As Ino began walking away, she could feel a tugging at her arm. She gave a quick glance back to Akira, who she could see was the one latching onto her. She rang off a nervous laugh. Maybe it was going to be a confession after all...even after she told him not to so soon! However, his tone wasn't like that of a nervous lover's...rather inquisitive and serious.
“When the villains attacked your class- er, our class,"
She began to tremble.
"You all went several minutes before help from Pro Heroes arrived. I understand that there were a few with you, but not enough to protect you all. From what I understand, only Ichiro sustained major injury."
"No...please...I don't want to remember." She thought to herself. Her stomach was churning, getting tighter. She started to vibrate even more intensely than before. Combining the two feelings put her on the verge of vomiting all over Akira. The handrails next to the two began to shake as well. Images flashed through her mind. Suna, lying in a pool of his own blood. Dr. Atomic, coming to save them all. And then him...
"Hey...you don't mind if you lend me a hand do you? I know you're good for it." His voice rang in her ears...the sound of crunching and gnawing.
"I think we can agree that not everyone in your class is well-suited to combat. at least, not yet, and even still you all made it through. As far as I can tell, you got through the attack relatively unharmed. I have an idea of how strong those villains were, and it just doesn't add up.”
And then the question was asked...the one she thought she was done answering. The one she never wanted to hear again.
“What happened in Kashyyyk?”
Ino's stomach dropped, as she ripped her arm away from Akira's grasp. In turn, she took a hold of his wrist, and ran into the stadium's hallway. She took the both of them somewhere secluded, near a pair of restrooms a fair ways away from the entrance to the stands. She stared at the wall for a couple of seconds, trying to figure out a way to talk about it. She really didn't want to answer the question..but Akira was their classmate now, right? He had a right to know what had happened that day. She was still vibrating, but not as intensely as before. She gripped her arm, trying to calm herself down. A deep breath in and out. Then she turned around to face him.
"It was a field trip...it was supposed to be fun." Her voice started to shake now. "We had combat practice against a faux villain...Double Dragon...but things went South extremely quick. Three villains showed up...Wendigo, Masque...and another man with a strange thing on his stomach. Double Dragon, Blaze Bone, and Suna Sensei tried to protect us...but they were dispatched of rather quickly. So...to protect our classmates, we tried to fight them ourselves. I mean...we couldn't do much...it was a bunch of greenhorns versus some pretty nasty, and trained, bad guys. They wouldn't hesitate to kill us...and I knew that. I was so scared." Ino tightened her grip around her arm. "That monster...Wendigo...he...he ate Suna's arm...right in front of us." She didn't realize, but she was now starting to choke on her words. Tears had started to well up in the corners of her eyes. "Everyone did their best...but if it hadn't been for the heroes he came to rescue us...we would all be dead." Dr. Atomic's smile flashed in her mind. "And then the explosion happened...that's all I remember after that. The rest is a blur." She wiped her eyes, and looked at the boy. "That's what happened in Kashykkk."
She sniffled a bit, before smiling halfheartedly.
"Now that that's out of the way, I'm going to go see Isami. You can come if you want...too be honest, I'm not quite sure how he'll handle seeing you." Ino scratched her head, and laughed. "Actually...It's Isami. He'd probably be happy either way!"