Sakayanagi Short Story 1: The True Meaning Is
That boy walking towards me did so while looking away. I could easily see that he was engaged in a pleasant chat with his friends and thus was neglecting what is in front of him. At this rate, we will collide.
However, even someone with handicapped legs like me can still adjust my course sufficiently enough considering my positioning. But there are times when my legs would hurt and it’s harder than usual to get them to move. And that happened to be now.
That is why I had no choice but to choose the option of calling out to him. “Umm—please look out?“ However my voice was drowned out by the boys’ laughter. Disregarding the fact that I had worked out a measure to avoid them a second time, it was rendered ineffective. Since it’s come to that, I don’t feel like coming up with a third proposal.
I made up my mind and braced for the conclusion that would follow shortly after. Sure enough, the boy did not notice me and his shoulder, with some force, hit me. I tried to endure it but there was no way it would go swimmingly and all I could manage was to sit down right there as though collapsing.
“Sorry, sorry. Are you ok?“ The name of the boy who noticed me for the first time after running into me was Yamauchi Haruki. A student of Class C. For the record, I do keep that information in mind but as far as I’m concerned, he’s an insignificant existence. “Yes…no need for concern.”
I did not take the hand that was extended to me, rather, I used the wall to slowly get back up. “Then, umm, I’ll be off?“ Yamauchi-kun ended it with a single, non-serious apology. In a sense, you could say he’s a pleasant boy. “Yes. Please don’t concern yourself with me.”