16. Once you turn on the switch of an otaku
After eating, Yuri decided to go home.
Seeing her, Tsubasa whispered to Atsushi.
” (Hey, Ak-kun. Please send her to her home. You have to show your good side and earn points.) “
” (I don’t know what point do you means, but I understand that you still had some misunderstanding) “
However, Atsushi was well aware that it should be dangerous for a woman to walk alone on the night road. Therefore, in the end, he would send her halfway.
Atsushi and Yuri were walking alone on the night road.
『”Atsushi-san, Thank you for today.”』
“Hmm? Oh. Well, I’m sorry that Tsubasa suddenly came. I mean, you’re not good with the person you met for the first time, right?”
『”No, no. For sure, I was nervous, but if it’s Tsubasa, it’s okay. Rather, Come! Bring it on!… Well, to be able to see the figure of such a cute good-looking guy having a meal, I’m happy…!!!”』
“Really? I don’t think you were talking that much though.”
『”Huh? What are you talking about, Atsushi-san? It’s out of the question that I can talk to Tsubasa normally. He’s an idol, you know? Idol. How can an otaku like me speak to such a sun-like existence? We’re like Yin and Yang. Originally, I was afraid to even get into his sight…”』
“Yep. I sometimes don’t understand that weird tension of yours.”
In fact, until Atsushi explained, Yuri didn’t even realize that Tsubasa was an idol and a member of “STEP.”
……But, yeah, as expected, no one would think that an idol on TV would appear in front of you…
Suddenly, Atsushi came up with a question.
“But, you don’t say bad about Tsubasa huh. Even though you’re always saying that you’re bad with Extrovert.”
『”No, no, no, no. Don’t put him together with those guys…!!! An idol is, a 3D light, a hope!!! I’m an otaku who specializes in 2D and special effects, but I can understand the hobbies of people called, “Idol Otaku”. After all, an idol is, in short, a 2D in 3D!!”』
“Okay, calm down. And cool your head. Your words are becoming more and more chaotic. I mean, A 2D in 3D? What does that even mean? I don’t understand the meaning.”
Yuri was usually expressionless, but when it came to something like that, there was a slight change in her expression.
Specifically, the edge of the mouth, it rose, and glittering light dwells in the eyes.
『”And above all, he’s cute!!!”』
“In the end, That’s the reason huh…”
『”Huh? What are you talking about, Atsushi-san? Cute is justice! And, in order to protect cute things, people may even save one or two worlds out there, you know?”』
“No, it’s impossible”
『”No, it’s possible! Human beings are creatures that will surely make their dreams come true if they don’t give up!!!”』
“If you’re that confident, why can’t you speak normally in public …”
Atsushi sighed at his disappointing friend.
However, Atsushi continued his words, as if he remembered something.
“Ah… that, Shirasawa. I may say this so many times, but the previous case…”
『”It’s okay. Didn’t I say that? That, I don’t have enough friends I can talk about something like that. So don’t worry.”』
“Okay, thank you… and then I have another request… Don’t tell Tsubasa about my position at school.”
『”I see. I guessed from the flow of the story earlier, but as expected, Tsubasa-kun didn’t know about it huh.”』
“If he knew it, it would definitely hinder his work. Even today, he stopped by my house on his way home from work. Even though, he’s damn busy. That’s why, I don’t want to bother him more than this”
Even though Tsubasa was indeed the trigger of the incident.
However, it was Atsushi who escalated it to a fight. Therefore, the fact that he was sent to the hospital and the position at the school was the result of his own decision.
In truth, Atsushi felt sick about the situation in school, but he decided to accept it. He chose it himself.
That was why he didn’t want Tsubasa to worry about this matter much.
『”Nothing. I just think that Atsushi-san is somehow a natural worrier and good at taking care of others. Sure, you were like that to me, but when I saw your attitude toward Tsubasa, I reaffirmed that.”』
“…Shut up. If you have time to say that, show me that you can pass the next retake properly.”
Right after Yuri sent such a word, she went in front of Atsushi and turned around.
“Well then, Atsushi-san. See you tomorrow.”
There, Yuri spoke directly, not in telepathy, so Atsushi instinctively made his eyes round.
Seeing him like that, Yuri smiled a little.
At least for Atsushi, it seemed like that.
In the end, Atsushi couldn’t say anything and had no choice but saw her back as she left.
By the way,
Yuri passed the retest without problem, partly because Atsushi taught her.
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