April 2022 Short

I Was Told That If I Confessed My Love For Her 100 Times, I Would Go Out With Her, So I Confessed 99 Times and Stopped.

Yoru no Sora

1 – If You Confess 100 Times, I Will Go Out With You

“If you confess to me 100 times, I’ll go out with you.”

Early October. Getting used to the second semester, it’s time to start studying in preparation for the upcoming midterm test. That was just when I was thinking of going home and studying for the test.

After school, I was called to come to the back of the school building, and this was the first thing she said.

I can’t make sense of it, to say the least. There were tons of question marks floating above my head.

“‥‥‥‥‥‥”

Then, after a few seconds of silence, I made a guess.

…Ah, that’s what it is.

I’m careless. I must have misheard.

After clearing my throat, I slowly opened my mouth.

“Can you repeat that? I guess I haven’t been cleaning my ears well enough lately.”

“I said if you confess to me 100 times, I’ll go out with you.”

……oh!

Perspectives on life to date. Make full use of the knowledge cultivated mainly from romantic comedy manga to understand the current situation.

It is hard to believe at first glance, but it seems that this girl is confessing her feelings for me right now.

“Um, do you like me?”

“H, hah? What are you talking about? What niceties are you saying? You’ve got a very happy head on your shoulder. Who would like you? Have you looked in the mirror?”

What is this girl…

For some reason, although it is on the condition that I confess 100 times, she is willing to go out with me.

Even so, she doesn’t like me, so I don’t get it.

“I, is that so… Well, I don’t like you either, so I guess we’re even.”

“What the hell? You should like me!”

It’s too arrogant.

Why should I like her? For the most part, today is the first time we’ve met.

Well, since we go to the same school, we’ve probably passed each other in the hallway, but today was the first time we spoke directly to each other. It would be fair to say that this is the first time we have met.

“Why should I like you?”

“Why don’t you figure that out for yourself? You know, with that missing brain of yours.”

“What the heck is this? You called me out of the blue and didn’t give me a good explanation. What are you calling me about……? Oh yeah, Y○uTube!? Damn, I’ve been set up! You don’t have permission to film me, but you’re making a video with me anyway! You’re going to post it with a title like [I told an unattractive boy that I’d go out with him if he confessed to me a hundred times, and the result is LOL]. You want to trick me to earn views for fun, right? Yeah, no!?”

“No, no⁉ I’m not making a Y○uTube video, what a big misunderstanding?”

I sighed. Yare yare, shaking my head.

“You don’t like me. Yet you’re presenting some incomprehensible condition, that we can go out with if I confess 100 times. And, above all, we have never met before. After summing up this situation, I guess it’s about that. Y○uTube also has pranks, but you’re just messing me as a punishment game or something, aren’t you?”

“I, I’m saying you’re wrong! It’s not a punishment game, I’m serious!

“Even though you don’t like me?

“Y, yeah, I don’t like you. Rather, I hate you.”

“Do you want to be sweethearts with someone you don’t like?”

“Well, that’s one way to look at it.”

“Are you crazy?”

“I get that a lot.”

“All right. I’ll stop thinking with common sense now.”

Apparently, this girl seems to have a screw loose in the head and her brain has been dismantled.

It’s impossible to guess what she’s thinking. That’s why I quit thinking.

She pointed her index finger at me and puffed out her modest chest.

“Yes, you just have to confess to me 100 times, and everything will work out.”

“Oookay~ crazy lady.”

“Who’s crazy? I have a proper name, Kiriya Karen.”

Kiriya…?

I think I’ve heard that somewhere. Well, I can’t seem to remember.

“If you say that, I also have the name. Kyujo Kanata.”

“H, hmm, But you are you. It’s hard to pronounce your name or surname!”

“No, I think it’s easy to call either way, but Kiriya. I don’t know what you mean by that, and I’m no longer interested.”

“You should be interested. Aren’t you dying of curiosity?”

My cheeks twitch. Calm down. If you get frustrated, you lose.

I take a deep breath to calm myself down.

I stared at Kiriya.

Kiriya’s eyes meet mine, and for some reason she is dismayed. To her, I bowed my head 90 degrees and held out my right hand…

“Please go out with me, Kiriya. Be my girlfriend.”

It was a memorable first confession.

2 – The First Confession

“Please go out with me, Kiriya. Be my girlfriend.”

For the first time in my life, I made a confession.

The field of vision is narrowed, and the heartbeat echoed in my ears.

I felt a sensation of sweat oozing out of me. A confession seems to be an unexpectedly nerve-wracking experience.

I bowed my head neatly and waited a few seconds for a response from the girl at the end of my right hand— Kiriya Karen.

Still no response from her. Well, I know the result.

Just to recap, I’m confessing because she told me to.

── If you confess to me 100 times, I’ll go out with you!

In the end, the reply from Kiriya has been decided this time.

If the confession will only be accepted on the 100th time, all 99 times till then will be refused. Incidentally, the reason why I confessed to Kiriya was because I thought it was the best way to get through this.

I don’t know what’s going on, but Kiriya wants me to confess. So I thought I’d confess to her at least once.

Well, regardless, I knew the result.

Naturally, there should be body heat touching my right hand…

“Y, yes. With pleasure!”

… What?

I’m being held very firmly.

I can feel a slightly cold hand.

I slowly look up. And I saw it.

“Wh, what are you doing? Did you just say okay to the confession…”

“Oh, uh, y, yes. Of course I said no. Who would go out with you? Bleh!

Kiriya pulled under the eyes with her finger and stuck out her tongue. Is she a child?

“Then, can you let go of my hand?”

“No, I won’t let go even if it kills me.”

“Do you even know what you’re saying?”

“Yes. I’m good at seeing things objectively.”

“Then Kiriya, tell me what happens if you won’t take your hand off me.”

“We will be together forever, at meals, in the bath, in bed, and in the bathroom. And in the end, we will burn together in the crematorium.’

“That’s more than a married couple committed for life.”

“It’s unavoidable.”

“It’s unavoidable, idiot. You’re really crazy.”

“Ah… Wh, why are you letting go of me?”

I shake off Kiriya’s hand from mine.

Again, Kiriya was trying to grab my hand, so I quickly avoided her.

“Just to reconfirm, you don’t like me, do you?”

“Of course, even though things appear this way, I’m still all for physical appearances. I refuse anyone but good-looking guys.”

And yet…….it’s exactly as I saw it. She is just like an idol-lover.

“But if I confess 99 more times, you’ll go out with me, right?”

“That’s what I said. So get on with the remaining 99 confessions.”

Kiriya provokes me, poking with her index finger as if to say I should confess as soon as possible.

I didn’t know there was such a crazy person in our school … I’m ashamed that I’ve never noticed before.

A sigh.

I ignore her provocations and turn on my heels.

“Wait, where are you going?”

“I’m going home. You’re giving me a headache.”

“What about confession? You’re not done yet, are you?”

“Uh, maybe some other time.”

“I’d prefer it tobe today.”

Kiriya gives me the scornful eye.

“I have plans too. My schedule book is completely black.”

“Huh? You just go home anyway and play video games or read your stack of novels. You are the opposite of busy. That’s ridiculous.”

“Hey, where did that leak come from, my private life?”

“It’s a trade secret. Well, yes, if you confess nine more times, I’ll tell you.”

“Don’t give me strange and unrealistic conditions. Don’t make me do the same thing over and over again.”

However.

How did she get information about my private life? No, my private life is at a level that anyone can predict, and she may just be speaking out of turn.

At any rate, if I confess nine more times now, will she tell me how? Hmm……. I should go home.

“…eh, are you really going home? Then I’m going home with you.”

“I’m the kind of guy who prefers to go home alone. My bad.”

“I’m the kind of person who prefers to go home with someone.”

“Then go home with someone else.”

“Why are you being so mean to me? Unfriendly guys aren’t popular”

“None of your concern. Basically, going home with someone I’ve just met for the first time today is too much hell for me.”

For some reason, I can talk normally with this girl, but I’m a shy person in the first place.

Until we get to know each other to some extent, going home together is out of the question.

As I trudged toward the school gate, a dignified voice reached me from behind.

“Unh, you don’t mind if I go home with the other boys?”

I turn back only by the neck, and affirm it.

“Please feel free. In the first place, I have no right to criticize Kiriya no matter who she goes home with.”

“Oh, then I’ll do that. I’m going home with all the boys except you. Hey, that’s true, okay? If you want to stop me, now’s the time!?”

There was some squealing in the background, but I let it pass from right to left. I passed through the school gate and started my way home.

What is with that girl really?

3 – Encounter

If I – Kyujo Kanata, ever had a major turning point in life, it would surely be now.

For the first time in my life, I gave a confession……not quite a confession, but something like a half confession.

After that, if I confess 99 times, the conditions will be cleared and we’ll be a couple. That’s the way it is now… I don’t get it. Yeah.

At any rate, how could it be so sweet?

For example, if it was one of those good-looking episodes where I saved her from getting tangled up with delinquents, the story would have been consistent.

But, unfortunately, I don’t remember doing anything that people would appreciate.

I do not have any special ability I can boast about and it doesn’t look like I’m unilaterally liked by girls.

In fact, Kiriya Karen’s looks are outstanding. No, seriously. The arrangement of parts of her body can be called a golden ratio. A slightly sharp, almond-shaped eye. The abundant black hair long enough to reach the waist, and with no split ends.

The only drawback I can find is that she has almost no breasts.

She and I, who have a medium face deviation value (according to my sister), are too disproportionate to each other. Why would she want to be with me ‥‥‥?

Oh, I don’t get it…

Aah geez, my thoughts are all over the place. I’m getting tired.

“Let’s go to the arcade.”

Not feeling like studying for the test, I decided to stop by the arcade to refresh my brain.

 ◇

After killing time for about an hour or so, I headed home this time.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk on the familiar road. Then I see the corner of my house.

“Eh?”

When I was less than a minute away from reaching home, I stopped dead in my tracks.

A sound leaks reflexively from my mouth.

And then, I quickly ducked behind a nearby telephone pole.

I just pop out my face, and take a second look at the inexplicable situation before me. I knew I wasn’t mistaken…?

Er, long black hair. A face as well-defined as a celebrity’s. Small breasts, slender model body type.

No matter what you think, it was none other than Kiriya Karen herself.

Why on earth is she in front of my house?

This inexplicable situation was beyond my understanding, my head couldn’t keep up.

She seemed to hover in front of the intercom, but now she instantly begins to pay attention to her surroundings.

Her every gesture was suspicious.

She almost caught me, and became one with the telephone pole. Fu, abu… tte, why am I hiding?

Kiriya, after acting suspiciously for a moment, abruptly began rummaging through her bag.

“……a letter?”

When she took out something that looked like a letter, Kiriya approached the mailbox. However, she froze just before putting it in the mailbox.

Apparently, she is wondering whether to post the letter. Even from this distance, I can see that she is in agony.

──Okay , let’s talk to her.

There was no point in sitting idly by and watching. I decided to take action.

I also want to know how she identified my house.

I emerged from the telephone pole and walked over to Kiriya.

Shortly thereafter, she realized I was there.

“Wh, why… are you here?”

“No, it’s my house here. Why is Kiriya in front of my house?”

I ask a straightforward question.

“Well, that’s…, um, it seems I didn’t quite get my message across, so I’ll try to correct it…”

“…? What do you mean?”

I don’t really understand what she means.

As I was making a confused face, Kiriya suddenly turned away and continued.

“H, hmm, if you want to know what I mean, confess to me.”

“Ah? What?”

“From here on, it’s not a paid service, but a confessional service. So, if you don’t confess, you won’t hear the rest of the story.”

“Don’t make up new terms. Do you realize that you’re talking nonsense?”

“I’m aware, but so what?”

“Don’t take offense…”

I sigh lightly.

Whatever. At this rate, we won’t be able to make any progress.

“Please go out with me.”

“Much too monotone…”

“A confession is a confession, right?”

“It pisses me off that you’re so used to being on the spot for the second time! You should be more sensual in your confessions!”

“Why do I have to make it erotic?”

I can’t help but hold my head.

Talking to this person gives me a headache. No, I’ve had this experience before…

“… tte, don’t run away, kora.”

When I took my eyes off her for a moment, Kiriya quickly left the place.

Even if I tried to catch up with her, her back is already much smaller. It would be difficult to catch up with her now.

“She has great legs…”

I was the one talking to myself, watching her from behind.

4 – Future Policy

Lunch break.

I told my friend Takemoto about the incident which happened yesterday.

“… and that’s what happened.”

“Kuku, ahahaha. Th, that’s Kiriya Karen alright.”

As soon as I finished my story, he burst into laughter. He was quietly wiping tears floating on the outer corner of his eyes.

“So you knew about Kiriya, huh?”

“I don’t know her, but she’s pretty famous. Well, in my case, it’s because I was in the same school, but I think most people probably know.”

“Why?”

“Why? Because she’s so cute! When I first saw her, I thought she was a celebrity. That’s no surprise with her looks.”

Indeed, I often hear the good-looking Johnny-style guys in our class being cheered yellow by the girls in other classes.

In light of this, it is no wonder that Kiriya has a high level of recognition.

“Well, in the case of Kiriya Karen, that’s not all though. She’s fundamentally crazy. Everything she does is out of line. I guess that’s one of the reasons she doesn’t get a lot of attention. Probably.”

“I see. Then why didn’t I recognize Kiriya before?”

Takemoto, huh? And the stunned expression on his face.

“I don’t know. Ask to your own heart. Well, in the case of Kyujo, you don’t care much about people. Maybe you weren’t paying attention to the other classes?”

“Ah… well… if you ask me, that’s true.”

Takemoto puts his elbow on the back of the chair and begins rocking it dexterously.

“So, Kyujo. Are you going out with Kiriya Karen?”

“Do you think we should go out?”

“Don’t answer the question with a question. Well, in my personal opinion, I’d like you to go out with her. It would be more fun that way!”

“Then, I guess I’m not going out with her?”

“Hah⁉ Why are you like that? You’re supposed to go out with her there!”

“I don’t want to see you happy…”

“Okay. I’ll never be happy. I swear it won’t amuse me! So please go out with Kiriya Karen!”

Takemoto stands up from the chair with gusto.

He shakes my shoulder and begs me. How desperate is this guy‥‥‥!

“Ah! Don’t shake my shoulders. It’s a joke, I just made a joke.”

“That’s right. Just a joke.”

“No, I can’t say it’s a joke.”

“Eh? You mean you don’t want to go out with her?”

“Yeah, I give 100 confessions and I can go out with Kiriya? But I don’t think that’s going to work out.’

Takemoto’s eyelids flutter.

“…Hmm? Why?”

“Because I don’t see the point. In the first place, yesterday was the first time we met. But I don’t think there’s any romantic feelings involved. I don’t think it’s possible that Kiriya likes me, no matter how you look at it.”

For example, there could be a pattern where I like Kiriya unilaterally. It is not strange to fall in love with her at first sight.

However, the pattern of one-sided love for me from Kiriya was too unlikely.

I am mediocre in both appearance and body shape. If you look, there will be a lot of guys just like me. There is no way she would fall in love with me at first sight.

“Hmm… I don’t understand what Kyujo wants to say, but… I’m sure Kiriya Karen likes you, right? Otherwise, she wouldn’t tell you to confess 100 times. Don’t worry.”

He patted me on the shoulder.

“Really? I just got a feeling that there’s something underhanded behind it…I mean, back to the point, why do I have to confess 100 times? Why not just once?”

“You won’t know if you ask me. Ask the person directly.”

Suddenly, Takemoto had an idea, and stopped rocking in the chair. Then he raised his index finger with a pin.

He makes a suggestion with a grinning and fearless smile.

“Oh, then, how about this?”

“Hmm?”

“If Kiriya Karen’s request is to make 100 confessions, confess 99 times, then stop. It would be hell if left there. I’m sure she won’t be able to stay quiet.”

“Well… is there a point in doing that?”

“Of course there is. By my prediction, Kiriya Karen will try all kinds of tricks to get Kyujo to confess. If you see that, you can tell that Kiriya Karen likes you, right?”

“Ah… I see …”

I thought that Takemoto had a point.

You don’t just try all kinds of schemes to get someone you don’t like to confess their feelings to you.

Just look at Kiriya’s reaction after I’ve confessed 99 times and stopped.

I guess it’s a way to find out what she really thinks of me.

“That’s a good plan. I shall use it.”

“I am honored by the compliment.”

Takemoto gives a chuckle.

He’s totally amused.

At any rate, now that the story is settled.

I decided to ask about a point that has been passed through so far.

“I’ve always wondered, but why do you keep calling Kiriya by her full name?”

Takemoto basically refers to people by their last names.

But he only addressed Kiriya by her full name, “Kiriya Karen”. I was always bothered by that, because it made me feel uncomfortable.

“Hmm? Yes……. it’s easy to say, isn’t it? The name Kiriya Karen, you know. That’s why I call her by her full name.”

“Easy to say? Well, it may be easy to say, but isn’t it troublesome to call out her full name?”

“But I’ve gotten used to calling her that.”

Takemoto folded his arms behind the back of his head and said matter-of-factly.

Shortly thereafter, a chime echoed throughout the school building. It’s a pre-bell for the start of afternoon class,

“Then, please let me know how it goes next time.”

“Whenever I feel like it.”

Takemoto quickly stands up and heads toward his seat.

Confess 99 times and stop, huh?

To that end, I had to make ninety-seven more confessions.

After school, I’ll go see Kiriya.

5 – After School

After school, I visited the fourth-grade classroom.

I usually don’t have the chance to go to other classes, so I feel a strange tension running through my body.

Somehow I was reluctant to step into another class, so I decided to look through the front door to see what was going on in the classroom.

“… Oh, there she is.”

I found Kiriya at the back by the window. But she is reading a book and doesn’t seem to notice me.

From this distance, she would not hear unless I spoke quite loud.

That’s the time for this. You may as well rely on others.

I called out to a girl who was close to me.

“Um, can I ask for Kiriya-san?”

“H, ha~! What do you want with Kiriya?”

“Ah, well. I can’t go into detail, but I have some business to attend to.”

“I see. So you’re just browsing.”

“No, I’m not browsing.”

“Then do you have any proof?”

“I don’t have any proof. But I’m not gutsy enough to go to another class just to browse. Trust me.”

When I revealed the pitiful fact, she put her hand on her chin and tilted her neck.

“Hmm, I can’t call her up unless you tell me what you want, anyway.”

“It’s personal business, so it would be helpful if you didn’t ask me so much…

“Is it something you can’t say?”

“Simply put, it is.”

“Ok, then leave now.”

“Eh? Leave… why?”

“If you are unclear about your business under any circumstances, we will not be able to call Kiriya. So・just・leave・now!”

Apparently, I asked the wrong person. I wonder if she is Kiriya’s manager or something.

She is not likely to call Kiriya unless I tell them what I want first.

I scratch my temples.

What should I do? Do I ask someone else? But this person is really giving me the stink-eye.

I feel that if I ask someone else to do it now, I will be sidetracked.

“What are you doing? This is my class.”

“Oh, I’m saved. Thank you for coming over. I have something to talk about, so can you come for a moment?”

Good. Kiriya found me.

Now all we have to do is move to a different location and confess.

“T, talk…er. Hmm, I don’t know what you’re saying… Eer. I have no idea.”

“Ah, is that right?”

While replying appropriately, I turn on my heels to move to another place. However, I immediately felt the touch of human skin on my right arm.

“Hey, hey, please don’t proceed without going through me, the manager. Where are you taking our Kiriya?”

Looking back, there was the girl I spoke to earlier. Apparently, she was really a manager.

“Manager?”

When I ask no one, Kiriya responds to a sigh.

“She’s just saying it on her own, don’t worry about it.”

“Wh, what…! No way! Was I fired before I knew it?”

“I never hired you in the first place.”

She collapses beautifully from her knees, perhaps she was shocked that she had not been hired.

She looked pale in despair and was humming “oh no” to herself.

Like attracts like, I guess. It seems that crazy people will make crazy friends.

At any rate, I don’t have time to worry about girls whose names I don’t even know.

I suggest moving places.

“Can you come up to the roof?”

“Don’t want to, say it here and now.”

“I don’t want people to hear me, so I want to change the place.”

“I don’t mind if people hear.”

Don’t you know what I’m about to say?

“I don’t want other people to hear me. No?”

“Well … it’s not that I can’t, but── well then, that’s right. If you take my hand, I’ll go to another place with you.

“Why do we have to hold hands?”

I tilt my head in puzzlement.

I didn’t get the need to hold hands to move from here to there.

“Look, the hallway is crowded, isn’t it? So we don’t get separated.”

There seems to be a reason, but unless there is a lot of trouble, it will not be lost in the school building.

I ask her true intentions while looking into her eyes.

“What’s your true intention?”

“I want to hold hands…— not! Now that’s just a pretext. Yes, it was a pretext. It was never for my own desires…. S, start over. Let’s start over! I’ll answer properly this time!”

She just needed to reply with a few words, but Kiriya suddenly blushed and started rapidly rambling on.

She asked to start over, so I asked the same question again.

“……what’s your real intention?”

“I’m cold, so I’m trying to raise the body temperature of my hands.”

“I also have cold hands.”

“Mmm … I can’t use it. Then it can’t be helped, I’ll warm you up. I’m one of the warmest among the cold.”

“What do you mean by ‘Warmest among the cold’? I’m not bothered if my hands are cold.”

“Holding hands with me is an heirloom. Some people even cry and rejoice.”

“There’s no one like that…”

“Yes, there is, it’s true.”

Kiriya clenched her fists with both hands with a “mon”…

“Then, where are they?”

“Here.”

“Here…—ah.”

Kiriya’s fingertips are pointed toward the girl slumped on the floor.

Perhaps she was shocked to be told that she was not Kiriya’s manager, and she was in a state of absentmindedness. Her soul is falling out of my mouth.

“I see, sorry I doubted you.”

“Yes. You should’ve accepted it. Yes, will you take me with you?”

A white, fine-grained hand is offered out. It seems that she really wants to hold hands with me.

I’d like to decline, but from Kiriya, I feel she will not move from here until we hold hands.

“Hah.”

I had to grab the hand that was offered.

“Oops , ──buh. Hey, what are you trying to do, hold hands? You’re disgusting!”

—and now my hand was forcefully slapped away.

Looking over, I saw the self-proclaimed manager, who had been absent-minded until just a while ago, glaring at me with a hostile expression.

“Ah… I was so close …”

Kiriya blurted out a small complaint, but then bellowed with a force that drowned it out.

“Even though you’re a man, I will not allow you to touch Karen-san! She walks along the path of Yuri with me. I will not let an animalistic person like you hold her hand!”

“Oh, I’m not going to walk it!? …… Look, don’t get involved with this girl. She’s crazy.”

“Ah, oooohh.”

Kiriya grabbed my hand and started running.

I stepped forward in the direction she was going, as if pulled by a gravitational force. It’s quite a thing to be told you’re crazy by Kiriya.

Kiriya and I dexterously run together as we push through the crowd.

I can’t grasp her relationship with Kiriya. I got the impression that Kiriya was at a loss with how to handle her.

Somehow, I’ll try not to get involved with her again. That’s what I thought.

6 – Confession Burst

It’s just after school. On the deserted rooftop.

While receiving the sun’s sunshine closer than usual, I ──

“Please, please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go out with me. Please go──…”

──I was confessing like crazy.

Early October.

According to the calendar, it is already winter, but far from winter there are no signs of autumn. As usual, the heat that clings to the mushy skin continues.

It’ll be a while before it gets cool.

However, it is a cool summer this year, and it is not as hot as usual.

I was soaked in the sun, and my whole body was drenched in sweat…

There is nothing else in the surroundings other than me, Kiriya and my voice alone.

If someone who didn’t know anything about the situation saw me now, they would probably suspect me of doing drugs.

I’m aware of how crazy what I’m doing is… but this is a necessary process.

“Oh, goho , tsu, please go out with me …. Please go out with me…”

At the end, my throat had become raw and I was coughing, but I managed to finish the 99th confession.

──Phew. It’s finally over.

After finishing the confession, I was a little immersed in a sense of accomplishment.

I noticed that Kiriya, who had been silent so far, was disillusioned when she saw me. Her cheeks were twitching.

“Erm, just … what are you doing?”

“What, a confession, is a confession. What did Kiriya say yesterday? Somehow, if I confess 100 times, I can go out with her. By the way, that was the 99th.”

“No, this is not how you confess, is it? You can’t even call that a confession anymore.”

“No, a confession is a confession, isn’t it?”

“No, not at all. You just kept saying the same thing over and over again like an idiot trying not to forget something! What part of that was a confession?”

“What, you don’t like it?”

“Of course I don’t. This is a no-go situation. It doesn’t count as a confession! No girl would be happy with such a workmanlike confession.”

“Then don’t try to make me say it 100 times! You can’t put all your feelings into each and every one of them!”

“Do your best there! You’re a man, aren’t you?”

“Gender neutral! Then I ask you, can you make 100 heartfelt confessions?

“Hmm, there’s no way I can.”

“What do you mean by that? You can’t do it either.”

We were alone on the rooftop, and we were making a lot of noise.

I’m not the type of person who basically raises his voice, but talking to this girl just throws me off kilter.

She crossed her arms in front of her chest and said in an aristocratic manner.

“I’m not one to confess, so I would not confess even once, let alone 100 times, absolutely not.”

“That’s a noble declaration.”

“If you understand, best get on with it. Make a sincere confession one at a time. And if you can, I’d appreciate it if you’d change up your confessions. If you can’t think of a way to confess, just refer to a shoujo manga I’m currently reading…”

If possible, let’s pretend we didn’t hear a word after that. If possible. There is no compulsion.

I hold my forehead with my right hand and shake my head.

“Why do I have to confess a hundred times? Won’t just once do it?”

“Hmm, of course not. How can a perfect beautiful girl like me fall for just one confession? If you don’t confess to me at least 100 times, I can’t even talk to you.”

“……perfect beautiful girl…”

“What? You have a problem with that!?”

She blushed and became agitated.

I had to calm her down, because she was about to bite me if I left her alone.

“No, I don’t. No, there’s nothing wrong with having high self-esteem.”

“Don’t talk about me like I’m a narcissist. I don’t have a high self-esteem, I have a high absolute self-esteem!”

“Yes yes.”

If you focus only on appearance, there is no doubt that absolute evaluation is high. But if we take her inside into consideration, the evaluation should be overturned.

Kiriya puffed up her cheeks and glared at me with her thinly open eyes.

“What about you, then? Is your rating of me absolute?”

“Huh? It can’t be high. I think it’s faster to count from the bottom.”

“You have been condescending from the beginning. Why don’t you look at yourself more objectively?”

“That’s true, and there’s nothing to be proud of.”

“No, it’s not! At least in my mind… tte, why are you trying to make me support you!”

“No, I wasn’t asking for support.”

I scratch my cheeks with my index finger.

Suddenly calm, I sighed a little.

What are we doing on the rooftop?

As I was stunned, Kiriya glared at me with a stern look.

“Why did you confess only 99 times? You only have one more confession to go. It’s time for you to finish the job.”

“No, I’ve done what I had to do. I’m going home.”

“Huh? W, wait. That’s why it’s not over yet!”

“I’m done. I never said I would confess 100 times from the beginning. I’m sorry for taking up so much of your time.”

As originally intended, I confessed 99 times, turned back and headed for the rooftop door.

But I was soon stopped by a grip on my right hand.

“W, wait, Ka-kun!”

“Eh?”

The moment I heard that name, a memory came vividly back to my mind.

“Is that you Kyujo …?”

7 – Past and Confession

“Is that you Kyujo …?”

I immediately asked Kiriya in a moment of urgency.

For those who do not remember, my name is Kyujo Kanata.

The reason I used my surname Kyujo for Kiriya was not because I had lost my mind.

No matter how far back in the past I go, there is only one person who calls me “Ka-kun”.

They had the same last name as me, but during the fourth grade of middle school, they changed schools due to their parents’ circumstances──

“Y, you’re wrong…”

“No, then why did you just call me ‘Ka-kun’?”

“I, I said Ka-san.”

“That’s impossible, isn’t it?”

“Ugh…”

“You’re Kyujo Karen, right? Oh, that makes sense. That’s why you knew where I live…”

I don’t know if there is demand or not, so I gave up.

“D, don’t be convinced. I’m saying you’re wrong.”

“But people change after six years, don’t they? You used to wear glasses.”

“That’s why you’re wrong… D, don’t look at me like that. Ogling me, you’re the worst…”

“…… No, I’m not ogling you! I’m just excited to have solved a few mysteries…”

Kiriya turns her eyes to the day after tomorrow, with a face as red as a boiled octopus.

Perhaps she was embarrassed, but she could not speak at all. This reaction is unusual for a spirited Kiriya.

I let out a gasp of admiration as the mysterious part falls into place.

Most of the memories I had when I was in middle school were missing. I remember her transferring to another school, but I didn’t have enough material to connect Kyujo with Kiriya.

Because, that’s how different she used to be from her present self. In terms of appearance, it is more convincing to say she is a different person.

However, it was easy to talk to Kiriya even though it was my first time meeting, probably because of our connection in the past. She’s always been weird, but it feels like it’s spurred on even more. The Kiriya of today.

Kiriya has given up and muttered something.

“…… If you are going to remember, do it the first time we met.”

“First?”

“On the day of the entrance ceremony. Ka-kun picked up the handkerchief I dropped.”

“Um…”

“I hope they throw you into an incinerator once.”

“I’ll die.”

“I’m telling you to die.”

“Isn’t that terrible?”

I made an awkward smile.

When it comes to the entrance ceremony, I only remember the principal’s speech being long.

However, if you say I picked up a handkerchief, I probably picked it up.

With my personality, if a handkerchief was dropped in front of me, I would look for the owner, and if I don’t find them, I would take it to the lost-and-found corner.

Kiriya looked down and continued with a sullen voice.

“I’ve been hanging around in front of Ka-kun’s classroom, trying to make it so that our commute to and from school casually overlaps, trying everything to make you remember me, but you didn’t even look at me anymore.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t notice.”

I had never properly realized her existence until Kiriya told me that I could go out with her if I confessed 100 times.

I have little interest in the people around me.

“Really, just die.”

“I, I’m sorry. But then you should have just told me right away. Then I would have immediately remembered.”

I looked at Kiriya and couldn’t recall her right away.

But a little explanation would surely have helped me remember. Just the word “Ka-kun” was enough to bring her back from the memory drawer.

“I didn’t like the fact that you didn’t recognize me, even though I recognized Ka-kun right away.”

“What … I thought there was a more complicated reason. Then, why did you suddenly tell me to confess 100 times?”

“I couldn’t stand the fact that he didn’t seem to be remembering me after all this time.”

“Even if that’s the case, isn’t it too crazy to ask me to confess 100 times?”

“No, it’s not.”

“No, I’m sure it is.”

There was no sign that I would remember Kiriya, so she decided to have a direct point of contact. I understand this. However, I didn’t understand the meaning of demanding 100 confessions.

As I float the question mark over my head, Kiriya looked away from me and let out a small sigh.

“I’ve been confessed to 99 times so far.”

“Eh, there are that many people who would confess to you?”

“R, rude! I’m pretty popular! For some reason, I’ve never been confessed by someone I have some connection with, but I’ve had a lot of experiences of love at first sight, pickups, and whatever!

“I see, that pattern.”

Certainly, if you focus only on appearance, Kiriya is a transcendental beautiful girl.

She wouldn’t be out of place in the entertainment industry. She had that much potential.

Is it possible that a man, judging her only by her appearance, confessed his feelings for her?

“So what does being confessed to ninety-nine times have to do with it?”

“Being confessed to 99 times meant that I had a lot of love affair experience. But since I turned them all down for Ka-kun’s sake, I can’t balance it out unless he confesses to me for them, or else I can’t get my stomach up in knots?”

“I don’t get what you’re saying.”

“Don’t worry. I don’t quite understand either.”

“No, I want you to understand.”

“Well, anyway, I didn’t feel like I had to do something because you left me alone.”

She stares at me intently.

Her eyes are slightly moist and she has a sad expression.

She was confessed to 99 times. If that were true, she had that many chances to fall in love.

However, Kiriya never went out with any of them. I am the only one who understands why. Therefore, I alone understand the true meaning of Kiriya’s expression.

Having been confessed 99 times, she demanded 100 confessions from me.

In short, the 100th time would not be a settlement of the confessions that has been received from other people until now, but a confession from me to Kiriya.

Fortunately, I confessed 99 times and stopped.

I approached her, as she showed lonely eyes.

“Wh, what? Suddenly.”

“I’m sorry I didn’t notice.”

“No, it’s too late to apologize now.”

“I’ve always liked you. Please go out with me.”

I deeply bow my head and raise my hand at Kiriya.

Her black eyes opened wide and darted side to side.

“N, no way! Don’t be so flippant when you say that. You didn’t notice me…”

“Then how can I make you believe me?”

I lifted my head and looked in her eyes as if to beg for forgiveness.

“…… Marriage. Marry me or else.”

“You remember that promise after all.”

“H, how could I forget! I like this surname now, but it was quite a tough time back then.”

Kiriya transferred to another school at the convenience of her parents when she was a fourth grade pupil of middle school.

The kicker was her mother’s remarriage.

I couldn’t do anything because it was a family situation, but I said this as a way to comfort her at the time.

“You should marry me when you grow up. Then, you can go back to being Kyujo again.”

In fact, she was worried about her new father coming home and changing schools. Besides that, she was depressed about saying goodbye to friends, including me.

At the time, I could not say anything clever, and I was talking irresponsibly like that. But it is also true that I was responsible in my own irresponsible way.

“Do you want to go back to Kyujo that badly?”

“I don’t really care about that anymore…”

“I’ll tell you, I’ve changed quite a bit in the last six years myself. If you say marriage so easily, you’ll regret it later.”

“I won’t regret it. I, I’ll always be about you, Ka-kun…”

She almost said that much, but then she faltered.

I felt so much love for her that I hugged her without asking her permission.

“…… Eh, eh, what are you doing out of the blue── “

“I can’t decide on a marriage right now, but won’t you go out with me?”

“No, no, no, no. We have to get married.”

“Then, I won’t let you go until you go out with me.”

“…… H, hmm. I, is that how it is? Then, it will be a test of endurance. I’m telling you, I don’t mind if we stay together forever.”

“That’s very inconvenient. But I don’t feel like losing either.”

< END>

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Thank you for reading to the end.

I didn’t know if there was much demand, so I abandoned it. I apologize if there are those who were hoping for a long-term serialization. I hope you enjoyed it, even just a little. ( ^^)

I’ve posted a lot of other things, so if you have time, please take a look at the author’s My Page. Mostly romantic comedy.

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