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The Queen's Trick is the 32nd chapter of the Zekkyou Gakkyuu series and 4th chapter in the volume 8 manga.
Premise[edit | edit source]
Tired of being treated like the tomboy she is, Kumi suddenly finds out that men are unable to resist her after inhaling the pollen of a strange flower.
Yomi's Introduction[edit | edit source]
Yomi is admiring a beautiful flower from outside of the window. When the Reader doesn't recognize it, leading her to remark that if one knew what it could do, everyone would want one.
Summary[edit | edit source]
In class the boys are taking a poll on which girl is the cutest, and to none of the girls' surprise they choose Mirei. She appears flustered by this as they go on to vote Kumi as the top girl who isn't like a girl, enraging her to the point of chasing Iketani around the room, having been the instigator.
Later, while cleaning the path Kumi mopes and complains over being compared to Mirei so frequently. Mirei comes along while assuring her not to worry, since it's just them being guys. Her words ease Kumi's frustrations but as she begins to observe Mirei, she takes in her nice scent and cute clothing can't imagine ever looking like her. Mirei leaves and Kumi happens to spot a pretty-looking flower, so she leans down to get a closer look. It reminds her of Mirei, and she wishes that she could be like her. Just then, the wind picks up and she begins to cough, allowing something to float into her mouth. She assumes it's just dust and leaves for home.
The next morning Kumi gets a late start and her mom warns her to hurry so that she can get breakfast before the male family members finish everything. She is disappointed upon arrival to see it's too late, so she heads to the bathroom to finish getting ready. While brushing her teeth Kumi blames this environment for making her a tomboy. As she prepares to leave, Kumi is startled when she looks up to find a sprout on the top of her head. She tugs it but it remains firmly rooted in place, and when she tries to tell her mom she doesn't believe her, yelling at her to get to school.
In this time, she realizes that nobody else can see the sprout, although she remains on edge as she attempts to sneak into class. Concerned, Mirei comes by to ask if everything is alright, but she doesn't get a response as Iketani approaches to greet her. Kumi observes with envy, considering how expected this is by now, but to her shock Iketani turns to kindly greet her too. He also wonders if she is okay, aware of her disposition. Kumi heads into class and she is greeted kindly by her other male classmates, and by now the sprout has become a budding flower. She recalls that it resembles the one from the prior day as Iketani returns, complimenting her for smelling nice. Kumi initially believes this is a trick but his flustered response and addressing her as a "cute girl" causes her much confusion. The other boys agree and she realizes that they must be attracted to her head-flowers scent.
Throughout the next few days, Kumi is showered with attention from the various males surrounding her. If it's not a classmate offering to help her carry heavy items, it's her male teacher making sure she's not sick and telling her to take things easy, or her brothers offering her food. She's delighted to finally be seen as a girl; just like Mirei, and she eagerly takes all of the attention, having come to the conclusion that she must have swallowed the pollen from the flower that windy afternoon.
Meanwhile, Mirei seems concerned that something is off.
The following morning, Kumi decides to be bold and wear something cute for once, which seems to go unnoticed when the guys compliment Mirei like usual. But they abruptly turn their attention to Kumi after noticing her, but they return to Mirei after a moment, leaving her unsatisfied. She decides to push things a little more, unaware of the flower further blooming to release more of its scent, attracting all of the men to her side right away. Kumi receives praise for her cute top, and she happens to look in a nearby mirror to see the flower is larger today. She realizes that it keeps blooming and opening whenever she wishes to be cute; not that it stops her from doing it though.
Overwhelmed by her growing desire to surpass Mirei, she wishes for it to open more and more until it becomes a very large flower one day. More and more boys flock to her for attention, until she has a group of boys bowing at the very sight of her. Mirei is worried as she watches from the distance, observing Kumi as dazed boys surround her. She is joined by Kumi's friends as they see even a Teacher is bowing down to her now. Her friends are unhappy when they try to speak to Kumi, only for a boy to get in the way and say she can't be approached so casually. They try to talk to Kumi anyway but when Kumi condescendingly teases them they are unsure of how to respond.
Kumi has become Queen of their class, and she couldn't be happier. Suddenly, she becomes light-headed and falls to the floor. Everyone surrounds her with concern, and at home she goes on to see how tired and worn out she looks. The flower is wilting, but she's sure it will be fine.
The following day Kumi heads to school and is feeling sickly when she finds a couple male classmates waiting for her in the hallway. She sees how odd their expressions are as they offer to take her bag to class, causing her to remember how off they have been the past few days. She begins to feel uneasy and considers leaving for home but they stop her to say she owes them now. She is confused, but after they begin to say what it is they want, she panics and hides in a nearby classroom, wondering why they got so scary, and what it was. She is overtaken by boys and runs for the school rooftop with them giving chase. She turns and demands they stop but the refuse to listen, trying to reach her flower. She recalls it's strong scent and realize it's causing this sudden frenzy. Out of the corner of her eye she spots Mirei and her friends, calling out to them desperately.
Mirei worries but the others brush her off after what happened the other day. Kumi begins to weep as she continues screaming for help removing the flower, but her prior friends find this amusing and mockingly laugh. As Kumi continues to yank and pull at the flower, Mirei stops and decides to turn around to help Kumi. But in her attempts to stay distant from the hoard of boys, Kumi's hand slips on the railing, causing her to fall over it. She plummets to the ground and slowly dies from blood loss and injury as the boys surround her, still in a daze, and begin to lick at the spilled blood.
Mirei returns and she isn't surprised while observing them, but she promises them something better. Instantly the boys become attracted to her flowers scent and Mirei remarks that Kumi did poorly raising flowers. Unlike Kumi she takes very precious care of her own to make sure it will last her a lifetime. Once the flower rots, it loses it's usefulness.
Yomi's Epilogue[edit | edit source]
As Yomi observes everyone leaving Kumi's corpse she remarks on how this flower feeds on a girls wish. But if fed too much, it will rot much quicker and eventually die. Mirei will continue to take care of hers for decades to come. It's up to the Readers whether it blooms or wilts, so she suggests they try it out, revealing a large blooming flower on her head.
Characters[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the second chapter with a character named Kumi.