CL: Chapter 9 – The Awkward Couple

(Title – 厄介なカップル – Yakkaina kappuru – The Awkward Couple)

Naoki’s POV

“Kichirō-san, I won’t be able to accompany you later in the library. I will be joining the try-outs for the basketball team,” I informed Kichirō-san.

“Oh, okay. That’s fine. I’m used to being alone anyway. Ganbatte![1],” he cheerfully responded.

([1] Ganbatte [頑張って] – casual way of saying “Do your best.”)

“Hai, ganbarimasu![2]” I responded with a smile on my face.

([2] Hai, ganbarimasu! [うん、頑張る!] – polite way of saying “Yes, I’ll do my best!”)

After class, I went to the gym for the try-outs. I went to the locker room to change my clothes, in preparation for the try-outs. I took off my shirt and opened my bag. While I was doing this, I could feel that someone is staring at me. I looked around and hugged my shirt to cover my bare chest. I saw that Ken-senpai was on the other side, glancing at me.

“Is there anything wrong, Senpai?” I asked.

He just blankly stared at me and then awkwardly said, “Uh… No. I was just surprised to see you here.” He then brightly smiled at me.

“I see. I was a member of our basketball team back in senior high. I just wanted to try my luck here,” I responded and smiled back.

“Oh boy, I’d do anything to get a hottie like you play with me, he he,” he said, as if flirting with me. I noticed that he was smiling some more and he also winked at me.

I could feel his stares stabbing me. He is definitely eyeing me from head to toe, just like a pervert, ready to molest a helpless girl. Just make him drool and you will get a classic pervert look.

“I’m sorry senpai but you’re not my type,” I awkwardly said.

He walked toward me. He wrapped his arm around my shoulder and said, “Ha ha! Don’t take it seriously. I was just playing with you. Hey, good luck. I will be the one conducting the interview and I will be observing you guys in the try-outs. Ryū is not around. I am more strict than he is.”

He started to become touchy. His touch gave me a sensation, similar to that of being slightly electrocuted. I’m starting to get goosebumps as he rubbed his hands on my bare back. I hugged onto my shirt tighter.

“Thanks Senpai for wishing me luck. I practiced well for this so I know I can make it,” I responded with a proud smile. While saying this, I pushed him away to stop him from taking advantage on me.

“If you say so. Ha ha. Oh, by the way, how’s your friend?” he asked.

“Uhm, he’s fine. He’s in the library right now, studying and working on his homework. I know I’m not in the position to ask but… do you happen to know what happened between him and Ryū-senpai? I did not ask him about this. Every time I try to open it up, he avoids the topic and shifts to a new one,” I curiously asked.

“I’m not sure, too. Only the two of them know what’s going on. Ryū is the type of guy who’s really difficult to read. He won’t even talk about it with me. I find them cute, though. Ha ha,” he explained.

I just coldly laughed. “So where is Ryū-senpai?” I followed up.

“Hey, I gotta go. I need to prepare for the interview. Give it your best shot,” he said and then walked away. He obviously avoided my question.

He turned around and added, “Oh yeah, put on your clothes, you might catch a cold.” He winked again and then bit his lips seductively.

I blushed. I really don’t like his personality. He is the playboy type and I know that if I would fall for him, I would be hurt in the end.

I just realized, there’s something fishy here. Why is Ryū-senpai not around? He’s the team captain. He should be here.


Ken’s POV

I never thought that Ryū’s job was this boring. I helped the coach in conducting the panel interview. There were many students who applied. Oh boy, this is going to be a long night. It’s a good thing that it’s only now that I am going to substitute for him. He just needed to “fix” his “problem” with Ishikawa.

I have been asking the same question for every applicant. I died and reincarnated multiple times; that’s how long it took.

Now, while I played with the file that I was holding, I noticed that the next one was Sakaguchi. There was a sudden surge of excitement within me. I really find this fella interesting.

While he was seated, he introduced himself. I rested my arms on top of the table, elbows at a ninety-degree angle, with my hands under my chin; as if I was fantasizing. I dazed while looking at him. I’m straight but his charm, somehow, captivated me.

“Hirano-san? It’s your turn to ask questions,” Coach said.

I still remained in my fantasy world. I suddenly felt a striking pain on the back of my head as if someone hit me.

“Ouch! Coach, why did you hit me?” I yelled.

“Hirano-san, you have no manners. I’m your coach. If you will not pay attention, you can go home now,” Coach said while clenching his teeth.

Sakaguchi intentionally cleared his throat to ease the awkward atmosphere.

“Ha ha sorry Coach. I guess I just did not have enough sleep last night,” I said while forcing a chuckled.

I coughed and started with my side of the interview, “So, Sakaguchi-san, if I were to ask you out, would you go out with me?”

Shit! What did I just ask? Ha ha.

“Eh… Excuse me?” he surprisingly exclaimed and he looked uneasy.

He was blushing and was fidgeting.

“Hirano-san, you’re out of your mind. Get out of here! Nakamura-san, come here and cover for your senpai!” Coach was obviously angry.

I got kicked out. Ha ha. Ryū would definitely go berserk once he found out what I did. I laughed coldly and sighed. I’m obviously doomed.

I waited outside. I don’t want to show my face to Coach because I know he would definitely kill me. My mind is telling me to go home already but my heart is stopping me.

Sakaguchi is my complete opposite. I guess that’s the reason why I’m attracted to him. As the saying goes, “Opposites attract.”

Once the interview part was over, I went in and sat on the bleachers. I watched the applicants play. Sakaguchi was quite popular among the girls because I can hear some talking about him. “Hey! That’s supposed to be me! I am the famous casanova in this university and they can’t take that title from me,” I mumbled to myself as I laughed hysterically.

The girls beside me were staring at me, as if they saw a crazy person.

“I’m sorry! He he,” I apologized and let out a forced laugh.

They stood up and moved to a different side of the bleachers, as if I have some airborne disease.

In the end, Sakaguchi was chosen as one of the rookies. I was so elated. Wait, why am I happy for him?

I went to the locker room and waited for him to arrive. The other applicants were done taking a shower and changing their clothes. I got bored waiting. Did he go home already? I waited some more.

Finally, after everyone left the locker room, he came in. I hid behind the door of the shower room and peeped through the small opening. Why am I acting like a peeping Tom? Ha ha.

He moved close to the shower room. Shit! He might see me! I could see him wiping his sweat with a white towel. He looks sexy with his hair messed up after wiping his head.

He placed a chair near the door where I was hiding. Fortunately, I can still see him even though the back of the chair was covering a portion of the door opening.

He started to remove his jersey. I can only see his back. I gulped as he removed it. He was still sweating. I could see beads of sweat running down his muscular back.

His back is smooth and I liked how light his skin was; it was like the moon on a clear night sky. He’s very masculine yet he gave off this feminine aura. It made me want to touch him all over.

He turned around and placed his wet jersey on top of his bag. I finally saw his chest. Earlier, he was covering it like a girl when they see someone peeping at them while changing their clothes. He even had the guts to say that he’s not into me. Heh, so naive and yet so cheeky.

My body stiffened when I saw that this boy has six-pack abs. He didn’t look like it. He even had those “sex lines” (abdominal v) that every women usually sought for from guys. Shit! I can feel something harden in my pants.

“Fuck, Ken! Dude, wake up! You’re a man!” I said to myself while I slapped my face.

He was about to remove his gym shorts. This is the part that I was waiting for. My heart jumped. I may even get a heart attack from this. My animal instinct is taking over me. I’m like the alpha male of a pack of wolves, howling for a she-wolf, ready to mate.

I can feel sweat running down on my forehead. I’m getting shaky. I gulped. I’m definitely turned on from this sight.

He was loosening the draw-string of his shorts, when somebody came in.

I made a mental facepalm. Jesus! Why did someone have to ruin this perfect scene!

“Hey, Sakaguchi-san!” Coach called.

“Yes Coach?” he responded and immediately put on a new T-shirt.

“Come with me outside, I want to introduce you to your senpai teammates,” Coach ordered.

Without hesitation, he walked out with Coach.

Whaaaat the…?!? I lost all control. My body became weak. I was forced to sit on the floor as I felt my legs tremble. That was an opportunity for me and I lost it! T.T


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