We embrace with our lips several times.

Finally, when the Ferris wheel arrived. We had settled down.

“Sorry to keep you waiting”

“I haven’t been waiting at all.”

“No, I’ve kept you waiting. ……For over a year.

We were finally going to be in a relationship. On the premise of marriage.

“I didn’t wait long at all. Besides, I was enjoying myself. Being with Souta kun.


“Fufu. You’re welcome.”

Our eyes naturally met. Our lips were placed on top of each other’s again.

What I felt on my lips was the softest thing I have ever felt.

A sweet fragrance pierced through my nostrils and into my brain.

“We’ve been through a lot, but I’m not lost anymore.”

“……The way you talk. It’s okay if it was just now?”


I tried to shake my head. I closed my eyes.

“Yeah, right. Then I guess I’ll just stay in front of Nagi.”

“……! Yes !”

Except in front of Eiji and others.

I’m not embarrassed in front of Nagi.

“Of course I knew that Souta kun was troubled.”


“Please don’t apologize anymore. I’m not angry. That’s how serious you were about it.”

I laughed at Nagi’s words and hugged her body.

“I love you, Nagi.”

“Yes !”

“I want to be a man who can support Nagi.”

“You already are…but I guess you’re not looking for that words.”

I nodded to Nagi’s words and looked into her eyes.

“I think it will take a lot of time.”

“Fufu. Can you catch up with me?”

“I’ll catch up, I promise.”

Putting our foreheads together, I replied to Nagi, who was smiling like a child.

Maybe I’m smiling like a child too.

“I will support you so that you can do your best, Souta kun.”

“Me too. I will support Nagi so that she can do her best.”

“We support each other to live. That’s what life partners are for, isn’t it?”

I nodded deeply at her words.

“I will make Nagi happy” “I will make Souta kun happy.”

The words were spoken at the same time. It was as if our hearts were in tune with each other.

“I’m glad I met Nagi.”

“I’m also glad to have met Souta kun.”

I couldn’t resist hugging Nagi with her smiling face.

I hugged Nagi strongly, but she responded to my hugs. That makes me happy.

“Ah, Souta kun ! We are almost at the top !”


I let go of Nagi while feeling a little regret.

“Wow……! It’s the setting sun !”

“It’s beautiful.”

The moment the sun sets, it’s beautiful.

And then I look at Nagi.


“It’s really beautiful.”

The sun shines on her snow-white hair, making it sparkle.

The setting sun reflected in her blue eyes was vivid and looked like a jewel.

“……I’m. I used to have a complex about my appearance when I was little.”

Those vivid eyes stared at me.

The warm but cool light shines through them.

“Souta kun complimented me a lot. I’ve come to love myself.”

“……Then I have to give you more compliments to make you love yourself more.”

“Fufu. Right.”

Her cheeks are slightly tinted red, whether it is because of the sun or not…….

“I also like Souta’s appearance. It looks cool, but it’s pretty childish. Your eyes are kind.”

“…..I see.”

“Yes ! I’ll keep on praising you !”

“Yeah. I’ll ask for it.”

Inside the Ferris wheel, descending gradually from the top. We hugged each other again. Lips pressed together again.

I hope that time like this will last forever, and I’m happy to think that it will.


On the way home from the amusement park.

I came to Nagi’s house. The reason, of course, was–

“Soichiro san. Chie san. I would like to have a relationship with Nagi san on the premise of marriage.”

Relationship. I came to report and receive permission on the premise of marriage.

If it were a normal house, you might think quickly. But Nagi’s house is different.

Considering Nagi’s ability, there might be someone better than me. Soichiro san might know.

But that’s it.

“I’d like to ask you to do something for me too. Raise your head, Souta kun.”

I didn’t think I would get permission.

I raised my head as Soichiro san told me to do.

They smiled softly.

“As a papa… it feels like it’s finally.”

“Fufu. Soichiro san has been waiting for a long time. Wondering when the time will come.”

“C-Chie. Such a childish……ahem.”

Soichiro san straightened his posture and cleared his throat.

Nagi made eye contact with me and we both laughed.

“Right. I have one thing I want to talk to you both about.”


“The marriage premise. Can I take that as an ‘engagement’?”

I widened my eyes to Souichiro san’s words.

I nodded my head at the same time as Nagi.

“Yes.” “Of course.”


It is normal to think that it was impossible for middle schoolers. After five years–no. It is not uncommon for couples to break up within three years.

However, I want to share my future with Nagi. We decided to be together.

Hearing our words. Soichiro san gave a small smile.

“I understand. I’ve been refusing to accept the offer of an arranged marriage, but now it will be even easier to refuse.”

As expected. I thought. I closed my eyes as if it was natural.

If Nagi is as beautiful and a good person. It’s not strange to hear such stories.

“If you have any trouble, I will help you, Souta kun.”

“……I’m sorry. I have a favor to ask you.”


Behind Soichiro san’s back, Chie san was kindly smiling. Nagi’s smiling face was inherited from Chie san.

Once again, I turned her gaze to Soichiro san.

“When you have a moment, I would like you to tell me about your business.”

I said.

Soichiro san’s eyes shook slightly. He was surprised.

Then, a smile escaped his mouth.

“Business. What exactly do you want to learn?”

“I would like to say everything. I understand that you are busy. I would like to ask you about what you should do now, based on your own experience.”

Hmmm. Soichiro san put his hand on his chin. He showed a gesture of thinking about something.

“Souta kun.”


“Do you intend to take over my company?”

I choked at his words. In the meantime, Soichiro san continued to talk.

“My business is not as long as others. In fact, it is quite short. There is also the reality that we are not able to train successors.”

“But I’m……”

“I know. I didn’t mean it that way.”

I was a little worried about this.

Marrying Nagi in the future…..means inheriting Soichiro’s assets in the future.

It’s not that I’m dating her…..and getting engaged for money.


At that time. Chie san called Nagi.

“What do you want to do, Nagi? Nagi has the skills to take over papa’s company.

“I want to help Souta kun.”

Nagi answered Chie san’s question immediately.

Nagi’s eyes never wavered as she looked at Chie san. Chie san smiled softly.

“If that’s the case. If Souta kun succeeds papa’s company, I will teach Nagi how to work as a secretary. It’s a job to support Souta kun.”

“……Yes ! If that happens, then please do me a favor !”

Soichiro san’s cheeks relaxed at their exchange. He told his words to me without losing his face.

“Souta kun. I want the people I care about to be happy. I thought strongly about it after the success of my business.”

The reason why Soichiro sam took Nagi in. It is because they could not have children.

It may not be a matter of hereditary succession, though. Shoiciro san said it was because he wanted her to succeed his will.

“Of course, it is not an easy road. I’m sure that you will face a lot of criticism from people around you, and you have a lot to learn. I will never cut corners when it comes to my work.”


“But. The risk factor is less than starting a business from scratch. My company has become quite stable. At the very least, if I can put everything I have into Souta kun, I can say that there is very little that can go wrong.”

As I listened to him, I thought about it.

Taking over the company, huh.

“Of course, I don’t mean forcing you to take over the company. It’s a responsibility that comes with it. ……I would be happy if Souta kun, who’s personality and ability are well known to me, could take over the company.”


“Besides. If you accept it, I’ll be able to spend more time with Souta kun in order to train a successor.”

Soichiro san closed his mouth once.

Then Chie san opened her mouth.

“Excuse me. I have an idea. May I?”

“Yeah, what is it? Chie.”

“Souta kun and Nagi. When you get out of high school, why don’t you come work part-time at our company?”

Souichiro hit his knee happily.

“That’s a good idea. You can get to know what kind of work we do. It’s not a bad idea to get to know the atmosphere of the company.”

I see.

That would certainly be a good idea.

“It’s not a bad thing to be able to get to know each other. Souta kun, can you handle a PC? I remember Nagi was taught by Suzaka.”

“If it is a basic operation.”

“Yes. I can handle it too.”

“That’s good. We have time. If there is something you don’t understand, I or Chie will teach you. What do you think? Both of you. It’s not a bad idea. Of course, apart from what we talked about earlier, it could be just a part-time job.”

We proceeded in that direction.

Once, Nagi looked at me.

Once I closed my eyes. After clearing my brain.

I nodded.

“Soichiro san.”

I called his name. Soichiro san stopped speaking and made eye contact with me.

“I’d like to accept the part-time job, of course.”

Nagi nodded next to me.

If you can gain social experience, it’s better to do so at an early stage.

And then.

“I would like to take over the company. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to take on the job.”

” ……! I see !”

If you think about the future. I think it’s better this way. Even if it’s just a recession.

If you become a salaried worker, will you be able to lead a wealthy life?

If I have children in the future. I don’t want them to be inconvenienced.

“In that case, you can take your time. Of course, you have to be reasonably strong. You need to be recognized by those around. It will be a thorny issue.”

“That’s what I want.”

I know it’s a tough world. But still–I want to do it.

That’s how much I want to achieve and show.

If I say this without taking my eyes off of him. Soichiro san laughed.

“That’s good. I’ll teach you the bare minimum before you go to high school.

“I look forward to working with you.”

Although I was anxious, I breathed a sigh of relief at his words.

“What, there is no need to worry. If you don’t get too greedy, you will rarely fail. Souta kun can be as good as me……if not better than me. Even with this, I have cultivated an eye for people.”

Soichiro san held out his hand.

“I’m counting on you from now on.”

“Yes. Likewise.”

I took his hand and shook it. Soichiro san, Chie san and Nagi both laughed.


“Are you okay, Nagi? ……About the company”

“I’m….sorry to Papa, but I’m not that adamant about it. He did tell me that I might have to take over someday, though.”

Walking hand in hand with Nagi.

I told Nagi everything. I also told Nagi that I might have had a sense of inferiority towards her.

“I was thinking of becoming a secretary if Souta kun was going to take over the company.”

“I see.”

“Yes ! Then what is required of you is different. I had originally planned to do so, but after hearing what you just said, I decided to do it.”

Nodding to Nagi’s words. Thinking.

I thought that Nagi might have taken care of me. But no.

Nagi sincerely wanted to support me.

“I will do my best.”

“I will support you.”

I have no inferiority complex. To be on equal footing.

The environment has been set up. All that’s left is to catch up. I just have to keep trying.

“But, if you think about your children, you have to work hard all the time.”

“…..Right. I don’t want my child, and of course Nagi, to feel lonely.”

The child……it means that.

I shook my head thinking about it. The world is still too early for us.

It was then.

“Souta !”

“Nagi chan !”

I almost fell down when I heard that voice coming from far away.

When I looked, I saw my father and mother coming out of the house. They were waving their hands.

“Fufu. What a warm welcome.”

“……I guess so.”

“In that case, it’s my turn to greet them. To let me get engaged with Souta kun.”

“I think they will answer immediately. If anything, I have a feeling they will treat you as their daughter.”

Both father and mother will welcome us. Like Soichiro san.

“…..By the way. Do you think they would be happy if I said, “Stepfather and stepmother?”

“They’ll be so happy they’ll cry.”

“Fufu. I’ll call them that then. Souta kun, if you don’t mind, please call Papa and the others that way. I will be delighted.”

“….I’ll do that next time.”

I should be busy from now on. incomparably better than ever before.

But–I wasn’t afraid.



Call her name. I make eye contact.

My favorite eyes. Blue, beautiful eyes like the sea.

“I love you.”

“Me too. I love you.’

–I’m looking forward to it.

From now on, I can walk the same path as Nagi.

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