nt there was a flash of light in the pitch-black sky.

Without a moment’s pause, a terrible sound rang out.

It was thunder.

 

I thought about where Mikoto-san would go.

Where would Mikoto-san go?

 

School? A nearby park? A pharmacy? A bookstore?

But it was none of those things, and I found Mizoto-san right away.

 

On the slope just outside the apartment, Mikoto-san was crouched down, shivering.

Without an umbrella, Mikoto-san shrunk her body like a frightened girl.

She was covering her ears with both hands.

 

I bent down and gently held her shoulders from behind to protect her from the rain.

She jerked and looked back at me.

 

“Akihara-kun?”

 

“What are you doing sitting here? You’ll catch a cold.”

 


“Thunder… I’m scared.”

 

Mikoto-san looked up at me with teary eyes.

I thought to myself, “She’s surprisingly scared.”

 

I thought she was cute because she had a different appearance from usual.

I whispered to her as gently as I could.

 

“It’s okay.
Don’t be afraid.”

 

“The way you say it, it sounds like I’m being treated like a child… But Akihara-kun’s body is very warm.”

 

Mikoto-san sighed with relief.

I smiled at her.

 

“Let’s go back to our home.
Then there will be no thunder, no other threats to Mikoto-san, nothing.”

 

“But there is Sasaki-san.
Akihara-kun and Sasaki-san really had feelings for each other.
I’m so stupid.
Akihara-kun was so kind to me that I got all excited by myself and let myself pretend to be his girlfriend… Everything, it was just a nuisance to Akihara-kun, wasn’t it?”

 

“It’s not a nuisance to me.”

 

“Liar.”

 

“I said I wanted to be with Mikoto-san.
It was not a lie.
I was having a lot of fun pretending to be your boyfriend.”

 

Mikoto-san opened her eyes wide.

 

I explained the situation with Kaho.

 

The reason she dumped me was because she thought of me as her blood brother.

That Kaho suddenly acted like that because she was jealous of Mikoto-san.

 

Mikoto-san shook her head in disbelief.


 

“Sasaki-san is jealous of me?”

 

“Because from a third party’s point of view, I and Mikoto-san looked like a perfect couple.”

 

Mikoto-san looked surprised, then smiled weakly.

 

“That might make me a little … happy.”

 

“So… it’s not like me and Kaho are dating.
I wasn’t cheating on Mikoto-san.”

 

“Um… is that true that Akihara-kun and Sasaki-san are sister and brother?”

 

“I don’t know what Kaho is basing that on, but I’m thinking there must be some kind of misunderstanding.”

 

“If it is a misunderstanding and you are not … blood siblings, and the misunderstanding is cleared up, will Akihara-kun go out with Sasaki-san?”

 

I thought about it, then answered.

 

“I don’t know.
I’ve always liked Kaho, but I’m not sure if I still do.”

 

“Is there someone else you like?”

 

“Someone I might like?”

 

“Sakurai-san?”

 

I shook my head.

It’s not Yuki.

 

I still didn’t have the courage to say that I might like the person in front of me.

 

I might like Mikoto-san.

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