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Hinata, with her cheeks already tinted pink, managed to murmur, "Sensei, can an insect... um, breed with itself?"
Matsumoto, without missing a beat, and completely missing the potential innuendo, held her hands out, each representing an insect. She began to dance them around each other, her fingers fluttering in an illustrative manner. "Well, Hinata, most insects need a partner for reproduction. However, some can produce offspring without mating, a process called parthenogenesis. It's like," she continued, pausing as she tried to come up with an analogy, her fingers moving in a way that seemed to mimic self-pleasure, "they give birth without ever... coming into contact with another."
A hush of stifled chuckles filled the room. Orion, seizing the opportunity, murmured audibly enough for the immediate vicinity to hear, "That's one way to avoid complicated relationships."
Levy leaned into Lucy, whispering just low enough, "This class will be the end of me. I can't..."
Lucy nodded, her eyes watering slightly from suppressed laughter. "Oh, the imagery."
Orion decided to add to the chaos. "Sensei, so it's like... self-service for the insect world?"
Matsumoto blinked, her face a picture of innocence. "Exactly! They can be self-sufficient when the environment requires it. It's quite fascinating."
Throughout this, Hinata looked as if she wished the ground would swallow her whole. Her question had set off a chain reaction, and while she wasn’t unfamiliar with Orion's antics, Matsumoto's unintentional innuendos took the cake.
Still, the atmosphere was light, the teasing nature of the students not mean-spirited but instead a shared bond of humor amidst a potentially awkward subject. It was moments like these that showed the closeness of the class and their shared camaraderie.
Luna and Aurora exchanged glances, a shared smile on their faces. They loved this side of their brother—playful, audacious, and unapologetic.
As the lesson drew to a close, Matsumoto, ever the enthusiastic teacher, managed to provide an informative and, unintentionally, entertaining lesson on insect reproduction. She clapped her hands, bringing the class back to order. "Alright! Make sure to read up on the next chapter. We're diving into aquatic life next. The world under the sea has its own tales of romance and reproduction."
As the class was about to leave, Matsumoto's voice resonated through the room, cutting through the chatter. "Orion, can you stay back? I'd like to talk to you."
Orion shot his sisters and girlfriends a reassuring glance. "Go ahead. I'll catch up." Hinata looked concerned, while Winry gently squeezed his hand in a silent gesture of support.
Yachiru, as irreverent as ever, snickered. "Told you, Orion. Sometimes you dig too deep."
He grinned back, eyes twinkling with mischief. "What's life without a bit of adventure?"
After the room emptied, the ambient sound of shifting chairs and muffled conversations through the door filled the silence. Matsumoto, her orange locks cascading beautifully around her shoulders, gestured to a chair next to her desk. "Sit, please."
Obliging, Orion waited patiently, his poised demeanor betraying none of the questions swirling in his mind.
Matsumoto leaned back, her fingers interlaced. "Orion," she began, her voice softer now, "the reactions in class today made me think. Do you... find the subjects difficult to grasp?"
Orion raised an eyebrow, momentarily thrown off by the question. "Sensei, are you suggesting I didn't understand the lesson?"
She looked thoughtful. "Well, the frequent laughter and red faces made me wonder if the content was, perhaps, hard for you to digest."
His lips twitched, trying to suppress a smirk. "Matsumoto Sensei, I believe I have a good grasp on biology. It's just that... well, sometimes the way things are presented can be amusing."
She stared at him blankly, not catching his drift. It was moments like these where Matsumoto's seemingly aloof nature shone through, endearing and exasperating all at once.
Rangiku Matsumoto blinked, a genuine beam illuminating her face as a realization struck her. "I see! You need live examples. You cannot grasp because you cannot visualize."
Orion sighed, his patience clearly being tested. "Sure, let's go with that."
Matsumoto nodded, satisfied with her deduction. She glanced around the classroom, lost in thought for a moment. It was clear she was trying to figure out the best way to make her point. "Alright, let's start with the basics." She motioned towards herself. "As you can see, I am a female. Certain characteristics define females in many species, including ours."
She placed her hands below her chest, highlighting her bosom. "These," she began, her tone matter-of-factly, "are a result of female hormones. They grow and develop due to those hormones."
Orion nodded, trying to keep a straight face. "Yes, I'm well aware, Sensei."
Matsumoto continued, "And then we have the reproductive organs." She gestured towards her lower body. "I possess the female reproductive system."
Suddenly, she reached out and lightly touched Orion's leg, just near his pocket, making him jump slightly. "And you," she said with an innocent tilt of her head, "have the male counterpart."
Orion blinked, a slow grin forming on his face. This woman was entirely oblivious to how her words and actions might be interpreted. He decided to play along, seeing where this might lead. "That's... an astute observation, Sensei."
She nodded, apparently pleased. "Now, do you understand the difference?"
The classroom was a mosaic of desks and chairs, the walls lined with charts and posters displaying various biological concepts. At the front stood Rangiku Matsumoto, her orange hair cascading over her shoulders, lips curving in a light-hearted, yet mischievous smile.
Orion shook his head, a glint of mischief in his eyes. "But Sensei, I thought these are for peeing only."
Matsumoto sighed deeply, her eyes momentarily closing. "Orion, oh Orion," she muttered, exasperation evident in her voice. She eyed him, a spark of challenge in her gaze. "They are for much more than that. Have you ever experienced… stiffening?" she ventured.
Orion couldn’t help but chuckle at the choice of words. He nodded in affirmation, raising an eyebrow. "I might have," he replied coyly, playing into her straightforward demeanor.
Matsumoto nodded seriously. "That, Orion, is what many would colloquially refer to as a 'boner'. It’s a signal from the body. It means you're biologically ready to mate."
Orion watched her, the smoldering intensity in his eyes hidden beneath a playful veneer. She was clearly on a mission to clarify a concept, and he wasn't one to back down from a challenge – if she was game, so was he.
Matsumoto pursed her lips, considering her words. "So, to help you truly understand," she began, her voice soft and deliberate, "you need to feel the physiological changes."
Then, with a move that caught Orion off guard, she said, "Here, let me show you." Her hand reached out, heading towards his pocket. A quizzical look crossed Orion's face but was quickly replaced by his familiar smirk.
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