Simply put, Ryou was smart, tall, and well-liked; you just couldn’t ignore his existence.
On the other hand, he wasn’t the type to think too deeply about things. He wasn’t dumb by any means, but his responses never went beyond the surface of the issue at hand. And he wasn’t particularly stellar at using cantus either…
This made me feel uneasy too. Who exactly was I comparing him to?
“Saki, can we talk before the afternoon classes start?” he asked.
“Hm. I’ll get out of your way then,” Maria floated up in the air and pirouetted, her long red hair fluttering behind her.
“Mamoru has only ever had eyes for you, you know,” Ryou said to her. “When you won the preliminary poll by a landslide, it really shook him up.”
She chuckled, “It’s a sin to be too popular, isn’t it?”
Maria flew away like a whimsical dragonfly and Ryou turned toward me.
“Let’s go somewhere quiet.”
I had no reason to refuse. I followed him out of the classroom, but stopped short when he made to turn left.
“Wait, I don’t want to go over there.”
“Why?” he looked a little incredulous.
“I…what do you want to do over there?”
I wasn’t entirely sure why I didn’t want to go in that direction either.
“No one will bother us there. It just leads to the inner yard.”
Right. I didn’t want to go near the inner courtyard. But why did I feel so opposed to it?