241-Episode 153 Tired Millie

They arrived at Millie's house, but the flower shop was closed, which was unusual.
The blood drained from Jeannette's face, but she was able to get one piece of information that reassured her.
It seemed that Milly had not collapsed.

There was a sign on the door of the store.

"To all customers who have visited our store
We are sorry to inform you that the store will be closed for a while to manage the forest.

'Ms. Milly, I hope you're not overworking yourself. ......'

I don't know about that.
If it's to protect the forest, Miri will push herself as hard as she can.

The situation in the forest must be so severe that the store has to be closed.
Normally, someone from the Flower Arrangement Guild would take over the store, but this time they couldn't spare the manpower.
It can be said that the entire Flower Arrangement Guild is protecting the forest.

'At any rate, they don't seem to be in the store.'
'It seems that way. ......Can we meet if we go to the forest? ............But that might be too much trouble for you. ......'
'But you know, Jeannette. If you listen to me, I might be able to help you in some way.
'Yes, that's true. If we all work hard, the situation will be a little better than it is now!

He probably didn't know what exactly he should do, even if he said he would work hard.
Somehow, his mind is spinning with the idea that he needs to work harder. That's dangerous.

'...... ah'.

At that moment, I heard a voice that seemed to fade away.
The owner of the voice, who I felt nostalgic for, looked at us talking in front of the store, and his eyes were wide and fixed.


When Jeannette saw Millie, she ran over to her.

'...... Jeannette,...... Ladybug and Estella too,...... what's wrong?

Millie seemed surprised that we had all come over.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to have to.

'Did I ...... worry you?
'No,......, it's fine,......, it's fine.'

Choking up, Jeannette takes Milly's hand.
Your whole body is telling me that you were worried, Jeannette.

I'm sure you'll be relieved to see her face,......, but this will make her cry when she's uptight.

'My employees were worried about you, too.

Relax and talk lightly.

'Magda and,......, what's that?See, that ...... something normal .......'
'...... giggle. Ladybug, it would be a pity if you forgot Roretta's name, wouldn't it?

Her little shoulders shook as she giggled.
Yeah. Millie is better when she's smiling.

But hey, Loretta. You're awesome.
I guess the word 'normal' is enough to get through to anyone.

'Hey, Milly.'

Estella speaks to Milly in a gentle voice.
She walked up to her and looked into the small face of Milly.

'If you have a problem, you need to talk to me right away.
'But ...... it's Mirii's problem, so ......'.
'What are you talking about? I'm a lord, remember?Miry's problems are my problems.

Estella smiles confidently, as if to say that she has the capacity to take care of the problems of everyone living in this city.

'And besides...'

At some point, Estella's smile changes from a lord's smile to her usual crisp and cheerful one, and she begins to give off an air of enjoying a play on words.

'Aren't these all people you could be more lenient with?

He patted himself on the chest first.

'A lord you can count on.

Then he pats Jeannette on the shoulder.

'Your kind-hearted friend.'

Finally, he smiled at me in a very annoying way.

'You're the most good-natured man in town.

Who's the biggest softie in town?
That would be Jeannette for sure.

But still, it's hard to deny ...... since Millie is giggling so funny.

'There's an extra charge for my 'sycophant mode', should I bill the lord for that?
'No, I think I'll ask the Flower Arrangement Guild to charge it this time.

At Estella's words, Milly shouted in surprise, and then turned her anxious eyes to me.
d*mn you, Estella.
...... I know it's hard to charge Millie for this, and I can't ............ help it.

It's a good thing that you're not the only one.
I'd like you to keep that kind of shenanigans to yourself and not say it out loud.

She must have heard our exchange and thought it was a 'joke'.
Millie started giggling again.

Hmm, Millie ............, I'm serious, okay?I will charge you. To Estella.

'Miss Milly.'

Ginette said in a serious voice as she squatted down in front of Millie and looked up into her big eyes.

'I want to help you, Millie-san.
'I've been wondering what I should do. I've been wondering, worrying, and feeling really bad that I couldn't do anything about it. ............ But Yashiro-san and all of you pushed me back.'

Millie's eyes looked at me for a moment and then back to Ginette.
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'I'm worried about you, Millie. If you're in trouble, let me help you.

You're the first to rush to the rescue when someone you know is in trouble, but you're always worried that you're being unreasonable, and you always wear your heart out more than anyone else.

It's a very bad trait to have.
He willingly takes on the role of a loser that is rarely rewarded.

That's what Jeannette is.

'But,......, this is a matter for the flower arrangement guild, so don't bother ............'.
'Hey, Millie.

As much as Ginette, Millie was hesitant to bother others, so I gave her what I thought would be the most effective advice.

'Can you please help Ginette?
'...... Jeannette, okay?'
'Oh. I've been so worried about Millie that I haven't been able to get any work done. Can't you just let Jeannette take care of her for once?

Millie couldn't deny it now that he said that.
Besides, the negative word 'meddling' would be a relief to Ginette, who was worried that she was being unreasonable.
There are times when a little blame is all that is needed.

'............ Hmm. Okay. ............ Sorry, okay?'
'No, no. I'm sorry too.'

Two tearful smiles stare into each other's faces.

As I watched them, Estella gave me a small V sign.
Hmph, you're being annoying.
I'll charge you extra for this too.

''Oh, ......, then, would you like to go up to my house?
'Are you sure?
'Mmm...... miri, I'm going to take a break now.'

They are probably tending to the forest morning and night.
They take turns resting and protecting the forest.

'Are you sure you haven't slept?
'Huh?Then you need to get a good rest. ......'
'Hehe. Miri, I don't want to sleep at all. ...... Besides, I want to talk to everyone. ...... Then I'll feel better.''

Ginette panicked, but Milly quieted her down. She seemed to be telling the truth.
I don't know if it's true that she doesn't want to sleep, but I think she really wants to talk to you.
You've been so busy that you haven't been able to relax, and talking with a friend you don't mind would be a refreshing change. When you're really tired, such a change can be more powerful than anything else. There are times like that.

'That's just fine. Ginette, why don't you make him some food?
'Oh, that's right!Miss Milly. Are you hungry?I've brought the ingredients.
'Oh, ...... I'm so glad!Actually, I've only been eating nuts for a while now. ...... Millie is starving.'

Milly smiled.
I've only been eating nuts, huh? I guess it's not the money that's missing, but the time.

'Well then, I'll borrow the kitchen.
'Hmm. This way. Ladybug and Estella, please wait for a moment at ...... your ............ room is a mess... ...'

He glanced at me and then quickly looked away.
...... Well, you have to be prepared to let a man into your room.

'So, why don't I pass?
'No!No!...... ah ...... ah ......'

She shouted out loudly, startled herself, and began to squirm on her face, as if she was suddenly embarrassed.

'I want to talk to ...... ladybug-san too, from ............'.

I want to take her home with me if she looks up at me and says something like that. ......

'Estella. I'd like to take Millie out.
'At that moment, I'll have you expelled from the Forty-two districts by the authority of the lord.
'You and Millie are on the run. ......'
'Leave Miry behind. She's one of my most important people.'

Do you think I'm not important, you tyrannical lord?

However, Millie and Ginette, whose faces were stained with anxiety, are both giggling, so ...... I'll tolerate them for once.

'Well then, please wait for a moment at ......, Jinetto-san.'
'Yes, sir. I'll leave you to it.

After bowing to Estella and me, Jeannette walked into the store.
Not long after that, Millie came running back, staring at me through the store door.

'...... Don't peek, okay?
'Wow, they don't trust me.
'Don't worry, Millie. We'll get him.
'He doesn't trust me either, does he?

She smiled again and walked into the back of the store.

She and Estella were left alone in front of the store.

'...... Can I be honest with you?'

As soon as the two anxious people were gone, Estella approached me in such a way.
The fact that Estella is giving such consideration means that we have reached a dangerous level.
I looked at her and urged her to continue, and she nodded silently.
Then she lowered her voice somewhat and began to speak.

'I've been asked for advice from various quarters,......, on various matters.'
'Various, ......'.

What a nasty sounding word.
No major problems have arisen yet, but there are smoldering issues here and there that could develop into major problems. That's what it sounds like.

'The water level in the river has gone down a lot.
'Loretta said something about that.
'If you can feel it upstream, it means it's more serious downstream.
'Well, that's true.

The closer you are to the source, the more water there is.
While flowing through the river, the water is exposed to the open air, exposed to the sun, and evaporates. Then it seeps into the ground.
Anyway, the further downstream you go, the lower the water level becomes.

If that's the case, Delia might have a lot of work to do, you know.

'Mo-Mat's been crying to me.

'The water in the river is ...... why,' I thought, and then I got the point.

'The water stopped flowing in the canal?'
'That's what I mean.

There is a canal that draws water from the river that runs beside Momat's field.
So last year, the water there rose and submerged the field. ......

'What happened to the reservoir we built last year?There must have been a lot of water stored there, right?'

To drain the water from the submerged fields, there is a reservoir dug by the Hamkids, the residents of the area that was still called a slum at the time. It's located near Momat's field, so we should be able to make use of it.

'It's all gone,' he said.
'Well, ...... is completely empty.'
'It's completely empty!

What the hell. I'm just trying to lighten the air because it's getting heavy. ......

'When you carry on a conversation in a heavy atmosphere, you will inevitably come to more negative conclusions. You don't know the weight of it, but you might not understand. ......'
'Don't be rude while staring at someone's chest!
'............ completely empty'
'Don't be rude while staring at someone's chest!

Estella hides her empty breasts and turns her body to the other side.
Even if you hide it now, it's no secret that you're flat.

'Hasn't Delia said anything to you?
'Nothing from the river fishing guild. I'd be surprised if they didn't talk to us first. ......'

No word from Delia? ......

'If that's the case, then Delia might be nearing her limit.'
'Huh?Isn't she not coming to you for advice because she still has room?'
'From an optimistic point of view, it would seem so, but probably not. Maybe Delia is .......'

And just as I was about to say this, the door of the store opened and Milly peeked out from inside.

'Oh, ......, sorry to keep you waiting. You can come in now, okay?

When you invite someone you know into your home for the first time, you get more or less nervous.
I'm sure Millie is embarrassed to the point of fire in her face, since even I am nervous.
Her soft cheeks turned bright red and looked like strawberry daifuku.

'I'd like to 'hump' her.
'I agree with that, but if you do, you'll be banned.'
'Estella. There's a spell in this town called 'Judgment of the Spirits' .......'
'Too bad. I'm serious.'

...... d*mn it.
This means I can't even 'peel' Estella's eyes off.
Oh, I want to peel off.

'Ah, ah ...... what's the story?
'Oh, it's okay, don't worry about it. It's just the usual nonsense.

Do you think I'm always talking nonsense?
There aren't many people as educated as me. You're rude.

'Well then, please go to ............'s narrow but .......'
'I'm sorry to bother you.

Millie stands at the entrance of the store and invites us in, embarrassed.
Estella enters the store happily, and I follow her.

'Oh, my God, Ladybug-san .........'

Just before I stepped into the store, Millie stopped me.
She was looking up at me with a somewhat desperate expression.

'Well, lately, I've been ...... so ...... busy.'

I know that because I heard it earlier,.......

'That's why I didn't have much time ............,......, and I didn't want to make you wait too long... ...So......... You know..................... It's a bit of a mess,......, but I usually keep it ...... cleaner than that,......, don't you think?

In short, he was unhappy with the tidy-up and said that if he had known about it beforehand, he would have been able to welcome her in a more perfect state. ......

'Okay. Take that into consideration and don't ask to see the room.
'Oh, ............ I'd be happy if you didn't look at it too much,............ It's embarrassing.

Humiliating girls is an instinct that is ingrained in the DNA of men.
It's better not to ...... cause unnecessary shame.

'Yes, yes. I'm going to come up then.
'Oh,............ ah,............ welcome,please.'

Miry bowed reverently as if welcoming an important guest.
Maybe she's longing for a home party or something like that. That's how she behaves.

'Well, please go to .............'

With that, Millie walks in front of me.
It seems that Estella is letting me go ahead of her but not letting me go ahead of her.

I guess she doesn't want me to accidentally show something strange when I'm not careful.
It's a very endearing sentiment.
............ Maybe they just don't trust me.

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I'm not sure how to describe it. I'm sorry, but can you help me serve the food?

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

'Oh, if it's that much, Miri will do it?
'No, no. Please take a rest, Miri-san.

Ginette, caring for the hard-working Millie, said firmly.
It seems that Ginette is going to work hard for Millie.

'I can't help it if it's the manager's order. Millie, do you have a tray?
'Uh-huh. It's in the cupboard next to .......'
'Okay. I'll bring it in, so you go ahead and open the door.
'Uh-huh. Thanks for the ............, okay?'

With an apologetic look on her face, Millie ran ahead.

'Well, Jeannette. Give me a tray .......'

Seeing that Millie was gone, Ginette leaned in closer.
Then she quickly puts her lips to my ear and says in a whispered voice.

'Please save her, Milly.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's a little nervous about the whole thing.

'...... There's nothing I can do to help you.
'Please do. I'm sure Yashiro will be able to come up with something that will take away the hardships of Milly.

Even if you think such a thing on your own, ......

I'm sure you're aware of the inconvenience and hardship this may cause. Please listen to my selfishness.

It's just like Ginette to describe her wish as 'my selfishness'. ......

'If there is anything I can do, I will do it. Please .......'

...... Really, this guy. Has he changed or not? ......

'I think I've said this before, but don't use the word "do anything" lightly. What will they demand of you if they get your word......'
'Yes, sir. I understand.

If you do understand, why are you so casual about it ......

'I understand, and I said I'll do whatever it takes.'
'To ............?
'That's because what I'm saying is so outrageous ......'

In other words, Jeannette is saying that she understands the danger that ...... I might do this or that to her, and she is saying that she will do anything. ......... ...Which means that ..................

'You're an idiot.

I'm going to give Jeannette a decapitation shot.

'You're so ostentatious every time.

Ginette rubs her slightly reddened forehead, tears in her eyes.
I'll forgive you for that stupid comment, and don't ever say anything like that again.

With that in mind, ...... I'm unwilling to say this, but ...... I will say this.

If there is anything I can do, I will do it to the best of my ability.
'......Yashiro-san............Yes. Please.'

I'm sure you'll be glad to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this. ......

'However!If there's anything lying around that could be worth money, I'll take it all for myself!
'Xu ...... Yes. I'll help you pick it up.

It's not really lying around.
What the hell is this? ............

'Then let's carry it away.'
'Yes, sir.

I put Ginette's special meal on a tray and headed for the room where Milly was waiting.

All the while, I kept silent.
I couldn't help the conversation that had just ended running through my mind.
Well, I mean, ......
The "anything" in "I'll do anything" is either mixed bathing or sleeping with you.
d*mn it!I feel strangely frustrated to think that neither of these things will ever happen!
I feel like I'm losing money!d*mn it!d*mn it!

'Um, Mr. Yashiro?What's wrong?
'Nothing, nothing at all.

If you're worried, don't mess with my mind!
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