Chapter 33:

Ch.14 Cultural Day (4/7)

Sleeping Princess


Once we made our way up to the next floor, the third year's hall, the butler cafe was booming with customers. With the entire cooking club's cast dressed up as desired boys in an all-girls school that was bound to happen. Even Mae-chan was going crazy over the idea of it.Bookmark here

“Close your mouth Watanabe-san.”Bookmark here

Conchi-san cried while pushing her mouth closed.Bookmark here

“They’re handsome, aren’t they?!”Bookmark here

It seems Mae-chan is weak to this sort of thing. But then I looked over to Sora-chan who seemed to be doing the same as Ma-chan. Like two rabid dogs hungry for meat, their mouths watered with a flood of excitement...Or better yet drool.Bookmark here

"Hey, that one looks like over there looks like Hasu-kun!"Bookmark here

Sora-chan shouted, grabbing onto Hana-san. When I looked over, certainly one of the female students had the same hairstyle and scars as the infamous Hasu-kun. She smiled handsomely as she made our way to us girls. I was a tad swooned by her stride.Bookmark here

"Oh wow...she pulled of Hasu-kun well."Bookmark here

I added to their praise. That caught even me off, guard. Hasu-kun was the sole survivor of the popular boy band "Rush." Not that they broke up, no he just excelled over his other members, and eventually, the idol sharks took him under their fins and used him to make a literal killing. He has fans both guys and girls alike. He is still rated the # 2 male in all of Hiroshima Japan by looks. # 1 being Daichi-kun, his rival. I could go on all day about gossips and such but long story short...Hasu-kun was going to be our butler today.Bookmark here

"Right this way, miladies."Bookmark here

The female student now under the alias of Hasu-kun guided us past a full lobby of dinners. As she made her way through the room cries of girls shouting words of praise to her was commonplace. That's to be expected...this is Hasu-kun in a gentlemen butler suit...but it's a girl. Ultimately, we landed in a spot by the window. Six seats were available but all we needed was five.Bookmark here

"Here is your seat miladies."Bookmark here

"Thanks, Hasu-kun!"Bookmark here

Ma-chan and Sora-chan sang as we all got in our seats.Bookmark here

"Onee-san, sit next to me!"Bookmark here

"Oh, sure thing Hana-chan..."Bookmark here

That's when it dawned on me...Bookmark here

"Hana-chan....you don't plan to feed me right?"Bookmark here

"Hm? What do you mean, Onee-san?"Bookmark here

Something told me she knew just what I was talking about. But instead of interrogating her, I gave up and lowered my shoulders.Bookmark here

"Never mind...The order is probably going to be a fair amount so I'll pay for it guys."Bookmark here

"Really, Mado-chan?!"Bookmark here

"Sure. My mom gave me a good amount so, why not?"Bookmark here

"Thanks, Onee-san!"Bookmark here

Sora shouted, causing me to shrink back. Wow, she certainly has energy...Bookmark here

Now with the menu in front of us, I could see a mountain of choices. They all had proper pictures next to them displaying the utmost care that went into this event. Everything looked super good and the prices were fair too...But with all the great choices I was starting to worry that I might be able to spend the entire 10,000yen if I got carried away here.Bookmark here

"Okay, listen here pretty boy."Bookmark here

Conway-san began with her rude mannerisms as the first to order.Bookmark here

"I want two servings of takoyaki with octopus in the middle, a helping of chicken yakisoba, and two bowls of white rice."Bookmark here

"Sure thing, madam. And would you like anything to drink with that?"Bookmark here

"Of course, I'm not a degenerate. I want oolong tea on ice. And if you have a fresh lemon It damn well better be squeezed for me."Bookmark here

The Hasu-kun impersonator bowed as she took Conway-san's menu from her.Bookmark here

"Certainly, madam."Bookmark here

Leave it to Conchi-san to make even Hasu-kun feel worthless. The others were more respectable with ordering their meals, I included. My little sister scowled as she glared at her now rival.Bookmark here

"Do you have a place for all that food, Conway-san?"Bookmark here

"My stomach. You got a problem with that, kid?"Bookmark here

"I don't see you paying for it! My Onee-san shouldn't pay for a glutton."Bookmark here

With her nose pointed to the ceiling the shark bit back at her.Bookmark here

"Your Onee-san offered to pay before I made my order. It's her choice, not mine. Take it as a life lesson that you shouldn't offer kindness before knowing what you're getting into."Bookmark here

I had to literally hold Hana-chan back from lunging at Conway. Not going to lie...I felt as though she targeted me on purpose here. She was acting more unruly than usual and this probably had something to do with Taylor-sensei I gathered. But that will have to be addressed later. I couldn't stand by and let her bring Hana-chan into this any longer.Bookmark here

"Hang on there, Hana. Conchi-san, stop bullying my little sister or else..."Bookmark here

The shark pushed her tongue out to me in response. I wasn’t expecting her to back down without a fight, but I won’t put up with her if she bullies my little sister.Bookmark here

"Conway Sophia-san, Do you hear me?"Bookmark here

I spoke as authoritatively as I could. When she gazed back at me I could see a ripple go down her spine. After a brief moment of hesitation, she turned back to me with a reddened face.Bookmark here

"Fine, I'll remove the second serving of takoyaki with octopus. But I'm keeping the two servings of white rice..."Bookmark here

That wasn't the response I expected but it was a victory on my side for sure.Bookmark here

After what seemed to be ten minutes or so our food arrived and we all began digging in. The food was delicious as expected. A few minutes later into our meals a plate was set across from the two wild ones, Ma-chan and Sora-chan. Sora-chan reached out her hand across the table and put open her palm. I glanced over to see what they were doing. Mae-chan had her hand in a fist.Bookmark here

“Eh, I lost!”Bookmark here

Ma-chan cried in dismay.Bookmark here

“Okay, now eat this one, Watanabe-san!”Bookmark here

She pointed to a takoyaki on the plate and Mae-chan throws it in her mouth. After biting down bliss enters her face.Bookmark here

“Sooo good! Hehe, I lucked out. Alright, next round Hino-san.”Bookmark here

“What are you two doing, Sora-chan?”Bookmark here

Hana’s curiosity peaked and now she was engrossed in their game too. The firey-haired lifted her finger in the air as all eyes gandered at her explanation.Bookmark here

“We’re playing rock, paper, scissors. The winner decides which takoyaki the loser eats. The game aims to force the other to eat the takoyaki full of spicy wasabi.”Bookmark here

So in other words, they were playing Russian roulette with food. Conway-san’s face grew visibly intense.Bookmark here

“You both are crazy!”Bookmark here

She shouted as her expression soured.Bookmark here

“You can win Sora-chan! I believe in you!”Bookmark here

“C’mon, Mae-chan, you can do it!”Bookmark here

Hana-san and I looked at each other. It Seemed we’ve both became cheerleaders for the other team and now we’re cheering on our respective teammates. Conway-san seemed to not want to be a part of this and took a deep breath. With a harsh exhale she scorned…Bookmark here

“If either of you two gets hurt, I won’t care.”Bookmark here

With a huff, she turned back to her second serving of white rice.Bookmark here

“One, two, three!”Bookmark here

Mae-chan cried letting her hand shoot forward. Scissors shot out and Sora-chan came back with a fist of her own.Bookmark here

“Haha! I win! Take this one now!”Bookmark here

Mae-chan accepts defeat and bites into the next choice of takoyaki.Bookmark here

“Oh, this is good too!”Bookmark here

There were only three left on the plate as their battle was getting intense. Hana and I couldn't look away as Sora-chan took the initiative.Bookmark here

“One, two, three!”Bookmark here

She finished up with a hand of paper. Mae-chan cut her with scissors. A sigh of relief escaped my mouth but Hana-san was panicking.Bookmark here

“This one, Hino-san!”Bookmark here

“Here I go…”Bookmark here

Sora-san fearlessly threw the takoyaki in her mouth. She waited for a moment…her face began to shrieval before she brought out a bright smile.Bookmark here

“Got ya! Thought it was the wasabi-filled one, eh Watanabe-san?!”Bookmark here

She laughed wholeheartedly. Wow, these two do get along too well.Bookmark here

There was one left meaning this round will be the deciding factor. With a breath the shot forward.Bookmark here

“One, two, three-!”Bookmark here

“Oh, look who we have here!”Bookmark here

From behind us, Okabe Kasumi-san walked up. With a conning grin and her little sister by her side, she approached waving to us. Not someone I wanted to meet today only because I wanted Conway-san to enjoy herself. The said girl scoffed as I expected.Bookmark here

“Great…when you’re having too much fun…”Bookmark here

Conway-san complained, nibbling at her meal now.Bookmark here

“Hey, I’m not here to mess with you Conway-san. I saw Nakagawa-san’s adorable little sister and wanted to come over and say hi.”Bookmark here

Beside her, Nagumi her little sister gazed at my plate of nikumaki onigiri. Something told me that she...might be a little hungry.Bookmark here

"Nagumi-chan, do you want my Onigiri?"Bookmark here

She didn't say anything but instead timidly approached and reached her hand out to me. Her eyes mirrored her Onee-san's as they were almond-shaped as well. But she certainly was the innocent of the two. So, I offered her a couple of the nikumaki onigiri. For someone who's likely done eating she has quite the appetite as she wordlessly scarfed them down. She was super adorable though eating like this...but suddenly, a cold chill went down my neck as I turned to see Hana-san bleeding her eyes into my back. W-Was I doing something wrong?Bookmark here

“Ahhh! Okabe-san!”Bookmark here

Mae-chan cried in a panic.Bookmark here

“I’ll pay you back, Watanabe-san.”Bookmark here

Hearing the commotion, I looked over to see Okabe-san holding up the last takoyaki on Ma-chan and Sora-san's plate.Bookmark here

"O-Oh no, Okabe-san!"Bookmark here

I tried to warn her but she dropped it in her mouth before I could. Now the damage was done and Conway-san had a smirk mirroring one-thousand demons. That's when the sudden fits of coughing assaulted Okabe-san.Bookmark here

“Karma’s a bitch! Isn’t it, Okabe-san?!”Bookmark here

The shark shouted in ridicule.Bookmark here

“Water?! W-Water.”Bookmark here

She coughed as both Hana-chan and I held out our bottled water to her. She took them both and gulped them at the same time. If she were a fish, she’d drown at that rate. But it seemed to do nothing for her as she was as red as a beat. Her coughing persisted as tears rained down her face. Conway-san was holding her stomach now in complete amusement.Bookmark here

I’ve never seen her smile this much…too bad it’s at Okabe-san’s expense though. Unable to gain her composure Okabe-san pulled her little sister and trumped away still coughing up a storm. Before leaving she turned back to Conway-san who still couldn’t control her laugher. She extended her middle finger to her then left the restaurant in a huff.Bookmark here

“Eh…hope she’s not too mad.”Bookmark here

Ma-chan dejectedly plead. Sora-san just shrugged indifferently.Bookmark here

“Well, she did ruin our game.”Bookmark here

“What are you talkin’ about Hino-san?! She completed it perfectly!”Bookmark here

Conway-san jested while laughing her head off. She then took out some money from her back pocket and handed it to both Mae-chan and Sora-san.Bookmark here

“Here’s your money back you two. Thanks for the good time.”Bookmark here

Sora with a new burst of energy turned to her best friend.Bookmark here

“Oh Hana-chan, guys it’s time we hit up the haunted house isn't it?!”Bookmark here

“Oh yeah! Let’s go Onee-san!”Bookmark here

Hana agreed, taking her hand as they formed an unspoken alliance. The middle schoolers cheered with a fist pump. No doubt, they were motivated and nothing could stop their hype now...not even my unwillingness to go...Bookmark here

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