You're Jealous, Right?
That night I was released from hospital. Mom obviously was worried sick about me. She wouldn't even let me walk to the bathroom on my own, probably due to some intense fear of me suddenly slipping on a bar of soap and smashing my head onto the bathtub. Really? I mean, did it really look like I was so unwell that I needed assistance to take a shower on my own? Oh well, I guess I do appreciate the kindness. I've made her scared half to death so I better be agreeable, at least for this week. The next morning I woke up nicely. It just seemed like any other day. I quickly got dressed and was about to dash out of my room; however, I needed to fix up my fringe in the mirror before that. Don't want Sensei to see me looking like a mess. I quickly ran downstairs and out the door. I have a feeling today's going to be a good day for some reason. I feel like Sensei and I have gotten to know each other better…it's a nice feeling. After a few hours of listening to some lectures and doing work in class I made my way to the infirmary. Along the way I saw Cheren walking towards me.
"Cheren! Hey, I'm back. Did you miss me?" I greeted him happily.
"Touko. I'm glad to see that you are all right." He gave me a genuine smile. "On your way to see Sensei again?"
"Aha, you know me too well." I scratched my head in embarrassment a little.
"No. It's just plain obvious. Really, I think it may be becoming a part of your daily routine." Cheren remarked as he pushed his glasses up a little.
"Ehhh? Don't be like that Cheren. You should smile once in a while you know?" I teased. "Or are you just afraid that your face will crack?"
"W-what?" He gave me a stunned look but then proceeded to smile. "Hmph. What nonsense. Here, I got you these. You'll probably need them some time later in life."
"Hmm? What are these?" I asked inquisitively while he places a small box into the palm of my hands.
"Bandages. I thought you should stop borrowing some from N Sensei." He comments. "Look, they even have Reshiram and Zekrom pictures on them. I know you like silly things like that."
"Reshiram…and Zekrom." I repeated.
"Yes. You know? The two legendary Pokémon who helped created Unova?" He flashed me a weird look.
"No no. I know who they are but…suddenly it feels weird looking at them." I said while staring at my package of bandages.
"Okay. Now I think I know why you need to visit the infirmary so often." Cheren spoke slowly while trying to lead me in the right direction. "Please by all means. Don't let me keep you from your health."
I swear he added the word 'mental' in front of 'health' in his mind.
"O-okay. Well thanks for these." I smiled weakly and made my way to the infirmary.
I quickly opened the door to see if Sensei was in. Who am I kidding of course he was, that's why I came down here in the first place. I come here so often now that he basically knows when I'm in front of the door and of course today was well he greets me nicely.
"Oh. Hi, Touko." He smiled. "Did you come to see me?"
"No. I came to play poker with you." I gave him a sarcastic look. "Of course I'm here to see you Sensei."
"Wow. You're quite uppity today? Did something good happen?" He asked.
"Hmm. No, not particularly." I replied with a smile.
"Oh? What's that you're holding in your hands?" He asked inquisitively.
"These? They're just bandages Cheren gave me. Aren't they cute?" I showed him the package and continue to gloat about how Cheren was such a loyal and caring person. "He acts all aloof but really he's a big softy underneath."
"Charming." N commented sharply.
"Huh? What's wrong?" I gave him a look of concern. "You seem kind of upset all of a sudden."
"It's nothing." He replied harshly. "He gives off the impression of being too power hungry sometimes."
"What? Really? I don't think so at all. Cheren's not like that. Sure, he's ambitious but you make it sound like he's a bad guy." I chuckled a little trying to imagine Cheren as some demonic king.
"Is that so?" N glares at me. "Whatever. I think all he really cares about is becoming stronger."
"H-hey Sensei. What's wrong with you today? Why are you saying such awful things about Cheren?" I asked feeling a little bit concerned. "You don't even know him that well."
"Also that Bel girl clings to you too much." N sneered. "She must be very weak to be that dependent."
"H-hey! Sensei! That was uncalled for." I retorted. "Why are you saying such things about my friends?"
"But alas, not everyone can face the sad truth." N turned to the window. "Not everyone can become stronger."
"W-what the-? Where have I heard that before?" I asked aloud.
"I don't know Touko. Where have you heard that before?" He spoke in a clear and strong tone. "You, who are not, swayed either way. A neutral presence. Can you really be friends with them?"
"W-wait. I've heard all this stuff before…Sensei, could it be that you're remembering?" I asked in shock.
N didn't answer. He just stood there staring out of his window as if the meaning of life was written in the sky or something. He then turns around and picks up my packet of bandages and stares at it but it's the angriest looking stare I had ever seen. He then drops the packet onto his desk harshly. What's up with his mood swings? One second he's happy-go-lucky and innocent the next he's like some philosopher who's lived 200 years or something. It's just so hard to keep up with. It's like he's treating me as if I'm on the same level as him but the same time he's doing all that while on a pedestal. Maybe…there's more to him that meets the eyes. Could it be that I'm the one who's been naive all this time?
"Wait a minute." Then it hit me and a let out a huge smirk. "Could it be that you're jealous, Sensei?"
"W-what?" He jumped at the conclusion. "What on Earth gave you that idea?!"
"Hmmm? Oh I don't know. A women's intuition perhaps?" I chuckled. "That and you were giving me the most sour looks when I was talking about Cheren."
"I-I'm your teacher! I-I have no need to be jealous." He stammered.
"Yeah, you're right. I probably would be happier with Cheren anyway." I feigned innocence.
"W-what! H-he seems to be really arrogant. I don't think he's a good person." N stuttered again but this time with more emotion. You could really see the stress in his face.
"Hmm. Now that I think about it. I prefer Sensei more. I mean I think we did have a connection in the past." I lightly tapped my index finger on my chin and pretended to ponder.
"Now, now don't get too rash." He said that but I could hear that his tone was a lot lighter and he was smiling a little.
"Pfft. You're really amusing Sensei." I laughed. "It's like everything you're feeling just pops right up on your face."
"T-that's not true." N blushed a little while crossing his arms.
"Haha. You're like an open book Sensei." I walk over to his desk. As her tries to move back his clumsily knocks Cheren's packet of bandages over. "Ah! Sensei!"
I scurried over to the place where they dropped to see Reshirams and Zekroms scattered everywhere. My mind was suddenly in a blur. Oh no, not again. I've had enough of this fainting business. Crap…I can't hear what Sensei is trying to say to me anymore. Ugh he looks really worried and he's shaking me too. Darn it. Everything's fading to black. I can barely keep my eyes open but at least it doesn't hurt anymore…oh well…I'll see you…in a few days….N.