Chapter 24: Sixteen Equal Sister
Suqin-san said she wanted to have curry for dinner, but after thinking about it, she was sick.
I couldn’t possibly make her eat a very hot Indian curry, but she still wanted to eat curry rice, so I decided to make a much sweeter curry.
Suikin-san took a bite of the curry and said.
“I still feel like I’m being treated like a child when I talk this sweet…”
“You asked me to make a sweet dish, so I did. Was it not to your liking?”
I said with a laugh and Suikoto-san hurriedly lowered her head to the side.
“No. No, it’s not. It’s delicious. Besides, I’m not really good with spicy food.”
That’s the best part.
Suikoto insisted on doing the dishes, but I ended up doing it.
Even if the fever’s gone down, you shouldn’t make a sick person do something tiring.
Suikoto-san reluctantly listened to me and dangled her legs at the dining table.
Then, as if a sudden thought occurred to her, Suikoto-san asked me.
“Akibara-kun, don’t you have a brother?”
“No, I don’t. Well, Ame was like a big sister to me.”
I replied as I washed the dishes for both of us.
I used to wash the dishes for my cousin Ame, who also lived in this house, but lately I’ve only been washing the dishes for one person.
So it’s fair to say that Suikin-san’s arrival has restored things to normal.
“So, Mr. Suqin, do you have a brother…”
I was about to ask, but I stopped myself.
Mizukoto-san didn’t seem to want to talk much about her family, and she had been evicted from the Tohmi family’s house where she had originally lived.
I don’t know what’s going on, but I thought it best not to ask.
But Suqin-san said plainly.
“You don’t have to worry about me. I have a few siblings, but the one closest in age is my younger sister.”
“They have the same father, but different mothers. It’s called ‘half-breeding’.”
“Oh, I see.”
I see what you’re saying.
Somehow, I guessed why Suikoto’s last name isn’t “Tomi”, even though she’s the daughter of the Tomi family. I can guess why her last name isn’t “Tomi.
I’m sure Suqin is using her mother’s surname. I’m sure she’s using her mother’s surname.
I don’t know why, and I wasn’t going to go into it.
Suqin-san says quietly.
“Akibara-kun was good friends with Ame-san, right?”
“Well, I’m happy for you. You’ve always been a bit of a handful, though.”
Ame-san’s five years older than me, so I couldn’t disobey her at all.
Instead, I think Ameon-san took very good care of me.
When Ame lost her parents, I was in the fifth grade and she was a freshman in high school.
Ame-san was all over me as if she wanted to pay for something she’d lost.
Whenever we went fishing, or to the library, or to the movies, Ame-san took me with her.
That Ameon-san is now far away in a foreign country.
Suqin said sadly.
“Ame-san is Akibara-kun’s cousin, so that means she’s only a quarter sister. But you get along well with her. I’m jealous.”
I thought about it for a while, and then I realized…
If the number of siblings is one, then cousins are siblings of one of their parents, so they are only one-quarter sisters and one-quarter brothers.
“My sister is only half sister, and she hates me very much.”
I wasn’t sure if I should go in and ask him what was going on, so I didn’t ask him anything.
I didn’t have the courage.
Instead, I said.
“By that calculation, that would mean that Suikoto-san is only one-sixteenth my sister.”
“Me and Suqin are first cousins. One of my grandparents is your brother, so you’re one-sixteenth.”
“Oh, yeah. That’s what happens.”
After mumbling this, Suikin-san’s cheeks puffed out in dissatisfaction.
“Why am I your sister?”
No, I don’t know.
“For one sixteenth of the time, I’m your sister.”
Suqin. When’s your birthday?”
“It’s the 11th of January.”
I’m September 9th.
I couldn’t help but smile.
Well, it’s not like we’re winning or losing.
Suqin-san says with a shocked expression.
I’m your… Sister?”
I said with a laugh and Suikoto-san looked at me regretfully and started to giggle after a while.
“I see. Akibara-kun is only one-sixteenth my brother. Shall I call him big brother?
“I’m not going to do that, it’s too embarrassing.”
“Ha… Haruto, my brother… Like this?”
Mizukoto-san said in a rather shy and muffled voice.
If you’re ashamed, you shouldn’t have done it.
I said, scratching my head and looking away.
“It’s not so bad.”
“Akibara-kun, you look embarrassed.”
“I… I’ve always wanted to be a good brother.
I thought about the meaning of Suikin-san’s words.
Suqin can’t stay at her mansion anymore and she’s on bad terms with her sister.
I don’t think he had a close family.
Suqin asked what her relationship was with me.
I don’t know about that.
But maybe I should take the place of Suikoto’s family just for this moment.
I had a feeling that’s what Suqin wanted.
“… Do you want me to call him again?
Suqin-san’s eyes widened and she squinted happily.
“Akibara-kun, do you want me to call you ‘big brother’? That’s weird.”
“That’s what Suqin-san said.”
“Okay. If you want me to, I’ll call you big brother one more time.”
She looked at me and I looked at her.
It’s kind of embarrassing.
We stayed quiet for a while.
Suikin-san finally made up her mind and opened her mouth.
Suqin-san smiled softly, her face reddening.
I’ll see you tomorrow. Haruto.