Chapter 1

At first glance Seven Heart Academy looked like a nice enough place, especially in spring. The school had a lot of beautiful cherry trees, and you could see them from just about anywhere. A liked those trees, but the school...

Classmate A (a girl with pigtails) Classmate B (a girl with short-hair)

Classmate AShe's here!

Classmate BI can't believe she showed up.

The school was far from pleasant.

I know a lot of kids say that. Not very many kids actually like school, but, for me...

Classmate A (a girl with pigtails) Classmate B (a girl with short-hair)

Classmate AYeah, after what we did to her yesterday, I figured she'd just stay at home.

Classmate BMaybe she likes it!

For me Seven Hearts Academy was like a torture chamber. One I was forced to go into with a smile almost everyday. And one I came out of not knowing why I even returned.

Yui in summer school uniform

My name is Yui Sakano I'm a fifth-grader at one of the most famous schools in the entire country, Seven Hearts Academy.

Ever since I was really little I've had a hard time talking with other kids my age. No matter what I said or how I said it I never seemed to really say what I meant to say. So I never made any friends.

This year, my father enrolled me here. He hoped it would be a new start for me. A way for me to have a second-chance at making friends.

It wasn't. . .

TeacherClass, we have a new student. Would you come in and introduce yourself?

Yui in school girl summer uniform

YuiI'm Y-yui. . . Y-yui S-sakano.

Yui...

Classmate B (a girl with short hair)

Classmate BWhat kind of introduction was that?

Classmate B (a girl with short hair) Classmate A (a girl with pig-tails)

Classmate ASeriously! I can barely hear her! What was her name again!?

Just by introducing myself, I knew things at this school wouldn't be any different.

Classmate (a girl with short hair)

ClassmateHey Yui-chan, it was Yui, right?

Classmate (a girl with short hair) Yui in summer school girl uniform

Yui...

Classmate(Did I get her name wrong?)

ClassmateHello, Yui-chan!? You there!?

Classmate (a girl with short hair) A surprised Yui in summer school girl uniform

Yui...Huh!? Sorry, were you talking to me?

ClassmateYou are Yui-chan, right? I mean, your name is Yui, right?

Classmate (a girl with short hair) A worried Yui in summer school girl uniform

YuiYui Sakano, did you need something from me?

Classmate(What's with the attitude?)

ClassmateNo, I mean, not really. I just wanted to talk.

Classmate (a girl with short hair) Yui in summer school girl uniform

YuiOh. . .

Classmate(No need to seem so disappointed)

Yui...

Classmate(Is it because I needed to make sure I got her name right?)

Classmate(Its not my fault she was so quiet!)

Classmate...

ClassmateDo you like Phantasy Quest?

Yui...

Yui...

YuiI'm not a fan of anime.

Classmate...

ClassmateIts an MMO.

Yui... ... ...

YuiMMO? Like a video game. My brother has a console.

ClassmateIt a PC game...How do you not know that!?

YuiI'm not good with computers.

ClassmateSeriously!?

ClassmateI suppose now you'll tell me you don't have a cellphone.

Classmate (a girl with short hair) A worried Yui in summer school girl uniform

YuiI can text. Did you want my number?

ClassmateNo! I mean, I don't want anything from you, I just thought I'd try and get to know you. You know, be nice!

Classmate (a girl with short hair) A surprised Yui in summer school girl uniform

Yui(Well, that was quick)

YuiOh...sorry, I...

ClassmateDon't bother. I won't bother you again.

Classmate (a girl with short hair) Yui in summer school girl uniform

YuiOh...okay...didn't mean to waste your time.

Classmate(Seriously!? What is this girl's problem!)

I really don't know what I said, or did. Things always just seemed to spiral down like that any time I opened my mouth.

Kids could be very cruel.

Usually they didn't do anything to hurt me, but they would go out their way to try and humliate me.

I really didn't know what I had done to diserve this, and I didn't really care.

At the very least, things used to be different when I got home. They used to be different.

At home, I once had a kind older half-brother, an understanding father, and a mother who always seemed to know just what to say.

Whether I spoke German or Japanese, everyone at home always seemed to know what I meant to say, even if I didn't use the right words, or the right tone. They could always tell.

At home, I used to be happy. I didn't have to worry about what was going to happen. I didn't have to worry about anything. All father expected was that I help with dinner and dishes. Mother just wanted me to put my own laundry in the machine each Sunday and do my homework each night. My brother just wanted to talk or play games with me.

That's just how it was until one night when my father didn't come home. . .

Not long after I made my failed introduction to my new classmates my father died. Mother didn't tell me how he died just that he did.

We held a memorial service, my brother cried.

I never saw him cry before.

Since then, when I got home, mom was still out. When she was home, she wasn't far from a bottle.

My brother was hit hard too, but he didn't abandon me.

He was still there...

still wanting to talk...

usually about daddy.

When he didn't want to talk, we played games together.

Yui in summer pjs

School sucked! Matt wasn't always home when I got home. Mom hardly ever got home before I went to bed. I was lonely.

I wondered what I was, why I was alive. I even wondered if there was any point in living. I never thought about ending my life.

Well, not at first anyway...

--Chapter 1: A Magical Girl!?--