I Was Hired As A Tutor By A Cute Little Devilish Junior - Chapter 18 Lunch
After the soothing sound of the ball being returned, the umpire called out the score.
The ball slipped through her opponent with no touch, hit the net behind, and came back with a big bounce.
Seeing this, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of admiration.
As if she heard me, the person who had scored the service ace took the trouble to turn around and give me a big smile.
I gave her a small smile and applauded.
Satisfied with this, she hit the next serve with great enthusiasm and made sure to hit the ball that came back gracefully against her opponent.
With a cute pose, she walked over to me.
“Fufu, did you see that? Riku.”
“Satsuki, can you stop coming to me after every game?”
“Eh~? It’s fine, don’t mind it.”
“Look behind you. I’m getting a lot of stares from other people.”
I’d been getting stares from the people playing on the other court.
In particular, the stares from the new first-year students hurt.
I was prepared to take it in stride for Satsuki’s sake, but as expected, this was too much.
The fact that there was a boy watching girls play tennis already smells fishy.
“Don’t worry, Riku. Everyone knows you as my boyfriend.”
“It’s not okay. Also since when am I your boyfriend?”
“I didn’t say anything, okay? Everyone said you were my boyfriend, so I thought it was okay.”
“That’s not good. Explain to them that we’re childhood friends.”
Satsuki made a pained face. Hey, what’s with that face?
“You’d also be upset if I was identified as your boyfriend without your permission, right?”
Why did you shut up at this point?
“Anyway, I don’t like it when rumors are spread without my permission. Please explain it to them.”
“Hey, are you listening?”
“I hear you, I hear you. I’ll tell everyone.”
Saying that, Satsuki returned to the court with her hands fluttering.
Does she really get what I was saying…?
In the end, it seemed that Satsuki had been explaining this to the people around her in her own way, but she still came to me after every game and continued to expose me to painful stares.
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“Riku, I’m back~!”
“Hey. Good work, Satsuki.”
Afternoon. I met up with Satsuki after the club activities were over.
She said she didn’t sweat too much, so her current outfit was just a jersey jacket over her tennis uniform.
Are you planning on walking in town with that outfit, Satsuki?
”Riku, about today’s lunch…”
The person in question didn’t seem to be bothered at all and was carelessly worrying about her stomach.
“I don’t want you to come to my house because my parents aren’t home.”
“Riku, are you an esper?”
“I knew you were going to say that…No is no. There is no food at my home.”
“Eh~ Riku is stingy~”
Satsuki shook my body while buzzing in my ears.
As if she was a spoiled child, I dragged Satsuki along and ignored her.
“Mmmm…You used to listen to me no matter what I said. When did you grow up to be such a stubborn child?”
“I don’t know. I’m sorry I’m not as tolerant as I should be. I’ve grown up, you know.”
“I see, you’ve grown up too. Your hands are so big now…”
She took my hand and intertwined her fingers with it, looking nostalgic and distant as she said this.
“You’re so naive, Satsuki. You think that’s going to make me flutter now?”
“Nah! The book said that there is no boy who will not be thrilled by this!”
“What book said that? Well, if it was any other boy, they might.”
“I wouldn’t do this to anyone but Riku! Ugh, whatever.”
Perhaps she was dissatisfied with my attitude, but she shook off my hand she was holding and walked away quickly.
I sighed in my heart, then followed Satsuki’s back and grabbed her hand that I had been holding earlier.
“W-What? I’m not going to get nervous about that now either.”
“I don’t mean that.”
“Then why did you grab my hand?”
“It’s about lunch. I only said we can’t eat at my house, I never said that I didn’t want to eat together with Satsuki.”
I let out a breath, and then.
“Satsuki, why don’t the two of us go have lunch together now?”
The moment I said that, Satsuki’s eyes lit up and she hugged me vigorously.
“Fufu, Riku, you can’t help it~. You’re so eager to have a date alone with me.”
“Hey, you’re exaggerating a lot there.”
“Don’t care, don’t care♪ Come on, let’s go.”
“All right, all right, don’t just start pulling me along.”
I was taken by Satsuki, who was in a good mood, to a family restaurant near the school.
A waitress with a dazzling smile led us to a window seat.
“What does Riku want to eat~?”
“Well, I guess I’ll go with the…hamburger steak set.”
“Hmmm…If Riku has the hamburger steak set, I’ll have omelet rice.”
“That’s unexpected. I thought Satsuki would have the hamburger set meal too.”
“I have my own ideas, hehe.”
Satsuki laughed mischievously. I was a little disappointed in myself for letting my heart beat a little at her happy smile.
After that, we placed our orders, and while Satsuki and I were having a casual conversation and joking around, the waitress with the shining smile who had just shown us to our seat brought our food.
“The hamburger steak set meal and omelet rice. Please take your time.”
The waitress left with the same dazzling smile as ever. She seemed to be a part-timer of about the same age as me, but she was as perfect as a mirror of the customer service industry.
Even though she was a stranger to me, I respected her.
“Wow, that looks delicious! Itadakimasu!”
Satsuki’s eyes were as bright as the waitress’.
Following her with such high tension, I had my first hamburger steak set meal in a long time.
“Mmm~♪ It’s fluffy and thick~♪”
“Mmm, it’s so good.”
The juices flooded my mouth. My first hamburger steak in a long time was unexpectedly delicious.
Just as I was enjoying the first bite of the hamburger, Satsuki made her move.
“Hey, hey, can I have a bite of Riku’s hamburger steak?”
“…Is that the idea you were talking about earlier?”
“That’s right. Hey, can I?”
Stop it. Don’t put the spoon in your mouth and look up at me.
‘Well, it doesn’t matter… I’ll take a bite of Satsuki’s omelet rice as a trade.”
I put my fork and knife on the plate and move it towards Satsuki.
“What is that look in your eyes? Hurry up or it will get cold.”
“I want Riku to feed me.”
“Ha? Why would I do that?”
“I won’t give you the omelet piece if you don’t.”
Then Satsuki turned away with a pout.
Damn. Do you know how old we are now?
“Mmm, it’s good!”
When I gave up and fed her, she put her hands on her cheeks and relaxed her face happily.
I can’t believe how cute this was. It was secretly 20 points.
“I’ll give you my omelet rice too. Yes, say ahhhh.”
“No, wait a minute.”
“Hmm? What’s the matter?”
“Why do I have to be fed the omelet too? I’ll just eat it.”
“Eh~? You did it for me, so I don’t hesitate to do it for you.”
Then Satsuki thrust a spoonful of omelet rice at me.
No matter how much we’ve known each other since childhood, this girl really has too many things to be afraid of. Secretly a minus ten.
“Come on, hurry up~”
“All right. All right. I’ll just eat it.”
“Yes, say ahhhh.”
Satsuki brought the rice omelet to my mouth as I did what was told.
I didn’t think I’d have to be fed after I reached this age.
“How is it? Is it good?”
“It’s good. Omelet rice is not bad either.
“Ehehe. Now we’re kissing each other indirectly…”
“That’s right. I think it tasted better than usual.”
“Eh? C-Could that be…”
“Yeah, I’m probably pretty hungry.”
“Hm? What is it, Satsuki? You have a face like a heroine from a novel who was just aware of an indirect kiss.”
“Goodness! Riku, you are being a meanie!”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Satsuki attacked me with a lot of pokes and prods.
When we were on the train, I had shoulder slaps, but now the kicks are attacking my shins directly, so it hurts a bit.
“Don’t be so sullen. Here, I’ll give you another bite of hamburger.”
While appeasing her, I brought the fork to Satsuki’s mouth one more time.
Satsuki ate it without saying a word, but the shin kick stopped for now.
“Are you in a better mood?”
“…One more bite.”
It seemed that she was happy to be given some kind of feeding and her cheeks were loose.
Eventually, Satsuki’s begging continued, and by the time she was completely back to her normal self, my hamburger was half gone.