"I'm not getting this right!" Ako sighed as she leaned on the counter beside where Rinko was mixing ingredients together. She had been working on it for two hours now, and she didn't know what to do.
"It'll be fine, Ako-chan. We can take our time,” Rinko reassured Ako. It wasn't her fault that the love potion was really hard to make.
“But Rinrin, we need to try harder to get Sayo-san’s love,” Ako looked worried.
They had been in love with Sayo for a long time now, so they had been trying almost everything to get her attention, from flirting with her to giving gifts to treating her to her beloved french fries, but Sayo didn’t react to their efforts. It was like she wasn’t interested at all or maybe she was just that dense.
So Rinko and Ako resorted to their last option, making a love potion, as dubious as it sounds. They found the recipe for this potion from a person who called herself “The Fallen Angel Yohane”. The ingredients were quite simple, as if the recipe were just a joke.
“It’s okay Ako-chan, we just have to keep trying and our efforts will pay off,” Rinko said. She sounded really calm, but she was as desperate as Ako.
After some fails and hours without sleeping they finished their love potion. Now they only needed to use it on Sayo. That wouldn’t be hard, because today they were gathering for their usual studying session. It had become something really common for them to meet from time to time to study together. It was more like helping Ako, but when they were finished with that, they would start playing games.
For Sayo, spending time with them was something she really liked. It had been a long time since she was so close to someone like this. The way Rinko and Ako treat her was something that makes Sayo feel really happy, but she knew even if they were really close, her relationship with them was still different than the relationship between Ako and Rinko. Still, she would say she is happy with having them only as close friends.
Lately, Ako and Rinko were being even more friendly with her. Sayo noticed both of them trying to flirt with her, probably because they didn’t want Sayo feel like a third wheel. She was really grateful for them, even if the flirting was really embarrassing for her.
“Hi, Sayo-san!” Ako greeted Sayo with a big smile.
“Good morning, U- Ako-san, you look really happy, also, good morning, Shi- Rinko-san”
“Hi, Sayo-san” Rinko greeted in a more calm way, but she still looked happy.
Calling each other by their first names was a norm. Ako and Rinko had been insisting that using their first name would make them even closer and their team work would be better.
For Sayo it was still embarrassing to call them by their first names, but it seems whenever she called them that way, they were really happy.
“Shall we start reading the forbidden tomes?” Ako looked somewhat excited to start studying
“It seems you really want to study, Ako-san”
That wasn’t her main goal, but she knew that the faster they started to study, the faster they could use their potion.
“It seems, Ako-chan it’s really excited, fufu”
After studying for a while, they decided it would be time for a break so
they could start their plan.
“I’ll go get something to drink and snack on!” Ako said.
Of course, instantly Rinko offered to help.
“I’ll help you, Ako-chan…”
Before Sayo could say something, she was stopped by Ako.
“Wait here, Sayo-san, we’ll get the drinks and snacks!” Said Ako happily.
This was something really common. Every time she wanted to help them, they stopped her.
Maybe they only wanted some time alone? That makes sense for Sayo.
“We should hurry up, Ako-chan…”
“Yeah, let’s just add our potion to Sayo’s drink” Ako started adding an alarming amount of said love option.
“Wait, Ako-chan… I think you are adding too much,” said Rinko worried.
“But the more, the better! We can get Sayo-san’s love faster that way!”
“Oh… I think you are right… ” While Rinko was saying that, she added more love potion to the drink.
“It seems you understand, Rinrin!” Ako was looking really happy.
After that, they went to where Sayo was and gave her the drink. They were looking at Sayo, waiting for her to drink it. They were too busy with that so they didn’t notice that their own drinks tasted weird.
“Did something happen?” Sayo asked before taking a sip of her drink.
“Eh.. No it’s nothing, Sayo-san”
They waited for the potion to take effect,but after 15 minutes there weren't any changes. They whispered to each other so Sayo couldn’t hear them.
“Hey, Rinrin, do you think the potion isn’t working?” Ako looked worried. After all, that was their last hope.
“I think we need to wait some more, Ako-chan…”
“But it has been 15 minutes already, and we used a lot…”
“Maybe everything looks the same, but if we try flirting with her it could be different,” Rinko guessed.
“Sayo-san, you look so beautiful today!” Ako said, trying to test Sayo.
“Eh? D-Do you think so? Thanks, y-you also look beautiful today, Ako-san,” Sayo replied, looking flustered.
At that moment, Rinko rushed to hug her, Sayo and Ako weren’t expecting that from Rinko.
“I-I also think you are beautiful, Sayo-san..” Rinko said while hugging her, both of them were blushing really hard.
“That’s not fair! I also want to hug her!” Ako pouted and also went to hug Sayo.
“D-Did something happen?” Sayo looked a bit confused, that wasn’t something
“Ako-chan, let’s do that…”
At that moment they kissed Sayo on her cheeks, making her blush even more.
“Sayo-san, we love you! Please be our girlfriend!” they said at the same time, looking so determined which made Sayo confused even more.
If this was a joke, Sayo could understand a double confession. But she could see the determination in their eyes, so it must have been serious. Everyone knew that Ako and Rinko were dating so it only could mean they wanted Sayo to join them in their relationship.
“What?” It was the only thing Sayo could say.
“We love you, Sayo-chan… so we want to date you, both of us…” Rinko changed the honorific, making her sound more determined.
“Yeah, Sayo-san, we have talked about this, and we want you in our relationship,” Ako smiled at her.
Ako and Rinko felt their stomachs churning in what must have been anxiety. They prayed their potion had worked, and that after today, Sayo would be much closer to them, and not farther.
Sayo was still confused, but she was also feeling happiness because deep inside her, she had always hoped for something like this.
“I also love you, I would love to be your girlfriend” Sayo was smiling at them.
“YES, RINRIN! The love potion worked!” Ako said it with genuine happiness, without noticing she revealed what they did.
“What?” Sayo was processing what she just heard.
“It’s nothing, Sayo-chan…”
“Yeah, Sayo-san, since we are already dating… now… now.. I need to go to the bathroom!”
Sayo was dumbfounded, she couldn’t understand what was happening, when she looked at Rinko, she only got an apology.
“Sorry, Sayo-chan, I also need go to the bathroom”
Leaving Sayo even more dumbfounded.
After that Ako and Rinko learned that Sayo never drank the love potion. Anxious about their love, they had accidentally put the potion in their own drinks, and thanks to the amount, they ended up with indigestion. Sayo really wanted to lecture them for trying to use a love potion to make her fall in love with them. But she knew it was thanks to that plan that now they were dating, so instead she took care of her suffering girlfriends.