The New Year’s is approaching, with only a few more days until New Year’s Eve.
I arrived at the café that I worked part time at previously over summer break. I didn’t know what better place to choose.
Across from me, Sana, who had been silent since this morning, was there.
With a bit of nervousness, I took a sip from a café latte that I ordered.
“I have something I want to talk about.”
With just that, Sana seems to have some sort of premonition as to what is going to happen. I was nervous because she might once again return to speaking rudely to me.
I remembered the time when we revealed everything to Natsumi-chan. I was nervous back then, but not as nervous as I am today.
The sound of the door opening could be heard, announcing the arrival of a new guest.
“Welcome”, came the voice of a host. “My party is already waiting for me,” said a voice that I was very used to.
When I turned around, I found Hiiragi-chan, holding her coat in hand.
After meeting me in the eye, she gave a small smile and came over to where we were.
“Sorry about this, it’s winter break too.”
She sat down next to me, causing Sana’s eyebrows to furrow for an instant.
“…Sana wants to go home and play games.”
“I’m really sorry about this.”
Hiiragi-chan’s smile was mixed with bitterness.
Hiiragi-chan ordered some tea, and after a while, it was placed on the table. Then, as if making her preparations, she drank one mouthful of it.
“…Sana-chan, I’m guessing you already know somewhat…”
Yeah, Sana responded in a quiet voice. There wasn’t anyone in our surroundings that I recognized. I continued the statement.
“Hiiragi-sensei and I are dating. When I say dating, I mean that we are lovers in a relationship.”
Once I said that, I felt Hiiragi-chan stiffen next to me.
“…I-I knew already… Somewhat. Sana always thought it was a possibility.”
Forcefully looking down Sana took a deep breath.
“Gosh, I can’t believe it. Sana can’t accept it!”
Sana started to throw a childish tantrum by flailing her legs.
“W-why!? You told me to believe in you!?”
Hey, this is different from what she said!!
“What are you talking about? Sana doesn’t remember saying that at all.”
No well, it’s certainly true that the one who said it was the Sana of the future, but—
“If I hid it, you would have been super unsatisfied, and our relationship as siblings would have broken down!”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
Of course, you don’t!
“Sana-chan, please listen. We are seriously dating.”
Sana looked at us both in turn.
“Seriously, right? Then, have you guys kissed?”
“That’s a lie! Definitely a lie! There was an awkward pause! Nii-san, you lecher!”
“Are you a child! Any adult would do adult things after they begin to date!”
“That’s why! You always try to hide it… that’s why… Do you not trust Sana?”
It doesn’t seem like I should! Especially with how childish you’re acting.
“Hiiragi-sensei is an adult, and you can have a relationship with an adult. So why are you with Nii-san?”
“Even Sana-chan, you don’t have to like your brother, right? I’m throwing it right back at you.”
H-huh? Hiiragi-chan’s now standing after accepting that…?
“I-it’s nothing like that. Sana thinks nooothing at all of Nii-san.”
“Ah, is that so,” Hiiragi-chan squinted and stared at her.
“You secretly act like you want to kiss him in the home economics room. Moreover, you throw in secret attacks while he’s sleeping.”
Hey, what’s that! What do you mean!? Was that something from Kanata!?
“T-that’s just how it looked, okay…?”
Your tone has changed already. How flustered are you?
“Leaving aside the accusation of us being inappropriate… Gosh, kids these days. Without any permission, they forcefully—”
“Aaaah. Aaaaah aaah. That’s not true at all! You got it, Nii-san!?”
Sana’s eyes began to spin, as if she was just a moment away from being knocked out.
“Did we come here to talk about this today?”
“It’s because Sana kept bringing up all of that.”
“Sensei too, you are trying to hoard Nii-san to yourself—”
“We’re lovers so isn’t it obvious that I would try and do that.”
“Y-you were seduced by those breasts, right!? In the end, you like big breasts like that. I’m really disappointed in you!”
Why am I now the target?
“Sanada-kun… Seiji-kun confessed to me. I never had the chance to seduce him or anything.”
“What’s so good about a middle-aged woman….”
“Don’t say middle-aged! Say older. Older, okay?”
Their aesthetic senses are completely different, but I do feel like she has said that line before.
“Sensei, you’re just in high spirits over Nii-san. I’m sure there are a bunch of other good kids out there. It’s just that you’re in a state where you’re not looking at them.”
As if her spirits had finally dampened, Hiiragi-chan stared at her own hands.
“Even if that’s the case, is there a problem with that?”
“You’re teacher and student, right? Of course, there’s a problem.”
“That’s not what I mean. Looking at only the person you love—Is that a bad thing? Leave aside the difference in societal status, age, and family status.”
“Sana-chan. I seriously do love Seiji-kun. Not as a student, but as a male.”
Sana drank some coffee from her cup.
“If you make Nii-san cry, Sana won’t forgive you.”
Then it’s fine. Sana responded in a quiet voice.
“I’m still frustrated and annoyed that you hid it until now, but I accept. I accept that the two of you are serious. I won’t let anyone else know, so please trust me on that.”
“…That’s all, right? Sana’s going home.”
Grabbing her bag, Sana stood up from her seat.
“It was better this way, right?”
“Otherwise, Sana will continue to live while distrusting both me and Haruka-san.”
After that, Sana didn’t come out of her room for about two days.