p>“I didn’t! We were just lonely single people huddled together.
Hey, Haru-kun.”

“I’m frustrated that I can’t deny…”

Karen sits down on the front steps and carefully unlaced her boots.

As she did so, she muttered, “But I see.”

“If they were having a Christmas party, maybe I should have come home a little earlier.”

“I thought you said you couldn’t go because you had a date.
I didn’t think I was going to do it either until Ageha took me out.”

When I said this, Karen’s lips twitched a little in frustration.

Then, Ageha, who was standing behind me, leaned forward.

“You know, that’s not the point, Sis.
How was your date?”

… I’m still here.

If I could, I wouldn’t want to hear about it.

However, my protests didn’t reach the girl with the expression of a girl who is completely in love.

Having finished taking off one boot, Karen reaches into her other boot while placing her index finger on her chin and looking up at the ceiling, “Hmm.”

“It was fun, okay?”

“What’s that? There’s nothing more.”

“What on earth are you expecting? It was normal, normal.”

Apparently not getting the words she wanted, Ageha looked in the direction of the day after tomorrow as if in a huff, saying, “Tsk, tsk.”

Then she smiled mischievously.

“Well, that’s okay.
I also had a date with Haru-kun today.”

“What?”

“Don’t be fooled, Karen.
We just went shopping at the mall.”

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“What? That was a date!”

As I was soothing Ageha, who was complaining and slapping me on the back, my aunt who had returned to the living room before I knew it, warned her, “Hey, don’t bother Haruto-kun.”

Be that as it may, we can’t just sit on the doorstep like this.

“I’d better get going.
Thank you for today, Ageha.”

“I’m the one who should be thanking you.”

I gasped for a moment when I saw her become so calm that it was as if she had been noisy just a few minutes ago, and then I hurriedly put on my shoes.

I said, “Well then,” to Karen, who had gone inside instead of me.

“Oh, Ha-haru-kun!”

“Hmm?”

As I open the door, I turn around to hear a voice at my back.

Then I saw Karen looking at me with a kind of sad look on her face.

Waiting for her next words, Karen eventually gave a small shake of her head.

“No, it’s nothing.
Good night.”

“Yeah, good night.”

This time, I go outside and slowly close the door.

What was Karen trying to say?

With a small exhale, the white-tinted air slowly melts away.

After watching her, I slowly made my way home.

 

 

“Hmm~, it’s cold, cold.”

I came home to an empty house and went straight to my room.

I turned on the light and took off my coat.

After settling down, I sat down on the edge of my bed and looked at the paper bag I had left there earlier.

She had asked me to open it by myself, but I wondered what was in it.

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Slightly apprehensive, I reached into the paper bag and put my hand inside.

Inside was a linen bag.

I loosened the string and opened the mouth.

“This is…”

I took out the fuzzy thing and unfolded it.

It was a scarf.

“Handmade, right? So that’s why Ageha told me to look at it alone.”

She must have been embarrassed.

Compared to scarves on the market, the stitches are not uniform and the scarf is frayed in places, but it seems to be usable enough.

The design is simple, a mixture of black and gray.

It can be used on a daily basis.

“Hmm…?”

As I unfolded the scarf, something that looked like a card fell out.

It was a pink message card.

I looked at it and chuckled, wondering what on earth was written on it.

“Merry Christmas, Haru-kun! I love you!”

I looked at her writing for a while, which was a little disorganized, as if she had written it in a hurry earlier.

I wrapped a scarf around my neck and fell into bed.

… I feel like a lot has really happened in one day.

I was blocked out in my room, and then Ageha came barging in, confessed her feelings to me, and I turned her down.

We went out together and had a Christmas party.

As I reflect on the day’s events, I feel a rush of exhaustion.

I slowly meditate.

I felt I had to reconsider properly what I had done with Ageha, but I couldn’t resist the urge to sleep, and my consciousness was turning black.

… However, I was feeling positive enough to go out tomorrow

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