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Chapter 33

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After three days of house selection, we finally found a house for us to live in.
It was a spacious two-story house with a total of five rooms, and it even had a highest-grade kitchen and a bathroom that operated on magic.
I was told that after the house was bought, the man who lived there before committed suicide and his ghost was rumored to come out in the middle of the night, which made it difficult for people to buy the house, but I guess we can handle it.
I’m sure it will be fine even if the ghost attacks as I know ghost-exterminating magic.
… I hope it will be fine.

After taking a deep breath, I inserted the brand new key into the lock and slowly opened the slightly heavy door.
The smell of wood and the cool air wafting in from the sunlit doorway made my body shiver for some reason.
My mother came up behind me and put her hand on my shoulder.

“You don’t have to push yourself too hard, you know? I know that you are bad at dealing with ghosts, so you can let me enter first.”

“S, shut up. I know there are no ghosts.”

Right, ghosts, apparitions and phantoms are all fictional monsters. There’s no way such things exist in our world.
When I entered the house, I found a dimly lit entrance and a long hallway that looked the same as when I had come to check it out before.
When I hurriedly turned on the lights, the eerie atmosphere disappeared as it got replaced by a glittering instead, making it look as if the rumors I heard were false.

Then my father walked up to the front door and took a long look at the ceiling and hallway.

I didn’t dare show him the house beforehand because I wanted to surprise him, but I didn’t think he would have such a great reaction.

“… Emi, just how much was this place? Your Dad is not rich enough to pay you back for a house like this, you know?”

“I’m telling you that you don’t have to pay me back anything. This is my present to you guys. Asking me how much it cost would be a breach of etiquette, right?”

“T, that might be true, but…”

I felt a little disappointed when my father muttered something to himself and started looking around again.
What I wanted to see was not my father worrying about money, but him being happy to be living in such a nice house.
Why can’t he just be honest with himself and feel happy at times like this?

“Be honest and show your joy, that is why people often say that you have a bad fortune.”

“Wha…!”

“Moreover, look at this pouty face. She wanted to see you happy.”

“… I’m sorry, Emi.”

He really is difficult to understand.
Laughing at my father who shrunk like a scolded child, “Let’s go inside” I said as I wiped the soles of my shoes on the doormat and went inside.
When we entered the living room at the end of the hallway, the lights turned on automatically, and two astonished voices rose from behind me.

“Amazing, the lights turn on when you enter on their own? Just what kind of mechanism is that?”

“It was correct to leave it all to you, Emi. I’m looking forward to our future life here.”

Seeing my father’s eyes twinkling like a child’s and my mother’s happy smile, I felt my earlier frustration quickly disappear.
——Ah, filial piety is a wonderful thing.

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