TN: From this ch until ch 25, it’ll be rough, I’ll update it soon. Also I’ll update it to be the same style as the previous ch. (17/07/2023)
Author Note : ‘Wouldn’t it be like this if a romantic comedy-like development happened in reality?’, I will write this ch with that in mind.
3. Think realistically
The class ended without a problem, and it was time to leave school.
Somehow, I feel that the day is really long today. Since this morning incident, my condition has become strange, I thought that after I had my lunch, my condition had become better but… Somehow, I still feel something is wrong…
And, Is it just my imagination? But, I feel that the atmosphere of the class is somewhat calmer than usual. I think it was noisier until yesterday…
“YAWN!!… So sleepy…”
“What’s wrong Yamazaki? Lack of sleep?”
“Mm? No, that’s not the case, but, huff…”
Yamazaki, who was sitting on my right side, threw his upper body at the desk and didn’t move at all as if he was dead, and yet when I called out to him, he gave me a strange reaction.
What’s wrong with this guy? Aren’t you usually going home straight after the class ends? Ah, right, I forgot that this guy is in the basketball club.
When I turned my eyes to Aika, who was sitting on my left side, the opposite side of Yamazaki, she was still sitting without preparing to go home….. Should I try to talk to her? Like usual.
“Aika, let’s go home?”
“Uh?…..W-why would I have to go home with you!”
“R-right… I see. Okay, see you tomorrow then.”
She always rejected my offer anyway. I can’t bother my loved one more than this.
As usual, after school, the corridor was so noisy with students returning home and students heading for club activities.
Let’s stop somewhere on the way home. Come to think of it, there was this one manga that I followed when I was in middle school. Well, I stopped buying and collecting it halfway, but I wonder if it’s still ongoing…
Anyway, let’s go to the toilet before leaving school… I’ve been holding it since leaving the class…
After I entered the boy’s toilet, there was a big mirror on the right side. And I was surprised to see what was reflected there.
“…… I, what have I been doing?”
What was reflected in the mirror was a boy student with neat long brown hair. Of course, it was me, but that wasn’t what surprised me.
The hairstyle that I specially prepared for my high school debut sure doesn’t match my average normal face. I’m not even that tall either. Also, I’m not good at sports, not that I’m good at studying either.
A boring guy… I don’t mean to be so demeaning to myself, but was I such a normal boy? Is there anyone else who doesn’t have something worth mentioning like me?
The doubt that I had during the lunch break… why did I feel as if the fire in my heart had cooled down even though my feeling for Aika hasn’t changed… I think, I know the reason.
Right, Aika Natsukawa is an unattainable flower, out of my reach.
Some people fall in love with celebrities who are cute or have a good style. But, there is no reckless idiot who will seriously try to get near them. That’s right, for me now, ‘Aika Natsukawa’ is like a popular idol that takes over the world by storm and sways over the minds of people. On the other hand, I… I just look like a fan who falls in love with his idol.
Let’s say you suddenly see a member of the idol that you like, shooting a TV program in front of you, what will you do in that situation? The answer is to keep a certain distance and cheer from there so as not to bother that said idol. This, is what a perfect fan will do.
Maybe that’s why I suddenly felt like I was back to my old self. Thinking about it realistically, Aika is a beautiful, diligent, and talented girl. For such a person to stand side by side with someone like me, it’ll look like something out of balance…. Why didn’t I notice it until now?!
“Please go out with me, huh… Seriously?”
There was no one but me in a men’s toilet. I was muttering to myself in the mirror. Gradually, I felt blood heating my face.
Perhaps, from the surroundings, I looked like a clown who kept trying recklessly, attempting the impossible.
Think, Think realistically… For a girl, if a man who she doesn’t like, endlessly pestering her, she will feel terribly uncomfortable, won’t she?
“….. I really am an idiot………”
My face, which started to cool down, was reflected in the mirror. Then, I started to think again.
…… A long time inside the space full of that fluffy and sparkling scenery… to the point where I got blinded by it, and wasted so much precious time. Not others’, but mine. What’s more, I didn’t think and care about what she felt about me. This… in a lot of senses… isn’t this pretty dangerous…?
Weirdly, I started sweating. So, I opened the toilet window.
While enjoying the cold wind blowing, I wiped my sweat with the hand towel that I happened to bring.
And strangely no one else came to the toilet until I stopped sweating.
Why are live-action adaptations always so sinful? When I was in middle school, there was a manga series that I refrained from reading because it was near exam day, but I never thought that I would know the continuation of that manga from the live-action version. Above all, when I was watching it, I kept thinking, ‘No, not like this, it’s different. This is a big mistake.’
And after that, I had to overwrite my memory by reading the original once again..…
When I was thinking about such a thing, the sound of the intercom rang. Unfortunately, I happened to be the only one at home now.
So, I headed to the entrance and opened the door. And saw an unexpected person standing there.
“Aika……? Why did you come here? More so, at this time? What happened?”
At this moment, the time was about 19:30. And our idol, Aika Natsukawa, had come here. Her red-brown hair looked moist, probably she came straight after taking a bath. And the sexiness that overflowed from the white skin of her arms made my heart beat fast. Well, my heart always raced around her in the first place.
“I, I’m sorry to come over this late..…”
“That’s fine, but why……?”
“The, the guy who remained for the club activities told me your address!”
It’s too dangerous for such a beautiful girl to walk alone at night. I love her so much to the point where I have this urge to lecture her. No, more than anything else, at this point, it’s me who might do something dangerous to her.
But, why did she even look up my address? It’s easy to imagine what Aika thinks of me. At least, a thought about getting closer to me like this wouldn’t ever cross to her mind.
Perhaps, her favorability of me is unexpectedly high?…. Nah, that’s impossible. If I were Aika, I would push a guy like me far far away with my hands.
“I-is there something you wanna say to me?”
“Y-yes, that’s right.”
So, the time has finally come. I wonder which one it’ll be? “you’re disgusting, so please don’t come near me ever again.”, but with a serious tone, or, “I have someone that I like, so please don’t involve yourself with me anymore.”. Either way, Aika came all the way here to say something like that. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense that she would spend her time and effort to come here.
“… Wanna go in? Right now, nobody’s home.”
“Let me add one more thing, I don’t know when they’ll come back.”
Better let you know first, otherwise, it’ll be dangerous if they come home when we’re doing something later, right? Not that I have the intention or courage to do ‘that’ kind of thing in the first place.
Anyway, I let Aika, who decided to come in timidly, sit at the dining table.
She might feel more at ease if it’s near the living room, right?
Right now, it’s not yet early summer. If you walk after taking a bath on such a night, you’ll catch a cold. I understand that she wants to give priority to her style rather than the cold wind, but isn’t one piece just too much? Why does she need to look so sexy just to meet me….? Doesn’t she hate me?
I placed the instant pack of onion soup, which was stocked a lot by my mom, in front of Aika and gave her the blanket that was hung on the chair. Unusually, she didn’t complain and put it on.
The physical condition management of my idol is the top priority for me!
When the atmosphere grew awkward, Aika was the one who broke it first.
“Hey, you… Did something happen?”
“Not in particular, but… I, was I acting weird?”
“Weird… No, it wasn’t weird! But, That’s why it’s weird!”
Somehow, I understand what she wanted to say. For Aika, me being weird around her is the usual me. So, as expected, Aika noticed that I was strange today. Then, did Aika come here just to question it?
Should I say to her about that strange awareness that I felt when I was in that toilet?
No, it’s too embarrassing, no way I can tell anyone that.
“Y-you, what to say… usually even if I hit you, you wouldn’t just go away. Rather, you come to me even harder, so I thought you’re a ‘М’ or someone like that….. A-anyway, usually, you’re disgusting, you know?”
“And you want me to agree with that?”
“Y-yet, why were you listening to what I said, and so obedient today?! What are you plotting this time? Answer me!”
Normally, I’m a man who likes to stick to her and doesn’t listen to what she says. Well, even if I look back on myself, I think that’s not wrong. So, it can’t be helped if she thinks I’m planning something this time too, because I’ve been approaching her with various means. Always.
But, if tell her everything honestly, and she still says that she hates me, even after that… it’ll shock me a little… No, it won’t be a little at all… It’ll feel like getting shot dead without armor.
Then, what should I do?
“Umm… so, Aika…”
Then… If that’s the case, instead of saying everything, I just need to prove it with the result. The fact that strange awareness that I felt today, and the relationship that I decided between Aika and me right now, aren’t wrong.
And for that───
“I like you. Please go out with me.”
I’m no longer scared of our relationship changing.
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