Chapter 19: Last festival of summer vacation part 2
After the fireworks were over, he looked for Wakaba and Shiraishi.
One of the girls called Wakaba on her cell phone and said she was resting on a bench nearby.
So they went to the bench.
Wakaba and Shiraishi were talking happily.
They were both a beautiful couple and looked very picturesque.
Seeing them together, Daiki’s chest tightened.
He couldn’t hold it in, so he said
“I’m going to the bathroom.”
And he left the place before he reached Wakaba’s location.
A short distance away, Daiki was desperately trying to calm down.
If he didn’t act as usual, if he didn’t act normal, he would break down again.
Daiki decided to give himself some time to calm down before going back to the others so that he wouldn’t show his attitude.
He wanted to calm down and go back to the others, but it was too crowded to go back right away.
So he decided to call one of his friends and told him to go ahead
It took a while to get to the bench where Wakaba and the others were.
“Good thing I asked them to go ahead”
He thought to himself.
By that time, Wakaba and others were walking through the crowd.
They were going to wait for Daiki, but Wakaba’s foot was a little swollen, so they decided to go first.
Wakaba said she could walk.
“Your leg is a little swollen, so don’t push yourself too hard.”
Shiraishi was still carrying Wakaba on his back.
She got off on his back through the crowd
She told him.
“I’m worried about Daiki, so you can all go first!”
She said to him.
“I’m worried about Wakaba’s leg.”
After everyone told her, she decided to contact Daiki and then leave.
Daiki could not be reached, and some of them decided to stay for Daiki instead.
On the way home, she decided to walk.
“If you push yourself too hard, you won’t be able to play tennis.”
Shiraishi insisted that he carry her on his back and take her home.
Since it was a little far, only those who were going home in the same direction decided to go home first.
To avoid getting tired on the way home, they rested once in a park on the way home.
The number of friends who came home together also decreased one by one because they had to take a different path than Wakaba.
In the end, only Wakaba remained.
“I’ll walk home from here because I feel bad for Shiraishi-kun!”
But Shiraishi was adamant that he would take her home.
He carried her on his back until the end and dropped her off in front of her house.
“I’m really sorry about today.
It must have been heavy for you to carry me on your back.
And you had to walk me home.”
Wakaba said apologetically.
“I’m totally fine!
It was a little heavy! Haha.”
“Mou, that’s so rude!
You’re supposed to tell me it’s not like that!”
She turned red in the face and retorted.
” You were really light!
There was no weight at all! Haha”
He responded back in a friendly manner and laughed.
“I hope the swelling goes down tomorrow!
Take a good rest today!
See you at school!”
Shiraishi turned to leave.
“Thank you so much for today!
See you at school!”
and she went inside the house.
Daiki, who had been swallowed by the crowd, was finally able to get out.
He was about to return the call when he found his friend who had stayed behind.
“Thank goodness. Daiki, are you okay?”
He asked him.
“I am fine!
The restroom was really crowded!”
He said, and fooled him.
Everyone else was as well
“I thought you were sick, so I’m glad you’re okay.”
Wakaba said she had to leave first because her leg was a little swollen.
He thanked everyone for waiting for him and dismissed the group.
It seemed that his friends who were going back in the direction of Daiki’s house had gone home with Wakaba and the others, so he was alone on his way home.
Remembering the day’s events, he was walking along the street and before he knew it, he was near his house.
In the distance, he saw the same scene he had seen at the fireworks display.
Shiraishi was walking with Wakaba on his back.
He had seen it again.
His heart tightened again.
Instead of chasing after her, he walked a little further away from her.
Wakaba and Shiraishi passed Daiki’s house because Daiki’s house was in front of Wakaba’s.
Daiki went into the yard a little later to hide.
From Daiki’s house, Wakaba’s house was in sight.
Wakaba and Shiraishi arrived in front of her house, and Wakaba got off his back.
They were talking about something, but the conversation was inaudible.
There was a streetlight on the front porch, so they could clearly be seen.
They waved to each other and talked happily until she went inside the house.
Daiki remembered the old days.
He felt this way when he saw his mother and Togo-san.
He didn’t understand it well at first, but it became more and more painful.
His heart was getting tighter and tighter.
It became more and more painful.
It was a self-serving assumption, but the anxiety increased.
Once again, he felt he had to suppress his emotions to the utmost.
3 comments »
Mr KOctober 12, 2022 at 1:39 am
In most stories I’ve read (WN, LN, Manga) involving estranged childhood friends it almost always just says “they started drifting apart in middle school” and then grew close again in high school, but I think it’s the first time that it is shown little by little how they distance themselves in “real time” so to speak
Akash NarjinaryOctober 12, 2022 at 7:07 am
It’s sad it’s really sad .. whatever i read this story everytime it’s broke my heart .. i can’t blame wakaba neither shiraishi ..shiraishi have crush on her so he trying to get her love … Same wakaba little by little feeling happy to with shiraishi .. sooner or later they will be couple for sure … I wish daiki get new girl .. who will heal him and love him like family but author really hate daiki. .
muchas tetasOctober 12, 2022 at 7:23 am