I Want To Make The School's "Silent Princess" Talk, So I Invited Her (Who's Super Cute) Out On A Date Today. ~Anyways, She's So Very Intense When It Comes To Skinship, That It's Going To Take My Reason Away~ - Chapter 18
Silent Princess Chapter 18
The Truth behind The Silent Princess
AN: This is the end of the first volume.
TLN: Enjoy the chapter~
“This place is…?”
Aikawa-san walked straight out and stopped in front of a nearby hospital. Suzu-chan then called out to Aikawa-san in a slightly impatient manner.
“Onee-chan, are you sure you’re okay?”
Aikawa-san nodded slowly and lightly patted Suzu-chan’s head. Her eyes narrowed pleasantly, and her anxious expression relaxed a little.
I was in such a hurry that I didn’t notice it earlier, but… Aikawa-san looks really cute in her outfit!
Her soft skin was faintly transparent, though not exposed, and her long white skirt gave off a mature and innocent atmosphere.
I usually only saw her in her school uniform…. The current Aikawa-san was so attractive that I couldn’t help but gulp.
“Take care, okay!”
Aikawa-san took her hand off Suzu-chan’s head and turned towards the hospital and walked in. The name of the hospital was…
[Yamane Psychosomatic Medicine]
That’s what it said. Psychosomatic medicine is a medical specialty that deals with physical symptoms caused by psychological and social factors.
“Onee-chan often comes to this hospital.”
“Then, Aikawa-san can’t talk due to some psychological problems?”
“I don’t know much but she said it’s due to stress…”
Mental illness due to stress, huh…
There’s nothing wrong with your vocal organs, but if you’re under too much stress, you’ll suddenly lose your voice… I believe that’s what it said in the book earlier.
“…I’ll have to apologize later.”
I heard that Suzu-chan always waited for Aikawa-san in the shade near the hospital, so we decided to move there. I bought two bottles of juice from the vending machine and gave her one of them.
(But, Aikawa-san can still say “Mhn” or “Un”)
According to Suzu, this was due to the results of her rehabilitation. She couldn’t open her mouth, but she could make short sounds.
I looked it up on the Internet and found that, in worst case scenarios, one couldn’t even do a simple “Mhn,” sound.
Aikawa-san goes here once every two weeks to receive rehabilitation and mental counseling for her to open her mouth.
(But, when did this happen?)
It seems that she was not born this way, so there must have been something that caused her to be stressed.
That’s what I thought, but unfortunately, Suzu-chan doesn’t know anything about it.
By the time Suzu-chan can remember stuff, Aikawa-san had already lost her ability to speak. When she asked Aikawa-san about it, she stubbornly refused to tell her.
(Haa… I’m so tactful, aren’t I?)
I knew that there was a risk of this happening.
With my mere curiosity, I had stepped into someone else’s circumstances and hurt Aikawa-san.
“But, you know, Onee-chan has been talking a lot about Onii-chan.”
Suzu-chan didn’t have a smartphone, so she was using a sketchbook to talk. The topic of me was frequently brought up to them.
Kenji-san had told me about it, so I wasn’t too surprised, but I was a little embarrassed.
Apparently, they had already figured out that Aikawa-san and I had been eating lunch together and shared an umbrella.
“Ever since Onii-chan’s story came up! Onee-chan felt much better about her sickness!”
Aikawa-san, who had never spoken a word at home, has recently started to reply more often. Although she still can’t open her mouth, she is able to speak much more frequently.
The hospital was astonished that a doctor came to their house right away.
“It’s thanks to you, Onii-chan!”
I was surprised when I heard that.
『Truly, Thank you very much』
Kenji’s words at that time seemed to contain some other intention.
I realized it at that moment. Without a doubt, it had something to do with me.
“Also Onee-chan seemed to be having a lot of fun these days!”
Ever since the day she met me, Aikawa-san’s illness has recovered… and ever since the day she met me, Aikawa-san has been in a good mood.
Until now, I had abandoned my thoughts, thinking that “there are some circumstances” or “there is something she wants to talk about.” I always interpreted it that way, every time Aikawa-san showed a friendly attitude towards me.
But… the truth was, I was dimly aware of it.
Aikawa-san just wanted to get along well with me, right?
Isn’t it because she just wanted to be with me?
In the back of my mind, I had sometimes wondered, “Did he miss me?” But now I was sure.
(Aikawa-san’s skinship is her own way of deepening her relationship with me…)
I thought I was being overly self-conscious, but when events come together like this, even an insensitive guy like me can understand.
“So, Onii-chan, please be good friends with Onee-chan, okay!”
Suzu-chan showed me a big smile as she said this.
I’m not a handsome guy, nor do I have the gentle nature of an angel.
But if Aikawa-san considered me as a “friend who is easy to talk to,” I might be able to help her improve her condition.
Aikawa-san was being harassed simply because she could not speak. I know that she was treated coldly by some just because she couldn’t speak.
“Don’t worry, I also enjoy being with Aikawa-san.”
Sometimes it makes me nervous, but as I don’t have any friends other than Yusuke, I’m happy just to have her as a friend.
I’ve been able to enjoy conversations with her, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about her unexpected side.
“Ah, Onee-chan welcome back! Are you feeling a little better?”
“Ooh! Then let’s buy some ice cream on the way home!”
After a while, Aikawa-san came back. She then lightly waved her hand towards me, so lightly waved my hand too.
Suzu-chan seemed to be happy to see her. So Aikawa-san raises her tone a little and smiles happily as well.
When I saw her, I felt even more guilty for prying.
I’m sure Aikawa-san’s illness would have recovered even if I didn’t know about her situation. There was no need for me to know.
“Aikawa-san, Suzu-chan told me about it and I’m so sorry for prying into your problems.”
“I didn’t know that Aikawa-san had such an illness. I now understand that it’s not something you can share much about.”
I never stopped speaking to Aikawa-sana and Suzu-chan looked at me in silence.
Aikawa-san also looked up at me with her clear blue eyes that seemed to absorb me.
“That’s why, I want to talk to you more, Aikawa-san. I’m also curious to know what kind of beautiful voice you have.”
At that moment, Suzu-chan smiled with a twinkle in her eye.
Aikawa-san, the important person here, turned bright red which was unusual for her.
“I don’t want Aikawa-san to be harassed by those guys. That’s why…”
I took a few breaths and tried to stabilize it. My face must be as red as a dried plum right now.
This was the first time in my life that I had ever said something like “beautiful” to someone of the opposite sex. It’s also quite embarrassing that I said something like “I’d like to talk to you.”
If my classmates were here to see this scene, they would probably wonder what I was saying to the princess of the school.
But since Aikawa-san wants to be friends with me… I really want to respond to that feeling.
No, that’s not it. More than that thought, I want to…
…I want to make her talk.
“I know it’s arrogant to say that I’m going to heal you. But I just want to talk to Aikawa-san a lot.”
“I-I want to be your friend. I’d like to go to school with you and have meals together.”
I couldn’t look directly at her face and involuntarily avert my gaze. Aikawa-san rolled her eyes and turned away as if she was embarrassed as well.
(When you get a reaction like that…)
Suddenly, I felt a pang of embarrassment… But there’s no turning back now. I mustered up my courage one last time and looked into Aikawa-san’s eyes.
“If you don’t mind, I’d like you to be my… friend.”
Once again, I reiterate the important words.
The only sound that could be heard was the sound of cars on the road. After a moment of silence, Mr. Aikawa placed her hand on her chest, exhaled, and replied with a heartfelt expression of happiness.
Her voice was the loudest and most strained I’ve ever heard. I was relieved from the bottom of my heart by her cheerful reply.
“Wow! Congratulations to both of you!”
Suzu-chan yelled as if she was impressed. As of today… we’re now officially friends.
“Well then… p-please take care of me?”
From now on, I’m going to be actively involved with Aikawa-san. I want to help her heal her illness, even if only a little.
But more than that, I want to hear… Aikawa-san’s voice.
“『Thank you.』 she said!”
For now, I’ll rely on Suzu-chan for the translation, but I hope that one day I won’t need it.
I hope that she will be able to say her feelings and thoughts… properly.
I hope that she could express her thoughts and feelings… properly someday.
“Well then, Aikawa-san, see you tomorrow.”
When I said that, they both waved adorably at me. Suzu-chan shouted, “See you later~!” Then Aikawa-san sends me off with a slightly embarrassed look on her face.
A gust of wind blew, and I felt as if I had been enveloped by the refreshing feeling of being able to let out everything I had been thinking.
(Starting tomorrow, I’ll try my best.)
I made up my mind and gripped the small bag in my hand tightly.
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