Kuro slowly blinked awake, sitting up and realizing that she’d dozed off on the couch. She yawned and put the empty tub of enchanted ice cream back on the table from where it’d dropped on the floor.
She turned to see Akiko sleeping innocently and got up, stretching.
Kuro checked her watch. Her nap had lasted around two hours.
Picking up her bag, she moved quietly to the door and slipped out, walking down the hall towards her dorm.
There was still a considerable amount of time for her to get in some more studying for the test. Dai happily pattered beside her, his paws like velvet against the floor.
Kuro fixed her long hair as she walked, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes. Talking to Akiko had made it at least a little easier to feel calm again.
She remembered her incident forms with a start and pulled them out, filling the remainder of them and walking towards the Headmistress’ office.
Kuro was in enough trouble to begin with. Handing in the forms any later than she needed to was a bad idea.
She finished up as she waited by the heavy door, straightening herself up and knocking when the last blank was filled.
The door swished open and she walked in, only to see someone sitting in the office with the Headmistress.
“Sorry, am I interrupting?” Kuro asked, shuffling back towards the door.
“No, no,” Ms. Moto insisted, “You’re just in time. We’ve just had a student registered. Ms. Hayashi, meet Ms. Tachibana.”
The girl in the seat turned around and smiled, and Kuro offered a small wave, barely registering her snow-white hair and bright red eyes.
Witches and wizards were known for looking different. Kuro had been lucky enough to be relatively normal.
Dai trotted forwards, curious, before running behind Kuro’s legs, ears flattened.
“Sorry.” Kuro blushed, “He’s usually not like this.”
“That’s okay.” The new student replied, “It’s probably because of Kasumi.”
As Kuro watched a sleek white fox stepped out from beneath the desk, sniffing with a regal air.
“Wow. Nice familiar.”
“Ms. Hayashi,” the Headmistress smiled, “How can I help you?”
Kuro held up her forms.
“I just wanted to hand these in.”
Moto waved her wand and the papers flew into a filing cabinet.
“Thank you for your promptness. May I ask a favour?”
“Of course.” Kuro stuttered, scooping Dai into her arms.
“Ms. Tachibana regrettably missed the orientation day. Would you be so kind as to give her a tour of the premises?”
Kuro started playing with her hair with her free hand.
“I’m not sure I’d be the best-”
“-I know you’re more than capable, Ms. Hayashi. Can I count on you?”
“Yes, Headmistress.” Kuro said quietly, her stomach filling with dread.
She hadn’t left the school since…since…
Kuro reached for the comfort of her wand, sighing internally.
This was going to be difficult.