& Ayu Usui
Hibiki only momentarily looked up from his pile at the other girl’s question, “...?” He gave her a slightly confused look before peering at the group. They all seemed to be around the same highschool age, but also seemed rather agitated. The boy shook his head before turning so that he could properly see the amphitheater. “...They must be related somehow.”
“Mh…” the girl near him murmured, staring off in the direction of the other people. It’s only a few short moments after that point where a monochrome bear popped up at the theater, though its small size made it a little harder to make out from this distance. The two of them were still in earshot, so they could hear the explanation of what was going down.
The first thing that seemed to pop into the Tutor’s head was the fact that the stuffed bear didn’t seem to be picking up too much dust. Was the amphitheater usually swept or was it just outright magical? Secondly, Ritsu would love to chomp on its ears... but the overall appeal was ruined by its half smile. The bear had an attitude that left the boy feeling even more sleepy, or maybe this was just a half daydream hallucination. But by the way the rest of the ‘campers’ were reacting, that didn’t seem to be so.
It took a second for his brain to wrap around the situation. He’d need to get out of here to find his precious fluffy companion after all. Also, considering the only way to get out of here was to kill someone, they’d have to outsmart the bear, it would be better to find someone who had the ‘umph’ to do such a thing. Hibiki got up, wiped off the leaves on his pants and surveyed the situation. A few campers seemed to be out in the open, but that didn’t mean any of them were ‘hiding’ like the two of them. Whether or not to go out into the open, that was the real question.
As Hibiki was engulfed in thought, the girl next to him had been sitting there, motionlessly. She didn’t say a word or even twitched with her fingers, an almost trance-like state washing over her form. Ayu got up unannounced, running her hands through her hair to get off some leaves, inadvertently covering her eyes from others’ sight. She started to walk past Hibiki, not so much sparing a glance his way.
While the boy hadn’t done much in terms of speed, almost having appeared sluggish this entire incident, his hand suddenly shot out to catch Ayu’s wrist. Hibiki hadn’t been thinking too hard about Ayu herself when he had done so, but his eyes searched the girl’s face as he muttered, “Not safe... Probably.” The guy who had just spoken out didn’t seem like the nice type while the girl didn’t seem the most sane either. It might be easier to stay hidden and get to the back of the line to get the pads once more people had come out.
Ayu froze for a second, only muttering “Please let go,” as she yanked her arm away from him. Her cold demeanor was calm, with no sign of hysteria or fear to be found in her voice. The girl had almost zealous conviction to get there, but she did turn her head briefly towards Hibiki before completely walking off.
“...Thanks though. You’re nice.”
And with that, Ayu slouched over to the theater, leaving the boy to his own devices.
Hibiki let his hand slip down to his side before scratching at the back of his head. Best to survey the situation alone, though the achy feeling in his throat hadn’t really dissipated. What to do...? He thought he caught sight of someone else in the bushes beyond, but thought he’d just lean against the tree for a bit.