I was alone with Carbon in front of the transportation room.
The distance between us was slightly far apart.
Although we’re far away, she was staring at me with an enthusiastic gaze.
It’s completely different from a maiden who can’t talk to someone because she’s shy.
She’s completely fixated with what Celeste suggested about the ‘trials’.
Being in the same room, she even takes a distance and stares at me intently.
I don’t know how to say it, but it’s like she’s enjoying the pain that it felt a little M-ish.
Well regardless, if she’s alright with it then I guess I won’t say no more.
“Are you sure you’re alright there” (Ryouta)
“Yeah! I’m fine.” (Carbon)
“I see.” (Ryouta)
If she strongly desires that, it can’t be helped.
Ignoring her, I waited in front of the transportation room.
My friends are all capturing Carbon dungeon without spirits.
I wanted to go too, but they all told me to stay behind and leave it to them.
Leave it to us, you better don’t follow us especially to the 3rd floor——–as they all strongly reminded me several times.
Keeping my promise of not pushing myself, I was reminded of the folk story of “the crane’s return of a favour”.
I don’t know what happens if I were to take a peek, but if everyone is so adamant about it, I guess I’ll stay.
Waiting for a while, the transportation room glowed and Celeste came back.
A lot of 9 bicorn horns with thread operation are floating around her.
With the full equipment, Celeste came back unscathed and calmly.
“How was it” (Ryouta)
“It’s perfect” (Celeste)
Celeste smiled and offered me a green apple.
It was a drop product on the first floor of Carbon that I saw when I first dived into the dungeon.
“The monsters appeared as per usual.
The strength and drop are the same as before.” (Celeste)
“As per usual” (Ryouta)
I nodded and waited a little while more.
Then, Emily, Alice, and Eve came back one after another.
The three went to different floors and brought back the drop items in the same way as Celeste.
“It’s amazing desu! There were monsters in the dungeon even though the spirit is here desu!” (Emily)
“Right~ I can’t believe something like this is happening right now and the other adventurers are oblivious to it.” (Alice)
“I want to tell everyone that this is happening because Yoda-san made it possible desu.” (Emily)
At least we solve another problem.
Let’s go back to the salon.
Emily, could you make something with the drop items that everyone got” (Ryouta)
“Leave it to me nanodesu!” (Emily)
Emily answered in high tension.
Emily ran to the kitchen after receiving the dropped items.
Celeste, Alice, and Eve headed to the salon.
As everyone was moving, the transportation room glowed once more.
Elza is back this time.
Although not an adventurer, Elza and Ena use the transportation room to go to the dungeon as a relay station when heading to their workplace, and of course to come home too.
“Welcome back, Elza” (Ryouta)
“I’m back.” (Elza)
“What happened, was your side good as well” (Ryouta)
Elza looked happy and she nodded clearly.
“Thank you, Ryouta-san” (Elza)
“Hm Why thank me when something good happened” (Ryouta)
“We just came back from Alkane.” (Elza)
Alkane——-The new city that is being created to combine Selenium and Carbon.
“Thanks to Ryouta, monsters have come out even at night.” (Ena)
“Since we requested Ryouta, we decided to open a store in a prime location in Alkane.” (Ena)
“I see, so that was the good news.” (Ryouta)
Having a prime location is huge.
Practical and branded.
Even in the original world, sometimes there are stores in super prime locations such as Shibuya and Harajuku that say, “No matter how much you sell something, the tenant fee will be in the red.”
Most of them are branded shops.
Even if the store itself is in the red, the fact that the store is open in a super crowded location in a super downtown area will improve the brand image.
In other words, it is the same as gaining free advertising.
That’s why image is important for business.
“Yes! That’s why we got the best slot thanks to Ryouta-san!” (Elza)
“Much appreciated.” (Ryouta)
“Uhmm, about that.” (Elza)
“Because Ryouta helped us open a store over there … I want you to get a part of the sales … How about it” (Elza)
“Like getting a dividend” (Ryouta)
“That’s right.” (Elza)
“Let me see.” (Ryouta)
Since business will rise——It makes sense why.
Thus I didn’t refuse.
“I’ll gladly take it.” (Ryouta)
“—-Yes, thank you!” (Elza)
Though I was the one ripping the benefits, Elza was the one being much happier than me.
With this, I’ve added another passive income.