130 – The Hint was on the Table

「Oh, Lem. Good mo~rning~.」

The girl carrying plates bursting with her cooking noticed me and smiled.

She had light brown hair, longer than Cashews. Since shes cooking, she has it done up in a ponytail. Shes only twelve years old, but the kitchen is already her domain.

Its Maca. She has the Chef Job, and is Cashews older sister.

I am captivated by her green eyes that are shared among the whole family.

「Good morning.」 

「Youre just in time. Eat it while its hot.」

「As always, thank you for the meal.」

While petting Mias head, Cashews little sister, as she drew close to my feet calling my name, I returned a smile to Maca.

「Not at all. On the flipside, if I cant do this much, Ill be the one in trouble. Its thanks to Lem that I can do some decent cooking training. Wait, how many times have we been down this road?」

Maca laughed sarcastically.

Cashews family used to have trouble making ends meet, but ever since she became the secretary of the Demon King Army, it has gotten easier for them.

The one who invited her was Milla, and the Demon King Castle is the one paying her salary.

I think its wrong to thank me, but when I say that, Cashew will end the conversation by saying that if she had never met me, the path to becoming the Chief of Staffs secretary would have never opened.

I nodded vaguely, as I didnt want to continue the conversation that was becoming a routine and let the food get cold.

「Well then, thank you for the meal.」

「Please, its delicious today, as well.」

As usual, Nuts, Cashews younger brother, is biting my hand, and Cashew has to pull him off, and then I sit down.

「Oh my, youre looking paler. You seemed to have been struggling with something recently, I wonder if it has been resolved.」

Says Hazel, Cashew and everyones mother, while putting a hand to my face.

「Is it that obvious…?」

Just like Milla, Hazel was sharp enough to notice. Or maybe Im just easy to read.

「Fufu, its because Cashew has been very worried about you.」

「…Ill do my best to solve it.」

My condition is making all sorts of people worry.

「Not at all, worrying isnt a bad thing. It just means youre working hard to find the answer. That aside, my daughter was very sad saying『I wonder if its something that he cant discuss with his secretary…』and-」

「M-mom!」

In a panic, Cashew clings to her mothers arm and shakes her to stop her from saying any more.

All Hazel said was「Ara ara」, as she shook gently.

While this and that was going on, we had breakfast.

The meal continued peacefully, then Nuts went「Blech!」with a scrunched up face while sticking out his tongue.

On it were finely chopped bitter-tasting vegetables.

「Gwoss…」

「Hey, eat it properly.」

When Maca scolds him, Nuts turns to face away from her.

「It tastes bad, so I dont wanna.」

「Y-you little…Dont say such deplorable things about something so small. Its nutritious, so eat it. Look, everyone except you is eating it just fine.」

「Make me.」

I was absentmindedly watching the sisterly side of this lively and friendly girl, but when Maca started to twitch with rage, I decided to interrupt. An angry voice does not suit the spread of painstakingly, deliciously cooked food lined up on the table.

「Nuts. Are you sure about this? You want to become strong enough to protect your mother and sisters, right?」

「!」

Nuts looks at me.

I excused myself and stood up.

Something easy to understand…hmm, this should work.

I grabbed the table with all the food lined up on it, and lift it up as it is.

Of course, I pay close attention to not drop the food or water. I lift it up without causing a single tableware to move, not even a speck of dust shifted. After confirming that Nuts was surprised, I gently put the table back down.

That may have been a little rude. But I was able to get his attention.

「Im sure you know this, Nuts, but I dont have a warrior-like fighting Job. Still, by

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