“I’m sorry, Shinji-kun. Let’s break up, we.”
My name is Ueda Shinji.
I am a freshman in high school.
The season is winter, Christmas Eve.
The place is Shibuya. In front of Hachiko.
The time is almost 22:00.
I was supposed to meet my girlfriend at 18:00.
Four hours passed and she still hadn’t shown up.
I called her but she didn’t answer.
I tried messaging her, but she didn’t read my messages.
Finally, she called me.
“Let’s break up. What do you mean? We’re breaking up?”
The other party is [Nakatsugawa Imoko].
She goes to the same school as me, we are classmates, and she is a member of…
She is my girlfriend.
“I’m not a good fit for you, Shinji-kun.”
I always thought her voice was cute.
But now, I feel it’s very cold.
“I’m not a good match for you! What? Hey, Imoko, what doesn’t fit?”
Imoko and I were supposed to have been getting along great until now…
Why? Suddenly you’re talking about breaking up!
“My hobbies don’t match Shinji-kun’s.”
“My… hobbies… ?”
After a pause, Imoko replied,
“I can’t go out with you because you’re an otaku and you’re gross.”
In a… moment, the blood that had been rising in my head recedes.
“Oh, you can’t… because Otaku is creepy?”
She continues, her voice tinged with contempt.
“You know I went to Shinji-kun’s house the other day, right? The anime poster is on the wall. That… was really creepy.”
My relationship with Imoko indeed became strained when she came to visit my home.
Since then, she has been slow in responding to me and was absentminded about today’s date.
“I didn’t think you were the kind of person who likes creepy things like that. I’m sorry, I can’t do it anymore.”
“Oh no… such…”
My phone falls to the ground with a thud…
On the screen of my phone, I see the heroine [Chobi] from my favorite anime [Digimasu].
I love anime, manga, games, and…
I am classified as an otaku.
A LINE notification comes in this time with a pop.
The call is disconnected.
“I think it’s crazy that you even put creepy anime pictures on your cell phone’s standby screen.”
“Aren’t you ashamed to be a high school student watching anime?”
“Why don’t you study instead of watching cartoons?”
“Higu… gusu… uuuu…”
What a… terrible thing to say.
Making fun of me… is fine, a hundred steps.
But even…! I love cartoons.
I’ve loved anime and manga since I was a kid.
But you talk to me like that?
“Bye Shinji-kun. Don’t ever talk to me again. Even in class. Goodbye, creepy nerd.”
I never heard from her again.
I get up unsteadily and turn on my phone.
She had blocked me.
“Ugu… Higu… ughhhh!”
It’s painful that she dumped me.
But even more painful is…being made fun of for making fun of my favorite anime.
“I’m going to die…”
And that’s when it happened.
“I’ll…die soaking in the Tama River in winter.”
“Ueda! Ueda, Shinji! Don’t ignore me!”
“What is it…?”
…There was a girl there.
She has fluffy blonde hair.
She has it in a half updo.
But she is not a foreigner, she has an entirely Japanese face.
She has a very well-defined face and a slightly stern look in her eyes.
She has big breasts and wears a super mini skirt… even though it’s so cold.
There she was, my classmate.
Her name is Matsumoto Rika.
“Why are you here… Matsumoto-san…?”
Jirori, Mr. Matsumoto glared at me. [TLN: Glaring SFX]
Hee…! This is scary…
“Ueda. Can I borrow your face for a minute?”
“Huh? What? What?”
I leave the place, with Matsumoto-san pulling me by the arm.
What’s going on all of a sudden? I don’t understand.
I don’t know why she got involved with me, even though we have no connection…
I want to run away.
“Oh, um. I’m meeting someone… so I’m going…”
But Matsumoto-san stopped and said to me, “Ueda.”
“Ueda. You were dumped, weren’t you? Nakatsugawa Imoko.”
“Why? How did you… know that?”
Matsumoto-san keeps her eyes down and makes a gesture of thinking about something.
After sighing… she takes out her phone from her pocket.
Wow, the phone case is decorated in a glittering way.
After a few quick touches, he shows me his phone.
“Yes, the class group line.”
“What? A group LINE for my class? There was such a thing?”
“There was… all this time.”
I didn’t know that was the case.
Oh, but if I don’t know, that means I was left out…!
“Read it here.”
“Let’s see… eh? [Sad news: creepy Ueda gets dumped] huh?”
What… is that?
“Ueda. You’re being exposed on the group line. Nakatsugawa dumped you.
“How do they know about it…?”
Matsumoto-san started to speak.
“What I’m about to say will hurt you even more.”
“No, no way?.”
“Yeah. Still, the truth, do you want to know?”
I’m scared…of what the truth is. I’m full of it…
But why do they already know that I was dumped on the school group LINE?
And why she showed up here.
I want to know.
“Nakatsugawa Imoko had an affair. With another boy, a classmate.”
Cheating… you mean?
Oh, no… right?
Imoko is… with another guy?
“Yeah… and she said she’s breaking up with you because you’re an otaku.
Matsumoto-san says with her eyes downcast.
“”I’m breaking up with you”. In reality, she’s dating a hot guy in her class. He’s bragging on his LINE group that he slept with her.”
“All of the classmates already know that you were dumped and betrayed. I couldn’t bear to see it… Ueda?”
My body was shaking.
“Hey, Ueda! You’re blue! Ueda! Hey!
Matsumoto-san shook my shoulder.
I’m… sick of this… that’s why.
I just puked up everything in my stomach.
I did it.
In front of me is Matsumoto-san, who is covered with vomit.
Oh no… I’m going to be hated… because Matsumoto-san is famous for being scary.
But… I’m already… it’s painful… it’s painful… already…
“Ueda! Are you okay? Ue…[Shin-chan] Wake up! Shin-chan!”
…I lost consciousness.
At that time, I felt as if I had been called something familiar…
I wake up.
I slowly look up and find myself in a strange place.
A big bed.
A dimly lit room.
“Where am I…?”
From behind me, I hear the sound of water hitting.
Oh, huh? Oh, yeah! Could this be it?
This is… a love hotel.
I was in a love hotel.
I was wearing a rental gown.
And I was at…
“Oh, Ueda. Are you awake?
Coming out of the shower was a gal, Rika Matsumoto…
What’s going on?
TLN: I’ll still be picking up “I was betrayed by a childhood friend I liked and the junior colleague I adored, so I have a clear distrust of women.” I’m just waiting for the tags and I already have the first 2 chapters translated, 3rd and 4th chapters should come out later too if I finished my assignments.