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Chapter 4-5: Overly Heavy Feelings
That night, Uta closed the store early, rushed back to his room, and began to pack.
“What are you doing, Uta?”
Haraedo appeared and peered over to look at what Uta was doing.
“What does it look like? I’m getting ready to go out.”
“Where do you intend to go at this time?”
Since it was nearing the winter season, the sky was completely dark by the time Uta closed for the day.
He zipped up his bag and looked at Haraedo’s face.
“To go look for Housou-san, obviously.”
When Uta met Haraedo’s gaze, he saw that the god looked pensive.
“I’m serious. Do you think I’m the type to joke about this kind of thing?”
“I don’t, but you’re gonna search for him, right? That means you’ll bump into Sukunabikona, and Housou-no-kami won’t be the only one to disappear if you mess up, y’know?”
Haraedo said, but Uta didn’t know how to respond properly.
“I’m scared, but I have to do something!”
When he had heard Sukunabikona declare that he would crush Housou-no-kami, there was no way Uta would sit back and watch. No matter what could happen.
Haraedo brought his hand close, lifting Uta’s chin up.
He was met with sorrowful eyes.
He didn’t understand what was happening when their lips suddenly overlapped.
“Why…are you kissing me now?”
Haraedo changed angles and locked lips again.
“I dunno, but my duty is to protect you. Honestly, I should try to stop you even if I have to hold you down.”
“But, why a kiss…?”
Haraedo couldn’t immediately answer that question.
But he did continue to speak with their lips very close.
“But, if Housou gets erased while I’m pinning you down, you’ll probably resent me, right? And I’ll hate it if he becomes a memory in your heart forever.”
(He’ll hate it if I refuse to forget about Housou-san?)
The emotion reflected in the god’s trembling eyes wasn’t of sadness but jealousy.
“That’s why I’m really at a loss.”
“In that case…”
Now it was Uta’s turn to press his lips against Haraedo’s.
He didn’t want to let his precious partner feel this way.
“Haraedo, let’s go search for Housou-san together. Maybe he needs our help.”
Haraedo let out a long sigh of exasperation before his face twisted into an ironic smirk.
“Just how soft-hearted are you?! You know that your shop is going to close because of him!”
“Why are you bringing that up now? My place has always been on the brink of closure.”
“I told you that ‘plague gods’ like us aren’t going to do your business any good!”
Uta had his hair ruffled into a mess by the god, but he continued to smile.
“But, relationships are meant to be treasured. That’s what Grandma and Grandpa used to say when they ran the soba restaurant.”
“Come to think of it, your grandparents were terrible at business… Well, they did pray to me.”
“I see. You know this because you’ve been with this family the whole time.”
Uta recalled his grandparents’ faces and felt a bit relieved.
Haraedo continued while touching Uta’s hair.
“Naturally. I’ve known you since you were a baby. Do you know that I’ve even carried you in my arms? You’ve always been cute since then.”
“…Eh? You’ve never mentioned that before, have you?”
When Uta asked in surprise, Haraedo removed his hand from Uta’s head and averted his gaze.
“That’s…because this feels too real now… My feelings weigh so heavily on my chest. I hate it.”
Uta was surprised to see that Haraedo was overly concerned about such feelings weighing on him.
When their eyes locked again…
“No, I think I will embrace you tonight!”
The god’s eyes were opened wide and he grabbed Uta’s wrists this time.
“Y-y-you can’t…! We have to go look for Housou-san now…!”
“Then, are you saying we can do it another time?”
“……! What do you mean ‘maybe’?!”
Haraedo pouted as he said that, but both his face and his ears were red.
Uta could feel his mouth breaking into a smile but managed to maintain his current expression.
(Haraedo has a surprisingly cute side to him. If I had to say, I might be the one to pin him down.)
After that, the two left the residence and shore to search for Housou-no-kami.
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