Chapter 13

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It has been three months since then.
Around the beginning of autumn.
Since I have been earning money by helping Gen-san, Misery and I started living together.

“I’m worried, so I will be living with you.” Emily said right after that.

In the end, the three of us started living in Misery’s house, but Roy-kun has been scowling at me right after he got to know about it.
Emily should know about Roy-kun’s feelings, but she keeps acting good to me in front of him.
When I go out in the morning she says “See you later” and she wipes my skull dry when I come back.
But, the aura around Roy-kun who watched that in shock became worse day by day.
Because she continued acting like that, I came to understand just how much Roy-kun loves her.
But, to be honest, I have no right to interfere in other people’s love affairs.
My heart grumbles seeing the depressed Roy-kun.
I should stop playing around~

It was dinner time on a certain day.
Three people eating at the table became a daily routine.
I more or less participate in the conversations around the table.
Emily sits down after putting a plate in front of Misery.

“Huh, you are not eating, Emily?”

It was a casual question, but Emily reacts excessively.

“No, I’m not hungry.”

She says with a nervous smile.
N? Is she hiding something?
Misery went to bed after the meal.

“Bones. A moment.”

Emily beckons me to the table.

“What, what~”

Although I answered cheerfully, Emily’s mood didn’t brighten up.

“What’s the matter?”

I ask again.
Emily sighs and says frankly.

“The food prices are rising.”

My body does not need food.
Therefore, I have handed all earned money to Emily.
Emily earns her own money while managing the family budget.
I don’t do shopping.
I have no idea how much what costs well.
But, Emily’s expression is serious.

“Is it so much more expensive?”
“Yes. It looks like the harvest was poor this year.”

Poor harvest…
I don’t work in the fields, so I didn’t realize it’s this bad.
Therefore, I ask.

“How much expensive it became?”
“Depends on the thing, but. Well, roughly double the price?”

She adds that it might become even more expensive.
In other words, the money necessary for daily life will double?

“Then, what should we do?”

Emily faintly smiles at my question.

“No, telling you about it won’t really change anything, but. I just wanted to talk about it.”
“If I continue working like I was until now, will we manage?”

If so, we could continue living as we are even if the prices double.
However, Emily shakes her head.

“Gen-san’s place is not very profitable for a reason. There’s a limit of orders…”
“Ah, sorry. I was lost in thoughts. Well, we just have to do it. Try consulting with Gen-san if he can increase your workload.”

She says that and leaves the table.
The next day, I passed a mother and a child on my way to work.
The child looked up at the mother and said.

“Mom, I’m hungry.”

The mother smiled at the child with guilt.
That smile was stuck on my mind for the rest of the day.
The influence of poor harvest already started to appear.

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