|I both love and hate the Super Crown at the same time.|
Mona in Toyko Bay (commission) Cicadas buzzed and the boiling August sun blazed over the city of Tokyo. The Japanese capital was on the tail end of summer, and the season was intent to go out swinging. August had wrought some of the hottest temperatures on the city in decades, breaking record highs left and right, some of which had been held for almost a century at that point. Schools had just been let out and people fled the city for cooler temperatures and better beaches than Tokyo Bay could offer. Anyone who could had left, and they were not coming back anytime soon. That is, all but Genta Kojima, who wandered the streets all alone. He walked along the bayshore, the water calm and the wind cool compared to the heat above, thinking of his friends who had abandoned him.
“Man…” the elementary school boy moaned, “It’s so hot… why couldn’t I be in Hokkaido with Ayumi right now?” All of Genta’s classmates had left their homes in
Kipona Aloha - Chapter 1.1 (commission) “Alright class, let’s settle down now. We’ve got a new transfer student starting today, and I’d like to let him introduce himself to the class. So if we could all sit down, put our phones away and shut up for two seconds so he can speak, that’d be great.”
My new homeroom teacher was the most chill dude I’d ever seen in charge of a classroom. He leaned back in his desk chair watching over us students like we were some peculiar lab experiment and he was our omnipotent creator. Like he’d probably catch some students smoking weed in his class and he’d be cool with it as long as they slid him a joint or two under the desk. I loathed that about him. I’d only known the man for a few minutes and I already despised his teaching style. That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works! You’re the professor, goddammit! Show some authority!
Kipona Aloha - Chapter 1.2 (commission) “WOOHOO!! IT FEELS GREAT TO BE BACK ON THE WATER!!”
Kai was cheering like a kid at Six Flags as we sped across the waters of the Pacific on his boat. It was two days since we had first met, and throughout those two days I was totally struck with paralyzing anxiety. Thoughts of the dive had swirled in my head and it was impossible for me to think of anything else. Even then, I still remembered to partake in my jog over those two days, both times making my way back to Kai’s shop for some reason. I guess I couldn’t help really help myself. I was pretty curious about what else he had inside, plus I couldn’t deny that I liked talking with him, another weird thing about the two of us that irked me.
“How long has it been since you last went diving?” I asked him.
“Oh it’s probably been a month or so.” Kai replied, “My parents are both very busy working w