Early in the morning, I went out to buy lots of food ingredients and started making preparations for the food I’ll be cooking tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s menu includes a salad, a meat sauce spaghetti, and steak. For dessert we’ll be having apple pie.
I wasn’t sure what to cook, but this world has pasta and steaks too, so I figured I should be safe if I make those. Not exactly the kind of food you normally see in parties, though.
When I think of parties, the first thing that comes to mind is pizza, but there doesn’t seem to be any pizza in this world, so I refrained from serving it.
For drinks, I decided to go with water and a fruit juice with alcohol.
Alcohol has always been meant for parties, so I decided to splurge a bit and spend 3 small gold coins to purchase 30 persons’ worth of the storekeeper’s recommended liquor. The juice I’ll be making myself.
Alchemy was surprisingly useful for the cooking. For example, I was able to turn the noodles of the spaghetti into dried noodles by removing its water content after beating it. Thanks to that all I’ll need to do tomorrow is to boil it. Another example is with the juice, as I was easily able to extract the fruit’s juice by crushing it and then using alchemy to separate the juice from the other parts, allowing me to extract a 100% fruit juice.
I wonder if it’s okay to use alchemy like this.
Next was the meat sauce, but making one usually requires condomme, which could be bought from the market, but unfortunately, those aren’t sold here, so I decided to make a chicken and vegetable soup. If I add tomato and fried minced meat to it tomorrow, I should be able to make something close to it.
I stored the food I’d prepared into a wooden box coated in the sticky slime’s hardening liquid and protected by the inverse version of the barrier normally meant for blocking the cold to keep the cold from leaving, then I stored everything in a cold storeroom to preserve it.
Speaking of which, when using Identify on the cold storage, explanations for each food item show up, including the contents, freshness… etc. It’s pretty amazing. Though I guess it’s Identify that’s amazing rather than the cold storage
By the time I finished preparing, it was already dusk.
It’s a bit late to be going to the guild now, but I think it’s also too early to be going home.
In the end, I decided to go around the town first. As a result, I happened upon the church and realized that I haven’t come to pray in a while.
When I went to the church, a girl not yet twenty welcomed me.
“Welcome. How may I help you today?” [Nun]
“I have some time, so I was thinking of praying.” [Ryouma]
“In that case, please follow me.” [Nun]
The room she led me to was a wide room with many chairs and an altar at the front. Apparently, I could pray as I pleased here.
The girl told me to take my time, then she left.
A few seconds later…
A sensation that felt like I was losing touch with my body filled me.
It wasn’t a bad feeling, and true enough, when I opened my eyes next, that pure white room appeared before me again.
“I’m here again?” [Ryouma]
“Yep, you’re back.” [???]
When I turned around, Kufo was there standing.
“We met again, Kufo.” [Ryouma]
“It hasn’t been that long. At least not long enough to say ‘it’s been a while’. It’s only been a month, right?” [Kufo]
“Are Gayn and Rurutia out?” [Ryouma]
“Yeah, they stepped out for a bit.” [Kufo]
“Huh? Gods go out too?” [Ryouma]
“It’s a pretty rare, actually.” [Kufo]
“Huh. So, where did they go?” [Ryouma]
When I said that, Kufo made an ‘I screwed up!’ face.
“Erm, umm… Actually, they went to your old world.” [Kufo]
“To Earth!? Why? Are they summoning someone again?” [Ryouma]
“No, no! That’s not it. Actually, they’re…” [Kufo]
Kufo hesitate to speak.
“If it’s hard to say, you don’t have to.” [Ryouma]
“Hmm……… If it’s you, maybe it’s okay. Right. They went sightseeing.” [Kufo]