The dining hall had a very upbeat atmosphere that morning. It was almost as if the situation the day before had never happened. Perhaps things were going to work out after all.
I turned away from my empty plate to see Mayu running towards me. She had a camera in her hand.
"Hey Mayu." I said. She waved.
"I was wondering if you could help me out with something." She said as she held out the camera. "I found this camera at the electronics store and I wanted to see if I could film some stuff!"
I had nothing better to do, so I said yes. Soon we were at the park, and Mayu was setting up her equipment. It seemed like most of it was from the second area stores, but I couldn't make heads or tails of what it all did.
"Hey Mayu." I said. "I should warn you that I'm not a very good actor. Maybe you should ask Nori instead.
"Nori?" Mayu asked, setting up a camera stand. "I don't really like her."
That was direct.
"Why not?" I asked. I mean, I kind of new the answer, but still.
"She says she doesn't like my work." Mayu said. "Plus she's a bit of a jerk." She finished setting up the camera stand and turned on the camera. "Or more than a bit I guess."
She had a point there. Nori didn't seem to like anyone else here. In fact, I didn't think I had had a single actual conversation with her.
"Do you know anything about her?" I asked. Mayu nodded.
"Yeah, I do." She said. "I was planning on casting her in a movie once, so I had to do my research. She turned down the role in the end though." She finished adjusting the camera, or, whatever it was that she had been doing, and turned to me.
"She started acting at a young age and got every single part she auditioned for." Mayu said. "She was super popular and even got a few movie roles when she was still a kid. After a while though, she became a drama queen. If things didn't go her way, she'd leave. It was almost like she thought everyone existed just to do what she wanted them to do. I'm actually glad she turned me down."
Mayu turned back to the camera.
"But enough about her, let's film. In this shot, I need you to... oh no!" She looked at the camera screen, panic in her eyes.
"What's wrong?" I asked, kind of happy that there was a chance that I wouldn't have to act.
"There's no film." Mayu said in a defeated tone. In a few seconds she was back to her cheery self though. "Oh well." She said "I'll just have to look for some at the store."
She sighed and started taking down all of the equipment. I decided to try and help.
"So have you been making movies long?" I asked. Mayu nodded.
"Yeah! Pretty much since I got my first camera as a kid." She answered. "I acted out and filmed my favourite movie scenes on my family's computer. I would always go all out with the sets and costumes." She smiled. "After a while I started writing my own scripts and acted those out instead! My parents loved to watch every video."
"Sounds like fun." I said. Mayu nodded again.
"It was." She said. "You know what?" She stopped what she was doing and backed away to look at the makeshift studio. "We could probably just leave this here. It's not like anyone is going to steal it." She nodded and started to run towards the train.
"I'll find some film and we can meet here tomorrow!" She shouted over her shoulder. I watched her run for a bit before shaking my head. The Ultimates were definitely... interesting.
I wiped the sweat from my forehead. I hadn't realized how incredibly hot it was. Perhaps what I needed was a dip in the pool.
It seemed like I wasn't the only one who wanted to escape the heat. Isoya, Missa, Asami and (surprisingly) Ren were already at the pool. Isoya Missa and Asami were playing Marco Polo in the water. Asami was the one closing her eyes, and for some reason seeing Isoya saying "Polo" in his deep, mysterious voice was very amusing. I sat down next to Ren who was dangling his feet in the water. Seeing him in a bathing suit was even weirder than seeing Isoya in the water.
"What's up?" I asked, curious as to why he had finally left his room. He shrugged.
"Asami dragged me here and asked me to play Marco Polo." He explained. "I said yes since I had nothing better to do, and thankfully we ran into Isoya and Missa." He gestured to the aforementioned people in the water. "Missa said she wanted to open up to people more, so she decided to join."
"And Isoya goes where she goes." I added. Ren nodded.
"It's funny though." He said. "I always tried to avoid spending time with people other than my brother. Now I see that I was missing out. Spending time with all of you is almost relaxing in a way."
I'm sure his words would have had much more of an effect had he not fallen into the water immediately after saying them.
Looking over I saw that Asami had pulled him in. Ren's head emerged from the water and he began spitting out water. His glasses had managed to stay on somehow, but his wet bangs were now stuck to them.
"I take it back." He said bluntly. Asami, who had now opened her eyes, stifled a laugh.
"Sorry." She said. "I thought you were Missa."
I couldn't help but laugh, and Asami pulled me in too. We played Marco Polo for a bit, and even Ren joined in. After a while we all headed to the change rooms.
"That was fun!" Asami said. "We should do it again some time!" Missa nodded, drying her hair with a towel.
"Yeah." She said. "Maybe we can tomorrow."
I finished changing into my clothes and turned to face them. Asami's hair was in a towel and Missa was still changing.
"I'd be willing to join." I said. "I'll stop by once I'm done filming with Mayu." Asami and Missa smiled and finished changing. I went to open the door, but it swung open before my hand was even on the doorknob.
"Oh." Nori said as she saw the three of us already in the change room. "I didn't know the pool had a pest problem."
The happy atmosphere that had formed had been destroyed by a single sentence.
"That's kind of rude." I said. It was more than kind of rude actually.
"Do you think I care?" The actress asked. "I just wanted to take a dip in the pool, but I guess I can't now that the water is contaminated."
"The water is still pretty clean." Missa said, her eyes turned to the floor. She wasn't smiling anymore. "You can still swim if you want."
"As if." Nori said. "I'll probably get sick if someone as disgusting as you was in it before me."
She turned and left. Missa looked like she was about to cry. Asami put her hand on her shoulder.
"Cheer up Missa." She said encouragingly.
"Yeah! You can't let a comment like that ruin your day." I added. "You should try to just let it go."
Missa nodded and looked up.
"I'll try". She said. Then the three of us left the change room, heading back to our rooms to rest.