1. After the stardust
Now that I’m a high school student, do I have any dreams in this world?
I’m sure I was expecting and dreaming of high school life more than anyone else at this time. And that feeling keep growing, until I don’t know since when, but I forgot to face reality. It’s very scary, because while it’s happening, I don’t care about the evaluations of the people around me, and I end up increasing my own dark history without realizing it.
And what’s even more scary is that I can easily regain my sanity back. And what happen to me after that, it’s just…
Underneath the morning sun, many high school students were walking along the street full of tree quietly. Meanwhile, the two noisy students stood out amongst them.
“Oi, Aika, Wait!”
“No, Stay away from me!”
A red-brown-haired schoolgirl was walking fast while a boy with brown-dyed hair was chasing after her. From an outsider perspective, they looked like a quarreling couple, but in reality the two aren’t in that kind of relationship.
The girl’s hair that was floating in the air looks red under the sun. She was rushing to sneak in between other students with a grim expression, but usually, she was recognized as a beauty. Despite her delicate look, she was a strong-willed girl. No matter how many times the brown-haired boy tried to grab her arm, she shook it off with all her strength.
On the other hand, the boy is still tying to catch her. His name is Wataru Sajou. He is a man who put effort in his fashion, and also same as the other boys… he likes cute girls.
The beautiful girl… Aika Natsukawa, He was in love with her since junior high school. That’s why he confessed quickly and pressed her for dating him, but his heart got slashed in two. He was rejected but, that alone didn’t make him give up. He would rush to her on a daily basis and keep approaching her with his enthusiastic approach.
Aika Natsukawa is a perfect girl. That’s why she got accepted into a high-level private high school, and Wataru, who knew it, studied desperately while continuing to approach her, and in the end successfully entered the same high school as her. As one should fear, the power of love!
“Hahaha, That two people, they’re doing it again.”
“Right? why don’t they just be a couple already.”
From the perspective of other schoolgirls, it’s a charming sight.
If Aika had been only popular, she would became a target of other girl jealousy, but the two stood out out like that, since they enrolled into the school, so they just looked like a couple to others. Even the other boys, they admitted that Wataru was the boyfriend of Aika Natsukawa, and as a fellow man, they didn’t attempt to do anything.
Today as usual, Wataru was chasing after her without giving up.
“Oi, When will you become my girlfriend?”
“Do you think I will? Idiot! Please just stop it already!”
“Why are you surprised about it now!?”
Well… For the one who was watching this, have all of you hear the words, ‘The moment when hundred years of love cools down’? It means, after seeing and hearing the bad side of the person you fell in love with, it makes your feeling toward her dies at once.
But this time it’s a little different. The boy, who was fascinated by the perfect girl, kept dreaming and was trapped in that fantasy world, and without him noticing it himself, he forgot to see the reality.
Now, what happen if he abruptly regain his sanity? Let’s take a look.
“Hey, could you walk more slowly….!?”
Suddenly an explosive sound like an explosion of gunpowder could be heard. Passing in front of Wataru, the soccer ball that hit the wall in a high speed made a loud noise and bounced off, and just like that the ball returned to the soccer club. Similarly, at that moment his senses of reality which he left behind many years ago came back.
Wataru wasn’t injured or anything. Just that, at this very moment, he ‘returned to reality’.
“H-Hey, are you okay!?”
Aika, who was surprised, approached Wataru. She looked from his feet to the tip of his head. After confirming that there were no injuries, she sighed and complained in an amazed manner.
Aika and Wataru Illustration
“Listen, no matter how much you want to get my attention, I’m not going to make an exaggerated reaction!”
“Good grief….For just a moment, you make me feel worried! Anyway, Don’t chase after me anymore!”
Aika goes ahead after glaring at him. Wataru stood there in a daze and kept looking at her back as she left.
After the distance was beyond the reach of his voice, he finally opened his mouth.
“Y-yeah…. my bad….”
But when he said that, Aika’s back wasn’t in sight anymore. But still, Wataru didn’t start walking, he just standing there in a daze.
My sanity is back. It can’t be helped if someone suddenly say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’, but I think this is the perfect word to describe my current situation.
I really didn’t know what happened. I was struck by the sound of a loud noise like an explosion, and when I saw something rolling, I finally realized that it was a soccer ball. It should have been a normal echo sound, but my head stopped working there as if I got numb by an electric shock.
(Huh? Huuuh? What’s happened?)
It’s not really a strange feeling. It was like I had been reborn. Wait a minute, this is a big deal, isn’t it?
I though that I suddenly remembered the memory of my previous life, but that’s not the case. Even what I spoke and did until now, I could remember why I thought like that, and why I did that. I wasn’t possessed by anything.
Is it because I read too much light novel? No, the last time I read it was when I was in junior high school.
I wonder what it is… Just the scene in front of me right now looks very realistic. Until now, somehow, it’s more like….. fluffy? Something sparkling like a stardust, was what filled my vision up until a moment ago… What am I saying? Seriously, I have no idea what am I saying.
The sound of a bell echoed from the back of the school building.
“Ah… I need to hurry.”
My every day life, nothing has changed. It should be the same… But, I feel that everything I view now is different from usual.
While running, I kept hitting my cheeks as if to keep myself. Otherwise, I felt that I couldn’t even reach the classroom.
When I reached the floor where my classroom was located, it was just right before the morning assembly.
That’s strange… I think I arrived at school quite early to match Aika, but…
“Hey, You’re 1 second late.”
“Ugh, I didn’t make it in time?”
I managed to jump into the classroom, but my homeroom teacher entered the classroom right a little faster than me. Apparently, I wasn’t in time.
It’s the first time I’m being late ever since I enrolled to this school, somehow this makes me sad.
“It’s because you keep chasing Natsukawa’ ass… hm? Natsukawa is sitting in her seat already. How rare, did something happened?”
“Hmm? there’s nothing happened. I just simply late.”
“Really? Don’t be late then!”
My head got hit by the binder, and the whole class was laughing at me. Aika was sitting in the middle of the class and glaring at me. While glancing at her, I felt a sense of discomfort and tilted my head.
“Anyway, just go to your seat.”
“Yes, I’m sorry for being late.”
My seat was next to that famous beautiful girl.
While I was walking to my seat, the other students were teasing me and poking me. I casually looked at Aika, but she grumpily turned her face away.
If I talk to her now, it’s just gonna stir up more trouble for myself, right?
Without saying anything, I sat and listened to the teacher speaking over the table.
“Hey, You, after all you didn’t get hurt?”
“As I said, I’m okay…. Maybe.”
After the morning assembly, Aika came in front of me. She asked me to stand up. She was going to give me some money…. Of course no. She looked around from bottom to top to see whether I was injured or not.
Why she suddenly so kind to me… Hmm!? Maybe, just maybe, does she actually like me….? That’s impossible. I mean, she desperately rejected me every time.
“Then, in return, I’ll….”
In return, I was jokingly trying to check on Aika too, but she suddenly pressed my chest. My balance was off, and I barely fall back into my seat.
Too bad, I just got to see her toes, but, Hm… Hmm? Again, suddenly my eyes is flickering…. this is not something dangerous, right? Well, I guess it will eventually healed by itself.
While looking at Aika’s back who was leaving, her voice, ‘You makes me feel worried!’, was echoing in my head, and somehow I could see her charming aura coming out from her. As if that ‘full of stardust vision’ was waiting for my return.