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It is almost dark in the park.
But, a group of about six people appears from the darkness.
They are the ones who appear to ruin the sweet space between Kyouka and me.
All of their faces were familiar to me.
Especially, the two women.
Ayano and a girl named Shiori, who I think is a good friend of Ayano.
And the guys were Sakaki, Tominaga, and two others.
Tominaga was in the same class as me and Kyouka, and he seemed to be a very attractive guy in our class. But when he joins Sakaki and the others, it was hilarious to me that he didn't seem so much. I won't go so far as to say that he is an errand boy, but I felt he was like a borrowed cat when I saw him in the past. I guess he is a typical type of person who is strong at the bottom and weak at the top.
As for the other two, I only vaguely knew their faces, and I didn't even know their names.
"Oh, it's Kaburagi and Amazawa-san, isn't it? What are you doing here?"
Tominaga approaches me with a sly smile on his face.
For me, his face was obviously the kind of face I don't want to interact with. It was the exact same expression as the trash I had seen so many times in the other world.
Following Tominaga, Sakaki and the others followed him. They had vulgar and distorted expressions on their faces as if they had found an interesting toy, which was too obvious.
However, only Ayano looked somewhat uninterested.
It had been about a week since then, and I had the impression that Ayano was somehow avoiding me. However, she didn't say anything to me, so I don't think it's because she sensed something. Besides, Ayano and I were originally in different classes, so we didn't see each other that often.
"Nothing. We're just on our way home now."
"Hey, hey, you looked like you were hugging each other just now. I don't know, maybe I'm looking at it wrong..."
"Who knows? Anyway, it's none of your business."
"Oh, you're right... But you know what, Kaburagi-chan...? You're gonna get hurt if you act like that in front of a girl."
"I have no intention of doing that. Let's go, Kyouka."
I take her hand and try to leave.
But Tominaga moves in front of us again to block my way.
"Wait a minute. Don't be so cold. We're in the same class. Let's get along with each other a little bit."
I sighed involuntarily.
I had met a troublesome guy.
Tominaga's aura is now strongly black.
But there are two kinds of black, one of which is definitely hostility.
The other black is [Hate]. And if it is not the black of [Hate], I guessed it is the feeling of [Jealousy]. It's not surprising. It's a familiar sight to me, so to speak.
That means he likes Kyouka, too. In fact, this kind of aura was not uncommon among people who saw me and Kyouka getting along with each other.
Though, other guys have a relatively strong green aura of [Joy] and a pink aura of [Desire]. Tominaga's aura, on the other hand, was conspicuously black, and in my eyes, he looked terrible.
"Yeah, maybe when we meet again in class."
"Well, well, don't say that. You can go home alone if you want. But you can leave Amazawa-san. Moreover, Kaburagi-chan, it's better for you to do that than to get hurt, isn't it? Don't worry. We'll take full responsibility for getting her home."
Tominaga's face breaks into a sly smile.
I wanted to punch his face. If it were the old me, I would have done so, no matter what. But I've just made up my mind to live as peacefully as possible in this world. At least, on the surface. After all, in this world, I can't just do whatever I want as I have done so far.
Just when I was trying to calm myself down, a woman's voice interfered with me from the side.
"Hey, Kenji. You shouldn't do that. Don't you think it's wrong to do so?"
The voice stopped Tominaga. Surprisingly, it was Ayano's voice.
"Oi, Ayano. Are you taking his side, your childhood friend or whatever?"
"That's not it. Well, threatening a weak-looking guy to get a girl isn't cool..."
Ayano and Tominaga start struggling nearby.
Tominaga probably had no intention from the beginning to force Kyouka to do anything and was just expecting me to be a coward who would get scared and run away. However, it seems that Ayano did not see it that way. Still, it surprised me that Ayano, who was so cold-hearted, offered to help me out, but I didn't have time to think about that right now.
I took advantage of the time when Ayano and Tominaga were arguing, and I passed by Tominaga's side while protecting Kyouka. Then, we were about to leave the park.
Honestly speaking, he almost made a move on Kyouka.
Well, even if he did, I am confident that I can handle these guys lightly.
Still, now is not a good time.
Because Kyouka is here. That does not mean that I will put Kyouka in danger.
Whether I do it while protecting Kyouka or not, it doesn't matter.
It was a question of my feelings... my own feelings of not wanting to show Kyouka the violent side of me.
And one more thing.
It was because Kyouka's thin arm, which she was holding my hand at this time, was trembling slightly.
"Heeh, what's this girl's name? I didn't know there was such a cute girl in the same class as Tominaga. Please introduce her to me too."
At that moment, I felt a jolt from behind me and turned around.
I saw that Sakaki's guy was forcibly holding Kyouka's other arm.
"I won't do anything to your boyfriend. So, it's okay. Let's exchange e-mail addresses or something."
At that moment, my blood started to boil.
My head likes to explode. Deep inside of me, a certain feeling fills up everything.
—Something that belongs to me.
Don't touch it with your dirty hands.
This anger is terrible and as dark as the depths of the ocean.
I pull Kyouka into my arms and grip Sakaki's wrists.
It is hostile.
No, it is a feeling close to murderous intent.
The feelings that swelled up inside of me were subconsciously aroused, unknowingly revealing the ferocity that I had been trying not to show to Kyouka earlier.
"Now, now. Boyfriend-san, don't be so angry. Besides, it's her choice, you know... Ouch, it hurtssssss...!!!!"
A sound rang out.
It was a sound that was very familiar to me.
*Crack, crack, crack! It was the sound of a human bone breaking.
This sound was the sound of Sakaki's wrist breaking, and at the same time, this sound was the sound of my finger breaking. I was holding Sakaki's wrist so tightly that I did not even notice my own fingers breaking.
As soon as he hears this, Sakaki lets go of Kyouka's arm and fell down on his knees.
The people around him did not know what happened and just looked blankly at the sound of Sakaki's scream.
In the middle of it all, I pulled Kyouka's hand and we walked out of the park without saying a word. By that time, there was no one to hold us back, just Sakaki's grunts echoing in the park at night.
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