About fifteen minutes and a glass of ice water later, and Yushiro was feeling much better. The oppressive heat was still omnipresent of course, but at least now he was hydrated, and had no obligations for the rest of the day: a good feeling, all things considered. Next on the agenda was seeing what Akira was up to.
Yo, out of work early. Finished moving in yet? We should chill before classes start tomorrow and you know who starts monopolizing all of your time :P HMU I'll be out on campus checking out clubs and food stands.
Oh, and tell THE MOM I said thanks for letting me crash the other week, forgot to thank her for that delish kamonanban!
And now that that was taken care of, it was off to the races. It felt good to know his way around campus for a change, especially compared to the disaster that had been his first day the previous year, in which he'd meandered around campus for nearly an hour in the rain, luggage in tow, before a helpful upperclassman directed him to his dorm building. Most of the school clubs were out advertising today, and Yushiro could also pick out a few faculty members that he remembered in the throng. There was of course the packed club Duel Team stand: the closest to Blue Yonder's varsity Duel Monsters squad that many of the freshmen were likely to get. Like last year, Yushiro decided to pass on it. Games weren't exactly hard to find, and having club activities take up a scheduled block of his free time every week didn't appeal to him. Other notables included the Occult Club, with their usual black tend and robes that were sure to be terrifically uncomfortable on a day as hot as this, and the READ Club, which was not in fact the literature club, but rather the Rainbow-Eyes Art Dragon Club, with their adorable sign featuring the aforementioned dragon (modeled after Blue Yonder's own decidedly more monochromatic mascot) holding a painter's palette and wearing a beret. Yushiro thought it could use a mustache to go with it.
Still, nothing really stood out, and so Yushiro, like last year, decided that he'd be better off having more time to himself and a free schedule for work. Had to pay for those duel monsters packs somehow, after all. Speaking of work, the next thing that needed addressing was his stomach. It was only just now that Yushiro realized he was hungry, and there was a good chance that Akira wouldn't text him back for a little while yet. Besides, Yushiro was mostly sticking around to catch the move-in day exhibition duel. Supposedly one of the duelists was also an idol, which meant she was bound to be cute. Always a plus. As he meandered his way through the crowd, however, a large cloud of dust caught his eye. Yushiro looked up, and sure enough, the sky in that direction was a deep, familiar shade of reddish magenta. Duel Space, which meant someone was playing a game. Time to go check it out.
By the time he'd gotten there though, it was all over, as evidenced by the return of blue to the dome above. Whoever this was had drawn something of a crowd though. Maybe they had fans or something.
"Did you SEE that scrub? I beat that moron with only my main deck! I swear, these freshmen just get worse the more I duel!"
Or maybe flunkies was the more apt term. His curiosity piqued, Yushiro forced his way through the thinning crowd to catch a peak at who'd been playing. The voice was coming from a rather diminutive boy who seemed to be around his age. Yushiro didn't recognize him though. The loser, meanwhile, had the characteristic lost look of a freshman (which Yushiro himself had worn quite often the previous year), combined of course with the frown that accompanied a bad loss.
"Anyone else wanna take me on? Please, don't be shy, I'm sure SOMEONE has to luck out and watch me brick eventually! Anyone? I'm taking open challenges if you think you have what it takes!"
"Shorty must be picking on freshman who don't know any better. What a jerk, going after easy targets like that." Yushiro thought aloud. Unfortunately for him, he was also close enough for the players to have heard them, if they were listening.