Part 17: Episode 17: New Love for the New Year
After finals came winter break. It was nice to be able to take a break from school. I still woke up early, just to see this beautiful view every morning. And today was an extra special day.
Its the first day of the new year. Looks like Im still alive to enjoy it!
Its a little cold out, but its calm and the sun is warm. I think Ill go visit the shrine.
I think Ill buy an amulet and go home.
In front of me stood Ryouta, dressed in a traditional miko. I guess hes working here, but I didnt think they would make him dress up for it
What are you doing, Ryouta?
Exactly what it looks like! Im working here today and tomorrow.
O-oh It looks good on you !
You came here to buy an amulet, right? Which would you like?
Its always important to stay vigilant in your studies. I may have passed my finals, but school can only get harder from here.
Id like that first one, please!
Here you go!
Thanks, Ryouta! Are you here all day today?
Yep! The first days always busy.
Oh, well. I was going to ask if you wanted to get lunch together, but
Sorry, Goon. Maybe some other time?
Since youre here, why not go get a fortune? Theyre next to the main building, over there.
Okay! Thanks. See you, Ryouta!
On my way to receive a fortune, I found Mr. Nanaki looking at his own fortune.
Mr. Nanaki! Happy new year!
Did you get a fortune, sir?
Yes. Unfortunately, I seem to have drawn the chicken of ill omen Why dont you take one?
Hmm, which should I take ?
Good, you got a better one than I did. I think this will be a good year for you, Lourde.
Thank you, sir!
After that, I had finished all of my business at the shrine, so I headed home to enjoy the day.
As quickly as the break had started, so too did it end. Thankfully, all the testing was done for the year.
I hope you all had good vacations? I hibernated.
What a shocker.
Youre still hibernatING! Sir, wake up!
Umm, Ive said this before, but your junior year will be over before you know it.
Theres nothing special this semester Nothing to worry about!
With nothing to look forward to this semester, time flew by until February hit.
Oh! Tomorrows Legumentines! I think Ill buy some beans.
Today, Legumentines is a holiday where you give beans to the boy you like, but apparently it used to involve throwing them at pigeons. Disgraceful!
I packed up my school stuff and headed for the closest seed store.
Thankfully, the store was close to campus, and there was no one in here at this time of day.
Yes. Is there a kind that you think is particularly good?
Clerk: This years trend is towards these bean medleys for racers, but they are a little pricey. Its hard to say without knowing the bird in question, really.
Hmm Thats true. And sometimes the cheap ramen tastes better than the expensive stuff.
I wanted to get some seeds for Mr. Nanaki, but I have no idea what his tastes are. Something like a race blend seems like it might be a bit too much for him.
I think Ill play it safe with him and just get country millet. Thats a pretty simple seed.
Ill take these!
Clerk: Thank you, miss. Here you are.
I took my bag back home in eager anticipation for the next day.
I saw Mr. Nanaki head towards the staff room just a moment ago. I should still be able to catch up to him.
Sir! Mister Nanaki!
Umm Today is Legumentines! So I wanted to give you beans
You want to give them to me? Are you sure thats okay? You dont have someone else?
No, sir! I want to give them to you, sir!
I dont know what kind of things you like to eat, so I wasnt sure which to get, but
Ive enjoyed them for a long time. They bring back good memories Mmm, such a nice, gentle smell
S-sir! They do smell nice, but please dont fall asleep!
Oh! Umm Are you really sure you want to give these to me?
Yes, sir! A hunter-gatherer never goes back on her word!
Thank you, then. Mmm
And so he wandered off towards the staff room, a gentle smile on his face.
Im glad he liked them!