(And now, a look into the distant past…)
“Albarn! Wake up!”
Spirit jerked awake as something bounced off his head, sitting straight up in his seat and trying to look as though he hadn’t been dozing off in class at all. Around him most of his classmates were laughing, and a chalkboard eraser was sitting on the desk in the tier below him. Rubbing his head he looked sulkily over at the teacher, who was glowering at him in mild exasperation. “Yes, sir?”
“About time,” the teacher said, folding his arms with a raised eyebrow. “I hope I’m not boring you at all.”
Spirit said nothing, sliding down a little in his chair as his sulking increased. The laughing around him had died down, but there were still quite a few snickers audible. The redhaired weapon didn’t mind being laughed at so long as he was intentionally trying for it, but something like this…well, that was a completely different story. “Sorry,” he muttered, folding his arms and trying to avoid meeting the glare he could feel coming from Azusa’s direction.
“Doesn’t matter.” The teacher pointed to the door. “Shinigami-sama wants you. Get moving.” Spirit’s head shot up, his eyes widening. Seriously? He was getting summoned over dozing - he hadn’t been actually asleep, after all - in class?! The teacher didn’t look away, one eyebrow raising again. “Well? What are you waiting for?”
Silently Spirit slid his books back into his bag and got up, not looking at anyone as he started out. No one spoke, either, until the door closed behind him and he heard the teacher start lecturing again. Summoned in front of Shinigami-sama…well, that was just brilliant, wasn’t it? it wasn’t as though his grades were actually bad…he maintained a spot in the top fourth of the class, after all. And just because his previous partner had decided to break up and go with someone new three days ago, that wasn’t his fault…those were the thoughts that ran through his mind as he trudged through the halls to the Death Room. It wasn’t until he was pushing the door open that he realized he still had chalk on his black uniform from the eraser. Brilliant.