There were already four waiters sitting in the annex.
All of them were dressed in matching clothes, with beautiful postures and straight backs, with the dignity of a waiter.
The ...... standby is already in place, but you didn't even start the interview, you were just cleaning the slime out of the bathroom?
How long were you planning to start the interview?
I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but I'm sure you've heard of it.
Mael secretly whispered to me.
He's watching people's faces very closely. Should I be happy that I don't have to ask questions or should I shun him for being creepy?
But it's just before noon, so he was planning to keep us waiting for at least five hours.
I wondered what she was thinking about ...... and looked at Natalia casually.
She was staring at a corner of the room. ...... Cat, are you?
What the hell is wrong with you staring at nothing? ...... I looked at Gilberta and she was staring at the same place. I'm not sure what to make of that. ............ What?I'm not sure what to make of it.
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea. ............
It's a good idea to take a look at your own personal life.
...... Did these guys find it as soon as they entered?
It's an occupational hazard,......, and when I looked at Natalia again, she was staring at a different place this time. Or rather, she was looking around the room.
Gilberta was doing the same, looking around the room and starting to get nervous.
The ...... eyesight. I'm not sure what kind of vision these guys usually have of the world.
'...... I'm afraid those four will not be hired.'
'I agree, me too.'
That's what the head waiter said.
If you're in this room for a long time and don't clean the mess ...... or even notice it, you won't be hired. ...... It's a tough world, even for a waiter.
'Gentlemen. I'm sorry to keep you waiting. Let's start the interview.
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'''' I look forward to working with you. ''''
It's just too much to take in.
'Well, have a seat.'
Ma'ru said, and the candidates sat down on the chairs again.
''...... points deducted''
Natalia and Gilberta muttered next to me.
''...... I mean, you guys. It's not me, you guys should be following your respective lords.
'Don't sit down before Lord Mael.
'I agree, I do. We should wait properly, if Lord Ma'uld shows any signs of sitting.'
'No, isn't it rude not to sit down when offered?'
'I mean, just wait a breath. To sit or not to sit, it is important to stand up for the Lord first.
Sit with the Lord.
Sit with the Lord, don't sit with the Lord.
...... It's a difficult world of serving.
Marle sat in front of the candidates, and we sat down in the chairs that Cindy, the head waiter, had given us.
The room is rather large, reminiscent of a corporate conference room, and there is a long table. Mahr, Lucia, and Estella sat at the table in that order, and I sat next to Estella. Behind them stood the head waiters, and a little further away from us sat Theron and Wendy.
On the other side of the table, there were candidates sitting on four chairs, still looking at us with their backs straight.
...... I have an objection to my seat. I'm an outsider, though.
'So, in order, can you tell me why you want to work here?Oh, names are fine. I'll only tell you if you're hired.'
There's no point in remembering the names of the rejects. That's a reasonable, if somewhat bizarre, suggestion.
There are four candidates. Three are women and one is a man.
They're looking at each other, trying to figure out who's going to speak first. ...... I don't care which one you start with, just say it.
It seemed to take a while, so I called out to Estella.
'I wonder at what stage those serving clothes were given to you?
'No, you see. They're all wearing the same one, right?The men's ones are similar.
The candidates are all wearing chic, black-based serving uniforms.
Although there are some differences between men and women, there is a sense of unity that clearly shows that they are wearing the same uniform.
I thought that this kind of uniform was provided after the hiring process was decided, but it seems that here they have the employees wear the uniforms from the time of the interview.
I thought it was .......
'We don't provide serving clothes, Yashippi.
Cindy answers me softly from behind.
Before I knew it, she was standing behind me without a sound. It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time with your family. ...... I wonder if he's a martial arts expert as well. ...... I didn't feel any sign of him at all. ...... To be honest, I was a little surprised.
You will find a lot of things that you can do to make your life easier.
'No, because ...... we're matching.
'All the young people who come to our company for interviews come dressed like that. Even if we don't say anything.
Is it like a recruiting suit?
It's like, 'Just wear this.
It's a characteristic of this town. ...... I don't really like it, though. ......'
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But none of the candidates have started talking yet.
They keep checking each other out. It's like they're ...... at a loss as to what to do.
'Hey, get on with it.
...... Are you guys somehow connected by nerves or something?
'So, Yashippi. Who do you think should start?'
Mael asked me, seemingly happy.
I don't see why I should be the one to decide, but I can't get anywhere watching the candidates matchmaking.
I say to the only man sitting on the left side of the room.
I say to the only man sitting to my left, 'You go first.
In a situation like this, it is the role of men to take the lead and do the hard work.
Or rather, if there is a man and a woman, I will take the initiative to sacrifice the man. There's no reason to be nice to him.
When I nominated the man, he stood up and with a posture as straight as a tin toy, began to explain why he wanted to work here.
'Ma'am, your virtue and character have been echoing in my ears in the form of praise, and I have decided since I was a child that if I were to devote my life to a person like you, it would be to a wonderful person like Ma'am. When I saw that there was a job opening for a waiter, I trembled with joy and applied for it without any choice.
The man made a bow that sounded like a 'snap' and sat down.
What a stiff explanation.
In short, he just said, "Mahr is famous and I want to work there.
That's not a very interesting reason.
I'd be a prime candidate for rejection.
And the woman to my right stands up.
This one keeps her posture too straight, like a doll with a wire in it.
'I, too, have heard of Ma'ru's virtue and character in the form of praise, even from an unspecified person, and have decided since I was a child that if I were to devote my life to a person like Ma'ru, it would be to a wonderful person like him. When I saw that there was a job opening for a waiter, I trembled with joy and applied for it without any choice.
I couldn't help but look at Estella and her face.
Estella and even Lucia on the other side of the room had blank faces.
Of course they were.
This woman said the same thing as the man before.
Mael is looking at me.
'Right?Isn't that troubling? She gave me a mischievous frown, as if to say, 'Isn't it annoying?
These guys must have gone to some training school or something.
They must have been taught 'how to say this in an interview' there.
The woman who just spoke to me first said "me too" and then used the first person "watashi".
Probably, she used the first person 'I' as she usually does, even though the standard sentence she was taught was 'watashi'.
'Then, the next person should say something different from the first two.
When Ma'ru said this with a gentle smile, the third candidate was clearly upset and his expression became tense.
He looked around nervously and stood up as if he had no choice.
Unlike the previous two, his back was bent and he was restless.
His whole body exuded a lack of self-confidence.
'E............ and that .......'
'It doesn't matter what it is. Just tell me what you think.'
I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea.
This is a great way to make sure that you don't end up in a situation where you're not going to be able to afford to buy a new car. ...What?
The woman's head twisted restlessly as she opened her mouth hesitantly.
I think the environment ...... is a big part of it. ......'
What's with the 'but'?Say the end!
'So, the end, please.'
'Oh, yes. I feel the same way. Or rather, I think everyone here feels the same. Right?Right, guys?
'Yeah, I guess so.'
'Yeah, I think so.
After the other three replied, the last candidate turned a satisfied expression to Ma'ru and said briefly, ''Right? And then he sat down.
...... Where's the honorific?
'Yes, this is the end of the interview. Then, everyone, please eat some sweet baked goods and relax a little.
Mael quickly announced the end of the interview, and the candidates all looked surprised.
...... No, no, no. That's enough.
This is a big problem. The youth of this district.
At the same time as Mahrul announces the end, Cindy gets up and starts preparing tea.
She says a few words to Cindy, and Natalia and Gilberta start moving at the same time.
I thought they were going to help with the tea, but ...... they started picking up trash in the corner of the room and wiping the dirt off the walls. ...... How curious were they?
'Servants don't like to keep their masters in dirty rooms,' he said.
Estella told me this as I followed Natalia's actions with my eyes.
'If it were true, cleaning someone else's house would be considered disrespectful to the owner of the house. ...... In this case, it seems that Mahrul instructed them to clean up the mess on purpose, so they asked for permission and started cleaning up.
Ma'ru smiled, as if Estella's prediction had been correct.
'The drawing room is the face of the house. If it's dirty, it's like mud on the face of the master of the house.
'Also, if your master invites you to a dirty place, it can be taken as an insult that you are fit for such a place. That's why Gilberta hates the dirt in the other party's reception room. ...... Cute guy.
...... Please stop. It's as if they're trying to drag me into their world, which is a little scary.
As Natalia and Gilberta quickly cleaned up the room, Cindy finished distributing baked goods and tea to everyone.
You will find a small table in front of the candidates before you know it.
...... I mean, those candidates didn't move at all. They were watching Natalia and the others cleaning up.
'They probably think they're guests of the house.
'Or maybe they're our equals, like they're our lords.
Although the volume of their voices was inaudible to the candidates, Estella and Lucia spoke harshly.
Or rather, Lucia. If you say it like that, I'll be in the position of a lord. Or do you want to accuse me of being rude as well?
'Come on, eat up.
Ma'ru says with a happy and embarrassed expression.
Did Ma'ulu bake this?............ Isn't this wheat baked in an oven?
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Estella tells me quietly.
Taxing personal hobbies,......, is a shabby way to do business.
You'll be able to put in your mouth a baked good that has been created with such a troublesome procedure.
The taste is not worth the .................. effort. ......
I'm sure you'll agree. Isn't it really good?'
'I think it's delicious, too.
I think it's good.Isn't it?
'I totally agree.
The candidates all raved about this delicate baked good. ...... praise, right?
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea. It seems that it was not to your taste.
'What's that ...... elegant taste ...... like?
'Oh, yeah, that. I was just thinking the same thing.'
'Oh, no!What a coincidence!
'Well, you know, like ......?
What's going on here, candidates?
'No, this isn't good.
I'm not sure what to make of it.
'It's not sweet enough, it's not crunchy enough, and it's very powdery and rough on the tongue.
'Yashiro ......, you're really honest.'
'Estella. You've got to agree with me.
The two lords looked happy as they said this.
But there were people who didn't like what I was saying. The candidates.
'I think that's too rude an opinion!
'Yes, it is!I think you're talking too much!
'Don't you think there's a better way to say it?
'I think so. I mean, aren't you pretending to be a gourmet?
''Ahh, there are people like that.
I've been called all kinds of things.
Still, their tone is annoying.
I'm not saying that you should use beautiful words, but you should at least keep in mind a tone of voice that doesn't make you feel stressed.
Mahr smiled happily and even applauded as I was met with the swarthy gaze of the candidates.
'If Yashippi had been a candidate, I would have hired her immediately, what a pity.
I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that, but you can't help but feel a little sad as you stare at me.
...... I'm hired?I'm sure you'll agree.
'These baked goods are a failure. The portions are all messed up.'
I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's a bit of a jerk.
...... I wish you had done that thirty years ago, you know.
I'm sure you'll find a lot of people who'd like to know more about this.
'I don't have the same taste buds as someone who finds this delicious. Eating is a very important thing. ......?I'm sorry.
With these words, all the candidates were rejected.
After the candidates left, we moved to the reception room of the main building, where we ate some decent tasting baked goods.
'This is delicious. I like this kind of thing.
Estella, who earlier had been silent and had eyes like a dead fish, was happily munching on the baked goods.
You're a squirrel, aren't you? Your cheeks are all puffy.
'How was it, Yashippi?
With a cup of tea in his hand, Mael looks at me with a curious look.
'It's a wonderfully synchronized phenomenon. I wonder if they're obsessed with the idea that minorities are evil.
'Twenty-nine Wards ...... Unh. Most of the young people in BU are like that.'
Mahr sighs into his cup of tea.
As he stares at his reflection in the tea, he mutters sadly.
'It's boring, isn't it, that we're all the same ......?
It sounded more like a criticism of the 'should-be' atmosphere surrounding the 29th district than a criticism of the youth.
'Those who create their own small frameworks and enter into them are more likely to do so.
For example, the so-called gyaru/gyaru-o, who like to use eccentric fashions and unique languages, often implicitly enforce their own rules on others.
If you don't dress like this, you are lame. If you don't know this model, you're not cool. If you don't know this model, you're not cool. If you don't belong here, you're not worth talking about. If you don't know this word, you're behind, etc. ...... Words such as "lame" are sometimes used as if they were a sin. The person who commits such a sin cannot exist in the group.
Because of this unspoken rule, they are desperate to pursue a fad. Even if that trend is only for their own narrow world.
Those who live in a world where such strict restrictions are forced upon them show a particular tendency.
That is the synchronization phenomenon.
A simple example is the way of speaking without saying the conclusion.
It is a way of speaking that does not allow the other person to criticize or oppose by making the conclusion unclear and not giving a clear conclusion.
If the other person refutes you, you say, 'That's not the point,' and quickly run away.
The phrase 'It's so dull, but...' can be followed by either 'So I won't work hard' or 'But I will work hard,' so you can turn your hand the moment the other person is displeased.
In addition, the phrase, 'You're not...? is also frequently used.
This is a more straightforward way of talking to make the other person sympathize with you, i.e., draw them into 'thinking like you' or 'being on your side.
The correct answer to 'Isn't it? The correct answer to 'Isn't it? It is not acceptable to reply 'Isn't that right? That is what they call 'sin'.
Such a response would be considered 'impossible,' 'unpredictable,' or 'unsatisfactory,' and they would be excluded from the group.
So, they try their best to keep up appearances.
They wear masks that say, "I'm on your side.
However, the "self" that they force themselves to put up is easily dismantled and soon comes to pieces.
The candidate from earlier is a typical example. He couldn't even use honorifics properly the moment he was banned from using regular expressions.
'I think that's an extreme example, though.
'That's not really the case...'
Mahrul shakes his head in annoyance at Estella, who lets out a bitter laugh.
Unless Mahr has gone out of his way to gather a particularly bad group of young people, the result of a random group of young people is ...... a pretty serious situation.
What is more serious is that the phenomenon of syncretism has begun to extend from 'coercion of syncretism' to 'exclusion of dissenters'.
If this tendency becomes stronger, it may eventually evolve into 'self-appointed bouncers'.
The term "self-recommending bouncer" means, in simple terms, a person who shuts down opposition in advance, and it refers to the psychology of eliminating the existence of people who are likely to oppose in advance by developing a negative campaign such as "don't listen to him because he is a horrible person" or "don't get involved with him because he says a lot of lies. It refers to the psychology of trying to eliminate in advance those who are likely to object.
When a country is not in a state of war, but expresses its will to 'not welcome enemy countries and exclude them', all the people of the country become antagonistic to the particular country and view it as an enemy. There are many people who try to unite the people with such a policy, and in fact there are such countries.
If the 29th district does that, this negotiation is sure to collapse.
'That black dress was also not worn by anyone until a while ago,.......'
Ma'ru holds out a piece of paper.
The paper was filled with articles about popular fashions and foods in the BU.
Apparently, it is a kind of magazine.
It's a single sheet of paper, so it's not a magazine, but an information paper.
Since the words are automatically translated, it may be relatively easy to make a kawara-ban if there is someone who has a language suitable for it.
A Japanese typewriter is complicated, but an alphabet can be made into a simple structure.
'Oh, this is ......'.
Wendy finds something, and Theron lets out a sound when he sees it.
Mahrul looks at what they're looking at and annotates in a boring way.
'Nowadays, people like this are in fashion.
Ma'ru pointed to a simple but tasteful illustration of a woman, a beauty painting,......, but....
'This ...... is Natalia, no matter how you look at it.
The clothes, the atmosphere, the hairstyle, it was Natalia herself, no matter how you looked at it.
'Every few months, they write an article like this, "These people are beautiful."'
'So, this is a coincidence ......?
Estella is staring at Natalia in the paper.
Illustration of a woman with black hair cut short, wearing intelligent glasses and a chic, mature black outfit.
Because it is an illustration, her face does not resemble Natalia's, but the atmosphere is very much like Natalia. She looks like Natalia. The more you look at her, the more she looks like Natalia.
The more you look at it, the more it's Natalia. 'That's why Natalia was unusually popular ......'.
Estella murmurs with a 'gut feeling face', a model of the word 'gut feeling'.
'Is the influence of this information paper great?
'To the extent that everyone believes what is written in it. Especially since this one just came out yesterday. That's especially true when it's just been published.
'Yesterday, today, all the people in the city became like that. ......?
Lucia's expression tightened. She seems to be feeling a bit of awe.
It's true that, looking at the people in the city, it looked like an act of aesthetic sense ...... that they had shared for a long time.
If this is the reaction of someone who has just seen the paper, then the influence of this paper is considerable. Together with the enthusiasm of the people in the city to keep up with the latest trends, it's quite a feat.
'That black waiter's uniform, too, suddenly came into fashion one day. As soon as it appeared in the news paper a few months ago.
'If it's that influential, I'm sure a clothing store would think of sponsoring it and pushing a color that's not selling well.
'Certainly, if it works well, the information paper will get money and the clothing store will make a profit ............, but how can you even think of such a thing in this moment, Yashiro?
It's common knowledge that money flows to those with influence.
If the current state of this city was like that for a long time, the businessmen would have sniffed it out by now.
'So, I painted a picture of a beautiful woman in black, which is in fashion right now, and it turned out like this .......'
Estella smiles dryly as she looks at the painting of the Natalia-like beauty.
And when the people of the city saw Natalia in her so-called "fashionable" clothes, which looked just like the beautiful painting, the result was ...... that.
When I glanced at Natalia, I saw that she had a complicated expression on her face as she looked at the information paper.
She must be thinking about it because she knows that her popularity was created by a boom.
'So you're saying that the ...... world has finally caught up with me.
'Your positivity makes me jealous sometimes!
What a strong heart you have, my friend.
You never give up on the idea that your popularity comes from your own beauty.
'Is this information paper something that can be found in addition to being posted on the bulletin board?
'You can go to a store and they'll sell you one. But this one is a gift. They give them to us every issue.'
Estella's question was met with a bitter look from Mahrul.
He's probably trying to win over the nobles and get them to sponsor him. The publisher of this information paper seems to be very confident.
Well, if you're a nobleman, you might want to be the first to adopt the latest trends and make yourself look good, so it might not be a wrong strategy.
'Well, I'm sure people who are happy with this kind of thing are happy with it. I don't know what the young people think.
With his arms outstretched, Mahr was not pleased with the situation.
In Japan, too, there are many examples of fashion magazines setting up fads, or people admiring and imitating celebrities they see on TV or in magazines, triggering the phenomenon of syncretism.
In other words, the illustration of Natalia's likeness in this information paper, which has a strong influence in BU, is the most advanced in BU at the moment, and is a kind of charismatic reader model that girls admire and boys are in love with.
'Ah. Look, Yashiro. Here.'
Estella pointed to the article and said, 'This will work for sure!In the article, there is a headline that reads, "The perfect guide to interviewing at a nobleman's home." In the article, there is a model answer to the question that the candidate said earlier, "Your virtue and character are unknown to me.
...... If you have time to memorize something like this, you should practice to be able to answer properly.
It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're going to do.
'I suppose it's better to share information in moderation.
Listening to his lord's conversation, Ma'ru nodded in an understandable manner.
'I love unusual things. I also like people who are different and unique.
Ma'ru says, looking away from the information paper and up at the ceiling.
'...... By nature, each human being is completely different, and everyone should be unique.
No two people are exactly alike.
Even if you witness the same thing at the same time in the same place, your impressions will be different. That's called individuality.
You don't need to look for a unique person to be unique. ...... Mahr seems to think that everyone should be unique.
It's a good idea to have a person with a strong sense of self as a waiter. ...... But it's difficult to find the right person.
At present, the head waiter, Cindy, is the only waiter in Mahrul's house.
She is said to be the only one who manages this large house.
'I'm old, too, so I don't want you to do anything too grand. I'm just happy if you can help me spend my days peacefully.
He just wants to be next to him when he eats, to say 'good night' to each other before he goes to bed and 'good morning' when he wakes up, to help him take care of the flowers in his garden, and things like that.
'That's why I'm making the interview very easy. As long as you are yourself and tell me a story that excites me, you will be hired immediately. ............ But it's hard to find a young girl who can meet that 'be yourself' ......'.
'Um, ......, what was the deal with that room?
Estella asks Mahr.
As soon as they entered, Natalia and Gilberta frowned at the uncomfortable reception room.
Of course, there must be a meaning to that, too.
'That's something we do every time,' she said.
'I'm embarrassed and I wish you wouldn't.'
I'd rather you didn't.' Cindy frowned and complained to Mahr, who looked pleased. She is ...... rather embarrassed.
'When I first came to live in this house after being evicted from my home, you recruited a waiter. The one who came then was Cindy. ...... ugh.'
She smiled, remembering those days.
She holds her mouth with her hands and tells me nostalgically, unraveling the important things in her memory.
'I was so desperate at the time that I didn't even want to do the interview. So I made them wait for about two hours. So I kept him waiting for about two hours, and when I peeked in to see if he'd gone home, he was cleaning the reception room to make it sparkle.
'I had just moved in and hadn't cleaned every nook and cranny yet, so I just ......'.
Cindy looked troubled and a little embarrassed, as if she had just been exposed to a past mistake.
A candidate for a waitress who starts cleaning without the permission of the owner of the mansion ...... Certainly, there is a difference of opinion as to whether this is acceptable or disrespectful.
But Mahrul must have liked it very much.
'I've decided that if anyone enters that room and starts cleaning voluntarily, I'll hire them immediately.
'The screening process is really lax for jobs here.
Even so, no one was hired, and Cindy was currently the only waiter in the building.
'Hmm... I'll tell you everything you want to know as an apology for making you sit through this boring interview.
With that, Mahrul winked at Theron and Wendy.
He was probably listening to what Theron and Wendy had to say.
Mael is going to help us.
...... Maybe he's thinking that if we can stir up the BU, we'll be able to do something about this city-wide synchronization phenomenon that Mahr hates,.......
If that is the case, then our interests may be aligned.
So, for starters, I posed the following question.
'First of all, I'd like to know why the lord's sister would side with us, who could be the lord's enemy.
Let's see if we can trust Mahrul.
His cooperation itself could be a trap set by the lord.
'It's going to be a bit long, but it might be best if you tell him about my situation.
The tea is drunk and the empty cup is placed on the saucer.
After a short interval before Cindy finished pouring a new cup of tea, Mahrul spoke slowly.
'I was abandoned when I was twenty. With my family, in this city.
The story began with such shocking words.