“Ara, he looks so comfortable sleeping.”
After finishing their conversation, which could be considered a love consultation, Ayana and Kashiwagi returned to the classroom. There were still a few people left, and it was somewhat noisy, but Towa seemed completely unaffected as he slept. Towa was asleep next to his phone, and Somiya, who was fiddling with his own phone, smiled wryly and spoke.
“We’ve been talking for a while, but I guess he was tired and fell asleep. Should we wake him up?”
“…No, he looks so comfortable sleeping. I’ll wait for him to wake up naturally.”
Although they had plans for a date, Ayana decided to stay by Towa’s side and watch over him while gazing at his sleeping face. Kashiwagi, who still felt like there was more to talk about, decided to stay as well, and Somiya, Kashiwagi’s boyfriend, also stayed with them.
“Fufu, he really has a cute sleeping face.”
As Ayana gently stroked Towa’s cheek, he squirmed a little, perhaps ticklish. However, he still didn’t wake up, and Ayana looked at him with an affectionate gaze. Kashiwagi and Somiya, on the other hand, saw Ayana’s figure and saw her as if she were a vision of a goddess.
“It’s nice, isn’t it? Let’s become a couple like that too, affectionate and close.”
“…Yeah. I’ll become a man who can stand proudly by Sena’s side.”
It was a sweet and youthful exchange between a couple, but Ayana… she wasn’t watching. Ayana only had eyes for Towa, and as for Towa himself… Oya? It seems he’s about to wake up.
“…Stop… don’t rush… it…”
With a feeling of being disturbed, Ayana instinctively reached out to touch his shoulder, but Towa suddenly opened his eyes.
“I’m the fatherrrrrrrrr……?? Huh?”
Towa, who sat up with a loud voice, was stared at wide-eyed not only by Ayana but also by Kashiwagi and Somiya. Towa looked around anxiously, but upon realizing that he was in the classroom, he let out a sigh of relief. He settled back into his chair and opened his mouth to speak.
“I had a… kind of scary dream.”
“A scary dream?”
“Yeah… In the dream, Ayana and I were married, and we had children together.”
“Well, well! So in the future, Towa-kun and I are married! Well, that’s only natural!”
Even if it was just a dream, it must have been such a happy thing to be married. Ayana’s heart was filled with joy, but then she tilted her head in surprise. If Ayana and Towa share the same feelings and are married with children, it would undoubtedly be a happy situation. So why did Towa say it was scary?
“…Fuu. I don’t know if I should be happy that it was just a dream.”
As he felt Ayana’s gaze on him, Towa thought back to the dream he had just seen.
“…Huh, where am I?”
Strange, I should have been at school preparing for the sports festival. After hearing Ayana and Kashiwagi’s conversation, I returned to the classroom with Somiya, but I have no memory of anything after that. What on earth is going on… more importantly, where am I right now? I tilt my head in confusion.
“…I don’t know where this is, but it feels like a very reassuring place.”
It feels as comfortable as being in my own home.
…Ah, I see. It suddenly comes rushing back to me. Isn’t this the house Ayana and I built after getting married? Why did I forget about this place… Wait, what was I even thinking until just now?
“…Fumu, I don’t understand.”
I cross my arms and ponder, but I can’t find the answer. Just then, I hear noisy footsteps. I knew who those footsteps belonged to.
“I’m hooome~! Daddy!”
“Be Careful….Wana, didn’t I tell you? Stop jumping on me.”
“Eeh, come on. I love Daddy so much, I can’t help it.”
“You really are a troublesome child.”
My daughter, Wana, just started her second year of junior high. We named her by taking a character from both Ayana and my names. Despite still being a junior high school student, she has grown into quite a beautiful girl, resembling her mother. There are no signs of the rebellious phase that is said to come, which makes me happy as a father… though I do worry if she’ll have a boyfriend while being so clingy to me. Well, I feel a bit conflicted about her having a boyfriend, but if it’s someone she genuinely likes, I’ve decided to face it properly. Of course, if the guy turns out to be trash, I have my own thoughts about it! [TL: So her name is written 和奈, it reads Wana however the Furigana says Kana. Maybe a typo from author]
“Wana, don’t trouble Towa-kun too much.”
“I know… Mom is so lucky. She got to marry such a wonderful person like Dad.”
“It’s because it’s me and Towa-kun. We went through various things during our school days, but we were never apart, right?”
“That’s right… We’ve always been together.”
In our mid-thirties, my pride and joy, my wife Ayana, who always looks youthful, holds my arm in a competitive manner against Wana.
“Wana, the bath is ready. Go and take a bath. You must have sweated a lot from basketball, right?”
“Oh, right! Okay, I’ll go!”
Watching Wana run off, Ayana and I exchange wry smiles.
“She really clings to Towa-kun no matter how much time passes… If it continues like this, we shouldn’t expect her to have a boyfriend for a while.”
“Yeah, that’s true. But somehow, I can’t help but think it’s fine.”
“That’s not good. If she keeps clinging to Towa-kun forever, I won’t be able to relax.”
Kept holding on tightly, Ayana embraced me. It’s been the same since our student days; this aspect of her hasn’t changed no matter how much time passes. Well, I’ve always loved my adorable wife for that.
“Oh, right. I made too much soup, so I’ll share some with our neighbors.”
“Got it. Please give my regards to them for always taking care of us.”
Our neighbor is a single mother, and we help each other out in various community activities. Both Ayana and I are grateful to her, and we have a reasonably close relationship. Moreover, her daughter is in the same grade as Wana, so we often visit each other’s homes.
“Huh? Where’s Mom?”
“Oh, she’s next door… Wait, what are you doing!?”
“Nisshi, that’s a good thing to hear.”
Wana returned wearing just a bath towel wrapped around her body. Approaching me as if I were her prey, she licked her lips, and I couldn’t help but avert my gaze from her wet hair and the well-proportioned figure that she inherited from Ayana.
With a firm grip, Wana approached me and grabbed my arm. Then, as if pulling me into it, she collapsed onto the sofa… Oh, the sofa got wet, but Ayana’s lightning strikes are sure to follow.
“Dad, is it wrong for a daughter to fall in love with her father?”
“From a societal perspective, it’s not acceptable…”
“Would you reject that as an absolute no, Dad? Even if the daughter suffers from it.”
Oh, the front door opened, so Ayana probably came back.
“…..Muu, it seems that a serious atmosphere doesn’t affect Dad. Frustrating!”
Certainly, as a father, I have the desire to continue doting on my daughter, and even without parental bias, I think Wana is an attractive girl. But still, I must maintain the boundaries that need to be protected. If this were a world of games or something, perhaps a parent-child relationship like this could be acceptable… Oh, this is a game world. I just remembered something I had forgotten for a long time.
“Hey, Dad, let’s kiss. If we do that, maybe you’ll give up–“
A deep voice reverberated through the living room. Startled, Wana quickly stood up, making a clanging sound like a tin doll, and turned her gaze to the figure behind her. It was Ayana, emitting a dark red aura.
“No matter if you are my own daughter, it’s unacceptable to make a move on Towa… Are you prepared?”
“…Dad, help me!”
“W-Wait, Mom? My head feels like… Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!”
Oh, the bath towel fell. But Ayana’s expression remained unchanged as she continued to apply an iron claw to Wana. Yeah, this is basically our everyday life. Sometimes, Goda joins in for fun, but every time she gets repelled by Ayana. [TL: Goda alter ego?]
“I thought my brain was going to explode for real.”
“If you’ve learned your lesson, then never again tempt Towa–“
Quickly, Wana jumped at me. And…
“Hehehe, I did it!”
…..I’ll have to brace myself tonight and not let my guard down, or else I’ll be taken down by Ayana in various ways.
I let out a dry laugh as I thought about the night to come.
“…It was a dream like that.”
“You remember it so vividly… But for my daughter to become my enemy as well, it’s all because Towa-kun is too charming! That’s the problem!”
“…You two are really close, huh?”
“Marriage… It’s early, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Another lively day comes to an end.