Physical education class.

While everyone else was playing soccer in the school yard, I was sitting off to the side by myself in a daze.

Why am I doing this?

It’s not just because I don’t have any friends.

It’s because recently, rumors have been circulating that I might be dating Iyoki-san.

Thanks to this, whenever I enter a game, everyone stares at me.

I was made to feel once again that Iyoki-san is an idol.

“Really, why am I the one who is being looked after?”

Since I went home with Iyoki-san, it is clear that the frequency of encounters with her has increased.

This is even outside of school, and it’s no longer natural.

Well, there is no way that Iyoki san is intentionally ambushing me.

But I couldn’t get those eyes out of my head, and they were strangely convincing in my ridiculous speculation.

“Haa, I wonder what’s going on.”

“You sigh, what’s troubling you?”

It was Iyoki-san who looked into my face and called out to me.

“I-Iyoki san!? What are you doing here?”

“I had PE too, but I was tired. I was going to take a break, but then I saw Iriake kun.”

“I-I see.”

Yoisho, Iyoki san sat down next to me.

“So, what’s wrong?”

“No, it’s …….”

There is no way I can tell her that.
On the other hand, I don’t have the ability to successfully deceive,

“I-It’s nothing.”

“That’s the way someone who has something to say would answer.”

She easily dismissed the question.

I’m really no good with people.

“Maybe, just in case…”

Iyoki-san moved closer to me, the distance of a human being.

“Is there someone you like?”

“?! I-I don’t like anyone.”

“Hee? I see.”

What kind of a question is this person asking me?

I patted my chest in relief that I had escaped the situation for the time being.

Then Iyoki-san looked at me with that look in her eyes and muttered,

“Fufu, I’m so glad.”

My body trembled.

I knew that Iyoki-san was somewhat strange.

♦ ♦ ♦

The after-school chime rings.

I leave the bustling classroom as quickly as possible and start walking toward the station opposite from my house.

I have a part-time job at a family restaurant later today.

“Come to think of it, I haven’t seen Iyoki-san.”

I usually see Iyogi-san waiting for me after school, or I run into her by chance.

I am sure she has her own plans.

I arrived at my part-time job, said a quick hello to the manager, and entered the waiting room.

I changed into my uniform and was about to start work when the door was knocked.

“Iriake-kun. Do you have a minute?”

“Yes, I’m fine.”

“Actually, we’ve got a new employee starting today.”

One person comes out in front of me from behind the manager.

She has beautiful black hair that I recognize and a distinctive silver inner color.

“Iyoki Sae-san. Nice to meet you.”


Iyoki-san bows to me with a bow.

She looked at me and raised a small voice, “Ah.”

“I-Iyoki-san. ……”

“Iriake-kun!? Do you work here?”

“Y-Yes, I do.”

This is a coincidence.

I can’t believe I’m working at the same place as the school’s idol.

“Oh? Do you two know each other by any chance?”

“That’s right. Iriake kun and I go to the same high school.”

“I see. Then I’ll ask Iriake-kun to educate Iyoki-kun.”

“Eh? Me?!”

“Then, I’ll leave the rest to you.”

The manager quickly left.

The only two people left were me and Iyoki-san.

“Haha ha, what a coincidence, isn’t it?”

“Y-Yes, it is.”

“But if I can learn from Iriake kun, I’ll be relieved. Do you work here a lot?”

“Yes, I have. About a year now.”

“Hee, I see. Then you are more dependable.”

“Hahaha ……”

I am clearly upset by this coincidence.

I’m even sweating strangely.

“But still, the uniforms here are pretty cute.”

It’s just a family restaurant, but the girls’ designs are almost like maid uniforms.

Iyoki san spins around.

Iyoki san is more of the beautiful type than the cute type, but it suits her well.

“What do you think? Isn’t it strange?”

“I don’t think it’s weird.”

“I see. I’m glad to hear that.”

She looked at me with a satisfied smile on her cheeks.

“Then, I’ll be asking you for a lot of help, senpai?”

I felt as if my shoulders were getting heavier and heavier.

♦ ♦ ♦

Past 9:00 p.m.

There were few customers today, and I was able to leave work on time.

A cool May breeze caressed my cheeks as I walked out the back door.

“I’m tired today.”

“Thank you for your hard work. Iyoki san, it’s amazing how quickly you learn your work.”

“That’s not true. It’s because Iriake kun taught me so well.”

“I-Is that so?”

I was embarrassed to be told that by such a beautiful woman.
I walk side by side with Iyoki-san as much as possible without making eye contact.

“Well, I’m really glad you’re here, Iriake kun. It was my first part-time job, so I was really nervous.”

“I see. But why did you get a part-time job?”

“I simply wanted money to play with. Also, was it a life experience? I was interested in part-time work itself.”

“I see.”

I was surprised to learn that Iyoki-san is also like a high school student.

Iyoki san is a distant person and it is hard to believe that we are the same age.

“I’m sure you work a lot of shifts, Iriake kun,”

“Yes, that’s right. I’m not in the club, so I have time, and I need money, too.”

“That’s right. Iriake-kun lives alone right.”

A casual remark.

However, it stuck in my mind.

“Huh? Did I tell Iyoki san that I live alone?”

“You did, didn’t you?”

“Oh, I see.”

I didn’t remember telling Iyoki-san, but I guess I told her somewhere.

Well, if I don’t tell her, there’s no way she’ll know, is there?

“How is living on your own? Is it pretty hard?”

“It’s pretty tough. Utility bills are very expensive these days.”

“Hee, really? Living alone, huh?”

“Are you interested in living alone, Iyoki-san?”

“Well,……, well, a little bit. Oh yeah, yesterday—.”

I was talking with Iyoki san about nothing at all as we walked home.

I was completely unaware of it at the time.

I had already fallen into Iyoki san’s trap.

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4 months ago
Reply to  Kines

Bro calm down

2 months ago

Next chapter, she becomes his neighbor XD

1 month ago

Run, bitch, run…