Saijo no Osewa ~ Takane no Hana [LN] - V2 Short Story 2
Omake: Hinako’s Compensation
A few days have passed since the results of the exam were announced.
[By the way, I promised the other day that I’d make it up to you…]
During the holiday, I spoke to Hinako when she came to my room.
[Is there anything specific you want me to do?]
Hinako sounded annoyed and asked,
[….What did Itsuki do with Tennouji-san that day?]
[We went to the arcade, went bowling, and sung a little bit of karaoke]
When I explained, Hinako’s eyes squinted.
[Looks like… you had a lot of fun]
[Well, I’d be lying… If I said I didn’t enjoy it]
Somehow I wanted to tell Hinako that I didn’t because I felt it would put her in a bad mood if I agreed, but I would feel sorry for Tennouji-san if I lied and said I wasn’t having fun.
As a result, Hinako wore a heavy pouting face.
[I’m… going too]
[I also… Want to go too…!]
That’s why I immediately went to the game center with Hinako.
Of course, it was not just the two of us. A little further from us, Shizune-san and the Konohana family’s escorts were watching us.
Unfortunately, Hinako didn’t have as much freedom as Tennouji-san. However, considering the personality of Tennouji-san and her parents, I feel like they were exceptions.
[Then, let’s play that racing game first]
I sat in a seat next to Hinako.
Today, Hinako was in disguise, just like Tennouji-san was. So she’s allowed to be in her natural self, not in her other mode. Hinako, now wearing sober clothes and a deep hat, would be able to deceive even her classmates at the academy as long as they don’t get too close.
[Itsuki… What place did Tennouji-san finish in this game…?]
[She was dead last]
I remember Tennouji-san, who had a banana thrown in front of her and yelled about their bad manners.
[Well, then… I’ll go beyond that]
Hinako was being strangely competitive.
As she wondered, she put in a 100 yen coin and started the game.
The result of the game was, as expected….
Hinako, who got the same rank as Tennouji-san, pouted her lips.
[…One more time]
As I was told, I put in the 100 yen coin again and started the game.
Hinako was last place again.
After that, she tried again and again… but it was still difficult for Hinako, who wasn’t experienced in this game, and she continued to not do well.
[Do you want to try another game?]
We found ourselves playing the racing game alone for over an hour.
We then went on to play Taiko no Tatsujin. (EDN: The drum rhythm game)
But Hinako wasn’t very good at this one either, and the game was over early.
[If it was a real taiko… I’d be better at it]
That’s what Tennouji-san said.
I wonder if Taiko is a required subject for the ladies in the academy.
[Uhhh, then there’s that game I played with Tennouji-san]
I said and pointed at the air hockey table.
Hinako looked at the white puck from a distance and tilted her head.
She had mistaken it for a high-brand coaster.
She must’ve associated them with the ones in the kitchen of the mansion, because there were several of them there.
[Air hockey is played by hitting these against each other]
I explained the rules briefly and played with Hinako.
We played a few times, and so far I kept winning.
However, Hinako’s moves, that were flimsy at first, gradually became sophisticated, and she said―
[…I’ve got it figured out]
Immediately after that, Hinako suddenly moved her arm.
Hinako played the puck, or not―she pretended to play the puck, and scored by taking advantage of my delayed reaction.
[It’s my win. …Fufufu]
Hinako looked happy.
I’ve never seen a fake in air hockey before….
If I think about it, Hinako’s grades in PE are quite good. She’s called the perfect Ojou-sama, and Hinako is a good student in both academics and martial arts. Her athletic skills are not bad at all.
Hinako suddenly approaches me and says,
[I’m better… than Tennouji-san…]
Hinako, looking somewhat proud of herself, rested her head on my chest.
From those tiny lips, I could hear the repeated breathing of sleep.
[She was unusually enthusiastic today, so she must be tired]
Shizune-san, who somehow got close to me without me knowing, looked at Hinako leaning on me and said,
[Let’s do karaoke and bowling later. Is that okay with you, Itsuki-san?]
[Ah, yes. That’s fine]
Slowly, I carried Hinako on my back. Her face was smiling very contentedly.
After all, people of the upper class would be far away from this kind of relaxation. I could invite her again when I feel like it.
(Come to think of it… I wonder how Narika is doing)
This reminded me of Narika, who was also a member of the higher class, but to some extent, knows about the life of commoners.
I wonder if she’s inconvenienced by the lack of relaxation. Thinking of this, I left the arcade with Hinako on my back.
V2 is officially done, so we’re moving fully to v3. We’re in some deep loner area after this so get ready.
Donations are very much appreciated. (EDN: Help fuel me and Ezu’s Honkai addiction plz)