Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka? Volume 9 Chapter 5

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Love, Elections and a Broken Heart

Ever since she started attending grade school, Megumi had been called ‘Oniko1’. The family name Onizuka seemed to be rare, so she was often told things such as ‘Oni-san, over here~’ and so on. Thinking back on it, it wasn’t a big deal or anything. It was just a rather special nickname that originated from her family name, but Megumi truly loathed it.

She didn’t choose this name because she wanted to, and she had no say in it, it just wasn’t cute in the slightest. Thus, whenever she was called that, she would just reply by saying ‘I’m not Oniko!’, which a bad decision. Getting angry at the other girls back then was the exact reaction they were hoping for. Thus, eventually, Megumi stopped saying anything. Even if she was called Oniko, the child of a demon, she didn’t say anything. And at that time, a prince appeared in front of her.

The boy had suddenly moved into her neighborhood, and he managed to make the boys mobbing Megumi stop before she had even noticed it. It wasn’t that he was strong, but since he was one year older, his body was a bit taller and better built, that was all. Even so, he was nothing short of a hero to the young Megumi.

“Calling you Oniko and all that is just really rude.”

These were the words he spoke after saving her.

“You’re not a demon. You’re more like like a princess, Megumi-chan.”

“A princess?”

“Yeah. I mean, you’re really cute, after all.”

“………”

It was the first time a boy had ever said those words to her. After saving her, he even called her a princess. She couldn’t be happier. Tears she had never cried when she had been made fun of suddenly started streaming down her cheeks. In response, the boy got a rather troubled look on his face. It wasn’t until a few years later when she finally realized that he had been her first love.

*

A few minutes had passed since Rinko had brought the result of the approval rating investigation into the student council room, and the room was now wrapped in a rather heavy atmosphere. The student council members surrounded the table, each and every one of them with a clouded expression. The election campaign tactician Airi finally broke the silence.

“This is bad. I never thought that Onizuka-senpai could gather so much support.”

“Yeah, I never expected this kind of reaction for a not-well-known candidate…”

“I also had thought that there would be a bigger difference between them.”

“……”

Keiki and Rinko voiced similar opinions, and Ayano just stared at the paper in her hand in absolute silence. Megumi’s approval rating was unbelievably high. She was currently 38%, and since this was only the second day of election week, she would surely make it past 40%. Something was clearly off for Ayano, the current vice president, to not have a bigger lead.

Is there some kind of trick that she’s doing we don’t know of?

What was the reason why Megumi would have so many supporters even though she wasn’t a well-known candidate? If they could figure it out, they might come up with some sort of countermeasures for it.

“Um, how much can we trust the newspaper club’s investigation? What if there’s an off-chance that the people they asked were mainly just Onizuka supporters?”

“I don’t believe that’s the case.”

“I don’t think so, either.”

Both Rinko and Airi rejected Keiki’s hypothesis, and Airi gave her reason.

“Our newspaper club is constantly striving to only publish the most accurate of information. The reporters are all excellent. I believe that these numbers are highly accurate as well.”

“Then, what if there are Onizuka-san supporters inside the newspaper club itself?”

“There’s no chance of that. The current club president hates the current state of media with how much they guess and try to influence, so he has a policy of always publishing the truth as it is.”

“I see…”

That would mean that the club president wouldn’t give in to money or other such bribery. Judging from that, this approval rating vote in front of them could be trusted. While Keiki was still pondering that, Rinko spoke up.

“But then, how did Onizuka-senpai manage to get so many votes? Everybody seems like they’d be against prohibiting romantic relationships.”

“Yeah, why is that?”

His opinion was the exact same question that Keiki had. Megumi had openly announced on her posters that she planned to ban romantic relationships. Why would all of the high school students in their prime of life agree with her? Falling in love with a wonderful member of the opposite sex, spending your time in happiness and bliss… The school life everyone had always admired would all go to waste at this rate.

“What… What if it’s the opposite?” Airi asked.

“The opposite?”

When Keiki voiced his confusion, Airi gently nodded.

“Looking at it on the bigger scale, there’s only a handful of couples who openly show it, right? Most of the students here are single and alone, and since they can’t get a lover themselves, maybe they’re trying to get in the way of those who have found happiness?”

“I see… So maybe it’s resentment…?”

Keiki thought that it was possible, since he resented couples, himself.

“Same for me, I guess. When I see couples openly flirting with each other, I sometimes wish they would just explode from their happiness.”

“Kiryuu-senpai, you’re the worst…”

“I’m only human.”

Even when his friend Shouma and his girlfriend were flirty in front of him, there were times he would think ‘Do that at home.’ That’s just how it is for someone who’s bitter that they can’t find the same happiness.

“If you can’t get a girlfriend yourself, you just wish that all the others would split up, huh?”

“Onizuka-san’s campaign pledge might be really resonating with the students who feel alone like this.”

Both Rinko and Keiki thought about the idea even more. At the same time, Airi narrowed her eyebrows as if she had arrived at a difficult question.

“Even if we assume that’s the case, it’s still a difficult feat to get so many votes in such a short amount of time. She must be really good at understanding the desires of others.”

“Yeah, she doesn’t call herself the ‘Otasa Princess’ for nothing.”

She knew how unpopular boys felt, which made her an even stronger opponent.

“We can’t treat this lightly, can we?”

The approval rating results were a harsh hit to the Ayano faction. Ayano was still winning as of now, but a huge turnaround was now something they had to be careful about.

“Either way, we have to come up with some countermeasures. Now more than ever.”

They decided to have a short break before the emergency countermeasures meeting. Keiki decided to step out of the student council room and get some sugar, so he headed to the nearest vending machine. He quickly inserted his change and keyed in his order. Though they also had coffee and tea in the student council room itself, he really wanted some from here.

“—Kiryuu-kun.”

“Uwah?! …Ahh, it’s just you, Fujimoto-san.”

Right when he leaned over to take his out of the machine, someone behind him called his name.

“Are you also here to get some sugar?”

“No,” Ayano shook her head. She opened her mouth and softly spoke. “I wanted to talk with Kiryuu-kun.”

“With me?”

Since she had followed him all the way out here, it must have been something she couldn’t bring up in the student council office. Keiki didn’t have the slightest guess as to what she would want to talk about, though.

Ayano lowered her head in apology. “I’m sorry. I’m not very reliable, and I keep making trouble for you…”

“Ahh…”

Keiki finally connected the dots.

“Are you talking about the approval rating?”

“………” With a long face, Ayano just nodded.

Now that he thought about it, Ayano hadn’t said anything the entire time they had been talking about it before. All of this talk about it must have been worrying her beyond belief.

“I don’t think that Fujimoto-san did anything wrong. The other party is just stronger than we anticipated, but we still have the upper hand.”

“Kiryuu-kun…” Ayano slowly raised her head.

However, her downcast expression quickly returned again.

“But I wasn’t able to say anything. While you all were talking about it… It just made me realize that I might not be a good match for student council president… and it might be why not everyone accepts me.”

“Well…”

If there hadn’t been any election in the first place, this doubt might have never even come to light. A rival Megumi had appeared, she ended up getting compared to her, and it was making her doubt if she was really worthy of being student council president. The approval rating results ended up seeming like how people approved of her as a person, and she was projecting them onto herself. This sort of pressure couldn’t be easy to deal with.

“I think that you can be a bit more headstrong and confident.”

“Headstrong?”

“Sayuki-senpai mentioned it to me before. That a leader can be a bit more pushy and arrogant. If you’re bad at giving orders, then you can just leave that to Nagase-san. I’m sure that Rintarou would be more than happy to do chores and odd jobs, so there’s no need for you to carry all the weight. Even Takasaki-senpai uses other people to help the job get done efficiently.”

“Ah…”

“And if you’re still worried, then this election can help you see it for yourself. If you win against Onizuka-san, that just means that you’re better suited to be the student council president, right?”

Keiki finished his words with a gentle smile, and Ayano was dumbfounded. That didn’t last long, however. She chuckled with a smile.

“I think that Kiryuu-kun is being a bit too simplistic.”

Of course, those were his honest feelings. From the bottom of his heart, Keiki believed that his student life, and the lives of the other students, would be even more fun if Ayano became the student council president.

“But thank you. I feel like I’ve broken through my doubts thanks to you.”

“Come ask me for help whenever you’re stuck. I’m your secretary right now, after all.”

“Then I have a request…”

“Oh, fire away.”

Instead of answering, Ayano clung to Keiki instead.

“Let me… recharge?”

“At a time like this? …Well, it’s not like I mind.”

Having someone else sniffing you was a weird sensation, but if it helped give her energy, it should be fine to play along for a bit.

“Also, please give me your underwear if I win the election.”

“That’s a no from me.”

That request he declined immediately, however.

They had already determined everything that needed to happen during the election process. First, they had to put up the election posters to get Ayano’s name out there. After that came her public image. Giving everyone a chance to see a candidate would naturally make everyone want to support her.

In that sense, Airi’s idea of holding a handshake session was very effective. Being able to shake hands with a cute girl like Ayano would make the boys happy. Some people were even willing to pay large amounts of money for handshake sessions with idols. After this information was brought up in the beginning of the countermeasures meeting—

“What kids these days want is excitement and motivation! Something truly new!”

The short break came to an end, and after all the members—excluding Shiho, who was busy—had taken their seats in the student council office, Rinko continued.

“We have to create something new with impact that will take back the votes from the Onizuka faction!”

“That’s quite a good idea considering that it’s coming from Mitani…”

“And what exactly are we going to do?”

“We’ll have Ayanon-senpai dress as a man! Don’t you think that’s a great idea?!” He slammed his hand on the desk.

Airi and Keiki let out a disappointed sigh at the same time. Though all of the current members of the student council were excellent at their jobs, none of them had experienced an election like this before. Absolutely none of them had any know-how about it.

“We really don’t have any ideas about what to do about the approval rating…”

“Elections are pretty difficult.”

Keiki summed up their results briefly, and Ayano agreed.

“Still, is there really any need to panic like this?” Airi followed up as everyone’s enthusiasm dampened. “We’re still in the lead on the approval rating poll, and drastically changing our stance might just make matters worse. I also doubt that the anti-romantic-relationship faction will grow any further.”

“It’s true that those with boyfriends or girlfriends are rebelling against Onizuka-san.”

Naturally, the legal loli and her lolicon boyfriend were against the Onizuka faction, as well. They didn’t want anyone to ruin their enjoyable time together. Thus, all of the couples in the school would definitely give Ayano their votes. On top of that, since she was quite popular already, Ayano had her other supporters, as well. It was more than obvious that Megumi was at a disadvantage on all fronts.

“That means we can probably just keep going like we already are…”

“But Keikun-senpai. The other party managed to get a lot of support in such a limited amount of time. Don’t you think that they might have some kind of hidden strategy?”

“Hmm…”

Rinko’s argument was also very reasonable. Overconfidence was a slow and insidious killer.

“I want to do anything I can.”

“Fujimoto-san…”

Since the vice president said this, Keiki could only agree. As her secretary, he had to think of something new.

“The problem is how we can appeal to the voters. I imagine that just making public speeches and all of that won’t change much.”

“I might have an idea… How about we turn Ayanon-senpai into an idol?”

“You want to turn her into an idol?”

Yet again, Rinko came up with something unprecedented.

“An election itself is based on how popular the candidate is, right? So if one of the participants was an idol, it would increase their approval rating, wouldn’t it?”

“But how exactly are we going to do that?”

“Idols and stars often upload pictures on social networks, right? I’ll just use the power of the Internet to show everyone Ayanon-senpai’s charm.”

“I see. We could post them on the student council website, as well.”

Mankind has progressed forward to the age of the Internet. After the election was announced, more people would start visiting the home page, and showing pictures and such of Ayano there would help visitors pay more attention to her.

“If we need to take pictures, I can borrow Koharu-senpai’s digital camera.”

“Fufu. There’s no need for that, Kiryuu-senpai.”

For some reason, Airi got up from her seat. She continued speaking as she showed her phone screen to everyone.

“I have a lot of pictures of our beloved Ayano-senpai. Each and every one of them will make your heart throb out of cuteness!”

“Why do you have all those, Airi?”

“I’ve been secretly taking these pictures at every possible opportunity.”

“Don’t do that!”

“But right now they’ll come in handy. Taking pictures is something that can take a lot of time, after all.”

Just as Rinko pointed out, their time was precious right now, so they postponed questioning Airi about why said pictures existed in the first place. They all gathered around her instead, selecting the good pictures that they could use. Her collection was quite large, and the pictures ranged from photos of Ayano spacing out in the courtyard to photos of her sipping some banana orange juice to photos of her taking a quick nap in the student council office.

“Ah, that one is really cute.”

“This photo of Ayano-senpai sticking her tongue out like a cat is really cute, right?”

Some had her sticking out her tongue after tasting some hot ramen in the school cafeteria. All of them had high idol potential.

“This one here here is also adorable. She’s making a cat paw with a stray cat.”

“Ohh. Good eye there, Mitani.”

“Nagase-san, this is…”

“…I feel like I’m going to die of embarrassment.”

Ayano, for her part, seemed like she was taking enormous damage as everyone looked at photos of her most embarrassing moments. And while the four of them were busy being completely engrossed, the leader of support, Shiho, entered the room.

“…Oh? What are you all doing?”

Airi and Rinko turned around to answer her.

“We’re deciding what pictures of Ayano-senpai we’re going to be uploading to the homepage.”

“This way, we’ll definitely get a higher approval rating!”

“Eh? But isn’t it pretty bad to upload your real name and picture to the Internet…?”

““““Ah………””””

Shiho’s single question caused their entire “Idol Plan” to fall to pieces. In the end, they decided to just hold a second handshake session.

“I’m home~”

“Welcome back, Nii-san.”

It was after 7 PM in the evening when Keiki finally returned home from all the election work. Mizuha was sitting on a couch in the living room and reading a book.

“Ah, what are you reading?”

“This? The people from the manga research club were handing it out.”

“The manga research club was?”

When he accepted it from Mizuha and looked it over, it seemed to be a short manga created by the manga research club. It was around 20 pages long. The cover was simplistic-looking, and the title read ‘The Love Story of the Impossible Night’.

“It’s really interesting. Though it’s a bit sad,” Mizuha said.

“Ohh… Can I borrow it for a bit?”

“Sure, I’ve read it countless times already.”

Keiki quickly returned to his room and immediately started reading it. As he skimmed through it, he found out that it was a story about a single woman’s love. The setting was a country in Europe during the Middle Ages. The characters in the story were a boy and a girl who dearly loved each other, but couldn’t be together because it wasn’t allowed, which led to their misfortune.

Though it was short, it was of excellent quality, and it showed the reader the pros and cons of ‘Pure Love.’ Contrasting the two protagonists, there was also a married couple in the story who were friends of theirs. This couple was living a peaceful and happy life, to the point where the reader was led to think ‘Normies should go explode’ while reading it.

“So this is why Onizuka-san’s approval rating was this high…”

This manga must be the reason for the anti-romantic-relationship movement that was going on. It was an original manga that the club made using their entire effort. On top of that, for those who didn’t manage to get a printed copy, it was also uploaded to the manga research club’s homepage.

“They even have codes for the online version floating around… If I recall correctly, they made some doujinshi back during the culture festival which was really popular, so they might have gotten a few fans through that.”

That explained why Megumi wasn’t lagging behind on the approval rating polls. They had managed to gather votes by using this unbelievable method. On top of that, the inside cover of the book said that this was an original story written by Onizuka Megumi.

“So this is what Onizuka-san came up with.”

The boys from the club seemed to have helped out with the drawing and the rest. When Keiki checked on his smartphone, it said that the manga had been published on the manga research club’s homepage around a week earlier. Creating the story and drawing the entire manga must have taken a lot of time. Considering that, Megumi had to have been preparing for this election for a long time.

The drawings were clean, and the story was quite excellent. Truth be told, it was better than some manga you’d see in stores.

“Even Mizuha really enjoyed it, too.”

Watching movies was one of Mizuha’s hobbies, so she was actually quite hard to please. If she was praising it, then it had to be something special.

Just why is she so dead-set on banning romantic relationships?

The Onizuka faction was taking this election really seriously. This manga alone proved it. However, that still didn’t explain the reason behind Megumi’s campaign pledge.

“…I guess I’ll have to dig a bit deeper.”

He wasn’t planning on trying to find a weakness he could exploit. He was just curious as to what merit her campaign pledge had for her, and what the girl was thinking when she wrote this story.

*

It was Wednesday, the third day of election week. In order to figure out Megumi’s goal, Keiki had been closely watching her all morning. She had friends in their class, and whenever it was break time, she would talk with them. During class, she always did her work diligently, and when she went to the toilet, another girl always accompanied her.

“Hmm… There’s not really any good time to talk to her.”

Thus lunch break arrived without him finding any success at all. After she finished her lunch, Megumi left the classroom, this time alone.

Alright! This is my chance!

As this maybe once-in-a-lifetime chance arrived, Keiki got up from his seat and followed Megumi. Right when he started walking, he saw that Megumi had already progressed quite far, and she was hurrying down the stairs. Though he managed to follow her down, he was engulfed by a wave of people returning from the cafeteria and completely lost his target in the process.

“Just where did she go…?”

Times like these made him wish that they had exchanged their contact information during the school trip. While he wandered around the first floor, he cursed his own poor communication skills.

“…Hm? That fluffy hair over there…”

Outside the school building, he spotted a familiar-looking girl standing in the cold December breeze on the courtyard, watching something quite intensely. Though she had her back to Keiki, there could only be one person with such characteristic hair.

“What is she looking at?”

He could see her from his position, but he couldn’t tell exactly what she was looking at. Since she didn’t show any signs of moving, Keiki decided to go there himself. With his indoor shoes still on, he approached the girl.

“Onizuka-san?”

“Wahaaa?!”

When he called out to her, she jumped into the air like a scared kitten.

“Who?! …Ah, oh, it’s Kiryuu-shi…”

When she saw that the person was a classmate of hers, a slightly irritated filled her expression.

“Don’t scare me like that, okay>”

“Well, I didn’t think you’d be so surprised.”

Keiki himself was a bit shocked that she had overreacted so much.

“What are you even doing here, Onizuka-san?”

“…Nothing.”

“Weren’t you looking towards one of the windows in the school building?”

“I-I wasn’t watching! …If you don’t have any business with me, then I’ll take my leave here!”

“H-Hold on a second!”

“Eh?! W-Why are you panicking so much…?”

Megumi tried to hurry back to the school building, but Keiki called out to her again to stop her. He spoke a bit louder than usual, and Megumi was slightly perplexed.

“I want you to calmly listen to me… Onizuka-san, things will end up problematic if you return to the school building like that.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s a bit hard to say, but your skirt is flipped up completely…”

“Fuwah?!”

When she jumped out of shock before, it must have gotten stuck at her upper uniform. Thanks to that, if she had returned to the school building like that, her yellow underwear would have been in plain sight for anyone she turned her back towards. After hurriedly fixing it, she gave Keiki a quick bow.

“…T-Thank you very much. You really saved me there.”

“No problem.”

Keiki was glad he had managed to avoid a panty-revealing tragedy.

“But I wish you had told me a bit sooner.”

“I’ll keep that in mind for next time.”

“There will be no next time!” Megumi protested. “…Anyway, I’m going back to the classroom now.”

“Wait a second. Can I have some of your time?”

“What for? Is this a confession?”

“No, I just have something to talk about.”

“…Well, you helped me out there, so I guess a bit should be fine…”

Since it was a bit too cold for them to stay outside for very long, they decided to move back inside. Keiki bought two cans of hot coffee at the vending machine in front of the student entrance and handed one to Megumi.

“My treat.”

“Thank you,” Megumi accepted it gratefully.

Resting her back against the wall, she just held the can in her hand without opening it.

“Aren’t you currently acting as Fujimoto-chan’s secretary? What if some weird rumours start to spread if people see us being this close?”

“Talking with my classmate is a totally normal thing to do, isn’t it?”

“Well, that makes sense.”

Megumi finally opened the can, took a sip, and turned her gaze towards Keiki. She looked slightly wary.

“So what did you want to talk about?”

“There’s something I wanted to ask you, Onizuka-san.”

“What?”

“Why are you so keen on prohibiting romantic relationships like this?”

She wanted to change the current school rules, so there must be something she was currently dissatisfied with. The current student council was working their hardest to enable every student to have an enjoyable student life. The atmosphere on school grounds was pleasant, and Keiki quite liked this school. That was why he couldn’t come up with any possible reason as to why Megumi would go this far.

“Why… huh?” Megumi’s voice was shaky, and her emotions sounded like they were about to all flow out at once. “Because everyone hurt Nao-kun.”

“Nao-kun…?”

“You must have met him before, Kiryuu-shi. He was deceived by the current student council member Mitani Rin, and was rejected. He was the president of the culture festival committee.”

“The president… of the culture festival committee…?”

When he heard these keywords, he remembered a single individual that fit this description.

“Don’t tell me… He was the one who Rintarou turned down?!”

Yes, in the middle of October, there was a tragedy that occurred during the culture festival. The committee president, who had an intellectual look to him, mistook Rin, who was wearing female clothes, for a girl, and had confessed as a result. Naturally, Rin rejected him in the end.

“Exactly. The president of the culture festival committee—Inui Naoya—is my childhood friend.”

“I had no idea…”

To think that incident would be connected to this. The world really could be so small at times.

“But why would this cause you to register as a candidate for a student council election?”

“After Mitani-shi rejected him, Nao-kun was really depressed. Well, who could blame him? He was crushing on a boy who was just crossdressing.”

“Well, that makes sense…”

Nobody would expect someone they had feelings for to be a crossdressing boy. Something like that would cause most people to be a shut-in for a month, no doubt.

“I tried my best to cheer him up, but he wouldn’t try at all. He looked at me with dead eyes and told me ‘I won’t love anyone anymore.’ He was just like some Japanese singer, you know.”

“O-Okay…”

“While he was at rock bottom, he was forced to watch all the couples flirting at school. What do you think he felt during that time?”

“That’s…”

Undoubtedly, he would think “Normies should just explode.” After hearing her out this far, even Keiki had to understand Megumi’s feelings.

“That’s why I decided to split up all the couples at the school. I want to become council president and ban any romantic relationships.”

“I see…”

He understood Megumi’s reason for all of this. She was trying to change the current school atmosphere for her childhood friend’s sake.

Basically, this entire situation is Rintarou’s fault.

But he decided to postpone that problem for now. Before that, there was something Keiki had to clear up with his classmate who was in front of him.

“Onizuka-san, are you really okay with that?”

“What do you mean?”

“After hearing you out like this, it sounds like you like Inui-senpai, right?”

“Funya?!”

When he asked her bluntly like that, Megumi’s entire face turned bright red. That reaction was answer enough.

“I-Is there something wrong with that?!”

“No, not at all, but…”

“But what?!”

“If you ban romantic relationships, you won’t be able to go out with Inui-senpai, right?”

Assuming that Megumi won the election, and that she would be able to make it an actual rule. The rule wouldn’t just affect every student. Naturally, it would also extend to Megumi herself. That would mean that even if she managed to confess to Inui, they wouldn’t be able to go out.

Or that’s what Keiki thought, but Megumi’s reaction was rather simple.

“Ahh, so that’s what you mean…”

“Hmm…?”

“It’s true that I’ve liked Nao-kun ever since I was a child. However, I could never muster up the courage to confess. Even after all this time.”

“………”

“I thought that I would confess my feelings after I started attending high school, but whenever I had a good chance, I always got scared…”

Confessing your feelings to the person you love is never an easy feat.

“Then I didn’t get to see Nao-kun as much anymore, and we sort of distanced ourselves… It even felt like he was avoiding me, and then he became so engrossed with Mitani-shi… only to be rejected…”

“Well, I’m sorry about Mitani…”

His crossdressing hobby had seriously messed up Megumi’s life big time.

“…My male classmates always ganged up on me and teased me. Because my family name is Onizuka, they called me Oniko, and I really hated that. I mean, an oni, you know? They’re those creatures who always do horrible things in stories and so on.”

“Yeah, I can see why you didn’t like that.”

The onis and demons who appear in stories never gave off a good image. Being made fun of as a child because of her family name must have been tough for Megumi.

“Around that time, Nao-kun moved into my neighbourhood. He took care of the boys who were tormenting me, and since we went to the same school, we naturally ended up walking there and back together, and we often went to each other’s houses… Though I didn’t realize I liked him until a bit later.”

She realized she had feelings for him when she entered middle school. However, though she was aware of her feelings, she was never able to openly confess to him, and they spent their time together as childhood friends.

“And thus, since I was unable to go out with Nao-kun, I ended up as this Otasa Princess.”

“Eh, you entered the manga research club because of that?”

“Having otakus fawning over you isn’t a terribly bad thing, you know?”

“Uwah…”

Onizuka-shi was actually quite an unusual person.

“I don’t really care about my feelings. I just want Nao-kun to be able to enjoy the rest of his high school life. I just want to see him smile.”

“Onizuka-san…”

If Ayano was a stereotypical student council president candidate, Megumi was a completely abnormal one. Unlike Ayano, who wanted everyone to have an enjoyable school life, Megumi was working for the sake of a single boy.

“I’m sorry, Onizuka-san…”

He understood her goal completely. The reason why she wanted to ban romantic relationships, and why she was so passionate about the election.

However—

“I still can’t let you become the student council president.”

“I see…” After muttering that, Megumi looked at Keiki with a sad smile. “I guess we’ll have to settle this through the election, then.”

That day, after classes ended, the four student council members, excluding Shiho, met in the student council office.

“Woah, that really makes me look like the bad guy.”

“Good grief, how will you make this up to us?”

“Let’s think about his punishment later. Inui-senpai really is the victim here.”

“I feel bad for him…”

Once the classes were over, Keiki had made his way to the student council office and told them everything he had heard from Megumi. He was a bit hesitant to tell them about her feelings, but now that Rintarou was involved, so was the entire student council.

“But, wasn’t that just his fault for getting the wrong idea?” The boy, who was still wearing a skirt, pouted. “I never once said that I was a girl, after all.”

“Anybody would think you’re a girl when you’re wearing a skirt like that.”

“Ahh, you were getting aroused when looking at my body as well, right? At least in the beginning.”

“I still want to die because of that, so don’t make me remember,” Keiki retorted.

He wanted to hit himself for feeling any sort of attraction to a boy like Rintarou. It was one of the worst times in his life that he wanted to seal away forever.

“I’m surprised that Nagase-san is even feeling pity here.”

Airi hated men with a burning passion. Even so, she still seemed to feel sympathy for the man who couldn’t love anymore after what had happened.

“Keikun-senpai, you might even enjoy wearing girl’s clothes if you try it out, you know?”

“I’ll never do that.”

“But Kiryuu-senpai, you’ve worn a bunny girl suit before, haven’t you?”

“How do you know that, Nagase-san?!”

“Because Yuika showed me during our sleepover a while ago.”

“Yuika-chaaaaaaan?!”

Just what was Yuika showing other people?! Keiki was about to relive the nightmare of when he was forced to wear that. That was most likely another of his top three moments he would rather lock away for all eternity.

“I want to see that as well,” Ayano said.

“You won’t. You definitely won’t.”

He’d rather have her smell him than let her see something like that.

“Well, let’s focus on the election for now.”

“Yeah, just wasting time like this isn’t a good idea.”

Their time they could use was limited. Rather than blaming Rinko, they should focus on their preparations for winning the election. As Keiki turned the problem at hand over in his head, Ayano spoke in his direction.

“Onizuka-san is trying to change the school for the person she likes, right?”

“Yeah, that’s what she said.”

“If that’s her reason, then we definitely can’t lose.”

“Yeah…”

Ayano wanted every student to enjoy their student life to the fullest. It was her wish and her driving force. Studying and forging relations in clubs was important, but spending time with the person you love was also an important part of developing as a person. She could understand Megumi’s feelings, but sacrificing the happiness of many for the happiness of a single person wasn’t an option.

And with these feelings, two days were left.

After that, Airi tasked Keiki with gathering materials for a speech, so he headed to the library room. He picked up several books, sat down at a nearby window, and started going through each and every one one of them, making notes about important details. While he was focusing on his work, a voice called out to him from the seat across the table.

“Hey, Kiryuu-kun. So we meet again.”

“…Ahh, hello.”

When he raised his head, he was greeted once more by the rather sharp-gazed boy he had met a few days ago. He seemed to be an upperclassman, but Keiki still couldn’t figure out where he had seen him before.

“Umm… Sorry, but have we met?”

“Oh, do you not remember? We worked together during the culture festival.”

“The culture festival…?”

Something sparked in the back of his mind, but nothing clicked.

“Hmm… I still don’t really remember.”

“E-Ehhh?”

Even when he went through the culture festival folder in his mind, the person in front of him wasn’t in there. His special trait was his rather sharp gaze, so there was no way he would forget about that.

“Ah, would you remember if I did this?”

The book took out a case from next to his study material and put on glasses. The shape of the round glasses combined with the face wearing them suddenly jostled Keiki’s memories—

“Ah… Ahhh?!”

He finally understood.

“You’re the president from the culture festival committee?!”

“It seems like you’ve finally remembered. I’m Inui Naoya. I’ve been acting as the culture festival execution committee president.”

Because he hadn’t been wearing his glasses, Keiki hadn’t recognized him at all. He was the protagonist of the tragedy that had occurred during the culture festival: The person Rintarou had rejected when he was wearing girl’s clothing.

“Inui-senpai, were you wearing the glasses just for show?”

“I was always told that I had a pretty nasty glare. As a result, I wasn’t popular with the girls at all, so I put on glasses when I became a third year.”

“I-Is that so…?”

After proving his identity to Keiki, the upperclassman took off his glasses again and took a seat.

It’s true that he looks a bit scary without his glasses…

Just from talking to him, however, Keiki knew that he was a person with a kind heart.

“But, recently I started feeling like an idiot. Like I was pretending to be someone I’m not.”

“Yeah, you look better this way.”

“Thank you… That reminds me, you were a member of the student council, weren’t you, Kiryuu-kun?”

“I was a provisional member during the culture festival, but I’m not there officially anymore.”

“Then you must know how Mitani-kun rejected me, right?”

“Well… I know the general gist…”

Keiki answered honesty, and the boy showed a listless expression in response.

“I really liked Mitani-kun. The gods above really are horrible at times. They made a boy like him look so cute.”

“I’m sorry… about a lot of things…”

“Ahaha, it’s not something you have to apologize for, Kiryuu-kun.”

“I heard from a friend that it was quite a shock for you.”

“Oh, I wonder who you heard that from… Well, I really was in a state of shock right after being rejected. I was so depressed that I even started thinking that it wouldn’t be too bad as long as he was cute…”

“That’s definitely a terminal illness.”

No matter how cute he was, he was still a boy. He had a totally normal meat rod hanging between his legs, even if said rod was hidden by a skirt instead of pants.

“But I couldn’t just stay like that forever. I started studying like a madman in order to deal with the shock.”

“Is that so…? Hm?”

Keiki noticed a small detail.

“Inui-senpai, have you always been studying in this library room? In this very seat?”

“Hm? Yeah, I usually study here.”

“Even yesterday during lunch break?”

“Yeah. I’m surprised you knew that.”

“………”

The pieces connected inside Keiki’s mind.

I see… So Onizuka-san was watching him yesterday…

Though he didn’t know the reason, Megumi and Naoya had drifted apart. Just meeting each other in person had started to become awkward, so she must have been watching him from afar. Realizing that, Keiki couldn’t help but think that she was acting really cute.

“What book are you reading, Kiryuu-kun?”

“It’s a book related to public speaking.”

“Public speaking?”

“I’m the secretary for the candidate Fujimoto-san for the upcoming student council election.”

“Ahh, that’s why,” Naoya nodded along in affirmation. “Speaking about the election, the other candidate Onizuka Megumi is actually my childhood friend.”

“Ohh, is that so?”

When Megumi’s name suddenly came up, Keiki acted like this was the first he had heard of it.

“But I was really surprised to hear that she was running for student council president. Megumi-chan isn’t the type of person to show her face in public like that.”

When he heard that one line, Keiki was certain.

Inui-senpai really doesn’t know why Onizuka-san registered as a candidate.

Well, Keiki hardly imagined that Megumi had told Naoya about it anyway.

Should I tell him that Onizuka-san has feelings for him?

Since they were childhood friends, Naoya should at least think of Megumi in a good light. They might start going out, and Megumi might even lose her reason to become the student council president.

…No, I can’t. I can’t just tell him about Onizuka-san’s feelings without her permission.

Keiki wouldn’t be able to forgive himself if he did that. Telling him about the girl’s feelings, which she had held close for years now, was something he couldn’t do, not even for the greater good.

…Wait a second. What if I just encourage the two of them to get closer again?

Playing cupid here should be a safe thing to do. Since he already did that for Ootori Koharu and Akiyama Shouma before, he at least had a basic knowledge of how to go about it.

Now that he had decided upon it, he started immediately.

“The thing is, Onizuka-san is actually a classmate of mine.”

“Oh, really? That’s quite a coincidence.”

“You must still be close to her since you’re childhood friends, right?”

“Well… We haven’t actually met each other much as of recently.”

“Why is that?”

“Well… it’s a bit hard to say, but…” Naoya continued as he scratched his cheek. “A while ago, Megu-chan found the porn magazines I was hiding in my room.”

“Excuse me?” Keiki couldn’t hold back his baffled surprise.

“And, well… They were a bit kinky…”

“Eh, a bit…?”

“Megu-chan did forgive me with a smile, but meeting her in person has been a bit awkward after that…”

“Ehhhh?”

Because it was such a simple reason, Keiki had problems comprehending the situation.

That’s the reason their relationship grew distant?!

Both Megumi and Naoya had said they felt that the other person was avoiding them, but Keiki never thought that it could be because of porn magazines. The girl herself most likely didn’t care much about that at all. She was probably more worried about him and his broken heart.

“But Megu-chan was the first person to reach out to me after the culture festival ended. She’s a kind girl, so I’m sure that she was trying to cheer me up.”

“Yeah, that’s what I think as well.”

Or rather, he heard it from Megumi herself, so there was no mistaking it. She really must be a kind girl. Otherwise she wouldn’t try to make the school a better place for the boy she liked.

“To be completely honest… I liked Megumi-chan.”

“Ohh, is that so?”

……

………

…………

“…Ehhh?!”

His reaction was severely delayed.

“You liked Onizuka-san, Inui-senpai?!”

“Yeah. But she started avoiding me like that and joined the manga research club. She started being all flirty with the boys, so I couldn’t really confess… That was why I was looking for a new love…”

“Ahh, so that’s why…”

They had completely missed each other. This was a practically textbook shoujo manga story. If just one side confessed, it would end happily.

“And that’s why you fell for Rintarou.”

“Exactly. I wanted to give up on Megumi-chan, but seeing how much she cared for me and tried to cheer me up… how do I put it…”

“You fell for her completely.”

“Well, that’s basically it…”

“Inui-senpai, you’re unexpectedly easy.”

“I’m sorry for being an easy Senpai, okay?!”

“Hmm…”

So much unexpected information appeared that Keiki had problems dealing with it all.

So basically… they both like each other, right…?

It was quite a sudden development, but he couldn’t let this chance go to waste, since he was a cupid at work.

“Alright, then you should confess to Onizuka-san! Right now!”

“Eh, but…”

“You have to hurry! Onizuka-san is a cute girl, so she might get taken by someone else if you’re not careful!”

“But… I was trying to get together with another girl… And I’m really pitiful. I was even rejected by a crossdresser…”

“That doesn’t matter right now! I know! How about we practice right here for the real deal later!”

“Kiryuu-kun, why are you going this far…?”

“It’s because I want you two to be happy!”

Neither of them knew about the other party, but both Megumi and Naoya had feelings for each other. If he confessed to her now, he would definitely not get rejected. If her love turned into reality, there would be no need for her to ban romantic relationships, and Ayano could smoothly move on to become the student council president. It was two birds with one stone.

In order for that to happen, Inui-senpai has to take the first step right now.

The key to everyone’s happiness right now was held by the boy with the bad glare in his eyes.

“…Is it really fine for me to confess to Megumi-chan…?”

“Of course it is! Love is freedom, after all!”

“Love… is… freedom…”

With a serious expression on his face, Keiki threw together a jumble of good-sounding words in an attempt to convince Naoya.

“Alright, I get it, Kiryuu-kun! I’ll confess to Megumi-chan!”

“Yes, please do!”

“If possible, could you help me practice?”

“By all means, yes!”

The committee president finally decided to get serious. Luckily, nobody was using the library room right now, so they wouldn’t bother the other students while they loudly conversed like this. In this moment, both of them stood up and directly looked each other in the eye.

“Then, let’s start this!”

“Y-Yes! …I-I… I actually like you!”

“No good at all! Is this all your love is about?! One more time!”

“I like you!”

“Louder! Let your voice roar with your feelings!”

“I… I actually—” Naoya took a deep breath. “I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!”

Packing all his feelings into these words, he screamed louder than ever. His third consecutive confession was perfect.

“Alright!” Keiki made a fist with his hand.

“—Heh?” Nanjou Mao’s baffled voice leaked out.

“Eh, Nanjou?! Why are you here?!”

She was holding some grammar books, and looked like she was returning them to the library, but she had stumbled upon them with the worst possible timing.

“K-Kiryuu is… being wooed by an ikemen with a sharp glare?!”

“Wooed?!”

As naturally as she breathed, the fujoshi saw everything through yaoi vision. Truth be told, though, anyone who passed by with that kind of timing would think that this was a heartfelt confession scene from boy to boy. Ever since the d*ck accident had happened on the school trip, her eyes had looked a bit lifeless, but now they were radiating with energy.

“Oh no… I have to immediately make a manuscript of this…!”

“Hold on?!”

“THANK YOU VERY MUUUUUUUUUCH!!!”

She looked like a fish being put back in the water after being stranded on the beach. Having been granted such wonderful new material, Mao immediately dashed out of the library room.

“How could this happen…?”

Mao had received even more dangerous material after the Rintarou confession.

“That girl just now was a friend of yours, right, Kiryuu-kun? I’m sorry. I think I gave her the wrong idea.”

“No, it’s my fault. Let’s just forget about Nanjou and continue our practice.”

“There’s no need for that, Kiryuu-kun.”

“Inui-senpai?”

“When I think calmly about it, I really don’t have any right to confess to Megumi-chan. It would just sound forced after I tried to go after Mitani-kun.”

“That’s not…”

“Though I feel bad for having you cheer me on like this, I’m going to give up. Megumi-chan and I just aren’t a good match,” The smile he showed while he said this truly hurt Keiki in the chest.

“—Nao-kun and I aren’t a good match, huh?”

““Eh?””

Maybe she had business in the library room, or maybe she had heard Naoya’s voice when he yelled. Either way, when the two boys turned around, Megumi was standing there, her face downcast.

“M-Megumi-chan…?”

“Yeah, that makes sense… We really don’t complement each other… Someone like me and Nao-kun would never… There’s no way, right…?” Her voice was shaking, and tears started running down her cheeks.

As things stood, she seemed to be having a grave misunderstanding.

“Onizuka-san, that’s not…!!”

However, before Keiki could tell her the truth, she ran away from the spot.

“Onizuka-san?!”

She wouldn’t even stop after he called out to her, and she left the room behind her. All Keiki could do was watch her flee.

“Why is this happening…?”

If the cupid of love heard about this, he’d be disappointed in Keiki. Rather than helping them find love together as a couple, he had done something unnecessary, and had caused their relationship to become even more awkward.


1 Her family name is written with the kanji for “Oni”, a demon-like creature, so the term “Oniko” basically means “demon child.”

2 thoughts on “Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka? Volume 9 Chapter 5

  1. Thanks for the translation, cant wait fot “Kawaii Onnanoko” to be translated next

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  2. Oktorevo Pobesta Sovesoyuz 3. January 2020 — 18:38

    I shouted silently many times and literally throw my chair to the rooftop of my neighborhood and run
    when i discovered the deep and whole reason why she run for election (and her childhood friend).

    i really liked the LN, the only LN title i read.

    Thank you for this chapter. solemnly…

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