(Title – 妻の求愛 – Tsuma No Kyūai Part 1 – Wooing the Wife, Part 1)
“What did I do?” I said.
“I’m just a nuisance to you, aren’t I?” he asked with teary eyes. He was starting to sob.
Shit! What should I do?
Unconsciously, I hugged him and softly said, “Quiet. You look stupid while crying.”
He remained still and quiet.
I realized that people around us were already staring. I was about let go of him but he broke himself free from my embrace first.
I was surprised when he did that. He even shoved me off.
“Senpai, we’re both men, why are you hugging me?” he asked.
I arched one of my eyebrows and did not respond. How could I not hug him when he was about to cry because of me? Normally, I don’t give a fuck if I make a girl cry but this one is different. It’s like my sanity started to get swallowed up by a dark void.
I didn’t notice that I was spacing out and that he already walked away from me. I followed him.
Everyone in the cafeteria were baffled from what they saw and started to whisper, as if gossiping.
I didn’t care. I’m used to their watchful eyes. I just followed him. For once, I wanted to follow my heart. “Shit Ryū! You’re getting soft,” I said to myself.
I quickened my pace. It’s a good thing I have long legs. I was able to reach him and pulled his arm.
“Let go of me!” he cried.
“Hey, I just want to talk,” I said. I’m not used to this. I don’t know what to do or say.
“Kichirō-san, is senpai bothering you?” someone suddenly popped out of nowhere.
Kichirō was silent and in tears.
I looked at the guy who spoke. He was taller than bench boy, looked more lean and masculine. Is this his…boyfriend?
“Senpai, I’m sorry for my intrusion but I’ll take care of him,” he politely said and threw one of his arms on Kichirō’s back.
A nerve in my head twitched. “Don’t touch him!” I ordered. I was so perplexed by what I saw, that I couldn’t hold on to my short temper.
“Let’s just go Ki-kun,” Kichirō said and walked away with the thick-faced bull (Naoki).
I was left speechless. I’m like in the position wherein the kouhai is begging for the senpai’s attention, except that it’s the other way around.
“Bro, you have a serious competitor, heh,” a guy said and it was Ken again. “I saw everything. Don’t tell me again that you don’t have the hots for that kid, eh?” he said while he hit his left elbow on my right arm. He smirked as if teasing and being amused seeing me in this state.
“Go to fucking hell!” I yelled and walked away.
I went to the rooftop to get some fresh air. It’s hard to keep one’s cool when jealousy strikes. I wanted to skip class but I can’t. I have to keep my perfect attendance. I decided to attend class even though I’m extremely not in the mood.
In the classroom, they were all looking for me. There were only 2 or 3 minutes left before the class started. I was able to make it.
“Where have you been? We thought you wouldn’t show up,” Ken worriedly asked.
I just remained quiet and did not respond.
“If you’re worried about that kid (Kichirō), I will help you,” he said.
Ken’s POV – おせっかいな友人
(Title – Osekkaina Kūjin – Nosy Friend)
“Ken Hirano, it’s your time to shine, heh,” I optimistically said to myself.
I used my undeniable charm to gather information about this kid who got my friend head-over-heels in love like a howling dog.
It’s a good thing that I have a lot of friends. In time, I was able to find out where his (Kichirō) next class will be. I’m so good. I know Ryū will wag his tail like a cute puppy after hearing the details later.
I went to their classroom. It’s a good thing that they were just freshmen so classes were not yet as hectic as ours. They were just on self-study.
The door was wide open. I peeped and saw a cute girl seated nearby. She looked at me and I winked at her. She blushed. I waved at her and asked her to come near me. She stood up and came over.
“Yes, senpai?” she asked. She smiled and batted her eyelashes.
I knew that she was flirting with me.
“Hey cutie, do you have a classmate… ano… erm… a guy, who is short, with a bob cut, and is quite timid?” I asked while smiling at her.
She immediately frowned. “Oh, you mean Ishikawa-san?” she disappointedly asked.
“I guess he’s the one,” I grinned. “Do you know if he’s got a girlfriend… uhm… or a boyfriend?” I awkwardly asked.
“Why are you asking me that? We’re not even close. You should ask Sakaguchi-san. They’re always together. He’s the only one he talks with. Maybe he’s got the answer to your question. Oh, speaking of the devil, here he is,” she said then walked away.
I looked at the guy who was walking toward my direction. He was about to enter the room. This face looked familiar. I stopped him and asked directly, “Hey bro, are you Ishikawa’s boyfriend?”
He blushed and politely said, “I’m sorry senpai, you may have been confused. We’re just friends. He’s not my type.”
“Eeeh??? You’re gay?” I asked and dropped my jaw.
“Ha ha!” he coldly laughed. He did not answer my question and then asked, “What else do you want to know?”
“Ah. You know I have a reason for coming here. He he. What is he like? What does he like? What does he enjoy doing? His favorites? Dislikes?” I curiously asked.
Without answering any of my questions, he directly asked, “Do you like him?”
“No way! I’m straight. I’m just helping a friend out,” I explained.
He chuckled and said, “Senpai, you’re kinda cute when you’re defensive like that.”
I smirked and then pinned him against the wall. “Do you like me?” I whispered to his ear. I tried to kiss him but it was just to tease him.
When my face was close enough to his, he pushed me. He was blushing. His ears were red as well.
“Ha ha! I was just kidding. You’re funny, kid. Sakaguchi right?” I laughed and walked away. After walking a few feet away from him, I looked back and winked at him.
I can’t help but laugh because of the look on his face. Ha ha! He was dumbfounded and was red all over.