Chapter 121: Reflection
Just when I thought we had both finished our birthdays and regular exams without a hitch, I noticed that it was quickly turning into November.
The season was approaching winter, and the temperature was getting cold to the point where I wanted to put on a light coat.
When the temperature drops like this, I realize that there are only a few days left in this year.
Looking back on all the things I’ve done so far this year, I’m determined to get everything done in the next two months.
–Do it tomorrow, you’re an idiot afterall.
With this in mind, I left my house again today and headed for the bench where I usually meet Shi-chan.
When I arrived at the meeting place, Shi-chan was already there, and when she noticed me, she gave me a small wave with her usual angelic smile.
“Ah Good morning, Takkun!
“Good morning, Shi-chan.”
We called out to each other as usual, and as a matter of course, we held hands and headed to school together.
It’s been a while since we started holding hands on the way to school, so the stares from the people around us have decreased a lot compared to before.
It was well known that Shi-chan had a boyfriend, and more importantly, it was well known that there was no opportunity for anyone to take advantage.
This was because there were a few boys who tried to get with Shi-chan despite the fact that I was there, but all of them were rejected by Shi-chan’s immediate response of “I’m sorry.”
I was glad that Shi-chan was willing to say no, no matter who it was, and more importantly, I felt relieved.
In the first place, Shi-chan had consistently shown her affection for me from the beginning.
Now that I think about it, even the suspicious behavior at the convenience store was all the same.
Even though Shi-chan was forcing herself to be suspicious, she was trying to meet— to find me.
But I didn’t have confidence in myself at first, and there were many times when I was insensitive and pathetic.
Thinking back on it now, I really did put Shi-chan through a lot of hardships, and I felt sorry for myself as I turned my head towards her as she walked next to me.
When Shi-chan noticed my gaze, she asked, “What’s wrong?” She looked back at me with a happy expression.
The expression on her face was truly relieved, and my angelic girlfriend, who smiled at me like this when our eyes met, was as cute as can be from this morning.
“I see. Did you fall in love with my face?”
“Yeah, that’s about it.”
“Eh? I-I see.”
I guess she thought I would be embarrassed and made fun of me, but Shi-chan’s reaction was different from what she expected and she blushed.
Since I’ve known Shi-chan for a long time, I’ve already predicted what would happen and responded.
She’s such a cute angel, but sometimes she behaves suspiciously and is a bit of a joker in front of me, so in many ways she has a charm that I can’t get enough of.
“So, the aquarium is this Saturday, is that okay?
“Yes! No problem! I’m looking forward to it!”
The aquarium is the one I gave Shi-chan as a birthday present the other day.
We had lime last night that we would go out together this weekend, but I made sure to confirm it in words as well.
I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other on Lime, so I wanted to make sure that we were on the same page.
–After all, just getting Shi-chan’s verbal approval makes me so happy!
And so I went to school with the lovely Shi-chan again today.
Christmas is finally coming up next month, and I have to shift more hours at my part-time job and save up some money while I can, so I decided to plan out my remaining plans for the next two months.
And on the way home that day, after a day of uneventful classes.
Me, Shi-chan, Takayuki, and Shimizu-san were walking towards the train station together as we decided to have a party to celebrate the end of the test.
Shi-chan, who took on the role of teacher this time, said, “I want a hamburger!” So we went to a hamburger store in front of the station.
I wondered if she would be able to order properly this time, and I decided to keep an eye on her.
“Cheeseburger menu, with a Coke for the drink!”
Oh, she’s getting better at saying it.
It seems like only a short time ago that she was crying out to me for help.
At first, Shi-chan had never been to a restaurant before and didn’t know how to order, but now she’s able to do it all by herself.
So, even though it was just a small thing that she was able to order by herself, I was still kind of happy about it.
This time last year, Shi-chan was still an idol, but I was happy to see that she was changing one by one into a normal girl.
So, if possible, I hope that the present is exactly what Shi-chan wanted it to be – no, I want to continue to walk with her while supporting her so that it can become that way.
“We’re currently running a campaign, if you download the app from this QR code right here, you can get a free drink with your menu, how about it?”
“Eh? ah uhm …….”
But Shi-chan, who seemed troubled by the sudden change in her question, gently turned to me, who was standing behind her, as if asking for help.
“Ta-Takkun, please help me. ……”
Shi-chan cried out to me, just like she did that time.
I couldn’t help but smile at how cute Shi-chan was.
–But still, Shi-chan is Shi-chan, right?
–It’s okay, I’ll just have to get over it one by one.
With this in mind, I helped Shi-chan who was in trouble again.
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NewbyFebruary 14, 2022 at 10:41 pm
Thank you so much for translating this.
After reading this for a week, I now have diabetes from how sweet this is!