Chapter 32:

Right into the sequel

Having Trouble Coming up With a Decent Story

"Wait, are we joking or not?" Daichi stared at Sumiye and force a smile.Bookmark here

"Is this for real? Is this for real? Why did I say 'yes'?!" Sumiye smiled awkwardly at Daichi.Bookmark here

"Huh" Umiko looked at Sumiye: "Mom..." and then at Daichi: "... and dad?"Bookmark here

“What is going on? Are we witnessing something beautiful?” Etsuko whispered to Hayami (they were still undercover).Bookmark here

“I don’t know… Let's not divert from our mission. We should keep following them. Especially that boy and Koike!”Bookmark here

“Why is that?” Etsuko glanced at the said boys.Bookmark here

“I heard that boy saying something like ‘I can star a Yaoi story with Koshiro.’ since they’re best friends and whatnot.”Bookmark here

“Hayamichi, you shouldn’t be prying so much into their love life!” Etsuko rebuked her, “Besides…” she started to blush, and fiddle with her fingers, “Does this mean we could be in a Yuri?”Bookmark here

“Hey! If Koike isn’t a pervert I should look into this to see if my opinion of him improves!” Hayami justified, “And it’s obvious that we couldn’t be in a Yuri!”Bookmark here

Etsuko started to cry, “Is it because we’re not actually best friends? Because I was starting to have dou…”Bookmark here

“Of course not. you idiot! It’s because you’re not my type?”Bookmark here

“Not your type?” she tilted her head.Bookmark here

“Yes, you’re too cute.”Bookmark here

“Oooh, Hayamichi!” Etsuko jumped on her BFF and started to rub her face against hers.Bookmark here

“Ugh. If you keep doing this you’ll be promoted to ‘acquaintance.’”Bookmark here

“Ok, I’m sorry.” the girl promptly stopped.Bookmark here

“Those two fishy guys sure talk a lot.” Koshiro looked at them, he had the impression he had seen them before, “Well, it’s none of my business. The real problem is that Daichi and Sumiye are staring at each other with weird smiles until now…”Bookmark here

Just to contradict the boy, Daichi opened his mouth... “Ohoho! The weather is so good today, right?!” and started to blather.Bookmark here

“You’re right Daichi! It is!” and Sumiye kept it up.Bookmark here

“Oh! And that new mode of Predator Legends is tons of fun, right??! I played it today!"Bookmark here

"Ohoho! I still haven't played it!"Bookmark here

"You definitely should!"Bookmark here

"Well, if that's the case…”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks that today isn’t the day…” Nyoko seemed crestfallen while observing the two.Bookmark here

“You’re right… tonight we’ll be wrecked again…” Nobu looked down.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Koshiro realized something. The most crestfallen of all wasn't Nyoko or Nobu, it was Umiko Sawada. The boy approached his Senpai and whispered: "Hey, are you alright?"Bookmark here

"..." the girl was no longer holding hands with the adults. She was only wandering while staring at the ground,Bookmark here

"Hey!"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Hey, Umiko!"Bookmark here

"Huh?" the girl raised her head and looked at Koshiro.Bookmark here

“Don’t make that face. Staying with me and Scar-chan is that bad, Umiko?”Bookmark here

“It isn’t really.” the girl murmured.Bookmark here

"Hmm..." Koshiro observed her face, she was still a little downcast. "Hey." he rummaged his pockets, “It’s the only thing I managed to get at the arcade, but you can have it if you don’t act like that the rest of the day.”Bookmark here

“Huh?” Umiko tilted her head and looked at what the boy was handing her: a small cellphone.Bookmark here

“Take it.” Koshiro put the little thing on one of her hands.Bookmark here

"Oh!" the girl observed the present with curiosity and cracked a tiny smile, “Thank you…” Bookmark here

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“How did we end up here?” Hayami asked Etsuko. They were now playing a drinking game at the Suto household.Bookmark here

“Yo, ain’t it obvious, babe?” Etsuko was forcing a deep voice, “Suto-Sensei saw both of us following their group, yo, and recognized you instantly, yo, she said ‘If it isn’t Takayama-san! Is this boy your boyfriend? I thought you spent your days deceiving various guys!’ yo.” without makeup now, and covered by the souvenirs from their trip (especially the big shirt, hat, and sunglasses) Etsuko could be confounded as a boy, “And then that Daichi man, he said to Koike-kun ‘Too bad she’s already taken, brother!’ yo, and then we came here, babe!”Bookmark here

“This part I know! it doesn’t make sense how we arrived here! We jammed seven people on a car?!”Bookmark here

“Yo, just like a clown car, babe!”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Hayami sighed, “Let’s get this over with.” she turned her attention to the drinking game: everyone was playing (But Suto-Sensei was the only one to drink something alcoholic): Suto-san was drinking tea; Scar, milk; Nyoko-chan and Sawada, milkshake; "Daichi man", alcohol-free beer; Nobu, soda; Etsuko coffee; Hayami, orange juice; And Koike, “IT’S NOT IMPORTANT, SCREW HIM.” (Yes, most of that party time was spent with catering).Bookmark here

The game was pretty simple, one of them would spin a pencil, and then, the chosen person would ask a question that could be answered with a “Yes” (sipping) or a “No” (not sipping). The questions were varied. It began with simple stuff like: “Do you like dogs?” “Do you like cats?” “Have you ever eaten dog meat?” “What about cat meat?” passing through Sawada’s bombings: “Can we go to the amusement park again tomorrow??!” “What about the Aquarium?” "Why no?!" “Why are you so boring, Sumiye?”Bookmark here

“YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE ONES THAT CAN BE ANSWERED WITH A YES OR NO!” Suto-Sensei screamed at her.Bookmark here

Finally arriving at the good part (when Sumiye was basically drunk) where the love came into play:Bookmark here

“Do you love someone? Love in that way?! Maybe someone in this room?!” this one was from Nobu, who smiled and looked at Daichi man and Suto-Sensei. He, Nyoko, Scar, and Suto-san didn’t drink. Sawada justified it by saying “A princess should love everyone!” (I don’t think she understood the question).Bookmark here

“Is Koike going to drink looking at me??” Hayami looked at the boy.Bookmark here

“Is Takayama going to drink looking at me???” the boy looked at her, “No, she has her boyfriend, so I’m safe.” Koshiro didn’t drinkBookmark here

“C’mon, babe, yo.” Etsuko drank and looked at Hayami.Bookmark here

“Okay.” Hayami drank and then murmured: “But you know for who this is, right?”Bookmark here

“Yo, yeah, babe! Probably! Maybe! Yo, I have no idea...”Bookmark here

Suto-Sensei and Daichi man hesitantly drank, and their faces flushed (for Suto-Sensei it wasn’t just because of embarrassment). After this, the game continued:Bookmark here

“When will you get married, daughter?” Suto-san asked.Bookmark here

“Mom!” Sumiye glanced at Daichi man and blushed.Bookmark here

“Oh! I’m sorry! Do you plan on getting married soon? I forgot it must be a yes or no!” Suto-san didn’t even move her tea, and so did most of the people (except Sawada that drank right away saying “A princess requires a prince!”), but Daichi man and Suto-Sensei stared at each other and at their drinks, shaking them, not sure of what they should do.Bookmark here

“Ugh, it’s my turn now.” Hayami hit the pencil, and it stopped on the delinquent version of Etsuko.Bookmark here

“Yo, man, it’s my turn now, yo.” Etsuko pulled Hayami closer to her, “Yo my question is, yo, are you a virgin, yo?” she didn’t drink and prevented Hayami from doing so as well murmuring: “We have to show ‘em who’s boss, you know babe?” the girl then looked at the others, Daichi man and Suto-san were the only ones to not drink…Bookmark here

“DAICHI?!” Nyoko, Nobu, Suto-Sensei, Koike, Suto-san, and Scar exclaimed at the same time.Bookmark here

“Yo, you’re not gonna be surprised that I and my beautiful girl right here have done it? Yo?” Etsuko looked at the others.Bookmark here

“You just look like a couple who would do that sort of thing!” Nobu looked at Etsuko, “You have an aura that likes to curse and screw people!”Bookmark here

“That’s not true!” the deep voice vanished for a moment, “I’m perfectly girly… I mean yo, man, yo, I’m a reasonable guy, you know, yo?”Bookmark here

“Sumi, are you a virgin?” Daichi man tilted his head towards the woman.Bookmark here

“WHOSE FAULT DO YOU THINK IT IS?!” she yelled backBookmark here

“Wait, but…”Bookmark here

“Hey! Why don’t we eat some cake?!” Nobu interrupted him.Bookmark here

“Daichi!! hic.” the drunk teacher shouted and ignored Nobu, “H-How could you?! hic.”Bookmark here

“What?! Takayama-san’s boyfriend is talking about kissing, right?” Daichi man looked at Etsuko.Bookmark here

“Huh?!” Etsuko stared at the man, “Yo… yeah… sure...” (after this Nobu and Koike glanced at each other and didn’t drink, raising suspicion and a scowling face from Nyoko-chan).Bookmark here

“See?” Daichi man looked at Sumiye, “So you should put your glass down.”Bookmark here

“Hmmm…” Suto-Sensei trembled, then swilled her beer.Bookmark here

“What do you mean Sumiye? We…”Bookmark here

“LET’S EAT CAKE!!” the woman cried out and headed to the kitchen.Bookmark here

“Huh?” while everyone accompanied Suto-Sensei Hayami noticed something odd. The man named Daichi was hitting his head and mouthing something like “‘I know that we did it… but when was it?’”Bookmark here

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The rest of the party was they eating the cake (with Umiko blowing the “25” birthday candles) and the opening of the presents: Suto-san said that giving her daughter a roof and love was enough (even though Sumiye was the one taking care of her now); Umiko and Kuma-chan gave her a drawing of her yelling at them (something that happened right after); Scar’s gift was her “cuteness”; Takayama and her boyfriend reluctantly gave her one of the prizes from the arcade (a small stuffed cat); Nobu gave her a personalized controller (that had “D & S” written on it); Koshiro gave her…Bookmark here

“Cat pajamas?” Sumiye looked at the thing.Bookmark here

“That’s right Sumi-nee!”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks this will be very cute on Sumiyechi!”Bookmark here

“Okay… I just think it might be too childish…” Bookmark here

“I want the pajamas!” Umiko tried to steal it but was denied by Sumiye.Bookmark here

“Anyway, the next is from Nyoko-chan…” Sumiye reached for the present.Bookmark here

“It’s not childish at all!” Nyoko warned.Bookmark here

“Okay… Wait, is this a...” the woman peered into the bag. “Nyoko-chan?”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Stick to childish stuff next time, okay?”Bookmark here

“Okay.”Bookmark here

"Hey, what is in the bag?" Daichi asked, "Nobu told me I should see it."Bookmark here

"Which bag?!" Sumiye threw it out of the window, "I don't know what are you talking about!"Bookmark here

"But..."Bookmark here

“I guess that’s it, right?!” Sumiye looked at the others.Bookmark here

“Actually, my parents sent something.” Daichi rummaged his pockets and handed something to her.Bookmark here

“Huh?” it was an envelope.Bookmark here

"I haven't read it." the man affirmed, "You don't have to worry."Bookmark here

"Hmm..." Sumiye started to open it. She was expecting money, but it was "A marriage certificate?"Bookmark here

“So? What is it?” Daichi looked curious.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Sumiye read the paper, the only thing missing was her signature. She glanced at Daichi and then rummaged her pockets, picking a pen. “Hmmmmmmmmmm…” she was about to sign…Bookmark here

“Sumi?” Daichi called.Bookmark here

“Aaah!” she jumped back, her face burning red, she then torn the paper and shouted: “It was just a bunch of cash! No big deal!”Bookmark here

“Oh! You probably shouldn’t have torn that… Well, I can lend you some money if you need it!” Bookmark here

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When Sumiye returned to her usual self and collapsed like a normal drunkard, everyone darted out of the house to leave her and Daichi alone (even Suto-san asked to be taken to the garden, leaving the house to the two). So, while the man was carrying the woman to her bedroom, the others went to the train station, where Takayama and her boyfriend went to one side and Umiko, Nobu, Koshiro, Scar, Kuma-chan, and Nyoko went to the other.Bookmark here

“It’s kind of weird that Takayama's house is to that side… This means she lives really far from school...” Koshiro was absorbed in thought. They had just reached the intersection in which the Furukawas would part ways with them.Bookmark here

“Hey, Koshiro-kun!” Nyoko called him.Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Will you play with us tonight?” Nobu asked him.Bookmark here

“Hmm…” the boy pondered for a moment, “I don’t think so… I might have an idea to write… I have to work on it.”Bookmark here

“Do you want to play in his place, Sawada-chan?”Bookmark here

“Yes!”Bookmark here

“Is THAT easy to replace me??!” Koshiro complained.Bookmark here

“What is your idea, Koshiro-kun?” Nyoko ignored the complaint.Bookmark here

“Hmm… it’s an idea that's popping into my mind recently...  Seeing Takayama today made me think more about it..."Bookmark here

"Spit it out! Nyoko-chan wants to know what it is!"Bookmark here

"Well... it's... a romance."Bookmark here

“Oh! Looks who fell in love!” Nobu poked him with his elbow, “But I’m afraid she has a boyfriend, my friend.”Bookmark here

“Yes! That’s why I’m thinking about writing a romance without romance!”Bookmark here

“Hahahahahahahahahaha!” the others started to laugh.Bookmark here

Koshiro frowned at them.Bookmark here

 “Wait, are you serious?”Bookmark here

“Uhum!” Koshiro looked serious, “Maybe we have the protagonist and the heroine hate each other at first, but then…”Bookmark here

“They fall in love, right?!” Nyoko chimed in, “That’s the only thing that can happen!”Bookmark here

“No! They…”Bookmark here

“Have casual sex? That’s the only other way I see…” Nobu held his chin.Bookmark here

“Of course not! I won’t write por…”Bookmark here

“So they have a perverted relation!” Umiko was the one interrupting now.Bookmark here

“How is that any different from what he just said??!” Koshiro turned to the girl.Bookmark here

“It’s more hardcore!”Bookmark here

“Aaagh!” Koshiro sighed, "What are they teaching this kid?" “Anyway, my idea is: they could become great friends!”Bookmark here

“Great... friends?” the others tilted their heads.Bookmark here

“Yes.”Bookmark here

“Hmm…” Nobu pondered.Bookmark here

“What do you think?”Bookmark here

“Maybe you should stick to porn.”Bookmark here

“Aargh, the contest doesn’t even allow it…”Bookmark here

“Well, if that’s the case… go with your idea…”Bookmark here

“So, you think this could work?” Koshiro looked hopefully at Nobu.Bookmark here

"Hmm... you don't want to write a romance, right?"Bookmark here

"What? I just said I want to do exactly that!"Bookmark here

"No! As your best friend I can read your mind. What you really want to write about isn't romance. It's 'love' without 'love'."Bookmark here

"Well... maybe?" Koshiro wasn't getting confused himself. "Yeah... you could say that. What do you think then?"Bookmark here

“Hmm… I have to think a bit… I’ll answer you tonight.” Nobu waved at Koshiro: “Bye for now.”Bookmark here

"Aah." Koshiro sighed. “Okay then. Bye for you two!”
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“Nyoko-chan says bye!” Bookmark here

“See you Nobu-kun, Nyoko-chan!” Umiko waved at them.Bookmark here

After waving goodbye, Koshiro called the girl beside him: “Let’s go, Umiko.” Bookmark here

“Hey, brother.” Nyoko whispered and poked Nobu. “Look over there!” she pointed at the backs of Umiko and Koshiro.Bookmark here

“Huh?” Nobu looked at where she was pointing, the two were finally walking side by side (and without screaming at each other), “Oh, yeah… a story can be about love without that ‘love.’” he turned to his sister, “Right Nyoko?”Bookmark here

“Nyoko-chan thinks so, brother!” Nyoko smiled at Nobu.Bookmark here

Nobu smiled back at Nyoko, and, as the two brothers started to head to their home, the older one picked his phone and made sure to text his friend right away:Bookmark here

Nobu: I think that a story of love without that love might work.Bookmark here

Nobu: Just please don’t put anything incestuous on it.Bookmark here

Nobu: Even though it would make it sell more...Bookmark here

Nobu: Much more, actuallyBookmark here

Nobu: Seriously, you'd probably get rich if you did that!Bookmark here

Nobu: But please, don'tBookmark here

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“Umiko.” Koshiro called her name after a few minutes of walking.Bookmark here

“What?” she tilted her head and looked at him.Bookmark here

“Where is the little cellphone I gave you today?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” the girl tilted her head, “Oh! I lost it.”Bookmark here

“Ugh.” Koshiro smacked his head, “I guess there’s no helping it, I’ll have to buy a real one.” he turned to Umiko, “Is that okay?”Bookmark here

“Yes! That was actually my plan all along!”Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Nothing!"Bookmark here

"Oh, okay then." the boy smiled “Yes… I haven’t started writing yet, but that might just be because… I’m having so much fun with my own story. Now I have to make my way to the seq…” “Ouch!” he hit a street light post and fell to the ground.Bookmark here

“Oh?” Umiko tilted her head and looked at the boy lying on the floor, “Are you alright, Koshiro?”Bookmark here

“Aargh.” Koshiro rubbed his head and slowly stood up, “What are you doing here?!!” he rebuked the post with an angry face.Bookmark here

“He’s probably just making sure this doesn’t end with something generic like a monologue!” Umiko explained.Bookmark here

He?”Bookmark here

“Of course! Post-kun deserves respect!” she sulked.Bookmark here

“Hmm... Whatever.” Koshiro sighed, “Let’s go home.” he passed by Post-kun.Bookmark here

“Okay!” Umiko followed the boy then turned around to wave: “Bye, Post-kun! Come on Koshiro! Say bye!”Bookmark here

“Why not?” Koshiro turned around and waved: “Bye!”Bookmark here

That night was finally the night Koshiro didn’t miss the trash can on his first try (although he stayed very close to it to do the throwing) and, after retiring the pencils and pens, he finally sat in front of his computer with a serious face. Bookmark here

“That’s it! Now it’s finally time to begin!!” was the last thing Koshiro Koike exclaimed before he stretched and started to type.Bookmark here

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