Author's Note: Finally! After my last update, which feels like it was many years ago, I couldn't find the perfect time to post again. After finding my notebook with the complete story, I just had to start with this chapter. Enjoy!
It's been a week and Haruna still hasn't talked to me since I kissed her.
School just started again today and I already transferred to Raimon High School for the year. I see Haruna around the campus but she never notices me. I call out her name but she doesn't respond. I touch her; she turns around, sees me, and walks away.
Annoyed by her actions, I write I note.
Meet me after school in front of the training camp. Come alone. I need to talk to you.
I fold the note in half twice and put it in the pocket of my pants. I reach the classroom of 2-A and notice someone in the classroom. I walk up to him as I remove the note from my pocket.
"Excuse me. Are you from class 2-A?" I ask.
"Yes, I am." He replies. "Wait a minute, you're Utsunomiya Toramaru!"
Oh great, an upperclassman fan. I used to love it when an older person comes up to me for autographs and everything but now, when I need to be with someone really bad, it's quite annoying.
"That's right." I say, feigning excitement. "Is there something you need?"
"Can I have an autograph?" he asks as he gives me a sports magazine and a black marker.
I take the magazine from him and look at the article he asked me to sign. It's an interview with me sometime after the International High School Tournament finals against, believe it or not, Britain.
In the article, the interviewer asked me: "Do you have anyone in mind? Who are you hoping would watch you play in the tournament?" My reply was simply: "Yes, I do. It's a secret." I wouldn't want the public to know I wanted Haruna without Haruna knowing first.
I sign the magazine and give him back the magazine and pen. "Here you go."
"Thank you so much!" he says. "I idolize you more than your other teammates!"
Without letting him continue whatever it is he is going to say, I give him the note. "Give this to Otonashi Haruna. Don't tell her who it's from; don't tell her I gave it. Just give it to her without question."
The boy goes inside the classroom and I leave.
I run to my classroom, hoping I'm not late for class. It turns out that my next class is P.E. and our lesson is, as you may have guessed, soccer. Lucky for me, the teacher excused me from class and said that I could do whatever I want but I have to be back before class ends.
Not wanting to be bored, I go outside to the quadrangle. There's a basketball game going on with the third year class members. Gouenji-san is doing really well and Kidou-san looks like an awesome strategist. I watch the game from a bench nearby.
"Gouenji!" a guy yells as he passes the ball to Gouenji-san.
Dribble, pass, shoot, score! It's just like soccer only you're actually allowed to use your hands.
I see Kidou-san standing in front of me.
"Kidou-san!" I say as I stand up from my seat.
"Are you playing hooky?" he asks me.
"Of course not! My gym teacher said I can do whatever I like. I happened to see your year level playing basketball so I sat down and watched." I reply nervously.
Gouenji-san appears to be approaching someone. He walked towards a girl! She wipes off the sweat from his face with a towel.
"Who is she?" I ask Kidou-san, somehow pointing at the girl with my eyes.
"That girl is just someone he met last summer." He replies. "I think her name is something like 'Yuni' or something like that. I don't know who she is, why she studies here, and how the heck Gouenji even got to be with a girl like that. I still have no idea if they're even officially dating."
"Dating?!" I say, surprised.
"There's no need to be surprised. We're all growing up. There's nothing wrong with dating."
"Are you dating anyone?"
He sighs. "No. Not yet, at least. I don't really have a girl in mind, at the moment."
"Speaking of girls," I add. "Has your sister been acting strangely?"
He folds his arms and looks down. Clearly this subject has been bothering him. "Haruna…" he pauses. "He hasn't been talking to me since we went home from the restaurant. She wouldn't even look me in the eye."
"The same thing is happening with me." I tell him. "I wonder what could be wrong."
"Here you go, Otonashi."
I get a note from Toramaru that tells me he wants to talk to me. I understand why he wants to talk but I don't know what I should say. How can I explain to him that a demon attempted to molest me? I'd rather not get into details with this situation.
I can hardly remember much of what happened with me and Desuta last night. All I remember is that I wanted to be with Toramaru, and not Desuta. I told him to stay away from me, that I didn't want him.
I remember saying: "I don't like you and I don't like what you're doing. I don't know why you're doing this, making my like some stupid cliché love story with the lead girl falling for some supernatural, superhuman-like creature or beast whatever. I don't want anything to do with you, now please leave me alone!"
He was gone. He just disappeared and I don't know why.
Here I am, right now, looking at Toramaru's note, still thinking about what I should tell him.
School is finally over. What a relief!
"Hey, Toramaru," one of my classmates says. "What's our home—?"
I don't let him finish, of course. I run out of the classroom, out of the school building, and out of the gates. I run to the gates of the training camp and wait.
Haruna is going to be here, I think to myself.
I don't wait long. She arrives almost instantly after I get here.
"You want to talk to me?" she asks.
"Actually, yes." I reply. "You've been ignoring me for an entire week. I'm not really interested to know what happened and caused you to ignore me. All I want to know is why you're ignoring me."
Okay, that sounded stupid.
"I won't tell you."
I stare at her with wide eyes and a dropped jaw. "What?"
"The past week I've been thinking about nothing but you."
"I don't think I fully understand what you're trying to tell me."
"It means I like you too, silly!" she says as she kisses me.
Author's Note (again): This chapter is shorter than it's really supposed to be. The original version of this chapter had a longer narration for Haruna, which was about a near-rape experience with Desuta told in great detail. I decided to exclude it from this story because I might change the rating of this from T to M! We don't want thatto happen now, do we? Anyway, after this chapter will be the story's finale. I kind of don't want to finish this story yet, mostly to leave you guys in suspense.
Oh, if you guys want me to write more about ToraHaru or stories with my original characters (notice I said "my", meaning not yours), just tell me and I'll continue writing! For those that just want to read my stories, you can read my newest story, "The Noisy Sleeping Beauty". Leave a review there and tell me what you think. I hope you enjoy it!