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Act I - Mystery
Chapter 1 – Just another Day
“Hey! Are you listening Byaku?” Says the familiar voice. I look up at the girl standing before me, as I hear the line I know all too well. “Not really” I reply, looking down at my laptop again. I hear the familiar “Tch…” as she turns away and sulks, trying to guilt trip me into listening. A trick that may have worked the first few times, but wore out very quickly.
While she seemed to be your typical 16-year old, Christen Kaede was at the top of her class, scoring mainly A’s and the occasional B. She was also quite the pretty girl, with her long, black hair, sparkling amber eyes and large figure. “All right, all right, go on. I’m listening.” She turned back to me, narrowing her eyes slightly as she normally did, trying to see if I was actually going to listen or drift back to my work when she wasn’t looking, as I sometimes did. “Just to make sure you’re telling me the truth…” She reached over and closed my laptop. I looked at her and raised my eyebrow. She smiled slightly and sat down her bed, taking out her phone and headphones.
After putting on some music, she sighed and continued. “Well, like I was saying, there’s a new transfer student coming to Nexus tomorrow”. “A new student, huh?” I said in my usual calm tone. Oh, by the way, my name is Byakuran Shirayuri, a 15 year-old, male second year student at Nexus Academy. I have white hair with a blue streak on the right, sapphire blue eyes and a very slim figure. Back to the topic at hand, I found myself unsurprised at the transfer student, since Nexus was an internationally renowned Academy, and had been for the past 12 years.
Staring into space again, I see” said Christen, her ambient amber eyes glancing at me from the bed. I looked at her questioningly. She smiled once again. “Oh, don’t give me that look” she said jokingly. As I turned around to re-open my laptop, I heard a knock at the door. “Come in” I said. Christen sat upright as the door opened to reveal a teacher in the hall. ”Salutations ma’am” Christen and I said at the same time. “Salutations, you two. Lights out in 15 minutes” she said politely. “Yes ma’am” we replied. She bowed slightly and closed the door. Nexus Private Academy has really strict protocols when it comes to lights out. Ah, and in case you were wondering, Christen and I shared a room. We were the leaders of the disciplinary committee. We ensure people followed the rules, as well as stayed within the dormitories during the night. “Well, let’s round them up” said Christen. “Roger that” I replied, turning on the mic. “Attention all students, lights out in 25. Please ensure you are within your respective quarters before lockdown. Thank you.”
I turned off the mic and went to the bathroom to get changed. As I came out, the first thing I noticed is that Christen wasn’t on her bed anymore. I suddenly felt a light pressure on my back. “Christen, you know my answer.” I said in an even yet slightly annoyed tone. “Aww, your no fun” she said quietly. I sighed. She tried this almost every night, and every time my answer was the same. “You know my reason.” But she just gave a soft laugh at that and said “Well, once in a while won’t hurt.” I sighed. “My back is fine, I don’t need a massage. Remember what happened last time?” The first and last time I let christen massage my back after a long day resulted with me unable to move for a week. Sometimes the girl didn’t know the strength that came with her large physique, especially since she trained every day after school. “That was so not my fault…” she said, sulking again. “Well then, I’m gonna hit the hay. Night partner.” And with that, she got into her bed and was asleep within a few minutes. I got into my bed and fell asleep almost instantly after turning off the lamp.
Chapter 2 – Transfer Student
As we entered the school building the next day, I noticed that most of the hallways were quiet. Something’s wrong here I thought. Where is everyone? “Excuse me” I said to a girl passing by “Do you know where all the students are?” “Oh, they’re greeting the new transfer student in class C-7” she said. “Thanks.” I replied, and she continued down the hall.
When we got there, a whole bunch of people were gathered around one of the desks. Sitting at the desk was a girl with long raven hair, ice-like blue eyes, a slim figure and the school uniform for females, which was a plain white shirt and a miniskirt or pants. For males, it was a white shirt and long or short pants. Normally, I wouldn’t pay attention to these details, but I fell in love at first sight. She looked very shy, so I cleared my throat, and suddenly the smiles dropped. Everyone turned to look at me some with widened eyes. “Alright, back to your classes, now” I said sternly. “Those of you who still want to greet her, do it within lunch break or after school. Disperse.”
The students did as they were told, and those who gave me a sulky look were met with a death stare. That was my way of keeping control, and it seemed to work pretty well, as they moved quickly after looking at my eyes. “Sorry about that, miss” I said to the girl. My name is Byakuran Shirayuri, but everyone calls me Byaku. A pleasure.” She smiled slightly at that, and stood up to shake hands with me. “Sakura Bellthorne. And the pleasure is all mine, Byakuran-sama”. I laughed a little at the “sama” part. “No need for Sama, miss Sakura. We’re all family here, even if some students don’t appreciate it.” “I see” she said, giving me the once-over with her eyes. “Would you mind giving me a tour of the grounds after hours? I want to get the layout before I end up getting lost.” Just as she said that, the bell rang, signalling the start of classes. “Ah, that’s my queue. I’ll meet you in the cafeteria after school” I said, turning to leave. “I look forward to it” came the reply. Although what happened next changed my life in a way I will never forget.
Chapter 3 - First Encounter
The bell rang to signify the end of the final period. As I left the classroom, heading for the cafeteria where I was supposed to meet Sakura-san, a strange chill went down my back. I knew this feeling: I was being watched. I looked around me casually, and I spotted a small girl with purple hair – probably hair dye - watching me from a distance. Her blue eyes were centred on me, a slight grin on her face. I narrowed my eyes slightly and approached her, putting up a fake smile. “I don’t believe we’ve met, miss. And to what do I owe the pleasure?” She only widened her smile a bit, and I noticed her eyes were beginning to change colour – to blood like red. She leaned forward and placed a hand on my stomach. I felt a chill go down my spine, and my head began to warm up. “What the hell did you do to me?” I whispered in her ear. “Tell me where she is and I’ll make it less… severe” she replied. She? I was beginning to lose my strength. “You mean Sakura?” The girl gave a slight nod. “She’s in the cafe…ter…ia… I mumbled those last words. The girl, seeming satisfied, put a hand on my forehead. All my strength left me. My knees buckled, and I fell unconscious to the floor.
When I opened my eyes about an hour later, the first thing I saw were the surprised faces of students. One of them shouted “Somebody fetch Kaede-sama! He’s waking up!” I recognised that voice as Sakura. I heard footsteps approaching and Christen came charging down the hall, the health teacher hot on her heels. “Everybody, get back!” shouted the teacher. They did as they were told, and Christen ran to my side immediately. “Byaku! Are you okay?” She asked franticly looking me over for any injuries or bruises. “I’m… fine.” I said. I attempted to stand, though my efforts were in vain and I fell flat on the floor again. “Now, now, none of that.” Said the teacher. “Here, let me take your temperature.” The teacher inserted a thermometer inside my mouth. When he took the reading, he whistled. “47, 3 degrees…” He took a bottle of water out of his bag and offered it to me. I gladly accepted, finishing half the bottle. “Alright, back to work everyone. Byakuran-san will be fine. Dismissed” And with those words, the teacher left to usher the students back into their classes, while he ordered Kaede and Sakura to escort me to the dormitory.
On our way out, I saw that girl again. “You…” I said as we passed her. “What’s wrong, Byaku-kun?” asked Christen. “That’s the girl who did this to me, that’s what!” I said, raising my voice – something which does not happen often. Sakura turned to face the girl, her face becoming oddly calm. “So… you’re the Arcania”. The girl merely gave that devilish smile of hers and walked away.
As we got to the dormitories, Sakura closed the door behind us. “Damn it…” she said under her breath. “How could I be so careless…?” Christen and I looked at each other. I raised my eyebrow, and she shrugged. “Miss Bellthorne, what are you talking about?” She looked at me. “Later” She said quietly. “I’ll be taking my leave for now.” “Hey, wait a sec! You can’t just…“ Christen was cut off by a death stare from Sakura, which seemed to freeze her in place. “Later, miss Kaede. My patience is wearing thin as it is.” And with that, she closed the door.
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