The young girl sat quietly scribbling at her desk, the small unorganized mess of pencil marks in no hurry to create any specific shape or form. She was bored, shy, and ultimately uninterested in the dabbling recitation of her teacher and the other children that sat closer to the front. She pursed her lips together as the cacophony of the small schoolroom slowly gained life and strength, then died away again as the star of the class performed tricks for his classmates. She, however, shared no concern for the young hero's abilities, she'd seen them many times before, and she herself was gifted in the same ways.
Koi, was what she'd been called since her arrival here. She liked the name, it suited her well. With her pale, amphibious skin and her crown of short fins, she was anything and everything different and unique in the small world. Much more so than the small super boy who appeared normal as anyone else, but simply out-strengthened everyone else. Koi was genuinely a friendly and outgoing little child, but for some reason she wasn't tempted to socialize, at least not today, not at the moment.
Suddenly, the doors to the school opened slowly and arduously at the hand of a tall man in a sharp-shouldered suit. Koi recognized him immediately; he was from downtown, a man that escorted new children to the school for their classes. She herself traveled her time with one of these men when she was young and first started attending the school building. But today, instead of a plain and timid young human, he pushed through the doors a peculiar looking young boy. Koi watched the new kid curiously as the suited man closed the doors behind him, his face was plastered over with shyness and a hidden ambition as a local penitentiary's orange jumpsuit adorned his childish frame. His skin was thrown forth by his heavily contrasting orange clothing and Koi's eyes beheld a charming shade of blue as well as a bright, unearthly green pair of eyes, glancing about nervously. But in his small hands he held a small object, about the size of a basketball, she thought. Koi's expression changed instantly to one of amazement as she gazed down at the small and alien looking fish-creature that floated about inside the new kid's glass basketball.
The boy frowned sadly as no one cared to take notice of him in front of the doors, and he took a seat at an empty desk just to the left of where he was standing. Koi slumped back into her seat and peered over the back of it as she watched the boy carefully set his ball down on the table. Her purple eyes locked immediately on the creature again, and she was entranced. He was small, probably a bit bigger than the size of her two fists when she pressed them together. He looked about just as curiously as the young boy who'd carried him in, but on his face a large and sharped toothed smile was stuck. When finally he glanced in Koi's direction, her stare broke in a moment as she ducked beneath the back of the chair. Her face was hidden, but her eyes peered out at the fish even still through the handle notch. To her instantaneous relief, his smile broadened, and he seemed to greet her as his master turned to discover what it was his friend was smiling so pleasantly at.
He could only see the brilliant purple of Koi's eyes through the hole in the chair back, but he smiled timidly and waved to her. In a similar display of her shyness, Koi waved two of her fingers back by sticking them through the notch. The boy's smile grew more confident, and he rose from his seat. Carrying his friend with him, he approached the table at which Koi sat. As the two drew closer, she scooted herself onto the floor and backed under the table to avoid revealing the rest of her person, even though this young boy was no stranger than her. He set the glass basketball down on the table top and peeked under the table at her and smiled weakly before holding out his hand.
"Come on, don't be scared." He said in a calming tone, but in his voice she also heard a hint of pleading as he pushed his hand closer to her. "Tell me your name." Koi's hand involuntarily reached out and grasped his as her nerve quickly returned as her classmates' cheers erupted again in excitement at the front of the class. He gave her a slight tug and she emerged from the shadow of the table and looked up at him and his water-locked friend as she sat on her knees beside her chair. The blue boy looked surprised at first and he drew his hand from hers. Koi's light smile quickly faded and she looked away from him. She felt the strange urge to apologize for her startling appearance, but before she could speak a word, the boy was sitting beside her on the floor, the glass ball in his arms, and a bright smile glued to his face. "Wow, you're really cool lookin!" he whispered quietly as to not alert the other students or the teacher of their interaction. The creature in his arms looked at Koi in an almost stunned expression as she blushed and tensed her shoulders until they cradled her head. She giggled girlishly and glanced quickly at the fish-creature. She'd meant the contact to last only a moment, but as her eyes caught his, she froze. They were an impossibly warm and inviting shade of brown, and the teal skin around them only made them seem more endearing. The gaze was broken when Koi blinked and raised a hand to her cheek in timidity.
"My name's Koi