Start of 2nd season...XD
Rika stayed in their school for her junior high. She’s not that active and happy anymore. Ayumi tried her best to cheer her best friend. Somehow she knocked some sense into Rika’s mind.
“What are you trying to do? Be like Maki for the rest of your life? You even told me before that Maki was really glad that you let her out of her former life… Do you think Maki’s happy right now wherever she is when you’re looking like that?”
By that, Rika started to make friends again. But she didn’t want to play futsal anymore. She just focused on her studies more… She had a vision that she wanted to come true.
“I’m Rika Ishikawa. My family just moved to Tokyo last week. I hope we can all be friends. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!”
“Thank you, Ishikawa-san. You may sit in that empty chair in the corner near the window.”
“That’s where her seat was when we were in elementary…”
“Is there a problem with that, Ishikawa-san?”
“Ahhm, no ma’am. It’s fine with me.”
“Please sit down now so we can proceed with our lessons.”
“I wonder why you always look outside… What do you want to see out there?”
“Yoshizawa, please be good to her, Ok?” The teacher looked at the girl on the right side of Rika’s seat.
“Hai, Nakazawa-sensei.” She looked at the new comer with glaring eyes.
“Is your sister coming to school tomorrow?”
“Hai, she’s just recovering from a slight cold. She’ll come tomorrow.”
“It’s good to hear that, let’s proceed with our lesson for today.”
“Ishikawa-san!!! It’s so nice to see you again!”
“Ehh? Kamei-san!! I didn’t notice that we’re in this class! How are you?” Rika hugged her friend tightly.
“I’m at the furthest corner of the room, maybe that’s why you didn’t notice me earlier. I’m fine…” Eri said after breaking free from Rika’s tight hug.
“I didn’t know that you’re here in Tokyo too…” Rika said.
“Well, we didn’t want the three of us to be separated… After the funeral service, we asked our parents to move here in Tokyo. Sayu and Reina are in section B.”
“Sou desu nee… Well, it’s nice to see old friends again. Could I hang up with you guys?”
“Of course! I’m sure those two will be happy to see you again… “
“Hey, I saw what Yoshizawa did earlier. Don’t be scared with her. She’s really well known around here. She’s somewhat a bully.”
“I’m not scared. I don’t mind at all.”
“Ishikawa-san!!!” Sayu and Reina rushed up to Rika as soon as they saw her and hugged her tightly.
“Guys, you’ll break my bones!”
“Gomen!” Reina said while releasing her arms around Rika. “It’s just that we haven’t seen you for a while.”
“I didn’t recognize you at first… You’ve cut your hair short.” Sayu commented while touching Rika’s hair.
“I’m not the only one who has cut her hair short...” Rika said and looked at Eri. “And besides, I’m still planning whether I will dye it blonde or not. I’ve seen Masae-san’s new hairdo last week… She’s sporting a multi-colored hair right now.”
The three were having a hard time to visualize their former team mate’s new hairdo.
“Well, it’s hard to imagine Rika, our valedictorian, sporting that kind of hairstyle. I wonder what’s the reaction of Ma-k…”
Reina immediately covered Eri’s mouth. “I’m sorry… She didn’t mean to say that.”
“Don’t worry its ok. You can let go of her mouth now. You’re killing her, she’s already turning blue… Hey, I’ll just go to the restroom. Excuse me for a while.”
“Ahh, sure. The restroom’s just around the corner.” Sayu pointed the direction of the restroom.
“Thanks! I’ll be back in a minute!” Rika smiled at the three before she left for the restroom. She just made that up for fear of breaking down in front of her friends. She ran to the nearest cubicle and tear up a little. Even though she pretended that she already moved on, whenever Maki was mentioned, she couldn’t’ help but tear up a little. She got her necklace with the small bottle.