Chapter 6:

Not A Hero

Dating My Sister's Crush's Sisters!

“Do you ever question who was the first person who thought to draw hentai? Like, who saw manga and immediately thought to turn it into that.”Bookmark here

Once again, Ishibashi was doing her usual talking. What in god’s name was she going on about was beyond me.Bookmark here

My mind was still filled with the scene I had accidentally come across. It shouldn’t have been bothering me as much as it did, but it wasn’t leaving my mind. Not to be mean or anything, but I always found it unfathomable to see Keiko dating someone. She wasn’t dating anyone yet, but the mere fact she had someone in her sights was—Bookmark here

“Hey! Noro! Are you listening?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

“Could you have at least pretended you were?”Bookmark here

“Why would I lie?”Bookmark here

Her cheeks puffed in a pout.Bookmark here

“You look different.” She said out of the blue.Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“I mean, you usually look like you don’t care about anything, but right now you look worried. Did something happen?”Bookmark here

I blinked at her analysis of my expressions. Was she really looking at me that much to notice that kind of detail? Or maybe I was acting strange, so much so that it became really obvious to even someone like her.Bookmark here

Either way, I answered, “Not at all.” Before turning back to the front.Bookmark here

“You’re not going to fool your friends like that!”Bookmark here

“Since when were you my—”Bookmark here

“You’ve already done that bit!”Bookmark here

“Right.”Bookmark here

Anyway, my usual messing with her wasn’t really working out. With my usual self-defense tactic gone, I had no other option but to stay silent.Bookmark here

Right, my notepad. I suddenly remembered. This was already the second time I’d forgotten to use my notepad. That fact wasn’t something I liked. That only meant that things weren’t going normally like usual.Bookmark here

I scratched out the first few tasks for today then stored it back in my pocket.Bookmark here

With nothing else to do, I pulled out the book I had brought with me today. I’d finish Carrie a few days ago. I thought it was alright, nothing too special. Today I’d decided to go for something I wouldn’t normally read, a light novel.Bookmark here

“Hey, you read light novels too, Noro?”Bookmark here

“Not really.”Bookmark here

“Then is that the first light novel you’ve read?”Bookmark here

“Why would you think that?” I mean, she was right, but I was still curious.Bookmark here

“You don’t look like the type who’d read them.”Bookmark here

She took my silence as confirmation. She once again placed her hands on my shoulders and peered over to properly look at the book.Bookmark here

“You really picked that as your first light novel?”Bookmark here

“What’s wrong with it?”Bookmark here

The cover was that of a girl with white hair, pale skin, and blue eyes. This girl, however, had two cat ears at the top of her head. The cover was pretty simple, and I didn’t really think it was my type of book, but it was the first thing I found, so I took it.Bookmark here

“I don’t know, I don’t think that’s something you’d like.” She suddenly grabbed the chair from her desk and pulled it in front of my desk before sitting down. She pulled out her phone and searched something up. “Here’s some that I recommend.” Her smile was the same as when she was drawing. Her eyes glowed with excitement as she showed me a catalog of light novels I’d never heard of.Bookmark here

Before long, she had shown me more light novels with strange names, than books I’d actually ever read. At this point I felt like it was far too late to tell her I wasn’t really interested in reading, so I half paid attention to what she said.Bookmark here

“Yo, Noro.” A voice suddenly interrupted.Bookmark here

From the corner of my eye, I saw a pair of jade eyes looking over to me. They slowly made their way towards us.Bookmark here

“Oh, and you’re the girl Terada is dating…Ishibashi, right?”Bookmark here

The smile she showed while talking about light novels slowly faded from her face. She locked her phone and placed it face down as she answered. “Y-Yeah, that’s me!” she said in her usual excited tone.Bookmark here

“Well, nice to meet you.” He said before turning back to me. “Come with me, Noro. I need your help with something.”Bookmark here

Without waiting for my response, he left the room.Bookmark here

What was that about?Bookmark here

Seeing as he didn’t give me a chance to refuse, I hesitantly stood and followed him out the door.Bookmark here

These Yaguchi siblings really are something.Bookmark here

I silently followed him. There was still a half-hour before class started, so I wasn’t worried about getting back late. Eventually, we stopped near a vending machine at the end of the hall.Bookmark here

He stood in front of it and bought a can of green tea. It tumbled into the tray at the bottom, and he picked it up before tossing it my way. I was just barely able to catch it.Bookmark here

I looked at the can in confusion.Bookmark here

“Take that as an apology for my sisters yesterday.”Bookmark here

Did they tell him about how they talked to me during lunch? I questioned, but I was soon proven wrong.Bookmark here

“I can’t say I know how twins think, even if I am their older brother. There aren’t many who can relate to them, so I guess you can’t blame them for getting overly excited.” He ordered another can of tea and popped it open. “I hope they didn’t bother you after that. They can get carried away sometimes.”Bookmark here

“Not really,” I replied. I decided that mentioning that they talked to me during lunch would cause a lot more unnecessary talking between us, so ending it like this was in my best interest.Bookmark here

He took a long sip of his tea before saying, “Heh, you don’t talk much, do you?”Bookmark here

His question took me for a loop. I wasn’t expecting the conversation to turn on me, but I couldn’t just stay silent. Yet for as much as I wanted to speak, my mouth wouldn’t open. My heart raced and my breathing became heavy.Bookmark here

“That’s fine, I used to be like that too.” He took another long sip from his tea, “I wonder what happened?”Bookmark here

Although he was asking himself that question, it oddly felt like he was asking me. But I knew exactly what happened to me. There was no need to think about that.Bookmark here

“You know, your sister talks a lot about you.”Bookmark here

My head snapped towards him. With everything from yesterday still floating around my mind, I couldn’t help to think that he might’ve been the guy she was catching feelings for.Bookmark here

“She never stops saying how great you are and telling stories when you two were little. I’ve heard quite a few tales of your acts of heroism, and the opposite as well.” He laughed. “I guess that Keiko really isn’t the damsel in distress type, huh.”Bookmark here

I felt my eyes widen when he called Keiko by her given name. It was involuntary, but he obviously noticed me looking at him weirdly.Bookmark here

“Oh, sorry, I just thought that calling you two by your given names would be easier. To not get confused and all that. I already asked Keiko and she was fine with it, but I haven’t asked you so that’s why I’ve still been calling you Noro.” He scratched his head, “Do you mind if I call you Keizou?”Bookmark here

I guess those two said the same thing. I thought back to Hiyu and Mayumi. It seemed inevitable when it came to twins.Bookmark here

“That’s fine,” I answered as I popped open the can of tea. It was a little too warm for my liking, but not bad.Bookmark here

“Keizou. Keiko…Those names are pretty similar.” He said as he continued repeating our names. “Oh right, you can call me by my given name too. I might not be a twin, but at least that makes it even between us.”Bookmark here

“Right.”Bookmark here

Only now was I remembering I didn’t know his name. I’d definitely heard it during roll call every day, but I wasn’t paying attention to anyone else’s name but my own.Bookmark here

“Don’t tell me you don’t know my name.”Bookmark here

I awkwardly shook my head.Bookmark here

“You really don’t need to do me like that.” He said with an exaggerated sigh. “I’m Munekage. Munekage Yaguchi.” He downed the rest of his tea and crushed the can. “Anyway,” he started as he tossed the crushed can into the nearby garbage can. “We should probably get back to class. We wouldn’t want to be late.”Bookmark here

I nodded then downed the tea in my hands and tossed it into the trash.Bookmark here

As we approached the classroom, we began hearing a lot of murmuring and talking coming from inside. It wasn’t odd to hear people talking before class, but this was a bit more excessive than usual.Bookmark here

We entered the class and came face to face with some of our classmates grouping around the seat behind mine—Ishibashi’s seat.Bookmark here

They sounded panicked and one of the girls there was barking orders to people.Bookmark here

“Go get a teacher!” she yelled.Bookmark here

Immediately, three students rushed out of the class, speeding past us and splitting up to either side of the hallway.Bookmark here

“She’s still breathing, but she’s not waking up.”Bookmark here

“Could she have passed out from a fever?”Bookmark here

That was when I finally saw Ishibashi lying on the desk with her eyes closed. Her head was on top of the notebook she always drew in while the pencil she always used laid on the floor.Bookmark here

Seemingly by instinct, I rushed to her, pushing past a few students before finally making it to Ishibashi. Her face wasn’t flushed and if anything looked pale.Bookmark here

Could she have passed out from stress? But how?Bookmark here

I’d seen it happen before and this looked just like that. I couldn’t say for certain but doing nothing would help no one.Bookmark here

“Move,” I told the people around me before gently lifting Ishibashi from her seat.Bookmark here

Thankfully the nurse’s office was only a few classes down. It would be easier to treat her there.Bookmark here

As I made my way to the door, Munekage rushed to it first, opening it then heading towards the nurse’s office to open that one as well. Once in there, I laid her down on an open bed. Bookmark here

The nurse wasn’t there, but Munekage had already gone to look for her.Bookmark here

I mentally apologized to both Ishibashi and Terada as I began to unbutton her uniform. I only did enough so it wasn’t constricting her breathing, but I still felt uncomfortable doing it.Bookmark here

With that done I had run out of things I could do for her. For extra measure, I quickly listened for breathing and checked her pulse. Her heart was a bit slow, but she was breathing well enough.Bookmark here

It only took a few seconds before the nurse and a few teachers came rushing into the room.Bookmark here

“Noro!” Terada came rushing down the hall. “Is Otoka alright!?”Bookmark here

His face had an expression I had never seen on him before. A mix of fear and nervousness filled his face. His breathing was heavy as he came face to face with me.Bookmark here

“She’ll be fine. She passed out due to stress.”Bookmark here

His face immediately shifted, not to one of relief, but to something else. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was, but it gave me hints of guilt.Bookmark here

“I see.” He let out a sigh. “Is she awake now?” he pointed towards the room.Bookmark here

“Should be.” I began to walk away towards my class, “They said they didn’t want anyone with her for a little while. You could ask though.”Bookmark here

“Hey Noro.”Bookmark here

I stopped and turned to Terada. “Thanks.” He lightly said.Bookmark here

I simply nodded as I went back to class.Bookmark here

A wave of murmuring was silenced the moment I entered the class. Every student's gaze was focused on me. The teacher was still at the main office contacting Ishibashi’s parents, so the class became a study period.Bookmark here

Munekage nodded as I passed by him.Bookmark here

The moment I sat down, the guy sitting next to me tapped on my desk.Bookmark here

“How’s Ishibashi doing?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, what happened to her?” The person behind them asked.Bookmark here

After that, another flurry of questions came flooding my way. I’d barely, if not ever, talked to any of these people, but now they were all talking to me at once. My brain was already overloaded from the whole Ishibashi situation and their questions weren’t helping.Bookmark here

“Yo, no need to overwhelm him.” I heard Munekage’s voice near me. He was standing near the front of my desk and looking down at our classmates with a smile. “He just saw his friend collapse, don’t you think he’s already going through a lot?”Bookmark here

With his charming smile and deep voice, it was pretty hard for anyone to defy him. I might’ve even seen some of the girls blush.Bookmark here

Munekage shot me a thumbs up.Bookmark here

With the baggage of all that drama, the rest of the school day was complete chaos.Bookmark here

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Once again, murmuring followed me up until I reached the gate. Even then, the murmuring and glances continued. I simply closed my eyes, crossed my arms, and ignored it.Bookmark here

From what I heard, Ishibashi was sent home after that. I imagine they would go to the doctor just in case, but that was none of my business.Bookmark here

“Hey, Noro.” A voice came from the other side of the gate. I quickly turned around and saw long black hair. Immediately I knew who it was, or at least I knew it could be one of two people.Bookmark here

“What is it?” I asked after turning back forward.Bookmark here

“You’ve caused quite a fuzz today, huh.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Come on, there’s been all types of rumors flying around.”Bookmark here

“Rumors?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, with that girl you saved.”Bookmark here

Saved? I thought to myself. I obviously knew she was talking about Ishibashi, but I wouldn’t say I saved her. She wouldn’t have died from something like that. At best, I helped her a bit, but not saved.Bookmark here

“Sounds exaggerated.”Bookmark here

“Tell me about it.” She let out a long sigh before continuing, “You wouldn’t imagine all the rumors I’ve heard. You’re basically being painted as her knight in shining armor.”Bookmark here

“How?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know. There’s just been a whole lot of different stories coming from different people. It’s like every grade in our school got a different story, but in all of them you are painted as a hero.”Bookmark here

That was the oddest thing I could imagine. Why would anyone do that? There were definitely people there who saw it all happen. Even then, why would people even care about something like that?Bookmark here

“It seems like having something interesting happen in this boring school made everyone get carried away with the story.”Bookmark here

You’re one to talk. Bookmark here

What she said made sense. Our school wasn’t too big, especially for a high school, and we lived in a pretty calm part of town. That was a large thing that I loved about this place, nothing ever happened. I could imagine that after something like this happened people would take that and run with it. But there was still something odd about that.Bookmark here

“Well, I’m not a hero.” I plainly said. “Don’t believe those rumors.”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, neither me or Mayumi believed any of them for a second. After you left us on the roof yesterday there was no way we would believe you’d do something like that.”Bookmark here

So I’m talking to Hiyu. I recalled the hint of green in her eyes. That was really the only way I could differentiate them. Well that, and their personalities.Bookmark here

After noticing the long silence, I turned around and found that she had left at some point. At that same moment, I heard Keiko call out to me from afar.Bookmark here

“What’s going on?” She asked.Bookmark here

“Apparently more than I’d imagined.”Bookmark here

It didn’t take long to catch up Keiko on the situation, but all she could do by end of it was laugh.Bookmark here

“They really are portraying you like a hero for that?”Bookmark here

“That’s what I’m saying.”Bookmark here

“Well, I guess you’ll have to thank uncle for teaching us how to handle those situations.”Bookmark here

“I don’t think I want to thank him for anything really.”Bookmark here

We continued down our usual street. There was an oddly larger number of people walking the streets near us.Bookmark here

I shook my head. My life was already becoming crazier than usual. The last thing I wanted was to make things worse by having those thoughts.Bookmark here

With the whole Ishibashi situation going on, the thing about Keiko having a crush completely flew past me. Now that I was clearing my thoughts, it was finally coming back. She wasn’t acting any different right now than usual, in fact, that quietness she’d been carrying around was all but gone.Bookmark here

That’s when I noticed something. I should’ve noticed it earlier, but I wasn’t paying much attention.Bookmark here

I interrupted Keiko’s humming by asking, “Are you wearing makeup?”Bookmark here

Her eyes jolted open. She took a few steps away from me as she replied, “N-No, I’m not!” she said while covering her face, “Well…maybe…does it look bad?”Bookmark here

Apparently having noticed she wasn’t going to fool me, she quickly accepted it. “I wouldn’t say it looks bad, it’s just weird seeing you wearing makeup. Didn’t you say you didn’t like makeup because all your running would ruin it?”Bookmark here

“Well, yeah, but…” she looked like she was struggling with a decision. She groaned as she squeezed her eyes shut. “I-I’ll tell you later.” She finally said while speeding up.Bookmark here

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The rest of the day played out as usual. At least my home life wasn’t changing. Keiko, however, still hadn’t told me what she said she would tell me. It was already getting late. The clock on my wall showed it was 10 PM.Bookmark here

Just as I was thinking that a soft knock came at my door. Bookmark here

Huh, so she’s knocking this time.Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

The door slowly creaked open. From behind came the face of my twin sister Keiko. She came inside and closed the door behind her. Without a word, she made her way to my bed and sat down. I turned my desk chair to face her and waited for her to speak.Bookmark here

Finally, her mouth opened, “You know…about that thing I was going to tell you.”Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“Well…it’s actually about someone in your class—oh it’s nothing bad though!” she wildly shook her hands.Bookmark here

She nervously fidgeted and a blush filled her cheeks.Bookmark here

“I…well…”Bookmark here

Alright, she’s not going anywhere by herself. Bookmark here

“Speaking of which,” I decided to interrupt.Bookmark here

Keiko seemed shocked that I would randomly start talking, but I needed to do this. I had never seen her this nervous, and I didn’t blame her. Not once in our lives had we talked about love or who we liked with each other. That was mostly because we never had a chance to get that far with anyone before, but now…Bookmark here

“I heard that you’ve talked to Munekage about me.”Bookmark here

She recoiled in her seat. Her back straightened and her gaze snapped towards me.Bookmark here

“You talk to him?” she asked in a shaky voice.Bookmark here

“Something like that. He’s also the one who helped me with the whole Ishibashi situation.”Bookmark here

“Really?!” she said excitedly. “He’s really nice, isn’t he?” her smile was as warm as I’d ever seen it. Even if she didn’t outright say it, that smile was more than enough confirmation for me to know I was right on the mark.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I guess he is.”Bookmark here

With that, Keiko was able to strengthen her resolve. She took a deep breath and finally said, “I…have a crush on him. On Munekage Yaguchi!”Bookmark here

“Thought so.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

And just like that, the hardest task I had ever taken upon myself began.Bookmark here

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