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« Thread started on: Jul 10th, 2008, 4:17pm »

Her little tour through the school was briefly interrupted as a student officer led the confused Mizuki to the Headmistress' Office. Turns out she was supposed to register, get measured for her uniform, and the likes before running around the school. Oops? It wasn't her fault really, Mizuki has had minimal experiences with actual schools, and none at all with boarding schools. After the hassle of registering (which turned out to be already as the registering lady was quite nice), she was handed a letter and a suit of uniform, before getting showed to the door.

Still quite confused, she walked once more to the school gate, picked up her two suitcases from her bodyguards, before making her way to the dormitory. It's a wonder how she managed to read the letter while dragging around the two cases. Superhuman strength helps sometimes.

Dear Mizuki Fujiwara,

Welcome to Jardin Academy.
Your assigned room number is 118, and Tsumagi is your roommate. Please arrange accordingly.

Signed:
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116, 117, 118... She counted the room numbers in her head, before emerald eyes came to rest on the correct door. Mizuki took a breath to calm herself. This was an entirely new experience for her. She has always had her own bedroom, decorated to grandiose and extravagance. Rooming with someone, or even living on campus, heck, even having a campus to live on, these all all totally new experiences for her. Mizuki was a little nervous, but not scared. She did worry about what type of person her roommate was going to be.

What if the girl hates her? Or worse yet, finds out what she is? Mizuki waved the thoughts away. No time to be pondering such possibilities, she must live in the present. Taking another breath, she tapped on the door twice, announcing her arrival, before fitting the key into the door and unlocking it.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 4:42pm »

Now, had Tsumagi been interested enough to open that little white envelope that had found it's way to the front of her door, she would have been informed as to what was happening. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Upon discovering it, she immediately dismissed it as something that could be dealt with later (having nothing but her name on front with no subject of any kind present). She had placed it upon the dresser, then collapsed back onto her bed while ignoring the empty one she had nearly collided with. The night before had been somewhat of a hectic one; Tsumagi never slept this empty, and thankfully, there were no classes.

She wasn't so tired that she wanted to sleep the whole day away. Just...get a few hours of rest, is all. Her pale hair brushed against the pillow with a slight rustling sound as she turned to look once more at the letter on the table. It kept nagging at her that she should get up and read it, but her laziness made her think twice. After having gotten on the bed, she didn't want to get up. She would open it later when she had the energy to do so.

Her eyes started to shut slowly, before two knocks sounded and she immediately sat up, eyes wide. The sound against the door wasn't what bothered her, however. It was the sound of a key clicking into the lock and the unmistakable sound of someone unlocking the door. The once locked door...

Being someone who was born with quick thinking (for certain occasions), her eyes fell upon the white piece of paper on the dresser. A small, quiet groan emanated from her throat. "A roommate?" She whispered to herself quietly, before getting up quickly and arched an eyebrow. It was a good thing she had just returned to her dormitory then, otherwise this person may have found the room to be quite empty from any sort of life-form. "I wonder..." It could be a new student who had just arrived, or it could be one of the older ones who has not gotten an assigned dormitory partner, like her.

Ah well, it was best to wait and see.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 5:19pm »

Without a soft creak, the door opened. It took her a second to adjust to the lighting, as the inside was significantly darker than the outside. She hadn't expected anyone to be in the dorm at the time. Most students were in the hallways or in class, so it was a small surprise when the faint silhouette of a girl was revealed to her.

"Gomen," She apologized, slipping into Japanese out of habit. "Had I woken you?" Closed curtains, slightly tousled hair, and the sleepy disposition of the person in front of her led Mizuki to the conclusion. She had always been somewhat of an observant child; it was a necessary skill for a Fujiwara.

Tagging her suitcases into the room, she had lifted them up now to avoid making any noise. Two suitcases of more than fifty pounds each; Mizuki isn't doing too great a job at trying to be human. "I can leave for the moment; you can go back to sleep if you want." She spoke again, setting her stuff down an the uninhabited bed, which she understood as hers. Sincere emerald eyes looked into dirty gold ones, as she tried to make it up to her new roommate.

Her eyes fully adjusted to the darkness (vampires can see at night, but it takes adjusting), Mizuki studied the girl with a newborn's interest. She doesn't get to interact with too many people often, and those she do either have heard great things or terrible things of herself, leading conversations to go downhill very quickly. Her new roommate has beautiful hair, Mizuki noted, fascinated by the strange yet harmonious blend of colors. Silver and white were already unusual colors, but to melt them together and throw in streaks of gold. If not for the healthy sheen, she would almost think that it was dyed.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 5:43pm »

The light thrown into the room made her squint a bit, before she peered curiously at the form that entered. First off, the other's hair. A happy pink; not an unusual color for someone around a school such as Jardin, but it was rarely seen. Then again, there were many students here who had odd appearances (not to say that all were bad, of course). The next, emerald green eyes she could clearly see after she got used to how bright it was.

She had to smile slightly at the apology; not because she found it amusing, but because the other had used a Japanese word for it. She couldn't remember what to say in return, but that didn't matter. "It's okay," she said, waving a dismissive hand in the direction of the other. She had to note the suitcases; while she wasn't able to guess how heavy they both were, she still had to admit that they did look like they needed a strong hand to lift. All in all, it was an impressive feat, especially with walking up the stairs.

Tsumagi used her hands to push herself off the bed, and walked over to the windows while the other placed her things down next to the unoccupied bed. "No, it's fine. I'm wide awake now." Especially since this female seemed like such an interesting character. The curtains were slid open a fraction, just to make it seem a little more like a happy environment.

She made her way to the dresser, picked up the envelope and opened it carefully. Well, better late than never. "Fujiwara Mizuki?" She inquired, raising an eyebrow. She had heard that name before, faintly in her mind, but she found it was trivial at the moment. "Then you must know me already, yes?" She could only assume that Mizuki had been given a letter informing her of the name of her roommate, as she had been.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 5:59pm »

A soft sigh of relief left her lips as the other excused her blunder. Mizuki herself wasn't much of a morning's person, and doesn't take well to being awoken. She had been a teeny worried that waking her roommate might have left a bad impression. And at the moment, impression was everything. To someone completely new at the school, not to mention being new at any school, she really didn't want to start out on the wrong foot.

Opening the curtain made no difference to her. Her eyes have already adjusted and could see everything perfectly. Every shadow, every curve, she could even pick out individual hairs on the other.

"Hai," she replied, out of habit, as her name was mentioned. The other girl's expression didn't seem to change. Good. Mizuki didn't want her family to be known at the school. She just wanted to be an ordinary school girl, no different from anyone else. Having an illustrious background doesn't help.

Opening one suitcase, she took out the school uniform stuffed it in a haste earlier. Painstakingly, she smoothed out the creases on it and laid it flat on the bed. There was no hurry to unpack the rest; they were all neatly stacked and not about to be creased.

"Miss Tsumagi?" At the question, she tried hesitantly, adding in the prefix out of politeness. Mizuki couldn't tell if the name was the first or last name, which was quite confusing. Or did the girl only have one name? She was sure a little of her confusion must have shown on her face.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 6:12pm »

First impressions, to her, didn't matter. Depending on what mood you caught the other in, such a thing was impossible to determine. Especially if the impressions were just covering a truthful personalities. So, even if this pink-haired female had somehow grated her nerves, she wouldn't mind as much as other's may. Thankfully, she was laid-back enough to not care.

Folding the letter up, Tsumagi decided to push the nagging feeling to the back of her mind. Her gut feeling was nearly always wrong, in any case. "It's a pleasure to meet you," she inclined her head, just to be polite, not one for handshakes. A slight smile graced her expression at the uniform; she remembered how annoyed she was at such a thing. Surely, none of her other schools had such attire, nor was it optional. Ah well, the pros always came hand in hand with the cons. It was something she needed to get used to; slowly but surely.

She nodded lightly at her name, "Just Tsumagi, Fujiwara-san." It was best to be polite, but she didn't care for the 'Miss' that was stapled to her name. She had already decided that since the other knew how to use Japanese words (albeit basic ones), she could assume that the other had at least some Japanese heritage or knowledge. Thus, the honorific place behind her surname.

Noticing the other's confused look on the her visage, Tsumagi guessed what the other was thinking, though not with full confidence. "My surname isn't important," she said, which only meant that the name she went by now was her given name. She told the other that fact with a light tone embedded in her voice, so that Mizuki couldn't tell if she was being serious or not. The pale girl had a lot of practice along these lines, after all.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 6:44pm »

"The pleasure is all mine," Mizuki replied, easily falling into the course of polite exchanges, as indicated by the perfect bow she just conducted. Seventy-five degrees, purely from the waist. A light blush colored her cheeks as she realized that she might have overdone it. She really wasn't good with dealing with other students. Her associations being limited mostly to parents and other nobility so far.

A smile graced her lips once more at the surfix. Her new roommate knew Japanese? Perfect. While Mizuki could speak several languages, English included, fluently, she preferred the simple elegance of her native tongue. Plus, sounded so much more delightful in her ears than the hard "miss". "As you wish, Tsumagi-san." Noticing, she made a mental note of that, before realizing that she should have noticed earlier. Tsumagi, of course someone with a Japanese name should know Japanese. Well, there are exceptions...her mind argued, but she quieted it.

A blink was issued in response to the last line. Didn't matter? How can someone's surname not matter? To the Fujiwara, surname was everything. Family, past, status, wealth... Mizuki could not understand how one could ignore one's family's name. At the same time, she couldn't help but be a little curious. What if she changed her own last name? That would save her a good deal of trouble and would guarantee that her family history is not called into question. She shook the thought away, quite literally too, no, of course she can't do such a thing.

"Why is that, Tsumagi-san?" Her question was highly innocent, impossible to be taken as an insult. Mizuki was curious, and as a result, she asked. Simple as that. Or perhaps, her innocence was a cover, getting her the information she wants. Who knows?
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 7:21pm »

The bow, she considered, was executed perfectly, as opposed to the short bow she had seen people give. She didn't think it was too overdone, but perhaps this female strove for perfection. In which case, she couldn't blame her for it. She couldn't say anything in return, however. What was one to say if the other said that it was their pleasure? She could not very well insist it was hers, else it would go on for some time until one of them decided to cease the repeated offers.

"Arigatoo," she stated, recollecting the word. Ah, it would be quite the amusing conversation if it suddenly lapsed into that of a Japanese one. Especially since she could not remember some certain phrases. She decided to add in a small bow of her own, more of a lower dip of the head if anything. A far cry from the one given to her earlier on. A slight, grateful smile was left to linger on her face as she tilted her head up once again.

The question wasn't probing, but Tsumagi realised that the way the other female said it, it left much to be determined. Had it been someone who was not so perceptive, they would have easily fallen prey. Especially with the addition to the face betraying nothing but a hint of curiosity. Again, she had no problem with inquiries, as she had nothing so extravagant to hide. Nonetheless, she wished not to openly express what she liked to hide.

"It is not a question of why, Fujiwara-san," Tsumagi told the other, her fingers a small, slow beat on the opposite arm, "Of course, one may ask that, but surely my response given will not be satisfactory." She offered a slight smile (which could have been taken as a smirk, depending on the person) to the other, "When it became unimportant would give more result." She still didn't know where she was going with this, but the reason in her mind was clear.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 8:00pm »

"Do itashi mashite," she responded, quite formally, in the same cheery voice, which seemed far too optimistic and happy than was ordinarily called for. At the nod, or what seemed like an nod to her, Mizuki hesitated. Was she supposed to give a bow in reply? That seemed a little too formal even to her, so she forgone it. She had to wonder though, was the other speaking in Japanese for her convenience? Or simply because she wished too? Mizuki would be completely fine should the conversation be held in English, her tutors saw to that. A Fujiwara must be versatile, her father's words echoed in her mind, and she barely held back a wince. She doesn't need to be thinking about that. She was Mizuki, her own person, not just another Fujiwara, not a...tool.

Her head tilted to the side cutely at the female's reply, and she was the soul of innocence. "It is not?" She echoed, before adding, "And please, Mizuki is fine." In part polite, as she had addressed the other by her first name. But more selfishly, she simply did not wish to hear her surname repeated more than necessary. Fujiwara...the sound leaves a sour taste in her mouth.

"I see," she nodded, not completely comprehending. Technically, weren't when and why tied together? Something must happen at a given time. So when the "when" come into question, mustn't a "why" as while? But she know better than to argue. "May I inquire when your surname ceased to matter then?"

She had stopped all her fidgeting with uniforms and suitcases by this point. Instead, she sat still on her bed, hands folded neatly in her lap, waiting to be enlightened. Her legs were held together and sideways of course, for always, she must be a lady of her station, even unconsciously.
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 10th, 2008, 8:32pm »

The female's tone, she heard, was cheerful. Exuberant, even, but she didn't mind. At least she found it wasn't a grating noise that scraped against her nerves. She found that some did that, and some even did it so it would. Too many students, she found, got excited easily, which normally followed with the ever screeching squeals of delight. Tsumagi would never express her displeasure for such a thing, but if one did get caught up in such a crowd, well one would find her also turning her back to leave. Nothing hurt her sensitive ears more than an unpleasant sound.

Speaking of which, she heard the shuffles of someone walking past. Supposedly, to return to their dormitories. After the faint sound disappeared all together, she brought her attention back to her companion, regarding the other with a slight expression before nodding in response to the other's wish, "Mizuki-san." She corrected her previous words, even if it did not matter any longer.

If Tsumagi could read minds, she would have agreed with the other. Technically speaking, of course, the two needed to be brought in topic together. However, she was talking in individual terms. Because no matter what the question states upon, she would not give any information more than regarding what was asked of her. For instance, if one was to ask if she had a name, she would state that she did, yet she would not give it unless they specifically asked her. There were, naturally, exceptions.

But how was Mizuki to know she was like that? Or to be more precise, how was Tsumagi to know that that was what the other was thinking. She was left standing, not wanting to be seated again in case her drowsiness came back to visit after the short holiday, "You may inquire, certainly," she said, using that as a short sentence to stall until she cooked up an answer that would leave her roommate satisfied, while she kept what she wanted intact. "There is no specific time," she tapped a finger on the side of her temple, as if she knew something the other should, "Simply that when is by the end of time, in which this certain moment happened right after how and before who." She was speaking in circles now. Was she going to go through every single one of them until the other gave up? Possibly.

However, Tsumagi changed her course. "So, the questions here, in which I can't explain myself, is when did my surname change, how was it changed...and who changed it. Or, more to the point, who stole it." She said, eyes glinting. "In this, the why does not matter."
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 11th, 2008, 09:06am »

Lucky for Tsumagi then, Mizuki doesn't squeal. It wasn't exactly ladylike, and while she could get away with optimism and energy, squealing is crossing the line. Although, if some particularly disgusting bug may find its way near her, she might let out a shriek or two, no less grating, of course. Given the spotless nature she usually keeps her room in though, the chances of that happening is slim to none.

Her ears perked slightly as her vampiric hearing picked up the unmistakable sound of someone walking past their door, but the sound soon grew fainter, eventually stopping before a door. She decided against commenting on it; it wasn't her business. "Thank you," she said in turn, smiling brightly.

"Hmm..." Mizuki made a little noise as she pondered her roommate's words - the philosophy of time and relativity. It was a little confusing, as her question was not directly answered, but the information she gathered had at least managed to fill the void in her mind.

"Someone stole your surname, Tsumagi-san? How did they do it?" She questioned again, her curiosity peaking with the strange use of the word "stole". Could a last name be stolen? She hadn't been aware of that, but she supposed everything was possible. Mizuki paused, before adding. "Although, if you know why your surname was stolen, then perhaps you could identify how it changed, when it changed, or who changed it. Someone who would go so far must have had a purpose, and that purpose would probably involve certain tenses at play or require a specific when or how. Ah, but that is just the musings of a silly little girl. Pay no heed to no, by all means." She concluded, displaying that innocent smile again.
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 11th, 2008, 5:57pm »

It was expected, however, from the students of Jardin. Many loved to sing, particularly the melody, which resulted in the capability to go extra high...and unfortunately, that meant for shrieking as well. Like a banshee. Perhaps she was just over-exaggerating, but she really did find those types annoying. Can't have everything your way, she supposed.

She resisted the urge to say 'you're welcome' back, otherwise it would be more of an annoyance for the other; especially if she felt compelled to return with another greeting. In a sense, it was much like insisting that it was their pleasure to have met the other, only to be returned with a statement of the similar sort.

She smiled lightly at the other. Ah, it was so refreshing - the way someone would not look at her quizzically then sigh in exasperation. At least she knew that the other could understand her, but in a sense...Mizuki didn't. But she wasn't in a hurry to tell all, so she could keep on leaving the other thinking and knowing one thing, regardless of whether it was right or wrong.

"I don't think I ever stated that I knew why," at least, she was pretty sure she didn't. Then she went off, picking the small statements the other made, "Which leads to me not knowing how, when or who. I can only know what." It should be obvious by now what she was getting at, but the so-called memory was fresh in her mind. If Mizuki-san really was as perceptive as she thought (certainly she respected the other for knowing what she was talking about in the first place, and answering with an answer that was most intelligent), then Tsumagi had no problems with revealing what she kept inside. Perhaps it was just a game to her; a game of which there was no stop button.
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 25th, 2008, 4:09pm »

OOC: My bad! Here's the much belated reply.

The reply made her pause. While her new room mate's reply was certainly logical, she swore that there has to be a fallacy of some kind. As Mizuki tried to wade her way through the labyrinthine of the confusing words, she found herself going in a circle. If her room mate doesn't know why, then she can't know the other three. Yet, if she knows what, then she must know something else...

"Pardon me for prying, Tsumagi-san, but how could that be?" She asked quietly, a concentrated glint in her emerald eyes showing the gears of her mind to be rapidly at work. "If you know what, that is, you know that your name was stolen, how could it be that you are entirely unaware of the other questions? A name is an idea, not something physical, and thus cannot be stolen physically. A person, or a force of some kind must've erased it from your mind or have otherwise bind you in some shape or from so as to prevent you from using that name." She paused, straightening her jumbled thoughts.

"And, since an idea can only be removed forcibly while you are awake, you must've realized who the culprit is? Moreover, there must have been a time when you realized that your name was stolen, thereby constituting the when...so Tsumagi-san, I am simply too obtuse to see how such a scenario can come into being..." She belittled herself, hoping to draw out a more lucid response, and then something hit her. "Such a scenario seems unlikely...unless you have suffered a memory-loss of sort?" At this point, she met her dorm mate's eye again, a question shinning in hers.
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 26th, 2008, 02:14am »

OOC: I haven't been online much myself, to be honest, since school can really get hectic all at once...and I've forgotten where I was going with this name thing xD;

She held up a pale, slender finger in the air, as if to check which way the wind was going. There was none, but she kept up the facade while listening intently to Mizuki's words. "Perhaps, all I have been saying is simply a misconception." She said softly, her eyes shifting to focus on the background behind the other female, "Or perhaps, the words I have been using are merely pseudonyms for something...more." However, Tsumagi wasn't about to play more cards on the deck; too many would be confusing, even for her. The pale girl shook her head, and laughed softly, "But luckily, that isn't the case." She locked gazes with her roommate once more, the smile still faint on her face. If everyday was as interesting as this, she doubted she would ever want to leave.

"A name...is not just an idea," she cleared her throat and began, "Your thoughts may differ from mine, and I admit that most would agree it is not an object. But this is where I differ; a name can and is physical. A name can most certainly be an object. Take a tree, for example. Nothing particularly special, however, what is its name? Is its name tree, perhaps? Or is its name its species? Is it simply foliage? Does it even have a name at all?" Here, she had to admit that she couldn't answer the question. But what she was getting at was, an object is called by a title, which could also be its name...and invariably leads back to the object. When one thinks 'tree' they automatically think of 'trunk, leaves, branches" in basic.

And then...the other came to a conclusion. Tsumagi rubbed her fingers against the desk, before laughing slightly. "But none of what I said previously matters, does it?" Her smile was gone, but in her eyes was a small twinkle. Mizuki had a good head on her shoulders, that was certain, and she was glad of that fact (not that she had a problem with those who were more sporty than complex in mind). "My memories are my own," she answered, "But if I have suffered memory-loss, then how can I remember that I had done so in the first place?" Her eyes gleamed, "However, Mizuki-san, you're correct. And it is not just my last name that has been spirited from me, but my true name. What you hear and say now, is simply a surrogate one...until I find my own."

And Tsumagi grinned, a little ferally, "Then again, it's not as simple as memory-loss on it's own."
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