Episode 12 – Though I try not to be swallowed up

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In front of me is that Hiiragi Kaede I had seen on TV, looking at me and smiling.

She is wearing a simple combination of denim and a white T-shirt, but she has an aura as if she were in a magazine or an advertisement.

I wonder if those denim and shirt are brand-name items.

“Yuna has told me so much about you, thank you so much for saving my sister two years ago.”
“No, I’m so glad your sister is safe.”
“Fufu, I wonder if she’s safe? Yuna.”

Kaede san giggles meaningfully and glances at Yuna who is standing next to me.

“Onee san….”

Yuna is looking at Kaede san with a fidgety, faltering look, wondering if something is wrong.

Kaede san’s eyes narrow at her own sister’s reaction, then she looks at me and opens her mouth.

“You’re going inside, aren’t you, Tsukasa? I’m just about to cook dinner, so go ahead and eat.”
“Yes. Eh? No, no! I’m just taking Yuna home, I’m leaving now.”
“Ara, you gave a ride home, but I didn’t give you anything back. What should I do?”

Kaede-san glanced at me with her index finger on her cheek as if she was troubled.

Every gesture was so unrealistic that I just kept my mouth half open.
She is a popular actress, so her every action is really too classy.

No, wait. Let’s just answer for now.

Kaede san is in trouble.

“I’m sure you don’t have to worry about it. There are a lot of strange people in this world, and it’s easy to get tangled up if she’s as pretty as Yuna, so I’ll do this at least.”
“!! Beautiful woman ……”

Yuna muttered something next to me, but it was too small to be heard.

As I was laughing, Kaede san’s eyes suddenly changed color and lost their color.

“Tsukasa.”
“Yes.”
“It may seem trivial to Tsukasa, but we don’t think so.”
“!!”

Kaede san’s voice lowered in tone, tickling my brain as if she was sucking on it.

I noticed that Kaede-san came very close to me and stared into my eyes.

She looks like Yuna, but she’s about the same height as me.

I’m about 5’7″, so I know she’s on the taller side.

Besides.

If I look down even a little, the huge bulge that pushes up her shirt invites me in.

For a moment, my eyes go to Kaede san’s too-fierce breasts, but I barely look at her face.

No, her face is too beautiful, and to be honest, it’s hard to look at her.

“Fufu, Tsukasa.”
“Y-yes.”
“You have lonely eyes.”
“I-I’m …… lonely ……?”

No, I’m perfectly normal.

I should be acting as usual, but her voice is sweet and alluring, as if she is trying to hypnotize me.

As I am perplexed, Kaede san quickly backs up and opens her mouth again.

“I have a favor to ask of you, Tsukasa.”
“A favor?”
“Yes. If you have time, could you please take my little sister back here again like you did today?”

A favor?

“Me?”
“Yes. I’m only asking Tsukasa.”

I’m sure Kaede-san trusts me.

Besides, I don’t know if some strange guy will try to mess with Yuna again.

She needs me.

And I still feel guilty about Yuna.

My inner self is screaming at me that I should have helped her sooner.

If it atones for my guilt, that’s what I want.

“If it’s okay with me.”

I reply out of the corner of my eye, and Yuna holds my arm tightly.

“Tsukasa-kun, A-are you really going to take me home?”
“Ah, yeah. I can’t pretend I don’t know what’s going on today.”
“It’s really good. …… Can I ask you to do it every day?”
“E-Every day?!”

Yuna buried my arm in her own blasted marshmallow and looked up at me.

She’s bouncing her breath, and the warm, good-smelling breath released through her lungs, down her throat, and through her mouth goes straight to my face, and I absorb it.

I feel like I’m going to lose all sense of reason.

“Yuna, you can’t do it yet. Tsukasa will be annoyed. So, you have to be patient for now.”
“I know. ……”

Yuna sighed deeply as she left me, as if she was regretting it.

The expression on her face was so sad that I opened my mouth.

“Well, I have a rather small part-time job and sometimes I’m not busy except for hanging out with friends, so I’ll try to help out if I have time.”
“……”

But even after hearing my response, Yuna turned her face down with her cheeks slightly puffed out as if she was not satisfied.

“What’s wrong?”
“No. Nothing. Thank you.”

I was concerned about Yuna who replied in a low tone, but knowing full well that I was too out of place here, I decided it was time for me to leave.

“I’m going to go now.”
“”Eh? You’re leaving already?”
“I don’t want to interrupt your private time together. I’ll call you later.”

The moment I was about to turn on my heel after saying that

I was about to turn back on my heel when Kaede san held my hand tightly.

“u-um, …….”

The expression on her face resembles the warmth of a mother’s gaze, and it confounds me with a whirlwind of emotions: a sense of undeniable security and the nervousness of seeing an unimaginably beautiful woman so close up.

She gently places my hand on her own marshmallow, which is larger than Yuna’s, and says softly

“I am Kiryu Kaede. Or should I say Hiiragi Kaede.”
“…… I’m Kirishima Tsukasa”
“Please call me Kaede. I’m looking forward to working with you.”
“…… Yes. Please take care of me. Kaede-san.”
“Ufufu”

I don’t know why.

When I listen to her words, I feel that the tension in my heart is quickly released.

But

I don’t want to cause trouble.

I don’t want to be the same person as the men who caused them trouble.

So I grit my teeth, turn around, and start walking toward home.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 12 – Though I try not to be swallowed up

  1. Hol up, what does Kaede has for him?
    As far as I like two yandere sisters, I wouldn’t like it much if it’s for no reason.
    Kaede might be a siscon that she thanked Tsukasa much to thebpoint of yandere? Oh well, as long as it works.

    1. She practically raised her sister alone and had to work multiple jobs not allowing time for her to protect her sister, so if she already has an inclination twords yandere-ism and the protagonist saved the younger sister, then maybe it’s a combination of guilt for not being there when she was needed and appreciation for him being there when she couldn’t.

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