I Want an F

Chapter 16

I stopped myself as I reached out for the classroom door. How can I face them? I asked myself.

Yesterday, after the battle with class A and telling my friends the truth, I had gone home early. I had locked myself in my room and hid from Sakura, even when she had begged me to talk to her. I just couldn't face her.

And again this morning. I had waited until she had left for school before coming out of my room. My dad had already left for work, but my mom had asked me if everything was all right. I had lied and told her that it was.

Now I stood in front of 2-F, but I didn't have the courage to go inside.

"Aida Ken."

I looked up and saw Fujikawa Masato, the class C rep, walking toward me. I quickly lowered my hand from the door and turned to face him. "Hello, Fujikawa-kun." I greeted him.

"I saw your ST battle yesterday." He said, but he wasn't looking at me. "Your English score really is superb."

"Thanks." I muttered.

"Hey, so, um, listen…" He stammered. For the first time I noticed how stiffly he was standing. "There's something I want to tell you."

"What is it?"

"Um…" He placed a hand on the back of his neck. "You see, ever since our ST battle… I've kind of been having these reoccurring dreams."

"Oh." I said, smiling. I loved the subject of dreams. "They say that reoccurring dreams are trying to tell you something important that you have to do."

"They've been about you."

"Really?" I raised an eyebrow. "Are they telling you to challenge class F when the three months are up?"

"Um, not class F you, Aida Ken you." Masato looked down at his feet, then quickly looked me in the eye. "Aida Ken! I think I-"

All of a sudden the classroom door flew open, bouncing slightly and almost coming off its track. Sakura stood in the doorway, looking at me angrily. "For the love of Canada, Ken-kun! We all know you've been standing out here! Just come in! We're not mad."

"Um, okay." I breathed, a little startled. I glanced at Masato. "I'll see you around."

"Uh… yeah."

I followed Sakura into the classroom and closed the door behind me. Instantly I was aware of the eyes on me. My grip on my school bag tightened and I started to walk. I just want to get to my seat. I thought, looking at the floor.

"Oh no you don't!" Sakura said, grabbing my arm. She dragged me to the front of the classroom and made me stand there. Then she addressed the room. "We all want to talk to you." She said with a wave of her hand.

As one, the class stood. "Thank you, Ken-kun!" They said, bowing.

I blinked in surprise. "For what?" I asked.

"For having faith in us." Someone in the front row said.

"At first we thought you were just doing it to make yourself feel better as part of class F, the idiots of the school."

"But then Sakura-chan told us everything."

"You're practically a member of class A!"

They all looked up at me. "Yet you still led us to victory against every class!"

I actually felt like I was going to cry. "You mean you aren't mad at me for lying about my abilities?"

"Of course not!" Kanami called. "We're honored that you chose class F."

"And thanks to you," Takumi said.

"Class F is the best class in all of second year!" Yukio finished.

"Let's here it for Ken-kun!" Sakura yelled. "Our class F representative!"

The whole class erupted in cheers. I stood there as they chanted my name, feeling tears on my cheeks. They aren't mad. I swallowed back a sob. They don't hate me.

I turned to Sakura and gave her a big hug. "Thank you." I whispered.

"Group hug!" Sakura shouted.

And in the next instant I was at the bottom of a class F pile. Everyone was laughing and having fun. Even when the teacher came in and directed everyone to their seats, we were still laughing.

It's true. I thought. Class F is the best class.
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