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.
Well, she at least sort of knows them. She plops down over there, nearer Kyoya than Tamaki.
Kyoya looks up and gives her a polite smile.
"Mariko! You're in our class," Tamaki says excitedly.
"Yes, hello. How are you?"
"I'm doing well. Did you know, in some parts of the world, they keep tigers as pets?"
"It's a bad idea," says Mariko.
"It's not good for the tiger, it's not good for tigers as a species, and you might get maimed if you try to actually pet your pet tiger."
"What if it's an orphan tiger? I could donate to a tiger conservation fund."
"I suppose it's possible that with enough money you could offset the opportunity cost of a more-or-less ethically sourced tiger. And with enough more money you could get it a nice habitat. You still might get maimed. They are not domesticated."
"I would train it!"
"Training works on domesticated animals because that's one of the things we domseticate them about. Tigers are much less trainable. Have you ever even trained a dog?"
"Badly," Kyoya says.
"Antoinette loves me," Tamaki says, sounding hurt.
"Antoinette is your dog?"
"She is! She's a golden retriever. I've had her since she was a puppy."
"What might lead an observer to think she is badly trained?"
He crosses his arms and turns his head away.
"She likes people, that's all."
"And frequently knocks them over."
"Well, if you have a tiger you might die. Cannot in good conscience recommend."
The teacher catches everyone's attention.
They'll be using charcoal today. The teacher asks them to please try not to get it on everything.
They divide into groups based on what still life they want to sketch. There's the classic, a bowl of grapes next to a glass of wine and a silver bowl filled with apples. The teacher also has a few more unusual options, a taxidermied swan, three pairs of children's shoes, and a fast food meal.
Mariko goes for the swan, why not.
Tamaki goes to sketch the grapes and starts animatedly chatting with another girl in the class.