【Epilogue, Part 1】
Before I realized it, I was staring at a ceiling that I did not recognized.
Where am I, exactly?
Mother, Kaguya and Shiki disappeared. I was the only one left in Shiinamachi-senpai’s room, and I cried until I lost consciousness. And now I am here, in an unknown place.
Maybe everything that happened was just a bad dream? Yeah, right, as if it would ever be that convenient.
I sighed and looked to my sides. And there, right beside the bed… I saw Yugao-chan sitting on a folding chair.
「Nnn?! Fu, fubawawawawa! I, I-I’m very sorry, I must’ve dozed off at some point…. Ah! Monjiro-san! You’re awake!」
Yugao-chan jumped up from the chair and started waving her hands in front of her face before she finally calmed down. Having a moment to take a good look at my surroundings, I finally understood both my situation and where I was.
So apparently this is a hospital room. It seems that when I lost consciousness in senpai’s room I was found by someone and carried here.
「I’m glad… so very glad that you’re finally awake, Monjiro-san! I was so worried because you’ve been unconscious for over a week…」
「For a week? I was out of it for that long?」
Speaking of which, my throat hurts like hell and my voice is incredibly hoarse. Not to mention that my body feels unusually heavy. Are those the aftereffects of being asleep for over a week?
「Yugao-chan, were you… were you the one nursing me for this whole time?」
「Ah, n-no, we were all changing regularly… but that can wait. I’ll go and tell the others that you have regained consciousness!」
Yugao-chan hurriedly wipes the tears that were welling up in the corners of her eyes and storms out of the room. You know what’s funny? When I was talking with her just now, I haven’t felt the sweet scent of her blood, which has the trait of attracting male Knights towards her and strengthening their abilities when consumed. Not, one, bit. I guess that means my Gift is truly gone from me, huh?
When I slowly raised my right hand, I noticed that a drip tube was attached to it. That’s strange, after being revived by 『Thanatos』 my body should have returned to its optimal condition, but it looks like that wasn’t the case this time? Is it because it has been taken away from me shortly after the revival process has been completed? Or maybe it was because I was finally feeling the backlash of all the deaths I have experienced up until now?
「That… wasn’t a dream at all…!」
I was killed by Shiki. Met my mother both in that dreamworld and in reality… and lost senpai forever.
「Hoo boi, looks like you really got royally shafted this time, huh?」
「No shit Sherlock.」
「F*ck off Watson.」
It took me quite a while to realize that I wasn’t having this bizarre conversation with myself, so I started looking for the source of that other, strangely familiar voice.
「Here, look here, here I said, you moron!」
I did exactly as the voice told me… and saw Yorugao laying on the ground beside my bed, wrapped in a sleeping bag like a caterpillar in its cocoon.
「Hi there, Monjiro-san.」
「All right, first thing: what, second: the f*ck?」
「Just as Yugao said, we were taking turns watching over you when you were asleep. Well, Yugao insisted that she wanted to do it all the time, but since she’s a normal human she needs time to rest. Since I am a doll I am free from such limitations, my turns by your side were usually much longer than hers, much to her displeasure of course.」
「You say that, but from what I saw in your memories only the exterior is that of a doll while the rest of you is mostly human. And that sleeping bag? Don’t try to fool me, Yorugao, you get tired just as fast as any of us.」
「Who, me? Oh Monjiro-san, you’re such a joker. Just leave everything to me, okay? It’s the least I can do to repay you for what you’ve done for us, so…」
And just like a newly born butterfly emerging from its cocoon, Yorugao jumped out of the sleeping bag in her full maid attire. It was an amusing, yet mysterious sight. My only question is, how long was she there in those clothes without changing them? Putting that aside, she fixed her made uniform for a short while and sat on the bed beside me.
「So Monjiro-san, how do I look?」
「Marvelous as always. The color suits you too.」
「Hehe, well what else did you expect?」
「Say, I always wondered, aren’t such fancy getups difficult to freely move around in? Especially in your condition?」
「What do you mean, in my condition? Have you already forgotten our battle at the mansion the other day? I was totally owning you until you busted that strange move of yours! As I told you, you don’t have to worry about me. Yugao makes sure that my body is maintained in perfect condition, and to top that off I exercise every day! More importantly, how are you feeling, Monjiro-san? Because something is telling me that you’re not so swell as you used to be.」
「To say that I’m 「not so swell」 would be an understatement.」
After all, I just learned that my own mother was impersonating my little sister for God knows how long, which is pretty absurd in and out of itself, but to top it off I was reporting pretty much every little detail of my life to her. I can already picture how pissed Aika is going to be when she hears about it. Oh yeah, without a doubt, heads are going to fall. And the worst thing is, I don’t even know how much of her deception was only her own acting and how much was the work of her Gift, but if there is one thing I can be sure of, it’s that this 『Demonic Gift Mimic』 is a truly terrifying ability.
「Uhm, hello? Earth to Monjiro-san! Huston, do we have a problem?」
「P-Problem? No, of course not.」
「Really? Because you looked really out of it just now? I bet you were thinking about doing dirty stuff with Yugao again, like kissing, cuddling or hand-holding, right?」
「I most certainly did not!」
「Ahahaha! See, that’s more like you! I was seriously worried about you for a second, but it looks like the only thing that needs to heal is your body after all! Yugao is going to be so relieved when she hears that, but also probably disappointed.」
What is she going on about? Why would Yugao-chan be disappointed? Have I done something to make her sad without even realizing it? But now is not the time for such idle chit-chat!
「Tell me, Yorugao, since your and Yuga-chan’s family, the Yahata’s, are technically the subordinates of Shiki’s family, the Yatonos, have you received any information or orders from them now that 「The Lord Above All Lords」 has regained her memories?」
「Hmm… nope, I don’t think we did. Don’t worry Monjiro-san, I know you must be worried about Shiinamachi-sama, but Shiki-sama will surely comfort you!」
Is that what you think, Yorugao?
I couldn’t help it but remember the sight of Shiki’s back as she walked through the door to Shiinamachi-senpai’s room without even looking back at me. Am I truly not going to see her anymore? Am I not going to be ridiculed and sexually harassed by her anymore? Thinking about such things, my heart begins to be filled with regret. However…
「You’re right. I don’t want to be comforted at all if it’s not her.」
「Right? I knew that Shiki-sama was secretly your favorite, Monjiro-san!」
Normally I would have smiled at such a comment, but now it only made me feel even more sad. Right now thinking about senpai and Shiki was bringing me nothing but an intense heartache. I wonder if I’ll be forced to live with this sadness for the rest of my days?
Yorugao stares at my face as if she wanted to read my mind through it. She’s so close that our faces are basically touching one another.
「This is not good, Monjiro-san! It’s not like you to be this dejected!」
And she grabs my face with her hands. Her fingers are smooth and cool to the touch.
「I don’t know all the details, but I do know that Shiinamachi-sama and Shiki-sama left you behind and disappeared, right? And now you feel abandoned, and lonely?」
「…..Yes. Yes I feel lonely, and abandoned, and betrayed and…」
「THEN YOU SHOULD CHASE AFTER THEM AND TELL YELL THAT INTO THEIR FACES FOR F*CKS SAKE!」