I’m in a coffee shop with my unfaithful wife, Misae.
I came with the intention of getting her to write the divorce papers.
Misae wanted to get back together with me, but I refused. ……
Misae is slumped over and remains silent.
She is sweating profusely, and her foundation is falling off.
She refused to accept the divorce papers I thrust at her.
I put the form on the table.
“How long are you going to keep this to yourself? I’m not going to change my mind no matter what you say, and the fact that you cheated on me is irrefutable?”
Misae has a …… huffy expression on her face.
Then, her face twisted for a moment, and she said.
“You know, I didn’t …… tell you, but that day, I was actually …… forcibly raped by that man.”
…… What the hell is this person trying to say?
Misae said with a strange glint in her eye.
“That’s right! Listen to me! That day, that man…… Kisogawa! All of a sudden! He broke into our house!”
Misae heated up.
” Your voice is too loud. You’re disturbing the people around you. Don’t tell poor lies.
“I’m not lying! Then let me ask you the opposite! Did you actually see the scene where I was having an affair with Kisogawa……!?”
…… hits the spot that hurts.
It’s true that I didn’t actually see Misae and Kisogawa having an affair.
When I came home, Kisogawa came out of the bedroom.
And on the futon, there were the remains of sex.
I don’t know what happened before they got under each other’s skin.
I didn’t have any evidence that my wife was having an affair, nor did I have anyone to verify it.
“Look at you! You don’t have it, do you? If you think I’m having an affair, then bring me the evidence, the evidence!”
Bam, bam, bam! Misae tapped the desk.
If she finds a weak point, she will go after it thoroughly.
” Without proof, you can’t divorce me. ……!”
It’s …… insidious.
Now, as I was thinking of what to do ……, that’s when…..
“…… I’ve got proof!”
I looked in the direction of the voice.
There, a beautiful girl with black hair was looking straight at us.
“Akari’s here too!”
The blonde-haired JK Akari came to us with her sister.
“You guys …… what are you doing here?”
“…… I’m sorry I didn’t do what I was told. But we were worried about …… you, so we ……”
Nanako nodded her head like a scolded child.
But I had no intention of getting angry.
Because I felt somewhat lightened by the appearance of these children.
“D-dear, who are these people?!”
Misae shouted hysterically.
“It doesn’t matter who we are. It’s none of your business, Aunt.
“You’re a middle aged woman who cheated on her husband with a young man. Then the man dumps you, and you come crying to him with lies. …… Don’t you think that’s disgusting?”
Misae’s expression twisted with anger.
“You little ……! I’ll let you tell it. ……!
Misae raises her hand in the air.
“Dear!?” “Okarin ……”
I grabbed Misae’s hand to stop her.
“Sit down, Misae. It’s not nice to raise your hand to a child.”
“Y-you! Y-You’re supporting these girls? You like these girls?! More than me?!”
“I’m not talking about likes and dislikes. What kind of adult would be violent to a child? What you’re doing is not the behavior of a sensible adult.”
Misae grits her teeth.
“Are you okay? Akari.”
“Fue……? Y-yeah, …… I’m fine. Thanks for that…….”
With a blush on her face, Akari thanked me.
I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do.
“So, what are you guys doing here?”
“‘We’re here with the …… evidence.”
“We have proof that …… this stupid woman is having an affair.”
Akari pulls her phone out of her pocket.
She fiddles with the album folder and shows us a picture.
On the screen of the phone, there was a picture of the entrance of my house.
It looks like she took the picture from the back hallway just outside my door.
It’s a picture of Misae smiling as she opens the door, and Kisogawa with a flirty smile on his face. ……
“…… We waited around at the apartment until Sensei came home. And then we saw this person going into Sensei’s house.
So that’s where you got the photo. ……
“What’s with the sudden forcefulness? You greeted him with this smile.”
“I’t a lie ……! It’s a …… made-up photo. ……!
Misae shouted in a half-crazed frenzy.
She raised her hand again to take Akari’s phone.
I grab Misae’s hand and joint her.
“Ow, that hurts ……! What are you doing!”
“I just told you not to raise your hand to a child.”
“Let me go! Give me that pictureeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”
Akari sniffed mockingly.
“Made- up photo? Can you say that even after seeing this video……?”
She swipes the screen.
This time, it was not a photo, but a video.
A smiling Misae appears on the screen.
She gives Kisogawa a frontal hug and a passionate kiss on the doorstep. ……
“‘Stop ittttttttt! Don’t look at itttttttttttttttttt!”
She flaps her hands in desperation and tries to snatch Akari’s phone.
But I blocked her and she couldn’t move.
Akari cowers at the sight of Misae yowling like a wild dog.
As if to protect Akari, her sister Nanako steps forward.
“We can take this evidence to court, you know. You will lose for sure. In that case, you will be asked to pay a fee.”
“You can’t pay, can you? You don’t have any money, right? You’ve been abandoned by the man you cheated on me with, and since you deserve it, there’s no way you can rely on your parents. …… That’s why you came back to Sensei. Am I wrong?”
“I’ll hand over this evidence to Sensei if you continue to follow him. I’m prepared to stand as a witness in the trial. With all this solid evidence, are you still going to lie?”
Misae shaked helplessly.
She murmured with a completely drained expression.
Misae says, looking up at me with a deathly expression on her face.
“…..I’m sorry I cheated on you……. I’m sorry for lying to you. I’m sorry for everything, everything. ……”
Hence, Misae said.
“That’s why……, please……, please forgive me …….”
Misae said miserably.
“I don’t have any savings,…… I’ve never worked before,…… and I can’t go home,…… either. They will definitely ask me why. I can’t tell them I cheated on you. …… And if I get divorced because of it, …… my parents will throw me out too. ……”
Nee, says Misae, as if squirming.
“And you’re abandoning me?”
…… Was I married to this, this shallow woman?
I was beyond angry and …… exhausted.
But …… my resolve is unshakeable.
” Yeah. I’m abandoning you. I hate you.”
Misae has a look of despair on her face.
I felt like I was twice as old as I really was, even though I was 29.
“It’s no use trying to appeal to my emotions or lie your way out of it. I’m not going to change my mind. If you continue to insist on this, I will take you to court. You’re the one at a disadvantage.”
I pulled my phone out of my pocket.
“I’ve been recording all of our conversations ever since I got here.
These days, smartphones are so convenient that they can take voice memos.
I’ve been recording her voice. I knew this would happen.
“I see, as expected of Okaerin!”
“R-Recording! N-no way! That’s not fair! It’s was a trap!”
“You’re a liar, so what’s wrong with keeping a record like this? And what’s not fair? …… You’re the one who betrayed me first.”
I took the evidence and told my wife.
“Do you understand the extent to which it’s wiser to get a trial you know you’re going to lose, or to divorce here ……?”
When Misae heard my words, she …… slumped her shoulders.
Eventually, she …… gave a small nod.
She took the pen that I had taken out of my bag and signed and sealed the …… divorce papers in her dirty handwriting.
As soon as I confirmed it, I stood up with the slip of paper.
“I’ll at least pay for the drinks. But this is the last time I’m seeing you. See you later, Misae.
I turned to leave.
“W-Wait, …… Dear…….”
What will you say at the end of the day ……
“…… property, split it.”
…… I was mortified, and so were the twins.
“It’s their shared property, right? The apartment, too. Even the furniture. ……”
I stopped Akari.
“The apartment is under my name, I bought it. I also bought all the furniture. Everything that belongs to you was bought by me. You have no right to claim it as your own.”
“I’m going to leave all your personal belongings to you, though. I’ll send all your clothes and cosmetics to your house by courier. That’s the end of it.”
For me, I didn’t want to keep anything that had any trace of my wife in it.
So, just as well.
I’ll get rid of everything.
“At the end of the day, …… how much of a scumbag are you if you’re begging for money from your husband who took care of you?”
Akari says, as if spitting it out.
“…… As a woman, I despise you. Don’t ever come near him again.”
Nanako lashed out in quiet anger.
Misae did not say anything.
She turned her head down and didn’t move from her spot as if she was in a daze.
…… I didn’t look back anymore.