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{ OOC:  Post dated a week before the trip }

The air felt cool and refreshing on her face as Midori walked outside with her lunch in her hand.  The first half of her first day had certainly been…different.  First she had gotten lost and then while she was trying to find her home room before being incredibly late a kappa had chased her down an endless hallway, and she was positive that’s what it had been.  Then she had come in the wrong doors.  Really separate doors for teachers and students?  Then Shibata-sensei had told her that electronics were banned and he was supposed to give them to the vice principal to throw away! She was so grateful that he had taken pity on her and told her to just hide them in her bag!  What would she had done if he had actually taken them?!  Probably something incredibly foolish that would get her in trouble.  She gasped then.  What if they still paddled students in Japan? Grandmother told her things were much stricter here than back home.  Oh she couldn’t even entertain that idea!  Isn’t the kappa running around in the halls enough of a punishment?

She found a big shady tree and plopped down, leaning against it.  Well at least it was lunch time now.  She took the rubber band out of her hair and shook her head, finger combing her black hair with the bright red streaks.  Shibata-sensei had told her there was some silly rule about dyed hair too.  She hadn’t really believed him, surely that was something Grandmother had cooked up and called him to tell her.  Still she had humored him and put her hair up. 

I wonder what Grandmother sent in my pack.  The options had to be limited she had packed it two days ago.  Midori had just gotten off the plane yesterday.  “Onigiri!”  She laughed as she opened up her lunch bag and saw.  It was her favorite food when she was little and grandmother had always made it for her first day of school.  She pulled out her bright purple headphones, surely they were allowed during lunch!  But she peeked around really quick before putting them on her head and turning on a club mix as she popped open a can of Coca-Cola.  She stared at the can smiling.  She had been surprised they had it in here in Japan.  What else had Grandmother neglected to tell her about the mother land?

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{Backdated to 1 week before trip}

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Midori’s school shoes made a distinct noise as she hurried down the hallway.  Great! My first day and I’m going to be late! She groaned and turned down another corridor desperately trying to find her home room. It’s really not my fault though.  I just flew in yesterday and haven’t gotten a chance to get use to the time change.  No, no she couldn’t think like that.  Grandmother had told her Americans make excuses, but Japanese begged forgiveness and took full responsibility for their mistakes.

              She turned down another corridor hurrying along, her headphones blaring her newest techno mix she had made on the long flight from LA.  She loved her new headphones, Grandmother had said they were totally inappropriate for Japan, but mother had said she needed a going away present and something to remember America by, so she had gotten the latest Beats by Dre and they were electric purple too! She looked up at a door she was passing. 1-C?! But I’m a second year!   How could she be lost?  Her high school in America was easily double this size and she’d never ever gotten lost, even on her first day.

                Midori shivered, feeling the air get suddenly very cold around her.  Something didn’t feel right all of a sudden.  She quickened her pace, desperately trying to find at least the hallway that held the second year homerooms.  Taptaptaptaptap  she turned again.  She was going to be so very very late.  She hadn’t even seen another person this morning.  The air got colder and she could swear she could feel something behind her.  She whirled around, her black and red hair twirling around her as she did so.  “Hello?”  Nobody was there. She pulled her headphones down around her neck, the loud club music blaring from them.

              Get a hold of yourself Midori.  She mentally shook herself and turned back around hurrying down the hall again.  She glanced over at a door she was walking past.  1-C…hadn’t she already passed that?  She turned around trying to get her bearings but the corridor just went on and on and on in both directions.  Where in the heck was she?!  Then she heard it.  A soft whispering kind of growl that seemed to just slide inside her skin and down her spine. A kappa!  She’d been terrified her whole life that one was coming for her.  Hadn’t Grandmother said they come after kids that misbehaved?  She was late for class on her very first day and now a kappa was coming to get her!

              She broke out in to a run, her shoes clacking on the floor as she went.  Stupid restrictive school uniform!  How could she properly run away from a mythical kid eating beast in this?  Oh how she longed for her board shorts, t-shirt, and Nikes.  Nothing could catch her in something practical like that.  Midori ran and ran down the endless hall. 1-C again.  She had passed it before!  What was going on with this freaky school?  Grandmother never warned her about endless halls and monsters chasing her down them.  “I’m a good girl!  I just got lost!”  She yelled over her shoulder as she kept running, her bookbag bouncing on her back with each stride of her long legs.

              A pair of double doors appeared to her left and she burst through them.  “Help me!”  She cried out, but the room…it wasn’t a school room.  It was a bog…just like where the kappas lived and took you to eat you!  She screamed, louder than she knew she was even capable of doing and turned and ran back out the doors.  No kappa was going to eat her!  She could feel it gaining on her.  That low growl getting louder and louder, the air getting colder and wetter.

              “Somebody?  Anybody?”  She yelled out as she ran down the endless hallway.  Then she felt the talisman bouncing against her chest as she ran.  Grandmother’s talisman!  She had made Midori to promise to never ever take it off.  It had protected Grandmother as a young girl all she had to do was say the prayer.

              Midori grasped the talisman in both hands, the small rectangular talisman that had Grandmother’s family name on it, dangling from the silver chain.  She fell to her knees and started reciting the prayer she’d been taught since she could talk.  “Kind benevolent spirits please protect us and show us the path to the light.”  She repeated it over and over again, her eyes squeezed shut as she waited for the kappa to pounce on her, but the kappa never came.  She more felt the light pouring out around her than actually seeing it, and then the air was warm again.  She opened on green eye peeking around, and then the other.  Everything looked normal again, her music began to blare from the headphones around her neck.  She hadn’t even noticed that they had stopped.  She looked around.  Everything looked normal again.  There was a door right in front of her, she peered up at it.  2-C.  She slowly got to her feet, smoothed her skirt and then her hair, took a deep breath and knocked on the closed door before opening it and going in.  “Ohayo gozaimasu.  Please forgive my lateness sensei.”