Chapter 2: Misadventures of Youth
Part 4: Picture Day
It’s Picture Day for the school yearbook, but a beardless Gaijin is pacing the hallway for another reason entirely. A school dance is coming up fast, and our hero wants to ask a certain pretty goombette if she’ll go with him...
Hikari is standing nearby as they wait to be called in for their “World Culture Club” picture, trying to ease his friend’s worries.
Hikari: “You’re going to wear a hole in the floor that way.”
Gaijin: “I can’t help it! What do I even say to her? What if she says no!”
Hikari: “You’ll never find out unless you ask her. What’s the worst that could happen?”
Gaijin freezes, clearly in panic as he pictures the whole planet blowing up. Hikari just laughs when Gaijin tells him this.
Hikari, calming down: “It won’t be that bad. You’ll do fine.”
Gaijin: “Riiiiight... And I guess next you’ll say she likes my beard.”
Hikari: “Look, here she comes now.”
Akiterra comes over to them, on her way to class.
Aki: “Hi, Gaijin. Hi, Hikari. What’s up?”
Gaijin is only able to stutter and ramble, until Hikari shoves him aside and ends the poor guy’s misery.
Hikari: “What my socially awkward friend here is trying to ask, is if you’d do him the honor of accompanying him to next week’s dance.”
Aki, blushing: “Oh! Um... sure! I’d be happy to!”
Gaijin lets out the breath he’d been holding, blushing as well and reminding himself to thank Hikari later.
Gaijin: “Gr- Great! So, I’ll pick you up? Say, around 7-ish?””
Aki: “Alright, I’ll see you then.”
Aki turns to leave, then stops, looking closely at Gaijin again.
Aki: “Something’s different about you today. Did you shave your beard?”
Gaijin, trying to act cool about it: “Yeah, I thought I’d try something new for a while.”
Aki, giggling at how silly Gaijin is being: “That’s too bad, I thought it was cute. Well, see you later guys!”
Aki heads off to class, while Hikari snickers at Gaijin. Gaijin gives his friend an “I don’t want to hear a single word out of you” glare. Then they’re called in for their picture (the one Night2Dreams drew of them together nights2dreams.deviantart.com/a… ).