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Nurturing the Hero to Avoid DeathChapter 16.2

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Translator: mii 8sSCj5

Editors: sleepchaser, ASplashofMusic


“Are you up for working part-time for me after graduation? It’ll be around three to four days a week.”

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Currently, Alfred and I are sitting in the church’s dining room.

Since Marie and the kids are currently observing their usual evening worship, it’s only Alfred and me present. mxepSU

As Alfred gulps down what seems to be a large bowl of ratatouille, I try to negotiate with him.

By the way, I also ate dinner here. A mix of various vegetables with simmered salted meat in the spices. It’s delicious and pairs well with bread. The vegetables came from Marie’s vegetable patch behind the church. Rich in nutrients, dietary fiber, and affection, I can eat them without worry.

As he stuffs his third piece of bread into his mouth, Alfred’s stare bores into me, one eyebrow slightly raised.

The speed and volume of his food intake both amaze me. Where does it all go? Does he make a trip to the toilet right after eating? N1a8zS

Even though I started my dinner before him, he’s almost finished with his serving. Calm down and eat more slowly! That’s bad for your stomach, you know?

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“Part-time?”

“Yeah. You’ll basically be assisting me in territory management and maintenance. Sometimes, you’ll escort me as well. There’s more to the job description, of course… Anyway, the daily wage is ten thousand Erd. Doesn’t matter if you finish your tasks early or late.”

After all, I don’t have a definite schedule, and my work will probably differ every day. It’s also a pain in the butt to pay him by the hour since I’ll have to repeatedly calculate how much to pay him. It will be easier to pay him daily. 6SgLRH

The daily wage is already set quite high, so even if he ends up finishing late, it should be enough to cover his overtime payment. Not to mention, calculating overtime pay is too much of a hassle in itself.

This should be a great deal for him, right?

“Ten thousand.”

“That’s right. How about it?” TSsNyZ

Alfred tilts his gaze upward while narrowing his eyes. He slowly strokes his chin.

Looks like he’s thinking about it.

My heart is filled with confusion.

Contrary to my expectations, he doesn’t accept my proposal immediately. Why not? My offered wage should be absurdly high, high enough to remove the other part-time jobs from his consideration. muKHfV

After mulling over it, Alfred finally returns his gaze to me.

“Got it. I’ll take your job as my main one.”

“Eh?”

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His phrasing is weird. jnEoYA

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I put my previous thoughts into words. “What? So you’ve taken on other jobs?” Y4pAaO

Once more, Alfred submerges into his thoughts, this time lowering his gaze as he strokes his chin. It doesn’t take long before he’s staring straight at me again.

“It’s not urgent, but Cheddar-san has asked me to move in as I continue working at their ranch.”

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“Eh!?”

“Since your job will be three or four days a week, I’ll just work at Cheddar-san’s ranch every Sunday. Like how I am now. No, wait. We’re going to graduate soon. That means I can work during the weekends too. So how about this? I’ll ask Cheddar-san to move my schedule to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.” 7vQmAF

“M-move in?”

Alfred nods. “Yeah. They have a lot of vacant rooms, so they’re letting me use one free of charge. Cheddar-san and his wife live by themselves. It’ll be wasteful to leave those rooms empty They even said they won’t mind if I lived with them for a while.”
I gulp.

That means… He probably will…

“I also feel bad about it, so I’m wondering whether they’ll let me pay rent. If they do, then I’ll have to negotiate with them about it later.” QAuU84

“N-no! I mean, if that’s the case, you can make Cheddar-san’s job your priority! After all, my job schedule will be irregular. Why don’t you work for me on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday instead? No, even just Saturday and Sunday will be okay.”

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“Is that alright?”

“Yeah. Let’s just do that. Your job at the ranch should be more important for you, so you should prioritize it. T-then, after you graduate… You’ll stay at Cheddar-san’s place, right?”

…And leave the church? 4jy1VL

“You’re right… I think I’ll take Cheddar-san up on the offer. I heard that they’ve already emptied a room for me, even though I haven’t agreed yet. And Cheddar-san’s wife has already started sewing the curtains and sheets. They sure acted ahead of time. It’d be hard for me to refuse now…”

“I see…”

“I can’t stay in the church forever. A new batch of kids arrived the other day. I have to quickly move out to make room for them.”

“That…” s68Uud

“Also, the timing is perfect, since I’ve just started looking for a new place to live,” says Alfred, smiling at me.

For some reason, it takes me a while to return his smile.

The Cheddars may be, no, they must be thinking of adopting Alfred. I’m sure of my premonition.

Perhaps, the Cheddars will try living together with Alfred, getting used to each other. And after Alfred becomes accustomed to living with them, they’ll discuss that option with him. Right? tb C6E

I think so.

They’re kind people. They’re likely planning on taking it slow.

This is something to celebrate, but I can’t find it in myself to congratulate him. And I really hate myself for it.

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It’s… finally time for him to leave the church too. HZR wn

No. Leaving at his age is already quite late. Alfred has already sent off numerous kids.

But…

That means I won’t see him at the church anymore.

That said, I can’t be selfish. I need to congratulate him. x5jiJB

Like I mentioned before, this is a happy occasion. Very much so.

Alfred will finally have his own family.

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Not a temporary one, like the one he found at the church, but a family that will stay. A family that he can call his own.

Come on, just say it! What am I waiting for? Just congratulate him already! nkDlY4

“C-con-g-gratulations. You’ve finally found a permanent home! I wish y-you happiness. And health too!”

There. I’ve tried my best. But this guy doesn’t even say a word of thanks. He simply looks at me with a sad face.

What is it now, this idiot.

He even heaves a sigh, of all things. yTQC23

“Lian, you are really… What did you mean by saying these kinds of things? Did you even understand what I said? I’m not going to some distant land. I’m just moving to Cheddar-san’s ranch. It’s only a bit farther than the church.”

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“Moving…”

“Yeah. I’m worried about granny and the kids so I’ll visit the church regularly. Besides, you said you’ll hire me. So we can still meet up, right?”

When he puts it like that, he’s got a point.
Even after we graduate, I’ll still have the chance to meet with him. 9tb08a

“If you think about it, I’m basically just changing where I sleep from the church to Cheddar-san’s house.”

“Eh? Just changing where you sleep?

“Isn’t that right?”

…Is that really the case? 481wq

Now that he mentions it, I can see his point.

However…

Is it really okay for you to think of it like that?

Isn’t your understanding a bit different from that of the general public? oWR14Q

“This is not something to cry about, ok?” says Alfred, smiling as he pats my head.

Taken aback, I hurriedly rub my eyes.

I admit that my eyes are slightly damp, but that’s only because I rubbed them too much. They’re just lubricant tears. I’m not crying!

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“I-I’m not crying!” I say, shaking off the hand on my hand. dali k

“I see.”

“Y-yeah!”

“Ah, that’s right. Lian, after I leave the church, you can use my room as much as you want.”

After you leave? After hearing those words, I can barely form a sentence. IlSYVv

“Well, it’s only until the next kid takes my room. Lian, I told you not to cry.”

“…I’m not crying!”

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I can hear my voice shaking, but that’s just my imagination. I’m not crying. There’s nothing here that is making me sad.

After all, this place is full of happiness dw9EzW

“I see.” Alfred laughs, and pulls me closer to him. He wraps his arms around me in a tight embrace. His much thicker and longer arms.

I am completely buried in them. Has he grown again? Has he still not finished puberty? How much taller does this idiot want to grow?

The difference between our physiques is becoming more and more prominent. While it’s good that the future hero is growing this much, it still feels somewhat frustrating. Please share some of the magic with me too.

Then Alfred strokes my back with his large hand. 6ahFzD

As if calming a child.

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What a conceited kid. He treats me like this even though I am older than him. Psychologically.

“I’m not going to some distant land. Besides, you said that you’ll hire me. So we can still meet up, right?”

“…Y-yeah…” yA8F0P

“Anyway, if one day I need to go somewhere far away, I’ll definitely take you along. Don’t worry.”

The moment Alfred says those words, my eyes widen.

He’ll take me along?

He’s said this before in the past. Promised it, actually. ZjBLHb

But does he really mean it?

“I haven’t decided when yet, but after I’ve settled down I want to return to Valmcardo. That large country in the west. Even if it’s just for one day, I’ll be fine with it.”


Special thanks to MsLori-san for the ko-fi!!

My sleeping time has worsen these days, not because I’m busy or insomniac but I just didn’t feel like sleeping! xD *//slapped* dVUOmZ

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23 comments

  1. Thank you for translating the chapter mii and thank you for editing ASlashofMusic and sleepchaser!
    Just figure out your feelings already Lian!!!! I want more action already! (>皿<)

  2. Awww Lian is such a tsun~ It really makes one want to pamper him~

    So….Alfred was born in the country that’ll summon the Demon King? In that case, don’t worry, you’ll definetly go back there (to defeat the Demon King, that is).

    Thank you very much for the chapter~🌸
    (I totally understand your sleep problem LOL)

  3. oh no get some rest!

    aaaaaa
    liam’s so adorable i cry aaaaaaaaa

    this is making me weep

    im soft help

    thank you for delivering fluff

  4. He’s been doing the tsundere act for so long, it’s been integrated into his actual personality now.

    Thanks for the update!

  5. Aww Lian there’s no hiding your feelings 😁😁

    Thanks for the great translation ♥️

  6. so clingy this unknowingly tsundere sticky cake
    EUGH EVEN I CANT RESIST HIM, WHAT MORE ML HUH?
    no wonder he cant get his hands off him (or lips. huehuehue)

  7. Thanks for the translation.
    I love this novel
    Lian is so cute

  8. SO CUTE!!!! These two agghhh~~~ <3 <3 thank you so much for your hard work!! :’) this story is so fluffy & addicting XD

  9. This is a great read! Thanks for translating it! I can’t get enough of it! Thanks again for being Awesome! 🙂

  10. They’re so adorable xD I love that Alfred can understand Lian so well haha!!

  11. Scree! This is so effing adorable. Absolute love love for fluffin’ sakes! This story heals my heart from all those OverlyPeppered protagonists/mls.

  12. Awwww 😍😙
    Our Lian is emotional ٩(๑•◡-๑)۶ⒽⓤⒼ❤

    Thanks for the chapter <3

  13. “I-I’m not crying!” I say, shaking off the hand off my hand

    I’m pretty sure you meant head… Okayimsorryillgodieinacornernow…