「 Wait 」
Before Torii-san could answer, I…
「 That’s just weird. Aren’t you all just leading Torii-san? 」
「 But, it’s still Mariko-san who’ll decide in the end 」
Misuzu tells me.
「 That’s what’s weird about it. What about me? My choice? 」
Misuzu and Ruriko recommend Torii-san to have sex with me but…
They’re completely ignoring my thoughts.
「 W-What I mean is that uhm. We guessed that Danna-sama wants to do it with Mariko-san… 」
「 Onii-sama, you like Mariko-san, don’t you? Am I wrong? 」
Misuzu and Ruriko are surprised.
There’s no ill intent. I see.
「 You see, don’t make such guesses on your own. Don’t proceed without consulting me. Didn’t I tell you before? 」
「 a hedge between keeps friendship green! 」
「 I get that you know a lot about me since we lived together a long time but still, don’t just pretend that you know it all. Hear me out sometimes. Talk to me beforehand. Yeah, talk! 」
「 I-I’m very sorry 」
Misuzu apologized to me.
「 Misuzu and Ruriko can see Torii-san’s charm. Although, because of her family circumstances, Torii-san can’t join in the family, you want her as a friend, don’t you? 」
「 Onii-sama, don’t you think the same way? 」
「 So, don’t take me out of the thinking process. You girls are thinking that I must think this way and then, that mutates inside your head, assuming that it’s what I wish for before you notice it 」
They see their desire as my desire.
「 Look, I’ve been told about this before but, people are like two cars driving at high speed in the dark with no lights on. If they’re someone close to you, then they’ll drive parallel next to you, but you still need to have distance. If not, you’ll no longer see each other and crash to each other 」
I look into their eyes as I speak.
「 Sure, Torii-san is a good girl, but, don’t lead her to your way of thinking. If she just goes with the flow and had sex with me, she’ll regret it later! People who unconsciously follow others do realize it sooner or later 」
I look at Torii-san.
「 She’s a proud woman. If it’s not her willing decision, then she will remember that she just went with the flow. If that happens, she will regret it later 」
「 However, I don’t think Mariko-san will regret having sex with Onii-sama 」
「 Don’t overvalue me! Besides, doesn’t everything have an affinity? Some people would say that the food who’s reviewed as extremely delicious in a restaurant as “it didn’t suit my tastes,” aren’t there? Don’t think that I can satisfy everyone in sex. That’s not possible 」
There are no absolutes in this world.
I know that too well.
「 Therefore, don’t advertise me like I’m some “ramen that’s delicious to anyone.” Misuzu and Ruriko may have that impression but that’s not how it is with all the people 」
「 But, all the girls Danna-sama had sex with are all satisfied 」
「 Maybe it just happened to be right with all the girls we had so far, don’t you think? Furthermore, my women may all seem weird to the other people, right? Misuzu says “Everyone,” but my women don’t represent all the women in the world 」
「 There could be a woman that only feel disgusted when having sex with me in this world 」
「 That’s not true 」
Misuzu tries to deny, but…
「 Don’t decide on your own! Accept that there are things you don’t know! 」
Their trend isn’t going well.
After all, these girls are children of Kouzuki house. They’re successors of Jii-chan’s enormous assets.
Who knows how many fates of people they can change because of their selfish imagination?
「 “This is this. This is how it should be.” If you think that way, then stop for a moment and think objectively. Don’t act with that wrong impression. Take your time 」
「 No, that’s wrong too. It’s always a battle of speed 」
「 What’s important is the inspiration. What’s right, what’s wrong, what can work, and what’s impossible, you need the skill to make momentary decisions 」
「 Then, I’m wrong about this? 」
「 That’s not it. You’re scolding Misuzu and Ruriko now because of your inspiration, right? You sensed that there’s something wrong with what they’re doing. You follow your inspiration and then think well and that’s when you speak 」
「 Then, that inspiration of yours may be correct. Although, there’s one point wrong. Your discomfort isn’t coming from just Misuzu and Ruriko, isn’t it? 」
「 The attitude of these girls is going bad. They make light of you, ignoring you. That’s indeed bad 」
Jii-chan said with a smile.
「 However, you’re sensing discomfort from something else. Therefore, you’re also wrong. Your anger on Misuzu and Ruriko is too big. You’re releasing strong emotions from the attitude of Misuzu and Ruriko that they are confused. That’s not good either 」
「 Think about it. One morning, a certain household had a man who got angry. Well, he fought with his wife. That frustration remains in his mind, but the man thinks that it’s conceited to not have any self-control and so he held his emotions and head to the company 」
「 Then, arriving at the company, that man’s subordinate made a mistake. Naturally, the man scolds the subordinate, but unconsciously, his anger from his fight with his wife earlier mixes in. He shows intense anger from a small mistake. The man didn’t notice that it was strange. After all, it’s likely that the small mistake becomes a big loss. He thinks that he has to scold them strongly for their sake. However, the scolded subordinate will also feel angry because he’s scolded a lot from a simple mistake. There will be dissatisfaction 」
Was I too angry?
「 You’re right if people don’t measure their distance from each other, that happens 」
I have failed to sense the distance with Misuzu and Ruriko too.
「 Sorry, Misuzu, Ruriko 」
「 No, Danna-sama’s right, we were making assumptions and decisions without your consent, I’m sorry 」
「 Onii-sama, I’m sorry 」
Even so, Jii-chan’s right. I got too angry at them.
It’s not Misuzu or Ruriko, someone’s causing this anger before them.
「 Minaho-neesan, you’re still listening, right? 」
I look up at the speaker on the ceiling and asked.
『 Yes, I’m listening 』
Minaho-neesan’s voice comes from the speaker.
Who should I call here?
Margo-san and Nei won’t do.
Nagisa got Mao-chan and her shop to worry about.
The answer comes from the process of elimination.
「 Ruriko, call Katsuko-nee and have her come here 」
「 Katsuko-oneesama’s preparing dinner, are you sure? 」
「 Just call her in 」
「 Certainly 」
Ruriko uses the extension telephone and calls Katsuko-nee from the kitchen.
「 Sorry everyone but I’ll ask you all to wait until Katsuko-nee comes here 」
I tell everyone in the room.
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「 What’s up? Calling me so suddenly 」
A few minutes later, Katsuko-nee appears wearing an apron.
Katsuko-nee’s still holding a ladle at her hand. You’re overdoing it.
「 Yeah, I’ve got something to talk about, it won’t take long 」
I kept quiet until Katsuko-nee arrived.
Misuzu, Ruriko, Yoshiko-san, and Torii-san all wait for my next line.
「 As for Minaho-neesan’s new brothel… 」
「 Katsuko-nee, why don’t you support Minaho-neesan until she gets the management right on track? 」
I know that it’s painful for Katsuko-nee.
Katsuko-nee doesn’t want to get involved with the world of prostitutes.
Even if she’s not going to sell her body, even if she’s just taking part as a manager.
「 As for the bakery in our school, Ai and I’ll do something about that 」
Katsuko-nee stares at me.
『 Wait, Kou! I don’t need Katsuko! I can manage this 』
Minaho-neesan said, but…
「 Really? I don’t think so. Minaho-neesan can do daring or delicate stuff but she slips up sometimes. That’s why she needs someone to support her from behind 」
『 I know that. That’s why I have Morimoto-san and Tamayo-san with me 』
「 No, they’re not enough. Katsuko-nee’s the best when it comes to supporting Minaho-neesan in her job 」
『 But, Katsuko shouldn’t return to the brothel. She’s also starting a bakery business with you 』
「 But, the bakery is just in the school where I can train myself. Katsuko-nee’s waiting for me to graduate so she can open up her shop, that would be two years from now. She can support Minaho-neesan in that time 」
『 Everyone’s becoming independent! Margo and Nei are going to work in America by themselves! Katsuko too. That’s why I should work independently! 』
Are that Minaho-neesan’s true feelings?
That’s why she’s deciding the human resources in the brothel without talking to us.
「 Minaho-neesan, you must not do it alone! 」
「 I know how troublesome Iwakura-san can be. Aren’t all the returnee prostitutes as troublesome as her? 」
When the Black Forest closed down last year, Minaho-neesan released all the prostitutes, you gave them all enough funds to start anew and yet…
In the end, some of them can’t do any other job than prostitution, wanting to return.
「 Tokuda-san and Kurosawa-san, the new prostitutes are going to be a lot of work for Minaho-neesan too 」
If they discover that Kurama Misato-san is a prostitute that’ll earn money but won’t sell her body, what will the other prostitutes think?
「 You need to know the feelings of the prostitutes, and also sort out the relationships of the prostitutes. Minaho-neesan is the boss of the organization, you can’t get close to the prostitutes, can you? 」
The boss has to be feared.
It’s her loss if they look down on her.
『 I mean, I’ll let Tamayo-san take that role 』
「 It’s been a while since Tamayo-san’s retirement, right? She’s even older than Minaho-neesan! What Minaho-neesan needs is someone in between you and the young prostitutes 」
I’m glad that Tamayo-san’s helping out but that only doubles the scary onee-san.
『 B-But, Katsuko, you don’t want to return to the brothel anymore, do you? 』
Minaho-neesan said. Katsuko-nee looked at me.
「 If that’s your order, then I’ll follow 」
Her eyes don’t mean it.
I knew it, she doesn’t want to. Returning will only hurt her.
「 Sorry, this is all I can do 」
I don’t know anything about the brothel. I can’t help out.
「 Besides 」
I look straight into Katsuko-nee’s eyes.
「 The family is in a predicament, Katsuko-nee 」
I tell her.
「 We have nobody but Katsuko-nee, that’s why I’m asking you this 」
Nagisa can’t do it either. It’s been four years since her retirement.
Margo-san and Nei are going to America. They may have experience living in the brothel but they can’t step inside because they’re no prostitutes.
「 Sorry, I’m really sorry to ask you this 」
Katsuko-nee’s the only one who knows about the brothel and the prostitutes well enough next to Minaho-neesan.
「 Don’t make that face 」
Katsuko-nee smiled looking lonely and embraced me.
「 You’re right. I was wrong. The family is in a predicament indeed 」
「 The brothel is a night business so my body’s free during the day 」
「 I can’t help out in nights and mornings, but I’ll continue being a salesgirl on noons. I can still check the taste and see the reaction of the customers for myself 」
「 Katsuko-nee 」
「 I think I can help out Ojou-sama while still thinking of new products. I’ll still guide Ai-chan and you. Then in two years, we’ll open a lovely bakery with the three of us 」
Katsuko-nee’s accommodating both the bakery and brothel business.
「 Yeah, I’m sure Katsuko-nee can do it. I’ll do my best too. I’ll work hard 」
「 Yes, please do. Thanks 」
Katsuko-nee kisses me on the lips.
「 Ojou-sama! It is as you have heard, Katsuko will be helping you out 」
『 Katsuko, but… 』
「 Katsuko is Ojou-sama’s family 」
Katsuko-nee voices out.
「 Please rely on Katsuko more! Recently, Ojou-sama’s been so distant 」
I think so too.
「 Katsuko-nee’s right! You call it independence but to me, it seems that you’re forcing yourself too hard, Minaho-neesan 」
「 I think so too, you lack human resources. Why don’t you let Katsuko-kun come with you for a while as your resume? 」
「 Recently, you’re a bit too stubborn, Minaho-kun. If he didn’t talk about it, I would 」
In the end, I was feeling discomfort with the fact that Minaho-neesan’s moving away from us and will live in the brothel.
Wondering if it will go smoothly with that lineup.
So far, in the Black Forest, Minaho-neesan has Katsuko-nee and Margo-san who support her from behind, which makes everything go smoothly. Nei also supports in various ways.
I get that Margo-san wants to become independent with Nei, and I support them, but…
I’m worried that Minaho-neesan’s also parting with Katsuko-nee.
Minaho-neesan isn’t someone with who’s as mentally strong as she appears.
『 Katsuko… are you sure? 』
「 Katsuko will only support Ojou-sama. I won’t do anything other than that 」
Katsuko-nee said with a smile.
She’s suppressing her emotions for the sake of the family.
『 Thank you, Katsuko. In truth, I’m actually a bit worried 』
「 If that’s the case, you should’ve asked for my help as soon as possible 」
『 I mean, you seem so happy selling bread with Kou in school 』
「 Yes, Katsuko is happy. But there will be more! I’m still going to open my dream bakery, and I can support Ojou-sama too! Katsuko is a greedy woman 」
『 You’re right, I guess I have to follow that example 』
「 Anyway, go meet up and talk face-to-face. You’re talking through the cameras because you don’t want to see our face, right? 」
『 That’s not it, I’m training Tokuda-san and Sonoko-san over here 』
「 Then come over here for a meal at least. We’re going home after dinner 」
「 True. Ojou-sama, please come over for dinner 」
If she’s in the old training building for Kouzuki SS, then it’s just right next to this mansion.
『 But, I can’t bring Tokuda-san and Kurosawa-san over there 』
The two daughters of the Yakuza who are now prostitute candidates can’t come to the Kouzuki mansion.
They can’t dine together with Rie and Eri.
The twins wouldn’t want that either.
「 Ojou-sama, that’s wrong 」
「 The girls over there should feel that they don’t want to be with Ojou-sama at least during their meals 」
Minaho-nesan is strict.
They should feel suffocated from her training since last night.
『 Got it. I’ll let the two eat dinner by themselves and I’ll show up there 』
「 We will be waiting. Dinner will be ready in 15 minutes, please hurry and come here 」
Katsuko-nee speaks brightly.
◇ ◇ ◇
「 Well, I left the kitchen to Mana-chan so I’m going back now 」
「 Ah, I’ll join in too 」
Ruriko who’s also Katsuko-nee’s housework pupil said.
「 Somehow, it seems that we have been a bit too impertinent with everything. Onii-sama, I apologize once again 」
Ruriko apologized to me again with a meek expression.
「 We have been encouraging Mariko-san a bit too much. I’m really sorry, Mariko-san 」
「 I apologize as well 」
Ruriko and Misuzu apologized to Torii-san.
「 No, uhm, me too 」
「 Hearing everyone’s conversation just now, I have changed my thoughts 」
She said then faced me.
「 To be honest, I’m curious about sex. I’ve witnessed Kuromori-sama have sex with various women yesterday and today…Whichever process everyone goes through, they all end up seemingly happy. I do feel like I want to experience it 」
「 However, further than that, I’m more interested in Kuromori-sama himself. I noticed that just now. I’ve always been watching your speech and conduct and admired them 」
「 You’re an interesting man. I’m filled with curiosity 」
「 No, nothing’s interesting about me. It’s not even funny 」
「 The fact that you don’t intend to attract the attention of women is interesting. Kuromori-sama pays attention to the eyes of women 」
「 No, well, I can’t help but take notice 」
I am me.
I’m no handsome man, I’m not smart, I’m a worthless person.
Attracting the attention of women? I’ll only cause trouble to the people I talk to.
「 For a man who has so many women in his life, it’s interesting to see that you still have that outlook 」
「 So, what is Mariko-san’s plan? 」
「 Isn’t that obvious already? 」
Misuzu and Ruriko asks Torii-san.
「 Let’s talk about that later. Didn’t Katsuko-nee mention that it’s already dinner? 」
「 Let’s eat for now. We can’t do anything with an empty stomach 」
I’m the one who needs to take a meal break or I won’t be able to hold on.
「 You’re right. Let’s eat dinner 」
Jii-chan sends me a lifeboat.
「 Now, let’s go, Yoshiko 」
「 Yes, grandfather 」
Speaking of which, Yoshiko-san didn’t say a thing.
What does she think after our conversation?
「 It can’t be helped, let’s go, Danna-sama 」
「 Let’s go! Onii-sama 」
Misuzu and Ruriko hold my hand.
「 Mariko-san can’t touch him yet 」
「 Yoshiko-oneesama too 」
The two said for some reason.