Lonely Me And The Lonely Caring Goddess - Chapter 20 - I Want You
Chapter 20 – I Want You
…I wonder how long she had been thinking about it?
As Senpai looked away, I could tell that she was thinking a lot, because her facial expression was moving from time to time.
And then all of a sudden, Senpai faced me.
From her determined look, she must have come to some kind of answer or decision.
“About Takanashi-san, I initially did not think too much about the fact that I viewed you differently from the rest of them. But before I knew it, and by the time I realized it, I was beginning to trust you and have a liking towards you now.”
Eh? I’m happy, but what’s with all the sudden interest?
“Before meeting Takanashi-san officially, I have known you… Of course, I knew you were taking care of the flower garden, but what made a strong impression on me was when you helped a lost girl in the shopping district.”
The lost girl… that must have been Mio-chan.
So I was seen at that time…
However, I’m sure I didn’t do anything particularly unusual.
Certainly at that time, I was desperate to get Mio-chan to stop crying, so I referenced Yuzuha as a child…
“In order to calm the weeping girl, you used a cat mascot and meowed nyan~ nyan~…”
“Senpai! You don’t have to remember that part!”
Sure enough, I remembered that I had done that thing towards Yuzuha.
I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but if a guy went nyan~ nyan around…
“…? What’s wrong with that? There’s nothing strange about it. I honestly thought that it was amazing. You were able to calm and reassure the child in such a natural way, you know?”
Apparently, Senpai placed more value on the result than on the meowing part.
“For me, it’s not much since I’ve done something similar in the past, but…”
“It’s inevitable that we should make use of our past experiences. That means Takanashi-san has always had such kindness in his heart from a long time ago, doesn’t it?”
To be honest, it had been a long time since anyone said anything nice to me in a straightforward manner like this because I was isolated in middle school, so I was more than a little confused.
“You held hands with her and took her to find her mother, right? I can still clearly picture it at the back of my mind. It was such a beautiful sight.”
What she said made me a little embarrassed…
However, Senpai hadn’t lost her expression ever since we first started talking about this.
In other words, she’s really complimenting me.
“While on the way to school, you carried her in your arms, didn’t you? I saw you a couple of times, and both of you had such nice smiles on your faces.”
So even she saw that much huh…
That means that Senpai had seen quite a bit of me by the time we talked for the very first time that day.
…that senpai who was called the Lonely Goddess…
”To be honest, there is an overwhelming number of unlikable people around me. In the midst of all that, what you did was very memorable to me. Then I got to know you, talked to you, and even though today was unexpected, I still had some things to think about, and I have finally realized that.”
After Senpai said that much, she looked straight at me.
Her serious eyes made me feel like I was about to be pulled in.
“I… about you…”
Eh… this pattern…
No no no, I don’t think she feels that way about me…
“It’s as if I feel I have a best friend like Natsumi.”
Well, I didn’t think a best friend would be possible, and in any case, I didn’t think I was that deeply involved myself.
Honestly, though, I’m happy.
This was the first time I’ve ever had someone say that to me.
“This is what I’ve been feeling up until now…”
Then Senpai… stared at me with a very beautiful smile!
“…And that’s how I feel about you. As long as it’s okay with you, Takanashi-san, can we continue to be friends?”
Rather, it was something I wanted to ask for.
“Thank you very much. I’m really happy that you feel that way.”
“I’m glad…I was a little worried because I caused you a lot of trouble.”
I’m so happy.
But since Senpai has told me this much, now it’s my turn to be honest with her.
I’m not sure what Senpai will think when she hears this, and I’m scared to think that she might be disappointed, but even so…