After working half a day, I can take the rest of the day off.
Then tomorrow I’ll have a full day off. Days off are so nice! I love holidays!
On the first Saturday after I arrived at the royal castle, the knights had gone on an expedition to defeat a magical beast that had appeared in the suburbs.
The magical beast was safely defeated, and as per usual, the rest of today was a half-day holiday.
The Knights were basically allowed to take holidays off according to the calendar, but unfortunately sometimes they were assigned to work on holidays.
Thankfully, both of the handsome knights assigned to my care had the day off today, and they were going to give me a tour of the capital.
Although, for some strange reason, the tour was divided into two parts; Gilliam was in charge of the first half, and Farangis in charge of the later.
The plain-clothed Gilliam, was walking side by side with me on the cobblestone street. I looked over at him.
“I thought I had heard you had some other things to do today, but I’m guessing that you skipped out?”
Gilliam shrugged his shoulders, indicating that he had no other choice.
“Farangis is a smooth talker after all. It’s hard to argue with him when he gives you a good reason. Although, he’s probably secretly seeing one of his lovers again today.”
“Farangis sure is popular.”
“That he is. He’s quite the man when you think about it—not only is he skilled and courageous, but he has an unyielding personality and is quite charming, which makes it difficult to dislike him. It also helps that he has a good family background. The only drawback I can think of, is his bad habit of being overly promiscuous.”
“… Ah yeah, in this world, the partners are men…”
… When such a clean-cut gentleman put it like that, a somber feeling crept over me while thinking about my situation.
As we were walking, I couldn’t help but think that the man walking next to me was looking splendidly handsome today as well.
Thinking back to the first time we met, Gilliam seemed stiff, but I guess that was because we hadn’t really gotten to know each other yet.
During the times when we met each other at the workplace, I realized that he was a fine young man.
He has a calm demeanor, and has a gentle but firm personality. He was skilled and was popular among his peers too.
… Ahh, I wished that I had such a junior colleague in my original world.
It would have been great if he was my subordinate.
If only I had him, a man who was capable, the time spent working overtime would have been considerably reduced.
I could imagine saying things like, “Thanks for the follow-up on the last item. If you don’t mind a vending machine, I’ll buy you anything you want.”
I would probably settle any amount of bills while saying something like that.
But if he was this handsome and capable, I was sure the sales people would have happily snatched him up…
“Keigo, if you are happy with the food from one of the stalls here, I’ll buy you whatever you want. As long as you don’t upset your stomach.”
… Ah, yes. I’d been vaguely sensing this, but you didn’t care that I’m older, did you?
He probably said that because he was worried that I wouldn’t have any money of this world, but I actually did have some pocket money.
Or rather, I borrowed it.
Thank you, Saneto, for lending it to me with a smile. Although, I felt sorry for extorting it from the priest.
They said that I’ll get paid for my office work, so I could pay it back with interest when I get it.
I quickly took out my wallet.
“It’s okay Gilliam, I have money. I have money, but… Here.” I handed over the wallet to Gilliam. “I don’t really understand the monetary value of this world yet, so I wondered if you could keep it for me until I get used to it. And since you’ve generously offered to treat me, I’ll take you up on your offer and ask for just one thing. Ok?”
“… Which one?”
“That fried churros-like confectionery!” I enthusiastically pointed to the stall I was interested in with a smile. “That sugar coating looks delicious!”
“Does Keigo like sweets?”
“I love them! Ah, I also like spicy food. I also like to drink. I don’t drink much, though.”
“Are you a lightweight?”
“… I am not that heavy of a drinker. But, I do like to drink because it puts me in a good mood.”
“Then I’ll introduce you to a good bar next time.”
He invited me to have a drink with him, so I gladly nodded.
I liked this kind of enthusiasm.
Really, I wished he were my colleague.
As an elder, I felt guilty, but it was nice to have a relationship where you could get along without feeling older.
… Thinking about it, it occurred to me that maybe he thought of me as his junior.
If that were the case, then that would explain why he might be treating me so well. He would be kind to his juniors, and juniors were generally pretty cute, you know?
Even though I was older, he must have regarded me as such because I was the new guy at work.
… In this situation, let’s forget about the pride of older people and take advantage of his generosity.
Gilliam senpai! Thank you for your help ! !
Gilliam grew up in the royal capital, Shuraorumu.
It seemed that as a knight he held a position as a quasi-aristocrat, but he has a family home in a commoner neighborhood.
He said that since he knew more about this side of the city, his guided tour was centered on the commoner area.
Various stores lined the streets in this sub-district.
The area around the middle gate near the noble district was the government office. Then near the outer gate was the post station.
From what Gilliam said, It seemed that many artisans live on the east side of the castle, and the entertainment district was on the west side.
I wondered if it has a red-light district?
When I asked him about it, he affirmed that there were such stores.
I see, so there were still brothels.
It was a world full of men after all.
The goods, of course, being men—there were severe penalties for buying and selling women in this world, after all.
When I asked Gilliam if he had ever been there before, he didn’t respond.
… Which meant he has been there before.
No, I don’t blame you, okay? It’s normal for men to have sexual desires.
I don’t have any experience as a top or otherwise, not even with the experts.
I’m not sure I’ll ever experience that… I’m in the position of being penetrated, not doing the penetrating. (Tears)
I heard that the whole entertainment district was lively, even in the daytime, but he didn’t take me there.
The sky gradually faded into a scarlet sunset.
Gilliam and I were heading to the fountain in the square where we were supposed to meet up with Farangis.
On my shoulder was a cloth bag that I just bought.
The inside was filled with the spoils of our adventure that I bought on a whim.
Even though food, clothing, and shelter were guaranteed— there were some things that you just wanted to have on a whim.
The beautifully colored sugar candies were gifts for Hans and Saneto, who had been taking great care of me.
There were also several other small bags of sweets.
Yes, I was the type who kept a stash of sweets in the office drawer. If I didn’t get enough sugar, I’d run out of energy in the middle of the night…
I also bought a few bags of nuts. I figured they would be good snacks for drinking.
While shopping for snacks, I refrained from buying anything that smelled too strong. I didn’t want that beautiful guest room to smell like squid.
(Which reminds me, there was dried squid at one of the stores we visited. I didn’t buy any, but someday I think I’ll request the kitchen to grill some for me.)
I also bought sake. The bottles were heavy, so I only bought one small bottle.
For some reason, as I was walking around in a good mood after shopping, it felt like Gilliam was looking at me affectionately with a smile on his face.
No, I’m older than you, you know.
Next to the fountain, Farangis was waiting with a horse.
TL Note: When I saw Saneto while translating: Saneto? Who?
I have to re read earlier chapters. Saneto is the priest who didn’t sleep with Keigo. The priest who has a boyfriend. In case you guys forget like me. I am working on another project. It’s a VRMMORPG bl novel. After I have stockpiled it, I will finally translate character introductions of SS. So that no one would have to reread to know the character background. Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
I was bewildered when Bard held his hands out high in the air and said, “Here.”
I looked over at Gilliam with a dubious expression, but he nodded, so I leaned over.
The general placed his hands onto my sides and lightly lowered me from my horse.
“I am borrowing Keigo. That’s all for today.”
While Gilliam and the other knights bowed, Bard led me away.
“… You told me before that you had wanted to do office work in your free time. I’ve talked to some officials for you. I will introduce you to them now.”
I had, in fact, asked the general to help me find a job when I realized that I had nothing to do in the first half of the week.
It would have been nice if I could train at the Knights’ base, but it seems that those at the Knights’ base in question don’t have that much time on their hands.
Yeah, they can’t just leave an amateur, like me, out there after all….
Gilliam or Farangis are supposed to take care of me, but they also had their own jobs to do too.
Besides, I didn’t think my body could take it for a week straight.
Thanks to the blessing of the goddess that was given to otherworlders, I had no trouble speaking, reading, or writing.
Since that was the case, I asked the general if I could help with the civil official’s work.
I was good at paperwork. So, it would probably work out.
Most of all, I felt uncomfortable lounging around doing nothing for half the week—especially when I was being taken care of in regards to food, clothing, and shelter.
It was a request I made after deciding that I could provide labor in the humanities.
“… So, did you sleep?”
Before I knew it, the handsome man by my side whispered in my ear while letting out a low chuckle.
I was startled and tried to step away from the voice directed at me from close range, but the arm that was trying to escape, was firmly grabbed.
I was pushed directly against a pillar in the hallway that was shrouded by shadows.
The tall general leaned in close, as if to cover me from above, and spoke in a low sultry voice, “… Gilliam and Farangis are both still inexperienced, but they’re good men, aren’t they? The others are not bad either. After all, they are members of the glorious Knights of the Kingdom. Have you started the tasting stage? Hmm?”
“… I’m sorry, not yet.”
“You do understand that you only have a finite amount of time left, right?”
“You say that, but so do you, General! You still don’t seem to want to accompany me, do you? These conditions are extremely unreasonable. Making men feel affection for an old man! How in the world am I supposed to seduce men, when I am a virgin?”
It was clearly an unexpected counterattack. The general looked at me wearing a surprised expression on his face.
His wide-open amber eyes were as beautiful as ever.
Looking at me, his facial expression had morphed from surprised to what I could only describe as a complicated expression. It seemed he was choosing his words with care.
“… Ahh, if you’re a virgin, you wouldn’t know how to do it… really?”
“If I had known, I would have already lost my virginity by now.”
I don’t care what you say, don’t make me hear the word “virgin” again.
Although it is mostly me saying it. Damn it.
“… Shall I teach you how to seduce?”
I immediately replied to the general’s words, which sounded sexy all at once, “The General’s technique is too high-spec to copy.”
What kind of sick punishment game was this?
Impregnating a woman with just a look, though there were no women here, or making her wet with just a voice, were special moves that only good looking men could use.
My rejection was ignored.
The general’s face came closer as he gave me a sexy look.
At this rate, there was no doubt that I will be kissed.
Preemptively, I covered my mouth with my hands.
And I immediately regretted it.
This handsome man, full of skill and swagger, was telling me that he would teach me.
Why was I not taking advantage of it!?
I really didn’t have a lot of experience, so I had to take advantage of the chance…
My hands started to tremble.
I removed my hands covering my face and turned my tightly bitten lips upward.
This was no good, I have to relax.
But once again, I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t keep my eyes open—
The handsome man simply gave a light peck.
Bard’s body pulled away.
I opened my closed eyes in confusion.
His red hair, reminiscent of a lion’s mane, was scratched wildly as he contorted his face.
When he noticed me standing there staring blankly at him, he sighed and dropped his shoulders.
“… It made me feel guilty.”
“That… I’m sorry,” I honestly apologized.
Yeah, I’m really sorry I have so little experience.
The general seemed to have changed his mind, and had abruptly changed from seduction mode to his normal appearance. Which was still sexy.
The sex appeal of an adult man is scary.
From there the general took me straight to the administration building.
It seemed that the domestic affairs of the kingdom were carried out in this building.
The Prime Minister, who was the head of the department, was not here, as he had returned to his domain. I was introduced to an official who was to be my immediate superior.
“I am Walter. I’ll be asking you to assist me in the government affairs department three days a week. Nice to meet you.”
My boss was a demonic man with glasses about my age.
No, no matter how you look at it, he’s an S, right?
The sensation of sadism oozed out.
His hair, swept back, was a normal brown color, but his sharp, sanpaku3 blue eyes are super scary.
This would be even scarier if he loved the dog he picked up on a rainy day4.
…… Scary, but he seemed to have some common sense.
I observed the official standing in front of me.
If I were to make a mistake at work, it would be humiliating, but I wouldn’t be scolded unreasonably. That was what my salaryman’s intuition tells me.
It doidn’t change the fact that I was scared, though!!
As we were leaving after the introductions, the general whispered to me in an amused tone, “Look for prey.”
Just because you’re a great hunter, doesn’t mean you should expect me to have the same hunting techniques you do!
T/N: Walter is one of my favourites too. I do have some characters I don’t really like in this novel. Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
After Hans had left, I rubbed one out in the guest room toilet.
To my surprise, there were flush toilets in some places in this world!
To put it bluntly though, the main reason for having one here was that there was a canal running underneath this section of the castle.
It seem that they gave me this room because otherworlders were particular about toilets and daily baths.
Baths were widespread, but flush toilets not so much.
Well, in general there were baths, but they were mostly public baths. The majority of the toilets were supposedly the dry type.
When I was being educated at the temple, I was told that dry toilets were more common because they would provide material for making compost.
Sakura-chan, were you also from a farming family?
For now, let’s just breathe a sigh of relief that the evidence has been destroyed.
As soon as I woke up, I pulled the string on the side of the bed.
Then Hans came into the bedroom carrying toiletries.
While I was still in bed, he set up a footed tray with toiletries in front of me and then began choosing and preparing the clothes that I’ll wear for the day.
I brushed my teeth and washed my face on my own. Then the pretty boy sat me down and provided me with a close shave.
I stood up and took off my pajamas, he then helped me put on my outfit for the day.
Hans pulled the string by the bed while I finished readying myself.
Just as I finished dressing, a hot breakfast was brought into the living room by another servant.
“Um… Hans, I can apparently get ready in the morning by myself. So, you don’t have to help me tomorrow. Can you just get me my clothes and toiletries ready the night before?”
“… of course.”
He seemed puzzled by the eccentric otherworlder’s request, but he readily accepted it.
The breakfast served was delicious.
White rice and miso soup would have been my preference, but it seemed that bread is the staple food in this world.
As I was eating my breakfast, I couldn’t help but admire Sakura-chan’s touching efforts so far. I guess she had done her best.
I myself didn’t even know how to produce miso and soy sauce, but it seemed that Sakura-chan did since they also existed here.
As I finished my breakfast and was leisurely drinking my tea, Gilliam came to pick me up.
Well, it’s finally time for my Knights’ debut!
** Knights’ debut — End. **
I wasn’t suited for it. I was devastatingly unsuited.
First of all, I didn’t have the basic physical strength.
Why? Because I’m 35 years old?! I am a white-collar worker?!
If I had been in sales, I would have at least worked out my legs and feet by visiting clients, but I was an office worker.
For more than a decade, I only exercised in my commute between home and work.
Sure, the crowded train was tough and mentally draining, but it’s basically just standing there.
Plus, most of the time while I was standing there, I was asleep.
Farangis sighed as he looked down at me, slumped in the corner of the training area, “What a useless otherworlder.”
Gilliams face slightly soured and only muttered a stern, “Farangis.” in reaction to his harsh words.
“I’m prepared to risk my life to protect Sakura-sama, but I can’t take care of this extra one as well, you know?”
At first, during my training, I was exhausted just from running.
Then, I was even more surprised at my complete lack of physical strength.
They had given me a long sword to practice swinging, but it was so heavy that I had difficulty even lifting it.
So, they switched me to a more lightweight wooden sword. However, rather than me swinging the sword around, I ended up being swung around by it.
This training was impossible without some basic physical strength! I suppose that’s where I should start!
The two handsome men were talking to each other, looking down at me as I gasped for breath at their feet.
Farangis spat with an incredulous tone, “… You know, I had thought that previous Sakura-sama wasn’t physically strong simply because she was a woman, but are young men from the other world the same?”
“Well, he doesn’t have any muscles on his body. I can guess he rarely had to use his physical strength. And if you look at his hands, while they have pen calluses, the skin is still soft.”
“He has the body build of a civil official, or a nobleman. All that means is that we have one more piece of baggage to protect with our bodies.”
“Farangis! Sakura-sama is not baggage, alright?”
Yes, I am the baggage. I’m very sorry.
Sakura-chan’s dragon slaying setting was on easy mode, matching the girl’s physical strength.
Apparently, all she had to do was cut through the dragon’s body in one place with the sword in her hand.
That’s all it took in order for her holy power to come into play.
The ones who truly had a hard time were her companions.
They had to protect her from various threats along their journey, and if they saw the dragon, they had to weaken it first in order to get her close enough.
They could weaken the dragon, but they couldn’t defeat it.
Only maidens from the other world could do that.
In other words, only me.
…… Can I be honest?
I think my spirit will break before I depart to slay the dragon…
It’s impossible to slay a dragon in this current state.
It is said that all I have to do is to land a single blow, but the opponent will inevitably resist—so in all reality that’s not all I have to do.
Gilliam went on to defend me, “We have two more years before we can summon Sakura-sama again. After two years of training, Keigo would probably become useful in his own way.”
I responded between ragged breaths, “……I don’t think there’s much room for growth. I am already at a certain age. But I will try just in case…”
Gilliam tilted his head in confusion at me, “… How old are you, Keigo? I think you can still grow.”
“I just turned 35 this year, though.”
“I’m 35 years old.”
Even the people around the training grounds who had been listening in on the conversation all fell silent.
Huh? I hadn’t told you guys yet?
I could hear the murmurs of the other knights in response to my declaration.
“… He’s a monster …”
“… Isn’t he a scammer?”
The knights were talking however they pleased.
No, how young did I look?!
It was often said that Asian people, especially Japanese people, looked younger than other ethnicities.
It seemed that even in this world, people thought I was younger than I really was.
At home, even among Japanese people, I was often seen as a young man.
I had assumed that I had first told them my age when I came into this world, but… had I not?
By the way, Gilliam was 27 years old and Farangis was 24 years old.
It seems they thought I was the same age or younger than them. They’re joking, right?
Gilliam looked disheartened and solemnly remarked, “… But it’s hard to train you when I hear that. You will hardly grow.”
“Isn’t it enough to teach him how to ride a horse and use a shield so he can run and hide?”
As I took a drink of water offered by a kind person walking by, I was thinking…
I wonder if this training will cause muscle pain tomorrow.
I hope it would be tomorrow.
Please don’t let it happen the day after tomorrow.
I don’t want to be thought of as a young man, but I don’t want to think of myself as that old yet…
I heard that as you get older, muscle pain doesn’t come the next day, but later. Is it true?
The muscle pain I had feared would come was avoided thanks to Hans, who expertly massaged me before bed when I told him what had happened.
The capable worker had even mastered the art of massage.
Secretly, I desperately tried to hold back the strange, coquettish voice that came out of my mouth in response to his exquisite technique.
TN note: Sakura-chan is too awesome. I would be as useless as Keigo too if I got isekai’d. I really should learn some survival skills. Keigo!!! Build up your stamina. It’s necessary in getting holy power too. Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
The black-haired knight left, saying he would come for me tomorrow morning.
My life in the royal castle would finally start in earnest tomorrow.
My job would be to protect the next Sakura, who will be summoned soon in the second summoning ceremony. In the meantime, while the preparations are being made for the ceremony, I will train my body and I will continue to learn about this world in order to become her advisor.
I must be as prepared as possible for her.
It might tough for a 35-year-old to regain basic fitness, but I’m afraid I’ll die suddenly if I don’t do it.
Let’s do my best to support the beautiful maiden warrior! Ooh!
… At least, that was what everyone would come to believe on the surface.
When in all earnestness, behind the scenes I will be in the throes of heated passion, experiencing the extreme ends of debauchery and lust with my own body!
What was even more ridiculous was that I had to be in a receiving position with other men!
A 35-year-old man, having unprotected sex and becoming the communal cum dumpster… I wonder what kind of special AV this is?
Ahh, I’m a virgin, but I at least watched adult videos.
Rather, AV was my only lover.
However, I was so busy with work that I didn’t have time to go to the video store. So, I used the mail system exclusively to rent movies.
I — I’m definitely not a loser who was embarrassed to set foot in the adult section of the store… okay?
… Well, for that reason, I was not that immune to the erotic side of things, but I thought I had at least made a good distinction between the real world and the porn world.
Porn is fantasy. It’s a man’s dream world that does not exist in reality―at least, there was a time when I thought so.
“Ha — Hans?! Hold on a second. You! What on earth are you…”
“What do you mean? I am serving you, Keigo-sama.”
The beautiful brown-haired boy took my cock out of my underwear and his face came closer to it.
My hips trembled at the pleasure of being in his mouth.
Which reminds me—this was a fantasy world! ! !
In my mind, I retraced how I got to this point. After Gilliam left, I had eaten the dinner that was brought to my room and used the bath in the adjoining room.
I hadn’t suspected anything strange up until that moment. It wasn’t like he had come in the bathroom to offer to wash my back. So, I didn’t think Hans had any ill motives when he offered to dry my hair when I returned to the room in my pants-less pajamas. I thought it was safe to accept his offer.
I was led into the interior of the bedroom and sat down on the bed.
The bed was large, much like the one in the temple… I tried not to read into it too much and I let it slide that the size might have been intentional or have deeper meaning behind it.
As it turns out, it was very intentional.
In this world, the general rule was that the beds in the guest rooms were to be shared by more than one person.
Hans led me to sit on the edge of the bed, so I did as I was told.
He had urged me to spread my legs wide, but I thought he was simply coming closer to wipe my hair when he came between my open legs.
However, I found it strange, as one would, when he unbuttoned my pajamas from the bottom.
I felt even more uneasy when he touched my underwear.
It wasn’t until he crouched down and took out my dick, that I finally understood.
I wondered how far the pretty boy was willing to go to take care of me…
The pretty boy with the upturned eyes whispered sweetly, “My job is to take care of the guests. I will do my best to satisfy you, Keigo-sama…” he then began sucking and twirling his tongue around my cock.
“Wait! Wait a minute! Calm down! No… you can’t! Hans! S-stop!”
“It is your deserved privilege, Keigo-sama. Please allow me to serve you…”
“No! That’s why… No fellatio! ! ! ! !”
I pulled back my throbbing cock back with tears in my eyes.
… All right! I got it back in time.
It was a close call, honestly.
What an amazing fantasy world!
The pretty boy was trying to make me cum as if it was natural. I could only think that this was a real AV world.
When Hans further explained his job duties to me, I found that not only is it his job to indulge the guests in the pleasures of fellatio, but it’s also part of his job to entertain until the very end.
It seemed that in this world, sexual entertainment for guests was normal, especially between men.
As expected of this world’s sexual morality that doesn’t care, even if you were in several simultaneous relationships!
I was at my wit’s end with the servant who believed that it was normal to even take care of everything downstairs.
This whole situation was a little dangerous.
I guessed Hans is what you call an Uke. He intended to receive me into his body.
But I couldn’t do that. If I put it inside him, I would lose all the power I had accumulated.
It was easy to stop here and now and say, “Sorry, I’m not in the mood”.
He would obey my words and stand down tonight.
However, I knew he will continue to try and take care of me from here on out.
Even if I was offered a night’s service, I could just say no, but I imagined the worst “what if” scenario.
For example, let’s say in the morning while I’m still sleeping, my body shows signs of morning wood.
The pretty boy would probably try to relieve it.
And without a doubt, my cock would release without any hesitation.
“… Hans. Maybe I’m just saying this because I’m from another world, but please take care of yourself,” I pleaded with him as he was getting up. “If you don’t want to, you don’t have to serve. Even if you don’t think anything of having sex, that doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, or if you feel even the slightest bit uncomfortable, then you don’t have to do it.”
“But this is my job, so…”
“Is serving is the same as working? Do you have to do it even if you don’t want to? You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. I’ll let your boss know. You really don’t have to do it. After all, the way you were sucking on my thing just now, you may not have hated it, but you didn’t seem to be enjoying either.”
“….” Hans’ pale face faltered, “… I don’t hate Keigo-sama.”
“Yeah, but you don’t need to serve me. You don’t have to do this to the others if you don’t want to either. I’ll tell your boss that.”
“… because it’s my work …”
“Yeah, Hans was doing his best. But you can now be honest with your feelings.”
The immature young boy clung to me and began to cry in a suppressed voice.
I’m sure he understood that it was work, but it must have been hard for him.
I kept a moderate distance from him. I reached out and patted his trembling back to soothe him.
I didn’t try to hug him tightly.
I didn’t, because in between him and me… my dick, which was just taken out, was still very active…
I stood up from the bed I was sitting on as the pretty boy finally tried to move away from me.
Thankfully the hem of the pajamas falling down hid the figure of my dick, which was still standing to attention.
I reasoned with Hans while staring into his eyes and enduring the stimulation of the cloth rubbing against my dick, “I’m an otherworlder, so you don’t have to worry about me. You don’t ever have to think about using your body to serve me again, okay…?”
“Only fellatio is absolutely prohibited.”
……I didn’t have the right choice of words.
Hans chuckled and simply replied, “I understand.”
I ordered him to leave the room saying that I was going to bed, and then I thought to myself, … Okay now. So, what — what should I do with this half-erect dick…?
T/N: Keigo in this chapter reminded me of Elrise(Fudou Nitta), the mc of my first jp novel translation. Cause I don’t know if his words to Hans are true or not. Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
At first glance, the royal castle had seemed small, but when the two knights showed me around, I was surprised to find that the interior was more spacious than I expected.
Gilliam, who was standing ahead of me to show me around, carefully explained how I would spend my time at the castle and that I’m basically free to come and go as I please, except for the wing in the innermost part where the royal family lives.
This world also has the one week calendar. The days of the week are also referred to in the Japanese way.
Work for five and a half days, and the rest of the week is off.
It’s the system called Saturday Half Day, right? Sakura-chan! (You didn’t introduce the weekend holidays…)
I was only needed to show up at the Knights Headquarters for the later half of the week for two and a half days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Gilliam went on to explain that they would train me to ride a horse, which is necessary to travel in this world, and sword practice in the name of Sakura-chan support.
On Saturday mornings I’d be doing chores, but if the Knights’ schedule was free in the afternoon, he said they would show me around the city and the suburbs.
My Sundays were completely free.
“On days when you don’t have plans, I think it’s a good idea to go to the library.” Gilliam unfolded a hand-drawn map that he would give me later, and pointed across the courtyard. “It has the largest collection of books in the country. Lending is generally not allowed, but you should be allowed to do so. If there is a book you want to read in your room, you can ask the librarian, and then—”
“Sorry, Gilliam,” Farangis interrupted. “Speaking of books, I just remembered that the loan period for a book I borrowed has passed. I’ll go back to the dormitory for a while to return it. I’m relying on you to show Keigo around.”
The silver-haired man who had been following behind me turned on his heel, waving his hand.
“I guess I have no choice…” Gilliam, who was sending Farangis off with a furrowed brow, noticed my wondering gaze and muttered, “Ahh…”
He quickly composed himself and continued, “Farangis is the second son of the Prime Minister. His family is what is known as a leading aristocrat family, and has the privilege to borrow valuable books. I wonder if I could borrow one if I applied through the Knights…”
“You’ve never borrowed one before?”
“Well, I like to scour through the records of the Knights. There’s a reference room in the barracks.”
“Oh? Can I see it too?”
“Of course. I heard that successive generations of Sakura-sama also liked to read books and documents of this world. Don’t hesitate to ask. I can arrange for the reference room. Then, next is…”
I followed Gilliam’s back as he walked ahead.
I could tell just from watching him and the people around him that he was popular.
As we were passing people who looked like servants and officials, I could see them looking at the tall, slender figure with envy.
Farangis must be popular too.
I saw Farangis signaling to a boy, who looked like a servant, as he walked away saying he was going to the library.
The beautiful boy who’d ran up to him had flushed cheeks….. Yeah, it was a guy. As it should be.
Or rather, I hadn’t really seen any women since I entered the castle.
I had seen a few women here and there in town, but are there no maids or anything?
“Ahh, Cause there’s no female royalty right now,” Gilliam replied simply. “The Queen Dowager had already died, and although His Majesty had taken in two Queens, they had both died of illness. The third person has not been welcomed, and the princess is not here. If there were any female royalty, the daughters of noble families would come here to learn etiquette, but this is not the case now.”
“…Um, Are there such things as concubines or mistresses, or women like that in this world…”
“It is not allowed to bed women, of which there are only a few, outside of the legal wife. The only exception is the royal family, but it is widely rumored that His Majesty has not welcomed a third queen or concubine because of his reticence.”
“Ah, do the nobility have male mistresses?”
“Hm? Mistresses are men, usually. Ah, I don’t know if His Majesty or His Highness has a special mistress. The inner palace is unoccupied at the moment.”
However, It was said that the neighboring country has a huge harem of mistresses.
Gilliam smiled bitterly, and I had mixed feelings about the all-male harem…
At any rate, it seemed that there was not a single woman in this royal castle.
No, I was just curious. Somehow.
If I have a relationship with a woman, I’ll lose all the holy power I’ve accumulated in my body, so I definitely won’t have one!
Hahaha, I’ll get rid of my virginity when I get back to Japan… I need to find a girlfriend first, though.
No, prostitutes are also okay. I’ll definitely get rid of it!
The last place Gilliam showed me was the one that was going to be my private room.
It was located in the guest wing that provincial nobles can use when they visit the royal castle. It seemed that they would let me use the room on the first floor, at the far end of the corridor that connects to the other buildings.
“It is the furthest room from the hustle and bustle, and closest to the door that leads to the outside. So, coming and going won’t be a problem. If you’d prefer a different room, you can tell the person I’m about to call and they’ll have it changed.”
Gilliam pulled a string hanging from the ceiling, right after entering the room.
After a short wait, there was a light knock on the door.
A petite, pretty boy wearing a servant’s clothes appeared.
“I’m sorry to have kept you waiting. Did you call for me?”
His unkempt, soft brown hair was cropped above his shoulders. His matching eyes were big and round, reminding me of a small animal.
The subtle freckles scattered over his nose and cheeks accentuated his youthfulness.
Gilliam gestured at the boy, “This person will be taking care of you during your stay from now on.”
“My name is Hans. I’m assigned to the first floor of the guest room wing. I have been ordered to attend to all of Keigo-sama’s needs. I look forward to working for you.”
Gilliam then gestured at the string he had just pulled and explained, “The same string as this one is hanging on the side of the bed in the bedroom. When you wake up in the morning and pull it, the bell in the waiting room should ring and he should bring you preparations for your wash. Then dressing, preparing breakfast, cleaning the room, preparing dinner and bathing… things like that?”
The pretty boy smiled sweetly, “Yes. I will be assisting you from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed.”
Long working hours… I’m impressed with how exploitative the hospitality industry is everywhere.
I hope he’s getting lots of breaks at least. I’ll try not to be too much of a handful.
I went ahead and told him I could change my clothes by myself.
He smiled and replied that he would just help with the parts I didn’t understand then.
It made me wonder… are there any unique clothes in this world?
If that’s the case, I’ll ask him to teach me how to wear it then.
“Errr, will I have to eat my meals alone, having them brought to my room?”
Gilliam spoke up, “I’ve heard that Keigo is to be treated in the same way as the provincial lords. So, you are free to use the dining hall. You can also invite someone to your room for meals.”
Hans continued, “If you are inviting someone, I will make preparations, so please let me know a little in advance.”
“Well, I haven’t made any friends yet that I would invite…” in that brief moment I thought, Oh!That’s right! and I looked at Gilliam.
“Well, will you have a meal with me someday…?”
“… If it’s ok with you.”
The young man slipped out a chuckle.
Gilliam was a nice young man, although I felt he was difficult to approach.
Thanks to him, I’d be able to avoid eating alone for once.
I’d been living alone in Japan for a long time, so I didn’t really find it hard to eat alone.
However, I, an ordinary person, felt guilty about being treated like a noble…….
One of these days, I wanted to primarily eat at the dining hall.
T/N: Every character is bishounen or ikemen. Is there no plain person in Shuraorumu? I forgot the capital name that I have to check at chapter 2 again.
Thank you for reading. If you find something wrong with my translations, please leave a comment for me to improve. Have a good day.
It was in that moment of affirmation I realized… Ah, he’s the one.
The one that the goddess said she gave the oracle.
The man who would become my accomplice.
… Good choice, Goddess!
He was the one who had scared me the most upon my arrival to this world.
In my mind, there would be no one more reassuring than this man to have at my side.
In contrast to me crying and rejoicing in my heart, the redhead let out a miserable sigh as if he was crawling under the ground.
“…… I see, so you are certainly ‘Sakura’……”
I couldn’t help but feel remorseful upon looking at his dejected expression, and I unconsciously apologized to him.
“There’s no need… ” the redhead trailed off.
“Goddess Rudia’s profound insight is not something we humans can understand. I understood the oracle. If you have the potential to possess the power of Sakura, then I, Bard, will wholeheartedly cooperate with you.”
The red-haired general seemed to be called Bard.
“Th-thank you very much.”
“Ahh, I’m sorry. I suppose we should move rooms, but I’d like to take some time and talk with you alone for a while longer.” Bard then gestured at the chair stationed at the slightly smaller desk that was placed next to his. “Why don’t you come over here and sit in the adjutant’s chair or something.”
I did as I was told. I nervously walked over, pulled out the chair, and sat down.
Bard didn’t move from his desk, but I noticed his eyes carefully inspecting my entire body. The general then briskly ruffled his magnificent red hair as if resigning himself.
“… Umm, did you also like men in Japan?”
“I’m straight.” I affirmed.
I do prefer women, but I decided to continue with my reasoning.
“Or rather, I suppose it is better to say that while it’s not unheard of to date someone of the same sex, it is very rare. I was surprised to hear that it’s a common practice in this world.”
“I suppose so. It seems the testimonies of successive generations of Sakura have remained true. They also said that they were extremely surprised to find out that it’s so common here.”
The general let out a gentle but deep chuckle.
“If the world is different, common sense will be different too. That can’t be helped. However, ‘Sakura Summoning’ cannot be settled like that… because the dragon is involved. “
Bard’s face turned somber and his voice lowered.
“Twice before, a man had come in place of a girl ‘Sakura’. The goddess had disclosed the secret, but those men could not conceive the power.”
“Yes, they were unable to embrace another man. Although, It seemed like they had tried to make an initial effort. However, it took two years to prepare to summon the girl ‘Sakura’ as a replacement. And until the next one came, this world was overrun by the dragon…”
… Even though the old tale that the General told was serious, I found myself thinking about something stupid.
Just what type of person did the Goddess choose for my predecessor?
I guess it would have been better if she had chosen someone like me who was quick to compromise (resign oneself) from the start, but the fact that it failed means he must have been a different type.
But I unfortunately understand why the goddess chose that type of person.
That lady is an S character. I guess she was too deep into her own preferences to consider those of others.
But, you know what they say, “the third time’s a charm,” and I suppose after considering the past mistakes “I” just happened to be her third charm.
… I felt sympathy for the guy, but I wanted him to do his best. I wanted him to try his damn best as if his life depended on it……
Still, there’s no guarantee that I wouldn’t have been summoned anyway, which sucks.
Is being a virgin until 35 a rarity?! That’s not true, right ?!
My lamenting thoughts passed and I returned my focus to Bard’s words.
“… Apparently, the dragon was harmless for about a year after its appearance. But sooner or later the dragon will threaten this world again. If possible, we need to do something before that happens. I’ll also do my best, but I’d appreciate it if you could learn to use your holy powers too.”
“I-I will do my best.”
In other words, have sex all the time.
Even though I thought I had made up my mind, I was once again annoyed as I was confronted with the reality of the situation.
When I realized that my face was turning red, I cast my eyes downward.
While I should have been looking down at my lap, a force on my chin made me look up.
The general had reached out and gently lifted my chin.
He made me look up, and he locked eyes with me at close range.
“You’ve no experience, right?”
No, I’ve already done it?… Of course I couldn’t say that.
The goddess’s desired premise is “no experience.”
I guess I have to let the other man dream…
After some hesitation, I nodded silently.
I’m sorry, I’m lying.
This is also part of the goddess’s profound insight. So…
“I will make love to you.”
My body trembled at the strength of the deep and clear voice.
My frivolous mood was blown away at once.
The general’s gaze was earnest.
“To be honest, I’ve just had a proper talk with you so I’m not qualified at the moment, but I will look at you, get to know you, and when I feel you are desirable, I will definitely make love to you. No matter what you think of me, I plan to make love to you — even if you cry and hate me. I will do anything to protect this world from the threat of the dragon.”
I pulled my entire chair away from him, making an unpleasant scraping sound on the floor.
He laughed self-mockingly as I ran away.
“If you find a man you like, you should make love with him first. Cause even if it’s your first time, I’ll ravish you without mercy.”
“… If you feel any affection for me at all and do so, I think I can accept you too.”
“Even if there’s no affection for you, you are prepared to be embraced?”
I felt slightly guilty.
Mostly because I’ve come to understand that this man is seriously concerned about his world. He is willing to do anything to save it. So much so that he is determined to take the blame, even if it means hurting a complete stranger.
He is much kinder than he looks. A noble person.
I’m sorry I didn’t think about anything else except my twenty million.
I am really sorry.
During my moment of self-reflection I decided that I will change the way I think just a little bit — I will also think about peace in this world.
“Well… if you say something like ‘I love you’ before you embrace me, even if it’s a lie, that’s fine. I also don’t want to be killed by a dragon, and I want to go back to the world I came from. Also,it breaks my heart to think that this world that you and others love and cherish so much could be destroyed due to my lack of effort…”
“………… The goddess chose you because……”
The general was muttering something in such a low voice that I couldn’t hear what he had said.
From now on, I will take this seriously again.
For the time being, there is a target at a close distance.
I must make the most of this chance.
I would use the cursed pow… no, I mean the goddess’s blessing to stare into the general’s eyes.