After school, I was planning to rush home today and read “The Akutagawa Murder” that I borrowed from Ayaka, but I was prevented from doing so by a certain woman.

“Shoma. Can I talk to you for a minute?”

I didn’t want to hear that voice anymore.

“What? I don’t have anything to say.”

“Shut up. Just come over here for a minute.”

It was Matsuura Sera, my ex-girlfriend.

I reluctantly followed her.

“You seem to be getting along well with Hinano and Ayaka lately.”

“What does it matter? It’s none of your business.”

“Perhaps you’ve come to your senses by now.”


“That you’re thankful I was your girlfriend. You realized that when you lost me a week or so after we broke up. I’d be happy to get back together with you if that’s what you want.”

“No, thanks.”


“Is that all you have to say?”

Sera had a look on her face that said she didn’t think she would be rejected.

“Bye, I’m busy.”


I brushed aside Sera’s attempts to hold me back and left.

I thought it was a waste of time, but I went home as quickly as I could because I wanted to read the book as soon as possible.

Then I found Hinano squatting in front of my front door, waiting for me.

When she noticed me, she said

“You’re late.”

She was a little upset.

“I didn’t know you were waiting for me.”

“C-can’t help it. I don’t have your number to call you.”

“Yeah, you’re right”


“So, what is it?”

“I told you that I would start making lunch tomorrow, but I don’t want to find out what you don’t like or if you have any allergies. I also wanted to know what you like.”

“I see. There is nothing in particular that I don’t like or am allergic to. I’m happy with anything you make.”

“I-I see.”

Hinano answered with a slight blush on her cheeks.

”Ah yes. If I had to say so, I would say omelette. I’d prefer something sweet.”

“The sweet one, right? I understand.”

“Okay. I’m looking forward to it.”

“And, uh, do you want to exchange contact information for the next time we do this?”

“That’s a good idea.”

And so, the name of Sakahara Hinano was added to my cell phone contacts.

Immediately, I received a message from Hinano.

It was a stamp of a cute cat bowing and saying, “Please take care of me!”

I felt that the cat looked somewhat like Hinano.

I also returned a stamp saying hello.

“Then, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Yes. See you tomorrow.”

With that, we each opened the door to our own homes.

After that, I quickly finished my dinner with a cup of ramen and immediately started reading a book.

I was so engrossed in reading that by the time I finished the book, the hands on my watch were pointing to 5:00 in the morning.

I wanted to tell Ayaka right away how I felt after reading the book, but since I did not know her contact information, I decided to wait until I got to school.


I went to school with Hinano as usual.

When I spoke to Ayaka, who was already at school, I noticed that the number on her forehead had dropped to 98.

Thinking back to what I had done, I had no idea.

At any rate, I told her that we should talk about our impressions of the book after school today.

Then she went back to 100 again and I returned to my seat without paying attention to her.

After that, as soon as Daiki saw my face, he asked me

“Have you been up all night today? You look pale.”

which surprised me very much.

I went to class as usual, thinking that I didn’t really want to sleep.

Then it was time for the long-awaited lunch.

“Please don’t get your hopes up.”

“I know. Hurry up, hurry up.”

While I was rushing, the lid of the lunch box brought by Hinano was opened.

“Oh~. It looks delicious.”

Inside the box, there was a bento that was typical of Hinano, with everything from the egg omelet I had requested, sausage, fried tofu, and vegetables, all well balanced and neatly laid out.

My appetite was about to explode, probably because I had eaten only cup ramen last night.

“Please enjoy your meal.”

“Then, let’s get started. Start with the omelet.”

When I held the omelet with my chopsticks, it was moderately hard, and when I brought it to my mouth, the flavor flooded in with every bite. Even after swallowing, the sweetness of the egg and the sweetness of the seasoning spreads softly.

“So good…”

“That was wonderful.”

“There’s also one with green onions, so have that too.”

“Really? You’re a person with a lot of taste.”

Then I continued to eat without any hesitation, and in no time at all, my bento was empty.

“Everything was so delicious. Thanks.”

“No problem. If you eat it that deliciously, I’m happy too.”

“I’ll wash your lunch box as soon as I get home.”

“No, I’ll take care of it.

“As expected, I can’t ask you to do that much for me.”

“I understand.”

“And I’ll also pay for the materials.”

“No, no. I won’t ask you to pay for the ingredients. I offered to make the bento for you, and it’s easier for me to make it for two people.”

“But ……”

As expected, I wanted to solve the money problem, so I was thinking of a solution.

“Okay. I’m going to ask Shoma to go out with me a few times a month.

How about buying me a drink it?”

“If that’s all right with you, then fine.”

“Then it is decided! How about tomorrow, Saturday, for the first time?

I have some places I want to go.

“Okay. Saturday.”

After that, we spent the lunch break in idle conversation and returned to the classroom.

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