Episode 71 For some reason, my life with the riajus never ends.

TL/ED: Bogdi

I know it’s a bit sudden, but is there a line that everyone would like to be told at least once?

I’m sure most of you will answer “yes” when asked this question.

Words that praise your appearance as “cool” or “good-looking “.

 

If you want to put it in a situation, you can say something like …… “I don’t want to go home today” on the last train.

Unfortunately, only a few people are able to say such words. 

That’s right, a perfect bastard who looks good, like Kenichi.

 

Well, sometimes it is said in a flattering way.

The only other thing I can think of is when people like me are the target of ridicule. ……

Yeah, …… it’s a sad fact when I think about it.

The situation that I just described is at best like an annoying couple with a fulfilling aura who are making out on a train platform just before the last train.

So it should not be my business, but …….

“Do you want to have dinner? Do you want to take a bath? Or–“

In front of me, I see Rin, blushing and fidgeting a bit.

I know what she’ s going to say after that: …… “Do you want me?” That’s what it is.

 

It’s a classic, one of the most popular lines I’ve ever heard.

When I am asked this question, I feel a surge of excitement in my heart.

I never thought that I would be in a position to be asked this cliché question.

I’m a healthy high school boy, after all.

It would be a lie to say that I am not excited about it. ……

A beautiful girl, who is known as the school goddess, comes into my house, and she is full of openings …… and vulnerabilities ………… that I have never seen at school.

I’ve been seeing her like this day after day.

 

Because of this, the struggle between my reason and my instincts is becoming more and more intense…., and my mind is being disturbed all the time.

 

Ah, honestly, it’s hard.

My face is naturally glowing red, and I hate it.

But I’m not letting the mood get to me, even in this situation.
 

If people see me like this, they will say, “Are you stupid? or “You look like you’re being asked out, so why don’t you go for it? or “Huh? Are you a chicken?” I’m sure they would say something like that.

——But think about it.

 

The world of today, both ancient and modern, is full of dangerous traps.

People who get caught in such traps …….

Scandals caused by them: …….

You never know what will happen in life.

That’s why you have to be very careful and think things through.

I pinch my cheeks, which are about to relax, and tighten my face.

Then I looked at Rin with serious eyes.

But ——

 

“Do you want to learn 100 English words?”

 

…… Unfortunately, there was no commitment.

Yes.

It was Rin, so I should have expected this …

 

“” …………………… “”

 

A subtle, indescribable air flows between Rin and me.

Our gears are not in sync. That’s how it felt.

I’m not sure if Rin sensed the atmosphere, but she gave me a serious look.

“Is there something wrong? I don’t know, it looked like you were terribly disappointed. ……”

“It’s nothing. ……. I just thought that reality was cruel. ……”

“I do not understand, but ……. What you should do, Towa-kun, is the choice I just presented you, right?”

“…… Well, …… sure.”

It is certainly not wrong. It’s almost night time. 

I know that the only options are dinner, bath and study.

It’s the time when I’ m usually being coached on my studies.

So ………… I’m not sad!

It’s just a feeling of emptiness!

“Do you need a handkerchief? You look sad”

“I don’t want it! I don’t need it! What’s with that pitiful look on your face?!”

When someone offers me a handkerchief in an apologetic manner, it makes me feel worse. ……

I think I’ ve seen this trend before: …….

“So, which would you like?”

“Okay. Okay. We’ll study after the meal.”

“Okay, so let’s put the word after a meal.”

 

” Yes, yes.”

Actually it was because 100 words is pretty hard.

It’s almost impossible for my brain to memorize them all in one day. ……

Well, I’ve been doing this for a while now, and it’s true that I’ve gradually become able to read longer sentences.

It’s not just memorization, but it’s easy for me to get them into my head because she teaches with trivia and logic.

Her pronunciation is also very beautiful. ……

She’s better than my teacher.

“—— Towa-kun?”

 

Rin bends forward and stares at me.

Her light blue dress loosened a little and her chest came into view.

 

I quickly looked away and gave a big sigh to cover it up.

“Wow, ……. Seriously, you scared me ……. Don’t just suddenly appear in front of me.”

“I’ve been in front of you for a while now, ……. And I called your name several times.”

“Really? …… Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’m sorry. I’m just a little spaced out.”

“What’s on your mind?”

“Well, I was thinking about my studies.”

 

I’m not lying, but I couldn’t get that …… scene out of my head, so I said it in an acting tone.

Rin’s gaze sharpened and her eyes turned suspicious.

But she also looked somewhat worried.

” There is something suspicious ……. Is there something you’re not telling me?””

“No, not at all. ……”

Her suspicion grew even deeper at my lack of response. I feel like a man who is suspected of cheating on his wife. ……

Rin sat down in front of me and stared at me with her big eyes.

 

I’m not sure if she noticed something or not, but she flinched and reached out her hand to me in a panic.

 

“Is it possible that you have a fever? Your face is kind of red. ……”

“No, I don’t think that’s …… it….”

 

“Are you sure? Towa-kun can be weirdly stubborn. …… Let me just check.”

Rin said and put her outstretched hand to my forehead.

Her face is so close…


“Hmmm….it’s hard to tell. Then—”

 

Rin’s face came closer to mine. I grabbed Rin’s shoulder and pulled her away just in time. 

Despite my frustration, Rin tilted her head and blinked her eyes repeatedly, as if to say, “Why?”

“Wait a minute! What do you mean by ”then”?

“What do you mean? I’m thinking of making a forehead to forehead “peck” …….”

“What do you mean by ‘peck’?”

Rin flipped up her own bangs and showed me her forehead.

She usually keeps her hair down in front of her face, so this fresh, unfamiliar look struck a strange chord in me.

By the way, ……she has a beautiful forehead.

 

I’ve heard that high school students cover their foreheads because they don’t want people to see their “rough skin” or “acne”…….

But Rin has no such marks.

Her skin is perfect.

“Is there something wrong with my forehead ……? You’ re staring at it.”

“No, no! I was just spacing out. …… I didn’t mean anything by it.”

“I see…”

“I mean, measuring with your forehead … Isn’t it okay to use a thermometer?”

 

“I’m sure, it’s more accurate and faster than a thermometer.”

“What’s with this useless skill …”

 

Do Rin’s abilities surpass the civilization’s advantages?

If that’s the case, I feel like she’ not a human being at all. ……

Oh, but that’s part of what makes her “a goddess”.

I can’t help but be convinced once again. ……

“So please don’t move and stay put.”

“Are you really going to do that ……?”

“Of course.”

My head was held tightly in her hands so that I could not move.

I closed my eyes to avoid seeing Rin’s face, which was slowly approaching.

…… I’m sorry.

 

I was puzzled by the fact that I had chosen to close my eyes.

If I could turn back time, I would not have made such a foolish choice. ……

 

It is a curious fact of life that when we close our eyes, our other senses become more alert to compensate for the loss of sight.

That’s why–

 

The heat I feel from Rin.

The sound of her breathing. 

Her smell.

 

I have to resist every last one of them.

The situation is even worse than usual, to the point that it might have been better to keep my eyes open. ……

There is a stiff sensation, that has already been applied to my forehead.

So, I can’t open my eyes anymore.

All I can do is just sit and wait for this time to pass. ………… Hmm?

Isn’t it …… awfully warm?

It’s like having a hot water bottle attached to your head.

Could it be a prank?

If so, then this heat is understandable. ……

 

I opened my eyes and looked at Rin.

Then, what jumped into my field of vision was Rin, whose face was dyed red like a tomato.

 

“…… Hey, on the other hand, isn’t Rin hotter ……?”

 

My words made Rin blush even more, and she fell to her knees and face down.

And–

 

“Ugh ……. It seems that the difficulty is still too high for me right now. ……”

Rin muttered in a small voice. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight of Rin’s strangely defeated appearance.

When I looked up a little and met Rin’s eyes, we both turned our heads away.

It’s not typical for her to react like this. ……

I looked up at the ceiling, suddenly feeling embarrassed.

Then, she scratched her cheeks, trying to cover up the blush on her face.