Okay, basically ... this is NOT the first chapter! It is pretending to be. If you want to know who Mai is, and believe me you do, or this won't make sense, read The Protagonize Bus. It's got a lot of chapters so if you want just to read about Mai, just read those by me (Delorfinde).
This is what happened to Mai AFTER she left the bus. So ... I'm starting it from Chapter Two. This is just to explain. Capisci? Good. Molto Bene.