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Saturday has finally arrived!
After working half a day, I can take the rest of the day off.
Then tomorrow I’ll have a full day off. Days off are so nice! I love holidays!
On the first Saturday after I arrived at the royal castle, the knights had gone on an expedition to defeat a magical beast that had appeared in the suburbs.
The magical beast was safely defeated, and as per usual, the rest of today was a half-day holiday.
The Knights were basically allowed to take holidays off according to the calendar, but unfortunately sometimes they were assigned to work on holidays.
Thankfully, both of the handsome knights assigned to my care had the day off today, and they were going to give me a tour of the capital.
Although, for some strange reason, the tour was divided into two parts; Gilliam was in charge of the first half, and Farangis in charge of the later.
The plain-clothed Gilliam, was walking side by side with me on the cobblestone street. I looked over at him.
“I thought I had heard you had some other things to do today, but I’m guessing that you skipped out?”
Gilliam shrugged his shoulders, indicating that he had no other choice.
“Farangis is a smooth talker after all. It’s hard to argue with him when he gives you a good reason. Although, he’s probably secretly seeing one of his lovers again today.”
“Farangis sure is popular.”
“That he is. He’s quite the man when you think about it—not only is he skilled and courageous, but he has an unyielding personality and is quite charming, which makes it difficult to dislike him. It also helps that he has a good family background. The only drawback I can think of, is his bad habit of being overly promiscuous.”
“… Ah yeah, in this world, the partners are men…”
… When such a clean-cut gentleman put it like that, a somber feeling crept over me while thinking about my situation.
As we were walking, I couldn’t help but think that the man walking next to me was looking splendidly handsome today as well.
Thinking back to the first time we met, Gilliam seemed stiff, but I guess that was because we hadn’t really gotten to know each other yet.
During the times when we met each other at the workplace, I realized that he was a fine young man.
He has a calm demeanor, and has a gentle but firm personality. He was skilled and was popular among his peers too.
… Ahh, I wished that I had such a junior colleague in my original world.
It would have been great if he was my subordinate.
If only I had him, a man who was capable, the time spent working overtime would have been considerably reduced.
I could imagine saying things like, “Thanks for the follow-up on the last item. If you don’t mind a vending machine, I’ll buy you anything you want.”
I would probably settle any amount of bills while saying something like that.
But if he was this handsome and capable, I was sure the sales people would have happily snatched him up…
“Keigo, if you are happy with the food from one of the stalls here, I’ll buy you whatever you want. As long as you don’t upset your stomach.”
… Ah, yes. I’d been vaguely sensing this, but you didn’t care that I’m older, did you?
He probably said that because he was worried that I wouldn’t have any money of this world, but I actually did have some pocket money.
Or rather, I borrowed it.
Thank you, Saneto, for lending it to me with a smile. Although, I felt sorry for extorting it from the priest.
They said that I’ll get paid for my office work, so I could pay it back with interest when I get it.
I quickly took out my wallet.
“It’s okay Gilliam, I have money. I have money, but… Here.” I handed over the wallet to Gilliam. “I don’t really understand the monetary value of this world yet, so I wondered if you could keep it for me until I get used to it. And since you’ve generously offered to treat me, I’ll take you up on your offer and ask for just one thing. Ok?”
“… Which one?”
“That fried churros-like confectionery!” I enthusiastically pointed to the stall I was interested in with a smile. “That sugar coating looks delicious!”
“Does Keigo like sweets?”
“I love them! Ah, I also like spicy food. I also like to drink. I don’t drink much, though.”
“Are you a lightweight?”
“… I am not that heavy of a drinker. But, I do like to drink because it puts me in a good mood.”
“Then I’ll introduce you to a good bar next time.”
He invited me to have a drink with him, so I gladly nodded.
I liked this kind of enthusiasm.
Really, I wished he were my colleague.
As an elder, I felt guilty, but it was nice to have a relationship where you could get along without feeling older.
… Thinking about it, it occurred to me that maybe he thought of me as his junior.
If that were the case, then that would explain why he might be treating me so well. He would be kind to his juniors, and juniors were generally pretty cute, you know?
Even though I was older, he must have regarded me as such because I was the new guy at work.
… In this situation, let’s forget about the pride of older people and take advantage of his generosity.
Gilliam senpai! Thank you for your help ! !
Gilliam grew up in the royal capital, Shuraorumu.
It seemed that as a knight he held a position as a quasi-aristocrat, but he has a family home in a commoner neighborhood.
He said that since he knew more about this side of the city, his guided tour was centered on the commoner area.
Various stores lined the streets in this sub-district.
The area around the middle gate near the noble district was the government office. Then near the outer gate was the post station.
From what Gilliam said, It seemed that many artisans live on the east side of the castle, and the entertainment district was on the west side.
I wondered if it has a red-light district?
When I asked him about it, he affirmed that there were such stores.
I see, so there were still brothels.
It was a world full of men after all.
The goods, of course, being men—there were severe penalties for buying and selling women in this world, after all.
When I asked Gilliam if he had ever been there before, he didn’t respond.
… Which meant he has been there before.
No, I don’t blame you, okay? It’s normal for men to have sexual desires.
I don’t have any experience as a top or otherwise, not even with the experts.
I’m not sure I’ll ever experience that… I’m in the position of being penetrated, not doing the penetrating. (Tears)
I heard that the whole entertainment district was lively, even in the daytime, but he didn’t take me there.
The sky gradually faded into a scarlet sunset.
Gilliam and I were heading to the fountain in the square where we were supposed to meet up with Farangis.
On my shoulder was a cloth bag that I just bought.
The inside was filled with the spoils of our adventure that I bought on a whim.
Even though food, clothing, and shelter were guaranteed— there were some things that you just wanted to have on a whim.
The beautifully colored sugar candies were gifts for Hans and Saneto, who had been taking great care of me.
There were also several other small bags of sweets.
Yes, I was the type who kept a stash of sweets in the office drawer. If I didn’t get enough sugar, I’d run out of energy in the middle of the night…
I also bought a few bags of nuts. I figured they would be good snacks for drinking.
While shopping for snacks, I refrained from buying anything that smelled too strong. I didn’t want that beautiful guest room to smell like squid.
(Which reminds me, there was dried squid at one of the stores we visited. I didn’t buy any, but someday I think I’ll request the kitchen to grill some for me.)
I also bought sake. The bottles were heavy, so I only bought one small bottle.
For some reason, as I was walking around in a good mood after shopping, it felt like Gilliam was looking at me affectionately with a smile on his face.
No, I’m older than you, you know.
Next to the fountain, Farangis was waiting with a horse.
TL Note: When I saw Saneto while translating: Saneto? Who?
I have to re read earlier chapters. Saneto is the priest who didn’t sleep with Keigo. The priest who has a boyfriend. In case you guys forget like me. I am working on another project. It’s a VRMMORPG bl novel. After I have stockpiled it, I will finally translate character introductions of SS. So that no one would have to reread to know the character background. Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
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