This is just before the last part, so there’s no more ero stuff.
The park at sunset.
Before I knew it, I was standing there absentmindedly.
When I looked around in the surroundings, there was a boy around 6 years of age playing in the sandpit.
……nn? Isn’t that the old Meguru?
There was no mistake. The face of the boy playing in the sandpit certainly belonged to Meguru.
Then, that means……could it be that I’ve gone back several years in time?
When I once again looked around at the appearance of the park, it was the same as the park that I was in earlier, but felt newer as a whole.
Right right, the playground equipment here was dangerous so it got demolished, if I recall correctly. How nostalgic.
Hm, my body has also shrunk.
I heard the energetic voice of a girl. When I turned around, the girl was peeking at me from the shadow of a tree.
That’s right. I remember now.
I’ve played with Chronos at this park before.
When I brought Meguru to play at the park like usual, I met a girl who I didn’t recognize, and then we naturally started to play tag……
After that, what happened again……? Umm……
“I ab~solutely won’t get caught by Rinne-chan♪”
Chronos joking around to provoke me. And.
“Rinne, Meguru! It’s time to go home!”
Mom came to pick us up. Mom looks so young.
Okay~, Meguru ran towards mom.
“You’re done already……? Are you gonna leave……?”
I gazed at Chronos, who looked very sad as tears welled up.
“Yeah……mom is calling me after all……”
“No! I won’t stop until Rinne-chan finishes catching me! I absolutely won’t stop!”
Chronos stomped her feet and threw a tantrum. The clock pendant glittered as it swayed.
Rinne!, said mom’s voice. I promptly spoke.
“Tomorrow! Let’s meet here tomorrow and play again! The continuation of our tag game!”
“……really!? Tomorrow! We’ll continue! You absolutely have to, okay!? It’s a promise, okay!?”
A smile burst across Chronos’ face.
Seeing that smile made me happy too.
“Yeah. It’s a promise! Let’s play tag again tomorrow!”
It felt as though the haze on my memory completely cleared up.
That’s right. I-
After this, I split up with Chronos as she waved her hand in a lonely manner, and then I suddenly had a high fever.
That fever didn’t go down at all for a whole week, so naturally, I became unable to go to the park during that time.
When my fever dropped, I shook free from mom’s control and headed to the park, but Chronos wasn’t there any more.
She surely believed that I broke our promise.
After that, I went to the park countless times, but Chronos never appeared.
Though it weighed on my mind in the beginning, as time passed, I gradually forgot about it.
I remember it all. I forgot, but Chronos carefully remembered that trivial, but incredibly important promise.
Before I realized it, I was holding the pendant and was standing in the park of the present.
Before my eyes stood Chronos, enduring her tears like that time in the past.
Seeing her appearance, my chest tightened.
“Geez…….! I’m……! I’m such…an idiot……”
Tears naturally overflowed.
“Even Chronos has been asking to play together this entire time……! For me to have forgotten such an important thing……!”
Chronos raised her head in surprise.
“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, Chronos. I’ve made you wait for so long.”
I walked towards Chronos and gently hugged her.
Even though we were about the same size at that time, now she’s this small. I felt the flow of time.
“I caught you……! This time Chronos is ‘it’. Let’s continue the game from back then!”
“Rinne-chan…….! Yeah……yeah! Let’s play! Rinne-chan!”
Chronos smiled while crying. I also smiled while crying. Ehehehe.
I hung the pendant on Chronos’ neck. As expected, this pendant suits Chronos the best.
“Al~right! I’ll catch you easily♪”
“W-W-Wait a sec! Give me a handicap!”
As though we were trying to make up for the lost time, we continued to play until sunset.
It’s been a while since I spent all my energy playing like this. I’m completely exhausted…….though Chronos seems to be completely fine.
“Rinne-chan! Hurry, hurry!”
“Say, Chronos! Let’s end this for today! I’m so tired!”
“Ehh!? Let’s play more!”
Chronos blew up her cheeks like she did on that day.
“Tomorrow! I have a day off tomorrow! So let’s play again tomorrow!”
“Muu, fine. That’s a promise, alright? Rinne-onee-chan!”
The same promise as that day. But things were completely different from that day.
“Now then, let’s go home!”
We walked side by side on the way home.
We’ll return to the same home, eat the same meal, and then maybe we’ll have a secret talk before sleeping and smile stealthily at each other.
Since Chronos was my cute little sister after all.
Like this, our battle has ended. In order to fulfill tomorrow’s promise, she won’t wind back time anymore.
As I glanced sideways at Chronos as she walked next to me, I reflected upon this happy ending of ours.
…………………huh? It feels as though I’ve forgotten something……