Chapter 1:

What it means to be human?

Odd One

The sound of an alarm ringing made me slowly open up my eyes. The slight shine of the sun's rays shining through my room made me open my eyes a bit more.Bookmark here

"It's too early..." Bookmark here

I immediately turned off the alarm and covered the top of my head once more to get some more time to rest, but immediately as I was starting to fall back asleep, the sudden sound of my door opening made me heave a sigh.Bookmark here

"It's morning, brother"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

The simple act of pretending to be asleep was the best course of action for me. I couldn't let her know that I was already awake.Bookmark here

"I know that you're awake"Bookmark here

"How does she know that?"Bookmark here

I continued acting as if i was asleep and at times, I would force out a snore on my end to make it even more believable and just when I thought I had managed to fool her, both my covers and blankets were pulled away from me.Bookmark here

"If you don't get up this moment, you won't get breakfast"Bookmark here

"Can you not be so mean to your brother this early in the morning?"Bookmark here

"I have to, because if I don't, you won't be able to make it for your first day of the new school year"Bookmark here

"It's just a simple introduction and what not. It's not something important"Bookmark here

"But if you don't go, you won't have the opportunity to meet new people and create a bond with them"Bookmark here

"... I'll be down in a bit"Bookmark here

"Ok, hurry up"Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah"Bookmark here

Once my little sister, Miyashita Ayame left the room, I slowly pushed myself out of bed, stifled out a yawn and looked over at my uniform that was hanging over my chair.Bookmark here

"Bonds... huh? If only she knew... That such things aren't really real"Bookmark here

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Once I had changed into my school uniform, I made my way downstairs and noticed that she had already prepared everything and that it had already been placed on the table for us to simply eat.Bookmark here

"Thank you for the food"Bookmark here

"Did you wash your hands?"Bookmark here

"In the bathroom"Bookmark here

"Thank you"Bookmark here

Without skipping a beat, I picked up a relatively big piece of the food and gently placed it into my mouth.Bookmark here

"How is it, brother?"Bookmark here

"It's as good as always"Bookmark here

"Really? That's great to hear"Bookmark here

We continued making small talk all the while having our meal and as we were reaching the end of it, she glanced over at the clock and then back at me "Shouldn't you be going soon?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, but I should be able to make it even if I don't leave now"Bookmark here

"Once you finish, you'd better get going"Bookmark here

"I know. There's no need to tell me twice"Bookmark here

"Sometimes I do have to do that, you're somewhat forgetful"Bookmark here

"I'm forgetful of the things that I simply don't care about"Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah"Bookmark here

She dismissed my words with a simple wave of her hand and as soon as I finished with my food, she took the plates, washed hem and picked up her things "Let's get going"Bookmark here

"Yeah"Bookmark here

Upon exiting the house, the sun's rays were more than enough to make me want to head back inside and hide beneath my bedsheets, but just knowing that Ayame was with me impeded me from doing so at all.Bookmark here

As we both made our way down the street, I could see students not just from my school, but also my sister's school walking alongside their friends and small groups of students.Bookmark here

"What about your friends, Ayame?"Bookmark here

"I told them that I would meet up with them at the front of the school"Bookmark here

"I see"Bookmark here

We continued walking down the street and upon arriving at the section near her school, she suddenly started walking off and stopped in place for a bit "Bye, brother!"Bookmark here

"Take care"Bookmark here

With that, she bumped into her friends and the four of them headed off into the school with smiles on their faces.Bookmark here

"I'm glad that she has friends to be around with and ones that she can trust..."Bookmark here

A sigh escaped my mouth and as I made my way towards my own school, the sudden increase of students made me simply observe them.Bookmark here

"People really are fake... Fake smiles, fake stories, fake personalities, fake friendships"Bookmark here

I continued down the road and when I arrived at the school, the ceremony was already taking place, but seeing as how I didn't really need to be there, I simply decided to skip out on it and make my way towards the school board to find out my class for the school year.Bookmark here

"Class 2-A..."Bookmark here

With that in mind, I started making my way towards the classroom and with every step I took, the sound would resonate, and it would be heard even louder because of how silent the hallways were.Bookmark here

"If only they could be this empty every single day..."Bookmark here

Upon arriving at the classroom, I glanced at each one of the empty seats and searched for the best one. As I examined each one of them, there was only one seat I could consider the best one.Bookmark here

"The one at the very back and next to the window... That way I can doze off from how nice the wind feels and at the same time, the people at the very front can serve as a cover for me to sleep"Bookmark here

I quickly took the empty seat and simply heaved a sigh of relief accompanied by a sudden urge of simply skipping out on the entire first day of school.Bookmark here

"But if I do that... She'd find out and most likely scold me for doing so"Bookmark here

Seeing as how there was nothing else, I could do in the matter, I simply decided to stick through it and get by the day without causing any trouble for myself.Bookmark here

After around 30 minutes or so passed, the sound of the door opening caught my attention. Students started flooding the classroom and without skipping a beat, the sound of them talking to one another flooded my ears.Bookmark here

"It's cool that we get to chill in the same class again"
"Yeah, I know"
"Let's do something once we get out of school"Bookmark here

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"There's this cute store that I found the other day, we should go"
"You can count me in"Bookmark here

Just from those two conversations alone, i had already noticed the one thing that made humans fake.Bookmark here

"First of all, one of you guys isn't happy about the fact that you're in the same class as that guy since the both of you clashed at one point and things got heated. With the girls, the last one inviting herself to the outing was more than enough to get the first one to make a sour expression"Bookmark here

"Why can't people just be themselves and be liked by people who see them for who they are?"Bookmark here

"Alright everyone, get to your seats"Bookmark here

Everyone did as they were told and when our teacher, Yoshida Mitsuru stepped towards the podium, she glanced around the room almost as if she were looking for something and upon her gaze landing on me, she let out a small smile of sorts.Bookmark here

I returned the smile with a simple nod and looked the other way "She really has her eye on me..."Bookmark here

She turned back over to the rest of the class and without giving a warning of sorts, a single question popped out from her mouth.Bookmark here

"What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'Human'?"Bookmark here

That question alone was more than enough to get quite a few curious gazes, some of them were confused about the question, but for me, I could understand what she was trying to do.Bookmark here

"Does anyone have an answer?"Bookmark here

She glanced around the room almost as if she was waiting for an answer from anyone, but in my eyes, it was obvious for who she was waiting for.Bookmark here

"I guess I'll take the bait"Bookmark here

I slowly lifted my hand and almost on cue, she pointed over at me and called out to me "Makoto?"Bookmark here

"The word 'Human' is simply the name given to the species of Homo-Sapiens that has grown and evolved throughout the years to grow into what it is today, in the present"Bookmark here

"Correct, but that's not the answer that I'm looking for"Bookmark here

"Then... What would it be?"Bookmark here

"Of course, in a definition point of view, that would be the correct answer, but what I'm looking for is... What does the word 'Human' mean to you?"Bookmark here

"... Is any answer acceptable?"Bookmark here

"It is your own definition, so it cannot be wrong"Bookmark here

"Then..." I could feel everyone's gazes on me and that alone was more than enough to make me want to sit down and become one with the background once more "For me, the word 'Human' is simply a virus that both creates life and takes the life of its own species without a care in the world"Bookmark here

"Can you elaborate on it more?"Bookmark here

"If a person were to fall and hit the ground, we help them out, but at the same time, deep down, we feel the urge to laugh and criticize them for what happened. Human's simply wear a mask that covers up their thoughts and at one point... That mask will either fall off revealing the truth or become one with the person and will never be taken off regardless of how much they don't want it"Bookmark here

"Interesting..."Bookmark here

She simply gave me those words and glanced to the other side of the room "Katsumi?"Bookmark here

"I don't agree with everything that Makoto said"Bookmark here

I looked over to the girl in question and sighed "Of course, I knew that this was going to happen"Bookmark here

"Why is that?"Bookmark here

"Sure, there are those who laugh at someone falling, but I believe that with some hard work and education, a person can change who they are from deep in their core and become even better people"Bookmark here

"For my definition of 'Human', I'd have to say that being human is having the will to want to become better and at the same time, the desire to want to change others for the right reasons and create an even future for themselves and others"Bookmark here

"Thank you, Katsumi, Makoto. Those were two very distinct answers, but at the same time, very interesting"Bookmark here

With that, Katsumi sat back down on her chair and paid close attention to the words that Miss Mitsuru was saying. But for me, that wasn't the case, I found myself staring at Katsumi for a whole minute and in that span of time, a single thought crossed my mind.Bookmark here

"We really are polar opposites... I'm glad that I don't get to interact with her" Bookmark here

The answer I had given was only a portion of what I really wanted to say. There were plenty other things I wanted to say. Such as the fact that people simply followed the rules of society, pushed others aside for their own sense of enjoyment, they'd take advantage of others for their own personal gain, they'd use multiple personas to fit in and some wouldn't even be able to be themselves because of the fear of being pushed aside.Bookmark here

In conclusion.... Humans are scum. Humans are rotten. Humans are Sin's incarnates. -By Miyashita Makoto.Bookmark here

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