326-294 Party day (4)

 Leaving Diora to Toya, who had said something unnecessary, Haruka and I quietly left the place.

 As I was looking around to see who I should greet next...


 Aella came running up to us.
 I responded to her by raising my hand.

I raised my hand and replied, "Um, are you okay?

 You'll be able to see Diora's face as she looks at you with concern.

"Oh, no problem, no problem. I'm sure you have a lot on your plate since you're working so hard. Yeah.

 I'm sure you've got a lot on your plate.

More importantly, Aella, I'm sorry for helping you. You're my guest.

No, no, no! I didn't do much, just set the table. But the rice dish sounds interesting. Unfortunately, I don't think I can serve it in my restaurant. ......

We can't get it anywhere near here. Thank you for your help, Luce.

I'm a professional caterer, I can only serve food. I'm a professional caterer. I'm grateful for the delicious food.

 I'm a professional at serving food.

I think Luce should at least learn to cook a little. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

What do you mean "always"? A little bit. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Hey. This is a small range for elves! I'm not sure if it's because I'm an elf or not, but it's within my personality!

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

 Yeah, for all intents and purposes, she looks like a kid. ...... No, she's a girl.

It's a little girl. If that's the case, then my cooking skills are also my personality. First of all, isn't Haruka-san's cooking like a pro's? I'm not even a chef. Me and Haruka-san. I'm definitely the more common one.

 I'm not a cook, but I'm a professional.

 The ingredients for the dishes, the recipes for cooking them.

 Considering all these factors, only a few people with enough money in their lives can make elaborate dishes.

 Moreover, as you can see from the many food stalls in the city, most people eat out.

 It's not a delicious meal like the one at Aera's restaurant, but just something to fill your stomach. That is the norm.

 It is not easy to cook good food in this world where the availability of spices and seasonings is limited.

 That's why it's not uncommon to find people who can't cook very well.

We agree with you. I thought I brought some expensive sake, but the food is too good for snacks. How much money did you spend on this?

Mr. Gantz, Mr. Simon.

Oh, thank you for having us.

No, thank you very much. But it's not that expensive. I've prepared most of the food myself.

 Incidentally, the most expensive dish on the menu today is the white rice.
 Since it is not that popular, it is mainly consumed by us former Japanese.

 On the other hand, meat dishes, which are generally costly, are the least expensive.

 We just got more meat than we can eat the other day.

Adventurers are strong because they can do it. They can prepare ingredients that ordinary people can't.

No, that's not all. Your cooking skills are as good as the professionals, no, even the professionals are not this good, as the lady there says.

I'm glad to hear you say that. I'm sure Natsuki and the others will be happy to hear that.

It's true. --I heard they make good sake.

Well, that's .......

 I glanced behind Simon and saw Tommy with his hands clasped together and his head bowed.
 Did he speak?
 It's fine in itself, but you didn't say anything about the original world, did you?

I can't say for sure if it's good or not, but we're going to make a brew, aren't we?
Well, well, well. And we'd like to help you with that, wouldn't we?
Yeah, me too. And in return...
Drink when you can, I suppose.

 It would be nice to have a carpenter and a blacksmith to help me.
 Especially you, Simon. I'm not sure what to do.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

I'm not going to be able to provide you with too much because we have limited raw materials, but if that's okay with you.
That's fine with me. If it's good, we can get the ingredients ourselves.
We've got our own contacts.

 Okay. We're exporting fine furniture, aren't we?

 If there's a rice-producing area, we can ask them to bring rice when they come to pick up the furniture.

Hey, Nao, what's the new liquor?

"Well, Nao, what's the new brew?" "Well, I got some rice, so I thought I'd make something with it. While I'm making seasoning.

Seasoning! I'm interested!

I'm more interested in the alcohol.

 As expected, Aella took a bite of the seasoning and Luce took a bite of the alcohol.

If it turns out well, I'll share it with you.
"Yes! "Yes, by all means!

    I'd love to!

 Next we came to Ishka's place.

 When Ishka noticed us, she immediately put the items in her hands on the table and bowed deeply.

Nao-san, Haruka-san, thank you for today.
"No, don't worry about it. No, don't worry about it. Mary and the others have been very helpful lately.

 Even now, Mary and Mitya are eating at the table set up for the orphanage, together with the other children. They are competing with each other.

 They don't have to try so hard to eat now, they can eat enough later. ...... Does it taste better when you eat with friends?

 It's like camping food.

The Mary's are more than happy to help us. "Mary and her friends are more than happy to help us out. They teach the kids how to use weapons for free.

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

 We were actually relieved to see that Mary, who was usually so mature, sometimes showed a bit of an older side when she was with the orphanage children.

 Perhaps, in the future, Mary and her friends will form an adventuring party with the children of the orphanage, and get married.

 Give me your daughter, please.
 At that time, Toya will be put to the test like a stubborn father.

 I'd lose physically, but that doesn't mean I can't blow her up with magic.

 Ah, but there are no beastmen among the orphans, right?

 The two of them grew up in an environment where there were no beastmen around, so they might not care too much. ...... What do you think?

I'm glad to hear you say that, but we need to settle this. I'm sure you'll understand.

 I'm sure you'll be glad to hear that.

 Then they all bowed their heads in unison.

Thank you very much!

"Oh, oh, don't worry about it. You can eat as much as you want, okay?

 I replied, a little surprised by the neatly coordinated movements, and the children again replied in unison.

 I looked at Ishka, and she nodded towards the orphans.
 As soon as she confirmed this, the children returned to the table and resumed eating.

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's a fan of your work. ...... No, if you look closely, you'll see Angel, Sydney and the rest of the children, as well as priests and priestesses.

 I'm not sure if you've ever heard of this, but I'm sure you've heard of it.

 You can join the adult group, but you may be more conscious of that because you grew up in an orphanage.

I'm sorry, I'm not fully grown up yet.

 I'm not sure if she noticed the look I gave her, but she smiled a little shyly.

No, there's nothing wrong with that, as long as you enjoy it.

"I'm sorry, sir. Our food is the same as the children's, and they are quite ......".

Oh, that's ......

 The two apprentice priests, Kane and Sidney, are middle school-age eaters.
 If there's meat on the table that you don't normally eat, you're going to eat it.
 My stomach would be bursting.
 In that environment, I'd eat too.

 Even if I was eating well, if I went to an all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurant, I would eat until I was in pain.

 I became a small eater after I became an elf, but middle and high school boys are supposed to eat as much as they want.

Please eat as much as you like. If you don't have enough, you can take some from the table over there. If you need more, you can take it from the table over there. ...... They seem to be enjoying their drinks.

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

 I'm not sure what to make of that.

 Except for Tommy, they can't eat like young people.

Thank you, sir. But I don't think this table will be empty ......, do you?

 The subtle question is the presence of Mary and Mitya.
 They eat so much that you wonder where they are.

"And that was it. Mary, Mitya, hey.

 At the sound of my voice, Mary and Mitya both looked back at me at the same time, made the same gesture, swallowed what was in their mouths in a hurry, and came running towards me.

"Yes, what is it?
"I'm here!

 She replied, her gaze never leaving the table with the food.
 I think I've eaten enough. ...... Well, let's get on with our business.

"Your armor you ordered is ready. It's in the living room.

 Mary and the others quickly ran into the house.
 They didn't need to rush to see it, but they were happier than the ...... food.

They've been waiting a long time.
"Looks like.
Is that new armor?
Yeah. Mary and her friends have started to fight in earnest.

 While they were talking, Mary and the others came running back.
 This time, they were wearing white iron chainmail that glittered in the light.

 We thought they were coming towards us, but they ran straight to the children at the orphanage.

 When the children saw them, they gathered around the two of them and said, "Wow! and "Cool! and "Cool!" as they clapped their chainmail.

 And the two of them are proudly showing off their chest.

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I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one. It's not worth it, is it?
I'm sure you'll find a lot of people who'd like to know more about it.
It's expensive, but it's within our means.

 In fact, there was a debate between us as to whether to use white iron or attribute steel for the material of their chainmail.

 If you want to be safe, you can order attribute steel chainmail, but if you put the value of Mary and her team's work into monetary terms, even white iron chainmail is out of reach.

 There is nothing wrong with us paying for it, but since there is no better equipment available at present, some of us felt that it would be a shame to lose the "joy of acquiring better equipment through our own efforts".

 And there is a part of me that agrees with that opinion.

 After all, we were happy when we got new equipment, and it motivated us to work.

 Of course, there was the question of whether we should weigh that against safety, but in the end we decided to go with the white iron equipment because of Toya's manly statement, "If it's not safe, I'll take care of it myself.

I was rather surprised that the kids didn't seem to be jealous of them. ......

They know that there is no point in comparing themselves to others. They are grateful for what they have right now. That's all.


 For the first time in a long time, Haruka and I were silenced by a comment that reminded us that Ishka-san was a priest.

 It is true that being an orphan and being jealous of those who are better off than you is like living in constant envy of others.

 That's not a good thing, but it's hard to do in practice.

 But in fact, the orphans and Mary and the others have become friends, and I wonder if that's part of Ishka's skill.

 It must be difficult to educate children. .......
 And it's definitely having a positive effect on Mary and the others.
 Haruka and I looked at each other and thanked our lucky stars that we had met Ishka.