I, Who Own a Cheat Skill From Another World, Became Peerless in the Real World ~Level Up Changed My Life~ - Chapter 26
“Here’s 『Ousei Academy’s』 cafeteria”
When we arrived at the place Ryou was taking me, it was far from any cafeteria I know. It was a wide and extravagant place.
Similar to coffee shops, there are several round tables and simple chairs set up.
Each table has students that are having friendly chats while eating.
…..My high school also has a cafeteria but, it was an ordinary one and not as extravagant as this one.
I was dumbfounded with the scene in front of me when Ryou called out to me laughing.
“Hahahaha! Everyone that came here the first time is surprised like you are! But there’s more! Here, look here!”
The next thing Ryou showed me was the menu.
And seeing it, once again put me in surprise.
First, the number of choices is humongous.
Of course, there’s Japanese food but there is also food from around the world….. Specialty food that you can only taste in each specific country.
Besides, there is also food prepared for anyone with religious restrictions.
“If I recall correctly, the food here is made by a chef working at a 3-star restaurant (Michelin)!”
My eyes bulged in surprise upon hearing Shingo’s remark.
No no no! I don’t have money to pay for such high-quality food! Even though I can pay now, but I can’t keep eating here!
Ryou, as if he read my mind, smiled knowingly.
“Ready to be surprised even more? Everything on the menu ——- is just 500 yen!”
I was at a complete loss!
Perhaps, i-is this heaven?
Can you really eat a 3-star dish with a single 500 yen coin? This seems like a dream.
“Although it’s only 500 yen, there are also students who live alone and have a tight budget. That’s why there is this 『Student Daily Lunch Special』 prepared for these students.”
“Daily Lunch Special?”
“Ah. It’s a daily lunch set so you can’t choose what’s in it but…… it’s completely free!”
I’ve understood it from the level of the lessons but seeing this solidifies my belief.
This academy’s position is leagues different from the rest.
While listening to Ryou and Shingo, I’ve decided on my order. I ordered a set meal, and we sat on a nearby seat.
Ryou ordered a crab tomato cream pasta and Shingo ordered a tonkatsu set meal.
As for me, hearing that everything’s 500 yen, I ordered the seemingly most expensive meal, Kuroge Wagyu hamburger set meal. Well, I wanted to try to eat something fancy for once.
“Yosha! Let’s eat!”
“Itadakimuasu!” (T/N: Thank you for the meal!)
After saying Itadakimasu, we concentrated on our meals.
After putting the burger into my mouth, a very splendid taste filled it.
W-what is this!?
The meat juices sipping out! It’s melting in my mouth! D-delicious!
The hamburger was so delicious that I can’t put it into words.
Ryou and Shingo are smiling while eating their meals and looking at me innocently enjoying my meal.
“He-hey….. Look at him!”
“That student, do you know him…..?”
We were enjoying our meals when we noticed that our surroundings have suddenly become boisterous.
“I wonder? Isn’t it a bit rowdy?”
“Hmm? Isn’t it because Yuuya’s here?”
“Because I’m here? Aa, my uniform’s different, isn’t it? It’s indeed a bit conspicuous….”
“Hm? What’s wrong?”
“……No, it’s nothing.”
For a moment, Ryou had an expression that seems like he’s saying “Oi, Are you serious?”. But it must be my imagination.
We are friendly chatting while eating our meals when Ryou asked me curiously.
“By the way, Yuuya, do you do any club activity?”
“In this academy, whether it’s sports or strenth-based, any club is quite strong you know?”
“Is that so….”
“So, if you are doing club activities at your high school, then I wonder if you’ll continue that here.”
Isn’t it obvious? Of course, I’m not in any club.
Not only do you have to pay club fees, but it’s also a difficult struggle. In the first place, I couldn’t afford such a youthful activity.
Besides, if I join a physical club in my current state….. then perhaps, it would be quite troublesome.
I smiled bitterly and responded.
“It’s quite regretful, but I wasn’t in any club.”
“Eh? Seriously? That was surprising.”
“How about you, Ryou and Shingo?”
“Me? I’m also in the straight-to-home club!”
“Eh? Really? I was so sure you were in a physical club….”
It might be my biased, but Ryou really has a fresh and sportsman-like aura so I was surprised.
Then, Shingo explained to me while smiling.
“R-Ryou excels in a lot of physical activities and has received a lot of invitation since his enrollment. He’s really popular, you know!”
“Really!? Then why?”
He’s like the MC of a manga so I asked. Ryou answered.
“Hm-…… Because I want to try different things…. I guess?”
“Yup. I did soccer in middle school, and it was quite great but…. Upon entering this academy, there’s soccer but there are also a lot of clubs I wanted to try until eventually, I ended up in the straight-to-home club.”
“B-but since then you’ve helped out a lot of different clubs, and each time you left an amazing record!”
“Haha, stop it, you’re embarrassing me!”
Looking genuinely embarrassed, Ryou laughed giddily.
He really acts like the MC from a manga. I don’t mean anything bad, he’s just an extremely good and popular guy.
“I see…. You can actually do it that way…..”
“That’s right! When you enter this academy, you don’t have to over-exert yourself for a club, but you can experience various activities. In that sense, Shingo’s club is also quite peculiar.”
“Eh? Shingo, what club are you on?”
Shingo responded to my question with a smile.
“I-I belonged to the game club”
“Game club? Game as in….. Video game?”
Really….. Is it really okay to openly bring your games in this school? I thought that this school was extremely free from students wearing different accessories and having different hair colors but, they also allow you to bring your game….
I was still surprised by how free the policies of Ousei Academy are when Shingo explained to me.
“O-of course you can’t game during classes but, you can game or use your smartphone during breaks. Though other schools wouldn’t even allow that. But since this school gives us that kind of freedom, and no one plays with there consoles or smartphones during classes, that a game club can be established in this high school.”
I sighed with admiration.
In short, this academy trusts its students and allows them to carry smartphones and video games.
But the best part is that the students are working hard not to betray the academy’s trust. There’s also that.
I listened to different surprising stories and was able to have an extremely fulfilling lunch.
After school, I visited the academy’s board chairman Houjou Tsukasa and talked with him.
“So, how was it? This academy?”
Tsukasa asked with a kind smile. I responded with my honest thoughts.
“…..It was really amazing. The lessons are easy to understand, the facilities are complete….. But above all, my impression was the students are living extremely vividly.”
Yes, all the students of this academy were shining so brightly.
In my current high school, everyone looks so lifeless as they spend their everyday.
Everyone, even those who are doing club and youthful activities, are unanimously saying “boring” and “I want to home” in the middle of classes and breaks.
But here, I haven’t heard a single word like that.
Well, it’s not that no one is saying that, but still, I haven’t head anyone say it.
Everyone is enjoying, enjoying this academy from the bottom of their hearts.
That’s what I strongly felt during today’s experience.
Tsukasa nodded to my words as if he was satisfied.
“Is that so? I’m also happy that you said that…… So, what would you do? Do you wanna try going to this school?”
“…..Would you really allow someone like me to go here?”
Can I really contribute anything to this academy?
I have yet to find out my strong points or things that I can be proud of.
Someone like me who doesn’t know anything. A better one deserves it more…..
Tsukasa gently responded as if he was able to read my thoughts and feelings.
“Yuuya. You may be able to decide your own worth, but it’s also something that other people can decide.”
“And, right now you’re thinking what your worth for this academy, right?”
I paused for a short while before answering.
“But I think that there is merit for you to attend this academy.”
When I heard his words, I looked straight towards him.
“It’s okay. You’ll find your worth, and if you can’t, it’s okay for you to find it within our academy. What you have is time.”
Tsukasa’s words pierced right through my heart.
“Uhm….. I have not much to offer, but please allow me to enter your academy. ”
“Of course! We’ll welcome you with open arms!”
I formally become a student of Ousei Academy.