In the end, what happened after that was simple —- Mom intervened to protect me, and the situation was resolved by Kanzaki-san and the others who were still standing by.
[You can leave it to us. Well then, Towa, sis, goodnight.]
Despite emitting the smell of alcohol and clearly heading down the path of a reckless woman, Kanzaki-san had an air of capable womanhood at that moment. I didn’t want to imagine what would happen to that man who had been bothering the girls, but well, there was no point in worrying about it.
As soon as we arrived in the living room, my mother leaned against me. I knew she had been drinking quite a bit, but during the commotion earlier, she didn’t even seem like she had been drinking at all. However, my mother now resembled Kanzaki-san at the moment she left the store… in other words, she exuded the atmosphere of a reckless woman.
“Don’t sleep here, okay?”
“Nooo! I want to sleep with Towa!”
“I don’t want to.”
I stroked my mother’s head as she sobbed and tried to console her, but I quickly realized that she was feigning tears, shedding them as part of a skilled act.
“Sorry! I’m sorry, Towaa!”
Well, it’s my mother, so I’ll forgive her.
Assuming a nonchalant attitude, I patted her back gently and then moved away. My mother, who tightened her expression slightly, gazed at me.
“What if no one had come to help back then?”
“The other guy was drunk, and I don’t think you would have sustained any major injuries, knowing you. But what if, by any chance, he had a weapon?”
“…That’s… Yeah. I wouldn’t make excuses. I was only thinking about helping that girl.”
“Honesty suits you.”
The atmosphere from earlier subsided, and my mother, who now wore the face of a mother, hugged me.
“Your body is no longer yours alone. If something happens to you, I’ll be sad, and above all, what will happen to Ayana-chan?”
“Fufu. I didn’t mean to lecture you, but I wanted to say it again. I have no complaints about you helping a girl—in fact, I think it’s fitting for my son.”
“…Mom, you’re kind… but you smell like alcohol.”
“The alcohol part was unnecessary.”
But seriously, it really smells. It’s enough to ruin the atmosphere.
After laughing together, I moved away and headed to the refrigerator. I took out some tea and poured it into a glass, preparing one for myself and one for my mother.
As my mother took a sip of the tea, she suddenly mentioned something.
“That girl you helped… Wasn’t she completely smitten with you?”
“What are you talking about?”
That girl… She was called Yua by her friend who was with her. After I helped her, my mother arrived shortly after, so we exchanged a brief thanks. I understood that she had given me a somewhat affectionate look.
“From what I saw, she seems to be around the same age. It seems like she goes to different schools… Maybe there was a world where she became Ayana-chan’s love rival.”
“No way. I’m devoted to Ayana.”
“Well, that’s true. It’s hard to imagine a girl coming between the two of you… and even less likely a boy.”
When I imagined a boy coming between me and Ayana, it reminded me of the world of a cuckoldry game. It’s nostalgic in a way.
[Uhm… Thank you very much! Can I have your name…?]
In the end, we parted without exchanging names, but well… we probably won’t meet again.
By the way, when I checked my phone as soon as I got home, there was a pinpoint message from Ayana asking if something happened. I got slightly scared, wondering if she had sensed something.
“But I’m really glad I saved you before something happened.”
“What would have happened if something happened to me?”
“I would have killed the guy.”
It was definitely not a joke. I must be tired, that’s why it didn’t seem like one.
Afterward, I said goodbye to my mother, went to the bathroom to take a shower, and then returned to my room. Just before going to bed, Ayana called me, and I briefly explained what had happened. She was very worried.
“If something happens, I probably… I don’t know what I would do.”
I will never forget the tremendous pressure contained in those last words.
Thinking back, I thought I would end the day without hearing Ayana’s voice, but I always hear her voice in some way. Maybe it’s just our destiny, and I couldn’t help but smile wryly at the thought.
“No, it’s nothing.”
“That seems suspicious… I’ll come over tomorrow to find out!”
As the conversation flowed, it was decided that Ayana would come to my house, so it looks like tomorrow will be lively as well.
After ending the call with Ayana, I stood up and went to the window, looking up at the starry sky.
“The sports festival is over, but there were plenty of other events.”
There were fun moments, difficult moments, and even slightly dangerous moments.
It might not be accurate to say that nothing happened, but the fact remains that we overcame it.
“…I want to be by her side forever.”
I muttered quietly, knowing that it would make her happy if I said it in person.
I’m not exaggerating to say that Ayana is everything to me, nor am I consciously thinking that way. But I do want to hear her voice at least once a day… Is that a bit burdensome?
With such thoughts in my mind, I prepared to sleep, getting ready for tomorrow.
On another day, Ayana somehow slipped into my bed without me noticing… Needless to say, it was quite an exciting wake-up call.
TL: We caught up with the raw and I doubt there will be an update in the future. It’s been 2 months since the last update.