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.
"Could have gotten the sweetness from the berry? I'd want to look at the ingredients of the tea itself though."
One of the girls calls Tamaki over.
He smiles when he sees Mariko.
"I am so pleased you came."
He turns to the waver.
"Want to test your guess?"
"What ingredients did you taste?"
"It is the most powerful flavor in this mix, it easily overcomes the delicate traces of lemon and the touch of hibiscus."
"I don't know that I'd have been able to identify the taste of hibiscus if I ate the entire flower, but lemon's noticeable now." Sip.
"It's the touch of tartness. It hides behind the lemon, but if it was only lemon the aftertaste would be less sharp."
"If I take up exotic tea blending I will come to you with questions."
"If you did, I'd be delighted to be of assistance."
"Harmony, on both the blueberry and a touch of sugar, so it would make it sweeter without the sweetness overpowering the taste."
"Well, it's very nicely done."
"Thank you. It's an honor to please someone as lovely as you."
"You're welcome, of course."
He bows again and then goes to some other girls who are trying to get his attention.
The conversation at the table turns to how best to improve one's handwriting with magic.
One girl thinks it's best to be very painstaking with the first couple of lines and use a little harmonious magic to your writing on the rest of the page match.
Another thinks it's best to keep a lovely sample of someone else's handwriting around.
A third comments that it really depends on how bad your natural handwriting is.
"I like to improve my magic with handwriting more than the other way around," says Mariko.
"Well, I write a lot."
"Where'd you get your handwriting sample?" Mariko asks the one who uses one.
"Is she using magic?"