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【Episode 1: Mansion and the Murder Case, Part 1】
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「Listen to me now, big brother. You’re basically going to be the only male in an all-female trip, so you have to make sure to behave yourself, are we clear?」
「All right, I get it, I get it. You don’t have to tell twice.」
Talking with my little sister over the phone was always kind of embarrassing, even more so in a situation like my current one, when I was on a trip with my friends. While I was covering my mouth with my hand to minimize the risk of anyone hearing who I was talking with, I could picture my sister nonchalantly lying on her bed in her room as she was scolding me. Unlike myself, she was completely relaxed, treating it like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
「What are you doing right now?」
「We’ve just finished eating a truly delicious meal, and we’re currently waiting for dessert…」
As I was having my embarrassing conversation with my sister, everyone present was looking at me with warm eyes, up to the point where I could hear the 「D’awwwwwww!」 sound without them even making it! My dear sister, I know you’re very protective of your older brother, but thanks to that, I had to escape to the corridor in front of the dining hall to avoid dying of embarrassment!
「Did you have fun playing in the sea? I hope your fragile mind didn’t receive any critical mental damage from seeing all those pretty girls in their swimsuits.」
It was natural for her to worry about me so much, so I assured her that everything was fine with me. After all, I was able to be 「myself」 now only because my sister went to great lengths to help me develop my current 「self」. Despite the fact that I was born in a family of assassins and was trained from an early childhood to become a living killing machine, thanks to my sister’s valiant efforts I was now able to enjoy my youth like any other ordinary high school boy would. So it would be no exaggeration to say that the current 「Sakuradamon Jiro」 was able to be 「himself」 only because my sister gave it her all to help me live my life as a normal person.
Even after the recent incident in which I’ve thrown my current 「self」 away.
However, hanks to my mother’s help, I was somehow able to keep being myself even after that and continue to live through my ordinary days while being surrounded by my friends.
Taking all that into consideration, it was obvious that my sister would be worried about be, hence her rather frequent phone calls.
「Oh, you don’t have to worry about that. Although I can’t deny that seeing girls in their swimwear got me excited, there are no problems with my mind whatsoever, even when I remove my glasses to switch between 「Assassin Mode」 and 「High School Boy Mode」. Everything is the same as it always was.」
「I see, so you were excited to see girls in their swimsuits, huh?」
「Guilty as charged. To tell you the truth, it was a truly wonderful sight.」
「Well, if you’re enjoying it, then please continue to do so. But since I am getting kind of jealous, you’ll have to take me with you next time such a trip happens, all right? I’d very much like to play in the sea with that female friends of yours.」
Oh, so you’re jealous about me? Knowing that my little sister felt like that about me made me feel somewhat happy. Being able to enjoy such a simple feeling made me feel truly grateful that my current 「self」 did not vanish after all.
「Haha, all right, it’s a promise then. I’ll definitely take you with me next time.」
「I’m looking forward to it too. Also, while you’re there, please don’t forget to buy me a souvenir.」
「Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to grab something that’s unique to this neighborhood for you.」
That was easier said than done, however. It wouldn’t be a problem if it was a hotel or a luxurious hot spring inn, but we were staying at the summer mansion belonging to the Yatono family. In that case, maybe I should ask Shiki or one ow the twin maids about any local delicacies. If possible, I think some local pudding would be ideal, but preferably a kind that does not have any strange taste. But knowing our lame jokes loving stoic Shiki, she’d recommend something exactly along those lines just to tease me, so I’ll have to be careful when consulting her about that.
「By the way, brother, that Shiinamachi-san is also staying there with you, right?」
「That’s right. Why do you ask?」
「I’ve been wandering about it ever since you mentioned her the last time we talked, buy big brother, could it be that you…」
「… love her or something?」
She was so direct with her choice of words that I could not help it but to react the way I did.
「Y-you know you’re the only one that I love, right?」
「No need to change the subject. If she really is just like you described her, then I can see why you’d fall in love with her. And besides, I think it’s perfectly reasonable for a high school boy to have a crush on their senor, even more so if she’s a beautiful girl.」
I think so too, but shouldn’t you be a tad bit more worried in that regard, my little sister? You’re talking about your brother’s potential love interest after all.
「On the other hand, this 「Shiki-san」… how about her? To be honest, she sounds like a troublesome girl. Like she’s the type who acts all casual and disinterested, but in reality she’s a magnet for all sorts of trouble, you know what I’m saying?」
Oh my little sister, if only you knew how right on the mark you were in regards to her!
「Yes, but I assure you…」
「Then again, you called her your friend and told me that she’s the type that can actually be relied on when it counts the most, and that’s quite meaningful coming from you therefore I concluded that something might actually be going on between you two.」
She’s right, the number of people I could call 「friends」 was certainly limited. And since most of those people are actually girls, then I guess it really wouldn’t be strange if I happened to harbor romantic feelings towards at least one of them.
Beside Shiinamachi-senpai, Shiki, and me, there were two more people with us on this trip. One of them was Fujisato Yuika, my classmate as well as the class representative of my class who helped me out a lot since I transferred at the beginning of the school year, and Kuhoh Nagi, an underclassman who was a member of both the kendo club as well as my Librarian Committee kouhai. Ever since I met them, they’ve both treated me with warmth and kindness, and helped me whenever I had trouble with something. I’ve felt that if they were ever in trouble, I would not hesitate for even a minute to extend a helping hand to them, as that would be the least I could do for them to repay them for all they’ve done for me. However…
「Even if I wanted to get romantically involved with some of them, I still have ways to go with understanding people’s hearts and intentions, as well as grasping all the nuances that make them…」
「But I bet some of them make your heart pound like crazy and make you think about lewd stuff, like kissing, or handholding in public, right?」
「Maybe they do, but not about anything extreme like that. What kind of degenerate are you taking me for?」
「You harbor those feelings towards any of your female friends particularly, or just towards Shiinamachi-san?」
「…………… only senpai, probably.」
「Hmm, is that so? Well then, big brother, I’ll be more than happy to help you with that matter, but since I’m also feeling more jealous now, I’ll be expecting some really expensive gifts to appease me, okay?」
「I’ll see what I can do about it.」
I have to make sure that I’ll never let jealousy take control over me. But since emotions like that were also a part of what it means to be a proper human being, I decided not to dwell on that too much and just follow my little sister’s wishes to avoid bringing her wrath down upon myself.
「At the very least, please make sure that it’s something cute.」
「You know as well as I do that I’ll be limited to what the stores will have to offer, don’t you?」
Hearing my sister’s unreasonable demands, I couldn’t help it but to sigh a little.
「Of course I do. Now, enjoy your trip to the fullest, big brother!」
「Thank you. I’ll do my best to do just that.」
「Fufu~~, you don’t have to 「give it your best」 to have a good time. Goodnight, big brother.」
And with that, our awkward sibling’s conversation ended. It was probably still too early to go to bed, but just hearing those warm words from my sister made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If I was my former self, I’d have probably not felt anything over something as basic like the exchange of formal pleasantries, but now I am a proper human being whose able to enjoy simple things like that with his whole heart.
I swear to God, she really is something else entirely, that dependable little sister of mine.
「I see now. Ladies and gentlemen, siscon in the building confirmed.」