124. Being able to eat in any situation is good
『”――――I see… In other words, you both were summoned here by a mysterious person, and then this place was actually an inn built by destroying the grave of a chivalrous thief who was brutally murdered by the villagers a long time ago…”』
“Yeah, that’s right.”
『”Well, umm, is that all you have to say?… I want to comment here and there, but for the time being, the manager here is really a fearless idiot. I mean, what did that person think to build an inn on top of such a place?”』
“Yeah, I agree. But, how can you eat that amount of food in this kind of situation?”
Inside the inn’s restaurant. Atsushi, Kirishima, and also Yuri, who had just arrived not long ago, were having dinner.
Despite the situation they were in, they still needed to take care of their health. Therefore, it was only natural for them to have dinner.
However, as if to say that she didn’t care about such a thing, Yuri was having a hearty meal.
『”I can’t help it. My body has been asking for it. Think, how much physical and mental strength did I use to come this far? Besides, you can’t eat very often at a ryokan. Better think about what you should eat so that you won’t have any regrets later.”』
“Hmm, I kind of understand that feeling, but still…”
Atsushi certainly understood Yuri’s point. Everyone would want to eat as much food as they could while traveling.
If it weren’t for the situation they were in, he would have done the same.
“I’m amazed. Your way of thinking is really like a kid.”
“How can you say that when you yourself are eating a lot too? Hmm? What? Are you that hungry too?”
“……Hah? Do you have any complaints?”
“No, I don’t, but…”
“Rest assured. There’s nothing strange in this dish.”
“Oh, good that you’re affirming it. But, how can you tell it?”
“The smell, the look, the taste, and the feel when I put it in my mouth. Can’t you even think something that obvious?”
“Well… But, I see… Now it’s clear that you’re just like the Chairman, not just a normal human.”
Atsushi unintentionally said such a thing to Kirishima, who said something outrageous so naturally.
If she had supernatural power like mind control or hypnosis, or something like that, Atsushi would have an easier time accepting it. However, even though she wasn’t a psychic, she had extraordinary skills.
“――― my my, oh my, what an amazing sight.”
When Atsushi looked back at the same time he heard that, he saw Kaneda and Egawa were there.
“Eating while sandwiched between two beautiful girls, you’re sure popular.”
“Ah, hello, Kaneda-san. And Egawa-san too.”
“Well well, I never thought I would witness a harem scene at this inn. Two girls trying to win the heart of a man… Wait, this is not an impossible thing to happen. I guess? But, if you put more spice on it… the two girls’ real identities are the daughter of which parents he killed. While hiding their identities, they created a reason to bring the man to a remote inn, and there, they commit the perfect crime and make an alibi to get out of…”
Egawa put a hold on Kaneda, who was steadily entering her own world.
“Icchan, I know that everyone has the right to imagine a story, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to say it in front of a person that you used as a model.”
“Well… you’re right. Ahaha, I’m sorry~, you see, I’ve a habit of coming up with ideas as soon as I come up with them.”
“Ah, don’t worry, I don’t mind it. But, let me just say it, we’re not in that kind of relationship.”
“Eh~? Are you saying the truth, gozaru? Really, gozaru~?”
“Icchan, stop that gozaru, can’t you? It’s annoying, you know?”
Atsushi nodded in his heart to Egawa’s words.
“But, observing people is really important, isn’t it? It can expand your imagination. Seem I won’t be bored for a while.”
“? What do you mean?”
“You see. There was a group of guests that arrived just now. Quite a number too. Look over there.”
While saying that, Kaneda pointed her thumb.
Following the thumb, Atsushi saw about ten people walking.
“I think, they’re probably tourists… But still, don’t you think it’s weird? A group of people coming to stay in such a boring countryside.”
“Hmm… well, that’s true…”
“Perhaps, while pretending to be a tourist, they may actually have some other purpose? Like searching for Mutsu’s treasure. Some people believe that it exists after all.”
“Mutsu’s Treasure…? But, isn’t the story said that it wasn’t here?”
“Yes. But, it’s just a story, and a story, can be a lie, right? There are many people who believe it’s just a story to hide the treasure. Well, people who came here with such an idea, always went back with nothing. Perhaps this time will be the same.”
“But, it’s true that we can’t say for sure that there is no Mutsu’s Treasure, right? Even so, proving that there is none, is almost impossible. It’s what you call ‘probatio diabolica’”
As Kaneda said, it was almost impossible to prove.
But still. It was just Kaneda’s conclusion. Whether the treasure was actually lying somewhere out there or not, no one really knew the truth.
“Icchan, you should stop teasing these kids. Or rather, is it okay if you don’t start work soon? Didn’t you say the deadline is tomorrow?”
“Hahahaha It’s okay, it’s okay, I’m sure it’ll be somehow done by tomorrow!…. Maybe… probably… perhaps…”
“It’s so like you to say something like that.”
“Kuh…!! I mean, didn’t you say that your deadline is today? Have you done your work, no way right…?”
“Well, up until a few hours ago, I was so desperate, but now, I’ve already been released from the deadline, so I don’t care what you say.”
“Ugurh… just because you’ve been released from deadlines, you think you can say whatever you want?… Humm… Kou-chan, let me tell you, the thing called deadline will always come back. I’m sure soon you will be running away from it again!!”
“Yeah yeah. Anyway, we will excuse ourselves. See you.”
Saying that, Egawa and Kaneda left.
Looking at the backs of the two, Yuri sent telepathy to Atsushi.
『”…they both are strange people.”』
“That’s not wrong. But, I think those people probably don’t want to be told that by you.”
Atsushi couldn’t help but utter those words.
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