Chapter 3:

The Queen

Confession Games

In a couple minutes, she finished the plate of curry and sat with her back on the couch behind her and her hand on her stomach.Bookmark here

"Ah, that was good," said Ms. Aria.Bookmark here

"I'm glad you think so."Bookmark here

"Seriously, I know you have your own worries but, why don't you try confessing to me? I wouldn't mind having a husband like you."Bookmark here

In response I snorted, "Oh please, I don't even want to take that risk with people my age, why do you think I would challenge a mid-boss like you? I bet you just want to brag to the other teachers about how many students confess to you."Bookmark here

At our school, teachers could also be the target of confessions, but the rules were different for them. If a student's confession succeeded they were guaranteed to graduate no matter what troubles they caused, but the teacher would 'voluntarily resign' with a decent amount of compensation. However, so far only one student had ever succeeded and I didn't think that was likely to happen again, especially not to me. Bookmark here

"Aw~, that's too bad," she replied without looking very disappointed.Bookmark here

As she relaxed with her back on the couch, her defence seemed to lower even more until even her belly button was starting to peek out so I hurriedly finished my meal and reached for her plate so that I could flee to the kitchen. Bookmark here

While I took care of the dishes, Ms. Aria spoke to me from her spot at the table. Bookmark here

"Oh, Haruto, can you do-"Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"Huh? I didn't even finish yet."Bookmark here

"Sorry, that was instinct. What is it?"Bookmark here

"Could you do a favour for-"Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"Wait, wait! Please hear me out first!"
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I really didn't want to since I sensed trouble, but considering how much I owed her I decided to listen.Bookmark here

"...Fine."Bookmark here

"You know how there's not a lot of co-ed cultural clubs or cultural clubs in general, right?"Bookmark here

"Yeah. I heard they all failed because of love problems."Bookmark here

"That's right. With the nature of our academy, it's normal for students to be more open with their feelings, which also happens to cause more friction."Bookmark here

"I can imagine."Bookmark here

I simply wasn't interested in any clubs, but just the thought of what would happen if I stepped into one with a love triangle left chills down my spine. Although that possibility also existed in single-sex clubs, it wasn't as likely.Bookmark here

"The athletic clubs are still okay, but the school wants to increase the number of co-ed cultural clubs as well."Bookmark here

"Hmm, why?" Bookmark here

It didn't sound like a ridiculous proposal, but considering this school's policy it didn't sound very convincing.Bookmark here

"It has to do with school politics and the wacky plan of the headmaster, do you still want to hear it?"Bookmark here

"Never mind, I'm good. So what does that have to do with me?" Bookmark here

I got down to the main question.Bookmark here

"I want you to join a club that the staff is setting up and try to keep it from failing."Bookmark here

"No, sounds like a job I'm not fit for. Shouldn't you ask the student council for like this? Besides,"Bookmark here

"I'll pay you."Bookmark here

"When does it start?"Bookmark here

You could call me whatever you wanted, but I felt no shame in handling the chore if I would be paid for the trouble. I didn't have anything I desperately needed money for, but who knew when that thing might appear.Bookmark here

"Tomorrow."Bookmark here

"Huh? Isn't that too abrupt?"Bookmark here

Although I agreed to it, I turned to look at her in confusion. She was now sitting on the couch with a more 'at ease' aura, but her attire was still a little sloppy.Bookmark here

"No, I was sure you would be on board so I didn't see any need in telling you earlier. Besides, it's not like you have other plans right?"Bookmark here

"And how would you know that?"Bookmark here

"Well, I am your teacher and employer so I believe I have a good idea of your schedule. But you do have a point, so, do you have any other plans?"Bookmark here

Her expression didn't seem to doubt for a second what my answer would be, and I couldn't prove her wrong.Bookmark here

"Tch, you're right."Bookmark here

"Good."Bookmark here

"By the way, what's the club about?"Bookmark here

"We decided to let you guys choose. We're already forci-, I mean suggesting that you join after all."Bookmark here

I really wanted to ask what she was about to say, but since I would be getting paid I was better off than the other suckers that would have to join so I decided to let it go.Bookmark here

Once she told me when and where the club would meet, Ms. Aria went to take a bath. After washing the plates, I quickly made sandwiches and salads that she could eat as snacks as well as her lunch for tomorrow before leaving. Bookmark here

I could have done more if I stayed, but if I waited until she came out of the bath then there was a chance she would walk out in nothing but a towel just to tease me.Bookmark here

Tease her back? No, no, no even though I had her consent to be here one call was enough to accuse me of illegal trespassing and even worse things. Bookmark here

Besides, I couldn't do anything to betray the trust she had placed in me. Even if she seemed to like testing the limits of my principles.Bookmark here

I went back to my apartment and placed my new game among the collection under the television in the living room, before sorting out my homework and taking a quick shower. Bookmark here

As I dived into bed after going through my phone, I felt sleep dragging me in like quicksand. Little did I know that this would be the last day of my peace at Yorukobi Academy.Bookmark here

The next day, lunch break.Bookmark here

With a curry bread in hand, I walked down the busy hallway. I would usually bring my own lunch, but I somehow forgot about it despite making one for Ms. Aria.Bookmark here

"Well, still tastes good though."Bookmark here

As I took another bite I headed towards a vending machine so that I could get a drink to go with it, but then I saw I spotted Naoya rushing in my direction.Bookmark here

"Naoya?"Bookmark here

"The roof! Let's go!"Bookmark here

Without any explanation, he grabbed my free hand and dragged me away.Bookmark here

"Wait, wait, what is it?!"Bookmark here

"Someone's confessing to 'the queen' on the roof."Bookmark here

"What?! You should have said that sooner!"Bookmark here

I shook off his hand and ran with my own two feet while gobbling down the rest of the bread. Unlike when I watched Arisugawa's rejections, I felt only anticipation and excitement when I thought of what I would witness.Bookmark here

'The queen', Sachiko Amakawa, was the sadist I saw at the train station yesterday, so I was even more interested than usual. Bookmark here

Like, I didn't know why people kept taking the challenge of confessing to her, but confessions to her had a different appeal than the rest. I couldn't explain it well but it felt satisfying in a forbidden kind of way.Bookmark here

The me before high school would probably be disgusted by how excited I was to peek on the sacred act of confessing one's love, but though my core principles remained I had been corrupted by the mindset that if they were making a show out of it, I might as well watch.Bookmark here

"Ah man, we're too late."Bookmark here

"I guess we'll just have to watch the stream."Bookmark here

When we reached the roof, students had crowded the area beneath the stage that was set up here, and the entrance was also stuffed so we wouldn't be able to watch it live. Therefore, Naoya and I took out our smartphones and went on to the school's network to catch the stream. The Wi-Fi was good so in under a minute I could see the two who stood on the stage in HD.Bookmark here

One was the pretty girl who I saw yesterday, Amakawa, who exuded the dignity of royalty. While the one facing her was...Bookmark here

"He's fat. Will he be okay?" I wondered.Bookmark here

"Don't worry about it. Since he decided to confess to her he obviously wants the abuse. Who knows, he might even have a shot at her," Naoya responded.Bookmark here

I nodded in agreement. From what was publicly known, Amakawa was very whimsical when it came to accepting a confession. Tall, short, thin, athletic, girls, basically any one had a chance with her which was why even those who weren't masochists would also shoot their shot if they were at least interested in her. Bookmark here

[Hello, my fellow students! Boy, do we have a spicy show here. On the girls' side we have, 'The Que-]Bookmark here

As soon as Amakawa glared at the loudspeaker, the announcer immediately paused and corrected himself. I didn't know if anything had happened between them, but honestly I probably would have done the same.Bookmark here

[Ehem, Miss Sachiko Amakawa. And as the challenger from the boys' side we have, Fat Victim!]Bookmark here

Wow, he actually said it.Bookmark here

Once the announcer finished the usual introduction, the confession began with the, uh, round male.Bookmark here

"Uh, my name is-"Bookmark here

"Stop right there, who gave you permission to speak? Let me say this just to make sure you're not having any stupid thoughts. The only reason I'm here is to make sure that you don't crawl out of whatever pigsty you came out of to keep bothering me."Bookmark here

The cold tone Amakawa used was so piercing that even I got shivers, and I was just hearing it from my phone, so I couldn't imagine how that guy was feeling. However, he didn't seem to be in pain at least. Bookmark here

While breathing heavily with an euphoric expression, he replied, "Ye-yes."Bookmark here

[Ms. Amakawa, quick to strike him with her words, but he seems to like it! Not gonna lie, that's pretty creepy but to each their own.]Bookmark here

Amakawa continued with slight disgust in her expression, "Ew, why are breathing like that? Are you trying to pollute the air with your foul smell? And your head is too high, what if I accidently catch a whiff of the stench coming from you. Drop to your knees immediately."Bookmark here

"Of course!"Bookmark here

Without hesitation, he kowtowed as if he was worshipping his ancestor. Bookmark here

[On his knees already! Looks like this will be quick.]Bookmark here

"Better. But pigs shouldn't talk. Oink for me."Bookmark here

"Oink! Oink!"Bookmark here

The pity I felt for the fat guy quickly vanished as I saw how eager he was, but I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen either as the climax was approaching. Amakawa slowly walked over to the kneeling boy and gently rubbed her foot on his cheek. Bookmark here

"Hmm, as I thought. Nothing but a pig."Bookmark here

Amakawa then walked off the stage, making it clear that the fat boy had been rejected. But as I saw him shivering while touching his cheek, I seriously doubted that he was crying or feeling ashamed.Bookmark here

[Oh, looks like he wasn't lucky this time. I wonder who will be next weird lad or lass to attempt to earn Ms. Amakawa's favour.]Bookmark here

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