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It was the sound of the doorbell that broke the tension surrounding me.
“Hi, Jiro.” (Kaley)
When I answered the door, I found Keely-san in a suit, probably spared from overtime, smiling and shaking her short, light orange hair.
“I heard that you were forced to do a difficult job, so us ladies came.” (Kaley)
I guessed that the source of the information was Supervisor Evia, and I was grateful that she came to see me out of concern like this.
I can’t say it out loud, but from an age perspective, she is certainly older than me.
It’s funny that no matter how you look at it, Kaley-san looks younger than me, but that’s probably because she’s a Dark Elf.
Either way, I was at a roadblock with the recruitment issue, and if I consulted with her, I might be able to find a solution.
Kaley said she was an older sister, but as far as I can see from the front door, there is only one Kaley.
“Oh yeah… what are you doing there Suela!” (Kaley)
“Wait a minute, Kaley, My heart is not ready for this!?” (Suela)
“What more do you have to be embarrassed about after your outlandish behavior in the bar? Lift that concealment spell.” (Kaley)
“All right, all right! Don’t force me to lift the spell, you’re not even good at this kind of magic, honestly you’re a nag!” (Suela)
“It’s your fault that you’ve been dawdling for so long! I’m giving you a push!” (Kaley)
“It’s none of your business!!!” (Suela)
Perhaps sensing my suspicion, she turned around and said something to the space.
From the side, it is a scene that could have been recognized as a completely dangerous person, but since a voice is replying, there is no doubt that Suela-san is there.
I don’t know what to do, or to put it bluntly, I don’t know what kind of face to make when I meet her.
Even though we were drunk, we were talking so close to each other. Although I am just past thirty, I am not withered yet.
It’s hard to deal with the nature of men at times like this.
“Come on, hurry up and finish your business.” (Kaley)
“Don’t be pushy!” (Suela)
And time is a merciless thing.
We stared at each other in silence, not knowing what to say.
“Oh, I’m sorry for the trouble I caused you yesterday. I’m not sure what to say. I was too drunk, so if I did something, please forget it. I’m sorry!” (Suela)
The day after the party, I hadn’t had a conversation with Suela-san. Until today where she came to apologize for being the type of person who forgets whenever she gets drunk.
For the time being, I believed her words. I did not worry about it and tried to talk to her normally. However, it’s hard to act normally when I feel too self-conscious.
I’m worried about my voice.
“What’s wrong Suela-san?”
“Well, I heard that you got a job as a recruiter from Evia-sama, so I wanted to give you this.” (Suela)
“A business card?”
“Yes, I thought it would be difficult to recruit with just a flyer, so I made one for you.” (Suela)
“I’m sorry to have bothered you.”
“No, it’s the least I can do since I can’t get out much.” (Suela)
I accepted the clear plastic case that was offered to me and found a business card with the company’s logo stamped on it, a flag painted with a crescent moon.
It’s a good idea to have a business card that proves my identity, so I don’t have to worry about people thinking I’m some kind of religious cultist.
But there is still the biggest problem: how to confirm the existence of magic power.
“Also, this is from the Research & Development Department. You’ll probably need them.” (Suela)
“A pair of glasses and a pendant?”
The next items presented to me were a pair of perfectly ordinary square black-framed glasses and a silver pendant shaped like a lantern.
“I’ll explain the pendant first. It’s a pendant made from an ore native to Ithar called ‘Magic Incense Stone’. It has the ability to store magic power and make it diffuse into the surroundings like perfume. In Ithar, it is mainly used as a tracking agent by mixing it with a special liquid in powder form.”
The nervousness in her voice began to fade as if she was gradually getting back into the way things were.
I’m also getting calmer as we talk.
As far as I can understand from the explanation, it’s like a magical version of paintball used by convenience stores or something like tracking with magical power instead of tracking with color or smell. [T/N: Japan uses baseball-sized paintballs to mark robbers and shoplifters.]
“This time, we developed it as a tool to check whether or not you have magical aptitude by using its properties.” (Suela)
What was presented to me was not the pendant, but the glasses.
“These glasses visualize magic power. In Ithar, it is full of magic power, so there is no use for it, but if you combine it with the Magic Incense Stone, you can use it.”
When I put on the glasses as a test, something like a mist flowing out of the Magic Incense Stone. Slowly, it was flowing toward Suela-san, Kaley-san, and me.
“… It depends on how you use it.”
The way it diffuses is nothing to compliment at.
The good thing is, it will not be affected by the strength of magical aptitude and the wind, which are external factors.
However, if it is slower than a person’s walking speed, then they might move before being tracked.
“It’s a prototype, so there’s room for improvement, but that’s something to look forward to in the future.” (Suela)
“No, I think I can manage with this. Thank you very much.”
Still, it was very helpful to have some idea of how to proceed.
And, perhaps, Suela-san has done something about it.
If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have these two prototypes, let alone the business cards, in my possession.
“Yes, I hope it helps.” (Suela)
What should I do? The conversation was cut off.
And the timing of the break was better than worse, though I’m not sure if it was good timing.
In a drama, it would be like five seconds before a kiss.
I was in such a position.
It was a coincidence, but since we were looking at each other, I couldn’t move.
“I’m sure you’re both in a good mood, but have you forgotten that I’m here? If you haven’t forgotten, can you at least give me a signal to leave? I know that you want to do something to show off. However, if keep showing off at close range, I can’t help but wonder what you’re doing next.” (Kaley)
I wonder if human reflexes are surprisingly amazing.
In the blink of an eye, we separated from each other.
“Oh, I’m sorry to disturb you.” (Suela)
“You were never a disturbance.”
“That’s right, Kaley, what were you saying?” (Suela)
“Oh? I don’t know, I wonder if should leave you both?” (Kaley)
“You have something to do later, don’t you, Kaley? So hurry up.” (Suela)
“What? What errands? Ouch, ouch, Suela, don’t use magic to enhance your body, this suit is custom made, and it doesn’t absorb impact.” (Kaley)
Suela-san gently seems to be touching Kaley-san’s shoulders, but her facial expression tells me whether she is probably not acting.
I’m not sure if I should point that out, my answer would be “I can’t.”
“Then, Jiro-san, please do your best for the recruitment.” (Suela)
“Thank you for your hard work.”
I felt bad for Kaley-san, who was sending me an SOS signal, but I decided to send her off by praying for her with my heart.
The last expression she had looked like, she would be remembering this later but Suela-san put a halt to it.
As a result, I was allowed to silently see them off.
The storm has passed.
From the other side of the corridor, I could hear Kaley-san’s voice screaming in pain, but it seemed better not to pay attention to it.
“Well, am I all set for now?”
In addition to the flyer and business card, there was a pendant and glasses for identification.
The only thing that remains is for me to act.
“But I don’t like the idea of just going out there and doing it.”
I’ll prepare a place for me to practice.
I took out my phone and started the messenger app.
I don’t know when it will be read, but I type in a brief message.
“I’m sure he’ll bite soon enough.”
The only thing left to do was to arrange a date.
Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Single – No Girlfriend –
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee) – Recruiter (Scout)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
Job Title: Warrior
Strength 105 → Strength 153
Durability 157 → Durability 220
Agility 66 → Agility 90
Endurance 90 (-5) → Endurance 111 (-5)
Dexterity 82 → Dexterity 102
Knowledge 36 → Knowledge 40
Intuition 22 → Intuition 29
Luck 5 → Luck 5
Magic 70 → Magic 98
Note for the Day
I still can’t get used to the sight of goblins buying canned coffee from a vending machine.
They always take it straight black
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