Chapter 500.1

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Café meal?
“Say, Cristea-san, why don’t we go to the cafeteria for lunch today? Sei-sama too!”

It was lunchtime, and as I was heading back to the special dormitory, Mariel-chan invited me to lunch at one of the cafeterias scattered throughout the academy.

“I’m fine with that, but…”

Does it taste okay? I didn’t think so, but if I said it as it was, people around me would hear it as: ”Do they serve decent food that will suit my taste buds?” People would think I was just being sarcastic…
But, as expected, I would like to avoid eating heavy lunch at noon.
Mariel-chan smiled and spoke up, perhaps sensing my hesitation.

“There is something on the menu that I’d like you to try, Cristea-san, Sei-sama! Come on, let’s go!”

Sei and I looked at each other and then followed Mariel-chan.
On the way, I told Kurogane and Mashiro that we would eat lunch elsewhere, and they sulked.
I will have to treat and brush them later to put them in a good mood… Good grief.

“Oh, here it is! Actually, it’s my first time here too, but I heard it’s reasonably priced and highly recommended~”

The cafeteria Mariel-chan led us to was located near the faculty building, where the teachers’ offices and the Headmaster’s office were located.
Since the cafeteria was close to the teachers’ building, there was a lot of staff, but there were also a fair number of students.

“I was told by a senior in the dormitory that they have added a new menu item that I got very interested in… Oh, here it is!”

Mariel-chan pointed to a board on which a handwritten menu was posted, and what was written on it was…

“Rice set?”

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the last word on the menu.
The menu described the main course of the day as rice cooked, a daily special, a miso soup, and stir-fried meat with plenty of vegetables.

“Eh, this is…”
“Isn’t there a lot of talk about Cristea-san and Sei-sama right now? So, in an effort to capitalize on your popularity, the head chef made a prototype using Cristea-san’s recipe and ingredients from the Baste Company, and he was hooked on its deliciousness. They just added it as a new menu item.”
“Ehhh…?”
“I heard that they considered naming the set the ‘Cristea-sama Set’ or something like that, but decided against it because it might be disrespectful.”
“I don’t care if it’s disrespectful or not, I wouldn’t want that.”
“Haha, that’s right! And now that you got the information quickly, don’t you want to try it?”
“That might be true, but…”

Mariel-chan got in line to order and we followed.
Regardless of its naming history, I’m interested to see what they come up with.
I hope it’s not arranged in a strange way…
According to Mariel-chan’s explanation, here you first purchase a card-sized plate that serves as a meal ticket, and when you place the plate on the magic device on the table, the menu you ordered will be delivered to your table.
I had a similar system in my previous life, but this magic tool is really convenient.
The line went smoothly, and finally it was our turn.

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