193-S016 Disciple's Daily Life

 I got an order from Haruka for something dangerous.
 It's a big metal box with a roller with bumps on it.

 I jokingly asked him, "Are you going to use it for torture? He smiled and said, "Hmmm ......".

 That's really bad.

 But it wasn't that bad.

 When I consulted my master, he simply said, "It's a composting part.

 Seriously? Does the compost of this world come with a shredder?
 Doesn't it take time to make compost in an eco-friendly way?

 Fortunately, we had some in stock at the store's warehouse, so we delivered it right away.
 It seems that there are occasional inquiries from restaurants.
 This town is surprisingly clean.

 The price was quite high, but I guess Haruka and her friends are making a lot of money.

 After a while, another order came in.
 And this time 10 sets.

 Master was puzzled.

 It's not easy to make them, so we usually keep them in stock, but he said, "How can we make ten at once? He said.

 I've been making them slowly since I sold the last one, but I haven't even finished the first one yet.

 When I said, "I see, you're having trouble replacing your inventory," he punched me.

 Unreasonable. It was a witty joke. Tommy's the only one. Hmmm.

 ...... Yeah. No commentary.

 Well, the deadline's a little tight this time.

 But he can't say no because he's backed by the town council.

 Hang in there, Master.

 --But then he simply said, "You'll be in charge of six sets.

 I thought, "Why do I have more sets than you? I thought to myself, "Why do I have to do more?

 I heard that the strength of the roller is important, so I hit it hard.
 I pounded and pounded, sparing no time for sleep.

 After finishing about three pieces, I noticed that the master was desperate.
 Master's desperation is lacking.

 "Why? I thought, "Why?" It seems he subcontracted the work to a subcontractor.

 I see. He said the exterior parts were simple and could be made even if his skills were lacking.

 Do you have one for me? Oh, no? Do it yourself? Yes, sir.

 I worked hard and finished the job in about eight days.
 It was hard work, but I got a nice bonus from Master.

 Is that good?
 This is enough to buy a small house.

 I'm single, and I don't want to change my living arrangement.

 Well, I'd really like to use this bonus to invite Toya and Nao for a drink, but unfortunately, they won't go out with me. As for alcohol.

 I'm not good with ale.
 Once you get used to it, it's quite tasty, I think.

 He's willing to go out for dinner, so I'll invite him to a place I've recently found that serves good motsu stew.

 For today, I'll have a drink at the Bear Pavilion as usual.

"Hey, it's Tommy. Long time no see, man.

 When I returned to the inn, I was immediately approached.

"Hey, Mr. Bread. Good evening. I'm a little busy with work. ...... Let's have a drink first.

 The trick to drinking quickly at the Bear Pavilion of Slumber.

 The trick is to go to the counter and buy it yourself.

 If you wait for your father to come, you won't be able to drink for a long time.

 I wish they would hire more people, but I can't complain if I think that the reduction in labor costs is reflected in the taste of the food.

 Incidentally, if you become a regular of a higher rank, they will come in and pour for you.
 Of course, you have to pay for it.

 I hadn't gotten that far yet, so I paid at the counter, took the mug from my father, and went to the table.

"All right, cheers!

 I gulped down half of my drink in one gulp, and exhaled.

"So what is it? Did you get an extra job?

Yeah. I'm on a tight deadline. Do you get that kind of work at Bread's place too?

No, not really. We've been leaning towards the high end lately. You'd have to have a rush job or something to get it to another town, right?

 Mr. Bread is a middle-aged woodworker.
 He is a middle-aged woodworker who specializes in fine craftsmanship.

 He spends a lot of time carving the surface of the furniture, so if you're like me, you can't do it in a hurry. In one week! In a week!

 If I could make weapons like works of art, I might be able to do the same. ...... I guess I have a long way to go.

Is the furniture business doing well?

The good is good. The economy is booming like never before in recent years! We've got a lot of wood that's been in short supply. We'll probably have an uninterrupted supply for a few years.

Oh, really?

 My store doesn't deal with many of them because they are in a different genre, but we do make furniture-related hardware once in a while.

 But sometimes we also make hardware for furniture, though the detailed decoration is done separately by metalworkers.

 Our store often receives orders for tools used in woodworking.

 We are a weapon shop, but the tools we sell make up a larger portion of our business than you might think. There are not many adventurers who buy expensive weapons. Rafan has...

 You know what it's like when I tell you that Toya and his friends are my biggest customers.

What? Tommy's here today? It's been a while.
Mr. Andrew. Yeah, it's all settled.

 With these words, Andrew-san, who works for the Adventurer's Guild, sat down at the table with me and Bread-san.

 He was about fifty years old, and in this world, he would be considered a grandfather.

 Like Mr. Bread, he also frequents this bar for drinks, so I've become acquainted with him.

How is Andrew these days?

"He hasn't changed a bit. The adventurers in this town are just a bunch of laggards or half-retired. Just when you think they've gotten a little better, they're gone. They dream of making a fortune. ...... Oh, the adventurers you know are different. To be honest, I think you'd be more successful if you just left. ...... Why are you still here?

 Andrew shrugged his shoulders as he sipped his ale.

 It seems that young people want to go to the city, and even if they have to force themselves a little, they will leave the city.

 On the other hand, I don't think Haruka and her friends are very interested in ...... the city or anything like that.

 If it's a sightseeing trip, it's probably just an "old city tour" for us.

I'm not sure if I'd be more successful as an adventurer in another city.

"Of course not. Look at the jobs in this town. It's just right for a rookie, but there's nothing great. You can make a lot more money in the labyrinth city if you have the same skills. As for connections to the nobility, it's almost impossible to find anyone here except the Viscountess Nenus. That family is not bad, but ......

 It's not a bad place to be a ruler, but unfortunately it's not a very powerful one, and the money isn't great either.

 It seems that they are not the best people for adventurers to seek connections with.

You're a special case, aren't you? Your friend is a special case. The wood supply, that's them, right?

Do you know ......?

They're from Mr. Simon's office, but you'd think they'd be a little more discerning. Some of them are jealous. ...... Well, no problem. Anyone who doesn't know what it means to make enemies with the woodworkers in this town is a mole.

 If you mess with Haruka and the others and disrupt the supply of fine wood, there will be retaliation. No one would be stupid enough to do something like that. That's it in a nutshell, apparently.

 That's a relief.

 But I'm indebted to Toya and the others, so I should at least say something to them.

 I don't think the cautious Haruka and the others are aware of it, but just in case.

I'm not sure if you're aware of it or not, but I'm sure you're aware of it.

Oh, yes. Yes, I am. I'm not quite there yet, but...

d*mn, I wish my boys could hear that! You're not much good, but you're all talk. You're not that skilled, but you're still inexperienced.

 Mr. Bread never brings craftsmen from the same workshop to this store, so I've never met him, but I heard that he has three apprentices.

 He usually complains about their skills when he gets drunk.

 Well, that's what I do when I drink.
 I don't know how good they really are.

 Incidentally, when I asked him why he didn't bring me out for drinks, he said, "You idiot! You'll lose your seat! You'll lose your seat!

 Well, Kumatei is a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, you know. If I hadn't been introduced to it by Toya, I wouldn't have known that there was an inn here.

 I can understand why you want to keep it a secret. Yeah.
 There's not a lot of room.

They don't even know how to take care of their tools! When I was young, I spent most of my time sharpening them.

 Mr. Bled. I've heard that story before.

 Same story over and over.

 I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not.

 I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not.

 I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not.

...... Oh, that's not right. I was talking about Tommy. You're not going to get a wife, are you? I'm sure Gantz wouldn't object to that.

Hi ha ...... Oh, no, there's a tribal problem .......

"Oh, that's a problem. There's hardly any dwarves in this town. You don't have any in your hometown? With the money you're making now, you can't afford to bring them in, can you?

There weren't any, I'm afraid. ......

 I'm not from a dwarven community.

 It's a good thing that you're not from a dwarf settlement, because the female dwarves in this world are a little bit stocky, but they don't have beards, fortunately.

 I have the impression that with the change in race comes a change in tastes and other things, but I don't think I would want to marry a woman with a beard.

 Of course, she's not a loli, so some gentlemen won't be overjoyed, and she won't be mistaken for a human child.

Andrew, do you have any adventurers?

"Dwarves? There are no dwarves in this town, are there? I'm not the contact person, so I don't know much about them.

 I've never seen a female dwarf myself.
 I've never seen a female dwarf in person, and there are adventurers in the store, but most of them are human.

"So, Gantz is going to take care of them? That sounds like a lot of work.

 Mr. Bread pondered with a difficult look on his face.

 But in this world of teacher-disciple relationships, do you need to be like a matchmaker aunt?

Is that how it works?

That's how it works. As I recall, you don't have parents, do you? Then it's your duty as a master to take care of your apprentice's wife.

"No, but I've only been here less than a year.

 I'm sure you'll be able to understand why.

"...... Oh, yeah, that's right, isn't it? I forgot about it because you're so good. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. It's a good idea to take a look at the actual information on the web.

 I'm not sure if I'm happy or annoyed ...... with my wife's care .......

 I'm not sure what to make of this, but I think it's a good idea.

 There is no partner!

 And what about the different races, that's also difficult.

 I'm not sure if it's because I'm originally human or because I think Haruka and her friends are cute and could be the target of a romance, but they're in the minority as far as Dwarves go.

 The opposite is also true.

 I'm not sure if it's because I'm not as tall as humans, elves, or beastmen. ...... Is it because of my height?

 It's not that there aren't couples of humans and dwarves, of course, but they are in the minority compared to other races.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

"Well, well, there will come a time! Don't be discouraged!

 Don't be discouraged!" My pondering caused Mr. Bread to think, "Oh no! I'm sure you'll be able to find a way to make it work.

I'll be on the lookout for dwarf adventurers, too.
That's right! I'm sure we'll meet at some point!

 It would be difficult for me to find a dwarf girl, even if I were a master.

 Dwarves seem to have a slightly longer lifespan than humans, so let's take it easy for a while.

 Yeah. Let's drink for now.

 I stand up, mug in hand, to order another ale.

 --But in less than a year, that prediction would be overturned. ...... Of course, I had no idea at the time.