Chapter 19:

The Dorayaki side of things

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

Koshiro was once again eating in the stairs behind the main school building.Bookmark here

“Just get off from behind the b… from behind Kuma-chan.” Koshiro uttered when he noticed the girl.Bookmark here

“Hmm.” the girl sulked at him, “You’re spoiling the fun!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, yeah, just come here.” Bookmark here

“No!”Bookmark here

“Don’t you want to eat? Isn’t that the only reason you’re here? To steal my food?”Bookmark here

“No! I don't steal!” Sawada exclaimed, “Not anymore!Bookmark here

“Not anymore?” “C’mon.” Koshiro got up from the stairs and started to walk towards the girl. “I know you're hungry.”
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“No! Don’t get any closer!”Bookmark here


“If you get closer I’ll scream at you and tell everyone how idiot and perverted you are!”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” the boy made a disgusted face, “If you’re s…”Bookmark here

GROWL the loud growling of Sawada’s stomach decided Koshiro’s resolve.Bookmark here

“Okay, that’s it.” the boy said as he strode to the girl.Bookmark here

“Nooooooooooooo!” she screamed.Bookmark here

“Don’t give me that n…” his voice died when he looked at the girl. Sawada’s hair and school uniform were a muss covered by dirt. She was completely disheveled, “What the hell happened to you?”Bookmark here

“Nothing!” she took a step back, her eyes forming tears.Bookmark here

“Nothing? But look at you! You look like an old pros…”Bookmark here

“I know! Koshiro idiot!” she started to cry.Bookmark here

“...” the boy stared at the ground, hearing the weeping of the girl. After several seconds he finally remembered what he wanted to do before, “Here” Koshiro murmured while handing the girl a Dorayaki.Bookmark here

“Huh?” the still crestfallen Sawada wiped her tears and looked at the food with curiosity.Bookmark here

“It’s Dorayaki.”Bookmark here

Dolaaki…?”Bookmark here

“No, it's Dorayaki.” Koshiro corrected her.Bookmark here

Dolaki?” Sawada tilted her head in confusion.Bookmark here

“Argh.”Koshiro sighed. “I guess there's no helping it... “Yes. I prefer Anpan, but this is not bad.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the little girl slowly approached the edible and sniffed it.Bookmark here

“Oh my god, how can she try so much to be 'elegant' at tea parties, and here...” Koshiro watched Sawada sniff the Dorayaki again and then, finally grab it from his hands, “ basically a savage animal?” he observed her start eating.Bookmark here

“Ohh! It’s tasty.”Bookmark here

“It’s good that you enjoyed it.”Bookmark here

“Hmm… didn’t you have counted money for food? Why did I get an entire Dolaaki?”Bookmark here

“I bought two this time. It was not much more expensive than that Anpan.Bookmark here

“Hmm…”Bookmark here

“Looks like you really liked it.”Bookmark here

“Yes.. but I was actually thinking about how that crappy Anpan can be more expensive than this.”Bookmark here

“Argh.” Koshiro frowned and opened his mouth to rebuke “L…” but stopped. He was hypnotized by the little girl (who was his senior) munching the Dorayaki: “Well… maybe she’s a domestic animal after all… since... she’s kind of cute…” it reminded him of familiar faces...Bookmark here

“What?” she looked at him, “Pervert…?”Bookmark here

“Why do you always say that?” Koshiro sighed, “It’s not that. I was just wondering… don’t your paren…” Koshiro hesitated. “Don't your family give you food or something?”Bookmark here

“...” Sawada didn’t answer, instead, she kept munching the food.Bookmark here

“It looks like I won’t be getting an answer…” Koshiro thought, but then, Sawada opened her mouth: Bookmark here

“Don’t you have a job to do?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro looked puzzled, “What?”Bookmark here

“Koshiro idiot!” she stated, “You were supposed to follow Yasutake-chan, right? You’ve been postponing it for ages!”Bookmark here

“...” “What about your family??” “What…?”Bookmark here

“Idiot!” Sawada jumped with the Dorayaki in her mouth. “Good for you that I know where she went!” she started to run towards the school building.Bookmark here

“Hey! Wait!” Koshiro followed her.Bookmark here

The two ran to the second floor where Sawada started to slink in a, not at all, suspicious way.Bookmark here

“What are you doing??” Koshiro asked.Bookmark here

“Shhhh! They’re going to hear us!” the girl uttered back.Bookmark here

“Hey! You’re the one yelling!’ the boy whispered. “Seriously, what are we doing here?”Bookmark here

“We’re obviously following those two!” Sawada pointed at Shimizu and Yasutake, who were turning a corner. “Be glad I’m helping you!”Bookmark here

“With the way you’re screaming, it’s more like you’re in my way! Besides, are you sure our actions are actually in sync with last chapter’s?”Bookmark here

“It’s fine! No one cares about that! Let’s just follow the plan!”

“Which plan??!” “We don't have one!”Bookmark here

“C’mon.” Sawada ignored him and started the stalking.Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed but followed her.Bookmark here

They discovered that the two girls were going to the library, there, they hid behind the door and listened to their conversation with the librarian of the place. Sawada and Koshiro waited for the conversation to end, and for the woman to be absorbed by her book, to sneak through the aisles and hide behind a bookshelf.Bookmark here

“Can you hear them?” Sawada asked.Bookmark here

“No, I…” Koshiro was interrupted by his phone:Bookmark here

Nobu: Did you see the link? Underrated song, right?? BTW it looks like someone is improving at the game! I mean, you got destroyed by that AKUADO this time, but you played better anyway! Keep up the good work! Bookmark here

“Hey! It’s no time to be messing with your phone! Give me that!” Sawada took the phone from Koshiro’s hands.Bookmark here

“Wha… Wait!” Koshiro tried to stop her.Bookmark here


“Aah!” Sawada stifled her scream and let the phone drop to the ground.Bookmark here

“Shhhhhhhhh, be quiet in the library.” the librarian uttered.Bookmark here

“If you can’t use a phone, don’t mess with it.” Koshiro rebuked Sawada.Bookmark here

“Just stay quiet. Let’s get closer.” the girl started to get up but stopped and looked at the boy to murmur: “His phone is kinda old, but seems to be enough… maybe if it ‘disappeared’ I could...”Bookmark here

“What are you talking about?”Bookmark here

“Oh, nothing! I was just spacing out…”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” “Not suspicious at all.” Bookmark here

“Anyway, let's go!”Bookmark here

“Hey, stop.” Koshiro grabbed her hand, “We should call it a day. Maybe come back when Shimizu isn’t here.” he whispered.Bookmark here

The girl broke away from Koshiro: “We can’t let this opportunity pass by!”Bookmark here

“What? We already know she isn’t going on a tryst with Hirata. Isn’t that what we wanted?”Bookmark here

“Shut up, Koshiro idiot! Idiot! Idiot! They are coming this way!”Bookmark here

“You are the one shouting! Shut up, please!”Bookmark here

“I’m hearing their steps! Run!!”Bookmark here

Run? What do you mean, run...? Wait, she’s really running.” Koshiro darted out from behind the bookshelf, following Sawada, and seeing her collide with the girls they were following. “Shit.”Bookmark here

“Hey, Sawada! Are you alright?” the boy helped her get up.Bookmark here

“Ouch… my head hurts.”Bookmark here

“Well, it’s your fault.” “Of course! You shouldn’t bolt like that!” Koshiro turned to the other two girls and helped them get up: “I’m sorry for that…”Bookmark here

“What…?” Shimizu stood up still groggy.Bookmark here

“I remember now…” Yasutake murmured while looking at Sawada.Bookmark here

“W-What..?” Sawada stared at Yasutake with widened eyes. “Y-You rem...?”Bookmark here

“What?” Koshiro looked at Sawada.Bookmark here

“It’s nothing! It’s nothing!” the girl replied abruptly, “Let’s go!” she then pulled Koshiro by his sleeve and ran away from the library.Bookmark here

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“Sawada?” Koshiro called when they were far from the library.Bookmark here

“Bye!” she let go of Koshiro’s sleeve and started to run away but… “Ouch!” she bumped into another person.Bookmark here

“Hey girl, you shouldn’t run like that on the corridors… wait...”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sawada shook her head and looked up to see the lucky one she had bumped into.Bookmark here

“Aren't you Umiko Sawada?” Sumiye asked the girl.Bookmark here

“...” Sawada didn’t reply, she gazed at the woman with trembling eyes and then ran away, disappearing from their sight.Bookmark here

“Do you know her, Sumi-nee?” Koshiro asked the teacher.Bookmark here

“Kind of… I might be one of the only ones… since she doesn’t come very often.”Bookmark here

“Huh? What do you mean? I see her almost every day.”Bookmark here

“Really? Why didn’t you tell me?!”Bookmark here

“I told you! It's the Senpai behind the bear!”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“She's the one to inspire my Old game? rip-off.”Bookmark here

“Oh. Great that you're admitting it.”Bookmark here

“Just shut up.” Koshiro frowned, “Anyway, I didn't see a reason to tell you about that little food thief.”Bookmark here

“Hmm… so she’s asking for food…” Sumiye mused.Bookmark here

“Hey! Sumiye??! Sumi-nee? Are you listening to me?!”Bookmark here

“Hmm… can you take her home today?”Bookmark here

“What?” Koshiro jumped back, “Take her home? You mean... to my place?” he pointed at himself with indignation.Bookmark here

“Now that you mention it, it isn’t a bad idea…” Sumiye pondered, “But I meant for you to accompany her home.”Bookmark here


“Alright, I’ve to look into this.” Sumiye ignored him, “Take good care of her!” she turned around and left.Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro heaved a sigh and smacked his head, “Only because your food is good!” he shouted to the empty corridor.Bookmark here

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