Suzuguchi Rika- ProfileName: Suzuguchi Rika
Birth date: October 11
Astrological sign: Libra
Weight: 117 lbs
Blood type: O+
-Suzuguchi Ai (mother)
-Suzuguchi Hisao (father)
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Education: Enrolled in second year of Aoyama High School
Home/Residence: Daikanyama Apartments
Hair: Brunette, cropped.
BMI: 22.8 (normal)
Distinguishing marks: Dime-sized birthmark on lower back
Clothing: Typically seen in high school uniform or else in casual dress
-One school bag
-One mp3 player
Personality: Mild and sensible
Vernacular: Tokyo dialect
Psychological condition: Stable
-Sasuki Masuyo (friend and employer)
-Tokuno Yoshirou (former love interest)
Moral values: Commitment above all else
Positive characteristics: Loyal and determined
Fears: Soteriophobia, fear of dependence on others
-Speed and agility
Hobbies: Window shoppi
Of Cats and Curiosity pt.4In the rare peaceful moments between work and school, Rika liked to spend her evenings curled up next to Yoshirou on his living room couch. No overbearing parents to interrupt them, no nosy witches to bother them, only the sweet comfort of her boyfriend's arm over her shoulder and the meaningless noise of whatever movie was playing on the television. That particular night however, the young romantic was having a hard time relaxing into her "other half's" touch as she usually did.
Three-month anniversary. The words had become a steady echo in her head, like the beat of a drum.
"Rika-san?" His voice snapped her out of her uneasy state of pondering. "Something wrong?"
"Hm? Oh, no." she assured, then reconsidered. "Actually... can I ask you a question?"
"Sure." He removed his arm and turned to meet her nervous gaze.
The girl shifted uncomfortably in her place. Had the couch always felt so lumpy, she wondered, and when had her throat gotten so dry?
"You... like me, right?" She couldn't brin
Of Cats and Curiosity pt. 3-Two weeks later-
One autumn morning, Rika walked in on a quite unusual sight.
"What is it? Please, you've got to... Oh my- did it just move? Get it off! Get it off!"
Masuyo was leaning over an older man who was currently screaming and struggling in his seat as the young woman calmly examined his left arm. Rika blinked and took a step towards the door, thinking maybe she should just turn around and go- pretend she was never there.
"Oh good, give me a hand Rika-chan." So much for that idea.
"A-are you sure? This really looks like a job for a witch." she offered, to no avail.
"Nonsense." she assured her before turning back to the still yelping man. "Alright mister, this is my assistant. Now let's take a look at that arm."
Arm? The hesitant girl took a closer look and almost jumped. The man's left arm was marked with what at first looked like a serpent shaped tattoo- except when it was moving. Yes, a dark green, two-dimensional snake was slithering- and quite possibly hissing- on another
Sasuki Masuyo- ProfileName: Sasuki Masuyo
Birth date: January 13
Astrological sign: Capricorn
Weight: 119 lbs
Blood type: A-
Immediate family: The late Sasuki Toshiro (father)
Birth place: Tokyo, Japan
Education: High school graduate
Hair: Dark brown
BMI: 21.1 (normal)
Clothing: Typically seen wearing colorful and elaborate outfits
Possessions: Books, books, and more books
Personality: Quirky and charismatic
Vernacular: Light accent
Psychological condition: Debatable
Social problems: Holds somewhat of a superiority complex
-Suzuguchi Rika, assistant and close friend
-Tokuno Yoshirou, self-proclaimed rival in love
Moral values: Questionable
Positive characteristics: Bold and talented
Bad habit: Shameless flirting
Occupation: Shop owner
Favorite color: Purple
Least favorite color: Grey
Of Cats and Curiosity pt. 2-Two months later-
The front door opened to the familiar chiming of bells, indicating that a customer had arrived. Masuyo clomped gracelessly across the hardwood flooring in a loose-fitting, and slightly seductive, violet kimono and thick, wooden sandals. Business had been slow lately so a customer so late in the day seemed like a promising sign. However upon reaching the door, the enthusiastic young shop keeper found herself sorely disappointed.
"Oh, it's just you." she commented indignantly at the figure in the doorway, a tall and fairly fit young man with light brown hair brightened by golden highlights. He looked just about as pleased to see her as she was to see him.
"I'm here to pick up Rika." he stated with a bit of contempt glinting in his dark brown eyes.
"So you're on a first-name basis now? Took you long enough, Yoshi-kun." she scoffed.
"It's Yoshirou. Tokuno-san to you." Not that he expected her to call him that, she never did.
"Aww, but Yoshi-kun is so much cuter." she gig