He was harassed because of the revelations about his past. Then why don’t I just go someplace where no one knows about me? I’ve been in the news, but my name hasn’t come up, so if I go somewhere far away, that might help.
“Renya, can I have a word?”
While I was thinking about this, there was a knock on the door of my room and I was approached. It was someone I hadn’t heard from in a while.
“What do you want, Dad?”
The person at the door was my father, who was originally a sl*ve company employee and I rarely saw him anymore since he moved out on his own. I wondered when he’d come home.
“I have something important to tell you. Mom and Sakuya are waiting for you, so could you please come to the living room?”
When was the last time we had a family meeting? How long has it been since the four of us had a family meeting?
I followed my dad into the living room, where my mom and Sakuya were already sitting on chairs. I’m not sure if she’s already heard the story or not, but she looks worried.
“I apologize first. I’m sorry I’ve been so busy with work that I’ve neglected you guys.”
The first thing my father said as he sat down in his chair was an apology.
“I understand that you’re busy with work, and I’m not complaining because you’re feeding us.”
This is the honest truth. I don’t feel lonely because I’m being fed and I’m already in high school. But Sakuya’s reaction was not good. I wonder if she’s actually lonely?
“But still…the main topic..”
He hasn’t said anything yet. If you’re going to say something, why don’t you just say it?
“It’s a long way off, but I’ve been transferred to the head office. My position will be raised accordingly.”
That’s an honorable transfer. Why are you holding back? I mean, do they give transfer orders at a time like this?
“If I work at the head office and I’m next in line for a higher position, I’ll not get transferred to another department, but to another location. I know it’s not really good, but that’s why they tell me so early.”
“Oh, I see.”
“What do you mean …..?”
Unlike me, who somehow guessed, Sakuya still doesn’t seem to understand. No, you don’t want to understand?
“The headquarters is not within commuting distance. So I’ll have to move. Mom is going to quit her current job and come with me. …… What about you guys?”
The head office is located outside the prefecture, far away from here. There’s no one who knows about me there.
Isn’t this a revelation that I should move?
“I won’t actually be transferred until next April. So if you want to come with us, you can take the entrance exam for the high school near where you will be transferred, but Renya will have to transfer. So I’m going to ask Renya to take the transfer exam. I’m sorry to say that you’ll be transferring out of a high school that you’ve taken the trouble to get into after only one year.”
It’s troublesome to be thrown into another environment just when I am getting used to the new one. Also, how high is the transfer exam? I think it’s more difficult than the regular entrance exam.
“If you want to stay here, that’s fine. I’m sure you have friends here. It’s a little early for you to be living away from your parents, but I’m sure you guys will be fine. I don’t think I’m qualified to say that, though, since I’ve never been home much.”
My dad laughs at himself as he says this. Mom also looks apologetic.
“What should I do, brother…”
As I was thinking about what to do, I was approached by Sakuya, who was glancing at me from earlier. What does Sakuya want to do?
“Well, there’s no need to decide right now. You won’t actually be transferred until next year. You just need to decide before the application period for the exam. Think it over.”
Dad concluded, and the family meeting was over. I wondered what I should do. Earlier, I had thought it might be a good plan to go to a place where no one knew me, but living in a new environment was a hassle in itself.
Why is it that I’ve been thinking about how I’d like this to happen, but when the option actually appears in front of me, I hesitate?
Well, there’s still time, so I don’t have to decide right now (thought abandonment).
I’ll leave the future to the future me.