Prologue – Part 3

TL: sleepy Pop


The purpose of utilizing Farfalle, a lover agency service firm, is as straightforward as the name implies. The company does not provide help with moving, nor does it assist in arranging parties. Instead, it’s a business that caters to those who wish to date and socialize with persons of the opposite gender.

Of course, there are regulations for both the client and the agent when operating as a lover’s agent.

There are three main rules for the client.

  First and foremost, the client must arrive on time. If you are going to be late for any reason, you must notify the company.

Secondly, the client is responsible for the entire cost of the date.

Finally, other than holding hands or joining arms, the client should avoid excessive contact with the agent.

The same applies to the agent as with the customer, in which the agent has to adhere to three rules strictly.

  Always be on time. As the lover’s representative, who is also a company representative, this is carefully enforced.

Do not save two-shot photos or exchange contact information. This is to reduce the risk of problems that may arise due to the unique nature of the service. 

 

It also implies that the agent cannot have feelings for the client, which are sexual in any way possible.

… even though I represent a lover? Although this may appear to be a contradiction, it is a requirement of the position. It indicates that you should act as though you care about the client for a higher rating of sorts.

 The agent’s mission is to entertain the client, and by entertaining the client, the client will become a loyal customer. As a result, the system was created with the intent to generate lots of income.

****

I heard the familiar sounds of the front door opening and closing. The familiar sound of the front door opening and closing echoed as the sound of footsteps approached the living room.

That person was the person Ryoma knew best.

“Huh~”(Kaya)

“Welcome back, sister Kaya. Thanks for your hard work today.”(Ryoma)

“I’m back—good work at university, Ryoma.”(Kaya)

“Wasn’t it cold today? It was really chilly when I came home.”(Ryoma)

“It’s always cold! But the wind felt more chilly today.”(Kaya)

 It was 19:40 when the long and short hands of the clock coincided with the number seven.

 Kaya, Ryoma’s sister, entered the living room, massaging her hands, which were undoubtedly chilly due to the November weather. But, of course, Ryoma kept the agency’s existence hidden.

“I’m making your favourite curry today, so cheer up. It’s going to be filled to the brim.”(Ryoma)

“Really? That’s such a nice thing for you to do!”(Kaya)

“But because I’m still cooking, I’d prefer it if you took a bath first… Of course, by the time you get out of the shower, it will be ready.”(Ryoma)

“Okay!”(Kaya)

“But there’s no need to rush, okay?” (Ryoma)

 I was already used to living without my parents.

 Ryoma was twenty, and Kaya was twenty-four years old. They had no quarrels and were able to form a casual connection because they were both adults.

“I’ve prepared a bath for you, so please take your time. There are lavender bath salts in there.”(Ryoma)

“You’re as considerate as ever. That’s my brother over there! I’ll take your word for it, and I’ll have a good time.”(Kaya)

“Have a wonderful day.”(Ryoma)

Kaya flew to the bathroom after putting her work bag on the sofa. Kaya, who enjoys a hot soak in the bathtub, cut the duration in half so that it does not become too chilly.

“She’s amazing … Kaya onee chan.”(Ryoma)

Ryoma was alone in the living room, muttering to himself as he stirred the pot of curry.

For Ryoma, Kaya was the person he aspires to be and respects.

 Kaya’s company required her to start work at nine sharp in the morning, and there was no shortage of overtime. As a result, sometimes, she would occasionally return home about 22:00.

There is no doubt that she is tired, but she has never shown it on her face or in her attitude. She may be unhappy or unsatisfied with her work, but she never complains about it at home.

Her expression and tone of speech were always the same: “I worked hard today!” She always acts cheerfully and doesn’t say anything negative to avoid worrying Ryoma. The money earned from her hard labour goes to Ryoma’s school expenses as well as their living expenses.

Kaya also prepares meals, cleans the house, and does the laundry. I try to help her, so she doesn’t have to worry about chores, but I still don’t think it’s enough.

I have to do my best…

The first thing I want to do is to save as much money as possible.

My current source of income is a bookstore. And I have a part-time job as a girlfriend substitute coming up in five days. If you’re solely concerned about the amount of money, the latter should be your top priority because you may make a lot of money in a short period of time. This is a job where failure is not an option as it is directly related to your income.

While seasoning my dinner according to my taste, I was thinking about how to get return customers.

“What? a way to get the opposite sex to like you?”(Kaya)

“Yes, that’s right. I know it’s out of the blue, but I wanted to see if you have any advice”. (Ryoma) This was after finishing the curry and rice for dinner that Ryoma had asked Kaya this question.

Ryoma had been mulling over it for a long time now, but sadly no good thoughts had come to mind. He was embarrassed to ask Kaya, who was related to him by blood, about such a sensitive topic ……, but he felt so threatened that he had no choice.

This is Ryoma’s first part-time job as a girlfriend substitute. It’s not like your conventional part-time job, where you get instructions from your seniors at work and are taught things to do. Instead, you have to think and act on your own.

 

The only way to wipe away my anxiety and gain peace of mind was to throw away my shame.

“What’s wrong with you, Ryoma? Is it possible that you’ve found someone you like?”(Kaya)

“Yeah…I did.”(Ryoma)

 I reply awkwardly, making a bitter smile. The whole “I like someone” thing is a complete lie. The whole purpose is to get repeat customers for my part-time job as a lover’s agent. Women are the ones who know best about women. For Ryoma, Kaya was the only person he could talk to.

I’m sure you’re right. I’m sure you’re very serious when you ask me for advice on your love life.

“I’m ashamed to say this, but…ha ha ha.” (Kaya)

It’s quite rare for a 20-year-old brother to seek love advice from his sister. This is the first time he has sought such assistance.

“Well, I can give you some advice, but it’s only common sense, okay?”(Kaya)

“Thank you, that’s good enough.”(Ryoma)

 Ryoma took out his phone from his pocket and immediately started the memo application.

“What? Are you taking notes?” (Kaya)

“Yes. Yes, since I can’t absorb information just by listening.”(Ryoma)

“You look desperate. Your eyes are so intense.”(Kaya)

“If I don’t take it seriously, the results won’t arrive.”(Ryoma)

“You’re right, You’re right.”(Kaya)

Understandably, individuals take their love relationships very seriously, but Ryoma is possibly the most unique of them all. Ryoma is making an effort to sound serious about persuading his client to like him on his behalf. It’s nothing to do with love impulses, and he’s solely interested in making money from repeat clients.

“Then I’ll give you a shortlist of ways to get the opposite sex to like you…….”(Kaya)

“Yup.”(Ryoma)

“Whenever you can, give praise. Changes in dress and hairdo should be noted. It’s equally crucial, in my opinion, to perform modest acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. It can be as simple as having a cup of coffee after work.”(Kaya)

“Please take it a little slower, your speaking too quickly.”(Ryoma)

Kaya has been babbling non-stop. The only things I could make out so far are ‘praise where you can’ and ‘notice changes in clothing and hairstyle’.

“So, the Caligula effect, the Zion effect, cognitive dissonance theory, the law of similarity, the suspension bridge effect…”(Kaya)

“You’re contradicting everything you’ve said previously. What are those perplexing words?” (Ryoma)

Meanwhile, Kaya has just outlined a psychological strategy for garnering favour. If you could convey all of this, there is no doubt that you will be able to put in a tsukkomi saying, “What are you !?”

“To obtain a woman’s favour, Ryoma, you just need to know three or four ways.” That’s why I stated all those things previously in order to emphasize this point.

“What? Three or four is enough ……? From what I’ve heard, there seems to be a lot more.”(Ryoma)

“I know I’m speaking out of turn, but women are such obnoxious creatures. If I were to list all the details of how to get a woman to like you, there would be no end to it. That’s why everyone is telling you to understand the female mind.”(Kaya)

“Oh, you could say that…”(Ryoma)

“That’s because there’s so much information that men can’t swallow when you explain it to them. Its for this reason, they say, “Understand the female mind. Because it’s too much of a bother to explain, or they don’t feel like articulating when they want you to act this way or that way, they always end up saying, “You have to comprehend the feminine mind.”

 

Perhaps it’s because Kaya is a woman, but she seems to have been hit with a hefty dose of persuasion.

“I’m not sure whether it’s just me, but I’m confident it’s a relatively large amount of people. Another thing you may do is clean her up and chat to her about how calm she is. Men are straightforward, but women are comparable in certain aspects. Therefore I believe you should be aware of that initially. After you’ve completed that part, I’ll provide you with some more advice.”(Kaya)

“Okay, okay. Thanks.”(Ryoma)

In addition to “praise where you can” and “notice changes in clothing and hairstyle,” Ryoma added “create a sense of cleanliness” and “read the atmosphere and talk about it. Believing in Kaya’s words, he set these four points as his first goal.

“Well, the most important thing is where to show your unique skills and drop them. In the case of Ryoma, you can’t use it until you get close to the other person, but it’s best to demonstrate your household skills. Because it’s the most powerful … Well, it would be nice if the other person made a porridge of white fish and took care of you while you are sick.”(Kaya)

“How come white fish porridge is certain? I believe egg porridge is simpler to prepare.”(Ryoma) When Ryoma said this, it meant he was still a child. However, Kaya has a strong reason for choosing white fish.

“It’s to demonstrate that you put in the time and effort to look after people. I want to show that I am concerned about them. If it’s egg porridge, you just plop it in, but if it’s fish, you have to remove the tiny bones, correct? What’s significant here is that the removed bones aren’t thrown away but rather placed in the triangle corner.”(Kaya)

“That will make the job harder for them,” Ryoma predicted. You should dump them in the garbage rather than leave them there since they have a cold.

“It’s the only way to ensure that you get the respect you deserve. Because you’ll always be seen in the kitchen, they’ll notice that the little bones have been removed, right?”(Kaya)

“Oh.”(Ryoma)

“That’s correct. That is what they believe. “You tried your best to remove the little bones for me, who has a cold,” the other person will think. He went out of his way to make eating simpler for me.”(Ryoma)

“You sound too clever right now!”(Ryoma)

“Love is a knowledge war.” The more information you have, the more empathetic you may become, and the more innocent your partner is, the better. A common cold is an excellent target. When your weak, the kindness you get is unfathomable.”(Kaya)

I’m absolutely terrified…This is a methodical approach to getting others to like you. Despite Ryoma’s claims to the contrary, this is the most crucial approach for making money.

“You should take her to a bowling alley if you want to offer her a pair of shoes. You’d better remember that because you can use them right away.”(Kaya)

“I don’t understand anymore. Why bowling?”(Ryoma)

“First of all, when you rent bowling shoes, you get some idea of your foot size, right? When you rent bowling shoes, you get some information about the size of your feet, and you can naturally say, You have small feet. What size are they? It’s easy to get information from them.”(Kaya)

“What?”(Ryoma)

“If I bring up the subject of shoe size outside of that, she’ll assume that I’m going to give her a gift, and if that’s the case, she’ll be less than happy to receive it, right? You know what’s coming to some extent.so if you worry about how she’s going to react, you’ve already disqualified yourself..”(Kaya)

“……”(Ryoma)

 At this moment, Ryoma realized the depth of love.

“Kaya onee chan……. What kind of love experience have you had so far?”(Ryoma)

I? That is a secret. Ryoma should do his best as Ryoma for the time being. With this knowledge, several individuals at my level can just simply drop it.”(Kaya)

“….”(Ryoma)

 

Kaya could easily say all this. Thus it’s an ideal term for her. While Ryoma kept his lips half-open, he jotted down all this information in his notes.

Ryoma, who had plenty of time on his hands, was frantically reviewing the notes till Saturday, the day of the request.



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