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First day of work after new year.
Even there aren’t any national day on the calendar, although the new year holiday is longer than usual, today we only work for half day.
In the factory rest room, with canned coffee and cigarette in another hand the laborer have a discussion.
Because in these days it’s unusual to had permission for smoking in rest area, now the room is full of smokes.
[Aa, today too, the work finish in half day isn’t it…]
And the one that silently murmuring is 35 years old, single, Todo Yoichi.
There are another laborer beside him, all of them held the cigarette in their finger or mouth, but Yoichi.
To begin with, he didn’t have smoking habit, in spite of that the reason for him to be here is, first he didn’t mind the cigarette smoke, second he didn’t dislike the “haven’t decide plan after this” atmosphere.
[I, soon the time to pay my card, if not it’s getting dangerous]
Yoichi senpai, Noguchi, with semi monologue close to complaining.
[dattara, for now let’s discussing about the kokkin] (*note : 国金)
[yes, kokkin. we are more or less one man business]
[what is kokkin?]
[I only know a little bit from my construction shop acquaintance, it’s like money lending from the country]
[loan isn’t it, but I also had a lot of credit card]
[if now there isn’t any tenant we will troubled isn’t it? it’s hard to search even if the interest is 2%]
[seriously!? I’ll try to search a little bit]
so like that, with the chatting and “haven’t decide anything after this” atmosphere continuing the rest room door opened, the regular employee Tamura face peeked.
[ooi… the factory will be closed, sorry but can you go home?]
with each cigarette extinguished, they drink up the canned coffee and stand up. Yoichi too drink up his coffee and put in his canned coffee to trash can, exiting rest room.
The factory where Yoichi work is, a few year ago had been taking complete commission system.
The few regular employee of course taking monthly salary, but non-regular employee is complete commission system.
But, there aren’t any part-timer or temporary employee, it’s one-man business.
It’s like part-timing but, entrusting business in sole proprietorship, is what it seems.
Because of it, the insurance and pension all of it completely paid from each wallet. (*note 完全自己負担=completely paying from one’s own expenses).
Such as application of minimum wage, if there aren’t work, and the work finished faster than normally like today, the remuneration part will be decreased.
I don’t know if it’s black company or not, it’s a sensitive matter.
when it become busy period, time and work quantity will increase drastically, overtime about 3 ~ 4 hours is natural, therefore because of the complete commission system, remuneration too will be increased.
There are numerous times that the remuneration over 400 thousand yen. (*about 3,548USD)3,548
But in the other side, when it is off-period the remuneration will be cut about 150 thousand yen. (*about 1,330USD)1,330USD)
That mean the average is 250 thousand yen isn’t it.
That mean it’s not sure that this labor is such a bad deal.
But, this wave of income had it’s terrifying part.
Precisely, someone who can take care himself, or someone like Noguchi senpai who had his wife to taking care his income is no problem.
When there’s big remuneration must be saving, when there’s not enough money in another month get money from saving.
If it can be like that there is no problem, but Yoichi is the type that can’t save money.
When there are a lot of remuneration, he will wasting it and his everyday life leveled up.
And then after his everyday leveled up he can’t leveling down so easily, when in month where his remuneration low he can’t self-retaining himself, he going into deficit again and again.
And the result, revolving payment in his credit card application, call it “patching until payday”, and it repeat again and again, now that can be called such a picture of debt.
More or less this month payment can be managed somehow, but next month if no accommodation from somewhere there is possibility every kind of payment will be delayed, and to be honest there’s fear in the one’s mind.
[uu, it’s cold…. kokkin……. kokkin is it?]
Way home from the factory, Yoichi searching kokkin scond hand information in his smart phone.
To not see his smart phone when walking, when he waiting traffic light, only when his legs stopping he look the screen.
With that moral view Yoichi become like that.
[loan from goverment… this is it]
Discovering that site, he is searching the information.
Yoichi wish is low-interest when refunding it.
But, this second-hand information is site for ordinary people to know the explanation but, in the end it’s like loan service in capital investment or new jobs for the necessary expenses, if there isn’t secure business plan review the money won’t be loaned, so Yoichi drop his shoulders.
[Noguchi-san…. proper like usual….]
Noguchi senpai if he doesn’t have proper wife, he is identical to Yoichi, no doubt that he will have a hard life.
As the traffic light changing, he put the smart phone in his shoulder pocket, and rising his face.
hereupon, disregarding the traffic light signal, I saw truck figure with force plunging into the pedestrian crossing.
If I still look my smart phone while doing safety confirmation without walking, or maybe the truck didn’t running into me, with that fast happiness wish when he noticed it he waiting the truck to pass through.
Because the other pedestrian mostly noticed it, they become panic, stand still and looked shocked.
….But, in the other side of the road, there is a single child that careless with safety confirmation, when the traffic light changing signal I saw that child crossing the pedestrian cross while half running.
Fearing that woman voice that thought to be the mother shouting the child’s name.
If I jump now can I save that child?
I hesitate for instant, and from behind that child a shadow that jumped to him can be seen.
It seems like a young man, that man immediately chase that child, after turning his arms like hugging that child’s back, he rolled over his body and flings away that child to his/her original position.
Then, when that rolled over man with half staggering he waiting that full of force truck, and plunged to Yoichi side. (*didn’t get the real text)
[YOSHII ! KOI !!] (* i think it’s better than “OK! COME!!”)
Near Yoichi the pedestrian waiting signal isn’t broken, also the truck’s route is disconnected.
If he can be catch skillfully then the man is live without injury isn’t it.
More or less because when in the factory had to use the body to do the work, in some extent he had confidence in his strength.
Yoichi dropped his back, the man jump with good vigor, with BAMM and catch him. (*I translate ガツっ to BAMM)
[DOMOSSUU!] (*nope don’t get it, maybe like from when judo athletic goes sparring)
The man who catch him, reveal his smile to Yoichi.
Looks like a very good young man.
With relief he turn to his gaze, why it looks like absorbed to us, the truck is mostly occupying one’s visibility.
Until now there must be someone eyes that’s following that truck.
After that, Fearing the collision is what I think, to stiffen face because of fear, but there aren’t another crash anymore .
Lifting up my full of fear face, I look my surrounding but there’s no single thing.
Yes, there is nothing.
There is no single thing, only pure white space.
[Is this, don’t tell me…]
Despite of memory of an unpleasant hunch I look surrounding, and there is 1 man standing.
It seems like he is the one that catch me before.
When he is separated from Yoichi?
Yoichi let his voice out, that man turn around his head like a ball.
[…a, thank you for before]
it seems the other side notice Yoichi identity.
[ano, we in the truck incident before…]
[perhaps we are…]
[die…. isn’t it] (*you diededed)
The decision word have been out.
How you think it, this is different place from before.
Rather than anything, this place is a big space full of white color, impossible that this place above the earth.
Can see the feet but can’t see ground below the feet.
in spite of this, somehow it’s extremely unnatural
[haaaa…. New year quickly come.. Next month my child will be born isn’t it]
[is it true!? congratulation… I can’t say it isn’t it]
[yea. because just the other day that I put in my life insurance, but lucky is still lucky]
[heee, for me it’s only mutual aid from the prefectural citizen]
[nonono, I’m like that too isn’t it? when it’s break time from the company there’s come auntie invitation and I’m being outdone by her. aa, but I still haven’t said it to my wife]
[It isn’t alright isn’t it? the insurance company will make a contact. the door to door salesman and will make the ex-zaibatsu system]
[it’s like that right? because there is group from the company saw it, someone will report it]
[like that said next month will be born but, is it boy? is it girl?]
[It’s a boy~]
[have you dicided his name?]
[nope~ it’s hard you know? lately to not becoming shiny name, I think alot too right? in the end it’s decided to be “Shinta”, but my wife swiftly reject it, its first for me]
[Shinta-kun, I think it’s a good name]
[isn’t it, but it’s feels like tokoroten, so confusing..]
[…. don’t tell me that shinta-kun’s name is from “heart” and “fat”?]
[isn’t it, Shinta meaning is to live with a thick heart] (*Shinta is a different way to read “心太” from tokoroten
[ano, by the way do you know tokoroten? it’s food]
[that tranquil snack? I like eat it with Sanbaizu] (*sanbaizu is a vinegar, soy sauce and mirin or sugar mixed roughly equal propotions)
[I’m in the faction of brown sugar faction, but that is tokoroten. that tokoroten kanji written and there are kanji for fat and heart.]
[eh, Is it true~!?]
[aaa…. than that snack, we call it big not fat though]
[ma, maa but isn’t your wife will make a good name?]
[my will is it’s okay to not use “fat” in his name but…. it haunt me in my dream]
when the idle talk already complete first topic, in front of these 2 people the space begin to warped.
[Uoo!? it’s a little soft]
Than, from that warped space a young woman with japanese clothing appeared.
[I’m sorry, thanks for waiting!! ettoo, Todo-san isn’t it]
From her hand a file appeared, than turn her sight to them.
That girl make a confused face, a surprised facial expression can be seen.
In this white space, her idiotic voice reverberating.
Author Note: Today there is 3 more update story
Note: There are a lot of mistakes in my TL-ing so forgive me, I dunno the next update, but it will be this week. please enjoy it. (Still 2 more prologue and that to the main story)
Side Note : this is R-18, read
and enjoy it at you own risk.
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