Rushia-sensei is visiting my house.
The twins, Nanako and Akari, met her here.
About half an hour later.
We were eating dinner in the living room …….
“It’s so good! It’s too good! I’ve never had a hamburger that tasted so good!”
Rushia’s eyes sparkled as she munched on Akari’s homemade hamburger steak.
“Damn…..What a surprise. You’re beautiful and a great cook on top of that. ……!”
Akari throws her chest out wide.
She’s sitting next to me, by the way.
Rushia and Nanako were sitting in front of me.
“This is …… unfair! To be able to eat this kind of delicious food every day, …… it’s as if Okaya’s stomach has been seized!”
“kukukukuku~ You’ve noticed, Rushia. Yes, it’s an advanced strategy to provide Okarin with delicious food every day so that he can’t live without my food.”
“Damn ……! Bummer. ……!”
“But it’s good, right?”
…… Let me tell you what has happened since then.
I told Rushia-sensei a brief story about what happened up to today.
One day, one of my old students suddenly came to my house.
They said that they were in some kind of trouble and that I, an old friend, was protecting them.
I cleared up the misunderstanding and told them that I had done nothing wrong.
After that, Akari and Rushia were taken to another room.
“We are going to have a secret discussion between the girls. ……”
The twins left their seats with Rushia for about five minutes.
And by the time …… they came back, they had reconciled a bit.
The time was around 7:00 p.m., so we decided to have dinner.
“Do you ever cook, Rushia”
Akari brought out another hamburger and served it to Nanako.
The older sister gulped down the third hamburger steak with relish.
” No. I’m not very good at cooking. ……”
“…. Mugu, mugu, mugu! Mugguh!”
“Sister. You can’t talk when food is in your mouth.”
Akari wiped Nanako’s mouth in disappointment.
“…..I’m not very good at cooking either, Rushia-chan. We are partners～♡”
Nanako with a faint smile on her face.
Jii, Rushia stares at Nanako .
“‘Umu…… right. Nanako is my partner!”
Rushia also smiled back at the older sister.
After the [secret discussion], I feel like she’s less cautious about the twins.
“Nee, nee, what about me?”
Yes, yes, Akari raises her hand.
Gaa, Rushia said with a glare.
“You are …… a strong rival.”
“Hoho? What’s on your mind?”
“You’re the biggest threat right now. You’ve got big tits, a nice face, you’re caring, you can cook, and you’re living with him……? What the hell, that’s cheating!”
Pushka, Akari, on the other hand, blushed and turned away.
Fu, fuun…..Thanks for that’s a compliment.”
Heruheru, Akari teased the tips of my hair with her fingers.
It is a habit of Akari when she is embarrassed.
“I-I’m not complimenting you.”
Rushia also turned away with a red face.
“……They’re both good friends ♡”
“You guys are good friends.”
I watched the three of them interacting as they ate.
“Okarin, you’re not talking, what’s wrong?”
“No, I don’t want to interrupt you girls enjoying yourselves. You’ve made a friend now, right, Rushia?”
She looks at the twins.
“You’re not? I thought you guys were pretty close.”
Rushia asks them, fearfully.
“Uhm, ……, that ………”
“…………,A-are we, uhm…….”
Monyomonyo, Rushia is muffled.
Ah, you want to make sure.
“Akari, Nanako. I want you both to be Rushia’s friends.
I know. I know that this girl has a very deep sense of loneliness. I first met Rushia when she was still in the third grade of junior high school. In the three years since then, I’ve had many meetings with her, and we’ve exchanged a lot of words.
…… What I could sense from that is that she doesn’t have any friendly friends. I don’t know why ……. She never talked about her friends or school. I once suggested to her that she write a novel about a school, but she refused.
I thought it was a good opportunity.
Regardless of the form, I was able to get to know a girl close to her age in depth.
“……, what are you talking about?”
The twins were puzzled.
Rushia pressed her hand to her chest as if she was hurt.
“…… Yeah, I know, right? I’m not …… friends with any of you. ……”
“We’re already friends.”
“…… You don’t have to tell me that, we’re aleady friends.”
Hearing their replies, Rushia was puzzled …….
“Eh, I mean. We love the same man, we’re rivals, but that’s it, right?”
Akari says, folding her hands behind her head.
Rushia, on the other hand, says in confusion.
“I-I don’t know, …….”
“Nn Mou, This is a feeling, a feeling. I don’t hate you.”
“…… Me too. Please be good friends with me, Rushia-chan♡”
Nanako, sitting next to me, reaches out her hand.
Rushia was not sure if she should grab her hand or not.
” Okaya,……, I……, what should I do?”
She looked at me anxiously.
This girl is scared.
I wondered if she should just accept the kindness of these two people.
“Rushia. I think you should follow your heart.”
“Follow my ……heart?”
“If you refuse the hand, I won’t deny you that choice. But if you try to live your life ignoring the feelings you have in your heart right now,……, I will do my best to stop you.”
In the 29 years I’ve lived, there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t regretted.
In particular, I still regret having married Misae.
If I hadn’t married Misae then, …… I might have been happier.
I wish I had done that at the time.
This is the way adults think.
But …… Rushia is still a child with a future.
I want her to look forward to …… and keep the light of hope in her eyes.
“What do you want to do?”
“I want to …… have friends.”
“Then you know what to do, right?”
Rushia grasps……. Nanako’s hand
Nanako smiled and hugged Rushia tightly.
” …… Rushia-chan, friend, I’m so happy.”
“U-umu…..Me, me too….. friend…..uhm, I’m glad”
Nanako hugs her even tighter.
Rushia’s small face is completely buried in her large breasts.
“As expectef of my handsome Okarin!”
Akari says with a smile next to me.
“It’s so sweet of you to make friends for a lonely girl. Because it’s your job?”
I look at Nanako and Rushia.
Rushia has a smile on her face that is appropriate for her age, instead of her usual …… stiff expression.
“Adults want to pass on their past mistakes as lessons to their children. It’s not a matter of profit and loss.”
Akari looks up at me and squeezes me in her arms.
“It’s true that marrying that idiot wife is a stain on your past that you can’t erase. But ……. Okarin can look to the future, too.”
Yes, children are not the only ones who can look forward to the future.
“It’s about enjoying the present!”
” I see. …… You’re right.”
I couldn’t help but feel that I wasn’t seeing myself clearly.
As Akari said, I am also looking forward and living in the moment.
I can’t go looking back …… forever.
“Thank you Akari …….”
“Huh? Yeah,……, what’s wrong, Okarin? Have I done something wrong?
This girl really has a talent for unconsciously cheering people up.
Just being with her makes me feel better.
That’s why I’m always grateful to her.
“I just think you’d make a good wife.”
“O-oh! Well, Weeeell, Finally! Akari as your wife?”
“Don’t get carried away. That’s not what I’m talking about.”
I poke Akari on the forehead.
She smiles happily and hugs my arm.
I can feel her warm, soft touch and …… the sweet smell of a woman, not unlike a child.
Nanako and Rushia shouted loudly.
They stood up and pulled Akari away from me.
“Y-you! Sneaking around is not fair!”
Ruthia raises her voice.
“Not fair, it’s not a historical drama. It’s so funny.”
“…… A-Akari. No! It’s not fair that you get Sensei for yourself ……!”
Puhe, Nanako puffs out her cheeks childishly.
“……Rushia-chan, Akari is a good girl. If you’re not careful, she’ll immediately start body touching him.”
“I see, that’s really useful information. Thank you for the information, Nanako.”
“You two are good friends after all. Let’s get along with me, too.”
Akari smirked and reached out her hand to Rushia.
She wanted to shake her hand as she had done with her sister.
She turns her head away.
But when …… the hand was offered to her, she squeezed it back.
“Rushian’s not very straightforward, heh?”
“R, Rushian, ……?”
” Yes. Rushian. You can call me “Akarin” if you want. But you can’t call him Okarin. It’s a privilege for married couples.”
“W-Who’s a married couple? Y-You’re still protected person by Okaya!”
“I don’t know about that~. We might have a goal in mind before you know it~?”
Rushia blushed and shivered as Akari teased her.
“…… Akari. You can’t …… bully Rushia, okay?”
Nanako embraced Rushia and discouraged her sister.
“You’re forgetting, Rushian, that you’re older than us.”
“…………………… I-I haven’t forgotten.”
She has forgotten.
Kukuku, Akari laughs tightly.
On the other hand, Nanako says,
” ……S-sorry ……, Rushia-chan.”
“No, it’s …… fine. This distance is …… comfortable.”
Rushia looks at me and smiles as if a flower has bloomed.
” Okaya …… thank you.”
It was as if a light was shining on that somewhat stiff and shadowy expression…… that had been there until now.
“Thanks to you, …… I’ve made a friend. Thank you. …..I really love you”
Rushia says to me, her cheeks turning red.
As a person, as an adult, it makes me happy to know that she trusts me.
“Yeah, that’s good.”
“Uu…you’re not getting the message – ……”
I don’t know why, but Gakun …… and Rushia is depressed.
“Don’t be depressed, Rushian. The other party is an adult, and it is a total mystery that he sees us only as children.”
“…… We are going to attack him hard and break down Sensei’s stronghold. Let’s do our best, Rushia-chan.”
She looked at the two of them and nodded her head.
“Let’s do our best. We’re not enemies, we’re friends!”
Thus, the writer in charge made friends.
I thought that if I could do my job as an editor and as an adult, then I would be …… happy.