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The Awkward Girl and the Gentleman

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A high-pitched scream bounced off the walls inside the girls' dormitory at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, and it could be heard all around campus.

The scream escaped from the lips of Tsugumi Harudori; a freshman in the academy's NOT, or Normally Overcome Target, class. Her roommates, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, also freshmen in her class, were confused at the girl's shriek as she entered their dorm.

"What happened, Tsugumi-chan?" Meme asked, concerned.

"Did something happen when you were with Akane-kun?" Anya pondered, referring to a friend of the trio that Tsugumi hung out with that afternoon, Akane Hoshi.

"Y-Yes, actually..." Tsugumi stuttered, staring down at the ground as her cheeks turned a light pink color.

"Well?" Anya said, resting her hand on her hip. "Are you going to tell us?"

"Well..." Tsugumi reached up and played with the ends of her black hair which was pulled into two pigtails. "H-He...asked me..."

"What did he ask?" Meme sat down on her bed and pulled her reddish-brown hair out of the ribbon that held it up in a side ponytail.

Tsugumi drew in a deep breath. "H-He asked me if I wanted to go on a date with him!" she rushed, her face turning beet red.

"Oh, Tsugumi-chan, that's wonderful!" Meme clapped her hands together.

"A date?" Anya repeated, cocking her head to the side.

"Have you ever been on a date, Anya-san?" Tsugumi asked.

"I've been set up with some nice gentlemen..."

"I can't remember if I've been on one or not..." Meme rubbed the side of her head. She had a hard time remembering things.

"What do you do on a date?" the black haired girl wondered aloud.

"Maybe we should ask someone," Meme suggested.

"Like Eternal Feather-senpai, or maybe Kim-san," Anya said, flipping her golden locks over her shoulder, imagining the two upperclassmen. "They've probably been on dates before."

With a determined look on her face, Tsugumi clenched her fists and held them in the air. "Let's go ask!"

"Yeah!" Meme and Anya called out in unison, throwing their own fists up.




Exiting their dorm room, the trio marched down the hallway and into the down a flight of stairs. At the bottom, they rounded a corner and entered the dormitory’s cafeteria, scanning the people inside as they walked.

"I don't see Jim-senpai or Eternal Feather-senpai anywhere," Meme said, her face falling slightly.

" Kim -senpai," Anya corrected tiredly, as she did this all the time.

"Wait, I see her!" Tsugumi exclaimed, and pointed at a pink-haired rebel, Kim Diehl, that stood across the room. She was speaking to Ox Ford; a strange bald boy who had two horn-like pieces of hair sticking almost straight up, and he wore goggle-looking glasses. He seemed very happy to be talking to Kim.

After Ox said something, Kim's face flushed a color similar to her hair. She turned away from him, punching his chest lightly as she did so.

He grinned and walked away.

"Kim-senpai!" Tsugumi called as the three made their way across the room.

Kim looked up for a second, and then quickly looked away in an attempt to hide the blush on her face. "What do you want?" she muttered.

"Have you ever been on a date before?" Anya asked, which made Kim's cheeks go even pinker.

"Hell yeah, I've been on dates!" Kim declared somewhat nervously. "Why? Did someone ask one of you out?"

Meme and Anya silently pointed at Tsugumi, who blushed instantly and brought her hands to her face.

"Who was it?" Kim smiled evilly, leaning closer to the black haired girl. "Someone in the NOT class?"




"Who?" Kim asked again, this time more demanding, her eyes giving a death stare.

"A-Akane-kun!" Tsugumi squeaked.

"You mean that sword meister?" Kim asked, her evil smile growing wider. "Ah, that's right, you have been hanging out with him a lot lately, haven't you?"

"Y-Yes," Tsugumi mumbled, twiddling her index fingers.

"Do you like him?"

"O-Of course I like him!" she stammered. "He's very kind and polite and—"

"No, no, no!" Kim slapped her hand to her forehead. "I mean, do you  like like  him? Do you think he's attractive?"

"I—Uh...maybe...?" Tsugumi stuttered.

"Does he like you?"

"He asked her on a date, didn't he?" Anya interrupted. "Wouldn't that mean he does?"

"I guess." Kim shrugged. "So are you two an item now?"


"Boyfriend and girlfriend?" Kim said, annoyed. "Jeez, you are really new to this."

"N-No, I don't think so..." Tsugumi explained, looking slightly disappointed. "He just asked if I wanted to go on a date with him someday, so I said yes... And then he had to leave..."

"Do you want to be his girlfriend?"

"I-I don't know...I've never been in a relationship before!" Tsugumi smiled nervously.

"Not even back in Japan?" Meme asked, somewhat surprised.

Tsugumi shook her head.

Kim sighed. "So why did you come to  me  about this?"

"Well, I was wondering...what do you do on a date?" Tsugumi asked, laughing nervously.

"It depends on where you go," Kim said, sitting down at one of the tables. "I mean, if you go to the movies, watch a movie. If you go to the park, walk around and hold hands. Do whatever."

"What was your best date, Jim-senpai?" Meme smiled.

Kim shot her a glare. "It's  Kim ," she growled. "And I don't know, I went out with a cool guy from the EAT class once," she said, referring to the Especially Advantaged Talent class of the DWMA. "He took me out to dinner and then we went to a carnival. It was really...nice."

"Have you ever been on a date with Ox-senpai?" Anya asked, the corners of her mouth curving upwards ever so slightly.

"What?!" Kim tried to hide the blush that crept onto her face. "No! Why would I go out with a dork like him?! And you better pay me for the advice!"

Meme, Anya, and Tsugumi giggled.

"Thank you, Kim-senpai," Tsugumi said and bowed respectively. "It was nice talking to you!"

"Whatever," Kim muttered and looked away.

The trio left the cafeteria the same way they had entered and walked back to their dorm.

Tsugumi jumped onto her bed. "I'm really tired!" she said into her pillow.

"Me too," Meme said, picking up her pajamas from on top of her sheets.

"I'm going to go wash up in the restroom," Anya said, and she exited the room again.

Meme changed into her pajamas and climbed into her bed. "Goodnight, Tsugumi-chan."

"Goodnight, Meme-chan," the Japanese girl replied, and buried herself in her blankets after changing into her own PJs.

I wonder if Akane-kun wants us to become boyfriend and girlfriend,  she thought to herself.  But why would he like a plain flat-chested girl like me?

Soon enough, Anya came back into the room, and Tsugumi drifted off to sleep, Akane still on her mind.