Her legs were still trembling. As she waited for her answer it felt like time stretched into infinity in that moment. All she could hear was the heating of her heart against her chest. It rang in her ears like a metronome, drowning out the natural sound of the classroom. Nothing else existed right then except for Chigetsu and the test. Hua Li would accept it from her after what was far too long. The way she read over the answers, scanning over the answers as if they mattered, and Chigetsu’s heart would jump. She would doubt herself in that moment, wondering if the answer she had written were incorrect. It was only when Hua Li smiled and spoke that the girl could breathe again. She hadn’t realized that she was holding her breath like that, and the moment the pressure had been taken off her she would immediately a deep, desperate inhale. The anxiety of the moment had made her feel as if she was going to vomit, and once the moment ended the lift of the pressure gave her a feeling of lightheadedness wiped her mind for a moment.
She had passed.
Her mind would catch up to reality. Rini, the girl who was now next to her, would be glanced down at, as if Chigetsu had just noticed her for the first time. Chigetsu had heard everything she said when she said it, but her mind wasn’t able to process it until the pressure of the test had been released. Only now were the gears able to begin spinning. This was the girl that made everything go wrong for her and nearly made her fail. She remembered for a moment that disgusting feeling she had felt earlier when thinking about her. Then she would see again the little girl in a wheelchair, soaking wet. The one who had asked Hua Li to let Chigetsu pass and was now desperately asking to be dried off. The sense that she had done something incredibly cruel would now begin to bear down on Chigetsu.
She would wipe up at her eyes. They were still red and somewhat sore from crying, and the fact that she was rubbing at them now probably didn’t help that much. Mentally exhausted by that desperate last stand she had just pulled, Chigetu would immediately roll over and fold like a house of cards the second she had been confronted even the slightest bit. All her confidence in that moment had been a bluff. Luckily, it had been a bluff nobody had called her out on. Even now her legs were still trembling with fear, an after effect of her deeply her body resisted what had just happened.
“S-Sorry! I didn’t mean to, I didn’t… I... U-Uh...” She would immediately exclaim between attempts to dry her face and look somewhat presentable. Once she was able, Chigetsu would look desperately around the room for something to use to help dry off the girl. Given that the room was completed soaked there would be absolutely nothing in the room that was dry at the moment. Nothing except for Chigetsu. The fact that she and her clothing were both dry was pretty inexplicable, especially as she had sat through the shower of the sprinklers just like everyone else. She should have been soaking wet by any right, dripping with each step. Instead it seemed as though she left footprints of dryness against the wet floor as she walked up the room to Hua Li, as if her presence had sucked the water off of what she touched. It was one of the mysteries of the Hozuki Clan, and their full body hydrification. The entire process was somewhat unconscious for the girl, and so it would take Chigetsu a moment to notice that she was the driest thing in the room.
“H-Here!” She would take off her hoodie. It was one of those ones that could be zipped up, and of a fuzzy lavender-purple color. The hood had two little pieces of fabric that were attached that were designed to look like bunny ears, and it was incredibly cute. Still dry and incredibly warm due to its fuzziness, Chigetsu would offer it over to Rini, guiltily giving it over to the smaller girl. It smelled a bit still of the floral perfume that Chigetsu wore. “This is warm and dry! It’s my favorite jacket, you should be able to dry yourself off with it and not get a cold or anything like that… Please take it.” Despite having just passed the exam it would seem as though that one anxiety would move on to the next. Already she was scrambling, terrified that she had done something horrible by essentially bullying a disable girl. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry… I’ll buy you a whole new outfit if you want. We can go somewhere and you can pick it out… W-Whatever you want.”
She would let out a shaky breath, as if she had tried to speak more words than there was air in her lungs. Taking a stumbly step to the side, Chigetsu would lean against the teacher’s desk for support, lest her legs give out from under her. It would take a few moments for her to calm down, and for all that adrenaline to leave her system. “I can’t believe I passed…”