Chapter 8:

Late Night Visit

I’m in love with a Chinese Nationalist

The unexpected walk into Lei Mei has really left me stressed. Thinking about it, I have been becoming more paranoid over what Lei Mei thinks of me recently. So, I don’t really want her to know everything just yet. However, she just happens to be there every time something is happening, it has to be her special ability at this point.

As I was about to turn the corner I bumped into a woman. At first, I didn’t recognise who it was. Once both of us were back up, I realised it was Tomoko. The last person I needed to see today. It has been a cursed day for me. How can I get this unlucky with walking into people I know but want to avoid? Why can’t it be Kingo for once? I would much more prefer him at this point.

“OMG! TAJI! What a surprise bumping into you at this time!” Tomoko yelled out as she opened her arms to hug me.

I tried to avoid her getting me but I failed miserably. She’s just too strong for me, I’ll have to work on changing that.

“Tomoko! Whoo…”

“What are you up to right now Taji?”

She finally let me go. Wow. Never knew she would be this damn strong, almost impossible to break away, makes me feel like a failure of a man.

“Nothing, on my way home… why?”

“Want to come to my place to chill and stuff for a bit?”

“Uhh, I don't know…”

“Come on! Just like the good old days, just to talk a little and play something. Nothing serious right?”

“Well, I guess, yeah sure.”

“Haha, great, come come!”

Tomoko grabbed my wrist and dragged me away to her house. Not much has changed since the last time I was here. Even after all those years, her room was more or less the same. How did she end up being known as the school slut while her room looks like every normal girl's room? It’s almost impossible to believe she's a delinquent.

“Want something to drink?”

“Uhh, you got any apple juice?”

“Of course I do, it’s my fav after all.”

“Thought you’d have some.”

“Glad you remembered, I’ll be back in a min”

I wonder, how would everything be going if I didn’t break up with Tomoko a few years ago? Would she have remained how she was instead of being a delinquent at school? Endless possibilities and no actual answers to them. One thing I do know for sure is that I probably wouldn’t have been into Lei Mei. I currently can’t imagine myself not thinking about Lei Mei. No matter how much we are apart, just hearing her name makes my heart skip a beat. I really have fallen for her.

“Tajiiiiiii! Here you go.” Tomoko burst into the room with the drinks almost spilling all over the floor.

“Thanks. So, what do you want to do.”

“Hmm, we can play some games, I got my hands on a PlaySquare 5 a week ago!”

“No way?! Really? Aren’t they really expensive right now?”

“Yeah they are but… I did get it for nearly retail price. I got a nice discount.”

“How did you do that? I’ve been trying for a month now.”

“Haha… I have my ways. Don’t worry about it.”

Doesn’t sound too good but whatever she does is her problem. I have nothing to do with what she does.

We spent some time playing games. I don’t know why but I have been feeling really weird. Everything has been feeling overly enjoyable and I wouldn’t say it shouldn't be fun, it’s just an exaggerated feeling I've been having.

I’m starting to feel more and more tired.

“Tomoko… I should probably get going now.”

“Awww, Taji please, stay for a little longer.” Tomoko started to crawl onto me.

“It’s late… I’m pretty tired now…”

“Then stay here for the night. I wouldn’t mind letting you stay here, no different than it was before.” She said as she pinned my arms onto the floor.

“I should… get…. goin-”

What on earth happened…

“Oh, good morning Taji!” Tomoko said while she was getting changed into our school uniform.

Did I really pass out? No way I spent the night at Tomoko’s place, even more so, in her bed… and with… her?

“What time is it?” I asked while wiping my eyes.

It’s still hard to believe that this really happened.

“Hmm, it’s probably around 10 am”

Ten? In the morning? Oh no…

“So… we’re late for school…?”

She nodded. Great. Not only did I spend a night in a girl's room also late for school and will have to deal with my parents when I get home.

“I’m so dead…” I accidentally spoke out.

“Don’t worry Taji! I got my mum to call yours letting her know you were going to stay the night here. She said that’s ok.”

“Oh… Thanks… that’s good then.”

Although that issue is solved, I’ll still have to deal with being late to school and my mother most likely getting nosey about why I was staying the night and stuff that happened. The usual mother questioning.

“Why didn’t you wake me up earlier?”

“I only just woke up myself, you looked really cute in your sleep so I didn’t want to wake you up.”

“What kind of dumb excuse is that? We’re late!”

“I’m late most of the time anyway, nothing new.”

“I’m not though? Every time I think that you’re not as bad as I thought you do stupid stuff like this.”

“Geez, calm down Taji. One time won’t harm you anyway. Now get dressed~”

Tomoko is actually one of the most infuriating people I know. How can someone be like this? I really don’t want to deal with her anymore.

After getting dressed and getting something to eat quickly we headed over to the school. I don’t think I missed any important classes today, worst case I’ll just have Kingo recap it, well only if he bothered to pay attention himself. Hard to score with him in that regard.

I hid on the school's rooftop until the first break, as for Tomoko, she vanished as soon as we jumped into the school grounds.

“TAJI!!” Kingo yelled out as he bashed through the door.

“Hey. How’s it going Kingo.”

“Taji! Did you actually sleep with Tomoko?”


What is he talking about? Sleeping with Tomoko? No way in hell would I do that. Where did he get this idea? Did he see us coming together late? No… we went through a part of the school no one would actually see us. I don’t understand where he’s getting this from.

“What are you talking about Kingo?”

“Tomoko was showing pictures of you both together in bed, saying that you two slept together.”


“So you slept with her?”


Well then. So that’s what Tomoko went off to do. When did she even get those pictures? Wait… Right. I passed out. Should have expected her to take advantage of that. I should have noticed something was wrong when I woke up undressed and in bed. I didn’t even fall asleep there as far as I’m aware.

I’m so stupid. How could I mess up that bad?

“TAJI! Are you okay?”

“Oh… Kingo, sorry. Yeah no. I didn’t sleep with Tomoko.”

“So what are those pictures showing? Or are you trying to stay humble? Can’t be keeping secrets like these from me. I’m your best buddy Kingo after all right?” Kingo put his arm around me and kept trying to get the answer he was looking for

I really need to sort this out, I can’t have people going around talking about something that didn’t happen. Tomoko really put me in an awful position here. What is she even trying to achieve with this?