For good or for worse, this lad can not boast about having a book of adventure, mystery or misfortune behind his back. Rather than that, Hakuren has had a considerably normal upbringing.
Born into a family of a business woman and an air pilot, the boy was constantly on the move. His parents had met online and gradually grown close, forming a peculiar relationship where they didn't mind being apart from each other, due to their complete and utter loyalty to their partner. Despite not living in a big house with a backyard and a dog, the child had a normal and somewhat exciting life at the start. Going from country to country when he was with his father during the breaks and living calmly with his mother in a high-class apartment during the school year, it was actually a sort of adventure, yet not the one most would expect when hearing that word.
The youngster's education had to partly be from home and online, because of his mother's frequent business trips. During that time, along with studying carefully, he got exposed to various crowds. He met high-standing officials when tagging along with his parent, but also got to know lower class workers when he was told to have a walk around while mommy deals with something. Not to mention that, when he traveled about with his father, he was capable of observing numerous cultures in the different countries he visited. By the time he was in his 7th year of school life, Hakuren had acquired experience beyond that of his peers.
However, it can not be said that he was joyful in these encounters, nor depressed for that matter. He never missed the people he left behind, be it the ones at school or in some country. The ties he created, he managed to only hold on to a half by online communication, but that did not bother him either. In the time he spent traveling, even though he was still young, his interest in the way society functioned gained a good hold of his mind. It intrigued him. The way everyone differed and yet were the same. How the peoples around the world had their own traditions and beliefs, yet called for equal rights because everyone was human. Every time he arrived at a new place, the lad's favorite pastime was going up on the rooftop of a high building and watching the citizens below as they went about on their daily business. It was always a fun thing to do, in his opinion. The behavior of human beings differed remarkably. In some countries, people often greeted one another on the street, in others, they smiled and nodded, exchanging short excuses when bumping into each other, while in third cases, the pedestrians didn't even glance at who was beside them, ignorant to the outside world, trapped in their own thoughts as they walked on to their very own destination. Their beliefs, the mass' movement, politics, law. It all changed once you crossed one measly stretch of land or sea. These differences, along with the foolish inner human desire to be unique and similar at the same time, completely mesmerized him at one point.
When he was in the 10th grade, Hakuren got out of his hazy daze. Rather than only observing, he decided he should try to finally poke his subject, in order to better understand it. Thus began his dive in the world of the invisible connections. If you repeat a lie three times, without others knowing it was made up, it will automatically become the truth. Why this happened, despite the natural human cautiousness of new information, was one of the interesting questions to think about. Perhaps it was that other natural need, to be part of a group that can be trusted, that people believed something that was repeatedly said. In any case, the young man became an expert on rumors, mysteries and information. His two resources were the Internet and his outside circle, which covered a good amount of the globe. Even if he weren't part of the group which held valuable information, after having encountered so many aspects of human behavior and thought, the level of adaptability the student possessed was quite high and it allowed him to mix with almost any sort of assembly. He could play he nice guy, the funny idiot, the brute, the sadist, the joker, the punk, the gloomy pessimist, the cheeky optimist and many more. The number of masks he could put on increased as he grew up and continued meeting others, both in the real and virtual world. He learned how to act better than some actors. But it wasn't truly an act for him. It was a game. A playful split of cards which had to be played right. Each and every time he entered a new group, what he showed was himself. True, it was a very small fraction of what he was, but that was still him and not a fake identity. This being said, he never considers himself a liar, not in most cases, at least.
After graduating school, Hakuren went to a university to study psychology. It was what he was best at. Most of the lectures bore him, since the information given was about things he had already read about while he was still in the early stages of understanding how the mind worked. What kept him in place was the way the rest of the students behaved. Some pretended to listen, others outright didn't and some were attentive. This did get old after awhile, but it was entertaining enough for him to continue attending classes.
This person got on the train to Nowhere after hearing about the rumor during autumn that very same year. It was something which spread like wildfire and, like the detective he is, the young man decided to investigate from first person perspective this oddity which stirred up the neighborhood.