「 That’s right, Onii-chan’s child is in there! Can we, Yukino-san? 」
「 I-I guess? 」
Yukino’s still perplexed as her little sister calls her Yukino-san.
「 Come here, it’s in this part 」
「 Wow! 」
Mana and Agnes’ small hands touch Yukino’s belly from above the uniform.
「 We also want to bear Onii-chan’s child soon! 」
「 Yes, desuno! 」
Mana and Agnes are both Yukino’s sisters.
「 Okay, let’s have it at that! Mana-chan and Agnes-chan, you’re helping me clean up, right? I’ll drive the car to the garage so get in 」
「 Okay~ 」
The two get inside the car.
「 Dear, Michi-chan, bring Yukino-san inside 」
「 Yeah 」
Michi and Yukino gets off the car.
「 Oh, speaking of which, Yukino 」
「 What were you singing earlier? 」
「 What? 」
「 I mean, that “Ultraman no kodomo” something 」
「 Oh that? Francie taught me that in the Karaoke yesterday 」
Francie. It’s the gay talent co-starring with Yukino, that guy?
「 Then, it stuck on my head, so I sang that one 」
「 Strange, isn’t it? That song 」
Could it be that she doesn’t get what it means?
「 Katsuko-nee, you sang with her, right? 」
「 I was taught about it by a friend in elementary school 」
Katsuko-nee replied looking in pain.
「 What? I knew it, it wasn’t a song for gays bar-hopping! 」
「 I didn’t drink! 」
「 Really? You drink wine at home back then, don’t you? 」
「 I don’t drink now. I’m pregnant 」
Yukino touches her belly.
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「 Welcome back, that was terrible 」
Minaho-neesan’s waiting for us in the living room.
There are three laptops lined up, collecting information at the same time.
「 What happened, Minaho-neesan? 」
I asked without delay.
「 There’s a small dispute in accepting Takakura-sama’s daughter 」
A small dispute? It didn’t feel like that though.
「 Well, take a seat. Yukino-san and Michi-san too 」
Minaho-neesan urges us to sit.
「 I’ll prepare tea first 」
Michi goes to the kitchen.
Oh, Michi went to Kyoto with Misuzu, so she knows the situation.
To the extent that she felt I’m in danger, so she left school early and went for me.
Yukino’s weak against Minaho-neesan as usual.
She sits on a sofa a bit far away.
「 Did you hear it from Katsuko? Takakura house is the clan that ties up Japan’s Yakuza 」
Minaho-neesan starts to speak.
「 I already did 」
「 Though we say they tie them up, Takakura house itself isn’t in Yakuza. They were formerly a noble family, furthermore, a prosperous one. They were a high-class among high-class families since the Heian period 」
「 Yukino, do you know about them? 」
I ask Yukino.
Yukino’s a member of Shiraka house, a high-class family.
She loves party for the wealthy people so she should’ve been looking here and there.
「 I don’t know, I never heard of Takakura house 」
「 That’s natural, Takakura-sama hardly goes outside of Kyoto. Furthermore, they don’t come out on flashy locations 」
What kind of house is that?
「 Takakura clan is a house that equally attends to all of Yakuza groups. They have no choice but to stay at their home as there will be no bias there. Their house treats them evenly 」
「 Therefore, they are the best arbitrator when the Yakuza groups have a conflict. “Takakura-sama will never lose face,” that is the way for them to extinguish conflicts 」
「 Why? Why Takakura clan in that position? Takakura house has nothing to do with Yakuza, they’re just a high-class house, aren’t they? 」
I can’t see a connection between a noble house in Kyoto and an intermediary for Yakuza.
「 Takakura house has been serving as priests for the prominent shrines in Kyoto. Shinto priests. They’re that kind of high-class family 」
A Shinto shrine priest.
「 And then, that shrine is respected by the Yakuza groups nationwide. You see, the Yakuza offices always have a shrine, don’t they? 」
Now that you mentioned it, there was some household shrine even in TV dramas.
「 Takakura shrine is the headquarters of a certain God’s faith. Of course, they have believers other than Yakuza. It’s a shrine with history after all 」
Therefore, they don’t go out of Kyoto.
I see. That’s a historical high-class social status.
「 As for the Yakuza groups, there are so many ways of calling them, like gamblers, humanitarians, extremists, but their origin can be traced back to the Edo period or even earlier. Takakura-sama manages all the mediation for the Yakuza at that time. Therefore, a proxy from Takakura house must come for celebrations such as announcing the new boss 」
「 Well, there’s no rule that they have to show up but, if a Takakura doesn’t show up in the seat then their status has fallen, or rather, they no longer have one. That has been the steps starting the end of Edo period and the start of Meiji era 」
「 It was after the war when Yakuza groups started expanding nationwide with high power. Due to the postwar chaos, Yakuza grew into a nationwide gang 」
「 Although their influence grows bigger, Yakuza is Yakuza. They can only show power through violence and organizational capability, so they need Takakura house’s existence as a mental backing 」
Yukino’s also listening to Minaho-neesan’s story.
「 And in current Japan, Yakuza is mainly divided into two forces, and those two big powers aren’t just monoliths. They also have conflicts and disputes inside 」
They don’t have a good relationship.
「 Therefore, even in the future, Takakura-sama’s name and authority are necessary for Yakuza. It’s sufficient as long as they’re needed. Takakura house treats all the Yakuza groups as equal while staying as priests 」
「 Despite all that, it’s the 21st century, stupid people appear. There are those who desire to make Takakura house their own of all things 」
「 A boss of a certain group is trying to make Takakura house’s shrine as their own 」
Snatching away the high-class house?
「 Then, there were various disasters. The current owner of Takakura house is the priest of Takakura shrine. That person died from an accident 」
「 Well, he’s definitely killed. And then, the shrine is to succeed the cousin of the predecessor, who’s the son of the boss wanting to own Takakura house 」
Minaho-neesan looks at me.
「 However, the late head had a daughter. If this goes on, that daughter will be married to the house of the evil people 」
Could that girl be?
「 But, that lady has a very strong heart. She was determined to become a prostitute than to be ruled by those who killed her father 」
「 If one’s a prostitute, she can never marry for political reasons, can she? 」
A woman who’s been bought by various men can never marry into a high-class family.
「 Then, who was the Yakuza in front of the mansion earlier? 」
I asked. Minaho-neesan.
「 There were two kinds there 」
「 One of them is a member of a gang who wants to take over Takakura house. Those people are trying to take the daughter under their control 」
「 And the other group is the Yakuza against it. They feel a debt of gratitude for Takakura house, so they don’t want the daughter of Takakura’s late head to become a prostitute 」
Oh my God.
「 Yes, the two groups of Yakuza, Kouzuki SS, and the police, four forces are put together and creating chaos 」
「 So what’s Kouzuki SS’ position? 」
「 They know the will of the daughter, so Kouzuki-sama said: “If that’s the case, I’ll give you the means to become a prostitute” 」
Jii-chan is bringing the lady of Takakura house to us.
「 In short, the two factions see Kouzuki house as an enemy 」