Translator : Soafp
She had hurt someone important huh.
Those words echoed in my head.
Akazawa went back to her seat without saying another word.
There is no way of knowing who the important person is, but there was a reason for the two of them to fall out. Nekoda herself had heard those words, but did not refute it. It was probably true.
I might be a little sorry for making her look bad because of what happened in the past.
Well, I don’t feel sorry.
I was surprised that she had the sense to get angry when someone she cared about was hurt. Even though she gleefully hurt me, she still gets angry when someone she cares about gets hurt, she is still a selfish person.
Let’s put that aside and see what I can do from here.
I really don’t want to have anything to do with Akazawa.
I honestly don’t care about her friendship, and I don’t feel good about making up with her and making more friends. I’ve lost almost all of my original friends. I don’t even want to help her.
But I do owe Nekoda.
It was only because of Nekoda that I was able to avoid falling into her trap. If I had stayed in touch with her as a childhood friend, I would have been framed as a criminal by now. It was thanks to Nekoda that I was able to avoid the worst case scenario. I was able to get out of it without getting into the worst kind of quagmire.
I had to repay the debt.
It was after school and my classmates were getting up to go home for club activities. Nekoda, who was sitting next to me, was also about to leave, so I called out to her.
“Hey, do you want to make up with Akazawa?”
“You don’t want to?”
The problem is Nekoda’s will.
If you want to reconcile, I’ll help you. However, I have no intention of doing any unnecessary meddling. I still can’t forgive that girl, and I don’t want to help her or anything.
“Then you should make up.”
“I can’t do it. Yuuhi is very angry.”
“No, it looks like she wants to make up with you too.”
We’ve been together for a long time, so I know.
She definitely wants to make up with her. The reason she doesn’t come forward is that she feels she can’t back out now.
She doesn’t want to apologize, but she wants to go back to the way things were.
“How do you know?”
Because we grew up together.
I can’ t say that.
“Can I just say it’s something?”
“I’ll tell you why, because I’ve seen a lot of fights. If she really hated you, she wouldn’t have reacted like that. She would have either ignored you or eliminated you without a trace. Besides, she called Nekoda “Hazuki-chan”. She wouldn’t have called you that in such a friendly manner if she didn’t like you.”
I made a statement that sounded like it, but it was appropriate.
“…Is that so?”
“That’s what she said to you when we talked about the novel. I suggested that we talk about it with Nekoda, and she didn’t say no.”
“She didn’t say she didn’t want to, but…”
“Then that’s your answer.”
I mean, she definitely did.
She was glancing at Nekoda. She must have wanted Nekoda to call out to her, so she called out to me at that moment.
It’s the same thing that happened when I had a fight with her a long time ago.
During a fight, she has a habit of glancing at the other person. Giving off an aura of “I want to make things right with you,” she waits for the other person to break down and apologize. Despite her appearance, she has a stubborn streak that keeps her from giving in.
It’s the same this time.
I was curious and kept my eyes on Akazawa, and she kept glancing at her during class. It’s not that she was staring at Nekoda, but rather that she was trying to casually join in when Nekoda was talking to someone else.
She’s trying to get Nekoda to apologize for the way things are going and get things back on track.
“Can we really make up?”
“Absolutely, you can.”
“Are you sure you want to stay like this forever?”
Nekoda shook her head.
“After all, you want to make up.”
“I want to. It was my fault.”
“Then leave it to me.”
“…… All right. Please.”
“In return, make sure you apologize.”
Confirming that Nekoda nodded, I started to act.
In the sparse classroom, Akazawa was getting ready to leave. When I approached Akazawa, she took a somewhat defensive stance.
“I want to talk to you.”
Akazawa looked up.
She saw Nekoda fidgeting in her seat and sensed something. Even so, her expression was that of an idol with a smile.
“Nijitani-kun, what’s wrong?”
“You seem to want to make up with Nekoda, so I came to help you out.”
“…I don’t really care”
“You don’t want to?”
This person will be stubborn and say “I don’t want to”.
“……I might want to.”
This answer was unexpected. I was expecting her to be stubborn. She seems to have grown up more than she used to.
“No ‘might’. Akazawa definitely wants to make up with her.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“Because you were always looking at her. When I transferred to this school, you were also looking at her. I thought you were looking at me, the new student, at first, but you were actually looking at Nekoda next to me.”
Akazawa’s face contorted for a moment when I pointed it out.
Apparently she hadn’t noticed her own habit. It seems to me that no one else knows about it, except me. I wonder if someone has ever paid attention to it.
“You also want to make up for it, right? Nekoda said she was sorry.”
“Is it fine as it is?”
I played my trump card on Akazawa, who was not quite at her wits’ end.
“The person you’re talking about, does he want this to happen?”
“That person has nothing to do with this!“
The color of Akazawa’s face changed at that comment.
Is the person you care about so much that you get angry and bare your emotions?
In fact, I know who the other person is. There are only a few people that this demon could get so emotional with.
“…..It’s non of your business. Wouldn’t it be better if you left me and Hazuki-chan alone when we fight?”
“Well, I guess so.”
“Because it’s none of my business. I don’t know why you’ re fighting, and I don’t know what happened in the past. However, both of you seem to want to make up, so I’m just acting on my own. I have nothing to do with your situation.”
Akazawa opened her eyes in disbelief.
“As I said before, it’s annoying to have a gloomy face in the seat next to me. It’s a matter of my tension. Having a pungent person next to me is not good for my mood. I just transferred to a new school and now I’m caught in a bad mood. Wouldn’t that suck?”
Akazawa fell silent at my quibbling and forceful argument. I beckoned Nekoda over to me, making sure she was silent and regretting her words.
“So that’s it. If you’re willing to reconcile, accept her apology.”
“…… Hazuki-chan will apologize, right?”
“That’s right. That’s why.”
Nekoda responds to my beckoning and emerges from behind me.
“Um, Yuuhi…….I’m sorry”
Nekoda bowed her head frankly.
“It was my fault for what happened. I didn’t mean for it to happen.”
“No, …… it was my fault originally.”
“That’s not true!”
“No it is not. Sorry ……I’m sorry, I just wanted to put the blame on you, Hazuki-chan. I was the one who was really at fault. I knew that, though.”
Akazawa grasped Nekoda’s hand.
“…… Let’s make up, Hazuki-chan.”
“Are you sure?”
“Of course I am”
I heard that much and turned on my heel.
The rest is entirely up to her.
I heard them talking about this and that behind my back, but it doesn’t matter to me. I returned to my seat, grabbed my bag and left the classroom.
I saw Akazawa and Nekoda smiling at each other as they had done in the past.
The smiles of my former childhood friends gave me mixed feelings.
TL: Next chapter is about his past with Akazawa. (Hinagi is that you)