Why Does Nobody Find Us Attractive?
The bell had chimed, and Reina remained at her desk staring blankly at her notebook.
Reina spun to see Juzo standing beside her desk.
"I don't know. I've never been on a date."
Nikko came out from nowhere and slapped Reina on the back.
"Don't worry, the bar is so low that you couldn't possibly disappoint me."
Reina swung a sharp elbow at his stomach, causing Nikko to recoil. She calmly put her things away in her bag before getting up.
"Okay, let's go."
The group left the school and walked a couple blocks until they reached a restaurant. Reina stopped everyone at the door.
"Okay, you two wait around for a few minutes before entering. It'd be weird if Ogara saw me bring two guys with me on our date."
"Fine, but we won't wait too long. I'm starving."
"Yeah, whatever. Just don't do anything stupid. Okay guys, wish me luck!"
Reina took a deep breath, then entered the building. She quickly spotted Ogara sitting at a table near the corner and joined up with him.
"Hi Ogara. Have you been waiting long?"
Ogara looked up to see her and waved.
"Not too long. I'm happy you've made it."
Reina flashed a joking smirk.
"What, you thought I would ditch you? C'mon, it's been a while since we've hung out, let's get some food and catch up."
Reina called over a waiter and the two placed their orders. As Reina watched the waiter walk off, the front doors opened. Juzo and Nikko popped in, grabbing a seat a few tables over. Juzo saw Nikko take a peak over at the table.
"How's it going?"
"They're just talking."
"Okay. You got the thing?"
Nikko reached into his pocket and pulled out a pocket knife.
"Good. Remember, don't stab him."
Nikko put the knife back.
"Yeah, yeah. It's always "Don't stab anyone, Nikko". When will someone say I can stab something?"
"Hey, stop talking. Let's just listen in on them for a bit."
Back at Reina's table, everything was going smoothly.
"So, Reina, has your class been good this year?"
Reina stirred around her iced tea.
"Yeah, I guess. The rumours still are a problem, but at least I have some friends. They're good people and have helped me out a lot."
"That's good to hear. I assume you still haven't made up with Ritsushima?"
Reina shuddered at the mention of the name.
"No. I haven't spoken to her in years."
"That's a shame. You two were like the class princesses. Everybody loved you."
"That's all in the past! None of that exists anymore, and it never will!"
Ogara was caught off guard by the outburst.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that was still a sensitive issue for you."
"Yeah, why would you know that about me? We haven't talked in over a year."
At the boy's table, Nikko turned around to see what happened, then turned back to Juzo.
"Can I interrupt them?"
Juzo shook his head.
"Just wait a bit more. I think Reina can handle whatever happens."
"Fine. But if things go south, I'm jumping in."
The tension at Reina's table had grown uncomfortable, but they were granted a break with the arrival of their food. After quietly eating for a few minutes, Ogara broke the silence.
"Reina, I'm really sorry. I'll stay away from that topic from now on."
Reina was still unimpressed by his comments.
Ogara was desperate to keep the date alive.
"So, what are you planning to do after graduation?"
"I don't know."
"Really? I thought you would have an idea by now. If you really can't find anything, being a housewife would be a good option."
That comment caught Reina’s attention.
"What the fuck does that mean?"
Ogara flinched at the sudden burst of aggression.
"Well, I was just suggesting that someone like you might benefit from just staying at home while your husband worked. You're pretty good at satisfying guys, so you would be great at your role."
Reina couldn't hold back anymore. She grabbed her drink and threw the glass at Ogara, hitting him in the chest. The drink spilt all over him while the glass bounced and shattered on the floor.
"God dammit! I thought you were different from everyone else, Ogara! Why did you even bother coming here if you believed all the rumours?"
Ogara stuttered a bit, still in shock from what happened.
"Well, I… I thought you were coming on to me so, you know, you could sleep with me."
Reina tried to charge Ogara, but Juzo rushed over and wrapped his arms around her to hold her back. Nikko walked towards Ogara and placed his hand on his shoulder, staring straight at him with a violent glare.
"So, it would appear that you caused a lot of trouble for our friend, wouldn't you say so?"
Ogara nodded his head, clearly terrified of Nikko.
"Well, I think the very least you could do is cover the bill for my friends and I, don't you agree?"
Again, Ogara nodded.
"Alright then, we're at some understanding now. Finally, never speak to any of us again. Unless you wanna test me."
Ogara was trembling in his chair.
Nikko gave him a pat on the shoulder and began walking to the door. He gestured to Juzo and Reina, and they followed. Both shot sharp stares at Ogara as they walked by. Once outside, they took a moment to process what happened.
"Oh, shit! I forgot to use my knife!"
Nikko broke the silence with a questionable statement. Juzo was quick to voice his comment.
"It's probably better that you didn't. A moron like you would've stabbed the guy."
"Yeah, but I would have looked more badass if I pulled out the knife. And you were the one who even told me to bring it anyways."
"Looking back, that wasn't a smart idea."
Reina was getting a headache from the back and forth.
"Hey, stop guys. I'm not feeling too good."
The two immediately stopped. Juzo was the first to express his concern.
"Are you doing alright? That piece of shit sure pressed all the wrong buttons on you."
"I'm okay right now, but I wanna go lay down."
"Let's get going, then."
Juzo looked at Reina, who was staring at the ground.
"Thanks. You stepped in and had to help me out. I'm sorry for causing all of this."
Nikko placed his hand on Reina's head.
"Hey, we're friends. Our job is to bail each other out of terrible situations we cause."
Reina looked up and saw Nikko's sincere smile. Her eyes started tearing up, but the doors to the restaurant suddenly swung open. An employee walked out.
"You three, who the hell do you think you are!? You threaten another customer and cause a huge scene, then just walk out? Guess what, don't come back! You're banned!"
The employee stormed back into the restaurant. Nikko looked at Juzo.
The two started laughing loudly, and eventually Reina couldn't resist and joined. Reina wiped her tears away and tried to catch her breath.
"Well, I guess only I could have a date where I fight with the guy, then get banned from the place."
Juzo wrapped his arm around Reina.
"Well, challenge accepted. Maybe I'll set a building on fire, or get chased by the police. But I will outdo you."
"I can't wait to see. Come on, I wanna go back already."
Nikko chimed in.
"Well, I'm still amped up, so let's race back."
He started running down the road, but Juzo and Reina just walked.
"He'll be fine."