“Oh, sorry to bother you.”
“Yes, come in.”
After that, we went home, talking about various things.
“Senpai, please take a bath first. The change of clothes is a little big, but I have my sister’s change of clothes.”
“Uh-huh. I understand.”
Phew. I take a breath while drying my hair with a towel.
We have a lot to talk about now.
I still don’t trust Reika-senpai.
I’m even thinking that she might threaten me with something from the past.
I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that I have this personality.
More importantly… Once again, I wonder why someone like her likes me…
“Yuya, I had a bath.”
“I’m going to go in, too, so please take your time.”
Reika-senpai usually looks beautiful, but she looks cute in the loose clothes my sister always wears.
Oops. It’s dangerous. Don’t be fooled by her cuteness.
I then took a bath, dried my hair with a hair dryer, and went to the living room.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, senpai.”
We are both nervous.
“… Why are you so suspicious of people, or rather girls, Yuya-kun? When I went to your classroom, you seemed to be keeping as much distance as possible from girls.”
“That wasn’t the case before I entered high school…”
And I told her everything about my past.
Including that thing, of course.
“Well, that’s how I became the person I am today.”
“You don’t have to feel sorry…”
I tried to say when,
“I’m sorry I could only do this.”
Reika-senpai hugged me and patted my head.
I wanted to pull away from her, but I felt calm or warm. I felt my strength drain away.
“Yuya-kun did his best. Even if no one else is watching or admitting it, I’m watching you.”
The gentle tone of her voice melts my heart.
“Yuya, you did your best.”
I felt as if I had been rewarded just a little.
I tried my best not to cry.
A little time passed, and Reika-senpai asked me.
“Yuya. Do you still like that person, or rather Ichika?”
“Not at all, not even a little bit. I don’t want to see her or hear her voice.”
“I know her because we are in the same grade.”
Is that so?
“Next, it’s your turn. Why do you like me so much?”
“That’s a secret. If you go out with me, I’ll tell you.”
“Eh, eh. That’s not happening.”
“It’s not that big of a reason.”
She seemed to be in a slightly bad mood.
(I knew it. He didn’t remember.)
She says in a whisper.
“What did you say?”
“I didn’t say anything.”
She is still slightly grumpy.
“It’s already quite dark outside.”
I looked at the clock, it was almost seven o’clock.
“If you don’t mind, would you like to have dinner with me?”
“Eh, is that okay?”
“Are your parents okay with it?”
“They work together and don’t come home until late. Yuya-kun, are you going to cook for me?”
“Don’t expect too much.”
“I’m fine. Even if it’s poisoned, I’ll eat it if Yuya-kun made it for me.”
“I wouldn’t do that!”
Then I made easy-to-prepare curry and soup and we ate them together.
“Yuya-kun, you can cook, can’t you? Whenever you become my husband, you’ll be fine.”
“That’s probably not going to happen.”
We ate while exchanging such conversation, and after the dinner was over, I took my senpai to the station.
“I’m fine right here. Thank you.”
“Thank you very much. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry for doubting you. But I still can’t fully trust you.”
“I’ll never betray you, Yuya-kun.”
No, I can’t. Deep down inside, I know I am telling myself not to believe.
“Because I love Yuya-kun. I love you. I want Yuya-kun to love me as much as I love him.”
“I may not fully believe you, and I will doubt you.”
“But I still love you.”
“… Can I stay here temporarily tomorrow?”
“Yes! See you tomorrow.”
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Tomorrow’s schedule is set.