I went home crying. 

My uniform was drenched, and I used a handkerchief to wipe off the raindrops that cling to my body before opening the front door.

It was dead silent on the other side of the door, and no one was there. Only fluorescent lamps were turned on here and there.

The fuzzy boy should’ve gone home first, but he was nowhere to be seen, let alone his shoes.

Is he even inside the room? 

No, it doesn’t matter.

Tired from crying, I took off my wet socks and walked towards the bath.

Inside the changing room, I take off the uniform that got wet from the rain and get undressed to take a bath.

The laundry baskets that were separated for men and women already show signs of having been filled with the fuzzy boy.

…..He was home after all.

I glanced at the clothes that the fuzzy boy had taken off, then I moved to the front of the bathroom with a towel to wash my body and a bath towel.

At that moment, the door to the changing room opened with a loud bang.

Surprised by the sound, I covered myself quickly with a bath towel and turned my gaze to the direction of the sound.

Normally, I would’ve been wary of the fuzzy boy and locked the changing room door, but today I forgot to do so.

My eyes met with the fuzzy boy who’s on the other side of the opened door.

Then I saw the fuzzy boy’s toned body behind the towel he was wiping his body with, but at this time I was upset and embarrassed. 

“Kyaa—! !”

“Gyaa—! !”

Our scream echoes through the house.

Along with that voice, the fuzzy boy quickly closed the changing room door. I slump to the floor in shock at being seen naked. My face was bleeding from shame and anger, and if someone had seen me from the other side, it would probably be bright red.

On the other side of the door, the fuzzy boy muttered something, and then he called out to me.

“Um…, that’s…., I’m sorry…”

I fell silent at his words.

Angered by his clear statement and the fact that he saw me naked, I opened my mouth to break the silence.

“…..You’re the worst. Won’t you go somewhere? You’re disgusting….”

Those words spilled out from my mouth before I could think, reaching his ears without stopping.

It can’t be helped since I was being seen naked by a man of the same age.

The fuzzy boy, who was silent for a while after hearing those words, whispered [I’m sorry….] and left the changing room.

At that moment I didn’t even know he was crying.

I recall the events that happened today. Thinking about things like forgetting my umbrella while it was raining, forgetting to lock the door to the changing room, being seen naked by my step brother whom I hate, taking it out to him and saying [….You’re the worst.].

Tired of worrying, I stopped thinking and went into the bathroom to take a shower and warm my wet body.

The hot water from the shower pours down from above, hits my head. The water reminded me of the rain from a while ago.

In the back of my head, the image of the person who helped me in the rain came to my mind, and when I remembered the two umbrellas that person was holding, tears naturally came out from my eyes.

I know my feelings for the first time as the tears flowed non stop along with the shower. 

“….I had fallen in love with that man.”

I cried there for a while at the first love that I knew and the first love that ended without beginning.

All of this is because of the rain.

If it hadn’t rained, i wouldn’t have seen him, i wouldn;t have taken it out on my step brother, and i wouldn’t have….felt this way.

It’s all because of the rain ! !

Rain…i hate it.

I hate myself for being so weak ! !

I closed the faucet and turned off the shower switch my sinking feelings.

After taking a shower, I came out of the changing room and wiped my body, as I thought of something. 

From this day onwards, I will stop…..searching for him.

And I decided to spend my daily life as usual.

But I didn’t know that he was the one closest to me and I had hurt him. 

Until the day we open Pandora’s box…..

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1 year ago

Thanks again!

1 year ago

We need to bring back witch burning just for her.

1 year ago
Reply to  Eman

Inquisiiton all the way

1 year ago

I don’t really get it. Did she realize they’re the same person or not?

10 months ago
Reply to  dmntt

This chapter contains flash-forwards. At the time the events take place, she doesn’t realise, but the chapter is written as though the future her is writing about past events, and the future her has already learned the truth.

1 month ago
Reply to  Krozam

The titles also refer to this