Chapter 18: Consultation and bluntness
[Hiroto Suginami PoV]
“─ ─ Yes. Aaaan!”
“What, are you kidding me?”
The location is a certain coffee shop.
It is a private store run by a master with a white beard.
Calming background music is playing in the store, creating a peaceful atmosphere.
In the midst of all this, I was staring at Chinami, Asuka’s older sister, with a disturbed look in my eyes.
She was bringing a spoonful of omelette rice to my mouth, paying no attention to the tranquil atmosphere.
” Eh? Don’t you want to make out with an active JD? And you’re even in high school?”
“What kind of prejudice is that?”
“I heard that high school students are more attracted to college students than to people their own age. After all, everyone is a spoiled brat.”
“I’ve never heard such a source. …… This is not what I’m here to talk about.”
I’m trying to get back on track with the conversation that has gone completely off track.
I’m meeting with Chinami face to face for a specific purpose. But it was just to ask for advice.
“Was I wrong? I thought about it a lot in my own way, and after getting advice from Chinami, I decided to properly break up with Asuka. But in the end, I felt like I pushed my feelings onto Asuka again.”
The relationship had become ambiguous, not knowing whether they were in a relationship or broken up.
“If I say ‘it’s right’ or ‘it’s wrong,’ will you be satisfied, Hiro-kun?”
“No, I’m sorry. That was not a good way to ask.”
“I don’t blame you. Well, I don’t think you should force your feelings on someone.”
“Force your feelings on someone?”
“Yes. Because, at first, Asuka thought that Hiro-kun was nothing more than a classmate, right?”
“Yes, that’s right. I don’t think she had any interest in me.”
The first person to fall in love was definitely me.
I would research what Asuka liked and buy her movie tickets with my meager allowance.
I increased our private interactions and gradually pushed my feelings toward Asuka, and she accepted it.
If I had not taken action, we would have ended up as classmates.
“So, if Hiro-kun told Asuka to wanted to break up and she accepted it, then I don’t think you need to worry about it.”
Unlike the first time, this time Asuka agreed.
I think this is a big difference.
I gently drop my gaze, and Chinami lowers her posture and peeks in.
“Are you still not convinced about something?”
“Oh, no, it’s not that. …..I guess you could call it a sense of emptiness. I know I broke up with her, but I felt like I had to do something about it.”
A feeling of emptiness, a hole in my chest.
I don’t know why, but it has hit me now.
I don’t think I will ever not be involved with Asuka in my life.
However, we are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend. I wonder if she has finally come to that realization.
“I see. I have to make up for that in other ways.”
“Yes ……Honestly, this is just too much for you. Come on, jump into my chest.”
“You’re making fun of me too much, aren’t you?”
Chinami’s smile blooms as bright as the sun, and she spreads her hands out to either side. I don’t know what I would do if I really went to dive in …….
But still, Chinami-san…no, what am I thinking?
“Oh, you just now thought, unlike Asuka, I don’t have br*asts, didn’t you?”
“No, I didn’t. What are you talking about?”
“Well, I thought you were wearing clothes that showed your body line more than usual.”
“You’re the worst …… enemy of women ……”
“You’re the one who started it?!”
Chinami’s cheeks twitched as she squinted.
She turned her cheek and began to look out the window.
“Haa……. Why is it that we resemble each other except for the br*asts? Other than that, I’m relatively the same as Asuka.”
“Is that so? I don’t think Chinami and Asuka have much in common.”
To begin with, the basic premise is that they have different personalities.
Chinami is cheerful to everyone, but Asuka takes time to open up.
They are sisters, so while their appearance is similar in some ways, they still make others feel as if they are different people.
“Hiro-kun, you’re really insensitive, you know that?”
“Eh, I’m insensitive? Me.”
I thought I was rather sensitive.
I raise my eyebrows to the center of my head and a question mark appears above my head.
To my bewilderment, Chinami smiled softly.
“When you feel at ease, you should get a new girlfriend. If no one looks at you, I’ll become your girlfriend.”
With these words, she began to eat the rest of her omu-rice.
3 comments »
rrobzJuly 22, 2022 at 12:32 am
Thank you again for the hard work soafp! I hope folks appreciate that this was a really solid translation on this chapter – you captured the tone of the interplay between the MC and Chinami quite well.
BTW Chinami is best girl.
GattsJuly 22, 2022 at 4:10 am
Thank you for the chapter !
DurendeNovember 10, 2022 at 3:31 pm
I feel like the author and I have different ideas about how relationships work. If one side breaks up, it doesn’t matter what the other side thinks, the relationship is over. It’s not pushing your feelings onto the other person