Chapter 2:

Three Cocky Idiots Show Off Their Moves

Why Does Nobody Find Us Attractive?

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Still half asleep, Reina slapped her arm around looking for her phone. Eventually, her hand grasped the solid rectangular shape and she turned off the alarm. Slowly sitting up in her futon, she pushes the hair out of her face and rubs her eyes. After stretching out her arms, she gets to her feet and slogs to the washroom to get ready. She put on some clothes, throwing on a large t-shirt and some shorts, then continued with the rest of her daily bathroom routines. Once finished, Reina trudged into the kitchen. She opened the fridge, and after looking through its contents, she took out the milk. The carton was light, so Reina sloshed it around and determined that only a little amount was left. She poured the small amount into a glass and drank it in one large gulp. Scrounging around for any food, she heard the creaks of the stairs as someone walked down.Bookmark here

"Mornin', Reina."Bookmark here

Reina turned around to see Nikko jump off the last stair. His hair is a mess and he's only adorned with a pair of shorts.Bookmark here

"You couldn't throw on a shirt, jackass? I don't want to be seeing 'this' when I wake up."Bookmark here

Rather than be offended, Nikko struck a pose, showing off his slender figure.Bookmark here

"You should be grateful. Very few have had the honor to gaze upon my godly body."Bookmark here

Reina couldn't help but chuckle at his response, taking a seat at the table to eat a banana. Nikko struted towards the fridge and opened it, but stood unmoving for several moments. Eventually, he slowly turned around to face Reina.Bookmark here

"Reina, where's the milk?"Bookmark here

The haunting, unemotional sound in his voice sent chills down her spine. Looking at him, Reina saw the complete soullessness in his eyes, and it made her hesitant to respond.Bookmark here

"Um, I…, I drank the rest."Bookmark here

Nikko continued to stare at Reina, but he wasn't focused on her, rather he was focused on nothing. He remained still for nearly 30 seconds, then suddenly dropped to his knees.Bookmark here

"No FUCKING MILK!"Bookmark here

Reina flinched at his terrifying bellow. She had no idea what was going on with him, but she did know that she was afraid. Worried for her safety, Reina began to slowly creep towards the front door. As soon as she reached towards the doorknob, the door suddenly swung open. Reina jumped back in fright, but was relieved to see a familiar face.Bookmark here

“Mornin’.”Bookmark here

Juzo entered through the door, setting his bag on the nearby bench. Reina gave him a concerned smile.Bookmark here

“Hey, Nikko’s acting really strange, and it’s kinda scaring me. Could you check on him?”Bookmark here

“Alright, I’ll see what’s up.”Bookmark here

Juzo walked into the kitchen to see Nikko still slumped on his knees. He shuffled up next to Nikko and squatted down to wrap his arm around his collapsed shoulders.Bookmark here

“Hey, buddy, what’s up? You don’t look too good.”Bookmark here

Nikko sluggishly turned his neck to face Juzo and started quickly mumbling.Bookmark here

“She drank it. She drank it all. Why would she do that? Didn’t she know not to do that? Why did this happen to me?”Bookmark here

Juzo patted Nikko’s head in an attempt to calm him down.Bookmark here

“Hey, slow down now. Why don’t you try and calmly explain what happened.”Bookmark here

Nikko took a few deep breaths, then straightened up his posture.Bookmark here

“I just wanted some milk, Juzo. That’s what I do in the morning. But then I open the fridge, and there’s no carton. So I asked Reina. She drank it all, Juzo. She drank all of my milk.”Bookmark here

Nikko broke into tears, unable to keep any composure for any longer. Juzo gave him a few pats on the back, then got back to his feet and approached Reina, whose face was painted in uneasiness.Bookmark here

“Is he alright?”Bookmark here

Juzo took a moment to push his hair back.Bookmark here

“Why?”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

Juzo’s disappointment was now obvious, as he buried his face into his hand.Bookmark here

“The man lets you stay over at his house because he knows your situation at home is bad. And how do you repay him? You drink all his milk. You, my friend, are truly human garbage."Bookmark here

Hearing that comment made Reina lose her patience regarding the situation. Bookmark here

"God dammit, all I did was drink some milk! Why are you treating it like I committed a war crime?” Bookmark here

Reina shuffled closer towards Nikko.Bookmark here

“Look, Nikko, I'm sorry, but…"Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, Juzo's phone started beeping, causing Reina to stop.Bookmark here

"Oh, we gotta get to school. C'mon, go and get ready."Bookmark here

Nikko sprung up and headed towards the stairs, acting as if nothing happened..Bookmark here

"Hurry up, Reina. We gotta get dressed."Bookmark here

Reina stood there in shock.Bookmark here

“What the hell! Weren’t you just having a breakdown over your damn milk? Why are you acting like nothing happened!?”Bookmark here

Nikko shook his head at Reina.Bookmark here

“Reina, we don’t have time to chat. Just hurry up and get ready.”Bookmark here

“Wha?… huh?...”Bookmark here

Juzo went and tapped Reina's shoulder to break her from her dumbfoundedness.Bookmark here

“Go on, I don’t want to be waiting all morning.”Bookmark here

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The day at school went like any other, carrying on tediously until salvation in the form of lunch break. As usual, the trio gathered at their table in the cafeteria, setting out their lunches on the table. Nikko was quick to start the conversation.Bookmark here

“So, what’s the plan?”Bookmark here

Juzo looked confused at the vague question.Bookmark here

“Plan for what?”Bookmark here

“You know, the plan we came up with yesterday. Sitting around during precious spare time would be a waste, so I thought we should jump straight into the action.”Bookmark here

“Okay, then. Go ask someone out right now.”Bookmark here

“What!? I thought we were gonna help each other?”Bookmark here

“Can’t help unless I know what I’m working with. Don’t you agree, Reina?”Bookmark here

Reina was too involved in her food that she missed the question. However, feeling pressure from the two staring at her, she just agreed and nodded. Happy with her response, Juzo continued.Bookmark here

“Alright, now that we have come to an agreement, go show us what you got.”Bookmark here

Nikko rose to his feet and slammed his hands on the table.Bookmark here

“Fine, I’ll show you losers how you score some girls.”Bookmark here

Nikko strutted towards a group of four girls sitting across the cafeteria. By now, Reina’s attention had shifted towards the boy’s activity.Bookmark here

“What’s the dumbass doing?”Bookmark here

“I told him to try and ask someone out to see his moves.”Bookmark here

“Well, those girls over there are gonna tear him apart. They got ego’s bigger than the damn moon.”Bookmark here

“Ooh, we’re gonna be treated to a show.”Bookmark here

Nikko reached the girls, leaning against the table to get their attention.Bookmark here

“Hey, how are you ladies doing this fine afternoon.”Bookmark here

The girls gave Nikko a disgusted look, but glanced at each other in agreement. A tall, black-haired girl was the one who responded to him.Bookmark here

“Oh, and who is this charming young man?”Bookmark here

Nikko flashed them his best smile.Bookmark here

“Me? Well, I’m Nikko Murano, class 3-2. I was wondering if I could eat lunch with you nice girls.”Bookmark here

“Of course! We’re always happy to accommodate a fellow student.”Bookmark here

The black-haired girl gestured to a chair, so Nikko sat down.Bookmark here

“So, are you going to introduce yourselves?”Bookmark here

Before saying anything, the black-haired girl checked her phone.Bookmark here

“Oh, I’m so sorry. It looks like we have somewhere to be right now. Would you be a dear and clean up the table? Thanks so much.”Bookmark here

All four girls got up, dumping their garbage on Nikko as they walked by. Realizing he’d been played, Nikko slumped back in his chair and sighed. Juzo and Reina walked over to check up on him, silently helping him clean up the mess. Bookmark here

“Sorry.”Bookmark here

Nikko turned to see Juzo, who was staring at the floor in remorse.Bookmark here

“Nah, it’s alright. At least you got a good look at the master’s moves.”Bookmark here

The last comment caught Reina’s attention.Bookmark here

“The MASTER!? Dude, you just embarrassed yourself in front of the entire cafeteria, and you have the audacity to call yourself the master! Wow, I really underestimated your stupidity.”Bookmark here

Nikko was starting to get riled up.Bookmark here

“Oh ho, you think you can do better? Go ahead then, show me your moves!” Bookmark here

Juzo raised his arms up, trying to stop a scene from breaking out.Bookmark here

“Alright everyone, calm down. To be fair to Nikko, Reina and I will also go display our skills. Okay Reina, you’re up.”Bookmark here

“Wait, why me!?”Bookmark here

“Because you made fun of Nikko. Come on now, you can’t make fun of others if you’re the exact same.”Bookmark here

“Fine, see how a woman’s touch can capture the heart of an unsuspecting boy.”Bookmark here

Trying to take an approach opposite to Nikko, Reina goes to the hall to scout out any lonely boys. Her expedition eventually leads her to a boy by himself by the lockers. Reina turns to the other two.Bookmark here

“Watch this.”Bookmark here

She skips over to the boy holding her hands behind her back.Bookmark here

"Hi, watcha doing?"Bookmark here

The boy turns over to her with an expressionless face.Bookmark here

"Just getting my gym clothes."Bookmark here

"Oh, you like playing sports?"Bookmark here

"Not really."Bookmark here

Reina was starting to lose her patience. Bookmark here

"Oh, well did you have lunch yet?"Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"Would you mind if I ate with you?"Bookmark here

Suddenly, the boy snapped.Bookmark here

"Look, I don't know who you are, but stop bothering me. I know you just want food from me, so take this and leave me alone." Bookmark here

The boy shoves a package of bread into Reina’s arm before storming off. Reina remained still, astonished by what just happened. Nikko wasted no time to get back at her.Bookmark here

“Damn, you may suck at hitting on guys, but you would be an excellent homeless person.”Bookmark here

“Whatever, I just want to go back now.”Bookmark here

Seeing how upset Reina was, the boys just left their jokes to themselves. Juzo was up next, and he made sure to stretch in anticipation for his attempt. Bookmark here

“Dude, are you gonna be okay?”Bookmark here

Juzo looks over to Nikko, who looks a bit concerned.Bookmark here

“Dunno. Why ya asking?”Bookmark here

“Well, I've just been thinking back, and I don’t recall you ever even talking to a girl you didn’t know. Me and Reina have no problems talking to others, but I’m not so sure about you.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I usually have some trouble talking to strangers. But don’t worry, I’ll adapt.”Bookmark here

“You’ll adapt to social anxiety?”Bookmark here

“Sure, why not.”Bookmark here

Nikko was getting worried about what was about to happen. He turned to Reina for her thoughts, but she was still completely zoned out. Juzo had finished psyching himself up and was ready to go.Bookmark here

“Showtime.”Bookmark here

However, there was no one near the lockers, so Juzo had to walk around the school to find anyone. He found his targets hanging outside of a classroom, and he finally got his shot. Straightening up his posture, he advanced towards the two girls.Bookmark here

“Hi there, I’m Juzo Kawahara. I’m taking polls from students for a project. Would you mind answering a few questions?”Bookmark here

From afar, Nikko’s jaw dropped.Bookmark here

“My God, this man actually has a working plan.”Bookmark here

Reina raised her head to view the spectacle.Bookmark here

“No, it’s Juzo. It’s definitely gonna blow up in his face.”Bookmark here

“That’s a good point. At least he seems to have an idea about what he’s doing.”Bookmark here

As the two talked, Juzo finished asking the girls his fake questions.Bookmark here

“Alright, thank you so much! You guys have been a big help.”Bookmark here

One of the girls returned his cheerful attitude.Bookmark here

“Yeah, no problem!”Bookmark here

With the girls taking his bait, it was time for Juzo to reel them in.Bookmark here

“Say, since you’ve been a big help, I was wondering…”Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, Juzo whipped out a stack of money.. Bookmark here

“... if you ladies would like to join me tonight. I promise it will be a night you will never forget.”Bookmark here

The girls' faces lit up in horror, quickly grabbing their bags.Bookmark here

“Sorry, we have somewhere to be.”Bookmark here

The two sprant down the hall, leaving Juzo bewildered. Nikko and Reina came over to check up on their friend, who was quick to express his confusion.Bookmark here

“Why did they run away?”Bookmark here

Reina was still in a bad mood, so Nikko took it on himself to explain to Juzo.Bookmark here

“So, everything went really well in the first half, right?”Bookmark here

“Right.”Bookmark here

“But then you flashed money at them and told them you would give them a night they would never forget.”Bookmark here

“And?”Bookmark here

“Well, you made yourself sound like a scummy piece of shit by saying that. The girls probably thought you would hurt them or something.”Bookmark here

Juzo punched the wall, realizing how bad he sounded.Bookmark here

“Goddammit! I was just trying to show that I would pay for them at karaoke.”Bookmark here

Nikko placed his hand on Juzo’s shoulder to comfort his friend.Bookmark here

“Don’t sweat it too much. It was a pretty good first effort, you just gotta choose your words and actions better. Also put that money away. How much is that even?”Bookmark here

Juzo handed Nikko the money. There were ten 1000¥ bills.Bookmark here

“You idiot, you just brought a bunch of small bills to make it look like a lot. Man, you really gotta get yourself together.”Bookmark here

Nikko handed the money back, and Juzo sighed as he pocketed his cash. Nikko walked with Juzo towards their class with his arm wrapped around him, while Reina trudged dejectedly behind.Bookmark here

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