Whether You Sleep or Wake Up - Chapter 18
After a while, Sumire returned from the front desk, took my hand and led me to the line of boutiques.
Then, just like that, I was pushed into the dressing room, handed over the coat and pants, and when I came out to show him it was already paid for by credit card and I rolled my eyes.
He said that he only had tens of thousands of yen in cash for this meeting, and I couldn’t even get my card because he already paid for it, and I stiffly told Sumire that I didn’t need it.
“…… This is bad.”
While hesitating in an unusual jacket, I sat on the chair with Sumire in front of me, looking out the glass window overlooking Tokyo.
The sky was clearer than the morning, and I could see the Tokyo Tower and Skytree clearly. Below, cars and buses were moved like a pattern.
The restaurant upstairs was quiet and calm, although there were few people there, maybe because it was a weekday. It was a place that seemed impossible for a man to go alone.
It makes me feel weird as if I’m in business facing each other and having dinner.
Sumire seemed used to this, and called the waiter and was handed a menu.
In front of me were white napkins, a fork, and a knife arranged on the plate as if they were French dishes.
My stomach, which is used to hospital food and Kiryu’s Japanese food, can’t seem to accept it, so I look at the fish menu.
“You don’t have to worry about it. It looks good on you. Besides, it’s my fault for suddenly asking you out, so you don’t have to worry too much about it.”
“… But I’ll pay for it later. And I’ll pay for this lunch.”
I didn’t check the label carefully, but it might cost over 80,000 yen. I’ll have to check brands and tag them online later.
Then I thought about this month’s hospitalization fee and the cost of lunch at this hotel, and my head started to hurt.
“You don’t have to. …… Oh! But if you’re so worried, I’d like to take you out to lunch again. I like to go out to eat, but all the doctors are too busy and my colleagues and juniors don’t really care about me. If you can accompany me, I can go to places I can’t go alone, and that’s good enough for me.”
I couldn’t help but laugh as Sumire smiled childishly as he poked his head slightly off the menu.
He’s just wearing a suit, and the gap looked cute.
“It would be nice if I could pay you back in installments.”
The atmosphere that was tense until now has subsided. When I spoke to Sumire, I naturally relaxed.
“Oh, You can call me Aoi. Can I call you Satsuki-kun ……?”
I didn’t think I remembered telling him my first name, but I couldn’t help but nod at Sumire’s worried face.
“Should I add Sensei, when calling you?”
“No, I don’t want you to do that. I’m tired of being called ‘Sensei‘ so much earlier.”
When I said that, Sumire smiled bitterly.
At first glance, he looked like an elite businessman, perfectly dressed, but he was easy to talk to and friendly.
I had always had a distant image of doctors as old, elderly, and difficult to get around. When I saw Sumire, my impression changed. He’s friendly and easy to talk to, but he’s a nice guy. I felt that he has a different lineage from Kiryu.
After the two of us had decided on the menu, two glasses of white wine were brought in, presumably ordered by Sumire.
“…… Just drink one glass, so my colleagues don’t find out.”
Sumire said in a small voice, winked, smiled, smelled the aroma and took a sip of wine.
As I heard yesterday, even blinking feels natural, maybe because he grew up overseas.
I wondered if I would be happy if I had such a wonderful boyfriend.
I also took a sip of white wine, which has a lovely floral scent and has a good balance of astringency and sourness, as well as a dry taste.
Since we both chose the same grilled salmon for our menus, I wondered if he matched it with fish dishes.
We both smile a little at each other.
It’s strange that I don’t feel like meeting Sumire for the first time, and before I knew it, I felt comfortable.
T/N : 80.000 yen = ($766)
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