I felt my shoulders tense up involuntarily.
No matter how close we were, even if we were childhood friends, this distance is too close.
In my first life, five years ago, I had already distanced myself from Mika.
All he did was complain when we saw each other, so this distance frightened me.
Unable to do anything with the book in my hand, my body just stopped the function of moving while I was in a position to be hugged from behind.
In my first life, when I was with Machina, that room was only used a few times.
The castle is well-guarded, and there was never any inconvenience in my first life even if there was no personal knight there.
There is no reason why Mika should be there.
Anyhow, if the man who expresses his affection at this close distance lived in the room next door, my heart won’t be able to rest.
There was only one answer.
I closed the book and pushed Mika’s head backward.
As I said it, I nodded my head in my mind, thinking that it was a perfectly valid answer.
I’ve never been good at getting involved with other people.
It’s impossible for me to go to school with him every day and come back to the same place as him.
If it’s with Mika, it’s all the more impossible for me.
—But, a strangely low and disturbing voice rings in my ear.
“Then, if something like this happens, can you handle it on your own, Nagi?”
His arms that were around my stomach started to slide into my waistcoat.
With the opposite right hand, he smoothly opened the buttons.
Mika’s warm hand touched my skin directly.
The book that was in my hand dropped to the floor.
“Huh, wait! Wh-what are you-…”
“This is no good.
You’re so beautiful, but you’re too defenseless, Nagi.
Everyone is after you.”
“Th-that’s not true!”
I couldn’t help but grab Mika’s wriggling hand from over my clothes.
But Mika’s hand didn’t stop, it kept stroking my stomach and then went all the way up to my chest.
I tried twisting my body, but he didn’t budge at all.
I want him to stop breathing on my neck, it makes me shiver.
“Come on, resist me.
The castle is safe even without me, right?”
“No, you’re the one who’s doing this…!”
Mika’s logic was messed up.
I don’t know what he’s thinking.
But in actuality, I panicked because I can’t break away from him in the slightest.
Now both of his hands are touching me under the clothes, and it made me almost lose my mind.
I feel like I’m going to let out a pant, so I bit my lip.
Then, at that moment, Mika’s tongue slithered up my neck.
I shuddered at the voice I had let out.
I was so embarrassed that heat gathered on my face all at once.
What’s with that sweet voice…?! I tried desperately to retort back in my head, but Mika fell silent, and I just felt more and more embarrassed.
As I stayed frozen with my body still stiff, Mika hugged me tightly from behind.
And then, he exhaled a sigh, and said.
I knew it, this is no good at all.
I won’t know when someone might come after you, Nagi.”
“I told you, there’s no one like that…”
Just as I said that, a hand came around from behind, grabbed me by the chin, and turned my face back.
Mika’s face was at a distance where his breath could hit me.
My heart skipped a beat.
I felt the usually fresh jade eyes of his flickering softly.
I couldn’t help but notice Mika’s lips, which were too close to mine.
His lips, which always smile like the sun, slowly opened.
His eyelashes, the same color as his hair, were pointed at me.
I was trapped by his unclouded gaze.
“Is it okay?”
“…if I continue?”
Continue…? I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, but when Mika rubbed the tip of his nose against me like a courting animal, I finally understood.
By continuing… did he mean… a kiss…?
(No, no, no.
I can’t take it, what’s this situation?)
Mika carelessly narrowed his eyes and whispered, “I’m totally fine continuing this,” so close that his lips almost touched my ear.
It made me shiver.
“Eh, ah, wha-” as I was panicking, Mika’s request descended on me.
He seemed completely unfazed even though he was doing such a thing.
Give me permission to use the room.”
I was not calm enough at the moment to realize that it was the worst of the worst choice.
Then in a soft, gentle voice, Mika said.
I didn’t even want to notice that Mika’s eyes were squinted with delight as he left.
When I said, “That’s too much…” he retorted back, “You won’t understand the sense of danger unless I do that, Nagi”.
To be honest, I don’t understand why I should feel the sense of danger that he’s talking about in my room in the royal castle.
But I didn’t want to think about anything anymore, so I abandoned the thought.
In the end, I could only watch in dismay as Mika told me he would pack his luggage and come back tomorrow.
Then, I spent the rest of the night fainting in agony.
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