The first day went surprisingly fine. Riko forced me to eat lunch with her at her homeroom and I've never been more uncomfortable and awkward, but it went away when she didn't stop talking about her passion with playing the guitar and that her brother had taught her since she was young and that's when I understood I wasn't alone with having a warmhearted and caring big brother. So when we were on the topic I decided to open up a bit and told her about how my big brother, Takeru-kun, helped me whenever I had problems at school and helped me with my homework if I was stuck. Riko smiled throughout the whole story before squealing at the end, telling me that I was lucky to get him in my life and I was. Takeru-kun was the only one who understood me when it came to my difficulties and private problems. He had been my best friend from day 1. But now as I studied Riko as she was discussing different kinds of sweets she loved, I couldn't help but think... I've finally made a friend. Maybe a real and a true friend. I felt like I could relax when I was around her and I loved the feeling.
I was sad when I had to leave her classroom to go back to mine when the lunch break ended. My heart sunk when she waved bye after walking me back to my homeroom. I waved sadly back and stepped inside. That's when I saw someone sitting on my seat with his feet resting on my desk and hands behind his head, sleeping. I frowned when I saw who it was.
It was Takahiro. Takahiro Moriuchi. Riko had told me all about him at lunch when she talked about Ryota's friends. Ryota and his three friends were forming a band called One Ok Rock and they had already become pretty popular. The other students were a big fan and I guess they all idolized them by now. Which made sense since there were full of girl students crushing on them in the hallway earlier.
I walked slowly up to him as I cleared my throat. Taka seemed to have heard me and opened his eyes and they met mine right away.
My heart stopped.
"What?" he asked blankly and I tried to tell him to move, but instead I stood there with my mouth opened, lost in words.
Taka shot me a smirk before standing up. He got super close as he put his hands in his pockets. He didn't break the eye contact, but I did instead.
"You must be a fan," he started. I looked at him with a question mark.
Taka stepped closer and the classroom went silent. Every student's attention was on us, and I could feel my cheeks burn up.
I hate this...
"You want an autograph?"
I shook my head quickly and tried to explain the situation, but once again, no words.
He rolled his eyes as he backed away,
"What is it then?" he spat.
I jumped back in surprise and my eyes were fixed on my shoes as I finally forced out the sentence,
"That is my place."
His eyebrows lowered as if he just got insulted.
I took a deep breath and looked up at him and barked at him,
"That is my place."
I could hear the other students gasping, curious about what would happen next.
Taka didn't break any eye contact and it felt like he was looking right into my soul and deeper, it started to get scary. Even though he had almost puppy eyes, they were still terrifying in this circumstance.
He then broke the stare as if he was bored and then put his hands in the air as a sign of defeat.
"Fine, if the seat is so damn important to you."
That's when the other students started whispering again.
I could hear some say 'Taka being funny again', 'Why would the girl even talk to him' and 'she should just move her seat instead of talking with him.'
I sat down at my desk, looking down so I didn't have to make any more eye contact with anyone.
I could feel the tears sneaking up on me, but I quickly wiped them away and swallow the lump in my throat. I got flashbacks from last year and I tried to think of something positive instead.
It was history and it was just writing about the second world war.
Taka had moved to the seat by the window beside me and he had already fallen asleep on his desk with his earphones plugged and was blasting some rock song that I could clearly hear.
I gave him a cold stare before plugging in my earphones.
What was he on? Thinking I was a fan? Well I guess, I can understand that he thought so, but it's kind of self-centered of him to automatically think so. And why did he take my seat, though? Don't we have settled seat? Is he even in this class?
Questions popped up in my head. Maybe I should ask Riko when I talk to her again.
"Class dismissed, see you all tomorrow."
We all stood up and gave the teacher a bow before the bell rung.
I quickly took my bag and jacket as I almost ran out the door.
When I finally managed to find the exit of this school, I changed my indoor shoes.
"Aoi-chan!" Riko waved at me and I waved back, happy to see her.
"Riko," I said and Riko smiled and linked arms with me.
"You want to join me and Ryota to the donut shop across the street?"
I didn't want to turn down the offer so I nodded and she jumped in excitement.
"Great, I love donuts, but I guess you already know that after listening to me talking nonstop about it. We will meet Ryota at the donut shop."
I gave her a nod.
As we were walking towards the shop, she kept asking me of what my favorite flavor was and I told her that I've always liked chocolate and she clapped her hands in excitement and told it was her favorite too.
The donut shop wasn't far from the school and Riko told there were often other students there.
When we got outside of the shop, I told Riko to go in first, so I can call my father and tell him I will be home a little later than expected.
I dialed the number.
"Takeru-kun?" I asked and I could hear a laughter in the other end.
"Yes, dad's asleep. He's been working late."
I nodded, not realizing that he couldn't see my nod.
"What was it, Aoi. Is everything fine at school? You want me to come and meet you?"
I smiled at how concerned and thoughtful he was, but kindly rejected his offer and told him where I was.
"You got a friend? That's great, Aoi!" he shouted in excitement and I could imagine his face.
"Yeah, but I got to go, she and her brother are probably waiting for me."
Takeru-kun got the message and told me to come home before dark and I agreed. We told our goodbyes and then hang up.
I brushed off my uniform skirt and straightened my shirt before entering the shop.
The shop was beautiful! It had a lot of nice colors and the air was filled with sweets and smell of coffee.
"Aoi! Over here." Riko called. I followed the voice and walked around a corner to be faced with not only her and her brother but also three other guys who she told me about. Including Taka.
I looked at Taka and he was ignoring completely. Instead, he looked out of the window while resting his chin in his palm.
Riko clapped her hands together and bowed,
"I'm sorry, Aoi-chan. This idiot dragged his whole gang with him."
I didn't want to let her see it was bothering me so I returned her apology with a gentle smile.
"It's okay, Riko-chan."
She looked up from her apologetic posture and shot me a smile before telling me to take a seat.
I sat down beside her and I was sitting across from, Gachapin or Toru.
He had the same expression, only focusing on his phone.
Riko then started with the introduction,
"This is my idiotic big brother, Ryota Kohama." she pointed at the blonde haired guy beside her, who got the same grin as Riko. He reached out his hand and I shook it.
"Nice to meet you, Aoi," he said cheerful and I bowed my head and returned the smile.
Riko pointed across the table and quickly said,
"This is Toru-kun"
Toru looked up from his phone and suddenly just blurted out,
"You're the girl who walked in me today."
I looked at him surprised and nodded,
"Yeah, I'm sorry."
He shrugged and said,
He looked down at his phone again.
Riko rolled her eyes before pointing quickly at the guy beside him, whom I already figured out was Tomoya.
Tomoya smiled and said hello.
Riko then looked at Taka, who still had his eyes focused on the window.
"That is Taka-kun," she said almost coldly and Taka then broke out from his stare and looked at Riko and then at me before looking at Ryota.
"Aren't we supposed to be at the rehearsal?"
I looked at Ryota and I saw him clenching his teeth before laughing awkwardly,
"Don't be impatient, eat a donut or two and rest your voice a little." he reached over to Taka and patted him on the shoulder and Taka sighed.
"I'm not hungry."
What is his problem?
Riko slid closer to me and whispered,
"He's not always this moody, don't worry."
I looked at Taka who had pulled out his phone.
"Well, I'm starving so let's order," Tomoya said as he rubbed his hands together and his lips.
"Same, me and Tomoya will order, tell me what you guys want." Riko winked at the guys and Ryota shouted out 2 Cinnamon donuts and a black coffee. Toru wanted the same thing.
I told her I wanted a chocolate frosted donut with peach ice tea. She pulled the peace pose like before and said in a newsman's voice,
I couldn't help but chuckle at her ridiculous pose and she winked before walking to the cashier.
Ryota tapped me on the shoulder.
"I just want to say that if Riko is too clingy, you can tell me." he winked and I looked down and smiled.
"Got it," I said, smiling faintly.
Taka looked at me and his eyebrows lowered, but I decided to avoid him. I didn't get him at all.
He doesn't even know me and he's acting like I've stolen his bike or something. It honestly made me irritated.
We enjoyed the donuts and Ryota were just like his sister. They both won't stop talking and I and the others were just laughing and listened to whatever childhood memories they were looking back to.
Taka had it finally enough and it ended with that they had to leave for rehearsal.
I said goodbye to Riko and headed home.