The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 77: Developments After the Meeting (2/2)

The next day.

Early in the morning, Ryouma dropped by the store before opening time. At the time, Carla was working at the reception.

“Good morning, Carla-san. How was last night?” [Ryouma]

“Good morning, Boss. There were no attacks last night too. What about your side, Boss?” [Carla]

“I was attacked by 13 guys. This is the money from that. Just put it in the treasury for now. You can deposit it later at the guild when you go to deposit the store’s income.” [Ryouma]

“Alright.” [Carla]

Carla was still preparing for the day, so Ryouma left her and went inside. Along the way, Ryouma greeted the employees that were rushing here and there to prepare for the store opening. Ryouma didn’t want to get in the way, so he entered the break room, but when he got there, a report on the store’s security was being given.

“Good morning!” [Ryouma]

“Good morning!” [Leelin and her dad]

“Oh, morning.” [Gordon]

“Good morning, Ryouma-kun.” [Cher]

“Sup!” [Guard recommended by Jeff]

“Are you in the middle of a meeting?” [Ryouma]

“We were just about done, actually. There were no problems last night too.” [Gordon]

Presently, there were 5 people in charge of the store’s security. The dad and daughter pair, Fei and Leelin; the adventurers, Gordon and Cher; and the young man, Dolce, who was recommended by Jeff for his experience working as a vigilante at the slums.

Fei and Leelin have been apprehending the thugs that caused trouble at the store even before the attacks began, but when the attacks did begin, they were able to show even more of their abilities as former assassins.

Gordon and Cher were recommended by the guild master of the adventurer’s guild, Wogan, himself, so their skills were guaranteed. Many people would favorably call out to them when they watched the store in the morning.

In Gordon’s case, many boorish men knew him. It wasn’t limited to just adventurers and commoners, so whenever it looked like some smalltime trouble was about to start, such as when two people bumped each other, Gordon could easily stop it. As for Char, he dealt with the customers politely, so he was popular with the middle-aged and older women.

The man Jeff recommended, Dolce, was a rough-looking man of few words. His relationship with his peers and his attitude toward his job was completely professional.

But regardless, thanks to these five’s efforts, the store could stay safe against the night attacks of the enemy. The most losses the ruffians could cause was when they would forcefully enter the store, which at most would just result in some cracks on the door and windows. That was something that could easily be fixed with some materials and mana.

Of course, the bill for the repairs would be covered by none other than the thugs themselves. But in the first place, the store was originally built with magic and essentially cost Ryouma nothing, so whatever damages the thugs caused was nothing to him. In fact, Ryouma even found the thugs’ attacks to have brought unexpected income.

And by profit, Ryouma was referring to the opportunity they gave him to learn about the customers and his employees.


“Hello! I am the delinquent adventurer! Look! I’m causing problems!” [Ryouma]

In an untouched area of the store lot, a wall was erected and an explanatory-like voice could be heard from a Ryouma dressed in overalls. When Ryouma said that line, the three girls working away from home took a transparent shield from inside the counter (made by magic) and equipped it.

“Dolce-san!” [Jane, Fina, Maria]

“!” [Ryouma]

“Oops. Can’t have you making a mess of the store!” [Dolce]

As the three girls quickly ran, Dolce came holding a sasumata [1]. When Ryouma saw that, he ran away while screaming unnaturally. At the same time, balls came flying at him, but he skillfully dodged and got away.

“…Good. I think you’re starting to get the hang of it.” [Ryouma]

Ryouma’s terrible acting was actually done in order to facilitate the store’s crime prevention drill.

In the instance a dangerous customer were to appear, the noncombatants are to quickly equip themselves with a shield, call for help, and run. This training is meant so that the employees could immediately respond. Other parts of the training also include throwing colored balls at the thief and refraining from pursuing the thief too far. The opinions of the five guards regarding how the employees should act during emergency were also taken into consideration.

It was for this purpose that Ryouma recreated the crime prevention tools used in his country in his past life.

“Dolce-san, how was it?” [Ryouma]

“No one got in my way… Boss.” [Dolce]

“Looks like you did great! Just do it like that, okay?” [Ryouma]

“Boss, lunch is ready.” [Carm]

“Thank you, Carm-san. Well then, everyone. Let’s clean up and have lunch.” [Ryouma]

“Yes.” [Jane, Fina, Maria]

Since they were now expecting to be attacked, Ryouma had to further fortify the store defenses. As a result, he needed to stay at the store more often than before. He stopped living like an executive, who would come to work late and leave early, and would now stay at the store from morning until midnight. But he didn’t spend all his time on work. Some of it, he spent interacting with his employees and customers.

Save for Fei and Leelin, who were used to carnage, the normal employees were bound to be uncomfortable in a violent workplace, so Ryouma bought some goods meant for self-defense and introduced it to them. In this way, he could make them feel more at ease, even if it was just a little. As a result, no chaos ever occurred in the store and no one resigned either.

Moreover, the conversations between Ryouma and the workers also increased, allowing him to become closer with them.


And so, they headed for the break room.

“Oh, good job training out there.” [Gordon]

“We ate ahead of you.” [Cher]

Within the break room was Gordon and Cher.

Ryouma extended his hand for the bread that was prepared for them.

“Huh? This bread… It’s fluffier than usual.” [Ryouma]

“Ufufu. It’s that natural yeast bread that you taught us about. Fina-chan and the others tried making one with grain berry, and the result was a delicious fluffy bread.” [Shelma]

“That red thing? Oh, after a closer look, it seems the inner part of the bread is slightly pink.” [Ryouma]

“It’s really fun seeing the difference in result when using yeast. It not as messy too.” [Fina]

“Right, right. It takes time to make yeast, but it’s really easy to use.” [Jane]

“Seed shells are a pain~ And the contents come out as soon as you break them, so it’s easy kind of messy~” [Maria]

“But if you can’t get the yeast cleanly, it won’t be delicious anymore, right?” [Jane]

“Which is why you need to monitor the process carefully when making it.” [Ryouma]

“I see… I guess it’s impossible for us to make yeast at home then.” [Gordon]

“It’s not that hard to make, actually, you just need to sterilize the container, and… Wait a moment. I thought you didn’t cook?” [Ryouma]

“Yeah, but your problems have already mostly been dealt with, right? If so, then my contract with you will be ending soon. And that means it won’t be long before I won’t be able to eat the food here anymore.” [Gordon]

“Shelma-san’s cooking is delicious, after all. It’s also nice not having to worry about what to eat.” [Cher]

“Her food is bliss.” [Dolce]

“Oh my. Please wait just one moment. You’ll be able to fill your bellies soon. Today’s meat was cooked with… charcoal, was it? Anyway, it was cooked using the fuel the boss provided. It’s really delicious.” [Shelma]

Shelma was bringing the food in when she heard the favorable comments, so she was very happy when left the break room. When she comes back next, she’ll probably have a boatload of meat with her.

Like that Ryouma and the people of the store happily spent their lunchtime without a whiff of care for the criminals who caused this situation.









20 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 77: Developments After the Meeting (2/2)”

  1. MikeLima52 Avatar

    Thank you for the chapter!

  2. twinnnn100 Avatar

    thanks for the chapter

  3. Creative Boundaries Avatar
    Creative Boundaries

    So easy
    Thanks for the chapter

  4. Slime Waifu When Avatar
    Slime Waifu When

    This arc is getting ridiculous, so much for “we’re not about to just let him escape.” The guild masters are useless, he should just write his father-in-law and let him handle it. Or move to another town, because this sheethole is simply dangerous. In the last couple of months they almost had an outbreak of ebola, got a goblin colony near by, and now he’s being attacked on a daily basis by thieves and thugs. I remember they checked him for criminal background before letting him into the town, what happened to that neat feature?
    Should have stayed in the forest.

    1. gatekeeper Avatar

      Haha, father-in-law…

    2. awsdert Avatar

      You do realise even criminals have the intelligence to climb a wall in the dead of night right?

    3. Jonathan Hurd Avatar
      Jonathan Hurd

      I can come up with a few reasons there are so many thugs in town. To get past the gate check for instance you could bribe the guard, be smuggled in, or not have a criminal record. I don’t think being rude and trying to cheat someone out of money is enough to get something written in your crime record.

      The other thing to remember about the crystal that checks crime is it was only brought out for Ryoma because he didn’t have an ID. Usually you just show that to get into town.

      The biggest reason though that the hulligans are hard to stop is that most of them are just greedy idiots in it for free money. A lot of the people are acting because they heard a kid has a sheet ton of money.

      Even if the Jamil House or Guildmasters get the mastermind idiots still exist and wouldn’t just stop. Ryoma has to show that he shouldn’t be messed with to stop the idiots and the guildmasters stop the mastermind from taking more extreme actions.

    4. Nar Bio Avatar
      Nar Bio

      Also you forgot that he kill tons of bandit in the jungle for 3 years?

    5. lecora alzuras Avatar
      lecora alzuras

      I know I’m a bit late to respond but, you must be new to how crime works. Also, not sure if you skipped the part when Kufo explained about the lost knowledge due to the otherworlder Saint.

      So, first off, Rouma is not a criminal so not sure why you’re saying he should have stayed in the forest unless you’re talking about the criminals who are actually attacking him.

      Of which case, if crime was really so easy to prevent (as you think it is) because of the stone, there wouldn’t exist an organization know as the Dark Guild. There are things known as bribes and stealth even in a good town like Gimiru (example would be the previous governmental staff that were embezzling money which would be the bad part of that town).

      Secondly, this sort of plot may be too advanced for you outside of a series like Dragonball where all you have to worry about is just beating the enemy. In stories/worlds like this, there’s more to just beating who is in front of you. Especially if its connected to a hidden organization.

      They explained that whomever was attacking Rouma in the last chapter tried to split the guildmaster forces from investigating the culprit and helping Rouma. Luckily, Rouma doesn’t need help fighting people which leaves the guildmasters to focus on the hidden enemy they can’t see.

      Rouma is physically a kid in that world so its very easy to underestimate him. Only the adventure guildmaster knows his abilities because he gave him the entry test himself. The tamer guild and merchant guild may have this info but seeing and hearing it are 2 different things. I’m sure if someone told you that a 10 year old could beat up 13 adults without issues would seem like a stretch.

      Lastly, talking about Rouma’s parents is like talking about Batman’s parents. Dead people can’t do anything even if you write them. Unless you read the original before the reboot, they explain about Rouma’s parents for that world but they’re dead.

  5. Revilo7B Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter!

  6. hb98rml Avatar

    Thank you for the update ❤️

  7. Zax Avatar

    When criminals actually end up being extra income. Thanks for the chapter

  8. sfcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the treat.

  9. KuroHaruto Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter!!!

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  11. Cerlancelo Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter.

  12. CCaprice Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter.

  13. Ethereal Rainbow Canvas Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter! Merry Christmas! Happy holidays!

  14. darkLoki Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter, well the trouble will end in the future

  15. Scathe' Avatar

    Seriously, yeast is not hard to make heck they had it before Rome was a thing.
    There are bread recipes dating back to Babylon and ancient mesopotamia.
    Easy yeast 1 potato 1 cup of flour water and 10 hops flowers (they make beer so they have hops)
    Peel potato chop potato place peel and potatoes in water and boil.
    As if you are making mashed potatoes.
    Take the peel out and dump it
    Mash the potato
    When water has cooled to warm throw in the hops flowers
    Take the mashed potatoes and mix in the flour
    Wait an hour remove hops from water
    Slowly mix water into potato and flour you want want roughly a really thick waffle batter consistency so add more flour as needed.
    Spread the batter on a large cookie sheet or cutting board.
    Cover with cheese cloth and let air dry till dry like a cracker cut into 2″ squares each square is now dry yeast

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