[If you don’t come now, I’ll break up with you.]
[I don’t understand. Are you threatening me?]
[You have 30 minutes to get here]
[Ha? You can’t do that. Unlike men, I have a lot of things to do, like putting on makeup. Besides, I told you no date today.]
[If you’re not here by 11:00, I’m breaking up with you.]
[Like I said, it’s impossible to do that.]
I put my phone in my pocket and lean my weight against the wall.
The vibration of the phone vibrates against my thigh.
Asuka is probably texting me on my phone.
But I have no intention of checking the message.
If she doesn’t show up at this place by eleven o’clock, I will go home and break up with her.
I know it’s a spontaneous thought process, but I don’t know who I am anymore.
I don’t see the value of being a convenient boyfriend for Asuka any more.
In the first place, I don’t know if I even like Asuka.
I feel as if I’m going out with her out of a sense of obligation.
Let’s just wait until eleven o’clock.
It is now 10:59.
There are less than 60 seconds left.
Was the 30-minute time limit really too tight?
No, don’t be fooled.
Asuka has always been pushing me to do difficult tasks.
If she can’ accomplish this much, it’s better to cut ties with her.
“…… Haa, haa, haa”
Less than 20 seconds remained.
She was breathing hard.
When she looked up, my eyes met Asuka’s, who was breathing on my shoulder.
Her face was hidden by a mask and hat, as if she had not applied makeup in time.
Her chestnut-colored hair was tossed about in places, still in a sleeping habit.
Asuka stared at me with sharp, cat-like eyes.
“Hey, what the hell do you think you’re doing! I said no date today!”
“I’ve given up on the concert to make time for you. How can I allow you to cancel a date without my permission?”
“B-But that doesn’t mean we have to break up…….. I mean, I’m really on the edge. What would you have done if it was past 11 o’clock? I’ve been chatting with you, calling you, but you’ve been ignoring my effort!!”
“I was going to go straight home. That would have been the end of my relationship with Asuka.”
“W-what’s that. Hiroto likes …… me, doesn’t he?”
” I don’t know. …… do I like Asuka?”
“First of all, it would be a nuisance to the people around us if we stayed here. Let’s change the place.”
I suggested this and we walked toward a nearby family restaurant.
As we arrived at the family restaurant, Asuka seemed to be upset.
She glanced at me and acted suspiciously like a kitten.
I didn’t pay any attention to her, and I kept one step ahead of her.
We enter a family restaurant that serves Italian food and are shown to a corner table for four.
We sat down so that we were facing each other.
Asuka was flapping her hands like a fan and looking up at me.
“Oh, mou, this is the worst. Hiroto should buy me a drink since you let me go out with no makeup on. I haven’t eaten anything since this morning.”
“I’m fine. It’s our last time anyway.”
“What do you mean, our last time ……”
“It’s because I’m breaking up with you.”
“…… Why! I kept my promise! I was here before eleven o’clock!”
Asuka slammed the table with a bang and brought her face close to mine with a devil-may-care look on her face.
I was speaking in an indifferent tone of voice.
“I told you earlier, I don’t know if I like Asuka anymore. I don’t see the need to continue our relationship.”
“Hiroto confessed to me, …… And yet, yet”
“Yeah, I think maybe that was a drawback. I asked Asuka to go out with me. So I thought it was my duty as a boyfriend to listen to Asuka’s selfishness. However, Asuka has been getting worse and worse, and now you treats me for you own convenience.”
“And besides, Asuka is always saying that. I think our relationship is already broken when you can easily say ‘I’m breaking up with you.”
I can’t threaten to break up with someone I like, at least not in the way she does.
The reason is that I love her.
I don’t want to break up with her because of that comment.
However, Asuka has often used that phrase as if it were a habit of hers.
I guess I was no longer her ” sweetheart” in her mind.
Asuka is no longer “the one” I like, and I am no longer “the one” she likes.
It would be barren to continue our relationship.
“….. Then just break up with me! And if you ask me to take me back later, it won’t work!”
“Yeah. I’ll leave you a 1,000 yen bill, so you can finish your dinner with this. I will be going”
I get up from my seat.
She immediately grabbed my right wrist.
“U-uhm …… it’s a lie, right? You’re kidding, right?”
“Let go of me.”
“C-calm down. What are you being so stubborn?”
“I’m not being stubborn. I’m just finally waking up.”
“Are you mad about the concert?”
“That’s part of it, but I think it’s a buildup. It’s just that today I reached a critical point and I can’t take it anymore.”
“……. H-hey, are we really breaking up?”
“Asuka said so from the beginning. Earlier, it came out from you mouth”
Is she sleeptalking?
Incoherence is a dangerous thing.
I shook Asuka’s hand off and quickly left the family restaurant.
I didn’t make eye contact with Asuka.