An automated voice tells the boy that the interviewer is running late. It mentions that the clipboard on the back of the door is for his file and contains the interview questions. The voice tells him that he can begin writing his own answers down until the interviewer arrives.
The blonde stands up, striding to the door to lift out the folder containing the questions. "Oh, is this going to be like a test? I hate tests!" Terushima whines as he plops back down into the chair he had been sitting in. "They're just no fun and I love having fun!" He frowns, uncapping the pen and sticking the cap between his lips to chew on it - a habit he has had since middle school.
He glances down at the first question, rolling his eyes at what seemed obvious given that his name had been printed onto the folder already.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
The captain presses his pen to the paper firmly, making sure that all the marks are crisp and even - something that is rather unusual for the rambunctious teen. Though his mother made sure to instill in him a need for clear handwriting so that no one could find fault in it and discredit him. They could discredit him for a lot of other things, he made that pretty clear in most of his actions.
Removing his pen from the paper, it reads 照島 遊児, which he had translated next to it saying Terushima Yuuji since he wasn't certain if the interviewer would know kanji or not. And he doesn't want to be know as Mr. Scribbly Name! He hadn't even liked the name Mr. Close Cropped Hair that Shrimpy had called him.
He pauses for a second before poking his tongue out and writing again, pulling away a few seconds later having added what each of his names meant. It now looked like -
照島 遊児 Terushima Yuuji
(shining island) (playful child)
WHAT ARE YOU? HUMAN, RIGHT?
The answer to this question came easily to him, quickly writing his reply down. I'm the captain of the boy's volleyball team at Johzenji! His tongue still poking out between his teeth, though he was swishing it back and forth, the movement accompanied with the soft click of metal on enamel. I'm also the ace.... kind of. We haven't really decided on one since we change positions while we play, though I'm usually a wing spiker.
He pauses for a second, considers crossing out the last part that he'd just added, considering it too much information for a simple question. In the end, he decided to leave it, figuring it was better to write more than to not write enough.
ARE YOU RIGHT-HANDED OR LEFT-HANDED?
I typically spike and write with my right hand. He writes the answer down, the care taken to write his name still apparent in his strokes. Yuuji thinks that he could have written either answer down since he's been practicing spiking with his left hand, but he assumed they were talking about the overall dominant hand. While part of being on the Johzenji volleyball team was rather easy, it also meant having a great flexibility in the way that things were done - they didn't want to lose a point if a set was tossed too far and a spiker's dominant hand couldn't reach it.
WHAT DO YOU TEND TO WASH FIRST IN THE SHOWER?
Here, the blonde lets out a cough, looking up at the door wondering if the interviewer was coming any time soon. This question was a little bit personal for the boy, but he didn't know he was allowed to skip questions, so he ducked his head back down, clucking to himself as he wrote down his reply. Usually I start with my hair since that's the first thing people notice about me! Terushima wasn't sure if there was a right or wrong reply to this questions since there was no one here to guide him, so he went with what he felt was wanted.
WHAT DID YOU LAST EAT?
At this question, the boy was becoming rather restless, the only thing he had to occupy his mind at the moment were these questions and they weren't nearly enough. At least in a classroom he'd have the other students to help create a distraction or he had the teacher's voices to catch his attention. Here in this room, it was just him and the paper. And the annoying ticking of the clock in the corner. God, that is going to get on his nerves.
It's this thing called a wiener pan. It's basically like a sausage sitting in between a piece of rolled bread, but not a hot dog! Does that make sense? Whatever. It's really really good! If he had been talking, it would've been clear how animated he'd become about describing the food item that had slowly become his favorite thing to eat.
WHAT WOULD WE FIND IN YOUR NIGHTSTAND? TRASH CAN?
The blonde frowns at the paper, his nightstand didn't have a drawer, it was simply just a stand with a lamp on it. I have a tissue box on my night stand. Nothing inside it though... nothing can go inside it. Terushima finally writes down that as his reply to the first part of the question before reading the last part.
His trash can? Usually papers filled with doodles or new volleyball plays to try instead of homework. It wasn't often that the boy actually did his assignments before class, they just weren't something he found fun and so he put them off. Though he didn't put them off long enough that he wouldn't pass, his mother would kill him for that and he was definitely a 'momma's boy'. The wing spiker wouldn't risk angering his mother for the sake of looking... cool.
WHO WERE THE LAST PEOPLE YOU SPOKE TO BEFORE COMING TO ELYSION?
Ah this is easy! He wrote down quickly, bring the cap back up to his mouth to chew it again. Hana yelled at us yesterday during the game, she really got us to buckle down and play for real instead of just playing for fun. I'm really going to miss her next year, it won't be the same! Terushima writes on the first line, moving onto the next line for the second person, creating a list of people instead of writing it all in one paragraph.
Takeharu is the team's setter and one of my best friends. Kazuma is my other best friend, he's the team's middle blocker! The three of us are the bestest friends ever! The blonde smiles at the thought of his friends despite the fact that he knew he wouldn't be able to see them for a bit, something about this new place he was in. He still wasn't really sure what was going on. He'd been ushered off the train and into this room and told to wait.
I think I also talked to the Karasuno captain too... Daiki? He's looks very serious, he's a third year, I'm sure you've seen him before! And then the other one is that Shrimpy! The one who called me Mr. Close Cropped Hair. My hair isn't close cropped, it's styled! And it's good for playing volleyball, it doesn't get in the way like that ace from their team. Yuuji finishes answering the question, remembering the game yesterday and how defeated he still feels.
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN? DO YOU MISS IT?
Yuuji had just read the question when the door opens, startling him and causing the pen cap to fall from between his lips where he'd been worrying it between his teeth. A dark haired woman walks in, apologizing for running over, hoping that he hadn't been inconvenienced.
"Oh it's okay! I got a few of the questions done, the robot voice told me to go ahead and start, I hope that's alright!" The boy replies, standing up and waiting for her to take a seat before settling down in his again. "Here's the questions." He smiles at her, passing the folder over with the page open to the page he'd been working on when she came in.
She accepted the folder being offered to her, glancing through his answers quickly to make sure he'd answered it to their need. Approving the answers he'd given her, she repeats the first question he'd left blank, the same one he had just read when she came in.
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN? DO YOU MISS IT?
"Johzenji is in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan!" The volleyball player replies easily, before continuing on with his answer. "I miss it more because I miss my friends and playing volleyball. Someone mentioned the school here has volleyball, but I don't think it'll really be the same. It was just so intense in Japan and I loved that competitive side of the sport where I could still have fun with my friends as well." He finishes, waving his hands beside his head in excitement. Volleyball was always something the blonde would talk about, no matter the situation.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST HAVE A ROMANTIC ATTRACTION TO SOMEONE?
He couldn't get any words out before he starts giggling at the question. "Well Kazu-chan doesn't like me reminding him of this, but in middle school I thought Kazuma was a girl and that she was really cute! He ended up smacking me when I tried to tell him he was cute." Terushima barely manages to complete the words without laughing in between them.
"It started a friendship that's lasted since then though, so I won't complain. Just don't tell him I told you that!!!" The blonde adds quickly, a look of what most would describe as fear making an appearance in his eyes. Though, he doesn't fear Bobata, it's the fear of having a ball spiked into his face at a practice that keeps him from bringing it up most times.
WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST SEXUAL EXPERIENCE? WITH WHOM?
The rather excitable male deflated a bit at this question, though it was only noticeable for a few moments before his head snapped up, a finger pointing in the air, playing the moment off as if he'd been thinking. "I tried to get Glasses-chan to give me her number so we could go on a date! She was very cute, but very shy. I don't think she could've handled hanging out with me for a long time so it's okay!" Yuuji answers, failing to mention that he hasn't actually done anything sexual just yet. The most action he's ever gotten besides an innocent kiss from little five year old girl next door, was from a volleyball to the crotch. He swore that day to always keep his hands ready to receive a ball whenever he was on the court.
DO YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
"I just told you I tried to ask out Glasses-chan from Karasuno, why would I do that if I was dating, huh?" The wing spiker replies, perplexed by the question. It was likely noticeable to the woman by now that the action of toying with his tongue and piercing was another habit the male had to keep himself from anxiously tapping his feet or fingers which most people found annoying. Instead he often rolled the piercing over his teeth or flicked it against the enamel, often still to the annoyance of those around him.
IS THE GLASS HALF-EMPTY OR HALF-FULL?
His eyebrows pop up in surprise at this question, knowing the hidden meaning behind it. Terushima immediately knew his answer to it, it'd be obvious to anyone who watched him during a volleyball game what his opinion on this matter was. However, he wasn't in a game and he had to give an answer soon before the lady repeated it again.
"Always half-full! There's always a chance to turn things around, especially when you're having fun." He finally speaks, the phrase getting louder and louder until the last word, fun, is practically yelled at the interviewer. It was almost a motto of his that if he wasn't having fun, he wouldn't do it. Everything he did was simply for the sake of being fun.
WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR TO A HALLOWEEN PARTY?
"Can I be a volleyball player?!" He asks quickly, knowing that it would be an easy thing to accomplish given the fact that he has several uniforms and volleyball outfits to wear. When the woman tells him no, it doesn't count, he pauses a second to think about what he'd want to be.
"Ohhhhhh!!!!!" He exclaims, bouncing up into his chair, an answer coming to him as he'd thought. "A biker! I've totally got the look down, just need some leather. Though I think I have a leather jacket in my closet already.." The blonde answers, his mind already wandering to thinking of more ideas for this costume despite the fact that Halloween isn't for another several months.
IF YOU COULD PICK ONE ANIMAL TO TRANSFORM INTO, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
"Haru-chan calls me a raccoon a lot! Well, not a raccoon, really. The pokemon raccoon, what's it called?" Terushima pauses, a finger tapping on his chin as he thinks, sounding the name out and waiting for one to spark his memory. "Racoony? Zooraccoon? Ziggycoon? I don't know, I'm not the best with names if you've noticed. Everyone gets a nick- ZIGZAGOON!" He interrupts himself to give the name of the animal he was mentioning earlier, picking back up his previous train of thought and forgetting the other. "Take-kun calls me that because my hair reminds him of the raccoon pokemon and he says I can be kind of sneaky. I'm never sneaky though!" He doesn't mention that he often hides his emotions from people that aren't close to him. Takeharu, Kazuma, and a few others from the team are one of the few that really know the Terushima beneath the shining exterior.
WHAT SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?
Instead of answering the question, Yuuji simply stands up and plops his foot on to the table, a smacking sound accompanying the movement. It was pretty clear, at least to him, that he was wearing volleyball shoes. He had to wear them so often for practices and games that it just became a habit for him to wear them all the time - no matter what. Though, he'd hate to admit that they were terrible in the rain and he couldn't count how many times he'd slipped and slid across the school floors on rainy days because of his need for familiarity with his shoes. It was even worse now with his job in Cascata as a lifeguard, his shoes hardly making it easy to keep his balance at work on the slicker floors of the locker room and poolside.
EXPLAIN YOUR FAMILY TO ME?
Confusion lights across his face for a moment, surprised that the questions moved from something like shoes to something serious like his family. It's not that he minds talking about his family, it's just that he hadn't expected it. But he was a Johzenji volleyball player, he was adaptable, he was prepared for anything. Easily composing himself again, Terushima begins to answer the question. "It's just me, my mom, and my dad. I got lucky enough to be an only child. I'm my parents' pride and joy of course!" He chuckles at his own joke before continuing.
"My mom is really nice, she's a teacher and she's always helping me try to focus on my school work. But it's just so boring, it's hard to pay attention in class. I like making her happy though, so I try to do my best even if it's not always that good." It's clear from the way he talks about his mother that she's very important to him and that he holds her up highly in his mind. "My father isn't home that much since he travels for work, but he always takes care to bring me little trinkets from each place he goes. It's really nice of him. At least I know he's thinking about me!" The blonde concludes his response to the question, not wanting to add anything else in case it ends up making him feel home sick which is something he doesn't want to think about right now.
NAME SOME SMELLS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR HOUSE GROWING UP.
"Weiner pan! I answered that earlier, but I think it was one that I had to write down." He offers an explanation to the woman who seemed rather shocked by his sudden reply to question. "My mother also really enjoys traditional Japanese dishes, so we have those a lot which normally have some rice dish included. And sushi, my dad would do anything for sushi. Me too actually." The blonde continues, barely pausing in his speech as he spoke.
WHICH MONOPOLY TOKEN WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
The blonde waits patiently for the interviewer to read the list of choices, being unfamiliar with the game she had brought up. The name was familiar, but he had never actually played it before so he wasn't sure what each of the pieces stood for if anything. "A racecar of course~ The answer comes out in a sing song like tone, one the boy was fond of using when he was teasing people. "It goes whoosh and zroom and really fast! That's got to be fun." Terushima adds on to his answer, hand movements following the words he described the car to make.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
"There's this song I like that goes like this," The captain begins humming, his head bobbing back and forth to the beat, the amount of time he spent humming clearly showing how much he likes that song. It's a rather upbeat, funky tune - what could likely be called pop if someone who knew music was asked. But as it stands, Yuuji doesn't really know the genre of the music, often finding music with a strong beat to keep him going through the day and often to listen to during practices or runs.
DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS?
"Losing to Shrimpy-kun and Karasuno! Even with Hana-chan's wise words, we still lost. We didn't realize that we could have fun and still try until almost the end of the game." The blonde becomes quieter than normal, fidgeting less than he had been throughout the whole interview. It's easy to tell that this loss still affects his behavior. "I'm going to miss Hana-chan." The words slip out before he realizes that he's said them in his disheartened moment, sitting in silence again until the next question is asked.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
"If Kazu-chan was here, he'd tell you that I'm always laughing!" And that was the truth. The teenager was rarely ever serious, not even after obtaining the title of team captain recently. Being serious literally wasn't in his name. His parents had been on the right track when they'd named him playful child because that's what he was. Playful. "I think a better question would be what doesn't make me laugh." He clucks his tongue at the end of the sentence as if to say that that should have been obvious from the starter.
"Though spiders don't make me laugh, not even close. They're creepy looking! Terushima adds on after a pause, forgetting that most insects and creepy crawlies were best kept alone. He absolutely loathed them and would often make his friends kill them (including Hana-chan, even if he was supposed to protect her from bad things).
WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU PICK IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE?
The tongue was poking out between his lips again as he thought. Choosing a superpower was no easy feat and he couldn't just say one on a whim! "I think I'd like to fly! Then I could go wherever I want to and not have to worry about traffic or oceans." Terushima doesn't mention that this decision was also influenced by that pesky crow team, Karasuno. He wishes he could fly like them, a calm, daunting presence that can conquer all in their presence. Johzenji was no match. Sure, they played a good game but in a battle of the air, only those that can truly fly can win.
WHAT'S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
"I'm the bull! Aries I think? Or is it Taurus? I don't know!" He grins, basically shouting the answer at the woman, only for her to correct him and say that he's actually the ram based on his birthdate, not the bull. Barely embarrassed by this revelation, he replies back, "Well I was close, right? I got the Aries part down!" The blonde waves a hand at her as if to say it was no big deal as she moved on the next question.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT GOAL?
"A rematch with Karasuno, including their third years again! I know we can beat them if we played them once more." The confidence in his voice apparent in the way it was echoed in his eyes, a look of steely determination there. The woman shook her head at him, saying that wasn't really an aspiration since it was something that could, hypothetically be achieved tomorrow.
"I guess then..." Yuuji pauses, taking a moment to think it through future and come up with a 'better' answer despite thinking that his previous one should have been accepted. "I would like to do something helpful after school. I don't want to be left wondering what to do when I graduate and I think I might want to be a teacher or coach or something." He finally answers, the interviewer shocked by his answer since he hadn't really displayed any characteristics of a good teacher so far. Except this answer seemed to be a serious one from the boy after he'd given it a bit to really think about it.
DO YOU PREFER COFFEE OR TEA?
"Tea!" The pierced boy answers quickly with a smile. "My mom makes me a chamomile tea every morning before a game. It's sort of a routine now and by drinking it, I know I need to focus to have fun and win." Terushima continues describing his choice, a fond look on his face as he mentions the routine he shares with his mother.
The woman stands up and begins to walk towards the door, not saying anything to the boy. He watches her for a moment before jumping out of his chair and asking, "Hey, hey, is this over?" The spiker's eyebrows raised in hope, finally he could leave and have some fun. Interviews, he decides, are boring. He doesn't want to become popular like Shiratorizawa if it means more boring interviews and less time spending time on the court and having fun with his friends.
Receiving a nod as the woman steps out, the Johzenji captain smiles and lets out a shout of joy. He could leave and explore this strange new world now and he couldn't wait to start. Though it was clear that his first steps toward the door are hesitant, this time worrying the inside of his cheek instead of messing with his piercing. A noticeable swallowing sound heard as he shakes his head slightly, puts on a smile and steps out - his typical demeanor whenever he faces something new. Approach it with a grin and a good attitude and good things will follow. It was all he could do when he was here alone.