We Should Have Slept While Only Holding Hands, And Yet?!
Vol.4 Chapter afterword

Author: Ryu Hosung
Source: Shalvation Translations

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I hope everyone is having a good time because I’m not. This volume is going to be released in September. In other words, summer will almost be over by the time you’re reading this afterword. I wasn’t able to go to the sea or the pool this year as well. Even though it’s not like I’d start melting if I enter the water. I bought tickets for the PentaΟΟΟΟ Rock Festival, prepared a tent for it, and was looking forward to it, but I had to work on my manuscript while my friends all got to have fun at PentaΟΟΟΟ. Fortunately, a storm went by, so it rained heavily. Serves you right! But it’s okay. I’m definitely going to MΟy’ N’s concert in October, after all. I’ll be able to go, right? Please tell me that I can go, editor, I’m definitely going to go this time!

I’ll put aside my painful memories of the summer that has passed.

Hello. It is I, everyone’s best friend, the lazy Ryu Hosung. I’m not sure if you were able to have an enjoyable summer, unlike me. If you were perhaps also in a state of, “Ooh, that’s life. Ooh, that’s loneliness.”, then let’s cry together. Wah wah. 

The 1st volume got published, the 1st volume had to be reprinted when the 2nd volume was released, and after getting a DramaCD with the 3rd volume, I got to hold a signing event with this 4th volume! Ah, this is in the past tense. Yup. I’m not sure if you knew about it, but we held it on August 9th in Seoul.

Honestly, I thought things like, ‘Do you want an autograph?’, ‘Eh? Who are you?’ would happen, but a lot of people showed up. There’s a lot of people who read my work, huh······. I’ll do my best······. I ended up getting this resolve. I hope the people who received my autograph despite having never read my books will feel a prick in their conscience once they read this afterword. I’m joking.

Also, another surprising thing happened with this 4th volume. A crossover-collaboration with Garang the author of Our Kitten which is also being published by NovelEngine as well······! In truth, this is something that I kept asking my editor about, but I never thought it would get through. Ooh······.

Our Kitten is a light novel that I really enjoy. It’s a very charming series that contains Garang’s stable writing style and the warm daily life of cute characters. I’m not sure if many people know about this, but before volume 1 of Handholding was published, it was a part of the short stories that came along with the 3rd volume of Our Kitten. Also, Garang included a short story that came with the 1st volume of Handholding. After that, I’ve always wanted to collab with Garang and see Jaim play with Noori and Sora, so I’m sincerely happy that it was actually able to happen······. I want to do a crossover again one day. If some of you guys haven’t read Our Kitten yet, I hope that you guys also give your attention and love to that series as well. Yes. I’m a fan of Our Kitten. I’m a huge fan. Haa haa, Noori-chan.

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This volume also took a lot of effort. I feel like each volume is getting harder and harder to write. I’m not sure if you guys remember my afterword in the 3rd volume, but I’m the type of person who feels burdened when people look forward to my work and feel energetic when people say things like ‘Eh? Handholding!? It’s a trap! Avoid it!’, thus it’s hard for me to figure out what I should show my readers after volume 3 received a lot more good reviews than I expected.

In any case, there are things I’ve determined beforehand, but after rolling around and contemplating how I should write it, the deadline arrived. However, I was able to borrow the strength of my readers who were and weren’t able to come to my signing event as I managed to finish in time.

I believe that something will blossom if there are tribulations and hardships. I hope you all stick around to see how Jaro and the gang manage after having overcome this situation.

In any case, since some sort of event happens with each volume, I can expect a game with volume 5 and an anime/Japanese adaptation with volume 6, right······? Editor?

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Now for my usual word of thanks.

First, I’d like to thank my editor. I won’t forget the time when I asked you how I should write volume 4, I was going through a slump and you answered coolly by saying ‘Do whatever you want.’. I was able to do whatever I want thanks to you. I’ll continue to do whatever I want. No, I’m not sulking. If I were, then I would have told you personally.

, to the God Yoonameul. I’m not sure what I should apologize for······. I knew you were busy this time, and I was also going through a slump, so when you asked me ‘Is it going to be published in September?’, I secretly(?) assured you that ‘No, it’ll probably be in October haha’, but I ended up handing you the manuscript at the most critical time and asked if you could draw the illustrations. At the soonest possible time, please come to me and receive a free meal······.

There are a lot more people I want to thank (especially the friend who stayed up with me all night and would whip me whenever I played games), but I’ll do that next time······. No, the joke using Fermat’s theorem was something I was always going to do in the last volume.

I hope you all enjoyed this volume. I’ll see you all again in the next volume! Farewell!

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