The day after my date with Emiko senpai.
I went to the living room to talk with Hikari while my mother and father had not returned yet.
I did this because I was concerned that if they were there, there might be something that would be difficult to talk about.
Hikari was also sexually bullied, and if I wanted to talk about that, it would be a terrible thing for my parents to hear, let alone me, who had seen it happen.
…..Well, I’m sure my mother and father have heard about the bullying from the school, and I’m sure they know about the sexual bullying as well.
“Hikari, can I talk to you for a minute?”
I call out to Hikari, who is relaxing in the living room.
“Hm? What’s up?”
“Well, let’s talk for a minute.”
I pull out a chair from the table and invite her to sit down.
Hikari still didn’t seem to understand the situation, but she sat down meekly in the chair with an air of reluctance.
I sat down across from Hikari.
“……You haven’t been able to go to school lately, have you?”
I took a breath and cut her off.
“I’m not accusing you of anything. You don’t have to go to school, you can do whatever you want. You can drop out of school at worst. In that case, I might be worried about your future, but…..well, if it comes to it, your brother will provide for you.”
Hikari’s expression sank for a moment, so I hurriedly explained quickly.
“………You’re proposing me?”
But Hikari seemed to have made a mysterious mistake, and she couldn’t help but click her tongue.
“Anyway,…..I’m glad you’re worried about me, but I’m not too worried about the future, okay? I have a firm hope. I’m just going to keep pushing forward with it.”
“……Is there something you want to do, or a career you want to pursue?”
Hikari paused for a beat.
“Onii chan’s wife !”
She gave me a dazzling smile.
……Hikari apparently wants me to get a permanent job.
I stammered, not knowing what to say in reply.
“……I’m serious, okay?”
I looked into Hikari’s eyes and I could tell that it wasn’t a lie.
A bit of silence dominates the living room.
“……I’m getting off track here, let’s take it back a notch. ……Hikari, do you want to go to school?”
“….I don’t want to go, I guess.”
Of course, Hikari seemed to understand that she had deviated from the topic and was a little dissatisfied, but she answered my question properly.
“…As long as there are bullies in school, I don’t think I’ll ever want to go to school, and to see them going to school like other people…I’ll be gone beyond anger and explode with resentment.”
After that incident, I heard that the perpetrators of the bullying were suspended from school and at the same time one grade was unusually reclassified.
As I say, that is for the sake of Hikari, so there is no chance in all likelihood that she will be in the same class as the bullies, but it is still possible that she will meet them in the hallway or in a moving classroom. It is natural that she doesn’t want to go.
“No. Of course I don’t want to see the people who bullied me, and I don’t like them……but I don’t hold a grudge, okay?”
“…..Is that so?”
It was so unexpected that I couldn’t help but ask again.
“I know exactly why the main girl……Riko chan bullied me. ……I’m sure Riko chan liked Onii chan so much that she bullied me.”
…I know that Riko liked me because she confessed to me, but…is that the reason why Hikari was bullied…?
“……She liked Onii chan so much,…… but it was a love that didn’t come true,…… so negative feelings started to build up inside her and she had an outburst. ……I think I was the outcome for that. I know how hard it is to be in unfulfilled love, so I can understand the outbursts.”
Her love for me went out of control………….
“……I’m sorry. …..It was my fault that Hikari was bullied.”
“It’s not. It wasn’t your fault.”
Hikari denied it, feeling a little greedy.
“No, if I had been more sincere in my treatment of Riko’s affection………”
I was aware of Riko’s affection myself, to be honest. However, since I had a girlfriend at my side, it would be a problem for me, so I unconsciously tried not to see her affection.
…If I could have handled it well, Hikari wouldn’t have to go through such hardships, and Riko might not have had to become the villain.
I turned my face down, unable to look at Hikari out of guilt.
…..I suddenly feel warmth in my hand.
I looked at my hand and saw Hikari’s small hand that didn’t completely wrap around my hand.
“………Even if Onii chan had his share of bad feelings, it doesn’t change the fact that he saved me. So you don’t have to apologize to me.”
“No, but. If you behave in such an effeminate manner, girls will hate you, right? Well, I love you even if you were like that, but it would be better if the vixen didn’t come along. ………Hm? So is it more convenient for you to be effeminate? ………After all, you can continue to be the effeminate Onii chan !”
It’s funny and I can’t help but blurt it out.
That made Hikari smile as well.
“…Thank you. I was planning to console you, but I didn’t think that Hikari’s the one who’s helping me.”
“I’m really happy that you even tried to give me advice ! ……By the way, is there anything else you want to ask me?”
I still had one last question I wanted to ask, so I’m very grateful for Hikari to wipe the slate clean. I’ll put it to good use.
“…Do you still have any emotional scars?”
To be honest, it was obvious, but I decided to ask for confirmation.
After a short pause, Hikari gave me a thoughtful look, and then slowly began to speak.
“…..I still have some. Even now, when I think back to the time when I was bullied, it is very painful. I’m even a little afraid to go to school.”
That’s true. There’s no way the scars are completely healed now.
I knew that, but when I heard directly from her how she was feeling now, it was hard for me too, and my chest tightened.
“….I see. Thanks.
It’s not just about the confession. I became very conscious of the need to continue taking care of Hikari’s mental health as well.
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