Chapter 1: I’ll do my best starting tomorrow
Onii-chan called me.
I quickly closed my notebook PC and made a big stretch.
Today was February fourteenth.
Saint Valentine’s Day.
“Sasami-sa~n♪ It’s morning~♪”
Onii-chan entered the room as usual.
Onii-chan was in a suit as he was going to work (he was a teacher at the high school in the neighborhood), his face was hidden behind the leather bag, so his expression couldn’t be seen.
Being unable to see Onii-chan’s face is normal.
He shouldn’t worry about me and just go to work.
As I thought that, I lazily flopped onto the bed.
Onii-chan approached me in a weird movement, and said the usual words,
“It’s morning now. The early morning of a Saturday. Let’s go to school today.”
That was the first thing I said to Onii-chan this morning.
Onii-chan didn’t mind it as he took a look at me, who was lying on the bed.
“Sasami-san. You’re sixteen now. And it’s a long-awaited enrollment to the high school, why don’t you try the fun school life just for a day?”
Onii-chan then sighed as he put a tray in his hand next to me.
“You must be hungry. I made breakfast for you.”
I lifted my face and took a peek at Onii-chan’s hand.
Placed on the plate were sandwiches cut into rectangular shapes.
Their contents were banana, kiwi, and strawberry on top of the fresh cream, they looked colorful.
I was certainly hungry, but I stayed lying down.
I opened and closed my mouth.
“Don’t act like a spoiled child, Sasami-san. You’re already sixteen, right?”
“If you don’t feed me, I’ll die from starvation.”
“It can’t be helped then.”
After about three sandwiches, I felt satisfied.
“Onii-chan can eat the rest.”
I still had some consideration left.
Onii-chan shook his head.
“I’ve already eaten. I made these, after all.”
After he wrapped the plate, Onii-chan said,
“If you still feel hungry at noon, you can eat the rest.”
No, at noon I think I’ll probably sleeping.
“How about a drink? As you ate in an odd posture, doesn’t anything get stuck in your throat?”
“I’m fine. But more than that, Onii-chan, aren’t you going to be late for work?”
A teacher’s work started very early in the morning, he shouldn’t have time to deal with his hikikomori sister.
As I felt satisfied from my expanded stomach, I felt sleepy.
“Just leave me alone, I’m going to sleep.”
Onii-chan messed up my hair as he caressed my head.
“Well, I’ll go school now. If Sasami-san feel like going, you’re very welcome at any time, even during the class.”
Onii-chan looked reluctant as he headed toward the exit.
From the wide yet narrow, peaceful room of mine.
To the overflow of the events from a lot of worthless people, to the outside world.
“I’ll be going then, Sasami-san.”
Bearing my sleepiness, I incidentally recalled and stretched out my hand.
Ah, yes, I almost forget about it, I even went through the trouble of ordering it via mail order too.
Today was February fourteenth, after all.
After my hand touched the mail order box, I tore the vinyl package and took its contents out.
It was a small rectangle box wrapped in a curtly paper.
“Here, your boxed-lunch.”
Because it was troublesome to throw it, I just lifted the box up.
“? What is it?”
Onii-chan came back to me, took the box, and stared intently at it.
“I said it’s your boxed-lunch.”
I rubbed my eyes, Ahh, well, I’m really sleepy now.
“Have a safe trip, Onii-chan.”
And with that, today too, I didn’t do my best.