Today was a day off.
We were relaxing on the living room sofa in the living room after we finished eating and breakfast and done chores like cleaning and such.
During that, Kanon suddenly gets up to her feet.
“I’m going to brew black tea. Do you guys want some?”
I do seem to recall seeing a bunch of tea bags in the kitchen.
Kanon must have bought them.
The only things I buy are water or beer so I gave them free reign to buy what drinks they like.
Kanon also makes barley tea and cools it in the fridge but today’s portion was still cooling off on top of the table.
“If so, I’ll have a cup myself please.”
“Ah, let me help. I’ll boil the water.” –Himari says as she stands up.
“It’s just making tea. I can do it alone.”
“I can’t have Kanon working all alone.”
“Now. Now. Both of you calm down. It’ a rest day anyways so I’ll do it myself so sit and wait here.”
Kanon and Himari then both exchanged looks at each other after my remark and then—
“Then please go ahead.”
“Please do so!”
The two then ended settled their dispute and sat down on the sofa.
What is this? It feels like this was a setup…..
I don’t really mind though. It’s just boiling water anyways.
Once I heat up the kettle, I set teabag for the cups.
This is the first time I’ve prepared black tea and also the first time I make a drink for another person.
Under normal circumstances I would have done this kind of thing for them right from the first day but……
I was a single guy who has never invited a guest to his house before so I’d like to have leeway on that part.
Steam soon began to spurt from the mouth of the kettle.
I shut off the stove quickly after and poured the hot water in the teacup.
At that moment, the amorous scent of tea passes through my nose.
I rarely drink tea but I do like its smell.
It had different merits than coffee.
“Oh yeah, do you guys want any sugar?”
I direct my voice to the living rom.
Kanon had also bought sugar cubes and gum syrup.
“I’ll have a cube of sugar and a bit of milk please~”
So Himari’s a milk person.
“I…… w-want four cubes of sugar and gum syrup!”
Kanon replies quite shyly.
“Isn’t adding four too much?”
“I like it sweet!”
Judging from the look of how much worked up it seems she is well aware of just how much it was.
Can the sugar even dissolve with that much in it?
It would just build up on the bottom won’t it?
Diabetes is also a concern……… but she’s not drinking it everyday so I think its okay on that front.
But still…. her tastes are quite childish huh.
I wouldn’t guess at all based on the food she cooks everyday.
I couldn’t help but smile a bit at this unexpected side of her.
We are sitting on the sofa while each of us drank our tea.
There was an informational show covering a local shop serving delicious crepes.
It was only by chance but our aesthetics and tastes are in sync with what’s shown so I was a bit happy.
By the way, I drink my tea black.
“Say…….Himari I’d like to ask you something or rather, I want to tell you something.”
I suddenly remember that.
“What is it?”
Himari tilts her head.
I hesitated for a moment.
I’ve only realized now that this might have been a topic that’s better suited for when Kanon isn’t around.
But with the way I phrased it, it’s too late to turn back now.
Readying myself, I say my next lines.
“I think you mentioned this the other day but you seem to know a lot about doujinshi or something……”
I tried to avoid getting straight to the point but that would have been too vague of an asking point.
If she was actually reading R-18 stuff then I do think that as an adult I should warn her about it but after all….. Even I didn’t want to be questioned that if the roles were reversed.
Himari thought about things for a bit then she smiles from ear to ear.
“Yes! To tell you the truth, I’m a huge fan of the doujinshi Ekaki publishes. I’ve been following his works ever since I was in middle school!”
Himari replies very excitedly.
It’s fine if she likes it but… the problem lies in its content.
“I-Is that so. What’s it about…?”
“Most of his works are all ages gag books. I really like her comedy sense…. But once in a while she draws serious and heart wrenching stories. The contrast between the styles is one of the things I admire about her……. What’s the matter Komamura-san? You look dazed.”
“Ah nothing…… You really like that a lot huh.”
Himari’s dazzling smile filled me with an inexplicable feeling of guilt.
Maybe I have a serious misunderstanding of the word “Doujinshi”….?1
I mean, the things I know about Doujinshi, Is that thing I download and read from Fanza……….
But based on what she said, it doesn’t sound like Himari has learned anything dodgy from doujins. I had prepared myself from that part, but I’m relieved to know that’s not the case.
On the other hand, I’m curious about the contents of the “Runaway doujinshi” she read before but I dare not to dig deeper.
As far as Himari’s story is concerned, it’s probably a gag one. Yup.
To calm myself down, I sip my tea.
Tea is a good thing to have in times like this.
The no-frills bitterness of the tea livens my brain up.
After downing my tea, my eyes meet with Kanon who was next to me.
Her face clearly tells that “I have no idea what Himari is talking about at all.”
I think it’s probably the best that she stays ignorant of what its really about.
There are some things in this world you are better of not knowing.
I turn my attention back to the tv, not wanting to continue this topic any longer.