[Persona 4] Burn My Lies [School IC]
Ryuukoku High School rests on the north end of Kobe. Behind it is a large hill of trees. There are three ways to get to school. To the west is the country, where houses are spaced out and rice patties take up much of the land. Any students that come from there will head to a small shuttle area where they will be taken to the shopping district. From there it is a ten minute walk to school. To the southwest, past the shopping district, a dormitory lies, set aside for foreign students attending Ryuukoku. From there it is an eighteen minute walk. To the south is the train station. Anyone living within the center of Kobe would ride the train to Gakuentoshi station, taking between five to fifteen minutes to arrive at the station based on how far in they live. From the station, it is a mere five minute walk to school. Lastly, to the east is the residential area close to the school. One can either walk, taking between twenty to forty minutes to arrive, or can take public transit to arrive within six minutes. School starts at 9:00 am.
Yoko pulled the covers over her head as the alarm kicked on. It was 7:30 and the song Nagori Yuki played. Yoko groaned as she flicked the alarm off. She stretched, a few popping noises coming from her back. She pulled the top blanket off her bed and wrapped it around herself as she made her way to the kitchen. It was April, which was still a freezing month to Yoko. She plopped onto the ground in front of the table and groaned again, letting her head lightly hit the table. Yoko's father had already left for work, and her mother was still resting in bed.
Yoko pulled herself up and grabbed a bowl and spoon, a cereal box, and a half gallon of milk. Returning to the table, she poured the cereal and milk in the bowl and began to eat in a daze. It had been weeks since she had to wake up so early. With her breakfast finished, Yoko put the dishes in the sink and returned to her room to change. She pulled out her new Ryuukoku uniform, its black and white checkered skirt lightly flowing as it landed on the futon. The black jacket and yellow ribbon were put on first, then the skirt last. Yoko made sure the skirt rested at her knees, and put a pair of black shorts on under it, just in case there were perverts around. She combed her hair, brushed her teeth, grabbed her bag, and headed out the door at 8:00 am. Only now realizing that it was raining, she rushed back into the house. Her mom, now awake, held out Yoko's yellow umbrella. Yoko grabbed it and made her way back outside. "Thanks Mom! See you after school!"
Since it was the first day, Yoko gave herself extra time to walk to school, but not too much that she'd be waiting there for long. Cars and scooters zipped by as she walked along the residential sidewalk. At her usual pace, it would take about thirty minutes to reach Ryuukoku High. However, Yoko found herself caught behind two Ryuukoku boys, taking up the whole sidewalk while walking at a snail's pace. Yoko chastised them in her head. They are guys for goodness sake! They tower over me, their legs probably more than half my height, and they can't walk any faster? You have long legs! Use them jerks! Yoko continued to fume behind them, her lack of courage making it impossible for her to pass them. Yoko noticed something out of the corner of her eye and turned to look at it. A picket sign, probably from the small riots yesterday, was leaning against a tree. It was a little scary to think about, especially since her mom was full Irish and Yoko herself didn't look Japanese at all. Knowing that there were angry people out there that hated her was daunting to say the least. However, most people her age or younger were pretty accepting of foreigners, so it gave Yoko some reassurance.
Yoko looked at her necklace watch, one of the few kinds of jewelry she could wear with her uniform. It was 8:15 and she was pretty sure she wasn't even halfway to school yet. She glared at the backs of the boys in front of her before eavesdropping on them. The boy with black hair and glasses spoke first. "You'll never believe what I saw on the Midnight Channel." The other boy, who had brown hair, shook his head. "Dude, you actually believe that shit?" The glasses wearing boy responded. "It's true man! Last night I turned it on, and my soul mate is Pasha! The Pasha!" Yoko pulled her mind away from the rest of their conversation as she thought about what they had just discussed. Pasha was that famous Russian singer. She was on the news last night and is supposed to do a performance some time soon. But Yoko shrugged it off, assuming it was silly banter between morons who couldn't seem to walk properly. Yoko looked back to her watch. 8:20 and she was just reaching half way. What a horrible way to start the school year.