Rin, whose face had been blushing just a moment ago, was laying out the dishes on the dining table as if nothing had happened, in her usual way.
She seems to be as quick to switch as ever, but is it my imagination that her ears are slightly red?
By the way, I still can’t get rid of the heat on my face.
So, I sat down in front of the fan and shouted “Ah~” at it for no reason.
There was no real meaning to this action.
I simply do it because it distracts me.
In other words, …… escaping reality.
It’s just a way to cover up my embarrassment.
“Towa-kun, we are ready to eat.”
“So much for escaping reality. Come here.”
“Don’t read my thoughts so accurately, …….”
I sigh and look down at the dining table.
The table was neatly laid out with a variety of dishes that stirred my appetite.
It was not a luxurious meal.
However, the smells drifting in the air directly stimulated my stomach, and I let out a shameful “guh ……” as if in surrender.
I don’t know, how she can do so many things.
Every time I see it, I’m impressed.
They say it’s hard to come up with a menu for cooking, but ……she never runs out of ideas.
By the way, today’s dish was a Japanese dish with “grilled rainbow trout in foil” as the main dish.
I heard that a local shopkeeper gave it to her while she was shopping, saying that he had some left over.
Rin gets a lot of stuff every time she goes shopping. …… She must be a celebrity in the shopping district.
…… Maybe they’ll call her the goddess of the shopping district or something.
She has an eye-catching look, so it’s not surprising that she would be. ……
“Towa-kun? Is there something you don’t like about the food?”
” No? No, not really. Did it look like that?”
“Yes. You looked a little stunned. ……”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I see. I was just spaced out, that’s all.”
“Oh, I see. That’s fine, but …… if there’s any food you don’t like, please let me know, okay?”
“Since this is a great opportunity, can I ask you what foods you don’t like, Towa-kun? I’d like to use it as a reference in the future.”
“For future reference ……?”
Rin looks at me with serious eyes.
Oh, maybe this trend is …….
What runs through my mind are the interactions I’ve had with Rin.
Thinking back on it, it was easy to imagine what would happen next.
I’m sure that Rin, just like my studies, will try to do something about it.
“Don’t be afraid of what you dislike. It’s only by trying that you can have a future! Clench your teeth and eat!”
In my mind, I was picturing a strangely passionate figure that didn’t look like Rin.
I couldn’t help but laugh at the sight of Rin, because I couldn’t imagine what she would normally look like.
It might be rare, but is it possible?
As I was solving the problem in my brain, Rin was staring at me with her pure eyes.
“Um ……, is there something wrong with me?”
“No, not at all.”
“It’s not a big deal, but I was laughing at what I thought was going to happen next.”
The thought of what had happened earlier flashed through my mind again, and I couldn’t help but laugh.
When Rin saw this, she puffed up her mouth a little.
“I think you are making a very disappointing prediction, because you are Towa-kun.”
” You don’t trust me, do you? I’m a very sensitive person, okay?”
Rin’s shoulders drooped and a sigh escaped from her mouth.
I’m feeling a bit saddened and taken aback ……well, sort of.
I think it’s sadder when people sigh rather than argue. ……
“You can’t help it. If you don’t trust me that much, why don’t I guess Rin’s intentions?”
“I don’t expect you to, but …… sure.”
Oh, you’re not expecting me to guess at all….
“I’m sure I’ll be right ……. Do you want me to eat, what I don’t like, to force myself to overcome my weakness?”
——Huh…, I was wrong.
She denied it with a bitter tone.
I’m going to try a different approach here.
“Punishment game …?”
“I’m really starting to worry, about how Towa-kun sees me. ……”
Rin muttered to herself, “What if you think I’m some kind of annoying mother…”
I shushed her.
“But everything Rin cooks is delicious, so I’m sure I can eat it regardless of what I like or don’t like…”
I spoke hastily.
In fact, Rin’s cooking is so good that I don’t even mind the things I used to to dislike.
So now I don’t like or dislike any food she makes.
I can eat anything that Rin offers me…………, and when I think about it,……, it’s kind of embarrassing.
Perhaps she was happy with my attitude, but Rin’s face brightened up and she smiled.
“Fufu, is that true?”
“I’m not going to lie to you.”
“Ehehe ~, “I’m glad to hear you say so. I’ll have to work on my cooking again.”
“I’ll look forward to it.”
“Leave it to me! I’ll always try my best to cook for you.”
“Oh, thank you …”
I think she emphasized the word “always”. …… Oh well.
There was no point in thinking about it.
“Come to think of it, why do you want to know what foods I don’t like, Rin?”
“I want to know because you’re Towa-kun.”
I choked on my words at the sudden surprise.
Aaah, damn it …….
I bit my lip, swearing inwardly, “Don’t tell it to me so straightforward…….”
“‘Oh, you know what, …… there’s nothing to know about me, I’ m boring, you know?”
“That’s for me to decide. So–“
Rin sat back down in front of me across the table.
Then she turned her head a little and gave me an upturned, indulgent look.
“Please continue to teach me things ………… about you, okay?”
Depending on the occasion, these words can make a man nervous.
I held myself back from getting flustered and sipped the tea in front of me with a frown.
Then I mumbled, “If it’s within my power, ……”.