“Good morning, Renya. Congratulations on your release from the hospital.”
“Good morning. And thank you.”
The day after I was discharged from the hospital, my childhood friends, whom I had contacted yesterday, visited my home.
“Congratulations on your release from the hospital. Is your body OK now?”
“Congratulations on being discharged from the hospital. Here’s your discharge present.”
“You didn’t have to worry about a discharge gift or anything. Also, my body’s fine.”
Also, I’m fine.”
I got some sympathy gifts, which makes them feel sorry for me, on the contrary.
“That’s not how it works. It’s our fault you were in the accident. ……”
“You care too much.”
And I don’t remember it in the first place. If I were to mention it, they would be even more concerned, so I won’t say it. But now that I’m here, it’s hard for me to react if I’m dragged on forever about something I don’t remember.
“We can’t keep talking in the hallway, so why don’t you come on up anyway?”
“Sorry to bother you.”
“It”s been a while since I’ve been in Renya”s room, but …… it’s changed quite a bit.”
“I was surprised, too.”
Takuma is surprised when he enters my room. I was surprised yesterday, too.
“Has it been a long time since you entered my room? Haven’t you played here for a while?”
“…… yeah. I went to a different high school than you guys, and we rarely play together anymore. ……”
“Is that so?”
Well, if we went to different high schools, would we be estranged from each other? Still, it seems like we might go out and play with each other on our days off or something.
“What about Ruri and Yona? Do the two of you know when my room started to look like this?”
” I don’t think I know either, since I last came here when I was in junior high school. What about you, Ruri?”
“I …… came here right after high school and this is what happened then. ……”
Ruri looks gloomy for some reason when she says that. Did something happen at that time? Or rather, what did I do?
“Hmm~? Now that you’re in high school, you don’t play in room anymore?”
“……I stopped playing in someone’s room.”
“Is that so. Then was it wrong to invite you to my room?”
I invited them to my room as I had done in the past, but that may not have been a good idea. I guess high school students are not comfortable in the opposite sex’s room. Would it be better to go to a living room …… or even better, a family restaurant?
I suggested this, but Ruri and Yona denied it.
‘Wait! I don’t mind!”
“Me too! I’m fine too!”
“I-I see. Then I’ll go make you some tea, and you can relax at your leisure.”
Are they still comfortable going into a room of the opposite sex? Maybe it’s because I don’t remember, I don’t know.
“For now, can I ask you about what it was like for me in high school? Mostly relationships.”
I open my mouth like that when I come back to make a cup of tea and have a sip. The unfamiliar names in the contacts on my phone are probably people I’ve formed relationships with in the last two years. I want to ask them how I treated them before I lost my memory.
Well, there are only a few names I don’t know. Apparently I’ve done very little in the way of exchanging contact information.
I guess I didn’t make any friends in high school. And as I was worrying about my high school life, each of the three people who were looking into my phone raised their voices.
“I can’t. I don’t recognize a single one of them.”
“Me too. ……”
“Saijo-kun and Sasaki are classmates. The others are …… I don’t know them either.”
If these guys don’t know, there’s no way to know. Well, if they contact me, let’s start with “How do you do?”
After that, I asked them about my life in high school, but they had less information than I had expected. So we just hung out and parted ways.
I was in a room where my childhood friends had gone home, watching the sunset.
Today I thought to ask how I was spending my time in high school, but I didn’t get much out of it. I was able to get some information from Ruri, who seemed to be in the same class as me, but not much from Yona or Takuma. This means that …….
“Have we grown apart over the past two years?”
Aside from Ruri, who was in the same class with me, Yona and Takuma knew very little about me in high school. It seems we didn’t even go out to play on holidays, no doubt about it.
I thought there would be a change in the environment, and that there would be some change in our relationship, but I had no idea that we hardly even saw each other anymore. I thought the four of us had gone to a summer festival together, or at least played together on our days off.
I honestly can’t believe it. I mean, from where I’m sitting now, it’s a given that the four of us would spend time together, and even if we went to different high schools, I didn’t think we’d be estranged. I believe that our friendship is eternal and will last a lifetime. But I don’t think that’s the case with our current relationship.
“What the hell happened?”
When we were talking today and when they were visiting me, my childhood friends seemed to be unable to gauge the distance between us. Are we having a fight?
“Then I’ll have to be the one to aggressively close the distance.”
When childhood friends respond to me in a reserved manner, it seems as if they are distancing themselves from me, and it hurts my sober mind. If something has happened in the past two years, I don’t remember it, so it can’t be helped. So I hope that my childhood friends will pretend that it never happened and treat me the same as before (as they did two years ago).
“For the time being, I’ll invite them to play with me tomorrow.”
Fortunately, it is still summer vacation. It will be easy to secure time to spend together. Then they may start treating me as they did back then.
It might be troublesome when I get my memory back, but I’m sure it will be fine. I am the same person, and I don’t think there is much difference in the way I think about my childhood friends. Even if they had done something to me, I could forgive most of it.
A little bit of fighting won’t change our relationship, will it? Because we are childhood friends who have known each other for a long time.