Chapter 13:

Love Quest

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story


The second day of club activity wasn’t much better than the first one, actually, it was probably worse. Hirata and Yasutake were already there when Koshiro slid the door and sat on the same spot as last time.Bookmark here

“Excuse me…”Bookmark here

“Hello, Koike-san!”Bookmark here

“Hi, K-Koike-san…”Bookmark here

The other two members only arrived after a few minutes. Takayama entered the room without uttering a single word, but behind her:Bookmark here

“Excuse me, guys!” Shimizu shouted cheerfully. It was clear she had dragged her friend to the place.Bookmark here

The two girls went to their seats, making an awkward hush descend over the room for several minutes until it was finally broken by Shimizu:Bookmark here

“Hey, Hirata-kun. Can you do that drawing I asked you yesterday?”Bookmark here

“Oh, sure Shimizu!” Hirata said while being frowned at by Yasutake.Bookmark here

“Serious, how can this guy be so oblivious? Is he the protagonist of a Harem story and I don’t know?”Bookmark here

“It’s the one for your brother, right?” Hirata started to rummage his bag, “What is it that he wants?Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Shimizu smiled, “It's better if I send you a message with the details!” and then started to look at her phone.Bookmark here

“You don’t need to do that!” Hirata got up with tools in hand, “If you want to chat in private we can just go to the back…”Bookmark here

“Grrr.” a howl was coming from Yasutake’s direction.Bookmark here

“NO!” Shimizu exclaimed and jumped out of her chair, “I-I mean, you can just look at your phone…”Bookmark here

Koshiro just observed the situation while fiddling with a pencil: “Oh my god, Hirata. You’re breaking the records of making girls mad.” Bookmark here

“Umm...” Hirata was perplexed, “I’m sorry if it sounded weird, is there a problem with…”Bookmark here

“Oh no!” Shimizu's smile came back as if it had never left, “There’s no problem at all! It’s just that... It’s just that I want Yasutake-chan to come with us!” the girl rushed to Yasutake’s side and grabbed her shoulders. “Hehe.” Shimizu grinned.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Yasutake tilted her head and looked at the other girl.Bookmark here

“Please, just stay with me…” Etsuko Shimizu whispered near Yasutake's ears, making sure she was the only one to hear it.Bookmark here

“Ok then!” Hirata headed to the back of the room.Bookmark here

Koshiro looked to Takayama, she seemed to be paying close attention to the three club members that just went to the back of the room. “What is this girl doing here? She doesn’t seem so thrilled to be part of this club… besides, is it really alright for her to be here after yesterd...”Bookmark here

“What is it?” Takayama suddenly turned to him, her face glowering, “Is there something you want to say, pervert?”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro started to frown, “I actually wanted to say something, so yes!”Bookmark here

“What is it? You’re gonna declare your love for me?” Bookmark here

“Of course not! I was gonna be kind enough to ask if you’re alright after yesterday! But now I see there's no need for that!”Bookmark here

“Is that so?”Bookmark here

“Yes! As always you're a terrible person!”Bookmark here

“What...” Hayami clenched her teeth and fists, “...did you just…” her voice was like a growl, “...say…” her eyebrows were twitching, “...to me?” and her body was trembling as she got up and glared at Koshiro.Bookmark here

“Well… I just said that you are…”Bookmark here

“Hayamichi!!” Shimizu interrupted them by shouting from the back of the room.Bookmark here

“Humpf!” Takayama gave Koshiro a last stare and then returned to her seat, “You’re lucky she's a kind girl! And that I have the duty of staying here.”Bookmark here

“Ee? The duty of staying here?”Bookmark here

“Of course, you idiot. I’m the club president.”Bookmark here

“What??! Why are you the club president?”Bookmark here

“I’m the one that chose her!!”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro believed to have hard Sumiyes’s voice.Bookmark here

“I chose her as the president!” Sumiye slid the door and put her head inside the room, “Is there a problem with that Koike-kun?”Bookmark here

“OF COUR…”Bookmark here

“No problems?? That’s great!” she closed the door.Bookmark here

“Doesn’t she have something better to do than mess with my life?”Bookmark here

“The answer for that would be no!” Sumiye yelled from the other side of the door.Bookmark here

After that, Shimizu finished giving Hirata the instructions and the boy promised to draw it at home, so he, Yasutake, and Shimizu returned to their seats. Takayama called Shimizu to one side of the room while Yasutake and Hirata began chatting, leaving Koshiro alone with his thoughts and ideas.
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“My name is Aika Murakami. I’m a student at Obaka High, a school despised by most people. I’m in my second year, and (somehow) I’m the student council president. How am I the present so early? It doesn’t matter (maybe we’ll see it in a flashback later), what matters is that I don’t have many friends, neither romantic experience. I don't know why, but people call me cold and frightening, but it doesn't matter now! I'm in love and I made a new friend! He even promised to help me in my quest for love! Today I was having tea with my only two friends, and now I’m patrolling the corridors to see if my new friend will keep his promise!”Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro Koike-kun!” a deep voice called Koshiro when he was about to leave the third floor.Bookmark here

“Why are people always calling me when I’m going through stairs today?” the boy turned around.Bookmark here

“You promised me that you were going to report to me…” the tall Murakami looked at him from above, “...WAS THAT A LIE?”Bookmark here

“Oh my god, she seems pissed.” Koshiro gulped, “Oh no! Of course not, of course not! I was just... just…”Bookmark here

“Oh, it’s fine.”Bookmark here

“Huh? Are you sure?”Bookmark here

“Yes.” she gave a terrifying grin, “JUST come to the student council.” her eyes were somehow glimmering with an executioner light.Bookmark here

“Hehe...” Koshiro was in a cold sweat while trying to force a smile.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Aika who had turned her back to the boy was now observing him with her peripheral vision, “Is he sick or something? But mom said my friendly smile can make anyone get good enough to run... Anyway, maybe I should get him some medicine.”Bookmark here

“W-What is she going to do to me?”Bookmark here

“Hey, Koike-kun. ARE YOU SICK?” Murakami asked while walking. “I have the PERFECT MEDICINE for you.” she gave another petrifying smile.Bookmark here

“Oh no! I’m totally fine!”Bookmark here

“I see…” “Maybe my smile helped him after all. Kuma-chan always tells me that I have a beautiful smile as well... Just in case, I should give him some tea.”Bookmark here

Aika Murakami ushered the boy to the student council room. Arriving at the door, she slid it to reveal a large room with a huge desk pushed against the wall, leaving space for a small one to be placed in the middle of the room, amongst four chairs.Bookmark here

“Please come in!” Murakami said. "These are my other two friends!”Bookmark here

“Excuse me then...” Koshiro stepped into the room, to see that two chairs were vacant, and the other two were occupied by... “Kuma-chan and tiny Senpai?”Bookmark here

“Hey, my name is Umiko Sawada!” the girl put a teacup on the table and then looked at Koshiro: “Aaaah! It’s you!” Sawada jumped out of her chair. “You are here because of us?” she pointed at Kuma-chan, “So you were lying!”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed, “I think we’ve already gone through this.”Bookmark here

“Okay! You don’t like lolis or bears, you are the one spanked by Suto-Sensei!”Bookmark here

“Oh!” Murakami seemed surprised, “So this is the one?”Bookmark here

“OF COURSE NOT!” Koshiro denied, “And how would you know that?”Bookmark here

“What? I’m obviously following the story! Did you think just because I haven’t appeared in a while I would be outdated?”Bookmark here

“Normally that would be the case.”Bookmark here

“You’re wrong you idi...”Bookmark here

“Anyway…” Koshiro looked at the scene in front of him, they were apparently having some sort of tea party, “... are you sure I’m not on your way president?”Bookmark here

“Of course not! We were waiting for YOU.”Bookmark here

“Hmm? So he’s the one that’ll help you with your love quest?” Sawada asked.Bookmark here

“Yes, he’s the one that promised.”Bookmark here

“Promised…?” Koshiro murmured.Bookmark here

“Please have a seat.” Murakami indicated the spot.Bookmark here

“Okay…” Koshiro sat on the pointed chair.Bookmark here

“Here.” the president poured some tea for him.Bookmark here

“Thanks... but I don’t ne…”Bookmark here

ARE YOU SURE YOU AREN’T A BIT SICK?”Bookmark here

“M-Maybe I am…” he accepted the teacup.Bookmark here

“Well then…” Sawada sipped some tea elegantly, “What can you tell us about her loved one?”Bookmark here

“Hmm… loved one?”Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s why she asked you to watch those three, right?”Bookmark here

“Oh, so that’s why…. but why the three?”Bookmark here

“Takayama is student council business, I can’t let her lose control and punch people…”Bookmark here

“But she can kick me?”Bookmark here

“...or mess with them as she did to you in the bathroom.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that was, that was…”Bookmark here

“Was her tricking you into running to the girl’s bathroom instead of the principal’s office?”Bookmark here

“Hmm, so she really got what happened…”Bookmark here

“That aside, I know Yasutake and Hirata have a long relationship, but I was hoping you could clarify that for me.”Bookmark here

“Okay, but what about Shimizu?” “Of course, she yelled at Hirata today, but she’s very pretty, there’s a chance he could fall for him.”Bookmark here

“Etsuko Shimizu isn’t a problem. You can just tell me about Yasutake’s and Hirata’s relationship.”Bookmark here

“Maybe you’re making a mistake, but okay.” “First of all, you might like to know Hirata was apparently looking at you a lot when you came to our classroom on the first day.”Bookmark here

“Huh? Hirata-san?! Are you sure?!”Bookmark here

“Uhum.” Koshiro nodded, “I’m pretty sure, Yasutake was the one that talked about it. she frowned at him for doing so.”Bookmark here

“So that means she likes him??!”Bookmark here

“That’s what it looks like.” Koshiro shrugged his shoulders.Bookmark here

“Are you SURE??!”Bookmark here

“Y-Yes, I think so, probably!”Bookmark here

“It’s probably true…” Sawada pondered, “Every time I see them she’s right behind him.”Bookmark here

“Oh no!” Murakami put her hand on her head, “I lost before even trying!”Bookmark here

“Hey, hey!” Koshiro tried to calm her, “We don’t know if he feels the same for her!”Bookmark here

“That’s right, Aika-chan! You don’t have to worry yet!” Sawada complemented him.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Murakami composed herself, “If that’s the case… WHY DON’T YOU TELL US THEIR STORY KOIKE-KUN?”Bookmark here

“Of course, Of course! I can tell the little I know!”Bookmark here

PROCEED.”Bookmark here

The nervous Koshiro went into talking about how he met Yasutake and Hirata in the middle of junior high, how Yasutake was always shy, especially with those she didn’t know, and how Hirata was always more upbeat. He also told them about Yasutake blushing in front of her childhood friend, indicating that she likes him, but that he is totally oblivious to the situation.Bookmark here

“Okay, okay. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR CLUB? I don’t even know what it does.”Bookmark here

“I-It kind of does nothing! A-Although it has been only a few days…”Bookmark here

“I see… so it’s similar to most of the others.”Bookmark here

The boy then talked about the brief and awkward club days, pointing out each of the member’s hobbies.Bookmark here

“It makes a lot of sense now...” Sawada said after seconds of pondering.Bookmark here

“Yes! That’s why we can’t know if Hirata likes her or not.” Koshiro explained.Bookmark here

“That’s not what I’m talking about.” she spoke with her soft voiceBookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro tilted his head with puzzlement, “What it is then?”Bookmark here

“One of the reasons why you don’t have good ideas is because you’re a terrible narrator! I didn’t get most of the stuff you talked about! Right, Aika-chan?”Bookmark here

“That’s true.”Bookmark here

“You two too??!” Koshiro was totally downcast.Bookmark here

“But the important part is that…” Murakami straightened her glasses, “Their hobbies are Singing and Drawing, right?”Bookmark here

“Uhum.” Koshiro nodded.Bookmark here

“So, it’s decided...” Murakami put her tea on the table and stood up with confidence to state: “We’ll have an early cultural festival in Obaka High!!”Bookmark here

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