THE YOUTHFUL LARIAT Index
“-Someone says about this that, whoever at the same age as you, you can-”
A coarse voice echoed from the speakers in the gym building.
The source of the voice is a middle-aged man who’s standing in the middle of the stage which is the principal. He’s facing the students that standing in the line neatly and telling his experience or ‘Treasured Story’ for more than 20 minutes now.
Like many schools in Japan, Tokinomiya High also have school assembly in the morning every Monday too. So, any students don’t want to stand hearing endless stream boring stories in the morning of Monday.
And the teachers. If they speak truthfully, they are also the same as students. But compare to veteran teachers and younger students, the latter seems to start showing tired expression on their faces.
But, the principle still rambling on without a care, which makes everyone can think that he’s filling all the empty space in the room by releasing all of his thoughts and ideals to the people and no one can stop him because it’s the best feeling ever.
“At that time, Japan was in a crisis. So I-”
“If put correctly, that time was such a crisis that you tore out your hair out of frustration.”
A male student who’s standing in the middle mumbled, interrupting the seemingly endless story.
Many students managed to hold in their laughter but some few people in the group accidently look at the principal’s shiny head and tormented from keeping the laughter in which makes all the teacher eyes down in that spot.
“O..oi, you’ll get in trouble, Miyamoto.”
The long-haired guys who wear glasses acting flustered while he elbowing his brown-haired friend name Miyamoto who’s standing behind.
“Well, he talked like that. So I accidently said that out.”
He clips his necktie onto his shoulder with the tip of his finger. After that, the principal continues like nothing was happened.
…Seems he like to talk endlessly without being bored. In life before this, he might born as a radio or a speaker for sure.
While he’s having that thought, there’s a voice happening in the back of the line.
When he turned back, he saw the back of a large student holding on to also large gym teacher getting out of the gym building.
“…Tsukishima? Hey, what’s wrong with him?”
He asked person in the back.
“Hmm, seems like he said ‘I feel a pain in my head.’ or ‘I can’t see properly.’ then he fell down to the floor cold. Taruma Sensei was worried and took him to the nurse’s office.”
The girl in the back answered, giving him a dry smile.
“…Can’t put a good act of being sick, eh?”
He shook his head before turning back.
“What’s wrong with that guy?”
Now he got asked by same question.
“Seems he got a headache and he went to the nurse’s office.”
“Grrr, playing dirty to get away this glorious meetup? Fitting for a muscle human. Even being fooled by that cheap play, such a muscle brain.”
Miyamoto who doesn’t quite familiar with the word asked and the long-haired guy answered.
“It shortens from : Even the brain is a muscle.”
He laughs in evil tone.
“Hey, Kuroki. If that guy heard, you’ll be killed for that. So don’t talk about that in front of him, eh? Don’t do it. Just, no.”
“He, I know it’s dangerous but I don’t know why I want to say it out. Strange, isn’t it?”
As when he’s talking quietly with Kuroki.
“-and everything ended in a happy note, so everyone should take note of that. Alright, dismissed!”
The principal walk down from the stage with a bright smile without a care that there’s a student sneaked out during the assembly in the slightest. And he seems to be very refreshed like he fulfilled his needs to full.
A sigh of relief from hundreds of students after the torrent of principal’s narration has ended. Some people in there felt it was all over start stretching or talking with their classmates.
“-Silence. Next, there’s an announcement from our president student.”
A grumpy looking white-haired man who’s standing at the front of teachers announced from the standing mic. He’s the lead teacher who continues this assembly.
A figure of neat boy appeared at the side of the stage like he was responded to that seems kinda bit cold call.
Suddenly, some few female students screamed, even the lead teacher give them a sharp stare but it seems not effective at all.
The president student waves before he goes to the mic.
-But he got grabbed and he disappeared into the side of the stage in a split second.
Like many people around him, he twitched his eyebrows while focusing where the president student has gone.
The whole building has gone into silence.
“GRAHHH! OK, YOU IDIOTS!”
But the silence was broken by a loud voice that didn’t go through the mic.
Then, a large figure ran up to the center of the stage in black swimwear and indoor shoes.
He was super surprised that his eyes might got out of its sockets because his best friend, Tsukishima, who should be at the nurse’s office at the moment is standing on the stage, wearing a bikini-like swimwear.
Tsukishima rudely grabs the mic and have a deep breath-
“ARE YOU GUYS READY TO ROLL!?”
The screeching comes with a large howling voice.
“IF READY, ONLY 8 OF OVERALL POWER C, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. FLYING IS POSSIBLE! EVEN FINDING ALIENS IS POSSIBLE! NOW, ARE YOU IDIOTS READY TO BURST IT OUT!?”
Tsukishima turned the mic to the students and teachers but everyone seems to be in a shock that there’s no answer from the crowd.
“Hey, he’s kinda talking with his chin filed, isn’t it weird?”
“Is he mimicking Mikami Andrew? The wrestler?”
He heard some few students who’s into martial arts talking.
“OOOK, YOUR CHEERS MAKE ME READY TO GO! OOK, YOU IDIOTS, ANNNNNNNDREWWWWWWWWW”
Tsukishima raised his fists into air while shouting like Andrew when he’s got his fans cheering from the seats.
“…The only one ready is you, you idiot.”
Miyamoto facepalms to hide his red face.
Don’t know why he, the friend of the person who’s standing on the stage, is more embarrassed than the person there himself.
“OK! EVERYONE IS PRESENT HERE, I HAVE AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE! TAKANO RURI, 2-C! TAKANO RURI, COME OUT HERE!”
The voice boomed that make people step back like they were being attacked that separates a figure of a girl from the rest of the crowd.
“Eh? EH? M…ME?”
She looks around confusingly before pointing at herself. She has a very silky hair, big round eyes that makes you call that she’s good looking.
“TAKANOOO! TAKANOTAKANOTAKANOTAKANOTAKANOOO! FINALLY, YOU SHOWED UP, TAKANO!”
“Y..YES!? W..Wh…What is it, Tsukishima-kun?”
Because the pressure from Tsukishima, made her jumped like she jump then straighten her back.
“GOOD! LISTEN CAREFULLY, I-”
He paused for a moment, then inhale, more and more and…
“-LIKE YOU! MARRY WITH ME! BUT BEFORE THAT, BE MY GIRLFRIEND!”
When Tsukishima done with his words, he threw the mic onto the floor.
A sharp, painful voice echoes through the building.
On the other side, some students understand this pointless act by Tsukishima, starts talking.
Then, a nearby male student picked up the mic before handing over to Takano with curiosity, no, with fun more than that. Even she shooks her head quickly that it looks like she made an afterimage, but got the mic stuffed in her hand.
“TA KA NO, TA KA NO, TA KA NO, TA KA NO.”
The shout calling Takano filled the gym.
Seems like the morning assembly has turned into aftermath of a wrestling match.
Her face turned into bright red that she stoop her head down.
Even that, her eyes are like determined to do this.
The words from her mouth is ‘I’m sorry’ that she managed to grit her teeth and get it out.
The whole room gone into silence again.
“OOOOOO! Such honorable death!”
“Andrew got KOed!”
The cheering booms up like it was about to destroy the ceiling of the building down.
“Don’t you like that? Is that guy not fitting in a bikini?”
“How do you feel that you KO someone out?”
“Eh? No. Ah, I…”
Takano got swarmed by other students with questions like she won the match while Tsukishima who loses horrendously in this love match standing dead there like Benkei before being headlocked by Tamura Kikutaro who’s being called by students casually as muscle human (and secretly muscle brain) without saying anything and got dragged off.
“..Idiot, truly a number 1 idiot in Japan.”
Miyamoto scratches his head while looking at the person who’s being dragged away.
“…No, even that guy can pull something that out, seems he really serious about this.”
That mumble that no one hears, it mixed with a bit of envious tone.
 Musashibo Benkei (1155-1189) – A war monk who’s famous in Genpei War. In his last breaths, he fought to protect Minamoto Yoshitsune who is his master. Fending over hundreds of enemies before
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