Remembering the orange-haired guy's advice earlier, you decide to warp to your summoner, Luffy. A light violet mist comes up from the ground and gently envelops you. On the place you were about to warp, which is actually a classroom, some students were panicking as the light violet mist rolled in and the instructor just seems amused.
"Miss! Are we being cursed?" A student asks, panicking.
"No! I think we're being transported to another dimension!" Another shouts.
"Maybe it's nothing?" A calm student suggests, but it wasn't heard over the commotion.
"Calm down students, as a professional instructor and guardian of this institution I can tell that this is harmless. There is no need to panic." Her green eyes scan the room, making eye contact with each and every student and putting them at ease.
Luffy didn't seem to mind the mist, but instead minds the fact that he wasn't able to catch up with the lesson that the instructor was teaching. He can only scratch his head before you suddenly appeared next to him.
You appear before the students and show a small smile and wave to them. Some wave back awkwardly, while some just stared at you awkwardly.
"I appear to have interrupted something important, should I leave the room?" You utter sheepishly to the instructor.
"It's up to you dear visitor. If you wish to stay there are vacant seats there at the back." She says with a cool voice.
You smile and sit down next to Luffy. Luffy notices a new presence and looks to your direction with a frown. You wave at him and he grins.
"I didn't know you were here ___!" He says.
"I just warped here." You smile and turn to the instructor, "Please continue."
She smiles and nods, continuing the interrupted lesson. She taught the class about biology, the study about life and living organisms. Though only skimming over the basics of it, Luffy seems to have a hard time understanding. You smile at him and tell him that you'll write the important details in his notes later when the class is over. He smiles awkwardly and thanks you.
Noticing an orange hue, you look behind Luffy's shoulders and notice the same person from before. Connecting to his mind, you speak to him.
'You told me he was in trouble.'
He seems alarmed, but notices you looking at him and shakes his head.
'I told you he might be in trouble, not that he is in trouble. I used an ambiguous word.'
'If you weren't sure, why tell me?'
'This place is where people of all races come together and study, and you can't be sure if they have any hidden intentions towards other students.'
'I get what you mean, but does Luffy have any enemies?'
'He doesn't as far as I know, but with his personality, he'll clash with people he disagrees with and will try to get it to his way.'
'I guess he seems like the person to do that.'
'That's what I'm saying. People like Kid and his gang are people he's bound to disagree with.'
'I guess you're right, but why help me?'
'Just a hunch, but you don't seem like an ordinary ruthless demon.'
'And you don't seem like an ordinary guy in the background.'
He chuckles and you do too as you make eye contact.
'What's your name?' He asks.
'Drake. Nice to finally know you.'
You smile at him, 'Nice to finally meet you too.'
Class ends, and you head out with Luffy and Drake. The instructor calls you with a smile and you excuse yourself from the group.
"I see that you can warp." She notes.
"I'm so sorry for the rude interruption!" You bow your head to apologize.
"Oh it's fine my dear. It's my first time seeing a demon warp in front of me though. I can say, it's pretty impressive." She compliments.
You blush slightly and chuckle, "Oh uh, t-thank you miss..."
"Sirenia. Just call me Ms. Sai. And you are?"
"I am ___. I am Luffy's summoned demon." You introduce.
"I didn't know Luffy was the type to have a summon."
"It was an accidental summon, I don't know the details but I was just summoned." You chuckle.
"Well, that's another demon here. There isn't anyone else around here who's of my race." Her smile falters.
She notices your curiosity and smirks.
"Curious are we now?" She asks and you simply nod your head.
"Do you have any wild guesses?"
"I have noticed that your voice is rather... soothing. I've read that sirens can control people whenever they sing. Are you a siren Ms. Sai?" You deduct.
"Correct ___. That is the gist of it, and I only called you to exchange names. I was also curious about you just appearing out of nowhere. Now now, it's time for your summoner's next class and I know you're also coming along." She says.
"Yes miss!" You cheer.
You go back to Luffy and Drake and chat along the hallways towards then next subject. Luffy frowns as he's having a hard time in understanding the subject and seems to frown more when he remembers the next subject.
"What's the next subject?" You ask.
"Chemistry." He groans.
"Don't worry Luffy, I'll write notes for you instead." You tell him.
He grins at that and he hugs you.
"Thank you ___! You're the best person ever!" He cheers, letting go.
"I don't think person is the correct term however." You say.
"Psh! Demon or not, you're my friend and I treat you as a person!" He tells you, and you smile at the thought.
'As a person huh?' You think to yourself.
A door flies and crashes to the wall along with a student. Thankfully, the student managed to conjure a shield and doesn't look like he's hurt.
"Aish! Screw this subject anyway!" He snarls.
A person with a lab coat steps out and scowls at the back of the student.
"I don't tolerate bullying in this classroom! Come back when you're nicer to other people!" He shouts as green goop from his eye falls.
He notices us and smiles at us.
"Come on students, get in the room." He beckons.
He notices the pass on you and greets you.
"I didn't know there were visitors around."
"I'm having a tour of the classes right now since I'll be enrolling here soon. I'm ___." You offer your hand for a handshake.
He smiles and takes it.
"Scar. I'm a professor of Chemistry and the Head of Scientists here at the University. You should drop by sometimes, it's in the entrance building, level 2 underground." He offers.
"I don't know if I'm allowed there." You chuckle.
"Just tell them I sent you and they'll let you pass. I only let some students get to see my lab." He explains.
"Oh! Well it's an honor Mr. Scar." You smile at him.
"Just Scar is fine. Head inside now, I'll be starting class soon."
You sit between Luffy and Drake on the same counter and watch as the students start pouring in the room. You gaze in awe at the beaks and saucers meant for holding chemicals and you giggle at the thought of learning more. You turn to Luffy and frown "You don't seem enthusiastic about this Luffy."
"Classes at Building 1 are hard." He mumbles, fidgeting with a beaker.
"I guess they are." You only chuckle.
"He seems to use his brawn more than his brain." Drake notes.
"I guess so." You agree.
Class starts and ends in an instant. Luffy seems to have steam coming out of his ear while Drake is totally fine. You finish writing notes for Luffy before giving it back to him.
He smiles, "Thanks ___. You're a lifesaver."
You only pat his shoulder and you all went on your ways.
"Building 1 is interesting. It focuses on more mundane things and I like it." You say as you all walk out the building and enter the courtyard.
"I don't like Building 1, but I do love the cafeteria!" Luffy cheers before breaking off the group and heading to the cafeteria.
"I think I should drop by the lab, I want to know more about Scar." You tell Drake.
He only shrugs and continues walking until you couldn't see him anymore.
You head towards the entrance building and smile at the thought of the unknown lab. You look around for an elevator and go towards it when a man with a lab coat stops you.
"You aren't a faculty member are you? Yep, just a visitor." He says.
"Oh, Scar sent me. I wanted to take a look at the lab." You inform him with a smile and he sighs.
"Of course he did. I'll give you a tour then." He tells you, stepping inside the elevator and you follow him.
"You sure about this? There are some things that you just can't unsee." He explains, swiping a key card and pressing the button to the correct floor.
You only nod and smile at him and he heaves a sigh.
He extends his hand, "Shitai. A friend of Scar."
You take his hand, "___. Acquaintance."
"Seeing as Scar gave you permission to go to the lab, I suppose you're no ordinary visitor." He notes.
The elevator dings and the doors open.
"I guess I am. I'm specifically a low-class demon." You say as you get off the elevator.
"My first time meeting a demon. Didn't expect they were this docile." He hums, leading the way.
"I'm probably the only docile demon. But of course I can't confirm that." You shrug, following him.
A shape suddenly flies at you and stops, its face several centimeters from yours. You try to find it's eyes but it is covered with its hair. It smiles and hugs you.
"Oh." You breathe, hugging it back.
"That's E-13. He likes hugging people. Just don't provoke him." He informs you.
E-13 suddenly sneezes but with your reflexes you manage to get out of his hold and get into a defensive position. You see his full appearance now and you can clearly see he has claws for hands. A little bit of blood drips from the tip of his claw and you look at your scratched shoulder. He looks sorry and you wave a dismissive hand.
"It's not lethal. Don't worry." You smile at him.
He smiles wider and black goop drips from his mouth.
"Interesting." You murmur as your eyes widen with curiosity.
Shitai leads you to a room with several operating beds, some bloody, some clean. You can see his concerned gaze though you aren't sure as to why he is concerned.
"I thought you'd be shocked." He murmurs.
You shrug, "I've seen worse."
His eyes narrow at you, "Uh huh... Well moving on." He dismisses.
Next is a room with shelves lining the walls and fridges on the ground. On the shelves are what seem to be organs of different species in jars, test tubes and the like. Some have strange liquids in it, some have froth, and some have little movements like shaking. Curioser and curioser, you also note the rare minerals on the shelves and make sure to not touch them. You open a fridge and a pungent smell invades your nose and you quickly close it.
You cough, " Should have seen that coming."
He leads you to the next room and in the center is a test tube with a visible shape, but not quite human-like.
"These are on-going experiments. That's what Scar is currently working on. I don't know the details so don't ask." He explains.
You nod in amazement as your eyes are fixed on the shape bobbing up and down in a strange liquid.
"Curious?" A voice asks.
A man appears from behind the test tube and smiles at you.
"Very much. But I won't ask if the details are sensitive." You say making eye contact with the stranger.
"Hey Vail." Shitai greets the man, but his demeanor seems to have slightly changed.
Vail only smiles at him.
"I think you look better without the illusion, Vail." You tell him, shocking the man.
"W-What illusion?" He scoffs looking to the side.
"Don't worry." You say as you remove your bonnet.
The strange glowing liquid reflects off your horns beautifully and you smile at him.
"We all have our reasons I guess." You shrug.
"The only remaining rooms are the living quarters and the kitchen, suppose there's nothing interesting in there for you." Shitai says.
"This is fine, thank you very much." You thank him, bowing your head slightly.
"How about some tea? You are a visitor." Vail offers.
"That would be great, thank you."
You all go to the kitchen, and another person is in there.
"You're head is on fire, sir." You tell the person.
He turns his head to you then looks up at his hair.
"That's normal. Just don't touch it." He says.
"Oh." You nod.
You all sit down while Vail prepares the tea.
"That's Lenox. He's rather hot-headed if you know what I mean." Shitai jokes which makes you chuckle.
Lenox just shakes his head with a smile.
"I believe I still haven't introduced myself to you." You say as you turn to Vail.
You extend your hand, "___. Pleasure to meet you."
"Vail. The pleasure is mine." He greets as he shakes your hand.
"I'm not one for shaking hands, just saying." Lenox says.
You bow your head, "___."
He does the same, "Lenox."
"I have a feeling you'll be coming here often ___." Shitai says.
"I still have a lot to learn, and this place is rather interesting, so I will." You say.
Vail sets the tea down and gives everyone a cup. You notice Vail's appearance has changed.
"That's better." You smile and he smiles at you too.