That night, I was forced to attend a masquerade ball being held at a vampires’ castle.
For some reason, the castle is actually connected to the Sakamaki mansion from underground. It’s as if this castle is straight out of a fairy tale.
Although, I couldn’t tell if we were still in Japan or on foreign grounds.
The ball was nerve-wracking. Simply being forced to come and engage in festivities, especially with people who are not quite human—I was terrified.
Reiji-san explained that this was a social gathering for vampires so to speak, but…
Subaru-kun was in a bad mood the entire time. He didn’t speak to a single person since the party started. And at some point, he disappeared, and left me all alone.
On the Balcony
Subaru: You… Why are you here?
Yui: I lost sight of you all of a sudden… So you came home?
Yui: Why don’t we go back? It’s not a masquerade if you’re not wearing your mask, right?
Subaru: I’m good.
Yui: But you didn’t even dance for one song…
Subaru: Aah? Why would I have to dance?
Subaru: …What about you?
Subaru: …Did you dance with anyone?
Yui: M-me?! I-I can’t dance, or anything like that!
Yui: (Besides, I couldn’t have enjoyed myself enough to dance in a place filled with so many vampires.)
Yui: (Some tried to suck my blood, some tried to take a nibble out of me—it was really scary!)
Subaru: Were you too scared to ask? …Well, would anyone even ask an unattractive woman like you to dance with them anyway?
Yui: I-I’m perfectly fine without any sex appeal. I’m going to my room!
Subaru: Ha, at least you’re aware of yourself.
Subaru: …Tch. Here, give me your hand.
Subaru: Your hand! Hurry up
Yui: Ah, Subaru-kun?
Subaru: You’re an idiot, but you made a good choice. I’ll dance with you for just a little while as your reward.
Subaru: Don’t you want to dance with me?
Subaru: Say no and I’ll push you off the balcony, just like he did.
Yui: Eh? Who’s “he”?
Subaru: You don’t need to know that.
Subaru: Anyway, give me your hand. If you step on my foot I’ll suck your blood as punishment.
Yui: What?! That’s not fair… I’m still a beginner!
Subaru: That’s not my problem. Just… leave your body to me.
Yui: (Huh? Music started playing out of nowhere, at Subaru-kun’s signal…)
Yui: Th-this is…
Subaru: My familiars. I don’t use them often ’cause it’s annoying to, but Laito uses them all the time.
Subaru: You can’t see them. But they’ll listen to anything their master tells them to.
Subaru: Just like this– I ordered them to play music, so they did.
Yui: (He could do that? I never knew…!)
Subaru: Now, onto the next phrase.
Subaru: –One… two, three. One, two three…
Yui: (…F-for some reason… my heart is pounding in my chest.)
Yui: (Dancing… under the moonlight… and with Subaru-kun, at that…)
Yui: (…We danced together for a long, long while.)
Yui: (Aside from having my blood sucked, or being harassed by him, this is the first time I’ve spent so much time with Subaru-kun.)
Yui: (It’s kind of embarrassing, when I think about it…)
Subaru: …It’s hot.
Yui: ! Wh-what?
Subaru: …Human body temperatures rise up really quickly.
Subaru: I’m saying your body feels hot.
Yui: My body…?
Choose: It’s your fault (M choice)
Yui: …Well, that’s your fault.
Yui: You aren’t being cruel to me like you usually are… You’ve been really sweet.
Yui: …And it’s kind of making my heart pound really hard.
Subaru: …Heh, how about I make it pound even harder…?
Yui: (Ahh, he kissed my ear…)
Yui: (But there something I don’t understand… He’s hugging me like this, and yet…)
Choose Why not heat up your body too? (S choice)
Yui: …What if we heated up your body too?
Subaru: And how would you do that? I don’t even have a body temperature.
Yui: Maybe so, but you could just cling to me and let mine radiate onto you, can’t you?
Yui: And if I got even hotter, maybe you’d feel some heat too.
Yui: (Wait, what the heck am I saying?! My mouth! My mouth moved on its own!! Ahhh, I’m so embarrassed!)
Yui: (But he doesn’t have a body temperature, huh? Now that you mention it…)
Yui: (We’re pressed up so close against each other, but there’s no warmth coming from him at all…)
Yui: (He is a vampire, after all…)
Subaru: …What is it? You keep staring at me.
Yui: No… it’s nothing.
Subaru: Aah? …You’re weird.
I couldn’t feel any warmth emitting from Subaru-kun’s body, even though we were so close together. He doesn’t have a body temperature at all. But that’s natural for vampires like him…
Whenever Subaru-kun gazes at me, his eyes are always burning hot. And since I’ve always felt that heat from him, I never noticed how cold he actually is.
Subaru-kun is a vampire.
Letting that truth sink into me once again, I bring his arms tighter around me; and I swing in tune with his body until the music drowns out from all around us.
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