Chapter 127: How do I spend my time?
December was fast approaching its end, and New Year’s Eve would arrive in a few days.
I was lying alone in my room after returning home from my part-time job, thinking about all the things that had happened this year.
In the past, I had spent New Year’s Eve relaxing at home because there was nothing special to do, but this year, I really wanted to spend it with Shi-chan.
Thinking of this, I decided to lime Shi-chan.
“Shi-chan, do you have any plans for New Year’s Eve?”
It has been a while since I started dating Shi-chan, and since we have been Lime-ing like this almost every day, I had no hesitation in sending Lime messages like this.
But even so, I still get nervous until I get a reply.
The anxiety of “what if she rejects me ……” never went away.
As soon as I was thinking that, I received a reply from Shi-chan.
I immediately check the reply.
“Sorry, Takkun, I have something to do that day.”
However, what was written there was not what I had expected.
–Eh, is it an errand?
I was a bit nervous because I didn’t expect her to say no, since she had always been so open to everything.
The thought of …… with someone other than me crossed my mind, but I immediately stopped thinking about it.
I’ve decided not to think of Shi-chan in such a way that I don’t trust her anymore.
Even if by any chance, or even by a billionth of a percent, a betrayal were to occur, that would be something I would have to live with.
I would never want to hurt the other person by making a mistake.
To begin with, I even think it’s disrespectful to think that way about Shi-chan, who has always and consistently looked out for only me.
That’s why I guess I really have something to do on New Year’s Eve.
But that’s why I couldn’t help but wonder what that business was.
“I see, I get it. I was hoping to spend some time with you, but I guess I can’t help it.”
I was a little unsure of what to reply, but I did.
I didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, so I added a “goo-poo” stamp.
Then I got a call from Shi-chan right away, not from Lime.
Normally I would be happy to pick up the call right away, but just today I was a little confused.
So, I took a deep breath and then braced myself and pressed the call button.
“I’m sorry, Takkun!”
When I answered the call, Shi-chan apologized to me right out of the gate.
I was naturally puzzled, as I had no idea what she was apologizing for.
“What was it for?”
“Eh? Ah! I-I’m sorry! About, New Year’s Eve!”
Terrified by the weight of that one word, I gathered up my courage and asked her what she meant.
I was relieved to find out that her earlier apology was for not being able to be with me on New Year’s Eve.
But I never thought that being suddenly told “I’m sorry” by the person I love would be so heartbreaking. ……
“Oh, yeah, I now understand what you meant in Line.”
“T-Takkun, what are you going to do on New Year’s Eve?!”
“Eh, me? Hmmm, I think I’ m going to spend this year at home again because I spend time with my family every year. …… ah.”
Having said all that, I remembered.
Come to think of it, Ayane often comes over to my house on New Year’s Eve, though not every year.
I hadn’t seen her since the last time, but there was no guarantee that she wouldn’t come this year.
“What do you mean with ‘ah’……?”
“No, I was thinking Ayane might be coming.”
Shi-chan was now more anxious to hear my subtle reaction, so I told her honestly what I had noticed.
“I see, so Takkun might be spending time with Ayane-san. ……”
“W-well, she’s my cousin, and we’re just going to watch an end-of-year special together.”
Shi-chan is clearly anxious, and I rush to tell her that nothing is going on, but I realize that this will do nothing to alleviate her anxiety.
Thus, the atmosphere was changed from yesterday, and for some reason, both of us were feeling uneasy, and a delicate atmosphere was created.
“….I don’t like it”
“Takkun is my boyfriend, I don’t like it. ……”
After a short silence, Shi-chan opened her mouth and said she did not like the fact that I might be spending time with Ayane.
“Yeah, well, I don’t even know if she’s coming or not.”
“I can’t do that. I can’t go all the way home worried about this.”
“Eh? What do you mean you can’t go home?”
I hurried to follow up, but Shi-chan, who would not listen to me, said she could not go home with this.
– Hmm? Sorry I’m not explaining myself well enough again, but what do you mean you can’t go home?
“Ah, yes, I have to go back to my parents’ house for the New Year’s holidays. Both my mom and dad are off work during the New Year’s holidays, so they want me to come home.”
So that’s what it was all about.
Even their parents, who usually seem to be busy, do not seem to have any plans during the year-end and New Year’s holidays.
I thought that if that was the case, she should spend more time with her family than with me, and now that I know what’s going on, the fog in my mind has cleared up.
“I see. Well, that’s no use then. I hope you cherish the time you have with your parents. As for New Year’s Eve, I’ll ask Takayuki if I can spend it with him. If it’s between men, it’s safe, right?”
“Eh, yeah, thanks. I would feel safer if you spent time with Yamamoto-kun, but I’m sure Sakura-chan will be with him too, right? I wish I could have been a part of it. ……”
Since she did not want to spend time with other women, I realized that it would be better if I could spend time with other men, so I decided to ask Takayuki later if he could help me out.
This seemed to put Shi-chan at ease, but this time she was envious that I wanted to be a part of it.
Shi-chan, who seemed relieved that at least I was no longer spending time with other women, was back to her usual routine for the time being, although I was thinking that it was not going to go round in a roundabout way.
“Hey, Takkun, can I ask you to wait a little longer for this matter?”
“Eh? Yeah, okay, but it’s in three days, okay?”
“Yes, I’ll have it cleared up by the end of the day and I’ll get back to you.”
Shi-chan, who seemed to have made up her mind to do something, said so and immediately hung up the call, saying, “See you later.”
I didn’t really know what she was talking about, but all I could do was wait for her next call, since she said she would call again.
I wondered what on earth Shi-chan was thinking, but I had no choice but to trust her for now.
However, within an hour after that, I received a call from Shi-chan, and my worries were soon put to rest.
I checked the Lime that Shi-chan had sent me.
“I got in touch with Mom and Dad. Takkun, I hope you can come to my parents’ house on New Year’s Eve with me.”
When I saw the Lime, I was instantly overcome by two contradictory emotions: the relief of spending New Year’s Eve with her parents and the nervousness of probably meeting them———.
Still, there was no need to think, and I had only one response to give.
“Of course, I’ll be fine.”
Thus, I suddenly decided to visit Shi-chan’s parents’ house on New Year’s Eve.