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One day in the rainy season, you’re caught in a sudden downpour without an umbrella on your way home from university.
You spot a convenience store and coffee shop immediately ahead, and run underneath to shelter under the roof’s ledge.
As you look dazedly into the sky, you hear a male voice calling out to you.
“Oh hey! It’s senpai! Total coincidence, huh!”
The owner of the voice is 敷島武尊 (Shikishima Takeru), a player with a reputation at your school.
“Wouldn’t it do you some good to drink with a laid-back guy like me sometime?”
Takeru is just as flashy as all the rumors said.
Then again, Takeru recalls that you used to be the manager of the baseball team, which was… unexpected.
…You also know him well.
You know that Takeru was a great pitcher in middle school—so good, in fact, that his name was almost known by all within the country.
You know that when his shoulder was injured, his future as a professional player was stolen from him.
And you know that, while you two went your separate ways in high school, the rumors of him from your hometown didn’t paint him in a good light.
It was the rumors in the wind that also led you to know that Takeru ended up entering the same university you entered.
But when you were finally able to confront him in person, your heart was filled with surprise.
The brilliance that once shone in Takeru as he stood on the mound was no longer there.
You stand there, sheltered from the rain and annoyed by his persistent invitation as the downpour continues.
The muddy water kicked up from passerby cars clings to your clothing.
Takeru laughs as he sees your pitiable state, and offers to lend his shower to you since his place is nearby.
When you accept, he pulls your hand along, forcefully.
In the pouring, sudden rain, you had no idea that your fate was about to drastically change…
桜川春仁 (Kijima Ryuuichi)
July 12th, 2019.