Chapter 19 – The Most Critical Point of Today
I tried to go to Red-light district for venting out my desire, but before going I was stopped by a wall which may explode my desires. Recap Finished.
In front me is……Elk standing as if she just got out of bath.
「Err……What, are you doing?」
「Nothing in particular? Just took a bath, so I thought of coming to you for playing for some time. Where are you going?」
Wet hair, steam rising from her body. A faint scent of soap also is drifting around her.
Though she has her trademark(?) glasses……she is not in her adventurer equipments, but in a bathrobe.
Moreover, the places around chest, is peeking out of from the gaps of robe.
To be honest……It’s poison for eyes!
In the labyrinth too, she did wear clothes with exposure for agile movements……but in this situation I just can’t ignore it.
I was about to go explode my worldly desires, so it’s even more difficult to ignore.
……It’s dangerous somewhat. It’s sexy.
「……Where are you going?」
To the dumbfounded me, Elk once again asks.
Calm down Me. Get the coolness back.
Elk surely……probably doesn’t has any ulterior motive, and it’s only coincidence she was standing outside my door. I don’t want her to look coldly at me after knowing my purpose to go there.
「Hey, just a walk, you see. I thought to breathe some outside air.」
「I see. Then I will also come. I’ll change clothes so wait a bit.」
Unexpectedly Freakish Answer! An unintentional frank answer that is.
Wai, Just why at this timing!?
「W-Why you too? You just got out of bath, if you come then you might catch cold.」
「I’m not that weak. And, it feels good when night wind hits the hot body.」
「Eh, Ah, Yeah, I kinda want walk alone, you see……」
「Oh, I was also thinking of walking……you will let me walk alone at night?」
Ku, For every remark this and that……I just can’t run away from it, or rather, it feels like I am getting stuck in a very bad situation. Why?
I mean, something like, I am getting cornered by her and she knows everything……
Suddenly Elk breathes a sigh and,
「I don’t care anymore. You want to go to Red-Light District, right?」
Wai, Why that!?
No, I’m definitely not confident in my acting ability, but I think I tried my best to not let her know, still she knows it!?
Was I looking at Elk with sexual aroused eyes unconsciously……Not good, I now want to die in a ditch.
Now will Elk’s special disgusted eyes come flying at me, while I was thinking that,
「Just before, you were hearing the place of Red-light District from Owner, right? i was standing just behind you and hear it……you didn’t knew I was there? It isn’t like you」
No Shit, I made a big BIG MISTAKE! Did my awareness ability got dull hearing the contents of the talk……. Just how much am I weak to that stuff!?
……For what reason, does my my sensing ability isn’t reliable at important points, let it be this time or the traffic accident in labyrinth, what the f*ck is going on!? [ET: Traffic Accident = Minato running with a speed more than of car less than a bullet train and hitting the man while turning around the corner.]
No, besides that,
To the girl Elk, my male desires were exposed, this is an enormously embarrassing situation. I have to do something.
Thinking what should I say, I try to see her in the eyes,
and suddenly she pushed me back in the room and closed the door. ……Why?
To the bewildered me, Elk speaks
「……You don’t have to go?」
「I’m saying that if you want to cuddle with a girl, then isn’t one standing in front of you」
Wait!? Eh!? WTF!?
In this situation where I just couldn’t understand a thing, this girl just said something absurd that so frankly.
Moreover, even Elk, maybe because of embarrassment, has her face red. That is also cute……Shit Shit! It ain’t the time to think that!
however in that time, Elk in a hurry grabs my hand and……wait, wait! wait a bit! There is bedroom!
「……You not satisfied with me?」
「No, not that, b-but no matter what this is just too much suddenly!? I don’t see any logical connection, I don’t understand why you doing this……」
「……It’s not that much of a difficult reason」
I was taken to bedroom in a hurry.
However, there Elk……sits on the bed and,
「Within 2 previous days, I was saved many times by you」
Abruptly, with that line, she started her story.
「At first, you saved me when I was assaulted by that pervert adventurer. If you didn’t, I might have been raped. No I surely would have been.」
Ah, that traffic accident, I see.
No, that was just an coincidence, a normal reckless vehicle manslaughter……
「That alone is normally a great debt. But, after that too, you saved me many times.」
Elk continues calmly.
「Even at the time we met the goblin’s crowd in dungeon. It’s normal to run if you’re a party of two, but you still saved me easily.」
Yeah, debut fight(mostly of narration only).
「Today too, at the time with Mad Monkeys, Little Beasts, that big-serpent……more than anything, the matter with those people at evening. I was saved 4 or 5 times within these 2 days by you.」
No well, aside from the big-scale flashy work, I just did what was needed to be done……Isn’t it natural to save your partner in your team?
「……On top of that, the work I did yesterday……repaying debt with evil, you even forgave me for that. And because of that, I got over various things, and moved a little forwards myself.」
No, I am not caring about it at all, don’t bring this matter up again…….
「You do many good things, but I couldn’t do anything. After I repaid the debt with evil, I was only getting saved by you……there is nothing more pathetic than this!」
She speaks out as if to rebuke herself. Though her voice is not much to call it loud.
「……That’s why, I want to repay the debt even if a little. I had my life and heart saved many times, and I don’t think I will be able to repay the whole debt like this, but still……」
And Elk……comes up to me and leans her body……and sinks her head in my chest.
In that posture……she looks up at me with upturned eyes.
……Even I know what she is going to say after this.
「That’s why Minato. At least, let me……」
The moment, Elk got in the mood, closed her eyes, let her body to me……I ran with all my might.
Why? Isn’t it obvious!!
I’m not good with them! These sort of situations!
It may only be lip-service, or one-sided convenient talk, in the first place in the present time when I am going to Red-Light District, though it may sound egoistic……I just can’t deal with a situation in which a girl is giving her body to me. For example, selling oneself for saving the family, something like that. [ET: I didn’t understand One damn shit what author was trying to tell here.]
That isn’t a exception, even if the target on the『Receiving』end is me, even if I am in a situation where I am about to go and play with my desires.
Well, I really am happy for Elk’s feelings.
But, for that reason, I won’t accept her offer.
……If I did it, even if once we have a relationship like that……I’m not confident of having conversations like we had till now. It will definitely get awkward.
She is my first after leaving home, I won’t do that, not a chance.
That’s why! I will refuse that offer! ……this all was thought in 0.1 second.
「Wai……Hey!! Wait right there, you call yourself a man, huh……」
Elk from behind is saying something like『Giving embarrassment to girl』and『ability』, are all purposely ignored.
I leap out of bedroom, the room.
To be honest, right now head is in chaos, but for the time being putting aside the matter of going to Red-Light District, I need to get out of here first.
Long story short……I need to get out of her grasp first……
「I-I resolved myself to invite you and you……come baaaacccckkkkk!!」
I run through the corridor, and am already in front the entranceway of inn. All, last spurt.
SFX: ——-DoDoDoDoDo……Batan!! [Sound of running back]
「……You really came back?」
「……No, I can’t pass through」
There were people. F*cking sure there were.
Most probably those drunk adventures who were making noise like『Gahahahahahaha』
And also those people, who were talking about『Adventurer in Black』. Just too many of them.
It’s already too late, there shouldn’t be more people, or so I thought but still more than 30 were still lurking here.
Moreover, that talk has already spread to the lobby near reception, i can’t go in there to just pass through the entrance.
Are they still talking about crap, though it has already been 1 whole day.
And, I recall the words of Tanya’s Papa a.k.a owner of inn『We approve fooling around if there is no fight or breaking of furniture』
In that case, I need to remain in my room, till their high-spirits calm down?
Ah, there was this idea! I can escape from window……
「If you go Red-Light District, won’t it still become a big thing to talk about?」
No, in this appearance, let alone Red-Light District, the moment I go to the road someone will realize me……
And, Red-Light District is generally a pleasure district, so it will have too much of lantern lights, and in that completely bright road……even in night, my eyes and hair color will be recognised.
And Red-Light District, is the place where the『pander』of prostitutes is done in public, without a doubt more people will 『bother』 me there.
If I just stepped there, a new rumour will start spreading, about me in black attire entering there…….
「You are certainly popular, even with everything being just a rumour」
In the end, after knowing that going out was in the first place impossible, I returned back to my room.
Even so, my thoughts won’t change, I have no intention of accepting Elk’s offer.
However Elk is also stubborn, is she going to wait for my rationality to collapse, it’s troubling me now that she is waiting in my room.
And so, be both are simply relaxing on the sofa in room. ELk is drinking tea though.
Right now, it is a deadlock situation.
Elk is still dressed in her pajama from before, I am facepalming while filling『Ice』magic in my hand to keep my rationality while cooling down my head physically.
Yeah, it feels good.
「……How about you stop doing that? You’ll get frostbite?」
「It’s fine It’s fine this much won’t hurt. My face is also hot right now」
「*Sigh*……Ah, That’s right, can you cool this down?」
Saying that she puts forwards her cup with brewed tea inside it. Ah,so you want to drink cold tea.
I don’t have any reason to refuse, so I took the cup with my hand filled with『Ice』magic and it cooled down in just 5 seconds.
I can turn in into ice using the water in atmosphere, but she isn’t wanting that so I hand her the cooled down tea.
Still awkward. This situation. Really awkward.
Situation like this-with awkward atmosphere-, I have experienced in my previous life too.
Something like having troubles talking normally like I had.
Like having money involved in the lending and borrowing between friends,
and getting merits from that, the attitude changes.
Or something like confessing the girl you like who is also your best friends, but end up with a splendid failure, and don’t know how to talk to each other from now on.
……There was 1 idiot, who did that on the first day of excursion trip, and the rest all days ended up with awkward atmosphere drifting.
The talk before is just like two best friends, recognise each other as other gender person, and are feeling strange kind of estrangement. This situation right now is just like that.
It’s even more troublesome than the time I confronted that big-serpent in day. The atmosphere is unbearably too bad.
Moreover, if I somehow endured the gazes of people in the entranceway and reached Red-light District.
After that, the awkward atmosphere will not subside but increase in power level.
In that case, I who care about friendship more, have to patch up with her, let her understand my reasons, then go to Red-light District, and still not create the awkward situation, this is quite an ideal shape but……what the f*cking impossible mission I’m talking about.
Just in which world, would be a girl, who would smile and send the man who rejected her to red-Light District. Now that I about it, that just can’t happen.
Elk created a stir in this uncomfortable situation.
「Honestly, it was unexpected. I surely thought I would get 2 answers」
「……Did I look that much perverted?」
「Not that, but it should be a normal reaction」
Saying that, she sighs. And takes one sip of iced tea.
「I mean there are more people with that kind of thinking?」
「That is also included, but in this case, if by chance, it is demanded by man, a considerable price should be there. I’m repeating, but I have been saved a lot of times by you?」
During first meeting, cafe, during the time with goblins……Elk starts counting on her fingers. [ET: Idk where did Cafe come . Cafe say hello. Cafe: hello~, the author was retard to type me here. I never came in this story, yet]
And also adds, that all were life-threatening.
Fundamentally, the occupation called adventurers have work where they have to put life in danger and are serious when the talk comes to rewards and scold at uneven partition of rewards. It’s natural that they expect the reward for the work they have done.
But there isn’t that general concept in me, so it’s hard to think about it too.
She also said, I saved her life, forgave her for her sins, and still not demand anything, am I some sort of damn man with noble virtue. It would be better if you demanded for my body or money.
Well, it’s not like I don’t understand her point. Elk has strong feelings and other stuff, so she would have stronger sense of responsibility than other people.
But, if I did it,
Then though Elk would feel relief, but I would feel sense of guilty, both ways, it would end up awkward from now on. Confirmed.
It’s repeating but, I’m not good with offers like, which involve……selling of body.
It’s not becoming the solution to my fundamental problem, so no matter……
「……Well, if you’re like that. Then it’s fine」
「I want to repay the debt, but I have no intention to be pushy about it. It’s trouble for you that way. However……」
Elk drinks all of the tea in her cup, and briskly comes walking up to me.
And, instinctively I put my guard up, but she touches my cheeks with her hand, and disappears from my vision,
SFX: ——Chyuu [Do you need to know?]
I feel somewhat soft feeling on my cheeks.
「……？ !? !?!?!?」
「I-It won’t hurt to thi-this much, right?」
Elk speaks as such while blushing and stuttering.
My mind is steadily understanding what just happened.
But……somewhere in my mind, it feels like it would be better if I don’t understand it.
To Elk it might be just some mischievous play with some compromise.
No, well compared to that, doing a normal kiss is only lukewarm thing.
If after that, she is blushing, it’s going to be get critically bad.
Would it be easier to understand the variety of attack changed from『Woman』to『Girl』, even more briefly her appearance changed from『Erotic』to『Cute』.
In addition Elk is, umm……I never paid much attention, but her eyes filled with her feelings, her sometimes seen disgusted eyes, her heart having clear opinions, her appearance and personality, is quite to my liking.
The attack of『Cute』is more nasty than her『Erotic』attack. It feels like desire and many more things, are hitting the roots of my brain.
And in addition to that,
「Y-You hate that thing that I’m compromising and giving this much? It’s not like……I wanted to do it on cheek, it’s due to compromise! D-Don’t misunderstand me.」
……Just like that, it becomes my first day seeing a『Tsundere』,
This ain’t compromise, but lethal final attack. Dodge impossible……
「!? Eh? W-M-Minato!? Wai, What happened suddenly!?」
Getting a critical hit with a surprise attack while I was defenseless, having my rationality cornered, hand over the consciousness, and fall face down.
I fall along with Sofa, while making a lot of noise.
「W-What!? Why is the person who was about to go to Red-Light District, falling down with just this much!?」
You’re completely right.
But, if it will end with much without crossing over the line, isn’t it all good…….
……I was naive to even think that.