Even as she stepped through the gates with Gekkoukan high school to her back, she could still feel the curious gazes and hushed whispers following her. It wasn’t as if people had been unkind to the auburn-haired girl on her first day in a new school, but the open way they stared at her – some in shock and others in disbelief – was perplexing to say the least.
Not the type to hold back when a question was niggling away at her mind, she tried to ask her classmates what was so interesting about her face, but no one ever gave her a direct answer. Instead, they chose to remain vague – remarking that she simply looked like someone who used to go to that school. When she tried to push for more details though, people just dropped the topic altogether, so by lunchtime, she, too, let it go.
Yet, as she strolled down the sidewalk with the sun warmly caressing her face, her thoughts couldn’t help but wander to this mystery person. Did they really look so much alike that it gave the other students pause when they saw her face? She wanted to know. After all, it would be kind of cool to meet her doppelganger. It could be like having a twin or something, and she never had a sibling before, so maybe it could be fun.
Entertained by the direction her silly daydream was taking, an amused little smile turned up the corners of her mouth. Maybe she was just being overly-sensitive; she supposed she was really no different than the other students. She’d probably be just as curious as they were. Well, she was already curious, but in a different way.
”I guess I’ll just have to try a different approach!” she exclaimed with determination, a small giggle illuminating her features. Unfortunately, in her moment of absolute resolution, she collided into someone’s shoulder.
”Oh!” She was only caught off guard for a second. ”Sorry about that.” The apology came naturally enough as she absently waved a placating hand over her shoulder with the intent to just keep moving ahead.