As we walked along, talking to each other, we arrived at my house in the blink of an eye, even though the walk usually seemed a bit long.
There was no point in staying outside the house, so I opened the front door and saw that Shi-chan’s face was really stiff, as if she was nervous.
Thinking that she must be nervous, I took her hand in my other hand and led her into the house.
“Come on up.”
“I-I’m sorry to for intruding!”
And so, with a nervous Shi-chan in tow, I headed for the living room where my parents and Ayane were waiting for me.
I told my family that I was home as usual.
“Oh, welcome back Takuya.”
“Ooooooh, Takuya, you’re home.”
Both my parents looked nervous, probably because I told them I was bringing my girlfriend.
Seeing my parents like that, I suddenly felt ashamed of myself as a son, thinking that I was going to let my parents meet Shi-chan.
By the way, I was the only one who showed my face yet, and Shi-chan was standing by behind the door.
She was still nervous and stiff.
“…..So, did you really bring her ……?”
In such a stiffly wrapped house, Ayane, who was still relaxing on the sofa with her own face, asked me in a relaxed manner.
After all, she must have a lot of confidence in herself.
Just like before the part-time job, she looked like she couldn’t lose to any other woman, and she was very smug.
…… But, unusually for such an Ayane, if you looked closely, you could see that she was fixing her makeup.
Besides, at this time of the day, she usually changed into something more dull, but today she was still in her casual clothes.
I thought that maybe she was just trying to look comfortable, but in reality she might be anxious.
But I couldn’t let Ayane stay like this no matter what, so I decided to introduce Shi-chan to her right away.
“She is here …… Shi-chan, can you come?”
I called out softly to Shi-chan, and she smacked her cheek once.
In an instant, her expression changed to that of an idol in the classroom.
Seeing Shi-chan change her expression in such an instant, I was honestly impressed with her.
It’s a switch that can only be made by Shi-chan, who has been at the forefront of her field for so long. She must have had a lot of tense moments in the past, but she’s been able to get through them like this, and I can’t help but love her for it.
“My name is Shion Saegusa, it’s nice to meet you. I am currently in a relationship with Takuya-san.”
Thus, standing next to me, Shi-chan introduced herself clearly in a beautiful voice with a calm smile on her face.
And when my parents and Ayane saw Shi-chan greeting her, as expected, they froze, rolling their eyes.
“….Eh C-Could you possibly be …… Shiorin?”
“Yes, I used to be an idol.”
My parents and Ayane had been frozen in place, but finally Ayane let out a few words.
It was as if she really didn’t understand what was going on, and was confirming why there was an idol in this place.
And in response to such a question, Shi-chan smiled and replied clearly.
“S-So, why are you here, Shiorin-san?”
“Yes, as I mentioned earlier, I’m currently dating Takuya-san here.”
“T-that can’t be trui! Taku-chan! I think you’re being deceived! It’s just not right, think about it!”
Ayane stood up and suddenly started shouting, interrupting Shi-chan’s words.
It’s crazy that I’m dating such a famous idol! She’s just being deceived! Ayane insisted.
…… Yeah, I honestly don’t understand what you’re saying that.
However, I thought it was okay to talk down about me, but not about Shi-chan, and I thought I needed to calm down and explain, but Shi-chan opened her mouth before I did.
“Takkun, is this your sister?”
“No, she’s my cousin. her nam is Ayane, a second-year university student. She lives in the neighborhood, so she sometimes comes to visit us like this.”
“I see. Then, Takkun, let me do the talking here, okay?”
While she was talking, Shi-chan was smiling all the time.
However, I was pressured by the pressure I felt from Shi-chan, who seemed to be smiling on the surface but not on the inside, and I could only reply, “I-I understand.”
And when Shi-chan heard my reply, she smiled and faced Ayane again.
“No, I’m not being deceived by him. I’m a little troubled to hear such a false story in front of his parents, so I’d appreciate it if you refrained from talking about it.”
“Ha? Then, then why is a famous idol like you going out with my Taku-chan?”
Thus, Shi-chan, a former national idol, and Ayane, who had won the Miss Contest at university.
The two beautiful women were smiling at each other, and even though they were laughing, for some reason I felt an immense sense of dread.
However, even though Ayane didn’t seem to trust her at all, I couldn’t feel any of her usual reserve in her appearance.
Even Ayane, who is usually a bundle of confidence, seemed to have lost her nerve when dealing with Shi-chan.
And Shi-chan, perhaps curious about what Ayane had said, mumbled, “…… my Taku-chan?” She muttered quietly.
“I’ve known Takuya-san since before I became an idol, and I’ve loved him ever since then. I even met Takuya-san’s parents a few times back then.”
Shi-chan then smiled daintily at our parents and bowed her head again, “It’s been a while.”
It was true that Shi-chan had met my parents a few times back then.
“Uh, well, I wonder if that’s right, yes, ah that’s right!”
“I-I see, i-it’s not so strange if you’ve known them for a long time! So, Ayane, you need to calm down a bit, okay?”
But of course, my mom and dad don’t seem to remember such a long time ago, and they were trying their best to reply with an impatient, drawn-out smile on their faces.
In this way, however, with just this exchange, Shi-chan quickly won over my parents.
While Ayane only spoke with her emotions, Shi-chan’s mature response with social graces was a cut above the rest.
“Then, then! What is it about Taku-chan that makes you fall in love with him? Tell me!”
“His smile is so cute!”
“He’s always nice to me, even when he doesn’t seem interested. He’s very caring.”
“I get that!”
“His self-esteem isn’t that high, but when it’s time for him to say something, he speaks up and makes me feel at ease just by being with him.”
“I completely agree!”
Shi-chan answered immediately, and Ayane responded immediately.
In the end, Ayane broke down in tears as she said she understood.
……Uhm? What is this? Ayane doesn’t know what it means, and it’s really embarrassing. ……
Then Ayane stood up, wiping away her tears, and softly opened her mouth with a crying face that ruined her well-defined face.
“…… Unfortunately, I guess I have to admit it. ……”
It seemed that Ayane had accepted Shi-chan as my girlfriend.
“……For the first time in my life, I’ve tasted defeat as a woman. ……Why do you think so much of Taku-chan when you’re so cute and famous? ……There’s no way you can win like this. ……”
And Ayane, who mumbled those words in a whisper, looked a little refreshed in her tears.
The fact that you have lost before will be a great asset someday —- I remembered the famous quote from a famous sports manga, and thought to myself that Ayane, who had lost to Shi-chan as I had hoped, would make the most of this experience and become an even better sister in the future.