「 Danna-sama…I… 」
「 Onii-sama 」
「 Master… 」
Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi…
They’re disheartened, looking like puppies scolded by their owner.
「 No, you don’t have to understand. My loneliness is just like that 」
「 There’s no way for you to know right? I’m a different person compared to everyone else 」
Having someone understand your heart and memories are much scarier.
I mean, Tsukiko and the girls, titled the Takakura shrine maidens can do that, but…
That’s the reason why those girls have it hard.
「 That’s right. Girls like you will never understand 」
Nei pushes Misuzu and the girls into the corner.
「 You’ll never be able to understand someone’s heart completely. But, even so, shouldn’t you make effort to understand them? 」
「 Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi, you pretend to understand the other party, and then, you force them to understand you, right? That’s why Yoshiko-san and Mizushima Karen-san are in that horrible state. Your hearts weren’t in pain, you just hurt Yoshiko-san and Karen-san 」
「 …that’s possible 」
She replies with a small voice.
「 I may have been tossing my selfish ideas with the assumption that Yoshiko-oneesama and Karen should understand us 」
「 M-Me too 」
「 My desires have been to lead Yoshiko-oneesama to the best path I could think of, putting claims for myself, but I never asked for what Yoshiko-san feels 」
「 Uuu, I only affirmed Misuzu-oneesama and Ruriruri’s opinion, I didn’t doubt it at all. I’m very sorry 」
Michi also bows her head.
「 No, look, how do I say this… If you don’t know where you stand before you see the other person, then you won’t understand, and things will get messy before you know it. Well, Yoshiko-san and Karen-san had it hard because Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi kept on nagging them, but… 」
「 Look, there’s this guy named Tanaka, a classmate of mine 」
Let’s try a change of perspective.
I don’t think we can make progress if the three feel depressed from guilt.
「 He told me this story before, you see, Tanaka has a cousin in Nagoya. When there’s a family gathering, Tanaka’s cousin… 」
The girls focus on my story.
「 He says that the people in Tokyo are crazy. What he means by that is that “there are three major cities in Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, and even though he accepts that Tokyo’s the top, Osaka follows, and Nagoya’s third, but still, the people in Nagoya have pride in living in the third-largest city in Japan. Despite that, the people in Japan only think that Tokyo’s the best in Japan. That the people in Tokyo are too amazing, that Osaka and Nagoya are the same as the provincial cities, the extras in Japan. That the selfishness of the Tokyo people is unforgivable” 」
「 Oh, I get that 」
「 Yes, even people from Kansai think that Tokyo and Osaka are the two pillars of Japan 」
「 Hearing that Tokyo’s the only place where people are amazing makes you lose cool 」
「 But, Nagoya never joins in, it doesn’t become the three pillars 」
「 Right, Nagoya’s not that amazing, maybe? 」
「 It’s just Tokyo and Osaka, the two amazing cities 」
Eri and Rie said.
「 No, there’s more to Tanaka’s story. When his cousin said that, the other cousin who lives in Fukuoka was angry
「 Fukuoka? 」
「 Wait, isn’t that in Kyushu? 」
The twins ask me.
「 Yes, Fukuoka of Kyushu, The Shinkansen station is “Hakata.” So, the cousin from Fukuoka said “What are you talking about? The big three cities of Japan are Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, right? Nagooya’s on the same level as Shizuoka and Niigata” and they got in a huge fight 」
「 Onii-san, is Fukuoka that big? 」
「 I didn’t know that 」
「 If I recall, they have a pro baseball team, and the president of a telephone company owns the team, right? 」
「 Yeah, it’s the parent company of the baseball team but I think that the company’s headquarters are in Tokyo 」
「 So, that means the president lives in Tokyo? 」
「 Then, it’s got nothing to do with Fukuoka? 」
「 No, I think that the president of the company started business in Fukuoka, so it’s not like he’s got no connection 」
Let’s put that telephone company president aside.
「 Anyway, people of each city have a different sense. Even so, it doesn’t mean that people from any city maliciously disrespect other cities. People in Tokyo don’t poke fun at other cities, Nagoya and Fukuoka don’t have past grudges against each other. It’s just that each person’s perception of the world from their place is different…if you don’t know your own status as well as others, then it’ll invite misunderstandings 」
「 Misuzu’s problem is basically like that. They didn’t see just the other party, but themselves, and so this happened 」
「 Danna-sama? 」
Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi looked at me with a surprised face.
「 Kouzuki house is one of the biggest families among the nobility in Japan, right? Only equal to them is Kaan and Kanou house with their history, but, Kanou house’s momentum is now waning, and the only other family people pay attention to is the Kaan family, which is financial power similarly to the Kouzuki group. Misuzu and the girls think that other nobility will follow Kouzuki and Kaan house 」
Misuzu and the girls had that perception.
「 However, they may follow, but the people of nobility aren’t vassals of the Kouzuki house. Each of them is a family who continued to protect their honor for a hundred years and more, right? Well, they won’t be a match against Kouzuki and Kana house, but still, they have their pride. The pride they inherited from their ancestors 」
I recalled the small Karen-san.
「 Mizushima Karen-san is the same. I think she knows that her family made a mistake, and so she has to pay for their mess, and that’s why she has to serve Misuzu. However, her pride as a young lady of nobility still remains, even when serving you 」
「 And I thought that she should take away that pride 」
「 I thought that it will be for Karen’s good 」
「 Yes. I was under the impression that Karen-san will become happy once she becomes Onii-sama’s slave 」
「 No, that’s the girls you girls came up with, but you don’t know if it’s the same with Karen-san, right? 」
I think Nei’s explanation from earlier was right.
Misuzu and Ruriko grew up as the princess of the Kouzuki house, while kept in check with Jii-chan’s overwhelming presence and distorted love.
Therefore, putting others aside, they feel happiness from when I dominate them as slaves.
However, Karen-san doesn’t have someone like Jii-chan. She’s raised as an ordinary princess of nobility.
I don’t think there’s masochism cultivated from heavy and distorted love.
「 You girls are like that, but that doesn’t mean that Karen-san is the same. Therefore, you girls should know what kind of girl Karen-san is first. I mean, before Misuzu could know who Karen-san us, you were forcing your desire to dominate her, right? You’re just going to break Karen-san with that 」
「 You girls enjoy being my slave. No, you feel at ease being my slave compared to your time as the princess of the Kouzuki house, don’t you? That’s because of the various events in your life, so you made this decision yourselves, and you know that, also, I’m happy that you’re satisfied being my slave, but still… 」
I looked at Misuzu and the girls.
「 You girls don’t know if your resolve or choice is good for the other people too 」
Mizushima Karen-san is a 12-year-old young lady.
Then, she’s suddenly had harsh requests to offer her virginity to me, to become my sex slaves.
「 Well, despite calling you girls slaves, you’re just doing a make-believe game 」
「 After all, you girls are the ones who make demands on Yo-chan that the truth is, you play make-believe as Master and Slave when in the middle of sex 」
「 M-Master! I-I’m your slave from the bottom of my heart 」
Michi prostrates herself and rubs her forehead on the carpet.
「 Michi sure is. She’s the only genuine masochist here. She actually wants to become Yo-chan’s sex slave, and when you’re scolded like this, you feel shivering, right? 」
Nei looked down on Michi.
「 That is correct 」
「 I’m happy just from serving Master! Michi can’t go on without Master! I’ll follow any orders! Please do not abandon Michi, Master!! 」
Michi shouts to me cryingly.
「 Right, Mitchan is like that. She’s the only one who’s a genuine masochist, who can’t go on without Yo-chan. Her mind and body has fallen for him 」
「 Then, as for the other two next to her, Misuzu and Ruriko, you pull yourselves back. You’re like that, Mitchan’s the same, and so you misunderstood that all the women in the world would be happy if they become Yo-chan’s slave 」
Oh, it’s because Michi’s their example.
They thought that Mizushima Karen-san and Yoshiko-san would be better as my slaves too.
「 I’ll say this again. You’re no ordinary girl. Compared to ordinary girls, you girls are much more perverted and abnormal than them. It just happened that the three of you are together, and so you misunderstood that it’s normal, but the reality is it’s different 」
Nei said. The three hang their heads.
「 You approached Yoshiko-san with the assumption that she’s the same as you three, and so you’re pushing her to become Yo-chan’s slave sooner, right? 」
I think they did.
「 I want to apologize to Yoshiko-oneesama 」
「 I want to apologize to Karen 」
The two are about to cry.
「 Also, to Danna-sama, Nei-oneesama, and everyone 」
「 I’m very sorry! 」
「 Please forgive us! Master!!! 」
Michi exclaims. Then the three prostrate to us.
「 So, what do you do, Yo-chan? 」
Nei looked at me.
「 I don’t know. Anyway, I want to check on Karen-san’s situation. Everyone’s trying patch things up but I’m still a bit worried 」
「 Also, call Shou-neechan and ask about Yoshiko-san’s situation in the Kouzuki mansion. If you ask me what I want to do, then I want to check the situation for now 」
It’s just stupid to think of countermeasures when you don’t know what’s the situation.
「 Anyway, we’ll do something about it. We can’t just leave it alone 」
「 Danna-sama! 」
「 Onii-sama! 」
「 Master!!! 」
The three look at me with their teary face while still prostrating themselves.
「 Don’t make that kind of face. It’s not gone beyond the point of no return, so let me take care of it 」
「 There is no need to worry about it 」
The door opens…
Then, the girl who shows up…
「 Excuse me, everyone, 」
「 Huh? I thought Yoshiko-san remained in the Kouzuki mansion? 」
I spoke reflexively.
「 Yes, it looked like that. After Misuzu-sama went with her car, she rode the following vehicle 」
Shou-neechan shows up too.
Keeping it a secret to Misuzu and Ruriko.
So she went with the Kouzuki SS bodyguards in secret.
「 Okay, by the way, everyone in the dining room was also listening to the conversation in this place 」
「 Karen-san should be watching too 」
「 Together with Arisu-chan 」
The twins grinned.
「 Sorry if I was a bit too harsh~! But still, our original surprise secret plan succeeded 」
Nei brings out a helmet with a placard that has “Huge Success” written on it from behind the door and showed it to us.
「 Everyone’s waiting, let’s go to the dining room 」
Yoshiko-san told Misuzu and the girls.
「 I also want to talk to Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama 」
◇ ◇ ◇
Going back to the dining room;
Mizushima Karen-san, Arisu, Mariko, Luna, Nagisa, Tsukiko, and Margo-san are there.
As for Yukino, she’s reading a fashion magazine by herself.
Mana and Megu are preparing tea.
「 Where are the others? 」
「 Agnes-chan is still studying. Edie and Yomi-chan are watching her. Mitama-chan and Kinuka-chan are doing their night training. As for Kana-chan, Ai-chan, and Koyomi-chan, they put Mao-chan to bed 」
Katsuko-nee says while coming out of the kitchen.
Oh, the girls who don’t want to be in the discussion left.
「 Everyone watched the conversation 」
That’s the scary part of this mansion.
All of the rooms have hidden cameras and microphones, and so…
「 Sit down. Let’s calm down, drink some tea, and have a talk 」
Katsuko-nee urged us and so we took a seat.
Misuzu, Ruriko, Michi, line up together while still hanging their heads.
It’s like they’re in the defendant’s seat.
「 Here, black tea. If you want coffee just tell Mana 」
Mana told everyone.
「 What about Yoshi-kun? 」
「 Hmm, black tea will do 」
I replied to Megu.
Mizushima Karen-san and the others already have black tea served to them.
「 Yoshiko-sama and I will take coffee 」
Shou-neechan who sits next to Yoshiko-san told Mana.
「 What about Misuzu and the girls? What do you want? 」
I called out the depressed three, then…
「 Yo-chan, let them do it themselves 」
Nei told me off.
「 I-I’ll take black tea 」
「 M-Me too 」
「 M-Me too, if you’d please 」
Ruriko, Misuzu, and Michi told Mana with a small voice.
「 Okay, give me a moment 」
Mana replies brightly.
Before long, everyone’s drinks reached the table.
「 Then, let’s have tea for now 」
Nagisa smiled gently at everyone.
「 We also have delicious cookies 」
Katsuko-nee brings out the snacks.
「 Well, let’s drink. Having a warm drink calms you down 」
「 Right. Let’s drink 」
「 I want cookies 」
The twins are actively trying to calm down the atmosphere.
Anyway, everyone puts milk and sugar in their cups, and then…
After stirring it with the spoon, we drink our cups.
We took some time to calm our emotions.
「 Well then, I’ll start the conversation 」
「 Mizushima Karen-san also watched what happened over the screen already but still, I’d like to say that our family doesn’t force any perverted kind of sext acts on anyone. If you want to then we do not mind it, but still… There are places in this mansion used for such kind of plays. But if you do not have such desires, nobody’s forcing you, so don’t worry 」
「 What’s with that? You forced it on me though! 」
Yukino looked up from the magazine and complained.
「 Yukino-oneechan’s an exception, right? Just shut up. Don’t scare Karen-san off! 」
Mana told her sister.
「 Everyone might be a little lewd, but in the end, it’s all just a play. The house rules say that you must not do anything that hurts one’s mind or body, and Onii-chan will never do anything that we don’t want 」
Mana told Karen-san.
「 Lies. That’s not what happened to me! You know, he’s quite the pervert, be careful with him 」
Yukino pointed at me and said.
「 I already said that Onee-chan’s an exception! Onii-chan loved Yukino-oneechan back then, and so that’s why he kept on teasing you 」
Mana said. Yukino blushed.
「 M-Maika! W-What are you talking about! 」
「 You’re already happy that you’re pregnant with Onii-chan’s child so you don’t have to think of your past, right? Yukino-oneechan 」
「 Uuugh 」
Yukino touched her stomach and fell silent.
「 Uhm, may I say something? 」
Yoshiko-san raised her hand.
「 Sure, go ahead 」
Katsuko-nee replied with a smile on her face.
Misuzu and the girls are trembling in fear as to what their cousin would say.
「 Thank you. Then, firstly
Yoshiko-san stands up and speaks.
「 I have no desire to have sex with Kuromori-sama 」
She declares with a brave smile.
「 Uhm, Misuzu-sama, Ruriko-sama, and Michi-san, they kept on recommending me that, but I cannot sense the need for it 」
The necessity to have sex with me.
「 I could understand the reason why Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama needed Kuromori-sama. I’ve seen the whole process. And Michi-san, and everyone in this room, you all yearn for Kuromori-sama, and I am aware that you need him 」
「 But, I do not think that I’m moving in the same path as everyone for now 」
A separate path.
「 The past week living with Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama had been a good opportunity for me to understand my place 」
Yoshiko-san continues from the conversation we were having earlier.
「 I do have the blood of the Kouzuki house, however, I’m different. I do not have the same dignity as Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama, who were born as the daughters of the nobility. I may have Grandfather’s blood, but I’m not a daughter of the Kouzuki house 」
「 Really? Compared to these perverted girls, I think that Yoshiko-san’s is much more refined than them 」
「 No, I was raised as a servant. Even now, no matter how much I try to keep up, I can’t become someone suited as a young lady of the Kouzuki house 」
「 So, is that why you still call Misuzu and Ruriko with ‘-sama?’ 」
When they had a conversation last time, they should’ve made an agreement to call each other like cousins.
「 I have been accumulating efforts to have everyone accept me as the daughter of the Kouzuki head house. However, I understood recently that it’s impossible for me 」
「 Yoshiko-oneesama, that’s not true 」
Ruriko says in a panic.
「 Onee-sama’s beautiful and refined 」
「 Ruriko, don’t take what Yoshiko-san says exactly as she said it 」
「 Onii-sama? 」
「 Yoshiko-san, it must’ve been painful for you. So, do you want to continue being the daughter of the Kouzuki head house? 」
I asked Yoshiko-san directly.
「 I know that I can’t really say that it is, but… 」
Yoshiko-san smiles wryly.
「 Somehow, after all the hard work I’ve done for the past six months, the string of tension is cut off 」
A string in her heart.
「 Earlier, I heard Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama’s conversation 」
「 It might be too late to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but still 」
Misuzu bows her head.
「 I’m very sorry! Yoshiko-oneesama! Ruriko and I never understood how you feel and yet we kept pushing our own 」
「 That’s already enough, Misuzu-sama 」
Yoshiko-san smiles gently.
「 My only feeling is that I’m not that far off from Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama. Instead of accepting your way of thinking, I understood that your state of mine is different from mine 」
「 Yoshiko-oneesama, I… 」
Ruriko tries to talk but Yoshiko-san stopped her.
「 I’m sorry. I won’t understand it no matter what you tell me. I didn’t understand anything for the past week. If Kuromori-sama were to say that he likes me and he wants me, then I would understand that. However, Kuromori-sama never showed himself wanting me 」
「 Despite that, Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama, I could not understand the reason why you are pushing me to become Kuromori-sama’s sex slave at all. No, I’ve tried to understand it with all my best. I wanted to know. I wanted to see how my beloved cousins, Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama think that way 」
Yoshiko-san’s smile is sad.
「 But, no matter how hard I think about it, I couldn’t understand. To my knowledge, Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama are happy to stay by Kuromori-sama’s side, and so, if we want to make Kouzuki house’s relationship with other families, I had to marry for political reasons. I think that’s the way how things work for the young ladies of nobility 」
「 Wait a second. Yoshiko-oneesama 」
Misuzu called her out, but Yoshiko-san continued.
「 If one wants to preserve the family, then it’s the natural action. That’s what I believed in. And, my nature will remain as Ruriko-sama’s servant, as someone who serves the nobility, no matter what happens. I have no ambitions to prioritize my feelings like Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama and jump into Kuromori-sama’s chest, while still intending to succeed the family 」
Yoshiko-san who’s seen the Kouzuki house as a servant, as Ruriko’s attendant since childhood…
The size and weight of the Kouzuki is something extravagant to her.
She can’t let the nobility who lived for over a hundred year to perish on her generation.
She had to defend the people in Kouzuki house’s business and their livelihoods.
「 My heart would feel at ease if I was ordered to marry for political reasons. No matter what they tell me, as long as it’s for the family, then I will do as I’m told. I’m afraid that I cannot decide on my future 」
That’s her senses as an ordinary person.
She can’t act freely like Misuzu and Ruriko.
「 Rather, I could endure no matter how painful it is as long as I’m told “Yoshiko, this is advantageous for the Kouzuki family” I could convince myself why it’s necessary and I could accept it 」
If she knows the reason, then she could agree to sacrifice herself.
「 But, my poor intellect cannot understand the advantage of becoming Kuromori-sama’s slave at all 」
「 I truly don’t understand Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama’s feelings, thinking… 」
Misuzu and Ruriko turned pale.
「 However, after hearing the conversation from the room earlier, I have found one thing clear to me 」
「 What is it? 」
「 It’s that I’m fundamentally different from Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama. That a woman like me could think all I can, but I could never understand the heart of you two 」
「 I have understood that we could never understand each other 」
She understood that they can’t reach a mutual understanding.
「 It’s a shame to say, but… 」
Yoshiko-san smiles mournfully.
「 Yoshiko-oneesama, I’m very sorry! 」
Ruriko mutters, feeling pain.
「 Isn’t that obvious that you can’t reach a mutual understanding? 」
「 Look, Misuzu and the girls feel pleasure from having sex with that idiot! They feel comfort from that slave-play they’re doing. That’s why they keep on telling you, their cousin, to try out sex too! That’s all there is to it! 」
「 Even if that’s the case, I do not have the same purity as Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama. I do not have the courage nor resolve to let the pleasure take me away 」
Then, she looked at me.
「 And that is why I kept waiting for Kuromori-sama to seek me 」
Yeah, Yoshiko-san’s always been…
She’s been waiting for me to ask her to have sex.
I could feel that she’s lost, and so I didn’t approach her.
「 U-Uhm, may I? 」
Mizushima Karen-san raises her hand.
「 What’s wrong? 」
「 After hearing Yoshiko-sama’s story, I have found my resolve. I will become Kuromori-sama’s slave 」
「 I believe that it will have significance to my family, the Mizushima house. Serving Kuromori-sama and bearing his child 」
If she bears my child, that child will become siblings with Misuzu’s child.
That’ll create a strong relationship between Mizushima and Kouzuki house.
「 I’m a daughter of the nobility. I’ll accept any sacrifice if it’s for the house 」
Karen-san had agreed to become my sex slave.
Not because Misuzu’s forcing her, but willingly.
「 It’s not a sacrifice. Sex with Onii-san isn’t painful, right, Rie-chan? 」
「 Yes. Well, the physical pain will be on your first few times, but it’ll soon become pleasure 」
「 It’s so much pleasure that I’ll make you ascend to heaven 」
「 The other girls also help out to make you feel pleasure as soon as possible 」
The twins said, but…
「 That might be true in experience, but as of now, what I need is my resolve and determination 」
Karen-san speaks with a straight face.
「 It’s okay. I also overcome the same path Karen-sama’s choosing last week 」
Arisu speaks gently.
「 Karen-sama, you were watching when I had my first sex, weren’t you? 」
「 Yes, I have witnessed it 」
Karen-san was watching Arisu get deflowered.
「 I’m able to endure it. I’m sure that Karen-sama will too 」
「 Thank you very much, Arisu-sama 」
The young ladies of nobility smiled at each other.