Chapter 11:

Your Hobbies?

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

Yasutake, Hirata, Takayama, and Shimizu were sitting before a rectangular table, the first two on the left side, and the other two, on the right. After staring at the four for a moment, Koshiro turned around to leave the room.Bookmark here

“Waaait!” a female voice shouted.Bookmark here

“Koike-san!” a male voice shouted at the same time.Bookmark here

Koshiro looked to the room once again, there, Kazuhiko Hirata and Etsuko Shimizu were standing up and staring at him.Bookmark here

“Please don’t go, Koike-kun!” Shimizu shouted again.Bookmark here

“Huh?” “What is up with this girl? It can only be a trap from Takayama.” Koshiro gave a quick glance at Hayami Takayama.Bookmark here

“What are you doing Etsuko??!” Takayama shouted and glared at her friend.Bookmark here

“I-I’m sorry Hayamichi! But this is the best for you!” Shimizu replied, “Let’s do as Suto-Sensei instructed.”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Takayama scowled and crossed her arms. “Then I won’t be responsible if he gets his butt kicked.”Bookmark here

“Okay...” Shimizu had a serious expression, “If you beat him up we can blame Suto-Sensei!”Bookmark here

“Are you two being serious?”Bookmark here

“We can’t blame the Sensei!” Takayama pointed out, “Besides, this one probably gets his fair share of spanking from her.” she pointed at Koshiro.Bookmark here

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?!” the boy exclaimed.Bookmark here

“Nothing…”Bookmark here

“You little b…” the boy started.Bookmark here

“I see!” Shimizu interrupted him, “So we have to blame a student…”Bookmark here

“Yes.” Takayama nodded.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Hirata-kun, but it’ll have to be you!!”Bookmark here

“Oh!” Hirata smiled and scratched his nape, “I’m honored, but I can’t take the blame for that, I’m sorry…”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Shimizu made a reflective expression, “ it’ll have to be you!!” she indicated the guilty with her finger.Bookmark here

“Me?” Koshiro pointed to his own face.Bookmark here

“Uhum.”Bookmark here

“How can I be guilty of getting my own ass kicked?”Bookmark here

“I’m glad you asked!” Shimizu rummaged her bag and picked a pair of glasses, then, she went to the board and started to explain: “It’s a process of elimination! First Hayamichi said that she won’t be responsible…” she made a sketch of Takayama’s face and then crossed it out, “Second, we know you get your fair share of spanking from Suto-Sensei…”Bookmark here

“THAT’S WRONG!” Koshiro yelled, but the girl ignored him and continued into drawing a little Sumiye with red cheeks grinning, holding a bottle, and kicking a little Koshiro.Bookmark here

“...third, Hirata-kun said that he can’t take the blame for that…” she sketched Hirata scratching his head.Bookmark here

“Okay, but either way, you and Yasutake could still be blamed, right?”Bookmark here

“If you say something like that, it means that you are not paying attention!” Shimizu frowned and crossed her arms, “Yasutake-chan is too cute to get the blame…” she pointed at a now flushing Yasutake.Bookmark here

“And you...?”Bookmark here

“I’m the one teaching the class! So you must have a lot of courage to arrive late and raise your voice like that! Go get a seat, now!”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed and then picked a chair, putting it on Yasutake’s and Hirata’s side, “Let’s just get this over with.”Bookmark here

“Thank you very much, Koike-kun!” Shimizu smiled at him and went back to her seat.Bookmark here

 “Anyway, what are we all here for?” Koshiro asked.Bookmark here

“It’s the end of the introduction.” Takayama replied, "You don't even know that much? What an as..."Bookmark here

“Ugh, I know that much” Koshiro frowned at her, “What’s the other reason?”Bookmark here

“S-Suto S-Sensei invited u-us here…” Yasutake started.Bookmark here

“ form the hobby club!” Hirata concluded.Bookmark here

“Hobby club?” “What a bad name.”Bookmark here

“It’s not necessarily a Hobby club!” Shimizu explained, “She asked us to make a club by doing what we like to do!”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” “Yeah, she was definitely drunk when she had that idea.”Bookmark here

“Hirata-kun was just telling us that you like to write!”Bookmark here

“Is that so…?” Koshiro glared at Hirata.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Koike-san…” he smiled awkwardly. Bookmark here

“Humpf!” Katayama chimed in, “As if a guy like him with his just above average height, average built, medium-short wenge hair and burnt umber eyes could write something good!” she shouted, “If you wanted to do that you should be more like Hirata-kun: more than just above average height, still an average built… but spiky nape-length dark hair with bangs that cover his forehead! And with dark-blue eyes!”Bookmark here

“Oh! I appreciate that Takayama-san!” Hirata was blushing a bit, “But I’m not much, and you’re a superstar with your beautiful smile, long hair, amethyst-like eyes, and… other things… hehe.” he smiled with embarrassment.Bookmark here

“T-Thanks!” Takayama blushed.Bookmark here

“Grrrr.” someone growled (c'mon it was obviously Yasutake).Bookmark here

“Hey guys!” Shizumi stood up again. “Don’t you see that this conversation is uncomfortable for Yasutake-chan??!” she shouted and then turned to Yasutake: “Don’t worry, I think that you are very cute with your slender figure, black hair tied in a ponytail, impressive breasts for your short size, and grey eyes!”Bookmark here

“W-What a-are y-you t-talking a-bout, Shizumi-san??” the embarrassed Yasutake fiddled with her fingers and murmured, “Y-You are way c-cuter than m-me with your p-pink hair worn in a b-bun, slightly below average h-height, and amber eyes… y-your make-up is v-very well done as well!”Bookmark here

“Oh no.” Koshiro smacked his head, “What a lame way to finally describe your characters after so many chapters.” he then shook his head: “And this part will be useless if this ever gets adapted to a visual media!”Bookmark here

“Thanks for the compliment Yasutake-chan.” Shimizu said, “But we have to continue!”Bookmark here

“That’s right.” Takayama agreed, “Hirata-kun, you were going to talk about what you like to do before that idiot arrived.”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” was the only sound Koshiro made.Bookmark here

“Hmm, that’s right…” Hirata held his chin, “But I can only say that I like to play…”Bookmark here

“PLAY?!” Shimizu interrupted, “What do you mean??!” she stared at Hirata.Bookmark here

“I like to play some online games…” Hirata smiled while turning to Shimizu, “But I’m more like a casual player, I don’t think it’s good to try hard and strain yourself…”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Shimizu widened her eyes, staying quiet.Bookmark here

“Kazuhiko-kun is a-also a pretty g-good drawer…” Yasutake said while looking down.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Takayama tilted her head, “So we should leave our things with him?”Bookmark here

“T-That’s n-not what I meant!” Yasutake raised her voice, “H-He can draw well, t-that’s what it is.”Bookmark here

“Oh! Nice, Hirata-kun!” Shimizu looked at the boy, “Can you draw something for my younger brother later??”Bookmark here

“Hmm, It shouldn’t be a problem if you’re fine with me Shimizu-chan.”Bookmark here

“Nice! Then I’ll tell you what it is about later!” she gave him a thumbs-up.Bookmark here

“Okay!”Bookmark here

“And what about you Yasutake-chan? What do you like to do?” Shimizu turned to the short girl.Bookmark here

“I… I…” Yasutake fiddled with her fingers, “I... I…” but couldn’t say anything more.Bookmark here

“She sings beautifully!” Hirata answered for her, “It’s a shame she doesn’t do that often anymore.”Bookmark here

“Oh, is that true Yasutake-chan?!” Shimizu observed the other girl nod, “That’s too bad…”Bookmark here

“W-What about you S-Shimizu-chan?” Yasutake asked.Bookmark here

“Me?!” she scratched her head and smiled awkwardly, “I-I just like to… I like to…”Bookmark here

“Wear make-up.” Takayama answered for her.
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“Yes! That’s right! I love to wear make-up and do girly things! hehe.”Bookmark here

“Great!” Hirata smiled at Shimizu and then turned to Takayama: “And you play…”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“NOOOO!!” Takayama yelled and got up so fast that the chair fell to the floor. It looked like she had tears forming in her eyes. "I DON'T DO ANYTHING!"Bookmark here

“Hayamichi…” Shimizu murmured.Bookmark here

“Takayama-san? What’s wron…?” Hirata started.Bookmark here

“Etsuko.” Takayama called with a harsh voice, “That’s more than enough of this shitty club for today, don’t you think?” she glared at the other girl, who hesitated, but then nodded in response. “Then we should go.”Bookmark here

“Bu…”Bookmark here

“You can ask for your drawing another day.”Bookmark here

“Okay…”Bookmark here

With that, Takayama grabbed her back and walked to the door, Shimizu followed her, murmuring a “Bye.” before closing the door.Bookmark here

“T-Takayama-san c-can be s-scary…” Yasutake said after a couple of minutes of hush.Bookmark here

“Is what is expected of a fak…” Bookmark here

“Koike.” Hirata interrupted Koshiro, “I don’t think it's time to joke.” he forced a smile, “Right?”Bookmark here

“That’s right.” Koshiro murmured with an apologetic tone, “That’s right…”Bookmark here

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