3. The truth of the silent beautiful girl
“In other words, you are the one behind the rumored ‘voice’?”
Yuri simply affirmed while doing ‘seiza’. [TN: kneeling with the tops of the feet flat on the floor, and sitting on the soles]
She was shrinking her body until her shoulders looked narrow.
“Anyway, it’s time to stop talking directly into my head, I’m right in front of you now, face to face.”
『”Eh, I don’t like it. Absolutely impossible. I’m really bad at, talking to other people.”』
“How can you say so with that kind of attitude …”
Even though her face remained expressionless, her heart’s voice is leaking.
I mean, even now, it doesn’t match at all. To the level that makes you wonder if she really is the owner if the voice. It’s not your normal ‘poker face’, you really can’t feel any emotion at all.
“Well, so, why did you do something like that?”
『”Wellー, that’s… I’m scared if someone I don’t know comes. So, I just chased anyone away.”』
Atsushi let out an amazed voice… He thought that Yuri would say she was scared of him, but that was not the case. Yuri’s reasons were simple, she did all of that just because she got scared when someone she didn’t know came nearby.
And, Atsushi, he didn’t understand that feeling.
But, that doesn’t mean it’s okay to use telepathy.
『”So, hmm, why you can still calm in this situation? Normally, you will get surprised, right?”』
What Yuri wanted to say, was probably, if you hear a strange human voice in your head, it’s natural to be surprised and found it creepy. That was also the reason why there were so many people who had been pushed away by her.
There was only one reason why it didn’t work in Atsushi.
“It’s simple. I am also the same as you.”
While saying so, Atsushi poked his nose twice with his finger.
“My nose is special. I can smell someone with supranatural power, so I followed the scent and here I am.”
『”I see~. whatー a lie.”』
“Even though you’re a person with supernatural power, how can you say that…”
The word ‘lie’ itself, I couldn’t deny it. Since from the point of view of ordinary human beings, something like supernatural powers might sound ridiculous. There is no way to prove that my nose could really sniff it.
But still, I don’t want to be told that by the girl in front of me.
『”Well, you were able to find me in one shot, so I guess, it’s true. I believe it.』
Yuri easily withdrawn her own words.
Even though Atsushi was upset by her indifferent attitude, he continued his word,
“Why are you, a celebrity of this school, in here?”
Perhaps Atsushi’s words hit something about Yuri, she squinted and replied,
『”… Because I’m a celebrity. I stand out in many ways, so people keep talking to me. That’s why, during lunch breaks, if there is a chance, those extroverts will invite me, “Shirasawa-san, how about having lunch together?”. Do you think I could bear to be in such hell?”』
“Don’t say something so terrible.”, Atshusi wanted to say that, but Yuri didn’t stop as if she had a lot to complaint.
『”I want to spend my school life peacefully and quietly. But if I go out with those people in the top caste in the class, I won’t be able to do that. Forced to talk gossip everyday with girls in your class, do you think I like that? If I join girls’ talk that I don’t even understand, I’ll be screwed. Besides that, when the school end, I need to leave school in the same group. Such a restrained life is impossible for me, absolutely impossible!!”』
“I see. For the time being, I understand how you feel about those extroverts.”
Atsushi wasn’t a person that could be called as “extrovert”. And it was also true that he was being avoided by such people. However, he had never thought like Yuri’s.
…Is this also, the difference between boys and girls?
“Then, why don’t you just show your true self?”
『”Yamagami-san. Are you stupid? If they find out that I am actually a super gloomy introvert otaku, it’s inevitable that it will spread as a rumor. If that happens. I can’t live a peaceful school life. For sure.”』
That is… true.
Regardless of the inside, Yuri is a first-class, no, a super-first-class in terms of beauty and style. That’s why, people call her, ‘Fairy’. If she becomes known as an otaku who loves anime, manga and games, it is inevitable that she will become a rumor. If so, it’s natural that she wants to hide it.
『”So… it would be very helpful if you keep silent about this…”』
“Hmm …? ‘kay, I don’t really care.”
Atsushi answered as it was just a matter of course.
Yuri, on the other hand, had her eyes rounded.
『”…….Eh? Are you sure? For real?”』
“What? Have a problem with it?”
『”No! There’s none! But that… What if you ask me to do something strange later? Like, ‘I will keep it secret, but let me take a nasty photo’. And after that, using that picture as a blackmail, you’ll start asking more nasty demands….”』
“You, really have a great delusion.”
I never thought a girl especially someone like her would say such a thing, but… no, wait, maybe they just didn’t say it out loud?
But, how should I put it… A girl named Yuri Shirasawa is a not that perfect human being as I thought.
“I mean, do you think anyone can believe that you’re a person who has telepathy ability? Also, I’m the most hated person in school now. When I say that, anyone will just ignore it. No, on the contrary, they’ll start to think that I am a crazy person.”
『”Ah, that is……”』
Yuri didn’t deny Atsushi words. As expected, she also seemed to know about Atsushi’s rumors. And, as he mentioned earlier, there would be no merit even if Atsushi were to reveal Yuri’s secrets. Rather, he would only be perceived as an idiot.
“Well, but I have one thing I want to request …”
『”I’m sorry, as expected naked photo is just too much…”』
“Nobody said that, I didn’t even think about it… I just want you to let me be around here from tomorrow. Well, I mean, I just want to able to have lunch and have a nap on the bench outside. That’s it. I won’t pollute your sanctuary.”
『”Ah, that’s okay… I don’t really care.”』
Yuri was still half-suspicious of Atsushi. Of course, her classmates, who had hardly spoken with her, suddenly learned her secret. So, it was natural for her to be vigilant.
Therefore, Atsushi didn’t say anything much after that, he just uttered a word of gratitude.
“I see… Thanks.”
The chime rang, as if telling the two, that their conversation must end for the time being.