“Here’s your lunch.”
“Y-yes, thank you.”
As soon as we returned to the infirmary, Senpai and I sat down on a chair and a bed respectively and spread out our lunch boxes.
Senpai was back to her usual self.
But I didn’t miss her one word that she muttered on the way back here.
I hope they were dead.
She certainly said so.
I think she said so as she turned her head toward the classroom.
Maybe something had happened to her in class.
Bullying? Or maybe she was being harassed?
Maybe she’s annoyed by the guy who was pestering her.
And not just that guy.
Maybe there are a lot of people who are bothering Senpai.
“What’s wrong? Don’t you like the side dishes?”
“N-nothing. Thanks for the meal.”
But the more sensitive the issue is, the more difficult it is to ask the person in question.
And even if I do ask her, she may not always answer me.
For now, let’s just concentrate on enjoying lunch.
“Yeah, it’s delicious, Senpai is a good cook after all.”
“I’m glad. Eat a lot.”
“Yes. I wonder if Taniguchi sensei went out for lunch?”
“I don’t know. But she always comes and goes, so I don’t think you need to worry about it.”
That means that Senpai came here often.
I guess she’s always sick.
Or maybe she just doesn’t fit in with the people in her class…
“Senpai, is there anything that’s troubling you?”
“Troubling me? Why?”
“N-no. I feel like Senpai always seem so calm, I wonder if you don’t have any worries.”
We had just gotten to know each other, so I wasn’t sure if it was okay to have such an in-depth conversation.
If it’s okay with her, I’d like to hear it, and since I want to know more about Senpai, I mustered up the courage to ask.
“If it’s a problem…..I have lots to worry about.”
“I see. If there’s anything you want to talk about, please talk to me. I can at least listen to what you have to say. You know, they say you feel better if you let it out.”
“Really? Then, can I tell you something?”
“Yes. What is it?”
Senpai fell silent for a moment.
In that brief pause, I felt my heart flutter.
It was a little inappropriate to ask her about her problems, but I couldn’t help but get excited at the thought that she was about to confide in me about herself.
“I want to get married.”
“Is that funny?”
I was at a loss for words because of this unexpected problem.
But Senpai continued to talk without hesitation.
“I have not been close to my family for a long time. I didn’t have any friends at school either. I was wondering if I could get rid of these problems once I get married and start a family.”
Saying this, Senpai looked down.
For the first time in my life, I saw Senpai struggling with something.
I was fascinated by the sight of her.
The ice queen is known for her cool, calm and cold-blooded nature, but her problems are very real.
It was impossible for my heart not to be shaken when I heard such a thing.
I had never thought that a person as cool as Senpai hated school so much.
“It’s been a tough time for you, too, Senpai.”
“Yeah. But is it really strange for me to suddenly want to get married?”
“….I don’t think so. I think it’s rather wonderful.”
“Yes, I think it’s a good thing. I’m also, you know, longing for marriage.”
In an effort to cheer up my gloomy Senpai, I affirmed her words with all my might.
The truth is, however, that it’s a little bit painful.
If she wants to get married, it means that at least there is at least one man, even Senpai think is good enough for her.
I don’t know who that is.
The thought of her getting married someday to someone I don’t even know makes it hard for me to eat my lunch.
But if I put on a gloomy face, I’ll make her feel uneasy again.
So I tried my best to act cheerful.
“Senpai, for now, let’s get in shape and make sure you can attend class properly. I know it’s difficult for you to get married right away, but once you get out of school and enter the workplace, you’ll be able to get married right away.”
If it’s Senpai.
Beautiful, good cook, and kind.
I think she can do it right away.
I don’t even want to think about it.
Right now, I’m happy just to see Senpai doing well and smiling.
I’ll try my best to cheer her up.
“…..I guess so. Yeah, once we graduate from school, huh?”
“Of course. There’s no way someone would leave a beautiful woman like Senpai alone.”
“Yeah. I’m glad. Thank you.”
Senpai had tears in her eyes.
It must be hard for her to come to school.
I don’t know exactly why, but it hurts my heart to think that she was so distressed that she wanted to get married and quit school.
And I’m glad I’m the only one whom she can share some of her worries with.
If I could, I would tell Senpai that I……but I couldn’t say that yet.
Once I’ve gained confidence in myself and can protect my senpai on my own, I want to tell her.
We’re not even dating yet, and I don’t even know her contact information.
“Senpai, your expression looks better than before. Are you feeling better?”
“Yes, I think so. I feel so much better. I think I can go back to class.”
“That’s good to hear. Do you need an escort?”
“No, I’m fine. I’ll do my best.”
When she slowly stood up, Senpai put the lid on the lunch box, collected the empty lunch box, put it in a bag, and slowly left the infirmary.
Then she turned around and said, [There will be cake after dinner tonight.]
With that, she left the room first.
“I’m engaged. I’m getting married.”
With Tokiwa kun.
It’s not like it’s an established fact
It wasn’t even approved by our parents.
It’s from him himself.
He told me I can marry him.
“Ehehe, I’m glad. I feel like an idiot for being so timid.”
I’m glad he believed me.
No, Tokiwa kun never doubted me from the beginning.
My biggest problem, that I want to marry him.
Today, it’s completely resolved.
So, Tokiwa kun was longing for marriage, too.
Well, today is the beginning of our newlywed life, isn’t it?
Everything is new to us.
It’s the beginning of a sweet life just for the two of us.
I have to buy a cake today.
We have to celebrate.
I feel like I’m going to do my best.
Even if I can’t see him for a little while during class, I can bear it because I know I’m connected to him.
I don’t have trouble breathing anymore.
I feel better than usual.
“Ehehe, I’ll have to report this to my mother-in-law as soon as she gets home.”
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