yahi seem to want to see Tonomura-kun.”
Using her sisters as an excuse, she was trying to invite me to her home… Well, it’s not that I won’t listen to her requests even otherwise.
Also, the feeling that the bento might be made by her, well, it might not be wrong to claim that ‘There’s a chance it could be me.’
My childhood friend, who has been in the same class for the first time in two years, likes me—
That’s a bit of a fantasy, isn’t it?
“Ayahi is a good girl, but if Su-chan is waiting for me, I have to come.”
“Tonomura-kun, you’re still sweet on Suzuka.”
“I’m an only child, so I’m a little jealous of the Hinagata sisters.”
“But they’re quite noisy, you know?”
I mean, only Ayahi.
“Yeah, it’s like asking for what you don’t have, and that’s fine by me.”
“Is that so?”
I’m sure being an older sister to Ayahi and Su-chan is a lot more difficult than it sounds.
I finished my lunch earlier than Hinagata and put my hands together to say,
“Thank you for the food.”
“Thank you for the food”
[TN: Originally it was “お粗末様でした” (Osomatsu sama deshita) which expresses “thanks for having the food.” but I changed it to “Thank you for the food.”]
“I’ll wash your lunch box, over here,” Hinagata said, collecting the empty lunch box.
I feel bad for letting her do it, but I guess that’s how childhood friends should be.
We casually went to each other’s houses, had dinner together, and went to school together in the morning.
I got out of my seat and headed for the bathroom.
When I was in junior grade school, we would visit each other’s home whenever we wanted to and played together with similar things.
When I became a middle school student, I joined baseball and she joined the basketball club.
Since our club boasted one of the strong teams in the prefecture, the activities of our club were quite strenuous.
Without a doubt it became hard to stay in contact with her on a regular basis and thus the time we would spend interacting with each other also decreased remarkably.
As for me, I had a very strict club that lasted until December of last year.
As I was washing my hands, Sugiuchi came in and passed behind me.
“What is it?”
“What’s with Hinagata?”
“Hinagata-san, the most beautiful girl anyone wants to be stepped under or kicked by, but when she’s talking to you, she somewhat has a different vibe to her.”
He’s got a weird image of her.
But if you ask her, she’ll surely kick you with a strange look on her face.
Hinagata at school didn’t talk much and tended to be expressionless, so it wasn’t hard to understand why it appeared that way.
It was probably because of this gap that the atmosphere around her seemed different.
“Do you want to get kicked by Hinagata?”
I looked at Sugiuchi, who was doing his business with half-lidded eyes, and he smiled sarcastically.
What’s with that face?
As I left the restroom, I saw an unfamiliar third-year boy entering our class.
I peeked inside curiously and saw that he was talking to Hinagata about something.
Someone from the soccer team, I believe.
It was oddly quiet in the classroom, and I could tell that all the students inside were casually listening to the conversation, just like me.
I couldn’t hear the conversation clearly, but Hinagata’s expression was a little tense.
‘What are you talking about?’ I didn’t have the guts to intervene.
“What are you doing? Come on, go in.” Sugiuchi said to me as I turned around.
“I’m kind of in the middle of something.”
“It’s okay.” “What do you mean?” As we were exchanging words, the third-year student walked out of the classroom.
Even though until some time ago, I was quite a bit nervous there, the ambience loosened suddenly.
When I walked in and returned to my seat, Hinagata was preparing for our next class.
This was the first time I’ve seen such a scene up close, but I’m sure it will be the first of many.
“If you’re going to say no, I think it’s fine to say no right here on…”
“Because you, you know, already have someone you like….”
Why am I the one who’s nervous?
“You got called out after school, right?”
I knew it.
“I want to talk to you.”
Maybe he’s that guy.
That’s the only way.
Or he won’t come all the way to the second year’s classroom to have a chat.
The expression on her face just makes me wonder, but she doesn’t seem to understand much.
“This insensitive woman.”
“I don’t want to hear it from you, Ryunosuke.”
“Why is that?”
She turned away with a peck.
What was with that reaction?
“I’ve already said I’ll be in front of the tea room, so I’m going.”
The reply given by Hinagata sounded somewhat stubborn.
I wish I could have said, “Don’t go.”
But I didn’t have the right to do that.
I was a little sad about that, and even if I said it, Hinagata had no obligation to obey.
I know she’ll turn him down, but I’m sure it makes me feel uncomfortable.
I didn’t even know why I was feeling so bothered, which made me feel even more bothered.
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