Chapter of the week: 3/4
Today, I am depressed. My summer holidays are about to end in 3 days. My days of laying around and sleeping anytime I want without getting scolded are about to go away in a near future when my school reopens.
“Only 3 days…”
“You don’t look very well today, master.”
As I was lying on my bed and letting out heavy sighs, Meru talked to me.
“Why do you look so dejected, Desu?”
“I’m feeling disgusted towards the approaching future.”
Even though I knew that this day will come, I still can’t resist feeling down when it comes to it. Meru couldn’t understand what I was saying and tilted her head in confusion before proposing to me an idea.
“Right, Desu! I have good news for you, master!!”
I moved my sight to the phone and saw a web page opened in it by Meru.
If you’re feeling tired, buy this mysterious jar that heals you only by looking at it!
“It has a discount on it today!!”
“Meru, get rid of that website from my phone right now.”
I immediately ordered her to delete the page right away once I took a glance at it. How could she show me something as cliche as this. I only see this kind of articles in manga.
“Why? You can get with half the price, Desu.”
“It doesn’t have any effect. All it could do is make you feel the despair and regret of buying it.”
“Is that do, Desu?!”
Her reaction to my advice was genuine. It looked as if it were the first time she knew about it. Seriously, I fear that she may end up being deceived by some weird website one day. As I watched Meru with concerned eyes browsing the website and exclaiming in surprise, this time I heard another voice in my head.
“Ouka, what is it?”
“Um, I have a little request…”
While listening to her hesitating voice, I waited for her to speak her mind. She told me that she found something that attracted her attention when she was guarding Karen and that she can’t hold back her curiosity anymore. So the request was for me to go with her to the place where she saw that item.
“I see. So in other words, you want to look around the city.”
“Yes. Is it no good…?”
She asked for my help with a low voice fearing that it might be rude of her. I was intending to spend the rest of the summer lazing around, but I can’t turn her down now that she asked me like this. I was also planning to take her around the city to avoid further troubles the next time I ask for her cooperation. I guess this is the best time I could take her out before the start of the second term.
… Very well.
“Alright, let’s do it then.”
“Is it fine!?”
Her voice immediately returned to sound cheerful when she received my consent. I was planning to spend the last three days lying on my bed, so it’s about time for me to move around a little bit. With everything decided, I swiftly moved to prepare before my laziness changes my mind.
“Will the little foxes be okay if you leave them alone?”
“Some of them became responsible like Nayame, so it shouldn’t be a problem if I left them alone for a day.”
It seems like everything should be fine then. I lifted my back from the bed and stood up. My body felt unusually heavy because I was sleeping for a long time. I stretched my limbs, turned my shoulders around and inhaled a deep breath.
“Well then, I will call again you once I arrive to a good place. Until then, stay with the little foxes. That way you won’t have to leave them for so long.”
Ouka uttered my name in an impressed voice when I considered her children in the plan.
“Yes, I will be waiting!”
“Okay, later then.”
After hanging up the phone, I took out my phone and prepared to leave. Meru asked me a sudden question after listening to our conversation.
“Who were you talking with, master?”
“I was asked by Ouka to show her around the city, so I will be leaving now.”
“And where is Ouka-sama?”
“I will call her there once I arrive to a certain place. She can’t leave her children alone for too long, after all.”
I briefly summarized to Meru the content of our conversation since she couldn’t hear Ouka’s voice. She then made a deeply moved face and started nodding her head on her own.
“Master. You are getting better at treating women, Desu.”
“How did you end up with that conclusion?”
This is the least I can do for her, or that was the argument I prepared to return to Meru before shutting my mouth after she mentioned the day when I made her misunderstood my invite to her to join me as a love confession. I couldn’t deny her statement anymore. All I could do whenever she digged down my past and told me that I’ve grown more mature was obediently agreeing with her. I feel like our relation as master and servant have just turned to the opposite.
Could it be that she’s still mad at me for that time? Next time I will try to avoid talking about this topic with her.
I left my room with that thought engraved in my mind.
“Well then, where should we go first?”
After arriving to a good place, I called Ouka to my side and asked for her thoughts. The place we are at right now is a popular district with many clothing shops, restaurants, fancy sceneries and many other different types of shops.
“Even if you ask me, I have no idea on where we should go first…”
Ouka, next to me, was looking around her with a troubled face. Her reaction is normal for someone who never went to this kind of place. Well, I already know the places where she wants to go, but since I’m not very familiar with this district either, I decided we start walking around first.
“Let’s start by going to the places you found last time.”
There was a single main street in front of us, so losing sight of Ouka is nearly impossible. After deciding on what to do, Ouka and I started walking. Luckily, the place wasn’t so cramped due to the end of the summer holidays. We could walk and watch around us leisurely.
“Oh, found it.”
Not even a short while had passed until I found the first place place Ouka wanted to go to. The moment we arrived, she got too excited and pointed at it while screaming, ‘there, there’ with a low voice. It was a crepe stall.
Why am I not surprised?
According to what she said, she never smelled the sweet odor of crepes in her world so she wanted to taste it at least once. Ouka sparkled her eyes while fixing her gaze on the stall.
“Alright then, let’s go get one. Which one do you want?”
“Um, what about the one with beans on its top.”
She pointed towards a certain crepe in the menu placed outside the stall and chose it. After hearing her order I went to buy one from the stall.
“One number 5, please.”
“Thanks you very much. Please wait a moment.”
The employee received my order and started preparing the crepe in a careful manner. For some reason, crepes are pretty expensive. I paid for the crepe and handed it to Ouka who was waiting in the back.
“There you go.”
“Thank you very much!”
Ouka expressed her gratitude in a delighted voice. Her happy reaction made me feel that the crepe was somewhat worth its expensive price. I smiled back to Ouka but then noticed the gaze of the employee behind me. When I turned around, I found her looking at me with a dumbfounded expression.
I wonder what’s wrong…
The moment I wondered to myself, I noticed that not only the employee was looking at me with that face, but even the people around us. They were all looking at me… No wait. They were all looking at the crepe I gave to Ouka.
“What’s that? A magic trick?” ← Random Pedestrian 1
“It’s floating, wow!” ← Random Pedestrian 69
“How did he do that?” ← Random Pedestrian 666
I even heard some of them whispering incomprehensible words to each other.
Floating? What do they mean?
It took me a while to come up with an explanation of their whispers while gazing at the crepe.
“Ah, so that’s why…”
I finally understood what was going on. Ouka is a Youkai and a Youkai doesn’t appear in front of ordinary people who don’t have enough magic to see them. In other words, nobody in this place except for me can see Ouka. The only thing they could see was a crepe floating in the air.
This is bad.
“Ouka, let’s move.”
“I will hold onto this crepe until everyone else calms down.”
Ouka looked as if she were about to cry when I took the crepe from her the moment she was going to make the first bite. It can’t be helped now. We should avoid attracting people’s attention. I grabbed her hand and took her with me somewhere out of sight of ordinary people. Luckily, there was a side street near us where we could hide and wait for our surroundings to settle down.
We should be okay here.
I checked around me to make sure that nobody was looking at us.
“Yeah, sorry for dragging you with me all of a sudden. Here.”
I gave Ouka, who was still unable to see grasp the situation, the crepe back and apologized to her. Her confused expression got immediately replaced with a cheerful one when she got back her crepe.
“The crepe will look as if it’s floating on the air since you’re invisible for normal people.”
“Is that so. I am sorry for not realizing it.”
“Don’t worry about.”
Ouka apologized to me while bowing her head and I replied to her with my eyes fixed on the side of the street. I need to watch out if anyone is nearby until Ouka finishes eating. I continued looking around me when suddenly, I remembered something.
… I feel like I’ve already experienced this flow of events.
I experienced a similar situation of waiting for a person to finish what they are doing only recently with Karen and Saya. At that time, I met with Korola out of pure coincidence.
Is it going to be Metron this time? Yeah, no way…
I shook my head left and right trying to convince myself that nothing will happen. It feels like I raised a flag just by having that thought, but I guess life isn’t so simple to go exactly as I imagine. Besides, it’s impossible for someone who is heavily cuffed to escape here to Earth. Those were the few justifications I used to convince myself, though, the classic flow of events would never let me unbetrayed.
The next moment, I saw a familiar face walking in the main street. He had blonde hair and golden eyes. He was wearing normal clothes but his face was extremely similar to that of the person I hate the most. It was at that moment that I started believing in the existence of flags.
“Yee, it feels good.”
Metron was making a fresh expression from succeeding in escaping. He looked similar to a prisoner who didn’t see the outside world for decades.
Just what did he do to succeed at escaping… Why?!
I asked myself while fixing my gaze on Metron in the distance. I shouldn’t have thought about meeting someone so carelessly. For now, let’s not get involved with him and wait until he leaves. I remained watching him from a far distance until I noticed a silver haired woman approaching him directly.
“I came to take you back with me.”
Unlike Metron’s astonished voice, the woman called Rene spoke in an indifferent voice. She was probably an angel judging from the short conversation they had.
“How did you know I was here… No, more importantly, aren’t you too fast to catch me?”
“Metron-sama, the next time you feel like escaping, please check your body.”
After listening to Rene’s advice, Metron promptly moved his hands around his body with a stunned face. He then suddenly stopped his hand that was on top of his chest pocket and took out the item inside it while trembling.
It was a tiny flickering crystal. I guessed that it’s something like a transmitter from its shape.
“Y-You got me…”
After throwing the crystal on the ground, Metron hid his face with his hand, while looking vexed. This angel is pretty clever.
“Well then, Metron-sama. Let’s go back.”
The moment Rene approached him with a step, he asked her to stop. It looks like he didn’t give up yet.
“If you get any closer, I will scream here and now.”
“What are you saying all of a sudden…”
“In this place, people believe in children more than adults.”
Apparently, Rene understood his intention and froze in her place without speaking a word. I’m sure that she’s already troubled by him breaking the rules by interfering in this world, so she doesn’t want him to cause an uproar again.
Seriously, this annoying kid.
He doesn’t stop causing troubles for everyone around him. I felt a little irritated by Metron who continued resisting Rene from taking him back.
I guess it can’t be helped…
“Ouka, wait for me here.”
After leaving Ouka who had the crepe stuffed in her mouth, I approached Metron from behind.
“Fufufu, I can’t allow you to catch me here—-”
“Come on now, little boy. You shouldn’t act like that.”
Interrupting his words, I grabbed his hands and talked in monotone. Metron let out a confused voice from the sudden voice he heard behind him.
“You shouldn’t talk to your big sister that way.”
“W-What is it so suddenly!? Get away from me… I’m not a little boy!”
He couldn’t speak properly as his brain was doing its best to keep up with what was happening. He promptly turned around to see the face of the person behind me and turned pale.
“Eh, Wait, what are you doing here?!”
“You shouldn’t cause troubles to people.”
Ignoring his confused question, I continued talking in a monotone voice. That way, we won’t stand out inside the crowd. Metron shook his legs back and forth and struggled to get away from me while screaming. All that the people around will see is a child who is being too noisy. I could feel some gazes directed at us, but they eventually lost interest and continued with what they were doing. My acting is working. I handed over the struggling Metron to Rene.
“Take him and next time be more careful.”
“Thank you for your cooperation. Kamiya Yato-sama.”
She received him from me and expressed her gratitude.
“You know my name?”
“Yes. I have heard about you in my work a few times.”
Her answers were brief.
She heard about me in her work. Well, whatever now.
“How about you bind him to a chair next time using chains or something?”
“Isn’t that too cruel?!”
“I was intending to do so from the time he escaped.”
Rene agreed to my suggestion. Metron made a frightened face as if he weren’t believing what she said and waited for an answer that didn’t come back.
“Huh, you’re kidding, right? I mean, you wouldn’t do something so cruel to your boss, no…?”
Noticing that she wasn’t intending to reply to him, he kept asking her in a reluctant attitude until she answered him briefly in a cold tone.
“Metron-sama, you are going back to finish your work.”
She didn’t show any sign of taking back her words. Metron dropped his sight downwards as if he gave up after hearing her merciless words.
“Well then, Yato-sama. We shall be taking our leave.”
“Don’t let him escape next time.”
Bidding me farewell, Rene walked away while carrying Metron in her hands.
What a pitiful fellow, he is just making his fetters heavier by escaping.
I let out a faint sight as I watched the two of them off. Both him and Korola ended up being arrested.
Seriously, are all Gods irresponsible like this?
I turned back and walked to Ouka while wondering by myself.
“Ah, Yato-sama. What happened?”
“Nothing in particular.”
I randomly replied to Ouka and avoided explaining what happened to her. She looked at me with doubting eyes but soon forgot about it. It’s kind of ridiculous to tell her that I caught a God who escaped from his job, anyway.
“Anyway, let’s go to the next place if you’re done eating.”
“Ah, yes. Let’s go.”
While changing the topic, Ouka and I resumed our walk in the main street.
“What could it be?”
“I can’t move…”
“I know. That is because I have chained you.”
“My legs are too heavy. I want to go to the toilet.”
“In that case, please wait until I chain your hands and let you go.”
“Um, you see, I’m your boss, so…”
“What is it?”
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