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Tentative title translations.

After Story of the First Season of "Food Star!"

  • Food Star is the event where players can vote between Boston Lobster or Double Scoop to decide who they likes better.
  • Link on official website: http://www.foodfantasy.jp/pc/sidestory/story5-1.html
  • Summary: Vodka's fan talking about the vote result with a cafe waitress, Vodka's little date with Double Scoop twins, and the secret behind the voting results. Papa Duck is so scheming. (・_・)

Character Introduction

Character Introduction
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Master Attendant
The head of Guild of Chefs's Gloriville Branch.
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Double Scoop
A rare Food Soul that manifested as a pair of twins, hailing from Nevras. They're very attached to Vodka, who came from the same area, and treat her like their older sister.
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Vodka
A stubborn Food Soul who loves drinking alcohols and known to have a bad drinking habit. She's always accompanied by Andre, her partner.
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Cafe Waitress
A waitress for a cafe in Light Kingdom.
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Vodka's Fanboy
A student who attends the Magic Academy in Nevras and is a fan of Vodka. Came to Light Kingdom for a vacation.
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Peking Duck
The manager of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. But underneath, he's actually a member of an organization that excels in gathering information.
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Plum Juice
A member of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. But underneath, he's actually the leader of an organization that excels in gathering information.
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Yuxiang
A member of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. But underneath, she's actually a member of an organization that excels in gathering information.
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Hawthorne Ball
A member of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. She usually also helps out in the restaurant managed by the head of Guild of Chefs's Gloriville Branch.
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Pancake
A member of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. He usually also helps out in the restaurant managed by the head of Guild of Chefs's Gloriville Branch.
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Bamboo Rice
A member of Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop located in Light Kingdom. But underneath, he's actually a member of an organization that excels in gathering information.
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Staff A
One of the staffs of "Food Star!", the event where Jello and Mango Pudding works as its MCs.

Story

Act 1
Characters
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Cafe Waitress
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Vodka's Fanboy
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Double Scoop
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Vodka
Starry Sky Day 15, a restaurant in Light Kingdom.
A week had passed ever since the announcement of the First Season of "Food Star!"'s voting result.
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Cafe Waitress
Who would've thought that Boston Lobster would triumph over Double Scoop's vote counts……
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Vodka's Fanboy
Vodka didn't participate after all, so I'd say it's pretty understandable.
The young man, who proclaimed himself to be Vodka's fan, scoffed and discontentedly arched his back.

He's a student who attended the Magic Academy in Nevras. Apparently he thought that Vodka will win the contest, so he came all the way from Nevras to here, Light Kingdom, and at the same time taking the opportunity to have a vacation.

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Vodka's Fanboy
Seriously! Even though I took a break from school to come all the way here! I really can't accept this kind of result!
He thought that it's natural for Vodka to win the contest. But, the end result said otherwise. It seemed he'd never even imagined that Boston Lobster and Double Scoop would end up being the two finalists.
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Vodka's Fanboy
In the first place, why would those two end up being the finalists? They're both so polar opposite! They should've picked a more reasonable choices, people who are good match against each other!
After exchanging contacts with said Vodka's Fanboy, she kind of regretted it because every time they talked he would display his vast knowledge about his idol. However, for her, who spend most of her days working in the cafe, meeting and mingling with someone of the opposite gender like this is a rare chance.

So, when he, who has to go back to Nevras today, invited her to have some tea, she decided that she'll see him for the last time before going to work.

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Cafe Waitress
(I still don't know much about idol and stuffs, but……)
She, who had become a bit more knowledgeable about Food Souls thanks to the mails he exchanged with Vodka's Fanboy, then said after thinking about it long and hard.
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Cafe Waitress
So for example…… Peking Duck and Boston Lobster?
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Vodka's Fanboy
Right. They have a reputation for being rivals. If it's them, surely the contest would become a little more interesting.
The young man's eyes glinted as he pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose.
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Vodka's Fanboy
…… but, well, in the end, if Vodka doesn't get to participate, no matter who end up being the finalists, I will still think that it's a boring contest.
The young man deliberately heaved out a long sigh and shook his head.
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Vodka's Fanboy
Besides, this is just my guess, but... I think the whole contest is just a set up.
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Cafe Waitress
What do you mean……?
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Vodka's Fanboy
I mean that they tampered with the voting results!
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Cafe Waitress
Eeh!? Is that so!?
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Vodka's Fanboy
Of course it's just my speculation. But often times, some kind of tampering are done to that kind of voting system.
The young man said it all while staring straight at the girl in front him. Seeing him looking so confident, she ended up thinking that there might really be some kind of tampering done to the votes.
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Vodka's Fanboy
But, well, nothing will change even if I keep complaining about it, since the contest is over now. So I'll just look positively toward the next contest.
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Cafe Waitress
The next contest…… you mean, a second season?
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Vodka's Fanboy
Yes! And so, I have a small request to ask of you! In the second season of "Food Star!", won't you please vote for Vodka!?
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Cafe Waitress
E…… eeh!?
The young man's chair made a noisy clatter as he got up suddenly and grabbed hold of the girl's hands.
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Vodka's Fanboy
Please…… please give Vodka your vote! She's someone worthy to stand victorious at the contest! Please! I will be very grateful if you do!!
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Cafe Waitress
W, well……
Although surprised by the sudden contact, she still managed to look up at the young man.
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Cafe Waitress
Uhm, but I don't know when the second season will start……
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Vodka's Fanboy
Don't worry! When the time comes, I'll make sure to contact you. The voting system might be a little complicated, but I'll be sure to teach you how to do it.
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Cafe Waitress
T, thank you……
Maybe because he'd said everything he wanted to say, the young man finally seemed to calm down.
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Vodka's Fanboy
Phew, now I've fulfilled all of my duties here…… ah-!?
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Cafe Waitress
W, what's wrong?
Suddenly the young man let out a squeak and began trembling.
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Vodka's Fanboy
T, that's…… Vodka!?
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Cafe Waitress
Eh?
At his words, she turned her head and looked at the direction that he was staring at.
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Vodka's Fanboy
There's no mistaking it. That beautiful silver hair, her expression that seemed to conceal sorrow within…… the melancholic look in her eyes! The perfect woman that no one can possible compare with!!
Although she felt a little creeped out by his description, the girl stayed quiet as she listened on.
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Vodka's Fanboy
W, why is she here……!? She supposedly isn't the kind of woman who would come to such an ordinary cafe…… t, that's, Double Scoop!!
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Cafe Waitress
Oh my.
Double Scoop, who entered together with Vodka, talked up to her with a smile on their face.
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Strawberry
Did you know, Vodka? The Mango Smoothie here is very tasty.
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Vanilla
But, can you drink smoothie, Vodka?
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Strawberry
Vanilla…… it's not like Vodka can only drink alcohols, you know.
Strawberry rolled his eyes as he chided his brother.
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Vanilla
Is that so? Then that's good! Let's have some together!
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Vodka
I think I'll order some takoyaki too.
The sight seemed to have taken the breath away from Vodka's Fanboy, who had been quietly watching over the group.
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Vodka's Fanboy
She's the real Vodka.
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Cafe Waitress
Was there something in their conversation just now that lead you to the conclusion?
The girl asked because she found it strange, but then the young man had a smug look on his face.
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Vodka's Fanboy
Yes. Vodka and Double Scoop knew each other. Just like me, they were from Nevras! And also…… it's said that the Double Scoop twins like Vodka as if she's their real older sister. Gosh, I'm so jealous of them――
The young man cleared his throat and let out a deep sigh.
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Vodka's Fanboy
Also, she said that she'll also order some 'Takoyaki'! Do you know? Takoyaki is Vodka's favorite food……!
The young man's eyes gleamed, as if he feels very touched. The girl actually doesn't really understand why would he feel so happy like that, but thinking that it's because he likes his idol so much, she watched his reactions with a smile on her lips.
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Cafe Waitress
Then, as Vodka's fan, you must feel very lucky, to be able to meet with her in a place like this. How about you go and greet her?
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Vodka's Fanboy
――Eh?
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Cafe Waitress
Eh?
The young man suddenly stiffened and looked at the girl with shock apparent on his face.
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Cafe Waitress
(Did I say something weird?)
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Vodka's Fanboy
What a fearsome thing to suggest…… to enter her line of view! That's something that shouldn't happen!
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Cafe Waitress
I, is that so?
The girl looked confused as she doesn't understand what he meant.
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Vodka's Fanboy
It is so. She's beautiful even though she's just existing…… the only thing that I can do is watching her from afar like this…… under normal circumstances, I shouldn't be able to watch her from this close of a distance, you know!
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Cafe Waitress
I, is that so……
If he decided to live his life according to that kind of philosophy, then she won't have anything to say about it.
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Cafe Waitress
(So this is what a "fan of an idol" is like.)
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Vodka's Fanboy
…… But, well, it's actually just too early to make such bold moves. I will gain fame and become someone worthy for Vodka. When that time comes…… a "bond" shall form between the two of us!
He claimed so while proudly patting his own chest.
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Vodka's Fanboy
I'm still not worthy enough to reveal myself in front of her. So I will continue my studies and researches…… and when I'm done with all of that, I'll appear before her as a "Master Attendant"!
Seeing him making such confident declarations, she felt a little moved.
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Cafe Waitress
I, I see. Do your best.
I don't really get it, but he actually wants to become a Master Attendant, huh?――The girl was under the impression that he wanted to become a scholar or something similar, because he attended the Magic Academy……
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Cafe Waitress
(Well, there are many kind of Master Attendant out there. But it's a dangerous occupation, right?)
Too bad, it seems our relationship can't develop into a romance... the girl thought, a little disappointed.
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Vodka's Fanboy
So then, I'll be returning home now. I'm still a student who have a lot to learn, so I can't come here often, but when the time comes for them to hold the second season of "Food Star!", I hope you can cheer for Vodka along with me!
Adieu!, the young man said cheerfully before leaving the cafe.

Afterwards, the girl stood up. Her break time will be over soon. Wearing a bandana over her head, she then went to stand behind the counter.

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Vanilla
Ah, long time no see~! Ehehe, we came to eat here again~!
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Strawberry
He thinks the Mango Smoothie here taste exceptional. Well, I agree with him, though.
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Vodka
Two Mango Smoothies, and one takoyaki, please.
Vodka took out her wallet as she made the order.
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Vanilla
We'll pay for the foods, Vodka!
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Vodka
It's okay. Let me pay this one.
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Strawberry
No, really, leave it to us. We got paid for appearing in the first season of "Food Star!" that was held sometime ago, so.
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Vodka
Hee…… the show that you both participated in some days ago, right? So you got paid for participating?
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Strawberry
Yeah. You should ask for payment too if they asked you to participate, Vodka. Us Food Souls don't really have anything to gain from shows like that, after all.
Strawberry cynically said as he lightly shrugged.
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Vodka
True. But, I won't participate. I won't be able to get into the finals anyway. Don't you think so, Andre?
At her words, Andre, who perched on her shoulder, let out a soft cry.
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Cafe Waitress
I'll accept the payment then. Here's your change.
With a smile on her mien, the girl gave the changes to Strawberry.
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Cafe Waitress
Miss Vodka, we still don't know what'll happen in the second season of "Food Star!" though.
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Vodka
Hm? What do you mean?
Vodka tilted her head in confusion.
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Cafe Waitress
Miss Vodka has a lot of fervent admirers. I'm also planning to cast an honest vote for you.
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Vodka
Cast an honest vote, you say…… uukh, stop it~! I'm not interested in shows that use voting system like that!
Vodka's shoulders dropped sluggishly. She then continued with a bitter laugh, if I have time to appear in that kind of show, I'd rather spend it by drinking alcohols.
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Cafe Waitress
Of course, since it uses voting system, no one can know the result for sure. Besides, shows like that often have people "tampering" with it.
The girl responded with a smug look on her. If the second season is being held for real, it might turn out to be quite interesting in its own way. She might be able to see that young man again and Vodka might be able to get into the finals. You're popular, after all!――the girl pointed out, with grin plastered on her face.
Act 2
Characters
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Staff A
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Peking Duck
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Bamboo Rice
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Yuxiang
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Plum Juice
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Pancake
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Hawthorne Ball
Azure Sky Day 2, Restaurant (Guild of Chefs, Gloriville Branch).
Two weeks had passed ever since the announcement of the First Season of "Food Star!"'s voting result.
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Staff A
Well, well, Mr. Peking! Thank you very much for your help! Thanks to you, the show was a big success!
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Peking Duck
Oh, please…… don't mention it. I did nothing worthy of the praise.
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Staff A
Oh, of course you did! You're working behind its scene, Mr. Peking! It's precisely because of you that the first season was able to become such a big success!
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Peking Duck
But Mr. Boston Lobster participating in the final is due to your ability. Precisely because you were able to hook him to appear in that kind of show, that we were able to see such a disparity in the voting counts. Although it makes me pity his contender a little.
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Staff A
Really, how can the difference got so big…… I myself find it to be quite strange. Actually, the vote choices were just the same as the one that was held in a different place. I guess we can call it the zeroth season……?
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Peking Duck
Yes, I've heard about it. In the result of that one, Double Scoop was the one who came out victorious.
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Staff A
This time around, we wanted to hold it as 『Boston Lobster VS Peking Duck』. We thought it'll interest the Master Attendants more, but……
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Peking Duck
Hmf…… unfortunately, I couldn't win in the semi-final.
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Staff A
No, well, it's true that a surprising amount of vote was cast on Mr. Boston Lobster. Then, during the intermediate announcement of the semifinal, Mr. Peking came in the second place while Double Scoop twins came in third. But afterwards the Double Scoop suddenly gained an overwhelming amount of vote…… it makes us thinking that someone might've manipulated the voting counts――really, what a curious phenomenon.
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Peking Duck
Well, well. That's interesting. However, if the voting was truly manipulated and my rank was lowered as a result, it would mean that my honor was protected.
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Staff A
W, well! It means we have to re-think the voting system for the next one. Us staffs will give it our all so that we can make the 『Boston Lobster VS Peking Duck』 comes true!
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Peking Duck
No, no, I am not worthy to stand on such a competitive stage. Thus I shall pray so that I won't have to be set against him for the next season too.
Both the "Food Star!"'s staff and Peking Duck then let out a pleasant laugh. Meanwhile, Bamboo Rice was grimacing as he watched the two from the seats behind them.
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Bamboo Rice
Yeah, right…… really, Mr. Peking is so manipulative.
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Yuxiang
Ssh, Bamboo Rice. They'll hear you.
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Bamboo Rice
But it's true, right? Just how many postcards did you think I wrote till late at night? Who's the idiot who decided to use use postcards for popularity vote nowadays? It's so outdated, I even cursed the "Food Star!"'s staffs for it.
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Plum Juice
…… Well, but still, we have to remain inconspicuous. That's how an informant should be.
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Pancake
What are you talking about? Mr. Peking loves standing out though. When push comes to shove, he always get to the front line right away.
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Bamboo Rice
Oh, Pancake! I'll have another helping of this!
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Pancake
You're such a fast eater, huh, Bamboo Rice. Didn't I just serve that out a minute ago?
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Bamboo Rice
I'm super hungry right now! Hawthorne Ball, get me the super extra serving!
Bamboo Rice laughed as he shoved his plate toward Hawthorne Ball, who is preparing foods in the kitchen.
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Hawthorne Ball
Aye, sir~! Super extra serving, coming up~!
Hawthorne Ball answered him all while handling the wok in her hand. Pancake took Bamboo Rice's plate and headed to the kitchen.

Meanwhile, Peking Duck listened to his subordinates' conversation while rocking his smoking pipe lightly.

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Peking Duck
In any case, next time, it'll be better to not use postcards as a mean to cast a vote.
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Staff A
Right! We do plan to make it so that next time the fans can have an easier time cheering and voting for their idol! If we don't, the second season might see some disputes…… we did receive quite harsh opinions from the fans after all.
The staff let out a small groan as he shook his head.
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Staff A
But, whatever the case, information is still absolutely essential! I hope we can keep up this good relationship, Mr. Peking!
The staff smiled pleasantly.
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Staff A
We'll have to make the 『Boston Lobster VS Peking Duck』 come true! I'll count on you, Mr. Peking. Let us together create a show that the fans can enjoy !
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Peking Duck
…… Yes, hopefully the day will ever come.
Peking Duck whispered quietly.
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Peking Duck
The harsh battle against Fallen Angels will still continue. If this show can give people a temporary relief from such strenuous days, then I would love to participate in it.
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Staff A
Of course! We will continue developing the plans so the show can bring such entertainment to people! I'm looking forward to working with you again, Mr. Peking!
The staff offered a hand shake to Peking Duck. Seeing the determination in his visage, Peking Duck gave a little nod.
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Peking Duck
Yes, if there's anything that I can help you with, please contact me.
As he said that, Peking Duck gave the staff's plump hand a firm shake.
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Peking Duck
(Next time…… who should I set up to compete against each other? At the very least, this time it didn't go very well. I should think up something that people can enjoy much more than this.)
In his head, Peking Duck had began scheming for the second season of the show.

May's Public Holiday

Character Introduction

Character Introduction
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Gyoza
Tangyuan's friend.
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Tangyuan
Gyoza's friend. She's fond of Moon Cake and treats her like an older sister.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
A Nian Beast who lives in Light Kingdom.
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Moon Cake
Dotes on Tangyuan like she's her younger sister. A friend of Double Scoop twins.
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Lion's Head
Jing'an Trading Co.'s member. He's fond of Mapo Tofu and treats her like an older sister.
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Mapo Tofu
The young proprietress of a Chinese restaurant in Jing'an.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Jing'an Trading Co.'s member. He's fond of Mapo Tofu and treats her like an older sister.
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Buddha's Temptation
Jing'an Trading Co.'s president. Has a grudge against Heaven's Society.
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Beggar's Chicken
Jing'an Trading Co.'s member. Loves alcohols.
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Wuchang Fish
A man who chases after Heaven's Society. He sends the information he obtained to Jing'an Trading Co..
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Zongzi
Tangyuan's guardian and a friend of Mapo Tofu.

Story

Part 1
Characters
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
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Moon Cake
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Lion's Head
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Mapo Tofu
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Nian Beast (Eve)
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Buddha's Temptation
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Beggar's Chicken
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Zongzi
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Gyoza
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Tangyuan
Azure Sky Day 3, Light Kingdom, Mapo Tofu's Restaurant.
In Mapo Tofu's restaurant, Lion's Head, Mandarin Squirrel Fish and Moon Cake are waiting for the foods to be served.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Moon Cake, you met the Double Scoop twins for the first time after awhile? Did you guys have fun?
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Moon Cake
Yup! I went to see them since they said they will come to Light Kingdom for the first season of "Food Star!"'s business.
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Lion's Head
Boston Lobster also participated in that show, right? Who would've imagined that he's actually willing to appear in that kind of show?
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
…… Well, I'm sure even someone like him gets tired putting on grumpy look all year long.
The three of them frowned while letting out a low groan. They don't think that they have the ability to keep up a grim look all year long either. And it's because now and then they can afford to enjoy a peaceful lunch in Mapo Tofu's restaurant like this.
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Mapo Tofu
Eve~! The mapo tofu's ready!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Alright.
While the trio were chatting, Mapo Tofu was focused on cooking in the kitchen. And, Eve the Nian Beast, who were told to help out in the shop in exchange of receiving lunches from her, just go along with the flow and become a waiter in Mapo Tofu's place.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Here you go, mapo tofu for three people.
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Lion's Head
Thanks, Mr. Eve!
Eve placed a large serving of mapo tofu on the trio's table.
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Mapo Tofu
Eve~! The next one's going to be ready soon~!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Okay. I'll be there right away, Mapo Tofu.
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Mapo Tofu
Thanks! I'll give you extra serving for today's lunch! Let's eat together later!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
I'll look forward to it.
Lion's Head couldn't help but laugh when he heard the conversation between Mapo Tofu and Eve.
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Lion's Head
Mr. Eve seems to be having fun. I guess it's because Mapo Tofu helped him out a lot.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
You're right. The burns he got from the Iron Flowers have gotten better too.
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Moon Cake
Those people from Heaven's Society are really mean! I feel really sorry for Mr. Eve!
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Lion's Head
Yeah…… But, even as we speak, there are people who suffers because of those lot from Heaven's Society.
The trio hung their heads gloomily. Hopefully they can bring those people down as soon as possible. Else they will end up feeling guilty even as they're having lunch like this.
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Buddha's Temptation
Haste makes waste. You guys shouldn't forget about that if you want to crush them down without fail.
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Lion's Head
Buddha's Temptation! Is it okay for you to leave your work?
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Buddha's Temptation
Yes. Having a meal is also an important part of working.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Never thought I'll hear you say that. If only you follow that words of yours everyday, then we won't have to worry about you, you know.
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Beggar's Chicken
Haha! Precisely! First things first, we have to take care of our empty stomach, else we won't be able to do anything!
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Lion's Head
You're here too, Beggar's Chicken? Seems like it'll be quite lively today.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Gyoza and Tangyuan will be here soon too, right?
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Moon Cake
Zongzi will be with them too. He said he'll bring them here!
Moon Cake came here earlier than those three because she was meeting the Double Scoop twins. They agreed to regroup here.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Buddha's Temptation, Beggar's Chicken. Your orders?
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Buddha's Temptation
Right. I'll just have some mapo tofu. How about you?
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Beggar's Chicken
Oh? Well then…… add this and this to that order――and this market price local sake! Why are you giving me that look? Buddha's Temptation will be the one paying all of it. Don't worry!
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Buddha's Temptation
Oi, Beggar's Chicken. You haven't forgotten that we'll be talking about works after this, right? Don't order alcohols.
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Beggar's Chicken
I'll just drink a cup! It won't even be considered drinking! So, get it for me, 'kay, Eve?
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Alright. Wait for it.
Eve then went to where Mapo Tofu is. Mapo Tofu, after repeating the orders she heard from Eve, then started rolling her sleeves up.
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Lion's Head
Buddha's Temptation, you'll get back to working right after you're done with your meals? Is there anything I can help you with?
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Buddha's Temptation
…… It depends on the content of the letter from Wuchang Fish. Seems it arrived today, addressed to Mapo Tofu.
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Lion's Head
Addressed to Mapo Tofu? How unusual. Wuchang Fish's letters usually were addressed straight to you, right?
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Buddha's Temptation
He probably wanted some intermediaries. Maybe there's a movement related to Heaven's Society.
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Lion's Head
I see……
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Buddha's Temptation
I'll be sure to count on you when something comes up.
Buddha's Temptation lightly patted Lion's Head's head. Then, after giving Beggar's Chicken a little nudge, they went to sit around a table a bit farther from the trio. It was a distance which will not let Lion's Head and the others caught on their conversation if they are to talk quietly.
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Zongzi
It's been awhile, Mapo Tofu. Thank you for inviting us.
Afterwards, the restaurant's door swung open. Zongzi, Gyoza, and Tangyuan entered together.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Welcome.
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Gyoza
Ah, Mr. Eve! Are you doing well~!?
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Tangyuan
You're helping out Mapo Tofu! That's great!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Fufu, I've grown accustomed to helping out in this place. Hurry and have a seat. The foods are almost ready.
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Gyoza
Oh, right! I'm looking forward to it~!
After seeing Gyoza and Tangyuan sitting down around a table, Zongzi went to the counter.
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Zongzi
Here you go, Mapo Tofu. Some zongzi that I carefully selected myself. Also, the sealed letter you asked for.
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Mapo Tofu
Thanks. Fufu, I can't wait to taste it, zongzi that you carefully selected yourself! Oh and, thanks for the letter too!
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Mapo Tofu
Eve! Take down the open sign, please! It's kinda late, but let's have our late lunch now!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Alright. I can't wait to eat the zongzi that Zongzi carefully selected and Mapo Tofu's cooking.
After saying that with such a jovial expression on him, Eve went to take down the open sign.
Part 2
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Beggar's Chicken
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Buddha's Temptation
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Mapo Tofu
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Nian Beast (Eve)
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Zongzi
After looking at the letter that Mapo Tofu passed over to him, Buddha's Temptation let out a long sigh. It was a letter from Wuchang Fish, addressed to Buddha's Temptation. It was written in a rather roundabout way, and its content made Buddha's Temptation feel rather vexed.
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Beggar's Chicken
What is it, Buddha's Temptation. Is it about something really troublesome?
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Buddha's Temptation
…… Well, I wonder. See it for yourself.
After saying that, Buddha's Temptation threw the letter onto the table.
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Beggar's Chicken
What's with this list of names? I don't get the symbols and numbers written after the names either. Buddha's Temptation's and Mandarin Squirrel Fish's name are in it too.
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Buddha's Temptation
That's probably a list of Food Souls who have been captured by Heaven's Society so far. I can't be certain since I don't recognize some of the names though.
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Beggar's Chicken
Hoo~! That's awesome! He'd sent quite a nasty letter to us, huh. So, is Wuchang Fish himself doing alright?
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Buddha's Temptation
Who knows. The situation doesn't seem bright enough to confirm that he's completely fine.
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Beggar's Chicken
Hmm. So then, what'll we do? Should we start making some real moves?
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Buddha's Temptation
…………
Buddha's Temptation fell silent at that. Seeing him like that, a grin spread across Beggar's Chicken's face.
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Beggar's Chicken
What? You're worried about the Jing'an Trading Co.? You can leave the safety of Jing'an to us while you're not around, Buddha's Temptation! Not just the guys from the company, Zongzi and the guys from Bamboo Mist Pawn Shop will surely lend their hand too! Besides, there's Mapo Tofu too.
Buddha's Temptation shot Beggar's Chicken a glare at the notion. Seeing that only makes Beggar's Chicken get even more excited that he makes a sound akin to a purr.
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Beggar's Chicken
Though she's like that, Mapo Tofu is pretty strong, you know. There aren't many people in our company who can fight on par with her. She's also someone who wish to protect Jing'an. Don't tell me that you plan to leave her out from your plan again?
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Buddha's Temptation
That's……
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Mapo Tofu
I don't need your concern, Buddha's Temptation. Really, you. Are you going to say that my power isn't needed to protect Jing'an? If so, then I'll have to make you taste my fist.
With a loud thud, Mapo Tofu set down a plate of dish in the middle of their table.
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Mapo Tofu
Eve! Zongzi! Come here! There's something that we need to talk about!
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Nian Beast (Eve)
What is it, Mapo Tofu? I haven't finished eating zongzi.
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Mapo Tofu
Take some and get here! I want to eat it too!
At her words, Eve then came to Buddha's Temptation and co's table, carrying a plate full of zongzi from various countries that Zongzi brought for them.
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Zongzi
What's wrong, Mapo Tofu?
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Mapo Tofu
Sit down. You too, Eve.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
Alright.
Eve replied and obediently followed Mapo Tofu's instruction, sitting next to her. They rarely get together like this, and so as someone who ever interacted with all of them, Mapo Tofu decided to lead the conversation.
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Mapo Tofu
Buddha's Temptation will leave Jing'an in the near future. The exact date hasn't been decided, but it's certain that he'll leave. Isn't that right, Buddha's Temptation?
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Buddha's Temptation
That's right.
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Mapo Tofu
So, what was the content of the letter we received from Wuchang Fish today?
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Beggar's Chicken
I'll show it to them, Buddha's Temptation.
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Buddha's Temptation
…………
Buddha's Temptation said nothing, so Beggar's Chicken scoffed and put the letter on the table. Mapo Tofu, Zongzi and Eve then leaned to look at it.
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Mapo Tofu
This is……!
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Zongzi
Could it be, it's a list of Food Souls who have been captured by Heaven's Society?
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Buddha's Temptation
Thanks for saving me the trouble of explaining it to you guys.
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Nian Beast (Eve)
I see. That's why Buddha's Temptation will have to leave soon. Alright, Buddha's Temptation, you can leave this place to me.
Eve's eyes gleamed as he said that.
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Buddha's Temptation
It's not like I'll leave right away, but I'm sure I'll be away from Jing'an (here) more often from now on. I'm also worried about Wuchang Fish after all.
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Zongzi
I understand. I'll try to track back the route that the letter went through. If there's anything else that I can do, then I'll gladly offer my cooperation.
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Buddha's Temptation
Thank you.
After his short reply, Buddha's Temptation let out a low groan.
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Zongzi
For now, please have some of the zongzi that I prepared. It's my token of friendship for everyone. I often heard about you from Mapo Tofu. She said that you're someone trustworthy.
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Mapo Tofu
Hold on there, Zongzi. Don't say something uneccessary.
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Beggar's Chicken
We all share the same fate. There's no mistaking it, Heaven's Society, who targets Food Souls, is our common enemy.
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Zongzi
You're right. Let's contact each other right away if we find out anything about it.
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Mapo Tofu
We have to contact Peking Duck too. His strength is necessary for this.
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Buddha's Temptation
…… Right.
Peking Duck is one of Tierra's most outstanding informants. Anyone would feel reassured if they can have him cooperate with them. Buddha's Temptation reached his hand out toward the letter and put it back into its sealed envelope.
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Buddha's Temptation
From now on, I'll go out for business trips more often, little by little. Please take care of things when I'm not around.
Part 3
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Lion's Head
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
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Beggar's Chicken
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Buddha's Temptation
After the banquet ended, Zongzi's group and Eve went ahead and stayed over in Mapo Tofu's house. Meanwhile the member of Jing'an Trading Co. that Buddha's Temptation headed returned to their office.

With Mapo Tofu seeing them off, Buddha's Temptation, Beggar's Chicken, Mandarin Squirrel Fish, and Lion's Head walked away from the restaurant.

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Lion's Head
The zongzi that Zongzi brought was so tasty. I guess Zongzi is really the one who knows best about zongzi.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
You mean like some specialist? But, well, today was fun ♪ Eating zongzi from various countries and also Mapo Tofu's cooking……
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Beggar's Chicken
The local sake was pretty good too! Hat off for you, Buddha's Temptation.
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Buddha's Temptation
…… Though I recalled you said that you're just going to drink a cup.
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Beggar's Chicken
No, no, I listened to the talk, loud and clear. Just that much won't make me drunk enough to hinder my work, you know.
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Buddha's Temptation
That's not the problem.
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Lion's Head
Well, isn't it fine? I think he's doing good holding back today. Otherwise right now he would've been all turned upside down, like some turtle.
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Beggar's Chicken
Haha! You sure know me well!
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Buddha's Temptation
You should've do some reflection instead of laughing about it.
Beggar's Chicken simply shrugged when he got glared at.
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Lion's Head
But, Buddha's Temptation, is Wuchang Fish really alright?
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Buddha's Temptation
Why are you asking that all of a sudden?
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Lion's Head
I overheard what you guys were talking about and it makes me a bit worried.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Hmm, Beggar's Chicken was too loud after all……
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Lion's Head
Could it be you actually wanted us to hear?
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Beggar's Chicken
Well, well. I wonder……?
Snickering, Beggar's Chicken walked ahead of them with a staggering gait.
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Buddha's Temptation
Good grief, that guy……
Buddha's Temptation heaved a sigh.
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Mandarin Squirrel Fish
Hiding everything like that is your bad habit, Buddha's Temptation!
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Lion's Head
Heaven's Society is all Food Soul's enemy! That's why, we'll do everything in our capability to help!
Seeing the determined look in Mandarin Squirrel Fish and Lion's Head's eyes as they looked up at him, Buddha's Temptation massaged his temple and glared at Beggar's Chicken.
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Buddha's Temptation
Beggar's Chicken, it's all your fault. Seriously.
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Beggar's Chicken
Just thank me with a jar of alcohol later.
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Buddha's Temptation
I'm mad at you, you know…… oh well. Lion's Head, right now Jianbing Guozi is heading to where Wuchang Fish is. We will be contacted if something were to happen to him. Don't worry.
The preparation for when something does happen haven't been done yet. However, they can't afford to take it easy. It's not only Wuchang Fish's. Jianbing Guozi's safety also need to be considered.

Taking a deep breath and heaving it out, Buddha's Temptation stopped walking altogether. He then looked fixedly at the other three.

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Buddha's Temptation
Everyone, soon I'll have to be away from Jing'an. Please take care of the things here while I'm not around.
After saying that, Buddha's Temptation started walking again. Behind him, Beggar's Chicken, Mandarin Squirrel Fish and Lion's Head were following him. Buddha's Temptation felt proud to have been blessed by such dependable comrades, and when the face of his nemesis crossed his mind, he clenched his fist tightly.
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