Episode 17 – Why don’t you go take a shower?

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“What do you want to eat today, Kurusu?”

“Eh? Umm….. that, W-what is good huh……?”

In the rain, I went to the supermarket under an umbrella with him.

It’s like a love umbrella.

I wanted to enjoy the touch of shoulders with him, but I was already busy with so many things in my head that I couldn’t bring myself to do that.

And even now, I can’t think of what I want to eat at all.

Because …… now, in his pocket, there is a condom that was probably prepared for this date.

“……I like anything you make, you know. I’m going to go pick out some snacks, and you can buy some at random.”

With that said, I distanced myself from him.

……No good. For once, let’s calm down.

It’s not going to be a fun date if I don’t.

In the first place, was it really a condom I saw?

Would the Arata I know carry one of those around?

…… No, he wouldn’t carry it around.

What I saw was only for a moment, and I’ve never seen a real condom.

So I must have seen something wrong.

“Could it be ……”

The candy corner.

In front of me were squares of candy.

Yes …… such as these, for example.

There are plenty of things in the world that are packaged in squares.

…… Yeah. I see!

Haa, I must have been mistaken.

Unfortunately, it can’t be helped. I don’t want to ruin the date by being weirdly nervous all the time.

“Arata, he likes chocolate cookies, doesn’t he?”

I got sweets for myself and him.

Now, let’s go back.

Let’s have fun together and think about what we’re going to have for dinner tonight!

“Oh, you’re back, Kurusu. Look at these rock oysters, don’t they look delicious? Let’s use them tonight. It’ll give you energy.”

“……”

Energy….?

Well, that means …… that’s what you’re talking about!

Talking about making that thing energetic!

“I bought some yams, and now I’m all set.”

“!!!”

Yams are one of the most energizing ingredients.

That condom …….

It was neither a mistake nor a misunderstanding,…….!!!??

“Kurusu.”

When my name was called, I looked up.

The person I love with was smiling brightly against the lights of the supermarket.

“–Look forward to tonight.”

The sparkling earrings.

White teeth peeking out slightly.

His black twin eyes never let go as he stares at me.

….Waaa

We are really doing this…….

It’s the one I can’t escape. ……!

“…… okay.”

I took his hand myself.

“I’m …… looking forward …… to it.”

I give the okay sign with all my might while slightly lowering my face, which is so hot that it feels like it’s going to burn.

My heart was pounding so hard that it seemed to be echoing outside my body.

“Well, let’s make it.”

“Y-yeah. ……”

After returning home.

After a short break, Kurusu and I stand in the kitchen.

Tonight’s dinner is okonomiyaki.

It is not just any okonomiyaki, but a big deal, with yams mixed into the batter and oysters used as an ingredient. It is simply a delicious dish, but Kurusu has just recently fallen ill. We need to be diligent here and get ready for the upcoming tournament and the final examinations.

“I’m glad you’re helping me, but you can take the rest of the day off. You are a guest, after all.”

“……No, I’ll do it. I need to do something to calm down. ……”

After helping her get lost, Kurusu started acting strange again.

It’s like she’s embarrassed or expecting something.

Occasionally, she would stare at me hotly and then drop her gaze.

I don’t know what it means at all.

…… ah.

Are you hungry, perhaps?

If that’s the case, then it makes sense that she would offer to help with the cooking.

She probably thinks she can eat faster if she does it with me.

Totally, she will always be a child.

“I’ll prep the oysters while you shred the cabbage, Kurusu.”

“Eh…… I can’t use a knife that skillfully, you know?”

“Don’t worry, I have a peeler for cabbage.”

I handed her the peeler and shifted my attention to the oysters.

A very common way to prepare oysters is to use potato starch.

Wash them thoroughly, drain them, and place them on a sheet of kitchen paper.

“I grind up the yams, too. ……”

I thought to myself and looked next to her.

Holding a halved cabbage in one hand and a peeler in the other.

With a snap, the peeler was lowered, and the slices fell into the bowl below in beautiful shreds.

“…… hehe.”

Shoo, shoo.

“…..Hehehe”

It’s a simple process, but it’s a lot of fun.

Kurusu, too, has become addicted to it and continues to make piles of shreds without stopping. With a faint grin on her face, she continues to make piles of shreds.

“It’s kind of nice. ……”

My best friend in an apron in my kitchen.

I’m next to her, and we’re cooking the meal we’re going to eat today together.

That somehow, I can’t verbalize why, but I thought …… it was nice.

I wish I could stay like this forever.

“Arata, look at this. I shredded all the cabbage.”

“Good job,. You’re good at it, Kurusu.”

“Rightt. After all, I am Arata’s employer.”

“Then I’ll have you mix the okonomiyaki flour with water.”

“Yeah, I’ll take care of it.”

Kurusu confidently sniffs.

When I saw her serious profile as she worked on the job, an itchy pain raced through my heart.

After dinner, Arata and I watched a movie.

It was a live-action adaptation of a shoujo manga that was playing a while ago. The one I had said I wanted to see.

A romantic movie with just the two of us and …… D-definitely that kind of thing already!

He’s trying to create an atmosphere!

…… and well, there was no way I could concentrate on it at all.

When the movie was over, Arata looked outside where it was now completely dark.

“It’s pouring, Kurusu, what are you going to do today? You want to stay the night?

“Oh, ……, um, yeah. I’ll do that. ……”

Having made up my mind, returning home was obviously not an option for me.

I had heard, but I don’t think he had any intention of sending me home for some reason.

“Then, I’ll bring out the usual sleepover set. Kurusu, while you’re at it…”

I made a creaking sound and got up from the sofa.

He looks at me with cool eyes and opens his thin lips.

“—Why don’t you go take a shower?”

Ha…… haha, hahaaaaaa~~~~~~~~~!!!!

Amagi Kurusu, sixteen years old!!!!

Tonight, I’m going to be an adult!!!!

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