[YUZUKI]: “Hmm, I’ve finished about half of it. I don’t know when the next battle is though so I have to do this when I can.”
I was a little happy when I saw the result of my sewing. I wasn’t very skilled at it, but I felt like I improved a bit.
[YUZUKI]: “There’s still a lot of things I can’t do yet, but I feel like I’m slowly getting more done.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, but when I’m concentrating my body gets stiff… hmm.”
[YUZUKI]: “Alright, let’s do a little bit more.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Is now, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun? Please, come in.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Excuse me. Ah… Did I interrupt?”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, my sewing? It’s fine. I was just thinking of taking a break.”
[YUZUKI]: “Is there something you need from me?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “No… there’s no business.”
Occasionally, Kagekatsu-kun came to visit like this and, it wasn’t like we did anything together, but we passed the time together.
Whenever I was with Kagekatsu-kun I felt the time flowing by very gently, and so this was a precious time to me.
[YUZUKI]: (It’d be nice if Kagekatsu-kun thinks the same.)
[YUZUKI]: “Are you thirsty? I can make tea.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “No, I’m okay.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… Kagekatsu-kun seems somewhat tired.)
[YUZUKI]: (Kagekatsu-kun doesn’t talk a lot but recently I’ve come to be able to understand what he’s thinking.)
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun, are you tired?”
Kagekatsu-kun appeared at a loss as to how to answer for a little bit, but then he gave a deep nod.
[KAGEKATSU]: “I’m tired… so I want to stay beside you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then we can talk beside each other.”
Perhaps he was being reserved, Kagekatsu-kun came to my side in a spot that was a little distance away and sat down, facing me.
[YUZUKI]: (He’s not sitting sideways but facing me directly… This position is a little, uh.)
I sat up on my knees and reached a hand out to Kagekatsu-kun’s head, gently petting his soft hair and ears.
[YUZUKI]: (Kagekatsu-kun doesn’t seem to hate it. I wonder if I can pet him more…?)
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t know about it, but there must be a lot of difficult things, huh.)
[YUZUKI]: “You worked hard, haven’t you, Kagekatsu-kun.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I want to be closer.”
Saying that, Kagekatsu-kun hugged me. I was surprised but I also gently hugged Kagekatsu-kun back.
Kagekatsu-kun tightened his hold slightly. Still, it was just like him to check himself so that it wasn’t painful for me.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Please be sweet on me today.”
Kagekatsu-kun lightly pushed me down. The face that I looked up at was different than usual.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Can I… drink your blood?”
When I gave a small nod, Kagekatsu-kun placed his hand on my thighs. Tracing them, his lips touched my thighs as well.
His lips touched me softly, to the point where I wasn’t sure if they even touched, before he pulled away and lay down beside me.
[YUZUKI]: “Why are you apologizing?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I… need to be more reliable… especially when I said I want to protect you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun, you are reliable though. I know this.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “But there’s still a long way to go… so… I have to work harder.”
[YUZUKI]: “If you keep stretching yourself you’ll get tired. You should take a break sometimes.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… You’re not very convincing…”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, why.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Because, you’re always working hard too…”
[YUZUKI]: “Really? But… if I’m like that, it’s because of you, Kagekatsu-kun.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Me…? Why?”
[YUZUKI]: “I think about how I have to work hard because you’re working hard, Kagekatsu-kun.”
[YUZUKI]: “I know! Before we tire ourselves out then let’s both take breaks together. We’ll watch each other to make sure we’re not pushing ourselves.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “That… sounds nice.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s a promise then.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm, a promise.”
We wrapped our pinkies together and made a small, but precious, promise.