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In the beginning, when I saw Masaru preparing a lunch box to discourage Minami who wants to eat otherworld food in the company cafeteria, I remembered that there were ingredients in the commercial center and suggested that we should cook with ingredients from the otherworld.
The prices of ingredients are also a little expensive, but not absurdly expensive.
He was curious, so Masaru decided to give it a try, and that’s how this group lunch started.
“Ours is not that different from otherworld eggs, right?” (Kaido)
“Well, it’s a normal fried rice we are used to eating with just a stronger taste or a slightly different flavor.”
“All the ingredients except rice are from the otherworld.” (Masaru)
At first glance, fried rice, dumplings, and miso soup, the usual menu. However, the ingredients such as eggs, vegetables, and meat all came from the commercial center.
Naturally, I had never seen or heard of these ingredients before.
At first, I was a little reluctant to try it, but as long as it looked decent, I would take a bite.
“If it’s delicious, there’s no problem!”
“That’s right!” (Minami)
My aversion to the food disappears.
It’s not that I’m eating something outrageous, but I feel like I’m eating something new.
It looks like fried rice, but it’s not.
“Show whum.” (Minami)
“Speak after you’re done chewing.” (Masaru)
“*Gulp*, so what do you do during the afternoon Senpai?” (Minami)
“Tomorrow I’ll be in the dungeon in the afternoon, but today is the same training as yesterday.”
Even if it’s a fantasy lunch, when working people eat lunch together face to face, the conversation naturally turns to work.
In order to save time and effort in checking schedules, preparing things, and so on, we end up talking about such things even during breaks.
“Is the other party Suela-san?” (Minami)
“ The plan is to go over the points we learned yesterday and then have another mock battle. I hope we can at least get them to use their magic today.”
“Masaru, we’re injured yesterday and so you’ll be practicing recovery magic, otherwise you’re running with Minami.”
“…what about me?” (Minami)
“It’s fantasy, but it’s somehow not fantasy, truly.” (Minami)
“I’ll run with you, so if you can run five kilometers today, you’ll be able to practice magic tomorrow, so do your best.” (Masaru)
It’s been like this a few times since the two of them came, and as usual, Masaru like her mother encourages his child Minami who is quite childish. I have taken this sight as something natural.
“In terms of status, I think it’s time for us to enter magic training, that we do.” (Minami)
“Yes, but we need to learn self-defense and other skills, moreover it’s a bad idea to cram everything in right off the bat.” (Masaru)
While seeing such a scene, the plan on how to handle Minami has succeeded.
Magic Crests are really amazing.
Minami was already well above her first status evaluation, which have just been about three days, considering that is only the time she spent at work from just a few weeks.
If it is just about 3 km, she can run that far before she’s breathing hard, and she can now almost run up to 5 km while breathing raggedly.
Her Endurance status has also been steadily increasing.
If you’ve got results so far, it’s okay to take the next step.
Let’s say you move a spoon to prepare for the training from noon to eat the fried rice that is running out.
“Suela-san isn’t here.” (Kaido)
The time was 1 in the afternoon, and just after the lunch break, we’ve just arrived at the training room.
While doing some stretching and warm-up exercises, I limber up so that I can react faster.
“How unusual.” (Kaido)
By the time I was done stretching, my body had warmed up to the point where I was slightly sweating.
While we were warming up, I share a few words with Kaido, and it is exactly what Kaido said.
Suela-san is always on the dot when it comes to time.
If this was instructor Kio, he would be five minutes or ten minutes late since he was at a drinking party the day before.
But she is never late unless she calls first.
So, I’m worried that something happened.
“Hmm? A telepathic message?”
At that time, I notice a unique ringtone that echoes in my head.
Thinking that it might be a foreshadowing, I interrupted my stretching and answered the phone.
“Yes, Jiro speaking.”
“Jiro-san, excuse me.” (Suela)
As I had expected, it was Suela.
“Actually, I’ve got some urgent work to do, so I won’t be able to attend the training this afternoon.” (Suela)
I felt half relieved and half disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to see her, but I didn’t say anything about it.
I had originally asked her to spare some time for me.
If there was another high-priority job, she would have to give priority to that one.
“I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time, but we’re fine, so please give priority to that.”
“Really! I’m sorry!” (Suela)
I replied with understanding in my heart, as I had often done in my previous company, but Suela-san on the other end of the line sounded truly apologetic.
However, I wondered what the high-priority work was.
To be honest, I didn’t have the image that Suela-san, who I imagined to have a solid schedule, would let a rush job disrupt her schedule.
So, I guess I’ll just have to accept that it must have been a pretty tough job that came in.
“In addition, several experimental monsters have escaped from the laboratory and are wandering around the company, so please make sure you have the right equipment when you move around. They wouldn’t be able to leave outside because of the barrier, but they appear to have run all over the facility.” (Suela)
…It was unexpectedly difficult work that had her busy dealing with.
“Yes, of course, I understand. Should I evacuate to the dormitory?”
“If possible, please. Also, please evacuate as you are without removing your equipment when moving.” (Suela)
I thought I answered calmly so as not to show the panic in my heart, but I wondered if my tone had remained composed.
I hadn’t taken into account the possibility of being attacked by a monster in a non-dungeon environment.
In a normal situation, this might be a matter of safety.
There was an explosion behind me.
“Suela-san, it seems to be too late for that.”
“No way!?” (Suela)
I was made to understand that I was currently on thin ice.
A sudden explosion rang out, the entrance to the training room was blown into the room and something was shrouded in a cloud of dust.
“Well, don’t overdo it and just buy some time! If possible, evacuate, I’ll head there in 15 minutes!” (Suela)
I can’t hear Suela-san’s voice anymore, but this is not the time to worry about it.
“Minami, stay behind Masaru, Kaido stays in the middle, I will serve as the vanguard.”
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