「 Ugh, me? 」
Yukino’s eyes opened wide.
「 That’s right. Yukino, please, stay here. Live together with us 」
I bow my head to Yukino.
「 W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-Why!? W-What’s with this so sudden!? 」
「 I feel bad for leaving you to Kouzuki SS until now. I’m sorry about that, Yukino 」
「 I want you to stay with us, and I want you to watch over your baby 」
I want to stop checking on Yukino’s welfare on TV broadcast every Friday only.
I want Yukino to bear the child and give birth to it in calm together with us.
「 E-Even if you say something selfish like that, it’s a problem for me! 」
「 Then, do you not mind staying there instead? Living together with the Shogi girls who observe you all the time and don’t talk to you that much in the Kouzuki SS facility 」
「 T-That’s 」
「 At least, the meals in this house are delicious 」
She spins the fork on the spaghetti plate then stuffs it in her mouth.
「 Yes, that’s delicious, I don’t think that the lunch box prepared in the TV station or the food in the dining room in our facility could compare to this 」
Yukino also looked at her plate groaning.
「 Agnes thinks it’s fun to have Yukino-chan together here! 」
「 Mao also likes Yukino-chan! 」
Yukino’s popular with the younger girls.
For those who have ill-feeling for Yukino,
「 Minaho-neesan, Please? 」
Those who were former prostitutes who hold a grudge against Shirasaka Sousuke may still hate Yukino.
「 Katsuko, Nagisa, what about you two? 」
Minaho-neesan asks the two.
「 I don’t mind it anymore 」
「 After all the event that happened in May, I feel the weight is off my shoulders. There’s no need for ill-feelings anymore 」
Katsuko also says.
「 I see 」
Minaho-neesan looks at Yukino.
「 As for me, I no longer hold any hateful sentiments towards Yukino-san. To be honest, I admire how much you’ve changed for the past few months. I want to become as strong as you 」
「 We don’t think you’ll forgive us, even so, we’re sorry. e feel sorry for what we did to you 」
She bows her head to Yukino.
「 And, also, I’d like to make a request. Live together with us 」
「 T-That’s quite selfish of you 」
「 Indeed. But, you already know that I’m quite the selfish woman after all 」
Minaho-neesan looks straight at Yukino.
「 Hmph, it’s the usual pattern again. In the end, I have no choice. It’ll always end up how you want it to be! 」
「 You can think of it however you want. However, I want to accept you to this house. That’s all 」
It’s only Yukino who still has ill-feeling remaining.
「 Why not? Why don’t you stay in here, Yukino-san? 」
Mana speaks up.
「 You don’t want to live with me. Don’t you, Maika? 」
Yukino tells her sister.
「 Not really, I’ll accept you here. After all, it should be time for us to move on. We can’t stay on the same state forever, Onee-chan 」
Mana called Yukino “Onee-chan.”
「 For the past four months, I’m hanging in between Yoshida Mana and Shirasaka Maika’s identity and yet, Yukino-oneechan’s so desperate to stay as Shirasaka Yukino. I know. I’ve been watching your show with Onii-chan every week 」
Mana said. Yukino gasps.
「 Y-You 」
「 At first, they were looking at you coldly because you were Shirasaka Sousuke’s daughter and yet, now you’re known as Shirasaka Yukino, you’ve overcome the shadow of that person, and now a proper TV talent. It’s amazing. You did well. I think it’s cool. As for me, I’ve always been depending on Onii-chan and staying holed up in this mansion 」
「 As long as I stay in here and be Yoshida Mana, then Onii-chan and everyone will keep me safe. There’s the thought that if I go out, my past as Shirasaka Maika might chase me down. Therefore, I couldn’t go outside. I’m staying here, not going to a new school. Even though Onee-chan’s doing all outside 」
「 Maika 」
Mana bows to her sister.
「 I’ll ask for it too, Yukino-oneechan, please stay with us. For me, for Onii-chan. And for the child you’re bearing 」
Yukino touches her stomach.
「 Onii-chan and I want to live together with Yukino-oneechan 」
「 B-But, Megumi, she’s here too 」
She’s become Yukino’s natural enemy.
「 Megumi doesn’t want me to live together with you, right? 」
「 That doesn’t matter 」
「 If she can’t agree with it then we’ll drive out Megumi. You don’t have to worry about it Yukino-san 」
「 Megumi still has a place to return to, which is Yamamine house 」
「 No, wait a second Minaho-neesan 」
Talking about this while Megu’s absent.
「 It’s a what if for the final argument. If Megumi doesn’t change no matter what then I’m prepared to do that 」
「 It can’t be helped. Megumi right now can break our family. You and Megumi had problems, but you’re able to resolve a lot of it this time. But won’t Megumi become a problem child if nothing changes about her? 」
Megu and I.
Are we both problem children?
「 The two of you are earnest and have strong beliefs. You convince yourself “It must be like this,” “I must work on this” and so you get carried away 」
Megu and I were the same?
Just as Megu is spinning around in circles as my lawful wife.
Am I also spinning around in circles?
「 Well, you now understand the limits of your strength and that you can rely on us so it should be okay now, but for Megumi 」
Megu has become a burden to the family.
If this goes on.
「 Let’s put our worries for Megu-chan for later. It’s Yukino-chan’s time right now 」
Nei tells me.
「 Anyway, we want to welcome Yukino-chan here. Seriously. I don’t think it’s a bad deal for Yukino-chan either. It’s easier to live in here than in Kouzuki SS facility 」
「 Really? Although I think this house is only filled with bad memories 」
Nei said. Yukino smiled wryly.
「 But, what about you? 」
Yukino looks at me.
「 Do you really want me to stay here? 」
「 Kou-sama thinks so, yes 」
Tsukiko replies to me.
「 What’s with you? 」
「 I can read people’s minds. That’s my power as a shrine maiden. I know everything inside Kou-sama’s heart 」
「 It seems that there have been some problematic acts as his way of expression, but Kou-sama’s feelings towards you haven’t changed 」
「 You mean what? 」
「 That means I like you, Yukino!! 」
「 Haa? 」
Yukino’s mouth opened wide.
「 I like you as much as everyone in here. Therefore, I want you to stay by my side 」
She sighed loudly.
「 Idiot 」
「 Stupid, idiot, dummy! 」
「 Take responsibility. You can’t take back what you said now 」
「 Y-Yeah 」
Then, she dishevels her hair.
「 Aaah, geez! I can’t believe this! Seriously, it can’t be helped 」
Yukino touches her lower abdomen gently.
「 I planned to give birth to this child alone 」
「 But, sure, I get it. This child and I can live with you, no, with the children of this house together, is that correct? 」
「 Sorry to ask you but yes, please do 」
「 Haa, it can’t be helped 」
Then Yukino looked at me.
「 And so, once Megumi’s back, I just have to bow my head and ask her to let me live in here, right? 」
「 I get it. I won’t tell Megumi that you bowed your head to me. I’ll bow my head to Megumi and make it look like you didn’t try to persuade me about this, don’t I? I’m not an idiot, I know what I should do at times like this 」
「 Sorry, and thanks 」
Minaho-neesan says her thanks.
「 Y-Yukino! 」
「 What’s with you stupid? 」
「 Thanks, Yukino. I love you! 」
「 Oh shut up! I already know that! You dummy! 」
「 I don’t care about the other women but be sure to be a father for this child, okay? 」
「 Yeah, I know 」
「 Geez, that’s what I’ve always been worried about 」
Yukino’s been thinking about the future of the child all this time.
「 Thinking about the welfare of the child, I think it’s best to stay here 」
Then she exhaled loudly.
「 Well then, I’ve got big news for Yukino-chan! 」
Nagisa speaks to Yukino with a big smile.
「 I’ve also confirmed my pregnancy recently! 」
Yeah, Nagisa hasn’t told Yukino about her pregnancy yet.
「 This is my second time, so I’ll be fine. Let’s bear a healthy child together! 」
If Nagisa’s with her, Yukino can manage her anxieties about childbirth.
「 Uhm, me too 」
Tsukiko raises her hand.
「 I’d like to be pregnant as soon as possible as well 」
「 Yeah, get yourself pregnant soon 」
No, Nagisa, this isn’t a race.
「 Well, I Takanashi Katsuko also am late. However, I’m doing my best to get pregnant soon as well! 」
「 Mama. what does that mean? 」
Mao-chan, who haven’t understood the situation, asks Nagisa.
「 Well you see, that means that next year, Mao’s two little sisters now may increase to four at this stage! 」
「 Eeh?! Really?! 」
「 Is it okay to have all the happy events happen one after another, Mama?! 」
「 It’s okay, everyone’s here together. We’ll reach greater heights of happiness! 」
「 Wow! This is huge Agnes-chan! 」
「 Uuuu, that’s amazing! 」
Mao and Agnes are excited.
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「 Uuugh, I want to get pregnant too 」
「 Not now 」
Edie replies immediately.
「 If we get pregnant now then we can’t protect the family 」
Michi is also Misuzu and Ruriko’s bodyguard at school.
Edie’s protecting Megu, Nei, and me.
She’s right; if they get pregnant now, then it’s a big problem.
「 If you want to get pregnant then find someone who can replace you as a bodyguard 」
「 I see, that’s a good idea 」
Michi nods, but.
「 Although, it has to be someone as strong as Michi while also at the same age as you. Or maybe the same as me 」
I think so too.
「 Mumumu, you’re right 」
「 Michi’s sister is a useless one 」
Edie looks at Kudou Haruka.
Kudou Haruka’s just dumbfounded.
She seems to think that her father and Shou-neechan has abandoned her.
After lunch, we moved locations.
Yukino, Mao-chan, Agnes, Katsuko-nee, and Nagisa stayed in the dining room.
As for the others, we head to another room.
This is the final meeting as we’re about to fight off the Kansai Yakuza later.
Misuzu and Ruriko will stay on the mansion, but they’re here.
「 Sorry, there’s something I’d like to discuss with Minaho-san further, so you guys prepare for departure instead
Shou-neechan tells us.
Shou-neechan, Minaho-neesan, Margo-san, and Rei-chan are talking to each other while looking at a monitor.
They’re the experts and planning tactics.
I should leave that to them.
「 Anyway, as for the Takakura sisters, wear this. And this is yours, Yo-chan 」
Nei brings in a case of clothes from the other room.
「 Shrine maiden clothes? 」
Tsukiko’s surprised after seeing what’s inside the case.
「 That’s right. Although, that’s completely different from the cosplay outfits you had yesterday. These ones are clothes from the shrine maiden 」
「 We prepared that 」
「 I think that it’s better if we push through the shrine maiden appearance. That’s the look the Yakuza’s fixated on 」
There’s more impact if they appear wearing shrine maiden clothes instead of school uniform.
「 Understood. Indeed, I must let Kiyomi-san know that I’m prepared to take over as the shrine maiden 」
「 Oh? I’ve prepared costumes for the three of you though 」
「 B-But, Yomiko, and Luna 」
Tsukiko wants to release her sisters from the curse of Takakura shrine maiden.
「 No, just this time, Onee-sama 」
Yomiko takes out her costume from the case.
「 We won’t win against Kiyomi-san unless the three of us unite 」
「 Yes, I’m wearing this too! 」
Luna also reaches out for her shrine maiden costume.
「 Okay, well then, change your clothes in that room. I’ll also give you some light makeup! You girls should look as beautiful and cute as possible for this occasion! 」
「 Thank you, Nei-oneesama 」
「 Yeah, give us a moment. As for Yo-chan, wear this 」
I open up the case Nei handed me.
Our school’s uniform.
「 No, but it’s still in September. Winter clothes are too hot to wear 」
「 This one’s specially designed to be blade and bulletproof 」
「 I had that prepared as well 」
Shou-neechan puffs her chest in pride.
「 This is to keep you safe even when in danger. If you’re wearing a school uniform, the base of your neck has a stand-up collar 」
This is for my sake.
「 Although, it can’t keep your face and head safe. You have to protect it yourself 」
That’s how dangerous a location with a Yakuza is.
「 Oh, it would be impossible for him to deal with stuff even if I tell him so Michi-chan, Edie, you’re in charge 」
「 Roger that 」
「 Understood 」
The two who can sense Qi will be our bodyguards.
「 Err, Mitchan’s gonna wear the same clothes? 」
Nei asks Michi.
「 Yes, this is my battle clothes 」
Michi’s wearing her super-ojou-sama school uniform wherever she goes.
They’re supposed to wear their school uniform even in formal locations, but,
Michi’s school uniform is filled with tradition and elegance.
To be honest, Michi’s got a petite body and a well-shaped face, and when she wears the uniform,
No ordinary person would think of her as a bodyguard.
She carries herself elegantly as well. Anyway, Michi’s cute.
Nobody could imagine that under her skirt, she’s hiding a red whip, a shuriken, and a steel ball.
「 And so, Haruka’s going to wear the same uniform 」
Kudou Haruka’s enrolled at the same school because she was Ruriko’s bodyguard.
It just happened today that she’s wearing the same uniform as Michi.
Michi’s in middle school and Haruka’s in high school, but there’s hardly any difference in the uniform.
「 Then, Mitchan’s ready now, Edie, come with us and change 」
「 You’ve got combat dress? 」
「 No way. You can’t afford to wear clothes that alert the enemy, you know? We’re going to wear our school uniform too!
「 I’m also an asset to lower the guard of those people just like Haruka-chi. Maybe I’ll wear an elegant dress to emphasize my breast. Edie and I can go for the bitchy look 」
「 Uhm, you’re going too Ya-chan? 」
That’s a dangerous place.
「 Well, you’re going, aren’t you, Yo-chan? 」
「 If anything happens to Yo-chan then I’ll commit suicide right there 」
「 And so, be sure to take good care of yourself, Yo-chan! 」
Nei knocks on my chest.
「 I won’t let you die alone! 」
With Nei saying that; she heads to the other room to change clothes with the Takakura sisters and Edie.
「 In the end, Nei-oneesama has the most resolve among us 」
「 No, Misuzu-oneesama. Staying with Onii-sama to act together all the time and waiting at the place where Onii-sama can return to are both acts of love, and there’s no difference between them 」
Misuzu and Ruriko have already decided to stay in the mansion.
「 Uhm, Misuzu-sama, Ruriko-sama, I’d like to discuss something 」
Yoshiko-san talks to the two.
「 What is it? 」
Minaho-neesan and the senior group are having a meeting.
Nei’s out of the room.
There’s only the three ladies of Kouzuki house, Michi, and me right in front of Yoshiko-san.
「 I have an idea 」
「 Is it possible also to receive this house’s care aside from Yukino-san? 」
Yoshiko-san as well?
「 Kuromori-sama hasn’t turned me to his woman yet, however, 」
As expected, having all of the successors of Kouzuki house would be problematic.
「 However, if you do that, Grandfather, 」
Back then, Ruriko and Yoshiko-san lived apart from their parents.
Jii-chan kept them isolated from the world.
However, Ruriko’s father had a strange death.
The society knows that perhaps, the late second son of Jii-chan had done something outrageous.
As a result, Jii-chan dislikes the daughter, Ruriko, and kept her away.
Jii-chan chased her out of his house and entrusted her to Kuromori Minaho who’s living in this mansion.
That’s the setting.
And so, Ruriko could enjoy her free life.
And because Ruriko’s gone.
Jii-chan takes Yoshiko-san to the public.
Jii-chan introduced Yoshiko-san as the illegitimate daughter of his first son and as a successor of the Kouzuki house.
「 That would mean that Grandfather will be alone 」
Ruriko says worriedly.
「 Yes, therefore, 」
「 Can we not have Grandfather live in this mansion as well? 」
Jii-chan in this mansion too?