"Did you know that Sakamoto is off the track team?"
Eiji looked up from his phone to face his sister, Aoi with a gaping mouth hanging.
"Why would he be off the track team!?", He yelled, "He's so good at it!"
Aoi put her hand over his mouth, "Not so loud! God do you even know how people are like at this school? You're gonna attract attention.", she said.
She sighed and put her hand down. God, does her brother not know how to keep his voice quiet? Eiji whispered a sorry and began talking again.
"But, why is he off? If it's because he ain't good enough then they're blind. Blind I tell you cause I saw that boy run. And boy can he ru-"
"Yo, what's with you Eiji?", A voice yelled, "I never thought you had a man-crush on him."
They both turned over to see their classmate Usui Hako. A short girl with a bob haircut with some hair clips.
She walked over and dropped her bag on the ground, "Soooo, Eiji!" She said happily with a mischievous grin over her face, "When ya gonna confess?"
"I do not have a man-crush on him. Okay?", he said until he lowered his voice down to a whisper, "But he is kind of handsome."
"What was that?!" Aoi yelled, moving her face closer to Eiji's face.
"No that was definitely something." Hako commented.
She knew what Eiji said just perfectly, but there's no way that she's not gonna say something about it.
'Traitor!' Eiji thought.
As a attempt to change the subject, Hako asked why they talked about Sakamoto. Because Aoi and Eiji having a fight is fun and all but Hako is curious on why they're talking about the brunette anyways cause from her memory they mostly just talked about tv shows and anime.
"He's off the track team." Aoi said with no hesitation. Hako was glad that the carrot she was eating was swallowed before she finished that sentence, because if it hadn't then oh god bless who ever got the chewed carrot on them. "But why though? Also how do you even know this Aoi?" Hako asked while she started to get her notepad opened. Aoi stared at her with a "are you serious" face. "I got the information from the teachers, you know how they are. Always talking about student's flaws and how some students are failure and not good for the school's reputation. Blah Blah Blah."
Eiji sighed, "Of course you got it from the teachers. I swear there's rarely any good ones."
Hako turned to him and frowned. "Hey don't say that, there's some good ones!"
"Mr. Hiruta is good."
"Yeah sure whatever you say, but he kind of looks like a twink." Aoi said bluntly.
Eiji and Hako both looked at each other and then said "Can't argue with that."
"Okay but why him of all people?" Eiji said while raising an eyebrow, "Most of the time he gets sidetracked and talks about illusions and all that."
"That's exactly why I like him!" Hako yelled, "Also he's so dramatic! I love it!"
Aoi looked at Eiji and they both practically thought the same thing. 'What a theater kid'
Eiji pinched his nose, "Okay now, can we actually talk about why he's off the team?"
"Fine! I heard that he's off because his leg got broken." Aoi said.
Hako gasped, "Wait! His leg! How though?! Is he alright?!"
Aoi hesitated for a moment but proceeded to talk, "It's because of that Kamoshida. You know the volleyball coach. The famous celebrity." Aoi said with her voice growing angrier each sentence.
"You mean that guy?!" Eiji yelled.
"Ugh,", Aoi grunted, "Yeah that guy."
Hako looked between the two, knowing that they both disliked him but she doesn't know why.
"Why do you guys not like him?" she asked.
Aoi looked at her and then opened her bag to get her notebook and started to furiously write in it. While she was doing that Hako and Eiji just stared at her.
"Is she alright?"
"Yeah just leave her be."
Aoi then calmed down and showed Hako what she wrote.
"I hate him so god damn much. That fucker really acting like some saint while in reality he's the fucking worst. He's abusing the volleyball team! THE TEAM! WHO IS FILLED WITH HIGHSCHOOLERS! HIGHSCHOOLERS! GOD I BET THAT FUCKER IS THE REASON WHY SAKAMOTO IS OFF THE TEAM! YOU KNOW WHAT I BET THE ONLY REASON THAT HE'S EVEN HERE IS BECAUSE THE PRINICPAL OH GOD THAT FAT EGG IS SO OBSSESSED WITH THE SCHOOL'S REPUTATION! GOD I WISH THAT I CAN JUST SMASH THAT BASTARD'S HEAD ON THE GROUND AND MAKE HIM BEG FOR MERCY MAKE HIM GET FIRED OR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL wait no i don't want the other schools to be hurt MAKE HIM GO TO JAIL!"
'That was a delightful read' Hako thought as she stared at the paper.
She looked up at the both of them, "How do you know he's abusing them?" she whispered.
"Have you seen the bruises on them? It doesn't take a genius to know that those injuries aren't just from practice. Also our cousin is on the team and everyday after practice we always see him with new bruises and he always looks so defeated." Aoi whispered. Then her face turned soft, "We can't do anything even if we tell our parents. You know how ours are? Don't you Hako?".
Hako nodded, their parents weren't the best of parents. Sure they provided shelter and food but they always speak so badly of their children behind their backs. Hako knows it from that one time she went to their house for a school project in middle school and the time she meet them again at the grocery store. They spoke of how Aoi can be more formal and pleasant, how Eiji could be more like their cousin Daichi, how both of them are the bane of their existence, how they're such failures and how they should have throw them in an orphanage. She really didn't like them. They just make her want them to be adopted in their family. Her parents wouldn't mind, they treat them like they're their own children. There were times where Aoi and Eiji would just stay at their house for weeks.
"Well then why don't you report it to th-" Hako asked but then paused for a moment, "Wait let me guess, you went to the police and they didn't believe you right?"
They both nodded.
"Well you wanna visit Sakamoto?" Eiji asked.
"I mean yeah I wanna but do we even know where he is?" Hako questioned.
Eiji paused and then said, "No."
"Maybe give him get well cards and flowers and put it in his locker." Aoi said.
Hako turned to Aoi, "Do you know where his locker is?"
"Then we can't"
There were silence for a few seconds before Hako opened her mouth again.
"How did Kamoshida break his leg? Indirectly or did he actually ya know..." Hako said while she picked up a pencil and snapped it in half.
"Yeah, yeah he did." Aoi said, "He said it's because of so-called self defense."
"Well that's bullshit." Eiji said.
"Yeah but I think we all know that." Hako said.
"Well us more precisely, I already hear people whispering about him and how he's a delinquent." Aoi said with a disgusted look, "They're really talking shit about him like they actually know him personally."
Eiji mumbled a "of course they are"
Silence for a few more seconds.
"You wanna prank him?" Hako suggested.
Aoi and Eiji both looked at Hako and then gave their answer to her -