Melody: Melody walks into the bedroom and abruptly drops the stuff from the ritual on the floor beside her desk and then flops down onto her bed face down
well that was intense
Melody: Uh what was that *turns over onto her back *
Kaze: just agreeing with you
still kinda out of it like she was when she was staring at the fire but not catatonic
Melody: sigh I should probably go throiugh the Dean’s books but I’m too tired right now
I should probabl call Gen, too.
Kaze: ok Kaze curls up on her bed with her back to Melody after pulling the picture out of her desk drawer
Melody: That ritual drained me though, I’m getting a shower and relaxing. All go through this junk tomorrow.
walks into the bathroom and you hear the water turn on
Kaze: ok Kaze still curled up on her bed
Melody: some time passes and eventually the water stops and Melody comes out swathed in her favorite green towel
I feel sooo much better now
Kaze: still curled up on her bed with the picture but is awake
Melody: wha are you look at?
rolls over and tries to hid the pic under her pillow
Melody: alright no more mopey time! * pounces onto Kaze’s bed and proceeds to tickle her*
Kaze: oww Kaze could not help but laugh
what did you do that for
Melody: well you weren’t paying attentin and that was the first thing I could think of flopping down onto the bed
so what are you looking at?
Kaze: a picture of a friend I left back in Japan
Melody: oh..I guess you probably miss your friends from Japan huh?
I feel so strange here
like I don’t belong
Melody: that’s just because you’re not used to America
I would probably feel the same in Japan
Kaze: yeah being away from everyone you have ever known is something I hope you don’t have to go through
Melody: well, remember you already have at least one friend here in America
Kaze give a slight bow since she is sitting on the bed
Melody: opps I think I’m getting you all wet let me dry off
- gets up and starts to dry off with towel she had wrapped around her^
Kaze: I guess I should get a shower to clean my body and clear my head
Melody: * grabs hair brush off night stand, throws towl to a chair and then sits on her bed to brush her hair*
okay, go get clean
I’ll be here
Melody: sits naked on her bed brushing her hair
Kaze: Kaze grabs a towel and some clothes from her dress and walks into the bathroom
after a short time the water stops running and Kaze comes from the bathroom dressed in thin grey pants and black top
it still is strange that it does not take as long to shower anymore not really talking to anyone in perticular
Melody: huh why do you say that?
Melody reaches under her bead and pulls out a lotion bottle and starts meticulously applying lotion
she starts with her feet and then legs, still sitting on her bed
Kaze: my hair used to be alot longer
looks over at Melody and throws her towel at her
Melody: wow I bet it was pretty
Kaze: naked again
Kaze: at least but a shirt on
Melody: sorry I forgot, I had to put my lotion on pouts
Melody: why what?
Kaze: why the lotion
Melody: just something I like to do at the end of a stress ful day
It’s almost as good as meditating
it’s very cleansing for the spirit
starts up lotioning agian this time on her stomach and going to her arms and breasts
And very relaxing as well as leaving my skin soft. *giggle
Kaze: Kaze turns away from Melody
just let me know when you are finished
Kaze starts to brush her black and purple hair
Melody: hhmm oh yea
- walks over to her dresser and pulls an old Bob Ross t-shirt that came down past her rear and strained against her chest*
here let me do that for you * sits down on Kaze’s bed and starts to brush her hair fo rher*
Kaze: You don’t have too Kaze tried to take the brush from Melody
Melody: that’s the point! I know I don’t have to but I want to Kaze * keeps the brush away from Kaze’s reach*
Melody: I"ll fight you for it raises and eyebrow if you want
Kaze: I still don’t understand why you are being so nice to me
Melody: why not?starts brushin Kaze’s hair we’re roommates, already friends and ..and hopefully we’ll be closer friends
I would like that
it is just hard to make friends
Melody: I will admit I don’t have that many friends back homebut that’s just because some people think my family is weird
Kaze: because of your magic?
Melody: I guess
There are some ladies in town that would love to shut down our store
Kaze: Even though my family’s shrine has been around for many years there people that still see our shrine as a place to be avoided
Melody: * slowly brushin Kaze’s hair, occasionally rubbing up against as she reaches toward the front of her hari*
I guess not everyone is accepting as were are
Kaze: Kaze paused for a moment in thought but said nothing out loud to Melody
Melody: Well we each seem to have had problems with people because of our magic but we became friends
Kaze: looks out the window Wow it is really raining hard out there I missing listening to the rain on the roof but Kuroi and Karesu hated the rain gives a slight quiet laugh
I like the rain sometimes it’s fun to go out in the rain
Kaze: oh sorry
Kuroi and Karesu were the names I gave them
I was very young
Karesu means crow in Japanese and Kuroi means black
that’s okay we have a dog named Prince
Prince Charming that is
Kaze: like the man from the Disney Sleeping Beauty
Prince is an Irish setter and he’s definetely “prince charming”
Kaze: he sounds cute
Melody: he has very nice manners for a dog and Malificent hates him
well I guess I can’ brush your hair that much more
I guess not
when it was longer it was past my waist
Melody: wow that’s longer than mine
Mine doesn’t grow that fast and it was shorter when I was younger
why’d you cut it? I’ll bet it was pretty
Kaze: there was um an accident and I had to get it cut Kaze automatically reached up and rubbed the back of her neck
Melody: well that’s a shame, it’s still very pretty though
Melody: falls back onto Kaze’s bed fwump
this rain is making me sleepy
Kaze: Kaze reaches to take the brush from Melody’s hand
Melody: oh yea here you go * hands her the brush*
so um why did you want to room with me
I mean was there a reason beside the magic
Melody: oh you seemd like a neat person when we were talking and I wanted to get to know you
Melody: curls up into a ball on kaze’s bed as she talks to her
Kaze: you seem like you make friends easily
I have always had that problem since I was little
even at a young age people would say
Melody: I like making friends but sometimes it’s not so easy
Kaze: Kaze stops in mid sentence
Kaze: sorry I keep forgetting that magic is not something weird to you
it has always been hard for me to make friend because even at a young age I could see other things that people could not
the other kids thought I was weird
Melody: I can understand that
Mostly people at my old schools just thought I was a weird hippy and then when I moved to Windsor with my aunts they figured I’d be an oddball. I don’t really know why but not everyone like my family as I said and the kids at school seemed to ignore me from day 1 and then tried to make fun of me after that
Kaze: we seem to have a lot in common
Melody: This one guy even tried to grab my boobs once but I kicked him inthe groin
Kaze: I bet the boys still asked you out
never mind then
Melody: That started even more rumors…I dont’ really care what people think but just because they called me a “hippy” they thought it would mean I was “easy”,
eh, most of the boys were dumb jocks and the girls all preppy bitches..not my type at all
Kaze: Kaze smiled as Melody talked about her past watching the girl curled up on her pillows and waving her hands about as she talked
Kaze: so you wanted to come here
Melody: yawn what about you kaze? I bet you had some admirers with your long hair
Kaze: picture Kaze was looking at before is still under her pillow
Melody: my mom wanted me to come here
Kaze: Kaze kinda gets this look on her face with a slight smile
I think more people were afriad of me or just wanted to make fun on me
I thought I had a friend but that turned out not to be true
Melody: that’s too bad, people never know that they are missing when they don’t try to make friends
was that the friend you told me about?
Melody: you mentioned a friend you had in Japan the other day
Kaze: cocks head to the side
no Kaya was the only true friend I had back in Japan
Melody: yea, you had a picture of you and her I think…
Was that who you were looking at earlier?
do you miss her?
Kaze: I though Saki was my friend but she was not
we were close
Melody: Well, maybe she can come visit you
or you her
Kaze: I haven’t spoken to her since I left
Melody: you should be able tocall her at least
Kaze: I don’t know where I would start
Melody: Why not? sits up
if she’s you friend you should talk to her, you said you miss her
Kaze: there was this fight with my parents and I just kinda left over night no word to anyone
she probably thinks I hate her
Melody: yea because you won’t talk to her!
Kaze: that I don’t wanna be friends with her anymore
Melody: send her an email or letter or somethng..don’t let her worry!
If she’s your friend she’s probably worried about you
I mean I would be
Kaze: I guess you are right
Melody: blushes slight
Kaze: are you comfortable
Melody: hehe your bed is comfy with the quilt
Kaze: Kaze reaches out with her foot and lightly nudges Melody’s foot
Kaze: nothing Kaze smiles
Melody: looks a Kaze with a confused look then just smiles and lays back down
Kaze: getting tired
Melody: yea that ritual was exhausting after a long day
Kaze: things happened so fast
I mean that fire
Kaze has a glassed over look again
Kaze: shakes her head to clear her thoughts
So are we sharing a bed tonight Kaze looks at Melody on her pillows
Kaze propped up on one arm at the foot of her bed
Melody: huh oh I guess these beds aren’t that big
but if you wanted to…
Kaze: you look exhausted
Kaze: how about you just stay here on my bed and I just sleep in your bed for tonight so you don’t have to move
Melody: okay… yawn
Melody startsto cuddle up with the pillow on the bed
Kaze: cute Kaze whispers
Melody: * Melody reaches for the sheets but can’t quite reach them*
Kaze gets up and pulls the sheets around Melody
Melody: hmmm mumble mumble..thanks..mumble
Kaze: night Kaze leans down and automatically brushes a strand of hair away from Melody’s face then realizes the picture is still under the pillow but knows she can’t get it with out waking up Melody
Kaze turns off the lamp beside her bed and then goes to Melody’s bed crawls in and turns off the lamp beside Melody’s bed
Kaze: Kaze wakes up in Melody’s bed
looks trying to see if Melody is awake or asleep
Melody: Meloday is awake reading a book snuggled in the covers on Kaze’s bed
back is to Kaze
Kaze: Kaze sneaks over to her side of the room with a grin on her face as she sees Melody breathing and pokes her in the ribs lightly
Melody: aaaahhhhh! * Melody jumps and her book goes flying*
jeez Kaze you scared me.
I didnt’ think you’d be up
Kaze: gomen Kaze giggles
I couldn’t resists
it was just too good of a chance to pass up
Melody: smiles that’s ok
I’m glad you’re in a good mood today
Kaze: you look comfortable
Melody: you were asleep so I figured I would just read until you got up
Kaze: you seemed really tired from last night
umm the ritual I mean
Kaze: says really quickly
so what do you want to do today since classes don’t start monday
Melody: I dunno,
we can explore if you want
Kaze: kaze blushes and quickly turns around
Melody: starts to stretch on the bed almost like a cat
Kaze: explore where kinda stammers explore
Melody: I dunno the school and grounds I gues
Kaze: starts going through her dresser for clothes
Melody: I guess I should dress too
Kaze: you still wanna go to the library don’t you
Melody: * gets up and pulls of tshirt, tosses it in her hamper and walks naked to her dresser*
sure, though maybe we can do that this afternoon*
I’d like to just have some fun before I go back to the library and get studiuos*
Kaze: clothes please Kaze throws her hands up
just don’t do that in front of the other girls
well first I guess we should get some food this morning
I would really love some smoked fish and rice this morning
Melody: Hey maybe tomorrow we can take the bus to the nearby mall and get some sushi!
Kaze: sounds good to me
Melody: so you think the rest of our class would be upset if I walk around naked?
turns around and puts one hand on her bare hip, while the other held some article of clothing
Kaze: I think mostly anyone would be upset if you walked around naked
Kaze: anyone who is not in your family cause apparently from what you have said you all walk around naked
weird Americans Kaze half mumbles but half says it so Melody can hear her
Melody: not really just don’t make a big deal when we are
- runs over to Kaze and smacks her rear* I heard that!
walks back to dresser and pulls out more clothes
Kaze: whhaa! screams jumps and blushes but keeps her back to Melody so she
can not see her blushing but forgets she is standing in front of her dresser mirror
paybacks a bitch
throws on a pair of faded and ripped jeans and a tank top, the jeans have many holes and obviously are not “fashionable torn” but fromk long use
aaah I love these jeas
Melody digs under her bed and pulls out her chest and pulls out a small backpack and proceeds to put some items from her trunk into it
Kaze: Kaze pulls out her plaid uniform skirt, black knees socks and white polo uniform shirt with the school crest on the left breast
Melody: I know lets go to the lake! My aunt told me about a quiet beach that’s hard to get to and we can relax this morning…and take a picnic lunch!
and we can talk more about magic.
- digs out a thin blanket to put in her back pack*
Kaze: um okay
how could we do a lunch though we don’t have food up here
what time is it
Kaze looks for her clock
Melody: well we can get some snacks from the dining hall to take with us
I’m sure they have apples and stuff that we can take and cereal
Kaze: I guess we could grab some of that stuff when we go down for breatkfast
Melody: see that’s the spirit
lets go! starts to leave the room barefoot
Melody: ick, no shoes today
I need to feel the grass between my toes
Kaze: yeah but you gotta wear shoe in the dinning hall
Melody: okay.walks over and grabs flip flops to put on
Are you coming or not Kaze?
Kaze: oh sorry just thinking
yeah I am coming
Melody: heads down the hall and down to the dining hall
Kaze: grabs bag and runs after Melody after locking their door
Melody wait up
Melody: Comeon Slowy mc slow
Kaze: not acting like she does around the other girls
Melody: daylight is wasting
Kaze: seems to be getting more comfortable around Melody
keeps telling herself not to trust too quickly but for some reason finds herself at ease around her roommate and new friend
being hyper gives you the energy to run
catches up with Melody
Melody: I can’t wait to show you the beach Mom told me about
Kaze: aren’t all beaches the same
Melody: haha very funny Kaze
*walks into the dining hall to see very few people there *
I guess everyone is sleeping in today
Kaze: well everyone doesn’t have YOU for a roommater
Melody: yea their loss
Kaze: Kaze smiles
just rolls eyes and did not respond
Melody: hey look they even have bread and those little packs of peanut butter so we can make sandwhiches for lunch!
Kaze: peanut butter and bread?
Melody: sure you’ll love it*starts to make several sandwhichs all at once*
Kaze: Kaze walks away and goes toward the fruit
Melody: good idea we need to bring more than just sandwhichs
Kaze: you like apples
Melody: toss some in the bag
opens up backpack and puts several wrapped sandwhiches in the bag
Kaze: you like green or red apples
Melody: whichever doesn’t matter
takes one of each
too bad it is not closer to lunch and we could not get lunch food
wanna get something to eat before we leave
Melody: grab an extra 2 apples we can have that for lunch while we walk
I wish this was a normal breakfast
Melody: well beggars’ cannot be choosy
heads out of the dining hall
Kaze: I was not much on American food but Obasan Nadine made me pancakes one time years ago and haven’t had them since
Melody: well maybe during the week tey might make pancakes one day
Kaze: so is the lake near here Kaze tries to get to the door first to open it for Melody
Melody: walking down the path to the lake
yes just down the path and through the trees
points ahead of her
what were those flowers back there around the build they looked interesting
Melody: huh oh I think those are petunias
the path they are on starts to wind through the trees and you can see little glimpses of the lake
Kaze: Petunia kinda sounds like the name Perpetua
Melody: yea kinda cool huh?
see that path going off in that direction? It will take us to the main beach for the school points off in the direction of the new path
Kaze: these trees look old but it makes sense cause you said the school has been here awhile and that your mom went here right
where does that path go?
Melody: the main path actually goes around the lake and to the boys school eventually but that’s miles around the lake
we won’t be going that far
I am just looking for a specific tree
Kaze: I know I should probably not ask but why a certain tree
Melody are you there?
Melody: my mom and dad marked it
Kaze: waves hand in front of face
they put their initials on the tree…
anyway mom and Geneva found it the beach not far from there
Kaze: are you okay
Melody: yea just fine
Kaze: I know what it is like to not have loved ones around you
you will see them again someday
Melody: i know
Kaze: the trees are beautiful
makes me think of the festivals I will mis back home
Melody: There’s the tree!’
Melody: * on an old oak tree are the initials carved inside of a heart*
Kaze: wow big tree
Melody: okay let’s see if I can remember where to go from here
Melody puts her hand on the big trunk right where the hear was and turned so the that her arm was at a right angle to the rest of her body
okay then we shoudl go that way then
Kaze: are you sure how do you know that
Melody: * Melody proceeded to walk through the woods occasionally having to go around thick bushes but still keeping the same direction*
trust me I listened to mom’s stories of her first date with Dad and he brought her here
they eventually told Geneva and she put up a few markers too in the woods
Kaze: Kaze tried to keep up but her skirt kept getting attacked by the bushes
Melody: See we’re going the right way
Melody: points to a heart formed from braided vines that was hanging from a nearby tree
Melody: it was about the size of a hand
Melody: what? I promise I won’t get us lost
Melody: we’re on the right track
Kaze: Im kinda stuck in the bush
Melody: oh oops*blushes*
Kaze: well my skirt and the branches
Melody: goes to help Kaze
Kaze: somehow also got tigs/small branches in her hair
Melody: * deftly plucks Kaze’s skirt from the bush and then snags a leaf from her hari*
giggle what am I going to do with you city girl?
Kaze: not me
Melody: once we get there we can cool off in the water
Kaze: I think your American bushes are from Japanese hentai movies
not that I have seen anything like that
says quickly waving her hands
Melody: laughs sure Kaze sure
Kaze: just things I have heard from guys talking
Melody: starts walking back to the lake
come on we only have a little farther to go
I think I see the second sign
take step forward and hears a slight tearing noise
looks down to see her skirt is torn and then realizes Melody is way in front again
Melody: this time the sign was a circle with a cross in the center, hanging int he same manner
Kaze: so runs to catch up with her
Melody: here’s the second sign
Kaze: that is the sign for Earth
see you do know a little of our “american magic”
well ok it’s not really american
The last sign is a star or pentagram and it’s at the beach
Kaze: I studied the western zodiac and some how stumbled on the planetary symbols
Melody: it’s really nice no one can really see it because it’s kinda secluded because of the bushes and the way the lake curves around
Kaze: cause Okasa is American
I wonder if anyone else at school knows about this place
Melody: Mom would never say how Dad found it but Gen thinks he got drunk one night and stumbled down the path trying to get to the girls school and wound up here
Kaze: even hidden I think more than four people would know about it
Melody: well it’s farther than we’re technically suppossed to go from the school
Melody: I guess you missed the sign at the lake turnoff, i think it’s because of the boys school but they say it’s because of wild animals
Kaze: what did the sign say
Melody: dunno something about not going off the path because of black bears or something
Kaze: Kaze quickly looks around
Melody: look there’s the sign..the beach should be throught those bushes!
grabs Kaze’s hand and runs through the bushes dragging her along
just throught the bushes is small grassy area that quickly gave way to sand and the lake
Kaze: oww branchs scraps her bare legs that are not covered by the skirt or knee socks
Melody: sorry look!
Melody: *the beach was in a little cove here the cypress treees were growing in the water on the far wide
Mom said that people think it’s swampy over here because of the trees but for somereason it’s not and it gets shallow by the tress but the middle gets almost 9 feet right before the trees
There’s very little boating and those that do can’t get close to the trees cause it’s shallow and it’s hard to see through those low branches unless you are closer than you can get by a regular boat
Kaze: feels like we are in another world
Melody: Melody walked out on to the sand kicking her flip flops off on the grass with the back and walk out with her hands high to the sun. she closed her eyes and basked in the sun that glowed down
Kaze: Kaze just stands there and watches Meldoy
Kaze thinks Melody has always been a “free spirit” as she put it but here Melody seems different more free to her
Kaze smiles as she watches Melody run
Kaze goes and picks up Melody’s flip flops after she kicks them off
- Melody turns back around and walks to her backpack*
Melody: well I don’t know about you but I"m going to do some sun worship * Melody pulled out the blanket, spread it on the sunny pactch of grass and threw the bag down on one side
more naked roommate
Melody: she then proceeded to shuck out of her clothes and laid down on her back
Kaze: Kaze throws Melody’s flip flops at her
Melody: yes you
Kaze: you are the one with no clothes outside
Melody: you threw dirty shoes at me
oh please this is just as private as our room and I’ll bet more so with all the students down at the other beach
Kaze: they were your shoes
Melody: but you threw them on me
now I need to go wash off
Kaze: they hit your legs
Melody: * gets up and walks to the lake and goes in up to her waist before diving all the way in*
Kaze: I am not getting rid of my clothes Kaze sits down on the blanket and smooths her skirt then looks at the torn part
Melody: scaredy cat!
just not going to thats all
Melody: laughs I knew you would say that
that’s why I put a pair of shorts and a tank top in the bag that you can wear if you want
Kaze: Kaze looks at the nature around here
I don’t know
Melody: I promise I won’t look
starts slowly swimming into the deep water
starts to swim laps in the cove
Kaze: Kaze looks around and then quickly changes
the shorts are baggy on her
stands at the edge of the water
- Melody stops swimming and lays on her back floating int he water*
Kaze: Kaya would love this place not really talking to Melody but talking out loud
Melody: so have you changed yet slightly impatient sounding
Melody: Then come and swim!
slowly gets in the water still unsure
about being there
Melody: Melody starts to swim back to Kaze
Stop worrying and enjoy yourself for a change
Kaze: Kaze still looks unsure
Melody: Melody swims up close, and then quickly splashes her with a big wave of water
Okay now your wet so come on in
Kaze: Kaze laughs and splashes back
water war ensues
Melody: So Kaze * as the splashing subsides*
Melody: I was hoping you could help me with something
Melody: well there’s this spell that Geneva was working on and I wanted to try it out but we didnt
have time before school and I was hoping you could help me with the ritual
Kaze: will you be naked
Melody: I can’t do it by my self
well my back will be bare by necessity
Kaze: do I have to be naked
Melody: laughs harder no
Kaze: okay I will help you
Melody: * climbs out of the water* i’ll need to dry off first and I’ll explain it to you
follows Melody out of the water
Melody: Gen was telling how to do the spell but I would need some one to actually paint my back
that’s where I need your help
Kaze: paint your back
Melody: yep it’s really cool
Kaze: are you sure you want me to paint your back
Melody: you paint these wings on my back during the ritual and then I can call them forth to fly
well I couldn’t go very far since I’m not that powerful yet
I thought it would be good to do after we got into that tight spot with those ghosts and the dean
Kaze: would we not be messing in the relam of the gods
Melody: no it’s actually a very limited spell
it imbues the ink and causes it to spring to life in this case in the form of the wings
Kaze: is it like a tattoo?
but we are only 14
Melody: yea kinda the ink is very similar to hienna but because of the ritual will last until you call them forth
Kaze: what is hienna
Melody: grabs a small towel from bag and dries off
it’s an ink used in many hindi ceremonies and it’s a very long lasting ink
Melody: * melody sets the towel down and pulled the blanket out onto the sand and using a stick proceeded to draw a large circle around the blanket in the sand*
- she picked up an assortment of crystals and stones from her bag and placed them at different points on the circle*
she then pulled out an ink bottle and a long handled brush and a photo copy of a pair of angel wings*
I got this picture online, the wings should be big enough to hold double my weight once the spell is triggered
Kaze: I am not good at painting so if I paint the wings wrong don’t get mad at me I warned you
Melody: take your time, the brush is thin so just think of it as a pen
Melody laid down on the blanket with the towel on her waist and began to slowly start humming
Kaze: you wants this covering your whole back?
Melody: a good majority of it at least
takes the ink and brush and begins lighting drawing an outline on Melody’s back
Melody: while you do that I will meditate and create the energies for the spell
Melody: starts to chant quietly, a slight humming can soon be heard from the stones in the circle
Kaze: not realizing Kaze softly hums to herself as she draws on Melody’s back
after Kaze has the outline draw she looks at Melody’s back and absently runs finger down her back
Melody: suddenly the humming raises to a crescendo and the stones slowly start to levitate off the sand, Melody is still chanting, focused ont he spell
- slight whitish line can be seen connecting the stones creating a visible pentagram and circle instead the larger circle *
Kaze: not sure what is going on Kaze momentarily stops painting
then realizes it is Melody doing it and not someone attacking
Melody: The ink Kaze is using starts to glow faintly
Melody: * Melody stops chanting but the stones remain levitated and humming and the ink still glows*
Kaze: um Melody
Melody: takes a deep breath yes
Kaze: is the ink suppose to be glowing
Melody: yes, sorry I dont’ have to chant anymore til it’s done but …I still ….have to …concentrate…
Kaze goes back to painting Melody’s back
Melody: it’s ok…
why does..Kaya make you …so sad..
I’m sorry….I can feel your pain especially more so while we are joined by the ritual
Kaze: though you had to concentrate
Melody: I do ..it’s getting easier but..it’s only hard to talk ..sometimes
I just have to keep …part of my mind.. on the stones and the focus of the circle
Kaze: Kaya was a good friend
my only real friend
I miss her
Kaze: Kaze continues to paint
Melody: let me know when you finish
Kaze: almost done
Melody: why…were you forced to come to america?
Kaze: I dishonored my father
Kaze: he found out I was in a relationship and did not like that person
Melody: oh thats not so bad though
were your parents strict?
Kaze: you know nothing about Japanese culture do you
Kaze gives a small laugh
Melody: no not a whole bunch
Kaze: ones honor is important
if the child does something dishonorable the father could loose his standing in society
Melody: but dating someone shouldn’t have been that bad
did they get you in trouble with the police or something?
Melody: whoever you were dating
Father just did not approve
Melody: laughs welcome to America, parents never approve of their kids all the time
Kaze: Father thought the person I was with lead me into the relationship
I guess all kids can never live up to what their parents want for them
I was suppose to help run the shrine when I grew older and I wanted to
guess that will not happen now
Melody: Well, if you didn’t become a criminal I dont’ see what the big deal is
but then I guess I more relaxed I guess
How much more is left?
Kaze: sorry got lost in talking to you
Melody: okay…starts chanting again and slowly sits up and rocks back until she can sit Indian style
Kaze: Im not sure how it looks
Melody: * she sits nake and sets her hands palm up on her knees, still chanting steadily*
The crystals start humming louder, like insects buzzing, and start to glow
Kaze: you wanna eat soon
Melody: * the wind starts to pick up and Melody stands up and her hair starts to whip lightly around*
Kaze: Kaze sits and watches
Melody: still chanting Melody slowly seems to float up with the wind
- the chanting starts to getting faster, it’s in a language that Kaze can’t recognize*
Kaze: Kaze stands up as things fly around her
Melody: * Melody lifts her hands as she floats with the wind and crystals*
Kaze: starts to reach out to Melody but then dosen’t
Melody: Melody suddenly switches to English in her chanting
Kaze: are you okay Kaze’s words get lost in the wind
Melody: I beseach you wind to carry me on these wings went the time should come,
Imbue all your strength and might
so that your child can achieve flight
- Melody suddenly shouts more unrecognizable words and suddenly in a flurry of white feathers, wings burst from her back*
and the wind dies down and the crystals are back on the ground and Melody is just under the tree line and slowly returns to Earth and alights on the sand
Thank you wind * Melody murmers quietly*
Kaze: Kaze stands there with her mouth slightly open staring at Melody
Melody: then with a sudden rush the wings seem to get sucked in her back and what Kaze had drawn is now replaced with an even larger representation of wings that continues down her back and butt with the very longest feathers o reaching her down her thighs
Whooooa! that was a rush! * Melody feel to her knees in the sand*
I think I need that sandwhich now
Kaze: Kaze still standing there not moving
Melody: looks up to see Kaze motionless
oh, I guess I should get dressed….
Kaze: Kaze still not responding
Melody: oh crap, * gets to her backpack* did I scare you? Great now you think I"m a freak too
Kaze: no you were beautiful
Melody: starts pulling on her clothes starting with her jeans, and sits down on the blanket with a sandwhich
oh, yea I wasn’t expecting that bit of display, I guess the wind wanted to be playful. The elements are hard to predict. I guess that’s why Geneva wanted to do the spell with me
Kaze: Kaze moves behind Melody and changes from the shorts and shirt borrowed from Melody back into her school uniform
Melody: Man I’m beat
Kaze: Kaze set on the blanket beside Melody and looked out at the water
Melody: I wonder if that usually happens or if it’s because of the telekinesis * she seems to be pondering outloud*
Melody: that would explain why it has to out side…though it is considered one of the Pequot’s nature communion spells… hmm
oh I’m sorry sorry what did you say?
Kaze: you mentioned telekinesis
Melody: oh yea * Melody holds out her hand and the crystals that were still in the sand came quickly to her and began to slowly float above her hand while she used the other hand to eat her sandwhich*
Kaze looks back at the trees around them
here I want you to have this * a stone slowly floats to Kaze while the rest zoom back into the back pack*
It’s a moonstone
It’s the embodiment of the moon and her goddess and is said to help balance women. Maybe it will help you get over your lose of friends and moving here with all us freaks
Kaze: I wish I could be back at the shrine for the festival
every year we have a festival at the shrine
in the autumn and in the spring
the cherry blossoms are beautiful in the spring
I remember going with my family to sit by the river and look at the trees
kinda like we are now
Kaze realizes there is a stone floating in front of her and takes it
Melody: passes Kaze a peanut butter sandwhich and an apple and lays back to look a the clouds in teh sky
Melody: Thanks for the help by the way, I couldn’t have done it without you
Kaze: *Kaze gets a far away look when Melody says ‘the lose of your friend’ *
you are not a freak although it is strange how Kari disappeared
Melody: eh maybe she went home for the weekend
Kaze: Kaze takes the sandwich and apple placing it beside her and takes a bite of the sandwhich
Kaze holding the sandwhich with her left hand and propped up on her right hand her right hand brushes Melody’s left hand
quickly moves her hand away from Melody
Melody: huh? oh
no worries, I don’t have cooties * smiles at Kaze*
Kaze: you look tired
Kaze smiled back at Melody
Melody: yeah I might take take a nap before we go back to the school, I guess we can go to the library when we get back
Kaze: I don’t have a blanket to cover you with this time
Kaze does not realize she says this aloud
Melody: uh what
Melody: what did you say>
Kaze: nothing I was just thinking
Kaze: suddenly Kaze shoots straight up into a sitting position
Melody: whats wrong?
Kaze: what day is it? Aug what?
Melody: um the 22nd I think
Kaze: Kaze gets a panicked look on her face
I forgot the Bon Festival
Kaze: Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed spirits of our ancestors. Even though I am Shinto shrine madien we still practice it. I have never forgotten to honor Obasan Clarice and Ojisan Koji.
Kaze looks if she is going to cry
- melody puts her hand on Kaze’s and squeezes*
can we honor them now?
Kaze: here in a different country and in this school I totally forgot
I guess it would be okay as if I had remembered I would not be able to go to the festival and perform it properly
Kaze gets up and walks out on the sand kneeling facing the trees and her back to the water
first she leans forward with her hands on the sand and head almost touching the sand
Gomen Ojisan Koji and Obasan Clarice
speaks in Japanese
Melody: * Melody quietly watches*
Kaze: I beg your forgiveness in forgetting the Bon Festival
Kaze sits up and stares into the sky
I will do as proper of a ceremony as I can
I hope mother and father honored you this year with the dance
Please watch over me as you always have
I will leave you food tonight before I rest
Kaze claps her hands together twice and before bowing with her head almost touching the sand again
then she sit back up
stands and walks back to Melody
I hope I have not dishonored them making them think I have forgotten them
Melody: I think they should know your true feelings
Kaze: I have there pictures back in our room they are on my dresser
Kaze: I ask them to watch over me everyday before I begin my day
you still tired from the spell
should we head back so you can take a nap before we go to the library
Melody: yes, I wouldn’t mind a midday nap
Kaze: if you still wanna go there
Melody: we could nap here
Kaze: but um
Melody: but I guess we should be getting back
Kaze: Kaze does know what to say
I bet this place would be beautiful at night with a full moon
Melody: knowing me I’d not want to wake up
I’ll have to see whenit is
well, I’ll back up our stuff
Kaze: so do you wanna take a nap here or head back
not paying attention that Melody is packing
too busy looking at the Moonstone Melody gave her
Melody: you’re right we should prolly get back
I’d hate to forget to go to the library and I might forget if I stay out here
Kaze: sleeping out here under the sun you will probably get burned
Melody: I don’t usually burn
Kaze: okay lets head back
but do we have to go through the possessed woods
Kaze: great more scratches
Melody: Now, that I know where it is I can find a way to avoid the bad stuff
Kaze: the branches tore my skirt on the way here
Kaze: Melody you awake
no Gen I don’t want to go to work…
Kaze: throws pillow at Melody from across the room
I’m up I’m up!
Sorry I was a bit worn out
Kaze: Kaze sits on her bed laughing
first time she has really laughed since she has gotten there
Melody: hey stop laughing throws pillow back at Kaze
Kaze: you looked funny
Kaze catches the pillow
you still wanna go catch out the library
Melody: yea lemme throw my clothes back on
Kaze: Kaze is still wearing her school uniform
Melody: Melody hops out of bed wearing just her undies, and threw on her jeans and shirt from earlier
Well, let’s get going
follows Melody out the door
so which way was the library
Melody: That way I think points remember we went the other night
Kaze: kinda shakes at the memory of the fire
oh that is the same place
trying to forget it
Melody: yea, I still need to call my aunts about what happen
so what is the librarian like?
did you say she was a family friend?
Melody: I don’t know, Gen didn’t say much beyond that she got along with her and let her look in the “hidden library” it’s got a lot of occult books we can reference
Hopefully knowing my aunt will help us
Melody: continues down the hall, going to the library
Kaze: Kaze doesn’t see really excited about the library now that she remebers what happened last time she was there
Melody: I think we’re almost there
sees two double doors but strangely there are not burn marks on them
Melody: Pushes open the doors to the library I wonder if she’s in her office?
Kaze: I don’t know
I don’t see her
Melody: I think her office was that way points
walks over to the door
Ms Davis: *as you walk into the the libary, you see a woman….
Kaze: Is that her Melody
Melody: Ms Davis?
walks to the woman she suspects is Ms Davis
Ms Davis: straightening up the libarry. There are chairs and tables that were thrown around
Melody: Oh hi! I’m Melody Harris
Do you remember my aunt Geneva Harris?
Ms Davis: I do not understand why learning must be so messy
Kaze: Kaze does not say anything
Melody: well maybe it’s because knowledge can’t be neat and tidy?
Ms Davis: oh no knowledge can be neat and tidy that is why we have the dewey decil system
Kaze: Kaze is kinda over whelmed by Ms Davis
Melody: but the dewey decimal system was devised by man to organize the knowledge of the universe
Ms Davis: ms davis is trying very hard to upright a large table, the one that u two thrown around.
Melody: walks over to help Ms Davis, grabs one end of the table
Kaze: Kaze follows
Melody: This is Kaze Yamishita, Ms Davis
Ms Davis: oh thank you, for ur hand
Melody: She’s my roommate
Kaze: Kaze bows after they set the table back up
Melody: So my aunt Gen said that you had a lot of “knowledge” and that you helped her a bit in school
Kaze: then looks around neverously like she is looking for something
Ms Davis: *says “hello/good morning” in Japanese and bow slightly
Kaze: Kaze gives a slight smile
Ms Davis: Well, I am tale keeper, and she, ur aunt, help me out a lot more.
Melody: Do you remember my aunt Ms. Davis?
Ms Davis: yes, she was one of my lib. service assistants.
Kaze: Kaze sliently listens to the conversation
Ms Davis: one of my best, the only one I trusted.
Melody: yea, she said she worked with you alot
well, I was hoping that I could do what my Aunt did to help you
Ms Davis: she has a honest face. But you look like u got a lil bit of another girl in you.
Well, Library service is open for any student, here at St P’s.
Melody: My mom was Renee Campbell, I’m told I have her eyes
Ms Davis: Those eyes ……
Melody: Do we have to sign up for the library assistant or do you just pick?
what about my eyes?
Ms Davis: I can see Renee in them, when i look at them….why can’t I see myself in your eyes?"
You are Renee’s child, are you not child?
Melody: maybe you can’t see yourself because they’re eyes, not mirrors
Um, Yes ma’am
Ms Davis: Most just sign up, I only pick the chosen few….
Melody: ok where do we sign up?
Kaze: Kaze still stands there not knowing what to do
Melody: I mean, you do want to sign up too Kaze right?
Ms Davis: you can talk to ur counselor about it..
talk to ur counselor about it..
Kaze: ummm sure
Ms Davis: ahh, the colorful mouse speaks
Kaze: Kaze quickly bows her head
Melody: Kaze’s no mouse
Kaze: looking that the floor
Ms Davis: nibble, nibble like mice, do you like rice?
Melody: whispers to Kaze wow she’s interesting
Ms Davis: a little giggle with her hand in front of her mouth
Kaze: if that is the word you would use Kaze whispers back
Ms Davis: Go ah ma sigh
Melody: Um well, where do we sign up Ms. Davis?
Kaze: Kaze has to smile that Ms Davis is trying to speak her language but also slightly cringes at the American accent in the Japanese
whispers to Melody are you sure this is a good idea
Ms Davis: Oh my, look at us lazy ….mice or is that grasshopper…..
Melody: whispers sure, how else are we going to get to the library?
Kaze: I do not understand
Ms Davis: Why do we not be like busy ants and get this job done, these tables and chairs will not move them self…or will they….
Kaze: whispers to Melody I am starting to think I could have gotten a worse roommate than you
Melody: sighs sure let’s get these tables sorted out starts putting chairs in order
whisper hehe you ain’t lying
Kaze: What should I do Davis-sensei
Ms Davis: and looks at you two.
ok, you help her with these and let me ..
Kaze: looks at Melody for directions
Melody: points at the chairs I think they go over there
Ms Davis: straighten up my office, one of my assistant left a bit of a mess and reboot the computers, it look like someone left them on all night.
do not know why they were looking at old newspapers about that terrible fire.
Kaze: yes Sensei
Kaze walks over to some chairs and begin putting them on top fo the table
Melody: I will help you in the office Kaze!
Ms Davis: those poor kids. Sometimes I would read a book to them as if they could even hear.
me form the other side, that is funny, but sometimes
Kaze: Uh Melody I thought we were suppose to help out here and she was cleaning her office
Kaze slightly yells cause Melody ran off in the direction of the office
Ms Davis: I would hear some one laughing at the funny parts or could it be just one of the students laughing at me.
Melody: I guess when can help her in the office when we get done out here
Kaze: okay I know you wanna talk to her
Ms Davis: oh, I work on the computers just put the newspapers away….
Melody: whisper I mostly want another looko at those books
ok starts to put away newspapers
Kaze: where does this go Kaze held up a thick book
Melody: looks at the spine over there in the P seciton
Ms Davis: *goes in the office and sits at her desk slipping from her teacup.
Kaze: looks back at the office
Melody she is not cleaning just sitting there drinking tea
Ms Davis: Wait! That one goes in here!
Ms Davis: be very careful with that one
how did that 1 et out?
Kaze: Kaze jumps and almost drops the book
Ms Davis: get
Melody: oh sorry, didnt think this was different
it has the same system on the spine as the rest
Kaze: Kaze quickly hands the book to Ms Davis and bows
Ms Davis: that is one from our special collection
Kaze: I’m sorry
Ms Davis: you did not know, it they are suppose to be under lock and ey…
Kaze: Kaze starts to speak but Melody looks at her quickly
Ms Davis: key
why would they be locked?
Kaze: because they are not ment for us
Ms Davis: they are rare books
Melody: why are they rare?
Ms Davis: and use also used for reference amterial only. we do not want them walking off….
like “My body and me” books….
Kaze: Kaze blushes
Melody: my body and me? what’s that?
Kaze: quickly looks at something else
Ms Davis: it is a sex ed book that you will need in your junior or senoir yr….
Kaze: Kaze blushes again still not looking their direction
Ms Davis: or for some earlier
and some we miss already….
Melody: didn’t know why a sex ed book would be locked up
Kaze: where does this go Kaze quickly picks up another book to change the subject
Ms Davis: Oh mouse, i hope you get to take a peak before u graduate.
Melody: what else do we need to put away for you Ms Davis?
Ms Davis: * looks at Kaze*
Ms Davis: oh sorry, are sensitive about that.
Melody: what does the cover say?
Ms Davis: no not the sex ed book but the rare books.
they cost a penny and some are old and frailage
Melody: oh what are the rare books? I like books
Ms Davis: u know 1st edtions and
century old books
Kaze: What are the books about
Melody: yea what are they about?
Ms Davis: some are in forgian languages
Melody: Can I look at them sometime?
Ms Davis: sure but not sure you be able to read ancient Summerian.
hmmm well a little extra home doens’t hurt
Kaze: only you would like more homework
Ms Davis: *She goes to her desk and opens a drawer. She pulls out a small anitque key on a pretty keyring.
Kaze: Kaze smiles to herself as Melody’s eyes go big
Ms Davis: you have a honest face like your father…
Melody: I guess it’s good to know that I look like them
Ms Davis: you’ll have to share this with Mouse. But that what roomies do….. share
Kaze: Kaze whisphers to herself Is there anyone around here who doesn’t know your parents
Melody: I dunno*whispers back*
Ms Davis: and then she pulls out another keyring, more modern.
Melody: thank you so much Ms. Davis! I will tell Gen that your generousity is still the thing of legends
Ms Davis: These are for the school doors of the lib. and my office.
she then goes back and locks up her desk.
Kaze: thank you Kaze bows
Melody: uh yes… thank you bows like Kaze
Ms Davis: This is my desk, it is like my dairy. rescept it
Ms Davis: if you get hungery mouse and get caught in a trap here I know nothing, it will be between you and the big cat.
Melody: big cat??
Kaze: Kaze looks confused
Ms Davis: says in teachery voice
School policy says that the library is off limits after hours
Melody: thank you again for your help Ms Davis
anything we can help you with before we go to dinner?
Ms Davis: yes, you better be going there must be some group buildiing exercise you might be missing
Kaze: thank you sensei Kaze bows again
Ms Davis: nothing we got the place all tidy up.
Kaze: Melody and Kaze leave the library after thanking Ms Davis again
Kaze and Melody leaving the headmistress’ office
Melody: what? dumb stupid seniors
Kaze: what was that all about
Melody: uh what? what was what about?
Kaze: what was said
what coach Clark said
Melody: what did she say? I really don’t remember? I wasn’t really paying attention at that point
Kaze: she asked you what happened
where you defending your girlfriend
Melody: I dunno, I just figured she was trying to make some stupid lesbian joke
Kaze: she said that she played softball too and knew what went on in the dorms
Kaze’s stops walkin
Melody: stupid American inuendo
I wouldn’t worry about it.
Kaze: stupid lesbian barely a whisper
Melody: People can think whatever they want. I don’t care
Kaze: melody doesn’t realize Kaze has stopped walking
Melody: huh stops and turns around what’s wrong?
dont let people say bug you
Kaze: kaze just looks at Melody
hurt expression on her face
Melody: what’s wrong?
common let’s get back to the room
Kaze: Kaze starts walking again but is quite
Melody: You have to learn to just ignore people. They think what they want to
Kaze: so you don’t like lesbians
Melody: huh, why would you say that/
Kaze: you said stupid lesbian joke
Melody: yes she made some stupid joke about lesbianism.
it was really crude and out of context
so you don’t hate lesbians
they are people
they don’t hurt anyone for who they love
Melody: No, I hate labels and they people who use those labels to hurt
There is nothing wrong with love.
hell, you can love whoever you want
Kaze: would you still say that if you had to live with one
Melody: Gen doesn’t want me to know about some of the more intense rituals but Angelica has told me that there have been some quite rowdy ones int he past
Hell, I practically do
Kaze: kaze falls off her bed
Melody: Angelica has been with men and women she told me but known ever caught her heart some of the women back in town call her an old maid and try to say the Geneva will follow in her footsteps. They don’t understand that Angelica & Geneva has so much love to give that they couldn’t confine it to one person that’s why they make such good leaders of the coven do you have an inner problem or something, you’re always falling off the bed?
Kaze: kaze blushes but Melody doesn’t see her blush cause the bed covers
so you wouldn’t care if your roommate was a lesbian
Melody: no why should I?
Kaze: we better hurry or we will miss the bus
Melody: goes to change and throws school uniform across her bed and starts grabbing some jeans and peasant top to put on
so do you not like lesbians or something?
Is that what this is about?
Kaze: Kaze grabs Melody and rushes her out the door so they won’t miss the bus trying to avoid the question
Kaze: later that night at Sleep Downs
Melody Kaze whispers
Melody: umm Melody wrapped in sleeping bags
-don’t know but I figured we would be in Kaze’s grandfather’s room and he would already be asleep it is not like the retirement home would have extra rooms arouns so I guess we are with Kaze’s grandpa and two other two are with Tabby’s grandma no telling where Suzie and Mia are-
you remember what we were talking about earlier
Melody: uhh what were we talking about?* sounds a bit sleepy/drowsy^
Kaze: I don’t have a problem with lesbians
Melody: why would you have a problem with lesbians yawn
not quite remembering the earlier conversation
Kaze: I asked you what Coach Clark ment about the comment about you saving your girlfriend and you said stupid lesbian joke and I thought you didn’t like lesbians and then you asked me if I had a problem with lesbians but then the bus came and then we were here
Melody: oh…you were just asking a lot of questions for someone who doesn’t have a problem with lesbians
I was just umm
I was worried you might have a problem with lesbians
I mean living with one
Melody: why do you care?
Kaze: feels like Melody is getting defensive
Melody: If you are worried that people will think we’re lesbians just ignore them. Who cares.
Kaze: would that be bad thinks she whispers it to herself
Melody: why would it be bad? I would think you wouldn’t care what peopel think.
Kaze: what Kaze starts to figet suprised that Melody heard her
Melody: why do you care what people think. Hell, even if you are a lesbian don’t let them get to you. That’s why they do things like that
To get under your skin. They wouldn’t know one way or another unless you give them a clue
Kaze: Kaze doesn’t know what to say or how to say it but reaches for Melody’s hand
Kaze: so you really don’t care
Melody: No, everyone is the same in the grand scheme of things
Why should I care if someone liked girls more than guys?
Nothing wrong with that
Kaze: thank you Kaze whispers but Melody hears her
thank you Kami
Melody: why thank you?
Kaze: Kaze took a deep breath
for accepting me
Melody: uhh what do you mean oblivious as usual
Kaze: Kaze doesn’t say anything but just looks at Melody still holding her hand
Kaze: yeah Kaze whisperes trying to control herself and not let a tear slip
doesn’t understand why this means so much to her
Melody: what’s wrong?
Kaze: also is surprised she told someone here after she told herself she would keep it a secret
you don’t hate me
Melody: why would I hate you
of who I like
oh wait are you trying to tell me that you like girls…that you’re a lesbian?
Kaze lets go of Melody’s hand
Kaze starts to turn away
to sleep on her other side with her back to Melody
Melody: why? everything today makes sense..pokes Kaze in the ribs hey we’re still talking here
It’s obvious you were worried
Kaze: Kaze squirms
rolls back to face Melody
to listen to her
Melody: why were worried?
Kaze: I said I wasn’t going to tell anyone here
not after last time
Melody: why? ….is that why you ..came here?
parents found out
torn me away from everything I knew
away from her
also why my hair is shorter now
Melody: wow that really sucks…no wonder you didn’t like coming here
Kaze: some girls who I thought were my friends held me down one day after school
Kaze: she wanted to
Kaze quit talking and started shaking
Melody: she…wanted to what?
Kaze: burn my hair off
this other girl just pulled me by my hair so far I thought my neck would break
Kaze: then she cut it
said I needed to look like a freak that I was
Melody: reaches and grabs Kaze’s hand again and squeezes
Kaze: said that I forced myself on Kaya
Kaze keeps shakings
like she is crying
Melody: oh Kaze….squeezes hand
Kaze: squeezes Melody’s hand back
Melody: It’s okay…Not everyone is like that. It’s not that great in America but most of us are better than that. Moore acepting
Melody: We’re friends…roommates
Hell think of you as a sister almost
Kaze: Kaze realizes Melody’s face is closer than she thought it was and tried to back up some
Melody: You’re the closest friend I’ve really had
Kaze: Kaze still feels their faces are too cloes and tries to move back some
sorry for keeping you up Melody I will let you go to sleep
Melody: that’s okay..
I’m glad you told me
Kaze: faces inches apart
I guess I will get back over to my space
Melody: wipes tear from Kaze’s cheek
come hear * pulls Kaze close into a hug*
Kaze: Kaze smells Melody hair
kaze hugs her back
if you let go I will go back to my bag and we can get to sleep
Melody: nope, sisters are there for each other…and you are still hurt and I’m going to make it better
Kaze: Kaze blushes unsure if Melody can see her blush
in the dim light
hoping Melody does not see her blush
Melody: You’ll like it in American, I’ll see to that
see you tomorrow kaze whispered in her ear as they lay there
Melody: hugs her tight night Kaze, it’ll be okay I promise