Chapter 21:

Hiding problem

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“The president called me, so I better hurry.” Koshiro quickly grabbed his things and darted out of the club room, he went down the stairs and made his way to the third floor and then to the student council room, where he knocked on the door.Bookmark here

“What are you waiting for? COME IN ALREADY.” Bookmark here

“O-Of course!” Koshiro shouted and then quickly slid the door to enter the room: “E-Excuse me!”Bookmark here

“Oh, Koike-kun! YOU CAME EARLIER THAN USUAL did you dart out of your club room or something?” Aika Murakami tried to smile.Bookmark here

“Oh! No no no, It’s just your impression! I came at the same speed as always!” he looked at the second-year girl who was starting to frown (with puzzlement, but he didn’t know that), “B-But it’s not like I didn’t want to come fast to see you, you see I was really looking forward to it as well, I was just saying that I always come fast because I value our time here and today was no different than that ma’am!”Bookmark here

“Hmm… okay…” Murakami straightened her glasses and pointed at a vacant seat in the room: “Please, take a seat.”Bookmark here

“Yes!” the boy quickly settled in the seat and glanced at the room: “Huh?” the president was there as always. So was the tea and Kuma-chan, but something was missing… better, someone: “Where is Sawada?” Bookmark here

HUH?”Bookmark here

“Nothing! Nothing…” Koshiro forced a smile and then looked to the ground to notice something odd: “Hmm…” the desk that was usually leaning against the wall was now various centimeters away from it.Bookmark here

“Anyway…” Murakami cleaned her throat, “What is today’s report, Koike-kun?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro kept glancing at the desk from time to time, “Today… I followed Yasutake… I mean, I and Sawada did…”Bookmark here

“Uhum, uhum, what more?”Bookmark here

“Well… for some reason she was hanging with Shimizu-san today, they spent the entire day together… actually Shimizu-san sat in my place today at class, so she was pretty close to Hirata…” Koshiro started to remember the day; “Yes, I believe this was because Takayama didn’t come today…”Bookmark here

“Okay! Okay! Talk more about what Shimizu did today then.” Murakami was on the edge of her seat, “She might be a real nuisance after all…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I told you.” Koshiro thought (but he wouldn’t dare to say it aloud), “So she spent the classes with Yasutake and Hirata, although it was more with Yasutake... “ he held his chin, “...and they were the ones to do the centipede today.”Bookmark here

“Prrrrrru, aaarghu” Murakami spitted the tea she was drinking and almost choked with it, “They were the ones doing the centipede today??!”Bookmark here

“Hmm… yes.”Bookmark here

“Oh no!” Murakami stood up and smacked her head, “This is bad, this is so, so bad!” she started to panic.Bookmark here

“Hmm… president…?” Koshiro called her with caution.Bookmark here

“What?” Murakami stopped and looked at him.Bookmark here

“If you let me ask.” Koshiro gulped and started, “But how is this that bad?”Bookmark here

WHAT?!” she stared at him with “fierce” eyes, “HOW DON’T YOU KNOW?”Bookmark here

“And you of all people! The one considered to be a pervert amongst the students!” a muffled voice came from behind Murakami, but she looked at Kuma-chan:Bookmark here

“Well, if he doesn’t know it can’t be helped, Kuma-chan.” the president of the student council sat on her seat again: “Don’t be so harsh on Koike-kun.”Bookmark here

“Eeh…” “Does she actually think that Kuma-chan was the one to say this? Besides, did the president just defend me or something like that? Am I going crazy?”Bookmark here

“Anyway.” Murakami continued, “Everybody knows that doing the ‘centipede’ is one of the most vulgar and sexual things one can do!”Bookmark here

“Maybe you’re mistaking the centipede there, president.” “You know that when I say ‘centipede’ it means that they were forming a line of three people, right?”Bookmark here

“Precisely! And what they probably did with their mouths is truly worrying…”Bookmark here

“Uttered ‘it’s a centipede!’?” “At least Shimizu did that.”Bookmark here

“Yes! That as well, they cling onto each other and do that!”Bookmark here

“Well… that’s true…” “Just to be sure...” Koshiro got up and went to behind Murakami’s spot.Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“You know that they were doing this, right?” the boy put his hands on Murakami’s shoulders.Bookmark here

“Precisely!” she straightened her glasses and then turned to Koshiro: “You weren’t talking about this? What were you thinking?”Bookmark here

“It was this! It was this! I just wanted to convey the information correctly!” Koshiro scratched his head and forced a smile: “Maybe I watched too many foreign movies…”Bookmark here

“Good that we’re on the same page then, Koike-kun.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…” Koshiro went back to his seat.Bookmark here

“I know you were thinking of even lewder things Koshiro Koike!” “Kuma-chan” uttered.Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro scowled at Kuma-chan.Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan!!” Murakami rebuked her.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

“She did it again…? Seriously, what do they see in that bear? Anyway...” “President, how can that centipede be something so vulgar?”Bookmark here

“Isn't it obvious?!” she settled in the seat, “It’s because it refers to kids!”Bookmark here

"What?" “Kids are vulgar? Well...”Bookmark here

“In reality…” Murakami continued, “It refers to a play that is played by kids… usually.” she then looked at Koshiro: “Do you know it?”Bookmark here

“I guess..."Bookmark here

"HUH?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yes! Yes!”Bookmark here

“Good, and if they’re like kids it reminds them of their friends, and their childhood… so…”Bookmark here

“Childhood friends!” Koshiro jumped with the sudden realization, “You’re right!” he started walking back and forth, “‘She’s just like family’ but they aren’t related by blood! Everyone knows this is the source of every evil in the world!!” Bookmark here

“Precisely Koike-kun.” Murakami sipped some tea, “It’s classic childhood friendship! They have the pretext to go into each other’s houses, and then to their rooms, and then to everything in between and beyond!”Bookmark here

“You’re right…” Koshiro made a serious expression, “You’re right… the childhood friend is always a great contender to end up with the guy…” “Although they usually lose…”Bookmark here

“Yes! But now I must hear about what happened when you and Umiko-chan followed Yasutake and Shimizu.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the boy pondered for a minute, “It wasn’t much, really… they went to the library…”Bookmark here

THIS IS ALREADY A GREAT FIND, KOIKE-KUN!” she congratulated him “gently”.Bookmark here

“Hmm… thanks?”Bookmark here

“I heard it was Umiko-chan who found that out!” Kuma-chan chimed in.Bookmark here

“Yeah… it was more Sawada…” Koshiro agreed.Bookmark here

“Okay, go on.” Murakami ordered.Bookmark here

“Hmm… besides that, I couldn’t hear much because Sawada was messing with my phone…”Bookmark here

“I hear it was all Koshiro’s fault!”Bookmark here

“No, I’m sure this one is on her.”Bookmark here

“Shut up, Koshiro idiot! Idiot! Id...”Bookmark here

“That’s enough.” Murakami interrupted her and then turned to Koshiro: “So, that’s all?”Bookmark here

“Pretty much, Sawada tried to run away but she bumped into them an…”Bookmark here

“It was all Kosh…”Bookmark here

Knock, Knock, Knock. someone was at the door.Bookmark here

“Come in!” Murakami invited. Answering the invitation, Sumiye slid the door saying:Bookmark here

“Hey, Murakami-san…” the woman stopped when she noticed Koshiro: “Oh, so you’re here as well, great.” the teacher then turned to Murakami: “I heard that you’re the best friend of Umiko Sawada or something like that, is that right?”Bookmark here

“B-Best friend…?” Murakami fiddled with her fingers, “Hmm…”Bookmark here

“Anyway, do you know where she is?”Bookmark here

“I-I have no idea!” the president replied quickly.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry Sumi-nee…”Bookmark here

SUMI-NEE?!” Murakami exclaimed.Bookmark here

“...I know where that pipsqueak is.” Koshiro took strides towards the desk.Bookmark here

“Hey! Who are you calling pipsqueak?! You idiot! Koshiro idiot!” Kuma-chan complained, “Koshiro, why are you coming here… I mean going there?! Wait!!” Koshiro pulled the desk to reveal a hiding Sawada behind it: “Hmm... hi…?”Bookmark here

“Here she is, Sumi-nee.”Bookmark here

“Oh, Umiko-chan! You were there all this time!?” Murakami then turned to Kuma-chan: “Why didn’t you tell me?!”Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“Please come here, Sawada-san.” Sumiye called her.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada stared at Koshiro, and then at Sumiye, “No!” she shouted and then jumped over the desk with adroitness and ran to the front door, where she (thanks to her low stature) passed through Sumiye’s legs with prowess yelling: “Liberty!!”Bookmark here

“Wait a moment little girl.” Sumiye stopped her by the collar, “I’ve dealt with three pipsqueaks at once, you’re nothing to me.”Bookmark here

“Who are you calling pipsqueak?! I'm growing up, okay?!”Bookmark here

“If you didn’t pay attention, I didn’t say that you are one.” Sumiye looked at Koshiro and called him with her head. “I was talking about this one here.” she put Sawada in front of Koshiro.Bookmark here

“I’m not a pipsqueak. I’ve average height.” Koshiro affirmed.Bookmark here

“You are not one now.” Bookmark here

“I can’t argue with that…”Bookmark here

“Anyway, you remember what you promised me earlier today, right?” she asked the boy.Bookmark here

“Aargh…” Koshiro sighed, “Yes.”Bookmark here

“What did you promise, Koshiro?” Sawada looked at him.Bookmark here

“Oh, she’s calling you by your first name! Was I interrupting something?” Sumiye messed around.Bookmark here

“It’s not like I had anything to do with it.” Koshiro smacked his head.Bookmark here

“It’s because it’s easy to say ‘Koshiro, idiot!’” Sawada crossed her arms and looked away.Bookmark here

“Who are you calling an idiot now?!” Koshiro frowned at her.Bookmark here

“It’s obviously y…”Bookmark here

“I see that you get along well, but that’s enough.” Sumiye interrupted them, “Sawada-san, Koshiro will take you home today…”Bookmark here

“Take me home…?” Sawada murmured.Bookmark here

“...and I will have a little chat with the president, to see why we don’t have files about you in the school.” she gazed at Sawada, “I bet you won’t tell me about it yourself, right?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada shrank.Bookmark here

“What? What do you mean she doesn't have files in the school??” a baffled Koshiro asked.Bookmark here

“That’s right.” Sumiye turned to Murakami, “And I’m going to find out why.” she then entered the student council room and closed the door, leaving traces of a frightful aura behind.Bookmark here

“Well…” Koshiro looked at the door. “There’s no helping it. We should get going.” he started to walk while dragging Sawada by her hand.Bookmark here

“Hey! What are you doi…”Bookmark here

“Look.” Koshiro stopped, “Sumiye can be scary sometimes, so we should just do as she says.”Bookmark here

"But..."Bookmark here

"I'm serious here. We don't want to piss her off."Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the girl stared at the ground, “Okay…”Bookmark here

“Great.” “Well, that was easy… maybe she did notice Sumiye’s aura.” “Let’s go.” Koshiro started to make his way down the stairs with Sawada. The two managed to get to the front gate, where Sawada stopped suddenly.Bookmark here

“Wait.”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“I forgot my bag.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro observed the girl, she didn’t have anything with her besides her uniform (apparently), “Looks like she’s telling the truth…”Bookmark here

“What are you looking at??!” she covered her chest.Bookmark here

“I was just seeing if you really didn’t have your bag!”Bookmark here

“My eyes are up here!” she pointed at her scarlet eyes with her right hand.Bookmark here

“I don’t see why this is relevant now.”Bookmark here

“Anyway! I’m going back to pick my bag, bye!” Sawada bolted out of there and headed to the main building.Bookmark here

“Okay, don’t take long!” Koshiro shouted to her.Bookmark here

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“How long does it take to pick a bag?” Koshiro looked at the hour.Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro turned to the voice, expecting it to be from Sawada, “Oh, it’s you Sumiye.”Bookmark here

“What are you doing here until now? And where is Sawada?” she stopped a few meters from him, one hand on her waist while the other held a bag.Bookmark here

“Hmm… she forgot her bag, so I’m waiting for her.”Bookmark here

“For how long?”Bookmark here

“Some time…”Bookmark here

“You really are an idiot.” Sumiye stated and then turned around, heading to her car.Bookmark here

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