Chapter 1 : White Light and Summoning To Another World
We, as in the 2nd year members of class C of Ogito Academy, were in the middle of a field trip. Our bus were currently moving along the mountainous road to our destination.
Some of us were sleeping on the bus. Some fiddling with their smartphones. Or suffering from motion sickness. Some were even looking at hand mirror and checking their appearance.
Of course like any other class, there would be some special people who stood out, the people who occupied the back row seats.
The so called elite group.
「Takuto~, please introduce me to a gi~rl.」
「Sougo, you’re quite easy going in regard to girl you know. This kind of dishonest attitude is a minus.」
A cool guy that was sent by heaven with two things going for him.
High specs in every area. And! An unrivalled charisma to the point a single word that came from him could change the behavior of everyone.
In fact, the area around him just changed with his previous statement.
「Yup, Kirihara-kun is an honest person after all.」
The nearby girls agreed with a high pitch voice, looking at Kirihara Takuto with heart-shaped eyes.
Kirihara Takuto could be said as the protagonist of 2nd year from class C. After all, most people there revolved around him as the center.
And then, the guy who was always sticking by his side. Oyamada Sougo.
He was the so called delinquent, who was always hanging around Kirihara. Kirihara’s (self-proclaimed) buddy who had scary face (fairly reasonable). He also had the typical bad behavior and foul mouth that was often associated with delinquent. The good things about him was the fact that he had a good physique as well as the fact that he could brawl like nobody’s business. Though as expected, his mean attitude stood out from the rest of the class as well.
The pair of them had always been followed by the cute chicks in the class.
「We’re okay with Sougo being like that though.」
「Your character is way too much.」
「It’s a turn o~ff」
「Takao sisters gonna jump in if you gal were gunning for him you know! 」
「No, that was absolutely impossible! She’s part of the most beautiful girls in our class, you know our ‘7 Beauties’. That person is like a super duper winner!」
「Ri~ght! It’s impossible! But, don’t you think ‘7 Beauties’ sound awfully dangerous?!」
I had to wonder, what did she mean by ‘dangerous’ here? Well, maybe she said that because she’s just too excited for this excursion trip…she’s basically trolling Oyamada with that sentence. On that note, the Takao sisters pair were quiet people.
They were twins who were famous for being oddballs and they were always together.
Takao Hijiri, the older sister was the cool beauty type.
Takao Itsuki, the little sister was a gal type beauty.
Both of them were high-specs girl. Both of them were good at academics, with the older sister taking second highest place, and the little sister claiming fourth place. They were also good at sports, and their fashion styles were also a cut above the rest. That was all I knew about them though aside from the fact that they were oddballs.
「The mountain scenery is so beautiful…make sure to enjoy it properly while it lasts Itsuki. We’re not going to see it everyday after all.」
Yup, as expected, I really couldn’t understand Takao sisters train of thought. No matter how many times I observed, it’s just a normal scenery. Her words really made me wonder which part of those sceneries was special…
No. The elder Takao sister might really see something special. Incidentally, I never saw the younger twin go against the elder twin’s words.
「Uwaa! ? Takao lil sis, you even left my name o~ut! Wo~w! So co~ol! 」
「Can you be quiet for a while, Oyamada-kun.」
A clear voice rebuked Oyamada’s exuberance, ringing throughout the bus.
「I’m in the middle of reading.」
「What’s the matter, Sogou? Aren’t you too cold just now? 」
Class reps. She’s a beauty who was famous beyond their school. She’s known even in another school, and her photograph–that was taken in secret–was spread in SNS. She had black hair that was usually held by horseshoe-shaped hairband, and had fair skin. She usually wore black tights and was rumored to be a lady that came from high class household.
Well, that rumour might be the truth since she’s seen being picked up by luxurious car when she went home She is accomplished both in literary and military arts. The top class beauty who could stand toe-to-toe with the Takao twins.
She didn’t joined in one of the clubs in the school and opt to go home instead. However, that did not prevent the sports club from asking her help since it was proven that her physical abilities were top notch and above the average people. As expected from one who’s accomplished in military arts.
I would say that if Kirihara Takuto was the male lead, then Sogou Ayaka was most assuredly the female lead of the class.
「E~r, what are you reading there, Sogou? 」
Without warning, Oyamada took Sogou’s book from her hands.
「Hey, stop that.」
Ah……..That Oyamada. He even removed the cover of that book………Oi oi, weren’t you a little bit too much there Oyamada? However, no one stopped his action. That was only natural though. I meant, the number of people who could stop Yamada in 2nd year Class C were limited to few people only and they were helping at this moment.
「A hard copy book is rare nowadays! Is this, a manga? EH, NO, THIS IS A…… NOVEL!!! 」
「GIVE IT BACK!」
「”The Most Anticipated Romance of This Year”! ? HOLY CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP! THIS CONTENT SMELL LIKE A TRAAAP! 」
「G-GIVE IT BACK ALREADY! 」
「Uhyo~! This is like the most unexpected finding of the time! E~h, Like wha~t you ask? Well, lemme enlighten you, Sogou Ayaka is in face a huge~ fan of this kind of romance story! Aren’t y’all surprise folk?」
「I-Is that bad! ? 」
「GEH！ Seriously, what the heck is this! ? There’s almost no new paragraph! This is absolutely impossible for me! Shoot, I’m already feeling sleepy looking at it! My brain cells are dyi~iiiiiiiiing! 」
「Then give it back already.」
「E~h? What should I do I wonder? Ah, how about exchanging your LINE address with me if you want this book back?
How blatant. It’s obvious from that exchange just now that Oyamada likes Sogou. I supposed he’s the type of guy who would tease the girl he likes. Though it was a distorted way to express one’s love in childhood, yet there’s nothing that could be done.
「Oyamada-kun, you’re going too far! 」
As Sogou didn’t seem to have any sort of feelings toward Oyamada. In fact, there’s a slight hint that she was being a blockhead and didn’t notice his feelings at all.
By the way, LINE was a message application. It boasted itself as the biggest social platform in the world. Though LINE address couldn’t be exchanged without the other party agreement, and that’s why Oyamada had to ask for Sogou’s permission to add her address. In short, that was his attempt to get Sogou to approve his request. Childish it might be.
While I’d look awesome and similar with prince on white horse if I butt in this moment and stop this situation, that would make an ‘air’ like person like me stood out. Besides there were nothing to be gained for appearing here.
I’m just air. Therefore, doing such action would be meaningless. In fact, doing it would make me suffer instead.
Oyamada was simply not someone you wanted to make an enemy of. Besides, if Sogou whose rank were the best in the class, and able to do military arts couldn’t do anything to him, no one else would be able to. Nevertheless, there’s something strange here.
The current Sogou was a bit too S-T-R-A-N-G-E.
Did her face, flushed just now?
………… Aaah, I see now.
Right now she was embarrassed because her hobby of reading romance stories got leaked out. That was why she couldn’t get into her ice queen mode.
It was because she was simply too embarassed right now. Seeing that, I even felt that she was a little cuter just now. That’s why without noticing I spoke out.
「Just give it back already, Oyamada.」
Anyone with eyes could see that she look pitiful right now.
By the way, the second “EH?” came from me.
Why did I say that??
Why did I…stop him?
「Mimori Touka-kun? Eer, sa-…………- Eh? Hah? Just now, why did you suddenly? 」
Even Oyamada was surprised by my voice. Because I――Mimori Touka, part of air mob of this class suddenly spoke up and rebuke him.
As such, the atmosphere inside the bus suddenly turned awkward, and I became the center of attention. Noticing this, cold sweats started to form on my temple.
「N-No, I-…I mean Sogou-san seems to be really disturbed by it…」
Hearing my justification, Oyamada’s body trembled as if his body had turned into a jello.
「S-S-SSS―― SO COOOL! YOU’RE SO DAMN COOL! COOL GUY! A HERO! 」
Oyamada pointed his finger at me as he said that. And from his tone, I knew that he was jeering at me.
「Hah? Say Mimori, were you possibly trying to woo Sogou-san? And make her go “Mimori-paisen…Y-You’re so cooool”, like that right! ? E? Really, what now? Is this a rebellion against your principle as an Airmob? 」
I looked at Sogou. That was quite a difficult expression you got there.
That expression. Should I take it as affirmation? Or negation?
While I wish it was the former, it was more likely the later. Oh well, never mind that. The stares now made me feel like I’m sleeping on top of nails bed. What should Mimori Touka do in this kind of situation? I asked myself. At that time, a voice interfere.
「Give it back already, Sougou.」[TL : Sougou here referring to Oyamada because Oyamada first name is Sougou and his family name is Oyamada, in Sogou case, “Sogou” is her family name while Ayaka is her first name]
The one who sent the lifeboat was Kirihara. Yup, as expected even Oyamada didn’t dare to go against him.
「C’mon Takuto? Don’t you think that this is a good chance to build a good relationship with Mimori-senpai who turned into a cool guy? 」
「Whatever. I have no interest in Mimori at all.」
「Uhooo! ? That’s too cold, Takuto! Craap! I wish I was as cool as you! Is this coolness what makes me different from Takuto? 」
「But Oyamada, even though he can just ignore this matter outright, Mimori telling you to give that book back to Sogou made me feel something is not right here.」
The girls look startstrucked when they looked at Kirihara. Whisper of ‘Kirihara-kun is sooo kind, ri~ght.’ floated between them. Meanwhile, after being rebuked by Kirihara, Oyamada struck Sogou’s shoulder with the binding part of her book.
「My bad Sogou~♪, it seems I’m getting carried away a little bit too much. Sorry! Will you forgive me? 」
Sogou took her book back, snatching it from Oyamada with a stern stare. Nope, that was no stare, but a glare. She’s definitely glaring at him
Seeing her glare, Oyamada raised both hands in ‘giving up’ as if saying ‘please give me mercy’.
「WOAH, I’ve said MY BAD……….」
Ignoring him, Sogou stored her book back into her pouch. It seemed that her mood has soured and she didn’t feel like reading anymore at this time.
Sogou Ayaka wasn’t only a beautiful girl with a nice body, her grade is top notch too, and she knew military arts as well. On top of that, she’s also a master of ancient martial arts(Yes, it’s definitely ancient martial arts).
In fact, she had beaten Oyamada with her ancient martial arts not too long ago, and scared him. Although this was just my guess, but perhaps he also fell in love with her at the same time.
While I was pondering that, Kirihara had plugged his earphones to his ears and began to listen to the music.
Meanwhile I noticed, Oyamada had returned to his seat with slightly vexed expression. Then, as if to vent his emotion, he suddenly shouted while kicking the seat that was placed diagonally in front of him.
The sudden event caught the student who sat on that seat off guard. It’s not only him though, our tour guide-san was also surprised with that. I was also included in those who were surprised. In fact, only four people could keep their cool.
And the Takao sisters.
Well, rather than keeping their cool, the twins were just not reacting to that vexed sound at all.
Oyamada called the mousy student who was sitting on the seat that was just kicked. He approached that student and then grappled his shoulder.
「W-What’s …the matter, Oyamada-san? 」
You might call him as a bullied student, and the perfect target for Oyamada to vent his frustration at this moment.
The start of this bullying happened on the first day after we advanced to our 2nd year. Yasu had accidentally spilled Oyamada’s juice. Unfortunately for him, not only he spilled his drink, it was also spilled on Oyamada’s smartphones. At that time Yasu didn’t knew who he was facing against thus felt that he was not completely in the wrong. Since then, Yasu became a target for Oyamada’s bullying.
「P-Please don’t surprise me like that…………..」
「Even though Mimori-senpai tried to use the previous incident to raise his status, don’t you think that you’re too cold by acting as if that isn’t your business! Oi, don’t you have any complaint for that! ? Oraaa! Look into my eyes properly! 」
「I- I’m not ignoring……………」
「Cut the crap! You waste of 2nd year C class have no right to speak! So just shut your mouth! 」
「Where’s your answer! 」
Geez, what did you want exactly? To speak or shut his mouth? Yep, Oyamada was a really strange fellow.
「O~~i, Oyamadaaa? Will you stop that already~? It’ll be annoying if he commit suicide because you overdone your bullying. Yasu too, pleasee? If you’re to commit a suicide, can you please not do it when I’m in charge?」
The homeroom teacher, Zakurogi Tamotsu.
He’s our Phsy-ed teacher. However, he’s the type of person who was only kind to women yet harsh towards men. No, that description needed a little clarification. His kindness is limited to cute girls.
And I should say, if Zakurogi’s interested in men, his interest would only be limited to one who came from upper caste of the class, the so-called elite pack. In short, he only wanted to interact with the useful pieces that was gathered in the class he was in charge of. Otherwise, he has precisely zero interest for pieces that weren’t useful to him. That’s why there’s such a disparity in the students treatment within his class.
That word was something that did not exist in this class. It’s a fake belief.
What exists in this class was pecking order. Not only here, but everywhere else as well. It would always exists, and there’s nothing that could be done.
「U-Ussu, I’ll be careful. My ba~d」
Oyamada then went back to his seat.
For all his delinquent actions, Oyamada had a strong point that allowed his actions to go unchecked. He’s adept at currying favor from the adults and teachers. As such, with the exception of his bullying target, he made some effort to be liked by everyone else.
From his efforts, he built a vast network that was used to stop his target if they ever tried to escape.
Whilst I was thinking that, Oyamada apologized to Yasu with a blatant mocking tone in his voice.
「My ba~d, Yasu-ku~n! It’s just a minute but, I change my mi~nd! 」
After the blatant mocking apology he offered, he then sat back on his seat as if nothing had happened.
「A~~~~~h! Thanks to Mimori-senpai’s delusion of being a protagonist, the sparkling field trip goes cold at once! Now I turned into a me――」
It was at that time.
Without anything in front of us――
Torrent of white light filled the entire bus.