Chapter Forty-Four: The Heroine of a Fool (Part VII)
“—What, why are you crying?”
Before I knew it, my tears were already pouring… I tell you; my lacrimal glands are as loose as ever.
“Kaname… He’s gone…”
“Instead of crying over such a thing, you should just chase him! I’d be happy to stay here all day to make up for your absence!”
But… I wonder if I have the right to chase after him.
If I cry, I think Kaname would throw away whatever it is that’s burdening his heart and would simply forgive me kindly.
…But I wonder if that’s a good thing.
It’s the best way for me, but not for him.
Whenever thoughts and questions like these enter my mind, I get stuck and become unable to move.
“…You and the President can’t help yourselves.”
As I silently cried, Aina-chan let out a deep sigh, shocked at the state I’m in.
“For the time being, I’ll make tea… Baumkuchen, you can eat mine too, so please just eat and stop crying.”
“I’m going crazy… You guys were close enough to remind me of impure heterosexuality.”
“…Isn’t it too old-fashioned to call it impure heterosexuality, Aina-chan?”
“…I’m glad. You seemed to have cheered up enough to make fun of me. As a black tea drinker, I’d say it’s blasphemous, but I’ll pretend not to see you pour twice the amount of the recommended milk to the tea today. …You like it better that way, don’t you?”
…Aina-chan, you’re really nice like a…
Mother… Ha! I would definitely like to call you my sister.
In the end, Kaname didn’t come back. I just chatted with Aina-chan, and before I knew it, the day ended. Both the milk tea and Baumkuchen were delicious but were a little salty.
“…you know, Himeno-chan.”
Today is another day of eating a boxed lunch full of ingredients that seem good for beauty. I opened my mouth because I suddenly had the urge to ask a question that’s been on my mind.
“Himeno-chan is living a life that’s totally far from the original game, but… Don’t you ever think that’s wrong?”
“Huh? Why do you think so?”
Himeno-chan frowned as she threw the boiled wings’ bones (apparently, they’re rich in collagen) into the empty box.
“It is for the convenience of this world that I was reborn as the heroine of the game without my permission, and I don’t even know for what purpose it was done. So, I’m just going to live the way I want to.”
“…Well, that’s just my story. I think you can think more about it and try to get closer to how the Empress-sama was. Starting with the whip…”
“Wait a minute. Empress-sama didn’t even have a whip. That’s just Himeno-chan’s desires.”
You’re unwavering, Himeno-chan. It’s the unshakable perversion of a Do-Me.
Regardless of her hobbies, I would like to emulate her impregnability.
…I wonder if I should be detachable like Himeno-chan.
Ah… I’m tired of worrying about it. I want someone to tell me the correct answer. At the very least, I wish I had choices like in the game.
“—Empress (LOL), with Himeno Saiki… Hey, let me see your face.”
The sudden voice I heard from behind came from a friend I knew very well.
“Oh, Sukeda Banko!? Have you come to cripple me!? Are you going to hurt me until you break my bones with that well-trained arm!”
“…Himeno-chan, what’s wrong with your face? You can’t show that face to in public.”
“…What a disgusting girl. She’s somehow worse than what I’ve heard.”
“Oh, those sharp, disgusted eyes! Nice! I’ve been thinking about you for a long time, but this is really nice! Please hit me in the face just once!”
“Why…! Oh… I see! Neglect play! This is neglect play!”
…Sukeban Macho-san, I can’t do anything about this kind of perversion, even if you looked at me asking for help like that. I’m sorry.
Sukeban Macho-san and Himeno-chan’s straight-forward habits… I’m a different vector from Empress-sama, but I have the same specs… I can’t get stuck in my habits.
“Sukeban Macho-san… I think it would have been better if it’s only the two of us here…”
“…No, it wouldn’t make sense unless Himeno Saiki is here, so I’ll let you hear it again, Empress (LOL)… No, Hououin Ayaka.”
Sukeban Macho-san, who seems to have decided to leave Himeno alone for the time being, looks straight at me.
“Are you going to have lunch with Himeno Saiki from now on? …Leaving Kaname-sama alone.”
What Sukeban Macho-san said pierced my heart.
“I know that meddling in other people’s friendships is too much even for me. It was four years ago, and I really understood your feelings. So, I kept silent for a while and just watched you two, but… I think the current situation is really too much. How should I put it…? Even if you do choose to leave him, it’s too abrupt.”