How to make someone closer?
That is to ask them for help.
It might sound pretty strange, but when you ask someone to help their relationship become closer to each other, but of course, you can't ask something impossible.
"What is it? I'll do it for you," Utaha asked with an expectation.
"I hope you can persuade Machida-san to resign from her office," Haru said.
Utaha blinked her eyes and seemed to be very shocked. "Why?" Her relationship with Machida was quite close and it surprised her to hear his request.
"I want to buy a publishing company for myself," Haru said.
"What? Really?! You're not lying?" Utaha seemed to be very surprised when she heard it.
Haru nodded and said, "Yes, I have thought that Machida is suitable to manage the company that I am going to buy."
"What publishing house?" Utaha asked hurriedly.
"Media Factory," Haru answered.
"Media Factory." Utaha murmured and felt a bit surprised about his choice. She knew quite well about this publisher's house since it was one of the famous light novel publishers along with anime, games, and manga magazines.
"What do you think of Machida? Do you think that she is suitable?" Haru asked.
Utaha thought for a while and nodded. "I have to admit that as long as there is a chance she can show her power." She looked at him and asked, "But are you alright with that? Machida-san is very young."
"Isn't being young good? She can accept change and she is very ambitious," Haru said.
"Why not Kadokawa?" Utaha asked. She thought about the company where she and Haru published their books together.
Haru shook his head and said, "Too expensive. I don't think that it is worth it to buy that company." He had a lot of comics, novels, anime, games, and a lot of things on his head. He thought that it was better to buy a medium publishing company that was quite famous rather than making it from zero.
"Good, I will help you," Utaha said. She thought for a while and asked, "Have you invited her? Your relationship is very good, right?" Her tone was quite sour when she asked this question.
Haru smiled and held her hand. "You don't need to be jealous. Our relationship is close but not as close as the two of us." He moved his head closer and kissed her forehead.
Utaha smiled sweetly looking at him then suddenly remembered something. "Oh, right! I have brought my manuscript, do you want to read it?"
"Sure," Haru said.
Utaha took out her manuscript, but she became slightly nervous when she wanted to give it to him. She took a deep breath and said, "Read it."
"Good." Haru nodded and took her manuscript. He opened it and took his reading glasses. It wasn't that he had bad eyes, but it had become a habit after Megumi had brought him these glasses. He wore his glasses and started to read it.
Utaha had a calm expression, but her heart wasn't calm. She was happy that Haru had decided to buy a publishing company and she was also happy to help him to persuade Machida to join his company, but she was slightly disappointed when he didn't invite her to his company. She was disappointed, but she was more spirited to show her power to him. However, she had to admit that these glasses on his face seemed handsome giving him a scholar image.
Haru didn't need a long time to read Utaha's manuscript. He had to admit that it was quite interesting, but he knew that she could do more. He placed the manuscript on the table and said, "First, as a fan, I have to say that I am really happy to read your first manuscript."
Utaha smiled and said, "Thank you."
"It's good, but you can do better," Haru said.
"Do better?" Utaha raised her eyebrow.
"I have to remind you first that you have told me that you want to become the best-selling writer, right?" Haru said.
"That's right." Utaha nodded.
"I can't pamper you when I read your manuscript. I need to be strict in this situation since I don't want to become a shackle that is preventing you from growing," Haru said.
Utaha felt warm inside hearing his words and nodded. "Don't hesitate and tell me anything."
"Really?" Haru said.
"Yes, do it. I am ready," Utaha said, trying to provoke him.
"Good, let me tell you what is wrong with this manuscript....." Haru said and started with his analysis.
Utaha listened to him then her expression turned ugly then she also started to get angry at him.
They started to argue with each other about this manuscript.
Utaha who listened to Haru had her own argument and told him what she had thought during this editing session. Even though she had to admit some of Haru's ideas were very good, she didn't want to admit it.
Their discussion was quite long and they had stayed in this cafe for a few hours.
"Y - You bastard," Utaha said while looking at him hatefully.
"I love you," Haru said and kissed her forehead.
Utaha still had a resentment on her heart, but everything disappeared when she was kissed. She snuggled into his arms and said, "You're really a sadist."
"I have told you before that I won't pamper you. Your dream is big and it isn't easy," Haru said.
"I know," Utaha said in a low voice.
"But I am here, I might be very strict during an editing session, but I'll pamper you with a lot more," Haru said and kissed her hair.
Utaha looked at him and asked, "Is this carrot and stick method?"
"This is love," Haru said.
"......" Utaha sighed and thought that there were a lot of things that she needed to change.
"That's right, can I ask you one more request?" Haru said.
"What is it?" Utaha asked.
"Cancel your contract and come to my company," Haru said.
"........" Utaha was surprised when she heard it. "I thought that you didn't have an interest in my book."
"No, I have a really big interest. I'll pay the cancellation fee and make you the writer in my company later," Haru said.
Utaha snorted and said, "You want to make money from this talented writer?"
"Yes, but you don't need to worry that your contract is going to be good since you're the girlfriend of the CEO," Haru said.
Utaha rolled her eyes and suddenly thought of something. "CEO falling in love with a normal girl?"
Haru looked at Utaha and thought this woman might have a strange idea for a new book.