I picked up the fallen Loretta.
She frowns and closes her eyelids in pain, as if she's fainting. Her breathing is shallow.
I'd like to take her to bed because she's going to get cold if I leave her lying here,......, but first.
Observe Loretta's face.
Loretta's lips were chapped.
If you put your finger on her cheek, you can see that her skin is also a little rough.
Pressing her cheek down lightly with her thumb, she peered behind her lower eyelid.
This part of the eyelid, which would normally appear red with capillaries showing through, was completely white.
This was evidence that the blood had not circulated to the head.
'Jeannette. Warm up some milk and bring it to her. Put a lot of sugar in it.'
At my instruction, Ginette hurried off to the kitchen.
'...... Yashiro. Loretta is .......'
Magda picks me up by the shoulders.
She rubs her tail against my back, perhaps as a sign of anxiety.
'I'm fine. It's just anemia.'
Loretta's symptoms were clearly those of anemia.
In addition, the lack of vitamins due to not eating enough was evident on her skin and lips.
He probably hasn't eaten.
Loretta twisted in my arms.
'Did you notice that?
'Heh...... big brother......?'
She looks up at me with vacant eyes, moves her head in a slow motion to assess her situation,
He makes a strange noise.
'Oh, oh, oh, oh, big brother ......, this is, this is...?
'I'm poking you!
'All right, I know you're upset, so stop poking my tits.
Don't poke my tits.
Just calm down.
Loretta tried to sit up quickly, perhaps out of embarrassment, but as soon as she escaped my arms she slumped to the floor again, dizzy.
If you move too quickly, you'll collapse.
I've been waiting for you, Yashiro-san.
Ginette comes back with a large cup of steaming water.
'Loretta. Drink it slowly. Magda, let her sit down.'
'Oh, um, Magda, I'm fine with ...... me, I'm fine with ...... you.'
'...... Shut up.'
Magda is a little bent over Loretta, who is not saying anything.
She looks unhappy and dismisses Loretta's claims.
Magda is angry with Loretta even though her main focus is on 'Loretta is important'. You guys are really best friends, aren't you?
A large cup of hot milk is placed in front of Loretta, who is seated nearby.
Loretta looks puzzled, not understanding the situation.
She looked at Jeannette, then at Magda, and finally at me, probably because she couldn't get me to say anything.
'Just drink it.'
'Um, but ......'.
'...... Yes. I'll have it.'
As if she had given up, she held the cup in both hands, gently put her mouth on it, and sipped the milk.
'How sweet!It's so sweet, isn't it?
The hot milk seems to be so sweet that Loretta, who has a sweet tooth, is surprised.
Well, that's about right for you right now.
Drink it all.
'Yes, ......, but .......'
'That's an order. Drink it.'
He's being very forceful.
And he's staring at you with the scariest face possible.
If this were a Japanese company, this would certainly be considered power harassment.
But no matter.
I don't care if Loretta hates me or not. I'll take it in stride.
Just make sure you drink it down.
The milk will provide a mucosal barrier for your upset stomach.
Drinking it on an empty stomach will help prevent stomach upset. An upset stomach will show up on your skin and lips.
Warm milk will help soothe the stomach.
And the sugar is converted directly into energy.
'Drink it and go home for the day.
'Go home, eat, and get a good night's sleep.
'But, but it's only noon and there's still ...... an evening peak later on!
'You're only going to annoy the customers now.'
'Oh, you're ............ annoying,......?
It's a little harsh, but I'm sure he won't rest unless I say so.
If he collapses during a busy time, the load on Magda and Jeannette to follow him will increase, and the customers will be worried. It would also make them wait for their food.
More importantly, if he collapsed while we were busy, we might not find him until later.
'I won't allow you to return to work until you're feeling better.
If you keep pushing yourself any harder, you'll really break down.
Anyway, you need to rest now.
Perhaps because of the harsh things she was being told by me, Loretta kept her head down and remained silent.
But it's not good to be vague here.
The Sunlit Pavilion is a company. It's not a place where we can just sit around and get along.
And no matter how good she is at her job, no matter how much she likes it, Loretta is just an ordinary girl. We can't let her recklessness destroy her body.
If she has any problems, she should solve them first, recover her strength and energy, and then devote herself to her work.
If you don't want to talk to us, that's fine.
Just make sure you get it right. I'll give you that much credit.
And we'll be waiting.
...... and, well...
I'm not the one in charge of saying that,.......
I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not.
So much for the whip. I'll leave the rest to you, candy man.
Ginette, accurately reading my intentions, looks into Loretta's face and says in a gentle voice.
'Whenever you feel that you are okay, please come back to us. Whenever and however you want, the Sunken Pavilion and we will be here, waiting for you.
Your place is here.
So go rest in peace.
Ginette conveyed these thoughts in simple words.
You'll have to do the same for me and Magda.
'...... Yes, sir. .................. I'm sorry.'
After muttering with her head down, Loretta drank the hot milk slowly and slowly without saying a word.
Then she bowed her head and left quietly.
'...... Will you be all right, Loretta-san?
'The anemia itself wasn't that serious. It'll get better after you eat and sleep. ......'
It's the mental aspect that's the problem.
He's been eager to work since he first came here.
It must be very hard for him to be turned away like this.
Besides, the problems he's having - those are things we can't touch.
'If he were a stranger, I could force my way on him and take him in a positive direction.
It could be the manager of a poor diner who was a sycophant and was always taking on the burden of hardship and misfortune, a corn farmer who was about to give up on life because he was stuck with no more customers, a couple who had been separated for a long time because of a silly friction between nobles and subhumans, or two stubborn sisters of a malted rice maker. I'm sure you'll find a lot of people who'd like to have a look at it. ......
This approach, for better or worse, will change the way people live. It is truly an unconventional reform.
I'm sure you can't and shouldn't ...... take such a forceful approach to Loretta, who loves this place and is loved by this place.
There is no one here who wants Loretta to change her position.
Of course, if Loretta herself wants to do so, I will not stop her. ......
I'm not going to stop her if she wants to, but if I'm going to disrupt her daily life, I'm going to choose to sit back and wait. I'll wait as long as it takes for Loretta to talk to me.
'Would you like me to do some research?
Assunto says as he takes a big bite out of his Neapolitan.
'I know a few of the moneylenders, so I think I can at least find out if the name Loretta Hewitt is familiar to you.
He said this as he hurriedly ate his Neapolitan and wiped his reddened mouth.
'They are also in business, so I don't think they know all the details, but I'm sure they can accommodate you to a certain extent.
'Well, ...... just in case, please. It might be a waste of time.
'Wouldn't it be more pleasant if it was a waste of time?
As if time is money, Assunto stood up quickly and walked towards the exit.
'As for me, it would be more profitable if the 42nd district, especially the sunny pavilion, were always in peace and quiet, and this is also for the sake of business.
It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for and how to get it.
Before he closes the door, he looks back and adds the following words.
'Please be careful with the bandits.
With a bow, Assunto left.
How dare he... ......
I'm not sure what to make of it.
'...... Depending on how well you do this time, I may have to give you a second look.
Magda seems to have had a little bit of an epiphany about Assunto's willingness to work for Loretta.
I'm sure he wasn't the kind of guy who would work for free,......, but I wonder if he really thinks that the peace of mind of the sunlit pavilion will lead to profit.
'I'm worried about Loretta, but ...... I'm sure she'll get better and come back soon. I believe that.
So don't worry too much about her. So don't worry too much.
'Well, the thing to think about now is how to get through the evening peak.
'Well, what we should be thinking about now is how to get through the evening peak.
'...... We can get through it if we have another Magda.'
'We don't have another Magda, so we're thinking about what to do.'
'Do we call ...... Norma or Delia?'
'I guess so. ......'
We don't want to rely on them too much, though: ......
'Hi haaay!There's a reassuring helper here!
...... Yeah. I've been thinking about what to do since I don't want you to get involved.
I've been thinking about what to do because I don't want you involved.
'I'll call my sister for now, while I contact Delia at ......'.
As I was making my plan, my sisters came rushing into the sunlit pavilion.
Five of them, one after the other. Hammaro is at the end of the line.
'A summons for immediate action!
A summons means ......
Maybe he ran into Loretta on his way home and was told to go help her because she was short on staff.
'Did you see Loretta?
'I haven't seen her!
'No one has seen her!
'Petite separation since this morning!
'Petite family separation!
'The Hewitt family is falling apart!
'You just left for work this morning. ......'
That's no way to break up a family.
But these guys haven't seen Loretta.
The older sisters are the ones who are supposed to be waitresses at the Sunshine Pavilion.
These are the younger sisters. They are not old enough to help in the hall.
In other words, they are not the replacements that Loretta sent.
So what is the 'urgent summons' ......?
'Cantartica is on fire!
'Severe shortage of staff!
'We've got a lot of work to do with our customers!
'With the commander absent, the morale of the battlefield has fallen!
'The floor and kitchen are in turmoil with the master alone!
'Temporarily closed, no time to lose!
'Wait a minute!The commander's absence means .......'
'You mean Paula's not in the store?
'Paula, I'm down!
'Your face was all pale!
'You were trembling!
'It looked like it was really hard!
'I couldn't stand up!
'Even his tail wasn't healthy!
'It was like a newborn fawn!
Paula collapsed. ......
That alone is a big deal, but ......
The fact that Paula collapsed, too, stirs up unpleasant imaginations.
'And he wants to ask the lady to help him!
'Let me out, lady!
'This is a big deal!
'It's a high priority!
'I've been indebted to you, Cantar Chica!
'I'm returning my sister's favor!
Ginette stands in front of the boisterous hamsters.
'Actually, Loretta was not feeling well, so she had to leave ...... early today.'
''''' What the heck?
I'm not sure what to say.
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
I'm not going to tell you what I think, but I'm going to tell you what I think so that you don't get worried.
'I wonder if there is any connection between their poor health and ......? And.
I don't know if there is a causal relationship, but Paula and Loretta are relatively close.
They go shopping together when they are not working. By the way, I remember you saying that the three of you, including Nepheli, had a 'sleepover party for modern girls' before.
On the same day, Magda had a joke sleepover party with Norma and Natalia called "Adult Girls' Night Out". ...... Magda. Is that the category you're in?
Anyway, Loretta and Paula, who are rather close to each other, both collapsed. Even if it's just a coincidence, it's something to keep in mind.
There's always the possibility of a contagious disease like the flu.
'Anyway, let's send some men from here.'
'That's right. If it's just manpower, Hammy and the others can handle it, but it's essential to have someone in charge who can give orders.'
At present, the skills of the ham girls have become very high.
I've heard that they've gotten so good that Umaro has entrusted them with the machining of important places.
But they are still children.
No matter how skilled they are, they are not yet mature enough to take responsibility.
Naturally, I don't allow them to do irresponsible work, and they don't either. But the weight of personal responsibility is too different from that of the field.
Only when there is a proper commander can the hamsters show their potential.
'd*mn ......, we're about to enter the peak of the evening.
'It can't be helped, sir. Besides, Cantalcica-san's time is now.
Cantalcica is a tavern.
It's busiest after dark.
It's so crowded that they can only handle it with the help of Paula and the master, and lately they've been screaming with joy that they can't run it without the help of the ham girls.
Maybe I should go out there and do it myself. ......
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. ...'
'Well, if it's evening, could you ask Nepheli-san to help us?Mr. Nephrite sometimes helps Cantartica.
'Is that so?
'Yes. You mentioned something like that once.
He said he wasn't good at cooking, but he's perfect at customer service.
It's true that with Nephrite, I can leave the hall to him and give instructions to the ham girls while I work in the kitchen and hall. ......
'Good. Then, Nephrite and I will take care of the other side. So, the sunlit pavilion is ......'
'Yes, sir. I'm sure Magda and I will be able to protect the sunlit pavilion.
'......We look forward to the activities of Magda, who has recently begun to emerge as a leader.
It's going to be tough, but with these two, we'll get through it.
'Call Natalia if you can't help yourself. She'll take care of it.'
'But I'm sure you're busy. ...... As expected, Natalia is ......'
'If Estella is too busy to come to the Sunken Pavilion, you can tell her that you'll deliver the food, and Estella will free up Natalia's body even if she's forced to.'
'...... Mm. It's always a good idea to cram as much work as you can into as many people as you can.
'So, we'll try to get through this on our own as best we can, okay?
However, either Delia or Norma will need to come.
'Hammaro-san. Are there any of your siblings available tonight?
'Um, ...... is that ...... there?'
'I'll ask him!
'Then, if any of you are free, please come to the Sun Goddess Pavilion and Cantar Chica. Please let them know.'
'I'm on it!I feel like a walking carrier pigeon!
Hammaro ran out of the store with all hands in the air.
'Oh no! Osina could help too... ......'
Ignoring Osina, who was alone and indignant, he gave instructions to the remaining five sisters.
They're probably just there to help Cantar Chica, so I'll take them with me.
'Someone go get Nephrite. It's important. I'll explain it to him in Cantartika.''
Just as the two sisters raised their hands and were about to open the door, a man came running into the sunlit pavilion with more noise than Hammaro who had just left.
'An-chan!What's going on?
Percy, the sugar maker, comes at me with his nose in a rage, his well-made eyes bloodshot red, and his shoulders heaving with anger.
'Explain to me what you mean about Mr. Nephrite collapsing and falling asleep, seriously!
I couldn't help but make eye contact with Jeannette.
I was too surprised to know what expression to make. I stared at Ginette with that look on my face. I'm sure I have that look on my face, too.
After Loretta and Paula, even Nephrite collapsed ......?
Something disturbing is about to happen ...... in this 42nd district.
It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time and money.