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. Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

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 firstBookmark here

*Calling Sachi
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“Hey, what’s up?”Bookmark here

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 fastBookmark here

“Hina? You are at Sachi’s right now?”Bookmark here

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

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

“You both are always watching anime together…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, so? You jealous?”Bookmark here

“…Kinda”Bookmark here

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

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

“You like cleaning?” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Not cleaning, clean places” (Hina)Bookmark here

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

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Wait, did you even sleep?”Bookmark here

“Nope, we both were up watching anime”Bookmark here

“You going to be sleepy all day now…”Bookmark here

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

“It’s just 30 to 40 mins there”Bookmark here

“That’s enough for us”Bookmark here

“Huh… okay”Bookmark here

“yeah”Bookmark here

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

“okay”Bookmark here

“Bye”Bookmark here

“Bye”Bookmark here

*Hina Hangs upBookmark here

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

*Calling EijiBookmark here

“Good morning *yawn” (Eiji)Bookmark here

Eiji sounds like he just woke upBookmark here

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

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

“Huh… Why is that?”Bookmark here

“You know, been thinking about stuff”Bookmark here

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

“Yeah, me too”Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

“How do you know?”Bookmark here

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

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

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 AoiBookmark here

“Yeah”Bookmark here

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

“Okay, I’m Hanging up”Bookmark here

“O…Okay”Bookmark here

*Eiji hangs upBookmark here

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 messageBookmark here

To Eiji: Good luck for today!
From Eiji To Takahashi: ThanksBookmark here

I should message them about meeting tooBookmark here

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 tooBookmark here

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 Bookmark here

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?Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

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 lateBookmark here

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

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!Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

(Takahashi leaving the house)Bookmark here

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

(15 minutes later)Bookmark here

Huh… these two are earlier than me… Bookmark here

“Good morning Takahashi” (Hina and Sachi)Bookmark here

“Good morning… how did you…”Bookmark here

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

“When did you reach here?”Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

“Yeah. Want to go eat ice cream?”Bookmark here

“You guys have already eaten…”Bookmark here

“It’s fine, we’ll eat again…”Bookmark here

“Yeah? Then with Eiji too?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Seriously?”Bookmark here

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

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

“Aahhh, what are you, our mom?”Bookmark here

“No…”Bookmark here

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

“Fine…”Bookmark here

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

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

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

“But it’s really hot.”Bookmark here

“I’m going to call him” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“Okay…”Bookmark here

*Calling EijiBookmark here

“He’s coming, look” (Hina)Bookmark here

“Oh, yeah” (Takahashi and Sachi)Bookmark here

(Eiji picks up the call)Bookmark here

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

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

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

*Sachi hangs upBookmark here

“What was that…” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“Haha nothing” (Eiji)Bookmark here

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

“It’s nothing, everything’s fine”Bookmark here

“I see”Bookmark here

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

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

“It’s 10: 25 right now” (Sachi)Bookmark here

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

“Yayyy, our third time” (Hina)Bookmark here

“Mine’s second time” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Huh…?” (Eiji)Bookmark here

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 himBookmark here

“Hey Eiji, still thinking about that” Bookmark here

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

“Okay. So, what are you going to do?”Bookmark here

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

“Oh… that’s why you were late”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

“Really? Why?”Bookmark here

“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”Bookmark here

“And if you are turned down?”Bookmark here

“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”Bookmark here

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

“Nothing. Just a friend”Bookmark here

“And if she has feelings for you?”Bookmark here

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

“Oh… Sorry”Bookmark here

“No, its fine”Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

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…Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

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

“You hear that? Ughhh Get upppp!”Bookmark here

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

“Yeah…” (Hina) Bookmark here

*We are now arriving at Ichikawa*Bookmark here

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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 nowBookmark here

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