Chapter 1: Seat Change
Today is Friday.
While everyone in the class was greeting each other, I was lying on my desk this morning.
I’ve been balancing my schoolwork with my part-time job, and on the weekends I get tired.
I have to work this evening as well, so I tried to minimize my energy consumption for the rest of the day.
“Yo! Good morning Takuya! What’s wrong with you? You’ve been dead since morning!”
“……, shut up. I have to work today, so I’m saving my energy.”
“You’ve only just started high school, so I’m not sure what the future holds for you.”
The person who approached me was Takayuki Yamamoto, who I’ve known for a long time.
Takayuki is tall and well-built. He’s so athletic and handsome that he’s being welcomed as a promising newcomer to the basketball team.
Takayuki, who has always been popular with girls, seems to be the complete opposite of me, but he’s still a good guy who has been with me since elementary school for some reason.
If I was a woman, I’d fall in love with him! He’s such a nice guy in my opinion.
“…… You’re thinking of something stupid again, aren’t you? Don’t let your precious youth go to waste. You’ve got to be brighter”
Takayuki then laughed, slapped me on the back and walked to his seat, greeting the other classmates as he went.
I decided to go back to sleep, but the air in the classroom changed in an instant, and I could feel it even as I slept.
I didn’t need to look to know why.
It’s obvious because Saegusa-san came to school.
So I didn’t care, and I saved my energy for the night.
The mysterious Saegusa-san, who often appears at my part-time job, perhaps because she lives nearby, is in the classroom, and I can hear her greeting everyone in the class with her perfect idle moves today.
But to be honest, I’m still curious as to why Saegusa-san is always acting so suspicious at the convenience store.
Ever since I started working there, she’s been showing up almost every day when I’m on shift, acting suspicious and strange like yesterday.
But Saegusa-san seems to think she’s disguising herself, and I keep pretending not to notice.
I would be so embarrassed if someone told me that they were aware of it after all the strange behavior, that I would want to crawl in a hole.
I’m sure no one would believe me if I told everyone in the class about Saegusa’s strange behavior, which made me laugh a little.
“Alright, you guys must be getting used to the class by now, so let’s change seats…”
In the morning, the homeroom teacher suggested a seat change.
The students in the class were both happy and sad at her words.
Everyone’s reaction was very easy to understand.
The people sitting near Saegusa-san were in despair, while the people sitting far away were happy.
I’m the “I” in Ichijo, so I’m sitting in the front seat by the window in the order of the list number.
I really like this position because I can get sunshine and see the blackboard easily, but alas, I have to say goodbye to my seat.
I thought it didn’t matter where I was, so I drew a lot, so I know where my new seat would be.
“Okay, Ichijo-kun is number 7. Ueda-san is next.”
You will be assigned a seat according to the number on the lot
Since there were 40 students per class, there were four rows of seven students and two rows of six students, and the numbers were assigned in order from the front of the window.
In other words, my new seat was at the very back of the row by the window.
To be honest, I was lucky to get a corner of the classroom, even though it was far away from the blackboard.
But the moment my seat was decided, I heard Saegusa-san, sitting diagonally behind me, mumbling something like a Buddhist, “Six…… four…… Ten…… four…….”
Hey, Saegusa-san? This isn’t a convenience store, but you’re acting weird. I warned her in my mind.
“Okay, next, Saegusa-san.”
When the teacher called her, a very enthusiastic Saegusa-san stood up, walked to the podium with a determined step, and drew a lottery ticket as if she had made up her mind.
Then she slowly opened the lottery paper, shaking and praying, as if she was checking to see if she had passed the exam.
Everyone in the class looked at her nervously.
Not only in this class, but also this school, or even in this country, the new seat of the best idol was being decided, and at this moment, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the classroom.
“No way …… really ……?”
Saegusa-san, who saw the result of the lottery, was trembling as she put her hand over her mouth.
What? What’s going on?
The teacher took the lottery ticket from Saegusa and wrote the result on the blackboard.
“Okay, Saegusa-san’s number is 14. Next, Shimizu-kun.”
Trembling and shaking, Saegusa-san went back to her seat.
Everyone in the class seemed to have no idea why Saegusa-san was reacting that way, but it didn’t matter, because now that Saegusa-san’s seat had been decided, the excitement in the classroom was even more intense, hoping to be able to sit near her.
It’s just a seat, nothing more, nothing less. …… I thought to myself as I watched the new seating order being written on the blackboard.
Oh, right… So that’s what’s going to happen.
It was then that I finally realized that new the seat next to me was now occupied by Saegusa-san.
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FonoficoApril 12, 2021 at 5:48 am
Thanks for the chapter!
blake77April 19, 2021 at 1:15 am
“Six…… four…… Ten…… four…….”
It would be better if it was written as
since in japanese 14 is written as yon_juu
RemiApril 24, 2021 at 12:48 am
Nah mate in japanese it would be Juu yon.
Yon juu is 40
RemiApril 24, 2021 at 12:50 am
its written like this 十四