"I’m so sorry." "You don’t have to apologize anymore." "But there’s one more thing I need to apologize for." Then Shihoko muttered that she had also taken up Yuko’s 1.5-million-yen debt. "What?" So that’s what that man whispered in your ear, Toru thought, biting his lip.
"So what are we going to do about that?" "I’m thinking about paying it with the inheritance from my mother," Shihoko said. "I think Mom would be happy if it meant saving Shinogu-chan." "Hmrnmin…" "Please. Think of him as our own.. .and take good care of him… After the baby is born, I’ll work part-time to help make ends meet." At first Torn was silent. Eventually he said, "I’m not going to go out of my way for him." Shihoko smiled. "You’re.. .you’re already doing more than enough, Toru…"
Shihoko went to the children’s room. Shinogu was sleeping like the dead. He must have been through countless sleepless nights by now. Hatsumi, asleep beside him, was mumbling in her sleep. “Brudder. Let’s pway, Brudder.” Shihoko thought how great it would be if her daughter Hatsumi, always friendly, could revive Shinogu’s spirits. “Help me out, Hatsumi. Okay?” Shihoko softly ran her hands through her three-year-old daughter’s bangs.
4 You’re Not Alone
Mom drew in another deep breath. “And that’s the end of the story.” I nodded, trembling. I had never imagined that Shinogu had such a past… When he came to our house I was only three years old, so I just took it naturally that I had a new brother. I didn’t have the slightest idea why he was now taking on so many different part-time jobs. I was so clueless…and was always saying Shinogu this and Shinogu that and relying on him. “Shinogu,” Mom said. Shinogu raised his head slightly. “I didn’t take you because I had to. I took you because I cared about you.”
"I’m so happy that you grew up to be such a great young man. You’re so tender and caring toward your sisters, and—even though it doesn’t come from us—you’re intelligent hentai ecchi and good-looking, too! Really, Shinogu, you are the Narita family’s pride and joy." Shinogu lowered his head again, as if nodding. "You wanted to go to medical school but gave up because of the money, but for you, your father and I would have done whatever it took to come up with it." Dad, who had been quiet all this time, finally opened his mouth. "It’s just as your mom says. When you had just arrived, I couldn’t forgive your mother for making a decision like that without consulting me. If I unconsciously treated you coldly, I have to apologize for that…" Shinogu shook his head emphatically. "I never noticed anything like that." That’s understandable. Shinogu was always being hit and abused until he came into our home. "Now, you may do as you wish, Shinogu. We’ll stand beside you whatever decision you make. You can make your own choice."