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Chapter – 76
“…I see. Certainly, my foster father also heard such stories from adventurers.”
On another day, I spoke to my foster parents about the urgent request.
“I wish I could, but I also wanted to do something as an adventurer. It seems like the work at the inn is settling down lately, so I thought it would be a good idea.”
“Yeah. I’m sure you’d like to see the outside world too… Yeah, the inn will be fine.”
The approval was smooth from the start, partly because I was only working once a week.
“Just be careful not to get hurt, okay?”
“Yeah, I know.”
“Oh, by the way, Ristina was talking about needing a break in a similar period of time, too. Maybe she wants to go with you?”
“Eh? No. I don’t know about that.”
I hadn’t heard of that. I wonder if Ristina-san is also taking the urgent request? As I tilted my head, oba-san smiled at me.
“Ristina-chan has a different reason.”
“Eh? Really? Oba-san, I don’t know anything about this, but did you know it?”
“Yes, but I can’t tell anyone. It’s a girl’s promise.” Ohoho, oba-san laughed.
…What is it, Ristina-san is doing something else, and she wants a break in relation to that matter? I’m a little curious, and I’ll ask her later when we have a meal together.
I’m going to work as usual that day. Ristina-san has also started her shift in the morning. She’s totally accustomed to her job by now, and now there are even some customers who are looking for Ristina-san.
Oji-san’s policy of choosing people based on their faces is a bit prickly in some respects, but it makes me think that it’s not a mistake either. We worked all morning, and after the busiest time of the day, Ristina-san and I decided to take a break.
We bring each other the set meals of the day that we had prepared. I usually eat either in the waiting room or in my room. Shall I invite Ristina to eat in the waiting room today?
“Senpai, can I have lunch with you?”
“Yes, I don’t mind.”
Actually, I was just thinking about asking her to join me. Thank goodness. Ristina-san will tease me as soon as I invite her.
We both put our lunches on the table and start eating.
“Come to think of it, Ristina-san. It seems that you are going to be taking some time off for a while, huh?”
“Huh? Where did you get that information, senpai? Oh, could it be that you wanted to work with me and asked about my shift?”
She grins and pokes me in the elbow as if to tease me.
“It is not. I just happened to be thinking of taking a break at the same period, and oba-san told me about it.”
“Eh? Is that so?”
“Yes. I was planning to take the urgent request―an adventurer’s activity in the city of Lukkos, so I was wondering if that was the same for you too, Ristina-san.”
“…Ah, it’s not exactly the same.”
“Oh, so that’s it.”
I thought for sure it was the same as mine. Ristina-san crossed her arms for a moment as if she were thinking, and then she started fiddling her bangs.
“Uh… can you not laugh?”
“…Uhm, what is it, all of a sudden?”
“You know I do other work outside of this place, too, don’t you?”
“Well, sort of. But I didn’t know what it was.”
“…Because of that work, I’ve got some things to do in the city of Lukkos.”
“Is that so? That job… can I ask you about it?”
When I asked, Ristina-san nodded her head firmly. She looked very embarrassed. It’s an expression that you don’t usually see on her face. As I thought this was unusual, Ristina-san turned away with a blush on her cheeks and muttered.
“…I-I’m a member of a theater group.”
When she said theater group, she meant the people who play a drama… right? I’ve only seen a theater once, so I don’t know much about it, but I’m pretty sure it was one where they acted out a story or something. The first time I saw it, I had thought it was “cool” with the flashy staging of skills, but I was too young to be impressed with the rest of it.
Ristina-san was shyly fiddling with her bangs.
“There are various members of the troupe, right? What are you doing specifically?”
There are various types of performers who go on stage, so to speak, and those who support them from behind the scenes. Ristina-san looked embarrassed and moved her mouth.
“I’m a performer. W-well but…! I was still only in a minor role, so that’s why I did it while working part-time like this! I’m a horrible performer!”
Ristina-san laughed as she raised her voice. …Perhaps that was embarrassing for her.
“Please do your best, okay?”
I guess that’s about all I could tell her. Ristina-san fanned her face with one hand and turned her gaze to her food. The way she began to eat vigorously as if to deceive me was so cute.
“But… what exactly are you going to do?”
“…First, we’ll use a carriage that our company has to carry the load. After that, we’re going to put on a play to cheer up the people of the town who are currently depressed.”
“…I see. We, adventurers, are also helping with the reconstruction work, so I guess we’re going to do something similar to that.”
So, maybe we’ll have to work together somewhere.
A drama, huh?
“But there’s only a handful of people who can play a role in a drama, right?”
There will be a certain number of people who can perform in a drama at one time. I think it’s great just to be able to be there.
“W-well, that’s right.”
“…T-that’s not true.”
“No, it’s great.”
When I praised her like that, Ristina-san’s face turned red, embarrassing. She’s not used to being praised.
“That means you’ll be in the next play, right?”
“What role will you be playing?”
“…Next up, well… I got the main role.”
“Eh, really? …I wanted to see if I had no reconstruction work.”
“…D-don’t make fun of me!”
“No, I’m not making fun of you at all, you know? I just purely wanted to see it.”
Of course, I had meant it earlier, but I was beginning to enjoy Ristina-san’s reaction more and more.
“But please be careful. Although you’re far enough away from the front line, it doesn’t mean there’s no danger.”
“I know. There are a lot of people in the troupe who can fight, you know. We’ll be fine.”
That should be a relief. We both need to keep up the good work.