One Month to Figure out my Future
The following day as I was changing my shoes at the school entrance, Miss Kamuro approached me: “Good morning Kamizaki, everything ok?”
“Yes as usual.”
“Good. You know, the teachers’ council wasn’t really happy with you joining the club. I stood up for you explaining how you were really interested in joining the club, but it wasn’t enough. They want proofs that the literary club can do something. You follow me?”
“Yes, you want us to finish the website as soon as possible so that the other teachers can acknowledge us. We will do our best, thanks for the advice.”
I started walking away to get to my classroom but Miss Kamuro stopped me.
“Kamizaki. Remember to study for the finals, don’t wear yourself to much, remember your priorities. Helping others is always a good thing, just… don’t overdo it. If you need help you know where to go.”
I slightly nodded and kept on going while Miss Kamuro was still leaning with her back on the lockers at the entry. I wasn’t worried, every night studied enough for me to pass every exam with a reasonable score. The website? A week at maximum and we would be done.
Hayato and Rihoko were already in the classroom.
“Hey Satoshi, how is the website coming along?”
“Yesterday there was a problem, the teachers threatened to close the literary if nobody were to join, so I joined. Today we will continue the website.”
He looked at me with an expression of total confusion.
“Are you joking right?”
“But why would they want to close the club?”
Let’s see. How can I put it as simple as possible?
“And so you decided to join.”
“That’s right .”
“Well, finally, it seems someone was able to break trough that ice cold heart of yours.”
Again with these stupid suppositions, I’m not the type of guy who falls for a girl so easily.
“I started so I might as well finish, it would be a cowardly move to step back now. Don’t you think?”
“I couldn’t agree more, good job Satoshi.”
For one time I wasn’t getting mocked, that’s good to hear.
Remember this morning? I was sounding pretty confident and positive right? Screw it. As we were working on the website, the computer just died on us. Rihoko told me the IT club let her take it because they weren’t using it anymore. I can imagine why!! It was already looking unstable but I thought it could hold on just enough for us to finish our project but, as it turned out, I was wrong.
I checked and tried everything. There must have been a short in that really old motherboard. Replacing it with a new one was certainly useless considering how old it was.
“I have a laptop at home, it’s way better than this piece of junk. I should have time to go and get it . You can wait me here and come up with other ideas if you want.”
“You really want to go all the way home and then back here??”
“Yes, I don’t think I have other options.”
“We could ask the IT club if they have another spear computer.”
Not a chance, I’m not their rubbish guy.
“I’m not going to work on another of their computers with the risk of losing our job.”
“Let me come with you.”
No thanks I don’t need someone slowing me down.
“There is no point, just wait me here.”
“I mean… we could save some time.”
As I said she would just slow us down, not the opposite.
“And how exactly?”
Red face activated, it was her second superpower after vanishing.
“If it’s not a big problem, we can work at your place for this afternoon and then you can bring the laptop tomorrow morning.”
I mean… it wasn’t a bad idea, it’s just that…, I would have to explain to Miyo. What do I do?? I took a minute just to think about it.
“Ok fine, but you should leave before 6.”
“No problem. Sorry for causing you so much trouble.”
“This time you are actually helping me, let’s go.”
I also grabbed the hard drive from the dead computer because we had saved some useful stuff locally that we might need later.
We quickly left school and I noticed that as we were going down the stairs Rihoko put her messy bun back, one day I should ask her why she cares so much about it.
I didn’t know anything about Rihoko’s house, mine was just a typical small Tokyo apartment, nothing crazy. Once at home the countdown started, I had to be ready to basically force Rihoko to leave when it would get too risky for her to stay.
“You want something to drink? Everything but tea, I’m a disaster even when it comes to brewing.”
“Just some fresh water will be enough don’t worry.”
As I was grabbing some water in the kitchen, Rihoko said: “It really feels like a cozy home, is that your sister?”
I came to check out while holding a glass of water for Rihoko. She was pointing at a photo of me, my parents and my sister that was taken a couple of years ago during summer break.
“Yes, her name is Miyo.”
“I’ll grab a chair for you, I only have one in my room.”
“Oh we are going to work in your room?”
“Don’t worry I don’t have anything to hide.”
That’s right, at least nothing that you can physically find. Being a computer nerd has many advantages. Come on don’t judge me, I’m still a teenage boy.
Once we settled down I recovered all the essential data we needed from the old hard drive while Rihoko was watching me work with astonished eyes.
Using my laptop made things even easier since I didn’t have to be bottlenecked by the slowness of the computer. It was five o’clock, I was starting to get a bit nervous but I still had enough time. I just didn’t’ consider that my bad luck wasn’t done with me yet.
I hear the door unlocking. Crap! My heart stops. What do I do? Why is she already here? How am I going to explain this?
I whispered to Rihoko: “Wait here.”
I quickly got out of my room and went to greet Miyo trying to figure out something.
“Oh hi Miyo, already home? What happened?”
“You are the one who is early.”
“Well you see the computer we were using broke so we had to cancel today’s working session.”
At least it was the truth.
“Are you sure you are telling me the truth? You usually fix computers, furthermore it’s already the second consecutive day you come up with excuses.”
Yes I fix computers but I’m not god, when they are dead, they are dead period.
“I actually brought home the hard drive of the school computer so I can work from home, but now it’s your turn. Why so early?”
“I wanted to try a new recipe for today’s dinner so I went shopping and wanted to have a bit extra time in case I screwed up.”
You might be asking if she noticed Rihoko’s shoes, I took care of it hiding them in the shoe cabinet between my mum’s shoes. But now I had to find a way to make Rihoko sneak out, maybe I had a chance.
“Waaaaaaaaaait a second.”
What? What did it happen?
She asked very suspiciously: “Do you smell that?”
I didn’t know what she was talking about.
“I don’t think I smell anything different.”
“It’s perfume, girl perfume. What game are we playing? Did you bring a girl at home? That’s impossible.”
What the hell? Is she some kind of hound? But at this moment I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t consider the smell factor, being used to it I totally forgot.
Then suddenly my room’s door opened and Rihoko came out with her usual messy bun even though I remembered her undoing it when she got in.
“Hi, nice to meet you. You must be Miyo, Satoshi’s sister. I’m Rihoko, the literary club president.”
This situation was really embarrassing and I just wanted to run as far away as possible from home.
“So you did bring a girl at home, and she doesn’t seem to be tied up. It’s impressive.”
Then she spoke directly to Rihoko.
“Sorry if my brother is not good at introducing people. Yes, I’m Miyo, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Now if you excuse me, I have work to do, plus, I don’t want to interrupt whatever you two were doing.”
Miyo reacted in a really different way than what I was expecting, but it was certainly not over yet. Now that we got busted, we decided to at least finish a couple more things.
Once back in my room I asked Rihoko: “Why did you decide to come out?”
She gently smiled and answered: “It seemed like you needed some backup so I stepped in. I get that, even if you usually seem pretty confident, it’s still difficult for you to face people. I think that, regarding that aspect, we are quite alike.”
I guess… she was right.
“Thank you, it might have been worse if you didn’t step in. I didn’t want Miyo to draw any conclusions and I overreacted.”
“Which kind of conclusions?”
I think we can stop our conversation here, there shouldn’t be anything more to add.
“Weeell, let’s finish our work for today.”
Rihoko had a little laugh and said: “I was right about you.”
After half an hour Rihoko stopped me: “Look like it’s pretty late, I should go home.”
I saved our progress and lead Rihoko to the door but Miyo from the kitchen stopped us.
“Where are you guys going?”
I replied: “Rihoko is leaving.”
“Hope we can meet again Miyo, have a good night.”
“You know, we have plenty of food, if you want you can have dinner with us.”
I have never see Miyo so kind to someone. It wouldn’t be a problem if she stayed for dinner but, you know, I wouldn’t know how to act properly.
“I would gladly accept your offer, the thing is, I really have to get home.”
“I see, take care then. Looking forward to seeing you again.”
Miyo went back to cocking while I decided to, at least, accompany Rihoko out of our building.
“Miyo is such a sweet girl.”
I didn’t really have anything to say back so I just stayed quite waiting for the elevator to get to the bottom floor.
“I’m sorry for all the trouble I have been causing you, as I said, I will pay you back.”
“We already had this conversation, you don’t owe me anything.”
The elevator stopped and we got off.
“See you tomorrow then, Satoshi.”
“Sure, be careful.”
And just like that she disappeared.
I got back upstairs and as I opened the door Miyo was waiting for me with a really angry face.
“Look I’m sorry it happened all so quickly, I shouldn’t have.”
“That’s not the problem! You should have told me she was coming home so that I wouldn’t show up! Sometimes you just don’t get it.”
Trust me I get it perfectly, but I don’t want anyone to stick their nose in what is all just a misunderstanding. Having said that, I couldn’t just tell her to mind her own business. So I stuck with something simpler.
“I appreciate you worrying for me but, now that’s not my priority.”
“Uff you are so stubborn. Dinner is ready come on.”
Before going to bed I checked my phone and I noticed I received a message quite a while ago. It was from Rihoko and said: “The club president reminds you to bring you laptop at school tomorrow. Good night.”
That was a rather useful reminder; I put the laptop in the bag so I wouldn’t forget it and went to bed.