Chapter 8:

Two Creepy Idiots Get Kicked Out Of A Mall

Why Does Nobody Find Us Attractive?

It was a sunny weekend afternoon at Nikko's house, as Juzo, Reina, and Nikko lounged around on various furniture. There had been nothing to do the last few days, and the boredom stole all energy from the three. Nikko laid on the floor, staring at the ceiling as entertainment.Bookmark here

"Ughh… isn't there anything better we can do than this?"Bookmark here

Juzo laid sprawled out over the couch.Bookmark here

"You tell me, you're the one who invites us over here then proceeds to do nothing."Bookmark here

"Can't think, brain stopped working."Bookmark here

Reina suddenly sprang up from the chair she was slumped over in.Bookmark here

"Oh, I actually got to stop at the mall today. You guys wanna come too?"Bookmark here

Nikko sat up from the floor.Bookmark here

"That's something to do, let's go there."Bookmark here

Nikko and Reina got up to get ready to go, but Juzo remained on the couch. Nikko turned to him and shouted.Bookmark here

"Hurry up, you lazy ass! We're going to leave now."Bookmark here

Juzo grunted, then rolled off the couch onto the floor. His body slammed against the mat in a reverberated thud.Bookmark here

"Oof."Bookmark here

"Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?"Bookmark here

Reina was having none of it.Bookmark here

"We're not waiting for him, Nikko. Let's get going. See you later, Juzo."Bookmark here

The two opened the door and started to leave, and Juzo realized they weren't bluffing. He started flailing around, trying to wake up his sleeping limbs.Bookmark here

"Woah, just wait a bit! I just need to get up!"Bookmark here

His pleas were ignored. By the time Juzo had gotten to his feet and out of the door, Nikko and Reina weren't in sight. Running a few blocks towards the bus stop, Juzo closed in on the others enough to see them waiting at the stop. Unfortunately, the bus arrived, and the two boarded. Juzo began to sprint full speed to try and catch the bus, but he had no such luck. Not willing to run for a few more kilometers, Juzo decided to wait for the next bus, which luckily would arrive in 10 minutes. Leaning against the bus stop sign, Juzo took the wait to catch his breath. Eventually, the bus arrived and he was on his way to the mall. Juzo took a seat near the back, relaxing into his spot to try and enjoy the ride. As the bus left the stop, Juzo decided to close his eyes for a bit, but started to hear some muttering.Bookmark here

"Isn't that Juzo Kawahara? I think he's that goon who was in my first year class."Bookmark here

"Really? That guy? He seems pretty chilled out."Bookmark here

"He does look like that, but he is a scary guy. He nearly killed some of my classmates."Bookmark here

"Wow, that's pretty extreme."Bookmark here

Juzo opened his eyes and saw two vaguely familiar girls sitting several rows ahead of him, turned around and staring at him. Once he made eye contact, the two reactively turned away.Bookmark here

"Oh my god, do you think he heard us?"Bookmark here

"Just be quiet and mind your business!"Bookmark here

Juzo slumped over and sighed.Bookmark here

"I can't even catch a break outside of school?"Bookmark here

Juzo arrived at the mall a few minutes later, but his task now was to find his friends. After shooting some texts out to them, he started to wander around while waiting for a response. He didn't have to wait long, as Nikko was hanging out near the front.Bookmark here

"Hey, Nikko! I finally found you!"Bookmark here

Instead of replying, Nikko stuck his hand out to stop him. Juzo complied, confused about what was happening. A girl then appeared from a nearby store, and Nikko approached her. He said a few words, but the girl shook her head before scampering away from him. Nikko sombered over to a nearby bench and flopped down, so Juzo went to go check on him.Bookmark here

"What are you doing?"Bookmark here

"What do you think? I'm trying to score a date."Bookmark here

"Are you serious? You look like some pervert trying to find a victim. Please, stop, before something bad happens."Bookmark here

"Something bad? Like what?"Bookmark here

Almost on cue, a police officer walked up to the two boys.Bookmark here

"Can I have a word with you two?"Bookmark here

Juzo turned to Nikko with a murderous glare.Bookmark here

"I swear, if I get dragged into trouble because of you…"Bookmark here

Nikko cut him off.Bookmark here

"It's fine. Let me handle it."Bookmark here

He turned to the officer.Bookmark here

"Of course. What's the problem?"Bookmark here

The officer scratched his head.Bookmark here

"Well, I received a complaint from a girl saying that you tried to harass her as she left a store. May I ask what exactly you're trying to do?"Bookmark here

Nikko rose up from the bench.Bookmark here

"You see, I saw what looked like a nice girl, and I thought that I should just try and take my shot. I'm really sorry if I made her uncomfortable."Bookmark here

The officer stuck his hands into his belt.Bookmark here

"Kid, I know you're young and do these kinds of things, but I can't let you be doing this. Just look at the people inside the store; they're all staying in there because they're scared of you loitering out here. I'm sorry, but you two need to leave for today." Bookmark here

Juzo pointed at himself.Bookmark here

"Wait, me too!?"Bookmark here

The officer nodded. Juzo looked at Nikko.Bookmark here

"I hate you."Bookmark here

Nikko didn't hear Juzo's statement, as he was arguing his case to the officer.Bookmark here

"I'm not doing anything illegal! Why do you think I need to be kicked out for that?"Bookmark here

The officer had no patience to listen to Nikko's objections.Bookmark here

"You are causing a public disturbance, so I need you to leave. If you fail to obey my directions, I will have to arrest you."Bookmark here

Nikko was about to complain more, but Juzo grabbed his arm and began to drag him away.Bookmark here

"Hey, what are you doing!?"Bookmark here

Juzo swiftly jabbed Nikko in the stomach.Bookmark here

"Shut up! You've already caused so much trouble, stop trying to make things worse."Bookmark here

The officer saw Juzo's little outburst.Bookmark here

"Hey! Don't be hitting people."Bookmark here

Juzo waved back at the officer.Bookmark here

"Sorry."Bookmark here

The two boys started to walk towards the exit in complete silence. They were halted by a shout from behind.Bookmark here

"Hey, where are you going?"Bookmark here

The two turned around to spot Reina, who walked towards them.Bookmark here

"What's going on? Are you leaving?"Bookmark here

Nikko was staring at the floor in shame, so Juzo answered. Bookmark here

"Well, this idiot was harassing girls outside of a store, so now we've been kicked out of the mall."Bookmark here

Reina pressed her palm against her forward.Bookmark here

"Are you serious? God dammit, why are you such a pain in the ass!? I left for 15 minutes to pick something up, and you've gotten yourself kicked out. Ugh, whatever, let's just go." Bookmark here

The three of them travelled back to the bus stop, waiting quietly for the bus to arrive. Once the bus showed up and they grabbed their seats, the silence continued for several more moments.Bookmark here

"Sorry."Bookmark here

Juzo and Reina, who were sitting in the same row, turned backwards to see Nikko, who was sitting by himself behind them.Bookmark here

"I didn't want to ruin the trip." Bookmark here

Reina accepted his apology.Bookmark here

"Yeah, whatever. I got what I needed done, so I'm not too upset. But still, what did you think would end up happening? No girl goes shopping at the mall hoping that some random dude hits on them."Bookmark here

Nikko fiddled his fingers around.Bookmark here

"It's just been frustrating lately. Both you and Juzo have had someone show interest in you, but not one girl has even come up to talk to me during this entire time. I just wanted to try and find someone who would give me a chance."Bookmark here

Reina was not impressed by Nikko's thoughts.Bookmark here

"Are you stupid? First of all, my whole incident with Ogara was instigated by me, not him. It completely blew up in my face. I was being impatient and reckless when I thought of asking him out, and I don't want you to do something irrational like that."Bookmark here

Juzo backed her up.Bookmark here

"Yeah, you can't try and force anything too careless. Keep your head up, eventually something good will happen."Bookmark here

Nikko was cheered up by his friend's support.Bookmark here

"Thanks, guys."Bookmark here

Juzo turned back around to face the front.Bookmark here

"Yeah, it's all good. But you did make me waste some money on bus fares, so you owe me lunch now. I believe you also owe Reina as well."Bookmark here

"Ooh, thanks Nikko!"Bookmark here

Nikko sighed.Bookmark here

"Fine."Bookmark here

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