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The light from the buildings illuminates the streets as people pass by, and everyone is enjoying themselves in their leisure time.
It may sound flashy to call it a downtown area, but we are simply walking into a dense area of pubs in Tokyo.
Most of the people who pass by are either coming to drink or have already had a drink and are moving on to their next drink.
Stumbling and red-faced, I listen to the shouts of “let’s go to another bar” as I pass by, shoulders hunched and happy.
Although I had said yesterday that I was going to solicit people, I didn’t have a bunch of flyers or business cards in my hand, and I was dressed in casual clothes, not exactly the kind of person who would be recruiting people.
I was wearing the pendant around my neck and the glasses because this was a recruitment activity.
“Doing something like this is unexpected.”
This place is about a twenty-minute train ride from my dormitory, and it’s crowded on weekends, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.
So I tested the effect of this pendant, and the results were more than I expected.
“The ratio is about one in thirty people.”
If there are no people around, the magic power of this magic incense stone will only flow towards me.
But if a person with magical aptitude passes nearby, the magical power reacts in an instant and stretches out.
The range is a couple of meters in radius, but it’s a reasonable distance if you’re patient.
I don’t know how strong their magical aptitude is, but it’s still good news.
I walked forward, my steps light from the good start.
“…Is this the place?”
I wasn’t exactly doing proper scouting of people, but it was close enough. I walked from the station to my destination in no time.
“I had a reservation for Tanaka.”
“Tanaka-san, yes, please follow me.” (Receptionist)
The restaurant I entered was a chain Japanese-style pub that could be found anywhere.
There are no Dark Elves, Demons, Giants, Ogres, Bugs, or Dragons, and it is a very common Japanese-style pub in Japan.
“…? What’s wrong?” (Receptionist)
“No, I just remembered something funny, it’s nothing.”
“I see.” (Receptionist)
I have to be careful.
The old me would never have come up with the phrase “a very common Japanese pub”.
I wouldn’t have come up with it if it hadn’t been influenced by my experiences in the past few months.
The only people who would have come up with it without experiencing it would be those who are nerds in those fields or those who still suffer from chuunibyou.
With that in mind, I was dyed completely in just a few months.
I might have looked suspicious. Well, I might have been crazy to accept working for a fantasy company.
“Here’s your table.” (Receptionist)
“Thank you, please give me a cold one and some fries for the time being.”
“A cold one and fries. Got it.” (Receptionist)
When I was seated, I ordered a drink.
I did so in anticipation that the other party would be late, like in most cases.
It doesn’t mean that the other person is always late.
Rather, he is someone who will never be late for a drinking night out.
I took out my phone, which vibrates to alert me of an incoming call, and found a message instead, indicating that he was down on his knees.
“I’ve been caught by the boss and I’m going to be late. Sorry! orz” (Message)
“If you can afford to make a joke, come here immediately…”
I can only guess why a text came instead.
I think I found a place where I was about to finish my work and go home.
That’s why he contacted me saying that he couldn’t do without playing along with the boss.
That’s what I thought in my heart, so I will type a merciless reply.
For the time being, this confirmed the other party’s late arrival.
Let’s just type in a reply quickly and wait while drinking some alcohol.
“That’s a quick one.”
“I succeeded in escaping.” (Message)
“You escaped. Well, if I’m forced to work until Saturday night, I’ll probably escape.”
I laughed as I imagined my acquaintance running for his life in his suit, impressed by his courage.
The person I was meeting this time was a junior colleague from my previous company.
To be honest, I don’t have many good memories of my former company.
But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like all the people at that company.
Some of my colleagues I became good friends with and some of my seniors I respected.
There were also some juniors that I took care of.
“Sorry for the wait, a cold one and fries.” (Waitress)
I received the chilled mug and plate brought by the male shopkeeper, and since there was no one to toast with, I started drinking alone.
It seems that it won’t be that much later.
“You’re early, Kaido.”
“I ran away as fast as I could and caught a cab as soon as I could. I was too scared to turn on my cell phone.—Why are you trying to drink first? Please wait for me, your cute junior was on his way as fast as he could. Hey brother, I’ll take a cold one for now.” (Kaido)
It was not a zombie that appeared, but a tired and battered Kaido, Kaido Tadashi. He was my junior at my old company.
“Idiot, what’s sad is that I have to think men are cute. In my experience, I believed you would come a little bit later, The less foam, the worse the beer, so why waste it… Looks like nothing changed. It seems.”
“The only way to change there is to socially cut off your boss. Anyway, you’re looking quite well senpai.” (Kaido)
“I’ve found a good company.”
“I’m jealous. I’ve been working overtime to fill in the shoes of Senpai.” (Kaido)
“Sorry, today is my treat, so please forgive me.”
“If it weren’t for you, I’d be going straight home to get some sleep. Do you have enough left in your wallet Senpai?” (Kaido)
“Don’t worry, I’ve got enough money to get you drunk and send you home in a cab.”
“I’ll take your word. Shopkeeper, some fried chicken and pizza for the time being please.”
His eyes are dead, his suit is crumpled, and his hair that was once styled well was now cut so it won’t look shabby.
“It’s a hit?”
However, although it is terrible for my kouhai who is exhausted and seems to have run out of good luck, it seems that my luck today has changed for the better.
I hid my mouth behind my mug and nodded and whispered, and what I saw through the glasses was that the magical power from the magic stone stretched out and permeate Kaido’s body.
“Huh? Since when did Senpai wore glasses? Your eyes were good, right?” (Kaido)
“It’s for the night out. They’re just fashionable glasses.”
“Senpai suddenly caring about fashion feels strange.” (Kaido)
“Shut up, I’m aware of it.”
I am aware of it. I used to be indifferent to that aspect of fashion, so I can’t blame Kaido for pointing it out to me.
It’s not bad, but I raise my mug to cover up my embarrassment.
“Anyway, to good work.” (Kaido)
“Thank you for your hard work.”
We clinked our newly arrived mugs and rejoiced in our reunion.
And so I began.
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