Chapter 3: What I Like About My Childhood Friend
“Well, let me introduce you to my friends. These two are Kouichi and Yukari. They were in different classes last year, so you’ve never met them before, right?”
“Uh, yeah. ......”
I introduce them to Yuki before the morning class starts. I thought I had to initiate and introduce them to each other so they could get to know each other.
"I'm Yukari Hayashibara. Hamaji-san, it's nice to meet you!"
“..................Nice to meet you.”
Yukari extended her hand and then shook it with Yuki’s hand. Yuki’s facial expression seemed a little tense, indicating she was nervous while talking with Yukari. After all, it’s the first time they meet with each other.
“My name is Kouichi Yanagi! Please shake hands with me too, Hamachi-san...”
“No, Not at all. Um, you’re scaring me.”
After a few words of greeting, the classroom bell rang, and the first period began.
“Hey, Hamachi-san. What are you reading?”
It was break time after the end of the first period. Yuki was reading a novel, and Yukari talked to her. I guess Yukari was trying to be friendly with Yuki. No one gets along with someone without doing something. So I decided to stay out of their conversation and watch their talk from a distance.
“Well, um...... this novel.........”
Yuki seemed surprised when someone stranger was talking to her and started to panic. Even so, she appeared to be trying her best to speak with Yukari.
“It’s a story about a university student who gets married to a younger manager.......”
“Wow! Do you like romantic novels?”
“‘Yes, I do.......’”
“I get it. I also watch a lot of romantic dramas too. Then I’ll read the novel sometime. Um, I guess the title is...... [Until the cute younger manager becomes my wife]. I wonder if you can find it in the library?”
“Um, I don’t know. I will buy it at a bookstore.”
“Ahh. Okay, I’ll buy it too. I’ll read it and we’ll talk about it later.”
As I listened to their conversation, Yuki seemed a bit awkward here and there, but she still managed to talk....... In fact, I don’t know whether they actually think so or not.
“Oh, Yukari is talking with Hamachi-san. Let me join the conversation.”
As I was listening to their conversation, Kouichi interrupted.
“Kouichi is not allowed yet. Yuki still seems to be nervous when she is talking with Yukari.”
“No way. What do you mean by ‘Yuki is still nervous even with Yukari’?”
“Well, Kouichi isn’t popular with the girls in our class in the first place. He may have a good face, but he always smells like sweat and talks about food.”
“Hey! Don’t say that! If you have money to buy Sea Breeze, you can buy food.”
“Seriously, you...... I don’t know where you get your food stubbornness. Oh, the teacher is here.”
While Kouichi and I were having a silly conversation, the school bell rang, and the teacher came into the classroom. I couldn’t hear Yuki and the others’ conversation while I was talking with Kouichi. Still, I’m sure Yukari did an excellent job.
Several hours later, it was lunchtime.
“Let's go to the rooftop for lunch, Yuki.”
It seemed like the distance between Yuki and Yukari and the others had not yet shortened, so I decided to eat lunch with Yuki on the rooftop again. Today, the rooftop is empty, and the atmosphere is quite relaxed.
“Hey, you know…… I brought my lunch...... today. I made the...... one myself.”
Yuki opened the lunch box and said so. I was surprised to see how intricate the bento was; the rice was arranged as a cute cat character. There were also octopus sausages and beautifully colored egg rolls. I didn’t know that Yuki could make such a fantastic bento.
“Really? Amazing Yuki!”
“Ah, thank you Hiro-kun! Um, yesterday you gave me some of your food...... Here are some things for you.”
“You’re giving it to me? These octopus sausages look delicious.”
Yuki nodded her head and gave me a Tako-san sausage. I took the sausage and ate it as soon as I could. Oh, it’s delicious! I didn’t know Yuki was so good at cooking.......
“It was really delicious. Yuki, you’re an excellent cook.”
“‘No, I’m not! I just happen to be a good cook.......”
“No, no, no, it was your talent. Do you cook regularly?”
“Uh, yeah...... I wanted to make something for Hiro-kun, so I practiced......at home yesterday.”
“Seriously? I’m so happy.”
When I saw Yuki’s cheeks blushing as she said this, my face heated up too. If I knew Yuki had worked hard to cook for me, I would be......happy, of course.
“Thank you Yuki. For the sake of me, you worked hard.”
“It’s not like......because I’m......no, it’s nothing. You’ve done a lot for me, so......this is not a big deal.”
She was about to say something, but she stopped and said something innocuous. What was she going to say? However, even though I was curious, I didn’t have the courage to ask her about it.
“Oh, right. By the way, you were reading a book during break time, I guess you like novels or something. I didn’t know what you liked at all.”
“That…I started reading them after I enrolled in high school. When I was at home all the time...... I read a lot of books. But I also like......to be with Hiro-kun like this.”
“......Hey Hiro-kun, let’s kiss......we haven’t kissed today. I learned how to kiss at home yesterday.”
Without regard to my surprise, Yuki asked me to kiss her today. I’m curious about what she meant when Yuki said she liked being with me and what she studied about kissing. Still, Yuki seems to be itching to test the results of her studies right now.
So I decided to accept the kiss without asking any questions. I wanted to respond to Yuki’s request as much as possible.
“......Thank you, Hiro-kun.”
I nodded my head in agreement, and Yuki thanked me in return, but her cheeks turned red.
We kissed again. But unlike in the past, the kiss was not a slight touch, but rather the lips were overlapping for a while. I’m sure Yuki studied a lot about kissing, but she hasn’t put it into practice. Yuki’s kiss was somewhat awkward and seemed like she was just trying to copy a scene from a drama she vaguely remembered.
But I’m not used to kissing either. So even though the kiss lasted only five or six seconds, my mind went blank as the sweet sensation overtook my thoughts. Whenever I kissed her, I was so curious about Yuki that I even lost track of the beat of my heart.
“......I still can’t do it as well as they did in the video. I’m sorry, I’ll do better tomorrow.”
Yuki blushed while saying, but unlike yesterday, she didn’t look away from my face and apologized. Maybe Yuki was slowly getting used to kissing me. I’m trying my best to listen to what Yuki has to say.
“Um, uh.......,but why do you want to be a good kisser?”
I asked her a question. If you just want to kiss, it doesn’t matter if you’re bad at it.
“It’s not like I’m not a good kisser....... But since Hiro-kun is being so selfish with me, I want to at least be a good kisser. And.....no, it’s nothing.”
She is trying to say more than that, but she stopped in between. I am curious to know what she is going to say. But I could not pursue it. I didn’t think Yuki would answer me honestly, and I was afraid to ask her a more in-depth question myself.
I’m such a pathetic scared bastard, really.
“Let’s go back to class, Hiro-kun. The next class is in the science lab, right?”
“Yeah, I guess so. I don’t want to be late, so let’s go.”
After putting away our lunches, we left the rooftop and headed back to class. After that, we went back to our boring classes, never mentioning that we had kissed and gone back to our routine life.
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