Ikemen Vampire ~ Arthur: Part 3 ~

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Summary:
Once I am taken in the estate,
I try to settle in when I walk in on somebody’s room……
that is Arthur’s room!?
What will I find out there……?

Count of St. Germaine
“MC, could it be that you have taken a liking toward Arthur……?”

MC
“Rather than a ‘liking’…… it’s more like I’m afraid of him.”

Count of St. Germaine
“Afraid……”

MC
“He didn’t bite me yesterday, but it’s just……”

Count of St. Germaine
“Someday, you really will be bitten though. To add on to that, it’s not just Arthur……”

The Count’s eyes lit with a sharp fierceness.

Count of St. Germaine
“Has it crossed your mind that all of us vampires are after you?”

The eyes in front of me manipulate me, and I feel meaningless.

I slowly nod once, and the Count’s eyes suddenly soften.

Count of St. Germaine
“If that’s the case, then you can relax. It’s true that vampires have to live off of human blood,”
“but……”

The Count smoothly glances at Sebastian, and like an illusion, Sebastian brings out two types of bottles.

Sebastian
“First, please look at the red bottle.”

MC
“Ah…… this is what Arthur asked for yesterday……”

Sebastian
“Yes, it is called ‘rouge’, and the bottle contains blood.”

MC
“Eh……”

Sebastian
“Worry not. We secure these from safe and peaceful distribution channels.”

MC
(S-So it’s like that……)

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Sebastian
“…… And then, this here”
“is called ‘blanc’, which serves as a substitute for blood.”
“This can’t be prepared in large amounts, as it is only meant to be a substitute for ‘rouge’.”
“It is refined from a white flower. Something like this will also be able to satisfy their hunger.”

Count of St. Germaine
“MC, as long as these are around, we won’t lay a hand on humans.”

MC
“Really…?”

Count of St. Germaine
“Well, there is no reason to. Only by some chance, a vampire biting somebody would happen if they forgot to consume rouge.”

MC
“…… But, if that’s the case, then why does Arthur bite streetwalkers?”

Count of St. Germaine
“Arthur sucking blood is like a type of pleasantry for him, so to speak……”

MC
“Sucking blood is… a pleasantry……?”

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Sebastian
“He said very frankly, ‘It’s an act of a prolonged time of making out.'”

Choice: { “It’s not prolonged……!” · “I don’t really get it……” · “‘Making out’, you say……” }

MC
“Sucking blood is not a prolonged time of making out……!”

Sebastian
“Arthur-san is another story.”

I know there is a rising heat behind my ears.

MC
“Do you always allow them to do that?”

Count of St. Germaine
“No, it was never something I allowed.”
“Us vampires can’t make ourselves well-known.”
“But Arthur’s identity never got revealed……”
“And him sucking blood wouldn’t be noticed.”

Sebastian
“Therefore, the Count puts his trust in Arthur-san.”

Count of St. Germaine
“But you were not his play-partner for one night. You also held onto a valuable future, so to speak.”
“Besides that, I wouldn’t allow anyone to bite you. You can go and let Arthur know.”

The Count takes in a breath before looking into my eyes.

Count of St. Germaine
“MC.”

MC
“…… Yes, Count?”

Count of St. Germaine
“With this, I’ve told you everything. If possible, I would like to stay by your side in order to protect you. However……”
“If you ever feel scared, I can let you borrow a house on the outskirts.”

MC
“You don’t have to……”

The Count and Sebastian’s gaze turn to me.

Count of St. Germaine
“Think about it carefully, and choose whatever is best for you, MC.”

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I return back to the estate, and I walk through the corridor, where rays of sunlight shine through

while I think very carefully.

MC
(…… I just can’t close off the Count and Sebastian’s words when I saw those gentle and honest eyes.)

In the end, I chose to stay in the estate.

Borrowing Sebastian’s words, this would be considered a “trial period”.

MC
(I guess I’ll just have to make do with this place, huh……)

Napoleon
“Hey, you. What are you wandering around alone for?”

When I heard a voice, I turned my gaze to the man with jet black hair.

MC
“Napoleon…san.”
(The first time Napoleon and I ran into each other, he helped me.)

But he is also…… a vampire.

MC
(…… I just recently talked with the Count, but I’m still a little scared.)

When I take a step back……

MC
“Eh……”

My hand is suddenly grasped, and I jump in surprise.

Napoleon
“Well, that’s good. This is good timing, so come here.”

MC
“Eh…… W-Wait, Napoleon-san!”

He first takes me to the dining room, where……

Vincent-san, Theodorus-san, and Isaac-san were.

A heap of delicious-looking pancakes with steam still rising from them was set in front of me.

Isaac
“Napoleon-san, is it okay to eat now?”

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Napoleon
“Be my guest. Just don’t burn yourself.”

Vincent
“Uwaa…… it’s really good, as expected of Napoleon’s cooking.”

Theodorus
“………… Nn, it’s good.”

Napoleon
“Cooking pancakes isn’t much. Nn? You, what are you just standing there for? Come on, sit here.”

MC
“Waa……!”

Vincent
“Ah, MC. Come in, here’s a fork.”

Isaac
“………… And a knife. If you need it, then use it.”

Theodorus
“Don’t tell me you don’t know how to use a fork and a knife?”

MC
“…… I know how to use them very well. It’s just that, um……”

Napoleon
“I made too many pancakes anyway, so you also eat.”
“You’re living here, right? If that’s the case, then this is work as well.”

MC
“…… But I haven’t said anything about staying here forever.”

Napoleon
“Hmm? Well, you’re here right now. So that’s what’s important to me.”

When I widen my eyes, Napoleon smiles meaningfully.

MC
(…… By any chance, did he say that while taking me into consideration?)

Napoleon
“Here, it’s going to get cold, so hurry up and eat.”

MC
“Ah…… okay. Thank you for the food!”

My cheeks puff out with one bite of the pancakes, and I gradually feel the gathered discomfort melt away.

And then…… as everyone was smiling and eating pancakes in the sun-filled room, I feel my fear being relieved.

MC
(When it comes to vampires, I get the image of the cross or garlic, but)
(…… this estate’s vampires are completely different from that.)

As I look at everyone, Vincent meets my eyes.

Vincent
“By the way, MC. Could you stop using formalities with us? I want you to drop the ‘san’.” [1]

MC
“Eh……?”

Vincent
“Even if you haven’t decided yet that you want to stay here, it’s a rare meeting.”
“So, we want to get to know you better, MC.”

We want to get to know you better——at these casual words, I feel myself slowly yet surely open up.

MC
(That’s right…… Even as I felt fear, I didn’t know any of them too well.)
(Being afraid as well as deciding whether to believe or not…… getting to know everybody better as well.)

Suddenly, I recall Arthur’s face.

MC
(…… I’m still scared of Arthur. But……)
(I would also like to properly face him, too.)

As soon as my feelings of fear disappear, what’s left in my chest is a warm feeling of hope and expectation of what’s to come.

MC
“…… Sure, I would like to get to know everybody better as well.”

Theodorus
“Don’t use formalities when we just told you not to, prey.” [2]

MC
“Ah……”

Napoleon
“You… really are strange, are you.”

——…… I know everything there is to know about this estate, and so then, the next day, I began to think about how I would like to get to know everyone.

The sun was bright outside.

MC
(I’ve been given a place to live for free, and I’ve also been given food to eat, so I can’t take not doing anything.)
(If one will not work, one will not eat!)

I give some thought to the work that this estate’s charismatic butler, Sebastian, gave me.

My first job was to retrieve the bed sheets.

MC
“Umm…… and the next room is”

I knock on the door and raise my voice, but I get no response.

But, the door that leads to the room opens easily when I put my hands on it.

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MC
(It doesn’t seem like anybody’s here, but I hope it’s okay to come in for the bed sheets.)
(Okay, once I get the sheets, I’ll hurry and leave.)

As I retrieve the bed sheets, I suddenly think about whose room this is.

A simple bed, a mountain of presents with the ribbons still on..….,

and a bookshelf with books densely lined together.

MC
“Ah……!”

As I grab the bed sheets, the papers lying on the desk fall to my feet as if doing a gentle dance.

I bend down to grab the papers when my eyes, at that moment, landed on the writing on the paper.

MC
(The title is…… “An Unexpected Guest”?)

The young woman who came form the mysterious door is really pretty, I told that fact to Holmes.

But he says in his usual tone,

“Because of her personality, your judgement got clouded again.”

As he observes her, I think about how different we are.

We should make her frightened like a rabbit that’s too wary in our presence.

I thought embracing the fear in the heart was a technique of protecting one’s body.

MC
(…… Rabbit?)

I get the connection of that word I heard before, but my interest lies elsewhere.

MC
(Holmes…… This is the story of “The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes”.)

So that means this place is……——

Arthur (flashback)
“Okaay, I’m next.”
“Arthur Conan Doyle. Mystery writer.”

MC
(Arthur’s room……)

The manuscript in my hand, I stiffen a little bit.

MC
(I did think of getting to know each other, but I feel wary if it’s just the two of us.)

Just as I put the manuscripts back on the desk and leave the room……

MC
“……?”

My eyes go to the countless number of manuscripts lying on the desk.

As if being sucked in, I pick them up and scan over the words.

MC
“…… Uwaa.”

The string of characters in the manuscript were written as if it was by a criminal using an ingenious trick.

Furthermore, the vivid interactions between Holmes and his assistant Watson splendidly comes out of his writing.

I shouldn’t selfishly look at this like I am——that’s what I thought,

but almost like a kid whose got their hands on a map from a treasure island, I couldn’t stop reading.

I forgot all about leaving here, realizing that I was becoming engrossed in reading.

——…… The time when MC was in the world of Sherlock Holmes.

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Arthur
“~ ♪”

Arthur holds his writing companion, coffee, in one hand as he hums a tune while walking.

When he places his hand on the door to his room,

Arthur
“~ ♪ …… Hn?”

He realized the door he had closed when he left was now slightly open.

Peeking through the gap in the door, he saw……——

Arthur
“…… MC?”

Footnotes:
[1] 
The honorific -san in Japan is for people you just meet or acquaintances, usually.
[2] I’m not completely sure, but Theodorus might have been referring to when MC used “desu”, which is considered to be a more formal or polite suffix in Japanese.

Ikemen Vampire ~ Arthur: Part 2 (II) ~

 

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Summary:
There was something I knew after I ran from Arthur.
This estate’s secret— —.
“Everything that Arthur said. . .was the truth.”
Now, the gears of my fate will start to go crazy……

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Count of St. Germaine
“I heard about last night from Sebastian.”
“You got scared, so I would like to apologize from the heart as the master of this estate.”
“I’m really sorry.”

When I see the Count bow in front of me, I speak up.

MC
“…… Please raise your head, Count. More importantly, there are many things I would like to hear about.”

Count of St. Germaine
“Ah, I know. …… I’ll talk about whatever you wish to talk about.”
“…… Though, if you are closed in such a room talking, you will probably feel cramped.”
“Sebastian, can you make preparations for black tea and, let’s see…… sweets as well in the garden?”

Sebastian
“Understood. I will go and make the preparations.”

Count of St. Germaine
“Well then, shall we go, MC?”

MC
“Uwaa……!”

We leave the room to go to a place where a gazebo is surrounded by flowers, almost like the scenery in a picture book.

As I gaze at the scenery, Sebastian brings in honey-colored black tea in teacups.

MC
“Thank you very much, Sebastian……”

Count of St. Germaine
“Now then…… what did you hear from Arthur last night?”

MC
“Last night……— —”

I tell the Count what Arthur said as I recall it.

Arthur (flashback)
“We signed a ‘contract’ with the Count, and we were revived as people with a life again.”
“‘The price for an eternal existence. . .is to become a vampire.'”
“— —This is the Count’s condition for signing the contract.”

Count of St. Germaine
“…… I see. MC, I want you to calm down and listen.”
“Everything that Arthur said. . .was the truth.”
“The people in this estate are certainly great men from history and vampires……”
“They were all revived as vampires by my hand.”

What type of person is the Count— —I’ve thought that,

but when I saw the Count’s eyes cloud over, I swallow those words.

MC
“So you’re saying that you were the one who chose all the people in this estate?”

Count of St. Germaine
“No, I can’t do that.”
“The people in this estate are people who wish to gain another life, even as they may turn into a vampire.”

MC
“Another. . .life……”

Count of St. Germaine
“You know, MC, there are two types of humans when they are on the verge of death.”
“On one hand, there are humans who smile at the accomplishments they have done, but on the other, there are humans who have regrets.”
“This estate’s residents describe the latter of the two types.”
“Though, what they regret and feel is different for each person.”

The Count smiles at Sebastian as if transmitting a path.

Sebastian
“That’s right. I know these up to an extent.”
“Vincent wanted to ‘draw more paintings’.”
“As for his younger brother, Theodorus,”
“‘I wanted to sell more of my brother’s paintings and bring to light his talent in being an artist.'”
“Isaac-san’s was, ‘I wanted more time to research under quiet circumstances.'”
“…… so they said.”

MC
“Um, what was Arthur’s reason?”
(It seems as though Arthur is that type of person who has no bounds of exultation in life.)
(I wouldn’t think he became a vampire just for that though.)

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Sebastian
“I did hear Arthur-san say something before.”

Changing the tone of his voice, Sebastian continues.

Sebastian
“‘Ehh, my reason for being revived as a vampire? That should be pretty obvious–'”
“‘The longer my life is, the more girls I can play with, right?'”
“…… was what he said. It is apparently to have more fun.”

MC
“Thank you for the exact impersonation……”
(…… More like, for him to say that it’s because he wants to play with girls……)
(Arthur really is a light-hearted person……)

Count of St. Germaine
“MC, could it be that you have taken a liking toward Arthur……?”

MC
“Rather than a ‘liking’…… it’s more like I’m afraid of him.”

Count of St. Germaine
“Afraid……”

MC
“He didn’t bite me yesterday, but it’s just……”

Count of St. Germaine
“Someday, you really will be bitten though. To add on to that, it’s not just Arthur……”

The Count’s eyes lit with a sharp fierceness.

Count of St. Germaine
“Has it crossed your mind that all of us vampires are after you?”

Ikemen Vampire ~ Arthur: Part 2 (I) ~

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Summary:
There was something I knew after I ran from Arthur.
This estate’s secret— —.

“Everything that Arthur said. . .was the truth.”
Now, the gears of my fate will start to go crazy……

MC
“Nn…… ah……”

Arthur
“Nn, that’s a nice voice. It’s veeery cute–”
“And besides that, your expression has become cuter, too……?”
“Drown yourself more in me. If you do that, I will make you feel good……”
“Okay, MC……?”

Arthur pulls back the hair that was covering my neck.

MC
(If it goes on like this, I really will get attacked……)

I feel like I’m losing myself and that my back is floating……

Arthur
“……?”

So, I bite into Arthur’s neck, which was defenseless in front of my eyes.

Arthur
“Ow……!”

When the grip on my hand loosens, I use this opportunity to push Arthur away before getting up from the table.

MC
“…… Haa. . . haa. . .”

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Arthur
“……”

Arthur stares at me closely for a little while before he laughs, holding his stomach.

MC
“…… Is something funny?”

Arthur
“No, I just never thought you’d bite a vampire like that.”
“Could it be you like to attack others?”

Choice: “…… I never said that.” · “Don’t say something so ridiculous.” · “It’s more like. . .” }

MC
“Rather than being attacked, I myself would have to attack if I was about to be bitten like that.”

Arthur
“…… Hehh?”

MC
(Even as I’m really scared and desperate……)
(What I said just now was true.)

I realize that my hands are trembling.

While holding my hands close to my chest, Arthur laughs thinly while sitting on the table.

Arthur
“The face you made before, I did say it was cute, but your scared face is good, too.”
“Can you really impel the lust for conquest?”

MC
(I can’t tell one bit whether that was supposed to be mockery or his true feelings……)
(But, if I get attacked again, there surely won’t be a next time. I have to hurry and run……)

After encouraging my scattered heart, I took one step forward……

Sebastian
“What are you doing?”

MC
“………… Sebastian.”

Arthur
“Aahh, looks like he found you

Sebastian
“MC, where were you going?”

MC
“…… That is. . .”

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Sebastian places what looks like red wine on the table, and……

He stands, looking straight at me with calm eyes.

Sebastian
“Just now, if you had the intention of leaving this estate, it would be best if you stopped.”

MC
“Why……?”

Sebastian’s expression grew more stern.

Sebastian
“At this time, running away is not any safer than the place where you lived.”
“Paris’s darkness at night is deep. Not only that, with you coming from a foreign country, you are bound to stand out and put yourself in danger.”

MC
“But……”

Sebastian
“MC, I have no intention of putting you in danger. I am the same as you, a human.”

At his cool but extremely calm voice, I suppress the impulse to run.

And then, Sebastian gives me a look that shows he is truly worried about me.

MC
“…… Alright, I understand.”

Sebastian
“Well then, please head back to your room and rest. I will come and greet you in the morning.”

I bow slightly, and Arthur looks at me, waving his hand.

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Arthur
“Night, MC. If you can’t sleep, I’ve got no problem with you giving me a call anytime

When he couldn’t see MC’s figure any longer, Arthur shrugs his shoulders.

He pours the blood known as “rouge” into a glass before he drains it down his throat.

Arthur
“A~ahh, seems like MC got scared.”

Sebastian
“Arthur-san, why did you do things that would make MC feel shaken?”

Arthur
“Isn’t that obvious? It’s because her face is my type.”
“That was pretty close though. If you had come any later, Sebas, I probably would’ve sucked her blood right then and there.”

Arthur licks his lips, which was stained a deep crimson.

Sebastian
“Do you really think you would do such a thing?”

Arthur throws Sebastian a glance that says, “Why?”

Sebastian
“It was Arthur-san who stopped MC when she tried to go into the city at night when it’s dangerous.”
“…… And on top of that, if vampires are dangerous, you thought of MC.”

Arthur
“Hm–…… that’s quite the deduction.”
“At least, that’s what I’d say, but you’re mistaken.”

Sebastian
“……?”

Arthur
“Someone like me isn’t so nice. You’re probably thinking too much into all this
“…… Now then, I should be heading back, too.”

Arthur lightly gets off the table before turning and walking toward the door.

Then, when his hand reaches the door, he stops.

Arthur
“Oh yeah, I got a message from MC to you, Sebas.”

Arthur turns to look towards the glass on top of the table.

Arthur
“She wants to return ‘that’ to you. And also……— —

Arthur then shows a face as if he just remembered something……

MC (flashback)
“I want to return this glass to Sebastian.”
“And then…… I would like you to tell him, ‘It was only one night, but I appreciate you looking after me.'”

Arthur
“Hn…… nevermind.”
“Ahh, that’s right.”
“I’ll leave washing my coat to you–”

With a light step, Arthur disappeared into the dark corridor.

The glass on the table with blood, aligns with the glass that was slightly wet with water drops.

…… It’s as if the differences between a vampire and a human were being displayed.

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— —…… With only the moonlight illuminating the darkness, the long corridor seems discolored……

MC
“…… Nn.”

I lock the door after entering my room, and then I lean my back against the door, little by little sinking down to the floor.

MC
(It can’t be…… So everything was true.)
(Umm, this estate’s residents are…… historical figures. . .and vampires……)

I try to organize my tangled thoughts, but it may be because I’m too tired……

Or it may be because I feel a little bit more relieved now that I’m alone, but I can’t think well.

When I think a little while back to when Arthur’s hand approached my collarbone, I’m hit with a heat that slowly yet steadily starts to come back.

MC
(I wonder if Arthur really was going to bite me back then……)
(If he did bite me, then I wonder how I would be like now……)

Even thinking through it, I do not get a single answer.

I casually look out through the gap of the curtain at the night sky, which was of one of the darkest colors.

That sky seemed to reflect my own heart, and as I gaze at it, I wait for the daybreak.

— —…… MC. MC……?

MC
(Nn……)

I open my eyelids, which feels heavy, when I hear my name being called.

What was a dark sky before is now a clear blue, and its light pours into the room.

Sebastian
“MC?”

MC
(…… This voice. . .it’s Sebastian.)

Once I leave my room, Sebastian accompanies me to meet with the master of this estate, the Count.

— —in order to know of this estate’s truth.

Count of St. Germaine
“There you are, MC. I’ve been waiting for you.”

Ikemen Vampire ~ Arthur: Part 1 ~

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Prologue summary · Arthur’s Preview
Prologue summary: @miminorenai

Summary:
I had met a dangerous vampire.
Arthur Conan Doyle……
He had me pinned down
——
“Drown yourself more in me. If you do that, I will make you feel good……”

—…… The night when I got lost in the mysterious estate through Louvre Museum’s door.

It seemed as though the moon floating in the sky was mocking my fate as it waned.

It may be because such a moon had bewildered me, but now I feel like I am awakening to a “dream I have never seen before” in the dead of night.

MC
(That was the first time I’ve seen a dream where I am bitten by somebody. Besides, it was oddly real……)

This estate’s butler, Sebastian, had told me about the details of the dream as I pieced the memories together.

MC
“So, it’s vampires, huh.”
“That this is even the reality still surprises me……”

Sebastian
“……”

MC
“Ah, sorry. For this weird conversation.”
“I just can’t help but be shocked at all of this……”

Sebastian
“It’s fine. I do not think this is weird, nor is this surprising.”

MC
“Eh……?”

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Sebastian
“It would be in your best interest to remember that there are these types of things here.”

MC
“What… do you mean?”

Sebastian
“That dream… was surely a dream that the estate wished to show you.”

MC
“Um…… that’s a little……”

Sebastian
“That dream is a warning to you.”
“…… Your body, your heart, do not let those get stolen by him.”

MC
“Him……?”

Sebastian
“The residents that live in this estate…… The people whom you have met before……
“The one you saw in your dream… is a real vampire.”

At Sebastian’s words, time stopped for a moment.

MC
(Um…………)
“Just now, did you say vampire?”

Sebastian
“Indeed. Every resident in this estate is a real vampire.”

MC
(…… I-I see.)
(So Sebastian is the type of person that jokes with a serious face.)
(I saw a strange dream, so he may have said that to distract me.)
“Haha, if that were really true, I feel like I’d lose you in this conversation by now.”

Sebastian
“Could it be… that you think I am jesting with you?”

MC
“Yes. A lot of things have happened since coming to this world, so for a moment, I thought that all this was true, but……”

That door appeared in front of me, and then a series of unbelievable things happened after that.

I have experienced a time slip back to the past.

If I can’t spend a month here, then I won’t be able to return to my own world.

Though I’m still only half-convinced……,

All of the residents in this estate are “the great men who have left their mark on history”, and yet I am in a state of confusion.

MC
“Saying ‘they’re vampires’ is impossible for me to believe though.”

Sebastian
“MC. Everything I have talked to you about is the truth.”

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“So it’s impossible…… huh.”

MC
(Who……?)

I turn toward the direction of the voice and the sound of footsteps, and straining my eyes……, I could see a distinct silhouette.

MC
(This person is……)

Arthur (flashback #1)
“…… Huh–?”
“I’m not sure why a little girl is in this residence but…… by the looks of it…… did you run away?”
“Well, isn’t that wasteful–. I find it wonderful though. …… You look delicious.”

Arthur (flashback #2)
“Okaay, I’m next.”
“Arthur Conan Doyle. Mystery writer.”
“You can just call me Arthur. And I’ll in turn call you MC.” [1]

MC
“Arthur……?”

Arthur
“Oh, you already remember my name? That makes me happy–”
“Could it be you have feelings for me?”

MC
“…… No, it’s not like that! It’s just I remembered how casually you spoke back then……”

Arthur
“Well, any reason I’m fine with. What’s more important to me is that you remembered it.”

With what seems like content, Arthur smiled. His expression was very sweet.

MC
(I thought this when we first met, too, but he really is light-hearted.)
(It’s hard to understand whether all of what he says is real or a joke……)

Arthur
“Hey, Sebas. MC here, is living with us now, right?”

Sebastian
“Yes. It will be approximately one month before she can return to her own world, so until then, I was thinking that she work with me in this estate.”

Arthur
“Hmm…… Is that so.”
“Then it’ll be fine to really bring her understanding of the ‘truth’ of this estate forward, will it?”

MC
“This estate’s ‘truth’, you say?”

Arthur
“Yeeep. It was you who said ‘impossible’ in complete denial.”

MC
(“In complete denial”……)
“The ‘truth’ that the residents in this estate are all vampires?”
“For even you to say these jokes……—”

When I said this, Arthur’s eyes glowed with a suspicious light.

Arthur
“It would be great if it were a joke, but too bad.”
“…… MC. We are all real vampires.”

Sebastian
“More accurately speaking, I am the only human……”

MC
(What is he saying……?)
“This… can’t be true, right?”
“Because vampires aren’t supposed to be real……”

The vampires I know only appear in movies or books, they should be a fictional existence.

…… Like the kappa or tengu in Japan, for example. [2]

Arthur
“I thought that when I was a human. But I guess I had no choice but to believe it for myself.”

MC
“Yourself……?”

Arthur
“I don’t know if you heard from the Count, but we are the real people who have lived in the past.”
“Napoleon, Mozart, Jeanne d’Arc…… eeevery one of us are people who have made their mark in history.”
“…… If all of this was fictitious, why are people of different places and different eras living here?”

MC
(I’m not too familiar with history, but even I understand this……)
“And on top of that, everybody should have passed away by now……”

When the words spilled out of me, Arthur smiled meaningfully.

Almost as if he was a detective who found evidence against a criminal.

Arthur
“That’s right, MC. As you said, all of us should have passed by now.”

MC
“…… !”

Arthur
“What are you so surprised about? We have always been living up till now, which is biologically impossible.”
“We signed a ‘contract’ with the Count, and we were revived as people with a life again.”

MC
“A contract……”

Arthur
“‘The price for an eternal existence… is to become a vampire.'”
“— This is the Count’s condition for signing the contract.”

MC
(Wait, wait, wait……)
(That kind of thing shouldn’t have been able to be done…… but……)

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The smile needed to be able to tell a joke, these two…… don’t have it.

The feelings of denial and affirmation start to wobble and sway on a balance.

Arthur
“The look on her face tells me she’s still only half-convinced. Then, does she need more than words as evidence?”

Sebastian
“Arthur-san?”

Arthur
“MC, look at this.”

In front of my eyes was Arthur taking off his fine-tailored coat.

MC
(…… What… is this?)

What was originally concealed by his jacket was now exposed.

The collar of his white shirt, and then on his chest…… the color red suddenly appeared.

Arthur
“Ah, I’ll say this in advance, but this doesn’t have anything to do with a murder case or anything like that, okay?”
“I get this when I accidentally bite a girl.”

Choice: { “It’s a lie……” · “Is that really true……?” · I’m lost for words. }

MC
“Is that…… really true……?”

Arthur
“Mhm, yeep. And it’s delicious, so……”

What is dyed red is neither paint nor some scarlet makeup.

…… It is blood.

At that moment, all the talk until now has made the balance suddenly lean over to the affirmation of the truth.

MC
(………… No way.)

Their voices add more to my dismay.

Sebastian
“You sucked the blood of another streetwalker, didn’t you. If the Count would hear you out, what would you tell him?”

Arthur
“It’s fiiine. I made sure not to get found out.”
“Besides, I also made sure she felt good, so it was a wholly fair exchange.”
“But… I feel like I didn’t suck nearly enough. Hey, Sebas, get some of the rouge.” [3]

Sebastian
“Understood, wait here for a little bit.”

Sebastian said this in a different way.

Sebastian
“MC, please wait here as well. I’ll explain everything.”

The sound of his footsteps then grew more distant.

As I listened to those footsteps, my panic grew more distant as well, and my awareness is brought back.

MC
(If I continue to stay at this place, how will everything turn out?)

My heart is filled with the fear of not knowing.

MC
(I want to get out of this estate……)

How I should live in another place— I can only do once I think about my safety first.

When I was about to take that first step, I realized the glass sitting on my hand.

MC
(…… It’s the glass with the water that Sebastian gave me.)
(And he also said, “Please wait here”……)

Even under this circumstance, I couldn’t get any words out.

MC
“…… Arthur.”

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Arthur
“Hn–?”

MC
“I would like to return this glass back to Sebastian.”
“And also……”

Because my throat feels dry from the fear, I ended up straining my voice.

MC
“I would like you to tell him, ‘It was only one night, but I appreciate you looking after me.'”

Arthur
“……”

MC
“Arthur?”

Arthur
“Hehh……”

MC
“Why are you smiling like that……?”

Arthur
“Well, you were thinking of running just now, weren’t you? It’s not like you’re in an extremely big pinch, so to speak.”
“And yet you’re politely expressing your thanks while trying to get out.”
“Is that called honesty, or even seriousness, too……”

He said this in a teasing tone as he sent a curious glance my way.

MC
(No, I don’t have time to say anything back at him.)
“…… Well then, see you.”

At that moment when I turned toward the door……,

Arthur
“I won’t let you go.”

MC
“Ah……!”

My arm was firmly grasped, and my field of vision changed.

In front of my eyes was Arthur’s face. My back made contact with the kitchen table.

At that moment, I realized I had been pushed down.

MC
“What are you doing……?”

Arthur
“What I’m doing is seizing you.”

With my wrists constrained, Arthur pleasantly smiled.

MC
“Let go of me…… because I’m going to get out of here……”

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Arthur
“If that’s so, then go right ahead?”

MC
(He says “go right ahead”, but I can’t move……!)

From above, Arthur looks down at me struggling as he spun those words.

Arthur
“You can’t compare the strength of a vampire to a human.”
“In fact, you can’t run when you’re like this.”
“It’s just like how the wolf catches the rabbit, isn’t it–”

MC
“Rabbit……?”

Arthur
“Yep, exactly like how the rabbit is destined to be eaten by the wolf.”

MC
(Eaten……?)

As I stiffened with fear at those words said without a care, Arthur intently stares at me.

Arthur
“Hey, MC. At a time like this, what did you think is the best way a rabbit could win……?”

MC
“Eh……”

Arthur
“Before they’re captured like this, they run away. …… Right?”
“But you couldn’t run away, being captured like this already.”

My body suddenly jerks with a start when he murmurs this close to my ears.

Arthur
“It would be game over.”

When I think I heard a smiley voice……,

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MC
“…… Ah!”

Feeling his breath on the nape of my neck, he licks my collarbone.

Arthur
“There now, be a good girl and don’t struggle.”

Pinning me down like a wolf enjoying its hunt, the person before my eyes tickles my skin with his tongue.

Arthur
“You know– I don’t bite right away.”
“There are a lot of feelings like pleasure, and the feeling of being discomposed……”
“It’s when I can’t do this anymore that I take their blood.”

MC
(…… This is detestable. I will not yield to this.)
“Nn…… ah……”

Arthur
“Nn, that’s a nice voice. It’s veeery cute–”
“And besides that, your expression seems to have gotten cuter, too……?”
“Drown yourself more in me. If you do that, I will make you feel good……”
“Come on, lift your chin. Show me more of your exposed nape……”
“Okay, MC……?”

Footnotes:
[1]
 In Japan, it is appropriate to address someone you just met by their surname.
[2] In Japanese folklore, the tengu is a “crow demon”, and the kappa is an amphibious imp.
[3] Rouge is the term referring to human blood obtained legally.