Happy Valentine’s Day 10 Years Later (Part 2)
“Daa-chan, look …, eat the chocolates? They look handmade and are filled with my love, so I think they will be very tasty.”
“I think they’re very delicious. They’re not homemade because they look homemade, but you don’t have to emphasize that… As long as they’re filled with love, that’s all that matters.”
“… But I can’t move because I’m supporting Shi-chan.”
Come to think of it, your hands are buried by me.
It seems that it is difficult for you to move because I am rubbing my body against yours so much.
But I couldn’t bring myself to move.
On your lap, cross-legged, is very cozy.
When I feel your body on my back and your breath on my ears, my heart is filled with happiness.
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to lose this position.
So I decided to be your ‘hand’.
“Well, why don’t you let me feed you♪… Here you go… ahh? Daa-chan, ahhhhh.”
I take out a chocolate from a small box and offer it to its mouth.
You blushed shyly as I held the bite-sized piece of chocolate in front of you.
“I’m embarrassed because we look like a couple of bachelors.”
“Huh? We are a couple of bachelors, you know? It’s too late to be embarrassed now.”
“I know, but you know what? Shi-chan is cute, so I’m still embarrassed.”
You were really embarrassed as you bashfully smiled at me.
I feel embarrassed when you give me such a “ubiquitous” reaction.
You were always fascinated by me, no matter how much time passed.
That really made me happy.
“Daa-chan is really cute♪”
“… I’m embarrassed by the way you call me ‘Daa-chan’ too.”
“Mmm. Why? I think it’s cute.”
I deliberately pouted my lips and informed you that I was sulking, and you patted me on the head to soothe me.
“Okay, okay,… calm down? It’s not that I don’t want to, I’m just embarrassed.”
“That’s what I’m unwilling to do. I just made ‘Darling’ cute, is that so weird?”
“It’s just that when you call me by my … name, I feel a little more normal. You know, like when we were in high school.”
When we were in high school – huh?
When I was told, I suddenly opened the drawer of my heart and it exploded all at once, like a boiled egg in a microwave oven.
The cherished memories fill my heart.
In a state where I was very happy, even more happiness piled on top of happiness, and unexpectedly, I felt like crying.
That’s how full my heart was.
When I was in high school, I remember … calling him this.
I call you that name for the first time in a long time.
Then you smiled happily.
“I’m used to it this way after all… Shiho.”
I felt it had been a while since you called me that.
But I still prefer ‘Shi-chan’.
My mother and father used to call me that, too, so I feel closer to you this way.
Yeah … I’m sorry, but I can’t do what you want.
“But I love to see you embarrassed, so I won’t change the way I call you. I won’t call you Kotaro-kun. You are my favorite ‘Daa-chan’.”
When I mentioned my favorite nickname again, you turned bright red.
Even the expression on your face was so adorable.
It made me want to eat you unintentionally.
“Here, Daa-chan,… chocolate, eat it? Aahh.”
Once again, I held out a bite-sized piece of chocolate that I had picked up with my fingers.
I forcefully put the chocolate, which had melted a little from body heat, into his mouth.
I let him eat the whole finger.
I think it might not be a bad idea to be eaten by you, who are so adorable that I want to eat you.
“How is it? Is it delicious?”
I ask you how you like it.
Then you nodded your head firmly, your cheeks reddening.
“Yeah, it’s delicious.”
I wonder which one…?
Which do you prefer, my fingers or chocolate?
If I … asked you the answer to that question, I bet you’d be embarrassed.
I am a jealous person, and I would be jealous even if the other person is food.
I am aware of that, so I dare not ask you that question.
Instead, I asked something like this.
“Hey, do you love me?”
I don’t doubt it.
I am not insecure.
But I want to hear it.
I want you to put your feelings into words.
You answered my selfishness.
“Yes, I love you. I love you with all my heart.”
Saying that, you hugged me.
I knew that … made me happy.
Ten years have passed, and I feel like you and I have changed a lot.
But there is one thing that has not changed.
It is something as sweet as chocolate.
No matter how much time has passed, your “love” for me has never changed.
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