She was startled at the sudden noise and nearly jumped out of her skin when someone landed on the ground right in front of her.
She could hear her heart thudding in her ears as she looked at the flowing orange hair and her fingers clenched around the hairpins she had just found. She found it extremely difficult to focus on what was going on because her legs wanted her to start running again. Still on edge from the meeting with Kaname, she almost turned around when the girl in front of her got to her feet.
Her smiled soothed Yuki and her voice continued to set her at ease as she slowly felt her body relax and focused on what the girl in front of her was saying.
Before she knew it, she was smiling gently herself as she responded with the hairpins held out in her open palm, “Would these be the hairpins you were looking for?”
She gasped when she saw the girl hold out her hand, revealing the precious object she had been searching for all day long - her beloved hairpins! Orihime’s eyes sparkled like stars in her face from pure unadulterated happiness. Beaming from ear to ear, she stammered out a quick, “Yes! T-Thank you very much!” before taking them from her gratefully. Pulling back her bangs, Orihime was relieved to clip them securely into place once again, her fingers tenderly touching the six-pointed flowers nestled in her coppery-colored hair.
Realizing what she had just done, Orihime paused, blushed out of embarrassment, and smiled bashfully. She hoped she hadn’t offended her by just snatching up the pins from her hands like that. Her jubilation at being unexpectedly reunited with them just overwhelmed her so much she could not hold herself back. Still, Orihime inwardly chided; that isn’t a way to treat the person who was so kind enough to return them to you! What would onii-chan say? “Manners, ‘Hime,” the sweet, wise voice of her brother murmured at the back of her head, prompting her to amend her error.
She laughed and lightly hit the top of her head. “Ah - I’m sorry about just taking them in such a rude manner … ” She blinked then, her lips thinning when she realized she did not know her name. She internally sweat-dropped. How doubly rude of her not to ask, or introduce herself before, either!
“By the way, my name is I’m Inoue Orihime! May I … please ask what yours is? I think I should know so that I can thank the person who helped me more properly, eheh.”