To summarize the contents of the phone call from Takuma.

He doesn’t understand why Misaka san suddenly broke up with him, I didn’t do anything to make him hate me, who the hell does he love, I have always expressed my love to him, why is he leaving me, this is crazy, I can’t give up on Kanade, I really want to get back together with her, what should I do? Something like that.

It was really, really hard to listen to him. How could I have told him that it was me, the one you were now venting your unfulfilled feelings for, the one that Misaka san had fallen for.

When he asked what he should do, I had no answer. Because I know too much about her feelings, I knew that she would not turn her feelings toward Takuma in the slightest.

Also, the fact that she broke up with him here means that even if I did not respond to her feelings and rejected her, she has no intention of restoring her relationship with Takuma. I can’t do such a convenient thing because I would feel sorry for her.

“I understand the situation now. But there is not much I can say. If that’s the way you’ve decided to go, I think it would be a good idea to ask her why she decided that way. Perhaps there were things that drove her away without your knowledge, something that men don’t understand.

The meeting is tonight, right? Takuma, you have a tendency to put your own feelings first, and sometimes you don’t even realize it, so I think it would be good for you to listen to your partner’s feelings in a more reserved way than you think you should.

If you do that, maybe, just maybe, Misaka san’s feelings will change.”

It pains me to say such knowing things, even though I have never had a girlfriend.

But at least I have the experience of having various interactions with Saki for as long as I can remember. She seems to be in love with me now, but we have had many terrible fights.

I have had more opportunities than most people to think about the other person’s feelings and the fact that I am not the same person as the other person.

I’m sure there are things I can say from such experiences. So, what I just said would not be totally off the mark.

…Well, more than that, it’s so obvious that I feel the urge to stab myself in the heart with a dagger.

After talking for about 30 minutes, Takuma calmed down a bit and ended the call for the moment. He said he might call again tonight, and now my stomach hurts.

“….I already know, but he really likes Misaka san.”

Takuma often talked about Misaka san. It’s a typical love story, and I didn’t find it all that pleasant to hear. But I thought that if he was so single-minded about Misaka san, then Misaka san must be happy.

So, even though I was attracted to her, I didn’t feel the urge to intrude. I could have watched her with a calm feeling like wishing her for happiness.

However, it would have been ironic if Misaka san had felt this kind of attitude toward me. You never really know what kind of love compatibility you’re going to get.

Oh, I’m so heavy-hearted. But anyway, let’s go back once. Saki is waiting for me.

I go back to the hamburger shop where the three of them are waiting. As soon as I show up, Saki gives me the biggest smile. Since she was still in disguise, it was as if I was being smiled at by a girl other than Saki, and I felt strangely thrilled.

“Geez ! Onii chan, you’re late !”

“Sorry, the call took a little longer than I expected.”

“Which is more important, me or your friend !?”

“Don’t say that. You’re both important to me, you know?”

“I know it, but !”

“If you know, then don’t ask.”

“But I want you to tell me that Saki is more important !”

“If I could just say it, I would.”

“Just saying it is not enough !”

“You’re selfish, aren’t you? It depends on the situation.”

“So, if me and your friend are drowning in the ocean and only one of us can be saved, will you save me?”

“Right. If it’s a comparison between Saki and Takuma, I’ll save Saki.”

I feel sorry for Takuma, but Saki’s life is worth more to me. Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about Takuma.

“…Ah, I-I see. Don’t say that with a straight face.”

[Honestly, don’t say such things that make me feel too happy…… You could say something like finding a way to save both of us like in the manga or something…. But I’m more important than Sakata senpai…….]

“That’s not something you should say in a playful way.”

“Yes, but……. So, then, if you could only save one of these three people, who would you choose……?”

“That would be…….”

At Saki’s words, Misaka san and Misaki sensei’s eyes became sharp.

[Saki chan, you keep asking him this. But that’s something I’m also concerned about. I dismissed Takuma’s case rather dryly, but what about us? For example, if you were to compare me and Saki chan, would you prioritize helping me? I’m happy about that, but also a little sad. I also want a family to be taken care of first…]

[Hmhm? Saki chan, you ask some very interesting questions, don’t you? I don’t think she’ll ask such a question anymore, but I’m curious. The answer is not set in stone, and the model answer of a boy’s manga, such as thinking of a way to help everyone, is not necessarily the correct answer. I want to hear Fujisaki kun’s feelings, not just a correct answer that won’t be criticized by anyone.]

I don’t know if there is any point in thinking seriously about such a question. In my life, I don’t often find myself in a situation where I have to choose between the lives of three people.

But I guess I have to think about it seriously and answer in my own way.

[Onii chan, say it’s me ! I don’t care if it’s a lie, just say it’s me ! I don’t like lying after all ! But I want you to say it’s me ! Even in the midst of such a trivial metaphor, I want to be Onii chan’s number one !]

Saki’s earnest voice echoes in my brain. This is a truly troubling question.

After much thought, I came up with an answer.

“I’ll help…..Saki.”

“Really !? You’re lying. Onii chan, you don’t really care about me that much, do you?”

[He said it’s me ! He said it’s me ! It may be a lie, but it makes me happy ! I love you ! I love you, Onii chan ! There’s no other way but for us to be together !]

“Of course I care about Saki, you know? Of course, it’s not that I don’t care about Misaka san and Misaki sensei, and I want to think of a way to save everyone somehow.

But if Saki dies, I don’t think I will ever recover. Not only would I be sad, but it would be like losing more than half of my heart. I can’t bear the thought of Saki dying.”

“H-hmm. Well, it’s kinda like familial love? Of course I’m more important than others, right? Onii chan, running away behind family love, isn’t that a little bit cowardly?”

“Maybe. But that’s how I feel.”

[Onii chan chose me……. I’m happy……. I’m wet……. I want to take Onii chan away and go to a hotel like this…… We can have the absolute best sex……]

Saki, embarrassed and excited, of course looks happy, but surprisingly, Misaka san and Misaki sensei are also apparently pleased.

[Fujisaki-kun chose Saki chan, huh? It’s frustrating, but I think it’s a good thing to cherish a sister you’ve spent over 15 years with. It means that you have nurtured a good relationship with her. I want to be your lover, but I don’t want it to end there. I want to be with him for the longest time, and when we get married, I hope that we can deepen our love as a family.]

[I see. Fujisaki kun is the kind of person who can choose someone without becoming a people pleaser. Yeah, I think it’s good. It’s also good that you care about your sister more than other girls who are just out of the picture. Love is a really unstable emotion, and in a way it deceives people. It’s good to be able to recognize the things that are important to you as still being important, without being deceived by love.]

The two who were not selected also gain likeability. Saki [99], Misaka san [80], and Misaki sensei [87]……. Relationships are complicated. It’s not just about working on that person directly, but also about various other factors that change their feelings towards me.

“…..Let’s end this talk, Saki, shall we go?”

“Eh !? W-where to !?”

“Where……shopping, right? It’s your turn.”

“Y-you’re right ! Yeah, let’s go !”

[Oh shoot. I was thinking about a hotel and I thought I was being invited to a hotel. It’s just too early.]

Saki coughs as her gaze wanders. Seeing this, Misaka san and Misaki sensei are grinning.

[Saki chan was definitely thinking something different. Her face is a little red, did she think she was being invited to a hotel or something?]

[She’s so delusional. Did you already imagine going straight to the hotel? I know you’re still in high school and you’re longing for that kind of thing, but you’re going too far out of control.]

What they both think but don’t say is that they both have the kindness of adults. Thank you for your concern, I just say it in my heart.

They seem to recognize each other as rivals, but there is no atmosphere of sword-fighting between them. They respect each other, but at the same time, they are still hostile to each other. I think it’s wonderful that the three of them are able to do that.

I’m so glad that we managed to maintain a good atmosphere, even though I was in a really dangerous situation at one point. I really don’t want a brutal date.

It would be best if they could all get along…I started walking alongside Saki, thinking about things I tend to dream about.

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