Chapter 33:

My Answer

Confession Games

The KKFC was like a natural disaster. Reporting them did nothing since there was never enough proof, and you never knew who beside you could be one of their members. There was little you could do to prepare for them either since there was no sign before they appeared. Additionally, once they appeared, it was already considered checkmate. You might think you were lucky if you were able to escape the officer sent to capture you, but then you would be chased by every member hidden throughout the school. According to some, once it reached this point, even staying home from school would only delay the inevitable.Bookmark here

Therefore, I was quick to surrender when I was targeted, but as soon as I spotted Hiroki I was certain that he was the one who pushed the KKFC to go after me. I could barely accept getting caught by the KKFC, but if he was the one who set this up then that was a different matter. Especially since he entered the first years' building.Bookmark here

'Whatever he's up to in there, definitely can't be good.'Bookmark here

With my drive re-ignited in an instant, I stood my ground against the tall, masked, KKFC member.
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"You need to listen to me. This is a trap!" Bookmark here

"Sure, you can talk after we bring you to the interrogation room."Bookmark here

'Ugh!'Bookmark here

I saw a glimmer of hope in the possibility that Hiroki caused this to happen, but from this big guy's firm stance, I knew it would be hard to prove my innocence without falling into their hands. Bookmark here

'Should I surrender? Maybe they aren't as bad as the rumours say.'Bookmark here

The thought to stop my futile resistance was becoming increasingly tempting, but for now, catching Hiroki took the priority. Bookmark here

'Wait, why did he enter the first years' building? It couldn't just be to watch from afar since he didn't mind showing himself, which means he has an objective inside it.Bookmark here

...That's it!'Bookmark here

Like a clap of thunder, a brilliant plan swiftly came together in my mind, a plan that I immediately implemented.Bookmark here

As I wasn't moving, the tall second year eventually reached to grab me, but this time he was the one who stopped moving.Bookmark here

"Wait, before I go let me ask something. With you guys coming after me, how many are left to watch Kirisaki?"Bookmark here

"Hmph, don't speak of us like stalkers. Though there's always at least one member of us coincidentally in her vicinity, when it's time for a trial all official members are required to give their opinion, so we suspend all other activities during the meeting."Bookmark here

Not a single thing he said was tearing through the stalker label, but I wasn't trying to agitate him. I just needed to implant a certain worry inside him.Bookmark here

"I see, so there's no one to protect Kirisaki from any unwanted bugs?" I asked with a suggestive tone.Bookmark here

I wanted to be more cryptic about it, but it was enough since he was able to decipher what I was trying to imply.Bookmark here

I couldn't see behind his glasses, but from his trembling body I knew that he had also realized that possibility. The possibility that someone was taking advantage of their lack of surveillance to approach Kirisaki. If he thought that the one who tipped them off was the culprit, then that would be an added bonus. Bookmark here

Now that we were on the same page, I planned to continue negotiations, but I had underestimated what it meant to be an official member of the Kanami Kirisaki Fan Club.Bookmark here

He turned around and shouted, "My angel!" before rushing inside the first years' building. Bookmark here

After he rushed in, several others hidden in the crowd shouted, "Our angel!" and followed him.Bookmark here

Thinking that this was my chance, I discreetly followed behind them thinking that I might find Hiroki along the way. What I told the second year student was just a possibility, but it was one that I also feared. Bookmark here

Along the way, as I witnessed the charging horde of boys and girls, I started to wonder how Kirisaki felt about this. Having fans didn't sound too bad, but when they were this zealous it looked like a future case for the police. Bookmark here

'Maybe I should buy pepper spray for her. Or would a taser be better? But where would you get that?'Bookmark here

I was able to fill my head with trivial thoughts as we went up the stairs, but once I reached the second floor, the vanguard was hit by horrible news.Bookmark here

"What do you mean a handsome second year came for her? Why did you let that plebeian touch our angel?!" One KKFC masked vanguard shouted.Bookmark here

"Well, that's-"Bookmark here

"And to make it worse, you don't even know where they are! Are you stupid?!" the vanguard continued.Bookmark here

"I just..."Bookmark here

Before the harsh words and the imposing gathering of KKFC members, the girl's face went pale and so did the faces of the ones behind her. And when I said 'behind', I meant they were so far back that if they weren't in the same classroom I would have thought that they were completely uninvolved.Bookmark here

Even so, the most I could give her was pity, as like the KKFC, I was also freaking out over Kirisaki's disappearance. Bookmark here

'Where the hell did that scumbag take her?!'Bookmark here

I had finally apologized to her, and yet he might be starting trouble again. When I thought of her giving me an awkward glance, or even worse, walking right past me, all of the hypothetical sadness transformed into anger.Bookmark here

I hated that it was in this situation, but now, the bit of indecision that was left was broken by rage. However, the problem still remained, where would I find Kirisaki?Bookmark here

While my pondering failed to produce results, I noticed a change in the atmosphere of class 1-C. A new girl had stepped in front of the one who had been shivering in place, saving her like a white knight.Bookmark here

With a steady glare unflustered by their numbers, she then spoke, "Unless you want me to report this incident to your 'angel', scram."Bookmark here

"Ma'am, yes ma'am!"Bookmark here

Without hesitation, the KKFC quickly dispersed despite the fact that the main question still remained. I spat on them in my mind, but still didn't dare to make eye contact with the woman who scared them off.Bookmark here

'Damn it! How am I going to find her?'Bookmark here

I clicked my tongue and messed up my hair in frustration when suddenly, I felt something going into my pants pocket. When I turned around to look, I spotted a familiar, dignified figure walking away. Bookmark here

Unsure of what it was, I then looked at the note that entered my pocket. Bookmark here

(Gym.)Bookmark here

I gasped once I read it and again looked in the direction of that fading back. Without a doubt, this was a golden play by our silent fifth member.Bookmark here

"Thanks," I knew she couldn't hear me, but I said it anyway before dashing out the building. Bookmark here

There were no teachers to admonish me for running in the hall, so I quickly escaped the building and went to the gymnasium, which was in between the first year and second & third year buildings. However, when I reached it, I didn't barge in on whatever sports team I heard practicing, I went towards the back of the gym. And just like I thought, I spotted a boy and a girl here.Bookmark here

"Akishiro?"Bookmark here

"Tch, you're quicker than I thought you would be."Bookmark here

Kirisaki acknowledged me first, then Hiroki. Once I saw that Kirisaki was alright, I breathed a sigh of relief before looking around for any witnesses. Although this wasn't a lucky spot, I had to be on the lookout for both artificial and natural eyes.Bookmark here

Once I confirmed that the coast was clear, I went in front of Kirisaki and glared at Hiroki. Bookmark here

"What did you want with Kirisaki?" I asked with a threatening tone.Bookmark here

Hiroki chuckled in response, "Don't be so serious, I was just seeking her advice on how to get close with Arisugawa. Right?" Bookmark here

"That's right. But like I said, I don't really know much about Hina's preferences."Bookmark here

Even after Kirisaki supported his statement, I still held suspicion. There was surely a scheme at work here, but I didn't know what it was. As I kept my guard up while trying to deduce his intentions, Hiroki asked a very inconvenient question.Bookmark here

"Still though, I really didn't expect you to get here so fast. I thought that the one you had a crush on was Arisugawa, but could it be Kanami instead?"Bookmark here

I felt a change in the gaze behind me but there was too much on my plate so I ignored it. On the bright side, he was wrong so I could deny it, but if I wasn't careful I might end up offending Kirisaki with my answer. Bookmark here

'And before that, why the hell is he calling her name so familiarly?'Bookmark here

Thankfully, my anger made it easier for me to suppress my awkwardness so I could snort in reply.Bookmark here

"Hmph, and why do I think I would answer you of all people?"Bookmark here

Since I was able to deflect that question, he then went straight for the main event, "Aw~, that's too bad. But there is one answer you have for me, isn't there?" Bookmark here

"Hmm? What is he talking about, Akishiro?" asked Kirisaki.Bookmark here

Before I could say anything, Hiroki responded, "The last question I asked him on Saturday."Bookmark here

"Saturday...? Wait, that was you?!"Bookmark here

Sensing genuine surprise from her, I turned around to see Kirisaki pointing at Hiroki with a hand over her mouth. And it was only at this point that I noticed, she came out here without knowing that he was the one who called me out on Saturday.Bookmark here

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