「 P-Please eat this, Mama 」
Ai hands out the pastry she made to her mother.
Yesterday, when we decided to bring Ai’s mother here, I had Ai make a piece of bread while her mother’s not watching.
That said, I made the dough, and Ai only shaped it up.
Then, I placed that together with the second batch of products.
It has the same materials, composition, fermentation, and process as the other bread.
And so, the taste shouldn’t be different.
It’s just that Ai’s bread has uneven shape, it looks terrible.
It doesn’t have the quality to be placed in the counter.
Katsuko-nee won’t allow that.
「 Ai did this? 」
Ai’s mother is surprised.
「 Mama, I want you to eat this 」
Ai speaks in a small voice.
That’s right, Ai made that for her mother.
Ai’s mother stares at the bread.
She pinched a piece.
She stuffs it in her mouth.
「 Yes. That is bread. It tastes like bread 」
「 Because it is bread 」
What’s with that conversation?
Why is this mother not lying, saying that it’s delicious, at least?
「 I can’t believe that Ai made something 」
Ai’s mother was overprotective of her daughter.
She purposely made Ai to a girl who can’t do anything.
Turning her daughter to a dependent one.
「 A-Ai can’t do anything like Mama, but 」
Ai speaks in a small voice.
「 Mama’s amazing. You can do anything. You became skilled in making the bread just like others 」
Ever since Ai’s mother came to the mansion, she helps out Agnes, Mana, and Ruriko in making the 50-yen cheaper pastries.
I mean, she’s asked to help out.
That also includes Luna and Koyomi-chan, who are in this room right now.
AI’s mother always helps out when we’re making bread to have her mingle with the younger girls.
「 A-Ai could do it well, cleanly, and yet, Mama’s skilled with it 」
Ai watched her mother help out the other girls make bread through the hidden cameras.
If they were in the same room, these two would be overly conscious of each other that it gets them nervous.
「 Mama took lessons on how to make bread back when she was a student 」
Ai’s mother replies.
「 I see. Ai didn’t know 」
「 Ai thought that Mama can do anything, but never wondered how you can do it smoothly. I figured that it’s natural for Mama to be able to do anything 」
「 I see. Mama, Mama, studied a lot, and people taught me, that’s why I can do it 」
The mother and daughter talk with a tense atmosphere.
「 Mama’s amazing. But, Ai couldn’t do it smoothly 」
Ai looks down.
「 I couldn’t make it like Mama did 」
She looks at the bread she made sadly.
「 What are you talking about? This is your first time, isn’t it? Everyone’s like this at their first time 」
Kana-senpai pinched from the Ai’s bread and eats it.
「 Yeah, that’s delicious. You’ll get used to it. Practice it. You’ll get better in time, Ai! 」
Kana-senpai encourages her, but Ai…
「 Ai won’t get better at this
She said with a dark face.
「 Huh? Why? Everyone gets better at something when they want to 」
「 But, Ai is like this
Ai’s voice show seriousness.
「 Ai won’t be able to do it. Ai is that kind of person 」
It’s deeply ingrained inside Ai.
「 Ai can’t do anything by herself 」
Ai has been raised as a girl who can’t do anything from childhood.
「 Mrs. Kiyohara, that’s the result of your upbringing 」
Edie returns to the bakery and tells Ai’s mother.
Actually, it should be Katsuko-nee, an adult who should be talking about it, but…
Katsuko-nee can’t get away from the storefront right now.
Nei and Megu are helping her out.
「 Your daughter is now filled with insecurities 」
「 I-I… 」
Ai’s mother speaks in sorrow.
「 I didn’t want to raise my child with that intention 」
She looks at her beloved daughter with a heartbroken look.
「 I just wanted to keep her safe… 」
「 Really? I don’t think that’s the case 」
「 I’ve been with this girl for only a few days, but I never saw her smile at least once. She always shows a face that her stomach hurts. Her eyebrows are merging together. Her face says “I want to die” 」
That’s right, I never saw Ai smile.
「 And then, hearing the story just now, Usually, when she’s with her mother, she looks slightly relieved. She’s timid, thinking that her mother might scold her, see? She can’t be fully at ease with you, her mother. And what was that? You want to protect your daughter? Aren’t you also one of the causes of this girl’s fear? 」
「 I-I’m scaring Ai? 」
「 Be honest with us, Auntie, did you see your daughter smile before? 」
Yukino interrogates, Ai’s mother…
「 A-Ai, my girl is serious 」
「 Huh?! What the hell?! Are you saying that she can’t smile because she’s serious?! Can’t she just smile? 」
「 Yukino, calm down 」
Edie stops Yukino.
「 Mrs. Kiyohara, I’ve been observing not just your daughter but you as well for the past few days, but excuse my impoliteness but, you’re just like your daughter, you spend your daily life without smiling at all. Maybe, it has been like that since you were young? 」
Ai’s mother matured as a person who doesn’t smile?
「 I-In our house, nobody is laughing because of the lack of sincerity 」
Ai’s mother said.
「 Right. When you were at your house, I thought that everything indoors was too clean and tidy 」
Ai’s house looks strange.
Ai’s mother cleans everything up thoroughly.
Everything inside the house is assembled to Ai’s mother’s taste.
「 S-Someone like you have no right to complain about our house 」
Ai’s mother replies in pain.
Yeah, having a much younger girl, who’s an American who speaks in strange Japanese, gives her opinion gets her mad.
However, Ai’s mother is bound with Yomi’s Miko power, her absolute obedience is carved in her heart.
Furthermore, she’ll show submission to us when we order her.
If we were to tell her, “blindly accept us” Or “Believe in us,” then her mind will stop to think and follow our orders.
That’s why we had their bodies tied up, but let them have their idea of their daily life, and their thoughts remain.
We won’t take away their free will.
「 Well, yeah. But, the parent who doesn’t laugh creates a daughter who doesn’t laugh. It’s a tragedy. It’s a chain of sorrow 」
Edie said with composure.
「 What do you mean sorrow?! 」
「 A life without a smile is a tasteless life. Colorless. There’s no contention to living 」
Edie doesn’t budge an inch.
「 Miss Kiyohara, you’re someone who wants everything to be tidy. I understood that from watching you make bread. You do what the recipe tells you. Therefore, you can make it taste just how the recipe said. But, the food you make will never be better than the recipe. You’re lacking the imagination of making things yourself or changing anything to make it better. Also, you don’t think of pleasing the person that will eat the food you make 」
「 You’re in control of your daughter, but that’s what you want to show your daughter. By making your daughter dependent on you, you established a reason for living. In short, it’s for your sake. Not for your daughter. You don’t care about your daughter at all 」
「 Don’t say things your own way when you don’t’ know anything! 」
Ai’s mother glared at Edie.
「 No, Edie-san’s right 」
「 For the past few days, you weren’t able to make contact with Ai-san that much, and so, you keep on approaching Agnes-chan, Koyomi-chan, or me. You look kind to us, but that’s not what you want, you want to become our guardian, don’t you? You only want the name, you don’t think about us at all 」
Luna said. Koyomi-chan looks at Ai’s mother with a sad face.
「 N-No, I genuinely feel sorry for you girls 」
「 Sorry? For us? 」
「 T-That’s right! You were staying in that strange mansion, shut-in, and forced to do shameless things, I felt sorry for you 」
「 We’re not 」
Koyomi said with a small voice.
「 I’m not pitiful 」
「 B-But, someone had to be your mother! I… 」
Ai’s mother and Koyomi-chan have been drawn to each other for the past few days.
The mother, who had her beloved daughter, who she wants to stay as a child forever, is taken away.
And the young girl who just lost her mother.
But, that connection just snapped off.
「 But, you’re not my mother 」
「 You’re different. A stranger 」
「 What are you talking about?! It’s strange that they’re forcing a small girl like you to do things like that! It’s wrong!! 」
「 It may be wrong, but that’s how we live. It’s inevitable 」
Koyomi-chan looks at me.
「 I had a mother, well, she’s still alive, but she’s gone for me. I had a mother, but she’s never there for me, and so, I don’t understand what a mother should be, a family should be. I don’t honestly know any of those 」
That’s the life I lived.
「 What are you talking about? 」
Ai’s mother looks at me with a confused face.
「 You don’t know anything about me. Similarly, I don’t know anything about you. Nobody knows life other than themselves 」
「 I don’t know how Koyomi-chan feels right now. My mother didn’t die like how Koyomi-chan’s mother did. Besides, I don’t know what kind of mother Kiyomi-san is to Koyomi-chan. Therefore, I can’t help her 」
Koyomi-chan stares at me.
「 But, we met by chance. And for now, Koyomi-chan has no other choice but to be with us. You do understand that, don’t you? 」
Those with the shrine maidens’ blood from Takakura shrine…
They’re under Kuromori house’s protection.
That’s not only because Jii-chan made his promise…
To protect the Takakura sisters and Koyomi-chan, those who have Miko powers from abuse,
Koyomi-chan had to live together with Tsukiko and the two.
「 I know. We need to have the same Master. 」
「 Tsukiko-san and the two chose you, and so I had to do the same 」
「 Wait, what are you talking about? 」
Ai’s mother is surprised.
「 Wait, what are you planning to do with this girl? 」
「 Sorry. Auntie, you won’t understand 」
Ordinary people mustn’t know about the shrine maidens.
「 K-Koyomi-san? 」
Ai’s mother, who thought that she made a bond with Koyomi-chan, is in shock.
「 Y-Yeah, Mama doesn’t understand… 」
「 A-Ai, recently, Ai found something by herself 」
「 T-That’s sex… 」
The mother’s startled with what her daughter said.
「 W-What foolishness are you talking about?! 」
「 Ai, I-I’m not good at sex yet, I know that, but, auuuu 」
Ai’s doing her best to squeeze out her words.
「 Ai, do your best 」
「 Take it slowly, speak out your feelings 」
Kana-senpai and I cheer on Ai.
「 Y-You see, Ai…I’ve had sex with Y-Yoshida-kun every day recently. Ah, I guess it was rape…err… 」
「 Don’t mind it. Either way, sex, and rape have the same meaning for that idiot 」
Yukino speaks loathsomely.
「 Oh, I get that. It’s been like that with me back then 」
「 In the end, Darling’s overflowing with love that it’s spilling out. He’s head-over-heels in love with every one of us 」
「 I-I, I don’t know much about it yet…like, why am I doing it…or why do I have to do something so embarrassing, but… 」
「 You don’t have to, we’ll report them to the police once this hypnotism is done. Death penalty to him. I’ll make sure that it’s death penalty 」
Ai’s mother glared at me.
Although, I think that the sin of taking her daughter away is much heavier than raping Ai for her.
She hates me so much that she wants to pass the death penalty on me.
「 Clam down, auntie. Please quiet down for a while 」
Luna uses her power.
Ai’s mother’s emotions come to a halt before it explodes.
「 Uuuu 」
「 That’s right, please listen to what Ai-san has to say 」
「 Go on, continue speaking Ai 」
Kana-senpai urges Ai.
「 T-This man…Yoshida-kun, when h-having sex…no, when he’s raping me, it feels strange 」
「 Strange? You mean your body? 」
Kana-senpai asks, Ai…
「 U-Uhm, that’s not it… 」
She looks at me, bashfully.
「 Uhm, when it’s over, w-when Yoshida-kun pours it inside Ai…Yoshida-kun does it all the time… 」
「 Well, he does that with everyone. He’s a creampie idiot 」
Yukino, who got pregnant as a result, touches her stomach.
「 A-At that time, Yoshida-kun looks like he’s feeling so much pleasure. Then, every time, when it’s over. He says, “That felt good, Ai, thanks.” And he smiles. And then he hugs Ai tightly, pat Ai’s head. Then, praising Ai for a while, saying that it feels good to have sex with Ai… 」
「 Yeah, Nobu’s like that 」
「 This idiot does that with everyone 」
「 But, Nii-san doesn’t speak flatteries. He seriously thinks that way 」
「 He’s always thankful after having sex with us 」
「 But, I…Yoshida-kun’s truly happy with Ai all the time… 」
「 Well, he’s perfectly honest in that regard, so I guess he’s satisfied with your body? 」
「 Therefore, Ai, I feel like I’m doing something right all the time 」
「 I actually don’t want it. I’m raped, and yet, Yoshida-kun’s happy with Ai’s body, somehow, I was useful to Yoshida-kun… 」
「 Sex..no, it’s rape, but it’s the only thing that Ai did well… 」
「 Ai, you seem to be misunderstanding a few things 」
「 First, you’ll grow better in sex. Ai will feel pleasure too. The world of sex is vast and deep. We just made it through the entrance, so look forward to it. And so, I want to please Ai as much as possible in that one year 」
「 Y-Yoshida-kun? 」
Ai looks at me.
「 Well, I mean, I’m also enjoying it. Together with Ai…No, not just the two of us, but with everyone. Sex is fun. I mean, it’s a waste not to enjoy it 」
「 Uhm, t-that’s not it… 」
「 I-I wanted to ask this before but, w-why one year? 」
「 What happens to Ai after a year? 」
AI looks at me worriedly.
「 I-Is Yoshida-kun going to throw me away? Is that it? 」
「 Don’t worry. That’s not it 」
She’s in the process of accepting us.
That’s why she’s afraid of what’s after that one year.
「 You’re to decide what to do after one year 」
「 Would you like to part from us or stay with us? Maybe, you want to date some other guy. That’s for you to decide 」
「 I-I… 」
Ai looks down.
「 I can’t think for myself, can’t decide for myself 」
「 That’s not true 」
I said with a smile.
I take the bread from Ai.
「 I’m sure that Ai will get better in making this 」
「 I-I can’t…After all, I’m… 」
Ai shows a gloomy expression.
「 A-Ai, it’s me after all…I’m a useless girl…a girl who can’t do anything 」
「 I’m telling you it’s going to be okay, we’ll teach you until you can do it, we’ll be with you until you can 」
「 I-It’s impossible. Ai… 」
「 Ai can’t put effort into anything. I don’t have the talent to work hard on anything. I’m a girl who can’t do anything 」
「 I think, sex, rape is the only one I’m useful in. Ai really is a useless girl 」
Then you can become a prostitute.
You can’t become a sex slave with that.
「 I won’t let that happen 」
I tell Ai.
「 Be it in the bakery, in your daily life, and, well, in sex, you will do things yourself, and think of your future, we’ll monitor, guide, and make sure that you can do things yourself, Ai 」
「 That’s impossible! 」
「 It’s not! You’re not alone, Ai. We’re all here for you! 」
Me and my family.
「 I mean, you’ll do it over and over again until you can do it by yourself. I’m a persistent man so get yourself ready 」
I keep my smile.
「 That’s the reason why we need a year for you 」
「 Yoshida-kun? 」
「 You’ll be with us for a year, even if you don’t want it. That’s an order, Ai 」
「 Uuuuu, if it’s an order, then I can’t help it, but… 」
She looks at me, worriedly.
「 I really am useless, that I won’t become the girl Yoshida-kun wants me to be in one year 」
She’s thinking negatively.
「 Yeah, if you were still useless in a year, then I’ll extend it for another. We’ll train Ai for another year 」
「 What if it still doesn’t work? 」
「 Then I’ll get just another year! 」
「 B-But, Ai might still be useless forever 」
「 Don’t worry about that, we’ll look after you until you can do things on your own, I won’t abandon you halfway 」
「 Uuuuu, really? 」
Yukino sighed loudly.
「 He’s not lying. He always keeps his promises. What an idiot 」
「 Auuuuu 」
Yukino said. Ai trembled.
「 Anyway, we’ll push you until you become independent as soon as possible. And when you become a strong woman who can do things by herself, then you’re free. You can live the way you want to do. You’ll have enough strength to do that 」
「 What a stupid guy. You’re saying that you’re letting her go after taking care of her? What the hell’s that? 」
Yukino asks me.
「 Why not? That’s very much like him, right? 」
「 Uuuu, I don’t know, why are you doing this Yoshida-kun? 」
「 What do you not understand? 」
「 Yoshida-kun, I thought you liked me? If you love me, then shouldn’t you want me to stay by your side all the time? Why are you not ordering me? Controlling me? Turning me to a slave who does what you ask? 」
That is Ai’s relationship with her mother.
She doesn’t know a relationship without dependence.
「 I like Ai. That’s why I want you to become independent 」
「 Uuuuu, I don’t get it 」
「 You don’t have to 」
「 Look at Darling’s face. He’s smiling gently. Look into his eyes. It shows earnestness 」
「 What’s left is for Ai to determine whether you trust Darling or not! 」