Hyoudou Issei was sitting on the opposite of the scariest girl in Kuoh Academy, the Student Council President herself. Currently, he was sweating bullets because the beauty in front of her was looking at him sharply. there was no malice, no scorn, just a sharp look as if she was taking the sight of every curve on his face.
"Hyoudou-san," her stern voice broke the silence that enveloped the room, almost making Issei jumped in fright. Almost. "Do you know why you are here right now?"
Issei shook his head. He didn't understand but somehow that gesture made Shitori Souna of the Student Council raised her eyebrow. Well, maybe he did understand.
"Fine... It was because you personally caught me in the act of peeping at the girls. But I really don't understand why am I here instead of being beaten up as usual. Hell, Motohama and Matsuda who started it this time even got away," he asked Souna as he rubbed his head.
"That is simply a matter of luck. You had the luck to be caught by me. I believe it is just a matter of time before the other two is caught by Tsubaki and Yura."
"I wouldn't call it my luck," Issei muttered to himself.
"Listen, Hyoudou-san," Souna started. "What do you see yourself as, in the future?"
That question actually caught Issei off guard. He didn't expect that Souna would ask that to him. That was why he replied instantly because for this there was no need to think.
"I don't know."
"For argument's sake, just try to imagine, Hyoudou-san."
"Yes, yes," Issei answered her. Was that even a request? She worded it like it was an order. And so he began to imagine. What did he see himself as in the future? He didn't know. That was what he answered to her just now.
He didn't know because he was still enjoying his youth together with his friends. The big picture of his future hadn't even entered his mind.
"Can I assume that you see nothing even in your imagination?"
Geh, somehow that question pierced him right in the heart. How did she guess that correctly?
"Because you wore your heart on your sleeve. It's easy to read your face," Souna let out a small unnoticeable smile. "Hyoudou-san. You may be still in your teenager, but even so, there is never an early start to think about your future. I very much would like it if you put serious thought into it."
Issei just nodded, not really understanding what the girl in front of him wished him to do. It was not like thinking about his future could come as easily as thinking about boobs. So he just nodded and hoped that Souna would let him go.
"Sigh," the bespectacled beauty let out a surrendering sigh. "You do not get what I'm talking about, do you, Hyoudou-san?"
Issei dumbly nodded. "I understand nothing!" he spoke out proudly.
"Let us take a different approach. What do you want to be?"
Souna took a deep breath because she just spoke what came to her mind without thinking about it. If she worded it like that, there was only one thing that the perverted boy in front of her would say.
"I want to be a Harem King!"
"I expected as much," she muttered quietly. "That's impossible."
Issei winced. He rarely minded the opinion of other people when it came about his dream, but somehow coming from the strict Student Council President herself, that was kind of painful.
"Achieving the impossible is within my range of interest. I'll become the Harem King someday! I know it!"
"That day will not come. Because with your attitude now, no girls would ever lay their eyes on you."
That sent Issei's head into the desk.
"Ugh, when it's coming from you, somehow it hurts my heart." Issei then processed the word that Souna had just said to him. "Wait, you mean if I change my attitude, I will have bigger chance to be a Harem King?!"
Souna blinked in confusion.
"That is not what I imply-"
"Alright! From now on, I will try to be the better Hyoudou Issei! Someday, girls will come to me!"
"As I said that is not what I imply-"
Issei left the Student Council Room in a rush, all the while shouting about how he would change.
"That is not what I imply from my words. That boy honestly has one track mind."
Not even a minute later, Issei was back sitting on the opposite of Souna.
"How can I be a better Hyoudou Issei?"
Souna looked at him with eyes that spoke 'are you fucking kidding me?!' but Issei was sure she would exclude the profanity and be a little more formal in her speech.
"And why are you asking me this, Hyoudou-san?"
"Well, you're popular. I'm sure you know how to be liked by people. Can you give me hints?" the perverted boy grinned without care while scratching his cheek. What he said was true. Souna was in fact, the third most popular girl in Kuoh Academy. The two more popular girls were Rias Gremory and Himejima Akeno.
"I have one question for you, Hyoudou-san. Do you seriously want to change yourself?"
Issei looked at her in confusion. "Of course. To be liked by girls, you said that I need to be a better Hyoudou Issei, right?"
"That is not what I was saying at all. I have been trying to tell you that. I said that with your attitude now, no girls would lay their eyes on you."
"Yes. That means that once I become a better Hyoudou Issei, girls would look at me, right?"
"What?!" Issei was shocked. If that didn't do it, then what would?!
"Being a better Hyoudou Issei is not enough. You need to transcend your limitation and become the Perfect Hyoudou Issei for girls to like you."
For some reason, Issei heard a thunder roared outside even though it was a sunny day.
"Per...perfect Hyoudou Issei?! Is there even such a thing?!"
"I don't know. I am not you. Do you feel like there is such a thing?" Souna challenged him. Was there a perfect Hyoudou Issei inside him all along? What if there was? How would the current Hyoudou Issei awaken that perfection? What if there was not? How would he have a harem?
That question actually made Issei thought for more than three minutes to answer her. In the end, Issei arrived at his conclusion.
"I don't know!"
Souna sighed. That was actually a rather motivating speech, but it completely went over the boy's head.
"And what will you do now that you don't know?" Souna asked him another question to trigger a conclusion.
"I will... ask you? You're more popular than me after all, Kaichou."
Souna felt that she sighed too much for one day. "Alright, that is not the conclusion I want you to make. Asking is the right solution, but the reason why you were asking me is wrong."
"What? You even evaluate my answer. What is this? A job interview?"
"Don't be cheeky with me, Hyoudou-san. If you notice, my popularity rose because people have their own images of me. So you saying the reason is that I am popular is wrong. You ask for my help because I am more knowledgeable than you. Is that wrong?" Souna looked at Issei.
Issei shook his head. "That's... actually fairly accurate, Ma'am!"
"Good. Knowing when you're wrong and admitting it is how a Perfect Hyoudou Issei should be."
"Ooh!" Issei was excited. "Any other tips?!"
"This is the most important one. Women like their men smart. If I recall correctly, you were in the bottom-tier of the school, weren't you?" Seeing her conversation partner nodded, she continued. "Then my challenge is this. You need to be in the high-tier of the school for the midterm exam next week. Otherwise, I would not help you to achieve Perfect Hyoudou Issei again."
"It's impossible!" Issei declared with tears in his eyes. "For this Hyoudou Issei to get a score in the upper-tier, I don't think even a week worth of studying is enough!"
Souna didn't reply. She just looked at the teary Issei.
"Can you lower the requirement, Shitori-kaichou?"
"It is possible for you to achieve the best score in your year."
"That's not a good joke, Shitori-kaichou, that just makes me even more miserable," Issei quickly replied.
"It is not a joke. From now on, every day after school, I'll tutor you. Let's see the result later whether I am joking or not."
"..." Issei just gaped at her.
"The tutoring session starts now. Open your notebook. We'll cover mathematics for today."
Issei still didn't move.
"What's wrong, Hyoudou-san? Move!"
Hurriedly Issei opened his notebook and paid full attention to Souna who wrote some mathematical formula on the small blackboard.
A/N: Because we need more IsseixSona pairing! Right so this is just something out of my muse. Enjoy.