Koukando ga Mieru you ni natta n da ga, Heroine ga Count Stop shite iru Ken
I Can View Others’ Affinity Stats, But She Has Maxed Out The Affinity Meter!
Author: Komaki Ryosuke
5 – You can contact me anytime #1
The day after I and Kujou-san became friends. As I sat in my seat, I was feeling very nervous from this morning.
Friends, huh? Can we hang out together? No, it’s too early for that, isn’t it? But, is there such a thing as too early or too late for friends doing so? Maybe there is.
As I held my head and banged my forehead on the desk, the meddlesome girl, Miku, came over.
“You’re so annoying! Are you an idiot, banging your head against the desk?”
“S, sorry. Unconsciously, I…….”
Then Miku put her finger on her forehead and shook her head, as if to say she didn’t understand.
“Lemme guess, it’s about Kujou-san, right? Why don’t you just go talk to her instead of hesitating?”
“I want to! I want to do it, but I couldn’t muster up the courage. I thought about talking to her this morning, but then I thought maybe in the lunch break would be better.”
“If you keep putting it off like that, before you know it, it’ll be harder and harder to do, you know? And besides, Kujou-san isn’t expecting high of you, is she?”
“Uuuu. You’re certainly right.”
Miku is hitting a sore spot. But she’s right. From your point of view, I am just a boy who was approaching her.
“Alright! I’ll do it in the lunch break!”
“In the end, it’s the lunch break, huh. I’ll go with you then. I want to get to know her too.”
“Ooh! Okay, let’s go together later!”
It’s more convenient for me, because I’m hoping the four of us can hang out together someday. Well, she’s nice to everyone except me, so I’m sure they’ll get along well.
As I stood in front of her with a glint in my eye, she gave me a dumbfounded look.
“Just so you know, I’m not going to help you, okay.”
“Of course! Right, let’s take Haruki with us! It’ll be great if we could all get along!”
“Ee…… Yes, you’re right! Haruki too. Right…….”
For some reason, Miku seemed unhappy with my suggestion. but it wouldn’t be good if Haruki was the only one left out.
When I questioned her, she just responded with, “I, I’ll see you at lunch break then,” and hurried off. As she left, Miku’s affinity meter dropped from 100 to 98.
What a strange lass.
Finally, the lunch break period arrived. I felt that my heart was beating so unusually. I suppressed my anxieties and started to have my lunch.
I finished my lunch, but Miku and Haruki were still chewing their lunches. At times like this, I felt that their behavior was strangely slow. I wanted to rush them, but I thought that was not the right thing to do.
What should I say to her when we meet? No, first of all, how should I greet her? “Good morning”? No, it’s already noon, so I should say “Good day”. No, that’s not good either.
As I was pondering with my hand on my chin, Miku tapped my desk lightly.
“What are you waiting for? Let’s get going.”
“What? O, okay!”
And so, after lunch, we went to the sixth class. When I peeked inside the classroom, I saw that Kujou-san was having a post-lunch chat with her friends.
Oh no, ……. Do I have to break into that group? I hadn’t thought of that.
As usual, I became such a coward and hesitated at the entrance to the classroom. Then, Haruki also peeked into the classroom. At that moment, the gazes of all the girls in the classroom flew towards here at once. Of course, they were looking at Haruki.
Are they equipped with a kind of sensors? When I was dumbfounded by the bizarre scene, my eyes met Kujou-san’s. I reflexively raised my hand lightly, and then she gave me gentle smile and stood up from her seat.
Kujou-san, who seemed to be in a good mood, asked.
“No, I don’t have any particular……. Ah, yes, I wanted to introduce you to Miku and Haruki!”
When I said that, both Miku and Haruki greeted Kujou-san with a smile.
“I’m Asamiya Miku. I’ve been friends with Touma and Haruki since kindergarten. Nice to meet you. If Touma does something to you, please report to me immediately. I’ll make sure he gets his punishment.”
What the h*ll is this Miku saying? I glared at her, but she ignored me. Then, in response to Miku’s self-introduction, Kujou-san replied “Please” in a gentle voice.
I don’t know what she meant by “please”……. Then, Haruki introduced himself next.
“I’m Nanase Haruki. We have had a talk yesterday. And as Miku has said, we are childhood friends. Nice to meet you.”
Haruki smiled refreshingly as he said that. Kujou-san also returned the smile, and the self-introduction was over.
This series of moments took about a minute. I still want to be here, but I have no reason to be. Feeling awkward, I said, “Well, then,” and turned over to go back to my classroom. But,
I was stopped by a strained voice. When I turned around, Kujo-san was looking straight at me.
“U, umm, Kirisaki-kun, do you have LaIN?”
“Eh? Yes, I do have.”
LaIN is a messaging app that most people who have a smartphone have installed.
“If, if you like, can we exchange contact!”
As soon as she said that, Kujou-san thrust her smartphone to me, which she holds in both hands. I was taken aback by her action, as if she was asking for a lifelong favor.
“O, of course! I mean, please by all means!”
I too was so happy that I bowed my head deeply. When I slowly raise my head, Kujou-san with the corners of his mouth raised, holding her smartphone displaying the QR code on its screen.
Is this real? I operated my smartphone with trembling hands and scan the QR code. Then the name Kujou Momoka and a profile picture of Kujou-san appeared on the screen.
A picture of her laughing happily with her friends. I wondered which tourist spot this was. As I was thinking about this, Kujou-san spoke to me.
“U, um, can you send me a simple chat?”
“Y, yes! I’ll send it!”
I opened the chat and thought. What should I send? After much deliberation, I sent her a single [Good morning] sticker. Then, Kujou-san registered my account.
“You guys are really close, aren’t you?”
She smiled as she said that. I’m sure it’s about my profile photo. The picture of us, a group of childhood friends, using our bodies to represent the alphabet. I like it a lot.
I said, “Oh well,” and put my smartphone in my pocket.
“I’ll be back then. I’ll send you Haruki’s and Miku’s contacts later.”
“I’ll be in your care then.”
Kujou-san bowed lightly. I’m glad we were able to exchange contact. But there was one thing that bothers me.
“Y, you know, we’re on the same age, so…… I don’t think we should speak so formally, ahaha.”
Speak clearly, me. When I was thinking about telling myself that, Kujou-san chuckled.
“Fufufu, you’re right. Yup! So, once again, please treat me well.”
“Yes! I’ll be in your care then!”
When I replied that, Kujou-san chuckled again.
“Fufufu, you’re still speaking formally.”
“Ahaha. I’ll be back, then. See you later!”
On the way back to the classroom, I was so happy that my cheeks relaxed. Then, Miku beside me gave me a mischievous smile.
“Weelll, you’re really showing off, are you not. It almost made me itch.”
“Wha, it’s normal!”
Haruki started laughing when I replied in annoyance.
“Haha. But I know what you mean. I’ve never seen Touma like that before, and it made me tingle.”
“You as well, Haruki? Please stop it.”
I’m really embarrassed. I can’t believe I’ll be treated like this much for exchanging contacts. But now I have Kujou-san’s contact. This is really serious.
Without thinking, I took out my smartphone. I open LaIN and tap Kujou-san’s name. Yes, that Kujou-san is now on my contact list.
Then we went back to the classroom and send Kujou-san’s contact to Miku and Haruki. I hope we can have a group chat sometime.
With this hope in my mind, the afternoon class came. Of course, I couldn’t concentrate at all because I was too lost in thought.