Tsuki – Chapter 326: Morning and Bonding

“Good grief, it is because you said something like let me meet Boss that things ended up like this.” 

“…”

“Look, here. Who would see this and think it is an orphanage?” 

“…..”

“And can you guys say ‘this is the Weitz Orphanage’?” 

“…..”

“The surroundings have cleanly changed too. Haaaah…” 

A long sigh from Lime Latte.

Rooftop of the Weitz Orphanage.

The sky still isn’t bright, but it will soon be.

It is that hour of the day where there’s still slight darkness of the night.

“…What? Don’t you like that the orphanage is pretty now?” 

A staff member of the orphanage and the childhood friend of Lime pouts.

“With the Boss moving the Kuzunoha Company in such a flashy manner, you are already residents of hell, you know?” (Lime)

“I understand that this can’t be considered a small remodeling… Are they going to be asking for money later?” (Seina)

“As if we would do such a trifle thing.” (Lime)

“Then what’s this ‘hell’ you are talking about?” (Seina)

“Big Sis Tomoe has told you a variety of things, right? The demands of that woman are rough, you know.” (Lime)

“A ‘yoseba’, was it? It is something about having children get jobs and have them study.” (Seina)

“That’s right. You won’t be able to just simply look after the children as you have until now.” (Lime)

“…? Teachers will be brought from outside by the Kuzunoha Company, right? Including you.” (Seina)

“You are one happy-go-lucky person… There’s no way a teacher can look after their studies and their training, right? You guys will be studying like crazy too from now on. You probably don’t understand the implications of that yet though, Seina.” (Lime)

“What’s with that.” (Seina)

‘Isn’t the fact that we can learn stuff a really good thing?’, is what Seina’s face was saying.

“All the people of the Weitz Orphanage have been pushed from a damn crazy high cliff.” (Lime)

A cliff called the Kuzunoha Company.

Lime Latte is a person that experienced this from a pretty early stage as a hyuman.

He was a person ranked at the top of the tops. His resilience is on another level.

There’s also Toa and her group who are on the tops of Tsige, but even with Lime getting the blood of a dragon and not being hyuman anymore, he was still falling.

The difference between falling and climbing was truly clear.

“Don’t say silly stuff. I would say the orphanage as a whole is climbing up from the very bottom. It has been like that since the time we began receiving the support of your place.” (Seina)

“Listen here, Seina.” (Lime)

“?”

“Climbing is something that you can stop by yourself. But there’s normally no way for the person themself to stop from falling.” (Lime)

That’s right, the difference is whether you can stop by your own will or not.

The end of a fall is crashing.

The Weitz Orphanage can do their best to make it a hard landing or a soft landing, but the choice to turn back doesn’t exist.

“…”

“There’s already no choice but to go as far as it will be taking you. You might be learning a spell or two after three months.” (Lime)

“Stop that. There’s no way that’s true. You are right that Tomoe is a strict person, but isn’t Raidou a kind person?” (Seina)

Seina looks at the big tree.

The tree that suddenly grew at the rooftop of the orphanage.

The children will most definitely grow noisy at this surprise once morning comes.

She doesn’t acknowledge that action of Raidou. Rather than calling it kind, it is more soft. She didn’t even try to hide that dissatisfaction in her face.

“…It is true that he is kind, I can testify to that. But…he is far more dangerous of a person than you can ever imagine.” (Lime)

Lime looks at the tree that Seina was looking at, and gets close to it.

He lightly kicks the trunk, but the big tree doesn’t budge at all.

By the way, Seina has already punched and kicked it several times.

“What part of not killing Rio is scary?” (Seina)

“It is because he doesn’t allow him death that makes him scary.” (Lime)

“?”

“You know, even when he has become a tree, he is still conscious, you know?” (Lime)

“?!” 

“Rio can tell that you are punching and kicking him.” (Lime)

“Being turned into a tree while still retaining your self might be a bit creepy.” (Seina)

“Fuh!” (Lime)

“! Why are you laughing?!” (Seina)

“Because it is deviated. Rio is an elf. His way of viewing time is different from us.” (Lime)

“…Yeah.” (Seina)

She has been threatened plenty of times.

When she becomes a parent, when she becomes a grandma.

It is true that the elves and hyumans have completely different views of time.

“That’s why, even if he may be slightly inconvenienced in movement, for Rio, just becoming a tree isn’t that much of a pain.” (Lime)

“…I see.” (Seina)

“Aah, you have heard about it, right? There’s apparently something like a secret elf ceremony where you become a tree out of your own will, and pass the rest of your life as a member of the forest.” (Lime)

The original of that secret ceremony and the one in the highest of spots is the Tree Punishment.

An ability that turns, not the caster, but other people into trees.

It is a secret special technique of the Forest Onis that they are proud of. The ones who can use this get impartial admiration.

“…Then, it doesn’t work well with this guy.” (Seina)

“The thing is, that’s not the case. It is the location.” (Lime)

“Location, as in here? Putting it bluntly from my point of view, having to be together with Rio forever feels the worst, you know?” (Seina)

If this is Raidou’s way of punishing her, he truly is a fearsome man, is what Seina thought from the bottom of her heart.

“Rio is the kind of piece of shit that loves seeing the face of the people being sold as slaves regardless if it is hyuman or demi-human. Despair and frustration, and at times he would also mix forgiveness and hope as spices as he enjoyed playing the slaves like toys.” (Lime)

“……”

“That Rio will have to watch over this place for the rest of his life…the face of the children.” (Lime)

“…Ah.” (Seina)

“It will depend on you guys, but for Rio, the sight of children standing back up and trying to grasp happiness with great joy would be a stomach churning sight that he would have to watch forever.” (Lime)

“That damn elf…” (Seina)

“Yeah, moreover, Rio’s strength will be continuously used by the orphanage through his roots. There’s no need to ask for his opinion or his approval at all. Rio will automatically continue protecting the Weitz Orphanage.” (Lime)

“H-Haha…what’s with that? That sounds awesome.” (Seina)

“There should have been many who have faced hardships because of him just like you. But, from now on, the closer you get to the children, the more pain he will be tasting. Till the day he withers. You guys will have happiness, Rio despair. Do you think he is soft? …In my eyes, Boss, who was able to decide on a punishment for Rio immediately…looked dangerous.” (Lime)

Revenge and atonement at the same time; term undefined.

“The harder we work, the more Rio suffers.” (Seina)

“Yeah. The other torturer maniac has been planted in the big park. It is spacious, so when the time requires, you can use it to take refuge. When you have the chance, check it out. He is a normal hyuman, so he won’t be as big as this one though.” (Lime)

The man that tortured people to their very limits and enjoyed their pain will be watching the happy people at the park. 

Since he is a hyuman, he will be tasting the pain of time to the fullest extent.

Or maybe…Kanta will, in the middle of it, begin to feel pleasure at that horrible torture.

“Lime.” (Seina)

“Hm?” (Lime)

“Raidou-sama isn’t scary at all then. Isn’t he an amazing person?!” (Seina)

“…Well, that’s one part of it but…no, that’s okay. You are right.” (Lime)

‘Doesn’t it have style?’, is what she said.

Lime had many other things in his mind as well, but he decided there was no need to speak those out in this peaceful darkness.

“Aah, it has been a while since I have seen dawn. Isn’t it beautiful?” (Seina)

“You simply didn’t sleep at all. I am already tired of looking at it.” (Lime)

“Tomorrow…no, from today on, I will work really hard. There’s rarely any job that fulfills both my dreams and my revenge after all!” (Seina)

“For me, the fact that this place has gotten this splendid and the Kuzunoha Company’s influence has gotten stronger makes my dream get further away…” (Lime)

“Eh, what?” (Seina)

The low mumble of Lime didn’t reach the ears of Seina.

If this place gets too famous and it gets connected to the Kuzunoha Company, the objective of Lime about moving this place to Asora might change in direction.

Lime should have shown his own desires about the orphanage to Raidou. He felt slight regret about it.

But it is not like everything has gone down the drain.

The staff and children of the orphanage will definitely take a deeper interest in the Kuzunoha Company now. 

If that happens, it might be possible to move around half of the children to Asora, is what he thinks.

Fortunately, Seina, the director, and the others want to increase the number of children. With a building this great, there’s no doubt that will come true in a not so far future.

Right now it is good that they have gotten their favor.

Lime refocused.

“It is nothing. Seina, you owe us a big one now, okay? Don’t go forgetting it.” (Lime)

“…Yeah. If there’s anything I can help you guys in, tell me. I can’t do much, but I will cooperate with everything I have.” (Seina)

“You promised.” (Lime)

“Indeed I did. I, Seina, am not the kind of ungrateful person who would do nothing after being given so much!” (Seina)

“Right. I am relieved to hear that. Then, I will be giving you a piece of advice.” (Lime)

“?” 

“Expand your connections. Best if it is from the same trade. Get along with as many as possible.” (Lime)

“Why?” (Seina)

“Because you will be lacking in manpower instantly. Just warning you here again but, you can’t increase the amount of people without the permission of Big Sis, got it?” (Lime)

“Hm?” (Seina)

“What I am saying is that you should get people you can trust in for when the time requires it.” (Lime)

Lime has analyzed his superior Tomoe in his own way.

She wouldn’t trust a person that someone suddenly introduced to her, and it is rare for her to hire them immediately.

Depending on the job, there might be times like that, but that’s the extent of it.

On the other hand, if it is people that Lime has been acquainted with for long and she knows their nature to a certain degree, she would be pretty generous, and would have a good relationship with them.

Of course, there’s cases where she would cut them off even with those conditions. 

But the inclination is important.

Lime is the subordinate of Tomoe and the senior of Seina, so there’s no doubt it is positive advice.

“T-That’s true. I have heard of almost no person who has passed the interviews of Tomoe-san…” (Seina)

“Even with a rough estimate of mine, I say your work will increase by 3 times in amount. You might be able to manage somehow with motivation for now, but motivation won’t get you far. Tell that to the people around as well.” (Lime)

“…Thanks, Lime.” (Seina)

“Don’t mind it. I will have you guys return the favor one day.” (Lime)

By coming to Asora.

The details of his favor were spoken only in his mind.

There was no romantic mood at all between the two childhood friends as they welcomed the morning.

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44 thoughts on “Tsuki – Chapter 326: Morning and Bonding

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful double Chapter Reigokai!!!

    Wow! A pretty nice calm bonding between Lime and Seina, glad the side characters are getting more fleshed out. So many good ones!

    But Argh! I am with Lime, I wanted the orphanage to get transferred to Asora! Damn it Lime, actually tell Waka-sama your hopes and dreams!

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      1. Lime wasn’t talking about transferring the orphanage building to Asora, he was talking about having the people immigrate to Asora like how everybody in Asora has been wanting a number of hyumans to become permanent or semi-permanent residents so that Makoto can learn to not discriminate all hyumans. No balance would be destroyed anyways. Rembrandt basically gave up supporting the orphanage so that Makoto and his company could do whatever they want with it. Besides, it’s an orphanage, whether it exists or not will have no effect on Tsige.

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      2. It is a big mistake if the orphanage does not affect Tzige, in rosegard kuzunoha is already considered a temple because in overcoming variants not to mention the orphanage usually has a long history of association with the church if kuzunoha receives an orphanage, then Makoto who founded kuzunoha will get faith, trust and prayer . is definitely one step towards Divinity and Glory to GOD.

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  3. Let Rio suffer.
    Also, I think that Lime is getting the scary part wrong.
    Which is probably why he’s having trouble conveying the aspect that would scare them.

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    1. Well, it’s true that it’s scary when an Eldritch being like Makoto makes a quick decision. You’d usually want someone with Makoto’s options, to take their time deciding something…not suddenly going nuclear.

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      1. It’s because he can make life shattering decisions in an instant that he’s frightening to Lime who still hasn’t gotten up the nerve to tell Raidou his real wish for the children. The retribution to Rio was nothing in comparison to what he did in one day to the orphanage, the children, the staff and all those that will follow.
        That’s why CEOs of massive corporations get the big check. Not making the right decision, for making decisions that will directly affect tens of thousands of employees, stockholders, their families aswell as the customers, etc. A CEO rarely makes major decisions, perhaps 3 or 4 times a year due to changes in the situation or opportunities. But each such decision can improve, damage or destroy that company & tens of thousands of lives. It’s ulcer causing responsibility. If it isn’t a heavy responsibility, then it’s someone like Trump who gets rich by smiling while bankrupting 5 companies and taking no responsibility.

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  4. kupoo!!!!!

    thanks reigokai san for the new chaptersssss.

    Anw, hmm…

    I wonder why did Lime say Makoto is dangerous?

    Isn’t it normal to make one atone while living?

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    1. The fact that he made that decision so quick is dangerous.

      For someone with so much power, almost every decision can give benefit or destroy a big area.

      Let’s say Makoto said “Fuck Kingdom A, let’s just destroy them”. Do you think that Kindgom will survive? Just 1 of his follower might be able to level it to the ground in a single night. And based on the Power Rank, excluding Goddess herself, Asora itself have the 2nd and 3rd strongest in the world. I don’t think anyone will be able to win against Tomoe and Mio except maybe Root. And tbh, Root might join just for fun.

      Someone in command of those power should not make quick decision. And the fact that Makoto just pissed and said “Meh, use tree punishment” on spot is scary. Normally you’ll capture and restraint the criminal(s) and decide the punishment later.

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    1. Lime really wants to integrate hyumans into Asora, huh?

      Might be better if Rio’s tree bark could be regularly peeled off and healed back to its former state repeatedly.

      [“The surroundings have cleanly changed too. Haaaah…”]
      * cleanly —> clearly (?)

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  5. I thought it was a mistake but they kept mentioning the tree (Rio) protecting the orphanage, but I don’t recall tree punishment doing anything like that? Did trees created this way create a barrier or something?

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    1. maybe the there’re more protecting mechanisms like the one in the last chapter(sliding staircases) that requires magic power, in this case, it’s extracted from Rio
      I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an actual barrier, it looks like a fortress after all

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  6. Seine has no idea of the work Tomoe has in store for them all. Can they even escape? Well you’ll be rewarded handsomely if you show results. Although I don’t know if Kuzunoha Company operates in a manner similar to a sweat shop, but over work seems to be a running pattern with the employees.

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    1. In kuzunoha company’s case, the employees themselves chose to work too much. (Extra Chapter 33) Raidou himself suggested 2 days-off a week with break, but they refused it with an uproar. They even have training during the remaining 1 day-off, so they ended up having 2 actual holidays a year (those festivals at asora).
      I think they will implement the days off properly in the Neo Weits Orphanage..

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  7. “As if we would do such a trite thing.” (Lime)

    uhh, thre ‘trite’ should be ‘trifle’ right..?

    The details of his favor were spoken only in his mi

    his ‘mind’ seems a typo..

    thank you for the chapters~
    stay safe and healthy everyone!

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    1. Actually, the word trite works as well.

      Since it means ‘overused’ or ‘lacking in originality’, it just means that they wouldn’t do what shady people normally do when they help someone, like extort them for money later.

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  8. Thanks for the chapter.
    Lime, more than a hell, instead I would say an abyss :
    You always gazed at it first, and when it gazes at you, you can only gaze back and go deeper in it.
    Otherwise, revenge, punishment and rehabilitation of the criminal all at once, and thought of it almost immediatly, Makoto are you a Genius of revenge ?

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  9. Thanks you for the double release, Reigokai-sama! *bows*

    Being made into a tree, forced to watch as your previous victims end up being happy and grow into maturity, endure every punch and kick thrown at him by the children, and using his life force to power a protection of some kind(maybe a barrier) without his consent. And considering that he’s an elf, that’s going to be a LONG time.

    Grade S torture right there.

    If someone ‘accidentally’ throws fire at the tree(Rio), does it stay on fire without actually reducing the tree to charcoal?

    Asking for a friend.

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  10. Thanks for the wonderfull chapter, you are tickling me in a nice place Regokai-sama. Now this line -“Climbing is something that you can stop by yourself. But there’s normally no way for the person themself to stop from falling.” (Lime)- reminds me of HSDK Lime must have had an spiritual connection with Akisame in the past HAHAHAHA!!!!!

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  11. “The details of his favor were spoken only in his mi.”

    That mi there at the end, shouldn’t it be “mind” ?

    Thanks for the chapter. Rio might live as a tree… But he ain’t eternal. He’ll be cut down if the orphanage is destroyed/burned down in the future. Same with Kanta in the park. He’ll likely be cut when they decide to get rid of the park.

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