Anonymous 2008/12/14 (Sun) 17:07 No. 71600
[X] Suggest showing the schoolyard to Aoi.
Of course, I could go back to class right away, but such behaviour doesn't suit my freelance personality. Besides, I can only imagine how boring it would be to spend those leisure minutes idly. Only nerds and swots stay in class during breaks, and I don't consider myself either of those.
Absent-mindedly throwing away all the inedible elements of my lunch, I try to come up with a solution to this burning problem. I hate situations like these - if it weren't for Aoi, I'd probably gulp down my lunch and go to the library or something to pass the rest of the time. But now, going there would be pointless. Ehh. For what sins was I punished with such a dilemma, not even half-way through the day? Ah, yes, that's right, as far as I can remember, there's only one class left, but while I should probably be happy about that, the sheer prospect of horror I'm going to be forced to go through is enough to kill my spirits. Math, with that goddamn I-Can't-Speak-English-At-All-So-Bear-With-Me bastard. I don't know where he came from, but at least one thing he said about himself turned out to be true - he can't speak english. At all.
But back to the matter at hand, here I am, losing time on useless wondering while Aoi empties her own tray into the bin. I probably have three or so seconds to come up with something before she finishes and looks at me with those expectant eyes again.
Wait, why do I even care? This lunch was a one-time thing, I just acted on an impulse, it's not like I'm trying to pick her up or anything, jesus! Calm down, me, and gather your guts. There's only around 15 minutes left, and you've got a selfless girl on your head. Yeah, brought that one on yourself, jackass. Enjoy being dragged around.
What a fool I am. What a great and intoxicating innocence, how could I be so naive? It was obvious she would develop some sort of familiarity towards me if I did such a bold thing as joining her - alone - in a lunch. Not only that, I also ended up giving her advices about how to make new friends. I... really did act friendly towards her, didn't I. What for? Why? I told myself not to get involved, yet...
But what I'm doing here is thinking too much and wasting time. In the end, like I said, I've already gotten involved, I may as well play along for now. Yeah, play along. Show her around, introduce her to some people, and then, when I'll cease being the only one she knows, I'll be free to continue with my everyday life. Yeah, brilliant plan. Just perfect.
"Show her around... Hey, Aoi?" I turn to her and face - as expected - an unsure, a bit pleading stare. Yeah, I know, you don't know what to do next, do you. Like a lost puppy. "Er, there's still some time left, how about I show you the yard?"
"Eh?" at first she appears to be a bit suprised "Ah, yes, of course, why not."
But in the end, it doesn't take a psychologist to see that she's actually happy about my offer. What an ordeal. What a goddamn ordeal. What have I gotten myself into?
And so, we begin our stroll around the school grounds, me making my way through the dust-filled air in a steady pace, Aoi following close behind, too close for my tastes, actually, observing everything I point out and probably making mental notes. Yeah, you're gonna need that, you little succubus.
"Here," I point to a bush growing near the school's perimeter "Is the official truancers' emergency exit. If the gate is closed, you can get outside that way."
"Um, I don't think I'm going to need that..."
Like hell you are, missy. No newcomer admits it at first, but in time, they all learn - this spot is actually even more crowded than the gate at times. As far as my knowledge goes, there's even a special code about this place - some sort of a list of rules concerning this place. When to speak and when not to speak about it and so on. I also heard that some of the teachers that have been teaching at this school for several years know of it's existence... But they never got around to fixing that hole in the wall. Well, everyone went to school in the past, they should know how it is sometimes.
Continuing the tour, a peculiar sight comes in view - passing by the cafeteria's exit, I notice a strange scene going on under one of the trees planted there god-knows-how-long-ago. Two girls, one black-haired, second one brown-haired and unhealthily pale, enjoying their sandwiches together, sitting on the grass, in a shade. Fukuzai and that girl from the infirmary, huh. I know I shouldn't be concerned about it, really, but it's nice to see that even someone like her has a friend - somehow it strengthtens my hopes for this little newbie here. I swear if she wasn't so shy, she would've grabbed my sleeve already. Would I want that? Most certainly not, I can only wonder what people would say if they saw us like that. I'm probably going to face a wave or blatantly false rumours because of I did during the lunch break, and I don't want to give those people any more reasons to make up crap about me.
But guess what, the moment I enter the class - seconds before the bell, with Aoi at my side, everyone - no matter how noisy they may have been - fall silent like one man, and like one man, turn to the blackboard, not looking at us. I give Aoi an encouraging pat on the back, and urge her to proceed to her seat. If I gave a damn what those people think, I'd probably feel hellishly embarrassed now. I know Aoi does.
"Yo," when I finally seat my ass on my spot, the person sitting in front of me - David, turns around and gives me a puzzling face "Traitor."
"What." I can't help but exclaim at his sudden accusation "What did I do now?"
"Betrayed our brotherhood, you darn whippersnapper!" ugh, not fooling me with those fake tears, Dave. I know you're fucking around. "I waited for you, brother! I waited for you!"
"Uh, yeah, whatever."
"Didn't you notice me? I waved, expecting my faithful companion to come over and eat lunch with his friend, like we always do!"
"I did notice you."
"Then why?! Why did you choose Aoi over me?! Why have you forsaken me?!"
Sssh, quiet, keep it down, knucklehead! I don't know how many people in the class already knew about it, but seeing how they all fell silent when we returned doesn't foretell good. And I most certainly don't need you spouting bullshit, making the situation even worse!
"Sorry, okay? Sorry. I just--"
"No, it's okay," he says in a voice that suggests someting completely opposite "I know how it is. When your friend meets a girl, you're going to be pushed aside. Sniff. O' brother! And here I thought our friendship would last forever!"
"... I can't argue with that, but would you kindly--"
"Aha!" suddenly, he's leaning over my desk and staring right into my eyes. Your face is too close. Too damn close, I say! "So it's true! You like her, don't you?"
Ack! Where did that come from, such an embarrassing question?! No, wait, why do I even consider it embarrassing?
Glancing over my shoulder, Aoi - thank god - appears to be too busy with rummaging through her bag's contents to pay any attention to our conversation. Really, thank god. I'm sure she'd burn on the spot, should she hear any of this...
"... ehhh." I sigh.
"So? Do you? Answer me, for christ's sake!"
His face is still too close.
[ ] "... your face is way too close. Get away from me, freak."
[ ] "No, not at all. Where did you even get that idea?"
[ ] "Maybe... Maybe just a little."
[ ] "Yes! I love her! I love her with all my heart! Now would you kindly stop standing in the way of our relationship and go back to your own seat? You goddamn freak."
Vodka's being a lazy nigger-- I mean having some creativity issues, so I decided I may as well update this. Originally, he was supposed to, so I could progress with my plans, but I cannot blame him for losing inspiration, really.
So, here it is. I'll try to throw in an update every now and again until he recharges completely.