Having heard that Takakage-san was seriously injured in a battle, I hurried over to his room with anxiety.
[YUZUKI]: “Takakage-san, are you okay!?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Ngh! Oh, it’s you. Don’t startle me.”
Takakage-san said that in what seemed like pain. Bandages were tightly wrapped around his left arm.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s stained with blood… It looks like the wound is pretty serious…)
[TAKAKAGE]: “I’m alright and this doesn’t need your concern. So, what did you come for?”
[YUZUKI]: “I couldn’t stay still when I heard you were seriously injured, so I came to see you—“
[TAKAKAGE]: “In that case, can you leave now?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… why…?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Because I don’t want to see your face right now.”
[YUZUKI]: “What… Please don’t say such a cruel thing.”
[YUZUKI]: “I was waiting for your return with Takamoto-san until now, Takakage-san.”
It was as if those words were a trigger somehow and suddenly Takakage-san furrowed his brows in anger.
[TAKAKAGE]: “Oh?… So you were with Takamoto-niisan while I was suffering.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Even though I was injured because of you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what do you mea—“
Before I finished speaking, my arm was pulled by Takakage-san and I was pressed face down onto the futon like that.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah!? Takakage-san, what are you…”
[TAKAKAGE]: “You can’t tell? As you can see, I’ve just pushed you down.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “More importantly… you’re definitely going to take responsibility for this injury, right?”
Takakage-san said that, grabbed the collar of my clothes, and forcibly opened it.
[YUZUKI]: “No, Takakage-san, stop—“
[TAKAKAGE]: “I won’t stop. No matter how much you don’t want this…”
And then Takakage-san sunk his fangs deeply and firmly into my bared shoulder.
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Ngh.”
In that instant, with my blood being roughly sucked, a sweet numbness spread through my body, but the strength of Takakage-san’s bite won—
[YUZUKI]: “T-Takage-san…! Hurts, it hurts…!”
[TAKAKAGE]: “It hurts? This isn’t anything in comparison to the injury I suffered.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Aah, jeez, shut up. If you don’t be silent, I’ll drink all of your blood, you know?”
My body jerked and shuddered, feeling fear at those words, and then I felt as if Takakage-san gave a small smile.
[TAKAKAGE]: “… That was a joke. This wound will close without drinking all of your blood.”
Saying that, Takakage-san removed his mouth from my shoulder and undid the red-stained bandages by himself.
When I saw the bare skin that was exposed, his injury had certainly disappeared without a trace.
However, there was something I was more concerned about over his injury being healed.
[YUZUKI]: (Why was Takakage-san that rough…? Did I do something wrong…?)
Maybe it was from the pain of being bitten or because I didn’t know the reason why I was being blamed, but my eyes grew hot—
[TAKAKAGE]: “What? Are you crying? Don’t cry from something like this.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “I’m the one who doesn’t know what to do…”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… On the battlefield I was told by an enemy soldier that they kidnapped you.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Mm. I was told that you’d be hurt if I made any wrong moves and because of that my judgment faltered. That’s why I ended up getting injured like this.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “This is your fault without a doubt. Because normally I’d never be in a disadvantage on the battlefield—“
[YUZUKI]: (Then, in other words, me being here messes with Takakage-san’s judgment, huh…)
I felt apologetic and my heart hurt so, while pressing on the place I was bitten with a hand, I firmly lowered my head.
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m sorry.”
In that moment, Takakage-san seemed to startle and return to himself and stared at me.
[TAKAKAGE]: “What am I doing… It wasn’t my intention to hurt you.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Nothing. Well, I just thought I might have gone a little overboard.”
After muttering that miserably, Takakage-san rolled over to lie down right beside me.
His expression wasn’t the madness from earlier but looked calm somewhere—
[TAKAKAGE]: “Hey, can I ask for one selfish thing?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Stay with me today…”
I nodded at Takakage-san, who looked somewhat lonely, and slowly stroked his hair.
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay. Until morning comes, I’ll stay beside you, Takakage-san—“
Takakage-san murmured his thanks when I said that and then gently embraced my body closer.