After a Heartbreak, My Bitter Childhood Friend is now Sweet Like Sugar - V2 Chapter 5.7
Just when I thought I could relax after the sports festival, the next enemy knocked on my door. It was the first semester’s final exams.
It feels like the midterms were over only a few days ago, but the first day of the final exams was already less than two weeks away.
“It’s crazy! How could they expect us to study for exams right after the Sports Festival? Don’t you think so?”
“It’s fine for you to think so, but you have to study hard as much as you can. I can’t give you as much attention as I did last time.”
Kokoa had lower grades in the last exam because she was too busy teaching me, which made her mother angry. She told her that if it happened again, she’d take her abroad to where she worked. So I couldn’t ask Kokoa to teach me like she did last time.
“Wouldn’t it be better to study alone then?”
“I feel uncomfortable if we don’t study together, though it may bother you. But I’d hate it if you study with anyone else.”
“I don’t have anyone to study with, so don’t worry. Or do you not even like the possibility?”
“… Erm… That is…”
Kokoa mumbled, trying to say something.
I mean, seriously, do you even care about that?
“Well, I’m fine now. I used to get nervous before. But lately, I don’t feel that way. In fact, I feel at ease when I’m with you. I can even concentrate better on my studies.”
“I hope that’s the case.”
But it’s true that I also feel relaxed when I’m with Kokoa these days.
Besides, it’s easy to take a break if you’re doing it alone. It’s good to have someone close by to keep an eye on your studies so you can maintain the atmosphere.
You can also ask questions if you need to.
The benefits of studying together are great.
At any rate, I should focus.
“Is there anything you don’t understand?”
“No, I’m fine. You don’t need to worry about it. Even if you hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have hesitated to ask you questions if I found something I couldn’t help with.”
“Is that… so.”
It appears that I’m distracting her somehow.
Well, I can’t do as well as Kokoa. As an honours student, she was worried about me.
Again, I kept silent and tried to concentrate.
“I can’t concentrate for a moment, so I’m going to go make some coffee. Would you like some, Yu?”
“Yes, please. With sugar.”
“… What’s wrong now?”
“Are you sure there’s nothing you don’t understand? It’s impossible for Yu to not have any questions. I’m worried that you aren’t asking anything.”
“No, I’m fine. And how’s that impossible?”
This girl was underestimating me.
“I’ve been doing a lot of revision so as not to bother Kokoa. I’ve to study as much as I can so I don’t get in your way.”
“W-why… Is that so?”
“Why are you reacting like you’re a little disappointed?”
You sounded as if you wanted me to ask questions.
I mean, Kokoa? You’ve been strangely restless since a while ago.
Then, less than a minute later.
… All right!
“I got it Kokoa, let’s study for the exam separately.”
“We have to. You’re not concentrating at all right now. You said you’d calm down, but you haven’t.”
“No, that’s not true… ”
“If I can’t study as I am, Kokoa will be in trouble, right? I don’t want your grades to go down because of me. What if your mother complains again and you have to leave? I’d hate it, and I don’t want to lose you, Kokoa.”
Her cheeks flushed slightly red.
I was pretty embarrassed right after I said it.
“That’s… right. Indeed, it is…”
Kokoa put away her notes on her desk and stood up.
“I’ll be going to study in my room. During the exam period, we’ll only eat together. And even then, I’ll go back to my room and study right away. But I’ll get a little lonely, though.”
“It’s not like we’re going far away. I mean, we live next door. You don’t have to talk about it like it’s a farewell.”
“N-no, I didn’t say it like that!”
Kokoa hurriedly walked out of the room.
I’m sure you did.
We’re going to school together tomorrow anyway.
You didn’t have to be so lonely.
… And I won’t feel sad, maybe?
It’s been about an hour since Kokoa left.
──I wonder if she can concentrate on her studies. What if she’s worried about me.
No, no. Now I’m the one who’s having trouble concentrating.
What the h**l am I doing talking to myself like this? I felt like dying of embarrassment.
“It’s no use. Let’s take a break.”
I stood up and opened the sliding door to the balcony.
At the same time, I hear the sliding door from the next room open.
I stepped out onto the balcony and turned towards the next room.
My eyes met with Kokoa’s, who had an awkward look on her face.
I wondered if she was having trouble concentrating again.
“No, it’s not like that, Yuu. I have no trouble concentrating. I’m just taking a breather!”
“I can understand. I felt the same!”
“Y-yes, we need to take a break. Uh, you’re taking a break as well?”
“Y-yeah, something like that.”
“Well, t-then, I’ll be going now!”
Kokoa hurriedly went back to her room.
I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to concentrate too.
“… Guess, I’ll try harder!”