After leaving the leisure facility, we headed for karaoke. Personally, I would have preferred a family restaurant because I had heard we were going to have dinner, but the majority voted against it.
Three of them agreed, except for me and Kuromine.
Kuromine was going home to begin with. But Kanon stopped her. She must really love Kanon, because she followed us even though she said it couldn’t be helped.
“This is the first karaoke …… Kanon has ever done in her life.”
“Ara, it’s my first time doing karaoke, too.”
“Actually, for me too.”
Kanon, who was making her high school debut, said it was the first karaoke in her life, and Shirase, who was a young lady, said it was also the first time in her life. Furthermore, Yakumo-kun also had his first karaoke experience in his life. Apparently, in his case, he had been soaked in studies since the middle of junior high school that he had no time to play.
It was refreshing and interesting to see the three of them so nervous. They were looking around the room for a while. I know how they felt because I had done something similar.
When the excitement had cooled down, we took our seats.
“You had a lot of fun today, didn’t you, Onee-sama?”
“Kanon is just too excited.”
“Even Onee-sama had fun on the waterslide many times.”
This time around, the relationship between Kuromine and Kanon seems to have deepened.
They seemed to be having a lot of fun playing ball afterwards. It is good that Kanon seems to be having a good time.
“It’s been a while since I’ve made a scene, right?”
“That wasn’t like you, sis”
“Yakumo seemed to be having a lot of fun, too.”
“It was fun. I’ve been studying hard since I entered the school.”
It seems that this sister and brother also had a good time.
I enjoyed it a lot, too.
It was a nice change of pace from all the smartphone apps and studying I’ve been doing lately. In that respect, I’m grateful to them for inviting me.
We each ordered a meal. I wasn’t expecting a meal at a karaoke bar, but to be honest, I was licking my chops. It was on the same level as a regular family restaurant meal.
When the tension was raised by the delicious meal, it became a flow of singing in turn.
Kanon said it was her first karaoke in her life, but she sang an idol song. It was also my favorite song, so Yakumo-kun and I clapped our hands together.
Yakumo-kun chose a male idol song. He was very good at it. Combined with his looks, he looked like a real idol.
Next, Shirase sang an anime song. It was a famous radio song. I was a little bit surprised by the song choice, which was obviously aimed at the audience.
I said I was a little taken back, but the song I sang was also an anime song. However, it was a song from an anime based on my favorite Light novel. It was not a moe song, but a hot song with a burning sensation in mind. I’m not a very good singer, so the reaction was not that great.
In the midst of the excitement, Kuromine called out to me.
I was strangely nervous because of what had just happened, but her eyes were glued to the touch panel.
“How do you operate this thing?”
“…… Is this your first time too?”
Kuromine did not answer.
Knowing the past, I can say that it is not surprising that Kuromine is new to this, but it would be surprising for the three people who do not know her past. That’s why she whispered the question.
With the other people watching, she seems to be going through with her school style here. I was impressed and dismayed at the same time that this girl was leading a difficult double life.
I will teach her how to operate it.
Surprisingly, she chose a popular song. At first her voice trembled with nervousness, but as she got used to the song, her voice came out. She has quite a beautiful voice. Or rather, she is just plain good.
This made Kanon very excited.
We then chatted over food and sang a few songs at each person’s favorite time.
Karaoke was a big hit.
Especially Kanon and Yakumo-kun were amazing. They were singing all the time without showing any sign of letting go of the microphone.
I was in the restroom. Apparently, I drank too much.
While washing my hands, I was thinking about the day’s events. It was a spur of the moment gathering, but it seemed to go off without a hitch. Despite everything that had happened, I had been reborn, and it turned out that I could handle the pool event with them with ease. I was doing my best.
When I came back, Shirase was standing in front of the room.
“Why don’t you go in……?”
“I was waiting for you, Nijitani-san.”
Shirase smiles wryly.
“It seems to be going well.”
“…… what are you talking about?”
“Please don’t play dumb with me. It’s your relationship with Kuromine-san. It seems you’ve grown quite close to each other. I could tell from what I saw.”
“Like I said, I don’t—“
“Please leave the support to me.”
She is not listening.
For all the talk of atonement, she doesn’t seem to have any sense of guilt at all.
“But if the other goddesses are better, I’ll cooperate with you too. It’s my way of atoning for my sins.”
Is it limited to goddesses only? For her, it’s not an act of redemption, it’s an act of guilt.
After saying this, Shirase went back into the room.
When Shirase returned to the room, Kuromine came out from inside in exchange.
Kuromine put her back against the door so that it could not be opened from the inside, and looked around to make sure no one was there.
“Uhm, …… good work”
It was a plain greeting.
Her weak voice from her flashy appearance was a gap.
Don’t you have something to do?
“…… Did you get a phone?”
“Who told you that?”
“Kanon-chan told me. She says you’ve been living a self-indulgent life lately because you’ve been using apps all the time.”
Self-indulgent is unnecessary part.
However, it would be out of line to blame Kanon here. I didn’t stop her from talking about it. Kuromine would have found out sooner or later.
She took out her smartphone from her pocket.
“If you want, can you give me your contact information?”
“Look, we work at the same part-time job, so it would be useful to know, wouldn’t it?”
It would be worse to refuse here.
Right now, Kuromine and I are healthy part-timers and this is how we hang out. If I refuse, she might get the idea that I have something to say.
“I don’t mind …….”
I exchanged contact information with Kuromine.
I wondered if that was what she wanted. Kuromine bowed flatly and went back into the room. After a few moments, I returned to the room as well.
“Onee-sama, are you all right? Your face is red.”
“I-It’s nothing. It’s just a little hot.”
“Eeh, I think it’s too cold since the air conditioner is on full blast.”
“Noisy. It’s hot as hell in here.”
Shirase laughed eerily at the sight of the two of them. Incidentally, Yakumo-kun was glancing at Kanon while drinking his juice.
Thus ended the only and biggest event of July.