Rima's First Christmas In Ages:
Rima was seeing the Ando family and their friends decorate the Kage Ninpo Ninja School for Christmas. It has been a while since she seen a home being decorated for Christmas. Ever since her mother's death, her father, Toru had banned Christmas in their home and she wasn't allowed to celebrate it while growing up. She had forgotten what Christmas felt like and what it meant for others. Feeling that she was an burden as it is, she just stared to watch what was happening and pondered if she should even help decorate or not. Ayano's friend, Chiharu, whom was dressed for the holiday, noticed her watching them from afar and wondered if she was being weird or not. She then looked at Ayano and asked.
"Hey Ayano, what's with that girl over there?" She asked the head to the school. "She kind of looks confused.."
"Hm? What do you mean, Chibaru?" Said a confused and festively dressed Ayano before Chiharu pointed over her shoulder. "Oh, you mean Ri-Ri!" She told the brunette with a bright smile.
"Ri-Ri? That's a goofy name.." Replied a snickering Chiharu, gaining a glare from a white haired girl by the name of Rin. "Actually, her name is Rima but, we call her Ri-Ri instead. She's been staying with me and my family since I met her." Admitted a smiling Ayano.
"Really? How long has she been in town, Ayano?" A winter clothed Rin asked as she was placing some ornaments on the tree that they were decorating.
"About since November, I think.." Ayano told Rin after thinking about it, surprising white-haired girl and Chiharu in result.
"Since November?!" Said the two girls with shock. "Why haven't you introduced her to us then?" Asked Rin.
"Because we wanted Ri-Ri to be comfortable in town, that's why." Ayano told them. "She's still new in town and hasn't had the time to make any friends due to her training, unfortunately.. She only knows me and my parents."
"Ehh.. What is she, a shut-in or something? She needs to socialize more.." Said Chiharu as she crossed her arms. "Chiharu!" Rin yelled in annoyance before continuing to talk. "That's not nice to say about her. She's probably shy like Rebecca."
When Rin mentioned her friend Rebecca, Chiharu frowned as she understood. She then let out a sigh of defeat before speaking again. "Okay, you got a point, Snowhead.. How do we get her out of her shell then?" She asked when raising her brow at the white haired girl.
Rin then thought about it before getting an idea. "Hmm, maybe we can ask her to help us decorate." She suggested as she smiled a bit. "That's a great idea, Rin! I bet Ri-Ri would love to help." Ayano said as she agreed to Rin's suggestion. "I can also introduce you two to her too!"
"Okay. Let's go then." Said Rin before she, Ayano and Chiharu went over to the lonesome Rima, surprising her in the process when she was called by her nickname. "Ri-Ri!" She heard Ayano call to her. She then looked at the trio that came over to her. "Y-Yes, Aya?"
"These are my friends, Rin and Chibaru." Ayano said as she introduced 'Chibaru' and Rin. "Uhm, h-hi there.. I'm R-Rima, nice to meet you both.." Rima said shyly and nervously as she introduced herself. Chiharu then looked at her suspiciously. "Hey.. Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" She asked, surprising Rima.
"Huh? What do you-" Said Rima before stopping herself and realized that she seen her before in Japan once. "I met you before! I met you once in Japan during a mission that my father had forced me into doing.." She said softly in fear.
"You're the assassin from last time! You work with the Entity!" Chiharu said as she pointed it out, surprising Rin. "You're an assassin from the Entity?" The surprised white haired girl said as she stared at Rima with disbelief. This innocent-looking girl was an assassin/ninja from the Entity? Impossible.
Rima looked down with guilt before responding. "I was a worker for the Entity.. My father forced me into working for them after I turned thirteen years old. I didn't want to join but I thought I could win my father's love if I worked as an assassin for the Entity but, not once did I get any respect from him.. I killed others while working for them and my father but, he always looked at me with disgust and hatred. Before coming here, he had me gave me a mission, to assassin Ayano but didn't give me a reason why, like always and told me that if I didn't kill her, then I wasn't allowed to return home.. When I came here, I stalked her around to find out why he had me kill her, just like my other victims, but I didn't find anything that rendered her as an evil person. Ayano then caught me stalking her and we got into a fight before I lost to her. I told her the truth of why I was told to assassinate her and apologized to her before she took me into her own home, which I don't deserve. I feel like I should avenge those that died in my hands because I was forced to kill them by defeating those that deserve to die, even if one of them is my own father.. If you find me to be an evil person, then I don't blame you.."
Rin and Chiharu felt sorry for her before placing each a hand on both of Rima's shoulders.
"It's okay, Rima.. If anything, you're not the only one. My mom is the same way with me.." Admitted Chiharu. "Somehow, I wonder why I was cursed to have a mom and a brother that were so evil.."
"T-Thanks, Chibaru.." Said Rima as she sniffled while stray tears began to run down her cheeks, annoying Chiharu from being called 'Chibaru'.
"My name is Chiharu, not Chibaru!" Yelled Chiharu in annoyance. "Besides, only Ayano has the privilege to call me that.." Mumbled the brunette as she crossed her arms, gaining a giggle or two from both Rin and Rima.
"Anyways, Rima, would you like to join us?" Rin asked Rima before getting a confused look from Rima. "Join you? In what exactly?" Rima asked Rin with confusion. "We want you to join us in decorating the Christmas tree, Ri-Ri." Replied Ayano with one of her huge and happy smiles, surprising Rima a bit.
"M-Me? Y-Y-You want me to help you decorate the Christmas tree?" Said the astonished brunette as the three before her nod in reply. Rima then smiled gratefully. "I would love to help.."
"Great, let's go decorate the tree then." Said Rin as she smiled as well. The three of them then head back to work, only this time they had Rima join in.