“Good morning, class. I’m your new deputy homeroom teacher. And your homeroom teacher allowed me to do homeroom for the class today.” He smiles, looking across the room.
“I will also be your new English teacher, the principal gladly accepted my application for the position. So, here I am.”
Murmurs among the students begin, prompting him to respond to some of the queries.
“A new teacher this late in the school year? Well, the timing may be weird, but it’s not really unheard of now, is it?” “Ah, how old am I? Old enough to be your teacher!” This elicits laughter from the class. “Where I’m from? Well, yes, I am a foreigner. You can surmise that much from my appearance alone. But I am quite…skilled in various languages.”
He raises his hands, signaling for some order. “Now, now, class. Let’s begin homeroom. Let’s make it a bit quick however, since this would just be the first time…let’s check attendance first.”
With that finished, he called once again for silence. “Class. This would be an important announcement, especially for those who knows what I’m talking about,” he said. “If you know what the words “Cybodies”, “Star Driver”, “Glittering Cross”, “Zero Time” and “Tauburn” mean, please see me after class today. Meet me at the school grounds. Other…people with knowledge of those words would also be informed of this, so no need to be, uh, troubled. I guess.”
“Don’t worry, for those who don’t know what those words mean. Think of them as ‘code words’ in a very secret game being…played right now. If you don’t know what they mean, don’t wait for me at the school grounds. Is that clear?” Answers of “Yes, sensei.” are heard from the students. Yet some of them, and understandably so, have a worried look on them, wondering what their new teacher has in store for them in the afternoon.
It’s now afternoon, and those who knows what those words really mean are gathered in the school grounds after classes have ended. Those who do not really know what they mean were promptly asked to leave by the new teachers.
“Well, well, well…looks like everybody’s here,” the new English teacher said.
“Now, let me introduce myself properly. As some of the students here already know, I am their class’ new deputy homeroom teacher, as well as the new English teacher,” he said. “My name is Michel Baptiste. I am the…” he pauses, briefly.
“I am the current director of the Special Operations Division of our group, as well as the commander of its First and Second Armed Response Detachments. As of now, I am the only member of the Second ARD, since it would mostly be comprised of new members, while some of the members of the First would be reorganized into it. Your new classmates, the ‘transfer students’, as well as the other new faculty member, are all currently members of the First ARD.”
“What are you talking about, sensei?” It was Keito Nichi who asked the question.
“I will properly answer your question once we are all gathered in our base of operations, ‘Ivrogne’.”
Someone gasped, while Keito herself seems to have barely kept her composure. A complete stranger knowing that name of hers shocked her.
“Is there a problem, Okamoto-sensei? Or should I call you ‘Professor Green’ now?”, he asked, laughing shortly afterwards.
“As I have said, any further questions would be answered once we all get to our ship. Or submarine. Well actually it’s both, and it can fly too, so I don’t really know what to call it anymore.” He laughs again. “Now, come, come, everyone! We should all be going there right now. Our transportation to the coast is already prepared, so hurry up and let’s all ride the bus now!”