＊ ＊ ＊
He also come properly today, eh?
I could see his slightly slender back, standing out of place in a group of office workers.
「Good morning, senpai.」
While rubbing his still sleepy eyes, senpai turned his head towards me.
「Are you sleepy?」
「It’s Friday morning, okay? There’s no way I won’t feel sleepy.」
「Is that so?」
I feel energetic everyday, though. After all, sleeping hours is also important for skin’s health.
「That’s right. I can’t wait for the weekend tomorrow.」
It seems like he is really sleepy, so let’s finish today’s question quickly.
Well, before that, we have to get on the train first, since it has arrived on the station.
After securing my usual position, I started my conversation with him.
「This is my 『today’s question』. Senpai, do you have any plans for tomorrow?」
If I asked him whether he has free time or not, he will definitely be as slippery as an eel. That’s why, first I have to ask about this person’s plans, and then cut a clear path from there.
「No, it’s not like I have none…… Of course I at least have plans, but why?」
I smiled sweetly towards him.
One second, two seconds, three seconds… We didn’t stare at each other for too long.
「So you don’t want to answer me? If you’re acting like that, now I’m curious.」
Senpai scratched the back of his head with his right hand, and he continued.
「Tell me the answer for my previous question. It’s『today’s question』.」
「Senpai sure is assertive, trying to uncover the secret of a young girl♪」
「Well, since the promise is to answer honestly, I’ll answer it now. Please turn your head that way for a while.」
Without giving senpai any spare time to feel suspicious of my actions, I brought my mouth close to his ear.
＃ ＃ ＃
「Do you want to have a date with me?」
The voice of Kouhai-chans whispers was smaller than usual, yet still clear, and it really tickled my ears.
The stimulation made my back shiver, and I can’t help but to correct my posture unconsciously. I could feel my ears become hot.
All of my sleepiness disappeared in a blink. I don’t know if this is because of the adrenaline or epinephrine, but I felt that my body was currently secreting a lot of hormones.
This is bad. My voice is shaking. I closed my eyes, cleared my throat, took a deep breath, and composed myself. Even so, my heart couldn’t stay calm.
「I don’t have that kind of relationship with Kouhai-chan, right? Don’t you have any boyfriend?」
Kouhai-chan really seemed like she has one. She is good with dealing with males in my opinion.
「Senpai, you know about Kōjien 1, right?」
「Why are you asking that suddenly. Of course I know.」
Even with just a name, everyone will immediately know that it is the most famous dictionary in this world.
「Do you ever read the section of Kōjien’s 『date』in detail?」
When I answered so, she pulled out a brand new white electronic dictionary from her shoulder bag.
「I bought this to celebrate my school admission. I have English class today, which is why I have it with me.」
Kouhai-chan operated her dictionary, while humming a little.
「Here it is. I’ll read it now.
① The day of the month and year as specified by a number. ――This is the English meaning of “date”―― and then, ② a social or romantic appointment with opposite sex in a specific time and place. Rendezvous.
……and that’s how it is. Anyway, it seems like the presence of ‘love’ doesn’t really matter in the『date』meaning. Also, since we don’t know anything about each other, that’s why we are talking, and want to understand, right? Isn’t it okay even though we don’t like each other like that, senpai?」
How easy it would be if I can just say「No」with my spinal reflex.
Yet, her explanation is too close with my belief too. If I deny it, I feel that I will throw away all of my beliefs of all these years.
For me, it was something that I couldn’t do no matter what.
「Then, let’s go on a date tomorrow. Senpai, when will you be free tomorrow?」
Even though life is short, there are many cases where one will force their reasoning with others.
If that kind of person is confronted with another person’s reasoning, they definitely won’t be able to accept it easily. In any case, there is only a circuit connecting their right logic and their only right logic in their mind.
「In the afternoon.」
With that, it was decided that I would go out with Kouhai-chan tomorrow.
「By the way, can I ask why can’t we go in the morning?」
「Because I have an important plan to sleep on Saturday morning. Lazing in my bed on Saturday morning is recently my way of life, and no one in this world can make me think otherwise!」
Kouhai-chan replied me with a big, big sigh.
The things I knew about my senpai⑥
It seems like he would still be asleep on Saturday morning.
- 広辞苑; the most famous dictionary in Japan. Just imagine it as Oxford Dictionary, that’s the level of its fame (?) in Japan. ↩