Aiko shrugged. "It doesn't matter what I like. Only what my father wants me to do."
Jack became dissuaded by this, but then reigned it in. 'Do you compete in the after-school club?'
Aiko quietly shook her head.
'I do. I'm going tonight,' he paused. 'You should too. Give you a chance to beat me.' Jack smiled encouragingly.
Aiko blinked silently at him. "Maybe." She finally said.
Jack smiled, 'Maybe? Well, then I hope to see you. I'm off,' he spoke as the bell rang for the end of lunch. He strode way with his stuff towards the nearest exit.
Aiko stood there for a moment before quietly getting up and going out. Poised, careful and neat as always.
Jack felt a bt dissuaded. She had accepted his sketh at least.
Aiko went throughout all of her classes, unable to get Jack out of her mind.
Jack entered the gymnasium, his mind looking forward to the strenuous work ahead. Aiko.... Can I break your rigid shell? He went through the motions of getting chnaged and headed out to jog.
Aiko went through her math class without breaking a sweat. She couldn't stop thinking about him. She scolded herself for it, but...she still couldn't stop.
By the time PE was over, Jack had gone through every possible scenario to try to get Akio to come out of her tiny shell. He changed back into his street clothes and trod on to Graphic Design.
Aiko was silent. Silent as always. She moved on to her next class. Then the next. She looked blank outside, but inside...
Jack spent the next few hours drawing in Photoshop. His works were eeven better on there than on the paper. He gathered his stuff as the final bell rang and he exited the room, taking his time to go down the halls.
Aiko got through school, and then stood waiting outside. Standing perfectly straight ad still.
Jack walked out, and noitced Aiko. "hey,' he waved to her. 'How was your first day back?'
Aiko paused, thinking a moment before answering. "Better." She finally responded.
'Better? Than usual I assume. Good,' Jack smiled warmly.
Aiko flushed and nodded.
'I'm staying for Chess Club. You coming?' Jack smiled hopefully and twisted the sleeve of his hoodie with his fingers.