I feel like a lot happened this past Saturday and Sunday, but here we are. I was on my way to school again this week.
After dropping Shi-chan off at home, my parents asked me a lot of questions about my relationship with Shi-chan, which made me feel a little sleep deprived today.
But the one thing that they consistently said to me was that I should definitely take good care of her, because it’s not every day that you get a girl that cute and good.
I completely agreed with that point, so I was going to do that even if they didn’t say so, but I was honestly happy that my parents also approved of Shi-chan in that way.
And on top of that, there was one problem.
Shi-chan’s birthday is coming up in a week, and I haven’t been able to buy her matching accessories yet due to various reasons.
I was feeling a little impatient, thinking that I should get that done by the end of the week.
–I also wanted to prepare some other surprises for her.
Thinking about this, I headed for the usual meeting place.
“Hey! Good morning, Takkun!”
When I arrived at the meeting place, I saw Shi-chan on the bench where we always meet today.
I was happy to see Shi-chan here again, thinking that she wasn’t there the other day.
“Good morning Shi-chan, how are you feeling?”
“Yes, thanks to Takkun, I’m already in good shape!”
Seeing Shi-chan smiling at me, I felt relieved that she was really going to be okay.
So I headed to school with the fully recovered Shi-chan.
“Ou, Takuya! Good morning too Saegusa-san! I just saw Lime, did you get over your cold?”
“Good morning Takayuki, as you can see.”
“Good morning, Yamamoto-kun! Yes, I’m fine now, thank you!”
Seeing the completely healthy Shi-chan, Takayuki smiled at her with a really happy smile and said, “Then I’m glad.”
He was a good guy, even for a guy like me.
“Good morning, I’m so relieved you’re okay.”
“Yeah, thanks to you too, Saku-chan!”
Shi-chan and Shimizu-san were smiling at each other in the morning, hand in hand.
To be honest, just seeing the two most beautiful women in the class, or even in the school, smiling together was a feast for the eyes.
It wasn’t just me and Takayuki, but many of the boys in my class were also fascinated by them, as if they were happy to see them again, even if it was just over a weekend.
It was already October, but no one could get used to the divinity of these two—-.
At any rate, I took my seat and prepared my textbooks, thinking that I should study hard again since the test was coming soon.
Then, as I was thinking about when I should go shopping with Shi-chan, taking into account my part-time work shift, I thought of a possible date.
She poked me from behind.
“Hmm? What’s wrong?”
“Is that so?”
“Yes, it is.”
Well, it’s nothing.
But I can’t help it, just seeing Shi-chan in a better mood than usual makes me feel happy too.
“Right we couldn’t go shopping last Saturday and Sunday, shall we go next time?”
“Hmm, Takkun, do you have a job today?”
“I worked Sunday, so I don’t have to work today.”
“Well, let’s go today!”
With both hands in a gutsy pose, she said, “Good things come in haste, Takkun!” So I said, “Right,” and decided to go buy some on my way home today.
And after school.
I went with Shi-chan to the shopping mall in front of the station.
As we had done before, we walked around the mall and looked for a good store.
However, Shi-chan was no longer disguised by her glasses, her appearance was that of Shiorin from the Angel Girls, and since she was walking around in her school uniform, she was attracting a lot of attention.
But now that Shi-chan had made up her mind that it didn’t matter, she didn’t care about the people around her, she was just enjoying her date with me.
That’s why I, too, didn’t care about the people around me and just enjoyed my date with Shi-chan.
I want to spend more time with her like this, and I want to make more things and shapes for our memories.
As I was looking around the store, Shi-chan stopped in front of a store.
It was a silver accessory store, and in the showcase, there were simple silver pair rings on display.
And Shi-chan muttered a few words as if she couldn’t help herself.
–A pair ring.
I knew that if I was going to buy a pair of rings, this was the one to get, so I looked at the ring with her.
It seemed to be made of silver and was not a cheap item for a high school student, but it was a price that I could afford.
“Are you interested in this?”
“Yes, I’ve always wanted a pair ring.”
“Well, let’s try it on.”
I took Shi-chan’s hand and we walked into the store together, thinking that I, as a man, should take the lead here.
The female clerk who called out to us was so surprised by Shi-chan’s sudden appearance that she forgot to serve the customer.
I think I’ve seen something like this before, but I was impressed by Shi-chan’s level of fame.
“I’d like to see the pair of rings you have on display.”
Oh! P-Pair of rings! P-Please wait a moment!”
When I called out to the clerk, who rolled her eyes and froze, she came to her senses and hurriedly brought out a pair of rings for me.
The reason why the clerk was so excited when she brought it to me was because of course she was aware of the relationship between Shi-chan and me.
We were both here to buy a pair of rings together, so anyone could see what we were talking about.
“Then, Takkun, give me your left hand.”
Then Shi-chan picked up the larger of the pair of rings she had brought me.
I did as she asked and held out my left hand, and she put the ring on my ring finger.
She smiled shyly as she gazed at the ring on my finger, her cheeks turning a light shade of pink.
“……Then, Shi-chan, please raise your left hand……”
At my words, Shi-chan shyly held out her own left hand this time.
So I picked up the other ring and put it on Shi-chan’s ring finger on her left hand.
“…Ehehe, It’s like a wedding.”
Shi-chan smiled happily at me as she wrapped the ring around her finger with her hand as if it was important.
Shi-chan’s words and gesture must have made her face turn bright red.
But I told myself it was safe to be embarrassed, because it would be funny to be unconcerned by such a cute thing being done to me by someone I love.
So we did something a little awkward, like a fake wedding, with each other’s rings on our ring fingers that were a little too big and not the right size, and we laughed at each other.
The clerk, who had been watching our whole exchange, said, “We’ll get you sized up right away!” She quickly exchanged the ring for one that was the right size for us, and we thankfully decided to buy it today.
Of course, we paid each other exactly half——.
On the way home, Shi-chan happily looked at the ring on her left ring finger.
“This will make me feel like I’m with Takkun forever.”
“Yes, it really is.”
I nodded, smiling at Shi-chan’s words.
I was really happy that I could feel such a bond with Shi-chan even though it was just a pair of rings, and that our connection was born again in this form.
“Then, since the time is right, shall we get something to eat and go home?”
“Yes, I want a hamburger!”
“Yes yes, hamburgers it is!”
“Arabiki! The same place as last time.”
We decided to take a detour to the hamburger steak restaurant we had gone to the other day with Shi-chan, who hugged me happily.
While she was eating her favorite hamburger steak, Shi-chan kept looking at the ring on her finger with a happy expression.