Chapter 9: Rina’s Shop
As I arrived at the shopping district and started browsing the stores, I began to feel dizzy from seeing so many unfamiliar things. It seemed that the world had progressed significantly while I wasn’t paying attention.
Despite my initial enthusiasm to buy everything in sight, I found myself unable to make any purchases. Instead, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information.
I needed a break.
I needed something to soothe my soul.
As I wandered aimlessly, something crept up on me like a tempting demon, preying on my exhausted mind.
My throat tightened as I found myself irresistibly drawn to its seductive allure. Resistance failed.
The sign above read, “These are just like the finest breasts.”
Normally, I wouldn’t have gone near it. It’s embarrassing, and I don’t want to be labeled a pervert. But I was too tired to care, and I needed an excuse. Before I knew it, I was grabbing and squeezing them instinctively.
The sensation was overwhelming and indescribably pleasurable. “Heavenly. This is like heaven,” I exclaimed.
I dove my face into them, reveling in their soft embrace. Oh, what bliss. I wanted to take them home with me and never let go.
“Oh, it’s you, Aix-kun? Ah, of course, it’s you!” a familiar voice interrupted my trance-like state, snapping me back to reality.
I was caught!
No, it’s not what it looks like.
I just lost my mind for a moment. I locked eyes with a smiling middle-aged woman and felt incredibly embarrassed.
“Uh, it’s just that my hand slipped.”
“It’s okay, you don’t have to hide it. Aix-kun is a boy after all. How about my daughter? She’ll develop big breasts just like me. I’d be happy to leave her in your care, Aix-kun. By the way, I noticed you liked our new product, the Slime Supreme Pillow, so I got some in stock.”
Why is this store putting such provocative ads out there? I protested with my eyes at the grinning novelty shop lady.
(TLn: What Aix squeezed was a slime pillow)
“Don’t misunderstand me. I was just checking the quality earlier. Since my hands were a little dirty, I had no choice but to buy this pillow from you.”
“Hehehe. That’s just a sample, so it can’t be sold. Why don’t you let Auntie check the quality for you? Aix-kun, I’ll give you some service.”
She appealed to me while fondling her ample bosom.
Although this married woman was a little chubby, she used to be beautiful, so I felt uneasy about refusing her. I had a feeling she might even let me touch her if I asked.
“I’ll pass.” .
“Oh, how cute. I know! Aix-kun, can you make our bathtub usable again? I’ve been having trouble getting an appointment with you, and I’m getting frustrated that only the nobility gets priority treatment. Please, pretty please?”
This person is shameless, but since she doesn’t talk nonsense like important people, maybe I should listen to her request.
Looking back on my days as an adventurer, I gradually received unreasonable demands from people with power, which made it difficult for me to accept requests from normal people.
“Okay, I understand.”
“As expected of you, Aix-kun. Thank you. I’ll submit the achievement report for the named request to the guild later.”
At that moment, an unfamiliar pain ran through me. Is this my heart crying out?
Even though I had already agreed out of sympathy, I didn’t want to do the job anymore. As I watched the cheerful auntie, my stomach twisted painfully.
But I had to be brave and say it, even if it meant hardening my heart.
“I-I’m sorry, I can’t do it. I’ve already quit being an adventurer.”
Phew. I said it!
Surprisingly, I felt super refreshed.
I knew my heart had escaped from the prison of labor and the pain was healing. It felt really good. I felt bad for the auntie, but I had already decided not to work anymore.