Chapter 2:

Saved by a be… by Kuma-Chan

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“I-is h-he all right Kazuhiko-kun?” asked Yasutake, looking down from the window.Bookmark here

“I think so, don’t you see the inflatable bear there?” Hirata answered, pointing at the said bear.Bookmark here

The inflatable brown bear dressed in the girl’s uniform was the reason Koshiro was saved from the fall. For some reason, second-year students were carrying it to the front door of the school building. Bookmark here

“I’m sorry for deflating it.” apologized Koshiro, “But why were you carrying this anyway??”Bookmark here

“No problem, it’s not the first time.” mentioned one of the girls.Bookmark here

“Don’t tell me it’s normal to have people falling from windows here.”Bookmark here

“It’s not just that, sometimes delinquents come at night to stab Kuma-chan.”Bookmark here

“I'm sorry, what are you talking about?” “Kuma… chan…?”Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s her name, she just saved you.”Bookmark here

“She said she couldn’t let the protagonist get hurt on the first chapter.” another girl joined in, one with scarlet eyes. She was smiling… at the bear, "Kuma-chan said you have an important duty to fulfill in this volume."Bookmark here

“It's great that she's worrying about me, but what about my stomach that got kicked?” “Okay then, thank you for saving me Senpais.” Koshiro bowed to the students and then bolted to the front door.Bookmark here

“WAIT!” the second-years shouted.Bookmark here

"Huh?" the boy stopped and looked back, the girls had a terrifying glint on their eyes, as well as a dreadful aura. "What...?"Bookmark here

“We weren’t the ones to save you.”Bookmark here

“It was all Kuma-chan.”Bookmark here

"You have to thank her."Bookmark here

"Hmm... okay..." Koshiro walked to the bear: “Thanks.”Bookmark here

“THAT’S THE WAY YOU TALK TO HER?!” the girls squawked at the same time.Bookmark here

“I-I’m s-sorry, I’m sorry…” apologized the boy, his voice fading, “T-Thank you very much Kuma…”Bookmark here

“CHAN!”Bookmark here

“Thank you very much Kuma-chan, I love you from the bottom of my heart!” Koshiro, a bit peeved, shouted to the inflatable animal (without thinking much about his words). “Wait. what the heck did I just say?”Bookmark here

“Eeeh?” the whispering started.Bookmark here

“He was just supposed to apologize, but now he says he loves her?” Bookmark here

“Zoophile and lolicon?” Bookmark here

“What is wrong with this guy?” Bookmark here

“Senpais." the boy interrupted them, "Can I go now?"Bookmark here

“Ah? Okay, you can go, but before that…” the girl with the scarlet eyes clasped his shoulders, “This school can be odd sometimes, but as your senior, I can’t have you go through this disturbing path, do you understand?” her voice was stern and her eyes, solemn, but it was difficult to take her seriously.Bookmark here

“I guess so…”Bookmark here

“Okay then. You can go now.”Bookmark here

Koshiro began walking but stopped midstride when remembering what they were whispering about him (especially the lolicon part), “Hey, Senpais. I usually wouldn’t say anything, but I feel like I must clear a misunderstanding here.”Bookmark here

The group of girls stared at Koshiro with attention (his resolve impressed them, they were curious about the statements of a Bear-lover, and, also, they wanted to see if he had something to say in his defense).Bookmark here

Koshiro took a deep breath and then uttered: “Lolis are necessary to the industry, please don’t treat them with disdain!” after this, the boy turned around and disappeared into the school building, leaving the girls flabbergasted and open-mouthed.Bookmark here

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When Koshiro returned to his class the puzzled faces of the students seemed to ask: “How can you be late for your first class? How insolent.” they didn’t seem to recall that “I WAS KICKED OUT OF THE WINDOW, WHY ARE YOU STARING AT ME LIKE THAT??!"Bookmark here

"I KICKED OUT OF THE WINDOW, STARE AT ME!" is what left Koshiro's mouth. “Wait, what?”Bookmark here

The interrogation marks were almost visible above the students’ heads, to all but the ones who paid attention to Koshiro at the time of that fateful kick: Yasutake, Hirata, Sumiye, and the diabolic girl with the dark-blue hair.Bookmark here

“You’re lucky that the bear saved you, Koike-san!” Hirata went towards Koshiro, being followed by Yasutake. Bookmark here

“Actually, her name is Kuma-chan, I’ll repeat, KU-MA-CHAN. be sure to not mess that up if you meet our senpais.”Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan.” Yasutake repeated while staring at the ground.Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan?” Hirata tilted his head.Bookmark here

“That’s right, but leaving that aside, how come no one seems to remember me being LITERALLY kicked out of the classroom?” Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s right! Not only Takayama-san was too fast to follow, but also a butterfly entered the room at the same time, so everyone was looking at it. Butterflies are pretty.”Bookmark here

“Are you serious?”Bookmark here

“Of course, I studied butterflies in junior high.”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed, “What about you Yasutake-san? You saw what happened, right?"Bookmark here

“Teleportation.”Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"T-Teleportation."Bookmark here

“I don’t know why I asked her.” “Okay... thanks. Now excuse me because It’s time for retribution.” the boy's gaze turned from the shy girl to the one responsible for his fall, she was frowning at him, the loathing almost tangible for Koshiro: “Don’t worry it’s reciprocal.”Bookmark here

“You!" Koshiro pointed at the girl with dark-blue hair, "What in the actual f…”Bookmark here

“Please go back to your seat.” the homeroom teacher, Sumiye Suto, raised her voice.Bookmark here

"Huh?" Koshiro looked at her.Bookmark here

"Go back to your seat, now."Bookmark here

“C’mon, Suto-sensei! Let me…” Bookmark here

“Oh, don’t worry about it Koshiro-kun. I’m talking to the ones that were talking to you, I want everyone to pay equal attention to what you're about to say.”Bookmark here

“Hmm... okay then.” Koshiro returned his glare to… a pair of boobs? And a pink, down to the shoulders hair? "Huh?"Bookmark here

“Hey, hey, there’s no need to be aggressive with Hayamichi.” the new figure declared. She was trembling while opening her arms and hindering Koshiro’s advance.Bookmark here

“…” for a moment Koshiro was completely lost for words, not only surprised by the vehement interruption of the girl but also mesmerized by her slender figure. The girl in front of him was so pretty that it was surprising how the gazes were all on her friend instead of her, “Wow, the fact that no one paid attention to you is a testament to how deceiving the devil behind you are.” “Wait, did I say that out loud?”Bookmark here

“What?” the girl apparently didn’t understand him.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the boy gulped and composed himself, “I’ve business with the girl behind you, please step aside.”Bookmark here

“I can’t do that. You’ll probably do something bad!”Bookmark here

“Don’t tell me you didn’t see it too.”Bookmark here

“I saw, and that’s why you should leave it for later.”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Koshiro heaved a sigh and then directed his words to his aggressor: “You are valiant enough to hit me off guard, but now you need someone else to protect you?”Bookmark here

“Hey, don’t talk to her like that you motherf…”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry Shimizu-chan.” the devil chimed in, “I have some things to say to him as well.”Bookmark here

Shimizu was resistant, but she finally gave up and stepped aside due to the persistence of her friend. Now, the kicker and the kicked were scowling at each other. It lasted until the girl pointed her finger towards the boy.Bookmark here

“You see, that’s why I kicked you, you perv.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, what?” “What?”Bookmark here

“You kept staring at me like a creepy dude, so that’s why I had to do it.”Bookmark here

“I was only looking at your eyes. Most of the other guys, and some of the girls, were looking at… well, other things.” “Like your healthy thighs and generously sized bust.” Koshiro glanced at those.Bookmark here

“Well, I don’t buy it! I bet you had depraved stuff on your mind all the time.”Bookmark here

“Just as I imagined, she may seem cute, but is the complete opposite.”Bookmark here

More impressive than that squabble was the heed of the rest of the class: most of the students were just paying attention to the butterfly that came back and was now fluttering around the class.Bookmark here

“Girl, from the moment I saw you…” Koshiro began, “I knew you w…” he was suddenly interrupted by a male voice on the speakers:Bookmark here

“Hayami Takayama and hmm, what was his name again? Kochiru Koi? Koshiro Koi? Koshiro Koike! Koshiro Koike, please come to the director’s office. Repeating… Hayami Takayama and hmm, what was his name again? Kochiru Koi? Koshiro Koi? Koshiro Koike! Koshiro Koike, please come to the principal’s office.”Bookmark here

“What is this now? Was that repetition really necessary?”Bookmark here

“You heard him, Kochiru-kun.” Takayama mocked him, “Let’s get going.”Bookmark here

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