Chapter 32:

Unexpected Encounters

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

Kazuma sighed.Bookmark here

"I'm sorry." he said as he turned his back on him.Bookmark here

"Wait. Where do you think you're going?"Bookmark here

A fight was just about to start between Kazuma and a bulky delinquent. It started due to them bumping shoulders.Bookmark here

"I'm going home, of course. Look, I've already apologized. Now be satisfied." Kazuma brushed him off by waving his hand mockingly.Bookmark here

"You bastard! Don't you know who I am?" a vein bulged on the delinquent's forehead.Bookmark here

"Hm? Nope. And I don't care." Kazuma replied while he looked back to him.Bookmark here

Suddenly, the guy flexed his right tattooed arm. His face turned red due to the tension.Bookmark here

"And now?" he asked.Bookmark here

"No. Now leave me alone."Bookmark here

Kazuma was about to go but the guy grabbed his shoulder.Bookmark here

"W-wait!" he said with an unstable breath.Bookmark here

"You sure you don't know me?" he pointed desperately at his face.Bookmark here

Smack.Bookmark here

"You're annoying! I don't know you!" Kazuma raised his voice annoyed as he slapped the guy's arm away.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

He turned pale by the fact that Kazuma really did not recognize him.Bookmark here

"I-impossible. How can you not know the other half of the 'Toujou Cousins' and a main member of 'The Owls of Tokyo'?!"Bookmark here

Kazuma's carefree demeanor changed as his posture got more tense and his eyes sharper.Bookmark here

"Main member?" he muttered and stopped in his tracks.Bookmark here

"Hah! Seems like you do know me!" the guy crossed his arms and nodded his head proudly.Bookmark here

"What's your name?"Bookmark here

"Toujou Ryota."Bookmark here

"I see."Bookmark here

Kazuma finally turned around and faced Ryota.Bookmark here

"You wanted a fight, right? Then, let's do it." he cracked his fingers while he approached Ryota.Bookmark here

With an agitated grin, Ryota was already in his fighting stance.Bookmark here

"Come at me!" he shouted.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

Not wasting a second, Kazuma launched a punch aimed at his face. However, Ryota raised his arms up and guarded himself from the hit.Bookmark here

"Is that everything?" Ryota smirked arrogantly.Bookmark here

Whack.Bookmark here

"This is how you throw a punch!"Bookmark here

Caught off guard by his unexpected speed, Kazuma took a punch in his face.Bookmark here

"Ptu." Kazuma spat on the ground and wiped his mouth.Bookmark here

"How you like that?" Ryota asked as he flexed his arms.Bookmark here

"Not too shabby. Now it's my turn again."Bookmark here

With a fierce gaze, he took a deep breath and rushed again to Ryota.Bookmark here

He formed a fist with his right hand and was about to hit him in the face. In response to that, Ryota raised his arms up again.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

Seeing his reaction, Kazuma flashed a grin and punched Ryota's stomach with his left.Bookmark here

"Ugh!"Bookmark here

Due to the punch, he bowed his upper body as he held reflexively his stomach.Bookmark here

Crack.Bookmark here

However, Kazuma did not stop at just that and jumped, hitting Ryota's nose with his knee.Bookmark here

"Aaaahhrrgg!"Bookmark here

He held his bloody nose as he cried in pain.Bookmark here

"Are you really a part of the elite?" Kazuma sneered.Bookmark here

"You... You bastard!"Bookmark here

While he held his nose with the left hand, he tried to punch Kazuma with his right fist.Bookmark here

Woosh.Bookmark here

Effortlessly, Kazuma dodged the punch.Bookmark here

"Haaaa!"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

Ryota began to swing his right arm aimlessly.Bookmark here

Bam.Bookmark here

By pure coincidence, He hit Kazuma's side while he tried to get away from Ryota.Bookmark here

"Uff!"Bookmark here

"Haaa!" Ryota shouted his battle cry again.Bookmark here

Deciding to finish this brawl, Kazuma took a deep breath in preparation for his next and final move. Just like Ryota, he sprinted to him.Bookmark here

Ryota cocked his fist back for a punch whereas Kazuma ran normally without a sign of initiating an attack.Bookmark here

When Kazuma noticed that they were close enough, he jumped as high as he could.Bookmark here

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Pow.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Not knowing, what Kazuma planned to do, Ryota watched him jump. However, before he realized it, he tasted the kick of Kazuma. As a result, he fell with his back on the ground.Bookmark here

Kazuma did not let his guard down for a while after he executed a dropkick. But after analyzing the state of Ryota's body, the tension in his body became less.Bookmark here

Ryota was unconscious and therefore, did not move an inch.Bookmark here

He sighed.Bookmark here

"As if he was a part of them..." he shook his head sideways.Bookmark here

Kazuma thought about it. He expected them to be more dangerous and stronger. After all, they were the core of the most infamous gang in Tokyo. Every gang feared and tried to avoid them. But seeing Ryota, his expectations were nowhere near met. Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

He had an idea.Bookmark here

With a mischievous smirk, he searched for Ryota's phone.Bookmark here

"Hehehe..." he laughed eerily.Bookmark here

After Kazuma executed his plan, he headed home with a sly grin.Bookmark here

At home, he made dinner and ate by himself. He took a shower and then watched TV. It was a normal and yet boring evening for Kazuma.Bookmark here

He took out his phone to see if someone wrote him. But there was no notification.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

But there was something else. Kazuma realized only now what day today was.Bookmark here

"Damn, I almost forgot!"Bookmark here

He jumped up from his couch and dialed a certain number as he walked in panic around the room.Bookmark here

[Hello?]Bookmark here

"Oh, good evening, Ikari-san." Kazuma greeted him with a nervous voice.Bookmark here

[Oh, Ichinose! What's wrong?]Bookmark here

"W-well, I promised to tell you the details of the showdown between me and that gang, right?"Bookmark here

[Oh, yes, you did if I remember.]Bookmark here

"Ehm, you see, well..."Bookmark here

[Hm?]Bookmark here

"It's tomorrow..."Bookmark here

[...]Bookmark here

"Heheh..." Kazuma laughed awkwardly.Bookmark here

[Whaaat?!] Yousuke yelled.Bookmark here

Kazuma had to distance his phone from his ear due to the volume.Bookmark here

[Why are you telling me this only now?!] he was completely furious.Bookmark here

"I forgot, haha..."Bookmark here

[This is no laughing matter! Dammit!]Bookmark here

"W-well, I'm sorry, okay?" Kazuma apologized with a wry smile.Bookmark here

[How troublesome. But whatever. I'll take care of it. Now tell me everything you know.]Bookmark here

"Yes." Kazuma's face turned serious.Bookmark here

Thus, he told Yousuke everything there was to know about the upcoming brawl.Bookmark here

[Alright, we will be there.]Bookmark here

"Sure. See you tomorrow."Bookmark here

[Yes, goodbye.]Bookmark here

Their call ended.Bookmark here

Kazuma stood still in the living room.Bookmark here

A smirk was visible on his face. An excited one.Bookmark here

"Finally."Bookmark here

"Hahaha!" he laughed heartily and yet maniacally.Bookmark here

Tomorrow was the day, Kazuma always waited for. It was day he could finally avenge his parents.Bookmark here

All these years, Kazuma would not stop thinking about his revenge.Bookmark here

He promised that he would make them suffer. The very people, he called his friends back then. The very people who betrayed him.Bookmark here

Tick. Tick.Bookmark here

The clock snapped him out of his thoughts.Bookmark here

As his expression got more normal slowly he looked at the clock.
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"Hm? This late already?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Maybe I'll go for a walk."Bookmark here

Not being able to sleep before the big day like a kid excited for the class trip, he went outside.Bookmark here

There was no one outside anymore. It was completely silent.Bookmark here

Unconsciously, he took a familiar route until he arrived at the spot where everything began. The playground where he met Shinya.Bookmark here

Creak. Creak.Bookmark here

And just like at that day, there was also the same noise. The sound of rusty metal. Someone must be playing with the swings.Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

It was quite late already. Therefore, Kazuma was confused to hear someone play at this hour.Bookmark here

Curious about the identity, he drew nearer sneakily.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

His mouth was agape in surprise.Bookmark here

In his vision was a girl with long brown hair who gazed with her emotionless green eyes at the moon.Bookmark here

Completely baffled by this meeting, he began to approach her without knowing it.Bookmark here

Crack.Bookmark here

He stepped on a branch which created a loud sound.Bookmark here

"Who's there?" she asked with a furious voice.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

But as soon as she asked, her emotionless and sharp eyes widened and slowly but surely life was filled in them again.Bookmark here

"K-Kazu-kun?"Bookmark here

Her lips were trembling and her eyes started to become teary.Bookmark here

"Shiho..."Bookmark here

Kazuma still could not believe his eyes.Bookmark here

It was the first time he saw Shiho again. Since the accident, the relationship between them gradually vanished.Bookmark here

How should he behave now? He did not know if Shiho was involved with the death of his parents. As much as he wanted to think that she was innocent, there was still the feeling of distrust lingering in his heart.Bookmark here

After all, there was no way to tell if she was innocent or not. He knew that killing his parents was something that he would expect the least of Shiho. However, the same could be applied to Hirata and Shinya back then.Bookmark here

In the end, Kazuma was wrong about the latter two.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, Shiho hugged him tightly.Bookmark here

"Kazu-kun! I'm so sorry!"Bookmark here

She began to cry on his chest.Bookmark here

Kazuma did not know what to do. Her apology only confused him even more. Why did she say sorry? Was it because she was involved in that case?Bookmark here

"I-I'm so sorry for not being to stop those two!"Bookmark here

Her hug got even more tighter.Bookmark here

Her tears flowed down her cheeks like a river.Bookmark here

This time, he also embraced her.Bookmark here

Seeing her honest emotions, he wanted to hit himself for doubting her.Bookmark here

No one spoke a word. Shiho's crying was the only thing heard.Bookmark here

It was a silent reunion.Bookmark here

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