After shopping for yukata and playing karaoke, the night passed quickly, and finally it was the day of the fireworks display.
“I knew that festivals and fireworks shows are all about the food stalls.”
“Yes, that’s half of the reason we went.”
We arrived at the event site before the start time and were eating at the food stalls here and there, waiting for the fireworks to start.
“What do you want to eat next?”
“Hmm, I had takoyaki earlier, so I think I’d like something sweet next time.”
“Sweet? There are so many things to choose from, it’s honestly hard to decide.”
After walking for a while while talking about such things, a chocolate banana stall came into sight. As we approached the stall, the sweet smell wafting through the air whetted our appetites.
“It looks so good, I’m starting to crave a chocolate banana.”
“I was just thinking the same thing.”
“Then I’ll have a chocolate banana next”
We bought some chocolate bananas from a stall and sat down on the lawn to eat them. Alice was licking the banana in her mouth while I was eating normally. The sight of her is strangely sexy and makes me feel weird.
“You look a little red, what’s going on?”
“…… it’s nothing, don’t worry about it.”
“Ah, did you by any chance imagine something naughty when you saw me eating a chocolate banana?”
That’s what I said, panicking and trying to disguise it. However, it seems that Alice found out.
“After all, Takuma is a boy too, so having naughty fantasies is normal. He even has an erotic manga with situations like this.”
“I beg you, please forgive me.”
Alice was rubbing salt on my wounds without mercy, making me feel so embarrassed that I wanted to disappear.
“Because I don’t want to abuse you too much, I’ll leave it at that. Besides, my stomach is getting quite full, so why don’t we play something next? ”
“……I think so. We have a little more time before the fireworks, so let’s do that.”
We saw goldfish scooping, yo-yo fishing, and target shooting stalls, so it should be a good way to pass the time. After a little while, we spotted a yo-yo fishing stall, and we both started to play with it.
I had been doing yo-yo fishing at festivals for a long time, so I had no problem catching fish, but to my surprise, Alice seemed to be having a hard time. She said she had lived abroad for a long time, so maybe this was her first time.
“Hey Takuma, how can I fish well ……?”
“I think it will work if you aim at the connection between the balloon and the rubber while keeping the koyomi short and not letting it get wet.”
“I see, I’ll give that a try.”
After hearing my tips, Alice started fishing again, but this time she was able to catch it
“Yay, Takuma got it.”
Alice was smiling like a happy child. Alice has such high specs that it’s hard to believe we’re the same age, but she still seems to have a side that’s typical of a normal girl.
It’s almost time for the fireworks to start, so when I’m about to move, I suddenly hear someone call out to me from behind.
“Is it Alice?”
When I turned around, I saw members of my class’s cheerful group there. They also happened to be at a fireworks display in Itabashi Ward.
“Ah, it’s Alice after all.”
“Long time no see, How have you been?”
“It’s so coincidental that we meet at such a place.”
“I’m getting excited.”
They spoke with the same high tension as when I was in the classroom.
“Good evening, Takuma and I are on a date as you can see, so let’s talk another time.”
“Eeh, since you’re here, why don’t you come with us?”
“Yeah, it’s definitely more fun with a lot of people.”
“You can come with us too, Kurotsuki.”
The same as when they invited me to karaoke before, they were as forceful as ever, but one of them noticed something and opened his mouth.
“Alice, what is that ring you are wearing on your left hand?”
Apparently, he was curious about the golden pair ring that Alice was wearing on her left ring finger. Then Alice grins and says something outrageous.
“Oh, this is an engagement ring from Takuma to me, because he proposed to me the other day.”
The members of the cheerful group are beginning to express their surprise one after another, but I am probably the one who is the most surprised. When in the world did I propose to Alice?
“He proposed to me on the observation deck of Harukas 60 in Osaka. He said that Alice was much more beautiful than the night view, and that he didn’t want anyone else to have me.”
No, no, no, Alice practically made me say it, and I had no intention of proposing to her at all. The actual ring is a pair of rings, not an engagement ring.
“I see, well, it’s bad to interrupt you two, so we’ll be going.”
“You’ll have to invite us to the ceremony.”
“Alice, I’ll see you at school.”
After saying these words, the members of the cheerful group walked away from us.
“Well, I guess that settles it.”
“What do you mean? I’m sure they misunderstood you.”
“It’s nothing new, the character of Takuma’s wife is already well established in the class.”
“That may be true, but ……”
Those guys seem easy-spoken, so I’m sure they’ll keep saying things. It’s only a matter of time before the unfounded rumor that I proposed to Alice spreads throughout the school.
“Rather that, the fireworks are about to start.”
The only thing that I really want to do is go to school after the vacations, but I don’t want to go anymore.
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