Imai was likely the luckiest bastard in the world to have joined the guild of Sabertooth. He had grown up quite peacefully with his parents and little sisters in Shirotsume, and he was going to a wealthy engineering school at the center of the village. Mostly, Shirotsume was a villa village for elder, rich people to settle and live quite the lives, but he and his family had settled there a long time ago and were living an average life for people who were, originally, void of magic users. That was, until Imai began using magic himself, moved away and joined the saber-toothed wizards.
And oooooooh boy, he was lucky. So lucky that he could cry out. His school life had turned for the worse in an instant, and excluding the details for now, it basically resulted in him being bullied and harassed by all of his classmates until he refused to go to school again. If he hadn’t developed magic, then he would’ve lived quite a sad life, really.
So a festival was being held in the campus of the school to introduce the students to magic, wizards and the magic world beyond their borders. For this occasion, Sabertooth had been invited to send a few representatives to entertain these engineering students between the age of 10 to 19 years by showcasing magic and competing against other, smaller guilds that had been invited as well. It was written down on a flyer that the star wizard held in his clenching hands.
The school was huge and surprisingly fine for an engineering school. This was due to all the money that the late-year students were making during their studies as they were inventing devices and tools as well as working part-time for many of the building companies that proudly took credit for having built most of Shirotsume’s expensive villas. With statues and seals on their walls with suns and moons along with marble bricks and brightly-colored roofs, this school looked more like a private school for geniuses than an engineering school. It was called ‘Shirotsume WW High’ where the WW stood for ‘White Wing’, which was a homage to the town’s name itself.
Some of the other guilds’ booths were already put up, and people were filling up the campus already. There were three other guilds present given by the number of booths, but hey; save the best for last, eh?
The other wizards at those booths were showcasing different Elemental Magic as well as a few Takeover Magic users. The kids and young thoroughly expressed their intrigues in various gasps and laughters, but Imai was far from happy to be here at all. As a matter of fact, he was hiding his face away behind the request paper that they got from the guild in order to not be recognized. Maybe he could go through without being spotted and, thus, gain the payment for their duties without embarrassing himself.
He wasn’t the only Sabertooth Wizard going to represent their guild here. His lovely friend and fellow Ace, Gaia, had tagged along with him for who knew what reasons. Maybe, she was being such a sister with her helping hand stretched towards him as he didn’t have to go alone, but she didn’t know about his past here, for he hadn’t told her anything! Then again, it was okay; no, it was totally fine and actually very beneficial for her to be here, for now he could always go with plan B if people did recognize him! If that came to be, he could always be like ‘yeah, this is my friend, Gaia! I know, totes’ babe, but we’re totally cool if you know what I mean, hehe’ and make all his two friends here jealous of him to the point where they would want to choke the life out of him.
Mai was here, too. Imai had picked her up himself and carried her all the way here without saying anything due to how distraught he was with the whole idea. He had tied Mai up for good measure - just as a failsafe. And for extra sealing, a picture of Luna was taped onto her face to calm her down…
What he was doing was likely child abuse to some degree. That was why he had put Mai next to Gaia and began shivering in the corner of the wagon as they were approaching the school. Velvet was flying somewhere near them, for she too agreed to come along. Maybe he could just hide behind all of them and pretend that he didn’t exist, but he doubted that that would work for too long.
The wagon had stopped, and they were located right in front of the gateway to the campus of Shirotsume WW High. While most were at the campus right now, there was still space enough to move items and tools around. The booth for the Sabertooth guild was set up for them, so they could just go there and put their things up - then they would begin drawing in students to see some arcane skills.
However, there were some familiar faces to Imai waiting for him right outside the gate. An adult version fo him along with his wife and a small, red-haired girl with twin-tails stood near the wagon and recognized it as well as the boy who was hiding inside of it. There were also two dudes donning the engineering school’s uniforms; one whose head was balding too fast for a guy his age, and another one with thick, round glasses and otherwise average hair. They both climbed up on the wagon with excite and called for their old friend:
“Yoooooy! Can’t goddamn believe ya got yo habanero-looking ass all the way over he- oh shit, there’s a child…” the one who was balding spoke up only to cut down on his habit for cursing as he spotted Mai’s body tied up, “… W-What? Are they your friends or what? Also, dude, Imaiiiiiiiii! You looking too pale, man! Did ya see a ghost, or…?”
“Just open the wagon for them, already!” the vermillion-haired lady who was none other than Imai’s mother commanded the two brats around Imai’s age to do instead of blabbering. Yes, they had missed their friend for a while, but he was clearly accompanied by professional wizards! The one with the glasses especially kept his eyes on Gaia while the balding one opened the door out of the wagon just as an act of politeness to them. The balding dude almost fell off the wagon once he spotted Velvet flying, though.
“Welcome to Shirotsume, Sabertooth! I’m Guma-“
“-and I’m Koumori-“
“-and we want to thank you all for having taken such good care of our boy, Imai! We’re really in your debt… w-wait, is he alright?”
- Shirotsume WW High:
- Imai's Dad, Mom and Little Sister Koguma:
Koguma, Little Sis
- Imai's Two Only Friends From Here:
Washi and Hoshi