Life After Purpose
Part I: New potential
This whole thing was going to be a drag and I knew it. My parents just wanted to force me into yet another school to further my education. The last two I’d been suspended from because of the fights I got into. People were full of shit no matter where I went. The only person who was different from them had been my sister, June. She was the complete opposite of me, full of life and happiness. What she saw in people, I didn’t know. Either way, I convinced that I’d never come across someone like her again, let alone someone to give me a reason to stay in a world like this.
The second I was forced onto the bus, my escorts drove away in the car they’d arrived in. I’d obviously pushed their patience. I did tend to cause people to get uncomfortable or annoyed whenever I was nearby. My personality wasn’t what most people would consider to be attractive and my appearance even less so. June had been the only one to tolerate how I was, but even she was pushed to her limits.
I sat somewhere at the back of the bus and instantly grew anxious. When someone sat next to me and pushed a little too hard into my side, my bad temper showed and I shoved them away. They ended up yelling at me and this sparked a confrontation that lasted for a while. At least I wouldn’t be bored this way.
My fun ended when their friends convinced them to move away to another seat and I was left alone. I stretched out and listened to the music on the mp3 player I’d brought with me. June had bought me it a while ago and I was amazed it still worked. I drifted in and out of sleep for the rest of the trip and the others had left me alone for the most part.
The bus arrived to the destination and this place only looked slightly better than the one I’d attended before. The others filed out and I reluctantly followed them. Being in that small of a space with so many people had my guard up and I was itching to start something again. I was disappointed because some pale red-haired chick beat me to it and became the object of people’s anger. It was probably just a misunderstanding, but I wasn’t in the mood for pushing my luck for now.
The others who attended here didn’t seem out to get me, at least. I was probably just being paranoid when I felt someone’s eyes on me. I escaped into my assigned room and the feeling went away. The other person that was supposed to be my roommate came in after me. Her eyes were cold despite bearing a warm yellow-orange hue.
I decided to ignore her and put away the few things I’d brought with me. The other person was doing the same behind me silently. I caught that her name was Yikaru, but I didn’t bother to introduce myself since she didn’t seem too approachable.
When I was done, I saw her still sorting through her things. I already knew what I had to do to get on her bad side. She seemed to be the complete opposite of me, liking her things in some sort of order. I watched her leave out the door and went over to the desk where she’d left some pens out. This was almost too easy.
After using the pen to scribble nonsense into a notebook I had, I put it in a different place once I noticed that it was now empty. Feeling somewhat accomplished, I went out into the same room from before. My eyes went to the pizza that was on the counter. I could’ve eaten the whole thing if I wanted to, but I chose not to be a complete asshole in this situation.
The others had gone into the other room to watch some movies. This guy tried talking to me the second I sat down. He said his name was Mace, but I really didn’t engage with him at all. He seemed a little hurt before going back to harassing the others. I could tell he was going to be a pain in the ass.
As much as I tried not to stare too much at the others, my gaze kept going back to this girl who was clearly just trying to be nice and tolerate Mace’s antics. I’d caught that her name was Annabelle and she seemed to be a little uncomfortable with what he was doing. I didn’t want to intervene and be rash, but why would it matter what she thought of me? Despite this, I left it alone and tried not to cringe every time Mace spoke.
I also noticed that my roommate had disappeared. She was already quite mysterious and I was quite curious, but something also told me to stay away. I kept watching the movie with a mild interest while trying to adjust to this new place. It had us all be a little closer than what I was used to and I didn’t really like the idea.
When the movie ended, I felt rather tired and left to go sleep. I didn’t say a word to the others and left without them noticing. I went into my assigned room and found that she still hadn’t come back. For a moment, I almost felt bad over the pen.
I doubted I would be able to sleep at all. My guard was up and I couldn’t relax at all. Every noise made me jump and tense up. The darkness that was creeping into the corner of my eyes caused fear to shoot through my mind. I didn’t know why I was seeing this, but a familiar presence entered my mind whenever I saw it. It brought back memories I didn’t want to think about. I forced them all away and struggled to keep my mind relaxed enough to sleep.
In the morning, I was greeted by some smell I didn’t recognize. I didn’t really want to wake up just yet, so I stayed where I was in a confused daze. It took me a minute to remember what happened yesterday and where I was now. Eventually, my hunger won over in my mind and I went out to eat with the others. I was far too nervous to really have very much.
The few classes we had that day weren’t very interesting. The teachers seemed cool, at least. I struggled to retain the information they told us. I knew I wouldn’t be able to remember much of it even if I’d written it down. It would just be so out of context in my mind that it was hopeless. My grades were always poor and I didn’t do well with classes in general.
When this was over, we were given the rest of the free. I was given some cards that didn’t really hold my interest. While I putting everything away, I heard the others were having a get together where they’d reveal their powers. It sorta sounded fun, so I decided to go with them.
We sat outside and took turns showing each other what we were capable of. I didn’t really believe most of what I was seeing. Where I was before, I didn’t see this sort of thing very much. I doubted that what I saw from both Mace and Annabelle was magic. It must’ve been some sort of ability or trick. A strange feeling was in the air when they revealed their abilities. When I had to do my part, Mace was getting on my nerves again, so I crushed a rock and threw the powder in his face. He seemed to take the hint to leave me alone. I took a quick glance at Annabelle who was looking away before I went back inside. I wasn’t really interested in doing anything else today and went to try and sleep.
I brought the sword back with me even though I wanted to show it to the others and set it aside when I went into the room. My roommate was in the room, looking for something while looking tired and irritated. This was going to be fun.