Travel to another world
“Heeh, so you two are dating,”
In the classroom, Fuyumi-chan teased me with a grin on her face.
“What about sex?”
“We haven’t done that!! Why do you jump to that so quickly!?”
“Well, it’s a normal question, isn’t it?”
“After everything I’ve done for you, you’re gonna have to go all the way.”
“Well, I’m really grateful for your encouragement, Fuyumi-chan, but…”
“So, how far have you gone?”
“Um… holding hands, maybe…”
“You’re so pure… Well, winter break starts tomorrow, so maybe you’ll get closer. I hope something interesting happens soon.”
“What are you expecting?”
“A top-notch shura situation.”
“I have a feeling Fried horse mackerel-kun is capable of creating one.”
“I told you before that fried horse mackerel is prohibited, right?”
She’s a good person, but sometimes she’s like this…
Anyway, winter break starts tomorrow… The seasons pass quickly. It feels like such a tumultuous year. The Magical Armor, meeting my friends, and meeting him – this year was filled with so many events, unlike any other year.
“Winter break is cold, so I’ll probably spend the whole day under the kotatsu.”
“Maybe you shouldn’t do that?”
“But it really feels that way, doesn’t it?”
“I doubt you’ll spend the whole day like that, though.”
“You’re so level-headed.”
I can’t deny that I might not spend the entire day under the kotatsu, but knowing Karen-chan, it’s possible…
As we talked, the classroom door opened.
“Come on, take your seats. It’s the last homeroom of the year.”
The teacher entered. Well, it’s probably just to distribute some homework or something. We paused our conversation about Karen-chan and listened to the teacher’s announcement.
“Tomorrow is the start of winter break, isn’t it?”
“Yes, it is… Well, I’ll probably spend most of it under the kotatsu.”
We were having a conversation in our bedroom after taking a bath. Kohaku-chan mentioned the beginning of winter break as if savoring the fleeting time. Karen-chan said she’d spend her time under the kotatsu like a cat, nothing unusual.
“Uhm, how about trying something different?”
“What do you mean? Winter break is the perfect time for a marathon of anime series on Love-Ma TV. They’re having a big year-end sale now.”
“What are you talking about? You shouldn’t disrupt your daily routines.”
“You’re too strict. Winter break is all about that.”
As expected, or perhaps predictably, Karen-chan’s way of spending winter break was just as I thought. While the two of them debated this, Aoi-chan and I had our own conversation.
“…Thanks to everyone, it seems like we’ll have a really enjoyable end to the year.”
“Yeah, that’s true.”
“As for me… I’ve been alone for a long time.”
She had a deadpan look in her eyes, as if recalling a traumatic memory, and began talking about her past.
“…I was the only one never invited to the class group chat, and hardly anyone contacted me. When I did get a message, it turned out to be from some random official website, so I’d block it, thinking it was spam. But it kept coming back periodically, and I’d get disappointed, thinking it was from a friend.”
“This year, we’re here for you!”
“Yeah, you’re right.”
We managed to rescue her from her sudden dive into trauma. Then, she seemed to remember something.
“Speaking of which… Mel said she wants to invite us to a different world’s inn.”
“Yeah, as a thank-you for helping defeat the Demon Race. Also, Mel’s family runs an inn in another world.”
“Heh, when are we going?”
So, we landed in the Fantasy World, Artemis. It was a place filled with nature and a view of the sea.
“This is the other world… Status open…”
“What are you saying? Who are you?”
“I just had a thought. But, it’s so hot here.”
“Yes, it is. It’s quite different from the modern world, both in temperature and scenery.”
“I’m getting excited… Swords, magic, equipment, and refining… I especially want to refine…” (Aoi)
“Aoi-chan, isn’t that impossible?”
“I don’t know. Going from being the king’s errand boy to obtaining a ship and finding a legendary treasure… It’s so exhilarating…”
“I think there won’t be such an event this time, probably.”
Mel-chan led the way, and we followed her. It’s so hot… Sweat trickled down my neck and my skin felt sticky.
“It’s hot, isn’t it?”
“It’s really hot.”
“It’s hot, isn’t it?”
The temperature was indeed high, and I felt sweaty even though I had winter clothing on. Everyone was holding their clothes and flapping them to increase ventilation, some even took off their jackets.
He endured the urge to glance at them, showing gentlemanly restraint. Now, we walked a bit further under the blazing sun, and we came across a large inn-like building. It looked like a regular high-end modern inn, out of place in this otherworldly setting.
“Doesn’t this place look like a modern luxury inn?”
“Yeah, it does… Here, we can recover MP and HP…”
“Aoi-chan, you’ve returned from the world of games. I get that your excitement is understandable, but…”
“It’s amazing. It has such a luxurious feel, but it seems there aren’t many people here.”
Indeed, it looked like a modern luxury inn, but there was hardly anyone around.
“Mel-chan, is this the place?”
“Yeah, it is. However, this place is usually bustling during this time of year.”
There might be some reason for it. Mel-chan opened the door and entered the inn. We decided to wait for her until she returned.
“It doesn’t feel much like another world, does it?”
“No, it doesn’t. There was no sudden audience with the king or anything.”
“?? I don’t really get it, but I like this world.”
Karen-chan’s statement was a bit unclear, but it seemed like everyone was okay with this world; there were no negative emotions about it.
“What do you think of this world, Izayoi-kun?”
“Well, it’s nice, I guess.”
“Um, where are you looking?”
He turned away, seemingly to avoid looking at us, a considerate gesture perhaps. As we were talking, Mel-chan returned.
“Sorry about that. Well, come on in.”
With that, we entered the building. Inside, it had a Japanese-style feel with wooden architecture, a very pleasant atmosphere.
Inside, we were greeted by a sudden enthusiastic cheer. What’s going on? A legion of flying hats and small toy soldiers.
“Ah, these are magical items I made a while ago. Toy soldiers and magic hats that can talk and act both, so they’re used to greet customers like this.”
“I see… But the atmosphere has changed quite a bit. This is indeed another world.”
“At last, something interesting.”
“Indeed, it’s quite intriguing…”
Kohaku-chan, Karen-chan, and Aoi-chan each reacted and their expectations increased.
“Alright, I’ll go find my parents. Hey, you guys, order various hats for yourselves.”
Once Mel-chan left, the flying hats started spinning around and explained the room arrangements.
“Our inn offers a special service: when multiple rooms are booked by a group of people, I am responsible for room assignments!!!”
According to Mel-chan, she had reserved two top-quality rooms for us. The rooms were named the “Black Room” and the “White Room.”
Is it up to these hats to decide which room we get? It’s a peculiar system, but I guess in another world, things like this can happen.
“Then, the one with black hair… you, the ‘White Room’ for you!!!”
The hat shouted, and the toy soldiers celebrated. Afterward, the hat perched on Kohaku-chan’s head.
“Oh, this is rare, filled with pure love?”
“Why are you putting a question mark there?”
“Well, this is… hmm, which room to choose?”
“‘I don’t want the Black Room,’ ‘I don’t want the Black Room’…”
“Hmm, you don’t like the Black Room? It’s a spacious room where you can use it comfortably.”
“I want to be in the same room as my loved one…”
“And who might that loved one be? Is it the person you occasionally play newlyweds within your head over there?”
“Why would you say something like that!? What if I’m seen as clingy!? Please don’t say that!”
“Oh, alright, alright. Well then, which room should you go with…”
She seemed angry, but the hat quickly brushed it off. Does that hat have the ability to read people’s memories?
“I’d like the White Room, please.”
“Alright, ‘Black Room’ it is!”
That hat has such a terrible personality… Kohaku-chan got so angry that she even drew her holy sword.
The three of us stopped her.
“Don’t play around with a maiden’s pure heart like that!!!”
“Calm down, Kohaku.”
“That’s right, Kohaku-chan.”
Kohaku-chan’s shoulders slumped in disappointment, and he saw it.
“It’s entirely up to you where you spend your time. How about playing cards together at night?”
“I-Izayoi-kun! Yeah! No loss or gain!”
He managed to smoothly defuse the situation. Next, the hat perched on Karen-chan’s head.
“Oh, this is quite something.”
“Hmph, whatever. I’ll take the White Room.”
“Then, since you’re wearing a bra that makes your ch*st bigger just for sleeping, you… Black Room!!!!!!!”
“I’ll kill you!! I’m going to kill it!!!”
“Please calm down!! I understand how you feel, Karen-senpai!”
“Karen, calm down…”
“We won’t make fun of Karen-chan’s efforts!!”
She started to go on a rampage, drawing two swords. And those toy soldiers were annoying too.
“I’m glad I know the cute side of Karen-senpai!”
“Eh? I-I’m cute?”
“I-I see. Well, then… no loss or gain?”
After calming down Karen-chan, the hat then landed on Aoi-chan’s head.
“Oh, this is…”
“I request the White Room.”
“In that case, how about you do that ‘thing’ you’ve been doing in front of the mirror lately because you want to look cuter?”
“Why!? That thing!?”
“If you do it… you might get the White Room…”
She looked embarrassed as she brought her fingers to her eyes and then to her waist. Her voice tone was increasing, but she managed to say it.
“Ky-Kyu-peen☆ I-I’m everyone’s idol, A-Aoi-chan☆”
“I want to die…”
Yep. Cute. And that was a mimicry of an idol who often appears on TV. She probably secretly practiced it, thinking that imitating an idol would catch his attention…
She leaned her hands on the floor and muttered negative words. Seeing her like that, he cheered loudly.
“It’s ridiculously cute!”
“Wasn’t it the best!? It was the best!!!”
“Oh, I see… no loss or gain.”
Aoi-chan’s mood returned. Finally, the hat landed on my head.
“Hoho, well would you look at this..”
“What is it?”
“N-Nothing, really. So, which one do you prefer?”
This annoying hat! It must have noticed that I’m the only one who is his girlfriend. Damn! It’s infuriating!!
I’m sure it’s going to make fun of me…
“Either one is fine…”
“Hoho, you are the only person…”
“Uwaaaaaaaah!!! Black Room! Black Room, then!”
I forcefully grabbed the hat, squeezing it tightly.
“O-okay! Let’s go!!!”
So, my room is the Black Room.