Chapter 2: Childhood Friends?
"So you know Razor, Gin-sempai?" Tsukune asked as he stared at the two other boys who were sitting down at a table.
"You betcha! We were like brothers back in elementary, causing mischief all over the place, right old buddy? Never thought I'd see my friend again." Gin smiled as he wrapped an arm around the younger boy's shoulders.
"Don't you mean you caused mischief while I had to save your butt, Brother Gin?" Razor smirked as he lightly punched Gin in the side.
"Yeah I guess that's true." Gin chuckled as he rubbed the back of his head.
Everyone was staring at the two, all of them surprised to see Gin acting so…happy.
"So when did you get back Razor? Last I saw you, you and your family we're moving to Siberia after you graduated elementary school." Gin grinned as he patted his friend's shoulder.
"Long story short, I got picked on at school, nearly exposed the truth about the existence of monsters, so the parents thought it'd be wiser if I attended Youkai instead, so we moved back a few months ago before school started." Razor smiled as he moved his bangs out of his eyes.
"Sorry to hear that Razorback, but I sure as hell am glad you're here. Trust me, it'll be like old times." Gin grinned toothily.
"By "old times" I suppose you mean you're going to be chasing girls and god knows what else to them, and then I'll have to save your stupid ass from getting pummeled?" Razor chuckled as he blew his bangs out of his eyes.
"Uh…" Gin laughed nervously as Razor rolled his eyes.
"They seem really close, don't they desu?" Yukari whispered to the others as the two old friends reconnected.
"Yeah, I've never seen Gin-sempai act this way with anyone before." Tsukune replied as he watched Razor lightly smack Gin over the head.
"Who knew that pervert Gin actually had a friend like that." Kurumu smiled.
"But you have to admit, their personalities are really different. The fact that they're friends is surprising." Moka commented.
"True…but he seems nice." Mizore grinned a bit as she gazed at the newcomer.
Tsukune, thinking that it was time to get to know Razor better, sat next to the new boy.
"So Razor, my name is…"
"Tsukune Aono, third year student, and unofficial "master" of a harem of some of Youkai's most desirable girls. I know who you are Tsukune, and you seem like a good guy." Razor smirked.
"Wha…how did you…they aren't my…" Tsukune sputtered.
"Some of the guys in the locker room told me about you since I was new and all. Though I have to wonder…" Razor eyed Tsukune critically, "How did a human manage to get accepted here and survive?"
Tsukune and the others panicked a moment before Razor raised his hand to dismiss them.
"Relax dude, I'm not going to kill you for being human. I've been reading stories and records about the relationship between humans and monsters ever since I was a kid. We've done our fair share of harm to many of your kind Tsukune, so I can understand why we're feared and hated."
The others were stunned by Razor's words.
"Well it makes sense; monsters have eaten, raped, and even killed humans for sport for centuries. So if humans wanted to kill me for example, I'd understand. I mean if we look at things from their point of view, wouldn't you all feel the same if something or someone just up and killed someone close to you?"
The others took a moment to take in Razor's words…he had a point.
"That's why we go here, to learn and understand the human race better…who knows, we might be able to walk freely among people like Tsukune someday if we just take time to see things through their eyes."
"You're pretty wise Razor." Tsukune commented as Razor shrugged.
"Mother always told me if you want to understand someone, you need to put yourself in their shoes." Razor smiled, "Though something still bugs me."
Razor leaned closer to Tsukune.
"How in the world did you manage to get them to follow you like dogs on their leashes?"
"It isn't like that, and it's a bit complicated." Tsukune chuckled uncomfortably.
"You can tell me that some other time Tsukune, I'd prefer to get to know my fellow club members first, since we'll all be working together." Razor smiled.
Yukari smiled before holding out her hand in greeting.
"I'm Yukari Sendo…"
"I know about you, the young genius of our academy…and you're a witchling." Razor chuckled.
Yukari was surprised that Razor knew what she was.
"Let's just say I have a great sense of smell Yukari-san, due to my bloodline." Razor exclaimed as he patted her head.
Yukari however, smiled as she skipped over to Moka.
"He called me –san, not –chan. No one's ever treated me like an adult before desu!" She squealed.
"Well you may be a child Yukari-san, but you're certainly smarter than most at this school, so I'm just trying to give you the respect you deserve." Razor shrugged with a humble grin.
Yukari grinned back.
"I like him already desu." She chirped before Kurumu got in Razor's face.
Razor pulled back as Kurumu eyed him suspiciously.
"Um…is there a problem Kurumu-san?" Razor asked as he looked her in the eye.
"Yeah, I'm wondering how you can be friends with that perverted werewolf Gin and not be attracted to these?" Kurumu said as she pressed her bountiful mounds against Razor's chest.
Razor freaked out, arms flapping around before he fell out of his seat.
"The hell is wrong with you! You don't do that when you first meet someone!" Razor shouted, a small blush on his face.
"Geez, something's off with this boy if he freaked out from that." Kurumu shrugged.
"Excuse me, but my parents raised me to be a gentleman, not some horny teenager who'd chase down any piece of tail on sight." Razor scoffed angrily as he brushed off his uniform, pushing his bangs out of his eyes.
"Still, aren't you looking for someone?" Moka inquired.
"Well of course, only I'm more interested with what's on the inside rather than someone's physical appearance. Plus I'd rather not risk suffocation from being stuffed into a set of knockers that are bigger than the owner's IQ." Razor growled.
Kurumu growled as she unleashed her sharp nails.
"You want to repeat that?"
Razor glanced at her nails a moment before smiling.
"I knew it; only a succubus would do that without another thought…though the pungent scent of pheromones was enough to help me figure it out." Razor remarked smartly.
Mizore laughed a bit at Razor's remarks; he was definitely a keeper for the Newspaper Club if he could deal with the blue-haired bimbo like that. Kurumu glared harder at Razor as she withdrew her nails, hands on her hips.
"What kind of monster are you? You're figuring out what we are just from scent!" She demanded.
"I'd tell you, but it's against the rules." Razor smirked.
"He's got you there Bimbo." Mizore giggled.
Razor grinned in the snow woman's direction a moment before turning to Moka.
"And you're Moka Akashiya, Youkai's most desired girl on campus. No wonder all the guys are jealous of poor Tsukune here. And…" Razor took a small whiff of the air, "you're an S-Class monster, a vampire." Razor smiled politely before he bowed his head in respect.
"When most people realize what I am they usually run, or they try and fight me." Moka gasped.
"It's true I'm a bit intimidated, but my mother always told me to show respect to those of S-Class…or at least to the ones who could beat me up." Razor chortled.
Moka giggled a bit at Razor's words.
"So are you saying you could beat up Gin when you were kids?" Kurumu wondered.
"Like you wouldn't believe. Back when we were kids, I could barely tap him on the nose and he'd wail like a baby." Razor laughed.
"Hey! No one was supposed to know about that!" Gin shouted indignantly at his friend.
"Too late Brother." Razor smirked as he blew his bangs out of his eyes.
"I ought to punch you for that!" Gin screamed as he dove for Razor.
But the boy merely side-stepped him, grinning all the while.
"Looks like you still can't aim worth shit Big Brother Gin."
"Shut up and hold still!" Gin snarled as he threw a punch at Razor's face.
But Razor merely caught Gin's arm before throwing him over his shoulder. Gin hit the wall with a thud, eyes looking up at his friend.
"Where the hell did you learn that?" Gin groaned as he rubbed his head.
"Apparently you've forgotten that my family trains in almost every kind of martial art and fighting style, Brother Gin. I always won against you during play spars when you'd come over to my house, remember?" Razor smiled.
"Oh yeah…I forgot."
Mizore was impressed, Razor didn't even need to switch to his monster form to go up against Gin.
"That was cool! Can you teach me how to do that desu?" Yukari chirped up at Razor.
"Sure. Though I have to admit the only reason we know this stuff is so we don't expose ourselves to people by going to monster form. So it's really just an alternative, and as a means of self-defense."
"Still, that's pretty cool." Tsukune commented.
"Thanks, but I prefer to avoid a fight rather than jumping right in. I just don't like fighting unless I really have to." Razor laughed as he rubbed the back of his head sheepishly.
Razor then turned his eyes to Mizore, smiling gently in her directions.
"I already know what you are Mizore-chan. Yuki-onna, right?"
"Yeah…how did you…?"
"Let's just say my family has known plenty of Yuki-onna in our time. Though I have to admit, none of them were as cute as you, if I may say so." Razor grinned as a small blush came up.
Mizore smiled a bit before looking Razor in the eye.
"Since you know what we are, why don't you tell us what you are?" Mizore smiled.
"Sorry, but I'm not going to tell you. School rules and all that." Razor smirked.
Razor then turned to the others.
"So, shall we get started on the paper? I'll need to see a few of your past works to get a feel for what we have here."
Mizore just did as ordered, only one thing in mind.
'He's definitely different from most guys. He'll make a great addition to our team.'
After Razor took a few moments to scan and skim over some of the group's previous work, he gave a soft smile.
"You have put a lot of hard work into this, haven't you?"
"Nothing but blood, sweat, and tears, Razorback." Gin said proudly.
"I can see that, and I can also see a few photos sticking out of your back pocket Brother." Razor commented as he pulled the pictures out.
He blushed a moment before covering his eyes.
"Really Brother Gin, you're supposed to be using that camera to be taking photos for the paper, not your private panty shot collection." Razor frowned as he pushed the photos across the table and away from his line of sight.
"Aw…is the little baby embarrassed by the naughty pictures?" Kurumu mocked as Razor glared at her.
"Once again, I am a gentleman. Either way, this paper's pretty good, though if I could add something…" Razor turned to them, "I think an advice column would work."
"Why do you say that desu?"
"Well, anyone would admit that high school is probably the most trying time for any person. So of course people have their fair share of problems. I was just thinking that maybe by adding an advice column we'd get more readers."
"And how did you come up with that Mr. Smarty Pants?" Kurumu glared.
"Well, it'd be more along the lines of allowing students, and staff to send in letters, under aliases so they can still have their privacy, with their problems. Then I'd come up with advice for them and we print that in."
"Oh like anyone's really going to take advice from a jerk like you." Kurumu scoffed.
"This coming from little Miss Fun Bags. Oh wait they're not little, their bigger than Mt. Fuji, so maybe I should call you Mt. Sleazy instead." Razor growled.
"You really like pissing me off, don't you?" Kurumu snarled as she prepared her nails.
"Funny, I was just about to say the same about you." Razor growled as he turned on the succubus.
Razor had bared his teeth, and Mizore, being the closest to him, could make out some small points at the ends of his incisor teeth.
'Could he be a vampire?'
"Whoa there Razorback, no need to lose your temper with Kurumu." Gin laughed as he patted his friend's shoulder.
Razor then took a deep breath and slowly exhaled, looking over at Gin gratefully.
"You're right, thank you Brother. And my apologies to you Kurumu-san, my mother would be ashamed if she heard me saying such things to a young lady." Razor frowned as he bowed his head.
"Well…I'll let you off the hook this time Pal."
"Thank you. And as for earlier, I've been known to give great advice, at least that's what my parents tell me."
"No kidding, he was always offering everyone around advice back in elementary school, me included." Gin smiled.
"True, but you never took it, did you Brother?"
"Remember when I told you not to try and steal our history test from Mr. Himura in 4th grade? You ended up getting caught and had to clean the class room by yourself. Though I admit I cleaned it a bit before I had to leave for the day."
"And then there was that incident in 6th grade remember? You tried to peek into the girls' locker room. I did tell you it wasn't smart of you to lean on that window sill, it was starting to crumble, but you didn't listen to me."
"Oh come on…"
"In the end, you scrapped your knees and you got caught by the girls. You ended up getting suspended for two weeks, and I had to deal with you whining about being bored in your own home, so I had to play games with you to keep that tiny brain of yours entertained."
"Razorback…stop talking now." Gin growled.
"Just trying to make a point Brother."
"Right…so what do you guys think?" Gin turned to the others.
"It sounds like a great idea." Tsukune smiled.
"I agree." Moka grinned.
"Great idea Razor-kun desu!" Yukari squealed as she hugged him around the waist.
"As long as it isn't perverted advice, I'm game." Kurumu winked.
"I assure it won't be." Razor sniffed indignantly.
Razor then turned to Mizore, seeing as she hadn't said anything.
"And what do you think about this Mizore-chan?"
All of them were staring at the snow woman expectedly, making her a wee bit uncomfortable.
"It sounds nice. I'm sure everyone will enjoy it."
Razor smiled widely before noticing the time.
"Ah cripes, sorry you guys, I need to head to my dorm room and settle in. I'll see you guys tomorrow, okay." Razor frowned as he headed out.
"Bye Razor-kun, see you tomorrow desu!"
"Bye Razor-san, we'll have fun tomorrow for sure!" Tsukune grinned.
"Good-bye, have a good night Razor-san!" Moka smiled after him.
"Try not to piss anyone else off Razor!" Kurumu laughed.
"Same to you Jiggles!"
Kurumu scoffed at him before turning to Gin.
"So…you gonna tell us what your friend is, Gin?" Kurumu inquired of the elder werewolf.
"I'd tell you, but Razor prefers to only let those he trusts to know what he is. So I can't tell you." Gin smiled teasingly.
"Can't you tell us anything?" Kurumu snarled.
"I can tell you guys this, he isn't a werewolf like me." Gin shrugged.
"Why don't we just try and figure out what he is? It might be fun." Moka suggested.
"That's a great idea Moka desu!" Yukari grinned.
"I don't know guys, I think I'll stay out of it." Tsukune said as he rubbed his neck unsurely.
"I'm curious about what he is. What about you Snow Broad?" Kurumu asked as she turned to Mizore.
Mizore just stared at the succubus a moment before dropping her gaze.
"I think we should respect his wish and not even try to force him. If Razor wants to keep his monster form a secret until he feels he can trust us, we should let him." Mizore said honestly.
"Oh come on, don't you want to know what you're boyfriend is?" Kurumu pushed as she got in Mizore's face.
Mizore stared back at Kurumu before removing her lollipop.
"He isn't my boyfriend."
"True, but I saw how you were ogling him. You want him, you want to kiss him and hug him, and have his babies." Kurumu sang mockingly.
No sooner did she do that Kurumu found herself in a block of ice. As Moka, Tsukune, and Yukari set to work of breaking her out, Gin felt generous.
"Though my old buddy Razorback may not want me to tell you what he is, I'll give you guys a clue."
As soon as Kurumu was out of the ice, she got in Gin's face.
"So, hurry up and tell us you perverted furball." Kurumu frowned.
"This is all I'm going to tell you: Razor is an animal-based monster."
"That's it?" Kurumu sighed.
After Kurumu tried and failed to get more info out of their sempai, the group decided it was time to head in for the day. Night soon fell, and as Mizore was closing her curtains, she saw that Razor was moving a few boxes in his room, right across the way in the boys' dorm. Razor stopped to rest, turning to his open curtains. Once he caught sight of Mizore, he waved at her a moment, smiling broadly. Mizore smiled as she waved back, glad to see him before bed. Razor watched as she closed her curtains, blocking his view of observing her further.
'This school is different, that's for sure. But I think I'm going to like it here regardless.'
Razor carefully set up his room and made sure everything was to his liking before collapsing on his futon.
"Phew, all done. Now I just need to do one thing before I go to bed." Razor yawned before pulling out a pen and a sheet of paper.
Just writing to you to let you know my first day here went great. I've already joined the Newspaper Club, and can you guess who's the president? It's old Gin from elementary school! You remember him, right? Anyway, I've managed to make some friends here. They seem really nice, though one or two of them are a bit odd. This school is much bigger than my last one, so it may take some time to remember where everything is, but I think I can manage. So how are you holding up? I know you were upset when I left, but I'm doing fine and I'm planning to call soon.
Satisfied with his letter, Razor placed it in an envelope and placed it with care in his desk before retiring for the night.
Dragonlover71491: There we are! I bet you guys have plenty of questions right? You're going to have to follow our story to find out! See ya all soon!