Chapter 1:

Rumors

After My First Love Failed...


 “Hmm... Love... Such an overrated feeling.”Bookmark here

I mean, somebody take a look at everyone around. Still so early in the morning and all there is to see is couples flirting with each other, girls talking about their loved ones and guys behind them starring their butts!Bookmark here

Fifteen minutes on foot from my home just to get to high school and every day I have to go through the testament of hearing these love-drenched conversations these love-robots make. And these conversations just go on and on and on... even after they reach the classroom· Until right before the bell rings. Today is another example of this situation.Bookmark here

And here we are… at the ‘crime scene’.Bookmark here

“Wow, so early in the morning”, I soughed.Bookmark here

I went and took my seat already. The sleepless me wants to lie down on the desk immediately! Yesterday I couldn’t sleep. I lied down on my bed, hazing at the ceiling. I had this bizarre feeling. I don’t know. But I think something will disturb my internal peace…Bookmark here

“I’m so tired”, I soughed again as I was laying forwards my seat.Bookmark here

The classroom was already full of whispers coming from the chitchat a group of girls made. Although, my seat is almost at the back left corner, I can hear loud and clear all this murmuring. The worst part is that I knew already the topic of their conversations. Pretty much is predictable. Thank Goodness, right next to me is a loner, the desk to my left is empty and I don’t have these happy-go-lucky dialogues right above my head. Seriously though, what’s so great with these illusions they have?Bookmark here

Well, I don’t blame them. I know what it is to be stupid.Bookmark here

And as I was trying to get a quick nap, I could totally hear them chatting:Bookmark here

“He confessed to me yesterday!”, one of the girls said.Bookmark here

“Whaaat? And what did you say?”, they replied surprised.Bookmark here

“I haven’t answered him yet. I know, he is a really great guy, but… I… I like someone else already”.Bookmark here

Therefore, one soldier just got shot down...Bookmark here

“What?!?! Who is he? Do we know him”, they immediately asked.Bookmark here

“No! It’s someone from my club! You probably don’t know him”Bookmark here

“Oh, come on. Tell us...”Bookmark here

Of course the girls might be love-delusionals, but the guys are also on another level:Bookmark here

“We went on a date the other day”, one said.Bookmark here

“Seriously?!? How was it? How far did you get??”, the other replied.Bookmark here

“Shut up, dude! We…”Bookmark here

“We…? Just say it damn it…”Bookmark here

“Just kissed, guys --Nothing extreme--. But I’m really into her...”Bookmark here

Would you all shut up, damn it? Like something like that is true anyway--Bookmark here

“That bastard! I saw him kissing another girl!”, some other girl saidBookmark here

See?… Does anyone see my point?Bookmark here

“Forget that loser! You’ll find a better one for sure!”Bookmark here

All of you are losers! Immature losers! Which person who has still brain on their head does trying to get involved with an imitation of love? Why does anyone lose time from their lives just to make fun of the one that they supposedly love? Because their feelings isn’t love· is bullsh-Bookmark here

“Wake up you idiot!”Bookmark here

“Hey! What the hell are you doing?”Bookmark here

“I was talking to you but you didn’t hear me.”Bookmark here

“Anyway, what do you want Bill?”Bookmark here

“Open your damn eyes! Yamada-sensei is here. Jeez”Bookmark here

“Good morning, everyone!”Bookmark here

“Good morning, Yamada-sensei”Bookmark here

The lunch break came by pretty fast today.Bookmark here

Bill grabbed me over and went downstairs to the cafeteria. On the way there a familiar pair of boobs almost knocked me over the stairs from behind…Bookmark here

“Ayame, do you want to kill me?”Bookmark here

“You know that’s not the case… sweety… Tee-hee!”Bookmark here

“Ohh! Didn’t know Alex got a girlfriend”, says Bill with having a smug laugh stuck on his faceBookmark here

Right now I want to punch him.Bookmark here

“Good morning, Bill-kun”Bookmark here

“Good morning, Ayame-chan”Bookmark here

At the cafeteria the quartet was completed a bit late. The credits go to Sok-kun – as usual-- who is constantly taking his time to join us.Bookmark here

And these last months this became a ridiculous situation as we were asked to order food for him before it runs out, as he is stopping by his girlfriend’s class. Well, at least I’m happy he has a smiley face and not the gloomy one he used to.Bookmark here

“Hey guys”Bookmark here

“Look who decided to show up”, said BillBookmark here

“Yo, Sok-kun”Bookmark here

“Hello, Sok-kun”Bookmark here

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“You really take your time to join us, don’t you?”Bookmark here

Well, that’s what I wanted to ask him myself, Bill… I guess I’m not the only one annoyed here…Bookmark here

“Well… You know how it is the situation, Bill. She also has the student council stuff to take care of and we don’t get to see each other much at school.”Bookmark here

Good to see him so happy that he is. True, I may not be supportive of these high-school illusions they call relationships, but this case is different. I know Sok-kun since elementary school. He is a great guy. He deserves it.Bookmark here

“Hey, hey… I was wondering... if you heard the rumors…”, Sok-kun suddenly said.Bookmark here

“Ohh? Rumors? What rumors?”, Ayame asked.Bookmark here

“On the way here I heard about a transfer student coming to our school in the upcoming days.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…”, I half-assed responded...Bookmark here

“Don’t be so excited…”, a sarcastic Sok-kun told me.Bookmark here

“Shut it!… But isn’t it strange to have a new student in the middle of the year?”Bookmark here

“It’s only September. Anyway, I hope the student’s a girl and get transferred into our class.”, an excited Bill said.Bookmark here

“How do you even know they’re second year?”, I answered.Bookmark here

“They probably are! I heard someone from the next class talking about it.”, Sok-kun replied. “Apparently, they saw some parents talking to the principal about transferring their child here.”Bookmark here

Give me a break! At this point is no longer a rumor. It’s a fact!Bookmark here

“Hey Alex. Is there something wrong? You seem down today.”Bookmark here

“Every day I seem down, Ayame. No change today.”Bookmark here

“Indeed. Today you look even worse than usual.”, said Bill.Bookmark here

“Couldn’t sleep well. Yesterday night I was having a strange feeling… I don’t know.”Bookmark here

“What?! You were thinking about a girl and wondering if she likes you?”, Bill said while surrounded by... sparkles?Bookmark here

- No, no, no, no. I’m not like that.Bookmark here

- You used to be like that though...Bookmark here

I think I was saved by the bell, literally!… Or maybe not for long.Bookmark here

“Don’t you think you got it over just because the bell rang. If you didn’t forget I’m sitting in front of you! I’ll nag you on the whole time...”Bookmark here

“How can I forget that?”Bookmark here

“Anyway, cheer up Alex… -kun!”Bookmark here

“Thanks, Bill… -kun!”Bookmark here

Jeez that guy! Well, that’s childhood friends for you. They’re seeing through you all the time you can’t get away from them.Bookmark here

But… however you see it… we just clicked perfectly as friends. The same applies to Sok-kun as well... even though in his case we didn’t have the greatest start. It was due to Bill that I came to know him better. Now that I think about it, these 8 years I’ve known Bill, he was there for me, supporting me... including that time…Bookmark here

I guess he’s something like a brother to me…Bookmark here

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“Good evening everyone!”Bookmark here

“Good evening sensei!”Bookmark here

“Hey Bill, are you going home?”Bookmark here

“Nope. Today I have club activities with the football team”Bookmark here

“Oh… Okay then.”Bookmark here

As I was heading to the front gate, I spotted Sok-kun.Bookmark here

“Sok-ku~”Bookmark here

Ahh… Yeah, I guess he’s on an after-school date.Bookmark here

Fortunately, for these kinds of situations, I always have my trusty-old earphones with me, so…Bookmark here

Wait, is that Ayame?Bookmark here

“Ayame?”Bookmark here

“A-A-Alex?”Bookmark here

“Sorry. Did I startle you?”Bookmark here

“Yes… No… It’s alright…”Bookmark here

“How come you don’t have practice with the Cheerleading Club?”Bookmark here

“The president is down with a cold, so she told us to take it easy for today and rest.”Bookmark here

“Ohh… That’s a bummer. It’s a shame because our football stars could use some cheerleading in their practice.”Bookmark here

“So, that’s why you’re returning alone. Bill-kun has a practice.”Bookmark here

“You figured it out.”Bookmark here

In a sense, it’s a good thing Bill couldn’t make it. I don’t want to be the third wheel on a shitty day like today.Bookmark here

“So, Ayame-san, may I escort you on your way home?”Bookmark here

“It’s my pleasure, Alex… -kun... Tee-hee!”Bookmark here

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