And the RED.
The classroom buzzed with noise, students turning around to catch a look at the student in question. Snickers came from the sophomores, but despite the noise, the girl did not stir.
Their teacher, Tanya Anderson, walked calmly towards the sleeping student, just stopping once she was close enough to touch her. “Miss Upton.” She continued.
Emily Upton shifted, her head turning the other way – opposite the direction her teacher was standing in.
“Miss Upton…” She repeated.
Emily grunted, muttering incomprehensible words under her breath. She stayed asleep, a thin line of drool dripping from the side of her mouth.
“Emily Upton. We are in the middle of class. Wake up.” Miss Anderson said again, louder. The girl shifted on her seat again, before groaning in annoyance. “Mom…five more minutes…”
The class erupted in laughter, and that was all it took to wake Emily up. She jerked upwards from her previously curled-up position on her desk, a confused look flickering over her features as she looked at her surroundings.
Emily Upton was a beautiful girl, her eyes a soft onyx, her shoulder-length hair a glistening ebony, her nose sharp and small, her lips thin and moist. Light freckles covered her smooth skin. She was easily considered as one of the cutest girls in the school; alongside her bold and cool personality.
Onyx eyes met a pale brown bravely. Recognition flashed through her eyes, before disappearing as fast as it came. Miss Anderson smiled sweetly at the young student. “Miss Upton, I assume you had a nice nap?” Silence ensued for a few seconds before the girl cocked her head. “Yes I did, Ma’am. Did I miss anything important?”
“Miss Anderson is such a killjoy.” Kristyn Newman groaned, rolling her eyes.
“She’s more than a killjoy, Kris.” Mikaella King scoffed, shaking her head. “She always has a stick up her ass.”
“A nightmare.” Adelynn Harris giggled, agreeing, her iridescent eyes sparkling in amusement.
“She’s so uptight. Even Sir Knowles let us do whatever we want every once and a while.” Kacey Nicholson shook her head, her hands at her waist.
A group of girls continued to talk about the female professor, all with striking features that could be seen even from a distance. And sitting together in the school’s gym, they were particularly conspicuous. However, most wouldn’t see a fifth member of the group who was lying on her back right beside them.
“What do you think about her, Em?” Kacey asked, turning her attention towards the girl who was sleepily rubbing her eyes. Emily looked over at the other four students, before shrugging. “All I know is that she likes waking students up from their naps.”
Adelynn grinned. “She woke you up this morning right? Heard from the other sections.”
“That just proves our point,” Mikaella rolled her eyes, “I doubt there’ll be a day that she’ll become less uptight than she is now.”
Kristyn shrugged. “I agree.”
Emily turned over to her side, grunting. Her four friends looked at each other, before carrying a mutual understanding. They smiled. They scooted over to her, forming a small circle. “We’ll be here when you fall asleep, yeah?”
“Get some rest, Em.”
“I heard a couple of stuff.”
“What kind of stuff?” Mikaella looked at Adelynn cautiously, “Are you sure it isn’t just gossip?”
“I promise. I heard it from Jayden.” The girl nodded confidently.
“If the student council president says so, then…”
“I heard there’s going to be a new student.” Emily muttered, before shoving a spoonful of her lunch into her almost-watering mouth.
Adelynn looked at her, a pout covering her lips. “I wanted to say it!” Emily shrugged, “You took too long.” Kacey giggled at them, before patting Adelynn’s shoulder affectionately. “Don’t worry, Lyn. You get to tell us all the details.”
She grinned, nodding. “So yeah, there’s going to be a new student. Male, apparently handsome, but there isn’t much the school knows about him other than the necessary stuff.”
“Anything else?” Kristyn asked, raising an eyebrow.
“And they said his hair color was weird. Like really weird.” Adelynn shrugged at them once seeing their curious looks.
“Said it couldn’t be natural.” She chuckled, “You should’ve seen Jayden’s face when he first saw the guy. Was really confused.”
“Well, then.” Emily mumbled out, catching everyone’s attention. “He’s something interesting, yeah?”
Class 2-A’s excitement was almost suffocating. A new student – a mysterious one at that (considering the rumors that had started spreading the day Adelynn told the girls) – was going to be transferring into their class, and everyone’s curiosity was at its’ peak.
Emily was seated on her seat calmly, looking indifferent, but her mind was whirring – with ideas and different faces of different males, trying to figure out what the male transferee could look like.
It wasn’t the first time that she had been this interested in something, but coming from the rumors and the gossip, she couldn’t help but become invested in all the conversations that took place around her, including the ones with the girls.
It didn’t take long until their homeroom teacher, Miss Anderson, arrived, with a blank look on her face.
“We have a new student today, so please treat him with the same attitude you treat with your friends. Please be patient with him as well; he’s come from the countryside, so their manner of speaking and culture sightly differs from ours.”
The classroom continued buzzing with noise.
And the door opened.
“Em! Let’s go out and play!”
“Em! Can we play hide and seek?”
“I’ll always protect you, Em!”
“Emily always wants to be the best, right? Then I think your name matches with your personality a lot!”
“We’ll be best friends forever!”
He left. He came.
He destroyed. He protected.
He hated. He loved.
She couldn’t remember anything about him…
Except for his bright red hair.
Axel Taylor walked into the class, smiling. “Nice to meet you. I hope you’ll treat me with care.”
Everything red was closely related to Axel Taylor. After all, it was always him.
just a short disclaimer, i originally wrote this short story with japan culture ingrained into it, so if you don’t understand some of the things here, feel free to contact me through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and i can explain.
i’m a fan of anime and manga, if you didn’t know, so this is where the japan thing came in. but i tried making it a bit more realistic, so most of the things that other people don’t understand are probably masked by the more normal ones. i hoped you liked it, though! tell me what you think by sending me an e-mail, it would really mean a lot!