This is from Aika Natsukawa POV
11. Goddess’ sentiment
I put my elbows on my desk and played with my smartphone. Sadly enough, I didn’t have apps that I was addicted to, and I didn’t have the concentration to keep looking at the screen for a long time.
If I had time to spare when seated at the rear of the classroom, I usually looked around my surrounding. And when I did so, I couldn’t help but felt uncomfortable with the quietness that was different from before.
Recently, ‘That guy’ (Wataru) behavior was strange.
He used to follow me at all times, uttering words that set my teeth on edge. One day, such annoyance disappeared completely. No, it wasn’t completely gone. Still, at first, I was wondering what it was about since it was kind of rare lately, and got a little happy.
Maybe “that day” was the trigger. From that day on, his behavior was obviously strange.
I remember uttering cold words to him.
Because I didn’t like the strange and mysterious gloomy feeling that I felt, I accidentally rushed to his house. And when I thought I could talk it outside, I never thought I would be taken inside his home.
『”I love you. Please go out with me.”』
The words that I had heard many times. But, after that day, he stopped speaking these words to convey his precious feelings anymore. If anything, I felt like he was really serious at that time. But I thought, it was the usual nonsense he usually said again and again, and so, I didn’t really think too much about it.
Still, I don’t think what I said at that time had been wrong.
『” ───So, I’ll try reading the situation and the mood..”』
What do you mean by reading the situation? What kind of mood are you trying to read?
I should have asked more about it, but I ran away from the place in front of Wataru’s family because I couldn’t stand being there.
I don’t really understand it myself, but I remember, back then, I was feeling strong anger at him.
『”Hey, you’re Sajou-kun, right?』
And one day, a cute brown-haired girl began to appear in front of Wataru. Apparently, her name was Aizawa-san. I thought he didn’t know her too because he looked so confused, but then he started going somewhere with her almost every day. For some reason, my classmates who I rarely talked to, told me that, even though I didn’t ask.
Wataru talked to me all the time, and sometimes, I couldn’t finish my meal because of that. I felt that my lunch break was so short every time, but recently I finished my lunch in 15 minutes. It made me have some free time and I didn’t know what to do. Whether he was around me or not, he still gave me trouble.
He’s probably having a nice chat and talking happily with that girl, Aizawa-san, around this time.
“……Flirting around like that…”
“Hmmmm? Aika-chan, are youー jealous?”
Aika and Kei
“Hey…Kei!? No, it’s not like that! Why do I need to feel something like that to him! “
“Without Sajo-chi, It’s quiet, rightー? Don’t Ai-chi feel lonely tooー?”
“I feel refreshed because someone annoying is gone! Please, don’t say anything strange!”
“You don’t have to be soー angry.”
Kei often looked at me and him, and approached us with a grin. Most of the time, perhaps, she thought of us as a couple doing something funny or something like that. Apart from that, Kei sometimes liked to tease me like this even though that guy was neither my boyfriend nor my anything. Sure, I trusted Kei, but still, it was annoying….
I told her exactly what I thought, but Kei didn’t care and continued to say, “By the way.”. No, wait, please listen to me.
“That girl who is clinging around Sajo-chi, she walked in the corridor every day with her boyfriend in arms until recently.”
Oh, now that you mention it….. I feel like there was a couple openly walking in the hallway of the school with their arms crossed until recently. I’m sure her boyfriend is a senpai, not from the same year.
But wait. Why did a girl who seemed to be so close to her boyfriend until recently, suddenly come to him?
“She has been flirting with her boyfriend until recently, but don’t you think it’s strange that she suddenly approached him?”
“T-that girl, do you mean, she’s planning something?”
“Yeah, but maybe… she’s not only planning, but already proceed into it…”
When I asked, Kei replied and then muttered something.
Really… What the hell she wants to say!
If she’s really trying to do something to harm him, then, doesn’t that mean, I need to do something about it…? I-it’s not that I’m worried about him or something! It’s just also to prevent me from being dragged into it and harmed!
“Ah! Sajo-chi is back!”
“Then I’ll be back to my seat, Ai-chi!”
“Eh, wait, Kei….!?”
Kei whispered to me that he was back, while quickly packing up her lunch box, and then, returned to her seat.
Really… can’t she at least stay with me until the end!? She plans to leave it to me alone!?
When that guy sat down, he began preparing for the next lesson as if nothing had happened.
Hey… why today of all days, you don’t talk to me as usual!
“───H-Hey… do you have a moment?”
It was a strange feeling to be the one saying something first to him, it made me feel a strange itch on my body. Still, no matter how annoying it was the fact that he might be harmed…
… I couldn’t overlook it!
“Y-you… are you eating with Aizawa-san every day?”
“No, not every day… But, well, mostly.”
Eh, hey you… how can this guy answer so causally like that! Doesn’t he say that he likes me!? Usually, you’ll try to hide that kind of thing because you don’t want to make a distance with the girl that you like, right!?
“You’re eating outside, right? There’s someone who saw you when both of you going out somewhere…”
I asked as if I weren’t concerned about him. Because I knew that if I said I was curious about him to his face, he would definitely get cocky for one whole day.
I’ll never let that happen.
“Yeah, that’s right. It’s not wrong.”
“… I see.”
Like I said, why is this guy…! Can admit his relationship with girls so easily! What are you going to do with me!? You usually call me a goddess, but you don’t really think I’m a goddess, right? No way he looks me in that way, right!?
After exchanging some words with me. Wataru, unusually, took his eyes off me and put his hand on his chin, and began to think about something.
This guy, can do this kind of gesture too, huh….. N-no, it’s not that I’m making a fool of it or anything.
“Umm… Natsukawa. Did you know Aizawa beforehand?”
“Eh…!? E, ah, yeah, I did? What about it?”
Suddenly he asked me something meaningful. I answered that I knew her.
… is this guy suspicious of Aizawa-san too? Otherwise, he wouldn’t ask about that girl’s past, right…?
….And when I thought like that, he suddenly, asked me something dumb.
“I want to know more, about Aizawa.”
“…..You know, I can’t talk about that! This idiot! Make sure to chase the girl’s ass moderately!”
My head turned white with anger.
Why am I so angry like this?
Perhaps it was because when people were worried about him, on the other hand, he was flirting with the girl he just met without thinking much. If he would just give me this kind of feeling, I wouldn’t have bothered myself to think about him!!
I don’t want to see this guy’s face right now.
As I stood up full of vigor, I jumped out of the classroom as fast as I could.