Next one is going to be lame though...
Reserved for Lila Wolves
Kore ha Koi no Hanashi Chapter 28
(A 21-year age gap love story between a novelist and a girl)
I'm sure the beautification magic was cast by you, my soul mate...
(Haruka waits alone at the house. And of course the one who comes home is...)
You were here.
A- // Are you done with your job?
Yeah.... // for the most part.
Sorry // for being gone so long.
No, it's okay.
Oogaki-san told me you had work. // Besides Satomi-san was here nearly every day for the rebuilding of the kitchen...
The new kitchen is really easy to use!
Good to hear.
Ah... // I'll prepare dinner immediately.
What would you like to eat, Shinichi-san?
I'm fine // with whatever.
Then I'll go buy your favourite fish.
A salad to that... and also..
I'm in my room, so call me when it's done.
And I'm not really hungry yet, so no need to hurry. [If I didn't know what is going to happen next, I would say "What an ass".]
(What should I buy?)
Uhm! // Shinichi-san!
I still have some work left to do. [again, what an ass, but...]
I'm sorry! // I'm off to go shopping then.
What's going on...
looks so damn cute....!!
And it isn't just because I haven't seen her for while...
What's wrong with me!!
I wasn't like this before!! [awww]
---At the hotel, I thought about a lot of stuff...
I even wished it were some kind of misunderstanding.
"You're really serious about Haruka-chan."
To be honest...
I didn't want to believe it, but...
what it means to be serious?
Eh, wait a minute.
We should decide by rock, scissor, paper.
I'm fine with any piece.
Eh, that won't do.
(Guess I'll take the choco one)
(Then I'll take the strawberry)
Sorry that I couldn't come yesterday, Utsumi.
I had an urgent meeting.
The script is in my room. Take it and leave.
I'll read it later at rest. // Satomi's coming over now too.
Have you found your answer, Utsumi-sensei?
You... // Don't bring that up here.
Don't be embarrassed. // Or do you still don't have an answer?
Have or not, the answer was clear from the beginning.
Hee... // Like what?
(What do you want to drink? Coffee? Tea?)
To be together like we have been before.
Like you said, my only choice is to hold myself back.
When I came back from the hotel, // I hoped it to be a mere fantasy, but...
that doesn't seem to be the case.
Give it your best, Sensei.
(hah) I wonder what Sugita would say if he knew of this.
OOGAKI!! (Stop it!!)
(Hah, strawberry's so good~ <3)
Aww~~!! My gift's in vain now~~
Geez!! Tell me beforehand if you're going to buy cakes too!
I'm not an esper..
It's okay! I'll eat them all.
Oh, Shinichi, welcome home~ // Seems you were quite forceful to Gakki. Finished in time? (Your work)
Hey, did you see the kitchen? // Wonderful, isn't it?
Yeah... // You sure had your way with it.
Huh! Because you didn't take care of it at all!
I consulted Haruka-chan on everything.
I was so surprised how fast the rebuild went. // And there were so many choices.
I won't use it anyway, so whatever.
At least learn to cook a bit yourself! // Don't take Haruka-chan's cooking for granted. // You're gravely mistaken if you think she'll be around forever.
We don't know where she will attend high school or university. // And when her dad comes home, she'll stop looking after you!
---A valid point.
I was only thinking about myself, but..
while I keep on complaining,
she'll leave here in time....
What's the matter?
Ah, no. // Nothing.
Mh? You shut yourself away // like an idiot and now you can't drop your work mode?
Ah! Then is it that?
Were you charmed how Haruka-chan became a bit more mature while you were gone?
D- Don't be stupid!! // What's with that. Not possible!!
Ahaha // Can't take a joke as usual.
It would be suspicious if he actually could. (Sugita)
Ehm, // want a refill of tea, Shinichi-san?
Me too, Morimoto!
Get it yourself.
You're one to say.
Calm down... It's fine. (It's just tea)
See! Morimoto says it's fine.
You don't have to spoil this guy, Haruka.
Look into a mirror! You're getting too spoiled by Haruka, too!
What was that!!
It's great how you're having fun. (Morimoto here, Morimoto there)
But it seems like I'm just air here.
Not at all...
Well, fine. The air is leaving now. // Thanks for the cake.
Eh!? Why are you going already?
Tests are close.
Gah~~ Don't bring that up~~
(I just had forgotten about it...)
Already the time for that, huh.
But it's summer vacation once that's done with, right?
YAY!! Summer vacation---
I don't want to take detention during vacation after all.
Can you afford eating cake here so leisurely?
Now even you!! I'll study properly when I'm home!!
Club activities are finally on a pause due to the test, so let me have some freedom!
Ah~~ So even without detention, you're stuck with club activities during vacation. (Being a student is suffering)
(You don't get to play, I feel sorry for you)
What are you plans for the vacation, Haruka-chan?
I don't know when my dad will be back, so none so far..
I see---I would like us all to go to the beach.
Count me in!!
You got detention and your club.
Why is detention included!
Hey---Old man, let's go to the beach~~
Go by yourself.
I feel bad for Morimoto if she stays home all the time.
You just want to go play.
Then let's go with this:
When I score full marks on all my tests, we'll go to the beach! (How's that?)
Hah~~? Full marks on all? // That's some confidence.
The higher the goal, the better, right? // Besides, it won't give you any room to complain.
Okay. But only when full marks on all!
(Wah, give your best, Maa-kun)
Morimoto! // Look forward to the beach!
(Just leave it to me)
Okay! I'm going home. (Gotta study)
Where does his confidence comes from? // His motivation kills me off.
That's youth for you.
Thanks for the food.
It gets so quiet as soon as they leave.
Satomi really went home early for once.
(I thought she would get wasted again...)
She said she had a date now.
Are you // okay?
I didn't hear anything about that...
(Love all around...)
(Is it a guy or woman?)
(About) The beach stuff...
was it meant seriously?
Th- // That depends // on Sugita's full marks on everything.
(On everything, you know)
It's pretty impossible that...
Sugita-kun is quite smart.
He ranks top in the year.
F- // For real?
(Right... // If he hadn't had a fever on the entrance exam // he would have gone to some incredible school.... // I forgot...)
Then // we'll see what happens.
I promised after all.
(But all topics is impossible anyway, definitely!)
Like I said, I can't take it back now.
Even though I don't want to go.
But forgive me.
forward to it a bit.
What am I getting flustered over this for!
I got a screw loose!!
Calm down... Behave like always. Like always.
can I ask another question?
Shinichi-san.... // are you okay now?
I... // know I shouldn't bring this up...
And since the kitchen is all new now, it seemed like it never happened...
But I still wonder if you're really alright... // if I should really behave like nothing happened...
I'm a bit worried...
You seemed to suffer quite a lot because of that fire...
I also got all excited over the beach by myself...
Sorry, Haruka, // for making you worrying like that.
I'm quite surprised myself.
I'm okay now.
So don't worry.
Until Haruka mentioned it, I totally // forgot about the fire...
Is that... what they call the power of love---...
Are you kidding me?
(He can't erase the feeling that he became aware of...)
(Continued in Aria February Issue on sale 28th January. Next time, a spin-off for Oogaki's marriage!!) [Geh...]