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“Next stop, Shinjuku, Shinjuku~. The exit is on the left. If you are transferring to the Chuo Line–“

Beep, beep.

I got off the train with the sound of the doors opening.

Today is Saturday.

I came to the recording of “Ore Kano” as usual.

But still–

“Those two, I wonder if something happened……”

By those two I mean, Elena and Himemiya san–Shiorin.

Since that match, both of them have scattered sparks on the site.

……With me in between.

Suda san is just grinning at me and not helping me at all, that guy is seriously…..

With these thoughts in mind, I arrived at the station restroom.

I take off my mask and glasses and get into work mode. My hair is set and I’m ready to go.

“Okay, let’s go !”

I slap my cheek to get myself in the mood.

Now, I’m gonna do my best……..

Tattatt, tatt,

Hm?

Is it my imagination, or was there someone behind me……

Well, whatever.

I start walking again.

Tatta-tatta-tatta.

No, I’m sure. Someone is following me.

Krr

Bikku

I turn around, and the other person hides behind a telephone pole.

Or rather, they’re not hiding at all……

The blonde hair peeking out from the telephone pole, and that gyaru-like outfit, she’s probably–.

“Sigh…….”

I don’t know why she’s following me, but I’d better not get involved.

I’m going to ignore it and continue on my way.

Clatter clatter

Why are you still following me …..?

Annoyed, I walked fast into the alley.

“No way, where did he go?”

Suck it up. I don’t know what for, but it’s payback for the other day.

With that, I headed for the studio.

This area is hard to find because of all the alleys and lanes.

I used to get lost in the beginning, but I’m used to it now.

I go through an alley near the studio with few pedestrians…

“Kyaaa ! Help !”

“Shut your trap !”

“Hii…..”

There’s a lot of noise behind me.

But I don’t have any obligation to help. I hate that person.

“S-somebody help–“

“I told you not to make a fuss ! You know what this knife is, right?”

(Tsk ! Idiot.)

I found my feet heading in the direction of the voice.

I wasn’t doing this for her. I’m doing this so I don’t regret it, that’s all.

“Sigh……”

side Himukai Ayaka

“Next is Shinjuku~. Shinjuku~”

As I listened to the announcement on the train, I looked at the scenery outside the window.

Today is Saturday.

I actually have a job as a reader at a studio in Shibuya, but to be honest, I’m not in the mood for it right now.

“Ah, hello? This is Himukai. Yes, I’m not feeling well today…… Yes, I’m sorry. Excuse me.”

Beep, beep

I called the office and told them I’m taking a day off.

I skipped work for the first time, what am I doing……

Beep, beep.

The train doors open and I follow the flow of people and get off at the station.

I got off at Shinjuku for now, but what should I do?

I’m going to go to the select stores that I always go to–

“Eh?”

At that moment, what caught my eye was a dull man with shaggy hair, a mask, and round glasses.

Is that……Nekura?

He was wearing black skinnies, a summer knit, and a long coat.

His clothes look as if they were taken from a mannequin at a clothing store, or perhaps he bought them from a mannequin.

He’s tall and not unstylish, so it fits, but his face is so bad. Not good at all.

Are you trying to get rid of your geekiness? It’s really creepy.

Ah, I’m getting kind of annoyed…….

Besides, even though Nekura didn’t do it the other day, I don’t think it’s my fault.

I just know that guys like that will do something like that someday, and it just so happens that it wasn’t now. It’s not my fault.

Why is Rinka sticking around with that creepy guy?

I really don’t understand…… no, she must be threatened by something.

I have to help Rinka out by taking advantage of the creep’s weakness…….

Thinking this, I start up the camera on my phone and follow Nekura from behind.

First, Nekura went into the restroom at the station.

As expected, I can’t go inside, so I’m gonna ask him what’s going on from a nearby pillar.

Tatta tatt

He’s coming out.

I’ll definitely reveal your secret—-

“Eh !? No way…….”

After a while, I saw Nekura coming out of the station restroom and my eyes widened.

Because–

“S-so cool…….”

The one who came out of the restroom is a fresh handsome guy with black hair.

The people around me are also glancing at him.

He’s definitely the most handsome man I’ve ever seen, my ideal, or maybe even more–.

(Is that Nekura, by any chance?)

No way, no, but they look exactly the same……

No way, is that prince……Nekura?

With dizzy and dazed steps, I followed Nekura.

After following him for a while, he suddenly looked back at me.

Thump !

I quickly hid behind a nearby telephone pole.

Did he find out by any chance?

Tatta tatt

Nekura started walking again. Thank God, he didn’t seem to notice me.

But then Nekura suddenly started walking faster, and I lost him in the alley.

“No way, where did he go?”

I found myself in a strange alley.

There was no one there at all, and it was kind of creepy.

I was about to turn back the way I had just come when I suddenly felt a grip on my arm.

Thump !

“Hey, you’re so cute~ Wanna play with us?”

When I turned around, I saw a group of four guys who looked like they were bad news.

I had to get out of here……

“Hey, let go of me ! You’re disgusting !”

“Aaah?”

“She just called us disgusting.”

“Don’t get all mushy on us just because you’re good-looking ! !”

Smack

“Kaha……”

I get punched in the stomach and I can’t breathe.

I can’t breathe. These guys are really bad. What should I do, I have to run away, someone……

“Kyaa ! Help me ! !”

I screamed with all my might. Someone, anyone…….

“Shut your trap !”

“Hii…….”

I can’t say anything as he scowls at me with his devilish eyes.

I don’t like it, I don’t like it here–

“S-somebody help–“

“I told you not to make a fuss ! You know what this knife is, right?”

I was strangled and a knife was held to my throat.

I was so scared that I couldn’t speak……

“Ah…..uh……”

That’s right. As long as you understand, okay? Come play with us now !”

“Gyahaha ! That’s good.”

“Because I was disturbed by a brat last time.”

“I’ll kill that kid if I ever see him again !”

That kid? I don’t know what he’s talking about, but one thing’s for sure, I’m about to be raped by these guys.

Why, why did this happen……

“Ugh, ugh……ugh……”

Clatter clatter

Tears were falling from my eyes.

Yes, I had done something terrible to Nekura and I deserved it.

This is my punishment, I’m sure.

“Oh, you’re crying~ Are you all right~?”

[ [ [Gyahahahaha] ] ]

“……”

At least, I’ll shut up and accept it. My sin.

Piter-patter

“What are you doing?”

The voice can be heard from a little distance away.

“Nekura……kun?”

The one who was there was the prince I had been chasing until a moment ago–Nekura.

Are you going to help me even though I’m like this?

“Ah? Who the hell are you !”

“Don’t get in my way……ain’t you that little shit from last time !”

Nekura pulled his right leg back and took a stance.

No way, are you going to fight?

No matter how much martial arts experience you have, four-on-one is impossible. Even I, an amateur, know that much.

“You can’t fight four on one ! Besides, these guys have knives.”

“……”

Nekura was still holding his position even after hearing my words, not changing his expression.

Why, why did he take me to such an extent…..

“That’s why, Mr.handsome~. Isn’t it better to run away now?”

“Me? I’m not going to run away. More importantly, are you okay? Your hand that’s holding the knife is shaking. Make sure you aim here properly.”

He points to his navel and smiles, provoking the thugs.

What the hell do you think you’re doing…..?

“You little bastard…..die, ora ! ! ! !”

Smack, bang, thud !

“Guhaa ! !” “Uugh ! !”

“Shoji and the others, in an instant…. W-who the hell are you !”

“Nobody, I’m just a regular guy. More than that, here…..go back to sleep.”

Smack, thud !

“Guhaa ! !”

In an instant, four thugs are thrown away. Moreover, all of them are knocked out with a single blow…….

Was he this strong? Nekura kun,…….

“Hey, are you okay?”

“Y-yeah…….”

I took the hand he offered me and was about to stand up when I felt pain in my right ankle.

“Ouuch !”

“Can you walk?”

“I’m sorry, I don’t think I can.”

“I see, come here.”

With that, he turned his back to me and crouched down.

I can’t believe how cool, strong, and kind he is…….

I’m sure this guy is my–

“Yeah, thanks. Nekura kun.”

We both were silent on the way to the station.

I wonder if Nekura kun is as excited as me…..

Nekura kun’s body temperature is transmitted through his body.

“Thank you for earlier. If it wasn’t for Nekura kun, I’m sure I would have been treated badly.”

“……”

“You’re really kind, huh.”

“……”

Nekura kun is silent. Is he embarrassed?

“We’re at the station.”

“Thanks.”

I can already walk on my right leg. It seems to be all right.

“Well then.”

He turns away and walks away.

“W-wait !”

“…..What?”

“Thank you so much for today. Nekura kun, you’re really cool ! I don’t know–“

“Don’t screw with me ! !”

“Eh……”

Suddenly he yelled at me, and I froze.

“I’m cool, you said? If Yamada kun hadn’t been so brave that time, I would’ve been expelled from school because of you !”

“B-but that was Suzuki and the others……”

“Yeah, that’s true. But in the first place, if you had listened to what I had to say, it wouldn’t have happened ! When I tried to explain, what did you say? Didn’t you say [This disgusting creep must’ve done it]?”

“T-that’s…….”

“Indeed, appearance is one of the criteria for judging people. But I hate it when people judge people based on that alone ! People like you, Himukai.”

“N-no ! I’m just–“

“It is ! If only you had listened to me, I might have talked to Yamada kun or the teacher and made it go away peacefully. But because you didn’t, Yamada kun was almost beaten up by Suzuki !”

“I-I’m sorry….ugh……hiks……”

Yes, Nekura kun is right.

I used to judge people by their looks, and I’m the worst.

It’s too convenient to say, “You’re cool” as if you suddenly turned your palm back.

I deserved to be yelled at……

“I don’t need an apology. Don’t talk to me at school at all from now on. See ya.”

“N-no way…… Wait, Nekura kun !”

“…….”

He turns on his heel and leaves. This time he no longer looks back at the sound of my voice.

“U-ugh…… Uwaaaa ! !”

I found myself slumped to the ground, sobbing like a child.

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bah
bah
1 year ago

“I used to judge people by their looks” Bitch, what? That was like 5 minutes ago. And you only “changed your mind” when you found out the creepy nerd who you were stalking to get dirt on was good looking. Very satisfying to see him going off on her for her bullshit. Wish more anima/manga/LN/WN authors wrote their MCs with a backbone.

Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Milkshake
1 year ago

I love karma chapter

Dead4rain
Dead4rain
1 year ago

No way? A jp novel MC that isn’t a complete spineless pushover?

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

Karma is a b>tch…… thanks for the chapter…… really appreciate it….. many thanks to the translator for translating this wn

john
john
8 months ago

This is a GREAT chapter, I love when the MC talk with the truth