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Published at 5th of October 2020 09:52:27 AM
Chapter 26

The Start of a Secret Relationship

TL: PuffyPyjamas .

ED: Daemon .

“En… Onii-chan… Carry…”  

The next day, Emma, ​​who had come over to my apartment at night to hang out, was starting to fall asleep . If I were to do as requested, she would fall asleep in my arms as is . It would be better to lie down on a bed if she wants to sleep, but Emma asking for me to carry her is really cute . I gently caressed Emma’s head so as to not wake her up .

“You’re acting like a genuine older brother, Aoyagi-kun . ”

Charlotte, who was sitting a few feet away and watching our exchange, stared at me with a delighted expression . I was a little flustered from her gaze and listening to Charlotte’s words .

Charlotte definitely didn’t mean it in a deep sense, but when she said I was like a real older brother, it’s unavoidable for me to take it in a different way . The ‘older brother’ she used implied that the boy who lives next door resembles a real older brother . However, there is another interpretation for the word ‘older brother’, isn’t there? That’s right, ‘older brother’ could also mean ‘brother-in-law’ .

No, yeah, I’m sorry . The reality is far from being so convenient . You might say, ‘What the hell are you thinking?’, but it can’t be helped, right?

If you were told so in a similar situation, wouldn’t you also think the same as me and associate it with ‘brother-in-law’? It should at least be more realistic than being a real brother .

Who am I telling all of this to? Even if I’m spoken to by the person I’m interested in, I’m way too flustered… Moreover, I don’t know if being a ‘brother-in-law’ is more realistic than being a ‘brother’ who lives next door .

“—What’s the matter?”

“Eh? Ah, no, I was thinking that it wouldn’t be bad to be Emma’s real brother . ”

Seeing me thinking seriously, Charlotte asked with a worried expression, so in response, I blurted out the first words that came to mind . However, I instantly regretted the words I said . What on earth am I talking about? Can’t my words be interpreted in a strange manner quite easily…? 

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Regretting my own words, I looked over to where Charlotte was seated .


“Fufu~ If that were to happen, Emma would surely be overjoyed . ”

—Charlotte’s face was covered in a pretty and gentle smile that made her look like a lovely angel . The appearance of Charlotte smiling with her hand on her lips is way too picturesque .

I was once again made to acknowledge Charlotte’s world-shaking beauty .

“Now, since Emma has fallen asleep, is it okay to start now?”

While I was fascinated by Charlotte’s angelic smile, she said so and smiled again . The smile this time around resembles that of an excited kid that is talking about something that they like .

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What’s happening… This time her smile looks like that of a child, but contrary to my expectations, it somehow looks even cuter than before . However, because I am aware of the reason behind this smile, it’s a little depressing .

“Yeah, it’s alright… Did you wait for Emma to fall asleep because you didn’t want her to read manga?”

I knew what she had confirmed, I asked her what I was curious about . Although the number has considerably declined, some parents still believe that manga is bad for education . I don’t think Charlotte, who loves manga and is really kind, would have such a narrow-minded perspective, but I was a little curious because she had decided to wait for Emma to go to bed .

“No, that’s not it . Emma would probably want to talk to Aoyagi-kun rather than read manga, and I wouldn’t want to get in the way if that were to happen . Besides, Emma can’t read Japanese, so she’d feel left out . That’s why I waited for Emma to go to bed . ”

“Emma falls asleep pretty quickly, too” Charlotte added with a smile, and began preparing the manga . As expected, Charlotte is always thinking about Emma and is extremely kind . This immense sisterly love sure is a sight to behold .

It’s very different from that other stupid pair of siblings .

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I reminisced a little and smiled, waiting for Charlotte to be ready .  

But, I soon lost my composure .

Charlotte, who had finished the preparations, came over and sat next to me for some reason . Moreover, she was sitting in such proximity that our shoulders were practically rubbing against each other .

“Ch-Charlotte-san? W-Why are you sitting beside me!?”

If she just wants me to read the manga, she could just hand it over, I don’t understand why she is sitting beside me . When asked why, Charlotte’s cheeks dyed red and she shyly opened her mouth .

“You see… I’ve always wanted to read manga with my friends… But I don’t have any friends who can read Japanese… So I want to read with you… Is it no good…? 

Charlotte, whose cheeks were a shade of red stared at me with upturned eyes, seemed a little disappointed, so I couldn’t refuse and nodded a little .

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