“Good morning, Ling Yue.”
“Good morning…” greeted Ling Yue. She paused for a moment after greeting me before asking, “You’ve been outside the entire day for the last two days. You haven’t slept at night, either. Can you hold up?”
I chuckled, “Of course I can. This will end soon. I can deploy my plan very soon. I’m very surprised to see you worrying about me all of a sudden.”
Ling Yue went red in the face. However, she didn’t rebuke me in a proud voice. Instead, she meekly lowered her tail and softly explained, “I don’t have a choice… The… the only person who can stay by my side, listen to me and I can miss… now is you… Tanya doesn’t speak to me. The guards direct their anger over Philes’ death at me, because of my identity as an anthropoid… Marvel has passed away, and I’ve lost the place I can reminiscence… I… There is nobody left in this world who pays me any attention anymore, besides you …”
I looked at Ling Yue. It appeared as though she squeezed a massive amount of sadness into her small body. I walked up close to her and grabbed hold of her hand. I asked, “Ling Yue, do you still miss Marvel?”
“He is the only one I’ve loved and the only one who ever said he loved me, so how could I forget him?” rhetorically asked Ling Yue. She wiped her tears before continuing on as she quivered, “But that’s all gone. Everything is gone. I never thought that things would turn out this way. Perhaps I was too naïve. I never ever thought that Marvel would leave me. I had lots of things to ask him. I had lots of things I wanted to say to him, but that’s impossible now.”
“It’s war, so there are bound to be people who die. Perhaps what you don’t understand is war.” I remarked.
Her hands weakly fidgeted in mine the same way I held Luna’s hand back then. She raised her head up to look at me and weakly questioned, “Can you still win?”
I looked at her blood-red eyes and asked, “Are you questioning me?”
She shook her head. While still shaking, she explained, “No. I am afraid that you will become a second Marvel… If something happens to you, as well… if you die like Marvel and Philes have, I really will have nobody left to talk to and rely on… I… I… I don’t want that sort of world… It… it would be too lonely…”
I pressed my hand on her shoulder gently. She didn’t speak or resist this time. I finally pulled her into my gentle embrace. She shuddered before gently resting her head on my chest. Her two pointy ears brushed my jaw. I stroked her back and resolutely said, “I won’t leave you, and I won’t die. I’ll live on for my wives, my moms and you. I told you that I’m your knight. I’ll make sure your dream becomes a reality and, by that, I mean not only avenging you, but also accompanying you…”
“You’re a human…”
She muttered that sentence on my chest in a soft voice. She didn’t resist this time, but she didn’t hug me, either. I clasped her face and raised it up. I looked at her haggard face.
Ling Yue was really pretty, very pretty, as a matter of fact. I didn’t know when I forgot about monogamy. Maybe it was after I married Nier and Lucia. Maybe it was when I hugged Mommy Elizabeth and Mommy Vyvyan. But, I no longer minded the fact that I was married.
I wanted to kiss Ling Yue on her lips. I had no reason to like Ling Yue. Maybe it was because she was different to others, but maybe it was because I had sympathy for her. Maybe it was because seeing her sadness and tears reminded me of the full-moon night. Whatever the case was, I wanted to kiss her lips in that moment.
Maybe it was because she was the only one waiting for me every time I came back exhausted and would say, “Welcome back.”
All right. My mistake.
Ling Yue shoved me away with one arm. She looked at me angrily and shouted, “What do you want to do to me?! You take advantage of me every time! How does the human brain work?! Do you humans only think of women?! Go find your wives if you want to do this sort of thing! I’m not your wife, you bully, pervert, creep!!”
I rubbed my face where she just viciously slapped me. I smiled helplessly, “Sorry, sorry, I don’t know why, but I always have an urge to kiss you when I hold you in my arms. Maybe it’s because I like you… Uhm… I think I like you…”
“Disgusting!! You philandering pervert! You told me about how you love your wife Lucia so much and now here you are, telling another woman you like her?! Your wife is pregnant, too! You seriously are rotten to the core!!”
Ling Yue folded her arms, and then angrily turned away. She shifted her tail to the front of her body to avoid letting me catch it. I smiled helplessly, “All right. I admit I wronged my wives just now, but I’ve already wronged them. I wasn’t completely responsible for it, though.”
“You! You! We agreed not to talk about what happened that day!!”
Ling Yue spun back around and revealed her fangs. The fur on her tail gradually began to stand up. That was a classic Ling Yue action whenever she was angry. She was a beast, no doubt about that. She was wishing she could bite my neck off. I looked at her, raised my hands up high and backed down, “Okay, okay, okay, I get it. I get it. I’m very sorry. But do you feel a bit better now?”
“That’s not how you cheer girls up! Just how did you get your wives to fall for you?!”
“I like your current reaction more,” I said. I turned around. “I need to go see Tanya and Shusia now. Do you want to come with me? Actually, I think it’s best that you come with me.”
She hesitated for a moment, and then sighed, “They won’t welcome me…”
I looked at her and firmly told her, “They will welcome you, because they’re my subordinates, while you’re now… umm… my guest, I guess. I’ll bring you with me this time to make them aware of that. Ling Yue, you’re not alone, and you don’t have just me alone. Not only will I help you return home, but also allow you to live as you did in the past. You’ll have friends, a family and even somebody you love.”
She looked at me blankly. Her gaze was filled with disbelief. Still, I noticed her tail swinging gently.
“Tch. As if I’d believe you. You’ve promised me way too many things. I’m not your wife, you know? I won’t believe you so easily! Hmph! Even if I find someone else to love, it’ll never be you! Never!!”
The young girl left the library and returned home. She had lots of questions to ask her dad, but she needed to solve an issue due to the weather first.
“Ah, I’m back…”
The young girl pushed the door open. The maid welcomed her with a smile. She looked at her and said, “Welcome back, Miss. Did you want to eat or drink something? How about a cold drink for starters?”
Although she was a maid, the young girl still looked at her with great respect. It was clear that the maid was different. She had more freedom compared to others and had a more regal aura. The maid smiled and turned around. The young girl made a long sigh, and then vigorously removed her belt, allowing her furry tail to lift up her skirt. The young girl scooped her skirt up, completely ignoring the fact that her sling socks were revealed. Her tail swung similarly to a fan. The young girl shivered from head to toe, and then let out a soothing moan.
Her tail sometimes made her really uncomfortable… especially during summer!