Trying to type 今日 on my phone earlier today, I found out it’s already 令和４年?? How. It feels like it was only, like, 2 years ago or something.
I read ch 2-3 of 星だけ. I really like it so far.
Under a cut this time:
lol apparently it was just the stranger’s instinct to kiss Sora when he was crying? He says he surprised himself too. But hey, Sora gets a free slice of cake with his coffee as apology! Also, 店長さん is bisexual; rather, gender doesn’t really matter to him. (I’d thought he was a barista, but it turns out he owns the café!)
We also meet another of Sora’s friends, 淳ちゃん. There’s no furigana even on names, so I’m assuming his name’s Jun, as “Atsushi-chan” is too hard to say and would just get shortened to あっちゃん. (That’s actually how I read it at first before going, “Wait, that would just get spelled out,” and remembering that 淳 is also read じゅん lol) The first friend, whom we met in ch 1, we learn is named Kane-yan. lol I keep thinking about one of his lines from ch 1: “That’s brutal, it’s the full course! No job, no girl, no money… Ah, if you failed your classes, wouldn’t it be perfect??” (Sora: “Hah?? No way, I’d cry.”) I kinda really like him.
Wow, just when I said there was zero furigana, a few pages later, 店長さん addresses his employee and we get furigana over her name (詩織), then he properly introduces himself to Sora as 遠野健吾, then Sora introduces himself as 悠木そら. Kengo calls him “Sora-kun,” and internally, Sora’s like, “‘Sora-kun’? Eh, whatever, it’s fine.”
At the beginning of ch 3, we finally get a proper introduction of Sora. Yuuki Sora, age 20, a second-year law student in university. He’s good at running and waking up easily (??) (得意なことは 走ること 寝起きがいいこと). His hobby is watching sports. He likes eating delicious foods.
They run into each other one night—it’s later than when Sora would usually go to the café, and it’s long closed by now—heading home, and Sora tries to call Kengo “店長さん,” but Kengo gets him to call him “Kengo-san” instead. It’s the middle of winter and the wind is super strong, and it’s caused the train line to be out of service—something about airborne objects carried by the strong winds and a fire breaking out—so Kengo, living close by, invites Sora to stay at his place. And he hasn’t thought about it much before, but Sora’s thinking about that kiss again, but he accepts anyway.
After showering and changing, they get to talking about stars, about the exceptionally bright shooting star Sora saw the other day which Kengo thinks must have been a bolide, which he’s only seen once before. And how Kengo’s favorite star is the black hole (which Sora didn’t realize was a type of star) and how lately he’s been really into dark matter, too. It seems he likes them because when he learns one thing, he finds he has more questions and it quickly becomes a big mystery. Because he doesn’t understand it, it’s scary, but at the same time, that just makes him want to learn more.
Now Kengo learns Sora’s age and major, and we and Sora learn that Kengo is 27. The age difference is a bit iffy, but eh. Apparently owning his own café is less his dream, and more because of his cousin.
On the news, they announce that, next spring, a new Japanese astronaut will begin a long-term stay on the International Space Station: Toono Kengo. Sora thinks it must be someone with the same name, and it’s amazing that it’s even spelled the same way, but Kengo acts a little closed-off and is like, “Wellp, time for bed, you still watching?” so, hm. I don’t know anything about being an astronaut so I dunno if it actually could be him or if it really is someone else who just so happens to have the exact same name as him, but something’s got him sensitive.
Oh ho ho. Oh ho HO.
After they turn in, Kengo in his bed and Sora on the couch, and Sora’s already drifted off, Kengo comes back in looking for his phone which he thinks he left on the couch. And of course Sora’s laying with his head on the side that Kengo had been sitting on, so when he wakes up, Kengo’s hovering right over him (“misleading,” he calls it, later), and of course they’re real close while Kengo searches and finally finds it. And after he leaves, Sora’s lying there with his heart pounding like crazy, thinking how he can’t sleep. Sounds like someone’s developing a crush～
I wanna read moooore, but I was tired after work and didn’t start reading until kinda late, and now it’s already time for shower and bed. I probably won’t finish it tomorrow either, but maybe Monday?