“Something happened, didn’t it?”

Nagi said to me as soon as I got home.  At the same time I was confronted, her half-up hair was swaying.


Nothing. I was about to say so, but shook my head.

“No, it was. It’s just.”

“I’m listening. Come here.”

“It’s not like it’s that big of a deal.”

“It doesn’t matter how small it is. Something happened, that’s all that matters.”

Nagi took me by the hand. I was taken into the bedroom without time to change my clothes.

Nagi sat on the bed and patted me next to her. I sat down next to her meekly and she grabbed my cheek with her hand. Her nails are well-groomed, so they don’t dig into my skin.

“Tell me.”

“……It’s really not that big of a deal, okay?”

I began to talk.

“I had an English vocabulary test today.”

“A test?”

“Yeah. I completely forgot it existed. I was told about it before winter break.”

“And that’s…..”

“It’s my fault. Most of them actually forgot it existed, but I won’t let that be an excuse.”

It’s okay because everyone else forgot about it. That kind of thinking is nothing but a hindrance to growth.

“Actually Eiji did remember. ……Ah, our positions are usually reversed. I often tell Eiji, [You have a test tomorrow.] So he thought I’d remember.”

“……I see. In fact, I think it’s unusual too, and I know it’s wrong of me to blame him. So it’s okay.”

I nodded in agreement with Nagi’s words. I let out a small breath.

“That’s all there is to it. It’s no big deal.”

“Hmmm. Nothing much, huh?”

Nagi looked at me. I involuntarily looked away.

“……Souta kun?”


“Come here.”

Nagi opened her arms and waited for me to come.


For a moment, I almost opened my arms. I stopped.

“Souta kun?”

Her eyes wavered and I could see her agitation.

It was the first time I saw this expression. A shadow flickered in the depths of his eyes.

I shook my head.

“N-no. I don’t mean it like that. It’s not like I’m rejecting you or anything.”

I hadn’t said enough. This is not good. Very bad.

“It’s pride, or stubbornness. No, that’s not it. …..It’s like my selfishness.”

I denied the two words that came out of my mouth as quickly as they came out, and told her so.

“I would rather be cheered by Nagi than be comforted.”

“Comforting is not the right word. What I was trying to do has a slightly different connotation.”

Nagi’s words were powerful and directed straight at me.

“…..But if Souta kun says so, then I have no choice.”

And again Nagi spread her arms.

“This is a [do your best] hug. This won’t be a problem, will it?”


This time, I reach out my hand to Nagi maturely and hug her body tightly.

Then, Nagi swayed in a good mood.

Then, the swaying became stronger—

“Eii !”

“Whoa !?”

I was pushed down on the bed.

Right in front of me, Nagi was smiling at me.

“Well, here’s a problem for Souta kun.”

The way she says this proudly is adorable, like a child telling her parents about something she learned for the first time.

But what shines in the depths of her eyes is something that an innocent child does not have.

“Among the things we decided on together, there is one thing related to the current situation. You know what it is?”


Nagi told me to dig through my memory. Was there anything that fit the current situation?

– When we sleep, one of us is being used as a cuddle pillow.

This has already been done, but this ‘when we sleep’ means when we sleep. Not now.

– I don’t use arm pillows when I sleep because it’s bad for my health.

This is also wrong. I don’t use an arm pillow.

– Kissing while sleeping is limited to three times at most (and no more than three times for a second kiss).

The same thing applies to kissing while sleeping. This is not it.

“Time is up, Souta kun.”

“W-wait a minute. I’ll remember now.”

“Fufu. Don’t be a sore loser. Souta kun like–“

Soon her face came close to me—

“I’m going to do this.”

Our lips were placed on top of each other.

At the same time, those soft lips were opened and pried open in a small way. I was surprised, but accepted it.

In my heart, which was slowly being dyed with happiness, there was something that was making me sickle.

Deep inside, it cried out for “more,” but somehow I was able to push it away.

Even though something like that happened today, I can’t afford to neglect my studies.

“….Nn, ah.”

The light in Nagi’s eyes, which was as bewitching as a gem, was overshadowed by the light of reason.

At the same time, our lips are separated and a transparent bridge is built between them. Nagi’s cheeks turn bright red.

It seems to announce the fact that we kissed differently than usual,…..and indeed we did, but it is embarrassing to describe it.

Then that bridge shrinks.

No. Nagi was coming closer to my face again.


Soft, warm…and slightly damp feeling pinched my lower lip. It was pecked.

Nagi pecked her lips as if cutting a bridge. When I pulled away again, this time there was no bridge. Nagi nodded in satisfaction.

Nagi’s expression has been changing since a while ago. Which one is the real Nagi?

At that time, I finally remembered what I had just heard. I remembered something that applies to the current situation.

“It’s a “make up” kiss, Souta kun.”


“Hmm, you finally remembered.”

It’s not so much that I remembered. I remembered it though.

“Was that a fight?”

“What do you think? We’ve never had an exchange like that before…now that I think about it, I interrupted Souta kun’s words and expressed my opinion. I’m sorry.”

“No,……I understand. I’m sorry too. I didn’t say enough.”

“Yes, I understand.

Nagi nodded with her face still slightly reddish and suddenly looked away.

“By the way, I don’t have many chances to make up with Souta kun. I think it would be better to make it special.”


“To tell you the truth, I kind of wanted to play a prank on Souta kun…….ehehe

It’s a little too cute and I feel like I’ll have to do something about it.

“I want to make the reconciliation kiss a special kiss.”


In an instant, various words ran through my mind. However, I deny those words from the end and draw out my true feelings within myself.

“I want to do it too.”

‘……! Let’s do it !”

“Wait a minute, not now….you won’t be able to stop me.”

“Muu, I don’t have a choice.”

I’m relieved to stop Nagi from bringing her lips close to mine again. To be honest, my reason gauge was already close to zero.

“Souta kun.”

There was a pale light in her eyes. The words were directed straight to me.

“Please don’t push yourself too hard.”

“‘I’ll be fine. I won’t overdo it.

From now on, I will work a little harder than before. That’s all.

After hugging Nagi one last time, I was once again inspired.


The next day.

Today, Souta kun made my hair braided into a braid, and I was thinking about a certain thing while playing with it with my fingers.


“It’s unusual to see such a difficult face. You’re usually full of happiness and look like you’re already done with it.”

“No, it’s not that….eh !? Did I look like that !?”

“I didn’t notice it. Oh, and your braids are so cute. Did you have your boyfriend do them for you today?”

“T-thank you. I had Souta kun do it for me today.”

I thought I should have tightened my face as much as possible at school. I might have to spend less time thinking about Souta kun. No, I probably can’t. Let’s give up.

“What’s wrong with you? If something is bothering you, you can tell me.”

“……Yes, you’re right. Hikaru chan.”

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. It’s.

“I feel like Souta kun looks like someone else.”

“Like Minori kun?”

“Yes. Recently I feel like Souta kun looks like someone. But I don’t know who it is.”

“Hmm? That doesn’t mean his face, does it?”

“I mean, his face, his expression, or his atmosphere.”

He looks like someone. But I don’t know.

My mind is reeling.

My intuition tells me it’s a bad thing.

“Is it a celebrity?”

“……No, probably not. I feel like it was closer.”

I shake my head and think again, but it doesn’t come up at all.

“Hmm, that’s difficult. By the way, how’s Minori kun’s doing?”

“He was in a place where he was ready to work hard again. He’s trying to do his best again.”

I couldn’t talk about Souta kun’s failures without his permission, so I used a rather abstract way of talking about them.

“……Work hard? I thought you two were already working really hard. Isn’t he at the top of his class, grades and all?”

“That’s true, but…”

“Are you sure he’s okay? If he works too hard, won’t it break his body?”

I was shocked by her words.

And then I understood. Who does he resemble?

That’s right. Yes, I knew.

“He looks like me.”

At that time. The me of a few months ago, before I met Souta kun.

As soon as I muttered that, I felt goosebumps all over my body.

I had a bad feeling.

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