Episode 68 – If you are hanging out with a cute and bright kouhai, there would be something strange about the two



I was going to school as usual.

However, there was something different from usual.
The students on the street were looking at me and seeming to be gossiping about something.
To say the least, it was an uncomfortable gaze. But I held my nerve and walked through the crowd without a care in the world.

Occasionally, the voices of these students reach my ears.

“That’s the new student, right ……?”
“Who’s that girl next to him, ……?”
“I don’t know. but she’s really cute, isn’t she?”
“That’s right, I thought. What’s that, are they dating?”
“Damn, I don’t know who she is, but I’m jealous of her, transfer student!
“Not only Kurase-san and Asagiri-san, but also such a cute girl!!”
“Unforgivable, transfer student!”

There was a lot of jealousy from the middle of the day, I don’t know if it was jealousy or what. Wasn’t there some kind of unity?


I looked at the girl clinging to my arm next to me with her cheeks drawn back.

“What’s wrong, senpai?”
“No. ……”

The girl looked at me and tilted her head adorably and mockingly.

… …… Damn, she’s cute.

She – Mitani Yuyuko – was different today. She is not wearing thick bottle-bottom glasses, and her hair is neatly trimmed and arranged.

There was no doubt that she was a beautiful girl, and her surroundings were breathtaking.

I was caught off guard.
Seriously, Mitani-san, who was well-dressed, was more than I had imagined.
Originally, she was a beautiful girl in her own right, even if only in her junior high school pictures and at home when she took off her glasses.
If such a girl added makeup and a haircut, there was no doubt about it.

According to her, she had been instructed on makeup and fashion several times by a fellow Vtuber onee san. She was almost like a dress-up doll, but she was taught in case of emergencies.

By the way, when she meant “in case of emergency,” she meant when she got a boyfriend or something like that, not when she went to school with a senpai with whom she had just a brief conversation.

“We’re getting a lot of attention, senpai.”
“If anything, I think it’s you, Mitani-san.”
“No, it’s not me. It’s us.”
“So, why are we crossing our arms?”
“No ……,?”

Don’t look at me like that!
The luscious eyes and the upturned gaze are foul. She’s doing this on purpose, isn’t she? She is a scary girl.

This is the second time Mitani san has done this to me.
In fact, I had gone out with her yesterday as well.
She took me with her to the next town in order for me to get used to this outfit.
I don’t know if it was to relieve the stress of shopping for the first time in a while or what, but I ended up having to help her with her luggage, which she had purchased a large amount of clothes.

“What’s the matter, senpai?”

When I looked a little distant, Mitani-san was worried about me. Looking at her tilting her head again in a cute way, I even feel like she knows what I’m thinking.

It was certainly understandable that I felt she was mocking me.

Finally, we passed through the school gate and entered the student entrance.

“Arase, Good mor …… ning?”

When I entered the entranceway, there was a female student in front of the shoe box.
She──Asagiri looked at me and greeted me, then froze when she saw Mitani-san pulling up beside her.

“Ahhhh, Arase? T-TTTTThat Ggggggiiirrrll ?”
“Calm down, what are you upset about?”

Asagiri couldn’t hide her unusual agitation. Well, I don’t know how to feel about it. I think she looks quite different from the last time she saw her, Mitani-san.

“Good morning, Asagiri-senpai.”
“G-good morning. ……?”
“Senpai, everything is fine so far. Thank you for coming to my house this morning.”
“You’re welcome. Well, be careful.”
“I’m fine. Thanks to you, I will be able to do my best! Well then, see you!”

After the greeting, Mitani-san gave a bouncing smile to Asagiri and me, who froze, and went away, heading toward the shoe box of her class.


Aside from the issue of Mitani-san changing too much. What should I do with Asagiri, whose eyes are glazed over?
Let’s just call out to her.

“Hey, Asagiri.”
“Hey, ……, are you okay?”

I approached the unresponsive Asagiri and called out to her again, and for some reason she ran off with a sad look on her face.

“What in the world?”

I mumbled quietly and then headed back to the classroom.

“What’s wrong, Kurase?”
“W-Well…that …… is nothing, after all!”

After arriving at the classroom, Kurase was also acting strangely.
But after a few minutes, she would come again and call out to me in the same way.

Asagiri? Asagiri was next to me, and somehow her soul was missing.

“Kurase, if you have something to say, say it clearly.”
“Well, …… then, I’ll ask you, okay?”

Kurase is looking at us a little awkwardly. She seems a little depressed.

“Ito-kun, is it true that you got a girlfriend?”
“What ……?”

I’ve never had a girlfriend in my life.

“T-This morning, I heard a rumor that you came to school arm in arm with a cute girl that I don’t know,…….”

I know, right? I knew it was going to happen.
I knew it. It will be like that. The same kind of rumors started at the time with Suika.

“Well, you know, I saw you crossing your arms too.”
“You were watching ……?”
“Kurase. That was just a one-sided entanglement. Definitely not girlfriend.”

It’s true that we had promised to go to school together in the morning, but I hadn’t heard that there was an option like that.
And Mitani-san is more like a younger sister than a girlfriend. She’s more like a little sister playing with me.

“…… Really?”
“Do I look like I’m lying?”

I had no reason to lie, so I earnestly appealed to Kurase with my eyes.
Kurase’s eyelids fluttered twice and she suddenly pulled her face away.

“I-I don’t mind if that’s the case, though……!”

It’s a little hurt …… to see such an excessive rejection.
And Kurase turned her face away and said something in a mumble.

“N-nothing at all!”
“Wait, Kurase!?”
“Ehe, Ehehe, it’s okay, it’s okay! I’m going to go pick some flowers!”

Kurase made a panicked gesture, but then tripped and fell down. She quickly got up and ran away.

“It’s going to be the pre-bell soon, …….”
“(Why? Eh? When? Who? ask? No, but ……)”

And Asagiri, who is beside me, still seems to have not regained her soul. She didn’t seem to have heard the exchange between me and Kurase earlier, and is saying something in a low voice the whole time.


And when she finished saying the curse, she held her head in her hands and started groaning.

…..I-I’m just plain scared. Am I cursed? is it okay?
Is it not good to leave the stone like this ……?

“Asagi…… ri!?”
” …… What?”
“No, are you okay?”
“……, ugh!”

The dead-eyed Asagiri scared me a little, but I somehow managed to talk to her.
So asagiri again, face down.
“What is this….?”

I don’t know the reason for this, and I muttered again in a small voice.

I wonder if Mitani-san is doing well by now,…….
So, as I turned toward the first-year classroom, I worried about Mitani-san, who had separated from me at the getaway box.

I left senpai and headed to my classroom.
I was quite nervous before I left home this morning.

However, my nerves were a little lessened thanks to the fact that I went to school with my senpai.

Last week, senpai said to me.

–You can live your life the way you want.

In order to do that, the first thing I had to do was to go to school in a natural way like in the past, without bothering to hide myself.

It’s true that I like it better now. But the reason I didn’t do that was because I didn’t want to make the same mistake as before.
It would have been meaningless for me to go to the trouble of dressing so plainly.

But, senpai told me.

─ ─ If you’re going to be bullied anyway, even if you dress like you do now, it’s better to look natural, right?

I thought he was right.
But I was worried about what would happen if I did that, and how those three would react.

Still, senpai told me there was nothing to worry about.
So I decided to believe him.

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