The Struggles from the Happy Girl Next Door
"I'll see you two love birds tomorrow~"
Natsumi giggled and waved at the both of us as she made her way towards her own apartment all the while leaving the both of us there embarrassed over her words.
"That girl really can't take a hint..."
"Yeah, but that's what makes her who she is~"
I looked over at Yukari and couldn't help but smile "Yeah, I guess you have a point there"
She beamed me a smile and then proceeded to tighten her grip on my hand "Shall we get started on our date?"
"Sure, let's go"
With those words, the both of us started making our way towards the mall. As we did so, I couldn't help but notice how happy she looked as we made our way down the street.
Even though we had only just found the entire verdict of her parents, she was more happy then anything... Happy that she had managed to escape their grasp.
I snapped back to reality at her voice "What do you need?"
"I don't need anything... I just wanted to tell you that I'm very happy that I'm finally free... I can make my own life and I'm sorry in advance if I become a bother to you"
The both of us stopped in place and she stared directly into my eyes. Seeing her being so serious all of a sudden wasn't like her, but even then, it brought a smile to my face seeing that she had been able to adapt to her new future.
"You won't be a bother to me. Besides, now I won't be alone in that apartment all the while knowing that you're suffering right next door... This is the better thing that could have happened not just for you, but for the both of us"
"Thank you" She tightened her grip on my hand and smiled at me "Now then... Let's get going on our date~!"
Before I could say a word to her, she started dragging me through the crowd of people, some let us passthrough while others yelled at us to be careful of what we were doing.
"Why do I feel like my life from now on will be this hectic?"
Once we were inside the mall, I started catching my breath all the while Yukari seemed just as happy, if not, even more happy then before.
"Y-You could have told me that we were running..."
"Sorry~ I got a bit excited back there~"
She stuck out her tongue alongside a 'Tee hee~' and all I could do was sigh "So...? Where to first?"
"How about we go around just buying what I need first before going around the stores?"
With that out of the way, we walked around the beauty stores and started picking out the things that she needed. All the while we did so, I couldn't help but feel the gazes from the employees and other customers fall on me "This is really awkward..."
Once we had picked out everything that she was going to need for the meantime, we headed on over towards the cash register and just when she was about to pay, I pulled out my card and paid for the things myself.
I could feel Yukari's gaze on me when I did so, but to me in that moment, it didn't matter. I was doing it out of my own free will.
"Why did you pay for my things?"
"I'm just trying to help you out, besides, you've done more then enough for me by taking care of me when I was knocked out and cooking breakfast. Consider this my way of saying thanks"
I sneaked a glance over at her and noticed that she was blushing a bit. Seeing her acting in such a childish way made my heart skip a beat "Where to next?"
"The lingerie store~!"
"I-I'll wait outside then..."
Just when I was about to sit down on one of the empty benches, she tightened her grip on my hand and once more started dragging me towards the lingerie store.
But unlike the previous time, I was prepared. I stood my ground and insisted on staying seated on the bench "I'm... not... going!"
"Yes... You are" When she looked back at me, I could feel shivers run down my entire body. It was as if the predator had found it's prey.
"She's being too scary for her own good!"
Before I knew it, she gave me a somewhat longer kiss on the lips which in turn made me loosen my body. Seeing an opportunity, she dragged me towards the lingerie store without any problems at all.
As we stepped inside the store, the feeling of not being wanted washed over me "I-Is it really all right for me to be in here?"
"Of course, if you're with your girlfriend there should be no problems at all~"
After walking around for a bit, we managed to find an employee and upon walking towards her, Yukari simply spoke as if I wasn't there "Excuse me?"
"Yes, what can I do for you?"
"Would it be possible to have my measurements taken?"
"Of course, right this way" With those words, the lady led Yukari towards one of the empty changing rooms. She stopped in place and looked back towards me with a smile on her face.
"Don't try to get away~"
With those parting words, she left for the changing room and all I could do was stare in disbelief at what had happened.
"She didn't even try to stop me from hearing that..."
I let out a sigh and simply sat down on one of the empty chairs. As I waited, I pulled out a book from my bag and started reading through it slowly but surely at my pace.
After a few minutes passed, the both of them came out of the changing room and I couldn't help but notice a victory smile on her face "I know I'm going to regret asking this but..." "Why are you smiling like that?"
"You want to know~?"
"Umm..." Before I could say that I'd rather not, she spoke up with the same victory smile.
"I grew to a C cup~"
I could feel my face getting even redder by the second and I unconsciously looked down at her chest but once I regained control of what I was doing, I snapped back to reality and looked away "Y-You really shouldn't say those things to me!"
"Oh ho~ Are you embarrassed by any chance~?"
I ignored her teasing and glanced over at the lingerie "S-So? Are you going to pick out anything?"
"Yeah, I was. Want to help me~?"
She tugged at my arm, but even then, I wasn't planning on doing anything of the sort "But if she asks me to choose at least one..."
"How about you choose at least one?"
"Is this girl psychic or what?!" "You won't let me go if I don't agree, right?"
I let out a sigh and simply gave her a nod. Once she saw that I had agreed, she dragged me off towards the underwear section and I couldn't help but want to look away or even make my escape at all costs.
After a few minutes of her looking through and picking out the ones she wanted, Yukari glanced over at me and smiled "Which one are you going to choose or me, Kiyota~?"
"I don't know..."
"Make it something that you like, ok~?"
I let out a sigh and glanced through the underwear that were in stock. Even though I knew that this was something that Yukari had asked me, a part of me still felt guilty about looking through them without a care in the world.
As I looked through the array, my eyes laid on a single set of underwear. I stared at it for a bit and then proceeded to pick it up.
"How about this?"
"Let me see..."
I handed her the underwear and as she stared at it, she glanced over at me and smiled at me "I like it, but is this to your liking~?"
"W-Why are you asking me such a thing?!"
"Then it is to your liking... That's good to know~"
The one I had chosen was a pure black bra and panties but alongside it was a black transparent nightgown that could go along with it.
I let out a sigh and scratched the back of my head "I-It is to my liking..."
"Thank you for being honest~"
I let out a sigh and once she paid for her underwear, we continued on with our date by simply looking around the mall for a bit more. Once it was a good time, we started making our way back to our home.
All the while we did so, she clung to my arm. Her hand tightly grasping my own along with a smile on her face.
"I really do love you... I don't know if someone else would have made me feel this way about them"
Once we arrived at the house, I noticed that Yumiko was outside cleaning her apartment and upon seeing us, she bowed and greeted us "Good afternoon, how did school go?"
"It was fine"
"It was fun~"
"That's good to hear" She beamed the both of us a smile and then her gaze landed on me "Do you mind if I have a talk with you about something, Kiyota?"
Seeing her acting so serious all of a sudden left a sour taste in my mouth "I'm fine with that"
"Thank you" She looked over at Yukari and bowed at her "I'll be taking your boyfriend for a bit. I hope you don't mind"
"P-Please don't tease me, Yumiko!"
Yumiko simply giggled at her words and once Yukari had headed off towards the apartment with my spare key, I made my way inside Yumiko's apartment.
She closed the door and let out a sigh "I want to speak to you about our conversation the previous time you were here... I do hope I'm not bothering you"
"Nonsense. I told you that I would hear you out"
"Thank you, Kiyota"
She took a seat and let out a sigh "Thank you for helping Yukari with her problem... I'm forever thankful to you"
I was surprised at hearing Yumiko thank me for such a thing, but at the same time, I was surprised at the fact that she knew about it.
"Yukari told both Kuniko and me about what she was going through and even though we were the ones who lived right next to them... We never noticed a thing"
"It's thanks to you that she's been able to escape them... As someone who yearned for a child, knowing that her parents were doing such a thing to her hurts me more then you can even imagine"
"But at the same time... I'm glad that you managed to put a stop to everything... For that, I am thankful"
"There's no need to be thankful... I did it because I couldn't stand her suffering any more"
"But even then, without you moving in... She would have suffered even more... That's something that would have been true if you hadn't moved in"
"I know... And it hurts thinking about it..."
Once the tense atmosphere washed away, she beamed me a smile and spoke up once more "On to a different matter... There's something I'd like from you as well as the fact that I'd like to vent out all of the emotions I have hidden away if that's all right with you"
"That's fine with me"
"Thank you very much" She bowed at me and began speaking "Please care for me just like you did with Kuniko, dear"