Before long, Shion Aizawa became aware of Daiki.
Shion had just entered the school and was nervous, but he approached her in a friendly manner, and her first impression was that he was an easy person to talk to.
He was also good-looking, so he was likely to be popular.
Seeing Daiki treat everyone with open arms, she thought he was a cheerful person who could be kind to anyone.
Seeing him like that, Shion began to think that she wanted to be friends with Daiki.
At first she was only conscious of him as a friend, but after the Golden Week holidays, when all her high school friends went out together, Shion was playing UFO catcher.
There was a stuffed animal she wanted.
But she couldn’t get it at all.
As she was struggling, Daiki came near her and said,
“I’ll try to get it!”
and he started to play UFO catcher, but even though he tried, he couldn’t get it at all.
After trying several times, he finally got it, but it was a completely different stuffed animal.
“I’m sorry. Is this okay?”
He handed the stuffed animal to Shion.
She responded with
“Don’t feel bad about it, and I didn’t even pay for it.”
But Daiki said
“I just did it on my own, so don’t worry about the money.
Besides, I couldn’t get it after all.”
And he handed the stuffed animal to her.
Shion was reluctant to do so.
“Please take it.
She said and decided to take the stuffed animal.
Rather than being happy about the stuffed animal, she was happy that he tried so hard to grab her stuffed animal.
Placing the stuffed animal in the bag and holding it with both hands, she thanked Daiki for his kindness.
Before she knew it, she had started to follow Daiki with her eyes.
A little while after the day everyone went out together, Daiki came to Shion as soon as he arrived at school.
I’ll give you the stuffed animal you wanted, even though it’s a little smaller in size!”
He handed her the stuffed animal he had been trying to get from UFO Catcher.
To Shion’s surprise, Daiki continued
“I went out with my father yesterday, and there was a UFO catcher that had a stuffed animal in it, though it was small in size.
I tried it and got it in one try.
I couldn’t get it for you the other day, so it was revenge? it was a success!”
He told her.
When Shion heard the story, she said
“I can’t accept it.”
she told him apologetically.
“I wanted to give it to you, so don’t worry about it, just take it.
It’s just a thank you for always being a good friend to me.”
Daiki handed the stuffed animal to Shion.
Shion felt sorry, but more than that, she was happy that Daiki went out of his way to get it for her.
“Thank you, I’ll treasure it!”
And then she received the stuffed animal.
After that, she asked him if he really got it in one go, but he was deceiving her, so she thought he probably didn’t get it in one go.
But the fact that he said that to avoid making her feel uncomfortable made her happy.
Shion started to like Daiki around this time.
Until the summer vacation, she and Daiki went out together to play together.
Gradually, she became attracted to Daiki.
Daiki was always kind, no matter who he was with, and if any of his friends were feeling down, he would casually talk to them and care for them, and he was good at adjusting the topic of conversation to everyone.
He would immediately notice changes in the girls and praise them.
Shion always followed Daiki with her eyes.
It was fun to see so many good things about him.
Before she knew it, she had fallen in love with Daiki.
In no time at all, the first semester was over and it was summer vacation.
During the summer vacation, she could not see Daiki very often, so she was lonely, but it could not be helped.
They promised to have fun together during the summer vacation.
Of course, Daiki said he would come too, so she was looking forward to it.
On the day of the party, Shion got dressed up and went to the party.
It was the first time she saw Daiki in his casual clothes, but he looked simple and fashionable.
He looked even cooler because he is a good-looking guy.
Gathering up her courage, she went to Daiki and said to him
“Daiki, you look cool in casual clothes!”
Shion told him.
Daiki immediately responded.
“You’re fashionable and cute too, Shion!
I think everyone thinks so too!?”
My heart pounded.
It was such a feeling of mixed happiness and embarrassment.
After that, they went to play at the same complex where they had gone before, and this time Shion was playing UFO catcher again, and was able to get two identical key rings.
She was able to give one to Daiki in return for the stuffed animal he had given her before.
Daiki was happy to receive it, so she thought it was a good thing, but when she thought about it, she realized that she had given him matching key rings.
Shion suddenly felt embarrassed, but decided to keep the fact that they were matching a secret.
At the end of the night, everyone enjoyed karaoke, and Daiki was a great singer.
Everyone listened to him.
Shion couldn’t help but admire his singing.
After returning home that day, she lined up the two stuffed animals and matching key chains that she had received from Daiki and blushed as she remembered him.