I tried to do something different this week there I indicated where the change in scene was. I hope this makes the wall of text a little easier to read. XD
(Scene 1 of 5)
Beep, beep, beep…
I hear an unfamiliar sound and wake up slightly, but the room is still dark.
Hoshi: (What is that noise…?)
I check the time and see that it’s already five in the morning. I look at the sofa and see Noze sitting there, already dressed to go.
Noze: “Ahh, I woke you. Sorry.”
Hoshi: “That noise…?”
Noze: “It’s an emergency call.”
He pulls a square object from his pocket as he speaks. He presses a small button and the sound stops.
Hoshi: “At this time…? Did you even get any sleep?”
Noze: “It’s always like this. Being a police officer isn’t easy.”
He smiles bitterly, his eyes sleepy.
Hoshi: “Okay then, I’ll make breakfast…”
Noze: “No, that’s not necessary. I’ll eat at work.”
Noze worked from the early morning until late at night yesterday too. Seeing how little sleep he actually gets makes me feel worried.
Hoshi: “Are you… alright?”
Noze: “Haha, I’m fine. How’s your memory?”
Hoshi: “Ah, nothing yet…”
Noze: “Yeah? Well, actually…”
Noze: “I was thinking you should go to the hospital.”
Hoshi: “The hospital…”
Noze: “There has to be something more effective than just waiting for it to return.”
Noze: “But if you go alone, I imagined it’d be complicated, what with not knowing your identity.”
Noze: “So when you go, I’ll go with you.”
Noze: “Just think it over.”
(Scene 2 of 5)
Alone in the apartment, I lie down on the couch and think over what Noze said to me.
Hoshi: (I’ll probably get my memory back if I go to the hospital, but…)
Really thinking about it, my chances of getting it back are much higher there. However, I feel weirdly resistant to the idea of leaving here.
Hoshi: (It’d be great to have my memory back…)
There’s this undeniable, yet vague, fear and anxiety in my head. I know that it definitely has to do with my memory coming back. Opening a door that has been so firmly shut until now sounds frightening.
Noze’s apartment looks tidied up. However, I can clearly tell by how few things there are that he never spends time at home. Looking closely, I can see that quite a bit of dust has accumulated.
Hoshi: “I can’t help but just think…”
I decide to clean for a change of pace.
Hoshi: “Phew… I think that’s it.”
I breathe a sigh as I overlook the cleaned room apartment. I rest for a moment, then begin to prepare dinner. There’s something comforting in these household chores.
Hoshi: (I wonder if I was married…?)
I glance at my left hand. There’s no ring, nor is there a sign that one’s been there.
Hoshi: “Is it my imagination…? Anyway, for today…”
I open the refrigerator and see yesterday’s groceries. However, there’s not much left.
Hoshi: “Ah, beer…!”
I forgot to buy beer yesterday when I ran into that fancy woman. I feel like I have to buy beer for Noze as he’s completely worn out when he gets home.
Hoshi: “I should make note of the type…”
There’s plenty left of the money Noze gave me. After checking the amount, I head for the entrance to go out shopping.
(Scene 3 of 5)
I head to the front door to see a woman in a fancy dress standing there. She’s holding an identical key to mine and trying to get in.
Woman: “W-Who are you…?”
Hoshi: “The supermarket…?”
There was no mistaking that she was the woman I bumped into. For some reason, this woman was trying to enter Noze’s apartment.
Woman: “H-Hold up a second! Just what are you doing in Noze’s apartment!?”
Woman: “Are you his girlfriend, perhaps?”
Hoshi: “No, I’m not. Noze is actually taking care of me…”
Woman: “Taking care of you…? Are you some sort of criminal?”
Woman: “…You don’t look like one. What’s your name?”
Hoshi: “My name…”
Mao: “I’m Mao. I’ve come to clean Noze’s apartment.”
Hoshi: “Have you…?”
Mao: “Well, I’ve identified myself. Now you.”
Mao: “Oh? Not going to tell me your name, are you? You’re awful.”
Mao: “Out of my way. I’m going to clean.”
Hoshi: “I’ve already done it.”
Mao: “Don’t do such unnecessary things!”
Mao: “Ugh, you’re so irritating! I’m leaving early!”
Without entering, she turns around and leaves.
Hoshi: “If she comes to clean the house…”
This girl known as Mao is plenty beautiful, even without makeup. It wouldn’t be strange if she had a close relationship with Noze.
Hoshi: “That’s right. He probably has a lover…”
(Scene 4 of 5)
Noze comes home at around eight in the evening.
Noze: “I’m back.”
Hoshi: “Welcome home! You’re back early today.”
Noze: “I somehow managed to give my boss the slip.”
Noze: “Hm? Did you make something today too?”
Hoshi: “Yes! I made meat and potato stew!”
Noze: “Stew! Great! I should probably take a bath before I eat.”
Hoshi: “Okay! In the meantime, I’ll fix you a plate.”
Noze heads for the bathroom and I start preparing his dinner.
(Screen fades to black)
He takes his bath quickly. By the time I’ve set out the plates, he’s already out.
Noze: “Phew! I’m hungry!”
Hoshi: “Hehe, of course. Have a beer.”
Noze: “Oh! How’d you know?”
Hoshi: “You worked hard today.”
After I pour his beer, Noze drinks it all down at once.
Noze: “Ahhh! A beer is always delicious after a bath.”
Hoshi: “Hehe, have some of the stew as well.”
Noze: “Let’s see…”
Noze takes a single bite of the stew and his face lights up with surprise.
Noze: “It’s so delicious! This is the best stew I’ve ever had!”
Hoshi: “Ahaha, you’re exaggerating.”
Noze: “No way! Seriously, it’s amazing!”
He happily tackles his meal. Watching him, I find myself feeling happy too.
Noze: “Is it okay to be this happy, I wonder? It kind of feels like we’ve become a couple.”
Noze: “Ah, sorry. That was a weird thing to say…”
【Options: 1. “I’m glad…”, 2. “R-Really!?”, 3. “I feel the same way.”】
Hoshi: “I’m glad…”
Hoshi: “If someone like you were my husband, I think I’d enjoy every day.”
Noze: “U-Umm…! Anyway! Is there anymore beer?”
Hoshi: “Ah, yes.”
Slowly drinking his beer, Noze avoids the conversation. When I brought the beer to the table, I had been thinking about that Mao woman.
Hoshi: “Umm… a woman came by this afternoon…”
Noze: “Huh? Really?”
Hoshi: “Are you in a relationship?”
When I finally manage to ask the question, Noze gives me a complicated look.
Preview – Next Episode Preview
Noze: “Can you not sleep?”
Noze: “…Want to talk a little?”
Hoshi: “…Huh? This place…”
Hoshi: “I… know this place!”
【Love Meter 20 UP! – Noze’s 1st Story: 40】