"Hey! Arata! Wake up!" Mom shouted,
"All right!" I shouted back,
'I can hear you! You didn't need to shout.' I thought,
"Then ready up!" Mom said,
The day started much more loudly than usual. If my alarm doesn't work my mom gets to replace that role, I'd have to say... it's incredibly effective. The usual routine starts; this is my last year in high-school, after that... well... I'll be in college.
I ready up and had a quick breakfast. Two of my siblings are already coming towards school, I have to hurry up!
"I'll be going now!" I shouted, and no response...
'Maybe she's busy? I'll get going now.'
"Be careful!" Mom shouted. A slight delay of response... she really is busy.
After a while I walk near a crosswalk full of people. My stomach grumbles violently... I know...
'I should've eaten more.'
People around me suddenly look around as if something's wrong. 'Weird' I thought...
"Did you say something?" a person asked,
"I was going to ask you the same thing..." he replied back,
Alot of gossip happening around me, I ignore them as the stop light turns green. As I'm walking towards the school the students around me are also behaving strangely... they kept looking around them asking things like "Did you hear that?" or "Did you say something?"... my stomach suddenly grumbled,
'I should've bought a donut or something...' I thought,
The students around me reacted again, what the hell is happening? I hear a sound of running behind me, an arm suddenly enveloped me.
My friend Haruko smiles at me, "Hey Arata!"
"Yo, your arm is heavy..." I replied back then removed his arm around me.
Haruko looks at me confused, he then catches up to me, "Haaahhh... our first day in our last year... It's been pretty uneventful eh?"
"It could've been worse."
'Well with you around, it's never been uneventful.' I thought,
"Really? You're making me blush." He said,
I look at him, "Wait... what?"
"Huh... why are you not talking?"
"What do you mean—"
He points at me, "That! Are you lip syncing something?"
"What? No! I'm not lip syncing!"
He looks at me confused, 'Huh... he's not the type to lie about something.' I thought,
"An unexpected complement! Also, how are you talking with your mouth closed?" He asked,
"What do you mean?" I held up my hand as I slowly realize, "Wait..."
'Can you hear me now?' I say in my thoughts,
"Yeah! Wait!" He held up his hand as if he realized something, "Can I read minds?"
"I'm sure that's not the case..." I said,
"Your voice is muted."
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW YOU STUPID FUCK?!" I said in a Russian accent,
"Are you shouting?"
'YES I'M SHOUTING!'
He holds his ear, "Ouch! Stop! That's so loud!"
I look around... all of the students around me held their ears... I need be quiet...
"Sorry—" I said then I immediately realize that he couldn't hear me.
"It's okay, I'll find it in my heart to forgive you someday."
I look around and all of the students are looking at us, gossiping; We need change locations. I grab his hand,
"But the classes are going to start soon..." He said,
"Looks like you forgot"
"Yeah no shit captain obvious."
He leans in, "What?!"
'Nevermind! But how will I recite if I somehow got picked?'
"Hmm... just think and talk at the same time then."
'"Goddammit..."' I thought and said,
"There you go! Now let's go we're gonna be late for class."
Me and Haruko sprint-walk towards our classroom, I sit at the fourth row by the window side while Haruko is in front of me.
Haruko looks at me and said, "What a coincidence Mr. Arata!"
"I'd like to be in front of you instead of behind you..." I said,
Haruko points at his ear and gestures that he can't hear me...
'I'm not going to get used to this...' I thought,
"Well... it's not like you're going to be like that forever right?" Haruko said,
'I'm not too sure... what if it's forever?'
"It's... probably not..."
I look around me and there's quite a few new students... 2 girls and... that's it...
Haruko looks at me with a smile, "Oh? Did one of the new students caught you eye?"
"No— oh, you can't hear me..."
'No... if I said anything you'll be the worst wingman ever!' I thought,
"Didn't say about being a wingman. So you are interested..."
'I'd be lying if I said I'm not.'
He claps his hands, "So, who are you interested in? The long haired one or short haired?"
'Don't make me pick—'
"Come on, answer!"
I look at them closely, 'They both look beautiful... but the long haired one caught my attention.' I thought,
"Ehhh? I thought you'd pick the short haired one..."
"Nothing, it's just that every friend-zoned girl are always short haired... the long haired ones always win."
'Where did— You've been reading too much manga didn't you?'
"Correct! Long haired ones are always a safe bet!"
'Your girlfriend has medium-length-hair'
"Yeah, but no matter how long her hair is... I will love her dearly." he said as he clutches his chest,
Our homeroom teacher comes in and like before, the classes start. After a while, slowly I got bored and started playing orchestral music in my head,
"Who's playing music?" the teacher said,
All of my classmates are looking at each other to find who played music, they did not realized that I played music in my head.
'Crap...' I thought,
"Crap huh... Whoever that was come to me after school!" the teacher said in a commanding tone,
The bell rang and the classes ended; it's break time! Haruko looks at me with a sinister smile...
"No... NO! Don't say a goddamn word!" I said,
"I don't know that you're saying but it seems like you don't want me to say anything. Ok... why that song out of all others?" Haruko asked,
'You know... I love me my original orchestral songs... something made by seycara or rush garcia is always nice.' I thought,
"Ehh... looks like you're not the only one who like it... look..." Haruko points at the other students,
I look at them... they're humming the melody of the song I played in my mind. I smile... that's... nice...
"Hm... if you can play a music in your head... then can you change your voice?" Haruko asked,
'Before that let's ask the most obvious question...'
"Yep, let's buy some food and talk about it outside."
We bought food from the cafeteria and found a nice place outside and sat on a bench, we ate the food and drank some water.
"Let's—" I realized immediately that Haruko won't hear me.
'How can people hear my thoughts but not my voice?' I thought,
"Yeah, that's pretty weird... when did this happen?"
"Hmm... so you were normal yesterday?"
'Yeah, nothing out of the ordinary.'
Haruko thinks but it looks like he hit his limit, "My brain is fried, let's talk about something else."
'Seriously? That's your limit? Okay... I noticed, that people near are acting strange... so let's assume that they can hear my thoughts but those who are far away behaved normally.'
"So there must be a limit on how far a person can read your thoughts!"
Haruko stands up and measures the range by meter. First, 1 meter...
'Can you hear me?' I thought,
"Loud and clear." he said,
Next 2 meters...
'Still hear me?'
Haruko decided to go immediately to 4 meters...
'I think that's too far!' I thought,
"NO IT'S NOT!" Haruko shouted,
Next 5 meters...
'Okay I think that's far enough...'
Haruko is silent... I gestured him to come near me because he can't hear me.
'I'm guessing 4 meters is the maximum length'
Haruko thinks, "I noticed that even though you're 4 meters away; the volume of your voice still sounds the same."
'So there's a steep drop-off of volume.'
"Oh yeah, you should also change your voice."
'I'm going to use the voice from a video I watched... okay here goes...'
Haruko waits in anticipation, "I'm waiting..."
'I gotta assume that the people up top cracking the whip must either not realize or not care that burning the candle both ends completely drains you of any passion you might have had. A tired, stressed, underpaid, unhappy employee working the same hours as a fucking sweatshop worker... is not likely to put out their best work.' I thought
"Woah... that's... detailed..."
'Yeah... what he said stuck with me... it's about game development but really, any company that works with deadlines at least knows about this... you should watch it! I'll send you the link later!'
"Interesting, I'm going to watch it later. Anyways, your voice is different! I haven't heard that voice yet! Maybe try to make you voice sound like a girl—"
'Like this?' I thought with a girl sounding voice,
"Holy crap, that sounds legit!"
'Really? It doesn't feel like it... I'm just thinking of a female voice.' I thought with a girl sounding voice,
"It feels weird to hear a female voice from you..."
'Don't make me do that again,' I thought in my normal voice,
"Sure, but it might be handy someday..."
'Oh, pranking people would be fun!'
"Yeah! We should do that at least once!"
'Sure! But only once! I don't want to abuse this ability too much.'
I look around me and see the short haired transfer student looking at us... I pretended to not look,
'Hey, what's her name? I just noticed that she's been staring at us...' I thought whispering,
"Oh yeah, her name's... crap I forgot..." Haruko whispered,
'Goddammit... it'll be hard to ask her name...'
"Then let's ask her!" Haruko goes to her,
I sighed, 'Fine...'
As we go towards her, she tries leave but bumps into the other transfer student.
"Where have you been? I've been looking everywhere for you! Emica!" the long haired girl said,
"Oh, I was just strolling around..." Emica said,
Haruko whispers to me, "Don't think right now, the name of the long haired girl is Nozomi..."
"And the name of the short haired girl is Emica... got it..." I whispered to myself,
Nozomi helped Emica get up. Haruko then comes at Emica,
"Can we help you? You were staring at us a moment ago..." Haruko said,
"Ah no... I'm just... nevermind!" Emica sprints away,
"Hey!" Nozomi turns at us, "I'm sorry about Emica!" then Nozomi follows her, "Emica! Wait up!"
I chuckled, "We should get going..." I said,
"That escalated quickly huh?" Haruko said,
'I keep forgetting that you can't hear me...' I thought,
"You'll get used to it." Haruko said,
'I'm not... I've talking my whole life...'
"And you've been thinking your whole life"
'It's different! It's shouldn't be possible to read minds in the first place!'
"And yet here you are..."
I sighed, 'We should get going...' I thought,
We go to our classroom and the class once again started. After a few hours, the day ends... of course it had problems of my mind going out exploring when I'm bored; thinking all kinds of things.
I sighed, 'What a pain...' I thought,
"Yeah, you kept playing music in class. It still surprises me how you can act so bored yet score almost perfectly in quizzes and exams..." Haruko said,
"I love learning! It's more like a hobby for me." I said,
"I can't hear you..."
'I love learning I said! It's day one so don't expect me to get used to this.' I thought,
As we are going to leave, the short haired transfer student girl Emica along with her friend Nozomi, passes by... Emica hides behind Nozomi,
"Did you both do something to scare her earlier?" Nozomi asked,
"No... the first time we met is during break." Haruko said,
She looks at me, "How about you? You haven't been talking too much."
'Because I can't talk—' I thought then realized that she might hear me,
"Why can't you talk—"
Haruko interrupts Nozomi, "Because he has a communication disorder! He gets seizures when talking to other people than me!"
'This idiot...' I thought,
Nozomi looks at us with suspicious eyes, "Okay then, I won't press any further with your communicative disorder or whatnot..."
Nozomi and Emica leaves. I smack Haruko on the head,
"You dumbass!" I said,
"Sorry! It was in the heat of the moment!" Haruko said,
"She might think that I have a disorder now..."
"It's not like she'll believe it."
I realized, "Wait... can you hear me now?"
Haruko tilts his head, confused, "What?"
'Oh, I thought you can hear me...'
"No, what makes you think that?"
'You replied very quickly,'
"Really? Well I was just taking my time to say stuff..."
'This day has been tiring... let's go...'
We leave the school and gone our separate ways. After walking for about half an hour... I arrive home safely,
"I'm home!" I said,
Silence enveloped the entrance, 'I'm home!' I thought,
"Welcome back!" Mom said,
I go inside and see Aina laying on the couch fiddling with her phone, "Welcome back!" she said,
'Where's Ren?' I thought,
"He bought something for mom."
I go to my room, changed clothes and collapsed on my bed, I exhaled deeply, I touched my head, 'My head is hot... is this what it feels like to have an overheated brain?'
Mom calls out to me, "Hey! Arata dinner's ready!"
"Okay! Oh yeah, they can't hear me..." I said,
'Okay!' I thought,
I go and join them downstairs, mom made some of her chicken special...
'Huh... why did mom made my favorite?' I thought,
"I heard that you're overheated! So I made this just to combat that." Mom said,
"Your brain might turn smooth because of the overheating you mentioned." Ren said,
'I'm not turning retarded Ren.'
"Come here let's eat already!" Aina said,
I join them at the table and started eating. After eating I go do the usual stuff and then proceeded to bed, in hopes that I will turn back to normal tomorrow.
The day came and I woke up feeling refreshed, still... I don't know if I turned back to normal or not...
"Mom?" I shouted... no response,
'Mom?' I thought,
"Yeah?" Mom shouts back,
'Dammit... I'm still not back to normal...' I thought,
She opens the door, "What did you say? Did I just heard you swear?"
'Oh, um... no...'
She looks at me suspiciously, "Well, get ready... they're going to leave you behind again..."
The day started going towards school with my brother and sister, there were some problems i.e., my brain went out exploring again thinking all kinds of crap. Fortunately, they don't know that I was the one whose mind they're reading.
My sibling's school is other the other side so we parted ways. On my way to school I saw Emica walking with Nozomi but I kept my distance after a while I let them go in to the classroom first. I sat at my seat and Haruko writing something in his notebook.
"What are you doing?" I asked, "I FORGOT AGAIN!" I shouted,
'What are you doing?' I thought,
"I'm trying to finish my homework!" Haruko said then he looks at me,
'No! I'm not going to give you my work...'
"Figures... alright imma focus..."
As I was going to take out my notebook, Emica comes to me,
"How can I help you? Oh yeah, you can't hear me..." I said,
'How can I help you?' I thought
"Why did you shout a minute ago?" Emica asked,
'Huh? What do you mean?'
She's silent... wait... no way...
"Can you hear me?" I said,
"Yes, but you still haven't answered my question." she said,
"Wait... WHAT!?" I stood up and shouted,
"Can you please stop shouting!" She shouted,
Our classmates suddenly looks at us, I look at Emica with an embarrassed face.
"I'm sorry... I'll never do that again..." I said to her,
She bows and goes back to Nozomi. What? How can she hear me? Is she the only one?
'JUST WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!' I thought shouting,
The whole class closed their ears...
'Goddammit I did it again...' I thought,