The Story Of A Girl Who Can Read People’s Minds (It's you who saved me) - 17 - Chapter 3 - Makoto Himuro ③
- The Story Of A Girl Who Can Read People’s Minds (It's you who saved me)
- 17 - Chapter 3 - Makoto Himuro ③
Chapter 3 – Changing Relationships
Makoto Himuro ③
I realized that I had fallen asleep.
I woke up to the sun shining through the curtains. I was stretching to relieve the stiffness in my body, when I noticed someone gazing at me.
“Oh, you’re awake.”
I looked over to see Toru looking at me with her face on her arm, seemingly in a good mood, as if she was enjoying something.
“What is it? Is there something on my face?”
“You have two eyes, a nose, and a mouth on your face.”
“Huh? Did I drop my eyebrows in my sleep?”
“Ahaha. I’m sorry, your eyebrows are on your face too.”
I’m glad to see her in a good mood during the morning. I’m very envious because I’m not a very morning person.
“I’m sorry I fell asleep last night.”
“That’s all right. After all, I was asleep too.”
“I’m really sorry.”
“I can tell by the look on your face that you didn’t do it on purpose. Besides, it’s nothing to get angry about.”
“You really don’t have to worry about it. I enjoyed your cute sleeping face.”
“…Is it okay for me to take a picture and make it my wallpaper?”
“I’m afraid I’ll get stabbed on the street at night by jealous men, so no thanks.”
“I see. Too bad. You’re going to make me a delicious breakfast to make up for it. Right?”
“Uh. Well then…”
I guess I’ll do just that. As I was about to answer her, my phone vibrated continuously in my pocket. I looked at the screen and saw that it was my friend Ken.
“Sorry, someone’s calling me. Hello?”
≪’Oi, Makoto. Where are you?≫
“Eh? Why? What’s wrong?”
≪What do you mean? We were supposed to meet at Takashi’s house at 9:00 today. We were going to play, weren’t we? Momotaro’s Hundred Year War.>>
(TLN: Closest thing I could find was this https://www.nintendolife.com/games/nintendo-switch/momotaro_dentetsu_showa_heisei_reiwa_mo_teiban)
“Oh s**t. I forgor 💀. ”
≪Oi, oi. You’re still a guy who goes at his own pace, aren’t you? Anyway, come here quickly. See you later.≫
“Alright, I’m hanging up.”
The sound of the phone going “tutu” tells me that the phone has been disconnected. But I didn’t realize that..
Or, rather, I had been knocked unconscious by the sudden realization of an unscheduled event.
“Sorry, I forgot that I had plans with my friends.”
Then I looked at Toru, her cheeks were puffed out like balloons, staring right up at me.
I had done nothing wrong, but for some reason, I couldn’t stop myself from apologizing.
“Going to a friend’s house. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve never been to a friend’s house since I was in high school. I’m so jealous.”
Why am I being blamed for this? But I couldn’t afford to take any chances, so I decided to apologize anyway.
“No, I’m really sorry.”
“….No, it’s okay. It was planned so it can’t be helped.”
She seemed to be a little less angry and gave a resigned, forlorn smile, and then took me towards the front door.
“Look, you’re going to be late. You’re making them wait for you, so you have to get going. Come to think of it, I have a lot of laundry to do too. Living alone is a lot more of a busier life than you might think.”
She pushed me hard, as if she wanted me to hurry up and go already.
When I reached the front door, she smiled at me with the same kind smile you see at school.
“It’s summer vacation for us high school students. You have to enjoy it so……… bye-bye.”
She waved her hand with a smile that was so different from yesterday’s, a gentle and loving one.
“Ah, well bye then.”
With that, I turned my back to her. Then, as I was about to grab the doorknob, I stopped.
I knew something wasn’t right. So I turned around again and said,
“……You said you were jealous of me going to my friend’s house?”
“Eh? Ah, yes, I might have said that?”
Perhaps she was just saying that in the heat of the moment. She responded back in a slightly, puzzled manner, but the words that she half-heartedly uttered cannot be taken back now.
“If you want. you can come to my house sometime…?”
“I’ll go! Absolutely, I’ll be there. I’ll go right away.”
After a few moments of silence, she suddenly gained momentum and came up to a close distance and said so excitedly.
“No, wait a minute. You can’t come over right now. I’ll call you later. Here, take out your phone.”
I took the phone she offered me and we exchanged our contact information. I had been sitting next to her for a month, but I had nothing special to call her about, so we hadn’t exchanged contact information.
“I’m going home today. I’ll call you later.”
She held the phone with both hands, stared at the screen for a while, and then smiled with a childlike smile that was different from the calm one she had earlier.
“I’ll be expecting you. You’ll definitely call me, right?”
“Oh, and thanks for dinner last night. See you later.”
“Un. See you later.” (TLN: Un means yes btw)
The sound of my shoes hitting the stairs of her apartment echoed one by one.
I’m not sure why I asked her out. And maybe she has a lot of friends but has never really been to a friend’s house.
But I couldn’t get that lifeless house and lonely smile out of my mind, so I ended up saying that.
Well, what can I do now that I’ve said it? I forgot to call mom last night to let her know that I was staying over, so I’m busy worrying about that right now.
When I put on my helmet, the sound of the cicadas had surrounded me until they seemed a little more distant.
The beginning of summer vacation starts with my mom’s nagging. With that thought in mind, I hit the accelerator pedal.
“Huh? Why did I come here in the first place?”
The sun was not going to tell me anything other than the heat.
TL : ”