Disclaimer: I do not own Kuroko no Basket nor A Clockwork Apple and Honey and Little Sister.


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Rakuzan High
洛山高校

STUDENTS' NOTICE BOARD
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MONTH OF: [APRIL/]
(Welcome To The New Year!)


#31:
Hi. If you've left a light novel (A Clockwork Apple) on the rooftop of North B. and returned to find it gone—don't worry, it's with me. Leave your name and class here and I'll deliver it back to you ASAP. Also, I need assurance that it is the possession of an actual human being and not some cursed artefact left out by an evil entity. Cheers! :)


#32:
YEAR 1 CHEM AND MATH NOTES FOR SALE. APPROACH TAKEYAMA HIROSHI (CLASS 2-C) FOR ENQUIRIES. NOT A HOAX, NOT A PRANK. 100% LEGIT AND GOOD.


#33:
No. 31, you're already cursed. By the ghost of bad, trashy literature, that is. —Goto.


#34:
#31: Just leave it behind the door of where you found it. Thanks.


Page-Turner

四月


A CLOCKWORK APPLE and HONEY and LITTLE SISTER
Volume I

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Story by Taiyakidou Anko
Illustration by Uchimi Aza
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Dear #34,
(If you really are the actual owner...)

Hope this book is now snug in your hands where it belongs. Leaving a name and class would've been a much safer way to get it back, though.

You're welcome,
#31

P/S: The deep creases on the spine are absolutely NONE OF MY BUSINESS. I didn't even go so far as to open it (no offense, but you should be reading REAL novels).
P/P/S: If you're freaking out 'cos you think this note is vandalism: I wrote it VERY LIGHTLY in pencil so there won't be any marks after you erase it. You're welcome again. :)

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Rakuzan High
洛山高校

STUDENTS' NOTICE BOARD
ʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷ

MONTH OF: [APRIL/]
(Welcome To The New Year!)


#39:
#31: Not sure what you're on. You did NOT write it in pencil. If you have a conscience, leave a new copy at the same spot. Preferably within a week. Thank. You.#34.

PS: I left the old one on the rooftop too so you can admire your handiwork, and also maybe learn to not judge a book by its cover. Literally. (Or is that too clichéd for you?)
PPS: You're welcome.


A CLOCKWORK APPLE and HONEY and LITTLE SISTER
Volume I

(NEW EDITION!)

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Story by Taiyakidou Anko
Illustration by Uchimi Aza
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I AM SO, SO, SO SORRY ABOUT THAT NOTE!

I wrote it in the middle of the night after 3 chapters of Physics drills. Went on a rollercoaster ride to Hell and back—I hate that subject. My mind then probably malfunctioned from overwork and confused pencils with pens. Learnt my lesson and tore a page from my notebook to write this. I am extremely, truly, utterly sorry.

(On the bright side, you got a new book! Unless you've had some deep sentimental bond with the old copy. Then... SORRY!)

Also—read my previous notes over again and realised how much of a cocky, pretentious tush I sounded. Gotta apologise for that too. Felt bad (ashamed) about it, so as atonement, I gave Clockwork Apple a chance. To say the least, it's... humbling. I like the protagonist—always had a thing for the unremarkable Everyman-type. Never thought I'd ever, EVER read beyond the first chapter of a light novel, let alone finish one in two days...

...and now, I'm looking for its second volume. Any idea where I can buy it? Can't seem to find it anywhere—all the stores seem to only stock the first.

Again, apologising for the hoo-ha, and thanking you for showing me the light in this pit of literary prejudice,

#31

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Rakuzan High
洛山高校

STUDENTS' NOTICE BOARD
ʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷ

MONTH OF: [APRIL/]
(Welcome To The New Year!)


#46:
#31: Check the roof of N.B. —#34


A CLOCKWORK APPLE and HONEY and LITTLE SISTER
Volume II

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Story by Taiyakidou Anko
Illustration by Uchimi Aza
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Not a gift. Drop a note when you're finished and try not to bend the pages any further.

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ʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷ
Rakuzan High
洛山高校

STUDENTS' NOTICE BOARD
ʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷ

MONTH OF: [APRIL/]
(Welcome To The New Year!)


#51:
Dear #34: I'm done. Check the roof! —#31


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Can't say this gripped me as much as the firstwas hoping more was done with Kaguya. I'd rather read about her than that bland moe robot Ringo. She isn't even cute. Anyway, is the third volume out? Can't quit with that rather delicious introduction of this mysterious 'Sasha'. I'm a sucker for cliffies. :-/

BTW; aren't you afraid someone else might take your book? I mean, it is hard on the wallet. (I would know.)

P/S: Can't believe I'm actually discussing a light novel like this. Writing, saying or even reading its full title takes a piece out of my soul.

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Rakuzan High
洛山高校

STUDENTS' NOTICE BOARD
ʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷʷ

MONTH OF: [APRIL/]
(Welcome To The New Year!)


#56:
The roof. —#34


#52:
To '#34' and '#31': please just exchange numbers and stop cluttering the notice board unnecessarily. Be considerate. Make a friend. —M. Reo


A CLOCKWORK APPLE and HONEY and LITTLE SISTER
Volume III

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Story by Taiyakidou Anko
Illustration by Uchimi Aza
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Here.

Though I was close to leaving you on that cliff-hanger for your comment about Ringo. Read onremember what I taught you?

People rarely visit the roof of N.B. I was surprised when I saw that someone had found my book. Anyway, the spot where we leave the books is hidden enough. Speaking of which, you don't have to notify me with a message on the notice board when you want to return my book. Just leave it here and I'll pick it up.

PS: You mean 'A Clockwork Apple and Honey and Little Sister'?
PPS: If you're not done with the niceties yet, you can clean the price-tag residue off like you did with the second vol. Thanks for that.

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Finished the third and nope. Ringo still ain't cute. Raise your standards, fanboy. Sasha's a bit of a disappointment; was hoping for her to be more complex than the Evil Counterpart trope she's playing the tune of so strictly (and boringly).

So this rooftop of Rakuzan High's North Building is now officially our pigeonhole? Cooooool. :) I'll assume you're a regular and frequent visitor of this place so you'll know almost immediately when I leave anything here. I'll do my part as well by coming up often to check for any 'updates' too.

...But still, aren't you afraid of The Lost and Wandering a.k.a. First-Years? Speaking of which; are you a Second or Third?

(And come on, we aren't cluttering the notice board that much, 'M. Reo'.)

P/S: Don't be surprised if the Principal cries about a student's passing-on during assembly this week or so. My body is succumbing to the Chuunibyou and Embarrassmenticitis faster than Ebola. Hope you like having blood on your hands.
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n't think you would notice it. Just a show of my gratitude for your favour—especially after I've (unintentionally) defaced your book. (We're past that already, right?)

Fourth volume, please. If you'll be so kind?

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'Fanboy'? Not a First-Year? You're quick to judge, girl.

Sorry to disappoint, but you're getting excited over nothing. Fourth vol. isn't published yet, so I guess you can save yourself the hassle of 'check[ing] for updates' because this concludes our little note-passing. Can't say I disliked it, though I believe learning to keep your manners in check will prove beneficial.

Here's the old copy of the first vol. for a memento.

Bye.

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But am I accurate, though? BTW; not a girl. And don't worry, I'm much gentler in real-life.

Aw, don't go yet! Let's keep this correspondence up? It's getting exciting—Who are you? What do you look like? Are light novels all that you read? Do you even give a hoot about me? Are you actually a figment of my imagination? (Don't answer too generously; I like the mystery.)

Here's the old copy back. I'll be damned if someone found this in my room. Guilty pleasures must be secret.

P/S: I've attached a Physics worksheet, in case I might be writing to a genius. Desperately need help on the circled questions. To quote and paraphrase: if you have a conscience (and are a genius), leave the solutions at the same spot, under a weight since it's windy these days. Preferably by the end of this week since the assignment's due then. Thank! You! Very! Much!

I'll leave a packet of anpan too the next time. (You do come up to this roof everyday, right? Don't wanna be blamed for feeding mould to you.)

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Don't try. You are a girlit's clear from your writing. And from the topic of the worksheet I can deduce that you're a girl in her second year.

You're in luck. I happen to like Physics and have done these questions before. They're easy, really.

A pity; I can't be too bothered to waste paper and ink on sending notes to you.

Dislike anpan. Dislike school food.

Bye.

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Thanks, senpai. :) Yes, fine, I'm a girl. Does that matter?

Here, I got us this notebook and a pen (freebies). Beats leaving out pieces of paper that are prone to getting lost in the wind, anyway.

Got a meat bun instead of anpan too. Are you more willing, now?

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No.

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Well, since you've inadvertently recommended me some reading material, thought I'd return the favour. Hid a novel—one of my favourites; think you'll like it—in the hydrant closet, since leaving it out behind the door is too much exposure for something so precious (and pricey).

Give it a try, if you'd like.

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Look.

I get that you're hoping to strike up some high school drama-serial-esque romance. Yeah, 'mysterious note-passer sharing intellectual chemistry'it's a great and exploitable premise and all. But this is reality. We are just strangers who happened to coincide because of a misplaced book. Nothing more. Let's return to our lives.

Besides, I'm not quite the perfect guy to live out shoujo fantasies with. Didn't you get that from my deduced frequenting of the emptiest rooftop in school?

I didn't touch your novel. Take it back before it gets lost.

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Hey. Collect your notebook and pen already. Think of the economy.

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Just noticed that you didn't touch your novel either. Since it's worth something, I'll bring it back for safekeeping first.

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Are you not replying because I've let you down for not being a cool, aloof, brooding, yet also soft-hearted, tsundere-kind of senpai?

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Oi.

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Okay. Sorry for being harsh. I was having a bad time with my club on that day. Not an excuse, but hopefully an explanation.

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Took time out from my busy, club activities + entrance exams preparation-filled third-year schedule to read your novel. Am already at Chapter 25. I don't really like novels because they're usually too draggy, but this isn't too bad. Nor thick.

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If I find even a single dog-eared page, you owe me a meat bun.

And a month of a fantasy shoujo life as my soulmate—the cool, aloof, brooding, yet also soft-hearted, tsundere senpai, who was being a loner on the roof to escape his overwhelming popularity. Be the biggest ass to me in public but the sweetest darling in private. Make me battle my forbidden feelings for you and call you a jerk in my monologues at least 5 times a week. I want beach and summer festival chapters.

(Yucks.)

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((OK. Can't believe how familiar I am with such plots...))

(((How suppressed has this side of me been...?)))

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Welcome back.

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:)

Knew you can't be totally against talking (writing?) to me.

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Someone's a little confident.

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If you were, we would've stopped when I asked for the second or third volumes.

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How could I, the perfect example of an esteemed senpai, refuse the hapless pleas of a precious kouhai?

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Hope you find relief in the fact that I sensed the sarcasm.

...But seriously, I actually took a huge gamble on that. Wasn't sure what kind of person you are, wasn't sure if you possessed a heart or not. I seriously lost sleep over the safety of my beloved book, which you are to return ASAP. Preferably in a hand-to-hand exchange. :)

'Cos, y'know, it's precious.

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Done. No dog-ears. No meat buns.

It's in the hydrant closet, btw.

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...Hand-to-hand...?

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You like the mystery, don't you?

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A/N: Someone teach me how to not start a new story when I have to update my old ones, 'cos I need to know. Got a feeling that Mayuzumi's OOC here, but I hope it isn't too bad. Tips and advice on improving him will be good, though! :) Please give senpai more love. PLEASE LET HIM APPEAR IN EXTRA GAME OMG COLLEGE-MAYU *SCREAMS*

Will be doing this as a 'break' from my other stories 'cos it's much easier to write, haha.

Thoughts? :)

*In case anyone is confused by the format:
-Horizontal line breaks signify the start of a new 'article'. For example: The first part of this prologue/chapter are the notes and notices posted on the notice board. [Line break] Then it's a note written in a book. [Line break] Then it's back to the notice board. Etc.
-I'll be sure to mention in the characters' exchanges what medium their correspondence are taking place on, so be sure to read closely!

Do PM me if you have any other doubts! I'll gladly clear them for you. :)

*I've added a link on my profile. It's a guide to reading this story's format!