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Chapter 492. WOMAN

Chapter 492. WOMAN

Err, Agnes is…
She’s eating with Mao-chan and Nagisa.

「 Agnes 」
「 Yes, desuno? 」

Agnes turns to me.
She’s smiling

「 Does your stomach still hurt? 」
「 Yes 」

Agnes touches her lower abdomen.

「 You’ll be taken to a clinic soon 」
「 What about Papa? 」

Agnes looks up at me.

「 Is Papa coming too? 」

I

「 Sorry, I can’t go with you Agnes 」
「 I see, desuno 」
「 Yeah, Mana’s coming with you however 」

I look at Mana

「 It’s okay. Mana-oneechan’s coming with you. Also, Ikeda-sensei is a kind person 」

Mana smiles.

「 Agnes also knows Ikeda-sensei 」

Nagisa said.

「 Before, Ikeda-sensei comes to check up the mansion every week 」

Nagisa pats Agnes’ head.

「 In the brothel, it’s called medical examination 」

They’re checking if the prostitutes are healthy and not ill.

「 Agnes also have met her before 」
「 Oh, the doctor, that one! 」

Agnes seems to have remembered.
Since they’re acquainted, then there’s no problem.

「 Mao and I will accompany her to Ikeda-sensei. Don’t worry 」

Nagisa tells me.

「 That’s right, let’s go eat parfait on our way home 」
「 Parfait? 」

Agnes looks at Nagisa.

「 Yes, it’s a delicious food 」

Mana smiles.

「 Eh, Parfait? Let’s go eat Parfait! 」

Mao-chan takes the bait.

「 That’s right. We’ll do that on our way home after Agnes-oneechan finishes her checkup, okay? 」

The mother said. Mao-chan;

「 Eeh, A doctor? Uuuuuu 」

It seems that she dislikes doctors.

「 Mao doesn’t need to have a checkup. Only Agnes-oneechan needs it 」
「 That’s right. Mao-chan can wait with Mana in the car! 」

Nagisa and Mana convince Mao-chan.
Then, Agnes’s car will be:
Margo-san’s the driver and guard.
Edie will be a support guard.
Agnes herself.
Mana, Nagisa, Mao-chan. That’s settled.
Margo-san’s over there, so it’s okay for them to eat parfait at the family restaurant.

「 Papa, parfait’s delicious you know? 」

Oh, Mao-chan.

「 I have to go to another place 」
「 Eeeeh! 」
「 Have fun with Mana and Agnes. I’m sure it will be 」

I tell Mao-chan.

「 That’s right, we’re here too! 」

Mana in her Onee-san mode hugs Mao-chan warmly

「 Mana, take care of them 」
「 Okay, Onii-chan! 」

Seriously.
Everyone who has younger girls than themselves is working hard.
But, for the little sisters.
It’s not going well.
Nei had such a proud attitude, trying to become the greater elder sister, that’s why Minaho-neesan got angry at her.
Misuzu too, even when she’s interacting with the younger girls, she doesn’t interact with Nei or Margo-san.
She’s still awkward with Megu who’s a year closer to her.
Megu too, she’s not getting close to Michi and the two of Kouzuki house.
Megu, Katsuko-nee, and Nagisa grew up in the mansion, so they’re intimate, however…
I feel like I have to change this atmosphere in various ways.
The strengths and weakness are coming out inside the family.
There’s also the restraint and fight over leadership complicating things.
Is it okay to disperse the family at times like this?

「 Yo-chan, as for our group 」

Nei comes.

「 Shou-oneesan said that she’ll be on the second car 」

Second car?

「 Look, if Misuzu and Ruriko move, those watching from the outside will chase us, right? Or should I say that our group should attract as many people as possible to hide Kyouko-san’s movements, right? 」

Oh, Kyouko-san will take Shirasaka Sousuke and leave the mansion.
Later, it’s unknown where he would be thrown away.
Nobody must notice that Shirasaka Sousuke’s taken out of this mansion.

「 Therefore, we’ll be as flashy as possible. Rei-chan will drive the lead car, and Misuzu’s car will follow. Of course, the driver of that car will be Shou-oneesan 」

Yeah.

「 I’ll be riding Rei-chan’s car. Shou-oneesan’s car will have Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi. Yo-chan, where will you ride? 」

I

「 Danna-sama will of course ride ours 」

Misuzu speaks from the side.

「 But you see, there’s only two on one car and yours will have four. Won’t it be tight if Yo-chan rides on yours? 」
「 It won’t be! 」

Misuzu replies immediately

「 I see. But you know 」

Nei continues.

「 Our primary objective for today is to support Kyouko-san and become a smokescreen, don’t let the people outside think of anything unnecessary, so we need them to chase after us without a second thought, right? 」
「 Err, what does that mean Nee-san? 」

I don’t get it.

「 That’s why, why don’t we have Yo-chan be on the same car as me, so they don’t make any strange misunderstandings? 」

Huh, why?

「 Since we’re the lead car, they’d think that Yo-chan and I are involved with Kouzuki security service, right? Then, if Misuzu, Ruriko, and Michi, a bodyguard is on the back, they’d think of it as a usual convoy, right? 」

Kouzuki house’s daughters are traveling, and Shou-oneesan’s subordinates are coming along.

「 That way, the people outside won’t have to think of anything else and just chase us 」

They won’t have doubts.

「 Uhm, Nei-oneesama 」

Misuzu speaks up.

「 It’s a rare opportunity so I would like the people from Kouzuki security service that Danna-sama is my husband 」

Huh?

「 Grandfather recognizes my relationship with Danna-sama already. Therefore, there’s no need to disguise Danna-sama as a person from Kouzuki security service this late 」

She says clearly.

「 Danna-sama will ride the same car as us. And, he’ll escort us properly. I’d like to have those who monitor us to see that 」

Misuzu looks at me.

「 If not, we won’t be able to live together 」

I see.
They won’t be monitoring for today only.
From now on, as long as I live with Misuzu, I’ll be exposed to the people’s eyes.

「 Please stay by my side at any time, in front of anyone 」

I have to resolve myself on that.

「 Ah, there’s that idea too 」

Nei replies with a bit malicious tone.

「 But, aren’t you overthinking it? Everyone isn’t that aware of Yo-chan yet! I think that he should be okay on the lead car with me! 」

Hey hey!

「 That is why we’re making them aware on this opportunity!!! 」

Misuzu speaks strongly.

「 In the first place, to think that Danna-sama’s not in our car? It looks like we’re fighting!! 」
「 Come now, I don’t care about that 」

Sparks fly between Misuzu and Nei.

「 Err 」

I

「 For now, I’ll ride on Misuzu’s car 」
「 Yo-chan!! 」

Nei’s taken aback.
Misuzu smiles triumphantly

「 Or should I say that what Nee-san is saying is going to be the opposite 」
「 Opposite? 」
「 If I’m riding with Misuzu’s car, it’ll stir up those monitoring us 」

I think.

「 No, some people may know about Misuzu and me at the theater. Everyone would be curious where the lady of Kouzuki house goes accompanied by a man 」

Misuzu never had a romance gossip until now.

「 There’s a lot of people who want to know the relation of the man going out with Misuzu to the future of Kouzuki house, right? 」

Misuzu and Ruriko are both candidates for the succession of Japan’s leading noble house, Kouzuki family.
They’d like to know more about my true identity.
Above all, they should be interested in where we’re going.
Shou-oneesan even brings Ruriko, the other candidate.
Members of Kouzuki security service too.
No, if it’s just employees, it doesn’t matter.
I think they’d like to know about this information.

「 They’d chase after us in curiosity that they’d ignore Kyouko-san’s car 」

Yeah.

「 That’s a good plan. Let’s go with that 」

Shou-oneesan comes close to us.

「 Reika and I will send fake information 」

With this, our role as a decoy is complete.

「 Then, where are we going? 」

Ah.

「 Huh, weren’t we going to a city hotel? 」

Nei asks.

「 Since we’re going to release Yo-chan from his daily life, we need a beautiful night view and a suite room 」

Hmm.

「 You mean we’re staying on the same hotel as Kyouko-san and Miss Cordelia? 」
「 Nono, Yo-chan, there’s more than one hotel in Tokyo. We can just pick a different hotel from Kyouko-san 」

Nei said.

「 Nei-oneesama, an unusual night view of a hotel? Isn’t that a bit lacking in imagination? 」

Misuzu speaks sharply in revenge.

「 I-Is that so? 」
「 Rather than that, I think that it won’t be a good memory if it’s in a hotel 」

Right.
We just saw literal hell just a few days ago, right.

「 Oh, in that case, there’s a Kuormori annex in the basement of a hotel in front of the station here 」

Oh, there’s that too.
The secret playroom.

「 We can’t take Misuzu-sama and everyone else to an annex of a brothel. We’re accompanied by observers 」

Shou-oneesan strongly protests.
It’s too suspicious if I take Misuzu and Ruriko and disappear to a secret room in the basement.
The observers will feel uncomfortable with it.
It’s not okay to have them resent us for that reason.
It’ll affect their loyalty to Misuzu.

「 If you say that, then staying here is a problem! 」

Nei said.
Right, this is the brothel of Kuromori.
Furthermore, it’s widely known.
The fact that Misuzu and Ruriko stay here might be scandalous.

「 That’s okay 」
「 Why? 」

Nei still argues with Shou-oneesan.

「 Kakka went here last night, didn’t he? 」

That’s right, Jii-chan came yesterday.

「 Kouzuki security service assumes that the mansion is supposed to be one of Kakka’s facilities 」

Huh?

「 Actually, Kakka has invested in Kuromori-sama’s business. Therefore, we’re not lying entirely 」

Oh, during the era where Shirasaka Sousuke was in full control.
Jii-chan intervened, put Minaho-neesan in management, and sent Kyouko-san as an auditor.
Jii-chan took out a lot of money for that.
Speaking of which, Kuromori back then was a mess because of Shirasaka Sousuke’s irresponsible management.

「 Everyone knows that Kouzuki house is in a mess due to Shigeaki-sama’s sudden death. Using the scenario where Kakka has sent his granddaughters to his own facility, a place he can rely on, everyone’s convinced 」

Misuzu and Ruriko are not in danger as long as they’re under Jii-chan’s protection.
Those who know the horror of Kouzuki house is the people inside it.

「 I’m also here. Chief Yazawa has given his consent, so everyone thinks that there’s no problem 」

Who would’ve thought that Ruriko would lose her virginity here?
Nobody thinks that a man like me would take a bath with them.
They think that the two are protected courteously.

「 Therefore, we can’t use another facility in a brothel. It would look like we’re sneaking under Kakka’s nose and about to do something obscene, don’t we? 」

Right.
If we’re going to a facility for sex, then this place would be enough.
If we go out here and go to an annex of Kuromori, then it’s inevitable to be thought that we’re going to do something obscene.
No, well.
We’re really going to have sex, and furthermore, we’re doing a spree.

「 Then, where to? 」

Nei shows a sullen face.

「 Master! 」

Michi calls me from behind.

「 Can I have your time? 」

Michi speaks to the ladies who have a sullen atmosphere.

「 Uhm, I want to apologize to Edie 」

Oh, Edie was talking to Margo-san until earlier.
Now.
She’s eating food heartily.
Ah, Ruriko too.
The two of them are talking in English.

「 Yeah, I see. You better apologize while we have time 」

Michi and Edie will be riding different cars later.
If she wants to apologize then now’s the time.

「 Will you come with me? 」

Michi speaks bashfully.

「 Hey hey, you can apologize even without Yo-chan, can’t you? 」

Nei speaks in angry mode.

「 No, I’d like Master to watch 」

I

「 Sure, let’s go 」

I turn to Nei and others.

「 There’s that, so you can decide on yourselves where we’ll be going 」
「 Eh, Yo-chan 」

Nei said.

「 Let’s go Michi 」

I hold Michi’s hand and left the place.

「 It’s going well 」

Michi said.

「 Everyone’s throwing out their feelings without holding back 」

I turn back.
Nei and Misuzu exchange opinions sullenly.
Shou-oneesan’s looking at them with a smile.

「 Misuzu-oneesama usually decides anything by herself, so she’s not good with arguments like that 」
「 Nei-neesan too, she’s always been the youngest child so she can’t help but want to be the Onee-chan 」

She’s good at suggesting “Let’s do that,” “Let’s do this,” by herself, however…
She’s not good at listening to other people’s opinions and matching it with hers.

「 Kuromori-sama has let the two of them work together on purpose 」

Michi said.

「 The two of them have the charisma and leadership, so Megumi-oneesama, Mana-imouto, and I just obey what’s proposed. 」

Even in the bathroom earlier, Nei decided on the car members by herself.

「 Up until now Misuzu-oneesama has held back, but Earlier Kruomori-sama has called names and criticized her 」

I see.
Minaho-neesan scolds Nei to be not so self-important because she’s on the same grade as Misuzu, but…
That was actually to blast away Misuzu’s restraint to Nei?

「 Right now, it’s divided into the principal people of Kuromori and those connected to Kouzuki house 」

Michi.

「 If they hold back on each other just like before, it’ll be troublesome in the future. Therefore Kuromori-sama has made a decision 」

The former prostitutes of Kuromori: Minaho-neesan, Katsuko-nee, and Nagisa.
The guards of the brothel: Kyouko-san and Margo-san.
Those connected to the brothel: Nei, Megu, Mana(as Megu’s sister), Agnes and Mao-chan.
Also.
Kouzuki house ladies: Misuzu and Ruriko.
Kouzuki house’s guards: Shou-oneesan, Rei-chan, and Michi.
Yeah.
When Misuzu was the only person from Kouzuki house, she’s been holding back all the time.
Now, the power on both sides is expanding.
But still, the older sisters keep their position as adults.
As for the young group.
Nei and Misuzu are showing hints of a fight about to happen.
In anticipation of that…
Minaho-neesan guided this layout.

「 Of course, the primary objective is to liberate Master’s mind Kuromori is a person who targets two, three birds in one stone 」

I think so too.
If Nei’s pushed with the Kouzuki house group, she’d experience to be in the away position.
Nei has always been in the home position in this mansion.

「 Really, Kuromori-sama is black. Her mind is entirely black 」

Michi said.

「 Oh, Onii-sama, is there anything wrong? 」

Ruriko notices our approach.

「 Ruriko, what are you talking about with Edie? 」

Ruriko looks at Edie.

「 I’m not that skilled in English, I don’t understand English from the southern part of the US at all. That’s what I told Edie. 」

Ruriko!
I heard that Edie has insecurities on her accent from Nei.
If you go with the opposite, asking her to teach one is converting her insecurity to a sharp point.

「 It’s entirely different from the English I’ve learned from school. It’s a great way to study! 」

She smiles.
A Japanese whose English isn’t their mother tongue, furthermore, a student.
They won’t feel any bad impressions of Edie’s southern tongue.
When Ruriko said “I want to learn how the southern US people speak,” then Edie teaches her comfortably.

「 You’re amazing 」
「 Yes? 」

Ruriko shows a puzzled face.

「 Ah, you see, Michi would like to talk to Edie so could you translate what they say to me? 」

If Ruriko’s here, then Michi won’t need to translate everything herself.
Michi wants to focus on her apology to Edie.

「 Certainly 」

Ruriko smiles.

《 ……Edie 》

Michi calls. Edie turns around.
She’s showing a “What’s up?” face
Michi speaks in English.

「 I’d like to apologize to you 」

Ruriko immediately translates.

《 ……What? 》

Edie replies.
Michi.

「 I’ve been rude to you. I’ve been discourteous. I reflect on it. I’m sorry. Then, I have a request to ask 」

Edie listens to Michi with a serious face.

「 Please be friends with me 」

Edie.

「 We’re friends since long ago already 」

She smiles at Michi.

「 No, I’ve always taken such a bad attitude that’s not suitable to be your friend. Therefore, I’d like to apologize to you become friends once again 」

Michi bows her head.
Edie.

《 ……That’s Right !!! 》

She laughs.

「 Then, let’s be best friends this time! 」

Saying that; she holds her hand to Michi.

《 Yes……! 》

Michi holds Edie’s hand.

「 Not best friends, I want to be your sister. Please be my sister 」

Michi said while she sheds tears.

◇ ◇ ◇

Then, Michi and Edie continue to talk.
About a lot of things.

「 Michi’s much stronger in emitting Qi than me. I think that’s amazing. But, I guess that Michi still has a lot to go on feeling Qi. Especially when your emotions sway, you usually lose sight of your surroundings 」

I knew it.
Edie’s much better in sensing Qi.
She’s actively using her power.
Or should I say…
She has no choice but to use her Qi sensor in a place where the language is unfamiliar.
Then, if she senses a dangerous Qi, she goes to fight instantly. 」
If the surrounding Qi is calm, she relaxes the most.
She only looked eccentric to us.

「 Looking good 」

Margo-san comes to see the situation.

「 I also decided to speak frankly with her, I know that I misunderstood Edie 」

Edie’s talking to Michi happily.

「 She’s brilliant. She’s much more thoughtful and intelligent than we thought. Kukuku, she got us 」

Margo-san smiles wryly.

「 I also had that experience. I remember it well. Back when my Japanese was broken 」

Broken?

「 The Japanese are quite kind to those languages impaired but, they deal with those who are slow when it comes to learning. As for me, I simply don’t get the words and can’t use the grammar well 」
「 Oh, there are those times too 」

Ruriko said.

「 On an opposite case, I’ve heard that this happened to those who study in the UK. Even though they don’t understand the words, they accompany the person with low intelligence and deal with it 」
「 Yes, like that. They talk as if they’re talking to a kindergarten child. They say “Do you get it?” on each and everything. That is quite an annoyance」

That’s right, Me too.
I might’ve treated Edie like a child.
I didn’t understand Edie at all.

「 Even though I had that experience, I didn’t understand Edie. Who would’ve thought that she’s hiding her southern accent and desperately talking in standard English? I did something bad. We’re both Americans, so I got too indifferent about words on the contrary 」

Margo-san speaks to Edie in English.
Somehow, it was in a strange accent.
Then, Edie also replies in a different yet too strange accent.

「 That was my Indian accent. My real mother tongue, as for Edie she’s talking about her Cajun, the New Orleans accent, Edie’s home language 」

Margo-san had Edie open up her heart to her by exposing her accent.

「 I had my language fixed at the facility. Or should I say that I had nowhere to go with my Indian accent 」

Margo-san?

「 My hair and eye color are for a Caucasian. Once I fix my Indian accent, I can pretend to be a Caucasian and get a job, the teachers at the facility said that in goodwill, but… 」

For Margo-san, her accent is her identity.

「 Well, it’s fixed but either way, they’ll continue to bully me if I stay on my Indian accent. That’s how that place is 」

Margo-san’s words are heavy.

「 I also told Edie that story 」

Then, Edie opened up her heart to Margo-san?
Oh, I see.
I should try to hear her out again.
What does Edie think about having sex with me?
Or should I say…
What does Edie think about sex itself?
I don’t know what they taught to her in the assassination cult.
Err.
It’s not okay to have an interpreter at times like this.
I have to ask her myself.
Let’s see…

《 ……What is your Sex? 》

I ask Edie.
Edie looks confused.

《 ……I am a woman. 》

She answered.
Hmm?
What does that mean?
Uman?
Wanda?

「 Onii-sama, no matter how you look at it, Edie-san is a woman 」

Ruriko said.

「 No, I know that though 」
「 Then why did you ask for Edie-san’s gender? 」

What?!
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