Editor: Kenny Stryker
After our school ended, we headed towards Kamaishi’s house. She was leading the way, and I was following her.
“Please get in, Kamiya-kun.”
“Aight, I’m intruding.”
Urged by Kamaishi, I took off my shoes and walked in to the living room. It had a simple yet a lively design.
“Okay then, shall we begin? Please put your bag on that sofa and bring me one of the ingredients pack over here.”
Following her orders, I placed my bag on the sofa and carried the supermarket sack to the kitchen. Apparently we’re going to make curry for Kamaishi’s dinner. Before we got here, Kamaishi and I went for shopping where the old lady holding the register started poking us by saying us if we were on a date. She also asked us if we were married couple. Does she not see us in our school uniforms? How could school students be a married couple?
“Okay, first of all, you should peel off the vegetables’ skin.”
Kamaishi asked as she took out a carrot from the bag and parred it using a peeler.
“We do it by moving the peeler this way and slowly paring it off. I can do it using a knife, but for newcomers, using a peeler is recommended.”
After she finished speaking her sentence, Kamaishi halted her hands and handed me the peeler and the half peeled carrot.
“Here, try doing it. I will peel off the rest.”
I received both the peeler and the carrot, then I started paring. Well, I can at least do this much without using a skill. After finishing the peeling, I was about to call Kamaishi before I got astonished by the sight in front of my eyes. She was peeling off the skin of other vegetables using a knife, however, that speed was out of the ordinary. It was making a hustling sound when she was peeling, Kamaishi kept on perfectly peeling off the vegetables like a machine. What’s this about?! Is it even possible for a human to peel this perfectly? I have never seen my mom in the process of cooking. I wonder if she is this skilfull too. When I unintentionally kept gazing at Kamaishi’s performance, she realized my glance and stopped her hands.
“Ah, are you done, Kamiya-kun?”
“What is it?”
“Um, I just thought that your skills are amazing.”
“Really? I think that’s rather normal.”
This is normal? If that’s so, then getting that【Cooking】skill would be great. No, it’s not the skill but rather it’s Kamaishi who is amazing. A skill is nothing but a privileged option that gives a fixed amount of ability. That’s why, the ability of a person harboring the same skill could widely differ depending on the effort made. In addition, I’m not sure why but, the【Cooking】 and similar skills don’t have a level up option, which supports the concept of effort-making. By the way, my mom has a integrated skill called【House Chore Master】. And that’s my mom for you.
“Okay then, let’s try cutting the vegetables next. I will show the way first.”
As she said, Kamaishi picked a peeled potato and started to cut it with a knife. She went slowly while including explanations on the way for my sake. After finishing with a single potato, she gave me the knife.
“It’s your turn now, Kamiya-kun.”
I took the knife from her and began trying to cut off the potato like she did earlier. My moves were a bit clumsy, but I managed to steadily cut one whole potato.
“Skill【Cooking】has been acquired.”
After cutting off a single potato, the voice announced that I obtained a skill. Already learned? This【Super Growth】skill is wonderful.
“Okay, let’s try a carrot now.”
Kamaishi handed me a carrot. I took it and started cutting in a clearly different speed than just now. This is great. My hands are moving smoothly. Bless the skill abilities. As I was shocked by my own speed, I cut the entire carrot into small pieces in a matter of few seconds. Kamaishi who saw that seemed surprised as well.
“This is amazing, Kamiya-kun!! You have already became able to move your hands this fast!?”
“Well, yeah, it’s just that grew accustomed to it.”
Kamaishi replied with a breath of admiration.
“Like usual, you’re really great, Kamiya-kun…”
The thing that is great is not me but the skills. After that, we proceeded into making dinner swimmingly until Kamaishi’s cooking class eventually reached its conclusion.
After we finished cooking the dinner, Kamaishi and I took a break in the living room.
I received a cup of black tea from Kamaishi and took a sip of it. Amazing, how calming. Taking a second sip of the tea, I expressed my gratitude to Kamaishi.
“Thanks for today, Kamaishi-san. Owing to you, my cooking skills got better.”
“It’s fine. Don’t worry about it, I did it because I wanted, after all. Even though your improvement was so fast that it turned into a normal cooking in no time.”
I made a bitter smile after hearing that last sentence. It did indeed turn it into a simple cooking party rather than learning session on the way.
“But you’re amazing, Kamiya-kun. I never thought you’d be able to do that much in a single day.”
“But I’m still far away from catching up to you, Kamaishi-san.”
It doesn’t seem like I’ll catch up to her anytime soon, to be honest. I wonder how did she make it that far? We spent a while after that chatting about different matters, until I switched my sight to the clock hanging on the wall. It was already 5 o’clock in the event. It looks like I stayed a bit too late.
“Well then, I should take my leave now.”
“Ah, let me see you off.”
Saying that, Kamaishi escorted me to the entrance door.
“Alright then, see you tomorrow.”
“Yes, until tomorrow, Kamiya-kun.”
The moment I placed my hand on the doorknob, Kamaishi called me to halt.
“Ah, wait, Kamiya-kun. You’ve got some peels on your shoulder.”
She then approached me and picked the small peels off my shoulder. Just to take off a small piece of peel, her face got closer until it reached the tip of my nose. And at that instant…
An unfamiliar woman entered from the door behind us.
“I didn’t have much work today so I came back earlier… than usual…”
Before making a single step inside, that woman’s face went completely rigid after noticing me and Kamaishi.
Kamaishi was overtaken by the shock after she saw the woman. Just as I thought, she is her mom. However, this is not the best situation to be found out in. Currently, I’m turning my back to the entrance door while Kamaishi is hiding before me with her face barely visible. I guess it’s pretty obvious that anyone who’d see us from near the door, would only see a man and a woman with their faces close to each other. Kamaishi’s mom remained stiff for a few seconds, then took back her composure and closed the door.
“S-Sorry. Looks like I intruded on your time.”
“W-Wait, mom!! Don’t get the wrong idea.”
(TLN: misunderstanding scene is here!)
Kamaishi ran after her mom in a confusion to fix the misunderstanding. A short period of time later, she dragged her back here and frantically solved the problem. Her mom seemed to have grasped the situation, but apparently happy that her daughter brought a boy in the house, she addressed me in a significant way as if she were asked me to take care of her daughter. Kamaishi’s face turned bright red after that, while I could only reply with an awkward smile.
Later on, Kamaishi said with an embarrassed face.
“My mom asked about various things.”
I couldn’t do anything but comfort her at that time.
One day, I decided to go peek on my mom out of curiosity while she was cooking.
With an unconcerned hum, she took the knife and was about to cut some vegetables.
In the blink of an eye, the vegetables were all cut clean. That speed was no way to be compared with Kamaishi’s.
“Hm, doing good today as well♪”
I remained gazing at my mom’s superhuman speed at cooking with a dumbfounded face. My mom is seriously super human.
Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.