Two months have passed since I entered university.
Toki-kun is no longer next to me. It was not the future that I had believed and doubted just two months ago.
On the night of graduation, Toki-kun did not attend the graduation party.
Unconvinced by the sudden breakup, I called and messaged Toki-kun, but all were unanswered.
With my anxiety mounting, I called off the launch and headed for Toki-kun’s house. It was pitch-dark at Toki-kun’s house, and no one was there.
The next day, unable to sit still, I went to Toki-kun’s house early in the morning.
Seiji, Toki-kun’s father, answered the intercom. It seemed that he had no intention of me meeting him.
“Last night, he went out.”
“Eh, um, where did he go?”
“…..A place for college. And I can’t tell Narimiya-san. You know why.”
“…..It’s… it’s just a misunderstanding. I still can’t believe he broke up with me.”
Seiji-san had always called me Haruka-chan, so I wondered why, but at that time I still didn’t really realize what I had done.
“Misunderstanding…well, I guess you take it lightly because you are not bound by the law, but cheating is something for which alimony is due. So be careful when you get married, Narimiya-san.”
“T-That kind of thing… I won’t do it! ”
I never said anything about cheating, and he made it sound as if I couldn’t marry Toki-kun.
I was not aware of that. I didn’t realize it until Toki-kun said goodbye to me yesterday, and now that he has told me, I understand for the first time.
“Wait here for a minute.”
Seiji finally came out. But he wouldn’t let me enter the premises.
“Narimiya-san, take this. I’ve unlocked the passcode. Take a look at the photo folder.”
It was Toki-kun’s phone.
It had a familiar scratch on it. But the only thing inside was the default apps. The compatibility diagnostic app and chat app that we both installed were also gone.
And…the photo folder only contained multiple photos and what looked like videos.
No matter where I looked, there were no photos of our memories. There were no school events we had taken together, no Christmas, no amusement parks, nothing.
Instead, there was only what I didn’t want to see.
Only the pitch black of my past.
Looking at me as I began to shake and tremble, Seiji started talking.
” Do you understand? It seems it was the winter of second year when he first learned about it. Toki has already spent more than a year settling things with you. Thank you for supporting Toki without his mother until now. I’ll give you the phone. But please don’t hurt Toki any more.”
” Narimiya-san? …Narimiya-san!”
“…..Ah, eh, what?”
“No what. Let’s have lunch. Ara, were you planning to eat with your boyfriend?”
“Kurosaki is not my boyfriend.”
…. He was for some reason my s*x friend.