6-Episode 4 Wait a minute!

...... That smile amplifies the fear in me.
If he says one word, "Judgment of the Spirits," I'll be turned into a frog.
And then I'll be stripped of my human rights and forced to join the creepy people in that dimly lit swamp. ............ I don't want that. Let's get out of here!

'Yes, sir?

I couldn't help but raise my voice.
I don't know how uncomfortable it is to have someone else hold your life in their hands. ......

It's coming!
He's going to point his finger and say, "Judgment of the Spirits.
He's going to declare an end to my life!

As I closed my eyelids tightly and tensed my body, I suddenly felt something soft touch my hand.
I opened my eyes narrowly and looked at ...... to see that the shopkeeper of the sunny pavilion was taking my hand.
It's a flag!It's like a reverse pickup!

I've been looking for this all morning to give back to you.

Smiling, the shopkeeper at the sunlit pavilion put the wallet in my hand.
It was the wallet I had left as bait in the sunlit pavilion.

...... Did you want to return this?

I've been worried about you, sir, because you forgot this and went away. I waited until dawn, but there was no sign of him coming back, so I came looking for him at sunrise.

I can't find the words.
What the hell is he talking about?

'I'm sorry I'm late. Did you have any trouble finding it?

No trouble at all. I left it there on purpose.
There's nothing to apologize for, nothing to worry about, nothing.

'But I'm glad you found it. Don't forget about it. You're a bit of a dilettante, aren't you?

He chuckles happily and then bows his head.
Then the shopkeeper turned his back on me and started walking away.

...... Hey, hey, hey. You forgot to charge me.
You're just as ditzy as you look, aren't you?

What the hell was that?
Doesn't he know he's been eaten alive?
He's been waiting all night for me to come back?
Has he been looking for me since dawn?

To deliver a forgotten item?
You're worried that I'll be in trouble, and as soon as you find it, you show such a relieved look on your face. ...... and then you forget to pick up the important payment. ......... ...Are you an idiot?

I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.

He's an idiot. ...... There's a real idiot in there.
It's not just that he's unfit for business.
He's not even good at living a peaceful life.
He'll cry for sure.
He'll get screwed over, he'll get pushed to the point of no return, he'll have his life ruined by some a**h*le doing some a**h*le thing, and then he'll ...... give up and die.
You can't help it,' you say, 'I'm sorry. ......

As I watched the small back walking down the main street, I suddenly remembered the image of the master and the proprietress.
You will find a lot of things that you can do to make your life better. ...... .........
The two of them looked like a pair of small backs moving away from each other.
And as soon as the clerk of the sunlit pavilion was out of sight, a fierce anger welled up from the bottom of my stomach.

You've got to be kidding me.
You think you're doing me a favor?
You've got to be kidding!
I can live a lot smarter than you!
I don't get screwed over by anyone and I don't get stuck whining about my life!
If you're the one being exploited, I'm the one doing the exploiting!
Our positions are absolutely different!
I'm the smart one and you're the stupid one!
That's right!You're a fool if you fall for it!Being taken advantage of and exploited and still smiling, that's not kindness!It's stupidity!
You're too naive to even realize that, and you think you're giving me charity?
There's no way you didn't notice I ate the food.
There's no way you forgot to pay me!
You were in such a superior position that you could have ended my life with a single word: "Judgment of the Spirits." And yet you neglected to do so.

Don't underestimate me!

I'm not a weak person to be pitied by you!
I'm not an immature person who needs a guy like you to help me survive!

Don't do anything that would make you sacrifice yourself for me!

'............ Wait, you bastard!

Driven by a rage of unknown origin, I started running.
What am I angry about?
Is it because she took pity on me?Was it because I felt disrespected by that woman?
Or is it because he's just like the masters?
Or is it because he's just like them?
Are you angry at yourself for not being able to do anything about it?

What are you mad at me for, man?
Who am I mad at, me?

I don't know.
I don't know, but I can't pretend this anger isn't there!

The shopkeeper of the Sunlit Pavilion turned into a narrow side street in the middle of the main street. That's the direction of the restaurant. He must be going back to the store.
If he is, I'll catch him on the way and slap him in the face with his meal money!
'I don't want your pity.
'Don't give to others when you yourself are so poor.
'You're not so great or strong that you can be kind to others at the cost of your own life'!

A stupid and foolish sycophant like you ...... is ten years too young to help anyone!
Don't be arrogant!

He twisted his wallet into his blazer pocket and grabbed 3000Rb from the bar.
The silver coins clink together.
There are thirty of them, which means that each of these silver coins is 100Rb.
The price for stir-fried scraps of vegetables is 20Rb....... Oh well. You can keep the change!

I grabbed a 100Rb silver coin and was about to turn down the side street where the clerk of the sunny pavilion had turned. ...... At that moment.


I stopped in my tracks.
There was a large bulletin board at the corner, with an overall map of the forty-two districts and some sort of guild recruitment memo posted on it.
I saw a very familiar face among them. It was ...... me.
A flyer with my likeness on it was posted in the middle of the board.

"A villain peddling stolen goods. Anyone who finds me should inform the guild.
There's a bounty of 100,000 Rb for anyone who catches him.
Dead or alive.

Characteristics: Light-hearted tone
Eyes like a dead fish.
Around 5'9" tall
Medium build
Black hair, black eyes
He wears expensive clothes.

I'm in trouble!
I'm in big trouble!
You're a wanted man!

I thought about tearing up the handbill, but ......

d*mn it, what the hell is this?
How long has this been up?
"Dead or alive"?This is bullshit!What kind of Western is this?

I've never heard of anything like this in the bar.
Should we assume that it has only been posted for a short time? ...... Are there any other places where this sign has been posted?
Whatever the case may be, we need to do something about it as soon as possible. ......

What's the most obvious thing ......?
There's no way they sell hair dye or ............ clothing. That's right!Let's change our clothes!

Then I need to go to one of those stores and get a complete set of clothes.

I went back to the main street and ran into a nearby clothing store.
I took off my blazer, held it under my arm, and sloppily opened the buttons of my shirt to make it look as shabby as possible. ......


The man in the store was a sheep with a big belly. He seemed to be the owner of this store. His calm demeanor told me that he was in charge.
A wool store?No, it doesn't look like it.

'I need a set of clothes!
'But we don't have anything better than your clothes at .......'
'It doesn't have to be nice!It's more convenient to have something shabby!But something that doesn't smell!

The owner of the sheep store frowned as I rambled on.
It's not good. ...... If I say anything too crazy, it might raise suspicion.

I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.

The Guild, super scary. Okay, I'm not lying.

'So, I'm going to dress shabbily in order to hide my identity.
'Oh, I see...'

Perhaps convinced by this explanation, the sheep store owner nodded humbly.

'This area is not very safe, you know. Certainly, if you're walking around in such nice clothes, you'll be targeted by all sorts of people, won't you? Yeah, yeah. I understand, yes.

He managed to convince me.
I mean, are my clothes so high class that you can tell by looking at them?
I'm glad I wasn't attacked.
I've been doing some pretty dangerous things, like wandering around at night and going in and out of bars.

'If that's the case, the clothes around here are good. Most of the residents of District 42 wear clothes of this level.

In the corner recommended by the sheep store owner, there was a pile of cheap-looking clothes that were obviously second-hand.
As I recall, in this kind of world, ...... nobles make custom-made clothes, the upper class wears their hand-me-downs, and ordinary people wear the second-hand clothes that are sold off.
It's hard to say how many people wore those clothes.
I'm not really a fan of vintage clothing. ...... I can't be selfish.

I went through the piles of clothes and bought the ones that were less dirty and seemed to be sturdier.
I also bought a shoulder bag to put my blazer in, a wallet for the other side of the world, and a hat to wear over my head.

'Also, do you have any ink?
'Sumi: ......?I can at least share some of what we use here at .......'
'Then give me that too. Preferably with a used brush.'

And so, when all the goods were settled, ...... they came to exactly 3000Rb.
...... What a coincidence.
It was so well done that it was like a tutorial for an RPG.
I can't help but think that God is playing a joke on us. ...... You've got to be kidding me. Seriously?

I rented a fitting room at the store and changed my clothes.
The blazer is packed in my bag, my empty wallet is in my pocket, and my hat is on.

From what I've heard, they haven't gotten the word out about the arrangement yet. ...... Good.

As soon as I left the store, I went to the bulletin board and added a beard to my portrait with a brush full of ink that I had been given. I should also add some wrinkles and lines on his forehead.
That's it. That's it.
It says don't tear it up, but it doesn't say don't scribble on it.
So I won't see it.

I heard while I was shopping that this kind of notice is only posted on this board.
They should be distributed to guilds, but there are so many guilds that it is impossible to distribute them to all.
There are guilds for each profession, such as the Clothmakers' Guild, Blacksmiths' Guild, Food and Drink Guild, Apothecaries' Guild, and so on.
Each profession has its own guild, and there are forty-two categories.
In a world without copy machines, it would be impossible to distribute handbills to all of them.
This handbill is also handwritten.
And if you give it to only some of them, they will ask you, "Why don't we have it? ' or 'Are you favoring that guild only? It seems to be a source of disputes.
This is why these messages are posted on the main street or main square of the city.

...... Lucky.

It'll keep us under wraps for a while.
It's good to have a low level of civilization for a change.
This would not have happened in Japan. It would have gone viral on the Internet and ended instantly.
Long live the savage land!

If we were more civilized, there wouldn't be any "life or death" schemes.

That's why I took a detour and ended up late.
When we left the clothing shop, the sheep store owner told us to stay away from the slums near the cliffs in the north. ...... There are slums in addition to swamps? It's too unsafe,......

I left the main street and walked down a narrow alley.
The road gradually becomes bumpy and the houses become more and more shabby.
The hustle and bustle fades away and the streets become sparsely populated.
I felt that I was getting further and further away from human habitation.

The sun began to set, and the potholed streets grew darker and more eerie.
...... Haha, I haven't had a decent meal today either. I just drank some grapefruit juice.
Every time I walk, a bug in my stomach cums.
And when the sky turned red, I arrived in front of this restaurant again.

The Sunlit Pavilion.

It's a rundown diner with a signboard hollowed out in the shape of a knife and fork.
Once again, I could smell the good smell from inside the restaurant.

'......I've come to ............'.

What should I do?
All anger had vanished after the incident with the handbill.
I would have hit him for the food, but I bought some clothes and have no money left.
...... What am I doing here?

'I guess I'll ...... go home.'

If you think about it, it's not my place to be angry.
In the first place, I had eaten my way out of the restaurant, and whether they knew it or not, the staff here didn't say anything about it.
If I leave the 42nd district at this point, this incident will be ...... forgotten in the dark forever.
You don't have to go through the trouble of rehashing it. ......

Yeah. You're right.
I've been a little crazy.
Maybe I was getting sentimental remembering the masters.

It's okay, the food's free now.
There's nothing more precious than free food, as the old saying goes.
All right!Let's turn back!
I'll take your kind offer.

I said a small thank you at the door and turned to the right.
I will never see that shopkeeper again.
With this thought in mind, I turned around and saw ......

The sky was dark and dusky.


The sky in the distance was tinged with a deep blue.
The narrow road leading to the main street was dark and blurred, creating an atmosphere as if it were the entrance to the underworld.
If you are not careful, you will be swallowed up by the darkness. ...... The darkness was approaching very close.

'............ phew'.

Well, I've been in this town for more than a day now, and I'm not a naive little kitten forever.
I've already experienced the darkness of night once yesterday.
So, ......

'Welcome, welcome to the Sunlit Pavilion!......, huh?You have a visitor?
'...... I'm here.'

I think I'm going to throw away my bravado and take advantage of all the hospitality I can get.
Please!Let me stay here!
You're the only person in this world who can give me an edge.
No matter how careless I am, I'm sure you won't let me down!

'I'm glad. You've come again, haven't you?

The shopkeeper says this with an innocent face and jumps up and down.
Every time she jumps, she shakes her head. I don't dare to say what it is. Well, if I had to say, I'd say that ...... is shaking with dreams and romance.

Oh, no, no, no.
I was about to leave for the dream world, staring at a dreamlike scene.
If you don't get your story straight,......, don't get thrown out in the middle of the night.
I can't ...... stay up all night in the dark.

Anyway, let's negotiate.

'First things first. I'll pay for last night's dinner!But I don't have any money right now.'

I confess my current situation.
The waiter listens to me intently, his eyes wide with surprise.

'So, did you sell those expensive clothes?

Oh, I see. I'm wearing shabby clothes now.

I see. So it looks like he sold off his clothes for lack of money. Well, don't dare correct me.

'So I was trying to figure out how I could pay for the food. ......'
'Anytime you want. I trust my customers.'

No, no, you shouldn't trust a guy like me.
I don't know what you're saying with so much confidence.

'Because the customer told me about himself. I think he is a sincere person.

I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm sure it's a good idea. ...... This girl is a bit of a ...... duck, not just a leek, but a duck hot pot ingredient and other vegetables on her back.
I don't know how she's been able to survive all this time.

'It's nice of you to believe me. But I don't have the money yet.
'I'll wait patiently.'
'No, I appreciate that you do, but I don't think you should make me wait forever.'
'I don't mind, do you?
'I'm the one who cares.

What's the matter with you?
You don't like money?
Why aren't you more obsessed with money?
If you had enough money, you could do business in a better place instead of this rundown store.
You can get better ingredients, and you can decorate it any way you like.
Ask for more money!
Human kindness is not worth even a penny!

So, how can the customer be satisfied?

The clerk tilts his head and asks me.
I don't have money, but I don't want to keep them waiting.
It's a natural question, I suppose.
And beyond that, the answer is also a natural one.

'Will you let me work here?
'What ......?
'Of course, the salary will be very small. It's not ...... good without it, but it's ...... well, good!In return ......'

I bow my head deeply and say loudly.

'I want you to provide me with room and board!That's it!

I have nowhere to go.
I have no money to stay at a hostel.
I haven't had any food at all.

It's probably possible to make money my way.
But in order to do so, I need to know this city well.
It's too risky to do business here without any information.
The fact that I stole Norbert's spices has ended up dragging me down and restricting my actions.
The Judgment of the Spirits was just a stroke of luck, one wrong move and I might have been turned into a frog.
And if I had been caught by the guild in another district, ......

You'll be able to get through it just in time, but the end of your ...... life is always just around the corner.
I need to know a little more about this city.
The best way to do this is to have a gullible, good-natured, and easy to deal with person by your side.
In other words, working here as a live-in is the best thing for me right now.

But there are some concerns.
First of all, it seems that this clerk is the only one here. Would I put a complete stranger in a house like that?
And I've already eaten once. I wonder if he'll shake his head. ......
Even if he doesn't, I'd like him to offer me a place to sleep, even if it's just under the eaves of a house, for one night.

That's why I'm appealing to him to let me pay for the food.
My goal is to compensate you for the overdue food bill, not to get close to a beautiful girl with big tits and have a good time with her.

I hope you are well fooled. ......

'I'm so happy!
'What about ......?

When I looked up, the clerk had two fists clasped together on his chin and was shaking his body as if writhing.
His eyes were glittering and his cheeks were flushed.
............ What?

I've been working on this store by myself for a long time, but the number of customers is really bad. ...... I was wondering if there was anyone who could help me.
'Ha, ha......'

The shopkeeper grabbed my hand with both of his and approached me rapidly, sniffling.

'Maybe this is fate!
'No, that's a bit of an exaggeration, isn't it ......'
''No!It must be the guidance of the spirit god Alvi-sama!Oh, it's a good thing I've been serving ...... every day, after all, Alvi has been watching us!

No~...... maybe, but I don't think God has that much time on his hands.

'I'd love to, too!There are several rooms available, so you can use the one you like. We clean the rooms frequently, so you should be able to use them right away.

With that explanation, he picked up my bag and walked to the back.

'If there's anything you need, just let me know. Most of the things I can't get because I don't have the money, but if I can make it myself, I'll get it for you.

As he spoke, he walked further and further into the room.
Leave me.

'Huh?How can I help you?

Noticing that I hadn't moved from the counter, the clerk came running back.

'No, are you sure?
'What's that?
'The guy who wants to hire me.
'Yes!I just hope you don't really expect to be paid ......, but we will provide you with three proper meals!
'...... You live here by yourself, right?'
'Yes. ......Until a few years ago, I lived here alone with my grandfather. ............'

Oops. I don't want to hear such dark stories.
In short, you're sure you live alone?

'...... Are you sure?I don't want to hear such a gloomy story.
'Huh?.............................. Can't you ......?

This guy is serious!
I'm not sure if you're serious or not.
Is he a b*tc*!I'm not sure if it's because I'm not a fan of his or not.
Or is he some kind of fairy or genie?Are you too untainted?

'You know, ...... I love big boobs!

With a serious face, ........................ what am I saying?
No, I'm not.
This guy is too defenseless,......, and if you don't keep some tension,......, my rationality will,......, and I think that keeping a good distance is the most important thing for a smooth communal life. It's a good idea to keep a good distance. It's a good idea to keep a good distance between the two of you. ...... If you are too defenseless, you may end up doing something wrong. ...... If you do that, you will be in trouble later on.

It's a good thing that you're not the only one who has a problem with this. ...Therefore, ......'.
'Oh, wait!

I was a little relieved when I saw the shopkeeper start to panic.
It seems that this guy has a sense of crisis. It's just that it's very weak.

'I'm not trying to do anything to you. Trust me on that.'
'Yes, sir. I do.

That's why I'm so quick to trust you. ......

'But with that in mind, I'm going to ask you again.

I asked the clerk with a serious expression.

'Are you going to hire me?'
'Yes, sir. You're welcome.'

This guy is ............
A real idiot.
Well, thank goodness for idiots.
This will make it easier for me to get my feet wet in this world.
............ In the meantime, I'll have to give him a little lesson in the harshness of the world.

'All right. I'll try not to betray your trust.'
'Yes, sir. I'll be counting on you.'

I held out my hand, and the clerk shook it without hesitation. ...... Stop it, you're making me nervous.
Anyway, we shook hands. A handshake is a sign of a contract.

'I'm Oba Yashiro. It may be difficult to understand due to cultural differences, but Oba is my last name and Yashiro is my first name.

I'd like to introduce myself to my employer, the shopkeeper.
I've never been abroad, so I'm not sure I like the idea of having my first and last names upside down. My name is Oba Yashiro, not Yashiro Oba. If it's a one-time relationship, I wanted to use my official name for the person who will be taking care of me for a while.

'I understand. I'll call you 'Yashiro-san' then.

Calling me by my name out of the blue!
I told her that Oba was my last name so that she could call me Oba-san. ...... Isn't this the kind of girl who would be popular at a party?......I wish I could have gone on a blind date with a girl like her. ......

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Oh!Nibbling!What's he nibbling on?

'Oh, I'm sorry.

Perhaps because I was staring at my hand, the shopkeeper stopped nibbling and let go of my hand.

'I don't know, Yashiro-san's hand is so big, it's ...... too much.

This is the combo of 'wow, Yashiro's hands are big' and 'nigiri nigiri' that I heard about!

I'm sure he's a natural, but is he?

'Oh, um, I'm sorry. I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's a bit of a jerk. ......

'Whose hands are wrinkled!
'Yes, no!That's not what I meant. ...... Anyway. I'm sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable.

I'm not uncomfortable at all!
It's just that I got a little excited when I saw how soft her palms were.
I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's had a bad experience. ...... I really wish I could have had a party with a girl like her. ...... Specifically, I wish I could have played the game of kings. ......... ...

'Have you ever heard of the King's Game?
'What?The King's Game?'
'Oh, no. It's nothing.'

That reaction: ...... I knew you didn't have it in your world. ......

'Oh, nice to meet you.

Clearing his throat, the shopkeeper straightened his posture and bowed deeply.

'My name is Ginette. Please call me Ginette.'
'............ Yeah. I'll call you Ginette. And no other information has been disclosed.'
'Oh, I'm sorry. I'm Ginette Tinard. It might be hard to tell because we're from different cultures, but Ginette is my name. ......'
'Oh, no, that's okay!I understand.'

I'm not the one who said that.

...... I think he's an idiot after all, don't you?

This is a great way to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment.
I could tell she was welcoming me. But she was so defenseless that I began to worry a little.
Is that what this is?Is this what you call protective desire?
No way. ......

Anyway, we now have a base for the time being.
I'm going to look into the city, find a way to make money ...... and maybe even take over the store. This guy ......, Jeannette, won't realize his own stupidity unless he's given such a severe punishment. It might not be a bad idea to get this store as a lesson.

When I looked at him, my eyes met Ginette's.
At that moment, Ginette made a small gut pose and said happily.

'Let's keep up the good work on Piotka Day!

'Nya!Oh, customer!What's wrong with you!Sir!

Ginette gently pats me on the back as I crouch. ............
I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.

What is he saying with a smile on his face?
...... Well, it's 100% my fault. ............

This is why I became a live-in employee at a rundown eatery in the 42nd district, the "Sunshine Pavilion".
My job is mainly ...... to give advice to the idiot owner.