Chapter 3: First Date

As summer approaches around the beginning of June, the weather has become so unpredictable that I brought my umbrella whenever I go.

I have not forgotten what Haruna told me a few weeks ago. After what happened last month, I have somewhat gotten used to this routine that was originally hers. There are sill things that I’m not familiar with though.

After school ended on a Saturday, Kyousuke approached me. He looked somewhat nervous.

Kyousuke: “Um, Haruna. Would you like to join me to go to Harajuku and Shibuya? I’m looking for something to buy there. Just the two of us.”

Well, I don’t see anything wrong with going out with him like we are buddies, but then I remembered that I am now in a girl’s body. Haruna had earlier told me that either Minoru or Kyousuke has liking for her. What should I do? I started to think a lot of things. Haruna seems to be thinking about the exact same thing.

Me: “S-s-sure! S-s-s-shall w-w-we g-go n-n-now?”

Kyousuke saw my worried face.

Kyousuke: “Are you alright? It’s okay if you don’t want to.”

It seems that he wanted to say more than what he just said, but he didn’t.

Hauna:I’m okay. It’s just that nobody has asked me out before other than in a group.”

Those words automatically came out of my mouth. I have noticed recently that I have the exact same thoughts and feelings as Haruna and that she is able to control this body more frequently and I still have control over it when it happens. Is it a sign that our minds are in the process of being merged? Will I start to think and behave as though I really am Haruna?

We took the train to a place called 原宿 on a line called 山手線. (I can’t read what it says.)  It took quite some time to get there as we had transfer between many line from where we were. It was raining heavily when we reached the exit of the station.

Kyousuke: “Ah, it seems to be raining. Shall we share my umbrella?” (starts to bring it out)

I wanted to say that I had brought my own umbrella, but then again…

Me: “Okay, thanks Kyousuke-kun!”

We walked around happily holding the umbrella together towards a shopping district around there and latter on to a place called 渋谷. I don’t know why I’m starting to feel happy when I’m with him.

As we walked around through the crowd, Kyousuke offered that he would pay for anything I would want there. I don’t know what I want there, but Haruna seems to do the selecting herself and said that she would pay the expensive items herself. (with money that was under the parent’s bed I saw on the first day back from the hospital)

It seems that, except for the stores I buy things at (which are mostly clothing, books and some electronic devices), whatever Kyousuke bought for himself is wrapped in such a way that I can’t tell what’s inside.

It seems that there some companies that I am familiar with there like the convience store with green, white, orange and red colour schemes and a fast food restaurant that has the famous golden arch. The latter of which we took a break from shopping and have a meal.

As we entered, I saw the famillar typical layout of the branches of that restaurant. Apart from the language and some additions, the menu and the price are relatively the same. Finally, something that I’m famillar with in a world surrounded with things that I’m not. I bought food with Kyousuke and sat down at one of the tables there.

Just as I was about to begin eating, Kyousuke appeared to be very nervous.

Kyousuke: “I-I’ll be heading to the toilet first. You can go ahead and eat without me. If I don’t come back after quite some time, you can eat my food and leave without me.” (starts dashing away)

Me: “Hey! Wait…..”

He was out of sight before I could finish the sentence. What is going on? First, he asked me to go out with only him to some faraway place, then offered to pay for my expenses, and now this. Actually, I know the answer to that: he wants to confess his love to Haruna and is thinking on how I would react.
Wanting to know what Haruna knows about Kyousuke that I don’t, I used the “compose mail” feature on the phone. Haruna seems to know what I’m thinking and she immediately typed the response with my fingers.

Haruna: Well, I knew him since I was young. I don’t remember how or when exactly I met him, but I already knew him very well long before entering middle school. He (and my other friends) always visits me and my family during term breaks, days before major exams to study, and of course, my birthday. It’s February 18 if you didn’t know. Oh, the food is getting cold by the way.
I started eating the fries and continued typing with the other hand as I looked out of the window. It seemed to have stopped raining and the street outside seemed to be even more crowded. I didn’t see anyone from my school since we arrived at Harajuku Station.

Me: February 20… Wait, doesn’t that mean that this year’s….

Haruna: Oh yes, he visited me in hospital and was crying as though I was going to die. Well, I was unable to move my body back then. I overheard him talking to your father (he was there in place of my parents) that he was planning to confess to win my heart over you during either Valentine’s Day (February 14) or my birthday as those days are less than a week apart. After your incident last month, he felt that there might be a chance should I recover as you were out of the way. Anyways, if he (Kyousuke) does confess, just accept it.

I was about done with the fries and moving on to the hamburger when Kyousuke came back with a package that I saw him buying earlier. He looked even more nervous than he was earlier.

Kyousuke: “I had been wanting to give you a present since your birthday, but since that incident, I had always visited you at the hospital by your side almost every day and my feelings towards you have been stronger with each passing day.”

Haruna (messaging to me via the phone): Look at his face! It seems he really is going to say it. きゃあああぁー!!!!! I’m so happy! XD

Her happy expression was reflected on my face and hands, though Kyousuke continued on.
Kyousuke: “I know that we had been childhood friends, but I have been wanting to express my feelings to you. I wanted to say that …… I love you very much.” (offers me the present he was holding)

Me and Haruna: “Me too!” (happily accepted the gift and hugs him)

You know, Kyousuke may be hugging who he thinks is Haruna but I can fell the warmth of his body pressing against me. For me, this is a weird experience considering that I was a guy, experiencing it from the opposite gender’s point of view. The feeling of being hugged was also strange, not only is he doing the hugging and whatwernot, his body seems to be larger and taller than mine and those two round things on my chest is like preventing me from getting closer, though they are touching him. That action made me blush for some reason, even more the longer and tighter he hugged me.

From the moment he offered me (Haruna actually) the present, people around us cheered us on for quite a long time.
We then continued on exploring and shopping on in the massively large area filled with many tall buildings and a sea of people. The fact that I was dead tired after all that walking didn’t come across my mind until I sat down. Yes, I was that happy and had never felt that much before.
It started to get quite late into the night and the time the last trains back to our towns is closely approaching. I insisted that we should start heading home before he would start thinking about us staying at some hotel and doing some stuff with our bodies that could get complicated if things were to go wrong. I know, because I would do the same with a cute girl who likes me and is tired/drunk, except that I’m that cute girl now.

I got off at my station and waved, smiling, at Kyousuke as the train departs. I went to my bike parked nearby and put all the stuff on the basket at the front. There were so many that it was almost filled to the brim and poured the rest onto a box I found lying around and tied it to the back.

It looks like I’m going to have trouble cycling with all this stuff in the dark. Why am I even carrying this much stuff? Thankfully, the following day is a Sunday and my parents have yet to come back from overseas.

Let’s see…. Was it this way or that way? It’s too dark to tell.

Not wanting to wait until morning, picked a route that I felt like going.

I tried to cycle, but I didn’t seem to enough strength and my sense of balance was different from what I remember. I ended up getting off and pushing the bicycle.

Along the way, I saw lights of 24-hour shops I normally walk past. This must be the right way. I can hear the sound of thunder from above me and sudden flashes of light that made the place look like daytime. I finally manage to reach home safely and parked the bike inside the house, at the doorstep. I don’t want my stuff to get wet, but at the same time too tired to unload. I had this feeling that someone was following me all the way from the train station until I opened the gates of my house.

It was raining heavily with lighting when I started to bathe. I opened the window to let the air in. I was thinking about what I should do since Kyousuke confessed to be but thinks it’s Haruna because I’m in her body now when all of a sudden, I saw a flash of bright light in the room when…

Author’s note: The lightning caused the main character’s mind to be merged with Haruna’s. From this point on, it would be from Haruna’s point of view and not the guy who was involved in a freak accident.

Chapter 2 Part 6, 7, 8 Chapter 4

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