Chapter 7:

Otakus

Skipped a Beat


It's 13th May, Monday.
It's been a month since I have told them about my situation and honestly, my life is a lot easier now.Bookmark here

In the Past month I got a lot to learn about them and the past me. And it seems that I don't have any more friends since Aoi was the only one who approached me, and Eiji and Hina have been her friends since the start of elementary school. Bookmark here

As for if something has happened between me and Sachi, Nothing. It's completely normal between us after that day. None of us has brought up that topic ever again.Bookmark here

What I learned new is that Sachi's really good at studies. She even beat me in a mathematics test once. It was just by 1 point though. If I don't study hard, she might take the first position from me. Bookmark here

After I told my secret that day. Hina and Eiji acted weird for some days. Like they were trying to avoid me? They didn't talk to me much, looked sad all the time, I wonder if it was because Sachi would be leaving after this year. But that wasn't much of a problem as they returned to their normal selves after almost a week, I think… I still wonder what the cause was. Bookmark here

Everything's been completely fine, completely back to normal, back to how it used to be… How? Well, after that incident with Aoi and Shinichi, I thought that the girls would stop confessing. Yeah, it's still happening. Even the kiss didn't change their minds. Even though it would have clearly made them realize that I already have someone else. Which is totally a lie, maybe that's why they still confess… Bookmark here

I'm walking to school today and as I reach near the school, when the school gate is in my sight. I see a girl searching for someone. Bookmark here

Even though I'm 97% sure that she is looking for me, I'm just going to walk past her. I'm too popular in this school. I know that I don't look like any celebrity but still.Bookmark here

I think it's because of my grades and the first year me. Because when I asked Eiji and Hina. They said that after I came back to Tokyo from Kyoto, after I had found Sachi. I was happy. They said that they have never seen me that happy ever again. Even now. I'm not that happy and cheerful as I was after my trip. I wonder what I did on that trip.Bookmark here

Oh… the girl is coming towards me … this is getting old…Bookmark here

"Takahashi…. I'm... Yui from 2 - B... I have been wondering if you have a girlfriend or not. So, I'm asking it straight. I L...Like you, I want to know you better, please go out with me"Bookmark here

"Yui is your name you said?"Bookmark here

"Yes"Bookmark here

"Yui, I'm sorry but I have someone else I like, it's great that you confessed but I don't want to be with anyone else right now..."Bookmark here

"Oh… I see. It's ok. I understand. So, who is it? Sachi?"Bookmark here

"You know about Sachi?"Bookmark here

"She's popular among boys since she's so beautiful" Bookmark here

"She is popular? Wow… I didn't know that. But no, it's not Sachi. It's someone else. I still haven't told her and I'm waiting for the best moment"Bookmark here

"Ok… I wonder who's even more beautiful than Sachi..."Bookmark here

"It's a secret!"Bookmark here

Yes, I have changed my technique. And no, I don't have someone like that, nor I like Sachi. I just say this now instead of insulting the girl. This way most of the girls understand and don't get hurt.Bookmark here

I have been trying to change as much as I can, and I have changed a lot but there are still some thing's bothering me, like Sachi leaving and why I was so depressed in 1st year.Bookmark here

It's 08: 25 and I have entered my class now. Sachi and Eiji are Early as usual. Hina's always late because she gets up late. That's what Eiji told me. Bookmark here

"Yo! Sachi, Eiji. Good morning!"Bookmark here

"Morning Takahashi, what's up?Bookmark here

"Nothing just the usual, what about you?"Bookmark here

"Nothing just the usual too"Bookmark here

"Hey, by Usual, you mean the confessions...?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Yeah, they don't stop, I'm getting bored of this. I want to go back to my old style of rejection"Bookmark here

"No, don't. It's stupid and the one I told you to doesn't harm anyone." (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Yeah, but I can't keep saying that there's someone I like… it's embarrassing..."Bookmark here

"The original sentence was I love someone, but you were too embarrassed to say that, so I said change love with like. And you can't even say that… what's wrong with you? When you really want to confess your feelings, what would you say, you me together, happy happy?"Bookmark here

“Hahaha” (Eiji)Bookmark here

"It's not that, it's just that when I say there's someone I like, they always ask if it's you? That's what's embarrassing..."Bookmark here

"Just say no, why would that bother you?"Bookmark here

"I do, but I don't like it when they ask about you..."Bookmark here

"Aaaah… you are a pain in the ass. Come with me. This will fix everything"Bookmark here

"What…?"Bookmark here

Sachi gets up from her seat, grabs my hand, pulls me up so that I get up from my seat too and I do without struggling. She walks towards the front of the class, In front of everyone and …Bookmark here

"Everyone, listen Carefully! As of today, Takahashi and I are officially a couple."Bookmark here

WHAT??? I look at her with a confused face and she gives me the "play along, I'll explain later" look. And the whole class's reaction wasn't something unexpectedBookmark here

"WHAT???"Bookmark here

After their totally expected reaction, they started gathering around us, I was surrounded by boys and Sachi by girls… we were separated… hope our stories match now, don't want to create a "fake" misunderstanding between the two groupsBookmark here

Boys:Bookmark here

"Hey Takahashi, is it true?Bookmark here

"Yes… it's true"Bookmark here

"Bro, since when?"Bookmark here

Just now but I'll say 3 weeksBookmark here

"3 weeks"Bookmark here

"Dude, fuck you, taking the class's beauty for yourself"Bookmark here

"Ha ha…"Bookmark here

I'm sorry guys...Bookmark here

"You are just a bastard after all..."Bookmark here

Now it's just getting out of hand...Bookmark here

"Man, share with us too"Bookmark here

"WHAT ??"Bookmark here

"Yeah, it wouldn't hurt to share your girlfriend, just Saturdays to Saturdays, you can have Sundays for your dates"Bookmark here

"Why the fuck are you scheduling our dates and no, I won't share. Human beings are not something you can borrow for a day; they are not a possession"Bookmark here

"Wonder what would have happened if Shinichi was still here"Bookmark here

"He probably would have called Takahashi to the back of the gym again, and said that he likes Sachi now"Bookmark here

“Hahaha, yeah”Bookmark here

"Please, don't speak about that day..." (Takahashi)Bookmark here

"Yeah, spout shit like I fell for her angry face, Haha"Bookmark here

Shit… they know every single detail, but Wow, boys can take anything to a whole ‘nother level. Changed the topic from Sachi and me to Shinichi… And they were only interested in Sachi and didn't even care how we started, what happened… well good for me. Hope the girls didn't ask anything weird from Sachi...Bookmark here

Meanwhile, Girls:Bookmark here

"Wow, Sachi that's great!"Bookmark here

"...Yeah"Bookmark here

"Since when?"Bookmark here

What should I do now, what did Takahashi say…? I did hear something like 3 weeks, so I'll just say that… Bookmark here

"Ammm…. 3 Weeks"Bookmark here

"Wow it's been that long, and you didn't tell us..."Bookmark here

"Yeah..."Bookmark here

"Good for you, getting the hot kid in class"Bookmark here

"I know right! And he's so cool, like DAMN" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"So, the kiss wasn't fake after all"Bookmark here

"...Please don't"Bookmark here

"Yeah, I totally thought you guys were acting or something because you and Takahashi, I can't see that happening"Bookmark here

"How did you start to like him?"Bookmark here

Shit, this is bad, if our stories don't match, we'll be busted… oh yeah!Bookmark here

"Since the park hug… I started liking him then"Bookmark here

I'm thinking Takahashi would have answered the same thingBookmark here

"Hey hey, who confessed first, you or Takahashi?"Bookmark here

I guess since I'm the mastermind of this plan, basically I'm the one who confessed…Bookmark here

"It was me..."Bookmark here

"We knew it, Takahashi's just too weak to do stuff like that"Bookmark here

Weak? Who says you have to be strong to Confess?Bookmark here

"Are you ok with it? He just broke up with Aoi, and you're already dating him, what would Aoi think?"Bookmark here

"Nothing, I have talked to her. It was just a misunderstanding that broke 'em up. She completely understands our relationship""Bookmark here

"What misunderstanding?"Bookmark here

Oh shit… I shouldn't have brought that up here… Bookmark here

"Nothing, it was nothing..."Bookmark here

"Huh…"Bookmark here

After this, Homeroom teacher came, and everyone had to go and sit on their seats. Bookmark here

This was something… I wonder what type of questions the girls asked from Sachi… I'll ask after homeroom ends… oh there's Hina, missed the whole show.Bookmark here

"So, what happened?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"What's wrong with you? Declaring we are a couple in front of everyone? You didn't have to lie. There could have been other ways"Bookmark here

"Relax! this way they won't bother you. And it's not like we are actually a couple… are we?"Bookmark here

"Of course we aren't… but what if it doesn't work, because the kiss didn't make a difference at all..."Bookmark here

"Oh, about that. The girls assumed that it was just a joke. That's why the kiss didn't affect them at all"Bookmark here

"Oh… then I guess this will have a bigger impact?"Bookmark here

"Yes, it will work. Believe me"Bookmark here

"Wait… is this from some anime?"Bookmark here

"Yes... recently watched it"Bookmark here

“Seriously… And I was wondering how this crazy idea even came to your mind anyway"Bookmark here

"Yes, it's a fake relationship"Bookmark here

"It's annoying how you act so childish sometimes..."Bookmark here

"Ughhh, don't worry about it. We don't even have to act like boyfriend and girlfriend, nor do we need to go on dates"Bookmark here

"Whatever, I won't say anything, it was your plan anyway"Bookmark here

"What plan?" (Hina)Bookmark here

"Takahashi and Sachi are in a relationship now" (Eiji)Bookmark here

"Wow… when did that happen… I thought Takahashi didn't wanted to be in a relationship"Bookmark here

"Yeah, Takahashi is madly in love with me now. I just can't ignore his feelings you know" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Huh…?" (Hina)Bookmark here

"Just tell her already! Look, you know how there are girls confessing to me almost every day?" (Takahashi)Bookmark here

"Yeah, Sachi told you to confess another way since your old one was harsh and stupid"Bookmark here

"Yeah, but that wasn't enough, the girls weren't stopping, it was frustrating for me, so Sachi came up with another plan"Bookmark here

"Which is?"Bookmark here

"Fake relationship. Make the whole class think that we are a couple so that they stop bothering Takahashi" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Oh… Nice"Bookmark here

"But the problem still isn't resolved" (Takahashi)Bookmark here

"How?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"The girls, they are not just from our class, they are also from other sections too"Bookmark here

"Don’t worry about that, the rumours will spread and soon the whole school will know"Bookmark here

"Maybe"Bookmark here

"It will, for sure"Bookmark here

"Uh…"Bookmark here

And just like that the day ended. Bookmark here

Some days have passed, and surprisingly it worked, her fake relationship idea worked!Bookmark here

Well, there were girls from other classes, right? What happened to them? Funny, the news about us spread so fast around the school, even the teachers now know that we are a couple. It stopped 90% of the girls from confessing. The remaining 10%, they come to me asking to break up with Sachi and go out with them, and I just say "no I can't, and you know why", and they leave. Honestly, life is a lot Better than before.Bookmark here

It's 16th May, Thursday. Huh… it's 08: 20 and Hina is in class… WOWBookmark here

"Yo! You came early today, Hina"Bookmark here

"Yesss! I'm sooo happy"Bookmark here

"It's actually her first time coming early in high school" (Eiji)Bookmark here

"Wow, that's amazing… but how? What did you do to wake up early?"Bookmark here

"I... aa…didn't sleep last night..."Bookmark here

"What? What were you doing all night?"Bookmark here

"Guess what happened Takahashi" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"She started watching anime"Bookmark here

"WHAT??? Is it true Hina? … hey, don't sleep during school time!"Bookmark here

"Huh… yeah… it's true... I started watching anime too"Bookmark here

"But how?"Bookmark here

"That day when you found out that my plan originated from an anime. She asked me about it, then bought the full series and started watching it yesterday" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"It was good!" (Hina)Bookmark here

"No, the anime was trash. But more importantly, why does everyone who becomes an otaku have to binge a series?" (Takahashi)Bookmark here

"Not everyone, I have never pulled an all-nighter for anime. It's just you two"Bookmark here

"And it… was worth… it..." (Hina)Bookmark here

"You are sleeping, how was it worth it? And how are you going to take all the classes today?"Bookmark here

"She'll sleep through them don't worry!"Bookmark here

"Don't say that Sachi… her grades are the worst among us… she can't miss a single class" Bookmark here

"Don't worry I'll do something..." (Hina)Bookmark here

"You went to sleep again..."Bookmark here

"Oh… Takahashi, you have read the manga, right? Tell me what happens" (Hina)Bookmark here

"Oh, all of a sudden your sleep's gone… ok so you want to know what happens between them at the end?"Bookmark here

"Yes!" (Eyes sparkling with excitement)Bookmark here

"DON'T, don't talk about manga out loud, whisper it in her ear or write in on a paper or something" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Ok… So..."Bookmark here

I tell her what happens and… she starts cryingBookmark here

"Ok… ok… ok… thanks, now I want to read the manga too" (Hina)Bookmark here

"Ok... Eiji you are completely normal right?"Bookmark here

Why did he just turn around…?Bookmark here

"He started watching too" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Huh…. What?"Bookmark here

"Yes… but I'm not stupid enough to forget that I have to sleep. I keep check of everything." (Eiji)Bookmark here

"Huh… I guess we are all otakus now?Bookmark here

"YES!"Bookmark here

"Well, Whatever. It's not like it's going to hurt having otaku friends"Bookmark here

"It won't" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Hey Takahashi, you didn't tell us, what about the girls? Did they stop?" (Sachi)Bookmark here

"Oh yeah, It's a lot Better now. But there are still some girls that say that I should break up with you and date them instead"Bookmark here

"Haha, nothing can be done about them."Bookmark here

"Yeah, other than that. Everything's fine. Oh yeah, … boys stare at me almost all the time..."Bookmark here

Sachi thought while looking around the class: oh… he's right, they are all glaring at him…Bookmark here

"Ha...ha..."Bookmark here

"But it's ok, they just stare, they don't say anything. At first, I was scared because Shinichi was glaring at me the same way, so I thought they wanted to fight me or something. But now I understand… they do this because they are boys… haha..."Bookmark here

"Yeah, then it's ok"Bookmark here

The day ended just like that. We are heading to our homes now… and Hina somehow managed to make it to recess without sleeping and went to the nurse's office to sleep. I guess the ending must have really woken her up.Bookmark here

And about Eiji and Hina becoming otakus… I'm surprised and somewhat happy. I mean, Eiji too. I didn't think that he could start watching anime. But whatever.Bookmark here

All is good. Everything's solved. Everything's normal… but whenever Sachi comes to mind… I become sad…Bookmark here

"Oh… so you better hurry to confess your feelings to her"Bookmark here

Yeah… it's almost like I have feelings for her. But I don't want to be in a relationship. It still kills me… to think about having a girlfriend… but it's killing me more… to hide this feeling. This sadness… Yeah, I should call this feeling sadness… but what will Sachi say when I tell her that I feel like this about her leaving…

"Yeah, so either enjoy your time with me to the fullest, if you think that you can bear the pain of me leaving, or don't get too close to me because that will break you the second time."
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Yeah… I can't bear the pain of her leaving. So, I should just leave her now… it should be this easy but it's not. Because leaving her now means the same thing as her leaving at the end of this year. So, it's just better to enjoy the time I have left with her. I can't tell her how I feel about her leaving… yeah. I should ask Eiji what he thinks about thisBookmark here

"Hey Eiji..."Bookmark here

"Yeah?"Bookmark here

Yeah, last week I started working part time at the store Eiji works at. So right now, Me and Eiji are headed towards that store. Right after school ends, we go to work.Bookmark here

"How do you handle the thought of Sachi leaving?"Bookmark here

"I don't. I have accepted it already. I know that she'll leave after a year. And she has her own reasons. I'm ok with that"Bookmark here

"But how? I mean, I know that she has her own reasons. I have accepted it too. But it hurts… Everytime I think about Sachi leaving..."Bookmark here

"Do you like her?"Bookmark here

"I… aaa..."Bookmark here

"Do you like her?"Bookmark here

"I don't know..."Bookmark here

"Do I like her?"Bookmark here

"No… I guess?"Bookmark here

"Yes, I don't. She's just a friend. A friend leaving doesn't hurt that much than a lover leaving. It's a big difference. That's how I have accepted her, you like her, that's why it hurts when you think about Sachi leaving. It actually… it's sad that she has to leave… she's a really good friend. But you can't spend the time left worrying. Just forget that she's leaving and enjoy her last year with her."Bookmark here

"Her … last year…?"Bookmark here

"I mean her last year here. She'll be leaving for Kyoto you know..."Bookmark here

"Yeah..."Bookmark here

"And besides, it's not like she won't come back after high school ends. So what's the problem? Just relax. I know you can spend a year without her"Bookmark here

"I hope I can… hey Eiji, do you like someone?"Bookmark here

"Hmm… no."Bookmark here

"Seriously?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, I haven't given much thought to who I like."Bookmark here

"So, who's your type?"Bookmark here

"I don't know… twin-tail white hair, blue eyes, someone shorter than me. And kind and persistent and cute and gets angry easily. And is a little dumb because that's somewhat cute you know. And___"Bookmark here

"You are just describing Aoi..."Bookmark here

"I…. Hmm….."Bookmark here

"So, you do like someone. And it's Aoi..."Bookmark here

"No… I don't like someone. My description just happens to match someone I knew… I liked..."Bookmark here

"Oh…. I'm sorry… she's gone… because of me..."Bookmark here

"Nah, it's Ok! She's gone now. And she was Never interested in me. She always liked you..."Bookmark here

"Oh… So… you have been bearing the pain of someone leaving already..."Bookmark here

"Yeah, but I'm ok now. We'll meet her in summer vacations, and I have decided I'll tell her how I felt about her… I want to hear what she thinks about me"Bookmark here

"You are so mature and strong"Bookmark here

"No… I'm not strong. If I was, I would have talked to her when she cried that day, when you shouted at her"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Don't grieve, it's all in the past. Think about the future. Care for what's going to happen in the future"Bookmark here

"Sachi's leaving and I can't do anything about it..."Bookmark here

"(Eiji smacks Takahashi's head) Not that future. I have told you not to think about it"Bookmark here

"Ok ok…"Bookmark here

"Why do you like Sachi?"Bookmark here

"I don't"Bookmark here

"...*stare* "Bookmark here

"Ah… I don't know if I like her or not."Bookmark here

"Assume you like her, then why"Bookmark here

"If have to assume I like some, I'll have to assume the reason too"Bookmark here

"Then assume"Bookmark here

"Ah...ok. hmm… She ...a… She risked her life for me… even without knowing who I am… that's when I thought that I could be friends with her. She's trustworthy, strong. I won't regret if I have her as my friend… she won't betray me"Bookmark here

"I see, but what about her looks? Her character? Normally boys fall for a girl's looks and stuff"Bookmark here

"Nope, I have never paid any attention to how Sachi looks and as far as her character goes, it's annoying, she does stuff on her own, without even telling me"Bookmark here

"But it has always helped, hasn't it?"Bookmark here

"Yeah...I guess Her character isn't that bad..."Bookmark here

"Yes, it isn't"Bookmark here

"It was all just an assumption you know…"Bookmark here

"Haha… ok it was "just" an Assumption"Bookmark here

"Oh, we are here"Bookmark here

Eiji's a good guy. I'm glad I talked to him about Sachi. Yeah, I can spend a year without her. Just have to enjoy this year as much I can… Bookmark here

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