I never thought that I would be reincarnated in a game world. Living a normal life, growing old in the usual way, and eventually passing away – that was the human life, the everyday norm. I, too, was supposed to live in such a manner.
However, I suddenly found myself reincarnated into the world of an eroge with the title “I Was Robbed of Everything.”
I wasn’t the protagonist but rather the man who would steal heroines from that protagonist – Towa Yukishiro and Ayana Otonashi.
Reincarnation brought confusion and doubt, of course, but it was as if my consciousness gradually adapted to this world through the body of Towa Yukishiro.
I haven’t spent many months in this world yet, but there’s a certain feeling within my heart.
I want to protect the smile of Ayana Otonashi, the heroine who is deeply familiar with the protagonist of this world. I want to walk through life together with her.
No matter what troubles she carries or the mysteries hidden in this world…. even if they are concealed in darkness, I will definitely grasp them.
I believe that there must be a reason why I came to this world.
“I… I should have resolved to do this.”
“What’s the matter?”
“Oh, it’s nothing.”
I wanted to know the hidden truths of this world and what Ayana was carrying, but this overwhelming tenderness was dissolving my determination.
“Since we’re alone, let’s take our time.”
I looked at the voice whispering in my ear.
The girl sitting next to me, Ayana Otonashi, held my arm and smiled as she gazed at my face.
Today, after having an unusual lunch with my friend Aisaka, I found myself with some free time and thought it would be a good opportunity to gather my thoughts, so I came to the rooftop alone.
“Towa-kun. You were here, huh?”
As I was leisurely lost in thought, the door opened, and she popped her head in.
I can’t explain it, but there was no feeling of someone being behind me or any sensation of being chased, so even though she had a smile on her face, her sudden appearance surprised me.
“Towa-kun… Towa-kun ♪”
As if to say, “Now that we’re alone, it’s my turn,” she closed the distance between us and leaned in closer.
Even though I had wanted to get lost in my thoughts and think about the future, the truth is that, deep down, I desired more than anything to spend time with her. In such a situation, resistance was futile.
“Maybe about twenty more minutes…”
“Yes, that’s right. We still have plenty of time to enjoy each other, you know?”
Ayana blushed and her eyes were filled with anticipation as she looked at me.
Her appearance was incredibly charming, and her allure was overwhelming. I gently placed my hand on her cheek and leaned in to kiss her.
Hardly any students visit the rooftop, and apart from us, there was no one around. Let’s put aside any complications for now and, as she suggested, let’s enjoy this moment.
Her long, silky black hair was devoid of split ends, and not a single strand clung to my fingers.
“Your hair, Ayana, is beautiful.”
“Thank you. It’s a lot of work to maintain its length, but if Towa-kun says that, it makes all the effort worthwhile ♪”
Why is she so good at making me feel happy and appreciated? I gazed into her jewel-like eyes.
Ayana still seemed to want more kisses, but to be honest, continuing any further would be risky.
“Let’s head back now.”
“Huh? Are you sure we can’t stay a little longer? Besides, isn’t ‘from now on’ what we’re looking forward to?”
“‘From now on’?”
“Yes, that’s right, ‘from now on’ ♪”
With her eyes glazed over, she exuded an even sweeter atmosphere than before.
When I first recognized myself in this world, I was puzzled by why she was so close to me. It almost felt nostalgic, even if it was in the context of the current situation.
(On that day… my feelings for Ayana grew stronger.)
I can’t deny that I was influenced by the circumstances, but back then, I genuinely yearned for Ayana. The events of that day strengthened my feelings for her, and I had a clear goal of wanting to be with her. But for now, I had to steel my heart and distance myself from Ayana.
“Well, it is school after all. Not that I can say much, considering I’ve been the one kissing…”
“Ehh~, but you went all the way with me in the audiovisual room before, didn’t you?”
I opened my eyes to see the disappointment in her muttered words.
While I’ve been re-experiencing memories related to Towa and getting to know Ayana and the others, there were still many things I couldn’t remember. What Ayana just told me was like a bolt from the blue.
“Umm… about that…”
I’m sorry to interrupt the cute and cuddly cheeks, but may I say something? Hey, Towa! What are you doing in school? School is a place to learn, not a place to do that kind of thing, you know that!
No, no, if you’re told that you’ve been kissing at school, there’s nothing much you can say. But still, I can’t help but think…right?
(School? Is this like something out of an *roge… Oh, right, this is the world of an *roge.)
With that realization in mind, I made my way back to the classroom, trying to persuade Ayana.
Ayana was off to enjoy the remaining time with her friends, and she headed in that direction.
As I watched her walk away, a male student approached me.
“Were you with Ayana?”
Standing next to me was Shu Sasaki, the protagonist of this world.
I nodded at Shu’s question, then headed to my seat. Shu followed me.
“You disappeared right after lunch. I see, if she was with Towa, that’s a relief.”
“Well, we were just talking for a bit.”
I didn’t tell him about the kiss or the deep conversation. Originally, when I first recognized myself in this world, I had the thought that I wouldn’t do anything for Shu and Ayana. However, as I spent time as Towa, my thoughts on that matter changed significantly.
I want to protect Ayana. I want to protect her smile. I’ve become strongly determined not to let anyone, not even Shu, take on that role.
“Ah, it’s nothing.”
I averted my gaze from Shu.
While I continued my secret relationship with Ayana, knowing his feelings… despite feeling guilt and superiority in some ways, there was still a considerable burden in my heart.
But I still feel a not-so-slightly big tug in my heart.
I need to know what this strange feeling of having a lid on my memory, not to say that it’s coming up to my throat, is …… I need to know.
“Come on, it’s time to go back because class is starting soon.”
“Oh, yeah, I got it.”
Shu walked away, and it became quiet again.
I’ve been thinking about this world almost constantly while preparing for class, but concentrating on my thoughts isn’t a bad thing.
When class began, I was diligently copying the content from the blackboard into my notebook.
The words on the blackboard distorted, and out-of-place words appeared:
Corner them …… corner them.
Make them suffer …… make them suffer
I reached up to rub my eyes, feeling like I might be tired, or perhaps sleep-deprived. I muttered something under my breath, and a classmate sitting next to me looked at me with a puzzled expression. So, I managed to smile vaguely, trying to dismiss it as a mistake.
“Okay, Yukishiro, try solving this problem.”
I wondered if someone noticed that I had been spacing out. However, as I turned to the blackboard and began solving the math problem, I realized it was a bit of a challenge, but with Towa’s capabilities, I managed to solve it correctly.
The teacher nodded in satisfaction, and just before I returned to my seat, Ayana, who had briefly met my gaze, was looking at me with a worried expression. I wondered if she had noticed the earlier strange occurrence.
“Don’t worry. I’m fine.”
I muttered that in my mind, but Ayana nodded quietly. It was surprising that my thoughts had somehow reached her, but with Ayana, it didn’t seem too mysterious.
I continued my thoughts while paying attention to the teacher’s lecture and didn’t let any part of the class slip by me. After class, it was time for afterschool.
“Phew~! I’m tired today!”
Right after the closing remarks, my friend with the shaved head, Takashi Aisaka, said so.
“Good job. But you have club activities now, don’t you? You’ll get tired from that.”
“Nah, I like baseball, so it’s no big deal. At least it’s hundreds of times better than sitting in a chair listening to a boring lecture.”
Well, that’s… certainly true, I chuckled.
As we chatted with Aisaka, a clear voice echoed from the entrance of the classroom.
“I apologize for intruding. Is Sasaki-kun here?”
Not only Aisaka and I but also the remaining students in the classroom turned our attention to the entrance.
Peering inside from the doorway was Iori Honjo, our student council president, and one of the heroines in this world, just like Ayana.
I found myself staring at her, Iori…… It puzzled Takashi, and I tilted my head.
I couldn’t help but think, not just about Ayana, but about how all the heroines in this world, including Iori, were strikingly beautiful. It wasn’t just her looks; her purity of heart was evident when you spoke with her.
(There were exceptions, of course.)
Yes, there are exceptions.
Shu’s younger sister and mother, and Ayana’s mother, for instance. But now wasn’t the time to dwell on that.
Iori is right in front of us, and Shu comes up to her when he hears her name called.
After talking about something as it was, Shu went off with Iori, so I guess he had to help her after school again today.
“So, are you okay with skipping club activities?”
“Well, that would be a problem. I’ll be going then.”
As I watched Aisaka leave the classroom in a panic, Ayana came to my side as if to replace him.
“Shall we go home?”?”
“Ah…sorry, I’m going to go to the bathroom for a moment.”
I walked out of the classroom, thinking with a wry smile that I wasn’t going to wait for Shu.
On the way, I passed a Senpai who was one year older than me, which is rare on this floor, but I didn’t pay much attention to it and went straight to the bathroom.
After I had washed my hands, I looked at myself in the mirror.
My body in this world …… Towa Yukishiro has a neat face, but Towa’s reflection in the mirror is giving me a somewhat distracted look.
I gently reached out my wet hand and touched my reflection in the mirror.
But of course, the reflection of me in the mirror only performs the same action.
“….Really, what am I doing”
I laughed bitterly at myself for doing something so stupid, taking advantage of the fact that I was the only one there.
On the way back to Ayana, I wiped my hand with a handkerchief and remembered the letters I saw in that class.
“… corner them… corner them… torment them… torment them…”
As I just said it out loud, it certainly seemed that way to me.
At that time, I was surprised by the suddenness, but in the end I thought it was just my imagination, but I don’t know what to do… This phrase strangely sticks in my head.
It’s like the feeling you get after listening to a memorable song.
(I don’t get it. …… but I guess the fact that it’s bothering me like this means there’s something to it. It’s worth remembering, I guess.)
When I returned to the classroom thinking like this, the senior I had passed earlier was standing in front of Ayana.
“Hey, Otonashi-san. Could you please make some time now?”
“I don’t have time for this. Please leave me alone.”
“Don’t say that. You’re alone now, aren’t you?”
The interaction between Ayana and a Senpai is enough to understand what’s going on.
It’s not hard to imagine that he has the energy to come all the way to the classrooms of the lower grades based on his charming appearance, but if possible, I would like him to at least realize that he is causing trouble to the girls.
Wait and see? I’m not going to do that.
The remaining classmates looked at me with relief, and Senpai looked at me in surprise in response to Ayana’s voice.
“Sorry. I kept you waiting for a while.”
“No, it’s totally fine.”
Ayana smiled and, as if Senpai didn’t even exist, she slung her bag over her shoulder and lined up next to me.
“Hey, wait, Otonashi-san—-“
“Senpai, it seems Ayana doesn’t have that intention, so please give up.”
Though my tone remained soft, my gaze sharpened, carrying the meaning that I wanted him to consider her feelings and the inconvenience he was causing.
Senpai let out a small click of his tongue and glared at me, but he must have realized – we were not the only students left in this classroom, and Ayana’s friends were also present, directing disapproving looks at him. Senpai finally understood the situation wasn’t in his favor and hastily left the classroom.
“Shall we go then?”