Episode 27 – Friends and Discoveries



A chime rings, signaling that it is after school.

It seemed that one of the lower grades had a special class this afternoon, and the rest of the grades went home in the morning.

Apparently, club activities are also banned, so the whole school was on high spirits after a half day off.

I was also excited to be able to go home on a half day off.

I was so mentally decomposed today that I thought, “Isn’t this a holiday?”

“Hey, hey, let’s go to Shibuya today, shall we?”

“Yeah, that sounds great! Let’s go to karaoke or something!”

“Yeah, yeah!”

I could hear some people talking in a voice 20% louder than usual.

As for me, I don’t have a part-time job, so I don’t have any plans.

The final exam is coming up, so I’m thinking of doing some studying to defend my position as the number one student in my grade.

It’s really the same as before.

Now, it is about time for Iyoki-san to come to the front of my classroom, and I don’t want to keep her waiting, so I decide to go out.

I put my school bag on my shoulder and go out of the classroom.

“Huh, unusually, she’s not here.”

She is usually seen leaning against the wall in front of my classroom, but I don’t see him.

When I was thinking that I was ahead of her today, she came running to me.

“Ah, Iyoki san”

“I’m sorry, Iriake kun. I’m sorry for making you wait.”

“It’s all right. I just arrived.”

“I’m glad to hear that. Today, I’ve been asked by …… teacher to help with a special class, so I don’t think I’ll be able to go home with you. I’m sorry!”

“I see. No need to apologize! I understand. Please do your best to help out.”


She had looked so depressed earlier, but she was all cheered up.

I’m kind of happy that you felt so guilty about not being able to go home with me…

“……I really wanted to make out with Iriake-kun all day today, though.”

“Eh? What did you say?”

“I-it’s nothing! I’ll see you later!”


Iyoki-san waves her hand at me and leaves.

Well, it looks like I’ll be going home alone today for the first time in a while.

I wonder how long it’s been

I’ve been with Iyoki san every day lately, and it’s probably been a while since I’ve been alone.

“I really spend too much time with Iyoki-san, don’t I?”

I muttered to myself and turned to go home to the shoe box.

Then I heard a voice calling me from inside the classroom.

“Iriake, wait a minute!”

“Kento? What’s wrong?”

“No, I was just wondering if you’re free right now.”

“Busy? …… well, I’m not going home with Iyoki san today, so I’m free for the whole day.”

“Oh! That’s good! Can we go out for dinner now? It’s not often that I get a chance to do something like this.”

It is true that Kento is usually free after school because he is involved in club activities. 

In addition, he is also involved in club activities on his days off, so it’s not every day that he gets to go out to eat with me.

Recently, he and I have grown closer, and now we can proudly say that we are friends.

There was no reason for me to refuse his invitation.

“Great, let’s go!”

“It’s decided! If you decide to do so, we’ll go right away! ”


♦ ♦ ♦

We entered a family restaurant in front of the station. 

We were guided to a sofa seat by the window and sat down facing each other.

Perhaps because it was a weekday, the restaurant was empty even at lunchtime, and there was some background music playing.

We quickly placed our orders and took a sip of water after settling down.

“Speaking of which, how are you doing these days?”

“What do you mean, how are things going?”

“Of course it’s about Sae-sama, isn’t it? I know you guys seem to be getting along as usual, but are you going out with her already?”

“H-Haa!? I-I’m not going out with her! Me and Iyoki-san are such ……”

“I think it’s strange that you guys aren’t dating with that kind of distance between you.”

I don’t know how much distance there is between men and women in general, but it certainly seems close.

In fact, we’re spending quite a bit of time together right now.

“No, no, no, that’s impossible. Me and Iyoki san aren’t even remotely compatible.”

“I don’t know. Well, I think I think Iriake’s specs are pretty high.”

“No, that’s not true.”

“Again with the modesty!”

“I’m not being modest.”

Iyoki-san is the idol of the school.

Even though people around me have started to recognize me lately, I’m just a student A.

I don’t have the stunning looks like Iyoki-san or the communicative ability.

It is hard to believe that Iyoki-san would have romantic feelings for me like that.

W-Well I’d like to think that she has some good feelings for me, though. ……

“Hey, no progress, huh? I’m looking forward to seeing Iriake’s romantic comedy progress these days.”

“What’s that? I’m not like that with Iyoki-san, okay?”

“It’s so boring! I’m sure if there’s any event happening here or not~”

“Even if you call it an event,……, well, Iyoki san moved in next door to my house.”

The cups fall over with a clang.

“What are you doing, Kento?”

“W-What are you doing? Why don’t you tell me something important like that?!”


“…… Haaa, you are a bad protagonist. He’s got no aptitude for romantic comedy by far.”

“What do you mean by ‘romantic comedy aptitude’?”

I’ve never heard of the term. 

I mean, when did I become the protagonist of a romantic comedy?

“It’s a big event, you know! Oh, that’s enough! You don’t know what’s important and what’s not, so tell me everything you know about Iyoki san!”


“Everything! How you’ve been with Iyoki san for the past week, what you’ve been doing, what dates you’ve been on, how you met her, everything!”

I don’t know what’s so interesting about that kind of thing.

But if Kento wants to hear it, there’s nothing I can do about it.

“I-I understand.”

I told him everything without concealment, as if I was recalling everything from the beginning.

This continued until after the ordered items had arrived, and when he had just finished eating everything, I finished.

“So, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Iyoki-san lately,…..wait, Kento?”

Kento was looking down and waving his arms.

He had been silent throughout the entire conversation until I finished, but he slowly raised his face and finally opened his mouth.

“Is that for real?”

“I’m serious.”

“If you’re talking about that……, there’s one thing I’ve found out.”

“What do you mean, you’ve figured something out?”

Kento told me heavily, as if he was saying something terrible.

“Sae-sama is a yandere.”

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