Chapter 86:

Volume 3: Chapter 3: Siblings - Part 4


Kuriyama walked down the hall to his master’s room. Because his master didn’t appreciate having men in the same general sleeping vicinity, his room was on the other side of the private villa building. It was inconvenient. However, there was nothing to be done about that.Bookmark here

His feet thumped against the wooden tiles as he hurried down the hall. Unlike the rest of the hotel, this private condominium hotel resembled a traditional Japanese home. Even the doors were the traditional sliding paper doors.Bookmark here

Stopping in front of his master’s door, he prostrated himself by sitting in seiza.Bookmark here

“My Lord, you summoned me?”Bookmark here

“I did,” a voice came from inside. “Come in.”Bookmark here

Kuriyama slid the door opened, stood up, entered, slid the door closed, and then turned to Master Orochi. He was still sitting in seiza.Bookmark here

Master Orochi sat against a seat made from a plethora of cushions in varying shades of red. He wasn’t alone. Sitting around him, lounging as they fed him food, wine, or merely laid at his feet, were the women in his harem. All of them, including his master, were in a serious state of undress. Kimonos were askew. Chests were visible. Barely anything was covered.Bookmark here

Kuriyama withheld a sigh.Bookmark here

“I’ve come as you requested, My Lord.” He bowed his head. “What is your bidding?”Bookmark here

“I’ve sensed a fly buzzing around us as of late,” Master Orochi said before opening his mouth and saying “ah” as he allowed Hatsune to feed him a grape. He finished chewing, swallowed, drank from a saucer filled with wine that Kumiko served him, and then looked back at Kuriyama. “I want you to find this annoyance and take care of her.”Bookmark here

For Master Orochi to request something like this, at this moment, as in right now, meant that whoever this “fly” was, they had to be somewhere close.Bookmark here

“Of course, My Lord.” Kuriyama bowed again. “Your will shall be done.”Bookmark here

He stood up, turned around, and prepared to leave, but as he was opening the sliding door, Master Orochi called out to him.Bookmark here

“Oh, and, you wouldn’t happen to be hiding anything from me, would you, Kuriyama?”Bookmark here

Kuriyama froze. It was only for a second. Then he recovered himself and said, “Of course not. You are my lord who saved me from death. I would never hide anything from you.”Bookmark here

“Is that so?” Master Orochi paused for a moment, humming with a thoughtful air. “Very good. I appreciate your loyalty. You may go now.”Bookmark here

Kuriyama bowed once more before exiting the room, sliding the door shut, and wandering back down the hall to his room.Bookmark here

That had been a little too close for comfort. Kuriyama did regret lying to Master Orochi, but he also knew his master. While he respected his lord, Master Orochi had a bad habit of seducing women. Kuriyama wouldn’t mind if Master Orochi seduced Kuro, but his sister was still too young, and sleeping with a nekomata when she wasn’t of age could have adverse affects on them. It would be better to wait until Kuro came of age.Bookmark here

This is for both Master Orochi and Kuro’s benefit, he justified.Bookmark here

Entering his room, Kuriyama shut the door and turned to his sister with a smile.Bookmark here

“Sorry for leaving so abruptly,” he said. “I’ve taken care of the business with Master Orochi, so no we can… talk…?”Bookmark here

He trailed off, his eyes widening, breath still, heart slowing down as the room’s silence struck him. The room was empty. Kuro was gone. She was gone. Where was she? What happened/ She wasn’t here. Gone gone gone gone gone go—Bookmark here

He looked at the window. It was open. The curtains were fluttering in the breeze.Bookmark here

“Kuro!!!”Bookmark here

With a furious snarl twisting his face, he bounded for the window and leapt out, landing on all fours on the grassy ground. He tried to sniff for her scent, but he couldn’t find it. His sense of smell had been gone ever since the attack on the village. His eyesight had also grown bad. It was because of that fire.Bookmark here

It doesn’t matter.Bookmark here

Kuriyama stared at the ground, seeking, searching, looking. If Kuro had gotten out this way, then surely—yes! There! Footprints! Two sets of them. Someone else had been here? A kidnapper!Bookmark here

“They kidnapped my sister!!!”Bookmark here

Roaring in anger, Kuriyama bolted. He bound forward on all fours, keeping his eyes on the footprints, never letting them out of his sight. The wind raced around him. It howled in his ears. He was going to find whoever had kidnapped his sister and tear them apart!Bookmark here

“KURRROOO!!!”Bookmark here

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