Chapter 28:

Movie time

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“I found it!” Koshiro shouted while going down the stairs with the movie and his gaming console, the GameStage, on hands. “Huh…?” he looked at the situation in front of him: Sawada, Sumiye, Kuma-chan, and Scar were crying and hugging each other, “What…? Wasn’t it supposed to be just two of them?”Bookmark here

“...” Kuma-chan was the silent one.Bookmark here

“Hey, how did you get there? I’m pretty sure you were upstairs.”Bookmark here

“Sumiye-chan! You came here yesterday but you didn’t give any attention to me!” Scar (somehow) was on top of their heads.Bookmark here

“C’mon Scar, I think that you’re crying for the wrong reason.”Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll go make the popcorn now.” Sumiye whispered to Sawada, and then she tried to get away from the girl, but Sawada tightened her grip around the teacher. “Oh! Okay, just a little bit more.”Bookmark here

“C’mon, you’re doing this for two chapters now.” Koshiro sighed, “If you keep doing this I’ll have to watch the movie alone...”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Sumiye clenched her teeth and then rummaged her pockets.Bookmark here

“...well, I better get started on the pop… Ouch!!” something hit his head, making him fall with a big thud. “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!” he rubbed his head and then looked at the girls in front of him, who were all scowling.Bookmark here

“STOP BEING SO CALLOUS YOU PIECE OF SHIT!” Sumiye screamed at him.Bookmark here

“KOSHIRO IDIOT!” Sawada followed her.Bookmark here

“Koshiro, idiot!” Kuma-chan was the next one.Bookmark here

“You piece of shit.” Scar jumped onto his face.Bookmark here

“Aaaargh!” Koshiro struggled to take the cat out of his face, but he managed to do so, “WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT?”Bookmark here

“You deserved it.” Sumiye glared at him, “For being callous.”Bookmark here

“Callous?” Koshiro put Scar on the ground and frowned, “Why is that?”Bookmark here

“It’s obviously because of what was just showed!”Bookmark here

“Well, I know that two chapters passed but I don’t know what happened, isn’t that the reason why you’re here?”Bookmark here

“Hmm… I guess that you’re right.” Sumiye was patting Sawada’s head. “But I’ll talk about it after you guys watch the movie. I don’t want to ruin the mood for you.”Bookmark here

“After we…” Sawada murmured.Bookmark here

“What?” Bookmark here

“After we…” Sawada stared at Sumiye, “…watch the movie.”Bookmark here

“It’s fine by me.” Koshiro crouched, searching for what had hit his head, “Since you’re making the popcorn, right?”Bookmark here

“That’s right... so I better get started.” Sumiye turned to Sawada, “Okay?”Bookmark here

“Okay…” Sawada let Sumiye go. Her teacher turned around and headed to the kitchen, but stopped midway and looked at Sawada:Bookmark here

“Hey, what do you think of learning how to make popcorn, Umiko-chan?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sawada put one finger on her chin and looked at the ceiling, “Making popcorn…?”Bookmark here

“Yes, if you don’t know how to do it, I’ll teach you.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada turned to Sumiye, who was smiling at her, “Okay…”Bookmark here

“Great!” Sumiye clapped her hands, “Come with me.” she stretched her right hand to Sawada.Bookmark here

“Oh!” the girl accepted the offer and followed the woman.Bookmark here

“Hey! Can you teach me as well?!” Koshiro uttered while skimming the ground with his eyes.Bookmark here

“Of course not! Go prepare everything!” Sumiye replied.Bookmark here

“Aaah!” Koshiro stared at Sumiye, “Why can’t I learn too?”Bookmark here

“That’s exactly the reason!” Sumiye was showing Sawada the popcorn bag (and she was looking at it with much interest), “You can’t learn.”Bookmark here

“She has a point.” Koshiro sighed and then went to set the GameStage in the living room.Bookmark here

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Everything was ready in the living room and Koshiro laid on the couch to wait for the other two. “Hey Koshiro, if you’re doing nothing can you look for my phone?” Sumiye asked him.Bookmark here

“You’re phone? Where is it?”Bookmark here

“It’s probably on the ground, right?” Sumiye was standing on the threshold of the living room.Bookmark here

“On the ground…?” Koshiro started to look for it, ”Why would it be on the grou...WAIT.” “DID YOU THROW YOUR PHONE ON MY FACE?!” he yelled at the woman.Bookmark here

“Yeah, what’s the problem?” she tilted her head.Bookmark here

“WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?!” Koshiro located the phone and picked it from the floor, he then went to Sumiye and put the phone in her hand, “THE PROBLEM IS.” he indicated his forehead, where the phone had hit before, “THAT MY FOREHEAD IS VERY HARD! YOU COULD HAVE BROKEN OUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO YOU!”Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s right!” Sumiye smacked her head, “When we did the brick smashing contest you won with your forehead!!"Bookmark here

"Yes! You see where I'm coming from?"Bookmark here

"Yes, you three gave this to me last year, I almost forgot. I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

“Humpf!” Koshiro crossed his arms, “I hope you give more value to this year’s birthday present.”Bookmark here

“Oh! You’ve already bought it? But it’s just a month from now!”Bookmark here

“Haam? Have you forgotten when your own birthday is?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sumiye looked away and scratched her head, “Of course not! I was just joking with you! Hahaha…”Bookmark here

“Wait…” Koshiro held his chin.Bookmark here

“What?” Sumiye smiled awkwardly.Bookmark here

“If you are here, who is making the popcorn?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…”Bookmark here

“Aaaaaaaaah! What should I do now?! What should I do now?!” the answer came in the form of a scream from the kitchen.Bookmark here

“Umiko-chan!” Sumiye ran to her aid.Bookmark here

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“Well, that’s what I call rushed development.” the credits of the movie were rolling when Koshiro looked to his side, where Sumiye and Sawada were hugging each other, “One good moment between the two and they are already best friends… or maybe they’re just on the honeymoon of the first embrace...”Bookmark here

“Why did you have to put The Bear King, Koshiro?” Sumiye was weeping, “It’s such a sad movie!”Bookmark here

“Poor… Nubasa…” Sawada was still shocked.Bookmark here

“I’ll probably write about something sad or touching, so I figured this could be a good movie to inspire me!” Koshiro explained, “Besides, I wanted to watch this movie again, so… huh?”Bookmark here

“Hahahahahahahaha!” Sumiye’s tears were different now, “Oh my god Koshiro, you may have a talent for comedy after all!Bookmark here

“Why are you laughing?!” Koshiro scowled at her.Bookmark here

“Did you really think…” Sumiye started.Bookmark here

“…that you could write…” Sawada continued.Bookmark here

“…something this good?!” Scar concluded.Bookmark here

“Hahahahahahahahahaha.” Kuma-chan just laughed.Bookmark here

“Well…” Koshiro hesitated, “I..”Bookmark here

“YES!” the other three (four?) screamed at the same time.Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Why are you hesitating?!” Sumiye pointed her finger at him.Bookmark here

“Koshiro idiot!” Sawada cursed him gratuitously.Bookmark here

“You should be more confident in yourself.”Bookmark here

“Even though you’re bad at telling stories!”Bookmark here

“You should strive to do something good.”Bookmark here

“Even if you suck!”Bookmark here

“You should keep fighting!” the two exclaimed at the same time.Bookmark here

“Fight? But my thing is wr…”Bookmark here

“YOU KNOW WHAT WE MEANT.”Bookmark here

“Yes…” Koshiro scratched his head.Bookmark here

“So, promise me two things, Koshiro.” Sumiye put one hand on his shoulder, “That you won’t give up on that contest…”Bookmark here

“Okay…”Bookmark here

“…and that you’ll eat Umiko’s burnt popcorn.” she whispered that last part (making sure Sawada didn’t hear her), and then showed Koshiro the bowl filled to the brim with the black thing.Bookmark here

“I’m not sure abo… aaragwha.” he was interrupted by Sumiye shoving the popcorn in his mouth.Bookmark here

“Thank you so much!” she then turned to Sawada, “Do you want to play with Scar-chan now?!”Bookmark here

“Yes!” Sawada lifted his arms in celebration, “But…”Bookmark here

“But…?”Bookmark here

“Why do Scar-chan have this name?” she looked puzzled at Scar, “Is it because of the bad guy of the movie, or is it because of her scar?”Bookmark here

“Oh, that!” Sumiye picked Scar and started to make her dance, “It’s kind of both of them.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada observed the black cat dance and smiled, “She reminds me of a small cat I saw when I was little.”Bookmark here

“Oh, is that right, Umiko-chan?” Bookmark here

“Yes…” Sawada frowned.Bookmark here

“And how was that little cat?” Sumiye stretched Scar’s arms and pressed her paws against Sawada’s palms.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” she stared at the scar in Scar’s eye, “I think that it was bleeding…”Bookmark here

“Bleeding...? Where was this?” Sumiye asked.Bookmark here

“I believe it was when I met Katayama-Sensei…” the girl’s smile disappeared.Bookmark here

“Oh! Talking so much is boring! Let’s go upstairs, sully the paintings, and blame it all on Koshiro!”Bookmark here

“Yes!!” Sawada looked happy again.Bookmark here

“Hmm… that was weird.” Koshiro observed the three go up the stairs, “Wait…” “What are you going to do there??!” he shouted to them. “You are not going to blame it all on me, right?” no one replied, “Right?!”Bookmark here

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Sumi-nee: Come here.Bookmark here

After receiving that message, the boy left his room and went to the bedroom where Sumiye was, “Why did you call me by message… Oh.” he saw that Sawada was sleeping with her head on the woman’s lap.Bookmark here

“I have important things to tell you.” Sumiye whispered.Bookmark here

“It better be something important, because I was very busy working on my story!” Koshiro crossed his arms.Bookmark here

“C’mon Koshiro, we just time skipped, so it’s obvious that you were doing nothing.”Bookmark here

“Aargh, you got me.” Koshiro sighed, “So, what is this about?”Bookmark here

“What do you think?” she glanced at the girl in her lap.Bookmark here

“Oh, of course. Go on.”Bookmark here

“First things first, you’re going to my house again tomorrow, right?”Bookmark here

“It sounds like I’ll have to go anyway.”Bookmark here

“Well, I bought some clothes for her today, but it would be better if she chose for herself…”Bookmark here

“So you want to go shopping with her tomorrow? Okay.”Bookmark here

“Great.” Sumiye looked at Sawada’s face, “Now I have to talk about the other stuff…”Bookmark here

“The reason why you were absent today? And why you are all lovey-dovey with a girl that’s older than me?”Bookmark here

“Well, kind of…” she turned to Koshiro, “But I don’t know if she’s older than you.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Don’t you think that it is weird how she appears out of nowhere?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro pondered, “Now that you mention it, before bringing her here I had only seen her at lunch and our tea parties…”Bookmark here

“Yes…” Sumiye stared at Koshiro, her eyes were serious, and there was a good reason for that.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the boy gulped, “…and what is it.?” he dreaded the answer to that question.Bookmark here

“Well…” Sumiye hesitated, “It’s because she was a late character to the story, so her background wasn’t fully fleshed out.”Bookmark here

“Huh? I’m sorry?” Koshiro tilted his head and blinked with puzzlement.Bookmark here

“Didn’t you hear what I said? I said that…”Bookmark here

“I heard you the first time, but what I don’t get is why you’re making a big fuss about it.”Bookmark here

“Excuse me?”Bookmark here

“What I want to say is that all of the characters are poorly written and not fleshed out, so maybe it’s a pattern and not a particular problem to Sawada.”Bookmark here

“Oh my god.” Sumiye gazed at the boy, “Did you actually just said something that might indicate you’re becoming a better writer? Congratulations!”Bookmark here

“And you said I was doing nothing during the time skip.”Bookmark here

“But you kind of confirmed it.”Bookmark here

“She has a point!” Koshiro held his head and stared at the ground. “Anyway” he composed himself and turned to Sumiye, “What is the real reason behind Sawada’s attitude?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sumiye looked at the sleeping face of the girl again and then began telling what she had found out that day (without mentioning that she received help from Hayami Takayama to do so).Bookmark here

“So, you think she might not be one year older than me because her age is not accurate?” the boy held his chin and wondered.Bookmark here

“That’s right.” the woman affirmed, “She doesn’t remember how many years she had when she got abandoned, so we can’t be sure of her age, and besides, Obaka High is High school only. The old Katayama-Sensei put her there without getting concerned with her age.”Bookmark here

“Well, but from what you have told me she didn’t have a normal life, so it wouldn’t be hard for her to be older than me and act like a child anyway.” Koshiro stared at the girl, “Going through a life like this… I don’t know if I could have done it…”Bookmark here

“Oh, man! You really are growing up, Koshiro.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“You have a nasty expression, but you aren’t crying, it’s truly impressive! Probably your first time.”Bookmark here

“Hum.” Koshiro smiled, “It’s just because I cried everything I had at the movie.”Bookmark here

“Oh... This makes more sense!”Bookmark here

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