[Let’s go home together.]

Around noon, a message arrived.

The sender was Rika.

I was just getting frustrated with Kisaki Saki. I had a self-centered wish that she would accept my blurred feelings, not to mention hug me again.

“Of course.”

I returned immediately. No reason to say no.

[I’m glad to hear that. I’m going to take a little detour, is that okay? It’s been a while since I’ve done that.]

“No problem. Let’s go.”

We arranged the side trip. It was just what I wanted. Rika knew exactly what I wanted.

“It’s getting late.”

Rika waited quietly. She didn’t show any sign of boredom, but just kept on waiting.

When she noticed me, she smiled.

“You came.”

“I wouldn’t run away after I gave you the okay in my message.”

“I know. Masatoshi doesn’t run away, does he?”


I went through the back roads where there were few people. It would be the worst if I were to meet Kisaki Saki, and more than anything, I didn’t want other people to notice.

“I wonder since when I stop going home with you, Masatoshi.”

“I feel like we naturally stopped going home together.”

“It doesn’t matter now. We’re going home together now.”

“I guess so.”

Rika takes a leisurely step. Although that’s not really the case, she exudes the character of a young lady. She has an elegance that cannot be hidden.

“Has there been no change in the last few years?”

“Yeah. I’m not involved with Masatoshi as much as I used to be. I don’t have any boys poking at me, but I do feel their eyes on me. It doesn’t make me happy at all.”

According to rumors, there is even a fan club for Rika. Rika is not the type to go out in public and make a lot of friends, so she has only hidden fans.

The hidden fans call themselves [Weed] as if they are below Rika. I don’t know if it’s good or bad.

“I guess nothing has changed for me since I met that woman.”

“I knew it. The root of a person does not change in just a few years. If the roots don’t change, the flowers that bloom won’t change.”

“That’s a good analogy.”

“I haven’t changed since the last time I met you. Don’t forget that.”

“Since the time you chanted love?”

“Forget that. It’s black history.”

Rinka once repeatedly chanting the word love.

It was probably when she was in elementary school. She handed me a letter jokingly.

When I opened it, I found a piece of paper with a list of messages such as [I love you, I love you, I love you, let’s get married, let’s get married, let’s get married, we’ll be together forever, together forever, together.]

As expected, I was mildly shocked and pulled a face. I remember Rika cried when she saw me.

“I learned that chanting love can sometimes lead to insanity.”

“Ah, I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.”

“I guess the history has been dyed in pitch black.”

“It’s a mistake to say that love becomes heavier if you say it repeatedly. The more you repeat the same word, the lighter it becomes. I didn’t understand it at all. That’s why I frightened Masatoshi.”

Riika has changed enough to recognize it as black history.

“I guess you’ve learned a lot.”

“The root of my life hasn’t changed, though.”

As we were walking, we came to a staircase going up. I chose a different route home than usual.

“It’s a long way.”

“You want to play Glico?”

“The one where you have to play rock-paper-scissors to get to the top?”

“That’s right.”

The earlier you move, the more steps you can climb.

I want to win this game.

“Will you go for the first move?”


[ [Glico.] ]

Rika made a “paper” move and I made a “rock” move.

I lost.

“You’re strong.”

“I know roughly what Masatoshi is thinking.”

“Oh, scary.”

“It’s not scary, you know? It’s only natural that I’ll understand if we’ve been together for a long time.”

“Then I’ll have to win this game of rock, paper, scissors.”

We played rock, paper, scissors for a second and third time.

By the fifth game, I had lost all of them.

“No way !”

I had to raise my voice and raise my head to a right angle.

“Masatoshi, you’re so easy to understand. If you follow the rules, you never lose.”

Then I lost a few times and got too far.

Rika’s goal is not far.

At this point, Rika’s face is no longer what I’m looking at. I could see a glimpse of what was inside the uniform’s skirt.

“Masatoshi, what are you looking at?”

I quickly put my hand on the hem of her skirt. She seemed to notice my eyes on her.

“I-it can’t be helped !”

“What are you doing looking at my underwear? Don’t do anything weird.”

“I understand.”

In the end, the game ended in total defeat. The only thing that came out of it was Rika’s embarrassed face. I was too weak to take advantage of a situation like that.

I climbed the stairs and joined Rika.

“To be honest, was that your intention?”

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about the fact that I can’t help but see them at such a distance. And yet, it was so unguarded.”

“I was just caught off guard by Masatoshi. Are you accusing me?”

“No, it’s not like that……”

“I’m your childhood friend who won’t betray you.”

I can’t stand being stared at.

“Okay. I won’t pursue it.”

“Good. I’ll let you off the hook for seeing inside my skirt.”

“I’m really sorry about that.”

“Be careful, okay?”

After climbing the stairs and walking straight, we came to a large street.

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