Prologue – Part 1

TL: sleepy Pop


“I want a boyfriend! I want a boyfriend!” (Ami)

The sobbing sound comes from my best friend Ami, who is sitting next to me. Her preaching sounds exceedingly filled with emotion, but honestly, I’ve heard this line so many times that it has become annoying.

“I want to experience youth! Where should I go to have such an encounter, Himeno!?” (Ami)

“I Don’t know.” (Himeno)

“I don’t know. ……! Don’t be so naive, you want a boyfriend too, don’t you? A boyfriend?” (Ami)

“I don’t want a boyfriend.” (Himeno)

The way this conversation flows has always been the same, with Ami bringing up the same topic repeatedly.

“Huh? I’m pretty sure you should change your mind. Experiencing youth firsthand should be fun. Having the boys take you out for a drive or doing various things during a room date!” (Ami)

“Well, that’s fine. I have a hobby after all.” (Himeno)

“You’re cutting it all off! It’s a waste of Hime’s cuteness. It’s a shame that you don’t use that weapon because it’s a real treasure in our eyes! I’m sure you’ll be able to make one soon because your seniors are talking about you. …… Don’t you want me to tell you what they’re saying about You?” (Ami)

“No.” (Himeno)

“Well then, let me tell you all about it! It goes like this… She’s tiny, has a baby face and is as cute as a doll! Her expressionless face is so cute! I want to walk next to her! I want to cuddle her! I want her to be my girlfriend!” (Ami)

“I told you not to say anything.” (Himeno)

“Haha, sorry, sorry.” (Ami)

Himeno Isn’t good at talking like Ami. Instead, she is the total opposite. She has a hard time expressing herself, So if she doesn’t say much or smile, people might assume she’s in a bad mood. But Ami is different. She understands many things about Himeno. She may be noisy, but she’s also an excellent friend.

“So, after I apologize, I’m going to say this: …… You want a boyfriend too, right? Just like me?” (Ami)

“Why would you think that?” (Himeno)

At this moment, Himeno did her best to restrain her shoulders from rising in fear.

“Well, this has been on my mind for a while now, but aren’t you radiating girl energy? Light makeup, bracelets and beautifully tidied bangs along with a hint of sweet perfume.” (Ami)

“We all want to look cute. What’s wrong with that?” (Himeno)

“Well, if you say it like that, you’re right. However, I find it weird that you try so hard to look cute. At this rate, it seems like your working harder than me, a person who wants a boyfriend.” (Ami)

“It’s your imagination.” (Himeno)

“I don’t think it’s just my imagination because you’re working so hard. That’s why I kept asking you.” (Ami)

“You’re just paranoid.” (Himeno)

“I am?” (Ami)

“Yeah.” (Himeno)

This conversation needs to end here, any further, and Ami might found out. Plus, I’m not very good at lying. With this thought in mind, Himeno immediately stood up from her chair.

“Oh…? Where are you going?” (Ami)

“To the bathroom.ALONE.” (Himeno)

“I’m going to…..by myself. Got it! Remember, you ‘have’ to wash your hands.” (Ami)

“I don’t need Ami to tell me that.” (Himeno)

“Hey, that makes it sound like I’m not washing my hands!

Don’t you start any strange rumours!” (Ami)

********

After finishing her business with Ami, Himeno proceeded to wash her hands with liquid soap. There was no one around. Only the sound of running water could be heard.

 There was something that Himeno has been holding back from talking about earlier all this time. She was lying to herself all this time and only came upon the realization since she was alone in the bathroom.

………….There was no one who doesn’t want a boyfriend.

 

The reason Himeno declined the thought of ever wanting a boyfriend was purely to keep up appearances.

 Certainly, Himeno has a hobby. She values her hobbies and makes them a reason for living. However, her hobby and desire to have a boyfriend were about the same.

 

Himeno was already in her first year of college and was 18 years old. It’s natural for her to be interested in a boyfriend ……. But there was a reason why it was so hard for her to find the courage.

When Himeno was first confessed to by a boy, she felt happy. However, the boy who confessed to Himeno was a fresh face, which she hadn’t seen before. Since Himeno was uncomfortable going out with someone she didn’t know, she rejected his confession.

It was the first time Himeno had received a confession from a senior in the third grade when she was in her first junior high school grade. She felt happy, but it was the first time she had talked to that person.

Since Himenon was uncomfortable with going out with someone she didn’t know, she refused

“I’m sorry.” (Himeno)

The next day a rumour was going around: Man…! It feels so refreshing to be rejected in a punishment game!

Those were the words of the senior who confessed to Himeno.

Himeno felt shaken. No, she felt like an idiot for receiving his confession.

She felt that he should have never confessed to her in the first place.

That was the start of it all.

 Since then, I’ve been afraid of confessing my feelings for fear that it might be a punishment game. It’s cheeky, but it’s true. ……

 That was why I’m still reluctant to accept any confessions. I’ve never been in a relationship with anyone. I’m too embarrassed to talk about it in college, so I falsely claim that I’m not interested in finding a boyfriend.

 Himeno turned off the faucet and wiped her hands with a handkerchief as she left the bathroom. As she was heading straight to her classroom, a couple was chatting amicably by the window in the hallway.

“We’ll go home together again today, okay? I’ll whip up something tasty for you today, too.”

“Really?! Then I want curry!”

“What? But I made the curry yesterday? …… Didn’t you eat all of it?”

“Because everything you make is delicious. I live alone, so it really helps.”

“Hey, I told you not to praise me out of the blue. ……”

“You’re always embarrassed, aren’t you? That makes me embarrassed as well…”

“Shut up, ……! I can’t help it if you’re happy!”

The boyfriend proclaimed with a facial expression that can only be seen as a joy. Both of them are in their own worlds enjoying themselves…

 

I’m jealous …….

It was rude to stare, as I thought to myself while sneaking a look. However, Himeno was so focused on the couple that she didn’t notice what was in front of her. The timing was horrible.

“Don!

“Ugh!

“Whoa!

Himeno felt a strong impact hit her, along with a man’s voice. The impact was so strong that it made Himeno drop the handkerchief that she had in her hand.

The boy immediately stood up, witnessing what he had done, shouted, “I’m sorry!!” while running away from the crime scene.

Mou……. I was clearly at fault for not looking ahead, but for me to be treated like that hurts me so much.

As I was about to pick up my handkerchief from the hallway, a man from the couple Himeno had seen earlier walked up to me.

“Hey, are you okay?”

“Hmm……” (Himeno)

“That’s terrible, that guy. When you bump into someone, you usually have to stop.”

The man followed up with Himeno. Picking up the handkerchief that fell before Himeno, he dusted it and handed it to her.

“Oh, thank you …” (Himeno)

“It’s not something you should be thankful for. Be careful this time.”

“No, I’ll be careful …” (Himeno)

The man warned Himeno and went back to his girlfriend.

Himeno replied with a bow while looking slightly happy and proud.

“Welcome back, Himeno!” (Ami)

“Hmm, I’m back.” (Himeno)

As usual, Ami called out to me as I entered. However, I felt that Ami seemed more excited than before, and I quickly understood the reason.

“Hey, look at this! It’s a photo that Fuco sent me out of the blue.” (Ami)

Ami shows me her smartphone while brimming with excitement. What was displayed there-

“Lovers acting … service?” (Himeno)

“Yes, yes. I heard that there was a company that allows you to simulate the experience of a lover! It’s through a company, so it seems to be safe and has a good reputation!” (Ami)

“……” (Himeno)

Without replying to Ami’s words, she concentrated on that image and looked at the LCD of her smartphone.

“I’m over 18 years old, and I’m single, so I’m wondering if I should call them next time! For me who can’t get a boyfriend, this service is a godsend!” (Ami)

“…………”(Himeno)

“Hi, Hime? Hey.”(Ami)

“No, nothing.”(Himeno)

“Well, that’s fine, but ……, that’s it! I heard that you could use the service for 20◯◯◯◯ for an hour plus 10,000 yen for the company’s brokerage fee, but since it’s Christmas season, the brokerage fee is 8◯◯◯◯. That means the first hour of your time is free, so it’s not a bad deal at all!” (Ami)…[◯◯◯◯ i have no clue what these symbols represent]

“Maybe for Ami. (Himeno)

“Don’t say maybe for me! I’m not sure if you’re really interested in this or not, Hime.”(Ami)

 I’m sure you’re not the only one. You can’t help but feel that this was the way to go if you respond to the topic of conversation. I feel guilty for being so vain, but I can’t say I want one now. I can’t say that I’ve never had a boyfriend. And it was almost time for my lecture.

“Ami, the lecture is about to start. Let’s get ready. (Himeno)

“No way! It’s already that time! Thank you for telling me! (Ami)

“Hmm.”(Himeno)

 That day at the university, even though she was concentrating on her lectures, Himeno couldn’t get the words “lover agency service” out of her head.

That night, Himeno was searching on her smartphone while lying on her bed at home. She looked up the website of “Lover’s Agent Service” that Ami had shown her.

 As Ami had said, it goes through a company, so you don’t have to worry. Besides, I wouldn’t be afraid of this. You can go on a date without having to confess. ……

 Himeno was working, so she has little money to spare. However, she felt like she could try it out once as she wanted to experience what it felt like as much as Ami did.

 

Himeno looked up the service structure on the website and, for the time being, took a screenshot of the phone number.

That was about it for today’s preliminary research. I’ll make some time tomorrow to continue my research.

While taking a break, Himeno then opened up Twitter. She was posting her daily routines, the events of the day, on her work account.

‘A guy picked up my handkerchief today. It made me happy.’

 This is what made me the happiest today. I didn’t use any emoticons or emojis, but this is the basis of Himeno.

 A notification will be displayed when you post and spread the likes of your peers’ posts. This is also something Himeno looks forward to. When she would receive a notification, she would check it right away.

“Who is that guy? I’m so jealous that you touched her handkerchief!”

“I’m sure it smells great.”

“That guy is great! I’d pick up the handkerchief and run away immediately.”

 The replies, which included stories, came in real-time.

 Himeno’s account, which I’m ashamed to name, is ……, and Biru-chan’s followers have grown to 300,000.

 Today’s post also got a lot of responses. It made me happy.



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4 thoughts on “Prologue – Part 1

  1. Thanks for picking this up.

    Btw, Debiru-chan is the name Himeno’s account and it not be hidden. So i think you typo to Biru-chan.

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