I stood on the stage in the auditorium as the seats filled up. Yukio, Kanami, and Takumi were there with me. We were waiting for Sakura to arrive with the class A students.
"Look." Kanami whispered, pointing at the door.
Class C was being lead in by their rep. I looked at him and our eyes met. From the way that he looked away so quickly, I guessed that he was still sore about being beaten by us.
"I hope you know what you're doing." Takumi whispered to me.
I nodded. "I'm sure." Class F may have had the lowest average scores, but I had planned everything to play to my friends' individual strengths.
"Here they come!" Yukio said, pointing at the door.
Sure enough, Sakura came running in, followed by the second year class A. Five of the class A students made their way to the stage while the rest of them found seats.
"Are you the rep?" A girl with long jade hair and a flower headband asked me as she got onto the stage.
I nodded. "That's right. I'm Aida Ken, class F's rep."
The girl snorted slightly. "You don't look like much, but then, you are class F."
I scowled at her. Don't let her get to you. Her words were most likely a ploy to throw us off our game. "And you are?" I asked calmly.
"Sawatari Ayako." She said. She looked past me at our class F team. "Well, let's get this over with."
"I approve this ST battle!" The remedial class teacher said, raising his arms and opening the field. "First up will be History!" He looked to each side as students stepped forward. "Ito Maki of class A and Shima Takumi of class F. Begin."
"Summon!" Both Takumi and Maki said at the same time. When their avatars came out, I was pleased to see that there wasn't that much of a difference in level. Did class A put any thought into their lineup? I hoped that they hadn't, and had underestimated us. That was one of our strengths, the fact that nobody thought we could do it.
"What kind of score is that?" Maki laughed. "I can get a better grade in my sleep." She winked. "When I'm not wearing any clothes."
"What?" Takumi blinked.
"Taku-kun!" Sakura cried. "Focus!"
Takumi looked back at her. "I'm trying." He looked back at Maki. "But I can't help it. What would she look like without any clothes on?"
"No!" Sakura yelled at him.
Takumi wasn't focusing at all, and Maki's avatar quickly ate away at his score.
"She's really a forty year old man!" Sakura screamed at Takumi.
"Hey!" Maki glared at Sakura. "I am not!"
"Wha!" From Takumi's cry, I guessed that he was now seeing Sakura's image instead of Maki. He shook his head as Sakura started to laugh. "I did not need that image."
Despite being free from his fantasy, Takumi couldn't catch up. In one more hit, Maki's avatar brought Takumi's score down to zero. "Yes!" She cheered, returning to her team. She looked back only long enough to glare at Sakura.
"Man." Takumi groaned as he walked back to our side. He looked at me. "Sorry, Ken-chan."
I placed a hand on his shoulder. "Its alright. We can still win."
"Next is Literature!" The teacher declared. "Nakamura Tomoki of class A and Hamada Yukio."
I smiled when I saw the look of surprise on Tomoki's face. The look was mirrored on the rest of the class A team as well. You can do it, Yukio.
"I've got this." Yukio said, pleased. "Ha!" His avatar charged forward to attack.
"Oh, no you don't!" Tomoki said as his avatar stepped out of the way. He started to laugh. "It's going to take more than that to beat me."
"Tomoki!" Ayako shouted at him as Yukio's avatar spun and slashed at the overconfident class A avatar. The match was over.
"Yay Yuki-kun!" Sakura cheered, giving him a high five.
"Music!" The teacher kept up with the pace of the battle. "Watanabe Rei and Satake Kanami!"
This time it was class F's turn to be surprised. I cursed myself for being overconfident. I had counted on class A not taking music seriously, the way class D had. I had never thougt that Rei would have a high music score.
"What?" Kanami breathed. She looked at Rei. "How is your score so high?"
The other girl flipped one of her long black braids over her shoulder. "I've taken piano lessons since I was four." She said simply. Then she narrowed her eyes at Kanami. "However, I could ask you the same question."
Kanami smiled. "Sakura taught me how to play the snare drum on an upturned bucket." She giggled. "Mr. Yamada gave me extra points for flipping the bucket into a window blind for a finale."
Rei scowled. "That's so childish." Her avatar charged forward. "And it's not going to help you now!"
"Wha!" Kanami let out a cry as her avatar disintegrated. "No!"
"Well done, Rei." The rest of the class A team congratulated the girl as she returned to them.
"Sorry." Kanami said, returning. She turned to Sakura and placed a hand on her shoulder. "You have to win, okay?"
Sakura's hands formed fists and she held them in front of her. "Okay!" She said, nodding with a determined look on her face.
"Home Economics." The teacher sounded a little uncomfortable as he stated the next subject. "Himamori Daichi of class A and Aida Sakura of class F."
"Summon!" The tough looking girl from class A said, calling forth an avatar that looked like a gang leader, but had a very high score above her head.
Sakura first tied an apron around her waist, spun happily, and then smiled at Daichi. "Summon!"
Daichi laughed. "What's with the apron? You do know that we're not actually in Home Ec, right?"
"I know." Sakura giggled. "But I always wear an apron when I am, so it helps me get in the mood."
"Alright." Daichi shrugged. Then her avatar, wielding a lead pipe, charged at Sakura's avatar.
"SakuAvi!" Sakura commanded. In response, her avatar jumped and flipped over Daichi's avatar's head. Then she twirled and delivered a kick to the back. Daichi's avatar stumbled forward, losing a lot of points.
"Owchie." Sakura complained, reaching down to grab her ankle.
"Are you okay?" I called to her.
She looked over her shoulder at me. "I'm fine." She promised. "I've just never kicked anyone before."
"You're kidding, right?" Daichi asked. She turned back to her classmates. "They've got me fighting a probationary student."
All of class A burst out laughing. I grit my teeth, hoping that Sakura wouldn't let it get to her.
"Oh, yeah?" Sakura sounded calm. Then her avatar delivered another attack, defeating Daich's avatar. "Well, this probationary student just beat you, Himamori Daichi of class A."
"Ah!" Daichi let out an angry yell. For a moment I thought she was going to charge at Sakura.
Then the class A rep stepped up to her. "I've got this." She said calmly."Aya." Daichi whispered. She nodded. "Okay." Then she turned and walked over to the rest of the team.