For the first few days since my dad told me about the transfer, I’ve been working on my reading without thinking about anything in particular. Sakuya seemed to be troubled, and I often saw her thinking about it.
Whether I choose to go with my dad or not, I’m sure I’ll regret it more or less no matter which way I choose. That’s what it means to make a choice. Especially if it is something that will affect my future life. So it’s natural to worry about it, but I don’t think it’s right to worry too much.
It’s not a game, and there is no right answer either way. No matter how much you worry about it, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the right answer. It’s not uncommon for a person to make a last minute decision after a lot of worrying and anxiety, and end up making a different choice.
If that’s the case, gather a certain amount of information (in this case, about the school you’ll be transferring to) so that you can make a decision either way, and then make a last-minute decision based on your intuition. There’s still some time left. You don’t want to spend all that time worrying about it, and you don’t want to waste all that time if you decide to change your mind at the last minute.
Once I’ve made that decision, it’s easy. That’s why I’m able to read like this. I closed the book and was about to make myself a cup of tea when a question occurred to me.
“Well, is it possible for one of us to stay here and the other to go with Dad and Mom?”
It’s fine if I stay here and Sakuya goes with them. But what about the other way around? It’s not so good for a high school girl to live alone in a house, is it? As I thought about it, I suddenly realized.
“On second thought, Kusunoki also lives alone.”
With Kusunoki as a precedent, there was no problem for a high school girl to live alone. She can also do her chores well.
I don’t know which one she will choose.
I made myself a cup of tea, exhaled, and was thinking about what book to read next when I heard my phone ring. I looked at the screen and saw that it was my childhood friend, Aikawa, calling. We used to play together every day, but now we don’t even see each other anymore.
“Long time no see, Renya. Are you okay now?”
“Yeah, what can I do for you?”
“I have something to say, but it’s been a while, so let’s talk.”
We talked about what we’ve been up to and other trivial things.
“Now that summer vacation is here, the club activities are getting longer and longer, and with the heat, I’m exhausted every time.”
“Hmm, sounds like a lot of work.”
I remembered how hard it was to do club activities under the blazing sun, and when I looked at the clock, a good amount of time had passed.
“Well, what do you want to talk about?”
Aikawa paused for a moment before answering.
“Hey, Renya, do you have any plans on the day of the summer festival we used to go to every year?”
“No, not really.”
This time of year, there is a summer festival in our neighborhood. I didn’t go last year, but before that I went every year with my childhood friends.
“Why don’t we go to the summer festival this year? Fujibayashi and Miyamoto will join us, the four childhood friends.”