Kuromine was being picked up by two men.
Kanon and Yakumo-kun were not nearby. I don’t know if they were going their separate ways or if she was caught on her way to the restroom.
“Don’t you need help?”
“Do I look like I need it?”
This would be a situation where I should have helped her, but Kuromine’s expression and mood were not what I would have wished for. She looked at the men who picked on her as if they were looking at trash.
“–Look in the mirror and try again!”
A blade of too harsh a word was fired at the pick-up men.
I could hear their voices even though they were quite far away. It seems that Kuromine is also quite angry.
How could words like that possibly have any effect? The men who pick up on women are known to be persistent,
I was thinking that.
“And I’ll come back!”
The two men who had been cut off so easily left with happy looks on their faces for some reason.
Apparently, it was the type of pick-up they had been trying to get. Consider it a bad time to give up. Personally, I’d like to buy into that challenging spirit, but the reason they were smiling at the end wasn’t because they were happy to be cursed out with harsh words, was it?
After a while, another man spoke to Kuromine.
….Did I say they are persistent?
No matter how many times she repelled them, one pick-up guy after another kept coming up to her. That’s why she was angry.
While I was thinking about what Kuromine was going through, I heard a voice from the other side of the room.
“Where did you come from?”
“Hey, hey, let’s go somewhere and have fun.”
Yakumo-kun was being picked on. He was also alone.
The people picking on him were a group of college girls I had glanced at a few times.
I had never seen a reverse pick-up before. I was shaken to think that it could actually happen. Incidentally, I had no such enviable experience.
Yakumo-kun’s expression was nothing like that. He didn’t seem to be interested at all.
I looked at him.
“What do you want with my boyfriend?”
Shirase, who had been gone for some time, quickly intervened.
The women who had been trying to reverse the situation realized that they were with a beautiful girl, and disappeared somewhere. It seems that even the most brilliant college girls will admit defeat in the face of an overwhelming presence like Shirase.
In times like this, Shirase would take advantage of the couple.
“Thanks for the help, sis.”
“Yes, you can count on me by all means.”
Later, Shirase returned with Yakumo-kun.
“Huh, where’s Kanon?”
“She is waiting over there with Kuromine-senpai. She asked me to get some drinks.”
Yakumo-kun has a drink in his hand.
When I looked toward Kuromine, she had just fought off a few pickups, and then Kanon approached her on a short run. Apparently, she had gone to the restroom.
My stepsister is a free spirit.
As Yakumo-kun was about to walk away, Shirase restrained him.
“This is where you come in, Nijitani-san. If it’s me, I’ll get caught in the middle, and Yakumo may get picked up on the way.”
…… This girl is trying to get me and Kuromine together.
As expected, there is no backhandedness in a row.
However, Yakumo-kun believed the shady argument.
“Huh, you’re absolutely right, sis.”
It seems that story is really half-true. He was quite a simple man.
“Nijitani-san, this is your chance to show her your good side, okay?”
Shirase handed me the drinks that Yakumo-kun had purchased.
“We’ll head to the staff just in case.”
“Got it. Shota-senpai, please take care of it.”
With that, they started walking. Shirase almost fell when she took her first step, but somehow managed to avoid falling with the support of Yakumo-kun.
With drinks in both hands, I started walking away.
As I approached the two girls, I gradually heard pick-up men’s voices.
Looking closer, I saw that the men were moderately good looking. They had brown hair and tanned skin, and I could tell they were used to playing around. They were probably a little older than me.
“I heard you earlier. How about us?”
“We’re good-looking, aren’t we?”
The flirt boys are making a mysterious appeal. Both gazes were on Kuromine. I was somewhat disgusted by their attitude of treating Kanon as an afterthought.
Kuromine had a blatantly disgusted look on her face. It’s an expression that says she doesn’t care about them. Kanon, who was standing next to her, ignored the men and looked at Kuromine’s expression and seemed to be getting excited.
One of the men tried to extend his hand toward Kuramine.
” Oi, will you hold on a second”
I interrupted with a drink in both hands. In the process, I also brush the man’s hands away.
“Here, have that drink you asked for.”
I hand them to a bewildered Kuromine and Kanon. While Kuromine froze, not understanding the situation, Kanon smiled, thanked me and began to drink on the spot.
I turn my attention to the pick-up men.
“What do you want with these girls?”
The men stared at me.
Their expressions were not very subtle. I wondered what they thought of me.
“Who are you?”
“Are you friends with these girls?”
Don’t be silly. Kanon is my stepsister, and Kuromine is nothing but a acquaintance. We used to share the same wounds, and now we are part-timers.
I don’t know if I’m being honest when I say so.
[Don’t bother me just because we’re part-timers.]
And it is obvious that the men will press Kuromine more and more.
I was lost, and Shirase’s words from earlier came to mind. It takes courage and determination to speak up, but if I hesitate here, it will be difficult to get rid of them.
“That is my stepsister, …….”
I point to Kanon.
“And she is my girlfriend.”
Taking Kuromine’s hand.
The men were surprised.
Kuromine and Kanon were even more surprised. Kanon in particular looked at me like, “Is this guy for real?”
“You’re her boyfriend?
“Doesn’t seem like so”
I know. I’d rather not have a woman like this in my life.
However, the player in front of me is not a good match for Kuromine either. I’d rather see if a guy who looks good with Kuromine is available.
I don’t want to get into trouble. I wanted to settle the matter peacefully. I’m not sure if he understood my intentions, but Kuromine’s face was slightly upturned as she wrapped her arms around me.
“Too bad, my boyfriend is better than you guys.”
She smiled when she said that.
“That’s why, go away.”
Because of the close contact, her breasts hit my arm. I was thrilled to feel the touch, but I acted stout-heartedly.
The guys saw me and looked at each other and started to walk away. It seems they gave up.
That was surprisingly easy. I thought so, and then the men approached Shirase. Naturally, Yakumo-kun, who was nearby, fought them off. Still not ready to give up, the men approached the group of college girls.
They’re a stubborn bunch, huh?
It’s funny that I admire guys who pick up women, but I was dazzled by their confidence even when they were rejected by women.
Keep up the good work. Maybe your efforts will eventually bear fruit and you will find a goddess worthy of you.
After the pick-up ruckus was over, we met up and played a little ball before resting on a bench.
I heard that quite a bit of time had passed before I realized it. I was just floating around except at the end, but the other four seemed to have enjoyed the pool in their own way.
As expected, there were no more pick-ups when we were all together, but we had become a conspicuous group, so we attracted a lot of attention from the people around us.
“I was picked on. It’s the first time in my life, Onii-chan.”
Kanon’s tension was high, as if she didn’t care about such stares.
“…… You look happy.”
“I guess so. No, the world has noticed how cute Kanon is.”
That pick-up was aimed at Kuromine for all intents and purposes, but let’s not get too wild.
“W-Well, you can’t help it, Nijitani-san is a lovely lady.”
“Is Shirase-kun the type of person who has noticed the good qualities of Kanon?”
“Mou, you had to give me a quick compliment there.”
Good luck, Yakumo-kun.
But that’s the thing, I had the impression that flirting was something to be scared of, but I hear it depends on the person.
Kuromine was as cool as ever with a drink in one hand. For this girl who hates men, the constant picking up boys must have been a pain, but I wonder if she has gotten over it since then. She didn’t seem to be bothered by them when we were playing with the ball.
“—-Let’s all go out to dinner afterwards,”
Kanon suggests. It is true that quite a bit of time has passed, and considering the time it takes to get there, it would be better to leave soon. All agreed and the pool was closed.
Most of us ended up just floating around, but we still had a good time.
As I was walking to the changing rooms, Kuromine came up next to me.
“…… Uhm, thanks for earlier.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
Kuromine glanced around. The three of them were walking ahead of us. When she saw that, she put her mouth close to my ear.
“I was really scared. I was so happy when you said you were my boyfriend.”
When she whispered that in my ear, my heart jumped with a thump.
[Would you be interested in dating Kuromine-san?]
Shirase’s words ruminate in my head.
I shook my head as if to brush the thoughts away and made a short run for the locker room.
…… Whispering in my ear, that’s foul. I don’t care if you were a plain girl back then, you’re a goddess now. Think about that for a minute. You dumb*ss
Blurting it out in my mind.
I hate to admit it, but I was thrilled.