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V2 My Girlfriend Cheated so I’m Cheating To Chapter 7

First Day of the Ski Camp, Lucky H・Confusion

KO-FIDISCORD


Chapter 7: First Day of the Ski Camp, Lucky H・Confusion

Surrounded by snow-covered trees, the ski course stretched out before us.

“Isshiki-san! Come over here! The view is beautiful!” Meika-chan called out from atop a small snowy hill, her voice echoing.

Panting, I finally managed to reach the base of the small hill where Meika-chan was standing.

“Meika-chan, you’re quite good at skiing. I’m the one struggling to keep up.”

“I’m part of the track and field club, so I have stamina. But I’m not that good at skiing, so I need you with me,” she said, yet with a smile and a triumphant pose.

Watching her, I remembered what had happened this morning.

The bus arrived at the ski resort at 5:30 AM.

Fortunately, the hotel staff had kindly prepared a luggage room and a resting area.

But just lounging around after coming all the way to the ski resort seemed dull.

After resting for about three hours, almost everyone changed into ski gear and headed for the slopes.

In our club, about sixty percent prefer skiing, and forty percent snowboarding.

I chose skiing for the first day as a warm-up. I’m not good at snowboarding, still a beginner.

With both feet fixed on a snowboard, the falls tend to be dramatic. Skiing seemed safer until I got the hang of it.

On the slope, I looked for Tōko-senpai, hoping to ski with her.

Also, Kazumi-san’s words, “Pay a little attention to Tōko too,” were on my mind.

…Maybe spending time together could bring us closer…

With that hope, I spotted Tōko-senpai near the lift ticket booth.

Her ski wear, a slim jacket with a white base and light pink and blue geometric patterns, and salmon pink slim bottoms, made her stand out even on the ski slopes. She looked like a model in her ski wear.

She was talking with Kazumi-san and three other girls.

…With others around, it seemed hard to approach her right then…

As I was thinking this, I heard “Isshiki-san!” and turned to find Meika-chan, with Ishida also nearby.

Meika-chan wore bright pink ski wear with cute patterns, her cheeks reddened from the cold, yet she had a healthy smile.

“I’m not very good at skiing. Isshiki-san, could you ski with me?” she asked, sliding towards me on her skis, clearly not very experienced.

Ishida looked skeptical.

“You used to ski confidently with your family when you were in elementary school.”

Meika-chan immediately tapped Ishida’s leg with her ski pole.

“That was a long time ago. I’ve forgotten how. I’m scared because it’s been so long!”

It was hard to refuse her after that.

“Okay. Let’s ski together until you get the hang of it, then I can leave you with Ishida.”

I planned to ski with Meika-chan for a while and then ask Tōko-senpai to join me later.

But such sweet plans were soon shattered.

As we were about to take the first lift, two girls from a women’s university approached Ishida, inviting him to ski with them.

Ishida quickly agreed, completely forgetting about us…

So, it ended up being just Meika-chan and me for the first run.

After three runs on the main beginner to intermediate course, Meika-chan spread out a trail map.

“This forest route says it’s for beginners, longer with nice scenery. Shall we go?”

It required taking a higher lift and a longer route around, arriving around 11:30, perfect for lunch, and then we could meet up with Ishida.

“Okay, let’s go.”

That’s how we entered the forest route, which turned out to be quite a strain physically.

The forest route was narrow with a gentle slope, suitable for beginners indeed.

But the issue was the incline – too gentle.

There were many flat sections where “skiing” was more like “walking.”

In some parts, there was even a slight uphill climb.

Additionally, the rental skis I had were worn, making sliding difficult.

As a result, I ended up “walking” on skis for most of the course, using muscles I don’t usually engage, which was surprisingly tough.

Halfway through, there was an intermediate course cutting through the forest route, which seemed easier to ski.

Tired of “walking” on skis, I suggested to Meika-chan, “Shall we take the intermediate course? It might be easier to ski.”

But she strongly opposed, “Just skiing through the forest isn’t as fun as enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace!”

So, we continued “walking” on the flat, tedious beginner’s course, and my leg muscles were about to give out.

Then we came upon a small hill with a good view.

“Shall we climb up there? The view must be great!”

Meika-chan energetically suggested and started climbing the small hill.

Meanwhile, it was a struggle for me to climb even such a small hill with tired legs and skis on.

She’s a high school girl with energy to spare, unlike a university student who hasn’t exercised much since the entrance exams.

—And so, here I am, in the situation described earlier.

…Meika-chan has incredible stamina for her small frame…

Finally reaching the top of the small hill where Meika-chan was standing, I thought this to myself.

“See, isn’t it beautiful?”

Meika-chan said this with a satisfied look.

Indeed, the view was splendid. The surrounding Shinshu mountains were shimmering white, forming a beautiful chain.

Down below, houses with red and green roofs were visible.

“You’re right, seeing this scenery really makes it feel like we’re here to ski,” I agreed. I don’t have extreme hobbies like mountain climbing in the snow, but enjoying this silver world easily is one of the great things about skiing.

“I’m really glad I came on this trip,” she said after a pause.

“Doesn’t this endless silver world make you feel like you’re in a different universe, giving you a special feeling?”

“Yeah, the course itself might be bland, but the view is great. It must be fun to ski here while chatting with everyone.”

Then Meika-chan made a gentle, yet somehow melancholic expression.

I couldn’t understand why she looked that way.

After about three minutes of silently admiring the snow-covered landscape, I suggested, “Shall we head back?”

Meika-chan nodded and began to turn around.

“Ah!”

Suddenly, she let out a small cry.

I turned to see Meika-chan losing her balance and about to fall backward.

There was a cliff behind her. A fall could be dangerous.

“Meika-chan!”

I instinctively reached out and grabbed her right hand.

But on the unstable hilltop, it was impossible to support someone who had lost their balance.

We both tumbled down the hill together.

Reflexively, I reached out my left hand and caught the rope set up to prevent falls.

Thanks to that, we only fell about a meter.

I ended up on top of Meika-chan, holding her in my arms.

“Are you okay, Meika-chan?” I asked. The snow underneath was soft, so she shouldn’t be hurt.

“Ah, thank you. I’m fine,” she said, lifting her face, which was very close to mine, making my heart skip a beat.

“I, if you’re not hurt, Meika-chan, that’s good…”

Then Meika-chan seemed to realize we were embracing.

“Y-Yū-san, are you hurt?”

She asked, blushing and looking away.

“I’m fine. Let’s be careful getting up. If we lose our balance again, we might really fall off the cliff.”

I tried to get up, supporting myself with my right hand.

But my hand sank into the snow, unable to lift myself up.

The snow was too soft to support my weight, and my ski tips were stuck in the snow, immobilizing me.

“What’s wrong?” Meika-chan asked, seeing my struggle.

“I can’t get up because the snow is too soft, and my skis are stuck.”

Indeed, the area off the course was untouched, leaving the snow fluffy and deep, making it impossible to move.

I looked around.

This gentle forest route seemed unpopular with few skiers around, and there was no sign of immediate help.

…This could be bad.

“Can you move, Meika-chan?”

She tried to get up, but like me, couldn’t because of her buried skis and the soft snow.

“I can’t. I can’t get up at all.”

Meika-chan answered, her face flushed.

“No choice then. We need to take off our skis and try to get back to the course.”

I bent my body into a “く” shape over Meika-chan, attempting to unfasten my bindings.

But in doing so… my head was right near Meika-chan’s chest.

“Hyau!”

Meika-chan let out a strange yelp.

“S-Sorry. But it’s just for a moment while I take off the skis, so please bear with me.”

“O-Okay.”

Meika-chan answered with an even redder face.

I was embarrassed too, but in this situation, it couldn’t be helped.

“I’ll unfasten your bindings as well, Meika-chan.”

So, I bent down further.

This time my head was near her waist… I could feel Meika-chan stiffening up.

When I finally managed to unfasten her bindings, she was covering her face with her hands in embarrassment. Being so self-conscious about it made me feel awkward too.

“Alright, let’s try to get up.”

“But the snow is too soft to support myself with my hands, and I can’t get up.”

“That’s why you should use me as a support and get back on the course first. I think I can manage alone.”

“Okay.”

Thus, we awkwardly tried to change our positions from the embrace.

Suddenly, I thought.

If someone else saw us in this situation, wouldn’t they get the wrong idea?

On the outskirts of a deserted course, Meika-chan and I were in each other’s arms, making suspicious movements…

Wait, hold on. That’s a really bad misunderstanding.

If this story spreads among the club members…

And if Tōko-senpai hears about it…

It would be unfair to Meika-chan, a girl, to have such rumors spread about her.

In the silent snowy mountain, I listened intently.

We must avoid being seen at all costs.

“Hey!”

Huh, it sounded like someone calling…

“Hey!”

I heard the call again, closer this time. Please let it be my imagination!

“Hey, ******!”

The calling grew louder.

“Hey, *****!”

The voice was definitely getting closer. No mistake about it, someone was calling out.

“Hey, Isshiki! What the hell are you doing?”

It was definitely one of our club members calling my name.

In panic, I looked around but saw no one.

“It’s here, over here!”

The voice was coming from above.

Looking up, I saw the lift passing by with two guys waving their ski poles.

“Isshiki, you bastard, what are you doing?”

They seemed to have misunderstood the situation.

“It’s not what you think! We just fell down here!”

I shouted with all my might.

But the guys on the lift just laughed as they passed by.

“Meika-chan, it seems we’re visible from the lift. Let’s get out of here fast!”

“Yes, but I can’t seem to get out…”

“Just step on me. We need to get out of this situation fast!”

With a red face, she nodded and turned over to crawl on top of me.

It took us about five more minutes to finally get out of there.

I’m sure others on the lift must have seen us during that time.

This could be really bad…

When we got back to the starting point at the hotel, it was well past lunchtime.

Meika-chan and I had a late lunch at the hotel restaurant and skied together again in the afternoon.

I kept looking for Ishida but couldn’t find him.

Meika-chan seemed to be having a great time, but I had one concern.

It was about the incident in the forest course.

I hoped it hadn’t turned into a weird rumor and reached Tōko-senpai.

I finally found Ishida around 3 PM.

He had apparently had a good time with the two girls from the women’s university he met in the morning.

We ended skiing around 4 PM and returned to the hotel.

I was assigned a room with Ishida.

As we changed out of our ski wear, Ishida immediately suggested, “Let’s go to the bath!”

I agreed without hesitation, as I was sweaty and my hair was stiff from sunscreen.

The large communal bath was empty since it was still early.

We soaked up to our chins in the hot water, feeling our tense muscles relax from the day’s activities.

“It was fun today, I’m glad I came to the camp,” Ishida said contentedly, probably pleased with his time surrounded by the girls.

But I couldn’t immediately agree with him.

“What’s up, Yū? Something bothering you?”

“It’s not exactly a problem, but…”

“Are you upset because I left Meika-chan entirely in your care?”

“I’m not upset,” I said, wiping my face with a towel.

“But Ishida, tomorrow you should stay with Meika-chan. If this goes on, weird rumors might start.”

“The one about you two embracing on that deserted course?”

Ishida mentioned it nonchalantly.

“You know about it too?”

“It’s quite the rumor already. Seems like it’s been exaggerated quite a bit.”

“Look, I’m telling you, we didn’t do anything wrong. It was just that Meika-chan lost her balance, and we both ended up falling down together…”

“I know. You’re not the kind of guy to do such a thing.”

Ishida raised a hand to stop me.

“Maybe it was just bad luck for you. It happened to be in a place visible from the lift. Usually, that forest course has poor visibility. It’s rare for it to be visible from the lift like that. I heard that even when the main course is clear, that place often has fog. And because there’s no slope, it becomes harder to ski when it snows.”

I didn’t need all these details about the forest course.

The problem now is the weird rumor about Meika-chan and me.

“But if these rumors spread further, it’s bad. It would cause trouble for Meika-chan. So tomorrow, you should…”

“Maybe half of the rumor is true.”

Ishida made a startling comment.

“What do you mean by that?”

He leaned back on the edge of the bath, looking up at the ceiling for a while before speaking.

“Even if you don’t have those feelings, it seems Meika-chan does. She’s serious about becoming your girlfriend during this trip.”

“During this camp?”

“It’s her first trip with you. Such an opportunity is rare for Meika. It seems things ignited with Tōko-senpai around.”

Ishida’s calm words made me anxious.

“You’re talking about it as if it’s someone else’s problem. Isn’t she your sister? Aren’t you upset?”

“Not really. Who Meika likes or dates is none of my business.”

“Don’t brothers usually stop their sisters from dating?”

“That’s just in manga or movies. Real siblings don’t interfere with each other that much.”

Ishida, a big fan of anime and manga, said that?

“Of course, if she dates a delinquent or a bum, I’d object. But with you, I can rest easy.”

“But, I have feelings for Tōko-senpai…”

“Despite saying that, have you made any move towards Tōko-senpai?”

“Well, Meika-chan has been with me since yesterday.”

“Isn’t using Meika-chan as an excuse just that, an excuse?”

Ishida closed his eyes and sank deeper into the water.

“Tōko-senpai isn’t making any moves towards you. And you’re not actively pursuing her. Given this situation, it’s natural for Meika to attack.”

I couldn’t respond. Ishida’s words hit me hard.

“Anyway, I’m not taking sides. I won’t interfere with Meika, and if you go after Tōko-senpai, I won’t object either. Just consider me neutral and supportive in both cases.”

With that, Ishida got up and left the bath.

After lounging around in the room post-bath, it was time for dinner.

Ishida and I met up with Meika-chan and headed to the dining hall.

The dinner menu was chicken steak, individual pots heated with solid fuel, salad, Nozawana pickles, white rice, and miso soup with mushrooms.

Pretty average for a ski lodge, I guess?

Almost everyone gathered for dinner. Since we had been active since morning, hardly anyone was still skiing at this time.

During the meal, Nakazaki-san, the club leader, made an announcement.

“We’re going to have a big party in this room tonight. After dinner, don’t go back to your rooms, stay here! We’ll set up snacks and drinks once we clear the tables, so everyone help out. Teens, remember, no alcohol, only non-alcoholic drinks!”

Someone exclaimed, “That’s boring!” but Nakazaki-san, as the responsible club leader, had to lay down the law.

Nakazaki-san came to our table.

“It’s not good to have a high school student around alcohol, so make sure Meika-chan returns to her room by 8 PM.”

He instructed Ishida and me.

“Got it,” “Understood,” Ishida and I replied, but Meika-chan looked unhappy.

After dinner, the hotel staff helped clear away and set up drinks.

We had already distributed snacks to each table earlier.

Everyone was enjoying themselves, chatting and laughing.

Amidst the fun, I kept glancing over at Tōko-senpai.

She was sitting at a table a bit away from mine, in a different row.

With her were Kazumi-san, and two key members of the club, Minami-san, and Manami-san.

But various guys kept appearing at their table, chatting with them.

Already retired club seniors, graduate students, fourth-year students, and current members from third-year down to first-year were present.

Among them, some persistent guys, trying to get Tōko-senpai to drink from their bottles, were noticeably bothersome.

Tōko-senpai seemed to handle them well, but I couldn’t help but worry.

At that moment, I felt a small poke in my side. It was Meika-chan.

“Yū-san, where shall we go tomorrow?”

Meika-chan asked with a smile, nibbling on chocolate.

“Uh, well…”

I hesitated. I wanted to ski with Tōko-senpai if possible.

“Or should we snowboard instead?”

“But I’m not really good at snowboarding. I can only slide down gentle slopes at a snail’s pace.”

Meika-chan clapped her hands in delight upon hearing this.

“Great! I’ve only tried snowboarding once when I went skiing with my family. I couldn’t slide at all back then. I was worried that if you were good at it, I might be a burden. Then let’s do it together!”

Ishida, who had overheard, chimed in with a warning.

“There seems to be a club-wide event tomorrow. A game where everyone participates.”

“What kind of game?” Meika-chan asked.

“I’m not sure about the details, but I heard it’s orienteering.”

Orienteering, huh? The thing where you run around in the mountains with a map. Are they doing that at the ski resort?

“Then I want to be with Yū-san!”

Meika-chan declared, clinging to my arm.

“Let’s do it together, okay?”

She said, beaming.

How could I refuse when she asked so innocently?

“Uh, okay. But we might not necessarily be in pairs.”

Ishida glanced at me and sighed. Then,

“Meika, it’s almost eight o’clock. You should go back to your room,” he said.

“Eh, can’t I stay a little longer?”

“No. Didn’t club president Nakazaki-san say earlier? If you stay here too long, it might cause trouble for him.”

“But it’s boring to go back to the room alone.”

“That was the condition for bringing you to the camp, wasn’t it?”

Meika-chan puffed her cheeks unhappily.

“Then why doesn’t Yū-san come with me to the room? We can play cards.”

“Uh, I…”

I hesitated, and Ishida came to my rescue again.

“You’ve been with Yū all day today. Yū also has things to discuss with others. Let him go for today.”

With that, Meika-chan looked even more displeased.

“It’s not over yet. There’s still tomorrow. Don’t be too persistent, or you might end up being disliked by Yū.”

Despite looking unconvinced, Meika-chan seemed to give in after Ishida’s words.

But she didn’t forget to reiterate one last point.

“In that case, Yū-san, I’ll go back to my room today, but we are absolutely doing orienteering together tomorrow! It’s a promise.”

Saying this, she stood up, perhaps not giving me a chance to say no, and left quickly.

“I’ll escort Meika back to her room,” Ishida said, following her out of the banquet hall.

Left alone, I idly munched on some rice crackers while waiting for Ishida to return.

If I’m alone with Meika-chan again tomorrow, those strange rumors might really start spreading.

I’ll have to make sure Ishida is with us.

“Isshiki-kun!”

Suddenly, my name was called out cheerfully, and two girls sat down beside me.

They were Ayaka from the Economics department and Yuri from the Commerce department, both first-year students.

These two are part of the “central group of girls in the club,” along with Minami-san and Manami-san.

I became friendly with them during the “cake buffet girls’ gathering,” initiated by Tōko-senpai.

Notably, getting along with them was part of the preparation for the “X-Day Plan” to increase my popularity among the girls in the club and rally support for the harsh revenge against the two cheaters at the Christmas party.

As a result, I became close enough to chat with these four girls.

“It’s finally time to talk,” Ayaka-san said cheerfully.

“Since yesterday, you’ve been with Ishida-kun’s sister, haven’t you?” said Yuri-san.

“Well, maybe Meika-chan is anxious being around strangers. So, she ends up being with me, I guess,” I replied vaguely, blurring the specifics.

Ayaka-san nudged me with her elbow, teasing, “Oh, dodging the question again? It’s so obvious.”

“What’s obvious? What are you talking about?” I asked.

“Still pretending not to know?” Ayaka-san looked at me with a playfully amused expression.

“So, what is it?”

I tried to sound disinterested, though I was internally anxious.

“It’s about Ishida-kun’s sister, how she likes you, Isshiki-kun!”

When Ayaka-san said this, Yuri-san continued the conversation.

“That girl, she really likes you a lot, Isshiki-kun. She has eyes for no one else. She’s totally head over heels. It seems unstoppable.”

“No, that’s not what it is…”

“Today, in the secluded forest path, weren’t you two embracing? That’s bold!”

“No, wait. That’s a misunderstanding. Meika-chan lost her balance, and we both fell, that’s all,” I hastily clarified.

But Ayaka-san looked like a child who had found an amusing toy, not ready to stop teasing me.

“Really? But I heard you were embracing for quite a long time.”

“Yeah, several people said they saw it,” added Yuri-san.

“It’s really not like that. We both got stuck in the fresh snow and couldn’t get out quickly. It just looked like we were in that position for a long time,” I explained desperately.

Neither of them seemed to believe my frantic explanations.

While reaching for some persimmon seeds, Ayaka-san said, “But to think Isshiki-kun would date a high school girl…”

“No, I’m not dating her. Nothing like that at all.”

“I thought for sure after that incident, you would date Sakurajima-san,” said Ayaka-san, looking at me with a hint of reproach.

“Yeah, I thought so too. I’m a bit disappointed,” added Yuri-san.

I was at a loss for words hearing them say that.

So, this is how I’m seen by others. I don’t mind what they think of me, but regarding Sakurajima-senpai…

“Choosing a high school girl over ‘The Hidden Miss of Joto University’.”

“I wonder what will happen next year with the Miss Joto University contest.”

Before I could deny the “misunderstanding with Meika-chan,” Yuri-san brought up a different topic.

“That’s the one, isn’t it? Next year’s festival might not have the Miss Contest,” Ayaka-san answered.

“Oh, I see, they’re really cancelling it. The Miss Contest.”

“It’s not decided yet. But considering various discussions, the university festival committee is leaning towards discontinuing it.”

…So, the Miss Joto University contest is being cancelled…

The Miss & Mister Joto University Contest was an annual event of the cultural festival.

But as Ayaka-san said, with the “diversification of values,” many universities are discontinuing the Miss Campus contests.

It feels a bit sad to lose one highlight of the festival.

“But, you know, our Miss Joto University has a history, and many announcers and newscasters have come from it. It’s a shame to cancel it,” said Yuri-san.

Ayaka-san replied to Yuri-san’s concern, “The new idea being considered is ‘Miss Muse.'”

“Miss Muse,” my ears perked up at the word.

I heard it on the day the exams ended, in a conversation Karen had with someone else. Sakurajima-senpai’s name came up then too, and it had been on my mind.

“What’s ‘Miss Muse’ about?”

“You don’t know, Isshiki-kun?” Ayaka-san looked surprised.

“I’ve only heard the name… What is it exactly?”

“I only know from what I’ve heard,” Ayaka-san started, “In a nutshell, it’s an event to decide the Miss Campus, replacing ‘Miss Joto University.’ The difference is, it focuses more on personal characteristics and intelligence, rather than appearance. Including their specialty areas and conversation skills.”

Ayaka-san paused to sip some oolong tea.

“Originally, a muse is a goddess of knowledge in Greek mythology. There are nine goddesses, each governing things like poetry, dance, music, drama, astronomy, history, and so on. The idea is to select nine women from the campus, each excelling in their own field.”

I see, that’s how it is.

“But in the end, it’s still selecting women, right?” asked Yuri-san.

“Can’t help it, can we? Even women’s magazines have ‘most desirable men’ rankings. And unlike the previous Miss & Runner-Up, now nine women will be chosen without ranking, which is an advantage for those aiming to be announcers,” Ayaka-san explained.

Yuri-san then leaned forward excitedly, “So, she won’t be able to act so high and mighty anymore.”

“Right, she always acted like a queen. With this change, it’s good news for us ordinary girls,” Ayaka-san agreed.

“Who are you talking about?” I asked.

“Rindō Akane, a second-year in the literature department. She’s the winner of this and last year’s Miss Joto University. But she’s an unpleasant woman,” Ayaka-san said with visible disdain.

Yuri-san nodded in agreement, “Yeah, she’s always flaunting her title as Miss Joto University. ‘I’m different from you all,’ her attitude is so clear. There are rumors she’s already approaching TV stations.”

“The difference in how she treats men and women is striking, categorizing men into ‘useful’ and ‘useless.’ Imagine Karen, but several times more intense,” Ayaka-san added.

Such a formidable woman at our university… frightening.

“That’s why I really wanted Sakurajima-san to participate in Miss Joto University,” said Yuri-san regretfully, with Ayaka-san agreeing.

“Yeah. If Sakurajima-san had entered, Rindō Akane wouldn’t stand a chance. She wouldn’t be able to act so arrogantly then.”

“But Rindō-san sees Sakurajima-san as a rival, right? She can’t stand being called the ‘true Miss Joto University.'”

“That fits her personality. She has to be the best,” Ayaka-san commented.

While we were talking, Kazumi-san arrived with a glass in her hand.

“It seems like a lively discussion here.”

“Ah, Kazumi-san. Will you join us?”

Ayaka-san asked, “Yeah, I was thinking of talking to Isshiki-kun too.”

“Then we will go to Tōko-san,” Yuri-san answered, standing up with Ayaka-san, both holding their glasses.

Kazumi-san sat down next to me, in the seat originally occupied by Ishida.

“It looks like you’ve finally been freed from Meika-chan, Isshiki-kun.”

“Haa.”

“Hmm, or did you want to be with Meika-chan?”

Kazumi-san teased with a hint of irritation in her eyes.

“It’s not like that,” I replied, slightly annoyed.

“But you know, high school girls of that age can be quite single-minded. I’ve been there too.”

“You too, Kazumi-san?” I asked, surprised.

“Yes, that girl, she’s from Ichikawa Girls’ Academy, right? I’m an alumna of that school.”

I knew from Tōko-senpai that Kazumi-san had attended a private high school, but I didn’t know it was Ichikawa Girls’ Academy.

“Girls from girls’ schools tend to project their ideals onto people close to them,” she said, pouring beer into her glass.

“A common pattern is a crush on a school teacher? Male teachers at girls’ schools are popular if they’re young. Next might be a college student working as a tutor?”

“Is that so?”

“Yes. After all, a teacher is seen as a superior figure, someone who listens and can be relied on.”

After saying this, she took a sip of her beer with a loud “Puh,” and continued.

“In Meika-chan’s case, that person is you, Isshiki-kun. You’re kind, decent-looking, did well in your studies during middle and high school, and you’re a friend of her brother, so she feels safe around you. You’re the perfect projection of her ideal.”

“Is that how it is?”

“That’s how it is with high school girls, especially the serious ones. In her mind, she’s probably the heroine of a shōjo manga, with her brother’s kind and admired friend. Her admiration turning into love, but he’s unaware of her feelings. And then there’s the beautiful, villainous lady rival…”

“Eh, a villainous lady? Who’s that?”

“Of course, Tōko.”

“Tōko-senpai as a villainous lady? I don’t think so.”

Tōko-senpai is not a villainous lady at all. She’s more like a flawless hero.

“To Meika-chan, that might be how she sees it. Without a love rival, the story doesn’t get exciting,” Kazumi-san said, nodding, and took another gulp of her beer, finishing two-thirds of the glass.

…I remember Meika-chan saying before, “It’s pitiful for Yū-san. He’s being toyed with! I can’t forgive that,” during our study session at the family restaurant before the exams.

And the psychological test we did on the bus there, where she answered “a mean-looking lady” for the “drawing representing current anxieties.”

Could it be that…

“Well, it’s fine for her to feel that way. It’s more normal than being infatuated with a senior from the same girls’ school. The problem is with you, Isshiki-kun.”

“Me?”

“Yes,” Kazumi-san replied, refilling her glass before taking a third drink.

“You might feel pressured by Meika-chan, but that’s the same as having feelings for her.”

“No, I don’t have such feelings!”

“Can you really say that? If so, why can’t you firmly tell Meika-chan, ‘Let’s not just hang out the two of us, but with everyone’? To an outsider, it seems like you and Meika-chan are a couple about to start dating.”

“But it would be cruel to suddenly say that to Meika-chan…”

“In the end, you want to stay in her good graces.”

Kazumi-san didn’t let me finish speaking.

She wrapped her arm around my neck, pulling me closer.

“Look over there, Isshiki-kun, at Tōko.”

She turned my head toward where Tōko-senpai was sitting.

“Since a while ago, many guys have tried to approach Tōko, but she’s been brushing them off and sending them away. Yet she came to this camp, prepared to be the center of attention. I wonder whose invitation she’s waiting for.”

Kazumi-san’s words were tinged with the scent of alcohol.

But it was her words, more than the smell of alcohol, that struck a chord in my mind.

“Tōko doesn’t make the first move and can’t. So who should go to her? You know the answer.”

As if her words had controlled me, I nodded in agreement.

“After the Christmas party, I know nothing happened between you two. So today, I’ll create an opportunity for you both to talk in depth. Tōko and I are sharing a room, and I’ll be here drinking for a while. Plus, Tōko’s unusually tipsy today… it’s a good chance to understand each other’s feelings.”

Time alone to talk with Tōko-senpai! Indeed, an opportunity I couldn’t have wished for more.

I stared into Kazumi-san’s face.

Our foreheads nearly touching, our faces must have been no more than ten centimeters apart.

Her eyes sparkled mischievously.

“Thank you!”

I said with conviction.

“Go on, get moving!”

Kazumi-san pushed me gently, letting go of my arm.

“Oh, but don’t do anything that would trouble me when I return!”

She didn’t forget to warn me at the end.

“May I sit here, Tōko-senpai?”

I asked as I sat down next to Tōko-senpai.

Two alumni who had been coldly treated by Tōko-senpai had just left.

“Isshiki-kun?”

Tōko-senpai turned to me for a moment.

Her face was quite red. Had she drunk a lot?

She quickly turned her face to the table and replied indifferently, “What is it?”

“Well, I wanted to talk with you, Tōko-senpai…”

My voice trailed off weakly. It felt like she was distancing herself slightly.

“What about Meika-san? Weren’t you talking with her?”

Tōko-senpai kept looking forward, focusing on her glass.

She still didn’t look at me. If this continued, I would surely be disheartened.

“Meika-chan has returned to her room. It’s not good for a high school student to be in a place with alcohol.”

“If there was no alcohol, would you have stayed with her?”

Uh, that sounds a bit confrontational.

“No, it’s not like that.”

“You were sitting next to Meika-san on the bus last night, right?”

“Yes, but that’s because…”

“Did you enjoy talking with Meika-san?”

“Huh? Uh, well. But it didn’t mean anything special.”

“You were together all afternoon, weren’t you?”

“…Yes.”

“Being alone together on a secluded forest path…”

So, Tōko-senpai had heard about it after all…

“But that was an accident.”

“Isshiki-kun, you seemed to enjoy being with Meika-san.”

“…” Finding it difficult to respond, I silently sipped my oolong tea.

“Since yesterday, you haven’t paid much attention to me, have you?” Tōko-senpai turned her back to me, hugging her knees while still holding her glass.

“Perhaps it’s true that girls who are more assertive have better luck in love.”

“Um, Tōko-senpai?”

“Meika-san has told you that she likes you, right?”

“It’s not like she said it to me directly…”

“Meika-san is cute, isn’t she… And you didn’t seem to mind being with her.”

Saying that, Tōko-senpai drained her glass in one gulp. It was empty.

“Isshiki-kun, you once said ‘I’m at my cutest when I’m just being myself’…”

I could hear a faint ‘sniff’ from her.

“That’s true.”

“Younger high school girls are cuter than older ones, right?”

“I never said that.”

“Guys must prefer cute girls.”

It was the first time I heard Tōko-senpai speak in such a grumbling manner.

She wasn’t even listening to my words.

“Um, Tōko-senpai, are you drunk?”

“I’m not drunk!”

She turned around angrily.

But… her face and eyes were pink.

“I’m not drunk!”

She said this and slammed her glass onto the table.

She then slumped over the table, looking at me with resentful eyes.

…Yeah, she’s definitely drunk.

“Isshiki-kun, you’re unfair.”

“Playing with a girl’s heart like that.”

“If you like younger girls, just say so.”

“Your serious face and kindness only make it worse.”

She was really grumbling.

I had seen her at several circle drinking parties, but I had never seen Tōko-senpai like this.

I heard she didn’t get carried away by alcohol.

Could this be… a surprising turn?

“Ah, you’re quite tipsy, aren’t you?”

Kazumi-san’s voice came from behind. She seemed to have returned.

Meanwhile, Tōko-senpai’s eyes were half-closed, looking sleepy.

“Isshiki-kun. Tōko is quite drunk, so take her to our room. I’ll stay here and drink a bit more.”

She winked at me.

“Understood. Tōko-senpai, let’s go to the room and rest.”

I offered my shoulder to Tōko-senpai and we both stood up.

“Good luck!”

Minami-san, another core member of our circle, whispered encouragingly from nearby.

Feeling embarrassed, I left the room without looking back.

I put Tōko-senpai’s left hand over my shoulder, supporting her waist with my right hand, and headed to her room.

Tōko-senpai seemed quite drunk, barely able to walk. She was staggering.

…Was she forced to drink so much, or did she do it herself?

Her long hair fell softly over my arm.

And then… even through the thick sweater, I could feel the softness of her chest.

This was the first time I had been this close to Tōko-senpai.

Finally, we reached Tōko-senpai’s room.

She seemed unable to stand on her own.

I gently sat Tōko-senpai on the bed.

“Would you like some water?”

She nodded in response.

I took a bottle of water from the fridge and brought it to her.

“Here’s the water.”

Tōko-senpai propped herself up with her left hand on the bed, her body swaying.

I supported her shoulder again and handed her the opened bottle.

After taking a couple of sips, she said “Thank you” and handed the bottle back to me.

“Are you okay?”

“…Yes…”

She replied softly.

But what should I do now?

This is, in a way, a chance.

But Tōko-senpai is quite drunk.

“She said she wouldn’t do such things until marriage.”

If I take advantage of Tōko-senpai now, it would be a terrible memory for her, and I don’t want that.

I didn’t want to leave the room, lost in my thoughts.

“Uh.”

Tōko-senpai moaned softly and then tried to stand up.

“What’s wrong?”

I supported her as we both stood up.

But then Tōko-senpai lost her balance, grabbing my shoulder instinctively.

As a result of trying to stand up, I lost my balance too, and we both ended up falling onto the bed, side by side, as if embracing.

Tōko-senpai’s well-composed face was right before my eyes.

Her makeup-free, porcelain-like pale skin was flushed a pinkish hue.

It felt incredibly erotic.

Tōko-senpai’s ample chest was pressed against me.

That alone stirred a desire within me, and her gentle breath brushed against my face.

Surprisingly, there was no scent of alcohol, but rather a sweet fragrance.

…Does this mean it’s okay?

I was about to put more strength into my arm around Tōko-senpai when she softly opened her eyes. Her eyes, glistening with moisture, looked into mine.

“I felt lonely. You were always with Meika-san…”

I paused, my hand stopping in place. I hesitated to make any move while she was speaking.

“I thought maybe you didn’t care about me anymore. That you had forgotten our promise.”

That’s not true! I had to make that clear.

“That’s not the case at all. I’ve been thinking about Tōko-senpai all this time.”

“Really?”

“Truly. I haven’t forgotten about our ‘Christmas redo’. I’m really looking forward to it!”

She then smiled, relieved.

“I’m glad…”

Saying so, she faintly closed her eyelids, her long eyelashes trembling slightly.

“I actually wasn’t planning on joining this ski camp. I knew people would talk because of what happened on X-Day, and some thought they could take advantage of me.”

“I see.”

“But when I heard Meika-san was joining… I just couldn’t stay away… so I decided to come.”

I silently watched her face.

“I thought my feelings were ugly… that you distanced yourself from me because you saw right through me…”

“Please don’t say that! I want to be with Tōko-senpai too. Always, if possible!”

Tōko-senpai faintly nodded, whispering as if letting out a breath.

“I want to be with you too…”

I remained still for a while.

Maybe I couldn’t move.

But in this situation, does Tōko-senpai also have feelings for me?

Would she accept me now?

My hand, which had been still, gently touched her back.

Slowly bringing my lips close to hers, I naturally closed my eyes.

Just a few millimeters away from contact…

“Zzz, zzz.”

Her peaceful breathing reached my ears.

I opened my eyes.

Tōko-senpai seemed to be sound asleep.

Her expression was innocent, like a girl’s, free of any impurity.

Suddenly, my desire vanished.

…It’s not right to steal a kiss while she’s asleep…

Right, any advancement between me and Tōko-senpai should only happen when there is complete trust and mutual consent.

Otherwise, it won’t become a wonderful memory for us.

So, I won’t do anything now, not while Tōko-senpai is asleep. I don’t want to.

Besides, Kazumi-san had warned me, “Don’t do anything that would cause trouble when I return.”

Though a kiss might be within the permissible range.

I chuckled to myself, attempting to rise from the bed.

I had resolved not to do anything with Tōko-senpai, but this close contact was torture for me.

However, as I tried to move away, Tōko-senpai, unconsciously, held me back.

“Mmm.”

She was clutching the fabric of my hoodie tightly. It was like she was holding a pillow.

…Should I really try to leave now? It would be bad to wake her up after she just fell asleep. Maybe I should just stay like this for a little longer…

I relaxed my body and let my weight settle back onto the bed next to Tōko-senpai.

Once again, I gazed at Tōko-senpai’s sleeping face.

…Tōko-senpai, you really are adorable just the way you are…

I reaffirmed this thought in my heart.

Tōko-senpai’s sweet breaths, her warm body temperature, and her soft figure were all perceptible to my entire body.

I felt a warmth in my heart, a sense of immense comfort.

And before I knew it, I too had fallen asleep.

📢 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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