he classroom, I saw two flamboyant girls.

They were sitting in the middle of the classroom, slightly behind me.

They were really shining, giving off a “I’m cute, right? ☆” aura.

One of them was Ayana Hoshimiya.

Unlike the somber atmosphere of last night, she was already glowing from her outfit.

Her brown hair tied up in a ponytail with a ribbon was quite cute, and her school uniform, which she had worn down to the point of not being vulgar, looked kind of fashionable.

The light makeup that was applied to her well-toned face also suited her.

Above all, her aura was different.

You can tell at a glance that she is at the top of the caste.

In fact, some of the boys in the class glanced at Hoshimiya and were conscious of her.

“……”

I stayed at her house.
It was just the two of us.

I’m sure I’m the only boy who’s ever seen Hoshimiya cry or sleep.

“Ah———”

Suddenly, my eyes met with Hoshimiya.

“”

The unexpected event stops me from thinking.

But Hoshimiya smiled softly and winked at me.
Stop it, you’re making me fall in love with you.

“What’s wrong Ayana?”

“No, it’s nothing.
What were you talking about?”

She resumed her conversation with her friend and averted her gaze from me.

….This is bad.
If I didn’t have someone I liked, I would have been completely taken aback.

I can see why Hoshimiya is so popular.

“Riku-chan, what are you doing?”

“Uwaa.
Haruno”

Haruno, who was supposed to be talking to a friend, came right up to me.

“I saw what happened earlier.
Were you close with Ayana?”

“No….Not really.”

I turned my head away from Haruno.

Seeing my childhood friend’s face makes me happy but it’s painful at the same time.

“I’m curious.
Riku-chan, you don’t talk to any other girls but me.
How did you become friends with Ayana?”

Haruno looked a little puffy.

Eh, huh? Are you perhaps….Jealous?

Did you think I’d think that you were jealous of———Me and Hoshimiya because we get along so well?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t get in the way.

I’ve already been dumped.

I’m not going to have such a happy fantasy.

“It’s none of Haruno’s business.”

“….Are you mad?”

“Not really.”

“You’re angry, right? Is it because I dumped Riku-chan?”

“…Sorry, can you not talk to me for a while?”

“D, don’t say that! We’ve known each other since childhood!”

It’s hard because we grew up together.

Oh no, if I put any more stress on my mind, I’m going to have a strange tension again.

Haruto opens her mouth to say something, but the chime rings and the homeroom teacher comes into the classroom.

“There you go, Haruno.
The teacher is here.”

“Hey, Riku-chan.
Let me tell you something.
I didn’t mean to reject you, Riku-chan.”

“Okay.”

The difference between us is our ideal distance.

We have different perceptions of what we want to be.

Haruno as a close childhood friend.

“”

While I want to be her lover.

The physical distance may be the same, but there’s a tremendous gap between our hearts.

 

 

During breaks and lunch break, Haruno would talk to me, somewhat impatiently.

I guess that she was probably scared that there would be a crack in our relationship as childhood friends.

I tried my best to be nice to her and succeeded in making her feel at ease.

It was hard, but I was confident that I could act normally.

I still like Haruno.

That’s why, I didn’t want to see Haruno looking so anxious.

….I wonder if I’m an idiot after all.

“Riku-chan! Let’s go home together!”

After school, Haruno asks me out in a light tone.

“”

As always.

If she does this, anyone would think, “Eh, she must definitely be interested in me”, right?

“Ah, I’m sorry.
The teacher called me.”

“Then…I’ll wait!”

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take, so you can go ahead and leave without me.”

“….I understand.
Then, see you tomorrow.”

Haruno walked out of the classroom, looking regretful.

…It’s cute.

Oops, that’s not good.
I’ve been admiring her too much.

“Maa, it’s not like the teacher called me.”

I lied in order to avoid going home with Haruno.

It’s nice to be with someone you like, but it’s even harder to be happy when you’ve been rejected.

I sat quietly in my chair and waited for the time to pass.

“Kuromine-kun.
How long are you going to stay?”

When the classroom was no longer crowded, the class leader in pigtails asked me.

“A little longer, I guess.”

“I see.
I’m not sure, but can I ask you to lock the door?”

“Okay.”

She handed me the key to the classroom, grabbed her bag and walked out.

I continued to sit in my chair in a daze, listening to the voices of the baseball team coming from the field.

When the sky started to turn orange, I finally sat up.

“Let’s go home.”

After closing the classroom and returning the key to the staff room, I trudged to the shoe box.

“Mou, you came way too late, Kuromine-kun.”

“”

“Eh?”

For some reason, Hoshimiya was near the shoe box.

She seemed to be upset about something.

“What were you doing until this time? I’ve been waiting for you all day.”

“I was in a daze.”

“Ehh, what’s that? Kuromine-kun is strange after all.”

“What are you doing, Hoshimiya?”

“I was waiting for you, Kuromine-kun.”

“Why?”

When I asked, Hoshimiya’s cheeks turned a light shade of red and she fidgeted with her fingers.

O, oi, oi, it can’t be….?

This pink, sweet and sour atmosphere, is it by any chance?

After last night’s incident, a new love——

“Well, you know.
Would you…..Like to stay at my house from today?”

“———?”

Huh?

Isn’t this the kind of situation where things turn out to be disappointing and unexpected?

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