One afternoon, after the school ended, Aoi went to the basketball club for his extra-curriculum activities. All the boys in the club changed into their sports attire and were waiting for someone. Aoi wasn't very happy. Then Aira came into the school gym, panting very hard. Aoi crossed his arms and said sternly, "You are late." Aira did the same action and replied, "I had cleaning duty."
"That is not an excuse," said Aoi, "Run around the gym ten times."
"How could you treat a weak girl like me like that?" asked Aira with her big, round, puppy eyes.
"Do you actually think that would change my mi-" Before Aoi finished his sentence, the rest of members interrupted him as they exclaimed to Aira in unison, "Of course not!"
"Really?" asked Aira. She then took a glance at Aoi and stuck her tongue at him, which really ticked him off.
"That girl…" said Aoi angrily. He then heard a chuckle nearby.
"It's the first time I've ever seen you so upset." said one guy in the club besides Aoi that wasn't swooning over Aira. He had almost the same height as Aoi, and had fairer hair compared to Aoi's dark brown hair. He had a very charming smile and looked much friendlier compared to his friend. He was also the vice captain of the club.
"I'm not upset," Aoi replied. He then shouted to the basketball club members, "Alright, time for practice!" His friend then chuckled once again and went to join the team.
After that, Aoi's face darkened again. He commented, "Why am I in the same team as you?" Besides him was Aira, who was clearly delighted at his dismay.
"Beats me…" she replied, "Maybe this is fate?" Aoi ignored her statement. Terasaki, the guy with light brown hair, blew the whistle that was hung around the neck and began the basketball match. The members started to run in the basketball court. Each time Aoi threw the ball, Aira caught the ball and shot it to the basketball.
"Weird…" Aoi thought, "It's like…she's reading my mind…" Terasaki, who was watching the game, smiled out of amusement.
After a while, the game ended and Terasaki announced, "Team A wins!" The members assigned to the team were overjoyed by the victory they just got. But Aoi looked the total opposite. He then approached Aira.
"Why did you keep take away my shots?" he asked.
"I didn't," Aira replied, "You were passing the ball, so I took it."
"I wasn't passing the ball."
"Yeah, right." said Aira.
"Is the practice over?" asked a female voice. All of them looked at the gym entrance. A beautiful brunette was standing by the door. She was a little short compared to Aira, but had a much matured look. Terasaki ran over to her. Meanwhile Aoi was looking at the two of them, and Aira at him.
"Sorry, have you waited long?" he asked. The girl shook her head.
"I just came back from the literature club meeting," she replied. She then turned her attention to Aoi and said with her hands clasped together, "Sorry, Aoi-chan, can I take my boyfriend away?" Aoi smiled, for the first time in the day.
"Go ahead." he replied with his hand held out.
"Thanks!" said the girl, and turned back to Terasaki, "Shall we go?" Terasaki smiled at her and nodded. "Yeah," he replied. As the couple left, Aira turned her attention back to Aoi, and smiled mischievously at the interesting sight she just saw.
Meanwhile, as Terasaki was walking with the brunette, she asked, "That girl…Is she a new member?"
"You mean Kobayashi?" asked Terasaki.
"I thought the basketball club is only for boys?" asked the brunette.
"Yeah, but we could really see the potential in her."
"Looks like you like her…" Terasaki looked at his girlfriend and observed her facial expression. The girl was taken aback by his actions and asked, "What are you doing?"
"I'm trying to see if you are jealous." The brunette quickly turned away from Terasaki.
"I'm not jealous." she said with pouted lips.
"Don't worry," said Terasaki as he put his arms around his girlfriend, "You're the only one for me. But someone else seems to have an interest in her."
"Eh? What did you say?" asked the brunette, who didn't catch the last sentence he said.
"It was nothing." replied Terasaki with a smile.
After everyone had left, Aoi still remained in the school gym, practicing his basketball skills. Meanwhile, Aira was also in the gym, watching him as he shot the ball over and over again.
"Why are you still here?" asked Aoi as he continued to throw the ball into the basket.
"I can see you're in a bad mood." Aira stated. Aoi caught the basketball and stopped playing.
"Why does it matter to you?" he asked.
"If I remember correctly, she's your childhood friend, right?" said Aira, "Morino Rin. She's still as popular as she used to be. The only difference is that she's dating now."
"If you're here to mock me, you can leave now." said Aoi.
"I can't believe I actually fell for a loser." The basketball landed on Aoi's grip and stayed there. Aoi turned around and looked at Aira with one of his eyebrows raised.
"Who are you calling a loser?" he asked.
"I didn't see anyone else in here." Aira replied. Aoi then walked towards her and put his face close to hers.
"I'm not a loser."
"Prove it then," said Aira, and immediately she took the ball from Aoi's hand and went to shoot the ball into the basket. She then turned around to face Aoi and continued, "You can't even get the girl you like. Doesn't that make you a loser?" After saying that, Aira left the school gym, with Aoi staring at her.
Soon it was already night time, but Aira was still working in a convenience store. She gave a sweet smile to every customer she encounter, and she did her job perfectly at the cashier counter. As she was greeting a customer, she noticed a figure by the entrance of the shop.
"Am I thinking too much?" she thought to herself.
After her shift was over, Aira headed back home. Along the way, she felt the presence of a person walking behind her. She quickened her pace as she began to panic. She then went into a shop and hid behind a bookshelf.
"That person is the customer that always came to the convenience store. But," she thought, "There's no way our way home is the same!" She slid down and buried her head in her lap. "What should I do?" she asked herself.
"Kobayashi-san?" she heard a familiar voice. She raised her head and found Terasaki looking at her. He noticed the tears in her eyes and was surprised by it.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"There's a man…outside…" Aira said with her voice trembling. Terasaki took a glance through the shop window and found a man in a business suit standing in front of the shops opposite the bookstore. He looked into the bookstore and looked at his watch. Terasaki looked at Aira and said to her, "I understand the situation." He pulled Aira up to her feet, which surprised her.
"Don't worry. Let me handle this." said Terasaki with a smile. He then continued to hold Aira's hand as he walked out of the store with her. The man then came to Aira and asked, "Who is this guy?"
"I'm her boyfriend. Is there any problem?" said Terasaki. Aira looked surprised by his answer but remained silent.
"You're lying! I have never seen you in the shop before!" the man exclaimed. Terasaki let out a smirk.
"Want me to prove it?" he asked the older man. He then went to move his face closer to Aira, making the girl shocked. It turned out that their lips didn't meet at all. Terasaki stopped when his face were just inches away from Aira's. Meanwhile Aira was staring at him, blushing. But from the man's perspective, it seemed like they were kissing for real. Terasaki turned his head around and stared at the man with a stern look.
"Don't you dare go near her again." he told the man. The man looked furious and walked away. Terasaki then looked back at Aira and asked "Sorry, did I frighten you?"
"N-No." Aira replied, with her face still reddened.
"Don't tell me, you thought I was going to kiss you, for real?" asked Terasaki.
"O-Of course not!" Aira stammered, "B-Because, you have a girlfriend, right? You won't do anything like that."
"What makes you think that I won't do such a thing?" asked Terasaki.
"I'm just kidding," said Terasaki when he saw the surprised look on Aira's face, "So, do you want me to escort you home?"
"N-No, I'm fine by myself," said Aira, "Thank you so much for your help. See you tomorrow, then." As Aira continued her way home, Terasaki was watching her.
Author's Notes: Hi, it's been a long time. Thanks for reading and please review.