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Side Story 3: Your Name Is?
[Even so, the name “Krish” sure sounds weird. Is that a normal name in your previous world?]
I casually said so after he came back.
[That’s not my name.]
[What did you say just now?]
[I said that Krish is not my name. My name is….]
[Uwaa! Wait, stop, stop, don’t say it! Eh, then why is Ferdinand calling you Krish?]
The former tiny dog (now a human)deeply sighs.
[It was just the timing was bad.]
[Why aren’t you correcting him?]
When I said so, the tiny dog lowered his head.
[For some reason or another?]
[What the heck’s that?]
[No, I missed the timing to correct him and it seems to have been settled already, I also feel somewhat bad so it’s fine, or so I thought.]
[There’s no way that’s fine!]
[Still, I was a dog when I woke up, right? I thought that it’s strange to be concerned about my real name even though I’m a dog.]
[You, just how laid-back can you be? So, does Alex know your real name?]
[I don’t think he knows.]
I unconsciously wanted to hold my head.
[Sheesh, what the heck are those guys doing?]
The tiny dog looks at me with a confused face.
[Does Benjamin know about Alex?]
[Yup, because I was originally in the same corps as him.]
[Oh, so that’s why.]
[When I injured my leg and became useless, Ferdinand picked me up to be his cook.]
[Is, is that so. I had no idea. Is your leg….]
[I have no problem living normally, but if I run or ride the horse quickly for a long time, it’s a bit.]
The tiny dog stops his hand and stares at my legs. I lightly hit his head.
[Didn’t I already say I have no problem living normally? It’s fine already so start moving your hands.]
[I, I got it.]
It’s just monotonous tasks of preparing candied fruit, earnestly sticking the gael (read ge-l) fruits at the edge of the toothpick.The tiny dog is doing his tasks with a serious expression. He’s an idiot, but he does any tasks given to him with all he’s got so I’ll give it to him.
[So no one knows your real name?]
I unconsciously stopped my hands upon hearing an unexpected name.
[You said…. Dirk?]
[He answered a normal question I asked.]
[Wait, you barely have any contact with him, right?]
[The first time I arrived at the mansion as a dog, Dirk threw me out. After that, when I was looking for a hiding place, I see him sleeping in the warehouse from time to time. Oh, I also saw him working properly, though. And then after I became human and started working here, we talk sometimes.]
…..That bastard, since when.
Why does Dirk know of something that both Alex and Ferdinand doesn’t even know? Even I don’t know it.
My mood has somehow gotten bad.
What is that guy doing in the first place? Even though I told him to buy some sugar to for the candied fruits, it’s already noon so why isn’t he back yet?
Aah, I’m getting pissed off.
[Can’t be helped, let’s just wash these before the sugar arrives. Let’s carry it to the backyard.]
I’m making a year’s worth of portion all at once after all, my bones give in every year.
However, the candied gael fruit is called a soul food in the country so it’s an important food.
When we finally washed the barrel of gael, I heard the horse’s hooves from the entrance.
[Oh, so he’s come back.]
I thought that he’s a bit early, but when I turned my head to look, not only him but also Alex came through the backyard.
The tiny dog has noticed and showed a smile.
[Welcome back, the both of you! Did something happen?]
[Krish, I’m home.]
I sighed upon seeing the man calling him with the phantom name.
Alex got off the horse and approached the tiny dog. He pulled out a tube from his bosom and showed him the paper inside.
[I’m here to discuss with you about something. I plan to apply for your citizenship, but with regards to the guardian column, are you alright with me and Ferdinand co-signing it?]
[So that’s how it was. Yeah, of course, I’m fine with it. Thank you.]
[We’re putting Krish as your name, will that be alright?]
After hearing the sudden correction from the side, Alex and Ferdinand froze.
[What did you say?]
[No, I don’t have an idea either but it seems to be wrong. Please ask the person himself.]
Ferdinand and Alex swiftly turned towards the tiny dog.
[Is that true?]
[U, yes, it’s…. true.]
Ferdinand looked at the tiny dog with astonished face after hearing his words.
[It can’t be……then, up until now, what have I……] (TN: He really sounds shocked, huh. Poor him.)
He’s been calling him as clothes (Krish), hasn’t he? How sad.
[Chibi, what’s your real name?]
[Uhm, my name is….]
From the entrance, a loud voice sounded as if it’s taken aback.
It’s that guy. Dirk.
[He~y, Chihiro~, please give me a hand~! The bag of sugar has got a hole in it after getting here!]
Hearing the loud voice, I held my temple.
That guy, he just said something so casually. He did, didn’t he?
Looking shocked, Alex looks at the tiny dog.
[Ah, yeah, that’s right. It’s Chihiro. **The characters of “early” and “river” for Hayakawa and “wisdom” for Chihiro. I’m sorry for keeping it a secret. It’s such a girly name, isn’t it? I don’t particularly like it, this name…..]
Alex and Ferdinand still look as if their souls have left them.
I ended up thinking that it’s a cute name. It sounds much better than Krish (clothes).
As for that bastard Dirk’s fate after this, I can only think “serves you right”.