“Come along… more shopping to do!” Mother ordered, moving into the next shop.
I could only give a tight smile as I watched mother walk in front of me. She was dressed in a nice dress and makeup like I usually didn’t see her. It was only on date nights that she would dress up this nicely. Date night was what she called these nights, not what I called them. To me, they were just going shopping with my mother.
We had started this custom a month ago after I gave her a stern talking and said some embarrassingly bold things to her. Well, since that time, mother seemed to be dieting and working out. She looked a lot better than she did a month ago when she had spent the previous year wallowing in self-pity. I didn’t want her to stop this positive behavior, so the price was that I had to be her pack mule on weekends, carrying all of her stuff around. At least she didn’t make me pay, as my first paycheck was still a few days away.
Thus, I was walking around with about eight bags full of clothing and various other items mom was buying for herself. Well, she was using dad’s credit card. Since he had spent the better part of the last few years cheating on her with various women, what went around, came around. Plus… Mom always spent a little money on me as well, so I was usually happy with this arrangement.
“Eh… mom… this…” I stopped as I saw the shop mother was entering at this moment.
It was a Halloween costume shop that had seemed to spring up out of nowhere. They sold outfits to wear to the Halloween parties that would start in a couple of weeks. These kinds of celebrations had been growing more and more popular in the last few years, especially as more and more Americans moved to Japan.
“Your father has an office party every year, and I’m going to it and I need something nice.” Mother explained.
I grimaced at Mother’s words, which had a bit more weight than one might think. In previous years, Father often acted inappropriately at these parties. Mom would have to bear it while dad flirted with drunk female coworkers. She hadn’t gone to the party the previous year after catching him feeling up the new secretary the year prior. Although I wanted Mom to be more active, her going to this party really worried me quite a bit. All of the work I had done to pull her out of her depression could be obliterated in a single night.
“Come on… I don’t want to pick something that is inappropriate for my age.” Mother spoke coyly. “You can at least let your mother know if she is embarrassing herself. All these Halloween outfits are so skimpy these days.”
“Ah… y-yes…” I couldn’t help but flush as mom grabbed my arm and hugged me, her chest pressing against me while she spoke pleadingly.
In the end, I rolled over and obeyed, and so I found myself sitting in a crowded shop that smelled like plastic. This shop was a bit better quality than some, as it allowed you to try on the outfits before you bought. Mother brought in several outfits and tried them all on, one at a time. She made sure to come out with each one, spinning around and sometimes even posing for me.
“Mom! Your… eh… they’re about to fall out!” I cried.
“Mom, I can almost see you… ahem…”
“Mom, this doesn’t even cover anything!”
“Fuhuhu…” Mother laughed as if she wasn’t even aware that a sexy cat outfit that showed most of her ass was something I wouldn’t even let my girlfriend wear in public, let alone my mother.
I only realized near the end that Mother seemed to like me growing flustered. She was trying to get a rise out of me on purpose. My eyes furrowed as she went into the changing room for what she swore would be the last one. Meanwhile, I sat in my chair with a glower. I absolutely wouldn’t react to the next outfit. In fact, no matter how shocking, I’d let her wear it. Let’s see how she reacted when I tried to send her to the Halloween party wearing something completely indecent!
“Your girlfriend is really sexy.” The man handling the register spoke up. “I always wanted to date an older woman myself, but it never came up.”
I froze, a feeling of embarrassment washing over me. A girlfriend? She was my mom! This fucking guy…
Just at that moment, my Mother walked out. She was wearing a stunning back dress which showed just a hint of her long white legs and hip. There was a theater mask decked out very fancy, only giving her a hint of animal features. The mask hid my mother’s face, while the dress drew attention to her body. Her large breasts gave a wonderful show of cleavage, and her nice hips made her legs look like they went on for miles. My mouth fell open, and for a moment I forgot I was looking at my mother.
“Is… this fine?” Mother’s voice came out incredibly modest under my gaze, completely unlike the bawdy tone she was using earlier when she was teasing me.
It was like the voice of a virgin girl. It was exactly like a shy girlfriend wanting the opinion of her man. My face felt like it was on fire. I shook my head, trying to get a hold of myself. This was just my mother, after all. I stood up, although I found myself needing to cover a certain piece of my anatomy.
“You look… beautiful.” I said, my voice coming out jaggedly.
Mother blushed, and the tinge of red ran all the way down her neck to her cleavage, causing my eyes to fall on those things once again. I gulped as I stared at her chest. The last time I had been this aroused was when my mother was unconscious and had accidentally flashed me her body.
“Sweetie, I’ll get this then.” Mother’s voice caused me to snap out of it.
She seemed extremely pleased with herself as she walked up to me and then put 1000 yen in my hand. “I’ll buy it then. While I pay, go buy me some iced tea.”
“Y-yes…” I blushed again, especially under Mother’s knowing look.
I didn’t feel like I could face mom again at that moment. Alas, she seemed to have read the mood and gave me an excuse to leave. As I ran out of the store, the store clerk gave me a wink, which only seemed to make things worse. With my thoughts a bit muddled, I headed through the mall area towards the stand that sold Boba tea near the water fountain.
As I approached the stand, I saw the last person I wanted to see. Cursing, I ducked behind a pillar. Jack was standing there, a slightly sadistic smile on his face. As I glanced out, I realized he hadn’t noticed me. This was because his eyes were on someone else. I followed them to two people. They were being pretty noisy, and their voices echoed through the mall so I could hear them.
“Please… it was a mistake…” The girl with tears in her eyes tried to explain frantically.
“You cheated on me!” The man shot back. “I can’t believe you!”
The girl reached out for the guy but he dodged her. He then began walking toward Jack.
“Thanks for letting me know.” He said stiffly before brushing past.
The girl followed after him. Finally, she drew close enough that I could make out her face. My mouth fell open as I realized that I recognized this girl. This was none other than Gina, the girl I had been blowing off all week. The chances of meeting her here and now were astronomical.
“Please… don’t…” She was bawling as she tried to chase after the man.
“You fucked some other guy!” He shouted, spinning and raising his hand as if to strike her.
She winced, but in the end, he stopped himself from slapping her. Glancing around at all the people giving the pair looks, he finally settled down. In the end, he just gave her a hateful look and the turned his back to her.
“Get lost!” He barked as he walked away.
Gina remained standing there, her eyes following the man with a helpless look. Then, fury exploded on her face as she shot to Jack who was still standing there with a grin on his face.
“You bastard! You said you wouldn’t say anything!” She shouted.
“Haha…” Jack laughed, “Why do I have to keep my word with a slut? If you loved your boyfriend, you wouldn’t have given me your virginity, right?”
My heart sank as I heard his words. Her virginity… given to Jack? Did Gina end up fucking Jack? In other words, after I blew her off, she went to find someone else, and that person was Jack. He banged her, and then immediately announced it, ruining her relationship with her boyfriend. Now, Gina’s name had been dragged through the mud, and very publicly.
“You asshole!” She cursed, trying to slap him.
He grabbed her arms, and without any remorse, shoved her back. She stumbled backward until she was about to fall into the mall fountain. That also ended up only a few feet away from me. Sighing, I stepped out and blocked the path, catching Gina. She fell into my chest. After stopping her backward fall, she looked up, and that’s when she saw my face. I tried to maintain a cold expression, but I couldn’t help it from turning complicated. Gina wasn’t mine in any sense of the word. However, because I had been in a bad mood, I had given her up, and Jack had instantly scooped her up. In a small way, I was a little to blame about what happened. At the very least, my enemy had earned more points off of someone who should have been mine.
“Why… if it isn’t Hakaru…” Jack chuckled as he walked toward me grinning. “Oh… have you met Gina?”
I frowned looking down at her tearful eyes. “We’ve met.”
“Hehe… well, too bad, but I got to enjoy her first.” Jack chuckled. “Just like I had your sister…. And your goddess. I checked around at school. They say there was this girl you were dating. Akiko was it? I’d like to taste her as well.”
“Stay away from them.” I snapped, my hands grabbing Gina and holding her tightly for some reason.
“Hehe… keep talking big. It won’t mean anything in the end.” Jack shrugged and then his eyes landed on Gina. “You can have her. I’m done with this slut.”
Gina squirmed slightly in my embrace, but she strangely didn’t pull away. As for Jack, he let out another laugh and then turned around. As he walked away, he kept talking.
“This game is so much easier than I thought. Soon, I’ll have everyone.”
When he finally left, the mall seemed to return back to normal. The talking and noises returned. A few people shot looks at me with the girl in my arms, whispering rumors. The girl finally pulled away and turned back to me.
“So, you slept with him?” I asked.
Gina looked down, her eyes still puffy. “You… never answered your calls.”
Gina’s eyes shot back up, only a little surprised by my response. “It’s too late for that. My life is already gone. My boyfriend left me, and by tomorrow everyone in town is going to think I’m just some slut.”
“Am I what?”
“Just a slut?”
Gina’s eye flashed angrily. “It wasn’t even good. Sex was quick, painful, and I hated it.”
I nodded. “That’s exactly why I didn’t want to call you. At least you now realized there is nothing special or magical about sex.”
Gina’s hands tightened as she looked away. “Jack was… wrong about one thing though.”
I raised an eyebrow. “What’s that.”
“He… didn’t have me first. My virginity… you took that. I didn’t even bleed with him. I don’t know what game you two are playing at… but you won… I guess…”
I raised my head as a sense of clarity shot through me. That’s right. I had her virginity. True, we never had sex all the way, but I had her first. For the first time since I had seen Netori and Jack together, a sense of relief shot through me. The game was still in action. I may have lost a little, but I had gained some too. For example, my sister and I slept together last night. We hadn’t spoken together since, but there was way more love between us than anything between Jack and her. Furthermore, he may have banged Gina, but I had taken her virginity, and he never got that. He stuck his dick in a girl I’d already soiled, and he didn’t even know it.
I couldn’t stop playing now, or I would lose everything. I had pushed Akiko away. I had kept Netori at a distance, never calling her. Even Gina was abandoned. However, if I wanted to win, I needed to play the game. I looked down at the teary-eyed Gina, and suddenly everything seemed so much clearer.
“Thank you,” I said, leaning forward and kissing her.
“Mm!” Gina made a surprised noise as her lips were attacked by mine, but she didn’t pull away.
I broke off a moment later, and Gina was looking up at me, her gaze slightly dazed and her lips parted as she panted in a cute way.
“Ahem…” A voice from behind me cleared their throat.
I looked back and broke into a cold sweat. “Mom!”
Mom had her arms crossed. “I asked you to get tea and you go around kissing girls!”
“Ah… this…” I let go of Gina.
“Look at her, she’s not even honorable or Japanese! This yariman will not sway my poor child.” Mom grabbed my wrist and immediately started pulling.
“Ah… I’m sorry, she doesn’t mean that…” I said defensively.
Strangely enough, Gina’s depressed expression had changed somewhat, and she looked almost giddy as she watched me leave. “It’s okay. I’ll see you around… mazakon.”
“You… I’m not… that’s not…” I couldn’t say anything else while mother ranted about me needing a strong Japanese woman while she dragged me away.
Meanwhile, Gina continued to watch me as I was pulled down the hallway, a strange glint in her eye with a meaning I couldn’t understand.