“Wait a minute!”

The rain of gazes falls down on me painfully.

For me, who hates attention, this situation is nothing but torture.
But I had no choice but to take it as far as I could.

I dashed to the stage to escape the stares.

“Ohh?! Someone else is also intruding in the event.”

The gymnasium became even more livelier as the host mentioned it.
I wanted to keep things as peaceful as possible, but there was no time for that anymore.

I went up on the stage and kneeled on one of my legs right next to Hanamura-sensei.

“I also like you Sakuramiya-sensei.
Please don’t accept Hanamura-sensei’s confession and wait until I’m eighteen.
I will definitely make you happy.”


After my confession, the excitement in the gymnasium reaches a climax.

The host continued his live commentary, and the situation was getting out of control every passing second.

“This is going to be interesting! I’m getting excited!”

I know it’s a little late to say this, but the host must be in a lot of trouble.
I hope he doesn’t get a throat infection.

“… W-What are you thinking,Segawa? I thought you had a girlfriend.”

“It doesn’t matter right now, what is with the timing of your confession, do you feel no shame?”

The gymnasium was engulfed in hustle and bustle, and Hanamura-sensei and I were whispering to each other.

The question, whether Sakuramiya-sensei would choose me or Hanamura-sensei, was finally becoming the focus of everyone’s interest.

I left it to the momentum, but the rest is up to Sakuramiya-sensei.

Compared to the atmosphere earlier, it is now relatively easier to refuse the unexpected confession.

A quick “I’m sorry!” here, would solve the whole problem.

As I was waiting for Dr.
Sakuramiya-sensei to say something, but… the voice which reached my ears was not of hers.

“Hey, wait a minute!”

“Me too!”

“Oh, me too.
I can’t miss this golden opportunity.”

It was from the side of the audience.

The boys came to the podium one after another.

It seems that there were more students in this school who were secretly in love with Sakuramiya-sensei, than I had originally expected.

And before I could have reacted, I noticed that more than 20 students were confessing their feelings to Sakuramiya-sensei! What is with this situation?!”

In the end, everyone who went up on stage to express their feelings for Sakuramiya-sensei… was overwhelmed by the words which came out of her mouth.

“… I’m sorry!”


The audience was devastated by her outright rejection towards us poor souls.

Although the Beauty Pageant competition turned into a confession festival, it seems that things have settled down for the time being.
The fact that it turned into a big deal made it seem more like a comedy, which was a relief.

By the way, the winner of the Beauty Pageant Competition was Shinozuka-san, my classmate.


After the contest was over, we were now moving to the unpopular staircase landing.
This is where Kaede, Soji-san, and I were talking earlier.

Soji-san put his hand on my shoulder and let out a satisfied sigh.

“I’ve been thinking about it and I hadn’t expected that you would take action right then and there on the spot.
And I was indeed surprised by your courage.”

“Haha, thank you.”

“I still don’t completely trust you, but let’s just see how things go from now on.
If I find out that you are cheating behind Yumi’s back then things won’t end well for you…”

“Wha—?! ”

What is with him? His whole demeanor changed so suddenly.
Is he really the same person or has a multiple personality disorder?

And as usual, I can’t understand Soji-san’s character.

Anyway, it also seems that he has acknowledged me a little bit because of my actions earlier which saved Sakuramiya-sensei.

For now, I think that I can continue to play the role of Sakuramiya-sensei fiancé in the future.
I’m not saying that I want to continue…

However as I have already accepted her offer I will help her to the end of it.
And since we have reached so far, I hope that she will finally find someone worthy to be on her side forever.

“I’m going to leave now.
I’ve come here as incognito, you know.
If Yumi finds me, she might get angry.”

“Is that so? I’ll see you later again sometime.”

“Well then, see you again Minato-kun.”

Soji-san smiled softly and turned on his heel.

Now, where should I go? Kaede is probably at home by now, so let’s go to the library or any other place

And because of my sudden appearance on the stage during the beauty contest, I guess I became popular somehow.
At the very least, I should stay away from public places during the festival.

With this in mind, I was about to head to the third floor of the main school building when my phone vibrated.

I looked at the screen and saw that I was receiving a call from Sakuramiya-sensei.

Thinking it might be related to the act which happened a few minutes ago, I answered the call.

“… Yes, this is Segawa.”

“I wonder where you are right now? Are you still with Kaede-chan?”

“No, Kaede is already home.
Do you want to meet with me somewhere?”

“Yes, come to the student guidance office.
And the door is already unlocked.”


“I’ll be waiting for you.”

After hanging up the phone, I changed my destination from the library to the student guidance office and started walking.

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