The next day.
After the party yesterday, Carm-san and Carla-san excitedly announced, “We can start as early tomorrow!” Because of that we’re opening the store today.
The time is currently 5 AM.
“Yeah, this might be a bit too early…” [Ryouma]
I accidentally used earth as a basis for my work schedule. Those 2 probably won’t come until later.
Can’t be helped. Let’s kill some time with the slimes.
“Good morning, boss!” [Carla and Carm]
“Good morning, Carm-san, Carla-san. I look forward to working with you today.” [Ryouma]
When they came, I just did a little checking, then we immediately started preparations to open the store. I say ‘preparations’, but all we really did was to let the cleaner slimes enter the room and prepare some change and the bags.
It was Carm-san and Carla-san who brought the bags and the things they ordered this morning, so they’re already being very helpful.
“I’ll be going then.” [Ryouma]
“Take care.” [Carla and Carm]
I have my reservations about leaving the store to them right on the first day, but with leaflets and other advertising avenues being closed, I have no choice but to go to the adventurers and advertise the store myself.
Besides, Serge-san introduced some really reliable workers, so… I guess I’m not needed anymore? Well, that’s why I hired them in the first place.
While I thought that to myself, I dropped by my neighbor before heading to the guild. I have to tell Pauline-san that the store’s opened already.
“Excuse me, is anyone in?” [Ryouma]
The store was open, but no one was inside, so I called out. When I did, Pauline-san came out.
“Coming! Oh! If it isn’t Ryouma-kun. Did you come to buy some seeds again?” [Pauline]
“No. My store, Bamboo Forest Laundromat Agency, is opening today, so I thought I’d drop by to say hi.” [Ryouma]
“Oh. It’s opening already? That’s quick.” [Pauline]
“Yes. It’s thanks to everyone’s efforts. Last time, I handed out some free bags, so please consider using our services. Pleaes let Mary-san and Kiara-san know too. I’ve alerady informed the two employees working at the store.” [Ryouma]
“You hired some helpers?” [Pauline]
“Someone I know introduced them so I can leave the store to them while I work as an adventurer. I’ll also have to rely on my salary as an adventurer to pay their wages until the store gets going.” [Ryouma]
In the end, they even said, “We don’t need a salary as long as you let us work for you!!” But naturally, I couldn’t just let them do that. I’d feel sorry if I did… Honestly, I don’t really understand why they want to work at my store so badly. They’d probably get better wages and have more opportunities to show off their skills if they were ot work at Serge’s. Hmm… Maybe it’s because of my personal connections?
Regardless, it’s a huge help to have their support.
“With how big your store is, I guess it was necessary. Well, do your best. I’ll be rooting for you too, so I’ll give your store a try out today.” [Pauline]
“Thank you very much. Well then, I’ll be going to work.” [Ryouma]
After bidding her goodbye, I left the store and went to teh guild. As soon as I arrived, someone called out to me.
“Ryouma, your store is opening soon, yeah?” [Familiar Adventurer 1]
“How long before it opens?” [Familiar Adventurer 2]
“I wish you’d open it already~” [Familiar Adventurer 3]
I also looked for advise from the people I met in the carriage from the abandoned mine monster subjugation hunt. Apparently, those people were also looking forward to the opening of my laundromat.
“Bamboo Forest Laundry Agency is already open starting today.” [Ryouma]
“Really!?” [Familiar Adventurer 1]
“Yes. We also have a full-body wash that includes the armor and the weapons, so please give it a try.” [Ryouma]
“Alright! I’m definitely dropping by on the way home today!”
I purposelly replied to the adventurer in a loud voice for advertising purposes, then I went to the reception desk to get a herb collection job. I’ll do my rounds around the abandoned mine at the same time.
A few hours later.
I may have left the store in their care, but I was still worried, so I quickly concluded my job and came back.
When I did… the store was already jam-packed despite it being its opening day.
…Huh? T-There’s 20 people standing outside!!?
Panicking, I quickly entered the store, and Carla-san was there to greet me.
“Welcome… Boss!” [Carla]
“Carla-san, what’s the situation?” [Ryouma]
“The store’s a lot more popular than expected, Boss!” [Carla]
“Boss! The neighboring madams brought in their laundry!” [Carm]
Carm-san stepped out from the inner rooms of the laundromat, carrying bags of laundry, and said that.
Anyway, we need to do something about all these people!