Maximillian Mendoza was Ramona's carpool when they were in elementary. Maximillian and his older sister, Kristine, all went to the same school together located in San Francisco, Ca. It was then that Ramona got influenced to dye her hair different colors since Kristine loved to do it. Maximillian was studying martial arts in an after school program. Ramona was also influenced to do the same by her family because 1) she had to ride with her carpool until her parents got out of work. and 2) because her parents felt that by learning martial arts, it would help her when she got older. The particular martial arts form is called "Arnis", a Filipino-style of fighting using two sticks. Maximillian took this class since he is Filipino. The two of them were top students and won many martial arts tournaments throughout the bay area, even against a certain half-ninja's clan. Eventually, this dynamic duo took it a step further when Maximillian told Ramona how he felt. Ramona not knowing any better said yes to Maximillian and they became an item. Their parents thought it was cute since they were already the best two fighters in their school. A month had passed and Ramona's dad got a promotion in his job to move out to the East Coast. So, they had to move and Maximillian got his heart broken since she had to break up with him. Furious, he set out to somehow get to the East Coast although it would take him years to do so.