“Sorry about this…” [Ryouma]”
“Don’t worry about it. This much isn’t enough to count as overtime. To start off with, about the formal clothes you ordered a few days ago. The tailor contacted us. It seems the clothes will be completed three days later. You can pick it up anytime after that date.” [Carm]
They were able to make everything that quickly? I was surprised at first, but very quickly I found out that it was only the suit that they could make in three days. The necktie pin to be used as an accessory needed a week. That’s still plenty fast, though.
“I had originally asked them to prepare the clothes quickly, but with this, the clothes should make it in time for your visit to the duke’s family. The craftsman they entrusted your diamond to also said that he’ll put out a product he can be proud of.” [Carm]
“…They’re really putting a lot of effort into this, huh.” [Ryouma]
When I voiced out my thoughts honestly, Carm-san chuckled.
“Clearly, they see you as an important customer. By the way, Boss, when you do go to greet the Duke, please allow Fei-san to escort you.” [Carm]
Fei-san? As an escort? …Well, ability-wise, I’ve got nothing to complain about, but is that necessary?
“It’s not just for your safety. It’s also for formality’s sake.” [Carm]
Formality, huh… I guess it’s probably normal for people who can greet the duke’s family to have at least a servant or two with them. In that case, I suppose I’ll have to oblige him. But…
“What about you?” [Ryouma]
“We can’t have both you and I away from the store. So I’ll teach you the etiquette you have to observe before you leave.” [Carm]
“I see. Will the store’s security be alright without Fei-san?” [Ryouma]
“Just to be safe, I’d like to increase the number of guards.” [Carm]
“Should I post a job at the adventurers guild like before?” [Ryouma]
“That would be a good idea too, but why not hire some new guards instead? Caulkin-san and the others are steadily progressing in their study as managers under my older sister’s guidance at the branch store in Renauph. As such, I believe this is a good opportunity to hire some guards we can trust in preparation for when they’ve matured to the point we can entrust a branch store to them.” [Carm]
Hmm… That’s true. I have heard that Caulkin-san and the others have been doing well. We have to make doubly sure that they can handle it, but at this rate, maybe we can entrust a branch store to them as early as next year?
Our conversation headed in that direction.
In that case, though, we’ll need to prepare people other than the managers too. If so, then hiring some ahead of time so we can find one trustworthy and raise him would probably be ideal.
“Let’s try looking for both then. But we’ll prioritize the security of the store.” [Ryouma]
“Understood. Next… Oh, my apologies. Apparently, that concludes our reports. Next is a personal message from Caulkin-san and the others. It seems they discovered something new regarding the slimes and would like to submit to you their findings.” [Carm]
“They have two discoveries. Both are related to the application of the cleaner slimes.
I wonder if something happened. I’m getting a little excited…
“First, is Robelia-san’s ‘In Regards to the Beautifying Effects of the Cleaner Slime’.
Part of her daily routine is to clean her whole body with the cleaner slime. From there, she was able to notice an improvement in her skin. To confirm her findings, she asked the employees to cooperate with an experiment, as well as observe the customers who requested a full-body cleansing. The result was that the cleaner slimes had – in fact – improved the condition of the skin. Apparently, it’s super effective on pimples… Boss?” [Carm]
“It’s fine… This sure is a surprise, though.” [Ryouma]
I never thought about the beautifying effects of the cleaner slime, but now that she mentions it, I guess this might prove useful after all.
The cleaner slimes loves to eat filth, so if you ask them to cleanse your whole body, they will remove all of the waste attached to the body, as well as the dead skin. In the case of pimples, the reason they occur is because of extra sebum filling the pores. If all of those are to be removed, then naturally, the skin as a whole will improve. That’s probably the reason behind its beautifying effects.
“The details have been summarized in this document.” [Carm]
“Thank you very much. I will send her a letter later with my thoughts. What’s the other one?” [Ryouma]
“Tony-san’s ‘The Practical Application of Cleaner Slimes’.
After seeing filth coming off of the clothes cleaned during work and seeing that not a single drop of water was left on them, he thought of washing a document that had a writing error. The result… The formerly ‘dirty paper’ became ‘clean paper’ and could be used again.
No matter how careful you are, mistakes tend to happen with writing documents. This is especially true for people not used to writing them. This new discovery should be able to save us money. Though, I suppose some caution is also needed…” [Carm]
Hmm… That’s another one I missed. I never thought about it, but now that he brings it up, of course the cleaner slime could be used that way.
“Will you give them compensation for these new discoveries?” [Carm]
“We may not be in the business of slime research, but I do believe their findings have value in them. So, yes. Let’s compensate them. But the question is how much?” [Ryouma]
If I think of it as a bonus, then by my previous life’s company’s standards, then one month’s worth of pay would be the normal way to go about it, though there may be deductions depending on the assessment.
“How much is their daily wage?” [Ryouma]
“You picked them out yourself and they’re still in training, so they’re currently making about 150 suits a day.” [Carm]
So if they work six days a week, then they should be making somewhere between 3,600 to 4,000 suits a month. But their findings will be useful to the store, and I want them to work hard in the future. Let’s give them three month’s salary and have that serve as both compensation and as research funding. Rounding it down nicely, that will give about 10,000 suits per person.
“I was thinking two months’ worth would be enough, but we do have some leeway in our proceeds. And If we consider it as an investment for the future, and since the amount also includes research funding… it should be acceptable. Let’s inform them as such.” [Carm]
“Please take care of it.” [Ryouma]