日常 - nichijou, Arawi Keiichi


It's 7:33 am.

Mio sighs. Her head is starting to hurt.

"You okay?" Yoshino asks as they enter the house.

"Hn…" Mio takes off her shoes. She's talking very quietly. "Just sleep-deprived. I didn't get any sleep at all, except for the hour or so in the waiting room, after the painkillers kicked in."

"Hm. Do you want to stay home today?"

Mio shakes her head. "I'd like to, but I have a major science test today. I can't skip that."


It's 7:59 am.

Yukko gapes at Mio's hands.

Mio looks away. "Um, I'm just showing it to you, and no one else, okay? 'Cause I don't want everyone to make a big deal out of it."

Yukko suddenly bows. "I'm sorry."

Mio shrugs. "That's just how life goes. Sometimes, people get injured. It's unfortunate, but it happens." She looks away sheepishly. "It could've been easily avoided, too. Uh, this is actually really embarrassing, so please don't mention it to anyone."

Yukko looks around the classroom. There's no one else here yet. Yukko looks down and runs her hand through her hair distractedly. "Well yeah, I won't, but you won't be able to hide it forever. Um…"

"I know, I know." Mio sighs.

Yukko glances at Mio's bandaged left hand. "Er… did you get stitches?"

Mio grimaces. "Yeah."

"Yeah, I've had stitches before, too. Meh."

"Huh."

"So, how did you get that injury, Mio-chan?"

"Um… I'd rather not say." Mio picks up her tote bag. "Anyway, the reason I asked you to come here early today. Um… see, a lot of things happened, and I ended up unable to finish up my English assignment."

Yukko perks up. "Can I help you with that?"

Mio nods. "Yeah, that's what I was just about to ask, thanks." She smiles weakly, pulling out a sheet of lined paper.

Yukko quickly skims over the text already on the page as Mio sets down a pen in front of her friend.

"I already know what I want to put for the last paragraph. Is it okay if you write as I dictate to you?"

Yukko flips to the second page and uncaps her pen, nodding.

When Yukko finishes writing, there aren't any spelling mistakes or typos. That's way better than Mio was expecting.

Mio smiles tiredly, bending down and taking the sheet. "Thank you so much."

"No problem." Yukko twirls the pen around her hand before dropping it on the ground. She bends down to pick it up. "Say, are you going to be okay for the test?"

Mio sighs. "I've stayed up late before. No biggie."

"No, I mean how are you going to write the test?"

Mio stares at her hands. "Oh. I hadn't thought of that."

Yukko smiles nervously. "Well, I'm sure Nakamura-sensei will think of something."

"Yeah..." Mio looks up. "We didn't have any other homework, right?"

Yukko reaches into her tote bag and pulls out her own English assignment. "Phew, didn't forget it. Nope, just this and the test."

Mio sits down in front of Yukko.

They stare at each other.

"No, that can't be it..." Mio blinks several times, trying to remember.

"No, that is it. Isn't it?"

"No, I think I'm forgetting something."

"You mean that not it? Is there still something due today?" Yukko begins looking through her bag.

Mio wipes her forehead with her arm. "Um..."

Yukko yanks out an assignment sheet and they both groan simultaneously. "The report!" they shout.

"Oh no," Yukko sets down the paper. "It's think of your own topic..."

Mio looks at her hands.

Yukko grabs Mio by the shoulders. "Well, at least that class is after lunch, right? It's going to be okay!"

"Ugh..." Mio clutches her head with her left hand. "Okay, we cram for the science test during the first two periods, do the test, and then finish the report during lunch."

Yukko claps her hands together, smiling nervously. "Yeah, that's the spirit."

Mio looks up at the clock. "About half an hour until class starts..."

"Who did what for the test again?" Yukko takes out her notebook and begins flipping through it furiously. "This is bad... I can't remember any names!"

"Yukko, we just went over that a few days ago!" Mio says, taking out her notebook as well. "The first guy was... Um..." She blinks heavily, pressing her fingers to her left temple. Her mind whirs with fuzz and static. Come on, she should know all this. She's a good student.

Ugh, her brain is just not working today. She flips through her notes, trying to find the relevant page. "He's in here somewhere..."

Yukko laughs unhappily. "We are so dead."

Mio sighs.


日常- nichijou, Arawi Keiichi