Chapter 0:

One Shot


Sena taps her pen on her notebook in sync with the hand on the clock. Her room is quiet. Her desk cluttered with books.Bookmark here

"Rui is late. What is she doing?" she sighs. "Did she get into trouble or something? I'm worried."Bookmark here

She hears her mother talking to someone downstairs followed by loud footsteps coming up the stairs. A petite, twin-tailed girl barges into her room.Bookmark here

"Rui!" Sena perks up. " Thank goodness. Where were you? I'm almost done with my homework."Bookmark here

"Sena!" Rui cries as she gives Sena a tight hug, her head behind Sena's back.Bookmark here

"Woah! What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"Sena... I think I'm going crazy."Bookmark here

"Huh? What are you talking about?"Bookmark here

"Uhm..."Bookmark here

"What happened? Should I call for help?"Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"Then what?"Bookmark here

"I think... my heart is gonna burst." Rui's hug gets tighter. "Aghhh!"Bookmark here

"Are you in love or something?"Bookmark here

"What should I do?"Bookmark here

"I... wouldn't know. Who is it, anyway?"Bookmark here

"Hiro," Rui whispers.Bookmark here

"Hiro? From the class next door?"Bookmark here

Rui nods.Bookmark here

"Did something happen between you two?"Bookmark here

"He suddenly offered to walk me home after the meeting."Bookmark here

"And?" Sena inquires further.Bookmark here

"That's it."Bookmark here

"I see," she tries to remember what Hiro looks like. "That guy looks a bit too plain, don't you think?"Bookmark here

"Right? I thought so, too. But he's surprisingly really cool. I think he was blushing the entire time!"Bookmark here

"Maybe he likes you too. Maybe he's waiting for the right time to confess."Bookmark here

"You think so?" Rui's eyes gleam with hope.Bookmark here

"I don't know. I wasn't there."Bookmark here

"H-He likes me?"Bookmark here

"You said he was blushing, right?"Bookmark here

"Yeah... No... I couldn't see it clearly. But I think he was." Rui looks down. "I'm acting crazy, aren't I? What should I do?"Bookmark here

"Rui's first crush, huh?" Sena chuckles. "That's adorable." She turns to face Rui. "Listen, Rui. There's nothing to be embarrassed about. It's up to you what you want to do. I'll always support your decisions."Bookmark here

"Really?" Rui shyly replies.Bookmark here

"Of course! I'll cheer you on."Bookmark here

"Thank you, Sena!" she gives Sena an even tighter hug. "You're the best! I love you so much!"Bookmark here

"Okay, okay. You're too close." Sena giggles. "So, what do you want to do?"Bookmark here

"I... want to get to know him better."Bookmark here

"Bold."Bookmark here

"Not good?"Bookmark here

"No, it sounds just like you," Sena smiles. "Just tell me if you need my help. But for now, we've got homework to finish."Bookmark here

...Bookmark here

The next day, as Sena's walking to school, she hears someone call out her name.Bookmark here

"Hm?" She turns and sees Hiro running up to her. "Hiro?"Bookmark here

"Do you have a minute?"Bookmark here

"Sure. Uhm. If it's about Rui, she might be running late today."Bookmark here

"No. I wanted to talk to you."Bookmark here

"Oh? Okay. What is it?"Bookmark here

"I... I wanted to tell you this yesterday, but I didn't know you and Rui went home separately."Bookmark here

"Huh?" Sena tries to recall last night's events as Rui described them. "She... had a meeting so I waited at home."Bookmark here

"Sena..." he stares right at her.Bookmark here

"...Y-Yes?"Bookmark here

"I..." Hiro takes a deep breath. "I really like you. Would you go out with me?"Bookmark here

"Huh?" Sena is dumbfounded, confused by what he meant. "...... Huh?"Bookmark here

"... Please," Hiro adds.Bookmark here

"What are you talking about? You..." Sena is starting to piece it together in her head.Bookmark here

"You don't need to give an answer right now."Bookmark here

"... Why me?"Bookmark here

"Do I need to give a reason?"Bookmark here

Sena, taken aback, looks down and clenches her bag's strap.Bookmark here

"So?" Hiro insists.Bookmark here

"If... If I say no, what would you do?" Bookmark here

"Then I'll try my best to not appear before you again. Ever. You have my word." Hero promises in a confident, determined voice.Bookmark here

"That's..."Bookmark here

"So it's a no, huh?"Bookmark here

"Wait! I..." Sena's voice starts to crack. "You said I don't need to give an answer right now, right?"Bookmark here

"I did."Bookmark here

"Then... I'll think about it."Bookmark here

"Really?" Hiro curiously asks. Sena sees the same hopeful eyes she saw from Rui the night before.Bookmark here

"In the meantime, I have a selfish favor to ask."Bookmark here

"What is it?"Bookmark here

"Could you go out with Rui?"Bookmark here

"Huh?! Why should I?"Bookmark here

"Rui... She really likes you, you know. She's a really sweet person. I'm sure you'll grow to like her too."Bookmark here

Hiro looks down to the side. "Just say no if you don't want to."Bookmark here

"Please. I don't want to hurt my best friend. I owe her everything." Sena waits until Hiro is looking back at her. "Can I count on you?"Bookmark here

"..." Sena can see the frustration in his eyes. "Why can't it be you?"Bookmark here

"Please..."Bookmark here

"Will..." Hiro relaxes his body. "Will this make you happy?"Bookmark here

Sena shyly nods.Bookmark here

"And you said you'll think about it, didn't you?"Bookmark here

Sena shyly nods again.Bookmark here

"... Fine."Bookmark here

"Please don't tell Rui about this."Bookmark here

"I know."Bookmark here

"Thank you."Bookmark here

Hiro looks away. "Well then... I'll look forward to your answer."Bookmark here

Ana Fowl


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