10,000 STEPS – c32

CHAPTER 32: Kusatsu Hot Springs


Aria’s rent was canceled, all sorts of furniture that we didn’t require were sold, and we moved to the house in the royal capital with just the bed that floats.


I and Aria were excited about our new life.
On the other hand, Mimily was still asleep. This is how it should be.
Disregarding Mimily’s sleeping breath, I opened the door of the once haunted house.
When I did, Eri appeared.


「Welcome back, onii-chan!」


Eri clings to me while sitting on the bed.
As expected of a ghost. A chilled feeling runs throughout my entire body.
Hoping to return a hug back during this opportunity, but….


「My arms will pass through」


「I’m sorry, onii-chan…. I can touch everyone, but everyone can’t touch me.」


That is inconvenient.
I really wanted to stroke you.


「Tetsuya-san, won’t you do something about it? I want to stroke Eri-chan too!」


Aria is being pretty unreasonable.
I’m not Dora*mon you know.
I can’t do anything.
However, I should at least try?
Getting off from the bed *teku teku*.
[TL Note: Doraemon, you know, it’s a series.]


【You have reached level 1132】
【Skill Ghost Materialization was acquired】


What an opportunity!
After all, I keep on learning new skills according to the situation I’m in!
Oh! Dora*mon!


【Did you fell apart】


Wow, the menu screen spoke to me again!


【I speak only when the level exceeds pass 1000】


Is that so! Then I won’t be lonely then even if I’m alone!


【Well, then I’ll be someone to talk to with.】


Thank you! However, I should get Eri to materialize!


【Okay, please do your best.】


Alright, I will do my best!


「Eri, do you want a body that everyone can touch, like when you were alive?」


「Yes I do!」


「Okay, then I’ll do that!」


I firmly believed that Eri will「materialize」
When it did, Eri’s body which was translucent before, now became a normal body which cannot pass through light.


「Eh, yeah!? Easily!」


Eri was surprised when her body changed and looks around her body.
Aria then hugged Eri while saying「Sasu Tetsu」


「It’s amazing to touch! I’m embracing comfort! And it’s really warm!」
[TL Note: She’s saying that she’s embracing the word ‘comfort’]


「Eto…. You’re hugging me now? There’s a body temperature!?」


「There, there! You can live together with humans now!」


When Aria said so, Eri was shedding tears like rain.


「After becoming a ghost, no one ever played with Eri….. He told me that… I can hug you…..Oh, thank you, onii-chan, onee-san…. Uwaaaa!」


Eri has been a ghost and alone for 10 years.
The loneliness she felt is something I can’t grasp.
But, from now on we are together.


「The child is crying……?」


And Mimily who was sleeping until now rises.
She stared at Eri, who materialized and tilted her head.


「Did Tetsuya, do this?」


「Yes, as you can see!」


「Well then, I will embrace Eri.」


Mimily who crawled from the bed hugged Eri along with Aria.
Eri still did not stop crying.
But those were tears of joy.
You are free to cry as much as you want for ten years.


But, just let me hug you later!



「Tetsuya-san, this house has a large bath!」


Mimily who was exploring the house reported it with excitement.
I had become quite a concern of the bathroom, looking at the sketch the real estate agent showed us.
Around five people can fit inside the bath together, even if I don’t go to a public bath.


「Yeah, I will enter in a moment」


Then Eri who ran around the house with Aria shines her eyes.


「I will take a bath! I will join! I haven’t had one for ten years!」


I see it may be because she was a ghost that’s why.


「Well then Eri, let’s have your back washed.」


「A bath with onii-chan, yay!」
[TL Note: Oh god.. this is gonna be weird to translate…]


Kawaii. The imouto attribute is really wonderful.


「Umu mu mu, well… I shall wash my front…. Tetsuya-san… Haa, this is embarrassing!」


Aria, who was getting excited and becoming embarrassed alone.
Seeing this, I can’t seem to get tired.
[TL Note: This guy wants it real bad… why…]


「Mimily will also enter together, is it okay?」


「…..If you wear a swimsuit.」


Am I embarrassed that I will see the naked version of Mimily?
This is common sense!
[TL Note: No it’s not! You’re a lolicon!]


「Swimsuit? Eri is cute too!」


That being said, Eri went up the stairs and came down with a swimsuit.
In a pink one-piece type, along with polka dots is wonderful.


「It matches with Eri, doesn’t it?」


「Thank you, ehehe」


Eri’s smile is bright as ever like a midsummer sunflower.
Although she’s a ghost, there’s no evil in her.
It is pure innocence!
[TL Note: This god damn lolicon….]


「Umu mu mu, a powerful rival appeared. Even so, Tetsuya-san, just because Eri is cute, please also care for me!」


「You do not need to worry because it is impossible to leave a strong person like Aria.」


「I see! It’s safe then! Please, please do as much as you’d like as Eri’s onii-chan!」


I don’t know what to do if I change.
Temporarily, let’s just keep on with it.


「Hehe, I was patted by onii-chanー♪」


Kawaii! I got excited!
[TL Note: Oh… wtf… I will call the cops on you.]


「Kawaii! I’m excited now!」


Aria, you too?


「Eri, isn’t that good? Tetsuya who became your onii-chan….It is okay, I can go for 3 cups of rice, Mimily.」


「I have no idea what Aria is saying.」


I was clueless.


「Then, let’s take a bath… Wait, how do I do this?」


No one in this world has an instantaneous water heater.
No, there was no water service in Aria’s room she rented.
Isn’t this the royal capital?


「Well, in the garden, you can draw out water from a well and then put fire on the furnace. Eri’s never done it, but I have seen maids doing it.」


This is troublesome.
*teku teku*


【Skill Good Hot Water Comes Out From My Fingertips was acquired】


Such an opportunity has become gradually severe!


【In addition to being ordinary hot water, you can choose hot springs of three Japanese fountains】


This is too amazing!
For now, I’ll choose Kusatsu Hot Springs!


【I understand. Please point your fingers towards the bathtub】


As I was told by the menu screen, I went to the bathroom and pointed my fingers to the bathtub.
Then water from Kusatsu Hot Springs came out *basha*


「Ou, onii-chan! By any chance, is this hot water from a hot spring?」


「Fu fu fu, Eri. In this situation, we say Sasu Tetsu.」


「I understand! Sasu Tetsu!」


「Sasu Tetsu! Mimily too, together!」


「Sasu Tetsu」


Sasu Tetsu’s triple chain.


【Sasu Tetsu】


Quadruple chain!
I did not think the menu screen would say that and also join in.


【Because I wanted to follow the flow】


This is a first time for the menu screen


【Well, was it bad……?】


No, it was okay.
I’m glad to talk about this because I’ve always been indebted to you.


【Thank you. For that, I’ll play around with you moderately, so best regards to you.】


Best regards to you too!


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