I just want to understand

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I sat on a bench beneath a tree in a secluded area of the park, waiting for the person I wanted to meet. Since it's afternoon on a weekend, the park is almost empty, as most of the students are spending their time either in the comforting coolness of Keyaki mall or their dorm room. It wouldn't bother me if other students noticed me with this person, but if I can avoid it, I'd rather not be seen with this person.

After a few moments of waiting, the person I was hoping to meet arrived and took a seat next to me on the bench.

"You certainly took your time coming here."

"What? I've got a lot of other things to do." She said it with an annoying expression on her face.

"And? Have you found anything about Ishigami-kun?" I inquired.

I've requested Ibuki-san to keep a watch on Ishigami-kun from class 1-A to find if he's the one who sent the letter during the island exam.

"Like I told you before, this Ishigami guy is just a typical student with a high academic ability. If we're searching for someone physically strong like Ayanokouji or that Amasawa girl, then Ishigami definitely isn't that person." She responded.

She went on with a slightly disgusted expression on her face.

"Because you said so, I've been watching him for the past few days. None of his actions appear to be strange. He doesn't really do anything other than hang around with his friends. Also, none of his friends appear to be suspicious."

"Then I suppose we're back to square one again." I responded with a sigh.

I had hoped that Ishigami-kun would be the one, although the chances were slim to begin with. This implies I'm out of leads for finding the person who sent the letter on the island.

"Seems like it." replied Ibuki-san. "We'll just have to go back to checking first year students handwriting again in the hopes of finding a match."

"I guess so." I replied.

Even though Ishigami-kun's handwriting is excellent, it never quite matched the one on the letter. I'm continuing looking at first-year students' handwriting whenever I have the opportunity to see if I can find a perfect match. But still even now, only Ishigami-kun's handwriting has somewhat resemblance to the one on the letter.

Since it became almost clear that Ishigami-kun is not the person we are looking for, my mind wandered into other thoughts.

"What are you thinking about?" Ibuki-san's words brought me back from my thoughts. "Let me guess, you're thinking about Ayanokouji and Karuizawa, right?"

I'm impressed with how correct Ibuki-guess san's was.. I'm indeed thinking about Ayanokouji-kun and Karuizawa-san, more precisely about their relationship.

"Right," I said, "How did you know I was thinking about that?"

"Well their relationship has become a hot subject even in our class, especially since Karuizawa herself confirmed their relationship directly." She replied.

For the past few weeks, there have been rumors that Ayanokouji-kun and Karuizawa-san are dating. But last week, Karuizawa-san herself confirmed that she's dating Ayanokouji-kun, when a boy from Ibuki-san's class confessed his feelings to Karuizawa-san.

"What do you think about it?" I asked

"What's there to think?"

"You know..... Do you think Ayanokouji-kun genuinely loves Karuizawa-san?"

"Both Ayanokouji and Karuizawa have publicly stated that they are dating. After that, why would anyone think otherwise?" Ibuki-san said in-a-matter-of-fact tone.

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