“Psuedo-fastfood sounds good to me.” You say as you pat Kogasa on the head. Seeing her happy should boost your mood some.
“Okay, Toad-House it is then,” Byakuren says as she puts the car in drive. Before she actually takes her foot off the brake, she asks, “You are buckled, right?”
“Of course.” You highly doubt that you’d get into a wreck, but better safe than sorry. As the car starts moving you start talking to Shou and Kogasa about their day while your aunt just listens quietly, saying something every-so-often but for the most part remains focused on the road.
Somehow the conversation gets shifted to learning to drive. “Yeah, I’ve got my learners permit. I could probably pass my test to get my license too!” Shou boasts. “What about you Alex? You don’t have your learners, do you?”
“Nope. I never really needed it,” you tell her, feeling a little ashamed of the fact. “Everywhere I needed to go either had a bus stop, was within walking distance, or I was given a ride by a friends parent.”
Byakuren chuckles and says, “Well, you aren’t missing much. Once you have your license people start asking for rides, expect you to be places on time, and gas is expensive.”
“Exactly!” Shou laughs. “Gas is the whole reason I haven’t gotten my license yet!”
“I won’t pay for your gas if you do start driving,” Byakuren says with a faint smile.
“Well, I’m likely not going to bother any time soon. Everything seems to be within walking distance of a bus stop anyway.” You respond flatly.
Shou turns in her seat to give you a teasing smile, “Oh? Are you saying that you’ll never want to pick up your girlfriend in a shiny corvette?”
“You make it sound like I care about cars. If it works, then it’s good enough for me.” Admittedly, taking the bus to and from your dates is hardly the ideal situation.
For the, thankfully short, remainder of the trip, Shou bugs and teases you about your upcoming date with Mokou. Kogasa doesn’t seem to understand what a date is exactly, and you are in no hurry to explain it to her, nor are Shou and Byakuren. Your aunt just phrased it as, “Two people spending a day together,” and that seemed to be enough for her.
When you arrive you are slightly unnerved by the building. It looks like a giant cylinder with large googly-eyes on top and paintings of frogs jumping around the base. The location is actually pretty convenient. It seems like it’s on the edge of the housing district and the shopping district, so you could probably walk to it if you wanted.
The inside looks like a pond! The floor is painted to resemble water, the tables are lily pads, the chairs look like rocks, the booths are logs, and the playpen has vinelike ropes hanging throughout it. Once you take it all in, you pause and ask Shou, “So, why the giant google eyes?”
Smiling, and suppressing a chuckle, she answers, “The owner has a hat that looks just like the outside of the place.”
“That’s right!” A voice calls from the playpen. Out comes a small girl wearing a hat with googly-eyes, a white sleeved purple dress with a frog print on it, and white knee socks. You raise an eyebrow at the little girl as she adjusts her medium length blonde hair so that it isn't in her face, and when she finishes she lowers her arms and her sleeves fall past her fingertips. She can’t be that much older than Kogasa, if you’re just going off of height that is, but you can tell her face looks a little more mature than children. “My name’s Suwako, and yes, I look like a kid. No, I am not a kid. I just never seemed to grow up, not that I mind. It does make some things awkward though.” You can only imagine… “Anyway, Sanae will ring you up at the counter. I gotta do some paper work, Nice to see you again Byakuren!” She quickly skips to the back, seemingly without a care.
“I don’t even…” You don’t even…
“Yeah, that’s pretty much the normal reaction to meeting her. Would you believe she’s actually in her late thirties?” Shou says it with an expression like she’s waiting for your brain to explode.
“I can’t, what? How?”
“Don’t worry about it,” your aunt says with obvious amusement. “We should probably go order now.” Kogasa is already staring at the menu, waiting for all of you. You notice that Sanae is smiling and talking to her, and when she notices you she waves enthusiastically.
You decide to go with a bacon cheeseburger. Shou just orders a salad off of their menu, apparently she’s worried about her calorie count or whatever. Both Byakuren and Kogasa order a spicy chicken sandwich, and Kogasa only chose that because Byakuren did. Though, that kid seems like she’ll eat anything.
Business seems slow today, so you aren’t surprised when Sanae comes on her “meal break”. “So, Alex, what did you think of my mom?”
 “I thought Miss Yasaka was your mom?”
 “I said it before, but I’ll say it again, I don’t even…”
 “She seems nice, strange but nice.”
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So... Sanae has to mommies. That's something, right? That happens, it's not weird. Or at least it shouldn't be. I'm going to have fun with the next update most likely.
On a sidenote, I don't have as many Suwako pictures as I thought I did. I need to go remedy this.