I’m currently in the middle of a test period, but my manager insisted that I take a part-time job on this day, so today I was working as a cashier at a convenience store.
As I stood idly at the checkout counter of the convenience store with no customers, I remembered what happened yesterday.
Saegusa-san teaching me how to study, Saegusa-san eating a delicious pancake, and all the other expressions of Saegusa-san were running through my mind.
Thinking back on it like this, I found myself smiling a little even though I was working, thinking that Saegusa-san was really expressive, yet she was cute no matter which one I chose.
If I had a girlfriend, I wondered if it would be like this, but then I thought, “She’s Shiorin!” We may be close, but don’t get your hopes up! I immediately warned myself not to get carried away.
It’s okay to have fun, but it’s not okay to get carried away.
But I’m a high school student now, and I want to be a man who can be accepted by girls …… and, if possible, by Saegusa-san.
I was vaguely thinking about the future, wondering if I should go to Ken-chan’s store next time and have him coordinate my summer clothes.
The melody of the convenience store’s door opening played in the store.
I responded to the melody and greeted the customers as usual, saying “Irasshaimase~” as I checked who was coming in.
Then there was Saegusa-san, wearing her suspicious outfit today.
As soon as she made eye contact with me, she quickly walked to the magazine corner, looking embarrassed as usual.
So, just as I was thinking about Saegusa-san, the long awaited “Saegusa-san watching” started again today.
First of all, Saegusa-san picked up a magazine from the magazine section, flipped through the pages and read it in a normal way.
Normally, I’m not sure if she’s reading the magazine or not, but today she seemed to be reading the magazine all the way through, which surprised me a little.
…… No, I’m talking about the fact that I’m surprised that she’s reading a magazine as usual.
I was wondering what kind of magazine Saegusa was reading, and when I looked at it, I saw that it was a local information magazine that introduced stores in the area.
I remembered that this month’s issue of the magazine featured cafes.
Speaking of cafes, I had just taken Saegusa there yesterday.
I watched her with warm eyes as she read the magazine diligently, thinking that she must be interested in the information of other stores since she seemed to be really enjoying herself yesterday.
After she finished reading the magazine, she nodded once in satisfaction and calmly put the items in her shopping cart and brought it to the cashier without showing any sign of panic.
I was a little disappointed to see that Saegusa-san was so normal today, but I pulled myself together and took out the items in her basket one by one to check them out.
–Cafe time at home (instant coffee), one item
–Full of fresh cream! Cafe pancakes, one item
–Cafe au lait, one item
–Energy drink with caffeine, one item
Wait, they’re all cafes!
It’s a cafe!
I’m sure she wasn’t aware of it, but I grumbled twice in my mind at Saegusa-san for being so pulled in by yesterday’s cafe.
The last one is no longer related to the cafe.
It was a big mistake to think that today would be normal.
I was trying my best to hold back my laughter as I counted up the numbers in front of the cafe deck, which had been a cafe in my brain since I was browsing through the magazines.
“That will be 77 —-“
Before I could finish telling her the amount, Saegusa-san took out a thousand-yen bill from her wallet and held it out to me.
I managed to calm down the feeling that I was about to blow up, and took the 1,000 yen bill.
Saegusa-san received the change with both hands as usual, but her movements suddenly stopped
I wondered what was going on, and when I looked at her face, she looked at my wrist as I handed her the change, and froze as if in shock.
I was so busy today that I forgot to bring my wristband, so I called out to her.
“Oh, I forgot to bring my wristband today.”
“…… Oh, really?”
“But I downloaded the Lime stamp of Shiorin from Angel Girls yesterday because it was so adorable. It’s really cute and I recommend it to my customers.”
I told her about the Lime stamp with a sales smile on my face.
I had downloaded the Lime stamp yesterday because I found the Shiorin stamp she had sent me a little interesting, and I thought I would send it to her.
Then Saegusa’s expression changed from disappointed to cheerful and she said, “I’ll download it too!” She said, and went home with a happy step.
As I watched Saegusa-san’s back, I thought that today’s changeable café deck was quite dangerous, and felt that Saegusa-san’s suspicious behavior had infinite possibilities.
–She seems to be hiding a lot of patterns that I don’t know about.