We returned to the base camp before noon with no result . Even without the sun, it was unbelievably hot in the forest during midsummer . Even Horikita, who said she didn’t sweat, was slightly wet .
“You’d better wash yourself quickly, Horikita-san . You’re quite muddy…”
“That’s right… This situation is truly painful . ”
Having her hair and clothes covered in mud, Horikita was annoyed with displeasure . She wasn’t excepted even with her bad physical condition .
“It’s because I resent you for a lifetime . Prepare yourself . ”
Burbling Yamauchi hid behind my back, trembling in fear .
“I-I-I, I di-did it . Promise, keep your promise!”
“It’s alright . I’ll tell you after the trial . ”
It might have been bad for Sakura, but Yamauchi needed a compensation for his heroic act .
“Oh no, looks like it’s impossible to use the shower room…”
The girls who had already returned from the search gathered in front of the shower room waiting for their turn . Ironically, Karuizawa and two other girls from her group were standing in line . Even if Horikita and the others stood in line now, it would be a long wait . But due to various reasons of her muddiness, she wasn’t thinking of surrendering to Karuizawa who showed hostility towards Horikita . It looked difficult to cut in there .
“How about using the river? It’s easy, right?”
“… Right . Looks like there’s no other option . ”
“I could go swim as well . Would you come with us, Ibuki-san? I sweat a lot . If we get the approval then C class can use the river?”
Using the spot without permission was the unquestionable rule .
“I’ll pass . I’ll quietly wait for the shower room since I don’t like swimming . ”
“Well, well me too…”
Taking advantage, Sakura refused as well not wanting to expose her bathing suit to boys’ view . Horikita turned her back after seeing the shower room once again . The shower room with its source of hot water was the best for sure, but regardless of the cloudy sky it was quite humid . She didn’t have confidence to keep on waiting with her bad condition .
I was heading towards the front of the tent together with burbling Yamauchi .
“I’ll rest in the tent for a while . It hurts where I was hit…”
It looked like Yamauchi was crying entering the tent while walking unsteadily . Although a suitable person, he really did a harsh favor…
Well, let’s go back to Horikita’s state . She disappeared from our views having already started to change into her swimming suit . During that time the number of people waiting for the shower room gradually increased . Behind Karuizawa and the others were Sakura and Ibuki . Two other girls lined in the back .
On the other side, the number of students enjoying their time swimming in the river was big as well . A few minutes later Horikita and Kushida appeared in swimming suits as well .
I went to the luggage storehouse where the boys’ bags were placed alone . Then I was walking inside the camp from one place to the other searching for a less popular place . When I returned about 5 minutes later, I saw Horikita who was washing herself in the river standing up . The cold river’s water must have been a poison to Horikita’s sick body, but she was satisfied with washing away the mud .
“Uh-oh, looks like you worked hard . ”
Seeing Ibuki at the very end of the shower room’s line, I slightly nodded .