Elizabeth looked up from her lunch; there was suddenly a person sitting across from her, and they knew who she was and everything. It came as a bit of a surprise in all honesty; she had come to assume that everyone who knew of her at some point either forgot about her ability or just assumed it was never coming back. Being approached like this was a rarity.
“Yeah, that’s me.” Elizabeth entertained Hiraku with a lip-smile; she was worried there may be something in her teeth, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. Care for some fruit? I’ve got plenty.” she gestured at the meal in front of her, and nodded in approval of her own statement, “I don’t suppose you came over just for small talk, did you?”
“Oh, I’m fine thanks, I have quite a bit of lunch as it is,” Hiraku replied. “And I didn’t come over looking for a favor or a challenge, if that’s what you’re wondering. I’ve seen a few of your duels now and then at school and was very impressed, but I’ve never gotten the chance to really meet you until now.”
Elizabeth almost blushed a tad, as was strangely common these days; a duelist? Impressed by her skills? Elizabeth was bewildered, but sounded as sincere as possible in her reply, “Oh.. well thank you! I’m extremely flattered.” Elizabeth paused, taking a drink of water before continuing, “I’ll be honest, I don’t hear that much these days. Do you also run a Ritual deck?”
“Me? Oh no, I run a Synchro deck, actually. But I don’t see too many Ritual decks around very often, so it’s always interesting to see someone not only tackle such a deck but do well with it,” Hiraku said with a smile. “Did you just build that deck over time or did you know what you wanted to make and worked towards getting the cards to make it?”
“Well, with Xyz cards running around left and right, pure Synchro can be a bit hard to find as well, I feel. The Cyber Angel deck was just sort of an idea I had when the cards started coming out. I thought maybe you would be able to dedicate less resources to the extra deck and still get the same amount of output in terms of field control… It has its ups and downs, but I find I am able to keep tempo with a fair share of decks.” Elizabeth returned a smile; her teeth were evidently well taken care of. For Elizabeth, it was always the little things. They might not have been noticeable to everyone, but it always felt good to her when someone did notice. “So how long have you been going to Blue Yonder? I don’t suppose you’re a Senior, or I would probably know you at least as well as you know me.” she giggled slightly. It was sort of strange being introduced to someone who already seemed to have a firm grasp on who you are.
“Ah, well I’m not a senior, that’s for sure. Actually I’m a sophomore here, and I’ve been playing Synchro pretty much since I started playing. They were more or less the only cards I had when I was a kid and I wasn’t often allowed to get many new ones, so I just played a lot of Synchro Monsters and eventually got good at it.” Hiraku paused to take a bite of his food and chew it. “I’m actually one of the top students in my year, though, so it all payed off in the end. My class schedule gets pretty busy, though, so I don’t often have time for many tournaments or anything, and I dunno, between you and me,” Hiraku glanced around a little and leaned in to whisper. “Nobody from my grade really offers any kind of challenge.”
Elizabeth nodded along with Hiraku’s comments, he was most certainly confident in his ability, and if what he says is true, he would certainly have every right; it’s hard to get to the top and stay there. If anyone knew that, it would be Elizabeth.
“Well, I always found there are a couple of late bloomers that come up and really start kicking ass. But if you really are that good, I look forward to seeing you do your work. I tutor a lot of younger students, so there’s a good chance I’ll get to see you in action at least once.” Elizabeth threw a wink in Hiraku’s direction, “Maybe if you’re good enough you’ll get to challenge up against some upperclassmen. I’d be honored to see what you’ve learned.”
Hiraku couldn’t help but feel his cheeks burn slightly, yet he managed to maintain his composure. “Well, hopefully they take those lessons to heart, I’d like to see what my deck can do when it’s pushed to its limits,” Hiraku returned with confidence. “And hopefully the opportunity comes up; I would also like to see what the older students have up their sleeves over us younger ones!”
Elizabeth looked at her bare arms, “Well, at the moment I haven’t even got sleeves, so I’d venture to guess you’d get the upper hand pretty quick.” she chuckled at her own terrible joke, “Going to the master class later? Seems like a pretty big deal. Everyone’s been buzzing about it.”
Hiraku laughed at Elizabeth’s joke. “Absolutely I’m going to be at the Master Class later. I had to pull a few strings to be able to make it, but I’ve been looking forward to it all day. I can’t expect to a be pro if I don’t learn from a pro, right?” Hiraku overhead Mr. Yoshi’s voice as he said that and felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. “Just… so long as it’s a current pro and not a retired one…”
Elizabeth was just finishing up her lunch, and one quick look at the clock on her phone told her that she had to get to class quickly, or else she would be late, “Goodness, would you look at the time! I’m gonna be late to class!” Elizabeth rushed to quickly gather her things into her backpack. “Well, it was a pleasure to meet you, hopefully I get to see you at the master class! Thanks for having lunch with me. Until our duel, right?” she winked at him again, and would make her way out after Hiraku’s reply.
“Absolutely, I’ll see you then,” Hiraku replied with a smile, his own lunch not done quite yet as he still had some time until his next period.
Elizabeth ran quickly to class, having been deeply distracted by her conversation with Hiraku. It was only a few days into the school year and she had already been out partying once and was going to be late to class! Only now had it seemed kind of strange to her that her grades were actually significantly better when her life was like this all the time. Still, she enjoyed that conversation with Hiraku; maybe everyone in the underclassman grades was super approachable and nice. Out of Yushiro and Hiraku, at least, they were a great bunch!
Elizabeth barged into the studio, barely able to catch her breath, trying to force out an apology for her tardiness before even really taking in any air, resulting in some completely incomprehensible speech. She calmed herself down, now able to actually articulate what it was she was trying to say.
"Sorry for being late, Professor Yonehara. I completely lost track of time in the dining hall. Did I miss anything important?" Elizabeth slowly made her way to her seat, trying to disrupt the class as little as possible from there on, hoping to sink back into the obscurity she was used to. Seemed like she was in the center of a ton of drama lately, and Professor Yonehara was known to be a bit... stiff with disruptions.