I walked out the door with Shi-chan, who had finished getting dressed.
She was wearing a loose-fitting black hoodie, black jersey pants, and simple white sneakers, and to be honest, she looked really cute in such a different, rough outfit.
“Let’s go! Takkun!”
And as we walked out the door, Shi-chan happily wrapped her arms around me.
I don’t know how to put it, but I thought it was really nice to go out together like this.
–I wonder if this is what it would be like if we lived together.
Thinking about this, I headed to the convenience store with Shi-chan.
On the way to the convenience store, I was happy just walking with Shi-chan, holding her hand.
We went to the convenience store where I work.
Since Shi-chan always comes here to do her shopping, we naturally went to this convenience store without saying anything, but when we were right in front of the convenience store, I noticed something.
–Huh? I mean, isn’t there a convenience store closer than this one?
It’s not that this place is far from Shi-chan’s house, but there are convenience stores closer to her house in front of the station than this one.
And yet, Shi-chan has always come to the convenience store where I work.
I couldn’t help but chuckle at the small truth that had just come to light.
–So Shi-chan had been coming to see me since the beginning.
She even wore a disguise and traveled this distance to come to the convenience store every time.
I began to love Shi-chan even more for being so wholesome.
“Hmm? What’s wrong, Takkun?
“No, it’s nothing.”
I replied with a smile and gently patted Shi-chan’s head.
Shi-chan was suddenly stroked on the head for no apparent reason, but she smiled happily and said, “Ehehe.”
We opened the door of the convenience store and went inside.
The cashier was Kinoshita-san, a senior part-timer, who was working her shift today.
I greeted Kinoshita-san.
Kinoshita-san is a second-year college student, and she really looks like a modern college girl.
She seems to have recently found a new boyfriend, and when our shifts overlap, I often have to accompany her on her love stories, but during my part-time job, which I have a lot of free time, it’s much more fun than not talking about it.
To be honest, it’s tiring to listen to other people’s love stories endlessly, but it’s helpful to hear what Kinoshita-san sometimes says about women’s minds, and now that I have a girlfriend, it’s quite interesting to see what other couples are doing.
“Hmm? What? Are you Itchy’s girlfriend by any chance? No way! Looking closely ……, she is cute without makeup, too cute? Where did you get her……”
Kinoshita-san, who noticed Shi-chan next to me, started to laugh at me at first, trying to make fun of me, but her attitude gradually changed when she noticed Shi-chan’s unworldly appearance.
“Eh, no way, Shiorin, ……? Wa? Eh!?”
When Kinoshita-san finally realized that the person next to me was Shiorin herself, she opened her mouth wide in surprise.
“Hi, I’m Saegusa, Takkun’s g-i-r-l-f-r-i-e-n-d.
Shi-chan bowed her head and introduced herself to the surprised Kinoshita-san.
I don’t think it was my imagination …… why did she emphasizing the word “girlfriend’s” so much.
Shi-chan, despite her fever, had turned on her idle mode and was smiling.
“I’m Kinoshita, a part-timer with Itchy. ……”
” …… Itchy?”
Kinoshita-san, an ordinary female college student, was naturally flustered by Shi-chan’s idle smile.
And Shi-chan, even with her idle smile, reacted to Kinoshita’s word “itchy”.
–I see, maybe Shi-chan is worried about the fact that there is a woman working in the same part-time job as me.
So I decided to talk to the flustered Kinoshita-san in order to clear up the misunderstanding that she might be having.
“Kinoshita-san, how are things going with your boyfriend? Are you still as lovey-dovey as ever?”
I smiled and talked to Kinoshita-san, trying to make it look as natural as possible.
I asked her how she and her boyfriend were doing, so that I could tell Shi-chan that Kinoshita-san had a boyfriend.
“Eh? A-ah yeah, things are going well, okay? Why now…………?”
Kinoshita-san was bewildered by my sudden airheaded question, but she replied that everything was fine.
As for Shi-chan, who was watching the exchange, she still wore her idle smile, but behind it, she seemed to be at ease.
“She was still smiling her idol smile, but a sense of relief appeared behind it.”
“Eh, yeah, r-right. Eh,, why am I talking about love with Shiorin?”
Kinoshita-san’s muttering was understandable.
No one would think that while working part-time at a simple convenience store in a rural area like this, I would suddenly fall in love with an idol that everyone knows.
I think Kinoshita-san is probably the only person in the whole country who can do that——-
“Oops, too much talking will interfere with your part-time job, so let’s get to shopping.”
Thus, I decided to finish my shopping quickly, while helping Kinoshita-san, because I really didn’t want to disturb her.
“All I need for now is a couple of sports drinks and something easy to digest. How are you feeling? Are you feeling okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine, yeah.”
Shi-chan clung to my arm again, as if she was happy that I was worried about her.
I went around the store with her and bought a sports drink, tea, porridge for her in the lunch box section and a lunch box for my dinner.
“Aah, If I was in good health, I would have cooked for Takkun properly. ……”
“Thank you. I’ll save that for another time.”
“Yes! I’m going to grab your stomach!
Shi-chan grinned devilishly as she said that while clinging to my arm.
I wanted to tell her that her lunch had already grabbed my stomach, but she was so cute that I decided to keep my mouth shut for now.
After putting the necessary items in our baskets, we went to the cashier to pay the bill, where Kinoshita-san was waiting awkwardly, and went straight back to Shi-chan’s house.
And when it came time to pay the final bill, Shi-chan said, “Let me pay for this,” and paid the bill exactly to the nearest yen.