The Case of the Salaryman and His Beautiful Boss - Chapter 19
Chapter 19: Walking Down the Streets at Night with Rena-san
Afterward, their argument raged on…
And at that time, my savior appeared—the time limit.
“Okay, everyone! We’re out of time, so it’s time to leave!”
“I don’t wanna work tomorrow!”
“I haven’t drank enough!”
Hm… maybe it’s best for me not to join these too often.
I can hold my liquor well, so I’ll probably end up being wranglers for these guys.
For now, though, I know that I don’t want to be hated by them.
“Mizuto-senpai! Wanna go bar hopping?”
“No, Mizuto-kun is to go straight home. Tomorrow, he has an important job cut out for him.”
“Eh?! Still talking about work at this hour?”
Eh? Wasn’t that job still up in the air?
Or was she talking about the junior training?
Either way, it was a huge help…
“Sorry, Morishima-san. I have lots to do tomorrow, so…”
“Hey, dude! I’m going bar hopping too.”
Sorry, Morishima-san. Drinking parties were too much for me.
Anyway… I really did prefer quiet places.
“Noboru, I’m heading home.”
“Ah, see ya. Was tough, wasn’t it?”
“Haha… I’m not too sure, but, well….”
“What, did having a harem get to ya?”
“Haha! Well, even though it’s like this… You still gonna come sometimes?”
“That’s great, isn’t it? Well, so long as you don’t push yourself.”
“Yeah, I’ll do that… see ya.”
I left the establishment.
Then, I heard a voice from behind me. It was the chief.
“Chief Matsuura, what’s going on?”
“H-he’s my boyfriend.”
She suddenly latched onto my arm.
I could feel something soft… Wait? Are these…
“Ah? What the hell, so you already had one. Tch!”
Um… what’s all this, then?
For the moment, I could just make out that there was something soft and fragrant on me…
Ah, she let go… Wait, why the hell did I think that was unfortunate?!
“D-don’t worry… what was that about!”
“I-I saw you leave, and I was going to head the same direction as you, so I walked that way… A-and then since I’m not familiar with the place, I got hit on…”
I focused and looked around us.
So there were those kinds of hotels here…
Well, after drinking, some people would probably head there next…
“Oh… I’m sorry to hear that.”
“It’s not your fault! I should be the one apologizing! I mean, I called you my b-boyfriend….”
“No, it came in handy for getting rid of that guy. Well, not like I’m someone worth dating, anyway.”
“Mu… That’s not true at all.”
The way she said that was so cute!
“A-anyway! You’ve been getting along well with Morishima-san, haven’t you?”
“No, not really. It’s just that me being there was unusual, so she got curious.”
“Uu… I’ve got to step up my game, too… Ah!”
“T-this place is pretty dangerous, huh?”
“W-what should we do, I wonder?”
Well, I guessed this would happen.
I was worried something was up. This was inevitable. And here I was, making excuses to nobody in particular.
“Hold on to me. I’ll take you home.”
She seemed really happy about it.
Uh, well… hm.
And so, we ended up walking down the street. As we walked, I could feel men looking at us.
Well, she was pretty, after all.
Even now, from the side, she looked beautiful.
“I-is something up?”
“N-no, you just seemed a bit red.”
“I-I just had a bit too much to drink, but my senses are still about fine…”
“So the usual Chief, then.”
“We’re not at work right now…”
“Eh? But earlier, you said…”
“That was that, and this is this!”
“S-sorry… You’re funny, Rena-san.”
Afterward, we came to a street where taxis usually passed by.
“So, want to ride together?”
“I’ve gone here by scooter before. I know the way, more or less.”
We caught a taxi without any issue, and both of us got on.
“So, did something happen?”
“I mean, you went to the drinking party… Even though that’s coming from me, of all people.”
“N-not really… I just thought it’d be good to do this every now and then….”
“So, same as me. Well, the manager told you to do this too, didn’t he?”
“Uu… Yes. It was hard, and I was mulling over whether it would be undignified of me. I was worried about what might happen.”
“Yeah, it’s hard to know how to go with the flow in those kinds of situations. Manager’s pretty good at it, though.”
“Yeah, it seems like he’s been that way from the start. The higher-ups probably place their trust in him because of that.”
“Oh, I see. Well, I think he’s a nice guy.”
“Fufu… well, you’ve caught the manager’s eye.”
“Ah, right, he told me to join his department.”
“Same here… Time flies. I’m already thirty now…”
“You’re still young. That time I saw you without makeup, you still looked younger than me.”
Now then… What was I to do?
We arrived at Chief Matsuura’s house.
I opened the window to say goodbye to her.
“Good work today. I’ll be counting on you tomorrow as well.”
“O-okay. Um… Hey! Check your phone later!”
“I’m going now, okay?”
“A-alright, my bad.”
With no time for idle chatter, I walked to the taxi.
“Having a pretty girlfriend sure is nice, ain’t it…?”
“No, we’re not like….”
“Eh? Really? No matter how you look at it… Well, I guess it’s like that.”
…I probably wouldn’t be fit to date her, anyway.
“Huh? An unknown address? Sis… when did she…?”
The mail read: “I got your email address from your older sister. Sorry for getting the info on my own. If, perhaps, you dislike that, please tell me. I’ll erase your contact details. Thanks for sending me home today.”
“Dislike? No way in hell…”
Why’d it have to be my boss?!
God damn it! Someone like me…!
…Calm down, me.
For now, I just replied back with “good night”…