[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if today’s strategy went well for everyone…)
I eagerly waited for everyone’s return in front of the castle gates.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if Saizou-kun going to talk excitedly about how flashy he was today too… Heehee.)
[SASUKE]: “Heeeyy! We’re home nooow!”
[YUZUKI]: “Welcome home. I’m glad everyone’s saf–… huh?”
[SASUKE]: “Hm? What’s wrong? You’re looking around.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Saizou-kun isn’t together with you?”
[SASUKE]: “… Wha! He was just over there… when did he disappear!?”
[SASUKE]: “Hey, Kamanosuke, do you know where Saizou went?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Hmm? Dunno… Didn’t he go back first?”
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m going to look for him.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Saizou-kun, are you here?”
I separated from everyone and went towards Saizou-kun’s room and then, in front of his room where there were no sounds, I timidly called out.
[SAIZOU]: “… I’m here.”
Hearing a listless reply from inside, I realized that Saizou-kun was acting strange.
[YUZUKI]: (Did he come back unusually depressed…?)
[YUZUKI]: “Erm, Saizou-kun… May I come in?”
[SAIZOU]: “… Sure.”
Inside the room was Saizou with a depressed look, completely unlike how he usually was. When I looked closer, there was a scratch on his cheek.
[YUZUKI]: “Welcome home, Saizou-kun.”
[SAIZOU]: “… I–“
[YUZUKI]: (It’s rare but maybe he didn’t get to serve as actively as he thought he would today…?)
Whenever things occasionally didn’t go well for Saizou-kun, who was always proud of his conspicuous service, he would become very despondent.
[SAIZOU]: “I… injured my face…”
[YUZUKI]: “Yeah, that looks bad. I’ll treat it right now.”
[SAIZOU]: “This face isn’t beautiful…”
[YUZUKI]: “That injury looks shallow so I think it’ll heal right away. Besides, even like this you’re still cool, you know?”
[SAIZOU]: “I see…… but I wasn’t able to flourish in battle…”
While receiving treatment quietly, Saizou-kun repeated these rare words of weakness.
[YUZUKI]: “There’s still next time to play an active part, isn’t there.”
[SAIZOU]: “… I wonder.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s true. Because…”
I wanted to cheer up the dispirited Saizou-kun so, after I finished treating him, I slightly stroked his cheek.
[YUZUKI]: “Even without doing anything flashy, the most important thing is coming back home safely–“
The next instant after I heard a heated voice, I was suddenly embraced from behind, and my heart skipped a beat.
[SAIZOU]: “You are always giving my heart peace of mind like that…”
The sweetness in the voice of the serious whisper by my ears made me dizzy.
[SAIZOU]: “I apologize…”
A small pain ran through my cheek and I made a noise of surprise.
[SAIZOU]: “It’s a matching scratch to mine…”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Saizou-kun…”
Along with his whispers he tasted my cheek again and again, as if in a kiss, and heart couldn’t stop racing.
[SAIZOU]: “I’ll take responsibility…”
[YUZUKI]: “Saizou-kun… um, it’s…”
I was repeatedly licked and my pounding heart started to hurt.
[SAIZOU]: “Sweet… a little more… allow me to be like this just a little more. And then…”
Feeling Saizou-kun’s breath on my face, I desperately tried to soothe my noisy heart.
[SAIZOU]: “… next time, I promise you I’ll flourish in a way that befits me.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mm, but don’t overdo it, okay.”
Saizou-kun, who was doing his best and seemed to have regained his usual attitude, was somewhat adorable.
[SAIZOU]: “Yes. I’ll always return home to you clean and beautiful without fail.”
[YUZUKI]: “Right, I’m sure… haha.”
As I looked at Saizou-kun’s smile in this close distance, I returned a similar smile to him.