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Hyoutei Days

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The Kitten

“Choutarou, you have a visitor” an older woman called out towards her son. Tilting her head to the side, as she observed the appearance of the young visitor. It was then, a silver-haired boy came out from the living room.

“Hiyoshi, you’re here. Are we gonna play games?” The seven-year-old asked curiously. Eyes wide with excitement from seeing his childhood friend suddenly arrive for a visit.

“No, I have a favor to ask you.” The brown-haired lad asked.

Choutarou titled his head to the side, as he watched his friend zipped open his jacket and revealed a tiny kitten hidden inside.

“It’s a kitten” He exclaimed, sounding surprised. He walked closer towards his friend, with eyes wide and smiling happily. “Where did you find him?”

“Found him by the road, and it’s a girl”

“Can I pet it?” 

Hiyoshi nodded his head and allowed his silver-haired friend to pat his finger on the kitten’s tiny head.

“Hiyoshi-kun, I called your parents just now. I told them that you’ll stay here with us until the rain is gone. Also, you need to change from your wet clothes, okay?” 

The eldest of the two boys nodded his head and took off his shoes after handing the kitten to his friend’s hand. He then watched Choutarou take the kitten with him to the living room, and carefully placed the tiny cat on top of a pillow with his favorite blanket surrounding the shivering kitten. 

“Hiyoshi-kun, Here you go. You know where the bath is, right?” He was then handed a warm towel and was guided towards the bathroom to wash up. 

“Mommy, can I feed the kitten?” were words he faintly heard from his friend.

It wasn’t that long that he stayed in the bathroom to freshen up. He was now seen standing in the middle of the living wearing Choutarou’s clothes, looking warm and cozy. He watched confused, as he observed the taller boy sleeping while snuggling the tiny kitten in his arms.

“Goodness this boy. He was so happy earlier” The older woman smiled, and handed him warm milk, which he accepted gratefully. He then proceeded to sit on the couch, still observing his friend and the cat sleeping comfortably.

“Auntie, is it okay? If I’ll leave the kitten to Choutarou?”

The woman smiled and nodded her head in response, earning a wide smile from the younger child.

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