«Chapter 18»

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[Name] entered the cave with Isogai beside her. She was surprised to be paired with him. But at the same time she felt relieved to not be paired with Karma. It would be very awkward since Karma just confessed his love for her.

"Are you okay, [Name]-chan?" Isogai asked her, worried since she wasn't acting like herself. He turned around, only to see her walking right behind him.

"I'm fine," [Name] smiled and sped up.

Somehow, Isogai felt that she just lied. "Is something bothering you?"

She looked at him confused. But then she chuckled at him. "Am I that obvious?" answered [Name] with another question.

Both of them laughed. "You don't need to tell if you don't want to. Everyone has their own little secret."

"Thanks, Isogai-kun. It's really not a big deal. It's just about Karma," [Name] mumbled the last part. "We better leave this cave faster. It's starting to creeping me out."

"Hm? [Name]-chan scare of the dark?" Isogai raised an eyebrow. He really wanted to tease her now. "What a surprise from the famous hacker that always work in the dark."

"I'm not scared! It just..." Her face started to feel hot. Did she just blush? Luckily, it was dark so Isogai wouldn't see it.

"All right." Isogai took [Name]'s hand. "I'll take you out of this cave for sure." He paused and added, "But about what Karma said before."

She stopped and looked at him, confused. "What about that?"

"Do you have feelings for him too?" He looked her in the eyes intensively. "Because to me you also like him."

"You...think? Why did you suddenly talk about him?" She couldn't help but stutter.

"Because I also like you, [Name]-Chan." Her face turned red again. She didn't know what to say. "I know I don't have a chance with you. That's why I want you to say it from your own mouth. Who do you like? Whose heart you belong to?"

"I...I—" What Nakamura said before hit her harshly.

"From what I see in Karma, he is serious about his feeling. He isn't the type of person who likes to make of fun of other people's feelings. Maybe sometimes he is. I'm sure about his feelings toward you judging by how worried he was last night."

"You're in love with him!"

"I also like Karma." Finally these words came out of her mouth. "I'm sorry I can't return your feelings to me. But the one and only boy that I like is Karma. I don't know how long I've felt like this, but he is the only one who's always there for me."

[Name] bravely looked him in the eyes. Isogai smiled and ruffled her hair. He turned his head to the red-haired boy behind them.

"You heard that, Karma-kun?"

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Few minutes after Isogai and [Name] entered the cave it was Karma and Okuda's turn. The former walked in first, leaving Okuda to follow behind him. Everyone could see that Karma was in bad mood. It was silent all the way into the cave.

Karma couldn't stop thinking about [Name]. First, she made him worried. Then, when he confessed to her, she ran away without answering him. She even tried to avoid him a few times. And lastly, he saw her paired with Isogai. His rival.

"Karma-kun! Wait!" Karma stopped and turned his head to Okuda. The poor girl looked so tired from running. He just realized that this was supposed to be a test about courage. But he just walked on without caring about his surrounding and Okuda.

"I'm wondering how long this cave is," Karma sighed in frustrated.

"Huh...I know you want to see [Name]-chan as soon as possible. But you need to slow down. I can't keep up with your fast pace. Nothing will happen to her as long she with our classmate," said Okuda.

"I know. But I just can't trust Isogai sometimes."

"Eh?" Okuda was surprised with what Karma said. "Are you perhaps jealous?"

"Jealous? Me?" Karma smirked. "There's no way I'm jealous of that boy." Karma started to walk again. The smirk on his face disappeared. It was a lie if he said he not jealous of Isogai. He just couldn't say it to anyone.

"I like Karma." Karma surprised as he heard [Name]'s voice echo toward the cave. "I'm sorry I can't return your feelings to me. But the one and only boy that I like is Karma. I don't know how long I've felt like this, but he is the only one who's always there for me."

Karma continued his walk and stopped as Isogai and [Name] back-faced him.

[Name] bravely looked at Isogai in the eyes. Isogai smiled and ruffled her hair. He turned his head to Karma.

"You heard that, Karma-kun?" [Name] looked at the shocked figure of Karma and then back to a smiling Isogai.

"Looks like my work is done here. I'll leave both of you alone. Let's go, Okuda!" The black haired girl followed Isogai. "One more thing! Don't you dare make her cry."

[Name] didn't dare to look Karma in the eyes. She still back-faced him.

"L-let's get out of here."

Karma stopped her right before she could leave him behind. He held her hand and walked beside her until they reached the cave's exit.

"What you said to Isogai was true, right?" Karma asked her as they exited the cave, still holding hands.

"Well...I don't want to repeat my words. Good bye!" Karma pulled her hand back and kissed her on the cheek. Her face reddened even more, if that was even possible.

"Next time it'll be on the lips. Okay?"

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Edited (30 JULY 2017)

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