“So, what restaurant would you like to go to?”
“Well, let’s see……. [Kakugyu] or something like that.”
[Kakugyu] is a yakiniku restaurant that’s part of a nationwide chain.
It’s not that good, but it costs about 3000 yen for 2 hours of all-you-can-eat, which is pretty cost-effective.
“Hmmm, but also I want to eat some cow’s offal and such. ……Ah, how about this?”
Saying that, Himemiya san showed something on her smartphone called [Hormone Lover]
It has many highly rated reviews, and the price is also very reasonable…….
At the top of the introduction, it says [Couples only, all you can eat and drink for 2,000 yen !]
It’s a great couple’s plan…..but I guess, it can’t be helped.
“Um, should we go to another restaurant?”
The beautiful girl with long black hair is looking at me curiously.
“Well, that’s for couples only…….”
“I see. Then I’ll make a reservation for two, okay?”
Hinemiya san tapped the phone number of the restaurant as if it was a matter of course.
A-am I crazy or…..?
“N-no, wait. Like I said, we can’t go in, Shiori.”
No, why do you look so surprised…..
“No, Shiori and I aren’t even dating–“
“We’re pretending to be a couple, okay?”
Me and Himemiya san as a couple?
No, that’s just too much to ask……
“Then, I’ll call them now.”
“W-wait a minute–“
Brrr brrr brrr
“Ah, I’m making a reservation for fifteen minutes later, for two people. The course is the [Couple Plan]. ……Yes, thank you.”
Hinemiya san finishes making the reservation before I can stop her.
“I’m sorry, but the hormones look really good. …..Ah, by any chance, you don’t want to be a couple with me?”
Himemiya san looked up at me with a face that looked like she was going to cry at any moment.
“N-no, that’s not what I meant.”
“Yay♪Then we are a couple from now on !”
It was as if the crying face she had just now is a lie, Hinemiya san is intertwining her arms around me with a big smile on her face.
I-is this a dream? I’m sure it’s just a dream…….
“C-can’t we just do this in the restaurant?”
“Geez, these things have to be prepared in advance or you’ll get ripped off, you know? Ryo kun always previews the script before recording, right?”
“Well, that’s true.”
Hm? I agree with her, but what does she mean?
“With that said. Then, let’s go !”
And so, Hinemiya san and I headed to the restaurant.
Clang, clang, clang.
“Welcome〜 ! For how many people?”
“I’m Hinemiya, we have a reservation for two.”
“Please take a seat here, Himemiya sama.”
Himemiya san and I sat down at the table guided by the waitress.
What is this?
There’s a notice on the table that says, [Please sit next to each other].
“I’m going to sit next to you, excuse me.”:
But still, what’s this all about?
While I am tilting my head, the waitress appears.
“You are here for a couple’s plan. Is that right?”
“This plan is to offer the all-you-can-eat meal at half the regular price, but we ask that you prove you are a couple when you place your order. Please see here for more details.”
No, I’ve never heard of that.
“Y-you’re kidding, right…….?”
“N-no way. So that’s how it is–“
I looked over the paper that was handed to me in a hurry, and what it said was, [Please give a kiss, a hug, or a confession of love when you order].
“You are a couple…..right?”
Kuh, it’s not good. The waitress is looking at me with suspicion.
“Ryo kun, do you want to kiss……?”
Himemiya san is looking at me with teary eyes.
No, what are you saying…….
“N-no, no, no. That is indeed a bad idea.”
“Then, please say [I love you, Shiori].”
Hinemiya san looked at me with a serious expression on her face. The waitress is also looking at me sternly…… damn it !
“S-Shiori. I……love you.”
“Fufu, I love you too, Ryo kun.”
Kuh, why are you looking at me with such a happy expression on your face…….
No, calm down, me. This is just an act, right?
I breathe a sigh of relief and reset my thinking.
That was close, it’s indeed too painful if we were misunderstood. It’s only in anime that you can date such a beautiful girl.
“Okay, thank you very much ! Then I would like to ask for your order.”
“Let’s see, three servings of ribs and–“
“Haa〜, that was delicious !”
“Yeah, it was really good.”
After ordering several times, it was time for the all-you-can-eat meal to end.
“Ryo kun’s confession made me so happy♪”
“Sigh, seriously, give me a break already.”
After that, we were made to hug and confess every time we ordered.
We managed to avoid kissing, but it was indeed hard……
I was so nervous that I couldn’t taste the meat at all in the beginning.
“Excuse me, here’s you oolong tea.:
Finally, I sipped the glass of tea I ordered–what’s with this taste?
“Don’t drink it, Shiori !”
“Hm, something tastes weird……”
Oh shit, I’m too late…….
It was a small amount, but Himemiya san drank it.
“Excuse me, isn’t this alcohol?”
“Eh? Ah, I’m sorry ! Let me get you a cold drink right away.”
The waitress brought the cold sake from the kitchen in a panic.
“Hey, are you all right? Shiori.”
I let Himemiya san drink the cold drink I got from the waitress.
Judging from the rest of the glass, she didn’t drink that much, so it should be fine, but just in case.
“Huh~? It’s totally fine.”
Hinemiya san’s face is bright red, but she is conscious and seems to be okay.
But still, is this for real? She’s drunk,…….
Himemiya san suddenly fell silent.
I wonder what’s going on.
“……Ryo kun ! I’m angy, you know? With such a pretty girl.”
“W-what are you talking about?”
With a bright red face, she stares at me as if criticizing me.
Maybe it’s the booze, but something I don’t understand…..
“Don’t play dwumb ! What kind of relationship do you have with Shijou san?”
“Ehn Elena? N-no, she’s just a childhood friend….. We just went to the same training school.”
“It’s not fair…..”
N-not fair? I don’t know what you mean, really.
Suddenly, I hear a ring from the phone in my pocket.
Who is it?
“Hello, this is Nekura.”
[Oh, Ryoga? I heard from Suda san that you’re not feeling well, are you okay?]
The caller was Elena.
Not feeling well? What does that mean?
“Eh? It’s not like I was–“
I was about to say so when I suddenly realized.
Even though it wasn’t forced, it’s not a good idea to tell the truth that Hinemiya san and I are eating alone at another restaurant without attending the celebration……right?
Perhaps Suda san realized that.
“Yeah, I’m feeling a little under the weather. I’m resting at home.”
[I-I see. I’m free right now, so, you know, do you want me to take care of you or something?]
[Ah, I don’t mean that in a weird way ! I just–“
No, as expected, it would be bad if she came to my house now……
“Ni, it’s fine. Akari is taking care of me.”
[I-if you say so. If Akari is with you, then you’ll be fine.]
“Y-yeah. See you later.”
[Yeah, good night.]
Phew……..I managed to avoid being caught.
I thought so and put away my phone, and then I felt a slight bump on my shoulder.
I turned to the side and saw Hinemiya san leaning on my shoulder and closing her eyes.
“…..Good night, Shiori.”
Ryoga put her on his back so as not to wake up Shiori who is sleeping.
“Whoa, isn’t that couple really crazy?”
“A tall handsome guy and a beautiful dark-haired girl, that’s too crazy…….:
The exclamations of admiration heard from inside the restaurant, but, however, he is unaware of it.
(Sigh, I stood out. Let’s get the hell out of here……)
After paying the bill, Ryoga picked up a cab to take Shiori home, and then went home by himself.
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