It was a beautiful afternoon without a cloud in the sky. Although it was late September and the air was still rather chilly, such a mild day made Hisako want to spend such a day outside as much as she could! Having already gone for a morning swim and a late picnic brunch with some friends, Hisako wanted some peace and quiet by herself again. Balance was key. Tranquility in the pool, then excitement at the picnic, and now... peace.
Hisako had come to the Outdoor Recreation Field to practice a new hobby of hers: painting. One might have thought the forest trails would have been better for this, but Hisako was being smart! Since it was such a great day, everyone was going into the forest trails. Hence, not as peaceful and quiet! Here, in the field, Hisako would have a better chance of being by herself.
Carrying her easel and painting supplies, Hisako took a deep breath as she looked around. The leaves on all the trees were turning from green into reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Hisako loved this time of year. Green was great, but autumn was so much more diverse in color! It also reminded her of her favorite nursery rhyme her mother would always sing to her, Momiji, or Autumn Leaves. Finding the perfect spot to paint, Hisako began to sing to herself in her usual pleasant soprano.
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Aki no yhuhi ni teru yama-momiji
Sunset on the mountains, the fall trees aglow
Koi mo usui mo kazu aru naka ni
Brilliant shades of autumn - crimson red, tan, yellow.
Matsu o irodoru kaede ya tsuta wa
Maple leaves and ivy adorning the tall pine trees
Yama no fumoto no suso-moyou
Weave a beautiful pattern here at the foot of the mountains.
Tani no nagare ni chiri uku momiji
Autumn leaves at sunset on the mountain streams afloat.
Nami ni yurarete hanarete yotte
Each leaf a shade of autumn - crimson, tan, yellow
Aka ya kiiro no iro samazama ni
Maple leaves as they drift near the bank and away
mizu no uenimo oru nishiki
Weave such beautiful brocades as they go by.
While Hisako sang she began to paint the trees in front of her. Little did she know that two of the Guthrie brothers were also approaching behind her. After all, Hisako's focus was quite legendary within the school, plus her back was too the gate.
Football, was hands down, the best sport in the whole world. Those countries who didn't play were all lame. They had no clue what they were missing and it was a damn shame too.
If Jeb could have stayed on his high school football team he would have without thinking twice. He was no star quarterback, but he definitely contributed as his team's wide receiver. It made it that much harder when people found out he was a mutant. Word spread quick in Cumberland, and it wasn't long before his teammates forced him from the team. But of course anyone who knew anything about Jebediah Guthrie, knew that there was no way he was going to stop his obsession for the very American game.
"...Titans killed 'em last night. They screwed up when they went for that pass on third down. Didn't stand a chance the way we've been..."
Jeb ranted on about his favorite team, not really paying attention to wether his eldest brother was actually listening or not. He walked backward through the crisp grass of the rec field, so he could talk to Sam as he moved. Every few steps, tossing the football in his hands up a few inches before catching it again. He lazily brought it back to his shoulder, as he walked and gave a short pass to Sam.
"...Ah, know we're gonna have a good season this year, Browns are lookin' weak an'..."
He held his hands open as he continued to talk waiting for his brother to toss the ball back or respond to his fan babble. Licking his lips he looked to the sky, barely noticing the singing behind him. It wasn't uncommon for others to be on the field so he didn't think much of it.
"Man Sam, you gotta score us some tickets one-a these days. Mista' Grey-Summers has to owe ya good 'r somethin'. No way, you get off workin' fer free."