Title: We all fall in love one day, Princess

Rating: K +

Summary: [Highschool AU] San literally bumps into Ashitaka, the new transferred student in Iron High. After such a rotten first encounter, things start up on an awkward base between the two, and San can't stand the boy's presence. But only fools don't change their minds.

Warnings: May contain some OOCness and a few crude words due to the context of the story.

Disclaimer: I do not own Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) and other characters used in this story. They are owned by Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. All the copyrights associated with Princess Mononoke and other Ghibli movies belong to them. No profit is being earned by the writer of this story.

This fanfiction was inspired by fanarts and fancomics seen on Pixiv and, featuring some of the Ghibli characters in Highschool and, for most of them, centering on San and Ashitaka. I thought it'd be fun to see where I could take this.

I'm not very comfortable with OCs, so I decided to use characters from other Ghibli movies as minor characters in this story. Not sure if I should post this in crossover, since it's more of a "Ghibli highschool AU centering on the Princess Mononoke cast" kind of fic. I'll change it if it bothers anyone, or at least, more than just one person.

Moro and her sons have human forms in this story to make things easier. I decided to name the brothers Ichi and Ni after reading Ceze ar Qoga's fanfic, 'Densetsu no Mononoke'. (You guys should read it, it's marvelous).

Before the story starts, I'd just like to specify that this follows the Japanese educational system. In Japan, school starts on April 1st, and not September, and is interrupted by the Summer holidays. I hope you will enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. The first chapter is told from San's point of view.


Chapter 1

Dammit, she was late. Again. San let out an annoyed groan. It was the first day of school after the summer holidays and she was already running late. Eboshi would surely take the chance too make a snarky remark about it. Oh, how she hated that woman. She hated her for constantly comparing her to a princess and calling her that. If she hadn't been a member of the teaching staff, San would have probably punched the living daylight out of the wench—or slit her throat, she'd have to meditate on which was best.

She took a hasty cold shower and got dressed as quickly as she could. In her constant running between her room and the bathroom, she nearly tripped. Twice. Ugh, today was not her day! Dressed, her usual jewelry and war-like facial paint on, San literally jumped down the stairs and rushed into the kitchen. Moro, who was sitting at the table, enjoying a cup of coffee in her bathrobe, lifted her head up as her daughter entered the kitchen.

"Mother! Why didn't you wake me up!" San wailed as she shoved the fridge open and grabbed her bento. Moro smirked at her daughter's urgency.

"Good morning to you too, San." She watched San as she thrusted some bred into the toaster.

"Mother, I'm serious! You should have woken me up!"

"Heh. You're big girl, aren't you? You should be able to wake up on your own by now." The woman answered simply, taking a sip of her coffee.

San didn't bother answering. She sticked the toast in her mouth and hurriedly flung her bento into her schoolbag. "Good bye, Mother. I'm leaving." She announced as she ran outside the kitchen.

"Have a nice day," Moro sang out still seated. "And say hello to that wench-teacher of yours." San couldn't help but grin at her mother's comment.

"I'll be sure to do so!"

One of her brothers, Ichi, was waiting for her outside. The other must've ran off, tired of waiting for his little sister.

"Well, you sure took your time." He said in annoyance. San grumbled an apology as he turned into his wolf form.

She jumped onto his back and they were off. As they ran towards the highschool, San realized that taking the regular road wasn't a good idea. She'd be late for sure. "Brother. Turn right. We're taking a shortcut." She told Ichi. He let out a small 'tch!' but obeyed nonetheless, leaping down a hill leading to a road further down. What San hadn't expected, however, was to have someone—and ridding an elk of all things—jump straight in her way. Before she could even do anything, it was already too late.

WHAM

San laid on the floor, clutching her head. She sat up and glared at the person she'd just ran into. It was a boy, about her age with slightly long brown hair—barely shorter than hers. The blow seemed to have done more damage to him than to her. His forehead had taken a bright red tint due to the hit, and he was still laying on the floor, holding his head, teeth clenched tightly. His red elk was leaning down towards him in what she guessed was worry. San stomped onto her feet and glared at him some more. The boy sat up and, letting out a pained groan, he finally looked up to her.

Stunning grey eyes That was the first thing she noticed. San suddenly felt a surge of furry flow through her body. She let out a wolf-like growl.

"YOU IDIOT! WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!" San felt a bit silly for what she said—or rather yelled. It was her fault. He had been taking the average road. She was the one who had barged onto him like a Jack-in-the-box. But she'd be damned if she ever admitted it. She felt oddly satisfied when she saw him flinch, confusion and surprise written all over his face.

He blinked at her. "S-sorry?" He let out, obviously unsure of what else to say.

San huffed at him and jumped back onto her brother, who was snickering at the scene. She'd just wasted some precious time. "Let's go." She ordered the wolf. And with that they were off, leaving the other sitting on the pavement. She just hoped she could still get to school on time.


San rushed into the classroom just as the bell rang. She couldn't believe she managed to get there on time.

"San!" Hearing her name, the girl turned her head to the side and saw a red-haired girl waving at her. San let out a relieved sigh.

"Nausicäa… So glad to see you again." Nausicäa was probably the only person San could call a friend. The wolf girl suspected it might have something to do with how comfortable the red-head was with animals. San was a bit of a wild girl, who acted more like a wolf than a human at some occasions. She was more at ease with animals than with humans, and that was probably why she felt so comfortable with Nausicäa. Just as she'd manage to tame her pet squirrel-fox, Teto—which she wasn't allowed to take to school, sadly—using only reassuring words and kindness, the red-head had managed to befriend the wild wolf girl no one dared talk to.

"Aaw~ So you missed me too?" The girl said in a slightly teasing tone. Both girls grinned at each other, silently showing just how happy they were to be reunited. "How was your summer?" Nausicäa asked eagerly.

"Too short!" San wailed. "Oh, and we visited the Yakushima forests." The wolf girl grinned as her friends face brightened in excitement.

"Really! Did you take pictures? Please tell me you took pictures. Do you have spare copies? Could you bring them? Please?" So much enthusiasm. San couldn't help but chuckle at her friend.

"Yes! Yes! Calm down! I'll bring you some copies as soon as I can–"

"Alright, everyone, take your seats." San's mood dropped considerably when she heard the seemingly calm voice cut their conversation. Eboshi… She hated that woman. She really did. Nonetheless, she obeyed and parted with her friend to sit at her desk in the second row. Eboshi noticed her and a smirk graced her features at the girl's presence.'Ah! I see you decided to grace us with your presence quite early this time, Princess Mononoke.' was what San half expected her to say. That or some snarky remark about her waking up early from her beauty sleep. However, Eboshi said nothing. She simply waited for everyone to be seated.

"Alright class, first of all, I'd like to welcome you all back," she said in that annoyingly kind tone of hers. "I hope you all had a splendid holiday, and took some good, well-earned rest. Now, today is going to be quite an eventful day, as we'll be accepting a transferred student."

San blinked at the news. A transferred student? Now? They'd already started school months ago, why come so late? She noted she wasn't the only one surprised, as whispers and mummers started filling the classroom.

"Everyone! Please, settle down," Eboshi let out making the low voices die out. "Now, he's come from quite far, so I'd like you all to give him a very warm welcome." He? So it was a guy, then. Eboshi turned towards the door. "You may come in now."

When the door slid open, San felt her heart skip a beat. It was him! It was the guy she ran into this morning. The one with the pretty eyes. She mentally slapped herself for that last thought. If she hadn't been so shocked to see him, she probably would have jumped off her seat and yelled out "IT'S YOU!", pointing an accusing finger at the boy. As he walked to the teacher's desk, giggles from a few girls could be heard. It only served to kick back San's irritability. She growled under her breath.

The boy bowed in front of the class. "Good morning. My name is Ashitaka Emishi. I am honored to meet you and hope we will be able to get along." San felt her eye twitch. This guy was way too polite. It unnerved her. The other students, however, seemed quite pleased. Especially the girls.

"Thank you very much, Ashitaka," Eboshi said once he was done. "You may take a seat." And she pointed out to the only empty seat in the classroom. Which was situated right at San's left. Only at that moment, did he notice her presence. Only at that moment, did she realize what her teacher had just said.

"WHAT?" San had jumped off her seat, startling everyone—except, of course, for the wench. Had she been less irritated, San would have probably felt embarrassed about her outburst. Eboshi sighed at the girl's reaction, with that particular exasperated tone she only used for San.

"Do you have something to say, Princess?" She said. San opened her mouth before closing it again, realizing she had indeed nothing to say. She couldn't possibly invoke what had happened on the way to school. She would make a complete fool out of herself if she did. So, without further to do, she slumped back onto her chair, muttering a small "Nothing." in response to her irritating teacher. Satisfied by San's behavior, Eboshi invited Ashitaka to take the empty seat next to the girl. He seemed a bit hesitant, but complied.

Through the whole hour, San refused to make any eye contact with the boy. Thankfully, he didn't try to talk to her—something which she was secretly grateful for. She did however notice, out of the corner of her eye, that he kept taking a few quick glances towards her from time to time.

As the bell rang, Eboshi had barely left the classroom, a herd of girls were already surrounding the new boy, flooding him with streams of questions.

"Where are you from?"

"Did you arrive here recently?"

"How do you like it here?"

"Do you need anyone to give you a tour around the school?"

San gritted her teeth. Annoying, they were all annoying. She just wished they'd shut up already. Why in the world were they all interested in him anyway? Sure he was new, but that was no reason to pounce on him like he was the latest pop star idol.

He does look quite handsome, though

San nearly chocked at her thought. What the hell? Where in the world did that come from! She decided she really didn't like this guy. Not one bit. Luckily, the English teacher, Mr Kusakabe, arrived relatively quickly, urging everyone to get to their seats.

Lunch arrived slowly for the girl and the first thing San wanted to do was run off to the roof to eat her bento. More girls had gathered around Ashitaka, much to her annoyance. She grabbed her bento and walked up to Nausicäa's desk.

"Nausicäa, would you mind eating lunch on the roof with me?" She let out quickly. The red-head blinked at her in mild surprise.

"Uh, sure, no problem."

San had always enjoyed eating lunch on the roof. Most people stayed in their classrooms for lunch, so it wasn't very crowded up there. It was a nice calm spot, perfect for enjoying a delicious bento. As much as she enjoyed the peace and quiet of the place, San preferred eating in Nausicäa's company. Although she'd never admit it, San was a relatively lonely person.

"Sooooo…" San turned towards her friend, snapping out of her thoughts, as they walked to the roof. "About the new guy, Ashitaka…" The brunette frowned at this.

"What about him?" She all but groaned. Nausicäa sent her a 'girl-you-know-what-I-mean' kind of look.

"Your reaction… It was kind of excessive." San felt her cheeks color up.

"Yeah, well, whatever. I don't like that guy, that's all." She didn't want to talk about it. Nausicäa, on the other hand, seemed inclined in getting more information.

"And may I ask why?" She asked in barely concealed amusement as they finally reached the top.

"Because." San blurted out before she could really stop herself.

"Because?" Nausicäa repeated with a smile.

"Because I just don't!" San pressed her back to the wall and let herself slid down into a sitting position, legs crossed, an irritated pout on her face. Nausicäa chuckled at her friends behavior and sat down next to her.

"Sorry San, I just wanted to know why you reacted like that," she said with a smile. "But if you're not comfortable with this, we can stop talking about it." San couldn't help but smile. Nausicäa was such a sweet person.

"It's okay. I'm sorry if I overreacted." Both girls smiled at one another. They were startled by the sound of the door to the roof being opened.

For the love of–Him again! Was he following her or something? San glared at Ashitaka as he closed the door behind him before pressing his back onto it and letting out an exhausted sigh. Obviously he hadn't noticed the girls' presence on the roof.

"Oh, well, look who's there!" San cringed at Nausicäa's cheerful exclamation. Did she really have to inform him of their being there? Ashitaka was clearly surprised to see he wasn't alone. "Running away from your groupies?"

The boy eased up and smiled at her. "Well, they were slightly invading."

"That just means they like you," she chirped back. Ashitaka chuckled at this and San felt the sudden urge to kick him in the face. "The name's Nausicäa, by the way."

"It's a pleasure to meet you." He bowed his head respectfully. Nausicäa couldn't help but grin at his politeness. San snorted, reminding the two of her presence.

"Oh, and this is San." The wolf girl's head spun towards her friend in outrage.

"Nausicäa!" She hissed.

"What? He seats next to you in class, he would've learned your name anyway." The red-head said a matter-of-factly. San mumbled under her breath.

"San." Both girls turned towards Ashitaka as they heard him speak. It was almost a whisper, as if he was tasting the name on his tongue. San felt something flutter in her guts at this. He smiled at her. "I'm sorry for what happened this morning and hope you can forgive me for it."

San felt a blush creep on her cheeks. Wh-why was she blushing? She huffed at him and spun her head towards the opposite direction. Nausicäa looked from her to the boy in confusion.

"Uh, excuse me. Could I get an update on what's going on here, please?" Ashitaka glanced at San, probably asking the girl for her consent, but she refused to look at him.

"We bumped into each other this morning." He answered simply.

"Really?" She let out. She frowned and turned towards her friend. "San, don't tell me this is why you're so angry against Ashitaka." San said nothing. Nausicäa sighed at her friend. She suddenly turned towards Ashitaka, flashing him a bright smile. "Would you like to join us?" San gave her another, unnoticed, outraged look. Ashitaka answered to her smile with one of his own.

"I'd very much like to, but I left my lunch in class."

"Oh, that's okay. I'll go get it for you!" With that, Nausicäa jumped to her feet, putting her bento down. Ashitaka was taken aback by her proposition.

"Ah, no it's fine. I can get it mysel–" He was cut by the red-head walking up behind him and pushing him towards San.

"No, no, I'll get it! I insist!" She made him sit at her spot next to her friend, making the later scoot away slightly. "You stay here. I'll be back real soon! You guys just get your differences sorted up." And with that she left, leaving a gaping San and an unsure Ashitaka behind.

A tense silence settled between the two as San refused to look at the boy sitting next to her, frowning angrily and munching on her food furiously. Why did he have to come here? Why did Nausicäa have to invite him to join them? Why did she have to go off and get his stupid lunch for him? Why did she have to leave them alone together? Oh, that girl. Sometimes San wondered what crossed her friend's head.

"San." She fought the urge to spin her head around remembering she had decided to ignore him. Why did Nausicäa have to tell him her name? "Are you really acting this way because of our encounter?" San ignored him. Keep chewing. Keep chewing. "I apologize." Again? Why did he keep doing that?

"I'm not angry at you for that." San immediately regretted saying that. Ugh, why did she have to speak without thinking first! Now he was going to get weird ideas.

"Then what are you angry about?" He asked after a few seconds, in a calm tone. San wanted to ignore him but apparently her impulsive side had decided otherwise.

"Nothing! I just don't like you!" She yelled back at him, facing him this time, bearing her teeth, overwhelmed with a furry she could barely comprehend. Ashitaka said nothing. He stared back at her silently, his features calm and soft. San found herself calming down as she looked into those amazing grey eyes. The two of them just sat there, staring at each other until San looked away. Why is he so calm…?

"Why shouldn't I be calm?" San's head snapped back at him in surprise.

"How did you…" She trailed off as the terrifying thought of him reading minds came tickling her imagination. He blinked at her and seemed to realize something.

"Oh, I'm sorry, you said that out loud." She did? And she didn't even realize it? San felt her cheeks coloring again. She looked away, not wanting him to see her blush—although she was pretty sure he saw it.

"Yeah, well, whatever!" She let out angrily. This guy was so annoying.

"I really wish we could start off on a new base." San felt her anger leave her suddenly. She looked back at the boy. He was looking straight ahead, toward the roof guardrail."Your friend, Nausicäa, seemed like a very kind person. And if you're friends with her," He turned back towards her, flashing her a sincere smile."–then you must be a very kind person as well." San felt her heart skip a beat again. He'd only just met her, in probably the worst way ever, she had spent most of the time trying to ignore him and growling at him, and he–he was sure she was a kind person. That was… so… sweet… She felt touched.

"Ashitaka…" She breathed out, all anger forgotten. Maybe… she should give him a chance. A sudden banging noise made them jump and a figure appeared unceremoniously on the roof.

"NAUSICÄA! Are you the–" The person stopped as they noticed the two others. San immediately recognized the brown-haired-aviator-hat–wearing boy.

"A-Asbel?" He was Nausicäa's boyfriend, one of the rare guys San actually spoke to\—though, he wasn't in their class. Asbel was a nice guy. A bit too cheerful sometimes—she suspected he was the reason why Nausicäa tended to be so lively from time to time. He blinked at her.

"Uh, hey San. I was just… looking for Nausicäa…" he seemed unsure. "Am I… bothering you two?" And for what seemed like the millionth time that day, San blushed.

"W-WHAT?" She stammered. Asbel took a step back at her outburst.

"Ah, sorry, sorry!" he said with a sheepish grin. "I'll leave you guys alone. It's great you finally managed to find yourself a boyfriend!" Boyfriend…? Boyfriend? Boyfriend?San lost any compassion she had towards Ashitaka.

"ARE YOU SERIOUS? YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY THINK THAT ME A–A–AND HIM–YOU–HE–I–" San was stammering and struggling with words. He thought they were... He thought they were... She snapped, cried out in furry—and maybe embarrassment?—and did the next thing her instinct dictated her to do: jump off the roof. She grabbed her bento, jumped to her feet, ran to the the guardrail and jumped over it… landing on a tree branch below and climbing down acrobatically, before bolting back to her classroom.

Things went downhill from there. San spent the rest of the day ignoring Ashitaka, and when she wasn't, she glared daggers at him, showing off her murderous intent. The atmosphere was so tense around the two, no one dared walk up to them. Poor Nausicäa felt completely guilty. It made San feel bad, but it wasn't enough to stop her anger. Him. And her. That was so ridiculous!

It could be nice, though…

Wh–No, it couldn't! She hated him!

But he's so sweet…

No, he's wasn't! She hated him!

But he seems to like you…

San let out a furious cry, scaring the wits out of everyone, before flipping her table in an animal-like rage fit. She got kicked out of class and stayed in the hallway, cursing and growling, for the rest of the hour. She hated him. She hated him more than she hated Gonza—the sports teacher—, more than she hated those idiotic girls cackling behind her back, more than she hated that stupid Eboshi-wench!

The last bell came out as a relief. She stormed out of the classroom, not even saying goodbye to her friend—she would call her later to apologize—and headed straight for the school entrance. She hoped at least one of her brothers would have the decency of waiting for her.

As she walked in front of the specially modified bike sheds—the school had to readapt them because some students came up there with all sorts of weird engines—, she noticed a familiar figure, standing under one of them. It was that red elk from this morning. 'Ashitaka's elk.' She thought. She hadn't realized she was walking towards it until just a few feet separated them. It stared at her and she stared back. She felt herself relax, just like during the lunch break on the roof, with Ashitaka. 'Apparently it's something they have in common.' She smiled at the thought.

"What are you doing?" San jumped. Wh-How had she not heard or even sensed anyone coming her way? Damn Ashitaka, polluting her mind. She turned and was relieved to see it was just her brothers.

"You guys… Don't sneak up on me like that!" The twins raised their eyebrow simultaneously before exchanging glances.

"San…" started Ichi. "We called you out at least four times before getting here…" San stared at him before her faced crunched into an embarrassed grimace.

"Whatever…" She grumbled.

"Isn't that the elk from this morning?" He said pointing at it.

"Ah, the one you two bumped into?" Ni inquired. "What is it doing here?"

"It's owner is probably a student here." His brother answered back.

"Can we just go home already!" San snapped at the mention of Ashitaka. It earned her questioning gazes from her two brothers. "I had a bad day." She said defensively.

"You didn't seem that troubled while you were staring at that elk." Ichi stated with a smirk.

"Eh, think she might have a crush on it's owner?" Ni suggested, smirking back at his brother. San felt all the anger she had built up that day boil back up into her.

"SHUT IT YOU TWO! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO CARRY ME HOME, THEN FINE! I'LL GO BACK ON MY OWN!" The twins jolted backwards at their sister's sudden burst of rage and irritation. If they weren't so used to those, they would've probably regretted teasing her. But they knew her since they were only pups. Even if their eardrums sometimes had to pay the price, they never regretted teasing her. Ever. San had started stumping away, cussing and grumbling under her breath.

"Obviously she doesn't like that guy, whoever he is." Ichi informed his brother.

"That's more than not liking." Ni answered back. "She hates him." They said in union.

"Are guys coming or not!" San yelled from afar. "And I can still hear you!" The two snickered, taking their wolf form and running up to San, who climbed onto Ichi's back.


Moro was cooking when her children arrived home.

"How was your day?" She asked, eyes fixed on what she was doing.

"Terrible…" San sighed out.

"Pretty good, actually." The twins said in union, earning a glare from their little sister.

"I'm going to my room." She grumbled stomping up the stairs, not even stopping when she heard her mother call after her. She slammed the door behind her and jumped face first onto her bed. Today was so messed up. Her anger had died out and know she felt exhausted and guilty. She curled up into a ball.

Why was she reacting this way? Ashitaka didn't seem like a bad guy—it was rather the opposite actually—and he wanted them to be friends. So why did she feel so angry towards him? It wasn't because of their encounter, was it? Was she really mad at him for bumping into her—or rather, she bumped into him—that morning? That would be stupid. All this fuss, yelling at him, making Nausicäa feel guilty, just for something so… futile? It was stupid. She was stupid.

"I'm such an idiot…" She sighed to herself.

"Well, you're the one who said it." San jumped out of her skin, falling off her bed. She groaned in pain before glaring at the intruder.

"Ni! Why do you always do that! Can't you knock!" She yelled at her brother.

"I did."

"Ugh! Whatever! What do you want?" He handed her the large portable house-phone.

"For you. It's Nausicäa." San's eyes widened and she immediately brought the phone to her ear.

"Hello?"

"Hey, San. Uh, I just wanted to say I'm really sor–"

"Nausicäa I'm so sorry for what happened I never should've acted like that you have no idea how bad I feel and and and I'm really sorry I ran off like that and–"

"San, San, it's okay! Don't worry! And I should be the one apologizing, I shouldn't have left you too alone." San could tell Nausicäa was smiling, probably touched by her friend's nervous rambling.

"It's okay. I don't blame you for anything." She said softly, pushing her back onto the bed behind her and bringing her knees to her chest. She took a quick glance towards the door and saw Ni had left.

"…Did things really go that bad between you two?" Nausicäa asked tentatively. San bit her lip. She wanted to tell her what happened on the rooftop, but at the same time, she didn't. Ugh! This is so stupid! This guy is messing up my head!

"…He is?" Came Nausicäa's slightly amused question. San stayed there for a while, wondering what her friend meant by that, when realization finally hit her.

"I did not just say that out loud, did I…?"

"Would it make you feel better if I lied and said you didn't?" San felt her face flush.

"Why do I keep doing that?" She whimpered.

"Oh, you've done that more than once?"

"Yeah, while I was on the roof with Ashitaka." San realized a bit too late what she had just admitted.

"Really, now?" Nausicäa all but purred.

"Can we talk about something else?"

"Nah, I kind of like where this is going."

"You're such a great friend, Nausicäa." San said sarcastically.

"Yeah, I know, blows me off too sometimes." San couldn't help but roll her eyes. "Seriously, though, what happened up there? You guys were kind of supposed to make up, remember?" San sighed. Obviously she wouldn't be able to cower out of this one. Nausicäa would make sure she didn't. That was so like her. Making San admit things she wouldn't even dare tell her mother, and making her feel better about it afterwards.

"I don't know. One minute I'm thinking he might not be so bad after all, and the next I want to strangle him and throw his body off a cliff."

"Asbel told me you actually jumped off the roof." San let out a grunt. "He asked me to tell you he's really sorry for making you angry and making the wrong assumption."San got off the floor and let herself fall onto her mattress, the phone still on her ear. She laid there for a few seconds, staring at the ceiling, until she heard Nausicäa ask if she was still there.

"Nausicäa… Would you think I'm a nice person if all I did was ignore you or glare at you?"

She knew it was a stupid question, especially since it was Nausicäa she was talking to—the girl who never judged anyone by the way they acted and always found good in people—, but San couldn't help herself from asking. It really confused her. She had acted like a total jerk and he had said she seemed 'nice'. She had found it sweet back then, but now she wondered if he wasn't an idiot. Who in their right mind would say that? He probably didn't think that anymore, with the way she acted afterwards.

"Did something happen?" The red-head asked after a short silence. Of course she would ask that. It was only natural. She knew San was referring to Ashitaka.

"…He said he wanted us to start off on a new base." San said almost absent-mindedly.

"How about you? Would you like that?" Nausicäa asked her friend. San didn't know what to say. She wasn't sure of anything. After all she'd done, wasn't it a bit late? She felt dizzy from all the thoughts running around inside her head. San started realizing just how tired she was.

"So sleepy…" She whined. Nausicäa laughed at the other side of the line.

"Way to ruin the atmosphere, San." San smiled at this.

"Sorry. I'm just really tired."

"You should do your homework before going to bed."

"Screw the homework." San let out, sleepily throwing her fist in the air.

"Okay, but don't you come running up to me when the teachers start lecturing you about it!"


"San!" Moro called out for what seemed like a the tenth time in less than three minutes. "San! Dinner!" Still no answer. She frowned. It had been more than an hour since Ni had brought up the phone for his sister. Now, Moro knew very well how much time teenage girls could spend on the phone, but San always felt awkward when speaking through one. Even with her friend Nausicäa, the longest conversations rarely lasted more than twenty minutes. Her daughter preferred real contact.

It puzzled her. Maybe she should check on San. She climbed up the stairs and slowly opened the door to her younger offspring's room. San was curled up under her blanket in deep slumber. Moro's features softened at the sight. Her poor little pup. She must've been exhausted if she went to bed without dinner. Moro spotted the phone laying on the ground next to the bed. She slowly walked in and picked it up, before turning to her sleeping daughter and placing a soft kiss onto the girl's cheek.

"Goodnight my child. Sweet dreams." She whispered softly. Turning off the lights, she left the room, making sure to close the door as quietly as possible.


Author's Notes: And I officially do not know how to end a chapter… I hope you'll forgive me for that.

I'm not sure if I got everyone's personality right, especially Ashitaka's. I watched 'Princess Mononoke' in french and I remember him being excessively polite. I'm not sure if it was there in the english dub.

So yes, I used Nausicäa, from 'Nausicäa of the valley of the wind', instead of an OC. I know she's not technically from Ghibli, but she's Hayao Miyazaki's so it's still okay. Right? Asbel is also from the same manga/movie (Depending on which you read/saw). I only saw the movie, so to others who read the manga, their personalities might seem a bit off. I also used Mr Kusakabe as the English teacher. He's Satsuki and Mei's father, from 'My neighbor Totoro'. The rest of the characters that are alluded to are all from 'Princess Mononoke'.

The chapter changed a bit from what I had originally planned. The twins weren't supposed to have human forms, but then I thought it'd be for the best if they did. The ending conversation with Nausicäa was a bit shorter in the original 'manuscript'.

If there are any mistakes, grammar errors or such, feel free to point them out. Constructive criticism is very much appreciated. I write a lot, but this is the first time I've ever posted anything, mostly because I'm not always happy with what I write, or because I chicken out at the last minute and end up not finishing a story because I have no real reason to. Any advice, ideas or just comment on the story or my writing is very much welcomed.