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Someone was already waiting at the roof. I felt my mouth drop in shock. It was the last person that I had expected.
Suika Ibuki smiled.
I planted my palm hard upon my forehead. So that's what it was. She probably wanted me to buy booze for her again, since the liquor stores always give her trouble. The poor girl really did look underaged, despite the fact that she was a year ahead of me. I sighed loudly in disappointment.
"So it's just you again..."
"Just me? Now that's just rude!"
I waved my hand dismissively as I walked over to the girl. Deep inside, I had really hoped that the note had come from some secret admirer of mine. From the loopy, intricate handwriting, I had immediately guessed that it was a girl. Just not this girl.
"Hey, don't be like that. I didn't mean anything by it."
I took a seat beside her and glanced upward. The sky was a deep calming blue, with tiny wispy clouds here and there. It was only last week when this girl had dragged me up here to brief me on one of her crazy schemes. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the start of another long day.
She turned her head away, pouting. I blinked a few times, surprised. It wasn't like her to be irritated at such a small thing. Well, to be fair, it wasn't like her to be this sober at all. Her little purple gourd was nowhere in sight. For some reason, that made me feel a little uneasy.
"So what was that note about? You need something, I suppose?"
"W-well, not really," she said. "Is it wrong to just hang out sometimes?"
Her cheeks were slightly pink. Did she drink something earlier? Well, if she needs a drinking partner, then I'll have to pass this time. I really don't feel like waking up with a hangover tomorrow morning.
"Nothing wrong. But if it's just that, then I better head back and finish that paper for Dr. Grey's class."
"E-eh? Wait! Are you leaving already?"
I stood up from the bench and gave her a sad smile.
"Yeah, I haven't even started and that one is due tomorrow so -"
Not a moment after I said that did I feel something strike my stomach. My eyes blacked out for a moment in shock. Then, I felt myself land on my back. I could feel something heavy sitting on my chest.
"D-damn, that really hurt," I muttered.
"What the hell, Suika?" I cried. "What's the matter with yo-"
"I...ke you," she whispered.
"You could've broken a rib with this stunt, you crazy... wait, what?"
I stared up at the girl straddling me tightly. Her eyes were dead serious. I knew that this wasn't one of her stupid jokes. But I can't possibly have heard her correctly. And as if she could read my mind, she shook her head slightly and repeated herself a little more loudly.
"I said that I like you."
Her soft voice ringed loudly in my head. For some reason, my brain couldn't process this possibility. After all, why would anyone have any interest in an ordinary person like me? Of course, I don't mean to say that this was a bad thing. Her drinking problem and odd mannerisms aside, Suika was a pretty cute girl. In fact, I could say objectively, from the point of view of a friend, that she was really cute. But for her to confess to me like this, her things clinging tightly to my side, was unimaginable.
"Suika?" I finally managed. "A-are you serious about this?"
She smiled gently at me and nodded. At that moment, I felt something tighten around my chest. Of course, it could be the result of a mild concussion, but I slowly smiled back at her. Then she lowered herself until she was only inches from my face.
"That's why I decided to save you today," she whispered. "I won't let you get caught up in this unfortunate mess."
I stared up at her. For some reason, her words didn't fit this awkward confession scene.
"Save me? What are you talking abo-"
I was choking. It took me a few seconds to realize that her left hand was already at my neck. I tried to pry her off, but she was ridiculously strong. This definitely wasn't the strength of an ordinary little girl.
"Sorry about this," she whispered gently. "Please don't hate me."
My eyes widened in horror as I recognized the object in her other hand. It was a large cleaver. Her next words were said in a business-like tone, empty of any emotion.
"I'm going to cut open your head and free your mind from this madness."
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