“What do you think you’re doing here?” her expression turned incredibly cold and she turned her head.
“Oh, you two know each other?” Toma’s eyes widened.
“Yes, she and I are very close,” I said, whispering in Toma’s ears while touching her shoulders.
Touching her so closely caused Toma to shudder involuntarily. Kira’s eyes flashed angrily, and her hand fell on Toma’s thigh and moved close to her, reaching out and touching her chin.
“Don’t be jealous, my sweet, naturally, he and I are a thing of the past.” She purred in a sensual voice I’d never heard from Kira before.
“Oh…” Toma barely seemed to hear the words, her eyes swimming as her borders were pushed by the impulsive woman.
“It turns out,” I grabbed Toma, and spun her around so she was facing me. “That she’s not the romantic type. Of course, you’re the kind of woman who wants to wake up in the arms of someone you love, right?”
“L-love?” Her eyes went wide.
“Don’t listen to him!” Kira pushed her chest against Toma’s back, causing the girl to gasp.
“She’s a womanizer!” I said, moving closer so my legs were practically wrapped around Toma and our lips were only centimeters apart. “However, I can do things with you… that she lacks the equipment for!”
“At least I know how her equipment works!” Kira snapped looking over at her and glaring at me.
“At least I bring something new to the table!” I shot back, Kira and I were glaring at each other with Toma shoved in between.
“Eeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaa…” A weird noise came from between our bodies.
“Oh, crap,” I said as I pulled back. “She fainted.”
Toma’s eyes had rolled up in her head. The stimulation of two attractive people had been too much for her. That was when I realized that Kira truly did look more attractive. Although she essentially looked like she had always looked, there were distinct differences. Her skin had cleaned up to perfect, and she now looked smooth and unblemished. Her eyes and hair appeared more vibrant. Simply put, Kira was a knock out beauty. She also wasn’t wearing her glasses right now. For the first time in a while, I got a good look at her face.
“This is your fault!” Kira said angrily. “What are you doing all the way out here! And you’re hitting on one of my girls!”
“One of? What the hell happened! You’re the one who suddenly left!” I yelled back. “Now you’re a lesbian player. What happened to my Kira?”
“I’m not Kira!’ She growled. “She already introduced me. I’m Rose. Roooose!”
“Changing your name doesn’t change who you are!” I said.
She let out an exasperated noise. “Whatever, look. As you can see, I’m a player now. So, please, stay out of my way, okay?”
“A player? For Netorase?” I demanded.
She jerked for a second, and then turned away, her cold demeanor returning “Yeah, something like that.”
“If you understand the game, then you know that I need to win this and why. Whatever you want, I’m going to win the game. And if I’m going to win, then naturally, I have to make you mine! I’ll have Netorase too!”
She seemed to shake visibly for a second as if there was a rage deep inside her she was trying to contain. After a moment, she took an unsteady breath.
“Even if you plan to win, it won’t be today. I have things I need to do. We have things we need to do, or everything is for naught. Can you just go back to your home? Have fun with your mom or something.”
I froze for a second. Did everyone know about Mother? My sister even seemed aware of what we had done before I had to leave. After a moment before realizing Kira was waiting for an answer, I shook my head.
“I can’t go home now. Even if I wanted to, I need a few weeks for things to sort out.” I looked up at her, and it was the first time I realized she was wearing a uniform identical to the one that the unconscious Toma had on.
“Why are you out here?’ She asked suspiciously, her eyes narrowed.
I glanced helplessly down to Toma who was still unconscious in my arms. “She was leading me to campus before we got some food. I came in a week early for various reasons, but I came for the experimental Feminist Coed curriculum the school is trying over the next few months. I wasn’t here for you. I didn’t even know where you were. Your mother is worried.”
Her face fell as a shocked expression grew on it. “You… you’re transferring here today?”
I nodded. “Mm… They cleared out a room for me, supposedly, but it’s just temporary until the boys arrive, I guess.”
“You-you’re part of the coed curriculum?” She sounded somewhat panicked.
I glanced up at her with a raised eyebrow. “As I said, had I known it was your turf… well… I probably would have come all the same if I’m being honest. You’re just going to have to deal with me, whether you like it or not. If you think you can seduce the girls at that academy for points, then you need to wait to see what I can do!”
“You…” She shook her head. “I need to go. This is a mistake. I have to fix it immediately!”
“Huh? Where are you going?” I called out as Kira suddenly stood up, turned, and quickly sprinted to the door. “Kira!”
“It’s Rose!” She said, slamming the door closed behind her without even looking back.
“I don’t even know where the school is…” I muttered to myself.
With Toma lying in my arms, I couldn’t exactly get up to chase her. I could only stare down at the pretty girl and make an annoyed noise. For all the problems she was giving me, I really should just take her right here. That would definitely be the best way to ensure that she ended up with me instead of Kira. Looking down at her, I considered it for a moment. Take what you want, right?
It wasn’t like it was the first time I pushed a woman down and had her. That was certainly how I formed my relationship with my sister. However, my sister had a rape fetish, and there was something about it being with family that left it less upsetting mentally. This girl was a complete stranger. If I took her now just for my own gratification, or even to help me find an edge in the game, something about it felt off. For the first time, I realized I had a bottom line. I sighed and carefully picked the girl up, holding her in my arms.
“Take care!” The ramen guy called out, completely unperturbed by the scene we caused as he casually washed the counters.
“Ah… bye…” I shook my head, wondering just what kind of stuff this ramen place got up to.
I was then beginning to think that since there was a large all-girls school nearby, and a complete lack of things to do, that it was possible that this ramen shop experienced a lot of high school female drama. Considering this was the place Kira just happened to look and find Toma, there might only be a handful of places for the girls at all. They probably had a lot of limitations with how they could act on campus, so they headed out here to act naughty, or something like that.
I hadn’t learned where to go, but it wasn’t exactly difficult. This road ran through the town on a single strip. Where we had come from was the train station, so my only assumption was that we needed to keep heading down the road to reach the school. We were barely out of the main strip when she woke up.
“Ehm… Ah… Ah!” Her eyes drifted open and when she realized she was being cared for, she made a surprised noise and struggled a bit.
“Careful or I’ll drop you!’ I said.
She stopped struggling, looking up at me with a weak look. “You… about what you saw in the ramen shop…”
“Ah, I’m sorry…”
“Even though she kissed me, it’s like… that’s just her greeting?”
“I’m… actually, I don’t really swing that way. I just don’t know how to act when she’s like that.”
I couldn’t believe it. She was trying to hide what happened. She must not want it to get around that she was kissing Kira. More than that, she probably had some interest in me and didn’t want me to think she was taken. I was a little bit flattered, but she was being a bit shameless by being so dismissive of Kira.
“You shouldn’t pass out around a man, you know?” I cut off her rambling words.
“Who knows what I could have done while you’re asleep. A girl should be more mindful.” I looked down at her and smirked.
She suddenly covered her chest slightly and blushed. “Pervert…”
“Huh? Isn’t that what your school is trying to teach you guys with this coed thing. They want me to respect women more, and they want you to learn some wariness. Otherwise, I might eat you up.”
She looked away. “Even if you say that… I already have to watch out for Rose and Sensei.”
“Sensei?” I asked.
She froze and then shook her head. “N-no… it’s nothing, just rumors.”
“I’m okay with rumors. Why don’t you fill me in? I’ll be at the school for some time. I should know what I’m getting into.” I reminded her.
“It’s just… we have a single male teacher. There are always rumors that he has been flirting or playing with one girl or another. He occasionally acts pretty flirtatiously with some students, even during class. The other teachers don’t understand why the Principal hasn’t fired him yet. In fact, he’s a secondary faculty for this project after herself.”
“Mm!” She nodded. “Principal Vienna will be personally running the coed class alongside Drake-sensei.”
“Then, I’ll look forward to it,” I said absently, although I was deep in thought.
Was this Drake-sensei also another player? Perhaps I was being paranoid and seeing players in everyone. However, he might be a player in the other sense of the word, and that was still some competition for me. I wasn’t sure if that excited me or irritated me.
“Um… Hakaru?” Toma’s voice broke me from my thoughts.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Could you, um… let me down now?”
I realized only then that I was still carrying her. I finally put her down and she brushed herself off while blushing a bit. She led me the rest of the way to campus while we continued to chat casually. Occasionally, she would drop a hint or two that she was interested in continuing with the date where we left off, but after the shock of running into Kira and the long day I had, I was really just wanting to rest. Furthermore, I wanted to let things grow a little bit. If I pushed her too much now, it could cost me later.
There were numerous buildings to the campus set around a centralized courtyard. She pointed to my dorm building. It seemed we didn’t share the same dorms. I waved goodbye to her and then headed off to my room. I had already been provided the number and key in the welcome packet. Entering the building, the smell of various perfumes hit me. This was definitely a girl’s dorm. The best part was that I had it all to myself for the next week.
Chuckling wryly, I open the door and swing it open. Standing in the middle of the room, my eyes land on a naked woman. She isn’t wearing any clothing at all, giving me a clear eyeful of everything. As a result, it takes me a second to notice her face.
“Kira?” I said with a shrill voice, “What are you doing in my room?”
“I said my name is Rose!” She shot back, crossing her arms over her bosom and seemingly unperturbed at being seen naked. “And this is our room! We need to talk…”