The store was not large, so it took less than 30 minutes to go through the entire store. However, although there were many things that looked good, everyone did not buy anything in particular. Books are quite expensive…… As a high school student without much money, it is hard to buy books even if I wanted to. In addition, Misaki sensei seemed uncomfortable buying one for herself.

After leaving the bookstore, we next went to a nearby shopping mall. There, I peeked into an exhibition of fantasy illustrations. The illustrations were of a famous video game, and they had a beautiful, yet somewhat melancholy atmosphere. The illustrations were mainly those that I liked, but the other three seemed to enjoy them as well. There’s no doubt that they also enjoyed themselves.

By the time we left the exhibition, it was just before noon, and we visited a little known hamburger joint that Misaki sensei had guided us to. Located in a quite secluded part of the shopping arcade, the restaurant does not have many customers, but the food is relatively inexpensive and tasty. The restaurant has a retro Showa-era atmosphere, giving it a quaint impression.

It may be a bit lacking as a date spot, but I liked it because there was no need to be self-conscious. I would like to say that Misaki sensei is a master in this aspect. I would have been nervous if I had been led to a restaurant that was too pretentious.

“Sorry. I was only going to show Fujisaki kun around, so it wasn’t a restaurant for girls.”

We sat at a table for four, and Misaki sensei apologized lightly. Saki is next to me, Misaka san is in front of me, and Misaki sensei is diagonally across from me.

In response to Misaki sensei’s apology, Misaka san and Saki responded.

“I’m totally fine with it. It’s fine, in fact, it’s very casual.”

[It’s a store that boys would like……. If it was meant to be a date, you would have wanted to go to a more fashionable place. It’s mature to think of plans not for your own enjoyment, but for the other person’s enjoyment……. Takuma and I both think mainly about where we want to go.]

“I like hamburgers, too. I think it’s a good restaurant.”

[Sensei, you must really like Onii chan. You and Onii chan were having a great time at the illustration exhibition just now, and you were thinking of a lot of things for him… It’s frustrating, but she’s not a useless woman… I guess people think I’m a bit selfish… I need to become a woman who can think about Onii chan more properly…]

The two of them seem to recognize the good qualities of Misaki sensei.

However, I feel like it’s a little too much. Am I qualified to stand next to Misaki sensei?

“If so, I’m glad. If you get the chance, would you like to go out for yakiniku this time? Is that too much to ask?”

At the question of Misaki sensei, Misaka san glanced at Saki.

“…I don’t really like yakiniku…”

She says apologetically and puts her face down.

Yes, contrary to her personality, Saki is not that much of a carnivorous girl. She’s the type of person who doesn’t really get excited when she goes to a yakiniku restaurant.

Then, Misaka san opens her mouth.

“I don’t really eat yakiniku either. I’m not the type of person who enjoys eating a lot of meat…….”

[Well, I actually love yakiniku. I go out with Takuma once in a while. The two of us will eat it together. However, I feel sorry for leaving Saki chan alone, so I decided that I’m not a fan of it.]

Misaka san’s consideration is also quite nice….. How can you be so kind?

[Saki chan’s story might be true, but I wonder if Misaka san’s lying. Is it because she cares about Saki chan? She’s a high school student, but she’s really good at it.]

Does Misaki sensei know everything? Who is this person?

“I see. Too bad. With this group of people, I think a cake buffet or something would be better. It’s not like you don’t have a sweet tooth, do you, Fujisaki kun?”

“Yes, it’s fine. I rather like them.”

[I wish I could have recorded just the part where he said, he likes them……]

“How about you, Saki chan? Are you a girl who doesn’t like sweets?”

“I love cakes.”

“Me too.”

“Then, we’ll do it next time.”

It’s good that they’ve come to an agreement, but I realized that there’s a problem that needs to be solved before that.

“I mean, Misaki……Nana san. You’ve been acting casual with us, and you’re going to continue to act casual with us, is that okay?”

Misaki sensei is a teacher. In general, it’s not a good idea to go out privately with students from school. Not only is it bad, but if the school finds out, it could lead to suspension or dismissal.

“Hmm, it might be bad if it’s just the two of us, but if it’s the four of us, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Well, if it is reported to the school, they might give me a warning at least. At the worst, a pay cut?”

“……Such an open attitude. You have a lot of nerve.”

“If it comes down to it, I can just quit the school. Schools aren’t the only places to work.”

“You also said so matter-of-factly…… Nana chan, you are very popular, and the students will be sad to see you go.”

“My first priority is my life. There are plenty of people to replace me in high school, so I don’t feel like I have to stay.

I have certain responsibilities and I will fulfill them, but I will do what I want to do.”

“…Is that okay?”

“Who knows? What do you think? I don’t know yet. But, you know, I think it’s different to live your life focusing on what’s right or what no one will condemn you for.

……Fujisaki kun, when you are in school, you may think that not being angry with the teacher is more important than anything else. But that’s not really true. I may have said something similar before, but schools are just trying to create students who are convenient for them.

Society is the same. This society is just trying to mass-produce people who are convenient for the society. Of course, it is meaningful to go with the flow. It is a way to create a society in which many people can live in peace. But it is never my purpose in life to go with the flow.”

“……I can sort of understand that.”

“You’ll understand it better when you grow up. Besides, if I get kicked out of school, then I’ll be able to interact openly. I’m going to take everything away that I can’t do as a teacher and have fun with it. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?”

“……That’s something to look forward to, I guess.”

[Well, I’m still trying to do what I’m not supposed to do as a teacher.]

During the conversation between me and Misaki sensei, Misaka san and Saki seemed to have something on their minds as well.

[Misaki sensei, you seem relaxed, but you’re seriously coming to steal Fujisaki kun. It’s not like she’s just messing around with her students a little bit for fun…… A determined adult is tough……. If someone like this were to come on to Fujisaki kun, he would fall in love with her……]

[No,……I might have to admit that she’s cool,……. It sounds easy when you say that you decide for yourself, but in reality it’s very difficult. There are many times when I just go along with things so that I don’t get blamed……. But it gives me courage, too. I’m going to make my love with Onii chan come true for sure !]

When I hear their inner voices, I know that everyone is thinking about many things. I have to be more firm too…… I’m in a position to choose now, but I don’t think I’m really qualified to be in that position. I want to be someone who can be worthy of the three of them.

Then, Misaki sensei says to me.

“By the way, Fujisaki kun. I have a small request for you, could you leave us for about 5 minutes?”

I could tell that Misaka san and Saki were very upset by these words, even without hearing their thoughts.

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