At the Outdoors Club
College life has officially begun.
After registering for classes, the first round of lectures began.
As it was the first lecture, the textbooks, attendance, tests, reports, etc. were explained.
After listening to these explanations, it seemed that the lecture time was surprisingly short, and not many lecturers used the full 90 minutes for the first lecture.
Of course, there were some who went into great depth from the beginning.
But still, I wondered if I would be able to get used to 90-minute lectures…
I waited for Suzuka on the terrace as I was lost in thoughts of my college life.
Oh, she’s here…
“Did you wait long?”
“I didn’t wait long.”
“Well, let’s go home.”
Neither of us have any more lectures we need to take today.
There is still a lot of time left until the party “Compa” at the outdoor club that Yashiro-senpai created in the evening.
People who have a long way to go to their homes, or who live only a few stations away, don’t need to stay at the university to kill time.
Well, if I had a friend who could pass the time with me, that would be a different story.
Unfortunately, the people I met had lectures coming up, so Suzuka and I had a lot of free time to kill.
“Oh, Yuki. Have you finished your lectures today?”
Just when I was about to leave the university, I met Yashiro-senpai.
“Yes, I have some time before the barbecue, so I’m going back home.”
“Oh, I see. I remember you moved out of your parents’ house to live with your wife. Well, if you’re free now, you two can help me out a little bit. Preparing for the night’s barbecue.”
“Uh, yes. What about you, Suzuka?”
“Yeah, I’m good.”
“Okay, it’s decided. Well, head to the place where the barbecue is going to be held today, I’ll take the car.”
We went to the place where the barbecue was going to be held.
The location is quite accessible, not far from the station.
We waited for 10 minutes for Yashiro-senpai to come with his car.
“Hey, I’m sorry to keep you waiting. I have some luggage in the car, so please help me carry it.”
“Is the luggage related to the barbecue?”
“There’s that, too. But there are other things, too. Look, it’s a lot more work than you think, so hurry up or we won’t make it in time.”
Unloading the luggage from the car that the senpai came in.
Barbecue stove, charcoal, chairs, etc.
In addition to that…
“We want people to feel what the outdoors has to offer.”
Tents, lanterns, hammocks, tarps, sleeping bags.
All these tools had nothing to do with barbecue.
I see, it takes time to set up these things, so they need our help.
“Here’s how to pitch a tent I made for beginner campers. You two take a look at it and give it a try. If you have any questions, just ask.”
Yashiro-senpai waved his hand and started to do something else.
Suzuka and I started to set up the tent beside him.
“Yashiro-senpai is an amazing person. I didn’t expect him to prepare and organize so many things like this.”
“He is a reliable senior.”
He was kind to me when I injured my leg.
He is a man who gives his all in everything he does.
That is who Senpai is. The reason I wanted to enter this university was because I admired Yashiro.
“Now, hold it down over there.”
It was the season when the weather was a little humid.
The two of us finished putting up the tent in about …20 minutes.
“Phew. Is this okay?”
“We followed the instructions. Let’s go over there and have a senpai take a look at it.”
I asked Yashiro-senpai to check if the tent was set up properly.
Yashiro-senpai lightly said there was no problem, then turned to us and asked.
“So, how did it go? How did you feel when you saw the tent up?”
“I felt a sense of accomplishment, or rather, I wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a tent set up like this.”
“I’m the same as Yuki! I kind of want to stay here~.”
“I thought I’d like to stay there for a while. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or not, but it’s worth it. Well, I’ve got a few things ready to go. Look over there.”
Yashiro-senpai pointed to a thick growth of trees.
And there were hammocks hanging from the trees.
“Looks like fun!”
“Suzuka-san is right, those things are good. Here, take a break and go experience it!”
Yashiro-senpai patted me on the back and I went to the hammocks with Suzuka.
Suzuka, who was lying in the swinging hammock, was satisfied and told me what she thought.
“This is good ……. It’s kind of relaxing. You should lie down too, Yuki!”
“Well, I’ll take your word for it…”
The hammock swayed and swayed.
Yashiro-senpai, who knows that I can only use one hand and that I would not be able to use it if it were set up high.
That’s probably why he set up the hammock so low.
“Oh, this is quite comfortable.”
“Right! I’d love to sit in the hammock and read a book.”
“That might be nice.”
As I was savoring the goodness of the hammock, senpai came over and happily told us.
“It’s a good thing, isn’t it? People tend to think of the outdoors as a series of inconveniences and endurance. But it also has this charm, you know? Well, I think it’s time for you to finish your break, right? Help me out, will you?”
“Yes, we’ll help you!”
Together with Suzuka, I started to help Yashiro-senpai again.
Time went by quickly, and one of the people Yashiro-senpai must have invited arrived at this place.
“Yo. Yashiro-chan. You are doing well with your juniors, aren’t you?”
“Yeah, I’m doing my best. If you came early, you can help me, too.”
“Under~stood. Well, Yashiro-chan seems to be fine on his own, and I, um, … what should them? Those two?”
“Double Shindou, so call them Shindou Husband, Shindou Wife, Yuki, Suzuka, and so on.”
“You have no taste~! Well then, let’s continue to the two of them.”
After talking with Yashiro-senpai, the senior came over to us and greeted us.
“Nice to meet you. I am Yuko Yamanaka. Nice to meet you!”
“Oh, hello, I’m Yuki Shindou.”
“I’m his wife, Suzuka.”
There is no use in concealing it. Or rather, hiding it would make us look suspicious.
So we decided to be open about our relationship.
Well, I’m not going to go out of my way to tell people that we are married if they don’t ask.
“Basically, I’m supposed to call people by their surnames, but you two seem to be so… Oh, how about this? Husband you are Shindou-kun. You, the wife, are Shindou-chan. How about it? Can I call you like that now?”
“Yes, that’s fine with me too.”
“I see. Well then, nice to meet you. Feel free to call me Yamanaka-senpai! Shindou-kun and Shindou-chan. Well, you two are so enthusiastic that you got married while you were still students. I wonder if we’ll get to hear some interesting stories?”
As she said this, the voice of Yashiro-senpai, who was standing a little distance away from us, echoed through the air.
“Don’t ask anything too weird! If you ask anything, I’ll beat you with a hammer, so get ready for it~!”
“Yes yes. I understand~”
After Yamanaka-senpai said this out loud, she turned to us and asked with a grin.
“Where did you two meet? Oh, you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to.”
Yamanaka-senpai’s questioning begins.
Well, let’s talk about where we met … It’s not like I need to answer…
“Yes. Suzuka and I met…”