The morning classes were over and we had our first lunch break in our new seats.
Takayuki, like in the first semester, happily accepted Shimizu-san’s homemade lunch box and said, “I’m rather glad that the summer vacation is over because I can eat Sakurako’s lunch box again”. He smiled wickedly.
Shimizu-san’s cheeks flushed a little as she said, “Mou!” But to be honest, it was really cute to see her smiling so happily.
The boys in the class couldn’t help but look at her with envy, she was so overwhelmingly cute.
The problem was us.
At the end of the first semester, Shi-chan also started to make lunch for me, but I thought to myself, “Isn’t this a bad idea?” We talked about it.
But of course, it would be too obvious to keep the relationship hidden, but that didn’t mean that suddenly stopping it in the second semester would be meaningful, or that it would start unnecessary rumors.
So during the summer vacation, I tried to talk to Shi-chan at Lime about this, but she assured me, “No, I’ll definitely bring your lunch,” and as a result, Shi-chan will be making my lunch from today.
“Yes, here you go!”
Shi-chan poked me on the back, and with a big smile on her face, presented me with a cute lunch bag made of pink fabric with a bear embroidered on it.
“Ah, yes, thank you.”
“You’re welcome! Ehehe”
I accepted the lunch and thanked her.
Then, I noticed that the gazes of the people around me who had been looking at Shimizu-san earlier moved directly to my hand, and as expected, they turned into gazes of jealousy and hatred towards me.
I don’t think there’s anything to hide, but I take out my lunch, pretending that they’re my fans.
Then Shi-chan poked me on the back again.
“Uhm, is there anything more?”
Is there anything she wants to say?
“Mou, why do you turn around so quickly? Let’s eat together.”
When I turned around, there was Shi-chan, who was now puffing up in frustration.
Well, she was right.
But it was too obvious, and I was wondering if it was too close to eat lunch facing each other at one desk.
“Then let’s eat together, the four of us, at our desks!”
Takayuki, who was watching our exchange, offered me a helping hand.
That’s it! I immediately agreed, and the four of us ended up eating our lunches together at our desks.
We were seated at the end of the hallway, eating our lunches with our tables pressed together.
As a result, we were able to avoid the situation where Shi-chan and I were eating our lunches while facing each other alone, but with Shi-chan, as well as Takayuki and Shimizu-san, who are widely known as the most beautiful men and women in this grade, we were now attracting attention from both inside and outside the classroom.
Takayuki’s success on the basketball team in particular has spread by word of mouth, and his popularity with the girls, which was originally high, is growing by the day.
Naturally, Shimizu-san was aware of this, and expressed a sense of crisis.
However, he himself seemed to be oblivious to this fact and said, “Yummy!” He was eating Shimizu-san’s homemade lunch box with a delicious smile on his face.
I was watching Takayuki with a bit of dismay, when Shi-chan, who was sitting in front of me, called out to me with a stare.
“Nn? W-What’s wrong?”
“…… You too, Takkun.”
Me too? Eh, what precisely? I had no idea what to do, and I felt a strange sweat running down my back.
However, Shi-chan still puffed up in frustration when I didn’t seem to understand her at all.
For some reason, even Takayuki was laughing at me, and I still didn’t understand why.
I mean, it’s a little out of my mind to just have Takayuki laugh at me.
After finishing my lunch, I decided to go to the restroom, which I had been holding back for a while.
As I washed my hands, I looked at myself in the mirror.
Now that Hiro-kun had cut my hair, I thought to myself that I really looked better than before.
Even though I had looked in the mirror many times since I got my current hairstyle, I felt that I looked different in my uniform, and it made me feel that way deeply.
I’m kind of hot right now, aren’t I? I was just about to get carried away when I remembered the exchange we had just had.
–No, no, no, impossible. But—-
As I walked back to the classroom, I thought to myself that I was being a narcissist.
“Oh, Ichijo-kun? Oh my god, your impression has changed! You look so handsome!”
Sasaki-san, from the same junior high school but in a different class, approached me in passing.
A girl with an impressive brown ponytail, she looked like a picture of energy.
Hmm? I mean, did she just called me handsome—-?
I was puzzled by such an unfamiliar word.
“You look different, but you also seem to have a different atmosphere. I like the way you look now! It’s youthful! See ya!”
Sasaki-san, who was always cheerful, smiled at me while giving me a thumbs-up, and walked off happily with her friends.
And then, because of the conversation between me and Sasaki-san, I saw some of her friends leave, fussing over the fact that we knew each other. I finally decided that I was ready to accept …… this.
As I walked back to the classroom, I noticed Shi-chan staring at me from behind a pillar.
Her expression was not happy, and she looked like she wanted to say something.
“…… Who was that?”
“Well, she’s a girl I went to junior high with.”
“…… Do you have a contact number?”
“I don’t. She was just saying hi…….”
“…… Good, you’ re good to go.”
After answering the questions honestly, it seemed that I had permission to go.
“W-What is it?”
I went next to her and continued to speak so that only she could hear me, without making eye contact.
“It’s just…Shi-chan’s the only one for me. So don’t worry about it.”
That’s all I said, and I sat down in my seat, almost dying of embarrassment.
A little later, Shi-chan sat down in the seat behind me without saying a word, and I wondered what kind of face she would have after what I had just said.
Then, Shi-chan gave me a peck on the back for the first time today.
I still didn’t know what kind of expression to give her, but I tried to look back at her.
“Me too. Takkun is the only one for me”
Shi-chan replied in a voice that only I could hear.
I turned around and there she was, blushing slightly but smiling gently.