Chapter 9:

Ice Cream

Skipped a Beat

Its 27th of July, Saturday. Today is the day we all agreed to go to Ichikawa to meet Aoi. Hina called and asked Aoi the other day, she was fine with today too.

I just woke up. Its 08: 00 right now. I’m a little nervous... Actually, A LOT. I don’t even know what I am going there for except to apologize.

Aaaah… no point in thinking about it, I need to get up and get ready. I should call the others too, maybe they are still sleeping. Okay, Sachi first

*Calling Sachi

“Hey, what’s up?”

Oh, that was fast, and its Hina, I think she must have come over at Sachi’s place to watch anime again. Probably stayed up late that’s why she picked up my call so fast

“Hina? You are at Sachi’s right now?”

I hear Sachi’s voice from behind saying to put it on speaker

“Yeah, we were watching anime again, this time hina came over to my place” (Sachi)

“You both are always watching anime together…”

“Yeah, so? You jealous?”


“Haha, well it wasn’t completely watching anime, Hina started cleaning my place when she came here last night”

“IT WAS SUCH A BIG MESS, it was fun cleaning it” (Hina)

“You like cleaning?” (Takahashi)

“Not cleaning, clean places” (Hina)

“I see. I called Sachi to wake her up, but I guess I didn’t need to do that”


“Wait, did you even sleep?”

“Nope, we both were up watching anime”

“You going to be sleepy all day now…”

“Not really, we’ll sleep on our way Ichikawa”

“It’s just 30 to 40 mins there”

“That’s enough for us”

“Huh… okay”


“Well, I’m going to call Eiji and see if he’s up”




*Hina Hangs up

Oh… I forgot to ask where we are supposed to meet. Well, I should call Eiji, will ask about meeting later.

*Calling Eiji

“Good morning *yawn” (Eiji)

Eiji sounds like he just woke up

“Good morning, you were already up, or the call woke you up?”

“I was up, just woke up some minutes ago, couldn’t get much sleep”

“Huh… Why is that?”

“You know, been thinking about stuff”

“Oh, actually me too, a little nervous about today”

“Yeah, me too”

“So, what do you say, when should we go for Ichikawa?”

“Its 08: 20 right now, let’s meet at the station at 09: 30”

“Yeah, I was thinking of meeting at station too, but I haven’t talked about this with Sachi and Hina”

“Oh, yeah. You should, they are up right now”

“How do you know?”

“Hina Sent a picture around 6: 40 saying we stayed up all night again”

“Oh, I see. So, you haven’t talked with them yet?”

Hina talks with Eiji on phone a lot, I wonder how close these two are. Though Eiji doesn’t look like that much interest in her. He’s still stuck about Aoi


“Okay, I’ll message them about meeting at the station”

“Okay, I’m Hanging up”


*Eiji hangs up

Eiji sounded pretty down. I guess he can’t decide what to do about his feelings. I didn’t say anything about that to him, maybe I should. Calling again would be weird. I should just send a text message

To Eiji: Good luck for today!
From Eiji To Takahashi: Thanks

I should message them about meeting too

To Sachi: Eiji said to meet at the station on 09: 30. I’m thinking about meeting at the station too, what do you say? Ask Hina too

Meeting straight at the station is the best option because meeting elsewhere and then waiting for everyone to arrive, in this heat. I can’t do that. Though meeting at the station, I will have to wait there too, and it’s crowded there so not the best place for me either. Oh, she replied back

Sachi: I’m fine with meeting at the station but Hina says to meet at the school, she wants to eat ice cream before going to the station, tell me what we should do
Sachi: Also, Hina talked to Aoi, told her about our plan, she says to come around 11. We will reach there around 10: 15 if we leave at 09: 30. We should wait a little before leaving, maybe around 10? What do you say?

Aaaahhh… Hina really has to eat ice cream. Thought it won’t be a bad idea. I kind of want to eat too now; since it’s this hot. Will have to report this to Eiji.

To Sachi: I think that ice cream idea isn’t that bad, will have to talk about this with Eiji. Will also tell him that we have to leave a little late now
To Eiji: Hina says that we should meet at the school, she wants to eat ice cream. I kind of want to too now. It’s really hot today and Sachi said that Aoi says to come around 11. So, 10: 00 instead of 09: 30
From Sachi to Takahashi: We have already talked to Eiji about this, told him everything. He’s fine with meeting at the school. So come to school 10: 00. And don’t be late

Ughhh, if you have talked with him then tell me already. I should message this too. “Sent”

From Eiji to Takahashi: Yeah, I know, Hina Told me everything. We’ll meet at school around 10: 00 then. Meet you there
From Sachi to Takahashi: oopsies!

Damn her… well I should get up, its 8: 45 right now. Still have a lot of time before I leave from here. It will take around 15 minutes to reach school, will leave at 09: 30. Don’t want to be late. There’s a pretty high chance that Sachi and Hina reach school late. Their excuse will probably be we had to watch the finale of the anime or something.

(Takahashi leaving the house)

It’s 9: 35. I’ll reach school on time. No need to take a bike. I wonder if Eiji will be their too.

(15 minutes later)

Huh… these two are earlier than me…

“Good morning Takahashi” (Hina and Sachi)

“Good morning… how did you…”

“Yeah, we didn’t have anything to do at home so left early” (Sachi)

“When did you reach here?”

“Just some minutes before, but we have eaten ice cream already.”

“I see… its strange, you reaching here early than me or Eiji”

“Yeah, I wonder what’s taking Eiji so long to reach here”

“We weren’t going to meet here until 10… and its 9: 52 right now. He’ll be here soon”

“Yeah. Want to go eat ice cream?”

“You guys have already eaten…”

“It’s fine, we’ll eat again…”

“Yeah? Then with Eiji too?”



“It’s Fineeeee. It’s so hot out here, it won’t kill you to eat ice cream twice”

“Too much ice cream isn’t good for you”

“Aahhh, what are you, our mom?”


“Let’s goooo, it’s not that far from here”


It’s been 25 minutes. Eiji is still not here, maybe I should call him. Or… go eat ice cream again haha…

“Want to go eat ice cream again or call Eiji?” (Takahashi)

“Huh… Who said that too much isn’t good for you?” (Sachi)

“But it’s really hot.”

“I’m going to call him” (Sachi)


*Calling Eiji

“He’s coming, look” (Hina)

“Oh, yeah” (Takahashi and Sachi)

(Eiji picks up the call)

“Hi guys, sorry to keep you waiting” (Eiji speaking through the phone)

“You are standing right Infront of us…” (Sachi)

“I know” (Eiji, still speaking through the phone)

*Sachi hangs up

“What was that…” (Sachi)

“Haha nothing” (Eiji)

“Did something happen, why so late?” (Hina)

“It’s nothing, everything’s fine”

“I see”

“Let’s go, it’s getting late” (Takahashi)

“There’s nothing ‘Late’ she said to come after 11” (Hina)

“It’s 10: 25 right now” (Sachi)

“Let’s just grab ice cream and go to the station”

“Yayyy, our third time” (Hina)

“Mine’s second time” (Takahashi)

“Huh…?” (Eiji)

10: 45, we are on the train to Ichikawa now. Hina and Sachi fell asleep as soon as they sat on their seats. Eiji still looks troubled about meeting Aoi, maybe I should talk to him

“Hey Eiji, still thinking about that”

“Yeah, keep your voice low, don’t want to wake them up, I haven't told them anything yet”

“Okay. So, what are you going to do?”

“I don’t know, I have been thinking about it since the morning, was stuck thinking whether I should go or not”

“Oh… that’s why you were late”


“But you came, so you going to confess?”

“Honestly, I don’t know. Still stuck on yes or no. but I think when the time comes, I will talk”

“I was thinking that it was just a big misunderstand, maybe she still has feelings for me”

“Who knows, maybe she does, maybe she does not. That doesn’t matter to me”

“Really? Why?”

“What do you think will happen if I stay quiet about my feelings? It will keep bugging me for a long time. So, it’s better if I confess and settle with whatever I get”

“And if you are turned down?”

“I am not hoping for anything, I know there’s a really high chance that I’ll get rejected. But its better this way. I’ll accept it and move on”

“I see… what do you think about Hina?”

“Nothing. Just a friend”

“And if she has feelings for you?”

“I don’t know. Don’t really want to talk about it right now”

“Oh… Sorry”

“No, its fine”

11: 00, probably will take around 15 to 20 mins to reach there. Sachi and Hina are sleeping. Eiji is lost in his thoughts. And I’m getting more nervous. Today is the first time I’ll talk to her, after that day… aaaahhh, I feel so embarrassed right now, kind of regretting that day, if I had controlled myself. We wouldn’t have to go meet her like this. And… I wouldn’t have gotten closer with Sachi… ughhh, stop thinkinggg. I should think about something else. Maybe look outside.

11: 15, we are here, these two are taking so long to wake up. Surprisingly, Eiji went to sleep too. He couldn’t sleep much last night so this is good. But these two…

“This is what happens when you try to stay awake for a long time, WAKE UUPPP” (Takahashi)

“Just 2… more minutes… please…” (Sachi)

“Are we … (goes back to sleep)” (Hina)

“Almost, I think. That’s why I’m waking you up.”

*The doors on the right side will open*
*Please be careful not to leave your belongings in the train*

“You hear that? Ughhh Get upppp!”

“Ok… Aahhh. We shouldn’t have stayed up all night like that” (Sachi)

“Yeah…” (Hina)

*We are now arriving at Ichikawa*

Ok… so we are here… I’m getting more nervous than I was before. Sachi and Hina look excited. Eiji looks better than before, I guess he reached a decision then… maybe. Will know when we get there. Right now, need to get a Taxi and go to Aoi’s place. It’s 11: 25 right now

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