Two quarrelsome childhood friends locked in a room they can’t get out of unless they’re honest with each other, and after they get out of the room, they start dating.
Author: Konpeito (金平糖)
Versi terjemahan bahasa
“Hey, why are you following me?”
“Shut up, it’s of course, my house is also this way, you stupid bitch!”
I was on my way home from school.
I, Kudou Takashi, had a very irritating conversation with a girl in my class who was walking in front of me. (TLN: Kudou (family name), Takashi (given name).)
Well, I’m still in middle school, so I’m definitely a child, not an adult, but that’s not what I’m talking about now.
My childhood friend, Takase Haruka, who lives next door, shouted at me while shaking her blonde twin-tailed hair.
“Really, It’s really shameful to have a childhood friend as someone like you!”
“That’s my line!”
Haruka, whose maternal grandmother was a Westerner, made her a quarter mixed, stood out not only because of her hair, but also because her appearance was far from usual Japanese.
On the other hand, I’m just an ordinary boy.
We used to play and hang out together a lot, also I’m sure we weren’t bad friends, but when we started attending middle school, we somehow ended up in a relationship where we couldn’t get along well with each other.
To be honest, I’ve always liked Haruka.
I know that she’s a kind and honest girl, even though she’s a bit crabbily and unsociably now.
More than anything, she makes me feel at ease when I’m with her.
I guess you could say that she allows me to be myself without being uptight.
Although, she is not a family member.
It’s not that I can’t see her as a lover or the opposite sex, which is often the case with childhood friends.
Haruka seemed to have entered a period of growth when she was in her upper grades of elementary school, and to be honest, her way too un-Japanese appearance is too much for a virgin boy of her age to look directly at.
In fact, just the way she was dressed was enough to make me want to ()nani.
Nani, what? I know you know what I mean.
Don’t make me say that.
I absolutely can’t even think about other girls when Haruka is next to me.
Since she entered Middle School, her naturally outstanding beauty had been further enhanced, and all I could do was sigh.
And now, she was way out of my reach.
My resignation to such a desperate situation resulted in me hated her 100 times more than I cherished her.
I think the first trigger was something trivial.
Once, Haruka said something to me and I overreacted, and since then, we had a distorted relationship where we cursed each other whenever we opened our mouths.
I wanted to apologize to her and reconcile our relationship, but due to a combination of embarrassment and puberty, we were still in this relationship.
Even if we were to restore our relationship, she and I would never be able to balance each other.
And I don’t think my feelings will ever reach her.
If that’s the case, I’d rather have her hate me once and for all than continue our half-hearted relationship as childhood friends.
Today, too, I strengthened my resolve and exchanged vituperation with Haruka.
Haruka shouted in confusion after me.
We were almost at our house when it happened.
We turned a corner and before we knew it, we were in a strange place.
“Where are we?”
“When did we get inside?”
We found ourselves not outside, but inside a white room.
In a room with no windows, walls on all sides, and only one door that seemed to be a doorway.
――*clatter* *clatter* *clatter*
“It won’t open.”
Haruka tried to turn the doorknob to open the door, but there was no sign of it opening.
“Get out of the way. I’ll do it.”
I turned the doorknob in place of Haruka.
I pushed and pulled the door, but it made only a clattering sound and did not budge.
Then I saw some words floating on the door.
[This room is the room of truth. Unless the two people who enter this room are honest and tell the truth about themselves, they will not be permitted to leave.]
“What, is this a prank?”
Haruka was indignant.
“I don’t have time for this kind of game.”
Haruka took out her phone and tried to contact the outside.
“I’m out of range…….”
I took out my own phone and found the same situation as Haruka.
I couldn’t call or text.
I couldn’t connect to the internet.
“What’s the meaning of this? Let me out, let me out of here!”
Haruka pounded on the door.
I calmly tapped on the wall to check the material to see if there was any other way out.
If the back of the wall was hollow, in the worst case we had an option to destroy it, but its material was so strong that hitting it a little harder was unlikely to damage it.
“What should I do……”
Haruka sat down on the floor as if her panic had subsided.
I tried throwing things at the ceiling as well as the walls to see if I could find something to get out of here, but the results were not good.
“D*mn it, It’s no use. I don’t think I can get out at all.”
Finally, I gave up and sat down on the floor.
I wondered how much time had passed since I had entered this room.
I looked at my watch and saw that it had somehow stopped at the time we would have entered.
The same thing happened with the clock on my phone.
I heard the sound of a growling stomach.
It’s not mine.
So there’s only one answer as to whose it is.
When I looked at Haruka, she noticed my gaze and turned away, looking unhappy.
“Is it bad? If you want to laugh, go ahead and laugh!”
I didn’t respond to her, but opened my bag and rummaged through it.
There must have been some cookies that I had brought with me to eat after lunch today. They were cookies with a lot of chunks of chocolate chips on them.
I took the package out of my bag and wordlessly offered it to Haruka.
“You, this is.”
“Eat it. You must be hungry, right?”
If you can’t get out of this room, you naturally can’t eat.
And of course, food is precious.
“But if I’m the only one who eats…….”
Haruka hesitated again.
Aah, that’s right.
Haruka has always been a child who always thought that nothing is good if it was only for herself.
When she was in kindergarten, she shared the candy that someone had given her with all of her friends and cried when she ran out of her own share.
At that time……
“Well then, let’s split it in half!”
Right, that time I got one as well from Haruka, I split it in half and we ate it together.
There were five cookies, so we split into two and a half.
We split it exactly in half.
Haruka said and brought the cookie to her mouth.
I couldn’t help but be drawn to her glossy lips.
The thought of those beautiful lips belonging to someone other than me made me feel bad.
As if to shake off such thoughts, I brought a cookie to my mouth because I was hungry too.
All I could hear was the sound of both of us chewing on the cookie in silence.
After finished eating the cookies, we looked around the room to see if there was any way to get out, hoping that maybe there was.
We searched the whole room from one end to the other to see if there was any way to get out.
But the result was the same.
We both sat down on the floor again.
(Then again, what the h*ll is this all about?)
To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on here.
It’s completely isolated from common sense.
But there’s no point in thinking about it.
The fact that there are two of us trapped like this is the only absolute fact that can’t be mistaken.
By the way, there was a hint on the door to get out.
(What does it mean with “be honest and tell the truth”?)
At this point in time, the only thing we can do is to follow the instructions of whoever has set up this room.
Obeying the conditions is the only thing that could possibly get us out of this room.
That would literally be the key to get out of this room.
The question was what that key was, but I didn’t have to worry about that.
Because I could only think of one thing that I was keeping a secret from Haruka.
When I glanced at Haruka, she had a dazed expression on her face.
I ate a cookie earlier, but I guess a lot of time has passed since then.
I’ve lost all sense of time and don’t even know how much time has passed.
I’m getting hungry again, and I’m getting a little dizzy from hunger.
If this continues, not only my life but also her life might be in danger.
So, I made up my mind.
“Hey, Haruka. Do you have any idea what’s written on the door?”
Haruka returned my gaze with a dazed expression.
“Be honest and tell the truth, am I right? If we’re hiding something from each other, we’re supposed to tell it truthfully.”
“Yes, that’s right. Is there something you’re hiding from me?”
I had a feeling that there was a chance.
I had a faint hope that Haruka had the same feeling as me.
But unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be going as well as in the romantic story.
If what Haruka said was true, and if God had created this situation.
I guess His intention is for me to confess my feelings to Haruka and get rejected, so that we can clean up our messed relationship.
It means that I’m no longer allowed to be around Haruka, not even as a childhood friend who she doesn’t get along well with.
I glanced at Haruka’s face.
She looked a little unwell and her complexion is not good.
If you’re trapped in a place like this, it was natural.
There seemed to be no time left.
I stood up abruptly and walked to the door.
Then I looked at Haruka and said.
“Haruka, I’m sorry. I’m going to tell you the truth now. If it can get us out of here, I’m going to get out soon. You don’t have to give me the answer.”
Haruka had a puzzled look on her face.
Ah, you’re still cute with that kind of face.
But this is probably the last time I’ll ever see your face like that.
“Takase Haruka, I like you. I’ve loved you for a long time.”
I turned away from her, grabbed the doorknob, and turned it with a jerk.
“Damn, what the f*ck is going on! I’ve told it! I’ve told my whole truth obediently! Not anymore! Open it, open the door now, Goddamit!”
I pounded on the door, but it didn’t budge at all.
Aaa~ I’m so embarrassed!
It didn’t go according to my scenario where I decided to confess my feelings and leave here immediately without hearing a reply from Haruka.
You’re messing with a naive virgin boy!
I’m definitely not going to let you get away with this!
I continued to pound on the door in anger.
Suddenly, someone hugged me from behind.
I didn’t need to think who it was.
It was the same person I had just confessed my feelings to.
The touch was softer and warmer than I had ever felt before.
“I’m sorry! I, I lied to you, I also like, I like you too, I really like you! I love you so much!”
At that moment, the door, which hadn’t budged no matter how much I pushed, pulled, or even slammed it, opened easily.
The next thing I knew, we were both standing on the street near my house.
The white room that we had been there in earlier was nowhere to be seen.
It was as if nothing had happened from the beginning.
I checked my watch and saw that it had started to move.
Not much time had passed.
(Was it a dream?)
Was it the so-called waking dream?
I wondered if it was a dream caused by my desire to have mutual feelings with Haruka.
――But, it’s unrequited love.
That’s what I thought and I left Haruka and started walking.
I couldn’t help but look back at the owner of the voice.
“Please, I’ll, I’ll be honest with you too! So, please don’t leave me alone again!”
When I heard her words, I ran to her and hugged her tightly.
“I’m sorry, because I didn’t have the guts.”
“You’re wrong, it’s because, it’s because I wasn’t honest with you.”
Aah, thank goodness.
It wasn’t a dream!
It seems that we are very much alike.
She looked up at me with moist eyes.
My heart skipped a beat and began to beat noisily faster.
I put my trembling hands on her shoulders, and her white cheeks blushed slightly pink.
She looked up slightly with her eyes closed and I gently kissed her on the lips.
The first kiss I have with her, tasted slightly sweet, like chocolate.