Chapter 30:

Postponing their love story

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“The night without the noise of Sawada and Scar destroying my house was a bit odd...”Bookmark here

“Koshiro!”Bookmark here

“I wonder what they did at Sumiye’s house…”Bookmark here

“Koshiro!”Bookmark here

“Huh?” the boy looked to the side.Bookmark here

“Koshiro! Nyoko-chan has been calling you for ages now!” a short girl with reddish hair was shaking him, “The train is almost here!”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Nyoko-chan! I was just spacing out here.”Bookmark here

“Okay! Nyoko-chan knows you have a lot of stuff in your mind now!” she looked at the train that had just stopped before then. “Let’s go!” she pulled Koshiro, making she, Scar, and the boy enter the train.Bookmark here

“Hey.” Koshiro looked around him, “Where is Nobu?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Nyoko frowned at him, “What a best friend you are, only realizing that brother is not here now!”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry…”Bookmark here

“No need to apologize, Koshiro-kun! Brother is just already waiting in the meeting spot!”Bookmark here

“Already there, huh? Let me guess, he forgot the present?”Bookmark here

“Yes! Even though he helped Nyoko-chan with her present he forgot to buy his!” Nyoko explained, “That said…” she flushed and looked down, “Are we close to Sumiyechi’s house?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro tilted his head, “Don’t you remember?”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan was too young the last time she came by train! Nyoko-chan doesn’t remember exactly!”Bookmark here

“Okay.” Koshiro looked at the girl, “You don’t have to worry Nyoko-chan, we’re almost there.”Bookmark here

“Okay, Koshiro-kun! I can’t wait to have tons of fun with you guys today!” her eyes shined, “And to give Sumiye this!” she reached for the bag between her legs and picked something.Bookmark here

“WHAT?!” Koshiro almost had a heart attack when he looked at the cat panties (with strategic openings). “Why do you have this?! Is it possible that you’ve already been sullied by adulthood even though you’re a child?!”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan isn’t a child!” Nyoko complained, “Besides, we’re all filthy on the inside! This here is Sumiye’s present!” she put the panties in Koshiro’s face.Bookmark here

“Hey, what a terrible thing to say! Even though it's probably true..." Koshiro picked the panties and returned them to the bag: “Why did you buy this to Sumiye?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Nyoko tilted her head, “You were the one that told Nyoko-chan to buy something catty!”Bookmark here

“Yes! Maybe a hat or a shirt, but not this!” he pointed at the bag.Bookmark here

“Hmm… but brother told me it would be good since Daichi is coming soon.”Bookmark here

“Daichi?!” Koshiro’s face lost its color, “He’s coming home soon? How Nobu knows this, and his own brother doesn’t?”Bookmark here

“It’s probably because of the bound between good players!” Nyoko put her fists together, “And because he wants to attack you by surprise!”Bookmark here

“Oh, great! Now I have to watch out for that…” Koshiro sighed, “Anyway, just take care not to show this thing in public.” he pointed at the bag again.Bookmark here

“Okay, Koshiro-kun!”Bookmark here

“So, we’ll find Nobu in the shopping district, right?”Bookmark here

“Yes!”Bookmark here

“Hmm...huh?” the boy looked at Scar, for some reason she seemed to be celebrating. “Are you alright, Scar? The medicine was too much today?”Bookmark here

“Daichi! Daichi! Yaaay!” the cat celebrated.Bookmark here

“Da... i... chi…?” Koshiro followed the cat’s eyes, but it was too late… or that should’ve been the case.Bookmark here

“Huh?” the man going for a surprise attack on Koshiro looked at the girl holding his wrist.Bookmark here

“Takayama??!” Koshiro instantly recognized the girl, even though she was wearing casual clothes instead of the school uniform, “And those really suit you, wow.” he admired the girl for a second.Bookmark here

“Is she your friend Koshiro?” the young man asked while looking at the girl.Bookmark here

“There’s no time to admire her clothes! I have to avail myself of the chance Takayama gave me!” “Hehe! So, you were planning a surprise attack??!” Koshiro turned to the man, “Take this!” and started trying ferociously to pinch his nipples.Bookmark here

“No!” he tried to fend off the attacks.Bookmark here

“Thanks, Takayama-chan! Hehehehe...” the boy was laughing uncontrollably, “I love you!”Bookmark here

“Aaah?” Nyoko tilted her head and looked at Koshiro.Bookmark here

“Aaah?” Scar stared at the boy from her carrier.Bookmark here

“Aaah?” the young man stopped defending.Bookmark here

“Aaah?” Koshiro’s smile vanished, and so did his attacks. Bookmark here

“Aaah?!” Takayama let go of the man’s wrist, “WHAT?”Bookmark here

“Thank you for that.” the young man shook his now free arm and took advantage of the situation to deliver a killing blow: “It has been a long time, brother!” Bookmark here

“AAAAAAAAARGH!” Koshiro yelled, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” “I lost again!”Bookmark here

“Daichi-nii!!” the traitor called Nyoko jumped into the man’s arms, “Nyoko-chan congratulates you for your victory!”Bookmark here

“Hahahahahaha! You lost again, Koshiro!” Scar was laughing at the boy.Bookmark here

“Oh! Thanks Nyoko-chan!” Daichi hugged her and smiled, “It has been a long time.”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan is happy you’re here now!” the girl replied. Bookmark here

“Hey Scar!” the young man crouched down and pet the traitor cat,Bookmark here

“Hello, Daichi!” she appreciated it.Bookmark here

“Aaah!” Koshiro sighed and stood up, “Are you seriously going to greet your brother last?”Bookmark here

“What are you talking about? You were the first to be greeted.” Daichi looked at the boy, “Do you want me to remind you?”Bookmark here

“Hmm… no, thank you.”Bookmark here

“Besides, you didn’t even bother to send me a message while I was gone...”Bookmark here

“You said that you’d be back quickly!” Koshiro protested.Bookmark here

“...and I see that you’ve been busy.” Daichi turned to Takayama, “Is she your girlfriend or something?”Bookmark here

“Are you?” Scar turned to her as well, “Because I don’t think he could be with someone as beautiful as you. Damn girl!”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan wants to know as well!” Nyoko followed them.Bookmark here

“Of course not!” Koshiro exclaimed, “Although she is being very nice to me recently…”Bookmark here

“No.” she said with her face flushed.Bookmark here

“Looks like you might have a shot.” the man looked at Koshiro, “But what is she, after all?”Bookmark here

“She is gone.” was Koshiro’s reply.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Daichi looked to where the girl was. He then searched for her with his eyes until he found out she had just bolted out of the train.Bookmark here

“ANYWAY.” Koshiro cleaned his throat to catch Daichi’s attention, “What are you doing here, brother?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Daichi tilted his head and looked at Koshiro, “What are you talking about? I came for Sumi’s birthday, of course.”Bookmark here

“In that rag?” Koshiro analyzed the outfit his brother was wearing: an old sweatshirt with torn jeans, “Looking like someone who’s running from the police?”Bookmark here

“That might be the case in one of the countries we passed…” Daichi stared at the ground.Bookmark here

“Hmm… I’m sorry…?” Bookmark here

“No problem.” Daichi straightened his glasses, “It’s just that my clothes stayed with mom and dad since I rushed to come back.”Bookmark here

“I see…” the boy pondered, “How are they doing?”Bookmark here

“The same as always.”Bookmark here

“That’s terrifying.”Bookmark here

“Yes. Imagine spending the last weeks traveling with them.”Bookmark here

“Please don’t make me do that.”Bookmark here

Daichi cracked a smile and looked through the window while stretching his back. “Well, this is where you get off.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Nyoko followed Daichi’s eyes, “You’re not coming with us, Daichi-nii?”Bookmark here

“I’ll meet Nobu first. We have some things to discuss.”Bookmark here

“You’re just eager to play with him again.” Koshiro crossed his arms.Bookmark here

“You got me!” Daichi smiled. “See you later!” he said as the train stopped.Bookmark here

“See you.” Nyoko, Koshiro, and Scar said in return.Bookmark here

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“You got some balls to call me so early in the morning.” was the first thing Sumiye said when they entered her car.Bookmark here

“It’s not my fault you forgot about your own birthday!” Koshiro replied.Bookmark here

“Yes. But you could’ve told me yesterday instead of giving me that merging timelines crap.”Bookmark here

“Well…”Bookmark here

“Sumiye is just mad because she’s tired.” Sawada chimed in, “She couldn’t bear my power in yesterday’s pillow fight.”Bookmark here

“Pillow fight?” Koshiro turned to the girl who was dressed like a princess, was it her birthday today and he didn’t know?Bookmark here

“Oh! Sumiye finally lost at pillow fight?! Nyoko-chan wanted to have seen that!”Bookmark here

“I didn’t lose.” Sumiye corrected her, “We just stayed up all night, that’s why I’m tired.”Bookmark here

“Kuma-chan and I disagree, you definitely lost yesterday.”Bookmark here

“But I definitely won in all the other categories.”Bookmark here

“You can have the win for radical sports and cooking, but I have the rest!”Bookmark here

“What?” Sumiye frowned, “What about shogi, paintball, and animal taming!?”Bookmark here

“Those were unanimous victories for me! Just like badminton, tennis, gorilla fighting, and painting!”Bookmark here

“No way! Kuma-chan won gorilla fighting, tennis, golf, and nuclear bombing!”Bookmark here

“No! She won the miss cute prize!”Bookmark here

“No! You…” Bookmark here

“How much time did they have in one day?” Koshiro looked at Nyoko and whispered: “Do you understand what they are talking about?”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan lost track of it in the pillow fight part.” she whispered back, “I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even make sense now.”Bookmark here

“You’re right…” Koshiro murmured and then stopped paying attention to that nonsense.Bookmark here

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“Aah.” Sumiye sighed, “You’re fighting for crumbs Umiko, crumbs!” she ended that long argument when they were walking through the shopping district.Bookmark here

“Yay! I won that too!” Sawada celebrated.Bookmark here

“Okay, sure.” the woman smacked her head and then turned to Koshiro: “Where is Nobu?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro looked at his phone, “He told me he’s waiting in front of Mc Daisy.”Bookmark here

Mc Daisy, huh?” Sumiye smiled, “It reminds me of high school…”Bookmark here

The nearest Mc Daisy wasn’t far, so the group walked for just a few more minutes until they could see a boy with spiky hair waving at them.Bookmark here

“Hey guys!” Nobu met them, “Sumiye-chan, congratulations!” he showed her a bag he had in his hands, “This is your present, but I’ll carry it for you until the end of the day.”Bookmark here

“Thanks, Nobu-kun.” Bookmark here

“Sawada-san, it’s great to finally meet you! My name is Nobu Furukawa!” he looked at the girl hiding behind Sumiye.Bookmark here

“Are you a friend of Koshiro idiot?”Bookmark here

“I don’t even know who that is!”Bookmark here

“Yay!” Sawada jumped to hug Nobu.Bookmark here

Koshiro gave Nobu a glare: “WHAT IS THIS?!” but the other boy just shrugged his shoulders.Bookmark here

“Nyoko, did you give Sumiye-chan her gift?” Nobu looked at his sister.Bookmark here

“Yes, but she didn’t open it yet.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s too bad!” a voice came from behind them, “Nobu told me that I should look forward to seeing Sumi wear it.”Bookmark here

Sumiye widened her eyes: “This voice…” she then turned around, “Daichi??!”Bookmark here

“Congratulations! It’s not every day that we go 25, right?” he handed her a small box.Bookmark here

“Daichi!!” instead of accepting the gift, she jumped to embrace the now not looking like a criminal man, “When did you…? Why did you…? What did you…? Which did you…?”Bookmark here

“I arrived today, for the best girl’s birthday of course.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sumiye started to blush.Bookmark here

“I think this should be a double celebration for you! Not only it’s your birthday, but I heard you got promoted to a main character a while back.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sumiye started to fiddle with her fingers.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sawada tilted her head and observed the conversation between Daichi and Sumiye.Bookmark here

“This is the time we get out of here.” Nobu whispered to the rest of them, “We should leave them alone.”Bookmark here

“So, that was your plan all along.” Koshiro replied.Bookmark here

“Yes, unlike you I want to see their happiness right away.”Bookmark here

“Hey, I…”Bookmark here

“What is this?” Sawada interrupted them.Bookmark here

“This what, Sawada-chan?” Nobu asked.Bookmark here

“The aura those two are emanating!” she pointed at the blushing Sumiye and the smiling Daichi, “Is it love?”Bookmark here

"Love?" Koshiro followed the girl's finger.Bookmark here

“That’s right Sawada-chan! That’s love!” Nyoko answered.Bookmark here

“Wow!” Sawada’s eyes started to shine, “Are they in a perverted relationship?”Bookmark here

“Why do you only think of the lewd, Sawada?” Koshiro frowned at her.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the girl put one finger on her chin and pondered, “So are they like brothers?”Bookmark here

“No!” Nobu exclaimed.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan doesn’t think so!” Nyoko yelled at the same time.Bookmark here

“Yes, most of the brothers and sisters outside anime and manga don’t want to do what Sumiye and Daichi probably want to do with each other…” Koshiro thought aloud.Bookmark here

“Hmm… so how isn’t their love a perverted one?” Sawada tilted her head.Bookmark here

“There are more types of love than just perverted and brotherly, Sawada-chan.” Nobu explained, “There’s love between parent and son, between friends…”Bookmark here

“...and many others!” Nyoko continued.Bookmark here

“But amongst that…” Koshiro followed.Bookmark here

“There’s childhood friend love!” the three exclaimed at the same time.Bookmark here

“Childhood… friend… love…?” Sawada tilted her head.Bookmark here

“That’s right!” Nobu affirmed, “It’s like a joker and a surprise box.”Bookmark here

“It can be anything, but it’s random.” Koshiro said.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada looked at the three, “Nobu-kun and Nyoko-chan are both childhood friends of Koshiro’s, right?”Bookmark here

“Yes!” Nobu answered, “And we can’t know if our love will stay as it is now: normal best friends. In the future, one of us might get the urge to star a Yaoi story with the other!”Bookmark here

“Even Nyoko-chan knows that she might want to rip off Koshiro's clothes and do perverted, and I mean PERVERTED, things with him in the future! A person Nyoko-chan now considers to be VERY unattractive and like a brother to her!”Bookmark here

“You didn’t have to add that unattractive part.” Koshiro remarked.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan apologizes!”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada stared at Sumiye and Daichi again, “So they have the childhood friend love? But which one?”Bookmark here

“The pure one. The one every living being on the planet looks for! It has just the right amount of lewd and perverted things, but in the end, what matters is that they want to take care of each other!”Bookmark here

“Oh my god Nobu!” Koshiro looked at him, “I liked that phrase, can I use it in my story?”Bookmark here

“Of course!” Nobu stretched his fist for a fist bump, “After I patent it, you can definitely use it! When you make a huge success, I’ll just take all the money from you!”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed and fist bumped Nobu, “I don’t know if I’m grateful that you believe in my story or am worried because you’re going to rob me.”Bookmark here

“You’re definitely grateful. The money will remain in the family.”Bookmark here

“Hmm… I’m sorry to interrupt, but…” Sawada called their attention and then looked at Sumiye and Daichi talking, “If they have a pure love, why aren’t they dating or something?”Bookmark here

“Huh? What?” Koshiro uttered when he received the stares of Nobu and Nyoko, “It’s not my fault!”Bookmark here

“We know that, but you’re the one that knows this history best, right?”Bookmark here

“Maybe. But I prefer not to talk about it...”Bookmark here

“But Koshiro is very bad at telling stories!” Sawada complained.Bookmark here

“Okay then! Nyoko-chan will tell the story!” Nyoko put her fists together and started: “Nyoko-chan knows that it started when Daichi-nii and Sumiyechi were kids. At that time Nyoko-chan didn’t know them! But she heard this from trustworthy people so Nyoko-chan can talk about it with conviction! So, Nyoko-chan knows that it started when they were kids, even though Nyoko-chan was still a baby! Nyoko-chan…”Bookmark here

“I think that’s enough.” Koshiro interrupted her.Bookmark here

“Oh! So Koshiro-kun is going to tell! Nyoko-chan can’t wait to hear it!”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed.Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro. Think of it as training for storytelling!” Nobu encouraged him.Bookmark here

“Aaaaaagh.” Koshiro heaved a deep sigh, “Okay! I’ll summarize it!”Bookmark here

“Yay!” Nyoko celebrated.Bookmark here

Koshiro took a deep breath and started: “Sumiye and Daichi met each other when they were kids and they have been friends since then. Actually, they have been friends for so long that I don’t remember my life without her.”Bookmark here

“Indeed, since I and Nyoko met Koshiro in elementary school, Sumiye-chan has always been around, always playing with us and helping us when we needed it.” Nobu complemented.Bookmark here

“Hmm… maybe that’s why she decided to become a…wait, what does she teach?” Sawada asked.Bookmark here

“‘Please’ was what she said to me.”Bookmark here

“I have no idea.”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan doesn’t know.”Bookmark here

“Well… that might be why she became a teacher!” Sawada concluded. "But if she can't teach what she teaches, her teaching might not be very teachish...?"Bookmark here

“Continuing: after many years together, it’s natural for them to develop feelings for each other. Just like Yasutake seems to like Hirata in that way, Sawada. As we explained before, it can be brotherly or a romantic one… and for those two…” he pointed at Daichi and Sumiye, “...or at least for Sumiye it’s definitely the romantic one.”Bookmark here

“What about Daichi?”Bookmark here

“Well, we all believe that he likes her two…” Koshiro gave a serious look to Nyoko and Nobu, “...but Sumi-nee is the one who's not sure about it.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sawada tilted her head, “How come? It’s pretty obvious!”Bookmark here

“Well… that’s because she confessed to him… and he didn’t give her his response.”Bookmark here

“What?!” the girl exclaimed, “Is your brother an idiot like you, Koshiro?”Bookmark here

“Ugh.”Bookmark here

“Why wouldn’t he want to date Sumiye?! She’s hot!”Bookmark here

"Excuse me?"Bookmark here

"Yes! Look at her! She has some BIG guns! Seriously, you could use her butt as a h..."Bookmark here

“Are you sure you don’t want to date her?”Bookmark here

“I wish I could! But I don’t think she’s a lolicon like you.”Bookmark here

“Aargh, you pips…”Bookmark here

“Koshiro.” Nobu interrupted him, “Why don’t you tell us what happened?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Koshiro glared at Sawada for a moment, then sighed and continued: “It wasn’t his fault that he couldn’t answer.” he explained, “He ended up getting involved in an accident and losing some of his memory.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Sawada looked at Daichi, “He seems fine to me.”Bookmark here

“It’s not like it would be written ‘I LOST MY MEMORY’ in his forehead, Sawada.” Koshiro mocked her, “Besides, he lost memories of only one week.”Bookmark here

“One week…?”Bookmark here

“Yes, it was the week of the confession, their last week of high school. He lost it when he was supposed to give her the answer.”Bookmark here

“Because of that Sumiye-chan thought that it was all her fault! She decided to pretend the confession never happened!”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan knows that Daichi-nii had never made any moves before that week! And that he has never made any moves until now! So, if Nyoko-chan was Sumiyechi she would think something like ‘There’s no way he could start loving me in that way in just one week, so he probably doesn’t love me in that way.’” Nyoko pretended to be Sumiye in the end.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada pondered for a minute, “I didn’t understand.”Bookmark here

“You are kidding, right?” Koshiro, Nyoko, and Nobu blinked at her.Bookmark here

“No! And I’m sure most of the readers didn’t either, can’t you just summarize the summarized?”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro sighed, “Let’s put it in this way: On their last week of high school Sumiye confessed but didn’t get the reply because Daichi lost his memory. Since he doesn’t make any moves anyway, Sumiye thinks that he doesn’t like her and on top of that, she feels responsible for his memory loss.”Bookmark here

“Oh!”Bookmark here

“Did you understand it now?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

“WHAT?!”Bookmark here

“Oh, I understood what you just said, but what I don’t get is why nothing happened since high school.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that!” Koshiro smacked his head, “I could say that it’s because they don’t hang out as much as they did before…” he held his chin, “But the truth is: we had to wait until Daichi joined the story!”Bookmark here

“Postponing love just because of a story, you disgust me, Koshiro idiot!”Bookmark here

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“Hey, I have nothing to do with it!”Bookmark here

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