I'm not sure what to make of it.
...... What are you guys doing, emptying out the territory?
I'm not sure what to say.You're safe!'
'I'm fine, I'm fine. There's nothing wrong, no problem.'
Lucia ran into the store and rushed straight to Gilberta and gave her a fierce hug.
It's an embrace so powerful it makes your bones creak.
It's like a mackerel fold, if you look at it another way.
'But what brings you here, Lady Lucia?
'I received a letter from Estella's messenger, informing me of the details.'
Lucia takes out from her pocket a letter with the emblem of Estella's house on it. It was clearly marked with a mark where she had crushed it with great force. It was crushed.
It must be the letter that Estella had sent with her fast horse.
It looks like she delivered it really fast.
I didn't expect that it would cause her to come in later today. ......
'Did I worry you, sir?
'Of course not!How heartbroken I was!'
Lucia hugged Gilberta, burying her face in her hair.
The end of her words are scratchy, conveying her grief.
'I sincerely apologize, I... I realized only after you pointed out that I had made a mistake in the procedure of what I should have done, foolish me.
'Good. ...... It's okay. As long as you're safe like this.
'It seems that I have misjudged the order of what is important.
'Mm...... you're straightforward and a little too straightforward at times. There are times when you may take a wrong turn.
As if to make up for not seeing her, Lucia embraced Gilberta's body and held her close. It's a great way to make up for lost time. I'm not sure what to make of that. ...... Hey, pervert.
While saying this, Lucia reaches out to touch Gilberta's antennae.
But Gilberta skillfully avoids it. After all, it seems that she would never let anyone touch her without permission.
'When I read that letter, I understood that ...... all that's wrong is that anchovy!
'How can that be?
No, I knew it would happen!
I'm sure you'll be able to understand why Gilberta came to us.Did you read it properly?
I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not, but I'm sure you've heard of it.
'Don't declare the most disgusting things with impunity!
Scary!This man is really scary!
Scary in a completely different way from what Estella said!
'It's not your fault, my friend Yashiro.'
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'Yes. We're friends, me and my friend Yashiro. So is my friend Ginette.'
A sharp, piercing stare pierces me.
Don't give me that ...... scary look.
'I don't want you to say anything bad about my friend.
'............ I see.'
Lucia's hands tightened and her fists clenched.
If Gilberta's straightforward words were directed at her, she would have to admit it.
'Then I'll hit you silently.
I'm not sure what you're talking about.
'Then I think it's fine, me too.
'I don't think so!
There's so much wrong with you!
I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll do fine.
'It's not my fault!
'Then who's to blame?
I don't know.
I hope you didn't conveniently skip over it. ...... I can't help it.
It's a good idea to take a look at the actual information on the web.
'Are you saying that you are more important than me?
''That's why!I went to a lot of trouble to explain that to him!I don't think you have such extreme ideas anymore.''
We quieted Lucia, who was pressing us, and we all turned our gaze to Gilberta.
As we stare at her, Gilberta nods her head clearly.
'Hmm. I understand exactly what you're talking about, I do. I will not misjudge what is important, from now on, I will'.
'I see. ......'
Lucia let out a sigh of relief and distanced herself from me.
Whatever the case may be, this should settle the matter. As long as Lucia brings Gilberta home, the sleepover will be put to rest.
Peaceful nights would return to the Sunken Pavilion.
'I'm the best.
Suddenly, Gilberta pressed her chest and said those words.
As soon as ...... I wonder why ............ a nasty sweat began to trickle down my back.
'My friend Yashiro is number two. My friend Jeannette is number three. ......'
I pointed to myself, Jeannette, and finally Lucia.
'Fourth and most important, Lucia...'
'Why are you angry with me?
Lucia, who had just moved away, attacked me again.
Oh, this is so annoying!
'But I'll do my duty, I will!That's the order of the heart.
'I don't care about my duties, raise the rank of my heart!
'No, I don't care about my duties. ......'
I don't know, ......, but I'm getting really worried about the future of District 35, even though it has nothing to do with me.
Estella. As a fellow lord, you should say something to her. ...... I gave her a look, but she immediately turned away.
'Good evening~. Hey, is Yashiro there?
A new visitor shows up without even reading the atmosphere at the sunny pavilion, which has been swept up in chaos.
It's the chicken-face Nepheli, who's active even at night.
'Wah...... beautiful people............'
In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, you'll be able to find out more about it here.
She then looks at Gilberta and says, 'Oh, big tits......'.
'Yashiro. I'm not sure what to make of that.
The beauty and the big tits is the only thing that matters.
It's not a beautiful woman with big tits.
'After all,......, the residents of the forty-second district begin their conversation by talking about boobs.
I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand.I'm sure you'll agree that it's a great idea.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to try. However, she seems to be losing confidence in herself.
'Anchovy. Who the hell are you, ......?'
Nepheli stares at Lucia with a frightened expression.
An aura of dignity wells up from Lucia's back.
'What about the immensely beautiful woman with all her beastly features!
'You don't feel any hesitation at all when it comes to your hobby, do you? I respect you a little.''
The aura that surrounded Lucia instantly turned slightly pink. I felt like .......
I'm not sure what to say.I'm not sure what to say.
I told you not to do that.
'The girl I want as my wife, number one this season!
Apparently, I've risen to the top of Lucia's ranking.
Wow~, I can't tell how great you are at all.
'What should I do, Yashiro?Hey, what should I do?
'No, you don't have to ask me. ......'
Why don't you just go to your wife?
In that case, Percy will be able to give you a sultry love story.
'Can't you give me a tosaka, tosaka, tosaka?
'No, no, no, no, this is not good!
'Don't say that!
'Hey, hey, Yasuroku. What the hell is this guy doing?
'He's the lord of the 35th district.
'What the hell?
His beak opens with a 'pucker'.
That's surprising. The lord of a district much higher than the 42nd district would be surprised to see a pervert in a place like this. Anyone would be surprised, and if they felt threatened, they'd punch him three times.
'God!Why is Yashiro gathering all these amazing people like that?
'Don't ask me that.
'What can I say, Yashiro was born under a star where great people gather around him one after another.
'Stop it, seriously, .......'
Don't put that in words. I feel like I'm under a curse.
A curse that troublesome things will come swarming from the other side.
You know what they say about spirits, they're not to be trifled with.
'It's an anchovy.
Lucia comes at me with a snort.
'How dare you call on a young maiden this late at night!
'I didn't call her.
'What if I'm spotted by a pervert?
I'm sure you've just been spotted, here.
You've come to the wrong place at the wrong time, Neffery.
Your lord is indulging in a lot of lasciviousness. Shouldn't you stop him?
You don't because you're not told. You're a modern boy.
'Maiden of the turban. Do not come to this man at this hour. Mistakes must be made.'
'No, no!There's no way ............ Yashiro and I are going to do that, right?
No, there isn't. No, there isn't.
'But, well, ......, be careful on the road at night. It's true that Neffery is a weak maiden.
...... You're not really leaking, are you, air?
'Ya,......, Yashiro, did you ............ look at me like that?
What's he talking about?
You look like a chicken.
Although he is a beastman, Nephrite is not a strong man.
In terms of combat power, he's not that different from me. In other words, he is the bottom of the 42nd district. ...... I'm sorry, bottom of the barrel?Who's the bottom of the barrel,......?
I'm not sure what you're doing here.What do you want?'
'Oh, yeah. I'm your bodyguard today.
I looked around, but there was no one with Nephrite.
'Who did you bring with you?
'Huh?He's not here!Why?'
Nephrite scurried around.
Did you think he was following you?You're not functioning as a bodyguard, are you?
'That's funny. When we were talking at the store earlier, you said you wanted to go to the Sunlit Pavilion. But isn't it dangerous when it gets dark?Especially since she's so little. They haven't installed glowing bricks around there yet.
Nephrite goes on, looking around. Tell me the subject, tell me the subject.
But that's all the information I need.
Is that why you didn't come in? I don't even know who that is. ...... I'll go get him.
I walked past Nephrite and Lucia, past Estella and Natalia, who were sitting back in their chairs nearby now that they didn't have to send letters, and opened the door.
When I walked out into the garden, the sky was already dark and the bricks were beginning to glow brightly.
A small girl was hiding behind a tree in the garden of the Sunlit Pavilion.
'Milly. I'm not scared, come on in.''
'Ah, ...... ladybug-san, ............ you startled me.'
The presence of a stranger must have scared her too much to come in.
I guess she hadn't gotten over her shyness yet.
'The people who were in the ...... of ......'.
'It's not a big group. Just the lord of the 35th district and his head waiter. They're like Estella and Natalia, you don't need to worry about them.'
'Oh, they're all great people. ......'
Is that so?
They're all a bunch of perverts, aren't they?
Even though I'm talking softly to her and calming her down, ....... When Lucia, who can't read the air, shouted and opened the door violently, Millie was startled and clung to me. I'm sure she's on the verge of tears.
'Huh?A snail or a sardine ......?
No, I'm not either of those.
'What is it, Lucia? Don't scare me.'
'What are you doing leaving in the middle of a conversation?Go back!
You went off on a big tangent there!
'By the way, who's that little girl?
'Hmm?Ah, that's .......'
'Oh, Millie. There you are.'
Just as I was about to introduce Millie, who was hiding behind my back, Nepheli popped up from behind Lucia.
Hearing Nepheli's voice, Millie peeked her face over my shoulder. A large ladybug hair ornament sways on her head.
Her two antennae swayed in time with it.
'You're the number one girl I want as my wife this season!
'What?I've been ranked down!
Nephrite, who had been number one until a moment ago, unexpectedly dropped down the rankings.
I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that.
'Anchovies!Give me that pretty girl!
' I guess. I'm losing respect for you every second. ......'
Estella's previous information is totally unreliable.
I wonder if Lucia's heart would burst in less than three days if she lived in the 42nd district?
'This girl is the flower specialist I told you about the other day.
'Oh, you're the one. ...... Hmm. I understand. The pure heart that loves flowers seems to be expressed in her expression. It's so cute!
The last word ruined it for me.
I'm sure you're not the only one who can see it. He's just trying to praise Millie. She has the judgment of Umaro in front of Magda.
In other words, it doesn't matter what it is, as long as it's cute.
'Ah, ah's ...... what, oh nothing?
'Ah. In the 35th district, there's a flower garden where you can drink delicious honey.'
'What the hell?
Millie reacted more sensitively than ever to the word 'garden'.
'I like ...... I want to see ...... a flower garden ............'.
She put her hands on her cheeks and stared at the sky with a puzzled expression.
It's rare for Millie to show this kind of expression.
The garden with its various flowers may be a paradise for Miri.
'You should come and see it.
'Yeah, ......, but ......, the 35th district is a long way .......'
'Tomorrow, these people will be coming to District 35. You can ride with them in the carriage.
'Yeah, ...... but ............'
Millie glanced at me.
From the look in her eyes, I'm sure she's thinking 'I want to go there' and 'I want to see it'.
'Can you take tomorrow off work?
'Yeah, ............, hmm. You can ask someone from the guild to take over for you ......,......, but ......'.
'Then why don't you come with me?Me, Jeannette, Estella, and the four of us.'
'............ are you sure?'
I said, and Jeannette nodded softly. Next to her, Estella is smiling.
Estella's carriage can carry four people. Lucia has given us a condition this time, that it must be a small group. We'll leave Natalia behind.
There'll be room for Millie.
Worst case scenario, she can ride in my lap. I'm sure Miry will be fine.
No, I'd rather be proactive about that. ......
I'll get the carriage. You should sit as far away from the anchovy as possible. It's a b*tc*.'
'Who's bossy, boy?
I won't let you get away with it just because you're my lord. No, I didn't from the start, but I won't hold back one bit. I don't care what you do, you can't hurt me.
'So that's why, anchovy.
Lucia's expression tightens, and she begins to exude the dignity of a lord.
Her gaze is sharpened, and she turns to me.
'Bring Wentan with you!
'You're ruining my dignity!
How much do you like that, Wendy?
'I'd like you to meet the person I'll be taking you to tomorrow. I want you to meet the person you're going to meet tomorrow, the one who's going to marry a human, a subspecies of ............, and a member of the Bug People.
It seems that Lucia is voluntarily trying to avoid using the words 'sub-lineage' and 'subspecies'.
Such a change in consciousness will surely have a positive effect on the world in the future.
He wants to change it, too, the annoying relic of a bygone era.
The dark worldly feelings that lurk in his subconscious that he can't do anything about.
'All right. I'll go and talk to him now.'
'Yes. Make sure you get it done.'
Well, I guess I'll go see him now.
The road to Theron's is clear.
But just in case.
'Estella, can I come with you?
'Can't you say 'please' honestly, can you?
'Magda and Loretta have work to do.
'I have a job too!...... I can't help it, I'll go with you.
I can't take Magda and the others out because I have to go to the store.
The rush for dinner is about to begin.
'I'm sorry, but I can't accompany you, I have to prepare for tomorrow.
Natalia bows her head.
The lord is going to another district, so there must be some preparations.
Well, if it's just to go to Theron, Estella and I will be fine.
As long as you don't find yourself alone on the streets at night, that's fine.
'Well, Gilberta. We're leaving.'
Lucia's words made Gilberta's eyes roll back in her head.
Her surprise infected the people around her, and the air froze.
'What are you surprised about? I've come for you. Come on, there's a carriage waiting. Get ready.'
'No, ......, but you're staying the night today. ...... I am.'
'No,' he declared, as if he had no choice.
This is not an atmosphere that can be persuaded.
In the first place, he has come here without permission, abandoning his duties. It would be impossible for him to be even more selfish in a situation where the lord himself has come for him.
I think he knows that. Gilberta turned her head and pursed her lips.
'I can't argue with that.
'Gilberta has some work left to do. By the end of the day. It is also your responsibility.'
A heavy, very heavy voice.
Even a hint of despair.
Next to Gilberta, Ginette looks like she's about to cry.
Magda and Loretta could not say anything, but only looked worried.
Once again, Gilberta replies in a hoarse voice.
Her second reply may be a signal that she has made up her mind.
In other words, Gilberta has given up.
An unpleasant atmosphere prevails.
'............ I'm sorry for the inconvenience, I... Let's go to the carriage.
...... d*mn it.
Why is it that I'm surrounded by such a handful of people? ............
He stopped Gilberta as she walked off with her head down.
She stops but doesn't look back at you. Does she think that if she looks back, it will leave a lingering impression?
Regardless, I talk to Gilberta's back.
'I'll make sure to invite you this time.
Her head bounced slightly, and her bent back slowly straightened.
'Yes, that's right!I'll invite you properly, so please finish your work, don't worry about your future, and come visit us.
'Will you ...... invite ............ me, my friend Yashiro, and my friend Ginette?'
Gilberta turns her head slightly towards me.
You can't see their expressions yet, but their voices are somewhat brighter.
'This is an invitation from me, Ginette, and the entire staff of the Sunlit Pavilion. We will not tolerate any rudeness that would cause us to refuse.
'...... my friend Yashiro'.
Finally, Gilberta turned to look at me.
Her eyes were shaking with anxiety, but her ...... mouth was relaxed with happiness.
'If you have trouble persuading your master, tell me. I'll help you.'
'Me too!...... I'll help you in any way I can, okay?'
'...... Magda's got some skin, and Loretta's got all her clothes off.
I'm not sure why I'm naked.I'm not sure if I'm the only one.
The employees of the Sundaily Pavilion lined up to see off the guests.
Then, Ginette, representing Hidamari-tei, expressed their feelings on behalf of everyone.
'We are sincerely looking forward to seeing you again.
A smile spread across Gilberta's face, and she turned her gaze to Lucia.
Looking directly at the big smile on Gilberta's face, Lucia quickly turned her face away.
You can take that as consent.
You were smiling so happily that I couldn't find anything to say in response. That's why I let you out of my sight.
As long as you get your work done, I'm sure you'll get your permit.
The lord of the forty-second district spoke to Gilberta instead of the lord of the thirty-fifth district, who did not speak.
'A lord and a waiter are bound by trust, you know. Right, Natalia?
'Yes, it is. If there is something you wish to ask of the Lord, I think it would be best to show your sincerity by fulfilling your duties.'
'Sincerity: ...... fulfilling duties: ............ Indeed, I think you're right, I am.'
'Besides, you know better than anyone how big Lucia-san's capacity is, don't you?
Estella's words may have had an effect on Lucia, who gave a small '...... hmm' snort.
That's like an affirmation already.
'I don't know what the future holds. The ....... I trust you. More than anyone else.'
'Yes, sir!I feel the same way, too!
They must have a strong relationship of trust that cannot be measured by others.
It may not be often that we have such conversations, but now that I have put them into words again, something has changed. Especially in Gilberta's mind.
The confidence in her eyes is evident.
The head waiter, who has always been good at faithfully following orders from others, is now trying to take action on his own initiative and for his own sake.
And the Lord is happy to see such growth. I felt that.
'I will definitely answer the invitation, I will. With proper permission, I will come again, to this place!
'Yes, sir. I'll be waiting for you.
'Mm!I want you to wait for me, I think.
The glittering eyes look at me.
You look really happy.
'And when you do, will you sleep with me, my friend Yashiro?
'If I do that, I'm going to get murdered from all sides. ...... Can you please stop saying that, even if it's a joke?
It is inevitable that you will receive a severe scolding from Lucia as well as other people.
Right now, at this moment, you're getting a lot of stares.
'Come visit me like normal. Get your work done.'
'All right!I'll do my best, I will!
He clenched his fists with both hands and nodded loudly.
And then, with an uncharacteristically light gait, he walked off to lead Lucia.
Just before we started walking, Lucia looked at me.
There was a slight hint of resentment in her gaze,...... but it was the kind of gaze that says, 'You know what will happen ...... if you misbehave with Gilberta? That's the look. In other words, 'take care of Gilberta'.
He's a pretty sweet lord, after all.
'I'll be waiting for you tomorrow.
With that, Lucia left.
'Well, I'll go to Wendy's for a while.
'Yes, sir. It's getting dark, so please be careful.
'Don't worry, I'll be right behind you.
'...... Yashiro. Watch out for Estella.'
'What do you mean, ...... Magda?
'Oh, are you going to attack me ......?
'Why would I do that?
'While Estella is playing with Magda and Loretta, I'll talk to Nephrite and Milly.
'Sorry I can't be there for you. Well, take your time.'
'Yeah. Take care, Yashiro.'
'Oh, ......, have a good day!
Nephrite and Milly wave at me.
'I'll leave you to your dinner time then.
'Yes, sir. I'm in charge.
'...... Magda will be fine.'
'I'll do my best too!
All three of them looked like professionals.
Aside from Ginette, the other two have also become more reliable. You don't have to worry so much when you go out.
After being seen off by these people, I left the sunny pavilion.
I walked under the darkening sky, feeling the eyes of the crowd on my back.
I part company with Natalia on the way and head for Theron's brick workshop.
When we entered a narrow alley from the main street, Estella muttered to me without looking at me.
'I wonder what will happen.
'You mean tomorrow?Or the coming forty-two districts?'
'I guess both, .......'
Then it's not ......
'What will be will be.'
'...... Yeah. I guess.
But I'm not afraid.
If you keep moving forward, someday you'll get somewhere.
Life is like that.
It's not something you can predict.
Even when you're walking down a dark road, it's reassuring to know that there's someone nearby.
Life is probably like that, too, I thought.