Shoujoai ni Bouken: Adventures of Yuriko
The Story So Far: The media have caught wind of Yuriko and
Ruriko-sensei's "dates." Paparazzi are a daily fact of life for an idol - but
high school teachers don't usually have to deal with this kind of situation.
Volume 3, Issue 18
"Bread and Circuses"
Yuriko bowed deeply as she entered the room and apologized for both the inconvenience and
the interruption. When she stood upright once again she took a long look around the room.
Behind his desk, the Principal sat stiffly, looking worried. Ruriko-sensei sat just as
unhappily, a handkerchief clutched in her hand. The senior teacher, Yuriko thought her
name was Oda, stood behind the coach looking displeased. When she caught Yuriko's eyes,
she looked as if that displeasure had just increased twofold.
"This is Nishioka Taro, from the PR office at my agency. He's here to help you
prepare a statement for the press." Yuriko allowed the agent to introduce himself. As
she began to speak once again, Oda interrupted her.
"Statement to the press? That's absurd! Why would we need to do something like
Yuriko addressed herself to the Principal. "I've defused the situation a little, but
some of the more tenacious reporters might try to create a scandal out of whole cloth.
You're more vulnerable than I am. Taro-san here can assist you with something that will
complete bore them to death and make them go away."
The Principal turned a slightly glazed gaze towards the idol. "What about the
students? How can we keep them from speaking out of turn?"
Yuriko allowed a small smile to cross her lips. "You can't. Not entirely." She
held up a hand to stall interruptions. "But I've arranged for a way to discourage the
media from hanging around the school grounds. At least temporarily."
Oda-sensei looked like she was going to explode. "This is horrendous! Principal, I
told you that this was a bad idea and now look at what's happened! Allowing
this...this...young woman and her ideas into this school..." The teacher practically
spluttered with distaste. "And you!" She rounded on Ruriko-sensei with an
abusive tone. "To behave in a way so unbecoming! I can barely imagine that you have
the nerve to
come in today..."
"Wait a second!" Yuriko said, stepping forward to draw the histrionic
Oda-sensei's attention. "Matsumori-sensei hasn't *done* anything."
Oda opened her mouth to answer the blonde, but both Ruriko-sensei and the Principal spoke.
"No, this is all my fault."
"Oda-sensei, maybe you should get us all some tea."
"It is not!" Yuriko addressed the coach. "There's nothing wrong in going
"At places like those?" Oda-sensei was building up a good head of righteous
steam and wouldn't be denied. "If you're that way, it's one thing, but to corrupt our
teachers, and give a bad example to our students. I cannot forgive..."
"Can't forgive?" Yuriko almost laughed in the woman's face. "And who
exactly are *you* to dole out forgiveness?"
Oda-sensei gasped. "How *dare* you speak to me in that tone of voice! After what I've
read about you - you should beg for some forgiveness."
Ruriko-sensei stood, trying to separate the two combatants, but her efforts were in vain.
Yuriko was about to reply when the Principal himself stood. Quietly, but forcefully he
said, "Oda-sensei, tea, please."
Oda-sensei gave a curt bow and with a glare at both Ruriko and the idol, she left the room
Still standing, the Principal gestured for Yuriko and the coach to take seats. He thanked
Taro for coming, then seated himself. "While I do not agree with Oda-sensei, I fully
understand her concerns. We don't wish to appear morally questionable here - our school
has a good reputation, one that we don't wish to have challenged.
"Be that as it may, I am fully aware that Matsumori-sensei has not done anything
untoward in this matter." He nodded at Ruriko. "Nonetheless, this is a serious
matter - and we cannot afford to simply ignore it."
Yuriko unclenched her hands. She hadn't realized just how angry Oda-sensei had made her -
and how close to losing her temper she'd been. "Of course, you're right." She
forced herself to put on a pleasant, conciliatory tone. "I am confident that this
will all pass
over in a few days."
"Seventy-five at most." Ruriko-sensei said bitterly. Yuriko wished she could
reach over and give the woman's hand a squeeze, but thought it imprudent, so she settled
for a reassuring smile.
"I think we should deal with the immediate concerns first." The Principal turned
to Taro and included him in the conversation. "I believe this is your area of
expertise. The school, of course, would prefer to have its name kept out of the
"Of course," Taro began, "we should consider releasing a statement through
the office, rather than a live press conference."
Oda-sensei chose that moment to return. Immediately she rounded on the young man,
"But what about those, those, reporters? What are we to do with them? I swear they
molested me this morning as I tried to enter the school!"
Oh, sure, Yuriko thought, and carefully did not meet anyone else's eyes.
"I think you'll find that they've all gone by now." Yuriko said. Oda-sensei
stepped to the window, smiling at an opportunity to prove the blonde wrong. A moment's
glance told her, however, that she was, infuriatingly, quite right.
The Principal interrupted once again. "I think that this is not as awful as you
feared, Oda-sensei." He smiled a little at Yuriko, then Ruriko-sensei. "Come sit
down and we'll work this out."
The teacher reluctantly seated herself.
The next hour was spent considering options and working out details of the press release
until the Principal felt comfortable with the situation. He turned to Oda-sensei with a
nod. "Please call a general meeting of the teachers and inform them of our decision.
You may read the press statement if you feel it will be of some use. Please tell them to
instruct their students not to speak to the press under any circumstances." He rubbed
his eyes with one hand. "It won't help, but we have to do it."
Oda-sensei gave one final angry glare towards Yuriko as she took her leave. When the door
closed, the blonde found herself letting out a breath she hadn't realized she had been
A second later there was a knock on the door and it opened. Expecting Oda once again,
Yuriko faced the door with more than a little impatience. To her surprise, Sawako-sensei
He stood at something like attention, and cleared his throat. "I would like a private
word with you, if it isn't too much trouble." His gaze never left the Principal's
face. The Principal nodded and looked at the young man and women in his office, who rose
and bowed. As they walked past the math teacher, Yuriko looked at the man, but he never
spared her a glance.
They were only out of the office for a few minutes, when the door opened and Sawako-sensei
exited. The three entered once again to find the Principal standing facing out the window.
When he turned, his face had a strange expression.
"Well, that was unusual, to say the least." He turned to Yuriko.
"Sawako-sensei came in, apparently, to offer a testimonial to your behavior while
attending this school." His voice held more than a little amazement. "I've never
heard of Sawako-sensei involving himself
in any of the student's or faculty's affairs. This is a first."
"A testimonial?" Yuriko parroted.
The Principal laughed shortly. "Yes - he wished to inform me that, in his esteemed
opinion, you would not intentionally do anything to bring dishonor to this school."
"He said that?" Yuriko was aghast.
"In exactly those words."