Episode 43 – Smile



I have a stomach ache, but nothing is coming out.

Maybe this isn’t a need to go to the bathroom, it’s a stomach ache from the stress of doing something I’m not used to.

Haa……I’m just holding hands with Senpai and I’m in shambles.

I’m so pathetic.

“Hey, hurry up.”

I heard Senpai’s voice from the other side of the bathroom door.

Eh, is she there? 

Oh, I see, you’re waiting for me to get out.

“Excuse me, I’ll be right out.”

I put on my pants and rushed out of the restroom, but Senpai was standing in front of the toilet, staring at me.


“Y-yeah. I’m sorry I made you wait.”

“No, it’s fine. Does your stomach hurt?”

“I-I’m fine now. I’m going back to the living room.”

“I’ll go with you then.”


“What’s wrong?”

“Ah, nothing.”

I tilted my head and wondered if she wanted to go to the restroom, but it was hard to say so to an elegant woman like Senpai, so we both went back to the living room.

“Take your time. I’ll cook dinner.

“Eh, already?”

“Yeah. And I wanted to go home once to pick up my belongings.”

“Ah, I see. Erm, can I go with you to pick up your stuff?”

“Can I ask you to do that?”

“Of course.”

“Sure. Then let’s go.”

I left the house together with Senpai to take her home again.

I wondered what her family was like.

Does she have a brother or sister?

“Senpai, about your family.”

“I have only my mother. I don’t have any siblings.”

“I-I see.”

“Yeah. She hardly ever goes home, so don’t worry about it.”


Before I could even ask her about her family, she explained it to me in a simple and straightforward manner.

Only her mother, huh.

So, I guess she was alone at home most of the time.

That’s why she’s a good cook and witty.


“Senpai, if you are always alone at home, what do you usually do?”

“Alone, I do it?”

“Eh? W-what did you do?”

“Do it alone?”


“No, I’m sorry. It’s kind of lonely being alone, isn’t it?”

“T-that’s true. I was bored because I was always alone. But now that Senpai often come to visit me, I feel a little less lonely.”

“I see. Yeah, you’re right.”

Senpai nodded, and then we arrived at Senpai’s house.

“Then I’ll wait here for you.”

“You’re not coming in?”

“Eh? N-no, I don’t think it’s right for me to intrude.”

“I’d like you to help me move some stuff out of my room.”

“I-I guess you’re right. Um, is there anyone at home right now?”

“No. So it’s all right.”

“I-I see. Well, I’m sorry to disturb you.”

It was the first time for me to visit Senpai’s house.

It is an old wooden building, but the entrance is very beautiful.

For some reason, as I was wandering around in a dimly lit hallway filled with the scent of Senpai, she turned on the light in the hallway and said, [My room is in the back.]

“W-would you mind if I waited out front then?”

“Why? Why don’t you come in?”

“A-as expected, that’s……”

“What about it?”

“I-is that okay?”

“Yeah. You can carry the luggage.”

She went to the back of the room and put my hand on the knob and opened the door.

For the first time, I was led into a woman’s room.

My heart was racing, maybe even more than when she held my hand.

“Come in.”

“T-thank you…….”

The room was a simple room of about 8 tatami mats, but its sweet scent was thicker than that of the corridor.

Take a quick look at the bed.

This is where Senpai usually is…….

“What’s wrong?”

“Ah, no……w-which is your luggage?”

“The one in the bag there and the stuffed animal on the bed, please.”

“T-this is.”

“Yeah, the panda you got for me. I took good care of it.”

The one that came out of the bedding was the stuffed animal that I had given to Senpair on the train after I had taken it from the arcade.

She took good care of it.

“Thank you, Senpai. You took good care of it for me.”

“No, it made me happy. Will you get it for me again?”

“I-if you’re okay with me, anytime ! A-after this…..ah, never mind, I just……”

When she said she was happy, I fell forward.

I immediately admonished myself for my excitement, and Senpai squeezed the stuffed panda as she hugged it,

“Then, can I have another one?”

She said.

That gesture was so cute that it pierced my heart, partly due to the gap between her and her usual behavior.



“N-no……a-after you put your baggage down, shall we go?”

“Yeah. I love pretty things.”

“I-I see. Well, I’ll do my best.”

“Yeah. I’m counting on you.”

It was the first time I saw the calm expression on Senpai’s face.

I wanted to hug her right there and then.

I wanted to replace the panda.

Of course, there was no way I could do that, so we left the room immediately with her luggage, but I was still excited.

Senpai has high expectations of me.

When I took the stuffed animal, she was happy.

Yeah, I should have got a part-time job or something.

If I had more money, I could do more things for Senpai.

I was thinking about all these things on my way home.

On the way to my house, my arms were getting tired of holding the bag of the luggage.

“Senpai, even so, you have quite a lot of baggage. What’s in it?”

“It’s a secret. Girls have a lot of work to do.”

“I-I see. I’m sorry for asking such a strange question.”

I bowed my head to Senpai, regretting that I had accidentally snooped through a woman’s belongings.

Senpai laughed.

For the first time in front of me.

“Fufu, you don’t need to apologize.”

I stopped in my tracks when I saw the side of her face as she giggled and covered her mouth with her hand.


“What’s wrong? Is my baggage heavy?”

“N-no. I’m sorry, it’ll be fine, we’re almost there.”

“I see. Let’s put the bags down and get out of here before it’s too late.”


I was tired, but the dullness in my arms was gone.

I was so shocked and charmed by her smile.

Senpai unlocks the front door for me as if it was a matter of course.

She knew her way around the house and quickly put away the baggage.

I plan to go out together after this, come back together, and have dinner together.

My mind was already occupied with Senpai.

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