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The Ex-Girlfriend Reunited in a Shared Apartment Is Approaching Chapter 2

Reunion with the Ex-girlfriend, Lingering Feelings, and Misunderstandings

KO-FIDISCORD


Chapter 2: Reunion with the Ex-girlfriend, Lingering Feelings, and Misunderstandings

About a month ago, I witnessed my ex-girlfriend Mafuyu’s infidelity.

Considering our cohabitation since early spring wasn’t going well, I saw this as an opportunity to end our relationship and brought up the idea of breaking up.

But then—

“It was you who cheated, wasn’t it?” she accused me.

Caught in a puzzle of who was to blame, I was desperate to understand the full story while waiting for the drenched Mafuyu, soaked with spilled juice, to finish her shower.

“Sorry for the wait. Eh? Where did Mafuyu go?”

Ms. Hiyori, who just returned from a phone call, seemed surprised by Mafuyu’s absence.

I saw no need to cover it up.

“She spilled juice on herself and is taking a shower now to clean up.”

After I explained, Mafuyu returned, fresh from her bath.

“Sorry, Ms. Hiyori, I spilled the juice. The cup didn’t break, don’t worry. We cleaned up the spill, is that okay?”

“It looks fine, and you’ve sprayed disinfectant, so no problem.”

“I see. Have you finished your call?”

“Ah, it seems they’ll call again later. Sorry, Mr. Kaga, for interrupting the introduction to the share house and the get-together.”

Ms. Hiyori apologized with a slight bow.

I was actually relieved to pause the introduction; I hadn’t resolved my dispute with Mafuyu yet.

“It’s okay, don’t worry about it. I have some time before the movers arrive, so I’ll head back to my room.”

“Sorry about that. Oh, by the way, we’re planning a welcome party for you tonight. Are you free?”

“I’m free, no problem.”

“Great, call me when you’re ready. Ah, there’s the phone again, excuse me.”

Ms. Hiyori left to answer her call, heading to her room.

“What should we do now? Go to my room to talk, or to yours…”

“Let’s go to Yuji’s room.”

Since the movers hadn’t arrived yet, my room was empty of furniture. Mafuyu and I stood there, beginning our conversation.

Mafuyu seemed to believe I had fallen for someone else, prompting me to end our relationship.

How could that be? I still had feelings for Mafuyu, feelings so deep that I couldn’t forget her even if I tried.

It seems, despite recent improvements, I’m inherently still a gloomy otaku at heart.

The idea of making a move on another girl is beyond me.

I was perplexed by her accusation of my infidelity.

I recalled the day I saw Mafuyu with another man, my mind filled with restless thoughts.

******

It happened one day after university classes.

I was heading to a large bookstore to buy some manga.

On the way, I passed a café. At the outdoor seating, I saw an unbelievable sight.

My girlfriend, blissfully chatting with an unfamiliar man. Of course, he was someone I didn’t know.

Mafuyu was laughing, a laugh I knew all too well, once shared with me.

Ah, so it’s like this. I see…

“I’ve been cheated on, huh…”

More than anger, regret surged through me. It wasn’t surprising, considering how I had let her down.

This spring, Mafuyu and I started living together.

Initially, it went well, but lately, we kept bickering over trivial things.

I didn’t want to fight. What should I do? I discussed it with my sister, but it was mostly futile.

Time just kept slipping away.

She must have gotten tired of my constant complaints, hence her cheerful conversation with that unknown man.

It was a chance to end things.

Though my otaku and introverted nature had improved since dating Mafuyu, it was time to wake up from this dream. Even though I liked her, with the current awkwardness, what was the point of dragging on?

So, I resolved to break up.

A week after witnessing Mafuyu and the man at the café, I called her out to talk.

“Sorry to keep you waiting. What did you want to talk about?”

“I don’t see a future for us anymore.”

I wavered. If I insisted on this… it would all be over.

“So that’s how it is.”

Even when I indirectly hinted at breaking up, she showed no signs of attachment…

With that in mind, I knew what I had to do.

“Let’s break up.”

Since she had someone else she liked, it was time to break up. I said this, forcing her to make a decision before she could dump me.

I cautiously looked at Mafuyu’s face.

Her face, slightly cold, told me indifferently,

“Okay. Let’s end it here, then. The cohabitation was a failure and caused me pain too.”

My girlfriend, whom I started dating in the second year of high school, and I had reached the end of our relationship.

After deciding to break up, Mafuyu quickly packed her things and got ready to leave.

With her luggage in hand, she vanished from before me with words tinged with disdain.

“Good luck with whoever you live with next.”

—She said that.

******

Looking back now, it still leaves a bitter taste in my heart.

But despite not knowing how I felt, Mafuyu accused me, “You’re the one who cheated, right?”

I told Mafuyu, with a hint of sarcasm, about the scene of infidelity I witnessed.

“So, how’s your relationship now with that guy you were happily having tea with at the café?”

“Huh? Are you talking about Kuninaga-kun? We haven’t spoken since then.”

See, I knew it. Calling him Kuninaga-kun so intimately. Indeed, she was so close to another man behind my back, what else to say?

Wait, hold on.

“You haven’t spoken to him since then?”

“Kuninaga-kun is a cousin who happened to be in town for some business. I just called him out for a chat since we hadn’t seen each other for a long time. It’s terrible that he hasn’t contacted me at all since our meeting for consultation.”

Ah, eh? Could it be that Mafuyu didn’t cheat??

No, no, marrying a cousin is normal, she must like him.

But, Kuninaga-kun has a girlfriend, right?

While I was confused, Mafuyu continued fearlessly,

“We talked a lot about the past for the first time in a while.”

If she really didn’t cheat, then what?

But, we broke up because cohabitation didn’t go well and things got awkward. This, this is an unchangeable fact. Surely, I didn’t mistakenly assume she cheated…

Unable to recognize my misunderstanding, I looked panicked and heard Mafuyu say,

“By the way, how have you been lately?”

“I’ve been pretty good since breaking up with you.”

Despite being flustered, I still tried to keep up appearances.

“That’s not what I mean. Haven’t you met any women other than me? I’m asking if you’re getting along well with that person.”

“Ah, you mean Yuko?”

“Calling her Yuko and such, you really did cheat… Then what? Explain yourself!”

“Don’t be so naggy, ah, I got scolded. Didn’t you also say you didn’t want to continue living together in a one-room apartment?… Huh? Wait, I cheated with Yuko? How could that be, she’s my sister who is six years older.”

“Eh??”

Mafuyu let out a frantic sound.

The reason for our breakup with Mafuyu, could it have been a misunderstanding about my sister Yuko being my affair partner?

“Ah, sister, really? But, you met her behind my back, right? You’re lying about her being your sister, aren’t you?”

“How could I tell my girlfriend that I was discussing our relationship issues with my sister? Of course, I’d feel embarrassed. It’s a natural thing to feel ashamed about!”

“Is, is that so…”

“What’s wrong? Did you really think I cheated?”

“Eh, no? I never thought… such a thing… not at all, really…”

“Even though you turned your face away?”

“You… you thought I cheated, right!”

“Huh? How could that be, no… it’s not possible.”

After exchanging wordless stares, one of us finally broke the silence.

“…I’m sorry, I thought you were cheating on me behind my back.”

“I’m the one who should apologize, I thought the same of you.”

Even after a month, I still couldn’t fully grasp the truth that had come to light.

“When I brought up breaking up, you accepted it so readily. Was it because you thought I was getting along well with someone else?”

Seeking confirmation, I glanced at Mafuyu, probing for any hint in her expression.

Mafuyu nodded slightly and then spoke cautiously.

“Did you decide to break up with me because you thought I was too close to my cousin, Soun Chikai?”

I nodded lightly in response.

In my sparsely furnished room, a silence enveloped us.

If only we could recognize and forgive each other for our misunderstandings, perhaps we could have reconciled.

But that time had passed.

It’s been a month since we broke up.

During that time, I distanced myself from Mafuyu, and she from me.

Although I still harbored feelings, the fact that I didn’t pursue the truth and instead hastily fled from her side… surely, that was a testament to our drifting apart.

If I truly loved her, I would have taken some action.

Regardless of witnessing Mafuyu chatting happily with another man, our relationship was bound to end tragically someday.

With a hint of bitterness, I explained.

“The fact that I proposed breaking up after seeing you enjoying another man’s company is true. But I think our inability to live together smoothly was the decisive reason for our breakup.”

“I probably felt the same,” Mafuyu agreed. “Being together was just painful… I think I had resigned myself to that, which is why I nodded immediately when you brought it up.”

We both acknowledged that the fundamental cause of our breakup wasn’t infidelity, but our failed cohabitation.

While there were still irreconcilable aspects, I no longer had a reason to resent Mafuyu.

“We’re broken up, and that won’t change. But that’s all in the past. We should think about the future.”

“Right, so what should we do now?”

“It’s all over, so it doesn’t really matter, does it?”

“I suppose.”

“Still, I don’t want to cause any weird concerns for the others in the share house, do you?”

“Me neither. I don’t want to disrupt the harmony here.”

“So, let’s just be strangers who met here. Nothing more, nothing less. Just acquaintances who look out for each other. That way, I don’t have to avoid you…”

I let go of all my anger and regret towards her.

Instead, an inexplicable, uncomfortable feeling began to gnaw at me.

“Then, let’s just be acquaintances who met here.”

“Please do.”

With our conversation concluded, Mafuyu left my room almost like she was fleeing.

But as she opened the door, she hesitated, not stepping out.

“What’s wrong?”

“Well… even though we’re just strangers who met here, it’s okay to talk and chat a bit, right…?”

“…Well, that might be nice. Our breakup was quite amicable, after all.”

Having cleared up our misunderstandings, the reason for our breakup was simply our inability to live together.

There was no hatred between us, and casual greetings were still manageable.

“Thank you. If you said you didn’t want to talk to me, I wouldn’t know what to do. Well then, goodbye.”

Mafuyu closed the door of my stark room with a click.

“I guess there was no cheating after all…”

This was my most lingering thought about my ex-girlfriend.

Even though I now knew it was a misunderstanding, there was nothing I could do. Our relationship had grown cold, and Mafuyu and I couldn’t return to how we were.

Despite this unchangeable fact…

“Why do I still wish Mafuyu and I were together?”

I, a fool unsure of what to do, couldn’t help but be preoccupied with my ex-girlfriend.

******

After talking with Mafuyu, the moving company finally arrived.

I took out a suit from a box, marred by odd creases, and put it in the closet. Like this, I unpacked the rest of my luggage in a mechanical fashion. But I just couldn’t muster up much enthusiasm. The fact that my ex-girlfriend lived in room number 4 kept haunting my thoughts.

I need a break, I thought. Let’s go to the convenience store for a drink.

“Ah, Yuji-senpai, where are you going?”

As I passed the living room, Koharu-chan, who was lounging around in her thin pajamas, called out to me.

“I’m just heading to the convenience store to grab a drink.”

“In that case, could you pick up some ice cream for me too? I’ll pay you back later.”

“Sure, okay.”

“Ah, are you thinking ‘This girl is really forward’? That’s just how I am. I’m Koharu-chan, the kind of girl who gets along with everyone. But with you, Yuji-senpai, I’m even more forward!”

“I’m special?”

“That’s right, super special, haha! You know, there’s a screening process for this shared house. You were so special that when your sister checked your application, I vouched for you, saying, ‘Although this guy seems a bit gloomy, he’s definitely a good person.'”

“Gloomy, huh? That’s a bit harsh… but I guess it’s not far from the truth. But why am I special?”

“Well, that’s a secret. A secret for now. I’ll tell you soon why I’m so forward with you, Yuji-senpai.”

“You could just tell me now. Anyway, I’ll head out.”

“Safe travels.”

******

Though I was new and unfamiliar with the area, I had checked the location of the convenience store beforehand. So I managed to get there without getting lost. I picked up a few drinks and some groceries.

I didn’t forget the ice cream Koharu-chan had asked for and put it in my shopping cart before lining up for the checkout.

However, standing in front of me in the line was my ex-girlfriend, Mafuyu.

She let out an exasperated sigh upon seeing me.

“Hey, what’s with the sigh? Aren’t we supposed to act like we just met each other in the shared house?”

Our relationship had ended, and to avoid making the other tenants worried, we had agreed to treat each other like strangers.

Despite this agreement, she seemed unhappy just at the sight of me, naturally hurting my feelings.

“I’m sorry.”

“Yeah, whatever.”

Despite the turmoil inside, I couldn’t help but notice that Mafuyu, with her fashionable outfit, was still undeniably attractive. Her cuteness still lingered, and though my affection for her had changed, I couldn’t deny my fondness for her appearance.

Having finished shopping, we both stepped out of the convenience store.

Mafuyu, almost at the same time as me, apologized with a guilty expression.

“Should we talk a bit more?”

“We don’t need to be that friendly.”

“We didn’t end things on bad terms, a bit of friendliness wouldn’t hurt.”

“…”

I stayed silent.

If she had really cheated on me, I wouldn’t bother with her. That’s what I thought.

Taking my silence as agreement, Mafuyu began to speak.

“Yuji… no, I should say Kaga-kun in the shared house. Hiyori-san told me that you moved here to find new encounters. Is that true?”

Mafuyu, awkwardly addressing me as Kaga-kun, I replied,

“It’s just incidental, really. While it’s true, I didn’t place much importance on it. After we broke up, I almost lost my drive, so I just wanted a change of scenery.”

“I see.”

“Hiyori-san mentioned, Mafuyu… no, Himuro-san, you also came to the shared house seeking new encounters, didn’t she?”

“Well… like you saw, I haven’t encountered any men. But like you, seeking new encounters is just incidental for me, it doesn’t really matter either way.”

“You know, it’s surprising you thought about moving into a shared house after our failed cohabitation.”

“Uh-huh, aren’t you the same? Just because our cohabitation didn’t work out, there’s no need to be overly cautious about living with someone else. Just because it didn’t work with you, doesn’t mean it can’t work with others.”

Being timid wouldn’t change anything… I smiled in agreement and continued,

“We’re quite similar in that aspect. How is it? You moved in two weeks ago, right? Is it going smoothly?”

“It’s okay for now. I was worried at first, thinking about our failed cohabitation.”

Mafuyu gave me a wry smile and turned her face away from me.

“By the way, Yuji… no, Kaga-kun, you ate the food you bought without any hesitation, acting quite naturally.”

“Well, that’s true. What’s up?”

“It’s usually not okay to do that, you know. I once asked Miss Hiyori, ‘Aren’t the residents of this share house all close to each other? Why set such strict rules then?'”

“What did she say?”

“She said, ‘Intimacy needs boundaries.’ Even though you like someone, if you forget this, it could lead to unpleasant experiences. When she said it, her eyes looked like she had been through something.”

“Intimacy needs boundaries, huh… Like how you casually drank my drinks when we were living together?”

I said it in a light-hearted manner.

After saying that, Mafuyu turned her twisted face towards me and replied cheerfully.

“I won’t do that anymore because I don’t want to fight anymore.”

“Oh… Oh.”

Seeing Mafuyu’s repentant look, my eyes widened.

Ignoring my stumble, Mafuyu continued.

“Because you were my boyfriend, I took such things lightly. It’s probably why we fought so often, to the point where we couldn’t stand being together. I’m really sorry about that.”

“…There’s no need to apologize now.”

Regrets are too late, it’s all over now.

“Thinking of changing my mood and working hard in the share house, I didn’t expect to reunite with my ex-girlfriend.”

I made an indifferent expression, and then Mafuyu smiled faintly. She took a coffee cup out of the convenience store bag and handed it to me.

“Thank you for cleaning up the juice I spilled earlier. And about this, I really want to apologize for misunderstanding you.”

“I said stop apologizing…”

I took the coffee, slightly lifting Mafuyu’s bowed head.

“Since you want to apologize, I forgive you.”

“Well, I mean, I’m really sorry for thinking you cheated.”

“Didn’t you say no apologies?”

“You…”

Our relationship had already ended, and now Mafuyu and I were starting a new one.

Mafuyu declared first,

“The cheating was a misunderstanding, but our relationship had cooled to the point of such misunderstanding. So, I’m no longer your girlfriend, okay?”

Mafuyu, with a fleeting smile,

Now our relationship was—

“Ah, I’m now living as a ‘roommate?’ with you in the share house.”

“Isn’t ‘roommate’ a bit odd for people living in a share house?”

“It does seem so. By the way, you don’t have to force yourself to get along with me.”

“I know. You feel more comfortable when others aren’t too close to you. Although our cohabitation didn’t work out, I don’t dislike you, you were a good romantic partner.”

“You sound like you’re still not over it.”

“To avoid giving other residents the impression that we have a bad relationship, I’ll take the initiative to get along with you. Don’t you think so?”

“Well, I might talk to you on a whim…”

“Okay, please take care of me then.”

As summer approached and the weather began to heat up,

I became ‘roommates?’ with my ex-girlfriend in the share house.

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The Ex-Girlfriend Reunited in a Shared Apartment Is Approaching

The Ex-Girlfriend Reunited in a Shared Apartment Is Approaching

Sharehausu de saikai shita motokano ga sematte kuru, シェアハウスで再会した元カノが迫ってくる
Score 8
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: , Artist: , Released: 2021 Native Language: Japanese
A Secretly Sweet Romance Comedy Woven by Former Lovers! A second-year university student, Yuji Kaga, decided to move into a shared house in order to sever his lingering feelings for his ex-lover. However, on his first day of moving in, who appeared right before his eyes was none other than his ex-girlfriend, Mafuyu Himuro, the very source of those feelings. In front of the other residents, their relationship within the shared house remains a secret. But Yuji’s feelings start to waver due to aspects only known to him as her ex-boyfriend, like how Mafuyu becomes clingy when she drinks, or her fondness for “goodnight kisses.” It’s unexpectedly difficult to pretend to be strangers, especially when Mafuyu aggressively seeks physical closeness, demanding piggyback rides in private or stealthily initiating physical contact. “I still like Yuji. We broke up, but my feelings remain.” The love comedy of the ex-couple’s attempt at a fresh start begins!

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