Chapter 19 – Heroine Requirements
On the third day of my sleepover, I was finally accepted by Kana.
I walk leisurely and chase after Kana-chan.
I don’t know what the fun is, but Kana is running like a toddler, yapping and giggling.
I’m not sure when she’s going to fall, but Hiroko-san is nearby, so I think she’ll be fine.
“Kana, you seem to enjoy having him play with you. It’s like you’ re brother and sister.”
Well, I’m an adult inside.
I’m indebted to you, and this is the least I can do to repay you.
I don’t have to say it.
“Ugh, ugh, ugh.”
“Thank you, Saint-chan. There, there, there, don’t cry.”
I have somehow become accustomed to the Tonobe family.
Hiroko-san is kind, Momi-san comes home every night and is a good father, and Kana-chan is adorable.
Kana is also lovely. It’s partly because I’m a baby with no responsibilities, but it’s not a bad place to live.
There is only one disappointment.
“Childhood friends …?”
Speaking of childhood friends, they are the heroines in various works.
In my previous life, I only had childhood friends of the same sex, so such a sweet and sour development did not happen, but in this life, I have Kana.
I had a little hope that she would wake me up every morning with one of her childhood friends, a heroine move that only exists in creations.
But there is just one problem I have with……1.
—Kana’s appearance is not my cup of tea.
It may be the worst statement for a woman in the world to make.
However, whether you are a man or a woman, looks are still important in the end.
Good-looking men are popular and beautiful women are popular. Other than that, we have to rely on other factors.
In a previous life I was married for a while. Although I had never even been in love.
I was over 30 years old, I missed human skin, I was worried about a lonely future, and most of all, I was afraid of dying alone.
However, with a face level worse than other people’s, I was never matched with a woman of my liking.
Even when I did meet up with them occasionally, I simply bought them lunch. My investment, which started with the registration fee, was all in vain.
Perhaps all I had to do was lower the standards I demanded of my partner.
However, they say that a beautiful woman gets bored in three days, and a child born to a beautiful woman will definitely inherit her genes.
Is it wrong to hope that a cute child will meet a good-looking partner so that he or she will not have to go through the same hardships as I did in the future?
There’s no way the heroine of this story called life can be ugly!
So, I’m going for the pretty one, even though I remember my failure in my previous life!
Besides, my body, which was given to me by my parents after my reincarnation, is rather well-formed.
First of all, my mother is beautiful to begin with, so I’m above average because I inherited her genes. I hate to admit it, but my father is not bad looking either. He’s far from handsome, but he’s better than average.
I was born as a result of the merging of their genes, and at a very young age, I already have a face with a promising future.
Furthermore, in this life, I plan to become a professional Onmyoji.
If I have the right combination of looks and ability, women will come to me.
From my point of view, I wonder if Kana is not ……that…….
I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t think I would ever see her as the opposite sex.
Hiroko-san is a very kind and nice mother, but yes, I can totally see what Kana would look like in the future.
Yes, let’s get along as normal childhood friends.
I don’t think we need to force ourselves to create childhood memories or anything like that.
I made a lousy decision inwardly.
“Oh, Seibo is already watching the Onmyouji channel? Is it interesting?”
Dinner on the fourth day, we eat together with Momi-san, who came home early.
Kana and I have gradually started eating the same food as the adults.
After her first birthday, she eats rice-like food that is thinly seasoned and cut into small pieces. The end of the weaning process is approaching.
However, I am still going through the steps. It is about 2/3 baby food and 1/3 rice.
“Oh my, you spilled it. Here, let me wipe it up.”
“Seibo can eat well on his own, he watches the Onmyouji channel, he’s so well-behaved.”
Oh, when you put it like that.
“Uh …… yay!”
“Hey, spoons are not for throwing. Sorry, Saint-chan, are you okay?”
“Momi-san is bad.”
“Yeah, this guy’s bad.”
“Ugh, my bad. Come on, come on, princess, put yourself back in a good mood.”
Kana is listening to the adults very well.
She is still immature, but in a little while she will be able to communicate well.
Usually boys are slower in development, but I am an exception.
Please don’t say things like comparing them too much.
“Momi-san, tell us about the things you do.”
“Whoa, okay. I’ve been working today, inspecting the spiritual barriers at the county government office. In layman’s terms…”
Momi-san, he’s a nice guy because he talks a lot about what I would like to hear.
Momi-san himself is happy that kids are interested in his work, and he’s happy to talk about it here and there.
“So, the fears of those in charge were unfounded. I knew my camp had been maintained without a scratch, and I just had to replenish my spiritual power and that was it.”
“There is no way that low-grade Yōkai will be able to get even a scratch on my formation. Even in the intermediate level, it will not be broken. But it’s not good if it’s higher level. Well, if such a big guy gets out of control, the local Onmyoji will be dispatched immediately…”
Momi-san’s story is full of interesting information.
I knew from the Onmyouji channel that there are classes of Yōkai, but I didn’t know specifically how strong they are.
The Tonobe family is said to have inherited the Onmyojutsu, the art of building defensive barriers, also known as warding.
It has a long history and is said to be able to construct special camps that no other family can imitate.
The fact that they are commissioned to work at the center of power, the prefectural government, shows their credibility.
And I also learned about the work situation of Onmyoji.
He said that it is not unusual for him to work as an overnight escort, like my shitty father. Momi-san also said that although he is able to make day trips now, he has to go on many business trips and is sad to leave Kana every time he does.
After all, Yōkai are generally active at night. If he doesn’t stay overnight, he can’t move at a moment’s notice.
Momi-san is a valuable source of information, answering anything I want to ask.
“Well, I still like boys. Daughters are cute, but boys who are interested in work like this have a different cuteness. Next time, I want a boy.”
“Oh, God, there you go again with that.”
“Kana would love to have a cute little brother, wouldn’t you?”
I’m sorry, Kana.
Because I did something unnecessary again. But I can’t stop in front of the source of information.
To be a good Onmyoji, I must gather information well in advance.
It is only natural that adults understand the importance of gathering information.
If you don’t know, you will miss out on benefits that are available to you if you know.
We can learn from this kind of data what is needed by professionals.
“Thanks for the food. It was delicious.”
“Yes, thank you very much.”
“Oh, I’m so glad to hear that!”
“Yes~, great job Kana-chan, great job for being able to address people. It’s different when you have a role model to follow, isn’t it? I’m glad Saint-chan came.”
It was like having a little sister and I was smitten too.
After interacting with a real one-year-old, I realized that my acting was pretty crappy.
I kept realizing that this is what kids my age are like.
There is no such thing as a one-year-old who can remember difficult words as fast as I can. I was just barely able to fake being a fast-growing child.
I was just barely able to start walking, and it was probably pretty bad.
It was all the fault of the physical strengthening, and by extension, the irregularities. It’s not my fault.
The stay, which was very exciting for me and the Tonobe family, was extended for one week longer than originally planned, and ended with my mother’s discharge from the hospital.
A/N – I got my first rating! Thank you!