[YUZUKI]: (I’ve been summoned by Kenshin-san at this time… What in the world is it for?)
[YUZUKI]: “Good evening, Kenshin-san.”
[KENSHIN]: “Ah, you came.”
Kenshin-san said that with a smile and, in front of him, there was a serving tray with legs. On it were dried plums and sake.
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, you were in the middle of an evening drink. Sorry for coming at this time…”
[KENSHIN]: “No, do not mind that. Rather, I summoned you here for this.”
Saying that, Kenshin-san raised his cup.
[KENSHIN]: “I thought to speak with you a little while drinking sake.”
[YUZUKI]: “… That’s unusual. I thought you liked drinking alone, Kenshin-san.”
[KENSHIN]: “Indeed, that is how I prefer it in truth. Unless it is a celebration, I do not call for people.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Only, I find that the sake I drink is especially delicious when I converse with you.”
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m thankful for the invitation, but for me sake is a bit…”
[KENSHIN]: “Worry not. I am not asking you to drink. It is more than enough for you to accompany my evening drink.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then at least I’ll talk enough so that you aren’t bored, Kenshin-san.”
Kenshin-san smiled without warning.
[KENSHIN]: “Aa. I am relying on you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay! … Let’s start then…”
And so, I talked to Kenshin-san about many things. Like my original world, the things that surprised me coming to this world… and as I spoke the time passed by in a flash–
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, sorry, I’ve just been talking about myself… Kenshin-san, you must be bored.”
[KENSHIN]: “Not at all. No matter how much I hear you talk, I do not tire of it.”
Maybe he was already tipsy but tonight Kenshin-san was slightly more talkative than usual.
[KENSHIN]: “… It would be nice to be able to drink and enjoy your stories like this forever…”
[YUZUKI]: “What’s wrong all of a sudden? Don’t worry, I can talk with you anyti–“
[KENSHIN]: “… There will be a war in the near future. If so, I may need to borrow your power again.”
[KENSHIN]: “Up to now, I have been helped in numerous battles by you. And I am grateful for that.”
[KENSHIN]: “However, the fact that I do not want you to experience any more danger is also an honest feeling of mine.”
[YUZUKI]: “By that… do you mean it’s a burden to protect me?”
[KENSHIN]: “You are mistaken… Of course, I will protect you. But there are still possibilities.”
[KENSHIN]: “And I am frightened of those possibilities. That there is a chance you can be hurt, even in the slightest, pains me.”
[YUZUKI]: “… So, you won’t take me to the battles anymore, is that it?”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t want that. I want to help everyone, even just a little.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Or is it that my blood is no longer useful…?”
[KENSHIN]: “That is not true. You are someone that Uesugi cannot do without.”
[KENSHIN]: “Of course, for me as well.”
Kenshin-san drew me gently to him and I settled completely into Kenshin-san’s arms.
[KENSHIN]: “That is why I do not want to lose you at all…”
Kenshin-san stared intently at me and I also returned his look.
The distance between us closed from both sides. And then–
Lips touched. And separated.
[YUZUKI]: “… There’s just a bit of taste of the sake… It really is delicious sake.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Aa, this is good sake.”
[KENSHIN]: “But I know of a drink that is more delicious than any good sake.”
[KENSHIN]: “One that is utterly sweet, hot, and you are able to taste bliss just by imbibing it…”
[YUZUKI]: “Do you mean…”
[KENSHIN]: “… May I drink your blood?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. If it serves you.”
Kenshin-san gave a small smile and then his lips closed in gently.
Those lips always moved to my neck. But this time it was different.
[YUZUKI]: (My mouth…!)
This act of drinking blood was like a kiss and my strength left my body.
After Kenshin-san finished drinking he licked his lips with a red tongue.
[KENSHIN]: “… You are special to me.”
[KENSHIN]: “I do not ever intend to part with you. Stay by my side from here on.”
And then we kissed for the third time.