Youkoso v1c7 part 2
I looked around the classroom . Well then, what is it that I’m looking for?
If I asked “Do you want to study together after school?”, would anyone come?
Me, Sudou, and Ike were only close enough to occasionally eat together . However, they stayed far away from studying .
… I have nothing to lose . I’ll just try asking them once .
“Sudou, you free?”
I talked to Sudou, who was walking back to the classroom during the lunch break . He was sweaty and breathing heavily .
He probably went to go play basketball during the lunch break .
“What are you planning on doing for the midterms?
“That, huh… I got no idea . I’ve never studied seriously before . ”
“Oh, really? I got something just right for you . I was thinking of studying after school starting from today . You wanna join?”
Sudou thought about it for a while, his mouth slightly open .
“Are you asking seriously? If school lessons are troublesome for me, I don’t think I could study after school . Also, I have club activities . It’s impossible, impossible . Are you going to be teaching? Your scores weren’t good either, you know . ”
“Nah, Horikita will be teaching . ”
“Horikita? I don’t know much about her . Sounds suspicious, so I refuse . I’ll manage by cramming before the test . You can go now . ”
As I thought, Sudou rejected my invitation . He didn’t get the point .
Dammit, it was no good . If I pressed any further, he might actually punch me . Well, it can’t be helped . Let’s start with someone that’s easier . I called out to Ike, who was playing with his phone by himself .
“Pass! I overheard you talking to Sudou . Study group? Nah, not my thing . ”
“You know you’ll have to drop out if you fail, right?”
“I did get red marks before, but now I’m better . I’ll do my best while cramming the night before with Sudou . ”
Is he really saying that he’ll be fine with that? He doesn’t even sense the impending danger .
“If that last short test wasn’t a surprise, I would’ve gotten at least 40 points . ”
“I know what you mean to say . But, there are some things that are left to chance, you know?”
“After school is a precious time for high school students . I won’t spend my time studying . ”
He waved his hands, telling me to leave already . Chatting with a girl over text, he was overly excited . Ever since Hirata started going out with someone, Ike was also desperate to get a girlfriend . I dropped my shoulders and went back to my seat . Appealing to Horikita, I tried to get her to give up .
“No use . ”
“… I heard you, but what are you saying?”
“I said, ‘no use’ . You’re don’t think that you’re off the hook with that, are you?”
Dammit . How brazen of her to refuse my appeal .
“No, of course not . I still have 425 more tactics left . ”
I looked around the classroom again . Far from being nervous, the whole classroom had a relaxed atmosphere .
A method to make students who hate studying study . Also, a way to make students use up their free time, instead of class time to study . Normally, I would refuse too, but since they’re in danger of failing…
I thought Sudou, who rejected my offer, would participate in studying at the first chance he got .
I have no choice but to set up some kind of incentive . Make him believe that there will be a reward if they study . And if possible, make it easy to understand; then, the plan would be a success .
—I got it!
Receiving a divine revelation from the gods, I turned to Horikita with widened eyes .
“Even though it’s your role to help them study, it’s not easy to invite them to study . I need your power for that, though—can you help?”
“What power? I’ll listen… but what should I do?”
“How about something like this? You’ll be their girlfriend if they get a perfect score on the test . They’ll surely bite if we add that incentive . The motivation for boys is always girls . ”
“You want to die?”
“No, I’d like to live . ”
“I listened because I thought you seriously came up something . I’m stupid for believing that . ”
No, I really thought it would work . It would probably become their biggest motivation to study . However, Horikita clearly doesn’t understand boys’ hearts .
“Fine, then . A kiss . You’ll give them a kiss if they get a perfect score . ”
“You really want to die, huh?”
“Well, I’d like to live for a bit longer . ”
A hand quickly hit the back of my neck . Dammit, Horikita is showing no signs of agreeing to my proposed reward . It would be exceptionally effective . Guess I’m back to square one .
As I thought that, I noticed a conspicuous presence in the middle of the classroom . Not Hirata, but another person who was popular in the class . It was Kushida Kikyou .
She looks bright and lively, like always . A sociable figure that both boys and girls can freely talk to . Indeed, Ike was madly in love with Kushida, whereas Sudou and the others didn’t have a bad impression of her . Also, her test scores would be relatively high . She’s important to my plan .
As soon as I called out to her to invite her, I reconsidered and gave up .
“What is it?”
“No… it’s nothing . ”
She doesn’t like being involved with other people . Last time, when I worked with Kushida during Operation Become Friends, Horikita got mad .
For this study group, Horikita probably wouldn’t accept Kushida, who didn’t get any red marks .
For now, I’ll wait until Horikita returns to the dorms before putting my plan to action .