Adolescent Adam - Volume 5 - Chapter 1
Friday, September 2, 2016
Adolescent Adam 5: Chapter 1 - Summer Days
A little over half a month had passed since the showdown between the angels and FeTUS.
The angels and humans had apparently made a few agreements in that time.
They would not interfere with each other except in emergencies and they would discuss terms to relieve the tension. Mutsuki did not know much, but at the very least, it did not look like their relationship would grow any worse than their ’’friendly hostile relationship’’.
The angels were apparently discussing what to do about Ange for failing in her mission and Micha for failing to protect Mutsuki, but no one would make better bodyguards than them.
Nothing changed during his peaceful summer break.
The biggest change was an unspoken decision made by the angels.
The alert level of his protection had apparently been lowered. He was no longer monitored 24/7 and was only being semi-monitored. That meant he had much more freedom in his actions and could go play even without Ange with him.
And as long as his bodyguard was with him, he could return home whenever he wanted.
’’And, and, and! I don't wet the bed at night anymore.’’
’’Really? Way to go, Mutsumi-chan.’’
Mutsuki rubbed his little sister's head while she sat in his lap. He made the most of being home for the first time in a long while.
He had fully settled into his life at the apartment, but there was no place like home.
’’I'm a grown up now. A grown up lady.’’
’’Heh heh. Then are you getting up in the morning without Chiaki telling you to?’’
’’Uuh... I'm a grown up except in the morning.’’
He smiled and rubbed her head as she hopped up and down in his lap.
’’It's just so hard to wake up in the morning~ Onee-chan can't do it either.’’
’’Onee-chan has some growing up to do too.’’
His older sister Iwai embraced him from behind. She was just as clingy as the little sister in his lap and she pressed her forehead against his hand when he rubbed her head.
Mutsuki was the only son of the Fujita family and he had one older sister and two younger sisters.
Iwai was the oldest and in college. Mutsumi was the youngest and in kindergarten. Their difference in age meant they rarely ever fought.
He had honestly missed them while living away.
Meeting them had been difficult not long before. When he had wanted to make a visit, he had needed to send a request to the angel higher ups, wait for the angels to complete a preliminary investigation, and then only be allowed a few hours on the weekend.
Now he just had to say he wanted to go and he could go right away.
He hugged Mutsumi and rubbed his older sister's head.
It was a weekday and his parents were unfortunately at work, but all of his sisters were home.
He had missed this sofa even though it was harder than the one at the apartment and he had missed the air conditioner even though it did not work very well.
He could truly relax here.
If not for the tense atmosphere right in front of him.
Ange sat on the opposite sofa with a lopsided frown and did not even touch the barley tea she was served.
The older of his younger sisters had brought out enough barley tea for everyone. Fujita Chiaki looked equally displeased as she sat next to his bodyguard.
They did not speak or even look each other in the eye.
Why? This was not their first time to meet, but they had been abnormally unsociable with each other ever since they had first met.
’’Would you like a snack?’’
’’No, thank you.’’
Chiaki treated Ange like a normal guest and Ange replied more politely than normal.
For some reason, an odd tension surrounded their interaction.
Were they just a poor match? They had never fought and had nothing to fight over, but a threatening mood hung over them.
(I bet they're just too much alike.)
The way they refused to look at each other was identical.
And they were also similarly strong-willed and stubborn.
Was it really just dislike for someone so similar? Mutsuki know they would both snap back at him if he suggested that, so...
’’By the way, Chiaki. Did you find what I mentioned on the phone?’’
’’They were in the storage room. Come help me dig them out, Mutsuki.’’
He brought up another topic.
His little sister stood up, looking relieved, and Mutsuki followed her out of the living room.
This left Ange behind.
’’Ange-oneetan! Hug me!’’
’’Now's our chance. An-chan, An-chan. Tell us all about Mu-chan's life with you. Does he have a girlfriend?’’
But she would be fine with his other two sisters looking after her.
The generally shy girl looked nervous with these sociable girls surrounding her and she was left to fend for herself with Mutsuki and Chiaki gone to the storage room.
They found what they were looking for in the messy storage room that contained an old bike and tools.
’’You're going camping?’’
’’Yeah. We'll be staying in a cabin, but we might still need these.’’
They were sleeping bags.
His parents often went backpacking, so their family was well equipped with camping supplies.
He was borrowing some since he was going camping with his friends. There were only two, but it would be enough. He decided to pull them out.
They were pretty far back, so they had to move things out of the way one at a time.
’’How have things been lately?’’
He spoke to his little sister as they cleared the pile of clutter.
’’What do you mean?’’
’’Has anything changed? Are things going well in the mornings?’’
He asked about what worried him most: his family.
His older sister was entirely unreliable and his other little sister was in kindergarten, so it was easiest to ask the sister closer to his own age.
Everyone in the Fujita family was low energy and all of them but him had trouble in the mornings. He had woken them in the past, but it sounded like Chiaki had taken over that role.
She also had trouble in the mornings, so he was worried it was hard for her. But...
’’Everything's going fine. Didn't I tell you that over the phone?’’
Chiaki answered nonchalantly.
She could be cheeky, but she was a reliable person.
’’How about you? You're studying a foreign language, right? Are you keeping up with that?’’
She pouted her lips and asked him a question of her own.
He had told his family he was leaving home to study a foreign language. That was his cover story for living with Micha who (looked like she) was foreign.
’’I'm keeping up just fine. Didn't I tell you that over the phone?’’
He could not tell her the truth, but he wanted to make sure she was not worried.
He felt like her determined face briefly clouded over.
He quickly realized that ’’there's nothing to worry about’’ was the second best answer she had been hoping for.
But he could not give the best answer she had been hoping for: It isn't working out, so I'm coming home.
He at least made sure to rub her head.
’’It's going to take a while longer, but I promise I'll come home eventually.’’
This little sister was stubborn and not at all like Iwai or Mutsumi.
But when he rubbed her head, she happily narrowed her eyes just like those two.
’’If you're ever missing me, just call. I can stop by right away.’’
’’I-I was not missing you. It's just...’’
’’Mutsumi or Onee-chan might be, so make sure you visit, Onii-chan.’’
He took his time patting her head and then dragged out the sleeping bags.
’’By the way, Chiaki, how's lacrosse going?’’
They had returned to the living room.
Ange asked for help with Mutsumi on her head and Iwai on her lap, but he smiled back and told her to keep them company. Then he sat on the other sofa with Chiaki.
’’We have the day off. Our practices have been so intense lately that everyone's worn out.’’
’’Intense? Is there a tournament coming up or something?’’
’’Um... No, there isn't a tournament...’’
His little sister seemed to be having trouble saying something.
She took a sip of tea to hide it. And just as he started wondering why...
’’Ren-chan's coming back,’’ cut in his older sister. ’’Apparently Chi-chan's elementary school lacrosse team is just as excited as the middle school one.’’