As expected, I’ve become the target of rumors in the entire school from our morning conversation, and I’m immediately attracting the attention of various emotions.
I had anticipated this to a certain extent, but it was probably due to negative emotions such as jealousy and hatred, as if they thought I had stolen Saegusa-san.
I hadn’t expected this, but there was a lot of admiration and envy, mainly from the girls, and also a lot of relief in their eyes.
To be honest, I was relieved to see that there was a surprisingly positive response, with some people asking me how I had become so close with Saegusa-san while she was gone.
I was relieved to see that there was a surprisingly positive response. Many people were really worried about Saegusa, who had never made any specific friends before, and whether she would fit in with her class and grade.
What a kind world we live in.
I was sure that if everyone was as kind as I was, I would be able to make friends with Saegusa-san.
And finally, there was one more look directed at me.
It was a glittering, joyful gaze, as if I could finally release all that I had been holding back.
I was the only one in the room, and whenever I had a chance, I would get a look from the seat next to me, but I couldn’t help but notice it more than any other look.
“Hey, can we eat with you?
It was lunchtime, so Takayuki and I were about to eat our lunches together again today, when Saegusa-san spoke to us with a big smile on her face.
When she said “we”, I guess she was referring to Shimizu-san, who was holding up her lunch box next to Saegusa-san and smiling at us.
“Oh, of course I don’t mind, Takuya.”
“Yes, let’s eat together.”
I’m being asked by the two most beautiful girls in my class.
There was no way that any boy in this school would turn down such an offer, and of course we were no exception.
Well, leaving all that aside, we were members of the same field trip group, and we were so close that we even had our own Lime group, so there was no reason to say no.
So I said yes, and Shimizu-san took a seat in front of Saegusa-san, and the four of us ate our lunches together, facing each other.
The fact that the four of us were eating lunch together, including not only Saegusa, but also Shimizu, another beautiful girl in the class, and Takayuki, who was very popular with the girls, naturally drew a lot of attention from the people around us, and the classroom began to buzz.
“It’s the first time we’ve eaten together since our field trip! I’m so happy!”
But Saegusa-san didn’t care about those stares, and smiled happily as she opened her own lunch box.
We laughed at Saegusa and said that we did too.
If Saegusa seemed to be enjoying eating lunch together so much, it didn’t matter what people were looking at us like.
“I’ve always wanted to try something!”
Saegusa-san suddenly announced as she ate her lunch.
What is it that you’ve always wanted try? We waited for her next words.
“I want to go out for hamburgers with my friends after school!”
With a sniffle and a twinkle in her eye, Saegusa-san announced such a thing.
I thought it was something like that, but then I realized that it might not be such a big deal for Saegusa-san, who had been an idol until the other day, and we decided that since Takayuki was off from club activities, we should all go together after school today.
Saegusa-san said that she had been longing for this event since she read about it in a manga or something, and her eyes twinkled as if she was really looking forward to it.
So we went to a hamburger store in front of the station after school.
And after school.
The four of us went to the hamburger store in front of the station.
When we got out of the school gate, Saegusa-san took out a pair of plain-looking glasses from her bag and put them on.
She may have intended it as a disguise, but when a beautiful girl like Saegusa was walking around in her school uniform, she drew a lot of attention from the people around her.
“U, um! You’re Shiorin from the Angel Girls, right?”
“No, I’m not!!”
As expected, her disguise was so obvious that she was spoken to by a high school girl from another school who had noticed Saegusa’s presence and rushed over to her.
However, Saegusa-san cheerfully denied it with a quick answer.
It was really crisp, and to be honest, I think it was obvious and unreasonable, but she confidently denied it without any hesitation.
The high school girls who came to talk to Saegusa-san were so pressured by her confident denial that they retreated without hesitation.
In the end, the glasses disguise didn’t mean much, and Takayuki and Shimizu-san couldn’t help but laugh at Saegusa-sam’s effort to get rid of them.
“Moooh! Don’t laugh at me!”
She looked so embarrassed and fidgety, she was funny and cute again today.
I think I’ll put a sign on my back saying, “I’m not Shiorin”, she said jokingly.
When I imagined Saegusa-san like that, it was even funnier and I blew up even more.
When we finally arrived at the hamburger store in front of the station, we opened the door.
As soon as we opened the door, the smell of oil wafted out from the store.
Saegusa’s eyes sparkled like a child’s at the unique atmosphere that could only be found here.
One by one, we placed our orders, and then it was Saegusa’s turn.
But of course, Saegusa-san, who had no experience in ordering, tried to imitate us, but she couldn’t do it well and gave me a very troubled look.
“Takkun, please help me …….”
Then, just as I thought, Saegusa-san came to me for help.
It was no use, I thought, as I helped the troubled Saegusa-san with her order.
Then we decided to sit in the empty seats in the booth.
The place was filled with high school students from other schools, giving the impression that we had just been to a hamburger store, and Saegusa-san seemed very touched to be in such a space as an ordinary person.
It’s a feeling that only a celebrity can have, and seeing Saegusa-san so happy about something so ordinary to us made me feel happy.
Saegusa-san took a picture of the hamburger with her smartphone and immediately sent it to someone via Lime.
Our phones all buzzed at the same time.
We checked our phones and saw that it was a Lime notification from Saegusa-san, as expected given the timing.
What appeared on the screen was a slightly blurry image of the hamburger that Saegusa-san had just taken.
“Celebrate! First hamburger anniversary!”
It was so completely surreal that we couldn’t stand it and burst into laughter again.
TL: She is too innocent.