Chapter 8 – Mother’s homecoming (5)
Translator – Vodka
Continuation of the original storyline
Phew, I can finally get back on track. I had not been able to post chapters on Sunday for quite a while now. Anyways, let’s hope that I can keep this up.
“I love Minato-chan more than the two of you!”
The room was enveloped in silence.
Shizuku and Kirasaka stared at mom, their mouths agape. They couldn’t close their mouths.
In Shizuku’s case, it would be more appropriate to say that she was sighing at these turn events, like me.
On the other hand, I had thought that Kaede too, would be displaying a similar kind of expression. However, contrary to my expectations, she was clapping her chest with her hand with small movements.
As my sister, did she sympathize with mom over certain points?
I should say that such strong familial love is a wonderful thing……
“Are you stupid……?”
It was great that I was blessed with such strong familial love and all, but her remark itself was so childish, that I had unconsciously put my honest feelings into words.
Kirasaka, who was sat next to me, asked me this in a small voice.
“……Perhaps, Shinra-kun’s Okaa-san is……”
“You understand even if I don’t say it out loud, right?……”
I couldn’t think of an excuse. In the first place, I wasn’t in the mood to give one.
Shinra Kotone was a doting parent……to put it simply, an ‘over-fond parent’.
[TN – Changed ‘idiot parent’ to ‘over-fond parent’. Sounds more Shinra-ish too]
It was a term which was used to signify parents who were overly fond of their children, to the point that it seemed bizarre.
It was the most appropriate expression to describe my mom.
No matter where it was, she would express her motherly love for her child without holding back; she didn’t pay any attention to the presence of others either.
Her affection was at such a level that it would make one doubt that it was only a mother’s affection towards her child and not a lover’s affection towards her lover.
Such actions were the most embarrassing when you have become a high school student, or when you have hit puberty.
Right now, I must have been showing a cool expression in front of Shizuku and Kirasaka. It was because I was in their presence that, I had enveloped myself in an air of indifference towards this whole situation.
However, my innards were boiling with embarrassment. I felt feverish.
My body temperature had long exceeded the temperature one had at the time of a high fever, for sure……I think.
“Minato-kun, your face is as red as a tomato, you know?”
“You’re right. Are you perhaps, blushing?”
I wasn’t putting on a cool expression at all.
Even though I had put on an indifferent front, the girls were able to see through my facade. I had a feeling that something like this had happened before too.
The two girls looked at me, grinningly. I pushed them away by their shoulders and retreated deeper into my chair.
I could easily imagine the sullen face I was making at that time.
Mom was looking at our exchanges very happily.
She was almost going to be forty. Even then, she still had a youthful appearance.
Back during the high school days, she was a beauty who was admired by all the boys at school.
Kaede had very noticeably, inherited her genes, but why was it that I didn’t receive even a shred of it?
If my dad was a handsome man, then we could have been born a pair of handsome siblings. However, unfortunately, my dad resembled me. He was a man without any distinguishing features.
No, wait. Since I was the son, I guess it was me who resembled him, huh.
However, different from me, he was good at associating with people. He would proudly talk about how, because of his merits, he had climbed his way up the social ladder to reach the position he was in now.
Well, since I wasn’t really interested in his ‘position’ in his office, I didn’t know……
Shizuku was already used to this kind of spectacle, but it was a first for Kirasaka.
Kirasaka still had her mouth wide open. She issued a few words, “You guys have a good relationship……”. As you could see, her thoughts were leaking.
“After me is, of course, Kaede-chan”
I looked at mom with a sullen face. At this point, I had already given up and let nature take its own course. Then, as if to follow up on mom’s remark, Kaede said this.
“That goes without saying!”
Why are you competing with mom?……
It would seem that it was something that couldn’t be surrendered to even mom.
I was this loved by my sister……I would boast about it to Hino-kun next time.
There wasn’t any doubt that he would cry and feel bitter about it.
His reactions were predictable. The upside to talking with him was that I never got tired of it.
“I too won’t lose”
If we only looked at the number of years that Shizuku had known me for, she wasn’t inferior to Kaede, and she didn’t lose out.
Was it because she had own pride, but she made it sound like a warning? I would guess that her target was Kirasaka.
Usually, at this point, Kirasaka would, in her own way, stage a comeback with her skilful way with words. However, this time, it would seem that she had some thinking to do.
It was quite a rare sight to behold, for her to remain wordless that is.
She looked down on the desk, not saying anything. It wasn’t only me, but mom, Shizuku, and Kaede were all looking at this strange situation before us in surprise.
“……You guys have such good relationship between family members. I am jealous”
Those were the words that had exited her mouth.