TOUGHEST GUY

1st term of our 1st year in Junior High, this feels great.

The classes were commencing for already two months and all of us already know each other.

"Good morning, Tanaka." greeted Suzuki.

"Hey, good morning."

That was Suzuki Kotori, my classmate and seatmate. She has the potential to be one of the best students here in our class plus she's really popular in our division.

"Hm~, are you praising me in your mind?" teasingly asked Suzuki.

She read my mind again!

"N….No! I was just thinking things…."

Damn it, Suzuki. Here we go again with your antics.

By the way, I am Kusakabe Tanaka. 13 years living in this lively planet Earth and in the beautiful country of Japan.

What's important is that I am considered as…. the…!

"…toughest guy in the class?" asked Suzuki.

"How can you even tell what I was thinking?! Darn it."

"Hahaha! It is written all over your face. Being confident again, hm~?" replied Suzuki.

She's grinning! Since the day we first met, I'm being ridiculed every day.

Why am I considered the toughest guy, you ask? It's because….

"…you often came late even though our teacher is one of the scariest when he's angry." said Suzuki.

"Can you please let me finish what I was thinking? Please?"

"Hahaha! I just said what I am seeing every morning. Am I right, though?" asked Suzuki.

Damn it, Suzuki! I am being ridiculed once again! By you!

"Fufufu… You always have the hobby of teasing other people aren't you, Suzuki? Don't you see yourself as a rude person?"

How about that? I hope you can reflect from the words that I just said.

"Tanaka, you know what? You're the only person that I tease every single day." replied Suzuki.

"Am I supposed to be honore-"

"I LIKE YOU." declared Suzuki.

THAT WAS SUDDEN!

D…..Did she just said that s…she lik…likes ME?!

No, no, no! There might be a misunderstanding here!

"Look, you're blushing." said Suzuki.

"N….No! It's just…. hot! Aah~ it's so humid here!"

"Hm~ Is that true~? It doesn't look like to me." teased Suzuki.

She got me again….!

"Let's make a bet, Tanaka. Try to guess the reason why you're the only person I always ridicule. If you win, I'll buy you yakisoba before you go home, got it?" said Suzuki.

T…This girl….! But the reward is not that bad, I'm game for this!

I need to think a common reason for this. Hmmm…

What?! I got it.

"Jeez, the answer that you wanna here is a little rude for me to stomach."

"What's your answer?" asked Suzuki.

Fufu. I win this time, Suzuki!

"It's because I am easy to mess with!"

"Then, you just admitted that you are easy to read, huh? Toughest guy, hm?" ridiculed Suzuki.

"NO! I am just assuming what you are thinking as an answer!"

"Hmm, I guess you are 25% right and 75% wrong." replied Suzuki.

What?!

"Fufufu. You think so lowly of me, aren't you Suzuki? I, Kusakabe Tanaka, wouldn't accept being underestimated by someone like you!"

"By the way, if you lose, you need to hold my hand while we are walking down the hallway." replied Suzuki.

W…WHAT?!

T…That would be embarrassing! Anyone will see us as a couple, though everyone here in the class almost thinks we are. But no!

"So, what is your answer, Ta-Na-Ka? Hm? I'm giving you a lifeline, y'know." asked Suzuki.

I….I need to win this!

"C…Can I go to the restroom for a bit?"

"Sure, go ahead." affirmed Suzuki.

This will give me time to think.

"Don't try to ditch me, okay? Or else, you lose~" added Suzuki.

"I won't!"

Jeez, is she teasing me because I am the closest person beside her?

I think not, she's quite sociable so she can befriend and ridicule anyone even the person from the front seat.

"Oh, Kusakabe. Good morning." greeted Koyanagi.

He is Koyanagi, my classmate and my friend. He gives me advice on being a guy who cannot be intimidated.

"You're eating again, haven't you ate your breakfast?"

"I ate, I'm just hungry again." replied Koyanagi.

Seriously, this fat guy….

"I think you are being teased again by Suzuki-san that's why you went out." added Koyanagi.

"H…How can you tell!?"

"I mean, she's doing it every day to you, am I wrong? Even I can stop laughing because you're always the victim." revealed Koyanagi.

"She thinks lowly of me. But, I need to show that I am not to be messed with! HAHAHA!"

"Kusakabe, there's this old rumor that whenever someone likes to tease or is fond of you, it means he/she likes you genuinely." revealed Koyanagi.

W….WHAT DID I JUST HEAR?

D….DOES THAT MEAN…. SUZUKI REALLY LIKES ME?! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

BUT WHAT IF SHE REALLY….

"Uwah!"

"Ah, he ran. Whatever.*chews*" said Koyanagi.

After 10 minutes, I went back to the classroom.

"Oh, Tanaka. Do you have an answer now?" asked Suzuki.

"I…It's….."

"Hm~?" asked Suzuki.

She's really getting close to my face while I struggle to speak. Damn!

"It's because yo….."

"You're really red like a tomato HAHAHA!" teased again Suzuki.

Darn it! Toughen up, me!

"Ding dong! Time's up!" said Suzuki.

She knows I can't say it!

But is it really the correct answer?

"Argh..!"

"I wonder what you're thinking, Tanaka. Hmmm…. You really are blushing hard, aren't you? It's funny, hahaha!" said Suzuki.

"What's the answer, then?!"

"Hmm… I won't tell you. Plus, you won't get it anyway." replied Suzuki.

What's this girl thinking?!

"Oh, c'mon… Why are you saying that?"

"Besides, I already told you the answer." added Suzuki.

"Wait, what? When…. Hey… When?"

"Oh, there's Satsuki-sensei, we need to stay quiet and get our books now. Sssh~" said Suzuki.

"Aw, c'mon now…."

"You need to be more observant, Tanaka. *smiles and laughs softly*" whispered Suzuki.

"Oh, I almost forgot. You lost so I guess we'll execute the punishment today, Tanaka. Hihi." teased Suzuki.

"N…..NO!"

And so, another series of embarrassment occurs today.

"DAMN IT!"

"Hey Kusakabe, simmer down!" shouted Satsuki-sensei.

"S….Sorry!"

I wonder if this will be a good year. I hope I can be triumphant against her.

YES! I WILL MAKE SURE OF IT!

WATCH AND LEARN, SUZUKI!

-END OF CHAPTER 1-

P. S. IF THIS CHAPTER GETS EVEN A FEW REVIEW, TWO CHAPTERS WILL BE RELEASED AT THE SAME TIME! STAY TUNED!