I was delayed at first hour and late getting back to the staff room. The other teachers were all talking at their desks, and Yama Arashi was among them. I had thought he was absent for the day, but it turned out he was just late. As soon as he saw me he said he'd been late on my account and I owed him for it. I picked up the two coins on my desk and said, "Here, take these." I placed the coins in front of him and told him they were for the ice water I'd had in Tōrichō the other day. He gave me a questioning look and began to laugh it off, but then saw that I was quite serious. He told me to dispense with the petty foolishness and swept the coins back onto my desk. In keeping with his character, he was not about to back down from treating me.
"I'm serious. We have no affinity that warrants you treating me to ice water, so I'm paying you back. On what grounds do you not accept?"
"If a paltry one sen and five rin is bothering you then I'll take it back, but why now after all this time?"
"Now or whenever, I'm returning it. I'm returning it because I don't want you treating me."
Yama Arashi looked at me coldly and replied with a grunt. If not for my promise to Red Shirt I'd have exposed his misdeeds then and there and laid into him. But I'd agreed to silence, so my hands were tied. How could be brush me off with a curt grunt when I was boiling red with anger?