Chapter Fifteen: An Idiot’s Surprise (Part III)
…Well, was this that?
Is it like a dog licking its owner’s cheek? It’s essential to exhibit that he’s actually attached to me… Hmmm, if that’s the case then this is a happy situation if he’s that happy…
“…Why are you looking at me with those warm eyes?”
“No, it’s nothing important… It’s okay because it’s me, but you can’t do it to anybody else.”
“…If you do this to someone other than me, you’re bound to be misunderstood… No matter how handsome you are, you can’t be so innocent. Yeah?”
“…Don’t worry. There is no one around me other than you who have their mouth covered with cream.”
“That’s not what I meant…! Oh, oh, oh.”
It can’t be helped at all… If this happens, I have no choice but to keep an eye on him as part of an owner’s responsibility. If by any chance he does it again, I’ll apologize on behalf of my dog.
“…What, cheeks? (You’re pulling my cheeks).”
“You face was disgusting.”
…Unreasonable! While I’m so worried about the important things!
“…So what are we going to do now? Do you want to play chess again?”
“Oh, chess! Now that my winning percentage is up, I’m going to make you experience a complete defeat this time!”
The real first gift! (My favorite one will be after dinner), it’s always good to save the best for last.
It’ll be fun, so we must talk seriously before I forget.
“…Don’t you want to be his child?”
“This is the ‘adoption’ paper with the father’s signature on it.”
…Yeah. I know you’re confused. It’s all of a sudden.
But I’ve been thinking about it all this time.
“The current environment you’re in is too bad. I don’t want to make you feel any more miserable. At first, my father was reluctant to wait until you turned 18, but in the end, he said he would negotiate with them if the Ryudoji family agreed.”
Even in the designs of otome games in my previous life, the current environment he’s facing is not fiction.
That’s why, if I can change it, then I want to do just that.
…And I’m happy that Kaname will be staying in my home.
“…and Kaname will be… My brother… I guess I’m older than you based on our birthdays? If you agree, then I can be with you more in the future. Even after graduating from school, there’ll still be a connection between you and I. I’ll be happy if that happens.”
Someday, when the heroine finally comes to the school, Kaname may leave me like what happened in the original timeline of the otome game.
That’ll be very… Very lonely.
That’s why I want to become a sister to Kaname.
Even if it’s just a piece of paper, I still want to be connected to him.
However, Kaname didn’t give me the answer I wanted.
“…I don’t want a fool like you to be older than me.”
…That’s true, too.
If you become my brother, you’ll have to bear more of my burden.
Still… I’m shocked to hear such a flat-out refusal.
I thought it was an excellent way to go with.
Kaname sighed loudly as he looked down on me.
“…It’s my own decision. I won’t give up my family name until I graduate from high school.”
“…But when we graduate from high school… I’ll already be 18, when that time comes, I’ll think about joining the Hououin family.”
When I suddenly looked up, Kaname turned away, looking a bit uncomfortable with his slightly red cheeks.
“Will you be my brother then?”
“That’s why I’m saying no to older sisters like you.”
…Do you want to be my brother?
Could I say that even if it’s late on his birthday?
…Well, I’m not sure about the family register.
“…For the time being, tell your father that I will reconsider it in six years. That’s how it works.”
…Kaname just considered going into my house. It’s already a harvest! It doesn’t mean that he won’t change his mind in six years.
Nufufu… Is it possible that we can become a family? Just imagining it makes me feel so happy. I’m excited.
“…But you said I’d be staying overnight, but I don’t think we can be in the same room.”
“What? We’re supposed to be in the same room! Let’s have a pillow fight.”
Speaking of staying overnight, pillow fights! Hmm. I’m looking forward to letting him taste the throwing skills that I had been training for to this day!
“…No, even though we’re only twelve, you’re still of the opposite sex. Sleeping in the same room…”
“Oh, isn’t that a good thing?”
It was Mr. Takai who was bringing another round of tea that was able to mend the situation.
“I can trust Ayaka-sama… And if anything goes wrong, your decision will be coming a little below six years earlier.”
“…Were you listening in on our conversation?”
“I’m sorry. Even when I knocked, you two seemed to be so absorbed in the conversation that you didn’t notice it, so I let myself in without permission.”
“…Then you should be more concerned about her. She didn’t even understand the meaning of what I said.”
“That’s why it’s already been decided…”
“What are you trying to… No, what are you trying to say?”
“I don’t need honorifics, sir. You will be her husband in the near future.”
For some reason, while Mr. Takai was in a good mood, he made it seem like he was in a bad one and being afraid of adding oil to the fire, so he decided not to interfere further.
Silence is money. Before the sparks start flying, bring the chess set! Kaname’s birthday will continue.