“Hikari. What are you going to do about school from now on? You don’t have to go if you don’t want to, or you can change schools.”
“……I don’t think I want to go to school after all.”
Of course. She’s been bullied.
“You should take a break for a while. You can study online now.”
“……I’ll do that.”
That night. After Mom and Dad came home,
I told them that Hikari was being bullied at school and that she wanted to take some time off from school.
Apparently, the school nurse had called my mom to explain the situation, and there was not much of a reaction.
However, I sensed that my mom, who is usually so relaxed, was a little irritated.
She would have been very upset if she knew that her daughter was being bullied.
What surprised me the most was that my dad, who is usually so cool, gently took Hikari in his arms and stroked her head as if he were nursing a baby.
Hikari began to cry again in my dad’s arms.
It may be inappropriate to say, but this incident reaffirmed my parents’ love for us.
I think it made our family bond stronger.
The next day. I had no particular plans, so I went home early after school.
There was no reply.
Hikari should be home. Is she out? Or in her room? Let’s go see her room.
I went up the stairs and arrived in front of Hikari’s room.
When I was about to knock on the door,
I heard a muffled, lustrous voice.
Right. Hikari is also at that age.
As an older brother, it would be better if I didn’t ask.
“……Nng! Ahn ! ……Onii chan…..”
……I didn’t hear anything. I implied to myself, and went down the stairs quietly.
However, as if unable to hide my emotions, I stepped off the last step of the staircase and fell down with a loud noise.
I usually don’t fall down. Why now of all times?
It was too late to blame myself.
Hikari came out of the room.
I don’t know if she was absorbed in her work or had her earphones in, but she seemed to have noticed my presence because I had made such a loud noise.
“O-Onii chan……welcome back…….”
“O-oh. I’m home.”
“Onii chan, that position…..means you fell when you came down the stairs, right? ……That means you heard my voice, right?”
“No, there’s nothing wrong with doing it alone, okay? Even your brother does it.”
“That……ah, I don’t mean the moaning, I mean…I was yelling Onii chan’s name during the…….”
I hold my tongue.
Of course, to Hikari, that can only be an affirmation……
“Onii chan….didi you despise me? Did you think it was disgusting to yell Onii chan’s name while doing it?”
“I-I don’t think so. It’s just a temporary distraction. I’ve done it too. I had Hikari’s face in my mind while I was doing it, and I regretted it afterwards.”
That was black history for me.
I remember that day I couldn’t look at Hikari’s face properly because I felt too guilty.
…Or rather, wasn’t what I just said disgusting? If anything, she might be grossed out.
What that thought, I fearfully looked into Hikari’s face……
“……Why did you have regrets?”
I was caught by surprise by this completely unexpected statement.
“I’m not the kind of person you want to be with, after all?”
“Well…..not in that sense….we’re brother and sister after all.”
I squeeze out the words.
“I…I. I mean it. I’m looking at you that way.”
I was at a loss for words at the sudden confession from my younger sister.
“Do you hear how I feel?”
I was about to interject some words, but the sight of Hikari’s ever-serious eyes discouraged me from doing so.
“It’s 99% impossible to have romantic feelings for a close relative if you grow up in a very normal household.”
“It also said that if you have those feelings after the age of 20, it’s a sign of mental illness.”
“After reading that article on the Internet, I was seriously worried that I was insane for liking my brother over and over again. I tried to hate my brother many times. I tried my best to forget this feeling.”
“But then Onii chan saved me again, and I reconfirmed that he is my prince. I felt like an idiot for worrying about it.”
“I don’t think for a second that I will lose this feeling before I turn 20. If I can love Onii chan, it doesn’t matter if I have a mental illness. In fact, I even want him to be abnormal.”
The suddenness of the situation has confused my mind, but I know that Hikari still had the courage to confess.
Then, I will respond to that courage.
“….Hikari. I’m sorry. I can’t see you like that.”
I might have hurt Hikari.
I thought so and looked into Hikari’s face, but she was unconcerned.
“I knew you were 99% human. But you know what? From now on, I’ll do my best to approach you and turn you into that 1% of a human. …Be prepared.”
At that moment, the smile that Hikari showed looked terribly bewitching.
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