“I’m so glad you’re here. That Tamura guy is really funny, isn’t he? No matter what anyone thinks, it’s a false confession. What’s with the “I’m sorry. I’m glad you guys like me, but I can’t do it.” How can such a shy guy be popular?”
[TL/N: First line and I already hate this guy.]
While we were having lunch on the cruise ship, Uemura Kazumi was laughing while clutching his stomach.
He is the center of the class. Despite his red hair, piercings, and other conspicuous attire, he is athletic and good at his studies.
He has a sense of humor and is popular with the girls.
To be honest, I’m not very good with him.
I don’t understand why a guy like Uemura is so popular among girls.
I guess it’s because I, Tamura Hajime, who is branded as a “shady guy,” am jealous of him.
I have a lot of things I want to say, but I think that if I interfere with them, I will only accelerate my isolation.
I have learned that from my past experiences.
I have always been out of the ordinary. I am out of sync with the values of the rest of the world.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told to “read the air” or “you’re just getting into the swing of things”.
From my point of view, air isn’t something to read, it’s something to breathe, isn’t it? I replied, and I became more and more isolated.
Of course, I have never neglected to make an effort to enjoy my high school life, which I will only have once in my life.
I had identified all the reasons why I would have been a loner in middle school. I was determined to make friends in high school.
However, all of my efforts were undone on the first day of school.
I tried my best gag when I introduced myself, and it sank in spectacularly.
The temperature was so low that I thought I had been thrown into the freezer.
As a result, my high school debut ended in failure, and my reputation became that of a “weird guy in the background”.
Recently, however, I have begun to think that it would be okay if I stayed the same.
“I was so naive to think that my confession was genuine and to reject it. I mean, Kazuki, it’s your fault to begin with. You came up with a good idea, but you made all of us make fake confessions.”
“Yes, yes. I seriously had goosebumps. Please don’t ever make me do something so bad in taste again. See, Yui thinks so too, right?”
“Ummm, yes. I guess so…….”
Their names in order are Kuroushi Tsukasa, Kagawa Risa, and Ohara Yui.
They are the three most beautiful girls in high school.
Just the other day, I was confessed by all three of them at the same time.
For the first time in my life, the opposite sex confessed to me. And from three of the most beautiful girls in my high school.
It was impossible not to be elated. There was no way I could stay calm.
After receiving the confession, I was seriously worried.
To begin with, I didn’t know the three girls well.
I wondered if I should go out with them under such circumstances.
But I thought that such a thought itself might not be normal for a high school student. It is the high school student of today to try dating for the time being.
But if I chose one of the three, I would make both of them feel sad.
I couldn’t get that thought out of my head until the very end.
So I made a decision.
I decided to call it a split decision.
If I reject all the confessions, at least there would be no preference between the three of us.
I could minimize the difference in grief.
It was a hard choice for me, because I wanted to live out my youth.
Because I want a girlfriend after all.
However, this case had crossed a line that I could not tolerate.
Fake confession is an act of stepping on other people’s feelings.
I would never go out with a woman who would do such a thing.
That’s why I don’t mind being a loner.
I don’t care if I can’t read the air or if I can’t get into the mood.
The moment I stood up to take the empty dishes and tray to the return slot, with them and their friends making a big show of it.
“Students, please go back to your rooms right now! I repeat, students please return to their rooms now!”
The crew’s panicked voice echoing from the cruise ship’s speakers immediately made it clear that an emergency must have occurred.
It was the moment the long, long, hellish school trip had begun.