Explorers Embark! [Erina] May 20, 2015 4:10:25 GMT -6
Post by Okazaki Tomoya on May 20, 2015 4:10:25 GMT -6
He was restless. His foot impatiently tapped the pavement below him as he leaned on the front gates of the school. Though he seemed unperturbed, he struggled to ignore the side-way glances people were giving him, no doubt gossiping at what, or who, he was waiting for. It gave him an uncomfortable feeling. It wasn't so much that people were talking about him - that was almost a daily occurrence - but the possible effect it may have on his soon-to-be company. The attention uncharacteristically gnawed at him, constantly coming into his thoughts time and time again. Though ordinarily he would have been perfectly content to ignore it, a reliable solution he depended on quite often, this time it didn't work. It didn't seem...sufficient. He wasn't just worried about himself anymore.
"You have to, okay?" Those words. Those damn words. They were like shackles. Regardless of his doubts, those words seemed to drag him around like a rag doll. So would that make him the puppet and her the puppet-master? Since when was he so content to be pulled around?! He let out a long sigh, letting out some of his tension with the release of his breath. When did life become so complicated? When had he begun to agonize over every small, insignificant event? He glanced back towards the school and thought he could make out the bouncing form of her figure in the distance. Surrounded by other girls her age, most likely her friends or classmates. He felt an inexplicable knot in his stomach and looked away, his mind reaching for an escape. And then he had it. Technically speaking...she had never stated a meeting place. There was no reason he had to wait for her at the gate. If anything, it was suspicious and the source of the attention. If he moved away he would be free. He could just meet her there! Otherwise people might assume they were going out or something. Apart from being ridiculous, it would be dangerous. With that thought, he pushed off the wall he had been leaning on and started down the hill, ruminating once more over his predicament.
Why did he have to make up a club? He could have said ,quite literally, anything else. Piano practice. Part-time job. Riding a bike. Anything. But he had made up a club. To begin with, he disliked clubs. Perhaps not as much as his blonde acquaintance, but ever since the Basketball club...the fallout had soured the entire experience for him. He didn't want to be a part of something halfheartedly. Yet now he had managed to convince a naive freshman that he was part of the very thing he was trying to avoid. Not a Napping Club or a Literature club. But an Explorers club. Of all things. Didn't she know that clubs couldn't leave the school unless they had special permission for special occasions? He had said his comment in jest but it seemed, yet again, sarcasm wasn't a trait the girl was familiar with. What were they even going to do? Window shopping? Sit down at a nice restaurant? That almost sounded like a da-. He suddenly stopped as he realized the implications of this "club". Was that it then? Would they just be going on a series of dates disguised as "club activities"? That didn't sound so bad...except that it was the worst possible scenario. Aside from being extremely manipulative, it was sketchy and, quite frankly, desperate. For once, he was seriously worried Sunohara's idiocy may have somehow rubbed off on him in a permanent way. It was imperative he put an end this club. Barring that...find another member so that nobody could come to such an obvious conclusion. But given his distaste for clubs...eliminating it was the only feasible answer.