A/N: Edited the first chapter and fixed a big mistake where, somehow, a chunk of a paragraph was missing. Sorry!
Chapter One: In the Night
The bell chimed, thus ending Hisao's third school-day at Yamaku.
As he stood and put his textbook into his bag, Misha popped up and said to him, "Hey Hicchan! You should come and help us with some student council work!~"
She grinned at him, and Shizune was looking at him intently as well. That must be what they were signing about earlier, he thought with a sigh.
"I'm not really feeling up to it today, sorry. I need to go by the Nurse's office today," he said. It wasn't entirely a lie, because he had to do it sometime, but he knew it didn't have to be today.
Hisao gave them a small wave and quickly left the scene as Misha lifted a finger and was about to speak.
Once in the hallway, Hisao quickly made his way towards the dorms. When he arrived there, he let out a sigh of relief, knowing he was in the clear.
It's not that I don't like them, he thought as he placed his bag down beside his bed, I'm just not up for doing any work right now. Hisao took off his shoes and jumped onto his bed, closing his eyes and allowing himself to wind down.
He looked over at his bag, which seemed to have progressively grown bigger with homework and other things since the first day. I figured they wouldn't mind me being slow with my work at first, but I guess it might make them worry about me or something...
With a sigh, Hisao got out of his bed and sat at his desk, which was bare, except for a small lamp and a book he had checked out. He flipped the lamp on and placed some of his work in front of him.
After a while passed, Hisao leaned back in his chair and rubbed his eyes. Looking back at his window, he realized that the sun had already gone down, and it was likely getting late.
Putting his pen down, Hisao stood and gave a much-needed stretch. Now I can at least say I did something, he thought. Before he could move over to his bed though, he heard a noise from outside.
Hisao made his way over to his window and looked out through the blinds. It was dark, but there was a dim light on the side of the building that made him able to see what had made the noise...
There was somebody lying there on the ground, face-down. What is she doing out there? Worried, Hisao quickly slipped on his shoes and left his room, making sure to close the door softly behind him.
Hisao remembered Kenji telling him at one point that there's a curfew for students. Looking at his watch, he noticed that curfew was about an hour ago. How did she even manage to walk around the school without getting caught?
As he neared the entrance to the male dorm, he could hear someone scuffling around. Peering around the corner and saw a teacher sitting there, book in hand. Monitoring the hall, he thought, wondering what to do. I guess I have a good reason if someone might be hurt.
Hisao stepped out and started to walk towards the teacher...Who looked at his watch and stood, closing his book and leaving. For a moment, Hisao was confused as to what happened. I guess that makes this easier, he thought, making his way out of the dorms cautiously.
I know she was around here somewhere, he thought as he found his way over to where the girl had been . However, there was nobody there. Where did she-
Suddenly, a noise came from the nearby bushes, making Hisao jump. The girl he had seen before emerged, blinking at him.
"Who are you?" The girl brushed her skirt off and stepped closer.
Hisao placed a hand on his chest and let his heart settle a bit before answering. "U-Uh, I'm Hisao Nakai...I saw you out here, and I thought something was wrong," he said.
The girl blinked at him and said nothing. Uncomfortable under her gaze, Hisao said, "But I guess you're alright, so..." He gave a nervous smile and turned to walk away, but stopped as the girl reached out and touched his shoulder.
"Can you take a walk with me, Hisao?" He looked over at the girl, who still had a blank expression on her face.
This wouldn't look right if we were caught, Hisao thought for a moment, but I guess I need the exercise. "Sure," he answered. "What's your name?"
"Suzu Suzuki," the girl answered, stepping forward and outstretching her hand to him. Hisao shook it and got his first glimpse of Suzu's appearance.
She had teal-colored hair that was slightly unkempt. Her uniform seemed the same as all of the other girls he had seen, except that it seemed kind of lazily done, as if she got dressed while groggy from sleep.
"If you're done staring, let's walk," Suzu said, letting go of Hisao's hand, who blushed a little, realizing that he had been looking at her for too long.
The two walked side-by-side along the school grounds. To Hisao's surprise, there were no teachers or cameras, at least that he could see. I might have taken the Nurse's words too seriously, he thought, shaking his head.
"What are you here for?" The question took Hisao by surprise, and he looked at Suzu to see if she was serious. She looked back at him with a blank expression, which told him that she probably just asked it for no apparent reason.
"Uh, well, I..." I haven't told anyone...After what I've seen, I don't think it really compares. Hisao thought for a moment about how he should tell her, but Suzu shook her head and spoke instead.
"I'm a Narcoleptic," Suzu said. Looking over a Hisao, she continued after seeing his clueless expression, "So I fall asleep a lot. To be honest, I'd rather have insomnia."
"Oh, is that why I saw you on the ground earlier?" Suzu nodded.
"That didn't feel too good," she commented, feeling her nose as if to emphasize her point, "But I'm used to it. I actually passed out into the bushes before you came too.
She fell asleep again that fast? That doesn't sound too good, Hisao thought. "Isn't it dangerous to be walking out here alone though?"
Suzu nodded. "I never get to get much fresh air though, since I sleep so much," she explained, "So every day at midnight, when the monitors switch shifts, I go out."
"Oh, I see. But why not get someone to go with you?" Suzu gave Hisao a confused look.
"You just met me, why are you so worried?" Her question threw him off, and he opened his mouth to defend himself, but couldn't think of anything.
"Uh, I mean, it's just natural to worry for someone," he said. Suzu shrugged.
"I guess so. I just like being alone a lot," she told him. Suzu stopped in her tracks, and pointed over to a nearby bench. "Shall we sit?"
"Sure," Hisao said, following her over to it. He hadn't really been paying attention to where they were walking. They had ended up in the front courtyard of the school, which wasn't very lit up like everywhere else.
For a minute, the two of them sat there in silence. Hisao glanced over at Suzu, who was looking up at the sky. "The darkness is really soothing," she said softly, as if speaking it to herself.
Hisao looked up at the sky like she was and said, "Yeah, I think so too..." After a moment, Hisao thought, If she can be open about it, then I guess... "I have a heart condition." Suzu turned her head to him, slightly surprised by his outburst. "It's Cardiac Arrhythmia, or something like that. I have to make sure and monitor my heart-rate, and there's a lot of medicine involved too."
Suzu blinked at him. "Bummer," she said. Hisao looked at her, and saw that she didn't really seem phased by what she had heard. He couldn't' help but grin. Well...maybe I'm over-thinking it too much, he thought. It feels good to tell someone.
"I...feel like it's not that bad though, like I don't really-" Hisao was interrupted when Suzu suddenly laid her head on his shoulder. He looked down at her and saw that her breathing had become shallow.
She fell asleep... Hisao blushed a bit, looking down at her sleeping figure. I can't really leave with her like this...Hopefully she'll wake up soon.
Much to Hisao's dismay, it was an hour before Suzu awoke. By then, he was already closing his eyes, about to fall asleep himself.
"Sorry," Suzu told him, rubbing her eyes then looking around, blinking. "I guess we should go back."
Hisao glanced at his watch. It was almost two o'clock. "Yeah, I need a little sleep," he said, giving a big stretch as he stood, followed by a yawn. "I guess I'll see you later," he said to Suzu a she stood as well.
"Thank you for keeping me company," she told him, dipping her head slightly before turning and starting to walk away.
Maybe my time will be more interesting than I thought. Hisao watched Suzu until she disappeared, then turned and made his way back to the dorm.
The morning came quickly, and Hisao sat up, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. Glancing at his window, he noticed that it seemed brighter outside than normal.
Don't tell me... Hisao grabbed his watch from the desk and looked at it. Class was about to start.
Hopping out of bed, Hisao scurried to get dressed and ready. I'm sure being late isn't too bad at this school, but who knows what they might think for someone with a heart condition...
It only took a few minutes to get into his uniform, then he quickly went through his hair once to make it look less bed-ridden and made his way out the door.
Luckily, the hallways were almost completely empty, making it easy to quickly head for class. When Hisao was only a hallway away from class though, he rounded a corner and suddenly ran into somebody. They fell over and shrieked, while Hisao staggered back and maintained his balance.
"Sorry!" Hisao was still in a rush, but he offered a hand to the girl. She reached up and took it, and, as he helped her up, he realized that her hand felt...wrong.
When he glanced at it, he noticed that the knuckles of her middle and ring finger seemed to be inflamed slightly, making the fingers look crooked and unnatural.
Realizing that he was staring, Hisao let go of the girl's hand. "S-Sorry..."
"It's...okay." The girl stood up straight and put both of her hands behind her. Hisao noticed that her right eye was a light-gray color, while the other was brown. From what I know, I'm guessing she's blind or mostly blind in that eye, so I can't blame her for bumping into me.
"I was trying to rush to class...Guess I should go a little slower," he said, rubbing the back of my head.
"I'm late too...I couldn't sleep last night so it was hard for me to wake up," the girl told him. "You're Hisao aren't you? I'm in your class."
Hisao raised an eyebrow, trying to think of who the girl was. "Oh, I think I remember seeing you in the back," he said as he remembered.
The girl nodded. "I'm Natsume Kisaki. Um, I guess you're not used to all of this, are you?"
Hisao couldn't help but show his surprise at that comment. She completely read my mind. "Y-Yeah. I'm sorry for staring, I shouldn't have..."
Natsume shook her head. "It's fine, I'm used to it," she said. For a moment, there was silence, which quickly became awkward.
"I guess we should head to class," Hisao said, cutting through the quiet. Natsume nodded, and they both headed towards the classroom.
When they arrived at the classroom, they were greeted with stares from their classmates, just like Hisao had expected. Natsume didn't make eye-contact with Mutou as she stepped in, so Hisao did the same...But Mutou ended up stopping him.
"Why were you late, Nakai?" He didn't sound angry nor worried. It sounded more like he was saying it because that's what teachers were supposed to do.
"I...slept in," Hisao admitted. There was no point in lying.
Mutou nodded. "Alright, go take your seat."
Dipping his head, Hisao made his way over to his seat. When he did, something caught his eye, and he stopped...
Sitting at the front desk, adjacent to Mutou's desk, was Suzu, who already appeared to be asleep. I didn't realize she was in this class too, Hisao thought. Quickly realizing that he looked odd standing there in the middle of the class, Hisao made his way over to his desk and sat down.
Class went along as usual, though it seemed to drag on more and more to Hisao, who was struggling to stop himself from putting his head down and going to sleep. Finally, the chime for lunch sounded, and Hisao stood, giving a big stretch.
Suzu had also seemingly sprung to life as she suddenly shot up out of her chair and gave a long, drawn out arm stretch. Misha shot up as well and turned to Hisao, but he made sure to speak first. "Hey, I'm going to go eat lunch with someone else today," he told them.
Misha frowned. "But-" She started to speak, but Shizune started to sign something, so she stopped to pay attention. "Okay Shicchan~." Misha's smile returned as she turned back to Hisao. "Well, it's good to hear you're making some friends Hicchan! But don't forget about us, okay~?"
Hisao nodded. "I can hang out with you guys later," Hisao said. I don't want them to feel like I'm ignoring them...though I'd rather not get pestered about the student council anymore. He made his way over to Suzu, who looked at him, a tired expression on her face.
"Hey, mind if I eat lunch with you today?" Suzu blinked at the question, as if trying to process it through her mind.
"Sure," she answered, "We usually eat out in the courtyard."
"Oh, the place where we were last night?" Suzu nodded. "Alright...Wait, did you say 'we'?" She nodded again, and looked to the side, where Natsume was standing, lunch in hand.
"Hisao, do you know Suzu?" Natsume tilted her head as she asked the question.
I hope she didn't hear about last night... "Uh, yeah, I met her yesterday," Hisao answered. "And I bumped into Natsume earlier," he told Suzu, who gave a tired nod.
"Well, since we all know each other now, can we go? I'm kinda hungry," Suzu said, her anticipation breaking through her tired voice.
Hisao and Natsume nodded, and the three left the class and headed off for lunch.
To be continued...
Next Chapter – Heart and Bones
A/N: I'm used to writing in First-Person, so please point out anywhere where I might have accidentally put "I did this". Thank you!