“I accidentally took home the flowers that Tokiwa kun bought for me.”
I keep thinking about him as I decorate the front porch with flowers.
My heart tightens when I remember his sad return.
“I’m sure Tokiwa-kun was sad too, right? Because me too, okay? It’s hard to be apart, after all.”
Once I go back to my room and take off the jacket I borrowed from him, I feel the loneliness welling up inside me.
I can’t stay like this.
Until the other day, I was able to hold back my loneliness.
I love him too much today and the time I don’t see him like this feels like an eternity.
“……I should go see him after all.”
However, I think I’m going to go crazy if I stay with him all the time.
I wanted to behave properly in front of Tokiwa kun, so I came home before things got weird.
What should I do? I feel like I’ll go crazy if Tokiwa kun is not here.
I wonder if he is taking a bath now?
I wonder if he is back in his room when he gets out of the bath.
I wonder if he’s communicating with anyone.
No one is coming to visit you, right?
……I think I’ll sneak out at night to see his sleeping face.
If I bother him, he won’t like me, and he’ll think I’m a burden.
I can’t wait to move in with him.
Yes, I think I’ll talk to Mother-in-law about it.
The time without Senpai is depressing and boring.
Ever since I took a bath and went back to my room, I’ve been dawdling and waiting for sleep to come.
I want to sleep quickly and face tomorrow.
I might be able to meet Senpai again tomorrow.
……Will you cook for me tomorrow, too?
No, that’s too convenient.
I mean, tomorrow is Sunday, so my mother will be home too.
My father is……well, he’ll probably be playing golf.
I’ve been spending more time with Senpai than with my family lately, and I’m totally dependent on her.
Everything that has happened so far is just a coincidence.
She only came to my house because she knows my mother, and even today, she was just treating me to a casual dinner because she was concerned about me.
I know in my head that it’s useless to expect anything from her.
I know that, but……
“Sendai, are you there?”
My mother called me from outside the room.
What, you’re back.
“Thank God you’re awake. Can I talk to you for a minute?”
“What do you want to talk about? What’s going on?”
“Just come. Your father’s downstairs. Come on down.”
“Dad? Yeah, okay.”
I followed her downstairs.
And when I went to the living room, my father was sitting on the sofa drinking coffee.
We haven’t seen each other like this in a week, even though we live under the same roof.
We really are a very disconnected family.
“Oh, Sendai, you’re looking well.”
“You too, Dad. So, what did you want to talk about?”
“Well, sit down. It’s not a bad thing.”
I felt strangely nervous when I came face to face with my father, whom I did not see very often.
My mother immediately brought me a cup of tea to quench my thirst.
Then she sat down next to my father and started talking to me.
“You know, your father and mother are going to move out of the prefecture starting tomorrow.”
“For some time now, your father and I have been asked to relocate. Both to Shikoku. But since it was right around the time you had decided on high school, we asked the company to put a hold on the move because we didn’t think we could move as a family. But after seeing Sendai recently, I thought he might be okay with it, so I decided to officially accept the resignation.”
“Wait, Mom. Does that mean I’ll stay in this house alone?”
“That’s right. I’ll send you money, you don’t have to worry about that.”
No matter how few times I get to see my parents, it would be a different story if they suddenly disappeared from home.
Up until now, I had thought that I had been doing most things on my own, but suddenly living alone is…..
“The company also arranged company housing for us right away, so it was such a sudden change. But you don’t have to worry so much. I made sure to ask Shion chan to take care of you.”
“Shion…..eh, Hyori senpai?”
“Yes, that’s right. She’s a very nice girl, isn’t she?”
“N-no, no, wait, wait. As expected, that’s too much.”
“Shion-chan was also happy to accept it. You’re happier too, aren’t you?”
“No, I’m fine, but it’s……”
“Well, anyway, I asked that girl to take care of the rest. We’ll be transferred in three days, but we’ll be moving immediately tomorrow, so we’ll be leaving here early in the morning. We might not be here when you wake up, but you’re going to go to school properly, okay?”
After saying what she wanted to say, my mother seemed relieved and took my father’s cup and went to the kitchen.
“Sendai, your father and mother were really worried about it, but due to outwork schedules, we had no choice but to take it after all. Besides, it seems like there are people who will take care of you, so I can leave the house to you with peace of mind.”
“Well, that’s that. We have an early start tomorrow, so we’re going to bed, but if you have any problems, you can always come to me.”
My father was as active as ever, or rather, he quickly left the living room with the same attitude towards his son, who he might not be able to see for a while starting tomorrow.
I’m going to be living alone in this house from tomorrow, it seems.
I was having a hard time keeping my head clear because it was so sudden, when my mother came back into the living room and said to me, upset.
“I’m sorry, Sendai, but Shion chan is here, so you’ll be fine.”
“……Hey, Mom, can I ask you a question?”
“What is it?”
“What kind of person is Hyori senpai to you, Mom?”
My mother is an open-minded person, so maybe she doesn’t think it’s particularly bad to ask Senpai to take care of me.
Why is Senpai so obedient to such a carefree and selfish mother?
I don’t want to doubt her because she’s my parent, but I can’t help but feel like she’s trying to take advantage of Senpai’s weaknesses and threaten her.
So I took the plunge and asked her.
Then my mother giggled and laughed.
“I think of her as my own daughter.”
“……Are you that close?”
“Oh, we’re very close. So there is nothing for Sendai to worry about. In exchange, you can be nice to Shion chan, but don’t bother her.”
“……I know that.”
My mother, who is basically indifferent to other people, goes so far as to say that she treats her like her daughter, so I knew that she was very close to Senpai.
The only thing is, when I asked her where they met and how they became such good friends, she just said, [It doesn’t matter.]
She went back to her bedroom.
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