The darkness had a firm hold of the
room with the exception of some ambient sunlight creeping through the cracks of
the blinds. The light falls upon the cheek of a seventeen year old boy lying in
bed. An alarm fills the room as the clock begins to display the time The boy opens his blue eyes to the
sunlight and quickly closes them, “Ah! I hate waking up to a blinding light.”
He turns off the alarm then rises from his bed and stretches thoroughly. He
walked over to the light switch and turned it on to see his twin brother
“Couldn’t you spare me the
blindness?” his twin said as he sat up rubbing his eyes.
“Oh, come on, you had it easy.” he
said, “At least you didn’t have to wake up with the sun in your eyes.” He started
to walk toward the bedroom door, “Get up. We start today, remember?”
The twin blinked a few times as he
continued to adjust to the light. He ran a hand through his short hair, “Oh,
yeah. I almost forgot.” He got up off his bed and walked to the closet.
The boy looked back, “I’m going to
go take a shower,” he said as he opened the door, “Can you get my clothes ready
while I’m in there?”
“Sure.” the twin said, “But only
because it’ll save time and I don’t want to be late.” he added quickly. The boy
turned to leave, “Don’t take long because I’m next!”
Ten minutes later the boy got out of the shower and drew a
large “M” into the fog of the bathroom mirror. M, he thought to himself,
M for Mayonaka. He then wiped away the rest of the fog with his hand and
looked at himself in the mirror. His long dark hair was dripping wet. He
inspected his body, starting with his muscular legs moving up past his
mid-section to his defined upper body. He stared into his own eyes. Blue
eyes must be an extremely rare characteristic to people that are even part
Japanese, he thought to himself, I wonder why Riku and I have them.
This was a question that was often
on the mind of Zatsuyou Mayonaka. He has always had many questions about his
heritage; questions that would most likely never be answered for the fact that
he was orphaned at an early age. With no parents to give answers, how was he to
know who he truly was? But, for now, these questions must wait… he has to get
He dried off and wrapped a towel
around his waist then returned to his room to see his twin leaving.
“It’s about damn time, Zats.” he
said as he passed.
Zatsuyou ignored him and entered
his room. He closed the door and took off his towel. He then walked over to his
bed to see a black button-up shirt, a pair of dark green cargo pants, and a
pair of boxers lying in wait for him. He dressed quickly, grabbed his stuff and
waited for his twin to get out and get ready.
The twin entered the room with a
towel wrapped around his waist. “It’s about damn time, Riku!” Zatsu said,
When Riku finished getting ready
they headed for the front door. They saw Derek, Mike, and Jake as they were
“Have a good day at school you
guys!” Derek said as they all left.
Zatsuyou, Riku, Mike, and Jake walked through the cool air.
The morning was surprisingly chilly for summer. Mike and Jake were wearing
sweaters but Riku and Zatsu weren’t fazed by the morning chill. “How can you
two take this cold? You’re inhuman!” Mike said jokingly and they all laughed.
ways at the next crosswalk and Riku and Zatsu began walking to their school.
“What do you think of today, Riku?”
he said calmly.
know. It’s just another first day of school is all. I guess I’m a little
excited, but…” he paused and thought for a moment, “You don’t think we’ll end
up in a fight today, do you Zatsu?”
Zatsu sighed, “Well, this is
a transfer from our old school so as long as our reputation hasn’t beat us here
I think we should be okay. Even still I don’t think we should let our guard down,
okay little bro?”
Riku stopped and glared at his
brother defiantly, “Hey! Just because you were born two minutes before me it
doesn’t mean you have to call me ‘little bro’!”
Zatsu laughed, “I was just messing
with you. Relax.” He put his arms around his brother’s shoulders and patted him
on the back as the front of their new school came into view.
“Alright… 4th period.” Zatsu said as he looked
down at his new schedule. “I’ve got English in room 302 with… Smith? God, what
a boring name.”
Zatsu left his 3rd
period class and turned left down a hallway until he saw a breeze-way to his
left. He walked through the breeze-way and saw a room marked “302” to his left
at the end.
He entered the classroom and sat
down at a nearby desk next to a boy he didn’t know. About a minute later a girl
entered the room. She wore dark clothing and dark make up. It wasn’t too hard
to make her out as a Goth.
Zatsu was intrigued by her. She
doesn’t seem to look like a prep, he thought to himself, not to me
anyways… but that’s good: most preps are annoying. He chuckled under his
breath as the girl sat in front of him. “Hello.” She glanced over her shoulder,
then turned around and stayed quiet.
The boy sitting next to Zatsu spoke
to the girl, “Well, look what we have here.” he said, “The freak has entered
Zatsu waited in silence for the
girl to respond. “Leave her alone.” he said to the boy.
The boy stared at Zatsu, “Was I
talking to you?”
“Well, then mind your own
business.” he said.
Now Zatsu was getting frustrated,
he gripped the edge of his desk and felt the wood crack slightly. “I said,
‘Leave her alone.’”
“Who the fuck are you to tell me
what to do?” the boy said to Zatsu.
His eyes narrowed with a piercing
intensity, “I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not one to be an innocent by-stander,”
he said sternly, “and I hate it when people like you pick on people like her
because they won’t defend themselves.”
The girl shifted uncomfortably in
The boy glared at Zatsu, then
looked at the girl, “Don’t worry, I’ll see you later.” He then grabbed his
stuff and moved across the room.
Zatsu and the girl both sat quietly
for a moment until she broke the silence.
“Thanks for that,” she said
“It was nothing, I hate people like
him. Bullies really piss me off.” he said to her, “I’m Zatsu, by the way.
The girl turned and faced Zatsu,
“I’m Sierra Dawn.” she said with her hand out.
Zatsu shook her hand, “That’s a
pretty name. Nice to meet you Sierra.” she blushed slightly, “You know what?
Give me a shout if that guy ever bothers you again.”
Her face lit up in surprise,
“Really?!” Zatsu nodded, “Wow, thanks.”
He smiled, “Nice necklace, by the
way.” he said.
She clutched the pentacle pendant
hanging around her neck, “I’m not a Satanist.” she said, quickly.
Zatsu was taken aback. “I never
said that.” he said laughing, “I know what that means and it has nothing to do
with the devil. That’s the pentacle. It stands for the four elements, earth,
air, fire, and water, and the Spirit. It’s a Wiccan religious symbol.” Sierra
looked surprised. “I do a lot of reading.” he said with a chuckle.
“Well,” she said in a relaxed
manner, “it’s nice to finally meet someone that isn’t a close-minded, ignorant
Zatsu thought for a moment, “Do you
have any friends?”
She sighed, “None that go to this
school. My dad recently passed away and my mom and I moved here to get away
from our old home. Ever since his passing I couldn’t turn a corner in that
house without remembering his face. It was too difficult to stay there.”
“I’m sorry to hear that.” he said,
She half-smiled and looked up at
him, “Its okay.” she said solemnly, “I mean, we all have to go sometime,
Zatsu looked at the floor and
remembered his mother’s face, “Yeah, I guess so.”
They both faced forward to find
that the teacher was staring at them with an impatient look on his face. They
soon realized that class had started while they were buried in conversation.
“Well, now that you two are done talking I do believe we can start class, but
with your permission of course.” Mr. Smith said sternly.
Zatsu could hear the boy from
earlier chuckling on the other side of the room.
With a quick nod the teacher began
his introduction to the English class.
The bell rang, signaling the end of 4th period
and the beginning of lunch. The students in Mr. Smith’s class began to stand
and file out of the room.
“Don’t forget. For homework you
have to write a short, one page essay about yourself. Standard format: three
paragraphs.” he said, quickly, but the majority of the students ignored him,
“I’ll see you all tomorrow.”
Zatsu and Sierra were the last two
students in the class.
“So, do you want to hang out for
lunch?” Sierra said, hopefully.
“Sure, why not?” replied Zatsu. “I
have to meet my brother, though.”
They began walking towards the
door. “Oh, you have a brother that goes here?” said Sierra, “That’s cool. I
have an older sister, but she doesn’t live here.”
“Ah, how come?” asked Zatsu.
“Well, she went off to college.
Some fancy place back east close to where we used to live.” she looked down,
“It’s been so long since we’ve talked that I don’t even remember what she’s
Riku snuck up on Zatsu and grabbed
him by the shoulders, “Hey, Zats!” Riku said loudly, startling Sierra, “Make a
new friend already?”
“You do realize that you’re too
damn loud, right?” Zatsu said with a chuckle.
Sierra turned and looked at Riku,
then to Zatsu, and back to Riku. She did a double take and shook her head, “You
didn’t mention that he was your twin.”