The Request From A Painter
And another commission from waterinegirl to be posted on Valentines! Thank you again for the commissions. Note: this card story is related to the event, “Overflowing Love and the Future Bride“.
[NOBUHARU]: “Was it really a good idea to accept this request…?”
My appearance was reflected in a large mirror beside me.
[NOBUHARU]: (Bridegroom clothes… To think I’d be wearing them in this way—)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuharu-san, what will we do?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hm… We accepted it, so we can’t refuse now.”
That day Yuzuki and I went shopping in the town together.
And then, on our way, we met a painter who requested for us to be his subjects in order to draw a painting.
[NOBUHARU]: “I didn’t think that painting would be a wedding scene.”
We held our heads in front of the clothes prepared by the painter.
[NOBUHARU]: (What to do…? Wedding clothes aren’t to be worn lightly, so I suppose we can only refuse.)
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobuharu-san.”
Yuzuki was silent for a while before she took the clothes and stood up.
[YUZUKI]: “Let’s do this! We accepted it, so we should see it through to the very end.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Heh, that’s just like you. Alright, we’ll try it then.”
When we accepted the painter’s proposal, we were guided to separate rooms in order to prepare.
[NOBUHARU]: “She should have finished changing by now too.”
Just as I thought this I heard footsteps from the hall.
[NOBUHARU]: (She’s coming…)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuharu-san, may I come in?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yeah, of course.”
[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me.”
The white kimono that Yuzuki wore further accentuated her silky pale skin and she was breathtakingly beautiful.
[NOBUHARU]: “… Pretty.”
Yuzuki smiled happily and then, with her cheeks reddening, looked down.
[NOBUHARU]: “Sorry… There must be better compliments, but I’m not used to these kind of things.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, those words just now were more than enough… It made me really happy.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Heh… I see.”
Like this, Yuzuki and I followed the painter’s instructions and acted out various scenes.
The painter seemed to be satisfied and moved their brush smoothly.
[NOBUHARU]: “Here, give me your hand. Apparently, the next scene is one where the groom and bride hold hands intimately.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay.”
I took Yuzuki’s hand and gently drew her into me.
[NOBUHARU]: (Her slender and pale fingers… She helps us out every day, working hard, with such a delicate body, huh.)
When I thought that I felt that Yuzuki was lovely.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Nobuharu-san, can I turn to face you?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Mm…? What? That’s sudden…”
[YUZUKI]: “The painter wants us to stare at each other…”
[NOBUHARU]: “A-ah… I see.”
Yuzuki tried to look at me directly as she was told but she quickly averted her gaze.
[NOBUHARU]: “What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Sorry, this is… e-embarrassing, so…”
The moment she did the painter called out immediately and said that a real married couple wouldn’t be embarrassed.
[YUZUKI]: “A real couple…”
Yuzuki’s cheeks turned even redder.
[NOBUHARU]: “You don’t have to force yourself…”
Yuzuki shook her head.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m fine. I’m not… forcing myself.”
Saying that, she looked straight back at me with glistening eyes.
[NOBUHARU]: (In time… a day will come when she’ll marry someone, huh.)
I suddenly wanted to have Yuzuki all to myself when I thought that.
[NOBUHARU]: (I don’t want to hand over this dear sight to anyone else.)
Completely forgetting that I was a subject of a painting, I stared at Yuzuki for a while—
[YUZUKI]: “I’m glad we finished everything without any problems.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yeah, although I wondered what to do when we were shown the wedding clothes.”
[YUZUKI]: “Me too… but it was a valuable experience.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Heh, I suppose so. I noticed something today too thanks to wearing groom clothes.”
[YUZUKI]: “What was it that you noticed?”
I stopped and looked at Yuzuki. Because the sun was beginning to set, a cool wind brushed against my cheeks.
[NOBUHARU]: “I normally only think about war and I’ve never thought about marriage, but…”
[NOBUHARU]: “If it’s with you… I think I’d like to have one.”
Yuzuki smiled happily and quietly came close to me before whispering in a small voice.
[YUZUKI]: “Me too… if it’s with you, Nobuharu-san.”
I gently held Yuzuzki, as if wrapping around her shoulders.
If that day were to come… I promise I’ll protect you for my entire life— that’s what I vowed in my heart.