Chapter 31:

This way no one will root for them!

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

“Great dump of information on the last chapter! This way, no one will root for Sumiye and Daichi! Congratulations!”Bookmark here

“Koshiro.” it was Nobu.Bookmark here

“Well… maybe they want to see Sumiye’s happiness as much as I do…” Koshiro held his chin and smiled, “Yeah… maybe when they see that my brother isn’t 100% an idiot they can root for them!”Bookmark here

“Koshiro-kun!” it was Nyoko.Bookmark here

“No... I still think it was too early… Although foreshadowed, Daichi is new to the cast…”Bookmark here

“Koshiro idiot!” Sawada shook him, “Stop spacing out!  Can you please not mess everything up when we’re so close to the end?!”Bookmark here

“WHO ARE YOU CALLING AN…”Bookmark here

“Oh! So you are Sawada-san, rigth?” Daichi looked at the girl. “Nice to meet you, my name is Daichi Koike.” he bowed, “Thank you for taking care of my brother and Sumi.”Bookmark here

“N-Nice to meet you…” Umiko looked at Daichi with caution, "He's still a Koike..." “My name is Umiko Sawada.” she lifted the sides of her princess skirt. "I can't trust him!"Bookmark here

“That’s a really nice princess outfit!” Daichi smiled, “Do you want a piggyback ride? Sumi told me you like those.” he turned around and crouched.Bookmark here

“I’M ALREADY IN LOVE!” Umiko jumped onto his back, “Yay!”Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro.” Nobu whispered to him, “If your assumption is correct, Daichi should start making some moves, right? Since he’s on the story now.”Bookmark here

“I don’t know. It was a bit of a shot in the dark.”Bookmark here

"Well, I just hope he follows my advices."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

“Anyway!” Nyoko-chan was the one whispering now, “Nyoko-chan thinks it’s good to leave them alone anyway!” she looked at Koshiro.Bookmark here

“I think so too.” Nobu looked at Koshiro as well.Bookmark here

“Why are you two looking at me?”Bookmark here

“Sawada-chan is between them now…” Nobu replied while Nyoko agreed with a nod.Bookmark here

“Wait, do you want me to take the happiness out of that child?” he pointed at Sawada.Bookmark here

“Yaaaaay! Piggyback ride!”Bookmark here

“W-What?!” Nobu feigned surprise, “I would never! And I repeat: I would NEVER suggest something like that!” he then pointed at Nyoko: “It was her idea.”Bookmark here

“Brother, you said you wouldn’t turn Nyoko-chan in!”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Nyoko.”Bookmark here

“Did you really suggest something like that?” Koshiro turned to Nyoko.Bookmark here

“I did! But it’s only because I want Sumiyechi and Daichi-nii to be happy!” she explained herself, “I don’t mean any harm to Sawada-chan! I actually offer my brother’s back so that she can ride on it!” Nyoko indicated Nobu’s back.Bookmark here

“You see, Koshiro? Everything is fine, so go and talk to the girl.”Bookmark here

“Aargh, okay” Koshiro sighed and then approached the girl on the back of Daichi. “Hey, Sawada.” Koshiro whispered to her, “We were going to leave them alone, remember?”Bookmark here

“If you have the time to tell me that story, I can have this!” she whispered back.Bookmark here

Koshiro sighed, "No, you should..."Bookmark here

“Why don’t we eat?” Daichi suggested. “Mc Daisy is right here in front of us.”Bookmark here

“Yes!” Sawada replied, “When I stole from them the food was really good!”Bookmark here

“You did what?”Bookmark here

“Yes! Let’s eat at Mc Daisy! A place I’ve never seen before!”Bookmark here

"Sawad..."Bookmark here

"Wait Koshiro, this may actually be a good thing..." Nobu prevented him from shouting, "They having a child to take care of, I mean." Bookmark here

"Now that you mention it..." Koshiro picked a notepad, "it might be..."Bookmark here

"Yes! Having a child to take care of is sure to awake their instincts! That way they can finally get married and have a child!" Nyoko added.Bookmark here

"Nyoko-chan, are you sure you aren't jumping a few steps?" Koshiro turned to her, "As far as I know they have to take all of them. Since their love is so 'pure'."Bookmark here

"Huh?" Nyoko tilted her head. "Nyoko-chan didn't understand." Bookmark here

"You will in the future."Bookmark here

"Koshiro, you shouldn't underestimate the power of kids." Nobu advised, “Besides, can you please explain what the hell are you doing with a notepad?"Bookmark here

“I started to carry this around so I can take notes of things I want to add to my story."Bookmark here

"Why don't you use your phone?"Bookmark here

"Nothing can replace paper."Bookmark here

“That's the type of thing you say when you're about to lose your notes.”Bookmark here

"Shut up."Bookmark here

"Just saying!"Bookmark here

With that, the three followed Sumiye, Sawada, and the horse Daichi to the Mc Daisy. There, they sat on a booth, Sawada between Daichi and Sumiye and the other three in front of them.Bookmark here

"Notes about love... what should I put on it? There's not much going on for me..." Koshiro pondered, "Actually, for some reason, a face is popping onto my min..." "Huh?" the boy stopped when he noticed something odd about Sumiy's outfit.Bookmark here

"What is it, Koshiro?" Nobu asked.Bookmark here

"What is that?" Koshiro whispered and pointed at a shining thing in Sumiye's chest.Bookmark here

"That's the first move!" Nobu replied, "It's the personalized necklace he gave Sumiye for her birthday!"Bookmark here

"Huh?" Koshiro squinted his eyes to read what was written: "'D & S, love forever'?"Bookmark here

"Yes! I told him it could serve as a friendship necklace as well."Bookmark here

"Hmm..." Koshiro took some notes.Bookmark here

"Koshiro, what are you doing with this thing on the table?" Sumiye asked him.Bookmark here

"I'm just taking notes for my story."Bookmark here

"Hmm... so what are you writing now?"Bookmark here

Koshiro looked at what he had written: trick the idiot redhead with a necklace.Bookmark here

"Oh, it's nothing." he looked at Sawada eating a hamburger, "It's just about a... cute monster princess...?"Bookmark here

"C'mon Koshiro, you know that I've seen your browser history, right?Bookmark here

"Well, yes."Bookmark here

“So, we both know this story exists in a very, VERY dark place.”Bookmark here

"Huh?" Koshiro searched for it in his mind until: "Oh, I remember!" he exclaimed, "Oh..." he stared at the ground with a shocked expression. "I remember..." Bookmark here

“Yes.” Sumiye did the same, “I have to wash my eyeballs every day because of it.” Bookmark here

The table remained quiet (with only the sound of Sawada eating, that is) until Nyoko cleaned her throat and looked at Daichi.Bookmark here

“Oh!” Dachi turned to Sumiye, “Coming here doesn’t remember you of our high school days?! Like that time we came here with our club, and they joked about how we would make a good couple!” he laughed.Bookmark here

“Huh?!” Sumiye almost choked with her drink, “Why are you talking about this all of the sudd…”Bookmark here

“So now it was your turn, Nyoko-chan?” Koshiro looked at the girl.Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan just texted Daichi-nii some of the topics Sumiyechi likes to talk about nowadays.”Bookmark here

“What exactly are those topics?”Bookmark here

Nyoko showed her hand and started to count: “How Sumiye is pretty, how she’s cute, how she would make a great wife…”Bookmark here

“Is there anything that isn’t related to Sumiye?”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Nyoko pondered for a moment and then started to count again: “About their relationship, about the times people thought they were a couple, about how great a couple they would make, about how they love each other…”Bookmark here

“You mean, as friends?”Bookmark here

“...” Nyoko started to drink her soda, diverting her eyes and ignoring the boy.Bookmark here

“He’s not making the moves because he’s in the story!" Koshiro frowned, "It's because you are forcing him to!” he looked to both of the Furukawas. “Why do you keep interfering with their lives? Why do you want them to enter a relationship so bad?!”Bookmark here

“You don’t understand Koshiro!” Nobu grabbed his shoulders and started to shake the boy, “I can’t sleep anymore! It has been days since we won a game against that OBAREJI and AKUADO!”Bookmark here

“You don’t understand Koshiro-kun!” Nyoko did the same, “Brother is making me train every day to get at his level!”Bookmark here

“Umm… and what does this have to do with Sumi-nee and my brother?”Bookmark here

“EVERYTHING!” the Furukawas exclaimed at the same time.Bookmark here

“If they get together they’ll do everything together!” Nobu’s eyes started to shine with the possibility, “And this includes gaming with me and Hirata! We’ll finally have a great team!”Bookmark here

“If this happens Nyoko-chan will finally be able to rest!”Bookmark here

“Thank you for considering my feelings in this one.” Koshiro murmured. The boy started to drink his soda as well and looked at Daichi, that kept touching on the topics Nyoko had suggested:Bookmark here

“There was that time your parents caught me stripping in front of you as well!” he scratched his nape, “By the way, you were really pretty and cute on that day Sumi! Well, it's always been like this...” he smiled at her. “Oh, and then there was that tim….” he was interrupted by a punch coming from Sumiye, whose face had already been replaced by a tomato.Bookmark here

“Stop saying such embarrassing stuff, you idiot!”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

“Why do I have the impression we came to the shopping district, but we’re not going to shop?” Etsuko asked when Hayami told her to hide.Bookmark here

“Why Yasutake is not here?” Hayami ignored the question.Bookmark here

“She had to study.” the girl explained, “We’re only two weeks away from midterms, you know?!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, yeah.”Bookmark here

“So, what are we doing here?”Bookmark here

“I saw Koike going into that Mc Daisy with a bunch of other people.” Hayami indicated the place.Bookmark here

“And…?”Bookmark here

“Something is fishy… Suto-Sensei and Sawada-san were with him…”Bookmark here

“Hmm… what did Suto-Sensei told you about Sawada again?”Bookmark here

“She told me ‘It’s okay now, Koshiro is 100% reliable, he’ll take good care of her.’”Bookmark here

“It seems like everything is fine then…”Bookmark here

“Of course not! The fact that she told me that, means she can’t be trusted Etsuko! Haven’t you learned anything?” Hayami stared at her, “When I give him the obento every day, it’s always like he’s about to take off his cl...”Bookmark here

“Hey Hayamichi, they are leaving!” Etsuko pointed at the group, a man carrying a child on his back with Suto-Sensei by his side, and Koike accompanied by Princess and another boy. “Who is that man, is he Sawada-san’s dad or something?”Bookmark here

That little girl is Sawada?!” Hayami was perplexed, “She is dressed like a princess…?”Bookmark here

“Oh! She looks so cute!”Bookmark here

“That would be the case if I wasn’t sure this is part of some weird ritual…” Hayami held her chin. “Let’s go Etsuko, let’s follow them.”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

Koshiro, Nobu, and Nyoko kept a little distance from Sumiye, Daichi, and Sawada (who was having a piggyback ride) while they walked through town.Bookmark here

“I found out about a bunch of interesting places to go around here.” Daichi started out of nowhere.Bookmark here

“This is your thing as well, right?” Koshiro asked Nobu and Nyoko.Bookmark here

“Yep.”Bookmark here

“Really?” Sumiye looked at the young man, “Where?”Bookmark here

“Oh, I’m glad you asked!”Bookmark here

And that’s how they started their trek that day, they ended up going to the aquarium…Bookmark here

“Oh! That fish is so big!” Sawada exclaimed.Bookmark here

To the amusement park…Bookmark here

“Yaaaaay!” Sawada put her hands on the air when they were at the rollercoaster.Bookmark here

To the arcade…Bookmark here

“Daichi! You are so good!” Sawada cheered the man.Bookmark here

"Thanks!"Bookmark here

"Koshiro, you are so bad!"Bookmark here

"Hey! I'm at least average! I even managed to win a present!"Bookmark here

"So, where is it now?" Sumiye asked.Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"The present, where is it?"Bookmark here

"Hmm... it's with Nobu, but he went to the bathroom now..."Bookmark here

"Just as I thought!" Sumiye held Sawada's hands, "C'mon, Umiko! Don't mingle around with the riffraff!" Bookmark here

They went to many other places (don’t ask me how they had the time to do so). The constant being an always happy and fascinated Sawada. while Koshiro started to get bored from trying to take notes.Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

“So, we’re back at the shopping district. What are your conclusions Etsuko?” Bookmark here

“Huh?” the girl was covered by different souvenirs she bought during the stalking they were making and things she had won at the arcade.Bookmark here

“Your conclusions!”Bookmark here

“Oh, Suto-Sensei and that man look like a great couple! I’m definitely rooting for them!”Bookmark here

"C'mon! Stop being deceived by hushed development!" Hayami rebuked her, "What about the other thing?"Bookmark here

“This ‘Aquarium Water’ is surprisingly good for its price, and so are this hat and this sunglass, but I got these as a prize from the arc…”Bookmark here

“The other thing.”Bookmark here

“Hmm… they look like a family...?”Bookmark here

“Yes… I got that impression as well…” “Maybe I misjudged Koike? That’s not possible!”Bookmark here

“Hey, Hayamichi…” Etsuko called.Bookmark here

“WHAT?” Hayami growled.Bookmark here

“Why are you so obsessed with Koike-san being a pervert?”Bookmark here

“Isn’t it obvious?” the girl glared at Etsuko, “If he can see who I am, he has to be broken in some way.”Bookmark here

“Oh, thanks!”Bookmark here

“You know what I meant.” Bookmark here

“Yes.”Bookmark here

“So, besides you, Hirata does that thing… Suto-Sensei is a drunkard… and my parents…” Hayami clenched her fists, “’s obvious.”Bookmark here

“So, Koike-san got to be the pervert, right?”Bookmark here

“Yes.”Bookmark here

“But he’s the protagonist, maybe that’s how things roll for him.”Bookmark here

“No, no, no, I don’t buy it… if he was such a great guy it wouldn’t be fun to read, so I’m sure something is up…”Bookmark here

“So, we’ll continue to follow them, right?”Bookmark here

“Right.”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

They were back at the shopping district, "I don't think I got tons of inspiration today, but I should keep taking n..."  “Wait, where is my notepad?”Bookmark here

“I told you you were gonna lose it!”Bookmark here

“Aaah!” Koshiro sighed, “it’s not like a date with so many spots would work anyway…” he looked crestfallen.Bookmark here

“Well, it seems to be working just as intended.” Nobu pointed at Sawada walking in the middle of Sumiye and Daichi while holding their hands.Bookmark here

“Did you have fun today, Umiko?” Daichi looked at the girl.Bookmark here

“I had!” Sawada smiled.Bookmark here

"Yes... maybe the day wasn't completely pointless..." Koshiro observed the happy-looking Sawada.Bookmark here

“Great! How about you Sumi? It’s your birthday after all.” Daichi turned to Sumiye.Bookmark here

“Well, it looked m-more l-like a d-date…” Sumiye murmured.Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“N-Nothing!”Bookmark here

“It’s just a matter of time until they start dating and Nyoko-chan is finally free!” Nyoko voiced her dreams to Nobu and Koshiro.Bookmark here

“I wouldn’t be so sure…” Koshiro took a sip of the soda he was drinking, “They sti…” he stopped when he heard something unusual.Bookmark here

“It’s pretty fun taking care of Umiko-chan, right Sumi?”Bookmark here

“Well, when you’re here it makes everything much easier…” Sumiye fiddled with her fingers, “When I’m alone she’s a big pain…”Bookmark here

“Haha, it must be just like a single mom!”Bookmark here

“Yeah, it’s not an easy job…”Bookmark here

“It should be more valued…”Bookmark here

“Mom?” Sawada tilted her head and looked at Sumiye, her eyes began to shine.Bookmark here

“What Umiko? Would you like if I were your mother?” Sumiye joked.Bookmark here

“Well… I wouldn’t complain…” Sawada murmured.Bookmark here

“What?! Are you serious?!” Sumiye stared at the girl.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada looked away, “...being with you was the most fun I had my entire life…”Bookmark here

“Aaa... I see…” Sumiye held her chin, “You are an orphan, so it can be done…”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sawada tried to hide her embarrassment.Bookmark here

“Hey, Sumi! Why don’t you go for it?” Daichi asked her.Bookmark here

“What?! But we just talked about how difficult it is to be a single mom!”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it! We can adopt her together!”Bookmark here

“WHAT?!” Koshiro spat all the soda he had on his mouth and saw two fishy-looking guys doing the same to their “Aquarium Water”. Nobu almost fainted while murmuring something like “I’ll never lose a match again.” Nyoko had to prevent him from falling.Bookmark here

“This is it brother!” Nyoko told Nobu.Bookmark here

“What the hell is going on??! There’s no way Sumiye would…”Bookmark here

“Yes, let’s do it!” his teacher’s exclamation changed Koshiro’s line of thought.Bookmark here

“Does this mean I’ll become an uncle?”Bookmark here

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