»Shy Reception ~ tagged “rinandrin2”
Rin nodded sagely, glad to hear that Natsume-san was on board about the being on a last-name basis.
She looked at the girl and wondered what grade she was in. She had just come into the gates, so it was really anyone’s guess, seeing how young she looked. She almost asked the girl how old she was, ignorant of the social taboo that didn’t allow people to ask girls about their age.
Just as she was about to put it into words, however, the girl spoke.
“S-Sure! I-I don’t mind helping out. Er.. What kind of… supplies may I ask..?”
"Oh," Rin said, surprised that this near-stranger actually accepted her request for help. Most times people would be too busy and wave her off; bid her a good day and all that…
"Well. I was sitting under that tree over there," she started, pointing a sleeve at a great big oak tree standing a few meters away, “and I saw someone really short and round pass by, with hair cut so tall he looked like a thermometer. It made me think of a painting I could do, but I wanted to do it outside. So I need to get the things from the art room and move them under the tree."
This was perhaps the longest Rin has talked in one go in a long time, and the words felt strange on her tongue, like the way your leg throbs after falling asleep when you try to use it again.
She stopped to smack her lips and continued. “The art teacher’s not there, and I figured I could ask someone to lend me a hand or two.” Heh, she cracked a smile at her little joke, punctuating it with a little flap of her empty sleeves.
Tezuka seemed surprised when Rin agreed to helping her out. Rin shrunk herself down thinking perhaps that was the wrong answer, maybe Tezuka didn’t actually want help and was asking Rin for conversation. Hopefully that wasn’t the case, she was already uncomfortable enough just by talking to a stranger. It wasn’t like Rin could have just ignored her request either, that wasn’t the kind of person she was. Though painfully shy Rin always wanted to help people. As a little buster it was her duty after all.
Rin listened to her story while she explained. While listening to Tezuka Rin grew confused. The only thing from what she explained was comprehendible for Rin was that Tezuka needed to get supplies from inside outside to work on some kind of art. “…A thermometer…?” she said out loud thinking she hadn’t said it so that Tezuka could here. She didn’t understand a thing about a boy looking like a thermometer. However Rin was certainly no artist. She pushed her inquiry to the side and stayed silent. Hesitant she finally spoke “…I could help if you need” she replied again in a timid voice.
If the art teacher was gone, was Tezuka even allowed to use the supplies? “S-Sure…” she said shyly. Rin didn’t see why it would be a problem to take the supplies from the art room. That was why the supplies was there anyways. Rin was curious as to how Tezuka would be able to do some kind of art without her arms, which was another part of why the petit wanted to help out.