「 And, I too will become Kuromori-sama’s slave 」
Yoshiko-san suddenly declares.
「 So, what will you do? 」
Jii-chan looked at me with a smile.
「 Yoshiko-san, you’re mistaken. You’re too hasty. Don’t think like that 」
I speak strongly.
「 Kuromori-sama?! 」
Behind her, the Kurama sisters and Torii-san are also surprised.
「 You see, everyone has a different situation, you must take a look at your situation and act accordingly 」
「 What Jii-chan mentioned earlier, about belonging to the nobility; he doesn’t mean that you need to be all of it. Jii-chan’s status, by that I mean as from someone in the Kouzuki house, the noble of nobilities, and he’s the head of the clan 」
I look straight into Yoshiko-san’s eyes.
If one wants the other party to receive what you tell them, then look in their eyes and not away.
「 Kouzuki house also has a branch family, right? Yoshiko-san should know that. Like, Kouzuki Souji. Does that guy live the same way Jii-chan just talked about? Do you feel that he’s protecting the nobility? He’s not 」
That guy thinks of only himself.
Well, although he understands that he needs to keep the Kouzuki house safe for himself.
But, he doesn’t have that seriousness of a head like Jii-chan.
「 I’m not judging that he’s irresponsible. After all, he’s from a branch family, he doesn’t need to think about leading the Kouzuki house at all 」
If everyone has the same tension as the head of the family, then it would be awkward.
「 However, I am Grandfather’s daughter. The daughter of the head house 」
Yoshiko-san looks at me with a straight face.
「 Yes. But, you’re different from Misuzu and Ruriko 」
I speak flatly.
Someone needs to make it clear with Yoshiko-san.
「 Misuzu and Ruriko is raised as the daughter of the head house, the clan, and all the other nobility watch them as the successors of the Kouzuki house. Meanwhile, Yoshiko-san’s been Ruriko’s attendant, nobody knew that you were Jii-chan’s granddaughter, do they? It’s only been half a year since you’re recognized as the daughter of the head house 」
「 That’s true, that’s why I am the same as Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama… 」
「 No, you’re not the same! 」
「 Listen. Yoshiko-san, you sure are Jii-chan’s granddaughter. But, that doesn’t mean that someone thinks that Yoshiko-san will surpass Misuzu or Ruriko with a turnaround homerun and become the successor of the Kouzuki house 」
「 If there were, they’re only some stupidly ambitious people 」
I know the internal conditions of Kouzuki house nowadays.
Back then, there were fights between Misuzu faction and Ruriko faction, but…
Seeing that Misuzu and Ruriko get along, they can’t pick fights anymore.
Misuzu made public that I’m her fiance and those who push their son to her have disappeared.
As for Ruriko, her father’s suddenly died and so the faction is shut down.
Now that it has come to that, they’re in an atmosphere where they wait who will Jii-chan name as his successor.
Yoshiko-san, the third daughter of the head house has suddenly appeared, but…
Nobody sees Yoshiko-san as a third competitor.
「 It’s natural. Yoshiko-san has been Ruriko’s attendant and got along ever since they were young, nobody would think that she would get rid of Ruriko and try to become a successor 」
They see Yoshiko-san as Ruriko’s ally or someone with a lower status.
Everyone knows that she doesn’t have the personality where she’ll name herself into the succession race voluntarily.
She’s a well-behaved docile girl.
「 I mean, even if Yoshiko-san does that, nobody will support it. Everyone knows that Yoshiko-san was Ruriko’s loyal servant. Even if they’re both Jii-chan’s granddaughters now, they won’t think that the servant would overthrow their lord 」
Yoshiko-san stares at me.
「 That means, you’re different from Misuzu and Ruriko. Yoshiko-san doesn’t have to think the same way as Jii-chan mentioned earlier, the way the heads of nobility think. Yoshiko-san, doing that will only cause trouble to people 」
Tears form in Yoshiko-san’s eyes.
「 All I want to be is someone who can stand equal to Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama 」
「 I can understand that. But, that’s not what you should do. You have a different situation 」
Yoshiko-san can’t become like Misuzu or Ruriko.
「 Just like those who came from the branch families, Yoshiko-san has to take a step back from the frontline where Jii-chan and the girls are standing 」
「 That’s right. Everything Jii-chan mentioned earlier is absurd, isn’t it? The thought that they’re the ones who move Japan and so they’re allowed to break the law just a bit. If a normal person hears that, they will get angry. They know the law but they have no intention of getting arrested or put into the court… 」
There’s a limit for such ridiculousness.
「 But, if you’re in Jii-chan’s place, that’s what you say. You’re the head of a noble house after all. He’s the boss of the Kouzuki house. If you don’t have the same resolve, you can’t do anything 」
The ideology of Kenmochi that Michi mentioned where they can do anything as long as it’s within the confines of the law can’t fight off the world.
You need to be bold enough to say “do something about the law.”
That’s how much Jii-chan’s carrying.
「 If you’re in Jii-chan’s place, you can make such reckless remarks. If someone from the branch family says that, I’m going to beat them up 」
「 I’m going to kick them out before you could 」
「 Yoshiko-san, you think that you have to be in the same status as Misuzu and Ruriko, you’ve been working so hard for the past five months. But, Yoshiko-san, you can’t be in the same place as them. You mustn’t. Yoshiko-san, you need to find your place 」
「 My place? 」
「 Yes. Can’t you become Ruriko’s big sister without becoming a servant or my slave? 」
Instead of standing equal, Yoshiko-san should step back.
「 Don’t put yourself in a hard situation. Yoshiko-san, you can pick a life where you’re comfortable 」
「 But, still… 」
「 Yoshiko-san, it’s easiest for you when you stand behind Ruriko, isn’t it? 」
Not in front, not on the side, but behind Ruriko.
「 That’s true 」
「 Then, become her big sister. Not a servant. I think that you’re better as a big sister with that sense of distance 」
I speak frantically.
「 Instead of forcing yourself to stand equal with Misuzu and Ruriko, I think that it’s easier for you to explore the solution of a sister relationship. It’s fun, and you can become happier with that 」
「 Kuromori-sama 」
「 W-What about Kuromori-sama, what place are you talking from? 」
「 What kind of status do you speak from? 」
「 I’m a man from behind the scenes. Kuromori house is that kind of family 」
「 Torii-san, you mentioned your surprise with how I dealt with Kenmochi and his group, where I did an illegal act without hesitation, but you see… 」
「 That’s because Torii-san doesn’t completely understand the true nature of things 」
「 I don’t? 」
Torii-san looks at me curiously.
「 I’m a man from the underside. If Jii-chan says that he entrusts me with Kenmochi’s treatment, then he’s saying that he doesn’t care if I do anything illegal, we need to deal with the problem swiftly and remove it 」
I stare at Torii-san.
「 Isn’t it obvious? If Jii-chan wanted to deal with them normally, he wouldn’t ask me. A lawyer from the Kouzuki house or Yazawa-san from Kouzuki SS can deal with them 」
The best lawyers of the Kouzuki house were the ones who took care of my adoption into the Kuromori house.
If the lawyer Kenmochi brought is serious at fighting, then they’re the people to send in.
「 The fact that I’m sent out there means that this case needs to be completely wiped out, it doesn’t matter if I turn them into crazy people or murder them socially 」
Jii-chan told me to use all the power I have.
That’s already taking Michi’s combat prowess and Luna’s Miko power into consideration.
「 Kenmochi’s a stupid man, that’s why he doesn’t understand what’s scary about the nobility, remember? Just because he was able to slip inside the Kurama house thinks that he could do the same with the Kouzuki house. Even though the scope of Kouzuki and Kurama house is different. Kouzuki SS is associated with the top brass of Japan’s police, and yet, they didn’t even check that and brought a former police officer with him, hasn’t he? And he thought that an internet journalist can be used as a threat. That means, he’s a fool who never knew about the world, he only lived in a closed world for himself 」
Kouzuki house influences mass media and newspapers, but…
He arbitrarily thought that they do not have power over the internet.
Kouzuki SS has units that profess in information gathering over the internet.
Minaho-neesan also uses the internet to manipulate public opinion about Shirasaka Sousuke.
We’re not weak when it comes to the internet.
「 The only choice when dealing with such abysmal idiots is to take them down immediately. Letting them swim across the society will only cause trouble 」
「 People who don’t know common sense has to be removed. It’s what happens when you lack the desire to learn about the world properly 」
「 If he wanted to threaten me, then he should’ve brought along some VIP politicians from the ruling party or the president of the economic association. Fools who have no wisdom need to be put down as soon as possible 」
「 Taking himself, a lawyer, a former policeman, and an internet journalist? It’s futile to bring such party here 」
「 That’s why I had him deal with them. Nagisa-kun, a bunch of schoolgirls and he should be enough to deal with them. Sending a lawyer to deal with them will make me a laughingstock 」
「 That’s my place. Well, just think of it as someone who takes out the stupid people. I deal with guys who others shouldn’t deal with 」
Even yesterday, I had to deal with Tendou Sadao and his group.
Eri and Rie plus the girls, the daughters the Yakuza left behind.
「 It’s not light-duty. Even now, I’m entrusting you with such valuable role 」
「 The conversation earlier won’t be convincing unless it was you. If Misuzu or Ruriko talked about the same thing, Yoshiko will only cover her ears 」
I looked at Yoshiko-san.
「 I think so too 」
Misuzu and Ruriko, the people she wants to be equal since half a year ago.
Hearing them tell her that they’re different is a bit harsh.
「 Torii-kun too. You were with him during the negotiations and that’s why everything he says sinks into your chest 」
「 It’s frustrating to say but yes, it does 」
「 I knew Kenmochi-san’s magnificent activities as a businessman and the presence of the lawyer and other adult men in the room were enough to get me agitated. I couldn’t see the situation calmly like how Kuromori-sama did. Having it all explained to me now made me understand. I see. It was the right choice to cut him off without hesitation 」
「 Yes, I also understand it well. Like, why Onii-san did it 」
「 And I felt my spine shiver 」
Huh, even the twins?
「 Onii-san’s amazing. As expected 」
「 I understand now why all the beauties can’t leave Onii-san 」
No, even if you tell me that…
「 And, you have a lot to think about, don’t you? 」
Jii-chan speaks to Kurama Misato-san and Arisu-san.
「 Or should I say that we should understand our situation better? 」
「 That’s correct 」
「 Kouzuki and Kurma house have different scope. Misuzu is giving you favorable treatment because you are also a daughter of nobility, but… 」
「 Depending on Misuzu-sama and everyone’s kindness is not allowed in our place 」
「 Well understood 」
「 Can I at least ask for you to look after the employees in the hotels and inns Kurama houses manage? 」
「 Hmm. Kaan and I will do something about that. The traditional buildings will remain, and we will make arrangements so they can live in peace 」
Jii-chan promises with a smile.
「 Then, I will speak my oath once again. I, Kurama Misato, will work as a prostitute for the rest of our lives to return our debts to Kouzuki-sama and Kaan-sama 」
「 Umu. I have heard it. You will have to sign a contract later, and the contract period will only be for five years 」
「 But I… 」
「 I’m saying that it’s good enough 」
「 I thank you for this favor 」
Kurama Misato-san bows her head to Jii-chan.
「 Yes. Seeing you find your resolve is refreshing, well done finding it 」
Misato-san shows no more hesitation.
「 M-Misato-oneesama, w-why? 」
Arisu-san is surprised by her sister’s change.
「 Arisu, you need to understand your place too 」
Misato-san speaks with such lonely eyes.
「 You should understand it once you have sex with Master 」
Seeing that the conversation’s calming down, Michi distributes the tea.
「 Or should I say, someone like you who has a stubborn heart won’t open up unless your virginity is forcibly broken 」
「 Y-You… You’re just Misuzu-sama’s bodyguard, yet you speak so rudely to me 」 」
Arisu-san, the daughter of Kurama house complains to Michi.
Rie and Eri are ordinary people but Michi is Misuzu’s bodyguard.
That’s how she senses it.
They both go to the same school so that’s how she sees it.
「 That’s why I’m telling you to know your place 」
Michi told Arisu-san.
Yes, Kurama Arisu is no longer a daughter of nobility.
Misato-san’s oath just now is to save the employees of the businesses that Kurama house carries, but…
Kurama house’s fall is already decided.
Jii-chan nor Misato-san didn’t mention any condition of saving the Kurama house.
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「 Ah, hello. It’s Kouzuki, is this Kuram-kun? A moment, I’ll let your daughter talk to you 」
Jii-chan hands the receiver to Misato-san.
「 Father, it’s Misato. I’m very sorry for making you worry 」
Misato-san talks to her father
「 Yes. It is as you say, Father, Arisu, and I asked Kouzuki-sama to help the Kurama group. Yes. It’s as you ordered 」
I watch Misato-san’s phone call as I drink tea together with Michi and the twins.
「 Then, yes. If Arisu and I become the sacrifice, then he will save the Kurama group. Kouzuki-sama and Kaan-sama, Father, both Kouzuki and I gave our acknowledgment, what about Father? 」
The head of the Kurama house should know the meaning of turning his daughter into a sacrifice.
「 No, I gave my acknowledgment willingly. Besides, Father, I’m sure that you already know that Kenmochi-sama caused trouble for Kouzuki-sama 」
Kenmochi came to the Kouzuki mansion to make threats and Kurama house immediately cut connections with him.
「 Kouzuki-sama is quite angry with this incident but still, if we sacrifice ourselves, he promised to save the Kurama group. Father, if you trample on Kouzuki-sama’s goodwill, consider that the employees of the Kurama group lost in the streets 」
Is this the same girl that has her sister embracing her trembling body until this morning? 」
Now, I can sense the strength in Misato-san.
The will to do something by herself.
「 Thank you. Then, Arisu and I will stay in this mansion. Is that okay? 」
「 Father 」
Arisu-san looks at her sister lonely.
「 Kouzuki-sama, my father wants to talk 」
「 Umu, I’ll take it 」
Jii-chan takes the phone.
「 It is as your daughter said. Kaan and I will be taking care of everything and so don’t make a move. Listen. In Kenmochi’s case, I have sent you the documents of the subject but, the foreign investors who deceived you are dangerous people. We’ll deal with them all. We’ll look after your house and all the employees in the businesses under your umbrella. You do not need to worry about them from now on 」
「 I will take custody of your daughters for five years. Therefore, you will need to vanish behind the clouds for five years as well. Don’t leave Japan. If you’re abroad, foreign investors will get to you. You do have enough assets to hide in the country for five years, don’t you? Get those and escape right now. What are you dissatisfied about? I did promise to save only the business under the Kurama house 」
Jii-chan gives the final push.
「 It’s your fault to let Kenmochi Yuugo deceive you. As mentioned earlier, the foreign investors who screwed with you are horrible people. They won’t come and attack you for as long as you’re in Japan. However, if you go outside, Kaan or I can’t guarantee that you will stay alive 」
That’s not a threat, half of it is true.
The foreign investors controlled Kenmochi and intend to take over the whole Kurama group.
Who knows what happens if we hinder them.
「 And you’re asking if we’ll return the Kurama group to you in five years? Of course, we won’t know that until we fought against foreign investors. I can’t promise you anything if it’s five years from now. Neither Kaan nor I am prophets. Even if Kaan and bring out funds to help the group instead of you, it’s unknown whether the Kurama group will survive or not. Anyway, our priority is to save the traditional buildings and it’s employees because you affected them with all the mess you got into 」
And, there’s no guarantee that the Kurama group will return to Misato-san’s father in five years.
I don’t think they’ll give it back.
They might return it to Misato-san or Arisu-san, but…
Jii-chan’s already given up on the current head.
「 I have removed Kenmochi Yuugo from the board and so you’re the next target of the foreign investors, that’s why you need to disappear now. I’ll give you this warning. If you don’t know where to run, then ask Seki from Kouzuki SS. She’ll give you advice and support you. For now, just leave Tokyo 」
「 Kouzuki-sama, please let me talk to Father too 」
Arisu-san talks to Jii-chan, but…
「 Yes, Seki. You should know her. Talk to her from now on, okay? Umu, I see, I get it. Do your best, umu 」
He ends the call.
「 He never even thanked me once 」
I knew it, he’s got that character.
「 Kouzuki-sama, why? Why did you not let me talk to Father! 」
Arisu-san speaks with a look of despair.
「 What can I do? I never heard him say “let me listen to my daughter’s voice” 」
「 What a loose man. He couldn’t even imagine that this might be his last conversation with his daughters. He thinks that since you’re here, he can just make a call anytime 」
What a hopeless father.
「 I could’ve told Father that we can rebuild the Kurama Kaku… 」
I think that their father already forgot about the Kurama Kaku which he destroyed.
「 Tea. Drink it 」
「 That’s right, drink some tea 」
Arisu-san drops her shoulders, Eri and Rie offer tea to her.
「 Drink something warm, try to ease up 」
「 Yes. You should… 」
The two smiled at Arisu-san.
「 Arisu, take it 」
Misato-san tells her sister.
「 We have no choice but to live in this place clinging to their compassion. If you refuse their kindness, you’ll never receive it again 」
「 Be sure to thank the girls for the drink 」
Michi told Arisu-san.
Arisu-san also knows that the Kurama house can’t save them anymore now that they’ve gone this far
「 Thank…you 」
Arisu-san takes the tea the twins gave her and drinks it.
「 Yes, can’t help it. You’re already embarked after coming this far 」
「 Eri-chan and I will help you out on your first experience 」
The twins seem to have changed their thoughts on Arisu-san as they also had useless parents.
「 Kuromori-sama 」
Yoshiko-san whispers to me.
「 I still want Kuromori-sama to have sex with me 」
「 I have decided that I want Kuromori-sama as my first time 」
「 But, to be honest, Yoshiko-san, you don’t like me that much, do you? 」
I’m the one who took away her beloved Ruriko from her.
That’s why there’s a line between our relationship.
「 Yes. Therefore, please violate me 」
「 I don’t mind if it’s the time of your choosing, I want you to violate me with all your might 」
Yoshiko-san speaks with a straight face.
「 I want to connect with Ruriko-sama through the same genital that Ruriko-sama loves. I want to receive the same semen released inside Ruriko-sama 」
Yoshiko-san’s life is to stay behind Ruriko.
「 Please take care of me, Kuromori-sama 」
She whispers to my ear, then she goes to Misato-san.
What do I do?