Reminder: Don’t read the Notes before reading the actual fic chapter.
*Please comment only on this and previous chapters to avoid spoiling.
Shizuru doesn’t actually appear in this chapter, and there wasn’t enough room to insert the flashback I wanted to write. Too bad! No, actually, I ended up writing an omake flashback chapter. Have at it. (Better to read it after 1.7 instead of before, but it works before as well.)
Uh, this turned out longer than I thought it would be AGAIN. :P That means the last section I wanted to stick in this chapter has to be pushed into the next (I think it would work better anyway), and I’m going to switch the order of two chapters.
Natsuki’s nightmare is based on basic facts provided by haruka108 and apollyon-0, but obviously in a very twisted way.
I know Nao was in middle school, but I don’t remember exactly what grade and a quick search wasn’t very helpful with specifics; I kind of assumed she was a year under Mai/Natsuki. (Got it.) I also don’t remember how Nao referred to other people and vice-versa with the exception of Shizuru, so I was guessing on that… will have to update that character-honorific post sometime. (*See comments below)
I don’t know if Nao is all that in-character because I wanted to develop her to a more complete personality since the HiME festival was finished, and (I’m assuming) her mom came back(!). Umm… thoughts on this? :( Yeah, I was originally going to have Aoi and Chie in there too, but–whoa, Twitch Factor. I think I’d have a seizure. :P
Familial honorifics: see the honorifics research post. Too tired to rehash at the moment.
Yukio/Kosei/Azami: More explanation later. I hope to post a graphical entry later on with images and personality blurbs so people can envision them.
This was a sloppier chapter. Sorry about that. I’ll try to edit later.
*Oh, right, I had asked about Kurauchi Kazuya’s full name because I only remembered that Akane-chan calls him Kazu-kun. Then I didn’t know how many people would be able to identify Kazu-kun immediately by his last name, which is what I think Natsuki would have called him (like Kurauchi-san) because they shouldn’t be on first-name terms. :P Aaaanyway… A minor detail, and they’re not going to appear in Syncope (at least Part 1) anyway.