After Rika Matsumoto expressed her feelings for Shinji Ueda, the two became lovers.
After returning home that night, I decided to contact my best friend, Dahlia Kurohime.
Shinji told me that Dahlia had been looking for her desperately.
I feel sorry for the trouble I caused my best friend…
I should apologize, properly.
I made a call on LINE.
She picked up right away.
For a moment, I was frightened.
I was afraid that she would get angry at me for disappearing for so long.
[Oh, Rikatan, otsu!]
Strangely enough, Dahlia was the same as usual.
Even though I had made her worried and searched for me in such cold weather…
“Ano, um, you know…Dahlia…I…”
[Ahhhhh, it’s fine. It all came full circle, didn’t it~?]
Dahlia says in a gentle tone of voice.
“…I’m sorry for worrying you.”
[Don’t worry about it.]
“I’m sorry I didn’t call you sooner.”
[Virgin-kun contacted me right away, so I’m fine.]
“Oh, I see…”
“Yes. I got a line right away saying that Rika had been found. He’s a good guy.”
Even though I had caused her a lot of trouble, she treated me the same way as usual.
Even when I apologize, she doesn’t pursue the matter any further.
I’m so spoiled by her kindness.
But I have to tell her what happened.
“You know, actually, today… Actually, I went to Destiny with Shin-chan, and on the way back…”
He encountered my mother, Yamaga.
From there, he discovers that I was the woman of his memories.
Scared by him, she ran away, but Shinji accepted her.
[I see… you’re going out with him.]
Once again, I feel the realization that I have been able to go out with Shinji.
My chest feels warm.
I feel so happy and light that I feel as if I could fly.
[What do you feel like right now?]
“It’s like a dream…I’m going out with the person I’ve loved since elementary school…ehehehehe~♡”
The person I loved has fallen in love with me.
How happy I am.
Dahlia replies shortly.
I felt uncomfortable.
Dahlia loves to talk about love.
I expected her to pester me in various ways.
For example, she was going to say something like, “Have you done it yet?”
[Well… well, you know… at any rate, I’m glad Rika-tan is okay.]
“Yeah…really, I’m really…sorry.”
I apologize for the trouble I have caused her.
[What do you mean…?]
Over the phone, Dahlia sounds somewhat stiff.
“So, about making you look for me in the cold at night, and about making you worry when you suddenly couldn’t contact me…”
[Oh…about that, right?]
[Don’t worry about it. Rika and I… we are best friends, aren’t we?]
Even though I have caused her so much trouble, Dahlia says she is still my best friend.
“Thank you, Dalia…I love you! My best friend!”
[Ha-ha-ha. That’s right. …Be happy, Rika-tan.]
[Okay then~…I’m going to sleep. Good night~.]
“Eh, ah, yes…good night.”
Then, I hang up the call.
I’m happy that Dahlia has remained the same and congratulated me.
But on the other hand, I still feel uncomfortable.
…Normally, we would talk more.
Even when nothing is going on, we usually talk for two or three hours.
But this conversation lasted only five or ten minutes.
I wondered if something was wrong, but concluded that I had kept her up until midnight and she was probably already sleepy.
“I’m going to bed too…phew♡”
I send a good night LINE to Shinji.
He immediately read the message and replied “Good night.”
“Shin-chan…I love you♡ Stay with me forever and ever♡.”
Meanwhile, Kurohime Dahlia, after hanging up the call…
This is the living room of an apartment building.
Alone in the spacious living room, Dahlia sits on the sofa and looks up at the ceiling.
“I’m so happy for you, Rikatan. I’m really happy…”
Dahlia knows what Rika’s life has been like.
Her parents were divorced and she was living a poor life.
She knows the reason why the relationship went sour.
She knows about the faint love that has been hidden in her heart for a long time.
She knows that Rika has always had feelings for that boy she met when she was a little girl.
“I thought it was weird…”
So when she suddenly started going out with a guy I didn’t know, I felt nothing but discomfort.
But when I heard the truth, I understood.
“Pure love, huh…”
Dahlia lay down on the sofa.
She was envious of Rika and Shinji.
They had been in love with each other for a long time, and then fate brought them together again…and finally, they were united with the person they had been in love with.
What a wonderful love story.
For Dahlia, who had long since forgotten about love, the romance between Shinji and Rika seemed to sparkle and shine.
Her phone vibrates.
She opens a notification from Shinji.
“Thank you so much for all your help today!”
…Unknowingly, her mouth relaxes.
Dahlia looks back at the LINE message.
When she first called Shinji, he immediately asked her to not have to look for Rika with him.
“I’ll be fine. I have a good guess. Besides, it’s cold and dark outside, so I can’t let the girl go out alone. Wait at home.”
Then, when he found Rika.
“I found Rika, so don’t worry! So don’t worry!”
Lastly, after sending Rika home…
“Thanks to you, Dahlia-san, I got to go out with Rika. Thank you for everything!”
“Tokun…tokun…tokun…” I am aware of my heart racing.
“Ahhh…I’ve done it…”
She had long since forgotten the thrill of love.
She never thought that she would remember it on the day that her best friend tied the knot.
Dahlia looks at the LINE messages.
Dahlia’s reply to their relationship.
“Virgin-kun, you can’t do that. Don’t be nice to anyone like that. That kind of thing…you should only do that to Rika. I wouldn’t mind, but a girl cares, so I don’t want my boyfriend to be nice to other girls.”
To this, Shinji replied.
“Thanks for the advice. But…I hope you’ll continue to be friendly to me. Rika and I are deeply grateful to you, and I love you, too, for being so kind to me!”
…Dahlia closes her eyes.
The men she has been seeing recently.
They don’t see Dahlia as a woman.
They only see her as a tool to make them feel good.
The feeling of being treated like a girl.
The thrill of falling in love that she had forgotten.
“It’s so nostalgic. I miss it.”
Even though she is now aware of her love, that doesn’t mean that Dahlia has any intention of taking a man from her best friend.
Her best friend finally got together with the man she loves.
Shinji is a good guy.
Rika is also a good girl.
Two people destined to be together.
Everything’s all right! All I, as their best friend, have to do is cheer them on from behind so that I don’t get in the way of their love affair.
“I never thought I’d be able to fall in love for the first time in a long time, but it’s with a guy who’s a friend of mine.”
She doesn’t want to be depressed about an unfulfilled love.
For Dahlia, dating a guy and getting dumped again is an everyday occurrence.
“Don’t worry, Rika-tan. I will support your love. Good luck.”
She also knows that this excitement in her heart will soon fade away.
It is temporary.
If she perseveres, time will fade away her feelings along with the pain in her chest.
She knows, so she doesn’t get overly depressed, nor does she lament over the fact that it won’t come true.
“Virgin-kun. I think…I kind of…like…you.”
When she mumbled this, she felt more embarrassed than she thought she would.
With a sweet tightness in the chest, as if it were the first time one knew of love.