There’s No Way A Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right? - Volume 4 Chapter 22
- There’s No Way A Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right?
- Volume 4 Chapter 22 - A Dangerous Guy In The Cheerleading Squad
Translated: Sei, MTL-sensei-tachi
Edited: Sei, Grammarly no Danna
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22, A Dangerous Guy In The Cheerleading Squad
“It’s so hot, isn’t it? Isn’t it a real punishment to have a sports festival in such intense heat~?”
“We need to be careful of heat stroke, not only on the actual day, but during practice as well.”
I reply to Touka, who looks fed up with the harsh sunlight.
“Somehow, the word just now. You sound like a teacher, Senpai.”
With the students working hard at their club activities, sweating brightly, Touka and I were about to head home.
I replied while being cautious that Touka’s words were just a joke.
“Is that so?”
“That’s right. Or rather, maybe senpai is quite suited to be a teacher.”
Touka said in a flash of brilliance.
It is a mystery on what basis Touka said such a thing.
I thought about it a little,
“No, I am not suitable for it.”
I replied, thinking of Makiri-sensei at the time of the on-time, who was both strict and kind, with a heart for her students.
…I tried not to think about the clumsy Makiri-sensei.
“Eh? In chivalrous movies, it is said that the hired bouncer is called “Sensei”, right?”
“Eh, Sensei? Did they say that?”
I was surprised at the difference in recognition between Touka and me, and at the same time shuddered at the fact that she was watching a chivalrous movie.
“I’m just kidding. Senpai certainly has a scary face, but once people get used to you, they realize that you also have the charm of a big dog.”
Touka said while grinning.
I look at her silently.
I hope she’s not teasing me again…
“Ah, I’m just saying that you might be a good school teacher, you know?”
I look at Touka without letting my guard down.
She opens her mouth with a straight face.
“Senpai, you’re very caring and good at teaching others how to study.”
“Is that … so?”
“That’s so. And above all…”
She opened her mouth with an upward glance at me.
“I think you would look super good as a life guidance teacher, don’t you~? If you had a bamboo sword or something like that, it would be a super dangerous, though”
Ahaha, I look at Touka, who is laughing with her big mouth open, with the thought, “What is this girl?”
By the way, our high school’s life guidance does not have a bamboo sword as standard equipment.
I let out a sigh and keep walking.
Then I looked inexplicably toward the schoolyard and saw a sight I was not used to seeing.
“Hmm, that’s the cheerleading squad practice, right?”
I muttered, and Touka also turned her gaze in that direction.
For some reason she muttered so.
One of the special programs of the sports festival is the cheerleading performance performed by each group. …Apparently.
Apparently, I said, because last year I skipped the sports festival as usual.
So I’m not quite sure if it’s a special program.
Still, I’m looking forward to this year’s cheerleading squad performance.
As for why…
“Ani… Tomoki-senpai! Thank you for your hard work!”
Short hair with raised bangs, sunburned and dark skin.
He found me, waving his arms, which were stronger than before by several degrees, and he approached me with a friendly smile on his face.
“Yeah, good job, Kai.”
The reason I look forward to the cheerleading squad.
That’s because a junior who adores me, Kai Rekka, is a member of the cheerleading squad.
“Such wasteful words for me!”
Said Kai being grateful.
“Yeah, yeah, you know very well. It’s really a waste of time for Yuuji-senpai to talk to you. That’s why, goodbye! We’re going home. Kai-kun, do your best in the cheerleading squad.”
Touka declares so in a firm tone of voice and tries to pull me along.
“Isn’t it fine if we stand and talk for a while?”
But you can’t drag a big guy like me by force.
I remain unmoved from that spot.
Touka gives me a dissatisfied glare.
“Oh, Touka was here too? Otsukare.”
Kai replied with low tension.
Tch, Touka clicked her tongue in a small voice.
…It’s a small problem for me that two rare juniors who get along with me don’t get along with each other.
“What’s it like practicing for the cheerleading squad?”
While feeling a little awkward, I ask Kai.
With a happy expression on his face,
“Well, everyone is quite motivated, and the seniors and juniors are on good terms, so the atmosphere is great!”
He answers cheerfully.
“Heh, is that so? Then I’m looking forward to the performance.”
“Yes, I’m looking forward to cheering for Tomoki-senpai at the actual event!!!”
Kai responds with all his might.
“No, we and senpai are in different groups. Are you stupid? How about you just die?”
Touka cursed while directing a cold gaze.
“A little bit of obstacle is always a good thing…right!?”
Kai said while making an upward glance at me.
…Is he talking about an obstacle race? I wondered what was going on all of a sudden,
“Yeah. Maybe so.”
To me, for now, I’ll just go along with the flow of the conversation,
Touka gives me a startled look and,
Kai with an ecstatic expression.
“Kuh, he is definitely misunderstanding something, this senpai…! Anyway, you should go back to your cheering squad practice, because if you stay here forever, people will think you’re slacking off!”
Touka waved her hand to chase away Kai.
“You’re right. Enough for today… Now, if you’ll excuse me, Tomoki-senpai!”
Kai, his cheeks flushed bright red, bowed his head toward me before joining the cheerleading squad.
“I think you misunderstood a lot of things earlier, and I don’t think those things are going to happen out of the blue either, but anyway.”
Touka, who was looking straight at me with an unusually serious expression on her face, opened her mouth.
“Be careful when that guy is behind you…”
“What’s that? Is my life in danger?”
With a wry smile, I responded to Touka’s strange joke,
“…To put it bluntly, something as important as your life is being targeted.”
Touka, again with a serious expression on her face, continues the joke.
…I know you’re trying to make a joke, but I don’t get it.
I don’t know how to follow up in this kind of situation,
“Eh, yeah… I’ll be careful.”
And I answer anyway.
“I-am-se-ri-ous! Please be careful, okay?”
Touka puffs out her cheeks and reminds me with a stern look, and I nod with my hands up as if in surrender.
Rather than worrying about Touka’s vague advice, I wondered if there was anything I could do to repair the relationship between Kai and her.
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