A/N: (for people who skipped everything up till this point, I revived Dark Precure as the human Ibara in chapter 2, you can go read that or just bear with me) This chapter is based on the oral exam I had today. And also, I changed my writing format 'cause I think it fits better this way.
Chapter 16: An Emotional Oral Exam
Characters: Yuri T. Ibara T.
Summary: She still couldn't quite let go... but now it is different...
CAP LOCK: SHOUT
"Students numbered 26-30 please come up to the front now," the teacher called.
Today was the mid-term English oral exam for the high-school third years and Yuri was just called upon.
She walked to the front and slipped into the third seat while Ibara slipped into the second. (Cuz you know, they have the same last name and that's how student numbers are assigned in my school.)
"Alright, 5 minutes of preparation time, you may start now," the teacher announced as he pressed the timer.
Yuri scanned the question in her mind, if you could travel through space and time, and return to the past, where and when would you go to? Why?
A million words passed through her head. What would she give to travel back to that day? What would she give to just turn back time and earn herself that...
Ok, Yuri, focus, this is still an exam and you can't let the incident two years ago bother you anymore.
She started on the note sheet provided, "I would want to go back to..."
Great! Now that this exam invoked my regret again, I'll never get it out of my head, gotta deal with it later!
Her quick thinking immediately made up a fake story for her in the remaining 4 minutes.
"Time's up, pens down," the teacher said, "please go to the room as the paper on you desk instructed."
She stood up, exited the preparation room alongside the four other girls, walked down the corridor and entered the third room, greeted the teacher there and stood ready.
"Two minutes of presentation, you may start now," the teacher pressed the timer.
"If I could travel back in space and time, I want to..." Before she noticed it, a sob escaped her lips and a tear rolled down her right cheek.
"Tsukikage?" the teacher stopped the timer upon noticing something wrong with his student.
"I'm so sorry, something got into my eye," Yuri apologised and blinked her right eye continuously.
"Alright," the teacher sighed, "I'll let you start again, but there are no third chances!" He reset and restarted the timer.
Yuri started her presentation again, "If I could travel back in space and time, I would want to go back to when I was..."
"Hey." Ibara was waiting for her outside the rooms.
"What?" She mentally scolded herself when she realised how hostile it sounded, "Sorry, how did you do?"
"Pretty good," Ibara didn't seem to notice her sister's coldness, "Apparently I can speak English just fine when I'm not in front of you." She didn't forget to add a laugh after that.
"So it's my fault now?" Yuri retorted mischievously.
"And I also happened to get an easy question. What about you, what's your question?"
"Where and when would I go if I could travel back in time and space."
"Oh." Ibara paused in her steps, then continued a moment later to catch up, "Well, what did you talk about?"
"It's not like I can tell them about Cologne."
"Right. I'm sorry for that time."
Yuri looked at her in complete astonishment.
"I mean, not the felling sorry sorry... I was trying to say the apology sorry, because... UGH! You get the idea."
"It's alright, there's nothing you need to apologize about."
Silence fell between the sisters, neither of them wanted to tell each other what they were thinking.
"We can head home now, right?" Ibara asked after a while, "The exam ended already, so can we go home?"
"Sure... just give me a minute, I need the washroom."
"Okay..." Ibara replied as Yuri gave her her bag and walked to the toilet.
Ibara stood there for a while, the gears in her head turning. Then she deduced she needed to follow her sis.
She walked into the toilet and found one of the stalls locked, very quiet muffled cries sounding inside of it.
"You know, covering your mouth doesn't mean no one can hear you cry."
"You just love invading my privacy, don't you?"
"What are sisters for?" Ibara shrugged, then immediately cut to the chase, "The exam reminded you of what you wanted to let go, didn't it?"
"So what if it did?!" Yuri cried.
"Quit putting up a front!" Ibara yelled, "You think it's okay but it really isn't, if it is, you won't be crying here right now!"
"As you can see... hear, I'm letting it out right now! Why do you care anyway?!"
Ibara took a deep breath. I'm not going to put up with this!
"I'm right here, you know? I'm right here for you."
Yuri quieted down. Then after a few minutes, she slowly unlocked the door and headed out. She washed her hands and dried her tears in front of the mirror and said, "Don't worry, I'm fine now, don't worry. I just needed to let some emotions out."
"..." Ibara didn't know how to reply.
"But thanks for worrying," Yuri smiled.
"I'm here for you in father's place, you know? I'm here to do what sisters really do! You can tell me, okay?!"
"Next time, when I got triggered, I will," she replied without looking at her little sister.
"Better than nothing," Ibara shrugged back.
Yuri smiled to herself when they walked out of the washroom. Maybe the heavens had a reason when they reincarnated you...
End of Chapter 16