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Thursday, April 15, 2021

ITSUJITA ~ C10: Match Selling Young Man



Chapter 10: Match Selling Young Man


I had brought 100 small matches and 55 big matches.

I was hoping to sell at least half of them in the five days when I signed the contract, but...



"Bro! Give me the big match!"


"Onii-san! I'll take the small one!"


"Then I'll take both! I want both!"


The matches I brought from Japan are viral in another world.

A small box of 12 matches costing 250 yen and a big box of 250 yen each sold like hotcakes at more than 10 times the original price.

I told them that matches are sensitive to moisture and water, but hundreds of customers still want to buy it.......

In contrast, there are only 150 matches of all sizes.

Naturally, they are sold out immediately, and many customers couldn't buy them.


" I'm sorry, we've already sold out for today."


"Oh, no... No more?"


An old lady from the neighborhood said in a daze.

She looks very sad.

I smiled at her.


"Don't worry. I'll be selling matches here again tomorrow. If you can't buy a match today, I'll give you a priority queue number for tomorrow, so could you please come again and stand in line over here?"


"Priority queue number? I've never heard of it."


The lady tilted her head.

Oops. I guess priority queue number is not a common thing in other worlds.


"It's a ticket that promises priority sales. If you bring the priority queue number that I'm about to give you, you will get first priority tomorrow."


The people gathered are impressed.




"Also, if you tell me how many you need in advance, I'll prepare it for you. Now, please line up here."


I raised my hand, and they all lined up obediently.

I asked each of them how many boxes they wanted, wrote them on a notepad, and tore them off to give to them.

The note I'm giving them now will serve as their queue number for tomorrow.


There are over a hundred people in line.

Some of them are people who had already bought the goods earlier.

I tore off the notepad and handed it to them one by one. Finally, I managed to finish giving the queue numbers to everyone in the line.


"Phew ......, it's only noon, right? I was hoping to sell half of them in five days, but they sold out in just an hour."


I opened the coffee can I had brought with me and took a breath.

I looked at my notepad and saw a lot of "" written on it.

I need to prepare at least this number of matches for tomorrow.


"Uheee...... can I handle this alone?


There were more than a hundred customers today alone.

At this rate, there will be more customers tomorrow.


"Well, I guess I'll just have to do it. I'll do my best to earn money!


I stretched out and started to clean up.

As I was folding up the picnic mat.


"Shirou Onii-chan, have you finished your work for today?"


Aina came running up to me.


"Yes. I've sold all the matches I brought, so I'm closing up for the day."


"I see. I'm glad you sold so many, Shirou Onii-chan!"


Aina smiled happily.


"I'm really glad. How about you, Aina?"


When I asked, Aina quickly hid the flower basket behind her back.


"Hmm... it's not selling very well... I guess."


"I see."


"The flowers are so beautiful. Why aren't they selling?"


Tears welled up in Aina's eyes.




"Ah...... never mind."


Aina shakes her head and wipes her tears with the sleeve of her dress.


"Shirou Onii-chan, Aina will go sell flowers again."


"Wait a minute!"


I Grab Aina's hand as she tries to run.


"...... Shirou Onii-chan?"


"Aina, can you listen to my offer for a second?"


"Your offer?"




"What is it?"


When Aina looked up at me, I say.


"Aina, if you do not mind, can you help me at my stall tomorrow?


I offer her a part-time job.

Aina puzzled over the sudden offer for a few seconds.


"Eh? Eh? E...... eeeeeeeeeeee!"


She was very surprised.


"Shirou Onii-chan... Are you sure? Do you want to hire Aina to work in your stall?"


"Yes. I'm going to be very busy tomorrow, and I won't be able to do it all by myself. That's why it would be a big help if you can help me out, Aina. Of course, you'll get paid for it."


"I'll do it! I'll do it! Please let Aina work at Shirou Onii-chan's stall."


Aina excitedly replied to my offer.

She snorted hard and gave me a serious look.


"Thank you, Aina. It really helps me because I can't do it alone."


"No, no. Aina is the one who should thank you. Aina is the one......thank you so much."


Tears begin to flow out of Aina's eyes again.

But this time, she does not try to wipe it away.


"Aina is trying my best to sell flowers, but I guess it is not selling at all... I was really, I was really troubled."


"That's why thank you, Shirou Onii-chan! I really... I really have to thank you!"


Aina kept saying thank you with tears in her eyes.

I'll let her work part-time as much as she can.

I promised myself to do so.



[Current amount of money]

0 gold coins

6 silver coins

2252 copper coins


Translation note:

The successive strokes of are used in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and other areas where Chinese characters are prominent to designate tallies in votes, scores, points, sushi orders.

Tallies beyond five are written with a for each group of five, followed by the remainder. For example, a tally of twelve is written as 正正丅.

Simple explation:

the letter is consist of 5 strokes, each stroke represent 1 count or 1 vote.


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