“Manami-kun! Wait up!” you yelled out to your friend, pedalling as fast as you could to try and catch up with him.
“Ah, sorry (Name)-chan,” he apologised, slowing down his pace.
“You really love mountains that much, huh?” you said, more of a statement than an actual question.
“Well, how do I describe it? It makes me feel… alive, you know?”
Manami closed his eyes, savouring the moment. The fresh air that flew by his face, the heat of the sun hitting his skin. To him, being able to feel alive was the best thing in the world. And you understood that completely.
“…I think I understand what you mean.”
“You do?” he turned to face you, surprised by your statement, before asking out of curiosity, “So does that mean you have something that makes you feel alive? What is it?”
“(Name)-chan? Something wrong?” he questioned, staring intensely at you as you tilted your head down, using your bangs to hide your face from him.
“…-ou…” you mumbled quietly, and he noticed that you seemed to be trying to hide from something.
“Huh?” he asked again, moving nearer to you, causing you to blush as you noticed the close proximity between the two of you.
“I said… you make me feel alive!!” you screamed, face flushing in embarrassment as you pedalled faster, trying to get away.
When he had heard your confession, he immediately pulled the brakes on his bike, only able to stare blankly as you continued riding further away from him. However, he got over it soon enough, and with a big grin, a light blush and an overall lovestruck expression stuck on his face, he pedalled, wanting to catch up with you as soon as possible.
Well, it appears that there is more than just the mountains that makes Manami feel alive now.