A post-match discussion was taking place in the VIP spectating room as Rias’s father — Zeoticus shook hands with Ise’s father Hyoudou Gorou.
“Hyoudou-san, that was a good match. Congratulations.”
Gorou was embarrassed in response to Zeoticus’ words.
“T-Thanks, but for my kid to beat Rias-san…”
“No, this is a match. Our girl’s team must’ve done their best as well. And above all, that was a good fight considering her opponent was her own fiance, Issei-kun. As expected of the partner that Rias chose.”
“N-No! That’s not true! Anyway, Bina-san, about Grayfia-san—”
“Yeah, we’ve taken care of her as well—”
As both fathers continued their post-match discussion, Ise’s mom Miki was also able to calm down. She had been worried that her son or daughter might’ve gotten hurt or involved in an accident during the whole match. She couldn’t stop worrying as she also heard the things that happened after one’s retirement. Still, she wanted to quickly go to the hospital room where Asia was. Rias’s mother — Venelana was watching beside her as she said.
“That was rather nerve-racking, wasn’t it?”
“Yes, my heart was pumping. Especially when Asia-chan was defeated, I almost lost myself… —But…”
Miki smiled upon looking at the sight of her son on the monitor. As Ise returned to the stadium, he waved his hands and smiled towards the spectators. Miki said,
“I think my kid was really cool. He’s a little bit perverted though.”
“Yes, both Rias and Issei-san were really great.”
—Then, the two fathers stood up from their seats.
“Now, Hyoudou-san, let’s go meet our children. I am worried about Rias and my daughter-in-law.”
Gorou responded to Zeoticus’ invitation,
“Of course! I am also worried about Asia!”
Venelana invited Miki.
“—Let’s go to where our children are, shall we?”
Miki answered with a smile.
As they left the spectating room accompanied by their escort, Kanzaki Mitsuya, Miki then looked at the monitor one last time. Miki then smiled upon looking at the sight of her son who was speaking for the post-match interview.
“…Ise, I’ll come and see your next match as well. Please do your best until the last moment. Now, I have to go and visit Asia-chan.”
Bina Lessthan — no, Grayfia Lucifuge, who lay on top of the hospital room’s bed, finally opened her eyes. She looked at the ceiling, and upon realising that it was a hospital room, she recalled the fact that she had been defeated by Rias. —Suddenly, there was someone who called for Grayfia.
It was her beloved son, Millicas. Millicas was here… As she touched her own face — she realised that she had returned to her usual form. Now that Millicas was here, he must’ve known that her mother had transformed into a teenager and wore a mask in order to participate in the tournament. She had been keeping this from Millicas… Ever since Sirzechs’s departure, she rarely had the chance to see her own son…due to her participation in the tournament. She once again realised just how selfish and cruel of a mother she was… She couldn’t bear to look at Millicas’ face. —Despite that, Millicas then started to talk merrily.
“Okaa-sama! You were so cool! Although you lost to Rias-neesama… But now that I know that Bina Lessthan is you, I will rewatch all your match clips!”
Millicas wasn’t angry and didn’t even looked confused as he proudly accepted his mother’s participation in the tournament. Grayfia was shocked by that response. Finally, she asked her son.
“…Are you not mad at me? I mean, I didn’t tell you anything and participated in the tournament… And I did not even talk to you that much while in the house…”
Millicas replied with a smile,
“It’s okay, you participated in the tournament after all! Plus…the sight of Okaa-sama fighting in the match was…the best!”
Grayfia’s eyes watered in response to Millicas’ answer as she started to cry. She hugged her son and apologised.
“… I am sorry… I am sorry… Millicas, I am sorry…”
“…Okaa-sama? Why are you crying?”
Millicas didn’t know how to respond to his mother, who was crying and apologising at the same time. Grayfia must’ve already found the thing that she must truly protect—.