The rain kept pouring, pouring, and pouring, leaving Kaori to stare longingly at the window in hopes he could go outside; but, the raindrops continued to patter against the glass. The weather wouldn't change, it seemed. He shifted in his chair, picking a grape from the bowl in front of him and plopped the fruit into his mouth. Kaori sat silently in the kitchen, hearing only the incessant rain and the faint sound of the television coming from the living room. To his disappointment it seemed no basketball or gardening for him, today. Maybe tomorrow? he wondered, and suddenly rose from his chair. The teenager grabbed the bowl of grapes and strode over to the refrigerator, balancing the bowl in one hand as he grabbed the handle and placed the fruit inside of the refrigerator. Closing the door, Kaori sluggishly made his way out of the kitchen and into the living room. Just as he heard earlier, the television was turned on, though nobody was watching the program. He approached the couch and saw his grandmother peacefully snoozing on the couch, snoring lightly. Recognizing the face on the television screen Kaori concluded that his grandmother had been watching the news, and immediately his eyes glanced in several directions in search of the remote; he was not interested in the news right now unless they were going to report the weather.
...In local news, small riots have been occurring around Kobe as traditionalists insist that Japan abandon all attempts at Westernization. Picketers have made their stance in front of many locations known for having foreigners. Schools and companies throughout Kobe worry that this display will affect their students and workers.
Listening to segments of the newscast, he continued looking for the remote. Kaori offhandedly wondered if the student council would have to do anything if the school became too affected by the riots and hoped that the situation would improve. People could get harmed if the riots grow too large and he suddenly remembered there were foreign students in his school. No, they'll be fine..., he thought, They wouldn't hurt kids. I shouldn't think something like that. They're just small riots anyways.
In other news, famous Russian singer Pasha Koltsov arrived in Kobe yesterday for her charity concert. Koltsov's manager states that the proceeds will go to the local orphanage...
A small smile formed on his lips at the next bit of news. He had no idea who that person was, as he was unfamiliar with music from Russia, but he thought it was incredibly kind of her to help orphans. Wow, there are such nice people out there...Huh, I wonder what kind of music she sings. he commented to himself. Finally he found the remote stuck between one of the cushions and his eyes brightened.
...The rain should stop for a bit tomorrow around noon. However, it may resume over the weekend.
His smile grew at those words, though it slightly faltered once she mentioned it could resume on the weekend, and Kaori changed the channel.