When the duke’s group arrived, Ryouma invited all 29 guests inside.
“From this point on is reserved mainly for the employees. Normally, customers aren’t permitted here. Here you can find the changing room of the employees, the reception office, the office, the toilet… etc. Oh, there’s a kitchenette too.” [Ryouma]
“Mind if I look around?” [Reinhart]
“Go ahead.” [Ryouma]
The 29 guests followed Ryouma to the different rooms of the store. Ryouma found the whole thing reminiscent of the bus tours in his past life. When they got to the last room, the break room for the employees, Ryouma told the guests to wait, so he could get the food ready.
It was only when Ryouma left that it finally occurred to him that he’d invited all sorts of high-standing individuals to a private event without regard for social status.
Although it was only because he wanted to thank these people that he planned this event – also, partly because he didn’t have any good relationships in his past life and admired such gatherings – after realizing what he’d just done, he quietly reflected on his actions in the kitchen.
But since most of the adventurers and the people were high ranked, they didn’t actually mind it as much as Ryoum was thinking. Although a little tense, they chatted with each other as they waited for Ryouma to return.
10 minutes later, Wereanna started to become restless.
“Wereanna? What’s wrong?”
“I-I think it’s Ryouma’s cooking. Something smells really good.” [Wereanna]
When she said that everyone started to pay attention to the smell, but only the 3 beast tribe members other than Wereanna and the dragonnewt could smell it.
“Nyaa!? It really does smell good, nyaa!” [Miya]
“She’s right…” [Syria]
“I can’t smell anything, though…” [Pioro]
“The smell is probably too faint for humans, so only the beast tribe members could smell them.” [Mizelia]
“No, I can smell it too, de gozaru. Is this… meat? No, is it bread? …Regardless, it smells wonderful, de gozaru.” [Asagi]
“Come to think of it, Ryouma’s cooking tasted great last time too.” [Reinhart]
“Really, Reinhart-sama?” [Syria]
“Yes, even though it seemed he didn’t have many ingredients, that rabbit meat sauteed with Jija root sure tasted great.” [Reinhart]
“Ryouma-kun already has Lv 10 in Domestic Chores despite his age, after all. I’m sure we can look forward to a wonderful meal.” [Sebasu]
“Lv 10 at that age? That’s impressive. Domestic Chores may be easy to level up, but it’s rare to see anyone level it up to 10 before 40.” [Grisiera]
5 minutes later, Ryouma came back.
“Sorry to keep you waiting. The food’s ready.” [Ryouma]
“Alright, nyaa!” [Miya]
“Slow, slow, too slow! Do you have any idea how torturous it was enduring that delicious smell?” [Wereanna]
“Huh? You could smell it? I put up a smell-concealing barrier. Did it break midway?” [Ryouma]
“Forget the barrier, where’s the food?” [Wereanna]
“I’ll bring it now.” [Ryouma]
“We’ll help too.” [Sebasu, Arone, Lilian]
Ryouma thanked the three Jamil servants, then he carried the food into the room with them, while a slime carried the drinks. Seeing that, the 5 members of the merchant guild and Taylor, the branch head of the tamers guild, finally noticed that Ryouma’s slimes moved differently from normal. The other guests explained for Ryouma.
While the other guests were explaining to them, food and drinks were brought one after another. When everything was served, Ryouma proposed a toast.
“Umm… I would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate the opening of my store. Although it’s not much, I’ve prepared food and drinks. I hope you find it to you liking. Cheers!” [Ryouma]
“Cheers!” [Everyone else]
At the toast, everyone drank their cups at the same time, then Gordon suddenly exclaimed.
“W-What is this wine? Isn’t this the high class stuff!?” [Gordon]
“We are celebrating, after all, so I splurged a little.” [Ryouma]
“What wine is this?” [Gordon]
“I believe the store owner called it the Spring of Jemis.” [Ryoma]
When Gordon heard that, he looked at the cup in his hand and laughed.
“So it was the Spring of Jemis! I’ve heard word of its taste, but I’ve never actually tasted it.” [Gordon]
“It’s that famous?” [Ryouma]
“You bought without knowing? The Spring of Jemis is a highly regarded brand among wine aficionado.” [Gordon]
“I didn’t know at all. The store owner just recommended it, so I bought it.” [Ryouma]
“You have good luck. The Spring of Jemis isn’t that expensive, but it’s famous among enthusiasts, so it always sells out.” [Gordon]
“I see… Hmm, luck? Ah!” [Ryouma]
“What is it?” [Elialia]
“No, I just realized why I was able to buy one.” [Ryouma]
“Yes. Actually, I have the divine protection of the god of wine, Tekun-sama.” [ryouma]
“Is that true, boy!?” [Pioro]
When Pioro and Gordon heard that, they were shocked.