Youran’s eyes darted around as she searched for an excuse.
All of Taiyou’s skills were absolute. Bullets and missiles would never work on him, and whenever his wings were out, that meant there had to be the same number of brides somewhere near him.
There was a big difference between brides entering one at a time and brides all listening simultaneously.
Youran, who had come in first, was clearly having trouble coming up with an answer.
“Hmm…alright, I give.”
Taiyou’s face burst into a smile as he spoke.
“Besides, I actually am starting to expect you all to show up like this. But where exactly is everyone?”
“Well I was in the next room.”
Something felt off about that to Taiyou.
“So the triplets are over there, Kohaku-tan is here, Aoba-chan and Aki-han are below, and Yami-chan is above.”
Hera said, indicating their locations.
Up, down, left, right. They were practically surrounding him.
“Well…we purchased all the neighboring rooms, and everyone is looking over here from said rooms.”
“Why would you do something like that!?”
“Kohaku-san said…that this way would be more fun.”
“I don’t see what’s so fun about that, but…she would sooo do that.”
“So basically, this room is surrounded on all sides.”
“Mm…oh, but I was also technically responsible for this idea.”
“What do you mean?”
“If you were to succeed, Master, then–”
At that point she glanced at Sakura.
“–I figured there was a chance you would begin having sex, so we pinpointed all the adjacent rooms and took ahold of them to prevent anyone spying on you. This mansion happens to also be resistant to electronic waves, so I also made sure to cover the physical areas.”
Taiyou found himself feeling somewhat impressed.
Yes, he wondered if there had really been a need for all this, but Youran often did things like this, so he felt no need to pursue that.
“Oh really now. Guess I’d better give you a proper thanks for that. Much appreciated, Youran.”
“What, should I not have thanked you? Was it a prank after all?”
“No, it’s just…”
Youran made a complicated expression.
“Having my master thank me is, uhh…”
“Oh, that’s what you mean.”
She meant to say that receiving words of thanks from her superior was a bit odd for her.
“Well, don’t count on me ever stopping.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“Well, it seems that we are done talking here.”
Sakura spoke up.
As he turned in her direction, he saw a clearly surprised face.
As he puzzled over that…
“Do those wings have some sort of special effect?”
“Hm? Oh, you mean this.”
Taiyou was reminded of the six wings that he had forgotten to put away.
“This is also my power. Essentially, the wings emerge when my brides are nearby. One wing per bride–”
He reached out and touched Youran.
One wing disappeared, leaving five.
“But touching them makes their part disappear.”
“What an interesting ability you have.”
“Oh, and I can fly too, by the way.”
He jumped to his feet and then rose several centimeters off the ground with his five wings.
“Oh dear, what do we have here?”
“If I borrow the power of the others, I can even carry them as I fly.”
He held Youran’s hand, and the two of them rose into the air.
“And that’s about it.”
“Even so, that’s an incredible power you have.”
“By the way, the range of this power is two meters per bride squared, so with five wings there is an area of 32 meters.”
“Very, very intriguing.”
Taiyou landed alongside Youran.
“I find it much easier to see why you view this as destiny.”
“That’s not unreasonable, given how outlandish this sight is.”
Sakura suddenly spoke to Youran, looking in her direction.
“To be perfectly honest with you, I absolutely loathe you.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“I cannot count the amount of times that I wished you were not here.”
“I don’t blame you.”
“But I have also never wished to be in your position. No, I would never envy a position such as yours, Shingetsu no Kami.”
“And I get that too.”
Youran’s face was serious. It had been a while since the face of Shingetsu no Kami had shown itself.
“I have never thought of you as a sister, I hope you know.”
“Hm, perhaps we are more alike than we think.”
“Oh? Well aren’t you the blunt one.”
“It’s not like you were serious either.”
“Oh, have I been caught in the act?”
“Did you think something different would happen?”
“No, not really.”
Meanwhile, Taiyou was just observing.
He had put away his wings and calmly listened to their conversation, but Youran and Sakura were smiling at each other, clearly in animosity.
But he also sort of felt like they were communicating in a deeper sort of way. It was very peculiar. Taiyou felt a bit hesitant to intervene because of this. What in the world should he do in a situation like this…
“Then I’m afraid it is impossible for us to be together.”
“Hate to break it to you, but it’s happening whether you like it or not.”
“Oh? And why is that?”
“Because I believe in destiny too. I believe in Master’s destiny.”
“Even though you hate me?”
“It’s because I hate you.”
“The destiny exists because you hate me…I see, that is also fine logic.”