It’s a bonus chapter for e-book version.
E-book version special: Cooking Research
“Aah, …… Hiroto, I hope you will come home soon.”
“That’s right…without Hiroto-san, there’s no excitement…”
In the living room of Hiroto’s house, Kiyoko and Sally sighed softly.
The two of them were sitting side by side on the tatami mats, looking somewhat lonely.
Between the two, arguably two of the most beautiful women, a women’s fashion magazine was stacked on top of each other.
This was a collection of magazines and books that Kiyoko had brought for her study of the modern world.
However, the direction of the study was obviously biased.
“Kiyoko-saan, is there anything else to study besides these?”
“There’s a lot, you know. You are following what I read too much. Sally, you should read this one.”
With that said, Kiyoko then gave Sally “How to cook without getting tired of it” and “Aim for minimalist. Master of Tidying Up” magazines to read.
“Umm…… I really want to learn what to wear and how to do my hair so that Hiroto-san will be happy before this one.”
“Mmm…… then, I think this is good enough. The magazine I was reading earlier had the latest fashions.”
“But I don’t think that’s enough. I want something that will make Hiroto-san happy, both physically and emotionally. What can I say, the models here appear in outfits that would be praised by themselves and their friends around them. I want Hiroto-san to compliment me.”
“Mm…… for you, that is not possible….”
Kiyoko unintentionally hid a magazine that was placed in a blind spot from Sally.
The special feature section on the cover of that magazine reads, “Your boyfriend is under your control! Your boyfriend’s favorite situations and sexy underwear”.
“Sally, then maybe it’s not about clothes, don’t you think? Hiroto doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who only cares about looks, that’s for sure! I think the key here is the food.”
“That’s right……. I read in a book somewhere that it’s important to keep a man’s stomach in check.”
“T-that’s right! Absolutely!”
（Or rather, where did it say that?)
Since all the magazines and books Kiyoko read were related to fashion, she didn’t know from which Sally had learned about it.”
“I will try to learn a lot of things too! But what should I do? Should I ask someone?”
It was hard to tell from the outside, but Sally who was tilting her head calmly seemed to be seriously worried.
Sally stood up and said, “That’s right”.
“I’m going out, Kiyoko-san.”
“Eh? Where are you going?”
“I don’t think I’ll come up with a good idea, so I’m going to go to the city and observe some things there. Kiyoko-san also went out and changed her clothing, and I might discover something as well.”
What Sally said was true, and Kiyoko usually wore kimonos. She met Hiroto, then went to see the city to study, and she became interested in the clothes of the women she passed by.
“Well, I certainly think you learn more by seeing and hearing for yourself …….’
“Yes – I’ll go right away. I’m going to go study cooking.”
Sally smiled as she said this, spread her pure white wings and flew out from the porch.
“Ah, Sally! Don’t let them see you flying! And, she’s gone!”
Kiyoko hurriedly called out to her, but Sally’s figure quickly disappeared far into the sky.
“Sally …… is this going to be okay? Even if she says she’s studying cooking, it’s not something you can learn just by looking at it. Well, okay! Rather than that, I’ll find my own way to please Hiroto ……. instead of seducing him.”
Saying this, Kiyoko pulled out a few of her treasured books she had hidden behind her back and grinned.
Sally landed on the shopping street in front of the station and materialized in an unpopular area and started walking around, observing her surroundings.
People she passed, both men and women, were struck by her Greek sculpture goddess-like appearance.
“Wawawa, what is that? I’ve never seen such a beautiful person! Where does she come from?”
“That’s true,……, only the area around her looks unreal.”
Sally’s sudden appearance in the shopping district caused a bit of a commotion when she passed by, but she was completely oblivious to this and scurried on her way.
“First, I’m going to look for a dish that I think Hiroto will enjoy. Then I can find out how to make it.”
Sally, however, had no idea what kind of food Hiroto would enjoy. She was a non-human who had no interest in the modern world, so she did not even know what was being eaten in Japan today, or what kind of food culture there was.
“Ah, that’s right. All you have to do is ask.”
Sally said in a slow voice and called out to the men who were admiring her.
“Eh!? M-m-me!? Yes! What can I help you with!”
“Yes. Emm, do you know a place that makes delicious cuisine?”
She suddenly approached them with a very vague question.
“Isn’t she talking about wanting to eat good food?”
“She may be traveling from abroad, you know. Perhaps she is looking for a good Japanese meal.”
“But is there such a restaurant around here?”
The approached men were momentarily taken aback, but they did not think Sally’s questions were rude or funny, and they turned their heads to think about it in a friendly manner. It seems that their nervousness was overcome by Sally’s divine appearance, and they did as they were told.
“Good cuisine around here, perhaps.”
When Sally tilts her head in a demure tone, all the men there have their hearts shot out.
“Hauu! What kind of food do you want!? I’ll guide you!”
“W-What are you talking about? I’ll be the guide!”
“You kids stay out of this. I know every nook and cranny of this town, I’ll be the guide!”
The men gathered around Sally stepped forward and introduced the stores.
“Eh, you’ll be guiding me around? That would be great! Everyone is so kind!”
Sally was delighted and smiled excitedly.
At this moment,…… those men’s hearts were already tagged off.
“A goddess,…… there’s a real goddess!”
“Ahhhh……I may have been born for this day.”
“I’ll take you anywhere…… to the end of the world!”
Then Sally noticed a store with an old curtain behind the men. A savory aroma wafted from that store.
“Is that a food store? It smells so good!”
Sally pointed and asked.
“Yes! That’s an okonomiyaki shop!”[TN: ‘お好み焼き’ Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake dish consisting of wheat flour batter and other ingredients cooked on a teppan]
“Okonomiyaki? Is it good?”
“I’m a regular there! Let’s go there, it’ll be quicker than listening to an explanation!”
“Yes, by all means!”
When Sally answered, a circle was formed around her and many people started to move, and one of the men passed through the curtain.
“Boss! I’ll have a pork ball mix right away, please!”
“Ohh? Sorry, I have to take a break now. ……”
“You idiot! You dare to defy the Goddess! Who the hell do you think you are!”
“……Wha? Wa-wa-wa, what, what!? All these people.”
“Listen, Boss, I want you to serve me the first and last best okonomiyaki of your life right now!”
“Whoa! That’s rude!”
“Yeah, refrain from that! Look this way! This Goddess wants okonomiyaki.”
“What are you ……”
The boss stared at the rude group, and as soon as he saw the woman who appeared from behind him,…… he dropped the spatula in his hand, or in the Kansai dialect, the trowel.
“Excuse me, Mr. Owner. I’d like to show you what okonomiyaki is.”
After that, Sally was urged by everyone to take a seat and watch the okonomiyaki being carefully grilled by the owner himself. Sally looked on with a thrilling expression as she watched the owner meticulously prepare the okonomiyaki.
“Come on, eat up, Goddess lady!”
The owner offered her a plate of okonomiyaki that he had cut up on the iron plate using Japanese words that she did not understand.
“It looks delicious! Can I eat it? Thank you very much!”
Sally deeply bowed to the owner and put her first okonomiyaki in her mouth.
Then, …… Sally puts her hand on one cheek with a warm expression on her face.
“It’s so delicious! It looks like I can eat as much as I want!”
The men in the restaurant who saw her face were also smiling as if their bodies were melting.
“That right, that right! I’ll grill as much as I can, so go ahead and eat as much as you want!”
“Ah, but I don’t have any money. Sorry for eating it. I’m such a glutton. ……”
Sally bowed her head hurriedly.
Sally did not know Japanese currency. She had no idea of its value, but she did understand the concept of money.
She ate the food as she was urged to do, but then she felt bad that she had done something wrong.
“I’ll pay for it, I promise, so can you please wait?”
Sally thought that when she got home, she would have to talk to Kiyoko and pay the money. There was no way she would run away. If she did, she was sure that Hiroto would be sad.
Silence reigns in the restaurant for a while.
“I’ll pay for it! Please eat as much as you want!”
“No, I’ll pay!”
“I’ll ……. pay until this purse is empty!”
Sally looked up.
“Are you sure?”
“Of course, sir! Boss! Bring it here until we run out of material!”
“Ha-ha-ha! I got it! Don’t worry, Goddess lady, just eat more and more. I’ll bring you the best okonomiyaki.”
“T-Thank you very much!”
Sally thanked him with teary eyes, and the restaurant came alive, everyone smiling.
“Well, then, I don’t have any money, but at least I will remove the bad things that are ruining your lifespan…”
With that, Sally stands up.
When everyone could not understand what she was saying, Sally suddenly cleaved with a gesture as if she was holding a long stick with both hands.
Then a gust of wind passes through the …… store, startling everyone.
For a moment, everyone froze, but they quickly came to their senses.
“Hmmm? What was that wind?”
“I thought you left the entrance open.”
“No, it’s closed.”
“It was a surprisingly strong wind, wasn’t it?”
Everyone tilted their heads.
At that moment, a young man sitting farthest from Sally rubbed his eyes.
“Ah …….it’s just my imagination.. huh. I thought I just saw her holding a big scythe right now.”
Then …… everyone in this restaurant is astonished.
Sally really did eat up all the food in this restaurant until it was gone.
She did not rest once or waver in the rhythm of bringing the food to her mouth.
The amount of food she consumed amounted to fifty-two plates of okonomiyaki and seventeen kilograms of yakisoba.
Sally emptied the restaurant of its ingredients and the men’s wallets, and then she left with an angelic smile on her face.
But needless to say, everyone was ecstatic, as if they had been saved by that smile.
Later, …… the men who were present there were all feeling much better.
Some were less susceptible to colds, while others had normal blood pressure, lipid, and blood sugar levels.
When Sally came home, Kiyoko saw Sally’s happy face and called out to her,
“Ara, welcome home, Sally. What’s wrong? Did something good happen?”
“Yes, it was very delicious”
Sally answered with a satisfied smile.
“Umm? Delicious? I remember you went to do some research on cooking. Did you find any good dishes? What kind of food?”
“Okonomiyaki. I’m sure Hiroto-san will be pleased with it.”
“Fuuh…… okonomiyaki, huh. It doesn’t sound like the name of a dish, but …… how do you make it?”
Sally froze when she asked because she didn’t know how to make okonomiyaki.
“W-What’s wrong, you’re shouting now. You look startled.”
“I forgot to ask how to make itt–!”
Sally’s head is in her hands.
“Haa~, what are you doing, you unfussy grim reaper?”
Kiyoko looked at Sally with a dumbfounded look on her face.
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