203-Later Story 31 Power of Love

'Si............ laha?'
'Yes~ . Huh?Could it be that Yashiro-chan didn't recognize me because I've lost a little weight?I don't know. ......'.

In this city, there is something called the "Judgment of the Spirits," which can turn anyone who makes a false statement into a frog. ............
Shiraha: ......

What's a "little" about that?
I'll turn you into a frog, you son of a b*tc*.

'Uh, ...... Ginette-chan ............, really, huh?
'What ......?Oh, yes, of course. You'd be surprised. ...... Hahaha ......'

Jeannette's laugh dried up.

'I didn't expect such a drastic change, either. ............'
'You didn't poison her, did you?
'Not at all. I just gave her a proper diet.
'Hey, Jeannette. Could that be something like ...... one meal a day?''
'No, Miss Estella. Yesterday she ate three meals and this morning she ate as usual.
'Why not ............?
'Is that something only ............ the spirit gods know about ......?

Just by changing to a normal diet, can you see such a change?
And that's in just three days and two nights?
That's impossible.
You've lost too much weight.

'Perhaps Sirach's desire to see Orkio-san and her power to 'become beautiful' overcame common sense.
'Such mentalism!
'Also, after eating my food, you said, "I feel like I'm losing weight every time I eat it," so perhaps the 'placebo effect' that Regina-san once told me about is also at work.
'No, no, no. You're assuming too much, if that's what you mean.

With that kind of power, an incurable disease can be cured completely with vitamins.

'It's strange, isn't it ......?

The strangest creature in the 35th district said.

'I want to see him. ...... Just thinking about it has eased the pain in my chronic knee.
'That's because I've lost a lot of weight.

'I'm sure your knee is very happy to be relieved of its undue pressure.

'And I'm not so hungry anymore. I guess it's ...... love sickness. Mmm-hmm.
'No, I think it's because I've changed my diet to one that doesn't raise my blood sugar too much.

When your blood sugar drops, you feel hungry. You can call it hunger.
Only on days when you ate too much yesterday, do you feel hungry.
Or, when you eat out occasionally, if you tend to eat a gourmet meal with no regard for nutrition, you may fall into the state of "I feel hungry even though my stomach is heavy" at night.
This is caused by a drop in blood glucose levels.
This is one of the reasons why people who overeat tend to eat more and more food.

A sudden drop in blood glucose level is also caused by a sudden increase in blood glucose level.
Specifically, when you eat carbohydrates, your blood glucose level rises. Therefore, if you eat carbohydrates or sweets on an empty stomach, fat will be added to your body and your blood glucose level will rise rapidly.
Then your blood sugar drops immediately and you feel starved.

To overcome this problem, chew vegetables and other foods rich in fiber first.
Dietary fiber will slow down the rise in blood sugar. In addition, it cleanses the intestines of excess food.

'He liked the burdock salad, so I made him eat it first. Then there was the kenchin-jiru that Yashiro-san had taught me before. He also praised it as delicious.
'Yes, burdock root is good, burdock root is good.
It's a good idea to have a good meal, cut back on snacking, and get some moderate exercise. I also did some moderate exercise. ...... Although it was just a walk like this,......'

If you can lose this much weight with this kind of exercise, the women of the world will jump at it.
The world will be rid of burdock.

'Didn't you lose a few dozen kilos in a day?
'I was surprised at first. ...... You lost weight as quickly as a snowman melts. ......'
'What, you could see it?

It's a metamorphosis!
It's a metamorphosis, like when an insect grows and changes into a completely different form!
It's like a chrysalis turning into an adult worm. ............ Is it possible for the insect race to fundamentally change their body structure?

I'm not sure if this is also a difference in spirit,.......

Sirach flaps his large wings in small increments.
Then, Sirach's body floated about 30 centimeters in the air.

'Look, I can fly now.
'Didn't the antennae have anything to do with it?

I thought you were too fat to fly!
Well, maybe you couldn't fly at first because of shock or something like that, but!
The reason you haven't been able to fly recently is obviously because of your weight!

'Well, now that you can fly, albeit a little bit, you might be able to fly like before with rehabilitation.
'......?That's what I looked like in my prime.'

'You can only fly so far!

I thought you could fly much higher in the sky!
After all, the human body is heavy, isn't it?
Isn't that right?

'Now, if only I could get rid of my wrinkles, ...... I could go back to the way I was, ......'.

Really, it's an amazing recovery power.
I thought I'd only lose a little weight to be a little more refreshed. ......

'Hey, hey, Jeannette. Do you have a dish that can help me get rid of wrinkles?'
'Let's see: ......'
'Stop it, Jeannette. If you feed her that kind of food, she might become immortal because she thinks she's immortal.

He's going to trample all over the reasoning of the world with impunity.

...... Why did you lose weight and shrink in height? ............ Fat in the soles of your feet?Or did you get fat to the bone?

'Hey, Millie,......, the bug people?
'No ...... changes like this, Miri and the others don't, right?'
'I can't hide my surprise, either. ............ So this is the power of love.'

The power of love is not that universal. ......
But... I can't explain it otherwise.
At any rate, it's a relief to know that Sirach is the only one who's weird.

'You're not going to drink the nectar and then rebound after one bite, are you?
'As expected, I don't think my body will expand or contract that much. .................. I hope not... ...'

Jeannette wasn't so sure either.

'Yashiro-chan. Can you make that honey mixture again?
'Good. I just decided to name him Flower Nectar. Well, you can call it 'nectar' or something.'
'Yeah, yeah. 'Nectar'.

I wonder.
It's not wrong, but it's pronounced like an old lady.
Isn't it possible that age shows up in such things in ............? Isn't that all part of the "forced translation magic"?Don't play with me. I'm not going to play with you.

It's a good idea to make a new nectar and serve it to Ginette and Sirach.
Ginette, as well as Sirach, looked happy and smiled.

'After all, it's fun to be with you, Yashiro.
'Oh, it's not that I didn't enjoy Sirach's house. ......'

After hurriedly explaining herself, she grasped the cup of flowers with both hands and covered her mouth with a gesture as if she were sniffing the flowers. The faint peek of her mouth was loose and squishy.

'Actually, I've come to drink the nectar of the pale pink flower. I heard it's Sirach's favorite. I haven't been taught the proper way to make this nectar, and I'm afraid to serve an incomplete product to others .......'

Gently place your mouth on the petal and sip the nectar.
The cherry-red lips are slightly wet and shiny, bouncing back the light.

'This is how I met Yashiro-san and got the 'nectar' that I had given up on. ......'

I was strangely moved by the way the tip of his tongue brushed my lips.

'Whenever I'm with Yashiro, unexpected things happen one after another, and I'm always nervous. ...... But at the same time, I can calm down somewhere. ......... ...So it's a lot of fun to be with Yashiro.

I felt that Ginette's smile was like a firework opening, perhaps because I was thinking about fireworks all the time.
It seemed much more powerful and much brighter than her usual smile, which was like the smile of a blossoming flower.

'I'm having ...... fun, too. I'm having a great time with you.
'...... Huh?'

Perhaps she didn't expect to be asked back, but Jeannette's eyes rolled back into her head and her cheeks tinted slightly.
There are beautiful flowers blooming all around, a fragrant scent wafting through the air, and the early afternoon sun is warm and fuzzy.

That's right.
It's fun to be with Jeannette, isn't it?

'Because my tits are shaking every now and then.
'Please repent!

I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand how I feel.
I was so embarrassed that I wanted to pull the covers over my head and cower right now!
You should be a little embarrassed too!

You should be a little embarrassed too!I'm sure you'll agree.

'...... Hey, Yashiro.'
'What's wrong Estella?
'...... Are you having fun with me?'
'You don't have to shake them to have fun, don't worry!
'Can you only think in terms of boobs?
'You're the one who sent me that question!

You looked like you were about to die, so I followed up with you!

'I'll never get tired of being with you.
'He............ so, so, so, so...'

I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.

'So, Master Yashiro. Am I correct in interpreting that you have the most fun when you're with me, the mysterious one who shakes just the right amount and never gets tired of being with me?'
'Sorry. I need some healing too.

I get very tired when I'm with Natalia.
To be more specific, I'm tired of being talked down to.

'Yashiro-chan, Yashiro-chan.

Sirach comes up to me, clutching a cup of flowers.
She looks like she wants to ask me for something.

'Another refill?You've lost a lot of weight, so have a little patience. ......'
'Nope. There's a little left over. Can you drink it for me?'
'.............................. What?
'I'm too full to drink.'

.............................. '............ eh?

'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
'What?Is it really that strange?'
'Funny!Are you sick?Are you dying?
'You're overreacting. It's just a little too much.'

From Sirach's mouth, 'too much'?
Is this a sign of a natural disaster?
What are you planning, Spirit God?

'Hmm... You have a funny face, Yashiro.
'No, it's always been that way, but ...... it's a surprise, isn't it, Yashiro?
'Don't be so rude, Estella.

Who's face has been funny before.

'After all, you don't want to drink your grandmother's drink.
'No, it's not like that.
'You're rather pleased with yourself, aren't you?You, anchovy, you're even targeting the elderly?
'Are you an idiot?No, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm an idiot.

Are you sure you're alright, Lord of the Thirty-fifth District?

''Miss Lucia. You're right, that's not true.
'Estella. Do you believe in anchovies?
'Rather than believing in them, ...... Yashiro is only interested in boobs that are D-cups or larger, so...'
'Based on tits?

Oh, that's too bad.
My lord was also an idiot.

'I'm saying I don't even care because I'm not conscious of it. d*mn it, Siraha. Give me the rest. I'll drink it.'

I'll leave the stupid lord alone and take the rest of Sirach's small meal. You can't be too careful with food.
That's what I thought as I held out my hand, but ...... Sirach held the flower cup in his arms.

'Yashiro-chan, ...... I'm a married woman, so I'm not ...... that kind of thing.'
'Don't start getting weirdly conscious!I'm not!I'm not!

The evil words of Lucia and the others made even Sirach go crazy.
Why do we have to come to the 35th district to spread rumors? ......

'Yashiro-sama tries to s*xually harass a married woman (a classy old lady) in the flower garden of the 35th district (a mecca for lovers), but is successfully rejected. He was rejected by .............
'Ooh!You're the head waiter with a penchant for spreading rumors!I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out.

And don't say 'old lady' outright, okay?I don't mind, but you'll have to put up with it. You're in a position, right?You know what I mean?

Okay, Jeannette. Can I have the rest of your shirach?'
'Uh, ......, I'm sorry. I was preparing lunch a while ago,......, and I'm not very hungry right now,.......'

Ginette is the type of person who feels like she has eaten when she cooks.
That's why she often eats first, even at bribes. It's usually me and Magda who get hungry and eat first.
Sometimes we don't eat lunch until almost evening.
Basically, Ginette is not a big eater.

'Well, Estella and Lucia ......'.
'I'm also a little ......, I just had a drink a while ago. ......'

'I've had a bit too much to drink myself.
'Natalia is at .......'
'I don't want to be drinking from an old lady I've never met before.
'The way you say it!That's a sensitive area.

You need to be retrained!I'll have Estella do it.
But that's for later.

'Well, how about Cabrille or Marx?...... Huh?What about them?
'They seem to have lost their minds when they saw Sirach's skinny figure. ......'

Estella pointed with her chin to Cabriele and Markus, who were buried in the flowers, their soulless faces exposed. Surrounded by flowers, they look like they're about to leave the coffin.
Were you so startled that you fell down?

'Shiraha-sama just barely entered the upper strike zone ......?
It's a good thing that you're not the only one.

You're a mature woman fanatic,......, and the upper limit is too high.

'By the way, kabriel, how far down can you go?
'Too high!That's too high!

It's still better than Javier, who's too low!As long as it's not a crime!

'What about Marx?'
'He's ...... nine years old, sir.'
'Is anything possible, you?

The upper limit is higher than that of Kabriel, and the lower limit is in the single digits. ...... The only people who fall outside that limit are those who can't live on their own. ......

'Oh no,...... I'm a married woman,............, talking like that is bad for my husband.'
'Don't give off the nuance that you're not full of it!
'Three men are fighting ...... for me.'
'Don't put me in the middle of it!
'But he's the best and the only one for me, so I'm sorry, all three of you.'
'Yashiro-sama. Second heartbreak.
'It's not a broken heart, Natalia!

Why should I be treated like I've been rejected twice by Sirach?
It's outrageous!

'Well, don't be so downhearted, anchovy .......'
'Isn't it strange that the first time you're being nice to me is now?

Don't you dare pat me on the back!
I'm not crying!

'Sirach is a married man, so I can't give you what you want. ......'
'I don't want anything from Sirach.

The only thing I want is for you to lose weight and quickly let the world know how close you and Orkio are.

But if I help him, he can drink a little honey, and if he makes full use of his authority as a lord, he can ...... be sure of that. I can lend you a hand.
You didn't say that, did you?
'It's not supposed to happen, but just this once, it's special!
'You're definitely having fun, aren't you?
'grin...... what are you talking about?Smirk.
'You're a bad lord, this lord!

I don't know, I don't feel like we can get along at all.
It's rare to find people who are so incompatible with each other that they can't seem to understand each other!

'Yashiro-chan ...... so much so that you can drink my drink ......'.
'At least one of you should listen to me properly!

I asked Jeannette for help, but she and Milly just smiled at each other.
That's right. They're just trying to be funny, aren't they? ...... Except for Sirach.
It's bad enough that only Siraha is taking it seriously. ......

'Anchovy!I'm not sure what you're doing to me.

A voice filled with anger echoed, and Nikka flew through the air at high speed.
...... Correction.
It floats about 20 centimeters off the ground and lunges toward us.
They really can't fly that high, can they? ............

'I will not accept it if you misbehave with the innocent Sirach-sama!
'It's the people in power around me who were doing the wrong thing. ......'

I'm the victim.
Well, I guess they won't listen to me.

'They won't listen to me.
'Yeah. That's what I thought. I knew it. I knew it.
'I'll stop thinking about how I want to suck Sirach-sama's drink and bathe my whole body with it.
'You're very sick too, aren't you!I'll introduce you to a good pharmacist!

You're the one with the creepy ideas.
What do you want me to do after I've been ...... drunk?It's beyond your imagination. ............

'Come on, Sirach!I'm not sure what to do.Just being near him is enough to give you a stain!
'But, but ......, Yashiro-chan is a kind person who has thought a lot for me. And .......'

Siraha's thinner arm grasped Ginette's hand firmly.

'He's also the one who brought me back to the way I was, Ginette-chan.
'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Jeannette raises a strange voice.
She sounds like a flirtatious college student. 'Yeah! I said.

'Ssh, ssh, Siraha-san!What, what, what, what are you doing?
'Oh?You don't want me, Yashiro?
'No!It's very important!He's very important!Yes, definitely!

Ginette glanced at me.
'I didn't mean anything by it,' she says, as if desperately trying to make an excuse.
I understand. I won't make any weird mistakes.
Just ...... don't look at me for a second. It doesn't mean anything.

'Pssst!The anchovy is an unwanted child.
'You've been denied that part!Listen to me, okay?
'Yes, Nikka. Yashiro is important to me. To me, too. So, ......'.

Siraha follows me, and likes my enemies.
Just when I thought she was on my side, a cup of flowers is offered to me.

I'm not sure if you've ever seen this before, but I'm sure you've seen it before.
'It's not a "pop"!

When did you decide to bathe in it?

Ah, it's too much trouble, I'll just throw it away. ......

'Wait a minute!

A line that reminded me of Japan's bubble economy rang out loudly.
Jeannette and I, both of us familiar with the voice, look at each other.
And the other person who responded to the voice was ......

'Oh ...... ah ............ that voice is ......'.

When she was fat, her eyes were narrowed and buried in her flesh, but now they are wide open, exuding the innocent shame of a young girl. ......
I'm not sure what to say.

'............ orchio shan!

Orkio rushes into the flower garden.
The old man kicks the earth at full speed, making the onlookers nervous.
Siraha, on the other hand, greets him with her whole body reflecting glittering light in slow motion, as if the delusion in her brain has materialized.

The old man and the old woman approach each other with their arms outstretched.

'If they collide with each other with that kind of momentum, their wrinkles and creases will interlock and won't be able to separate.
'That's not true, sir!It's a touching reunion scene.

It's not. It's not a touching scene, Jeannette.

You can find a lot more information on the web at .......

'Oh, it's you,............, it's really, really you,.......'
'Oh, it's me............, I've missed you.'
'Me too. ............ I've missed you so much. ......'
'You haven't changed a bit: ......'
'That's not true......'

No, I haven't. No, I haven't.
Because you've changed so much in the last few days.

'Oh, um, I'm sorry. Can you give me a minute? Um, ......, why is Orkio here?'

Orkio and Sirach were immersed in their own private world, but Estella interrupted them.
She has a very surprised look on her face.
That's right.
The meeting between Orkio and Sirach was supposed to take place after today's discussion, at a later date.
And yet, he had shown up before the meeting. I was surprised.

'I'm sorry, my lord. I heard about it from Yashiro-kun, and I knew what was going to happen. ......'

Are you saying that after hearing my story and knowing that we were going to see Sirach today, you couldn't stop wanting to see him?
Orkio, who had been holding back from seeing her for decades, only exchanging letters with her,......

'Yashiro had a reputation for being quick to get his hands on pretty girls. ......'
'You don't trust me, do you?

Who the hell is going around spouting such horseshit?What kind of pharmacist are you?

'Are you jealous of ...... me?
'Huh?Oh, no,...... that ............ is so ...... embarrassing for a year.'
'No,...... not at all. I'm glad, I am. I'm glad you're worried about me.'
'Of course I care. Because I know better than anyone how wonderful you are.'
'Well, ......'
'Ginette ......, do you have a bucket?'
'You're going to throw up?It's a touching scene!

I'm not sure what to say, but I'm going to say it.
I'm not sure what to do.

It's a scene that will make the whole world go crazy,............. It's not a scene that will make the whole world cry.
And when I looked around, ............ I wondered why. Everyone but me was shedding tears.

No, there was only one guy with a wrinkled brow and a disgusted look on his face.

'Nikka!You're one of us!
'Don't be like that!
'You can't cry, can you?
'No, I'm holding back because I'm about to cry!

You're from this side, the team with a dry, crumbly heart, aren't you?Isn't that right?

'Nikka. You, are you moved by this scene?
'Ugh!......So, that's ............'

At Lucia's point, Nikka turns her head away.

'...... anchovy, did you intentionally call out to me for this?............ is a man to be reckoned with.

No, I was just genuinely looking for some company. ............

'You ...... haven't changed a bit. You're the same as you were back then. No, no. You look so much better than you did back then.'
'You haven't changed at all. It's as if time has stopped when you were sixteen.'
''The genie's .......''
'No, Yashiro-san!Feelings!It's just a feeling!I think Orkio-san wants to tell you that he loves you that much!

I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.
d*mn ......, I'm away from home.

'It's embarrassing, but it's been a while, so let me say it out loud: ...... I love you.'
'I ............ love you too, ............ Orkio.'
'Who's there!I'd like a blunt instrument, please!
'No, Yashiro-san!This is a very good moment!

What's so good about 'Shirapin' and 'Orkio-sha'?
They're just waiting to be told off, you know!No matter what you think!

Oh, shit!Why?

It's not a scene you want to look at like a girl in love, is it?

It's Nikka. Look closely at those two.

Lucia pointed to Orkio and Sirach, who slowly stretched out their arms and hugged each other.
The old man and the old woman embrace each other. In that moment, a congratulatory sigh escapes from all around.

...... Wow.
I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm sure it's a good idea. ...... What's wrong with my sensibilities?

'Oh, ............ this is ............ Shira...' .........!

In the event that you've got a lot of time and energy, you'll be able to make use of it to your advantage.

'............ anchovy. Take care of the rest.'
'Yeah, ............'.

Is that worth crying about?
It's just that Shirapin and Orkio are linked together, wrinkle by wrinkle.
If you pull them apart, you'll hear a 'chirp chirp chirp' sound like Velcro, right?

But I'll have to convince Nikka, that's for sure.
I'll fulfill the role Lucia has entrusted to me.

I changed my mind and started to persuade Nikka.

'Nikka. Do you see them, those two?
'I can see them ............, or rather, it's obvious. They're this close together. ......'

That's not true.
It's about whether you're facing them properly.
But if you say it like that, then you've already admitted it, right?

That they're in love.
That their marriage was not a mistake.

'It's true that Sirach lost his antennae and was hurt by what the humans did. But Sirach has never held a grudge against Orkio for that. You don't need proof, do you?I'll show you.
'...... Indeed, ...... it seems so, ne'.
'I don't know if what you've done was wrong or not. You have your own ideas and your own justice. But ......'

Orkio and Siraha are reunited and confirm each other's warmth as if they were untied.
At this moment, in this city, there are not many couples happier than these two.
I stare at the two of them with such happy smiles on their faces, and say.

'Let them decide if they're happy or not. It's about time.

It's time to let them decide if they're happy or not. It's time to stop judging them because the people around them are 'pitiful' or 'they must have been hurt', and listen to their feelings.
If you see the smiles on their faces, you'll know that it's a very small thing.

'It doesn't matter if you're human or insect, it doesn't matter. Sirach likes Orkio, and Orkio likes Sirach.

They fell in love with each other and with that person. They just happen to be of different races.
Isn't that a normal thing?

'I know you guys care about Sirach. That's why I'm asking you to do this.

In order to get the wobbling heart of Nikka to lean towards me at once, I sincerely and wholeheartedly ask you.

'Please let those two stay together, won't you?

In a way that represents the hearts of those two.

'............ I can't make a decision based on my own opinion. We need to talk about it.

He turns his head away and spits it out in a casual manner.
But once the wings slowly fluttered, shaking the flowers in the garden, Nicca muttered another word.

'I'm sure everyone would be happy to accept .......'

You can't disagree with the two of them.
Nikka's frustrated smile seemed to indicate this.

In truth, she may have noticed it long ago.
He had seen Siraha looking forward to the occasional letter.

However, it is difficult to overturn what we have believed to be true for so many years, and what we have continued to believe to be correct.
It takes a lot of strength at first to move a thing or a mind.
But once it starts moving, it will go as far as it can go.

I'm sure that the malicious shackles surrounding Sirach and the others will be removed.

And if Sirach, who has been held up as a symbol of the friction between humans and insects, changes, the invisible sense of inferiority and hostility that prevails in the 35th district may be dispelled.
At the very least, a major change would occur.

Once that happens, Lucia will take care of the rest.
I've been wanting to do that for a long time, and I've been trying to get her to do that. I won't miss this opportunity.


Lucia's expression was dignified, as if to affirm my thoughts.
Without a word, she held out her right hand.
I thought it was a handshake, and I held out my hand too, but ...... I noticed that Lucia had a cup of flowers in her hand. ...... What is it?

'So, do you still want to get it all over you?Siraha's leftover drink.'
'So, you never said you wanted to bathe in it!

What is this guy saying while the corners of his eyes are wet with tears of joy?
And then there are the stares from all over the garden, like 'wow ...... that guy sucks ......'.
It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your vacation.

It's a great way to make up for the time you've spent apart.
And then--

--Never again will they be separated.

The swallowtail butterfly people have yet to be persuaded, but ...... it will be impossible for any man to tear them apart.

You can find a lot of people who are interested in this kind of thing. In the event you've got a lot of time, you'll be able to take a look at a few of the best ways to get the most out of your home.
We decided to let them stay together, deciding on a new house and so on later.

To begin with, we persuaded the swallowtail butterflies in Sirach's house, and we set about overturning the stereotypes that lay at the heart of the Bug People.