Finished cleaning the corridor, I breathed out and wiped the sweat on my forehead.
[YUZUKI]: (Maybe I’ll take a small break here.)
I sat down on the veranda, thinking that, and a rustling wind streamed through.
The lush smell of plants drifted through the air when I quietly closed my eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, it feels nice…)
Just as I sighed I heard the sound of footsteps moving towards me—
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Motonari-san, I hope you aren’t working too hard.”
[MOTONARI]: “You as well, princess. Thank you for the work you’ve done; this corridor is clean to an extent where I hardly recognized it.”
[MOTONARI]: “Right now… are you having a small rest?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I still have work so I thought I’d rest while I have the chance in order to finish everything properly.”
[MOTONARI]: “You’re a hard worker, aren’t you. In that case, perhaps I too shall take a rest.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, are you going to your room? I can bring some tea—“
[MOTONARI]: “No, here will do.”
[MOTONARI]: “I was wanting to spend time together here, but do you not wish to?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, not at all…”
[MOTONARI]: “I’m glad. Excuse me then.”
I felt my heart skip a beat without warning at his soft expression and smile.
[MOTONARI]: “What remains for you to do?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm, I have to clean the courtyard and then organize the archives—“
[MOTONARI]: “… That is quite a lot. I should have Motoharu ease up on you a little more…”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m someone who was just sitting around in the castle, so this is fine.”
[YUZUKI]: “Besides, I’m the one who asked for work to be given to me…”
[MOTONARI]: “Nonetheless, overworking is not good either. In the first place, I—“
After Motonari-san said that he gently wrapped an arm around my shoulder and pulled me into him, approaching my ear with his lips.
[MOTONARI]: “I think just having you beside me, princess, is enough, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm… I’m happy to h-hear that, but…”
My heart beat loudly at that breathy voice.
Motonari-san gave me a relaxed smile before he turned his gaze to the courtyard.
[MOTONARI]: “Having you by my side and those important to me in Mouri living ordinary lives—“
[MOTONARI]: “I wish these peaceful and happy times can continue from here on as well.”
[MOTONARI]: “Takamoto, Motoharu, Takakage, and Terumoto… I am protecting these peaceful days for the sake of everyone in Mouri, but—“
[MOTONARI]: “Presently, those days are gradually beginning to crumble.”
[MOTONARI]: “In such times, I wonder if I can protect the future of those children?”
I felt a little sad at Motonari-san’s distressed expression, but—
[YUZUKI]: “Everything will be okay. Motonari-san, you’ve built everything up to this point because you chose the path of protecting your kind over unifying Shinga.”
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone in the Mouri army must understand your thoughts, Motonari-san. So—“
[YUZUKI]: “If it’s you, it can be done.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, sorry, I just ran my mouth off…!”
[MOTONARI]: “No… you’re strong. Not only are you cute, but also steady… You’re a lovely woman.”
Motonari-san caressed my cheek gently while a smile slipped out.
[MOTONARI]: “Thank you. Owing to you, I feel enthused.”
[MOTONARI]: “I am truly glad you came here and I am certain you are also everyone else’s support.”
[MOTONARI]: “… However, when I think about you supporting someone else and not me I feel a little jealous.”
Murmuring that, Motonari-san stood up and then suddenly lifted me up in a princess carry before starting to walk.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah!? Motonari-san!? This is embarrassing…!”
[MOTONARI]: “Do you wish to be put down?”
Motonari-san smiled elegantly when I said that.
[MOTONARI]: “Ahaha, too bad.”
After saying that cheerily he gently kissed my ear—
A prickling pain ran through me and then, right after, a sweet electrifying sensation spread.
Motonari-san’s enticing breaths were mixed with the sound of him drinking blood and I unconsciously trembled.
[MOTONARI]: “Now, allow me to show you to my room. I wish to monopolize that adorably blushing face.”
I was unable to resist Motonari-san’s seductive whisper and could only entrust myself to him.