[Mali [center [b [+hotpink "Dear Katsu, you have absolutely no taste in comics."]]
M said as she peered over the boy's shoulder at the Japanese writing. She held in her hand a super rare Catman comic. It was in a plastic cover and everything. Some might argue that in a zombie apocalypse comic books and mangas are a dumb thing to be collecting, but M thought otherwise, and she liked to think that Katsu did as well. In such a depressing world you had to have something to look forward to, and everyone had their own outlet. This girl's just happened to be cheesy super rare comic books. Whenever she saw a store she would drag whatever team member she had that day with her, and now that it was just the two of them Katsu was subjected to the teasing every time. He was never into super heros and action packed things, and that trait was only heightened when he found himself in a world where he was constantly in action packed scenarios. He would much rather read about the things he couldn't have in, say a zombie apocalypse, like romance and any other slice of life story. If he was never going to be able to experience love he could live vicariously through the character in his stories. Of course he would never say that out loud. M wouldn't listen anyway.
The boy tucked away a few novels into his bag and walked away from the girl, not saying anything.
[b [+hotpink "Psh. Jeez, you're no fun."]]
The girl whined, stashing her own reading material.
[b [+hotpink "Ready to go?"]]
She asked as she stood beside the door, peeking out. The boy nodded and stood behind her, waiting for her to deem it the right moment to leave. As she did she ran out of the store, taking her bat out from its makeshift holder on her hip. Katsu was wielding his metal pipe like a sword in front of him as they were on guard. When they had successfully found that the coast was clear they began walking. The sun beat down on them as they walked, causing the slightest bit of sweat to slip down their foreheads. Katsu looked over at the girl, noticing a look of distress, signaling him to take out a bottle of water and hand it to her.
[i [+red "Stay hydrated. We don't know how long this will take."]]
He said. She gladly took the bottle, taking a quick sip before stashing it away. They walked in silence for a few minutes before passing by a store that M recognized. It was her favorite chain outlet, and it made her stop dead in her tracks and just stare.
[b [+hotpink "Its been almost a year huh?"]]
She mumbled to herself. The boy still nodded as he stood next to her, looking at the store as well.
[b [+hotpink "Lets go get new outfits. These ones are all bloody anyway."]]
She said, not even giving the boy time to protest as she dragged him into the doors. An orange inflatable tube layed deflated in front of the open door, and after taking a quick look inside it seemed the coast was clear enough. The two walked in, not letting their guards down while still actively searching. The girl quickly found a bunch of costumes she had always wanted to try on, quickly grabbing the ones in her size and shoving them into a shopping cart she had found. The boy was looking more for practical wear, a hard feat in a Halloween store, but he easily found a relatively nice sweater that would fit him and not stand out too much. It was a black and white mime sweater, but it was comfortable and as sturdy as a costume could be. He looked into the basket of the shopping cart as M walked by and chuckled a little.
[i [+red "You must have really liked Halloween."]]
He said. The girl looked up at him with a grin like a kid in a candy shop and just nodded, taking all of her clothes out of the packages and trying them on. Katsu turned away to give her privacy and took off his own clothes, his scars visible for only a moment before they were hidden again by the sweater. It was surprisingly light enough for the florida heat, which he was ever so glad of. He turned back to the girl and chuckled, seeing that she had finally settled on her clothing.
She wore a pink plaid skirt, school girl style, with long thigh high sporty socks and a Letterman jacket covering a basic white tee-shirt she had already had stored somewhere. The boy just smiled and gave her a thumbs up.
[b [+hotpink "Look! It's even got an M on the jacket!"]]
She said animatedly, but a little to loudly. There was the sound of moaning and shuffling feet as a few displays at the back of the store were knocked over. The two raised their weapons and Katsu cleared his throat, glancing at the girl apologetically as he began to walk slowly to the back of the store.
[b [+hot pink Hoe don't do it!]]
M thought as she watched the boy slowly creeping. He wasn't one to look the other way at zombies unless he knew he couldn't kill them all. He said it wasn't right to let them live like that. As Katsu crept back farther he could see them, at least ten zombies, stuck behind the counter. They hadn't yet noticed the gap where they could get through but they would soon so he had to work quick. He raised his pipe and brought it down on as many heads as he could, taking out five of the dead before the rest began to file out of behind their prison. He heard the sound of more zombies behind him in the dressing room, shuffling their way out towards him. If he didn't get help soon he would be over run.
[i [+red "M!"]]
He called out. Normally he wouldn't yell but he needed her back here, He heard her footsteps thumping towards him, as well as the zombies making their way to him, more insistent now. He swung wildly, seeing M doing the same but there were more dead than they had thought there would be and they quickly found themselves surrounded.
[b [+hot pink "STUPID KATSU THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT! I SWEAR TO GOD IF I DIE I WILL KILL YOU IN THE AFTERLIFE!"]]
the girl was louder than necessary, loud enough to attract even more zombies from outside.
[i [+red "Just kill them and stop attracting more!"]]
The boy grumbled as he took as many out as he could. This better not be how they die they both thought as they had nowhere to run. If only they could have a savior.
I thought there's this random gene that shows up in people, it could develop in the teen years or as a baby, and it terrifies and shocks the public. These mutated people come to be known as oddities and they are disregarded as members of society, usually not being able to attend school with normal kids or make relationships with normal people because they are so hated. Some genes aren't noticable, but some are, so a few really old oddities form a school to "save" the youngest generations.
It would start as a kind of slice of life thing but soon they notice kids are going missing, the school says they just went home but the main characters would come to find clues that the school isn't really helping them, and they actually have a secret lab where they take all the students to experiment on to find a cure because all the testing they have done they find works better if they use teens and children rather than adults.
[montserrat [center Aiko hopped into her bed as soon as she got home and snuggled down into her sheets.
[#c695d6 "What to watch today."]
She said as she turned on her TV.
The news popped up, but Aiko didn't pay much attention as she picked up a book from her bedside table. Her eyes trained on the pages for a while before she looked up at the tv and saw the story that was on. Usually she just used the news for background noise but with a story like this she really got excited.
She practically jumped onto her feet, jumping on her bed while she turned up the TV.
The interview today was with Deku and Ground Zero.
[#c695d6 "YES! Texas smash that dummy!"]
She said excitedly, jumping off her bed, pretending to punch the ground. She jumed around her room, punching and kicking at the air childishly.
When she was out of breath she stopped, hunched over and holding her hips.
[#c695d6 "These guys are so freaking cool! I can't wait to be like them!"]
She flopped back onto her bed, watching the rest of the news segment with a big grin on her face before her phone started ringing. She turned the volume down on her tv and picked up the call.
[#c695d6 "Mom! Hi. How are you?"]
She asked nervously.
[b "You didn't call."]
Her mother said flatly, making the girl nervously chuckle.
[#c695d6 "Well you zsee...I was um...very busy... And um..."]
She stuttered out.
[b "Aiko no excuses. How did you do?"]
The girl smiled and stood up, pacing around her room.
[#c695d6 "Well Ii don't know if I got accepted yet but I'm pretty sure i got in. I kicked some robot butt out there."]
She giggled as her mom grunted.
[b "I want a call as soon as you get the letter Aiko. No waiting."]
The woman said. Despite her cold demeanor Aiko knew her mom was super proud of her.
[#c695d6 "Of course mom! Tell dad I love and miss you guys."]
She said, grinning ear to ear.
[B "We love you too."]
She said, hanging up the phone. Aiko jumped around a bit and cheered. Nothing made her happier than making her mom proud.
A week later she opened her usually empty mail box to a white letter with a wax seal. The girl squealed loudly, causing her neighbor who was also getting their mail to jump.
[#c695d6 "I got my letter!"]
She said, holding up the letter to the man, who awkwardly smiled as she ripped open the letter with her teeth. Her tail swished behind her as the hologram popped up, telling her she was accepted.
The neighbor said as the girl jumped around cheering.