Kimetsu No Yaiba Light Novel (Demon Slayer Light Novel) – Chapter 3 – The Flower and the Beast
“I, no, suke…..Ino, suke.”
“Yeah! You got it right!! Good job!”
When Inosuke, with much difficulty, finally made Nezuko remember his name successfully, he let out a loud cheer and did a jumping somersault.
Yesterday morning, when he was headed to the Butterfly Manor to get his injuries treated, Inosuke caught wind that Nezuko could speak and he immediately taught her how to read his name with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Even though Nezuko kept getting the word “Boss” as “Bozz”, at least she got the reading of the few words “Inosuke” correct.
For someone as impatient as Inosuke, he actually displayed a surprising amount of patience. It was no wonder that he was over moon and he was so happy that he felt his entire body become fluffy.
After a few somersaults, Inosuke treated Nezuko as a child who just learnt to speak and asked her to say his name.
“That’s right! Say that a few more times! That’s your boss’s name!!”
Inosuke’s delighted voice rang out through the courtyard of the Butterfly Manor.
“You said it well. Here, take these pretty acorns, they’re for you.”
Nezuko received the acorns with an expression of delight and held them up against the sun. There were still fangs poking out from the corner of her mouth and her eyes were red.
Even though his younger sister was still a demon, Tanjirou was elated that she could finally stand under the sun.
Thinking about Tanjirou’s smile and seeing Nezuko bathed under the sunlight, a strange sense of warmth rose up within Inosuke’s heart. When he was with Tanjirou and the rest, quite often, Inosuke will feel this warm fluffy feeling. The usual him would always stubbornly cast aside this feeling that would dampen his fighting spirit but today, it seemed like he could accept it.
(Welp, the joys of the minions are also the joys of the boss after all.)
Inosuke let out a snort in satisfaction and decided to continue getting more minions in this way.
The cries of a girl who was hanging the laundry came from the corner of the courtyard, accompanied by the loud sound of something falling onto the ground.
The sound came from one of the three girls who took care of the Butterfly Manor – Terauchi Kiyo.
“What is it?! Are there enemies?”
Inosuke sprinted over while grabbing both his swords.
Neuzuko also followed behind Inosuke.
The loud crash from earlier appeared to be the sound of the clothes pole falling onto the ground and the washed sheets and pajamas were scattered on the ground, stained with mud. Kiyo knelt in front of the clothes and was sobbing with both hands covering her face. Kanzaki Aoi and Tsuyuri Kanao were frantically trying to console her.
Inosuke was so furious that he was getting prickly.
“Who did this?! A demon?!”
“It’s a crow.”
Aoi replied as such in response to Inosuke’s question that was filled with the urge to kill.
Inosuke frowned under his boar head.
“The Kasugai garasu?”
“How is that possible, the Kasugai garasu won’t do such a thing. It’s just a normal crow.”
“Did they bite your face?!”
“Stop scaring people!!”
Aoi glared at Inosuke who was being blunt.
“Didn’t it rain until yesterday morning? Because there were a lot of clothes that did not get washed—
Today, Aoi and Kiyo started washing large amounts of bedding and pajamas since the early morning.
When they managed to finish the washing after much trouble and finished hanging them all up, a crow suddenly flew over and plucked away Kiyo’s hair ornament.
At that moment, Kiyo lost her balance and knocked the clothes pole over.
“Hair almond? What’s that, can it be eaten?”
“Not almond, hair ornament. Here, it’s this.”
Aoi pointed to the butterfly that was pinned onto her own hair.
Now that she mentioned it, the small butterfly hair ornament that was on Kiyo’s head seemed to be gone. However one must look carefully to see the difference.
What, so that’s what happened. Inosuke felt secretly disappointed.
“Did she get hurt?”
“She’s fine……it’s just that she got a bit of a scrape on her knee when she fell over. Right, Kiyo?”
The young girl was still sobbing continuously. Nevertheless, she nodded her head lightly in reply to Aoi’s question.
Kanao clumsily stroked Kiyo’s back.
Nezuko imitated Kanao and stroked Kiyo’s head in pity.
“Al, right, alright.”