「 Oh, what’s the commotion? My, Ruriko-chan! 」
Katsuko-nee enters the dining room.
Seems like she’s done with her call with Minaho-neesan.
「 Didn’t we already tell you not to get naked in the dining room?! It’s a place where we eat! 」
She told Ruriko who’s wearing a naked apron.
「 I-I’m sorry, Katsuko-oneesama! 」
Ruriko bows her head.
「 Mao-chan or Agnes might copy what you do. It’s okay to wear lewd outfits in the bedroom but you need to stay decent when doing your ordinary life! We have little children here so you have to be careful or it will be troublesome 」
Katsuko-nee speaks strictly despite the smile.
「 I’m reflecting on it 」
Ruriko hangs her head.
Yoshiko-san on the table behind her is also in low spirits.
「 But, I’m relieved, now you girls are having sister quarrels! 」
「 Remember, so far you talk while trying to hold yourselves back from showing what you truly feel, but, it’s better to clash your ideas together. It makes you feel refreshed! 」
Katsuko-nee said. Ruriko and Yoshiko-san raised their heads slowly.
「 It’s good, have a fight, and let your mouth do its thing. Then, you can understand how each other feels and make peace slowly. You two are cousins by blood. That relationship will never go away 」
Ruriko and Yoshiko-san looked at each other.
「 It’s good to have arguments compared to hiding your dissatisfaction yet looking at each other with hate. If you want to understand each other, then have an exchange of ideas 」
Katsuko-nee speaks gently.
「 You see, I wanted to understand Yoshiko-san, but…people are different. Just as you and I are different, you and Ruriko-chan are different too 」
She looked at Yoshiko-san’s eyes and tell her gently.
「 Yoshiko-san’s been with Ruriko-chan since childhood, and so you think that you know everything about her, right? But, Ruriko-chan kept on changing for the past six months, and you didn’t like that. I can understand 」
She became my slave half a year ago, and she was separated from Yoshiko-san for a while.
「 Therefore, you must be unable to hold back your hate to the main cause of Ruriko-chan’s change 」
I see. So that’s why she’s harsh on me.
「 But, Ruriko’s grateful to have met Onii-sama, to had him change me 」
「 Hmm. Ruriko-chan’s thoughts are a little off too. He didn’t systematically change Ruriko-chan with his firm will 」
Katsuko-nee says, then she comes to me and gently pats my head.
「 Yes. It’s not like he’s trying to remodel Ruriko-chan to his will. Meaning, Ruriko-chan’s change is a generation of an unexpected result from combining thing things 」
「 Half a year ago, Ruriko-chan already has some energy inside her to change, then, when she met him, it caused the change. Am I wrong? 」
Yeah, back then, Ruriko’s got a lot of emotions accumulated inside that it was about to blow anytime.
That’s because of Jii-chan’s distorted love, his way of raising Ruriko isolated from the world, but…
That’s why Jii-chan entrusted Ruriko to me.
「 He took Ruriko-chan’s energy, and as a result, Ruriko-chan changed, but, that’s her will, isn’t it? 」
「 Yes, it is as Katsuko-oneesama says. Ruriko’s only going to have sex and take photos of sex and even more lewd acts with Onii-sama and no one else. Onii-sama’s not forcibly asking me for anything 」
「 Silly you. What I’m talking about is not sex, but cooking and housework. Also, looking after Agnes-chan and the girls. You love doing all of those, don’t you, Ruriko-chan? 」
「 Y-Yes. I… 」
Ruriko’s eyes became teary.
「 I love Onii-sama and everyone in the family who is happy with what I do!! 」
「 It’s Ruriko-chan’s first time doing something herself, right? 」
「 Y-Yes 」
「 Yes, you changed yourself willingly. He didn’t change you at all 」
「 But, it’s all because Onii-sama’s there… 」
「 And that’s what I say about combining things generating a result, Ruriko-chan, you changed yourself with your power. Don’t think that it’s all thanks to him, it’ll create a bad dependency relationship if you do that 」
Yeah, Ruriko’s working hard and she has to know that. These are the results of her labor.
It’s got nothing to do with me.
「 And, we want Yoshiko-san especially to understand this 」
Katsuko-nee faced Yoshiko-san.
「 He’s changed too. He’s also received some unexpected results with his meeting with Ruriko-chan. Try remembering it, when Yoshiko-san met him for the first time in the May holidays, he was completely different, wasn’t he?
When I first met Yoshiko-san, oh, that was during the traditional dance presentation.
I came to watch Ruriko and Yoshiko-san dance.
「 Yoshiko-san may see him as a “bad man who leads Ruriko-chan in the wrong direction,” but that’s not it. He’s just like me and the many people who’ve been washed to this mansion, they were swallowed by the waves of harsh reality. Played by the waves, but, standing on their fit, desperately trying not to get washed away. Just like us 」
Katsuko-nee smiled at Yoshiko-san.
「 Just like Yoshiko-san, everyone fights in their life. This high school boy is carrying the fates of so many women. It may be a harem of cute girls, but their fates were harsh. We’re no ‘ordinary girl’ 」
Former prostitutes, to the young ladies of nobility, to combat girls, to daughters of Yakuza.
The girls in here all carry something heavy.
「 And we’re also women. Women body can have sex. Humans are such creatures 」
「 Well, these ones are just my thoughts. There are people in this world who are okay with homosexual love, where they don’t have sex for the rest of their lives. People who think that sex is filthy. Therefore, these are just my opinions 」
Katsuko-nee hugs me from behind.
「 I think that your heart won’t be as stable unless you have a partner you can have sex with a peace of mind. As for me, I trust him. Above anyone, above all else. Therefore, I can be open with him, and do anything, no matter how lewd, or embarrassing it is. I mean, being able to do that makes me happy, satisfied. How do I say this, I feel like we’re going on adventures together. Seeing each other’s mind and body. Sex is quite fun 」
Katsuko-nee’ fabricating her words for Ruriko and Yoshiko-san.
Shirasaka Sousuke kidnapped Katsuko-nee.
Turned her into a prostitute, and forced her to do every single abnormal sexual act.
I’m not the first man she had sex with.
「 That’s right! Katsuko-oneesama Yes, yes, that’s it 」
Ruriko supports what Katsuko-nee said.
「 That’s why it’s fun to have sex with Onii-sama! You can expose your bare self, even if it’s embarrassing or indecent. It’s a happy time for me! 」
Katsuko-nee did that to draw out those from Ruriko.
「 M-Me too 」
Misuzu also speaks up.
「 Danna-sama loves me, will never abandon me, will never betray me. I can expose my mind and body knowing that, and I can show my most indecent self to him. Having sex with Danna-sama’s a shared fun, shared happiness
「 That’s true for us too. Misuzu-chan and Ruriko-chan 」
「 Of course, Yoshiko-san won’t understand, and you won’t 」
「 That’s because I haven’t done it with Kuromori-sama, is it? 」
Yoshiko-san glared at Katsuko-nee.
「 No. It’s because Yoshiko-san doesn’t trust him 」
「 And, he doesn’t love Yoshiko-san either 」
「 There’s no trust and love, and so, no matter how much you have sex, nothing will come. Sex isn’t magic. It’s one of the ways humans build relationships, but, a relationship of just sex won’t bring forth a strong bond. It only builds an undesirable but inseparable relationship 」
「 Well, that’s just my view. Anyway, people have different thoughts on the same experience. People are different. However, since Ruriko-chan, Misuzu-chan, and I have the same opinion, it just seems like Yoshiko-san’s impressions were abnormal. But, it’s not about which one’s right, it’s just the difference in opinion, and so all you have to do is understand that there’s also a different view in things 」
「 And we just kept on pushing ours to Yoshiko-oneesama 」
「 I’m very sorry, Yoshiko-oneesama 」
Ruriko also apologized once again.
「 But, now that you know that you have different opinions, you can coexist 」
「 If you think that your opinion is the only right one, then the fight continues, but if you know that people have different opinions, it goes better 」
It means respecting their opinion.
「 First, know the differences. Then, accept that since there is a difference, there will be some that the other won’t understand. Yoshiko-san, Misuzu-chan, and Ruriko-chan too 」
Katsuko-nee told the Kouzuki daughters.
「 With that said, you girls have to do house sitting 」
「 As for the girls coming with us, let’s go 」
Arisu, Karen, Mitama, and Kinuka.
「 Well then, we’re going back to study with Agnes-chan 」
「 Take care, Onii-san 」
「 Onee-san, you should get in arguments more 」
「 We’re breaking off now! 」
Eri and Rie left the dining room.
Then, I should go too.
「 Yeah, we’re going now…Err, we’ll be back by evening. Momoko-neechan’s coming after all 」
「 Y-Yes, Danna-sama 」
Oh man, my schedule this day is also full.
「 Well then, try to get a little better relationship with Yoshiko-san until then. You can talk or fight, whichever you want 」
「 Onii-sama 」
Ruriko looked at me.
「 You won’t resolve things that simply, so don’t rush to conclusions. Why not take your time to fix it, even if it’s a month, six, or a year? 」
That’s what I think.
「 You can take as much time as you want. Yoshiko-san won’t go away, she’ll be always near Ruriko. So, why don’t you try it, Yoshiko-san? 」
「 Huh? Ah, uhm, I… 」
Yoshiko-san’s confused because I called her out.
「 Yoshiko-san still loves Ruriko, right? 」
She was quite strict with her words earlier.
Even when they’re shouting at each other, Yoshiko-san speaks like a servant.
Ruriko also said that she loves me more than Yoshiko-san.
「 That’s…true. My love for Ruriko-sama hasn’t changed 」
「 Yoshiko-oneesama 」
「 No matter how much Ruriko-sama changes, Yoshiko will remain as Yoshiko 」
Ruriko and Yoshiko-san’s relationship will never break.
If that’s the case, they can argue as much as they want. Throw their true opinions as much as they want.
「 Ruriko; put on your clothes already. Also, have another round with Yoshiko-san 」
I told Ruriko who’s still wearing nothing but an apron.
「 Misuzu too, you should talk to her more. Michi, look after the girls. When they’re heating up with their conversation, step in between 」
「 Yes, Master 」
Michi replied. Then.
「 Tama-oneesama, Kinuka, look after Master 」
「 Leave it to me 」
「 Me! 」
Michi, then Mitama and Kinuka nodded at each other as fellow bodyguards.
「 Okay, let’s get in the car 」
Katsuko-nee leads the way outside the dining room.
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「 You did well holding back when Yoshiko-san was acting rashly 」
Katsuko-nee says while we walk the corridor.
「 That was the right choice. If you were to talk back on everything Yoshiko-san says…
Yoshiko-san won’t be able to stop heating up that she might get to a point of no return 」
Point of no return?
「 Earlier, I talked about how they’re blood-related, and so no matter how much arguments they have, they’ll never leave each other…that was a lie 」
「 Even siblings who grew up together since childhood, having a friendly blood relationship, often break down because of some trivial topics. Just slight damage to the other party’s heart, no matter how trivial the remark can be, it can be the impetus for mutual hate and breaking off. It often happens 」
「 I know. Just because people are blood-related doesn’t mean that they have strong bonds 」
My real parents abandoned me.
「 But, in those girl’s case, Kouzuki house is on the top of the nobility, and it surrounds them, they sense their bonds, and they had to make sure that it doesn’t break 」
Ruriko and Yoshiko-san’s relationship
「 Just as you said, if you don’t make your bonds stronger in time, then it might just break off suddenly. 」
「 They’re formerly master and attendant, but now both of them are young ladies, but, Yoshiko-san’s not the daughter of the legal wife. Ruriko and Misuzu have been enduring the pressure as the successors of the Kouzuki house, but Yoshiko-san didn’t receive that, but, that sudden recognition as Jii-chan’s granddaughter also put her to a different kind of pressure that now, Yoshiko-san has the same big pressure on her, but Misuzu and Ruriko hasn’t noticed it 」
Their awareness is off point, their misunderstanding that the other surely understand them makes their relationship complicated.
「 Therefore, for now, they should have no-holds-barred, let out everything they’ve hidden inside of them. As long as it doesn’t break their relationship 」
Katsuko-nee talked to make Misuzu, Ruriko, and Yoshiko-san to have some brake in their minds to prevent them from going to the extremes.
「 Well, we’ll see how it goes by evening 」
「 Yeah. You’re right 」
I can’t be dealing with Misuzu and Ruriko and Yoshiko-san all the time.
I have to go to Minaho-neesan’s place.
「 It’s a lot of trouble, isn’t it? 」
「 Kuromori-sama’s always dealing with them earnestly 」
「 It’s just something that I have to do 」
「 The things I have to do for my family isn’t trouble. It’s just natural 」
「 It’s human relationships, after all, complications are an inevitability 」
「 It’s possible to do it with an authoritarian method where you order them to do this, do that, but, that doesn’t fix the fundamentals. What we do is to traffic control the problem at hand, and then the person will have to make the final decisions 」
「 Yeah, Misuzu, Ruriko, and Yoshiko-san has to talk to themselves and decide the future of the Kouzuki house 」
「 Why? Kuromori-sama is Misuzu-sama’s partner, and you’re essentially in control of Ruriko-sama. Kuromri-sama can steer the Kouzuki house to your will 」
「 No, sure, Misuzu and Ruriko belongs to me, but not the Kouzuki house 」
「 How do I say it. Let’s say, for example, Ruriko’s eating ice cream, then I told her “you’re mine, and so your ice cream is also mine,” then I take away her ice cream. That’s just wrong to me. Ruriko belongs to me, but the ice cream belongs to her. That’s how I feel about it 」
「 He’s got no big ambitions 」
Katsuko-nee smiled at Mitama.
「 Well, of course, I know that Misuzu and Ruriko are going to face a lot of troubles in their succession of the Kouzuki house so I’ll support them all they want. That said, I can’t do that much. But, I’ll do what I can. Those girls are my precious women. But, Kouzuki house itself doesn’t belong to me. They’re to inherit that, so I won’t be meddling with it 」
「 That also applies to the Kurama and Mizushima house. I have no plans of using Arisu and Karen to take over your homes. That’s just wrong 」
「 I’m slow headed and so I’m not a person who can take everything. What I can take is only your naked selves. Just that is enough. I don’t think I can accept anything more than that, like your house for example. Well, I will still support you girls, but apart from that… 」
「 Sex is enough 」
Katsuko-nee smiled at me.
「 Yeah, that. I may look narrow-minded saying this, you might even laugh at it, but… 」
「 Don’t cheat on me. I…I don’t like it if you girls had sex with anyone other than me. Stay as my woman. Then, bear my child 」
Arisu, Karen, Mitama, and Kinuka looked at me in a daze.
Katsuko-nee’s the only one laughing.
「 That’s not an order, right? It’s your request
「 Y-Yeah, I’m requesting everyone to do that 」
「 Uhm, please do not worry. We’re Kuromori-sama’s slaves. As long as Kuromori-sama doesn’t order us to leave, then we’ll be by your side 」
Arisu said as their representative and the other girls nodded.
「 I won’t give that order, so don’t go away 」
「 To him, sex is what makes your bonds 」
Katsuko-nee said smilingly.
「 Yeah, he’s irregular, but, Ruriko-chan and Yoshiko-san’s discussion just now had great meaning for you today too 」
「 So far, you create a thick bond with your women by having sex with them 」
「 That’s why everyone’s by your side 」
「 But, from now on, you’re going to have sex with girls you can’t make bonds with 」
That’s right, I…
I’m going to have sex with some prostitute candidates.
I’ll be training them…
They will all become prostitutes.
Even if I have sex with them, they won’t become my woman.
Nor my family.
「 It’s good that you’re sympathetic, but, you can’t give your kindness to all the people. Therefore, you have to learn 」
「 It means, drawing the line. You have to learn by practice that even if you had sex with them, there will be girls who won’t become yours 」
I see. The training today,
-is also an opportunity for me to learn.
Minaho-neesan called me with that thought in mind.