Classroom of the Elite Volume 10 Epilogue Part 8
Afterward, I found out that I had received an email on my phone.
I didn’t know how she found out about my email address, but I figured I might as well go and meet up with her.
I had thought that she would come and see the results on the bulletin board, but…
As per Sakayanagi’s message, I headed toward the special building where she said she’d be waiting.
Even though it was almost past the time she had requested for us to meet, I figured that if I left now, we’d still be able to run into each other.
Once I got to the special building, I immediately went to the place where we had talked last time.
“So you finally came.”
“Seeing that you have my email address, you must have gotten your hands on my phone number as well.”
“I didn’t call because I didn’t think it would be much of an issue if I didn’t get to see you today.”
“What do you want?”
“For the time being, there’s something I’d like to explain to you.”
As she spoke, she leaned forward a little bit on her cane, shortening the distance between us.
“Since I had done something a little bit disorderly, I thought you might be somewhat uneasy, but it seems my worries were uncalled for.”
Of course, Sakayanagi was referring to how she had manipulated Yamauchi into concentrating all the censure votes on me.
“When you talked to me about delaying our match, I was already ninety-percent certain you were telling the truth. I just didn’t trust you completely, so I took some measures of my own, just in case.”
“I know. Though, you agree that I didn’t break our agreement, right?”
“You didn’t do anything that put me at a disadvantage. You didn’t lie.”
While I had been forced to endure at least some degree of mental stress, if we only consider the outcome, I had ended up with an overwhelming number of praise votes.
No matter how I looked at it, there was no reason for me to hold anything against Sakayanagi.
“Thank you very much.”
Sakayanagi bowed her head slightly to show her gratitude.
“Incidentally… Totsuka-kun should’ve ended up with a total of thirty-eight censure votes, but ultimately only got thirty-six. You voted for him, didn’t you?”
“I wasn’t certain of anything, but when you said you wanted to have Katsuragi expelled, it felt like it was just a bluff.”
In which case, I felt like the chances were higher that she was targeting Yahiko, Katsuragi’s supporter, instead.
Even though my vote hadn’t changed anything, I had ended up casting it for him anyway.
“How wonderful. As I thought, you’re definitely the real deal. The perfect opponent.”
“So? Was all of this just your attempt to mess with me?”
“Well… I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t, but there is a reason why I said that I wanted to postpone our match. I mentioned something similar not too long ago, but this provisional exam is undoubtedly something that a certain someone prepared in order to have you expelled from the school. In fact, this someone has already happened to send me a message requesting me to help get you expelled.”
“Yes. It was probably from the same person who had gotten my father temporarily kicked out of office. Originally, they had set up the provisional exam with slightly different rules. The votes that classes would use on each other were going to be censure votes, not praise votes, so there’s no mistaking what their goal was. That would’ve been quite the unreasonable exam, don’t you agree?”
“If that had happened, it wouldn’t matter who the student is, if you were colluded against by the other classes, you’d be forced out of school.”
It would’ve been an unreasonable exam where even Sakayanagi and Ichinose would be at risk if the other classes were out to get them.
“Exactly. It seems the current school staff were vehemently opposed to it and managed to change that part of it. Besides, I would never cooperate with that person anyway. That wouldn’t be any fun at all. That’s why, in order to ensure your safety, I decided to use all of Class A’s praise votes on you. That way, even if someone had been up to something behind the scenes, it would’ve been impossible for you to be expelled.”
“Then, why did you pick Yamauchi? Was it just random chance?”
“Do you not remember? He bumped into me and knocked me over during the Mixed Training Camp. Furthermore, he was quite rude about it.”
Something like that did happen back then.
“It was revenge for that.”
She had targeted him just because of something simple like that?
For Sakayanagi, that alone might’ve been more than enough of a reason.
“However, all I did was light the fire. In the end, he was burned because he was a burden to his class.”
Even if Sakayanagi hadn’t interfered with the exam, the end result would’ve probably been about the same.
“Those were the main reasons I had asked to postpone our match. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind seeing my father return to his position so the school can return to normal, but…”
Suddenly, within the empty special building, someone new had arrived.
A lone man dressed in a suit appeared before us.
“This is my first time at this school. Do either of you know where the staff room is?”
“If you’re looking for the staff room, then you’ve come to the wrong place. That said, please excuse my lack of manners, but may I know who’s asking?”
“My name is Tsukishiro. I’ll be working as the acting director of the school for the time being.”
He waved his hand politely and gave the two of us a seemingly gentle smile.
He was probably in his forties, somewhere around Sakayanagi’s father’s age.
“Fufu, is that so? It seems that Mr. Acting Director has quite the poor sense of direction, seeing as how you just so happened to wander your way here. Or, perhaps… you had decided to pay us a visit after seeing the two of us meet on the security camera last time? This is the same place Ayanokōji-kun and I had used to meet secretly at the beginning of the exam. It wouldn’t be very hard for you to come here if you had always been keeping an eye on it.”
As she spoke, I recalled the unnatural look Sakayanagi had given the camera last time we were here.
If someone had really been watching us last time, it would’ve been easy to lure them out next time we came here.
Not only had Sakayanagi thought of this plan ahead of time, but the person in question seemed to have fallen for it.
The acting director simply smiled and ignored what she had been implying.
“You say very interesting things. Though, I suppose I’ve heard that this is quite the amusing school. I wonder if all the students here are like you? Either way, please, pardon me.”
The man proceeded to walk forward, as if he was attempting to walk between the two of us.
“Since you’re looking for the staff room, I suggest you go back the way you came. You’re in the wrong building.”
With the same smile as always, Tsukishiro kicked Sakayangi’s cane out from under her as she attempted to give him directions.
Naturally, there was no way for her to react to something so unexpected, so she began to fall over.
With an exclamation of surprise, I quickly reached out and grabbed ahold of her to stop her from falling, only to be immediately met with a strike from his elbow aimed at my body.
Unable to take evasive measures while holding onto Sakayanagi, I was forced to take the blow. I resisted the impact to the best of my ability and let Sakayanagi down to the floor. He came at me again in quick succession, seizing me by the neck and pinning me against the wall with bewildering, superhuman strength.
“You’re not as good as rumors say, Ayanokōji Kiyotaka-kun.”
He was pressing against my throat so hard that I couldn’t make a sound.
It was hard to imagine his strength based on his outward appearance. It felt like it would be difficult to break free of his hold.
“…You’ve gone and done something quite reprehensible, Mr. Acting Director.”
“I know you were sent instructions to have him expelled, Sakayanagi.”
“So that message was from one of your associates then? Since school officials aren’t able to explicitly force an expulsion, it’s understandable that you would come to rely on someone like me.”
Sakayanagi smiled as she slowly got up from the floor.
“Thank you for helping me, Ayanokōji-kun.”
It would’ve been impossible for Sakayanagi to avoid that given her physical handicap.
There was even a chance that it wouldn’t have ended with just a fall.
“Do you believe your violent behavior against students will go unnoticed, Mr. Acting Director?”
“There’s no need for me to worry about it. The surveillance cameras in this area have been doctored to show dummy footage.”
In other words, no matter what happened, there wouldn’t be any recording of it.
“Now then, Ayanokōji, I have a message from your father. He has no interest in playing this childish game anymore and wants you to come home immediately. How about you blink twice if you understand?”
I was unable to speak a single word, and furthermore, wasn’t even given an option to refuse.
This was really something ‘that man’ would do.
“So you have no intention of making this easy for yourself?”
In response to my complete, unresponsive silence, the acting director began to mumble as he got bored.
“Why don’t you show a little bit of resistance? Show me something a normal kid couldn’t.”
His hold on my throat became even stronger.
He was a thoroughly trained, skilled opponent that an ordinary student wouldn’t be able to deal with.
“There’s more to you than just observation skills, right? Why don’t you show me what else you’re capable of?”
He provoked me once again, but I still didn’t show a single shred of resistance.
In the end, Tsukishiro realized that I had no intention of fighting back and loosened his grip.
“I officially take office at this school in April. Please do look forward to it.”
With that, the man walked out of the special building.
“That was a wise choice, Ayanokōji-kun.”
Sakayanagi praised me for putting up with his actions and restraining myself from fighting back.
“He’s the acting director. Had I chosen to retaliate, I don’t know how he would’ve used it against me.”
He said that the surveillance cameras had been doctored to show dummy footage, but there was no guarantee he hadn’t recorded everything anyway. It would’ve been checkmate for me if I fought back and only his violent behavior was edited out from the video.
“Are you hurt?”
“Don’t worry. I’m used to stuff like this. More importantly, Sakayanagi…”
“Yes? What is it?”
“Let’s officially have our match in the next exam.”
As I spoke, Sakayanagi’s eyes seemed to widen in surprise.
“I never expected that you would say that sort of thing to me face-to-face.”
“If that man is going to be involved starting in April, I don’t think I can afford to compete with you for very long. I’ll make it obvious to you where things stand and leave it with that.”
“That’s fine with me. I won’t need a second or third time. I will gladly accept the privilege of being your opponent.”
The final exam of the first year would begin soon, and that would mark the end of the confrontation Sakayanagi was hoping for.
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