..1x1 between growl and Nami Hashimoto.. _____________________________________________________________________________________ xxxxxAkemi breathed in the heavy sweet smell of the sakura as she made her way up the sidewalk towards Miraisen High School. She felt particularly optimistic. The night before, she had vowed to bring up her grades, get a boyfriend, and join a club before it was too late! With these thoughts in mind, the girl joined the flood of students walking through the iron gates of Miraisen. She drifted towards the second year class rosters, ducking around and under the outstretched arms waving club sign-up forms. However, she wasn't agile enough to dodge them all, and by the time she reached the crowd around the bulletin board, she had five or six crumpled sheets in her hands. Akemi stood on her tiptoes, trying to see over everyone else's heads. She wasn't especially short, but she wasn't tall either, and she could barely read the names on the lists much less find her own. xxxxxAs she danced around the group of students, someone roughly knocked into her and she stumbled backwards into somebody else. "Agh!" she yelped, scrabbling to get a grip on the person's clothes before she could tip any further and end up on the ground. Akemi took a deep breath as she righted herself. She released the person she had used to stabilize herself and dusted off her skirt. The girl turned around, but the student who had shoved her aside had vanished. She turned back to the guy in front of her, a blush creeping up her cheeks as she realized that this whole time she hadn't uttered a single word of apology or thanks. "Sorry! For grabbing you, I mean... and, uhm, thanks..." She thought her whole face must be red at this point, and she stared at the ground resolutely.