“It’s hot outside even late at night…”
I went out for a walk at night, thinking it would be cooler after the sun went down, but I regretted it a little. I really wanted to go to the seaside at night, but it was too far to walk, so I compromised with the town at night.
Influenced by a novel I was reading, I wandered around the city at night in search of the unusual, which is completely the work of a junior high or high school sophomore.
“I don’t know what I’m doing…”
When I became calm, I began to feel stupid. It was the summer vacations, or maybe it was the fact that the temperature hadn’t even changed yet, but surprisingly there were still people around and it didn’t feel like an extraordinary day.
“The next time I go to the beach, I’ll go later in the day, or maybe I’ll just stay the night and go somewhere closer to the beach.”
That is, if there is a next time. I don’t think there will be a next time unless I read a novel with similar content.
It was a really stupid use of my time, but the summer vacation is still long. I’ve already finished my assignments, so I might as well act on my own initiative. Because I have free time.
As I walked, I saw a park, so I took a break. I bought some juice from a vending machine, sat down on a bench, and looked up at the sky. I hadn’t been paying attention, but the stars were beautiful when I looked at them like this.
I looked at the stars for a while, wondering which one was the Great Triangle of Summer, and then someone sat down next to me.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m looking for the Summer Triangle.”
“Do you like constellations?”
“No, it’s not like that. I’m just looking up at the sky.”
“Oh, I see. By the way, there is the Great Triangle of Summer around there.”
I saw a slender finger at the edge of my vision. That’s Deneb, Altair, and Vega, I’ve heard before, but to be honest, I’m not sure I understood them correctly.
“Thanks for telling me. Although I’m not too sure.”
“You’re welcome. I understand it’s hard to see very well from here, so it’s hard to comprehend.”
I thanked her and finally looked at her. She was probably around my age. Her hair is so long that it almost reaches her waist, and it’s so shiny that the word “neat” seems to fit her. I think she would look perfect in a white dress and a straw hat.
I don’t know why such a girl is out alone at this hour, sitting next to me.
“Do you want some juice? It’s my way of thanking you for teaching me.”
I asked her what she liked and flicked a button on the vending machine. I handed it to her and opened the lid of my own drink I had just bought. …It’s lukewarm.
We sit on the bench in line for a while, drinking our juice in silence. What is this situation?
“I’ve finished drinking and I’m going home. You should be careful and go home too.”
“It’s a little hard to go home … my single-mother brought a man home…”
I was about to leave when I heard a story I couldn’t respond to.
“I saw someone staring up at the sky alone at this hour, so I thought maybe we were the same kind of people, but we’re not?”
“I was just out for a walk…”
They thought I had a situation where I couldn’t go home. It’s not like I’m a laid-off businessman. In that case, would I still go home at night?
“Why don’t you stay at a friend’s house?”
“Everyone’s not available today…”
“I stayed there once, but I couldn’t sleep…”
“I can’t do this.”
My sl*ve corporate parents will be home and my sister will be there. I have no intention of taking her with me.
“No, I’m not going to go to a man’s house that I’ve never met before. I’ve never done any prostitution and I’m waiting for the gods.”
“I’m glad to hear that. Bye!”
“You’re leaving such a fragile girl behind?”
“Are you surprised?”
I was about to leave, but she held me back. What do you want me to do?
“I was joking. You won’t need to sleep for a night. And luckily it’s summer, so even if you do fall asleep here, you won’t catch a cold.”
It’s hard to leave and go home. Are for real?
“…… Can’t help it.”
I call her without regard to her tilting head. I wonder if she’s still awake?