Thinking back now, Rin looked at her still-bleeding thumb and wondered when she cut herself. Only to realize when swinging the dagger, the blade was still sharp enough to cut her thumb and her thoughts to invocate into her blood...
This was terrible, if anyone noticed a Sky flame was within the mixture of that blast, her secret would be—
“Are you listening, Sawada Rin?!” Matsusashi’s voice yelled to gain her attention back from her daze—
Rin at once kneeled and bowed her head, leaving everyone in shock of her actions.
“I truly apologize for this unforgivable mistake I’ve made, Matsusashi-sama-sensei!” With no time wasted, she apologized.
Flabbergasted by the sudden actions, Matsusashi blabbered out. “Y-Y-Y-You... W-What devilish plan you are—?!”
Rin interjected. “Words may not be enough, but I truly apologize for the harm I’ve caused...!”
Everyone looked at her as sympathy flooded their hearts, standing at a perspective view. One male student amongst them spoke. “....... You know... It wasn’t much of his fault...”
“It’s only his first day. Maybe he’s just a student like us, it’s a new technology that’s just made by the Vongola.” Another student agreed with a slight nod from her head.
“T-True.... I would feel nervous if I were the one standing there.” A male student shuddered at the thought of showing in front of the class, especially the impossible feat needed to do.
“Then again.... He came into the school like us....” She, like everyone else, was also a student. Like everyone else, even the Shadow made mistakes. It wasn’t correct to push the blame on her.
Matsusashi’s jaw dropped. His students were siding with the ‘sly and cunning’ Shadow who ‘tricked’ everyone by winning ‘pity’ from them. Gritting his teeth, he growled, “Even so, you’re to receive punishment—!”
“Hey! Give Rin a break, Sensei!”
“That’s right, you were the one who asked him to show in front of the whole class!”
“R-Rin-kun was only trying his best to learn like all of us!”
Rin raised her head, surprised to see Jin, Chiharu, and Rein... Those three who she barely knew, standing before her. She understood people do it when they had forged a long friendship, but within hours? This was something she couldn’t understand.
Before she could tell them to stay back so they wouldn’t get into trouble too, another familiar figure had stepped forward and spoken. “As what Jin-kun had said... Even when Rin-kun being excused under the orders from the Decimo to not have her blood taken, you chose him to show still.”
Harsh glare shown on Matsusashi’s orbs, as he shouted. “There was no evidence the Decimo had excused the Shadow from it! He must’ve been lying—!”
“Lying?” Raised one of his brows, Shiku glared back and countered. “He didn’t get the chance to explain himself. You’ve been cutting off him every time he was to explain to you... Like how a student is trying to explain his reason to an actual teacher, unlike you.”
The face that turned red with anger, Matsusashi glowered. “I dare you to repeat it, Yukigami Shiku!”
“Sure, many times if you need.” A small smirk shown on his face for a second, Shiku informed coldly. “If you’re an actual teacher, you’d listen before you blabber accusation at a student for the ‘Great Vongola Decimo’. An actual teacher doesn’t go around spouting opinions that don’t involve you. And...
“A real experienced teacher and mafioso know better to get an inexperienced student to show both Storm and Cloud flames together. Unless said foolish and arrogant teacher used the certain death of the students here to blame on the Shadow.”
As expected for Shiku, Matsusashi’s face turned red like an angry bull. The glare from his eyes now filled with humiliation and fury, let out a loud outrage from his shout. “You... You... YOU insolent brat! How dare you insult our great leader?! And you even dare to accuse me with such baseless lies I would harm the young Undicesimo’s Shadow?!!”
Unfazed at the outrage he provoked, Shiku shrugged his shoulders and gave a pointed look. “Yeah, and I already did. So what, if it’s the great Decimo of the Vongola famigila or any great big mafioso Boss. If you don’t have the spine to admit the fault you did, then go ahead.”
“Punish us, every one of us, Sensei. Punish all of us for taking sides with Rin-kun instead of what you’ve planned.” Gave one last taunt at Matsusashi, the other three stood forward with a brave and determined glare to their teacher.
Looked at her back, her classmate’s expression was a mix of worry and anger too. Worry being, they would get caught along and received punishment for what they didn’t do. And anger, being provoked by Shiku’s words they were almost sacrificed as a pawn to blame the Shadow for her failure.
Regardless, it’s not an ideal circumstance. Everyone being punished by Shiku’s provocation would not be a good thing, especially if this incident spread.
It would disgrace her Master’s reputation because of her incompetence and the punishment that’s coming.
Stood up, Rin grabbed Shiku’s arm to catch his attention and whispered. “Shiku-dono, please step back...! None of you should receive punishment for what I had done, so please take back your words to Matsusashi-sama-sensei...!”
A knowing yet dubious expression shown on Shiku’s face, his eyes narrowed and whispered. “You’re to get punished by a sabotage from a spineless mafioso of the Vongola famigila. Yet, you’re still defending that teacher who tried to kill you?”
“He had no intention to do so from the beginning, Shiku-dono. Because if he did, Matsusashi-sama-sensei will be in a grave plight too.
“This is a land of peace, and the Decimo wished for all mafioso famigila to unite in forming an alliance under this land of peace.” Rin shook her head firmly and whispered back.
“Land of peace, huh...?”
Looked like Shiku wasn’t convinced, Rin was to whisper again until Matsusashi’s loud voice interrupted. “You! What do you think you’re trying to do?! Trying to manipulate Yukigami-kun aren’t you?!”
Turned her head, she saw the still-furious Matsusashi was pointing at her with his finger.
“How about he was trying to get his classmate to stay uninvolved from the problem? So that, they wouldn’t get punished too by a spineless mafioso manipulation?” Shiku answered with an annoyed sigh escaped his lips.
“Even when he is trying to protect us in great Decimo’s wish to form peace with spineless mafioso like you?” At the confession, Shiku had roused more of their classmate with a rather angry look.
Despite Rin was a student here, she was still a member of the Vongola had been upholding Decimo’s wish in this land of peace.
And Matsusashi, their own teacher who often preached the greatness of the Decimo, had caused nothing but trouble for them. The accusation Matsusashi was trying to kill them to place blame on the Shadow made to sound more sense to them.
Tables overturned, everyone was siding against the cunning Shadow instead of him.
The student who twist the favor from him, the cunning servant manipulated everyone’s heart again. And...
The monster manipulated his great Decimo, and Matsusashi was positive beneath the emotionless expression was the monster laughing at his failure.
Before Matsusashi could call out the truth on the Shadow’s nature, the bell rang for the next period of class.
Face still reddened with anger, Matsusashi tried to speak as calmly as possible “Remember to do your assignment, as I will go through them next week. Dismissed!” He stomped out of the room, irritation written over his face.
The students went to where their bags were to pick them up before leaving in their own groups to the next class.
No use crying over a spilled milk even if Matsusashi had chosen not to punish anyone... Rin felt horrible for her incapability which dragged innocent people into her mess.
As her friends turned to look her, what they did not expect was Rin kneeling down with her head bowed.
“I truly apologize for getting all of you involved in my problem, Jin-dono, Chiharu-dono, Rein-dono, and Shiku-dono!” The said Shadow apologized loudly.
“He’s way too polite!” Jin bluntly pointed out.
Rein squatted down beside Rin, trying to get Rin to raise her head. “I-It’s fine, Rin-kun! C-Come on, raise your head!”
“T-That’s right! We’re friends so it’s only natural we did so!” Chiharu joined Rein as well in helping her to get the apologizing Shadow to raise her head.
“We... Are?” At Chiharu’s words, Rin raised her head and only to stare at them dumbfounded. Friends, since when? In the last 1 hour and 58 minutes ago? Or was it she replied their introduction and conversed with them? This word ‘friends’ was foreign to her...
She remembered she took around 1 to 2 months to become ‘friends’ with Ienari’s guardians after she adopted by the Decimo. To take only hours to be ‘friends’... Rin felt wary; that she remained alert since there would be people who used her to get their hands of her Master—
Chiharu flicked her forehead, snapping Rin out of her thoughts, chided. “Yes, you idiot! Don’t you have any friends besides the Undicesimo-sama and his guardians?”
“I... I do, Chiharu-dono... I have one friend beside my Master and his guardians.” Rin’s blank face and straight to the point answer.
This earned her a facepalm from Chiharu while Shiku sighed with exasperation from Rin’s answer.
Shiku advised in a polite tone. “You’ve spent too much time serving your Master, Rin-kun. Other than your Master and his guardians, you will need friends to fight for him. Friends to stand up for you and helped you...
“But regardless even if it’s for your Master, you need to stand up against spineless mafioso like Matsusashi-sensei.
“You should not have defended him and even he accused you of trying to manipulate everyone. Mafioso like them are the reason the Arcobaleno course should know their place.”
As Shiku chided her, Rin nodded in agreement. But his words again, made Rin narrowed her eyes with disagreement. She couldn’t say everyone wasn’t the same due to most of her experience with mafioso bosses. But, what she knew in her heart, Ienari and his guardians differed from what Shiku said about them.
‘If only there’s something to show Sawada-sama and everyone are different...’ Rin thought to herself.
Jin patted Shiku’s shoulder and reminded. “Hey now, it’s Rikkun’s first day in school. Besides, it’s a first for him to have friends like us!”
“I suppose that is something that cannot disagree.” Shiku sighed in resignation before showing back his polite smile.
An idea came to Jin’s mind and suggested. “How about we show you around the school? Let’s start with the workshop, Rikkun?”
“...... Sure, but not the combat arena, Jin-dono.” Rin’s only reply that came from the polite smile shown back on her face.
Surprised by Rin’s words, Jin grinned. “Maybe later, so you’re right. I won’t be going there just to see attack skills from the Arcobaleno course, I’m on a lookout for more inspiration in creating more Ino generators!”
“Why don’t we go together during lunchtime?” suggested Rein.
“Let’s do it once the Math lesson has ended.” Shiku agreed.
“Hm... No matter how you look at it, you should check out the arena first.” Jin said; his expression remained neutral from Chiharu’s cheerful suggestion.
The latter scowled. “I need not get reminded by a Brainiac like you.”
‘Well, two can play that game!’ Jin considered before shouting back. “What was that hot-headed idiot?!”
“Stop it both of you.... You’ve only met today, right?” Rein reminded.
‘I guess being opposite of each other increase compatibility’ Rin noted in her head. With a sigh escaping from both Shiku and Rin’s lips, the former helped to stop the bickering two while Rin stood up once more.
As she watched the scenario before her, a familiar gentle voice reminded her. ‘I also want you to enjoy your life as any child have. And, I’m positive Ienari wanted that too.’
Despite the chaos in the class she caused, that period of just attending class, listening to lecture from teachers, studying and working together with friends...
This must be what the Decimo mentioned.
Even if the importance was being Ienari’s Shadow she came into the academy... Ienari, her Master, desired for this to happen for his Shadow. And if he’s here, Ienari would most likely be happy that she found friends.
Nodding to herself, Rin jumped to help Rein and Shiku to separate them before it escalated into a full-scale fight. As they were walking out of the room after taking their bags, Jin and Chiharu were glaring daggers at each other before turning their backs to each other.
With this, a small smile curved up hidden on Rin’s lips as she contemplated in her mind. ‘The life of a normal student.... The wish that the Decimo and Sawada-sama wanted....’
Arc Cover & Summary|Terminology
Sawada Rin's bio
Sawada Ienari's bio
Yamamoto Sayuri's bio
Gokudera Fedele's bio
Ishihara Toshihiro's bio
Sasagawa Hizashi's bio
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