Needless to say, the three most beautiful girls attract attention, for better or worse.

Regardless of whether you know them or not, they have the kind of appearance that makes them stand out just by walking around.

How could there be three such beautiful people in one school?

“Irie-san, you seem to be somewhat composed. I don’t mean to sound egotistical, but most of them look at you and shrug off the stares when you’re with me.”

“I’ve gotten used to it with Yuzuha. Maybe I’ve already built up a mentality where I don’t get nervous when I’m on stage.”

After leaving the school with Shiori-san, we headed towards the station, receiving stares from people passing by.

Though it is not that urban, it is a big city in its own way. If you go to the front of the station, you can find most of the entertainment and necessities.

When it comes to having fun with someone……, it is basically the norm for students to go in front of the station.


“So, it’s okay to go out after school, but…”

“It’s a date.”

“…… it’s fine to have a date, but where are we going?”

When Shiori san’s cheeks twitched at the thought of having to rephrase, she put her hand on her chin and began to ponder.

“Well,…… I often go with Yuzuha-san to cafes and shopping malls,…….”

“Even if people want me to have feminine power… I would be happy if it was a place where even men could easily visit.”

“Then, shall we go to the shopping mall in front of the station?”

Certainly, you can find a wide variety of things there.

There is also a game center and a batting center inside, so it would be a good place to play and relax.

“That’s the best answer.”

“Fufu, then it’s settled then.”


“I think this is different.”

What a mouthful it was when I reached the shopping mall.

I walked in, stopped, and what I saw in front of me was a women’s clothing store with no …… element of men’s clothing whatsoever. No best answer

“Ara, is that so?”

Shiori san, who is holding several pieces of clothing in her hands, tilts her head.

You are the only one who fits in this space, so why don’t you notice the out-of-place man in front of you?

“No, this kind of store that is out of place for a man…… If a man were to visit such a place, it would be for a cute girlfriend, [Hey, does this look good on me?]”

“Which do you think would look better on me, Irie-san?”

Don’t go along with it.

“Haa…..Don’t ask me for my opinion……. The only experience I have of going out with girls is with Yuzuha, and I’m not man enough to answer whether or not a girl looks good”

“Well, well, I just wanted to get your opinion, so feel free…”

“I think the …… blouse is a good choice. You can use the simple white one you have now to match the season, or you can go with pastel colors over here. If possible, it might be better to show a little skin with sheer material and sandals to make it more feminine and put together. ……”

“Y-you know a lot about it. ……”

For some reason, Shiori-san, who was supposed to be asking for my opinion, has a twitch in her cheeks.

Even though I answered as if I was not used to it, the reaction was a little hurtful.

“B-but it’s a valuable reference opinion. …… I’ll buy it next time.”

After saying that, Shiori san went to put back the clothes she had taken the trouble to pick up.

I don’t necessarily want her to buy it, as I said, but…

“You don’t really want buy it now, do you?”

I ask Shiori san when she returns.

Well, there must be a reason such as it would be luggage.

“If I buy it here, I’ll be out of the loop. I’ll ask you to choose again.”

“Hmm? Is that so?”

I can’t quite figure out what the loop…… is, but is she planning to go out with me again?

I’m happy to hear it, but am I right? I’m wondering…

“I prefer you, Irie-san.”

I thought I had not said anything, but Shiori san smiled and walked out of the store.

It’s like she read my mind, or something.

(……It’s like she nailed me.)

If it were Shiori san, I would have denied my cowardice by saying …… that there would be a better man

I don’t mean to be such a face, but I’m really no match for her when it comes to noticing.

“I guess this is what you call the charm of being older. ……, hmm?”

Just as I left the store to follow Shiori san, I suddenly saw a child crouching at the edge of my vision.

I couldn’t help but stop in my tracks.

“What’s wrong?”

“Can I ask …… to wait a moment?”

I apologized to Shiori san, who tilted her head, and headed toward the child.

A little girl. She was just holding her knees with her shoulders shaking, as if she was trying to hold back her tears.

Even though it was in front of a store, no one would talk to her. At least a few people would have walked past.


I suppressed the slight irritation that welled up inside me and bent down to look at the child.

“What’s wrong? You look like you’re about to cry?”

When I called out to her, the girl slowly looked up.

She must have been in the lower grades of elementary school ……She was alone in a place like this…

“I lost my …… mother.”

“I see. I’ll ask someone at the store to call your mother for you.”

The girl shook her head frantically.

I’m sure she doesn’t want to bother her mother.

The girl’s eyes once again filled with tears, perhaps because she had said it.

…… inevitably, seeing her like this makes me emotional.

It’s like a stab, like a guilty …… feeling, like I want her to smile.

I’m out with Shiori san right now, and I’m not alone.

However, I still can’t help but think about it.

“You know, I was just looking for someone to play hide and seek with me.”

“…… Huh?”

“So, I was wondering if you would be willing to help me find your mother?”

I smiled as best I could at the girl and held out my hand.

The girl hesitated for a moment, but then slowly shook my hand back.

“……I’m sorry, Shiori san. I decided to do this on my own.”

I let the words slip out in a small voice.

Before I knew it, she was approaching me.

Shiori san bent down so that she was looking at us the same way and gave us the same smile.

“Fufu, I don’t mind. Let’s remember our childhood and play hide-and-seek today.”

I felt my heart patted down when she said that.

It was after school, but I decided to ruin it.

And yet, she smiled at me like this.

“…..It’s really very kind of you.”

I grabbed the girl’s hand, stood up, and started walking.

“Well, let’s find a mom who’s good at hide-and-seek! If you find one, this brother will give you candy!”


The girl’s expression seemed to clear up a bit.

I was so happy about that that my mouth unintentionally dropped open.


(*Shiori’s point of view)

“Really, which one of us is the gentler one?”

Irie-san walking a little ahead of me.

Seeing his back figure, I couldn’t help but to relax my mouth as well.

(……I didn’t have to do anything in particular, did I?)

But for some reason.

I was happy to see that, so it seems that I am quite smitten with him too.

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