Tiera, who lived together with her for a long time, was also astonished at Schnee’s enthusiastic attitude.
“When it comes to a great dish like this, it’s worthwhile to supply the ingredients.”
“Hey, though I heard a little, just what on earth did you supply? There is a weird aura coming out of the dish.”
When Tiera said that an aura came from the dish, Shin stiffened. Yuzuha tilted its head.
Even though nothing was displayed in Shin’s eyes, he recalled the ingredients which he handed to Schnee. And it was not strange that Tiera, an elf, said that the dishes radiated an aura.
“Th-That right. The main meats are Thermal Leo, Orc King, and parts of Elmora. The vegetables are Blood Radish, Karma Onion, and Baocha Potato or something like that. The fruits are the Topaz Pear and Fruit of Idea. The others are somewhat proper. I guess you used the ingredients you had stocked up after that?”
“Indeed. I have used a few high-class ingredients because today is special. Though I didn’t have enough time to do anything special.”
Schnee’s words seemed like she was indirectly saying “I’m not serious yet”.
And speaking of Tiera, who just heard the name of the ingredients.
“W.. WH.. WHAT’S THAT!? Almost all of the ingredients are extremely hard to obtain!! I’ve never even heard of some of them before until now. Moreover, when you say Fruit of Idea, it’s the fruit of dreams that only bears fruit once every 100 years. Though I was told that the real deal didn’t even exist anywhere…”
She was at her wit’s end after hearing the names of the ingredients which left Shin’s mouth.
Thermal Leo and Orc King, were both acknowledged as monsters of calamity. As soon as they were discovered, there was such a degree of danger, that the guild conveyed an urgent summons for all of the adventurers. Even though Tiera hadn’t heard of the name Elmora, because it was treated on the same rank as the previous 2, she could imagine that it might be a similar one.
Blood Radish was a vegetable similar to a half monster that grew by sucking out demon essence from the air, and Baocha Potato was a tuber vegetable that exploded from a certain amount of pressure, just like a landmine.
As for the Topaz Pear, its surface glistened like a jewel, and about the Fruit of Ideas, there was no need to say anymore.
Once they were put together, one did not expect them to be used for cooking.
“Hey, Schnee. What aura does Tiera refer to?”
“It’s similar to the remains of the life force and magic power from the ingredients. Because we elves and pixies have senses unlike other races, such things can be perceived. It can be sensed more easily from a strong monster or a rare plant and so on.”
“Is that so?”
Since elves and pixies were originally a race that had a high sensitivity, he was able to understand what she said.
“Tiera too, calm down. Let’s eat soon or the special dishes will get cold.”
“That’s right. Then, let’s eat at once.”
Shin agreed as he nodded.
After clapping their hands for prayer, Shin took the knife and fork.
Soup, potato salad, hamburger, and his favorite rice and bread were lined up on the table. For the celebrated occasion Schnee’s treasured drink, [Moonlight Sake], was poured into their glasses.
If one looked only at the menu, excluding the drink, they were similar to dishes served in a family restaurant. But he could recognize the skill of the cook directly due to it being a dish he was used to eating.
The meat juices that overflowed when he cut into it with the knife and the aroma of the sauce that was singed on the iron plate caused him to salivate before he even tasted it.
As he put it into his mouth, the meat juices overflowed even more as he chewed, and combined with the texture of the tender meat, only the single word ‘delicious’ could come out.
Then his mouth was filled with white rice, and there was no need to say anymore.
The corner of his mouth raised as he started grinning. A smile escaped him.
When one ate a really delicious dish, that person couldn’t help but smile.
When he tilted his glass, the rich scent and deep flavor of the [Moonlight Sake] increased his appetite even more.
Shin and Tiera silently savored the food. As for Yuzuha, the word ‘undivided attention’ was embodied in its whole body.
While observing two people and one animal smiling, Schnee ate the meal fully at ease.
“Ha!! I unintentionally ate in silence!?”
Shin was stunned while sitting in front of his empty plate.
“Can I have another serving?”
Such interactions between Tiera and Yuzuha were repeated several times. As if she foresaw that, Schnee prepared it without missing a beat.
Even if the pace slowed down in the middle, they became a happy circle sitting together while listening to how Schnee and the others had spent their time until now.
“――Even so, those guys live quite freely.”
Those words leaked from Shin’s mouth as he heard about the other support characters. There was a fellow who became a King, one who wandered from place to place, and one who was missing in action. They seemed to be stubbornly searching for a clue on Shin’s whereabouts. Though they might have stayed in this world, because they didn’t imitate him by wasting their lives for that reason, he felt a little relieved.
He understood once he thought about their personalities. Up till here, only the devoted Schnee was special.
“‘Shin is somewhere’ was the only wishful thought I had to the end. Everyone might understand that it was not good to needlessly worry.”
“That will save me trouble. I didn’t want to keep you all looking for an imaginary guy who does not even exist.”
“Even if one of us chooses to do so, it is our own choice. Shin doesn’t have to worry about it.”
“You are right.”
Wouldn’t worrying when a person has gone missing make us human? Thinking about such things would indeed be a useless action. Well, even if said ‘people’ didn’t worry, because Shin was the master, it was just idle thought and meaningless speculation.
“I’m okay, I’m okay.”
Shin returned a smile to Yuzuha who was looking at him with concern.
“Geezz~ Why ish Schhinn woarryingg soo muchhs~”
“…Hey, Tiera. I think you’re drunk.”
Her tone was slow and some enunciation didn’t come out well. Her remarkably white skin stood out, in stark contrast with her black hair, which was now dyed in a slightly pink color. It was considerably reddened when he thought about her original snow-white skin.
Thus, that reminded him of how many sake bottles had been emptied so far. He got carried away as he had also drank a large amount up til now.
“Hey Schnee. How many [Moonlight Sake] were emptied?”
“Approximately 5 of them.”
“Incidentally, what is the alcohol percentage?”
“It is around 35 percent.”
Because he thought it was just a type of wine from the taste and easiness of drinkability, the alcohol from this fantasy world’s common sense was more than expected.
“Tere arre twuoo Masterrs~”
“This is really dangerous. Is Tiera weak to alcohol?”
“She’s never got drunk like this when she drank before, but quantity is quantity.”
“But I don’t feel very drunk.”
Whether it was about alcohol tolerance or not, Shin felt a little tipsy, but not more than a certain degree of loss of awareness. He wasn’t slurring and didn’t stagger around either. When he thought about the alcohol percentage, he himself would certainly be down for the night if this was in the real world, and it was a good thing that it became difficult to expose shameful behavior with alcohol. There was no need to be troubled by some strong alcohol, even though he normally should be.
“Though I’ve had this body for one year, what’s happened to my real body… Well, now might not be the time to think about it.”
While Schnee took Tiera to her room, Shin tidied up the tableware. Shin suddenly thought of these kind of things while wiping the table. He didn’t know whether it was possible to return either, so it was no use even if he thought about it.
After the tidying-up was finished, Schnee returned.
“That was quick.”
“Because I’m used to doing this.”
Since he lived alone in the real world, he had to do the dishes on his own. Certainly he didn’t do it during the game, but he remembered how to unexpectedly.
“Yuzuha is sleepy…”
Yuzuha was falling into a doze on top of the desk.
“That’s right. We too, should go to sleep soon.”
“Let’s do so. Since Shin’s room was left as it is, it can be used immediately.”
“I appreciate it.”
After leaving the living room, Shin headed toward his own room while carrying Yuzuha. It was the room for Shin and the other support characters in Tsuki no Hokora, though there was also an extra room for more guests and customers to use. Even though a guest or customer room and the like was not needed, it was the result of the obsession from Cain and Shin; which could be said to have made useless additions in that construct, the Tsuki no Hokora. The place was thoroughly discussed about and they fussed over such pointless things; as it was the expected outcome when Japanese people get excited.
“It really hasn’t changed.”
He entered his own room and looked around inside. The inside area of the room was approximately 16 tatami mats big, with a bed and a desk. There were multiple shelves where trophies and items obtained from various events were displayed. Not many things were there. It was a plain room. The room might have been cleaned regularly, as dust hadn’t accumulated.
Moonlight entered naturally from the window, but the light that night was terribly weak. He proceed to change his clothes without turning on the light, because he had the skill [Night Vision]. Because there were no such things like pajamas in this world, he chose equipment with a jersey-like material.
Yuzuha had jumped onto the bed the moment they entered the room and it was already curled up next to the pillows.
“Somehow here is the best place to let myself relax.”
Was it because he had lived here since the game time? He could relax his mind and didn’t have to set up barriers because it was already fully equipped with a very powerful security system. He didn’t have to consider the possibility of a guy attacking him while he was sleeping, quite unlike the time during the death game; so he was able to genuinely relax for the first time since he came into this world again.
Of course, when there was an assailant, he would deal a serious blow, for it was deserved.
“Yuzuha…did you fall asleep? That won’t do, I should sleep too.”
As the alcohol set in, he lay down on the bed with a good feeling enveloping him.
When he closed his eyes and gradually felt his consciousness getting blurry, something soft suddenly clung around his right arm. Normally, he would jump up to his feet and shake it off in that situation. However, Shin’s body’s awareness told him that he didn’t feel any danger at all.
Was it embracing him rather than twining around? There were only two people in the Tsuki no Hokora who could do such a thing, and one person was already down for the count.
There was no reaction from the continuous activated skill for an anti surprise attack. Shin’s own intuition didn’t signal it as an enemy either.
Tiera, who lived together with her for a long time, was also astonished at Schnee’s enthusiastic attitude.