Shi-chan meditates hard and reaches out her hand with a nervous look on her face.
Then, with a start, she pulls her arm up and raises it high in the air!
When Shi-chan chose her fortune with such a shout, the gallery that had formed around her cheered, “Ooh!”
Yes, Shi-chan had just drawn a fortune, something she had only experienced a few times in her life.
It was only natural that Shi-chan, who had been active as a national idol, would stand out wearing a furisode kimono and drawing a fortune while putting her heart and soul into it.
“I-I’ll open it.
Shi-chan, however, showed no sign of caring about the surrounding crowd and slowly opened the fortune she had drawn with a tense look on her face.
However, when Shi-chan confirmed the contents of the fortune, a look of despair came over her face.
I peeked at the fortune while thinking, “Oh well, it’s too bad after putting so much effort into drawing it,” as I looked at it next to me.
“—Ara, medium luck?”
But when I looked at the fortune, to my surprise, it was a medium fortune.
There is a debate as to whether a good omen is better than a bad omen, but in my mind, a medium fortune is the next best thing to a great fortune, so it was a complete mystery why Shi-chan was so depressed.
–I see, Shi-chan doesn’t understand the meaning of fortune, does she?
I smiled and told her that although she didn’t know anything about it, she was still cute today as she did her best to draw a fortune.
“Don’t worry, it’s a good result, okay?”
But when I called out to her, for some reason, she looked even more despairing, as if struck by lightning.
I thought something was up with that all too obvious reaction, so I took the fortune from Shi-chan.
“—-What’s this? Health: Early to bed, early to rise is good luck. Work: It is important to take the initiative in everything you do. Fumufumu…”
As I read through each fortune written on the omikuji, I finally understood why Shi-chan was having this reaction.
“Love–not as one would expect. Only here, in spite of Nakayoshi’s good fortune, is she somewhat bitter…”
Yes, the fortune was for medium luck, but only the section on love was severely written.
In other words, Shi-chan did not care about the overall fortune, but checked only the love fortune first, and was shocked.
And because I told her it was a good result, she was even more shocked.
I thought it was really cute that she was so depressed, but I told her that I had to cheer her up.
“Don’t worry, I’ll make sure my fortune will cancel out everything.”
I draw my own fortune, telling myself this with unfounded confidence.
As if clinging to my words and the result of my fortune, Shi-chan concentrates all her attention on drawing my fortune.
“Uhm? –Oh, I’ve got the middle luck, too.”
“Y-yeah, I’ll read it, okay? Love–the current person is the best, don’t get lost. Because.”
When I read that sentence, I was thrilled because I felt as if God was really watching me.
But I really believe it is true, so there was not the slightest element of hesitation in my mind right now.
And the best of the best, as she took the fortune from me, was reading it with a big smile on her face, as if she was devouring it.
I was glad to see that my fortune seemed to have been offset by hers, though I felt that it was not quite right.
“T-Takkun!! I think you should keep this fortune for a whole year!”
“Y-yes, I understand.”
Shi-chan excitedly recommends that I keep my fortune in a safe place.
My girlfriend, who was still acting suspiciously for obvious reasons, didn’t want to keep her own fortune, so she quickly went to tie it.
There are various interpretations that tying a fortune to a tree makes it come true, or that you should tie an unnecessary fortune, but in Shi-chan’s case, I guess she simply did not want to keep it because she did not like the result.
After tying the fortune, Shi-chan came back and reached for the coin purse again with trembling hands.
“O-okay, I’ll do better this time. ……”
With trembling fingers, she was about to draw the omikuji again, but I made sure to stop her, since you can’t override the result no matter how many times you draw it.
Shi-chan looked unhappy when I stopped her, but she seemed to know in her head that this was the way to try your luck, and reluctantly pulled her hand away.
I never thought Shi-chan would get so heated over a single fortune.
After trying our luck for the year, we decided to make one last visit to the shrine and leave.
After throwing some money into the money box, I made a wish to the god alongside Shi-chan.
I finished my one request and turned next to Shi-chan, who was still in the middle of hers.
I wondered what she was asking for so hard and waited for her to finish, but her request showed no sign of ending.
“I’m sorry, Tatkun, but I still have three more requests left.”
When I called out to her, she seemed very concentrated and replied with only one word, then grabbed some coins again and continued to make a wish while throwing coins after her.
I wondered if it was enough to just put money in the envelope, but since Shi-chan was so serious, I decided to wait for her to finish without saying a word.
“I-I see. Shall we go then?”
Thus, after a long and lengthy prayer, we left the shrine together with Shi-chan.
On the way home, I was still curious, so I decided to ask Shi-chan about it.
“What did you wish for so many times?”
“Takkun, you can’t do that. You know how they say these things won’t come true if you say them out loud?”
“Hmm? Is that so?”
“That’s right. –Well, then, what did you ask for?”
As if that would be convenient, Shi-chan, who was also curious, conversely asked me what my wish was.
“Of course, I requested, “Please watch over me and Shi-chan as we continue to get along well with each other.””
“Eh!? Same! I-I asked for the same thing!”
When I answered honestly, a surprised Shi-chan smiled a big smile and excitedly declared that she was the same.
Shi-chan was so cute and so happy that I wanted to hug her, but instead of hugging her, I opened my mouth.
“Huh? I thought if you said your wish, it wouldn’t come true–“
As if to say, “Oh no!”, Shi-chan’s expression quickly turned pale, as if she had just seen a big smile on her face.
“I see, it is indeed ‘things don’t go as planned.”
“M-mouu! Tatakkun’s bullying!”
When I teased her, she puffed up and smacked me on the arm.
“But I’m fine.”
“What are you fine about?!”
“Because what really matters is not what we say or don’t say, but what we do from here on out. –I’m going to stay right next to you. So don’t worry.”
When I answered why I was okay, Shi-chan stopped smacking my arm and instead hugged me as if to jump onto the arm she had just been smacking.
Then, perhaps not expecting my reason for being fine, Shi-chan was surprised, but smiled happily.
“–Really, Takkun, you don’t always do things the way I want you to.”
“But it’s better that way, because you never get tired of it, right?”
“—Yes, I love it.”
We looked at each other and smiled, and then returned to Shi-chan’s parents’ house, holding each other’s hands tightly.
I was just happy to see Shi-chan in so many different ways during our first Hatsumode together, and in a good way, I came to love Shi-chan even more and more…