• Part 1: First Glance

    I was standing there on the field with the other students, waiting as practice went by. I was in our high school marching band, number 1 in the country of Japan, "Kyoko Academy." We're a co-ed school. Meaning boys and girls. I for one, am a girl. And my name is Shizuka Ishikawa. I play the trumpet in my marching band and I like it. The brass sectionals we have are a pain since they're led by some military guys but I love marching band.
    As I was saying, I'm standing on the field, waiting for the stretching to begin with the whole band. As I look to the left, there he is. I wasn't sure what his name was but I knew for sure, he was the one fore me. It was love at first sight. I looked at him and then our director, Seta Sensei, yelled for attention. I was excited for this marching band season because I could finally say, I found him.
    I forgot to mention that this is my first year. Yep. My first year but I can say that I love it 100 percent. So the trumpet, believe or not, is my second instrument. I only started this year but my friends in the trumpet section said that I'm better than some that are in our section. It made me very happy. My first instrument you ask? That would be my violin, Onew. I played the violin since third grade and I'm in the eleventh grade now. I like it, and I'm good at it. Better than my first chair. That's for sure. I bring this up only because...that's where I first got introduced to him.
    I went to the personal instrument room to get my violin for class. In the back there was my friend, Aiteru, who played the cello. I was confused at first but I saw him. The boy I saw on the field. I figured that he was in my class and played the violin also. Aiteru said that his name was Makoto. I was so excited and asked him, "Do you play the tuba for marching band?" He nodded yes and smiled. I laughed. "I'm Shizuka. Nice to meet you." I said with a smile. And that's where our friendship started.
    Now...where was I? Oh yeah. So the following week, our school had an open house. I was with my friend Terumi. We were waiting for the open house to start so we were walking around. We ran into Makoto and our other friends. Being the weirdo I was, I went up to him and said, "Hey Makoto! Remember me?" He nodded yes and smiled. Now I asked him, "What's my name?" He looked at me with those dumbfounded eyes because he forgot my name. To make him feel bad I asked him what Terumi's name was. He remembered it. I got a little mad. I said, "You baka. Stupid cow." He looked at me with those big eyes of his and I laughed. I spelled out my name for him and called him stupid. We laughed that night a lot.
    I saw him a lot at school because I stalked him. Just kidding. I was looking for my friend Juri. She was the same grade as him, the tenth grade. Yes. He's a year younger than me, but I can't help it. He was so cute. We were preparing for homecoming and again, I wasn't helping out my class. I saw him, Makoto, helping out. It was so funny, I couldn't help but laugh. Now I visited them everyday just so I could see Makoto's face.
    One night, I had a dream. It wasn't a very good dream...