Skipped a Beat
My third day of highschool life, 9th April Tuesday. Everything's going great! Fucked up a girl's life on my first day and almost got myself killed on the second. But the second didn't end bad. I got to meet Sachi. She's great… but she'll leave after a year… don't think too much about it, just enjoy the time you have with her. It's not like she'll go away forever, we can meet each other even after high school ends. Yeah, it's going to be ok.
It's 08: 10, I'm walking to school today. I wonder if I'll run into her on the way to school.
Did… but in the hallway to our class
"Hey Sachi… how's your hand?"
"It's fine, just stings a little while Washing but other than that no problem"
"You tell me, how's your face?"
"Oh yeah, about my face, what type of bandage did you use? Mom thinks I have a girlfriend Now"
"Haha, I just thought it looked cute"
"On you, maybe. But not on me. And I didn't even know about it, I walked home with that on my face… So embarrassing!"
"Nah, it's fine, come on let's go inside the class"
Just as we entered the class, we were bombarded with two questions
"Hey Takahashi, Sachi… Are you two going out?" (Almost everyone wanted to know)
"Yo Takahashi, what happened between you and Shinichi? We heard he had a knife and stuff happened (Sachi hides her hand so that no one looks at it), also that Sachi saved your ass hahahaha, dude! Letting your girl handle that stuff... " (Mostly boys)
Huh… how did they find out… Did Sachi tell anyone? Did someone see us? For now, I Should just answer the first question
"No, we are not going out, we are just friends", we both answered in unison. At our answer, the whole class was like "PHEW! The spots still open"... I guess nothing can be done about that.
Me and Sachi sitting on our seats
"Hey, Takahashi, what do you think? How did they find out about what Shinichi did?"
So, she doesn't know either… I shouldn't have doubted her
"I think Someone must have seen us, since students are practicing in the gym after school, or maybe Shinichi told them himself ??"
"Come to think of it… Where's Shinichi? I haven't seen him in the Class today"
"Oh yeah, you are right, me neither..."
After hearing this, the guy on our right side said
"You guys didn't hear? He was expelled"
"EXPELLED ???" (Both Surprised)
"Yeah, yesterday, someone from the basketball club, A first year student, Saw the whole scene and reported it to teachers"
Both thought: and we didn't notice?? Damn he must be good at hiding
"Then, Shinichi was called to the teacher's room and interrogated. You guys don't have to worry. He didn't say anything about you, just kept saying 'it's my fault...' "
"Where did you hear all this from?"
"That first year who reported, was eavesdropping on them from outside the teacher's room"
Both: Damn he's good at this stuff
"Oh, thanks for telling us"
"No problem! Also, about how we know you guys are going out, you don't have to lie about it. That girl over there, she saw you guys in the park, hugging..."
Takahashi: Shit, I hope she didn't say anything else unnecessary…
"And Takahashi, you were crying…"
Sachi: haha, so they know now… wonder what's going through Takahashi's mind right now...
Takahashi: FUCKING DAMNIT! There goes my perfect high school life, now I'm going to be known as the weak ass crybaby
"Man, it feels like you are the girl and Sachi is the man in your relationship, Hahaha"
"Isn't it funny?"
"NO! how can that be funny?"
"Here's a picture too, she took it"
"'what the hell is wrong with her, spreading rumours and this embarrassing pic… DELETE IT!" (Takahashi)
"Ok! But even if I do, what are you going to do about the whole class? Everyone has it"
"Don't tell me… did she…."
"Yes, uploaded it online"
"It's ok, who cares about that. We'll just say that we are really good friends" (Sachi)
"Whatever, homerooms about to start"
The homeroom was just as usual, with the additional news of Shinichi being expelled
"(That guy on the right to Takahashi and Sachi) Guys… Kiss… Kiss..."
After a Second the whole class started saying "Kiss, Kiss", then Sachi stood up
"Guys, it's enough, stop it. Can't you see Takahashi's troubled by it"
No, Sachi, you standing up, every time to help me, that just bothered me, why can't I do anything? Why do you have to help me every time? I'm just weak. And pathetic, being protected by a girl…
At this moment, I stood up, grabbed Sachi's hand, pulled her closer and… KISSED…
Oh FUCK!!! what did I just do, now she's going to get mad at me, man I screwed everything.
She pushes me away and sits back on her chair… face down…
Man, she's embarrassed, and the whole class is like "DAMN
They all went back to their chairs and are completely silent now… just some whispering...
Sachi: What… What… What… He just Kissed me. Weren't we friends? Dammit… it felt good though… haha I'm happy for some reason… even though he's so dense to do this in front of everyone… and I'm embarrassed… But he Kissed me… yay! I know why he did it, it wasn't because the class said to… he must have felt guilty for not doing anything at all, since I'm always jumping forward to help him. But what am I going to do now?
"I… I'm sorry, Sachi… I'm sorry… I___"
"No… it's fine..." (in a trembling voice)
Fine? She's angry at me, she's definitely angry at me. What should I do now… for now I'll give her some space, she must be really embarrassed right now, because stupid me kissed her in public…
It's recess now, I asked her if she wanted to have lunch with me but she's still mad
"Hey Sachi… want to have lunch together?"
"Oh… it seems that I have forgotten my lunch at home..."
"But it's in your hands..."
"NO!... just go away…"
I guess I'll just go and eat lunch, alone... just like always… Oh it's that guy… he looks like he forgot his wallet,
"Oh Takahashi, I forgot my wallet at home, would you be so kind___"
"Here, 100 yen. And why so formal?"
"Thank you! (Inserts that coin into the vending machine to get something to drink) You know, what you pulled this morning… that was insane. None of us boys can do that, you are our senpai!"
"DON'T, don’t say that, ‘senpai’. And I was stupid to do that"
"Huh…? Why are you apologizing?"
"I told you to kiss but I didn't think you would be that stupid, and now Sachi's mad at you"
"No, it's my fault, you were just joking around, I just took it too seriously"
"You felt guilty, didn't you?"
"You don't have to lie"
"Yes… it's just that, it's Sachi, who always stands up for me, I can't do anything. But that didn't mean to kiss her, it was totally stupid. She'll never talk to me"
"That's not true..."
"Takahashi, there's something going on with you that you aren't telling us. Look, last week, the first day Sachi came to our class, instead of introducing herself to the class in the homeroom, the first thing she said was 'Is Takahashi Tanjiro in this class?' She was looking for you the first time she came here. And you don't remember her, do you?"
"She asked about me the first day she came to this school??? Why? And no, I don't remember her..."
"Takahashi, it's just not her, you don't remember anyone from our last year class, you act like total strangers with us. That day, you dumped Aoi, you were acting like your middle school self "
"How do you know about the middle school me?"
"When Sachi asked about you, we all wondered how she knew you. So, the time you were at home last week, she told us a lot about the middle school you."
"Oh… she did that?"
"Tell me, what's happening with you, what are you hiding?"
"Yes!... It's true that I'm hiding something, and I have been thinking about telling it to someone"
"So, tell me"
"I want to tell Sachi too, but she's mad right now so maybe sometime later"
"Ok, but it's a promise now, you have to tell me, ok? Even if you don't want to tell it to anyone else"
"Why do you want to hear it so bad?"
"Because Takahashi, you were a really close friend to me in first year, and you have totally forgotten about me… it hurts to lose a friend you know, so I'm trying to be friends with the new Takahashi"
"Oh… I'm sorry… I promise, I'll tell you when I get the chance"
"You better do"
"What's your name?"
So, I did have friends before. Eiji looks like a nice guy.
Guess I'll head to my secret spot… which isn't that secret anymore, because after some minutes of sitting here, that girl came, the one who spread the rumors that Sachi and I are a couple. She tapped me from behind and spoke
"Senpai? (*pissed) What do you want?"
"Eiji told me about you"
"... So, you were my friend too last year?"
"Bingo! What you did this morning, I think it was amazing!"
"It wouldn't have happened if you hadn't spread those rumors"
"What rumours? Ask yourself, do you REALLY think those are rumours?"
"Of course, those are 100% rumours, Me and Sachi aren't like that"
"Then why did you kiss her?"
"Eiji thinks it was guilt, but I think it happened because you like her"
"No, I don't actually like her, it's just that we have become close friends so fast..."
"She's been bearing the pain, you know, being the forgotten one. Eiji too"
"Me? I don't know. For now, I’m just going along with what’s happening"
"Huh… I see. Also, how did Sachi know you guys were my friends?"
"she said she wanted to hear about what type of a person you are from your friends, so we told her. And the first year you weren’t a mean bastard, rather a quiet, sad, depressed kid in despair. You were always sitting on your desk, head down. Aoi was the first person to persuade you to go for a walk with her around school. That's why she was your girlfriend, and that's why she's so hurt right now, when you dumped her."
"I need to apologise..."
"She knows that there's something wrong with you, but she still can't face you because she's afraid you'll hurt her again"
"I won't, I changed..."
"Yeah, I know. Sachi changed you, a lot."
"What do I do now...I mean, this much information at once… Sachi knows me from before? Aoi was the first person I liked? Which one should I deal with first? I want to talk to Sachi, ask her how she knows me, but I want to apologise to Aoi more...Hey, you must know where Aoi is right?"
"No… she only returns my phone calls, not even Eiji's. She never tells me where she is right now. What I'm sure is that she isn't in Tokyo anymore."
"She went to a different city because of me?"
"We don't know… but don't blame yourself, it was just a misunderstanding. It isn't your fault. What's happening to you, I don't know but I know it's not your fault"
"Be sure to tell us your secret"
"I will, when the time is right"
"Good… by the way, I'm Hina Ito"
"Nice to meet you, Hina"
"Nice to meet you too, New Takahashi"
"Yeah, because you are not the first year Takahashi we remember… I guess middle school Takahashi would be a better name"
"Just call me Takahashi"
"Ok, Takahashi Senpai!"
(Eiji and Hina talking near the vending machine after Eiji had talked with Takahashi)
"I talked to Takahashi. Our hunch was right, he said that he's hiding something" (Eiji)
"So, something did happen. I knew it, it wasn't just an accident that caused memory loss, he lied to Aoi. Because memory loss doesn't make you a different person"
"Yeah, so now what? Sachi's mad at Takahashi right now, what are we going to do, they will not talk to each other"
"I'll go talk to Takahashi; you go talk to Sachi. We'll make them curious about each other so that they want to talk to each other"
"I'll tell Takahashi that Sachi was really curious about you when she first came to class"
"I have told him that already"
"I'll just figure something out; you have to tell Sachi that there's definitely something wrong with Takahashi and that he wants to talk about it"
"Ok, I'll do that"
"Good. And where's Takahashi right now?"
"He went up to the roof to eat lunch"
Ok, Hina's going to the roof to talk to him. I'll go back to the class to talk to Sachi… Hope she's not mad at me too since I did tell him to kiss her… There she is, alone…
"You are mad at me too? ha… "
"It's your fault..."
"It was a joke, who takes it seriously?"
"Well, he did..."
"But you aren't actually mad, are you?"
"Huh…? Of course I'm, IDIOT! I can't talk to him to him now… it's your fault"
"You're blushing right now, haha"
"Fuck you! (Slightly hits him) ... Fine, yeah, I'm not mad. But what do I do now…? I'm embarrassed, I can't talk to him, even though he tried, I just can't show my face"
"Well, you remember how we talked that the Takahashi of the first year is a lot different than the second? And that you have talked to him in first year, but he doesn't remember?"
"Yeah, what about it?"
"I talked to Takahashi about it, He said that something did happen, and that he wants to talk about it with everyone. So, I was hoping that you make up with Takahashi"
"I want to but how?"
"Hmmm... Yeah! I have an idea, you don't have to worry about it, I'll take care of that..."
"Just be ready to talk to Takahashi"
I hope Hina's also done talking with Takahashi. Now the only thing left is to bring them together with us and I have the perfect plan.
(Eiji walks outside the class) Oh, here's Hina
"How did it go?"
"Well, she didn't say anything about meeting him after I told her that he wants to share his secret"
"But she did say she wants to make up with him, and I told her that I can take care of that"
"I have a plan. After school, I'll go to the gym, it's going to be empty today, we don't have practice, nor any other class would be using it. I'll take Sachi with me, asking her to help me with something in the gym, cleaning or something, and you'll bring Takahashi with you after that, you just have to bring him there, you know how to"
"Yeah, I'll think of something"
"Ok, let's go with this"
"But what if when they see each other, they refuse to talk or something?"
"Takahashi won't, I know that, but Sachi's really embarrassed, so she might try to walk away or something, but I did tell her to prepare herself for talking to Takahashi"
"Ok, I hope this works..."
Oh, she signalled me to talk to Sachi… hope this goes well
"Hey, Sachi. I have a lot of work to do in the gym, I was hoping you could help me out?"
"Ok… what is it?"
"Nothing, just cleaning and stuff..."
"Sachi… Listen to me" (Takahashi)
Eiji: Oh shit, what are you doing Hina, you were supposed to keep him occupied… wait I never told her that… my bad...
"... aa… ammm… L..Let's go Eiji" (Sachi)
"Look… I'm sorry… Ok? What I did this morning. It was stupid. I won't try to pull anything like that ever again, Ok? So please don't ignore me… it hurts you know… I have forgotten about you…and I'm sorry. I know it must be killing you. So, I'm here to tell you everything. So please… stop ignoring me… Also, it wasn't completely my fault, Eiji was the one who told me to..."
As I said that to make Sachi laugh, Eiji was like "EHHH…?". I Hope she's not angrier at me now…
"...It wasn't bad..." Is what Sachi just said…
"Huh…?" (Takahashi, Hina, Eiji)
"My first kiss… it wasn't bad"
"Ha…? So, you aren't mad?" (Takahashi)
"I was never mad at you; I just couldn't face you because I was embarrassed. I know that you didn't mean it. So, I'm sorry, for trying to avoid you today"
"Haha… Thank God, I thought you would get madder at me, and it will make the situation even worse"
"Oh… and you know, I don't even think of it as a lovers kiss, I think it was just an accidental kiss"
Sachi: what the fuck am I saying… I hope he doesn't get me wrong...
"Like Toshi's and Arata's?"
Takahashi: HUUUUH….. What am I saying… she's definitely going to get the wrong idea… because Toshi and Arata were both dudes… I fucked up...
"Hahaha, yeah, something like that"
Takahashi: WHAAAT? What just happened?... Whatever… she's not angry anymore. I guess it worked? Just don't think about today ever again…
Sachi: huh…? Why did I just agree? Stupid me… now he's going to think I'm a weirdo. Whatever, I think the situation's back to normal, don't ever think about this day ever again
(Eiji and Hina talking to each other in low voice)
"What the fuck just happened?"
"I don't know, but it worked"
"Ok. Let's talk about my secret… But not here. Somewhere with no one around"
"The gym, it's free today" (Eiji)
"Ok, let's go there"
We are all walking towards the gym…
Takahashi: PHEW! Sachi didn't get mad at me, I was scared for nothing, but damn, thing's became a lot weirder than I thought… But now's not the time to think about that. After today, I hope everything goes back to normal...
Sachi: what the hell did I say!!! It wasn't bad... WASN'T BAD?! True, it wasn't bad but damn I got courage to talk about that stuff. Normally, it's hard for girls to say stuff like that… I wonder what his secret is, how did he forget everyone, everything… aaahh... I'm so excited, I'm shaking
Hina: Well that went well, although it didn't go as planned but, she mustered up courage to talk to him. Now just the secret remains, I hope it's not something deadly… or something dangerous…
Eiji: Thank God I told Sachi to be prepared to talk to Takahashi, she must have given it a lot of thought before saying that… wait… did she?... It was more like she just said what came to her mind… Huh… I'm nervous, what will his secret be? I hope he doesn't lie again…
We are here, at the gym… it's actually empty, it's my first time here like this… ok, have to start...
"You guys have been noticing it lately that I have been acting strange. Like I don't know you guys right?"
"And I met all of you last year, right?"
"Yes, first year of high school"
"Well, it seems that After I completed middle school, I leaped a whole year and started as a second year highschool student. I didn't go through first year of highschool at all"
"WHAT ???" (Everyone)