“What the heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell!”
I fell to my knees in shock. At last, at long last, this day had come.
Even though I was prepared for it, I needed at least some time to prepare myself.
Mom and Sis, who had been sobbing for some reason, told me to get out of the house for a while, and it took a few hours. In the midst of the sadness of being shunned by my family, a cruel blow was waiting for me.
When I returned to my room after going out, I found that the room had changed completely.
What a surprise! Even Takumi was amazed at the before and after.
The cream-colored wallpaper is easy on the eyes. The stylish interior and carpet.
Even the fluorescent bulbs have been replaced with LEDs. Triple the life span, that’s eco-friendly!
The performance of the living space has been dramatically improved. Not a trace of the room’s original appearance remains.
Most noticeable is the queen-size bed, which is still very much in evidence.
It sits there with tremendous dignity.
The deadline for the groundbreaking has finally passed. ……
“Welcome back. What do you think? Isn’t it nice?”
When I didn’t see them, I found my mother and sister relaxing in my old room.
“Your room was too dreary, so I remodeled it. You should be thankful.”
“Eh, my room?”
I asked back, unable to stop myself from asking about the disturbing comment. I didn’t get kicked out?
“What else could it be? It’s your room.”
“It’s not my room by any stretch of the imagination…….”
I look around again, but it still doesn’t look anything like my room.
I don’t feel at ease in such a cozy-looking room.
“This is your place. So I just changed it to make it more suitable for you.”
For a moment, my sister’s face took on a melancholy look. I felt as if she could see right through me, and I gulped her words.
A place to stay. I was caught up in a strange feeling. Is this where I belong?
I had never thought of my room as my place before.
Is it okay for me to be here, with my family?
“I’m sorry, I played around with your room a bit without permission because it felt a little lonely.”
Mom apologizes to me. As someone who is allowed to live here for free, I have nothing to complain about, but I do have some things to worry about. Many things.
“W-why is the bed so big?”
Lately, we’ve been together all the time. Therefore, I thought it might be too cramped for you.”
” …… Uhm, wouldn’t it be better if you slept in your own room? –Aah, Mom, don’t cry!”
Naturally, the most honest opinions are silenced.
“If it’s just for sleeping, a single room is too small.”
I don’t know what use it has other than sleeping, but I open a chest I don’t recognize.
I pretended I didn’t see the inside of the flamboyant lower …… and gently closed it.
With a bad feeling, I turned over the pillow with the word YES painted on it. Contrary to my expectations, it was YES.
I slammed it down on the bed in annoyance. Where do they sell these things ……?
“Ha? “I am not someone who says no. Saying no is not an option for me.”
“What are you talking about?!”
“I can move around a lot in this bed.”
“Like I said, what are you talking about?!”
A heart mark appeared in her eyes. There is no way she is—–!
“H-huh? It’s just a contact lens.”
“Stop being so dexterously confusing!”
“I’m looking forward to sleeping with you.”
I did not ask. I looked at the wall and saw two posters.
One is a B1 big-size poster of my mother and the other is a poster of my sister (not for sale).
They are very self-assertive.
They are not for sale, but obscene.
“Next month, I’ll be in a bathing suit. Look forward to it.”
“This is going to be renewed?!”
I’m starting to get a little excited. They are both beautiful.
“By the way, your poster is in my room and my mom’s room.”
“Thank you so much.”
No, no, this is not the time to thank her! I’m furious. Punpun.
“If you put up posters like this, no one can come visit us!”
I can’t show it to anyone I know. It’s hard to peel them off every time. What should I do!
“You’ve never brought any friends over.”
As I come to a sad conclusion, I notice a photo frame on the desk.
The photo shows my sister with a pouty face and my mother smiling cheerfully with her cheeks in the middle of me with no expression on my face.
My sister and mother are doing what seems to be a trendy pose for gals, but it fatally doesn’t suit them. My sister’s expression and my mother’s age ……. Take it easy, both of you.
“I’m sensing unpleasant waves.”
“I’m sorry, Yuri-sama is really beautiful and the best, please forgive me. …… Hehe, how about it, master, shall I give you a shoulder rub? Here, don’t be shy.”
I was flirting with my sister and my mother hugged us both together.
“I want to create lots of memories with my family from now on, no, from before too. I know I’m being selfish and it’s already too late, but I want to gradually build them up while leaving them as memories and records. That’s why—“
She simply strokes my head gently. Like a mother. I mean, she is my mother.
“Please let me continue to be your mother.”
No matter what happens, she is still my mother and I can never replace her.
I have never disliked her, and I will always be grateful to her.
A husband and wife are strangers when they divorce, but that is not the case with blood relatives. It is a very deep connection.
It is surely a deep and abyssal thought that goes far beyond the feeling of “love”.
As long as she wants, if she says this is the place to be, maybe I can stay here a little longer. With the three of us, as a family.
I might be allowed to hold on to such a modest hope.
Ding-dong. Suddenly, the chime rang.
Perhaps embarrassed by the hug, the slightly red-faced sister hurriedly ran to the front door. Yuri-san, who looked like she was a bit of a scaredy-cat, was not so sure.
“Hello, Yuri-chan. Let’s go out to eat together now. Huh, where are you? Isn’t this Yuki-chan’s ro—-“
A familiar voice came. The visitor was Sekka Kokonoe.
Our eyes meet at the entrance of the room. She looked around the room.
“Ara, what’s wrong, Sekka?”
“What is thiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssss!!”
“We have a school observation today. Haa, I’m not looking forward to it.”
“I regret it now, I’ve gone too far. I never thought it would lead to this result. I thought it would only be about half of them.”
“Do you really not trust adults that much as a student like you? “
“That’s not true. Thank you for standing up for me.”
I, a well-known bad boy, and the student advisor, Sanjoji-sensei, have a causal rivalry.
However, surprisingly, she is not an enemy of mine, and I am close enough to her to be lectured over sips of tea like this. During my house arrest, she contacted me with her concerns and has always been on my side.
“Either way, we were in the wrong this time. I’m sorry for making you feel bad. But you shouldn’t engage in indecent behavior!”
“It was a fun and enjoyable suspension period, so don’t worry about it.”
“I wonder if that’s really okay…?”
The Nikkei Stock Average was once again experiencing a major plunge today. It’s been three consecutive days of decline.
However, it is I, Yukito Kokonoe who buys stocks when they are down.
The buying interest is increasing. I immediately sent an email to Sekka-san telling her which stocks I wanted her to buy. The money is my personal money, so don’t worry.
I am completely back to my old self, but if I were to suddenly become the serious Yukito Kokonoe now, that would be very strange. I am fine as I am. That is who I have always been, so there was no need to rush to change now.
I am not an imposter. The past me and the future me are connected.
So today, I was summoned to the student guidance office by Suzuka Sanjoji-sensei.
Sanjoji-sensei is an intellectual beauty with glasses and a very popular teacher. Her sharp gaze was piercing me acutely. I am not sure why I was summoned. It’s so routine that it feels more unusual for me to be called out on a day when nothing is going on.
What the heck is everyday …… uggghhhh!
I feel like this is called “lewd” something, so I look at Sanjoji-sensei.
In the room, Sanjoji-sensei’s fragrance is wafting in the air. She had opened her blouse’s first button, as if it was hot. Her cleavage is visible. And why did she cross her legs in a tight skirt, something that shouldn’t be glimpsed …… Fmmm, black.
Today is the joyous and embarrassing Black Friday.
“Listen here, you must strictly refrain from behavior that disturbs public order! I will educate–“
I can’t help but wonder if it’s the teacher who’s disturbing public order, but I hold my tongue. It’s just a feast for my eyes, and there’s no need to put it into words. I will continue to live faithfully to my desires from now on.
Then, the door to the student guidance room is suddenly thrown open with great force.
“What are you doing?!”
“What did he do, Sanjoji-sensei?!”
Sister, the student council president, and others rush in with an angry expression. Sanjoji-sensei and I are left dumbfounded by their sudden intrusion.
“What’s going on with you people?!”
“It’s you, Sanjoji-Sensei! What were you trying to do?!”
“I was giving guidance to a problematic student–“
“Kokonoe didn’t do anything!”
What part of this is guidance? It looks like Sensei is harassing him?”
When she showed Sanjoji the pictures she had taken with her smartphone, Sanjoji’s face scrunched up.
I am really troubled by my sister’s concern.
Sanjoji-sensei is a wonderful teacher who cares about her students and is not the kind of person who would seduce them. By the way, my eyes are not so bright.
It is an open fact that I am objectively a problem child, so it is only natural that I have been invited by Sanjoji-sensei, but in my experience, this is nothing to be concerned about.
“B-big problem, Sanjoji-sensei!”
“Why is the principal even here?”
The principal came in with a bloodthirsty look on his face. He was out of breath, perhaps in a state of panic.
“Do you have any proof that he did anything?”
“No, but he caused some kind of commotion ……”
“I can’t allow you to give guidance based on such uncertainty, Sanjoji-Sensei. I am sorry, Kokonoe-kun. Can you please keep this matter to yourself?!”
“Principal, it seems that you have suddenly become the complete opposite of yourself.”
The principal was also desperate. I have the feeling that he has been trying to curry favor with the students lately, but this is not the attitude he should be taking toward a single student. It is not too much to say that the school is collapsing. It was an unpleasant reality of the educational scene.
“Listen, Sanjoji-sensei. If you do anything to him any more, not only me but also you may be punished at any time. Please be very, very careful! Please, Sanjoji-sensei!”
“Isn’t it strange? There is no way such a student can be–“
“There is absolutely no room for debate on this matter!”
Before I knew it, I had become a very powerful man. What do you mean, “punished”? If students had that kind of authority, it would be too scary. The Japanese education system is in serious trouble.
“Now, let’s get the hell out of here.”
I was being dragged along by my sister. In general, this kind of commotion was an everyday occurrence for me. I had lost my mental toughness with the bulk nano-metal structure, but that didn’t mean that all my past experiences had returned to zero.
I am not so weak as to be hurt by this.
I am what I am, and I’m here now.