When he went to Shion’s house on the third floor of his apartment that morning, she came out right away, munching on a rice ball. She used to have a ridiculously sloppy side that overslept, but she seemed to have changed a little since we made up.
She greets him mumblingly while slinging her bag over her shoulder. A little while ago, Sousuke would have said something like, “Don’t talk while you eat,” or “Don’t eat while you walk,” but now he’s just saying, “Good morning.”
“Good morning, you’ve been getting up well lately.”
Instead of talking about onigiri (rice balls), he talked about how she hadn’t overslept.
“I was up late last night like normal, but I had my mom wake me up out of shame. …… Oh.”
Shion holds her mouth and looks at Sousuke’s face.
“I, uhm, stayed up late.”
They both fall silent.
“You’re not mad at me?”
“I’m not really mad at you”
Then she finally realizes. Before the fight, when he heard that they stayed up late, he was furious and warned her about it. That must have made her lose her temper.
“……, Sou-chan, you’ve grown cold.”
“I’m not Shio’s mother.”
“I miss Sou-chan’s small talk.”
Sousuke’sface was a little drawn and drawn.
“Wait. Don’t tell me that I’m the one who woke you up to your weird sexuality.”
With such an exchange, they took a bus from a stop on the main street to the school.
As they passed through the main gate and came to the shoe box, one of the boys approached them.
“Sousuke Sugaya, right?”
He said with a fresh smile. Sousuke raised an eyebrow.
“I’m Yuuto Asahiga, a second-year student. Nice to meet you.”
The way he dressed in his school uniform is also somewhat stylish.
“Is there something I can help you with?”
“Sorry to interrupt, but would you like to join the public morals committee?”
“I won’t join.”
“Immediate answer? May I ask why?”
“I’m not going to join anyway, so there’s no point in asking. Please look elsewhere.”
Asahiga put his hand on his chin and thought for a moment.
“It’s as they say. I still want you as a member of the team.”
Then, Shion came out from behind Sousuke.
“What’s wrong? What are you talking about?”
“Well, this senpai suddenly…”
“Huh, Asahiga Senpai, right? Good morning.”
“Hmm? Oh, good morning.”
Sousuke looks at Shion and Asahiga alternately.
“Shio, do you know him?”
“I don’t know him. He’s more like the chairman of the public morals committee. He is a famous person along with the student council president.”
When the student body president’s face comes to mind, Sousuke’seyebrows twitch.
“…Heh, so that is how it is”
“The chime is already ringing. I’ll come back when I have time. See you later.”
The head of the public morals committee left after saying that.
After school, in Sousuke’sclassroom.
“Oh, are you going home already?”
Masaki, sitting in front of him, asked, and Sousuke nodded.
“I heard it’s going to rain, so I’ll be home early.”
“That’s right. The weather is cloudy, and the forecast is not good.
“See you later”
“Ou, see you tomorrow”
Sousuke quickly left the classroom without even saying goodbye. He had neither an umbrella nor a folding umbrella with him today. If it rains, he is out.
“Shio, I hope you’re okay.”
During the bus ride, his childhood friend’s face came to mind, but he did not have to worry since she basically carries a folding umbrella in her bag.
Eventually the bus arrived at the nearest stop.
“Now, if I could only get here…… Ah!”
A drop of water splashed just above her nose. Raindrops began to fall, soaking the asphalt ground.
It was too late.
Sousuke started to run as if he had no choice.
Even though it was only a five-minute walk to the apartment, the force of the evening shower was tremendous. The rain was coming down harder and harder.
At the entrance of the apartment building, Sousuke, out of breath, took a moment to catch his breath.
When he looked outside, it looked like a storm was brewing. The wind seems to be strong.
“I have to put it in my bag.”
If Sousuke was seen in such a place, Shion would laugh at him.
Sousuke headed for the elevator hall with this thought in mind. The elevator doors opened and a woman who looked like a mother and a girl around five years old got off.
“The rain is so amazing, aah”
The girl, looking away from the elevator, bumped into Sousuke.
“Are you okay?”
Sousuke helped the girl up.
When the girl nodded, her mother stood behind her.
“She doesn’t seem to be hurt. I’m sorry, I was looking away too.”
Then the mother glared at the girl.
“Hey, I told you many times, didn’t I? Don’t go first. Why can’t you listen?”
The girl’s shoulders shook as she heard the snarl.
She was already on the verge of exploding in anger. Not sure what happened, but the atmosphere is not very nice.
“Always, always, always, always, why are you like that? Why do I have to be your mother?”
“Eh, uhm, are you all right?
He looked at the mother’s face and saw that she looked exhausted.
“I wish I had never given birth to you.”
She muttered to herself, and in an instant, she turned her head to look at her.
She then slapped the child across the cheek. There was no time to stop her.
Sousuke rushed to help the girl up.
“A-are you all right? Did you hit your head?”
The mother held her ears and ruffled her hair.
“Stop it, cut it out, stop crying, shut up, what did I do? Why are you doing this to me?
A janitor who seemed to be nearby came out after hearing the commotion.
“W-what’s going on?””
His eyes were black and white, as if he were in a carnage-like state of misery.
“M-Mom, I’m sorry. I’ll listen to Yuuko, so don’t get angry.”
The girl’s voice was trembling.
“Why were you born? Die. Just die.”
Sousuke stood up and grabbed the mother’s wrist as she was swung up.
“Enough of this. What do you think you’re doing to a little girl?”
The crying mother bit her lip.
“What does it matter to a kid like you?”
“None of my business? What kind of a joke is it to hit a child in public?”
“Tsu….! What do you know? What do you know about what I’ve been through?”
It was obvious that she was in an abnormal state of mind. She seemed to be driven by something.
“C-Calm down, you have a child to take care of.”
The man who was the caretaker was also trying his best to calm her down.
“Janitor, in the meantime, call the police.”
Whispering, the janitor nodded and went back to his office in a panic.
“You don’t know what I have been through, so don’t say what you want. That girl is the child of a man who was my boss at my company.”
Sousuke let go of her arm and moved away. The girl stuck to his waist.
“I was abandoned because I had this baby, and he ended up choosing his wife and her child. So I am left to raise the child on my own. If that child had not been born, I would have…”
Sousuke let out a sigh of exasperation at this argument.
“You made a big deal out of it and now you’re worried about something so trivial.”
The mother glared at him.
“What do you mean?”
“You have a trivial problem.”
“Tsu! You don’t know anything about it.”
“I’m a high school student, a minor, and I’ve never been out in the world before, but I’m going to give you my opinion.”
Sousuke cleared his throat. He was stalling for time until the police arrived.
“For now, you should reflect on the fact that you had an affair. You know you can’t be friends with a boss who has a wife and child, right? But you still befriended him, correct?”
“That’s because he asked me out.”
“Then why didn’t you just say no?”
Seeing as how she didn’t argue with him, she was probably into cheating on him.
“Even if you got along with him a hundred steps, you could have tried to prevent him from having a child, no? You didn’t do that, you just went with the flow, and you gave birth to this child.”
“I-I thought it would be fine”
“Didn’t you learn that in health and physical education class? There’s no way it will be ‘fine’.”
The mother took a step back.
“Because, at that time….”
Sousuke glances toward the front door. The police are likely to take longer to arrive.