Chapter 59: Shopping date
The school festival is over.
It seems that there were flashy shows such as dances and bands, but I’m not involved in any of that.
All I did was parade around the school and advertise, and there was no sense of realism to be found in ……. What am I saying?
Just the two of us alone with a girl looking around the cultural festival would be a hell of a rearrangement.
Before I knew it, I seemed to have become an authority on desire. I have to be careful.
The next Sunday, Himari and I went to the biggest shopping mall in the prefecture.
“isn’t it too big …… to look around in one day…..?”
After enjoying shopping at the mall, our plan for the day was to see the night view from the observation deck of the Grand Mall Hotel, which is attached to the mall.
Of course, it’s not my idea. I have zero love skills, so it’s impossible for me to come up with a great date plan.
I took a plan that was ranked number one on the Internet and just took it.
“Himari, is there anything you want?”
“Well, that’s a problem. …… Well, let’s look around until we find something you want.”
She doesn’t look happy at all.
The aura of “I’m here out of a sense of duty” was evident.
In the past, Himari always seemed to be enjoying everything.
Now that I think about it, I really appreciate that.
I pushed Himari’s wheelchair as we went from store to store, focusing on clothing stores and general stores.
I watched carefully to see if Himari was interested in anything, but there was no response.
“Are you not interested in this kind of thing?”
Himari used to read fashion magazines whenever she had time. ……
“Being with me is boring.”
“No, it’s not.”
I patted Himari on the head.
“Uu. Please stop.”
“Hahahaha, sorry, sorry.”
I was beginning to think her angry face was cute.
I want to see more, but if I do more, I’ll never be able to get her to talk to me. I’d rather not.
We came to the food court.
There was a sweet smell in the air.
Himari seemed to have noticed it and was looking for the source of the smell.
“—–Oh, isn’t that it?”
I headed for the crepe shop.
“Shall we eat?”
I ordered two crepes and sat down at a table for two.
“After all, this much is enough for something sweet. The domburi parfait was too much.”
“Did you eat the bowl parfait?”
“Don’t you remember? I ate it with you, remember?”
Himari is thinking about it.
“Was I in a relationship with you?”
No, we’re not.”
Donburi puff is something you eat with someone you like.
“Is that so?
If you eat all of them, you will always be together.
I didn’t know that. ……
That’s why Himari pushed herself so hard to eat it. ……
“So Himari and I are going to be together forever?”
“Hahaha, don’t say that.”
Himari took out the soggy note and started reading it again.
I don’t know how many times she has done this. The paper is now in tatters thanks to this.
“Did I like you before?”
“Hmm, I’m embarrassed to say it myself. –Ah, yes. Isn’t that what Shino told you?”
Himari nodded her head and nibbled on a crepe.
“And? Is it good?”
Himari stared at my crepe.
“Do you want to try mine?”
I put my crepe in front of her mouth. Ahn
–Kapu. Himari nibbled on my crepe.
It was a success. I’m so happy.
“This one is also delicious.”
“Well, that’s good.”
Himari shows a slight smile. –Cute.
“I want to eat it at home too.”
“That’s difficult. …… No, wait.”
A current runs through my brain.
One of the things on Himari’s list of things she wanted to do was to become a good cook.
“Himari, would you like to learn to make your own crepes?”
Himari’s eyes widened.
“Yes! I want to make them!”
All right, she took the bait!
“Let’s buy a crepe machine then!”
Why do I know what a crepe maker is?
The answer is simple: our class’s project for the school festival was a crepe maker.
In the end, it was rejected because it was too conventional, and became an otherworldly cafe.
After we finished our crepes, we went to the kitchen corner and bought a crepe maker.
“Okay, Himari. Now you can eat all the crepes you want.”
“Hehehe. I wants to eat Kukki crepes too.”
“Oh, that’s great! Ask Shino or Tsumugi to teach you.”
“Yes. I’ll do my best.”
I felt like Himari was opening up to me a little bit, which made me happy.
” Then, since it’s getting dark outside, let’s go up to the observatory to see the night view.”
I don’t think she’s going to like this.
Well, she might like it if she actually saw it, so let’s just go.
We went to the Grand Mall Hotel next door and took the shuttle elevator from the first floor directly to the observation deck.
Avoiding the other flirting couples, we walked up to the window.
“Oh, it’s beautiful. Himari.”
In front of me was one of the most beautiful night views I’ve ever seen.
“Yes, it’s beautiful.”
She didn’t seem to be that impressed.
“Where did you think was the most beautiful place?”
“I don’t know.”
Where is it? I’d like to take you there.
“Do you remember what kind of park it was?”
“There was a white-eye.
A white-eye? They’re everywhere, I can’t identify them.
“…… Is there anything else?”
“I ate some bread there.”
That explains it.
What Himari is referring to is the park we went to before the Cafe Donburi Rice.
You’re going to tell me that the place you remember with me is the most wonderful place …….
“…… Why are you crying?”
“Ah, I’m sorry to bother you.”
I wipe my tears with my sleeve.
“I know where it is. I’ll take you to the park next time.”
Himari smiles, showing her double teeth.
Seeing that, I smiled too.
“You are kind to me. –Do you perhaps like me?”
“Yes, I like you.”
Himari was thinking about something while looking at the night view.
It’s been quite a long time.
At that time, I suddenly realized that I was empty-handed.
–Huh? Isn’t it strange to be empty-handed?
Where’s the crepe maker?
I trace the thread of my memory.
Before going up to the observatory, I pissed in the first floor bathroom.
At that time, I put the crepe maker on a little stand in front of me.
And I left it behind!
“Sorry Himari! I left my crepe maker in the bathroom! I’m going to go get it, so please wait here!”
I jump on the elevator and head for the first floor bathroom. –Gone!
“Damn it! Did someone steal it? –No, it might have been delivered as a lost and found!”
I asked the front desk if the crepe maker had been delivered.
“I’ll go check it out now.”
“Thank you very much.”
The woman at the front desk went to the back to check.
I stood at the counter and waited for her to return.
–But no matter how long I waited, she didn’t come back.
I told the next front desk clerk about it.
“I’m going to go check it out now.”
This time the male receptionist went to the back.
I waited at the counter again.
–but he didn’t come back for any length of time.
“What the hell is going on? Is there a storage facility a few kilometers away or something?”
As I was tilting my head, I heard a rattle behind me.
I turned around and saw that the shutters of the hotel’s main entrance and stairs had begun to fall. –What the hell is going on?
“Oi! Dude, what are you doing?”
“I’m sorry, sir! We’ll check it out as soon as possible!”
A guest shouted at the hotel staff, and the shutters closed completely as the hotel staff rushed to make a phone call.
” The shutters are completely closed.”
“Please wait a moment! We’re checking on you right now!”
Something’s going on here. Is there a problem with the security system?
“I still can’t get through to the phone.”
A rumbling noise rang out from above, drowning out the shouts of the guests.