Chapter 12:


Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

Sumiye Suto was waiting at the front gate when Koshiro left, she told him to get in her car.Bookmark here

“How was the meeting?” the woman asked when the car started to move.Bookmark here

“It w…”Bookmark here

“Shhhhhh.” Bookmark here

“But you’re the one that as…”Bookmark here

“Shhhhh!” she did it again, “I know I asked, but please lower your voice, ok?”Bookmark here

“Oka…”Bookmark here

“Shh, lower.”Bookmark here

“Okay…” Koshiro was whispering now, “I was saying 'it was weird'."Bookmark here

“Hmm... nothing else?”Bookmark here

“Are you sure you’re good enough to drive?”Bookmark here

“Of course... of course.” she assured him, “We just take things...nice, easy… and slow…”Bookmark here

Koshiro looked at his teacher, who was talking slowly and softly, it looked like she could pass out at any moment, due to this, the fact that she was driving super slowly was a bit of a relief, but it was also a source of annoyance since it’d be faster to go home on foot.Bookmark here

“What else…?” Sumiye kept rubbing her head while asking.Bookmark here

“I’m going to kill you.”Bookmark here

“What more…?”Bookmark here

“What did you want to accomplish with your little plan?” Koshiro crossed his arms and frowned at the woman.Bookmark here

“Hmm… I’m pretty sure… I told you before… when I was leading you… to the club room.”Bookmark here

“So, you want to help with my problems or something?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…it is an excuse… for you to hang out with… the rest of the main crew.”Bookmark here

“What about we being in the same class?”Bookmark here

“C’mon Koshiro, get your face out of your ass... the classroom is not that fun of a place.”Bookmark here

Koshiro sighed. “I guess you’re right… I bet that's the reason why they come up with crazy and stupid clubs in anime, manga, and, you know, basically everything.”Bookmark here

“Yes, and here... it isn't different." Sumiye pressed her temple, "So… what do they like to do?”Bookmark here

“Hmm, drawing and playing? Singing? Wearing make-up…? Beating others and definitely not playing something.”Bookmark here

“I see…” the woman pondered for a moment, “And did you happen to come up with something?”Bookmark here

“Nothing concrete.” he looked through the window, “For now it's probably just a rip-off from another rom-com, so I'm still working on it.”Bookmark here

“I see...” the conversation apparently ended with that, but after a moment Sumiye opened her mouth again: “Hmm... by the way… there’s something that I need to tell you…”Bookmark here

“Go ahead.” Koshiro replied nonchalantly while gazing through the window.Bookmark here

“I’m just dropping you by your house today…”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro turned to her.Bookmark here

“...and then I’ll go back to my place.”Bookmark here

“Ah.” Koshiro’s expression became slightly downcast. “Your mom?”Bookmark here

“Yes… my neighbor is going to travel, so I’ll need to go back.”Bookmark here

“I see…”Bookmark here

“This means I won’t be able to make your obento every day, but I’ll try to give it to you at school someti…”Bookmark here

“Oh! You don’t have to worry about it.”Bookmark here

“But…”Bookmark here

“It’s alright Sumi-nee. I won’t die if I stop eating your food.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” she cracked a smile, “Does this mean my food is bad?”Bookmark here

“Haha.” Koshiro gave a small laugh, “Quite the opposite, it’s so good that I’ll go fat if I keep eating it every day.”Bookmark here

“Hmm, is that so?” she gave a smug grin, “So, you’re sure you don’t want to eat more of it?”Bookmark here

“No… at least for now.” Koshiro looked into Sumiye’s eyes, “You go and take good care of her.”Bookmark here

“Okay… and… you make sure to let Scar take care of you!”Bookmark here

“Yes ma’am! Wait...”Bookmark here

“And… eat more than just Anpan…”Bookmark here

“Okay…”Bookmark here

“And... and… don’t use drugs! Hard ones...”Bookmark here

“I know that.”Bookmark here

“And... and…”Bookmark here

“And we’ll see each other every day at school.” he concluded.Bookmark here

“Yes…” she glanced at Koshiro and then returned her attention to the street, they had been in front of the Koike’s house for some time now.Bookmark here

“You can stop the car.” Koshiro instructed. He waited for her to follow through with it to get out of the vehicle.Bookmark here

“There’s still some leftovers on the fridge!” Sumiye shouted from the car, “Have it for dinner tonight!”Bookmark here

“Okay!” Koshiro looked at her through the window, “Bye! See you tomorrow!”Bookmark here

“Bye!” she started to drive again.Bookmark here

“Try to drink less!” Koshiro tried to advise her, but he wasn't sure if she heard it.Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

The next morning, Koshiro was late for school.Bookmark here

“Crap!” the boy shouted when he looked at the time, just when he was getting used to being awakened by those two, Sumiye stopped coming to his house.Bookmark here

“Please… just stay… quiet…” Scar, that had been sleeping with Sumiye until that day was now sprawled in Koshiro’s bed, belly facing upward, and eyes still closed. “...and leave... some food for me…” Bookmark here

“Okay!” Koshiro whispered as he hastily got ready for school.Bookmark here

The boy made his way down the stairs and, after leaving some food for scar, started to run to get to Obaka High as fast as he could. In the meantime, he remembered his conversation with Scar the previous night:

“... which means that she won’t be coming here for a while.” Koshiro explained.Bookmark here

“This means I’ll have to stay alone with YOU again?”Bookmark here

“That’s right.” the boy smiled, “Please take care of me as I’ll do to you Scar-chan!”Bookmark here

“That’s it.” she turned around, “Bye.”Bookmark here

“Hey! Wait just a moment!” Koshiro shouted.Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“How do you feel about going to visit her on the weekends?”Bookmark here

“Visiting Sumiye-chan…” her eyes started to shine, “On weekends...?”

“Yes, we can go by train.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the cat seemed to ponder, “Nice Koshiro! You finally came up with something useful!”Bookmark here

“Thanks! I guess…”Bookmark here

With that in mind, the boy arrived at his school, he was panting because of the endeavor made to get there… at the end of homeroom.Bookmark here

“Damn!” he smacked his head while walking hurriedly through the corridors, “I forgot to get my breakfast.”Bookmark here

“Aaah.” someone gave a sigh of disappointment in front of him. “I knew this would happen.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro turned his eyes to the person, but before he could say anything, she shoved something down his throat: “Uuauuursasr!! Grrwasdk!” the boy tried to say something as he turned around to see who had just passed him.Bookmark here

“Sadly, that’s the only Anpan I have today!” she said without looking to the boy, “Be sure to appreciate it!”Bookmark here

“Dan… kiu.” Koshiro tried to thank while munching the roll and looking at Sumiye’s long red hair. “Why does she always have to do something like that?”Bookmark here

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After classes ended, Koshiro was ready to get back to his house. When he was about to take his first step down the stairs, he heard Sumiye’s voice behind him:Bookmark here

“Where do you think you’re going? Why aren’t you making your way up?” the tired-looking woman asked.Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Koshiro sighed and turned around, “Don’t you think you’re appearing too much for a secondary character?”Bookmark here

“Humpf!” she crossed her arms, “That’s your fault for loving me too much! Now you have to go to your club.”Bookmark here

“And why would I do that?? There’s nothing to do there.”Bookmark here

“Yet!” she put her hands on her waist and made a confident pose, “That’s why you have to socialize! Make some new friends! You can’t keep clinging onto me or the Furukawa’s!”Bookmark here

“...” Koshiro hesitated, “I know…”Bookmark here

“So please, just go to your club. You can use this time as inspiration.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” he hesitated again, but then sighed and finally said: “Okay.”Bookmark here

And with that, he said goodbye to Sumiye and made his way up the stairs quietly until his phone disturbed the hush:Bookmark here

Nobu: Gameplay tonight?Bookmark here

Nyoko-chan: We have some time before it, but what should I get for Sumiyechis’ Birthday? * - *Bookmark here

Koshiro looked through the text. “Just because she mentioned them…” Bookmark here

Koshiro (replying to Nobu): IDK.Bookmark here

Koshiro (replying to Nyoko-chan): Hmm… something catty maybe?Bookmark here

“Yeah, she loves cats, so she’ll probably like that.”Bookmark here

Nyoko-chan (replying to Koshiro): C-CATTY?? W-WHAT DO YOU MEAN?? Nyoko-chan wants to know!Bookmark here

“Did she just stuttered while typing? Anyway…”Bookmark here

Koshiro (replying to Nyoko-chan): You’re a girl too, so you should know. But if you have any questions, ask Nobu!Bookmark here

After typing, Koshiro managed to get to the fourth floor, a place basically reserved for club activities.Bookmark here

“Hmm… she’s not answering anymore so she probably understood.” Koshiro thought while looking at his phone, he put it in his pocket and…Bookmark here

“Ouch!” he bumped into someone.Bookmark here

“Hmm… Koshiro Koike, is that right?” a girl with an apparent cold voice asked.Bookmark here

“Yes! I’m sorry for that!” Koshiro bowed and then raised his head to see the president of the student council before him. "Aaah!" the boy jumped back.Bookmark here

“Please be more attentive to your surroundings.” Aika Murakami said with her deep voice while straightening her glasses.Bookmark here

“Okay!” he said and then started to walk to the club’s doorBookmark here

“Koike-kun.” she called for him, “Are you here for CLUB activity?”Bookmark here

“Yes…” the boy stopped midstride, terrified of her.Bookmark here

“And are you in the same club of Kazuhiko Hirata, Hayami Takayama, and Erity Yasutake?Bookmark here

“Yes…” Bookmark here

“I see.” she nodded, and then turned to the boy, “I want you to report to me every day at the student council, IS THAT ALRIGHT?Bookmark here

“Y-Yes!”Bookmark here

“Is that a PROMISE?” she straightened her glasses again.Bookmark here

“O-Of c-course ma’am!” he bowed again “Why do I keep doing this?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Murakami looked at the boy bowing in front of her with puzzlement. “If it’s alright, then you can go to your club, don’t be late.”Bookmark here

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