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V2 My Girlfriend Cheated so I’m Cheating To Chapter 8

The Second Day of the Ski Camp, Full of Stirring Emotions

KO-FIDISCORD


Chapter 8: The Second Day of the Ski Camp, Full of Stirring Emotions

“I-Isshiki-kun…”

My sleep was interrupted by a trembling female voice.

…What’s going on…?

Despite being groggy, I forced my eyelids open, barely halfway.

The scenery was different from usual. This wasn’t my room; where was I?

…Right, I’m at the ski camp…

But my memory wasn’t clear yet. I couldn’t fully grasp the situation.

Or rather, that didn’t matter right now.

I was just so sleepy. My body was telling me to keep sleeping.

I didn’t have a specific time to wake up, so sleeping more wouldn’t be a problem.

“Isshiki-kun, please, wake up!”

I was shaken awake.

…What now, so noisy…

I opened my eyes again, albeit faintly.

In my blurry vision, I could see the silhouette of a woman with long hair.

…A woman? Why…?

Gradually, my focus returned.

Along with it, the face of the woman sitting next to me in a kneeling position became clearer.

“Eh, Tōko-senpai?”

I exclaimed in surprise. Could this be a dream?

“Isshiki-kun, why are you here?”

Tōko-senpai looked at me with accusatory eyes, still in a kneeling position.

“No, why am I here… Tōko-senpai, why are you…?”

I rubbed my eyes and sat up.

“Why? Because this is the room I’m sharing with Kazumi.”

That statement hit me.

Right, last night, following Kazumi-san’s instructions, I had brought the drunken Tōko-senpai to this room…

And ended up falling asleep here.

“Now it’s your turn, Isshiki-kun. Can you explain why you’re sleeping here?”

Tōko-senpai asked with a tense expression.

It was less of a question and more of an interrogation.

“Well, last night, Tōko-senpai, you were quite drunk… so, following what Kazumi-san said, I brought you to this room. You were completely out of it, so when I tried to lay you on the bed, you grabbed me tightly, and I ended up falling asleep beside you… I thought about leaving later, but you were holding onto my clothes, so… I just fell asleep too…”

My explanation was jumbled, but I managed to convey the gist of what happened last night.

“Is that so? Now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember talking to you towards the end of the party, and being brought here… but it’s all quite fragmented.”

She said this while touching her forehead with her left hand.

She seemed to accept my explanation, but I was concerned about her condition.

“Did you really drink so much that you don’t remember much? I thought you always drank responsibly.”

“Yeah, I guess I drank too much yesterday. I was offered drinks by others too.”

“How much did you drink?”

“I had about two beers, then a can of grape sour and lemon sour, and later some wine and sake, one cup each.”

Mixing all those drinks, no wonder she got sick.

“By the way…”

Tōko-senpai’s sharp gaze bore into me from under her left hand.

“Yes?”

“That is… you didn’t do… anything strange, did you?”

“Huh?!”

My second “Huh?” came out even more high-pitched than the first.

“That is… um… you know… anything inappropriate…”

Tōko-senpai’s face was quite intimidating.

“No, no, no! Absolutely not! Not at all, I didn’t touch a single finger! Well, I did when carrying you here… but I didn’t do anything weird! Really! Please believe me!”

I hastily defended myself.

After all, it’s frustrating to be suspected of something I didn’t do.

“Indeed, my clothes are still as they were last night, and I don’t feel like anything happened, so I believe you.”

“Right, if anything had happened, the clothes wouldn’t be the same.”

I decided to keep quiet about my attempt to kiss her.

Tōko-senpai let out a sigh of relief.

But then she looked up again.

“Still, it’s not good for you to have spent the night here. We’re already the subject of rumors, and I don’t want any more attention drawn to us.”

Hearing this, I thought, “It’s a bit late for that,” but I just nodded in agreement.

“So you should go back to your room now! Before anyone else wakes up!”

“What time is it now?”

“Just past four in the morning. Even those who stayed up late drinking will be asleep by now, and those who went to bed early won’t be up yet. So you should be able to leave without being noticed.”

“Understood.” I immediately stood up.

Tōko-senpai followed me to the door.

“You won’t tell anyone about tonight, will you?”

“I think Kazumi-san knows about this.”

“Come to think of it, why hasn’t Kazumi returned yet?”

Prompted by her words, I too began to wonder. Kazumi-san did say she would “drink here for a while,” but it seemed like she planned to leave the banquet hall after a reasonable amount of time and return to her room.

“When I left the banquet hall, Kazumi-san was still there with Minami-san and others, saying she would ‘drink there for a while.’ So maybe she’s sleeping in another room?”

I tentatively answered, and Tōko-senpai seemed to accept it.

“I see.”

“Then I’ll be going. Since you’re alone, Tōko-senpai, please make sure to lock the door.”

It’s unlikely, but you never know if some overenthusiastic guys might show up.

I think this circle is respectable, but there might be some who lose their way when drunk. Better to be safe than sorry.

“Understood. See you later, then.”

“Yes, see you later.”

I said this and left Tōko-senpai’s room.

Fortunately, there was no one in the hallway.

I quickly left Tōko-senpai’s room and hurried to my own room on a different floor.

(The men’s and women’s floors are separated.)

I inserted the card key into my room, unlocked the door, and entered.

To the left was Ishida’s bed, and to the right was mine…

From my bed, the futon suddenly rose.

The face that appeared from under it was… Meika-chan.

“Where have you been all this time, Yū-san!”

Meika-chan’s voice was sharp, like a piercing arrow.

“Eh, where? Nowhere special. But why are you in our room, Meika-chan?”

“I don’t like staying alone with strangers from another university, and I got bored waiting in my room, so I decided to wait for you and your brother here.”

Wait here for me?

I glanced at Ishida’s bed next to mine.

But Ishida was fast asleep. He’s always been one to sleep through anything.

“So, where have you been until now, Yū-san?”

Meika-chan’s big cute eyes now looked like those of a hunting cat.

Honestly, it was scary.

“No, I was just at the banquet in the hall. I just fell asleep there…”

“Lies!”

Meika-chan cut me off sharply.

Her gaze grew more intense, like a leopard’s.

“You were taking so long to come back, so I went to the banquet hall to check. You weren’t there.”

“That must have been when I was in the bathroom or something.”

“Three times, all coincidentally when you were in the bathroom?”

Her eyes were like a curtain of swords, impossible to escape.

It felt like a detective interrogating a suspect.

No, it was more like a newlywed wife grilling her husband who returned home late from an affair.

At that moment, such trivial thoughts crossed my mind.

“Don’t tell me… you were with Tōko-san?”

A glint seemed to appear in Meika-chan’s eyes.

I involuntarily swallowed hard, unable to say anything.

“You spent the whole night with Tōko-san…”

Meika-chan bit her lower lip in frustration, gripping the futon tightly.

“Wait, Meika-chan, I think you’re misunderstanding something…”

“Yū-san, that’s disgusting!”

Meika-chan turned her back to me and covered herself with the futon.

…That’s my bed, though…

But in this atmosphere, I couldn’t say, “I need to sleep, so you should go back to your room.”

…Can’t be helped…

I crawled into Ishida’s bed.

Ishida grumbled and shifted, but I ignored him and nudged him aside with my hips.

…Ah, just a few hours ago, I was next to Tōko-senpai’s soft body, and now I’m in the same bed as Ishida’s hard one…

The sheer contrast almost made me laugh.

Just then, I heard it.

“Yū-san is such an idiot… I don’t care anymore…”

From the bed next to me, such a faint voice could be heard.

But, even if she says that… we aren’t actually dating.

Yet, I couldn’t help feeling like I had done something wrong.

I closed my eyes, as if to shake off that feeling.

After a short nap of just over two hours, Ishida, Meika-chan, and I headed to the dining hall for breakfast.

“Hey, did something happen?” Ishida asked, sensing the awkward atmosphere between me and Meika-chan.

“Nothing happened,” I replied, only for Meika-chan to give me a sharp glance.

It seemed as if she was radiating a dark aura.

“Could it be that Meika is sulking because Yū didn’t come back last night?” Ishida insensitively speculated.

“Hey, Ishida,” I reproached, but he just nonchalantly said, “I thought so.”

“Listen, Meika, there are some ‘adult circumstances’ that you wouldn’t understand.”

Wait a minute, Ishida. There were absolutely no “adult circumstances” last night!

But Meika-chan didn’t respond, even after Ishida’s comment.

“Alright, Yū, you don’t have to stick with Meika today. Since it’s come to this, Meika is beyond help. I’ll take care of her, so you can do as you please.”

Meika-chan’s expression changed at that.

“No! Yū-san has to be with me today! I’ve already signed us up as a team for the orienteering!”

“‘Eh?’” Ishida and I exclaimed in unison.

When did that happen?

Meika-chan glared at me again.

“Yū-san, it’s useless to talk about what’s already passed. But in exchange, please spend today with me! That’s fine, right?”

“Ah, sure.”

“You’ll also come back with me at night! When I go back to my room, you’ll return with me!”

“Uh, okay.”

I found myself agreeing, overwhelmed by her insistence.

That morning, Ishida, Meika-chan, and I, along with “two girls from another university who were with Ishida yesterday,” skied together.

I wanted to invite Tōko-senpai too, but she was clearly avoiding me that day.

Every time she saw my face, she would look away and walk off.

So, I decided to approach Tōko-senpai at the lift ticket counter when the timing seemed right, thinking she couldn’t ignore me there.

“Um, Tōko-senpai?”

When I called out to her, Tōko-senpai turned her face down and quickly walked away.

It was clear. Tōko-senpai was avoiding me.

…Was last night the reason?

But regarding that, there was nothing I could do. It wasn’t my fault.

Sensing our atmosphere, Kazumi-san approached me.

“Didn’t you talk well with Tōko last night?”

“I did, but both Tōko-senpai and I fell asleep, so we didn’t really talk much.”

I briefly explained last night’s situation.

“What? I went through all the trouble to make time for you two. What were you doing!”

Kazumi-san said this, crossing her arms in exasperation.

“But Tōko-senpai was quite drunk last night. It wasn’t a situation to have a proper conversation.”

“Even so, did you at least tell Tōko how you feel? When drunk, she might be more likely to reveal her true feelings if you confess you like her.”

“No, I haven’t done that yet… And confessing to someone who’s drunk doesn’t seem right.”

Kazumi-san sighed in frustration.

“I get what you’re saying is generally correct. But with that attitude, your relationship will never progress.”

“Never progress?”

“Yes. Even as times change, girls still want the guy to make the confession and proposal.”

“I understand that, but with some people, trying to close the distance too soon might ruin the relationship we have. That’s what I’m afraid of.”

“I think it’s okay in this case. Tōko is definitely aware of you.”

“But I always feel slightly evaded at the crucial moments.”

“Still, if you keep this up, you might lose her. If a man hesitates too much, a woman’s feelings might drift away.”

That would be a problem. I do want to get closer to Tōko-senpai.

But timing and various issues always seem to get in the way.

“But Tōko-senpai has been avoiding me since this morning. Just now, too…”

Hearing that, Kazumi-san looked towards Tōko-senpai, who was talking with other girls.

“Okay. I’ll discreetly ask about Tōko’s feelings for you.”

“Please do, thank you.”

I breathed a sigh of relief, only to be met with Kazumi-san’s stern words.

“Such thinking won’t do, Yū. Ultimately, it’s up to you. What I can do is just create an opportunity. Advancing your relationship with Tōko-senpai is your responsibility.”

With those final words, Kazumi-san walked away.

After parting from Kazumi-san, I returned to where Ishida and the others were.

Meika-chan asked, “What were you talking about with her?” but I just answered, “Nothing much, just some circle stuff.”

Today, everyone is snowboarding. Ishida is quite good at it.

The two university girls were impressed, saying, “Ishida-kun, you’re so cool! Teach us too!” while he proudly puffed up his chest.

Well, I understand their excitement.

Meanwhile, Meika-chan and I snowboarded slowly together.

But I had a suspicion that Meika-chan was actually much better at snowboarding than she was letting on. It seemed like she was deliberately going slow to match my pace.

We ended our snowboarding session in the late morning due to some spectacular falls and because we had orienteering with the circle in the afternoon. We switched to skiing.

Just before twelve, having finished an early lunch, all the circle members gathered beside the lift ticket counter on the front side of the slopes.

Nakazaki-san stood in front, megaphone in hand.

“Okay, we’ll now start the orienteering. Please form pairs of two.”

Meika-chan was already by my side, having pre-registered us as a pair.

“We’ll distribute maps to everyone. The map shows ten flag points you must pass. At each flag point, a staff member will be present to mark points on your scorecard. The first pair to reach gets three points, the second pair two points, and from the third pair onwards, one point. Please note, you must arrive at the flag points together as a pair. Solo arrivals will not be counted.”

So, it’s about planning a strategic route and being the first to pass through each point to score high.

“Additionally, at each flag point, you can receive an ‘Event Card’ inside an envelope. You can choose whether to accept it. These events include quizzes and mini-games. Completing them will award you points based on their difficulty.”

Hmm? So, clearing event challenges might yield more points than simply racing to each flag point?

“Besides the ten flag points, there are three hidden flag points. Finding them gets you three points each. Whoever finds them is lucky. Note that these hidden points won’t have staff, but they will have flags. Please take a photo there to add those points at the finish.”

So, the game seems to be about:
> Visiting ten flag points. Normal points are one, but the first pair gets three, the second two.
> Must visit flag points as a pair.
> At flag points, ‘Event Cards’ offer extra points upon completion.
> Three hidden flag points exist, each worth three points.
> It’s a well-thought-out game, not just about skiing skills.

“For the pair with the highest total points, tomorrow’s lift tickets plus Shinshu beef tenderloin steak for dinner tonight! Second place gets Shinshu beef sirloin steak! Third place gets Shinshu beef hamburger!”

Cheers erupted at the mention of Shinshu beef, a famous Nagano Prefecture brand. A restaurant meal would cost nearly 10,000 yen!

For meat-loving youngsters, this was a great motivation.

“Let’s do our best, Yū-san!” Meika-chan, now in a better mood, grabbed my arm and smiled.

“Yeah, let’s give it our all and win that steak for dinner!”

I responded cheerfully.

“The end time is 4 PM. That’s four hours from now. Please return here by then. If you’re late, regardless of the reason, you’ll be disqualified, and your points will be void.”

This means it’s almost impossible to hit all points.

The key seems to be the events and hidden flag points.

Rather than running around blindly, strategic planning is crucial.

Soon, everyone received maps and scorecards.

Looking at the map, I was sure my strategy was right.

Many confident skiers exclaimed, “Alright, I’ll score high points at all these points!” But they likely wouldn’t win with that approach.

“I won’t lose to those flashy, popular teams paired with girls! We’ll show them!”

A pair of guys nearby shouted, slightly amusing.

Nakazaki-san raised the megaphone again.

“Okay, let’s start! Go for it, guys, show your spirit! 3… 2… 1…”

“I don’t want to die a virgin!”

Someone yelled out. Everyone laughed.

“Start!”

As Nakazaki-san signaled, over half of the participants dashed off with Olympic-like vigor.

Ishida was among them, having paired up with one of the university girls from this morning.

However, I didn’t start immediately but carefully studied the map.

“Yū-san, what’s wrong? Aren’t we starting? Everyone else has already gone.”

Meika-chan seemed a bit anxious, urging me on.

“Meika-chan, this game isn’t just about quickly hitting each flag point.”

I showed her the map.

“Look here. The flag points are spread across almost the entire ski area. To reach the ones near the summit, you have to take several lifts, which is a big time loss.”

Meika-chan, who was involved in track and field, looked intently at the map, her competitive spirit ignited.

“The easily accessible flag points on the main course are just four, but skilled skiers will quickly take the top spots there. However, that’s it. Even if they’re good at skiing, they won’t make it back in time if they go for the summit or forest course points.”

“Why would they set such impossible points then?”

“That’s the key to this game. If it was just about skiing skills, it wouldn’t be fun for everyone. This circle has many beginners. The events and hidden flag points give everyone a chance to win.”

“I see, Yū-san, you’re so smart!”

Meika-chan’s eyes sparkled as she complimented me.

“It’s not that simple. Others have likely realized this too. Look around.”

She surveyed the crowd. About forty percent remained at the start, some indecisive due to their lack of skiing skills, but others were probably strategizing like me.

And one person definitely knew what was going on – Tōko-senpai!

She’s quite good at skiing but was still studying the map at the start.

She must be thinking about an efficient strategy too.

Tōko-senpai had paired up with Kazumi-san, who was skilled in both skiing and snowboarding.

“Alright!”

I folded the map and put it in my pocket.

“Let’s hit the four closest flag points on the main course first. That way, we can figure out what kind of events they’ve set up.”

“Understood!”

We didn’t rush off. Instead, we strategized our approach, considering the challenges and potential rewards of the orienteering game ahead.

Meika-chan responded energetically.

We arrived at the first flag point.

Naturally, the first and second places were already decided, so we only got one point here.

We received an event card from the flag point staff.

The card was optional, and we chose to take it. Inside, it was a quiz.

The staff asked, “What is the bird symbol of Nagano Prefecture?”

“Thunderbird!” Meika-chan answered immediately. That earned us an additional two points.

The staff wrote the points on our scorecard and signed it.

We headed to the second flag point.

The event card here was “Sing a duet song together.”

Surprisingly, they had even prepared an iPhone and speaker for this purpose.

“I don’t know any duet songs,” I said.

Meika-chan suggested several song titles, but unfortunately, I didn’t know any of them.

Eventually, we settled on singing the opening song of a romantic comedy anime together.

This flag point was located on the edge of the course, and us singing a duet on the slopes certainly attracted a lot of attention.

Skiers and snowboarders passing by gave us curious and skeptical looks.

It was quite embarrassing. It felt more like a penalty game than a game challenge.

Despite the humiliation, we only earned three points for it.

So far, we had a total of seven points—a decent pace, I suppose.

At the third flag point, we received another event card.

This time, the event was “Reach the next checkpoint within fifteen minutes. Success earns you three extra points, but failure costs two points.”

Although the rules mentioned that participating in events was optional, once we picked up the card, we were obliged to participate in this forced event.

“We shouldn’t have picked up the event card here,” Meika-chan regretted.

“It can’t be helped. We need to know what types of events there are. Plus, you can’t win this game without completing events,” I responded, and we headed to the next flag point.

The closest seemed to be just a lift ride away, but with the wait time, we couldn’t make it in fifteen minutes. Therefore, we ended up with zero points for both the third and fourth flag points, remaining at seven points. Unfortunately, we also couldn’t answer the quiz at this point.

“It seems there are three types of event cards: quizzes, games, and forced events,” I noted.

Meika-chan tilted her head in thought.

“We’ve figured out the event cards, but how do we find the hidden flag points?”

The staff at the fourth flag point handed us another card.

“Anyone who visits at least three flag points gets a hint for every two more they visit,” the staff explained.

I opened the card we received. It read “Rice 16GOMID.”

“What is this?” Meika-chan asked.

“It’s a hint for a hidden flag point. If we can solve this, we might find one,” I replied, though I wasn’t sure myself.

We finished visiting the four flag points near the main course. Most participants probably had done the same.

The challenge now was to visit more points, complete events, and find hidden flag points.

“How about we try the west side next?” I suggested.

There were three flag points each on the east and west sides of the main course. The east side slopes were closer together, but the west side, being more spread out, might have hidden flag points.

Besides, Meika-chan and I had skied the forest course on the west side the day before, so we knew it somewhat.

Riding the lift, we looked again at the “Rice 16GOMID” hint.

“Could this be a riddle?” Meika-chan wondered.

“I’m not sure. If it were a riddle, there should be more clues for solving it. ‘Rice 16GOMID’ alone seems too vague.”

“The character ‘rice’ can be broken down into ‘eighty-eight,’ right? Could that be related?”

“That’s a possibility…”

I replied ambiguously, but Meika-chan suddenly exclaimed, “That’s it! If ‘rice’ is ‘eighty-eight,’ then ‘8+8′ makes ’16’! Could that be the answer?”

“But where would that be? And what about the last part, ‘GOMID’?”

“…”

My straightforward question seemed to leave Meika-chan speechless.

After a while, she frowned, “Don’t make me do all the thinking, Yū-san. Please think too…”

“Sorry, sorry. I am thinking, but nothing’s coming to mind.”

It’s easy to force interpretations, but I doubted such a guess would be the right answer.

“It’s getting colder,” Meika-chan remarked, huddling up.

Looking up, I noticed the sky had clouded over, and a fine snow had begun to fall.

“The wind can’t be avoided on the lift, making it even colder,” I noted, checking the time. It was nearly 3 PM.

After the next flag point and its event, we might need to head back to the start.

Meika-chan moved closer to me for warmth. It was cold, after all.

As the lift approached its end, the off-ramp came into view.

We arrived at the fifth flag point, near the entrance to the forest course we skied yesterday.

“It’s so cold! Standing still here is quite tough,” said the staff at the flag point.

The staff were all alumni who had retired from the circle, volunteering for these roles.

This person was a second-year graduate student.

“You guys are lucky to be moving around and staying warm. We only have hand warmers to rely on,” he said, shivering slightly.

“There’s less than an hour left. Hang in there,” we encouraged him.

By the time we got off the lift, the snow had intensified, and the wind had picked up.

“Thanks. So, are you guys doing the event?”

“Of course, we are.”

The staff handed us an event card. I opened it to find…

Pocky Kiss

Two people share one stick of Pocky. How far can you eat without breaking it?

The remaining length determines your points:

Less than 2 cm: 10 points

Less than 5 cm: 5 points

Less than 8 cm: 3 points

Anything more or if it breaks: 0 points

…Seriously…?

I was shocked. Sharing Pocky that closely would definitely mean our lips touching.

Seeing the card, Meika-chan also turned red and froze.

“Do you want to do it or not? You can refuse this event,” the staff teased us.

“…”

I was hesitant. This was too much. But I couldn’t bring myself to say it…

Just as I was about to sneak a look at Meika-chan, she suddenly declared, “We’ll do it!”

“Really?”

Surprised, I turned to her. Meika-chan looked back at me.

“Yes, of course! It’s a high score of ten points! If we get that, combined with our current score, we’ll more than double it to eighteen points, bringing us much closer to winning!”

“That’s true, but are you sure, Meika-chan? It’s a Pocky kiss.”

My voice trailed off nervously.

“I’m fine with it. After all, it’s with Yū-san…”

Her voice also faded to a whisper.

The staff, grinning, pulled out a stick of Pocky.

“You’ve got guts. Seeing you make a girl say that, Yū, you can’t back down now, can you?”

Meika-chan took the Pocky from the staff in place of my hesitation and put it in her mouth.

Reluctantly, I took the other end in my mouth.

“Are you both ready? If the Pocky breaks or falls, it’s a disqualification. It’s better if you both hold on to each other to stay steady. Yeah, just like that, hold each other’s arms. If one of you lets go, it’s over.”

We held each other’s arms, like real lovers.

“Ready… start!”

At the signal, Meika-chan and I began eating the Pocky.

However, I was barely moving my mouth, just holding the Pocky in place.

One reason was that if both of us ate simultaneously, the vibration might break the Pocky.

Another reason was… I was hesitating.

…If we keep eating like this… Meika-chan and I are definitely going to kiss…

Meika-chan continued to eat, occasionally pausing but making steady progress.

Soon, the visible part of the Pocky was less than five centimeters. We must have scored at least three points.

Yet, she kept eating, her grip on my arm tightening.

…Meika-chan, are you really okay with this… with me?

I could feel her movements through the Pocky, almost sensing her tongue moving.

Now, only about two centimeters were visible!

…Am I really okay with this… kissing Meika-chan like this… in a game…?

…Wait a second, she’s my best friend’s sister. Can I take responsibility if I kiss her? Who do I really like…

“Excuse me, I need to ask something.”

Suddenly, a voice called out, and I involuntarily let go of the Pocky.

I turned to see Kazumi-san standing behind the staff.

“Oops, that’s the end!”

The staff announced the end of the game.

Meika-chan still had the Pocky in her mouth.

Handing over the Pocky as asked by the staff, she seemed somewhat disappointed.

“Ah, about four centimeters. You did well. That’s five points.”

The staff wrote down our points and signed the scorecard.

Then, turning to Kazumi-san, he asked, “What do you need?”

Kazumi-san initially watched us with a skeptical look but soon turned to the staff.

“We passed here earlier. Did you see Tōko after us?”

The staff tilted his head in confusion.

“No, I didn’t see her. Why?”

“We were supposed to meet here after getting off, but no matter how long I waited, Tōko didn’t show up. So I took the lift again and came back up here…”

Hearing this, I interrupted the conversation.

“Kazumi-san, did you get separated from Senior Tōko? How come?”

I was anxious. Senior Tōko should be good at skiing. Why then?

Kazumi-san looked at me.

“We were searching for a hidden flag point ahead. There’s no staff at the hidden flag points, so we decided to split up and search. That’s why we were searching separately, but as I mentioned earlier, Tōko didn’t show up at the meeting point.”

Kazumi-san looked unusually anxious.

“Can you tell me the hint for the hidden flag point?”

“Tōko has the paper with the hint, but I remember what it said. It was ‘Rice 16GOMID.'”

“That’s the same hint we got.”

At that moment, an employee’s smartphone rang.

“Ah, it’s me. What? We have to return now? Bad weather? Got it, we’ll retreat in fifteen minutes then.”

After hanging up, the employee said, “The weather is getting worse, so we’re pulling staff from each flag point in fifteen minutes.”

Indeed, the snow and wind were getting much stronger.

It’s now 3:15 PM. The temperature will drop, and it’ll get darker.

In such conditions, why hasn’t Senior Tōko returned?

“I’ll search for Senior Tōko. Kazumi-san, could you please go down with Meika-chan and wait at the meeting point?”

“Eh? Yū-san!” Meika-chan looked surprised.

To her, I said, “Senior Tōko should be good at skiing. If she hasn’t come to the meeting point, something might have happened. We can’t just leave it.”

“Are you sure?”

Kazumi-san asked me for confirmation.

“I’ve received the same hint. If I follow it, I should find out.”

The employee apologetically interjected, “I wish I knew. Someone else set up the hidden flags, so even we don’t know.”

“No, it’s fine. Then I’ll go. Please take care of Kazumi-san and Meika-chan.”

“Got it. I’ll also look for Tōko on the way down.”

I raised my right hand to signal ‘understood’ and started skiing.

Meika-chan watched me go with a sad look.

“Damn, the blizzard’s picking up.”

I muttered my complaint.

Snow stuck to my goggles, and snow flew into my mouth whenever I opened it.

Due to the worsening weather, there seemed to be fewer people on the slopes.

…A little further and I’ll be at the forest course we skied yesterday…

That’s when I remembered something irrelevant.

My prep school English teacher had said, “The sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, is actually pronounced closer to ‘Linkan’ or ‘Linken.’ That’s why textbooks often spell it ‘Linkan’ nowadays.”

I stopped suddenly.

…Linkan…forest…?

I took out the hint card.

“Rice 16GOMID”

Does “Rice 16” mean “the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln,” pointing to the forest course?

And “GOMID” means ‘Go Mid,’ as in ‘to the intermediate course.’

“What a crappy code!”

If it’s a quiz that needs knowledge, then be a quiz. If it’s a puzzle, then be a puzzle that can be solved!

While cursing the person who made the code in my heart, I headed towards the forest course.

—Skiing becomes harder when it snows—

As Ishida said in the bath yesterday, it’s true.

The slope is gentle, so it’s already hard to ski, but it gets worse with fresh snow.

I skied and walked through the forest course, just like cross-country skiing.

There was no one around. After all, who would come to such a poorly visible forest course?

Maybe I’ve gotten used to it since yesterday, as I was able to progress fairly smoothly.

After a while, I reached the junction with the intermediate course that cuts through the forest.

It seems like Tōko-senpai was the only one who had gone this way recently, as there were faint ski tracks.

Despite the forest course being hard to ski on, a skier as good as Tōko-senpai should have been able to reach the meeting point.

“Tōko-senpai!”

I shouted as loud as I could.

But due to the blizzard, I couldn’t hear any response.

Maybe she had already gone down to meet Kazumi-san?

That would be good…

I hurried on, feeling uneasy.

But this slope, it’s steeper than I thought.

Is this really an intermediate course?

I fell several times.

But the steep part was just at the beginning.

From there, the slope gradually became gentler. Now it’s like a proper intermediate course.

Near where the slope changed, a green cloth was tied around a white birch tree.

As I approached, I saw “Jōto University Circle Waikiai, Hidden Flag Point, No.1” written in white letters.

The ski tracks continued there. There were signs of stopping.

Probably Tōko-senpai.

I went further.

Then, in the snowy vision ahead, I saw something faintly pink.

“Tōko-senpai!”

I called out loudly again.

The pinkish something stopped moving. No doubt, it’s a person.

As I approached, it was indeed Tōko-senpai.

“Senior Tōko… I’m glad.”

I said, breathing heavily as I approached.

“Isshiki-kun, why are you here?”

Senior Tōko looked at me, surprised. She was holding her skis in both hands, not wearing them.

“Because Kazumi-san told me, ‘I got separated from Senior Tōko, but she hasn’t returned to the meeting point.’ I thought something might have happened and came to look for you.”

Then Senior Tōko slightly bowed her head and said, “I see… You came all this way for me…”

She seemed faintly happy, but it looked like she was trying to hide it.

“More importantly, why are you walking with your skis off? Did something happen?”

“There was a spot with a really steep slope earlier. I had a flashy fall there, and one of the bindings broke. I don’t have the skills to ski on one foot, so I thought I had no choice but to walk.”

“Did you get hurt?”

I took a moment to check Senior Tōko over thoroughly.

There was a lot of snow on her from her woolen hat down to her shoulders, but she didn’t seem to be injured.

“No serious injuries. It’s just the ski that’s broken.”

“Aren’t you cold?”

I asked, gently brushing the snow off Senior Tōko’s hat and shoulders.

“Yeah, I’m okay… thank you…”

She said, looking embarrassed yet pleased.

“I’ll carry the ski for you. It’ll be easier for you to walk that way.”

“Eh, it’s okay. Besides, if you don’t go ahead, you won’t make it back in time for the game’s time limit.”

“What are you talking about? There’s no way I can leave Senior Tōko behind and go ahead. The game doesn’t matter. The weather is getting worse, so we should hurry.”

Saying that, I took Senior Tōko’s ski as if snatching it away.

“Thank you, Isshiki-kun.”

She whispered her gratitude a second time.

This intermediate course significantly shortcuts the forest course.

Right after the divergence, it slopes steeply down before returning to the original forest course with a gentle path. It’s not so far that we can’t walk to the finish.

However, it’s past four in the afternoon, and the worsening weather has darkened the surroundings.

I walked beside Senior Tōko on the course.

“Senior Tōko, are you okay? Aren’t you cold?”

I was worried about her, as I was feeling quite cold myself.

“I’m fine. But what about you?”

Senior Tōko looked at me with concern.

“I’m okay. I’m a guy, after all.”

I tried to act tough, and Senior Tōko gave a small laugh.

“But you were shivering a little earlier.”

Damn, she noticed?

“That was just a warrior’s shiver!”

I replied, even though it felt like the wrong use of the term.

“But you know, in survival situations like extreme cold, hunger, or thirst, women are actually stronger than men.”

“Really?”

That was surprising. I’d never heard that before.

“Women have more body fat, so they’re more resistant to hunger, thirst, and cold.”

“I didn’t know that.”

“So, you don’t have to push yourself. If it gets too cold, you should go ahead alone. It’s my fault the ski broke.”

“Please stop saying that!” I stopped walking and said firmly.

“There’s no way I’m going ahead alone! If Senior Tōko has to spend the night here, I’ll camp out too. We’ll dig a snow cave and wait for help together! I’ll always be with Senior Tōko!”

“Idiot, what are you talking about? It’s impossible for that to happen at a ski resort. Besides, it’s not that far from here to the entrance of the ski resort. We’d reach it by walking before we even finish digging a snow cave.”

Senior Tōko hid her face and playfully slapped my arm.

I suddenly felt embarrassed about what I had said. I had gotten carried away.

“Yeah, you’re right. It’s not bad enough to camp out. We can reach the exit in an hour’s walk. I said something stupid.”

However, Senior Tōko, who had slapped me, was now gripping my arm, her face turned down.

“But… I was happy. Isshiki-kun…”

Her voice seemed to tremble a little.

“Maybe I was being stubborn. You and Meika-chan seemed so close, and I felt snubbed… And then last night happened, and I was so embarrassed I didn’t know what to do… Everything was a mess.”

Senior Tōko’s grip on my arm was firm.

“But today in the game, you were with Meika-chan… and you didn’t even talk to me… I felt lonely. Maybe I pushed myself too hard in the game.”

Senior Tōko raised her face, showing a smile mixed with tears.

“When you came to find me earlier, I was really happy, you know…”

For some reason, I couldn’t look directly at Senior Tōko’s face at that moment.

“I’m sorry, but today’s game was already decided with Meika-chan as my partner… And today, it seemed like Senior Tōko was avoiding me. I thought maybe you were angry about last night.”

Senior Tōko shook her head slightly.

“I wasn’t angry. No, maybe I was angry at myself.”

There was a moment of silence between us.

A cold wind whooshed by, and I involuntarily shivered.

“Are you okay? You really are cold, aren’t you?”

Senior Tōko looked concerned and asked again.

“No, really, I’m fine. But maybe we should hurry.”

“Yeah.”

She answered and took a step forward, but then she let out a small “Ah” and lost her balance.

I instinctively reached out and grabbed her arm.

“Th-thank you.”

How many times had she thanked me already?

“No, instead, shouldn’t we hold hands? It might be better.”

“Eh?” Senior Tōko looked at me, surprised.

“Even if women are stronger in survival situations, in this scenario, a man’s support might be better, right?”

Senior Tōko looked into my eyes for a moment, then nodded slightly and firmly grasped my hand.

About an hour later, we finally made it back to the original meeting place.

The rest of the club members had already returned to the hotel.

Only Nakazaki-san, Kazumi-san, Ishida, and Meika-chan were waiting.

“You’re late. We were about to ask the resort patrol to search for you with snowmobiles if you hadn’t returned by six.”

I checked the time. It was 5:45 PM. Fifteen minutes later, and we would have been in trouble.

“I’m sorry for worrying you.”

Senior Tōko said and just bowed her head, so I explained on her behalf.

“Sorry. But Senior Tōko’s ski binding broke, so she couldn’t ski.”

“The binding?”

Nakazaki-san looked at Senior Tōko again.

“Did you get injured?”

“No, I wasn’t injured. Just couldn’t ski, so it took us longer to get back.”

“That’s good, then.”

Nakazaki-san seemed relieved.

“Isshiki-kun carried the broken ski for me. Thanks to him, I was really saved.”

Saying that, Senior Tōko looked at me.

I felt embarrassed.

When I averted my gaze, Kazumi-san was looking at me with satisfaction, and Ishida was smiling.

But Meika-chan… she was staring at me with a frightening look.

📢 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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