“The first semester comes to an end with the start of school today. Although there have been many problems in recent years, we were able to celebrate the end of the school term without incident. Now, tomorrow we will enter the summer vacation—“
A powerful voice echoes.
Seeing my best friend for the first time in a long time, I could see that he was as handsome as ever, the hero of this world. He has grown taller since then. Facial features were as good-looking as ever, and there was a strong light in his eyes.
Standing on the stage, he looked magnificent. He is no longer a hero, but more like the sun. He is a light that shines through the darkness of this world and purifies it.
Chosen as a male god?
That’s Renji. He is the hero of this world. There’s no way he wouldn’t be chosen in a popularity contest. The person who didn’t vote for him is on the level of reprimanding him for what he is doing. It is only natural that he should win by a landslide.
See, look at Nekoda’s face standing there.
That expression is like looking at the prince of her dreams. The other female students were also entranced. There’s no reason not to fall in love with him.
……Huh, wait a minute.
Here I cooled down and came up with an answer to a point that had been bothering me for some time.
The issue of the goddess’s discord.
Renji, whom I haven’t seen in a long time, shines far more strongly than before. And Renji is a male goddess and will surely be inaugurated as a male goddess again this year.
Mahiro explained to me that the reason there is so much talk about the goddesses at the school is because the results for the male god are already known for this year.
If that is the case, the mystery of why those goddesses are strangely squabbling with each other will be solved at once.
If the current goddessess becomes the sole goddess, she will be able to make out with Renji, a confirmed male god, in a room reserved for gods next year. For those goddesses who want to be heroines, not harem, the other goddesses will be in the way.
Is that why?
I finally realized why these girls are so obsessed with goddesses. No doubt, their goal is to make out with Renji. It makes sense that the reason they don’t get along is because they are love rivals. They must be competing for the rightful wife.
It’s a genius guess on my part.
But, according to my theory, isn’t Shirase dating her younger brother?
I don’t know …….
I have no idea what’s going on around here, so I’ll just say she likes Renji and all will be well. As proof of this, those girls were glued to Renji—
None of the goddesses sitting in the special seats in the corner of the gym looked at Renji. On the contrary, they looked bored.
Akazawa was smiling an idol-like smile at the students.
Aoyama was smiling affectionately, probably thinking about the game.
Kuromine was unsympathetic and expressionless with her hands in her pockets.
When it came to Shirase, she was meditating. Probably sleeping.
I see, they are all tsundere.
The truth is that they are glued to Renji, but if they knew that, they would lose support from the boys. That’s why on the surface they are pretending to be uninterested.
I dare to say it.
That’s the part where you should be staring at them with your heart in your eyes.
You girls can’t get Renji off because you can’t do such a basic thing. You don’t understand at all. You may be held in high esteem in this school, but the world is a big place. There are plenty of girls of your quality.
Well, there weren’t any at the other school.
After all, the goddesses did not look at Renji until after the closing ceremony. Normally, they would have paid attention to the stage during the greeting, but it appeared as if they dared not to look. It was clear that they were still conscious of him. I don’t know if it was romantic feelings or not.
I was concerned about them, but I concentrated on the stage from the middle of the speech.
And so the closing ceremony was over and the semester came to a close.
Looking back, many things happened.
Contact with demons called goddesses. My encounter with Mahiro. I returned the favor to Nekoda. In the end, I found out that Renji was also a student here. At first there was a lot of bewilderment, but all’s well that ends well. After all, no one found out who I was, and I wasn’t the target of any bullying.
There was a period of mental instability along the way.
Living in a new environment. Living with a new family. Contact with people who had traumatized me in the past. I almost lost myself in the situation, but I got through it.
I was able to hide my true identity, which was my goal, and my life at the school is stable. I am not isolated in class. I guess that’s a good enough score.
To be honest, at first I thought I would be exposed immediately.
However, my true identity has not been exposed. I have reason to believe that.
If my true identity had been discovered by one of them, they would have taken action. For example, they would threaten me because of the past. I was treated like I was on the verge of becoming a criminal, and it’s highly likely that they would threaten me with something like, “If you don’t want to be like that in high school, you’re going to have to pay up.”
Or maybe they would apologize. If they had a conscience, they might apologize for their past. But there is no such thing.
No action means they don’t know.
Homeroom was over and it was time to leave for school.
“Finally, it’s over.”
Mahiro approached and spoke to me like that.
“The first semester went by so fast, didn’t it?”
“I guess so. Let’s set a date for tomorrow night when we can play games again.”
Mahiro and I have plans to hang out during the summer vacation as well; we are scheduled to compete in a GPEX event and have promised to go to a summer festival.
“You’re buying a phone during summer vacation, right? Do it as soon as possible.”
I was completely integrated into the class, but the pressure to buy a phone was getting stronger by the day.
As expected, I am at my limit and intend to purchase one. It was also becoming a hassle to start up my computer when I made plans to play or something. My parents said they wanted me to be able to use it in case something happened to me. I guess it’s time to pay the piper. Let’s become electronic slaves. [TL: Reverse Yuki?]
“I’ll call you when I buy it.”
I said, “Bye,” and parted ways with Mahiro.
As I was leaving the classroom, I heard a voice from Akazawa.
“Nijitani-kun, don’t forget your promise to go to the summer festival. I’m looking forward to it.”
“……Then , see you later.”
Akazawa said so and left.
It is the middle of the summer vacation, and the class has promised to go to a neighborhood summer festival. It is an event attended by a good number of classmates. Since Nekoda and Mahiro are also participating, I decided to attend.
When I was in the same class as Akazawa, I was overcome with a sense of despair, but now I feel that we are just classmates that I have a little bit of a hard time with. Perhaps the trauma has faded little by little.
Walking down the hallway, I ran into Aoyama.
Aoyama, who was chatting amiably with a girl who seemed to be her friend, approached me when she saw me. For some reason, she had an unhappy expression on her face.
“You know, I’m looking forward to the competition!”
With that, Aoyama left.
Aoyama and I played a game together after the test was over. At that time, she invited me to participate in a GPEX tournament, or rather, an event, with her during the summer vacation. Mahiro was very motivated, so we decided to participate.
I thought I saw an unflattering expression on her face, but it seemed to be my imagination, and Aoyama turned a pleasant smile on her face and called out to her here and there.
When Aoyama suddenly spoke to me that day, my heart almost stopped, but now we occasionally play games together. I still have a little bit of a bad feeling about her, but that’s all.
I changed my shoes and approached the main gate.
Kuromine and her cronies were hanging out near the main gate. Apparently, they were taking a commemorative photo. As I was slightly taken aback by my stepsister in the crowd, Kuromine noticed me and approached me.
“…… Have a nice summer vacation.”
With a thin smile on her mouth, Kuromine walked briskly away.
I would see Kuromine at my part-time job. We haven’t talked much at school since the rumors of our relationship began, but we make small talk frequently during our part-time job. She always speaks in honorifics at work, so it was very strange to hear her speak to me at the school. Recently, I felt that she looked somewhat thoughtful.
I feel more and more uncomfortable with Kuromine now.
I left the school and walked on my way home.
On the way home, I passed by an apartment building and saw Shirase standing there. When she saw my face, she approached me.
“Good day to you.”
“We are neighbors, and we may have a chance to see each other during the summer vacation. Now, if you’ll excuse me.”
Shirase leaves after bowing to me.
Although we have no plans to see each other during the summer vacation, we may have a chance to meet by chance since we are neighbors.
Shirase and I sometimes talk when we run into each other because we walk home together. In a sense, Shirase is also the person I care about the most, since her younger brother thinks she is my girlfriend.
Perhaps because the period of torment was so short, my feelings toward Shirase are not as intense. I still have the impression that she is a pushy girl.
I arrived in front of my house.
I know it is useless to think about it here, but honestly speaking, I still have many concerns.
The fact that the goddesses don’t get along with each other terribly well, their strange attitude toward Renji, Nekoda’s past misconduct, Aoyama’s broken bones and debut as a distributor, Kuromine’s makeover and rumors of violence in the past, Shirase’s family environment…
“Well, I’m not involved, so what’s the point of me thinking about it?”
Emptying my mind, I open the front door of the Nijitani house.
At this time I still didn’t know.
The incomprehensible onslaught of the goddesses that would begin this summer and the enraged developments that would follow.
TL: Next 8 chapters are the goddessess PoV