One cloudy day in Ikehara High, when everyone went to their specific club rooms...
"Hey people! Line up! Let's do some stretching!" The leader of the Swimming Club, Fujimoto Hime, commanded her members. "Yes, yes," her members said, with a lazy or an energetic tone. They started stretching, 1 2 3 4...and finished stretching three minutes after.
Hime walked by the pool while commanding her members for another time. "Position! Ready, GO!" The swimming club members were obedient, not because Hime was the leader...but because they were pumped for the November event! Correct, it's what they had been waiting for--Sports festival! Quickly, each of them dived into the pool and dashed to the other end of the pool.
"Great! Ikeda Yuudai, 20.87 seconds! Hanamura Seiji, 21 seconds! Haku Shiro, 21.26 seconds! Kurosawa Ana, 21.97 seconds! Good job, guys!" Hime said, impressed by her members' speed. She listed their records on her notepad, and she reread it again.
Hime squatted a little to see Ana. "Kishi-kun, you seem to be a little lethargic today. What's wrong?" she asked, worried by her colleague who performed a little slower than usual. She offered a hand, and Ana took it.
"Ah, that... Do not worry, it's just that I have been thinking about the sports festival." Ana lied, but Hime nodded and believed. She believed because she knew she couldn't get anything out of Ana. She didn't want to annoy him with her questions. Ana knew that Hime knows that he's lying.
Both of them can read the situation well, but they often hide it. When Ana got out of the pool, he went straight to the changing room. Unconsciously, Hime followed him silently.
Ana went inside the room, and sat on the bench. He rubbed his temple, and furrowed his eyebrows. He hid himself with a towel and dried himself with a towel. Since he was sitting on the bench and drying his hair, no other noise could be heard except the sound of drying his hair. Taking advantage of the situation, Hime crept into the room quietly and stood behind Ana.
She patted his back and wrapped the long-sleeved polo around Ana. Ana got surprised by the action and looked around to find who did it. Hime hid playfully, even crouching beyond Ana's sight. "Booyah~!" she surprised him.
"Oh yes, I did it."
Ana sighed, and Hime LOL'ed. "You don't seem well today," she tried to break the ice. Ana hid again using his towel. "What's wrong with you? If you don't feel well just spit it out and go to the clinic," Hime said coldly, just trying to pressure Ana (but failed).
"Hey, Hime-chan! There's a meeting for the Student Council today," Yuudai shouted from the outside. I almost gave in...good thing Yuudai-senpai interrupted. I almost said the truth, Ana thought. "Oh, is that so? How did you know?" Hime asked. "Well, duh! That annoying cousin of mine told me," Yuudai replied. Hime's mouth formed an 'o'.
"Alright, I'm going," she tells Yuudai.
"Oh, right. Just tell me when I get back, okay? We have lots of time after school~" she winked and waved goodbye to Ana.
I don't want to seem like a weak person to others..., Ana thought.
Fifteen minutes after that, Hime entered the changing room, and came in with many papers, held by her left arm and supported by her right arm. Shiro hurried and helped the poor girl carry the papers. "What are these for?" Shiro asked.
"Oh, these are the papers we need to design to make our club a little appealing to be rivaled by other students." Hime and Shiro placed the piles of papers on the little table at the corner of the room. "You know what, since we're all teamed up by A's, B's, and C's, we have to compete with each other."
Yuudai, Seiji, Shiro, and Ana listened to her, and they just nodded in response. "Perhaps you've all been thinking why I'm recording your speed? Well, I suppose you know already--I want to have a fair battle." Seiji crept a smile after hearing the word fair, which could mean there'll be peace once the festival ends.
On the other hand, Yuudai thought about what they should put on the papers. He told Hime about his plans. "Hime-chan, we could just draw ourselves in the pool while having a race. You know, this senpai can do it, and you guys can color," he pointed to himself and acted like a big brother to the club. "Oh yeah Yuudai-senpai? One hundred papers for you, and each of us gets to color 25 pages each! Heehee!" Shiro joked. Hime laughed, Yuudai chased Shiro, and Seji and Ana were watching them.
"Time check, it's already 5:30 PM. Perhaps we should head back to our dorms and send messages through our cellphones," Seiji suggested, and everyone agreed. Ana stood up first and packed his things. Yuudai, Seiji, and Shiro had their things packed already so they went back to their dorms first.
Ana walked out of the changing room, leaving Hime behind. He then realized, he's a man and a man should never leave a girl alone. Therefore, he came back to the changing room seeing Hime carrying the papers by herself while trying to put out the lights.
"Here, let me help," Ana offered and took 4/5 of the papers carried by Hime. "Thanks. Oh, how accurate!" Hime praised Ana, which left Ana in a confused state. "Accurate? What's accurate?" he asked. "It's so accurate that you got 80 pages! I really knew you were accurate!" she said in a happy tone. She's really weird..., he thought.
The next day, Hime brought drawing and coloring materials to the changing room. Yes, it's after class again. Seiji and Shiro brought a table from the storage room. Every one sat around the table and began drawing and coloring. They finished a lot of the posters, about 65% of them in a day. The next thing they knew, they were hanging out at a cafe near their dorms. They bought coffees and doughnuts, and ate them while chatting.
"So... By tomorrow, we can finish the posters, right, Hime-chan?" Yuudai asked. "Correct, and actually, I just finish some more while I was in my dorm," Hime replied while munching on her doughnut. Seiji took a tissue and handed it to Hime. He motioned his finger to the side of his mouth, meaning, there was a strawberry filling on the side of Hime's mouth.
"Oh, haha! Thanks Seiji-senpai. I could always count on you!" She thanked him. Seiji just laughed back in response. The rest of them finished off their meal.
"Hey, hey, let's go shopping! I think I should buy a new swimming shorts or trunks. Mine was ripped!" Shiro suggested, and Yuudai agreed. "I have to buy a new goggles! The water goes inside it and I can't see well!" Yuudai exclaimed, and therefore, they went shopping. Unconsciously, Hime bought for her members new goggles. They have to challenge each other fairly, after all.
The next day again, they finished all of their posters. They hanged some posters on the bulletin board. They hanged some to each classroom. They gave some to the students.
Since they have a little more time, the swimming club members went back to the pool, with their swimsuits on. Yuudai, Seiji, and Shiro challenged each other to squat the longest. However, Ana and Hime...
"Hey. About the other day...I was just--"
"Oh, that's right. Did you want to challenge me?" She smiled brightly, this time she couldn't remember what happened the other day.
"Let's go!" Hime grabbed Ana and positioned herself. "Ready, go!" Hime dived into the pool.
Ana had no other choice, he dived and swam as well. After a short time, Hime won. She headed to the changing room, and motioned to Ana that he should follow her.
When they reached the changing room, Hime laughed awkwardly. "Hahaha...! Sorry, I actually took advantage of the situation. I knew you weren't feeling well. Here, rest up!" Hime motioned to the bench as she sat. "So that was all an act? You knew I'm not feeling well?" Ana asked. "Well, yeah," Hime looked up at the ceiling. "I just wanna play with you. You seem to be too serious so I want to cool you off."
"Ha. Well then, as a payment for that, you have to do your best when someone challenges you. Promise me, okay?" Ana said. "Now, why do you seem so dramatic? And why are you telling me that?" Hime asked him. "I still don't feel well, so I assumed you should be the representative." Ana confessed.
"Oh, okay. I'll try my best!" Hime tried to cheer him up. "Ha! With your height, do you think you can win?" Ana teased, which made Hime pout. "Aish, I'll just do my best! Why you--" Hime was saying something but her head was playfully patted by Ana. "Geez, good luck!"
On the next days, people challenged Hime while Ana is still recovering. The swimming club stayed the same happy club.