Chapter 4:

004 – This Story Does Not Only Revolve Around Us

Rainbow of the Horizon—Illuminating Our Darkened Path | Our World

Wednesday.Bookmark here

“You know, Rin…”Bookmark here

“Gin? Something wrong?”Bookmark here

“Well… Not really. It’s just that Jean seems to be working harder than yesterday.”Bookmark here

“Ahh… Like his work wasn’t enough yesterday. He’s still not satisfied with his performance, I guess.”Bookmark here

“Oh, you can add the peppers now.”Bookmark here

“Ah, thanks for reminding me.”Bookmark here

Whatever happened to that guy, I wonder.Bookmark here

Just yesterday, we were all standing on the edge of our knives as we worked under so much pressure. Don’t get me wrong. Today is still pretty much the same. But things somehow got lighter.Bookmark here

Jean is somehow working double the efficiency compared to yesterday. I can feel his passion running through every vein of his as he moved his hands to the blazing heat of the stoves.Bookmark here

Hard working as he may be right now, we can’t stop worrying so I tried asking some things.Bookmark here

“Yo, Jean. How many hours of sleep did you have last night?”Bookmark here

“Nine. Why?”Bookmark here

“Oh, I see… Well, you can tone down your work for now. The first wave is finally dying down.”Bookmark here

“I agree. I’m impressed and all, but please don’t overdo it. You need to conserve your energy,” Hiro butted in.Bookmark here

“Huh…? Was I?” somehow, he was confused.Bookmark here

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What?”Bookmark here

I was about to feel relieved but my worries came back anew.Bookmark here

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“Totally nailing it, Jean. You too, Rin. Good work to us.”Bookmark here

“Good work to you too, Gin.”Bookmark here

“So I guess I’ll go ask now.Bookmark here

Jean, how do you feel right now?”Bookmark here

“Huh…Bookmark here

Well, let’s see… I guess I’m full of energy today and I feel like I can do better.”Bookmark here

“You took overtime last night, right? Did you get something from that?”Bookmark here

“Hmm… A lot of motivation, I guess? I did a lot of practicing and the results of my testing are satisfactory. I tried to keep up the pace I had last night and applied it today.”Bookmark here

“Motivation…”Bookmark here

I guess things went well on his side and I’m glad that he is patching up the cracks, but I can’t stop thinking that there’s more to that.Bookmark here

“Rin, what do you think about what Jean just said?” I whispered to her.Bookmark here

“Jean’s doing his best and I feel like he’s really set in what he really wanted to do. Carpe diem, maybe?”Bookmark here

“Carpe diem, huh…”Bookmark here

The back room opened and two people entered.Bookmark here

“**Ai-san, Haru-san. Good work,” I greeted while Rin asked after.Bookmark here

“**Are you two on break now?”Bookmark here

“**Yes, Akanami-senpai. We’ll be on break until the afternoon shift,” Ai replied.Bookmark here

“**Oh, Ai-san. Do you read manga?”Bookmark here

“**I do, but why do you ask, Sakato-senpai?”Bookmark here

“**Have you heard of Amagami Yuki, by any chance?”Bookmark here

“**It seems that she’s a famous mangaka. I actually followed her recently ended manga. But I heard that she’s making a shoujo manga currently.”Bookmark here

“**I have actually heard of her too,” Haru-san added.Bookmark here

“**It’s on the monthly magazine right now and I heard that it’s very popular. It got my interest since it is also available in our language like a lot of manga do.”Bookmark here

“**That’s true… Her works go off like a bomb and she always gets interviews. Though, she only accepts online interviews and she never disclosed herself to the public,” Rin somehow landed information that I did not know.Bookmark here

“**I heard that it’s typical for other authors too.Bookmark here

**By the way, there’s an animation company around Kyoto, right?”Bookmark here

“Gin, you’re talking about Kyoko Animation, right?” Rin didn't realize that she switched speech.Bookmark here

“That’s right.”Bookmark here

“**Sakato-senpai, are you by any chance… an 'otaku?'”Bookmark here

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“Ahahahaha…! **They’ll notice as expected!”Bookmark here

“**Ai-san, you actually just made an amazing feat of making Gin laugh like that.”Bookmark here

“**W-Wha…? What do you mean, senpai?”Bookmark here

“**He’s not that much of an expressive person, actually. His lack of emotions however makes what he is right now. But still, he’s just like a kid sometimes.”Bookmark here

“**You sure know him well, Akanami-san.”Bookmark here

“**Hahaha… That’s just how it is.”Bookmark here

But I had to remind myself that Orions' and Japanese's point of view of otaku is somewhat different.Bookmark here

“Hahh… Even though I don’t really understand what Ringo said, I feel out of place again. Another sigh… (Jean literally said that).”Bookmark here

“Wow, I thought you were out of that attitude already, Jean. Have you talked about that with Nagi, anyways?”Bookmark here

“Well, yeah. He said that it’ll just come by eventually. Maybe in years, months, or even tomorrow.”Bookmark here

“If he paraphrased, then that’s good.Bookmark here

But try to not think of that in the meantime. There’s a saying that when you try to find something, you won’t find it. But when you don’t, you then will.”Bookmark here

“Oh, yeah. That happens to me a lot of times. I’ll try to focus on work more.”Bookmark here

Oi, stop right there, Jin-kun. You'll overwork yourself otherwise.Bookmark here

“**Akanami-san? What are they talking about?”Bookmark here

“**It’s hard to tell when they are being vague like that, Haru-san. Jean’s just probably having the time of his life.”Bookmark here

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The day of work ended at the same time but the scenario in the closing restaurant is surprisingly the same as yesterday.Bookmark here

Employees are leaving, the restaurant is cleaned, Haru-san is once again in front of her laptop but now she’s inside.Bookmark here

Rin and I left the resto and once again, we were called out from the building of Anew Co. in front of us. It was Mitsumi-san that called out on us again but to invite to go to karaoke with the five of them.Bookmark here

However, we humbly declined and went home.Bookmark here

Besides, it is plain weird for grown-ups to invite minors for that. Mitsumi-san is a forever high school student, huh.Bookmark here

“Geez, inviting minors to karaoke? They ought to be more responsible as adults…”Bookmark here

I seriously thought that Rin read my mind.Bookmark here

“I bet they were too used to being high schoolers.”Bookmark here

“Amazing. It’s like aging in reverse.”Bookmark here

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Meanwhile, someone is taking overtime again.Bookmark here

“A-Are you sure it’s really okay with your sister?”Bookmark here

“It’s okay. She’s also busy as usual.”Bookmark here

“Oh, doing some work again?Bookmark here

Have a seat.”Bookmark here

“Not really… it’s more like onee-chan is ranking up.”Bookmark here

“Ah, I see… Ranking up, huh…Bookmark here

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WHAT?”Bookmark here

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“Jin-san. You somehow reminds me of Sakato-senpai when you’re cooking.”Bookmark here

“Really? I guess that’s probably because I’ve learned a lot of culinary mostly from him. I might be imitating him a bit.”Bookmark here

“I kind of recall hearing that senpai is your teacher or mentor.”Bookmark here

“About that… He helped me a bunch when I was under a conflict regarding my future path.”Bookmark here

“Your future?”Bookmark here

“It happened sometime around December last year. At that time, I don’t know what I am going to do with my future and career so I consulted him for help.Bookmark here

He didn’t help me immediately, though. He advised to assess what I currently hold with my abilities and I found what I’m most happy with—and that is cooking. I have found something where I can enjoy what I do.Bookmark here

Because of that, I am truly grateful for him.”Bookmark here

“Is that the reason why you went here to Japan with them?”Bookmark here

“Part of it is for my apprenticeship but what I truly intended to do is to learn more of the cuisine in this country. Also, I finally found the purpose of what I wished to do after setting foot in this land…Bookmark here

It is to give happiness to the people through my cooking and see what this experience will lead me to. I’m being too optimistic, aren’t I?”Bookmark here

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What the eyes of Ai saw is glow—A bright glow surrounding the man emitting a light of inspiration as she watches him silently without losing in to one blink.Bookmark here

“U-Uhm… Ai-san? You’re stari-“Bookmark here

“Ah-!”Bookmark here

Jean got startled because of the small yelp that came out of the blue.Bookmark here

“Ah… Sorry about that, Jin-san. Did I surprise you?”Bookmark here

“A-A bit… Yeah. Wait, I should be asking you that.”Bookmark here

“Sorry, I was kind of spacing out… A-And I thought that you were very cool earlier.”Bookmark here

“Oh… O-Okay.Bookmark here

W-Well then, I’ll start now.”Bookmark here

“Cool…”Bookmark here

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As Jean heated up the stove and prepared his ingredients, the curiosity of Ai once again bloomed.Bookmark here

“Jin-san. I was wondering for a bit… But you and Sakato-senpai are classmates, right?”Bookmark here

“Well, yes. Along with Ringo and three more of our friends. We started as a group of four male friends but Ringo and another girl joined us last school year when they just transferred.Bookmark here

Hmm… Technically, those two and I are still going to be classmates as senior high students because we have one common department that we will attend.”Bookmark here

“I see…Bookmark here

So I was wondering about how you’re in the same year when senpai is turning 19 this year. More like, he's the different piece.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that. That’s just how it goes. It’s very complicated to say and Gin will definitely get mad at me if I say too much. But what I can say is that he was involved with some life changing accident that stopped him from attending school.”Bookmark here

“Life changing…?”Bookmark here

“That accident became the key for Gin’s life to change. We were very surprised when he came back after that accident. He has changed a lot and we learned things from his past that we never heard of. He has grind his way to who he is now and we’re glad that he found his happiness and his own love.”Bookmark here

“Does that mean senpai has a…”Bookmark here

“It took us a month to fully notice it because they are good at concealing their relationship.Bookmark here

It’s Ringo.”Bookmark here

“…Bookmark here

EEEEEHHHHHHH?!?!?!?!”Bookmark here

Just as she was trying to stand up, she nearly tripped but came back on her footing.Bookmark here

“You okay there…?Bookmark here

Also, that’s the same reaction we had and this is the same restaurant where we discovered that.”Bookmark here

“I… I seriously had no idea…”Bookmark here

“Oh… My mind just got sidetracked… I suddenly remembered that today marks the day of the ‘soundwave incident’. I totally forgot about that…”Bookmark here

“Soundwave incident… Jin-san. Are you studying in Blue Ink High School?”Bookmark here

“Woah… How did you know that, Ai-san?”Bookmark here

“You just mentioned the soundwave incident and I’ve heard that it happened in Blue Ink High School in Cotona. Actually, I’ve been researching about things in Orio recently.”Bookmark here

“Is that so… I guess the issue really got popular worldwide. I recalled that the researchers still have no conclusions. The collaboration with the historians however found that the last time that it happened was three hundred years ago but in a very different place.Bookmark here

But I was surprised that you took interest in it.”Bookmark here

“I-It’s just something that caught my attention.”Bookmark here

“Alright, then. I’ll start now, Ai-san.”Bookmark here

“Ah, yes.”Bookmark here

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Jean’s main focus is to learn making Mala Ramen for the reason that making ramen is something that is out of his comfort zone.Bookmark here

Giotto’s Italian pasta and Japanese noodles for ramen, udon and soba are all handmade. Ramen and udon was a regular menu in the South branch and the addition of soba in the North branch was thanks to an expert chef at making soba from buckwheat flour.Bookmark here

It is a very complicated process that even the main chefs of Giotto’s South can’t reproduce it.Bookmark here

“Man, making noodles is really difficult and it takes a lot of practice… I can’t even make a ramen if I can’t make noodles that are good enough.”Bookmark here

“So Gin’s making noodles from scratch with gravity which is a couple times higher than Earth’s. He’s wild.”Bookmark here

“Ugh… this is my fifth attempt now. Ai-san, please taste it again.”Bookmark here

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“It finally got a good texture and it doesn’t break off! Jin-san! You finally got it!”Bookmark here

“Right! Time to make the soup and toppings real quick…!”Bookmark here

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“Hahh… Hahh… Ai-san. Let’s see if this is really a good reproduction. But take note that I toned down the spiciness for this one.”Bookmark here

“You should also taste it, Jin-san.”Bookmark here

“I agree…Bookmark here

Itadakimasu.”Bookmark here

The two slurped down the noodles first, just like any other people will do after receiving a bowl. The ominous redness of the soup sticks to the playful dance of the noodles as it rose up from being submerged.Bookmark here

And suddenly, the two stopped in silence while still being sat.Bookmark here

“Jin-san…”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

“You finally did it…! Jin-san! Your ramen is really good…!”Bookmark here

“D-Does it really…?”Bookmark here

“Yes, of course! You should be more proud with it. You’re the one who made this after all of your efforts! Isn’t it satisfying when you finally achieved something?”Bookmark here

Jean was suddenly reminded of his own purpose of what he wished to do.Bookmark here

“It is to give happiness to the people through my cooking…”Bookmark here

His eyes were locked on the big and bright smile of Ai. Thus, he realized that the outcome is just right in front of his eyes.Bookmark here

“Th-Thanks… Ai-san…”Bookmark here

Meanwhile, Haru who is in the dining room heard the noise from the kitchen.Bookmark here

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**Ando-san… You too, made such an amazing feat.”Bookmark here

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“Thank you for having me again, Jin-san. Also, thank you for the dinner.”Bookmark here

“No… I should be the one thanking you.”Bookmark here

“Jin-san?”Bookmark here

“In just a short time, I have progressed this much thanks to your help. I think I wouldn’t get this far without your presence.”Bookmark here

“No… it’s not really…”Bookmark here

“If possible… can I ask your help when I have time for the kitchen?”Bookmark here

The face of the girl immediately brightened up with happiness and replied:Bookmark here

“Of course…!”Bookmark here

“Really?”Bookmark here

“Really! I’m willing to help you with your testing… and I get to eat tasty food for free…Bookmark here

But I have a favor to ask, Jin-san.”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Please teach me how to cook.”Bookmark here

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“W-Wait! I-I don’t think I have the ability to teach someone. And I’m still a mentee…”Bookmark here

“Please don’t say that. I have just seen your perseverance just now. Please trust yourself just like how I trust you.”Bookmark here

“Wait… Y-You… trust me?”Bookmark here

On that queue, Ai’s face slightly turned red and made a surprised expression.Bookmark here

“Now you’re embarrassing me, Jin-san…!”Bookmark here

“N-N-N-No…! I figured that I should turn the heater down because your face is turning a bit red,” he feigned ignorance.Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah… I think you should… Jin-san, your face is red too.”Bookmark here

“Is… Is that so…Bookmark here

Yeah…”Bookmark here

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It is now the fifth day of the soft opening. We recently observed that Jean is growing day after day. And as of right now, he is picking up the pace of the main chefs in the kitchen.Bookmark here

We’ve been hearing that he’s staying in the kitchen even when the restaurant is closed and what he usually do is practicing and learning new things that made him progress this far.Bookmark here

As the one that guided him, I am very happy and impressed.Bookmark here

“Jean, you’re really picking up the pace.”Bookmark here

“I should be more surprised that you can keep up with them from the start, Ringo.”Bookmark here

“If not for the races I did with Gin… Ahaha…”Bookmark here

“Race?”Bookmark here

“We always do a timed competition where Gin and I race against time, but with the rule of preserving the quality of the dish whilst moving our hands and minds quickly.”Bookmark here

“And we sometimes get Anna or Kei as the judge.”Bookmark here

“Wow… I guess I still have a lot to learn…”Bookmark here

“Oh, Jean. It’s almost time for the errand Hiro gave you. I suggest you call someone who’s on break.”Bookmark here

“Sure. I’ll be off, then.”Bookmark here

Afterwards, Jean’s voice could still be heard from the kitchen with a decent distance far from them.Bookmark here

“**Ai-san…! Could you help me do some shopping?”Bookmark here

“**I’ll go with you!”Bookmark here

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“Rin-chan… Our ears are just playing with us, right?”Bookmark here

“Sorry to disappoint, Gin-kun. What we heard was real.”Bookmark here

“What the… is my pupil hitting on girls now?” I mumbled upon myself while looking at the distance and dicing onions at the same time.Bookmark here

“I don’t know what to say about that…”Bookmark here

“Jean has finally grown up…”Bookmark here

“Gin, what are you, his parent?”Bookmark here

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The sixth day of the soft opening…Bookmark here

“Ahhh… finally got break…Bookmark here

Kamichi-san~ thanks for making bento for us…” I talked to the air.Bookmark here

“Wherever you are, **thank you very much.”Bookmark here

Just as Rin and I are about to enter the staff room with boxes wrapped in cloth at hand, we heard a voice.Bookmark here

No. Voices…Bookmark here

“**Jin-san… You’ve got it wrong again. That’s not how you say it.”Bookmark here

“Sorry, sorry…”Bookmark here

“**We’re coming in~”Bookmark here

“**Sakato-senpai, Akanami-senpai. Good work today.”Bookmark here

“**You too, Ai-san and Jean.Bookmark here

It’s rare to see the two of you together. Teaching Jean Nihongo?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, Gin. I asked Ai-san to help me so language barrier won’t be much of a problem.”Bookmark here

“**Also, I heard you two talking earlier. So Ai-san can understand our language?”Bookmark here

“**Yes, I have studied a bit.”Bookmark here

“Well, well… I suppose Jean’s making friends now.”Bookmark here

“I guess… you could say that.”Bookmark here

“Have you two eaten lunch already?”Bookmark here

“Just a moment ago.”Bookmark here

“Well, don’t mind us and just continue with what you’re doing. We’ll just eat on the other table.”Bookmark here

“Nah, it’s okay. You can join us.”Bookmark here

“If you say so.”Bookmark here

“**I noticed that Sakato-senpai and Akanami-senpai are always together,” Ai-san pointed out.Bookmark here

“**You know, you could just call us with our first names, Ai-san. It’s a bit lengthy for the author to write it.”Bookmark here

“**I guess you can just call me Ringo-senpai?”Bookmark here

“Hey, you really like being called a senpai, huh. Rin?”Bookmark here

“Like you can talk, Gin.”Bookmark here

“**Are you two senpai dating?”Bookmark here

“**Oh? Did Jean tell you?”Bookmark here

“**It was so surprising when I first knew it since it’s hard to tell.”Bookmark here

“**Well, we really don’t look like a couple. If they don’t ask, we don’t answer. So it’s not like we’re hiding it.”Bookmark here

“**We’ll have our lunch then.”Bookmark here

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We started eating while Jean is still being taught. Honestly, I think this is the first time I saw him interacting with a girl. Truly a sight to be surprised about.Bookmark here

“**So that’s how you say April.”Bookmark here

“Oh, I see…”Bookmark here

“Ah, now that I think about it… we can’t escape summer, huh.”Bookmark here

“After all, we only have a month of stay here.”Bookmark here

“**That’s right, Ai-san. You’re moving next month, right?”Bookmark here

“**It’s probably on the first week.”Bookmark here

“**We’re leaving at exactly the 1st of May so it’s quite close.”Bookmark here

“Gin, tomorrow’s our last day too.”Bookmark here

“Last day? What do you mean, Ringo?” Jean, who had no idea, asked.Bookmark here

“So Hiroomi didn’t tell Jean? Gin and I will only be present for the week of the soft-opening.”Bookmark here

“Hmm? Why is that?”Bookmark here

“The bosses are insistent on giving the two of us a vacation as thanks for us helping in the base with Rin and the things I contributed to.”Bookmark here

“Oh, by the way. Are your arms okay now, Gin?”Bookmark here

“Fully healed. It doesn’t really take a week.”Bookmark here

“**So you were injured, senpai?”Bookmark here

“**I’m always prone to accidents, and it just happened that my arms are recently done in by disasters. Haha…”Bookmark here

“Accidents…” she wondered.Bookmark here

“Speaking of accidents, have I ever told you about this scar on my left hand? I got this from cutting myself with a cutter…”Bookmark here

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Today is the last day of the soft opening.Bookmark here

“**Chef, this is bad! We have five orders of mozzarella right off the bat!”Bookmark here

“**Please inform them that it might take some time.Bookmark here

**Alright, everyone! It’s just the start of the day but let’s double our time!”Bookmark here

“Gin, you take care of all the dough and take charge of the directions with Ito-san!”Bookmark here

“Alright!”Bookmark here

“**Akihiro-san, are the ovens heated?”Bookmark here

“**Yes!”Bookmark here

“Jean! Take care of the sauce. Rin, I trust you with the cheese!”Bookmark here

“Roger!”Bookmark here

“**Two Napolitans done!”Bookmark here

“**Table 18 is asking for two cups of black coffee!”Bookmark here

“**Table 02 orders Mushroom Risotto!”Bookmark here

“**Table 11 wants three Carbonara!”Bookmark here

“**Mozzarella for Table 16, done!”Bookmark here

“**OmuRisotto for Table 25, done!”Bookmark here

“**Napolitans for Table 08, also done!”Bookmark here

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…Is what was posted on the glass door along with the "Open" signage flipped to "Closed".Bookmark here

The situation above persists until the afternoon. There are still three open hours but we had to close for 45 minutes.Bookmark here

It is currently around 3pm and we are already dead tired.Bookmark here

“Ugh… that was tough…”Bookmark here

“Didn’t even think that we would have to go through that. To think that we’ll have to temporarily close.”Bookmark here

“Even though I can still move and I still have plenty of stamina, stress really doesn’t help at all…”Bookmark here

“Nothing in this world really goes well, huh. Gin?”Bookmark here

“Yeah… I’ve never experience this back home.Bookmark here

Still okay, Rin?”Bookmark here

“Let’s eat something and replenish our energy. I’m really hungry.”Bookmark here

“**Are there people waiting outside?”Bookmark here

“**I think it’s a guy from the building in front of us.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

I quickly ran off to the front door and looked outside to find anyone with a suit near the restaurant. I found someone sitting on the bench with a large plastic bag beside him.Bookmark here

“Oh… Hey there, Kaizo.”Bookmark here

“Woah, your sweat's pouring down…”Bookmark here

“Jean is here so I can’t have you entering even though I’d want to.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay. I’m just here to give this… rather… heavy… bag with me…! The company sent this to our neighbor. Please enjoy them and have a nice rest.”Bookmark here

“Thanks. This is a big help.”Bookmark here

“Consider it repaying you.Bookmark here

I’ll be off now.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, sure.”Bookmark here

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I cleared my throat and took a deep breath before opening the door. With the huge plastic bag on me, I opened the door and…Bookmark here

“**EVERYONE!!!!!! ANEW GAVE US LUNCH!!!!!!!!!”Bookmark here

And yes, we haven't eaten lunch.Bookmark here

Thus, the beasts inside them have finally awakened.Bookmark here

They shouted, they leapt, and ran like this is a battlefield of war. Here, we see wild beasts flocking over a great chunk of meat that came down from the sky.Bookmark here

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“With that, thank you all very much for the hard work!”Bookmark here

The night became the celebration of the successful week of the soft-opening of the restaurant. The others are drinking and others are eating and exchanging stories.Bookmark here

“Great work for us today…!”Bookmark here

Rin was about to droop.Bookmark here

“Ahhh… I feel so damn tired… Who would have thought!”Bookmark here

“**This will be your last day, Gin-san, Ringo-san.”Bookmark here

“**That’s right, Haru-san. But that doesn’t mean that we will not drop by here from time to time.”Bookmark here

“Hey~ Gin. You said you want to borrow a laptop right? Here,” Sean handed me out a laptop that I think it will slip on my hand because of how thin it is.Bookmark here

“**What’s that for Gin-senpai?”Bookmark here

“**I’ll make a call with my family. You guys can join in too. It’s okay.”Bookmark here

“Do you even remember your account, Gin?”Bookmark here

“Yeah. It’s been a while since I used Sk*pe but I still can remember it.Bookmark here

Oh, they’re finally connecting.”Bookmark here

“Are we connected? Oh, we are.Bookmark here

Hey, son. It’s been a week.”Bookmark here

“Oh, Ringo and other people are there too.”Bookmark here

“Nii! Nee-chan! It’s been a while.”Bookmark here

“Yo, Gin. Doing well?”Bookmark here

“Heya. We’re fine in here. Work just ended and they’re celebrating.”Bookmark here

“Good evening.”Bookmark here

A second after Rin talked, we heard someone knocking in the house.Bookmark here

“Yo, Amano! I heard my daughter’s voice so we’re crashing in!”Bookmark here

“Oi, Shuu! Just how sensitive are your ears?!”Bookmark here

“It’s been a while, Ringo-chan!”Bookmark here

“Hi, everyone~!”Bookmark here

“Your hair’s still tied… I’m crying…”Bookmark here

“So yeah… This is our families,” I turned to the two Japanese.Bookmark here

“Aside from Jean, there are new faces.”Bookmark here

“They are coworkers. This one here is Haru Hikari-san and next to her is Ai Hikari-san. They’re sisters.”Bookmark here

“**Good evening.”Bookmark here

“So Gin… How’s your stay?”Bookmark here

“So far, it’s chaotic but fun. We’re currently at the resto so I will show you the place we stay at next time. Also, please blame Hiro and Sean for putting Rin and I under the same roof.Bookmark here

But don’t worry, Uncle Shuu. If something happens, punch me in the gut when we go back home. Also, the caretaker of the house is always there.”Bookmark here

“It’s also a traditional house so it’s quite comfy.”Bookmark here

“Jean, are you with them?”Bookmark here

“No, Aunt Senna. It’s as they said. They were separated from the rest of the crew.Bookmark here

But there is a hot spring in their place too.”Bookmark here

“Ohh… Getting the special treatment, I see.” Dad wryly teased.Bookmark here

“Nah… We almost died earlier at work. It’s nothing compared to my work back there.”Bookmark here

“Well, take care, musuko and try to avoid death again. Just kidding.”Bookmark here

“Hey, Uncle Shuu. Quit it with the dark jokes. I know that you're going to kill me if something happens to your daughter.”Bookmark here

“Don’t forget the camera, little sister.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I got it.”Bookmark here

“The two of us will have the remainder of our stay for rest and probably vacation.Bookmark here

Sorry to say, Sis but I’ll be cutting my hair once I get home.”Bookmark here

“Awww…”Bookmark here

“Well, we should probably end the call since I know you’re all tired. Go home early and get some rest.”Bookmark here

“I want something anime related as a souvenir, Nii.”Bookmark here

“Well then, take care.”Bookmark here

“Yeah…Bookmark here

Ahhh… that’s shorter than I expected.”Bookmark here

“**Senpai… it just looks like all of you are already family…”Bookmark here

“**Hahahaha… It’s inevitable since we’re all neighbors.”Bookmark here

“But it’s nice to see them again."Bookmark here

“Yeah… I always think two years is long but just this one week felt like an eternity. Wow, I miss them already.”Bookmark here

“Let’s call Nagi and company next time.”Bookmark here

“I hope we can hook up Akira too.”Bookmark here

“Hey~ you two, can you come here in front?” Hiro called out.Bookmark here

“Yeah, sure… Is this a speech?”Bookmark here

“Just wing it.”Bookmark here

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“**Hey, everyone. You probably know that Rin and I won’t be around anymore at the official opening and onwards. We will be taking our time off for the rest of our stay in this country but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be going back anymore.Bookmark here

**If we’re available, we can easily be called and we’ll be here. I may just be an acting sous chef of this branch for the soft-opening but I’m still a chef of Giotto’s.”Bookmark here

“**Thank you very much for giving me this experience. It is my first time working in a restaurant and I will definitely apply what I have learned from all of you.Bookmark here

**Even if it’s just a short time, I really had so much fun and I’ll treasure this experience.”Bookmark here

“**Well, this won’t be the last and I know we will all see you next time.”

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That wraps up 004!Bookmark here

Nope, this arc won't end yet! I just unconsciously write like that.Bookmark here

Thank you for reading!Bookmark here

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005: Data sounds like date so why not Pt.2Bookmark here

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