Classroom of the Elite Volume 9 Chapter 5 Part 2
“Tomorrow on the 15th, all of you will be expected to complete a comprehensive provisional test. However, just like with the test earlier this year, it won’t have any effect on your grades. The goal is to thoroughly test your current strengths. Furthermore, it will help you prepare of the final exams coming at the end of the year. While the tests won’t contain identical questions, the provisional exam will have similar questions to those found on the final exams. Do not be negligent with your studies simply because you’ve been promoted to Class C.”
Chabashira’s appreciated explanation finished, marking the end of today’s lessons.
As the girl in the seat beside me began her preparations for returning home for the day, I opted to ask her a simple question.
“How’s it going with Kushida?”
“What are you getting at?”
“I’m asking if you’ve been successful with her lately.”
“I wonder. I’m hard at work planning out how to improve my relationship with her. Are you looking to cooperate?”
“I was just asking.”
“Kushida-san has been changing, little by little.”
“In what way has she been changing?”
“Today, after we wrap things up here, I’ll be having tea together with her at Keyaki Mall. The Kushida from before would’ve turned down such an offer without hesitation.”
As it turned out, these unexpected developments seemed to be nothing more than superficial.
“In other words, you’re expecting to see results?”
“If we communicate, we might be able to come to a mutual understanding.”
“Glad to hear it. See you.”
After giving a brief reply to Horikita, I got up from my seat.
“…What was that?”
In response to my ridicule, Horikita looked at me with a slight trace of contempt in her eyes before looking away.
Shortly thereafter, Horikita stood up as well.
“Ah, Suzune. Uh… When’s a good time for you to help me with my studies?”
“That’s quite proactive of you, Sudō-kun.”
“That’s… well, I don’t wanna drop out, ya know?”
Despite what he said, he gave off a somewhat nervous appearance.
His true aim was, of course, to receive valentine’s chocolates from Horikita.
“Any time works for me. Even today.”
“Your club activities still haven’t gone on break yet, have they? We’ll have time for studying after the provisional exams.”
With that, Sudō’s dreams were shattered.
I left the classroom.
The Ayanokōji Group was making plans to meet up, but I decided to refuse this time.
There were other matters that required my attention at the moment.
I heard my name reservedly being called from the hallway behind me.
“What’s wrong, Airi?”
“Are you really not joining up with the group today?”
“That was the plan.”
“I-it’s fine if you’re late, so could you still try joining up with everyone?”
“I suppose… Maybe sometime after 6?”
“Sure! I think everyone should still be together then!”
“Alright. I’ll get in contact with you then, okay?”
With that, Airi’s firm expression changed into a beaming smile. I parted ways with her and started moving towards my destination. Class B’s classroom was strangely quiet by the time I arrived there.
Because there were only a few Class B students who I could reliably talk to, speaking with Kanzaki would’ve been my first choice. Sumida and Moriyama, who I had been lodging together with at training camp, would’ve also been fine.
However, as I looked around the classroom, the three of them were nowhere to be found.
I had been hoping to catch someone suitable before they left, but that’s just not how it worked out.
I decided to turn back for the time being.
On the way out, I overheard a conversation between two girls as they left the classroom behind me.
“Hey… Do you think the reason why Honami-chan was absent today…”
“Something like that totally isn’t possible.”
The two of them shared a brief back and forth.
Was Ichinose taking a day off?
Was it merely a coincidence, or was it related to what happened a few days ago like that girl just thought?
I thought about this as I distanced myself from Class B.
How did Sakayanagi come to know Ichinose’s secret in the first place?
There are certainly conversational techniques designed to draw out secrets from other people, such as cold and hot reading. However, I can’t imagine that Ichinose would want to let anything slip about her past with shoplifting. The fact that she was denying it even now is proof enough of that.
Considering how she’s handled herself so far, it even makes me question whether or not she would ever cave into the incitement from the greatest enemy class to begin with.
It would be different if it was Ike or Yamauchi, but Ichinose is clever.
“Did she get carried away by Sakayanagi’s coaxing…?”
Is it possible that there’s someone else that knew Ichinose’s secret?
But even Kanzaki, the person who seems to be Ichinose’s closest ally, didn’t know anything.
And after seeing her close friends, it doesn’t seem like they know either.
Then one of the teaching staff or… the student council?
“If Nagumo abandoned Ichinose and sided with Sakayanagi, it would be possible.”
However, this hypothesis rests on a few assumptions being true.
In the first place, there’s no proof behind this conclusion other than what Kamuro told me.
Plus, the only person who’d be able to disprove that premise would be Ichinose Honami herself.
The school may be wide, but when compared to society, it’s actually rather confined.
Due to that, if you want to speak with someone in secret, you must put top priority to ensuring that the two of you are truly alone.
Basically, this would mean limiting the interactions to early in the morning, or late at night.
While I don’t know Ichinose Honami’s room number, getting it at this point should be easy. Just make a call to the dormitory management office and ask for it directly. There’s no reason for the school to keep the room number of their students a secret. If you tell them that you’re in a scramble to get in touch with them, they should be understanding.
I made the call to verify the room number as I continued walking, getting it without any difficulties.
I felt the presence of Hashimoto behind me, watching me from a distance, but I ignored him.
Recently, he’d taken to tailing me both during the daytime and in the evening.
He didn’t have a bad sense of distance, giving off the impression that he’s had experience with tailing people before.
At first glance, it didn’t seem like there were any advantages to going to see Ichinose with him following behind me. But, it was actually the other way around. The fact that he was watching was exactly what made it worth showing him what I was up to.
I had decided to return to the dorms early to confirm things with Ichinose, so I went to her floor. Unfortunately, there appeared to be several girls in front of her room as I got there.
A group of girls who were all particularly close friends with her.
I immediately turned around and got back on the elevator.
I’d have to give up here for today.
Late on this one by a huge margin. I’ve set aside some time to get the final part of chapter 5 completed by this weekend. To answer a question I get a lot, I am a US West Coast college student, so my timezone is over there. All ETA’s and times and whatnot that I give are based off that timezone.
Regardless, the last part of this chapter will be posted soon, and then I’ll get to work on Chapter 6. College is working me really hard, but my schedule will get cut back dramatically in 3 or so weeks when I’m done with my shorter classes. That’s something to look forward to! Thanks for reading, and as always lmk if you see mistakes.