“Could you wipe your feet before coming in?”
When I got back to the flat, Senjougahara Hitagi was there waiting for me with a wet towel nyah.
I erased my presence and made sure to open the lock without making a sound, but it looks like she was already awake before that.
“I’m a good riser. I am quite sensitive, after all. I said that before, hadn’t I?”
“…Not to me, you didn’t.”
“But you are Hanekawa-san, aren’t you?”
‘Here’, and she held up the towel at me, like it was something natural to do.
I just took it without bothering to argue.
I wiped the bottom of my feet like she told me to. I didn’t really notice it, but I see what she means now, because the towel became totally black, so my feet must have gotten pretty dirty nyah.
“Well, this would be my first time meeting you… Black Hanekawa-san, was it?”
“Nyah, that works.”
This time, Senjougahara Hitagi held out an empty hand at me.
“…? What do you want nyah?”
“Well, this is our first meeting, I thought we ought to shake hands.”
I almost can’t believe what I’m hearing, so I told her about it.
“My special trait as a Hindering Cat is an Energy Drain that’s permanently active. I just have to touch someone to absorb their energy — there’s no way we’re shaking hands nyah.”
“‘Energy Drain’. I’ve heard of that before.”
Senjougahara Hitagi said this normally.
“But you won’t absorb everything if we just touch for an instant, right? So we can shake hands, at least.”
I tried to say something — and gave up.
Doesn’t seem like I can get her to quit no matter what I say nyah.
So I didn’t say anything, and just held her hand — just for an instant nyah.
And, for that instant, Senjougahara Hitagi gave a moan — and did nothing else.
The sense of fatigue assaulting her right now should be enough to drop her to her knees, but she doesn’t even look like she was in pain nyah.
My Energy Drain isn’t powerful enough to make her faint in an instant, of course, but still, it’s not something that a normal human can stand nyah — not only that, but I even shook her hand nyah.
I guess you can say this isn’t how I imagined it.
But still, this is probably how Mistress feels — a sort of feeling like, ‘just as I expected’ nyah.
Just as I expected.
This woman is, just as I expected.
It’s not like I — and of course, not like Mistress,
wanted to see her suffer and be in pain nyah.
But I feel a tugging at my heart from somewhere when I see no reactions from her at all.
Pressing on, she
“Nice to meet you. And please, take care.”
said this, with a smile, in fact.
“Take care of Hanekawa-san.”