With her ear buds placed in her ears and her music streaming, Sachiko sat on a row of stones stacked one on top another. The stones formed a circle around a fountain in the middle of the park. She was one of the few people at the park. The cold acted as a buffer, keeping majority of the locals from frequenting the locations. Joggers still braved the cold, as did a few people who were playing sports such as basketball. Sachiko was watching them idly. Most of them were high school students. They weren’t wearing their uniforms, but Sachiko was assigning them the few schools she was familiar with, judging by their clothes whether they attended a prestigious school or one like Gakuin. Her high school entrance exams were coming up. Studying wasn’t an issue as her and Sai were shoo in’s for Gakuin, having attended Gakuin’s middle school and having connections with Gendo a teacher at Gakuin.
A runaway soccer ball collided with the side of the fountain, causing it to shoot into the air. It startled Sachiko, almost causing her to topple backgrounds into the cold water. Just as she looked at the fountain to determine what it was that had come her way, the soccer ball came back down, landing in the water. The splash was enough to hit Sachiko’s face.
She squealed, feeling the cold seep through her coat. She brushed at the water on her face, being careful not to smear her makeup. “Assholes!” she called out as a group of guys came to collect their ball. They laughed at her frustration. “Sorry doll,” one called out. Sachiko grabbed the ball that was floating in the water, tossing it as hard as she could in the opposite direction of the boys. “Jerks.”