A loud screeching filled the quiet room, shattering the late morning calm, causing a large white and brown cat to open a vibrant, blue eye and glare at the rude contraption. Kou stirred slightly beneath the covers, reaching out a hand and fumbled around the bedside table, knocking the phone to the floor in his search. Finding the alarm clock he flipped the switch in a motion so often performed he could do it while still half asleep and retreated back beneath the cover as silence took over once more. The cat flicked her tail and cast a look at her owner before she curled into a ball once more, pressed against Kou’s back. Without warning Kou jolted upright in the bed as a second shrill noise pierced the room, sending the cat tumbling as the cover moved beneath her, earning Kou a look only an insulted cat could muster. Bending over the edge of the bed he found the phone and turned of the extra alarm, the symbols on the screen stared back at him as the last piece of sleep left him. “Shit.” Cursing beneath his breath he shot out of bed, leaving the disgruntled cat behind. After a shower fast enough to make anyone jealous and having skipped breakfast he was not terribly late any longer, dressed in stonewashed jeans and a long sleeved shirt he came into the kitchen, bag slung over his shoulder. His large cat was sitting beside her food bowl and looked impatient, her tail flicking back and forth, Kou grabbed a can of cat food and stooped down to fill the bowl. “There, now can you behave for awhile on your own?” He stroked the soft fur on her back and the cat purred as she butted her head against his hand, seemingly having forgotten her injured pride already. Having cared for the ruler of the house Kou pulled on his sneakers and left the small apartment, locking the door behind him before running down the stairs, he lived on the top floor in a five story house but the stairs was much quicker than the old elevator. Especially when he was in a hurry. The university wasn’t so far away from his apartment and he reached the correct building just as the class was supposed to start, easily navigating the corridors Kou reached the room and found an empty seat just in time to avoid missing the lecture. Slouching in his seat he placed the bag beside him and took a deep breath, glad he didn’t take more than a single class, the years he spent in the obligatory human school was enough in his eyes and he had no intention of stacking on extra years to that education. It was enough that his sister teased him relentlessly about his choice of class, he didn’t want to think about what she would do if he actually went back to school. The professor was going through a new part of the course and went on to describe the reason and effect of this exercise, Kou listened half-heartedly, always being the type that learned more through doing rather than by listening. Something about working in pairs to teach both how to work with others and to practice journalism by getting to know your partner. Fantastic. Kou was not looking forward to having to team up with someone, especially not a human, times like these he wished he had chosen just simple photography instead.