Cramming away


During Cram school, Ami runs into a strange young woman who is struggling to stay awake. Apparently Masu goes to the same cram school she does. The two talk for a bit, after all, as two perfectly normal girls without any magical powers at all, they have a lot to talk about.

Date: 2018-11-03
Pose Count: 30
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 15:41:45 99676
Masu Yogoshi was a good student. Had good grades, studied a lot. Was training to become a medical chemist. Granted, she wasn't as good as the queen of brains herself, Ami. Well. Except in her narrow field. Masu could likely at least give her a run for her money then. But the important thing was that Masu was a good student... Normally.

Except lately, her eyes had been darker and she had seemed incredibly drowsy during classes. She'd.... actually fallen asleep once. Her grades had suffered... just a bit, accordingly, but now people were teasing her for 'trying to show off by doing it in her sleep.'

The real reason? Her Chimera project. It was burning the candle at both ends lately. She was trying to focus. Trying to pay attention. Trying to not give up... But... She'd fallen asleep again. She was resting with her elbow on the desk, a hand holding her face up... She didn't notice as the teacher clapped herh ands and dismissed everyone... instead just sitting there as others started to file out...

Until she suddenly shrieked and her eyes went wide, her head falling off the hand and crashing to the desk. That brought a rush of laughter as she quickly pulled herself back up, pinching the bridge of her nose.

Someone a few floors away just had a rough breakup. It had slammed into her barriers, and so smashed against her with enough power to wake her.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 15:44:48 99677
Ami isn't laughing. Instead, she looks at Masu with concern. She's never fallen asleep in class, but she has been very tired before. But, instead of approaching right away, she leans against the wall outside the door, waiting for Masu to exit the classroom. She clutches her bookbag and bites her lip.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 15:56:40 99678
Masu Yogoshi was bright red when she got up. She could feel it, though they didn't know it. The mocking internal laughter. The desire for insults. The way they laughed and jeered towards her amongst themselves. She bagged her things and got to her feet. They didn't understand. She was achieving things that they could only dream of...

She headed towards the door and... stopped. Someone was concerned. Outside the door. Probably a--

When she stepped out and saw WHO it was... well, she couldn't help looking a little shocked, before her face adopted its rather... calm, void-like mask she adopted so well. "Mizuno-san? Can I help you?" she asked. Before giving a yawn, and covering her mouth with her hand.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 15:57:51 99679
Ami gives a little smile. "I wanted to make sure you're all right, Yogoshi-san," she says. "Is everything okay?" Her earnest honesty rolls off her in waves, the kind that no one could miss, even without magic.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 16:02:45 99680
Masu Yogoshi blinked a few more times, hiding her confusion this time. She'd never really thought of Ami as.... Anything. Just another kid here. A bit snobbish. Smart. Way too smart. She didn't think she'd care, though. And it was ernest. Warm. Weird.

"It's fine. I haven't been sleeping well, that's all... I don't think I missed much... At least not much I didn't already know." Just a tad arrogant. Just a little bit.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 16:13:15 99681
Ami nods, but looks unconvinced. Still, she bows. "Good luck on your upcoming exams, Yogoshi-san. I'm glad you're all right, even if you're not sleeping well." And she turns to go.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 16:23:22 99682
Masu Yogoshi blinked a few times, staring. "You.... know my name?" she asked softly. And then flushed as she realized she said that out loud. She shook her head. "Ummm... t-thanks. I need to get to the hospital anyway..." she mumbled as she started walking as well.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 16:24:30 99683
Ami Mizuno tilts her head and pauses, looking at Masu oddly. "Of course I do. We're in the same class," she murmurs, before blinking. "Hospital?" she asks with some concern.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 16:32:47 99684
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "I-I know. Do you know everyone's name there? Or just your competition?" she asked, with just a hint of teasing. "Oh. My mother works there, she's a pharmacist. I pick up my little brother and then head there to volunteer. I'm not dying, if that's what you're worried about." Well... there were rumors that she'd been hospitalized a few months back, after being hit by an accident.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 16:33:25 99685
Ami nods, relieved, before answering Masu's question. "I know everyone's name in class," she says softly, blushing a little. "I'm glad you're okay, Yogoshi-san."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 16:38:04 99686
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "Oh. You're as impressive as I though, Mizuno-kun," she mumbled. But, then again, she supposed Ami didn't have anything to worry about aside from classes. No monsters to fight, no research, no magical girls interupting her plans. Just a normal girl.

... Actually, that sounded nice. "You're... welcome to come along, if you like..." she added softly.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 16:38:56 99687
Ami Mizuno blushes a little. "I'd... like that, Yogoshi-kun." And she'll walk along with Masu in silence for a bit.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 16:49:52 99688
Masu Yogoshi nodded, holding her book to her chest. "So... Mizuno-kun. Any special plans for this school term?" she asked with a small smile. Only a few years and we graduate. Have you decided which college you'll be going to, yet? I assume you've already sent in your applications."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 16:55:09 99689
Ami Mizuno blushes. "I've made a few decisions. I want to be a doctor, so I'm sending applications to Germany..." she explains shyly, eyes downcast.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:02:11 99690
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "A doctor? That explains it, then. I'm going to become a medical chemist," she said firmly. "We may even end up doing work together in the future. Well... possibly. What made you decide to be a doctor?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:03:18 99691
Ami Mizuno shrugs and smiles. "That would be nice," she says, eyes bright, before shrugging again. "My mother is a doctor. I want to follow in her footsteps," she explains. "You?"
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:08:44 99692
Masu Yogoshi smiled. "Been volunteering at the hospital since I was a child. I've always loved chemistry ever since I was a child. It's just..." she trailed off for a moment. "I love mixing ingredients together and coming up with new reactions. I love the way that mixing different compounds in different ways cause different things to exist. I love... the way it helps people," she mumbled. "And being a doctor wouldn't really work. I'm not... good with people. I'm a bit cold. And a doctor needs a good, warm bedside manner."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:10:11 99693
Blushing, Ami says, "Then maybe I'm not the best person for it. I'm a bit cold myself..." And she looks down at the floor.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:20:34 99694
Masu Yogoshi gave a shrug. "You don't seem very cold to me," she said with a shrug. "You're quite nice. You seem a lot warmer to me." Pause. "Well... At least inside. You seem fairly cold in class." Geeze...

"You're the only one who seemed more interested in checking in on me than mocking me, at least."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:27:26 99695
Ami Mizuno grins crookedly. "Gotta be cold in class," she teases softly. "There are no friendships in competitions." She winks, before nodding. "That's true enough."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:32:15 99696
Masu Yogoshi cocked an eye. "Why? Just because I am a superior human being doesn't mean I can't befriend the little people," she said in the calmest, firmest tone. "After all, if I didn't befriend those dumber than me, who would I?" she asked... before smiling. 'That... was a joke." Mostly.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:32:50 99697
Ami Mizuno blinks, and then gives a tentative smile. "I see," is all she says in an amused tone.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:41:08 99698
Masu Yogoshi coughed and looked away. "Y-yeah. As I said... I... come off as a bit cold..." she mumbled softly, her cheeks burning. "Though, I imagine you of all people wouldn't be able to make any friends then. I've seen your scores. I may be able to compete with you in chemistry, but... everything else...."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:43:35 99699
Ami Mizuno gives a little shrug and a warmer smile. "It's ok. Everyone's different," she says. And then she shrugs. "I just... like to learn," she says awkwardly.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:48:56 99700
Masu Yogoshi was silent for a moment, before nodding. "I see. That's a good way to go through life. It--"

"Onii-san!" a voice called out, making her jump. Were they here already? A small, young boy ran up and... Masu smiled. It was a different smile. It wasn't forced, it was real. Genuine happiness as a young boy ran up. She gave him a tight hug, leaning down to hold him. She then got to her feet, letting him go and taking his hand. "Mizuno-kun, this is my little brother, Yasiki. Yasiki, this is Ami Mizuno. She's one of my classmates from cram school."

The child nodded and gave a timid little wave, hiding behind Masu. The older girl took his hand and slowly pulled him along. "Come on. Let's go see mommy," she said with a nod.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 17:57:35 99702
Ami Mizuno smiles warmly at the boy and gives a solemn little bow. "It's nice to meet you, Yasiki-kun," she says seriously, before smiling again. "It's a pleasure to meet you." And then she follows Masu and Yasiki to visit their mom at work.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 17:59:08 99703
Masu Yogoshi nodded and walked with her and... "So what did you do at school today?"

"Ummm... we had a.... a guest speaker today. About the emergency rescue people. He was a fire fighter... he was really cool..." He kept casting glances towards ami. Curious ones.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 18:01:13 99704
Ami Mizuno looks back at Yasiki every time she feels his gaze on her, smiling. Her eyes are bright. She listens to the siblings, cheerful.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-03 18:05:29 99705
Masu Yogoshi cringed when her brother said what he said next. "Are we going for another checkup today?"

"No. Not until next week. I'll let you know."

"She's not a doctor, is she?"

"No, not yet."

"Is she a part of your ummm..."

"My internship? No. She's just a classmate. That's all, Yasiki," she said firmly, making the child cringe. She sighed. "Want to get some ice cream before we see mom?"

"Really?!"

"Yes, just don't tell mom."

"YAY!" he yelled, before running off ahead. Masu sighed, and then glanced back. "This will take a while. You're free to go, if you like. We've almost gotten to the hospital, anyway."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-03 18:07:12 99706
Ami Mizuno gives a little bow, and can't help but look curious. Still, she won't ask questions. "I'll talk to you at cram school tomorrow, Yogoshi-san." And she walks off with a smile, but curiosity in her heart.