Chapter 4:

Couldn't possibly be me

Confession Games

After watching the show, I went back to the classroom where I would wait for Naoya who went to buy his lunch. Considering how late it was, he probably wouldn't have much to choose from, but knowing him he was likely satisfied with just being there to watch the show. Bookmark here

The stream could be watched from anywhere on the school compound, but if you weren't in the area then you had to pay for the service, which was a total rip-off but it wasn't an essential school service so I couldn't really complain about it.Bookmark here

On my way back to my classroom, the hallway was rather desolate though I could still hear the noise from outside. I was quite fond of this atmosphere so I took my time walking, but this was the one day when I should have hurried up.Bookmark here

"Um,"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

At the sudden voice I heard from behind, I flinched before hastily turning around. For a moment, I was prepared to face a supernatural enemy, but behind me was a more tangible threat. It was a female student with short twintails, and a fellow first year, but she couldn't be placed in the same level as me. Bookmark here

Unlike Arisugawa and Amakawa, she was sweet and cute rather than dignified and beautiful. Though the number of her admirers were comparable to theirs, she received much fewer confessions since they were mostly the type who wanted to protect her rather than date her.Bookmark here

I wondered what this popular cute girl wanted with a common guy like me as I faced her. I didn't know why she called out to me, but as I saw how hesitant she was I grew more and more nervous.Bookmark here

'I have a bad feeling about this.'Bookmark here

"Uh, well if it's nothing I'll just be-"Bookmark here

"No!"Bookmark here

I tried to politely make my escape but then she grabbed my blazer and shouted for me to stop. This scene would certainly appeal to the male fantasy, but right now it was becoming my horror story.Bookmark here

'Why is she acting like this? I remember all of my childhood friends so that can't be it, and I don't remember having a random interaction with her during the entrance ceremony either.'Bookmark here

Please gods of romance, you've obviously blessed the wrong guy here!Bookmark here

"Um, can I help you?" I asked with a worried tone.Bookmark here

If anyone saw her sadly frowning face as she held onto to me, my death was certain, so though I feared the outcome I wanted to wrap this up as quickly as possible.Bookmark here

"Oh, sorry!"Bookmark here

She hastily let go and bowed in apology once I spoke to her, but I could tell that she wasn't finished with me yet. Bookmark here

"No, it's okay. I just want to know why you stopped me. But if it's too hard for you, then you don't have to tell me."Bookmark here

'So I can get the hell away from you.'Bookmark here

As I tried to push her into making a decision, she unfortunately took deep breaths and resolved herself for something.Bookmark here

'Please tell me I'm wrong.'Bookmark here

With her hands in front of her skirt and her eyes focused on me, she began a shocking string of words.Bookmark here

"Akishiro, would you mind going out-"Bookmark here

"Stop right there!"Bookmark here

I immediately placed one hand over her mouth and put a finger of my other hand at my lips while franticly looking for any witnesses.Bookmark here

'No one heard that right?! I'm safe right?!'Bookmark here

"Um, Akishiro?"Bookmark here

"Shh! Before I remove my hand, answer me this. Were the words you were about to say meant in a romantic sense?"Bookmark here

The moment I pointed out how her words could be taken, she quickly shook her head with a flustered expression.Bookmark here

'Oh Thank God.'Bookmark here

My relief would be blasphemous to her protectors, but even ignoring the fact that I liked someone else, I couldn't afford to gratefully accept any confessions that came my way. Even if it was from a supreme cutie like her.Bookmark here

I took my hand away from her mouth and bowed my head sincerely.Bookmark here

"I apologize for my rude and disrespectful behaviour."Bookmark here

"Well, I'm not sure why you did that but it's okay. Fufu, you're a weird guy aren't you, Akishiro?"Bookmark here

When I looked up and stood straight, for the first time since the start of our conversation she chuckled and showed me an angelic smile that almost made me regret my decision.Bookmark here

'No, she didn't mean it that way anyway.'Bookmark here

"I wouldn't say I'm weird but I can't deny that my actions were rather odd. So, you mentioned that you wanted me to accompany you somewhere?"Bookmark here

"Yes, but I'll stop here this time. See you later."Bookmark here

As I watched her happily skip away, I still didn't know why she called out to me nor what she meant by 'see you later', but for now I was safe. At least I thought I was.Bookmark here

"Aw~, you almost got a girlfriend too."Bookmark here

"Eep!"Bookmark here

I jumped in fear at the voice that came from one of the pillars behind me. On the bright side, it wasn't a student, it was Ms. Aria.Bookmark here

In the standard teacher's outfit that was a classic for the lewd fantasies of young boys, Ms. Aria looked like a proper adult. However, more than when she was defenceless I really didn't want to see her here.Bookmark here

"I guess eavesdropping is part of your job description."Bookmark here

"Should I have stayed silent?"Bookmark here

"...No."Bookmark here

"Don't worry. There are no microphones here and I won't run my mouth. Besides, that one didn't count."Bookmark here

"Good."Bookmark here

Even though I knew that wouldn't count, I was still tense so I was glad that she acknowledged it. Bookmark here

"But, I think a cute girl like that would have worked. Even if you broke up I doubt she would badmouth you."Bookmark here

I glared at her but she easily brushed off my discontent.Bookmark here

"I already told you. I won't play this stupid game. If I date anyone, it'll be because I actually like them," I replied firmly.Bookmark here

"Hmm, well, suit yourself."Bookmark here

Ms. Aria then walked off, hopefully leaving me by myself.Bookmark here

"Tch, what a terrible day."Bookmark here

It was at this time that I realised that my high school life would become much harder. Bookmark here

I was in an irritated mood after lunch, which lasted until the end of school. I would have liked to go straight home, but I had already told Ms. Aria that I would join that club which she informed me about. Once I remembered this task, I also realised that I forgot to ask an important question about this club.Bookmark here

"I can't believe I forgot to ask who would be in it? And I can't find Ms. Aria either, could she have done this on purpose?"Bookmark here

Waiting until the last minute to tell me so that I wouldn't have time to ask this question, it wasn't something I didn't think she was capable of. However, I also thought that it was a bit ridiculous. After all, what point would there be in hiding something like that from me?Bookmark here

While grumbling to myself about stupid theories, I arrived at the empty classroom that was one floor below my class, 1-B. Bookmark here

"Excuse me."Bookmark here

When I opened it, I discovered that I was the first one here, either that or I got the wrong room. However, the latter option was unlikely since the room was already set up.Bookmark here

There was a group of six desks made to mimic a long table, about ten chairs near the windows that faced the door, and two whiteboards on the left of the desks. They hadn't decided what this club would be about, but it was good enough for a club starter pack. Bookmark here

Still, it was a little disorganized which kind of bothered me so since I was early, I did some minor adjustments to the set up.Bookmark here

Just as I wiped the sweat off my forehead while looking at the results of my work with satisfaction, I heard the sliding of the door.Bookmark here

"Excuse me."Bookmark here

"Good evening, are you-"Bookmark here

Before I processed the voice that came from behind the door, I tried to make a polite greeting. But I faltered as soon as I saw her face. It was the same innocently cute face that I saw at lunch, but this time I saw a hint of playfulness in her eyes.Bookmark here

"Good evening, Akishiro. I told you I would see you again, didn't I?"Bookmark here

'Not like this?!'Bookmark here

I felt several emotions as she approached with her twintails swinging with every movement, but the one that stood out the most was anger.Bookmark here

Of course this wasn't directed at the sweet girl in front of me, but at the devious aunty who had obviously seen this coming.Bookmark here

'Did Ms. Aria set this up?'Bookmark here

As I watched the satisfied expression on the girl's face, I became increasingly sure that this club was just a means of pranking me. However, the next one to enter smashed that theory to pieces.Bookmark here

"Good evening."Bookmark here

Still open after the cute girl entered, a handsome young man entered the room. I didn't know many of my male schoolmates, but even though he was a year above us, he was famous enough for me to recognize him.Bookmark here

In the top 3 on the 'most confessed to - guys' list that could be seen on the private school website, with the highest test scores in his grade, class 2-A, Ryuuto Zakushi.Bookmark here

Despite being a fellow guy I couldn't help but keep my eyes on him as he moved without hesitation to a chair, sat down and pulled out a book.Bookmark here

'So, cool...'Bookmark here

Like Adam and Eve feeling embarrassed once they realized that they were naked, I felt ashamed to keep standing while he sat.Bookmark here

I quickly sat down on the chair I placed by a desk, unaware of the girl who took a seat next to me and was staring at me suspiciously.Bookmark here

Truthfully, I had already awoken from my stupor, but I had no idea what to say to this adorable girl so I just made sure not to make eye contact.Bookmark here

While caught in this awkward situation, the last two members arrived. And they were definitely not the ones that made me the least surprised.Bookmark here

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