Chapter 27: The beasts' unrighteous battle
It seems that I was quite tired and when I wake up the sun has already set.
I rush out of bed and head to the kitchen.
“Oh, Chika, are you all right now?”
“I am sorry! I slept too much.”
“No, it's alright.
There's still time before Mintz and the others arrive.”
I wonder whether I can finish in time, I guess I will just have to hurry up with the arrangements.
Luckily, the dish that I will serve today does not take too much time.
I can at least finish all preparations before they arrive.
Gail-san gives me what I asked for and stays in the kitchen.
“I never thought the day would come when I would be able to see my wife cooking so hard.”2
“Chika is adorable no matter what he does, but his hard-working appearance while he's cooking makes me want to attack him from behind.”5
Has something changed about Gail-san's character?11
While thinking about such things, I steadily finish the preparations.
After that, it will be okay for Mintz-san and the others to come.
Just then, we hear Mintz-san's voice from the front door and Gail-san goes to meet him.
“Oh, Chika-kun! Are you all right now? I'm really glad.”6
As soon as he sees me, Mintz-san runs up to me and hugs me.
“I have caused a lot of trouble for Mintz-san and the other two.
But thanks to you, everything went well! Thank you very much.”
“That's right, everything went well, that's for the best.”
“Leaving that aside, did Gail-san and Douglas-san get mad at you…?”
“They were quite angry at first, but they calmed down immediately.
So no need to worry.”
What a relief.
I was really worried about the three who got involved in my plan, so that is a relief.
“By the way, Chika-kun, why are you dressed like that?”
Then Paris-san looks at me with a curious face.
It is then when I realize what I am wearing.
I have only put on Douglas-san's shirt on top, I am not even wearing any underwear underneath.
The shirt reaches up to my knees, but it is definitely not the type of clothing I can show to other people.
“I-I-I am very sorry.
This is my habitual outfit at home…”
“Huh? Chika-kun, have you not bought some clothes?”
“Well, Gail-san bought me clothes to wear outside, but they told me to wear this inside the house.
It is not an outfit to show to other people, I am sorry.”
Mintz-san stands with an angry expression and turns his eyes to Douglas-san.
Branch manager, and Gail-san as well, what is this about?”9
Mintz-san's voice is cold.
“Inside the house is fine! But it doesn't mean that we're taking him outside in that outfit.
My wife wearing my own shirt is very romantic, it's what suits him the best, ain't it?!”
Douglas-san seems to be convinced while he crosses his arms.
And Gail-san is desperately averting his gaze from Mintz-san's side.
“You! Perverted old men!! Chika-kun, are you fine? If you listen to everything those two perverts say, there won't be an end to it! Tell it to them clearly when you don't like something! Understood?”8
“Ah, no, if the two of them are happy I do not mind.”3
“See? Chika also says that it's okay, right?”
“Shut up! Ah, Chika-kun you…
You really are…
No, I understand.
Next time, I'll find time to teach you how to properly discipline and tame your spouses as the bride.”5
“Hey, don't teach strange things to Chika.”
“It's not strange things! It's something necessary!”7
Mintz-san and Douglas-san continue to bicker with each other.
“Chika-kun is nice like that.
Hey Paris, next time let's have Mintz dress like that too.”5
have courage, I am reluctant to tell Mintz.
You tell him.”
“Why? Don't you want to see Mintz cutely too?”
“That's not the problem, you don't understand…”
Close to that, Glen-san and Paris-san continue a conversation that I do not understand well.
“Um, would you like to have dinner first? I tried cooking food from my world.”
“Chika-kun's world cuisine? I would certainly want to join you for that.”
After confirming that everyone is seated, I arrange the foodstuffs that I had prepared.
Today's menu is sukiyaki.
Although I was worried whether there would be something similar to a cassette stove, even if the shape was slightly different, there was a simple stove-like object that was driven by magic, so I decided to use that instead.
In addition to people in this world eating well, when including Glen-san there are also three hungry beats.
If I remember correctly, Paris-san is a member of the owl tribe, but what should I expect from that?
Just in case, regarding meat, there is something that looks like a pseudo-mountain of thinly sliced beef set in the refrigerator.
I also saw some leafy vegetables with a flavour very similar to napa cabbage, several kinds of mushrooms and thick noodles similar to udon, so I prepared those too.
It is a pity that there is no shirataki or tofu, but it can not be helped.
“Um, Mintz-san, is the rabbit tribe unable to eat meat?”
“No, I eat it, just not as much as Glen and those two.”
“Oh, that is good, the main dish is meat, so I was wondering what to do if you could not eat it.”
I proceed with the arrangements with ease while talking, preparing warishita soup by mixing soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and seasonings such as sake in a pot.
Since I am someone who stews rather than roasts, I poured all the ingredients and stewed them from the start.
“Chika, today what kind of food is it?”
“It is called sukiyaki, a bittersweet dish of stewed meat and vegetables.
Rice also goes well together with it.”
Of course, the rice is also ready.
“Even though it's a stewed dish, it's considerably different from the dishes I know.
Chika-kun, next time let me know the details, please.”
“Mintz, Chika's cooking skills are amazing.
The other day, we had a dish called fried chicken, and that was really delicious as well.
I'm telling you.”1
“Yes, I will teach you as much as you want! I think that with your cooking skills you will be able to make them immediately, Mintz-san.”
While I was talking about that, the ingredients boiled nicely.
“I think it's about time to eat, so please try it.
If you do not mind, have it together with rice please.”
Everyone reaches out to the food one after another.
Incidentally, today I am on Douglas-san's lap.
I am a little scared of usually wondering whose lap I am going to be on that day.6
“Wow, this is delicioous! What's this? Delicious! It's too delicious!”
This is Glen-san.2
“Oh my, this is delicious, I don't eat that much meat, but I could eat as much as I want of this.”
That is Paris-san.
“The thinly sliced meat has a thick seasoning, and the meat is still able to retain its flavour.
The bittersweet seasoning of the meat is a novelty, and not only the meat, but the stewed vegetables also have a wonderful taste.”
As expected, Mintz-san gives a detailed analysis.
On the other hand, without saying a single word, the two of my partners are vigorously reaching out into the pot one after the other.
I stare into the pot waiting for fresh meat to boil.
Ah, Douglas-san, that is still half-cooked.
“Branch manager, let us eat meat as well please.”
“You're noisy, this world is ruled by the survival of the fittest.
If you want it take it away.”2
Glen-san and Douglas-san carry on a small fight, and next to that, Gail-san firmly secures his share.
“Umm, there is still a lot of meat and vegetables even if you do not rush so much.”
It is useless.
The three hungry beasts are only aware of the pot in front of their eyes.
“That reminds me, if you eat the meat with raw eggs mixed, it will give the meat a mellow tast–“
Before I finish, Gail-san stands up and brings some eggs from the storehouse.3
“Hey, Gail, hand them over to me too.”
“If you want them, go take them yourself.”
Gail-san breaks an egg, mixes it with the meat and takes a bite.
Many non-Japanese people hold repulsion towards eating raw eggs, but that does not seem to be the case in this world.17
It's like the egg wraps the meat giving it further sweetness.”
“Chika, sorry, I'll move a little, here we go.”
Douglas-san goes to take an egg while holding me as it is and eats the meat in the same way.
“It's delicious! Chika's food is really amazing.”
This kind of exchange repeats endlessly, and all the prepared ingredients settle completely in everyone's stomachs.
I wonder how many servings they were able to devour…
I am a little worried about what will happen to the finances of this house in the future.1
After cleaning up, we hold a discussion about the future, which is the main topic.1
“Well then, the branch manager and the rest will be able to leave here and return to Leonidas as soon as the preparations are ready.”
“Yeah, I think it'll take about a week, but we'll leave as soon as possible.”
“Is that so…? When thinking about Chika-kun, it would be nice if we were able to use healing techniques together, but apart from the post-processing, there's a reason why I can't move from here right away…”
“What's wrong? Are you sick?”
Gail-san asks Mintz, who is wearing a troubled face.
“No, it's not that.”
“You can't do anything about it, Mintz, you have my child on your abdomen.”1
What did Glen-san say just now?
'You have my child'.
“Um, by any chance, did Mintz-san get pregnant?”
“Yes, I went to check it out today.
A few days before I met Chika for the first time, that mongrel prepared on his own, and it seems like it was successfully implanted.”
“It wasn't on my own! When I asked 'Mintz, don't you want to have kids any time now?', you replied 'Yes, yes, okay, okay.”
“Mintz definitely wasn't being serious, Glen…
He didn't mean to agree.”2
Paris-san and Mintz-san have a bitter face, while Glen-san makes a smug face.
“For that reason, I'm sorry, but I can't move from here until the baby is in the stable phase.
So you can leave the post-processing to us.
Once I reach the stable phase, we will immediately follow you.''
“Congratulations Mintz-san! So you are having Glen-san's child first, regardless of who he resembles, the child born will be lovely.”
“I hope the inside of his head doesn't look like Glen's…”8
Mintz-san mutters with a rather serious face.
“Paris, you've been left behind.”2
“No, I don't mind.
I also thought Glen would be the first to make a child.
However, I just didn't think it would be at this time.”
“Glen, Mintz, congratulations.
I wish you a healthy baby.”
Unexpectedly, Mintz-san is pregnant.
I will take this opportunity to ask what I was wondering about.
“Um, this is a bit off the conversation, but in this world how long is the pregnancy before a baby is born?”
“It depends on the race, but for general beasts and humans it is about three months.
There are exceptions such as the time-consuming dragon tribe, but it varies depending on the anima's race, who is the one that provides the children.”
“Th-three months?! Uh, how many days does a month have in this world?”
It seems to be the same as in the earth.
But three months!?
I think it is too fast, but if that is actually the case it can not be helped.
“It is pretty fast, I am a bit surprised.”
“So it's different in your world?”
“Yes, the pregnancy period in my world is about 9 months.”
“That is quite a period, but if it's that long, there seem to be various inconveniences.
The stable phase will be in three weeks, so we will be able to follow you quickly.”
I am surprised at the period after all, but I still do not understand the process from getting pregnant to giving birth.
I would better find an opportunity to ask Mintz-san about this.
“Then, getting back to the conversation, when we're ready, the three of us will head to Leonidas.
But Chika and I should keep out of sight as much as possible, so we intend to go through the Helenia Forest instead of the main road.”
“The Helenia forest, huh? That is certainly out of sight, but isn't it also an area where hordes of demon beasts appear frequently? Is that okay?”
“If Doug and I are there then there's no problem.
Even though there are many demon beasts in the forest around there, after all, they are just a gathering of small fry.
Chika won't be exposed to danger in the least.”
Hearing that, Mintz-san thinks about it.
“That's right, I see.
In that case, I'll lend you Glen.
You two won't have a problem, but it's better if you have more hands.
Here there won't be a problem with me and Paris.”
“Is it really okay?”
“I don't mind, even if Glen is left behind, he is not suited for paperwork.
Wolves are used to forests, he will surely become a meat wall that protects Chika-kun.
Then, I'll have Glen go to Leonidas first.''
“Glen, are you okay with it? You'll be away from Mintz for a while.”
Rather, I'm honoured to be able to protect Chika-kun.
Besides, I may be able to see the fighting of the branch manager and assistant Gail again, that's enough for me!”
Glen-san's eyes shine brightly as he gazes at the two of them.3
Speaking of which, if I remember correctly, I heard Glen-san felt like becoming an adventurer after admiring Gail-san and Douglas-san.
He would be very happy to be able to see the two of them fighting.
If that is the case, I will kindly depend on him.
“Glen-san, I may cause you trouble, but thank you.”
“Leave it to me Chika-kun, but well, my turn to act may never come.”
After that, we arranged some details and ended the discussion.+
The departure is a week from now.
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