One day on a holiday, I was summoned by Ayana, and the person I went to was Mari.
I was nervous because I had never met her before, but I was able to talk with her because Ayana was there with me.
I have been going out with Mari on her runs more and more since then.
I enjoy talking with Mari because we get along well, and we even often meet without Ayana these days.
“Oh, I see… But it’s a coincidence.
Come to think of it, wasn’t it also thanks to Otonashi-san that you and I met, Shu-kun?”
“….Aah, now that you mention it, yes, you are right.”
During discussions in class, Ayana often took the lead and rallied everyone together.
It was through this that I met Iori-san, the class president, when Ayana asked me to accompany her to report the class’s decision to her.
Iori-san had a reputation for being cold to others, but with Ayuna, who was skilled at interacting with people, the conversation flowed smoothly.
Thanks to that moment of goodwill, I also became involved with Iori-san.
“Isn’t Ayuna like a cupid?”
Well, Shu-kun himself doesn’t seem to be aware of our feelings yet.”
“…It’s going to be tough, huh?”
Why are you both looking at me like that?
They sighed heavily when they saw my troubled face.
“This one is not good”
“This one is no good indeed”
“Did I do something wrong?!”
I couldn’t help but interject.
As I expressed my dissatisfaction with their reactions, both of them smiled softly and apologized.
…Well, I can’t say I don’t like spending my daily life with them.
Rather, I can say that I like it.
They look at me properly, just like Ayuna.
“…But still, Otonashi-san is a tough opponent.”
Childhood friends are tough!”
Why did Ayana’s name suddenly come up?
However… childhood friends, huh.
I am really grateful that I became childhood friends with Ayana.
I really like her, who was my beloved childhood friend whom I spent time with since we were young, always smiling and interacting with me.
To me, the existence of a childhood friend is… yeah.
The most important existence.
Yes, that fits well.
[I have fun being with Ayana-chan!]
Ayana’s smile when she said that, a treasure that will forever remain in my heart.
That’s why I hope someday my feelings will be conveyed to her.
I might be laughed at if I say this, but Ayana and I are in a relationship recognized by our parents.
Ayana never made a displeased face and always stayed by my side… I am confident that my feelings will be conveyed.
I am sure it will be okay.
“Otonashi-senpai is amazing, but Yukishiro-senpai is also amazing, right? He was really good at soccer in junior high, right?”
“Is that so?”
Unlike Iori-san, who asked as if she was interested, my heart was as if a shadow had fallen on it.
Towa is certainly my best friend.
However, soccer-related topics about Towa are like taboo to me.
“In middle school, it was quite a buzz even though we went to different schools.
But I heard that he quit soccer after getting injured in an accident.
Do you know anything about it, Shu-senpai?”
I couldn’t answer immediately to Mari’s question.
Because that incident… no, it’s already in the past.
And Towa forgave me too.
[Well, that’s just how things go sometimes.
Don’t worry about it.
More importantly, I’m glad you’re okay,]
…See, Towa in my memory said that.
So it’s already over.
“I don’t know the details.
It was probably something that Towa regrets, so maybe it’s better not to pry too much”
Am I speaking normally? I’m sure it’s fine.
I’ll say it again, it’s already in the past.
“Yeah, maybe you’re right.
Anyway, I have to do my best too!”
“Good luck, Mari-chan.
We may be rivals, but I’ll be cheering for you”
With the topic of Towa finished, I felt relieved from the bottom of my heart.
We continued our conversation while walking home, pretending to be calm.
Towa is my best friend…yes, my best friend.
My best friend who can do anything.
He was good at studying, sports, and had many friends… He was close to Ayana, too.
I was envious of him, who was different from me… When I saw him being told in the hospital that he couldn’t participate in the tournament anymore, I…
I laughed at him… as if to say, “serves you right”.
At that moment, I felt someone’s gaze on me, and it felt very scary, but since there was no one around, I didn’t pay much attention to it.
Perhaps… someone saw my sneering face.
I laughed …… at him, as if to say, serves you right.
I felt someone’s eyes on me at that moment, it was very scary but I didn’t care because no one was there.
Maybe …… someone saw my sneer?
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