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Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


With a sigh of relief, Izumo put the pen down after the time was up. Truth be told, she was mostly done already a few minutes earlier but as it was common for the girl she made sure to double-check every answer she could within the given timeframe to make sure that she'd get as many points as possible by spotting mistakes that she had made. All in all, she was rather content with her answers to the questions. The idol had studied and was just generally gifted with a natural affinity for studying, allowing her to gain the required knowledge rather quickly compared to others.

Jason on the other hand... barely managed to finish the test before the time was up. He wasn't stupid or anything, but the guy certainly had to study more than Izumo had for the test, and even then he struggled quite a bit. Overall he was happy with what he had written but it were some very tense circa two hours that he just went through. The imposing physical exam seemed all the more welcome after his brain got worked so hard during the written entrance exam.

After the short introduction for the physical exam, both of the students met up again in the waiting hall where everyone could prepare for the imposing threat ahead.
"Maaaan! That written test was such a breeze, wasn't it?" Izu said as soon as she saw Jason.
"Yeah! I am glad they made it so easy, now we only need to pass the physical." He lied as a reply. There was no way that Jason could admit to his best friend that he struggled on the test, it was a certain image of himself that he wanted to keep up. Naturally, being friends with such a succesful and popular superstar like Izu sometimes made Jason feel insignificant. Which is why he wanted to be on-par if not better than his idol friend in the other categories of life, like education. It didn't feel good to lie, but in his eyes it was necessary for his image.
"Speaaaking of which..." Izu playfully boxed Jason into his sides, not intending to hurt him at all.
"You are so lucky! We are fighting robots... and helping robots... that is like; Best case scenario for you with your quirk!"
He awkwardly scratched the back of his head before replying, unable to surpress a smile.
"Yeah, you're right. Guess I got off easy this time, huh? Make sure you don't fall behind Izu!"
"Pffffff! I would never~"

In that moment, Hatsue noticed Katsumi staring at her. Normally she wouldn't notice someone just staring at her from a distance, however this case was special. Considering the circumstances under which they had gathered there, Katsumi seemed just a bit too young. There's no way they'd let a child participate in a hero's entrance exam for a school, right? Then surely she had to be older than she appeared. But what if she had managed to slip in and was now too scared/shy to ask for help? The idol couldn't let it stand.

With a gentle and reassuring smile, Izu waved towards Katsumi and then approached her, expecting Jason to follow which he promptly did.
"Hi there!" She initiated cheerfully but also a bit carefully. "What are you doing here?"

Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


Finally, something had happened. The pair was getting tired of waiting around in a place with so many other people; It sure got a bit corwded after a while. Luckily for Izumo, the people were way too focused to bother her since this entrance exam really meant a lot to these aspiring heroes who all hoped to enroll into the academy. The tests were not gonna be easy, everyone knew that, so the right mental state was key in passing the exam!
The pro hero known as Houdini made his appearance and all the eyes were immediately on him. Of course Jason and Izumo would turn their heads too, interrupting their conversation as he made his entrance to announce the signing in process for the exam. The line was forming and already there were plenty of people in it, growing every second... this really was gonna be a long wait.

Before Izu could realize it, Jason grabbed her by her wrist and pulled her with him to enter the line quickly so that they would not have to wait too long in the end. The girl stumbled a bit but managed to keep her balance and quickly followed Jason as they both entered the line!
"One line for all potential students? Seriously..." Izu said with a soft sigh.
"It shouldn't take too long hopefully. At least you got more time to get your mind at ease." Jason replied. The girl nodded in confirmation to what he had just said and they'd proceed to wait in line patiently. There was the option to maybe abuse Izu's status as an idol to skip ahead in the line, but neither of them ever really gave that a thought. THey were soon-to-be hero-trainees after all and that was the exact opposite of what was expected of them. Instead, Jason spent his time playing around with his rather unique-looking, futuristic smart-watch wrapped around his wrist while Izumo looked through a notebook which she had brought with her, reading what was written inside. Sometimes she'd even take a pen out of her back and ride new additional things inside or scrap old things that she had noted in there. Whatever it was that she was putting in there, it seemed to cost her a great amount of focus. So much so that she was almost pushed over as the line moved on! Luckily her best friend Jason managed to balance her out in time and moved forward, apologizing on her behalf to the people behind them in the line. Maybe she was a little clumsy...

Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


Both of them had barely noticed how they had approached the same person who so awkwardly caused the scene that lead to the fans swarming them in the first place. However, once they had noticed the shy guy, both Izumo and Jason stopped in their tracks as the unknown boy seemed to take on a rather defensive and agressive posture. While they couldn't really expect what was about to happen, Izumo decided that she felt really bad for what had happened because of her popularity, so she wanted to apologize to him as awkward as he was. The girl reached out a hand toward him and was about to say something when-
"Hey there! Sorry about what ha-"
Then he started transforming and barking. Izumo was frightened by the sudden and drastic change of tone. So much so that she let out a small squeeling noise and pulled her arm back! "E-Ehh!"

Naturally, as it was common with Jason, he immediately stepped forward and in front of Izumo, raising his arms protectively. They had encountered so many crazy fans already together that Jason was used to having to protect Izu. Not that she couldn't fight for herself but he felt obligated to care for his year-long best friend. With an intense expression, one that was showing that he was not willing to back down at all, Jason stared at the much more intimidating than before Marius, before he decided to run away, making sure they understood that he wanted to be left alone.

Once he was gone, both Jason and Izu let out a sigh of relief which was followed by a few seconds of silence. This encounter was enough to get both of their hearts racing, Marius surely made an impression on them. "T-That was something..."
Izumo eventually said to break the silence.
"It sure was." Jason added. Only a moment later he suddenly gave Izu a smug grin. "I have seen a lot of somethings and boy let me tell you, this sure was one of them."
Izu replied by looking him dead in the eyes with a neutral expression. "Quite meme-ing, we have to find the"
Though once Izu had turned around she couldn't help but smile. Even in these situations, Jason always knew how to cheer her up.
"Whatever you say Ma'am."

Afterwards, both went on their search to the starting point of the exercise. They didn't follow the tracks left behind by Marius since his warning was quite clear and another confrontation would be less than favorable, he had made that much clear. Luckily for them, the rest of the search was relatively uneventful It took them about 15 more minutes until they had arrived at a larger plaza where dozens of students were already waiting. They both agreed that this must be the place... now to wait until the exercise begins. Until it would start, both just idled and chatted about the upcoming task ahead and their different strategies. They rehearsed some fighting techniques of one another and helped each other out in analyzing weaknesses and the like. One could say that both got really invested into this whole hero ideal, and Jason really seemed to brighten up in this conversation.

Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


While Izumo had to keep up her cheerful persona when facing the public, since she had to keep up the role and impression of an idol wherever she went, Jason did not have such a burden. He was able to stay wary of the situation and had no need to show a certain face to the public at all, since his face was barely known after all. He was seen with Izumo here and there naturally, but he had no cult following like Izumo did. But even he knew what kind of weird and, occasionally, dangerous people existed in this world that other famous people had to deal with before, which usally did not end too well, so he knew that it was better to be save than sorry and kept up his intimidating expression. Luckily for the both of them and unluckily for the anxiety-riddled canine boy, it seemed to be working. A bit too well in fact since he was not even able to get a single word out when they were facing him.
Izumo on the other hand waited patiently for the guy to answer, or rather, do anything at all. Keeping up her warm smile she'd make sure to keep eye-contact, not knowing just how much worse that made it for poor Marius. Though even for her this situation slowly became quite awkward and the people around them who were noticing it were really not helping either. What made it worse was that the crowd around them was full of teenagers, people who were naturally Izumo's main audience so she was just praying that none of them followed the kind of scene she caters to. "This is drawing too much attention!" she thought to herself. Even Jason realized the amount of people that were gathering, luckily it were only roughly about 8-10 people.

Eventually, the worst case scenario occured.

Someone screamed out the name of Izumo. "Are you alri-" she said just a moment before she was interrupted by the shouting. Immediately the same roughly 8-10 people gathered around her and Jason quickly and simply pushed the unknown canine boy away from them in a cruel fashion. Obsessed fans were the worst. Jason instantly positioned himself in front of Izumo to block off anyone who tried to get too close to her with a stern expression whereas the idol herself raised her arms up and tried to calm everyone down.
"E-Everyone please! I will gladly sign whatever you want to, but I am here in my free-time so I would highly appreciate it if you could give me my privacy?"
And so, Jason began directing traffic. Both had already forgotten about poor Marius...

It took them a while but eventually everyone was satisfied as they had received an autograph and a picture with the idol herself! Naturally, on each picture she did a cute pose like a peace-sign for example with a wide and cheerful smile to fit with her idol-persona. Since these fans were all aspiring heroes, they understood that they needed to respect her privacy and personal space which is why they were satisfied after an autograph. "Everyone!" Izumo shouted out to the group of people who were now standing gathered in front of her with Jason next to her. "Thank you so much for all your support! It is thanks to you that I am able to keep going despite all the hardships in my way. Fans like you are the reason why I exist! So please..." Izumo closed her eyes, widened her smile and put her right hand on her hip with her elbow extended outwards and then proceeded to push out that hip a little for a more idol-esque and pretty pose. Her left arm wandered into the air and showed a thumbs up above her head with the arm fully extended.
"Do your best in the exam for me!"
The way she talked directly to the chance with her cute voice, combined with that cute/sexy posed cause the crowd to roar out with a loud cheer.
"Yes Izumo!!! Thank you!!
The idol gave them all a wave and then proceeded to step away from them together with Jason.

Eventually both were around the next corner and away from the preying eyes of her fans. Finally she dropped her smile and sighed out.
"Why does this always happen..."
Jason sighed out in relief too. "You have too many fans Izumo. But..." he mustered her and gave her a cheeky smile.
"Don't pretend like you don't like the attention."
Izu in turn replied by sticking out her tongue teasingly and playfully with a soft smile. "Duh!" and then, both laughed it off happily.

While they attempted to escape the fans' eyes, they did not even notice where they went precisely. For better or for worse they ended up next to a familiar face without even noticing it...
Right next to them was that dog-boy from earlier! They did not even notice him as they were laughing and talking, so mayhaps he still had a chance to escape them before they noticed him? Despite the fact that they were standing practically next to him, they were too focused on the fans initially to really notice him, but that would soon change.


Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


"This seems to be the right place."

Jason took another look around their position, letting his eyes stroll over the many partially broken down buildings which almost made this place look like a massive set of ruins. If this location wasn't specified in the informative sheets they've received, Jason would've never even thought about going there, Izu surely thought the same thing. However, despite the eerie athmosphere surrounding them there were also occasionally other people who were roughly about the same age as Izu and Jason, implying that they were indeed right.

"Well..."

Izumu took out her phone to check the time. The case of the phone was a blue case with a white clef on the back and added cat-ears on top of the case. her eyes gazed upon the screen as it lit up, only to let it disappear in her bag again a short moment later.

"We still have a little while until everything starts so I figure we should just wait?"

Jason answered that question with a nod of his own. Both were less talkative than they usually were when being with one another. After all, They've known each other for over ten years at that point. Their friendship even helped benefit them as Izu was able to use Jason's knowledge in technology, since he just was that tech-savvy, in the early days when she tried to become an idol. He was the one who showed her how to do her sound, showed her what equipment to buy and was always by her side when she was doing important steps in her career. However, as it was usual for childhood friends, there was never any romantic interest in one another. They just were really good friends!
The silver-haired boy crossed his arms in front of his chest.

"I don't like that we don't know what kind of challenge awaits us."
Jason said to break the weird silence.
"Yeah, they never tell that beforehand. We are supposed to be prepared for the unprepared or something, as it is common for heroes."

Even Izumo would have much rather prepared more beforehand, but the lack of knowledge proved to be a problem for every student who wanted to attend the hero school, and everyone would have to overcome that obstacle.

While both of them continued to converse, talking about the exercise and everything else surrounding the situation (The city, the other people, their expectations regarding their time at the school and more) someone decided to creep up on the group of two (hopefully) soon-to-be students. A canine boy had crouched and frozen in place beneath both of them, not letting his eyes off of Izumo. While they were talking they barely paid any notice to him, it was only after a few minutes that Jason would finally notice the odd behavior.
Since the canine boy was crouching behind Izu's back, the silver-haired boy had to lean to the side in order to acknowledge him directly. Jason stared at him for a few seconds before awkwardly talking to Izu again.

"Izu... it seems that we have a ... code CF here."

The code CF was one of the many codephrases they thought of in case anything related to her idol career happened. Naturally, given the way the canine was staring at Izu, Jason assumed he was some kind of socially awkward fan who didn't dare to talk to her. Hence the code "CF" (=Crazy fan).

"Oh?"

The idol girl turned around aswell to face the new person whom both of which had not seen before.
She was used to dealing with strange fans, naturally an idol like her couldn't just react negatively to any awkward or weird approaches, that would quickly result in backlash all over the web! Even weird fans like this guy would have to be treated well by Izu, as tough as it was. Therefore, Izu gave him a wide and cheerful smile, one that was so typical during her on-screen and on-stage appearances.

"Can I help you?"
She asked cheerfully. Obviously they couldn't have known that he was after her sandwich, it was reasonable to assume that he was a fan since the've dealt with similar situations before. Jason did not smile as cheerfully as Izu did, he kept his arms crossed in front of his body and gave the new boy a sceptic look.

Jason Akizuki


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.

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Izumo Hatsue


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...

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Jason Akizuki


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.

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Izumo Hatsue


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.

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At the Trainstation




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?" he replied.
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.

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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."



Ruby Mamoru


Truth be told, Ruby wasn't that interested in the conversation and situation at hand. Maybe if she had been involved from the start it would be different, but as of now she was just sitting there, not part of the conversation and just kind of staring into nothingness. It was tough for her to create a connection with the other girls, which she wanted to, but she couldn't get over herself to initiate something on her own. Secretly the neko had hoped someone would talk to her first, but as always that seemed to be ocurring anytime soon. She couldn't blame them though; Ruby wasn't the most inviting personality at first glance, that much she already knew, and sitting there quietly didn't help her case very much either.

However, eventually, while sitting there and just quietly absorbing the surrounding happenings, someone did decide to approach her. Someone rather unexpected.
Ruby lifted her head up to face the person who had just mentioned her last name, which was a rather unusual way to greet a fellow classmate. It made sense though, considering the one it originated from wasn't the most usual of people anyways.
Both of Ruby's feline ears twitched once when her eyes met with Dulga's gaze. They had already twitched before when Roy knocked on the wall, though that was just a natural reaction to the sound. Up until now, Ruby was sure she maybe only ever spoke to Dulga once or twice so this training invitation came somewhat out of the blue. In that sense however, it was exactly what Ruby was looking for! Someone else initiating interaction.
After around 3 seconds of awkward silence Ruby finally replied and lifted up her bandaged hands which were fully covered in the white bandages. "As long as these injuries from my last training session won't hinder, then I wouldn't mind."

@Silver Carrot @Norschtalen @Aerandir @Heartfillia @pkken @Ryonara




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While the conversations between the friends, classmates and acquiantances kept up their natural pace in this more than familiar environment of the dorm's main room, a presence decided to sneak its way into the room. The presence was not visible, not audible and left no other traces whatsoever. Even someone with the refined and enhanced senses like Ruby, or the intense training of Dulga would not be able to notice it entering the room. They were being infiltrated without anyone noticing, it was as if there was the sudden presence of a ghost.

But what was it really? While they were having their casual conversation, a friendly dynamic between most people that were there, it stayed hidden in its domain, listening in silently. The whole time there was a wide grin on its lips. How long had it been there? That was something only it could know, but after the appearance of the boy with the blond hair, it finally decided to make an appearance; To be revealed.

After all, where is the fun in staying hidden all the time? She wanted to play.

The table in the middle of everyone suddenly started moving. However, it didn't move forward nor backward, it did not shift to the right and neither did it shift to the left. The table, without any explanation, with no noise, no visual indicator of any change of reality, suddenly began... floating. Slowly it ascended, floating above the heads of the sitting students at a height of around 2 meters. The state of affairs would remain for another 20-ish seconds before suddenly, a hand appeared from... within the table. It was a light-skinned hand, fully visible and non-transparent and a female one too. The hand followed and arm and this continued until the whole upper body of a girl who looked to be roughly the same age as everyone else in the room appeared, her lower body was still nowhere to be seen as her upperbody had fully emerged from the table.

The white-haired girl opened her eyes to reveal a bloody red color as she stretched herself and lifted both of her arms above her head, her hands pointing to the ceiling. She took a deeeeep breath before suddenly letting out a loud

"Kiiiiiiiiiyoko is heeeeeeeeere!"




The girl looked on the faces of everyone present in the room with a wide signature grin. However, immediately afterward, the table suddenly stopped floating and crashed to the floor where it was standing before with hopefully noone in the way. The loud BANG! which it made hopefully breaking the tense athmosphere, if it wasn't already broken by the shout.
What remained was a girl fully dressed in white with white hair, a pure color which rivaled that of actual snow, red eyes and matching earrings which looked like crystals. The only thing not white about her were her black pants and matching shoes. The girl's skin was equally pale!

Unlike the table, Kiyoko did not came crashing down. She was floating in the air, above the heads of everyone and she assumed the position of someone laying on their stomache on their bed (Only she was still floating of course and seemingly laying on air), her head resting on her arms and her feet were pointing to the ceiling as she wiggled them slightly, observing the people beneath.

"What's up 1-A!"

@pkken @Heartfillia @Norschtalen @Aerandir @Ryonara @Silver Carrot @Zeroth


Ruby Mamoru


Almost in an idle way, Mia scratched Ruby's ear. Now of course it was one thing to be so touchy to someone she had barely met and it felt a bit agressive for Ruby, but that wasn't exactly the problem that the neko had with it. What Mia couldn't know was that Ruby's cat-ears on top of her head were very sensitive. To the point where just being scratched there almost paralyzed her from the sensation. If she were asked to describe the feeling, Ruby would describe it feeling like someone touched your neck but you are also very ticklish and it is 100x more intense. While it could be a nice thing to do for a loved one, like her mother always did, or her partner in the future as a romantic gesture, having an acquaintance like Mia do it almost felt a bit inappropriate.
In her usual demeanor, Ruby tried to react as little as possible, to not make it so apparent why it was such an awkward situation.

The neko's cheeks blushed somewhat visibly and she quietly waited for Mia to stop while staring into basically nothing intensely.
Yup; That was her way of dealing with it. She felt that it'd be rude to interrupt the conversation and she also didn't want to make Mia feel embarrassed, which she probably wouldn't anways. So for now, Ruby just endured it quietly.

Besides, listening in on the conversation was more interesting! And... even if by someone like Mia, being scratched behind her ear was somewhat comforting as it reminded her of back home where her mother would always do the same while Ruby grew up. Though maybe saying that would make it a bit... weird.
The conversation about boys was not one Ruby could really join in on, but just being there felt kind of nice. It wasn't a very meaningful conversation topic-wise for Ruby, but just being there was important. Since she never really had friends, Ruby always kind of felt isolated in a way. However, being here in the middle of a conversation between girls about boys and the likes made her feel... included. Like she was not an outsider, but rather part of the group; Even if she was just more or less present without adding any comment. It was a warm and kind feeling inside of Ruby.

Besides, she wouldn't be able to add much anyways. After all, Ruby neither had a crush currently, nor could she really properly judge the boys that were part of her class. So far none of them particularly stood out to her... though she hadn't had much interaction beforehand anyways.

@Silver Carrot @Aerandir @Ryonara


Ruby Mamoru


It really seemed like the two girls were warming up a bit after the initially rather cold introduction which was typical for their respective character. It was an unusual scene for the catgirl, but she surely wasn't against it. While not expressing that attitude outwards, as usual; Ruby did enjoy this little conversation of theirs which had shifted greatly from the start- Such friendly and idle chatting about someone who shared some interests, even if not the same ideologies, appealed even to a more introverted personality like Ruby's. Truth be told she was amazed by some of the other students' motivations for becoming heroes. They were like multi-page essays compared to her empty sheet with only one sentence. It almost felt like her reasoning was lacking in comparison to her classmates; But luckily Ruby was not the type of character to fall down into such a depressive ideological sinkhole so the catgirl could quickly brush the thought aside and keep her focus on the other girl.
One word which Mina mentioned was "Tournament" and it had sparked Ruby's interest to an extend where her ears twitched slightly upon picking up the soundwaves.
Though before she could really ask for further explanations, they both got distracted. Ruby was taken back to the reality that this was indeed the girls' dorm's common area meaning that anyone could enter at any time. A fact that the neko would be reminded of again very soon.

Their conversation basically abruptly ended as Mina seemed interested in listening in on the ongoing conversation in the other group that was there sitting on the other side. She even, not so sneakily attempted to listen in by moving in closer inch by inch. Naturally Ruby did not have such issues as she could hear them clearly although the self proclaimed well-mannered girl did not do so at first out of respect for their privacy. Once her name was audibly dropped next to Mina's, even Ruby began listening in-
It didn't sound bad at all. While she had barely ever spoken a word to Dulga, she seemed like the type of person who would do a proper efficient almost boot-camp like trip to train their abilities- Especially the last sentence spoken by Dulga got to her. "No Drama, just fighting" An offer the neko could hardly refuse. She never shied away from extra-phsyical training to improve her own body and, judging by Mina's interest in the conversation, the self-announced lightbulb possibly wanted to go as well. But even then... Ruby did not know how to approach them! How does one approach another group of girls that they hardly know? It sounded like it would require at least 5 levels of social skills! The poor catgirl hardly had one. For someone who was not afraid to get shot at, this social situation posed a huge threat considering it was her who'd have to approach someone and not the other way around like it had always been up to this point. Ruby trembled a bit and gulped before looking over to Mina again.
Mina.... Mina! She was her opportunity; Her chance! She clearly seemed interested so maybe they could just go over there together and Mina would happily announce their interest in the trip to which Ruby would have to do nothing but follow the lead and everything would work out nicely.

The catgirl played the scenario out in her mind and was just about to lean over to talk to Mina before someone else decided to make an appearance... Someone who brought up memories.
Seeing that very overwhelming girl shriek her presence into the room and bearhug the poor innocent girl from behind. What a scene! The neko was practically trembling in her chair again. Last time they interacted Mia had abused a power pointer to completely embarass the catgirl and her feline characteristics... a slight blush had appeared on Ruby's face by now.
Maybe she would not notice them though! Maybe Ruby still had a chance before-
"Oh Fu"
The neko thought to herself before she was pulled into a very warm and light squeeze.
In an attempt not to lose her composure, Ruby was notably stiff which the affectionate Mia would likely notice and the wink did not exactly help either. Nonetheless Ruby would keep her manners, keep up her good behavior and be at least greet someone who seemed so delighted to see the two of them.
"H-Hey Mia... it is nice to see you. I am good; I hope you are as well."
Mia could possibly feel something furry brush aside her as Ruby made her tail move to the opposite side of Mia so that the bubbly girl could not do any feline-abusive shenanigans again. Especially not in front of so many people!
Sitting with one arm around her Ruby's attention was dragged away from the camp rather quickly; Though she'd be sure to return to it soon together with Mina hopefully. The purple-haired neko didn't really listen in to Mina and Mia's conversation though with ears as sensitive as hers it was difficult not to.

@Silver Carrot @Aerandir

Jason Akizuki




Izumo Hatsue


Both of them had barely noticed how they had approached the same person who so awkwardly caused the scene that lead to the fans swarming them in the first place. However, once they had noticed the shy guy, both Izumo and Jason stopped in their tracks as the unknown boy seemed to take on a rather defensive and agressive posture. While they couldn't really expect what was about to happen, Izumo decided that she felt really bad for what had happened because of her popularity, so she wanted to apologize to him as awkward as he was. The girl reached out a hand toward him and was about to say something when-
"Hey there! Sorry about what ha-"
Then he started transforming and barking. Izumo was frightened by the sudden and drastic change of tone. So much so that she let out a small squeeling noise and pulled her arm back! "E-Ehh!"

Naturally, as it was common with Jason, he immediately stepped forward and in front of Izumo, raising his arms protectively. They had encountered so many crazy fans already together that Jason was used to having to protect Izu. Not that she couldn't fight for herself but he felt obligated to care for his year-long best friend. With an intense expression, one that was showing that he was not willing to back down at all, Jason stared at the much more intimidating than before Marius, before he decided to run away, making sure they understood that he wanted to be left alone.

Once he was gone, both Jason and Izu let out a sigh of relief which was followed by a few seconds of silence. This encounter was enough to get both of their hearts racing, Marius surely made an impression on them. "T-That was something..."
Izumo eventually said to break the silence.
"It sure was." Jason added. Only a moment later he suddenly gave Izu a smug grin. "I have seen a lot of somethings and boy let me tell you, this sure was one of them."
Izu replied by looking him dead in the eyes with a neutral expression. "Quite meme-ing, we have to find the"
Though once Izu had turned around she couldn't help but smile. Even in these situations, Jason always knew how to cheer her up.
"Whatever you say Ma'am."

Afterwards, both went on their search to the starting point of the exercise. They didn't follow the tracks left behind by Marius since his warning was quite clear and another confrontation would be less than favorable, he had made that much clear. Luckily for them, the rest of the search was relatively uneventful It took them about 15 more minutes until they had arrived at a larger plaza where dozens of students were already waiting. They both agreed that this must be the place... now to wait until the exercise begins. Until it would start, both just idled and chatted about the upcoming task ahead and their different strategies. They rehearsed some fighting techniques of one another and helped each other out in analyzing weaknesses and the like. One could say that both got really invested into this whole hero ideal, and Jason really seemed to brighten up in this conversation.
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