Chapter 2:

Sachi

Skipped a Beat


It's been a week since my suspension started. Today's 8th April, I'm supposed to go to school today. But what will I do about her, Sakamoto Aoi, what If her seat is still in front of me? No, that's not the problem, the teachers can take care of that. What matters right now is, how will I act around her, what will she do when she sees me, should I apologise again today? I’ll ask her to listen to me one last time, and then I'll try to tell her about my stupid situation. Maybe she'll hear me out. Bookmark here

I decided to walk to school, since I woke up early today.
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Ok... So, if she doesn't tell me, then I'll have to ask an old friend I'd have made last year, but then again, I don't want to ask classmates directly because that would be embarrassing and stupid. Man, I lost my only source of knowing about the first year me, what do I do now. Past week, I have been thinking about this situation I'm in. I'm 100% sure that I skipped a year. I have proof, there are many things I noticed in my house that have changed or have been completely replaced. Most importantly, my favourite jacket is gone, I could never throw it out, even if something happens to it. I should ask my mom when I get back home. For now, I have Aoi to deal with.Bookmark here

Just when I step foot into my class, a kid shout Bookmark here

"There's that bastard"Bookmark here

Ignore them, just go, and sit at your seat. Shit, there's someone sitting on my seat.. A girl, why ?Bookmark here

"Yo" (the girl)Bookmark here

"That's my seat"Bookmark here

"I know, this one's mine (pointing at the one in front)"Bookmark here

"Huh… that's Aoi's…."Bookmark here

"Haha... You didn't hear, she changed school"Bookmark here

"Changed school…?!"Bookmark here

YESSS, that solves my problem… but why… I mean what I did was THAT bad that she had to transfer? She must have really gone through hell. Whatever, now she's gone, and I can have my normal otaku life!Bookmark here

"You’re happy, aren't you? Now you don't have to deal with her… 'OTAKU' "Bookmark here

"Huh….?"Bookmark here

Huh… She knows? How? Do I know her? Does she know me? Did she tell anyone? I hope she didn't… what if she did____Bookmark here

"What's with the tense look? RELAX, I know what you're thinking, I didn't tell anyone. I'm an otaku myself, so I wouldn't go around telling others your secret"Bookmark here

PHEW… so she didn't tell anyone, why am I talking to myself, talk to her, ask her who she is, how does she know that I'm an otakuBookmark here

"But man, I thought you would change in highschool but you are still the old mean Takahashi I remember"Bookmark here

"Have we met?"Bookmark here

Sachi thought to herself, even after all that… you forget about me… how stupid can you be… IdiotBookmark here

"... HaHa, sorry, I didn't introduce myself. My name's Sachi, I have seen you before in middle school, you have rejected two of my friends"(Says with a smile on her face)Bookmark here

"Oh… So… haha…"Bookmark here

Man, what should I do now, she's here for revenge or something? No, that type of shit happens only in anime. This must be coincidence. Yeah, it's a coincidence… it has to be a coincidenceBookmark here

"I know what you are thinking, So RELAXXXXX, I'm here just as a normal high school student, I won't say anything about your past"Bookmark here

Even though you just did… "But man, I thought you would change in highschool but you are still the old mean Takahashi I remember" Well, whatever!Bookmark here

"So… just Sachi?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, you can call me that, it's ok"Bookmark here

"Ok..."Bookmark here

"So, tell me, which anime are you watching lately?"Bookmark here

"Why do you care?"Bookmark here

"Come on, as fellow otakus, we should talk about this stuff, besides I just transferred here last week, I don't know many people here"Bookmark here

"Oh, so you weren't a first year?"Bookmark here

"No, I had to transfer because of dad's work, he changes jobs a lot so..."Bookmark here

"Oh… well the sort of situation I'm in, I'm a transferred second year too"Bookmark here

The hell… why am I telling her this? Well, she's easy to talk to and having someone else share your secret takes the burden off your chest a little, but NO, I shouldn't, don't want to fall for that ever againBookmark here

"What situation?"Bookmark here

"No, it's nothing, just that..."Bookmark here

"Hmm…?"Bookmark here

"It's nothing, pretend I never said that"Bookmark here

"Ok, oh homeroom's about to start"Bookmark here

It's 08: 30 right now, I came to school early Today, so I had a lot of free time, all wasted while talking to her. Well, whatever, I have recess too, I'll go to my secret spot to eat lunch.Bookmark here

(Around 12: 05, recess time)Bookmark here

I should run away from here, she seems like she's interested in me, she tried talking to me twice after that long conversation in the morning.Bookmark here

Around 9: 35:
"Hey, have you watched that new anime that just released last week?"
"DON'T TALK TO ME"
Around 10: 25:
"Isn't our maths teacher cute?"
"Hell like I care!"Bookmark here

Come to think of it, this is probably the first time I have talked to a girl for this long without rejecting her. Since she wasn't confessing, I can't reject her. Bookmark here

(Takahashi goes to the roof of the school)Bookmark here

Aah, finally some time aloneBookmark here

"BU"(Sachi from behind)Bookmark here

"Aaa… what the hell is wrong with you, and how did you find me?"Bookmark here

"What does a loner protagonist of a slice of life anime do in recess?"Bookmark here

"Eats his lunch alone…?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, and where?"Bookmark here

"Roof…. damnit, but it's not always the roof, how did you find me in like 2 mins?Bookmark here

"When I saw you sneaking outside the classroom with lunch in hand, I thought you might be going somewhere to eat alone, so I followed you, AND brought my lunch too"Bookmark here

"You could have just said that, and no I'll not be eating with you, leave or I'll go someplace else"Bookmark here

"I'll follow you"Bookmark here

"Try"Bookmark here

After struggling for 15 minutes, running around school with my lunch in hand, I decided to stop and just eat with her, don't want to waste any more time.Bookmark here

"Told you" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Whatever, don't talk to me"Bookmark here

This sucks, now she's going to do this every day. My free time alone is ruined, highschool sucks, wish I was stuck in middle school foreverBookmark here

Surprisingly, she didn't talk to me for the rest of the recess, now I'm heading back to class because recess is over.Bookmark here

I have been noticing it since morning, Shinichi stares at me with an angry look on his face from time to time. Wonder what's his problem. Meh, I'm not going to ask, he's a pretty weird kid anyway.Bookmark here

Ah… School ended; it was a pretty long day. I'll just go home now… why is she coming towards me...Bookmark here

"Want to walk home together?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"NO"Bookmark here

"But whyyyy? It won't hurt you; you know..."Bookmark here

"Why do you act like we are in a relationship?"Bookmark here

"We are not, but as friends, walking home together is nothing"Bookmark here

"Huh… Friends? Shut up"Bookmark here

"But..."Bookmark here

As I open the shoe locker to grab my shoes…Bookmark here

"Huh… A piece of paper?"Bookmark here

"What's this?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"It says 'meet me at the back of the gym… ASAP' "Bookmark here

"Oh… someone's calling you for a fight probably. Are you ready, you don't look like you can fight anyone"Bookmark here

"No, I don't, but there's a possibility that this isn't an invite for a fight but a love letter"Bookmark here

"WHAT? that's clearly a fight, why do you think this might be a love letter"Bookmark here

"I got one, at the graduation day of middle school, same type of letter, I thought it was a fight, but it turned out to be a confession"Bookmark here

"What was wrong with that girl Haha"Bookmark here

"I know, do you want to see something interesting?"Bookmark here

Sachi thought: oh, Takahashi's finally talking to me, YESSSBookmark here

"I'll show you how I turn down girls"Bookmark here

"IF it's a confession. And I already know how"Bookmark here

Since you have turned down two of my friendsBookmark here

"You'll get to see it in action, come with me to the gym but hide somewhere"Bookmark here

Why am I asking her to tag along with me? This isn't like me... Well, whatever, it isn't like it's going to hurt having her around Bookmark here

"Ok"(Sachi)Bookmark here

Me and Sachi walked towards the back of the gym… just as we were about to take a turn, I saw a shadow… huh… Wait… It's a dude… SHIT, I didn't prepare for this, what am I going to do now… I'm shivering like a washing machine Dammit! Hope he hasn't seen me; I should hide with Sachi...Bookmark here

"What's this? I thought it would be a girl since it was supposed to be a confession?"Bookmark here

"Hahaha… Told you"Bookmark here

"This isn't a time to laugh, what do I do, I haven't been in a fight before..."Bookmark here

"Hey, takahashi?"Bookmark here

"Yeah?"Bookmark here

"What if he's gay? (Sachi said with a grin)"Bookmark here

"Shinichi?" (Shinichi is the guy who's standing behind the gym)Bookmark here

"Yeah, him"Bookmark here

"Don't tell me… are you…?"Bookmark here

"Yes! I'm shipping you two" (Sachi said with a grin)Bookmark here

"FUCK YOUUUUU, seriously at first you said it's a fight and now you are fantasizing a relationship, fuck you, what's wrong with you, I'm dying here..."Bookmark here

"Don't worry, it's Shinichi, he's as weak as you are, this will be a fair fight hehe..."Bookmark here

"You look like you’re enjoying yourself, I'm shitting my pants here…"Bookmark here

"Well, I have seen many confessions, but not a fight, this will be fun (smiling with excitement in her eyes)"Bookmark here

"Oh, fuck you, seriously… ok… I'm going…"Bookmark here

Got to breath, should I warm up first? Nah, I don't have much time, I have to watch anime when I get back home… ok… I'm going to act like I was just going to the back of the gym to meet himBookmark here

"Hey, Shinichi! What's up? You wanted to meet me here?"Bookmark here

"Y O U M O T H E R F U C K E R…" (Shinichi, as he's slowly walking towards Takahashi)Bookmark here

"Huh…?"Bookmark here

(Shinichi punches Takahashi with all his might)Bookmark here

Takahashi: huh… why…? What did I do wrong this time, why's everyone doing this to me, ever since highschool started, I have been going through hell, what's the point of this, it hurts, I'm bleeding, FUCKING DAMNIT, I should just kill myself already, life isn't going to change for me, this type of shit won't stop coming into my life, I have to end itBookmark here

"IT'S BECAUSE OF YOU AOI CHANGED SCHOOL, IF YOU WANTED TO DUMP HER, YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE IT POLITELY YOU DISGUSTING SON OF A BITCH, BECAUSE OF YOU… 'CAUSE OF YOU, I CAN'T CONFESS TO HER NOW, SHE'S GONE, YOU KILLED TWO PEOPLE WITH THE SAME ARROW, YOU SHOULD JUST DIE, PEOPLE LIKE YOU SHOULDN'T EXIST"Bookmark here

He's right, I shouldn't exist, I should just die, I have hurt so many people for my selfish reasons, I don't deserve to feel happiness anymore… just now for a minute, I was enjoying my conversation with Sachi… I don't deserve this… Thanks Shinichi, thanks for telling me that… huh… it hurts… my chest… HUH…… did I just… "Skip a Beat”?? When Sachi came to my mind, for some reason I didn't want to leave her, I was just having fun, for the first time in years, no, I can't leave her, I have to live… HAVE TO LIVVVVE…Bookmark here

(Takahashi gathers his courage, and punches back Shinichi)Bookmark here

"YEAH YOU ARE RIGHT, I DON'T DESERVE TO LIVE, I HAVE HURT SO MANY PEOPLE, I SHOULD JUST DIE RIGHT? NO! (Takahashi kicks him this time), I'M A HUMAN BEING, JUST LIKE YOU, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE MADE MISTAKES, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I SHOULD JUST DIE LIKE THAT, AND YOU ARE JUST A COWARD, YOU COULD HAVE TOLD HER YOURSELF THAT DAY, YOU COULD HAVE CONSOLED HER WHEN SHE WAS CRYING, BUT NO, YOU SAID SHE ISN'T YOUR TYPE, SHUT THE FUCK UP, YOU DONT DESERVE HER, YOU ARE BETTER OF BEING SINGLE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAN BEING WITH A GIRL WITH THAT FUCKING STUPID COWARD MIND OF YOURS"Bookmark here

"WHY YOU..."(Shinichi pulls out the knife he's been hiding behind his back and runs towards Takahashi with the intentions to kill him)Bookmark here

The FUCK… NO! There was something wrong with him, but I didn't think that he was a complete psycho… what do I do, I'm frozen in fear, I can't move… move legs MOVE… DAMNIT… I don't want to die like this… HUH… again… Sachi just came to my mind… what's happening to me… this is bad, I have to move or I'll seriously die, and I don't want toBookmark here

Huh… Sachi…? What are you doing… go away, why are you protecting me? Why are you risking your life… you could die here, you know that Shinichi kid is a complete psycho… you finally seemed like someone I could talk to… you can't die like that… Move idiot… go back to safety… if only I had the courage to say this out loud… Bookmark here

"Huh… Sachi, move aside. This isn't about you; I have got some business with that stupid friend of yours" (Shinichi)Bookmark here

(Takahashi and Sachi both thought at the same time)Bookmark here

FRIEND???Bookmark here

(Sachi slaps Shinichi and grabs his knife from the tip and throws it away)Bookmark here

"What the fuck is wrong with you? You just couldn't confess your love in time and your taking that out on Takahashi, you were a weird kid, but I never thought you would be a psycho too, come Takahashi, lets go!"Bookmark here

Huh… what's this, she's angry... for the first time… and she's holding my hand. I am holding a girl's hand for the first time…Bookmark here

Sachi Grabs my hand with her right hand, the one she used to grab the knife and throw it away… it's cold… wait it's bleeding, I should tell her, I don't think she noticed that she's bleeding. she just risked her life to save mine, even though we just met…Bookmark here

"Sachi, we should hurry to the nurse's office… your hand..."Bookmark here

"Hmm…? AAAAAA my hand, my hand… it's bleeding… oh fuck this is a lot of blood"Bookmark here

Then Sachi and I rushed towards nurse's officeBookmark here

After nurse treated her handBookmark here

"Oh dear, what did you do to get this big cut?"Bookmark here

"Ah ha ha ha…. It was nothing, I just grabbed a knife from the tip, that's all. I'm from cooking club…(lie)"Bookmark here

"Oh… be careful next time ok? And who's he, your boyfriend ?"Bookmark here

"Huh… him? NO NO NO NO NO, we are just friends, nothing more, not even friends actually, just met each other today"Bookmark here

"Wait, Hey, aren't you the kid who topped every single term last year?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, that's me..."Bookmark here

"You are an amazing kid, keep up the good work!"
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While they were talking, my mind couldn't get out of what just happened, I was still confused about everythingBookmark here

"Hey, takahashi lets go, I'm done here"Bookmark here

"Ok..."Bookmark here

(Outside of the nurse's office, going back to the shoe locker area)Bookmark here

"You are still stuck in what just happened?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Yeah… I mean, we just met and you're here, saving my life, how crazy can you be?"Bookmark here

"Haha, this was nothing. This is just what friends do you know"Bookmark here

"But we aren't even friends..."Bookmark here

"Well… do you want to be?"Bookmark here

"..... I don't know…"Bookmark here

Honestly, I'm confused, I don't think she'll do anything to hurt me, but I still fear something might happen, I shouldn't get too close to her, but I want to…Bookmark here

"Ammm…. Hey, do you… you know… want to walk home together?" (Takahashi)Bookmark here

"Of course!"Bookmark here

After this we are walking together, on the road, we haven't talked for five minutes, it's 16: 00 already. Man… this is awkward. I should talk about something… yeah animeBookmark here

"Answering your question from this morning... yes"Bookmark here

"which question?"Bookmark here

"The one about if i have watched that anime, you are asking about the one with a really fat and lazy fighting protagonist, right ?"Bookmark here

"Yeah yeah, that one, isn't it funny?"Bookmark here

"It's ok, I like the art style and the animations, the monsters look so damn cool"Bookmark here

"I Know, right? OH... Takahashi, your face, it has a little cut on it, it's where Shinichi punched you"Bookmark here

"Oh that, it's nothing, I think he was wearing a ring or something, that scratched my face, but it's nothing it will heal soon"Bookmark here

"No, what if it gets infected, come into the park, we'll sit and I'll put a bandage on it"Bookmark here

(They are passing in front of a park right now)Bookmark here

"No, you don't have to do it, I can do it myself"Bookmark here

"No, I want to!"Bookmark here

"No! I'll do it myself, it's embarrassing if you do it"Bookmark here

"NO! Shut up, I'm doing it ok? You don't get to say anything..." (she's blushing a Little)Bookmark here

"Why are you so persistent?"Bookmark here

"Well… you know… in anime… when the main character's hurt, the girl always does this, so I wanted to do it once, and you watch anime too, don't you want to try something like this ?"Bookmark here

"Seriously…? I thought you had a better reason than this. Well, I'm going to be honest, yeah. But now that it's actually happening… it's embarrassing..."Bookmark here

Why do I want something like this when I wasn't even looking for relationships… I'm weirdBookmark here

"I know but it will be fun too... hehe..." (Sachi excited)Bookmark here

"You don't look embarrassed at all"Bookmark here

"Hehe"Bookmark here

(After sitting on a bench)Bookmark here

"Here, I'm going to put it… be ready..."Bookmark here

"I'm ready, wait, it's just a bandage, what do I have to be ready for"Bookmark here

"I don't know… here goes… "Bookmark here

(Both are extremely nervous)Bookmark here

".........."Bookmark here

(She did it)Bookmark here

"It wasn't that scary was it, ha ha ha"(Sachi)Bookmark here

".... Thanks"Bookmark here

"Hun… for what, the bandage? It was nothing"Bookmark here

"No, for everything. After spending a day with you I think I can give relationships a second try"Bookmark here

Yeah, I can do it, in middle school that was just that girl, not everyone's like thatBookmark here

"Hehe, could it be me? Is this a confession? The legendary rejecter is confessing for the first time"Bookmark here

"No, it's just a thought that I can give it a try, and not with you of course, you are crazy"Bookmark here

"Haha, I am… Oh yeah, you haven't told me yet about why you hate relationships so much"Bookmark here

"It was just something that happened to me in first year of middle school"Bookmark here

"Tell me"Bookmark here

"Do I really have to?"Bookmark here

"Please…"Bookmark here

"Ahh…. fine"Bookmark here

"Yayyy, story time"Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

It's 16: 15 right now, we are sitting on a bench in a park that was on our way home.
This is great, I'm enjoying this, life isn't so cruel after all.Bookmark here

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