Story 1. I Don't Like Zombies
Prompt #2: Keep out of direct sunlight
Disclaimer: The puppets don't belong to me but they like to play.
It had started out innocent enough. Shinagawa and Adachi were sitting in the booth of Gos Burger, waiting for their order to be called, when suddenly the rest of the student council had come into the restaurant saying that a new student was joining Class 1-A.
Much to Shinagawa's discomfort, the details on the new student stopped just as Chiba, Himeji, and Izumi started looking back and forth between Adachi and himself.
"What is going on here?" asked Himeji.
Chiba looked red, and just as uncomfortable Shinagawa, "M-maybe the news about the new student can wait until tomorrow?"
But Izumi, always the one to smirk first, had to say, "This is a date huh?"
Adachi looked at Izumi confused, "Why would I date this guy? We both skipped lunch and decided to stop here before getting home."
Shinagawa felt his heart stop. Why, when, how on earth was he ever going to get Adachi to say that she liked him? If she really didn't, then her actions were confusing as hell to him.
"Th-that's it," he was able to grumble.
Of course, that didn't stop Izumi from grinning, laughing or saying things like, "Yeah," "Uh-huh," and going "Whooo," as Himeji started lecturing Shinagawa about getting ideas above his place.
Chiba, thank the gods, finally got the other two to shut up as they all squeezed into the booth.
"All right, so the new student is rumored to be from England."
"Wow, England!?" exclaimed Adachi, excited by the prospect.
"So what's the problem?" asked Shinagawa.
Izumi smirked, "Just look at this picture."
He laid the picture in the middle of the table so all could see.
The Polaroid focused on what should have been the new freshman, but instead of his face, there was a large flash of white.
"He supposedly has very white skin and black eyes. Rumor has it," continued Chiba, "That he's very popular with the girls. Also, at least one girl that went out with him at his old school disappeared."
"Well in short, people think he's... a vampire."
"A vampire?" repeated Himeji.
"What's a vampire?" asked Adachi.
Izumi rolled his eyes. "How can you not know what a vampire is? You only play enough video games."
"The games I play have ninjas, samurais, or zombies."
"Then he's a zombie Adachi, an undead," said Shinagawa putting an end to the subject.
"But if he's a vampire," Shinagawa shot Himeji a look, "I mean, zombie, then how does he go to school? The sun is out."
"Sunscreen?" suggested Chiba.
"Well then," started Adachi, "He's obviously a special student, and as such we have to welcome him and make the rules clear. No disappearing students here at this school thank you very much."
"So we...?" started Shinagawa.
"We go to his house of course!"
Adachi got that wild, excited look in her eye then, until...
"Now," she adjusted her glasses, "Where does he live?"
Fortunately Chiba knew where.
The sun was already setting as they reached the house.
"We'll knock on the door and ask to see him. What's his name again Chiba-kun?"
"Umm... Alec Hardwicke."
Adachi read over Chiba's shoulder. "Areku Harudowiku?"
"Don't you do your English homework Adachi?" asked Izumi.
"Let's just go inside," said Shinagawa as he rang the bell.
They stood fidgeting on the doorstep, waiting for someone to answer.
Shinagawa noticed the sun had finally disappeared over the horizon when the door opened.
A Japanese woman wearing a black dress answered. Her hair was pulled back to a ponytail at the base of her neck with an elaborate metal clip. Her fingernails were manicured neatly. She looked more like a model than your ordinary Japanese housewife.
"Oh hello. So many lovely high school students on my door step. How may I help you?"
"Is Alec-kun here? We're members of the student council at the school he'll be starting at tomorrow," Chiba said.
"He is. Let me see if he's feeling up to meeting you lot. He's awfully shy."
"All right," replied Adachi.
Shinagawa was getting nervous now, a stylish formal mommy and a boy with a ladies-man reputation? How on earth did these people gravitate toward his school?
He came out alone and closed the front door behind him.
The young man was about Chiba's height. His dark hair was purposely messy and his face was nice enough, though it held something feminine about it. It was probably the eyebrows; they were too neat though thick. He wore designer jeans, a shirt and a black hooded sweater.
"So, you guys are the student council?" He said it as if he was extremely bored.
"We're just here to give you the basic rules and idea of what school is like," started Chiba.
"And we want to make clear that we won't put up with your vampire ladies-man ways!" added Himeji.
"Well you're a pretty one," Alec's head tilted to one side, an eyebrow raised.
"At this school we treat girls with respect," stated Izumi, his fist raised.
"Oh, another girl," said Alec as he caught a glimpse of Adachi.
Shinagawa steadied himself as Alec approached Adachi.
"Megane-chan could do though with putting her hair down," he pulled out the ties on her braids.
Shinagawa saw the glint in Adachi's eye and took a step back.
"Sorry," started Adachi, "I don't like zombies!!"
No one tried to interfere as Adachi's fist connected with Alec's nose.
"Oh no!" Adachi turned to Shinagawa, "I didn't mean to get mad b-but he was pulling out my braids and I- I couldn't stop myself..."
"It's okay. They're your braids," said Shinagawa as he tried consoling Adachi, "But maybe also..."
Everyone's heads turned as a huge growl broke the silence that had engulfed everyone else after the punch.
"You're hungry," he finished.
The front door of the Hardwicke house opened.
"Oh my! I saw Alec was at it again. I keep telling him to keep his hands to himself. He gets it from his father you know. The last girl he touched I had to bribe with a stay at our summer house in France." She finished that sentence with a lighthearted giggle.
Everyone just stared at Alec's mother.
"Now get cleaned up Alec and join everyone for dinner. Come in boys and girls."
In a matter of minutes everyone was feasting on the meat and vegetable stir-fry and getting second helpings.
"So Alec the vampire rumors were just because of your British background and your ladies-man reputation?"
"Yeah but I also have to stay out of direct sunlight. I was diagnosed with light sensitivity. I get a seat away from the windows and most of the teachers already said they'll pull down a shade or two."
"Oh..." said everyone except Adachi and Shinagawa who had their mouths full.
Chiba nudged Shinagawa, "How did she know to have all this food ready?"
"Because she's a vampire too?" whispered Himeji.
Everyone looked over at Alec, "She just cooks at lot because she spends all her time training to resist food. You guys just saved her 3 extra hours at the gym tomorrow."
Everyone leaned over to look at Alec's mother in the kitchen.
"I'd rather be a zombie than having to waste all my time to keep looking that good," said Adachi.
Shinagawa sighed, "You mean vampire..."
AN: All right. This is another little series for our favorite punk and glasses girl. If you're interested in seeing the prompt list, you can see it here (http:// magicbulletgirl. livejournal. com/ 100768. html#cutid2) take out the spaces, but basically it's a challenge I made up and hadn't gotten around to using it yet. All the prompts are based on t-shirts over at thinkgeek, hence the title. So I hope you liked the start of this new little series. I'm still figuring out the characters a bit, so it doesn't feel that I'm recycling material from the actual series. Please review!