After changing my seat, I took my math textbook out of my bag for my first period class, and since I had nothing better to do, I decided to lightly review the previous lessons that I had almost forgotten after the winter break.
I decided to stay quiet for the time being, since I didn’t want to poke my nose into the situation and take Shi-chan away from the others.
Then, with the chime, classes started as usual for the third semester.
My seat is in the front row, so I stand out from the others, and I brace myself to take my classes more seriously from today.
–However, I have a feeling that someone is watching me from behind.
I casually look around.
But everyone is taking the class seriously and looking straight ahead at the blackboard —– except for one person.
While everyone else was looking straight ahead, Shi-chan was the only one who was completely facing me.
And when Shi-chan noticed my gaze, she smiled happily and waved her hand in a small gesture, as if a flower was blooming.
–Oi, oi, Shi-chan, you should take your classes properly too. ……
I thought to myself, I’m not in a position to say anything about her studies, since she is still in first place in our grade.
Shi-chan was still cute, so I gave her a small wave in return and decided to concentrate on my classes again.
But even after that, I often felt eyes on my back.
I’m sure this will probably continue in the future, but that doesn’t make me feel any less bad.
Then it was lunchtime.
The four of us had eaten lunch together until the second semester, but now that our seats were separated, I was wondering what I should do and Shi-chan came running up to my seat with two lunchboxes in her hands as soon as class ended.
“Takkun, let’s eat lunch!”
Shi-chan said, smiling as she held up her bento in both hands, as if she was happy.
But now that we had switched seats, I had to think about finding a new place to eat.
And one more thing.
For the first time, our seats were separated, and Shi-chan rushed to my seat with two bento boxes. Now that everyone could see more clearly that she had prepared a bento box for me, and I was attracting envious stares from everyone around me.
While I was wondering what to do in such a different situation, Takayuki and Shimizu-san also came to us with their lunch boxes.
“Ou, then, let’s go to the cafeteria, shall we?”
Takayuki was the one who suggested it.
Yes, this school actually has a cafeteria, even though it is a public high school.
I had never had a chance to go to the cafeteria because I had always eaten lunch, but since I was somewhat interested in this new environment, I agreed and we unanimously decided to go to the cafeteria together.
When we arrived at the cafeteria, it was already full of people looking for lunch, but we were relieved to see that there were plenty of seats available.
We went to an open table and took our seats facing each other.
But of course, the cafeteria was full of people from first-year students to third-year students, and we stood out from the crowd as we had never been to the cafeteria before.
Shi-chan and Shimizu-san, who are known as the two most beautiful women, and Takayuki, also came together with them.
I was also included, but since I was with three of the most conspicuous people in the school from an objective point of view, even the senior students were surprised and stared at me as we suddenly arrived.
“Here you go, Takkun, bento!”
“Ah yes, thank you.”
But Shi-chan, who was not bothered by the stares from those around her, offered me one of her two bento boxes.
Naturally, the people around me, who were probably seeing this scene for the first time, gasped.
Shiorin, of the Angel Girls, had made me a homemade lunch box.
I realized again that this was a very special thing.
There must have been some of Shi-chan’s fans among the audience, and not a few of them were shocked to see her handmade lunch box.
“—-I’m sorry, it looks like we’re standing out.”
Takayuki seemed to have noticed the situation around him and apologized for his poor choice of location.
“Oh, well, it can’t be helped. I mean, thanks again for everything, Shi-chan.”
“No, it’s fun to cook for you too, so don’t worry about it.”
When I thanked her, she smiled happily and said she didn’t mind.
I opened the lid of Shi-chan’s homemade bento, thinking that she really is too good to be true, too perfect for me.
—- then today’s bento had a heart symbol drawn on top of the rice with pink Soboro, and the word “LOVE” was drawn on top of it with chopped nori.
I was completely caught off guard by the physical love in my bento, and as I froze in shock, Takayuki, who had peeked into my bento, was also surprised.
“Uwaa!? That’s amazing!”
“Hehehe♪ I’m going to get into it from this year!”
Takayuki was surprised, and Shi-chan replied with a happy smile and a gut-punch.
From this year, does that mean I’ll be eating this kind of bento every day from now on……
I’m glad. I’m very happy with the way I feel.
I’m so happy that I want to make something back for her too.
However, it’s too sweet to eat this kind of bento every day,……. When I was thinking that, Shimizu-san, who was watching the bento next to me, opened her mouth.
“–You’re doing it, Shion-chan? Okay, Takashi? I’m going to make a lunch box as good as Shion-chan. Starting tomorrow.”
“Oh, are you going to do it, Sakura-chan? But I won’t lose to you.”
“There’s almost nothing I can do to beat Shion-chan, but I won’t lose to you either.”
Thus, Shi-chan and Shimizu-san started competing with each other to see whose bento was more filled with love.
And Takayuki, who at first thought it was someone else’s problem and was enjoying himself, fell into the same situation as I did, and those of us on the receiving end of the lunch boxes could only laugh dryly as we watched.
Thus, from the third semester, Shi-chan and Shimizu-san started their lunch box battle.