The next morning, just as Ayana and I had thought, the three of them showed up in the living room with their heads down. Seina-san looked relatively light, but Mom and Kanzaki-san looked as if they were about to throw up at any moment.
“…I…I-I need to use the bathroom.”
“Ah, Sis… Let me go first… Guh!?”
Ah, my mother punched Kanzaki-san in the stomach and rushed to the bathroom. Seeing Kanzaki-san holding her stomach and mouth… It seemed pretty bad. I handed her a plastic bag, thinking it might be necessary. But in the instant I averted my gaze, I heard the sound effect of something being forcefully thrown up.
“Hahaha… It must have been tough.”
Yeah, it really was…
“It’s because you don’t know when to stop, like me.”
“Ayana, why did you snicker?”
No… well? Don’t ask me. Even though she’s your mother, I think it was probably evident in her expression. I believe she looked at Seina-san with a look of exasperation. But… based on her current state, it seemed like she didn’t remember what happened “yesterday.”
“By the way, Mom. Do you remember what happened yesterday after you woke up from sleeping?”
“Eh? I remember going to the bathroom… but I don’t think anything special happened.”
“Fufu, is that so? Yes, exactly, nothing happened at all~”
Ayana, who was smiling and preparing breakfast, made Seina-san tilt her head, seemingly puzzled. Well, I can’t say I wasn’t relieved, and I was definitely nervous about what she might say. As I helped Ayana with the preparations, Ayana let out a sigh next to me, and I couldn’t help but chuckle.
“…I’m glad she doesn’t seem to remember.”
“Yeah. After all, she saw everything perfectly.”
“We even had a conversation.”
Some people might be able to guess what happened based on this conversation. But if Seina-san doesn’t remember, there’s no need to think about it any further. Although Seina-san still looked at us with suspicion, we continued with the breakfast preparations, trying to divert her attention.
“…It’s cooked just right.”
“The miso soup is ready too.”
“Understood. So… the plates and bowls…”
We didn’t need to make anything too elaborate for breakfast. We had salted mackerel, sunny-side-up eggs, miso soup, and the quintessential Japanese soul food, white rice… Yes, it looked delicious.
When my mother returned from the bathroom, her complexion still wasn’t great, but she seemed to have gotten a little relief. On the other hand, Kanzaki-san rushed into the bathroom this time. After finishing breakfast somehow, Kanzaki-san said she had things to do and went home.
“Uuuuuuu… I feel alive again.”
And once again, my mother, who stretched out and lay down with my lap as a pillow, quickly fell asleep, snoring softly. In this state, I couldn’t move, but I thought it was fine once in a while and let my mother do as she pleased. As for Seina-san, it seemed like she would stay a little longer and relax before going home.
“But still… hmm.”
“What’s the matter?”
Seina-san began to ponder, crossing her arms as if trying to remember something. After humming for a while, she opened her mouth as if she had remembered something.
“…..Well, you know, I vaguely remember talking to Towa-kun and Ayana when I woke up yesterday. Or maybe it was just a dream?”
“Perhaps you dreamt it?”
Without skipping a beat, Ayana answered, and Seina-san leaned in, snuggling up to me as if seeking comfort. Unlike yesterday, I didn’t sense any alcohol scent from her, but there was a faint fragrance of a pleasant perfume.
“Uuu, Ayana is being cold…”
Her daughter is cold to her, but you don’t know why, and I know how you feel. But I want you to stop hugging me like this. Why? Because Ayana’s pupils are dilated. If I’m honest, it’s a look that I’m used to seeing, but it’s just plain scary.……
Her eyes are wide with a cackle, and she stares at Seina-san as if this is the only thing she can do. It’s also on schedule for Seina-san to notice those eyes and get even more scared and hug me even tighter.
“Ayana is scary, Towa-kun!!”
“Ah, okay, okay.”
While there have been various experiences in the past, I’ve been acquainted with Seina-san for a long time. I somehow understood how to handle her or how to interact with her. My lap was taken by Mom, and my arms were taken by Seina-san. In that case, Ayana stood up and positioned herself behind me.
“Well, then I’ll do it like this, squeezing tightly like this.”
Ayana wrapped her arms around me from behind. Wait, this kind of composition feels familiar, as if I’ve experienced it before, or maybe it’s just my imagination. As I tilted my head, unsure if Ayana noticed it or not, she mischievously licked my ear.
If someone suddenly licks your ear with a wet tongue, anyone would be surprised. It was probably Ayana’s way of getting back at me. With Seina-san clinging to my left arm, I couldn’t see Ayana’s face as she licked my right ear.
“What’s the matter?”
Seina-san and Ayana, who both wore puzzled expressions, calmly continued their conversation. Seina-san turned her gaze forward again, while Ayana stuck her tongue out and resumed her mischievous acts towards me. She licked my earlobe and even invaded my ear with her tongue. You know that intense ticklish sensation you feel when someone brings their face close to your neck? It was like a powerful version of that, to say the least.
“Fufu, you’re so cute, Towa-kun.”
I decided in my heart that I would definitely get back at her later, enjoying her playful remark.
“By the way… Towa-kun and Ayana, have you two ever had any fights?”
It was a sudden question from Seina-san, but Ayana, who seemed to sense something, stopped her mischief towards me. A fight, huh… I don’t recall ever having one, and I’ve never even come close to it. We’ve had minor disagreements and arguments over small differences of opinion, but that’s about it.
“No, we haven’t fought. Ayana and I have always been, and will always be, lovey-dovey.”
“… Fufu, yes. I know that you two are always getting along, but I was just a little curious.”
“Don’t worry, Mom. Even if we were to fight, which is highly unlikely, I think we’d make up quickly.”
“Well, I suppose that’s true. In fact, I’m more curious about what it would take for Ayana and you to have a major fight.”
Upon hearing my words, Seina-san rested her hand on her chin and…
“If Towa-kun were to cheat, Ayana would definitely—-“
“That’s absolutely not going to happen, Mom. Towa-kun cheating? Is that some foreign word or the language of aliens? I won’t even entertain that joke. It’s absolutely impossible, even if the world turned upside down.”
“Towa-kun loves me dearly, and it goes both ways. It absolutely has to be that way… right?”
From an outsider’s perspective, it might seem like a woman with a fierce expression confronting a man, but the truth is, what Ayana was saying wasn’t wrong. It’s just a testament to how much I love Ayana that I find her even more adorable when she approaches me like this.
“By the way, Mom, how long do you plan on clinging to Towa-kun?”
“It helps me calm down. I can understand Ayana’s feelings… I can understand why you would fall in love with him.”
“That’s right! Listen, Mom! Towa-kun is—“
And from there, the two of them started talking, with me in the middle… Anyway, for now, Ayana-san. Seina-san seems to be wearing a face that says, “My daughter is quite straightforward,” but does she realize it?
“Anyway, he’s so kind! But his occasional displays of strength make my heart skip a beat! Even his cold expressions are the best!!”
…She doesn’t seem to realize it.
Letting out a small sigh, I watched the conversation between Ayana and Seina-san, the mother and daughter.
And then, a few days later, the news came out of the blue.
“…… I was surprised too.”
It happened at Shu’s house, that Hatsune-san and her husband had decided to divorce.