He rolls to his right.
He rolls to his left.
A second time, he rolls to his right.
A contentless sigh escapes his mouth.
Tatsumi, a member of the Night Raid squad, was tossing and turning in his bed, unable to shake the thoughts of memories that he did not want to reminisce over. Every few nights or so, it was always the same routine; he'd dream about the deaths of his fellow friends and comrades, wake up in a sweaty panic, breathe heavily, and then dwell on his dream, feeling fully responsible for any of his friends' deaths.
However, no matter how many times this happened, he'd always feel just as bad and guilty as the last. There was no ever getting used to such despair.
He sits up from his bed, immediately bringing his right hand to his head, as if suffering from a headache. He lets out another sigh, and finally decides to get out of bed completely, not wanting to get lost in thought of nothing but false hope once again.
As he gets dressed, he looks over to one corner of his room to see his Teigu, Incursio, resting peacefully against a dresser that was on the wall. A smile crosses his face, a first for this particular day. Throughout the few weeks that he has been a member of Night Raid, he has faced several challenges that has made him stronger, both as a person and as a fighter, and most of it would not have been possible if it wasn't for the man that gave him that Teigu in the first place; Bulat.
Bulat was probably Tatsumi's closest friend in Night Raid, and his death wasn't exactly easy for him to cope with, but regaining his Teigu made him feel as if he had some sort of newfound responsibility that he had to fulfill. It was a responsibility that he found rather enjoyable, and was happy to realize that using Incursio was like finishing the job that Bulat wanted done in the first place, and for many missions. He was, in a sense, carrying out the legacy that he believed would have made Bulat proud if he had been alive.
Joining Night Raid was definitely a big turning point in Tatsumi's life, and despite the deaths that he had to encounter already with a few, he was happy with the decision to be one of them. Sure, he wasn't exactly the strongest on the team, but his being there was definitely a good help overall, and his skills with Incursio were growing by the day.
However, no matter how many enemies he slayed, drew blood from, and defeated, he still couldn't get rid of the burden of constantly mourning over the losses of his closest friends. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but he just wanted to be stronger, and to be able to accept their deaths as nothing more than motivation to continue fighting day by day.
A voice interrupts his thoughts. He recognized it as Najenda's, Night Raid's leader.
"We will be having a meeting about a new mission in ten minutes. Please meet with all of us by then."
"Yes ma'am." he replied, his voice almost monotone-like. Another mission, huh? Hearing this wasn't exactly anything new. In fact, this was just about half of his wake-up calls anyway, but even so, he was always a little excited and scared to be called about a mission.
Fully clothed and ready to go, Tatsumi proceeded to walk out of his room, only to immediately bump into a familiar pink mass that fell to the floor fast upon contact. A loud "umph!" was heard as it hit the floor.
Tatsumi rubbed his head in small pain, and then looked down to see the source of stopping power. He grunts in slight annoyance as he realizes that the "pink mass" was really just one of his team members, and a particularly pesky one at that.
"Hey," she begins "watch where you're going, moron!"
Tatsumi just rolls his eyes. Today was going to be a beautiful day already, he thought. Between the two of them, this was, unfortunately, very normal. Ever since he became a part of the team, Mein has made fun of Tatsumi on several occasions, often calling him a beginner or a newbie, much to Tatsumi's annoyance. No matter how many times Tatsumi seemed to prove himself worthy in battle, he could just never win Mein's acceptance.
Not that he cared, anyway.
"Sorry, Mein, I didn't know you were right outside my door just now."
As Mein gets up, she looks Tatsumi in the eyes, and puts on an annoyed face.
"That doesn't mean you can't be more careful, newbie!"
Oh, what a surprise. The same old name again.
Completely ignoring her name-calling response and watching her storm off down the hall by herself, Tatsumi decided not to show up until he knew that everyone else was there. The last thing he wanted right now was to show up to the meeting early with only Mein. Just the thought of that brought an odd chill to his body.
Truthfully, he should be used to this kind of treatment from her, but her voice and bickering always had a newfound irritation to it, as if each time was still the first.
After waiting for about five minutes after she had vanished from the hall and assumed everyone else was there, Tatsumi began to make his way to the main room where they discussed their missions. As he neared, he could already make out a few of the other members' voices, and let out a faint sigh of relief.
Sure enough, everyone else was in the room as well; the entire Night Raid team.
There was Akame, the raven-haired girl with red eyes and skills with a sword that were better than any other top-notch assassin Tatsumi ever knew. Her Teigu is the Murasame, a blade that ensures death even from the slightest cut.
There was Leone, a woman of blonde hair that always seemed to tease Tatsumi almost every day, though he didn't exactly mind it all too much. It was sometimes embarrassing, but it wasn't something that bothered him either. Her Teigu is the Lionelle, a belt that practically increases all of her senses, while also offering incredible regenerative powers.
There was Lubbock, the green-haired guy that was just an all-around pervert, though his skills in battle were quite impressive. His main reason to join Night Raid was to get closer to Najenda, whom he has been in love with for quite some time, though he has yet to confess. His Teigu is the Cross Tail, an ability that uses his gloves to produce string and lines to attack and deceive his enemies.
There was Najenda, of course, as she needed to tell everyone about their upcoming mission. Although the leader of Night Raid, Najenda used to actually fight alongside the great General Esdeath, whom was their biggest and most powerful enemy. Upon realizing that the empire and Esdeath's ways were corrupt, Najenda left to form her own rebellious group, and thus, Night Raid was born.
There was Mein, the pink-haired girl with a fiery attitude. Although she is easily tempered, Mein still cares deeply for all of her teammates. Her Teigu is Pumpkin, a large blade-shaped sniper gun that fires beam-like shots. The power of her shots is based on her emotions and situations in battle.
"Are you ready, all of you?" said a voice belonging to another member who was just walking into the room, arms and hands full of different foods and assortments.
This member walking in was Susanoo, one of the team's newest members. He is a special organism-based Teigu belonging to the leader, Najenda, and he happens to possess a gifted ability to cook and clean thoroughly and quickly.
These were the people that Night Raid consisted of, and to Tatsumi, these people were his family.
Susanoo begins to hand out his assortment of food to each individual, as each of them requested their own special meal for him to make. Tatsumi, saying that he didn't care what he had earlier, simply received a plain meal that was quite the opposite of special.
"Our target for this next mission is Borick." Najenda said, her gaze focusing on no one in particular but the now-covered desk of food and drinks.
Mein, eating a strawberry parfait that she received from Susanoo, couldn't help but keep her focus on a particular member as the leader prepared to further explain their objective.