Chapter 3 – Escort
Mika Uehara felt like something must have been wrong with her head.
Even though the incident just now was quite scary, and she wanted someone to comfort her, but why did she…… how could she invite that fatty to her home?
Even though he seems to have changed himself, and he did indeed help her, but, he’s still a fat otaku……
Her heart was apprehensive and agitated.
But what she was worrying about, didn’t seem like it was about to happen.
After Seiji Haruta was invited inside by her, he was acting proper, it could even be said that he was calm and reserved.
She poured him some tea, then went to wash her face and change her clothes, and when she returned, he hadn’t moved, and was sipping tea quietly.
It seems like…… he’s a good person. She thought about how he saved her in the nick of time, and felt embarrassed at her earlier suspicions.
“Your face…… is swollen.” Seiji looked at her, and said, “is there a first aid kit? I can help you.”
Mika took out the first aid kit, and Seiji took a look inside, and he gently used cotton swabs and disinfectant to gently wipe her face, and apply medicine and band-aids.
Neither of them spoke during the entire process.
The silence finally helped her to feel safe.
“It’s not very serious, it should be fine after a good night’s sleep.” Seiji gently informed her as he shut the first aid kit.
The room fell silent again.
“That guy really was your classmate?” Seiji broke the silence.
Mika’s face darkened, as she nodded.
The blondie was her classmate, and also the son of some major company’s CEO who had donated a lot of money to their school, so no teacher in school was able to control him, he was a school bully through and through.
Actually, she wanted to call the police earlier as well, but thinking about that guy’s background, which she and her mother couldn’t go up against, it caused her will to weaken.
“Haruta-kun, I…… what should I do?” Mika Uehara was just an ordinary high school girl, she didn’t know how to deal with this type of situation.
Seiji didn’t have any good ideas either, after all, school bullies aren’t that easy to deal with.
“Three methods.” After thinking in silence, he finally spoke up.
“First, give him a harsh lesson he won’t ever forget, so that he’s terrified of you. Second, find someone in school that’s even stronger than him, and request protection. Third, transfer schools.”
Mika Uehara remained silent for quite a while.
“Are these the only methods?”
“From the way he seems, I don’t think he’s going to give up on you, and if something happens, it’ll be too late for you to call the police, so these are the only three methods.” Thinking back on that guy’s expression, Seiji felt like that guy was human scum.
Mika Uehara remained silent.
She didn’t realize how serious the situation had gotten, until Seiji calmly pointed it out to her, she discovered that she had been forced to the brink.
The first option, isn’t something she was able to condone. The third one, would place an undue burden on her mother. The second one was the only possible solution……
“I know that, in school, he’s very scared of the student council president…… but, I’ve never even spoken to the president before.”
“If that student council president is trustworthy, then you should desperately go to request him, tell him the difficult situation you’re in, and ask for his help.” Seiji gave her advice seriously, “lowering your head to others, is much better than having something unfortunate happen to you.”
Everyone has their own pride, and wants to live without relying on others, but in reality, that’s almost impossible, everyone will have a time when they need to ask others for help.
Mika Uehara was silent again for quite a while, before finally nodding.
“I’ll go and talk to the president tomorrow.”
So, she’s finally decided on a plan of action.
“Thank you, Haruta-kun, if it wasn’t for you, I might have……” she sincerely thanked him.
She discovered that this fatty that she thought so disgusting before, suddenly became cute in this moment.
The fat youth had a simple and honest smile, as he scratched his cheek.
“It’s no big deal, I was just passing by.”
After some more time passed, he got up and said goodbye.
After he left, he took a look at his system, and found out that Mika Uehara’s favorability rating towards him shot up by an entire 50 points! It’s almost enough to pass the level of “normal friends,” she was almost a “good friend” with him already.
As expected, saving the damsel in distress is the classical method of grinding favorability rating points.
When he returned to his room, Seiji turned on the computer out of habit.
The original Seiji spent most of his living expenses on a high-spec computer, so this computer was capable of many functions. This week, in addition to playing games on it, Seiji was also doing some research on the internet.
And the result, just as he expected, things from his previous world, such as stories, manga, anime, movies, none of them were in this world.
Since he’s been transported to another world, he should bring some of his old world’s culture with him!
At first, that’s what he thought, but he quickly found out that without a cheat-like photographic memory, there was no way for him to reproduce the classics.
Sigh, why was he only a normal fan, instead of an obsessed expert……
Since he didn’t have the ability to reproduce them, Seiji decided to give up, and enjoy the products of this world.
Currently, he was watching the single most popular 3d video in Sakura Island, the place he lived in.
In the dreamlike artistic scenery, a beautiful girl with long, straight black hair was wearing a fancy eastern-style dress, dancing vividly and singing melodiously, her every moment, every smile was able to tug at people’s heartstrings, she had a magical allure to her that could hook onto people’s souls.
Ever since finding this video, Seiji’s been watching it over and over again for several days, he feels like he’s missing something if he doesn’t watch it at least three or four times every day! He almost wants to put it on endless repeat!
When he finished watching the video, just as he was about to go cook himself some food as he was hungry, there was a knock on his door.
It was the graceful figure of a beautiful twin-tailed girl.
“My mother cooked this, it’s a bit too much, and I can’t finish it, so…… would you like some?” Mika Uehara was holding a lunchbox, and was slightly shy as she said so.
Ok, there’s still plenty of time to have a heart to heart chat with this beautiful girl.
The next day, when Seiji got up and finished his morning routine, there was a knock on the door again.
After he opened it, Mika Uehara walked in like she belonged there, with a piping hot breakfast.
After chatting for an entire evening last night, she discovered to her surprise that she actually shared some interests in common with the fatty, and she now viewed him as her good friend.
She found this all rather unbelievable, but the reality was, whenever her mother wasn’t by her side, she could only feel safe when being with this fatty.
And Seiji Haruta definitely seems like he’s truly changed his ways, it’s like he was a completely different person from that disgusting fat otaku that moved in here!
Why was it that he underwent such a huge change? She asked him out of curiousity, but he only smiled ambiguously.
“There was no special reason in particular, you’d laugh if you knew.”
This type of answer only further increased her desire to find out, but if he didn’t want to tell her, she couldn’t force him, but her interest in this fatty increased even more without her realizing it.
Eating breakfast together with him, just yesterday morning, she would have found it inconceivable, but this was something she personally requested last night.
That she would make breakfast for him, and he would escort her to school.
Seiji didn’t feel like he was strong enough to protect anyone, but he has the cheat ability to save and load, so all he has to do is save first, and if something happens, load another file.
He’s a cheat, so he doesn’t fear anybody!
After breakfast, they left together, and seeing Mika hopping and skipping in front of him, Seiji’s eyes became somewhat unfocused.
“What’s the matter?”
“Nothing…… I just suddenly remembered back to going to school like this together with my older and younger sister.”
Last night, Seiji told Mika some basic information about the original Seiji, such as why he was no longer attending high school, and why he was living alone, it wasn’t very detailed, but it was enough for Mika to understand more about him.
“Do you want to go back and visit them?”
“Yes, but not now, I’ve just started changing myself.” Seiji smiled wryly, “I want to improve even more, only then…… will I have the courage to face them.”
Seeing the fatty depressed, Mika smiled slightly.
“You can do it! You’ve already changed so much, haven’t you? As your landlord, I give you my assurance!”
“The landlord should be your mother.”
“I’m her representative!”
The fatty and the beauty laughed and chatted as they walked down the street soaked in sunshine.
In the end, blondie never appeared, and Seiji successfully brought Mika to school.
As she walked inside, last night’s fear and anxiety began to surface again, she was scared that she would suddenly see blondie’s vicious face. Unconsciously, she looked back, and saw the huge form of Seiji still standing there, smiling gently as he watched her.
“Good luck.” She felt like she could hear his encouragement.
Suddenly, she felt a lot braver.
She looked forward, lifted her head up, and walked swiftly towards the math building.
The following is up to how she talks to the student council president.
That’s what Seiji was thinking silently as he walked back to the apartment.
If the president is willing to protect her, that would be the best case scenario, but if not, Seiji couldn’t think of any ideas other than having Mika transfer schools.
Seiji was still too weak, even the son of a major company’s CEO was someone he was helpless against. Honestly, he could also beat that scumbag up real good or even kill him, but what then? When blondie takes revenge, or when the police catch him, he can load any save file he wants and start over, as if nothing ever happened.
But, he wants to see the future, not repeat the past over and over again.
Silently, Seiji checked his own stats.
Academics: 18 – A bit low, no longer elementary school level, the average ability of a middle school student.
Physical ability: 14 – Low level, no longer at the level of being out of breath after running two steps, but still pretty low.
Art: 12 – Low level, just enough to appreciate porn on the internet.
Music: 11 – Low level, can understand some popular music, barely different from an idiot.
Communication: 21 – Medium low, around the average level of a normal adult, slightly mature…… just slightly!
Charisma: 15 – Low level, just a fatty with a shabby appearance.
In this one week, his stats have increased quite a bit, and he can feel himself changing significantly. Combined with his experiments when he first reincarnated, it seems that his stats aren’t only physical, they also raise his abilities.
After checking all his available options for raising his stats, Seiji made a decision.
From today on, he’s going to work hard to level up!