Part 9: Expensive flower (Intended pun)Music: Tender Scenery
"I'll change my plans. We're finishing the job from this morning, right? Let's finish the repairs before the exams start."
"Thank you. Let's go and look at the patient in the art club then."
"All right. Oh, and clear the people out of the room, will you? I can't concentrate with people watching me."
Whoever was asking for more , you got it.
"Of course. I won't let them get in your way."
Issei quickly walks to the hallway, and I follow him out of the classroom in a hurry.
Music: Surrounded by Smiling Faces
He's just shoving his hand right in there, isn't he?
"You helped me a lot today. I'll certainly make up for it, so tell me if you need anything."
"Yeah, I'll let you know if something comes up. I don't think anything will, though."
I didn't help him to get something in return, so there's nothing I want from Issei.
" Geez, I guess it is a problem to be too good a person. It's helpful to have you around, but I can't stand it when other people use you to their liking. Helping others is a good thing, but you should be more picky with who you help. You just help anyone who comes to ask you."
"Hm? Am I that indiscriminate?"
"Yes. And that's just going to let heartless idiots use you as they wish. You're a busy man, so it should be okay for you to decline from time to time."
I can't really tell, but it seems like Issei's worried about me.
I've been called helpful since I was in middle school, as I don't turn down requests for help and don't ask for anything in return.
I guess Issei thinks that's dangerous.
But I'm doing it because I want to, and it's not a problem as I decline things that I think are beyond me.
"It's nothing for you to worry about, Issei. I know myself better than anyone. Besides, helping people is a good thing. It's not something a son of the owner of a temple should be trying to stop."
"But I think you're going so far that it might eventually overwhelm you."
"I'll take your warning. See you tomorrow, then."
" Yes, I'll see you tomorrow."