「 I do love you as a brother, of course, I also love everyone as a family. But Nei is special to me 」
「 Oh, of course in my case that “love” isn’t eros. It’s Agape. I don’t feel lust towards Nei 」
Margo-san has a violent rejection against men, but she’s not a lesbian.
「 How should I say it, when Minaho picked me up from the facility, and I became Kyouko-san’s disciple, I had a place to live in but, your workplace isn’t your home. Those two are adults, older than me. 」 Katsuko-san and the other prostitutes are in a different position than me, you see. I live in the same place, but I’m not a prostitute 」
Margo-san who was a bodyguard of the brothel is different from the prostitutes.
「 When they tell me “You don’t know how it feels for a woman to sell her body!” They’re definitely right about it 」
So she was told like that too.
That’s right, not everyone is as open-minded as Katsuko-nee or Nagisa.
Some prostitutes must’ve vented out the pain in their lives as prostitutes to Margo-san.
「 Therefore, Nei’s presence has saved me 」
「 She’s a resident who’s not a prostitute, just like me. Although, Minaho told the prostitutes about Nei’s past and how she’s used to holding back Shirasaka Sousuke so they can’t bully her 」
Nei lost her whole family in the US.
「 When I first met Nei in Los Angeles, I felt it. “I want to protect this girl with such lonely eyes” When I come across Nei, I thought that I could move from the “protected” to the “protector” 」
From the protected to the protector.
「 Looking back to that time, in the end, I also wanted Minaho and Kyouko-san to protect me. Then, when Nei came, I thought that I needed to be mentally mature too 」
Before Kuromori becomes a family.
To Margo-san, Nei is her precious little sister.
「 That girl’s heart is wounded, yet she’s always showing a bright smile, she cries deep in her heart but, since she met you, she was able to smile from the bottom of her heart. I’m thankful to you 」
Margo-san tells me.
「 No, I didn’t do anything special 」
「 I wonder? Nei recently was the youngest among us, the most dependent one but now, she’s become the elder sister of the young ones just like when I met Nei 」
「 I’m happy. I’m proud of Nei 」
She really loves Nei.
「 Take care of Nei from now on. I can only be her strength as an elder sister 」
「 But I 」
「 To women, having a man for themselves is significant support in their heart. I understood that when I saw you 」
Help from an elder sister and from a man is different.
「 Margo-san and I are supporting Nei in different ways, right? 」
「 That’s right, Yoshida-kun 」
Margo-san nods with a smile.
「 Besides, I have another reason why I can’t become your woman 」
「 Yeah. There has to be one person who doesn’t have a sexual relationship with you in the family 」
「 To convince people like Yoshiko-san you see? 」
Margo-san smiles wryly
.「 Misuzu-chan and the girls had made a lot of follow up but, Yoshiko-san still thinks that you ensnared Ruriko through sex. 」
Yeah, I think so too.
Yoshiko-san doesn’t know how my relationship with Ruriko was built.
I took Ruriko as my sex slave, and after a few days, she’s utterly close to me.
「 To Yoshiko-san, you’re just a lady-killer who’s using dirty tricks on Misuzu-chan and Ruriko-chan to take over the fortunes of Kouzuki house. Trying to use Ruriko-chan using sex as a weapon when in reality, it’s the other way around 」
「 Actually, it’s the opposite, Kouzuki-san is trying to use a neutral person like you. Misuzu-chan must be the one who came up with the plan and shows it to Kouzuki-san 」
「 What does that mean? 」
「 Kouzuki house before you appeared will be divided into Misuzu-chan and Ruriko-chan’s factions, and there will be no choice but to fight for power soon. They’ll ignore the intent of the two. Since the successor of Kouzuki house is a woman, they all are sending their grooms. Then, it will become a war with the parents 」
Jii-chan’s original plan is to have the eldest son of Shiba-san from the rising faction to become Misuzu’s fiance.
In that case, Ruriko’s groom will be from the conservative faction.
Either way, in the future, Misuzu’s groom will dominate Kouzuki house or possibly, Ruriko’s groom will create a faction fight.
「 But, a neutral man like you came up. You have nothing to do with the factions of Kouzuki house. You have no dispute. Furthermore, Misuzu-san made it public that you’re her fiance and she has shown the pretense of descending from the succession 」
Yeah, if Misuzu-chan chooses an unnamed man like me, then Misuzu shows that she doesn’t intend to become a successor. Jii-chan made his approval too.
「 Thus, the successor of Kouzuki house is Ruriko-chan. As it has become the only possible outcome, there will be no one to fuel a fight between Misuzu-chan and Ruriko-chan. Kouzuki-san’s basically celebrating 」
「 Uhm, what about Yoshiko-san? 」
Yoshiko-san’s recognized as Jii-chan’s granddaughter too, right?
「 Beside, Ruriko has her case with her father 」
During Ruriko’s father’s funeral, Jii-chan was cold to Ruriko purposely, and on the other hand, he didn’t let go of Yoshiko-san.
Some people thought that Jii-chan hates Ruriko.
Some thought that Yoshiko-san will become the successor of Kouzuki house.
「 And then, at the party earlier, the three of them are together with Kouzuki-san, right? That was flashy 」
「 That’s showing that Kouzuki-san isn’t angry at Ruriko-chan. And then, everything goes back to as it was before 」
As it was before?
「 Even if they know that Yoshiko-san is the daughter of Kouzuki-san’s first son, she’s still an illegitimate child. Furthermore, she has always been Ruriko-chan’s attendant until it was revealed 」
「 Ruriko-chan returns to a legitimate successor candidate, and there won’t be anyone who would try to push up and set up some internal conflict between her and Yoshiko-san 」
「 Why? Isn’t there someone who may try to go all in? 」
「 Think about it. Do you really think that Yoshiko-san will confront Ruriko-chan? 」
I see. She has always been Ruriko’s attendant,.
There’s no chance she’ll try to push Ruriko aside and try to become the successor.
「 If there will be someone that will try to support Yoshiko-san, it will only be after Ruriko drops out of the competition. It was possible yesterday. But, they show on tonight’s party that there’s no trouble between Kouzuki-san and Ruriko-chan 」
In that case, Yoshiko-san’s support will be gone.
「 From now on, I think they’ll move their relatives towards Ruriko-san but, Ruriko-chan is already your woman. They’ll be deceived for 15-20 years 」
Ruriko’s still 15.
Lately, the marriageable age is getting low.
「 What, what will happen after that? 」
「 Who knows? Let’s think of that when the time comes. I mean, it’s Ruriko-chan, so she probably has given birth to your child by that year or before 」
I guess. Ruriko would likely get pregnant.
「 For the time being, it will be scheduled during Misuzu’s childbirth too so we can have the people think that Misuzu gave birth to twins. It’ll be official that the child is Ruriko-chan’s child after a while, well, there are a lot of tricks we can do so you don’t need to worry 」
Margo-san says, but.
「 Let’s return to the topic, in the end, Misuzu-chan brought a neutral man like you, so Kouzuki house is settled in order. In the first place, this plan won’t be successful unless it’s in Kouzuki family 」
「 Huh? 」
「 Kouzuki house is a noble among noble families. Furthermore, they both have the political and economic power 」
「 If it’s just in lineage, there might be other houses above Kouzuki house, but they don’t have the power. In other words, Kouzuki house no longer has advantages on interacting with other distinguished families 」
「 If Kouzuki house isn’t as this famous, or, if they were a distinguished house, but they don’t have as much power as now, then Kouzuki-san will reject Misuzu-san’s proposal and will wed his grandchildren to a relative of houses with stronger power 」
Jii-chan is the head.
He’ll do that if he thinks about the people working under Kouzuki group.
「 But, fortunately, Kouzuki house doesn’t need that. Instead, Kouzuki house is too strong that although other families would like to have a relationship with Kouzuki house, if they wed to another house, another will be jealous. It will be discord. Then, there will be another conflict 」
「 Therefore, Kouzuki-san thought of entrusting his granddaughters to a neutral man like you. He’s quite a nihilist 」
「 Do you know what it means? 」
「 Is that the black part of the squadron? 」
「 Sorry, I don’t know that one either. Nihilist, in Japanese It’s “虚無主,” I think It’s the way of thinking that there’s no value in doing or thinking anything 」
Jii-chan hates the power of Kouzuki house.
He doesn’t care whatever happens after he dies.
His prerequisite is his grandchildren being happy though.
「 Well, either way, I think that you were lucky 」
I think so too.
「 With that said, I think that in your relationship with Kouzuki house, Kouzuki house trying to use you is much stronger. This is on the real scale. But, from what others see, you definitely are a playboy, right? 」
I knew it, that’s how I look like.
「 There are other beautiful and cute girls waiting for you other than Misuzu-chan and Ruriko-chan 」
I guess it’s natural for Yoshiko-san to hate me.
「 Therefore, you need someone who can’t be your woman. That way, the people can tell that our feelings get through 」
「 The feelings get through? 」
「 Even when there’s no sex 」
「 Huh, then, the other people can tell which girls I had sex with? 」
「 Of course, as long as they’re sharp 」
「 By the way, girls’ faces really change a lot 」
「 Is that so? 」
「 You see, how many times have you seen me in the past few days? 」
Oh right, everyone.
They were virgins until a few days ago.
Wait, I was also a virgin.
「 You truly change your partner’s face to a happy one when having sex. It’s not just their libido that’s satisfied. I’ve seen that in the brothel a lot of times already In your case, the girls look really happy. It’s not just their body but also their minds that are satisfied 」
「 But, I won’t. For now. I still have a dream to pursue. I don’t want you to satisfy me, I want to be satisfied by making my dream come true 」
「 What’s Margo-san’s dream? 」
「 Fufu, you see 」
◇ ◇ ◇
Then, Margo-san and I return to the room where everyone is.
Mao-chan and Agnes are already sleeping.
Nei, Megu, and Mana are quiet.
Edie is patting Agnes-chan’s hair gently.
Nagisa is preparing tea for us.
「 Agnes-chan seems to be mentally fatigued from going to places where there are a lot of people 」
「 But, everyone was with her, so she didn’t get scared 」
Yeah. I’m happy that she has opened up her heart to the family.
「 Where’s Kyouko-san? 」
Speaking of which, Miss Cordelia’s gone too.
「 They checked in to another room in the hotel and went there. This room is rented by Kouzuki security service for Misuzu-chan’s waiting room you see
I see. They can’t stay in this room for long.
「 It seems that they got a room from a foreign company that came with the Russian legislators. They said they have a connection 」
Speaking of which, Kyouko-san mentioned that.
「 Miss Cordelia’s subordinates will be joining up with them in there. They’ll stay in this hotel for tonight and will leave Japan tomorrow 」
「 Right away? 」
「 Without even telling Minaho-neesan goodbye, they’ll go to Europe and then Los Angeles? 」
「 It’s the usual. She’ll come in and out suddenly, that’s how Kyouko-san is. She’s shy 」
「 When you think that it’s been a while, she’ll do a “Dramatic Entrance,” and when she leaves, she disappears just like a bubble popped 」
「 That’s true. “It’s because it’s sad when you say goodbye,” or so Kyouko-san says 」
So she’s sentimental.
She’s quite profound.
「 She’s a flashy person so you’ll miss her when she’s gone 」
「 She’ll come back soon anyway, she hates to be forgotten after all 」
She even mentioned fighting Rei-chan again in three months.
Next week is the fight with Barbie-san. Is she going to send instructions via mail or something?
Oh right, Miss Cordelia’s subordinate will visit Japan for instructions. Right.
「 Fuaaaaa 」
「 Are you sleepy already Yoshi-kun? 」
Megu asks me smiling.
「 No, I’m just a bit tired 」
「 Yeah, there’s a lot that happened during the Golden Week 」
Megu said. I recall the events over the past few days.
It really was a lot.
「 But, there’s school tomorrow 」
Haa, I sighed.
「 Onii-chan, how about you take a whole day rest? You had it rough during the holidays 」
「 Why not? Let’s skip school tomorrow! If you do, I’ll skip too 」
「 Mana doesn’t have to go to school either. 」 Onii-chan, take it easy for a day! 」
Mana can’t go to a new middle school until her new family registry is done.
「 No, you can’t skip school 」
The earnest Megu says.
「 Well, Megu-chan can’t skip, but Yo-chan will be working on Katsu-nee’s bakery anyway. There’s no need for him to graduate high school 」
Nei who’s half-hearted about graduating says.
I mean. Nei.
Since there’s no real Natou Nei, she can’t graduate.
Even if she goes to school every day since her name is on the roster.
Nei who has no enrollment records will not be awarded a diploma.
「 Nei-chan, we do want him to go to school properly. And, we’d like him to enjoy his high school life with friends 」
Nagisa who got kidnapped and turned to a prostitute during her first year in high school longs for a life in it.
「 I guess I got no choice 」
Nei gives up.
「 I guess I’ll be visiting my classroom after a long while too! 」
Nei who’s the master of the rooftop, a delinquent with blonde hair is feared by the school.
Her hair is dyed back to black, she regained her natural beauty.
「 Mana, take care of Edie and Agnes for now. Agnes needs to start studying for school. Edie also needs to learn some Japanese words at least 」
I tell Mana.
Agnes is already 12, yet she’s never been in school.
For her to enter school, someone has to teach her from the first grade of elementary.
Edie as well, it would be hard for her to be transferred right away in this status.
「 Agnes is aiming to be in middle school by next year, right? 」
「 That’s right. We need that settled. If we’re transferring her from overseas, then it would be better to do it by April next year 」
「 What about Edie? 」
「 It would be fun so I think she should be in our high school immediately since she’ll be in Yo-chan’s class anyway, right? It would cause a lot of trouble for Megu-chan though 」
Speaking of which, Megu and I are both class representatives. For now.
「 How about we can see how it goes for Edie and if possible, enroll during the summer vacation. She should be able to speak well in three months 」
Margo-san who has experience being brought along from America to Japan says.
「 I guess. Margo-chan’s a fast learner 」
「 Edie’s smart so she may be faster than I did 」
Margo-san’s evaluation on Edie seems to be high.
「 Thank you for the wait 」
Minaho-neesan and Katsuko-nee enter.
「 So, what will you do? 」
Margo-san asks. Minaho-neesan:
「 I decided to accept Kouzuki-san’s proposal for the time being. There will be a lot of problems but, I can’t just leave Yukiyo and others alone. If it only has a five-year limit, then 」
「 In that five years, I’ll do my best to have everyone turn over a new leaf 」
No, I don’t know about those who can’t be anything but prostitutes but,
I feel like Iwakura-san is a prostitute specialized in perverted plays.
But, the one who’s troublesome and can’t be left alone like Iwakura-san is Minaho-neesan.
「 Once it reopens, I will do my retirement ceremony 」
「 Once I do that, we can introduce the new girls to the customers 」
Katsuko-nee, retirement ceremony?
「 Well, of course, I won’t be entertaining any customers. It will be a sumo wrestler’s style retirement ceremony. Once you make your retirement public, you can never go back to the tournament 」
Err, Katsuko-nee, I wonder about that example.
「 I mean, I’ll greet the customers at least. Just showing respect 」
「 Indeed. I wasn’t able to do that 」
Shirasaka Sousuke Banished Nagisa who has Mao-chan inside her.
Naturally, she had no time to say goodbye to her customers.
「 Since I bought my own shop, I sent a greeting card to my former customers, but as a result of retiring without even saying anything, there were also some who harbor ill feelings to me 」
So that happened too.
「 If Katsuko starts her own business then you should do a proper retirement ceremony. Then, your former customers will support you 」
It’s much better than being poorly thought.
「 Could it be that the brothel will reopen? 」
Megu asks Minaho-neesan.
「 Yes, I do think that Megumi has some complaints about it but 」
Megu was a daughter born in the Kuromori brothel.
She might have some disagreement with the reopening of the brothel.
「 I’ll tell the details in the car 」
◇ ◇ ◇
We departed from the hotel.
Nagisa’s with the sleeping Mao-chan.
I’m carrying Agnes.
Katsuko-nee is holding the bag of makeup tools she prepared for Misuzu and the two.
Megu and Mana are holding big bags too.
Margo-san and Edie are both bodyguards, so they’re not holding anything.
It would be a problem if they can’t move if anything happens.
Minaho-neesan and Nei are holding equipment like laptops.
They brought in a lot.
We call out to the black uniform lady from Kouzuki security service in the corridor.
The room is rented by them so we can leave the settlement to them.
Minaho-neesan hands over the room key to the black uniform lady.
Jii-chan and Misuzu seem to be in another room in the hotel.
The negotiations with Russia behind the scenes are still continued by Shiba-san and Jii-chan’s executives so they can’t return until the results are reported.
Well, it would be late; so Misuzu and the girls would be going home early.
Michi’s with them, Chief Yazawa, and the bodyguards are present, so I have no need to worry about security.
Then, we head to the underground parking lot.
「 There will be police following us but ignore them 」
Margo-san tells me.
The cars we came in with are Nagisa’s shop van.
Then, Minaho-neesan’s car and Katsuko-nee’s car.
Did they use two cars from the mansion?
Well, there were Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi’s baggage on the way here.
「 Mao will be on my van. This is the only car that has a child seat 」
「 Agnes-chan gets in here too! 」
Nei said. I carry Agnes to the van.
「 Let’s have the guards be on the front and back cars. Therefore, Edie, get in Nagisa-san’s van 」
Margo-san gives instructions.
「 Hey, Mana, tell Edie to protect Mao-chan and Agnes 」
「 Okay, Onii-chan 」
Mana talks and Edie smiles.
Thus, Edie’s in the van too.
「 I’ll drive the front car, Minaho’s car will do, right? 」
「 Indeed, then have Megumi with you 」
「 Minaho-san? 」
「 We’ll continue our talk 」
Minaho-neesan must want to talk why she has to reopen the brothel.
This is to convince herself as well.
「 Then, Dear and Mana-chan can take my car 」
Katsuko-nee tells us.
「 Well, that would be better. He already knows 」
Minaho-neesan says before Megu could protest.
「 Nei-chan, ride together with Ojou-sama, it would be better if someone can calm down the conversation in case the conversation turns sour 」
Katsuko-nee tells Nei.
「 Huh, Margo-oneechan’s with them so I want to be with Yo-chan 」
「 I would be on guard, so it’s hard for me to talk while driving 」
Margo-san tells Nei.
「 I have no choice then 」
With that said, the front car has Margo-san, Minaho-neesan, Nei, and Megu.
Katsuko-neesan’s car has Mana and me.
「 Okay, get in 」
Katsuko-nee says. We all get on our designated cars.
Then, Katsuko-nee looks at the rear mirror and says:
「 You should bend down the back seat 」
「 Mana-chan, you wanted to do car sex, right? 」