At night Aoba and Akiha, who had come in together were in the bath. As this was only a condominium that they were staying in, it could barely fit two people, unlike Taiyou Castle. The two friends were washing each other’s backs.
“Aoba, didja get even thinner than before?”
“Huh? N-No, I wouldn’t say that.”
“Sure you have, I can tell. Just look at this.”
She pinched Aoba’s flank. There wasn’t even enough excess flesh to pinch, and her fingers slipped off.
“C’mon, you’re totally thinner than before in this area. You dieting or what?”
“…Yeah, just a bit.”
“He say something to you?”
“Natsuno-kun? No, not at all. Ah, and nothing roundabout either. Natsuno-kun just isn’t that sort of guy.”
“Kay, then why?”
“Just thought I should probably improve my figure a tad bit more.”
“But you already have a great figure!”
Aoba shrieked. This was because Akiha had started to feel around her body instead of just washing her. It wasn’t in a perverted manner, but it tickled and Aoba writhed around trying to escape.
“Stop it, hey, not there!”
“Yep, I say you’re more than good. Get any thinner than this and your bones will show, so I say you should stop here.”
“But I’m just normal. I feel like I need to polish myself a bit more.”
Akiha tilted her head in puzzlement.
“You know, like how Kohaku-san and Ruri-chan have nothing, or like how Youran and Sakura-san have something. I feel like I need to stick out in some way.”
“True, you are the most orthodox after all.”
“But isn’t that okay?”
“It sure is. Besides, if you wanna stick out in some way…”
Akiha twisted the corner of her mouth into a mischievous grin, which fit her personality.
“I’m more than happy to help ya out. I’ll make you chanko daily, how’s that sound?”
“Nope, nope, that’s definitely not going to go well.”
Akiha puffed up her cheeks and said ‘thank you’ like a sumo wrestler. As she said that, she splashed warm water over Aoba’s back. Soon after, they changed positions to where Aoba was washing Akiha’s back.
“But y’know, I’d say he likes small over large.”
“But there are already two people on either side of the fence, as well as on the fence.”
“Umm…so that would make Sakura-san and Youran the big ones, Kohaku-san and Ruri-chan the small ones, and then you and I would be the normal ones?”
“Right right. And by the way, the triplets are a special category.”
“So if we look at the distribution here, it’s evident he’s more into the smaller types.”
Aoba pondered this as she washed Akiha’s pale back with a soapy sponge.
“No, I don’t think he really cares about breast size in the first place.”
“Yeah, cause look at Ruri–she’s the one he likes the most, and that’s that.”
“Huh, really now…”
Akiha simply decided to go along with it. It wasn’t like she was serious about this anyway. She probably just thought of it as a suitable way to chat about something.
Ever since they were little, Aoba and Akiha had frequently gotten into the bath together. Sleeping over at each other’s house (although Aoba’s was far more frequent), bathing together, sleeping in the same bed–things had long been this way, and they weren’t going to change anytime soon.
Aoba splashed warm water on Akiha. The foam had disappeared without a trace.
Now that they were finished washing each other’s backs, the two of them proceeded to enter the bathtub. They had long since decided that Akiha enter first, followed by Aoba. Akiha would take up the back of the tub, whereas Aoba would be in front, almost like how lovers positioned themselves. So like always, Akiha began to go in first.
Aoba let out a scream as she slipped and fell backward.
Akiha looked back and tried to reach out to grab Aoba. Her fingers barely missed Aoba’s, and Aoba was sent hurtling toward the ground–or so one would think. But Akiha made a peculiar step with her feet. She then swerved around in a half-circle behind Aoba, firmly grasping her best friend to stop her fall.
“Be careful now.”
“Yeah. Hey Akiha, what was that just now?”
“Huh? Oh, I learned that from Ruri. I think it was…something with an awful lot of kanji, but I forgot it.”
“Oh. Come to think of it, she was teaching you.”
Akiha smiled proudly.
“I’m hot stuff aren’t I? I’ll have you know that I applied myself to get some good results.”
“Yeah, way to go Akiha!”
“Just a little bit more and I may be head-to-head with Taiyou. Then I might be able to be of some use to him.”
Aoba was perplexed, and Akiha followed suit.
“Why the ‘what’?”
“Did you actually learn that for Taiyou’s sake?”
“Hm? Mhm, I did.”
Akiha tilted her head in confusion. Seeing that she hadn’t quite caught onto it, Aoba grinned mischievously.
“I see, so it’s for Natsuno-kun—-not me.”
Too late, Akiha understood what Aoba was trying to say. Her face became redder and redder by the moment.
“N-No, Aoba, this is–”
“Nah, come on, I think it’s GREAT that you’re doing it for him.”
“But ya know, I guess I am just a bit vexed that Natsuno-kun took you away from me.”
Aoba said in a totally unconvincing manner. She was completely messing with her friend. Akiha, meanwhile, grew more and more restless. It was at that moment that someone showed up in the changing room.
“Hey, everything okay there? I thought I heard a scream.”
It was Taiyou’s voice. He seemed to have heard the commotion.
“Ah, Natsuno-kun. Good timing.”
“You wouldn’t believe what Akiha did.”
“Nooo stop iiit!”
Aoba teased Akiha, who became beet-red. Taiyou, meanwhile, stared blankly in confusion. And thus, the curtains opened to a rare day indeed.