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Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Unmarried – Suela Handelberg
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
Have you ever heard of the proverb, ” If you don’t touch God, He won’t punish you”?
Simply put, if you don’t get involved, nothing will happen.
A similar proverb says that if a pheasant does not cry, it will not be shot, but if it acts willingly, it invites disaster.
Either way, it’s a prime example of acting willingly and failing, but if you’re smart, you’ll know why I’m giving you this example.
“Meat! Grill some more!” (Some Girl)
“Oh, I thought it was only in the world of anime, that I didn’t think that women who eat out of a broken heart actually existed, that I didn’t think.” (Minami)
“Minami, come over here for a moment.” (Kaido)
A familiar face or an acquaintance of mine settled in front of the BBQ set and shoveled meat into her mouth one after another, half-crying. It’s a female colleague whose face I knew, Karen Kitamiya.
She may be too slender for some, but she has a beautiful, attractive face that wouldn’t be out of place in an idol group, and she’s trying to turn all of her attention to her appetite.
As for Minami, who seems to be trying to tease her, Kaido pulls her away instead of Masaru, who is busy cooking the meat.
“What do we do now?” (Suela)
“If Suela’s not up to it, it looks like I’m not up to it either.” (Jiro)
I apologize to Suela for getting her involved in this, but judging from the atmosphere when I first approached her, I’m afraid I might add fuel to the fire.
It was just a moment ago.
“is it okay?” (Jiro)
When we got out of the water, we couldn’t leave Kitamiya running away with a fierce attitude, so we thought something was wrong and followed her without calling out to Kaido and the others.
At a corner of the beach, I found her with her face buried in her knees on a rocky beach where there were fewer people.
I knew that if I, a man, approached her, I would arouse suspicion, so I asked Suela, who worked in the tester’s management, to help me, although it pained me to ask her to work on her day off.
“Leave me alone.” (Karen)
She was curt.
I think she is trying to avoid hurting the other person as much as possible because her emotions are running high.
I know that, so Suela looked at her to cheer her up.
“Shut up, what do people like you want with me! What? Did you come here to laugh at me because he hates me?” (Karen)
No, I don’t know, I want to say, but considering Suela’s position, it would be better to wait without making any expression.
There’s nothing I can do about it.
First a warning, then none.
After a beat, her emotions exploded.
“No, it’s not like that, we were just following you because we were worried something might have happened.” (Jiro)
“Mind your own business, leave me alone!” (Karen)
Such temporary emotions were quenched by Suela’s gentle, non-grating and serious response, but now she was hiding in her shell.
If that happens, they won’t be able to hear our voices.
Even if they did, it was obvious that they would ignore us in their current state.
I can judge that this is the right time to withdraw.
“Mr. Jiro.” (Masaru)
“Oh, Masaru, did you come to call us?” (Jiro)
“Yes, I heard that Mr. Jiro suddenly started running, so Senior and I were looking for you.” (Masaru)
In this case, I don’t know if the timing is good or bad, but if Masaru came, I’m done with being involved.
I explained it to Masaru who asked me about what happened.
Well, what do we do after this?
It may be a cold response from a colleague, but we are outsiders, so to speak, in the position of a third party.
It’s also a good idea to leave.
Well, it’s hard for me to make that choice because I know it will leave a bitter taste.
It was an act of hypocrisy, a self-centered and self-serving intervention of an outsider, but there was no lie in my desire to help with good intentions.
Even I, as expected, can feel the desire to do something if there is a woman crying in front of me.
And since Suela is with me, I don’t have to worry about her thinking I’m cheating on her.
“But if Suela can’t get her way, I’m out of luck. Do you have any ideas?” (Jiro)
“Well, please wait a moment.” (Masaru)
I asked the younger Masaru if there was anything we could do, and the answer was the best response he could come up with.
I thought the answer would be something like, “It’s difficult or impossible.” (Jiro)
After lightly giving a reply to the unexpected answer, Masaru jogged away.
In the meantime, I could only see Suela slowly comforting the silent Kitamiya (who Suela knew by name).
“…What are you doing?” (Karen)
“You don’t have to tell me.” (Suela)
I had no choice but to watch, but when an object floated and approached from a distance, I had to pay attention to it.
I asked Memoria, the person responsible for bringing the BBQ set, parasol, and beach chairs to the venue, what she thought Masaru was doing, but she said he immediately started grilling meat as the BBQ set was placed on the ground.
“What’s going on?” (Jiro)
“Don’t ask me I don’t know what happened.” (Memoria)
“Kaido, do you know?” (Jiro)
“I don’t know. I’m not sure. Masaru just suddenly asked me to help him carry it.” (Kaido)
“What about you Minami?” (Jiro)
“I don’t know, that I don’t.” (Minami)
They don’t know based on their reaction.
You can simply predict it as much as you want, but I’m also curious about Minami’s reaction, so let’s just watch.
“Mother, no, Mommy is really strong?” (Minami)
“That was effective.” (Memoria)
“Even on a woman?” (Kaido)
“Yes, I can only sympathize with her as a woman, but that can only be useful if we are close. It seems that being in this position had the opposite effect on Kitamiya.” (Suela)
There are times when even women don’t understand the subtleties of women.
It seems that Masaru has given Suela that new experience.
What he did was simply prepare a meal and invite her to eat with us.
However, he didn’t just invite her.
He played the game of fishing, waiting slowly as if he was trying to lure a difficult cat.
He dragged her into the situation in one go.
This was the skill of a mother with a wide heart.
This is because Masaru is a man who has mastered the power of women and family.
“From the point of view of Masaru, it was like working on Minami.” (Jiro)
He’s a master at dealing with whiny kids, and he’s trying to put them in a good mood like a mother.
“Some people find it good, though.” (Kaido)
“That’s true.” (Jiro)
Well, there are some terrible consequences though.
At the corner of Kaido and Memoria’s sight, they saw the figure of Minami taking a plate as if to mix with the disgruntled Kitamiya.
“Which one do you think it is?” (Jiro)
“She’s definitely looking at him as her guardian.” (Kaido)
“I can’t deny it, I think the same thing.” (Jiro)
“From her point of view, she’s an interloper who suddenly appeared from nowhere, a thieving cat, and she’s probably not too happy about it.” (Memoria)
“That’s right, I feel like a nursery school child competing for a popular teacher.” (Kaido)
I’m more in line with Kaido’s thoughts than Memoria’s…
“What do you think of Suela?” (Jiro)
“Kitamiya doesn’t have much contact with Masaru, so I don’t think she has any feelings like that.” (Suela)
“There may be some ongoing feelings that are being nurtured. From a woman’s point of view, a man who can empathize and listen to her is very attractive.” (Suela)
I wondered if that was the case, and my status-enhanced hearing delivered their conversation to us at a moderate volume.
I listened slowly, and under the pretense of watching how things went, I took out two cans of beer from the cooler box and offered one to Suela.
A beach chair is supposed to be for one person, but Suela patted me on the back and we sat down next to each other.
“Were you listening!?” (Karen)
“Yes, lately this guy named Hizumi has been obsessing over your other party member, hasn’t he?” (Minami)
“That’s right! I’m his girlfriend! However! It has only been Miki these past few days!” (Karen)
“Here, are refill.” (Masaru)
“Thank you… it was delicious.” (Karen)
“Thank you very much. —There’s more, by the way. That’s dragon meat.” (Masaru)
“Eh!? For real!?” (Karen)
The depressed look on her face seemed like a lie
When her dish is empty, he put in the appropriate amount and provided a new topic.
“Is he really the youngest among your party?” (Memoria)
“He looks more mature than Kaido sometimes, but he’s still in high school.” (Memoria)
“I honestly think so too.” (Jiro)
“Don’t say while looking at me!?” (Kaido)
“Even so, if you put together what she’s saying, it sums up to a man who’s in the process of switching to a more ladylike party member than his strong-willed girlfriend.” (Memoria)
“You’re ignoring me.” (Kaido)
“Then calm down a bit, Kaido.” (Jiro)
“So what do you think?” (Memoria)
“I didn’t dare to mention it, but you’re really digging in, Memoria.” (Jiro)
This curious vampire girl plunged into the content that I dared to avoid.
She vented while eating.
It’s mainly to Masaru, but if you summarize Kitamiya’s story, it seems that Kitamiya and Hizumi’s relationship has been awkward since they failed to conquer the dungeon.
At first, they had fewer dates, and their conversations became less frequent.
And then, as if in inverse proportion to that, she started spending more and more time alone with Miki Nanase, a member of the same party.
At first, she put up with it and tried to get back together with him in her own way, but he has a demanding personality.
It seems that everything she did came to nothing.
“What am I doing wrong?” (Karen)
It seems that it was the last chance for Kitamiya.
She had planned to apologize for everything and makeup with him after the facility was opened, but she had invited him to be alone with her, but he ended up going out with their party.
But then they went out as a party, and it gradually turned into a two plus one affair.
That’s when she reached her limit.
This leads to the scene that Suela and I saw.
“Here, a hand towel.” (Masaru)
Masaru offers a hand towel to Kitamiya, who was tear-stained from self-loathing.
Isn’t the favorability meter of Kitamiya rising like a carp climbing a waterfall from Masaru’s gentlemanly responses?
“Well, I feel like it’s okay to leave this to Masaru as it is, but then it will be troublesome with Minami’s mood later. So I think they’ll be done soon, what’s next?” (Jiro)
And leaving it to the younger generation is a matter of honor for an adult.
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