The final exam went off without a hitch.

I think the fact that Chifuyu taught me how to study was a big part of it.

But it was more like 20% studying and 80% flirting.

That’s how smart Chifuyu is and how good she is at teaching.

“I was able to get everything done thanks to Chifuyu. Thanks a lot.”

“I’m glad. I want to go to college with you, Toma kun. We will be together in college.”

“That’s right. Then I’ll have to work even harder. Do you want to study during summer vacation?”

“No….. I want you to hold me all the time.”

“Yeah. ……”

On the way home, our heads are already in the summer vacation and we are heading home, discussing what we are going to do during the long vacation starting tomorrow.

I finally saved up enough money from my part-time job to put a down payment on a new place, so after talking to my parents about it when I get home, I’m waiting for the event of moving out of the house.

“I have a part-time job today, so I’m going to tell them to let me take next week off then. I’ve already told my parents.”

“I’m anxious ……. I’m afraid to say hello to your parents.”

“Don’t worry, they were looking forward to it. Chifuyu will be fine.”


After returning to my room, we took a shower together and changed clothes.

Chifuyu put on my lousy jersey, which she loves so much, as her loungewear, and I put on my casual clothes to go to my part-time job.

“Well, I’m off.”

“See you …….”

“Y-yeah. Umm, I’m going to have to ask you to take your hands off of me.”

“……, yeah.”

“Don’t worry. It’s only three hours. I’ll be right back.”

” …… I’ll go to bed and wait for you. I’ll kill some time dreaming about Toma kun.”

“I’ll be right back. I’m off.”

Chifuyu keeps trying to leave me even at the door, but in the end she resists and lets go of my hand.

Lately, I’ve been trying to only contact Madoka san when I’m really having a hard time.

However, Madoka-san laughed and said that she wasn’t worried because she didn’t know when she would get a call.

I left the apartment just in time and ran to the supermarket.

I get to work and enter the cash register, catching my breath.

It gets busy.

During the busy hours, I was so busy that I didn’t even have time to think about Chifuyu.

I choose the busiest time of the day to work because it is the easiest for me.

If I’m not busy, I want to see her.

I also make an effort to suppress my feelings in this way.

Both Chifuyu and me.

I don’t want to be labeled as codependent.

When the end of my shift approaches

“Welcome ……, Chifuyu, welcome”

“Yes, Toma kun.”

Chifuyu comes to pick me up.

It’s more like shopping or rather, shopping while she’s coming to see me.

The tiredness of the work is gone at once.

“Thank you for your hard work.”

When I say goodbye to the other part-timers, they always smile at me and say, “It’s nice to be young, isn’t it?”

It’s embarrassing, but it makes me happy.

It makes me happy as a man to be able to boast about my cute girlfriend.

Chifuyu also seems a little satisfied to see me bragging about her so openly to everyone.

“Well then, let’s go home.”

“Are you tired, Toma kun? I want to go somewhere after this.”

“Yes, that’s fine. Do you want to go somewhere?”

“I want to buy some clothes. I’m going to Toma kun’s parents’ house. I thought I shouldn’t wear jerseys.”

“I don’t think it’s a problem. But to ride the train in jerseys well you know. Yes, let’s go buy”

I put my luggage at home.

We headed straight for the shopping district.

When we arrived at a women’s clothing store, a beautiful woman greeted us.

“Welcome, please take your time.”

She was mature, stylish, and beautiful.

In the past, she would have made a disgusted face at my being greeted by such a woman, but Chifuyu made no sign of concern and walked into the store, holding my hand.

“Beautiful kun. Toma kun, she’s a beautiful person right.”

“I-Is that so? Well”

“No, it’s okay. I know you would never cheat on me.”

“I see. Yes, I won’t. I’m only interested in Chifuyu.”

“I love you ……. I want you to tell me every day.”

“I’ll say it every day or every minute. I only like Chifuyu.”


Chifuyu squirms and keeps looking at me without looking at the clothes.

Even when I told her to choose something, she said, “I’m happy, so I just want to see Toma-kun.”

The store clerk was also looking at me with a bit of a laugh, which was embarrassing.

But she was cute.

Even though she is my senior, Chifuyu is so cute and sweet like a little child that I find all the other women are the same except for her.

I wonder if this is what they call love is blind.

Maybe not.

But if I talk to Madoka san about this kind of thing, she’s probably going to say something like, “You’re sick”

In the end, after asking for recommendations, she bought one gray one-piece dress and left the store.

It wasn’t so bad when I came to the store, but when I left, the shopping street was full of people.

It was crowded even though it was nighttime.

“Hmmm, is there something going on?”

“Toma kun, is that…”

“…. fireworks?”

There were signs posted all over the shopping street.

Today, there will be a fireworks display at the port, and it seems that a lot of people are coming to see it. 

“Hee, I didn’t know that. Do they do it every year?”

“I’ve heard of it. I’ve never seen it.”

“Well, since you’ve come all this way, would you like to see it with me? Ah, Do you not like crowds?”

“No, I’m fine with Toma kun being here.”

I went with the flow of people from the shopping street to the port.

Then I see more crowds.

I stopped a little behind the crowd.

Chifuyu looks a little anxious after all, even though she says she’s fine.

“I’m sorry. I’m still ……”

“It’s okay. You know,……, Madoka san told me about Chifuyu’s parents.”

“I see. Yes, even though I should be the one to tell you about them.”

“No, I’m sorry for prying. However, I’m glad to know that Chifuyu is doing her best while dealing with such trauma. They may not be all good people, but there are some good people. I think we’ll meet many more people like Madoka-san who understand Chifuyu.”


“But you don’t have to force yourself. If Chifuyu is worried, you don’t have to force yourself to interact with others. Since I’m with you, Chifuyu, please stay by my side.”

“Toma-kun…Yeah, I’ll never leave Toma-kun. I won’t let you go. Even if you say you hate me, I’ll never leave you.”

“Yeah. I’ve been keeping an eye on Chifuyu to make sure she doesn’t go anywhere. I’ve always been worried about her. Things like this are kind of heavy, aren’t they?”

“I’m glad ……. The weight of Toma-kun is very comfortable.”

That moment when we held hands tightly.

I heard a whooshing sound in the sky, followed by a loud bang.

The dark sky is brightly illuminated.

The light-colored fireworks spread across the night sky and disappeared.

“It’s fireworks. They’re beautiful, aren’t they?”

“Yes, it is. It’s the first time I’ve seen them, but I’m glad it was my first time with you.”

“Me too. I want my first time to be with Chifuyu.”

“I love you ……, Toma kun.”

The fireworks that lit up the night sky in the countryside were equally intoxicating for everyone.

Only this time, Chifuyu and I didn’t look at each other’s faces, and were absorbed in the fireworks dancing in the sky.

I’ve never once let go of the hand that has always held mine.

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7 months ago

Glad to See a new chapter ^^ thanks