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is belief in the right things.
your mother had always taught you to have faith. it was something she'd been telling you since you were little. have faith and good things will come. it's almost your life motto in a way. you've never doubted that things will happen as their supposed to. it's why you trust that good things come to those who wait and have faith.
it's why you think that haruka was meant to be your friend, that you were meant to join the swim team. it's why you think your fisherman friend drowned. everything had a reason and everything needed for you to have faith. you have faith that your friendships will last beyond high school, they've lasted this far at least.
you have faith that one day you'll overcome your fear of the ocean. you almost did when you tried to save rei, but it still had a hold on you. still does have a hold on you.
it's why you're in the capitol instead of cascata. because you still have this crippling fear that you'll drown and despite knowing that all of your friends are likely in cascata, you can't bring yourself to go there. you don't have enough faith that you'll survive.
is taking a positive future view, that good will prevail.
faith and hope go hand in hand in your mind. you've never had faith without having hope. you had faith that haruka wouldn't really quit swimming and then you hoped that you were right.
you were wrong. he did quit. for a while at least. and then some how you and the rest of the team managed to convince him to come back.
and sometimes you have hope without having faith. you hope haru will decide what he wants to do in the future besides just swimming, but you have no faith that he'll actually make a decision anytime soon. even if you don't quite know what you want to do, at least you know you want to help people.
you hope to one day figure haru out, to understand what's really going on in his head. of course you know that you know him better than anyone else. but he's still a mystery to you. he's not an open book like rei or nagisa or even rin. haru leaves you hoping to learn more.
you have hope in a lot of things really. you have hope in your parents. hope in your brother and sister. hope in your friends. hope in yourself.
but really the most important hope that you can think of is the hope the people have in the world.
is concern for, and active helping of, others.
you've always put others before yourself. it's just something that you do. you're not sure when you got into that habit, but it's stuck with you. it's noticeable when you leave early in the mornings to walk with haru to classes. or when you stop to pet and feed the stray kitten. even when you sign the team up for a relay during the swimming festival. your thoughts have always been about others, not about you.
so it always makes you pause whenever someone makes it about you. you blush and look down and turn the conversation to another topic.
it's not that you're uncomfortable with the praise, it's just no one ever says things like that besides your parents. sure, you know you're a good friend and a good student, but to hear it from someone else's mouth.... it's just weird.
you like it though, sure, you may blush and change the topic, but your heart also swells. someone noticed you and noticed what you're doing. it's why you've donated your time to the animal shelter because maybe you'll be able to care for these precious animals when no one else can.
it's why you decide to be a fire fighter as well. perhaps you could get there in time to save someone's pictures of their long gone father. you just know you want to help and in return that means you have to let others help you. but it's just so hard to open up to others when you're so used to being the one listening.
is never giving up.
you don't think haru really understands how much he means to you. sure, he's just a friend, but he's also your inspiration. you look up to him more than he'd probably be comfortable with, but there's just something about him. you don't know what it is but you strive to get there. you never let a project slip between your fingers. mostly because you don't think you'd be able to look at yourself the same if you did. you'd think of yourself as a failure and that's not who you are.
you may seem like you have everything under control, and you have a lot of it taken care of, but sometimes you just need a moment to breathe.
and that's what you do.
you close your eyes, take a breath, and get back to work.
you know things aren't just given out freely, that you have to work for them. that's why haru's nonchalant attitude about after high school bothers you. you don't tell him though, he's not your sibling, just a friend. it's up to him to make his own choices. but you try to help him the best you can.
after all, he's helped you plenty of times. especially when he thought you were dying. you'd been stupid to try and save rei, but there hadn't been enough time to wake haruka or nagisa to save him. you had to do it yourself.
you'd almost quit swimming after that. the fear closing in on you so that you almost couldn't even tolerate a pool. but you needed swimming. that was your break from things. it was how you kept going, how you never gave up on something. you wanted to though. oh god, did you want to.
you didn't though. you couldn't. that just wasn't who you were, you always pushed through.
is being fair and equitable with others.
sousuke tests your patience. you know you're supposed to treat others the way you want to be treated, but you can't stand him sometimes. you want to like him. rin, nagisa, rei, haru, even your siblings like him. there's just something about him that rubs you the wrong way. you feel like he's hiding something.
but that doesn't mean you can act on it. you never act on your feelings, even the good ones. it's a part of the deal where you put others first. especially when it comes to haruka.
if you can't bring yourself to tell him that you like him, how can you tell him that you don't trust sousuke? you can't. it's not fair. it's not fair to mess up your friendship with a silly crush. it's not fair to mess up a friendship that you're not even a part of because of a silly hunch you have about lying.
life's not fair.
though you try to make it fair. you treat sousuke as the others do, as you treat everyone. with a smile on your face and a friendly word or two. you still can't shake the feeling that he's lying about something, but you don't know him that well. rin trusts him and you trust rin, so he can't be that bad.
you want to be fair in your judgement of people, but it's hard. especially with sousuke. you just don't know what to think about him.
is care of and moderation with money.
your family was never big on gifts. at least not gifts that you had to buy. you mom always cooked as a gift to someone, a skill she passed down to you as well. you love cooking something for someone instead of buying them something they might never need. at least with food you know it'll get eaten. plus, no one ever told you you made horrible cookies yet (and hopefully never will).
your dad wasn't big on monetary presents either, he liked to make things himself. he'd spend the time to make someone a card rather than buy it. he'd make them a cd with their favorite songs.
your very much like your parents. you enjoy making things by hand and seeing the look on people's faces as they see it's homemade.
it's not even just with gifts that you're careful with money. you rarely spend the money you earn, you have nothing to buy besides food and a few other necessities. you don't see a reason to have the newest phone or the newest pair of sunglasses. you're fine with what you have until it breaks. you'd much rather spend your money on your younger siblings or on your friends than on yourself.
is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.
the only thing you absolutely need in life is your friends. you wouldn't be who you are without them. they're just about as important as the air you breathe every day.
sure, you need other things than friends to survive, but there's nothing besides the basics that you need. your friends are everything you could have hoped for and you're happy with that.
and you're not quite sure you could live without your siblings, so you'll need them too. or at least they'll need you. you don't think they'd be able to be happy without you to help them. you always kiss their booboos and help with their homework. and you know you need them too.
without all of them you'd be lost.