You can’t ask further once you get “It’s a secret between girls” as an answer
Edited by Pantherocker
After school, Kamaishi and I went to my house to study.
I invited Kamaishi, who looked nervous for no reason, inside the house.
Her cheerful mood that had lasted all day vanished once we arrived.
Opening the door, Karen appeared from the inner part of the house.
“… a guest?”
“Yeah, my classmate, Kamaishi.”
“Pleased to meet you Karen-chan. My name is Kamaishi Sayaka.”
“… good to meet you.”
Finishing their introductions, Karen fixed her gaze at Kamaishi.
“Is something the matter?”
“… your girlfriend?”
G-Girlfriend?! N- No way… we’re not in that relationship yet! *cough*’
Kamaishi answered Karen with a bright red face. I didn’t hear what she said in the end, but she looked pretty shaken.
Karen on the other hand, muttered, “This is dangerous” which gave me a difficult time trying to understand the situation.
“Anyway, we’re holding a study meeting in my room so don’t barge in.”
“Tests are close, after all.”
Karen replied with a, “Hmmm.” to my answer and reverted to sighing as if she was pondering something.
Then, seeming to have hit a good idea, she looked at me again.
“I want to study with you too.”
“Ha? Your tests are soon too?”
I felt troubled after that short exchange.
I didn’t personally mind her studying with us, but what would Kamaishi say?
When I glanced at the bashful Kamaishi while thinking about what to do, she said, “I don’t mind. It will be more fun with more people.”
Apparently guessing my thoughts, Kamaishi answered in my place.
If she didn’t mind, then it would be fine.
“Well then, let’s study, the three of us.”
Thus, the three of us headed to my room.
“… Hey, Karen.”
“Why did you sit here?”
We used a square table to start our study meeting and for some reason, Karen sat next to me despite having two open seats.
Kamaishi, who was sitting in front of me, gave an awkward smile while watching us.
“… no reason.”
“There’s an empty seat just there.”
“It’s too narrow.”
It’s even more cramped if you sit here.
When I moved slightly to the side, she moved again until she was clinging to my shoulder.
Listen here, you need to leave some space.
Before I was able to express my complaints, Karen leaned on me then looked at Kamaishi, a smirk on her face.
Trying to imply that she could do this much with her usual gestures, Kamaishi seemed to have run out of patience and stood up.
“I-I think sitting here is better too.”
Saying that, Kamaishi took a seat next to me but on the other side.
Kamaishi moved closer to me until our shoulders touched and even went further, clinging to my arm.
She glanced at Karen with a provoking expression. Karen, who was offended, was clinging to my arm as well.
I wonder what this feeling was. It was like the mood was intensifying.
As the two of them were intensely glaring at each other, I was gazing at the ceiling and thinking of a solution.
“H-Hey, aren’t we going to study already?”
“Can you shut up please, Kamiya-kun.”
“We didn’t settle yet.”
Um, settle what?
I spent a while silently observing the two of them before I ran out of patience and stood up.
“I-I’ll go get some drinks.”
I shook off Karen’s and Kamaishi’s hands and left the room as though I was escaping.
Kamiya left the room, which left Karen and I staring at each other.
Come to think of it, I wondered why I had done something like that.
I felt a bit ashamed after reflecting on my earlier conduct.
I ended up sitting next to him in the heat of the moment when Karen started looking at me with a challenge in her eyes. I hope he didn’t hate it…
Karen opened her mouth while I was feeling embarrassed from my earlier actions.
“Hey, do you like Onii-chan?”
“Eh? W-What do you mean?”
I got shaken from her abrupt question.
Noticing my reaction, Karen started chuckling.
“You’re too easy to read.”
Realizing that Karen knew about my feelings towards Kamiya, I held my face as it turned completely red.
“I love Onii-chan too.”
“Eh? S-So my perception wasn’t wrong after all.”
Karen’s sudden confession stunned me for a moment, but I wasn’t that surprised since I already assumed that much seeing her earlier conduct.
But I was impressed that she could say it in such a composed manner. I’d definitely feel ashamed if I had been in her place.
Admiring her fortitude and her calm personality, Karen turned in my direction and bowed down.
“I’m sorry for what I did earlier.”
“Eh, I-It’s fine! I also got carried away, so I should apologize as well. Sorry!”
I apologized to Karen who was lowering her head to me. Hearing my apology, Karen raised her head and we stared at each other until both of us giggled then started laughing. I felt stupid for my earlier actions.
“What do you like about him?”
Karen asked me after we had laughed for a while. The conversation suddenly turned into a love story.
“I don’t mind telling you, but you should answer the same question too, Karen-chan.”
Thus we spent our time together talking about our memories with Kamiya.
I talked about the time when I fainted because my anemia and when he saved me in terrorist incident.
Karen told me about her experience of getting bullied in the past and that he had helped her out only recently in a similar situation.
“Hee~ Kamiya-kun did that much, I didn’t know.”
I was amazed hearing about his achievement from Karen.
He never stopped impressing me with his actions.
“Speaking of that time, I slept with him in the same bed as a way to thank him.”
Hearing Karen’s unexpected statement, I was taken aback, my face completely red. If they slept in the same bed that means… no way!
“You shouldn’t! You two are siblings! Y-You shouldn’t…”
(TL note: What’s this girl saying? siblings? Pffffft, too late my daughter.)
Noticing my bafflement, Karen asked me with a mean grin.
“What are you imagining? We just slept together.”
“EH? You mean, nothing else?”
“What else could we have done?”
I let out a silly sound when she asked me that question and felt extremely embarrassed of myself once again.
So that’s what she meant by sleeping together…
“Well, we’re not blood-related, so it won’t be a problem anyway.”
Hearing her abrupt, plot-twisting announcement, my red face immediately turned serious.
“Eh? You’re not blood-related siblings?”
According to Karen’s story, Kamiya lost his parents long ago in an accident and was adopted by his relatives, Karen’s family.
“Is that so…?”
“Well, Onii-chan doesn’t seem to mind it anyway so you don’t need to be so considerate.”
I didn’t even imagine that Kamiya would have such a past. Thinking about it, Kamiya is the only person I know in our school.
… I want to know more about him.
“Karen-chan, can you tell me more about Kamiya-kun?”
“Yes, I want to know more about him.”
I looked at Karen with a serious expression.
Gazing at me for a while, Karen said as she giggled, “Okay, ask me anything.”
With that, Karen and I spent our time chatting about Kamiya before he came back.
I’m currently standing in front of the door.
It was hard to step inside once again after escaping from that charged atmosphere.
I carried with me a well-prepared tray of juice and snacks.
(Let’s do this…!!)
Knowing well that I shouldn’t stand there for too long, I made my resolve and opened the door.
“And after that…”
In front of me was a harmonious mood, entirely different from the one I had left in the room.
Karen and Kamaishi were comfortably chatting, and seemed to be on good terms.
I wonder what happened while I was absent.
Having doubts that spawned from the current situation, I tried asking them.
“It’s a secret between girls.”
“You won’t understand it.”
That was their answer.
Replying to my question the both of them called each other by “Karen-chan” and “Saya-chan”.
Just how far did they go with their friendship in such a short time?
Well, It’s fine as long as they’re on good terms.
Coming to this conclusion, I decided to stop thinking about it.
After that, we spent a fun and significant amount of time studying.
“Hey, Kamaishi-san…” ← Yato
“Karen-chan, did you know the other day…”
“Hey Karen…” ← Yato
“Saya-chan, about this part…”
“… I feel kinda lonely now.” ← Yato
“You still got me, Chief!”
“Thank you, Rouga.” ← Yato