Iteru ran after Pigg. "What's the matter?" he asked.
"I told you," she replied. "I'm quitting."
"But why would you quit? I know you. You love seeing the faces of people you've helped."
Pigg smiled. "You...Well, when I help people, I see their smiling faces and...it makes me feel happy, forget about my own problems."
Pigg briefly touched her chest, poking near her heart.
"Why are you quitting?" Iteru asked again.
"I need to study-"
"No, you're already smart."
"And if I want to stay on my A-game for college," she said, "I have to work hard."
"Is it Serebii?"
Pigg paused, then buried her face in her hands. Iteru managed to catch a glimpse of her smirking.
"Iteru, run away with me."
Iteru jumped up in shock. Unfortunately, he didn't land on his feet. Subsequently, he slipped on his shoes and fell on his butt. He put his hands between his legs so Pigg wouldn't see up his skirt.
"What?" he shouted.
Pigg helped him up, and the two walked to Pigg's locker. As she removed a coat from her metal containment box, she went on, "No, I mean, run away with me. Run away from Serebii's club."
"I thought about it," Iteru said with a shrug. "About telling him to shove it and leaving that club forever. But I need this club on my transcript."
"And you like helping people," she said.
"No, it's just for the transcript." He blushed. "I don't really care about people, to be honest."
Pigg put on her jacket, then hitched up her backpack. "I'm the tsundere, not you."
"We can both me," Iteru said sarcastically.
"Come along, it's time for the meeting."
Iteru was brought to a room on the second floor, closed off and locked. Pigg knocked 4 times, paused, then knocked for times once again.
"404," she said. "When we're int his club, you'll be seeing it a lot."
"Wonderful," Iteru sighed.
A young woman let the duo in. Iteru looked at her in confusion, but Paperhorse just gave him a look of warm reassurance.
"Welcome to the club," she said. "I'm the supervisor, Mrs. Paperhorse-Durant."
Unfortunately, the rest of the club wasn't as accepting. The group gave Iteru austere looks. Iteru recognized many of them instantly.
Liam Archaic, Serebii's ex-boyfriend was the group's leader. He was the only one of the group wearing the uniform.
"Pigg, who is this?" he hissed. "He could report us back to Serebii, and our surprise would be over."
"What surprise?" Iteru asked.
"Iteru hates Serebii, too," Pigg said. "I have no doubt he'll want to join us."
"Aww, Piggy's got herself a boyfriend!" a boy declared.
It was Matt Hips, local playboy and delinquent. He didn't wear the school uniform, instead opting out for a black leather jacket and some jeans. He suckled on a lolipop and gave Iteru a mocking smirk.
A redheaded girl sat next to Archaic. She wore a yellow tank top and cut-off jean shorts, held in place with red suspenders. Kasumi was Archaic's sweetheart. Serebii was fuming when the two got together.
Finally, there was a brown-haired boy with closed eyes. Former leader of the Young Democrats club, Mozzila Firefox, or Mozz for short.
All of them had bulb-like buttons on their shirts. Pigg herself dug into her jacket and slapped in on, over her heart.
"Iteru, is it?" Archaic asked. Iteru nodded. "Do you know what we are?"
"No," I said. "Pigg offered to tell me, but I like surprises."
"We are-" both Pigg and Archaic said simultaneously. Awkwardly, Archaic continued. "Oops. We are also a club. We're going to improve the school and talk about anime, just like Serebii's club."
"Only we're going to do it better," Kasumi said. "We're actually going to help people, instead of looking to look good."
"Needless to say, our club is going to succeed against Serebii's," Pigg added. "And we're going to bring him down."
"So, will you join us?" Archaic asked. "Will you help us improve the school and destroy Serebii's dreams?"
"You had me at 'destroy Serebii,'" Iteru said.
Iteru and Archaic shook hands, cementing their alliance.
"It's good to see people make friends!" Mrs. Paperhorse-Durant said. "That reminds me, I better call my husband and tell him I'm staying late."