Chapter 13:

Certain Feelings Developing?

Why Is This Girl So Shy Around Me?!

"What was that about? Anyways if you want I could still go with you to help with your shopping." 

Makoto was being thoughtful toward Sakuri because she was planning on buying a lot of groceries so he wanted to help her out with carrying it.

"O-Ok then."

-timeskip to inside the supermarket-

"Sakuri-san what is it you're buying?"

"I'm b-buying some groceries for t-this week."

"If you need any help let me know and I'll go grab it."

Sakuri cuts half of the list she has of groceries and hands it to Makoto. They spend their time finding the groceries carefully picking out the best of the products. 

"I've got everything you asked." Makoto holds up the basket filled with the items that were on the list.

"S-So do I. L-Let's get in line."

As Makoto and Sakuri are walking to the line to pay there are some ladies talking with each other and looking at them both.

"What a cute couple." The woman said to her friend.

"They really are. They're even shopping together; oh what it was to be young."

Unbeknownst to the ladies Makoto and Sakuri heard them which caused Sakuri to get red in the face and even made Makoto blush. Now the both of them have arrived to the cashier and pay. Since Makoto is helping with the groceries he still has to travel to Sakuri's house.

"Good thing I came. You really had to buy a lot."

Sakuri just nods which makes Makoto confused but then he remembers the ladies in the supermarket and what they said. To arrive at Sakuri's house they have to take the subway train. Throughout this time it has been completely silent between these two.

'Is she really still thinking about that. What should I do?' Makoto thought to himself.

As they are walking toward their house Makoto decides to say something.

"Um...Sakuri-san is there something bothering you?"

"Eh n-no it's just..."

"Don't think about it anymore, you don't have to tell me."

They continue to walk until they eventually arrive at Sakuri's house.

"Is this it?" Makoto asks Sakuri since he didn't know where she lived.


Makoto follows her inside to drop of the bags he is holding. Sakuri's mom appears from the corner and is shocked to see her daughter with a boy.

"I'm back with the groceries mother."

"I see that. So, is that your boyfriend?" Her mom said in a jokingly manner.

Sakuri's face explodes with redness and steam even comes out of her face from embarrassment. Makoto just stays standing there.


Her mother just starts laughing from seeing her daughter getting embarrassed.

"I'm sorry Yasu. I'm just messing with you."

Makoto sees that it's now time for him to leave so he goes to head out until Sakuri's mom stops him.

"You don't want to stay for dinner?"

"I wouldn't want to disturb you guys." Makoto replies back.

"That's fine. Come on stay for dinner as a reward for being a good friend for my daughter."

Makoto stares back with confusion.

"Wait how do you know I'm friends with her?"

"She's talked to me about a boy who is always helpful to her and I believe that's you right."

"I guess so." Makoto also thought, 'Does she really talk about me?'

"Anyways sit on down on the table. I'll prepare the dinner in no time."

As Sakuri's mother is making dinner Makoto and Sakuri are sitting quietly. Her mother is occasionally looking back to watch them because of curiosity. Makoto decides to start a conversation.

"So Sakuri-san where is your father?"

This causes Sakuri and her mother to stay still. Makoto is stumped not knowing what he said was bad. But surprisingly Sakuri responds back to Makoto.

"He's no longer with us..."

Makoto realizing what he said was bad he immediately goes to apologize.

"I-I'm really sorry. I should have known better than to go into your personal business."

It's okay that was a long time ago. You didn't know so you don't have to worry about it." Sakuri's mother reassured Makoto.

Some time later the food is ready and they get to eat.

"Thank you for the food." They say in unison.

Everyone seems to enjoy themselves at the table while eating and Sakuri is even smiling like she is having fun. Makoto sees this and causes him to slightly blush a little at the sight of her smile. As they eat Sakuri's mother is occasionally teasing them and just having fun.

The three of them have finished eating and Makoto even helps with the dishes.

"Thank you for cleaning the dishes Haku-san." Sakuri's mother said.

"It's no problem. It's the least I can do."

Makoto finishes up and decides it's time to leave. As he is heading out Sakuri and her mother are at the doorway to say goodbye.

"Bye please come by anytime you want." Sakuri's mom stated.

"S-See you t-tomorrow H-Haku-san." Sakuri shyly said.

"Have a good night. Bye." Makoto then leaves.

As he is walking away he thinks to himself...

'Was I seeing things or did Sakuri-san actually look really cute back there?' Makoto thinks back to seeing her smile and slightly blushes.