Chapter 16:

March 23: Resolution

One Month to Figure out my Future

It was Tuesday and I still had to face the consequences of my actions. How will Rihoko react when she finds out what I did? I still don’t know, to be honest I’m not sure if I want to know, but hopefully it won’t be that bad.Bookmark here

“Good morning Miyo.”Bookmark here

“Good morning to you big brother.”Bookmark here

“Since you are a girl, tell me what I should expect from Rihoko.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“How will she react today?”Bookmark here

“Mhhhh, I think she will mostly mad at you because you let Megumi join the club.”Bookmark here

“If you say so…”Bookmark here

I wasn’t really convinced by Miyo’s words, she always tends to be a bit too sarcastic.Bookmark here

Regardless of that I headed to school. At the entrance Megumi was waiting for me.Bookmark here

“I see you take your sweet time to get to school.”Bookmark here

“Yes, who has the strength to run in the morning?”Bookmark here

“Everybody except you… Anyways, it’s already done.”Bookmark here

“Really? How did it go?”Bookmark here

“I talked with my father, he contacted his friend and explained him the situation. This guy has a clinic where he helps people with drinking problems. He organized a team of three people and they decided to go visit Rihoko’s father early in the morning so that he would be “fresher”. One of them is a physiologist specialized in children and teenagers, he talked to Rihoko. Rihoko’s father was furious and he still hadn’t completely recovered from the previous night. They put him in a tight spot where they basically forced him to be constantly visited by them in the clinic if he wanted to keep Rihoko with him. In some way they were able to calm him down. They brought him to the clinic to examine better his case, he will be staying there just for today. So, long story short, he will be constantly monitored hopefully preventing him from getting drunk again. Oh right, I also mentioned them the field tip and they suggested Rihoko’s father to let Megumi go so that she would have plenty of time to recover from the shock. This is what they told me, I don’t know any more details.”Bookmark here

“That’s already enough, thank you again for helping me.”Bookmark here

“Don’t mention it. I’m sure she will come to school, get ready to face her.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, see you after classes.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“We will be waiting for you in the club room, you remember?”Bookmark here

“Oh right…”Bookmark here

I can’t deny the fact that I was a bit scared. I slowly walked towards our classroom, then I noticed that Rihoko was waiting outside. She didn’t notice me, I still had the chance to run away. While I was basically paralyzed in the middle of the hallway, Rihoko turned her head and saw me. She started walking when she was really close to me, she… she hug me. Wait, did she just hug me?Bookmark here

She whispered: “This is the third time I hug you, and you totally deserve it.”Bookmark here

“W… Why?”Bookmark here

“I know everything that you did. This is was the right thing, both for me and my father. I was too scared to accept it. I don’t think that this time a simple videogame is going to be enough to pay you back.”Bookmark here

“I don’t think you should be thanking me, it was all possible thanks to someone else.”Bookmark here

“Megumi?”Bookmark here

“Yes, but how do you know that?”Bookmark here

“Miss. Kamuro told me.”Bookmark here

“Aren’t you mad at me?”Bookmark here

She nodded left and right. I was really surprised by that, but most importantly I was happy that she was happy.Bookmark here

“I think you should let go of me now.”Bookmark here

“Oh sorry… Shall we go to class?”Bookmark here

“I still have to do something. I will join you in a couple of minutes.”Bookmark here

“Ok sure, take your time.”Bookmark here

I really wanted to speak with Miss. Kamuro and off I went, but she was actually the one who found me while I was walking towards her office.Bookmark here

“Hey Kamizaki, you don’t look so bad. I guess your plan worked.”Bookmark here

“When did you tell Rihoko the all story?”Bookmark here

“This morning, I preferred to be the first one to confront her, being her homeroom teacher.”Bookmark here

“I see, it makes sense.”Bookmark here

“Thank you Satoshi, I was right to believe in you.”Bookmark here

“As I said to Rihoko, you should be thanking Megumi.”Bookmark here

“You are the one who made this all thing come to life, but I will certainly thank the student’s council president too.”Bookmark here

I guess I can take a big chunk of the merit. It felt really good.Bookmark here

“Now hurry up and get to class.”Bookmark here

“Yes!”Bookmark here

I went straight back to class. The rest of the school day was very chill, we didn’t really have to pay much attention so I mostly spent the time looking outside of the window and talking a bit with Hayato.Bookmark here

It was during Japanese class when I started telling him the whole story by writing on little pieces of paper, but this time we made sure not to get caught by the teacher. It was fun watching Hayato reading everything that I wrote, every time I passed him a new piece of paper, he read it as if it was a new chapter of a book.Bookmark here

His last reply was: “You are insane.”Bookmark here

Maybe I was, but it certainly paid off.Bookmark here

When the last bell rang, Rihoko asked me to come to the club room so that I could bring my laptop back home, apparently she no longer needed it.Bookmark here

“Are you sure you don’t need it anymore?”Bookmark here

“Yes, I figured out how to access everything from home too, plus, school is almost over. We don’t have to go to the club room anymore.”Bookmark here

“Alright, let’s go.”Bookmark here

We got to the club room and I started packing my laptop, external power supply and all the cables. I was still unplugging everything when someone knocked at the door. Rihoko went to open it.Bookmark here

Yes, it was Megumi. I totally forgot to tell Rihoko that she was going to join our club!Bookmark here

“Oh… Hi Megumi, I… I guess I should be thanking you too.”Bookmark here

“You don’t have to, it’s ok. I should apologize for all the times I have been mean to you.”Bookmark here

“I appreciate that.”Bookmark here

Rihoko was probably waiting for Megumi to go away but they ended up standing in front of each other for a couple of seconds.Bookmark here

I had to step in: “Rihoko, I think I forgot to tell you something.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Megumi is joining our club.”Bookmark here

Her face clearly said “What the hell are you talking about.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“I invited her to join the cl...”Bookmark here

Megumi interrupted me: “If I’m not welcome I should leave.”Bookmark here

Now everything was falling apart.Bookmark here

Rihoko stopped Megumi: “Wait, do you really want to join us? What about your club?”Bookmark here

“My vice president will take my place.”Bookmark here

“Why do you want to join?”Bookmark here

“I read many books, why not joining the literary club…”Bookmark here

“You wanted our club to shut down, why now you have changed your mind?”Bookmark here

“I guess, I want to stay with people who see me like a person, not the Takano’s heir.”Bookmark here

There was a pause…Bookmark here

Rihoko broke the silence: “Mr. vice president Kamizaki, I wasn’t informed about a new member joining the club, you will probably face consequences. But for now, Megumi Tadakoro, welcome to the literary club. Tomorrow we can do the paper work.”Bookmark here

I already said it, she changes mood too frequently, but anyways, she accept! Now I can say that my job here is done.Bookmark here

“Thank you Rihoko, should I start calling you Miss. president too?”Bookmark here

“You don’t need to, it would just be confusing.”Bookmark here

They had a little laugh.Bookmark here

“Well, I’m happy you girls are getting along now. I’m done here, I think we can all go at home and get ready for the field trip.”Bookmark here

Megumi replied: “Great idea, I’ll be going then. See you tomorrow.”Bookmark here

After Megumi walked away I was also about to leave the room but Rihoko blocked me by holding my arm.Bookmark here

“Tell me, be honest, what’s he reason why you asked her to join?”Bookmark here

“Well, it’s a bit complicated.”Bookmark here

“I have time to listen if you don’t mind.”Bookmark here

“She was forced to join the calligraphy club by her family, I just wanted to give her the opportunity to enjoy something that was not imposed to her.”Bookmark here

“Is there something more that I need to know?”Bookmark here

“No…”Bookmark here

From an innocent and clumsy girl she turned into a really intimidating inquisitor.Bookmark here

Finally she let my arm go and added: “Alright, I think we can call it a day.”Bookmark here

We both left school. At home, Miyo was already there.Bookmark here

“Hey Miyo are you already home?”Bookmark here

“Yes, I have to prepare for my field trip too. How did it go today?”Bookmark here

“Better than I expected. Rihoko thanked me for what I did. I hate to say I but I think you were right.”Bookmark here

“Of course, I’m always right… right about what?”Bookmark here

“I think Rihoko wasn’t really happy with Megumi joining the club, but in the end she accepted it.”Bookmark here

“Ohhh yes, of course she would be mad for that.”Bookmark here

“And why?”Bookmark here

“Come on Satoshi, you already know why! She likes you, if you bring another girl in, she will think you are not interested in her.”Bookmark here

“Maybe it’s true…”Bookmark here

“Unbelievable, I almost can’t stand what you are saying. You are so cold hearted.”Bookmark here

“It’s the price to pay for my genius.”Bookmark here

“Whatever…”Bookmark here

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