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I head back to the dorms to wash and change into my uniform, trying to resist the urge to take a really long and hot shower.
I'm tired from all the running, so I just want to unwind, but I don't want to break my slowly building routine of getting to school before the morning rush.
After taking a long shower anyway, I dry myself off and get out of the stall to put on my clothes.
Out of nowhere, a shadow appears within the mist, looming and radiating malicious intent. It bursts through the fog.
Hisao "What are you doing here? What the hell, you scared me! What's your problem?!"
Kenji "I should be asking you that. I've been looking for you all over the place, man."
Hisao "What do you mean 'all over the place'?"
I want to ask if he's been looking for me like that, stark naked, but hold my tongue back.
I finally realize I'm still naked too and quickly hold up my shirt in front of me, but Kenji doesn't seem to notice a thing.
His glasses are fogged up. But then, why doesn't he wipe them off? Is his vision so bad it's like he's perpetually seeing through fog?
Kenji "You know, your room, and... Yeah, that's it. Hey, I mean, I still I had to get up, though. Whatever. It's not important. Can I borrow some money?"
He puts on an innocent face and looks away, trying very hard to look very casual. It doesn't work; he's as transparent as his windowpane-sized glasses.
Talking neutrally like this, wearing nothing, feels awkward.
Actually, somehow it's even more awkward to be naked in front of someone when they can't see me being naked. To say nothing of the fact that he's naked as well.
I try to brush the feeling off, with little success.
Hisao "Money? Sure."
Hisao "Wait, why do you need it?"
Kenji "Can't you just give it to me because I had the good will not to run through your pockets while you were in the shower? I could have, but I exercised restraint. And in the end, isn't it the thought that counts? Come on, be a pal."
This makes no sense. If it's the thought that counts, I should withhold payment, since his thoughts were so clearly impure and his intentions are probably even more sinister since he can't tell me what they are. I say as much to him.
Kenji "I'm offended man, but if that is your game, then fine, I guess I have no choice. I want to order a pizza, and I already have most of the cost of the pizza. I need your help for the rest."
Hisao "I get some of that pizza too, right?"
Hisao "Are you serious?"
Kenji "Yeah. I would give you some, but you have class, you don't have time to eat a pizza."
Hisao "What about you?!"
Kenji "I'm not going to class, I have to wait for the pizza and pay the guy. And then eat it. It's not easy. You have to obtain the pizza stealthily. If you don't, everyone will see you. And the pizza. And they will ask for a slice."
Kenji "It's a hard world out there. Everyone wants a piece. Then you're left pizzaless in an unforgiving world. It's happened before, that's how I know."
Kenji "Every day, I plan my vengeance, so that when the people who wronged me order a pizza, I will be there. Ever vigilant!"
Kenji strikes a dramatic pose, completely without irony.
Kenji "But yeah, I only need like 400 yen. Please! You're my only hope! I can't go outside and buy my own pizza, it's too far!"
Kenji "I try not to go out unless it's absolutely necessary. Let me tell you what happened the last time I went out without carefully planning it out in advance."
Kenji "I was outside. I can't remember what I was doing. Something. Standing? Maybe wondering how I got there."
Kenji "And then, out of nowhere, it happened."
Kenji "Like a flash of lightning, splitting the sky, like how you split a sandwich into two equal pieces to make it more manageable to hold and eat, a bird crapped on my head."
Kenji "It was the second most shocking moment of my life."
Hisao "What was the first?"
He ignores me and keeps going. I want to grab him and shake him. Is he just trying to keep momentum? I'll go with that, even if it's more likely he just didn't hear me.
Kenji "It was like in the openings to some kind of anime show, you know how there is always a part where the main dude is fighting his rival, and they fly at each other and clash swords and there's like, big dramatic colored auras and zoom?"
Kenji "It was like that, but with poo."
Kenji "So yeah, I need some money. Please? Don't leave me hanging, man. I only need like 1000 yen."
Hisao "I thought it was 400."
Kenji "I'll pay you back, I swear."
Hisao "You better, that's what it means to borrow stuff."
Kenji "I don't know when I'll be able to pay you back."
Hisao "You have one week."
Kenji winces and makes a noise like a dying cow, a particularly disturbing fact given that his baton is conducting freely.
Kenji "You're not supposed to be so tight assed about money between brothers in arms, man. Men have it bad enough as it is. Did you know that male porn stars only make about half of what female porn stars make?"
Hisao "That doesn't mean anything unless you're a porn star."
Kenji "So maybe I am a porn star, on the side, struggling to make ends meet as I fight the feminist agenda, and you can't even spot me your crumbs, you bastard. Nobody understands. Nobody."
Wouldn't feminists be against pornography in the first place?
Hisao "This feminist agenda stuff again?"
Kenji "This stuff is important. I can see that you don't give a shit, but this is serious here. Feminists... are a dangerous enemy, make no mistake. You take them lightly, and you'll wake up in the morning with a knife in your back, bam! Out of nowhere!"
Hisao "How do you wake up in the morning if someone stabbed you in your sleep?"
Kenji "Women are terrible at stabbing things."
Hisao "I thought you just said don't take them lightly."
Kenji "Well, I mean don't take them lightly for the big things. Individually they're not a threat, but if there were some kind of war, like a big war, with men on one side, and the feminist forces on the other side, it would be pretty ugly."
Kenji "And that day will come, when the feminists come out of their central top secret worldwide feminist headquarters, and say 'It's on now, motherfuckers!'"
Hisao "You're being ridiculous, there's no big worldwide feminist headquarters building, where would they even hide that? I mean, it'd have to be massive, you couldn't hide that on Earth, someone would notice a big fortress with women only in it."
Kenji "Who said it was on Earth?"
I turn away from Kenji and start practicing frowning faces in a mirror so that I can figure out what kind of frown will best express my emotions. He can't see me from this distance anyway.
Which, unfortunately, means that he just keeps on ranting without any regard to sense or sensibility.
Kenji "Yeah, there is a war going on. A war not many know about, but it's a great one that will one day boil over, and encompass all of the known world. Then, we will have to pick sides. We will have to make a stand. In fact, it's happening right now."
Kenji "Imagine it, the bloody battlefield. A vicious conflict without end."
Kenji "I almost gave up, when I thought this cause was silly... When I grew tired of the bleakness of our fight... When I mistook the time the power went out for a feminist raid and thought the end was near..."
Kenji "But then I realized that if I gave up, it would all be over, and I was like, 'whoa' and knew I had to get serious. Because I am the last sane man in an insane world. It's about duty."
Hisao "Must be a pretty crappy movement if it all hinges on one naked guy, ranting in a bathroom at another naked guy."
Kenji "So can I have the money?"
He's blocking the way out, it's getting cold because I'm still naked, and I want to go to class, so I agree to spot him the money.
Kenji "Awesome. Thanks, dude. We should go bowling later on."
Kenji "Yeah, it's the ultimate sport. There are almost no women bowlers either, making it also the manliest sport."
Kenji "Should I wear my pink bowling shirt with matching shoes or the pastel green with flower accents?"
Hisao "There are bowling clothes?"
Hisao "Anyway, you had better pay me back."
Kenji "I can pay you back in stuff, right?"
I don't have the time to ask him to elaborate on what that means.
Hisao "I don't know. I have to get to class, you're kind of in the way."
Kenji "Oh. Sorry. Yeah, I don't want to hold you up, and I have some stuff to do myself. The time has come."
Hisao "The time for what?"
Kenji "I just like saying that."
Kenji "Okay, now the time has really come."
Hisao "For what?"
Kenji "I have to use the bathroom. Get out of it."
Hisao "I was just going to! And what does that mean? It's a big bathroom."
Kenji "So? I have to be alone or I can't go. The pressure..."
Hisao "Okay. What if someone else comes in?"
Kenji "I'll think of something."
I give him my practiced frown and it looks kind of silly reflected in his glasses. He either doesn't notice or doesn't see, anyway, so I get dressed and run back to my room, feeling as though an eternity has passed since I woke up.
That is time I will never get back. I'll get him for this somehow.
But right now, I have to get to class.