Kuro resisted the urge to slap herself. The third office visit in less than a month?
If any of this went on her record...
She noticed Akiko tensing up beside her as they walked to the office, and she put a hand on her shoulder.
Kuro tried to smile reassuringly, but she was somewhat scared too.
Mrs. Pumpernickel was finally going to get what she wanted.
The Headmistress waved her wand and the heavy oak door opened, staying open as they walked through.
"Have a seat." Moto offered, sitting down across from them.
Kuro found a chair pushing against the back of her legs and sat down, gulping.
"Now." The Headmistress started, clearing her throat, "I think we should all discuss the...incident at the River Mists."
Kuro felt herself starting to fidget with her hair.
"As you both know, the area behind the river is strictly off-limit to students. And for good reason."
Kuro felt the blood drain from her face.
"Normally, anyone who breaks that rule does not survive to face punishment."
Moto's clear blue eyes focused on Kuro.
"I will meet with your teachers to decide a course of action. In the meantime, you are expected to fill incident reports."
She waved her wand and two thick stacks of paper appeared on the table.
"You are excused from classes. That is all."
Kuro and Akiko both picked up their forms, walking out of the office with heavy feet.
"That was horrible." Akiko breathed, putting her papers into her bag.
Kuro had put the forms onto a clipboard and was starting to fill them in with her neat, square writing.
"You could say that again." she sighed.
"At least we get out of class." Akiko offered, her green eyes sad.
"I'm going to class anyways." Kuro shrugged.
"I can't miss any more lessons." she reasoned, "And I don't want a homework pileup."
"So you're going to leave me alone?" Akiko asked, pouting and making puppy dog eyes.
"My Runes class is a joke. I'll meet you in your dorm then."
"Well, I guess that's better than nothing."
"Take care of yourself, okay?" Kuro said, her mind reeling at the memory of the River Mists.
"I will. Bye, Kuro." Akiko said quietly as they parted ways.
Kuro walked towards her class, suddenly feeling cold.
She still couldn't believe she was alive.