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Friday. When I woke up in the morning and went downstairs, I saw my parents at the door with a carry-on case in tow and my sister–Hanabi, seeing them off.

My parents had told me that they would be away from home for a while on a business trip starting today.

They were probably just about to leave.

“Then, Mom and Dad, take care.”

“Yeah, you too.”

Hanabi with her hair tied up in pigtails and wearing loose-fitting loungewear, waved her hand lightly.

When the front door closed, Hanabi took one look at me with her sleepy face for a moment, but then quickly averted her gaze and walked toward the sink.

As usual. This is the daily life between us, brother and sister.

It’s not that we’re on bad terms, but we rarely talk to each other.

Well, that’s how it is with adolescent siblings of the opposite sex, I guess.

I was eating breakfast with that thought in my mind.

After getting ready to go to school, Hanabi returns to the living room.

“Asahi, can I talk to you for a minute?”

“Eh……?”

I was surprised to hear her speak to me, and I couldn’t help but respond with a puzzled reaction.

Hanabi remains expressionless and speaks indifferently, as if she were making a business communication.

“I’ve got a friend coming to stay at our house today.”

“……Hmm.”

“That’s all I have to say. I’m going to go now.”

As I sat in a daze with a piece of toast in my mouth, I heard the front door close with a clank and the room fell silent.

After a few moments passed, I suddenly remembered.

“Eh, her friends a re coming to stay over……?”

◆ ◆ ◆

I came home after school and opened the front door with fear.

I peek inside through the crack in the door, and upon confirming that Hanabi had not yet returned, I let out a light sigh…….

–Today, she’s got a friend coming over.

The fact that Hanabi went out of her way to tell me this must of course mean that she is aware of the fact that we live in the same house, but I guess the point is that she wants me to stay in my room and not bother her.

I felt bad about spoiling the fun sleepover party, so I decided to be quiet.

I went to my room, changed into my casual clothes, and headed for the kitchen.

I need to prepare dinner before Hanabi comes home.

As I check the contents of the refrigerator, it occurs to me.

I wonder what Hanabi is going to do for dinner.

I haven’t heard anything from her……

Well, just in case, I should make more than usual.

I thought so, and began to make curry quickly.

It was an unspoken agreement that I would do the cooking and housework when our mother was away.

People tend to think that because Hanabi is a perfect superhuman, she can cook and do housework perfectly, but in fact, she’s completely terrible at cooking and housework. Which could be say the only flaw that my sister has.

That’s why I make my sister’s lunch instead of my busy mother, and the answer to the question about the last lunch was not my sister’s homemade, but [my homemade] is the correct answer.

I didn’t go out of my way to expose Hanabi’s flaws, and I didn’t want to lie and say that it was my sister’s homemade, so I just left it at that.

While listening to music and working with my hands, the curry was ready in no time at all.

I finished dinner a little early and went back upstairs to my room.

While I was reading manga and playing social games until Hanabi came back, I fell asleep before I knew it.

◆ ◆ ◆

When I woke up, it was already past 10:30 pm.

It seemed that I had fallen asleep.

I headed for the bathroom with a change of clothes, hoping to take a bath before it got too late.

While I was washing my body, I heated the bathtub and soaked myself in it.

Feeling the comfort of the bath as if the fatigue of my body was going away, I once again fell into a doze, probably due to the fact that I had just woken up from sleep.

Perhaps it’s because I’m always on my guard at school, or perhaps I’m just tired.

I closed my eyes and stood in a daze for a while.

“Hanabi chan, where are the towels~?”

I suddenly noticed a figure on the other side of the bathroom door.

And then I heard a woman’s voice that sounded familiar.

……Eh, a woman’s voice?

I remember now.

Come to think of it, Hanabi’s friends were staying over……!

I had completely forgotten when I woke up.

W-what should I do? I had to let them know that I was in the bathroom……and while I was fumbling around, I heard the sound of clothes being rubbed on the floor from the other side of the door.

The area of skin tone increases further through the plastic panel of the door.

Oh no, this is bad……I have to tell them soon ! No, is it too late already……!?

Will my life end here…..! !

While I’m in a light panic, the bathroom door slowly opens.

And then–.

“Ah…….”

Kohanai Futaba senpai’s dumb voice echoed in the bathroom.

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Kyokitani
Kyokitani
1 year ago

That cliffhanger.

Deadmilkmen
Deadmilkmen
10 months ago

Is it so hard to say that you’re in there? Come on man.