[ Is your desire the real thing? ] It was an atypical Wednesday afternoon, in that, despite how winter was approaching, and how weather, overall, had been worsening, the sun shone brightly overhead. A rare, cerulean sky encompassed the town of Kirisama, a most auspicious sign for those living in this isolated town. Perhaps it was a single that the winter storms will be weaker this season? Perhaps even a winter without snow? Though the temperature itself was still a little too cool for people to go out in shorts and sandals, it was a refreshing sort of coolness, as if the last whiffs of spring passed through. Only a few clouds could be seen in the horizon, and, all in all, it looked like it would be a clear, pleasantly windy afternoon. As three different school bells chimed at three different parts of town, their rings mixing in a harmony of freedom that accompanied the end of a school day, students began to leave their classes for club activities or part-time work. Unlike schools in the mainland, there were no uniforms associated with those who went to Kirisama High, nor were club activities mandatory. Students had an extraordinary amount of free time to do as they saw fit, and like ants out to search for crumbs, they spread out into the rest of the town. The local Lawson, of course, was an increasingly popular place for social gatherings, especially amongst those who had moved to Kirisama recently. Convenient junk food WAS rather tasty, after all, though it always seemed as if the shelves were low in stock. Of course, the classier, more chic hangout, Boulangerie le Trefle, was also rather populated, students chatting over fancy faux-French pastries with names that they couldn't pronounce properly. While pricey, the food truck had the distinct advantage of having a nice view of the sea to accompany the food. Many students were scuttling about though on festival preparations for the month of October, known as the ‘Month of the Gods’. It was good part-time work, and an enjoyable experience for the more artistically inclined. Others stayed at school, partaking in club activities or extra lessons or simply to spend time with some random hottie teacher that they had a crush on. And then, there were people who simply went home, because they wanted to play video games, be anti-social losers, have no life study or help out around the house. Needless to say, it was another peaceful day in Kirisama. The gray clouds began to drift landwards.