An Angel In The Nursing Who Turns Bright Red When Teased.
Thin, crimson-colored clouds.
It’s that time of day when soft golden sunlight reflects off the glass windows.
“Hey, Mio-chan, are you leaving already? Isn’t it early?”
As Mio begins packing her belongings into her bag after the final lecture of the day, Nanami wonders curiously.
“It’s true that I’m planning to leave, but why do you ask?”
“Well, you usually stay behind to study, so I was wondering if you were going to stay today too.”
“It’s true that I often stay behind to study, but I don’t do it every day.”
Nanami has plans to go home with her boyfriend, knowing that Mio stays behind to study at the nursing university until she contacts her.
“Oh, by the way, Mio-chan, do you go home early on Mondays?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Are you doing something like a lesson or something? Knowing you, it wouldn’t be strange if you were.”
“No, it’s nothing so grand.
Just a drinking place.”
“What!? You drink, Mio-chan!?”
“I do drink, but only in moderation.
You don’t have to be so surprised.”
Nanami was amazed by this revelation because they’ve never talked about alcohol before.
Mio began going to drinking establishments about six months ago.
“By drinking place, do you mean a bar?”
“Yes, it’s a place run by an acquaintance of my mother’s.
They take good care of me there.
Why don’t you come with me next time, Nanami?”
“Um, I’m not sure if I’m up for it! I’m not very knowledgeable about alcohol, and I get intimidated by bars and trendy places.”
“That’s too bad… but if you ever feel like it, please let me know.”
“Okay, thanks! I’ll definitely take you up on that!”
The two smile and make that promise.
Mio and Nanami have completely different personalities, but they are true best friends.
They will surely continue to build a good relationship in the future.
“But Mio-chan, since you’re so pretty, you have to be careful, you know? Those kinds of places tend to attract trouble.
Have you ever been bothered by someone before?”
“Well, it’s a place where people drink, so I do get bothered sometimes…but it’s okay.
The bartender always helps me out.”
Mio replied with a gentle voice and a smile on her face.
She never forgot the bartender who helped her when she was being bothered by someone before.
Despite the influence of alcohol, that person remained calm and dealt with arrogant and hostile customers while still showing concern for the person being bothered.
Mio admired the bartender’s handling of the situation and had kept the experience in her memory.
“You really trust that bartender, don’t you, Mio-chan?”
“Wh-what are you trying to say…?”
Mio protested with a pleading look as Nanami smirked.
“Oh, it’s just that you seemed so happy talking about him, so I figured you must like him or something.”
“I wasn’t talking happily about him…”
“Oh, I get it! You want to take care of him, right? Mio-chan, you’re overprotective, and you seem like you’re into older guys!”
After graduating from nursing university, Mio would be able to use her nursing or health care license to work in a general hospital or a university hospital, both public and private.
It’s a job that involves taking care of people who are disabled or sick.
If you don’t like taking care of others, it would be difficult to work there, and Mio probably wouldn’t have gone to this university if that were the case.
“Why do you always assume things like that? And how did you even come to the conclusion that I like older guys…? That bartender is only one year younger than us, you know?”
“Huh? Wait, what? He’s a bartender and he’s younger than us?! I thought he was supposed to be an elderly person or something!”
Not many people associate bartenders with being in their twenties.
They tend to imagine someone in their forties or fifties because it’s a job that requires expertise in handling alcohol.
Nanami was one of those people who had that image in her mind.
“He’s just a part-time worker there.
He’s been working at that bar for about a year.”
“I see, I see.
So that’s what you meant…”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, Mio-chan, you’re interested in him, aren’t you? He works the Monday shift, and you always leave early on Mondays.
So it’s like you’re adjusting your schedule just to see him!”
Mio had no response to Nanami’s confident accusation as she leaned in closer with a proud expression.
“Th-this is not it… I was just lost in thought.”
“Oh, I see.
Then explain it to me.
You should be able to, right?”
“Um… well… “
Mio was good at connecting her thoughts quickly and speaking, but she stumbled over her words.
Nanami’s words had hit the mark… it couldn’t be helped.
And then… Mio thought of that person and lowered her face, fidgeting with her hands.
“Hey, you’re not saying anything! I thought you were just reacting strangely to the topic of your crush.
Oh, I see, I see!”
“That’s not it! I-I don’t like that person!”
“Well, well, it’s okay, it’s okay! You’ve got a crush!”
“Please listen to me…!!”
“But hey… You said you wanted to talk about your crush, and here you are reacting like that, Mio-chan.
You’ve already got a crush, haven’t you!”
Nanami teased Mio, slapping her on the shoulder with a grin.
Anyone who saw her previous reaction would assume that she liked that person.
“That’s not… what I…”
“So that’s why you’ve been cutting guys off all this time, huh? Mio-chan, you’re in love with that person.”
They were best friends, so Nanami enjoyed teasing her with persistence.
But that was unavoidable.
Mio had never talked about love before.
Mio might also have a boyfriend… that was a happy topic for Nanami too.
“Come on, we have to hurry home, or you won’t be able to see that bartender! Hurry up and make time for him!”
“I-I don’t care anymore…”
Overwhelmed by the storm of teasing and questioning, Mio, who had turned as red as the setting sun, grabbed her bag and ran out of the classroom.
“Oh no, I teased her too much… I have to apologize…”
Watching Mio run away as if she were fleeing, Nanami muttered to herself and opened LAIN on her smartphone.
Then she sent a text message with a face emoji saying “Sorry about earlier!”
Feeling guilty, Nanami closed her phone and slowly sat down in her seat.
(But… that man-slayer Mio-chan fell in love with someone…? I wonder what kind of person he is.)
She murmured to herself in her heart while waiting for a message from her boyfriend.
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