NARRATOR: "So we leave, all three together. Lilly walks beside the wall, letting her cane gently tap against it every now and then. Hanako comes along right beside her, so close that she is practically half-hugging her as they go. Although it must make her walking that much harder, Lilly takes it in stride. As we turn around the corner of the hallway, something hits me in the chest with the force of a steam train. Hanako shrieks a little and my vision briefly goes black."

LILLY: "Hisao, what happened?"

NARRATOR: "She's not quite up to speed for obvious reasons, but she sounds very worried. More than what the situation deserves, really."

HISAO: "Someone just bumped into me, nothing serious. Just winded."

EMI: "Er, sorry, it's my fault. I was just going to get some stuff, and I was in a kind of a hurry."

LILLY: "That 'someone' here is Emi:, isn't it?"

NARRATOR: "The little girl coughs quietly and shuffles her plastic or metallic feet, looking down at them before saying anything."

EMI: "Hi, Lilly. Hanako."

NARRATOR: "I guess the girls know each other."

LILLY: "Do please try to be more careful. You might be sturdy enough to endure these sorts of accidents, but there are people who aren't."

NARRATOR: "The girl blushes and starts to fidget nervously like a little child caught misbehaving. It's so cute I find myself smiling."

EMI: "I know that! I— I, um, I was just... Aaah! I gotta go! Teacher'll have my head, I promised to help with printouts but I went running instead! Sorry, but I've gotta change and everything!"

NARRATOR: "Before any of us can say a thing, Emi has already bolted away, leaving the hallway eerily quiet."

HISAO: "Does that kind of thing happen often around here?"

LILLY: "There are more rules in Yamaku than usual for running in corridors. ...but that rarely stops Emi, it seems."

NARRATOR: "She shakes her head weakly and offers a slight, composed smile."

LILLY: "I don't think there's anything we can do to stop her, I'm afraid. Shall we be off, then?"

NARRATOR: "Lilly heads off along the hallway, and Hanako hurries after her. The route to the room the two use for tea is fairly simple to retrace, being still fresh in my mind from yesterday."

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