Alternate storyline that starts during the Kyoto fieldtrip. While Negi and Asuna are away, someone challenges Haruna to the card videogame...ParuOC POSSIBLE SPOILERS! Character piece. First of its kind, I guess, and a bit experimental.
"W-well...that is...um... " Nodoka Miyazaki stammered, her face as red as humanly possible and her eyes swirling from embarrassment.
"You have to win this contest, Nodoka!" Haruna Saotome shook the almost delirious girl. "Just imagine! A kiss with Negi-sensei! That'll be sure to seal the deal for you! It's the first step to a long and wonderful romantic life together!"
"Huh...!?! I-I-I..." It was then that Nodoka promptly passed out from all the excitement...or maybe too much blood to the face and, ergo, the brain, if it were even possible.
"Oh well...we'll just have to get her up in a bit," Yue Ayase shrugged. "I just hope the others don't give us that much trouble...this is so stupid, if ya ask me."
"Is that true, Yue..." Haruna smirked, now turning to the other co-member of the Library Expedition Club. "Or are you out to try something as well...?"
"W-wha...that's crazy. I'm just helping Nodoka out, that's all. Excuse me," Yue said calmly before marching into the bathroom.
It was the usual reaction: recoil and deny. Okay, followed up by one more: flee. It's gotten such that even the slightest hint of romantic innuendo has them all jumping out of their shoes to quell an impending 'rumor-epidemic', as Kazumi sometimes called the phenomenon.
Haruna scratched her chin. "What's she so worried about? Could it...? Hmmm...even if I was only kidding then...though we're not a hundred percent sure, I'm pretty certain I can smell something brewing. And it sure smells a lot like rotting candy almonds...the..."
Konoka Konoe interrupted. "Yeah, yeah...the 'love reek'. Though aren't you just psychic, Haruna?"
"Could be..." was the vague answer as Haruna shifted her glasses and a menacing spark lit her eye.
"Hey now, stop accusing everybody of something you're not even sure of yourself. Oh, and it's almost eleven, besides..."
"That's right! C'mon, let's get sleeping beauty here awake. Oh, I do hope Nodoka wins...I've got fifty lunch tickets on her against Kakizaki..."