Sanae always clinging to Koutarou’s back was a habit from when she was a ghost. She’d possessed him for so long by doing that, that even after returning to being human, she naturally kept doing the same thing. She’d even constantly do so while they were at Harukaze High School, so it was a well-known characteristic of hers throughout the school. Just a little earlier they’d passed by some members of staff, but they didn’t really have anything to say about it.
“If you think about it calmly, you doing this doesn’t really have any point.”
“It does, how rude.”
“Yeah. It makes sure you understand my overflowing love.”
“Guess there’s no helping it then.”
When Sanae was a ghost, she replenished her energy from him and could taste food through his senses, doing that, there was a clear reason for it. However, now that she’d returned to a living body, there was no need for that. She just did it because she wanted to.
“Oh yeah, Koutarou, what do you think of it when I do this?”
“Hmm, well you’ve been doing it for nearly two years, so I’ve not really got any impressions of it.”
“Think of something. Thanks to me doing this everyday you’ve got good blood circulation, and your shoulders don’t get stiff, do they?”
“Yeah, that’s true. And I’m not tired the day after playing baseball on the grass.”
Before they knew it, this had become normal. Not just for Sanae, Koutarou liked it too. There was no reason to deliberately stop it. And surely if they did, it would feel somewhat lonely, he didn’t say it, but that’s how Koutarou felt.
“By the way, Sanae, I’ve been curious about something for a while.”
“When you’re on my back, you’re lighter aren’t you? What kind of trick is that?”
“Asking a maiden about her weight can’t be praised.”
“I’m not really though.”
Still with Sanae on his back, Koutarou went through the school gate. He didn’t have work today either, so the two went home like that. The sinking sun shone down on them, stretching their shadow out, because she was clinging to him, there was only one.
“I’ll tell you then… I actually use my maidenly power to float ever so slightly.”
“Ah, so that’s what it is. I thought you’d borrowed something from Theia or the others.”
“You should preserve your lifestyle yourself.”
“Your thinking is right here and there.”
Even though he had a person clinging to his back, Koutarou didn’t really feel that weight. He only felt the slight swaying of a part of her weight as he changed direction. It was left at that because Sanae lifted her own weight with spiritual power in time with Koutarou’s movements.
“That must be tough though. You weigh something like fort-”
“If you say anything more, I’ll strangle you.”
“Mgh, mghgh, mghh.”
“…Mmm, fine, I’ll let you off.”
“Puah… Even for you, constantly lifting a person has got to be tough.”
“It is, but I’m used to it.”
“Don’t use spiritual power for pointless things like that.”
“Because then you’ll think I’m a heavy girl, in various ways.”
“That’s a feeling men won’t understand.”
There was actually just one change that Koutarou felt. That was Sanae’s body heat. When she was a ghost, he couldn’t feel it at all, but he could feel it clearly now. Thanks to that, the sensation that she was there had grown far stronger. That feeling was true for Sanae too.
“By the way, what’d happen if you tried even harder?”
“If you increased your maidenly power, would I float too?”
“Sounds fun!…Mmm, there!”
“Whoa! W-whoa, I’m floating, I’m floating!”
So the connection between them had grown even stronger than when she was a ghost. However, the two of them paid it no mind and carried on like that for a while.