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I thought I’d better say something before I forgot to say it, but it seems I was right.
It was hard to tell, but I didn’t miss the slight blush on her cheeks.
After a moment, I divert my eyes and follow Memoria as she enters the store.
Perhaps she was working until a while ago, there were cleaning supplies around the store.
Naturally, pick up one and start cleaning.
“Is the store closed today?” (Jiro)
“Yes, and I don’t have any plans to open it yet.” (Memoria)
“Hey, why not? It’s one of my favorite places.” (Jiro)
“I don’t have a choice. I thought I was back, but the Demon King himself gave me a direct order, and I can’t go against it.” (Memoria)
“Sounds tough. Can I ask you what your instructions are?” (Jiro)
The actuality that I will not see her again for a while is what made me want to not let the conversation just end.
I had already been to this store many times.
I had some idea of the layout of the items, so we chit-chatted as we shuffled around, dusted, and cleaned up
Using magic is quicker, but while cleaning magic is effective in large areas, such as a gymnasium, it has the drawback that it is not suited for small areas.
It is simply that the number of times it is used increases, but it is also foolish to waste magic power.
I simply can’t use that magic, but when I asked Memoria about it before, she said
“I can use it depending on my mood.” (Jiro)
That’s all she said.
I guess she was in that kind of mood this time, too.
Instead of the usual lady-like clerk’s clothes, I was dressed in a sturdy traveler’s outfit that I didn’t mind getting dirty, and while my mouth was still moving, my hands were steadily cleaning up the store.
“Yes, that’s fine. The content of the meeting concerns you as well, and since you will also go there, I didn’t have to go and pick you up.” (Memoria)
I was thinking about what the instructions said, so I just kept silent.
At this point, I had a rough idea.
With the timing and my involvement,
“Is Memoria’s parents’ a store or something?” (Jiro)
“Yes, it is.” (Memoria)
“Do you have some sort of caravan?” (Jiro)
“We do. I also buy the products in this store through that place.” (Memoria)
“By the way, the reason I was away for about a month was that there was some trouble in the trading company, and my father was supposed to solve it, but I had to go there suddenly, and I really got into trouble.” (Memoria)
She’s really a lover who moves at her own pace
I have declared that I will try to love her. I confessed this, and although it might sound like a weakness to say that I am falling in love with her, I am convinced that her my-pace attitude is not bad, rather I like her personality.
“But if you say that opportunities like this one will come around, that’s not so bad either. I think Lady Evia has taken an interest in my career.” (Memoria)
“Then, as I thought, the trading company for this trip will be yours.” (Jiro)
“Yes, it will be mine.” (Memoria)
My expectations are absolutely spot-on. I intended to go on a business trip to another world other than overseas without acquaintances, but it seems that the difficulty level has dropped a little.
“The caravan will include only me and you.” (Memoria)
I take back my previous comment. The level of difficulty seems to have increased considerably.
I had imagined a small to medium-sized merchant corps of about ten people, if not larger, but as I had not expected it to be a corps, it was an individual.
I thought it was going to be the merchant corps that I had talked about earlier, but I was wrong.
“Isn’t related to your business?” (Jiro)
“Yes, I say so.” (Memoria)
“You can only say that…” (Jiro)
“No, it’s a trading company with me as the merchant and you as my escort. And a large merchant team stands out from the crowd. It means that we are only an elite few.” (Memoria)
It is true that the more people you have, the safer you are, but the more attention you attract, in proportion to that.
Although there are more things that can be done if there are more people, rumors call for rumors and the possibility of information that they are gathering information leaking out increases.
If that is the case, it would be better to work with a small number of people with a low risk of being exposed.
The purpose of my trip itself is to see and hear. It makes more sense that way.
“The bases are set up over there. We just move from one to the other.” (Memoria)
“Sounds good and easy.” (Jiro)
“Yes, as long as we watch out for monsters, bandits, filthy nobles, corrupt priests, and greedy merchants, we ‘should’ be fine.” (Memoria)
“Sounds full of danger.” (Jiro)
“It is.” (Memoria)
I don’t know if I can be relaxed because I only have Memoria with me, or if I can’t be relaxed because of the dangerous environment over there.
Apparently, the business trip destination is so unsafe that the usage of the word ‘should’ remains questionable.
Compared to the most dangerous places on earth, they might even be considered cakewalks?
“How are you going to get around?” (Jiro)
“I would say a carriage, but since we will be walking to the first town, please pack only as much as that bag. We can’t use Magic Bags because they are too conspicuous.” (Memoria)
“It looks like I’m going with the bare minimum.” (Jiro)
“Also, I forgot to mention that you should not rely on my combat skills over there to conceal my vampiric abilities.” (Memoria)
“So it really is going to be dangerous.” (Jiro)
The more I listen to it, the more I find myself rumbling about my concerns.
“Has Memoria been to Ithar?” (Jiro)
“I’ve peddled there for several times, I know the geography well.” (Memoria)
“Then can you tell me what I would need as supplies? I’ve never done anything like this before.” (Jiro)
If I forget to buy something, there is no convenience store there like in this world.
I would have to make do with what I can manage there.
“If you have water, a fire, a way to handle beasts, and blankets to keep you warm, you should be fine.” (Memoria)
“Hey, I’m going on a business trip, right? I’m not going on a survival trip, am I?” (Jiro)
“I was joking.” (Memoria)
Please, if you are joking, say it with a facial expression that shows you are joking. I will try my best to pick up on it.
Sure, I thought I could live with that.
Putting my state of mind aside, we’ve finished cleaning the store for the most part, and now it’s time for me to do my business.
“Please wait a bit.” (Memoria)
Memoria, who had propped the cleaning supplies up against the wall, went straight into the back storage room.
It took her less than a minute to do so.
She returned with a hooded cloak of the same color as the one she was wearing in one hand and a shoulder-slung leather bag in the other.
“Both of these are common equipment one would use when traveling.” (Memoria)
“Got it.” (Jiro)
“Both add up to 50,000 yen.” (Memoria)
“You’re still going to charge me!? Is this normal?” (Jiro)
“I’m running a business, so even if I am your girlfriend, there is a line I have to draw.” (Memoria)
I was somewhat distracted by her nonchalant business attitude and felt a sense of comfort in our exchange that I hadn’t experienced in a while.
“I will ask for a receipt for everything later.” (Jiro)
“Okay. Next is food supplies. This is Ithar’s preserved food.” (Memoria)
“I know… but that doesn’t look right.” (Jiro)
“It really looks bad. But it is usually made into a soup so you can consume it.” (Memoria)
And the next thing she showed me was something black she called dried meat that actually looked more like a rock.
Frankly, if we were going to eat this, I would like to bring canned food instead, but I don’t think I can do that either.
“Is it okay to bring some seasonings?” (Jiro)
“If I refill it, it won’t be a problem. I’m going to bring my own.” (Memoria)
When I heard that, I made a guts pose on reflex.
As is the case on overseas business trips, it is generally the food situation that worries me.
No matter how bad the food is, it can be managed with the right seasonings.
I had a glimmer of hope, so I consulted with Memoria and decided what I would bring with me.
I was worried about how things would turn out, but now I felt that things would turn out just fine.
“The total will be 74,500 yen.” (Memoria)
“Would it be reimbursable?” (Jiro)
I got the receipt at the last minute and laughed with Memoria when I saw the amount.
Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Has Girlfriends
Girlfriend(s): Suela Handelberg (Dark Elf) & Memoria Tris (Vampire)
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
Job Title: Warrior
Note for the Day
At first, what started out as something like a fun trip to a fantasy world turned out to be a solid work trip!
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