In the snowfall, a certain woman walked through the town. Couples were passing by, and somehow she felt a sense of loneliness and sighed.
As she walked, she exhaled white breath.
“I can’t think of any ideas for the salvation story… Have I become dull too? Can’t even come up with a happy ending…”
It seemed like she was going out to gain new inspiration. She kept walking while looking at the scenery.
The cold wind pierced through her.
“I’ve done something bad to the fans… Many of them supported me… For the next protagonist… I’ll include more lucky pervert moments and add more service scenes. Also, when the Masou Shoujo sleep with someone, for some reason, their sleeping posture becomes awkward, leading to erotic developments.”
She mumbled to herself. To an observer, she might seem like a weird person, but she didn’t have the luxury to worry about that. The fans were in an uproar, and abusive comments were flying around on the internet.
However, most of the comments were filled with sadness, and she felt sorry for that.
“So far, I can only think of the protagonist’s name and the assistant, the fortune teller… Gender, personality… I can’t think of anything… Am I in a slump…?”
As she continued to walk, feeling like no ideas were coming to her… something unbelievable happened right in front of her.
A truck lost control and came rushing toward her. It was recklessly charging forward. She tried to avoid it at the last moment, but there was a small child in front of her. She pushed the child aside and tried to evade the truck herself, but…
There was a loud, dull sound.
“H…uh…am I… going to… die…?”
She could hear screams from the people around her. The child she protected seemed to be alive, at least.
It was such an abrupt and outrageous ending. Realizing her own end, a series of images flashed through her mind.
The release of the first volume of the light novel she wrote, a commemorative moment. She was at the bookstore, secretly gazing at the stack of her own books.
“Buy it. Buy it. Please buy it. That’s what I wish for…”
She kept monitoring it, even if people around her were whispering or store clerks were giving her strange looks. When someone picked up her book, she flew into joy.
Afterward, she checked the feedback on the internet. Some people found it interesting, while others thought it was terrible.
When she heard that it wasn’t interesting, she lost her motivation and binged on tonkotsu ramen, gaining two kilograms. Then she would lose weight again.
When she heard it was interesting, she would be happy, eat tonkotsu ramen with extra noodles and gain weight, then lose weight again. She repeated that cycle in her life.
Suddenly, it became a big hit, even got an anime adaptation, and she was delighted… but times changed…
She wrote a confusing and worst story…
“Oh… This must be punishment…”
She thought that it was her punishment for tarnishing her glory.
“I’m sorry for what I did to them… I wanted to write a story with a happy ending…”
Regret flooded her. She couldn’t even write a salvation story, couldn’t think of plots, or set the protagonist.
“A protagonist… someone who loves them, someone sincere, someone with magical powers… Little by little, I’ve started to come up with it… It’s cliché, but someone like that…”
Remembering the flashes of memories, drowning in regret… She…
Wished. She wished that someone like that would come and save them.
He and Karen-chan returned. When we heard the circumstances, it seemed they had managed to defeat the absurd lion in a clever way. As always, they were incredible.
Upon seeing the two return, Aoi-chan’s eyes welled up with tears. And then, Kohaku-chan…
“Izayoi-kun… I’m so glad…”
“Uh, w-well, that’s correct, Gindou-san… You got it right…”
Kohaku-chan clung tightly to him. Ah, no, I’m envious of Kohaku-chan… I mean, yeah, I’m envious of him.
But wait, Kohaku-chan… isn’t the highlight still in your eyes? Maybe it’s just my imagination… Also, being able to cling to him so boldly? I guess it’s because she was so worried, and the embarrassment came later… probably.
I wish he’d do the same to me… No, no, no! I mean Kohaku-chan!
“Hey, hey, cut it out!”
Seeing the two embrace, Karen-chan flew into a rage and pulled them apart. It’s somehow familiar… It’s like something we’ve seen before.
“What’s this all about? Don’t interfere.”
“Because that’s forbidden in this house!”
“This is Izayoi-kun’s house. Your rules are invalid.”
Oh no, this is strange, isn’t it? Lately, things were getting better between them, and now they’re back to square one.
Moreover, I see Izayoi-kun clutching his stomach again. How nostalgic. Also, there seems to be a slight change in Karen-chan’s demeanor.
What should I say? It’s like… um, her eyes are more determined, her feelings are stronger… It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire.
And it looks like Kohaku-chan caught it too. It seems the two of them had good chemistry from the beginning, in a good way or a bad way.
When Karen-chan ignites…
“It’s not like I ever liked you!”
“I do too! I mean, Kohaku… Have you gained a little weight?”
“Haaaa?! What?! That’s not true at all! I’m super careful about it! It’s barely within the margin of error!”
“Is that so? Are you sure you haven’t gained some weight, especially around your belly? You haven’t kept it under control.”
“I-I’ve been doing shoulder blade exercises and abdominal training, and I even started jumping rope! I’ll definitely become super slim!”
Come to think of it, Kohaku-chan is really conscious about her weight and body shape, isn’t she? I remember…
[Eh? Eh? Eh? Y….You’re joking? How]
[What’s wrong, Kohaku-chan?]
I found her on the bathroom scale, her face pale. It looked like she was measuring her weight before taking a bath.
[I-I gained 600 grams… I got heavier…]
“Come on, that’s just a small error.”
[No, no, no, no, no. If it keeps going like this, I might pass through the ground with my weight and end up on the other side of the stars… and Izayoi-kun would be disillusioned with me… wawawawawa, I-I have to do something…]
[That’s just overthinking. You’re already slim enough, and your figure is every girl’s ideal! Like a model!]
At that moment, I intended to reassure her, but at the same time, I was also telling the truth. She tends to overthink things, so I wanted to convey that she shouldn’t worry too much.
[… Senpai, can you undress a bit right there?]
She looked at me with suspicious eyes and asked.
[Ah, sure. But why?]
I undressed and stood in my underwear, feeling a bit nervous being observed by her.
[Are you making fun of me?]
[Eeh?! What do you mean?”]
Suddenly, she seemed angry and hurled words at me, her face contorting in an unsettling way.
[You want to say that Kohaku-chan is a bit chubby but it’s okay, and then you’ll go on about your own amazing body, right?]
[Prejudice, prejudice!! That’s not what I meant! I was just giving you a genuine compliment! And what do you mean by an ‘amazing body’?]
[Are you really sure? A ridiculously slender and sexy pair of legs, a well-toned abdomen, and a pretty large chest… Is that not sarcasm? I know I’m just a pig…]
[That’s not it at all! Just listen to me!]
I realized that talking about her body was a taboo for her. Then, Aoi-chan showed up, and I was relieved.
[What’s all the commotion?]
An unexpected helper arrived. Kohaku-chan was taking everything as sarcasm because she was troubled about her weight and body shape. If Aoi-chan could say something now, it would carry more weight.
[Aoi-chan, perfect timing! Kohaku-chan isn’t really fat, right?]
[E? Yeah, that’s right. She’s not fat at all.]
Aoi-chan seemed to understand the atmosphere and immediately supported me. However…
[Aoi-senpai, can you undress a bit right there?]
[Sure, but why?]
Aoi-chan undressed, and as I expected, her body was toned and beautiful, with a perfect chest… It was a good look… Sorry for the weird way of putting it, but she had a well-toned and attractive body.
I really wanted to praise her at that moment, but in front of the twisted Kohaku-chan…
[Again?… Treating me as chubby when you two Senpai girls call each other that…]
[That’s not it…]
[You’re slim enough. Look, there’s hardly any subcutaneous fat…”
Aoi-chan said as she gently pinched Kohaku-chan’s side. See, there’s almost none… Oh, wait, there might be a bit more than I thought…
[There is nothing…”]
When Aoi-chan pinched her, it seemed there was more than expected, and Aoi-chan stumbled over her words. I don’t mean to boast, but I have very little subcutaneous fat… Aoi-chan, too… For the twisted Kohaku-chan, or rather, for a teenage girl, it could be seen as quite a mean act and might be taken the wrong way…
[Right now, you thought that I have enough fat to be ready to be eaten, didn’t you?]
[Well, not to that extent…]
[Enough already. You two are teasing me together, so I’m going to take a bath.]
She said with a gloomy expression and went into the bath alone. At that moment, both of us decided,
[It seems like talking about body shape and weight is a taboo for her.]
[Yeah, she’s become quite sensitive about it…]
Afterward, Kohaku-chan expressed her feelings of inadequacy to us and apologized for her rude behavior.
Because of this incident, we refrained from bringing up the topic, but then Karen dropped a bombshell.
Karen is also slim and seems to have no concern about body shape or weight. Moreover, she has a naturally slender figure. The other day, she was eating potato chips alone at night, breaking them with chopsticks. Kohaku-chan was giving Karen-chan a look as if she was seeing her enemy.
Let’s stop discussing body shapes with Karen-chan. Especially now that he’s nearby, she seems to be more concerned about it.
Once this commotion settles down, I decided to subtly advise Karen-chan about it.
Lately, there’s something strange about me. Ever since I was helped by Izayoi, I can’t seem to be straightforward with him. Before, it was easy enough to talk to him.
But now, just facing him makes my heart jump like a slime, and my whole body heats up, and my brain boils.
Because of this, I don’t know what to say and end up overheating. And it seems to be a hereditary tsundere trait. With these two combined, I unintentionally say the opposite of what I mean or say things I never intended to say.
Even the next morning after he helped me…
I intended to say, “Good morning.”
But in front of me was Izayoi in his sleepwear…
I stopped at just one letter. I couldn’t say it… My chest felt tight. My heartbeat grew louder, and my head felt like it was boiling. I had a strange sensation as if my eyes were spinning around.
“Please eat the onigiri for breakfast; I can’t clean up.”
It’s the worst!! He might think I’m an incredibly mean girl. Yet, Izayoi said,
“Sorry, I’ll eat it quickly.”
He didn’t get angry at all. Instead, he seemed to accept it as if it couldn’t be helped. That’s what Mama meant… I thought.
If this is what it’s like when you like someone, I have a tsundere trait that makes me unsure of what to do… It’s such a troublesome trait…
In normal circumstances, I would want to be openly affectionate and take the initiative. However, I can’t do that. Despite that, when Izayoi gets along well with other girls, I feel sick and jealous, and I unintentionally act tough and distant.
I might be worse than a villainess at this rate.
With this, I can’t even invite him on a date. I can’t express what I want to say and don’t know what to say. This won’t do.
And recently, I’ve also felt that Izayoi seems distant, which adds to my anxiety.
It’s as if Izayoi is taking a step back, and there’s a wall between us… I feel that way.
I want to break this current situation. No matter what… For that to happen…
—-First, I should consult with tsundere mama.