The Conflicts of Haruhi Suzumiya

A Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic.

Disclaimer: Haruhi Suzumiya and all related characters have been created by Haruhi without her knowledge. Tanigawa Nagaru wrote it all down.

Summary: A familiar individual comes back. Is she an old foe, or a new friend? Spoilers for the first season/book, with hints of events in Vanishment.

Author's Notes:

I read another fanfic which featured the same person. I've read a few, in fact, but none of them had just the plot I wanted. This is inspired by that fic, though I don't remember which one it was any more.

More in the ending notes.

/ Another Duck

Prologue - One Girl

Some days I should really just stay home. The excitement brought into my life directly or indirectly by the individual known as Haruhi Suzumiya is far more than I want. I just want to have a normal life. Is that too much to ask? That is to say, I wouldn't want to give up the life I have, it's just that, well, sometimes it gets a bit much. And sometimes, it's downright scary. This morning is definitely included in that last category.

Haruhi was bored, as she often is, looking out the window from her seat in the classroom. The clock showed that the lesson should've begun at that moment, but Okabe, our teacher, was a little late. Not late by much, though, as he soon entered the room. He didn't seem to be in a hurry or stressed out either, which would be very natural for someone who fails to be punctual. Rather, he actually seemed a bit happy, or even excited. Sure, there was a reason to it, and I was just about to find out.

"Good morning, class! Today, I have an announcement to make. A student has transferred to our school, and it was decided she would join this class, due to her special circumstances."

A feeling of dread washed over me for some reason. A transfer student joined us due to special circumstances, and in the middle of a week at that; now I wonder what the girl behind me would think about that. Actually, it was fairly obvious. I cast a glance back to see Haruhi's reaction, and it was just as I had expected. Eyes wide open and focused on the door. Likewise, Okabe turned his attention to the door.

"Come in."

The door opened, and the silence in the classroom became even more pronounced than it used to be. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement. Terror would describe what I felt much, much more accurately. The person who walked in was none other than Ryoko Asakura. I would say alive and in the flesh, but I'm not sure that would be entirely correct. Unless this was the real Ryoko Asakura. That thought was quickly squished like a bug on the windscreen of a 747.

"Hello, everyone! It's so nice to see you again. How have you been?"

If that was not the same one as before, the one who got deleted, she sure seemed to have the same memories. I was still a little out of it at the time, but I remember that she spoke about how she had missed Japan, and that her parents allowed her to move back on her own.

I'm not an easily surprised person, at least not any more, so when she mentioned she didn't quite like the cold of the Canadian winter, I merely raised an eyebrow. She had disappeared, and by that I mean erased from existence, literally, before Nagato had created the cover story about Asakura moving to Canada in the first place. These Data Entities, or Interfaces was perhaps more correct to say, were probably aware of each other to a much greater extent than I had considered. I made a mental note to speak with Nagato about that.

Even if Okabe was excited, he couldn't let her speak forever and take up more class time, so he asked her to sit down. While there weren't many empty seats, she still chose the one she used to sit at. No one had taken that seat the entire time, which was strange now that I thought about it, despite several seating shuffles. Just before she sat down, she gave me a wink. Gah. She might've just thrown a dagger at me. I looked away, and class begun.

Author's Notes:

Thus ends the prologue. This is mainly just a teaser chapter for the story. It won't be half as long as my Avatar fic, but it probably won't be much shorter than that either, if things go as planned. That is, unless the characters get their own ideas. That tends to happen. Chapters will vary in size, but will be longer than this one.

I wanted to put Ryoko, Kyon, and Haruhi as the main characters, but that's not possible here on ficnet. Kyon is the narrator, so he's obviously in. Ryoko is the least popular out of these three, so her name can just stand to come up a little more, hence why she's in as well. Haruhi demanded to be in the title as compensation, as she's an equally important character. If you like the rest of the brigade to be very visible, this probably isn't the fanfic for you, even if they do show up.

Kyon's narration is making me crazy. His direct thoughts are in present tense, but his narration is in past tense. And there's nothing that differs them other than context. That's probably going to be the most common error in this fic.

/ Another Duck