“…Fue, that was a nice bath”
After Ayana, I murmured those words upon getting out of the bath. I had become accustomed to taking baths at Ayuna’s house, and I was even used to finding my change of clothes there. Well, it wasn’t strange since Ayana’s clothes were also partially kept at my place.
“Seina-san, I’m done with the bath.”
“Understood. Ayana, please take care of it.”
After seeing Seina-san off, my gaze shifted to Ayana. As she began cooking, taking over from Seina-san, I cheerfully offered my assistance.
“Ayana, let me help.”
“Fufu, it’s alright. Please relax, Towa-kun.”
…Well, it’s as I expected. Both Ayana and Seina-san always respond like this in situations like these.
I let out a small wry smile and decided to obediently abide by their words. As I watched Ayana cooking, I couldn’t help but think again how wonderful it all was.
“What’s the matter?”
“Oh, I was just thinking how much fun you seem to have while cooking.”
“It’s enjoyable to cook for someone you love.”
She really knows how to say something that makes me happy. Trying to hide my slight embarrassment, I sat down on the sofa, but then my phone vibrated.
The caller on the phone was Aisaka, which was quite rare. But since there was no reason not to answer, I pressed the call button.
“Hey, sorry for calling so late, Yukishiro.”
“No, it’s fine. What’s up?”
“Well… I wanted to tell you, or rather, report something.”
“You know, since that girl and Yukishiro are quite close. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to let you know.”
“That girl… Are you talking about Mari?”
Feeling a slightly embarrassed atmosphere from Aisaka on the other end of the line, I thought that this might be a significant piece of news.
“Well, I actually confessed to her today, and we’re officially dating now.”
“…. Heh that’s great. Congratulations.”
I had somewhat anticipated it, but when I actually heard it, I was slightly surprised and my response was delayed. But… I see, so they’ve started dating.
I noticed that Ayana was curious about the person I mentioned, and she came closer while drying her hands with a towel. Thinking it was fine, I turned on the speaker so that Ayana could also hear.
“Thanks. It was a bit complicated, but I’m glad my feelings got through”
I could hear through Aisaka’s voice that he was extremely happy. Ayana was also concerned about Mari, so she smiled happily when she heard Aisaka’s report.
“Oh, thanks, Otonashi-san… Wait, did you make it audible for Otonashi-san!?”
“Was it a bad move?”
“Well, it’s not a problem… but Mari seemed happy to tell Otonashi-san about it at night.”
Ah, I messed up there. I didn’t consider that enough. Ayana chuckled at Aisaka’s words and said the following.
“I’ll make it seem like it’s the first time I’m hearing it, so it’s okay. I’m good at acting.”
“In that case… no will it be fine?”
Well, I think Mari will probably laugh about it anyway. I’ll leave that to Ayana .
“But I didn’t expect Otonashi-san to be right next to you. Are you two going to have dinner together?”
“No, I planned to stay at Ayana’s house tonight. She’s even cooking dinner for me.”
“…Yukishiro, you’re amazing. Well, I knew you and Otonashi-san were on good terms, though.”
It’s not like we openly talk about frequently staying at each other’s houses, but well, since Ayana’s voice came through, there’s no point in trying to cover it up.
“Fufu, it just shows how lovey-dovey we are.”
“I-Is that so?”
Someday, I think Aisaka will also have a similar experience. I don’t know when that will be, but if we deepen our feelings, it will surely happen.
“…Anyway, the thing I wanted to tell you is this. Hey, Yukishiro-kun, I might ask you about how to handle things with a girlfriend in the future, so it would be helpful if you could give me some advice.”
“I don’t know if I can teach you anything, but I’ll do my best to support you.”
Everyone has their own way of being in a relationship, and I don’t know if our example would be helpful. But I can at least try to offer advice if he seeks it.
“Aisaka-kun, I… Well, it’s nothing. Please take care of Mari-chan for me.”
“Hmm? Of course!”
After chatting for a bit, we hung up the phone. I can somewhat imagine what Ayana wanted to say. It’s because Mari is just like Iori. In Mari’s case, her partner is no longer Shu, but the path she was led to was the same, guided by Ayana.
“Fufu, I’m really glad. I’m looking forward to hearing from Mari-chan.”
Saying that, Ayana smiled.
But… oh, right. Aisaka and Mari are officially dating now. That baldy, who blushed and tried to play it off when I pointed out his feelings for someone… I can’t help but look forward to what will happen after the summer break, for various reasons.
“Oh! The fish is burning!”
Ayana hurriedly returned, and I smiled wryly as I gazed at the starry sky through the window. Both Ayana and I, as well as Shu and Iori, are gradually moving forward, and now Aisaka and Mari have taken a big step too.
“It’s only been a few months since then.”
It hasn’t been that long since I understood this world. But since then, the surrounding environment has changed in many ways. We are undoubtedly walking ahead of the ordinary days depicted in the game.
What kind of future awaits us, that depends on us… I wonder?
Suddenly, it looked like something passed through the sky. It was probably a shooting star. There’s a saying that if you make three wishes, they’ll come true, but that’s unrealistic if I think about it normally, and it’s impossible to say it three times.
“…May I be able to stay together with Ayana and everyone forever.”
Well, making a wish doesn’t cost anything. If there is a god, I hope they will at least listen.
“Phew… That was a nice bath.”
After a while, Seina-san came back. Just like Ayana , her mother Seina-san looks incredibly attractive when she comes out of the bath. I’ve gotten used to it, but until recently, I would instinctively avert my gaze.
“It’s perfect timing. All that’s left is to arrange the dishes.”
“Thank you, Ayana.”
With that, I headed to help by arranging the dishes on the table. It’s too luxurious for three people, but this is how it usually is when I stay over. It’s not that I don’t feel sorry, but the food is delicious, so I end up eating one after another.
As usual, Ayana and I sat side by side, and the meal began with Seina-san sitting across from us.
“Here, Towa-kun. It’s salmon.”
It’s the fish she was panicking about earlier, afraid that it might burn. But it doesn’t look burnt at all, and it looks delicious.
“Fufu, looking at you two like this, you really seem like a married couple.”
Seina-san said that while looking at us. Unlike me, who was eagerly eating, Ayana listened to Seina-san’s words and proudly puffed out her chest.
Thinking how cute Ayana is at that moment, I glanced at the beer placed next to Seina-san’s hand.
“…Let’s not have a repeat of last time, okay?”
“Hahaha… I wonder.”
Well, that time my mom and Kazaki-san were there, so maybe she was in a good mood. But this time, it’s just Seina-san alone. Plus, it’s just one beer, so there’s no need to worry.
…And this is how things turned out a few minutes later.
“Hey, Ayana! Mom still really wants to apologize to you, seriously! Even though you forgave me, but still… stillllllll!!”
Seina-san’s time of repentance while hugging Ayana. We should have stopped her when she opened the second can of beer. But Ayana took advantage of the opportunity while I was being fed, and by the time we noticed, it was too late.
“Mom, you smell like alcohol.”
“Of course I do! I have been drinking alcohol!”
“It’s disgusting to be a good adult, so please stop!”
“Hmph! You know, even though I look like this, I still pass for someone in her late twenties. I’m still in my prime!”
Well, she’s not lying about her apparent age; she looks even younger than my mom, who also looks young.
“By the way, Seina-san, you weren’t much of a drinker, right?”
“When I drink with Akemi, I become… more capable of drinking, you know.”
Well, if she’s drunk to the point of being helpless, that’s not good.
While savoring the dishes prepared by Ayana and Seina-san, I couldn’t help but smile at how delicious it was. Ayana and Seina-san were still sticking together, but Ayana seemed to have given up, as she ate her meal without worrying about Seina-san teasing her.
Ah, she’s mad now.
After that, as expected, Ayana got angry, but Seina-san, who had been drinking, didn’t seem scared at all. On the contrary, a glimpse of the Black Ayana was visible.
“That damn hag…”
“Ayana, as a lady, always stays elegant.”
Needless to say, Ayana’s scream echoed afterwards.
And well, the noisy yet enjoyable summer vacation passed like this. Then, after the break, school started, and it was time for the first event, the sports festival.