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San Fransokyo International Airport, 5:56 AM
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have now arrived at our destination, San Fransokyo International Airport.” - announced the flight crew through a muffled transmitter. - “…The local time is 5:57 and the outside temperature is 12 degrees Celsius. Please remain seated until the aircraft has come to a complete stop…”
The girl’s eyes darted briefly to the seatbelt sign before focusing again on the view outside the window of the airplane (or at least the little of what could be seen from it). A book lay closed on her lap – her long travelling hours have allowed her progress through the book well. She spotted a few other aircrafts resting peacefully at their station and read the names of the airlines.
She thought, not without some sarcasm, that they looked more well-rested than she did. She had been glued to this seay for 16 hour. Her entire body now felt stiff as a stick– her cramps a souvenir of the long hours she’d been on this plane. It would be hard to get up…
Her name called, she quickly refocused her attention on the smiling lady behind the reception desk.
“That would be me.” – she replied, trying not to sound too tired. In truth, she yearned for something to lie down on.
The lady had a lively expression.
“Come this way. I need you to sign and verify a few admission forms. Please return them to me once you are finished.” – once Sanae handed in the filled papers, the lady smiled quickly scanned them and nodded. – “Yup, all seems to be in order. Mr. Pichon will take you to see your professor now, if you would follow him.”
The girl nodded with words of mild-mannered thanks before turning back to catch up with the other college staff. Her eyes swept around, taking in the modern buildings and spacious school grounds.
“Oh and one more thing.” – the student services lady called loudly after. – “Welcome the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology!”
San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Robotics Lab.
“Did you hear?”
“Hear what?” – Tadashi said from where he was bending over his lab table, upon which laid his latest project. He turned around to briefly make eye contact with his friend, trying to no avail to remember any stand-out news he heard that day.
An answer, however, was quickly supplied by Fred.
“Duh, the one about the new student. A new student’s gonna be transferred here next week! What else?”
Tadashi never paid much attention to the veins of gossip running through the school. But if ever was there any rumour important enough to warrant a discussion amongst the science geeks in the Robotics lab, it had to be very important. And he’d usually just leave it to Fred to broadcast the goings on in SFIT.
“Oh, that one. I heard this student flew all the way from Japan to study at here. Pretty cool,” – Wasabi popped in their conversation and added.
“Yeah, that’s like half away around the world!” - Fred butted in excitedly - “Do you guys know what it’d be like to actually live in Japan? I went there once, you know and it was awesome!”
Tadashi chuckled. Being half-Japanese himself, he had spent a part of his childhood in that island country. At the edge of that far away continent. He couldn’t remember much, since it was so long ago, but he did remember that it was beautiful. His Dad had a private research lab in the countryside, in one of Japan’s mountainous regions. They practically lived inside the lab, but surrounding it was one of the most gorgeous scenes anywhere has to offer. It was back when his parents had been alive, and he and Hiro were the happiest of children growing up. But that was, again, a long time ago.
He suspected that Fred was excited for a entirely different reason. It was a fact that Fred was clueless about anything related to the world map, with the only exception of one country. His friend had always revered the Japan, the birth place of one of the greatest branch of comics - manga, not to mention awesome television shows called anime. Fred, being obsessed with both, had always advertised his dream to visit Japan again.
“Yeah, from what I heard, this guy’s a pretty impressive deal. IMO* Champion at age 11, 13 and 15. Twice International Young Physicists’ Tournament First Prize Winner, and apparently a chess master.” - Wasabi recited, nodding to his friends with a light smirk.
“Seems like a glittering profile.” - A dark, slightly humored voice that could only be Go Go Tamago’s, who seemed to be pulled into the conversation as she was passing by. “No wonder he could pull off something like a mid-year transfer.”
“You think we should throw a welcome party?” - Tadashi laid the books he’d been carrying down a table and put his elbows on them.
Then came Honey Lemon, in all her jubilant clothing, heels and fashionable 60s headband. “I think that’s a great idea.” - she chimed - “It’ll make him feel so welcome. And it might be nice to have someone new around here.”
“No No No No” - Fred butted in to stop the flow of conversation, fervidly waving his hands around. - “What’s this about a guy? You guys got it wrong. I’m telling you, it’s a girl!” – smirked Fred, pleased with his superior knowledge compared to his ‘nerd’ friends. – “I mean, have you seen her picture? She’s a keeper!"
“Wow, like, for real?” – asked Wasabi in wonderment. – “bout time! Our lab goes negative in feminity.”
Go Go immediately smacked him on the head.
“Just kidding, Go Go. Ouch...” – flinched the victim. – “See! That just proves my point!” He mumbled.
Tadashi had some doubts on where these rumors came from. Especially how indeed did Fred obtain a photo of the transfer student who has yet to arrive. He hadn’t forgotten the last time Fred got his sources wrong. (By the way, the guys at IT Dept. had sworn they’d hack all their online accounts if they ever set foot near their building again)
“I hope she’s nice.” – said Honey Lemon dreamily.
“I’m sure we’ll get along.” – said Tadashi, ever optimistic.
“Says the guy who’s popular to his pants. Your rules don’t apply to the rest of us.” Go Go smirked and went over to Wasabi’s side, who instantly panicked at her messing up his space.
“Come on, guys. Get back to research. Enough chatting already.” – Professor Callaghan cleared his throat seriously, but the light twitch on the corner of his mouth suggested that the man was amused.
As his friends scrambled back to their posts and their voices faded into the background (“Wasabi, have you seen my Di2 Internal 8 Speed Hub Gear?”) Tadashi’s thought just a moment longer on this new student. Members of their department had always been on good terms. So he couldn’t care less how the new student looked or even the ridiculous number of prizes she’d won, so long as everyone is happy.
But he must admit that this is all so sudden. Such a transfer must have uprooted much of the student’s old life. Tadashi’s own early childhood experience had taught to him just how difficult it was, suddenly leaving everything dear and familiar to you behind. As such, he was to do as much as he could to make her feel welcome. After thinking this, he decided that he’d been distracted enough and set this news aside, focusing again on his research.
Little did he know that the next few months in his life would be the most challenge he’d ever face. Little was SFIT’s most prized student aware that it was he who would be uprooted by the new student’s presence. And that she’d violently shake up everything which he’d stood for in life til then.
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