One Month to Figure out my Future
It was the next day and nothing changed. Today we were coming to come back home and we had the entire morning to ourselves.
"Hayatooooo, hear me out."
"What's so important that you have to wake me up??"
"It's about Rihoko, she confessed to me."
Hayato stopped moaning and got out of bed.
"Please Satoshi, please tell me that you acted properly!"
"I don't know... That's why I wanted to ask you."
"What did you tell her?"
"I don't even know myself, it was just a mess of random words with little meaning. I believe my point was that i was ready for a relationship."
"So what you are telling me is that you rejected her?"
"It's not really a straight up rejection, it's more like, wait a second we are going to fast. I mean at the of the day, we just spent like a month being friends, nor a year."
"Well, you might be right on the fact that it all happened too fast for you little brain to process everything..."
"Ans what was her reaction?"
"She understood the situation and accepted it. For now everything will be the exact same as before even though now I now she feels something for me."
"Mhh, look at the bright side, you will have the summer break to put together your thought and maybe go see her from time to time."
"So you are not blaming me?"
"I understand both points of view, nobody here is to blame."
"Thanks for listening to my problems."
"Don't sweat it, you had to listen to much more boring stuff from me."
Was I feeling better now? A little bit, this topic was going to be the only thing in my mind for white some time. When we went to get breakfast, both Miyo and Saki where there, we sat with them and everything felt exactly like before, like never changed, expect that, something changed.
For the rest of the morning I went shopping with Hayato, and by shopping I meant buying souvenirs for my parents and Miyo. I knew that if I was not to come home with a magnet to put on the fridge, Miyo would have killed me.
"Hey Satoshi, i think I might have to go back to the Hotel?"
"Why what is going on?"
"It's my knee, I think I pushed it too far these days even though I haven't done any really stressful activity."
"Sure no problem, you can stand on your own or you want an hand?"
"If I can hold on to you it would be better so that I can release some of the stress off my knee."
"Sure, let's go."
We weren't that far off from the hotel and as soon as we entered, Miss. Kamuro run towards us.
"Did something bad happen? Do I need to call an ambulance."
She sounded really worried.
"No... Miss. Kamuro, I just over did it a bit and know my knee is hurting me."
"Ok let's get you to bed, don't worry this afternoon you will already be at home."
We brought Hayato back to the room and helped him to lay down. Miss. Kamuro later called Hayato's parents as a precaution, to let them know what was going on.
"Sorry for causing trouble..."
"Don't even mention it. It's not your fault."
"But I ruined you final day here in Kyoto."
"Do you think I had anything better to do?"
We laughed a bit and then we just chatted a bit more and played more games.
"Hey Satoshi, look in that pocket in my suitcase, I should also have a deck of cards, let's play with that."
Time flied and it was already time to go and leave Kyoto. Many things happened, maybe too many things, but I was happy. It's always good to experiment. We said goodbye to all the staff members of the hotel which had been extremely nice to us and then off we went once again.
One we got on the bullet train we took the 4 seats but this time we used to let Hayato extend his leg and try to reduce the pain. He was still able to sleep even if he was in pain.When we finally got to Tokyo, the bus brought us back at school where many parents where waiting. I wasn't expecting all of this.
Once we got off the bus, everybody went and looked for they families, I had many fought that my parents would come and wait for me.
I heard someone shouting my name: "Satoshi! Satoshi we are here!""Big brother come on are you deaf?"
And there I was wrong, I turned around and both my parents and my sister were there waiting for me. As I was going to join them, I casually looked around me and I saw that also Rihoko wasn't alone, her father came too.
My mum welcomed me with a big hug: "Satoshi, I'm so happy to see you, tell us all about your trip and what you saw. Miyo has already filled us in on everything that she did."
"Sure, thank you for coming."
For the rest of the day both Miyo and I went on talking about all the things that happened during those 4 days, except of course for only one small detail...The next day I still had to school and I still had important things to deal with.
But in the morning I had to first overcome a big challenge: Miyo."Did something happen between you and Rihoko? Something romantic maybe?"
What am I going to do? Shall I tell her the whole story or not? I'm sure she would figure it out regardless, might as well tell her.
"REALLY??? Tell me now! Did my list of romantic places come in handy?"
"No, but she confessed to me."
Miyo took a couple of seconds to process that last sentence.
"You mean she confessed her love for you? Like in movies?"
"Don't be always so sarcastic!"
"Ok ok sorry, go on."
"She said she likes me, and that she wanted to be with me."
"Wow big brother that's awesome you finally made a girl fell for you. What did you reply to her?"
"Well... Here comes the difficult part."
"Don't tell me you rejected her?!"
"I might have done that..."
"Because I'm not ready, that's why! I know you want to help me by telling me what to do in these situations but I'm no ready yet. I don't want a relationship, that's how things are."
"Are you sure of your decision?"
"Yes I'm sure, we agreed we should take it more easy."
"If that makes you happy, than I'm happy for you too."
"Now, enough with this stuff because I'm sick entire of it, let's go to school."
At school I met Megumi after she had just finished to talk to some teacher.
"Hi Megumi hope your trip went well, where did your class go?"
"We went to Osaka."
"That's pretty cool too, did you already tell you parents about you switching front he calligraphy club to the literary club?"
"Not yet, but I will, I promise."
"Alright, no pressure. I will got to class, see you around."
Classes as you can imagine where super easy and it allowed me to think more about what I wanted to write on my career plan. I still really liked to the engineering field but something had changed recently. I think I finally found the something more that can make me happy.
After classes Rihoko, Saki and I all gathered in the club room where Saki fill the paperwork to officially ask to join our club.
"Thank you for letting me join you club, you are very kind people."
"You are one helping us but joking the club."
And that was done too. As Hayato said back when we where in the train together, there was just one more person to help. Myself. What did I want for my future? I think now it's still early for me to say what I want exactly but I'll write a couple of lines so that Miss. Kamuro can have a look at it. Or even better, I'm going to tell her directly.
I knocked on her office door. She came and opens the door: "Hi Satoshi, how can I help you?"
"I have a few ideas for my career plan and I want to discuss them with you if you can. You always wanted me to have little serious chat me."
"Oh you see i don't think that's a good idea now... But if you insist."
She let me in and when I got into her office I could see there was something wrong. There were boxes a over the palace, she was packing to go where?
"Miss. Kamuro are you going to change office?"
"And where are you going?"
"In the north of Japan."
"I'm changing school."
I was shocked, she had been a part of our class for so many years, she can't just go away like that, what happened?
"My mum lives there and see got sick, I need to be close to her to look after her. I can't do it by staying here, that's why I asked to be transferred over a month ago."
Well now I understand...
"I'm sorry Miss. Kamuro, it just that you were always there for us."
"And I'm sorry to have to leave you guys, it won't be easy. Anyways, you came here to talk about your career plan, tell me!"
"I... I want to help people. I don't want them to commit my some mistakes, that's why I thought that being a homeroom teacher would have helped me achieve this dream."
"Wow I wasn't expecting that, are you sure you are not just copying my idea?"
"No, I thought about it a for now, it's something that I would like to experiment. I'm not sure if I will keep this mentality for much longer, things just change too fast."
"I understand, I'm proud that you tried to think more deeply about this assignment. I shouldn't be stay that, but you are my best student."
I think it happened again, I could feel my cheeks getting very hot.
"Look at you, blushing for such a small compliment."
"It was a big compliment, you can count on that."
She laughed and invited me to shake hands.
"Satoshi, it has been an absolute pleasure to meet you, I don't think I will ever forget you."
"Same goes for you Miss. Kamuro."
"Please call me Reine, just for this time."
It felt so weird to call a teacher by her first name. Regardless of that, i was happy but at the same time very sad because we were going to miss her.
"Don't make that sad face Satoshi, you still have lots and lots of thing to do in live, go out there, explore, enjoy, live!"
"Thank you Miss. Kamuro I will."
After that I went back home still trying to process the fact that next year wouldn't have Miss. Kamuro to help us anymore. Who knows who will replace her, certainly nobody will ever be able to match her.
The next day she gave the new to all the class, as you can imagine everybody was shocked and couldn't believe that, that was really happening. Before leaving us she took the time to explain every single qualify each one of us has and should be proud of.
The days of school remaining where very few and we didn't have anything more to do. The results of the finals came out, I was pretty happy and Hayato too was satisfied with his results too, probably his best results in his career as an high school student.Now everything was settled.
School was over and I started reading Rihoko's book.
One thing was sure, in one month many things can happen.