Part 46: Episode 42: Summer Love
The next day I was on duty at the infirmary, I was shocked to see Yuuya being interrogated by the doctor.
I dont quite know whats going on, but I dont like the look on the doctors face.
Ill help Yuuya by covering for him. I dont wanna know what the doctor might do to him if I told the truth.
Thats right. Yuuya and I were having a sexy and luxurious sunbath in the courtyard up until a few minutes ago.
Sexy and luxurious it was indeed. Well, doctor?
Very well. I shall have to wait for more solid evidence.
Of course, doctor.
The music stops.
Forgive me, mon amie. I cant explain right now.
And hes gone. What was that supposed to mean?
Is something really happening in this infirmary?
I ended up getting so caught up in trying to figure out what was going on between Yuuya and the doctor that I forgot to study for finals, and I got a bad grade. Ill get better though, I swear it!
But thankfully, the end of the semester soon came and with it also came summer vacation. Before leaving, I asked Dr. Iwamine about coming in to clean the infirmary, but he said that wouldnt be necessary. He asked if I had anything else I wanted to talk to him about, but
No, thats all.
I will ask you to leave, then. You arent an unpleasant companion, but I have many experiments to conduct.
I got kicked out again.
Or is it something more sinister ?
The music stops.
Well, I couldnt spend my summer worrying about hypothetical problems, so I decided to clear my mind with a jog around town, where I met a pretty cool birdie. I think shes a biker too, so shes a little dangerous, but I liked her well enough.
I thought that getting a job might be a good way to pass time in the break, but I ultimately thought itd be better to use my free time to relax between semesters. Plus, I didnt know if Id be called in to infirmary duty, so I needed to keep my schedule open.
The time flew by until finally, the summer festival was here!
While I was thinking of who to invite I was reminded of the scene between Yuuya and the doctor. Maybe Ill be able to talk to Yuuya about that if we go to the festival together. Plus, he seems like hes a perfect fit for a party, so its guaranteed to be a good time.
I called Yuuya up, and he said he would meet me in the park.
Oh! Yuuya! Sorry, did I keep you waiting?
Dont worry about it. A gentleman never keeps a lady waiting, so I always show up half an hour early.
Thats pretty early.
Shall we go, mon amie?
Dont tell me youre a hand-holding virgin?
Better late than never. You were the one who invited me. Okay?
His feathers are soft
I hope Im not blushing too hard
The festival was a lot of fun. Im glad I decided to ask Yuuya to come with me.
The music stops.
Umm, Yuuya !
What is it? Do you want to play some more? The night is yet young, and if dangerous games are your desire, I will accompany you.
Th-thats not what I meant! I wanted to ask you something.
Of course. Just, my height and weight are classified information, so I cant tell you those.
Why did you lie to Dr. Iwamine?
In other words, I havent had time to go rifling through your stuff, doctor. Right, Goon?
I came straight from cleaning my classroom. I hadnt seen you before I went into the infirmary.
But you told the doctor that wed been together. Why?
You knew I was lying, then. So why did you play along?
Because the doctor looked mad? I felt like if I didnt help you he was going to do something to you--
Hey! Im asking the questions here!
Ahaha. Sorry, mon amie, your hunter-gatherer instincts are too much for me. But yes, if you hadnt helped me back then
Th-thats not funny!
Indeed, it isnt funny at all. And its not a joke. Ahaha.
Please, give me a straight answer, Yuuya
That was a straight answer. Im always straight, in love. Almost always.
No, I meant
Uhh, Goon, could you do me a favor?
What now? Youre just trying to avoid the question again.
Ssshhh. Listen. Ill only say this once.
Whats going on? His usual detached air is gone. Hes looking around, almost nervously
Im sorry, mon amie. It looks like we had better split up. Can you get home all right by yourself?
O-of course, I
The night roads are laden with traps. Be careful. Adieu, mon amie!
He turns briskly and disappears into a narrow alley.
What on earth is going on? He told me not to look back, but
A gunshot !?
I ran straight home as quickly as I could.
The music stops.
Later that night, he sent me an e-mail.
The message bears no trace of the tension I felt in him earlier. Are you all right, Yuuya ?
He really is a mysterious bird. I think Ill assume that his existence is one of the seven mysteries of St. Pigeonations.
I had gotten used to take late-night walks during the summer to help me relax.
I think Ill get some udon and go home before I get life-counseled.
Wait, isnt that Yuuya?
Hes rummaging around in a garbage can.
I decided to try and scare him while his was preoccupied. Maybe if I did an impression...?
Yuuya, what are you doing!? Have you fallen so far, mongrel?
I-I cant believe you need to fish around in trash cans for food, Yuuya !
Please, dont misunderstand, mon amie. I was looking for something.
Sadly, no clues were to be found in this barrel.
Clues ? What is he talking about?
Mr. Garbage Disposal!
Something like that.
I would like to escort you home, mon amie, but unfortunately I am somewhat busy at the moment. Will you be all right on your own?
A hunter-gatherer can always find her way home!
The smell of garbage surrounding him fades as he strides off into the night, but the mysteries dont. What was he looking for?
I rushed to school today, worrying that I was going to be late on the first day back to school. I forgot my homework, I barely had time to get ready, and to top it all off, Mr. Nanaki told me that I had shown up a day early.
He asked if I wanted to help him grade some exams since I was already there, but I thought that I would just head back home and try to calm down for the rest of the day. My heart was still pumping like mad, and I feel like itd be hard for me to concentrate on anything.