245-Episode 157 Gathering on the riverside

'We've all come together.

On the way to the upper reaches of the river again with Delia and Milly, Ginette said with a 'hehe' laugh.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that.
'...... I'm sorry, Yashiro. I just couldn't get ...... Loretta to agree to go.
I'm not sure what to do.I'm not sure. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do this, but I'd like to.
'...... I'm a girl who can't read the air. ......'
I'm not going to read the air, you know.

As usual, the group at the Sunlit Pavilion was lively and reasonably noisy.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to try.

I'm glad to hear that the two of you are feeling better.

'You can't read the air, sister!
'You're being annoying!I know exactly what I'm doing!
'I hate bathing, sister!
'Don't mislead me!I bathe properly at home!I just don't bathe outside like you do!I'm a maiden!
I'm just a maiden!' 'You don't like sunbathing, sister!
'That's true of everyone here!
'Idiot, Loretta!I'm a supponpon lover!
'Yashiro. The 'love' you're talking about has a different meaning.

There's no such thing as a 'sumpin'!

Imelda looks at the fussing hamster sisters as if she's looking at a creature she doesn't understand.
Today, she's still twirling her parasol.

'Miss Loretta. Do you have a hobby of exposing your skin outside?'
'No, I don't!It's a terrible misunderstanding!
'''My family is all skinny-dipping!
'''You can't include me!
'''My father and mother too!
''Don't say unnecessary things!

After scolding her siblings, Loretta begins to make desperate excuses to Imelda.
As if she was defending something inside her that she could not compromise.

'Oh, you know, there is a river nearby. That's where my brothers are bathing and playing in the water!

Her sister also seems to be doing it, but she doesn't want to mention it.
She's a girl, after all.

'Be careful, sir. There is a ...... pedophile fox carpenter living in that area.
'Wait a minute!I'm not a pedophile!

I'm not a pedophile,' he replied, looking in the opposite direction.
...... You still can't look Imelda in the face?

After that, Umaro was talking about 'how he is devoted to Magda-tan' in the opposite direction, but it's not a big deal, so I'll just ignore it.
Imelda also completely ignored him, taking advantage of the fact that Umaro was looking in the opposite direction.

Imelda used to say that she envied Umaro and that he was her rival, but I wonder how she feels about him now.
It may be quite rare for Imelda to be in the same place with Umaro like this.
Especially since they're having dinner together later.

Well, it's not that they don't like each other, and there's nothing strange about it.

'I'm going to have more fun than you today, Umaro!

...... Oh, they're competing. It's just a stupid thing.

'So, why is Imelda and one other person following us?
'Umaros!I don't see the point in omitting them!

The other one is annoying.
They only look at me when they want to complain.

'...... After Yashiro and the others left, Imelda came to drink tea.
'And when she heard that I was there, Umaro came running. Out of defiance!
'It doesn't matter!I'm always going to the Sunken Pavilion just for Magda-tan!
'Then Mr. Mo-Matt came. I think he wanted to see my brother. ......'

Loretta looked at Mo-Matt.
With that, everyone's gaze turns to Mormat.


In the direction of our gaze, Mormat and Delia are walking in silence, maintaining a delicate distance.
They are aware of each other, but try to keep each other out of sight.

Delia's expression is stiff.
She doesn't care what kind of silly conversation we have here.

Mormat glances at Delia and then drops his gaze, occasionally letting out a sigh.

It's ......, it's depressing. It's not like you're the first guy in love who can't tell you what's on his mind.

I'm just saying.What's up?

Perhaps he was startled by the sudden call, but Mo-Mat was acting unnecessarily suspicious and flustered.
If he appears in the vicinity of the elementary school, he'll be reported at once, this guy.
He's in a hurry, he's in a hurry, he's trying to hide it, he's forcing a thin smile, his mouth is twitching.
He's a complete pervert.

'How much do you keep glancing at Delia, you'.
'Oh, oh, oh, you, you idiot,......, I'm not,......!
'You saw that, right?
'M............n...... well, well......'
'Delia's side boobies are paid for, remember?
'Oh, you're an idiot!Who's going to watch that?
'...... such a thing, huh?'
'Duh!No, no!No, no, no, Delia!Delia's is not bad!It's rather good!
'Ugh ...... momat, pervert.'
'What the hell?That's not what I meant, Yashiro!I mean, you're doing this on purpose, right?

Of course I did.
It's worse that you're exposing your sour face.

'If you have something to say, say it clearly. It's the crocodile, right?
'Crocodiles have nothing to do with this!
'You're a man.
'............ Mmm. Well, ......'
'Hey, you clammed up.'
'...... There's a slight chance it's a woman.'
'Of course not!

Magda, nice assist. But, ...... where did you learn that word?
Also, you can get through. You're trying too hard with that 'forced translation magic'.

I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not.

I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on.
If you know Mormat's character, this kind of behavior, which is not important, can be a cause of fear for those who are skeptical that they might be wrong or that they might be hated.

'If you have a problem with Delia, speak with your fists!
'Don't be absurd!
'You're a man, aren't you?Fight fight fight!'
'She'll kill you in an instant!I'm pretty sure she will!
'No, but... Delia said earlier that Mormat's speech is annoying, so I'm going to kick his ass.''
'Whoa, whoa, whoa!You're kidding!Hey, Delia!You're lying, right?
'There's no answer!

Mormat, the moment he received his death sentence.

'No, no, no, no!I've been ...... very busy lately, and my friends have been complaining, too, you know?So I've been ...... frustrated. ......'
'I picked a fight with Delia,......,' he said.
'I didn't pick a fight with you!
'Did you want to escape from the ...... painful reality?'
'Margooder!I'm not going to say anything about it.I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure it's a good idea.Watch out for it!
'Ah, ah, then you got frustrated and decided to take it out on me, didn't you?
'Oh, oh, ...... well, ............ that's about it.'
'Muhaa!I'm not sure what to say.I'm not sure what to say. I'm not sure what to say.
'It can't be helped that it's ...... Loretta.'
'Huh!It's an idiom that only applies to you, isn't it?
'Don't you guys play with ...... me.'

Mormat lets out a heavy sigh.
It's such a heavy sigh that if it were in a vending machine, it would be written as 'Omotatoi'.

'But, well, I just asked Jeannette about that ......, you know, .......'
'Oh, yes. Just before I came back, Mr. Mormat came to the store, and he seemed to be troubled.

So you told him about your conversation with us.
You said that Delia was in a difficult position.
My prediction was largely correct, and Mo'amat learned the truth through Jeannette.

I also thought that we were only thinking about ourselves and not about Delia and the other river fishermen,......, and I reflected on that,......, too!So!Delia, look at this!It's a vegetable!

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

'Wabi' is a bit of a word, but ............ is a sign of reconciliation. ............ Can't you ......?'

Mormat smiles, albeit awkwardly.
............ Wow. Crocodile smile, scary!

' ...... the pervert smirks and stares at the thinly clad Delia.'
'Magda!You're supposed to be a nicer, gentler girl!Be considerate of me, will you?

'Give it up, Mormat. You're the easiest character to play after Umaro, Becco and Percy.
After giving Magda a glare, Mo-Matt looked into Delia's face as if to see if she was in a good mood.

'Hey, Delia, how's ...... it going?

Delia looks up quietly and stares at Mormat.

'It's a long story. What did you mean?'
'Yeah, yeah, yeah!You want me to say that again?It's a very difficult thing to say, which is why I'm talking more, and you're saying it in a nutshell!
It's a good thing that you're not the only one who has a problem with this.
I'm not sure what to say.
'So, hey, what's the point?

He clenched his fists and bit his teeth.
And then,......, as he could only do so because he had properly admitted his fault,......, he said to Delia again: 'I was not mature enough.

I'm sorry, I wasn't mature enough!I'm sorry!I'm sorry, but you need to eat a lot of these vegetables and let the grudge go away.Please!
'You're giving me vegetables?Why?
'No, that's why ............ Yashiro.'

Don't give up, you insufferable ......
You know, you and Estella, you're always throwing things at me when you're in trouble.

'Delia. Mormat said he got frustrated and took it out on you.
'Are you imitating me?
'Not imitating, but he felt the same way as Delia. She's having a hard time over there.'
'Well, it's tough. It's hard for us, too.'
'So, since it turned into a fight, we're going to have a nice meal together to make up for it.'
'Oh, so that's what you're saying!

I don't think it sounded like anything other than that. ......

'Then don't worry about it. I'm sorry too. ............ Momma, are you mad at me?
'No, not at all!I'm sorry I was so reckless.'
'Then I guess we're even!
'Oh, yeah!I guess so!
'Then I'll let you eat salmon too!It's really good, the salmon!
'Haha, I'm looking forward to it!

Talk and you'll understand.
I guess they're all sycophants at heart.

'So, when are we going to get into a fistfight?
'We don't!
'What?I thought we were going to talk with our fists?
'That's Yashiro's joke!Don't take it seriously!
'What the hell ......, I was thinking of how to attack you ......'
'And you didn't tell me about it just now?I'm not sure what to do.This guy is really scary!

Well, Delia would probably win by KO in a single blow even if she didn't have a plan.

'...... Delia. I'll be there when you need me.

'Even Delia alone is overkill, and if Magda joins in, there won't be any cells left for me!
'...... I'm fine. I'll lend you Umaro, Bekko, and Percy.
'Don't mix me in with their group!
'What do you mean, you crocodile?I don't want you here!
'd*mn it, don't get into a fight with the old man. Delia will beat you up.'
'Let's make up, Oumalo!
'Right, Mo-Mat!

Mo-Matt and Oumalo shake hands with a fresh smile.
A precious handshake to save a life.

'I'm so sorry ...... that Ria was able to make up with you.

Millie mutters in a small voice.
You can find a lot of people who are looking for the best way to get the most out of their life.

Both Delia and Millie, who is staring at her, no longer have dim shadows on their faces.
They had regained their usual, typical expressions.

'Oh, speaking of fisticuffs, ......'

Loretta held up her index finger and said as if she remembered.

''Norma-san was also at the Sunlit Pavilion.
'Why did you remember that from a fistfight?

I don't have that image of Norma at all!

'Oh, no. The other day, Norma-san and I tried to have a good time talking about where would be the best place to have a fistfight, but we failed.
'You failed?
'Norma-san didn't get into it at all. ......'

You should be more selective about what you talk about. ......

'It seems like she was meeting up with Masha.
'Norma with Masha?
'She ordered some anchors for the ship.'

Ah, so it's Norma.
She came to cheer up Delia and take care of some business.
...... At least, you can do your personal activities after Delia's recovery.

'I'll come back later. I said I'll definitely be there.'
'Ginette invited you, didn't she?'
'How did you know?

No, I know.
Because it's Jeannette.

'Oh, I was wondering if Masha's ...... presence would cheer up Delia's ...... spirits.'

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this.
You can't be mad at me, and neither can Delia.

'Thank you, manager. Sorry to make you feel uncomfortable.'
'No, sir. I'm just trying to help.

I'm not sure if he likes me or not. ...... "meddling".
You say it so happily.

'Besides, it tastes better when eaten by a crowd.
'Yes, it does. And we can charge the lord for it.
'Nice try, Yashiro. You can't set up a stall on the riverbank because you don't have permission this time, so you have to keep it to 'serving' or it will be a violation.

I know what you mean. You've been giving it away for free for a long time now!...... You're a pain in the ass.
I'm not sure if you can get a permit to move around within the forty-two wards freely.

In the middle of this conversation, we arrived at our usual spot to play in the river.
The difference between the riverbank and the embankment is relatively low, making it easy to unload carts and stalls.
The riverbank is wide enough to be flat and easy to cook.
The flow of the river is a little fast but not dangerous, and the water is shallow and deep, making it an ideal place for all kinds of water sports.

So, let's get ready!

Ginette clapped her hands as soon as we got down to the riverbed.
That was the signal to open the storage of the seventh restaurant, the Sunlit Pavilion.
There is a large storage compartment built into the main body that can hold ingredients and cooking utensils, and ingredients are being brought out of it.
Today, Restaurant No. 7 is in teppan mode. I wonder if they're going to do chan chan yaki.

'Ms. Delia, I'd like to borrow your table.
'Oh. Do you want me to bring the board?
'Yes, please.
'I'll leave it to you!

This area is used by Delia and the river fishing guild for resting, and there is a small hut on the riverbank where the guild keeps its equipment.
Normally, they use a large flat rock, known as a "table", to eat, but when there are many people like this time, they make a simple table by passing a board over a rock of similar size.
This makes a very big table.

Loretta and Magda are washing food in the river and preparing it for cooking.
I was going to help, but ......

'...... No help needed. We have enough hands.'
'You'll have to take care of those dense people over there, brother.

'That's more annoying than helping. ......'

With the Hammies helping out so briskly, I was out of my element.
Millie is standing next to Jeannette, and she doesn't seem to need me there either.
I guess I'll just have to play with Umaro.

'Mr. Yashiro. Sitting on a rock hurts my butt!Do you have any soft rocks?'
'No, of course not. ......'

It's rare to find someone as unsuited to the outdoors as Imelda.
Although not as good as Regina.

'Hey, hey, hey!

I hear a carefree voice from afar.
I looked and saw Norma pushing a large tank and Masha waving cheerfully inside the tank.
It's been a long day, hasn't it, you two?

'Yashiro-san has good eyesight, doesn't he?
'Why is that?
'At this distance, your face is already smiling.'

Well, I can enjoy it from this distance, though!

And so, after a few dozen more shakes, Norma and Masha came over to us.

'Yashiro, ...... I saw you. I'll pull my weight a little.'
'I saw it too!
'That's what you're telling me to do, isn't it?

A light poke to the forehead with a flue.
Hmm. I know. Norma isn't too mad at me for reacting this way.
You can still stare at ......, but your eyes are getting a little serious. I'll stop now.

I'm not going to do it again. 'Hey, hey, Yashiro. I heard you're going to feed me something delicious.
'Well... You'll have to ask Jeannette if it's good or not.'
'If it's the manager's food, it's definitely delicious~'

Masha had never been to such a party before.
Perhaps because of this, she seems to be enjoying herself more than usual.

'Oh, Delia!You look like you've got some energy.
'Masha......, well, you know. I'm sorry for making you worry.'
'What are you talking about?You stink of water~☆ ...... Ah, I'm the one who stinks of water~ ............ Do I stink?
'You don't stink!I don't smell, so stop asking me that.

I guess it was a gag that I was soaked in water~......, but I must have suddenly felt uneasy. Don't ask me with a straight face. And to me, a man.

I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you have.
So it's okay,.......

'I heard you ordered an anchor?
'Yes, I'm going to go on a little trip next time. I'm going to have a big one made.
'It's been a long time since I've made such a big one myself. I'm sure my skills will come into play.

The craftsmen of the Forty-Two Wards are quite skilled, aren't they?
They're poor but highly skilled.
Maybe they were too poor to afford the tools, so they had to work on their skills. ......

'Is it going to take much?
'Yes. ...... Well, that's about right.'
'I see.

Well, the one I'm making this time I can get by without Norma, so it's not a problem.

'Are you going to make something else?
'Yeah, kind of.
'What?What are you making?

Masha is very curious. It's a little early, but I'll give you a brief explanation. ...... When I looked at Masha, she was looking in a completely different direction.
You're not talking to me, are you ......?

...... No, that glossy thing is ...... sushi rice!

I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.
I've had that for lunch!

You're already practicing what I taught you today?
That's day and night in a row!

'It was so delicious and so much fun that I wanted to share it with everyone!

He's so enthusiastic.
When I looked at Magda and Loretta to see if that was okay,......, they were on the other side, exuding an aura of comfort, as if to say, 'I know what I'm talking about.

And as for Estella, ......

'I'm glad you're here. I'm happy.

I'm happy.
...... Not that I'm complaining either, but ............

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do this, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it, but I'm going to try.
Then she straightens her back and opens her mouth quietly.

'Besides, this hand-rolled sushi is a dish that I want to eat now and then.

Ginette says with a serious face.
She looks around at everyone in the room, takes a deep breath, and then begins to speak quietly.

'The ingredients you see here have been grown, nurtured, and cultivated by the people we have come to know and share with over the past year. It is because of the memories, bonds, trust, and friendship we have with these people that this dish is complete.

The seaweed, rice, fish, eggs, vegetables, and ...... all came from our direct talks and negotiations.
It is a simple dish, but because it is simple, it depends greatly on the ingredients.
In order to obtain satisfactory ingredients, it did not happen overnight.
After meeting various people, sometimes clashing, suffering, crying, getting angry, and overcoming various hardships ......, I finally completed this Temakizushi.

This is the culmination of the past year.

'Due to the abnormal weather, many people are struggling, and I think everyone is having their own worries and anxieties. However, I would like you not to forget this. I want you to remember that none of us is alone. Please don't forget that we have wonderful friends.

Ginette says with her arms folded in front of her chest and a smile like an angel that has come down to earth.

'I wanted to eat this hand-rolled sushi with all of you because we are in such a difficult time due to the abnormal weather.

She wore a dignified air, like Sister Bertina.
I have a feeling that Ginette will do well as a sister.

'That's right, Jeannette. We are all connected to someone somewhere, helping each other and supporting each other in our lives. Let's enjoy this dish, born from such warm ties, together and with gratitude.
'You've suddenly appeared and breezed in, you sister!

Before I knew it, Bertina was standing next to Ginette.
Well, I knew she'd come by if we were eating at the riverbank, but ......


Ginette seemed to have anticipated this as well: ......

'We've got a lot to do today, so bring the kids.
'Yes. They'll love it. Thank you very much.

...... He was going to do that.

'I'll go get them then!
'I don't feel safe alone, I'll go with you!
''I'm not sure if it's just the two of us, I'll come along!

The hamsters are running at a tremendous speed.
...... is the wrong way to use the word ''haseji''.

''Then, let's all eat first. We've saved some for the kids.

Delia threw her arms up in the air and barked.
I feel like it's been a long time. It's been a long time since I've heard such a cheerful voice from Delia.

'I've been worried about ...... something, and I'm weirdly hungry.'

Delia scratches her cheek in embarrassment.
If you push yourself a little harder now to cheer up, you'll be able to smile more naturally tomorrow.

'Oh, look, look, look, Delia-chan. That beautiful colored fillet, it's yellowtail, yellowtail. It's really delicious, you should try it!
'What are you talking about, Marsha? Eat salmon if you don't have time for that.
'You should eat sea fish too!
'Yes, yes. Next to salmon.

We sat down around the big table Delia had brought with her.
We find a rock of the right size and use it as a chair.

First, Ginette explained how to make the sushi rolls, and then each of us followed her example and made our own sushi rolls.

'Yashiro-san. Please make it for me.
'You can make it yourself. It's fun.'
'I can't help it. ......'

Imelda's eyes changed color the moment she put the seaweed on her hand.
She's the type of person who's obsessed with making things.

'Oh my god, Yashiro-san!The seaweed hasn't arrived!
'You too?
'Yashiro~, the seaweed is too small.
'Me too...'
'Are you all together, you guys?
'Yashiro-san. I don't think there's enough rice.

'You say that while staring into a wooden vat, that's it!Pull yourself together, Bertina!
'...... Yes, Umaro.'
'Matt, did Magda make this for you?I'm so excited!I'm very impressed.
'...... Temakizushi (plain)'
'Isn't that just plain rice?
'It tastes so good!
'Is that what you want, Umaro?

As the table became crowded with people, a man suddenly noticed something and stood up.
As he approached the seventh restaurant, he saw the vegetables piled up on the stall and shouted.

I'm not sure what to do with it.
'...... You've been noticed.'
'I don't use cabbage for hand-rolled sushi.
'Eat it!You've got it!You can make something, can't you, Yashiro?Come on!I have a teppan!
'Yeah, ...... is a pain in the ass. ......'
'Oh, Miri, do you want to help?
'Well, why don't you go and get Masha's scallops?
'Scallops, hmm, I know. ............ Oh no!No, ladybug!
'Yashiro-kun, you can't use Milly to indirectly s*xually harass me...'

Masha held the scallop on her chest and peeked her tongue adorably.
The devilish smile tickles near the heart.

'So, Yashiro. Why don't we have some chan chan yaki?I'll prepare the salmon.
'Sounds good, Yashiro!Let's do it, chan-chan-yaki!
'Sister, calm down.
'Sister. Please sit down and be polite while eating.

I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.
...... He's here, you know. I'm not sure what to do with it.

'I can't help it.

I'll be sure to bill the lord for all the work we do here.
The payment method will be ...... to cover the cost of the water shortage measures, I guess.

After that, the church kids and the ham kids joined us, and we ate a lot of dinner at the riverbank.