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V2 My Girlfriend Cheated so I’m Cheating To Chapter 6

Foreboding Storm, Ski Camp with the Club (In the Car on the Way There)

KO-FIDISCORD


6. Foreboding Storm, Ski Camp with the Club (In the Car on the Way There)

A week had passed since the university exams ended.

That day, I headed to the university in the late afternoon with the Ishida siblings.

We were going for the club’s ski camp, utilizing the upcoming three-day weekend.

When we arrived at the university around eight in the evening, many participants had already gathered at the church entrance, our meeting spot.

“Wow, quite a number of participants,” Ishida remarked, impressed.

I shared the same sentiment. There must be over thirty people already.

Initially, the club president Nakazaki-san had been worried about not gathering enough participants, but it seemed like a baseless concern now.

We looked for Nakazaki-san, who should be checking attendance.

She was near the gate, at a kiosk, checking the attendance of the female university members.

We lined up behind them and soon it was our turn.

“Isshiki Yū, Ishida Yōta, and Ishida Meika, the three of us,” I declared.

Hearing that, Nakazaki-san looked up from her notebook.

“Ah, you guys came. You’ve been a big help this time.”

Hearing that, I internally questioned it.

Ishida brought Meika-chan, meeting Nakazaki-san’s expectations, but I hadn’t been of any particular help.

“Nakazaki-san, you were worried, but a lot of people have gathered,” I said.

Nakazaki-san then answered my unspoken question.

“Yeah, I got anxious and called around everywhere. Usually, we don’t invite graduating seniors or grad students, let alone alumni. But they all said, ‘If Sakurajima-san is going, we’ll go.'”

Ah, I see. That makes sense.

As I understood, Nakazaki-san patted my back.

“It’s all thanks to you, Isshiki.”

It’s nice to hear that, but is Senior Sakurajima’s participation in the ski camp really due to my effort?

“I tried too,” Ishida said with a slight dissatisfaction.

“Sorry, sorry. I’m grateful to you too, Ishida. ‘A high school girl is joining this year,’ has hyped up some guys.”

Nakazaki-san said with a laugh and turned to Meika-chan.

“So, this girl is Ishida’s sister? Your name is Meika-chan, right? I’m Nakazaki, the club president. Nice to meet you.”

“I’m Ishida Meika. Thank you for inviting me. Pleased to meet you.”

Meika-chan was a bit timid, but smiled as she greeted. Nakazaki-san does have a rather intimidating face, so it’s natural for a high school girl meeting him for the first time to be nervous.

“You seem like a well-composed girl. The bus will be here soon, so wait around here for a bit.”

After saying this, Nakazaki-san returned to taking attendance of the next participants.

“It’s cold, but we have no choice,” Ishida said, placing his large sports bag on the ground.

“Right,” I replied, still looking around for Senior Sakurajima.

She was nowhere to be seen. Maybe she hasn’t arrived yet?

“I’ll go buy some canned coffee since it’s cold while waiting. What do you two want?”

“I’ll have a canned coffee too, something sweet.”

“I’d like tea, please.”

“Got it.”

I ran to the vending machine, bought the drinks, and returned. There was a crowd where we had been standing.

No, on closer inspection, they were gathered around Meika-chan.

“Is this girl the high school student joining this time?”

“Whoa, seriously, a real JK!”

“She’s really cute.”

“We were high schoolers just a year ago.”

“That one year makes a big difference. A JK’s freshness is different.”

“Wait, she’s Ishida’s sister? Unbelievable.”

“Ishida has such a cute sister?”

“Beauty and the beast, huh?”

She’s already popular. She’ll probably have a good time.

“Isshiki-kun.”

I turned around at the sound of my name. It was Senior Sakurajima.

Her close friend Kazumi-san was with her, probably they came together.

“Good evening, Senior Sakurajima. Did you just arrive?”

“Yes,” she replied, looking towards Meika-chan.

“Meika-san is quite popular, isn’t she?”

Ah, good. Senior Sakurajima is smiling. She seems in a good mood.

Kazumi-san looked at Ishida.

“Are you okay with your precious sister becoming prey for these starving college students?”

Ishida, taking a canned coffee from me, replied optimistically.

“No worries. Meika’s prince has already been decided.”

“Prince? Who’s that?”

“I’m Yū,” I said. “My sister has had a crush on me since middle school.”

Hearing this, Tōko-senpai made a slightly awkward expression.

“Don’t say weird things,” I chided Ishida.

“What’s the harm? It’s true. I wouldn’t mind if Yū became my brother-in-law,” he said, completely missing the point.

Why is he saying such strange things in front of Tōko-senpai?

“Isshiki-kun, you’re quite something. I thought you just broke up with your ex, and now you’ve already got a new girlfriend candidate? And it’s your best friend’s sister, no less,” Kazumi-san teased. But her eyes seemed to lack mirth…

Next to me, Tōko-senpai’s expression seemed to become more strained.

“Kazumi-san, please stop saying weird things. Meika-chan and I aren’t like that!” I exclaimed, trying to avoid any further misunderstandings.

“Um, Isshiki-kun,” Tōko-senpai suddenly interrupted, a rare occurrence.

“Yes?”

“Have you had dinner yet? If not…”

“Yū-san!” Meika-chan called out to me loudly.

Her voice interrupted Tōko-senpai.

Pushing through the crowd, she ran towards me and stopped abruptly in front of me, bowing to Tōko-senpai.

“Good evening, Tōko-san. So you decided to join the ski camp too.”

“Yes, it’s a rare opportunity for a trip like this with everyone.”

“That’s right. I’m glad to be part of ‘everyone’ this time. Please take care of me!” Meika-chan emphasized the word “everyone” for some reason, then turned to me.

“Yū-san, you’ll sit next to me on the bus, won’t you?”

“Uh, yes?”

“I’m scared to sit next to someone I don’t know. Please!”

With that, she clung to my arm.

But was I imagining it, or did she seem to be conscious of Tōko-senpai?

I couldn’t help but glance at Tōko-senpai’s expression. She looked overwhelmed.

“I’ve made sandwiches for dinner for you too, Yū-san! Let’s eat them together on the bus!”

Meika-chan said loudly, glancing at Tōko-senpai…

Tōko-senpai’s expression changed upon hearing this. But then…

“Since Meika seems anxious surrounded by strangers, I guess Isshiki-kun has no choice but to stay by her side,” Tōko-senpai said, turning her back on me and walking away briskly.

I didn’t even have a chance to respond.

…What was that about? Tōko-senpai seemed like she wanted to say something…

Then, Kazumi-san elbowed me lightly.

“A storm’s brewing, Isshiki-kun,” she said with a sly smile, following Tōko-senpai. But her eyes weren’t smiling.

And Meika-chan, still clinging to my arm, was glaring after Tōko-senpai.

I felt a pat on my shoulder.

“A storm’s brewing, Isshiki-kun,” Ishida mimicked Kazumi-san, grinning genuinely.

…What’s with you too? What are you trying to say?

Confused, I glared back at Ishida.

The bus arrived before nine in the evening. It was a more impressive tour bus than I expected.

“An alumnus who works for a travel agency got us a good deal,” someone said from behind.

“Yū-san, let’s get on quickly!” Meika-chan urged, pulling my arm towards the bus.

“Hey, there’s no need to rush,” I started to say, but then Meika-chan glanced back.

Following her gaze… there was Tōko-senpai.

She hadn’t boarded yet. If the seats were filling from the back, Tōko-senpai and her group would end up in the front.

“I might get car sick, so it’s better if we sit in the back,” Meika-chan hurriedly said.

With that, I couldn’t refuse.

“Ishida, you too, hurry up!”

I called out to Ishida, who followed me with a resigned expression.

“Meika-chan, if you might get carsick, wouldn’t it be better to sit by the window?” I suggested.

But she shook her head and replied, “I’d rather be near the aisle so it’s easier to go to the restroom. Yū, please sit by the window.”

She pushed me into the window seat of the two-seater row, then sat down herself, effectively blocking the aisle.

“Where do I sit then?” Ishida asked with a clueless look.

“Why don’t you sit in the front seats? The auxiliary ones are fine too,” Meika-chan replied indifferently, and Ishida, muttering in disbelief, took a seat in the front.

Once everyone was seated, Mr. Nakasaki boarded last and announced, “Is everyone aboard? Let’s depart then!”

The back seats were occupied by the alumni. Meika-chan and I were in the third row from the back on the right, while Ishida sat in the seat in front of us with a guy from the School of International Liberal Studies.

Tōko-senpai, meanwhile, was seated in the third row from the front on the right side, next to Kazumi-san.

As the bus started moving, Meika-chan took out her smartphone.

“Buses rides can be long, right? How about playing a game together?” she suggested.

“Sounds good, but what game?” I asked.

“There’s this competitive puzzle game that’s popular at my school. How about that?”

“Alright, let’s go for it.”

I quickly downloaded the game on my smartphone. It was a well-known puzzle game with a versus mode.

“Okay, let’s start. Ready, set, go!” Meika-chan announced, and we began the game.

However, the match was disappointingly one-sided. I won easily by swiftly clearing puzzles with combos. In this game, you can inflict damage on your opponent based on the points you score.

“No, that doesn’t count! My puzzle layout was bad! Let’s play again,” she insisted.

But the second round also ended swiftly in my favor.

“One more time, let’s play again!” she insisted, seemingly frustrated by her defeat.

…Meika-chan’s in her ‘Phoenix Mode’…

I can’t remember who coined it, but among my friends, we call someone who keeps saying “one more time” after losing in games or mahjong ‘Phoenix Mode’. It’s a play on the legend of the phoenix, which immolates itself only to be reborn from its ashes.

As I tried to suppress my laughter, Meika-chan sharply pointed it out.

“Why are you laughing?”

“I just thought it’s unexpected that you’re so competitive,” I replied.

Meika-chan declared for another round with a slightly sulky expression.

But a minute later…

“Ah, I lost again!”

“You won’t be able to beat me no matter how many times we play,” I said, laughing.

Meika-chan looked genuinely frustrated.

“Yū-san, don’t you think about going easy on me?”

“Haha, Meika-chan. When it comes to games, I don’t hold back, even against kids.”

“You’re not being nice! Today’s Yū-san is different, not as kind as usual!”

Just then, a sophomore sitting behind us chimed in.

“What’s up, Isshiki? Picking on a high school girl?”

“No way, it’s just a game, a game.”

“Meika-chan, if Isshiki is being mean, shall I play with you instead?”

But Meika-chan cheerfully refused.

“No, it’s okay. I prefer challenging opponents. And I don’t mind this different side of Yū-san.”

“Wait, so does that mean I’m out?” the sophomore asked, to which Meika-chan simply smiled in response.

Trying not to laugh, I turned away from the sophomore.

Then another sophomore diagonally behind us asked Meika-chan.

“Meika-chan, you’re in your second year of high school, right?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Which high school are you attending?”

The sophomore sitting right behind us asked.

“I go to Ichikawa Girls’ Academy,” Meika-chan answered cautiously.

“Oh, Ichikawa Girls’ Academy? Wasn’t someone here an alumna of that school?”

“You’re taking the entrance exams next year, right? Are you considering our university?”

“That’s the plan, but with my current grades, I think Jōtō University might be a stretch.”

“Then let me help you study. You can just come to the university sometimes.”

“I’ll teach you too. For Meika-chan, I’d even tutor for free!”

Whoa, hold on. This is starting to sound like a club for picking up high school girls.

“No, thank you. I’ve already promised Yū-san he would help me with my studies!” Meika-chan firmly declined with a smile.

“Man, even Meika-chan’s caught by Isshiki’s charm! Why does Isshiki get all the attention?”

“Meika-chan, be careful with Isshiki. He’s kind of dangerous.”

…Dangerous? They’re the ones who seem more dangerous…

“There’s no such thing. Yū-san is a kind person. There’s nothing dangerous about him!”

Meika-chan said this with a hint of anger, and then Minami-san, who was on the opposite side of the corridor, laughed out loud with an “Ahaha.” Next to her, Manami-san also joined in the laughter.

Minami-san and Manami-san are central members of the circle. I got to know them through Tōko-senpai’s introduction during a cake buffet, and we’ve been good friends since then.

“You two should stop it. Look, Meika-chan is troubled,” said Minami-san.

“Yeah, yeah. There’s no point in taking out your frustration on Isshiki-kun just because a high school girl turned you down,” Manami-san added.

“Oh, is there an ally for Isshiki here?”

“I thought our spring finally arrived after Kamikurō-san left, but now it’s the era of Isshiki, huh?”

Minami-san retorted to this.

“No, no, the reason you guys don’t have a spring is not because of Isshiki-kun. It’s a matter of your own charm.”

Minami-san, as usual, spoke her mind without reserve.

“Then, let’s do a psychological test now. Meika-chan, Isshiki-kun, please answer the questions.”

Suddenly, Manami-san suggested this.

“A psychological test? What kind of test is it?”

To this, Manami-san smiled mischievously.

“Well, well, that will be the fun part after we hear the answers. Don’t think too deeply, just answer what comes to your mind first. Here we go.”

I felt like things started without my consent, but it should be fine. I have some free time anyway.

“You decide to go hiking in the mountains. Would you go to a distant, high mountain or a nearby, low mountain?”

“I’d choose the nearby low mountain,” said Meika-chan.

“I’d go to the distant high mountain. It seems to have a nice view.”

Manami-san nodded in satisfaction.

“Second question. Do you plan your hiking trip meticulously, or do you just enjoy the atmosphere and go with the flow?”

“Umm, I’d like to enjoy the atmosphere. No, but it’s a high mountain, so maybe I should plan properly.”

“I would go with the flow and enjoy the atmosphere.”

Next, Manami-san asked, “What’s the first animal you encounter on the mountain? And what’s the next one?”

I answered, “First a dog, then a deer.”

Meika-chan said, “A rabbit, then a monkey.”

“Fourth question. There’s a cliff on the way. How high is the cliff?”

“A cliff on the way? Hmm, maybe a pretty high cliff that I can barely climb.”

“I think it’s a two to three-meter cliff since it’s on the mountain path. Oh, but maybe there are lots of stones and obstacles…”

Manami-san smiled mysteriously at this.

“Fifth question. There’s a lodge on the mountain where you can stay. Is it at the foot, in the middle, or near the summit?”

“Near the summit, I suppose?” said Meika-chan.

“I think it’s about midway up the mountain. Or maybe a bit higher.”

“Sixth question. You enter the mountain lodge. There are candles lit inside. How many candles are there?”

“About three, I guess,” I answered.

“I think about the same,” said Meika-chan.

“Last question. There’s a painting on the wall of the lodge. What is it?”

“A painting of a lady in beautiful clothes. But she looks a bit mischievous,” said Meika-chan.

It was a girlish idea, I thought, but Manami-san looked surprised.

“What about you, Isshiki-kun?”

I pondered for a while. The first image that came to my mind was “a painting of many people seeking salvation from a goddess,” but it quickly changed to “a painting of a beautiful girl being abducted by a bearded man.”

“Well, it’s difficult to say. If I have to choose, maybe ‘a painting of a beautiful girl being abducted by a bearded man.’ The girl is seeking help, but she’s being taken away by the man amidst black mist.”

“Is it like this painting?”

Minami-san searched on her smartphone and showed it to me.

“Ah, it’s similar. You understood it well.”

I said this with surprise and admiration, and Minami-san responded as if it were obvious.

“It’s a famous painting. It depicts Hades, the god of the underworld, abducting the maiden of spring, Persephone. But why did you first say ‘it’s difficult’? It doesn’t seem that hard.”

“That’s because, at first, I briefly thought of ‘a painting of many people seeking salvation from a goddess.'”

Hearing this, Manami-san smiled again mischievously.

“Well then, let’s announce the results of the psychological test!”

Meika-chan’s eyes sparkled with anticipation. Girls seem to like this sort of thing.

“The first question, ‘near or far mountain,’ reflects the type of marriage partner you desire.”

Marriage partner? What does that mean?

Manami-san explained immediately.

“Those who chose ‘nearby mountain’ prefer a partner who is close and within reach. Choosing the ‘distant mountain’ means you seek an ideal partner, even if they are a bit out of reach.”

Meika-chan looked at me with a somewhat expectant expression.

“The next question about planning reflects how you enjoy dates with your lover – whether you prefer to go with the flow or plan meticulously.”

Is that what it means?

“The third question, ‘the animals you meet on the mountain,’ represents the first as yourself and the second as your lover or someone you like.”

Hearing this, Minami-san nodded in understanding.

“Isshiki-kun’s self-image is a ‘dog,’ and Meika-chan is a ‘rabbit.’ That fits well. The second one represents a lover or someone you like. I can somewhat understand Meika-chan’s ‘monkey,’ but who might be Isshiki-kun’s ‘deer’?”

Minami-san laughed with just her mouth, a laugh I found somewhat unpleasant.

“The fourth question, ‘the height of the cliff,’ symbolizes ‘the height of obstacles you feel in achieving romantic success.’ A higher cliff means a longer path to love!”

“What if, like me, there aren’t many heights, but there are many obstacles making it hard to climb?” asked Meika-chan.

Meika-chan was unusually interested in the topic. There was no need for her to take it so seriously.

“Maybe she doesn’t feel that love’s fulfillment is difficult, but thinks that there are many obstacles,” Manami-san said with a sly grin, and I felt both her smile and Meika-chan’s sharp gaze.

“The fifth question, ‘the location of the mountain lodge,’ directly represents the age or social status difference with your ideal partner.”

“Meika-chan likes someone older, and Isshiki-kun prefers someone about the same age or slightly older,” Minami-san interpreted, smiling cunningly.

I felt a bit scared because this psychological test seemed to be somewhat accurate.

“The number of candles inside the mountain lodge represents the number of close friends you think you have, or the number of people you think will help you in times of trouble.”

Is that so? I wonder if I have three such people. Two are for sure.

“The last question, ‘the painting inside the lodge,’ represents your current anxieties.”

Manami-san paused briefly before continuing.

“Meika-chan’s choice was ‘a portrait of a mischievous-looking lady,’ meaning such a person is the source of her anxiety.”

Meika-chan averted her eyes uncomfortably.

“Isshiki-kun, your choice of two paintings is interesting. First was ‘a painting of many people seeking salvation from a goddess,’ right? Perhaps you’re one of them, unsure if your wishes will reach the goddess.”

I found it difficult to respond.

“Then ‘a painting of a spring maiden being abducted by the king of the underworld.’ This might represent your main current anxiety. Maybe you’re worried that someone who brings spring into your life is being taken away by a demon.”

I was left speechless.

This psychological test was seriously surreal for a game.

“So, it’s decided you two got rejected by Meika-chan!”

For some reason, Manami-san announced this to the two second-year students who had approached Meika-chan earlier, pointing at them.

“Huh? Why are we the ones getting rejected now?”

One of the second-years protested from behind.

“Didn’t you get it from the psychological test? It’s clear Meika-chan is interested in Isshiki-kun.”

“I don’t get that at all!”

“You guys are so dense,” Minami-san and Manami-san laughed, along with the surrounding boys.

I forced a wry smile.

But Meika-chan was looking at me with a complicated expression.

After everyone had a good laugh, Meika-chan started rummaging through her bag.

“Isshiki-san, here. You haven’t had dinner since you left in the evening, right? I made some sandwiches.”

She handed me a cutely wrapped box.

“Ah, thank you.”

“There’s also coffee.”

Meika-chan poured coffee from a thermos into a cup and handed it to me.

I thanked her again and accepted it.

Inside the wrapping were egg, ham, tuna, and tomato and lettuce sandwiches, along with side dishes of sausages and fried chicken. Quite a substantial volume.

“It must have been hard to prepare all this.”

“It’s okay, such chances are rare.”

She smiled brightly, pointing at each sandwich.

“I heard you like egg and tuna sandwiches, Isshiki-san, so I made a lot of them. There are both plain egg and egg with cheese.”

Meika-chan explained about the sandwiches with a happy expression.

Seeing her like this made me feel warm inside.

Meika-chan is really cute. Ishida, having such a sister, is somewhat enviable.

“Meika, what about mine?”

Ishida, who was sitting in the front, leaned over to us upon hearing our conversation.

“Don’t worry, I have yours too.”

She said and dug out a convenience store bag-wrapped box and handed it to Ishida.

Ishida momentarily compared his convenience store bag with my wrapped sandwiches.

“Why is there such a big difference between mine and Yū’s?”

Hearing this, Meika-chan pursed her lips.

“The contents are the same! I can’t use a convenience store bag for someone else!”

Ishida then withdrew, saying, “I guess that’s true,” with a slightly sad face.

The gap between the “ideal sister” and the “real sister” seemed quite significant.

The first stop after entering the Kan-Etsu Expressway was at Takasaka Service Area.

We got off the bus for a bathroom break.

Thanks to the sandwiches and side dishes Meika-chan had brought, I was full.

And I had drunk coffee too.

I needed to stretch and use the bathroom, or I would suffer later.

On the way to the bathroom, I glanced at the food court inside. The service area’s food offerings have improved recently.

The Takasaka Service Area’s specialty on the descent side is the “Roast Beef Bowl.”

I couldn’t eat it now, as I was full, but it’s good to know since I don’t come to service areas often.

In the food court, Tōko-senpai and her friends were already there, including her close friend Kazumi-san, Minami-san, Manami-san, and the club president Nakazaki-san, all eating sandwiches.

I wanted to join them, but I was too full, and I was also concerned about Tōko-senpai sitting in the front.

Were other guys approaching her?

A long bus ride could bring people closer if the conversation was enjoyable.

But I couldn’t just change my seat now.

Thinking this, I finished in the bathroom and bought a bottle of tea at the convenience store next to the food court. The bus was quite dry.

As I left the convenience store, I saw Kazumi-san, Minami-san, and Manami-san standing a bit away.

Had Tōko-senpai and Nakazaki-san gone back to the bus?

Kazumi-san beckoned me over.

“Wondering what it was about, I approached, and Kazumi-san asked in a somewhat stern tone.

“Isshiki-kun, I hear you’re getting along well with Ishida-kun’s sister?”

“Eh?”

“I heard it from Minami and the others.”

Minami-san had a knowing smile.

“Meika-chan is definitely interested in you, Isshiki-kun.”

Manami-san also had an intrigued smile.

“Yeah. She seems to be hiding it a bit, but it’s obvious to everyone. It feels like she’s been liking you for a long time.”

I had heard the previous exchange between Tōko-senpai and Meika-chan, so I thought it might be true… but even Minami-san and the others think so?

Then Minami-san leaned in closer, pointing her finger at me.

“Actually, Isshiki-kun, you’re not entirely displeased, are you?”

“What are you talking about?”

“Oh, playing dumb now?” Minami-san’s meaningful smile deepened.

“It’s about Meika-chan. You seem pretty fond of her, aren’t you, Isshiki-kun?”

“What are you saying! She’s just a friend’s sister, and still in high school at that. I wouldn’t think of her in that way…”

“But you’re only two years apart in age, right? You yourself were in high school last year. It wouldn’t be unusual if you and Meika-chan were to date, right?”

Minami-san said, covering her mouth as if suppressing a laugh.

“I keep telling you, I have no such feelings! Besides, Meika-chan has known me for a long time, so it’s easy for her to talk to me. That’s all it is.”

Indeed, I remember Meika-chan hinting at something like ‘even if she dated me’ to Tōko-senpai during a study session.

But Meika-chan herself never confessed to me, and there was no follow-up.

Maybe I misunderstood that conversation. If so, I’m just being overly self-conscious. Best not to dwell on it.

“Hmm, well, if that’s what you think, Isshiki-kun, that’s fine,” Manami-san said, still smirking.

Kazumi-san sighed.

“It’s not that you should ignore Meika-chan, but maybe pay a little attention to Tōko too.”

“Pay attention to Tōko-senpai?” I wasn’t sure what she meant by that.

Kazumi-san continued, seeing my confusion.

“Today, Tōko brought sandwiches she made, intending for everyone to eat them as dinner.”

“I saw them eating just now.”

“That ‘everyone’ included you, Isshiki-kun.”

“Eh, but I didn’t hear anything about it, and nobody called me over.”

“Well, of course. Meika-chan had already said she ‘brought sandwiches’ when we were leaving. After that, Tōko couldn’t very well say ‘I brought some too, let’s eat together.'”

Kazumi-san looked at me with a slightly accusing gaze.

“Tōko wasn’t planning to join this training camp initially, but she ended up coming. Your relationship with her isn’t just that of senior and junior, right? Maybe you should be a bit more sensitive to a girl’s feelings.”

Kazumi-san ended her advice quietly.

“Sigh.”

As soon as I sat back in my seat on the bus, I involuntarily let out a deep sigh.

“What’s wrong? You’re sighing like you’re really tired,” Meika-chan asked curiously next to me.

“Ah, it’s nothing serious. Don’t worry about it.”

It wasn’t something I should trouble Meika-chan with, nor was it her fault.

“Is that so?”

After saying that, she took out her smartphone from her pocket.

“Hey, Isshiki-san. Since we’re here, let’s take a picture together!”

“A picture? In the bus?”

I thought it would be better to take one outside.

“This kind of trip with a lot of people, it’s like back in elementary school. And going out by bus at night, doesn’t it excite you? I want to capture this atmosphere.”

I see her point. In that case, I can understand.

“Alright, let’s take one.”

Meika-chan then happily snuggled up close to me, leaning her shoulder against mine.

She extended her left hand to hold the smartphone in selfie mode.

“Ready? Here we go.”

With a click and a flash, the photo was taken.

“One more, this time with a peace sign, please.”

She made a cute peace sign near her mouth.

I reluctantly made a peace sign too, smiling wryly.

Meika-chan leaned her upper body even closer to mine, making it look more like I was cradling her in my arms rather than just leaning shoulders.

“Yeah, it came out nicely.”

She looked at the freshly taken photo and smiled contentedly.

Seeing her expression, I felt a warm sensation in my heart.

After leaving the service area, the bus lights dimmed for sleep time.

The bus, previously lively with chatter, quieted down in the darkness, with only occasional whispers heard.

Our conversation too became softer and more infrequent.

It was about time to sleep, anyway.

The words Kazumi-san had said earlier, “Pay a little attention to Tōko too,” weighed on my mind.

If Tōko-senpai had prepared sandwiches for me as well…

I felt a twinge of guilt.

I would have liked to eat with Tōko-senpai if I had known.

But I hadn’t received any message, and in this case, I couldn’t blame myself.

Meika-chan had mentioned her sandwiches first, and I didn’t want to make her feel bad.

Besides, she was invited to this ski camp for the club’s sake, trying to make happy memories.

I shouldn’t ruin that.

Suddenly, I felt a weight on my shoulder.

Glancing to the side, Meika-chan had fallen asleep, resting her head on my shoulder.

Checking the time, I saw it was about to change dates.

Meika-chan must have been busy since the afternoon preparing sandwiches for me.

It was natural she’d be tired and sleepy.

The bus was quiet, with many people asleep.

Meika-chan’s soft snores were audible.

I looked at her again.

Her long eyelashes beautifully curled, her plump, fair cheeks slightly flushed…

She really was cute, Meika-chan…

Watching her sleeping face, I felt it deeply.

The soft scent emanating from Meika-chan was comforting.

I hadn’t noticed before, but up close, she was an attractive girl.

If Tōko-senpai wasn’t in the picture, and if I had met her now in her second year of high school rather than as Ishida’s sister…

No, no, what am I thinking?

I shook my head slightly.

Right, to Meika-chan, I should be “another brother.”

I should aim to be her ideal big brother, just as she is the “ideal sister” to me.

With that thought, I closed my eyes.

📢 Maybe you see "V2" or "V3" and so on in the NOVEL TITLE, it means what VOLUMES the NOVEL is.
My Girlfriend Cheated on Me With a Senior, so I’m Cheating on Her With His Girlfriend

My Girlfriend Cheated on Me With a Senior, so I’m Cheating on Her With His Girlfriend

Kanojo ga Senpai ni NTR-reta no de, Senpai no Kanojo wo NTR-masu, Kanojo NTR (LN), 彼女が先輩にNTRれたので、先輩の彼女をNTRます
Score 7.6
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: , Artist: , Released: 2021 Native Language: Japanese
“Touko-senpai! Please have an affair with me!” “Calm down, Isshiki-kun… I won’t be satisfied unless we make those two who cheated on us experience hell itself!” Isshiki Yuu was shocked by his girlfriend cheating on him, so he decided to cheat on her with the girlfriend of the boy who stole his girlfriend, Sakurajima Touko, who also happened to be the senpai he admires. As part of their plan, Touko proposed to have the greatest possible ‘payback’, and so she started to make Yuu into an attractive and popular man with girls!? His choice of clothes, the conversation topics, etc… Yuu finds himself in the middle of a crazy increase in his reputation with the girls; however, his feelings for Touko only continue to grow. As their plan continues to progress, the relationship between the two of them suddenly grows intimate… What is this ‘payback’ that the two who were cheated on will carry out on Christmas Eve?! What is the conclusion that awaits the two of them!? The curtains rise on a love comedy of revenge!

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