Chapter 11:

Chapter 11 - New school and new faces.

Vehemence 激烈


The principal was sitting on a red chair behind a massive desk. The name plate read Kadenokoji Tomochi. He had blonde, short hair and a fancy moustache. To go along with it, he was wearing a fancy monocle and an expensive, dark blue suit. He stood up which casted a long, black shadow on me. His height was impressive and intimidating at the same time. He was giving off a serious vibe. His grey eyes kept staring at the laptop in front of him.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry but can you help me out?”Bookmark here

Not only did the sudden question gave me a scare but also his voice. It was like the ocean. Never ending and deep. Like really deep. I walked over to his desk and glanced over at his computer. Bookmark here

“You see, I want to attach this picture to this email, but it won’t do it.”Bookmark here

I took a step back and laughed nervously.Bookmark here

“Are you sure that I am allowed to see that?”Bookmark here

“Of course. It’s no big deal.”Bookmark here

“But it says classified information on it and that only authorised personnel are allowed to see it.”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it.”Bookmark here

He was smiling at me like a little child. I forced myself to smile as well and hesitantly took the mouse and attached the picture to the email. He told me to repeat it and show him how to do it. I gave the mouse over to him and slowly instructed him how to do it. Was he really the principal of this school and a General?Bookmark here

“Now that’s out of the way, we can talk about you, Moriuchi Ayumi-san.”Bookmark here

“You can just call me Ayumi.” Bookmark here

He laughed out loud and nodded his head. The vibration of his laughter felt like a mini earthquake.Bookmark here

“I heard that Toshiko already told you everything, but I would like to repeat and emphasise on a few things, if you don’t mind.”Bookmark here

I nodded my head.Bookmark here

“Marvellous. It won’t take that long, I promise.”Bookmark here

He gave me a wink after finishing his sentence. Bookmark here

“First of all, welcome to the Academy of Emotions. I know, not an overly exciting name but it gets to the point. I am the principal. You can call me Kadenokoji-san. You have signed the contract with us, so you are officially an Outliner. The bronze pin that you are wearing indicates that you are a Rookie, the lowest rank and therefore are obliged to listen to your seniors. Meaning, whoever is wearing a silver, gold or black pin.” Bookmark here

He pointed at his own black pin that he was wearing on his blazer.Bookmark here

“You will attend your classes but are also allowed to actively partake in missions. You have already received your personal company mobile phone that you can use without any constraint. Everything will be paid by us. Including any clothes that need to be replaced, by the off chance that you completely ruin them. I have to say, they are quite durable.”Bookmark here

He laughed again and his whole body shook. Bookmark here

“We are an independent organization but remain in close contact with the government. You will be paid for your work and any injuries suffered are fully covered as well. And now I would like to reiterate the main ten policies.”Bookmark here

His hand went into the desk’s drawer and took out a piece of paper. He laid it out in front of me, for me to read it out loud.Bookmark here

“One. Tell no one about the organization or your work. Two. Tell no one about the locations of the school and the trainee facility. Three. Always listen to your dedicated supervisor. Four. No unauthorised use of your Paroxys. Five. Never recruit someone on behalf of the organization. Six. Wear your uniform whenever you are on a mission. Seven. Never act alone. You are part of a team. Eight. When help needed, always call for backup. Nine. Never engage in fights outside of missions.”Bookmark here

“And most importantly, ten. Always prioritise your and your comrades lives over the mission. I hope that you will remember them, especially the very last one. It is completely fine to flee or get out of a situation that is out of your hands.”Bookmark here

His eyes looked sad while he said it to me. After I promised to keep the policies, I was allowed to attend my classes. They were the same as in any other high school, except that in my entire year, there were only five of us and we had only one teacher who was capable of teaching us all the subjects. After you graduate from AoE with your high school diploma, you can then join any department for further studies with them. I didn’t know what I wanted to become. All I knew was that it would be a rough road ahead. The real challenge would begin after the lunchbreak. I was walking around aimlessly in the cafeteria, hoping to see Sayuri. Bookmark here

“I see you stopped crying.”Bookmark here

I looked over to the table next to me and saw the guy from this morning. It didn’t take me long to realise that I had seen him somewhere else before. Bookmark here

“You’re the I-bumped-into-you-but-I-will-get-angry-at-you guy.”Bookmark here

He frowned his eyebrows. One of them had a cut at the end. Bookmark here

“What did you just call me?”Bookmark here

His black, messy hair was parted sideways, and I saw that he had one ear pierced. He kept staring at me with his fierce, violet eyes. Bookmark here

“Yu, stop it.”Bookmark here

The guy next to him grabbed him by his shoulder. I recognised him too. It was the giant. He looked even taller this time. I kept looking back and forth between both of them.Bookmark here

“What you looking at?” Bookmark here

He got angry with me. Maybe I hurt his pride by comparing their heights with my eyes.Bookmark here

“Yu, please.” Bookmark here

“Ohta, I haven’t done anything.”Bookmark here

He shook him off and continued on eating his lunch. I wondered how the other guy was able to see with his blonde bowl cut reaching his nose. He looked very put together, even though we were all wearing the same clothes.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry for my cousin’s behaviour. We haven’t even introduced us properly. My name is Fujinomiya Ohta and this angry guy’s name is Fujinomiya Yu. You can call us by our first names.”Bookmark here

I sat down opposite of Ohta and introduced myself as well to be polite. Bookmark here

“Ayumi, aren’t you going to eat anything?”Bookmark here

Sayuri had found me and sat down next to me with a tray full of food. She introduced herself as well and offered me half of her food. Bookmark here

“Look, there he is again.”Bookmark here

Some people were whispering behind us. I followed their gazes to see who they were talking about and saw Toshiko walking casually through the cafeteria. And next to her was a man. Another person I had met before. Twice in his case. Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s Himura Jun. I would stay away from him. He’s not a good person.”Bookmark here

It was Ohta who warned me and Sayuri.Bookmark here

“Why? He seems like a nice person.” Bookmark here

I followed them with my eyes. Bookmark here

“Because he’s a convicted murderer. And it wasn’t only one person he killed. He has a long list.”Bookmark here

This time, it was Yu who spoke up. He grabbed his tray and left the table. I let out a laugh. Sayuri looked at me confused. It made more sense now, about what he had said to me before. Himura Jun was an obnoxious and hypocritical man. I shook the thought off. We made our way out of the cafeteria as well. It was time for our other classes. We had to go across the campus to a different building after getting changed into our school tracksuits. Toshiko did tell me that the afternoon classes might kill me, but I should still give it my best try. Running away was no option as I had already signed the contract. I would be worried if Choko hadn’t calmed me down and beat Toshiko’s ass in front of me. The building looked like a gymnasium from the outside but reminded me of the room I was trapped in back at the training facility. The walls were reinforced, and the ceiling was made of glass again. Bookmark here

“I’m glad that I am in the same group as you.”Bookmark here

Sayuri was standing next to me with a nervous smile on her face. The morning classes were held as in any normal high school. My classmates were the same age as me, but it was different for the afternoon classes. We were split into groups by the principle according to what attribute we had. Sayuri was a year younger than me. There were three more people with us. Fujinomiya Ohta who we had met at lunchbreak and who was a year above me. Another guy who I remembered being in the same year as me. He had his curly, orange hair in a bun. His sides were shaved. He was taller than me but shorter than Ohta. The thing that was standing out the most were his big, dark circles under his eyes.Bookmark here

“Is it just me, or is that boy sleeping while standing?”Bookmark here

Sayuri grabbed me by my sleeve. Bookmark here

“Yeah, I think he is.”Bookmark here

The last person was a girl who was standing next to the sleeping guy. I think she was as tall as me. Her long, light brown hair was reaching her hips. You could see that she had some highlights. A light blue hairband was keeping her hair out of her face. Her dark green eyes were fixated on the guy next to her and without hesitation she punched him in the stomach. Ohta got startled and started shaking out of fear, but the sleeping guy casually opened his dark brown eyes. He yawned and closed his eyes again. The door opened and closed. Our teacher with two other guys had arrived. He was walking towards the centre of the room when he tripped over a school bag. Everyone kept quiet. He slowly got back up again and looked around. Bookmark here

“Whose bag is this?”Bookmark here

“Oh, it’s mine.”Bookmark here

The sleeping guy had finally awoken from his slumber. Bookmark here

“What’s your name?”Bookmark here

“Akiyama Haruto.”Bookmark here

“Akiyama, what is your school bag doing here and why is it on the floor?” Bookmark here

The teacher’s voice was calm.Bookmark here

“I forgot it there. But how could you not see it? Are you blind?”Bookmark here

Everyone flinched after he asked that question, except for me. I had no idea what was going on. Bookmark here

“I am so sorry.”Bookmark here

The girl screamed out loud and punched the guy again. Bookmark here

“It’s fine. Get in line and we’ll start our class.”Bookmark here

As we were walking across the room, Sayuri grabbed my sleeve again but this time more aggressively. I turned around and saw something disturbing. The sleepy guy was getting drowned in a bucket full of water. The culprit was the girl. Bookmark here

“Shouldn’t we do something?”Bookmark here

Ohta kept glancing over at the teacher, but he didn’t seem to be too bothered by the scene.Bookmark here

“I don’t know but where the hell did the bucket come from?”Bookmark here

I told Ohta and Sayuri to ignore them and to get in line before we got into trouble. After the girl was satisfied, she and the sleepy guy joined us. Water was dripping from his hair and on to his clothes. Two other guys were standing next to the teacher. I was surprised to see that one of them was Yu. Bookmark here

“My name is Yabumi Yasahino. I’m your teacher for your afternoon classes. These two will be joining me.” Bookmark here

He pointed at Yu and the other guy.Bookmark here

“Name’s Fujinomiya Yu.”Bookmark here

We were all waiting for the other guy to introduce himself, but he wasn’t saying anything. He had straight, dark purple hair and the sides were faded. His dark grey eyes were directed to the floor and his ears were covered by white headphones. He was taller than most of us. His mouth opened and closed but no words were spoken. Bookmark here

“Oi, speak up. They can’t hear you.”Bookmark here

It was Yu who told him off. Bookmark here

“Shiraishi Akihiko.”Bookmark here

It was a whisper that we could barely make out. After that, it was our turn to introduce ourselves. The other girl’s name was Maeda Nina. The teacher explained that today’s class was all about observation. We were told to call out our attributes but when it was my time, nothing happened again. Bookmark here

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