|Period 2: The Bonds Of A Curse|
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The Bonds Of A Curse is the 2nd chapter of the Zekkyou Gakkyuu series and manga volume 1.
Premise[edit | edit source]
Sakahara-senpai is a popular student admired by many, while on the opposite spectrum is Kurosawa, the most unpopular student of Ai's class who is rumored to curse people. After her beloved class pet is taken away from her, Ai will do anything to get revenge on the one responsible...
Yomi's Introduction[edit | edit source]
As Yomi walks through the classroom she speaks to the readers about hatred and how randomly it can appear.
Summary[edit | edit source]
Ai and her friends head out to feed Kotaro, a small puppy the class has been taking care of. Not seeing him they begin to worry that he might have gotten loose; only to find him standing next to Ai, peeing on her shoe. She picks him up and recalls finding him a few months ago. It was raining and they discovered him hiding under some bushes, and seeing how dirty he was they decided to give him a bath. They asked their teacher if the class could take care of him as he didn't belong to anyone.
It's then Kotaro begins to bark and the girls spot their gloomy classmate -Kurosawa- walk by. One girl suggests they avoid her but Ai doesn't listen as they bring up a rumor claiming that Kurosawa curses people she dislikes. Innocently Ai approaches and offers to let her pet Kotaro, but Kurosawa gets frightened and turns away to leave. Ai's friends are relieved and they remark on how she's a good person to approach someone like her. Ai begins to wonder if she's actually as bad as everyone thinks, noticing Kotaro's tail is wagging. She isn't given a long time to think about it when two older males approach, one remarking on the urine stench and blaming Ai for it. However, the other one -Sakahara- claims the dog peed, and he tells him to leave Ai alone. She's very surprised but she is taken by his kindness, until noticing Kotaro seems upset now.
She resumes work on his dog house she has been preparing until realizing he's missing once more. He returns with a small doll in his mouth, followed by an angered Kurosawa who snatches it from him. Ai recalls what others say about her but barely acknowledges it after spotting a bag of dog biscuits in her pocket. Ai quickly suggests that she stays so that Kotaro can have them. She hesitantly agrees and the girls begin to bond while feeding him. At some point Kotaro pees on Ai again, but as she complains she takes note of how happy Kurosawa is. She isn't that scary looking after all.
It's then the girls find an injury on Kotaro, but Ai assumes it's his own recklessness. She asks Kurosawa if she knows anything about it, and Kurosawa prepares to leave after uttering that Ai is "blissfully ignorant". Ai is very confused as she picks Kotaro up to return him to the dog house she finished. She brings up how long it took her to make it and notes winter will be approaching soon. By the time she's ready to graduate, Kotaro will have grown up. Seeing how happy he is, she lays down with Kotaro.
The next day Ai arrives to school with some bandages, milk, and steamed buns for Kotaro when she finds several classmates and Teachers chattering and upset, surrounding Kotaro's destroyed dog house. Ai manages to break through the crowd to discover the battered corpse of their beloved dog, dropping her items. Everyone wonders what could have happened but with class starting they head inside, leaving Ai to mourn in peace. She cries until overhearing Sakahara approaching with his friends. She seeks shelter nearby and overhears them criticize how harsh Sakahara was towards Kotaro. She's horrified as they discuss how he would leash it onto his bike and made it run the full distance he rode. Sakahara complains that he was too weak, and they shouldn't talk about the poor dog anymore.
Ai becomes further distressed when he starts to smile, claiming that this was a good way of relieving stress. As she remembers the injuries she saw on Kotaro and comes to the realization that Sakahara was the one responsible. Kurosawa knew about him being a cruel person all along. She quickly locates her classmate and brings up the doll Kotaro had, then she asks to borrow it.
The following day, Ai and Kurosawa are preparing a burial spot for Kotaro when Ai's friends approach, bringing up Sakahara has been hurt. Somehow, his clothing got snagged by a bus he was near, and he was dragged for miles before anyone realized it. His body was horribly mutilated, to the point that nobody could look very long without feeling sick. Hearing this shocking story, Ai and Kurosawa exchange a glance before she gets up. She begins to smile, now that Kotaro has been avenged.
Yomi's Epilogue[edit | edit source]
Holding the torn apart remnants of the Sakahara voodoo doll, Yomi crushes it and drops it into the trash. She explains how Ai and Kurosawa crossed a line people shouldn't under the influence of hate, but anyone is likely to do this. Once the line is crossed, it can't be undone.