Chapter 16: I’m a very bad boy
Why is Kaho coming to my house at this hour?
… I’m sorry… but today’s class was shortened to morning only.
I’m so glad you came to see me after I took the day off with the flu.
But it’s not a good time.
At this rate, Kaho and Suikoto will run into each other.
Anyway, we have to let Suqin know about this.
Kaho is already opening the front door.
I hurriedly pulled back the shoji door and went back to Suikoto’s room.
There was Suikoto-san, who was wearing underwear on her upper body, standing there holding a T-shirt which she had taken off.
I forgot that we were talking about changing clothes because we got wet.
Suikoto-san froze, her eyes darting about, and the next moment, she almost screamed. She almost screamed.
I wonder what Kaho would say if she heard Suikoto-san scream like this.
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Fortunately, Kaho can’t seem to get the key to open the door properly, probably because of the poor quality of the duplicate key.
We have to do something before Kaho opens the front door.
I hurriedly persuaded Suikoto-san.
“Sorry. It’s not like I’m trying to be weird or anything, but Kaho’s right outside my room. So I need you to be quiet.”
Suqin-san’s eyes widen.
“Are you sure… Sasaki-san is here?”
“I think the door will open in a few minutes.”
Uh, what do we do?
“Do you honestly want to tell me you’re in this room, or do you want to hide?”
“Hide. “Absolutely misunderstood.”
Well, you’re right.
Mizukoto was in my room, and she was wearing underwear.
It’s hard not to be misunderstood.
I don’t think she’d want her classmates to think she’s weird with me.
For me, if Kaho misunderstands me here, the idea of going out with her will become even more unrealistic.
Finally, Suikin-san himself goes into the closet.
“You’ll have to take care of the rest, Akihara-kun.”
The closet door slammed shut.
At the same moment, the front door opened.
Kaho was standing there in her sailor suit.
Kaho had a look of disappointment on her face.
“Hey. You’re looking good, Haruto.”
“I’m sorry for opening without permission. I thought you were sick with a fever and couldn’t answer.”
“No, it’s not that serious, but…”
Kaho took off her shoes and went into the kitchen.
Kaho looks around.
It’s just as clean and tidy as it used to be.
“Well. It’s been a while since Kaho was here.”
“Yeah. Last time I was here was six months ago…”
She was about to say something, but Kaho fell silent awkwardly.
The last time Kaho came to this house was the day I confessed my feelings to her.
In this room, I told Kaho I loved her.
And then Kaho dumped me.
In retrospect, I should have confessed my feelings in a place with a different atmosphere.
But I didn’t think I was gonna get dumped then.
I tried to change the subject.
I catch sight of the plastic bag that Kaho is holding.
There was a packet of instant porridge and cold medicine in it.
“Did you bring that for me?”
“Yeah. Mom said to take it for you.”
Well, if I hadn’t gotten sick, Kaho wouldn’t have thought of coming to this house alone.
I’d do the same thing if I were in Kaho’s shoes.
Kaho looked me up and down.
But you seem totally fine. Maybe he’s cheating?”
I knew I couldn’t fool him, so I gave up.
“Yeah. I’m cheating. I’ve got some stuff I want to do.”
“I’m worried about you.”
I don’t care if you’re mad at me, but if you find out I’m playing hooky, you can leave early.
The longer Natsuho stays here, the more likely it is that Suikoto-san will find out that she’s hiding.
I motioned for Kaho to leave and she looked a little hurt.
“Since you haven’t been here in a while, you should be more welcoming.”
“I’m really glad you’re here, and I’m sorry I made you worry. But I’ve got things I want to do, so please go home today.”
“Haruto, are you still mad at me?”
“… I dumped you.
“Why am I angry? Whether Kaho accepts or rejects my confession is her choice. There’s no reason for me to be angry.”
You’re still mad at me.
I don’t mean to be mad, but I hope I didn’t come across as brusque.
It’s her right to dump me.
I just assumed she liked me and got hurt on my own.
When I said that, Kaho shook her head.
And you’re one step closer to me.
“I’m really a very bad girl.”
Saying this, Kaho smiled sadly.