TL: This chapter happened in the past
“Onii-chan, teach me how to study!” (Hiori)
After school, a pretty girl jumped in front of me. The red ribbon was a sign that she was a first-year student, her surroundings brightened up as if she was a star. It was probably because of her natural brightness and happiness. However, my expression becomes distorted for a moment at the sight of this familiar girl. She’s innocent, but she’s not someone I’d want to meet.
“So it’s you, Hiori-chan. I think I can figure out why you came up to me, right Hiori-chan?” (Yuki)
Before the summer break, we students are about to have our final exams. During the test period, club activities are also cancelled. I don’t really have any hobbies, and I’ve been studying at home to pass the time, so my grades are pretty good, though I try to be modest and say that they are…… decent. Most of my tests so far have been in the single digits. If I wanted to, I could probably aim even higher, but I wasn’t interested in that.
Just before the test, my classmates would grab me and start the “Kokonoe School”. When I argued to my homeroom teacher that I wasn’t being paid by the hour, she told me that she would add it to my internal evaluation score as long as I raised the average score of the class… Is that okay?
“I’m not as smart as you, Onii-chan, is that not good?” (Hiori)
Oof. I felt like throwing up.…… I want to refuse if I can. I want to get the hell out of here right now. Hiori’s sparkling eyes are unlikely to let me do that.
This is Hiori Suzurikawa. She is the younger sister of Hinagi Suzurikawa.
Hiori has a similar face to Hinagi. As someone who was rejected, it’s awkward for me to be in contact with her like this. She has been calling me “Onii-chan” for a long time, and I guess she has been longing for an older brother. I only have an older sister, so I’m honestly happy that the younger Hiori-chan adores me as an older brother, but now that the relationship between me and Hinagi has been strained, it will become more difficult in the future for her to call me that.
“Okay. Then where should we study? Do you want to go to the library?” (Yuki)
“No, let’s do it in my room.” (Hiori)
“I’m sorry, I can’t do that…Then let’s go to a family restaurant. I’ll buy you a drink as well.” (Yuki)
“Really! I love you, Onii-chan!” (Hiori)
My mom gives me an allowance for everything, but I hardly ever spend it, so my pockets are well-stocked. It was nothing more than a quick stop at a diner. She took my right arm in a hug. The innocence of Hiori’s words pierced me. Doesn’t she know that I’ve been rejected by her sister?
I’m sure Hinagi would have told her that she started going out with her Senpai, but I cannot feel it from the way she looks at me. In any case, I can’t go to Suzurikawa’s house anymore. I would be a nuisance to her, and her boyfriend, and her parents. My presence is nothing but a hindrance to her.
There is still some time before the sun goes down. The sunlight is making my sweat soak through. Hiori-chan, who is attached to me, might think I smell like sweat. She’s got one of my arms. I think I should have used deodorant spray, but it’s too late now.
As if she didn’t care about such things, she smiled at me and pulled me by my arm, leaving me depressed to the very end end.
[ Hiori’s PoV]
“I see! So that’s how it works. Thanks, Onii-chan!” (Hiori)
“This is the part where it’s easy to make mistakes, so be careful.” (Yuki)
“This time, that hateful woman is Gahun…Gufufu. I have a Onii-chan right now.” (Hiori)
“Hiori , what’s wrong?” (Yuki)
“Eh……, it’s nothing!” (Hiori)
“That’s fine. It’s time to go home.” (Yuki)
When I checked the time, it was around 5:30pm. The potatoes and parfait were empty. I tried not to eat too much because I still have to eat dinner, but I was having so much fun that I ate a lot. But I couldn’t help myself. I can’t help it……. I’ll have to go on a diet when I get home!
It’s been a while since Oni-chan and I have gone out alone like this and when we studied for tests like this, my sister was usually with us. I guess it’s a benefit, but there was another reason I invited my brother over today besides my studies.
Onii-chan is kind. He has always been kind to me. He is good at both studies and sports. He is more mature than his classmates, and yet he is not boastful at all. Sometimes he does strange things, which is one of the cute things about him. I’ve been observing him closely for a long time. That’s why I know what to do.
I watch his facial expressions. I felt it when I went to Onii-chan’s class, but for a moment, he looked like he was in a lot of pain. I don’t know what it is, but my intuition tells me that it must have something to do with the other reason.
“You know, Onii-chan. I was wondering if you could come over to my house afterwards?” (Hiori)
“I can’t do that. I’m sorry.” (Yuki)
“Why not? For some reason, my sister has been feeling down lately. She seems to be depressed and doesn’t seem to have much appetite. I wonder if you know why? I want you to cheer her up. So please!” (Hiori)
“I’m sorry, Hiori-chan, but I don’t know why she would be depressed. Besides, that’s her boyfriend’s job.” (Yuki)
“That’s why Onii-chan…” (Hiori)
“I knew it you didn’t know, Hiori-chan” (Yuki)
“Onii-chan, do you know anything about this?” (Hiori)
“Hinagi started going out with a third-year senior. I was rejected. Hahaha.” (Yuki)
“…… Eh?” (Hiori)
I didn’t know what Oni-chan was talking about. You were dumped? Who? By whom? Onii-chan, by my sister? That can’t be true! Because the whole family, including me, knows that my sister likes Onii-chan.
Even my sister is always talking about Onii-chan. Despite her true feelings, she always says harsh things to Onii-chan and regrets it later. I always told her that if she didn’t act honestly, someone would steal him away. And yet, she dumped my brother?
“This can’t be true, I’m sure this is a misunderstanding!” (Hiori)
“I’m pretty sure it’s true because she told me directly. That’s why it’s her boyfriend’s job to encourage Hinagi and not me.” (Yuki)
“That’s not true! Because Onee-chan thinks that Onii-chan is…” (Hiori)
“Hiori-chan. It’s okay now, thank you. But Hinagi didn’t choose me. I don’t know if she had a fight with her boyfriend, but that’s not my business to interfere with, right? Hinagi and I have already ended our childhood friendship.” (Yuki)
“Oh no…… that’s not……!” (Hiori)
“I’m sorry, Hiori-chan. I can’t go to your house anymore. It’s just too hard for me, and I’m sure Hinagi doesn’t want to see me there either.” (Yuki)
Onii-chan continued to speak calmly, as if he was swallowing up all the sadness and pain. I’ve never seen this kind of expression on Onii-chan’s face. I can’t see any type of expression on his face. I had a strange illusion that Onii-chan’s emotions were disappearing, in front of me like right now.
Did Onee-chan start seeing someone other than my brother? No matter how many times I was told that, I couldn’t believe it. I thought she had always been devoted to Onii-chan. Is she being blackmailed for some reason?
But if that was the case, Onii-chan would definitely try to save Onee-chan. He would never abandon her. I’m sure he would have told us and our family about it. So, did you really dump Onii-chan of your own volition and start dating someone else?
That can’t be true.…… There must be some mistake. It’s hard to imagine from the two people I know. Onii-chan said he was rejected. Onii-chan also liked Onee-chan. I’m sure they were, but this might be the first time I’ve heard this from Onii-chan.
So why? Why did you reject Onii-chan? Did you start to hate him?
Questions overwhelmed my thoughts. For me, Onii-chan is my ideal brother. I had always vaguely hoped that he would become my real big brother. But I always thought that it was a dream or a longing, and that it would become a reality once he was married to Onee-chan.
I thought it would be okay because she was my Onee-chan. She likes Onii-chan, and Onii-chan likes Onee-chan. They were childhood friends who had developed feelings and love for each other since they were children. It was just like a story, a beautiful and ideal love relationship that anyone would envy.
So I was happy with that. If Onii-chan could become a family member someday, that would have been the happiness I wanted. And yet, I couldn’t forgive my sister for giving up Onii-chan. There was no way I could allow such a thing. Then, what about my feelings? I’ve been yearning for an ideal relationship between the two of them, and I’ve been covering up my feelings, saying that I don’t want to destroy that beautiful relationship.
Then what will happen to my feelings for Onii-chan?
Ed- Thought the sister would have been a wingman and helping Yuki out but I seem to be wrong I didn’t get to see the m***s this chapter but oh well if there are any errors or questions please ask them down below and as usual I hope you enjoyed chapter 29