I asked her to come up to the house and tried to go to my room right away, but that was not possible.
When I tried to go upstairs with her, my mother wouldn’t let Rinka go, saying that the three women had an important discussion to have. She was my Rinka…
She was clearly unhappy, but when I told her that I hadn’t cleaned my room yet, she decided to let me go for the day.
I don’t have anything I don’t want her to see.
That’s a lie. Yes, there is. No, I don’t mean something shady. It’s a birthday present for Rinka that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away when we broke up.
I wanted to give it to her as a surprise.
I could imagine the smile on her face when I gave it to her, and I couldn’t help but smile in my room.
[Rinka’s Point of View]
Before I went up to Ikki’s room, his mom stopped me. She said she had something to tell me.
Was this my chance to make a good impression? But when I saw the serious look on her face, I couldn’t think that way anymore.
“Last weekend, Ikki was acting strange, was it because of you?”
asked my sister-in-law Imouto, who was sitting next to me, to agree, and she shook her head.
Last weekend was the day after I was dumped.
I was, let’s just say, holed up in my room crying the whole time and not eating.
I couldn’t answer this question right away, but they were waiting for me.
“It’s my fault. I was always acting terribly to Ikki, and that’s why he dumped me.”
I was starting to cry as I said it. The more I thought I shouldn’t cry, the more tears started to well up in my eyes.
“Eh! You broke up once?!”
Rika Aoi, who is sitting diagonally in front of me, vigorously put her hands on the table and leaned forward.
“Yes, that’s right.”
This must have angered my mother-in-law.
Even though I had broken up with him once, I had come back to him again. It’s no wonder she’s angry. But no matter what happens, I don’t want to be separated from Ikki again.
As I waited in trepidation, wondering when my mother-in-law would speak up, her shoulders began to tremble.
“Hahaha, what’s that?”
Both Rika Aoi and I were puzzled by the sudden laughter. We were both a little taken aback.
“You broke up with her once, and now you’re together! You’re a lucky guy, Ikki.”
“Eh, you’re not angry with me?”
“Why should I be angry at you, it’s Ikki’s fault for letting go of such a cute girl!”
I couldn’t help but laugh at this.
I was a little relieved that my mother-in-law was more humorous than I had expected.
“I want to hear the story about when you met onii!”
“Oh, that’s great. Tell me about it.”
It seems that girls of all generations, regardless of age, love to talk about their love lives. I like it too.
I told them in detail when I met Ikki, when I fell in love with him, when he confessed his feelings for me, when we broke up, when we got back together, and many other things. The girls’ party was a great success.
[Ikki’s Point of View]
I can hear people talking, laughing, etc. in the living room from a while ago. I mean, it’s a long story… It’s been about an hour already, but Rinka still hadn’t been released.
I’m glad that Rinka is getting used to the family, but I feel like that means less time for the two of us to spend together. I have mixed feelings.
Until Rinka comes up, I’ll read a new comic book while listening to music.
I put on the music and sit down in the chair. Of course, I turned up the volume so that I couldn’t hear the voices below.
I was suddenly hugged from behind.
I was very surprised by this, but it was so sudden that I couldn’t react, not really understanding what was going on. The best I could do was to take off my headphones.
“Mmmm, not funny.”
It seemed that this was not the reaction she was expecting, and a disgruntled voice escaped from the mouth right next to hers.
I couldn’t help but notice something soft hitting my back from earlier. Or rather, the good smell that tickled my nose.
“Are you done already?”
I asked in as calm a tone as possible so that he would not realize that I was upset by the back hug.
“Your mom seemed to want to talk some more, but I’m out of it.”
“I don’t want to be away from Ikki all the time.”
If I looked to the side, I could see her face right away, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn my head to the side.
“You don’t want to? I’m going to hold you.”
“I don’t mind at all.”
“Really? Then why don’t you turn your head this way?”
As soon as I turned my head to the side, she covered my lips with hers.
“Heh heh heh, I did it again.”
Apparently, this was her goal. I got one. Do you want to end up with it taken? No.
Next time, I’m going to take her lips from hers.
I was getting it and getting it and getting it, and it kept happening. Until my mother called out from below, “Come and get sweets.”
“Why was Miyajima no good?”
I ask as I eat the cake on my plate.
The last time I mentioned Miyajima as a potential date destination, I was rejected.
I had chosen Miyajima because I had never been there before, but when I was planning our date, I thought it would be fun if we went there together, and I thought it wasn’t bad.
“No, I knew that this Ikki had planned it properly.”
“You won’t laugh if I ask you why?”
She anxiously looks up at me and asks. Rinka is so cute. Is she an angel?
“Well, but my previous plan has been rejected. The reason has to be convincing.”
I’m going to tease her a little. Rinka is cute, too.
“Ugh, because, I heard that Miyajima is the place to break up relationships.”
“Really? Is that so?”
This was a surprise. I had thought that since it was a famous dating spot, there might be some kind of blessing there.
“I heard that Miyajima is the goddess of women and there is a legend that if a couple goes there, they will be separated. I didn’t want to go there because my friend broke up right after going to Miyajima.”
“I see, I’m sorry about that. I didn’t know that at all.”
“I never wanted to break up with Ikki, so I turned that down. I didn’t think that would be the reason we broke up.”
“I guess that’s my fault. I’m sorry.”
I’m really glad to hear that she never wants to break up with me. But I’m the one who dumped her right away…
At any rate, I pat her little head with beautiful caramel-colored hair.
“Uhm, it’s my fault for not being able to speak. Besides, I can be with Ikki like this now, so it’s okay.”
The head in my hands was released, and I was hugged tightly.
“I want to celebrate Rinka’s birthday properly, so let’s go out this weekend, okay?”
“Where do you want to go?”
“I want to go to Onomichi!”