TL: Hey guys I came across this novel and gave it a try and I really liked it. This is just a teaser. So, I won’t update this often. Let me know what you think about this novel. Ps I really dislike that title.
Today, I was expelled from my soccer club and also lost my girlfriend. The person who broke my heart is my childhood friend who lives next door to me, who is also a sophomore in high school. The man who stole my girlfriend is a newcomer to the soccer team, Todo…. Not only did he steal my girlfriend, he also kicked me out of the soccer team.
My girlfriend was my childhood friend. We went to kindergarten, middle school and high school together. But I didn’t see her as the opposite sex until we got to high school. We were always together. …… She was like air. We went to school together and left school together. …… It was also her job to wake me up every morning.
My name is Yuma Munagata and her name is Sorane Takasaki. It was in my first year of high school that I began to see her not just as a childhood friend, but as a person of the opposite sex. One day in the first semester of my first year of high school, I found her attractive. She was probably on the tall side for a girl, with beautiful black hair and trademark big eyes. …… She was a beautiful girl, even without the favoritism of my childhood friend.
However, I didn’t confess my feelings to her until the first semester of my first year of high school, around the time of the midterm exams. When I entered high school, a lot of things changed. Up until then, the only boy Sorane had ever talked to was me. But for some reason, she was approached by a lot of boys. Huh? Could it be that Sorane is popular? When I realized this, I became impatient and, without thinking, I sent a text message to Sorane on my phone.
…I called Sorane to the rooftop during lunch break. I went out of my way to meet her…
This is an event that would make any high school student nervous. I always go to school with Sorane, and I always leave school with her. But to call her out of the blue, it smells like a confession event, doesn’t it? It’s no wonder I’m so nervous, right?
…Hahaha, that’s why I was facing Sorane on the roof at that time. I mean, I see Sorane every day, and I’m a month older than her. I’m even good at sewing. I got all A’s in health and physical education in elementary school.
“Huh? What is it, Yuma? Why all of a sudden?”
“Well, I thought it would be better if I did it properly.”
“Eh? What do you mean, properly?”
I stared at Sorane. She looked straight back at me with eyes that were so beautiful. Those eyes were not a treat, but an expectant look. I felt embarrassed when she looked at me like that. My face was almost smiling, but I tried my best to hold it back.
“No, Yuma! What are you looking at?”
“I’ve been looking at…. you for a long time”
My heart skipped a beat. “I’ve been looking at you for a long time”. The weight of those words weighed on me. For me, there is no better word. It’s all I have for Sorane.
“I like you, Sorane. I want to go out with you, as a boyfriend and girlfriend, can’t we?”
Sorane fell silent. I want you to answer me immediately. But she is confused and doesn’t answer right away. She is pondering something. Something hit me hard in the heart. I noticed that Sorane was crying.
“What’s wrong? Why are you crying? Don’t you want to be with me? I’m sorry, did I put you through a lot?”
As she looked up at me, Sorane smiled softly.
And she spoke the words without wiping her eyes, which were still wet.
“…… I’ve always liked you too.”
I don’t know why Sorane is so cute anymore! It’s making me cry too! But I’m happy. That’s how we became boyfriend and girlfriend.
But then, one year later, something happened. It’s not every day that Sorane and I don’t go to school together, but she…
“Today, I was invited to karaoke by Mashiro. Can I ask you to go home first today?”
I was surprised. It seemed like the only time Sorane didn’t go to school with me was when she was absent with a cold or on special occasions. But I knew that Sorane and my other childhood friend Mashiro were close, and I didn’t intend to constrain them that much. If you don’t allow that much, you’re not a good husband for the future!
“Alright. I’m going home by myself today. Enjoy your karaoke!”
“Yes, thank you. I want to go to karaoke with Yuma next time.”
“Yeah, invite me. I’m looking forward to it!”
But on my way out of school, I was approached by someone who was not supposed to be here
“…… Yuma? Where’s Sorane today?”
Eh? I couldn’t help but be surprised. I was surprised, because Sorane was supposed to be at karaoke with Mashiro, who had just called out to me.
I was upset, but I believed Sorane. It couldn’t be. I left Mashiro and went to a used record store to take my mind off things. On the way there, I saw the handsome Ren Todo, who had transferred to the school three months earlier, and Sorane holding hands on a date. ……
I saw something I didn’t want to see. But I saw it. Two people walking side by side with a gentle smile on their faces. Sorane’s smile as she held his hand. I’ve never seen a face like that before. It was the first time I saw it. The face of Sorane in love. ……
After that, Sorane continued to go out with me for a while. However, she started to pay attention to her phone a lot and I wondered if she was listening to me.
Then, two weeks later, at the soccer club.
“Munekata… I’m sorry, but you have to quit the soccer team…everyone is tired of you. We’re all tired of your misguided passes and your arrogant play.”
“What! You’re kidding?! I’m just passing the ball to the person who is in the best position to do so. This terrible to do this to me.”
“Then why don’t you pass to me? Are you jealous? It’s not cool.”
Todo transferred to the new school three months ago and just joined the club, but he’s been an overwhelmingly talented player and is now the ace striker. But I’ve been thinking about my passes a lot too. I wasn’t reluctant to pass to Todo because of jealousy.
“What do you think, Sensei?”
“I don’t always understand Munekata’s passes, and they all seem to be hard to catch. It is also strange that Todo is the ace striker and does not pass the ball much. Todo has a good point.”
“Oh, Munekata, report your withdrawal from the club. If you don’t, it’ll affect your school papers.”
“You, You are kidding… I’ve been contributing to the defense!!”
“Munekata, playing defense is just an added bonus. You should know that!”
I had no choice but to follow the advice of the soccer team advisor and, in tears, was forced to write a withdrawal form on the spot.
On top of that, when I was getting out of school, Sorane called me over because she wanted to talk to me. And then.
“You know what? Yuma…”
My childhood friend said goodbye to me.
“Let’s break up. ……”
“I know it’s my fault. It’s all …… my fault. But I want to make things right. ……”
“Oh, yeah, I know what you mean.”
I was in tears. Sorane, my girlfriend, my childhood friend. I knew it. However, memories from my childhood came back to my mind like a running lantern. When I was a child, she told me that she was going to be Yuma’s wife. At the beginning of my first year of high school, I confessed my feelings to Sorane. She cried and was very happy. In our first month of dating, we kissed for the first time on the way home from school at the edge of a riverbank. They pledged their future to each other. No matter what happens, “let’s be together,” Sorane said to me. But now she’s in love with Todo, a transfer student she met only three months ago. I’ve been involved with him for 17 years!
And I guess Todo wanted to expel me from the soccer team. He didn’t seem to like me.
Jealousy, anger, humiliation, and a lot of negative emotions welled up inside me.
Our 17 years of history ended with one word.