The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 149: Crime and Punishment… After (4/4)

…The actions of the bandits are no different. They have to be judged, and then atone for their crimes.

I don’t like the behavior of the men yesterday and I don’t feel like employing them.

But what about after they atone for their crimes? What if they have a change of heart?

If they’ve really had a change of heart, then wouldn’t it be fine to give them a second chance.

At least that’s what I think.

“And that’s why you’re going to hire them.” [Willieris]

“No. I haven’t decided that yet… First of all, unlike the slum people, they have actually committed a crime. Although they’re former convicts, deciding to hire them on my own won’t do. Not only is there the issue of risk management, I would also be ignoring my current employees. That’s why if I’m going to be hiring them, I will have to interview them first, explain to the employees, bow my head, and then get them to agree.

I could also have the former convicts tend to a new store instead, but before anything else, I first need to confirm: 1. What crimes they’ve committed. 2. Why they committed them. 3. And if they’re planning to turn over a new leaf. There are all sorts of crimes too…” [Ryouma]

For example, although those bandits were cowards, they knew enough to avoid killing someone. I spoke quite a bit with one of them, and I think there might be room for rehabilitation. But there are people who don’t think anything of committing crimes… An extreme example would be someone who enjoys killing people. Those type of people are definitely out of the question. I’ll limit my former convict employees to those who I feel have reflected over their actions and have turned over a new leaf. Maybe I’ll limit the acceptable crimes to just misdemeanors too.

“I should probably get someone else to handle the interviews too… I’m too biased toward the former convicts.” [Ryouma]

“…I get what you want to say, but… Seriously. You’re such a busybody. Just when I thought you’d made a clean decision to hand the bandits over to the guards, you’re suddenly thinking of what to do after they’re let out.” [Kirillel]

That might be true.

I gave them up to the guards and now I’m thinking of helping them.

If someone wants to say that my actions are contradictory, I have no words to refute with.

But that’s what it means to be human.

Humans have always been doing things as they please, just doing whatever is convenient for them.

And I too am one of those humans.

“This is this and that is that.” [Ryouma]

“Isn’t it fine? You’re in the position to do so anyway. Moreover, no matter what the reason is, looking back on your actions and reflecting, and then thinking about other people isn’t a bad thing. But you shouldn’t saddle yourself with so much.” [Willieris]

“Thank you very much, Willieris-sama… For the mean time, I think I’ll talk about this incident with my assistant-manager.” [Ryouma]

Whether I go through with it or not, everything starts from there.

Now that I think about it… It has already been over half a year since I spent three years in that forest after coming to this world and left for town. I now have an objective. To go to the Great Shurus Forest and retrieve the inheritance of my grandmother. But to that end, I need to be a C Ranker first. Although I’m taking it one step at a time, I am progressing with my preparations. If I manage to prepare everything early, I should be able to go next year.

But after that, then what? What reason am I living for? What will I use my money and power for?

I don’t want to keep working without a goal just so I can keep on making a living.

Although my environment and work are different, what I’m doing won’t be different from my previous life.

It won’t be long before I spend my fifth year in this world, and yet I still don’t have a long-term goal.

But as vague as it may be, if possible, I’d like to use my abilities for something that would be useful to others.

“…In Japan, there’s a saying ‘if there is a god who will abandon you, then there will also be a god who will pick you up [1].’ If there’s someone who will abandon others in this world, then there will also be someone who will save others…” [Ryouma]

Rurutia and the others picked me. That’s why I’m here today.

I’m able to spend my days happily now. That was an unthinkable thing back in my previous life.

“That’s why I want to thank you.” [Ryouma]

“Ryouma-kun…” [Rurutia]

“I don’t know what will happen to me in the future, but I too would like to be on the side of taking others in…” [Ryouma]

As I said those words from the bottom of my hears, that usual gentle light began to cover me.

“Out of time, huh. Alright. I’ll be off then.” [Ryouma]

“Yes. Do your best.” [Rurutia]

“I pray that fortune will grace you. Next time, I’ll introduce my husband to you.” [Willieris]

“I’ll watch over you from time to time too. Someday let’s have a match.” [Kirillel]

“Thank you very mu—” [Ryouma]

“Da!” [Kirillel]

When I was about to thank the two goddesses, Kirillel-sama suddenly yelled.

“You’re too stiff!” [Kirillel]

“Ryouma-kun, haven’t you had enough time to get used to us yet?” [Willieris]

…I understand.

“Thank you. Willieris. Kirillel.” [Ryouma]

“Now that’s more like it!” [Killieris]

“Fu fu fu. Do take care until the next time we meet.” [Willieris]

“Wait a moment! How come you didn’t call my name—” [Rurutia]

My consciousness went back to my body…


[1] – This is the same ‘pick up’ as in the title. I wrote it this way to give the title nod, but another way to put is ‘take in’. So the sentence will read as: In Japan, there’s a saying ‘if there is a god who will abandon you, then there will also be a god who will take you in[1].’

Tl Note: Looking at it now, perhaps ‘The Man the Gods Took in’ or ‘The Man Adopted by the Gods’ or ‘The Man Saved by the Gods’ might actually be better titles.






24 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 149: Crime and Punishment… After (4/4)”

  1. Belkar Avatar

    Thank you!

  2. twinnnn100 Avatar

    thanks for the chapter

  3. Mikan Avatar

    [“Wait a moment! How come you didn’t call my name—” [Rurutia]]

    ohh is that jealously?

    1. 龍忍一月 Avatar

      I’m expecting that they will also make the guild card into a chat room XDXDXDXDXD

  4. Nick Avatar

    I feel “Man picked up by God’s” is a proper title…

  5. Zax Avatar

    Receiving counseling by gods is pretty nice. Thanks for the chapter

  6. Philip Avatar

    Hm, this new idea of Ryouma will definitely be hard to apply. Most likely, his own employees will be the first to accept, but others might try to stop him (then again, those in high positions should be happy about something like that). That was quite a long chat, but I hope we get back to the slimes next.
    Thanks for the chapter! May God bless you, take care, and have a great weekend!

  7. Ethereal Rainbow Canvas Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter! Yeah, this new version just go more philosophical.

  8. ladghelson araujo dos santos Avatar
    ladghelson araujo dos santos

    Muito obrigado pelo capítulo

  9. sfcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the treat.

  10. Phoenix Avatar

    Roll credits!

  11. darkloki2 Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter, lol this end

  12. kariageweb Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  13. S4ty4 Avatar

    Thanks for the new chapter

  14. Lion_hug Avatar

    Thanks for the update!😊

  15. Donatas Azaravičius Avatar
    Donatas Azaravičius

    I don’t like Ryouma thinking.
    Here are to many people who needs help, like people from slum. No it looks like he will help criminals, but normal people will be left. And normal people will only move to crime, just so they could get help next?

    It is like in my country. To keep criminal in jail, country spends 1000 euros/month, but normal people who needs help, like pensioner gets only 500 euros/month.

    It looks like criminals live better life in jail than normal citizen in freedom.

  16. tsun0103 Avatar

    thanks for the chapter.

    what a pussi.

    annoying brat that can’t use intimidation.

    1. DaiCho Avatar

      Got a problem, sir?

  17. Darkakuahebi Avatar

    Near the end, there is a slightly humorous typo…
    A sentence said, obviously, by kirillel. But the associated name is an odd fusion of kirillel and willieris… Killieris. Just pointing it out.

  18. 鵲ステイシー Avatar

    They talked so many nonsense but still he didn’t call his benefactor s name.

  19. Hollow2 Avatar

    interesting, another path i guess. thankyouu. 2021 whos reading? haha

  20. Jim Avatar

    Never trust a novel for good thinking about criminals.

    At least this one doesn’t have those magical balls that know if somebody is a criminal yet never discourage crime or prevent criminals from getting into towns and cities. It did though magically know he had killed a wanted criminal.

    Let’s see. Society in his old life took the criminal’s side, judging him harshly for literally saving an innocent person’s life. Making him suffer. And he blamed himself and still does in this new life. And now wants to take the side of criminals despite knowing that they will do him harm and harm people around him. He is still twisted by that ugly society.

    2nd chances are great, but innocent people still need protecting. A lot more people desperately need that help too.
    And nobody knows what is in other people’s hearts. Nor can you know if someone who is sincerely trying will once again succumb to temptation.

    BTW, is anyone else sick of the common trope that Japanese are less violent and better people? That is why so many Japanese have been brought to this world. (Previous chapter). Well, let’s hope the Japanese have come to be that way for real, not just using it to cover up Korea, China, and so much of their actions in WWII. Anybody is free to choose these ugly behaviors or to fight them. And lots of all our ancestors choose poorly. As well as many of our fellows today.

    1. Dancer Avatar

      Modern Japan is not the same culture as prewar Japan. The elders who grew up in prewar Japan are proud of their country and often keep to the traditions of honor. (Honor is not the same as treating an enemy nicely)

      Modern Japan is an extremely polite society and that is reflected in these stories. Violence still exists. Lack of respect for those with no honor still exists. It is impolite to bring such subjects up and you may cause embarrassment & loss of respect (loss of face) resulting in an honorable response to such insult.

      Japanese culture now emphasizes non-violence. Don’t confuse that with cowardice. They are not the same.

  21. Dancer Avatar

    Reformers regularly try this in US. The problem they repeatedly run into is that convicts will do or say anything to get out of prison.

    This makes it difficult to determine whether you are talking to someone who genuinely wants to go straight or a convict with great acting skills who believes that a life of crime is a great future.

    In the end most give them the benefit of a doubt and make plans to minimize the damage done by the dishonest ones.

    Hiring convicts is high risk for an employer which is why they tend to get passed over when job hunting.

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