Chapter 1: The fourth day
“LITTLE SIS! RUBY! I GOT THE BLACK SWORD!”
“Ow… Big brother can you not yell over the phone? Restia`s ears are hurting. And the frozen maiden’s not here today?”
“Ah, yes. She`s asleep. She`s worn out from today`s battle.”
Restia sighed a relief. She then continued.
“So what does big brother wants to report?”
“Now what should I do with the black sword?”
“All Restia know is big brother needs to wait for 11 days.”
“11 days…? Your big brother really doesn`t want to wait for that long though.”
“Master, you need to be patient, nya.”
“You shouldn`t be talking. Who`s the one destroying my house when she`s upset?”
“NYA! Master is a meanie…!”
I could hear Ruby’s cries through the phone.
“Big brother… Ruby`s depressed already—”
“—NOT THE WALL!!!”
A violent sound crashes through the phone.
“Ah… even though I just said that. Restia can you fix it? I don`t want my house to be in a mess when I go back.”
“Okay, big brother. And Restia already tied Ruby.”
“NYA!!! NYA!!! NYAAAAA!!?”
Sheesh. So loud.
“Stop crying already Ruby. You are bothering your master.” Restia said to Ruby.
“…Sowwy…” She finally behaved.
“Big brother can relax now.”
“Thanks, my cute little sis.”
“Why is big brother hiding something from Restia?” She said.
“Eh? Why did you say so my cute little sis?”
“Because big brother said so. Restia wants to know what is it.”
“The battle? It`s nothing much my cute little sis, it`s just that I activated some traps when I tried to take the black sword.”
“You are still hiding something from me, my dear big brother.” Her tone has some accent to it now.
“You must be worrying too much.” I replied.
“Enough already! Just tell me the truth, idiot! I don`t care how much you don`t want us to worry, let me be selfish a little!” Restia`s voice was strained.
After I couldn`t endure the guilt, I told her everything during the time at the basement.
“…and that`s it.”
“Hmph… why try and hide it? Isn`t it better when you let it all out?” Restia said.
“Restia… you… aren`t worried?”
“Restia`s big brother is tough, so Restia knew big brother will survive no matter what.”
“Geez… and here I was hesitating…”
“Big brother can be pretty stubborn sometimes.”
“Alright, alright, I am sorry.”
“What happened afterwards?” She asked.
“Well… you know, I ate dinner with them and now like this, talking to you.”
“Big brother, didn`t I just warned you?”
“But this is a matter of life and death! If I let you know, that means I`m asking for death!”
“OH? SO WHAT IS IT? LET ME GUESS, A DATE WITH PERSIA SILVERLIGHT?”
“Wait, what? How did you know that Restia!?”
“DON`T LOOK DOWN ON A LITTLE SISTER`S LOVE TOWARDS HER BIG BROTHER.”
“Stop lying! You hacked Persia`s Student Council`s system! You shouldn`t do that!”
“I can`t resist… because that girl is harassing my big brother…”
“Wha— stop being unreasonable, my cute little sis.”
“Yes… Restia is sorry— as if! Big brother is being a bad example! Big brother is hacking the system too!”
“But I couldn`t resist, that girl openly asked me out for a date in front of the frozen maiden as witness!”
“Geez, big brother should’ve just tricked Restia rather than admitting it…”
“Hey, you know I can`t trick you. You can always tell when I`m lying.”
“So did big brother. Big brother also knew whenever Restia is lying.”
“That`s because we are a family, Restia. There are no secrets between family…”
“Yes, there are no secret between family…”
“JUST TELL ME ALREADY!!! HOW LONG ARE YOU PLANNING TO BE A TOUGH LITTLE GIRL!!?”
“RESTIA REALLY MISSED BIG BROTHER!!! RESTIA LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVES BIG BROTHER SO MUCH!!! RESTIA WANTS BIG BROTHER TO COME HOME NOW!!!”
“HOW MANY GUYS CONFESSED TO YOU THESE DAYS? TEN OR TWENTY!!?”
“WHAT!!? AND YOU DIDN`T TELL ME ANYTHING!!? SOME ‘FAMILY’ YOU ARE!!!”
“WHAT ABOUT YOU!? HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HARRASED THE GIRLS THESE DAYS? TEN OR TWENTY!?”
“THOSE AREN`T HARRASSING!!! I DIDN`T EVEN TOUCHED THEM ON THEIR CHEST OR BUTT LIKE YOU AND RUBY FORCED ME TO!!! Hah… hah…”
Geez, I`m out of breath…!
“And you said we shouldn`t hide anything between family…”
“Huff… we aren`t hiding anything, Restia. In the end, we always end up shouting like this between each other…” I said.
“Yes… that`s true. No matter how many times… we always yelled it out and settle it…”
“Jeez, why don`t you just talk normally to me, Restia? You always avoid saying ‘I’ as your own name, and ‘you’ as big brother.”
“Because Restia thinks this is cute. Restia really loves and respect her big brother~”
“There you go again. But you do realize right? You always talk normally whenever you are angry.”
“You didn`t realize!?”
“How should Restia know? Restia couldn`t care a thing whenever Restia is angry. It`s love, big brother. Restia loves big brother.”
“Yeah, I knew that already. I love you just as much, Restia.”
“Nnn… unfair.” Restia softly muttered.
“You are so cute. Now back to my topic, tomorrow I`m going to find a ‘someone’ tomorrow that might be able to figure something on my seals.”
“I see. SO WHO IS THIS GIRL, MY DEAR BIG BROTHER?”
“Wow, sharp as usual, my cute little sis. I`m just testing you.”
“Big brother, don`t think big brother can ignore the fact of lying by saying Restia is cute. Even though Restia is really happy when big brother praised Restia…” Restia murmured.
Her voice gone softer at the last part.
“Whoops, I have been found out and just how shameless are you?”
“Humph, don`t you dare do anything strange to that girl.”
“What on earth are you talking about little sis? Your big brother isn`t that sort of person.”
“Big brother slept together with the frozen maiden. You know… Restia really can`t tolerate in this matter… not even as family. Restia is really trying her best to hold the urge…”
From her tone, I can totally tell. She`s not joking at all. But, I did nothing wrong, and…
“Argh… Don`t stimulate my painful memories, my neck and head aches every time I recalled that event.”
“Really? Restia will forgive big brother then. Now please answer Restia`s questions.”
Oh shoot. Whenever my little sis gives question, she will know what happened by judging the answers.
There`s no way to escape this.
“Who`s the one that told big brother about the black sword?”
“…The principal. He told me about the rumours of the black sword. Then he suggested that I should ask the frozen maiden where it is.”
“That guy…! He`s the one that stole big brother away from Restia…! No, no, no… big brother big brother big brother…!”
The sound jumping to a cushion and landing on it can be heard.
I called out. But there`s no response from her, except the sobbing sounds.
Is she crying…? I should let her chill down for a while.
Just before I`m going to press the ‘end call’ button…
The sound of phone being snatched away can be heard.
“Huh, Ruby? How did you escape from the magic chains?”
“Ruby broke it, nya.”
“Wha—? Are you getting stronger again?” I`m nearly speechless for a moment.
“Master, Restia is crying…”
“Yeah, I know. So that`s why, you as the big sis should take care of her well.”
“Master, is being overprotective. Restia already has so many strong pets to protect her.”
“’Taking care’ and ‘protecting’ are two different things, Ruby. Besides, she really relies on you whenever I went out.”
“But Restia is super smart… Ruby can never catch up to Restia… Restia even sometimes scold Ruby being dumb…”
“That may be true… after all, she`s a genius.”
“Nya… but master never scolded us…”
“I did. Especially when you put a hole in my house and peek at me when I bath.”
“But those are normal… nya.”
“So you are trying to say that she unreasonably scolded you?”
“Nya...” She means yes.
“But… It doesn`t matter, Ruby. To me and Restia, you are ‘family’, a precious family. You loved us, and we love you back twice in return. Besides, did Restia ever tell you to scram and get loss? She never did even once. She also loves to sleep together with you too.”
“Master… Fortuna and the others missed master so much.”
“Sigh… they did? And here I thought they`d be fine without me. You`d better talk to them about it, Ruby. And don`t tell them I called.”
“I promise you, I will rub your head, tail and tummy when we meet again.”
“Really? Nya? Master, I love nya so much!”
“Yeah, as long as you can keep your composure.”
“Big brother? It`s Restia.”
She switched on the loudspeaker on her side.
“Restia? Are you feeling better?”
“Restia`s fine. Big brother, all of these are prepared for you.”
All of these are prepared for me…?
“Restia, could you possibly mean the black sword was all a stage?”
“…I don`t know. It`s just a feeling……”
“A feeling? I see… I will sort it out someday.”
“Big brother, who is one that gave big brother the info about the ‘magical girl’?” Restia suddenly asked.
Magical girl? She totally hates her…
“It`s Persia. And in exchange, she asked me out for a date—”
That was one of the most horrible cat scream I have ever heard.
“DAMN IT! MY EARS HURTS SO DAMN MUCH!! Don`t scream!!!” I yelled.
“RUBY WILL NEVER ALLOW MASTER TO GO WITH ANOTHER GIR— MPPHHH!!?”
It seems Restia covered her mouth by force.
“Calm down, Ruby. Even though I`m really trying my best to hold back here…” Restia murmured.
Crap. Did I set a death flag? Whatever, better divert their attentions first.
“Calm down, it`s not like we are going to hold hands or kiss—”
““DON`T YOU EVEN DARE.””
“You know I won`t! Can`t the both of you have a little faith in me?”
“No. Restia`s sure big brother wouldn`t do so.”
“Then…? Don`t you mean…!”
“It`s possible! She will take advantage on my big brother!”
“No way, that`s impossible. Your big brother doesn`t have any charm like you two.”
“No! Big brother had this ‘big brother’ charm that will make any girls fall in love.”
“Ruby agrees too. Master`s manliness is irresistible~”
“Stop lying. It didn`t work on the witch.”
“It didn`t work on big sis too.” Restia said.
“Big sis…? Actually you keep mentioning her, who is she?”
“Big sis is big brother`s future bride. Both of you are in love with each other.”
“Nya? Who is she?”
“Restia can`t remember well… but big brother calls big sis ‘snow’, and Ruby`s still too little to remember about big sis.”
“What? Even you of all people can`t remember? That`s strange… your memorization was quite insanely well.”
“Perhaps Restia was too small…? Restia couldn`t even remember when we met big sis or even her face…”
“But you remembered her name…?”
“Because big sis is the kindest girl in the world. And we promised, we`d meet again. So no matter what, Restia will never forget her name.”
“Hah… and what about her similar to the frozen maiden?”
“Restia don`t know. The frozen maiden is really, really, similar to big sis… and she`s pretty, no wonder even someone like my big brother could barely even hold back his urge.”
“You hacked my system and looked at her profile…?”
“Ehem… don`t mind the details, dear big brother.”
“She`s really pretty…!” Ruby gasped.
“You are even looking at it now with Ruby? Could you stop that? It`s creepy.”
“But her name is ‘Kuroyuki Shiroha’… it`s an eastern language. It means ‘black snow, white feather’.”
“Yeah, I knew that already, and?”
“But why black snow? Is it because her hair is black? And it`s natural too…”
“You seemed disappointed. Do you really want to meet your big sis that much?”
“It`s not Restia`s. It`s big brother`s.”
“Okay… then do you remember why are we both in love with each other?”
“Restia can`t remember clearly… but it was big brother who ‘found’ big sis when we hide and seek.”
“Huh…? Wait, what? Where?”
“Sorry… That`s all that Restia can remember…”
“I see… Then that means I can do whatever I want to the w—”
““NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.””
“Eh? Both of you should know that I—”
“I DON`T CARE. CROSS THE LINE, AND YOU ARE DEAD.”
“I`m sorry, please pretend that never happened and forgive me.” I said.
“Now then, big brother. Tomorrow make sure not to do anything bad to those two girls okay? OR ELSE, YOU WILL DIE.”
“Yes. Little sis.”
“MASTER, DON`T EVEN TRY TO TOUCH THEM.”
“Goodnight big brother~ Restia will always love you~”
……………………………………………………I want to cry.