Chapter Fourteen: Kururi:
This is so lame. I am stuck baby-sitting this dorky girl. The only reason we’re hanging around with her is because the stupid teacher begged me to.
It can’t be helped, I guess. She could be useful, at least. I invited Chiyomi out to hang out with me this Saturday. I waited for her in Starbucks. (Aoba had to work this morning. I think Nii-san’s trying to keep us apart. I don’t understand why they don’t like each other. I hope that they do some day.) I sat in the booth and started texting my girls. She’s late. Chiyomi is always late. We will have to work on that. Such a pain.
“I’m sorry I’m late!” I heard a girl’s voice say. I looked up from my phone. Chiyomi stood in front of me, panting. I forced myself to smile.
“Not a problem,” I lied. “Please. Take a seat.”
“Thank you, Kurui-sama,” Chiyomi said, bowing. I put up my hand.
“Please, just call me Kururi,” I said.
“Oh, sorry,” she said in a small voice. Chiyomi sat down across from me. Everything about her annoys me. Doesn’t she ever keep her hair straight? So many freckles on her cheeks. What is with her teeth?
“Listen,” I said. “You shouldn’t let yourself get pushed around like this. You are a nice and pretty girl.” Chiyomi had an uneasy look on her face.
“Oh…” she said. I gently took her hand.
“We are friends,” I said. “Let me help you.” She stared at me with big eyes. She clearly has been bullied for a long time. She probably expected to be let down again.
“Okay…” Chiyomi said in a small voice as she tried not to make eye contact. I gave her a strange look.
“Are you… crying?” I asked. She reached up and wiped away her tears.
“That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me!” Chiyomi wailed. I rolled my eyes.
“Stop crying,” I said. “You’re making scene.”
“I’m sorry,” she whimpered. I handed her a napkin. Chiyomi wiped away her tears and snot. Good lord. I’ve got my work cut for me, don’t I? I don’t know how Nii-san does it.
“Better?” I asked. Chiyomi slowly nodded.
“Are you free for the rest of the day?” I asked. Her green eyes lit up brighter than a tree at Christmas.
“I’m free all day!” Chiyomi was quick to say.
“Shhh,” I said. “Not so loud.” She lowered her head.
“Sorry,” she whispered. I have my work cut out for me. But, I know the risk will be worth the reward.
“Say, do you have anyone you are interested in?” I asked. Chiyomi face turned bright red as she cleared her throat.
“Well… there is someone,” she admitted. I smiled at her like a cat. Finally, there something I work with.
“What is their name?” I asked. Chiyomi looked around really quick before she motioned me to come closer. I leaned in with a curious look on my face. When she said it, something clicked in my brain. Things just became more interesting.