Okay, guys, I am SO sorry, yet again, that I did not update on Saturday or Sunday! I had so much schoolwork to do. :( Well, I decided to split this big chapter into two parts, if you don't mind. :) Last chapter, Kazuha was challenged by the school's beauty Nagasaki Kamiko for Heiji's heart (well, Kazuha didn't agree to that) and for the part of Juliet in the play! The girls must create three different clothing attire (casual, semi-formal, and formal), and showcase them along with a kimono. But the question is, who will win? Find out in Chapter 5: The Competition! Part 1!
Ever since Kamiko challenged Kazuha to the challenge, Kazuha felt more and more anxious and jumpy as the days went by. Finally, it was the day before the competition that would take place in the school auditorium after school. The contest had been the talk of the classroom, and the gossip soon spread to the rest of the school. For days, the competition had become the talk of the school, and everyone encouraged Kazuha and said that they'd cheer for her at the contest. Yet, Kazuha had a faint feeling they were going to vote for Kamiko to be Juliet—making her all the more nervous.
The gang was just sitting at their usual lunch table, talking about different matters of the day—even Kazuha was relaxed! But this peacefulness was broken by a certain someone bringing the topic up.
"So Kazuha," Sonoko said, "feeling confident about the show tomorrow?"
Everyone at the table except her and Kazuha face-palmed themselves with an "ugh." Kazuha immediately tensed up and began fidgeting her fingers nervously.
"What?" Sonoko asked. "I was just asking a question. Jeez . . ."
"But Sonoko!" Ran exclaimed at her friend then leaned in to whisper, "Remember?"
Sonoko pulled back with her mouth open and eyes wide. "Oh! Oh, I'm so sorry Kazuha for reminding you!"
"I-it's okay, Sonoko. I know you didn't mean it," Kazuha said with a fake smile hoping they'd all buy it. No one did, but they didn't say anything.
"But I am wondering," Ran began, "how you're doing."
Kazuha glanced at Ran then to everyone else. "I . . . well, yeah I finished the outfits, but—"
"LET US SEE!" Aoko, Ran, and Sonoko yelled at the same time.
Taken aback, Kazuha didn't say anything, but then said, "No. You'll see it tomorrow at the competition."
"What?!" Sonoko sighed and laid her head on the table, completely gloomy.
"Why not?" Aoko asked, pouting. "We won't be mean; we promise!" The girls nodded.
"W-well, I just want to be fair to everyone else by having everyone see the outfits at the same time. . . ."
"Oh," the three said blankly, dropping their backs to their chairs.
"But . . ." Kazuha had begun to say.
"But . . .?" the three girls said as well.
"If you guys want to, you can see the kimono I'm going to wear," Kazuha said quietly.
"W-wait. Are you serious?" Aoko asked. Kazuha nodded.
"Yay!" Ran clapped her hands, and all three of them high-fived each other with big grins on their faces.
"But I didn't make it!" Kazuha said loudly, hoping that it'd make them less excited, but it had the complete opposite effect.
"I wonder what it'll look like!" Ran said, thinking about the kimono.
"It's probably very sexy!" Sonoko chuckled evilly while looking at Kazuha, who was frowning unapprovingly at her. "And," Sonoko leaned in to whisper, "she's probably wearing that to impress Heiji."
All the girls giggled except Kazuha who, with flushed cheeks, quickly leaned into the huddled group to shush them. The boys looked at the giggling girls, then at an angry Kazuha, and then at each other. "Girls," they said in unison, and went back to their argument about which was better: being a detective or a thief.
After school, Kazuha led the three excited girls to her bedroom. Kazuha was going to show them the kimono she was going to show and to prove to Sonoko that it isn't that revealing.
The girls sat on the bed while Kazuha looked through her closet for the kimono. "Ah, here it is." Kazuha pulled out the kimono that was concealed with a cover. Kazuha removed it and showed her friends with a "Ta-da!"
The girls reacted with wide eyes and wide mouths with a slight blush on their cheeks. The kimono was absolutely beautiful: it was a light pink color speckled with hot pink cherry blossom petals. In the center, there was a large dark pink bow tying the kimono. Any girl would kill for this dress and any boy would instantly be enamored with the girl wearing it.
"So . . ." Kazuha began shyly, "what do you think?"
"W-what do I think?!" Sonoko stood up from the bed. "How dare you ask our opinion of this kimono? Don't you have any confidence, woman? Any girl would want this kimono! Even Heiji can't be this oblivious to your beauty, Kazuha!"
Now Ran stood up from the bed. "S-Sonoko . . ." Ran muttered, urging her friend to calm down.
"B-but I'm not even wearing it," Kazuha murmured embarrassingly.
"Yeah, yeah, I know that, Kazuha," Sonoko said as she got closer to inspect the kimono. "But seriously! This is beautiful! Where did you get it from?"
"Yeah, definitely, Kazuha!" Aoko said, standing up from the bed and walking over to look at the kimono, too. "Where did you get this kimono?"
"Well . . . actually, I made it myself," Kazuha admitted, looking away with a blush.
"EH?!" everyone screamed, probably loud enough for the whole neighborhood to hear.
"R-really?" Ran asked. Kazuha nodded.
"But you told us at school that you didn't make it," Sonoko said suspiciously.
"W-well, I had hoped that would've made you not come," Kazuha admitted.
"Wow! I can't imagine what the other outfits look like!" Aoko said with sparkling eyes.
"Come on, Kazuha," Ran said, "let us see them!"
Everyone looked at Kazuha with sparkling faces, but Kazuha remained stubborn. "No, I told you already. I want to reveal it to everyone at the same time. The only one who can see the outfits is me. Besides, you guys already got to see the kimono—which is, may I remind you, a product of mine."
"Aw . . ." everyone groaned.
"Well," Ran said, sort of sadly, "at least we got to see something, right?"
"Yeah," Aoko murmured.
"I'm sure the show will run smoothly tomorrow, Kazuha! You're sure to win," Ran said with an encouraging smile.
"Yeah, you'll most definitely win!" Sonoko said confidently.
"Th—thanks, guys. I look forward to the competition," Kazuha said with a nervous smile.
Soon enough, tomorrow arrived. School seemed to have passed by at light-speed, because Kazuha and Kamiko were already backstage of the auditorium and a large audience—which mainly consisted of boys—was waiting eagerly for the competition to begin.
Kazuha was peeking through the curtain nervously as she fidgeted with her fingers and hoping she'd win.
"So, Kazuha, do you feel ready?" she heard Kamiko ask from behind.
Kazuha looked back at her, trying to not look anxious, and said, "Y-yes. How about you, Nagasaki-san?"
"Perfect," she replied immediately. "I'm looking forward to defeating you and becoming Heiji-kun's girlfriend!"
Kazuha nervous face turned slightly into frown, and, with a humph, Kazuha muttered, "Well, don't count on it."
"Oh, I will." Kamiko smiled deviously at Kazuha.
"Ladies and gentlemen," Sonoko announced to the auditorium, "our fashion competition between Nagasaki Kamiko and Toyama Kazuha is about to begin!"
Sonoko walked backstage and said with a wink, "Good luck, girls!"
"Well, time to get dressed," Kamiko said while walking away.
"Yeah . . ." Kazuha muttered and went to go get her clothes in the backroom.
"All right, ladies and gentlemen!" Sonoko said. "The time has come for our two beautiful ladies to showcase the outfits they crafted themselves! Our first contestant, Miss Nagasaki Kamiko, will start the show off first. The competition is split into four parts: casual attire, semi-formal attire, formal attire, and a kimono, which could be either bought from a store or designed by themselves! I now present Nagasaki-san!"
Just then, music began to play and Kamiko revealed herself from behind the curtain, wearing dark-blue jeans, a light pink tube top, with brown high heels, and her hair tied up in a ponytail.
The audience—or boys, to be more exact—immediately responded with loads of cheers and whistles.
"Oh! Kamiko looks really sexy!" Kaito exclaimed over the audience's revelry.
"Oi, oi, isn't Aoko your girlfriend, Kaito?" Heiji asked with a disapproving look.
"Well, yeah, but Aoko doesn't have any breasts compared to Kamiko!"
"AHEM," the boys heard a familiar voice loud and clear and looked behind them. Aoko and Ran were sitting in the chairs behind them. "So, Kaito," Aoko began as she put her arms around his neck, "what were you talking about just then?" she asked in a cheerful yet dangerous tone.
"W-what do you mean, Aoko?" Kaito nervously asked, trying to play innocent, but Aoko's arms around his neck immediately closed together and squeezed against his neck, nearly choking him.
"Ah, I see now, Kaito," Aoko angrily said with her teeth clenched together, "now you're lying to me, huh?"
"No, no, no, no, no, Aoko. It's not that— It's just I—"
"Just what?" Aoko interrupted him with a snarl.
"Hey, Ran, don't you think you should stop her from killing him?" Shinichi asked Ran, though unconcernedly.
"No. Aoko would never kill Kaito—at least not on purpose, anyway. Besides, he deserves it," Ran coolly said while watching Kamiko model.
"Oi, oi," Heiji muttered at Ran. "That's cold, even for you, Ran."
Soon enough, it was Kazuha's turn to impress the crowd. While on her way to change into her semi-formal clothes, Kamiko walked past Kazuha to say, "Good luck—you'll need it," with a sneer.
Kazuha looked back at Kamiko with her eyes then back to the stage. Okay, Kazuha. Don't be nervous! Or else the audience will notice. Breathe in, breathe out. Phew . . . here I go. . . .
Shakily, Kazuha went through the curtains to show her outfit. For a second, no one did anything—only stared at the beyond-terrified brunette. Then one person began to clap, then another, and another, and soon the whole audience broke out into cheers.
Still nervous, Kazuha began to strut—though more like fast-walk—down the runway, giving a nervous smile to the every other person. She was wearing a green blouse, her favorite color, with short jean shorts and black Converse shoes. Kazuha did her best to avoid eye-contact with Heiji: she believed that he was probably laughing at her or sticking his tongue out at her. But if she had caught a glimpse of Heiji, she would've saw him staring at her, dumbstruck.
End of Part 1
Once again, I'd like to apologize for updating past my deadlines (Saturday or Sunday), but you might have to be flexible with me and add "Monday" to that list of deadlines. ^^; I do know that FanFiction will consider Chapter 5: Part 2 as Chapter 6, but we'll just have to manage, then. Well, hope you guys enjoyed Chapter 5: Part 1 of "Romeo and Juliet of Osaka," and I'll see ya next time! Ja ne!