014: “Shiina? According to my records of this timeline, she doesn’t exist.”
Mayumi: “What do you mean by she doesn’t exist?”
014: “She’s not born. Or should I say never born in this timeline.”
Mayumi: “Can you check her out please… I want to know.”
014: “Ok sure, I can do it after your story.”
“Oh yeah the story…” and the flashback continues.
Natsuki: “Let’s go in for the orientation already, we are getting late.”
And we all went in.
The dean talked for about 2hrs, and I slept for a solid 1.5…
Natsuki: “Wake up… It’s time to go out for class…”
Mayumi drooling: “Ah…”
Natsuki then gives a tissue: “For your mouth…”
Mayumi: “Huh?” and she touches her mouth. “AH! I’m sorry! Did I drool on your shoulder?!”
Natsuki: “It’s fine, its just a jacket, I can take it off and wash it later.”
Then I grabbed the jacket from him. “I WILL WASH IT!”
We went to class and the 4 of us sat together.
I have his jacket in my bag. Still embarrassed about earlier, I didn’t even dare to glance at him.
Kyouya: “Let’s go try this shop!”
Natsuki: “You already research the university inside out, didn’t you…”
Kyouya: “My dream for my first month in Uni, is to try all of the cafeterias, all the restaurant inside the campus with all of you guys!”
Natsuki: “I don’t want to get fat…”
Shiina: “Me too…”
Mayumi: “I… I don’t mind…”
Kyouya: “Let’s go, I’m hungry.”
We all then went to a restaurant, it was western.
Kyouya: “I will get the lamb chop.”
Shiina browses the menu and starts biting her thumbnail: “Ahhh the menu all looks so good, I can’t pick one… I will get the pork cutlet then…”
Mayumi: “I’m just going to get the fish and chips…”
Natsuki: “Ah me too.”
Mayumi: “Do you like fish and chips too, Natsuki-kun?”
Natsuki: “Not particularly, but I always eat fish and chips whenever I go to a restaurant I never tried before. Is fish and chips your favourite then?”
Mayumi: “Ehehehehe yeah…”
Actually it was because I didn’t bring much money to this town when I moved, regret instantly after moving here whenever I have a meal… I eventually went to get a part time job…
The food then came.
Kyouya: “Ahh this food is great~~~”
Shiina: “Mine too…”
Natsuki: “We can come here again, they didn’t screw up the fish…”
I thought to myself: “My money… but this fish is so good…”
Natsuki glanced at me for a moment.
Mayumi: “Mmmm? Is there something on my face?”
Natsuki: “No, nothing.” and gently smiles.
When we finished the food, we are about to pay.
Natsuki: “I will pay Mayumi’s fish and chips too” and passes extra money to Kyouya.
Mayumi: “What? No, I will pay.” and I scrambled my bag for my purse.
Natsuki: “Its ok.”
I blushed and look down: “Th…thank you.”
While we were going back for our next lecture…
Natsuki whispers: “You didn’t bring enough money didn’t you…”
I turned around and shows a shocked face.
Natsuki smiled: “Your face was pretty obvious when you were eating the fish.”
I looked down and blush again. And I didn’t dare to look at him till the end of the day.
After the day ended, back in my apartment.
“I need to get a job quick…” and furiously flipping the pages of the job listing ads. The washing machine chimed to inform me that laundry is done.
“Ah the jacket, I need to dry it.”
That night was a busy night and I didn’t sleep till 3am…
The next day. We met up at the gate, and I immediately returned the jacket to him, luckily it got dried in the morning and also returned the money.
Mayumi: “I’m going to find a part time job eventually, so I’m paying you back”
Natsuki: “Ok then, but do you have enough money for Kyouya’s extravagant lunch later?”
I looked away and said: “Ah hahahahaha sure.”
Natsuki gave me back the money: “You can pay me back AFTER you get the job and AFTER your first paycheck…”
Mayumi: “But but…”
Natsuki starts walking away… And that’s how I slowly like him… Like I want to know him better… Being in uni everyday is like in paradise… with him around.
Eventually I got a part time job at a convenience store, the pay was not bad, did pay him back the fish and chips.
Then one evening, during the weekends, Natsuki came to the store I worked in.
“Welcome… ah, Natsuki-kun…”
Natsuki: “Ah, Mayumi, you work here?”
Natsuki: “What a coincidence… I live near here… Weird that I didn’t bump into you earlier…”
Mayumi: “I worked for a month already…”
Natsuki: “Ah I see…”
Mayumi: “What can I help you with?”
Natsuki: “I was thinking of grabbing a sandwich… but since you are here… when are you knocking off from work?”
Mayumi: “In about 30mins or so…”
Natsuki: “Ok then, let’s get some ramen for dinner. I will browse some magazines while waiting for you.”
Mayumi: “Ok… sure…”
The store manager comes out of his office.
Manager: “Ah? Your boyfriend came to fetch you, Mayumi?”
Mayumi: “He’s not my boyfriend!”
Natsuki snickered while reading. I blushed hard.
Manager: “Hahaha, I’m sorry. Just knock off early, the next guy will come soon anyways…”
Mayumi: “But 30mins is a long time, manager-san…”
Manager: “Just go, don’t make your “boyfriend” wait…”
Mayumi: “He’s not!”
Then I went to the staff room to change out of my uniform.
While we were walking to the ramen shop…
Natsuki: “Your manager is an interesting person.”
Mayumi: “That’s how people will normally react…”
Natsuki: “I guess… Ah, here we are.”
And we both entered the empty shop since it’s already past meal time. We sat at the bar table, right beside each other.
Natsuki: “I’m paying for this one.”
Mayumi: “No… stop paying for my food.”
We ordered and starts eating… We were both very quiet… I had this burning question in me for over a month… I don’t know what happened, but I just blurted it out…
Mayumi: “Do… you have a crush?” I covered my mouth and turned away after asking that.
Then an awkward pause…
Natsuki: “I… do.”