Episode 26 – Your Face



Saori and Ishii kun went off together.

They were both on the same committee, but

I wasn’t aware of Ishii kun at all.

I guess I really wasn’t interested at all.

I feel a little sad.

While I was thinking like that, Rina came up to me and put her hand on my mine, and said

“If it were me, I’d  stay by your side forever, you know?”


I guess I missed Saori more than I thought I would when she left.

With that thought in my mind, I squeezed her hand back. 。。。。

“Ah, Sorry.”

“No, it’s fine.”

Rina grabbed my hand too,

and that felt really good.

…Shit. What the hell am I doing, seriously I’m.

Isn’t this really cheating?

I can’t deny Saori’s allegations anymore.

I’m sure it’ll show on my face.

I naturally turned my head to the ground because such thoughts came to mind.

Then, i let go of her hand.


When I looked up and saw her face next to me, Rina’s face looked somewhat uneasy.

“I-I’m sorry. I don’t mean to trouble you. Okay?”

“I’m sorry too. I was feeling more comfortable in your hand than I thought I would be, so I was feeling a little self-loathing.”

“I don’t know what you mean by that.”

“Seriously, what the hell am I saying….”

For a moment, the two of us fell silent.

“But it felt good, right? My hand.”

“Yeah, well… That’s for sure.:

“Well then, let’s hold hands again.”


“It’s normal between friends. Normal.”

“……But that’s only up to elementary school……”

“We’ve been friends since elementary school.”

That’s not quite right…. I think so, but I’ve lost the will to deny it.

“Anyway, let’s finish eating. There’s still some curry left.”

“That’s right.”

With that, we finished the rest of the curry.

However, various thoughts came to my mind, and I didn’t have time to taste the curry.


After finishing lunch, we went back to the classroom.

On the way, Rina came up to me unnaturally and slightly put her hand on me.

I thought she was trying to appeal to me about what we had just talked about.

I don’t feel like holding hands in a school hallway.

But I find myself strangely thrilled by our distance.

I don’t know why…..when I hugged Saori this morning

I was a little aroused, or maybe quite a bit.

But I wasn’t that thrilled.

What’s the difference? Is it because of the time we spent together? Or is it because of the situation?

When I arrived  in the classroom with these thoughts running through my mind, one of the female students approached Rina.

“Hm? It’s you, Yamamoto san. And Itadori kun. Hello.”

“What is it? What do you want?”

“No, nothing? It’s unusual. I was just wondering.”

She seemed like a happy-go-lucky kind of girl.

“What’s unusual?”

“The, uh, fun part, what do you call it, the happy face that you’re wearing?”

“Um? Did I have that look on my face?”

“Yes, you did.”

Is that so. while thought of that, Rina touched her own face.

 “Well, that’s really it. Don’t worry about it, Yamamoto san.”

After saying that, the girl went back to her conversation with the girl from the group she was originally talking to.

She called out to her, but Rina didn’t seem to be interested in her.

However, Rina was still touching her face. And then she took her phone out of her pocket.

She started to check it. What, how much do you want to check 。。。。

“………why don’t we continue in our seats, it’s too much of a distraction here.”

“Uh, yeah…”

And after returning to our seat, Rina continued to check her face.

She was checking something while squeezing her cheeks.

“What’s going on? you’ve been like this for quite a while.”

“No, I haven’t been told lately that I look like I’m having fun……even at home.”

As for me, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

You always looked like you were having fun and I feel like I’m only seeing that kind of face.

“Rina, you always looked like you were having fun.”

“Really? Even the day before yesterday? Last week?”

“Eh…” (I don’t remember that at all.)

“That’s the kind of face you make when you don’t remember at all. That’s terrible. Iitta kun.”

While saying that, she looked a little sad, but also somewhat happy.

 “Then, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to keep my happy face from now on. So stay by my side, okay?”

“Well,  yeah… I’m sitting next to you after all.”

It was cute to see her say such a thing while tilting her head.

I just gave her an ambiguous response.

“Not like that….You know it, don’t you?”

She looked a little relieved while saying that.

I felt comfortable with such a distance between her and I.

That’s right, I felt very happy with our current relationship.

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