Perhaps it was because it had been a long time since I had been to school, or perhaps it was because of the poking and prodding from Shi-chan in the back seat, but the class that had seemed so long was finally over.
Takayuki had a club activity to attend, and Shimizu-san went to support him.
In our high school, there is no role of manager in any of the club activities, but Shimizu-san, who often goes to cheer for the basketball team, has found herself in the position of manager.
She is worshipped by the whole club as the “goddess of victory” due to her good looks, and Takayuki was not happy about this situation.
” Well, let’s go home.”
I called out to Shi-chan, who had also finished preparing to leave, and we left the classroom together.
As it was the beginning of a new school year, I could feel more eyes on Shi-chan than before.
Naturally, most of them were from the joy of seeing Shiorin-chan’s idol for the first time in a long time, but I could also feel that some of them didn’t think much of me walking next to her.
But when I saw Shi-chan walking happily next to me, wagging her invisible tail as if she didn’t notice or didn’t care, I knew I couldn’t care less.
We’re just friends, you know! I walked proudly next to her with a false attitude.
“Hey Takkun, do you want to take a detour after this?”
“Hmm? I don’t have a part-time job today, so that’s fine. Where do you want to go?”
Shi-chan answered my question, wagging her invisible tail.
For some reason, she reminded me of my grandma’s dog, and I couldn’t help but smile at her happy face as I said yes.
On our way home, we went to a pancake store a little bit far from the station.
This was the first time we had been here, and apparently it was one of the pancake shops on the list Shi-chan had researched before.
“This place looks wonderful!”
After taking her seat, Shi-chan looked happy and scanned her surroundings.
Today, Shi-chan is still in disguise, as she was wearing her date glasses when she left the school gate.
Shi-chan’s overflowing aura is still attracting the attention of the people around her, even though they don’t know it’s Shiorin herself.
When the pancakes she ordered arrived, Shi-chan happily started taking pictures.
I remembered that there was a time when I was photographed with pancakes, and I watched her with a smile on my face.
Then, Shi-chan said, “Yeah!” She turned the camera towards me and smiled happily as she went on to film my face as well.
“I will have more memories with Takkun~♪”
I smiled at Shi-chan as she happily looked at the photos she had just taken.
It was taken out of the blue, but it didn’t diminish the fact that she seemed to be happy, so I decided to call it good.
Then I called out to Shi-chan, who was eating her pancakes with a delicious smile.
Shi-chan asked me back with a puzzled look on her face as she munched on her fork.
I took out a box wrapped in wrapping paper from my bag and handed it to Shi-chan.
“Eh? What’s this?”
She nodded her head and opened the box, her cheeks reddening a little, even though she didn’t understand what I was saying.
“……, you’re giving this to me?”
“Since we’ve been dating, I haven’t been able to give you anything memorable.”
What I gave her was a necklace.
When I was shopping by myself, I happened to find this necklace and thought it would suit Shi-chan, so I bought it on the spur of the moment.
So I put it in my bag, hoping I could give it to her today, but I decided now was as good a time as any to give it to her.
“Takkun, do you mind if I try it on?”
“Yes, I’d like to see it too.”
Shichan took out the necklace and put it around her neck.
It was a silver necklace with a very simple design with a ring-shaped top.
“What do you think?”
“Yes, it looks good on you.”
She pinched the necklace around her neck and smiled happily, then asked me shyly what I thought of it.
Of course, I couldn’t help but admire how well it looked on her, but I didn’t mince my words and praised her honestly.
At my words and attitude, Shi-chan’s face turned bright red and she turned over, moaning, “Aww.”
“But I feel bad if I’m the only one who receives something……”
“No, don’t. I already received something from Shi-chan.”
I smiled and replied to Shi-chan, who tilted her head to see what I was talking about.
This was not even close to the price of the delicious lunch I was being served.
Shi-chan, perhaps not expecting my words, was a little surprised and smiled a little shyly.
“Then, for such a kind man like Takkun, I think I’ll make more fried chicken tomorrow.”
Shi-chan’s mischievous smile was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.