Iori pushed open the doors of the diving shop, Grand Blue, “We are home!” “Ah welcome back home guys!” Toshio Kotegawa, Chisa’s father, said. “Cmon, have a seat.”, “So, how was the trip?” He asked everyone. Immediately everyone started to explain the exciting things that they had done. “We went diving and saw so many different kinds of sea animals, it was so magical…” Aina started off with a dreamy look on her face. “We also saw a sea turtle swimming with her child.” Nanaka added on. “Really? That’s quite rare you know? You guys are lucky!” Toshio explained. “So, did you guys do Otōri*?” he asked. Iori and Kohei’s faces immediately paled and Aina’s face turned cherry red. The rest of the members just howled in laughter. Chisa bit down on her lips as she tried her best to not burst out laughing. In the end it was to no avail as she too, burst out laughing. “So, I guess you guys did, and? What happened?” Since no one had calmed down from their high, Chisa decided to pass her camera over to her dad. “AH, I AM FEELING QUITE TIRED AFTER A LONG FLIGHT,” Iori abruptly stood up comically, “HA-HA, ME TOO KITAHARA I AM GOING TO GO SLEEP NOW” Kohei followed suit and both walked stiffly towards Iori’s room. “A-Ah, I, d-don’t think I am feeling t-too good, I-I think I should g-go rest too,” Aina managed to murmur out through her quivering lips. Although despite not looking her best, she managed to dash away so fast there was a smoke cloud behind her. Their antics only made the rest laugh harder.
As Toshio skimmed through the photos, he found an interesting photo. It was of Aina holding a bottle of vodka in one hand and the other trying to pull off Iori’s boxers as he tried to escape. “HAHAHA, this certainly is intriguing!” Toshio exclaimed. At this point most of them had sobered up and were ready to tell the tale. Azusa started off, “Well, it started when we got back from diving…”
The PAB gang was walking back to their temporary home, they just finished their diving expedition. Leaves crunched beneath their feet as they walked. Iori rubbed his hands together for warmth, “Its only late fall and its already this cold.” A gust of chilly wind blew into his face has soon as he said that. The two muscular men of the group, Tokita-senpai and Kotobuki-senpai were leading the group. The cool breeze did not seem to bother them the slightest as they were chatting away animatedly. Following behind them were Azsua, Nanaka, Kohei and Aina who were also babbling amongst themselves, oblivious to the weather. “H-How are t-they not cold?” A voice called out beside him. Iori turned and looked at Chisa who was hugging herself, shivering. Deciding to be a gentleman, he handed over his overshirt to Chisa, “Here, wear this.” Chisa looked up at Iori, “Won’t you get cold too Iori?” “Don’t worry about me Chisa,” he smiled. “I’m a big boy, a little cold won’t keep me down.” Despite saying this, Chisa noticed Iori’s lips quivering even though he was trying to hide it. Chisa narrowed her eyes, “Well, if you say so.” Iori’s nose burned in the frigid air, as he tried his best not to let his expression show. “Dammit, you can hold it in” he chided himself… “AAAACHOOOO” “shit” He facepalmed mentally. Chisa smirked, “Didn’t you say you could handle the cold? Big boy?” “O-Of course I can, that was e-er, t-there was a feather in my face!” He exclaimed. “C’mon here Iori.” Puzzled, Iori walked over to Chisa. “If we walk closely together you will be less cold right…?” Chisa managed out, cheeks flushed. “I-I er yeah…” Iori’s breathing quickened, his heart started to race, and Goosebumps started to form on his skin. Chisa slowly wrapped her arms around him, he was shivering. Chibi Iori was doing back flips in his head. “I have never in my twenty years been so close to a girl!” He too, managed to carefully wrap his hands around Chisa, so that there was virtually no space between them but not to the extent that she would feel uncomfortable. Chisa was chewing at her lips at the close contact that they were sharing.
“Ahem…” Iori and Chisa were snapped out of their daydream and found Aina and Kohei staring at them. Azusa, Kotobuki-senpai and Tokita-senpai had large grins on their faces with Azusa giving Iori a wink and a thumbs up. Kohei’s eyes and mouth opened wide with disbelief, not because Iori was getting close to a girl, but because that girl was Chisa. Usually Chisa would stay at least a hundred meters away from Iori if possible but now… “A-Ah you see…, this isn’t what it looks like!” Chisa stammered. “Y-yeah, you know, we both got cold, so we thought…” Iori explained. “UH HUH” everyone exclaimed. “Urg! I don’t care anymore!” With that, Aina stomped off. Before anyone could go after her, an ominous feeling washed over everyone. With great resolve, everyone turned their heads towards the source of the killing-intent. It was Nanaka. Iori gulped and a bead of cold sweat travelled down his spine. Nanaka wore a smile that would normally melt Iori’s heart but now he wished a hole would just swallow him up. “Neh Iori-kun…” “Y-Yes? Nanaka-san.” Iori quivered at the intense gaze of Nanaka. With smile still plastered on her face, she walked slowly towards Iori. Everyone else except Chisa ran away towards the direction that Aina went off to. “Nee-chan its not what it looks like!” Chisa exclaimed unwrapping her hands from Iori. Instantly she missed the warmth that came from Iori. “We were just cold, so we figured we would do this to warm up!” Chisa gabbled out. Iori was still rooted to the ground unable to move. Nanaka’s beautiful face scrunched up, deep in thought. Meanwhile Iori was sweating bricks, his heart was going to burst out of his ribcage. He remembered Tokita-senpai and Kotobuki-senpai telling him that Nanaka was a siscon. “I’m going to die! I’m actually going to die!” He thought. “Oh, was that it?” Nanaka asked. “Huh.” Was the what Chisa and Iori collectively said. “I’m glad both of you are closer now. Last time all you guys would do was fight. I’m glad.” Nanaka explained, “Now then, lets join up with the rest.” With that she turned and walked off with Chisa and Iori following close behind. “What was that about Chisa?” “Don’t ask me.”
When they reached their temporary house, they found the whole PAB club there. “Okay since everyone is here, listen up. It’s about Otōri. One of the main reasons we came to Miyako.” Tokita-senpai began. “The restaurant we were planning to go to is closed, so we have to cancel those plans.” Kotobuki-senpai continued. Iori and Kohei sighed in relief. “Otōri means endless drinking, right?” Aina asked. “Yeah,” replied Iori, “We escaped an endless World Championship.” Kohei added on, content with what had happened. Iori added on with a satisfied face “It’s going be a peaceful night in Miyako tonight-” “BUT, we don’t come to Miyako every day!” Tokita-senpai interrupted Iori. “So, let’s do our own Otōri!” Kotobuki-senpai exclaimed. Iori looked at Kohei and nodded. They set off in a full sprint towards the door like their lifes depended on it-it probably did. Just before they reached the door, Tokita-senpai grabbed their shoulders, “Now…, freshmen don’t get so crazy…” They turned around, to see Kotobuki-senpai sitting on top of a huge pot with a huge “grin” that made him look like the devil incarnate “Well then. Let’s begin.” He said sinisterly. Iori and Kohei tensed up and gulped, accepting that their fate had been sealed. “What do you mean our own Otōri?” Iori asked. “Don’t get so agitated, we’re about to explain.” Answered Tokita-senpai. “Basically, we’re going to drink from the same pot,” Kotobuki-senpai explained and pointed towards the 4-foot pot he was sitting on top of earlier, “And since it’s hard to find a drink that everyone likes, and it would be sad if not everyone has a good time, so,” “WE ARE GOING TO DRINK SOMETHING EVERYONE HATES!” Both senpais exclaimed together. “That’s what you’re doing to be fair?” Kohei and Iori deadpanned. “Everyone will have to take turns to spin and pour in your drink and say a few words, like, this is for the beautiful island or something.” Tokita-senpai began. “We’re going to say a few serious things first.” Kotobuki-senpai added.
“We all came from different places, but we have gathered together in the same place.” “I’m glad we could ride on the same boat and drink from the same pot.” “Everyone here is a comrade and a friend.” “Even if life leads us down separate paths, the time we spent together will never disappear. Let’s treasure today and never forget the memories of our youth!!” Then, they started to pour in their drinks. Everyone was shocked. No one thought that the 2 easy going senpais were capable of such a speech. “That was a great speech senpai,” Iori voiced out, “I never thought you were- 96PERCENT ALCOHOL??” “NO NO NO. That’s a bit too much don’t you think senpai.” Kohei exclaimed. “YOU IDIOTS! THE HELL DO YOU MEAN MEMORIES OF YOUTH! YOU WON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING AFTER DRINKING SO MUCH!” Kohei and Iori both shouted out. They watched on helplessly as another senpai started to pour in more 96percent alcohol. “Oi, oi, you really don’t want us to remember, tonight do you?” Kohei exasperated. Another senpai came up to the pot, “I’ve spent all my time studying chemistry, so I don’t really know what to say at times like these. So, at least, I’m going to do whatever I can!” He held up a bottle of ethanol. “DON’T PUT THAT IN!!!” Kohei and Iori exclaimed once agin. “Ha ha ha, I was just joking. Of course, I wouldn’t put that in, if I put that in, the alcohol percentage would go down.” “Kitahara, if we do a toast with that, there’s no chance we’ll survive!” Kohei whispered. “Its ok Kohei, lets put in some water and act like nothing happened.” “Yeah, lets lower the alcohol percentage to a safe level. “Hey Iori, Kohei! Its your turn!” Kotobuki-senpai called out. “Okay!” “Sure!” Iori walked towards the pot, “WHAT THE HELL, ITS ALMOST FULL!” Out of surprise and fear, he stepped back and accidentally elbowed one of the senpai on the nose. “Are you okay? I’m so sorry!” Iori immediately apologised. The senpai waved him off, “Don’t worry about it, now go say your blessings and pour in your drink. No one in PAB would get mad over something as trivial as that.” Kohei let out a sigh of relieve, “Ok then, I’ll put in my drink.” Kohei began to uncap his bottled water to pour in when a strong hand grabbed him. “OI KOHEI! KNOCK IT OFF!” “Elbowing you is okay, but not this? You’re getting mad about the wrong thing!” Kohei defended himself. “E-Er how about this then?” The duo held up a small pot that read 60percent alcohol. “Well, I guess we can accept that.” “Wait you guys, you have to say a few words first.” Tokita-senpai reminded them. “Oh! That’s right.” Said Iori.
Kohei began to look around frantically, “What’s wrong Kohei?” Iori asked. “I can’t come up with anything to say.” He replied while biting his nails. “Dammit, what should I do?” Kohei said while moping in a corner. “Well, why don’t you introduce yourself?” Iori suggested. “Oh, I see! I can say my name, my hobby, and my favourite quote.” “Okay freshmen! Let’s hear a few words.” Tokita-senpai said. “Name, hobby, favourite quote…, name, hobby, favourite quote…, name, hobby, favourite quote…” Kohei chanted under his breath. Iori cleared his throat. “Thanks to this club, I realized how great—” “Kohei Imamura!” “—is, even though I used to hate it. Even though I got dragged into—” “Anime and games!” “—at first, I think it’s really great now. I’ll work hard so that someday, I’ll be able to say—” “Kohei-oniichan, marry me!” “—I’m going to do my best!” “KNOCK IT OFF YOU IDIOT!” Iori shouted while smashing the small pot of alcohol onto Kohei’s head as he continued to bash Kohei with words, “YOU RUINED MY HEARTFELT SPEECH BASTARD!” “That was a good speech huh? Kotobuki.” Asked Tokita-senpai. “Yeah, they talked about how they grew closer to each other.” Kotobuki-senpai replied.
“Does everyone have a cup?” Tokita-senpai asked. “Look, Kitahara,” Kohei showed Iori his phone, “this shows how to do Otōri the right way.” “What? That means…” “Yeah. We don’t have to drink like this!” With that the duo walked confidently towards Tokita-senpai and Kotobuki-senpai. “Senpai, look at this, it’s about Miyako Otōri.” Both senpai leaned down to take a closer look at the phone. Kohei continued, “The leader says a few words and takes a drink. After that, everyone drinks when it’s their turn. Finally, the leader drinks again, and says a few words again before switching with the next leader. This repeats for each person.” “Oh, I see” Tokita-senpai said, “That means…, we have to do at least twelve toasts!” Kotobuki senpai continued while everyone one else started to pour in even more alcohol. “We don’t have enough alcohol for that, let’s just put all this in.” Another senpai added.
“I *ow* didn’t *ow* expect *ow* that *ow* to *ow* happen *OW*” Kohei managed out while getting slapped around by Iori. “Well screw it! We’re used to strong drinks!” Iori exclaimed. “You’re right, the only thing now is the strength of mind to avoid drowing in alcohol!” Kohei added on.
“That’s great guys!” “Yeah that’s it!” All the senpais cheered for Iori and Kohei as they danced on top of a table, arms around the others neck chugging down more alcohol – not to mention they stripped down to their boxers. While they are enjoying their drinks, further back in the room sat a group of four, Chisa, Aina, Nanaka and Azusa. “We’ve seen this many times before.” Aina said with a small smile. Chisa look towards the group of boys with disapproval and let out a sigh. “They look like they’re having fun.” Mentioned Nanaka. “This is so relaxing.” Azusa chimed in. Tokita-senpai let out a grunt, “Whats wrong?” asked Kotobuki-senpai. “We’re out of booze.” He replied “Huh, already?” Iori asked. “That’s no wonder, you guys drank so much.” Aina deadpanned. “Sigh, I’ll go and buy some.” Aina said. “Thanks, everyone else is drunk and you are the only one who brought a license to drive.” Tokita-senpai said. Aina pointed at Iori, “It’s too much for me to carry alone, so come with me.” “Oh, of course.” They got into a van that they had rented. After shutting the door, Aina realised that Iori was still in his boxers “Wait a minute. What are you doing?” Iori looked at his bare chest and apologised, “Oh, sorry. I didn’t notice.” – and proceeds to put on his seatbelt. Aina gave Iori a ‘I’m so done with your crap’ expression and hid her face in the palm of her hands, “I WASN’T TRYING TO TELL YOU TO PUT ON YOUR SEATBELT!”
After they bought the booze…, Aina rested her head on the driving wheel, and started to whisper to herself, almost as if she was in a trance. “My first trip to a tropical island… Night has arrived, the sky high above and the wide sea has set me free…,” she paused as she looked up at the vast, seemingly empty sky, “And, maybe that’s why… this idiot went outside half-naked.” And to her right was Iori trying to explain to a police officer that there was nothing going on in the van.
“I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!” Aina fumed as her and Iori stepped into the house with two boxes of booze. “C’mon, I didn’t notice. Don’t be mad.” Iori apologised while scratching the back of his head. “What happened Aina?” asked Tokita-senpai. Aina pointed her finger at Iori while lashing out, “This idiot got out the car dressed like that!” “I couldn’t help it, after drinking all that, I felt really warm.” Iori explained. “Oh no wonder.” Replied a fully naked Tokita-senpai, next to a fully naked Kotobuki-senpai and Kohei in his boxers. “It does feel liberating.” Mused Kohei. “It happens a lot.” Reassured Kotobuki-senpai. “WHY ARE YOU GUYS AGREEING WITH IORI?” “But, Cakey, think about it.” Iori said. “What? And stop calling me that name.” Retorted Aina. “A tropical island, a starry sky, going for a drive with a guy… These are the memories of youth you wanted right?” Iori said with a grin. Tick marks appeared on Aina’s forehead. “Maybe if the guy wasn’t a HALF-NAKED PERVERT!” Iori sighed and placed his hands on Aina’s shoulders. “I see, sorry about that.” “Do you understand now?” Asked Aina. “Yeah…, I do, but even for me… Going out fully naked is hard.” Aina glowered down at him, “I wasn’t trying to say you didn’t strip enough! You guys don’t have to take off your clothes when you drink, do you!?” The guys just looked at her blankly. “Stop looking at me like you don’t know what I’m talking about!” “Hey, hey. Have a drink and relax.” Azusa said with a smile while trying to console Aina whom now had smoke emitting from her nose. “You know what? I will!” Aina snatched up one of the two drinks Azusa had been holding. Azusa tried to stop Aina, “Wait! That’s mine…” But it was too late, Aina had already began to chug down the drink. The effects are immediate – Her eyes glossed over, and she began to tip over, luckily, Azusa was quick enough to catch her before she hit the floor. “What was in the drink?” Questioned Kohei. “The left overs from the Otōri… I diluted it though…” “But it is probably still over 30 percent alcohol.” Said Kohei. “But this isn’t bad either.” Iori said with a smile. “Yeah, its quiet now.” Agreed Kohei. “Hm? You woke up Aina?” Kohei asked surprised. Aina had a dreamy look on her, now flushed, face. “Neh, Iori?” Aina asked with a timid voice as she slowly walked to wards Iori. “What’s wrong Cakey?” “Iori, you are really dull, aren’t you?” Aina slurred. “Huh? What do you mean? What’s dull about me?” Kohei had a sneaky suspicion on where this was going. “You ARE dull. You didn’t notice what I was trying to tell you!” Whined Aina. Iori’s face scrunched up with confusion. Kohei spit out his drink as he heard this. “What are you talking about?” Asked Iori who was growing with confusion. “Well, I thought about it… You’re so dull, so you wouldn’t get it even if I told you,” Whispered Aina. “I have to show you through my actions…” “Wait a minute C-Cakey, are we about to get the true end?” Questioned Kohei. “I can’t take it anymore! If you don’t get it no matter what I say! Then, I’ll just-” With that, Aina grabbed Iori by the face and said in the most sinister tone, “I’ll watch. Take it off.” “Oh, so that’s what you meant.” Sighed Kohei. “W-Wait now that you say that-” Began Iori. “Oh, I see, I see. I guess I’LL TAKE IT OFF FOR YOU!” Said ‘The devil incarnate’ Aina. “W-Wait! Calm down Cakey!” Iori begged as Aina started to pull off his boxers. “Well, I’ll leave you two lovebirds at it then.” Kohei started to wave goodbye. “Where do YOU think you are going KOHEI?” Aina turned around, “You’re NEXT!” While the duo was doing everything in their power to stop Aina from tearing off their boxers, the rest burst out laughing. *Click*
“…and that’s what happened.” Ended Azusa. Toshio gave a hearty laugh, “Sounds like everyone of you had fun.” Everyone gave a roar of approval. “Well, I’m sure all of you are tired, so go rest up!” “Yes sir!” Everyone collectively said as they returned to their respective rooms. “I’m glad Iori and Kohei showed up, things have become more interesting around here.” Toshio mused.
Author’s note: And that’s it for chapter 2! I made it abit longer than chapter 1 and I also tried to add in more ‘show not tell’ into my chapter today since a kind soul told me that would improve the overall story. I’m glad about how this chapter turned out! Make sure to follow the story to make sure you don’t miss out on future updates! And do leave a review, it helps to motivate me to write even more for you lot! Thanks for reading! Jaa-ne!
Otōri: it is a drinking custom in Miyako Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The custom involves one person offering a toast to each of several other people in a round.