------------Ari sat in his chair for maybe two minutes before the class was dismissed for lunch. Ari's head had slowly started throbbing weirdly...it felt like his heart was beating against his skull, and Ari couldn't help but grimace. He started standing up to head to the nurse's office, but he saw Khaz standing up next to him. Ari furrowed his brow and tried to ignore the pulsating sensation. I'm fine!
Walking out the door at a normal pace, he ended up in an unfamiliar hallway. He had seen Khaz pass him awhile before, but he didn't think the other boy had noticed him. He looked like he was trying to get somewhere, fast.
Eventually Ari stopped and sat down in the hallway, head in his hands. He was rubbing his temples and tried to focus on anything but the building pain. I'M FINE!
Ari glared at the ground, eventually turning his thoughts to Khaz. I felt fine before he started his whole...mind game thing. Slowly, Ari started wondering if maybe this was because of Khaz...what if the other boy had made him psychosomaticly start feeling pain just because he'd made Ari doubt himself?
Groaning as another wave of pain hit him, all paranoid thoughts of Khaz were pushed to the side. Ari felt like his face had been hit by a baseball bat...several times.
...what the hell happened to me?
--------------"Goddamn it, Taiga-san!" snarled Ren. "Watch the fuck where you are going, stupid cunt. It's bad enough all your little fan club has to linger around the fucking door. But you can't even watch where the hell you're going? Apparently breaking the track record doesn't mean you know how to use your fucking eyes."
Tasuki sighed deeply next to Ren. Great. Shiki Taiga meets Ren. He doubted this would go well. "Ren, it's just a sandwich. You've had three of those already. Does it matter if you don't get another one?"
Khaz turned when he heard Ren's voice come from the door way. He saw Taiga and Ren facing each other. Khaz cringed visibly. Oh no.
-----------------"Like I can see through doors stupid!" Shiki shot back. "I'm sorry about your sandwich, but don't go blaming me for what a bunch of brain dead idiots do! It's not my fault they are fucking stalkers! I don't like them either!"
Shiki's adrenaline was running. She knew she was asking for a fight. She didn't care. She wanted to release her anger somehow. She had a feeling Ren would be more then willing to fight with her. It had totally slipped her mind that Ren had the ability to send her to the hospital very easily.
--------------"Oh really? Then why the fuck did I have to scare them off for you? Take care of your own goddamn problems. Now use those goddamn legs like you know how to, and get the fuck out of my face, before I make sure you don't have one left." Ren sneered. "Well, at least then maybe you wouldn't have a stalker problem."
Khaz watched apprehensively. He really, really hoped Taiga would just walk away.
---------------"Its hard dealing with masochists Snowy-kun," Shiki replied in a deadpan voice as she took a step to the side. She was honestly surprised in a way Ren hadn't punched her yet. Or made a move to harm her. His temper was rather famous.
She wished violence would get rid of her problems, but it didn't seem she was that lucky. She didn't understand how they kept coming back to her, even how bad she treated them. She even got into a few physical altercations with a few of them, yet they still came back.
-------------As soon as the bell rang, Molly was up and out of the classroom. She had forgotten to pack lunch today, too absorbed in her books, so she had to get something from the kiosk. As she began heading down the hall towards where the kiosks were, or at least in that general direction, she stopped in her tracks as she saw him. Him. Utuaga. Sitting on the ground, holding his head with his hands. Even though she couldn't see his face from this angle, she knew it was him. She seized up, nerves gripping her like a boa constrictor choking the life out of its prey. She breathing became short and shallow. Oh God, oh God, he's right there. She flattened herself against the wall closest to her to avoid detection, but that didn't help, as she was now even closer to him. Keep cool, Molly; keep cool. Why is he holding his head? Maybe I can go talk to him about it. Shut up! All the while, she was staring at him, eyes wide and unblinking.
-----------Ari felt a new sensation among the pulsing ache and pain, a sort of weird neck hair raising feeling. Almost like he was...being watched?
Ari looked up, flinching in pain as the movement made his right shoulder and neck flash with more intense pain. Slowly turning so he could see to his right, he could see a girl staring bug eyed at him. Ari stared back, deeply unsettled by her presence. ...what the hell is she staring at me like that for? Ari thought to himself. It was scaring him, a lot.
Ari tried to think of what to say. He was sure he'd seen her before, but the lingering dullness combined with his throbbing headache made it impossible for him to recognize her. Raising his left arm carefully, he waved hesitantly. "Uh...hi there?" Ari said, his voice rough and hoarse.
----------------James started walking out of the classroom later than usual, as the teacher needed to talk to him about some assignments that she thought were missing, but were right there on her desk. Even in different countries, the teachers are incompetent. He thought pessimistically. His thoughts were distracted was the sight of the kid, Ari, who was almost unrecognizable due to the large bruises covering the side of his face. He hardly even noticed the girl that was standing there, staring.
He moved up next to Ari, eyes wide, and exclaimed, "Holy shit man, what happened to you?"
-----------Snowy-kun? Ren's face wrinkled with ugly disgust again at Taiga's words. You know what? Fuck this bitch. He told her to shut up and walk.
"I told you to walk, not talk," said Ren, pulling a fist back, gearing up to sock the bitch in the face. Ren had no problems with hitting girls.
Khaz saw Ren tensing up and pulling his fist back. Shiiiiit. This wasn't what he had intended for. Sure, he liked messing with Taiga because she had to make such a big deal over nothing. It was just words at the end of the day. Why did she have to get so angry? But all the same, Khaz didn't want to send her on a collusion course into Ren.
So Khaz felt his feet start to move before he knew it. He didn't know what else to do, but before he knew it he was slamming his shoulder into Ren Nevisu, after a good little running-start. Sure, he was no sprinter like Taiga, but he had plenty of training under his own belt.
Ren hadn't been ready for it. His attention had been on Shiki, not Khaz. So Ren was sent stumbling back and to the side. There was a squeak as his shoes skidded on the tile floor of the hall. Ren's foot twisting as he found traction and his balance again. Khaz had only managed to knock Ren off a few feet to the side. Khaz rubbed his own shoulder. What the hell was he made of?
"What the fuck?!" snarled Ren. "You tryin' to be a fuckin' hero or something?"
"No, I'm just trying to get her to sleep with me," said Khaz, off-hand. It supposed it was just a knee-jerk reaction to tell a believable lie. But really, anyone with eyes and ears would know, if he was trying to get Taiga to sleep with him, he was doing a horrible job at it. "Heroes are supposed to have pure intentions."
But then Ren drew back another fist that drove straight into Khaz's jaw. Khaz felt his jaw crunch, as the lower jaw was forced up into the upper jaw. The pain seemed to echo up his face. His vision went dark, but he felt himself be spin and then fall straight on the ground. Khaz saw the tile floor close-up when his sight came back. He felt the familiar tang of copper, the metallic taste of blood in his mouth. He felt some dribble down his chin from a split lip on his face. Khaz pushed himself up onto his knees, wiping his face on the black sleeve of his uniform. Well, it seemed like Khaz knew how to get himself from a rock to the hard place pretty damn fast.
The students back in the class were standing up looking out the door as the commotion began. Terrin stood up and then looked to Kira. "I'm gonna go see if I can help."
"Terrin, wait--" began Kira, but he was gone.
Terrin slid out into the hall, gliding toward the ring of the crowd that had started to form around Taiga, Nevisu, and Serwen in the hall. He looked around quickly for something that would be of use ...
---------------Utuaga turned and looked straight at Molly. Oh no, she had been spotted! He must have seen her staring at him. He probably thought she was some sort of stalker now. Well, she kinda was, but that was beside the point. She was taken aback at his appearance. The entire right side of his face was a mess of purple and blue bruises. He opened his mouth and spoke to her.
Oh, God, he's talking to me! Molly thought frantically. What's wrong with his face? He's actually talking to me! Maybe he should go to the hospital. This is your chance, Molly! He looks horrifying. Say something. Like he's just been beaten up by a biker gang. What if he's into gambling and got in deep with the sharks? My parents wouldn't approve of my dating a gambler. Say something, Molly!
Molly opened her mouth to speak, but a tall, black-haired boy cut her off, exclaiming.
"Holy shit man, what happened to you?"
Damn it! So close to a real, audible connection.
-----------------Ari instinctively turned to his left to see who was had said something, sending another flash of pain through his shoulder. He could see the boy from the other day standing there, and Ari tried to say his name. "...J-James..." Ari tried to stand up, feeling all the blood rushing to his head, his vision blurring. "Hel-"
Ari's entire body tensed as an arc of agony shot through his spine, his entire body shaking. He tried to steady himself against the wall, but his hands were shaking too much, and his little arm strength failed him
Ari's leg slipped out from under him, sending him crashing to the floor of the hallway in a mess of skinny limbs. His vision was turning red now, and dark, and Ari's last thought before slipping under entirely were this:
I am not fine.
----------------As Ari fell to the floor, Molly let out a high-pitched squeak and rushed over to him, almost ignoring the black-haired boy completely. She kneeled down next to Ari.
"Utuaga, are you okay?" She asked in concern, however he didn't answer. He must be unconscious, or dead. She quickly checked his pulse to assure he wasn't dead. He wasn't, thankfully. Molly looked up at the tall boy. "We need to get him to the nurse's place. I think he's fainted."
She tried to lift Ari up, but he was too heavy. Or, more accurately, she was too weak to lift him.
------------------Ai Makata gave a sigh. She had heard Ren and Shiki begin to argue, but with those two, it was bound to happen. As long as they were arguing and not fighting, she had nothing to worry about. None the less, she kept an eye on the conflict which was just outside her door.
However, it seemed that nothing wanted to go her way as of late. Ren drew back his hand for a punch, and Ai narrowed her eyes and began to stand up. She knew she wouldn't get there in time to save Taiga, but she could hopefully stop it from getting worse. She knew once Ren hit Shiki, she would no doubt hit back.
What she wasn't expecting was Khaz Serwen, the boy who was harassing Taiga moments earlier, to fly up and tackle Ren to the ground. She stood in momentary shock. What was Serwen's deal? Ren apparently had the same thoughts.
"What the fuck?!" snarled Ren. "You tryin' to be a fuckin' hero or something?"
"No, I'm just trying to get her to sleep with me," replied Khaz, off-hand. "Heroes are supposed to have pure intentions."
If Ai could bang her head on something, she would. He was doing a terrible job at getting her into bed with him if that was the case. She had a feeling he no doubt nixed any chances with that statement as well.
And then Ren punched Khaz, and she could hear his body hit the floor. She needed to step in, now. Especially since there was a ring forming around the fighters. This was getting troublesome. Really troublesome. Especially since the Stone boy ran out of the room as well. God damn kids. She wondered idly if she could get Rontu to share his alcohol he somehow smuggled into the school. Brat reeked of it.
"Oi!" she yelled as she left the classroom. "Break it up!" She doubted it would do anything, but it was worth a try.
----------------Shiki was only half expecting the punch, and when Ren pulled back his arm, she began to tense up, even though a slow grin was forming across her face. She had a feeling it was going to hurt. A lot. Yet all she was thinking about was how she was going to punch him back. Kick him perhaps. She had already shifted into her battle mode.
So, she was completely shocked when Khaz came out of nowhere, slamming his shoulder into Ren.
Ren apparently hadn't been expecting it as well since he stumbled backwards, skidding on the floor a bit as Khaz rubbed his shoulder. Shiki's mouth was open in shock. It was the last thing she had expected.
What's his deal?
"What the fuck?!" snarled Ren, evidently in the same mind set as her. "You tryin' to be a fuckin' hero or something?"
"No, I'm just trying to get her to sleep with me," said Khaz. "Heroes are supposed to have pure intentions."
Shiki snarled at this. She knew it. She knew he was no better then that bastard. Even if he was blunt about it, her hate for him dramatically rose in that single instant.
But then Ren drew back another fist that drove straight into Khaz's jaw. Shiki could hear his jaw crunch, as the lower jaw was forced up into the upper jaw, making Khaz crumble to the ground as blood began to pour down his lips, staining them a darker red. Khaz pushed himself up onto his knee, wiping his face on the black sleeve of his uniform.
Shiki glanced to Ren, a small grin on her face. Just in that moment, he made her like him.
"Nice punch," she congratulated him.
-----------------Ren drew his foot back to kick Khaz in the ribs while he was down. He was actually more pissed about the idiot catching him off guard than he was about Taiga giving him lip when he clearly told her to fuck off and shut up.
Terrin saw a ball in a student's nearby hands, obviously from some game they had been playing outside. He ran up to them, grabbed it. "Needitthanksbye!" said Terrin in Japanese.
And then he threw it at Ren. Terrin preferred projectiles rather than just coming up and trying to hit Ren. What if he hurt his hand doing something like that? It just seemed like the most logical thing to do at the time. The ball bounced audibly off the back of Ren's head, making his leg pause in mid-swing. He turned his head to glower over his sunglasses at Terrin, who just grinned and waved at him, like he was just a friend, playing a prank. The ball bounced on the floor and rolled away.
Any voice of their teacher's apparently fell on deaf ears. Ren charged Terrin, slamming a punch into the boy's guy. Terrin crumpled to his knees, his hands going around his middle. Ren grabbed him by the collar of his shirt and pulled him up. Ren pulled back another fist to smash Terrin's face with.
However, he felt a hand grab his shoulder. Ren turned to snarl. Who the fuck was it now? He looked over his shoulder to see Kira Stone's fist slam straight into his eye, knocking the sunglasses off his face, and making him stagger back. Kira had let out an enraged cry, throaty and pissed. She had thrown all of her weight into that punch. Kira shook out her hand, but it kept throbbing. Shit, maybe she broke it?
Kira had ran after the teacher, shortly after Terrin had left.
Leita soon followed. She had seen Khaz run off into the hall, where there was now a lot of noise. Leita pushed pass some people until she finally got out into the hall, where she found Khaz with a split and bloody lip, getting to his feet.
"Nii-san!" cried Leita and she ran over to him.
---------------James moved to catch Ari as he fell, but was too late as the poor kid whacked his head against the ground. "Damnit!" He said, bending down and, dropping his book bag, and situated Ari in a fireman's carry. James could feel the adrenalin rushing through his body, and was very grateful for it, as it made the lifting part of it easier.
As James stood to full height, he looked down at the girl that had been trying to lift Ari. "Come on! You seem to care enough about him to do something. Grab the bags!" He told her, and started rushing down the hall, trying to stay upright, as he was pretty top heavy at the moment.
The only problems he came to was the group of people that seemed intent on watching something in the middle. Not caring about people feeling, he pushed through the edge of the group, knocking a few people away, as he moved to get to the nurse's office.
When he reached it, he slid open the door with the toe of his shoe, and rushed inside, laying Ari on a cot gently. The nurse rushed over, asking what happened. "I have no idea, he just passed out. He already had the bruises beforehand, but I think that is probably what is causing the pain."
-------------"Holy shit!" Shiki yelped as more people dove into the fray in the fight against Ren. What the hell was going on? She didn't really mean for it to get others involved. Fuck, the fact others got involved blew her mind. This never happened before.
But this was her fight. She was determined to keep it that way before anybody else got injured for whatever dumb ass reason was going through their head. Shiki didn't like necessary causalities, especially because of her.
So, when Ren rounded on Kira, Shiki took that opportunity to strike his exposed back. Well kick. She doubted she would have enough strength to harm him with a punch. Hell she doubted she could harm him with a kick, but it was worth a try.
"Oi asshole," she snarled as Ren's attention finally turned back to her as she slid into a more defensive stance which would hopefully allow to use her speed to her advantage. Keyword being hopefully. "Your fight is with me. Leave them out of it."
-----------------Ren snarled, rounding on Shiki now. What the fuck was all this about? He didn't really care. He was prepared to take them all at once if he had to. He didn't even really hear what Shiki said, and he didn't need to. He heard what her kick to his back said far more loudly than anything her mouth did.
However, as he went to charge in, Tasuki hinged stepped in. However, he ended up right at Shiki's side. He was only a couple inches away from her. His blue eyes calm but stern as he smoothly grabbed her shoulder and slammed his knee up into her diaphragm. Tasuki hadn't thought it would escalate like this. Then again, Taiga didn't really have the best reputation either for being a calm and logical individual, but he hadn't thought all these other people would throw themselves into the middle of it. Needless to say, he wasn't going to stand by and watch Ren take on all of them.
"Just think of it as you paying me back," said Tasuki, only loud enough for Shiki to hear.
"GODDAMN IT, TASUKI!" snarled Ren, stomping over. "I don't fucking need your help."
Kira was helping Terrin up to his feet and turned to see that Shiki was now down. This was really getting out of hand.
--------------Shiki coughed as her eyes went wide as she crumpled to the floor. She wasn't bleeding, but she was in some serious pain, her nerves crying out. She hadn't missed Tasuki's whisper though.
Just think of it as you paying me back.
What the hell was that supposed to mean? She didn't know, and she really wished the world was stop spinning so much. It was making her dizzy. She groaned as she tried to stand up, only to collapse again to her knees. She gritted her teeth as her world continued to spin like a Merry Go Round.
Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.
She had to stand up. She wasn't done. One little punch. She wasn't done. She wasn't down. She could stand.
Once again, she pushed herself off the ground and staggered to her feet, her hands on her knees as she breathed heavily.
"ENOUGH." Makata-sensei's voice rang out clearly in the hallway, echoing even with the mass amounts of students who had formed around the fight. Her violet eyes were blazing in anger as she roughly shoved a few students aside.
"Taiga, Serwen and Stone!" She pointed to Shiki, Khaz and Terrin in turn so it could be very clear who she was referring to. "You will go to the nurses, then the principle's office."
"You two-" she rounded on Tatsuki and Ren, pointing angrily at them, "and you," as she pointed to Kira, "will go the principle's office. Nevisu and Stone, if you feel you need to go to the nurse's office beforehand, you may."
She looked at the rest of the crowd, who was staring at her in wide eyed wonder and a bit of fear. Nobody had seen her this angry before. Actually, nobody had seen her angry before.
"The rest of you get back in class or God help me-" Makata didn't have to finish the threat, as the students began to run back to their classrooms. They didn't know how she would finish her sentence, but they felt they didn't want to find out.
--------------Khaz had seen Tasuki knee Taiga in the gut. Shit. Somehow, he felt like all this was his fault. He looked around at Terrin, Kira, and Taiga. Somehow they all got dragged into this mess. Leita's hands were clasped over her mouth, pressed close to Khaz. Her fingers curled over the edge of his sweater. Mataka-sensei had called order, but Khaz still focused on Tasuki. The boy turned away from Shiki, having let her fall to the ground. His face was calm. His blue eyes sort of still and lifeless in a way. Khaz really didn't like him for some reason. There was something about his face and his blue eyes that he didn't like.
Then, without warning, there was pain in his head, like a sudden and sharp migraine.
"If ... I give myself up ... do you promise to not hurt him?"
"I swear it. All we came for today was you and your husband. The children can be spared. We're not complete monsters, Serwen-san. Despite what you may assume."
The echo of the words themselves were not loud and yet Khaz felt like they were going to split his head open. He saw flashes of the gun on the floor. His mother's dark blue eyes, staring in grim defiance. She got hit.
"Nii-san!" Khaz heard Leita cry next to him. He had started to sag over, so she had caught him, but was struggling. "Nii-san!" Her voice was shrill and panicked.
"Shit ..." Khaz groaned, shaking his head. The flashes of images went away. Most of the pain was gone, but his head still throbbed. So did the lower part of his face too. "Sorry about that, Leita ..."
He managed to regain his feet, but Leita did not leave his side. She stayed pressed to him, determined to catch him if he fell over again. Terrin slouched over to them, a grin still on his face even though his hands still pressed to his middle.
"You okay?" he asked Khaz.
"I'll live ..." Khaz looked over at Taiga to check on her status again.
Tasuki, Ren, and Kira were all leaving, being escorted off to the principle's office.
"Rontu, take Terrin to the nurse's office!" Kira called. She had spotted the giant American, leaning up against the classroom doorway, watching.
He sighed heavily out his nose but nodded.
Shiki felt miserable as the Nevisu brothers and Kira got lead to the principle's office. She'd rather go there then to the nurse's office. She hated the nurse's office. She didn't want to be lectured. Again. She was a frequent in there from other fights she had been in throughout the semester. She rarely got hurt, but they insisted that a scratch demanded immediate medical attention.
"I'm going to the principle's office," Shiki declared, breathing through her nose. Makata-sensei rounded on her, still furious. For the first time in awhile, Shiki felt a sudden wave of fear go down her spine. No. This wasn't right. She couldn't be afraid. Not here.
"Oh no you aren't. You are going to the nurse's office first. Now march, or I will drag you down there," Makata-sensei growled, pointing her finger down the hall. Shiki subconsciously took a few steps back.
"H-hai," She quickly agreed, hitting herself inside for stammering a bit.
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