Rin suspects nothing when Kotori motions to her with a look of worry creasing her brow. She whispers something in the smaller girl’s ear as if other people around them are listening in, and Rin immediately runs off without even taking the time to respond to what Kotori had said.
“I saw Maki-chan. With…”
Surely it’s a lie. Maybe Kotori suddenly developed a sick sense of humor. Did Rin hear her wrong? No, well, she’d been looking for Maki anyway, and at least she now knows where she is.
Rin is slightly out of breath when she finally finds Maki with her arms around his neck, hugging him close. Maki doesn’t notice Rin standing there until she raises her head and freezes like a deer caught in the headlights.
“Maki-chan… how could you?” Rin’s voice chokes and her jaw is trembling, either from anger or distress or both. “I… I thought…”
“It’s not what it looks like! I swear!” Maki desperately holds up her hands in a placating gesture but then he affectionately nuzzles Maki’s cheek as if he’s mocking Rin.
Without another word, Rin bursts into tears and sprints away, stumbling over her own feet. Maki cries out and takes a few shaky steps forward before turning to point accusingly at him. He only blinks calmly and stares back.
“This… this is all your fault! You asshole! Jerk! You did this on purpose, you— you—“
Eli, who happens to be walking by, raises an eyebrow at the scene.
“Maki, why are you yelling at that alpaca?”