I (30), Who Works for a Black Company and Died While Regretting My Gloomy Life, Started Over From High School! - chapter 31
- I (30), Who Works for a Black Company and Died While Regretting My Gloomy Life, Started Over From High School!
- chapter 31 - I think what you do on a daily basis is important.
I think what you do on a daily basis is important.
“No way… Nihama is really in first place…”
“Is he really that smart…?”
“What does he mean by ‘I won’? …That person named Nihama and Mitsurugi-kun competed for the higher ranking and Mitsurugi-kun lost…?”
“Hey, hey, …Mitsurugi looks really shocked. For someone who usually acts so high and mighty, he’s pretty pathetic.”
“Puh-Haha…! I’m sorry, I couldn’t hold back my laughter. Mitsurugi was so confident when he was counting just a moment ago but… now he has that look in his eyes as if his soul is gone…!”
Hearing my declaration of victory, the surroundings started to bustle.
Mitsurugi was probably trying to embarrass me by revealing the outcome of the competition in public, but… it came back to bite him, didn’t it?
“You..! Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-You! You must have cheated somehow! If you didn’t, I wouldn’t have lost! There’s no way I would lose…!”
Mitsurugi, who was frozen in shock at his defeat, barked out.
Whoa, whoa, there he is, trembling in rage.
Well, I can pretty much guess what he’s going through right now.
As a winner in life, he takes winning for granted, and it is the foundation of his twisted pride. Admitting that he lost to me would destroy his identity, isn’t it?
“I’m not cheating. I just put in a lot of effort.”
Although it can be said that changing one’s mindset about studying by redoing his or her life is unfair, this result is definitely due to hard work.
“Don’t be silly…! There’s no way an ordinary person can beat me with just effort! Small fry are small fry because they are stupid beings who can’t reach me no matter what they do…!”
I see. So that’s what his worldview is.
He thinks that ordinary people, whom he can beat without effort, are too weak to be his equal.
That’s why he calls them small fry.
“I don’t care about what you think, but the fact remains that I won the overall test. So … what did you say to me earlier?”
I memorized all of the crazy lines that Mitsurugi had told me earlier, because I knew they would be important.
“I’m sure you told me that the loser of this test will never be allowed to approach Haruka again, and that no matter what my intentions were, once you’ve decided, that’s the rule.”
Not wanting people to hear Shijoin-san’s name, I told him in a whisper, and Mitsurugi seemed to remember everything he said.
“That’s right. My decision not to accept the match was never taken into account, and according to the rules you have decided, the loser must never approach Shijoin-san again.”
“You…! How dare you… calling me a loser…!
“Loser? Look at the people around you.”
When I said this, Mitsurugi’s mind seemed to recognize his surroundings for the first time.
The stares directed at him from the students present here were devoid of sympathy.
It was either a look of disgust, a mocking look, or a wry smile that was directed at the prince who had lost after all the mocking, boisterous talk, and taunting me.
There’s no one who wants to take his side.
“Nothing can overrule your decision, right? Then no matter how much you regret it, you’d better follow the rules, Mitsurugi.”
“What the…! You’re a small fry… just a small fry, you…!”
“Well, you can call me whatever you want, but …. you lost to that small fry, so I guess you’re a small fry too? Or maybe you’re below a small fry like me?
Mitsurugi gritted his teeth while shaking with humiliation and gave me a look as if I killed his parents, but I had no intention of dealing with him any longer.
I turned my heel and walked back to the classroom with Ginji as if the conversation was over.
“Oh, welcome back, Nihama! Congratulations on taking first place! You’re really awesome!”
“It was great when you placed tenth last time, but first place is amazing! What kind of studying did you do?”
“Do you have any tricks? Honestly, I’m dying to know!”
“Eh, wait, … what?”
As soon as I entered the classroom, a lot of my classmates, including Akasaki, the boy with the pointy head, shouted their congratulations, and I was quite taken aback.
How does information travel so fast?
“Oh, you probably didn’t notice, but your competition with Mitsurugi made a lot of commotion, so a lot of our classmates came and watched from afar. From the time when Mitsurugi started tracing the grade chart with his finger, until he lost and was embarrassed in front of many people.”
“I didn’t notice… at all.”
I rubbed my cheeks as Ginji explained.
Well, if you make that much ruckus, the nearby classes are going to come out to see what’s going on…
“So… Fumihasi-san, why are you worshipping me with your eyes closed?”
“Dazzling…! Now Nihama-kun is too bright for me…! If I open my eyes, I’ll be blinded by the light of the number one student in our grade, but I’m worshipping you because I want to be blessed!”
Don’t worship me with your hands in the air!
What am I, a giant Buddha?
“Thank you, Nihama! You’ve done well!”
It was Tsukamoto from the baseball team who suddenly came leaning forward.
I don’t know why, but he’s really heated up.
“I wanted to kill him right there, but my girlfriend stopped me because she said it would be a problem for the baseball team, and I was in agony the whole time! Thank you so much for giving him a good beating!”
“Well, that was another… disaster.”
He never did anything good…
“My friend from a different class got yelled at for just bumping into his shoulder in the hallway, he said, ‘Don’t touch me small fry!’ It was nice to see him getting some payback!”
“He’s a real piece of shit! When I was walking to buy a canned coffee, he took it from me saying, ‘I was thirsty,’ and walked off proudly while I was dumbfounded!”
It seems that the prince had been causing trouble everywhere, not just with me, and everyone was aware of me getting into trouble with Mitsurugi.
But even with all the trouble he caused, no one has dared to confront him. I guess that has something to do with the school caste system and the fact that his family is very influential in the area.
“Congratulations on getting first place, Nihama. I’ll call you the new millionaire Nihama-sama from now on.”
“Are you bullying me?”
I just don’t know where to laugh at Kazamihara’s jokes!
“However, I didn’t know that you were involved with that Hayato Mitsurugi guy. When I heard the commotion and came out of the classroom, I saw the prince counting the rankings with a smug look on his face and his expression suddenly became hollow, and I started laughing so hard.”
“…Similarly, a lot of girls seem to be happy that he self-destructed. I thought he was very popular with girls?”
I thought some girls might resent me because I defeated the handsome prince…
“It’s true that there are 10 to 20 girls in the school year who believe in his handsomeness and unpredictability, so there’s no doubt that he’s popular with girls.”
“Although many of those girls prefer to watch him from afar,” Kazamihara added.
“At least not for me. Boys who call people ‘hey, you small fry’ by default are a bit…”
“I know, right?”
Many of the other girls nodded their heads in agreement with Kazamihara’s words.
“He talks to girls all the time like they’re small fry or ugly…”
“…I feel sick after talking to him for three seconds.”
“There’s a limit to how arrogant a guy can be.”
They said to each other.
I guess you can say it’s obvious, but the way we act on a daily basis is very important.
“Oh, and Kazamihara-san. Do you know where Shijoin-san is? I can’t see her.”
“Yeah, for Nihama, that’s far more important than being number one in the grade or winning against the prince.”
I asked her in a whisper, and the bespectacled girl gave me a nasty smile.
It’s hard to do with someone who knows how I feel…
“It seems she went to buy a drink at the vending machine in front of the cafeteria, but I think she’ll be back soon. If you go that way, I’m sure you can meet her on her way back.”
“Well, then I’ll be going”
“Yeah, make sure to share the results of your private study session, okay?”
My face reddened when I saw Kazamihara, who knew about my love affairs, grin. I declined and left the classroom.
Yes, neither Mitsurugi nor the first place is that important to me.
The only thing that occupies my heart right now is knowing the result of the girl I love.
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