After a Heartbreak, My Bitter Childhood Friend is now Sweet Like Sugar - Chapter 4.9 (Vol 1 End)
- All Mangas
- After a Heartbreak, My Bitter Childhood Friend is now Sweet Like Sugar
- Chapter 4.9 (Vol 1 End)
Chapter 4.9 Revenge After Revenge
“Ha~ I’m finally here with this group. It’s been a long time since we last came here. Glad I won the championship…”
Kasugai screamed as she held the microphone in the karaoke box.
“Kuku… I’ve been waiting for this. A chance to get revenge in karaoke.”
“Shusuke, let’s sing a lot! Do you want to do a duet?”
“Kuku… Fine with me… But can you keep up with me?”
Those two are really close, aren’t they…?
“I mean, Kazama, didn’t you say the other day that you didn’t like to hang out with women… and now you are making a duet with Kasugai?”
“Ba~ka. Unlike you, I’m a guy who never looks back. I don’t even remember what I said yesterday.”
“But isn’t a man supposed to take responsibility for what he says? Isn’t that right?”
“Ba~ka. Don’t underestimate me. I’ll never forget a word I’ve said.”
“Ahaha, Shusuke, you contradict yourself every second.”
“You guys really are close…”
Today was their revenge for the karaoke session that they were planning to do right after the exams.
It was Kasugai’s idea. The reason why she didn’t come that day was probably that it was reserved for Kokoa and me.
Since a while ago, the two of them had been incessantly playing songs and getting excited. It was so loud that there was no need for me and Kokoa to sing anymore.
Kokoa, who was sitting next to me, was groaning as she touched the device to select the song. I wondered if she was hesitant because of those two. If she wanted to sing, she should.
She noticed my gaze and looked at me in a panic. She opened her mouth in a huff.
“A-ah, you see…!”
“W-what? Is something wrong?”
“Well, that, you know…”
She stopped when she was about to say something… She wanted to say something but couldn’t. I could see that she was nervous and a bit passive.
“The two of them are singing together, so… you know.”
… I see.
“Okay. Let’s sing!”
“Eh, wait, I haven’t said anything yet, so why are you assuming that?”
“No, something else, but…”
“Then, isn’t it right?”
Sigh! She’s hard to understand.
But maybe that makes her so cute.
After that, we came home and played a game in the living room. It was the same racing game she had been practicing so she could beat me.
“Damn, you’re getting really strong.”
“Despite my appearance, I’m a woman who can’t keep losing.”
“I know. You’re very competitive.”
The other day I was the overwhelming winner, but today, no matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t beat Kokoa. By the time she finished the whole course, I was way behind the finish line.
“You’re no longer a match for me. Now it’s your turn to practice.”
“Aren’t you getting a little carried away? Did you really want to beat me that badly?”
“Of course I want to win. I’m the one who was always losing.”
“What do you mean? Did I beat you that often?”
While holding the controller, her face turned bright red. I understood what she was trying to say, and it made me feel awkward.
There’s been a lot of this going on lately.
“Anyway, I don’t want to lose!”
… But wasn’t it strange?
Kokoa was supposed to have been at odds with me just a few days ago, but now she was as sweet as sugar candy.
Well, it hasn’t been a while since I found out how she feels, and there are still many things I don’t know how to deal with, so I don’t know how things will turn out in the future.
Somehow, I feel that I’m beginning to be aware of her as a girl. It’s a feeling I never had before.
If I didn’t feel so torn by my memories of Senpai, I would probably go out with her right away.
But right now, it was not fair of me. I just wanted to keep things for a little while longer.
Just a little more. One day I could face Kokoa’s feelings with an open heart. I’m sure that day will come…
“O-oh, I’ll go make some coffee! Yū, you want one?”
“Y-yeah, I want it. Ah… that’s right!”
“I’ll have it with sugar.”
Sugar After Bitter
After taking a bath, I went out on the balcony, feeling good after winning the game against Yū.
It was almost summer. It’s a little hot and humid during the day, but the night breeze makes it comfortable.
I often sense his presence, but he doesn’t seem to be here today. Perhaps he was taking a bath now.
I looked down at the street light blooming on the ground.
The light of the stars is an innate quality that naturally attracts people’s attention, while the light on the ground is an acquired quality created by someone else. Even if the light on Earth was caused by someone else, I sometimes felt that even the fake light was trying hard to attract someone’s attention, and that makes me love it.
“There is nothing more reassuring than to know that we don’t need to rely on something special like a star. That we can dispel the darkness by multiple lights shining from the ground.”
Suddenly, I found myself muttering her words.
“Indeed, she’s too strong.”
Yeah, my rival in love is too powerful.
She’s like a star in the night sky that quickly stole Yū’s heart, a person whose light will never dull in the future.
As long as we’re alive, we can see our faults in the time that passes.
But dead people… They are still. They do not show their faults.
On the contrary, their envy and past, which they can no longer change, is cleared, making them beautiful and bringing them closer to their ideal self.
I wonder if I can win against such an opponent. No, I have to win.
Because I believe love is meant to be rewarded.
I want to turn this bitter feeling into a sweet future.
From Bitter to Sugar.
I hope that day will come sooner.
Volume 01 End.
Translated by Devxtt
Edited by Seventails