Chapter 4 – Welcome to the Danger Zone!
Chapter 4: Part 1
Someone was humming.
It was a light, jaunty little tune, reminiscent of the opening to Zenigata Heiji.
I walked down the hallway connecting the entranceway to the kitchen on the first floor of my house. It was the same walk I had done hundreds, if not thousands of times.
The humming was coming from the kitchen. In the opposite direction, from the entranceway…
“Yeah… yeah… tomorrow. Mhmm… yeah, guess I gotta…”
Someone was on the phone. That someone was a brown-haired little girl who was twirling the phone cord around her finger while her ahoge bounced from side to side. Her name was Haruna, and she was our resident idiot.
I soon found myself standing in front of the kitchen, together with a silver-haired girl.
She was wearing armor and gauntlets, and although her face was expressionless, I could gauge a hint of unease in her eyes as she looked up at me.
“Don’t worry, Yuu. I’ll definitely… put a stop to this.”
I put a hand on her shoulder and smiled. Yuu dipped her jaw just slightly, signifying a nod.
Okay… I steeled myself and very timidly took a step into the kitchen.
“Oh my, if it isn’t Ayumu. Is there something you needed?”
There was a girl wearing an apron in the kitchen. Her long, luxurious black hair was bundled up into a ponytail, and she was a girl of unrivaled beauty. She also always had a dignified, uncompromising expression on her face.
Her large breasts asserted their presence to all there bearing witness, and her slender, feminine body was just… I really just couldn’t get enough of it. Looking at her just brought sigh after sigh of admiration to my lips.
Her usually cold expression softened a bit, and a kind voice came out from her soft lips.
“Don’t worry, everything will be ready soon. Please wait in the living room.”
That sweet voice of hers was probably coming from the very bottom of her heart. I could count on one hand the number of times this year I’ve heard such a sweet, kind voice directed at me.
But, I needed to say something here.
For the sake of Yuu, who was still standing behind me… for my sake… for Sera’s sake… I would carry out my duties as the master of this house!
My face had softened into a smile, but I hardened it once again.
“Sera.” My voice came out even lower than I had expected.
“What is it?”
Sera sounded pretty happy right now. She was as happy as office ladies uki uki watching (1) at noontime. She always had such a cool demeanor (and was absolutely icy when it came to me), that seeing her like this… ugh, it was just so cute.
But… I still had to say it. I narrowed my eyes and spoke to Sera in a serious voice.
“Sera… you really don’t have to cook.”
(1) A reference to the opening theme of Waratte Iitomo!, a popular variety show that airs around lunchtime. Last episode aired in 2014 though.