Episode 10 – Nice to meet you the second time

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“Roommate!? Y-You live with kou kun?! Eh, but you are ……”

Hazuki mumbles in confusion.

Shiho giggles.

“Yes. I’m Hashiro Shiho, a member of Etoile Sandrillon.”

I didn’t know what Shiho had in mind when she appeared in front of Hazuki.

Normally speaking, no matter how much she is quitting her career as an idol, she should not be seen by other people living with a man.

Moreover, Shiho didn’t call me “Onii san,” but “Komaki-san.”

Hazuki blinks.

“What kind of relationship do you have with Ko-kun?”

“Well. What kind of relationship does it look like, living in a house together?”

Shiho says, deliberately misleading. If you put it that way,……, it sounds like a lover.

However, Hazuki ponders.

“Like a master and a maid ……?”

Hatsuki says with a dejected look on her face, as if she’s making a good guess.

Shiho nods, “Yeah, yeah, that’s attractive too…” and then adds, “Why am I a maid!?”

“Eh? You’re not? Then you are a master and a live-in apprentice! You trained hard under Master Koichi to master the art of rakugo …….”

“……I’m not a rakugo artist.”

I asserted modestly, and Hazuki shrugged, “Really?”

“Because, I have no idea. I can’t believe that Kou kun and that famous Shiho are living together.”

That’s true. If I told you that a national idol was living in my room, everyone would think I had lost my mind.

Shiho looked shocked.

“Isn’t there usually some sort of, well, you know, lover-interest ……?”

Shiho’s voice trailed off and was barely audible.

Hazuki and I looked at each other.

Then Hazuki murmured, “Hmmm”.

“I don’t think that’s a possibility, right?”

“Why?”

Shiho asks.

Well, I’m an ordinary guy and Shiho, a very popular idol, don’t go well together. It would seem even more so from Hazuki’s point of view, who rejected me.

However, Hazuki’s reason seems to be different. Hazuki looked a little lost, took a deep breath, and said

“Because, Kou-kun confessed to me yesterday, there is no way he has a girlfriend, right?”

“Ah. ……”

Shiho’s face turns red.

And then, as if giving up, she told her in a small voice, “I’m his sister”

You should have said so from the beginning. ……?

I briefly explain the circumstances.

Then Hazuki’s eyes lit up.

“Lie! That Shiho-chan is Kou kun’s sister? That’s amazing. I’m a big fan of Shiho chan!”

“W-Well, thank you very much for that …….”

“It’s the real Shiho! I’ve seen her live, but this is the first time I’ve seen her this close up!”

Before she knew it, Hazuki was holding her hand and Shiho’s eyes were black and white.

Hazuki has a cheerful personality and is a very communicative, but she is also very quick to close the distance between the two. 

“I know you’re excited, but Shiho’s in trouble.”

When I say this with a wry smile, Hazuki lets go of her hand and says, “Oh, I’m sorry.”

Then she looks at me a little surprised.

“You already call her by her name ‘Shiho’?”

“Uh, well, yeah. Shiho is going to be my younger sister.”

“Hmm, I see. ……”

I’m not sure why Hazuki is sulking.

Before I could ask what that meant, Hazuki smiled brightly again, said, “See you later! Shiho-chan!” and walked away.

I breathe a sigh of relief. I was nervous to talk to Hazuki right after she dumped me, and on top of that, I had to watch the conversation between Shiho and Hazuki with trepidation.

I stare at Shiho. Shiho turns her head to the side.

“Onii san,……, did you used to have dinner with Kanarebashi-san?”

“Well, we’re childhood friends. But There aren’t many opportunities like that these days.”

“Hmmm,……. Hey, now the privilege of eating onii san’s food is only for me, right?”

“Eh?”

“Because I am onii san’s family. I’m looking forward to onii san’s meals that much. ……”

Shiho says jokingly, but with a little sweetness in her voice.

Yes. Shiho is counting on me. I couldn’t win Hazuki’s heart, but Shiho has become my family, and she looks forward to cooking for me.

So I want to live up to Shiho’s expectations. I thought that was the most important thing.

“Shiho is going to school too, right?”

“Yes, I do. I’m a high school student myself.”

“Then, do you need a lunch box? If you want to eat at the school cafeteria, I won’t force you to do so.”

“Ehh? Onii san’s lunch box! Are you sure?!”

“Of course. It’s something that won’t take too much time to make for both of us.”

As a matter of fact, I’ve already made it. If Shiho doesn’t need a lunch box, I was going to leave it for her or give it to a friend.

“Yay!”

Seeing Shiho’s childlike glee makes me smile.

Shiho’s face lights up as I wrap the stainless steel lunch box in a furoshiki cloth and hand it to her.

“What’s inside, ……?”

“‘That’s something you’ll have to wait. You’ll see when you eat it.”

“Yes! It’s my privilege to get a lunch box.”

Shiho nods in good spirits.

And then she giggles.

Shiho must go to a different school than me. So it’s a bit of a shame that I can’t see Shiho eating the food with such relish.

However…

That morning. I almost fell off my chair in the classroom. My other classmates were also clucking their mouths.

Only the female homeroom teacher, in a cheerful tone, introduced a new student to the class.

The beautiful red-haired transfer student giggled.

“Nice to meet you. I’m Hashiro Shiho. I look forward to working with you from now on.”

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2 thoughts on “Episode 10 – Nice to meet you the second time

  1. Hazuki gets jealous and then starts desiring the MC for all of the worst and most insubstantial reasons… Yuck.

    Anyone with even half a brain in their head would see right through her, including her…

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