Today I had a part-time job after a seven-hour class. I couldn’t help but sigh, anticipating a rather hard day.
When I entered the classroom, the class was suddenly buzzing, and I felt a sense of discomfort.
I felt as if all eyes were on me.
“Yo, Yuuto. ……Is the classroom noisier than usual?”
“What is it, what’s going on?”
Seeing Yuuto choking on his words, my sense of discomfort gradually grew.
“No, um….it’s about that incident in 1st year Class A…”
You mean about Hikaru’s bullying…….
The incident in which Hikari was bullied spread through the school at a tremendous rate from the day I bumped into Hikari’s class.
The most likely cause is that the report was submitted to the Board of Education, which led to an investigation. Of course, my mom, Hikari herself, and I cooperated with the investigation.
As a result of the investigation, the perpetrators of bullying, including Riko, were identified and suspended indefinitely. And their classes were changed.
If it becomes this big of a deal, it’s no wonder it’s spreading around the school. As for me, I don’t like it so much because I feel that Hikari is being exposed.
Incidentally, the teacher was given a pay cut.
I don’t feel that the punishment was not enough, but I decided that it was appropriate because bullying is often done cleverly in places out of the teacher’s sight.
“So? I don’t like it when you get all brusque like that.”
“No, um…..the guys who were suspended were reinstated today.”
Seriously? Is it possible to get back in about a month after getting an indefinite suspension?
…..I wonder if they sent a letter of apology to the school.
“Among those who returned to school, there was a junior who was good friends with you, wasn’t there? ……Riko, right? She came to the classroom a while ago and confessed her passionate love for you.”
“Erm, what was it……she said she love Kento senpai. She’ll be waiting for you on the rooftop after school today. ……That’s what I heard.”
……Confession? You bullied Hikari, but who do you think you are to say that?
“I really don’t get it.”
“I don’t get it either. ……I probably shouldn’t say that in the first place, but it was her who bullied your little sister, wasn’t she? You mean she confessed to the brother of the girl she bullied, right?”
“Well, I guess so.”
After school, huh? It’s fine to ignore her, but there are so many questions I want to ask, like why she bullied Hikari.
…….LEt’s just go.
I open the door to the rooftop. The door is old and makes an unpleasant squeaking sound.
I mean, is it really that easy to get to the rooftop? It’s not even locked.
I saw Riko waving her hand in my direction, perhaps noticing my arrival at the door.
As I approached Riko, she hugged me.
“Sorry. …..It’s senpai. The real senpai…….”
I could see that Riko was in a trance as she looked at me while hugging me.
“H-hey ! Let go of me !”
Before, I probably would have let Riko hug me, but now that I know that she was bullying Hikari, I can’t do that anymore.
“Why are you rejecting me, Senpai? You’re my boyfriend, so get a grip.”
“……Huh? I don’t remember being your boyfriend.”
“What are you talking about? You’re here knowing that I confessed my love to you, right? Aren’t we already in love with each other?”
What are you talking about?
Riko stares at me with cloudy eyes. If I look closely, it looks like it has become quite rough.
“…There’s no way I’ll fall in love with you who bullied Hikari !”
My feelings are limited to this. I can’t like her, at least not right now.
Riko looked down after hearing my words. I can’t see her expression.
“What do you mean……it’s natural.
No older brother would feel good knowing his sister was bullied.”
“…..Why, why, why, why, why! Why are you rejecting me ! Accept me !”
Riko suddenly became hysterical. Despite her attitude, her murky eyes were staring at me as if clinging to me somehow.
I said once and for all. At the very least, this feeling won’t change without an apology to Hikari.
Riko slumped down on the spot, stunned. It must be quite a shock to be rejected by the person you love.
But it was her own fault. If she hadn’t bullied Hikari, at least I wouldn’t have rejected Riko so harshly.
…….I feel like I can’t stand it. But right now, I don’t have the heart to comfort Riko.
Since it didn’t look like we could talk any further, I decided to leave.
I turned my back on Riko who was crying.
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