I’m gonna live with you not because my parents left me their debt but because I like you. - Chapter 118
Chapter 118: The Prince of Meiwadai
“Kaede-nee! It’s lunch time!”
Yui, the energetic and stormy first-year student, barged into our classroom. She was met with a lot of stares from our astonished classmates, but she didn’t show any signs of concern and rushed over to us hugging Kaede’s back as a matter of course. Kaede accepted it with a wry smile.
“Yui-chan. I’m glad you’re here, but don’t you want to eat with your classmates?”
“It’s okay! Today I want to celebrate the reunion with Kaede-nee! There are so many things I want to talk about, so many things I want to ask your handsome boyfriend… Huh?”
Yui was speechless when she saw Nikaido sitting next to me. Nikaido, who had gotten used to this situation over the past year, quickly stood up and walked over to the frozen Yui and said,
“Nice to meet you, I’m Nikaido Ai. I’m a woman, just like you. Hey, what’s your name? What should I call you?”
“Y-yes. My name is Miyamoto Yui. What to call you… uhm, I’ll leave it to you.”
“Fufu. I see. Then how about Yui-chan? Fufu, that’s a cute name.”
Nikaido smiled refreshingly. This was the face of Nikaido’s magical nature that had captivated so many female students. If she were to try to be like a prince in a shoujo manga, they would surely swoon over her. In fact, Yu-chan was already blushing and fuming.
“Um, um… well… Kaede-nee, help me!”
After panicking, Yui-chan chose to put Kaede in the line of fire. Kaede smiled bitterly and patted her head.
“Ahaha. I’m sorry if I startled you. Sorry, Yui-chan.”
Nikaido apologized, but Yui-chan remained vigilant, hiding behind Kaede’s back. She scratched her head and reflected on whether she had overdone it, which she surely did.
“She’s a junior you’ve never met before, and you’ve stimulated her too much. You’ve got to pull your weight a little, you know? Are you trying to make all the freshmen girls your prisoners?”
“I didn’t mean to, but… Hey, Yoshizumi. Am I that good looking? Don’t I look like a girl?”
Nikaido asked me while putting her hand on my shoulder. I don’t know why she was so unsure about this, but Nikaido was a beautiful girl no matter how you looked at her.
It was a contradiction in terms, as her body was well-trained in basketball without any excess fat, but only her chest armor was solid. She had sharp eyebrows, a coolish-looking face and a rather deep voice, but I think that was rather Nikaido’s charm.
“I see. I see! I’m a beautiful girl then! If Yoshizumi says so, I’m sure he’s right! No – you’re a friend to have!”
“Well, Kaede’s got you beat though! Hey, don’t stick to me! Get off me, Nikaido!”
Nikaido rubbed shoulders with me in a friendly way, as men did with other men. [TL: Jo, what.] I tried to pull her off, but she resisted with some effort and even slapped me on the back. It hurt, but what hurt even more was Kaede’s gaze. She puffed up her cheeks like a balloon and silently protested.
“Don’t stick to him any longer, Nikaido-san!”
But the balloon’s air quickly burst. As I was struggling to get out of my restraints, she forcibly pulled my hand and rescued me, hugging me with all her might. I felt as if I were a stuffed animal.
“I’m sorry, Hitotsuba-san. It’s just a habit I’ve had for a while… I’ll be careful from now on.”
‘Hnggh’ Kaede remained cautious of Nikaido, who laughed at her.
But I want you to let me go. I can’t breathe with my face pressed against Kaede’s chest. I’ll die of asphyxiation while feeling happy if this continues. Help me!
“Fufu. It’s okay, Hitotsuba-san. I’m not going after him. The area next to Yoshizumi belongs only to Hitotsuba-san. But I think it’s time to let him go, you know?”
“No, I don’t want to! I won’t let him go! I’ll definitely make Yuya-kun happy!”
Oh, Kaede’s protest is always so cute. But oh no, my vision is going completely blank.
“No, that’s fine, but… if you keep hugging him like this, Yoshizumi won’t be able to breathe and it’ll be bad, okay?”
” … Eh? Ahhhh, Yuya-kun! Are you okay!? Are you breathing!?”
Kaede finally noticed my condition and let me go. The air was delicious, but I wanted to be surrounded by that feeling more. I was feeling happy.
“Fufu. Looking at your debaucherous face, you seem to be okay. But that’s beside the point. If we don’t move quickly, our lunch break will be over, what should we do? Do you want to go to the cafeteria now?”
As Nikaido hinted at the time, there was still time remaining for lunch break, but I’m not sure if there were any spots left in the cafeteria if we went there now. And since Yui-chan was also there today, there were six of us. In addition, there would be a lot of new students there, just like we did last year. When I think about it, it feels hopeless.
“I just got a call from Akiho-chan, and it looks like she’s secured seats for six people.”
“Really? When did she leave, Otsuki-san?”
“Around the time when Yuya was almost choked when Hitotsuba-san hugged you? She said it was too sweet to bear and left first.”
Shinji chuckled and stood up. I’d like to debate whether the atmosphere was sweet or not, but for now, we had to move on. The longer we make her wait, the more Otsuki-san would probably cry out.
“So. I’m going ahead of you, so Yuya and the others should come as soon as possible.”
“I know, I know. Kaede, that’s why let’s go, shall we?”
Shinji left the classroom at a fast pace. Nikaido followed him out, but just before she did, she put a smile on her face and gave me a wink. And with a mouthful of ‘I’m sorry’.
So you had done that on purpose to stir up Kaede.
“Yuya-kun and Nikaido-san were communicating with each other eye to eye… ugh… I can do the same with Yuya-kun! I won’t lose!”
Kaede was blazing with rivalry. But, I only understood Nikaido because she was moving her mouth. But no matter what I say, I don’t think Kaede can hear me right now.
“Um… Yoshizumi-senpai. Are you always like this with Kaede-nee?”
Yui-chan asked with a sneaky earful, as if the person she adored as her sister was someone she didn’t know.
“Well… what do you think? Maybe today is more turbulent than any other day? Rather, is she different from the Kaede you know, Yui?”
“Fufufufu. I can’t help it. If you insist, I’ll teach you a lot about Kaede-nee! I’ll have plenty of time to show you my treasured collection!”
“Oh… that’s good! I hope you’ll let me hear about it soon.”
“Of course! Kaede-nee is my Kaede-nee, but Yoshizumi-senpai is also a comrade who is afflicted with Kaede-nee’s charm!”
Apparently, she still harbored a rivalry, but her caution seemed to have diminished. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have brought her face so close to me with an earful.
“Yui-chan, you’re so close to Yuya-kun. What have you two been sneaking around talking about? Please let me hear it.”
In comparison, Kaede, her cheeks puffed up with some tears in her eyes, intervened. I pat her on the head. Don’t worry, I’m only about Kaede. I won’t be dominated by anyone other than Kaede, so don’t worry.
“Ehehe… I’m all about Yuya-kun too. Please pat me more. If you want, we can even hug or kiss!”
“I would do that… when we get home. Let’s move to the cafeteria as soon as possible. We never know what Otsuki-san will say if we keep her waiting.”
I nodded and Kaede squeezed her arm around mine. I was about to walk to the cafeteria, enjoying the feeling of paradise with the soft touch and the fresh smell of citrus, when Yui asked her a perfectly reasonable question.
“Hey, Kaede-nee. Are you by any chance living together with Yoshizumi-senpai?”
Translated by: Riciel
Edited by: Arya