In the morning...
With a cup of black tea in her hands, Ikaros placed the cup in front of Wu Yan before retreating to his side.
This is normal behavior for her. Ikaros tends to serve her master wordlessly like this.
However, Ikaros is looking slightly different from usual.
Aside from her silent service, she's blushing...
Ikaros is faring way better when compared to Astrea. She was fidgeting with a lowered head like she's intentionally avoiding all eye contact. Nobody would be surprised if she dashed away.
Can anyone fault them? The other ladies were staring intently at them.
Wu Yan is the only one who can still sip his tea like a sir. He tasted the tea like a connoisseur. His nonchalant look only fueled the seething anger coming from the girls.
Hinagiku raised her voice after crossing her arms.
"I don't suppose you're going to explain the current situation?"
Wu Yan blinked in feigned confusion.
"What do you mean? Isn't this what we do all the time?"
"Indeed, that might be the case..."
Mikoto inhaled deeply before pointing her fingers at Ikaros and Astrea. She roared in outrage.
"Why are they wearing those clothes?!"
The girls glanced at Ikaros and Astrea again. They wanted Wu Yan to explain himself.
Specifically, they wanted to know why Ikaros and Astrea are in maid uniforms.
They are also wearing uniforms with deep v collars and mini-skirts.
"You bastard, you had this super kink?!"
Kinuhata Saiai grumbled with a disgusted look. Frenda and Takitsubou Rikou also looked like they ate a fly.
They were kidnapped by Wu Yan and he even made them his maids.
Hinagiku and Mikoto recalled how the ITEM trio got turned into maids back in Toaru no Majutsu no Index. Their faces darkened.
Kurumi grinned while touching her lips.
"Maybe I should change into a maid uniform too?"
Shokuhou Misaki advised Wu Yan with a cheerful smile.
"Yan-kun, you should have told me you had a fetish like that, I don't mind fulfilling your fantasies..."
"Wh-what are you talking about?..."
Wu Yan turned his head the other way, he failed to hide his wavering conviction.
"It's not my kink or anything. It's punishment. Yeah, punishment for fighting at full-power despite my instruction."
Mikoto asked with furrowed eyebrows.
"Didn't you 'discipline' them enough yesterday night?"
The air in the tent froze.
Seeing as the ladies aren't taking his words kindly, Wu Yan quickly dispelled the mood with his awkward laugh.
"It's just reinforcement for a previous lesson. This will make sure they think carefully the next time they disobey, right?"
Mikoto replied with a snort.
"It's just your personal fetish, come on, be honest."
Wu Yan said something eerie. His expression is deathly still.
"Do you want to be punished too?"
Mikoto felt threatened when she saw Wu Yan's serious smile.
He's not being serious, right?
Mikoto didn't want to risk it. She piped down and Shokuhou Misaki seized the chance, she snickered.
"Ara, Misaka-san, are you afraid of Yan-kun's punishment?"
She's as scared as a calf but her Tsundere self will never allow her to speak the truth.
"I-I just think this isn't nice. Yeap! That's it!"
Shokuhou Misaki narrowed her eyes, it's like she already read her mind. She took out a controller from her purse and pointed it at Mikoto.
It sounded like something zapped, Mikoto also got staggered. She started flashing with lightning.
"Oh dear, if only my ability worked against Misaka-san, I could force you to speak your mind..."
Shokuhou Misaki sighed in regret as she stored her controller away.
"What an annoying EM barrier you have around you..."
Mikoto got angry.
"I can't believe you still have your distasteful hobbies after such a long time!"
"How could you say that? Misaka-san..."
Shokuhou Misaki wagged her finger at Mikoto.
"It's my special love~ just~ for~ you!"
"I don't need your love!"
"Ara, you have a point. You only need Yan-kun's love. You don't need anyone else. Ah~~ I want Yan-kun to pamper me too..."
"I-I don't need his love neither..."
"Misaka-san, your Tsundere side is showing itself..."
"You're the tsundere! Your whole family is tsundere!"
"Still won't admit it? Why don't you disable your EM barrier and let me see what you really think?"
"Yeah, didn't think so..."
"Don't make me repeat myself! I am not going to let you use your disgusting ability on me!"
"Look, I am seriously asking for your permission. Or, maybe, you're just too scared?"
"I am not!"
"Then let me peer into your mind!"
"Don't decide that by yourself! Give it a rest already!"
"Chicken~ Are you too sCarEd?"
"Ahhh!! You want to go right now?!"
"Waiya! Misaka-san is so scary..."
Shokuhou Misaki glomped Wu Yan while Mikoto snapped.
"Yan-kun, Misaka-san wants to punish me, you've got to keep me safe, mkay?"
Mikoto trembled in pure rage. She grabbed a loaf of bread and she chomped down on it. This is her way of dealing with anger, substituting food for it.
Wu Yan shook his aching head. He watched as Mikoto diverted her attention to food with a gloating Shokuhou Misaki nearby.
"It's been so long, isn't this getting a bit old already?"
"This isn't like what happened before..."
Shokuhou Misaki beamed at Wu Yan while rubbing her cheek against Wu Yan's chest.
"We were competing for the top spots in the past. Now, we are competing for attention..."
"Yeah, why am I not convinced?"
Wu Yan said with knotted eyebrows. He poked Shokuhou Misaki's soft cheek.
"You're just doing this to piss Mikoto off."
Shokuhou Misaki chuckled.
"You got me..."
Mikoto stopped as steam came out of her mouth. She squished the bread in her hands into non-existence.
"Chill... keep calm..."
Wu Yan & co bitterly laughed when they watched the two ladies bicker. They know this is just how Mikoto and Shokuhou Misaki communicated. They aren't really trying to pick a fight. That's why everyone decided to watch the show instead of interrupting their playful banter.
A Misaka clone escorted three individuals into the tent.
"Onii-sama, guests are here to visit..."
They all piped down and they looked at the incoming figures.
It's Pelosi, Bing Ling, and Bishi!