Itogami Island, southern residential complex...
Nagisa didn't move her chopsticks even when there's a steaming hot plate of food in front of her. It looked like her soul is wandering outside of her body. Her dazed look was a stark ocntrast to her usual cheerful self.
Kojou didn't slow down, he saw his younger sister's abnormal state and he felt a bit troubled. This is the first time he has seen her like this.
She's always been the bubbly, outgoing, and cheerful younger sister. A bit naggy, sure, but she's a cute sister in the end. Unlike usual, she's not smiling or giggling every 5 seconds, that's just not her.
What happened to Nagisa?
Kojou couldn't hold his concern any longer.
"Nagisa, is something wrong?"
Nagisa continued staring into the void, it appears she didn't hear Kojou.
Kojou frowned. He waved his hand in front of her face while raising his voice.
Nagisa came back to reality. She was greeted by a very concerned Kojou.
She beamed at him.
"What's the matter? Kojou-kun?..."
"Hah? I should be asking that question, right?!"
Kojou continued speaking with a worried look.
"What's going on with you? You don't look energetic..."
"N-no, I am fine..."
Nagisa forced a smile onto her face. She shifted her gaze away from Kojou who is rather suspicious of her.
Even if he's dense, he knew something was up with Nagisa.
Kojou placed the chopsticks down. He looked at her with a serious look.
"You know you can talk to me about anything, right?"
Nagisa hesitated but she shook her head in the end.
"Nah, nothing's wrong with me!"
Kojou doubted her words.
Nagisa puffed her cheeks up, she didn't appreciate Kojou's doubtful look.
"Jeez, just eat your food."
Nagisa ignored Kojou, she quickly finished her meal while Kojou continued observing her. His eyes were still flashing with concern.
"That's basically what happened!"
Kojou explained while sitting in Seiza. He told Kotori and Yukina about the dinner they had last night. Kotori exchanged a look with Yukina.
"True, that doesn't sound like Nagisa..."
Yukina mused out loud.
"She's not as open as before, she's also more reserved in class. She zones out in class and she would hit walls while walking on the street. She almost got herself into an accident because her absent-mindedness."
"I also had a feeling something like that happened..."
Kotori took out the candy in her mouth.
"Nagisa, she has something to say but she's keeping it to herself..."
"Right? You two also noticed it?..."
Kojou nodded with an exasperated look.
"This has been going on for a few days now, she might act normal but she would go blank. She's also very distracted when she's eating, that's not like her!"
"Nagisa is acting like that for a good reason. But, she doesn't want to talk to me about it..."
Kojou kowtowed to Kotori and Yukina.
"Please! Itsuka! Himeragi!"
He begged them with puppy eyes.
"Please go talk to Nagisa, you two are girls and you are besties, she will probably open up to you. Please, help me."
Kojou bowed down once more. Yukina and Kotori exchanged a look before sighing.
"Senpai, don't worry...
Yukina said softly.
"Nagisa's condition worries me too, we are going to get to the bottom of this."
Kotori chomped down on the candy, she waved her hand.
"We will try our luck with Nagisa, maybe she will talk if it's us."
"Thank you, thank you so much!"
Kojou expressed his gratitude and he smashed his head too hard, causing him to groan in pain.
Both girls giggled.
Kotori and Yukina invited Nagisa to Yukina's home...
Yukina sat there with a straight back and a stern expression. She's giving off immense pressure while Kotori took a laidback attitude. Her eyes were on Nagisa. With two people focusing on her, Nagisa lowered her head and she tried to appear as small as possible.
"Erm... Kotori-chan... Yukina-chan..."
Nagisa raised her arm up like a meek creature.
"You two have something to discuss with me?..."
Kotori and Yukina exchanged a glance. Kotori was the first to open the discussion.
'Nagisa, you are acting really weird recently..."
Nagisa gasped but she quickly laughed while waving her hands side to side.
"Come on, I am not, Nagisa's still the same ol' Nagisa..."
"Nagisa-chan, that won't do..."
Yukina got closer to Nagisa.
"We are friends, friends don't lie to each other..."
Nagisa wanted to slide out of this one. However, Yukina's serious face stopped her dead in her tracks.
Nagisa sneaked a glance at Kotori and she lowered her head while biting her lips, she looked like a kid who done wrong and is now feeling remorse for it.
"Sorry, Kotori-chan, Yukina-chan..."
The two sighed in relief when they heard Nagisa's apology.
Yukina took Nagisa's hand, she started to her with a warm voice.
"If anything's troubling you, let us know so we can share the burden with you..."
Nagisa's eyes flashed, she looked very vexed. She looked at Kotori again, droplets of tears appeared at the corners of her eyes.
Kotori and Yukina allowed Nagisa to speak, they silently urged her on. Nagisa decided it was time to come clean. She clenched her teeth.
Nagisa turned towards Kotori. She closed her eyes as she apologized with a guilty look on her face.
"I am sorry!"
"Why are you apologizing to me?"
Nagisa pursed her lips, she looked like a tragic heroine.
"Nagisa did something unforgivable to Kotori-chan..."
Kotori knew Nagisa isn't pranking her, she furrowed her brows.
"What's the matter?"
Nagisa bit down on her lips, Yukina can feel Nagisa's hand trembling, she squeezed down to give her courage to go on. She also smiled at Nagisa.
Feeling the warmth from Yukina, Nagisa sucked in a huge breath and she finally bit the bullet.
"I did it with sensei!"
"Did it with sensei" "Did it with sensei"... "Did it with sensei..."
Her confession echoed in the room. The two girls froze up, their expressions changed as they were utterly stupefied.