Nei did say that she’ll hold back from coming to my bed tonight, but.
I’m the one coming to her right now.
「 Where is she right now? 」
Minaho-neesan and Margo-san should know where Nei is from the monitoring system.
「 Second floor, in the library 」
Library, it’s the room in this mansion where the former prostitutes left their books and manga behind.
「 Nei goes there when she’s feeling down 」
「 Okay, I’ll go to her right away 」
I stand up.
「 Ah, wait for a second, Yoshinobu 」
Minaho-neesan stopped me.
「 What? 」
「 I’ll leave Nei to you. I think that you can deal with her better than we do. That’s for the better 」
Minaho-neesan looked at Margo-san.
「 Since we’re at it, I’d like to ask… 」
「 Why is Margo not having sex with Yoshinobu? 」
「 Why do you want to know about that now, Minaho? 」
「 I think being transparent with your relationship with Yoshinobu is for the better with Nei 」
「 If Margo doesn’t want to have sex with Yoshinobu because you were worrying about Nei… 」
「 You know that’s not it 」
「 But, Margo takes the role of Nei’s elder sister. Isn’t that why you’re holding back your emotions for Yoshinobu when Nei’s present? 」
「 Why though? Nei knows that Yoshinobu-kun has a lot of women before I could even make a move 」
Right. I’m having sex with multiple women every day.
It’s too late for Nei to dislike the idea.
Besides, it was Nei who asked me to rape Kana-senpai.
「 As Yoshinobu said earlier, Nei wants to be an elder sister. Therefore, she loves Yoshinobu and the younger sisters from the bottom of her heart 」
「 And Nei is loved by her elder sisters. Minaho, Katsuko-san, and everyone does 」
Margo-san doesn’t break her smile.
「 But we’re different from Margo, in regards to Nei. Margo, you’re special to that girl 」
「 It’s Margo who opened up Nei’s heart after losing her brother in Los Angeles 」
Nei’s usually bright and mischievous personality is a fake.
Nei made it up to protect her breaking heart back then.
She mimicked Kyouko-san.
The real Nei, Yasuko, is an introverted and docile girl.
「 And so, Nei doesn’t feel reluctant to watch Katsuko or the other girls have sex with Yoshinobu, but, she might not like to see Margo and Yoshinobu have sex 」
「 Why? I don’t get it 」
「 Why would Nei not like me having sex with him? If Nei wants to be closer to me than the other girls, then, shouldn’t she want me to have sex with him? Have you thought of that possibility? 」
If she wants to be closer with Margo-san…
Just like how Michi watches me have sex with Misuzu.
「 I somehow get what Minaho-neesan’s trying to say 」
Margo-san looked at me.
「 Ya-chan often conceals her emotions 」
Oh, why did I not think of it?
「 If it’s with someone like Megu, who she can speak without reserve, then she’d speak, “I want to be your number one” without problems, right? 」
「 But, Nei and Misuzu both hide their true nature. They only carry out their role in that location, acting out their daily life. That’s how they were 」
Misuzu’s lived with eyes around watching her because she’s Jii-chan’s daughter.
Nei’s been confined by a criminal with a whimsy character.
Forcing a smile has become nature to her.
She suppresses her desires and emotions, and move her body as the people around hope her do.
And she’s smart enough to move the conversation to make sure that the other party doesn’t notice that she’s hiding her emotions.
She’s too smart.
「 Earlier, Misuzu shouted that she also wants to be a number one. Those were the thoughts she’s hiding deep inside her heart 」
「 I’ve seen that one, yes 」
「 If Misuzu was like that, then Nei might also be holding some more complex emotions than what Misuzu holds even though she’s showing a bright smile 」
Or should I say that because of Nei’s strong personality on the surface,
She might be holding her true feelings more than Misuzu.
At a glance, Nei’s encouraging me to have sex with whoever, but,
The Yasuko from the back might not like it.
「 Indeed. Nei bringing Kana-san in might be mentally stressing her out 」
「 In case someone has excessive stress, they act opposite of what they think. Nei’s true feelings might be that she doesn’t want Yoshinobu-kun to have sex with more girls. However, putting various factors to consider, Nei herself thought of introducing a new sex partner, and acted out differently from what she first thought 」
Margo-san speaks clearly.
「 I think so too. But, Nei’s mentally balanced with her current personality, and so I believe that she’ll accept it even if Yoshinobu had sex with other girls 」
「 Nei’s life and happiness are all centered around Yoshinobu. She’ll do anything if it’s for Yoshinobu’s sake, and she doesn’t think of monopolizing you 」
Nei doesn’t want to monopolize me.
She thinks that it won’t make me happy if she does.
There are too many beautiful girls around, and yet…
Nei thinks that she’s worthless.
Just like me.
「 Therefore, Nei will accept even if Yoshinobu-kun has sex with other girls. If that’s the case, shouldn’t Nei also turn a blind eye on me too? 」
「 Suppose I want t have sex with Yoshinobu-kun… 」
「 No, in Margo-san’s case 」
「 Margo-san, do you call Ya-chan “Nei” when you’re alone with her? 」
It’s common for Nei to act together with Margo-san.
「 Both happen. Her personality lets it happen occasionally 」
I knew it.
「 I think that it’s just the two of us in her family. She talks to us as Najima Yasuko, her real face 」
Yeah, if Nei and I were alone.
After sex, when we’re both naked in the bed.
Nei returns to Yasuko, and we hold a conversation.
「 I’m only watching through the cameras 」
「 Yasuko doesn’t talk for a long time 」
Nei’s real self only talks to Margo-san and me.
「 That’s the reason why I’m uneasy. To Nei, Margo’s a special elder sister, where she doesn’t need to act. If Margo were to sleep with Yoshinobu… 」
Nei probably wants to monopolize me, she probably doesn’t want me to have sex with other girls.
But in this family, she wants to be the elder sister for my sake.
Due to multiple factors, she’s okay with me having sex with everyone.
「 Nei opened her heart to Margo. I think that comforts her 」
If Margo-san were to have sex with me…
「 I think that she might close her heart to Margo too 」
Minaho-neesan’s worry isn’t wrong.
「 Margo, you’ve noticed it too, have you? Isn’t that why you’re not having sex with Yoshinobu? 」
「 Fufufu, you’re overthinking it, Minaho, and Yoshinobu-kun 」
She combed her bangs upwards and smiled wryly.
「 That’s an interesting hypothesis, but that’s wrong 」
「 Nei’s not that weak. And I’m not that overprotective 」
「 It’s going well with Nei and me because I’m facing that girl in equal terms. In that regard, Minaho looked down on Nei from above too much. Yoshinobu-kun is an honest man, Misuzu-chan’s a courteous woman, and that’s why they can talk to Minaho even with that attitude, but, Nei’s personality hates it 」
「 I-I! 」
「 No, I’m just joking. Nei doesn’t hate Minaho at all 」
Margo-san’s smile vanishes.
「 I’m not having sex with Yoshinobu-kun because of the season 」
「 I don’t plan on getting pregnant anytime soon. If I want a child, then I’d ask Yoshinobu for one at that time 」
「 But, you can have sex while not wanting pregnancy though 」
「 That’s your opinion. I don’t need sex like the other girls 」
Margo-san returns to her smiling face.
「 Are you saying that we’ve empathized with the former prostitutes’ opinion on sex? 」
「 That’s not it. I might be the oddball. To be honest, I don’t have the urge to have sex with men 」
「 But, how about trying it out? 」
「 In your case, your first case is a trauma, that must be why you don’t want to have sex 」
Margo-san’s gang-raped at age 12.
「 Aren’t you the same, Minaho? 」
「 Katsuko, Nagisa, and I were forced to become prostitutes, and so we know the pleasures of sex as we worked. Playing with men for money, and our bodies learned how to climax 」
「 But Margo’s experience is nothing but pain, isn’t it? 」
She said, then looked at me.
「 But, I’m sure that Margo will know the merits of sex if you do it with Yoshinobu… 」
「 I think you should try it out. As for me, my body can’t have sex anymore, so I’d like Margo to know the pleasures of sex. You were born a woman, try changing your life. Margo 」
She smiled and looked at me.
「 That’s what Minaho said, what do you think? 」
She’s smiling, but her eyes show seriousness.
「 If Margo-san doesn’t want to do it yet, then I won’t force you 」
I don’t think that I’m good at sex.
Neither I think that it changes people’s lives.
Besides, sex isn’t something so casual that you can just test it out.
「 Right. I don’t think of testing it out either, I’ve got a lot I want to do for now. Therefore, that’s the end of story 」
「 Margo! 」
Margo-san ignores Minaho-neesan, who tries to continue the conversation…
「 It’s not that I hate Yoshinobu-kun. I like you. I genuinely think of you as my brother. I love you. That’s for sure 」
She speaks to me with an affectionate gaze.
「 But, that’s why I’d like to stir up that idea that when one have sex, things will go smoothly 」
「 Although, that doesn’t mean that I think sex is not okay. I believe that sex is essential, and I’m sure that sex creates bonds. There are girls saved because you had sex with them. But, I don’t think that everything in this world revolves around sex 」
「 I don’t think that creating bonds and relationships through sex is a bad thing… However, I’m only asking, “does it always have to be through sex?” There’s no man here but Yoshinobu-kun. I think that if everyone wants to have sex with you, then you’ll burst out 」
She smiled at me.
「 Do you mean to say that we depend on Yoshinobu right away when we feel mentally unstable and ask to have sex for healing, and that’s not good? 」
「 I said that’s not it 」
「 You know, each one has their “It’s absolute, it has to be this” as their answer, right? 」
Then, she looked at me.
A calm and gentle smile.
「 I haven’t done intercourse with Yoshinobu-kun yet, but I feel a strong bond with him 」
「 I think we have enough trust in each other even if we don’t have sex. We’re family. We’ve always been family. Isn’t that right, Yoshinobu-kun? 」
That’s how it is.
「 Yeah. Margo-oneesan’s a precious elder sister of mine 」
I call her Margo-oneesan naturally.
「 Sex is just a means to become intimate with each other, but we cannot settle everything through sex. We can create bonds even without it 」
「 Yes, that’s right. Your relationship with me is the proof of that 」
I feel like I’m saved.
Margo-oneesan and I definitely have a strong bond.
Therefore, we’re family even if we don’t have sex.
「 Minaho. If there’s no one like me in this family, Yoshinobu-kun will suffocate, am I wrong? 」
Margo-neesan said, Minaho-neesan;
「 Wait, you were worrying about Yoshinobu, not Nei? 」
「 And is that why you want to keep your relationship with Yoshinobu platonic? 」
「 I wonder? I think that hypothesis of yours is interesting though 」
Margo-neesan laughs it off.
「 I don’t simply do what I want. My highest priority is going to the US and enter the martial arts scene 」
「 I won’t have sex for now. That’s all 」
◇ ◇ ◇
I head to the library where Nei’s hiding.
I wear only a bathrobe and slippers, making flapping sounds.
Should I change clothes before going to her?
Well, I guess this one feels natural.
It’s too late for me to try to show off.
I opened the heavy door to the library.
Oh, this room is really filled with books.
There are some old VHS tapes around, but…
「 Yo-chan, what’s up? 」
Nei’s sitting on the floor, grasping her knees in the tiny corner of the room.
「 Hm, I want to see Ya-chan 」
「 Why? You’re done with Megu-chan? 」
「 Yeah. Tsukiko’s managing them now 」
I sit down next to Nei.
「 Well, weren’t you watching? 」
Through the cameras.
「 Yeah. Well… 」
Nei brings in a strange-looking robot doll.
「 What’s that? 」
「 Oh, this one’s from this room 」
「 I think there were children in this mansion even before Megu-chan 」
Children of the prostitutes.
「 Look, this one’s an old toy, it’s probably from the ’80s 」
Nei moves around the robot.
「 I don’t know if it was a child born here, or a child of a prostitute, but… But, it was before Shirasaka Sousuke took over the brothel. I think we’ll know about it if we ask Morimoto-san, the clerk of Kuromori tower 」
Morimoto-san’s living with his wife in one of the houses surrounding the mansion.
He’s retired now and only comes to the mansion when Minaho-neesan calls her.
「 Look, this one’s deformed 」
Nei bends the limbs of the robot toy.
She opened the toy inside and stored it in the head and limbs.
「 Oh, so you can do that? 」
「 So, what’s this? 」
The transforming robot looks crooked.
Now that she mentioned it, the robot has a strange color.
The face is colored green, but the body is pale, light brown.
「 This is an Iwa 」
Nei looked at the group of light brown crooked and transformed robot toys.
「 Iwa? 」
「 Yeah, Iwaishi1 superman 」
「 Err, it becomes a rock from a robot? 」
「 No, no, that’s not it, The rock transforms to robot 」
「 Ganzeki Superman Mass Rock, I got curious, so I looked it up on my phone 」
「 Look, when Transformers robot toys were famous, these were the products of other makers 」
「 Oh, the robots that transform to cars and stuff 」
「 No, no, the transformers in the early days weren’t reusing vehicles like Microman’s Microrobot series, or diamond clone Car robots, they transform to various electronics. Cameras, pistols, walkman, microscope 」
「 And the rival company started selling rocks transforming to robots? 」
「 Hmm, that’s the part I don’t understand 」
Nei takes out the head of the robot and puts it back.
「 This rock superman thing is launched as various types. It has both the good and evil groups 」
「 Oh. then it was popular? 」
From how I look at it, it has an eerie design.
「 Well, they didn’t sell at all 」
「 Ah. I knew it 」
「 But, since it didn’t sell a lot, the remaining ones sell for a high price in online auctions, but 」
「 So, this is premium? 」
「 Not at all 」
「 I knew it 」
「 It wasn’t famous back then, and it’s neither popular nowadays 」
「 But, this rock superman is much better. 」
Nei takes out another toy from the bookshelf.
「 This one’s rock superman Ruby-man 」
What’s with this transparent red, strangely shaped robot?
The face is something gross.
「 This is the concept where the robots transform to jewels 」
Nei transforms the robot toy.
「 Okay, done 」
「 What kind of gemstone is this? 」
「 I know, right! 」
It’s turned to some distorted shape.
I can’t see the jewel at all.
「 And that’s the reason why these jewel superman something didn’t sell either 」
I knew it.
「 If you can’t tell what it is, it’s much better to stay as the robot 」
Nei returns the toy to its former look.
「 Yo-chan. Sorry
- Also, read as Ganzeki ↩