Chapter 14 : Friendly War
In their hearts, they knew that they would not let Shiroyan’s team score another point. All of the teams had successfully scored 2 points, and the team that would score the next would be crowned the winner of the event.
“Fran! Watch out! Your left!” Kurosuke said as Celestine hurled arrows at Fran to make her lose her balance.
“I got it!” Fran dived under the water to avoid the arrows.
“There’s more to where that came from!” Celestine continued her surge of arrows, firing each arrow with greater intensity.
Meanwhile on Hyusune’s end, Jäger was giving them a hard time making holes in the water surface.
“How’s that, huh? You’re all gonna get sucked in!” Jäger chuckled as he made more small whirlpools.
We’re really in a pinch, thought Hyusune. I need to think of something, fast!
Just then, Leandra jumped out of the water and flew into the air.
Makoto caught the ball from Jellal and made a swift diversion of the pass to Leandra. Leandra caught the ball, and Cintare moved over to where Leandra was to give boosts to her feet.
Leandra flew and slammed the ball in successfully.
The siren sounded and the game was over.
“The winner of the games is…TYHIA CENTRAL BRANCH!” Sir Ryuuto announced.
“Ah man! We were so close!” Shiroyan whined.
“It was a close fight, but we’ve played it well.” Fran smiled as she clapped for Hyusune’s team.
“You guys deserve the win!” Jäger admitted, a small tear rolling down his cheek as he grinned and applauded Hyusune’s team.
The ground immediately returned to normal, and the water was drained away.
Even though everyone was soaking wet, Hyusune’s team gathered around the middle.
“Everyone, join me for a victory cheer!” Leandra raised her arm.
“T-Y-H-I-A, Good job! Good job! T-Y-H-I-A, Good job! Good job! Gooooooooooooooooo—TYHIA!”
Even thought the other two teams lost, Mr Miname decided to let them off because of the fact that everyone had taken great pains to make it this far.
Unaware to them, the water they were swimming in contained a light dosage of poison to their skin which caused them great discomfort in the nights that followed. Luckily for the Central branch’s team, as a reward for emerging victorious, they could live in the mansion for 5 nights to recuperate.
On the first night, before the pain kicked in, it was their prom night. The Central branch team’s girls were hogging the toilets in the mansion to do their makeup and getting themselves ready for the prom night.
Hyusune, Makoto and Jellal were sitting in the main room.
“Haizz…We shall wait until they come out then…” Makoto shrugged.
Just then, Jellal got out of his seat and walked towards Hyusune. He grabbed her hand suddenly and walked her to her room.
“Eh…? What are you doing?” Hyusune said as he closed the door behind him. The air conditioner was on and it was freezing cold. Makoto, Hyusune and Jellal were still wearing their clothes that they had used earlier for the water match, and Hyusune was drenched.
Hyusune’s body began to shiver incessantly. “C-c-cold…” She whispered.
Immediately, Jellal put his shirt over her and hugged her tightly against his lean body. His warmth against her cold body felt so warm.
Hyusune’s eyes widened and her face turned red.
“T-thank you, Jellal.”
Jellal had noticed her shivering the whole time and decided to warm her up somewhere where no one would see them. Hyusune understood, and she didn’t want to speak any further.
To Jellal’s surprise, Hyusune hugged him back. As she tapped his shoulder, she said a few words.
“You know…now that all of this is pretty much over…I haven’t really gotten a chance…to…”
“Hmm?” He replied gently.
“Play the role of…your sister…in…your life.” Hyusune ended her sentence.
The word sister struck Jellal hard.
Water droplets glistened on Jellal’s fringe as he looked up at her.
His heaved a sigh.
“It took me a while to figure out…” Jellal’s voice faltered and he put his hand on her shoulder.
“My kind of feelings towards you aren’t the kind I felt for my sister…It’s different…”
“W…what do you mean?” Hyusune looked into his azure eyes and realized he was being really serious about what he was going to say.
“This is what I mean…” He whispered into her ear as he kissed her cheek gently.
Hyusune’s face instantly turned red and she got up.
“Y-y-you! What did you j-just do?” Hyusune said as she walked to and fro around the room in her wet clothes.
Jellal got up and ruffled her hair.
“You’re so cute when you get tense.” He teased.
“Y-you dummie!” Hyusune opened the closet and went to pick out a dress.
Jellal stepped towards her and peered into her cupboard.
He pointed to a white dress with a satin ribbon that wrapped around the waist area.
“That would look good on you.”
“You think so too?” Hyusune said as she admired the dress. “I personally think this one is really pretty too.”
“Heh…Then shall I help you get dressed?” Jellal said jokingly.
“No way in hell!” Hyusune pushed him out of the room and locked the door.
She slumped onto the ground.
What was he thinking when he said that? She wondered, as she rested her head against the door.
Jellal went back to sit with Makoto.
Makoto inched closed to him and nudged his shoulder.
“So you finally confessed?” Makoto winked.
“How did it go?”
“Don’t ask me……Ask her.” Jellal sighed and walked to the washroom to take his shower.
“Geez…what’s wrong with you?” Makoto shrugged.
Just then, Leandra, Cintare, Rima and Celestine came out wearing their dresses for the prom. Reina was still inside fixing her hair with argan oil.
Hyusune got out of the room, carrying the dress in a bag to keep it clean.
She brought some makeup along with her and filled the bathtub with warm, soapy water and flower petals. She stripped and slipped into the tub.
“That guy…really is an idiot.” Hyusune muttered under her breath as she soaked inside.