Living with a Beautiful High School Student: A chance encounter after seven years [Chapter 1] [Volume 2]

An enjoyable afternoon

Several days have passed since the company trip.

Since the trip, Aoi has become less reserved with me. She defends her own ideas, but has also started to trust me more.

For example, what happened last night.

I was relaxing in the room with Aoi.

When I saw how much she enjoyed telling me about her experiences at school, I felt her joy too, and my smile became natural. I even lost track of time while talking to her.

Suddenly I realized that it was already ten o’clock at night. With work the next day, I had to go to sleep.

When I went to my room, Aoi pulled at my shirt sleeve.

It seemed strange to me, so I asked her why.

—Can we talk for five more minutes? I want to spend more time together. — Aoi said shyly.

Who could resist the adorable request of a young fiancée in pajamas?

It’s a pathetic story, but I couldn’t resist. Our pleasant conversation continued to develop unexpectedly. 

We ended up chatting for another thirty minutes or so. While Aoi kept insisting on —just five more minutes.

It’s reassuring that she depends on me, but… I’m getting more and more exhausted every day.

It was the end of November, a Sunday afternoon.

Aoi, dressed in an apron, stood proudly in the kitchen. Next to her, I was also wearing an apron. —Yuya, did you wash your hands?—

—Yes, Aoi-sensei. They are completely clean. — I replied.

—Very good. — Aoi said, nodding slightly and smiling.

She’s more animated than usual today.

There’s a reason why I call Aoi ‘Sensei’. And it’s because she’s going to teach me how to make curry.

Until now, I had practically lived without cooking. Although I’ve started to cook a little recently, I still haven’t reached Aoi’s level of culinary skill. So today, I will receive instructions from Aoi and try to improve my cooking skills.

—Yuya, that apron looks good on you. — Aoi said.

—Really? I still feel like I’m wearing the apron inappropriately…

—Hehe, that’s because you’re not used to wearing an apron compared to your suit… Oh, wait, the strap is twisted. — Aoi pointed out as she reached out her hand to the strap of my apron.

She carefully straightened the strap and sighed with a look of disappointment on her face.

—You really shouldn’t be so careless.

—It’s embarrassing…

—Seriously, Yuya-kun, you’re a mess when I’m not around. — Aoi said, looking at me with narrowed eyes and a teasing smile.

—I can’t do it right without you. — I replied with an awkward smile.

—Although I guess that’s to be expected of a future fiancé… — I muttered.

—What are you talking about? — Aoi asked, confused.

—Oh, nothing important. — I replied quickly.

—By the way, why did you suddenly suggest that we cook together? — Aoi asked curiously.

—Well, that’s…

—Are you thinking of learning to cook in order to reduce my workload in the household?— Aoi asked, hinting at a possibility.

Of course, that was one of the things I had considered.

She’s balancing her studies and housework. Just as I have to balance my work and household responsibilities, it’s natural for me to want to ease Aoi’s burden a little.

But there’s another important reason.

—It’s like this. I want to make you happy with the dishes I make, just like eating your food makes me happy. — I confessed, feeling a little embarrassed.

I want to do everything I can to make her happy.

Aoi started to play with the hem of her apron, looking shy.

—Is something wrong? Did I say something weird? — I asked worriedly.

—Saying something like that out of the blue is unfair. — Aoi replied, looking down.

—Unfair, huh? Then when would be the right time? — I asked with a smile.

—I don’t know, silly. — Aoi replied with a conspiratorial and playful smile.

Aoi turned to the side, her face flushed. Her embarrassed expression seems to indicate that she wasn’t angry.

—Well, I want to learn how to cook. I’m counting on you today, Aoi-sensei.

—Well… there’s no other choice. I’m going to be very strict with you today, okay?

—A strict instructor? Could you be a little more lenient…? — I replied, feeling a little nervous.

—Hehe, just kidding. So, let’s start preparing the ingredients for the curry.

Following Aoi’s instructions, I prepared the necessary ingredients such as beef, onions, and potatoes.

—Yuya-kun, can you try cutting the potatoes? You should peel them first.

—Got it. — I replied as I peeled the potatoes.

According to Aoi, it’s safer and faster to use a peeler if I’m not confident with a knife. The peeler also has a small knife for removing sprouts from the potatoes, which is handy.

—Now cut them into small pieces… In a size that’s easy to eat. Be careful with the knife,— Aoi instructed.

—Understood. I’ll give it a try.

I held the knife and potato in my other hand. It’s obvious, but my clumsiness compared to Aoi was noticeable.

—Am I using the knife properly?

—Hmm, it looks a bit clumsy. It would be a problem if you cut your fingers. — Aoi replied.

—When you say it like that, it sounds just like my mother would say.

As I made a joke, Aoi moved and came up behind me. Then she pressed herself against me as if hugging me and leaned her body against mine.

—Um… Aoi?

—It’s dangerous, so please don’t move.

I felt a tickle and shivered involuntarily. The softness of her chest against my back unintentionally caused my heart rate to increase.

—What’s gotten into you all of a sudden? It’s not comfortable for you to be clinging to me while I’m using a knife. — I replied, a little confused.

—The things you don’t know… I’ll teach you with my body.

—Wait, wait! What are you going to teach me?

I quickly turned around and saw Aoi with a confused expression on her face.

—Huh? I meant to teach you about cooking.

—Oh… you meant teaching me how to use the knife in detail?

…Was there anything else to teach besides that?

Aoi laughed and said, —You’re acting a little strange today, Yuya-kun.

—But you’re the one who’s confused. Don’t make me misunderstand things. — I said, a little relieved.

Just as I calmed down, Aoi put her hand on my hand that held the knife.

—Understand? This is how you cut the potatoes… Yes, you’re doing it right. Very good, Yuya-kun.

—Hmm, it seems like you’re treating me like a child.

—Hehe, it’s my way of returning the treatment you always give me. — Aoi replied playfully.

Amidst the jokes, we continued to cut the necessary ingredients. Cooking with Aoi like this is a lot of fun. Although I made ginger pork tenderloin by myself last time and it wasn’t bad, the happiness I feel when I cook with her is completely different.

—We’re so close while we’re cooking, it’s like we’re having a…

—A date at home?— Aoi finished my thought and her hand stopped — That’s what you were thinking, right?

—Yes. After all, we started living together. So the concept of a home date is a bit strange. Doesn’t it feel cool and exciting? 

—Actually, you’re right. It makes me want to have more dates at home. — Aoi admitted with a smile.

Aoi mumbled something and moved away from me.

Worried, I put the knife down and faced her.

—Aoi, what’s wrong?

—Well… I have a request.

Aoi said as she played with her fingers, fiddling at chest height and looking at me with pleading eyes.

Her cheeks, normally soft and as white as marshmallows, were now tinged with a red that reminded me of a ripe apple.

—Do you want to try being the student?

—Yes. I want to try it too. Is that wrong? — Aoi asked, her expectant eyes fixed on me.

—So you want us to switch roles…?

I’m a beginner in the kitchen. There’s not much I can teach Aoi, who has top-notch cooking skills.

But Aoi just wants to enjoy the experience of a date.

—Hey… do you think this makes me look immature?

—No, not at all. Like I said, I see you as a woman, not just someone to take care of.

—Thank you. — Aoi said shyly as she blushed — I know I can be immature sometimes. But when I’m with you, Yuya-kun, I feel safe and I tend to rely on you.

—I see…

She said it calmly, showing no signs of embarrassment. It’s like a sweet and constant expression of unconscious affection.

I approached Aoi from behind and gently hugged her, bringing our bodies closer together. I could feel her warmth, which somehow made me feel restless.

—Yuya-kun… This is embarrassing.

—Alright, should I stop then?

—Mmm… If you stop, I’ll be in a bad mood. So please don’t be mean… idiot.

Her level of dependency and cuteness would surprise even a newlywed couple. She seemed to have completely forgotten her role as a “strict teacher”.

I wondered what expression Aoi was making at that moment.

Intrigued, I looked at her face.

—Um… Yuya-kun? — Aoi asked with a soft voice.

—There’s not much I can teach you about cooking, so I thought we could cook while we talk.

—But you don’t have to get so close to my face… — Aoi protested, her face completely red as she gently pushed me away.

—I’m not trying to compete with you.

—When did this become a competition?

Aoi replied, giving me a playful tap on the shoulder that made a soft and adorable sound.

Her embarrassment was funny, which made me laugh.

—Hahaha, Aoi, you’re not very good at hiding your embarrassment.

—That’s enough! Let’s continue cooking. — Aoi said, annoyed but full of energy.

While we calmed Aoi down, we resumed the preparation of the curry. Following Aoi’s instructions, I cut the ingredients like carrots.

—Yuya-kun, add some vegetable oil to the pot and then add the ingredients. Cook until the meat is lightly browned and the onion is tender.

—Understood. Do I add the curry powder last?

—Yes. Then we add the water, and when it comes to a boil, we remove the scum. The curry powder goes in after that.

—Understood.

We continued to cook in an orderly manner, following Aoi’s instructions.

When the curry powder was completely dissolved, a spicy and stimulating aroma rose along with the steam.

—Should we try tasting it? — Aoi suggested, taking a spoonful of curry.

Then she brought the spoon to my mouth.

—Can you please open your mouth?

—Huh? Why am I being pampered all of a sudden…? — I mumbled, a bit confused.

—Don’t you… want to?— Aoi asked, looking sad.

Her eyebrows furrowed and she had a bored look on her face.

It’s not fair. I can’t say no when she makes that face.

Confused, Aoi brought the spoon closer to me without giving up.

—Yuya-kun, open your mouth and say ‘ahhh’.

—Ah… Aah…— I replied as she put the spoon in my mouth.

The intense taste of the curry spread in my mouth. Then I felt a slight heat from the spices.

—How does it taste? — Aoi asked.

—Yes, it’s delicious.

—Oh… I’m glad, Yuya-kun. You passed the test. — Aoi said with a serene smile as she made a circle with her hand.

—It’s because you have excellent teaching skills.

—No, it’s not that big a deal. After all, making curry isn’t that difficult. — Aoi replied modestly.

—But I can’t deny that you have excellent teaching skills. You really are a great teacher.

—Oh, you’re exaggerating. You’re an idiot. — Aoi said with a shy tone.

—Hahaha. Aoi, you should try this too. It’s really delicious.

When I made the suggestion, Aoi offered me the spoon she was holding. For some reason, she turned around and fell silent.

—Aoi?

—T—This…

—Hmm? Are you saying you want me to feed you?

—Yes… please. — Aoi replied, blushing.

It seems like our date isn’t over yet.

I took the spoon she gave me and brought the curry to Aoi’s lips. At that moment I realized something…

…This would be considered an indirect kiss, right?

At my age, I don’t get too excited about an indirect kiss. But Aoi, being innocent, might be different. Maybe she hadn’t noticed?

Our eyes suddenly met. Aoi tilted her head, curious.

—Yuya-kun, is something wrong?

—No, nothing… Should I change spoons? — I asked, trying not to worry too much.

Finally, Aoi noticed my concern and her face turned completely red.

—I—It doesn’t matter if it’s an indirect kiss. — she said, closing her eyes and taking the spoon into her mouth.

Then she took the spoon out of her mouth and swallowed the curry.

Aoi held her face with both hands and murmured.

—How is it? Is it delicious?

—…It’s embarrassing, so I can’t really appreciate the taste. — she replied weakly, crouching down.

Gradually, Aoi stopped holding back so much. Now she stands up for her own desires and tends to seek affection.

This change is very reassuring and proves that our relationship is on the right track.

She is loving, caring, a little clingy and needs attention. With such a wonderful girlfriend, I can live a happy life together.

Sometimes I wonder if these worries are unnecessary luxuries.

My fiancée, who is younger than me, is too sweet to handle.

—Hahaha… Are you okay?

I asked as I hugged her, full of love, sharing my unrestricted thoughts.

After dinner that day…

After finishing the curry and chatting for a while, I got up from the table.

—I’ll take care of the dishes. Relax, Aoi.

—But…

—Between school and household chores, you’re busy on weekdays. So take a break on your days off. Thanks for everything.

—You’re really… something, Yuya-kun.

—Why do you say that now?

—Heh. If you don’t understand, it’s okay. — Aoi said, laughing happily.

It didn’t seem like she was just out of embarrassment… But well, she seems satisfied, so I guess it’s okay.

—Yuya-kun, can I really take your words seriously?

—Yes, go ahead, take a bath and relax.

—Thank you. — Aoi said as she went to the bathroom with her change of clothes.

—Now, before I start the dishes…

I thought as I started to gather the plates and utensils.

I took my smartphone out of my pocket and opened my contacts To find Ryoko-san, Aoi’s mother, and tapped to call her.

Since we started living together, I keep in touch with her to keep her updated.

At the moment, Ryoko-san is on an extended business trip in Australia. The time difference with Japan is about an hour, so it’s easy to make a phone call without worrying too much about the time zone.

After several rings, Ryoko-san’s lively voice answered.

—[Hello, Yuya-kun! How are you?]

—[Yes, both Aoi and I are fine. And how is Ryoko-san?]

—[I’m full of energy! Aoi called me yesterday, but I couldn’t hear Yuya-kun’s voice, so I’m happy now. By the way, what is that girl doing now?]

—[She’s taking a bath.]

—[Oh. Are you okay being apart from her, Yuya-kun?]

—[Why would we take a bath together?]

Ryoko-san is already aware of our relationship. But that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for me to try to take a bath with her daughter.

—[You’re already engaged, right? Then it would be nice for you to have some fun in the bath. I’m giving you permission as her mother! It’s a great opportunity!]

—[There’s no chance at all! It’s out of the question!]

I’m a man too, you know? Imagine if Aoi pampered me in the bath like she used to. I might lose my mind, don’t you think?

—[Because I really like Aoi. At least I won’t do anything while she’s in high school.]

—[I understand. Haha, that sounds a lot like you, Yuya-kun]

Through the phone, I couldn’t hear her teasing voice anymore. It was a mother’s kind voice.

—[I trusted Aoi with you because she is a serious and sincere person. I didn’t make a mistake in entrusting my daughter to you.]

She put Aoi in my hands.

Those words weighed heavily on my heart.

To Ryoko-san, Aoi was her beloved daughter. Even though she was busy with work, she always tried to be there for Aoi and gave her all her love to take care of her.

I can’t betray those feelings when I’ve been entrusted with such an adorable daughter. We will continue to have a pure relationship in the future.

—[Yuya-kun, take good care of Aoi, okay?]

—[Yes, we will definitely be happy together!]

—[Oh, my goodness. You’re very enthusiastic, hehe.]

Ryoko-san’s laughter returned in the same voice she used when she was joking around. The serious conversation had ended, and I suddenly felt relieved.

—[So, start being happy in the same bathroom…]

—[I’m not going to do that!]

—[If you’re already engaged, even if she’s underage, you can do whatever you want. I’ll always support you!]

I heard Ryoko-san’s irregular breathing as she hummed thoughtfully.

Please leave me alone with your temptations just when we promised to have a pure relationship. Don’t you know that she is your daughter?

After being teased and finishing my report, I ended the call.

—Really… This woman is testing my common sense.

Well, should I wash the dishes before Aoi comes out of the bathroom?

While I was washing the dishes, I thought about the previous phone call.

If Aoi and I were to have an “adult relationship”, we would be betraying Ryoko-san’s trust. That is something that should not happen under any circumstances.

When Ryoko-san mentioned that we should go to the bathroom together, it was just a joke on her part. We shouldn’t take it seriously. Although, of course, it is ethically wrong to get involved with a high school student, regardless of her parents’ feelings.

—Sometimes Aoi tends to be overly affectionate.

She also has a tendency to make comments that can be misunderstood and arouse a man’s desire without realizing it. We must resist any temptation in this area and act like adults.

I finished collecting the dishes and sat down on the sofa I’d purchased recently. I took the TV remote and turned it on.

It was at that moment…

—Kyaaaaaa!

I heard a scream coming from the bathroom.

—Aoi?

—What… What’s wrong?

It’s not normal for her to scream so loudly.

I jumped out of my seat, threw the remote away and ran to the bathroom.

I banged on the door with all my might, and Aoi should have heard the sound of the knocking.

But there was no answer.

—Aoi! What’s going on?

—Yu… Yuya-kun… ugh…

A faint voice answered, making me panic even more.

What could have happened to Aoi?

Maybe she slipped and couldn’t get up… It would be terrible if she’s hurt! I have to help her quickly!

—I’m going in!

I forcefully opened the door to the bathroom.

The room was filled with a faint mist.

Aoi was shaking near the washing machine. I didn’t know what happened to her, but it seemed like she had gone through a terrible experience.

—Aoi, what happened? Are you hurt?

—I–I–I…!

—You don’t seem to be hurt… Calm down. Can you tell me why you were screaming?

—A co…cockro—…!

—-A cockroach… really?

I looked in the direction where Aoi was pointing and saw a shiny object on the ground. I approached it and went to the back of the room.

That… definitely wasn’t a cockroach.

I picked up the broken piece of black plastic and showed it to Aoi.

—This is a piece of black plastic. It’s not a cockroach.

—Huh?

Upon seeing it, Aoi let out a sigh of relief.

—I’m… I’m so relieved… It was really scary.

—Haha. Sometimes you can be a little careless, huh, Aoi?

—That’s enough. Don’t make fun of me. I was really worried, you know?

—Haha, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…

While we were talking in a relaxed atmosphere, I suddenly felt my face turning red.

I was panicking before and didn’t realize it, but now that I was calm, another incident was unfolding right in front of my eyes.

Aoi was not wrapped in a towel.

Her naked body was right in front of me.

Her voluptuous and generous breasts were skillfully hidden by the remaining steam. However, her sweet navel and clearly defined waist were fully exposed.

My gaze lowered as if following the line of her wet belly… Wait, why am I looking so intently?

—Yuya-kun? What’s wrong…?

There was an awkward moment, and Aoi’s face turned completely red.

—Ah, um… I’m not wearing anything…!

—I’m sorry!

I quickly turned around and left the room.

I sat down on the sofa. No matter how much I tried to take deep breaths or recite multiplication tables, I couldn’t get the image of Aoi out of my mind.

I could hear the sound of the hair dryer from the other side of the door. Aoi was drying her hair.

Suddenly, I remembered the content of the previous phone call.

—It is absolutely impossible for us to bathe together…!

If only she were wrapped in a towel, maybe I wouldn’t feel so insecure.

Is Aoi feeling as embarrassed and insecure as I am right now?

…While I was thinking about that, Aoi approached me wearing her pajamas.

It might have been the hot bath or the embarrassment of being seen naked. I’m not sure, but her cheeks are slightly flushed.

Aoi sat down next to me. The gentle scent of shampoo emanated from her.

—Yuya-kun, I’m done bathing.

—Yeah, uh… I’m sorry again.

—Don’t worry about it. Thank you for helping me.

—But I saw you completely…!

—Forget it! Idiot!

Aoi tapped me lightly on the shoulder.

Forget it… that’s impossible. No, it’s better not to say unnecessary things. I was the one who was staring at her, so I’m clearly in the wrong.

—Aoi, I’m really sorry…

—Don’t worry about it. It was an accident. There’s nothing to blame.

—I’m glad you see it that way.

—But…

Aoi nestled gently against my arm and looked at me with pleading eyes. I felt the softness of her chest and her warm temperature after the bath, which made me feel excited.

—You really saw too much of me. I don’t want to impress you with naughty things, you know?

My younger fiancée scolded me in a sweet way.

Despite the rebuke, my face involuntarily relaxed.

—Yuya-kun, why are you smiling? It seems like you’re not remorseful, right?

—I am sorry. The way you get angry is so cute…

—Mmm! You keep treating me like a child!

Aoi continued to complain while clinging to my arm. These complaints were also adorable, but if I mention it, she’ll get angry again and say; Are you treating me like a child again?

I got up from the sofa.

—I think I’ll take a bath.

—Yuya-kun! The conversation is not over yet!

After reassuring Aoi, who was puffing up her cheeks like a squirrel, I went to the bathroom.

 

*****

 

It was about eight in the evening. I left the bathroom and sat alone on the sofa to relax.

Although I wanted to spend some quiet time together, I’ve been with Aoi all day today. Even if Aoi is someone who is afraid of being alone, we all need some private time, right?

That’s what I thought, but for a while now, Aoi has been walking around me in her pajamas.

…What is she doing exactly?

Maybe she wants to tell me something, but is she just being reserved? I wondered, as Aoi seemed restless in some way…

—Aoi, what’s wrong?

—Oh, it’s nothing. I just can’t relax unless I’m doing chores. Is there anything I can do to help?

—I’ve never met anyone so addicted to housework. No, there’s nothing I need your help with right now.

—Oh, I see… Lately, Yuya-kun has been helping me with the housework, so I don’t have much to do. You’re going the extra mile. You should have more free time.

I never thought I would be scolded for doing too much housework. Living together is complicated.

—Compared to the amount of work Aoi has, the housework I do is not much, right?

—Not at all. Yuya-kun is tired from work and still helps around the house… Ah, I know! — Aoi clapped her hands vigorously — Yuya-kun, let me give you a massage.

—A massage?

—Yes. If you have a desk job, your shoulders can get tense, right?

—I don’t think it’s that bad. Lately I’ve been leading a healthy and regular lifestyle.

—Oh, I see… What a shame. — Aoi said with slumped shoulders and a sad expression on her face.

It’s not a big deal to be so depressed. But somehow it seems a bit sad.

—Ah… But ever since yesterday, I’ve been feeling a slight discomfort in my shoulder. Maybe it’s tense.

—Really? Then let me take care of it!

—Can I ask for a massage then?

—Leave it to me! I’ll take care of it!

Aoi’s dejected expression brightened. What a relief. She seems to have regained her spirits.

Actually, I don’t want to cause Aoi any more trouble. But if it cheers her up instead of bringing her down, maybe it’s best to take advantage of her kindness.

—Let’s start the massage right away.

She moved behind me as I sat on the couch.

Her hands touched my shoulders. Her long hair fell down and brushed against my cheek, tickling me.

—Yuya-kun, let me make you feel really good tonight, okay?

—What?!

Stop saying surprising things out of nowhere!

Calm down. Aoi’s just a little distracted. I’m sure she doesn’t have any inappropriate feelings.

—I know what you mean, but when you say things like ‘make you feel really good’, it makes me think of certain inappropriate things. It sounds sad, but that’s a man’s nature.

—Okay then, I’ll start.

Aoi began to put firm pressure on my shoulders, not too much, but just enough.

A pleasant tingling sensation spread from my shoulders to my back and seemed to leave my body. Even though I thought my shoulders weren’t too tense, it felt incredibly good.

Maybe I had accumulated more fatigue than I realized… Or maybe Aoi is just very good at shoulder massages?

I looked over my shoulder. Aoi closed her eyes tightly and rocked back and forth, trying hard to apply pressure.

—Aoi, you don’t have to work so hard… Oh!

With each of Aoi’s movements, her ample breasts bounced close to my head. They enveloped me with a soft sensation as they swayed from side to side like approaching and receding waves.

—Just… a little more… Ah…

In addition, the sweet sounds coming from Aoi’s mouth were whispered near my ear. She doesn’t do it on purpose, but it’s still a bit strange.

—Yuya-kun… What’s wrong with you…? Your ears are so red!

—Huh? Uh, it’s just that my body feels warm after you rubbed my shoulders! You’re good at giving massages, did you know that?

I hastily tried to hide my nervousness, and Aoi’s movements abruptly stopped. She seemed to have a wistful smile on her face.

—I’m good at shoulder massages. When I was little, I used to massage my mother’s shoulders like this.

—Oh, I see. That’s a nice memory of you and your mother.

—Yes, she was very happy. They’re nostalgic memories.

—Do you feel sad that you cannot be with Ryoko-san?

When I asked this question, Aoi shook her head.

—It’s not that I don’t feel sad, but I can always talk to her on the phone. Besides… Now that you’re by my side, I’m okay.

The sad expression on Aoi’s face turned into a warm smile.

Aoi, who grew up in a single-parent household, used to be alone at home when she was little. Sometimes she would cry because she missed her mother so much, even when she was playing with me.

…For a long time, you’ve always been someone who felt lonely, seeking warmth.

I stood up and gently stroked Aoi’s head.

—I won’t let you feel lonely ever again.

—Huh?

—I will always be with you, Aoi.

—Th—That…!

Aoi’s cheeks immediately turned red. She’s too shy to look me in the eye and lowers her head. She covers her lower lip with her upper lip and looks anxious.

—Please don’t say anything that sounds like a second proposal. Silly!

—You don’t have to be so embarrassed.

—I’m not embarrassed at all.

—But your face is red, you know?

—Ugh… Yuya-kun is being mean today.

Aoi rests her head on my shoulder and hides her face. It’s typical of her that she can’t hide her blushing ears.

—You’re such a fool, Yuya-kun.

Once again, Aoi kept her typical foolish expression as she smiled bitterly, and I continued to stroke her head until she’s satisfied.

 

*****

 

After that, we sat on the couch and talked about our memories.

—Aoi, do you remember the day we met? You cried a lot that day.

—I don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t make up things from the past.

—I remember it perfectly. You were crying and saying: “I wanted to make a dango prettier than Yuya-kun’s!” You were so cute when you were little.

—That’s enough. It’s unfair to make fun of things from the past.

—Hahaha. I didn’t mean to make fun. I’m sorry.

As I excused myself, I looked at the wall clock. It was after 10 p.m.

—I think it’s time to go to bed.

Tomorrow is Monday. Even though I wanted to spend more time with Aoi, I can’t let it affect my work.

—Yes, you’re right. Good night, Yuya-kun… Ah.

An electronic chirping sound was heard. It was Aoi’s cell phone.

She picked up her phone.

As she handled it, her expression softened.

—Maybe it’s a message from Rumi-chan?

—Yes. Uh, she has a proposal for you, Yuya-kun.

—A proposal? What is it about?

—Rumi-san suggested that we spend the night at Aoi-chan’s house… Is that okay or…?

Aoi looked very cute as she shyly asked me that question. She was so adorable that I immediately replied: “Of course you can!”

But there is a problem…

Rumi knows that Aoi and I are together. But she doesn’t know that we live together. If we have a sleepover, we won’t be able to hide that fact.

It will be obvious when she sees us interacting. Rumi is a good friend and she cares about other people. She won’t go around telling everyone that: “Aoi lives with her boyfriend.” But the risk is real.

On the other hand, Aoi seems very happy.

While I was thinking about it, Aoi tugged at my pajamas and looked at me with pleading eyes.

—Yuya-kun, are you worried about our living arrangement being discovered? Don’t worry. Rumi is not someone who would reveal secrets.

—Yes, I think so too. Rumi-chan is a kind and considerate girl to her friends.

—Besides… I don’t mind if Rumi finds out.

—What do you mean?

—Well… I just want to show that I’m living with you.

—Huh?

—Because Rumi can’t do that! She’s always flaunting her love for her boyfriend in front of me… Even though we’re full of love too! It’s not fair.

So you want to show Rumi: This is how much love Yuya-kun and I have! Is that what you mean?

Unconsciously, I covered my face with both hands.

What’s with this childish competition? It seems like you’re trying to show off.

—Yuya-kun, what are you doing?

—It’s nothing… It’s okay. You can have a sleepover.

—Really?

—Yes. But you can only invite Rumi-chan, okay? And only Rumi-chan is allowed to talk about our living arrangements. Is that clear?

—Yes! Thank you very much!

After giving her permission, Aoi started tapping on her phone. She’ll probably reply to Rumi right away.

When she finished sending her reply, Aoi stood up.

—Heh. Rumi might get really jealous if she finds out that Yuya-kun and I are living together.

Aoi said subconsciously in her own loving way while laughing innocently. Then she added a “Good night” before she went to her own room.

I leaned against the back of the sofa and looked up at the ceiling.

And then I muttered a word to myself.

—She’s too sweet.

When we’re alone at home, I can’t help but enjoy our loving moments. Maybe I’m weak to affection?

—At least I have to behave like an adult in public.

With this promise in mind, I went back to my room.

 

*****

 

After work, I returned to apartment 202 where she was waiting for me.

—Aoi, I’m home.

As I said her name, I heard hurried footsteps from the depths of the room.

Aoi came running to the entrance with a smile on her face.

—Welcome home, Yuya-kun. Thank you for your hard work. — she said as she took my work bag.

She acted like a true wife.

—Thank you for your hard work too, Aoi. What are we going to eat today?

—Heh. Yuya-kun, you always ask that when you come home, don’t you?

—Dinner is what I look forward to the most.

—I’m glad to hear that. By the way, we’re having beef stew tonight.

—Oh, great! I love the beef stew you make, Aoi!

—Heh. You look so cute when you act like a child.

Our roles had reversed and now she was treating me like a child. What’s wrong with enjoying beef stew? It’s delicious.

Since I was very hungry, I decided to start eating right away.

During dinner, Aoi informed me that she had told Rumi about our living arrangement.

Apparently, Rumi listened to Aoi without saying much. It was nice to see that she was understanding and kind.

On the other hand, Aoi bragged enthusiastically. Rumi-san seemed really jealous. It was embarrassing to hear that…

After a while, Aoi’s phone rang.

—Oh, it’s from Rumi-san… It seems she wants to set a date for the sleepover.

—When would that be?

—According to her, next Saturday works for her. Is that okay with you?

—Yes, I have no problem with that date.

—Understood. I’ll respond to Rumi-san. I’m looking forward to the sleepover.

—Great, I’m glad…

And here’s a question: What should I do during the sleepover?

It would be inappropriate to have an older man around while the two high school girls are having fun.

Should I lock myself in my room all day?

No, even if I’m in my room, it might make them feel uncomfortable.

—Aoi, I’ll be out of the house during the day so as not to bother you both.

—That’s not okay. Rumi-san would be disappointed.

—Huh?

I don’t understand why Rumi would be disappointed if I left the house.

While I was thinking about it, Aoi showed me her phone.

—Take a look at the message I received from Rumi-san.

—A message?

I looked at Aoi’s phone.

—Yay! The three of us, Aoi-chan, Yuya-san! How about we watch a movie together? And then have a sleepover, all three of us! This girls’ get-together plan can’t get any better!

—A sleepover…?

I can understand the part about watching a movie together.

But a pajama party is incomprehensible. Do they want me, an older man, to put on pajamas and have fun with two teenage girls? Besides, our rooms are separate, right?

And in the last sentence she mentions the word “girls night” out. It seems that they see me as a girl. I would prefer to be treated as a boy if possible…

—I think I would prefer to skip the pajama party. I don’t think it’s appropriate to spend the night in the bedroom with two girls in pajamas.

—Now that you mention it, that certainly is… Well, I’ll let Rumi-san know that you can’t stay for the pajama party. But would you mind staying to watch the movie with us?

—I don’t mind, but won’t I be a nuisance if I’m there?

—No… It’s not like that at all!

Saying that, Aoi stood up from her seat and brought her face closer to mine. I felt overwhelmed and instinctively backed away.

It’s rare to see Aoi raise her voice like that.

I could only look at her with surprise as I observed her serious expression.

—Yuya-kun is my fiancé, you know? There’s no situation where you would be a nuisance by my side. Rumi-san is excited about your presence as well.

—Aoi…

—You shouldn’t say sad things like being a nuisance.

Aoi’s words stabbed me lightly in the chest.

I guess it’s not up to me to decide if I’m a nuisance or not. I should have discussed it with Aoi and made a decision together.

I smiled at Aoi, who had a worried expression on her face.

—Understood. Let’s watch the movie together at the sleepover.

—Yuya-kun…!

—I apologize for rushing into a decision without asking first. I should have listened to your feelings before making a decision.

—Don’t worry about it. I’ll forgive you this time.

Aoi replied to Rumi’s message while humming a song. It seems she’s really looking forward to the sleepover.

Seeing Aoi excited and energetic, as befits her age, fills me with a warm sense of happiness.

At the same time, a new worry arose in my mind.

I don’t know how to take care of two teenage girls.

The day I met Aoi again, I already knew her preferences, so I was able to prepare tea and pastries without any difficulty.

But this time the situation is different.

Although I know Rumi’s personality, I don’t know her preferences. I can’t imagine how to make her happy.

But that’s not the only problem.

On the day of the event, I’ll be with two teenage girls the whole time. How should I act as the man in the middle?

Should I behave as usual?

But as the owner of the house, I feel I should offer some kind of hospitality.

Aoi and Rumi are looking forward to the sleepover. As an adult, I can’t disappoint them.

—Aoi, let’s make the sleepover an undeniable success.

—A success… I’m not quite sure what that means, but I’m excited.

Aoi’s innocent smile dazzles me.

I have decided to do my best to make Rumi want to come back in the future, I have to take good care of her.

That’s what I thought when I saw Aoi so happy.

Living with a Beautiful High School Student: A chance encounter after seven years

Living with a Beautiful High School Student: A chance encounter after seven years

Kutabire Salarymen no Ore, 7nenburi ni Saikai shita Bishoujo JK to Dosei wo Hajimaru
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Artist: Released: 2023 Native Language: くたびれサラリーマンな俺、7年ぶりに再会した美少女JKと同棲を始める
Amae Yuya, an office worker in his third year of employment, is completely exhausted by the daily grind. Then, for the first time in seven years, Yuya meets Aoi Shiratori, a girl eight years younger than him who used to live in his neighborhood. She had grown up to be a beautiful JK girl who was good at housework, and she said to him, “Yuya-kun, would you like to live with me under the premise of marriage?” Aoi desperately wants to live with Yuya, her first love. Yuya, who is puzzled, agrees to live with Aoi as a guardian for the time being, but Aoi’s aggressive approach makes him very nervous inside.

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