Chapter 2 – The Wrecking Crew in the Classroom
As everyone turned back to look at him, Toori was pointing at Oriotorai with two fingers.
“That’s dirty, Miss! You’re just egging Bell-san on and asking her to do the next one because you’re an idiot! Adults are seriously stained!! But I’ll point it out! I promise this!”
“…Hey Toori, saying that you’ll confess in the morning and now this…are you really in such a hurry to die?”
“Huh!? There’s no way that I’d want to die, Miss! Or could it be that you’re going to kill me if I confess!? What kind of jealousy is this!? Do you love me that much!? That much!?”
“Ahahaha. This is starting to get seriously old, I’m just going to go past whether or not I love or hate you and say that I wanna kill you.”
“I-Is that something a teacher should say to a student, Miss!? Wow, you’re so cool!!”
Toori clapped once. Looking around at everyone, he spoke more politely.
“Well then everyone, we will be gathering tonight to celebrate the night of my confession’s eve! The celebration will be held—”
Not even turning back to look at Toori, Shirojiro said this.
“Don’t even try to go to a place that will cost money. If you choose a place that won’t be covered by our budget, I’ll hang you from the stern.”
“Well, looks like it’s gonna be held here! Maybe we’ll do dares like we did last year!? It’s kinda outta season, I guess.”
“…Um, Toori-kun, this might not be the best time.”
Frowning, Asama had raised her hand. She summoned Hanami and opened up Torii signframes around her. Each of the signframes were filled with statistics.
“The rate of incidence of Phenomena is increasing, as compared to the previous year. If we do dares, they might seriously happen.”
“Then let’s have an exorcism!”
Toori spoke to Asama, as she tilted her head in puzzlement.
“There’s a lot of us that have those kinds of skills, right? So…let’s exorcise the school grounds tonight so those kinds of things won’t happen! If there’s something that’s evil, we can exorcise it. You’re fine with it if we go to school to do that, right Miss? It’ll be like one of the student council’s activities!”
“Mmm…I was actually thinking that it was about time to be doing that.”
“Is that so?”
Having been asked this by Asama, whose twin-coloured eyes were opened wide, Oriotorai shrugged and nodded.
“I mean, the Seven Mysteries are a part of every Academy, aren’t they? Judging from the rate of Phenomena now, the teachers are worrying that such things might even happen here.”
“Then if you leave it to us…”
“It’d take money if you asked someone else to do it, right? It’s not like Phenomena are actually occurring. But well, we were thinking that we should probably investigate beforehand. So I volunteered for the night watch just in case.”
“Then it’s decided. We’ll do it! It’ll be a ‘ghost hunt’!”
“Yeah. I’ll allow it, so make sure you patrol around at night and replace the charms on the nameplates of all the classrooms in my stead. If there’s a shrine at the classroom, please worship it. I’ll take care of the sacred sake that I bought with my own money to cleanse the school.”
“Y-You’re the worst teacher ever!!”
“Well, I bought it for a good purpose, you know? Ghosts do exist after all, and there’re some in the school that act as guardian spirits. The fact that there’re shrines and charms above the entrances to every room is proof that they exist. Even if you can’t see them, they’re here. To respect these ‘Nobodies’ and accompany them are the rules. Even if they come out, unless they’re evil spirits, just act like everything’s normal. Is that fine?”
She folded her arms again and spoke further. She gestured towards Toori with her chin.
“Well then Toori, it’s time for your punishment.”