The education here might be top-notch but the curriculum isn't exactly what it was at her old school and she has catch-up to do. Mariko hunts for a place to study, wobbling a little under the weight of her backpack.
"That's cute. Are there shirts? Do they say," she switches to perfect English, "'I visited the Host Club and all I got was this lousy T-shirt'?"
"There aren't, but now I'm tempted to make some."
"It'd be ironically ironic or something."
"What is the nature of the merchandise?"
"It varies. I've sold photo books of the hosts, recordings of Tamaki playing piano, personalized love letters, the hosts' discarded personal effects, various merchandise matching our themed events, clothes designed by the twins, and recordings of Honey and Mori in karate competitions, among other things."
"An interesting range. The twins any good at designing clothes?"
"Their mother, Yuzuha Hitachiin, is a world-famous designer. They've inherited some of her talent."
"Oh, nifty." Sketch sketch.
"I don't think she quite approves of the way they use their skill though. The twins aren't the type to consider current trends or practicality or decency when making their designs."
"I'm sure they'd show you pictures if you're curious."
"Eh, not enough to go looking."
"You'll likely see them if you ever come to the Host Club again. The twins save us quite a bit of money on costumes."
"I suppose that would be the logical thing to do with in-house clothing designers."
"It would be a waste to get our costumes anywhere else."
He adds a few details to his sketch.
"Are you considering joining any other after school activities? The host club doesn't seem quite to your taste."
"It's really not. I was in English club at my last school because it would be embarrassing to pick up an accent or disfluency in my native language through lack of practice and some people were interested in talking about comparing the languages in general, but I'm not especially likely to do it again. I heard a passing reference to a magic club but it didn't sound complimentary."
"It's not worth your time. Their recent obsession is voodoo dolls. Despite the amount of hair they've managed to steal, there's been no visible results. It's a pity they can't direct all that effort into something more productive."
"Oh, so it's a - fictitious magic club."
"Yes, thought not through lack of trying. If you ever see a man skulking about the school in a dark cloak, that would be their president, Nekozawa Umehito."
"How did he come by this hobby?"
"He's a very... observant person," Kyoya says softly.
"But he also has a flair for the dramatic and it's quite easy to come to the wrong conclusions if you don't have all the necessary information."
"I suppose it could be."
"He also thinks cats are evil and trying to kill him and assumes that his increased susceptibility to sunburns is a curse."
"Uh-huh. I will not join his magic club. Is there a real magic club that isn't in the institutional literature?"