Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Vol.3 Chapter ss

Author: Hajime Kamoshida
Source: Mountain of Pigeons...

It was a certain September weekday, just after the summer holidays had finished. Sakuta had sluggishly taken his lessons since that morning and when school finished had headed to the family restaurant for his part time work.

He stepped into the break area to change into his water’s uniform. There was someone else in there, a petite girl sitting quietly on a stool, his junior at school, Koga Tomoe. She had a magazine spread out over the table and was looking over it.

“What are you looking at?” He asked.

“Uwah, Senpai!” She cried out, covering the pages in a fluster. Apparently, she didn’t want him to see.

“So then, something erotic?”

“Don’t lump me in with you,” she told him, glaring at him. Her lips jutted out as if to protest as well.

“What is it then?”

“It’s nothing, really…” she mumbled out, sitting up. She had been hiding last season’s area listing, open to ‘Summer Date Spots’ which introduced places around Enoshima.

Enoshima was between the Nishihama and Higashihama beaches. There was also a nearby aquarium, Enoshima Shrine, walks across the island, even the scenery around Chigogafuchi were listed… They were all listed with the time needed for them and articles. They were all places Sakuta had visited at least once.

“We went to the beaches,” Sakuta said.

“Yeah.”

“We went to the aquarium too.”

“…Yeah.”

“We even walked all over Enoshima.”

Tomoe fell silent. This had all happened in June and July, they were all places the two had gone when Tomoe had asked Sakuta to pretend to go out with her, places they’d had dates.

In the end, it hadn’t ended with just a pretence, and Tomoe had confessed to Sakuta on the last day of term. Tomoe’s odd reaction was doubtless because of the feelings from those circumstances. Even Sakuta felt  just as awkward about it as anyone else.

When Sakuta looked up from the articles, he was met with Tomoe’s sullen gaze.

“Koga, you can’t take orders with that expression,” he told her.

“It’s your fault…” self-consciously, she looked more and more unhappily at Sakuta, “Take responsibility…”

“I’ll tell you something you’ll like then.”

“What?”

“I haven’t gone to a single one of them or done anything at any of those places with Mai-san. Actually, we haven’t even gone on a date.”

“Eh? What did you do in the holidays?”

He had stayed at his friend Futaba Rio’s house and gone through many troubles, but that was another story.

“Counted down the days until we could I guess…” Said Sakuta, letting out his true feelings as he gazed off into the distance.

“The hell? That’s hilarious!” Said Tomoe, bursting into laughter. She seemed to be rather enjoying herself, so Sakuta messed up her hairstyle, her hairstyle that she was supremely proud of and got up at six o’clock in the morning to put in place.

“Ahh, geez, seriously, stop doing that!”

Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Vol.3 Chapter ss