OOC: As stated in the title, this thread is a flashback. It takes place specifically half way through Linh's Third Year in the High School and two terms before Sang-Min transfers. ♥
FLASHBACK - Timestamp: 12th December, 10am
The only thing Linh knew was that there was a potential student who wanted to see Ouran for themselves. Kobayashi-Sensei was also very eager for them to transfer. Apparently someone cheery and bright would be needed to show them around. So that meant that Kobayashi-Sensei obviously thought she was cheery and bright! She was flattered, but then again, who was better than her to be cheery and bright! Nobody, that was who!
It would be a bit nicer if it weren't so cold. If this new student had come to look around in the summer rather than the winter, that might have been better. The air was already so cold and the darkening clouds were a sure fire indicator that it would start snowing before long. Leaning against the window sill, Linh hugged her elbows, waiting.
After a minute the door to the Principal's office opened and Linh turned around quickly, brushing off the yellow dress then holding her hands behind her back and smiling brightly. She was wearing white tights and flat black shoes. Her hair was loose and curled at the ends. She saw the principal first, talking to an older looking woman (the mother maybe?) talking with the principal and then the boy behind her.
At her introduction from the principal she smiled brightly, then bowed. "Nice to meet you! I'm Linh Tran! I'm a third year here! I'm going to show you around today!"
Post by SangMin Jeong on Jun 30, 2015 21:49:43 GMT
Worry set in around Sangmin as they'd approached the school. It was big and obviously well funded. But was the curriculum really going to be up to part with what he needed? He was coming all the way from Korea, from a Culinary school he'd already been attending for over a year now. The only thing that had surely tempted him (besides the few people he knew here like his cousin Ageha and his friends like Ryan), was one person in particular. Kobayashi Kouta. He was a teacher with an amazing record and tenure; But what really moved Sangmin was his passion for cooking. Not only had Sangmin heard about him, but after his family got into contact with Ouran Academy, Kobayashi himself had contacted Sangmin in attempts to recruit him.
Nevertheless there was a tiny bit of doubt in Sangmin's mind that this wasn't the best school he could be going to. Even if it was rich and had great teachers, did they actually have a strong Culinary curriculum? Or good clubs or a nice student council?
Even though his father had business to take care of, Ha-Neul, his doting mother had insisted on tagging along. Minjae had begged to come but such a long trip during school wasn't ideal for his younger brother. Instead he'd been left at home with Abeoji* and a few caretakers while they were away.
Sangmin and his Eomma* had made sure to dress warmly, with scarves and jackets, before leaving the hotel. After an arduous talk with the principal, a 'guide' had been summoned to escort them around. A big tour of Ouran and a bottomless wealth of answers from whoever they'd managed to get to do it.
What Sangmin hadn't been expecting was such a pretty girl to be that guide. She had full, gorgeous lips framed by a perfect heart-shaped face and her hair fell gracefully across her shoulders. Stunned by her appearance, he lifted a hand to cup over his face, eyes still wide and staring before he regained his composure.
Maybe he'd like Ouran after all.
"Sangmin Jeong." He replied. She probably knew that but he still extended his hand to her, grinning. He really hoped his feeble grasp on Japanese wouldn't fail him too hard on this trip. "Ah, and this is my Eomma..." Sangmin froze. Ah, no. "I mean, Mother." He quickly corrected in Japanese. "Ha-Neul Jeong."
The woman smiled, the corners of her eyes wrinkling. She was very pretty, but definitely an older aged mother. "Please take care of us during our tour!" She gave a small bow in reply to Linh's.
He was good looking, she'd admit that! And he looked her directly in the eye! That was nice, she was so used to being one of the taller people in her class that finding someone the same height (or taller than her) was always nice. It was a rarity! Like running across a piece of perfect fruit in Animal Forest!
When he extended his hand, she beamed brightly, taking it and squeezing gently when she shook it, "It's a pleasure SangMin-San!" Once his mother was introduced she bowed quickly in return, "I'll do my very best!" She laughed slightly, straightening up and placing a hand to her cheek, "My Japanese isn't perfect, so please bear with me!"
Once she was dismissed by the principal she folded her hands in front of her, "So, shall we begin?" She walked ahead, while trying to remain close enough to talk, "A large portion of our academy's architecture is reminiscent of mid-nineteenth century Paris, France architecture and many of the buildings on school grounds were inspired by famous monuments like Buckingham Palace, Place de la Concorde and St. Peter's Basilica." She stopped and then laughed weakly, looking embarrassed, how could she have gone off on a tangent like that?! It was true she'd been briefed on all this stuff but what kind of teenager wanted to listen to it all! It was boring at the best of times! She suddenly felt very self conscious that she needed to reapply lipstick.
"But forgive me, I'm rambling on and on, is there anything you'd especially like to know?" She looked over at SangMin and his mother and smiled, "If there's anywhere you'd especially like to visit first, please let me know! Or if there's any questions you have I'd love to answer them!"
She hugged her elbows again, smiling slightly, still cold, "I'd rather you tell me what you'd like to see rather than leaving me here to talk your ear off!"
"Oh, it's not a problem!" Sangmin replied, beaming again. Her laugh was just as pretty as her voice and her face; It reminded him of wind chimes. "Actually, my Japanese is really bad, too." He admitted, sincere. Ageha was always making fun of him for it, but honestly he didn't go to Japan that often. Shoving hands into his pockets, he started following behind her, keeping his stride slow enough to keep up with Ha-Neul's.
While the information wasn't exactly stimulating, to Sangmin he didn't care, it was jsut nice listening to Linh talk! Was that obnoxious of him? However, his mother seemed fine with it, of course. To her she just wanted to know everything and be sure that he was safe and having fun. Most of her worries had been about him making friends and feeling comfortable, but with the fact her sister's daughter was going here as well as reputable friends of Sangmin's, she'd been sated.
"No, it's fine!" Sangmin reassured her. "You probably practiced this or something. I like how engaged you are!" He paused when she asked what they wanted to see. No, what he wanted to see. Actually, there were some things...
"Honestly, I was wondering about the Culinary Club?" Where was it held? Was everything going to be to his standards? What if it was under-funded and in shambles? He couldn't imagine such an esteemed, eager teacher like Kobayashi allowing that. Still... it would settle his own fears. "Is that alright, Tran-San?"
Sangmin frowned, glancing at Linh and his mother. Linh looked underdressed and cold! "Uhm, are you alright? Here." He pulled off his jacket (it was fine he was already wearing a sweater underneath and a scarf!) handing it to her. "A pretty girl like you shouldn't be unprotected!" He grinned, happy to help out.
Linh smiled brightly, rubbing the beck of her neck, "I have practiced, they sent me a PDF file of so much information! The school has so much history I never knew! It's been like learning lines for the biggest play ever!" Looking at both of them, she waved a hand quickly, "I-I'd be happy to send the PDF onto you both! Some parts are very interesting!"
"The culinary club?" Linh blinked then nodded brightly, "Of course! No problem at all!" She started leading the way again, "The culinary club is Kobayashi-Sensei's pride and joy! He's been running it since he started teaching here! I think some of our students who were a part of it have gone on to train as chefs and own their own restaurants!" She smiled, tilting her head at SangMin, "Do you enjoy cooking? Are you one of those guys who can whip up five star food?" She laughed, "I can make some stuff but I'm really not so great at cooking."
When SangMin pulled his jacket off she held her hands up quickly about to protest, "Oh you don't have to do that!" Her ears went pink, "I-It's my fault for not bringing a cardigan!" She could feel a blush creeping up her cheeks, she couldn't believe she'd been caught! Was this guy a mind reader or something? She took the jacket gingerly and wrapped it around herself quickly, smiling at the heat, "Thanks very much!"
When they got to the cooking room she slid the door open to find it empty, "The culinary room got renovated a couple of years ago!" Everything was pristine and everything was in it's place, "Kobayashi-Sensei likes to keep everything running smoothly!"
As much as the history of Ouran sounded interesting, Sangmin felt like that might be a long read. Maybe his Mom or Father wanted it, but he decided to pass. He gave a little chuckle. "I think I'm good. Thank you." He added, "Sorry you had to study for this." Jokingly he winked at the older girl. Well, part-jokingly. The other part might have been a little on the serious side.
Visibly he perked up as she talked about the Culinary Club. So far it all sounded great! He even picked up his pace as she talked about former students and again with this Kobayashi-Sensei. Hopefully they'd meet soon. So far it was the notes in some of the letters Ouran had sent and there'd been a phone call between Kobayashi and Sangmin's Abeoji. But they hadn't spoken one-on-one yet.
Realizing she was addressing him, Sangmin looked up from his clouded mind. "Yes!" Maybe the answer was a bit too enthusiastic but it was genuine. "I want to have my own restaurant... and cater... and a book." The list could go on and on. With a flirty air again he grinned at Linh. "I could teach you some time!" He waved of Linh's denial for the jacket. He was fine without it, for now.
Once they entered the room, Sangmin felt all his fears melt away. Immediately he began opening and peeking inside things, overjoyed by the abundance of ingredients. It was state of the art and such modern appliances! They had so many extra luxuries, too. Fryers, blenders, a french press, there was even an ice cream maker!
"Are there many members?" He asked, shutting a nearby cabinet.
"Oh no it's fine, don't worry about it!" Linh grinned, smiling at SangMin's mother, "If you'd like the PDF I'd be more than happy to send it to you as well." At the wink, she smirked a little, raised her eyebrows slightly before looking ahead again and pretending she hadn't.
When he started talking about cooking she smiled slightly, tilting her head as she watched him. He was certainly passionate, and it was kind of sweet. "You're certainly very passionate, it's admirable! I'm certain if anyone could teach me to cook it's you." She smiled teasingly as they arrived at the culinary room.
He ran around the room like a puppy, or a child on Christmas morning. She remained by the door, folding her arms and smiling slightly, waiting for him.
"I think most of the members now are in third year, they'll probably be gone by the time you move up." Linh replied, "I think it'll be a fairly small, close-knit group by next year, good for one on one cookery I think! Lots of chances for consultation with Kobayashi-Sensei!" She nodded to herself, "Chances for increased improvement as well."
As she watched him continue to scurry around the room she smiled, "So, SangMin-San, do you know anyone at Ouran already?"
Post by SangMin Jeong on Jul 19, 2015 19:23:09 GMT
Sangmin eyed a few dishes that seemed to have been stored in the fridge from some possibly recent meetings. He really wanted to taste them and see how good everyone was, but it would have been out of line and rude! Reaching his hand up, he neatly brushed back some of his hair and smiled at Linh. "Thanks!" His cheeks warmed at the compliment.
"He even helped teach me to cook some things." Ha-Neul joked proudly, looking around the kitchen herself. She also kept flipping through some pamphlet books she'd been given by the Principal.
A smaller group? He wasn't sure if he liked how it sounded, but maybe Linh was right. Maybe it would better connections and guidance.
"Oh, yeah! My cousin Okamoto Ageha." He raised his eyebrows a her, beaming. "We'll be the same year. I also know some of her friends who are attending or going to be attending." He was happy he'd know people, even if he was leaving old friends behind in Korea. If he did transfer, there'd be a lot of new people to meet!
She caught the hesitation and smiled, speaking again quickly, "Also, I think there might be new students as well, and with the combined middle schoolers, it's really hard to predict how many people might be in the club!" She folded her hands in front of her, smiling at Ha-Neul and tittering lightly at the joke.
At the mention of Ageha she blinked and then drew her hands to her mouth, eyes shining, "My Ageha?" She smiled brightly, "Oh Ageha-Chan never told me her cousin was coming!" She was practically beaming at this point, "I'm the captain of the dance team right now! I'm her mentor! I'd like for her to be captain when I leave." She breathed out, still smiling, "Well at least you'll have people you know here, I'm so glad!"
Watching as SangMin looked eagerly around the room, she folded her hands in front of her waiting quietly, "Where would you like to see next? Anywhere in particular?"