Chapter 22:


Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“If Sumiye is going to her car, I should head home already.” with that in mind Koshiro started to walk away from Obaka High’s front gate.Bookmark here

“Where do you think you’re going?” Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro turned around and looked at Sumiye, she had something on her hands, “What do you mean? I’m heading home.”Bookmark here

“And why is that?” she started to open one of the things in her hands, it was a granola bar.Bookmark here

“Hmm… I thought that you were heading home…”Bookmark here

“Of course not!” the woman frowned and then showed him her phone and the granola bar: “I was just picking up this and leaving that bag on the trunk. I have to let my neighbor know I’ll arrive later than usual.”Bookmark here

“Saved by the off-screen character, huh?”Bookmark here

“Yes…” Sumiye took a bite of the granola bar and unlocked her phone, starting to type on it, “An off-screen character... that’s costing me a lot of money...” she munched the bar.Bookmark here

“Sure…” Koshiro observed Sumiye typing, and then he felt his phone notifying him:Bookmark here

“Nobu: Hey! Are you an aspiring writer??! Check this out...” Koshiro started to read, “...Kanojo x Kanojo x K…” and stopped midway, “Okay, that’s enough.”Bookmark here

Koshiro (replying to Nobu): It’s obviously a scam! Bye, bye!
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Nobu: Hey! It’s not! I’m your friend Nobru, I mean Nobu!Bookmark here

“And… blocked. I should let Nyoko know about that...”Bookmark here

Koshiro: Hey, Nyoko-chan. I think that your brother was hacked or something, please tell him that he’s an idiot.Bookmark here

Nyoko-chan (replying to Koshiro): Nyoko-chan is sure to do that!Bookmark here

“Koshiro.” Sumiye called him, “Let’s go.”Bookmark here

“Okay. I was just talking to 'Nobu' and Nyoko-chan here.” Koshiro walked towards Sumiye and put his phone in his pocket.Bookmark here

“Do you want some?” Sumiye offered him a granola bar.Bookmark here

“No, I…”Bookmark here

“Just accept it.” she quickly opened the bar and shoved it into Koshiro’s mouth.Bookmark here

“Warugh alwe do sofregh lahta?” Bookmark here

“It’s impolite to talk while you eat, don’t you know that?”Bookmark here

“Aarknou.” Koshiro started to munch the bar.Bookmark here

“Hey, why the quotation marks?” she started to go to the main school building, “When you talked about Nobu that is.”Bookmark here

“Hmm.” Koshiro swallowed the bar, “Oh! It seems that Nobu was hacked or something.” Bookmark here

“Aah.” Sumiye smacked her head and sighed, “Sadly, that’s no surprise.”Bookmark here

“Huh? And why is that?”Bookmark here

“It’s because of the stuff you keep watching.”Bookmark here

“Watching? Do you mean anime?”Bookmark here

“I wish. Don’t you remember when I found your browser history?” Bookmark here

“I have absolutely no idea of what you’re talking about.”Bookmark here

“Really?” she put her hands on her waist and smiled, “I’m pretty sure it was about Lol…”Bookmark here

“Hey! Hey!” Koshiro jumped back, “Let’s calm down a little bit. What if someone hears you tell such lies??!”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sumiye was the one confused now, “Are you that afraid of liking Legends of Labor?”Bookmark here

“Oh, so that’s what you were talking about…” Koshiro murmured while averting his eyes.Bookmark here

“Duh! Anyway, let’s start searching.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro gazed at the school territory, “Search for what?”Bookmark here

“Isn’t it obvious? We have to find that girl!”Bookmark here

“Oh! I guess that you’re right…” he turned to Sumiye, “Did you found anything from the president?”Bookmark here

“Yes. But we’ll talk about it later.”Bookmark here

“Okay.”Bookmark here

“Now, let’s search for her.” she gazed at the school. “You go to the gym and I will see the rest.”Bookmark here

“Huh? I’ll just search the g…?” when he was finishing his question Sumiye had already vanished. Koshiro sighed and then ran to the gym, a place where most of his memories were related to Takayama hitting him with balls ( the PE classes of that place loved mixed activities), and the other ones were related to him getting hit by Takayama without balls (the girl wanted to show diversity from time to time).Bookmark here

When Koshiro arrived, the big and vacant room called the school gym was suspiciously opened at that time. The boy gazed at the place for a moment, but it didn't take long for him to notice whispers coming from the storage room.Bookmark here

“Shhh, be quiet, Kuma-chan! Someone is coming!” a muffled voice could be heard.Bookmark here

“She really needs to learn how to whisper.” Koshiro stared at the door for a moment, "Or how to hide." the boy started to open the door: “What a crappy place to h…” his voice died when he looked at the situation before him. “What…?”Bookmark here

“Hi…” a little girl lying on several cardboard boxes was trying to hide behind an inflatable bear.Bookmark here

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!”Bookmark here

“Hmm.” Sawada sulked, “We were about to have a great night of sleep until a certain idiot interrupted it.”Bookmark here

“You’ve got to be kidding with me.”Bookmark here

“We a…”Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro! Have you found her?” Sumiye’s distant voice was drawing closer.Bookmark here

“Please don’t turn me in Koshiro!” Sawada started to beg, “We’re friends, right? I promise I won’t eat your food anymore! Neither call you an idiot! I can’t go back! Please, I’m begging you! Just…”Bookmark here

“Sumi-nee! She’s here!” Koshiro shouted.Bookmark here

“Koshiro idiot! idiot! idiot!" the girl got up and ran towards Koshiro, "I hate you! I HATE YOU! YOU IDIOT! You'll make me go back! I hate you! You idiot!” she started to punch him.Bookmark here

“Friends?” he murmured.Bookmark here

“Idiot! Idiot! Idiot! I HATE you! I'll never forgive you!” she kept punching.Bookmark here

“Friends?” the boy uttered.Bookmark here

“Idiot! Idiot! Idi…”Bookmark here

“FRIENDS?!” Koshiro shouted and seized Sawada's wrists. He glared with all his might at the girl, “If you really say that, THEN YOU SHOULD JUST SHUT UP!” making her lose her voice, “It’s because we might be friends that I’m doing this!”Bookmark here

“...” the girl only looked down and murmured: “What a way to act towards your Senpai…”Bookmark here

“WHAT DID YOU SAY?”Bookmark here

“Nothing…”Bookmark here

“Great.” Koshiro started to pull the girl, “Now, let’s go.”Bookmark here

“Wait!”Bookmark here

“What? You’re not going to trick me again.”Bookmark here

“I know…” she turned around, “I just want to take Kuma-chan...”Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan?” Koshiro followed the girl’s eyes, “I don’t think we can take her out of the school.”Bookmark here

“But…”Bookmark here

“Everything alright here?!” Sumiye had just crossed the door, she looked at the situation in front of her.Bookmark here

“Suto-Sensei…” Sawada started.Bookmark here

“You want to take Kuma-chan with you right?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” the girl blinked twice, “That’s it, but how…”Bookmark here

“Not important, let’s get going.” Sumiye went to the storage room and grabbed Kuma-chan.Bookmark here

The three (four?) of them left the gym and headed where Sumiye’s car was, “How did you manage to search the rest of the school so fast?” Koshiro asked while they were walking.Bookmark here

“I didn’t search, I knew where she was all along.”Bookmark here

“Huh? How?”Bookmark here

“Maybe I put a tracking device on her, and I just used my cellphone to locate her…”Bookmark here

“Aaah! Where? Where? Where?!” Sawada started to search for the device in her clothes.Bookmark here

“...maybe I actually put it in Kuma-chan…”Bookmark here

“Aaah! Kuma-chan! You betrayed me!”Bookmark here

“OH my god, you’re such a kid.” Koshiro commented.Bookmark here

“Who are you calling a kid?! I..”Bookmark here

“...MAYBE…” Sumiye interrupted her, “...I’m just too good at hide and seek. But you wouldn’t know that, right Koshiro? Since you’re so bad.” she smiled.Bookmark here

“I’m average.” he affirmed.Bookmark here

“If you say so…” they were a few meters from the car, Sumiye picked the keys and unlocked, “C’mon guys, get in.”Bookmark here

Koshiro let go of Sawada and made sure she was settled in the back seat to then head to the front door and open it: “Huh?” fluffy eyes were staring at him, “Why is Kuma-chan on my spot?”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Koshiro, but today I won’t let underages sit here.” Sumiye informed him.Bookmark here

“How many years does she have?”Bookmark here

“One, but inflatable bear ages are different.” she explained, “Now go and make some company to Sawada-san, okay?”Bookmark here

"Very specific type of age." Koshiro sighed. “Okay.” he headed to the back door and opened it: “What? She’s already sleeping?” Bookmark here

“Dolaakii…” Sawada murmured.Bookmark here

“Whatever.” the boy went to the other side and sat beside Sawada.Bookmark here

“If everyone is ready, we’re going now.” Sumiye announced after she locked the seat belts for herself, and Kuma-chan. Koshiro did the same for him and Sawada.Bookmark here

“Did the bear really needed that, Sumiye? Are you sure you aren’t a bit drunk?” Koshiro looked at Kuma-chan while Sumiye started to drive to the Koike household.Bookmark here

“Dolaakii… Koshiro idiot…” Sawada kept murmuring beside Koshiro.Bookmark here

“She’s a pain even when she’s sleep…” the boy stopped, a bit startled because the car made the girl fall to the side, making her lean against his shoulder. Koshiro didn’t move an inch, he just looked at the face of the sleeping girl and continued his line thought: “Well… at least she can be cute… sometimes.” he kept gazing at the girl until:Bookmark here

“Ohoho! Look at the look on your face!” Sumiye uttered.Bookmark here

“W-What?! I’m not doing anything weird!”Bookmark here

“Shhhh! Be careful or you’ll wake them up!” she whispered.Bookmark here

“Wake them?”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it.” she kind of ignored him, “I know you weren’t doing that type of weird stuff…”Bookmark here

“Which type was it them?”Bookmark here

"I know that look…” Sumiye smiled, “I could bet that I have it sometimes...” she looked at Koshiro using the rearview.Bookmark here

“You could bet… that you have it…?” Koshiro murmured, returning his eyes to Sawada. “Hmm…”Bookmark here

Kerry Kamiya
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