Chapter 21:

Taming The Fiance

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

"Do you want to go see the fireworks together?"Bookmark here

"Fireworks? You mean next week, right? Sure, why not?"Bookmark here

"That's a lovely idea!"Bookmark here

Bathing in the sunlight, the trio consisting of Emma, Kazuma and Yui was currently enjoying their break together on the roof.Bookmark here

"Great! This will be fun!" Yui claimed in high spirits.Bookmark here

"Heh, you're just like a child." Kazuma snickered.Bookmark here

"Who are you calling a child?!"Bookmark here

 "Who else but you, idiot?"Bookmark here

"Hehehe!" Emma giggled while Yui and Kazuma were butting heads with each other.Bookmark here

"You know what? I'll accept your insult. After all, I'm in a good mood today."Bookmark here

"Good mood? What happened today?" Kazuma asked curiously.Bookmark here

"Is it because of the exam results?" Emma commented.Bookmark here

"That's right! This time, I took the 17th place overall!" Yui said triumphantly as she puffed her chests and placed her hands on her hips.Bookmark here

"Congratulations! That's wonderful!" Emma applauded her.Bookmark here

"Geez, that's it?" Kazuma sighed.Bookmark here

"Tch. How did you manage with the time you had?"Bookmark here

"Third place." he replied casually.Bookmark here

"..." Yui did not know how to counter that.Bookmark here

"By the way, are you happy with your results, Emma?" Yui asked to escape her embarrassment.Bookmark here

"Me? I am ranked first." Emma answered.Bookmark here

"I feel like an idiot, sitting next to you two..." Yui looked down depressed.Bookmark here

Whereas Emma tried to cheer Yui up, Kazuma mocked her further.Bookmark here

"It sure was surprising that you didn't take first place again, Kazuma-san." Emma mentioned while she was still pampering Yui like a caring mother.Bookmark here

"Ehm, you know, there were certain circumstances..." he scratched his cheeks.Bookmark here

"Ah, I'm sorry! I forgot!" Emma apologized immediately.Bookmark here

"No need to be sorry. But, well, it was more surprising to see who had taken the second place." Kazuma's face turned serious.Bookmark here

"Kirisaki-san, right?" Yui jumped into the conversation after calming down.Bookmark here

"Ken-kun is actually a smart student, however, the only thing that drags him down is his attendance record..." Emma explained with an awkward smile.Bookmark here

"Seems like a 2-0 for him, hehe." Yui whispered in Kazuma's ear.Bookmark here

A bulging vein was visible on Kazuma's forehead.Bookmark here

"You little..." Kazuma stood up with a clenched fist.Bookmark here

"You trying to pick a fight with me?" Yui provoked him further.Bookmark here

"Please calm down, both of you..." Emma tried to stop the two.Bookmark here

Suddenly, the bell rang.Bookmark here

"Consider yourself lucky!" Yui mocked Kazuma one last time before she walked to the exit of the roof.Bookmark here

"Tch."Bookmark here

"W-well, shall we go, too?" Emma tried to soothe his anger.Bookmark here

"Yeah."Bookmark here

Thus, the two of them also exited the roof while Yui waited for them to catch up to her.Bookmark here

"Emma?"Bookmark here

"Yes?"Bookmark here

"Could you send me Kirisaki's number?"Bookmark here

"W-what?" Emma gasped for air in surprise.Bookmark here

"I know this is surprising. But I need it to close that case..." Kazuma stated as his eyes turned more sharply and grimmer.Bookmark here

"Alright, I understand."Bookmark here

Emma took her phone out and sent him the number.Bookmark here

"Thanks."Bookmark here

"Hey, what are you two doing! We're going to be late!" Yui yelled from a distance.Bookmark here

Thus, the three returned quickly to their classes.Bookmark here

While the lessons went on, Kazuma was sending a message.Bookmark here

"And done..." he murmured.Bookmark here

A grin formed on his face. Today would be the day where Kazuma would get the final and most important clue to execute his true revenge.Bookmark here

Not being able to wait any longer, he unconsciously tapped his foot and drummed with his finger on his desk.Bookmark here

After a while, the bell rang again, indicating the end of school for today and the beginning of club activities.Bookmark here

Kazuma stood up and immediately went over to Yui's seat.Bookmark here

"You have to walk home without me for today, Yui. I have to do something." he said and walked away instantly.Bookmark here

"Eh?" Yui, who had no chance to say anything, could only look baffled at his back as he vanished from the room.Bookmark here

With a fast pace, Kazuma closed the distance to the rooftop as he hustled through the crowd of students in the hallways.Bookmark here

He opened the door.Bookmark here

"Seems like I'm the first to arrive." he said to himself.Bookmark here

Seeing that no one was on the roof, he sat on a nearby bench and waited.Bookmark here

Even after five minutes passed, nobody entered the roof.Bookmark here

"Where's that bastard?!" he was annoyed.Bookmark here

Then, the door was opened.Bookmark here

"Finally." Kazuma stood up and approached the person.Bookmark here

"What took you so long, Kirisaki?"Bookmark here

It was a long time since Kazuma and Ken confronted each other.Bookmark here

"Flirted with some babes on the way." Ken answered provocative.Bookmark here

Kazuma stayed calm. He knew that getting enraged now would be unproductive.Bookmark here

"Let's cut the idle chitchat. I'll go straight to the point. Are you still affiliated with Kanzaki Shinya?"Bookmark here

In that instant, Ken's eyes widened.Bookmark here

"What if I say yes?" he provoked Kazuma.Bookmark here

An agitated grin formed on Kazuma's face.Bookmark here

"Then, I can also assume that you paid them to get rid of me, right?"Bookmark here

"Just do so. But don't think that everything is over! Next time the main squad will come for you!" he led his thump horizontally across his neck to stress his statement.Bookmark here

Pow. Bookmark here

Kazuma punched Ken's cheek.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Ken fell on the ground.Bookmark here

"Aahrrg! What a-"Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

A kick was launched and hit his face.Bookmark here

"S-sto-"Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

"Ughh!"Bookmark here

Kazuma pressed his knee against Ken's chest, making it harder for him to breath properly.Bookmark here

"G-get off me!"Bookmark here

Pow. Pow. Pow.Bookmark here

One punch after another connected. Kazuma could not hold back any longer. Ken was the reason for Yui's suffering and anxiety. He felt nothing but hatred and anger towards Ken as he continued to punch his defenseless face. In spite of his rage, his agitated grin did not vanish.Bookmark here

Then, after Ken coughed blood, Kazuma stopped his barrage of attacks.Bookmark here

"... haaaa... haaaa.... do you really think that you'll get away with this?!" Ken threatened him as he grasped for air.Bookmark here

"Of course I will."Bookmark here

Kazuma took his phone out and held it near Ken's face.Bookmark here

"... w-what is this?"Bookmark here

Ken was confused and shocked after he heard the recording.Bookmark here

"Don't you recognize their voices anymore? They are the girls who were paid money to lure Yui into the factory."Bookmark here

Kazuma let him hear the recording he took when the girls confessed their actions to Yui.Bookmark here

"S-so what?" he asked irritated.Bookmark here

"I can use this to blackmail them. They'll do everything I want. Even telling me the names of those who were behind this all." Kazuma stated with a grin that widened more and more.Bookmark here

"D-don't tell me that..." Ken stuttered as his face showed his utter defeat.Bookmark here

"Seems like you're bright enough to get my point."Bookmark here

"You'll work for me unless you want those girls to confess everything to the police, including your involvement." Kazuma elaborated while he stared at Ken with a threatening gaze.Bookmark here

Ken was speechless. He lost. A comeback was impossible.Bookmark here

He had everything. Power, wealth, fame and much more. And yet, he was helpless in his current situation. Kazuma had him on a leash like a dog.Bookmark here

Fighting back would only be futile. He knew how strong Kazuma was since the day they first fought each other. The fact that Kazuma beat 11 people alone, added to Ken's fear of fighting him.Bookmark here

He gulped down his saliva which was now mixed with blood.Bookmark here

"W-what do you want me to do?" Ken accepted his fate.Bookmark here

Kazuma finally let go of Ken and stood up.Bookmark here

"First, tell me everything about your deal with them." Kazuma ordered him.Bookmark here

Ken, who still sat on the ground, began to tell everything. He also told him that he would meet Shinya this Sunday to take his money back due to the deal being broken off.Bookmark here

"I see... hehe." Kazuma let out a small giggle after he heard everything.Bookmark here

Then, Kazuma held his hand out to Ken.Bookmark here

"?"Bookmark here

"How long are you planning to sit there?"Bookmark here

Ken was baffled. He did not expect how friendly Kazuma looked at the moment in comparison to a few minutes ago.Bookmark here

He hesitatingly took his hand.Bookmark here

Kazuma helped him get up.Bookmark here

"What's wrong?" Kazuma asked Ken, who looked at him as if he saw a ghost.Bookmark here

"I-I could ask you the same... Why are you looking so happy?"Bookmark here

"I'm just in a good mood. That's all." Kazuma replied with a smirk.Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

Kazuma held his phone up in a way so that he would be able to take a photo or video.Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

"Now to the second order. Confess all your actions. I will film you." Kazuma said without a change in his facial expression.Bookmark here

"W-what?"Bookmark here

"It's just a countermeasure. What if you'll bribe the girls so that they won't betray you?"Bookmark here

"Tch. Fine..."Bookmark here

"Good. Now start." Kazuma signaled the start of the recording.Bookmark here

After a few minutes passed, Kazuma stopped the recording.Bookmark here

"With that done, I'll give you the last order for today."Bookmark here

Kazuma slowly approached the exit of the roof. He still wore a friendly smile on his face, however, his eyes were everything but friendly. Those eyes were the epitome of pugnacity.Bookmark here

"Tell Shinya this when you meet him Sunday: Ichinose has started his own gang and declared war on 'The Owls of Tokyo'."Bookmark here

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