「 Haaa, finally it’s just us 」
Ai tells me as the bakery became quiet.
Katsuko-nee took the prostitute cadets back to the Nadeshiko department.
Edie and Nei drove Anya, the drill sisters, and Grace Marinka back to the mansion.
Therefore, it’s just Ai and me here now.
「 We skipped classes for the whole day today 」
Usually, we take classes in the classroom during the first, second period, and then the fifth and sixth periods.
Of course, there won’t be enough for attendance, but I do take reports and make-up classes after.
To tell the truth, I don’t think I need to get a school diploma.
It’s okay to leave the school too since we have the bakery.
Although, I want to live with the other students as much as possible while I’m still in high school.
But today, it’s only 20 minutes before the sixth period ends, and so we can’t go back to our classroom now.
「 Yoshida-kun~ 」
Ai hugged me.
「 Let’s go to the break room 」
「 Err 」
How many times did I have sex consecutively today?
「 I’m not asking for sex…I know that Yoshida-kun is tired… 」
「 You should…take a rest…at least for twenty minutes. Ai will be your hug pillow 」
「 Sure 」
We entered the break room.
Yeah, the vent fans are at full power but the smell of sex still remains.
The bedsheets are moist from sweat.
「 Wait, I’ll change the sheets 」
Ai took out a replacement sheet and swapped them.
She’s a girl who needs her mother to do anything for yet since she started living in the mansion, she can do the bedding properly now.
「 Okay. Oh, wait 」
Ai took off her skirt.
「 I don’t want them to get wrinkled 」
Ai’s thin bare legs are exposed, and she lied down on the bed first.
「 Come, Yoshida-kun 」
I took off just my pants and lied next to Ai.
「 There, there 」
Ai hugged me.
「 Huh? I thought Ai would be my body pillow 」
This looks like I’m Ai’s hug pillow here.
「 It’s okay, Yoshida-kun’s bigger 」
Ai said with her cheeks blushing.
「 Ai 」
Ai is so cute that I kissed her.
「 Ahn, nothing more than that. It gets me wet 」
Ai said bashfully.
「 Right, let’s take a nap 」
「 Okay 」
Taking a good sleep even if it’s just 20 minutes will help.
I closed my eyes.
I hear the alarm going off in the break room.
Someone’s outside the bakery, trying to force the door open?
The door to the bakery is locked outside, you need fingerprints and a passcode.
I often unlock the door when Edie’s around but…
Otherwise, I won’t be able to type in the PIN every time I want to put out freshly baked bread in the sales area during lunchtime.
But since Edie’s outside, it should be locked.
I hurriedly checked on the monitor from the break room to show the video from the surveillance camera on the door.
『 Hey! Open up! 』
Kyouko-san’s the one holding the knob.
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「 Here’s tea 」
Ai told Kyouko-san.
「 Sorry for barging in so suddenly 」
Kyouko-san sat down and smiled at the displeased Ai.
「 What’s the matter? 」
I also sat down and asked Kyouko-san.
「 Well, you see. I went to the city and had fun with Cordelia, and then we scattered away to wind them up 」
Oh, they made a fuss again.
「 Besides, I came over to check on the drill girls I have you 」
It was Kyouko-san who handed custody of the drill sisters, Dolly and Anna, this morning.
「 Edie took the girls back to the mansion. It’s going to be hard to take them if it’s after school 」
「 Right… I guess we passed each other 」
Kyouko-san tells me with a calm smile.
「 So, what do you think about those girls, how are they? 」
「 Well, I’ll take the girls, just as Kyouko-san asked. Thanks to everyone’s help, Dolly and Anna has opened up more, and I’m sure that they’ll decide to join our family tonight 」
「 I see 」
「 So, well, I’m also taking in the remaining 11 assassins. I’m wondering if this weekend would be a good time. Once Dolly and Anna have gotten used to us, then it’s easier for the other girls to accept it. Besides, Mana and the girls’ first day at school would be on Wednesday, so it would be great if it’s after that. It’ll be calm in the house by then 」
「 Man, you’re amazing 」
「 I said that earlier this morning, but to think that you’d take them all in? 」
「 I mean, weren’t you the one who said that, Kyouko-san? 」
You told me to take the thirteen girl assassins you brought from Southeast Asia, including Dolly and Anna.
「 Just because I told you to do it doesn’t mean that you should. Even it’s just two of them, they’re too dangerous that you don’t know what to do. Then, if I told you to take 11 more of the same level, you should be giving up on that situation 」
Kyouko-san said, but…
「 Huh, but they’re good girls. Dolly and Anna, I mean. They’re honest and obedient 」
「 But, they’re girls who know nothing but killing…then, are you saying that you can suddenly make all thirteen of them live with you? 」
Oh, if that’s the case.
「 When the remaining 11 arrive, well have them live together in the empty houses near the mansion. Also, since Anya joined our family, she’ll stay and live with them for a while. Anya’s okay to stay in Japan for a while, right? 」
「 Yeah, I knew that you captured that girl 」
Kyouko-san smiled wryly.
「 Don’t say it like that. Kyouko-san, you’re also a part of our family 」
「 It’s just that Anya’s promoted from being Kyouko-san and Miss Cordelia’s pet to a little sister 」
「 Hmm, well, true 」
Kyouko-san smiled wryly
「 So, now that the thirteen girl assassins are yours, what will you do with them? Are you going to put them to a special unit in the Kouzuki SS? 」
「 I won’t let those girls kill anymore 」
I made it clear.
「 Then, what will they do? I don’t think they can be bodyguards in Kouzuki SS. They don’t have brakes so they will definitely kill someone in excessive self-defense 」
「 It’s easy to put brakes on them. We have Tsukiko and the girls on our side 」
Using the Miko power, we can restrict their mind from killing people at all times.
「 If you do that, it’ll break them 」
「 They won’t. I’ve been checking on Dolly and Anna but they never received any trauma 」
I responded immediately.
「 They’re no longer bound with the rule that they had to succeed in their assassination or their sisters will get killed like when they were in Southeast Asia. Those girls are proud of their skills, but they’re not the kind of killers who want to kill at all costs 」
If there’s no need to kill, then that’s better. That’s how they think.
「 Dolly and Anna might be just as you say, but there could be a devilish homicide among the remaining eleven 」
「 That won’t be. Kyouko-san already checked them before bringing them to the mansion. You brought them to Japan knowing that they should bring no problems, right? 」
「 Hmmm, you’re quite sharp 」
「 It’s not like I’m going to use Dolly and the girls in Kouzuki SS. They’re cute, and their physical abilities are outstanding, and they’re also smart. I’m sure that they’ll succeed in whatever job I give them 」
「 Yeah. I thought so too 」
「 Minaho’s right, you sure are to take in everything no matter what. You’re an outrageous one 」
「 Here, tea 」
Ai comes in with Japanese tea.
「 Yeah, thanks 」
「 Yoshida-kun’s tea 」
「 Thanks. Sit down, Ai 」
「 Okay 」
Ai sat next to me, facing Kyouko-san at the table.
「 Hey, did you know that there are two main types of treatment for diseases? 」
Kyouko-san asks me.
「 No, I don’t 」
「 Do you know about “remedy,” and “Cure?” 」
This is getting harder.
「 The term remedy refers to taking fever medicines when you have a fever, or antidiarrheal when you have a stomach ache 」
「 Meanwhile, cure refers to the treatment where you find the root cause of the disease, asking why such symptoms occur and deal with it 」
「 When you hear them side-by-side, it makes it sound like the remedy sounds like a bad stopgap treatment, don’t you think? If you don’t deal with the cause of the disease, then your body won’t get better 」
「 Hmm, I guess 」
「 If you don’t deal with the symptoms, even if you deal with the fever remedy or diarrhea remedy, the symptoms will come back 」
「 Yeah, that’s the theory. But it doesn’t go that smoothly in reality 」
It’s not always easy to determine the cause of an illness, sometimes, the root cause of the illness can’t be treated immediately. It could be a physical condition problem, or that you need surgery. But, if you have symptoms like high fever and diarrhea, then you’ll have to continue monitoring and deal with it as you go. If you leave it until you’re in pain, then you’ll lose strength and won’t be able to regain it 」
Yeah, you can’t do anything if you die before getting cured.
Anyway, what’s important is to deal with the symptoms that you’re experiencing right at the moment.
「 It doesn’t apply just to illnesses, but also a lot of things 」
「 Whenever a problem comes up in a nation, a company, or just a community, they deal with that first. Naturally, the problem is usually deeply rooted in the nation, company, or community. But, making changes to the root of the system is time-consuming. It needs reform. But, if another problem appears, you have to deal with it right away or it’ll start to rot the whole system to the core 」
「 But, stupid commentators and dim-witted politicians only talk about the cure. They say “This is a problem within the system. This needs a major reform,” then underestimate the importance of addressing the problems that are already there. Then they insist that “It’s useless to devote human and financial resources for something ad hoc” There are people in trouble and suffering in front of them but they can’t admit that what they’re doing can improve the situation 」
「 I think so too. People who think they’re smart…immediately thinks that “It’s *** fault, to begin with”…then continue by saying “You can’t do anything right then and there” 」
「 Yeah, true. I’m sure there’s one person who brings up principles when talking about something that needs to be done quickly 」
「 When we were in our free time during the field trip…the conversation was where to go…but there’s a weirdo who asks “Do we even need free time on our school trip?” 」
Oh, there definitely is someone like that.
Someone who endlessly argues on what can’t be established as a discussion.
They might be thinking that they’re smarter, but they’re just idiots. Such people.
「 You get it. You know that remedy is just as important 」
「 The good thing about you is that you don’t mind trying everything you can do on your own. That’s why you get more results in less time 」
「 People who scream “We need to change the fundamentals!” only spend more time and the problem in front of them doesn’t improve. If a problem arises, deal with it before even thinking about it. That’s crucial 」
「 That’s what they call Negative Crusher 」
「 It’s a person who crushes the negatives in front of them, eliminating problems one by one before even not knowing what to do next. One has a lot of things they can do, have to do, and must do. It’s better to take out the negatives, even if it’s just one, instead of stopping and thinking idly 」
That’s what happened today.
With the drill sisters, with Anya.
With Megu’s problem.
With Grace Marinka.
Even with the prostitute cadets.
I just dealt with it one-by-one.
To others, it may look like I’m just making things up as I go along.
But, by dealing with what I can immediately, I can crush down the negatives.
Anya, Dolly, and Anna joined our family.
We dealt with the boys who tried to harass Megu, and I prevented the rumors from spreading out.
Grace-san lost her fight.
Nozomi and the girls promised to get along with Tokuda-san.
「 Don’t you think that the world should just be more positive? Do you feel that you’re moving in the right direction? 」
Kyouko-san asks me.
「 Yes, I think I was today 」
I replied immediately.
「 That’s good. If you live your life without regrets, then that’s how you will feel every day 」
Oh, that’s good.
「 Some say that you should only do what’s within your reach to the best of your ability, but if you reach out, you’ll find out that you can go further. That’s how it is! 」
「 I see 」
I smiled with Kyouko-san.
「 Well then, I’ll be going now that I finished the tea. I’ll be reaching out a bit further for tonight 」
Kyouko-san stood up.
「 What will you do? 」
「 Well, just stealing some gems. There’s this sapphire I found and I like it 」
Oh right, she’s still an international criminal.
「 Well then, see you later! Thanks for the tea! 」
Kyouko-san left the bakery before the chime for the end of the sixth-period rings.