The rumor about Black goddess disappeared.
All the noise around me disappeared, and I was at peace again —–is what I would like to say. Because after that rumor disappeared, another rumor started to circulate in the school.
Nijitani and Kuromine are dating.
What a joke.
Seriously, please knock it off.
This rumor started when Kuromine, who hates men, greeted me by saying, “…… Osu, Nijitani-kun”. Thanks to that, I suffered from the murderous stares of many men and women. The stares from female students were particularly fierce.
“What is the meaning of this, Nijitani?”
“Do you want to change schools again, junior?”
“What are you doing to Tsukiyo-sama? Don’t come near Tsukiyo-sama. Leave Tsukiyo-sama alone.”
“May I experiment to see how many sticks of chalk you can fit in your a**hole, Senpai?”
I also received many loving words such as.
I shuddered at the thought that I was being ungrateful, but this rumor was put to rest by Kuromine with a return of favor.
When she explained that my stepsister was a big fan of Kuromine and stood in a kind of SS-like relationship with her, and that she greeted me because of that, the majority of the students accepted it.
Coincidentally, among the girls who are Kuromine’s cronies, I am the only one who has a sibling, and there is no way to verify this. That’s why I’m the only one who is a special exception and I’m no longer a rumor when I speak to her.
……I mean, she knows that we are siblings, huh?
The surname Nijitani is uncommon, so there was a chance she would find out.
But there is no need to worry.
Immediately after I transferred here, I had talked to my stepsister in advance and promised not to tell her that we were step-siblings. If they find out that we are step-siblings, they will suspect that we are related to each other. Even if we had no intention of doing so, the relationship between step-siblings is a standard setting in romantic comedies.
I guess my stepsister wants a boyfriend, so she took me up on the offer.
It was difficult to set up the relationship because she had moved to a new school, but she forced the issue because her father and mother lived apart from each other. No one would go into such depth about the family situation.
So the rumors were dispelled, but there were a few who were not convinced. They came all the way to ask me to confirm the truth.
This is something I should reflect on.
In Akazawa’s case, it was inevitable to return the favor to Nekoda. In the case of Aoyama, I helped out in friendship with Mahiro because he was my friend. In both cases, there were unavoidable reasons.
However, as for Kuromine, I need to reflect on this matter intensely. I was too naive to think that the rumored figure overlapped with my old self and I felt sorry for her. It’s no wonder I was ridiculed as a meddler. I will forcefully convince myself that it was for my stepsister’s sake.
I have made a blunder, but this is the end of my involvement with the demons.
As for the white devil, I won’t get involved with her in any shape or form.
She’s had the least amount of time with me. We went to different elementary and junior high schools. She belongs to the most distant class in the school. I don’t think I will get involved with her in the future.
I walked home with these thoughts in my mind.
After passing through a residential area, I walked a little further and found my new home. It is a short walk to the school.
It was about time I go inside the house.
“——Please wait a moment.”
The voice came from a brand new apartment across the street from my house. A petite female student in a Tenkain Gakuen uniform was standing in front of the entrance.
It was too soon to raise the flag.
That girl was the one who completely destroyed my already broken heart. She is also the person who initiated a relationship with me for the first time in my life.
Shirase Mayuki, the White Goddess, is the first girlfriend I’ve had in my life.
“Excuse me for interrupting. My name is Mayuki Shirase. I have something to say to you for which I called on you.”
I breathed a sigh of relief at the way I was treated at our first meeting.
I was less anxious because there was the least chance of my true identity being revealed. Our time together was short, and the time we spent talking was short. First of all, I doubted that my true identity would be revealed, but I was bracing myself for the possibility that it might be.
“As a matter of fact……Uwa!”
As Shirase approached, she fell over on nothing.
“I see. A trap.”
Shirase states with a calm face.
“No, the problem is your ability.”
“You make it sound as if I can’t exercise.”
“That’s not it?”
“No, it’s not. I am an expert at falling over random places. I have a high tolerance for falls thanks to that.”
For some reason, Shirase, full of confidence, stood up, slapping the dirt on her clothes.
A smile and a sense of nostalgia leaked out of me at the sight of her unchanged appearance.
“You laughed, didn’t you?”
“I’m not laughing.”
“It’s a lie. You did laugh.”
“…… either way. So, what do you want to talk to me about?”
“Yes. I heard a rumor that you are dating Kuromine-san.”
So that’s the situation.
For the most part, as a goddess, she wants my vote. I guess she came to check if I’m likely to vote for her rival, Kuromine.
“That was a misunderstanding. My stepsister is a big fan of Kuromine, and she’s her follower. Apparently, Kuromine is also fond of her. She’s just saying hello to me because of that. The man-hating Kuromine did that, and that’s why I stood out and became the subject of rumors.”
When I explained, Shirase showed her satisfaction.
“I see. Then I’m glad.”
“What do you mean you’re glad?”
“Yes. I am relieved that you were not deceived by the black devil.”
Maybe that’s it, or maybe this girl doesn’t get along with other goddesses? As expected, the goddesses don’t get along too well with each other.
“It was the transfer student Nijitani-san, wasn’t it?”
“Ou, I’m just a country bumpkin.”
“From what I have gathered, you also have connections with the Red Devil and the Blue Devil?”
“…… It just happened”
“So you don’t want to get along?””
“No I don’t. I don’t think we know each other.”
There is no way.
“They are attractive people only in appearance, but why?”
“I’m not going to explain why. And by the way, rest assured that I have no intention of getting along with Shirase either.”
“Ara, you don’t like me.”
I got involved with those guys by accident, but I don’t want to get involved with Shirase as well.
If this was in school, my mind would be on the surroundings, but unfortunately, there is no one around here. I should be assertive.
“I don’t like to stand out. Even a little talk with Kuromine would cause such a commotion. If we were to get to know each other, there would be too much jealousy from those around us.”
In fact, Shirase approached me to confirm the fact of the rumor.
“I see, it sure is troublesome to have rumors start just by talking.”
“That’s why. When I get involved with popular people, I attract attention, for better or worse.”
“……I understand you a little better now.”
“I’m glad you understand. See you later.”
I start walking toward home.
I was able to take a firm stand. Yes, this is what I should have done. It was a quirk of my mind that I had bonded with pity or friendship.
“By the way, I have a problem.”
Walking toward home. For some reason, Shirase is right behind me, perfectly marking me.
“I’m looking for a meddler, please help?”
I arrived at the front of the house. For some reason, Shirase is right behind me.
“From what I’ve gathered, you seem to be the type who likes to meddle.”
“False information. I’m–“
“Thank you for accepting my offer.”
“I didn’t say anything!”
When I stretched my voice, I received looks from the wives in the neighborhood.
It was bad enough to get in trouble in front of my house. I don’t want to be the subject of rumors in the neighborhood.
“….And what’s your problem?”
“I am being stalked at the moment. I would like you to pretend to be my boyfriend for a while. If you solve the problem, I promise not to get involved with you in the future.”
She came up with horrible conditions. There was no benefit to me. Only disadvantages.
“Wait a minute, a stalker?”
“Yes, I’m being followed by a tall man.”
“Are you all right? Any real damage or anything?”
“For now, he’s just following me around.”
“That’s a pain in the a**. If he follows you, the police can…..Why are you smiling?”
Shirase was smiling while I was thinking seriously.
“You are as good a person as they say. I was surprised that you were so accommodating when you said you didn’t want to get involved.”
“I ask you once again. Please lend me a hand.”
Shirase bowed her head and I gave a wry smile.