"MITSUSHIN."Translation: "Three Hearts."
Japanese Title: 「三心。」 *
Published: December 14th, 2012
Time Period: February, 1993
Editor: Lindsay York
Cover Photo: Mikhail Laptev
Paperback: Not Available
* "Foreigner" Japanese
For their first Valentine's Day together, Aiko hopes her girlfriend Reina will finally woo her with a little romance. Instead their big date veers off in a strange direction when Reina decides it's time to initiate Aiko into the wondrous world of "Mitsushin," or "three hearts" as their foreign friend calls it. Will this inclusion of a third woman obliterate all the romance left, or will Aiko discover a new way to celebrate the love she has for Reina? A relationship legacy that will ripple throughout all of Shinjuku is about to be born.
“Do you think I’m attractive?” Aiko dropped her cards, her eyes searching for anything to look at besides Michiko’s startled face. “I mean, would you even… do that… with me… mou, hazukashii!” She buried her head in her hands from the embarrassment.
Inside the bathroom Reina turned the sink on and off, rattling the levers when water refused to come out hot enough. Amidst her curses on behalf of her sexual frustration, Michiko took one of Aiko’s hands and caressed it.
“You’re a lovely young woman, Ai-chan.” That voice…Aiko had heard it before, somewhere else. The first date she had with a woman was with Michiko, not Reina, but all that amounted to was an initiation into flirtation and oral fixation. Now the seductive tone returned, and it was almost as if Aiko could feel herself back in that karaoke booth, Michiko’s finger pushing into her mouth.
“But…” Aiko’s lips were dry. “But I’m not that…"
“Not that what? Pretty?” Soft fingers cupped Aiko’s chin; Michiko glanced over the face in front of her. “Let’s just say I was never surprised Reina ended up giving all her time to you.”
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