Reserved for Lila Wolves
Kore ha Koi no Hanashi Chapter 25
(A 21 year age-gap love story between a novelist and a girl)
When you turned around
the expression of a woman....
(Lately it seems like there are a lot of awkward silences between them...)
"Tell me if you get a boyfriend"
"There's...no way I'll tell you that, Shinichi-san."
Again with that.
How long do you plan to pout?
I'm not pouting.
Your attitude speaks differently though.
Man, I don't get you.
I'm just telling you to inform me when you get a buy. // What's the problem about that?
...Seems you don't understand, Shinichi-san.
There's no way you could understand.
Thanks for the food.
What's with her!!
She got really cheeky!!
Just because of a single phrase from her
"I won't ever tell you"
I'm getting all restless. Though I don't know why!!
Well, you know...
That means you don't understand anything.
Brat... // Every single one of you...
I mean, it's obvious Haruka would get angry.
Not obvious at all!
Guess even the imagination of a novelist isn't perfect.
(Aw, geez, I give up!!)
(Talking to them will just drive me crazy!)
By the way, what's up with him.
Ahh... // Don't mind that. // He just has a hard time accepting reality right now.
There's a big rumour going around at school. // It's because of that.
That Haruka got confessed to by Nanami-senpai.
Lately you see those two together quite often. // Seems Senpai told a friend about the confession, so I think it's all true.
I wonder what Haruka will do.
Even though I want to ask her, she's always dodging the question---
Well, thinking rationally, I don't think anyone would turn down Nanami-senpai.
Geez, how long do you want to lay there.
Go home for today, Ma-kun.
I doubt Haruka would speak to you anyway.
Don't call me Ma-kun~~
You go ask her too, Mister.
Huh? Why me?
What's wrong with it? (Just do it)
Sorry for imposing on you.
Don't call me // Ma-kun!
Man, as if I care about the brat's problems.
She got a boyfriend, huh...
I'm not really angry.
(So far) I haven't said anything!!
But... // Haruka...
It would be a pain to have a pout again with my meddling.
"I'm sorry, Shinichi-san..."
"I... might be in love"
"with that person..."
Hey! Why am I remembering that dream now!!
A dream is just a dream.
To begin with, it doesn't concern me at all whom she loves.
SO WHY AM I SO RESTLESS, DAMNIT!!
I'm not hungry! // I'll go work!
"Haruka was confessed to by Nanami-senpai"
"I might be in love with that person"
Fine, love him!
Aw--- Geez--- // Why is my dream interfering with reality!
Those feelings I'm having are
The feeling a father has when his daughter gets taken away...
But Haruka is just a stranger.
What am I thinking...
There's no way I would
be scared of being alone...
Dinner is done, so please eat it.
(Shinichi-san, today I ate without you. I put your dinner into the refrigerator. You seem busy lately, but be sure to eat properly. Haruka)
Hey, Old man!
You're there, right? Open up.
It's just me, Old Man.
Oh come on, are you sleeping?
GAH! SO NOISY!
You're there after all.
I was sleeping!
Morimoto is worried.
Since you don't look her into the face anymore these days.
She thinks you're busy with work,
so she doesn't wake you and just eats alone.
The heck are you doing, Old Man! // There's no meaning in Morimoto coming over now, is there.
If you want to be her guardian, then act like one.
What's the point in making her worry!
What's with you.
You're all energetic again, unlike before. // Are you over it?
I was just a bit confused back then! It's all solved now.
(Yep) Morimoto turned down // Nanami-senpai.
Well, that's Morimoto for you.
To turn down THAT Nanami-senpai.
Though it's typical for her.
Well, I'm a bit worried about the reactions from Senpai's fans.
There are some who complain even about turning him down. (Saying "So mean")
Isn't that great. // That she didn't get taken away by another guy.
What's with your face?
You seem quite relieved about it yourself, Old Man.
That pissed me kinda off. // Don't tell me you were also worried about her being taken away.
I- // Idiot! // I wasn't thinking that at all!
Morimoto is really down.
Even if you're busy, make time to eat with her, Old Man!
what kind of expression
did I had...
...Thanks for the food.
A relieved expression...?
I don't remember making such an expression.
(Shinichi-san, today I made--- There's also soup. Please eat it. Good luck on your job. Haruka)
Being not aware of it myself
just makes it even harder for me to look her into the eyes...
Ah, hello, dad?
Yeah, on my way home.
Yeah, all fine. // Ah, thanks for the clothes and Sakura's toys. (I got them)
Yeah.... Yeah. // I'm fine.
Though he's a bit busy.
...Yes, I understand. Thanks.
Okay, // bye.
...I want my lone lifestyle back quickly.
Lately I'm getting annoyed at myself.
It's like I'm being messed around by something.
But I don't know what.
I think... it's Haruka's fault.
But it's not like she did anything.
Actually, she's doing so well that I have to be grateful.
That's why I'm confused.
What is shaking my heart so much?
Do parents always feel so restless...
I don't really remember my parents, so I don't know...
That my mother did something like that
must have been because I made her somehow uneasy....
that's not right.
They suicided together.
I didn't do anything.
There's no way
me, as a brat,
bears any responsibility for it...
Let's go together...
A nightmare that I hadn't had in a while...
What time is it... // now...
(Haruka hurries towards Shinichi, who's bewildered by the fire...)