My classroom, where I will spend the rest of the year, is at the back of the first floor of the school building.
Despite the sunny weather outside, the air is a little cold, and it wakes me up from my drowsiness as I’m assigned a seat in the back corner at the very back of the classroom.
“Erm, I’m Mori, the new homeroom teacher for this class. Everyone, I look forward to working with you for a year.”
The teacher soon arrives.
A young female teacher.
She was a mature and beautiful teacher.
She looked sexy as she talked while brushing her long hair out of her face, and some of the male students were pleased to have a young homeroom teacher.
However, when people were chatting, she told them to be quiet.
The teacher then begins to explain about the school’s teaching materials and how the classes will be divided.
Printouts are distributed, and the teacher begins to explain what is to come.
But I was bored with all the talk about what school was all about, even though I was now a high school student.
I was not planning to join any club activities, so I was hoping that the meeting would be over soon and we would be dismissed.
Just outside the classroom window, I saw a person standing at the window of the school building across the street.
Was that…..the woman I saw in the courtyard earlier?
Is it now recess time for the upperclassmen?
And is she looking at me?
I can’t really tell from a distance, but I thought our eyes met.
At that moment, she quietly moved away from the window and walked somewhere.
Was it my imagination?
“…..But, she’s beautiful.”
I said softly in a low voice that no one could hear.
Then, as I was idly thinking about her earlier, I realized that the teacher’s explanation was over.
This was the end of the entrance for the new students.
“Hey, you’re not from here, are you?”
After the morning dismissal, the students dispersed sparsely, staying in their classrooms to have a chat or to sign up for club activities.
I slowly gathered my belongings and got up from my seat, and a boy sitting next to me called out to me.
“Hm, yes, is something wrong?
“No, I just thought it was unusual. You go to school by train, right? Where’s the nearest one?”
“Oh, it’s in Akaitohama.”
“Oh, that’s nice, it’s in the city. Hey, I’ve always wanted to go there.”
“Well, that’s fine. What’s your name?”
“Oh, my bad. I’m Kaneko Taiki. What’s yours?”
“I’m Tokiwa Sendai. That’s an unusual name, right?”
“It’s good, cool. Come on, Sendai, let’s go.”
Kaneko, who approached me, was a tall, short-haired, fresh-looking guy.
I was a little wary of being approached by a guy who looked like he had a girlfriend, but after talking to him, I found him to be a friendly and nice guy.
I heard that he plans to join the basketball club.
He told me that the guys he was close with in middle school had all moved to a different class, so he asked me to join.
“But it’s a pain in the ass to have to change into shoes every time you go to this school. If you’re on the basketball team, you have to bring shoes and stuff, so there’s a lot of baggage.”
“Well, I wish they’d allow shoes, but they get dirty.”
“Oh, I mean, where is Sendai’s shoe box? It’s right next to me.”
“True. We’re on the same page……what’s this?
Our shoeboxes just happened to be right next to each other, so I opened the lid of the shoebox with excitement.
There was something in it.
“Is this the one with the letter inside?”
“Hey, hey, a love letter right off the bat? Sendai, you must be very popular.”
“No, don’t certify it as a love letter on its own. But I should open it, right?”
“That’s right. Hey, hey, it’s exciting.”
“Don’t get excited. Erm…….hm, it says something.”
I opened the envelope and took out the paper inside.
[Come to the back of the gymnasium.]
That’s what it said.
“Hey, hey, hey, this is a love letter, isn’t it? I’m sure it’s a girl’s handwriting. And calling you out, isn’t she going to confess her feelings to you?”
“C-calm down, Kaneko. I mean, it doesn’t say her name or meeting time, so I don’t know, how about you?”
“Well, sure. But most of these things happen after school, right? If you go there now, you may be surprised to find a cute girl waiting for you all alone.”
“There’s no way that’s such a good idea. But, well, if there really is someone waiting for me, I’ll take a look.”
“You’re expecting it, aren’t you?”
“No, I’m not. Well, if the sender is really a girl, I think it would be nice to have a girl who is modest like this.”
“Then let’s go. But don’t be shocked if she’s not there.”
“Okay, okay, I’ll head over without any expectations.”
I don’t remember being popular, even in middle school, although I had my fair share of friends because of my conspicuous name, Tokiwa Sendai.
I was just a nice guy.
I look normal too.
I never paid attention to my hair, so it’s shaggy and my bangs are long and sloppy.
I’m not very tall, and my physique isn’t very good either.
I’m not the type of person who can do much in sports, and I’m not that smart.
I really don’t have much to offer.
Therefore, it is only natural that my heart would beat wildly at the unforeseen event that came to me on my first day of high school.
I was wondering if there might be a fateful encounter waiting for me in a few minutes, so I headed for the back of the gymnasium.
“……I wonder if he’ll come.”
I waited for him alone in the poorly lit back of the gym.
After finding him sitting by the window, I walked up to the classroom and learned that he was a boy in the first grade.
I saw the seating assignment, which was still posted on the bulletin board outside, and learned that his name was Tokiwa kun.
I then secretly put a letter in his shoe box.
I didn’t have the courage to speak to him directly.
But if he comes here…….
“Ah, I wonder…….i0is he with someone?”
I stood up, my heart racing at the sound of footsteps and the presence of people.
Apparently, more than one boy was coming this way.
I awkwardly hide myself behind the stairs.
“Hm, she’s not here. It was a prank after all?”
“…..There’s no one here.”
“Hey, hey, Sendai, don’t be shocked.”
“I-I’m not. But then, who wrote this letter and for what purpose?”
“It’s a prank.”
“Hmm, I wonder if someone who writes such beautiful letters would do such a thing. I think it was just a mistake.”
“That’s just too good to be true, isn’t it?”
“T-that’s fine. Also, I feel like people with beautiful handwriting also have beautiful hearts, so I’m really curious about that.”
“Hmm, you fell in love with a woman you haven’t even met. Sendai, you’re so simple.”
“Buss off. But I don’t want to make you wait for me, so let’s go to the station for now.”
“Right. It’s your heartbreak party.”
“I’m not depressed at all.”
I was staring at the two of them talking like that from behind the staircase, and my whole body was burning up.
Tokiwa kun was there.
He had seen my letter and had come.
But I was too nervous to show myself.
And I’m sure I won’t be able to look him in the eye when I’m in front of him.
…..I can just watch him from the shadows like this.
I want to watch him all the time.
I wanted to stay and enjoy looking at him forever, but he took the boy he was with and left.
I thought I had to call out to him, but I couldn’t move my legs.
My whole body is hot and I can’t think about anything else.
“My handwriting is beautiful. He said he likes people with beautiful handwriting…..do you like me?”
When I recall Tokiwa kun’s words earlier, my body heats up like it’s on fire.
Sweat drips down my neck.
My body is getting wet.
“……I like. I like you, too. It’s mutual.”
I gazed at his back, which was getting farther and farther away.
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