“What’s up, Asari?” asked Ryouichi two weeks later in school that morning. Shewas holding her hands on her head, suggesting that she had a headache.“You don’t look good there, mate,” said Calvin as he passed by her seat.“Are you sure you’re okay?” Ryou asked again.“Yeah, I’m fine, just a little dizzy,” Asari murmured.“Well, ok then…” he was seated.For the past two weeks I haven’t seen any sign of the book’s evildoings. I countedup how many I have defeated. There was Wrath, Lust, Greed, and the recent one, Sloth.That means three more left. I anxiously shifted my seating position and buried my headon the desk. Who’s going to be my imposter’s next three victims?“
One’s coming up reaaal soon, Yoshio.”
I woke up, and saw him on the hallway through the window. He turned away fromme and walked on. While he did, time stopped except me. I was astonished, peoplefreezing in their places. After a while, they suddenly moved again. Dumbfounded, Ilooked as if I had stared blankly into space.“Oy!” Ara slapped his hands in front of my face.“Owha-wha-wha-what?” I was back into reality.“How about a visit to Harajuku again tomorrow?” He offered.“Oh….well, ok, I’m cool…” I said as I tried to recall what happened. When is that bastard going to stop?“Asari, honey, I think something is really, really wrong with you,” said Misaki asshe checked on Asari’s forehead. She looked worse than yesterday. Her hair is all frizzledup, her eyes saw double the value of the people she saw, and she was breathing heavily.“Don’t tell me you have a hangover?” Misaki comes to a resolution, but Asarishook her head.“No…”“Are you sure? Is it just a headache? Do you need to go to the health center?”“No, really, I’m fine, I could handle this..” she groaned.I think she’s lying.“Yoshio, get a load of this,” Joseph leaned over to me and whispered to me.“What? I’m all ears,” I whispered back.“Actually, I saw her in the pub on the edge of Chinatown yonder near our school.She was drinking….and that’s why she didn’t come to the club yesterday evening.”“Whoa, really? How’d you know?”“Saw her when I wanna buy some ammo stock. Keep it a secret,” he sid as hewent back to his seat.
Hmmm, something’s bound to happen here,
I thought.After lunch, it was Japanese class and we were studying calligraphy. I noticed thatAsari is not concentrating at all; she bobbed her head back and forth, trying to awake her senses. Some of us looked with concern.“Ubuyama-sensei, Ubuyama-sensei, please go to the Administration officeimmediately, thank you,” an announcement was heard.“Oh, what could it be….Uh, class, continue your characters, please, I’ll be back assoon as I can,” Ubuyama-sensei told us as he walked through the door.