Furi Kuri Ep.1 "Set you feet shoulder width apart, get your body tight then swing- Kaking-bingo! Oh, the sky is pink there!" Toru pointed toward the sky with the bat held firmly in his hand. "What are you talking about?" Naoko asked. "Once you conquer the left side, you've got it! The hardest part is setting perimeters..." "Are you talking about a video game?" Naoko looked up from the paper sitting in her lap to the older boy. He was swinging her bat carelessly, facing the river as if she wasn't even there. Toru had shoulder length, unkempt red hair. He wasn't handsome or even much fun to talk to, just some friend of her brother's that hung around all the time. Sometimes he was even someone to talk to every now and then though he didn't usually make much sense. He was wearing his navy blue high school uniform but without shoes or socks. His coat was tied around his waist. She rolled her eyes and looked back to her paper. Toru looked back over his shoulder at the girl sitting in the grass. She used her upper thighs like a table to support a folder she was apparently working on. The way she sat he could see just how short her little tan shorts were. Dark brown, short cut tresses fell around her face, which made her look even more like a kid. She had a hair clip on either side to keep her bangs from falling in her face. He found it strange how she wore that light blue hoodie no matter what the weather though. It was particularly warm that day too, he thought. Toru looked back to the river and continued to swing. "Hmmm? What are doing anyway?" "Homework." "You know, it's called 'home'work for a reason," he chuckled. "It's not cool doing homework at home," she said flatly. "Since you're here you can do mine when you're done too." "Huh?" She looked up from the paper. "Oh, your hands are upside down." "Whatever..." Toru let his arms drop to his side and turned to face her. "You should play baseball too Na-chan. You'd probably be as good as your brother. Why do you always carry this thing around anyway?" "Why do you always hang out around the river?" Naoko retorted. "It's boring here." "Well, you know... Umm... Now why was it?" He tilted his head in thought. "You sure are in a good mood today. I can't get this much out of you on a good day," Naoko said with a sigh. She looked back to her homework but could hear the bat hitting the ground. Toru walked around and knelt behind her. He slid his hands over hers, making her put down her pencil. "Ugh, you smell like cigarettes... The strong ones." Naoko turned her head to look at the river. "I haven't smoked yet today," Toru assured her. "Do you always have to do this? Ow..." "Yes, I need ear lobes. If I can't do this I over flow but you're always here so..." "What do you mean? What would happen to you?" "I don't know... Maybe something amazing..." Naoko gasped as Toru put all of his weight on her and they fell back into the grass. She closed her eyes against the blue of the sky. Nothing amazing happens here. Everything is ordinary. The huge factory that can be seen from our town, the Medical Mechanica plant, all the adults got excited when it came here, like it was really a big thing. The white steam that billows out every day at the same time, it looked to me like smoke that signified some kind of omen. Smoke that spreads out and covers everything.