Chapter 8:

Volume I Bonus Chapter: Parent’s Day

Sleeping Princess

Hana’s PerspectiveBookmark here

“So, your mom is coming?”Bookmark here

“Yep!”Bookmark here

Sora’s eyes glow like green gems. Her fluffy fiery hair swished back and forth with excitement. Standing a tad taller than me I leaned my head up with a smirk still plastered on my face.Bookmark here

“You’ve told me so much about her! She sounds just like a princess. She’s kind, clever, oh, I can’t wait to see her!Bookmark here

“Hehe, my mom’s the best!”Bookmark here

Hino Sora is my best friend since last year. She and I talk about a lot of things and I could never replace her.Bookmark here

“Are you still gawking over your lesbian mom, Koda-san?”Bookmark here

From the side, a group of girls glared at me and Sora.Bookmark here

“Leave us alone, Hidori-san.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, Sora.”Bookmark here

I put my hand on my cheeks and turned back to her.Bookmark here

“Yep, I am gawking over my lesbian mom.”Bookmark here

“Geez, go kiss her already.”Bookmark here

The group laughed as they turned back to each other.Bookmark here

People like Hidori-san make me sick. They find things that are different about others and exploit them to make themselves feel better. But I couldn’t care less about what others think now. The moment I decided to call Ayumi mom…was one of the happiest moments of my life.Bookmark here

“Don’t listen to them, Hana.”Bookmark here

“Nope, they can say what they want. Mom’s still my mom. And mom’s still my mom. And I love them both.”Bookmark here

“Mmh, you’ve grown, Hana.”Bookmark here

Sora patted me on the head. I had the urge to fight back but instead, all I did was grown.Bookmark here

When I decided to accept that they are together is when I told myself that I will treat Ayumi as my mom. And I’ll defend their relationship to the end…because they both love me, and I love them.Bookmark here

“Sora, am I going to meet your parents?”Bookmark here

“Oh, my mom is on a business trip and wasn’t able to make it. But my dad will be here.”Bookmark here

My mind went back as I grew anxious now. Back in elementary school, the last year before junior high…I was with my group of friends…Bookmark here

“Hana, you’ve been in the clouds all day. What’s going on?”Bookmark here

I’ve been thinking about my mom introducing me to Ayumi…as her girlfriend. I never thought about things like that before so I couldn’t understand how something like that will work.Bookmark here

“Ah…how can two girls…be lovers?”Bookmark here

“Huh, where’s this coming from?”Bookmark here

My friends, a group of four, looked at me like I grew two heads. But they were my friends, so I pressed on…Bookmark here

“Ah…my mom has a girlfriend.”Bookmark here

Suddenly one of them laughed.Bookmark here

“Your mom is a lesbian now?”Bookmark here

“A lesbian?”Bookmark here

That was a word I never heard…or at least I don’t remember hearing.Bookmark here

“Gross.”Bookmark here

“Gross?”Bookmark here

“Does that mean you’re a lesbian too, Hana?”Bookmark here

I couldn’t understand what they were talking about. My eyes darted at each of them one after another.Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“What we’re saying is, do you like girls too?”Bookmark here

“No…I don’t think so.”Bookmark here

“Well, you sure don’t sound convincing.”Bookmark here

Our fearless leader put her hand on her hip as she bit at me with her words.Bookmark here

“Listen, none of us here are like that so, don’t start flirting with us…got it?”Bookmark here

Suddenly the knitting of our group became untied and I was like a string, dangling from the end. Noticeable and alone.Bookmark here

“And what’s so bad about that?”Bookmark here

I turned to Sora who’s been silent the entire time, analyzing the situation.Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“If her mom is a lesbian that doesn’t automatically mean Hana is too. But even if she was, what does that matter?”Bookmark here

“Ew, I bet you both are dating each other, right?”Bookmark here

“Now you’re just being ornery, Sakura.”Bookmark here

Sora spewed with her hands crossed. Her nose turned up with a scowl on her face.Bookmark here

“S-Sora’s right…what’s wrong with that?”Bookmark here

I stood up to the group, alongside my new ally.Bookmark here

“What does it matter to you guys what my mom likes? That doesn't even make sense...that you'll have an opinion on it.”Bookmark here

The girls looked around silently, most likely unable to come up with a proper rebuttal.Bookmark here

“Tsk, let’s leave these two girls. I don’t want to be around this kind of stuff.”Bookmark here

As fast as our group was formed, it broke. Despite how long we were together in elementary, like water it washed away leaving Sora and me as leftover residue from it.Bookmark here

“Don’t listen to them, Hana-san.”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“I might not be…like that, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand how love is different for everyone. You don’t need to make them understand if they’re that pigheaded.”Bookmark here

Sora…was like a beacon of light to me. I might not feel the same towards another woman throughout my life but that doesn’t mean I should judge my mom for it. She made it…clear to me.Bookmark here

“Thank you…Sora.”Bookmark here

I found myself crying that day. I wasn’t sad that I lost friends though…no, I was happy that I gained a true friend.Bookmark here

It was that reason why I decided that from there on I will always accept Ayumi as my mom. Because who am I to decide who my mom falls in love with. And if she wants Ayumi to be part of our family then I will defend their relationship with every fiber of my being.Bookmark here

“H-Hana, our parents are starting to come in!”Bookmark here

Sora cried out, waking me from my recollection.Bookmark here

“Wow, that woman’s beautiful. She doesn’t look like anyone in this classroom.”Bookmark here

One of the girls gawked at a certain beauty...Bookmark here

“Who has her genes?!”Bookmark here

Whispers from all around pointed at one person…the woman with the brightest smile in the room.Bookmark here

“Mom!”Bookmark here

I cried before standing up and running to her.Bookmark here

“H-Hana! Act appropriately…”Bookmark here

“So, that’s Koda-san’s mom, huh?”Bookmark here

“That’s Koda-san’s mom?!”Bookmark here

“No, that’s Koda-san’s other mom…”Bookmark here

“Well, she’s still beautiful!”Bookmark here

I nuzzled my way into her stomach. For some reason, I didn’t want to let her go today. She was my mom and I didn't care what others thought about it anymore.Bookmark here

“I love you so much, mom!”Bookmark here

“Hana, what’s gotten into you?”Bookmark here

I’ll defend you no matter what.Bookmark here

Because you and mom deserve each other, and nobody should decide anything else for you.Bookmark here

I hope that one day Onee-san understands that too.Bookmark here

That Nakagawa Ayumi and Koda Mari belong together...Bookmark here

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