Sorry for the late post!
(294) I don’t want to go back to being Jobless
I surprised myself. I realized that I have been using the fact that I was Jobless as a routine to depreciate myself.
Even though it is Jobless in the system, it actually assisted Carol’s case to let her work as a Peddler and, although it happened through the course of events, I was given the rank of Associate Baron. I could defeat monsters, earn money through blacksmithing and even though I didn’t have a regular job, I could earn sufficient money. To the extent that I can easily provide for Haru and Carol if I marry them both.
So I kept telling myself.
Even if I was Jobless, that Jobless transcended jobless. It was Neo Jobless.
The strongest Jobless which boasts unrivaled strength and skills that transcend humanity.
So even though I felt shame from being Jobless, somewhere in my heart I held a sense of superiority — no, I was trying to hold that sense.
But it was different now that I was no longer Jobless.
As expected, I held a sense of disgust toward being Jobless.
I was anxious when I became a Thief but when Jobless changed to Commoner, it felt as though the locks on my straitjacket came off.
And yet, asking me to return to Jobless is as though asking me to wrap myself in chains, fasten a padlock and swallow the key.
I don’t want that.
“I thought you would say that but there will be extra service for Master?”
Neete whispered to me. Feeling her breath on my ear felt strange.
“I already have what I need if you are refering to night service.”
“It is night service but it is a service Master doesn’t have.”
“Like I said, that —”
“Even if it is a service that concerns Master’s important people —Haurvatat and Carol?”
“I won’t ask to stop using the term Master but stop referring to them by their names. They are both your seniors.”
“If you put it that way, there are no humans who are younger than me but — understood. It concerns Haurvatat-san and Carol-san.”
… If it is a service that concerns both of them, I can’t make a decision on my own.
Well, as long as they are not present, I have to make the decision but I still need to hear the detailed story.
It’s not like I am only connected with Haru through night service. It is fine even if there isn’t any.
But, why does it only concern those two?
Does Marina not qualify to be in my companion?
“So, what is that service?”
“The skill called Kin Conversion.”
I didn’t understand. Now that I think about it, I recall Koshmar-sama saying something along the lines of Haru and Carol being my dependents. It happened around the time we were in the Gomaki Village dungeon?
But they were dependents in the sense that they were my companions — or in a negative way, slaves. In this case, that means the dependents she was referring to were a different matter?
I was lost.
“What will happen if I use that skill.”
“People who become Master’s kin will be able to use a certain portion of skills that Master can use in an inferior state.”
“Master can use the spell Copy, right? It is the same.”
The spell Copy — meaning Fake Magic huh?
I see, they will be able to use an inferior copy of the spells I am able to use.
How is that related to night service?
“Koshmar-sama forecast that with the Kin Conversion skill, if Master converts Haurvatat-san into your kin, she should be able to use an inferior version of Hikikomori.”
“That means Haru will be able to create her own world? With My World skill.”
“The inferior version and the real version is different. The kin will not be able to construct their own world with their Hikimori skill. It only means that they will be able to enter and exit from the My World we live in.”
Guh, what a choice.
Isn’t she asking me to choose while dangling a skill that I probably can’t get, just like an itch that can’t be reached?
If that was true, even if Haru and I were in separate locations, we will be able to meet at any time as long as we decide on a time to meet.
We would be able to flirt around.
That certainly ties into night service and it was something I lacked at the moment.
However, I would have to return to Jobless …
“Master, Koshmar-sama isn’t asking you to remain Jobless forever, you know? You only need to reach the peak for Jobless. According to my superior, Torerul-sama’s calculations, if Master’s Jewel Turtle farm goes smoothly in My World, Master should reach the peak of Jobless in another 5 years.”
Has my Jewel Turtle farm been found out?
But it is true that if that farm proceeds smoothly and I expand My World and its scale, I should be able to earn experience points easily.
” … 5 years … 5 years huh.”
I would be 25 years old 5 years later. Right, if a university student fails his entrance exam one year and graduates through university, he would be 25 years old.
In other words, for me, returning to Jobless would be like becoming a student?
If I think about it, being a high school dropout, feeling like a university student would be … hmm but Jobless …
“All ri — no, wait a moment.”
“You’re so indecisive, Master.”
“You can say that but returning to Jobless is —”
“If Haurvatat-san and Carol-san become Master’s kin, they will be able to use just a little of his strength and the probability that they will be injured will decrease, right?”
” … All right. Tell me the way to return to Jobless.”
I nodded and asked Neete.
Now then, how do I return to Jobless?
“By using the Job Stealing Gem.”