117 – Seiza

Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone

I’m usually an even-tempered person.

What? Stop joking, you say? You think so? No, really, I am guys. It’s a different story while in the middle of a job because usually, I got pirates aiming to take my life. But I don’t easily get mad with people I’ve become close to. But when it comes to people I’m unfamiliar with, like a store clerk or a ticket seller, I’ll just act like normal and won’t be all confrontational.

Of course, this depends on the attitude of the other party as well. For example, I didn’t feel like acting polite toward that government official who was in charge of Mimi’s debt or that port officer who put me in detention back on Termaine Prime.

There’s also the saying ‘Rich folk don’t get into fights.’ back where I’m from. It’s a saying that basically means that rich people are aware they won’t gain any money by getting into fights, so better not get into one in the first place. Well, the nuance is a bit different, but I’m basically a rich guy now, so I wanna spend my time as peacefully as possible, at least when I’m not on the job. That’s what I thought. But…

“You think I can still let this slide just like that? No way, man! I’m done!”

I think I’ve been patient enough, really. There’s the unauthorized scanning, them crowding around the docks right in front of my ship while making a huge racket, and them calling me out here so early in the morning. There’s also the saying ‘Stroke the face of a Buddha three times, and his anger will be roused.’ No, that actually doesn’t mean you can only forgive three times, but a warning so people are reminded not to go too far. But in this case, I’ll go with the ‘three times’ interpretation. So bite me.

“Um…… We’re really sorry.”

Sara was currently kneeling in seiza in front of me. Yep. She was kneeling directly on the floor of the garage smeared with oil and grunge. The one right next to her was the chief engineer and overseer of their workshop. And behind them was the dwarf woman who hit me like a dead ball earlier, and the other dwarf woman who f***in threw her at me. I also had all the other engineers and mechanics kneel behind them.

“Hey, I’m your client, right? We did undergo some back and forth, but in the end, I still bought the latest model of your ship without much fuss, so I should be a valuable client now, right? Is repeatedly inconveniencing and even injuring a valued client Space Dwerg’s modus operandi? Or maybe it’s just how you dwarves do things? Is calling out a customer this early in the morning only to let him eat a dead ball your idea of manners or something? Huh? C’mon, say something!”

“T-That w-was never our intention……”

Sara looked up at me with a teary-eyed expression.

“Hey, hey, hey, don’t give me that, lady. I’m the one who wants to cry here. And don’t you think the sight of a human-like me looking down on a dwarf lady as she kneels on the floor while crying may give others the worst impression possible? It’s like I’m the villain now even though I’m actually the victim here, so stop.”

Yeah. This situation really paints me in a bad light if a random stranger happens to pass by without knowing what’s up.

“Anyway, holding you up like this without getting any work done is inefficient and doesn’t do me any good either. First, just get back to work. If you do a sloppy job, you better believe I’m gonna chase you all down to the ends of the galaxy and crush you to a pulp, so you better shape up, y’hear. Don’t just get caught up with analyzing tech and properly overhaul my ship. And be quick about it. Alright, scram.”

After my rant, the rest of the dwarven engineers and mechanics went back to work except for Sara, the chief engineer, and the dead-ball sisters, who were still kneeling in seiza.

“So, next up is you guys……”

I glared at Sara with a scowl on my face.

“I won’t tell you guys what to do in order to make it up to me. I’ll leave that up to you. I’ll have you show me just how sincere you are in apologizing for all the crap I’ve been put through this far.”


Sara nodded while crying sorrowfully. The chief engineer also nodded with a pale face. The dead-ball sisters already went past being deathly pale, but that’s not my problem.

“For now, just continue the overhaul. But we’ll put purchasing the Skizbrazunil on hold for now. I’ll decide whether or not to go through with it depending on how you’ll compensate me. You’re fine with that, right? Oh, and I’m putting the purchase on hold, but I won’t tolerate something like stretching out the deadline for delivery. You guys understand, right?”


Sara nodded weakly once more. I checked my Enel balance and handed 10,000,000 Enels as down payment, which is half the 20 million we initially agreed upon. The remaining 10,000,000 will be handed to them if there are no glaring flaws with the final article.

Of course, if I don’t find the ship to my liking, the 10 million will be refunded to me in full. If Space Dwerg fails to satisfy me, they’d have to shove a fully customized latest edition of Skizbrazunil back to their inventory without getting rewarded for all the work they put into it. Since it’s such a large ship, leaving it parked inside their facility would incur additional costs to the company until they somehow manage to dispose of it. They can’t just use the public docks after all. So who exactly will take the fall if that ever happened, I wonder? Muahahaha!

I’m sure they’ll be pretty desperate after this hehehe.

“Okay. Discussion’s over. I’m looking forward to how exactly Space Dwerg and you dwarves will show your sincerity. Depending on the results, I may leave this colony straight away once the overhaul of my ship gets finished. I’m still a Gold-ranked mercenary y’know. You at least have an idea of what will happen when someone like me decides to use… a more forceful approach, right? I’m not all that bad with firefights just so you know.”

I had my guard down earlier, so I ended up eating that dead-ball full on. Well, of course, I didn’t have my guard up. I wasn’t expecting to get assaulted like that just for visiting a ship workshop after all. I mean, that’s just common sense.

“Yes… We will do our best to give you proper accounting and satisfy your demands.”

“I hope so, Sara-san. I hope so.”

I then turned my back on her and walked out of the workshop. I was initially planning on looking for power armor weapons and some sightseeing after finishing my business here, but I don’t really feel like it anymore. Let’s just go back.

Or rather, why the heck did they even call me over in the first place? And they even wanted to capture me. What the heck? I even ate a dead ball and got injured. I have to give myself credit for not drawing my laser gun and going nuts after all that’s happened. I mean seriously, man. Sheesh.

“Shall I massacre all the dwarves, Master?”

“It’s fine, May. It’s fine.”

After getting back and telling the girls what happened, May made a dangerous proposal with a blank expression. When she heard I ended up getting injured after inconveniencing me so early in the morning, she got really angry, which was obvious even with her usual blank look. Well, it’s not like she was planning on seriously killing them anyway… She’s not, right? Oh boy.

“I don’t understand why you had to go through that though, Hiro-sama…”

“So they wanted to secure the pilot, huh……”

Mimi was confused after hearing my story. Yeah, I don’t get it either. Why’d I need to eat a dead ball first thing in the morning anyway? I looked toward Elma and found her deep in thought. Does she have an idea about what happened?

“Have you thought of something?”

“Those dwarves may have deduced how you’ve been using the ship’s thrusters to make those unorthodox maneuvers after taking Krishna apart. Yes, that’s most likely it.”

“But the data pertaining to that is locked though?”

“They must have deduced it by checking out the thrusters directly. Dwarves have the uncanny ability to make detailed observations regarding the state of metal alloys and the like. They can ‘read’ metals much like how people and elves read books. So even if they don’t have access to the data, they’ll be able to deduce how unique and unordinary your maneuvers are just by ‘reading’ the state of the thrusters.”

“Reading the state of metals huh……”

May connected to the net and searched for information. She then nodded as if convinced of Elma’s conjecture.

“But why’d they want to capture me though? They can just use their own test pilots.”

“Engineers have this tendency to compete with each other in securing competent test pilots you see. It may have been a conditioned reflex.”

“But isn’t it counterproductive since it would probably scare off or infuriate potential candidates…?”

They should act in moderation and not lose their cool when it comes to things like this.

“In any case, I wonder what they’ll do after this…… You said they need to show their sincerity, but I can’t predict what method they’ll use to do so.”

“They were very rude to their client, but in the end, Master managed to come out of it with only light injuries. You can at most get a 500 Enel compensation fee if you hand your diagnostic data to the authorities. Well, a blunder such as this should have become a big issue back at their company. I’m sure they are frantically thinking up countermeasures in order to deal with it.”

“Well, they’re dwarves though…… Honestly, I won’t even be surprised if they end up doing something over the top.”

Elma sighed and made a wry grin. Come to think of it, how is the relationship between the elves and dwarves in this dimension anyway? I always had the image of them not getting along because that’s how they’re usually portrayed back on Earth.

“Do you have something against dwarves, Elma?”

“No, not really. I don’t have any particular opinion about them. But, well… when it comes to dwarves, there are a lot among them who can be called, uh, eccentric. Their train of thought has a tendency to go wild often, and may take totally unexpected directions. It’s a nice quality to have as inventors, engineers, and researchers, but it pertains more to their instincts as a race, so it may blow up in their faces and trouble the others around them.”

“I see…… Well, Sara doesn’t seem like the impulsive type at least… She’s not, right?”

“Perhaps. Well, it’s not like every dwarf is like that, and there are quite a lot of dwarves who act in a reasonable manner as well. They just have that tendency because it’s a trait of their race.”

“Um…… We will be in your care starting from today. I’m Tina.”

“L-Let’s get along… I’m Whisker. Please go easy on us……”

That night, the dead-ball sisters came into our room wearing suspiciously thin clothing.

The dwarf named Tina had red hair and had cute features. She wore oil-stained overalls and a work helmet this morning, so I didn’t manage to get a good look at her face back then. And the other dwarf girl named Whisker had aqua blue hair. I also didn’t notice it earlier this morning, but she was quite cute too.

Or rather, they kinda looked the same aside from their hair color. Maybe they’re twins. Oh well. Anyway, there’s just one thing I want to say to them right now.


I then closed the door again. Afterward, I began to hear sorrowful wails from outside the door.

“If we go home like this, we’ll end up without a home and a job!”

“Please hear us out, sir! We’ll do anything you say!”

They started banging on the door. Ugh, so noisy. Guess I’ll call hotel security.

“U-Um, Hiro-sama…?”


I was just about to call hotel security using the room’s terminal when Mimi spoke up.

“Um…… Is it okay if we let them in first?”

“Look, Mimi. I’m really angry right now. I was wondering what Space Dwerg will do in order to compensate me and they actually give me THIS? What the heck is this even supposed to mean anyway? They tossed their underlings away and told them to serve me as compensation. Did they think I was a womanizer just because I came to their office with the three of you in tow? So this is how they planned to compensate me?”

I do admit I like women just as much as the next guy, but this is just plain rude. And something like taking advantage of women because of a matter like this is a huge no for me. Forcefully taking a woman by using threats, money, and authority just leaves a bad taste in the mouth and I want no part in that stuff.

May did get forcefully handed over to me, but she seems okay with it anyway, so it’s fine. That’s a different thing, so it doesn’t count, okay.

“Ugh. I just don’t care anymore…… I’ll leave those two to you, Mimi.”


“Go ahead.”

“Um….. Okay. I’ll let them in first and hear what they have to say.”

I sat back down on the sofa and let out a tired sigh. Are dwarves my natural nemesis or something? We just can’t seem to see eye to eye. Or rather, they really rub me the wrong way.

Before long, Mimi entered back into the room with the dead-ball sisters in tow. And then, she let the two of them sit down on the sofa opposite mine. She also sat down beside them.

“Man, the appearance of dwarven women is just a cheat…… It’s like I’m a complete villain or something.”


Mimi made an awkward smile as she coaxed the dead ball sisters who were sobbing sorrowfully beside her. By the way, Elma was lounging in front of the table a bit further away and was constantly glancing over to our group to check the situation. May quietly stood behind me and stared down on the dead ball sisters with a chilly gaze.

After matching gazes with May, the dead-ball sisters shivered in fright and hugged each other tightly, so her glare must be really intense.

“Um, May-san. Please don’t bully the two of them too much.”

“I am not doing anything of the sort, Mimi-sama.”

May answered in a cold tone. It was cold and hard, just like a starship’s hull.

But it’s not like I don’t get where she’s coming from. Compared to our cold attitudes, Mimi looked at the dead-ball sisters with a sympathetic gaze. Maybe it’s due to their appearance, which resembled young children.

“I was once in the same situation as the two of them after all, Hiro-sama. That’s why I can relate to them to an extent.”


C’mon, Mimi. You know I’m weak to that sort of stuff. And, well, I was part of the reason why these two ended up in this situation in the first place. So, I can’t say I didn’t feel even an iota of guilt–

“No, I don’t feel guilty at all. Absolutely not. It’s all their fault, to begin with. They’re just getting their just desserts.”

That was dangerous. I was about to get swept up in Mimi’s rhythm. But… fine. I understand why Mimi feels pity for the two of them at least. I guess I’ll hear them out for Mimi’s sake.


  1. new crew member ?
    they did not yet have mechanic

  2. When I think he is on the way to get two ‘lolis’ it just rub me in the wrong way, you can’t simply dismiss it with something like they are 200y/o so it’s fine

    • you cant huh? you do realize if you take this story and universe seriously…. as in with proper suspension of disbelief, then the moral high ground your trying to occupy is actually non-existent. In fact, what your saying is actually racist and wrong.

  3. Thank you for the chapter
    I did foresee Hiro getting a dwarven crew, but not in this way

  4. Thanks for the chap!!!

  5. hey man, any way to make the website remember the “day/night” setting? pain in the ass having to click “night” every time one comes back lol

  6. Recruit them MC. Oh God its so close, my prayer for girl mechanic is so close and there is two of them!!!

    BTW Thanks for the translation SFBAKA.

  7. Honestly, i did think it would be nice for him to have a mecanic with him now that he start a “fleet” but i didn’t expect for him to have two for the price of one xD
    Beside he can only have female as new staff, that’s a vicious circle, after all, there is no way he’ll let a male who may oggle or attack his lovers, so new crew must be female… A really vicous circle of a Harem Master xD

  8. Mimi is really stepping out of line here. The company wronged him massively, and then had the gall to send their employees as prostitution to compensate for a, quite possibly, 20 million credit blunder. No matter how sympathetic Mimi is to them, the company’s actions are still unforgivable, and they don’t get to brush off responsibilities just because they are girls or because one of your crewmate doesn’t want to hurt people.

    Thanks for the chapter

    • Agreed, I don’t know but she’s becoming a bit annoying in this arc. First she happily demand Hiro to agree with that proposal even without hearing the details and in the middle of negotiation, and now she just took pity to people that very rude and over the line to her benefactor.

    • Bro it actually doesn’t matter…

      That action is only to justify the new crew members…

      maybe if it was in a completely different way it would make more sense for them to join, but…

      thats what the author wrote…

      • “It doesn’t matter” just doesn’t cut it for a 20 million enels deal. If a system-wide ship-building company thinks they can cover up a multimillion contract with 2 hookers, they are absolute idiots.

    • I don’t get Mimi either on that… He could’ve much worth for Hiro here, since he fainted he probably got caught between a heavy Loli( ’cause Dwarf) and a wall, so if he hitted his head :/ But here instead of being angry at the doing of the two sisters she just accept them like that, without even knowing their situation clearly? Were they really thrown out of the compagny or something? :/

    • Deep down Mimi knows what almost happened to her was inevitable, it’s just what happens, but ever since Hiro rescued her, and Elma gave her that advice for seducing him, she’s been thinking she’s in a fairy tale. So every time they come across a woman with a similar sob story, she wants to have Hiro be a white knight for them, regardless of how much responsibility they had for their plight.

    • It was a surprisingly natural response from an male MC to turn them away. The author seems to be using Mimi as a vehicle to grow the MC’s harem. But the author has already set up a world where there is zero social safety net for anyone so this kind of situation would be pretty common. But now that MC has a mother ship it would be a nice change of pace to throw a guy in the crew. Maybe a romantic couple so they’re outside the romance options for the MC.

  9. Hiro’s reaction there may seem like an overreaction, but I think it’s just normal, peaceful even. That was basically a fake call to get ambushed and captured, so those dwarves really asked for it. I’m half hoping they mess up once more, pissing off May into a little robotic rage, then a savage maidroid might manage “train” their common sense, very violently.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you!

  10. > We just can’t seem to see eye to eye.
    Hee hee.

    I do agree with him it’s a bit of a surprise he didn’t react more strongly at the time. I guess he needs to train more of that CQC instinct with Elma ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  11. I love Hiro as an mc XD he is the harem mc i always wanted 😀

    in the end, i foresee him not doing a thing with them and sending them away, them when the ship is done and bought, dwerg will push them as crew members for him, which he might accept, if, it is dwerg who pays for their salaries and the stuff they use/break.

  12. Thanks for the treat.

  13. What? No… That can’t be right!
    I was only up to chapter 72 yesterday! There should be… more…?

    Thank you very much for the 104 chapters I read in two days. It was time well spent for me. I shall be patiently looking forward to seeing this update, alongside the dozens of other stories on my reading list.
    (apparently I still devour ravenously… )

  14. I admit, I would have been very tempted to have that “talk” with the crowd of dwarves while holding them at gunpoint. Probably wouldn’t actually do it, but I’d have been tempted.

    Then they send two of their females mechanics over to prostitute themselves as an “apology?!” I get that dwarves are apparently crazy, but really? That is not appropriate at all.

  15. When he asked for compensation I already expected something like this to happen, but not this soon… XD

  16. so many comments when Lolis with thin clothing entered the fray lmao
    still, i too am quite disgruntled by this… u can’t expect to say they’re 100yrs old and ill be like “understandable, have a great day”. i imagine them too much that they look like little kids as small as those platelets from a certain anime. in Chris tho, before I was reminded that she was 12, i had her pegged for a junior highschooler so it felt kinda ok but still wasn’t. anyway, thanks for the chapter!

  17. Hmmm… he lost a true loli but gets two legals in return. It is… acceptable.

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