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- ACT I -
Chapter 5 – Sweet Lies
"What exactly was that all about?"
"Is there a problem, Akihiko?" Jeff looked at his friend innocently, but the serious expression on Akihiko's face didn't falter. "Takahashi-kun simply did as he was told. Isn't that what a servant does?"
Akihiko folded his arms. "Not if it's anything sexual. Do you have any sense of guilt at all?"
"I suggest you ask Emi that question instead of asking me," Jeff growled angrily, "I have no reason to be faithful to her anymore, and I don't need you to tell me what to do. What would you know about relationships anyway?"
Offended by the other's question, Akihiko rose from his seat. "I'm going out for a smoke," he said, swiftly leaving the room and closing the door behind him. He looked around for Misaki, but the teen was nowhere to be seen. It started to worry him quite a bit.
As he opened the front door, obsidian eyes greeted him.
"Aki-chan, what are you doing here?" the young woman asked, her tone flirtatious as she stared at him.
"It's been a while, Emi…" Akihiko didn't exactly like Emi; he found her way too clingy and he didn't fancy women to begin with. It didn't help that Jeff had told him about Emi's love affairs not too long ago.
"You sound as cold as ever," Emi pointed out, a smirk playing on her red lips, "Are you going somewhere? You're not about to leave yet, are you?" She placed a hand on Akihiko's shoulder and moved closer. "I was hoping you could stay a little longer."
Emi's advances were getting on Akihiko's nerves. "Actually, I—"
"Hello, my dearest." The author and the lady looked at the tall male standing in the doorway. "I didn't think you would be back so soon," Jeff stated, leaning against the doorway, "Didn't you say that you'd be home later?"
Black eyes twinkled happily as Emi walked towards her husband. "I lied," she said with a wink, "The reason why told you I'd be late is because I wanted to surprise you! Did you miss me?"
When Emi was about to embrace Jeff, Misaki carefully walked up from behind his master. The woman eyed him curiously and then looked back at her man. "Is he our new housekeeper?" she asked, not even questioning the fact that Misaki was wearing a maid uniform despite being male.
Jeff nodded at her and then turned his attention to Akihiko, whose phone started ringing. As the silver haired novelist answered, they could all hear a woman yell on the other side of the line. Akihiko emitted a loud sigh while his friend chuckled.
"I believe that's a sign for you to go back home," he pointed out, hearing Akihiko growl in irritation.
Akihiko's stare found Misaki, studying the brunet closely. As much as he wanted to talk to Misaki, he knew that it was none of his business. In fact, the author didn't even understand why he was so interested in the young housekeeper.
"…I'll be going now," Akihiko finally said, spinning around.
"Let's talk again soon," Emi said in a cheerful voice, not noticing the glare Jeff was sending in her direction, "Good luck with your novel, Aki-chan!" She waved enthusiastically until Akihiko had left and entered the mansion, leaving Misaki and Jeff behind.
Misaki looked at his master questioningly. "Is something wrong with Emi-sama?" he asked.
"She's probably angry at me for sending Akihiko away. I'm sure it has got nothing to do with you." The master walked back into the building and Misaki followed, closing the door behind them. "By the way, do you know where Lillian went? I'd like to have a word with her."
"I found a note that she wasn't feeling well, so I think she's still in her bedroom," Misaki replied, shivering as a breeze brushed against his thighs. He quickly grabbed his skirt and pulled it down, blushing as he wondered if Jeff had seen anything. When he looked up, however, his master had already disappeared. Misaki returned to the library to retrieve the teacups.
As the teen walked past the door to the lounge, someone called out to him.
"Excuse me, Takahashi-kun?" Misaki slowly entered the room and saw Emi was sitting on the sofa. "Would you mind bringing me something to drink?"
"I'll get you something right away. What would you like?"
"A cup of coffee is fine," the brunette replied, playing with her long, black hair, "Lillian bought some coffee beans last week. There should be enough left."
Misaki gave a nod and walked out, heading towards the kitchen. He put the tray with teacups down onto the counter and searched for the pack of coffee beans Emi had told him about. After pouring the beans into the coffee machine—which was equipped with a grinder—he placed a cup and pressed the button on the machine. It amazed him how easy it was to make coffee; back at home, he always had to grind the coffee beans himself before making coffee.
The brunet sighed softly to himself. Working in a house of a rich family sure was confusing, but he had already learned many things as well. Still, there were certain matters he simply couldn't understand, such as Jeff's way of thinking. Why had his master asked him to give head in front of Akihiko? More importantly, why would he want such a thing from him to begin with?
Perhaps Jeff was doing those things out of frustration. If Emi was really cheating on him, then Misaki could understand his reasoning a little, but it didn't explain why Jeff hadn't broken up with her yet. Besides, it was weird to ask another guy to pleasure you, not to mention in front of someone else!
Lost in his angry thoughts, Misaki failed to notice that another person had entered the kitchen. He jumped a little when a hand lightly touched his shoulder and turned around.
"Are you all right, Takahashi?"
"Oh, Lillian," Misaki replied in relief, "You startled me."
The kind lady frowned at him. "What's the matter? Were you thinking about something?"
"Well…yes." The teen scratched the bridge of his nose. Perhaps Lillian could tell him more about Jeff's and Emi's relationship. "Earlier, I heard master say that Emi-sama has been cheating on him. Do you know anything about that?"
Ocean blue eyes saddened slightly as Lillian took a step back, lowering her gaze to the ground. "Our master and mistress have been together for a couple of years now. Master moved to Japan after meeting the mistress and they started living together right away. They were so sweetly in love that it seemed as though they couldn't leave each other even for a second."
Lillian looked up. "Mistress spent more time away from home because of work, and eventually master started accusing her of cheating on him. He's never said anything to her about it, but I can easily see it in his eyes whenever she flirts with another man. Then again, master has been straying from the righteous path as well."
Misaki tilted his head. "What do you mean? Has he cheated on Emi-sama?"
"Please don't tell this to anyone, but I believe master has been taking advantage of the female housekeepers that have worked here. He always hired young, attractive girls, and some of them weren't even suited for the tasks they were expected to complete. I felt like I was doing all the work while those girls just walked around being pretty."
Swallowing, Misaki brought his fist to his mouth. "Do you think that he…has had sex with those girls?" he asked carefully, hoping that Lillian wouldn't suspect anything because of the question.
A moment of silence interrupted the conversation before Lillian spoke again. "If you fear that master will do the same thing to you, you can rest assured," she said in a gentle voice, "I have known master for years and he has never been interested in men before."
'I wouldn't be so sure of that,' was the answer the boy formed in his head, but he didn't have the courage to speak those words. It would only cause suspicion on Lillian's behalf if he said it, and he didn't want her to find out about the earlier incident.
The smell of coffee had filled the kitchen and Lillian quickly took the cup and placed it on the tray. "I will take this to the mistress." She looked concerned. "You look very pale, Takahashi."
"D-do I? I'm feeling a bit under the weather right now."
"In that case, you should get some rest."
Misaki shook his head. "No, I need to help you out. I can't leave anything to you."
"You've already worked very hard, so I think you've done enough for today. I will tell master that you are resting."
There was no forcefulness behind Lillian's words, but somehow Misaki felt as though he couldn't protest. He was actually pretty tired and he needed some time to think about the events that had occurred.
"Good work today," Lillian said as she walked out of the kitchen. As footsteps grew softer, Misaki slowly made his way to his bedroom, passing the lounge room where Emi and Jeff were talking like they were the happiest couple in the world. He didn't understand the situation at all, but nothing could be done about that. All he could do was listen to the sweet lies the master and mistress told.
When the evening came, Misaki started to get ready to sleep. The curtains were already closed and a small lamp by his bedside lighted up the room. Misaki grabbed his pajamas and threw them on his bed while his other hand worked on taking off one of his stockings. He still felt itchy from wearing an outfit made for girls, but it was slowly becoming a bit more comfortable.
Peeling off the other stocking, Misaki's head snapped up when he heard someone knock on his door. "Who's there?" he asked, pausing in his undressing to prevent any awkward situations.
"Takahashi-kun, are you feeling any better?" It was Jeff's voice. "Lillian told me you weren't feeling very well."
"Oh, it's not that I'm ill or anything," Misaki replied, "I…simply needed some time alone."
The door opened slowly and Jeff walked in, moving closer to Misaki in graceful movements. The brunet took a step back, hesitantly staring at his approaching master, and fell onto the bed as he lost his balance. He shuddered when Jeff hovered over him.
"Are you scared of me?" the man asked suddenly, gently running a hand through his housekeeper's hair.
"N-no, but I'm confused…" Misaki admitted, averting his gaze, "Why did you order me to—"
"Emi has been cheating on me for years now and I'm growing tired of it. It's so frustrating that I lose faith in our relationship. That's why I'm trying to distract myself from that pain."
'That still doesn't explain anything,' the teen thought. "M-master, could you please not ask me to do that again? It's really embarrassing."
Jeff showed him a kind smile and got off him, pulling at his slightly wrinkled jacket. "I won't ask you again if that's what you want." Spinning around on his heels, he paced forward. "Have a good night, Takahashi-kun."
Misaki got up and bowed, smiling at the other. "Good night, master."
The door closed quietly, and Misaki felt relief well up. The conversation was awkward, but it had resulted into something good. His worries had been washed away in an instant, making it possible for him to have peaceful dreams. That was one thing less to worry about.
Do you believe Jeff will keep his promise?
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