Money makes the (Other) World Go Round: The Corporate Slave Dragged into the Saint Summoning

Translator: Kuromaru

Editor: Jennicide

Read at Watashi wa Sugoi Desu!

Chapter 34.1: I Had Decided

According to the historical records kept by the kingdom, the legend of the Saint dated back 700 years ago.

One day, a woman claiming to be a messenger of God appeared and successfully “purified” the noxious miasma that had been plaguing the country for years. She then became the first Queen of the King ruling at that time, and the people revered her as a “Saint.”

When the miasma returned several decades after the death of this first Saint, a member of the royal family who was of the Saint’s lineage spoke to an oracle. They proclaimed that a woman who had been living as a nun in a remote area of the kingdom was now the new Saint.

Since then, an oracle was always consulted to indicate the whereabouts of the Saint and was utilized repeatedly by those who were descendants from the line of the previous Saint. This cycle repeated about every 100 years or so, following the ebb and flow of the miasma’s resurgence.

It was said that all those who were Saints were pure-hearted and that they devoted all their life to the people they served, especially those who were suffering from the effects of miasma.

And now, the seventh Saint, a high school girl from another world named Yua Shiraishi, was standing on a red carpet with trembling feet in the audience room lined with the most powerful and influential people of the entire kingdom.

“I-I’ll do my best to purify the miasma! But once the purification is done, there’s nothing more for me to do, right? If so, please send me back to my own world!”

At Yua’s words, Seiichirou was the only one amidst the cacophonous crowd who silently brought a hand over his mouth to hide his lips.

“What are you talking about, Yua?” Prince Julius cried out. “You are the one and only honourable Saint. Even after the purification is over, my country will continue to need you. We’ll always serve you with the greatest of care if that’s your concern.”

However, at Julius’s heartfelt smile, Yua’s face turned pale in fear instead of the expected red flush of embarrassment. To tell the truth, Yua herself had begun to feel as if this life would last forever. But it was because of this that she felt like she was living in an imaginary world, like she was living in a dream.

Thus far, she had been living a life without any inconvenience, always being given luxurious or rare things that she had never seen before, having a handsome prince whisper sweet nothings to her, and getting pampered by a collective of knights and maids each day.

However, now that she had gone on the first of many purification expeditions and saw the world for what it really was, Seiichirou’s words had finally brought her back to herself. Now she realized the real dangers of her position in this world.

She had no family here that would love and protect her unconditionally. There were no real friends for her to talk to. She had no idea how far her own common knowledge and thoughts would take her beyond her role as the Saint.

Even if the purification ritual was completed successfully, what then? What would she do, what would she be forced to do, and how would she continue to live her life?

These uncertainties filled her with a great sense of dread.

“What? But why? I was only called here to purify the miasma, right? Once that’s done, you won’t need me anymore, will you?” she asked, sounding somewhat tearful.

“That’s not true,” the Prince explained. “A Saint leads her country towards prosperity by her mere existence within the kingdom.”

Julius and other nobles all spoke kind words to Yua, saying that it would be fine, that her just simply being here was enough, and that they needed her. They did not realize that what they were saying was frightening her because none of those people, not even once since she had arrived, had ever listened to any of Yua’s concerns.

Through a small gap between the crowd, Yua sought Seiichirou’s gaze with an imploring look in her eyes. He was the only person from her own world that truly understood her situation. Although he was a weary corporate employee now bound as one of the kingdom’s own civil servants, he was the only person that Yua felt she could rely on at that moment.

“K-Kondou-san…!” she called out.

In response to Yua’s distressed voice, Seiichirou’s otherwise emotionless eyes narrowed for a split second, and then he smiled.

“As I mentioned earlier, the role of the Saint will no longer be necessary in the future,” he interjected. As Seiichirou bowed his head in assent, Yua’s eyes lit up while Julius’ own distorted in displeasure.

However…

“However,” Seiichirou opened his mouth slowly and said his next words carefully, “as of right now, there is no way for us to return to our original world.”1

“NOOO!!!”2 Yua sobbed suddenly. “Dad! Mom! I want to see them! I want to see my brother! Please send me home! Please let me go home!”

“Y-Yua…” the Prince murmured, now at a loss as to her reaction.

“Your Holiness,” a nearby noble said in an attempt to placate her, “you’re absolutely indispensable to this world!”

The young girl crumpled to the ground in despair and cried as the Prince and the other nobles looked on in bewilderment. While overseeing the situation rapidly spiraling out of control, Seiichirou instructed the next batch of papers to be prepared.

“Well then, moving on… I will be handing out the next document for everyone to review.”

“Huh?!” a voice echoed in the hall.

“You son of a—! What are you talking about?!” another demanded.

“Yes! You’re the reason why the Saint is so agitated!” someone else accused off to the side.

While Seiichirou’s comment may have been the trigger to Yua’s overly emotional response, he did not intend to let those in attendance shift the blame of it onto him. Clearly, they were misunderstanding the most important thing of all. Neither Seiichirou nor Yua had ever been asked if they wanted to be on the receiving end of a divine prophecy, as they might call it here in this world, and they most certainly would not have answered it if they had been given a choice. Seiichirou was simply dragged along by Yua.

He had been brought here without his consent. In their old world, that was referred to as “abduction.”

“As I mentioned earlier, there is no way to return to our world via summoning. However, summoning people from other worlds didn’t even exist in the first place. It was only later developed through the advancement of magical technology.”

“You’re absolutely right!” yelled a voice from the other side of the room.

Then, as Seiichirou’s gaze drifted to the seats of the court mages, East, who had thrown his manners out the window, rushed toward him with sparkles in his eyes. Behind him, Zoltan hastily shouted, “You’re in the presence of the King!” and hurried after the vice-deputy as fast as he could. 

Thank you for your efforts, Seiichirou deadpanned in his mind.

“Yes! In regards to the Otherworld Summoning Technique, by utilizing the Saint’s own magical power as we were instructed by the Oracle,3 we were able to connect with another world and almost perfectly summon the Saint here! However, when it comes to sending her back, although we have the coordinates from where she was summoned, there is a possibility that she might be sent to an entirely different world due to dimensional distortion. Furthermore, we can’t use a magic circle to create a reservoir of magical power to receive her there like we did here.”

“East! You should be mindful of your words!” Zoltan shouted.

When he stopped East, who had gradually been running out of breath and talking without any sort of proper honorifics, his face was very pale.  Nearly everyone in the room was mentally thinking, That’s not the point!

“Oh, it’s okay, everyone!” Seiichirou turned to reassure them. “I’ll briefly summarize what Mr. East just talked about and present it to you as a document later.”

Again, everyone thought, that’s not the point!4

The hearts of all the nobles in the room were at least united on that front.

“If you look at the document that I just handed out, the Royal Court’s Magic Department has agreed to undertake this research with the aim of returning the Saint and one other person safely to their home world. The preliminary budget for this project has been calculated on the third page of the report. In accordance with this, I’ve proposed an expansion of the magic department to include additional personnel to monitor the miasma.”

The audience room had suddenly turned into a conference room as Seiichirou began his proposal meeting smoothly and efficiently.

In reality, it would have probably been better to just make the proposal first and then hold the meeting at a later date. However, the King, who held the highest authority in the kingdom, and the nobles, who were also major influential figures, were all present today. On top of that, the Saint, Yua, was also here as well. So, taking advantage of the situation as it were, Seiichirou proceeded with his proposition before anyone could stop him.

“You dare to meddle in the affairs of the royal court?” One of the nobles interrupted Seiichirou, but Kamil, the Prime Minister, promptly took care of it.

“Ah, but I have already received and approved this proposal in advance.”

“When it comes to magic, the Third Knight Order is more important than the magic department! How dare you disregard the Third Knight Order with the commander present!” another noble tried to argue.

“The Third Knight Order doesn’t conduct research.” Aresh, the Commander of the Third Knight Order, instantly quashed the voice of the one trying to flatter him. “We only do practical work, such as dealing with magical beasts. We also have to go on expeditions to protect royals and other people of interest, so we can’t devote as many men to monitoring the miasma.”

Whether he did it because Aresh was the Commander or the son of a nobleman, just like them, was undetermined.

However, when Seiichirou chanced a glance at Aresh, he pretended not to notice as his gaze met with a look that said, How was that? I’m much more useful than you thought, aren’t I? On the outside, Aresh may have looked as intimidating as a large feline… but deep inside, he was unexpectedly as praise-seeking as a dog.5

“You’re just a commoner who followed the Saint on your own in the first place! We’ve already provided you with a livelihood, and yet you still want more!?”

“With all due respect, even though I was brought here without my consent, I’m not asking you to return me home safely by using a enormous amount of government funds. What I am proposing is the establishment of a new system that will eliminate the need to summon saints in the future, and we are promoting new magic research within the budget made available by this initiative. In addition, there are aspects of this research that can be effectively used for other things as a by-product, so there will be no loss whatsoever. Isn’t that right… Director of the Royal Court’s Magic Department, Sir Zoltan?”

“Uh, yes,” Zoltan fumbled, caught only a little off guard. “If we can establish a safe and secure landing at the coordinates, we should be able to make great progress in the study of transfer magic.”

“Yes! That’s right, I forgot to mention transfer magic!” East interjected. “So far, the destination has had to be prepared with a magic circle and a mage. However, it can’t be used to transfer living beings, but if we could somehow use the summoning return technique, we’ll be able to do it effortlessly!”

“Director Zoltan,” Seiichrirou said to the head of the magic department with a look, “would you mind pulling Mr. East aside for a moment?”

“Ah, Yes.”

“Mugh—”6

It took wrapping a cloth around East’s mouth as he opened it to speak before Zoltan could drag him back to his seat.

“In other words… what you’re proposing is that our country will be able to gain higher magic technology in exchange for losing our legendary Saint?”

The King, who had been sitting quietly up until now spoke directly to Seiichirou, and although he was surprised internally, Seiichirou straightened up his posture and knelt.

“It is as you say, Your Majesty. The innovation and leap in technology, and the accompanying development of human resources, will advance this kingdom. Furthermore, the cost of this project will be covered by the existing miasma control budget, so I believe there will be no incurred damages to your country.”

“Hmm…” the King narrowed his eyes in consideration.

“Um, Kondou-san! I… until then, what should I do…?”

Only the Saint was permitted to speak without waiting for the King’s approval, and Yua, who seemed to have finally stopped crying now, rushed over from her place on the podium.

Until the whole process of transfer magic to return to another world was finally perfected… though it wasn’t a given that it could even be done at all based on what East had said… Yua could at least tell that it would not be finished anytime soon and wanted to know what she could do in the meantime.

“I think it would be best for Lady Shiraishi to stay at the royal palace until the purification ritual is complete.”

Considering the necessary preparations for the expedition, her current physical condition, and the exhaustion caused by the purification process, that would probably be for the best.

“And then… what should I do after that’s all over?”

Seiichirou knew that she did not want to stay in the palace, but he had no right to decide what she should or should not do.

“What do you want to do, Shiraishi-san…?” he asked and waited for her answer.

“I want to leave the royal palace,” she said instantly, “but I don’t want to just get paid for doing nothing… if possible, I want to work in the same place as you, Kondou-san!”

“Please give me a break,” Seiichirou sighed heavily.7

“Eh?”

“No, I really think it’d be better for you to work in a place where you can utilize your power as the Saint. In other words, your special skills. Perhaps maybe a clinic or a church…” he suggested, looking away from Yua.

Seiichirou really did not want to work in the same place as an overindulged high school girl who had never had to truly work a day in her life. On top of that, if she were to work in the royal palace, there would be many people who would only see her as the Saint and disrupt the flow of order all around. The future Seiichirou saw was one where his work would be perpetually delayed, so he politely attempted to direct her towards a different path.

“Y-Yua… Why do you want to leave the palace? You’re the Holy Saint.” Both Yua and Seiichirou turned to look at the prince as he approached. “If you choose to stay after the ritual, you’ll still accomplish many great deeds as the Saint! It’s vital that our kingdom protect and care for our Saint, so why can’t you just stay in the palace?”

The look in Prince Julius’ eyes8 as he stared at the Saint was that of an abandoned puppy. It made Seiichirou wonder if Julius looked at her not only with faith in a divine figure and her possible political use, but also with faint affection. Still, he would have personally preferred that this kind of drama happen somewhere else.

“Sir Julius…” Yua began, “I would like to leave the royal palace after the purification ritual is complete so that I can think seriously about other things… Thank you for always being so kind to me. I’ll be sure to return all of the beautiful accessories and dresses that you gave me.”

Why don’t you just sell them off and use them to cover your living expenses or send them back to the treasury who paid for them in the first place? Seiichirou thought. Perhaps this was just her way of expressing her resolve. There was something more meaningful about the atmosphere surrounding her now, so he held his tongue, sensing the mood.

However, some bit of his true emotions must have shown on his face because Seiichirou caught Kamil chuckling at him out of the corner of his eye.


Hasr: Hello old and new readers! While I am well aware that the manga got sniped, we are still gonna continue and do our version of the TLs because Corporate Slave is our baby and we feel it needs to be done justice. If you do like our work, please DON’T read it on Mangago and other aggregators that steal our work, but on our own website, https://manga.watashiwasugoidesu.com/corporate-slave/

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Hara Kaidou
Hara Kaidou
2 months ago

Aww, Aresh must’ve been really proud of what he did to be at least of help while his babe is busy roasting anyone who dares to question his proposal. Seriously,the moment Sei opens his mouth, I know it’ll be fire

Bree
Bree
2 months ago

Wow…I gotta say I don’t really know what to think about mangago earning money from ad revenue cause I’ve never encountered an ad on there, like ever. Maybe from data brokering, that worries me. But I guess try to find more legal ways to consume mangas from now on. Even though I’m broke…

Cheru
Cheru
1 month ago
Reply to  Bree

If you don’t frequently visit the website daily, it logs you out and when you continue reading your already opened manga it redirects you to a website named ladysfirst or smth. It always frustrated me. So that might be the source of the money. I’m tired of reading webtoons now so I’ll try to quit reading stuff from there.

Cf411
Cf411
2 months ago

Wow, I didn’t know how an aggregator site could earn that much from piracy. Thanks for sharing!

Cheeiuuu
Cheeiuuu
3 months ago

I love Sei’s character and action like in this chapter. It’s so obvious that he feels so annoyed and doesn’t feel comfortable around Yua but still trying to act as a wise adult from the same world like trying to help and free her from them. He just takes his part as a responsible adult since he knows all of this Saint situation is not really good for the brat Yua not to mention it’s actually abduction. It’s reallllyyy relateable when Sei said “Please give me a break” when Yua said she wants to work with him. He has his sense to protect the young one but he is also an adult who doesn’t like random teenager to burden his work more. He is not perfect, he is not “saint” who is willing to do everything. It’s just like ‘I have ability to help you in my own way. But I’m still an individual one, I would be glad if you can respect me like not burden me even more since I’m also a regular people with stress and migrain. Too bad you have this personality who can add my migrain, so no thanks.’

Llan
Llan
3 months ago

Ahhh Yua has come to her senses!!! I’m so relieved. As always thank you for the chapter!

yarrayora
yarrayora
3 months ago

i loooove how obviously annoyed sei is about yua but he still sticks to his moral code anyway lol what a great adult

1chigo
1chigo
3 months ago

Thank you so much T T I started reading this yesterday and im very interested about the plot ^^

Last edited 3 months ago by 1chigo
スオウ
スオウ
3 months ago

im weeping i just started this novel yesterday and now here i am waiting for the next chapter!

my goodness, the writing, the character development is so good that it literally inspires me, a writer, to write something like this on my own too! i am absolutely in love with aresh and sei and hopefully we get his answer soon too!

thank you so much for the chapter! wishing your team only the best of luck!

fujoshiWe
fujoshiWe
3 months ago

Just binge read this in one sitting and it’s worth every second! Aresh and Kondou are too damn cute I have to squeal to my pillow everytime I read their scene. The plot is good too. One complain I have is the smut. There’s too little! (Or maybe I’m too used reading fanfics so this amount is obviously too little for me lol)

Thank you for the translation!

Mieczyslaw
Mieczyslaw
3 months ago

I love Seiichrirou’s planning and arguments, he’s so stubborn but also just professionally provocative, like people dont do that in this world?? so his behavior and ideas are almost heresy, except theyre also so damn logical with evidence that the only thing holding the ruling class back from actually considering it is their own greed or need for decorum/tradition. They dont care about the Saint as a person at all, even when they try to defend Yua it’s more or less against her own objections.

Prince Julian is honestly also a very annoying character. I wonder if there’s a history of saints being married into the royal family? He seems to be in puppy love with Yua.

The manga got sniped, like in cancelled?? i really hope not, i think that art is great and the adaptation is really good so far! I saw on manga updates that it was still ongoing ;-;

Sekstifire
Sekstifire
3 months ago
Reply to  Mieczyslaw

I believe that sniped in this context means that other translators have started releasing chapters of the manga.

Lyhlle_Ai
Lyhlle_Ai
3 months ago

The fact that we collectively dislike the girl so much… Yup good job author, brilliant writing right there.

Mieczyslaw
Mieczyslaw
3 months ago
Reply to  Lyhlle_Ai

I dont know how much of this is sarcasm, so apologies, but i had really hoped that she would have more character to her then ‘annoying teen,’ and ‘someone who continues to disregard the main character unless she wants something.’ The only reason they fell into this world together is because Seiichrirou was trying to help her when she was being summoned, and even desperately reached for her. I’m not saying they should have a deeper relationship where Seiichrirou tries to shield this child from this very dangerous world or anything bc who they are as characters are very different and Seiichrirou is far from being able to take care of someone else (or himself) but I do wish that Yua would trust him to be someone with good intentions bc he had tried to help her before and realize that he equally wants to solve this world’s miasma problem in his own way (even if its for practicality’s sake). I think Yua started to actually think of Seiichrirou as ‘her extra’ and it always threw her off when he was being blunt and didnt play his role. But Seiichrirou is a really stubborn person who isnt afraid to act out his plans in the long run, or say things he thinks are necessary, very different from anyone else in this world who treated her as a precious tool. But perhaps we’ll get some character development from Yua soon?? who knows.

RJMC22
RJMC22
3 months ago

Omg i didnt know you also translated the manga. Will read here from now on.

Im glad that yua is now realizing the shit she’s in right now. Hahahaha well it’s slow but it’s still a progress for her u go girl.

And thank you again for this new update will wait for part 2

Crayz
Crayz
3 months ago

Im just wondering how frequent do you update this and are you also planning to translate the second book?

hasr11
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Crayz

If you look at the sidebar, you can find that we post new chappies every Friday
And yes, we plan to do the second and third books, as well as do our own version of the manga scans over at https://manga.watashiwasugoidesu.com/corporate-slave/

FafaTheFishDaddy
FafaTheFishDaddy
3 months ago
Reply to  Crayz

There is a second book?!

hasr11
Admin
3 months ago

And a third one too!

Navleu
3 months ago

Ah, these nobles are forgetting those girls are FORCED to help the country. Only the first one was a volunteer…

Thanks for the chapter!

chuku45
chuku45
3 months ago

Transportation magic, and it only costs losing a saint that essentially has only been good for clearing miasma, and seiichirou even took care of that problem, forget the saint, what are they gonna do without him.

I didn’t know that you also translated the manga, i’ll read here from now on, thank you translators!!

Chrom
Chrom
3 months ago

Wonderful novel honestly. The world building and the characters are explicitly written. Super looking forward to the story afterwards and the relationship between Aresh & Sei. Also, I was wondering could I ask for translating the English version of the novel into Chinese language?I’m a Hong Kong secondary student. I’m a bilingual myself and I would like to gradually pick up some translating practice since I wish to pick a translating major in college or be an English tutor іn thе futurе. It will also greatly improve my comprehension and reading skills as well. I haven’t decided to really translate the whole novel thоugh, but I want to ask for consent fіrѕt because I consider translating others work without people’s consent іѕ аn іnаррrорrіаtе thіng tо dо. Еvеn іf І dесіdеd tо trаnѕlаtе thіѕ nоvеl, іt wіll bе 100% nоn-рrоfіt bесаuѕе І аm ѕtіll а ѕесоndаrу ѕсhооl ѕtudеnt(I don’t know how to use patreon and stuffs:ᗡ I’m very dumb and only good at English) аnd I will mаkе sure to credit all the members in this website.(Also I will not be translating the NSFW part as for consideration of my own age.I want to try translate this because I really enjoy the plot) Thank you for your attention and really appreciate the hard work that have been put in the novel 😀 Make sure to rest more!
Please don’t despite my terrible English 🙁

hasr11
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Chrom

Feel free to use our translations! We wish you luck with your practice~

Chrom
Chrom
3 months ago
Reply to  hasr11

:0 Thank you very much! I’ll work hard ​:D

Chrom
Chrom
3 months ago
Reply to  hasr11

Sorry for replying again, but since I know nothing about Japanese, can I ask for the Japanese Kanji name of Kondou Seiichirou and Shiraishi Yua? I can’t translate the name properly if I translate it from English translation :'( Once again, thank you very much!

sadiewoods9
sadiewoods9
3 months ago

I’m fine with Yua just quietly retiring from the novel. She might not be evil but she is incredibly annoying. Just be quiet and leave Sei and Aresh alone until they manage to figure out how to shove you back to the original world, okay?

Aggregator sites have always been the absolute worst thing to happen to the community. They steal credit, discourage translators, give actual publishers a reason not to pick up stories (this complaint is more specifically aimed at people who pirate actual published works to be fair, but particularly for manga it’s hard to convince a publisher to print a series that has already been translated for free online. I’ll add that as a very neglected medium the least industry affected genre would be what’s here- a yaoi/danmei light novel or the yuri equivalent), and give people outside the community a bad impression of the fandom. I think there is a hell of a lot of value in having non-licensed stories picked up. I would have never read this if you hadn’t! You can’t say it’s not discouraging to have your efforts stolen. The relationship between publishers and fan translators is a complicated one. Aggregators give normal fan translators a very bad name because they tend to combine actual pirated material with the neglected by industry titles. This isn’t a fair point really (fan translators by and large will take down works if industry picks them up) but it has been a point of tension since the internet era of translations began. Long ramble just to ultimately say I hate pirating but really love fan translations. There is a real community of love for both the works and the genre to it that industries with capitalistic goals don’t feel and tends to lead to neglect like spelling mistakes, off center print and overall bad quality some publishers are notorious for (looking at you, Junè).

Thanks for your hard work translating!

misto713
misto713
3 months ago

300.000 a month?! from stealing work of other people and posting it on their site? holy shit! i thought a 1000 at most in profit when you count in server fees, maintenance of the website etc etc. i had no idea the thieves make so much!! D:

i also had no idea you translated manga as well (how did that escape me? hmm…)

btw do you post on sites like mangadex (when it’s running)? or only on your own site?

hasr11
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  misto713

Used to post it on mangadex only before it went down, but now have to make do with posting it on the site
Mangadex is definitely the more convenient (and better) option, but unfortunately, thieves do make big bucks in this world T^T

misto713
misto713
3 months ago
Reply to  hasr11

well, if nothing else, now i can at least suppprt you by reading it on your site, since i don’t have an adblocker…

GRACEYou
GRACEYou
3 months ago

The nobled are annoying af. They dont understand that they are essentially kidnappers. All those summoned girls have lives too! Have people they care about at home. I wish sei would smack some sense into them

Bayu
Bayu
3 months ago

‘Why don’t you just sell them off and use them to cover your living expenses or send them back to the treasury who paid for them in the first place?’

Dude is a true ‘mata duitan’ (gold digger) I must say.

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LovingSmiles
LovingSmiles
3 months ago

I’m actually excited to see Yua as a nun. Now that she has considered the possibilities of her life as a Saint, I’m waiting for her character to develop.

Thank you for the translation!