幸山 -sakiyama- – Chapter 1: Golden Opportunities

Author’s Note: What, you’re starting another series, Tobby? Oh well, don’t force yourself to do the posted ones if you’re not up to it…and hey, make sure to be more active in gathering feedback, yo.

So yeah, I’m having a hard time working on new oneshots and updating ongoing series ’cause of a bunch of things that are bothering me. Laziness, irrational fears, lack of sleep, excessive and unnecessary worrying…I’ll just leave it at that for now. I should talk about them more with my parents and with my close friends….

Now then, dear nutshellcrackers, here’s something that I wrote a bunch of months ago. And I haven’t even written the next chapters yet. I’ll try to work on the next chapter, still, but I think it would be better if I got a bunch of feedback before writing the next chapter.

Anyway, here’s the story, yo. And please leave your feedback in the comments section. Also, mature guidance is advised while reading this, especially if you’re under the age of 17, yo.

Kou was an orphan. He lived with his uncle in a small apartment unit. He was starting his first year of middle school. He did not have any friends, nor did he have a family member who cared for him and was still alive.

Wait, Kou forgot. He does have a family member who cares for him and is alive.

That family member was standing behind him, looking blue–not figuratively, but literally blue–for some reason. Kou didn’t mind the odd blueness of her sister, though. She still was the tall, kind, and pretty older sister that she knew ever since he gained awareness of his surroundings.

“Big Sis, will you help me make friends…?” Kou asked, holding on tightly to the straps of his bag as he looked down at the white-striped part of the concrete road in front of him.

“I will, Kou,” Big Sis answered, most likely wearing that warm smile that made her really pretty.

She wasn’t gently massaging his shoulders like she always did when he was scared, but Kou felt like his older sister’s presence was as comforting as that at that moment. No, his older sister’s presence was more comforting than her gentle shoulder massage and her warm smile combined.

Kou smiled and looked up, toward the towering building beyond the open gate up ahead.

“Don’t forget to look left and right before and while crossing the street, Kou.”

“Yes, Big Sis!”

And he and sister started crossing the pedestrian lane, moving along with other kids who were going to start their first day of school as well. Most of them did not have any immediate family members with them, as their parents were considered mature enough to go to school by themselves. Some of them had parents, older brothers, and older sisters trying to pep up their scared middle-school family members before leaving them to the teachers. Kou admired both the independent children because they seemed like they were really mature, and he admired the dependent children because they seemed to have really nice family members.

Suddenly, Kou felt like bragging to someone. He had an awesome older sister, and he was proud of her. She had to introduce her to someone.

Kou started moving his eyes around to find someone he could comfortably talk to, but before he could focus his eyes on a single person…

“Oof! Ow…”

“Hey, what the hell?”

Kou bumped into someone coming from the side. That someone felt really big. As Kou felt his rear being warmed up by the concrete, he looked up at the one he bumped into.

“…”

That someone was tall. Maybe taller than his Big Sis. He wore a school uniform that had the colors and logo of the school Kou was going to. He looked like one of those bad guys on TV. Or maybe one of those superheroes? He was a brown-skinned boy, and with his really spiky blonde hair and really scary dark eyes, Kou was not sure about which side of morality this tall boy belonged to.

“…”

His blazer was unbuttoned, unlike the many other blazer-wearing students, meaning that he was a delinquent? Delinquents usually don’t like wearing their uniforms properly, and from what Kou knew from watching television shows and reading comic books, he felt like this boy was a delinquent. Or maybe the blondeness of this boy meant that he was some rich kid? His wealth doesn’t say much about whether he was a hero or a villain, though. Kou knew that there were good rich guys and bad rich guys, so he thought he should look somewhe–

“What are you looking at, kid?”

Kou blinked, suddenly finding his train of thought broken by a pair of seemingly gray (or were they silver?) eyes. And they were scary eyes, narrow eyes that reminded the middle schooler of the bad guys. As Kou’s eyes widened and took the narrowed grayness in, he immediately moved his eyes away to find something that could prevent him from getting in trouble.

The first thing he focused his eyes on was his Big Sis.

Kou’s eyes widened, but not because of shock. He quickly jumped up into standing position and turned to make eye contact with the delinquent boy again.

“Um, I’d like you to meet my Big Sis Saki!” Kou shouted with a grin, raising his arms towards the girl standing right behind him.

The blonde followed to where Kou’s arms were pointing, and for a while, the blonde delinquent boy seemed to be staring at Big Sis Saki. Kou grinned. He’s probably falling in love with Big Sis! Delinquents are no good for Big Sis, though, so I gotta tell this guy off!”

“Hey, you’re not allowed to be Big Sis’s boyfriend if you’re being a delinquent, delinquent boy!” Kou added, trying to add some mock anger into his tone and expression, while his cheeks seemed to like smirking more than looking angry at that moment. The middle school boy felt proud of his really pretty Big Sis. He didn’t really exactly understand why being liked by lots of people from the opposite sex was a good thing, though, but he had heard that that was good a thing for a lot of people, so he felt like he should be proud of his Big Sis.

“…Hi there?” the delinquent boy asked, seemingly ignoring Kou’s previous declaration, much to Kou’s annoyance.

“You can see me?”

Now that question from his sister and the expression on her face really puzzled Kou. Of course people should be able to see her! She’s alive! She just looks blue right now. Like, literally blue. Not figuratively blue. It’s not like she’s a villain with the power to freeze stuff!

“Yeah…” said the delinquent boy with a nod. The shadowy delinquent boy was also smiling in a creepy way. “Saki’s your name?”

“Yup!” Big Sis Saki replied with a smile that made her really pretty. “I’m this energetic boy’s older sister. And you? What’s your name?”

“Johnny. Johnny Rockpile.” His face seemed to be going red. Kou rolled his eyes at that.

“Nice to meet you, then, Johnny!”

Kou felt like he should stop this conversation from developing into something really bad, so Kou decided to shout into the conversation.

“Yeah, nice to meet you, Johnny! By the way, I’m Kou, and you’re not allowed to be my Big Sis Saki’s boyfriend!”

Johnny glared at Kou for a few seconds, causing the middle schooler to quickly look away in fear. “Kou…” the delinquent growled. “Saki…” The delinquent’s voice wasn’t growling, and Kou shot a glare at the delinquent. “Nice to meet you.” The delinquent’s eyes widened up all of a sudden for a moment before he started looking down and scratching the back of his head. “Oh, and sorry for bumping into your brother…”

“It’s okay, Johnny,” a smiling Big Sis told Johnny. “I’d like to apologize for the trouble we’ve caused you as well. And Kou? Please, don’t be rude.”

Kou looked away with crossed arms and a huff. Why would his sister defend a delinquent, anyway? She was really nice, but that habit that her sister had really worried him. Still, he stopped being disobedient, because he did not want his sister to be sad.

“Sorry,” the middle schooler told the blonde delinquent.

“Alright. Thanks. So, uhh…”

Johnny seemed to be hesitating about something, but Kou didn’t understand what he was worrying about. The blonde guy was looking at the middle schooler’s Big Sis, who was looking at Johnny with that familiar expression, the one with the puppy-dog eyes, and then he was looking at the middle schooler himself, who was frowning and then grinning. Then, he closed his eyes and took a deep breath before opening his eyes.

A surprising smile was on the blonde’s face.

“Would you like me to be your friend, Kou?”

Kou did not quite understand what just happened between his Big Sis and Johnny Rockpile, but Johnny Rockpile looked like a cool superhero with that smile.

(—)

Johnny Rockpile didn’t expect his life to go so strangely. Well, it was better than the sort of life that he was currently living. He had found a golden opportunity that could change his life for the better, and he took it with a strangely small level of reluctance immediately before it ran away from him and never appear again in a million years or something.

The opportunity presented itself while he was walking to school. It was the first day of his last year of high school, the day when he would check out what class he was in again, and then go home immediately. That was the plan, unless those three guys decided to skip class with him and hang out somewhere. Those three guys were his friends…to a certain level. They hung out because of common interests, which are the world of 2-D and anything related to it (read: mostly Japanese comics and animations), and after a long while of observing their personalities, Johnny never shared a lot of really personal stuff about his life to them. They were idiots, just like so many other people Johnny met, and Johnny hung out with them because keeping them in line wasn’t a boring effort. He didn’t like hanging out with those three guys everyday, though.

So, imagine the excitement that welled up inside Johnny when he encountered that golden opportunity.

As he slung his satchel on his shoulder and passed through the gaps between other walking students on the sidewalk, Johnny was about to enter the school grounds when…

“Oof! Ow…”

“Hey, what the hell?”

Johnny was in the middle of thinking about a kind and pretty brown-haired girl with a red scarf and eyes that could glow red when he bumped into some kid. The kid wore a smaller version of the uniform that Johnny wore, probably an elementary schooler or a middle schooler. He felt his eye twitch at the abrupt interruption of his thinking.

Johnny Rockpile hated people who interrupted his thinking. He closed his eyes for a second before taking the time to clench his fist and glare at the kid.

“…”

The kid had plain black bowlcut hair, a height that was two heads shorter than Johnny’s five-feet-ten, and wide-open brown eyes that seemed to be scanning his appearance.

The boy didn’t seem to notice that Johnny was glaring at him, so the taller guy decided to speak up.

“What are you looking at, kid?”

Now that caught the attention of the boy, who blinked before actually meeting his widened brown eyes with Johnny’s narrowed gray eyes. The meeting of eyes lasted for about a second, and the shorter boy took a look behind him before jumping up and pointing towards whoever was behind him while saying:

“Um, I’d like you to meet my Big Sis Saki!”

This action led Johnny to seeing something more attention-grabbing than the boy who interrupted his thinking.

She had long hair held by two plain-looking hairclips on the right side of her face and hidden underneath a long scarf. She wore the uniform of some all-girls school with a name that Johnny forgot. She looked like a slightly taller and long-skirted version of that girl that Johnny was thinking about just then. She seemed a few inches shorter than Johnny, but the aforementioned attributes weren’t the most attention-grabbing things about her.

She was literally blue, although her form had shades of white at certain spots, and she was translucent.

Johnny’s mind flashed back to that incident from a few years ago, and he quickly guessed that that was probably why he was able to see her.

But first, he had to make sure that what he was seeing was what he was seeing.

“…Hi there?” Johnny asked with a slight head tilt, hoping that his voice was audible enough. Trying to talk face-to-face with other people was tough for him, and repeating himself irritated him.

Fortunately, the girl’s eyes widened as they met Johnny’s eyes. Her mouth was in the shape of a little “o,” another indicator of surprise, and her reply confirmed Johnny’s guess.

“You can see me?”

The blonde high schooler’s face lit up as he raised an eyebrow in curiosity at the ghost girl. He hoped that his smile didn’t look creepy, though, so he tried to scrunch his face up a little while he smiled and talked.

“Yeah,” Johnny said with a nod. “Saki’s your name?”

“Yup!” And she flashed a smile that made Johnny’s heart melt. “I’m this energetic boy’s older sister. And you? What’s your name?”

“Johnny.” The blonde felt a blush going up his face. He had to keep himself together, or else he would lose this golden opportunity! “Johnny Rockpile.”

“Nice to meet you, then, Johnny!”

“I don’t know if my heart is racing because she looks a lot like Dan Member Number Zero or because she’s really radiating kindness,” Johnny said to himself in his mind. I can feel it. She really feels kind. Like, I’ve never felt kindness wash upon me like a big tidal wave. This aura thing’s probably a ghost thing. But on a more important note, dear God, she’s like an ang–“

“Yeah, nice to meet you, Johnny! By the way, I’m Kou, and you’re not allowed to be my Big Sis Saki’s boyfriend!”

A glare was immediately shot at the obnoxious middle schooler. “Fucking dick kid.”

“Kou…”

The blonde would have sworn out loud if it weren’t for the refreshing presence of the middle schooler’s older sister. Still, Johnny was annoyed at the boy, so when he said his name, he said it with a growl.

“Saki…”

As for the annoying boy’s really beautiful sister, saying her name was like eating his favorite cake from his favorite hangout spot, Aurora’s. It was a really sweet thing to do.

As he savored the sweetness of saying Saki’s name and her really calming aura, he suddenly remembered that he had been in the way of the brother and sister who were going to school. He had caused them trouble in the first place.

“Oh, and sorry for bumping into your brother…” he said as he looked down, feeling like he was undeserving of being looked at by the angel in front of him.

“It’s okay, Johnny,” the angel told him. Her aura led him to look up, and he saw her showing a heavenly smile. “I’d like to apologize for the trouble we’ve caused as well.” Then, she looked at her frowning younger brother, and she talked to him with a gentle smile and a gentle tone. “And Kou? Please, don’t be rude.”

“Sorry,” the angel’s brother said as he turned to Johnny after a few seconds of silent frowning.

It now looked like Kou would not be annoying anyone again soon, so Johnny tried to continue the conversation.

“Alright. Thanks. So, uhh…”

The blonde was still feeling embarrassed and awkward as his annoying self was facing someone who gave him kindness that he did not deserve, so the words in the above quote were the only things that he could say properly.

Johnny tried to look at Saki again.

She had a small frown on her face, her eyes were a little widened, and the outer sides of her eyebrows were pulling downward.

For some reason, the beautiful girl seemed to be begging with puppy-dog eyes.

“Please, Johnny. Please, be my younger brother’s friend. I can’t stay with him forever.”

And Johnny realized that she really was begging–and with desperation too–when she heard her voice echo inside his mind. He looked at her younger brother, the middle schooler, who was looking at him and his older sister with a confused expression. From what Johnny could see on Kou’s face, Kou did not seem like he knew about his sister being a ghost. That looked pretty troubling, considering what the blonde has seen in all the fiction that he had read.

“This is probably gonna become heartbreaking later on…but this is better than staying in that boring and lonely routine.”

Johnny Rockpile closed his eyes and took a deep breath.

“I’ve found someone I can easily be friends with, so I shouldn’t let this golden opportunity go. I’ve waited for this for so long. Savor the sweetness while it lasts, Johnny Rockpile. And if you ever lose her…No, I better not think about that right now. Savor the sweetness…Savor the sweetness…Savor the sweetness…”

Letting the aura of the beautiful ghost girl calm him, Johnny tried to wear the best smile that he could wear as he said:

“Would you like me to be your friend, Kou?”


Next Chapter: Routine Changes

幸山 -sakiyama-

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