One Month to Figure out my Future
The next morning I put the little gift I bought for Rihoko, in my bag. This time I wanted to get to school pretty early so I texted Hayato telling him to wait for me.
“I’m off early today.”
“And you leave you little sister all alone?”
“Can you manage everything on your own?”
“Of course I can!! Go to Rihoko, I know you are dying to see her.”
“The only one I’m going to be seeing is Hayato. Byeee.”
I closed the door and got into the elevator. I had a specific reason why I wanted to get to school early and it was not to give Rihoko her gift.
I arrived to the usual underground station and Hayato was there waiting for me.
“Good morning Satoshi.”
“Hey Hayato, thanks for waiting.”
“No problem, it is always nice to have someone to get to school with. Is there a specific reason why you want to be early today? It doesn’t happen that often.”
“I need to talk with someone.”
“I see, and this someone is Rihoko, right?”
“I’m sorry but you are wrong.”
“Miss. Kamuro then?”
“I surrender, who is this mysterious person?”
“You’ll see eventually.”
I was not going to tell him yet, because if I have to be honest, I was still unsure about what I was going to do. I had many doubts especially because my actions could have caused mixed reactions.
“I almost forgot, did you find out what was wrong with Rihoko yesterday?”
“Yes, it was just a misunderstanding, now everything is clear again.”
We arrived at school and I decided I was going to go ahead with my idea.
“Well, I have to go now, Hayato. See you in a couple of minutes in class, hopefully.”
“It seems like you are going into war, are you sure you are ok?
“Yes, I think.”
I waved at him and headed for the student’s council president room. Yes, I wanted to speak with Megumi, the girl who, until two days ago, I always tried to avoid as much as possible.
Once in front of the “office” I knocked.
I could clearly tell that this was Megumi’s voice. I opened the door and got in.
“Oh Satoshi, what are you doing here?”
I still had a bit of hesitation, but after a deep breath, I spit everything out.
“Would you like to join the literary club?”
She looked at me as if I was crazy. Maybe I was, but I had my reasons for asking her something like this.
“Sorry I think I didn’t understand correctly, you want me to join the literary club?”
“You know it’s impossible right?”
“And why is that?”
“I mean, for many reasons! I am already the president of a club, and what do you think would say Rihoko?”
“You are not worried about that, you are worried that you family might get angry because of you abandoning the traditions. Tell me, you want to join the literary club?”
She didn’t reply.
“You must change your own situation yourself. You can’t wait for things to get better on their own. You are not interested in literature and reading? No problem, join another club or even found your own, nothing and nobody should have the right to be stopping you.”
“I… I appreciate your interest but…”
“But, what? Don’t tell me that I can’t understand or that you can’t do anything to change. You have many options and the best part is that, you are the one in control.”
“You understand that this is too sudden?”
“Maybe, but there are two more weeks of school left, I don’t think you have much time to think about.”
In that moment, someone else knocked on the door. Megumi immediately put herself back together and once again said: “Come in!”
The door opened and this time the vice president came in.
“Oh we have a gust, should I leave?”
“No, don’t worry, I already said what I needed to say. I’ll leave now, thank you.”
I did not want to put more pressure on her so I just decided to leave her some time to think. Maybe I sounded a bit dramatic back then, but I think it was necessary to really catch her attention.
I went back to the classroom.
Hayato was already waiting for me: “So, can you tell me now what you have been up to?”
“I asked Megumi to join the literary club.”
“Megumi? Megumi Takano? The student’s council president? The same girl who wanted the club to be shut down?”
Hayato put the palm of his hand on my forehead.
“Nah, it doesn’t seem like you have a fever. Maybe you are a clone, a robot, you actually feel a bit too cold to be human.”
I pushed away his hand.
“I’m totally fine, many things happened and I felt this was the right thing to do.”
“Now you have to tell me the whole story, but before that, did she accept and joined?”
“She hasn’t decided yet, but I guess now it’s a good time to tell you everything that happened regarding Megumi.”
While explaining everything to Hayato I tried to be quick and go straight to the point even if he kept interrupting me by asking so many questions.
“You actually went to her house and she drove you back home on a luxury car with a driver????”
“I’m so jealous, since when you have become so irresistible to girls.”
I would not put it that way but whatever…
“Anyways now I just wanted to give her a bit of a hand, I don’t think that what she goes trough daily is worth it.”
“You are going a lot out of your way to help her, it’s not like you. I guess people change, and you are becoming a really good person.”
“I’m paying her back, that’s all.”
He started laughing loudly, the other people in the class started looking at us and I tried to disappear underneath my desk.
“What are you doing Satoshi.”
“I’m trying to pretend I don’t know you.”
“That’s not really going to work, everyone here knows, I’m basically the only person you talk to.”
That was really true and sad at the same time. I got to a proper sitting position and Hayato went to sit at his desk, but shortly after he turned back to me again.
“Oh right, I forgot to ask, what do you think will Rihoko think about it.”
“Weeeell, that’s a little detail I still have figure out.”
“Rough times await you Satoshi, especially if Megumi really decides to join the club.”
“You may be right, we will see.”
Speaking of Rihoko, I still had to give her the gift. I might as well ask her to see me after school in the club room so that it will be much easier.
I went to Rihoko’s desk where she was reading a book, and was also wearing her messy bun.
“Hey Rihoko, after school are you going to the club room.”
“Oh, hi Satoshi. Yes, I think I will. You need something?”
“Kind of, I will be there too. Nothing important, see you later.”
And this matter was settled too; now I just had to survive another school day.
We were in math class when something different happened. Miss. Katsuragi was making us solve various different problems to prepare us for the math exam we would have had the next day. Suddenly she called up Hayato to the blackboard.
“Narukami please come and solve this one.”
“Sure Miss. Katszuragi.”
He felt weirdly confided. Usually he would start looking at me desperately hoping for an answer. Once at the blackboard it did not take long for him to reach the solution.
“And if I’m correct the answer should be 27.”
It was correct, impressive. He really committed to learning math this time.
“Precisely, good job Narukami. This time you showed your true capabilities.”
Shortly after he went back to his desk and while sitting down he whispered at me: “Now we can get in trouble and I will be able to solve any problems that she throws at me.”
Classic cocky Hayato, he will never change.
I responded: “Shut up jerk.”
Hayato’s redemption was the only interesting event of the day and when classes were finally over, I went to the club room with some delay so that I would be sure to find Rihoko already there.
When I came in I was greeted by Rihoko: “Good to see you vice president.”
“Good to see you too, president.”
We had a little laugh and then I put my bag on the table.
“There is something that I would like to show you.”
“Is it a book?”
“It has letters but it’s certainly not a book.”
“Alright let’s see.”
I took out the calligraphy artwork which was wrapped in the same paper I used yesterday for Miyo’s gift, but this time she actually wrapped it so that it would look cleaner.
“This is for you.”
“Really? Is it for me?”
“Sure, it’s a little gift nothing, special.”
She took the package with her usual red face and said: “Thanks, you are very kind. Can I open it?”
She unwrapped it like there was no tomorrow and looked at the artwork.
“It’s my name, and this is a cherry wood frame. It’s so cute I love it.”
“I’m glad you like.”
“Where did you get it?”
“Well, I found out that Megumi’s grandfather is a calligraphy expert and has a little shop where he does custom works like this.”
I think she still wasn’t really happy to hear Megumi’s name too often, but at the end she seemed pretty happy.
“Thank you. I really appreciate it. I think I will hang it in my bedroom so I always can remember the nice person who bought it for me.”
That was embarrassing but I understood what she was trying to say, I think.
I could have asked her what she would have thought if Megumi was to join our club, but I didn’t want to ruin her mood, so I just decided to call it a day and go home. This time I didn’t meet anybody on my way and nothing stopped me. I felt really good and I had the opportunity rest a bit, but as soon as I dropped the bag on the floor (maybe it was a divine message) the math book came out and reminded me that, the next I was going to take an annoying math test. At the end I had to postpone my resting to do some more math exercises.