“RO! DINNER!” Haruna called as she set out the plates on the table. Moments later, a seven year old boy came running from his room and hoped into his chair. The kids took their positions at the table. Dustin walked into the room, now in more comfortable clothing rather than the suit we was wearing earlier in the day during the entrance ceremony for his triplet daughters. The girls were all accepted to go to a high school in Fukuoka. Chiharu was able to make it down from Hiroshima for the ceremony to support her sisters.
Dustin patted his son on the head as he took his seat. Dustin and Haruna sat at the ends of the table. The triplets sat on one side, in order of their birth. That was on their own accord. Ichiro and Chiharu sat on the other side. In between Chiharu and Ichiro was an empty chair where Kennedy used to sit. It had been empty since she left for the army after dropping out of college after her second year. In a weird twist of fate, she was put into the 101st Airborne, the same division that her aunt Daina served years ago.
When Kennedy left, it was a rough time for the family as Kennedy took it upon herself to enter the military without discussing it with her parents first. Dustin knew his daughter had become a bit too much like him and that was part of the reason she entered the military. He worried about her and with a war with North Korea that has been going on for a while now, his worry increased drastically.
“How's school, Ro?” Ro was Ichiro's nickname. He had just started second grade. He had short brown hair with prominent Asian features but his American features were noticeable. He also took after his dad and sisters having colored eyes. The triplets took after their mother and had been mistaken for full blooded Japanese aside from having colored eyes.
“It's okay,” Ro said shrugging.
“Only okay?” Haruna asked.
“I think that was the same answer I gave my mother when I entered each grade. When I was your age, I was moving to different schools a lot. I was in one school for kindergarten and first grade, another for second and part of third grade. Daina and I were then pulled out of that school in the middle of our third grade year and put into another. The school we left was a Christian school and it wasn't very good. It closed shortly after we left. Our new school was the one where we would finish out elementary school. The two of us stayed close to each other because we were unsure of all these new people we kept encountering almost every year. We made a lot of friends though.”
“Yep. I still have my friends from last year and they're in my class this year so it'll be okay.”
Dustin nodded and then looked over to the three girls. “I'm glad you three were accepted by the same high school. It puts my mind at ease knowing you three have each other. You three had your dealings with people in elementary and junior high school. Even Kennedy and Chiharu received some strife from other students when they were in school. Ro may even get it too.
“Yeah, Ken-chan and I went through some hell during our school days,” Chiharu said. “Kids can be assholes. Ken-chan got it because she was a foreigner, I got it because she's my step-sister. We knew we could rely on the other so it wasn't a major problem.”
“Even today, kids still act that way,” Haruna said.
“The six of you are strong and stuck with it,” Dustin said. “I'm sure you three will have fun in high school.”
“What was high school like for you, Dad?” Eri asked.
Dustin thought for a moment. “It was both fun and miserable. Your aunt and I had some interesting times. I wish she was still around so she could tell you herself. You guys would have had fun with her and she would have spoiled the hell out of all of you. But for high school...well...Daina and I walked into Athens High School as freshman in nineteen ninety-seven.”