Rumiko stayed in the apartment for two days, making sure Masashi was fine before going back to work in Nagoya.
Life seemingly returned to normal. But Kazumi noticed several long distance calls in the phone bill. All of them were out of the country yet she couldn't find the actual numbers.
Masashi was sitting on his bed in a weird posture. He opened his eyes after a while and stretched.
(This body is so weak. The muscles has no elasticity. Reaction is slow. It's worthless aside from its age. Seems like I will have to create a training plan to get this body back to average before it stops growing.)
Masashi began creating the training plan when Kazumi knocked on the door.
"What's it, Kazumi?"
"I want to ask what's with the phone bill this month?"
"Oh, I met a few friends on ICQ. I have to call them to discuss somethings. Don't worry, I won't make any more international calls. I know it's hard for mom to earn the money."
There was nothing more Kazumi could say, so she left the room.
"They should be almost here." Masashi muttered to himself.
Masashi stood in front of the school in a new uniform. For the first time, Kazumi came to school with him.
The classroom was noisy as usual. He found his seat based on his memory. Just as he sat down, someone yelled. "Ah. It's Hirota Masashi. He's back. When did he come back?"
A group of people surrounded him.
"Masashi, I heard you were critically injured chasing a robber. That was amazing of you."
"Were you afraid at the time? I wouldn't be brave enough to chase."
"I heard you stopped breathing, how did you revive?"
"Masashi, give me a signature."
He couldn't stand these people and stood up.
"Masashi, where are you going?"
"To take a dump."
The room fell into a silence.
The principal came over during class to give a presentation of his heroic act in exaggerations. Masashi didn't even know he was so courageous and fought the robber for two hours. The amount of details made it seem like the principal himself was the robber.
In the end, the principal invited Masashi to say something. It was natural for him to want to advertise this shitty school when there's an opportunity.
Masashi hated this kind of scenes but he had no choice but to get on the stage.
"I don't have anything good to say. The principal had said everything. I would only like to add one thing, if you encounter this situation, remember to buy insurance first. I'm done."
The half asleep students were shocked then applauded wildly and some even whistled.
The principal and dean were wiping sweat off their foreheads.
While Masashi just stared out the window.
"Isn't this our hero Hirota Masashi kun? Long time no see, Masashi kun. We miss you so much." Yet that tone didn't sound a bit like its words.
Yamamoto's group of three blocked Masashi in the hall.
"I cant believe this garbage became a hero. It seems like I am a superman."
"Anything you want from me?"
"Not much, just that we haven't seen you for so long. We want to have a chat."
"Oh, is that so. Here? Or should we go to our usual place?"
Yamamoto's group looked at each other. This guy's reaction was strange. Usually his face would turn pale upon seeing them and couldn't even speak. Why was he so calm all of a sudden?
The usual place was that corner of shame. Masashi was feeling the memory of this body as he came here again.
"Say, do you want money or just want to beat me this time?"
"Fuck, don't act so cocky kid. I will make you kneel down and beg us."
A smile creeped up his mouth. As he was about to test the results of his training these few days, he sensed something then stopped.
"What are you doing." A voice stopped Toku from hitting Masashi.
Naoko ran over to them. "What were you trying to do to Masashi kun?"
"Naoko sensei, we were just playing around. It's been a long time since we saw each other. We all miss Masashi kun so much so it might seen a little rough. Please don't be mistaken."
"Really? I can't feel that you were just playing around. Masashi, tell me, what happened? Are they bullying you? Don't be afraid to tell the truth. Sensei will help you."
"I don't know if they are playing with me or not, but it looks like their games aren't something a normal person can stand. But since I am not hurt, there's no evidence to back anything." Masashi answered calmly.
Naoko frowned. "If that's the case, I will take care of this. You guys go back to class. Masashi stay here, I have something to say to you."
Yamamoto gave Masashi a stare then looked at Naoko sensei then led the other two away.
(Oh, it looks like Yamamoto is about to do it.) Masashi could feel the desires in Yamamoto's eyes when he looked at Naoko sensei.
"Masashi, tell me, do they bully you frequently?"
"Do you want to hear the truth or lies?"
"Of course the truth."
"Ok, I will tell you. I was like that before but now I'm not sure."
"Then why didn't you notify the teachers?"
"Sensei, you are too naive. Teachers are not police and bullying is unavoidable in any school. I was too weak before, that's why I was chosen as the target. This is also survival of the fittess. Don't worry, I am not the Masashi I used to be."
"You seem like you changed a lot." She suddenly noticed the deep and clear eyes of this boy. And those eyes attracted all her attention.
"Instead of worrying about me, you should worry about yourself. Naoko sensei."
She immediately woke up when she heard the word sensei. "What, what did you say?" Her heart was pounding and her face blushed. (How could I stared at a student like this.)
"Do you know pubescent wolves are more offensive than mature wolves? I'll give you a word of advice. Don't trust anyone too easily, especially the boys. If there's nothing else, then I'll leave."
"Wait, what did you mean?"
"Go back and think about it. Oh, there's something I forgot to ask you, how did you know I'm here?"
"I saw Yamamoto brought you away and afraid something might go wrong. So I followed you."
(This is a kind hearted woman like mother.) In this moment, Masashi decided to protect this woman.
"You're a good teacher. Thank you."
"That's too polite of you. This is also the responsibility of a teacher."
"Ok, I really have to get back to class. I took too many days off recently."
"Wait for me, I will walk back with you."
"You can go home first. Don't wait for me for dinner, just leave a bit for me."
"Ok." Kazumi's tone was indifferent as always, but she was curious to why this guy had been coming home late these few days. Even though she was curious, she wouldn't actually ask him because of her personality.
After Kazumi left, Masashi sat down and focused his mind. His mind flew into Naoko sensei's office then locked onto her. Even though he couldn't see or hear, he could sense every action clearly, even her breathing and emotional fluctuations.
But this ability couldn't be used by humans. It was an ability created after so many years of evolving his soul.
A few minutes later, he noticed her breathing was getting heavy. Her body temperature was increasing and she took off her jacket subconsciously.
Then he sensed someone moving close to the office from outside. "So that's it. They are not actually stupid."
Yamamoto opened the door and saw Naoko sensei's face turning red. Then said to the other two. "Looks like the meal is ready."