Chapter 4 – Wait!! (Part 1)
The girl from Hidamari-tei approached Yashiro with a smiling face. However, that smile amplified the terror inside his heart, instead.
I’ll turn into a frog the moment “Judgement of the Spirit” comes out from her mouth.
Deprived of my human rights, forced to join those guys in that dim wetland….
No, I don’t want it.
Can I escape from this situation?
Yashiro answered with a sprained voice. He felt suffocated by the fact that his life was being held by the hand of girl in front of him.
The girl came walking to the front of Yashiro and extended her hand.
Ah, it’s coming!
She’s going to call Judgement of the Spirit!
She’s going to declare the end of my life!
Yashiro firmly closed her eyes as he resigned himself to the fate. However, he suddenly felt a soft touch on one of his hands, instead.
Slowly opened his eyes to look at the situation, he found the girl from Hidamari-tei took his hand.
No way, a flag!? Is this where the situation turned to the other way around!?
“I’ve been looking for you since the sun rose because I wanted to return this!”
The girl put a wallet on Yashiro’s hand. That was the dummy wallet he left at her restaurant last night.
………… wanted to return this!?
“You left while forgetting your wallet, so I was worried. I kept waiting until dawn, but since there was no sign of you coming back, I decided to go looking for you when the sun rose.”
What the hell is she talking about!?
“I’m sorry for being late. I hope you didn’t get into a trouble because of this.”
I didn’t get into a trouble, I intentionally left that wallet after all.
There’s also nothing to forgive or to worry about.
“Well anyway, I’m glad I finally found you. You shouldn’t forget your wallet again, okay? Ehehehe, you’re unexpectedly quite careless, Customers!”
The girl chuckled, bowed to Yashiro, turned around, and then started walking away.
…….. Oi, you forgot to charge me for the dinner!
Aren’t you quite careless yourself!?
What’s the hell with her!?
Didn’t she realize that she had been tricked?
Were you really waiting for me all night to come back?
Were you really looking for me all the way here since the dawn?
To deliver this dummy wallet?
Worried if I would be in trouble, showed such a relieved expression when she found me was fine, but she forgot the most important thing — the payment for the meal I ate last night……. are you stupid?
Walking tall and proud, no hesitancy shown from the back of the girl who was gradually getting away.
Fool…. There’s a genuine fool over there!
She’s no suitable for running a business.
She’s not even suited to live a normal peaceful life.
I can see her crying in the future.
Get deceived badly, driven to an irreversible point, having her life fucked, saying “it can’t be helped” or “sorry”, before finally give up and choosing to die.
Looking at her small back as she walked along the main street, Yashiro suddenly remembered his foster parents.
They were not good-natured people, but fools.
Never doubting other people even though they had been betrayed so many times
Never understand no matter how many times I told them.
The result was life full of hardship.
The image of the girl seemed to be overlapped with the image of his foster parents.
Then, at the same time the girl figure disappeared from his sight, he felt an intense anger surged from the bottom of her heart.
Don’t screw with me!
Are you pitying me?
That’s not funny!
I live much better life than you do!
Being fooled by the others and living a life full hardship without even a single complaint….
If you are a person on the side of being exploited, I am on the side to exploit!
Our standing is completely different!
I’m smart and you’re stupid!
Yeah, those who get deceived are at fault!
Those who smile even though they have been deceived or exploited are not good people but fools!
Did she return this to me without realizing that she had been tricked?
It’s impossible she doesn’t aware that I dine-and-dashed!
It doesn’t make any sense that she forgot to ask the payment!
“Judgement of the Spirit”, even though she could end my life with that single line, she abandoned her superior position and left….
DON’T LOOK DOWN ON ME!!!
I’m not a weak guy who needs your sympathy!
I’m not someone like you who couldn’t live without other people’s help!
I don’t need your kindness!
“………… hey, wait!!!” (Yashiro)
Driven by anger with unknown source, Yashiro started running after the girl.
Why am I so angry?
Is it because she was sympathizing me?
Is it because I felt like she was looking down on me?
Is it because she reminded me of my foster parents?
Is it because my heart stirred while remembering the past?
…….. am I angry to my past self who couldn’t do anything?
Hey, Me. What are you getting angry about?
Hey, Me. Who are you angry with?
I don’t know!
I don’t know, but I feel like I need to do something about this anger.
Yashiro saw the girl entered an alley on the side of the main road.
That’s the direction to her restaurant…. I guess she’s going home.
“I don’t need your sympathy!”
“Don’t get cocky when you’re living in poverty!”
“Help yourself before thinking of helping the other people!”
I will catch up to her and say those words to her face.
For a stupid girl like you, it’s ten years too early for you to help someone.
Yashiro inserted his hand into blazer’s pocket where he kept the 3,000 Rb he got at the tavern. The silver coins inside made a clinking sound.
There are 30 of them, so each coin is probably worth 100 Rb.
The price of stir-fried vegetables is 20 Rb.
Well, it’s fine. I will give that girl 100 Rb.
Yashiro gripped the 100 Rb coin hard. The moment he was about to enter the narrow side street where the girl went….
.…his feet involuntarily stopped.
On a large bulletin board installed on the corner of the street, besides a simple map of 42nd Ward where things like the guild memo or the likes had been posted, Yashiro saw a poster with a familiar face drawn on it.
This is Me….!?