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“I’m going to turn off the light. Good night.”

Blowing a huge sigh of relief, I reach for the light switch in my room.

“Eh, you’re going to bed already?”

“Yeah, I’m very sleepy.”

Ryoko, who for some reason seemed to be unable to hide her surprise at my bedtime posture, said.

“T-the night is just getting started, you know !? It would be a loss if you sleep !

“Is this a school trip?”

Why is she so excited?

Ryoko seems to have a lot of energy, but unfortunately my body is exhausted and I want to sleep right away.

The main reason for my fatigue is, of course, labor, but it is also due to the exhaustion of my physical strength from dealing with my sexual desires in the bathroom. I have to do it for Ryoko.

The reason why I was so attentive to Ryoko is because she is an important friend of mine. Even though it was an emergency situation, she checked into a love hotel because she considered me a friend. Is there any woman who wouldn’t be hurt by betraying and acting like a poisonous fang (rhetorical question).

Even close friends have courtesy.

So, I took care of my sexual desire and felt refreshed. Thanks to that, Ryoko and I can both sleep peacefully.

Yeah, it’s all over ! I am a man of ability!!

Well, if I stay awake any longer, the sexual desire that I had just processed might come up again. It was a good idea to go to bed as soon as possible.

I turn off the light and go to sleep next to Ryoko. It is a cheap motel, but the bed is of good quality. The mattress is a little hard, but the comforter is light and warm. Maybe it’s feathers?

Whatever it is, I’m sure I’ll get a good night’s sleep.

But…..

“S-since we’re here, we’re going to spend the night together, so it would be a waste to sleep !”

For some reason, Ryoko is very excited. Is Ryoko the type of person who gets energetic at midnight?

Well, I can understand how she feels, because when I stay up late, on the contrary, I get light-headed and want to write lyrics and songs.

“Let’s talk about something !”

“Talk? Well, okay. Is there something you want to talk about?”

We lay in the dark, facing each other.

I really want to go to sleep right away, but I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to have a bedtime story with her again. I’m going to go along with it as a way to make memories.

“Erm……a love story !”

“Are we in a school trip?”

Love stories are a common occurrence on the night of a school trip.  When I told them what they wanted to know, they snapped at me, [Don’t brag about it ! !] I still don’t understand why they got so mad.

“Why are we talking about love life?”

“No, it’s…..you know, it’s refreshing !?”

“I know it’s refreshing, but you forgot that I’m in the middle of a heartbreak.”

It was only a month ago that Yua betrayed me. Moreover, I wasn’t just cheated on, I was also kicked out of the band I was passionate about.

I had a hunch that the reason they kicked me out was so that they could have a nice little fling. I was in the way because the two of them had become so close in age.

It was too painful to think that way. So I tried my best to push it out of my consciousness.

“What, you’re still dragging it out? Why don’t you just forget about your love affair and move on to the next one?”

“I can’t switch so easily.”

My head is not that convenient.

Yua was the first lover I had in my life, and she was so dear to me that I seriously wanted to be with her forever. 

However, it can’t be said that it was her own fault, because I had been so attached to her.

I cannot forgive Yua or Nobuhiko, but what I cannot forgive the most is myself.

I neglected what was most important to me.

“It’s been said for a long time that it’s good to heal a broken heart with a new love, right?”

“A new love?”

“Yes, yes ! Don’t just look down, look around you ! There are pretty girls who like you.”

Ryoko was somewhat excited and spoke passionately.

I see, she is trying her best to cheer me up when I’m depressed !

Kuh, I’ve got a good friend !

But the woman who likes me…..Hhmm, who in the world is it? Even my clear-headed mind in the wise man’s time can’t come up with an answer right away.

But suddenly a certain person’s face comes to mind.

A girl who is near me and likes me. It is….

“Ari san.”

“………………………….Excuse me?”

The first thing that came to my mind was a high school girl who was chasing after me. She had been rooting for me since before my band was called Lyconess. Her favor could be taken as love.

“Hmmm, so Ari san.”

“H-hey !? Why is Ari chan—-“

“Certainly, Ari san is cute, honest, funny, tiny, and adorable〜I’d be proud to have a girlfriend like Ari san〜I would have fun every day〜”

“Hey ! I won’t forgive you if you touch Ari chan !”

Why are you angry? You told me to look around, right?

“I know. I’m not going to cause trouble to Ari san. Because I know that she is probably preoccupied with her exams right now. Besides, she’s my fan, not my romantic partner.”

“T-that’s right. It’s fine if you understand. Then take a look at another woman–“

“In the first place, I’m also preoccupied with Ari san’s entrance exams, so I’m not in the mood for romance.”

Ryoko was about to say something, but I interrupted her and spoke my true feelings.

“I want to help Ari san’s entrance exam as much as I can. I don’t care about my love life or my music career. Right now, I just want to support her in achieving her dreams.”

It may sound like a pretentious thing to say, but it is unwaveringly true.

I’m willing to give up as much of my time as I can to help her achieve the goals she has set for herself. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be happy at all if my life was going well in front of her dream.

I heard Ryoko’s heartrending sigh of dismay from next to me. Then she asked curiously.

“I’ve wondered for a while, why are you so devoted to Ari san? Do you like her?”

“It’s not like that.”

“I won’t be offended. You think she’s cute, don’t you?”

“I do, but that’s not what it is.”

“What’s not? How is it different?”

Ryoko approaches me with a somewhat grumpy tone. I thought sinisterly that I could fool her by falling asleep, but I don’t think she would forgive me for that.

I’m a little embarrassed, but, well, if it is Ryoko.

“I can’t say it well, but I’m Ari san’s hero.”

“Huh?”

Her voice sounded like air escaping from a balloon. Don’t react like you were dumbfounded ! I’m embarrassed, but I’ll do my best to keep going, so just hear me out.

“In Ari san’s mind, I’m still a rock star, a hero who gives her courage. Frankly, it’s a burden, and it tickles me, but when she says it like that, I want to do something for her, you know?”

It would be cool if I could cheer for her from the stage, but unfortunately, I’m not a band member right now, just a college student.

The only thing I can do is tutor her.

“Whatever it is, I want to support her in whatever way I can.:

Or maybe I’m just stubborn.

The reason I allowed Nobuhiko to use my song was no small part of my ambition to make my presence known to the world.

In the same way, I wonder if I have a childish desire to be a hero in the heart of a girl.

“You say you were heartbroken, but you’re doing fine.”

Ryoko pointed out again in a disgusted voice and turned over in the blanket. It looks like she turned her back to me and started preparing to sleep.

“Well, that’s just like you. But what are you going to do in the spring? When Ari chan passes her entrance exam, tutoring is no longer required.”

“I’m not thinking that far ahead. Well, I’ll do what I want to do then.”

“So random.”

Ryoko blew out a small puff of air.

“I’m looking forward to spring.”

We didn’t speak a word after that, and both of us fell asleep and the morning dawned.

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