I see. This is not a one-time thing?

I was a little, no, I was quite happy.

After all, it was right after Hazuki had called me “girly” and dumped me. Hashiro san’s warm words touched my heart.

I had to make a delicious dish for Hashiro-san, no matter what it took!

The two pieces of pork were cooked just right. Now all that was left was to cook the sauce with the garlic and it was ready to serve.

Finally, shredded cabbage was made and placed on a plate, and then the thick slices of sautéed pork and sauce were placed on top.

“This …… looks so, so delicious!”

Hashiro-san’s face lit up with a “Uwaa!”

I giggled.

“So it’s done. It’s Yokkaichi Tonteki.”

“Yokkaichi? Tonteki?”

“It’s a specialty of Yokkaichi City in Mie Prefecture. In a broad sense, it can be included in the so-called [Nagoyameshi].”

“This good smell is from …… garlic, isn’t it?”

“Yes, yes. It is characterized by a thick, dark sauce with a hint of garlic. ……”

Thinking about it, what about a steak with lots of garlic for the girls?

I somehow have the image that girls don’t eat steak with gusto. I have the impression that they eat salads and such. I think women don’t like garlic either.

Especially if it’s Hashiro Shiho, a very popular idol.

However, when I said that, Hashiro-san looked puzzled for a moment and then started to giggle.

“I told you. I don’t have any food I don’t like.”

“But ……”

“Besides, it’s prejudiced to think that girls don’t eat a lot of meat. Girls want to eat lots of good meat, too.”

“Is that it?”

“At least, I do. I also love garlic. The smell is a problem, but it can be controlled.”

Hashiro-san says with a smile. Her words were not false.

Hashiro san’s eyes sparkle as if she can’t wait to try it.

“Let’s eat it before it gets cold. ……!”

“Y-yes. I guess so.”

Hashiro-san and I each carried a bowl of pork chops, pork miso soup, and rice to the dining table.

And then we sat down facing each other. The table seats six, so it’s too big even for two people. But it was less lonely than being alone.


I said, and Hashiro-san mumbled something small.

“What’s wrong?”

“No, well, I’m a …… Christian. So…….”

It hit me. Hashiro-san is half-Christian, so it must be a family influence.

If that’s the case…

“Do you have a pre-dinner prayer or something like that?”

“You know a lot, don’t you?”

Hashiro-san raised her crimson eyebrows in surprise.

“‘Well, for one thing, my kindergarten was a Christian one.”

In Japan, Christianity is not so widespread, but there are many educational institutions, such as kindergartens, that are run by Christian people.

At that kindergarten, I must have recited the pre-dinner prayer several times with Hazuki.

However, I don’t remember.

Hashiro-san’s face turned red.

“I’m embarrassed to say it in public, so I just whisper it. I don’t know anyone else who does this.”

“I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. I think it’s rather admirable.”

“Is it so ……?”

“Yes. So, don’t worry about it and say your prayers.”

Hashiro-san nodded and took a deep breath.

“Father, I take this meal in thanksgiving for your mercy. Bless what you have prepared here and give us food to sustain our minds and bodies. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Her prayer was as beautiful as her singing voice.

I couldn’t help but admire Hashiro-san’s eyes.

She looked at me curiously.

“Is there something on my face?”

“N-No,! It’s nothing. …… Let’s eat.”

“Of course!”

Hashiro-san looked timid and anxious at first, but she brightened up when she saw the food in front of her.

With a fork and a knife, she cut the tonteki into large pieces. And then, she boldly ate it.

Immediately, Hashiro-san’s face almost melts.

“It’s surprisingly soft ……! And yet it’s also juicy and filling,…… and the garlic sauce has a big impact!”

Hashiro-san’s reaction makes me giggle.

I am relieved. I’m glad she was pleased.

“Yes, yes. That’s the good thing about tonteki.”

I ate it myself to make sure it was cooked properly and had the right amount of salt. This might not be embarrassing …… to serve to a national idol.

“Pork miso soup and rice are both delicious ……!”

Hashiro-san ate up the tonteki in no time at all.

Hashiro-san looked at her plate as if regretting the loss of her meal.

Although it must have been quite a large portion for one person.

Hashiro-san glanced at my plate. I looked at my plate and suggested.

“How about I share some of mine with you?”

“Eeh? I don’t want to be bad to onii san….”

She naturally called me “onii san,” and I was a bit taken aback. So this girl is going to be my little sister.

“No, you don’t have to worry about it,…… ah, but you don’t want to eat my food, do you?”

“No, it’s not like that! I’d love to have some if you’ll share it with me!”

“That Much ……?”

“Yes! Because …… it was so delicious.”

Saying that, Hashiro-san smiled. The smile of a perfectly beautiful girl is directed only at me.

I think it is heartbreaking.

What kind of brother would not give up his portion after being told like this?

In the end, I gave nearly half of my tonteki to Hashiro-san.

She ate it in no time at all.

Despite her small stature, she is a glutton despite her appearance. ……

“I’m so satisfied …… my cheeks are about to fall off.”

“You’re exaggerating.”

“I’m not exaggerating. Onii san’s cooking is worth it.”

“Is that so?”

“I want you to be my wife!”


Wife? Marriage?

While I looked surprised, Hashiro-san also made an “Ah” face.

“I made a mistake. I want you so much that I want you as groom!”


“If I marry onii san, I would love to be able to eat this kind of food every day.”

After mumbling this, Hashiro-san put a hand over her mouth.

“I’m sorry. I called Komaki-san ‘onii san’.”

“I don’t think that’s something you need to apologize for.”

“Because I thought it would be too intimate. ……”

“If you’re really going to be my sister, I’d rather you call me that.”

I feel like Hashiro-san has opened up to me a lot during this short time.

“I understand. Then I’ll call you ‘onii san’. If I marry onii san, I’d love to be able to eat this kind of food every day.”

“You say that twice?!”

“Because I really thought so.”

“It’s not that big of a deal. Besides, who would want to marry a girly like me? A childhood friend of mine, who I thought was in love with me, even dumped me.”


“Ah, it’s nothing.”

“When you put it like that, it bothers me.”

I could have said I didn’t want to answer, but it wasn’t something I wanted to hide.

I briefly told her about my exchange with Hazuki.

Then Hashiro-san raised her eyebrows.

“That girl, that’s a terrible thing to say.”

“It’s true I’m not a manly man. I’m short, I’m not athletic, and I’m weak. ……”

“I don’t care about those things! Even though I just met you, I know you are a good cook, kind, and a wonderful person. ”

Saying that, Hashiro-san put her own hand on top of mine.

I looked at her with a start, and she smiled softly.

“Please call me Shiho.”


“Because I’m your younger sister.”

“Oh, um, I see. Shiho?”

“Yes! Please take care of me from now on, onii san”

Hashiro-san …… Shiho looked very dainty and happy.

From today, huh? We’re supposed to be step brother and sister. I haven’t been briefed on this, but I don’t think my father will be coming back to this house, so it will probably be just me and Shiho living together.

What will it be like to live under the same roof with a girl, a beautiful girl who is a national idol ……?

But I can tell you one thing.

“Even if we don’t get married, Shiho can eat my cooking every day.”


“We are a family from today. So you can look forward to breakfast tomorrow.”

Shiho nodded happily at my words.

“Thank you.”

“I’m the one who should be thanking you, Shiho.”


Shiho nodded her head curiously.

I smiled.

“Because food that tastes good when eaten alone tastes even better when eaten with family.”

If I can spend time with Shiho, who can eat and enjoy delicious food like this.

I would be happy. But there is one thing that worries me.

“Is your idol career going well? Even though I’m your step brother, I’m still a man.”

“Oh, in that case, I’m fine now.”


“I’m going to quit being an idol.”

Shiho said something outrageous without hesitation.

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