179 Episode 178-Words of Salvation-Yuki Ueno's Eyes.txt

Is it embarrassing to be envious and feel that way?
Then what do you hate about your friends?
I know that it's not so difficult for envy to turn to despair and then to hate.
It's always been that way.
Because our relationship was never going to change, no matter when or where we went.

I knew before I came to this world that I couldn't compete with Shiori-chan.

"Shiori-chan can do everything and she's cute, but Yuuki-chan isn't so much."
"Why can't you do this when you're Shiori's friend, Yuki-chan?"
"Yuuki-chan has a boyish name, and he speaks in a weird way."

The innocent questions of a young child cut through my mind when I least expected it.
In the past, Shiori and I were always together, doing everything together.
When I moved here from the Kansai region to attend a school in Japan because of my parents' work, Shiori-chan was the first friend I ever had.
But Shiori-chan was everyone's idol and idol, and I wasn't as close to her as I was to her, so I was always being compared to her.
So in middle school and high school, I tried not to be with her and not to talk to her, and that's how I was finally able to return to my former energetic self.

I think it took me a long time to realize that we're different people and that it's inevitable that what we can do and what we can't do together is different.
Once I was able to realize that, I was able to talk to Shiori like I used to.
As for the last part, it's something I'm not aware of, and as for the dialect, it's a habit, so I'm not sure if you have any complaints.
Even though I thought so, the rumors just kept going around and no one would listen to what I had to say.
Except this guy.

"Ueno's interesting, and it makes you feel kind of cheerful when you're with him, doesn't it?"
"Talking? It's not like we're communicating, so what does it matter? If you don't know what you're talking about, that's a problem."

Everyone is cackling about how cool Tsukasa-kun is, but he wasn't the one who gave me the words I wanted.

'Kazuki-kun! Have you been talking to Shiori about something?

Even in this situation, I don't want the person I love to be taken, so I call out to Kazuki-kun who was talking to Shiori-chan.
Waki-kun became blocked after seeing Shiori-chan's fight yesterday.
It's Shiori-chan again.

''Oh! I was asking Hosoyama for tips on how to acquire the skill. Did you know about Ueno?

I felt my smile twitch.
There was no way I knew.
I'd been struggling for a long time with not knowing what to stretch in the limited profession of being a dismissalist, and I'd just come here.
Probably I'm the only one other than Oda-kun who pretended not to be here, and I'm the only one who hasn't been followed by someone from the Order or a professional.
Oda-kun was also being taken care of by Commander Saran, and he must have snuck into the storeroom as well.
I didn't know anything about it.
I'd been holed up in my room while everyone else was training on the profession.
I couldn't do anything about it when I was barred from entering the stacks, even if I tried to find a professional book on the breaking of the spell.
Commander Saran, who consulted with me, was also busy with Oda-kun's training, and even if he wasn't, he's the Commander, so I'm grateful that he took the time to come to see me, even though he probably had a lot of things to do.
Speaking of which, did I say thank you to Commander Saran?
Probably because of the princess's curse, but my memory from the time I returned from the labyrinth until just before I left the castle is vague.

''Nah, I guess I don't know. You were pretty lax when you were in the castle, weren't you? So I had to skip work.

It's a lie.
But on the spur of the moment, there was no other explanation.
Commander Saran said he would call someone who specialized in undoing the spell, but that wasn't soon enough because he was busy, and he died without fulfilling that promise in the first place.
Can I tell the people I love that I was holed up in my room without acting on my own until Commander Saran called me over?
I can't say it.
Or would he blame me for slacking off while Kazuki-kun was working hard?
I was trembling with trepidation, but the words that were spoken to me were upbeat.

'So that means you've broken the curse placed on Sato even if he didn't teach you that much! That's awesome!

I couldn't help but laugh at Waki-kun who said excitedly.
He hasn't changed, and he was the same.
He still gives me the words I want to hear.
That's why I can do my best.

''Demon approaching! Get into a fighting stance!

Ziel called out and everyone roughly took their respective weapons.
I couldn't help but chuckle at the sight.
Despite the fact that it was lunchtime, everyone kept their gains at their side.
The sight of them has become the norm.
Even if we could go back to Japan, would we really be able to get back to normal?

Let's go back to Tsuda's place, Ueno!