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Haruhi Suzumiya and the Sisters of Serenity

by Dizog

Chapter One - Out of Sorts

When I woke, my head felt like it had rolled to a slow stop after spending several hours tumbling in a clothes dryer. I felt weird, queasy, out of sorts. My sense of home eluded me.

I open my eyes, sat up in bed, and looked around. Everything seemed normal. Four walls, a ceiling, and a floor enclosed the bedroom I'd slept in for years. The stack of comic books on my desk matched the stack I remembered placing there last night.

The oak tree outside my window still sprouted green leaves. Behind that, gray clouds still formed a blanket of gloom over the outside world.

I checked the calendar hanging on the wall. A red circle surrounded the number representing today's date. My first day of school. My first day of High School, to be exact.

Maybe nerves caused this queasiness. Did I dread meeting new people at a new place? Was I afraid to open a new chapter in my life?

A nagging discomfort warned me that something wasn't right, but I couldn't place it. Had I been dreaming? Or was this a nightmare?

Three knocks rattled my door. "Hurry up, Kyon," a small girl's voice chirped. "It's time to get up and go to school. Rise and shine!"

"I know, sis. I know," I replied on auto-pilot. "I'm getting ready."

"You better get an early start, Kyon. You've got to climb that big ugly hill today. I have no idea why you decided on North High instead of Kamichi Academy up the street. If you ask me, it was a really dumb maneuver."

"I didn't have a lot of choice in the matter, sis. Tell you what. Why don't you get yourself ready — and mind your own business?"

"Grouch." Tiny footsteps scurried off down the hallway.

I showered, dressed, wolfed down breakfast, and rushed out the door to the transit station. After a short commute, I stepped off the train at the bottom of a big, ugly hill.