Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Volume 3 History
The second day of summer break.
Yozora complained about me being late yesterday for showing up at the time we normally meet, so today I headed for school right after I finished eating lunch.
Seeing as how today was just as hot as yesterday, Kobato opted to stay at home again.
I arrived at the clubroom just a few minutes past one o'clock.
The only one in the room was Yukimura.
"Excellent work as always, Aniki."
"Yo. ...I didn't actually do any work today though."
While making a quick jab at Yukimura who was bowing his head at me as though I were some boss of a yakuza gang who just got out of prison, I asked,
"Where's everyone else?"
"Both Sena-anego and Yozora-anego have yet to arrive, and Lady Maria is occupied with her work as a sister today."
"I see... Did you give Maria her food?"
"Yes. As per your instructions, I ensured that it was healthy as well."
"Ohh? What'd you give her?"
"A substance known as protein. I have heard it is quite good for you."
There was a bottle of protein pills sitting knocked over on top of the table.
I can't deny that it's good for you, but...
"Why do you always have to go to one extreme or another!?"
I yelled, and took the bottle in my hand.
It was completely empty.
"...Did Maria eat all of this?"
"Yes. She did not seem to be very pleased with it, but I was ordered to feed her by you, Aniki, so I had no choice but to harden my heart and force her to eat it."
"You're kidding me..."
I couldn't really imagine little Yukimura forcing Maria to finish an entire bottle of protein pills.
Then, with a meek look on his face, Yukimura said,
"...I now understand the feelings Hideyoshi Hashiba had when Manpukumaru*V* was executed."
"He was the eldest son of Nagamasa Asai, after his father's defeat at the hands of Nobunaga Oda, he was then crucified by Hideyoshi under Nobunaga's orders. He was but a 10 year old boy."
"...A 10 year old kid huh... I feel bad for him."
By the way, Maria is 10 years old too.
"Yes. I believe that Manpukumaru's screaming and shouting was very similar to Maria's."
"They sounded similar!?"
"...Starting tomorrow, don't worry about making it healthy, go for a normal taste... Try to give her something more normal than a bottle of pills, you know, something that she'd actually want to eat. We're not in the Warring States era anymore, there's no need to repeat the tragedy of Manpukumaru."
"Very well, leave it to me."
The only thing good about that was the fact he listened to me.
"...You do know what I mean, right?"
While thinking about the various tragedies in history, I sat down on the sofa.
I figured I might as well kill some time until Yozora and the rest get here, so I took a book out of my bag and started reading it.
...but, I couldn't really settle down.
I turned around, and saw Yukimura standing there with his poker face just staring at me.
"Yes, is there something you require of me?"
Yukimura asked me, with a happy tone to his voice for some reason.
"Ah, it's just, I can't really calm down so can you stop staring at me?"
As I said that, Yukimura went from happy to sad in an instant.
His facial expression didn't change much, but I could feel the entire atmosphere around him change.
"Might I, be a bother to you?"
"No, it's not like you're bothering me..."
"If there is anything unsatisfactory regarding my behavior I will fix it immediately, so I beg you Aniki, please allow me to stay by your side."
Gh, he's being as ridiculously over-formal with me as always, but when he looks at me with those teary eyes it makes me feel like I just did something awful!
"...You can do what you want."
I said, exhausted, to which Yukimura's face brightened up like a light bulb.
And so, while having Yukimura's red-hot stare bore its way into my back, I finished reading my novel at which point it was already a little past six o'clock.
"So nobody ended up coming huh... Might as well go home I guess."
I got up off the sofa.
"See you tomorrow, Aniki."
I parted ways with a slightly sad looking Yukimura, and started my trek back home.
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