"If you hadn’t started a flower shop, what else would you have wanted to do?"
Shishio toyed with a leaf on the rose’s stem, immersing himself in thought for several long moments.
"A teacher," he answered finally. " I would have liked to be a high school teacher."
Suzume squinted, trying and failing to picture the easygoing man taking charge of a rowdy classroom. “High school teacher?”
"Sure. Kids and plants both need a lot of looking after. And there couldn’t be a bigger satisfaction than watching them grow and finally bloom, knowing you were a part of that… speaking of which, shouldn’t you be in school right now?"