Actually, since our parents are actually busy people, to an extent, it was normal for us to do household chores on our own. When Komachi was still young and inexperienced, I had to handle the chores. But, when Komachi reached the upper levels of her elementary years, I just stopped doing them. Since then, the main person in charge of doing the household chores switched over to Komachi. Thanks to that, my knowledge on household chores ceased to be when I was in sixth grade. As I gave it some thought, this heavy burden was forced onto her… Speaking about it started to give me a guilty conscience. During the exams, the occupation of our parents was unchanging. Instead, before we settled this matter, and since I had lots of spare time, I should have been doing things because Komachi was extremely busy during this time period. “…Sorry, I just thought I should do something, ya know?” When I gulped down the bitter coffee, the words coming from my mouth had an unpleasant feeling to them. No, I did think of doing something you know? But, you see, um, if I didn’t help properly, mom would get really angry at me… If I were to do the chores, I’d be scolded in the same manner as Komachi did with me. Also, even if I could handle it myself, mom would be unsatisfied due to her certain standards. And, since I particularly suck at cleaning, I’d end up sweeping in squares like the prototype version of the Roomba… Thus, instead of troubling them, I have come to the defiant conclusion that it’s better to not do anything. However, as I thought about it, I felt a little bad for Komachi since this was during her exams. But, Komachi didn’t seem to mind as she laughed in a fickle manner. “It’s fine, it’s fine. It’s my hobby after all.” “Your hobby is chores?” When I asked her, she put a finger to her cheek and tilted her head slightly. She started to think about something. “Hmm, well… I mean, like, it’s my hobby to spoil my big bro?” 87
She put on a cute smile. “What is that? I’m feeling so spoiled that I will cry tears of joy at any moment now… How beautiful… A complete victory. Koma chi- mama...”  Komachi- mama! I meant to shout that in my heart, but I’ve already let it slip out. Because of that, Komachi’s expression broke into disgust. “Disgusting. You’re sick.” “Shut up and leave me alone. Besides, you’re the same, and that’s a good hobby.” “Right, right? I scored some high points there, right?” Komachi giggled cheerfully and patted my shoulder. That wasn’t praise, you brat. When I casted a glare at Komachi, she evaded it by closing her eyes. Then, when she put her hand on her small chest, she let out an enchanting sigh and put on a hypnotizing expression. “When I think about spoiling others using these hands of mine, it feels really good…” “You’re sick.” When I said that, Komachi slyly stuck her tongue out and winked at me. Then, she cutely tapped her head. Since her reaction appeared as though she was doing it on purpose, I knew that she was just joking.
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