Spirit Girlfriend c19
Chapter 19: Akane Akabane Confesses
Souta: “Akane…….did you know that Yukina was here?”
Souta asked me the question with a very serious expression on his face.
WhーWhat should I do…..?
Souta is a common civilian.
It’s against all the policies to tell him about Yukina’s Ghost……...but…
Leo: “Hm? Mage-in-Training, was this perhaps a secret?” Akane: “Ergh……..”
The Black Cat Deputy Manager, Mr. Leo, already spilled everything～!
Yukina: “Well, if he found out. He found out. It can’t be helped now～”
And Yukina is laughing in her usual carefree manner～!
WHA～T SHOULD I DO～～!!
“Here is your tea.”
And the Café worker is unconcerned, and brings me a lovely smelling Earl Grey to my seat.
He’s incredibly fast as usual…...
Souta: “.........Akane.” Akane: “Yes, I knew…..”
I couldn’t keep staring into Souta’s saddened eyes, and I finally confessed the truth to him.
Souta: “BーBehind me is Yukina’s Ghost….? And she’s there 24/7…..?”
Souta is shaking visibly.
I think he’s quite shocked at the news.
Yukina: “Awwwww, it’s such a smart kitty～”
Yukina reached out to pet the Black Cat Deputy Manager, and he <HISSED> at her in response.
It’s total chaos here.
Akane: “HーHey, Yukina! Don’t do that! It’ll be bad if the Deputy Manager gets angry!!”
Leo: “I won’t get mad just from a girl like her…...but she is quite the cheerful ghost, isn’t she...”
I hurriedly tried to intervene and stop Akane, but the Deputy Manager was very forgiving.
In fact, the expression on his face said he was more baffled by Yukina.
Souta: “So, Akane and Mr. Leo…….are both…..Mages…...is that right?” Souta blinked his eyes as he asked the question.
……….and just like that, he also found out that I’m a Mage-in-Training.
Great～ if Grandma finds out, I’m dead……
Leo: “Don’t be so downcast, Mage-in-Training. You were here to see [The Mauve Mage] Mary, correct? The Master of the Café would have made the facts plain to him regardless today.”
Akane: “Well……...I mean, yes, that is true but…”
I was actually going to ask one of the most skilled Mages I know and discuss about Yukina in secret………
But all my plans were smashed to itty bitty pieces～
That’s when I felt someone tapping on my shoulder.
Souta’s face was right there next to me.
My heart skipped a beat.
Akane: “WhーWhat is it?”
Souta: “Can I…….speak to Yukina?” Akane: “That’s…….”
I wanted to help Souta who looked at me with such a pained expression but…..
But that’s actually……..a very wrong thing to do.
It would tie together someone who’s living and someone who’s dead.
That is an unforgivable atrocity to commit as one of the Exorcists of the Akabane Family.
Yukina: “YES!! I want to talk to Sochan too～!”
And happy-go-lucky Yukina’s all for the idea too.
She makes it sound so easy.
Leo: “Wouldn’t that be okay? I don’t sense any malice from the Ghost Girl whatsoever.”
Akane: “DーDeputy Manager, you too?!”
The Black Cat, Mr. Leo, quietly mumbles those words out loud.
This crazy cat! Why would you guide me down the path of evil, huh～?!
“Deputy Manager, that is not advisable. <Unlike us>, the customer here will be punished for not upholding the law.”
The Café Worker wiped down the table clean as he cautioned against the idea.
Akane: “I’m sorry, Souta. I can’t do that.”
Souta: “I see……..”
Souta sags his shoulders in disappointment at my answer.
After that, there was a long silence, but Souta switched the expression on his face and raised a cheerful voice.
Souta: “I guess we should start studying for the test, huh.”
Akane: “Yeah.” That was our original goal anyways.
I take out my textbooks and notebook and open them up.
Souta sits right next to me.
And as I reviewed the general questions the test will cover, Souta helped answer the places I didn’t understand.
Akane: (Souta is really good at teaching…….)
He’s much easier to understand than the teacher.
And as I was solving a problem, I stole a glance towards Souta.
Our eyes met.
HーHe was looking right at me?
Akane: “WhーWhat’s wrong…..?” Souta: “.........Akane.”
Akane: “What?” Souta: “Before, when you called me [Sochan]....”
Souta: “Does that mean that….”
Akane: “Oh! Souta! I don’t understand this problem! Could you help me with it?!”
I awkwardly and forcefully change the conversation.
Souta strained a smile but still taught me how to solve the problem.
I’m terrible at hiding things～
That day, we studied for about 2 hours together before we left the café.
We never got to see the Master of the Café.
My plan completely ended up backfiring.
I walked back with Souta part of the way, and he didn’t ask about Yukina at all.
Akane: “Thanks for everything today, Souta.” Souta: “Yeah, be careful on your way home. See you later, Akane.”
But just as we went our separate ways…
I clearly remember how cheerful Souta’s face was.
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Spirit Girlfriend ~ Seems Like I Am the Only One Who Doesn’t Realize That I Have Been Possessed by My Dead Girlfriend~
Written by: Isle Osaki (Twitter: https://twitter.com/Isle_Osaki)
Translated by: ChonkyTranslator
作者: 大崎 アイル (オオサキ アイル)
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