The Snow Maiden

I was always a straight B student. Because a C made me look dumb and an A wasn't worth the effort. Scoring an A is for suckers. This pissed off the wrong people (my parents), so I was punished by being sent out here: a village in the snow country. But instead of building character, I met this village's darkest secret: the girl in the snow. She was dead and she changed my life. - UPDATES EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY!


Author's note

My latest story! I think it's the best yet :)

26. Chapter 26

When I got back to Tokyo, things got busy. Squeeze my way through the subway system, through the endless avalanche of people, surrounded by buildings on all sides, tall as mountains and not nearly as pretty. I guess humanity just doesn't compare to nature. Or maybe we lack the imagination. 

Anyways, I went home and unpacked. The next day the new school year started. I was now a second year high school student. Didn’t feel so different from being a first year. 

In the whirlwind of activity, it was easy not to think about Miyazono.  About the last words she said to me at the train station. The feelings in her eyes. The edge in her voice. 

But Yuki...

Why didn't I go see in her my last week? I tried. But something always stopped me. Every time I went out, Miyazono would tag along, ignoring my hints that I wanted to be left alone. She'd walk close to me. Watching me. Leaning against me, chattering away, pushing and pulling gently, making sure I didn't go near the forest. 

But there was one time when I did manage to sneak out undetected. I made my way to the forest. I stood at the entrance, but I didn't go in. My body wouldn't move. Like every instinct was telling me to go back. 10 million years of evolution versus my own stubbornness. Evolution won. 

On the first day of school, I found out that the classes for the second year would remain the same as the first year. Which meant that I saw the girl I've been texting before the winter holidays. Turns out while I was away, she started dating some other guy. Maybe she was never interested in me. Maybe she was fickle. Maybe the other guy was just too damn handsome. 

I didn't need to ask anyone to find out. The guy was a third-year. A senpai. He came in during lunch break on the first day and started talking to her. Their hands touched. She didn't pull back. She smiled. 

I asked someone and they told me that this senpai had his eyes on her since last year and asked her out for Christmas while I was banished to the mountains.

I was kind of disappointed, a little saddened, but I wasn't too bummed about it. If I asked her out, she would've probably been stolen away by the senpai. There's just no winning against a senpai. Especially one who is handsome and the captain of the basketball club. 

Besides, there was something else to be happy about: I was in the same class as my friends. Which was a good thing. Someone asked our homeroom teacher why the classes we kept the same, and sensei said that lifelong friendships are formed in the final years of high school and that the teachers had decided that they wanted to help deepen those friendships. He added, "When you become adults, you will realize that loyal friends are hard to come by, and you will value those friendships." 

It wasn't that I didn't understand his reasoning, but I think classes stayed the same because the teachers just couldn't be bothered to come up with new attendance lists. 

At the beginning of the second week back, our homeroom teacher announced something that happened in every manga. A transfer student. Because every manga needs a mysterious transfer student to move the plot along. 


Her name was Ayaka.


A/N: There will be no updates next week (18 June - 25 June). I'll be going on a vacation/research trip to Japan for future story arcs! Thank you so much for reading and drop a comment if you can :)

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