Netooku Otoko no Tanoshii Isekai Boueki (WN) - Chapter 74
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“Orica, Happy 17th Birthday! You haven’t received any Oshirushi from your mother, have you? I’m afraid it’s unworthy of me, but Marina has prepared it for you. I hope you will accept it.”
The next day, after successfully obtaining a large number of laces, we held a birthday party for our lovely secretary maid, Orica.
The party was in full swing. When the time came to hand out the presents, Marina pompously began her speech.
Orica listened in awe as if it were a matter of course.
Hmmm? What’s an Oshirushi? No, it’s a handkerchief that Marika prepared for Orica, so of course, that should be it…
Marina said that her 17th birthday was special…
Diana said she didn’t know, but maybe the others know… but it’s not like they’re going to ask now.
You can find a lot of people who are interested in this kind of thing.
“Thank you, Marina… Thank you for your hard work.”
Then, Marina handed out a beautifully wrapped lace handkerchief.
Orica accepted it reverently.
Hmm? Something didn’t seem right.
Orica’s way of receiving… The way she held the handkerchief to her chest.
I’ve seen that gesture somewhere before…
“Can I open it?”
“Yes, of course”
“–Wow! Amazing. It’s cute.”
“Did you like it? Actually, it was prepared by the master himself. IMarina was ashamed that she couldn’t prepare something like this.”
Ah. You don’t have to say that I prepared it or anything.
I didn’t really care who bought it, so that was something that you didn’t need to mention. I guess I should have mentioned it earlier.
The handkerchief Marina gave to Orica was one of the most delicately woven handkerchiefs I’ve ever bought at the market. I thought she would have preferred something more practical, but she said she wanted something as white and fine as possible, so I gave it to her.
I received a solid silver coin from Marina for the price. Of course, I could have done it for free, but – well, I would just give her this money as pocket money again. I’m sure the fact that she paid for it herself was more important than that.
“Ma, master prepared this…?”
Orica couldn’t hide her surprise, as if it was unexpected or strange that I, a man, had prepared a handkerchief.
What is that reaction? Was it not good enough that I prepared it? But I’m sure even Orica knew that I’m in the cloth business, even though she was a maid.
“Ma, Marina couldn’t get her hands on it, so she asked the master for it! The master said he had something else for Orica! So, the handkerchief was prepared by Marina, right? That’s right!”
And Marina hurriedly denied it.
What’s with that reaction? Maybe I should’ve made her say that she prepared it herself from the beginning?
Oh well, it’s going to be okay.
I’m not sure what to say.
The story goes back a bit.
On the day of Orica’s birthday, we decided to close the restaurant early and throw a party with everyone.
The party was held at Shero’s house. I could have held the party at my own house, but since Orica was almost always there, it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise. So I asked Rebecca to help me out. Thanks to her, I was able to prepare many things.
I told Orica that she didn’t need to prepare dinner today.
As the story goes, “It’s my birthday, but no one’s home. I’m all alone poor me… That’s right, let’s go out and celebrate by ourselves…”, but it wasn’t a problem because Marina had included something like “I’ll be there to buy you a gift and I’ll be back.”
We thought it would be more fun to have a party with more people, so we invited some friends from the village (Orica’s mother couldn’t come because of work), as well as Etowah and Elepippi.
They’d never met Orica before, but it would be nice if they could all get to know each other.
After the party preparations were complete, I took Orica out of the house, put her on a horse, and invited her to Shero-san’s house.
She had never imagined that a birthday party would be held for her. Her expression changed from surprise and excitement to tears and a hug from Marina. It was cute to see a girl who can honestly express her emotions.
The party was a standing-room-only affair with tables set outside.
The food was cooked by everyone from the ingredients bought at Elishe, and I bought some from Japan. The drinks were juice and sake.
I also bought some cheap whiskey (3000 yen for 4 liters) for Shero-san at a supermarket.
For some reason, fish was more expensive than meat in Elishe. So I brought fish to Japan every now and then and serve it at the house. This time, I went all out and bought a 5 kg yellowtail. Even though I bargained hard, it cost me 5,000 yen. But it’s delicious, isn’t it? Cold yellowtail.
We ate and drank while chatting and laughing (we ate the yellowtail as sashimi, boiled or grilled. People here don’t seem to have much resistance to sashimi, so they eat it well. Or maybe it was because Marina took the initiative to eat it so well? Even though she looks like a westerner, it’s a different world. I couldn’t help but think of her as an earthly image.) Then, at the appropriate time, I felt like giving her a present. For some reason, Marina gave Orica a lace handkerchief in a solemn manner.
Now, it’s my turn.
“Yosh! Well then, please accept this gift from me. It’s really not much, though. Here it is. A dress and a new maid outfit. Also, I know it’s strange for me to give you a gift, but I put a lace handkerchief on it. It’s good to have as many as you can.”
Everyone, including Orica and Marina, looked at me in shock.
Hmm? I’ve been getting a lot of weird reactions today, haven’t I?
Maybe giving clothes as a gift is not such a good idea… Some say that men giving clothes to women was a bit indecent… But I don’t think that’s relevant in another world… It’s simple, Orica said she didn’t have much in the way of personal clothing, so she chose clothes. I bought the maid’s clothes at a moment’s notice, but it was not something you couldn’t wear outside.
“Did I do something wrong? If you want, I can replace it with something else–.”
“No, no. I’m sorry. I want it. I’ll take it.”
“Really? Here it is. I think the size will be fine.”
“Okay. Thank you very much… for giving a gift.”
And then, with a sigh, she hugged my gift to his chest as if it was her treasure.
…Ah, I see. I thought I had seen it somewhere because when I gave Rebecca-san a handkerchief and when I gave it to Etowah, they were holding their gifts to their chest in the same way.
I hadn’t paid attention to it at all. But maybe it’s a rule in our world to do that when you get a gift.
In the U.S., when you receive a gift, it is considered polite to tear the wrapping paper and take out the item and shout with joy. It would be considered vulgar to do that in Japan.
But I’m glad to hear that they were pleased. It’s a mystery why they were so surprised.
“Then I heard that Diana is preparing something… hmm? Why are you looking at me like that, Marina?”
Marina takes her fingers in her mouth and looks at me with a jittery look. I don’t know why, but Elepippi was also staring at me, too.
Next to her, Rebecca and Etowah were grinning while fluttering the handkerchief I gave them (or is it more appropriate to say Etowah was grinning?). Diana didn’t understand and was upset.
What is this situation?
“It’s not fair. That’s cheating. I know I’m not allowed to say this, but I have to say it. It’s just not fair. It is completely unexpected. If I were to say it like the Master, it would say ‘What was happening?”
“Go for it, senpai…”
“Haha. I’m sorry, Jirou. When I saw Orica getting a handkerchief, she made a strange face, so I ended up bragging to her that Etowah and I got one too. I’m sorry for tricking you, but I just couldn’t resist.”
“I would have taken it seriously too if Miss Knight hadn’t told me! This is the kind of thing that feels right. The subtleties of human relationships are not something that can be calculated.”
Okay. I don’t get it at all.
What’s going on here, guys? Please explain it to me…
“I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out…. I don’t understand it at all, but… don’t worry, we have handkerchiefs for everyone. It’s not like I left Marina out of the group.”
“Ca-ca, can you give one to Marina too?”
What with this world? Handkerchiefs were very popular.
“Here you go.”
I gave each of Marina, Diana, and Elepippi a neatly wrapped handkerchief. The wrapping paper was a gift from my mother, who kept it in her closet for the rest of her life, even though she never used it.
Diana accepted the handkerchief with a normal “Thank you,” while Elepippi hugged it to her chest with a “Yes, I received it.” Marina then said, “I never thought this day would come for Marina. I’ve received your heart for sure~!” She received it with exaggerated joy and held it in my rich chest.
I’m looking at it with an expressionless face that’s way beyond my tolerance.
Come on…someone explain it to me quickly… What’s wrong with the handkerchief…? I don’t want to be left out!
I could hear Orica’s friends talking.
“Oh, my goodness. Orica’s master is a playboy.”
“How many people have you given it to and how many have received it? How many did you give it to?”
“Everyone but the Elf received it!”
“He’s got a pretty face and a lot of money.”
“I guess for Master, an Elf-sama is not enough!”
“Good for you, Orica. I’m glad you got your eyes fixed. I wish I could have been hired.
“But there’s still hope!”
I’m hearing a few NG-like words here and there…
Playboy, handed over or received…
“… Rebecca, can you please tell me quick? Was the handkerchief some sort of sign?”
“Hmm, here it is. The princess didn’t know this, but when a man gives a handkerchief to a woman, it means, “I give you my love.” … or more clearly, “Be my woman.” I’ve already asked for it, so I guess it’s a no-brainer.”
Rebecca chuckled and said something outrageous in a fun way.
Oh my god, what a ridiculous thing.
“The woman takes it and holds it to her chest as a sign that she has received your love. That means it’s okay.”
This was even more outrageous.
The girls over here are happy with just a handkerchief and it’s so cheap (heartwarming). It wasn’t even that big of a deal!
“So, but Marina gave Orica a handkerchief because of that ・・?”
“No, it’s a tradition to give a handkerchief to a girl on her 17th birthday. To use as a ‘token of love’ when such a person comes along. Usually, it is given by the parents… Marina had never been given a handkerchief, so she really wanted to give one to her maid. If you are given a handkerchief, hold it to your chest and transfer your heart to it. You’ll use it when you meet someone you like…It seems to be a tradition that was first started by aristocrats. Isn’t it romantic?”
“Oh, I see…”
Let’s sum it up!
A girl gets a handkerchief from her parents or someone close to them on her 17th birthday!
A handkerchief was used as a courtship item. In the case of women, they intentionally drop it so that the person they want would pick it up.
That’s why unmarried women of a certain age have their own “impractical handkerchiefs” for this purpose! Marina was looking for one to give to Orica.
Now, these “impractical handkerchiefs” are usually embroidered by the woman herself!
And on the other hand, when a man gives a handkerchief, it’s also an act of courtship!
Well, in short, it’s like chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
If the woman says yes, she is supposed to hold the handkerchief to her chest. If she says no, she was supposed to just accept it.
Wow! I gave a gift without discretion!
I think Rebecca explained to Etowah that I’m giving it to her without knowing about such customs…
Hmmm… Marina is pretty thrilled and happy, and I don’t need to point the finger at her.
It’s not a problem to give it to multiple people in public. It’s probably just Valentine’s Day chocolate.
But the fact that everyone is okay with it makes me happy. Just that it made me look like a bit of a sneaky bastard.
Even if it’s just for the sake of the employer!
By the way, Diana’s gift to Orica was a book.
I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ve heard it’s popular in the Empire.
By the way, the books here are usually handwritten.
There’s Marina, who says she got a handkerchief, and Diana, who asked what the handkerchief means and asks for a do-over, are all laughing.
In this world where there is not much entertainment, a handkerchief dance is a big event. For me, it’s embarrassing because I feel like an idiot courting every girl I know.
With the girls out of the way, I sat down next to Shero-san, who was happily pouring himself a glass of whiskey.
“What do you think of that drink? It’s not expensive, but…”
“Oh, Jirou, huh? It’s a little sweet, but it’s good. Are you sure you don’t want to take the rest?
“Please do. I’m not a whiskey drinker. Shero-san is very good…”
“Wahahaha, it’s a strong drink. I’m going to take my time with this one.”
Slowly… I’m already down about a liter.
“So… you want to talk about something?”
“Yes, actually… I mean, I’m going to be doing a knight squad, and I asked Rebecca-san to be the captain of the squad. Well, we haven’t decided what we’re going to do with the squad yet, and it’s kind of make-believe thing.”
As long as Rebecca-san is going to help me, I’ll have to report to her father, Shero-san.
Well, I’ve already received a lot of help from her up to now, but it’s not without its share of dangerous events, such as fighting demonic beasts in the Knight Corps, and there may even be an expedition…… Even if it’s just a comfort trip in the name of an expedition.
“I’m not sure what to do. I’m sure Jirou knows that… Rebecca is my daughter, right?”
“Oh, yes. I found out through Hetty-san, though.”
“That bouncer, huh. Well, that’s okay, Rebecca can handle anything, even being a captain. Rebecca was always watching what Isaac was doing.”
Isaac is the cheeky leader of the mercenary group that Shero-san and Rebecca-san were in.
“Rebecca has been stuck in the middle of a blockade since Isaac’s death. We could have disbanded the group and gone with the remaining members to another mercenary group, but mercenary family business is tough. I’m a man whose only skill is fighting, so I was going to continue as a mercenary, but……. But as expected I couldn’t choose whether to take Rebecca in that condition, much less leave her behind. And so I came to Elishe, where I had an acquaintance, but–“
Maybe it’s because of the booze in the air but it’s unusual for Shero-san to talk like this.
Normally it’s a more cheerful drink.
I wonder what’s wrong with him today, that he suddenly starts talking like this?
“I haven’t been able to get my smile back since I came to Elishe. I told her that she didn’t have to live here with me, she could rent a room in Elishe and get a job in the city. But, I didn’t want to hear that she was going to spend the rest of her life slaying monsters here…”
I see. Rebecca didn’t seem to have a regular job which made me think she was a housewife, but she had that kind of situation.
“So that’s what it was. When I first met her, I had the impression that she was a very cheerful person, so I had no idea.”
He drank the remaining whiskey from his glass in one gulp, turned to me, and faced me squarely.
Shero-san was always cheerful and upbeat, but now he had a very serious expression on his face.
Then he quietly bowed his head.
“Thank you… I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done. Rebecca has really brightened up since you came. I can’t believe there was a time when she was talking about becoming a nun after Isaac died.”
I didn’t know there was a time like that…You’re a very thoughtful person, Rebecca.
“Jirou. I’m not sure who you are, but you’re a man of kindness, strength, and luck. Above all, Rebecca likes you. Besides, you gave her the… handkerchief, didn’t you?”
I gave her the handkerchief without knowing it…
It’s an indescribable situation that his father knows about…
Not to mention, he gave it to a number of girls afterwards.
“I’m not sure what to say. I’m going to ask you to do something for Rebecca. If you want a knight, I’m sure Rebecca will be useful. She knows a certain amount of military tactics, and she knows how to manage a fighter group. She’s not badly built too, if I may say so myself. You can understand the parental love that it’s too intolerable to let her spend her life as a hunter and demon hunter in the countryside, right?”
This means that… I should get her as my wife…?
You’re talking about marriage out of the blue to a DT and that’s one step too far!
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