The abrupt beginning of turbulent times
It was the worst timing possible .
While looking for places to take a selfie, I stumbled upon an incident . It was a tense state of affairs . The whole thing started a few seconds ago, when a trivial accusation provoked the other party and turned into a fist fight pretty quickly . No, saying fist “fight” is more accurate . Three male students were on the floor, covered in injuries . A red-haired boy was standing over them, looking down . It was a pretty one-sided fight .
I saw blood streaks on his right fist from the wounds of the other boys . It was my first time seeing a real fist fight . In elementary school, I saw boys pulling at each other’s clothes and pinching each other, but this was different . I could feel the weight of the tense situation .
Even though I was afraid, I unconsciously took pictures of the scene . The shutter went off silently . I thought to myself, “What am I doing?”, but in my panic, I couldn’t think very clearly .
I tried to leave the area as fast as I possibly could . But my brain wasn’t functioning normally, and my legs wouldn’t do what I told them to . Feeling paralyzed, I couldn’t move at all .
“Hehe, do you think… things will be over with this, Sudou?”
The boy who was barely able to move his upper body desperately tried to resist despite his fear .
“Are you trying to make me laugh? You three are in a sad state . Do you want to go at me again? I won’t hold back next time . ”
Grabbing the collar of the student who had lost his fighting spirit midway, Sudou brought the other boy’s face a few centimeters away from his own . Looking as if he’d devour them at any moment, the defeated boys looked away .
“Are you shocked? Did you think you could win if you had more people?”
Laughing through his nose, Sudou-kun dropped him on the ground and picked up his bag .
As if he already lost interest in the three boys, Sudou-kun turned around and started walking away .
That instant, my heart rate shot up . Well, it’s natural . Sudou-kun started walking in the direction of my hiding spot, after all . My routes off the rooftop are limited . The theory is to go down the staircase that I used to get up here . Losing the right timing to escape, my body isn’t able to move as I want it to . When someone gets into an accident, I heard that their body tenses up and feels paralyzed, and that was the exact situation I was in right now .
“That was pointless . Making me tired after practice, give me a break . ”
The distance shortened . He was only a few meters away .
“…The one that’ll regret this later is you, Sudou . ”
One of the boys called out to Sudou in a strained voice .
My paralysis slowly faded away, as if a curse was being lifted .
“There’s nothing as shameful as the whining of a loser . No matter how many times you try, you won’t win against me . ”
He clearly wasn’t bluffing; it was obvious that he had the confidence to back it up . After all, Sudou-kun was able to come out unscathed from a fight where he was at an overwhelming disadvantage .
Tomorrow was the first day of July; it was starting to look like summer .
Still not moving from my hiding spot, sweat started forming on the back of my neck .
Without panicking, I decided to leave from my spot quietly .
I just have to avoid being seen and getting involved in the situation .
If I get involved, only a dark future awaits my calm and tranquil school life .
Carefully but quickly, I moved away and left the place behind me .
“Is someone there…?”
Unconsciously wanting to escape, the air slightly changed . Feeling the change in atmosphere, Sudou peered into the location where I was hiding just moments ago . However, I was able to escape by a hair’s breadth .
If I was late by one or two seconds, he would’ve probably seen my retreating figure .