”Oi, you two-timing b*stard. Come here a minute.”
Friday morning. I was tangled up with Kenji —– Kenji Shirakawa.
I learned his last name from the conversation of the guys behind me when he entered the classroom. In other words, just a few minutes ago.
Obviously I don’t like it. I mean, what do you mean by two-timing?
”Don’t play dumb with me. If you don’t, I’ll tell them everything.”
What do you mean ” everything”?
”Hmm? Of course about how you bullied Sonoda!”
This guy has done it.
He spoke out loud so that everyone around me could hear everything he just said.
This probably made the information, which had been only a rumor, more certain to my classmates.
It was a little unexpected that he would go this far.
I mean, what are you talking about, two-timing? That’s not an answer.
“So what do you want from me?”
It was a pain in the a*s.
”Haa? Normally, you’d know, right?”
With that, Shirakawa fished the corner of his mouth into a grin.
I had a bad, bad feeling.
”—-I’m telling you to take responsibility.”
It was Shinohara who said this as soon as he entered the classroom.
”You are the worst. You didn’t do anything to reflect on what you did, and you even pushed Fukumura into a corner.”
Did I drive Fukumura away? that’s..
”Don’t you know? You really are the worst. Maika has been absent from school since yesterday!”
Well, so that’s what happened, I thought.
”Is that what Fukumura said?”
No roundabouts. I asked clearly and most importantly.
”Ah?! The timing says that’s the only way it could have happened! Don’t try to deceive me!”
I am not deceiving you. Timing-wise, it is not the only way.
(He really thinks I’m the cause of this.)
Fukumura’s absence from school was probably unexpected for these guys based on their reaction yesterday.
These guys seem to really believe that scattering the paper has no influence on Fukumura.
I wonder if Fukumura is absent from school today, too…
Anyway, these guys (guessing) don’t seem to have noticed who cornered Fukumura.
”So, what do you mean, “take responsibility?”
There’s not much I can do about it, though, if you’re asking me to take responsibility.
It was Shinohara who answered my question.
”I’m just asking you to do what’s natural.”
Turning to me, unable to grasp the true meaning, Shinohara continued.
”—-I’m going to ask you to apologize to both of them. Can you do that?”
I realized again that these guys are idiots from the bottom of my heart.
Apologize for what? Without waiting for me to respond, Shinohara continued.
“Right, tomorrow you have two days off. Apologize to them on Monday.”
“Yes, that’s right. If you haven’t apologized, then you know will happen?!”
I don’t know, and can you speak without trying to look cool every time. You’re not very smart, after all.
“Well, that’s that then.”
They said what they had to say and left.
The air in the classroom was indescribable.
Feeling uncomfortable, I plopped down on my desk and waited for homeroom to begin.
After that, those guys never contacted me.
I didn’t take any action and went straight home.
When I arrived home, I took a shower first.
Today was a messy morning. The sensation of my fatigue being washed away was pleasant.
I finished showering and was preparing dinner when Sachi came home.
”Hmm? Welcome home…?”
I immediately noticed that Sachi was acting strangely.
And she was coming home much later than usual.
She was not depressed, but she looked as if she was pondering something.
I couldn’t help but ask that. Not that I have the luxury of worrying about others.
‘Ah uhm… can we talk later?’
”Oh, yeah. I don’t mind.”
She was originally going to tell me something.
She was not prepared for it. I got that impression.
There was no need to rush her. I urged Sachi to finish her bath first and proceeded to prepare dinner.
”So, about earlier…”
Sachi then spoke up after she had finished washing the dishes.
Sachi’s serious expression, which she does not usually show, made me straighten up a little.
“I came home late today, right? You see, I went home to mother for a while.”
“So it was that.”
No wonder she was late. But what does it matter?
It’s just an irregularity that she’s living with me now, but that’s the way it should be, so there’s no need to be so formal about it.
”I talked to her about a lot of things. What’s going on, what kind of life I’m going to lead.”
”So, I have a favor to ask Onii-chan”
Yes. Sachi continued.
It was a proposal that I can’t even remember when it happened.
”—–How about the three of us go out tomorrow?”
“Mother, Sachi, the three of us?”
”Yes. The three of us. I want to go out with you.”
To be honest, I was more than reluctant.
Because, My mother was ……
“By the way, she’s already said yes.”
”Eh? Mother did?”
That was quite unexpected.
It’s like when Sachi admitted to staying with me, it feels a little off from the image of my mom that I know.
”So, if it’s okay with you, Onii-chan…what do you think?”
I seriously wonder what I should do.
I don’t want to, but I also don’t want to disrespect Sachi’s wishes.
On the other hand, I’m sure that if I meet her, I’ll…
Piri piri piri.
”Eh… from Mom?”
Lost in thought, I received an incoming call on my cell phone.
It was from my mother.
”—–Please. I want you to come.”
Sachi said so. That made me a little more prepared to stand my ground.
I pick up the phone.
”—Hello? It’s… …me… yes… but mom… do you have a minute?”
Her voice over the phone sounded a little shaky.
Now that I had answered the phone, there was no reason to back down here.
[“I’m sorry it’s so sudden. Tomorrow, if it’s okay with Shuya, I was wondering if we could meet. Sachi and I together, the three of us.”]
The proposal from Mom was the same as the one made by Sachi.
Still, I could not hide my surprise. It was a proposal that I would have never thought of from my mother.
”….I need some time. I’ll call you later.”
[“—I understand. Thank you for even thinking about it.”]
Thank you. Those words stuck with me strangely.
Before I could confirm its identity, the call was cut off.
“….I was supposed to be the one to invite you out, but I think mom wanted to invite you herself”
Sachi tells such a backstory.
”But please. I know it’s not fair, but please.”
Ah, it’s true. Sachi was right, it’s not fair.
Usually I make excuses. But because of Sachi, I have no choice but to go.
“Okay, I’ll go.”
For the first time in forever, the three of us decided to go out together.