After venting all her feelings, Horikita soon stopped crying.
However, because her energy had not fully recovered, She remained seated like that. I stood beside her and waited for her calmly. Luckily, there isn't anyone around here. Appearances that have never been seen by other students.
"Isn't that great ..."
"What's good about that? It's very humiliating to me when you see this ..." Though I intended to cheer her up, but it didn't seem that easy.
"Well ... Maybe so ..." That's why she tried to be alone. For the sake of not showing her crying appearance to me.
"Since you've already seen it, I can't help it. I'll just think positive ..."
".. It's so good to be seen by you ... I decided to think so ..."
Yes, Horikita exhaled, relieved. It's true, She definitely doesn't want her face to be seen by other students.
"So ... Do you want to share this situation with Keisei and the others?"
Taking out the cell phone, I then aimed the camera lens at her.
"You want to be killed huh...?" I Turn off my cell phone immediately. She showed me angry eyes.
"You want me to tell you what your TPO is for that boring joke .. huh ..?"
(Tln: TPO is standard if I'm not mistaken)
If she is able to say so much bad .., then she is okay now.
"... Somehow, the composition is a bit like a year ago huh..."
(Tln: the composition here means the contents of their joke.)
"I think so." The place is a little different, but I remember talking to her alone at night.
Horikita reunited with her brother, but she looked very disappointed.
Now, things should turn back, but it's really weird because I feel a deja vu.
"I wonder why in front of you I show mistakes like this. Even the seats are next to each other."
If told, the strange relationship with Horikita has continued since the beginning of the school entrance ceremony. Somehow Horikita didn't seem to like the part about it.
"Every now and then, can you let me look at your mistakes?"
Horikita complained because she felt it was unfair.
"Mistake ... Didn't I show it recently ? I lost to Sakayanagi in a chess match right ..."
"I didn't call it a mistake. It has been just a defeat..." It seemed like she wasn't satisfied with just that.
"Then ... You can look forward to it in the second grade later ..."
"There is no choice but to do that right ... I will save it for a pleasant future." Looks like she wants revenge because I saw her crying face today. Even so, Horikita who cut her hair was very surprising and had a big impact.
"If you look around, a lot of people will be surprised."
Of course, there are also some classmates who try to change their appearance little by little, but not too much either ...
"It's up to them to be surprised. It doesn't matter either, anyway."
She stated, she did not care and had nothing to do with the surrounding views. Sudo will be the first to comment on this.
A few days before spring break ends, during that time there will definitely be rumors that have spread temporarily ... No ... Information about those rumors might be complicated if there are witnesses.
"Yes ... Even at a time like this... Do you remember the match we wanted to do yesterday?"
"I talked about getting one request when I won, and now I know what my request is."
"Eee ... I think it's still a long time later. So you're trying to attack me mentally huh ..."
"No ... I don't have those habits. I just haven't thought about that at the time." Horikita urged me to say the request, even though she was rather suspicious of it.
"If I win, then at that time I want you to join the student council."
"... You told me that before ..." Before I once asked Horikita if she was interested in joining the Student Council. Despite calling her brother, in the end Horikita refused and chose the choice she had decided.
"Yes ... Will you accept that condition?"
"I'm not at all interested in student council, but ... I just need to win it ..." It didn't matter as long as she won, Horikita gave his approval.
"But, there's no guarantee I can enter the student council know ...?"
"You don't need to worry about that. Nagumo is basically the type that welcomes anyone ..."
This is very different from Manabu, who refused many people. More than that ... Horikita is Manabu's younger sister, Nagumo will definitely not refuse.
"Can I ask why you want me to join the student council?"
"That's a secret ... I'll let you know if you lose later."
"I don't like it. You can tell me at least that right ..?"
"Are you thinking about your defeat again?"
"... No, I will definitely win, so I decided to ask the reason. If you lose, that means you won't talk about the reason right ..." It's true ... After winning or losing, it's decided, then it's not, there's more meaning to me telling her the reason.
"Your brother is always worried about Nagumo Miyabi's actions. Yes ... Something like that."
"In other words, do you want me to watch over the student council president?"
"Yes, that is so..."
"So my brother asked you for something like that ..."
Slightly dissatisfied, She looked at me.
"Because you don't have a friendly relationship with him, what else can you do ..." If you were able to talk to each other, this story might be discussed with Horikita from the start.
"Stop your humility ... My brother cares more about you than anyone else in this school. If not, he will not invite you on the day of his departure. Really, really ... Why should you ...? "
Complaining about that ... Horikita slowly stood up.
"No, stop that, I want to erase your presence of my head once in a while." If not so her body would not be able to survive, She was astonished to turn around.
"Finally Horikita, there is one thing I want to confirm."
"What ...? Do you still want to say something strange again ...?"
"This is about Kushida. I will briefly explain what I think, also about the current situation."
For a change of topic that didn't understand her well, Horikita surprisingly furrowed her brow at my words.
For the sake of stopping the 'tantrum' ... I signed a contract with Kushida. The contract gives half of my personal point each month to protect myself. By doing this, I can escape the Kushida target.
"You ... Are you stupid? To have such an absurd contract ..."
"I did it to gain Kushida's trust ..."
"Isn't that really careless ... Half of personal points per month ... That's too much..."
"If it's not that much, Kushida's feelings can't be moved. But yes, even so... I might receive a scolding from you and lose your trust."
Instead of complaining to me, this was the stage where she felt doubts once again.
"Really ... I started to question whether you really are an extraordinary person or not ..." I understood the feeling that made her wonder, but the main problem was not over yet.
"So, why are you telling me this?"
"I signed this absurd contract, because I felt it would not be a big obstacle."
"Even if you keep giving up half your personal points, you say it won't be an obstacle?"
"If the contractor Kushida herself leaves school, the risk will change to zero."
Hearing my statement, Horikita tensed up.
And she also still pointed his angry eyes at me.
"You just said something truly unbelievable ... What is this joke?"
"I intend to make Kushida dropout. No ... Even now I still think she should drop out."
"A joke ... It doesn't seem like it ..."
"Yes ... In summer... I thought in my mind to get rid of Kushida." Actually, that does not mean there is no chance to get rid of it.
"But ... Because you talked about this to me, that means the situation has changed huh ...?"
"Yes ... I want to leave the decision to you." Instead of me giving that judgment, I left Horikita's decision to do what had to be done with Kushida. That's why I'm telling this to her now.
"If that ... Isn't that obvious... I won't get rid of Kushida-san. No ... I won't let my classmates do something reckless." I see, her intention and determination seemed to get stronger from day to day.
"But I won't think of a naive mind like Hirata-kun. There is always a line to sacrifice every student. Of course ... It will be replaced depending on their contribution."
If there are circumstances there should be a dropout like a class vote .., then she will make a decision huh ...
"What if Kushida's contribution was the worst at that time?"
"Of course ... She will be the first candidate to be dropped out." Those words don't seem to be lying.
"But the likelihood of her falling to the bottom of the class is very low now."
"I understand ... Kushida's contribution to her daily life is high." Able to learn and exercise, She also stands in an important position in class. Even though she was a bit sly about Yamauchi's dropout, it wasn't something fatal to do.
"If it was you... I thought I could leave it to you ..., but when Horikita grows into the center of classmates, Kushida will become a troublesome existence."
Someone who knows the past of Kushida. That is a fact that cannot be eliminated whatever happens.
"That's why you tried to get rid of it first huh .."
"Yes ... That's how it... It's not that simple to make a partner with sweet persuasions right ...?"
"I don't admit that. There is no point in persuading half-heatedly in a discussion to make her understand."
Knowing that ... Do you intend to accept Kushida? In the past, it was only recognized as naive, but now it's a little different.
"Then ... I have nothing else to say."
"You ... Don't tell me, are you aiming to expel Kushida-san during the class vote?"
"That doesn't make sense. For example, Her work with Yamauchi... The classmates' trust in her is still very high. "
"Yes ... That's right. You don't seem to be trying to make that move either ... But since you discussed this with me, I can assume that the Kushida problem will be completely left to my right?"
"Yes ... I promise I will not do anything." Horikita must decide what choice to take in the future.
"What are you saying all this to me because you decided that you could overcome that obstacle?"
"I'm afraid I'm not so optimistic ... Even now I'm still directing my actions to get rid of Kushida."
"That's true ... Then why?" Asked the reason for the first time ... It made me think about it.
"Don't you think about it?"
"HM... I seem to be doing something inefficient now." Without saying anything, get rid of Kushida..., it must be the right decision if she thinks in the future. But I did not do it.
I even gave it to Horikita. That reason ...
Yes ... The reason is...
"I want to see how you will overcome that obstacle ..."
I'm not sure about that, but there is no answer, other than this.
"Then I'll do it. It seems like it's better for me to listen to what you say even though it's only half of it." Horikita, who had fully recovered, started walking away.
"I'm going home now ... How about you?"
"I will stay here for a while..." Horikita returned to the dormitory, leaving a parting word. She might cry again in the middle of the night when she remembers again, but she will be fine for now.
I remember my conversation with Ichinose the other day.
The existence of Sakayanagi, Ryuuen and the growth of Horikita. I look forward to it, Battle between 4 classes. After a year, how far can it change? There are lots of ingredients to grow.
The words given by Manabu, Have remained in my heart.. Be a student that is remembered by other students.
"He really gave me an amazing farewell gift ..." Doing your best to be a memorable student. Isn't that about training and growing students?
Let students who grow up compete with each other and aim for higher heights. Imagine being in that position ... Can you express it even though you are very passionate about it? I think it's fun somewhere. Unconsciously analyzing the strength of each class ... The results will be seen in one year ... Even so, each class is required to grow and develop.
Strengths and weaknesses. Also pleasant feelings based on them. But on the other hand, I feel my heart cooling rapidly.
"What I seek for a peaceful everyday life ... It should be like this." For the first time, I felt my heart filter.
The existence of the heart, of course, has been misunderstood in the past year. Even now it's still growing.
The growth of my heart..., of course I'm making it happen... That's what I'm trying to say to myself.
But it did not work.
As if my feelings don't connect with myself.
It seems that it is not just the coating on the inner seal that is constantly peeling off.
I can't help but remember black things that resemble anxiety like that.
I ... Will I still be in this school next year? The darkness that can't be revealed ... Wraps me.