The Collected Records of the Mysteries - Solving riddles with the help of demons - Chapter 28
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“Tendou-san, please wait!”
When Shouma stopped him, Tendou looked at the boy with a dubious expression.
“Can you wait just ten more minutes before you return them to the book?”
“…Why are you asking me this?”
“The fireworks will be sent up after ten minutes, if you put them back in the book immediately they’ll surely miss it.”
Now it was the Tofu Boy who raised his voice, one could hear from the sound that he was deeply moved.
“You wanted to see the fireworks together with everyone, didn’t you?”
“…Well, it can’t be helped.”
Seeing how joyous the Tofu Boy looked, Tendou simply gave up and closed the book.
At that moment, the phone in Shouma’s pocket began to ring.
The name ’Tomami Washizu’ could be seen on the screen. The message he received said ’I’ll be waiting for you at the parking lot next to the main venue of the Festival. Please drop by when you have the time.’
Shouma turned and ran towards the stairs.
“I’m sorry. I’ll be back in a minute!”
“Don’t you have to keep an eye out for the Mikoshi Nyuudou?” asked his employer.
“The kaii keep their promises, don’t they? I trust them! I’m in a bit of a hurry, so if you’ll excuse me, I have to go!”
With that, Shouma sprinted down the stairs without the slightest hesitation.
Silence fell on the remaining members at the temple.
The first one to break the tuneless atmosphere was the Mikoshi Nyuudou, who had been sulking up until just now. The kaii laughed so loudly that it shook the ground.
“Ha-ha-ha! I understand now, it’s him!”
“So the chief was really a kaii all along!”
For these words, Tendou just silently squinted his eyes.
“So he had been replaced properly, hadn’t he? The resemblance is so striking that it makes everything utterly ridiculous! Hoi, Tendou”
Tendou sighed without answering the Mikoshi Nyuudou’s question.
“I’m not as soft-hearted as Shouma, you know. I’ll be collecting you as soon as the fireworks are over.”
“I never thought that you would inherit the chief’s book.”
“No, I don’t know you well enough to be dissatisfied. We’ve only met a few times, right? Besides, if the chief has chosen you, I have no say in the matter.”
A high-pitched, whistle-like sound could be heard. Then, a large flower bloomed as if to split open the darkness of the night.
“Father, mother, look there!”
The Mikoshi Nyuudou rubbed the head of the excited Tofu Boy. The fireworks reflected in the small kaii’s eyes.
“Today has been a messy day. But somehow I feel so delighted!”
“So” Tendou replied, seemingly uninterested.
“Tendou, can I ask you to deliver a message to Shouma for me?”
The explosive sound of the fireworks slowly reached them. The night sky was dyed in various colors once more.
“My name and the right to call me when needed…”
At the same time, Shouma was facing Tomami. While the two of them stood faraway from the clamorous fair, not even watching as the fireworks filled the sky, a subtle tension filled the air between the two University students.
Shouma looked uncomfortable, cold sweat glistened on his forehead. He couldn’t even imagine what Tomami planned to say.
With an abrupt movement, she grabbed the edge of Shouma’s clothes. Then looked up at him with her petite cheeks dyed in red.
Her voice was frantic and her eyes were blurred with tears.
Shouma had thought it would never happen, but suddenly Yoshihiro’s voice resurfaced in his ears again.
“Let us know when you start dating.”
(No, that’s not possible…)
As if Tomami’s complexion had shifted, Shouma’s cheeks also turned red. The sound of his heartbeat became unbearably loud, he broke into a sweat.
Tomami squeezed Shouma’s shirt even tighter.
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