ODL – Chapter 15 – 26-years-old is Okay


“I didn’t know alcohol can lead to something like this…” (Souma)

“No, frankly speaking, this is abnormal. I think this is what they call a drunkard…” (Mafuyu)

Mafuyu-chan displays a mixture of anxiety and fear after seeing the seemingly new side of Hiyorin.

At just 18 years old, I couldn’t let her develop negative feelings towards alcohol, so let’s cut off Hiyorin as our senpai in life. Well, she’s really just a drunkard, to be honest.1

“I am a drunkard~? Don’t be ridiculo—hic—s, I’m not thaaat drunk!” (Hiyori)

While Hiyorin lies her head on the table, she mutters something incoherently. 

It seems that her volume control has been broken as her words were echoing loudly. Being an idol voice actress known for her singing and dancing, her powerful voice has now become a bit of a drawback…

“Hey, Souma-kun, what are we going to do about this?” (Shizuka)

“Even if you ask me what to do… we have to get her back to her own home somehow.” (Souma)

“I’m not leaavinggg~!” (Hiyori)

Hiyorin stretches out both hands across the table, clinging to it like a gecko stuck to a wall.

There were no more traces of the lively Yasumi Hiyori, nor the calm and composed Haskura Hiyori. She looked nothing like an idol. Rather, she resembled a middle-aged man winding down at a bar. The only difference is that she has good looks and a good voice.

“Seriously, what should we do about this…” (Souma)

Looking at my smartphone, it’s already past 9 PM. Shizuka has to stream at 10 PM, and I can’t let Mafuyu-chan go home alone at this time.

“Shizuka, for now, you should head back. You have a stream, right?” (Souma)

“Hold on a mome────nt! What’s with you sending me home?! Aren’t you suppose to not cross the line of a fan2!?” (Shizuka)

“I’m not crossing any lines. I have to make sure Mafuyu-chan gets home safely.”

“If that’s the case, it’s okay. I’ll be staying over tonight.” (Mafuyu)

“Huh?” (Souma)

Surprised by the sudden declaration, I turned my gaze to find Mafuyu-chan sitting upright in the chair with a composed expression on her face. Seriously, don’t say strange things with such a serious face!

“In a situation like this, I can’t leave Hiyorin and Onii-chan alone together. I believe that Onii-chan isn’t that kind of person, but you never know what a drunk person might do.” (Mafuyu)

“Well, yeah, I mean, I definitely can’t predict what Hiyorin might do right now… but staying over is a bad idea. There’s no spare bedding either.” (Souma)

“I don’t mind sharing the same bed.” (Mafuyu)

“But I mind!” (Souma)

“Even though we used to take baths together back in the day…” (Mafuyu)

*GuruGuru* Mafuyu-chan started to cry fake tears. Please go back to normal, we already have our hands full with one person.

“Bath!? I haven’t even taken a bath with him yet!” (Shizuka)

“What do you mean ‘haven’t yet’? Also, come to think of it, I haven’t checked out your bathroom. I’ll go take a look later before mold starts growing or something.” (Souma)

I remember Ette-sama once mentioned on stream that she hadn’t taken a bath in three days or something…

Looking back it’s surprising how she managed to maintain that elegant character. A modest, princess-like figure who hasn’t bathed for three days—definitely not something you often come across. Well, for now, there’s no noticeable odor, so she must be bathing properly. The pile of underwear littered around tells me that she has at least bathed (although, good children would put them in the laundry basket).

“Taking this chance to sneak a peek at my underwear, aren’t you~ Seriously, you ero boy.” (Shizuka)

“Can I hit you once?” (Souma)

I brush away Shizuka’s hand as she playfully pokes my side. Seriously, this apartment is just full of troublemakers. It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this.

“For now, staying over is a no-go. Shizuka, you should go home; a lot of people are waiting for you. After I walk Mafuyu-chan back, I’ll figure out what to do with Hiyorin.” (Souma)

Hiyorin had fallen asleep with her head on the table while still clutching a can of Chuuhai.

…After the mayhem she caused, she fall asleep.

I definitely won’t end up like this when I get older. I swear strongly in my heart.

By the way, according to the wiki, Hiyorin is 26 years old. I’m curious if web information and agency profiles actually have accurate information written in them. Maybe I should ask her when I have the chance.

“Alright, come on, let’s call it a day.” (Souma)

Clapping my hands together, I ushered Shizuka and Mafuyu-chan out of the house. I’ll be leaving Hiyorin behind, but… well, it should be okay. She’s 26 after all.

“I’m sorry for all the chaos.” (Souma)

Mafuyu-chan and I were walking along a now completely darkened road.

The lukewarm breeze of the rainy season clings to our skin, feeling rather unpleasant.

“No, I had fun. Onii-chan’s friends were quite entertaining.” (Mafuyu)

“Well, yeah… Although, I didn’t expect things to turn out like this.” (Souma)

With each step, Mafuyu-chan’s long, straight hair sways gently. It’s impressive how it manages to stay like that in this humidity. I wonder what kind of hair treatment she’s using.

“How’s your university life, Mafuyu-chan?” (Souma)

Our apartment is reasonably close to the station, and Mafuyu-chan mentioned that it’s fine for me to drop her off there, so we don’t have much time to talk. I decided to ask about something that had been on my mind for a while.

“It’s fun. I’ve made some good friends. Although it’s a bit uncomfortable when unknown guys approach me.” (Mafuyu)

“Yeah… sounds like quite a challenge. I’ve heard rumors about that.” (Souma)

If I were to put myself in her shoes, would I say something like, “I get approached by girls too much, it’s so troublesome~ ahaha”? 

Isn’t that quite the luxurious problem? There are definitely differences between men and women in this aspect I guess. Men tend to be more assertive and if I were a woman, I can imagine feeling uneasy about it.

“If onii-chan became my boyfriend, I could just shoo them away, you know…?” (Mafuyu)

Mafuyu-chan sends a quick glance at me. She maintains her usual poker face, making it hard to tell whether she’s serious or just joking.

“Uh, well, that… um…” (Souma)

“Just kidding. I can’t burden you with something like that, and I’ll manage it on my own.” (Mafuyu)

If you ask me if it’s troublesome, I don’t think it is… Anyways, I’m relieved it was just a joke. Mafuyu-chan’s jokes are really bad for my heart.

“Well, if someone’s being persistent, you can use my name. If you’re in any trouble, let me know. I’ll do what I can as your brother.” (Souma)

“Yeah. Thank you, onii-chan.” (Mafuyu)

After that, we chatted about trivial stories from the past, and before long, we arrived at the station.

“Oh, speaking of which, onii-chan. Isn’t there a vacant room in the place where you live?” (Mafuyu)

“Yeah, but are you thinking about moving in or something? It’s pretty expensive over there.” (Souma)

“Yeah, I guess… Actually, where I’m living now doesn’t seem to have great security. So, I’ve been wondering about what to do.” (Mafuyu)

“Really? Are you okay?” (Souma)

“So far, nothing has happened… The station is nearby, so the streets are well-lit. But when I think about the place you live, I start to wonder if maybe living there is better after all.” (Mafuyu)

“Well, security is top-notch at my place. And personally, I’d be happy if you decided to come over.” (Souma)

“…Is that so? Onii-chan, that makes me happy.” (Mafuyu)

“Well, of course. Having a close friend move nearby is nice. We can even have meals together like we did today.” (Souma)

A lot has happened today, but it seems like the Souma-kai will continue. We’ll just need to have a separate discussion about Hiyorin’s alcohol-related situation.

“I see… Thanks, onii-chan. Well, I should be heading off.” (Mafuyu)

“Yeah, take care. Goodnight.” (Souma)

“Goodnight.” (Souma)

Mafuyu-chan turned back several times, gradually disappearing through the ticket gate at the station.

…Well then, time to head back. I still have one more problem to take care of.


TL notes:

Thanks for reading!

Maybe that one conveniently vacant room is for Mafuyu to move in. I wouldn’t be surprised if she somehow pulls out money to move in out of nowhere.  

The pain of translating a drunk’s dialogue… It hurts. I have no idea how to translate it such that it makes sense, not that I understand what she is saying half the time.


Footnote:

  1. Sorry but I have absolutely no idea what this is saying, raw is “18歳にしてお酒に対して悪感情を持たせる訳にもいかず、俺は人生の先輩としてひよりんをぶった切った。まあ実際酒乱だ、これは.”
  2. She probably thought that MC was gonna do something weird to Hiyori while she’s gone
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kirindas

Thanks for the new chapter!