The tense situation continued in the lobby of the apartment building.
Sousuke stood firm against the mother, who was shaking with anger. She seemed to be unstable due to exhaustion from raising her child, but she had no intention of speaking kind words to him. After all, she had hit a small child who was unable to resist.
“What happened then?”
“I didn’t have a choice. That man said it would be fine.”
“I told you, there was no way it would be fine. Are you an idiot? Your boss is also very stupid, isn’t he?”
At any moment, she might jump on him.
“Well, that’s all right. How could you say that you wish you had not given birth to her? What do you mean, you gave birth on your own and now you are blaming this child? It’s all your fault, and if you can’t raise a child on your own, you should leave the child in such an orphanage. Consider the feelings of a child who is yelled at and hit every day. You make it sound like you’re the only one in pain, but it’s much worse for this child.”
“Shut up …… Shut up, shut up, shut up, who do you think you are!? Why do I have to be told to do that!?”
“It’s because you hit a kid in front of me. That kind of thing is a quality I really can’t tolerate.”
“You’re acting like a hypocrite by getting involved in something you have nothing to do with!? It’s annoying.”
“I don’t like being called a hypocrite. If you don’t want me to meddle, please do it at home. This is a public place. It’s not your private space. Just think about it for a minute and you’ll understand.”
The mother bit her lip so hard it bled and slumped down.
She mutters. And then.
The mother tried to charge at him, but was immediately pinned down from behind. Of course, the policeman who came to the scene did.
“C-calm down. Please don’t get out of control.”
“No, let go of me, let go of me!”
The janitor joined in and held her down, and she finally quieted down. She sat down on the floor and mumbled to herself.
The girl who was clinging to Sousuke muttered anxiously.
From then on, it was a bigger mess than he thought it would be. The mother was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, and onlookers filled the lobby of the apartment building.
As for Sousuke, he had asked permission from the policeman to bring the girl to his home.
Once she calmed down, the police would take her to her mother’s hospital.
At the Sugaya home.
The girl at the living room table is drinking a glass of apple juice.
“Is it good?”
His mother, who had just come home from a part-time job, responded, apparently happy to have the little girl at home.
“Delicious. Uhm, thanks for the food.”
“Fufu, I’m glad. Oh, Sousuke. Watch over her, okay? I’m going to prepare dinner.”
After confirming that she had gone into the kitchen, he turned his attention to the girl.
“Do you feel any pain where she hit you?”
“No, it doesn’t hurt.”
“I see. What is your name?”
The girl looked up at him with a slightly wary look.
“……Aimi Kousaka .”
“Aimi-chan it is. Please wait for me, I’ll be with my mother in a little while.”
“What is your name?”
For a moment, Sousuke tilted his head, not knowing what she was talking about.
He realized that she was asking him.
“Sousuke-kun. Thank you for earlier.”
“Aah, it’s okay. I’m glad you didn’t get hurt.”
It was better not to ask too much about her mother.
“There’s a bunny.”
“You mean you have a bunny?”
Aimi shakes her head.
“A stuffed animal.”
“Can I go get it?”
It seems that she wants to go back to her own house. Is she feeling lonely?
“Hmm …… Then I’ll ask the policeman.”
As he took out his phone, the door to the living room opened with a bang.
“Sou-chan, are you all right?!”
It was Shion, soaking wet to his sight.