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Chapter 1003. Noon Sunshine / The pride of the Nobility

「 Then, shall we make preparations? 」

「 Misuzu-oneesama, I think that the second room guest rooms will do 」

Misuzu and Ruriko immediately react.

「 What do you think, Grandfather? 」

「 I’ll let Misuzu and Ruriko decide. Pick what’s good for her 」

Jii-chan looked at Arisu-san and said.

「 Then, let’s do it, Ruriko 」

「 Yes, I’ll prepare my camera 」

Ruriko loves filming sex and so she enthusiastic about taking photos of the “before deflowering,” “Deflowering,” and “post-creampie”.

「 Karen, you’ll help out too 」

Misuzu tells Karen as she hugs her.

「 Yes, Misuzu-sama 」

「 Oh right. Karen also needs to change clothes. Danna-sama, what color would you like for Karen’s collar? 」

Err.

「 Karen has a gorgeous face and so I think that orange suits her. But, I think that giving her a red collar like mine is also good. She’s my precious pet after all

Misuzu speaks happily.

「 Let’s bring both and have Danna-sama choose. Okay, Karen? 」

「 Yes 」

「 Today, I’ll be putting on my red collar, Danna-sama, if you’ll excuse us. Michi, stay here

Misuzu told Michi.

「 Certainly, Misuzu-oneesama 」

I don’t think it’s the case but it’s still likely that the Kurama sisters would resist and say that they don’t want it.

This room is filled with girls who go to Misuzu’s school.

Michi’s staying here to be Jii-chan’s bodyguard.

「 Then, once we’re ready we’ll call you over 」

Misuzu, Ruriko, and Karen-san leave the room.

「 Kouzuki-sama, it may be late to ask but… 」

Kurama Misato-san who has decided to have her first sex;

「 I think it’s too early for Arisu. Could you please spare her? 」

「 It’s her decision. She did declare it before everyone, it would be troublesome to stop her 」

Jii-chan speaks flatly.

「 Yeah, since she already said that she’ll have sex, then she has to 」

「 That’s right. We heard her say it too 」

Eri and Rie shout from my arms.

「 However, Kouzuki-sama, I ask for the same thing. Arisu-sama only said it out of the moment, it doesn’t seem to be her true intentions. 」

Torii-san asks Jii-chan for Arisu-san’s sake.

「 Kurama Arisu-kun, what is it that you think now? 」

Jii-chan ignores Misato-san and Torii-san’s protests and asks Arisu-san.

「 If you think that you’re the daughter of Kurama house, then you can’t take back what you said. However, if you’re not… 」

「 I’m a daughter of the Kurama house. Kurama Arisu. I’ll repeat what I said. I’ll do it. I’ll have s-sex. That’s all I had to do, right? 」

Arisu-san’s body trembles as she says that.

「 What is it, are you scared? 」

Eri asks.

「 You don’t have to be afraid of sex at all, after all, your partner is Onii-san 」

Rie hugs me and kisses me on the cheek.

「 That’s right. Onii-san is my first time too, but it wasn’t scary at all. It’s nothing but fun 」

Eri lied.

I recalled the events last night.

「 Yoshiko, prepare tea for everyone. Their preparations on the room above will take some time 」

Jii-chan said.

「 Misuzu and Ruriko should be preparing some suitable pillows for the daughter of Kurama house 」

A suitable room and bed for a young lady of nobility to lose her virginity.

「 You know, mine was just in a weird room with a flat tatami mat and bedding. 」

Eri speaks in dissatisfaction.

「 But, that was fun on its own. I think 」

Rie says with a smile.

「 Ahn! I didn’t say that I hate it. It was also fun for me, thinking about it again 」

「 There are no bad memories 」

「 Yes. Onii-san’s gentle with us 」

The twins recall their deflowering last night.

「 I’ll prepare the tea 」

Michi tells Yoshiko-san.

「 What, Michi-san? 」

「 Yoshiko-sama, don’t you have something you want to discuss with Kakka? 」

Michi stares at Yoshiko-san.

「 Then, I’ll entrust it to you 」

「 Okay 」

Michi isn’t just a combat specialized girl, she also can do girly things.

Things that Edie can’t do. She couldn’t do any housework.

Although, she’s a super-genius, so if she shows that she’s also genius in housework, the other girls can’t do anything anymore.

「 Well, since Misuzu and Ruriko have gone off, Torii Mariko-kun 」

Jii-chan looked at Torii-san.

「 What do you think now after seeing everything? 」

Right, Torii-san’s purpose is…

She received an order from Kaan Momoko-neechan and stayed in the Kouzuki mansion to see the fate of the Kurama sisters.

「 I want to hear your honest opinion 」

Torii-san.

「 To be honest, I’m confused right now 」

She says as she breathes a sigh.

「 What is it that surprised you the most 」

Torii-san looked at me as Jii-chan asked her.

「 Let’s see. What surprised me the most is that Kuromori-sama shows no hesitation in using illegal methods on dealing with Kenmochi Yuugo-san 」

I…

「 Furthermore, he shows no remorse 」

Yeah, I don’t.

I don’t feel anything about the fact that I just socially murdered Kenmochi Yuugo.

I think it’s about time for him to be in Shibuya, doing his cavalry battle. Naming himself the “Naked King Cure Frontale”

「 He has the power to do that. The power of the Kouzuki house can hold most people with its power. Furthermore, he also has women who can use mysterious powers with him. Isn’t it natural that you’ll use all the powers you have? 」

Jii-chan laughs.

「 While at it, Nagisa-kun displayed her negotiation skills in that place, and Michi-kun’s combat prowess is also his strength 」

「 Right. There were four adult men in front of me and yet I wasn’t trembling at all, it’s all because I know that Nagisa’s familiar with negotiations and if anything happens, Michi will keep us all safe 」

I said.

「 Torii Mariko-kun, you must be afraid of going to that room. After all, you were facing men with experience in society. There was a lawyer. A former police officer. Then the journalist man who you don’t know what he could do 」

Thinking about it, that’s true.

Nagisa’s 21. Torii-san and I are 16. Michi’s 15, and Luna’s 12. We did well facing those men.

「 It’s all thanks to everyone. I’m nothing but a dumb high schoolboy. We managed to handle them because everyone’s there 」

That’s what I sincerely think.

It was reassuring, and I didn’t let the pressure get to me because I had everyone who is highly capable there for me.

「 Of course, that includes Torii-san. Torii-san was acquainted with Kenmochi and so we spoiled his start 」

「 Is that so? 」

Torii-san looked at me with a puzzled face.

「 That’s right. If we went there with just people from the Kouzuki house, that guy will complain to us one-sidedly without stop. They will use mental pressure to turn the negotiations to their favor. But since Torii-san is there, those guys couldn’t show any dangerous attitude towards someone from the Torii house and so they curbed themselves 」

They can’t allow Torii-san, an eye-witness to spread rumors that Kenmochi was rude to the Kouzuki house.

Kenmochi is also related to other businesses, and so they cannot do anything absurd in front of the young lady of Torii electronics.

「 Although, Kenmochi couldn’t pull the brakes that he heated up,, first impressions are an important part of negotiations. It was easier to talk to the lawyer, to the former police officer, and the internet journalist, right? It’s all because of the initial actions 」

「 What does that mean? 」

「 Their plan is to have Kenmochi speak so self-assured about the Kouzuki house, then the lawyer soothes him, then, the former police officer and the journalist will be gathering information from the sides, their plan is for team play. But, you’ve seen the lawyer and former police officer frightened outside expectations. Therefore, the situation boils down to us taking down just Kenmochi 」

I said.

「 To tell the truth, that lawyer, former police officer, and journalist know Kenmochi’s objective in coming here. They came here knowing that. Even if they don’t know the details, they are aware that Kenmochi came here to threaten Kouzuki house and they’re going to help out. That’s why it’s better to punish them as well. No, they had to 」

If we just let them go, pitying them, then they will shoot behind our backs.

「 You can’t trust people who do that without hesitation. They’re people you can never talk to and reach an understanding. They’re people who live from different rules, a different way of life. That’s why we had to finish them off, not letting them go 」

Kenmochi’s the only one ordered to get naked in Shibuya but…

If they shoulder the naked Kenmochi and march around the traffic, the three of them can’t escape from the social punishments.

The lawyer will lose his clients, the former police officer can’t work anymore. Then the internet journalist, once his news reaches the internet, it’ll cause damage to him.

「 That’s okay. They’re adults, and they chose to come here. I can’t waver nor repent for them 」

「 Why? 」

「 If we fail, then I can’t keep my family safe 」

I must be resolute.

「 So that’s why Kuromori-sama isn’t hesitating about having sex with Kurama Arisu-sama later? 」

Huh?

「 Do you think that a woman’s first experience is something you can just take out that easy? 」

Err.

「 Isn’t it unfair telling him that? 」

Jii-chan steps in between.

「 It was Kurama Arisu-kun who decided to have sex with him. He’s not the one who brought up the topic either 」

「 However, it’s Kuromori-sama who will do the act! Shouldn’t he have refused to say “I can’t do that,”? 」

Oh, that’s possible too.

「 Oh? Such a cute girl asks to have sex and yet, he’s going to refuse her, isn’t that just impolite? 」

「 B-But… 」

「 He’s a man that is more than healthy, why would he refuse a chance to have sex with a beauty? 」

Jii-chan laughs.

「 B-But, I thought that K-Kuromori-sama would refuse 」

Torii-san?

「 Huh, why?! 」

I asked unconsciously.

「 I don’t care anymore! I just thought too highly of Kuromori-sama 」

Torii-san speaks standoffishly.

「 That’s not it. Onee-san, you’re looking down on him 」

Eri.

「 I think so too. Onii-san’s cool points are accepting things without any complaints 」

Even Rie…

「 We watched the weird old men’s negotiation too 」

「 Onii-san stood strong ad let the others deal with them, it’s cool 」

「 That’s right. Onii-san never talks more than necessary 」

「 And when he talks, he already decided on everything 」

「 It was super cool 」

「 I got wet 」

「 Me too, I’m dripping 」

「 Onee-san, your thoughts of “it has to be like this” is too strong 」

「 You can’t just stop accepting everything outside your expectations 」

「 That’s why you’re so confused 」

「 Even though there’s no need for it 」

The twins looked at Kurama Arisu-san.

「 In the end, she can’t move forward unless she does have sex with Onii-san 」

「 They understand that. Everyone can slip away from various problems after having sex with Onii-san 」

「 That’s also true for us 」

「 Despite that, Onee-san is only standing inside that narrow thought that “this is bad, this isn’t allowed” 」

「 That’s what’s bad, that’s what’s not allowed 」

The twins pour their words and Torii-san’s dumbfounded.

「 Torii Mariko-kun, currently, you have the same thoughts of an ordinary girl 」

Jii-chan?

「 M-Me? Ordinary?! No, I would say that everyone is the weird one here! 」

Being called ordinary is frustrating to Torii-san who wants to sell her individuality

「 No, you’re ordinary, your thoughts, ethics, common sense, you’re no different from the ordinary people. That means you’re different from us 」

Jii-chan said.

「 We have no intention of strictly following the country’s law or the morals the people believe in 」

Torii-san’s eyes are opened wide.

「 The country is nothing but a container, and the law is nothing but a tool. Ethics is just a fashion that changes every era 」

Jii-chan asserts.

「 I don’t want to be influenced by that. Naturally, I love this country, and I move to protect culture and tradition. Know that Japan is precious to me. However 」

Jii-chan looks outside the window.

「 Japan isn’t a country where they can do anything, and you can’t just entrust everything to them either. If you entrust everything to the country, they will take their time dealing with everything that your opportunity is lost, and a lot of people have one-sided reliance. Thus, we had to make everything privately. The country itself is not omnipotent 」

That’s…

「 The country itself is flawed, it’s natural. The country is late at dealing with any changes in the situation. Furthermore, the country has a limited budget. Nevertheless, becoming gloated with the jobs of the country is foolish. If that’s the case, nothing will change. If the country can’t attend to everything, then we have to do things ourselves. We make things real. We’re the ones who make money when the country can’t make enough support. We’re the ones meeting with VIPs of other countries that politicians and bureaucrats can’t meet. Do you understand? That’s why the nobility is a necessity 」

Nobility.

「 In America, all the government officials in each state changes when the new president takes over. Government officials use their experience and connections in making a private business. People with experience in the private sector are hired by government officials in their place. It’s the flow of personnel. That’s how a lot of experts in different fields are created. The government and the private sector have a thick pipe connecting them. Naturally, there’s the downside of the collusion that’s going to occur because of that but this is a tough one 」

Jii-chan said.

「 In Japan, if you become a state bureaucrat, you’ll work in the same ministry for the rest of your life, and most of them who lost the race to become vice ministers are transferred to an outside agency. They have no experience in the private sector. They can’t hold their own in that case

That’s…

「 In fact, Japanese bureaucracy loathe having strong ties to any particular company. Therefore, they move departments every few years. Certainly, it’s important to be clean and honest but I don’t think it’s good for the country, if something goes wrong, the bureaucrat can’t say “I can trust this company to do the job,” “This company will do it even if it’s too much for them,” as they have no connections, and that’s not good for the country 」

Yeah.

「 In Japan, it’s the politicians who have replaced the bureaucrats. Politicians have no initiative to make connections with businesses. Of course, I admit that many problems have arisen from behind the scenes. However, it’s also true that the personal connections between politicians and business have smoothed out the running of the state 」

Jii-chan tells Torii-san.

「 Once there was a ministry called the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, which believed that post-war Japan does not need the heavy industry to make cars and other products. They think that it would be enough to partner with a foreign automaker, import only the parts of the foreign cars and assemble them in Japan for a knockoff production. Did you know about that? 」

「 No 」

「 In fact, many rising post-war automakers were forced to merge with state-sponsored businesses at the behest of the state. To break the trend, manufacturers who were willing to remain independent desperately sought to export abroad. In those days, Japan was short of foreign currency, and there was a set amount of foreign currency that you could take out of the country when going abroad. By becoming a company that can export and earn foreign currency, they have deflected the intentions of the state bureaucrats! 」

I see.

「 It’s a big mistake to say that all Japanese companies have been protected by a national convoy system! In many cases, the bureaucrat’s plan for the country is different from reality. We shoot out to the world by ourselves, or by surpassing the harassments of the country. The development of the country has been greatly contributed by the private sector. It hasn’t changed since then. The young politicians and state bureaucrats these days are trying to reduce our power by keeping all the leadership of the country to themselves but it’s impossible. The private sector is the only group that can fill what the country lacks 」

Jii-chan said.

「 I’m one of those businessmen and also a member of the nobility. Some entrepreneurs, let’s face it, are traitors. People who only think of their own profits, and don’t care about the country, do exist. However, we’re not like them. The history of the noble families overlaps with the history of this country. We’ll never abandon Japan. We have been here since our ancestors, and we must pass along everything we accepted from our ancestors to the future. We’re such existence and that is why the leaders of the political and business world trust us 」

There are various opinions but they trust that the nobility will always be allied with Japan.

「 Our existence belongs to the national interest. A visit from the head of the century-old family is welcome in most countries. You can meet people from the high society and have a more in-depth conversation with them compared to a mere state bureaucrat visit 」

I see. If you’re the so-called aristocrat, you can only pay a courtesy call without any substance, but…

But the people who come from the nobility are coming from families with tradition, they’re all managers of big corporations.

Naturally, their conversation has more substance.

「 Therefore, we’re somewhat allowed to violate the law. The leaders of political and business circles all know that they’ll be in trouble if we’re gone. On the other hand, we never do anything too absurd. We stop by reaching a compromise 」

The corporations take over anything that is out of the state’s control.

The nobility is people on the top of the companies.

And they’re deemed as people who inherit the culture of Japan.

It’s useful when doing negotiations with foreign countries.

Therefore, the country turns a blind eye on the violation of the law.

「 I see. So that’s why it’s a big problem that the Kurama Kaku is demolished 」

I muttered.

「 That’s correct. A member of the nobility who should be keeping the traditional culture destroyed their own home which is filled with historic culture. It affects their faith in the nobility

That is why Jii-chan dismantled and will rebuild the Kurama Kaku somewhere else, even though it’s illegal.

If they lose Kurama Kaku, then there’s no recovering from that.

「 What’s important is to maintain our value to society. Hence, we are prepared to break the laws. I’ll say it again. Laws and rules are mere tools. I can’t allow it to drag me down and throw away the valuables in our lives 」

Rules.

「 Listen Torii-kun. Your generation thinks “anything goes as long as we’re within the rules.” However, you’re relying on the framework of this country. If you go abroad, you’ll see worlds that ignore those rules. There are also times when you have to dare to break the rules. Don’t become someone who lives only within the confines of the rules 」

Jii-chan said.

「 Who decides the rules? Who’s forcing those rules on others? Do they protect those who strictly follow the rules? Would the rules change someday? 」

You can’t rely on someone else’s rules.

「 One has to be stronger, stubborn. Just like him. He never trusts people outside his family at the start. He can’t keep his family safe if he’s not that consistent 」

Sensing suspicion from people.

People who try to deceive us do stink a lot.

We can never be open to people like them.

The only choice is to fight them.

However, I must take away the lives of those I fought with.

If they come around, they will cause harm to our family out of grudge.

「 Do you mean that I cannot become a member of the nobility? 」

Torii-san asks.

「 After hearing Kouzuki-sama’s story, I can’t help but think about it 」

She looks down.

「 You’re right. I’m just a son of an upstart. I couldn’t understand the responsibility of those who are born from the nobility 」

Jii-chan.

「 I don’t talk to people who can’t understand. It’s nothing but a waste of time 」

Huh?

「 Torii Mariko-kun. Currently, you carry no pride that the nobility carries. However, I think that you may have the potential to become a member 」

「 Kouzuki-sama?! 」

「 You just need to break free from the rules you bind yourself in 」

Then.

「 Yoshiko 」

「 Yes, Grandfather? 」

「 You do understand now, don’t you? 」

Yoshiko-san?

「 I do not have the same pride as a member of nobility like Misuzu-sama and Ruriko-sama, don’t I? 」

「 That’s right. I know that you worked hard to become a daughter of Kouzuki house for the past half-year but… 」

「 I still lack the resolve 」

「 That’s right, so, what will you do? 」

Jii-chan looked at Yoshiko-san.

Yoshiko-san.

「 I’ll return to being Ruriko-sama’s attendant 」

「 I see 」

「 And, I will serve Ruriko-sama for the rest of my life 」

Yoshiko-san will retire from her status as the daughter of Kouzuki house?

「 And, I too will become Kuromori-sama’s slave 」

Huh?!
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