[YUZUKI]: “Just a little more and we’ll see the castle, Masakage-kun. So… hold on a bit more.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Aa, sorry…”
While supporting Masakage-kun’s shoulder as he stumbled, I made my way towards the castle.
During an intense battle, we became separated from Shingen-san and the others and, by the time we knew it, we were alone together.
[YUZUKI]: (Is Masakage okay, I wonder. He looks like he can barely walk…)
[YUZUKI]: (… It’s not a surprise though. Because, up to this point, he’s been fighting our pursuers all alone while protecting me.)
[YUZUKI]: (But we must have walked a lot, so we should see the castle soon… If we can get there–)
[YUZUKI]: “These noises, it can’t be…!?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ggh… yakuma. There’s no avoiding it. You stand back.”
Masakage-kun said this and, removing his arm from my shoulder which was supporting him, he stepped forward while wobbling.
[YUZUKI]: “No way… Masakage-kun, are you going to fight? It’s too reckless with your body right now…!”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Even if it’s reckless, I gotta do this now. If I don’t, you’ll die.”
[MASAKAGE]: “It’s my own business if I get killed on my own. But, if I can’t protect you here, I can’t die and leave things like this.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Haa… haa… –WHO’S NEXT!? HEY!!”
Masakage-kun threatened the yakuma with his small body vibrating and when those yakuma were pressured and took a step back–
Grabbing that instant’s advantage, Masakage-kun cut down the body of a yakuma in one blow.
[MASAKAGE]: “Haa… haa… watch this. I definitely won’t lose…!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Heh… that was the last one just now… gugh…!”
Seeing Masakage-kun collapse on the spot, I ran over to him immediately.
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-kun… Masakage-kun! Are you okay? Please answer–!”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Haha. So noisy… oh what, you’re crying…”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ggh… haa… haa… don’t worry. I’ll be better after I rest a while.”
Masakage-kun’s breathing was weak too but he moved his mouth firmly and wiped away my tears.
[MASAKAGE]: “… More importantly, if you go a little more you should reach the castle. Leave me here, and go ahead…”
[YUZUKI]: “No… I won’t do that. We don’t know if yakuma will come again if you stay here.”
[MASAKAGE]: “But… I don’t think I can move any more. So, at least you can be safe…”
[YUZUKI]: “… Then drink my blood. If you do, your energy should return, right?”
Saying that, I drew closer to Masakage-kun, and bared my own neck.
[MASAKAGE]: “You… but, that’s…”
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-kun, you’re worried about me but to me you’re important too.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s why… please. Drink my blood.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Alright. If you’re gonna say that much, then I won’t hold back.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… I’m at my limits, so I might not be able to be gentle… sorry.”
Masakage-kun informed me and then pulled my body to his strongly.
When I nodded, Masakage-lun plunged his teeth into my neck hard like that.
Masakage-kun squeezed my body closer to him and devoured my blood forcefully like a beast. His ragged breathing was heard from right beside me.
The blood in my body was hot and seemed to boil as if it were burning. My heart pounded and my chest tightened painfully.
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do… it’s much more intense than I thought…)
[MASAKAGE]: “–… ngh.”
When my consciousness started to grow distant, Masakage-kun drew his lips back as if to breathe.
[MASAKAGE]: “My bad…! I got more and more into it…”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, it’s okay. I didn’t feel much pain at all…”
[MASAKAGE]: “Oh… that’s good then.”
Masakage-kun swallowed loudly while saying that. And then, when I noticed, his gaze was still nailed to my neck.
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-kun… is it possible you didn’t drink enough?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Huh? Uh… well…”
[MASAKAGE]: “I’m sorry… this time I’ll be gentle. So, could I have one more mouthful…?”
Masakage-kun said this like an excuse and then once again hugged my shoulders and fastened his lips to my neck.