As we waited for the pizza, Kanon handed me a sheet of paper.

At first I thought it was a school printout, but it was a loose leaf of paper with several lines of handwritten letters.

Contrary to how I would think a high school girl’s handwriting being round and bubbly, I felt a gap between my expectations and what I see as the letters were surprisingly enough, thoroughly firm.

“This is…?”

“It’s a list I wrote about things I want here that I had back at home. Since I had spare time before you came back, I looked around the room. It’s lacking a lot of things.”

I instantly gulped at Kanon’s words.

…….No. There shouldn’t be anything here that high-school girls weren’t allowed to see. I should relax.

“Ah, as you’d expect, I didn’t look the inside of closets or private rooms. Only to the extent of what’s plainly seen. Weeell , I figured that I would see porn mags or so scattered around but certainly enough, there weren’t any.”

Kanon answered with a wide grin as if she has read my mind.

What the heck was that. She acts like a mother who cleans her kid’s room without permission.

Meanwhile, Himari is looking down, blushing at the words “Porn mag”.

It makes it look like I sexually harassed you. Please stop.
Although…Nowadays that kind of thing comes by the bucketloads on the internet. So should I really be concerned whether it would be seen in the closet or under the bed?

“Jokes aside, honestly speaking, a man living alone is sloppy from what I’ve seen so far.”
“Sloppy?”

“For example.”

Saying so, Kanon points at the living room curtains.

“I think that navy blue adds an calming ambiance.”

“No. I’m not talking about the color. You only have one right? There’s no lace curtain.”

“I attached lined ones because I didn’t think it was that necessary.”

I’m not really interested in interior that much, and there’s also the reason that I’m not amicable to wasting money with that sort of stuff.

 Speaking as a member of the accounting team in my company, I have a principle of actively avoiding unnecessary expenditures.

But Kanon felt a bit peeved at my answer.

“You don’t just leave your curtains closed during the day, right?”

“No, it’s open. Sunlight is important”

“Then doesn’t that mean that the place has a clear view from the outside.”

“Is that so? This is the third floor though….”

“There’s probably a clear view of here at the building across the street”

Seriously?

I involuntarily open the curtains and look outside.

But the only thing I could see is myself reflected in the darkness of the night and the countless water droplets due to rain.

When I put my face close to the window, I could finally see what was going on in the outside.

Taking a look at the apartment building Kanon had mentioned. I could see light leaking through the gaps in the curtains, but the interior of the rooms couldn’t be seen from here.

“If there’s already a full view at night without curtains, then think about having no curtains in the daytime. I could see the guy across the street back at my apartment working out every morning. Having lace curtains would have made it totally different. It may be thin, but they work quite well.

“I see……”

Truthfully, I haven’t been especially concerned on “The likelihood of whether the inside of the house could be seen from the outside” my whole life.

However, if I’m going to be living with two high-school girls from now on, then I can’t just ignore it.

I need to prepare the essentials ASAP.

But, sloppy huh……

I can feel Kanon’s words sinking into me.

No. Shouldn’t this be the perfect picture of a salaryman living alone?

I pull myself together and lower my eyes to look at the list Kanon had written.

Under the words “Lace Curtains” were the words “Aromatics”.

Did she mean air fresheners?

(TN- Very Intrusive Localization Warning. The word Kanon uses is “ほうこう剤“ but it could be fully written in Kanji as “芳香剤” . Komamura here originally monologues on whether she knows how to write the characters for Houkou(芳=Perfume香=Incense) which is not necessarily abnormal for not knowing or writing it as so in the context of Japanese culture. )

“The room itself isn’t like that but…something just outright stinks in the entranceway.”

“…………………..”

Her words downright killed me.

Was that why she frowned the instant she stepped foot in here…….?

While I do wash my body everyday, the same couldn’t be said for my shoes at all.

Did Himari think so too?

And not just today. Was that what the courier thought every time they came?

………..I have to set up countermeasures.

Nevertheless, I at least got to learn that the mention of odors is a definite mental blow. 

Is it because you don’t notice it when you’re by yourself?

Continuing with the list, the next line is “Scrub Brush”

What kind of brush is that? Don’t I already have one in the bathroom?

“Next up.  There’s liquid detergent in the bath but there is no brush.”

“I just take a shower. After the shower I spray some detergent flush out the bubbles, and cleaning is done.”

Considering the water costs, I am conscious of the fact that it’s a waste to fill the bathtub with hot water.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to wash it immediately after use for the time efficiency.

“Perhaps, scrubbing it down should prove to be a bit better. The ickiness would remain otherwise.”

“………Is that so.”
  My way of doing things has once again been mercilessly cutdown.

“And contin— huh? Is there something on my face?”

Kanon gave me a questioning look when I inadvertently stared at her face.

“No,  I was just thinking that you’re surprisingly thorough .”

“Th-that’s not true. Just that much is normal.”

Particularly speaking,  compared to Himari, Kanon’s appearance gives an impression of ”Frivolity”. Surprisingly though, She’s all throughout been showing that there is a homely aspect to her.

…..Come to think of it, Aunt Shouko and her have been living with each other all this time. Of course she would have her act together.

“Nuh-uh, I also think that you are very thorough. I wouldn’t notice those things myself…..You’re amazing”

“Hi-Himari too. Cut it out—….”

 Kanon grabs Himari’s arms and begins to shake for some reason.

“That’s a sloppy way to hide your embarrassment”

Kanon comes glaring at me with a red face at my words.

I could retort back with at least this much right.

…………….Wow, I’m childish.

What am I doing competing with a high school girl.

The intercom then rang at that moment.

It looks like the pizza guy is here.

Kanon’s expression lit up for a split second, but when her eyes met with mine, she turns her head to the side just as quick.

I should just let sleeping dogs lie.

I took out my wallet from my bag and headed for the doorway.

Speaking of which, this is the first time I’ve ordered pizza since my brother left. Eating pizza alone is expensive…..

It’s been a long time since I splurged, but somewhere in my heart, I felt elated.

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The Large size pizza went poof.

Kanon and Himari looked content, but to be honest, the just the pizza wasn’t enough for me. I’m grateful for the fries that came included as a bonus.

I also bought three bottles of oolong tea for the three of us. There was only booze and water in my fridge after all.

Thanks to that, I’ve spent quite a lot of money.

Delivered drinks are so expensive………..
I don’t have the habit of making my own drinks like tea or coffee.  Should I buy such things later on?

I should try asking the both of them on what their drink preferences were.

This short time with them has made me think about many things in my own life that I’ve never bothered knowing.

Is this what it means to live with others?

I chug down half the booze I’d taken out of the fridge as I thought about it.

Beer is best served cold, after all.

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Shortly after finishing the pizza, Himari went to take a bath.

Although I said that, the bathtub wasn’t filled with water.  I felt sorry, but I told her to put up with only a shower today.

I thought it would be best to fill the bath with hot water after I buy the scrub brush Kanon had requested. While waiting for Himari, Kanon sorted her luggage.

“Oh yeah. You can put your clothes in here. Use the 2nd row from the bottom.”

I give an explanation to Kanon as I opened the drawers in my bedroom.

This was where my brother’s stuff used to be, but there’s nothing in there now. The bottom one is also empty, so I’ll let Himari use it.

Kanon nods. She immediately started to transfer the clothes she had brought.

“I’m done taking a bath~”

At that timing,  Himari came out of the bathroom as she was wiping her hair. She was wearing the same clothes she had earlier.

The only difference with her was the wet hair.

Come to think of it, the last time I’ve seen a woman’s wet hair was back at the pool in middle school.

I’m not meaning to be weird but……somehow……my eyes were drawn to it……..

“Are you going to sleep in that Himari?”

When Kanon asked, Himari laughed in a troubled tone.

“I forgot to bring my sleepwear….All I have left is my school uniform.

Himari’s luggage is a small as Kanon’s.

It looks like she ran away out of impulse. I could imagine she couldn’t afford to bring a lot of clothes to change in.

“You can borrow my clothes then—Is what I like to say but… you’re taller than me so I wonder if it would fit. What size do you usually wear by the way?

“It’s medium, but sometimes it’s large depending on the clothing.

“Uwa, really? My size is small though….”

“Hmm—…… Small might be a bit tight….”

The two of them did a sidelong glance with furrowed eyebrows, so I headed for the bedroom closet.

If memory serves me right, there should be a T-shirt here that was only worn once last year.

It didn’t take long before I found what I was looking for, so I then went back to the living room and handed the shirt to Himari straightaway.

“Bear with this for today. I only wore this once last year.  Aah, I properly washed it ok, so rest easy”

“Eh. Are you sure?”

“You won’t be able to do laundry with those clothes on you know.”

“T-thank you very much.”

Himari takes the t-shirt and heads for the bathroom.

It’s a smidge big but if it’s only for sleeping in today, then it should hold up.

And as they say, “better too big than too small”

I’ll have to add Himari’s clothes on the list of things to buy.

As for Kanon…….Did she have enough clothes?

Speaking of which, I have absolutely no clue on how long she will stay here. It’s just a question of whether or not my aunt will come back.

Well, I guess for Kanon’s clothes, she can just get them from home when she runs out.

In addition to the daily necessities, buying new clothes for two people would be a bit hard on my wallet.

After organizing what to buy in my head, Himari came out from the bathroom the second time around…….but awfully fidgety.

I don’t even need to spell out on why though.

“Wait, Hi-Himari! Why are you doing something erotic!?”

Kanon became flustered.

My T-shirt had transformed completely into a mini skirt.

Himari is tugging down the hem of her shirt with her hands, trying to hide her long, bare legs as much as possible.

I thought it would have hidden more bases on the size, but alas, it fell short of my expectations.

I’m disappointed in myself that I got even a tiny kick out of that sight.

…….Calm down. She’s just a kid.

“Ah, it’s okay. It’s longer than the shorts I had on earlier…..”

“But underneath that… you’re wearing underwear not shorts right?”

“Y-yes…….”

I turned to my side I see Kanon glaring sharply at me.

Her eyes were telling me “Is this what you were aiming for?”

It’s a terrible misunderstanding. I had no ounce of ulterior motive.

But, well, my can’t help but look to her. It’s an irresistible force. Of course, I’m not foolishly honest that I would say that out loud.

To clear up misunderstandings, actions would be better than words.

 I went to the closet again and took out the jersey I hadn’t used since fall last year and handed it to Himari.

“It’s probably too big, but you should still try it out.”

With a nod, Himari heads to the bathroom for the third time.

And then- Himari comes out wearing the jersey’s pants, supporting it at the waist so it wouldn’t slip off.

Even her legs were completely covered up.

Himari was dragging along in order to walk but—

“Ah-!?”

She steps on the hem of the track pants and falls down.

As she did so, her t-shirt flips up, revealing her shapely bottom covered by her white underwear.

I look away as quickly as I can, but her soft bottom was firmly burned in my eyes.          

That butt……..*cough*. Being a pervert is unforgivable.

“………..Maybe it’s better for you to take off the jersey after all. It’s dangerous.”

Probably because of Himari’s blunder, Kanon, as expected, was muttering a slight daze.

“Uwuu…..I’ll do just that…..”

This time, switching places with the downhearted Himari, it was Kanon’s turn to take a shower.

While Kanon was in the shower, Himari took the time to dry her hair with the blow dryer.

“Himari, you left home because you didn’t want to give up on your dreams right”

“Eh!? Ah, yes. That’s right.”
Himari replies loudly in order to not be drowned out by the hair dryer.

“’Not giving up’—Do you have any specific ideas on how to do that?“

“I-I…….”

 Himari clams up.

There was only the sound of the hair dryer that lingers in the room for a while.

Himari was about to rent a room. It ended up failing but, I wanted to know what she plans to do for the future.

I don’t know if I’m curious for curiosity’s sake or maybe because I’m interested in it for my self satisfaction.

“How about this. If money and where you live wasn’t a problem, what would you do then?”

“If that was the case then……..I’ll apply for a contest. Rather than being scouted, I want to actively reach for it.”

“I see………”

She spoke quietly, but I could feel the unwavering determination that was embedded into the words.

The sound of the dryer changes to that of cold air.

Himari closes her eyes, and began to let the wind blow against her face.

Being blown by the wind, her hair violently sways around her face.

Maybe because I couldn’t do the same with my own short hair, the way a woman’s hair sways in the wind had unexpectedly gotten a hold on me.

Kanon had come out of the bathroom shortly after Himari turned off the dryer.

Her loosely-fit sweatshirt was a stark contrast to her school uniform.

Although the sweatshirt was similar to mine, why does it look something else entirely when a high school girl wears it?

“Oh yeah, I didn’t write it on the list earlier, but can you get shampoo and conditioner too?”
-Kanon says, as she ruffles her hair with a towel.

I nod in silence.

After all, I would surmise that a high school girl would find shampoo used by a man nearing 30 unacceptable.

I mean speaking of conditioner, I don’t even have that in the first place.

“Using conditioner is refreshingly cool to the touch. It feels like painting mint on my head”

“The sensation feel really good right? I feel that it even works on the pores too”

 “……………….”

For some reason I feel like daggers were being pointed at me.

Talking with high school girls is a difficult thing to do.

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It was now bedtime.

I’m sleeping on the bed in my room, while the two girls slept in the living room.

Kanon slept on the couch while Himari slept on the floor.

It was decided that they’ll take turns sleeping on the sofa.

However, there weren’t enough futons.

Himari had one futon because she slept on the floor, and one for Kanon for sleeping in the sofa. I also gave my quilt to Himari to cover herself as she might catch a cold.

So my blanket today is a thin towelette.

It was a little cold with the rain, but it’s not winter so I won’t freeze over.

Tomorrow is my day off anyhow. I’ll go buy what Kanon asked me for and various other things.

I turn off the lights in my room and lay down on bed.

Drowsiness came over me all at once.

It’s been a really exhausting day huh……….

I was just about to fall asleep when I heard voices come from the living room.

“Wow. Himari, isn’t your uniform omega cute!?”

“I-I guess. Your blazer is also cute, Kanon. I like the color.”

“Say what, can I try your uniform on tomorrow Himari?”

“Yup. Go ahead”

“Heh. Thanks—”

As I listened to the conversation of the high-school girls, my consciousness  gradually drifted away.

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