“Ah, it started again.” [Camil]
“It’s been getting more frequent since they announced their marriage.” [Zeff]
“Recently, they’re like this all the time.” [Jill]
When their colleagues saw the soon-to-be-wedded couple acting like that, they couldn’t help but make a fed-up expression.
Moreover, Camil-san quietly added that this happened a lot.
“Won’t they they attract a lot of envy doing that?” [Ryouma]
“Well, yeah. But it’s mostly directed at Hyuzu.” [Camil]
“Rurunez-san has always been popular among the bachelor men working here.” [Jill]
“The bride will probably receive others’ blessings normally, but Hyuzu works at a place that’s basically all males, so…” [Zeff]
I expected it as soon as I heard about the marriage from Rurunez-san, but there are probably a lot of people on the verge of exploding after hearing that Hyuzu-san is getting married.
“Well, they’ve mostly calmed down now, though. Everyone is envious of Hyuzu, but at most, they’ll just surround him from a distance and banter a little with him. He was never an unlikable guy, anyway, and as soon as he announced his marriage, he turned over a new leaf.” [Camil]
“He doesn’t go out for drinks as much anymore, and he’s been trying to get a promotion since a week ago.” [Jill]
I asked Jill for more details, and apparently, while they introduced themselves as ‘guards’ or ‘escorts’ when we first met, that was apparently just one aspect of their work. Officially speaking, they are guard soldiers of the duke’s family. Normally, they’re just watching over the manor of the duke’s family, but they also accompany them whenever they go out.
And while they may all be classified as guards, they have different ranks and positions. Hyuzu-san has been working at the front lines since he was scouted when he was an adventurer, but he wasn’t really interested in getting a promotion.
“Since a long time ago, people have been asking him if he wants a higher position. But he’s always been refusing under the pretense that it’s ‘a pain’. And yet after finding himself a wife, that same guy now won’t shut up about wanting to get a promotion. Good grief. You really don’t know what will happen in life.” [Jill]
So, can he get a promotion? It sounds like he’s been refusing offers for a while now…
“Ahh, there’s no problem there. Right now, he’s receiving training for office work so he can get a promotion. As long as he passes his training, he’ll be able to get fairly high up in the ranks. At the very least, he’ll be able to earn enough to feed his wife and raise some children.
…Of course, having refused all those recommendations so many times will still have an effect. And his instructor is also a little harsher when teaching him because of envy. And while it’s true that it would be easier to take things slowly and study gradually, but when you think about how he’s been running away from this promotion for so long, it’s still within tolerance.” [Camil]
“Hyuzu-san really hates writing reports.” [Jill]
Jill-san smiled mischievously.
It wasn’t a cold smile, though.
I’m glad that Hyuzu-san doesn’t work at a place like the one I worked at in my past life.
“…What in the world were you guys talking about while we were busy talking about the statues? What’s with those tepid eyes, Ryouma?” [Hyuzu]
“Oh, no. It’s nothing. Nothing at all.” [Ryouma]
I just wanted to pray for your good fortune. That’s all.
“By the way, is there anything else you need other than the statues?” [Ryouma]
Like wedding favors or presents.
It’s my first time helping out in a wedding, so I wish they’d tell me more about this stuff.
“Ah, Ahh… We already have stuff to distribute to the attendees, so we’re alright on that front… Are we still missing something? I think we’re mostly okay already. Right?” [Hyuzu]
“Fortunately, all of the servants are helping out, so there’s really nothing else, but if you have the time, please do come as well. It will be a bit late, though, since the wedding will be held after all of the servants’ work have concluded.” [Rurunez]
Apparently, representatives of each post, such as the servants or the guards, have been gathering every night to discuss the preparations of the weddings. I could probably find out a lot if I go there.
I’ll ask if I can participate this evening.
Still, it sure is amazing that their coworkers would go out of their way to do so much for them. Their coworkers must really love them.
…I wonder what happened to me after I died. Did I die and stigmatized the house I lived in with my death? If the house wounds up with a history because of me, I’ll cause the landlord a lot of trouble… As for the people who’ll mourn me, there’s Tabuchi and… Well, I guess there’s a decent number of people, but the section manager will probably just go ‘Oh, really?’ And that will be the end of it… Wait. I think he’ll get mad first since there’s work to be done. I feel so bad for the person who had to deal with all the work I left behind.
The others probably won’t have much of a reaction. Although when I was made an instructor in name and I took the job seriously, a lot of people did end up hating me. I wonder if they’ll laugh or be happy now that I’m gone… When I think about it like that, these two sure are amazing.
“You’ve been blessed with great friends. You have to treasure them, okay?” [Ryouma]
“Are you my dad!? Seriously! What’s wrong with you!?” [Hyuzu]
“Why is Ryouma-sama looking at us with eyes like he’s watching over us?” [Rurunez]
“…And yet he doesn’t look like he’s teasing you either…” [Camil]
“If someone prays for your fortune this much, you just can’t help but be confused instead…” [Zeff]
“What’s the matter all of the sudden, Ryouma-kun?” [Jill]
A heartwarming and mysterious atmosphere filled the room until another maid came to inform us that it was time for supper.