Chapter 6 – Souvenirs For Everyone in Girasole and Claretta-san’s…
I’ve arrived at Girasole’s lodgings. Are they here?
“Welcome. Do you want to stay here?”
“I’m sorry, I’m not a guest. Are the people of Girasole here?”
“We are very sorry, but there are many people who would like to meet the members of Girasole. Unless you know them or have an appointment with them, we will not accept any visitors. Do you have an appointment?”
I had no idea there would be such difficulty.
“Um, I have been with them several times, so if you tell them I’m Wataru, I think they will meet me, but can you please leave a message for me?”
“Very well, I will tell them, but if they don’t remember you, I will have to ask you to leave.”
“Yes, I understand.”
“For some reason, that man didn’t seem to believe what Master was saying. His speech was polite, but I found him condescending and unpleasant.”
“It can’t be helped. The members of Girasole are very beautiful and very popular. There must be a lot of things going on, and the innkeepers are very cautious about it.”
“Are they that beautiful?”
“Yes, if it’s a slave trading house, they must be of the highest rank, just like the two of you.”
“Master, I don’t think you should refer to your acquaintances by slave trading house rank.”
“Haha, I know it’s pathetic, but it’s the only way I could think of to describe a beautiful woman.”
“Ufufu, and you seem so happy about it.”
“Huh? Can you see that?”
“Yes, your nose is elongated.”
Oh no, it’s like my desire is leaking out, so I have to be careful.
“Well, I don’t think they will take me seriously, but I brought them souvenirs so the connection will not be broken.”
The innkeeper came back with Alessia-san behind him. Thank goodness she came. If she had told him that she didn’t know anyone like that, I would have cried.
“Wataru-san, it’s been a long time. I’m so relieved to see you back safe and sound. We are all here; let me show you to our room.”
The innkeeper gave me a look that said, “Why is this guy…” as I proceeded to the inner room. When I entered the room, everyone was happy to see me back safely.
“Rimu-chan seems to be doing well, too. Wataru-san, could you introduce the two people in the back?”
“Oh, excuse me, this is Ines and Felicia. They are my slaves and guards. Ines, Felicia, these are the Girasole, Alessia-san, Dorothea-san, Marina-san, Carla-san, Ilma-san, and Claretta-san.”
“”Nice to meet you.””
“I’m Alessia; it’s nice to meet you, too. By the way, Wataru-san, how did you manage to buy such a beautiful and skilled slave? At this level, money alone is not enough to buy them, is it?”
“Yes, I heard that various people couldn’t afford them because they didn’t meet the requirements, but I tried just to have a chat with them. Then, I found that they had conditions that I could fulfill, so I was able to negotiate with them. The owner of the trading house was surprised and rolled his eyes.”
“Ufufufufu, for such a boy like Wataru-san to just talk to them.”
“No, Ilma-san, I’m already a man. I am no longer a boy.”
Ugh, I thought I had developed a tolerance for beautiful women with Ines and Felicia, but Ilma-san’s bewitching atmosphere is just something else, a terrifying attraction.
“Ara, is that so? I’ll never forget how you looked at me passionately after my bath.”
“Ah, no, that’s just because I’m a man.”
“Fufu, Ilma, let’s leave it at that. So, what are you up to today, Wataru-san?”
“Oh, that’s right, I forgot all about it. I bought some souvenirs from the southern continent, and I’m distributing them. I don’t know if everyone here will like them, but here you go.”
I handed everyone an assortment of spices and a piece of cloth.
“Well, are you sure about all this? Spices are expensive, aren’t they?”
“Hahaha, Alessia-san, I went to the place where spices are cheap, so don’t worry about it.”
“That’s true, too, but with the spices you’ve given us, we’ll be able to enjoy our encampment more; thank you, Wataru-san.”
“Wataru-san, will you continue to accept requests for the island?”
“Well, I have to do a lot of things, so I won’t be able to accept requests from the island for a while.”
Huh? Carla-san just went sad. What’s this? She’s just too cute.
“Um, excuse me? What’s wrong? Carla-san?”
“Fufufu, I’m sorry, that’s because Carla loved Wataru-san’s tent raft. I am sorry too, but can I hold Rimu-chan?”
It seems that Rimu is okay with it, so I leave Rimu in Dorothea-san’s hands. Oh, Marina-san also came to pet Rimu. Rimu is so popular; I am so jealous. Hah, now there are eight beautiful women in this room; I have to take a deep breath.
“Do you really like it? Guido-san and the others have improved their tent rafts, too, haven’t they? So I think the comfort doesn’t change much?”
“Indeed, Guido-san and the others have made their tent raft much more comfortable. But they can’t cook. Claretta has learned to cook Wataru-san’s food, so we can eat at the inn, though. It makes a big difference when you return to the tent raft after a long day, and there is no good food. Well, before Wataru-san came, we had been camping for a long time, so I wonder if it is extravagant to complain about having a bath and a tent raft where we can take a rest.”
Oh, come to think of it, Carla-san always ate her meals with such relish. She always asked for a refill, and when I see her looking so dejected, I feel like I need to do something about it.
(Master, we want to try your cooking, too.)
(Why are you whispering? Besides, haven’t I made it before?)
(Ufufu, isn’t it strange for a slave to ask her Master to cook for her when there are other people around? Besides, I’ve never eaten Master’s cooking.)
Even if it’s weird, Ines requests in a whisper, which is very typical of her. But I’ve never made it for her, huh…? Yeah, I’ve been satisfied with everything they cooked just because it’s a beautiful woman’s cooking. I never thought about cooking for myself. Oh, that’s right, I have to get Carla-san better somehow.
“Carla-san, I don’t think I’ll be going to that island for a while, but would you like me to cook a new dish for you? I’m thinking of cooking for you.”
“Really? But I also want to eat karaage.”
“Of course, I will make karaage, too. Besides, this new dish is a very delicious seafood dish.”
“I want to eat it.”
Her bear ears, which had been shrunk, are now twitching. She is really a lovely person. She looks like a tall, beautiful woman with big breasts, but when you talk to her, it’s strange that she seems so cute.
“Wataru-san’s new dish, can you teach me how to cook it?”
“Yes, of course.”
Claretta-san likes to cook, and I really enjoy cooking with her, but it’s sad that her interest isn’t directed toward anything else.
“Well, when shall we do it? I’m only preparing for the next five days, so we should arrange a time, but what time would be convenient for you?”
“I want to eat tomorrow.”
“Since we’re off until tomorrow, how about dinner tomorrow?”
“Okay. Where would you like to meet?”
“Oh, yes, we can use the kitchen at this inn, where I cook occasionally, but it would be too busy for dinner.”
“Is that so? Then how about cooking a little earlier? Seafood tastes better when it’s fresh.”
“Would it be all right if we use the kitchen after the busy morning hours and finish cooking before it gets busy at lunchtime?”
“That way, I don’t think it will cause any trouble.”
“Then I will come to the inn tomorrow morning around 10:00 a.m. By the way, should I make enough for everyone?”
I looked around the room and saw that everyone was nodding their heads, so I decided to make enough for everyone. I’ll make enough for about fifteen people, which is a lot of work.
“Well, if you’ll excuse me, let’s go, Rimu.”
I picked up Rimu, who was being rubbed by Dorothea-san and Marina-san and left the inn.
“Master, that man who works at the inn was glaring at you. Is it alright?”
“I think he just doesn’t like the fact that I entered the room of the Girasole, so I think it will be okay, maybe…”
If I were in his shoes, I would have a murderous intent when I see a man enter the room of those beauties… This is a different world where life is light… I wonder if it’s going to be okay…
“Fufu, don’t worry; we’ll protect you if anything happens to you. But more importantly, Master could cook. Why didn’t you cook for us too?”
“Oh, that’s because I was satisfied enough with Ines and Felicia’s cooking that I never thought of cooking it myself.”
“Ufufu, that’s a compliment, isn’t it?”
“But Master, even though Claretta-san cooks too, she seemed to be interested in your cooking. We only did the usual cooking. Were you really satisfied?”
“I’m quite satisfied just with what Ines and Felicia cook for me.”
“Is that so?”
To be honest, unless the food is so bad that I can’t eat it, it is impossible for me to be dissatisfied with the food that Ines and Felicia make and bring to me, smiling and saying, “Your food is ready.”
In my mind, a beautiful woman’s home-cooked meal is more wonderful than anything sacred given by God, and I wouldn’t bother to cook it myself if I was completely satisfied, would I?
“Besides, I’m not a great cook; I just know how to cook in a different way. I think Claretta-san can cook the dishes I teach her better than I can.”
“I see, but I’m happy if I can learn new dishes.”
“…Wataru… Food… Like…”
I was shocked at the sudden confession. Come to think of it; I had taken Rimu to the island several times, so he had eaten a meal I had cooked several times. I was happy that he ate it so deliciously.
“Thank you, Rimu, I’ll cook a lot of food tomorrow, and we’ll eat together.”
Rimu is so cute; I think my nose is going to bleed.
We head to the dock to load the cargo being carried to the ship and put it on a rubber boat inside to be repatriated.
“Now that we’re here on the ship, let’s take a shower and head back to the inn, shall we?”
I love baths, but I also love taking a hot shower together in a small shower stall.
We return to the inn and flirt, then fall asleep.
In the morning, we complete our usual routine, get ready, and eat breakfast.
I quickly go to the market and pick out some seafood for lunch, most whitefish and bluefish are suitable for frying, and I also have to buy some oysters for the grill.
Fried oysters by themselves can be the main course. I found large shrimp. Fried shrimp is a must. I buy chicken, eggs, potatoes, and other necessary items.
Fried fish, fried oysters, fried shrimp, fried chicken and potatoes, and all sorts of fried food, but if we add vegetable soup, there should be no problem, right?
The mixed fry set meal, I think, will probably satisfy them, but the lack of condiments hurts. I need sauce, I know how to make mayonnaise, so I want to make tartar sauce, but I’m afraid of food poisoning, and mayonnaise with eggs in this world takes courage.
Oh, but Claretta-san is a priest, right? I should ask her if she can help me get rid of bad germs by purification or something.
Rimu should be able to use it too, but he hasn’t even used magic yet, so it’s all up to Claretta-san, but if we can make mayonnaise, then today’s dinner party will be a great success. I’ll buy mayonnaise ingredients, just in case.
Come to think of it, there must have been other people who came to this world besides me, but the food culture hasn’t developed. I wonder why?
After shopping, I returned to the inn to repatriate the ingredients and have a cup of tea, as there was still time before the scheduled appointment.
“Master, you bought a lot of different ingredients.”
“Yes, there will be a large number of people, and it will not be a problem to cook many kinds of food, so I will be extravagant. Please look forward to it.”
“Ufufu, I’m very much looking forward to it, Master.”
“…Rimu… Look forward…”
Huh? I think I raised their expectations a little too high. Ines and Felicia both seem to be looking forward to it, and Rimu is happily popping his head up and down. Ugh, I’m confident I’ll cry if the pressure suddenly gets… discouraging.
“Let’s get going.”
I grab the ingredients, put Rimu on top of my head, and head to Girasole’s inn. If we go now, we will get there a little before 10:00.
When I arrived at the inn, the male employee from yesterday spoke to me with a blatantly unpleasant look on his face. He didn’t have to express his displeasure so blatantly, I could read the air, but it was frustrating, so I ignored him.
“Welcome. Are you staying with us?”
“No, I have an appointment with the members of Girasole. Could you please tell them Wataru is here?”
Hey, he was clearly disgusted, and then he clicked his tongue again? And then he walks away just like that. Is that okay? Is that really okay? More importantly, Claretta-san is watching behind you, you know?
Oh, he froze… boohoo, I can’t help it, I let out a laugh. Calm down. Now comes the fun part.
“Wataru-san is our guest, and you treat him so poorly at this inn? This makes it impossible for us to stay at this inn with peace of mind. We will discuss what to do next. Let’s go, Wataru-san.”
Huh? Why am I so scared when it’s supposed to be interesting?
Claretta-san’s anger scared me. I was planning to smirk at the employee who was getting scolded, but the anger was so strong that even I wanted to run away from the situation.
I can see that the employee is turning blue, and I can tell that Claretta-san is looking very scary right now.