hey were curious about the foods made by Joes restaurant, they were also pretty famished, considering what they were doing previously.

“Delicious! The flavor from the shellfish is so strong!”

“Right, right, right?”

“The umami from the Asari clams and mussels and just the right amount of saltiness from the tomato sauce make for an exquisite combination!”

“Right?! Its different from the ones you had when you were a kid, right?”

“Its incomparable!” Rui nodded, but then she said, “But its still pale compared to Shishios food.”

“Oh-ho?” Jou squinted his eyes while looking at Shishio. “You think this kid is a better chef than me?”

“Yes.” Rui nodded without hesitation.

“…….” Shishio was lost for words and wondered why the daughter and father had to pull him into their fight.

“Then, Shishio-kun, can you tell me your opinion about your dish?” Jou asked with a smile, wondering what Shishio was going to say. Still, hearing Ruis praise for Shishio, he knew Shishio might have knowledge over a dish. “By the way, where did you come from?”

Shishio wanted to answer but stopped when he heard Jous other question. “Me? I am from Kyoto.”

“Kyoto!” Jou was surprised and asked, “Is your home a restaurant or something?”

“No, my father is a banker,” Shishio said. “But I did learn or two about cooking from someone in Kyoto. While I dont dare to say I am knowledgeable about Italian cuisine, I just know some, and I am not sure I am better than you.”

“Is that so? Then can you tell me what you think about the food in front of you?” Jou asked curiously.

Shishio looked at Jou for a moment, sighed inwardly, and could only tell the truth. Still, he must admit that Jous food was good since it prioritized the enjoyment of his guests instead of the authenticity of the dish.

While the authenticity of the dish was a good point of the restaurant, whats the point of it didnt suit the plate of the people in this country?

After all, the people who bought the food were mostly Japanese, not Italian.

Also, the most important point of a restaurant was the taste of the food.

As long as it tasted good, it was all good.

Jou was dumbfounded by Shishios words, and their conversation quickly turned serious.

On the other hand, Rui listened quietly while making a note from time to time since she knew Shishio was good, but she didnt expect he would be this good, right?

Still, somehow Rui didnt feel that much of a surprise since his skill on the bed was even better.

Jou let out a long sigh and felt his hands were itchy. He wanted to test the change that Shishio brought to his dish.

While it might not seem like much, they had talked to each other for over an hour, which was quite surprising.

“Rui, I approve of your marriage!” Jou said without hesitation.

“……..” Shishio and Rui.

Jou looked at Shishio and asked, “Shishio-kun, what do you plan for the future? Is it a chef? You have learned so much knowledge over it after all.” He felt it was impossible for one to research a dish in a detailed manner like Shishio unless he planned to become a chef.

“No, I plan to become prime minister,” Shishio said with a smile.

“……” Jou and Rui.

Then, Jou could only laugh, and Rui let out a helpless sigh. It might be their imagination, but they felt this guy could really become a prime minister. Still, they continued their conversation with a light topic before Jou asked, “How is your mother?” His voice was quiet and calm, unlike his previous rowdy and frivolous.

“Mom?” Rui looked at Jou and said, “She has remarried.”

Jou was stunned for a moment before he showed a gentle smile and sigh of relief. “Is that so? Thats great.”

“……..”

Shishio only sipped his iced coffee silently and didnt say much about this since those who would feel happy to hear their partner remarried. Even if they hated each other, they would think of them.

After all, there was no clean-cut relationship.

It would be great if we could determine those relationships with “like” or “hate,” but a relationship wasnt so simple, and it had always been ambiguous. The memories we spent with others were real and werent so easy to erase.

“How are you with your new wife?” Rui asked.

“Yup, shes accepting of my philanthropist, thats why.” Jou gave a thump up.

“It means she has given up, right?” While Rui said this, she also looked in Shishios direction.

Shishio could only look away with embarrassment at this moment.

Rui let out a sigh and didnt say much.

“Now that I have heard, Shishio-kun wants to become a prime minister. Have you decided on your career path, Rui?” Jou knew Rui was in her 2nd year of high school, so it wasnt too late to think about her career.

“…….” Shishio.

Rui thought for a moment and said, “…I am thinking about a chef.”

“Eh? Really?!” Jou was dumbfounded before he showed a happy smile.

Shishio looked at Jous smile and thought this must be the smile of those fathers, watching their children grow up. He wasnt a father yet. Even in his previous life, he wasnt a father, but he could tell how a father felt happy toward their children.

Shishio somehow felt his bitter iced coffee taste slightly sweet, and it wasnt bad.

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