6. Having a conversation with others is difficult
And that, was the encounter and relationship between Atsushi Yamagami and Yuri Shirasawa.
—————- Back to the present —————-
Yuri Shirasawa who was in a pinch (for her), was asking for help, and Atsushi, who couldn’t even pretend that he didn’t see it, was now the focus of the eyes of the extroverts.
Of course, most of them were surprised. But, some of them felt unpleasant.
Well, of course right? After all, they were trying to invite their classmates to go out, but someone got in the way, it was just a natural reaction….. Right?…
『”Niceee! As expected of Atsushi-san!!! The one who has a scary face that everyone fears!!! And thanks to that, seeeee. They’re losing their words with their eyes popped. Hah, Serve~ you～ right～” 』
『”Wait, why are you the one who’s proud…”
Even though there was no change in the face, the tone was saying that she was having a victory party in her heart. As if she was a small fry who won by borrowing someone’s power.
“Wha… what is it huh, Yamagami? You have a prior agreement with Shirasawa-san, you say?”
“Yeah, didn’t you hear me say that?”
Atsushi responded immediately to the one who asked the question.
In this kind of situation, if you were to lose, you would be dragged to the pace of the other party. Therefore, even if it might be a lie, if you took a bullish attitude, the other party would back off.
“Then, tell me what your plan with her is.”
……correction. Apparently, it wouldn’t work if the other party wasn’t someone easy.
Atsushi thought that the flow of the talk should be like, “Oh, you have a plan with her already? It can’t be helped then.”, but as expected, the reality wasn’t so easy.
And Atsushi wasn’t the only one who thought the words were unexpected.
『”Huuh? What is this guy talking about? Why do you have to say the details? I mean, to ask people about that, isn’t he a bit too much? Atsushi-san, what do you think about that?”』
『”Don’t complain to me”』
Atsushi answered the previous question while in his heart he said so to Yuri.
“The other day, when it rained, I asked her to lend me an umbrella. I inadvertently broke it. As for compensation, I said that I’d buy her a new one, but in the end, it’s decided that we’ll go to buy it together. That’s it.”
Atsushi said so in a dignified manner.
Of course, all of that was a lie. In the first place, Yuri never lent me an umbrella, and of course, Atsushi never broke her umbrella. It was all just something that came up in his brain at that moment.
『”Wowww. Atsushi-san is someone who can lie at such a fast pace. What’s more, an umbrella? Aren’t your ‘sense’ is not good at all?”』
『”I wonder whose fault? Also, what do you mean by ‘sense’?”』
There wasn’t anything like ‘sense’ in lying. Rather, it was something that you practice to be good.
It seemed they believed in Atsushi’s lies, probably because he wasn’t afraid or nervous, and said all of that naturally.
“Hmm. To have someone lend you something, and destroy it, somehow, it’s so you. And, more than that, for it to be Shirasawa-san’s umbrella. You’re so insensitive.”
“Oi, oi, Sayama”
The brown-haired boy who poked Atsushi earlier ―――Sayama, Yuri was the first to react to his words.
『”Huuuh, it’s not the words that should come from a guy who is forcing other people to go out, isn’t it? The word “insensitive”, should be a boomerang, doesn’t he realize it?”』
In fact, they probably didn’t think it was a bad thing to invite Shirasawa to go somewhere.
In fact, from others’ perspectives, aside from asking her so many times, going to a karaoke place after school wasn’t something strange for a high school student.
Since what Sayama said was reasonable, Atsushi answered with that in consideration.
“It’s true, that I broke her umbrella, and for sure I was insensitive. I won’t deny that. That’s why I’m trying to compensate… Is there something wrong?”
While affirming the other party’s opinion, you should add the words ‘that’s why’ and then return it with another question.
If you got butthurt here, that would lead you right into the other person’s trap. Therefore, you must keep calm and take an appropriate attitude.
“We…well. But, it doesn’t have to be today. We’re going to go out together with Shirasawa-san. So, change your plan to a later date.”
As expected, his answer was unexpected.
『”Huuuh~~~? Seriously, what is this person taーlking about? Didn’t he hear what Atsushi-san said earlier? That we have a plan for today. But he, he keeps trying to bounce it off as a matter of course, and more so, without the consent of the person. Ugh, This is why ‘Extroverts’ . Should, just go, to hell. Seriously…”』
Yuri’s words were a little radical, but to be honest, Atsushi had a similar feeling.
But rather to Extrovert in general, it was to Sayama, who was in front of him. He thought that it would be hard for them to get along.
In this case, maybe Sayama just really wanted to go out together with Yuri.
Really, how do you deal with this…
“What are you guys doing?”
Suddenly, as soon as Atsushi heard a voice, he turned to the voice.
There, stood a tall boy with glasses. But rather than his bad eyesight, the impression you would get from him, would be neat, as he had short black hair and also uniforms with no stains or dirt that showed his character.
Yukito Hiiragi… The chairman of the class and also a member of the school’s disciplinary committee. In addition, he was a talented person who had achieved top-level results in all subjects and also was said as a versatile sportsman.
“I heard the story. So, let me say this, if you have a prior plan, you should give priority to that. After all, you should always be able to go out to play anytime. And… I think that you should finish “Something Unpleasant” quickly, before it becomes more troublesome later.”
Hiiragi said that going shopping with Atsushi was, “Something Unpleasant”.
Sayama didn’t say anything, perhaps he was hesitating to refute the words of the chairman who was also a disciplinary committee member. But it was clear that he was angry.
And, as if it was for him, the people around him finally made a move.
“Sayamaー. I know you really want to hang out with Shirasawa-san, but let’s stop it here today.”
“Yeah. If you have something to do, you should finish it quickly.”
“As the chairman says, if you put off “Something Unpleasant” fast, that won’t be a bad thing in the future.”
Sayama, who was clearly in a bad mood, left the place, saying “Let’s go”, with a calm expression.
The others followed him with an expression saying, “Good grief”.
Looking at his back, Atsushi sighed in his heart.
With this, the difficult problem is gone.
When Atsushi finally relaxed, Hiiragi turned his gaze toward him and opened his mouth.
“….. Don’t make a fuss. My work will increase.”
“Yeah, yeah. I’m sorry for that. I’m the most hated person after all.”
Atsushi thought that he would be scolded, but…
“I’m not impressed with that ‘demeaning yourself more than necessary’. You’re not doing anything wrong. Well, I’d be grateful if you could solve it a little more gently and peacefully.”
What Hiiragi said, was a bit of an unexpected word, and Atsushi instinctively made his eyes round.
After all, right now, Atsushi was the most hated person and Hiiragi was the chairman and also a disciplinary committee member.
Atsushi thought Hiiragi would curse or give him some warning, but apparently, it was a needless worry.
But since Hiiragi said so, Atsushi only had one thing to say.
“… My bad. Also, you saved me there. Thanks.”
Because of Hiiragi, it didn’t become something more troublesome. That was why it would be natural to give Atsushi the words of gratitude.
In Atsushi’s words, Hiiragi said nothing and left.
In this way, the situation settled down.
All Atsushi had to do is to leave school as usual.
Or, it was supposed to be like that, but…
“… Seriously, how I ended up in here…”
For some reason, Atsushi came to the department store with Yuri. And he couldn’t help but muttered such words.
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