Part 53: Episode 48: The Excitable Okosan
Before I knew it, the Tanabata festival had arrived. Every year I go down and make a wish, and usually I have something in mind, but this year I couldnt think of a good wish. I saw a wish from Okosan, and chuckled a little at the effort. I thought about how Id started on the track team and thought about how much stronger I felt, and before I knew it, I blurted out a wish.
I wish to crush all opposition that rises before me and rule the world with an iron fist!
Once I was done, Mr. Nanaki showed up to put in his wish, and asked if I wanted him to accompany me for the trip home. I politely declined, however, since I still had errands to run.
The next gym class took place at the pool, and Ryouta had some trouble with keeping himself afloat. It was still a fun class though.
I didnt even have to move after gym class, since we had another class in the pool right after.
Okosan doesnt really show it while hes running, but when hes in the pool I can see that his build is really something
Coo, coo? (Goon is a human! Can you still swim?)
Cooo! (Okosan challenges you to a race, then! Okosan has never swum against a hominid!)
So youre fast in the water, as well as on land?
All right, then! Lets go!
Get set Go!
As soon as the teacher in charge called Go, though
Okosan is running across the top of the water with incredible speed before the signal has stopped ringing in my ears.
Th-thats not swimming!
Coo, coo! Coo! (Okosan is victorious! You are slow, Goon!)
And so I learned that I would need to redefine my very concept of swimming before hoping to defeat Okosan.
The music stops.
Semester finals came shortly after, and I didnt seem to improve between the midterms and now. Its been tough trying to balance my track requirements and my classes, but Im getting better, little by little, I swear!
Sometimes it seemed long and sometimes it seemed short, but either way, its summer now!
I should help clean out the clubroom and check the summer schedule before I go home.
To the track club!
Okosan looks excited.
Not angry for once, but still, this is
Aaaah! What are you doing!? The floor is covered in beans!
Munsh munsh! (Theyre goooood!)
It looks like hes been stockpiling his nutritional balance supplements and is eating them all at once. He certainly seems happy about it
It cant possibly be healthy to eat that many nutrition supplements at once, can it? Either way, he needs to slow down a bit.
Okosan, stop it!
Cooo! (These are Okosans beans! You cannot interfere!)
Be quiet! Where is your pride as captain of the track team!?
And so began a food fight that spanned several hours, the floor awash in blood and beans.
Coo! (Youve got guts! Okosan will step down in light of your determination.)
Youre *pant* not bad yourself *pant* Okosan
I think I just got rival-zoned.
The music stops.
I knew I couldnt let myself relax too much during the break so I decided I would start jogging more. On my first day out I met this girl named Azami and I got to ride around on her scooter.
I thought about getting a job during the break, but with the regiment I had set up for running, I just didnt have time for a job.
The summer festival came quickly, and I thought about who I could go with.
I decided that Okosan would probably be the best choice. I guess itd work as a way of saying thank you for all the effort hes put in with me on the track team.
I called him up, and we agreed to meet in the park.
Yup! Todays the summer festival. Lets go together!
Theres lots of good food! More than we could ever try!
Coo! (Perhaps even pudding!)
Well probably not. Ive never seen a stand selling pudding
Oh! Look, look! The fireworks are starting!
Arent they pretty, Okosan?
Nooo! Hes lost himself to the shining lights and returned to his feral ancestry!
Calm down! Okosan, calm doooown!
After Okosan started to relax, we had a good time walking around the festival. I definitely have to be more careful about overstimulating him, though. We dont need another freakout.
The music stops.
Thank goodness I had kept up with my track training during the summer, because I was late to school for the first day. I made it there just in time for second period.
Or so I thought. When I got there, Mr. Nanaki told me that I was a day early. He asked if I wanted to help him grade some exams since I was already there, but my adrenaline was pumping and I thought itd do me good to keep up my pace and run a little longer.