Chapter 44:

Volume 2, Chapter 15-2: Back To Normalcy

Heroes of the Past

“That should be it. Time for classes. Wonder what we’re learning today?” Ichizen said in an excited voice.Bookmark here

I sighed and followed him to the next class. I still couldn’t fathom how we evaded punishment after that. I noticed Chihiro and Yuka already in class. Oh yes! I didn’t have to be stuck with Ichizen anymore.Bookmark here

“Yuki, you seemed tired. Are you feeling any better?” Yuka asked, taking out her notebook.Bookmark here

“Uh, something did wake me up. I don’t know exactly if it helped or not,” I replied.Bookmark here

“Oh, oh! I know what you’re talking about. Ichizen is really crazy sometimes. I never expected for him to be so aggressive,” Chihiro said, joining the conversation.Bookmark here

“I don’t know if that was a bad or good thing,” I muttered.Bookmark here

Was this all just a dream? It had to be since I wasn’t just observing like previous mind dives. When would it end though?Bookmark here

“Today we’ll have a surprise quiz! I hope you all studied,” the teacher announced.Bookmark here

Great, just my luck. I sighed, putting away everything. At least I had my calculator. That reassured me a little bit. When I received the quiz, I took a deep breath. If my knowledge carried over, I should ace it.Bookmark here

“You have twenty minutes. Remember, leave your answers in exact form,” the teacher reminded, writing down formulas on the board.Bookmark here

I stared at the piece of paper, finding the problems easy. Ten minutes still remained when I finished. I didn’t even have to use my calculator. So this was what happened when Tess taught someone. She made them better, a lot better. I flipped my quiz over, checking all the answers. Confirming they were correct, I raised my hand and handed it to the teacher.Bookmark here

“How surprising, Tomo. You usually take until the last minute,” the math teacher remarked, accepting my quiz.Bookmark here

I ignored his derogatory comment, staring at the whiteboard until time was up. Chihiro and Yuka stared at me with both confusion and awe.Bookmark here

“Whoa, Yuki, you were really fast. How did you do it?” Chihiro asked.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I’m surprised too,” Yuka agreed, nodding her head.Bookmark here

Ichizen gave me a thumbs up but he was the last person I wanted praise from right now. I didn’t even pay attention as the teacher lectured. Tess already went through most of it already. Was this what Kisai and Shan experienced? If so, it was a nice feeling not having to take notes. When class ended, Yuka and Chihiro gave me surprised looks again.Bookmark here

“What’s wrong?” I asked.Bookmark here

“You didn’t take notes. Are you sure everything’s okay?” Yuka asked.Bookmark here

“I’m fine. I knew the material pretty well,” I answered, watching their reactions.Bookmark here

Yuka, Chihiro, and Ichizen huddled up together. Hmm, what was my next class again? Oh, that’s right, it was art class. I checked my phone, seeing three minutes of passing period left. I better hurry. The room was on the third floor and there were usually crowds blocking the way.Bookmark here

“Sorry guys. I have to get to class. I’ll see you later,” I said.Bookmark here

“Hey, Yuki, we don’t have sixth period today!” Ichizen shouted.Bookmark here

“Wait, what? Really?” I asked, surprised by the news.Bookmark here

“Don’t you remember? The five male idols were suppose to perform, but that’s out of the question now,” Ichizen revealed.Bookmark here

“Did you do it on purpose?” I asked, looking at Ichizen with suspicion.Bookmark here

“No, they defiled my bread. I could never forgive that. No one messes with my sandwiches,” Ichizen declared.Bookmark here

“We still have an assembly though so let’s go. I wish I could skip, but we already spent too much time talking already,” Chihiro said.Bookmark here

We walked to the auditorium, finding seats in the back. The lights dimmed and the principal walked up onto the stage. She was in her mid-forties, wearing a beige suit. Clearing her throat, she swept the audience with her eyes. Adjusting the microphone, she finally spoke.Bookmark here

“We were suppose to have a performance today, but due to an unfortunate incident, it has been canceled. Instead, we’ll have some speeches by our student council,” the principal announced.Bookmark here

No one clapped, showing no noticeable excitement. I didn’t remember the atmosphere being this bad. After listening to several long and drawn out speeches, it was finally over. Walking out the door, I caught sight of someone with a different school badge.Bookmark here

“Yuki, something wrong?” Yuka asked, noticing my stare.Bookmark here

“I saw someone from a different school. Their badge looked familiar,” I replied.Bookmark here

“People come here for the idols. It’s not too surprising. Let’s just go home. I’m sure you want to rest,” Yuka said.Bookmark here

Yeah, that was a good idea. After everything I saw, this was a good day to just go home and sleep. Maybe when I woke up, I would feel better.Bookmark here

“Tomo, Tomo! We’re done with the tests now. You can wake up,” Emily said.Bookmark here

I stumbled out of the pod machine. Emily caught me before I dropped to the floor. She pulled a chair over, guiding me to it.Bookmark here

“Any pain?” Emily asked, handing me a glass of water.Bookmark here

“Just a little headache,” I replied.Bookmark here

“That’s normal. I have to say, that was quite entertaining,” Emily smiled.Bookmark here

“What do you mean?” I asked, looking at her.Bookmark here

“Our new machine assembles your brain activity into a visual feed for us. I doubt you realized it, but you really exaggerated the original story, didn’t you?” Emily answered.Bookmark here

So they saw Ichizen avenging his sandwich. Emily was correct, although exaggerated, the sandwich incident derived from an actual real life event.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I did. It felt so right though, like it really happened that way,” I nodded, unsure why it became so twisted.Bookmark here

“I think I can explain,” Shane said, walking toward us.Bookmark here

He handed his wife papers. Tess, Kyoi, and Zhuyu followed behind him. Zhuyu had a small grin on his face, no doubt entertained by Ichizen’s actions.Bookmark here

“Your powers were gained during a tragic incident involving Michi. I can only speculate, but you might have been influenced your memories of him,” Shane explained.Bookmark here

“And that’s why he was like that in my memories?” I asked, putting the pieces together.Bookmark here

“Yes, based on the information Tess and the others provided, your friend was quite fond of heroes. If that was the case, your memories reflect that, resulting in such a skewed experience,” Shane continued on.Bookmark here

“I felt this sensation. It’s so similar to a mind dive but much more personal,” I tried explaining.Bookmark here

“Combined with your grimoire, it enhanced your memories which is why it felt so real. Your powers are still maturing, so I don’t have a definite explanation for everything just yet,” Shane replied, flipping through his papers.Bookmark here

I still couldn’t shake off the weird experience of seeing Ichizen, even if it was part of my memories. His actions still matched up with his personality, even if it was on the extreme side.Bookmark here

“Tomo, let’s head back for now. You have seen enough for today. Thanks for your time, Shane and Emily,” Tess decided.Bookmark here

Shane and Emily waved goodbye. We returned back to the building from before, changing back into our original clothes. Tess updated everyone on the situation. No one said anything to me when we returned, which I was fine with. It gave me time to think about what I experienced. When I got home, I laid on my bed, staring up at the ceiling. What a strange day. I turned over and placed my face into the pillow. There was just too much to think about. Time to sleep and worry about it another day.Bookmark here

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