Lips to Lips

Kiyohime: M. A. S. T. E. R.

Fujimaru 1: !?

Fujimaru 2: Yes!?

Kiyohime: Oh, please don't cry out so! It is I, your Kiyohime, Master.

Kiyohime: ...I too have just woke up. Do you know where we are?

Kiyohime: At any rate, let us walk. Look, Mash is here as well.

Mash: ...I can't get in contact with the Doctor. Anyway, let's take a walk around.

Kiyohime: Yes, you're right. Let's wander around. This too is one of the delights of travel–Or so it seems.

Kiyohime: Well, to be honest, I have never taken a real trip.

Kiyohime: When I chased after Lord Anchin, that most certainly could not be called a trip.

Kiyohime: Now, then. Shall we begin walking? I wonder what sort of things await us.

Kiyohime: It sure is a little exciting, isn't it? Hehehehehe.

Mash: ...Enemies! Kiyohime, get ready for battle!

Kiyohime: ... ...

Mash: ...Umm, Kiyohime?

Kiyohime: Oh, my! Just when I was expecting romance, such a horrid encounter! Dear god! What have I done to deserve this?

Kiyohime: ...Oh, right. I do have a vague idea of what it might be. Most of my behavior in life could be the cause.

Kiyohime: Hmm... I do deserve this. But for this trouble to be imposed upon my Master simply won't do...

Fujimaru 1: Our trip has only just begun.

Fujimaru 2: Don't be so hard on yourself.

Kiyohime: Thank you, Master!

Mash: ...If Elisabeth were here, she'd probably joke about this.

Fou: Fou...


Kiyohime: Ahh, such a magnificent view.

Kiyohime: Oh, yes. ...About that trip.

Kiyohime: The only thing that I saw was his back. That dreamy back. He abandoned me and simply ran away–

Kiyohime: ...But just so you know. I did think back on my actions.

Kiyohime: Yet, still, even so. Why didn't he utter a single word of apology.

Kiyohime: If he can not do that, he could at least yell at me–

Fujimaru 1: That would be tough.

Fujimaru 2: That's never happening.

Kiyohime: But why? I am not the type that would slit her wrists at the slightest reproach.

Kiyohime: However, my chat-room friend, Tamamo, told me,

Kiyohime: "You know, your understanding of why Anchin left you is wrong at the most basic level."

Kiyohime: "He didn't want to stay away from you, in fact, he liked you a little, just a little."

Kiyohime: "However, your love for someone who only liked you a little is too heavy. Too much is as bad as too little."

Kiyohime: "With you it's either love or hate, one or zero. You really need to change your digital way of thinking!"

Kiyohime: That is her opinion of me...

Fujimaru 1: You were too lovely.

Kiyohime: Because I'm lovely– So he didn't want to say anything harsh to me?

Kiyohime: I see...

Fujimaru 2: That's a man's pride.

Kiyohime: A man's pride? That is a matter that I am unable to comprehend.

Kiyohime: ...Such a pathetic man. Putting on pride and running away...

Kiyohime: ...Well. I am still completely unable to comprehend the heart of a man.

Kiyohime: Tamamo tells me to trust her on matters between men and women. She says she can give me the perfect answer because of what she's been through–

Kiyohime: Those are the kinds of things she says... But for some reason, I just can't trust her.

Kiyohime: It seems to me she's the type that would turn to mush the moment a handsome man gazed at her seriously.

Kiyohime: She's usually open about her feelings, but once the man makes a move on her, she'd freeze up and get swept away.

Kiyohime: She always says, "It's so easy to control a man." But in reality, it's more like, "Serving obediently is true happiness."

Kiyohime: In the Holy Grail War that we're in right now, perhaps it's a good idea to have an offline party sometimes.

Kiyohime: Everyone knows she's a shut-in, so I don't know if that Osakabe-hime would show up.

Kiyohime: Oh, dear me! I'm sorry. I'm doing all the talking.

Mash: No, I'm quite fascinated by what you're talking about. Chat-room buddy... Offline Party...?

Kiyohime: I want to hear more about Master. How were you born, and how you've lived your life–

Kiyohime: What's your favorite food? And what's the food you dislike?

Kiyohime: What's the type of woman you like? What's the type of man you like?

Kiyohime: What your schedule is like every day? Where do you wash first in a shower?

Kiyohime: Your height, weight, eyesight, grip strength, speed, endurance, lung capacity, whether you've run a marathon...

Kiyohime: Oh! I forgot one very important thing. Are there any temples that you're acquainted with–

Kiyohime: If possible, I'd like to hear about them.

Fujimaru 1: What would you do if I told you that?

Kiyohime: It's a secret. Hehehehehehe...

Mash: Master, your face has become stiff...

Kiyohime: Oh, my! Such a nice aroma.

Kiyohime: ...But wait, it seems there're some creatures who would dare to splatter the stench of blood in this beautiful forest.

Kiyohime: Come out!

Mash: Lamia...! Be careful, Master!

Kiyohime: My, they're snake monsters. How hideous.

Kiyohime: ...Wait, you and I both have a similar appearance. Then the hideous thing here is–

Kiyohime: Your nature as a mere beast. Perhaps it's because you only care about your appetite...


Kiyohime: ...Ahem! Master, would you mind averting your eyes?

Kiyohime: You see, I'm not used to being looked at. Thank you so much.

Kiyohime: Oh, my! Such a large cavern... It's so mystical.

Mash: ...A cavern like this seems like the best place for a dragon to keep its treasure in...

Mash: But obviously there's no dragon here. Yet, I do sense something.

Mash: Master, be careful.

Kiyohime: It's exactly as Mash says. Please stay behind me.

Kiyohime: Do not fret. No matter what sort of monster it may be, I shall protect you.

???: –I wouldn't be so sure about that. Excuse me, my dear self. May I ask you a question?

Kiyohime: Wha...

Kiyohime (?): Do you really think you're qualified to be a Servant?

Kiyohime (?): You who killed the man you loved out of hate, spite, and fury? Can you really swear to protect your next Master?

Kiyohime: You'

Kiyohime (?): Impossible! Utterly impossible! Because you are just a lowly beast.

Kiyohime (?): Quit showing your pretty self, and expose your hideous form. If you think you'll be loved then, you're kidding yourself.

Kiyohime (?): Does a soldier show the one he loves what he's like when he cruelly slaughters on the battlefield?

Kiyohime (?): People express their love by hiding something. But in your case, it is deception–

Kiyohime (?): By deceiving, don't you think you are forcing a human to love a beast?

Kiyohime (?): It's true, is it not? You, even after revealing your true identity, shamelessly–

Kiyohime (?): You pursued him!

Kiyohime: No... I never... Did...

Kiyohime (?): Now then, Master. You must discard this creature.

Kiyohime (?): Someday, this woman will reveal her true self over some petty lie, and sink her fangs into your neck.

Kiyohime (?): It is much more sensible to reject that woman.

Fujimaru 1: Never!

Fujimaru 2: I refuse to.

Kiyohime: Master...

Kiyohime (?): I see. You are very kind. Just like that Anchin was.

Kiyohime (?): But can you look upon Kiyohime's miserable, hideous form and still say that–Why don't you try?

Mash: Master, stand back!

Kiyohime: ...Master ...I will protect you! That's the truth, it's not a lie!

Fujimaru 1: I trust you.

Fujimaru 2: I know.

Kiyohime: ...Thank you! Here I come, impostor–!


Kiyohime (?): –Hmph! You will regret it someday. These are my own words, so you know it's the truth.

Kiyohime: ...Whew. Master, may I ask you one question?

Kiyohime: ...Please, I beg of you. Do not lie about this. Master–Am I, hideous?

Fujimaru 1: Not at all.

Fujimaru 2: Not one bit.

Kiyohime: What? But, I mean... When I transform...

Kiyohime: I transform into a hideous dragon. I thought it might be a hideous sight...

Fujimaru 1: It's so reliable.

Fujimaru 2: It's so cool.

Kiyohime: –My, how cruel! You certainly are not lying...

Kiyohime: Ah...ha, ahahahahaha! Me? Reliable and cool?

Kiyohime: Those are not words of praise for a maiden! You are such a cruel Master!

Kiyohime: But, I'm fine with it. I can't stand a lie–

Kiyohime: But the words of that imposter, I will turn them into lies.

Kiyohime: A girl–who accepted no lies and burned her love with crimson flame. I will show you just how determined that girl can be.