A woman in her early twenties walked into the auditorium, her long brown hair trailing behind her as she walked. Her large, expressive eyes looked over the crowd in front of her, smiling at the sight. She was wearing casual but classy clothes, a simple necklace around her neck and a golden ring on the fourth finger of her left hand.
But nobody in the crowd would have been able to see all that. The woman cleared her throat and all the blind faces turned up to her, listening intently for her next words.
"Hi, I'm Kagome Higurashi," she said, her voice confident and well-projected, "and I will be your new teacher this year."
She paused, sweeping another glance over the crowd in front of her. There were maybe five hundred people sitting in front of her, all between ten and twenty years old, it looked like. She smiled to herself and absently twisted the band she always wore, her thoughts drifting to Inuyasha for a few moments before she returned to her present situation.
"I was blind, like all of you, for quite a few years of my life," she began. "I won't get into my own story because it's the same one you all are living right now, but I will tell you that I'm excited to be here." She flashed a large smile at all of them, ignoring the fact that they wouldn't be able to see it. "I hope to become not only a teacher, but a guide and friend to all of you."
Applause radiated towards her and a voice said over the noise, "Are there any questions for Mrs. Higurashi?"
One of the children, an older girl, raised her hand. In her hand she held a number. Kagome noticed that all the children held slates with numbers; they were probably unique to each of the students to help early teachers that didn't yet know all their names. "Yes, number 15," she called out. The girl put down her sign.
"In your opinion, is blindness a handicap?" she asked, her gaze uncannily accurate as she watched Kagome, who smiled.
"What's your name?" she asked.
"Kim," was the reply.
"Then, no, Kim," Kagome answered. "It is not at all a handicap. Blindness is a gift that teaches us to see further than most people can."
Kimberly smiled and more applause rang through the auditorium. Everyone was certain that this new teacher, this Mrs. Higurashi, would be wonderful.
Author's Note: And there you have it. I hope you guys are happy
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