Episode 9 – Because you’re kissing me with all your heart right?

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After we both finished our parfaits and left the cafe, we were heading to the game center. The reason for this was because Alice wanted to take purikura pictures.

“By the way, why did Alice suddenly want to take purikura?”

“Well, I don’t have any deep reason. I just invited Takuma because I suddenly wanted to take a picture.”

Alice answered that question to me, but I feel like she’s hiding something. She has a record of taking extra-large parfaits and two-shot photos for couples only, so I should be wary of her.
 
After a while, we arrived at the arcade and walked toward the purikura machine. Since I used to come to this arcade sometimes after school, I knew where the machines were.

“As I thought, it’s still all girls around here,”

“Boys basically don’t take Purikura, right?”

“Yeah, I’ve never taken purikura before either.”

The area around the purikura machine was filled with junior high and high school girls in their school uniforms. The moment they saw Alice, they started whispering.

“Hey, isn’t that girl hot?”

“Yeah, she’s kind of half-Japanese, and she’s very stylish, maybe a model of some kind?”

“I’m so jealous of her tiny face.”

Voices like that were heard from all over the place, but Alice was unfazed, not changing her color even a single bit.

However, I really wanted them to refrain from staring at me even though I was just with her. Needless to say, a loner like me is vulnerable to the gaze of others.

With that in mind, Alice and I entered the purikura machine, but I had never taken a purikura photo before, so to be honest, I had no idea what to do.

However, Alice knew all the operations of the Purikura machine, so there was no problem. I was soon on my way to the photo screen, and as the countdown began to start, I tried to strike a pose.

“Hey, Takuma. Turn around for a second.”

“What is it?”

I turned toward Alice as she asked me to, and the next moment I felt a warm, soft touch on my lips. I was kissed by Alice.

“!?”

I was surprised at the suddenness of it, but at the same time, the count for filming reached zero and the shutter sounded. After about five shots, the shooting ended and Alice slowly moved away from me.

“Oh, I’m getting some good shots.”

A list of all the pictures I had taken was displayed on the screen, and there was a very clear picture of me and Alice kissing. It is quite rare that the first purikura in one’s life is a kissing purikura, isn’t it?

“…… you didn’t invite me to a Purikura just to take a kiss Puri by any chance, did you?”

“You’re right, How did you know?”

When she went out of her way to invite me to purikura, I had a feeling she was going to do something with me, but I had no idea that it would be to take these pictures of her. It might be better to assume that basically all invitations from Alice are ulterior motives.

I was thinking about this as I stood next to Alice, who seemed to be in a good mood, and watched her doodling on the Purikura with a stylus.

We left the Purikura machine and sat down on a bench in the arcade as the time limit arrived.

“So, what are you going to do with the Purikura?”

“Well, of course I’m going to put them up normaly.”

After saying that, Alice started to paste the Purikura she had just taken on her belongings, such as her notebook and the back of her phone.

“Hey, wait a minute. I know it’s Alice’s choice to put Purikura on her belongings, but can you at least put them somewhere discreet?”

“Eh? Why?”

“Because you’re kissing me, right? It would be embarrassing if anyone saw us kissing.”

Even a normal purikura is embarrassing, but if it’s a kissing purikura, it’s even more so. Then Alice smiles and opens her mouth.

“Don’t worry, I’m not embarrassed at all. Let’s rather show off to everyone.”

“No, no, no, even if Alice is fine, I’m not fine at all.”

I couldn’t help but make a tsukkomi. However, there is no sign that Alice will reapply it somewhere discreet.

Realizing that no matter how much I tried to persuade her, it would only be a waste of time, I decided to give up. I can only see a future where my classmates will definitely see me, but that time is now.

My classmates were already looking at me with curiosity because of the self-introduction Alice had made on her first day at the new school, so there was no point in worrying about it now.

“All right, I’m done. Then it’s time to get back to shopping.”

“……yeah, let’s do that.”

Tired of wasting time, I got up from the bench slowly with a heavy heart. After leaving the arcade, we started looking for furniture and appliances again. After looking at various things all over the mall, the shopping continued into the night.

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