After spending time talking with the teachers and Sakayanagi, I went to a place near the gym.
Soon after grade 3 students come out of the celebration party of gratitude and thanks.
In short, I was in a state of waiting for them.
Be it grade 1 or grade 2 students, it seems like they become tense when the time is getting closer.
Some of the third grade students today, immediately after the graduation ceremony there will be those who leave school to start a new journey.
In it there may be students who want to convey a variety of feelings that have not been able to say until now.
How many people are there...? There are at least a hundred people that can be seen by my eyes.
After the crowd pulled away, I saw someone I knew.
"So, finally you came?"
When I called out to Horikita among the people who were waiting for it, but she glared back at me.
"So what? I can't...?"
"It's not that you can't... On the contrary, I just reviewed you."
"Reviewed? You're saying something that I don't understand anymore..."
"If it was you before, I thought for sure you wouldn't come to this place."
Hearing the words of praise from me, Horikita seemed very objected about that.
"Is that so...? I am me, nothing has changed."
She denied her growth, or just neglected her re-examination?
No... Instead of denying it, she just can't accept it honestly in front of others.
The 'Celebration of Gratitude and Thanks' was over, the door finally opened.
Looks like the graduation ceremony is completely over.
Now this is the only chance for graduates and students to interact with one last time in this place.
Grade 3 students appear one after another, after disbanding. Many of them look radiant, but some don't smile at all.
Is that because you feel lonely leaving school? Or because you can't graduate as a class A student?
If it belongs to the latter, then most students are not surprised to show a sad expression.
Although I caught a glimpse of the facial expressions of students who are not class A looks cheerful.
"What do you think...?"
I asked Horikita about the situation.
"Even though a shortcut to your dream is not achieved, you can still make the path yourself. Whether it's going to university or finding a job, if you have the ability, without any privileges, I think you will work to make it happen."
The journey of life will continue without stopping.
Most students will face reality and from now on they will continue to decide what path in the future to take.
In other words, it's not strange to spend this magnificent event in an impressive way.
Some students return directly to the dormitory without getting involved with others, but most of them stop their footsteps.
The marks they left in 3 years should be said to be visible here.
The remaining graduates, Horikita Manabu who was once the student council president was also there.
Now is the time because no one has tried to say hello. Horikita should have been waiting for this moment. But she did not move a single step.
"You have to go."
"I know that."
Needless to say, she continued to wait to be able to talk to her brother.
But when the time came, her body did not move at all.
When she stayed like that, one person, and one more student approached Horikita's brother.
If we just wait blindly, things will not progress, so I take a tough approach. I pushed Horikita's back.
"WA - wait a minute~."
"Use your special rights as his younger sister and approach him."
I pressed her, but Horikita remained stubborn not moving her feet to leave.
"... It's not natural for me, To now run towards my brother."
"Even if you mix in there with other students. I don't think it's unnatural."
"It's not natural, I'm like a foreign object to know..."
Horikita commented, she was underestimated by herself.
Horikita's entanglement reminded me of the first day in this school.
When Horikita Manabu made a speech in front of the first year students. He saw it as a very distant existence and difficult to reach.
Although he has developed in several parts. But the importance is still the same.
Even if you have accumulated a lot of experience, there will be places that are difficult to grow. Is it because I peeked at the timid expression on her face that made me think of it...
"But don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean that I'm a coward or something. I came here to see... Three years... What my brother's face looks like in three years."
Talking with him is not everything.
That's not a bad thing either.
Around Horikita's brother, 2nd grade students hurried to call him.
"Your brother is very popular huh...?"
As the Student Council President, and also the man who continues to be a Class A Student. Of course he will definitely be popular. I guess there is little to be able to interact with grade 1 students, but I didn't expect there are also many grade 1 students who greet him too.
A small circle finally forms around the graduates.
Her elder brother was gentle to the juniors of his, sometimes he also showed a small smile towards them.
A little different face from the last time I saw.
I could see him free from the atmosphere of things like heavy pressure.
Seeing her brother like that, Horikita blinked her eyes to burn this incident in her memory.
And... A male student appeared before Horikita's brother.
The current Student Council President. Nagumo Miyabi from class 2 A.
Immediately afterward, The vice President Kiriyama, Secretary Mizowaki and Tonokawa, Asahina also appeared.
This does not mean that the atmosphere in the place turned heavy, just that somehow it turned into something unique.
"Congratulations on graduating Horikita-senpai."
Nagumo approached Horikita's brother with a smile, while giving him words of praise.
Nagumo who was like that, welcomed by Horikita's brother without hesitation.
"Really extraordinary, Horikita-senpai. In the end, I haven't been able to threaten you."
"Not really. To be honest, until the last moment I did not know what will happen in the end. If you must say why you failed, then the cause of your defeat was because you was not in the same grade as me. No matter how deep you try to interfere, it is beyond your reach."
No matter how much you fight, you cannot skip the school year itself. Because you cannot take the exam directly, there are definitely limitations to being able to do something.
If he really wants to defeat him seriously..., he should follow the way Ryuuen used to do, fight outside of the rules themselves.
However, I don't think Nagumo would take such an action.
"Yeah.., you're right. Why is that I have to be born one year younger?..."
He had no objections about that. Even feel sorry for the fact that he was not a student of the same grade.
"Even though I'm like this. Will you shake hands with me...?"
"Of course... There is no reason to refuse it."
Horikita's brother gladly accepted it. They both shook hands together. Spent a brief and pleasant silence.
Both of them were the Student Council President, they might have understood each other without having to exchange words.
"After this, there is still a long year will await you. Live a fulfilling life in this school."
Advice from a senior. That does not include a statement to stop Nagumo from running wild.
Instead, he told him to do what he liked.
"Yes... I will do my best in a time that is not much after senpai is gone. I will really make this school, a school based on abilities. For that I was prepared and ready."
Hearing that statement, Horikita's brother nodded to accept it.
"You said you were upset because you are one year younger than me, maybe I also feel the same as you. Very disappointing because I cannot see the school that you will try to make. If I can see it closer, maybe I can understand it better. "
"I don't know if I am compatible with my senpai at this point."
People who try to protect the traditions and rules of the school, And then the people who try to destroy it.
Since their respective ideas are completely opposite, Then the conflict cannot be avoided.
"It's okay, after all. Isn't there any juniors in the younger class that Horikita-senpai left...?"
While saying that, Nagumo's eyes drifted towards me - no, but towards Horikita.
The Horikita next to me, though only briefly, her body stiffened slightly.
"As long as there is your sister, then that's enough... I can let her pass it on for me."
After graduation, the siblings will sooner or later meet again. 'When that happens, you can ask what will happen to him' that was what his words meant.
"Yes, that's possible."
Affirmed, Horikita's brothers and Nagumo released a firm grip when shaking hands and began to move slightly away.
"Thank you very much..."
Former student council president Horikita Manabu, then current student council president Nagumo Miyabi.
Until the last moment closed with a surprising calming atmosphere.
Taking distance from Horikita's brother, Nagumo intended not to disturb other students greeting him. The combination of the two student council leaders was indeed very refreshing.
But at the same time, it is very difficult for others to reach them. Nagumo, who was taking distance, watched us from afar and then slowly approached.
Together with Asahina Nazuna, students from class A in year 2. The other student council members were absent, perhaps due to meet with other graduate students.
"You've heard it right...? Please enjoy it next year...! If I'm not mistaken your name ----"
"Horikita-- Horikita Suzune..." said Horikita nervously. Horikita is usually not likely to be anxious, is this because she was affected after hearing her brother's conversation..?
Nagumo who saw this as something fun, looked behind him.
No need to say who he saw, it was Student Council President Horikita Manabu.
Opponents who are always challenging to fight without regard to the risk.
Now he is surrounded by his juniors and receiving the graduation bouquet they donated.
"Suzune ... Your brother is a truly extraordinary person. You can feel proud for being his younger sister."
Saying praise, he returned his gaze to Horikita Suzune.
"Yes... I'm very proud."
Horikita responded strongly when his gaze returned to her.
"If you have something to ask me, I don't mind answering it ..., because the mood is good today."
"Then, I'll be happy to ask ...!" Horikita directly asked Nagumo one question.
"Are there no regrets ...?"
"Because there are no clouds seen in the eyes of student council president Nagumo."
(TLN: suzune uses the word term which means sorry or sad)
She might be talking about the handshake between the two, and also the contents of the conversation.
About Nagumo praising Horikita Manabu, who graduated from class A.
But for outsiders, the relationship between the two Chairmen of the Student Council was different.
Nagumo fought Horikita Manabu with the aim of removing him from class A.
Nagumo like that, Certainly not thinking too much about Horikita.
Because of that Nagumo can honestly praise Horikita Manabu, who graduated as class A.
Despite Nagumo's painstaking challenge, the opponent was firmly held.
"I don't think it's easy to win against Horikita-senpai. Besides He is an opponent who can't be defeated, right?"
"That's... I guess that's right."
"Miyabi too ... Seems to accept defeat with Horikita-senpai huh..."
Miyabi lightly looked at Asahina, who interrupted the conversation.
"Loss? Why do you say I lost, huh?"
"Eh...? But Horikita-senpai has successfully graduated from class A ... Isn't that mean defeat?" Asahina said, like 'What is there to answering'
As for what she said, Nagumo immediately pointed out the mistake.
"Of course... If you only saw the results of Senpai's graduation as Class A. But what does that have to do with my defeat?"
"I think you lost, right?"
Asahina approached asking for approval from Horikita.
Horikita did not answer it, and listened to Nagumo's opinion.
"I certainly did challenge him to fight. But not to find who won or who lost. For example, even if Horikita-senpai fell to class B, I would not change my evaluation of him. The strength and greatness of that person cannot be measured, only by the situation of the class. "
Asahina didn't seem satisfied with the statement Nagumo said.
"Still don't understand? Then I ask you, did this incident lower my evaluation? I am the student council president of this school, and I continue to be a student of class A. Tell me where the losing part is ...? "
"No ... But yes..."
"It wasn't possible for the 2nd and 3rd grades to formally separate the winner and loser."
What he wanted to say was not incomprehensible.
Even though he could not fight directly from the front, Nagumo continued to challenge Horikita's brother.
"Only for him to acknowledge me ... No, to be able to make him acknowledge me, I have continued to attack Senpai until now."
In that case, today, Horikita's brother as far as it was seen had recognized Nagumo.
No ..., from the beginning he had evaluated his abilities. It's just that he did not accept his way.
It's possible Nagumo wants to be recognized in a different way.
"Somehow, the statement was like a girl who was in love ..."
"That's possible, what will Senpai do after graduating? I will hear it... And I'll just follow it."
There was not a hint of resentment or regret on Nagumo's face ...
I want to know it seems like he might just want to interact with Horikita's brother until the end.
"Even after graduating are you serious ? Are your career choices the same ...?"
"At least for the current me, that's the plan"
"Ah... You really like Horikita-senpai huh..."
"I don't have enemies anymore in grade 2 as well as in grade 1. That means there's only one more thing I have to do in this school. It would be interesting to get rid of my boredom by putting my hands on the structure of the school itself."
Nagumo Miyabi term as president of the student union is about to pass.
However, as of today, nothing new has been done.
When Horikita Manabu graduated and he became a grade 3 student, he would start.
How it will happen ... I have not been able to imagine it.
"Even so ... I really don't understand how to evaluate you for the past year Ayanokouji."
For the first time Nagumo's gaze was on me.
Not as directed towards the Horikita and her brother, he looked at me with very [Bored] eyes.
"That means there's no need to judge me right ..."
Nagumo must have felt something because I caught his eye a little.
If that's not the case, then he doesn't need to give me that encouragement.
"Yes ... In April even though you don't want to, I will find out. Your true ability, even if you don't like it, you have no choice but to fight."
Horikita's brother and other 3rd graders graduated, so the school was entirely under Nagumo's control.
Even though it's the student council, to what extent can it affect the school environment. Looking at Nagumo's confidence, it seems that it's really different from a year ago.
"Is this not just a battle between classes ...?" Horikita asked directly. Whether is it because she was interested in Nagumo's statement.
"If that happens, then that is the ideal thing. But it is not possible. The school will not admit that." While shrugging his shoulders and sighing helplessly.
"However, the school system can be changed to make personal strength more influential than before. It is taken for granted that outstanding students stay in the upper classes, right?"
To this point, Horikita neither agreed nor denied, but just listened in silence.
"In addition, I also proposed to the school that students in grades 1 to 3 be more mixed than they have been so far. If the school approves-it is not impossible to fight with you."
Of course, in Nagumo's view, I have not even been taken into account at all.
But even so, I still feel that he is instinctively measuring and guessing my strength.
"Miyabi, isn't it time to go ? There are senpai's who should be greeted too right? They are leaving soon"
"You're right .. I can talk to Grade 1 students anytime .."
Nagumo and Asahina went to greet other 3rd grade students, besides Horikita Manabu.
"Huuhh ... Talking to that person really has to be careful."
"He is the student council president after all ..."
Even though we are in the same school, for us its existence is like being above the clouds.
"I'm going home ... I've done what I have to do too ..."
In the end, it seemed like she gave up on talking to her brother.
"Is that okay ? It is likely that he will leave this school tomorrow, you know ..."
"This kind of thing ... You don't need to say I know it ..."
Horikita walked home first while biting into a dilemma that she could not avoid.
Forcibly stopping her was not a good idea, so I chose to watch her.
"Are you not returning ...?"
"I want to stay here for a while."
"Then, See you later"
Horikita turned around and returned to the dormitory even though she had worried about my intentions.
Somehow I decided to see Horikita Manabu and other 3rd graders.
Not that I'm specifically interested.
However, I just want to engrave this scene in my eyes. At the same time, Imagine it somehow. I still haven't been able to see it, myself two years later.
After that, seeing how excited they were, one person then another started returning home. Finally, it was time for everyone to disperse. Horikita's brother who found me and then approached me, might have intended to say goodbye.
"You're still here?" Horikita brother should also know that I don't fit the atmosphere here.
"Are you waiting for me ..?"
"Yes ... I think so." From a distance he would have known that I couldn't talk to other 3rd grade students.
"I think this might be the last chance to be able to talk to you. When will you leave this school ...?"
Quite suddenly, but I decided to ask important things directly. Because if he was going to leave after this, I thought about contacting Horikita right away.
"It's noon on the 31st. I'll take the bus at 12:30" In other words, one week from now, it doesn't seem to be the same day, but it will be soon.
"Suzune seems to have gone home..."
"She looks at your appearance which how much has changed in 3 years and then left."
We both looked at the student dormitory. Of course ... There is no Horikita anymore.
"Is that so ..."
From that expression ... I can't read the emotions in that expression.
But if not set as it should. There is a possibility the two will end without meeting each other.
When in the midst of anxiety like that ...
"If you wish, I want you to convey my message to Suzune, 'the 31st at noon I am waiting for her in front of the main gate' like that."
"Isn't it better to say it yourself ... Even now you still have time right ...?"
If there is a desire to meet, then that's good. I think Horikita might fly over immediately.
"In that case, She may not be able to be frank, so I hope you can convey it to her well."
"This may be counterproductive. If I told her, she might not come." That's because there are parts of her that conflict with each other.
"At that time, Suzune will make the choice."
"Is this really okay ?" He answered right away while I was confirming it.
"It's okay. I'll leave it to you."
Well, if I don't have to take responsibility and just tell her, then there is no reason to reject it.
Besides, if Horkita heard this, 8 or 9 out of 10 she would definitely come.
The snow has started to melt huh ...
(TLN: the term that kiyo once discussed about the starting of the harmonious relationship between the two brothers.)
"I actually want to talk to you longer, but I have plans after this."
It looks like he was invited by his juniors.
It seems that today he wants to forget things like siblings and spend it as a student.
"Besides, you also don't want meaningless conversations that extend right?"
"This is also true"
Although no longer popular. He is still striking for a former student council president.
"If you wish, I want you to also come to see me on the 31st."
"I'm not good at saying goodbye in front of many people."
"Don't worry. On that day I didn't call anyone but you and Suzune."
Then it's okay, I nodded slightly to accept it.
Leaving this sentence, Horikita's brother left.
I have no business anymore to stay here because the only grade 3 student Horikita's brother whom I can talk to has left.
I'll just go home ...
"Ayanokouji-kun ... If you want... Want to go home together...?" In a place like this, the one who called me turned out to be Hirata.
As I said before, it was confirmed he was also one of the students who greeted many third-year students.
"Is that okay ...?"
"Yes. Although today is graduation day, there are many senior students who remain at school for the next few days. People who are close seem to have held separate farewell parties."
Hirata must have also received an invitation to such places.
At least April 5 is the limit for grade 3 students to remain in this school.
Of course, during the next few days the students will complete their preparations to leave school.
There should be a little time left, it is estimated that they are basically ready.
There is no reason to reject it. So me and Hirata returned together to the dormitory.