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.
"What's up with the top button?"
"It's the private floor. That's where you'll go for lessons in magic. You have to turn on the light to make it work."
The elevator descends to the basement. It doesn't take more than a few seconds.
It's as brightly lit and nicely decorated down here as anywhere else in the school.
Tamaki leads her to the labs.
"I think only chemistry uses these and only for of the larger experiments they can't leave in the lab upstairs."
"That's perfect, thank you."
"You're welcome. If, when you finish your work, you'd like to stop by the Host Club, we'd be delighted to have you."
"...is there anything in particular going on later or is it just you guys hanging out in a room?"
"Our doors are opening in a few minutes and there will be many of our other lovely guests for you to meet."
"So... party with a bunch of strangers."
"I would love to introduce you to everyone, if you have not yet had the chance. It would be a shame if no one got to know you."
"I guess I could put it down as 'networking'."
"I'll look forward to seeing you."
"Sure, see you later. Have fun at your club."
"I always do."
The labs are empty and slightly chilly. Some of the countertops might actually be marble.
Oooh, marble. She gets her studying in. She meditates on how great she is for a couple minutes. She heads back to the elevator and swings by the host club.
It's much busier now. All of the host club members are surrounded by groups of girls, with the exception of Kyoya.
He meets her at the door with a clipboard.
"You take attendance?"
"It's important to know the identity and preferences of all of our guests."
"Well, here I am. What kind of preferences?"
"Which host would you like to see today?"
"This is a one to one arrangement? Do you perform or something? What are you, male geisha?"
"No one will stop you from wandering, but picking a single host lets us give you more individualized attention."
He pushes up his glasses.
"It also helps me record accurate statistics."
"Gotta optimize your metrics. What am I supposed to choose based on?"
"Each of the hosts has a type. Tamaki is the classic prince charming. Mori is the strong and silent type and goes hand in hand with Honey, the adorable type. The twins are the mischievous type."
"...I'm not sure that constitutes an answer to my question."