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The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 16 Part 1

Hello~

Chapter 16 is almost twice the length of a normal chapter so I wasn’t able to finish it. There was a good stopping point though so might as well post something. >w< I won’t make a habit of posting in parts though.

Anywho, please enjoy~

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The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 16

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Chapter Sixteen: Family?

Now, what will you do? Mayor Hagino smiled in such a way as he looked at Eru.

「U, um…… What is it that I would be doing specifically……?」

Hearing Eru’s words interpreted by Yasutaka, Mayor Hagino smiled in satisfaction and sat back down on the sofa.

「What I want you to do is PR for our town. You will be set as a imejikyara[1], an elf dwelling in a naturally abundant town…… highlighting that kind of image, and pitching that nationwide. You see, using your cute appearance and the elves’ mysterious fantasy-like existence, you have the potential of becoming popular, not just as a local idol, but even nationally in a blink of an eye even if you keep hiding. Things like your spin-off merchandise will sell like hotcakes as well. Of course, we would come up with various things and strategies aside from this, though?」

「Wait a minute! Tousan, a while ago you said you had no plans of showing off Eru-chan, but now that I’ve listened to you till the end, what else is this aside from showing her off!?」

Takashi slammed his hands on the table, enraged and openly glaring at his father.

「What’s more, Eru-chan’s identity…… if you announce to the world that she is an elf, Eru-chan would be exposed to danger, wouldn’t she!?」

Both Yasutaka and Aoi felt the same as Takashi.

Takashi’s father, the trusted Mayor Hagino made a proposal that didn’t take Eru’s safety into consideration at all. The three thought it was unbelievable as they looked at the Mayor’s face.

「True. That is certainly true. But you know, Takashi. The fact is that politicians can’t make a living with just lip service. If it’s for the sake of city and its inhabitants, there are things we must do even if we are covered in mud. If you are aiming for this town in the future, you must have the courage to command.」

「But…… but still, I’m in opposition! I don’t think this is something worth going so far as to endanger Eru!!」

A non-human intelligent life form from a different world, one that doesn’t exist in this world. With just that, Eru is an existence that would definitely cause a frenzy.

Thinking so, Yasutaka leaned in and protested to the mayor.

And then, to back up Yasutaka, Aoi also started talking.

「I agree with Yasutaka. Between the city’s profits and Eru’s safety, I would not hesitate to choose Eru’s safety.」

Towards the children’s opposition, Mayor Hagino, for just a moment, smiled gently, but immediately put back his politician’s mask.

「All of you say that but…… you are also aware, aren’t you? Currently Eru is the same…… no, if I had to say, she is in an even worse position than a foreigner staying illegally. If a foreigner is illegally staying, he is forcibly deported, but in her case, she can’t. Right now she lives in hiding, but how long do you think she can keep this up? Since there is no way she can return to her former world at the present time, she has no choice but to live in this world…… in Nisshin City. And, there is no guarantee that she would never get hurt or sick. On the contrary, you had better to think about how a girl who has no immunization from the diseases of this world would certainly suffer from various illnesses in the near future. At that time, what do you plan to do? If she falls ill, she has to be examined by a doctor. When that happens, unpleasant it may be, her existence would be announced to the public. Especially in our country, one’s identity is definitely required in order to live. If you cooperate with me on my plan, I would establish Eru-san’s identity even if I have to use a somewhat high-handed measure. Or would you rather give up living in Japan and move to a different country? If it’s a country other than Japan, there might be a place Eru-san can live in.」

Because of the Mayor’s words, Yasutaka and his friends were at a loss of words.
Those words were an extremely sound argument. If Eru is to live in Japan, then they must somehow do something about the foundation of her life, her identity.
Otherwise, she would have to live in secret and conceal her true identity indefinitely. And that kind of life is bound to fail one day.
This was something that even high schoolers like Yasutaka and his friends understood after thinking about it for a bit.

「In the first place, you three are not the ones to decide, it’s Eru herself. If she decided to do it, then you can’t say this or that, can you?」

Leaving the three with such words, Mayor Hagino once again faced Eru directly.

「Now then, Eru-san. Certainly, it may be be accompanied by risks, however, I am offering benefits that offset those. Of course, aside from your identification, I will also guarantee to pay the proper reward. If you live in this world, money is absolutely necessary, correct?」

Mayor Hagino smiled amiably at Eru.
This is the devil whispering the way to the wrong path to his pitiful victim. Yasutaka and his friends were sure that If the devil exists, he would smile like this.

「I, I……」

Focusing on the Mayor who is right in front of her, Eru who was saying something, broke off mid-sentence.
She then looked around to see the three’s faces, and with an expression filled with determination, she confronts the Mayor.

「……I will accept Mayor-san’s request.」

Although Yasutaka was surprised, he conveyed Eru’s words to everyone.
While the Mayor was nodding in satisfaction, Eru continued talking to intercept the three who seemed to have something to say.

「I am an adventurer. Adventurers are always side by side with danger, and I have slipped through such dangers countless times until now. Therefore, in one way or another, I will manage this time too. And…… and, with you…… Yasutaka-san, Aoi-san, and Takashi-san…… as friends, as comrades, I want to live proudly in this town with you from here on……」

Eru gently smiled at the three, corrected her posture, adjusted her expression, and looked at Mayor Hagino intently.

「I honestly do not understand the details of the work Mayor-san has talked about. However, I accept the work this time as an adventurer. The reward will be what you promised earlier…… this is fine, is it not?」

She, as the individual called Erulala Zaphyra Fyrasilula, accepted the commission of the Mayor with pride.

This was something Yasutaka understood well. But he still could not contain his uneasiness.

「I get it. If Eru is determined to accept the request, I will persistently oppose this talk! This might be called a child’s selfishness. But still, Eru’s safety…… I first want Eru to live in peace!」

「Is that so…… Yasutaka-kun, you will object to the end? Takashi and Aoi are of the same opinion…… correct?」

When the Mayor looked at the two, they, with the same serious expression as Yasutaka had, nodded.

Looking at the three’s expression one by one, the Mayor let slip a laugh and shrugged his shoulders.

「Then, let’s give up on this plan.」

Since the Mayor was too quick to switch his comment, the three couldn’t help but look flabbergasted as they stared at the Mayor.

「O, oi…… Tousan……?」

「Is something wrong? You three said nothing but to stop, right? I merely acceded to that.」

「Then what the heck was that plan you were rattling on and on about a while ago!? Was that just a joke!?」

「Yeah, because it is my wish, or rather, my dream, so to speak. A while ago, I said that politicians can not do their duty with just lip service, but if a politician forgets his dreams, desires, and will, then he is nothing more than a power-hungry money-grubber. I do not want wish to be like that. My dreams are always here.」

Mayor Hagino pointed at his chest as he said that nonchalantly. While looking at him in blank amazement, Yasutaka and his friends remembered something.

They knew Mayor Hagino well from the time they were kids. None other than Takashi’s father, the three remember that when they were kids, he took care of Yasutaka and Aoi like they were his own children too.
Also, they learned a variety of things from him. Starting from playing, to teaching them how to catch bugs or how to catch fish, to life lessons that a grandmother with a bag full of wisdom would know.
But, he sometimes gives the children answers that are not optimal or off point, and there were times he would purposely trouble them to make them think about things more.
It is likely that this was Mayor Hagino’s plan this time as well. He was testing them. And the one he was testing was not Yasutaka, Aoi, and Takashiーー

「Please forgive me, Eru-san」

The Mayor placed both his hands on the table, and bowed deeply to Eru.

「Before I am a mayor, I am Takashi’s parent. That is why I want to know more about the newest friend my son and his friends made. Of course, I have already heard about you from my son, but I wanted to ascertain this with my own eyes. As a result, I ended up testing you. I won’t ask you to forgive me, but, at the least, I would like you to understand that it was a parent’s affection for his child.」

As a parent, there’s no way he wouldn’t be concerned with what kind of relationships his child is amassing. There are some parents that aren’t interested in whom their child associate with or leaves everything to the child, but those are the minority.
One’s children meet a new friend. If it was a normal friend of the same age, then he wouldn’t need to worry. However, the one they met was a visitor from another world, furthermore, it was an existence that was out of the ordinary known as an elf. If he is a respectable parent, then he would definitely worry.
At the worst, there is a possibility that the kids are being deceived or used.
However, from Eru’s sincere attitude just now, Mayor Hagino judged that she was trustworthy.

「E, err……umm……?」

Unable to understand the course of events, Eru, looking puzzled, gazed back and forth between the Mayor and the three’s faces.

With Eru in that way, Yasutaka and his friends finally felt relief. In the first place, they could not trust what Mayor Hagino was doing. Heーー Takashi’s father could not make such a choice. Even if they thought that, them doubting him is likely the difference in experience between mere high schoolers and the current mayor.

「Umm…… Then…… does this mean that there’s no job request……?」

Eru, who still hasn’t fully caught up, said so in disappointment.

From her perspective, for her to live in this world, she was in need of a strong foundation. By doing so, she thinks she can finally walk side by side with Yasutaka and the others.
If it’s for that reason, she would resign herself to undergo some danger. To begin with, adventurer is a perpetual high-risk high-return job so, to Eru, the Mayor’s request was a deal that’s easy to understand.
However, it seems that that deal was cancelled in the end. She was happy that Yasutaka and the others were thinking about her, but losing this chance was regrettable for Eru.

「Yes, about that…… I still want Eru-san to be the imejikyara for the city renewal. Of course, I will do my best so it wouldn’t reach a dangerous extent for you. The reward of the job are the previously mentioned identification and a guarantee of money. How does this sound?」

「Oi, Tousan. What are you trying to make Eru-chan do this time?」

「At present, this is a trade secret, alright? A rare existence known as an Elf is so close to me. Not utilizing this is wasteful, isn’t it? Be that as it may, since there is no precedent of an elf city renewal, not knowing just how much of an economic effect it will have is the obstruction of obstructions, isn’t it?」

Obviously. There is simply no way for an elf city renewal to have a precedent.

「As it is now, we can not expect anything extraordinary from our city’s development. We will continue advancing slowly. Nevertheless,ーー」

While smiling, the Mayor looked at Yasutaka and the others.

「ーーー I won’t know as far as 30, 40 years later. And by that time, I would probably have already passed, or retired as mayor. Therefore, it would be the job for your generation. Please do your best to develop this city even more.」

Mayor Hagino smiled brighter than he’s had hitherto, and pointed his gaze filled with expectation at Yasutaka, Aoi, and Takashi, the younger generation.

~~Part 2~~

Mayor Hagino said that the details of the job would be formalized at another date. He leaned back into the sofa and exhaled loudly.

「With this, the original major objective has been achieved. What’s next is the issue of Eru-san’s guardianship and wellbeing.」

As the Mayor says, Eru’s outward appearance is not much different from high schoolers such as Yasutaka and his friends. They never learned Eru’s actual age till now; the three had just assumed she was the same age as them.

「Since Eru-san does not look like an adult, a guardian, or rather, a guarantor would be necessary, even if it’s just a front. Now, at first I planned on becoming her guarantor, but……」

For some reason, Mayor Hagino looked at Yasutaka with somewhat discerning eyes.

「I have mentioned this a while ago, but Eru-san might contract different diseases in the future. For that reason, a trustworthy and tight-lipped doctor is absolutely necessary. Therefore, I contacted a certain female doctor…… a former doctor, to be precise. Of course, I have made her swear to secrecy on matters concerning Eru-san’s situation and explained it to her.」

The Mayor’s gaze was still fixed on Yasutaka. At this time, Yasutaka realized who the Mayor got in contact with.

「And then, that female former doctor and her husband suggested that they take responsibility not just for Eru-san’s wellbeing, but be her guarantor as well…… After all, it was a request from both of them.」

「O, Ojisan…… y, you can’t mean……」

Yasutaka turned pale.
Truth be told, in the unlikely event that Eru does falls ill, Yasutaka had in mind only one doctor he could rely on. But, if he could, he would only rely on that doctor as a last resort.

「Yes. They are currently waiting in a separate room. Let us have them come here immediately.」

The Mayor took out out a cellphone from his pocket and made a phone call to somewhere.
The other party answered immediately; The Mayor informed them curtly and hung up shortly after.
Before long, approaching footsteps could be heard. Those footsteps stopped in front of this room, the Mayor’s room, and the sounds of knocking resounded on the door.
For Yasutaka, that sound was like the toll of bells heralding the end of the world.

Yasutaka-san? What’s the matter?」

Noticing that Yasutaka looked pale, Eru called out to him, but the person in question did not hear her.

He was looking around, frantically searching for a place to hide. But the Mayor’s room had neither a place to hide nor an escape route.
By the time Yasutaka realized he could neither run nor hide, the door to the Mayor’s room opened. And beyond it were the two people Yasutaka had deduced.

A man and a woman who seemed to be of the same age as Mayor Hagino. The two bowed to Mayor Hagino.

「O, Oyaji…… Ofukuro……」[2]

Right. They were, without a doubt, Yasutaka’s parents.

「It’s been a while, Yuuji. Kaori-san, you, above all, seem to be doing well.」

「Yeah, you’re the same as ever too, Kouichi. Your mischievous side hasn’t changed at all since we were kids.」

「We’re on the same boat, aren’t we?」

While firmly holding each other’s right hand, the two close friends laughed.
Like their sons, they too were childhood friends, and that friendship continues even now. Reasonably, with their work and having families, the chances to meet have diminished from the time they were in school.

「I’m sorry, Hagino-kun. It seems our son has caused you some trouble.」

「That’s not true, Kaori-san. Thanks to Yasutaka-kun, our town has secured a rare existence, namely Eru-san.」

「Yeah, that’s right. That is the main goal.」

Yasutaka’s father, Akatsuka Yuuji, glared at Yasutaka.

「Hiii……………!!」

Screaming soundlessly, Yasutaka was ready to run. Not minding Yasutaka’s state, the superior one walked up to his son, and swung his fist downward and onto his son’s head.

「Agu……!!」

Yasutaka reflexively crouched and held the crown of his head.

「Yasutaka…… I am ashamed……」

「O, Oyaji……?」

While bearing with the pain, Yasutaka looked up at his father, rather than angry, like he said, he had an expression of shame as he looked down at his son.

「Kaori and I…… are your parents really that unreliable? Why didn’t you first consult with us when you sheltered Eru-san?」

「N, no, that is……」

He simply couldn’t say it.

It’s just part of the development, but what kind of face would his parents make if he told them that he sheltered and is now living with a girl around the same age.
At least, it was not possible for Yasutaka to say. It was too embarrassing.
And that was also the reason he was only relying on his mother, a former doctor, as a last resort if Eru ever gets sick.

Yuuji stretched out his hand towards Yasutaka, who was still crouched on the floor, and pulled him up.

「I heard the situation from Kouichi. I was confused as it was incredulous hearing such things like how she came from a different world, or that she is an elf, or that she is a non-human existence. But I know you are a splendid person who helps others; You haven’t done anything that you can’t tell other people, right? If so, then inform us proudly. We are your parents. No matter what it is, we believe you and will support you.」

「Oyaji…… un, you’re right. I wish I informed you guys right from the start. Sorry.」

The father ruffled his son’s head a bit roughly, smiling macholy.

Concurrently, while the father and son were having a talk, it seems there were talks on the other side too.

「You are Eru-san, correct? Uwah, you are more beautiful than I thought. For such a beautiful girl to become our daughter…… we have another daughter but she’s married now so it’s a bit lonely. That is why I’m happy to have a new daughter. You know, since I am a girl, I would help you unconditionally so he must take after his father, that son of ours……」

Incidentally, Yasutaka’s father, Yuuji, is a high school teacher; His mother, Kaori, is a doctor of internal medicine at a certain local hospital.

His father’s new job at another prefecture was decided the spring of this year, and his mother went with his father because he had no houseworking abilities at all.
His mother, Kaori, too. Having been sexually harassed by the director of her workplace, she used this opportunity to quit and cut ties with her workplace. She went to another prefecture with Yuuji, and is now a fulltime housewife.

「W, wait a minute, obasan. What do you mean by Eru is your new daughter?」

Aoi who was listening in on Kaori and Eru’s conversation ーー also known as Kaori onsidedly talking on and on ーー took notice of a phrase in it that she got curious about.

「The thing is, Aoi-chan. When my husband heard about Eru-san’s story, instead of acting as her guarantor, he said he would rather she become our family’s adopted daughter.」

「Well, that’s how it is. As for the troublesome process for adopting Eru-san as our daughter, we have reliable friends for that.」

「Do you think that just because someone is the mayor, he could do anything? Well, I will cooperate since it’s turned out this way. However, I might have to use a slightly high-handed method. At that time, I implore you not say anything needlessly, yes?」

Mayor Hagino held his right index finger in front of his lips and winked.

Suddenly finding out that Eru will now become a new family member, Yasutaka felt confused.

In the first place, the progress of the talk was too fast so he couldn’t accompany Eru.

Pleasantly watching the two were the Akatsuka couple.
Takashi and Aoi looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders at the prospect of a new addition to the Akatsuka family.

「Somehow, we’ve reached a point where we can calm down…… right?」

「That’s right. Still, Eru becoming the adopted daughter of Yasutaka’s family is fine, but will she become Yasutaka’s oneesan? Or imouto?」

「Now that you mention it, which is it?」

Suddenly remembering something, Takashi and Aoi looked at each other’s faces at the same time.

「H, hey…… I am usually with Eru a lot, but I completely forgot about something till just now……」

「…… what a coincidence. Me too……」

It seems the two’s exchange was heard. Yasutaka asked Eru directly.

「Hey, Eru. How old are you now?」

「Me? I am 152 years old now?」

「……………………………………eh?」

「The age to acknowledge an elf as an adult is different in every clan, but the Zaphyra clan that I belong to has a 600 to 700 year life expectancy so one is treated as an adult at the age of 150 years old. Therefore, I left my hometown when I passed 150 years old and became an adventurer.」

Yasutaka involuntarily stood stock still, dumbfounded by Eru’s words. Naturally, since the others couldn’t understand Eru’s dialect, they aimed their questions at Yasutaka.

Thus hearing Eru’s age from, the adults spontaneously froze.

「…… makes sense. Elves being a long-lived race is often the pattern.」

「That’s true, isn’t it. I completely forgot too…… but from what Eru said, the Zaphyra clan has about ten times the lifespan of a human.」

Though Takashi and Aoi only had a certain amount of knowledge regarding elves, they had looks of understanding and were nodding repeatedly.

「By the way, Kouichi.」

「What is it, Yuuji?」

While watching the children get excited about the elves’ lifespan, Yuuji shamelessly questioned his old friend.

「Eru-san’s identity, it’s namely the family registry and certificate of residence, right? Would you really be able to manage it?」

「Yeah, I believe it won’t be too much trouble.」

Asked by his old friend “What do you mean?” with just a gaze, Nisshin City’s current mayor smiled like a mischievous brat who’s prank was successful.

「There are plenty of cases where local yurukyara and stray wild animals are given certificates of residency. That being the case, don’t you think there would be no problem issuing a certificate of residency to Elf-san who’s settled in our city?」

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Footnotes:

  1.  Imejikyara – Image Character, Moekyara – Moe Character, Yurukyara – Mascot representing either a city, a specialty, or a company.[↩]
  2. Oyaji / Tousan / Otousan / Chichiue – Father. Ofukuro / Okaasan / Hahaue – Mother. Oneesan – older sister.  Imouto – younger sister. Obasan – Aunt or something a younger person calls an older lady. Ojisan – Uncle or something a younger person calls an older man.[↩]

Author’s Note:

『Elf-san』 update
Cramming in this and that into the story, it became quite long. This is almost twice the length of the previous ones, isn’t it?
For now, Elf-san’s foundation for living in this world has been accomplished. Of course, there are still problems but those will be in the future.
I will describe what kind of job Eru will be doing next time.
Thinking about it, I felt like I wrote on and on for Mayor-san’s last few words. I could have been a bit more concise…… I can only push through.
By the way, the names of Yasutaka’s parents are from characters of a certain game from more than 10 years ago. His father’s real name is 「Yuichi」 but it would overlap with Mayor-san’s so I modified it to 「Yuuji」.
Then, I look forward to your continued support 『Elf-san』.

Translator’s Note:

Thanks for reading! aaand Phew, this chapter was so long. >w< Title was withheld when I posted part 1 if anyone noticed xD Anywho, there's only 1 more chapter left for this volume, and it's an idle talk. ヽ(〃・ω・)ノ☆゚’・:*☆

The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 15

Chapter Fifteen: The Development of the City?

On the Sunday of the week after midterms ended peacefully.
A little past 11 in the morning, the doorbell of the Akatsuka residence rang. It’s roughly at the promised hour.

Yasutaka who thought it was just in time, walked up to the entryway and pushed the door open.

「Hey Yasutaka-kun. Morning.」

「Good morning, Yano-san.」

The one who arrived at the Akatsuka residence is a man in his thirties called Yano. Of course, Yasutaka knew that person very well.
He is the secretary of Takashi’s father, Hagino Kouichi, the mayor of Nisshin City, so they have met a number of times before.

Over Yano’s shoulder, one car could be seen past the gate. ”If I’m not mistaken, that’s the Toyota Vellfire.” thought Yasutaka as he tried to remember. It’s the Hagino family ーー Takashi’s family’s private vehicle.

In the passenger seat of that minivan sits Takashi who waved his hand when he noticed Yasutaka. Similarly, in the back seat, Aoi could be seen.
It seems that before coming to the Akatsuka residence, they went to Aoi’s house to pick her up.

「By the way, Yasutaka-kun. the you-know-who……」

「Ah, yes. She’ll be here soon. Ooy, Eruuu」

「Vāda Yiruu」

When Yasutaka called out into the house, Eru responded.
Wearing the translation earring, Yasutaka heard 「I will be right there.」but it was a cryptic language to Yano.

Eru who appeared is wearing a turquoise blue tank top over an off-white cutsew shirt, and a light blue hemmed capri.
And on her head is the usual knitted hat with earflaps. Since the temperature is almost at its peak, It must be tough having to wear the knit hat all the time.

Seeing Eru’s beautiful face emerge from within the house, Yano was entranced, but he came to his senses and hurriedly invited Yasutaka and Eru into the car.

「Th, then, shall we be off? Sensei…… Mayor Hagino is waiting for us in the city hall.」

It takes approximately 15 minutes by car to go from the Akatsuka residence to Nisshin City Hall. However, a lot of thing that happened before Yasutaka and his friends arrived at Nisshin City Hall.

It being her first time riding an automobile, Eru nervously boarded the car.
Upon boarded the car, she thought “Wooow. There’s so many sofas set up…… it’s just like a small room!” as she looked at the interior of the car with great interest.

Now that she’s actually experienced riding a car, she was surprised that it was much faster than she had expected.

While moving through the Meitetsu Nisshin Station, Eru saw a train pass by overhead, and she clamored about how a large monster was rushing into the city.
For Yasutaka and the others, Eru’s reactions were quite charming, but for the person in question, it was a series of surprises.

Before long, the car they were in pulled up at the parking lot of the City Hall.

「Now then, we have arrived. The Mayor is waiting. This way, please.」

The City Hall is closed on Sundays so there are no people. The main entrance is closed so Yano led them through the staff entrance at the side.
Still, even though it was just a staff entrance, it had a guard station across from it, and inside them were some guards.
However, as he is the Mayor’s secretary, Yano can enter the City Hall freely.
Though Yasutaka and his friends felt uneasy from the guard’s scrutinizing stare, they followed after Yano into the City Hall.

Upon entering, some of the staff working on their day off could be seen here and there. They were sending curious gazes at Yasutaka and his friends who came even though it was a Sunday.
However, realizing that they were being guided by the Mayor’s Secretary, Yano, they judged that it was some sort of student event, and went back to doing their respective duties.

Guided by Yano, they walked in the City Hall. Yano led them to a room with a with a placard that states 「Mayor’s Room」.

「Here we are. The Mayor is waiting inside.」

Going through the door Yano opened, a middle aged man was waiting inside.
He was tall, medium built, wore an expensive suit, and had a gentleman-ly air about him.

「Hello and welcome. It’s been a while, Yasutaka-kun, Aoi-chan. You look well. As for……」

The man ーー the current mayor of Nisshin City, Hagino Kouichi caught sight of Eru, smiled and bowed gracefully.

「Welcome to our Nisshin City. Traveller from a far-off land, on behalf of the citizens, I, the mayor of this city, wholeheartedly welcome you.」

Having heard Mayor Hagino’s speech, Eru smiled and, although with much difficulty, replied in Japanese.

「It’z nise tu meit yuo, Meiyor-san. I em the elf nemd Erulula Zaphyra Fyrasilula. Plis col mi Eru.」

「Oooh, your Japanese is quite good. Then, I shall accept your kind offer, Eru-san. To start with, please sit down. If I am not mistaken, my son mentioned that you liked black tea. It will be prepared shortly. What would you three like?」

The three each said their choice of beverages and Yano temporarily left the Mayor’s room to prepare them.

A table and sofa for chatting are set up in the Mayor’s room. Mayor Hagino took the initiative to sit in one of them.
Eru sat opposite of the Mayor, and beside her, Yasutaka. Aoi and Takashi settled down on the sofa on the left of Yasutaka and Eru’s point of view.

「For taking the trouble of coming to the City Hall today, thank you very much. Although it would have been fine to talk in Yasutaka or my residence, upon taking the future into consideration, I believe that meeting in the City Hall is the most appropriate. Well then, Eru-san. There was no other way to have you come here. I would like for you to assist in the development of my Nisshin City from here on.」

Mayor Hagino looked directly on Eru, and began the talk with a serious expression.

At present, Yasutaka is wearing the translation earring.

Since this was originally a talk between Mayor Hagino and Eru, the two should be the ones wearing the translation earrings for a smoother talks, however, if that were the case, then Yasutaka, Aoi, and Takashi would not completely understand the conversation between the two.

Certainly, they would understand the gist of it with only Mayor Hagino’s words but they still wouldn’t be able to understand it completely.

Thus, Yasutaka took the position of 「Interpreter」. In doing so, Aoi and Takashi would properly understand Mayor Hagino and Eru’s exchange as well. Of course, this was something Mayor Hagino has agreed upon beforehand.

「Yasutaka-kun, Aoi-chan, and Takashi. When you hear 『Nisshin CIty』, what is the first thing that you associate it with?」

Suddenly bringing up a topic they weren’t expecting, the three unintentionally exchanged glances

「Even you who have been living here since you were kids could not immediately cite anything notable. Well, this is not limited to just you three, but the great majority of the citizens as well.」

It’s just as the current mayor says, there is nothing famous in Nisshin City.

Since there are four universities and colleges in the city, it’s called a university town by it’s citizens, however, it isn’t rare if looked at from a national standpoint, and though it has some tourist spots such as Iwasaki Castle[1] and Aichi Farms, it’s still hard to say that it has anything major that’s at a national level.
There aren’t any famous hot springs and the like either, so crowds only tend to gather for famous professional golfers when the Nagoya Golf Club holds a tournament .

「There is nothing in its industry that stands out either. In the first place, before Nisshin City’s developments started when Meitetsu Toyota Line opened around 30 years ago, there were only rice paddies and mountains.」

Nisshin City developed as a residential district right after direct access to the Nagoya Metropolis was made possible. Even now, with residential development is still advancing, new houses and apartments are being constructed all around.

「True, it will continue to develop as a commuter town from here. However, for me, something more…… I want to bring forth something nationwide from our city. I have always thought so. For example, in neighboring city, Nagoya, has Nagoya Castle and TV Tower, Nagoya Meshi…… even sports, they have teams like Chunichi Dragons and Nagoya Grampus. There are plenty of things anyone can associate with it in an instant. Something that’s only in Nisshin City is what I want to bring forth as it’s mayor. And in doing so, I could expect a positive economic effect.」

Mayor Hagino let out a feverish speech. However, Yasutaka and his friends could not make out the Mayor’s intentions.
The city’s development and the visitor from another world, Eru. They wondered how these are related.

「Now then, here’s another question…… what do you think is the liveliest industry in the country right now?」

Yasutaka and his friends exchanged glances once more. They were high school students but they were aware that the current Japan’s economy wasn’t that lively.
No matter the industry, performance is unsatisfactory. Only a limited portion of industries and businesses have been able to leave soaring results. But then it’s not as great in comparison to the golden age[2].

「Even under such circumstances, creatures known as man still invest funds into the things they like. I believe the most extreme among those is the so called otaku industry…… the subculture industry.」

“Certainly, this industry doesn’t have a good reputation right now, but” Mayor Hagino added

「Even so, this industry has an unfathomable power. That power, for this town’s development, I’ll use……err, rather I wish to capitalize on it.」

Calmly glossing over his real intentions that leaked out by accident, Mayor Hagino continued again.

「There is an instance where in Chita Peninsula in the Aichi prefecture, there is a personification of the the prefecture, a cute girl…… a so-called moe-character caused a large increase in revenue, and there’s also a precedent where the earnings of a city that became the stage of a popular anime exceeded a hundred million in the economy.」

「Oy, Tousan! You don’t plan on displaying Eru-chan, do you!?」

As suspicious ideas crossed Takashi’s mind, he interrupting his father’s talk.

A rare spectacle with Eru in a cage like an animal in a zoo. A scene that both Aoi and Yasutaka instinctively associated with the thought.

However, the father readily denied his son’s censure.

「Naturally. There is no way I could do such an inhumane thing, My plan is something similar to 『Gotouchi Idol』 or 『Local Idol』」[3]

「Ojisan, what on earth do you plan on having Eru cooperate with?」

Unable to follow Mayor Hagino’s plans, Aoi asked bluntly.
To that question, the mayor smiled a truly refreshing smile.

「My plan is a city renewal.」

「City renewal……? 」

「Yes.」

Mayor Hagino stood up from the sofa , walked up to the window, and shifted his gaze onto the Nisshin cityscape.
「Let’s see…… how about a catchphrase such as this?」

Mayor Hagino looked back at everyone in the room. He appeared confident as he said the catchphrase.

「『Elf dwelling City, Nisshin City』…… How about it? Easy to understand, it’s good, don’t you think?」

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Footnotes:

  1. There’s plenty of stuff mentioned that exist IRL. I’ll just make one footnote link for them so it isn’t too cluttered. Check below the last footnote for details regarding them if you’re interested. Totally optional though, I don’t think they’d impact the story very much.[↩]
  2. The Golden Age in Japan was in the Edo period, 1603 to 1868.[↩]
  3. To my understanding, Gotouchi is basically the same thing as Local Idol, one is just in kanji and the other is in Katakana[↩]
Stuff mentioned in the chapter
  • Iwasaki Castle – A castle in Nisshin, mentioned in a previous chapter as well. Links to Wikipedia.
  • Aichi Farms – A farm to interact with animals, great place for a day out with kids. Links to a Japanese site.
  • Nagoya Golf Club – The venue where the “International Invitational Golf Chunichi Crowns” or “The Crowns” is held yearly. J PGA Championship held twice here as well.
  • Meitetsu Toyota Line – A train line that connects Umetsubo Station in Toyota with Akaike Station in Nisshin.
  • Nagoya Castle – A castle in Nagoya. Links to Wikipedia.
  • Nagoya TV Tower – An observation deck in Nagoya. Fun fact: This tower was destroyed in the Godzilla movies. Twice. Links to Wikipedia
  • Nagoya Meshi – A cultural cuisine unique to Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture. Links to an English site.
  • Chunichi Dragons – A professional baseball team in Nagoya.
  • Nagoya Grampus – A professional football team in Nagoya.

Author’s Note:

『Elf-san』 update.
Although some things have been mentioned about this time’s stage, Nisshin City, please understand that I meant no ill will.
I think it’s a nice town, Nisshin City.
Then, I look forward to your continued support on 『Elf-san』.

Translator’s Note:

Thanks for reading! The translation got a bit iffy 2/3rds of the way, I was quite confused and was stuck on this for days. Also, sorry I’ve been late at posting chapters lately. I can’t keep my Wednesday schedule for Elf since it’s hard to keep my motivation up for it and I’ve been busy too. For the 2 chapters left for volume 2, I’ll try to translate them at the same pace as before but after that, I think I’ll post on an irregular schedule which could be one to three weeks in between each chapter. I won’t drop it though, I just have a love-hate relationship with it right now.

On a lighter note, with my posts today, I’ve released 50 translations. Thank you very much for reading till now, I hope you continue to do so.

The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 14

Chapter Fourteen: Do you wish to meet?

「Sorry! Yasutaka!」

With his hands together and head lowered, Takashi apologized to Yasutaka.

「Nah, don’t mind it, Takashi. I was the one who asked you to liquidize Eru’s silver and bronze coins like she wanted. Also, I forgot about your dad’s perceptiveness.」

「That’s true. If it’s Takashi’s father, it’s no wonder he was able to deduce Eru’s matter from such a trivial item, petty deceptions wouldn’t have passed.」

Since they were kids, both Yasutaka and Aoi knew Takashi’s dad, Hagino Kouichi, the current mayor of Nisshin City, very well.

He is kind to the three of them, and in the past, he took them bug catching and fishing, and would often go camping and the like with them. Also, since he had extensive knowledge on various areas, he taught them multitudes of things.

「I appreciate you saying that. And…… my old man said he wanted to meet Eru-chan.」

「Your dad does?」

「Why, I wonder?」

Yasutaka and Aoi looked mystified.

The two could not understand Kouichi’s reasons for wanting to meet Eru. It couldn’t be that his reason is simply because he wanted to meet someone from another world, right?

「I don’t understand that much either. But, old man said that he never do anything that would trouble Yasutaka and Eru-chan. How about it? Could you try asking Eru-chan once?」

「Alright. For starters, I’ll try asking Eru. But, when Eru and your dad meet, I’ll be sitting in.」

「I’ll be there too. It’s not like I doubt Takashi’s dad but, I’m still worried for Eru.」

「Got it. I’ll tell my old man that. Then I’ll leave Eru-chan’s side to you?」

Yasutaka nodded at Takashi’s words.
He trusted Takashi’s father but it would be lie if he said did qn’t feel any uneasiness. He surely wasn’t the only one, Aoi and Takashi were thinking the same as Yasutaka.

In any case, I’ll have to talk to Eru first.

Yasutaka decided so.

On top of the table are dozens of randomly arranged large cards with katakana written on them.
And in front of a deck of 10-odd flipped cards, is Eru sitting on a stool.
Eru picked up the topmost card from that deck and turned it over. Written on it is the hiragana 「つ」 .

「『つ』……huh. Let’s see…… The katakana of 『つ』 is……」

Eru’s gaze slid over the katakana cards placed on the table.
Before long, her eyes stopped at one card, and she picked it up.

「If I remember correctly, this should be it……」

Muttering so, Eru confirmed the other side of the card she picked up. However, what was written on it was the hiragana character 「し」.

「Aw…… This isn’t 『ツ』 but 『シ』, huh. I got confused because they looked so similar……」

What she’s currently doing is studying katakana.
Searching for the hiragana’s matching katakana, this method of learning is a bit game-like.
Its designer was Aoi. When Yasutaka and Takashi heard Aoi’s idea, they worked together in making it using drawing paper.

After that, Eru repeatedly used it to memorize katakana. Now she’s memorized about 80%, once she properly memorizes the rest of the chaacters that look similar like the 「ツ」 and 「シ」 just now, or 「ソ」 and 「ン」 , she’d be able to read katakana perfectly.
However, she’s still not very good at writing both hiragana and katakana, so it is vital that she practice it in the future.
Incidentally, she can converse enough for simple greetings.

As she continued studying katakana, Eru’s long pointy ears suddenly twitched.
Simultaneously, she looked happy as she raised her face from the table.

Shortly after, the lock on the door of the entryway unlocked and the door opened. It seems someone opened the door and entered the house.

Of course, the one who came in was Yasutaka.
Looking happy, Eru went to the entryway to meet Yasutaka.
As Eru ran through the house with a pitter patter put a smile on his face, Yasutaka wore the translation earring he received from Eru who came to greet him.

「Welcome home, Yasutaka-san.」

「I’m home, Eru.」

It really is pleasant having someone say 「Welcome home」 when he comes home. Yasutaka has been feeling this way again recently.

「Listen, Eru. I’ve got a bit to discuss with you, is that alright?」

「To discuss?」

Eru looked puzzled as she tilted her head.

「Un. I want to composed when we talk so I’ll get changed first. Please wait in the living room.」

「Very well. Then, I will prepare some tea.」

Eru learned how to use the kitchen gas stove recently, and is now able to make tea and simple dishes.
Even though ingredients such as vegetables are all unknown to her, there seem to be some vegetables that taste the same as those from Eru’s world.
Also, it seems that they basically just roast meat and fish then eat it and since the method for roasting doesn’t really differ very much, even if the equipment aren’t similar, it’s still somewhat possible to recreate that world’s dishes.

However, a conclusive difference is the seasoning.
This world is far more bountiful in seasonnings than Eru’s world. Hence, this world’s dishes are still impossible for Eru.

Still, even though it’s instant, black tea seems to be Eru’s favorite, he noticed that she looked very happy when she drinks black tea.
Seeing Eru like that, Yasutaka decided he should bring her to the cafe he worked part-time at and let her drink black tea that isn’t instant. The black tea the manager of that cafe brews is quite good and is popular in their neighbourhood.

However, he must talk about Takashi’s father right now.

Yasutaka finished changing clothes, and when he entered the living room, Eru garnished the black tea she brewed with a slice of lemon.

「Ehehe. This 『Lemon』 fruit, if eaten by itself, it’s terribly sour but if added to black tea, it becomes extremely delicious, doesn’t it?」

Apparently there wasn’t any lemon or a similar fruit to it in Eru’s world. When Eru brewed black tea before, she ate the slice of lemon that garnished it, it was too sour that she teared up. That memory was fresh in Yasutaka’s mind.

Yasutaka, who laughed as he remembered that memory from a little while ago, pulled himself together and approached Eru who seemed to be enjoying the black tea in front of her.

「The mayor of this town would like to……see me?」

「Yeah. Even if I call him the mayor, he’s Takashi’s dad.」

「Hee, Takashi-san was the son of the mayor. So that means that Takashi-san will be the future mayor of this town?」

「Hmm, who knows? That guy has the disposition suitable for a politician like his dad, and he said so himself that he wanted to be a politician too but…… even if he says he wants to one doesn’t necessarily mean he will become one.」

Naturally, there were people who had mayoral positions in Eru’s world too.

However, the positions of mayors and village chiefs in her world were almost hereditary. Understandably, there are no concepts of election and the like there.

Yasutaka and Eru’s knowledge about that were different yet neither of them realized it at the time.

「Nevertheless, what business could the mayor have with me?」

「It seems that even Takashi doesn’t know.」

「Ah! Could it be that he has a request for me as an adventurer? Like an infestation of goblins that need extermination somewhere in this town?」

「Goblins……you say, if I remember correctly, in your world, they were monsters that are hostile to humans, weren’t they? No way, that’s because there are no goblins in this world.」

「Aw…… it was like that……」

In her world, it is often the case that the dispatch requests that come to adventurers are from the person in the position of the mayor or the village chief.
When monsters such as goblins and demons appear in the vicinity of a village, rather than requesting the country to send soldiers, it is much faster to request support from adventurers.

Actually, Eru has experience being requested by a certain village’s chief to cross swords with goblins that ravaged their livestock and fields.

「How about it? Want to meet Takashi’s dad?」

「Yes. Since it’s a request from Takashi-san’s father, I can’t just decline.」

「I see. Then, then I’ll message Takashi.」

Yasutaka promptly took out the smartphone from his pocket, and sent a message to Takashi. Yasutaka and his friends they had an unspoken agreement that, unless it’s an emergency, they would always contact each other by mail.

Eru’s immensely curious eyes sparkled as she watched Yasutaka’s hand manipulate the smartphone he’s become familiar with.

「Yasutaka-san! Is this another kind of magic item…… i mean, appliance?」

「Yeah, this is a mobile telephone. It’s a device that lets you contact a companion that’s far away. This way you can send sentences and talk with your companion immediately.」

「Wow, it’s just like a 『Talisman of Dialogue』」

The 「Talisman of Dialogue」 is a magic item from Eru’s world, two sheets are paired and then you’d be able to communicate vocally.
However, communication is limited only to the pair, so compared to the mobile phone that could connect with anyone, it’s far less convenient.
Also, it’s too expensive and is a magic item primarily used by an officer for military operations. There are some among the adventurers who have this but they are too few, and it isn’t a product that a mobile phone where one person could possess one or more.

「Besides that, there’s another magic item called 『Scroll of Continued Writing』, it’s a pair of scrolls where you write on one side and it shows up on the other side. The 『Scroll of Continued Writing』 is also expensive but it’s not worth as much as the 『Talisman of Dialogue』 that is why there are quite a few adventurers who brought this.」

「I see. If the 『Talisman of Dialogue』 is the mobile phone, then the 『Scroll of Continued Writing』 thing would be mail function. Those tools really are similar.」

Having heard Eru’s story, he believed that there certainly wasn’t much difference between the electric appliances and magic items she mentioned.

What if Yasutaka’s current world had not developed through science but rather, with Eru’s world’s magic.
It would be possible that around this time, instead of cellphones, they would almost certainly be using magic tools with a similar effect.

While thinking that there was no point in it, Yasutaka surprised Eru a lot with the downloaded apps on his smartphone like for pictures, music playback, video recording, video playback and the two laughed freely together.

Incidentally, he secretly set a picture he secretly took of Eru which he especially liked into his smartphone’s homescreen

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Author’s Note:

『Elf-san』 update.

The learning method for Katakana in the story was an idea someone gave to me and I added a bit to it.
Well, next chapter is the confrontation with Mayor-san.

Then, I look forward to your continued support on 『Elf-san』

Translator’s Note: 

Hey there~Welcome to my new site and thanks for reading! I think I’ve finished migrating and re-linking all the stuff. If you happen to see any missing or broken links, please do tell me >w<

The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 13

Chapter Thirteen: Is It Not Possible?

There were several coins casually placed on the desk.

Takashi’s gaze went to and fro between the coins and his father multiple times.

「These coins…… I have requested all my acquaintances who deal in old coins to examine these, and yet no one knew it’s value, and I have never heard them say they’ve never seen anything like it before when I bring them coins.」

Well, yeah. thought Takashi.

These coins were brought by Eru, an otherworlder. It doesn’t seem likely that there would be humans from this world that know about these coins. Keep Reading

The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 12

Chapter Twelve: Spirits?

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Currently, the living room of the Akatsuka house is encompassed by an extremely awkward silence. Keep Reading

The Elf is a Freeloader Chapter 9

Chapter Nine: Is Sleeping Alone Scary?

Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture.

Total population is approximately 80,000; Households are approximately 32,000.

Adjacent to it are Nagoya City at the west, and Toyota City at the east. Keep Reading

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