On my way home from school.
Walking along a sparsely populated residential street, I felt the presence of someone behind me. I had a bad premonition, so I tried to turn around, but it was a little too late to take action.
I was hugged so vigorously on my back that I lost my balance and almost fell forward,……, but I managed to hold on by stepping on it. It is no exaggeration to say that the tightening of the clenches now is a divine work.
“Ow? Did you just click your tongue? Did you click your tongue when you saw that I didn’t fall down?”
I turned around and there she was a junior member of the homecoming club, Nakagawa Youka.
She had a short bob of brown hair and was one school year younger than me. She is also relatively small in height, so small that she could be mistaken for an elementary school student if she were not so tall.
It is funny to call her a junior in the homecoming club, but since she calls herself a junior in the club, I have no choice but to go along with her.
However, Youka herself calls herself a junior in the club, so I have no choice but to go along with her.
“If you fell down, it would have been a dirty development with me, your kouhai-chan… Oh, that’s a shame!”
“All right, get off my back.”
“I’m glad… or do you prefer small breasts like your childhood friend? I have nice breasts, you know.”
It’s true that although she is short in stature, she has big breasts.
It’s really a waste.
If she were at least 10 centimeters taller, she could have been a model or an idol.
That’s how cute Youka looks.
If my wish were granted, I would not ask for money, but for her to grow taller. I don’t think it’s possible.
“You’re being a pain in the a*s…or don’t talk about Airi right now.”
She was surprisingly perceptive. No, maybe my expression unconsciously tightened up when she mentioned Airi’s name… but I have to be careful not to get emotional.
“……, well, sort of.”
“Would you like to talk about it?”
Suddenly, Youka’s tone becomes serious.
She has no intention of making fun of me at all.
Speaking of which, the only opposite-sex people that I can trust are my sister and Airi, until now…?
Perhaps I’m just nervous, and Airi’s response may be normal for a woman. It would be good to talk to Youka, who is also a woman.
I know it’s pathetic that I’m complaining to someone so much younger than me, but maybe I should also talk to her about how I should treat Airi from now on…?
—I met Youka through a series of coincidences from the time we met to the time we became friends.
I met her half a year ago at a game center. I remember we had a lot of fun talking about arcade games at that time.
At the time, I was in love with Airi, so I wasn’t interested in other women and didn’t ask her for her contact information. I thought I would never see her again, but a few months later, we bumped into each other on our way home from high school.
We talked a lot, but she seemed to be shy and never got involved when Airi was with me.
After much deliberation, I decided to tell Youka about the events that had transpired. When I told her about it, she listened to me seriously without making fun of me. I realized that Youka is a good girl when it comes to important things, even though she is usually a bad person.
It was the same with Usui, but I am really blessed to have friends.
“What the hell? That childhood friend of yours! What she’s doing is really wicked and disgusting!”
“I’m not crazy… am I?”
“Of course! I don’t care if it’s a stranger! But if it’s someone I’m close with, I need to be more honest with them! And to even think of keeping senpai as a keeper is outrageous!”
It was so fierce that I couldn’t help but back away.
No, but thank goodness… if it felt funny even from a woman’s point of view, then there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with my thinking.
Then Youka began to ponder something.
Seeing her serious appearance, which I don’t usually see, I tried to ask her what was wrong, but Youka made a proposal to me before he could ask her.
“…Hey senpai, I have a solution for you.”
“Hm? I don’t think there’s any solution?”
“… uh… how do I say… it…”
Suddenly Youka starts to fidget.
That’s the gesture that Airi showed me this morning, so I want her to stop, okay? I mean, what on earth are you up to?
“Would you like to go out with me for a while?”
What is she talking about?
“That’s just like you, isn’t it? All the nutrients that were supposed to go to your head have gone to your breasts. That’s why you’re so big.”
“Excuse the sexual harassment, but I’m going to knock you over.”
“I’m scared, I’m really sorry.”
I wound up talking too fast.
But that was my fault.
Even though I was surprised by the out-of-the-ordinary talk, it was not something I should have said out loud. From now on, I’ll just keep it in my mind.
No, it’s more about…
“Why are you talking about going out with me?”
When I asked her this, she answered my question with her large breasts puffed out, which is one of the few things she has going for her.
“Because you don’t like to come to school together with her in the morning, do you?”
“Well, that’s true.”
To be honest, thinking about it makes me quite depressed. I don’t want her to tell my dad and sister about it.
I don’t think Airi would go out of her way to tell them that, but I don’t really know what she’s thinking anymore. So I’m not going to pretend I understand her.
“So, we’ll go out together and I’ll pick you up in the morning. Then when your childhood friend will go ahead and pick you up in the morning, and she won’t be in the way, will she?”
“… no, but… umm…”
“What are you worried about?… or am I that disgusting…?”
She asks me something weird with tears in her eyes.
I don’t know what she thinks she did wrong, but for some reason, she’s crying, and here I’m going, to be honest with her about what I’m thinking.
“No, it’s bad to ask you to do that much for me. Besides, to be frank, I respect Youka as a junior, so I really don’t want to cause him too much trouble.”
“I-Is that so… you thought of me like that… I’m happy…”
Youka turns her head in the opposite direction and starts mumbling.
I’m not sure if she’s embarrassed by what I just said or not.
Every time I see her, she hugs me like an idiot, but she’s still as weird as ever…
Well, I don’t dislike that kind of weirdness… and it’s actually cheering me up right now.
“Well, I’m sorry for worrying you. And thank you.”
“Oh… I’ve already made up my mind! I’m going to pick up my senpai tomorrow! I’ll go out with you!”
“I don’t mind!”
I’m always bothered by these juniors, but this one is much more bothersome.
I could touch her if I reached out my hand, so I seriously stopped… and made a funny sound by mistake.
But Youka’s eyes are serious. She doesn’t look like she’s playing a joke on me like she usually does. I am convinced that she is really trying to play the role of my girlfriend.
It is also true that I like Youka myself.
Even if she is just pretending, I would be happy to have a girl like Youka as my girlfriend.
Besides, I don’t want to go to school with Airi, so I’ll take the cute junior’s suggestion.
“…Can I ask you to take on the role of my girlfriend for a while?”
“Are you sure about it…?”
“That’s my line, okay?”
“It’s really… not a dream, is it?”
Youka suddenly starts pinching his cheeks. And she’s smiling so big like she can’t believe it.
I wonder if her brain is still insane.
I’m a little worried. I hope it can be cured after surgery… Speaking of which, can the brain be operated on?
We walk shoulder-to-shoulder.
It’s still a little puzzling……, but Youka next to me is smiling happily all the time…could it be that I’m expecting a little bit of a real relationship?
…No no, I’m not sure what Youka would say if she knew that I was expecting this kind of thing.
After I parted ways with my senpai, I was jumping up and down with happiness.
Because I got to go out with Sakamoto-senpai, whom I’ve always loved… even though it was just a “role”!
I’ve never been so happy!
The reaction wasn’t too bad, and I might even expect us to become real lovers!
No, let’s not do that… I wonder what my senpai will say if he finds out that I’m thinking like this… I’ll probably get teased a lot.
But… I’m really looking forward to going to school with my senpai tomorrow…
─When Youka was walking home in a happy mood, she received a message on her phone from someone. Expecting a message from Yuuji, Youka hurriedly took out her phone and checked the contents. [TLN: Change to 3rd person PoV]
…but when she sees the sender, her expression is distorted.
“I see you went home earlier today, but if you want, you can come home with me tomorrow.”
─When I read the message, I put my phone away in the back of my bag without replying to it. It was because he was someone I didn’t care about. [TLN: End of 3rd person PoV]
“…It’s been a week since I started dating this guy. I shouldn’t go out with a guy I don’t like after all.”
He’s not someone I want to go out with in the first place, and since I started going out with senpai, I’d better break up with him as soon as I can.
His childhood friend was in the way and there was nothing I could do about it, but I never thought she would let go of senpai on her own accord, thank you very much.
If she decides to do so, there’s no way I can pass up this chance, right?
TLN: I think we all know how she’s gonna f**k it up. But I expect her to not be as bad as his childhood friend.