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V3 My Girlfriend Cheated so I’m Cheating To Chapter 3

Karen's Approach

KO-FIDISCORD


Chapter 3 : Karen’s Approach

April 1st, the start of the new academic year and the university’s entrance ceremony.

This day also marks the most crucial event in club activities: “recruiting new students.”

It’s not like the freshmen decide on their club in just one day, but the club they’re introduced to on the day of the entrance ceremony usually leaves the strongest impression.

Moreover, if one student joins, often several of their peers follow.

Thus, all club members engage wholeheartedly in promotion and recruiting new students.

Ishida and I stood side by side, handing out flyers to the new students.

“Join the event-oriented club ‘Wakiaiai,’ it’s fun, come check it out!”

“We’re having an introduction to the club followed by a drinking party on the dates written on this flyer. Participation is free for new students, so come and join us!”

To the girls, I added:

“It’s an event club, but it started focused on outdoor activities, so it’s not weird. We have many female members too, so don’t worry.”

To those who seemed interested, I delivered the killer pitch:

“Our club has loads of information on easy courses (courses easy to earn credits in). If you join, we can show you the materials.”

“We have eight years’ worth of past exam papers from various faculties. I think we’re the only club with such a collection.”

In this way, we shamelessly and aggressively recruited new students.

But more than any enticing phrase, it was Senior Touko who attracted new students.

Merely saying “Please consider joining ‘Wakiaiai,'” and handing out a flyer, she quickly filled the membership application list.

In fact, there was almost a crowd around her, just to get a flyer from Senior Touko.

The boys who received flyers from Senior Touko were happily boasting to others.

Even those who took flyers from us went out of their way to get another one from Senior Touko.

Seeing this, Ishida spoke up.

“Senior Touko’s popularity is really something, huh?”

“Yeah, it is.”

“Her looks are triple S class. It’s natural for guys to flock to her.”

“True that.”

I might have sounded a bit curt.

“What’s the matter, Yu? You seem upset.”

“It’s nothing. Not upset, really.”

…Although, I did feel a bit displeased.

Ishida grinned and patted my shoulder.

“Don’t be jealous, man. Remember, we were just like those guys last year.”

“I’m telling you, it’s not about that. I wouldn’t be jealous over something like that.”

Right, I wouldn’t be jealous of complete strangers.

It’s just a slight irritation, nothing more.

“Anyway, there are a lot of girls this year too,” Ishida changed the subject, looking at the line of new students.

“Ah, I didn’t get a girlfriend last year despite so many girls around.”

“Just because there are many girls doesn’t mean you’ll get a girlfriend.”

“You’re pretty relaxed about it, Yu. But then again, you got a girlfriend quickly last year. Though she cheated on you fast, too.”

“Really? You had to bring that up? Don’t remind me of unpleasant things.”

“But it turned out well, right? Thanks to that, you’re now close to Senior Touko.”

Well, that’s true, but the gap between “close relationship” and “dating” is still huge.

“Alright, this year I’ll get a girlfriend! I’m all in for joint parties!”

“You have someone in mind for these parties?”

“First, I’ll get to know some girls from the women’s university! We’re going to their campus for recruiting later, right? That’s my first chance.”

He’s more focused on fishing for dates than club recruiting.

“Speaking of which, we don’t have to do recruiting at other universities,” I remembered.

“What, why not!”

Ishida looked as surprised as a pigeon hit by a bean shooter.

“Kazumi-san said, ‘As recommenders of Miss Muse, focus all your energy on promoting Touko’s SNS.'”

“Damn. I was planning to recharge my HP by soaking in the atmosphere at the women’s university. In that case, I’ll check out the cute freshmen here. Hey, you girls, interested in a club? We do outdoorsy stuff, it’s a wholesome event club…”

Ishida quickly approached a group of two freshman girls.

Fast to change tactics.

After the recruitment session, I was in a meeting room checking Senior Touko’s SNS followers and ‘likes.’

In this university, you can rent empty classrooms and meeting rooms if you apply for them.

In April, when classes haven’t started yet, it’s easier to borrow classrooms, but securing a place is still challenging since other clubs and groups are also looking to book spaces.

Today, we were lucky to get a reasonably sized meeting room.

As I compiled data in Excel, the door opened, and Senior Touko, Kazumi-san, Mina-san, and Manami-san entered.

“Oh, rare to see Ishiki-kun alone,” Kazumi-san remarked.

“It’s not like I’m always with Ishida. He’s out shopping today.”

Ishida went to Akihabara to buy some comic books and light novels being released today.

There’s no need to go into details with everyone.

“Alright then, shall we start today’s meeting?”

Responding to Kazumi-san’s words, Mina-san shared her own opinion.

“Okay! For the next photoshoot, I’m thinking about doing it around Ebisu Garden Place or near Tokyo Tower. So, Touko, what kind of spring clothes would be good?”

“Hmm… Well, I do have a range of spring clothes…”

“How about something like this? A long spring cardigan with a thin black lace long skirt…”

Mina-san opened the fashion magazine she brought.

I also glanced at it. The outfits appeared to cater to a slightly older demographic.

“I don’t have a black lace long skirt, but I do have thin black wide-leg pants,” Senior Touko replied, though she seemed a bit weary.

“Um, I have a thought…”

I couldn’t help but speak up.

Suddenly, everyone looked at me.

“Shouldn’t we change the mood of Senior Touko’s outfits a bit? The photos so far have been quite subdued, mostly in darker colors.”

“Don’t worry. This time, since it’s for spring, we plan to include clothes in pastel colors,” Mina-san replied, indicating there was no issue.

“No, I mean… Aren’t they a bit too subdued? The images on Linstagram look like they’re straight out of a fashion magazine.”

“But isn’t that fine? Touko’s image is that of a ‘Cool Beauty,’ right? We need photos that make everyone think she’s ‘cool’ and ‘beautiful, someone to admire.’ That’s what’s been driving the increase in followers.”

“But the increase in followers is also a concern. Look at this table.”

I turned my laptop screen towards the women.

“This is the follower count for Linstagram and Tritter. Since April, it’s only increased to about three thousand five hundred. That’s only about five hundred more since the first three thousand.”

Everyone peered at the monitor.

“What about Rindou Akane and Karen’s follower counts?” Kazumi-san asked.

“They also increased by about five hundred each. Rindou is at six thousand five hundred, Karen at four thousand five hundred.”

Hearing this, Mina-san said, “Then isn’t it okay? Everyone’s only increased by about five hundred, right? I think it’s just a slow growth period.”

“But if we’re only increasing by the same amount, we won’t close the gap with Rindou Akane and Karen. That’s not good enough. Some candidates beyond fourth place have increased their followers by over a thousand.”

Manami-san looked thoughtful, then glanced at Senior Touko.

“What do you think, Touko? I believe your feelings are important here.”

However, Senior Touko diverted her gaze.

“I… don’t have a strong preference… I understand Mina is working hard, and I think she’s choosing clothes and photos that suit me best…”

I looked at Senior Touko, wondering what she truly felt.

Previously, Senior Touko mentioned, “When I was a reader model, I always wore chic, adult-like clothes.”

While she didn’t express dissatisfaction, maybe she wanted to try something different?

“Are you saying my choices of outfits and photos aren’t good enough?” Mina-san asked sharply.

“No, it’s not that they’re bad… but if the growth of followers is slowing, maybe changing the image could be a good idea.”

Silence fell among the five of us.

Breaking the silence was Kazumi-san.

“We can’t judge if our current direction is bad at this stage. New students have just joined, which might lead to a surge in followers. Let’s keep things as they are for a little longer.”

With that, the day’s meeting ended.

Three days later, in the early afternoon.

Since elective classes at the university hadn’t been decided yet, I had some free time.

I was sitting in a corner of the cafeteria with my laptop open.

…Indeed, since April, the growth of Senior Touko’s followers has been sluggish…

I compared the “Daily Follower Increase” of Rindou Akane, Karen, and other candidates, data I had automatically gathered through a program I wrote.

Looking at it… Rindou and Karen’s follower growth was slightly higher than Senior Touko’s.

There were followers from new students, but the conditions should be the same for everyone…

Maybe our current direction isn’t sufficient?

“Why are you making such a troubled face in this corner?”

Startled by the sudden voice, I looked up to find Karen standing right beside me.

I hurriedly closed the Excel file with the data.

“Sitting in a dark corner of the cafeteria, you’re like a cockroach.”

“I’m not hiding. And that’s a harsh comparison.”

Seriously, would you call an ex-boyfriend a cockroach?

“What else would you compare to something lurking in a dark corner of a cafeteria?”

Despite her words, Karen sat down next to me.

But frankly, she was interrupting my work.

“Hey, you don’t like corners, right? Go sit at your usual conspicuous window seat.”

Karen preferred the cafeteria’s window-side round tables, known as the “lover’s seats.”

I gestured towards them with my chin.

“I was just curious about what the gloomy guy in the corner is doing.”

“I’m not doing anything special. Unlike you, I prefer places out of sight. The light makes the monitor hard to see in bright spots, and here, I can sleep behind the pillar whenever I want.”

But Karen, with a mischievous smile, pointed at the monitor.

“Not doing anything? You were just looking at the Miss Muse candidates’ data, right? And you hurriedly hid it when I came. Such a gloomy guy~”

Damn it, she saw that. I wonder how much she saw?

“You don’t have to do such dreary things, you know. I can tell you what I know. Why not ask directly?”

Karen taunted me with her words.

“I don’t have anything I want to ask you.”

“Hmm,” Karen half-closed her eyes, smirking.

“Then let me guess. You’re currently doubting the direction of Touko’s SNS, aren’t you? Wondering if it’s okay to continue as it is. Am I wrong?”

“!”

I almost reacted but held back, silently scrutinizing Karen’s expression.

Our eyes met.

Karen’s eyes curved into crescents.

“Looks like I hit the mark.”

“It’s not that I’m worried. Touko’s current SNS showcases her charm sufficiently.”

“Hmm,” Karen’s smirk grew wider.

“But you were looking at the follower counts of the candidates just now, weren’t you? You looked so serious. It makes sense, though. The number of followers and likes are said to correlate with the votes in Miss Muse.”

I turned my face away from Karen to hide my inner turmoil.

“Your follower growth is similar, right?”

“If it’s similar, then the gap with those who started earlier, like you or Rindou Akane, won’t close, will it?”

She’s pinpointing exactly what I’m thinking…

“And if it stays this way, the gap might widen further, right? Other candidates seem to be catching up.”

“What do you mean?”

As I turned back, Karen now looked away.

“Who knows? Why would that be?”

“Is there some trick you’re using?”

“Trick? At this stage, any tricks wouldn’t make much sense, right? And even if there were, there’s no need to reveal the strategy to the enemy, is there?”

Karen kept her eyes closed, a meaningful smile on her face.

I felt a subtle discomfort with Karen’s confident demeanor.

But at that moment, I was too irritated by her attitude.

“It’s fine. I don’t need your help. You just said you’d tell me what you know, and then immediately after, ‘there’s no need to tell me the strategy.’ I don’t need to be part of your games.”

“Such impatience~”

Karen replied, looking exasperated.

“Wait a bit. I wasn’t planning on not giving you any hints.”

I was puzzled by her words.

What was she up to?

Why would Karen give me hints?

What’s in it for her?

“What do you think is Touko’s charm?”

“Touko’s charm?”

I couldn’t help but think.

“Everything… I guess.”

“Hah, don’t get all lovey-dovey now,” Karen said with a look of disbelief.

“You’re the one who asked,” I retorted.

“That’s not what I mean. I’m asking about what makes Touko most charming to you. Something that makes you want to tell others about her.”

“The part that makes me want to tell others about? Hmm, maybe how she seems cool but can be unexpectedly cute, or how she appears calm but is actually a bit of a klutz, or seems indifferent but actually cares more about others than anyone else, or how she’s rational but deeply emotional… Basically, when you’re close to her, you see all these cute sides of Touko.”

“To think you’d say all that in front of your ex-girlfriend…”

“You asked for it,” I shot back.

“I don’t actually want others to know about ‘Touko’s cute sides.’ I’d prefer to be the only one who knows.”

“Now you’re acting like her boyfriend. Gross!”

“Are you just messing with me?”

Karen shook her head as if to clear the conversation we’d just had.

“If that’s what you think of Touko, then isn’t the current SNS approach wrong? None of what you just said is reflected in the photos or videos.”

I was at a loss for words.

Indeed, as Karen pointed out, the “charm of Touko” I thought of wasn’t reflected in any of the photos or videos. And I noticed that Karen had already checked Touko’s site, accurately pinpointing my concerns.

“That’s because Minami and the others are in charge of the photoshoot…”

“I know those photos are to the taste of the circle’s bossy third-year girls.”

“Bossy? They’re only a year older than us.”

“Forget about that. The point is…”

Karen continued.

“Touko’s current SNS targets only female students. Male students are completely ignored.”

Her words struck me hard. She’d clearly articulated what I’d been feeling all along.

“Open Touko’s Instagram.”

I reluctantly opened Touko’s Instagram page on my laptop.

Karen pointed at the photos displayed.

“Sure, Touko looks cool, and the fashion sense isn’t bad. But it’s like advertising clothes, isn’t it?”

Now that she mentioned it, the disconnect in the fashion magazine-style photos was that they focused more on showcasing the clothes than the person.

So, while the photos did show “Touko’s good fashion sense,” they failed to convey “Touko’s own charm.”

The angles of the photos were mostly full body or waist-up.

There was no movement in her expressions.

“Now open my Instagram page.”

Obliging, I opened Karen’s page.

Her photos were filled with her smiling faces, movement, and “stories” about “Karen as a person.”

“See? My page brings out a story, doesn’t it?”

It did. “What Karen did that day,” “What she ate and enjoyed,” it was all vividly conveyed.

Her page had a story in each photo. Typical of a literature student, perhaps?

“Indeed… you look cute in these.”

As I said this and scrolled through Karen’s page, I realized I hadn’t seriously looked at the individual pages of each candidate, even though I’d been automatically collecting their follower and like counts.

Suddenly, Karen fell silent. When I glanced at her, she was blushing slightly as she looked at me.

What’s with her? Embarrassed?

As our eyes met, Karen quickly spoke up.

“Of course, they are my photos. Not something I’d want to compare to those motionless mannequin-like shots!”

“Sure, sure.”

But then, a particular photo caught my eye.

A photo of Karen in the bathroom, soaked in a white T-shirt, revealing her pink bra.

The comment read, “Accidentally got soaked while cleaning the bath! Oopsie.” Complete with a cheeky emoji.

On closer inspection, there were other subtly sexy photos.

“New swimsuit, can’t wait for summer!” or “Isn’t this cami cute?” or “Solo pajama party.”

In a crepe photo, her blouse was deeply unbuttoned, revealing a lot of her chest, seemingly without a bra.

“Maybe you should be more careful with your photos. This one almost shows too much.”

But Karen snorted.

“What, are you some kind of naïve high school boy? This is all intentional. It’s calculated.”

“You mean you intentionally pose like this?”

“Exactly. These slightly risqué photos capture the hearts of male students. I even wear pasties to ensure nothing inappropriate shows.”

“So this ‘wet in the shower with a see-through bra’ photo is also planned?”

“Obviously. Who brings their phone to clean the bath?”

Thinking about it, she was right…

I was stunned, to which Karen triumphantly declared,

“Photos like this make men swoon. These types of shots make male followers check my page daily and increase likes.”

“Crafty, aren’t you…”

Realizing I had once dated this woman sent shivers down my spine.

“Huh? Everyone does this. You’d be left behind if you’re shocked by this. I’m even considering adding cosplay.”

Left speechless, Karen delivered the final blow.

“See? No one gets excited over those poorly done fashion magazine-like photos. At most, fellow girls will ‘like’ them.”

With that, Karen stood up and slung her bag over her shoulder.

Before leaving, I called out to her.

“Wait. Why are you giving me these hints? Staying silent would be more advantageous for you.”

Karen paused, as if considering her response.

“There’s no significant reason. I want Touko to stir up Miss Muse a bit… and more than anything, I don’t want her to fade away like this.”

With those words, she walked away without looking back.

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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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