Story of a Cannon Fodder who Firmly Believed He was the Protagonist, Misunderstood the Actual Protagonist as the Cannon Fodder, and Ended up Victorious

Translator: Tsukii

Editor: Derpy

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Third Arc – Gray Flower Bloom

Chapter 020 – Who is That Person next to Fay?! [A]

There were many restaurants which were known by their menus in the royal capital of Britannia, and were often filled with people at lunch and dinner time.

Among those restaurants, there was one called “Grand” which was known for their delicious spaghetti. It was naturally popular due to its combination of good taste, good decoration, and good employees. 

Although the store was popular with both men and women alike, it was especially famous for its beautiful employees which made the store especially favored by men. 

Maria: “Hey, Fay, how about we have lunch together for once?” 

Fay: “…Why?”

Maria: “Why, you ask… Fay usually only eats ham and lettuce sandwiches for lunch, right? You have to change it up once in a while and eat in a well-known store.”

Fay: “…It’s not like I mind eating ham and lettuce sandwiches all the time.”

Maria: “Fay is already a little bit of a celebrity because you are always buying ham and lettuce sandwiches from the bakery.”

 

Maria, who wore a red flower hair accessory, giggled at Fay who also ate a ham and lettuce sandwich for breakfast. 

Maria: “Isn’t it okay once in a while? If you really don’t want to, I won’t insist.” 

Fay: “…I’m better off practicing my sword than taking the time to eat lunch.”

Maria: “I see… then forget it.”

 

Sadness tinged Maria’s laugh as she gave up on eating lunch with Fay. Then Lele, who sat next to Maria, raised his voice. 

Lele: “Eh! Isn’t it okay for you to accompany her? If Fay only ate ham and lettuce sandwiches all the time, then you might end up becoming a ham and lettuce ghost!”

Fay: “…I see, I don’t mind doing it then. You should come along with us as well.”

Lele: “I still have sword training to do so I can’t!!”

Fay: “What a coincidence, me too.”

Lele: “Mumu, but! Maria always wanted to eat out with Fay, so you better go with her! I think you wouldn’t focus on your training if you don’t take a proper breather sometimes!”

Fay: “…That’s logical… Then, if it’s during the period between training, I’ll think about it.”

Maria: “Fufu, thank you, Lele.”

 

Due to Lele’s desperate persuasion, Maria was happy that she got the chance to eat out with Fay. Maria thought Lele was responding to her lonely mood earlier when Fay refused her, but in fact, Lele inwardly treated Fay as a father and Maria as a mother, and nobody else knew that he wished for the two to be tied together if it was possible.

Lele imagined a scene where Fay held his right hand and Maria held his left hand as they went on a picnic together. 

 

The consideration of the innocent boy allowed Maria to get the opportunity for a meal with Fay. 

 

■◆

 

Fay finished his early training with Yururu before noon. He then proceeded to the front of the paladin statue where he would meet up with Maria for the meal. 

 

Fay was expressionless as usual, while Maria, who wore a red flower accessory, had a smile on her face. The pair walked together and went to a certain store, a popular store called Grand. 

Maria: “It’s here. The food here is known to be very delicious.” 

Fay: “I see.”

Maria: “That’s right. So let’s —“

 

Just as Maria said so…

 

Yururu: “Huh? Fay-kun…?” 

 

There was a certain person who visited the store around the same time. It was Fay’s swords master who trained together with him, and promised to continue the training in the afternoon. Her name was Yururu Garethia. 

 

Yururu: “What a coincidence. To think we came to the… same… store…” 

 

Yururu noticed the woman next to Fay. 

 

Yururu: “Eh? Ah, eh? Uh, uhm, that person is…?” 

Fay: “Aah, she’s Maria, the sister of the orphanage.”

Yururu: “Ah- so that’s how it is. Err, is she your girlfriend?”

Fay: “Nope.”

Yururu: “I-I see (exhales in relief).”

 

As Yururu was filled with relief when she learned that the person next to Fay wasn’t his girlfriend, Maria looked at Yururu with mixed feelings. 

 

Yururu Garethia-san… I knew both her name and appearance from before… It is said that the relationship between her and Fay is that of master and disciple… Or, at least that’s what I thought, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for her. 

Maria understood when she saw Yururu’s reaction: the fact that the woman in front of her, like herself, saw Fay as a special person of the opposite sex.

 

Fay: “You wanted to eat here too?” 

Yururu: “That’s right. I heard that the food here is delicious so I wanted to try it once… but I somehow feel like I’m disturbing the both of you…”

Fay: “I don’t mind… what do you think, Maria?”

Maria: “I guess I also don’t mind…”

 

Maria said that with a slightly awkward tone. Although she intended to spend the meal with just Fay, she couldn’t have said that to Fay’s master who took great care of Fay. 

However, Yururu also saw Maria and understood something. 

 

Ah, this person, maybe… she’s the same as me… 

Yururu: “Err, I guess I won’t eat here after all… I somehow feel like eating a ham and lettuce sandwich right now.” 

Fay: “You don’t need to be considerate. Go on, you wanted to eat here as well, right?”

Yururu: “Eh, err.”

Fay: “Speak up. Hurry.”

Yururu: “I-I’m sorry. I’m going to have to bother you then…”

Maria: “N-no, you don’t have to worry about that…”

 

Maria and Yururu spoke in a slightly cold tone to each other, but Fay ignored that; he entered the store, and took a seat. Most tables happened to be full. Although they could sit with a stranger if necessary, such a thing didn’t happen. 

 

They went to a large wooden, square table. Yururu and Maria sat next to each other for some reason while Fay sat across them alone. 

 

Yururu: “Ah, eh, err, I wonder what I should eat… What would Maria-senpai be having?” 

Maria: “Eh? Aah, let’s see. I’ll take…”

 

Both of them were aware of each other’s circumstances. Maria was aware of the Garethia house’s circumstances, while Yururu knew that Maria was formerly an avenger –although Maria is a sister of an orphanage now– her senior who was a former paladin. It was incredibly awkward for the both of them.

However, Fay acted as usual, unaware of the two women’s plight. 

 

The napolitan that person ate looked delicious. I guess I’ll order that… Both of them are a little distant for some reason. Hahahn, perhaps the menu is just too attractive that they can’t decide? I’ll feel bad for hurrying them, so I’ll just stay silent until they decide on what to eat. I am a considerate protagonist after all!! 

 

Fa- Fay-kun, please say something… I never talked to Maria-senpai before… mo-moreover, both of us see Fay-kun as… 

Thi-this is awkward… even more so since we both noticed that the other is being conscious of Fay… 

 

Yururu: “Wa-waah, the spaghetti here looks really tasty! Do-don’t you think so? Maria-senpai.” 

Maria: “Yo-you’re right. It really looks tasty…”

“…”

 

Even though they tried to forcefully lighten the atmosphere, it wouldn’t work. Both of them noticed that the other was being conscious of Fay, which meant that it was a love triangle, so being awkward couldn’t be helped. 

Fay-kun, please talk about something! Please! 

Please, Fay. Say something!

 

The wishes of the two didn’t bear fruit as Fay was busy looking into the distance with his arms crossed. 

Both of them seem to be at a loss. They are surprisingly gluttonous… Oh, that shrimp pilaf that is being eaten by that person over there also looks delicious. 

 

Yururu: “I-I’ll have this spaghetti bolognese then!”

Maria: “Then, I’ll have… this napolitan.” 

Fay: “Hmm, then I’ll have the shrimp pilaf.”

 

When Fay raised his hand, the employee came up to him. Fay placed their order and silence reigned again. 

 

Maria: “Eh, err, Yururu…-san? How is Fay usually?” 

Yururu: “Fay…-kun is always working hard…”

 

The awkwardness grew stronger. 

 

What should I do? This is very awkward. Fay-kun is usually quiet so he wouldn’t talk much to begin with… and Maria-san is very pretty. Unlike me, who has a childish body, her body exudes an adult’s beauty. To be compared with this person… 

 

I see… So Fay’s master is this kind of cute person… It really makes me aware of how old I am… She has a gentle and nice face, and also seems to understand Fay more than anyone else…1

 

It really makes me lose my confidence… 2 

 

Both of them sighed. Not only did the grass on the other side look greener, perhaps it even seemed golden to them. 

 

Even though both of them loved Fay, they were also unable to put on strong fronts. And just as the silence got heavier! 

 

Bouran: “Eh-! The shop is crowded!” 

Arthur: “…Too bad. Want to change stores, Bouran?”

Bouran: “No, I want to eat here! But, I don’t want to sit with a stranger… Ah! There’s Fay and sensei over there!”

Arthur: “…Fay.”

 

There were unexpected new challengers, Bouran and Arthur!! 


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Carrion
Carrion
11 days ago

Ah for note :
Where noir? Is she maybe stalking fay?

tsukii
tsukii
11 days ago
Reply to  Carrion

no, noir didn’t reappear yet as of latest raw chapter.

Carrion
Carrion
11 days ago

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

what the hell is too funny to read

I always laugh at fay POV but this one too funny

THANKS FOR UPDATE TSUKII-SAMA !!!!

somehow I have a question for you Tsukii-sama, are you laughing when you work translate every chapter ??
Are you think this chapter too funny or not? How many part this chapter going?

tsukii
tsukii
11 days ago
Reply to  Carrion

not exactly laughing, i just let my chuuni soul guide my action: got up from bed, acted like fay in his moment, then returned to translate.

most early chapter is only 2 or 3 chap, last time is actually 3 part 19 and 2 part 19x, but since novelupdate didn’t register x, it got combined as single chap

currently translating latest chapter at the moment. he made yet another woman fell for him.

thx for comment too!

ProBro
ProBro
12 days ago

Shuraba ??

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago
Reply to  ProBro

kinda?

Takusaka
12 days ago

Ed: Your both old…

Lmao! They both are!!

Even Arthur appeared! I love this chapter!!

It really is a shuraba

Thank you for the chapter!!

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago
Reply to  Takusaka

we’re glad u enjoyed it! thx for the comment!

Carrion
Carrion
11 days ago
Reply to  Takusaka

If it’s not mistake, yuru 23 and Maria 28? I don’t remember after this long reading but both are over 20 and fay is 15.

Damp,I a girl read this I think they will call me worse man ever

tsukii
tsukii
11 days ago
Reply to  Carrion

he gave them what they sought for: trust(as guarantee of yururu) and recognition(he found lilia and approved of maria action despite knowing she did it for selfish goal)

Wan
Wan
7 days ago
Reply to  Carrion

Maria is 26

B then M
B then M
12 days ago

Fay: “…Why?”F
*Why?”

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago
Reply to  B then M

fixed. thx

SplitPersonalityIs2In1Package
SplitPersonalityIs2In1Package
12 days ago

For syncing thoughts, you can just do this: ((thought))

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago

well, maybe if we encounter one next time. its rare to happen after all.

thx for suggestions though!

Yatghet
Yatghet
12 days ago

TFTC
Additionally, there is some unrecognized filter her or something, you can las just say (TN Note:TFTC)

[еfn_nоtеТ/N: thіѕ lіnе frоm bоth Yururu аnd Маrіа іѕ thоught аt thе ѕаmе tіmе, dunnо hоw tо роrtrау ѕуnсіng thоughtѕ, ѕо І јuѕt рut nоtе hеrе іnѕtеаd.[/еfn_nоtе]

The legendary Doormat who will isekai you into Taishi’s realm
Editor
The legendary Doormat who will isekai you into Taishi’s realm
12 days ago
Reply to  Yatghet

Sorry! I has done a fix!

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago

sorry to disturb u on short notice and thanks for the fix

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago
Reply to  Yatghet

thx for the comment! also thank you for pointing the mistake!

Raihan
Raihan
12 days ago

Thanks for the chapter.
Maria: “Ah, eh, err, I wonder what I should eat… What would Maria-senpai be having?” 
Yururu: “Eh? Aah, let’s see. I’ll take…”
In this dialogue their name got swapped.
For internal monologue, how about adding ‘(character name)’ in the end, at least for the 3rd pov chapter like this?

tsukii
tsukii
12 days ago
Reply to  Raihan

thx for pointing out mistakes!
as for the monologue names, we’ll have internal discussion whether to implement it, please see post edit chapter later!

Carrion
Carrion
11 days ago
Reply to  Raihan

Is that from raw? Is there new spoiler?

tsukii
tsukii
11 days ago
Reply to  Carrion

sorry, I’m quite confused about the question here. mind to elaborate?