Jingai Musume 181

A Decision Made Without My Consent — Part 2
Editors: Speedphoenix, Joker

“W-where the heck did that come from!?” Nell opened her eyes wide in shock as she squeaked like a mouse. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one caught off guard by Lefi’s irrational declaration.
“You need not act so surprised. I am well aware of your desires.”
“I-I know you are, but that came out of nowhere! You could’ve at least told me you were going to bring it up!”

The only response the dragon offered the panicked hero was an exasperated sigh. And here I was thinking they were on the same page.

“Wait, Lefi, hold up. What the hell’s all this about? Mind explaining?” I placed a hand on the side of my head and massaged one of my temples as I reentered the conversation.
“What is it that you need me to explain?” Lefi frowned in confusion as she looked down at me. “Was wedding her not your intention? I see no other reason for you to have brought her here.”
“Look, I’m pretty scummy, but I’m not so scummy that I’d go hunting for more women before I even take my wife out on a honeymoon,” I said. “I didn’t warp her here because I wanted to marry her. She just happened to collapse right as I got myself into a fight, so I sent her away in order to make sure she didn’t end up getting caught in the crossfire.”
“Were your foes powerful enough to merit such an extreme measure?”
“Nah, they were pretty weak,” I said. “But it seemed like she was probably going to jump right back into the fray the moment she woke up. That kinda didn’t really seem like the best idea considering how tired she was, so I did her a favour and kept her away from all the action.”

Potions weren’t cure-alls. They couldn’t relieve exhaustion. And Nell had accumulated a lot of exhaustion. The fight she had been engaged in had left her with such a massive stamina deficit that I suspected she probably wouldn’t have been able to reasonably accomplish anything beyond lying in bed for a few days. Reasonably.

If there was one thing I knew about the hero, it was that she was anything but reasonable. Her devotion to her cause bordered the line of absurdity. There was simply no way a mere wave of crippling fatigue or two could keep her in bed. And that was precisely the problem. Nell wouldn’t have abided by her limits. She would have pushed forward and returned to the wingbearers’ village and save all that remained. Even in spite of her body’s need for rest. It would have been a literal death march, but she would have gone anyway.

Because that was what it meant to be a hero.

That was what it meant to be Nell.

“S-so sending me here was all for me? W-wow. So you really do care…” The hero began to fidget as her face flushed. Stop that. Stop blushing. And stop staring at me all embarrassed-like. You’re starting to make me feel real uncomfortable right about now.
“Uhhhh suuuuuuure.” I averted my eyes away from the hero’s passionate gaze and turned back towards my wife. “Anyway, so like I was saying, I only had her sent here ‘cause shit happened. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.”
“But was it not an action you performed only after accepting her love for you? I was informed that your heroic rescue deepened her love for you to such an extent that she chose to profess her affections immediately.”
“W-w-whaaaahhh!? D-did you really have to tell him that!? I totally asked you to keep it a secret!” screamed Nell.
“Nell’s just like Lefi! She loves you a whole lot!” said Illuna.
“Not you too Illuna!”

Uhhhhhhh… I… uh… uhhhhh… Yeah, uhhh shit. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say. Or do. Or think. Or feel. Like, shit. I actually have no idea, I’m totally stumped. Hey, Sh*nji, dude, you listening? Er, well, I guess you probably are with that whole god thing you have going on. Anyway, I know you’d know what to do at a time like this. Mind giving a bro a couple tips?

Alright, you know what, that’s about enough escapism for one day. Fuck it. Time to man up and face reality.

I took a deep breath as I reflected on my memories. Thinking back, I probably would’ve seen this coming if I was paying more attention to her right before she passed out. Hell, I probably should’ve seen it coming from a mile away even if I didn’t. I always used to bitch, moan, and complain at dense protagonists who didn’t notice when people made moves on ‘em, you know, ‘cause of how obvious it was, but I kinda totally just pulled the exact same thing myself. Fuck, dude, I feel dumb as shit. I honestly have nothing to say for myself. That was all on me.

Er, well, actually, on second thought, I do have one pretty decent excuse. I was pretty pissed back then. I was doing my best not to let it show, but shit, I was mad. Like M A D. Can’t really blame me for being too preoccupied to process what she said, can you?

Alright, fine. You totally can. Shut up. I know I’m an idiot.

While both Nell and I had been caught completely off guard, our reactions weren’t by any means parallel. My expression indicated that I was just plain old surprised. Hers, on the other hand, pointed to something more akin to embarrassment.

“W-why did you have to tell him!?” The hero was so flustered by the other girls’ betrayal that she burst out of the throne room and dashed down the hallway with her eyes filled with tears.
“Oopsie…” said Illuna. “I think we might’ve made her mad.”
“You need not worry. She is not angry, she was merely incapable of containing her embarrassment.”
“Sooo uh…” I turned to face Lefi again after watching the hero dash off. “I mean, I kinda get what you were going on about, but I also really don’t. Like, Iunno. It just doesn’t make sense. Why, exactly, do you want me to marry her?”
“We spoke at length,” said Lefi. “The conclusion I reached from our interactions is that I would not mind you taking her as a mate. I appreciate her. The time that we spent in both your and Leila’s absence left us without any skilled cooks.”

Her voice grew quiet, and her words began to slow. Even the fiery light that normally blazed within the silver-haired maiden’s eyes dimmed as she elaborated.

“It was a dark time, one that taught us the true value of a well-prepared meal. It was she who, as a skilled artist in the culinary arts, rescued us from the abyss.”

The combination of her tone and expression was peculiar. Her aura almost seemed to resemble that of a sagely monk recalling the traumatic event that had landed him his permanent reservation in the psychiatric ward. So you’re telling me that this whole approval thing is predicated on your friggin’ stomach? Seriously…? Er, now that I think about it, they have always said that conquering one’s stomach is no different from conquering their heart. Wait. Waiiiiit. What exactly was Lefi eating before she started living in the dungeon, anyway? And, hold up, why the hell were they so starved anyway? I could’ve sworn I’d left them all my recipes. And that’s on top of a literal fridge-full of ready-to-eat meals.

“Alright, let’s hit the brakes on the whole Nell topic for a moment. There’s something more important I want addressed first. Has Illuna been eating properly? Or have you just been feeding her whatever?”

None of the dungeon’s monster girls needed to eat. All Shii, the wraith girls, and our pets required to sustain themselves was the dungeon’s mana. To them, filling their bellies was naught but leisure. Illuna, on the other hand, would die if she didn’t get the right balance of nutrients. The same applied to Lefi and Lyuu, but I didn’t really care what they ate. If they even ate at all. Unlike Illuna, they weren’t in the middle of growing up. Neither was as likely to suffer dire consequences from malnutrition.

“Y-you need not be so concerned.” My tone had left Lefi intimidated; her reply came with a stammer. “The meals we produced certainly could not be labelled as delectable, but they were far from utterly inedible. Moreover, our kitchen adventures were rather few in number. The dishes you prepared lasted a full week.”
“Yeah! Things were looking really bad at first, but then we fixed it! We all worked together, did our best, and got a lot better at cooking!” The vampire’s chest puffed up with pride as she spoke.
“Did you really…?”
“Yup! Really! I’ve gotten so good that I bet I can make something that’ll totally blow you away!” said Illuna. “I can’t wait to teach Enne everything I learned and get her up to speed!”
“Sounds great. I’m looking forward to trying it.” I smiled at her before turning back towards Lefi. “Alright, it seems like that’s that, so let’s get back to talking about the other thing. Are you really sure you’re okay with me taking more wives? ‘Cause to me, that pretty much sounds like a pretty big red flag.”
“It would be impossible for me to state, without lying, that I think nothing of it. I would be very angry if you were to become completely unfaithful, and I do not wish for you to indulge in infidelity. Still, I do not mind you taking more mates,” she said. “While you have yet to reach my pedestal, you remain far beyond the norm. To any other, you are a storm, an unstoppable, almighty force of nature that bears power overwhelming. I expect nothing but for women to swarm to your side. Because that is this world’s way.”

She turned away from me and looked out the door as she continued.

“It is normal behaviour, even amongst dragons, for women to flock to men of great power. The opposite is also true. Men often attempt to court their mates with brute force. It is an experience I know well. Many have endeavoured to woo me with their might,” she sighed as she grumbled. “And each was shown that they deserve nothing but to grovel at my feet.”

Her words were striking. They once again forced me to understand that I wasn’t one of this world’s natives. That my values were different. But that didn’t mean I was unwilling to adapt. I understood, and accepted, everything she said as fact.

Unlike modern-day Japan, this world was one in which only the fittest survived. It made sense, even for those outside the demon realm, to value strength. Because it, polygamy, was a survival strategy. Breeding with powerful individuals was a good way to bolster the survival rates of one’s offspring, one’s genes. And that was the exact task most living things were hardwired to try to accomplish.

I turned away from the woman who had ended up being surprisingly supportive of me taking more brides despite always grumbling about the fact that I needed to be less of a flirt, and instead redirected my gaze in Illuna’s direction.

“W-what do you think, Illuna? Aren’t you going to object to any of this at all?” The vampire was extremely attached to me, so I assumed that she would have something to say about me not having as much time for her.
“Not really!” But apparently, I was wrong. “You already promised that you were going to let me, Enne, Shii, Rei, Rui, and Lowe all marry you once we get bigger too, so I don’t mind at all!”
“…”

Fuck.

I was stunned into silence. I remembered that they had made the request shortly after I had gotten married to Lefi, and I certainly did remember more or less nodding along and telling them to wait until they got older because I had expected their feelings to change by the time they became full-fledged adults. Shit. She isn’t wrong. I did already technically agree to the whole polygamy thing.

“I would be really mad if it was someone bad. But Nell’s a really good person, so it’s okay! She’s already my friend, and playing with her makes me really happy. If we all get married to you, then it means that all of us can be together forever! It’ll be the best!” she said with an innocent smile.

That’s adorable. Buuuut it’s also the exact opposite of what I expected her to say. Feels bad, man. There goes plan B.

“As you may have gathered from Illuna’s statement, the decision was unanimous. Still, it is by no means set in stone. I understand that our conclusion was reached in the lack of your presence and that we have no right to force it upon you. You are free to pretend that we had never discussed it if you so wish. But that is not what I desire.” The dragon girl paused for a moment to allow her mouth to twist into a wide grin. “Yuki, I wish for you to demonstrate that you are no mere boy. Show me that you are capable of handling a woman who has fallen madly in love with you in a manner worthy of praise. Show me that you are a man.”

Lefi, please. I’m pretty sure wives aren’t supposed to get their husbands riled up about other women. That said, holy shit. That confidence though. Not to mention the open-mindedness. Hnnnng. I’m falling in love all over again. Lefi = best girl.

I quickly looked over at one of the room’s corners and glanced at everyone currently seated at the table. Again, their reactions didn’t do much to help me. Both maids expressed that they didn’t have anything to say by shaking their heads. All Shii did was break into a big, innocent smile the moment I turned my eyes her way. Ermahgerd. What an angel. Hell, she’s more than just an angel. She’s probably some sort of archangel.

Welp. That didn’t work. I guess I’ve pretty much got no choice but to resort to introspection. Alright, me, what do you make of this whole scenario? And be honest.

After taking a moment to brood, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t entirely against the idea. The thought of taking a second wife before I so much as took my first on a honeymoon was appalling. It bothered me to no end. But as a man, I couldn’t help but think rather fondly of harems and harem-like situations.

The whole hero concept is a bit of a ridiculous shit show. Normally, I’d hate heroism and all that other autistic white knight bullshit, but that’s just ‘cause everyone’s fake as fuck. The only thing retards like that do is try to inflate their own egos by making themselves look good. But Nell isn’t like that. She’s genuine. She’s not some retarded poser that’ll suddenly have a change of heart the moment they’re put in real danger. She always faces every issue she encounters head on and gives it everything she has. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. She’s clearly willing to put her life on the line. I don’t really believe in her ideals, but I have to admit that the way she follows through on them makes her out to be one hell of a badass.

That does kinda come off as a bit of a warning flag, but it’s also kinda charming, in its own right. A part of me wants to shirk away from her outta caution, but I think I’d probably rather spend more time with her than not anyway. You know, just to keep her out of harm’s way. Her safety matters to me. I can say with certainty that I value her as much as Illuna, Leila, and everyone else I live with.

I know this next part is probably gonna sound shallow af, but it’s important. Nell’s one hell of a looker. She also just so happens to be my type. If I’d never met Lefi, I probably would’ve gone straight down the Nell route. Her telling me how she felt would’ve been more than enough to get me raising the sails and hoisting up the anchor. But that’s the thing. I did. I did meet Lefi.

The Nell situation isn’t like the Lefi situation. Lefi is a lazy sack of shit with an obnoxious attachment to victory. And I love that about her. I love it as much as I love the fact that she’s probably the most thoughtful and caring person I’ve ever met. She understands how much all the little things really matter. As far as I’m concerned, Lefi is the definition of perfect. There simply isn’t anyone else like her. And as much as I’d like a harem, I just can’t. I can’t bring myself to not give Lefi the full, undivided affection she deserves. Yeah, you know what? I should probably talk to her about it. About time too. That was way more than enough introspection for one day.

“Lefi, I love you. With all my heart,” I said. “I think Nell’s a good girl and that she deserves to be happy but honestly, I don’t really want any more wives. You’re the only girl for me.”
“I certainly appreciate the sentiment. I suppose I may as well take this opportunity to discuss the target of my own affections. I find that the man I love is far too kind,” she began to speak in a roundabout manner, seemingly out of embarrassment. “His disposition certainly bothers me. He is far too compassionate to guiltlessly cast aside a woman willing to, at a moment’s notice, discard even her very life for the sake of the affection she bears for him. It is a flaw I would only have appreciated if not for the fact that two such women exist.”
“Wow, what a lucky bastard,” I chuckled and played along. “Pulling a stunt like that must’ve cost him his whole lifetime’s supply of testosterone.”

I got the message, loud and clear, so I slowly rose to my feet and readied myself for the conversation to come.

“Look, I’m still on the fence about the whole harem thing, but I’ll at least go talk to her. I think it’s time she and I have a nice long chat.”
“It is,” said Lefi. “Now go. We will remain right here and await your return.”

Lefi saw me off with a gentle smile as I walked out the door, one that radiated nothing but pure unadulterated kindness.

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68 thoughts on “Jingai Musume 181

    1. Welllll i think he will continue with just lefi
      But i want to know what he will do with the other girls he promised to marry problably he will find a way to turn that down somehow if the story flows the way i’m specting (for now i’m specting a romance with lefi the other girls will stil like him but he will not form a harem.after that chapter i’m more confident in that).

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      1. well I suppose it really isnt real life. But, polygamy is a horrible thing. Truly horrible. Wish it never existed in the first place, but of course men cannot control themselves at moments….

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    2. I would guess the two issues he has with Nell is her mental maturity and her fanaticism as a hero. She’ll obviously grow up, but I don’t see her being willing to not worry about humans / be fanatical. Hell, it’s everyone she knows and all of her friends.

      I imagine their relationship will become an on-again / off-again thing. But I could be completely wrong. I guess we’ll find out.

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    1. Alternatively, for me, my first wife (okay, fiancee right now, but close enough) was introduced to me by pure chance, only for us to later (~5 hours later) discover that she’s the younger sister of my girlfriend at the time. Where I live, it wouldn’t be legal to marry more than one at a time, sadly, but… I mean, it’s good enough that those two, and the third member of my “harem”, are fine with it not being official. It’s not something culturally expected, it’s just something we all decided made sense.

      Actually, the other two besides my fiancee like one another (in the romantic meaning) too, so they’re now engaged as well. Oh, quick clarification: All four of us, myself included, are female.

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      1. If this is real you’re fucked, if it’s not you’re still fucked for even having fantasies like this. So I guess what I’m trying to say with this is you’d make a good Twitter specimen.

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    1. But Nell is also treasure, of course she covets someone who loves and appreciates her husband just as much as she does and who she can get along well with.

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    2. But Nell is also treasure for her, of course she’d covet someone who she can get along well with and loves and appreciates her husband as much as she does. Not to mention that with how frequently Yuki ends up adventuring with Nell; solidifying their relationship makes it that much more likely that Nell will take the initiative to keep any annoying insects away from him. Plus if there’s a risk that anything similar happens in the future it’s better to have a precedent set that puts you in charge of the situation.
      Lefi’s playing 4D chess here, she’s filling in the moat with no one the wiser.

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    3. Kind of my thought too. I can get what Lefi means by liking it when women flock to her man because he’s just THAT good, but it was kind of a stretch. Honestly, if one was going to pull the Dragon card, I feel like it’d have made more sense to have had a Lefi reverse harem.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter.

    I’m kind of hoping it goes the harem route (despite my love for Lefi route) and I hope the author can manage to make it as good as the story has been up till now.

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    1. I don’t. I mean it’s already being bruteforced cuz it’s pretty much something that can only be achieved through shit writing or almost completely unrealistic plots.

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      1. Well, monogamy simply doesn’t work when you have a large disparity in the survival through peak reproductive years between male and females for a species.

        Given that the whole reason there is a difference in gamete sizes (the biological distinction between male and female) is to allow one sex to bear the greater selective burden while the other bears the greater reproductive investment per child, it is typical that the male sex (smaller gamete contribution) will have the selective burden because the female is already putting in the larger reproductive contribution.

        Nature can deal with this to an extent by having a large disparity between the proportion of males and females at birth, and most species display this to some extent. But there is selective pressure to equalize the sex ratio at birth because if the ratio is skewed, having more of the less frequent sex becomes mathematically advantageous.

        When you have a sufficient level of civilization that selective pressure on men is not significantly greater than on women, you can have monogamy as a general rule. But when you don’t sufficiently alleviate the selective pressure on men, polygamy becomes necessary. Modern people are unfamiliar with that situation because selective pressure is so low that the problem becomes avoiding explosion of the population of unproductive and incapable individuals who contribute little to the functioning of civilization (often addressed with some degree of artificial rather than natural selection, such as various eugenic euthanasia schemes).

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  2. So, we still don’t know if Nell knows who Lefi is, besides her identity as Yuki’s wife… I can’t wait for the heart attack and/or soiled undergarments…

    Okay, that made me sound like some kind of perv… I didn’t mean it that way.

    #NirvashHeadPat
    #HeadPatJokerToPissHimOff

    #HeadPatLefi
    #RegrowHandThatLefiBitOff

    #HeadPatIlluna
    #FaintDueToBloodLossFromVampireBite

    #AskJoker Where’ve you been the last few chapters? I miss you…
    #HeadPatJokerAgainInHopesOfBringingJokerBack

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    1. Not Joker, but could I also get a head pat? Finals are coming up and… *Looks to the side at massive pile of unfinished work*… Quite honestly, I’m fucked.

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  3. Thanks for the chap~

    Hoo boyy, the first comedic part of the chapter make me laugh hard af
    But the bottom part tho, it made me all sweaty and made my heart beats so fucking fast. One part of me want Yuki to settle with Levi only, but the other part wanted to see the Hero also got her love to Yuki payed off, coz that one part of me can’t handle anymore heartbreaking moments.

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  4. Soo… this, “…autistic white knight bullshit, but that’s just ‘cause everyone’s fake as fuck. The only thing retards like that do is try to inflate their own egos by making themselves look good. ” this is why I hate Yuki’s personality.

    There were also that opinion way back, “beta this, alpha that” which is the most common ‘internet’ way to say, if you are a man, and a girl shows you her ass in anyway towards your direction, clothes or not, rape her! …

    Still… however how horrible his personality is or his language is, he still do act as a heroic, look how good I am, nice person, just only for the people he knows and likes.

    On a different note; anyone looking forward to Star Wars Jedi:Fallen Order this friday?

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      1. You do mean the movies, right since they do go over the top of, look we are better! Then again you seen Batwoman and her lines? WOW is all I say…

        Why add autism to it at all? It’s a disability and what SJW are in general is just plain stupid, racist and sexist.

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    1. Yeah, he’s a huge hypocrite. He’s also basically a basement dwelling neckbeard. But imo, that makes him feel much more life a person that formerly lived in the modern age. Conviction doesn’t really exist amongst people who lurk the boards.

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  5. Oh, so that’s why Lefi is not trying to kill Neil, she was conquered, by food. Yeah, the hero won over the dragon through the stomach, that should have been expected, but I somehow didn’t know Neil could actually cook decently.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation as always! God bless you!

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  6. I like the way this story is developing. I’m not someone that will gripe about whether this ends up as a harem or not, I’m just happy that the plot is progressing in a natural way in the context of the story – nothing feels forced or out of place.
    We have the author for to thank for writing it properly so that it doesn’t resemble trashy smut.

    Also, thanks to the TL. These chapters are decently long, so I appreciate the weekly updates.

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  7. Not really for the harem thingy, since most of the novel is already harem, we don’t need another one to be a true harem novel.
    Thx for the chap!

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  8. Even the MC explicitly recognizes that Lefi is best girl. All of you who think someone else is best girl can go suck it and also I will physically fight you.

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  9. Am I the only one that is really hoping for this novel to not take the Harem route? I understand that some people might wanna see him ending with multiple wifus. But to me that would the whole reading experience go down the drain. Up to this point the novel always have been refreshing for me to read because it takes a different way of telling its tale. Its unconvential and levelheaded which i really enjoy and it sets itself appart from others by doing this. Going down the harem route would make it into just another average isekai for me. And i wouldnt like if that happened…

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  10. While everyone else is busy stressing over whether or not a harem is morally acceptable to them, I’m looking at what Lefi casually dropped.

    “Men often attempt to court their mates with brute force. It is an experience I know well. Many have endeavoured to woo me with their might,” she sighed as she grumbled. “And each was shown that they deserve nothing but to grovel at my feet.”

    Okay, this is true, but in nature men are supposed to compete against other men, not against women. A man proves nothing by beating a woman into submission except his inability to go up against other men. Women are (by biological definition) the sex that invests a greater share of their physical fitness into the capacity to bear children, which necessarily subtracts from their ability (and disposition) as combatants. Women who have an outsized physical capacity and predilection for violent competition are thereby less capable of being nurturing mothers.

    It is thus necessary and healthy for most men to have an instinctive hatred of men that subjugate women by brute force. That’s why Yuki is psychologically compelled to personally fight men that try to take Lefi by force even though Lefi is far stronger than him (and thus not in the least danger of being taken by force, unlike Nell and Illuna). That’s also why Lefi respects and allows that manly behavior rather than simply beating Yuki up when he tries it.

    Whether or not a man is willing to bear the burden of being the one that fights rapists regardless of whether a woman could do it herself is far more important than his stance on monogamy. To the point that, if a guy isn’t willing to fight rapists to the death, his ‘stance’ on monogamy is totally irrelevant.

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  11. Harem or not I like this approach and after this chapter I’ll be ok with whatever but more importantly who is Ermahgerd? I don’t remember him getting an Angel? Did I somehow miss something

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  12. Hmm to drop this or not… This has mushoku tensei vibes going on except I really didn’t mind it in mushoku when he got 2 more wives. In this though I don’t know

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    1. Ok just curiosityon.y part but how were they in such a xire food situation? Like correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t “marrying” yuki let illuna see the dungeon menu? If so then by all right lefi should be able to see and use it’s features to. And that means full course meals shouldn’t be a problem. Am i overthinking it?

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  13. Thanks for the chapter, well I don’t really care either which way this goes, as long as it is written well i’m fine with it.

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