Ever since I came to the Mouri army’s castle, I continued to spend my days doing miscellaneous work under Motoharu-san’s instructions.
But I would make one mistake every day and each time I got Motoharu-san angry I felt apologetic…
Thinking that I couldn’t get discouraged here, I worked even harder on the jobs entrusted to me.
And then, one day, I was called by Motoharu-san—
[MOTOHARU]: “I’m going to tell you the tasks you’re doing for today.”
[MOTOHARU]: “The contents are… to be my assistant for the entire day.”
[MOTOHARU]: “What are you surprised about? If you put to use everything I’ve told you up to now, then there shouldn’t be any problems.”
I thought being Motoharu-san’s aide would be the most responsible work I’ve done up to now, but— my answer was decided from the beginning.
[YUZUKI]: “Okay! I’ll do my best!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Mm, good response. Take a look through this then. It details the work you should do.”
Saying that, Motoharu-san handed me a checklist but—
[YUZUKI]: “T-this much…!”
[MOTOHARU]: “What, getting cold feet already?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, this is fine! I’ll begin immediately!”
[YUZUKI]: (Today I’m going to be careful of every single thing so that I won’t be warned by Motoharu-san…!)
On that day I did a wide range of jobs from chores to assisting him in training.
[MOTOHARU]: “Hey, about the purchases—“
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, I’ve already done those.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Oh… that was quick.”
[YUZUKI]: “Guests are going to be here, right? In that case, I thought we needed to prepare refreshments early.”
[MOTOHARU]: “That’s a good mindset. Be sure to do the rest of your tasks with that attitude.”
And then, while I worked busily, time passed in a flash and by the time I noticed it was night.
Finishing the last of my tasks, I went to the courtyard.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder where Motoharu-san is…?)
I was going to report that I finished today’s work and walked through the courtyard while looking around the area and carrying some water—
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Motoharu-san, you must be tired.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Hm? Oh, it’s you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Here, water. Please have some, if you’d like.”
Motoharu-san was a little surprised when I held the water out, but then he lowered his bamboo sword and smiled quietly without warning.
[MOTOHARU]: “You’ve become sensible.”
Motoharu-san said that and dropped his hand onto my head.
[MOTOHARU]: “You worked hard today.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Although you couldn’t do anything at the beginning, you’ve become able to do miscellaneous tasks firmly like this because of your persistent efforts.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh no… it’s thanks to you, Motoharu-san. You taught me patiently, so…”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t think I could have grown to this point if I was doing it alone.”
[MOTOHARU]: “No need to be modest, because I’ve said it to this point. Be more proud of yourself.”
And then, after Motoharu-san smiled kindly, he suddenly kneeled in front of me—
[MOTOHARU]: “You are always humble and never haughty. I love that side of you—“
Motoharu-san took my hand and pressed his fangs gently into the back of my head.
Blood slowly seeped out from the place I was nipped and Motoharu-san quietly licked and kissed that.
[MOTOHARU]: “Apparently, a kiss on the back of the hand means respect.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s… But why are you doing this—“
[MOTOHARU]: “I absolutely wouldn’t kneel to a person I didn’t love.”
[MOTOHARU]: “So, the answer as to why I would do such a thing is simple. —It’s because I appreciate you.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… Sorry for suddenly biting you. I intended to hold back, but did it hurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I’m fine…”
Hearing that, Motoharu-san tenderly licked at the blood that was still seeping from the back of my hand.
[MOTOHARU]: “I swear to this blood that I will protect you now and in the future.”
[MOTOHARU]: “So, continue to be a woman suited for standing by my side.”
Without hesitation I nodded slowly at those firm and kind words.