Chapter Two: Acceptance?
I guess when I thought this is probably going to turn out bad I knew this was going to happen too well.
Could luck spite me any more than this? Yeah, I should have known.
Why are there so many girls? Duh.
I could not help a horrible feeling something...well... horrible was about to happen. Well, theres not much worse than this. Seriously, this time I think I have topped myself. A half-full class of around fifteen students all eyes gazed on me, some laughing , some holding it in, and barely a single straight face. Looking to my left, at the person next to me, she was yet to laugh, but seemed to be containing it.
Huh? I blurted into thin air, hoping for an answer from anyone. Please, tell me how my luck is so spited I get to be the only male at an all girls school?
This invited a bit more laughter among the class, and even the person next to mind had followed the trend. However, this was all halted by the teacher demanding silence in one fierce shout.
She demanded, with an almost instant response the noise in the classroom halted. One group of girls kept it up, but she threw a fierce look in their direction and they quickly halted. Her gaze then drew towards me. She said no words for a few seconds, enhancing my embarrassment. Unable to wait, I knew I just had to get out of here. There had been some mistake, but there is no reason for me to get any more involved. The door looks like a good way out. I run towards it hoping for an easy escape, grabbing my school bag and attempting to get out. Maybe picking a seat at the back of the classroom was not such a good idea, as it gave the homeroom teacher a chance to grab my collar and yank me backwards. She then walked out the door, still holding onto me, yanking my neck so that I followed. She shouted so everyone could hear that I was to be taken to the head-masters office at once. It felt like a walk of shame, still being held, walking backwards, and as many heads as possible looking out every class room door to see what the fuss was about. Its only 8:35, how much worse can this day get?
Unlike the rest of the school, this room is different. It has the most expensive furniture everywhere, including the leather sofa I nervously sit on, gazing at my surroundings, as the teacher explains the situation to the head.
Claims to be a new student in the school. An all girls school. How stupid can he get?
Ouch. Thanks. While really I am sitting in a waiting area outside his office, the whole area seems pretty expensive. The two are talking loudly enough for me to hear anyway.
Surely there has to be a reason...
A different voice said, sounding calmer and relaxed, probably the woman in charge. Just waiting to be called upon, to hear my fate, makes me want to run right out of the door and forget this day happened. Yet, I feel as if I should stay, but honestly, I dont know the reason. Just as I was pondering what to do, a different figure stepped outside the room, simply peeking her head through the door, and saying -
Could you come in for a second? She put her head back through the door so fast that I only caught a glimpse of her blonde hair, but from the voice I could tell if was not the teacher I had encountered before, so I felt somewhat relieved. Why I did so is beyond me, as in this situation Im still pretty screwed. I stood up, and took a final thought at running out the door and escaping this madness; but the looming of the secretary over at me almost forced me to enter the room. Well, at least they cant hold me there forever, I can escape soon. And they cant actually do anything much...right?
A plaque sat at the desk, saying Mokuzai ki High School, Head Mistress And on the next line, Miss Takoya. Sat next to me was the teacher who had dragged me in here, and behind the desk was who I presume to be Miss Takoya. She was the person who asked to enter. She looked around thirty-something years old, but beyond that its hard to tell the age. She wore a typical headmasters uniform, but had a necklace around her neck; However, the pendant at the end was hidden under her clothes. Then I realised she had started talking, but I only caught the end of the sentence.
...So could you explain? Obviously, I had no idea what to explain about, so I asked if she could repeat it, feeling a bit stupid. The woman next to me sighed, while the head simply smiled and repeated.
I have been told that you thought yourself a new student at this school. Could I have your name so I can confirm that? She asked, in a calm voice that seemed to make me feel slightly more relaxed in this pressured situation.
Kaoru Saito. I answered, keeping my eyes on her as she tried to find my file on the laptop set on her desk.
Age? She asked, throwing the question out from nowhere.
Um...fifteen. I replied, wondering why she asked the sudden question.
Birthday? She again asked.
13th March. I replied again.
Year of birth? Again. Seriously, this is weird...
1993. Was again what I said, another answer to another question.
Hes genuine. We have records of his application, its right here. She said to the other teacher, as I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Either that... or hes a peeping tom that decided its a good idea to give the school all his details away. She smirked, almost joking, but somehow it appeared she was only half joking.
The other person seemed disgusted and tutted, saying that she thought it was so. I had to raise an objection, however weak it sounded. I need some more confidence.
Im really sorry, but I honestly thought I was going to start this school, I wrote down directions... I paused and took out the paper in my pocket, although from the look on their faces after seeing it, that I had just drawn random lines. I then continued-
Can I just leave and forget this ever happened? Honestly, I dont want to go to an all girls school. It would just seem... odd. All I want to do is go home... okay, maybe that would be too embarrassing. Just... go somewhere and forget this happened... I looked over at the head teacher, and she had a finger placed on her chin, and seemed to be pondering something. I waited for what seemed like an eternity for some reply, although from the clock on the wall I knew it was only fifteen seconds.
No. I have a better idea. I simply froze. What could she mean?
Secretly, I have been considering expanding our school to both genders. Perhaps you could be our say... guinea pig.
Thats outrageous! The teacher next to me shouted, banging her hand against the desk, before I had time to think.
This miscreant essentially broke into our school, an all girls school for many years with a reason, may I remind you! How could you even consider letting this troublemaker into our school? And, I agree with her. Well, sort of. Maybe not the whole miscreant part, but admitting me defiantly. Miss Takoya simply ignored her outburst and directly talked to me.
I realise you may not wish to do this, but I think it is a good idea. If you could take some time to consider it and let me know by tomorrow, I would appreciate it. If you decide to, please come to my office at eight twenty-five promptly, in the morning preferably. If you dont turn up I will take it as you refuse, but I would like to know either way. You may leave now. I quickly thanked her and bowed before hastily leaving the room. Even after saying that I would without hesitation NOT take the offer, I may as well spend a day thinking about it. Its not like theres much else to do. I get looks and sense conversation turning towards me as I leave, even with the teachers. What am I meant to do at a time like this?
The universe is vast, large, and the earth is an extremely small part of it. If I was to die, the universe would go on. If this town was to disappear, the universe would go on. Heck, even if Japan, or even the earth disappeared, the universe would probably still go on. When you think about it looking upwards at the vast, blue sky, it really makes you think how small and insignificant you are. Or maybe thats just me thinking of anything but the main focus I should have- on the situation with Mokuzai Ki school. Out of all my problems, this is probably the worst Ive faced. Sure, compared to some people in the world this probably doesnt mean much, some would be happy to go to any schools. But anyway, this is the situation Im in and the one I have to get out of alone. Honestly, it doesnt mean much to me that a male teenager lying on a bench doing nothing; especially when the only school I know around here is an all girls school; would seem odd to the people passing by, probably earning me a few odd looks. Whatever. Until I decide what to do, none of that really matters. I life my arm that had fallen off the bench, to see my wristwatch and uniform. The time shows it is exactly eleven oclock. Then another thought stuck me- How did I get a uniform for an all girls school? I looked down to the logo, before realising it was a sown on logo. Heh, probably my parents did it to save money. If they had just tried to do the normal thing and order from the school, maybe they would have said there are no boys uniforms and I wouldnt be in this mess... but I know too well from past experiences regretting things and saying what if never helps, the only thing it can do is help you feel worse. So, I should probably get to the main point at hand- as I thought earlier, I should focus on my schooling issues. May as well weigh down the advantages and of course, disadvantages. Advantage number one-
I wont have to face the embarrassment of returning home to admit I went to a girls home. I think theres a small location I am meant to stay in somewhere around here, so I would be a break until half term at the earliest. Another advantage... Sorta the same as the first, but I can stay away from him for a bit longer. A final reason would be.... Nah, I cannot think of anything, so Ill leave it at that. Disadvantages... Well, to state the obvious, its a girls school. Im sure some people wouldnt mind that, but for me... I dont know how I could live with it, never mind by choice. And being designed for only girls, what problems could there be? I gave a deep sign, then looked at my watch again, at that moment, seeing only half an hour had passed in my countless, varying thoughts, I lay to rest for a deep sleep. Really that sounds stupid, having other priorities, but they can wait.
The sky... it changed colour. Slightly, but still. I guess noticing this means I have either woken up or dreaming. Hopefully its just a dream... I tilt my head and lift my arm to check the time, but feel something on the way there, like...skin. I move my head towards it, and on the way see a similar face- the person who I asked for directions, and who I sat next to in the brief moments of class. Still dont know their name. I realised my hand was still on her, so I quickly retreated it and apologised.
Whatcha still doin round here? I thought you got thrown out? She asked,quite bluntly, as I still lay on the bench, embarrassed. I stopped laying down and sat normally, catching a glimpse of my watch to show it was after school hours.
Well, I kinda got offered a place at Mokuzai Ki...Somehow, I tried to say the last word, but got drowned out by her saying rather loudly; as sitting on the bench next to me-
You serious? Youre not kidding? She pretty much shouted, sounding confused and exited.
Its true... but I dont know if I should or not. I replied. I felt slightly nervous and embarrassed, but it seems somewhat a weakened feeling since last time. Maybe its because a girl never bothers talking to me more than once, or... I dunno. This person, who I still dont know there name, smirked, and answered.
Why not? Im surprised they even let you in the first place. This gave me some sort of confidence, and I remembered the last thing she said to me before this meeting. I felt myself become more nervous and embarrassed, but I knew I should ask. Its really likely Im wrong, but...
Hey...Um...That thing you said earlier... I heard the nerves in my voice. Comparing to before, it sounded much worse. Still, I continued.
How you said you...liked... Man, this sounds bad, but its in the past now, so no point in regretting it or anything like that. The female next to me burst out laughing, but for half a second, before seriously facing me, looking slightly embarrassed herself. Is it... possible? No, theres got to be some kind of trick.
Would you like that? She asked, and moved her head slightly towards mine. Hold it. Right there. I need to think. I didnt actually expect any real reaction. I need time to think. What answer am I meant to give, and with her moving in to do... well, I cant be sure. As I was about to blurt out an erm She again spoke.
Close your eyes. She said, sort of sounding nervous, but it didnt seem entirely genuine. She had closed her and moved closer, so I really had no choice, I obeyed, and waited a few seconds... Ow. I opened my eyes in reaction, to see she had just flicked square on in the forehead. A bit like something I remember reading in manga.
Psyche! You should have seen the look on your face. She said, smiling, seeming to be trying to hold in laughter. I knew something like that was going to happen, and I felt slightly relieved as I grew bright red. I should learn to control that. The person stood up , turned around by spinning on one foot with her hands held behind her back, See you later, if you decide to turn up. She winked, and began to walk off, hands by sides again.
WAIT! I found myself jumping up and shouting, earning a look from her, that seemed Slightly surprised. Shes pretty much the only person I know in the area, well sort of, so theres one question I think I should ask, obviously.
Whats your name? I said, not introducing myself first, stupidly. She slightly cocked her head to the left, before replying, to my relief, saying each syllable separately-
Hi-ka-ru-Ta-Ni. She smiled, with her voice sounding quite cheerful.
You? Hikaru asked, as I now know her name.
Saito. Kaoru Saito. I replied, bowing. I then looked up to see she had done nothing of the sort, and simply waved on at me, as I waved back. My clock says... five PM. Hmm... Now, where do I sleep?
Back to approaching the school. I have pretty much decided my fate, but cannot help feeling extremely nervous as to what I am about to do, the consequences, the idea, the... everything. Well, I dont think anything will change my mind. After failing to find my accommodation the previous night, I had a while to think before falling asleep... Well I forgot where. Anyway, this feels the same as yesterday, with lots of stares at me, however this time around I found a coat with a hood in my belongings, so at least my face and gender should be hidden. Whether that would attract more attention, Im unsure, but whatever. Although the fact I was here yesterday has probably spread around like wild fire. The school still seems largely unfamiliar, but I know Its kind of impossible to ask for directions. I feel weird walking around like this, an empty school, pretty much, with very few people in class this early. Eventually, I find the room, 4-B, and re-enact the scene of me being dragged to the principles office, well the route at least. I cant believe Im doing what I am... It feels odd. Something no one here will have done before. I knock on the door, which is immediately reacted by a
Come in. I pulled down my hood so I could be recognised, and reached towards the door, nearly taking me last chance to back out and run. I went forward regardless, to see the second most familiar face I know around here, that again of Miss Takoya. She pointed towards the seat with an open palm, indicating I should sit. When I felt comfortable, she started talking. Or at least, I should say looked comfortable, as really no nervous person is ever really one hundred percent comfortable in situations like this.
Thank you for coming, Kaoru-kun. Have you reached a decision? She spoke in the same, calming voice, but also sounded curious, knowing it could change her school based on his decision.
Ye- I started to say, but hesitated. I knew my decision, but did not really know why I chose so. I guess... I just really dont know.
Yes. I would like to stay at Mozuzai Ki. I replied, sealing my fate in an instant. Maybe its doing something new, maybe its just my sheer stupidity. Im not sure that I will ever know at this stage.
Im glad to hear it. Welcome to Mokuzai Ki. She smiled, seeming happy at the decision. She stood up and opened the door for me, a rare occurrence for teachers in my past experience.
I would recommend going ahead. You dont want to be late for homeroom, do you?