CHAPTER 2 Act 4
After a few minutes, we arrived at the Student Council, a well-known organization across the school. They have seperate building that was constructed just for them, which is hardly unexpected given their status. And their location is a couple of meters away from B-Section building, which houses the main Library. There was a sign in front indicating that we had arrived at the right door.
"Wait here," Hana gave me few words.
"You didn't have to tell me."
"You know what, you're starting to become a pain," she said with a serious look.
"It's good thing you know who I am."
"I know exactly who you are. You didn't intend to conceal your heinousness?"
"What do you mean by that?"
"Mr. Seid, don't underestimate the Studet Council. We knew your personality."
"Ah, of course, right. There's no difference if I hide it anyway. Besides, what do you think is bad and which is good? Our perception tells us what is right and wrong. Here is a question, do you think I'm a good peson?"
"What's with that? And why asking me?"
"Because it's up to you whether you see me as good or a bad guy, is it right?"
She squint her eyes in response.
"You're starting to irritate me. I know you're not a decent person, based on my interactions with you. However, if you ask the same question, what would you say?"
"I assumed we were here because the Student Council summoned me?"
I looked at her eyes, but chose to dodge the question.
"...Fine, I guess we don't have the time, huh?"
Having a disappointment look in her face, she enters the room and I left alone outside. From the looks of it, she was known in this school as the Representative of Student Council. The duty entails conducting errands across the school and following the President's orders.
To be exact, she's like a dog.
However, a few seconds after, I feel some presence beside me.
"Getting caught in some trouble?"
She said to me after she stood by my side.
"I don't think so," as my usual response.
"Then, what are you doing here?"
"They summoned me."
"Ah, well we're in the same boat."
I abruptly ended our talk here since I don't want to pry why she's here. That woman (Lisa) is the one who is on my side.
"Um, is it alright if we can talk after class?"
"Let me guess, you want to talk about me joining the football club?"
She appeared startled, but she didn't say anything else about it.
"Er, you wanna hear some story?" I immediately said after she didn't respond.
"Hm?" She averted her gaze on me and looks confused.
"A lady once told his pets to run around and bite the person who irritated her. Do you hear any story like this?"
"I don't know what you're talking about."
She speaks to me as if she doesn't have the faintest. I'm not sure if my assumption was right as she was making a straight face.
"It's unfortunate that you didn't know."
I play aggressively here, but it appears she has no clue.
"But, in any case, I plan to refus--"
"Wait!" she instantly stopped me, "Before you decide, I just want to ask, you don't intend to join a club?"
"Is that a bad thing?"
"Um, you didn't know? You need to join a club or an organization otherwise you'll become an outcast at this school."
"What does it mean?"
"Maybe that's why the President summons you."
"COME IN NOW MR. SEID!"
Inside the room, a loud voice was heard. It's Hana, and they'd want us to come in.
"Shall we?" she glanced at me.
After I agreed with her, I pressed the door handle. And there was an unsettling air as I gently opened the door.
"Please excuse us for intrusion," she greeted them with a weak tone.
And then three.... No, five people were there. Four of them were looking at us at the same time, including Hana.
"I guess you're not leaving after Hana abandoned you?" said the man who was sitting in the couch.
He is drinking tea and exudes a tremendous presence just by looking at him.
"Student Council wants to see me, and as a student of this school, I obidiently following the orders."
Typical answer for a student. I'm not entirely incorrect, though.
"You're a good student aren't you Mr. Seid?"
A familiar voice suddenly speak to me.
"Good student? How do you say?"
"No, probably you are not, right?"
"Hm, It seems that we've met again?"
"Fufu... Yep, we meet again Mr. Seid. You left with nothing to say at that time, isn't it? Well, you're a little mean to me."
The woman beside me (Lisa), who's a little bit confused about the conversation, stares at me. But, because she's not involved, she didn't urge to speak.
Needless to say, that person, we met at the cafeteria on my first day. She managed to conceal her identity to me at that time. However, I had a suspicion from the outset that she had an ulterior motive that she hadn't revealed. If my guess was correct, she was there to watch the students on the cafeteria, and luckily she recognized me, hence she sits on my table. I waited for them to speak, but they were plainly watching out for people who were nearby at that moment.
"It was just pure coincidence? Or is it a plan?"
"What's that supposed to mean?"
She returns my gaze, and with her eyes, no one can possibly tell what she's thinking.
She's definitely a clever woman based on her attitude, as she's my classmate and a member of the Student Council.
"Is that so?"
I completely ignore her, but then someone speaks directly behind me.
"Welcome to the Student Council, please have a sit, have a sit..."
A girl with a cheerful personality push me down to take a sit.
She invites me and Lisa to take a sit. After that, she brings us green tea and cookies as if we were guests.
"Feel free and considered it as a gift."
Now I'm a little worried why did they call me in the first place. Ordinary students may perceived them as highest rankings to this school, and regard them as top students. However, from my vantage point, they seem to be cautious about me. I have an assumption, but I won't get ahead of myself.
"Hoaah..." the fifth person suddenly appeared out of nowhere, "You're getting noisy here Shane."
As expected, they were five people here to begin with. And somehow the fifth person is waking up after a long deep slumber. He is a male student and as it seems, he is currently have a sleep mask in his head. After a quick look in his surroundings, he got out of his place and seated beside me.
"Say..." he grab a cookie and then glanced at me, "Shane made this, is it tasty?"
This guy... he's provoking me.
"I don't know how to answer that, but from the looks of it, probably."
"Good, let me try."
And then he take a bite.
"Hey, Dev, don't you think it's rude to take other people's food? You're a Student Council member so please mind your manners."
"Yeah, yeah Shane. I'm sorry Mr. Seid."
He put the cookie right back to its place. Now, I'm starting to get pissed off.
"By the way, please tell me the reason for calling me here. I don't have time to play around with all of you."
They went silent, and suddenly switched their reaction and began to take things seriously this time.
"You're in a hurry?" Lisa remarked as she was sitting next to me.
"You don't have to see us as your adversaries. We're just here to bargain, rather speak to you."
The man sitting quitely abruptly speak. He is actually in front of me and somehow he gives an intimidating appearance.
"I can decide myself if you are truly my foe or not."
"Oh, how amusing Mr. Seid."
"Um, Mr. Seid, let me first introduce to you the Student Council Members."
Hana who was standing at the back, began to speak. She acts as a mediator, making sure that nothing gets out of hand. I'll try to take a step back for a while.
On behalf of the Student Council, she began to introduce the members.
"The manager for financing and the like, is Ms. Steward."
She pointed out the person who serves us tea.
"It's nice to meet you Mr. Seid, Shane Steward, Treasurer."
She glances at me and make a curtsy bow, while having her right hand on her chest.
"The person you encounter at the cafeteria, is the Student Council's administrative assistant, Ms. Leyand."
"Fufufu... Hana was right. Lou Leyand, nice to meet you."
A Clever and Cheerful personality? I have to keep an eye on these women.
"Next is the one who seated next to you," Hana continued, "He is the Vice President of the Student Council, Mr. Crane."
"Hana, didn't I tell you to call me Dev?" He quickly diverted her gaze to Hana but he continued, "Well it doesn't matter, Devon Crane, remember that Mr. Seid."
"...Remember me as well."
"Well, I will"
I know he's trying to provoke me, but I'm not going to fall into his trap. When it comes to these matters, the one who loses their temper will lose. Hana, on the other hand, grabs our attention by continuing her introduction.
"Now, the last person is the President, Mr. Ethan Reginald."
That's the person that was seated in front of me.
"Welcome to the Student Council Mr. Seid, Ethan Reginald, it's nice meeting you."
He looks at me with a straight face. He's the president and I have no question about it since I can sense his unusual presence.
"Same here," I respond "Now we know each other, why did you call me here?"
It's alright if I let them speak instead of me. They certainly know a lot of stuff around here.
"I'll get straight to the point Mr. Seid, you're not planning to join a club or organization inside the school, is it true?" The president asked solemnly.
"How do you say?"
"Hana told me so. She's astute as you are. She's dependable and a valuable asset to Student Council."
"If... she's that useful to you, then why she's not an official member?"
"That's..." Hana speak with a small voice.
It was just a normal question but it seems I hit the mark.
"Hey, Mr. Seid, don't even think of questioning me. I'm the one who asked you the question."
His eyes are filled with killing intent. But I'm not afraid of his gaze; instead, I'm returning them. That woman (Lisa) seemed surprised but all the members of the Student Council are giving me a wry smile as if it's interesting to them.
"You're not scared Mr. Seid? It's interesting to see a guy like you."
"You're complimenting me after that statement, Mr. President? Well, same here."
"At any point, I'll answer your question, Mr. Seid. There are some reasons why I did not recognize her as a member. Regardless, can you explain why are you not interested in joining any organization?"
"It's a waste of my time; I'm a going home directly after class type, and my sleep is crucial."
In a sense, I didn't lie to them.
"How nice to be like you. However, in this school, you must join any organization or risk being labeled as an outcast."
"You're not belong here, that's what it means."
"Let me tell you..." Mr. Crane who is on my side, utters, "all students who treated an outcast here in school seek to end their lives, to be exact...suicide."
He bite some cookies while making a grin.
It's surprising to hear this stories from them. I thought this school was normal from the outside.
"So all of the students here are a member either a club or organization?"
"What do you think?"
"I see... Then, why this school still open after this many incident?"
"All of the teachers, including the Board Members and the Principal, have graduated here, so there's no problem; as for the news, normal students didn't know either, so the school conceals it flawlessly, am I right Dev?" the Treasure said.
"What do you mean Normal Students?"
"Listen Hans," That woman (Lisa) said, "the representatives of the organization only knew about it."
"You'll know it after some time," the President said while taking a sip of his green tea. "Ah, speaking of which, you've met her, right?"
Is he referring to...
"Erm, yeah, I met her but I don't exactly know her."
"To be honest, that person is dangerous, rather terrifying. We know a little about her."
The president did not make it clear whether she is a leader or not. But, by the looks of it, this is becoming a problem.
"Wait, what do you say Eth--Mr. President."
Hana who was confused abruptly interupt.
"Like I said, she's monitoring Mr. Seid, and we don't know her motives yet. The one who conceal herself with its members and she, herself is unknown."
"Hm..." I let a small sound.
"What's with that reaction? You're not confused?" that woman (Lisa) asked me, "Even so, you met her, huh? It seemed strange."
"I am. but it doesn' matter."
"Wait, is that the same woman? How do you know Et--Mr. President? I told you about the incidents earlier, but you were a little too fast to jump to conclusions."
"Well, it is. If I'm wrong, so be it. But she didn't tell Mr. Seid her name, did she?"
"Um, how certain are you?" I asked.
"I'm not answering that," he give me straight face.
"Then can you answer this? Why the hell did the school create this? For fun?"
"Fufu..." Ms. Secretary laughs at me, "you're quite a guy."
"Mr. Seid, once again, I'm not compelled to answer your questions. Who do you think is the most powerful among us? This is your final warning."
Student Council is really persistent, yet they don't want to give me all of the information.
"To tell the truth, I'm a bit disappointed with the Student Council." I let a small sigh.
"Fufu how bold. How do you say?"
"To think I'm standing on the same ground as all of you? It is really disappointing."
"Hn? You're mistaken, Mr. Seid. You are far lower than us."
"Is that what you think of me? We're all the same, but we have different objectives."
"Hahaha," the President laughs, "Ah I see, that is why people begin to shun you."
"You see me just how you see me. I don't care even if you know my personality. But that's not to mean I'm against all of you. You are free to do anything you want, and I am free to do whatever I want."
"It's useless Mr. Seid."
"You know, I told Hana to make a contact with you. So this is why Hana was surprised to see you on your first day of school, huh?"
"I'm not sure what you mean by that, but I'm saying you don't get in my way."
"Okay fine, do anything you want," the President continues, "but if you get into trouble, no one will help you."
"Should, I then drop out?" I said with a bland face.
All of them were surprised. They weren't expecting that from me.
I know it sounds sardonic to them, but I don't think it's appropriate to appear nice in front of someone who knows your true personality.
"Is that what you want?"
"To be honest, this school is surreal and out of the ordinary. A Student which is unknown? How ridiculous.There is more to this school that I don't understand. And it's not an issue for me whether I've been thrown out or willingly drop out. This isn't the only school here, right?"
"It's true Mr. Seid. But Student Council will not be the one to kick you out. As I already said, we are not enemies. If you want an answer, go ask the students, but they probably didn't know because Representative(s) only knew all of your questions."
"Is that so? Then I will leave now. I thought Student Council was smart enough to consider me as an innocuous person"
"You..." Mr. Crane who was irritated.
"Stop Dev, kukuku..." President laughs again, "I suppose you're wise enough to make such a hasty decision."
"Fufu, I wonder how long you can withstand this school, Mr. Seid," the Secretary said.
That woman's (Lisa) mouth gaped open in disbelief as she stared around the room with nothing to say.
"Goodbye, Mr. Seid."
"Just a sec!" That woman (Lisa) let a sudden voice.