It was earlier in the morning and the sun just succesfully managed to pass the horizong, coating the city-landscape in the beautiful morning-athmosphere that this region was known for and the mechanical blinds in the room of a particular boy were slowly opening up to let in the fresh sunrays of the morning into the room. As the room lit up, the pure-white, almost sterile looking walls began to become visible, just like the almost enormously large television that was hanging on the wall to the right of the windows, right above a white cupboard with all kinds of different technological devices, like a blu-ray disc player, various game-consoles and a music station which was connected to two large speakers which were each located next to the flat-screen that was positioned in the center.
On the opposite side of the room, positioned in the center, roughly at the same height as the telivision was the bed which Jason Akizuki was sleeping in. The sheets' design consisted of a white background and one large blue eye in the middle of the blanket, while the pillow was entirely blue with a design that could best be described as "Digital" or "Futuristic".
As the blinds were opened, beams of sunlight began to hit the face of the guy that was sleeping beneath the blankets. The blinds were actually controlled by his digital alarm clock sitting on the nightstand next to his bed. It was a selfmade device which did not wake him up with noises, but rather by opening the blinds and let the light do its thing. Luckily for Jason that plan had always worked out for him so far.
He slowly opened up his eyes and immediately turned his head to the right, since he was laying on his bed and his windows were left of him, to escape the light that was shining directly onto his eyes. After recovering for a few moments, Jason opened up his deep-blue eyes, which were a strong contrast to his almost silver-white hair and looked at the screen of his digital clock, displaying the current time in light-blue numbers. It took his sleepy brain a few moments to process what he just had seen and he closed his eyes again. Eventually though, they shot open quickly and he even set up, throwing the blankets off of his upper body. "The entrance exam!"
He shouted out into the room.
Roughly at the same time as that was happening, in a vastly different part of the town, a gorgous melody began playing, accompanied by a voice similar to that of an angel. At least, that is the way the wikipedia page described her, obviously having been edited by some kind of fan who was overly into her. The person in question, obviously, was none other than the famous online songstress and idol, Izumo Hatsue. With her youtube channel having over three million subscribers, one could argue that she indeed reached a wide audience. But now she was ready for the big stage she thought; Izumo was ready to become a hero.
Where was the singing coming from? It was Izu's daily vocal training while taking a shower in the morning. Everyone sings in the shower, even an idol like her was no exception. "...And she's got something IIIII dooon't... to you~~~"
The bathroom where she was taking a shower in right now was actually connected to the room she slept in. If someone was to rock such a complicated hairstyle like Izu's, having your own bathroom was kind of a necessity. Sometimes it took her an hour just to get her outfit right!
Her own room reflected her interests rather well and made it quite obvious just how much she was into music. There was a large mixer in the middle of the room connected to two E-Pianos and a multi-screen computer setup which she used to compose and work on her songs. Though there were no other instruments actually present in the room, but there was a massive stack of paper in one corner of the room, curiously enough.
So much of her space was dedicated to her music that her bed was rather small and just mindlessly placed in a corner of the room. Its only purpose was to be a resting place for Izumo, so it did not need to have more space dedicated to it.
The only other special feature about her room was a massive walk-in closet which contained all the different outfits that she either wore daily or needed for music-videos.
It would only be a few minutes more until she was done showering...
Only 15 minutes the boy woke up, he was already downstairs and eating his breakfast. He was wearing a grey hoodie-jacket with the symbol of a drawn white eye in the middle, with the text "Placebo" beneath. It was his favorite piece of clothing and surely on an important day such as this he'd be wearing to feel as comfortable as possible.
While the boy was shoving his cereal into his mouth, spoon after spoon, and occasionally taking a bite out of his french toast, he was using his phone to text a friend of his. Will be at the train station in 15.
Afterwards he would finish his breakfast while watching the early morning news on the livingroom telivision.
A few minutes later, when he was done eating breakfast, he started to pack his rucksack for the day. While he packed some common stuff like a bottle of water, some food and some sheets to take notes on, there were some rather unusual things too, like four different digital clocks, two wristwatches and two different tablets, among other things. It was easy to see that he had a special passion for technology and the likes.
Once he was done with all the things he needed for the day, he grabbed his purse, phone and headphones and then made true on his promise and left the house to head towards the trainstation.
Still being in the bathroom, the girl was just finishing up styling her hair while looking into the mirror. As she was doing so, she decided to give herself a quick pep-talk."Alright Izu... you got this. You've faced bigger challenges than this, this is nothing compared to the la-"
Suddenly, her phone played the all too familiar tune that it would play when she received a message. This time however, it was so sudden that it actually stratled Izu. Because she was so surprised, she actually dropped the Scrunchy which she was using. "A-Ahh!"
The small shriek-ish scream was quickly stopped by herself placing a hand on her mouth. Even though noone saw this, her cheeks were blushing slightly. "Pull yourself together Izu... come on."
The girl checked her phone to see the message "Will be at the train station in 15.
" to which she replied Okay!~:3
Afterwards, the idol finished up her hairstyle with the last remaining scrunchy.
Even while eating breakfast, which her mother had so lovingly prepared for her, Izu's hands were shaky and, sadly for her, there was noone in the house to calm her down as her mother had just left for work herself. She was really looking forward to meet her friend at this point, she was sure that he'd calm her down like he had done so many times before. Luckily for Izu however, she was practically living next to the train-station which allowed her to leave her house only shortly before the train would arrive.
After her rushed breakfast, Izu quickly grabbed her bag and left the house, locking up behind her. Since she was so nervous about the whole thing, she had already prepared everything the day before like a proper student always should!... according to her mother.
On the outside, her outfit was quite cute. A brown coat on the outside which covered up the white buttoned-up shirt beneath and a striped Blue-green-ish bowtie on her kneck together with a silver pair of headphones. Red ribbons decorated her hair and helped the scrunchies to hold the two pigtails in place. Below her waist she wore kneesocks which went up to her thighs and shoes to match the outfit. The striped skirt that was around her waist obviously had matching colors aswell!
The beg which she was carrying over her right shoulder while walking towards the trainstation had two chibi plush versions of two of her co-idols on her youtube channel and live appearances, they looked quite cute as was expected from an idol like her.
The contents of the bag itself were mostly standard. A bottle of water, a thermos flask filled with green homebrew tea, a lunchbox which was lovingly crafted by her mother. The only somewhat exceptional thing were the rather large amount of white, empty sheets of paper accompanied by a set of ten pens.
In any case, she would arrive at the trainstation soon.
Finally, both would arrive at the train station at the same time. Jason from the nothern entrance and Izu from the southern one.
As they walked up to one another, Jason having his hands in the front pockets of his jacket-hoodie and Izu wlaking while staring at her phone, they eventually noticed one another.
The cheerful idol flashed him a bright smile and walked up to him to give him a hug. Naturally, jason accepted it. "Are you ready?"
she asked curiously after they had finished their hug as their train rolled into the station next to them and the wind that it caused made both of their hair move. "As ready as I can be. You?"
Izumo nervously scratched the back of her head with an awkward smile and closed eyes. "You know me, I am never really ready."
And with a laugh, both boarded the train.
The train itself was relatively void of other passengers so they were able to grab some comfy seats right as they walked in. Not many people seemed to be wanting to get to the same destination, it was quite far off after all, especially from the view of a city-inhabitant.
Even though the drive itself was rather long, both were able to pass the time quickly by conversing, chatting and calming each other down ahead of such an important deal like the entrance exam. After all, laughter is the best cure for nervousness.
Eventually, the train arrived. The female voice announced it through the speakers so it was hard to miss. "Next stop, Shinto Village. Please exit the train on the right side and make sure to not leave any obje-..."
That was when both of them stopped listening. After all, they already knew everything they needed to know.
It soon came to a halt and the teenagers left the train in anticipation. "Here goes nothing."
Jason noted while walking next to Izu along the bewildered dirt-path that lead to their destination and the ground for the entrance exam. "Mhm."
Izu replied quietly with a nod.
Jason would check his phone, as he so regularly does, only to notice that there was barely any signal there, if any at all. Izu saw it too, looking down on his phone and quietly acknowledging it. As the tension grew for both of them, their conversions decreased in numbers as they left themselves to their thoughts in order to mentally prepare for what was ahead. This was reflected in their facial expression, as even the normally so cheerful and friendly smiling idol now had a neutral, concentrated expression on her face.
It was a few minutes later when they entered the village that one of them broke the silence. Izumo had enough of being silent and, after both of them were able to take the surrounding area in, decided to speak up. "This village is pretty and all... but where to next? Everything here looks broken and run down...""Let me check my notes again."
So now both were standing basically in the middle of the street as Jason grabbed the backpack from his back, placed it in front of him to take out the sheet that was given to them with all the information they needed and began to read it to gain more information on where to go. Meanwhile Izu was looking left and right nervously."Are you sure we are right? This place is eerie."