“I’m glad to hear that. I’ll tell Michiko about it next time.”
“I recommended a cream pasta based on a vague image, and it seemed to suit her palate, and Miyamoto-san was happily eating it. The reason why she seems to be in a good mood is probably because she got question number 1 perfect just a few minutes ago. …..I got one thing wrong though, maybe. …… I was the one who lost the math last time, and that’s a little frustrating.”
“Yeah. This is the guy who makes this. Such a nice guy.”
Miyamoto-san answered, staring at the broccoli in the cream pasta before crunching it into her mouth.
“I see,……, I see,…….”
On the last day of exams, that is, today, I finished the answer sheets for the exams I took. Today’s examinations were in Mathematics 1, Geography, and Modern Japanese, and I think that Miyamoto-san solved Mathematics 1 perfectly, and both of us would have solved Geography perfectly if I had not made mistakes in Kanji, etc. And in contemporary writing, Miyamoto-san felt that she probably dropped a few points.
Right now, we are just finishing up the answers to the modern literature, and Miyamoto-san is looking a little ……, or rather, quite frustrated.
“Then, next up is …… letter A!”
A little later, Miyamoto-san reached for a clear file and told me the subject of the question paper that came out from inside.
Oh, that reminds me, ……
“I don’t have any question papers other than the one for today’s subject.”
“Oh, I see. …… right.”
I had the ones for today’s subjects, of course, but I left the ones up to and including yesterday at home. When it comes to …, there is nothing I can do about it …
“May I see them? Just leave it facing the way it is.”
“Eh, that’s fine by me…..is this okay?”
“Yeah, it’s fine”
Well, all I have to do is look at the problem. I can remember what the answer was roughly by looking at the problem, so it should be no problem.
When we were about halfway through proceeding with the answer sheet for letter A, Miyamoto-san changed the subject.
“After all, isn’t it hard to see in this orientation?”
“…… Well, it’s a little hard to see, but this is about right.”
Well, it is a little difficult to read the equations and information in the problem text, but it is not a big problem. I am sorry that she went to the trouble of putting it sideways in the middle of the table. This is Miyamoto-san’s problem paper, after all.
I answered Miyamoto-san’s question so as not to make her feel uncomfortable, but she seemed a little uncomfortable as she continued to speak.
“No, it’s not that, it’s just that if you sit next to me ……, it would be easier to see …….”
……Oh, certainly. Normally when we sit at a table like this, the girls and boys are separated and sit facing each other, so I hadn’t thought of that idea.
“……Well, I think I’ll sit over there.”
I got up from my seat and sat down beside Miyamoto-san. As I did so, Miyamoto-san shifted the question paper toward me so that it was placed between me and her.
“…… no, but I won’t know until the results are actually returned and ……”
The answer sheets for all subjects were completed. The results were very subtle. I can’t say for sure, but if the answers were correct, I would have won on the total. However, if I had made a careless mistake or made a few unexpected mistakes, the result would be reversed. Especially since I didn’t have the question papers for two-thirds of the subjects, there was a good chance that I would be off from the answer sheets.
Still, next to me, Miyamoto-san looked frustrated, her mouth agape.
“And …… look, it’s already this late, and the weather seems disturbing, so we should be heading home.”
“Yes,……. We still don’t know….”
“Yeah, ……, well, …….”
Huh, did she hear about the time and weather? …… Miyamoto-san kind of has a tendency to lose sight of the surroundings when she concentrates on one thing. …… Although it’s not often that I’m not listening to it this much.
After paying the bill, I looked outside and saw that the sky was a little dimmer.
“Well, excuse me.”
“Thank you for dinner.”
Feeling a little sorry that I had to stay and answer questions for so long, I said bye to Makoto and left the restaurant. It’s less than 10 minutes from here to the station, but I’ll be walking.
I hope it doesn’t rain during that time. ……
I was not happy about that, but after walking for a couple of minutes, I felt raindrops coming down.
“……, it’s starting to rain a little bit.”
“Huh, is that so …… Oh, you’re right.”
I turned my hand palm up and Miyamoto-san seemed to notice the rain too and replied. And since the rain seemed to be getting a little heavier, we each took out the folding umbrellas we were carrying.
Miyamoto-san pulls out a light green folding umbrella from her bag. As she was about to open it, a strong gust of wind blew.
With Miyamoto-san’s scream, the sound of her umbrella being turned inside out and blown around by the wind.
The umbrella seemed to be completely broken, and was shaking in an unnatural way.
“W-What should I do ……
“Miyamoto-san, come in, for now.”
As it was, she would get wet from the rain that had begun to fall, so I told her to get under my umbrella, which fortunately was not broken. Then, Miyamoto-san said, “Eh, uhm, yes,” and entered my umbrella, looking a little puzzled.
“T-thank you …….”
“No, you’re welcome…….”
……C-Close. Here. The sweet aroma wafted through the air as I quickly came over here. Oh, let’s calm down. What are we going to do after this?
“Uhm, ……, ah, ……, I’ll lend you my umbrella if you like.”
“No, but if you do, Ishikawa-kun will ……”
That’s not a problem. My house is about halfway between the store and the station, so it’s actually right under my nose.
“I’m almost home, I’ll be fine. ……Ah, but this isn’t very reassuring. ……”
I was about to say that I was going to run home, but then I thought that this umbrella might break just like Miyamoto-san’s umbrella broke earlier. This is also a folding umbrella like Miyamoto-san’s umbrella earlier, so it is not that sturdy.
“I’m going to run and get an umbrella. A sturdy one.”
“Eh, then why don’t we just go together with this umbrella ……?”
I was just about to hand over the folded umbrella when Miyamoto-san suggested that.
I was flustered …… we unexpectedly ended up in the form of a collapsible umbrella. …… Calm down, me.
“This is Ishikawa-kun’s house,…….”
“It is a kind of apartment for students, though.”
I replied as Miyamoto-san said this while looking at the small apartment about in front of my house.
Well, all I have to do now is give her an ordinary umbrella, not a robust folding one.
“Then, wait here for a minute.”
“Yeah. I know it’s a little late……, but can I borrow it?”
“Yes. You can bring it to me next time you go to school. Well, you can come here if you want.”
Saying that, I unlock the front door.
……, It’s hard to bring it back and it would probably be easiest if she dropped by here before she went to school.
With that thought in mind, I pick up the umbrella that’s sitting on the front porch.
It’s sturdy and won’t break in the wind.
“Here you go.”
As I opened the front door and was about to hand over the umbrella, the sound of thunder rumbled through the air. Then, as if to signal the sound, a strong wind began to blow and the rain started to intensify. Amidst the noisy rain, my eyes met those of Miyamoto-san, who looked troubled.
“W-What should I do ……”
“Ah……uhm……, there’s no point in staying here…… so why don’t you come on up until the rain calms down?”
Now the weather has become so bad that I can’t say, “Go home.” It’s not that I don’t want to be at home alone with Miyamoto-san, but please let the weather recover as soon as possible…..