[KAGEIE]: “When it’s this hot, the soldiers’ll be exhausted…”
[KAGEIE]: “There’s not enough water or food to go around either…”
.[YUZUKI]: (Kageie-san is the one who’s moved his body more than anyone else…)
[YUZUKI]: (His body won’t last with that little water and food…)
My worry worsened until I couldn’t bear it and, making a decision, I approached Kageie-san.
[KAGEIE]: “…! What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san… please eat this.”
[KAGEIE]: “Wha… this is your portion, isn’t it. I don’t need it. Eat your own portion.”
[YUZUKI]: “No! Please eat. I’ll be fine since I haven’t been moving around.”
[YUZUKI]: “More importantly, Kageie-san–“
[KAGEIE]: “DON’T COME ANY CLOSER TO ME!”
[KAGEIE]: “Uh, my bad… it’ll be bad if you get too close right now.”
Kageie-san said that in a hurry when I jumped and stopped moving at his strong deterrence.
[KAGEIE]: “Um… right now, if I touch you… it’s a little, uh…”
[YUZUKI]: (…! Oh, so Kageie-san really has used up his energy…)
[YUZUKI]: (In that case…!)
[YUZUKI]: “Okay. I’ll eat this.”
[KAGEIE]: “Aa, do that. And then don’t come close to me for a whi–“
[YUZUKI]: “… No!”
[KAGEIE]: “Wh, what are you…?”
[YUZUKI]: “In exchange, please drink my blood.”
[KAGEIE]: “D-Don’t say stupid things…!”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll eat this food myself but, in exchange, please drink my blood, Kageie-san.”
[YUZUKI]: “Like that we’ll both get energy. Don’t you think it’s a good idea?”
[KAGEIE]: “… Geez.”
After he gave a bitter smile and sigh at how I wouldn’t withdraw, Kageie-san slowly reached out a hand to me.
[KAGEIE]: “… Are you sure?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. If you push yourself like this your body won’t hold, Kageie-san.”
[KAGEIE]: “… Alright.”
Kageie-san brushed my hair aside to expose my neck and stared, as if wanting to dig in.
[YUZUKI]: (He really is thirsty, to the point where he can barely endure it…)
Kageie-san’s breath touched my neck as I closed my eyes, and then–
There was the sound of my blood being sucked. And then the noise of him swallowing echoed in my ears.
I heard an enraptured voice, as if he was satisfied, before Kageie-san’s warmth left me.
[KAGEIE]: “I’m filling up with… power… Your blood is really amazing…”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha. I’m gla–“
When I sighed in relief I was suddenly held tightly against a chest and my heart gave a large leap.
[YUZUKI]: “Mm. I’m glad I can help. But…”
[KAGEIE]: “Hm? What is it?”
[YUZUKI]: “Please don’t push yourself anymore.”
[KAGEIE]: “Aa… Got it.”
Kageie-san ruffled my hair and then smiled brightly with his usual attitude.
[KAGEIE]: “And I’ll make one more promise.”
Kageie-san looked at me with serious eyes and so I looked up at him with the same seriousness.
[KAGEIE]: “No matter what happens, I’ll protect you to the end.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay! Thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: (Kageie-san, and everyone, we’ll all go home safely together for sure…!)
With the same feelings in our hearts, we hugged each other tightly again.