Hellping

Chapter 5-3 – June 19, I forgot

The train departed.

And so, I was saved by mom’s unexpected return home–

Thinking about it, I had a feeling that she would say ‘something Stella wanted to say the previous day but couldn’t do so’. When we went our separate ways, I told her to do so.

In any case, she would be asking a day later, and nothing’s solved.

But if it’s the usual, Miss Kamishiro will be seated next to me, and the train’s a public location–

She’s probably not going to tell me off that harshly.

I hope not.

Probably not.

In any case, my thoughts won’t be swayed.

“No matter the topic, if she’s angry, I’ll apologize.”

So I thought, and my smartphone vibrated.

I was really taken aback.

I knew from the vibration that it was a mail notification. From Nitadori?

“I don’t want to see you today!”

Will she say such a thing?

“Want to know the reason? Hm, okay, listen–“

Will my face be as pale as the clear skies of midwinter?

With trembling hands, I took out the vibrating smartphone.

“What…”

I heaved a sigh of relief, for it was from the editor.

 
 

I did not receive that call, as I did not want to leave my seat before Nitadori arrived.

The phone started to record a voicemail. I decided to listen, and then message back at the deck.

The message was recorded, and I listened. What would be it about?

I listened.

And then–

My face was as pale as the clear skies of midwinter.

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