The day slowly grew dark in the living room. Taiyou, who had woken up from his nap, immediately surveyed his surroundings. Youran was right next to him, breathing in her sleep. Her hair was unraveled, and her slovenly face was cute. The moment he looked at her he could not resist giving her a kiss on the cheek.
“Ah, I am very jealous.”
He heard a beautiful whisper come from the side. Looking in the direction of the voice, he saw Sakura sitting on the neighboring sofa. In contrast to Youran’s relaxed sleeping face, she was sitting up straight in a tense manner. In her hands was a tablet with an apple emblem. She appeared to be doing something on it.
“Were you awake this whole time?”
“Indeed. I was just doing a bit of work.”
“Sorry for inconveniencing you.”
“Oh, no, I pretty much finished.”
She turned off the tablet screen, turning it over and laying it on the table. This was probably her way of indicating that everything was fine.
“Is it always like this between you two?”
Sakura asked, staring at Youran.
“Yes, it’s basically like this. Although sometimes I force her to do this.”
“Indeed. I want her to just be a normal girl around me. So that’s my way of ensuring that.”
“Youran and Kohaku, to be more precise. I leave those two alone and they’ll just make things complicated by trying to service me.”
“It appears so, yes.”
“Are you also the type to try and service people?”
Sakura put a finger to her head in a thinking gesture.
“If a certain someone wishes it, then I might consider.”
He stared into Sakura’s eyes, only to have her stare right back. Despite this, he felt as though she were evading him.
He had sighed without realizing it.
“Is something the matter?”
“I enjoy our playful banter. But now I’m starting to wonder…if this is for the best.”
“Yes, you may very well be correct.”
“I’m just going to ask you right now.”
He said, preparing for his next question. It was all or nothing.
“Would you like to become my seventh bride?”
“Right, of course.”
He sighed yet again before suddenly realizing what she had just said.
“Wait a minute. Did you just–”
“I see you are feigning ignorance as per usual.”
“But I seriously didn’t expect something as–”
“As unrealistic as this?”
“Is it truly all that unrealistic?”
Taiyou was at a loss for words. If someone were to ask him whether he had ever expected something this great to happen…
“I have fantasized about it.”
“Only fantasized it?”
“Yeah, it is what it is.”
Taiyou repeated himself.
“Even though I have come all the way here?”
“You always have a hidden agenda though.”
“I suppose I’ve earned that title.”
Sakura smiled gracefully.
“Is there any way I might regain that trust?”
Taiyou gaped. He hadn’t expected her to be this straight with him. Yes, it was still a roundabout way of saying it, but it was especially easy to sense the intent this time around. Most important of all, her answer this time around had done a total 180. It was the complete opposite from what she had told him last night. Truly, he was surprised by her sudden change of heart.
“And why is that–ah, never mind.”
Taiyou stopped himself, shaking his head. He slapped himself on the cheek, as if to tell himself that was trivial. He outstretched his hand in Sakura’s direction. Sakura stood up, taking his hand. She pulled in his fingers, grabbing his wrist, and he pulled her over into his arms, embracing her.
The scent, the warmth, her presence…
“I will treat this seriously.”
She said one short line. This was a declaration. She dived deeper into his arms, leaning more on him but without saying it. The two of them had engaged in some fine wordplay by this point, so they no longer felt speaking was necessary.
Taiyou relaxed his arms. Sakura clung to him, reluctant to part. He put his hands on her shoulders, softly pulling away. As he peeked in to get a better look at her face, she noticed him and closed her eyes. His lips softly met hers.
Kissing. He didn’t even know how many times they had done that by this point. They had probably kissed in one night more times than most people do in their lives. This was a kiss that was completely different from what he had experienced. Almost like a first kiss. Both of them felt that way.
They parted themselves for a moment, staring at each other. Then they put their lips together again, but this time, with tongue diving through lips. As he delved deeper, he felt the burning heat of another tongue. An electrical current ran through his entire body. Sakura’s body twitched.
Licking, sucking, intertwining. Sakura’s breathing became ragged, and it showed on her face. She almost about to sink to the floor from how drained she felt. Taiyou stopped her descent, hugging her tightly as if to say that she need not worry about anything else.
Sticky, wet noises echoed throughout the evening living room. The two of them continued to kiss and kiss.
Eventually, Youran opened her eyes and watched them as they kissed.