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📢 Maybe you see "V2" or "V3" and so on in the NOVEL TITLE, it means what VOLUMES the NOVEL is.

V1 The Ex-Girlfriend Reunited in a Shared Apartment Is Approaching Chapter 9

Afterwards, The Two Continued to Walk Forward

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Volume 1, Chapter 9: Afterwards, The Two Continued to Walk Forward

During a certain twilight.

I was walking side by side with Koharu Saotome, a high school girl living in our shared house.

“Wow, the selfie with senior Yuji Kaga I uploaded on cons got so many likes, it’s amazing. Thanks for today too, senior.”

Koharu, an avid cons blogger, always sought to catch attention on cons. It’s that age when you crave admiration and comments from others. When we went for bubble tea together recently, she deliberately made our selfie look like it was taken by a couple.

After uploading that selfie, it instantly got lots of likes and comments. So, today, Koharu and I went out again, aiming to eat crepes that would likely become a hit on cons.

“Although I didn’t think much about the bubble tea last time, the crepes today were really delicious.”

“Right! They were super yummy. That fluffy and soft texture was just amazing.”

“Oh, speaking of which, I forgot to give you the money.”

Koharu had quickly paid before I realized it when we were settling the bill for the crepes.

Even though what we ate today didn’t seem too extravagant, it still felt right to pay for my part.

However, to my surprise, Koharu, walking ahead, turned back and smiled at me.

“Today’s on me! You paid when we went for bubble tea, remember?”

“But today’s stuff was more expensive, right? You don’t have to worry about me…”

“No, no, it’s fine. You took the photos for cons, right? That’s enough for me.”

“Just don’t come back later saying, ‘I’m running out of allowance, give me the money back~'”

“I know, I know. But really, no matter how much allowance I have, it never seems enough. Ah~, if only I were 18 already…”

“18?”

“Yeah, see, my cons account is quite popular, right? So, lots of people approach me for collaborations, like ‘How about signing a contract to subtly promote our company’s products?'”

“Ah, because you’re not yet 18, you can’t sign commercial contracts.”

“That’s what I’m talking about. Anyway, thank you so much for today, senior. The photos I posted this time are also super popular! Comments like ‘Your boyfriend is so handsome!’, ‘You two look so good together!’, ‘My boyfriend never lines up for me, I’m so jealous’ are flooding in.”

“So people really think you’re my girlfriend, huh. Koharu, aren’t you bothered by others mistaking me as your boyfriend?”

Koharu, walking ahead of me, suddenly stopped in the middle of the road where no cars passed, and came over to my side.

“If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have invited you out with me.”

Koharu smiled sweetly and adorably at me. She was so cute that I inadvertently placed my hand on her head, stroking it gently as if reliving the past.

“Senior, do you think girls like being patted on the head? But actually, we hate it because it messes up our hair.”

“What a nag, just let me touch it like you used to.”

Koharu-san said something smug with an air of superiority, and I rubbed her hair a little harder.

In the past, if I did that to her, she would become happy. I just don’t know if she’ll be happy now.

Then, Kasumi-san complained to me while laughing.

“Wait, Yuji-senpai. You’ve gone too far. This isn’t the old days anymore. Even if you do this to me now, I won’t be happy at all!”

“Don’t lie, you’re happy no matter how you look at it, right?”

“I’ve been touched like this before… I’m just smiling because I’m remembering memories like this. If you don’t stop, I’ll sue you for sexual harassment.”

“Ku…, then stop it. You’re hitting me where it hurts.”

Mafuyu told me that too. Yes, I’m 20 years old, and Hiyori is 15.

If I’m accused of sexual harassment, there’s no doubt that I can’t defend myself.

“Hohohoho, if you don’t want to be sued, you can go out with me like this again.”

“In that case, I can’t. I’ll go out with you again when I have time. After all, Hiyori-chan is like a sister to me.”

“Hiyori-chan, I like you the most!”

……

…………

………………

Koharu, who now calls me “Senior Yuji,” suddenly referred to me as “brother,” leaving me petrified in place.

Even the casually uttered “Koharu-chan” blushed shyly and muttered softly after calling me “brother.”

“It’s just that I called you ‘brother’ once, don’t just stand there frozen for no reason…”

“Sorry about that. It’s just… you suddenly called me that.”

“Really now. Ah, it’s so embarrassing. I’m never calling you ‘brother’ again, Senior. And you, Senior Yuji, you treat me too much like a little sister. I’m already in high school, you know? Please see me as an adult.”

“Even if you say to treat you as an adult…”

Koharu-chan still seemed like just a child to me.

As if she saw right through my attitude, Koharu-chan pouted unhappily and then held my hand in a manner resembling lovers.

“Going on a date is really fun, Yuji-kun.”

“Even if you act like a girlfriend, my attitude won’t change, you know?”

“…Tch, so my plan to act like a girlfriend failed because you see me as a sister, huh? But look, Senior, your hand is sweating, right? That’s because you’re nervous being held by a cute girl like me, isn’t it?”

“What an annoying little sister. Okay, let go of my hand.”

“No way~”

“It’s Koharu-chan who will be troubled if someone sees us, you know?”

Not wanting to use force, I racked my brains for a way to get Koharu-chan to let go of my hand, when suddenly…

I was startled as someone patted my shoulder.

I turned around in a panic.

“You two seem really close, don’t you, Yuji?”

Mafuyu stood there with a smile on her face.

“Hello.”

“Ah, Mafuyu-senpai, long time no see~” (Note: Koharu changed “long time” to “one day.”)

“By the way, where did you two go together?”

“We went to eat crepes! Ah, of course, it was for a con’s popularity! Eating with a guy like Senior Yuji, such couple implications get a lot of likes and comments, so I asked him to come with me.”

“I see, that’s great.”

Mafuyu chuckled, as if genuinely pleased, and said “that’s great” to Koharu-chan.

“Ah, did you just come back from work, Mafuyu-senpai?”

“Yes, just finished and started heading back. Speaking of which, Yuji, there’s something I want to talk to you about later, can we go to your room?”

“Eh, ah, sure.”

I agreed without hesitation.

The reason being, when Mafuyu looks this happy, it often means she’s hiding something.

Feeling apprehensive, I returned home with the two of them.

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“Have a seat.”

As mentioned earlier, Mafuyu, who had something to say, came to my room.

“Um, about that thing you wanted to tell me…”

“I want to watch an anime. The one that’s been airing recently, you’ve recorded it, right?”

“Of course, I recorded it. Take your time watching.”

Phew~. Ah, so there’s nothing to worry about.

When Mafuyu looks happy, it’s usually just that she’s thinking about something, but there are times when it really is nothing.

“Thanks, then I’ll watch without holding back.”

Mafuyu operated the remote control and started playing the recorded anime.

She picked up a cushion from my room and began to quietly watch the anime. Just as I was thinking this…

“Did you enjoy going out with Koharu-chan?”

The words sounded almost like an accusation of infidelity.

Damn… there is something after all.

“It was fun, I mean, my relationship with Koharu-chan is like that…”

“That’s right, after all, Koharu is a good girl. So of course, it’s not strange to feel happy.”

“Are you jealous? I’ve said it many times, Koharu-chan is just like a sister to me…”

My relationship with Koharu-chan, my childhood friend, is more like siblings than anything else.

I never saw her as a girl I had feelings for. Besides, Koharu-chan herself said I was like a brother to her…

“Big liar… Even today, you uploaded a photo of eating crepes together looking all intimate on con. You’ve never done that with me. Anyway, you probably prefer Koharu-chan over me, right? I’m right, aren’t I?”

Mafuyu threw the cushion she was holding at me and yelled.

“Even though Yuji said he only sees her as a sister. But seeing you two so close like that, it definitely makes me feel awful!”

Tears started to well up in Mafuyu’s eyes.

Is this all my fault?

Can’t I have a good relationship with Koharu-chan, my childhood friend?

“How many times do I have to say it? My relationship with Koharu-chan is just sibling-like, it’s not what you think at all.”

“Is that so… I’m sorry. I’ll be going now.”

Unable to say anything back, Mafuyu left my room in silence.

In the empty room, only the sound of the anime from the TV echoed, leaving me alone in the loneliness.

“I’m really the worst…”

Reflecting on my actions, I couldn’t help but sigh at my own inadequacies.

To me, Koharu-chan is a sister. But to Mafuyu, that might not be the case.

Even though there’s a five-year age gap, we are still both young, and there’s no blood relation between us.

It’s natural for Mafuyu to feel jealous.

Apologize to her properly.

But still, let’s leave it for today.

However, why do I feel something doesn’t quite add up?

There’s something off about this.

Why did Mafuyu show such intense jealousy in front of me?

“I don’t know.”

No matter how much I think about it, I can’t figure out what’s causing this sense of discord. So, I lie down on my bed.

Sigh… I need to think carefully about how to apologize.

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The day after the argument with Mafuyu, after finishing classes at university, I returned home.

I ran into Mafuyu in the entryway.

“Are you going out?”

“Can’t you tell?”

“When you get back, I have something to talk to you about. By the way… where are you planning to go now?”

Mafuyu was dressed fashionably, and I became a bit curious about where she was heading.

“Mafuyu-chan, I’ve been waiting. Ah, Yuji Kaga, welcome home.”

Asakura Ryuga appeared at the entryway.

“Ah, I’m back. Are you going out too, Asakura-senpai?”

“Yeah, well, that’s the plan. I’m about to go on a… date with Mafuyu-chan.”

“Eh?”

“Come on, Asakura-senpai, stop saying weird things and let’s go. We’re going to miss the train.”

“Oops, look at the time. Well then, we’re off.”

“Ah, okay.”

Mafuyu and Asakura-senpai hurriedly left the house because they were about to miss their train.

“This can’t be happening…”

I clenched my fist, desperately thinking that I must apologize to Mafuyu.

But the person I want to apologize to doesn’t seem to care about how I feel, and she’s going out with Asakura-senpai, a man?

Of course, it’s not like two people of the opposite sex will necessarily be attracted to each other.

“Don’t ignore me.”

Mafuyu said a lot of things out of jealousy about me going out to play with Koharu-chan.

It’s perfectly normal for Mafuyu and Asakura-senpai to go out together, there’s nothing wrong with that.

However, because of what happened yesterday, I can’t help but feel a bit unsettled.

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After seeing Mafuyu go out with Asakura-senpai, I fell into a restless state of mind. Then, I received a text message from a senior in the club.

“Come to the drinking party. Of course, it’s on me. We’re short on people, so please…”

Maybe a drink would improve my mood.

And since the senior was offering to treat, I decided to go to the izakaya where they were drinking.

“Oh, you’re here. Ya~ because someone bailed, we’re short on people and can’t get the party going. Sit down, sit down.”

They had just started drinking, and the table was filled with nothing but salad and edamame.

Alright, first, let’s clear up this issue.

“Wait a second, senpai. I wasn’t told this was a mixer.”

“Of course, I never said it was. No worries, it’s just a casual gathering. Just drink and have fun.”

The image of Mafuyu with Asakura-senpai flashed through my mind. If she’s out having fun with him, there’s no harm in me enjoying with other girls for a while.

“Ah, alright then.”

“Whoa, you seem different today. Come on, sit down. Is beer for the first round okay? Ah, sorry, a bottle of draft beer, please.”

“Thanks for your patronage~”

Since I’m here, I might as well enjoy myself.

After all, Mafuyu must be having a great time with Asakura-senpai right now.

I sat down and greeted the women sitting opposite me.

“Hello, I’m Yuji Kaga, invited by the senior.”

Seeing me initiate conversation confidently, the girls also greeted me.

“Hello~ Hope we have fun today. I’m Saya Yamagishi. I’m a junior in college at the university near this izakaya!”

The university near this izakaya, that’s the same one Asakura-senpai attends.

Ah, this could be an interesting topic.

“Ah, I see. I know someone named Asakura Ryuga from the same university as Miss Yamagishi, do you know him?”

“Ah, the famous Asakura Ryuga, right? He’s popular among the girls because of his looks. I haven’t talked to him, but I know him. He even did a band performance at the school festival, attracting a lot of people.”

“Eh~. I knew Asakura-senpai played in a band, but I didn’t know he was that popular.”

“Right, right. And a lot of people like his personality, so he’s really popular among girls. Oh, I have a photo, look.”

She showed me a photo of Asakura-senpai playing the guitar.

He was dressed in black, very much in line with the image he projects, looking quite stylish.

“He looks cool, huh. Speaking of which, he always says he doesn’t have a girlfriend, but being this popular, that must be a lie, right? Don’t you think?”

I grumbled about Asakura-senpai while drinking from the glass on the table.

Saying he never had a girlfriend, don’t lie, even today, he went out with Mafuyu.

Asakura-senpai definitely had girlfriends before, no doubt about it.

“No girlfriend, huh… There were rumors that he took a girl he was close with to a hotel after drinking at a bar. Well, it’s probably just a false story made up by others. If it were true, it would be quite shocking in many ways. But enough about Ryuga, let’s talk about you, Yuji. After all, this is a sort of mixer, right? What do you say?”

“Ah, sorry, sorry, then…”

A rare opportunity for a mixer. Wouldn’t it be a waste not to enjoy it? So, I started chatting with the girls in front of me.

Before I knew it, it was time to leave the izakaya.

“See you next time~”

The girls got up to leave, and my senior waved goodbye.

“Take care on your way~”

I also waved appropriately as they left.

When only the men were left, the senior who had invited me said,

“Ya~, thank you. It’s a mixer, after all, and it wouldn’t work with too few people. Lucky you came in place of the guy who bailed.”

“No problem, I got a free meal and drinks out of it, don’t worry about it.”

“By the way, you seemed unusually energetic today, usually, you don’t really talk to girls.”

“Ahahaha… Well, I’m going to head back.”

“Okay. If Yuji’s leaving, let’s call it a day. Dismissed!”

With a vigorous declaration from the senior, our gathering came to an end.

I, reeking of alcohol, hurriedly caught the train home.

Unsure of the direction to the station, I tried to look it up on my phone but accidentally opened Constagram, possibly due to being drunk.

What appeared before my eyes was a post by Mafuyu.

A photo taken in a bar, accompanied by text.

“Although I’m not good at drinking, maybe I’ll have some today?”

Reflecting on Mafuyu’s post in my drunken state, I recalled what Miss Yamagishi had told me.

“He took a girl he was close with to a hotel after they got drunk at a bar.”

Living under the same roof as Asakura-senpai, I knew he wouldn’t do something like that.

But even though I was aware of this, I couldn’t calm down.

If there was even a one in a million chance that the rumor was true, and Asakura-senpai took Mafuyu to a hotel after getting her drunk…

“Even if she’s taken advantage of by Asakura-senpai, it’s none of my business now.”

Drunk as I was, I couldn’t stop thinking such things.

What Mafuyu might think is not something I could know.

But then, influenced by her uploaded photo, I found myself heading to the bar where Mafuyu was.

I still like you.

I really do like Mafuyu the most.

Even if it’s a one-in-a-million chance, I would regret it if it happened. I can’t just hand her over to Asakura-senpai!

Mafuyu was once my girlfriend, and I don’t want to give her up to anyone else!!

And, I’m such an idiot.

Although it’s normal for people of opposite genders who are close to each other to hang out, I easily gave up, even starting to think, “Whatever happens to Mafuyu.”

It’s just like when we broke up over unfounded cheating suspicions.

Once again, I’m selfishly assuming Mafuyu no longer cares about me. If I keep this up, I’ll end up failing again.

But!

“I won’t let this happen again. This time, I’ll properly face Mafuyu!”

Mafuyu’s uploaded photos weren’t just one.

Among the many photos she uploaded, there were some with the name of the bar.

I took the train, left the station, and arrived at the bar where Mafuyu was likely drinking.

Only the counter seats were available, and as soon as I entered, I saw Mafuyu.

Asakura-senpai seemed to have gone to the restroom and wasn’t beside her.

Then, I approached her and grabbed Mafuyu’s hand.

“Huh, what?”

“Let’s go. Waiter, is this enough?”

Dine-and-dashing is a crime, so I handed the owner a ten-thousand yen bill.

“Yes, that’s enough. Do you have anything to say to the person who brought her here?”

“No.”

“Understood, please come again.”

The owner politely saw Mafuyu and me out of the bar.

Mafuyu, completely puzzled by what was happening, asked me,

“Ah, huh? Eh!? What’s going on?”

“Hey, Mafuyu, I still like you.”

“Hmm… Hmm. Let’s talk somewhere else, it’s too conspicuous here.”

I made a heartfelt confession, but Mafuyu briskly brushed it off. However,

“…Yeah, that’s true.”

Having found Mafuyu, I began to calm down.

We walked together to a quieter place.

As the streets quieted down, Mafuyu spoke to me while walking.

“So, what’s going on?”

“Ah, well… That is…”

I hadn’t thought about what to do after taking Mafuyu out of the bar.

While I was desperately thinking, Mafuyu spoke up first.

“About yesterday, I’m sorry. Really, I’m sorry…”

“I should be the one apologizing. No matter how much I see Koharu as a sister, to you, we’re just a man and a woman. I didn’t take it seriously enough.”

“…Yeah. But I was more in the wrong. Even though you told me you only see Koharu as a sister, I couldn’t trust you.”

“By the way, that… Asakura-senpai didn’t do anything to you, right?”

After hearing the rumors about Asakura-senpai, I couldn’t help but confirm that Mafuyu hadn’t been harmed by him.

It looked like nothing happened, but there was always a chance.

“Do something… Yuji knows Asakura-senpai isn’t the kind of person to do bad things, why ask that?”

“Well, it’s just that, well, I heard at the drinking party that there were rumors about Asakura-senpai taking girls to hotels after getting them drunk at bars…”

“Ahahaha, what is that?”

Mafuyu laughed as if she heard something unbelievable.

It did seem a bit hard to believe…

“Mafuyu and Asakura-senpai are both girls, so that’s impossible.”

“Huh?”

“Really. Even if Asakura-senpai looks like a boy when playing in the band, she’s still a woman. What are you worried about?”

“Ah, eh, what?”

No, no, no, wait. What’s going on here? Eh? Asakura-senpai is a woman?

But, she… she always used masculine pronouns, and her handshake was strong like a man’s. (Note: Asakura-senpai previously referred to herself using “boku,” a masculine pronoun.)

I remember, it was like she was a man, we drank together late at night, didn’t we?

While I was still mired in confusion, Mafuyu laughed even louder.

“Ah~ that’s hilarious. Don’t tell me, Yuji, you’re really drunk now, aren’t you? Is that why you’re confused?”

“…Oh, oh.”

I was at a loss for words.

Recalling the first time I met Asakura-senpai and mistook her for a man, I felt extremely embarrassed.

Well… well, it seems like I haven’t been exposed, let’s just keep this in my heart.

“Right, I need to contact Asakura-senpai.”

Mafuyu started to send a message to apologize for running off suddenly.

Really? Asakura-senpai is actually a woman…

Come to think of it, when she came to my room, it’s no wonder I always felt she was a bit guarded.

But, Asakura-senpai never said anything about her gender…

No, it’s not like someone needs to specifically talk about their gender, right?

Does that mean I just misunderstood on my own???

Asakura-senpai also dresses like a boy, if she didn’t say it herself, it’s normal not to notice.

Right, that’s it, if you don’t say it clearly… you won’t notice, you won’t understand…

“Ah.”

“What’s wrong, making such a noise all of a sudden?”

“Mafuyu, did I never tell you that Koharu-chan is like a little sister to me?”

“I’ve heard it many times. Indeed, with a five-year age gap, of course, you’d feel she’s like a little sister.”

After seeing Mafuyu’s reaction and confirming my thoughts, I covered my face and sighed.

“Turns out I never said it… of course, how could you know if I don’t say it?”

“What don’t I understand?”

I conveyed the truth to Mafuyu, who was messaging Asakura-senpai.

“Did you know that when Koharu-chan was little, I often took care of her?”

“Eh…!?”

Mafuyu was stunned, petrified on the spot, making a strange sound.

So it’s true… I really never told her…

“That’s why I see her as a child, like a little sister.”

“So when you told me before that Koharu-chan is like a sister, it wasn’t just to prove you weren’t flirtatious?”

“I have photos back at my parents’ house as proof.”

Mafuyu’s face turned beet red.

“Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah… What is all this, I never heard about this, I didn’t know at all!!”

“I just thought you might be over-jealous, but it turns out I never told you about how I really see Koharu-chan… Sorry, my bad.”

“Ah, ah, ah… What is this? If that’s the case, isn’t my jealousy just stupid…”

Mafuyu crouched on the sidewalk, desperately trying to contain her embarrassment.

Ah, darn it, what’s this, she’s too cute?

“Sorry about that. But, well, even if Koharu-chan is like a real sister to me, it’s not strange for you to be a bit jealous. I’ll be more careful in the future.”

“I… I’m not jealous, not jealous at all.”

“Really not straightforward. Well, I can’t help but like this side of you, it’s good in its own way.”

It’s always been like this since the beginning. I knew she was not straightforward about certain things.

Mafuyu, blushing and crouching on the sidewalk, lifted her head to speak to me.

“That… If I were to frankly tell Yuji that I’m jealous, what would you do for me?”

With a sweet voice, as if pleading for something, Mafuyu asked.

What should I do if she tells me she’s jealous?

While I was still pondering this, Mafuyu stood up from her crouched position and suddenly grabbed my hand, intertwining our fingers.

“You held hands with Koharu-chan, so hold hands with me too.”

“Huh? I only held her hand for a while on the way home after eating crepes that day.”

“Weren’t you very intimate then? That, Yuji, if I admit I’m jealous, can you do the same thing with me?”

“The same thing I did with Koharu-chan?”

“Is that not okay?”

“No, it’s not that I can’t.”

There’s nothing I can do with Koharu-chan that I can’t do with Mafuyu.

“In that case, next time, go out with me too, okay?”

“Oh, sure.”

The Mafuyu who was acting spoiled in front of me was a sight I had never seen before, and I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere.

Strange? Was Mafuyu always like this?

She’s always been indirect, not straightforward about certain things…

“It seems true that Yuji and Koharu are like brother and sister to each other. But still, I feel the atmosphere between you two is really good.”

“Do you think so?”

“Definitely a good atmosphere. So, that’s why I want to, that… I mean…”

Mafuyu, red-faced, hesitated to speak.

I waited for her to say what she wanted, and then Mafuyu, with a clumsy smile, launched a surprise attack on me.

“I’m going to work hard not to lose to Koharu-chan.”

Mafuyu’s radiant presence before me left me speechless.

Before, it was always me who was jealous.

No matter where she went, Mafuyu always exuded a vibrant, fulfilled presence, constantly being the center of attention.

Such a girl would naturally attract everyone’s affection, and various people would always approach Mafuyu.

I, on the other hand, would often feel jealous, striving tirelessly to make her like me.

Although I was initially jealous of Mafuyu’s popularity, now, it’s Mafuyu who is drawing closer to me.

This situation brought a novel excitement that made my heart race.

“I used to be in the position you are in now,” I said.

“Yeah, it might have been the other way around before. Yuji was always the one who got jealous, and I was the one who reassured him,” she replied.

“Of course, I used to wonder how I could ever match up to someone as popular as you…”

“Ahaha, I never thought I’d be in Yuji’s shoes,” she laughed.

Holding my hand tightly, as if it pained her to let go, she said, “Even if it’s about getting back together, we really need to try hard in various aspects…”

“Now that we live together in the shared house, we get along quite well. Why did our cohabitation fail before?”

“I guess the first issue was the room. Having one room per person, it’s spacious enough. Having a place to be alone when feeling awkward, it’s really comforting.”

“True, even if we had an argument before, we couldn’t avoid seeing each other… That’s why I couldn’t stand it and went back home.”

“Though I can only say this now, when you went back home, I was in a lot of pain mentally.”

I shared with her how hard it was for me when she wasn’t around.

“When I came back, you said, ‘Oh, you’re back? I thought you weren’t coming back,’ right?”

“That, well… it was just a manner of speaking.”

“Hmm, but it sounded sincere to me?”

“I’m sorry. I did think… it might have been better if you just didn’t come back.”

“I knew that, so don’t worry about it. But knowing that your words, ‘You shouldn’t have come back,’ stemmed from your feelings for me, that’s really nice.”

“I only recently realized that you could feel jealous too. Before, I thought no matter how well I got along with anyone, it wouldn’t bother you.”

“Ah, well, I hid it.”

“Hid what?”

Mafuyu covered her mouth with her free hand, looked away, and replied in a small voice, “I didn’t want you to think of me as a troublesome girl.”

“I’ve always known about your not-so-direct side. How could I find you troublesome now for something like that?”

“Even so, I’m still worried about it.”

This girl, she loves me too much. Why did we break up?

“Alright, Mafuyu, who is jealous of Koharu, are you satisfied with holding hands? It’s getting late; we should head home.”

“I actually feel relieved after knowing that Yuji and Koharu have known each other since childhood. I used to think that you two got along too well for having just met, like you were a perfect match. Knowing this eases my jealousy.”

“Sorry for not telling you properly before.”

“It’s okay, you told me before more misunderstandings could arise.”

“Right. If I hadn’t properly explained that Koharu and I have known each other since childhood, we might have ended up failing again.”

“Maybe. Oh, by the way, to avoid further misunderstandings, can I ask you something?”

“Sure, ask me anything.”

“Since you said your relationship with Koharu goes back to childhood, does that mean the same for you and Saotome Hiyori?”

“Well, that’s a long story… But let me simplify it.”

After explaining Koharu and Hiyori’s family background to Mafuyu, I summarized my relationship with Saotome Hiyori in one sentence.

“So, Saotome Hiyori is just a stranger I recently met. That’s all.”

“I see, their parents divorced but then reconciled. Koharu and Hiyori are real sisters, no doubt about that…”

Mafuyu nodded in understanding. It seemed like I managed to explain it well enough to ease her mind.

It was getting late; our idle chat should end. Time to head back.

“Ah, I drank too much with Asakura, feeling dizzy, like I might fall over.”

Mafuyu pretended quite unconvincingly.

“Come on, I can tell you haven’t drunk a bit, right?”

“…It’s not an act.”

“Oh, is that so?”

We walked towards the station together. Mafuyu, walking beside me, deliberately not looking at me, asked, “Can we kiss?”

“Eh?”

“Ah, um. I guess not…”

Mafuyu quickly adopted a resigned expression, mumbling that it probably wasn’t okay.

Right now, we were just friends living together in a shared house.

Even though I knew kissing was not allowed, I couldn’t stop myself.

“Look here.”

“Eh, ah… Somehow, I feel even more nervous than our first kiss.”

She said something that made me very conscious of her, and I sealed her lips with mine.

Not wanting to be seen by others, we quickly separated.

It was only a few seconds, but the surge of emotions I felt was no less intense than our first kiss.

“Ha, there we go. Can’t help it since I’m drunk right now,” Mafuyu said.

“Being drunk, there’s no helping it. But, I’m a bit tired now,” she continued, her gaze boldly shifting towards a resting spot in the alley.

“Even so, this isn’t right. After all, we are still just friends at the moment. Let’s give up on this for now.”

“Ahaha, I need to fulfill the promise of getting back together with Yuji. Speaking of which, Yuji, have you realized what stopped us from continuing before?”

“We never really faced each other. Like fools, even though I didn’t want to break up with you, I thought it would be better to end our memories on a good note, so I gave up too soon. I felt hurt, began to loathe myself, and even avoided asking you about the cheating, just escaping from it all.”

“Stop… Don’t say such cool things. The recent Yuji, being so frank, makes my heart race non-stop… This really isn’t good…”

“I’ve always been frank… Or, maybe I’ve been unexpectedly stubborn.”

“Well, well, I think you’re a bit more frank than me, Yuji.”

“Isn’t that obvious?”

“Shouldn’t you be saying ‘No, no, Mafuyu is a frank girl’ here?”

The night sky glittered under the illumination of street lamps and stars.

Hand in hand, Mafuyu and I continued to walk forward.

📢 Maybe you see "V2" or "V3" and so on in the NOVEL TITLE, it means what VOLUMES the NOVEL is.
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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