Chapter 8:

“Just summarize the first five chapters.”

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“Nyoko-chan wants to know how was Koshiro-kun’s day!” that was the first thing she said when the match started.Bookmark here

Hirata (AKA “CHIFU”), Koshiro (AKA “RUZA”), Nyoko (AKA “NYOKOCHAN”), and Nobu (AKA “BERIFU”) were playing a game called Predator Legends (a game that normally allowed only groups of three people to play against dozens of other groups of three, in a battle to see which team would become the champion, but now, conveniently, it had released a new game mode allowing head-on battles between two teams of four).Bookmark here

“What exactly do you want to know, Nyoko-chan?” Koshiro asked while choosing his usual character to play: Corrosive.Bookmark here

“You can just summarize the first five chapters for me!” she chose Gorehunter.Bookmark here

“Okay then, but I clearly can’t tell you everything.” he said while checking Nobu’s and Hirata’s characters, Watdaugher and Illusion, respectively. “Where do I start…?”Bookmark here

“Start paying attention to the game!” Nobu shouted.Bookmark here

“Well, I woke up quite early today, then I started working on some drafts…”Bookmark here

“Did you come up with anything good? Nyoko-chan wants to know!”Bookmark here

“Hmm” Koshiro hesitated for a moment, “What do you think about boys grabbing balls?”Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“Guys?”Bookmark here

"Actually, Nyoko-chan have been..."Bookmark here

"Nyoko." Nobu interrupted her with a serious tone, "Please don't."Bookmark here

"Okay..."Bookmark here

“Koshiro, you’re talking about basketball or something?” Nobu asked, "Please tell me that's the case."Bookmark here

“Oh yeah! I forgot to explain! The idea came when I failed to throw a draft into the trash…”Bookmark here

The other three sighed with relief.Bookmark here

“... and then I caught myself thinking about other men…”Bookmark here

“Koshiro?”Bookmark here

“I thought about something with Basketball and Yaoi…”Bookmark here

“KOSHIRO?!”Bookmark here

“Huh? Koshiro stopped for a moment, “What is it Nobu?”Bookmark here

“Since when did you started thinking about joining that side of the industry?”Bookmark here

“Oh! That’s what I thought too! I thought ‘'When did I start considering joining the cultured side of the industry??!’Bookmark here

“Cultured…?” Hirata and Nyoko murmured with puzzlement.Bookmark here

“So, you discarded it, right?”Bookmark here

“Huh? Yeah, it probably wouldn’t sell”Bookmark here

“That’s the reason why he discarded it??!” the other three thought at the same time.Bookmark here

“A-anyway, how was your day after this?” Nyoko asked while smiling awkwardly.Bookmark here

“After this...after this, I accidentally woke Scar up, and then I got ready to go to school.”Bookmark here

“What about breakfast?”Bookmark here

“You know, Fujimori.”Bookmark here

"Nyoko-chan loves their Dolaaki!"Bookmark here

"It's Dorayaki." Nobu corrected her.Bookmark here

"Oh, sorry brother! Dorayaki loves Nyoko-chan!"Bookmark here

“Huh?” Hirata tilted his head with puzzlement.Bookmark here

“Anyway..." Koshiro continued, "After breakfast, I went to school. Yasutake-san and Hirata-san appeared, and then, our homeroom…” he stopped and shuddered.Bookmark here

“What happened at homeroom?” Nobu took his concentration off of the game for a moment to ask.Bookmark here

“Well, I met the devil…”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Nyoko and Nobu tilted their heads, “Devil?”Bookmark here

“Yeah… oh, no!” Koshiro was interrupted by the game:Bookmark here

RUZA WAS WAS KILLED BY AKUADO the game chat indicated.Bookmark here

“Anyway…” he started again but was interrupted again:Bookmark here


“Ugh.” “What is wrong with this dude?” “Wait a minute guys, let me answer this.”Bookmark here

RUZA: C’mon “OBAREJI” it’s just a game.Bookmark here

“Yes, this should be enough for him to stop.” Koshiro murmured, but…Bookmark here


“Ugh.” Koshiro frowned and then typed:Bookmark here

RUZA: You’re even diminishing your teammate. What’s the point?Bookmark here


“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed “Before I continue, I have to say, we can’t lose to someone as toxic as this guy.”Bookmark here

“Well, we’re doing our best here you know…” Nobu was the first.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan is still alive…” she murmured second.Bookmark here

“Hehe, I’m sorry Koike-san...” Hirata finished Koshiro off.Bookmark here

“They’re totally saying that I’m the pushover…” Koshiro looked downcast. “And it’s not like it isn’t true, hehe” he then tried to smile.Bookmark here

“Well, I’m sure we can win this if we try our best!” Nobu tried to cheer him up.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan agrees!”Bookmark here

“Yes!”Bookmark here

“Let’s win for Koshiro!”Bookmark here

“Let’s win for Koshiro-kun!!”Bookmark here

“Let’s win for Koike-san!”Bookmark here

“Guys!” Koshiro seemed about to cry, “I believe in you guys!”Bookmark here

After a few minutes of INTENSE gaming:Bookmark here

“Yes!” Hirata celebrated.Bookmark here

“Hirata-san.” Nobu called.Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Why are you celebrating if we lost?”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan wants to know as well!”Bookmark here

“Oh! It’s because I got to be the player of the match, although I tied with this OBAREJI guy…”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Koshiro sighed, “It’s too bad I have to endure reading that.Bookmark here

AKUADO: Nice match.Bookmark here


“Anyway, we can just play another match.” Koshiro continued, “About what I was talking before… when our homeroom started, not only I had to deal with a drunk Sumiye…”Bookmark here

“Oh my god.” reacted Nobu.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan didn’t want to be in your position...” murmured Nyoko.Bookmark here

“It was pretty weird.” mumbled Hirata.Bookmark here

“But this crazy and devil-like girl named... Takyu? Takyoa? Tachibana? Takataka?”Bookmark here

“Takayama.” Hirata corrected him.Bookmark here

“Yep, Takayama, she just kicked me out of the window.”Bookmark here

“Oh my god, how are you okay?” asked Nyoko.Bookmark here

“Well. a be… Kuma-chan saved me, it’s a long story.”Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan?” Nyoko and Nobu tilted their heads.Bookmark here

“Anyway, I wanted to confront her, but her friend interrupted me and…”Bookmark here

“Allow me to interrupt you, Koike-san.”Bookmark here

“Huh? What is it Hirata-san?”Bookmark here

“It’s just that I think that… I think that you’re being too harsh on her, you know?”Bookmark here

“Hirata-san.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“If Kuma-chan hadn’t saved me I could be at the hospital now, so I don’t think I’m overreacting.”Bookmark here

“Okay, but…” Hirata hesitated for a second, “You can’t judge a book by its cover, right?”Bookmark here

“Hirata-san.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“I’m not judging by its cover. I’m judging by the strength of its kick.”Bookmark here

“Yeah… this makes more sense...”Bookmark here

“Anyhow, after her friend interrupted me, the principal called us to his office.”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan bets that mean girl got what she deserved!”Bookmark here

“Haha.” Koshiro scratched his head “He actually congratulated her for giving a nice kick.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, the principal and Takayama knew each other, they chatted a bit.”Bookmark here

“But what about the aggression??”Bookmark here

“Well, to be honest, most of the people in the class didn’t even see it. They were paying attention to a mosquito or something.”Bookmark here

“Mosquito?” Nyoko seemed puzzled.Bookmark here

“It was a butterfly.” Hirata corrected.Bookmark here

“Oh, butterfly.”Bookmark here

“I don’t know why a butterfly is more comprehensible but okay.” Koshiro smacked his head and then continued: “So basically nothing happened at the principal’s office, a filler chapter if you asked me.”Bookmark here

“Okay, and after that?” Nobu was the one asking now.Bookmark here

“After that… “ Koshiro considered what to say “It was lunch.”Bookmark here

“Nothing interesting at lunch?”Bookmark here

“Well…” he thought a bit more, “I talked to a Senpai that looked like a Kouhai, does that count?”Bookmark here

"Of course! Kouhai?! Is she going to replace Nyoko-chan??!" Nyoko shouted.Bookmark here

"Huh? What are you..."Bookmark here

"Koshiro, what are you doing, playing with my sister's feelings like this?!" Nobu chimed in, "Oh, no. Don't tell me I'm getting replaced as well??"Bookmark here

"Hey guys, that's not..."Bookmark here

"It's all because we're secondary characters, brother!"Bookmark here

"You're probably right! We should do something about it..."Bookmark here

"Maybe if something happens to one of the main characters..."Bookmark here

"Hey! Don't consider doing something horrible!" Koshiro tried to stop the two.Bookmark here

"Don't worry! Nyoko-chan will make sure no one finds out!"Bookmark here

"That's not the problem!"Bookmark here

"Guys, what are you talking about...?" Hirata's voice trembled.Bookmark here

"Oh, we forgot you were here, Hirata..." Nobu lowered his voice.Bookmark here

"Yes..." Nyoko composed herself, "You can continue, Koshiro-kun."Bookmark here

“Geez, thank you, Hirata-san."Bookmark here

"No problem, Koike-san..."Bookmark here

"Anyway, after lunch it was time to come home. I tried to bail on Sumiye but she caught me right at Fujimori’s door.”Bookmark here

“Is that it?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“So, you didn’t come up with any decent idea Koshiro-kun?? Nyoko-chan must know!” Nyoko requested.Bookmark here

“Well…”Bookmark here

“Well…??”Bookmark here

“I did think of something, I even told Sumiye while we were eating.”Bookmark here

“And…”Bookmark here

“And?”Bookmark here

“What is it?? Nyoko-chan must know!” Nyoko demanded.Bookmark here

“Well, it would be about a girl that dresses like animals, like a bear…”Bookmark here

“Wait Koshiro.” Nobu interrupted, “Isn’t that ‘Old Game?’”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks so too!”Bookmark here

“What is ‘Old Game?’?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I didn’t realize at the moment, but it is.”Bookmark here

“Pretty cute anime.” Nobu affirmed.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks so too!” Nyoko agreed.Bookmark here

“Is it a manga?” Hirata said with puzzlement.Bookmark here

“C’mon Hirata, get your face out of your ass, they just said anime.”Bookmark here

“It wasn’t this time Koshiro-kun, but Nyoko-chan believes in you!”Bookmark here

“I don't believe so much, nut I believe too. You know that, right Koshiro? But pay attention to the game, another match is starting, we have to win this one.”Bookmark here

“Okay.” Koshiro looked at the screen, “But I wouldn’t get my hopes too high.”Bookmark here

“Huh? Why is that?”Bookmark here

“Look at the chat, Nobu.”Bookmark here


“I’ll give you an early apology.” Koshiro said crestfallen.Bookmark here

“You don’t have to do that.” Nobu seemed to calm Koshiro, “Just tell us when Daichi is coming back so we can have him or Sumiye play in your place.”Bookmark here

“I really have to apologize then, because I don’t know.”Bookmark here

“That makes things difficult…”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks you should call Scar then!”Bookmark here

“Are you seriously saying the cat is better than me?” “Nyoko-chan…”Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“Are you seriously…” the boy stopped midway “Yeah she probably is.” he then buried his head in his hands “And the worst part is that it’s probably true.”Bookmark here

"So... Scar-chan is coming or not?" Nobu asked.Bookmark here

“I don’t think I can call her now. She’s probably sleeping with Sumiye.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s too bad.” Nyoko sounded disappointed. “Anyhow, let’s do our best! Nyoko-chan, Nobu, and Hirata at least.”Bookmark here

“Yeah… I'm sorry guys...”Bookmark here

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