Chapter 24:

Let’s not forget about the “Aspiring writer” part

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“Are you sure you aren’t trying too hard?” Koshiro asked the girl named Umiko Sawada who was before him.Bookmark here

“Shut up, Koshiro idiot!” Sawada replied as she tried to elegantly sip some tea.Bookmark here

“Ugh.” “I can’t believe that girl. She had trouble eating with those baggy clothes, but she still wants to sip the like this?” he observed her try to lift the little finger while holding a mug. She was about to pour it all into her clothes. “Calm down!” Koshiro held the mug to prevent it from spilling.Bookmark here

“Hey!” the girl complained. She was already pouting to receive the now cold liquid, “What are you doing?!”Bookmark here

“I’m just making sure you don’t stain Sumiye’s clothes.”Bookmark here

SLAP she slapped Koshiro’s hand, “She lent the clothes to me! I can do whatever I want with it.” Bookmark here

“Aargh.” the boy sighed and then stood up, “Suit yourself.” he went to the stairs. “It’s always like this at tea parties, why does she always want to drink it like that? Does she think she’s some sort of princess?”Bookmark here

As Koshiro crossed the threshold of his bedroom, he was greeted by Scar, who jumped on his face.Bookmark here

“Aaaagh!” the boy screamed, taking the cat off of his face, “What the hell are you doing? Don’t tell me you thought it was a cat molester again!”Bookmark here

“Not this time.” Scar stared at him, “I was just trying to greet Umiko-chan.”Bookmark here

“Umiko-chan?”Bookmark here

“Yes! If it was her I could’ve jumped onto her head instead of her face!” Scar leaned her head, “So you’ll have to blame your height for this one!”Bookmark here

“Ugh, whatever.” Koshiro put the black cat on the ground. He sat on his chair and turned on his computer to see that he had various messages from Nobu: “Was he hacked in all of his devices or something?” he murmured while deleting the messages starting just like the one in chapter 22 (“Hey are you an aspiring writer??!”), “Huh?” the boy noticed that he had received a message from Nyoko. “Well, she’s probably just giving a simple reply to my last message.” Koshiro ignored it.Bookmark here

But Nyoko continued to text him, and then she started to call him as well, which forced Koshiro to pick up the phone:Bookmark here

“WHAT?” he roared.Bookmark here

“That’s really how you’d answer the phone if it was Nyoko? Shame on you Koshiro.” it was a male voice.Bookmark here

“Nobu? What the hell are you doing with Nyoko-chan’s phone?”Bookmark here

“You blocked me. Don’t you remember? I had to find a way to talk to you.”Bookmark here

“You can’t blame me! You were hacked!”Bookmark here

“Of course I wasn’t hacked! Even though I walk through mysterious and dark paths, I know my way out of them!”Bookmark here

“Okay… so why did you call me for?”Bookmark here

“It’s about the message I sent you.” Nobu affirmed.Bookmark here

“The spam?”Bookmark here

“It isn’t spam.”Bookmark here

“The p…”Bookmark here

“Nor porn.”Bookmark here

“Then…Bookmark here

“I don’t think it is copyrighted either. Just look at it… and unblock me.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro unblocked his friend and then proceeded onto reading what he had sent him: “Wait… this is…” his eyes widened.Bookmark here

“Yes, something that might help you for real.”Bookmark here

“Nobu, I...”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it! You can thank me properly when we meet again! It’s only two weeks from now after all. For now, I suggest you use your laptop to look into the details.”Bookmark here

“Okay, bye then.”Bookmark here

“Bye.”Bookmark here

Koshiro locked his phone and quickly returned his attention to the computer, where he started to type: Kanojo x Kanojo x KaBookmark here

“Hey!” Sawada’s voice was crossing the door, “What are you doing?!”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro looked at what he typed: “Oops! Old habits die hard, I guess…” he corrected what he had typed to Kanojo x Kanojo x Krakaren - Top 10 anime fights of the season, “Now it's right.”Bookmark here

“You didn’t answer me!” Sawada was sulking at him.Bookmark here

“Oh, I’m sorry.” Koshiro was more focused on the screen in front of him, “What was the question again?”Bookmark here

“What are you doing?!” she repeated.Bookmark here

“Oh! My friend Nobu just sent me something that might help move the ‘Aspiring writer’ part of this story forward, since it seems that I forgot about that for some chapters now.” he entered a site called BearFeed.Bookmark here

“Hmm…”Bookmark here

“But you know, it isn’t my fault…” just as Nobu had sent him, there was an ad in the corner of the page leading to a site talking about a writing contest. “...that the other characters got their chapters. Or the fact that the president asked me to spy on them…”Bookmark here

"Looks like you're coming up with excuses!"Bookmark here

 “Or the fact that you’re being a big pain in my ass.”Bookmark here

“Koshiro idiot is the one that is a big pain!” Sawada pouted, “You idiot.”Bookmark here

“Uhum.” Koshiro looked at the screen and started to read (the important parts at least):Bookmark here

Announcing the first “I was writing a poor story when I decided to break the fourth wall and show why I was writing it!” writing contest! Bookmark here

Writing Platform: BearFeedBookmark here

Voting Platform: MyMangaRankBookmark here

Entry fee: Most of your time (and maybe some of your health)Bookmark here

The winning story may be eligible to be published by Kekonshiki! (and win a little bit of money)Bookmark here

“Kekonshiki? Are they giving advantage to romantic stories?”Bookmark here

“Hey!! You’re ignoring me!” Sawada obstructed his vision.Bookmark here

“C’mon Sawada, this is an important part. Can’t you just play with Scar or jump on the beds again?”Bookmark here

“Oh! Can I touch the painting now?” Bookmark here

“Of course.”Bookmark here

“Yay!” she darted out of the room, “Come here, Scar-chan!!”Bookmark here

“What a kid.” Koshiro observed her leave the room and then resumed to read seriously:Bookmark here

Eligibility Checklist:Bookmark here

English only (good luck with that)Bookmark here

Completed stories must contain at least 45000 words (don’t worry, it’ll feel like 45000000)Bookmark here

No re-posts, rewrites, spin-offs, fanfics, collaborations, or doujinshis (keep it in your pants guys)Bookmark here

It should be family-friendlyBookmark here

Authors must be 18 years old*Bookmark here

“...” Koshiro stopped suddenly. He couldn’t voice a single word. That last requirement made him completely crestfallen, but he kept reading, now slowly and agonizingly:Bookmark here

Judging criteria:Bookmark here

Post frequency: post in consistent intervals (WE’RE ORDERING YOU TO DIE! Or be organized, you chose)Bookmark here

Writing & Storytelling: has decent grammar; is creative (that’s your nemesis Koshiro)Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

Marketability: easily translatable to anime or manga; is marketable; has an engaging art (if you don’t know how to draw, good luck!) (just kidding, you can ask a friend)Bookmark here

“That ‘marketable’ part will be hard without porn… or ecchi…”Bookmark here

Public Engagement: people have to find your story decent (although we won’t)Bookmark here

“Well, I guess that’s it. I can’t comp…” his line of thought stopped when he saw a light at the end of the tunnel:Bookmark here

*Authors must be 18 years old, unless:Bookmark here

1 - You are the protagonist of a HaremBookmark here

“Hmm… I don’t think so… not yet at least.”Bookmark here

2 - You happen to be a bearBookmark here

“Does Kuma-chan likes writing?”Bookmark here

3 - You have plot armorBookmark here

"My plot armor is made of thorns. I wonder if that'll do it….” Koshiro murmured, “...I keep having this feeling that an alternative version of me, from the future, is going to try to kill me" "I have to remember never get myself involved in a fight between mages."Bookmark here

4 - You are a friend of someone from the Takayama family (even Hayami Takayama would suffice)Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro read it again to see if he wasn’t mistaken: “‘You are a friend of someone from the Takayama family (even Hayami Takayama would suffice)’... WHAAAAAT?!”Bookmark here

Kerry Kamiya
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