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Kore ha Koi no Hanashi Chapter 24
A 21-years age-gap love story between a novelist and a little girl.
(We're pretty much young ourselves)
Is that true?
Yeah, I was surprised too...
(Talking a walk on seeing Haruka on a date is...!?)
But there's more to it.
"Maybe she found a love in middle school?"
It doesn't concern---
What are you doing...
Weren't you trying to be an adult quickly?
Sugita... // Adults don't peep, you know.
Geez... What should I call you.... A wussy or an embarrassment...
So? // Who's that guy besides her?
In the end, you're bothered by it too.
No!! It's not like that!!
The ace of the basketball club. // He's cool and smart. // A perfect guy from the book.
Why is such a guy with Haruka?
Like I know. That's why I'm here.
Popular guy on the one hand
and a peeping tom on the other...
That's so lame.... (You know...)
I don't mind being lame.
That's just how much.. // I love
So I can't help it...
He says some embarrassing lines so easily...
That's youth for you.
I couldn't say such stuff even if my life depended on it.
Hey, // let's go, Sugita.
There's no point in doing this.
If you're that bothered by it, // just ask Haruka herself.
Wha! // As if I could do that!!
That's even more embarrassing.
How does it come to that? You're wrong in the head.
It's fine! Leave me be!
What are you two doing here?
!? // Sonohara!!
Just be quiet!
Over there, Morimoto is...
I don't see her. (Anywhere)
(When did she!?)
Are you stupid? // That's why you were eavesdropping?
(Honestly) You have to stop him there, mister. (You're an adult after all)
I tell you, I was.
Forget about that already!
Oh, // you're finally back.
What, you're still here, Oogaki.
You~~ Don't give me that after you just left me here! // Haruka-chan already got back...
(Aw, I'm hungry)
Hello, Utako-chan. // Long time no see.
M- // Mister Four-eyes!! // There's a book I'm interested in.
Maybe you have it?
Hee, what's it name?
Ah--- Well... I forgot // the title.
(Well, let's go in the living room)
M'kay. // Then what is it about?
So you were all together.
Yeah. // We met by chance on the way---
Hey, Haruka! // I heard you were with Nanami-senpai on your way back today?
How do you know that?
He's the real handsome star of our school.
(And he was with Haruka? Sounds fun)
Hey, hey! How was it?
Well... We just talked a bit at the park.
Eh!? No way!? At the park? Just you two!? (Phew---)
Now I'm interested!! // What did you talk about with him?
It wasn't... // really anything special.
Ehh!? Why! Dodging the question isn't fair!!
She lied and smiled...
(She also turned red)
And what was with that pause.
Is he alright...
You aren't even in any club, Haruka-chan,
but you still get along with upperclassman?
(How did you meet?)
We're both in the committee meeting.
Nanami-senpai is part of the student council, // but there's a combined project. (So...)
Is he a good person?
He's very kind. He should be very busy, but he still help us, the underclassman, out.
Today I was working alone, so he stayed behind and helped.
He's a very considerate upperclassman. // But isn't that just towards you, Haruka-chan?
Hey, stop with that already.
What? You don't want to know?
I'll go play with Sakura...
I have a new toy for Sakura. // I'll go get it.
Ah... // I see...
Mister... // Haruka is quite popular at school.
Hee.... // That's impressive. // Don't lose to her.
That's not what I was getting it. // At this rate, Haruka is going to get a boyfriend.
Let her get one if she wants.
So what are you going to do about Haruka?
I'm not doing anything.
But well, // I'm not against hearing her out if she wants advice.
I'm a stand-in parent after all.
Aww. Geez. I'm sick of hearing that.
I really wanted to see you panic over it---
Yeah, sure. // Sorry to betray your expectations.
I'm watching TV if you need me.
Geez. Haruka isn't making any progress either.
(What does she see in him?)
Are you different, Utako-chan?
I heard about your marriage.
(Hah~~~) So mean~~ Saying that with a smile.
Even though I was waiting after you told me to wait for 7 years.
All my efforts to pretty myself up went in vain...
So you say, but aren't I just a scapegoat?
You also aren't making any progress, right? // He's so close to you, but only paying attention to someone else.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Guess girls are easily attracted to guys "like that".
I suppose they want to become the tragic heroine?
Just watching, won't change anything. You should know that.
want to be used just so that you won't get hurt.
You're really.... // mean...
...Simply put, // I'm just envious...
He only looks straight after her.
Even though I know it's no good
I still keep only thinking of him...
If he were to face towards me...
If he were to think about me the same way...
I end up thinking that...
Then, // why did you come to me?
That's the same as running away.
I might have said those things to drag out your real intent,
but there's no meaning if he doesn't face you out of his own will.
You get it?
A guy like Sugita-kun won't get it unless you tell him out straight.
How can you be so direct---
I told you, I don't like being used.
That's how it was...
...But no matter what I say now, it wouldn't reach him.
I just know it.
So you wait?
I don't know.
You can't control your own feelings like you want to after all. // And I might run away if it becomes any more painful...
Mhm, // Next time, don't come running to me.
I can't have an affair with a kid--
Oogaki understood Utako's feelings completely.
If your feelings still are the same after 7 years, // I'll go out with you.
That's why he answered like that...
I think it's stupid
how everyone worries about love...
impossible for me.
"That's just how much.. // I love her"
He's just a brat...
but just his words are already ahead of an adult....
"If he were to think about me the same way..."
"I decided to marry"
I thought nothing would change
But it's changing...
Am I just...
going to get
left behind again....
I... // might be in love
with that guy...
I'm sorry, Shinichi-san...
You woke up?
When did I fall asleep...
About two hours ago.
Everyone already went home.
I was wondering if I should wake you up, since you looked like you were in pain....
Dinner is ready.
You want to eat?
is this uneasiness I feel?
What is it..
Ah.. // No...
Impatience or uneasiness....
I just can't calm down.
When you get a boyfriend, // be sure to tell me.
no way I'll
tell you that, Shinichi-san.
(The reason for Haruka's resolute answer is....?)
(Continued in Aria Issue 11)