Kaze: Roxanne grabs her bag and walks out to follow the others down the hall towards their new rooms
Melody: sigh, Melody quickly throws her gear back into her duffle so that she could catch up with the rest of the group
Melody: I quickly go down the hall way to see the group Jmoving down the hall. The asian looking girl, Roxanne, was still in the back.
Kaze: Roxanne walks along trying to blend in and stay behind while keeping an eye on the girl, Cari, whom she senses is not human
Melody: As I get closer to the group, I try several times to get close enough to Roxanne to casually say “hi”…I was dying to know exactly how she did that Paralysis spell
She seems a bit preoccuppied and doesn’t seem to notice me
I really want to say something before we get to our real rooms
Kaze: Roxanne stops and turns around
Is there a reason you are lurking behind me?
Melody: (oh poop)
ummm… I didnt’ mean too
..but I saw the magic that you did
How did you focus your spell like that?
I"ve never seen a paralysis spell done like that before?
Kaze: It was not magic.
Melody: what do u mean
Kaze: Well it was not magic in the way you westerns see magic.
It is a ward.
A ward to get rid of demons.
Melody: really? I’ve never seen a ward like that?
Kaze: Or rather hold them in place.
but you put it on that girl Cari?
she cant be a demon
A little wild maybe but certainly not a demon
…I mean she can’t right
Kaze: Demons are real but nevermind you wouldn’t understand. Not your culture.
Sorry for sounding so gruchy just uggh.
Melody: what do you mean I wouldn’t understand?!?!
So you want any help with that or not? Roxanne points to her bag
Melody: I know demons are real but I’m not going to jump to that conclusion so quickly just because she’s a bit “wild”
Well, I certainly think that we would have a lot to learn from each other
Kaze: Later. Maybe.
We better hurry or we will loose the others
Melody: yeah I guess so
Kaze: Starts to walk away
Melody: scoots to catch up to walk beside Roxanne
soo… how did you end up here at St. Perpetua?
Kaze: Long story.
Short version my parents sent me to live with my grandparents who didn’t want me either.
Melody: Well, it’s a long semester
Kaze: You are a strange girl
Melody: well, that’s what I’ve been told…except my Aunt
She loves me for me…. sigh
Kaze: Roxanne gives a slight smile before quickly returning to a stern face
So why are you here?
Melody: Well, if you can believe it, this is where both my mom & my dad’s sister went to school
Mom really wanted me to come here
Kaze: So you are a rich kid
Melody: So did Aunt Gen but that’s another story
no… not really
Kaze: This school is not exactly cheap to get into
from what I hear
Melody: My parents died a few years ago and they had saved up the money for me attend before they died
Kaze: oh sorry
Melody: they really wanted me to come
I’m still not sure why.. but Gen says that I can learn a lot in a school like this
It has a rich library
Kaze: Roxanne bows as she says sorry
Melody: It’s okay.. I live …well, did live with my Aunt Gen in SC
She’s great.. We’re really close.. especially the last few years.
Before my parents died I visited her every summer
She was very close with Dad & Mom
Kaze: That is good you have someone who loves you
Melody: Yeah… Im going to miss her alot.. She won’t have much help in the shop while I’m in school
Great Aunt Angie is getting to old to help her much now
Kaze: Roxanne shifts and keeps watching Cari as they walk
Melody: shakes head Sorry I don’t mean to go on about myself
where are you from?
Melody: ?confused expression
Kaze: gomen Roxanne slightly bows
I am from Japan
So who you rooming with
Melody: oh, I guess that makes sense
I don’t know…
I don’t think this is how they usually do the room assignments
Kaze: What do you mean?
Melody: * I glance up to the front of the group where susie is still intimidating Miranda*
I don’t remember Gen telling me about a “hazing” day
I thought they would assign us rooms
do you think we can pick
Kaze: Miranda reminds me of girls back at my old school
I don’t like her
I figured they would assign us a roommate
I thought that is how it was done
well, Susie seems to be changign the rules some
Kaze: what Roxanne looks at Melody kinda annoyed
Melody: well, maybe we can be roommates! It would be fun!
we can learn different magics from each other
and we kinda know each other alittle
Kaze: What I do is not easy to learn.
It takes years of training form a young age.
Melody: Well, Gen says I’m a good study and I’ve been studying everysumer with her since I was little
- looks sad* Mom & Dad didn’t know that I could do magic
Kaze: Besides bubbly what are you
All this open talk of magic
People will look at you and start rumors you better keep it down
Melody: well, you openly blasted Cari
you might want to keep it down too..
but I’m not really worried
Kaze: Since when is it strange for a Shinto shrine madien to fend off demons.
Melody: Gen said she learned alot about magic while she was here
…..when there are no “shrine maidens” in america
Kaze: What is this place anyways?
Melody: ehy, I think we are finally getting to our rooms I think
this? it’s a school.. but Gen says they have some books stored in the library that have some good stuff in them
they’re only here because they’ve been here since the school opened and the school governors think their hsitorical relics
Kaze: Roxanne shifts again Just don’t like it here
Miranda starts talking about room assignments
Melody: I wonder if we’ll get to be roomies? * Melody beams another smile at Roxanne*
Kaze: Roxanne notices her but is still watching Cari
Roxanne watches Cari go into a room and then turns to Melody
Say you don’t seem to thing it is strange what I did.
If there are no Shrine maidens in America as you say then shouldn’t you think it is weird what I did
Melody: no.. I told you I’ve been learning magic from my Aunt Gen since I was little
She’s a witch
It runs in the family, but not everyone.
Gen is but grandma Sylvia isn’t but her twin sister Angie is
Kaze: America is so different from Japan
Melody: They run a New Age shop in SC so that they can work with the few local witches
Kaze: You people even drive on the wrong side of the road
and everything is so far away from each other here
Melody: well, we could say the same thing of you
well I think this state is bigger than Japan
I love the country!
it’s so big and full of life
Kaze: You are strange but for some reason midly interesting
Melody: Well, thankyou… You aren’t so normal yourself..
Kaze: Roxanne’s mood shifts as she waits to see where the girl is going with this
Melody: hey do you like cats?
Kaze: they are oaky
Melody: We have a cat named Socrates back home
Kaze: There was a cat that used to hang around our Shrine but it kept chasing the crows away
Melody: well, cats do tend to want to chase the birds
Kaze: Roxanne notices they are the only ones left in the hall way
Melody: oh, where did they go?
Kaze: It’s not funny when the crows are the protetors of the shrine Roxanne started to get annoyed
Probably to their rooms
guess you and I are the only ones left
Melody: oh really crows are protectors in Japan?
oh, do you think we missed which room is ours?
Kaze: They have been of our shrine for many generations.
Roxanne points to the only open door in the hallway
Let’s try that one
Melody: I guess that’s us I guess.. * Melody heads straight to the door that’s open and goes right in
there’s no one in here!
I guess we can claim it
Kaze: Which bed do you want
Roxanne leaned against the door frame
playing with the red string tied around her belt loop
Melody: I don’t really care.. Which one do you want? I’ll just take the closet and dresser that’s next to the bed you don’t pick
Kaze: Then I’ll take the one by the window
Melody: okay! * Melody twirls farther into the room, her full skirt billowing around her*
- she then plopped on to the other bed*
hehehe ;that was fun
Kaze: Roxanne closes the door and just watches the other girl as she leans against the wall
Melody: I guess I’ll get unpacked then
Kaze: will it take as long as last time Roxanne said under her breath walking to her bed and putting her bag down before laying on the bed and looking out the window
Melody: * Melody pulle dher duffle onto the bed and began to haul out the stuff she had shoved back in so quickly*
- Melody is in her own world as she pulls out her jeans and skirts and hung them in the closet*
Kaze: Roxanne take the red string off of her belt loop and holds it up to the window lightly stroking it lost in her own thoughts
Melody: * she placed incense on her dresser and pulled out a small jewelry box and set it next to it*
- and from the bottom of her bag she pulled a medium sized lap top which she set up on the desk*
Kaze: hearing a small noise Roxanne jumps up from the bed quickly and in two steps is by the other girl’s dresser to catch the small box that fell before it hit the floor
Melody: ooops! thanks!
Kaze: Unpack more slowly or watch where you are putting your things
it didn’t hit the floor
it should be okay
Melody: * Melody quickly opens the top of the box and gracefully sat ont he floor as she inspected the crystals that were int he top of the box*
Kaze: Roxanne walks back to her bed. Ties the string back around her belt loop and watches the other girl as she keeps unpacking
Melody: I hope I didn’t jar the positive energy of the stones
Uh oh did you say something?
Kaze: your name is Melaine right
Melody: oh it’s Melody!
Melody: Melody Rose Harris
And it’s Roxanne right?
Kaze: So many people to keep straight then all the craziness
but call me Kaze
Melody: what’s :Gomen"?
Kaze: That is what the people close to me call me
Melody: aww thanks!
Kaze: Gomen is Japanese for I’m sorry
Melody: you don’t act like you get close to many people
Kaze: I need to remember to speak English here
yeah being who I am its not easy to get close to people
the rumors get there first
Melody: oh don’t worry! I keep trying to keep the Carolina Twang out of my voice but it’s hard sometimes
Kaze: Everyone here has an accent to me
Melody: Melody sighes…yean I can understand…Gen & Angie understand magic but I didn’t along with peopel at school
they thought I was weird
especially because I take after my aunts
Kaze: I wonder if Usagi will be visiable tonight
Melody: hehe Usagi? It hink I know that but why would you want to find a bunny tonight?
Kaze: Sorry I did it again
Usagi means rabbit
There is a rabbit that lives in the moon and on the night of a full moon you can see her
Melody: really a rabbit?
If you look at a full moon you can see a side view of a rabbit with ears and a tail
Melody: well I’ve heard about the man and the moon and that the goddess holds power over the moon but never anything about a rabbit and the moon
Kaze: Kaze pulls out her laptop and starts to set it up
Man in the Moon?
Melody: yea the old man in the moon
and some people used to think the moon was made of cheese
giggle it’s silly I know
Kaze: There is an old Japanese legend about a princess of lived on the Moon and fell in love with a Prince on Earth
Melody: that’s cool
Kaze: I will show you the rabbit next time there is a full Moon
guess every culture sees something different in the Moon
Melody: Do you think I have time to take a shower before they call us to dinner?
Kaze: What time is it now?
Kaze: Maybe I think they said dinner starts at 5pm or 5:30pm
Should last until 6:30pm or 7pm
if I remember correctly
Melody: well, I guess I"ve got time for a quick shower then. I feel real grimy
Kaze: you take one now and I will take one after dinner
Melody: * Melody promptly pulls off her school vest and shirt, then slid her skirt to the floor and grabbed a towel from her bag**
Okay well I shouldn’t be but a few minutes then
Kaze: Kaze quickly turns her head and buries it in her sketch book she pulled out of her bag
Melody: * Melody turned and walked past Kaze on her way to the bathroom*
- a few minutes later the water came on in the shower and you could hear light singing that could just barely be made out through the noise of the water*
Kaze: Kaze sketchs a woman while Melody is in the shower lost in her thoughts and her art
Melody: * after a short while the water turns off and Melody comes out swathed in the thick green towel with her thick dark hair dripping*
Hey do you mind if I use and extra towel to dry my hair?
Melody: I don’t want to use all the towels before can get a shower
Kaze: Kaze quickly digs in her bag
Melody: Oh hey are you drawing?
Kaze: trying not to look at the toweled girl in front of her
Melody: * Melody glides over to the bed and trys to peek at the book*
Kaze: quickly puts the sketchbook away
Melody: I can’t draw… I wish I could
- Melody walks back to her side of the room and digs her hairbrush out her her bag and climbed onto her bed and sat cross legged as she started to brush the knots out of her hair*
Kaze: Kaze opens her sketch book again
Melody: Sometimes it’s not worth it to let my hair be this long now that it’s wet, Melody’s hair is hanging down to her waist
I know what you mean
but then I do like it long even if it can be a hassle
I like the color in your hair, Kaze.
I have always liked purple
pissed my mom off when I did it
actually that did not piss her off
I think she stopped caring by that point
Melody: yeah, I can understand that… I really like greens and blues….giggle I guess I came to the right school * Melody spent a quiet moment drying and brushing her hair*
Kaze: Kaze flips the page and starts taking quick glances at Melody
Melody: So what are you drawing?
Kaze: Kaze blushes slightly
um right now
you just looks really interesting there the way your hair was falling and the light
Kaze quickly closes the sketch book and looks away
Melody: * Melody finished brushing her hair and grabbed a pair of lace panties out of her bag and slid them on under the towel* that’s cool
I can understand taking inspiration from everyday things in life
Kaze: so you are not mad
that I was drawing you um pracically with no clothes
cause all you had was a towel on
Melody: Gen is like that with her magic..sigh she is always taking ideas everywhere
hmm? oh I’m not that shy
too many pagan celebrations include nudity for me to really worry
Kaze: Kaze fell of the bed
Melody: * Melody stood up letting the towel fall away,her long dark hair covering her breasts and outlining her very curvy body*
hey are you okay?
Kaze: Gotta move the bed closer to the wall
thought it was closer
trying to lean back
Melody: huh what do you mean?
I know I can be a klutz too
Kaze: Kaze’s face was red from embrassment of falling off the bed and trying not to look at her pretty much nude roommate standing over her
um could you put some clothes on
I don’t think you can go to dinner like that
Melody: oh I’m I’m sorry I didn’t mean to embarrass you!
I forget most people are used to more modesty
- Melody quickly turned to go back to her dressing. she turned so quickly that her hair spun out around her and briefly exposed herself even more in her rush to get dressed to preserve her roommate and her modesty*
Kaze: how about we make a rule that we have to come out of the bathroom with at least a bra and panties on
Melody: * she slid on a plaid school skirt that came to her knees, a lacy bra matching her panties and a flowing white top*
okay sure I’ll try to remember
Kaze: So what do you think they will have for dinner
I would really love so miso soup and sushi but I guess they would have that here in America
Melody: * Melody dug into the bottom of her jewelry box and pulled out a very celtic looking choker that had a dark triple moon design on it.
yeah I actually like sushi but I doubt they would have it here.
you like sushi
Melody: Maybe if we can get some off campus time we can se if there is a place nearby
yea sure why not?
Kaze: Didn’t know American’s ate sushi
Melody: Aunt Angie got me to try it when I was little and I’ve liked it ever since
Sure we do..it’s probably not quite the same but I like it
I don’t think I could eat some of the more exotic ones though
Kaze: That shirt looks good on you
you should try some tako
Melody: oh thanks! I feel weird wearing such a short skirt but I don’t want to get in trouble by wearing my long skirts too often to class
whats the word
Melody: Well, I’m not so sure about that yet.
I guess we should go ahead and head to dinner so that we’re not late
Kaze: okay sure
break for dinner
Kaze: Kaze unlocks the bedroom door walks in and starts putting up a poster
Melody: so Kaze do you care much about how I decorate my side of the room?
Kaze: No it is your side of the room
I doubt we can make the walls look worse
what is this wallpaper made out of burlap?
Melody: Well, I do like my incense burner and I have this weird habit of painting on the wall back home…Gen gave me some canvas to paint on so I don’t get in trouble for painting the walls
It is going to be werid not having the Fire around
Melody: starts to unpack a large canvas a container full of paints & brusshes
Fire what do you mean?
*Unpacks lava lamp & a grateful dead poster, & incense".
Kaze: Back home we had a room with a fire I used to sit at and mediate in
Melody: that’s cool, I like to sit outside a lot when I can. I like being with nature
Kaze: Kaze finished putting up her poster of a black side view silloette of a Japanese girl holding her right hand out and green images of a tree and animals
then she remembered she wanted her bed closer to the wall and pushed it flush up against the window so it was in the corner
yeah I know what you mean
pulled out another poster and began unrolling it
paused and pulled out a cd from her bag and popped it in her cd player turning it loud enough to hear but not too loud as to bother her roommater
you like spending most of your time with nature
Melody: Yea I seem to have an affinity to nature you could say
Kaze: Kaze softly sings in Japanses along with her cd as she began to put up the second poster
that is cool
I can sense things from the fire
Melody: Yea I think mom and dad thought I was weird sometimes growing up
Kaze: That is not unusual for a miko though
that was my title
I was a shrine maiden
Melody: melody finishes putting up her poster & canvas and sits on her bed watching Kaze on pack
laughs well I’m no shrine maiden
….what does a shrine maiden do?
Kaze: turning back to the poster she was trying to hang she begans to sing softly
You could have said a word but you turned
away why do you always act in such a passive way
Now don’t you ever think that I would suck up to you
But I still believe in you
hisoyaka ni kurasu kyojintachi todokanai todokanai itsudemo
Modern miko are often seen at Shinto shrines, where they assist with shrine functions, perform ceremonial dances, offer omikuji fortune telling, and sell souvenirs.
Now a days most are probably a university student collecting a modest wage in this part-time position but my family is deep in tradition and it is away of life for me
Melody: why would you call me a miko though?
Kaze: Sorry I don’t remember calling you a miko
Kaze finished putting up her secon post when was a girl with dark hair dressed in red with the words Anna Tsuchiya written in white and Taste My Beat written in black below it
No that is okay I was talking about myself
I must have said the wrong English word
Kaze gave a slight bow towards Melody
Melody: that’s ok..
what do you think about our class mates?
Kaze: Suize seems highly unpredictable
I am not sure but there is something about that Kari girl I don’t like
the rest seem okay
Melody: yeah she doesn’t really seem the violent type to me
Kaze: You are really the only one I have talked to
i mean not kari
Kaze: Kaze points to Melody’s poster
Who is that
Yeah Suzie did not seem violent but I believe no one is as they seem
Melody: that? oh it’s the grateful dead…my aunt got me into them…that reminds me I forgot to put my Tom petty poster up..* hops off bed and digs under the bed where she had shoved her suit case*
yeah I guess your right about that
Kaze: I don’t know much about American bands
I know a few but not thoes
Kaze’s cd changes to another song this one in English
same person as the other song
Melody: I’ll have to let you listen to them some time
Kaze: So besides them what else do you like to listen too
Melody: do you mind if I light some incense?
Kaze: sure go ahead
Melody: A little bit of this and that really
Melody pulls some incense sticks out of a drawer and lights it on top of her dresser
She then pulls off her shirt and throws on a long tank top and jeans shorts that are covered in paint splotches
Kaze: Well the poster definately looks…um… colorful
Melody: * yea it’s from the Great Wide Open Tom Petty album. It has some pretty cool songs.
Melody: * pulls out some paint brushes and swirls them thru the smoke put off by the incense and proceeds to plop a brush into paint start make random swirls and marks on the canvas stretched on the wall
Kaze: Kaze picks up a picture frame and stops talking in mid sentances and just sits down on her bed
Melody: So who is it that you’ve been listening too? Is it the chick ont he poster you put up? * continues to paint…her back is to Kaze*
Kaze: Kaze still staring at the pictures doesn’t really hear Melody talking to her
Melody: after no answer Kaze? * turns around..she has a yellow paint splotch on her forhead*
what did you say
still not really looking at Melody
Melody: who’s int he picture
walks over to the bed
Kaze: oh just a friend I left back in Japan
looks at Melody
Melody: you seem sad
Kaze: you um have paint on your forehead Kaze grabs a tissue and starts dabbing at Melody’s forehead
we were um good friends and I just hated to have to leave
Melody: oh it happens all the time don’t worry
Kaze: I am sorry
Melody: oh can I see the picture
Kaze: you were saying something before
um sure Kaze hands her the picture
two girls smiling at the camera with their arms draped over each others shoulder in Japanese school uniforms
--what is Kaze feeling right now? Melody is very empathic———
—she is sad missing her friend—-
Melody: well, I’m sure that you can call her or talk through email…I’m sure she understands
you having to leave..You’ll see her again
Kaze leans over and changes the song on her cd
shoves the picture in a draw
Melody: * Melody sits down on Kaze’s bed with her feet underneath her*
hey, why don’t you keep that out?
Kaze: Kaze glances over at Melody’s side of the room Should you have put something over your desk to cover it from the paint
I don’t even remember packing it
maybe I will eventually put it out
right now its…..
Kaze just shook her head
I am not normally like this
Melody: melody cocks her head lookig at Kaze in confusion
Kaze: I mean so comfortable talking with people
normally they think I am strange and stay away from me
Melody: I seem to have that affect with people…
Kaze: Kaze swtitches cds but seems to be the same signer
You are a strange girl but you are cool too
I mean strange in a good way
a cute kinda strange
Melody: * Melody shrugs* so is that the only person you listen too?
just kinda in the mood to listen to Rei Fu right now
Kaze: Its mellow and after what happened earlier today mellow is good
Kaze: Rei Fu was influenced by some American artist
Melody: mellow is good…that’s why I like my incense and painting…I usually like to put on Phish when I paint
Rei Fu said she was influenced by Sheryl Crow , Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and The Carpenters
Melody: oh it’s spelled P-H-I-S-H
they are kinda fun to listen to and have some interesting tunes
Sheryl Crow is ok
Kaze: I also like Anna Tsuchiya, Sheryl Crown, Michael Jackson, Tatu, AferDark, and RSP
Melody: * gets up and takes of paint splattered clothes and carefully lays them across the desk chair and then walks over to her dresser and starts rummaging*
—are you naked again—
That poster pointing to the black and green siloette poster is Rei Fu
and that one pointin to the girl in the red dress on the other wall over her dresser is Anna Tsuchiya
—no but in panties and bra-
Kaze: still looking at the wall I will have to get use to us changing in front of each other I guess huh
Melody: grr I can’t find my jammies… I can’t believe I forgot to pack my favorite jammies!!
I bet Angelica put them in the wash!!
continues to rummage in dresser
uh oh yea I guess… did you not have like gym class or something at your old school…didn’t you have to change in front of girls before
Kaze: yeah I guess
its just I mean you don’t think it is werid changing in front of a girl cause we are the only two in the room
In gym class it was like we all changed and ran out but here we are just here
Melody:…no why would it be weird?
Melody: continues to rummage
Kaze: Whats that hanging out of your bag you shoved under your bed
its still sticking out a little
guess I will change too
Kaze goes to her dresser and pulls out a t-shirt and grey pants
Melody: oh well I guess I can where these until I can get Gen to send them to me* proceeds to drop panties and bra and throw a lacy baby doll style night on over her head*
I still can’t believe Aunt Gen gave me this
Kaze: wow um that is um
Melody: Oh you were saying something?
Melody: sorry I was distracted
Kaze: I was saying the bag you stuffed under your bed is hanging out some
Melody: oh yea It’s not really my thing but it’s all I have at the moment
Kaze: you moved to this school and only brought on change of night clothes with you
That incense smells really good
kinda reminds me of the smell of the wood burning at the shrine in the scared fire
Melody: blushes slightly oh yeah I don’t always wear pajamas…it drove dad crazy..he’s the one that bought me those jammies
I guess he thought I was getting too old to run around naked
Kaze: Kaze just kinda looks at Melody
that would make sense
Melody: they’re simple cotton night set but they are comfy and I can wear them around the house…and it makes me thing of dad
Kaze: you miss them alot
Melody: * looks a bit distracted and has a faraway look in her eyes*
Kaze: sounds like you got along with them well
Melody: yeah…I was close to them but especiall to Dad…Aunt Gen is his twin sister
Kaze: I miss my parents sometimes too
sorry I didn’t mean to bring them up
Melody: but he didn’t really knwo about the magic I can do…my parents & Gen were really close during school but I seem to favor Gen most
- shakes her head as if to clear the fog*
sorry there I go again
Kaze: Can’t I say something without making you mad
Melody: uhh sure I guess
picks up hair brush and sits on bed to brush hair
Kaze: At least they didn’t hate you so much they kicked you out of the house
- continues to brush her long dark hair…it falls almost to her waist as she parts it and starts brushing*
Kaze: me, parents, fight, kicked out
here I am
Melody: wow that sucks
Kaze: tell me about it
we were good until about a month or so ago…….
Melody: what happened?
Kaze: but then mom’s dad didn’t want me either so I ended up coming to St Perpetua’s
we got into a fight
Melody: if you dont mind me asking..what did you fight about?
Kaze: said I was a disgrace to the family
—current emotional state of Kaze—
—kinda angry, sad, agitated—
Kaze: they didn’t like who I was hanging out with
Kaze: can we talk about something else
Melody: i guess parents can be like that…..
Melody: you asked me something earlier and I kept getting distracted
Kaze: Kaze has seemed kinda distant since she found that picture of her and her friend like she is trying to shut herself off
Kaze starts folder back her sheets and gets in bed
props herself up with pillows and pulls out a journal
Melody: * melody reaches under her bed and pulls out a bag and pulls out a quilt…*
Angelica made this for me when I was a baby
she said she prayed to the goddes with every stitch
to keep me safe
and to protect me from harm
and to nurture me in this life
- she proceeds to spread it on Kaze’s bed*
and pulls it upabout halfway on to the bed
I think you might need this more than I do right now
Kaze: I can’t take this
Melody: *tucks the edges on the light quilt *
Kaze: tried to push it back to her
Melody: you can use it anytime you want
pushes Kaze back down on the bed
Kaze: Kaze blushes um okay
Melody: It’s very restful to sleep with
just think of it as a loan
Kaze: but I am giving it back to you in the morning
Melody: use it whenever you want
Kaze: here um
Melody: we’re friends now
Kaze: kaze gets up and rumages in a draw
Melody: we need to take care of each other
Kaze: take this hands Melody a piece of paper that looks like a bookmark with symbols written on it
Melody: what’s this?
Kaze: it is an ofuda
Melody: blink blink confused look
Kaze: a protection ward against unwanted spirts
Melody: oh cool… yawn
Kaze: ofudas can have different purposes
Melody: I’m getting tired
its been a long day
It is believed to protect the family in residence from general harms such as disease. A more specific ofuda may be placed near particular objects such as one for kitchen to protect from accidental fire.
Kaze: proceeds to stretch her arms over head backwards and as she does her night lifts enough to hint that she’s not wearing any underwear
Ofudas are made by inscribing the name of a kami, the name of Shinto shrine, or a representative of kami on a strip of paper, wood, cloth, or metal.
Kaze quickly looks away and buries her head in her book
Melody: oh wow that makes me think of the dream catchers that Angelica was teaching me to make that will actually protect dreams as well as other spells that will affect a small area
Kaze: Dream catchers?
Melody: I should see if I can try to make one for our dorm room maybe to keep out those annoying senior girls
laughs i keep forgetting you don’t know some things
runs over to her laptop on her desk and quickly turns it on and pulls up a picture of a dream catcher
native american indians were the ones that started making them but some witches have started using them to imbue spells other than for dream protection
Kaze: Americans use to believe and practice magick? It is sad that you, well not you, but most Americans have gotten away from the Kami.
Melody: they were originally for hanging above the bed to trap spirits that could invade your dreams
Kaze: There is wisdom in the old one and the old ways
Melody: * walks over to her bed again and pulls out a well worn stuffed dog*
Kaze: sorry I got mad before when you asked about my parents
Melody: looks up
Kaze: I was not mad at you just them
thinking of things
Melody: that’s ok…I guess I can understand that it’s a touchy subject
I guess the one good they about them kicking me out is I also got away from some of the people I went to school with
Melody: i guess you didn’t get along with them either?
Kaze: people like Miranda
they told my parents about me and……
Kaze quickly stopped talking
I know you are tired
Melody: slips into her bed with the stuffed animal and proceeded to to snuggle into bed with it
Kaze: sorry don’t mean to keep talking
I will let you go to bed
Melody: what’s wrong what did they tell your parents…I’m okay I just wanted to get comfy
Kaze: what are you hugging
Kaze closes her journal and puts it along with the pen in her desk draw beside her bed
Melody: uh oh it’s Snuffles* blushes*
Kaze: There were some girls from my old school that told my parents about who I was hanging out with
Melody: I’ve had him a long time.. My Dad gave him to me the first time I went away to spend the summer with Aunt Gen…I"ve always slept with him…please don’t tell the others
what was so wrong about who you were hanging out with? Were they like a gang or something?
I heard there are a lot of gangs in Japan
Kaze: or something
Melody: cocks head in confusion
Kaze: As far as I know Yoko was not in with the Yakuza
Kaze: I guess it seems like we have a lot of gangs because Japan was closed to outsiders for so long and we were still ruled by Shoguns for a long time. The Yakuza crime bosses probably stem from that. Believe me you don’t want to get the Yakuza mad at you.
Yoko was the other girl in the picture.
Melody: oh ur parents didn’t like her?
she seemed nice
Kaze: There was a rumor at school about Kenji who apparently got in over his head with the Yakuza and was never seen again his parents moved away shortly after he disappeared although I never knew him
Yeah she was.
Kaze genuniely smiles
Melody: so why didn’t they like you being friends?
Kaze: and her eyes seem to sparkle
My parents said that what she was doing was wrong
wasn’t a whole lot of talk before the whole kicking me out of the shrine
Melody: what was she doing?
Kaze: Kaze shifts uncomfortably in the bed
Melody: wow they kicked you out of the shrine?
Kaze: well the shrine was our home
Kaze: well it still is my parents home
just not mine
Melody: so..why did they not like Yoko * speaking gently*
Kaze: my grandfather on my dad’s side sent me all my stuff if it was up to my parents I probably would just have the clothes I was able to shove in my bag points to her black and tan bag thrown over her desk chair
they didn’t approve of her choices she had made
Kaze shifts again
Melody: what were those?
come on what was so bad..you can tell me
i can keep a secret…I won’t tell anyone if you don’t want
Kaze: You seem nice and all
I don’t wanna talk about it
Melody: * melody seems geniunly worried about her new friend*
ok I won’t push the issue but I’ll be here if you want to talk
smiles well, sweet dreams I guess….
Melody: proceeds to curl up and snuggle snuffles
Melody: hmmmm? yawn
Kaze: I hope we can still be friends
Melody: uh well sure…of course
Kaze: Kaze reaches up to turn off her light beside her bed but genlty strokes the red ribbon tide to the lamp first
Melody: good night Kaze
Kaze: oh were did you put the ofuda?
Melody: oh I set it on the dresser when I blew out the incense
I may put one of two on the wall tomorrow
may I put one on your side of the room
keep that one that I gave you in your bag
Kaze: later I will make you a smaller protection charm
Melody: k yawn
Kaze: Kaze turns out the light and draws the blanket Melody gave her up around her chin
Night and thanks again for the blanket
for letting me borrow the blanket
Melody: wwelcome * mumbles*