For the next two hours, we enjoyed karaoke as much as we could and then split up.
We sang and talked for the whole two hours without a break.
When I got home, I took a quick shower, finished my dinner, and lay down on my bed.
The fatigue that I had accumulated all day seemed to be weighing down on me as I lay down.
–But today was really fun, wasn’t it?
I was genuinely happy to have made friends with Saegusa-san and Shimizu-san.
Lime’s notification sounded from my phone.
I reacted to the sound and checked my phone while somehow opening my sleepy eyes.
“Today was fun! Thank you!”
The message was from Saegusa-san.
“I had fun too!”
“Me too! Let’s do it again!”
Shimizu-san and Takayuki immediately replied to Saegusa-san’s Lime.
Oh, I should reply that I had fun too. ……
I did not reply …… and ……
—I had fallen asleep.
The buzzingvibrations woke me up.
What was that? Is that an alarm? I checked my phone with sleepy eyes and tapped the button to stop the sound.
“Oh, hey, Ichijo-kun?”
Hmm, I think I heard Saegusa-san’s voice this time. ……
“Hello! Can you hear me?”
I knew the voice was ……. SSSSSS!
Finally, my brain woke up. I was completely awake.
“What? Oh, Saegusa-san!”
I hurriedly picked up my phone and answered the voice on the phone.
The vibrator I heard earlier wasn’t an alarm, it was the notification sound of a call from Saegusa-san.
But why is she calling me out of nowhere? I was even more freaked out.
“Oh, thank God. Ichijo picked up. ……”
On the other end of the line, I heard Saegusa’s voice, sounding relieved for some reason.
“I’m sorry, I must have fallen asleep! What’s going on?”
“Oh, …… fell asleep…… I see, that’s right haha.”
When I told her that I had fallen asleep, she smiled as if relieved for some reason.
I’m not sure what you’re talking about. Did I do something while I was sleeping?
“Well, Ichijo-kun was the only one who didn’t send a message….”
When Saegusa told me that, I finally realized what was going on.
I had fallen asleep with everyone’s group chat open, and unintentionally decided to just read it and not respond.
When I checked my Lime, I found that the Lime had continued for a while after I fell asleep, and I even received a Lime from Saegusa-san calling out to me individually.
“Sorry! I must have fallen asleep while I was typing to reply!
“T, Tttthat is true! I, I’m sorry I sent you such a weird Lime!”
“N, No, I’m the one who’s sorry!”
We hurriedly apologized to each other.
“But this is the first time you’ve called me like this, right?”
“Eh? Ah, y, yes! But I’m sorry for calling you when you were asleep. ……”
“No, You made me not sleepy anymore, so that was rather helpful.”
“No, I’m not. …… Thank you. ……”
Saegusa-san smiled happily on the other end of the phone.
Still, when I was on the phone, I felt as if Saegusa-san was talking to me in my ear, and when I thought about it, I instantly felt embarrassed to be on the phone.
In the first place, the fact that Shiorin, the super idol, and I were talking like this was impossible.
“Oh, well, that’s it. See you at …….”
Suddenly feeling embarrassed, I tried to end the call, since I knew what was going on and it would be too stimulating.
But Saegusa-san, who noticed that I was trying to end the call, wouldn’t let me end the call.
“A, Ano! Do you have something to do this weekend?”
“Eh? The weekend? Well, I’ve got a part-time job on Sunday night, but I’m free the rest of the time. ……
“Th, Then! Do you want to go out with me tomorrow!!”
When I answered her about my plans for the weekend, Saegusa-san made a bold and unexpected suggestion.
—Do you want to go out with me tomorrow?
—Me? With Saegusa-san?
When I fully understood the meaning of Saegusa’s words, I was not exaggerating. I shouted out loud.
“Is that a no?”
On the other end of the phone, Saegusa asked me anxiously.
“N, Noooo, no. It’s ……. ……”
“What a relieve”
There was no way I could say no.
There probably isn’t a man in the world who would refuse Saegusa’s invitation.
But that’s why I had no idea why I was being invited.
“But is it okay with me?
I asked her if she was sure she wanted to be with an ordinary guy like me for whatever reason, and she paused a bit before answering in a barely audible whisper.
“Ichijo-kun is …… good …….”
At that answer, I felt my face instantly turn bright red like a boiled octopus.
“Th, Then! I’ll message you later! Good night!”
As I froze in shock, Saegusa-san said good night in a slurred voice and then hung up the call to end it.
And then I received another Lime notification.
“Meet at the cafe in front of the station at 11:00 tomorrow!”
That was the schedule for tomorrow that Saegusa-san had promptly sent me.
Looking at the Lime, I reconfirmed that my earlier exchange was not a dream, but reality.
And so, for some reason, I ended up going out with Saegusa tomorrow.