By the end of the school day, Yori and Kurama had gotten to know each other quite well. Yori learned that he was well-liked by everyone in the school, he had the best grades, and that he was very kind. Yori also ran into Sen again during Trigonometry and Literature. In Trigonometry, they studied the basics; she didn't do much in Dance for the class had just finished a performance; they covered the Rome in World History; Yori ate lunch with Sen and Kurama during their free period; Romeo and Juliet was started in Literature and the human consciousness was studied in Psychology. Professor Kotaro had Yori choose an instrument for Music, and she chose the violin.
Once Psychology ended and the school day was over, Kurama walked over to Yori. "Don't forget to go to the main office, Yori. You need to pick up your school uniform."
Yori turned around to look at him, "You wouldn't mind coming with me, would you?"
"Of course," Kurama smiled.
Kurama and Yori walked to the main office where Mr. Ichihiro was waiting for them.
"Ms. Ichijo, your uniform just got here." The uniform the principle was holding was dark red with a short skirt that would come to mid-thigh along with a dark red silk choker. She looked over to Kurama's uniform and saw that his was a normal uniform that was the same dark red.
"Thank you very much, sir." Yori bowed slightly.
"How do you like your classes so far?"
"They're great. I've learned so much already, and it's only day one. Suichi has been a big help too." Yori said smiling at Kurama.
Mr. Ichihiro smiled at her. "Well I'm glad you like your classes, and I'm also glad you're making friends already. Well here you are," he said, handing the uniform over to her. "I hope you will excel here along with the rest of the students. Now go ahead and get home, you two."
Kurama and Yori exited the school together when Kurama turned to Yori and said, "I'll see you home."
"Oh you don't have to, Suichi, it's fine."
"Nonsense, Nagasashi Motel is on the way to my home, anyways." Yori agreed and they continued to walk.
While they walked together, Yori pulled out a CD from her bag. Flipping it over and reading the song list on the back, she said to Kurama, "So my music professor, Professor Kotaro, assigned me to listen to and evaluate the violin music on this CD or something like that. Do you have to do this as well?"
"Well no, Advanced Music is a class that is only assigned to women in the school. The men take Advanced Sports instead." Kurama answered.
Yori looked over to Kurama, "Advanced Sports?"
"Yes. We look into each sport at least once each semester. Ice hockey, baseball, basketball-"
"No offence, but I can't exactly picture you in basketball shorts," Yori laughed.
Kurama chuckled, "None taken, I wouldn't be able to picture myself in them either, if I were you," they both laughed together. "However, while men take Sports and the women take Music, the rest of the classes are the same, besides the elective we chose to take."
"Like my dance course?"
"Yes, that would be your elective; the principal assigned it for you."
"What is your elective?" Yori asked.
"Well I decided to take an extra science class, Chemistry," Kurama answered.
As they continued to talk about Meiou High School, thunder clouds started to cover the sky and it started to drizzle. Kurama looked up, "We should hurry along, we don't want to get caught in this for too long." The two began to walk faster as the rain started to fall faster and harder. By the time they reached the motel, it was pouring.
"Thank you for coming with me, Suichi." Yori said.
Kurama smiled, "It wasn't a problem, I'll see you tomorrow." Kurama waved and then walked away from the motel.
After he left, Yori unlocked her door and threw her bag on the floor. Kicking off her heels, she turned the TV on and sat down on her bed. She started thinking about her day, realizing how much she liked it here. The school was great and she had already started making friends with people, like Suichi and his friends from the mall, along with Sen and a girl in her dance class. Yori let her hair down and changed into her pajamas while watching TV; turns out the movie version of the book she read two days back was on. After a few minutes of watching TV, Yori heard a loud scream coming from the room next to hers.
"Ms. Shizuna!?" Yori ran out of her room and threw the old lady's door open, freezing at the sight in front of her. There laid her old friend, lying on the floor with a wound going across her stomach, gushing with blood. Not being able to move from the horror, Yori's eyes glanced up at the open window, curtains flying madly from the wind. On the windowsill, jumping out, was a short, red monster with horns on its head. The creature jumped out without noticing her and Yori let out a high-pitched scream. Yori ran over to Ms. Shizuna and fell to the floor beside her, trying to wake her friend up, even though she knew that her efforts were pointless.
After he had said goodbye to Yori, Kurama began to walk out of the neighborhood. He shoved his hands into his uniform's pockets, trying to get warm from the cold rain.
"Kuraaamaaa, that was cute, walking your girl home from school." Kurama looked up into the trees at his friend, Yusuke. Yusuke jumped down from the tree and patted him on the back. "You move fast my friend; you just met her the other day."
"You know it's not like that, Yusuke," Kurama chuckled. "I can make friends like anyone else," he said while smiling.
"Riiiiiiiight. Anyways, I just got here so I didn't get to see any of the good stuff," Yusuke pouted.
"Nothing happened, Yusuke. Hiei gave me a visit today, however."
"At school? What did he want?"
"Nothing really," Kurama answered. "I told him about the case and he didn't seem too keen on the idea. Though I'm certain he'll help us like always."
"Sounds like him. Ah it'll be fine, Hiei always comes through in the-" Yusuke was cut off by the sound of a scream. "What the heck is that?" Yusuke yelled. The two looked back to the motel and saw Yori running out of her room and freezing in the doorway of her neighbor's room. A few seconds later, Yori let out a high-pitched scream and then ran into the room.
Kurama and Yusuke ran over to the room and froze in the doorway when they saw Yori hugging herself while crying. The old lady that lived next to her was on the floor, covered in blood. "Call an ambulance, Yusuke," Kurama said before running over to his friend. "Yori, are you hurt?" Kurama asked. Yori didn't answer while she was crying and shaking. Kurama saw that her eyes were wide with fear so he hugged her, trying to calm her down, while she whispered, "Monster," every now and then.
They stayed like that for a while until Yusuke returned. "The police are on their way with an ambulance."
"Thank you," Kurama said. Yusuke walked over to them and crouched down beside them.
"Looks like she's shaken up pretty badly," Yusuke said before turning to look at Ms. Shizuna. He sighed, "I should have gotten here before you two did… I could have been able to stop whoever did this…"
"It's not your fault Yusuke, but we'll have to talk about that later," Kurama said while nodding at Yori. They stayed silent while Yori sat there, frozen to the floor, until the sounds of sirens filled the air. A police officer ran into the room along with men carrying stretchers. They got the old lady up on the stretcher and covered her up before taking her out. Another man said that Yori should go to the hospital as well until she recovered from her shock. When she didn't respond, Yusuke lifted her up onto his back and carried her outside with Kurama beside them.
They all rode in the ambulance to the hospital where Yori was placed in a room until she recovered from the shock. Seeing that she would take a while before she would talk to anyone, Kurama and Yusuke walked out of her hospital room where a police officer was waiting for them outside.
"I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you two some questions, along with the girl once she recovers." He said.
"Of course," Kurama said. "Would you mind waiting for me while I call my mother? I need to let her know where I am." The police officer nodded his head and took Yusuke away to another room. Kurama walked to the waiting area of the hospital where he called his house.
After a few rings, his mother picked up. "Hello? Suichi, is that you?"
"Yes mother, I needed to let you know that I won't be home for a while."
"Oh are you alright? Where are you? Is everything ok?"
"No, not exactly. I'm at the hospital with two of my friends."
"Are you hurt, Suichi?"
"No mother, but my friend is in severe shock at the moment."
"Hold on Suichi, I'll be there in a few minutes!"
"Mother you don't have to-" Shiori hung up the phone before Kurama could finish his sentence. Sighing, Kurama walked back over to Yori's room, waiting for the police officer.