Miyu-sensei, You Have My Condolences
“Senpai…? You’ll be eating dinner with us, right? Come inside.”
As I laughed at Miyu-sensei and avoided her probing, Aki looked up and called out to me with trembling hands.
She probably thinks I came by to have dinner with them.
“No, it’s fine. I’m not tutoring you today, so I can’t have you treating me, can I?”
I usually have dinner at Aki’s house, it is her way to show gratitude for tutoring. The bigger reason though, is that Aki worries about my health since I live alone.
Needless to say, the cost of materials is subtracted from my salary, and I have also received permission from Aki’s parents.
As for Miyu-sensei, she agreed while saying that the dinner table would be livelier with three people instead of just two.
Since I eat dinner with them almost every day, I often speak to Miyu-sensei rather frankly.
“Neither I nor my sister mind! Please have dinner with us, Senpai!”
I refused since I didn’t want to bother her, but Aki persisted. I am appreciative of Aki’s sentiments, but I’d like to keep it within the bounds of a professional relationship. This is a restriction I set on myself when I took on the job of Aki’s tutor.
“However, I was not supposed to come today, wouldn’t we have enough food for the three of us?”
“It’s no problem! I can just cut down on my sister’s share!”
“Hey, wait a minute!”
The instant she heard that her portion would be cut, Miyu-sensei immediately interfered. As for Aki, I know that this is not just a mere threat, because she can easily make it happen if she’s serious.
“What, Onee-chan? Didn’t you use up all of my precious time with Senpai by pushing him to do various errands for you?”
While making a cute smile, Aki looked at Miyu-sensei. It seems that she believes that Miyu-sensei is the reason that I was late today. Well, I guess this all originally started when Miyu-sensei asked me for help, so it might not be wrong.
When I left school, Miyu-sensei did contact Aki, so of course she would know that I was asked to help out. Knowing that, she probably believed that it was all Miyu-sensei’s fault. Moreover, a major part of me not being able to contact Aki, was due to all of the teasing that Miyu-sensei had done to me inside the staff room.
Still, it would be really pitiful to go without food. Besides it was thanks to Miyu-sensei that I was able to meet Emma and converse with Charlotte, and I can’t just overlook that.
“Aki, you really don’t have to worry about dinner. Also, it’s not Miyu-sensei’s fault that I am late, so stop blaming her. I’m really sorry for being late today.”
When I apologized, Aki stared at my face with a complicated look. Then after thinking for a bit, she slowly opened her mouth.
“Very well. I understand that Senpai is someone who values drawing the line at some point… I thought it was my sister’s fault that Senpai was late, but if you say so, then I won’t blame my sister anymore… That’s fine, right?”
“Yeah, thank you.”
I thanked Aki for reluctantly accepting everything. Aki’s gaze seems to be implying that it can’t be helped.
Aki is a kind and gentle girl, as she was quick to understand my sentiment. I really can’t believe she’s Miyu-sensei’s actual sister.
“Yeah, I’m happy to have such a good student.”
Miyu-sensei, who was now free of all blame, nodded with satisfaction. Aki’s anger has subsided, and it seems that the scary part has passed.
However, Aki would never just leave it at this…
Aki looks at Miyu-sensei with a smiling face as if to prove my conjecture.
“Fufu~ Onee-chan? You can eat dinner, but I can’t change the menu since the dinner has already been prepared. So——today’s dinner is extremely spicy, aren’t you happy?”
“…You must be kidding.”
“Nope, not at all~”
Listening to Aki’s cheerful reply, Miyu-sensei’s face paled. Even if it’s a bit spicy, her cooking is delicious nonetheless.
However, from Miyu-sensei’s perspective, spicy food is a fatal weapon since she’s very bad with it. It seems like Aki changed the menu when her anger for Miyu-sensei reached its peak. I was originally about to ask Aki to prepare spicy food, but I guess I’ll forget about it now.
Miyu-sensei, you have my condolences.
While looking at the depressed Miyu-sensei out of the corner of my eye, I handed the box containing the chocolate cake to Aki and walked away.