Ryou stared at me in disbelief.
“I’m really sorry. But I thought it would be polite to tell you beforehand.”
I went back to the classroom, leaving him standing speechlessly in the hall. Satoru stood near the door.
“Saki, are you going to put his name down?” he asked sourly.
“Of course not.”
I stared hard at Satoru, suddenly seeing him in a new light.
“Hey, why did you like Ryou?”
“Why…because…” he looked horribly confused. “I wonder. Now that I think about it, I have no idea.”
“I see. I knew it. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s just not fit for the role.”
“I’m positive it wasn’t him. The person we both love.”
It took a moment for my words to sink in. His cheeks turned red. Although he didn’t say anything, I saw the light return to his eyes.
Most pairs were decided in the first round of nominations. Although there were students who decided they had nothing to lose and put down the names of people they had no chance of being partnered with, most people had already discussed and decided their choices beforehand.
When Satoru and I were paired together, Ryou didn’t give either of us a second glance. Immediately after, he was partnered with a girl from team two, which was no surprise.
The entire class was focused on who Maria would choose, and she decided on Mamoru without a moment’s hesitation. This was probably Mamoru’s just reward for being so devoted to her.
“What happened? Why didn’t you choose Ryou?”