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Chapter 43

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Act 2 - Summer Break

12-2

In the end, Rei's shopping lasted more than an hour.

As expected, my arm is no longer enough to hold her belongings from the middle, and Rei has also one of her arms fully occupied.

However, she looks very satisfied.

That being said, while Rei is paying, I look at the price tags on the other clothes. Needless to say......, there are prices on them that someone like me would never be able to afford.

"My shopping is done. Next, it's Rintaro's turn." (Rei)

"Yea. I'm just going to buy one appropriate swimsuit......." (Rintaro)

This is summer, and several stores are having swimsuit sales.

It'll be fine if I can buy one of the cheapest ones I can find.

"Then, can I pick one out for you?" (Rei)

"Sure, but......no boomerang pants or anything like that." (Rintaro)

"Rest assured. I will have you show me in private. I won't let you wear it outside." (Rei)

"I ain't even gonna show it to you, okay?" (Rintaro)

I imagine myself wearing boomerang pants, and I start to feel nauseous.

Yeah, I'll absolutely never do it.

"Just pick the coolest one you can normally find....... the cheapest one possible." (Rintaro)

"Ummm......... I understand." (Rei)

"Why do you look so disappointed?" (Rintaro)

I don't understand this girl.

Well, if she says she'll help me choose one, I'll take her word for it.

We move to the swimsuit section and compare the men's swimsuits that are placed side by side.

――――Any of them is fine.

"Rintaro, how about this?" (Rei)

"Hmm?" (Rintaro)

"Wh-what are you talking about?" (Rintaro)

The words that had been popping into my head flew straight out of my mouth.

Rei was looking at the swimsuits lined up in front of her, and declared as if it was nothing.

If Rintaro went to the trouble of buying a swimsuit, I'd like to be the very first one to see it." (Rei)

"Ummm...... I don't really understand when you put it that way." (Rintaro)

"It's a matter of feelings, so it's hard to explain. In other words, I'm going to wear a swimsuit, so I want Rintaro to put on a swimsuit and take a bath with me." (Rei)

I have no idea what that means.

Rei picks up two pieces of the appropriate swimsuit and brings each one to the front of her body.

"Rintaro, which one do you prefer?" (Rei)

"E-ee......?" (Rintaro)

Puzzled, I compare the two swimsuits.

One is a bluish-black――――or, a navy blue bikini. More specifically, it is a "cross halter bikini", which is a swimsuit that is crossed in front of the neck and secured at the nape of the neck. I am sure that this is what was written in the materials that I found in Yuzuki-sensei's office.

which is a swimsuit with a crossed bust and a nape of the neck. I am sure that this is what was written in the materials that I found in Yuzuki's office.

The other one is a "micro bikini," which has an extremely small area of fabric. I don't know why such a swimsuit, which I can only think of as a joke item, is sold in this wholesome shopping mall, but at least there's only one option here.

"Let's see......, that navy blue bikini, I guess." (Rintaro)

"Mn. Then I'll buy this one." (Rei)

I leave Rei there with an apologetic look on her face and look for a nearby restroom.

It's a little far away. Well, it can't be helped.

After walking for a while, I finally found a men's restroom, borrowed some toilet paper from a private room, and stood in front of the faucet.

I put the dry toilet paper on the back of my clothes and dab it with the moistened toilet paper from outside. This is the only first aid treatment I can do when I'm out of the house where I can't do laundry right away.

"Phew...... it's diminished a bit." (Rintaro)

After confirming that it's somewhat less noticeable, I once again recall what just happened.

No matter what anyone says, it was an――――indirect kiss.

The more I'm aware of it, the hotter my cheeks become.

"She's still a kid, I guess...... same for me too." (Rintaro)

I should always want to grow up as soon as possible, but I'm distraught over one thing like this. It's proof that I haven't grown up yet.

(If I spend enough time with her...... will I get used to these feelings?)

I throw a question to Shidou Rintaro, who is nothing more than a high school student reflected in the mirror.

Naturally, no answer comes back.

I feel like such a fool and laugh it off scornfully.

"You should know your place." (Rintaro)

I wipe my hands with a handkerchief and leave the bathroom.

I just want to be prepared so that one day, when this relationship comes to an end, I won't be bitter.

I don't want to get carried away and lose myself.

The place where I have Rei waiting for me is a little far away.

I decided to run back there a bit because I'm anxious to leave her alone.

Then――――

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Before I can say anything more, Rei has already made her purchase.

I have a hard time grasping what was going on, yet I come to stand by her.

"I'm a little tired. I wanna have a cup of bubble tea before I go home." (Rei)

"Ah, yeah. Okay." (Rintaro)

"What's wrong?" (Rei)

"It's nothing...... it's been a while since I've had a chance to talk to you, so..." (Rintaro)

Anyway, what I found out is that Rei wants to put on a swimsuit and take a bath together with me so that she can be the first to see me in my swimsuit.

No, I don't get it, even if I try to sort it out.

For now, I'll just be quiet and follow Rei's lead. It's probably just a joke anyway.

Shaking the clothes we had bought, we headed toward the bubble tea shop in the shopping mall.

Even though the boom had subsided, there's still a long line of people waiting to buy bubble tea on holidays when students are freed from their routine.

"Tapioca pearl is made from starch, right? What kind of texture does it have?" (Rintaro)

"You've never had it before?" (Rei)

"Yeah. To tell you the truth, I missed the boom of its popularity. I never had a chance to go there, so today is my first time." (Rintaro)

"I see. Hmmmm, it's...... mochi-mochi?" (Rei) (PTW/N: springy, chewy.)

"Now I understand your lack of vocabulary." (Rintaro)

When it's our turn, I order the best-selling bubble tea without much ado.

On the other hand, Rei chooses the matcha milk flavor. It looks delicious.

"――――Ah, I see it now." (Rintaro)

I chewed the tapioca pearls in my mouth, swallowed them, and then spilled those words.

The word "mochi-mochi" is certainly the best word to describe it. If I were to say just how chewy it is, the texture is similar to konnyaku.

However, I think this one is going to be a bit of a piling up in the stomach......

It tastes good, though.

"Deuishoosh." (Rei)

"......" (Rintaro)

Rei's chewing tapioca pearl with her cheeks puffed out, as if I can hear the sound effect of "munch munch".

What an expression. It's hard to believe that she is a national super idol.

"Hello~ I am Bujangga from pemudatunawisata[dot]my[dot]id, Yoroshiku!"

At a certain time, there are creatures that walk by two feet. These creatures can be divided into two by gender. These creatures are surprisingly able to pick something using things called hands.

And on a certain day, two of these creatures meet.

"Halloo~ I am Furujakka, ndesu! Nice to meet you!"

"Y, yes. Nice to meet you too, I am Fuurawan."

"Fuurawan-chan ka? Ii no namae."

"S, sangkyu."

The two greet each other due of their faces are facing each other.

They speak, breathe, blink, sweat, and so.

And after a long time passes,

"!?"

"Kyaa~ Furujakka-kyun."

"Daijoubu ka? Fuurawan-chan."

"D, daijoubu... desu."

"Mmm."

"Doushita no?"

"Fuurawan-chan no kaori, suuuuggoku WANGY, hmmmmmppppsshhh ahhhh wangyyyy."

"Mou~ Furujakka-kyun no eeccchi~."

On a certain day, these two meet and have lunch because they are hungry.

The boy orders fried rice while the girl orders a serve of seasoned rice being processed by frying.

For the drinks, the boy orders hot chocolate while the girl orders a cup of chocolate that has not been cold yet.

They eat their food.

They also feed some spoons with each other.

They then having a leisure exchange.

"Ikehh, yaru?"

"Damee~"

"IkehhHH!"

"..."

"Ikeh, tanoshii, kimochii, ore, ganbarimasu!!!"

"Mouu~"

"Dame ka?"

"..."

"Dame nanoka."

"Ee, haayaakuuu~"

The two of them are having exercise, training, and workout, then.

When they finished, then they restarted.

And when they finished, the boy pleaded for the second.

Then when they finished, this time is the girl who asked the third.

And when they finished, the boy once again pleaded for the fourth.

Then when they finished, the girl also once again asked for the fifth.

And so on.

◆◆◆

On the other occasion,

On a day that is not a night.

That day the sun is shining brightly because it's a day and 12:00 o'clock.

The day is bright and the sun has not been set yet.

The breeze can be felt due to the air is flowing.

As he is breathing, a certain boy is approaching a girl.

"Yaa, kitten-chan, can I have your namae?"

"S, su, suteki~. Ah, hai. Fuurawan desu."

"Fuurawan-chan, huh. What a kirei no namae. By the way, watashi no namae is Badz Zheengan. Watashi wa Son of a Beach. Watashi came from The Pangea Selatan. Diligent in setsuyaku. Ketsueki type is I, I for Ikkehmen. Watashi no hobby wa breathing. Yoroshiku."

"Yoroshiku, Badz Zheengan-san."

"Fuurawan-chan, watashi no yubi to kimi no chawan, let's have made karera meet and greet."

"Hai."

"Watashi-tachi will have much tanoshi."

They have a wik wok awok koakoawaok akoawoakakwa kawkaowaoaok.

When they have done of their a wik wok awok koakoawaok akoawoakakwa kawkaowaoaok, then they re-doing again.

When they finished again, the girl pleaded for the second.

Then when they finished, this time is the boy who asked the third.

And when they finished, the girl once again pleaded for the fourth.

Then when they finished, the boy also once again asked for the fifth.

And so on.

◆◆◆

"Fuurawan-chaaannn!!! Ikanaide!!!!."

"Gomen ne, Furujakka-kun."

"Dameee, Fuurawan-chaannnn!!!"

"Sayonara, Furujakka-kun."

"Ima, ore wa, Furujakka wa, pemuda tuna asmara dearimasu."

Who can stand to endure this situation

Who doesn't feel the loss

You leave me when I'm so in love

When I'm crazily in love

you choose another guy

Who can stand being dumped

Whose heart not hurt

The memories that have been passed

I keep it deep inside my heart

We are not one anymore

It's alright, I'll get through the days strong-heartedly

My wish is only one, be safe and sound

I can only be able to harbor this, from day to night

Because I know I'm just nobody

It's alright, I'll harbor this feeling inside my heart

I'll keep wish you live well

All I can do is hope you won't regret

Goodbye and thank you

"AWOKWOKAOWKOKAOKWKAOWKOAKOK!!!"

How should I explain this to my parents

We had gone through this long

But ended up breaking up

You are tempted by another guy's love

You yourself had been declared it

Living our love until our old days

Won't two-timing, I'm the only one for you

But now there's another guy inside your heart

It's as if the morning is cloudy

Then the day is rainy

In the afternoon you hurt me

And in the night I cry for you

I can only imagine

All of those had been just memories now

I rode you back, went through the way

Hugging under the rain

But now you are choosing

To be hugged by another guy

Do you not sense

How heavy-heartedly I am

Have to lost my loved one

Don't wanna leave my house

I have no appetite

"Rintaro, I want to taste that one too. Shall we trade?" (Rei)

"H-hey...... that's――――." (Rintaro)

Rei leans toward me and forcefully puts her mouth on the straw and sucks the contents.

Some of the tapioca pearls that had accumulated at the bottom went through the straw and into her mouth.

This girl, isn't she too aggressive these days?

Well, my experience in love is not so great that I am upset by this level of indirect kissing.

From her point of view, this might be in the normal category.

"Mmm...... delicious." (Rei)

"...... That so." (Rintaro)

"Then I'll share mine with you." (Rei)

Saying that, Rei points her drink at me.

Her eyes are tinged with anticipation――――.

She's not going to let me say no.

"――――O-okay." (Rintaro)

I put my mouth on the straw she had been drinking from and suck the contents.

That's when the incident happened.

I sucked it down with more force than I intended, perhaps because I was strangely nervous, and a large number of tapioca pearls popped into my mouth.

Barely managing to swallow it, I was unable to swallow the liquid, which flowed uncontrollably into my windpipe.

As I choke, a dribble of matcha milk drips from my mouth.

As I see the stain spreading to my clothes, I feel like I've goofed up.

"Are you okay?" (Rei)

"Gahaa....... Y-yeah, I'm fine." (Rintaro)

"But......" (Rei)

"I'm going to go wipe in the bathroom. Please wait here." (Rintaro)

"Wh-what are you talking about?" (Rintaro)

The words that had been popping into my head flew straight out of my mouth.

Rei was looking at the swimsuits lined up in front of her, and declared as if it was nothing.

If Rintaro went to the trouble of buying a swimsuit, I'd like to be the very first one to see it." (Rei)

"Ummm...... I don't really understand when you put it that way." (Rintaro)

"It's a matter of feelings, so it's hard to explain. In other words, I'm going to wear a swimsuit, so I want Rintaro to put on a swimsuit and take a bath with me." (Rei)

I have no idea what that means.

Rei picks up two pieces of the appropriate swimsuit and brings each one to the front of her body.

"Rintaro, which one do you prefer?" (Rei)

"E-ee......?" (Rintaro)

Puzzled, I compare the two swimsuits.

One is a bluish-black――――or, a navy blue bikini. More specifically, it is a "cross halter bikini", which is a swimsuit that is crossed in front of the neck and secured at the nape of the neck. I am sure that this is what was written in the materials that I found in Yuzuki-sensei's office.

which is a swimsuit with a crossed bust and a nape of the neck. I am sure that this is what was written in the materials that I found in Yuzuki's office.

The other one is a "micro bikini," which has an extremely small area of fabric. I don't know why such a swimsuit, which I can only think of as a joke item, is sold in this wholesome shopping mall, but at least there's only one option here.

"Let's see......, that navy blue bikini, I guess." (Rintaro)

"Mn. Then I'll buy this one." (Rei)

I leave Rei there with an apologetic look on her face and look for a nearby restroom.

It's a little far away. Well, it can't be helped.

After walking for a while, I finally found a men's restroom, borrowed some toilet paper from a private room, and stood in front of the faucet.

I put the dry toilet paper on the back of my clothes and dab it with the moistened toilet paper from outside. This is the only first aid treatment I can do when I'm out of the house where I can't do laundry right away.

"Phew...... it's diminished a bit." (Rintaro)

After confirming that it's somewhat less noticeable, I once again recall what just happened.

No matter what anyone says, it was an――――indirect kiss.

The more I'm aware of it, the hotter my cheeks become.

"She's still a kid, I guess...... same for me too." (Rintaro)

I should always want to grow up as soon as possible, but I'm distraught over one thing like this. It's proof that I haven't grown up yet.

(If I spend enough time with her...... will I get used to these feelings?)

~"(This is a Translation Content of pemudatunawisata[dot]my[dot]id. so, read only on there!!!)"~

I throw a question to Shidou Rintaro, who is nothing more than a high school student reflected in the mirror.

Naturally, no answer comes back.

I feel like such a fool and laugh it off scornfully.

"You should know your place." (Rintaro)

I wipe my hands with a handkerchief and leave the bathroom.

I just want to be prepared so that one day, when this relationship comes to an end, I won't be bitter.

I don't want to get carried away and lose myself.

The place where I have Rei waiting for me is a little far away.

I decided to run back there a bit because I'm anxious to leave her alone.

Then――――

I enter the house, put the contents of the plastic bag in the refrigerator, and sit down on the couch.

After a few minutes of exchanging messages with Kakihara, I barely managed to understand what was going on.

According to him, the three of them had talked about going to the pool after I was gone. Nogi, who wasn't there, was invited to join them, and it seems that "Nikaido" suggested that they invite me as well, who had been with them earlier, anyway.

What an unnecessary thing she had done...... but I was the one who told her to call me if she needed anything. Although it was just a courtesy, I didn't feel comfortable rejecting it.

Besides——yep, it's a little hard to refuse when you get a message like this.

[I'm going to try to appeal more to Azusa at the pool. Rintaro is the only one who knows about this, so could you help me?] (Yuusuke)

Ye~ah, I don't want to. Frankly speaking, it's a hassle and I hate it so much.

However, I will be most grateful if Nikaido and Kakihara become getting intimate. Maybe I should try to cooperate with them here.

I feel like I should stay away from Nikaido anyway, but on the other hand, it's a chance to disillusion her.

I can't think of anything groundbreaking that would lower my value and raise Kakihara's, but it should be worth a try.

And well――――I'm ashamed to say that I've never had the experience of playing with others during summer break, so I have a slight feeling of longing for it.

At least once in my high school experience, I think it'll be nice to take the plunge.

[Got it, I'll go.] (Rintaro)

I type that message and send it.

Shortly after that, I receive a message from Kakihara, who was happy to have me participate and sent me detailed information about the time and place of the meeting.

Truly, Kakihara is a good guy. He only goes blank when it comes to Nikaido.......

"Hey you, you're pretty cute, aren't you. Are you alone?"

――――Aah, what a template.

Two men are standing in front of Rei.

They have dyed hair, wear a lot of accessories, and are what you can call the flirtatious guys in the street. They are looking down on Rei from above, who is sitting on a bench, grinning and smiling vulgarly.

It's a pick-up, no matter how you look at it.

Well, I can understand their feelings. Rei is a beautiful girl from any angle, and if she were alone, I would be tempted to ask her out for a chance.

But those people, whose brains have been roasted by summer heat, don't know the meaning of restraint.

Normally, they would not call out to anyone for fear of causing trouble, but they go ahead with it as if they were testing their mettle.

That's why they are so disgusting.

"I'm not alone. The fact that I have these two cups proves it." (Rei)

"Is the one you are with a girl? Then it's just right, two to two! Let's have tea together. We have a lot of money for college students, I'll buy you all drinks."

He interrupts Rei's words and seems to be determined not to give up the initiative at any cost.

It's only natural. If they prolong the situation, there is a possibility that the police or security guards will be called. Whether they succeed or fail, they intend to make this a short-term battle.

On the way home from Yuzuki-sensei's work, I once saw a man making a pick-up like that in the city at night. Maybe he really works part-time at a place like that.

I have seen that catchy guy in the city at night on my way home from Yuzuki-sensei's place. Maybe he really works part-time at a place like that.

――――Boy, is not the time for a calm analysis, you know.

I'm racking my brains to figure out what to say to get out of the situation, but for now, I start walking to get closer to Rei.

"originally translated by bujangga - pemudatunawisata[dot]my[dot]id"

"Not a girl. Even if I wasn't, I don't have time for you two." (Rei)

"Hee, could it be your boyfriend?"

"......" (Rei)

My feet stop for a moment as I hear those words.

"Rintaro, does this look good on me?" (Rei)

Rei comes out of the fitting room wearing a white one-piece dress.

The hem of the dress sways softly as she spins once in front of me.

I thought it fit her well, but that might be because Rei has her "current hairstyle". Thinking of the original her, I think――――

"Hmmm...... I think I liked the one before better." (Rintaro)

The outfit she showed me before was very casual.

She was wearing a black sleeveless top with a thin shoulder-revealing T-shirt and jeans fabric hot pants.

The fact that her bewitching legs were visible made her look attractive to my simple eyes.

By the way, I have a hot pants fetish.

I wonder what――――Rei will answer.

"......Yup. He is. I'm waiting for my boyfriend." (Rei)

A sense of elation that I can almost smirk at slowly begins to creep up from deep within me.

It's supposed to be just an impromptu remark, but this destructive power.

This is no good. If it becomes a habit.

Before it becomes so, I shake my head and shake off this feeling.

Now, I've let that Otosaki Rei tell me this much. Let's help her out first and foremost before I begin to consider it a perk or something.

"――――What do you want with my girlfriend?" (Rintaro)

How, I may have been a little too cool.

My face is a little distorted with embarrassment in this situation, which can be called a predicament.

"Aah...... Tsk, such a pain in the ass."

"Let's go."

"Yeaaa, Although I thought she looked like "REI"."

That's a close call. Thank goodness they're at least intelligent.

They must have decided that there was no point in prolonging the conversation. The two left us, glaring at me with a really bitter look.

"Pheeew. Looks like...... there's no problem." (Rintaro)

"Rintaro, thank you. You saved me." (Rei)

"I'm sorry I left you alone. The stain was a little persistent." (Rintaro)

"It was my fault to begin with, so......" (Rei)

"Sooo I guess we're even, then." (Rintaro)

I take my own cup of bubble tea from her hand and smile.

Seeing me like this, she smiles relievedly.

~"(This is a Translation Content of pemudatunawisata[dot]my[dot]id. so, read only on there, kay~)"~

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