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Chapter 2-2: God and Nursing
Falling sick was a sudden and unexpected occurrence.
Those who were normally busy and had confidence in their health were more oblivious than others when to came to noticing faint warning signs.
Uta was one of those people.
(So sluggish. This feeling… Do I have a fever…?)
Uta feebly got up from the bed in his room and searched for the thermometer.
Since he hadn’t used it in such a long time, he couldn’t remember where he put it.
“…What should I do…?”
Reflected in the full-length mirror was his flushed face.
It might be impossible for him to open the store today. His unpleasant premonition grew.
After that, he sluggishly moved his heavy body around the house and finally found the thermometer inside a drawer.
When he checked his temperature, as expected, it was over 38℃. The number continued to rise up.
Uta didn’t wait for the thermometer to ring before calling Sungmin.
“Min-kun, I’m sorry. I’m going to temporarily close the store today. It looks like I have a slight fever…”
When he gave this short message, the voice on the other side answered in a panic.
“Are you okay?! This is the first time I’ve ever heard of you getting a fever!”
He hasn’t had to temporarily closed the store for at least a year.
“Is it a cold?”
“Maybe? I’ll go to the hospital after seeing how far it develops. Anyway, I’ll be resting today. You should also take it easy, okay?”
That was what he wanted to convey the most in this phone call.
Despite that, this came from the other side of the phone.
“I have this super effective ginseng at my place! Back when I headed home, my parents forced me to take it… I’ll bring it over right now!”
He sounded ready to rush out of his house.
“Ah, wait, Min-kun! Thanks for your consideration, but please don’t. There’s a pandemic, remember? There’s a possibility you’ll get sick too, and it’ll be terrible if you do.”
The silence on the other end of the phone must have meant that Sungmin hesitated.
“But, manager… there’s only you at home, right? Being all alone even though you have a fever is too tragic!”
It was true that he would be lying if he said that he didn’t feel helpless.
“I don’t care if I get sick.”
“You can’t do that. I won’t be able to face your parents.”
“That is…true. It’ll be troublesome when I bring you home…”
When Sungmin returned a despondent voice and sigh, something happened.
The same time Uta heard this voice, his phone was taken from him.
The god often showed up in the store, but this was his first time appearing in Uta’s room, thus surprising him.
Haraedo winked as if to tell Uta to leave it to him. He began to talk to Sungmin through the phone.
“Relax since I won’t leave Uta all alone. And since I’m not a human, I can’t get sick.”
He swiftly cut the call and returned the phone.
“Eh? What do you mean?”
Was it true that gods couldn’t get sick?
Uta tried to recall a folktale with gods about that, but he couldn’t find any. Diseases were fundamentally things humans contracted.
During that time, Haraedo’s hand made its way through the hem of Uta’s pajamas.
“—Whoa, what are you doing?”
The sensation of Haraedo’s cold hand startled him.
“What? I’m nursing you.”
Uta didn’t know what Haraedo was thinking behind that grin.
And just like that, Uta was pushed onto the bed, with Haraedo straddling Uta above his waist.
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