Ageha swallowed. She was finally going to do this. She'd told Nanami all about it because Nanami was the least likely person to give her a hard time about it, and now she was going to do it. If only she could will her heart to stop thumping so hard! This shouldn't have been difficult. The entire rest of the class had cleared out, so it was just her and Luke-sensei now. No distractions. No ways to embarrass herself in front of too many people.
"Luke-sensei?" She pushed away from her desk and stood, striding over to Luke's desk and trying to keep her head up. If she didn't do this now, she never would. "I need to talk to you." She could feel the words starting to fumble in her own head, like she was forgetting how to speak Japanese. Her hands worried together, one squeezing the other's fingers. "It's important."
Luke looked up from his desk, locking eyes with Ageha.
He greeted her with a smile, leaning forward to hear her better. Not only was Ageha being quiet, she was speaking really fast. Also, she seemed upset about something - that made the smile drop from his face immediately, replaced with concern that made his eyebrows edge together.
For a moment, he fumbled, only nodding before he found his voice. "Of course. Is everything alright?" Just the tone of Ageha's voice and the way she tugged at her hand made him nervous. Was this going to be one of those horrible, deep confessions teachers tended to get? He hoped not. He hoped she was okay and this 'important thing' was just concern for an upcoming assignment.
Ageha's breath hitched hard the moment her eyes met Luke's. She ripped her gaze away from him.
Oh, God. Her lips parted, pulling in air while her mind hoped to exchange it for words, but they weren't coming. All she could think about was his perfect, disgusting jawline and his stupid, overly bright eyes and the heinous, majestic swoop of his hair. Where did Luke-sensei even get off?! How must she have looked right now?
She had to get it together. She had to say something. Luke was just another person - her teacher, no less. She should have been able to talk to him without losing it!
Ageha inhaled, exhaled hard, dragged her eyes back up to Luke.
"No! I'm having a lot of trouble with your English lessons," she recited. At least she could remember everything she planned to say. "I don't get anything. I need you to... tutor me or something."
Luke pressed his lips together, nodding slowly at the revelation. Okay. He could deal with this. This wasn't nearly as bad as he thought it was - just a little weird. Ageha had been doing fine in classes. She had already been good, one of his best students, and he thought he remembered her bragging about getting an American student as a host sibling... surely that would have just made her improve even more?
"Okay. Um... it seems like you're doing fine in class. Are they too difficult?" He thought he hadn't made them too difficult! Maybe he was wrong, but Ageha really didn't seem to be struggling. Usually, these things were just confidence issues, but Ageha didn't appear to have any problems with herself. At all. Except right now, of course. "Have you asked Ryan for help? I'm sure they'd be happy to help you."
Ageha tried hard to keep herself from gawking. Duh! Stupid! How could she have forgotten her own scores? She'd made a 94 on the last exam! Why hadn't she remembered that? Why hadn't Nanami told her about this when she was explaining her plan?! Ugh!!
But then Luke kept talking and acting... sympathetic...?
"O-Of course they're difficult!" She nodded rapidly. Luke-sensei at least seemed willing to hear her out. She couldn't admit defeat now. Maybe she still had a chance! "I have to spend hours with a dictionary to answer homework questions! And Ryan's so busy with Orchestra... I'd feel bad asking him for help, you know? I don't know who else to ask but you. Will you help me or not?"
Luke nodded, looking down at his desk. What Ageha was saying made sense - apparently the orchestra was intensive, it was natural that Ryan wouldn't have time to help Ageha with every question she had. Still, he didn't see many problems in her tests and conversations during class. Maybe she was seriously just nervous. That was also a very viable explanation for the sudden lack of confidence.
He smiled at Ageha, nodding. "I suppose I'd be a pretty terrible teacher if I didn't help you, right? That sounds fine to me."
Ageha found herself smiling back before she could check herself. It spread wide across her face and felt... unnatural. She managed to force it away in the next instant.
This was good.
"Thanks, Sensei." Now she just had to worry about not slipping up. That would be annoying. It was worth it, though. She'd get to be around Luke-sensei a little more often. Alone. Just her and his stupid, disgusting, beautiful face. "So... when are we supposed to get started?"
Post by Crystal Emmerson on Aug 8, 2015 14:50:46 GMT
Crystal could not believe that she had forgotten her school bag in the classroom. How embarrassing! Now wonder she felt lighter walking out of the classroom today compared to normal. She stopped at the door, hearing Ageha's voice with Luke-sensei's.
Oh man...I have to go in though...
Crystal had noticed something from Ageha towards their younger teacher. She didn't want to step in and bother the two of them but she had to. If she left or went to her clubs, the room might be locked before she got out. Crystal sighed and fixed a stray piece of hair back behind her ear before opening the door and stepped inside.
"Excuse me..." She said softly and gave a small smile as she headed back to her desk where he school bag had been hanging on the back of the chair. "Forgot my bag..."
Luke hummed thoughtfully, opening the planner sitting next to his phone. "Well, I have a few other tutoring sessions after classes almost every day this week. Why don't you start going over stuff you have trouble with and then we can start Monday?" He smiled at Ageha, but his eyes dragged towards Crystal when she slunk in.
"Hello, Crystal! It's alright, don't worry." He nodded. "Be safe on your way home, alright?"
Post by Ageha Okamoto on Sept 21, 2015 8:14:21 GMT
‘Monday.’ Ageha suppressed a frown. She didn't like having to wait that long, but it couldn't be helped. At least she could look forward to --
Who on Earth was coming in here right now?
Oh, God, it was Emmerson. Ageha spared her just a few seconds of (cutting, laser-like) attention, before turning back to Luke. Ageha managed something much more pleasant for him. “Okay. Monday.” she repeated. She couldn't think of much else to say. Emmerson's presence had distracted her and there wasn't much else she could do from this point, anyway. It wouldn't be good to get up and leave at the same time as Emmerson, either. What if Emmerson asked her things?!