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“Yeah, it’s a move I wouldn’t normally be able to make, but as luck would have it, the second group of recruits has arrived. So, it should be easy to get the party change request approved.” (Jiro)
This information was made known to those with positions ahead of time.
No, to be precise, I was the only one with the recruiter position, and I found out about it when I received the news that the recruiter position was ending, along with the reason for it.
The reason why the second batch of testers joined the company, which was supposed to be later, was because of the decrease in the number of testers and the low progress of the dungeons.
In other words, it’s a distant threat from the president, telling me that if I’m going to be overtaken by junior staff, then I should know better.
Kitamiya, who is unaware of such things, is honestly delighted by the new ray of light.
She turns around and looks at me as if she’s going to grab the back of my chair.
“There are two ways to do this: you can create a new party with the second batch testers. This is in line with the company’s policy of increasing the number of parties to be conquered, and the second batch testers are less likely to be turned down for applications because they can conquer with experienced people. The downside is that your skills as an educator will be tested.” (Jiro)
I added the premise that it was only a possibility, and held the lit cigarette in my left hand and held up the first and second fingers of my right hand, then took a drag and held up the second and third fingers as I stood up.
“I’m going to bring in some new people to your party and replace your place as magician. This one is a gamble in terms of whether or not such a convenient person will come along, but from what I’ve heard, all parties are short on manpower and are looking for additional personnel, and I’m sure that Hizumi will be no exception. Now it’s up to your heart.” (Jiro)
To be honest, the former, but not the latter, is something Kitamiya would not likely choose.
Even if you have already cooled off your romantic feelings, it would be difficult for any man or woman to simply give up the place they had built up for themselves to someone else.
It’s a matter of pride, but to a greater or lesser extent, it’s just the way people are.
“Well, those are your options for the time being, but if pressure comes from above, I won’t be able to help.” (Jiro)
“Leader, as expected of you.” (Minami)
“Too harsh?” (Jiro)
“Yes, that it is.” (Minami)
“Unfortunately, that’s the way society is. Only a small percentage of the top can do as they please, and those who resist will be eliminated from the organization. The only thing I can do in such a situation is to lend you a place under the eaves of the roof to shelter from the rain for a while.” (Jiro)
As expected, he could not give an immediate answer.
You can tell by the silence that Kitamiya is troubled.
As I mentioned, if Nostalfel, who is officially in charge of Kitamiya, sends me a protest or a warning, I can’t resist.
It may be a bit forceful, but they are the ones following the rules and we are the ones violating them, so that’s all I can say from my standpoint.
If I were in a better position, I might be able to offer my hand instead of my voice, but there’s no point in talking about IF.
The reason why Minami, with whom she doesn’t usually get along well, worries about whether there is anything she can do is because she is sensitive to the word “place” and its meaning.
Still, I have to mention the fact that there is a time limit.
As this organization grows, we become more tolerant, but there is always a limit to what we can do.
“Better yet, do you wish to quit once and rejoin the company again? Senior has the job title as a recruiter.” (Kaido)
“Idiot, I’m not going to be able to hire an employee who quit once before. Even this company is very strict about that.” (Jiro)
It’s normal for our company to manipulate the memories of former employees to prevent them from leaking information, and we even fake work histories.
There’s no way we can fake our way out of something like this.
“Ah! Oh my god! Why do I have to care? I’ve already broken up with him! That’s enough!” (Karen)
“That said, it doesn’t seem to be the same for the other party.” (Jiro)
“That’s the troublesome part, right?” (Karen)
“Otherworldly influences are both good and bad, that they are.” (Minami)
In addition, another annoying thing is the fact that Hizumi has not given up on Kitamiya yet.
If this were a normal person, it would end up with either of the two women, but unfortunately, Hizumi is like a refreshing and handsome hero protagonist.
I love them both equally! I don’t think a harem for this protagonist-like person is unsuitable.
From my point of view, I want to say, “What the hell are you people talking about?” (Jiro) but the employees from this company just said, “Congratulations, that’s great.” (Jiro)
Harems are a norm, and I don’t know if he intended it or if it came naturally, but that’s what he wants.
“You’re included too.” (Karen)
“It’s someone else’s problem.” (Jiro)
“It’s not that we don’t know each other, but it doesn’t do us any good to get involved in disputes between men and women.” (Kaido)
Even though it’s awkward for her, the thoughts of the other party have become twisted and firmer in their belief.
Thanks to that, Kitamiya is trapped between a rock and a hard place.
Still, I want to do something about her feelings
“Honestly, I can’t think of any other way.” (Jiro)
“How useless.” (Karen)
“Well, it looks like you want to get kicked out of here.” (Jiro)
“Oh, come on, I’m on the verge of quitting my job. Do you really think I’m going to be intimidated by a threat like that?” (Karen)
“Well, it was just a joke.” (Jiro)
There’s nothing I can do about it.
I’ll at least try to distract you with a joke.
“Anyway, Masaru, what is that thing you’ve been reading since a while ago, that you have?” (Minami)
“Company Policy.” (Masaru)
“Is there something that’s bothering you?” (Jiro)
Minami asks Masaru as if peeking at him from the side. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s reading a book with as few pages as a notebook, or because he’s worried that he can’t join the conversation. Or was it that he was curious about what he was reading so intently even in this situation?
In fact, I’ve read through it briefly, but the details are hazy.
I may have overlooked some details.
“Right here.” (Masaru)
I read the item that Masaru pointed to.
“Oh, a labor union?” (Jiro)
A labor union is a third-party organization that monitors employees to see if they are being subjected to unfair overtime or if their salaries are being unfairly reduced.
“We had one of those, didn’t we?” (Jiro)
I had thought there was no such thing because what I was doing was completely life-threatening and black, even if I was being paid extremely well.
“If I tell them, maybe they can do something about it?” (Karen)
“You could, probably.” (Jiro)
I’m not sure if it’s possible or impossible, but the odds are definitely there.
At least, it’s more reliable than the methods I mentioned earlier.
I borrowed the company rules from Masaru, and this time I read the section carefully.
“It’s a pain in the *ss, but I guess it can be done.” (Jiro)
She’ll need to present evidence that she’s being unfairly treated, but that’s something we can work on slowly.
“Yeah, let’s do it.” (Jiro)
“Yes! I’m glad for you, Kitamiya.” (Masaru)
“Eh!? Oh sure.” (Karen)
“What’s with that reaction? You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, that you don’t, you know?” (Minami)
“You’re being annoying! I didn’t say I didn’t want to! You know!?” (Karen)
“Is that so?” (Jiro)
I realize that the conversion is going off track, so I grin and straighten it out.
Kaido is looking a bit envious.
Masaru is someone who is reliable and mature, even if you just glance at him and see his boyish face, your heart might skip a beat.
Kitamiya’s emotions seem to have not caught up, with the gap between Masaru’s mature expression as he read the policy, and the happy smile he directed her way.
This is why she could not react immediately, and Minami began to sulk unamused by the situation.
“We’ve decided what we’re going to do. We’re going to start making plans to bring Kitamiya to our party. However, we’ll mainly be helping her out. Kitamiya, you should be the one spearheading it.” (Jiro)
“I know!” (Karen)
“Each of you, remember that there is a time limit, so don’t neglect your normal duties.” (Jiro)
“All right, then. Let’s get to work. Let’s get ready for today.” (Jiro)
That’s it for the lunch break.
I clap my hands, break off the conversation, and send the slow-moving Kaido and Minami to the locker room more sharply to make them move faster, and on my way to the locker room to get my equipment, I see Kitamiya stopping Masaru. [T/N: No Karen! He’s mature and all that but he’s still 16. Don’t walk down that path. You’re already 21. Don’t take a bite before he’s 18.]
I told him in my mind not to be late and put out my cigarette and went into the locker room.
Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Unmarried
Girlfriend(s): Suela Handelberg & Memoria Tris
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
Job Title: Warrior
Note for the Day
You can’t let go of personnel!
They’re also called human resources.
But don’t forget the proper procedures!