Author's note: Hey there! I'm Kazumi! I'm not new to writing fanfiction, but this is my first time uploading one on this site. I really like Sukone Tei (even though she's become obscure and no one's uploaded a fic about her on her since 2016) and I wanted to write an interesting fic using her and try to develop her character in an interesting way. The main pairing is Tei/Len, but there might be more to come~. Also, I've thrown in some Japanese cultural elements here and there such as honorifics and mannerisms.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it!
Chapter 1: New Girl, New Town
My name is Sukone Tei. I'm 19 years old, and—hold on. Why am I narrating all this? Whatever. I was just a girl like any other—well, that's not true. Most people find me to be pretty odd or strange. I prefer the term quirky, or harmlessly eccentric.
I've kind of been a social outcast for the most part, but it's not my fault. People in my hometown just didn't get me. But, that's fine. I didn't want to get along with anyone anyways. I was more than happy to just bury my head in some book or tinker around with my computer. I was always interested in machines and I've been studying both Science and Engineering so I can become an engineer myself. I like tinkering with machines and other gadgets as a hobby, so why not get an occupation where I can do just that and get paid for it? Hehe, I'm so clever.
Okay, admittedly, I've never exactly been the nicest person in whole world. I'm very snarky and sarcastic—and, I love annoying people. I'm such a troll. Heh. Also, I'm known for having a short temper, but y'know whatever. It can't be that big of deal.
Something interesting had happened to me recently, though. Some girl named "Kasane Teto" had sent me an invite after she found a "troll" video I'd posted online. I'd posted a video with my singing online, pretending that I was a new "Vocaloid". I typically get blocked online by most people I interact with because apparently I'm such an obnoxious troll, so this was an interesting development.
Vocaloids were a bit of a sensation around these parts, but they're the biggest deal online and in a city known as "Future Towne" (known as Mirai Town, to some). They were considered high quality, professional singers. New ones were apparently hired every now and then, but not often. I really didn't understand the hype.
This Kasane girl invited me to come join her group called "Vippaloid" which is some kind of "UTAUloid" thing, apparently. I really don't know what either of those two things are, but it I guess I was about to find out.
Kasane-san had emailed me a ticket to board the train to Mirai Town where I could come meet her and her groupies.
I took a seat on the train and exhaled.
Originally, I wasn't interested in this at all, but my parents suggested that I ought to go check out; that it would be nice change of pace seeing as it's Summer and I have a long break before my engineering courses startup again. At first they were concerned as to where I could stay, until I reminded them that I could just stay with my older brother, Teiru.
My family was just a family of four, consisting of me, Teiru, and my parents. My family was pretty average for the most part. Mom and Dad share household and working responsibilities, while I study science and engineering in college and Teiru works (and lives) in Mirai Town doing… whatever it is he does for a living.
Mom and Dad are very kind and caring but my only gripe is that they're just so… so… normal. I'm quirky and Teiru… well, he's Teiru. He's kind of a goth but he's also very caring and kind. He's also a bit of a no-nonsense neat-freak. Ugh.
Back when we lived together, he always made sure I had done my fair share of chores and always saw right through the old "stuff all the clutter under the bed" and the "stuff all the blankets under the top cover of the bed" tricks. That kind of garbage always irritated the crap out of me. Like, geez, bro, lay off; you're not our parents.
Sometimes I wish he didn't care about me so much. He's intimidated and scared away any and every boy I've ever been interested in or has ever shown interest in me beyond being "just friends". I love romance, but I guess he just doesn't get it! He's too overprotective.
Something that was different about me and Teiru compared to our parents is that we don't look much like them. I mean, sure, we had their face shape and eye shape and all that stuff—but what makes us look different is that Teiru and I are both albino. I'm not kidding.
We were both very pale with red eyes and silver hair. I didn't care for the most part—I always thought I looked beautiful and I always liked my silver hair, but a lot of kids looked at me like I was a freak of nature or thought I was intimidating because of my red eyes. It was… hurtful.
Though, Teiru was always popular with the girls for his unique appearance and the guys were just indifferent to it. I, on the other hand, was looked at like I was weird. WE LOOKED EXACTLY THE SAME FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Geez, people made no sense sometimes.
I was called to my senses when the train intercom came on.
"Now arriving in Mirai Town. All bound for Mirai Town please exit here."
I grabbed my bags and exited the train, then stopped for a moment to take in the sights.
Mirai Town wasn't a town! It was a massive, sprawling metropolis! The city was made up of tall, futuristic buildings as far as the eye could see, and the people all dressed in unique and eccentric ways. There was no one style of dress!
I don't why, but I loved the city already. It felt more like home than home had ever been!
No wonder Teiru moved here… this place seems wonderful! I thought to myself.
I ran over to the staircase and excitedly made my way down from the train station. I couldn't wait to explore every piece of this city! I was so excited that I couldn't stop smiling!
When I reached the bottom of the stairs, I was greeted by a girl with curly red twin-tails and a huge grin plastered on her face. She looked as if she was bottling up so much enthusiasm she could explode!
"Omigosh, hi!" She exclaimed with an excessive amount of exuberance. "Are you Sukone Tei? Are ya? Are ya? Huh? Huh? Huh?"
I was a bit skeptical. She seemed nice, but I wasn't about to just tell some random kid who I was. You never know who you can trust in big cities. For all I know she could be running some kind of scam under that sugary sweet persona. Or she could be part of some weird twin-drill gang. Actually, it's probably not that last one.
"Who wants to know?" I asked, raising a brow in suspicion.
"Uh, me! Duh. That's why I asked!" She exclaimed, clearly not understanding my question.
I rolled my eyes and shook my head. But, her reaction was a positive to me. It tells me that she's probably not some kind of scammer.
"I mean, who are you? What's your name?" I said.
"Oh…! I'm Kasane Teto! Nice to meet you!" She said, breaking into an even bigger grin than before.
Well, I sure felt like a jerk. I felt badly for being so standoffish toward Kasane-san; she seemed so genuine and nice. She was probably a social-butterfly, but that wasn't particularly a bad thing.
"Ah! Gomennasai, Kasane-san," I said, bowing in apology. "I'm Tei. Nice to meet you in person!"
"Pshhh. No worries, Sukone-san! I can tell we're gonna be great friends—and you can just call me Teto or Teto-chan! That's what all my friends call me!" She said.
I was a bit taken aback. Usually I just referred to people by their last name until I've gotten to know them and feel comfortable enough to call them by their first name. But, since Teto-chan insisted, then I guess I'll just call her Teto-chan.
"Okay, then, Teto-chan. In that case, you can just call me by first name, too," I said, giving her a smile.
"Alrighty then, Tei-chan!" She chirped.
I'm wasn't sure why, but I liked Teto already. She seemed like a really nice girl and I was looking forward to getting to know her better. It seemed like she didn't have a mean bone in her body. I don't think I've ever met someone as pleasant as her.
First things first, I needed to let Teiru here since he was so concerned about me coming here all by myself. Pshh. Please, I know how to handle myself. Seeing as Mama was formerly part of law enforcement, I know all about self-defense. She'd taught me plenty of fighting skills in case I'd ever need them.
I pulled out my phone and called his number.
"Hello?" He said, answering the phone.
"Pardon me for a minute, Teto-chan," I whispered to Teto.
"Moshi moshi, Teiru. Haha. I just wanted to let you know that I have safely arrived in Mirai town and—get this: no incidents! I bet you can't believe it," I said.
"Oh, I wasn't concerned about you. I was more concerned for anyone stupid enough to mess with you, you crazy kid," he teased.
Teiru and I had an inside joke that I was insane, or at least a little crazy. Why do we have that joke? I dunno. I can't remember where it started nor where it came from.
"Oh, haha. Very funny," I said. "Listen, I'll probably be there soon. Depends on if Teto-chan has any plans for me. Is that cool with you?"
"Er, well, there is a slight problem. I haven't finished cleaning yet, and your room still isn't ready." Teiru let out a sigh. "I'm really sorry. I should've let you know sooner. I'll see if I can get things ready by tonight, but if I can't, you may have to make other plans."
My face wrenched in irritation. He'd told me a week ago he'd have his place ready for me by today. That good for nothing little sh—
"Tei-chan, what's wrong?" Teto whispered, probably taking notice of my irritated look.
"I was supposed to stay with my brother, but he doesn't have things ready for me yet. Now I've got to make other plans," I explained, covering the phone's mic.
"Ooh! You can stay with me at the UTAU mansion! I was gonna have you come over anyways," Teto exclaimed.
"Really?" I said.
"Of course!" She said. "That's where most of us UTAU stay anyways, unless we have other living arrangements. It's convenient for lots of people since finding good living space in such a big city can be really difficult."
"Thank you so much, Teto-chan!" I exclaimed, beginning to grin from ear to ear.
I held the phone back up to my face.
"Teiru, don't worry; I've got a plan worked out! Teto says she'll let me stay at the UTAU mansion," I said.
"Oh, thank goodness," Teiru said, relieved. "I'm sure you'll really like it. Kasane-san is a very nice girl and I'm sure she's probably got a plan in mind for you."
"Great!" I said. "Bye. Love you, bro."
"Ready? Let's go!" Teto exclaimed, pulling me away before I could give her an answer.