have been a factory defect. Only half of the raisin is co- This
is one of those weird noh-human things isn't it?"
tilted his head in confusion at her question for a moment and then
chuckled and laughed soon after, playfully stirring her hair a
little. ¨I don't know what did you mean by that, but your
reaction was very funny. I am sorry if you didn’t like it. I
just felt like playing around a little. ¨
thought you were making fun of me for a minute."
Why would I do that? ¨ He fell silent for a moment, trying to
think a reason for why she said that. ¨Anyway, before I forget to
tell you. My name is Kei…¨ but before he could finish his
sentence… ¨Did he say something about cake? ¨ ¨I
don't know. I couldn't hear.¨ ¨Shhh! ¨ Two smacks were
heard shortly after.
don't know." I looked around at the sound of the smacks. "There
are some really weird birds around here."
couldn’t help but to chuckle in response to her last comment.
¨Well, as I was saying, my name is Kei East. You can call me by
my name or by a nickname… that is, if you can come up with a
good one. ¨ He smiled at her challengingly as he scratched his
nose, before checking the time one more time.
That was an easy one."
that just smashing my name into one word? It’s not very
original… Well, at least is better than the nickname the girls
from my class came up with. I don’t know why, but they called
me Cake… It didn't bother me too much, but when anyone calls
me like that some of the guys laugh and… ¨ Kei sighed.
is kind of... but it sounds like a smallhorn might say Cake!
as long as it doesn’t make you drool like the himehorns in my
class when they hear my nickname. It’s fine by me if you like
it. ¨ He said with a weird expression on his face. ¨Well
then, now that we are done here, it’s time for me to go…
I had a good time, see you around. ¨ He kindly patted her head.
got more self-control than that! I really do want some cake now
chuckled in response as he stood up. ¨Well… sorry, but I
am not in the menu… but maybe next time I will invite you to
eat some real cake as a thank you for the cookies. ¨ He said as
he started to walk away, waving without looking back, holding his
stuff over his shoulder with his other hand.
would be great!" My mouth almost starts watering at the idea of
that all was said and done, Raisin was left to ponder what to do
next. Would she go back to find her friends and watch some club
activities with them, so she could join a club in the future…
after all, they were still waiting for her; or would she just go home
and try her best tomorrow?
head back to the others. It isn't hard to get there now that I've
been there before. I know what smells to follow now; and even when I
shouldn't follow my own because it would take me somewhere else I'd
walked through the corridors a bit slower than she normally would,
smelling her way to the classroom. Slowly but surely she arrived
smiling with confidence as she waved at her friends that had been
waiting for her playing cards. ¨Ah~! She is back. ¨ Declared
Choux as she won the game.
am!" I happily say, making sure all of my things are in my bag
before pulling a chair over to the others. "I've heard there are
we were waiting for you to go and take a look.” Said Cream,
trying to hide the displeasure of having lost the game moments
before. In the meantime Coco helped Choux to gather all the cards on
the desk, putting them on the little box that Choux had in her hands.
"So… how did it go, the gift?”
went good." It takes a second of thinking. "He." I
eventually continue, pretty sure that I'm using the right term for
the right kind of nohorn. "Almost forgot all about before but
the cookies were good and there was drinks and there might be cake!"
with her story, Cream couldn’t stop smiling from the moment
Raisin started talking, while Coco stared at her, listening
attentively to every word as if she were watching one of her favorite
TV dramas. Choux on the other hand was more relaxed, making jokes
here and there. "I am hungry now."
started to drool at the thought of going to the nearest café
and eat cake to her heart's desire or until her she ran out of money…
but a quick glance at the sulking face of Cream told her more than
enough, making her give up on the idea. "Well, shall we get
going? Where do we go first?"
don't know so I'll let you decide.
then, I think that the first step is to go to the main entrance to
find the flyers and posters of the clubs… The rules of the
school say that they can't actively search for new members, because
it could intimidate the first years." Said Cream, summarizing
part of the principal’s speech.
I follow along behind them and stare at the several papers on the
board. "W-what… are you in any of these?" I ask the
group as a whole.
I wanted to join the volleyball club and one more…" Said
Cream, still undecided. "I don’t mind either way…"
Said Choux with a mischievous smile. "Because you always skip
and go home!" Complained Cream, puffing her cheeks in
disapproval. On the other hand, Coco had her sight fixed in one
sounds like a lot of running around..." I'm a little concerned
that a sport might be too much exertion.
all depends on what sport you choose and how hard you practice. You
don’t need to go all out of you don’t want or you think
it will be bad for you." Said Cream, as if she was an expert on
the subject. "Coco wants to join the cosplay club. She has been
watching their poster for a while…" Said Choux.
a club that's about wearing silly clothes? That could be fun!"
her hands on her cheeks Coco slowly started to blush. Taking the
initiative, Choux took one of the flyers of the cosplay club for
Coco, putting it in her pocket… In that moment, something
caught Raisin’s eye. A well hidden piece of paper, which seemed
to have been drawn only with crayons.
this one?" I ask, taking the paper down and try to figure out
the confusing writing before I realize it had been hanging upside
down. A small hole at the top says that it had originally had two
pins... but someone had taken one...
look at their drawings." Choux laughed mockingly, pointing at
their logo and the drawing of three himehorns down below it. "The
Society for the Study of Classic Himehorn Culture… It doesn't
say anything else. What they do nor how to find them." Said
Cream, deciphering the bad handwriting.
sounds... weird. But it could be fun! Even if it's bad you can tell
they really enjoyed making it!"
looks more like they were too lazy to do it properly." Said
Choux, letting out a small mocking chuckle. Intertwining her hands
behind her head. "Are you talking from your own experience?"
Cream retorted puffing her cheeks, making Choux avert her eyes.
Trying to refrain herself from scolding her.
would anyone get lazy with a drawing?"
wanted to answer, but refrained herself. Knowing that if she did, a
scolding would be inevitable… In the meantime, while they were
distracted talking, a hornmother, wearing a black cloak over her
uniform, passed by the entrance in a hurry. Carrying lots of snacks
while chewing on a cereal bar.
does she have snacks left? I ate all of mine already!" I ask,
not thinking that everyone else was used to the school schedule and
knew how much to bring to get through the day.
she just came back from buying all that." Said Choux in a
carefree manner as her stomach growled. "I wonder if all that is
for herself… she might get sick." Said the concerned
Cream, with hand on her cheek. On the other hand, Coco picked up a
snack that the himehorn had dropped on her way.
should take that to her. I know I'd be really sad if I found out I
lost a snack!"
that many, do you think she would notice if one of them went
missing?" Said Choux as she slowly approached Coco with her eyes
fixated on the snack on her hands, but before she could grab it,
Cream took it away from her. "Ah…" "Raisin, do
you know her? Or have any idea how to find her?"
can just follow the smell... and I would! Maybe it was her most
knew you would say something like that… I am also worried, but
for a different reason." Cream sighed, while dodging Choux that
kept jumping trying to snatch the snack out of her hands. Coco tried
to get their attention, but since everyone ignored her, she had to
lift them both to calm them down.
kind of reason?" I'm confused a little.
am more worried about her health! Losing a snack is not a big deal,
but getting sick is no joke." Said Cream, proceeding to rant
about a balanced diet, daily exercise and how it makes wonders for
your health. After a while, the others decided to go find the
himehorn, rather than listen to her anymore…
kept talking while we walked anyway, but following the scent trail
was a good way to drown it out.
some walking, the trail suddenly ended, finding themselves in front
of the teacher’s lounge for some reason. Hesitating
momentarily, not wanting to disturb the teachers for nothing
important, they ended up playing rock-paper-scissors to decide who
would go inside first… "Ready?" They whispered.
2." We start a slow count at the same time. "3!" I
three of them played paper, then rock, and scissor, one after another
until one of them finally lost… it was Coco. She got a little
cramp on her hand, leaving paper when everyone else played scissors.
Teary eyed, Coco shyly knocked and opened the door… just to
find out that there was no one inside.
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I ask, poking my head out from the side of the door and looking into
Coco’s sigh of relief from the outside of the room, the others
came in. Raisin, after making sure there was no one else inside.
Cream, excusing herself, while Choux walked in as if she owned the
place… Once inside, the scent trail led them to an unfinished
snack over one of the desks…
snacks were here at least..." They look really tasty too.
a closer look under the snack, there were some club related papers
that haven't been sorted out yet… but on the visible parts
there was no sign of the name of the club it belonged, only their
club room number. "We shouldn’t touch them but…
should we try going there?" Cream asked herself out loud.
as well. It's almost like one of those treasure hunts!"
the way the sweet scent of the snacks started getting stronger…
"I think we are getting closer!" Said Raisin getting more
and more eager, giving in to the sense of adventure. "You think
so?" Said Choux while munching on something, as they all walked
across the long corridors of the school…
I point at a door when we get close. "The trail ends here this
the peak of her excitement Raisin knocked on the door as soon as they
arrived. A few seconds later they heard some loud noises and voices
arguing about who would answer the door… Still hearing the
discussion on the inside, someone opened. It was the same hornmother
from before… still munching.
soon as she saw her, taken aback by Raisin’s loud voice and
sudden movements, the hornmother got scared and hid behind the door…
Seconds later, she slowly poked her horns from behind the door,
followed by her snack and finally took a peek to look at them once
more. Anticipating their next action.
has the snack we found?"
poked Coco in the side to get her attention, since she was distracted
waving her hand at the other two curious hornmothers inside the room.
Out of surprise, more ticklish than usual, she jolted. Throwing the
snack in the air, making it fall in a nice arc directly on top of
their snack pile.
That was a very good throw!"
by Coco’s lucky shot, everyone started clapping. On the other
hand, she didn’t really understand why they were doing it…
Realizing that she left out a cute sound when Cream poked her in the
side, she started to blush furiously while covering her face in
embarrassment as they complimented her.
be so silly Cream!" I say with a smile. "So;" turning
back to the others. "What does this club do?"
I just softly poked her with one finger." Cream muttered to
herself, failing to understand why Coco is so ticklish in the first
place. "…O-oh! I am the one in charge of the explications
here!" Exclaimed one of the himehorns from inside the room as
she approached them. "We do himehorn stuff!"
member?" The third himehorn poked her horns in the matter,
looking at them with big and hopeful eyes. After hearing her, the
other two gathered in a circle with her, being careful not to hit
each other’s horns, like many times before. "I-I don’t
know; d-do we do ¨that¨?" They looked at Raisin from
over their shoulders.
at her several times from horn to toe they approached her carefully,
surrounding her. Suddenly, they lifted her in the air. "New
mem~ber!" They sang again and again while carrying her. Leaving
her on top of one of their bean bag chairs in front of the snack
pile, they covered her with a black cloak.
I'm scared of falling but I know trying to get down will probably
result in falling so I try to stay as still as I can.
the ceremonial placement of the club’s cloak on their new
member, they gave her one of the snacks of the pile; before turning
their attention to the next pressing matter… the other people
inside the room, looking at them intensely as if they were trying to
read their thoughts…"M-more members?"
don't know if they want to... we kind of came here to return a snack
you lost at first." I try not to smile but the cloak is super
warm and comfy.
she said that, they dropped their shoulders in disappointment,
looking at them with puppy eyes… Cream, trying to contain her
instincts, was about to storm the place to put some order. Coco was
fidgeting awkwardly near the door… while Choux sneaked in long
ago and was already eating with Raisin.
try very hard to fight the urge to pull away and try to keep the
snack for myself. A normal reaction for a hornmother but nohorn
society thought it was rude.
bit sad about the misunderstanding, two of the himehorns sat in their
bean bag chairs and started to eat some snacks as usual. While the
one with the never-ending cereal bar in her mouth accompanied them to
the door, giving them one snack each as they crossed it… while
Choux waved from the inside.
join for sure though!"
energetically, the himehorn bid them farewell and closed the door.
"Well, that was a bit weird… shall we go check some other
clubs before deciding what club/s to join?" Cream asked to them,
while Coco poked her in the back, to make her notice the absence of
one member of their group.
joining that one for sure though!"
Raisin could finish her sentence, Cream stormed the clubroom. A lot
of noise came from it, followed by some screams, and a minute later
she came out dragging Choux by the collar. With a snack still on her
mouth, she waved at the hornmothers that watched them leave, from the
club room’s door.
try very hard not to laugh. "I thought this was going to be
scary and weird. I'm happy that it's weird and fun."
am glad that you are enjoying yourself, Raisin." Cream smiled at
her and handed Choux to Coco, who lifted her, made her stand up and
dusted her off a little. To which, she gave her part of her snack
when she crouched as a thank you, without saying a word. "So…
where do we go now?" Choux stretched.
don't know. You're the resident residents." I try the casual
shrug I've seen nohorns do but I don't think it worked as good.
think we should go watch the other clubs that we found interesting
before getting distracted by this little adventure… and maybe
find other ones we may like along the way." Cream suggested with
a posed look, pointing with one finger as she spoke. "…Coco
liked the Cosplay Club" Choux grinned widely.
could be fun!" I don't really understand how silly outfits would
be a club but if that's what they want to do I'll try it.
still hiding her blushing face out of embarrassment at the mention of
the name of the club, had no choice but to accept and go along…
since deep inside, she really wanted to go there, but was too shy to
admit it herself… After some walk and some snack eating, they
found themselves at their door.
room doesn't smell as yummy."
Coco simply stood there. Looking at the sign on the door as if was
some kind of giant… Oblivious and impatient as always, Choux
knocked on the door as if she was knocking on her own house. Quickly,
strongly and very loud… Snapping to her senses, letting out a
silent cry, Coco hid behind her.
wrong?" I ask, wondering why she's acting so weird.
worry about it. She is just very shy… I would tell you more,
but it will be easier to understand if you see it for yourself."
Cream patted Raisin on the shoulder as she sighed in resignation…
but before she could ask more questions, someone opened the
clubroom's door. A small short haired nohorn.
hi!" I say with a wave. "We heard your club is fun. "
I see." She took a quick glance at them, noticing one of their
flyers sticking out of Coco’s pocket. "We were about to
have a little photoshoot with our last batch of costumes."
Unlocking the chain locks she reopened the door with an inviting
smile." Please come in and feel free to take a look.
much security." I mumble quietly, but I think I understand why
when we're inside. Even now some of the cast members are only half
into their costumes.
only that, but as soon as they enter they couldn’t help but to
notice the hundreds of costumes stacked inside the room. Not to
mention the expensive photography studio they had prepared. "We
borrowed some equipment from the photography club for today’s
session." She smiled, as they observed in awe.
There are all kinds of things that I can't even begin to guess what
then, while we finish to get everything ready. Why don’t you
all take a look at the costumes? If you find something you might want
to try out, bring it here; or If you want, we can give you a hand and
search something for you." She waved and went into the back room
to change into her costume.
find a weird costume that looks like red armor and a bug shaped
helmet with big red eyes.
in hand, Raisin went to look at what the others were doing. Looking
around a little inside the maze made out of costumes, she found Cream
with a strange box in her hands, with a little hanging tag that said:
Raspberyl costume set. "The name reminded me of a raspberry, so
it got me curious."
are labels?" I look and find one on the costume I'd picked.
"Kamen Rider Kuuga, Rising Mighty version costume set. Horn
friendly edition. That's a really big name."
like, Mighty Raisin." Cream laughed softly… "It’s
so hot in here, they should open a window or something." Choux
came looking for them, dragging her feet. "I didn’t know
what to choose, so I picked up the first thing I found." She
showed them a sealed bag with the label: Inaba Tewi costume set.
had a lot of those ones! I counted around nine."
but this one was the only one with a carrot necklace inside the bag!"
Said Choux as she showed off the little piece of jewelry beside her
smug face. "…anyway, have you seen Coco?" Cream
calmly asked, ignoring her behavior. "…she was still
wandering around the last time I saw her…" She shrugged.
haven't, there were so many things to look at, sorry."
ok." She smiled. "Should we go find her or should be wait
here, what do you think?" She kindly asked, while Choux started
playing around with the costumes around them… Meanwhile near
the back room. For some reason, Coco was staring at some cute
costumes with a complicated expression on her face.
is probably the best? If she wanted us to see her, we would."
looking at the cute costumes one last time over her shoulder, Coco
reluctantly grabbed another costume she forced herself to pick.
Letting out a sigh of resignation, she went to look for the others.
Failing to notice a pair of eyes that had witnessed her actions from
the inside of the back room…
outfit I picked is actually really difficult to put on after you get
into the main part. There's no way for just one person to put on the
helmet and do it up.
a few failed tries, Raisin got stuck inside the helmet. Unable to
see, getting agitated and nervous, she bumped into costume racks for
a while as she tried to get unstuck… Until someone tapped on
her shoulder, calming her down. Helping her with her predicament,
Coco appeared before her eyes.
you!" I say, a little warm and muffled in the helmet. "I
didn't know what to do... I didn't expect it to be that hard."
underestimate the costume or the costume will wear you! The way of
the cosplayer is not to be taken lightly!" A loud voice came out
of the back room, followed by a nohorn wearing a yellow bandana,
thick glasses, denim pants and a green long-sleeved plaid polo shirt.
"Ohohohoh~!" She laughed.
An enemy has appeared!"
oh~ Already getting into it, aren’t you!?" She exclaimed,
looking at her from horns to toes. Unsure of who she was and unable
to see very well with the helmet, Raisin got defensive for her sudden
appearance. Moving her arms in front of her, making awkward poses
thanks to her limited mobility.
What a peculiar question you have just made… I am Saori Baj-"
Before she could finish her sentence she was interrupted by a small
nohorn with orange hair. Wearing a sailor uniform with a red tie,
blue skirt and long black knee socks. "Ahem! Miss Club
President?" She tapped on her shoulder.
uhm have you seen Cream or... why is everyone so quiet now?"
informed the club president that the photographer had arrived, making
her retreat… "If you are looking for your friends, they
went to change into their costumes." The orange haired nohorn
answered Raisin’s question as she touched a switch on the
helmet, to make it easier for her to see with it.
How did you do that?"
smiled tenderly and explained. "Those kind of costumes usually
have buttons or latches on their helmets to make them easier to put
on. Sometimes they also have one to slide the parts covering the
eyes… We made an inventory of everything we got last year, so
I knew that this one had one."
for the help. It would have been bad to not see anything."
don’t mention it… and what about your friend here? It
seems that she found something she would like to wear." She
smiled at her… Coco, not knowing what to do, pressed the
costume she had in her hand against her chest. Blushing a little, she
nervously looked away as she started to fidget around.
but I think she has a problem." I say trying to figure out
exactly what's wrong."
giggled. "Maybe she is still uncomfortable or very shy about
cosplaying, but she is still interested on it… It’s
pretty normal for most of the people that come over here for the
first time. You don’t have to worry about it, take your time."
Coco looked at her and smiled happily for a moment.
go at your own pace. To protect that smile!" I slightly misquote
the show the costume I'm wearing is from and give a shaky looking
later Cream arrived wearing the full Raspberyl costume, using the
pink short haired wig with demon horns, white and pink demon wings
and tail and all. Carrying a big book under her arm and a pair of
glasses on her hand, unsure what to do with them. "Oh? Choux is
not here yet?" She asked.
that's really good!"
don’t say that. It’s a bit embarrassing." She said
with a hand on her cheek. " You also look good, Raisin…
So? Aren’t you also going to go change?" She looked at
Coco with a bittersweet smile… Meanwhile Choux, hidden inside
a costume rack, observed them with a smirk and a prank in her mind…
get there, probably."
Raisin could finish her words, Choux came out of hiding like a gust
of wind from behind them. Aiming at Cream’s skirt she run at
them, and in an instant she flipped her skirt like a little kid.
"Tei!" She yelled, and hid behind Coco as fast as she
arrived amid the confusion, chuckling as she did.
that a normal thing to do?"
a bit more composed, Cream proceeded to catch the little rascal that
took her by surprise. Looking at a pair of bunny ears that stuck out
of Coco’s side, putting some strength into it, she swiftly
grabbed them… "It was a decoy! Tei!" She got behind
her and flipped her skirt again, leaving her only with an extra pair
of bunny ears in her hand.
the mischievous bunny could escape again she was stopped by the club
member that was with them. "Please, don't run in here. You'll
fall and hurt yourself." Seizing the opportunity, Cream told
Coco to lift her. Preventing her from causing more trouble. "We
will talk later." Cream smiled coldly.
actually seemed kind of scary. "So... now what?"
fear of her smile, Choux trembled inside her frilly pink nightgown.
Now that she had finally stopped moving around they could see the
quality of her costume. It was a simple dress, but the amount of
detail and effort that was put into it was noticeable. "Let’s
return these ears first…" Said Cream.
can't jump that high."
worry, Raisin. We can ask Coco to give us a hand if it’s too
high for us." Said Cream with a smile. "That is weird.
Every costume set that is not on a hanger should be sealed in a box
or a bag… Did you take it from another set or did you find it
on the ground, by any change?" Asked the club member.
she brought them with her?"
came with this costume. It had a little card that said how to use it
and a little resume of how to impersonate the character… So
you don’t need to do that." Said Choux, struggling in
midair, trying to convince Coco to let her down. "Really? Can I
see it?" Said the club member as Choux planted her feet on the
are really detailed costumes. Right down to the under parts."
thank you. We take a lot of pride on our costumes. Some of our
members are also part of Knitting and Handcraft Clubs, so they made
really detailed costumes as part of their club activities for a few
contests." She said with pride as Choux handed her a little card
she had hidden on her costume.
that's a lot work to do!"
it depends of the costume they want to make at the time. Some are
harder to make than others." She said with a smile before
reading the little card on her hands. "…now I get it."
She gave it back to Choux. "The club president wrote it; I
recognize her handwriting… Always so… her." She
stay quiet; confused by the nohorns and how much like nohorns the
herd folk are.
then, why don’t we go meet with the other members and see if
everything is ready? In the meantime, you guys can take your time and
watch how we do it… Once you are ready, if you feel like
participating, you are more than welcome to join us." She
smiled, taking a quick glance at Coco as they walked.
I say, giving an exaggerated thumbs up. My character was pretty easy.
the maze of costumes what awaited them was a very surreal sight. All
the senior members had their costumes ready and were either
practicing their poses or getting into character. A wide range of
characters were in front of them; going from mainstream and classic
series to the really obscure ones.
can recognize a few of them, but not all of them. Some look a bit
familiar but the colors are wrong.
of the costume we are using today are from well-known series, so I
hope you have fun trying to guess all of the characters… but
don’t feel bad if you can’t recognize them all. Some of
them are custom versions or taken from pilot episodes, so they may
look kind of different than you remember."
Is that why that Starry Leader is the wrong color?"
that one is very special. She only appeared with that color in the
final battle of the Blu-ray OVA mini-series “Saint Blossom
Starry Leader VS. Hungry Magical Maid Girl Cupcake-tan VS. Sugar
Daddy’s Empire.” … it was very good but since it
was a very limited edition, very few copies can be found these days."
I didn't know that."
neither. It was thanks to one of our members that borrowed a copy
from another club to have a reliable source to make the costume that
we discovered it." She explained to Raisin, while the one
cosplaying as Starry Leader blushed a little and looked away…
in the meantime, Coco finally went to change into her costume in the
have to track it down and see it. I thought I saw the whole thing!"
fans were devastated at the incomplete and heartbreaking ending of
Cupcake-tan, and since Starry Leedah had just ended along with its
source material, they called the authors to make a collaboration and
give the fans what they wanted… or so she told me." She
giggled, pointing at the blushing Starry Leedah Cosplayer.
was it like that one weird game that one noh....uman makes and a
group of her fans made a movie for it?"
you mean fan made games and movies?" The girl asked. "No,
it was all official stuff… but they never told the fans if it
was canon, a spin-off, a what-if or anything. They left the
interpretation to the fans…" Said the Starry Leedah
Cosplayer, before blushing and going behind the others.
She must really enjoy that kind of stuff.
later Coco finally arrived carrying an empty box under her arms with
the label ¨Oogami Sakura Costume Set - Makeup Included¨;
wearing a sailor uniform with the sleeves torn off, bandages on her
legs and arms, a long white wig and even makeup to make it look like
she had real scars.
The makeup looked expertly applied; either she or whoever had applied
it took things super seriously.
Raisin’s example everyone else started to look at Coco with
eyes of admiration, but before anyone could say anything, the club
president appeared from behind her with a triumphant look on her
face…"She looks impressive, isn't it?" She said with
a broad smile, patting Coco on her back.
started giving her positive reactions, making Coco look like a tomato
under her makeup. She tried to cover her face in embarrassment, while
the flood of praises made her weak at her knees. "Don’t
worry, you will get used to it." The club president whispered to
her as she helped her to stand up.
don't think I ever would." I say quietly, happy for the helmet
between me and everyone else. it made it almost like not being there.
everyone calmed down, the club president clapped her hands to get
everyone’s attention. "Well then everyone, let’s get
this started! Please form a line in front of the white screen and
wait for the photographer to call you. Afterwards we will take a few
group photos and have some fun."
I manage to say, giving a big thumbs-up. The other club seemed to be
more to my liking, but trying new things was important. I think a TV
super hero said that once.
her orders, everyone formed a long line behind the photographer; who
had linked the camera to a laptop on top of a desk, so they could see
the results without trouble and make copies if they wanted…
"Well then, who will go first?" Asked the amateur paparazzi
while adjusting the lens.
can volunteer?" I ask the person next to me. "Then why did
we line up?" She... he? It was hard to tell the difference
normally; and now everyone was wearing a costume and it was almost
impossible. She-he shrugged and stuck their arm straight up in the
air and screamed something about 'thinking who the hell they were.'
or something it was pretty loud and I didn't hear it very clearly
thanks to the helmet.
doing it once or twice, they finally got the shot they were aiming
for, repeating the process with two different poses. One with a
katana, making combat stances. Other one with a very large pair of
glasses and a tattered cape, using one of the giant fans in the room
for a better effect.
is a nohorn wearing a lot of armor and the backdrop changes to make
them look like a giant robot of some kind.
extra pieces of armor, the nohorn attached them into different
places, exchanged and moved others. Making it look like it could
transform, create weapons and make different kinds of attacks…
After all the possible transformations and attacks were covered, it
was the turn of the next person.
next was the haremhorn dressed as the Starry Leedah variant.
had only a prop Risotto on some thin wire and apparently they were
adding lasers after. As soon as she finished I'd made up my mind and
stepped forward; posing dramatically.
too hot in this thing! Your next opponent is me!"
that she was in front of the camera, her personality was completely
different, and Raisin could almost see a little flame of passion in
her eyes as she yelled back at her… "Nozomu Tokoro Da!"
Talking to a little device on her costume, the little Risotto
translated for everyone to hear… "That's just what I
uhm." That hadn't been what I meant but I went with the flow.
"You don't look like a villain?"
was awaiting their next move, filling the room with an awkward
silence until the president interceded. "…well, I am sure
no one was expecting one of the spectators to request a group session
with such a passion before we were done with the individual sessions,
but sure. Why not?" She smiled.
try to explain that I'd meant I wanted to go next but the words won't
come out in the right order. I slowly make way over to in front of
the camera. Starry Leedah uses the little switch that makes the
helmet look normal and then everything is better.
It's even hotter
in there but now it's hard enough to see that with the lights I can
pretend there aren't a whole bunch of people.
then, since both of you are there. Why don’t you make a group
performance afterwards?" Suggested the club president while
Raisin awkwardly made a poses for the camera, yelling attack names.
Stuttering once in a while whenever she wasn’t sure of the
lines she was supposed to say.
still kind of fun despite how it happened.
going through all of the attacks and catch lines I know for my
character I give the Starry Leedah a thumbs up and apologize for
taking over her photo time.
It's really hot in this thing though
and I start groping around the helmet trying to remember where the
to find them, a little helping hand opened the helmet for her. Starry
Leedah smiled at her as she helped her to take off the helmet.
"…c-can you do one more photo?" She asked timidly
with fidgety feet, looking at the camera with the corner of her eye.
Looking down, she waited for her answer.
more wouldn't hurt too much!" I grin and give another big over
dramatic looking thumbs up; still a bit in character.
a smile as radiant as the sun Starry Leedah helped Raisin to put her
helmet back on one more time and talked to the photographer for a
moment before preparing herself in front of the camera…
Moments later the backdrop changed to make it look like an epic
battle was taking place.
backdrop change is a little confusing; am I supposed to be fighting
her, or on her side. Instead of taking the lead I let her setup what
she wanted to do; it was her last picture of the day after all.
everything was ready Starry Leedah whispered to Raisin what she had
planned. She told the photographer to add an enemy afterwards, so
they had to pose like it was some an epic final battle. "If…if
you want something specific, p-please tell me. I will give you a copy
later." She said shyly.
Just like I'd seen Kuuga do a few times in her show I spun quickly
and kicked at an imaginary monster. It felt like it looked really
good but I end up so off balance I fall and land on my back.
for Raisin they managed to take a perfect shot, but as soon as the
flash disappeared Starry Leedah made Risotto to a side in a hurry and
ran towards her. Now facing the ceiling, Raisin observed a teary eyed
himehorn extend her hand to help her, so concerned that she was
unable to speak.
hurt a little bit." I say letting her help me up. I'm pretty
sure I'm okay; any time I've heard about a broken egg it's sounded
like she knew when it happened. All I feel is that my butt hurts.
Leedah left out a big sigh and moments later someone gave her light
finger flick on the forehead bringing her back to reality. "Do
you feel relieved now? Try not to panic so much. You worried
everyone… but I am glad that she is fine." The club
president smiled at them kindly patting their heads.
didn't think it would be that hard to do." I mumble quietly.
"Sorry for making you worry."
Leedah smiled, happy for her words. "Well then, now that
everything's okay…" The club president smiled. "Okay
everyone, the next one in line please advance." She clapped her
hands, resuming the activities of the day… After all the club
members were done, it was finally the visitors turn to shine.
kind of already had a turn so I'll go last!" I say, fanning
myself with a large paper fan that someone had pulled out of a
Raisin’s words the others looked at each other wondering who of
them would go first, or at least Coco and Cream did. Choux had
disappeared somewhere amidst all the commotion… Looking at
Coco’s distressed face and trembling knees, Cream smiled
tenderly and waved her hand as she went ahead of her.
actually pretty fun." I say trying to reassure Coco as well.
her first time doing something like this, blind to the identity of
the character she was trying to portray, Cream asked for instructions
to help her get the most out of the experience… moved by her
honest demeanor all the club members started to tell her all she
needed with great enthusiasm…
same rule that applies to everything applies here! If you're not
having fun you're doing it wrong!"
teary eyed Coco understood her words very well, but she couldn’t
help it… Glad that Raisin was trying to help her even though
she had only met her that same day, she was moved by her kindness.
Coco hugged her, letting out a few tears on her shoulder while
everyone was distracted with Cream.
breathe." New friends are fun to have. "I just realized I
didn't let anyone know I was going to be staying late at school."
adjusting her fake glasses, the final shot was done… but as
she was about to leave, something jumped at her out of nowhere.
Before she could look behind her, a strong breeze lifted the back of
her skirt, with tail and all, and her surprise was followed by the
sound of the shutter of the camera.
wasting time, Cream went to look for the culprit on the screen, but
all she could see was a blurry mess behind her. "Sorry, it
wasn’t prepared for that kind of movement this time." Said
the photographer… "Oh, don’t worry… (I think
I have someone in mind already). Please continue" She ¨smiled¨.
Uhm... I think I'll take it easy for a bit."
Cream laughed to herself under her breath, the club president clapped
her hands. "Well then everyone, is about time that we start
wrapping things up." Immediately after that, Coco left out a
huge sigh of relief and all the club members started go to the
backroom to change into their uniforms.
followed and managed to not get stuck in any of the clothes. Which
had been a bit of a worry.
the club members started to leave one by one. In the meantime, the
club president had a few words with the surprised photographer who
was about to pack everything a bit earlier than expected… A
soon as Raisin came out looking for her friends, the club president
tapped on her shoulder.
Oh; uhm... h-hello!"
are Raisin, right? Your friend gave me a note for you."…¨I
already decided to join the volleyball club, so I will go ahead and
submit the form. I have something to take care of afterwards, so go
home without me. You must be tired after your first day, take a good
rest. See you tomorrow. -Cream¨
that might explain some things. She knew which one she wanted to do
but didn't want to ruin our fun."
the last group of club members went through the door Coco came out of
the backroom. "There you are! Listen, can you stay a little
longer? I have something prepared for you!" She said with a
bright smile on her face… In a shelf behind her, in a pile of
boxes something pink was sticking out of one of them.
got to get going home soon." I say as Coco looks over to see if
it would be okay. "You can stay if you want though." I
notice the pink thing sticking out of the shelf and reach for it. If
it fell out of a box it might get lost.
noticed the box in her hands… It was the last costume she saw
before cosplaying. She looked at the other boxes recognizing every
last one of them… With a little tear in her eye, she looked
back at the club president, who nodded silently in response, smiling
at her as Coco gasped emotionally.
okay Coco, I'm sure it was just a prank." Even though I missed
what happened to make her start crying I'm sure the president hadn't
meant to be mean.
saw her looking at them while making an expression with which I am
very familiar… So I guessed that she would like to give them a
try afterwards, in a private… I even talked to the
photographer just in case. Oh, but don’t worry! We are not
forcing her! Is all up to her to how far she wants to go."
Have fun then!"
hearing the club president’s intentions, still embarrassed with
her hands over her mouth, Coco looked down. A single tear fell into
the floor... Moments later she lifted her in the air with a happy
smile in her and started spinning around, spilling a few more tears
of happiness in the process.
fun!" I can't help smiling but start heading back towards the
door. I make sure to head for that other room with all the snacks on
my way out.
walking in circles for a while Raisin finally found the scent of the
snacks in the air once more and followed it directly to the club
room, but to her surprise there was a sheet of paper stuck in the
door that said ¨Out of snacks. Be back soon. ¨ …but
the door was oddly ajar for some reason.
poke my head in and quietly say, "Hello?"
around for a bit in the dark room while trying to find the light
switch she heard soft rustling sounds. Surprised she hid her head in
panic… A bit reluctantly she poked her head again adjusting
her eyes to the darkness. Following the sounds, she noticed a shadow
near the bean bag chairs.
I ask a bit louder than last time, brave enough to call out but not
enough to actually go through the door.
to her voice the shadow moved abruptly as it focused on her presence
at the door. Moving abruptly, it leaped over the bean bag chairs and
dashed towards the door as it mumbled incompressible words…
Scared out of her horns Raisin ran towards the entrance with her face
whiter than ever before.
doesn't seem to have followed me outside though so I stop and catch
my breath and start heading home.
forgot my bag in the building though... and I'm not sure if it's
important enough to go back and get it.
big gulping sound could be heard from the hallway as a hand switched
on the lights of the room. "Was that Raisin? Why did she run
away? … Anyway! Where are the scones they told they were going
to bring? I am still hungry… I wonder if they are going to be
with jam or with cream…" Choux asked herself.
closed the door once again, but before she could sit down someone
knocked the door. "Oh! The scones! Did you bring Cream or Jam…
maybe both?!" She ran to open the door salivating in
anticipation. "Sorry to tell you, but there will be only VERY,
SOUR, Cream for you." ¨Someone¨ grabbed Choux head.
soon as Raisin left the school a heart rendering scream could be
heard coming from inside the school. Her mind went blank for a moment
while her feet did the thinking for her and carried her far enough
that the school was out of sight. Now, able to think calmly, Raisin
wondered what to do next.
want to go home but I can't just leave my bag behind. Too many
terrible things could happen, and then tomorrow I'd have two bags and
that would just be weird. Everyone else only has one bag!
sneak back in as stealthily as I can to get my bag!
the time she arrived to the school it was almost closing hour and by
the looks of it, all the clubs had long gone home already… She
could not help but to hesitate as the sun slowly disappeared behind
her, making the shadows more vivid for every little step she gave
towards the main building.
head onwards, steps shorter, but also faster. Just in the hallway
there's a mysterious quiet whispering. I strain to hear what it's
me?" She was unable to understand more than a few words from her
distance, but a lucky gust of wind and her sense of smell were enough
to be able to identify who was talking. It was the P.E. teacher and
the himehorn teacher she met earlier; She was sure to get in trouble
if they found her there!
engage stealth mode and try to move stealthily past them, following
the basics of CQC and stealth walking that I learned from Metal Herd
hid behind the corner as fast and silently as possible and looked
around for a way to avoid been seen or smelled by them, finding an
opened window. Thinking fast tried to sneak to the inner courtyard
closing the window carefully so they wouldn’t hear her and hid
her smell in some flowery bushes.
now I can't tell if they're still there or not. Eventually I work up
what courage I have left and sneak out, maybe they're too busy
talking to see?
she could move the himehorn teacher opened the window, and started to
sniff the air and look around. Luckily for her the flowers worked, or
at least the lack of breeze worked on her favor. "Keep it open
until we leave. The air is a little stagnant in here." Said the
P.E. teacher from behind.
worried to move now I wait for them to leave. My tummy rumbles a bit,
it's too close to dinner time for waiting, but I have to!
a short conversation between them they walked away from the window at
the same time that Raisin’s stomach made a loud noise. Luckily
for her, their voices covered the noise enough for them not to notice
it… Now below the window she waited for them to be far enough
to be out of their sight.
a while I'm finally sure and I climb up over the window ledge and
head for the room where I left my bag.
struggling a few times trying to climb the window, Raisin went
towards her classroom as sneaky as possible. Looking around every
corner and taking advantage of every little current of air in her
favor… Now at the door of classroom she crossed her fingers
and tried to open the sliding door.
first the door doesn't go and I'm worried that it's locked. It goes
after I wiggle it a bit, apparently it sticks a little bit. When it
does open though it opens with a loud BANG!
tried a little harder than I needed to I guess.
that someone had heard such loud noise she hurried inside, closing
the door as fast and silently as possible. Hidden behind her desk she
waited in case the teachers had followed the source of the noise…
Soon after the fact the P.E. teacher came by to look around, alone.
Luckily for her.
I'm hiding I try to reach around the side and grab my bag off the
hanger on the side of my desk.
taking her eyes off the teacher she blindly reached for her bag, but
it slips off the loose grip of her fingers falling into the floor
with a loud thud. In that instant her eyes seemed to meet with the
teacher’s as a high pitched noise echoed in the hallway…
"Hello? Okay, I'll be there right away."
I whisper quietly, trying to grab the bag from where it fell on the
hearing the teacher walk away Raisin glared at her bag, puffing her
cheeks. Finally grabbing it, she hurriedly moved while crouched
towards the door as silently as possible, just in case. Now by the
door, she carefully opened it and poked her head to look around…
She was safe, for now.
sigh with relief and head for the doors, forgetting that I should
probably use the same way that I got in.
for the hallways like a spy trying to escape from the enemy base she
arrived to the entrance with little time left. So little time that
she got just in time to hear the front doors being locked from the
other side. She stood there like a statue with her mind in blank. Not
knowing what to do…
a while I look around, most doors that lock from outside also lock
and unlock from the inside. Apparently school doors don't though, so
I head back for the window!
free, Raisin found herself in the darkness of the courtyard. Barely
able to see thanks to the streetlights
near the entrance she noticed the teachers talking to a guard. Unsure
of how to get home without being noticed, she crawled from bush to
bush with the wind on her favor. Luck was one her side.
reach the fence, but it's not very easy to climb from this side. Even
if it was I'm pretty sure I
get down the other side on my own.
the meantime, the teachers had disappeared from her sight. It was
only a matter of time before the someone noticed her… While
analyzing the situation a familiar smell tickled her nose. It was
Penny, still wearing her work clothes. Looking around relentlessly as
she approached the school.
do my best to act like I dropped something and was looking for it.
"Luckily you were still there." I say, reaching into my bag
and pretending to safely tuck the whatever it was back inside. "I'd
have been in trouble if I lost- oh, uhm hi... Penny?"
the wind made her aware that she was nearby, Penny spotted her,
running towards her with open arms and a big smile on her face…
failing to notice the chain-link fence in between them stopping her
in her tracks. Rubbing her nose, she puffed her cheeks and strongly
grabbed the fence…
You might get in trouble if you break that!" I try to whisper as
loudly as I can since I'm still not completely free yet.
at her very confused she loosened her grip. Looking at the fence once
more, she growled in annoyance… Thinking for a moment, Penny
struck her fist on her palm at an idea. Then crouched and proceeded
to attempt to lift the fence from the ground so Raisin could get out…
you!" I scurry under the fence. "I had to go back and get
my bag and then I couldn't get back out."
you! What do you think you are doing!?" Before Penny could react
to her words the shouts of the guard pierced their ears. Not knowing
what was going on or what to do she looked at Raisin in confusing…
meanwhile, the guard was about to call for reinforcements after
looking at Penny’s physique.
okay she'll put it back! Uh... ... my clothes got stuck under there?"
I guess I was out of good ideas for sneaky things to say.
at the distressed Raisin, Penny started to get agitated and was about
to take drastic measures… The experienced guard carefully took
a few steps back and stood in guard. Panicky, Raisin didn’t
know what to do to avoid something going very, very wrong. Until a
voice interjected from behind them…
you two are! I've been looking for you for a while. Penny, would you
be a dear and put that fence down? I think you're scaring Mr. Guard."
out of the shadows was the Haremhorn of their herd family, carrying a
basket full of groceries. "Are you with them, Mrs?" She
nodded gracefully with a smile. "Care to come with me for a few
questions then?" The heads of the peeking smallhorns stuck out
of the basket as she followed him to the guard booth.
would have put it right back!" I try protesting as we get
dragged along. "Really Fig!"
We will talk later." Fig looked back at her, sending a chill
down her spine, knowing full well that she would have to say goodbye
to her dessert… or even worse, her snack stash! Meanwhile
Penny still looking all confused quickly tried to put the fence in
its place, and uneasily followed them along.
okay! Penny, Figgy can't be too mad once she finds out why everything
inside the booth they took seat ushering in the interrogation…
Fig replied to every question with a polite tone and an unwavering
smile, Raisin with convoluted answers and Penny moving her head
vigorously… immediately afterwards he proceeded to mildly
scold Raisin and the still confused Penny, who was too big for her
little folding stool.
I needed to get my bag! I forgot it because they were showing me
clubs and-" Whatever words I was trying to say after that
devolved into a jumbled mess as I start sobbing loudly while also
trying to keep explaining.
sighed deeply as he crouched looking at her in the eyes… "Look
kiddo, I am not mad at you. I just want you to understand that what
you did was dangerous. If you needed help to get your bag, you could
have asked me or someone from the school staff to give you a hand. Do
I thought it would be okay since I was still at the school but we
lost track of time."
long as you understand. Now clean your tears and get going. Is very
late and you have classes tomorrow. " He handed her his neatly
folded handkerchief to clean her tears. Still sobbing she opened, and
there was a little lollipop inside, prompting a little pat on the
head from the old guard.
do." I sniffle, and when seeing the candy quickly fold it back
up to hide it. "Uhm, thank you for not getting us in trouble "
I am not going to go out of my way to make things more troublesome
than they have to be, so don’t worry about it… but you
might get scolded by your teacher tomorrow. That much can’t be
helped. I still have to make my daily report after all." He
opened the door so they could go on their own way.
To be Continued...