When her mother passes away suddenly, Shinozaki Sumire finds herself alone and without a means to support herself. Out of desperation she turns to the message board Free Friends to earn some money. She develops a relationship with her first partner, Kaito, without realizing that they’re much more than strangers…
I connected to the message board on my cell phone as I headed toward home.
This message board had been generating quite a lot of buzz on the internet for the last few years.
The girls who used it were often running away from home or truant from school. They arranged for sexual relations with other men using the board, men they didn’t know, in order to obtain lodging for the night and money.
Someone like me, who wasn’t any good at deep human relationships, could use this board to fulfill my desires just by spending a little money. Some may have ridiculed this concept of “compensated dating,” but it was the perfect communication tool for me.
“Now then, who will my partner be tonight?”
My phone screen finally changed.
It now displayed the name of the message board…