Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo - Epilogue Part 2
T/N: This is part of the epilogue, but it’s a completely separate story, that’s why I separated it. Also, Joro is truly a bro.
Epilogue Part 2
One year ago. July.
The scorching sun made me let out my complaint loudly.
God, it was so hot!
Sure, this was summer and all, but today was too hot even for summer!
Ugh, I wanted to go home… My dear AC, I missed you so much…
“The smell of the sauce is revolting…”
The smell of the kushikatsu sauce wafting from the boxes reached my nostrils.
This smell was irresistible in the worst possible way.
I knew I bought too many of these…
“Whoops… I wonder if Sun-chan is okay?”
Trying to regain my balance while holding the kushikatsu boxes in my hand, my best friend’s face came to my mind.
Today was the day that the regional’s final was held.
Regrettably, our high school lost both the match and the chance to go to Koshien as the victor of the regionals.
My best friend, Sun-chan, was the ace of our baseball team. I wonder if he was okay?
He was acting cheerfully in front of everyone just now, but I knew he was hiding his true feelings.
After all, going to Koshien was his dream. He wished for it to happen more than anyone else.
“Well, at least this will cheer him up a little. He loves kushikatsu after all.”
That was why I was waiting for him here.
After all, we were best friends.
“Woah?! What do you— Woah, woah!!”
“Getting surprised twice like that, what a funny guy.”
I let out the first scream because I was surprised that someone suddenly called out to me from behind. But, for the second scream, I let it out because of an entirely different reason.
I knew this girl! She was the gorgeous girl I saw back at the stadium! I was distracted by her beauty to the point that I didn’t notice a foul ball flying to my direction and ended up hitting me!
The exact same beauty was trying to talk with me?!
Wait, I messed up!
If I knew that I was going to be approached by such a pretty girl, I woulda kept my guard up and wore my usual kind facade…
Dude, I messed up real badly this time. Even though there was no one around, I should never let my guard down!
Alright, from now on, none of this would happen ever again. I’ll keep my facade up even in my monologue.
Let’s do this, me!
“A-Ahem… W-What do you– I mean, do you need something from me?”
I tried to cover my mistake by clearing my throat, but I spectacularly failed as my usual tone of speech came out anyway.
“It’s fine, you don’t need to be polite with me. It isn’t like I’m being polite with you either.”
I agree with her words, but I still felt like I had to act politely to someone that I met for the first time.
Especially if that someone was a beauty like her. I wanted to leave the best impression on her.
By the way, why did she approach me?
“I-Is that so?”
“Mhm. I prefer you to speak casually with me.”
“Got it, I’ll do what you asked.”
“You switched your tone so quickly. Amazing…”
Oh, cr*p. Because of my nervousness I accidentally used my casual tone. Another blunder was made.
She sounded calm, but I could sense astonishment in her voice.
But wait, let’s give more thought about the situation.
A strange girl suddenly approached me. I could think of four reasons why she did this.
Reason number one, she wanted to make a shady deal with me.
Using her s*x appeal, she wanted me to follow her so that she could sell some dubious products or invite me to a cult.
But, that seemed unlikely. If she really wanted to do that, she wouldn’t be targeting a high school student like me, instead she’d look for adults with deep pockets. I didn’t have money in hand, but a bunch of kushikatsu.
Therefore this one wasn’t possible.
Reason number two, she wanted to ask me for directions or she just simply wanted to know what time it currently was.
She could be lost or she was just curious what time it currently was. Since I was nearby, she figured that she could ask me about it.
But, that one also seemed unlikely. I saw this girl watching the baseball match.
Since that was the case, she should at least know how to get here, so there was no way that she got lost. As for the matter regarding time, the clock tower was nearby, she could just check it on her own.
There was no need for her to call out to me for such a reason.
Therefore this one also wasn’t possible.
Reason number three. This girl loved kushikatsu more than anything in this world.
Common sense told me that this was the most improbable reason of them all.
No matter how much she loved kushikatsu, why would she ask a stranger for some?
It was dumb of me to even think of this as a possibility.
Therefore this one also wasn’t possible.
Finally, reason number four. This girl fell for me.
Think about it, a girl calling out to a boy who was standing idly in front of the stadium. This was the so-called reverse pickup!
The possibility wasn’t zero! Plain as I may be, beauty was in the eye of the beholder!
It wasn’t impossible that I was her type!
I mean, wasn’t there a girl back in middle school who was into me?
Alright, let’s proceed with this in mind!
“So? What do you want from me?”
I asked, trying to sound as composed as possible.
“I called out to you because I’m interested in you. Am I being a bother?”
She really came for the fourth reason?! I brought up that possibility as a joke, but it turned out to be the truth?!
ALRIGHT! LET’S GO! My life wasn’t exactly filled with ups and downs, but this was my moment! I could say with confidence that this was one of the most joyful moments of my life!
“N-No, you aren’t a bother at all.”
C-Calm down, me! This girl got the hots for me! …Or was she really? No, I didn’t need to doubt it!
However! I still shouldn’t let my guard down! I would never let myself screw this chance over! I didn’t want her to say something like, ‘What a let down, you’re not the man I thought you would be.’ That would be a failure and I’d do my best to avoid that, but what kind of outcome would it be so that I could call it a success?
“What about you? Are you interested in me?”
“Yes. I am very much interested in you.”
“That’s a pleasant thing to hear.”
“Ditto. You’ve been saying things that are pleasant to my ears too.”
“If that’s the case, can I make a suggestion?”
“Hm? Sure, I’ll hear it out.”
“All the heat made me tired, let’s move to somewhere cooler… Like, perhaps a coffee shop nearby? What do you think?”
The way she tilted her head while locking her gaze at me was so cute!
“Ah, sorry, I can’t.”
The girl blinked at my response. Perhaps, she didn’t expect that I’d reject her invitation without any hesitation like this.
Oh no. I could hear slight displeasure from her voice. But, well, I understood her feelings.
The person she called out to clearly said that he was also interested in her, but he effortlessly rejected her invitation like that. Normally, people wouldn’t respond like I did.
“I’m waiting for someone here…”
“Is it your girlfriend?”
“If it was my girlfriend, then I would be gay.”
“Oh my, that was shocking…”
“No, I’m completely straight! Don’t take my words at face value like that!”
“Glad to hear that then.”
How could she even come to that conclusion? Was she not right in the head?
Whatever, she was cute, so all her deeds were forgiven. Cuteness and bo*bs were justice. It has been like that since ancient times.
“Sorry, the guy I’m waiting for is the kind of guy who’d never let anyone know that he’s feeling down. I can’t just leave him by himself like that. That’s why I won’t move from here until he comes.”
Ah, if only she invited me on any other day… Why must it be today?
“I see… Then, what about we do it on another day?”
“Sure. I’ll need your name and contact though.”
Right. There we go. This was it, the outcome that I could call a ‘success.’
Too bad that I had to prioritize Sun-chan first, so I couldn’t tend to her as much as I wanted today.
At the very least I’ll get her name and contact information though. I’ll do my best to achieve that goal!
“I’ll tell you both, but on one condition.”
“…Yes. Can I have one of these?”
The girl pointed to the kushikatsu I held on both hands.
“I want something to commemorate our first conversation. Can I have one of these?”
“Ah… Sorry, you can’t.”
F-F*ck! Why did I keep destroying one flag after another!
One kushikatsu for this girl’s name and contact information!
That was a great deal no matter how you tried to look at it!
…But, it wasn’t like I could just let her have one of these!
These kushikatsu were for Sun-chan! Not for me to fulfill my own desires!
“These aren’t mine. These belong to the guy I’m waiting for.”
“But, didn’t you buy them with your own money?”
“Well, yeah, but… You still can’t have them!”
“Even though you have so many of them?”
“Even though I have so many of them.”
“I see. Too bad…”
The attempt was a huge failure.
Ahh… Letting such a nice girl go for something like this… I was a big fool…
“Nevertheless, I’m still happy. I’ve learned a lot about you.”
The girl said with a happy tone.
Huh? Could it be? I actually had a chance? Will she give me her contact information?
“Let’s meet again later. And when we do, let’s have a nice and long talk. I’m looking forward to it.”
Alright, a question!
Q: If two people were to promise to meet with each other later, what would they need?
A: Each others’ contact information and names!
“Alright, then, where can I con–”
“Will you treat me nicely if I were to start talking to you?”
Ugh, she cut me mid-sentence.
I’ll forgive her though, because she was cute. That angelic smile of hers could absolve her from all sins.
“I’ll do my best to treat you as nicely as possible.”
“Promise me. If you break it, I’ll be very, very mean to you.”
“I promise. Don’t worry, I’m not the kind of person who’d break his promise.”
Alright! I managed to say that line properly! Now, gimme your name and contact information, honey!
“That sounds reassuring. Alright, see you later.”
We promised to talk to each other later, but you didn’t even give me your contact information?!
Things weren’t supposed to progress like this!
C’mon, this might work in a drama or something, but this was real life!
“H-Hey, c-can I get your contact information–”
I managed to call out to the girl, but by that time, she had already walked away from me.
Due to the kushikatsu in my hands, I couldn’t even try to chase after her.
Ah… In the end, I failed…
As I slumped my shoulders in disappointment, the girl suddenly turned around and gave me a slight smile.
“By the way, I got lonely easily. And I’m a little needy as well.”
After saying those words, she turned her back on me again and walked away.
Haah… I didn’t need this cliched development that you often saw in dramas. Just give me a normal and realistic one, please.
In the end, I didn’t manage to get both her name and her contact information. So, I continued to wait for Sun-chan under the scorching sun.
…Anyway, when will he come?
Thanks for the great work on V1! I hope you will continue.