Chapter 2:

A New Start in High School

The Popular Girl Chases the Loner.

In the month of April, Ikeda is starting her first day of High School as a freshmen student. Her winter vacation was a very depressing time as it only contained her weeping about her failed confession and studying for her entrance exam.

She was saddened by the fact that she was rejected though it didn’t affect her time for studying and managed to pass her entrance exams. Needless to say she was able to go to her first choice of school.

In front of her was the gate of the school she will now be attending. A new school year awaits her. She soon found herself in front of the school board where all new student freshmens names are written and their corresponding classes.

“...There, Class 1-B…” She thought to herself as she skims through the board finding her name in her respective class.

“...Nakajima Yuya?” Now reading out loud, she saw the name of the boy who had rejected her.

“He’s here too!?” She exclaimed, her excitement showing on her face. It goes without saying, she had yet to move on from her first love.

“This time...for sure. I will make Nakajima-kun look at me. I’m going to make him fall for me.” She is determined to have him no matter what. Even if she was rejected, she was determined to do all it takes to make Nakajima fall for her.







She made her way to the hallways searching on the first floor finding her classroom. In no time she found it and made her way in.

“Hey, that girl is cute.”

“...Oh, you’re right. She’s damn cute, you think we have a chance with her?”

“No way, man.”

Upon entering the classroom, almost all of the boys had put their attention to her. Well who wouldn’t be, she was called the prettiest girl back in her previous Middle School after all.

But all of those attention were obviously ignored as she cares no less from those comments. She only had one man set in her heart, and that is Nakajima Yuya...who is currently sleeping on his desk.

Seeing him for the first time after the winter vacation and entrance exams made her chuckle as he carelessly sleeps on his first day of school. Looking at the arrangement, Nakajima was seated in the middle part of the row in class while Ikeda was in the second to the last row.

She was disappointed that she wasn’t near the seating arrangement of Nakajima, but still reluctantly went to her desk.

*Ding* *Ding*

Sounded the bell, starting the homeroom of their first day of school. A man who looked to be in his thirties went inside the classroom and introduced himself.

“Alright, settle down freshmens. I am Hidejima Kojiro, you all call me Hidejima-sensei. This year I will be your Homeroom and Math Teacher. Let’s get along.” The man who introduced himself as Hidejima, looked to be muscular and would seem to be the type to teach Phys Ed class but surprisingly he is a Math teacher much to the expectation of some students in the class.

“For now we don’t have any important things to do. Let's all just introduce ourselves here to better know each other. Alright, first row to the left, introduce yourself please.” He continued prompting the students to introduce themselves one by one.

This went on until Nakajima's turn, prompting Ikeda to listen properly. Until now she wasn’t paying attention to the first students introducing themselves, she was in the clouds gazing only at Nakajima the whole time. And when his turn was up, she was more than eager to listen to him introduce himself to the class.

“...I am Nakajima Yuya. My hobbies are playing games, reading, and writing...that’s all.” His introduction was short and simple.

Ikeda however, was happy to hear his voice again after so long. She couldn’t hide her delight upon seeing her beloved person after the winter vacation. Being in her world she didn’t realize that it was her turn to introduce herself.

“Uhm...hey...miss? Miss, it’s your turn for an introduction…” The girl beside her was nudging her arms trying to wake her up from her own world.

Realizing her mistake, she couldn’t help but get embarrassed from her odd behaviour.

“A-Ah! Sorry...U-Uhm...My name is Ikeda Akemi, my hobbies are listening to music and cooking. The ones I love most are cute things a-and Nakajima-kun!!”

“…?” She exhaled out upon hearing what she just said herself.

“What…?” Nakajima’s face went blank as he looked behind him.

“”””What?”””” All the other students and the teacher were dumbfounded but what she just said.

As one would expect, her face started to turn red upon knowing what she had just done. Nakajima too was mortified the moment he got out from his blankness.

“Uhm, by Nakajima-kun? Do you mean Nakajima Yuya over there?” The teacher who spoke first after the moment of dumbfounded silence asked.

“...Yesh.” In shame, she lowers her head. Her face was red from ears up and managing to answer her teacher's question.

“Lucky you, Nakajima. There’s a cute girl who absolutely loves you so much. Hahahahaha!!” The teacher spoke laughing hard at the current situation while addressing Nakajima.

Nakajima’s face could only twitch and smile awkwardly at the situation, with Ikeda cramping in her seat from the shame she had put herself in.

“...I wanna die…” Ikeda’s thought process exploded, too ashamed by what just happened.