Shopping Pokemon (2).         


After finishing buying all the ingredients for dinner, the two of them tried to pass through the candy section to head to the checkout.


Suddenly, Mio muttered under her breath.
Toma, who was walking beside her, happened to pick up on her voice.

“What’s wrong?”


Although Mio said that, her feet had stopped perfectly.
Her gaze was fixed on a certain product.

“Oh, Choco Eggs.
They’re nostalgic…”

“Uh, y-yeah.”

Mio, who didn’t want to be seen as childish, consciously replied to Toma with disinterest.
However, if she was showing such obvious behavior and reactions, anyone could tell that she was drawn to Choco Eggs.

Choco Eggs are chocolate snacks with toys inside developed by Furuta Confectionery Co., Ltd.
Choco Tamago, which has been sold so far, contains popular anime characters such as Detective Conan and Doraemon, and the sales are considerable.

This time, the Choco Eggs the two found contained six Pokemon characters.

“Well, Pikachu, Squirtle, and, oh, Lucario are in there… I want it… Lucario.”

“W-wait, I have two Lucarios.”

“Huh, really!?”

“Hehe, I’ll bring them next time since you seem to want one, Toma-kun.”

“T-thank you…”

Toma, who showed his greedy side unexpectedly, thanked her with a somewhat embarrassed expression.

“Do you have all the types already, Mio-san?”

“No, I just need one more to have them all… but I can’t seem to get the last one.”

Mio, sensing that they both liked the same Pokemon, stood next to Toma, bent her knees, and examined the product together with him.

“Who’s your favorite Pokemon among the ones in this selection?”

“…It’s Gengar.”

“Wow… a Poison-Ghost type Pokemon.”

I love Ghost-type Pokemon… What about you, Toma-kun? Do you like Fighting-type?”

“I don’t really have a preference for types, but I really like Lucario.”

“Hehe… that’s so like you, Toma-kun.”

“I-is that so…?”

“Yes, it is.
Very much so.”

The two of them had a lively conversation about Pokemon.
They had found a common topic…! Mio’s smiles had increased considerably, and it seemed that her worries about seeming childish had disappeared.

“Anyway, going back to the topic… Mio-san, what’s the one thing you don’t have yet?”



At that moment, looking at Mio’s sudden serious expression and dark tone, Toma realized he had asked something he shouldn’t have.

Her favorite character was not coming up.
She seemed to be in a mysterious situation where it was not appearing.

“I bought 20 Choco Eggs, but I still haven’t gotten Gengar… Maybe they didn’t put enough in…”

“I don’t think that’s the case…”

Mio was making an impossible assumption with a serious face, as if she really wanted Genga to come out.
But it wasn’t hard to understand why she felt that way.

One Choco Egg cost about 200 yen.
So, for 20 of them, it was 4000 yen.
She had spent quite a bit of money.

“If you bought 20, you probably got a lot of the same character, right?”

“I got 10 Pikachu.”

“10 Pikachu… That’s quite a lot of them…”

While looking at the box of Choco Eggs, Mio answered with a slightly envious tone.
Even though she knew it was all luck, getting 10 of the same character was quite unfortunate.

“My friend told me the same thing as you did, Toma-kun.
If I were in the opposite position, I would say the same thing too…”

“Do you have all 10 Pikachu displayed at home?”

“No, I gave them to my friends.
If it were my favorite character, Gengar, I would have displayed them all.”

As Mio finished speaking, she let out a small “um” and stood up.
It was a sign that they should head to the register soon.

“… Only one more until completion.
We have to win it now that we’ve come this far.”

Toma put all five Choco Eggs from the display shelf into his shopping cart.


“Oh, don’t worry about it.
I’m treating you this time.
I hope you get Gengar,” Toma said with a smile as he stood up like Mio.

Mio had been giving off an aura of wanting Choco Eggs, but she held back and refrained from buying any.
Even though they were so close to completing the set, Mio had impressive self-control.
Toma couldn’t help but cheer her on.

“It’s okay.
Five Choco Eggs cost 1,000 yen, you know.
And even if you only have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Lucario, it’s still a guaranteed purchase for 1,000 yen.
So it’s a better deal for me,” Toma said, persuading Mio with solid reasoning.

Some people might think that paying 1,000 yen for a toy like Lucario was too expensive, but seeing Mio’s ever-changing expression, Toma didn’t feel like he was making a bad deal.
Besides, he might be able to contribute to completing the set.

“Are you sure it’s okay for you to do that, Toma-kun?” Mio asked with concern.

“Of course.
And besides, I only treat people who I want to treat.
So please, don’t hesitate to accept it,” Toma said, expressing his feelings well.
He took a step forward ahead of Mio, heading towards the register.
But then Mio poked his arm with hers.

“……So, are you sure it’s okay for you to pay, Toma-kun?”

“Of course.
Besides, I only pay for people I want to treat, so please let me take care of it.”

Having conveyed his feelings well, Toma took a step ahead of Mio.
They were heading towards the checkout counter when suddenly Mio poked him in the arm.


When Toma turned around, he saw Mio with a beaming smile on her face saying, “Thank you, Toma-kun.” It was the first time he had ever seen Mio, who usually had a cool demeanor, look so happy and joyful.

“Ah, um…please don’t worry about it,” Toma’s face turned red.

Toma was taken aback by Mio’s radiant expression and couldn’t help but stare at her in amazement.

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