Man of Steel + Vampire
Chapter 7: Snow Woman and a Vampire
Clark Kent and the other members of the Newspaper Club has successfully sold all their newspapers for the day, much to their expectancy. Moka decides that they should celebrate. Kurumu, Yukari and Clark agree. However, Clark then wonders where Gin vanished to as he was with them until a minute ago. Kurumu tells him to forget about Gin as he's probably off hitting on girls or taking pictures of them; he's not invited. Yukari agrees with Kurumu, calling Gin the Enemy of All Women. Gin is next seen walking with two girls, saying that the Newspaper Club is looking for models while he gropes one of them.
While deciding what to bring, everyone notices a quiet girl with long purple hair and out of uniform, talking about how she doesn't understand friendship. They wonder what she wants and she asks for a newspaper; Clark hands her one he had in his pocket. Upon taking the newspaper, the girl takes a long look at Clark, saying that he's cuter than she expected before leaving. The girls wonder if Clark knew her; he doesn't. Clark gets them to get their minds off the idea by saying they'll throw the party of their lives after school, prompting cheers.
In class, Ms Nekonome is taking roll call, only to find a Ms. Shirayuki is still absent from class. Much to Clark, Kurumu and Moka's shock, they find the girl they met this morning come into the classroom and take the last empty seat. Ms. Nekonome reacts with joy and tells the class that she's Mizore Shirayuki, who had not been coming to school due to unforeseen circumstances.
After class, Clark, Kurumu and Moka talk about what to bring to the party. Kurumu begins rubbing against Clark again, talking about a homemade treat she has for him, but Moka pulls her away with her. Once they're gone, Clark notices that someone is watching him. Much to his surprise, he finds Mizore behind him. Asking if there is something he can help her with, Clark learns Mizore is a fan of his work for the Yokai Gazzette and that Ms. Nekonome brought issues of it to her while she was still out of school. Mizore shows Clark a scrapbook she made of his articles, mentioning that she put some of her thoughts and ideas into it. Clark feels flattered, but soon becomes frightened when he sees the comments in Mizore's book are obsessive affection for him - "What the Hell!?" Clark thought that those fan boys that stalk the girls were bad, but now he’s got a stalker of his own. Just when he thought he has seen it all. Mizore tells him how she noticed he writes from the view of the weak and helpless, something she can relate to, thinking that he's as lonely as her.
Elsewhere, in the Faculty Lounge, Ms. Nekonome is approached by the P.E. teacher, Mr. Kotsubo, who has just learned about Mizore finally attending class; she had refused to come to class for a while could be a serious matter. The math teacher, Ms. Ririko supports Mr. Kotsubo, saying that Mizore has a very unusual personality and that she caused lots of trouble in Junior High School. They both tell her to keep a close eye on her and make sure she doesn't cause trouble. With a sad expression, Ms. Nekonome agrees to keep an eye on Mizore.
At the pond, Mizore skips a stone nine times, happily cheering for herself. Clark congratulates her, but says that he has to go; Mizore grabs him. Clark knows that he is missing the party and sees that Mizore has now taken a more serious tone, saying that she doesn't know what might happen to Moka if he doesn't stay with her. Mizore tells Clark that all he has to do is be hers and hers alone. Cold gusts of wind begin surrounding them.
Elsewhere, at the Newspaper Club room, Moka has brought her share of the snacks and is awaiting everyone else, wondering where Clark is. She hears the door open, but instead of her friends, Mizore is there. She tells Moka that she can wait all day, but Clark will not come; water drips from her. She begins choking Moka, saying that getting rid of her is the only way to make Clark hers. Moka slaps Mizore, shattering the upper right part of her head. Mizore tells Moka that she is actually a puppet made of ice, asking if she thinks she did a good job. The puppet turns its right arm into an ice blade and tells Moka that it's time for her to die. Moka screams for Clark to help her.
Back at the pond, it has frozen over and Clark has been thrown onto it. Clark wonders what Mizore is and learns that she is a Yuki-Onna, able to bend ice to her will; ice traps Clark's legs. Mizore tells Clark that she's lonely and that she senses that he is as well, hoping that they'll warm each other's frozen hearts. Clark can only shiver and fear for the worse until he hears Moka's voice calling out to him. Mizore turns around, shocked to see Moka being carried by Kurumu towards them. This leaves Mizore confused; she ordered her puppet to kill Moka. Kurumu had saved Moka from the ice puppet by smashing her love-potion-laced cake onto it, earning Mizore her anger. Mizore tries blocking them with ice, but Kurumu ends up crashing Moka right into Clark, freeing him from the ice.
Mizore tries moving in to kill Moka, but Clark blocks her, telling Mizore that he is not lonely. Mizore thinks that Clark is rejecting her feelings for him and screams in anguish, vanishing in a tornado of snow. Kurumu then notices that the ice can't hold their weight now that Mizore's power isn't sustaining it, and everyone crashes into the water.
Mr. Kotsubo bids two female students good-bye for the day at the track; they walk off, thinking about going shopping. Watching them leave, Mr. Kotsubo mumbles to himself that students develop "way too frickin fast" before wandering off to take his mind of the matter. He finds Mizore crying nearby, and asks her what's wrong. He then realizes who she is. Mizore looks back...
Back in the Newspaper Club room, Moka, and Kurumu are wrapped up in blankets to warm themselves up after their encounter with Mizore. Clark was lucky since extreme temperature don’t affect him the slightest. But he didn’t tell the girls that. Kurumu can only lament that her cake was ruined by "frosty the snow-skank". Yukari comments that Moka and Kurumu they're acting like a couple of old people before noticing there's a commotion going on outside. Upon opening the door, they find Ms. Nekonome in a panic, saying that Mizore has gotten into big trouble.
In the Faculty Lounge, they learn that Mr. Kotsubo has been hospitalized after being attacked by Mizore. Clark wonders if there's any proof that she did it. Ms. Ririko (the math teacher) tells them that Mr. Kotsubo identified his attacker as Mizore and the rest of the teachers are out combing the grounds for her; she's to be expelled once she's found. Kurumu and Yukari think she went ballistic because she was rejected, something that is very likely due to her personality type. Feeling responsible for the chaos, Clark decides to find her as there is something he didn't get to tell her in their last meeting, against the suggestions of his friends. Clark passes Gin on the way out, paying him no mind. The girls are less than happy to see Gin, but he tells them he has photos for an “awesome new scoop.”
At the cliffs, Mizore is looking out to the ocean just as Clark arrives. He explains that Mr. Kotsubo is in the hospital and that the teachers are looking to expel her for injuring him, asking if she got carried away with lashing out. Clark goes on to say that if she comes with him and apologizes right away, she won't get expelled. Mizore shakes and slowly becomes hysterical, telling Clark that she thought that he would be the one who understood her, but she now thinks none will ever understand her, calling up a flurry of snow around her.
Moka, Kurumu and Yukari arrive, showing Clark Gin's photos. They show that Mr. Kotsubo was trying to molest Mizore when he found her, using his monster form to prevent her escape, she was only defending herself. Clark now feels terrible for what he said and asks Mizore if she can forgive him. Instead, she screams for him to leave her alone and to stay away, summoning a snow storm. She laughs manically, crying, as ice puppets form, each saying something born from the despair deep in her heart. The cliff Mizore is on collapses, but Clark grabs her. Mizore tells him to let her go, but he tells her that he is not lonely because of his friends; he wants her to be one of his friends as well. However, the ice puppets, having been created by her negative emotions, believe that Clark is lying; if he was a real friend, he would die for her. Mizore apologizes, explaining that she no longer controls them; they are acting of their own accord.
Moka rushes over to pull Clark and Mizore up, but he pulls off her rosary instead. With Inner Moka free, the ice puppets threaten her next, but she simply tells them that THEY will be the ones to disappear; they shatter into pieces of ice. Yukari explains to a shocked Kurumu that Moka's monster energy is much stronger than Mizore's, which created the ice dolls, so it makes sense they exploded. Inner Moka pulls Clark and Mizore up, grumbling about Clark calling her out for such a ridiculous problem. Mizore gets to her feet and refuses to thank her. In response to Mizore's cold attitude, Inner Moka uses a light kick, knocking Mizore away. She goes on to explain that before Mizore talks about dying, she should at least try living her life. Mizore accepts the advice, and before passing out; she states that she thought the kick would kill her.
Later, everyone, but Gin and Clark is covered with a blanket in the Newspaper Club room as Ms. Nekonome thanks them for saving Mizore. They then notice it suddenly got colder; Mizore is at the door. Clark freaks out while Moka notices Mizore has cut her hair. Mizore explains that she felt reborn and decided to cut her hair as part of her change. Gin tells her that she is photogenic and takes her picture. Clark thanks Gin for getting the photos, as they proved Mizore's innocence. Gin says it's all in a day's work for a dedicated reporter, but more photos fall out of his pocket. Kurumu picks them up and examines them with Moka and Yukari, immediately scowling; they're of girls changing clothes (again). Kurumu and Yukari proceed to pummel Gin for once again peeping on girls, telling him that he should have saved Mizore instead of taking photos. Mizore continues to look on at Clark from the door.
Later that night; Mr. Kotsubo (now feeling better), Ms. Ririko, and Ms. Nekonome are all in the director’s office listening to Mikogami on how Mizore’s expelling is excused, thanks to Mr. Kent, since Ms. Shirayuki isn’t who Mikogami is worried about. He then makes Mr. Kotsubo promise that something like this should never happen again. Ms. Ririko however still doesn’t understand on why is Mikogami is keeping a strong hold of hope on Clark. All that Mikogami says is that he is WAY too important to be thrown away. But Ms. Ririko asks why. But Mikogami doesn’t say anything else and excuses the Teachers. Ms. Ririko then decides that she must figure out why Clark is so important to this school for herself.