Song of Time - Dusk Awakening Verse - Chapter 9
The atmosphere in the restaurant was subtle.
The young man with blond hair said he strode around the bar and opened a side closet to hang up his coat.
Seeing his imposing manner and familiarity with the place, Gian wondered if this might be the owner. He bowed quickly: “How do you do? My name is Gian, I’m applying for a job, are you the manager here?”
“Application?” The young man was slightly stunned but did not immediately answer. Instead, he magically took out a golden rose from his coat and gently placed it in the porcelain vase beside the table. Then he turned around. He raised his hand to his chin and looked at again in disbelief. He looked at his wrinkled old shirt and grey corset pants. Finally, he looked at the leather sandals and pursed his mouth as if he were unhappy: “are you going to apply for this job in this way?”
Gian looked down at his casual dress and suddenly found that he was not in harmony with the warm and elegant restaurant. He grabbed his head in embarrassment and explained, “I’m so sorry! I thought I was working in the temple, so I didn’t think much about…”
“The old temple in the east of the city.”
“Which city east?”
“…… City Jing, of course. “Gian was a little surprised. Didn’t the store manager come here from the stone tablet?
“Are you from Wong?” The small shopkeeper seemed to nod clearly. “
“No, I’m from Tarpazian. I’m from city Jing.”
“Not bad. I can’t see you’re good.” Hearing this, the blonde boy smiles a little. He goes closer and looks at Gian. He quickly notices his unusual double pupils. He is surprised and exclaims, “your eyes are so beautiful. I’ve never seen such pupils before!”
“…… Thank you.”
“What a sight! It’s worth celebrating! “The blonde boy seemed very happy when he saw this pair of eyes which were different from ordinary people. He cocked his mouth and said in praise. Then he turned around and took out a long wine bottle from the wooden cabinet. He looked back and said with a smile, “would you like some champagne, too? It’s apple flavored. “
“No, not necessarily.” Gian waved his hand and repeatedly said, thanks. His drinking capacity was so shallow that a glass of low concentration of wheat wine was enough to make him dizzy.
He poured a glass of wine and sipped it. Leaning against the bar, he continued to ask, “how do you know I’m hiring here? Who sent you in? “
“Prince Shane told me.”
“Shane？You mean the crown prince of the Empire, Shane? “The shopkeeper was stunned. He stood up and looked at Gian’s shabby clothes. It seemed incredible.
Seeing that he was so surprised, Gian quickly explained to prevent misunderstanding: “it was Prince Shane who asked me to come. He also gave me a silver badge, but when I came in, it suddenly disappeared…”
When the store manager heard him talk about the silver badge, he didn’t react. He took aim at his blue pupil without any trace. He held up his neck and asked, “what’s the relationship between you and him? Why would you be recommended to come here? “
“Prince Shane is my senior student and my good friend. Because of an accident, I couldn’t find a place to work for the time being. He recommended me to come to you for a try…”
Would the conceited have such a poor friend? The store manager frowned and pondered for a while, feeling that his explanation was not convincing. He turned his eyes and continued to ask, “do you know the green-haired man around him if you say he is your good friend?”
“Green hair? Is it brother Jin Yuan? “
“Well … What has he been doing recently? Don’t come to me on weekends. The store manager stares at the wine glass in his hand and asks this question intentionally or unintentionally. It sounds as if it is closely related to as far as possible.
“Brother Jin Yuan … I’m afraid I can’t leave. The student union is recently very busy, and there are teaching activities of the tea ceremony Club… “Jiehai didn’t know what the situation was, but he scratched his cheek and reluctantly explained for him.
“Forget it. I’ll just ask.” If the small shopkeeper, who waves his hand carelessly, interrupts him. Hearing this, he puts down his doubts and admits the identity of the other party. He puts the glass back on the table and turns to Jiehai, holding out his right hand. “Introduce myself. My name is Yuno, Yuno Ascher. I’m the store manager of this bookstore at present.”
Library? Isn’t this a restaurant? Gian was puzzled but did not dare to ask more questions. He quickly shook hands with him and said, “right to meet you! I’m Gian Lannal, a sophomore in high school at Royal College. “
“Since you were introduced by Shane, you must have a reliable character…” Yuno chuckled, leaned back to the bar, and looked around. He was proud to introduce his territory to him. “This is the song of the time. You probably haven’t heard the name. In short, it’s even a small salon with membership. The first floor is the restaurant, the second floor is the library. Usually, there are not many guests; you come to clean up the room, tidy up the books on the line.”
“All right, all right.” When Gian hears that the other party has agreed to hire him, he finally falls a big stone in his heart and nods again and again.
Yuno looked at the young man’s dress again. He could not help but frown: “it’s not OK for me to wear this one. You can ask Shane later. He will arrange it for you.”
“OK.” Gian knew that the clothes were too casual, but there was no disdain in his words, and he was delighted and agreed.
“By the way, I’d like to introduce you to an assistant…” Yuno tapped on the table, “Eggs.”
As soon as the words fell, the little puppet’s unique mechanical voice came from the kitchen: “eggs! Eggs The little guy repeated his name and slipped out of the curtain and stood in front of them.
“Eggs? “Gian can’t help laughing at the stupid name, but he immediately responds and covers his mouth.
“…… Don’t laugh, or you won’t be. “Yuno glanced at him with displeasure on his face. After seeing the other party’s fear, he nodded with satisfaction, touched the puppet’s round forehead, and said, “egg will be responsible for the reception of the restaurant, including ordering and serving the dishes…”
“Order! Order!” Before he had finished speaking, he was interrupted by the little puppet who consciously received the instructions. He stretched his arm like lightning, took out a piece of cardboard and a black pen from behind, and quickly approached Yuno.
“…… And closing clean. “The shopkeeper took aim at the mechanical hand and refused, “take it away, don’t want to order it now…”
“Order! Order !” The puppet did not respond to the manager’s words. He still held up his arms stubbornly and kept shouting instructions. Gian even felt that he could hear some joy from the rapid mechanical sound. Yuno narrowed his eyes and pursed his mouth, pretending that he didn’t see it. He tried to walk around the egg, but he was caught by his sleeve with the remaining two hands.
“…… All right, all right, can’t you order it? “Yuno was so entangled by it that he took out a pen and paper and wrote a few words at random. Without looking at it, he put it into the pocket of the puppet’s chest.
“Order! Order!” The puppet, who received the order, slipped back to the kitchen happily. Gian tried to suppress his smile and didn’t dare to let the store manager hear him, but he still got a white eye because of his twisted face.
“In short … That’s it. You don’t have to worry about the kitchen. “Yuno coughed, trying to make a serious look. After a pause, he seemed to find the situation irreparable. He strongly changed the topic, “I’ll show you around first.” Gian answered and followed him as he walked.
The wooden stairs on the side of the bar area surrounded by bookshelves, which are full of various books. There are also several long wooden chairs around for people to read nearby. The walls outside the kitchen are covered with black-and-white or color wood framed photos. Gian looks up and sees that there are actually many portraits of historical celebrities in addition to some magnificent landscape pictures.
Yuno took him around the circular bookshelf, gave a few simple instructions about the daily work, and took him straight up the stairs. The second-floor entrance is full of pruned boxwood shrubs, arranged in rows in an arc or square shape, neat without any disorder. The head’s top is a grid-shaped glass-reinforced plastic frame, and the ground is covered with light yellow gravel bricks. The fresh air is filled with a faint fragrance of flowers. It seems that they suddenly arrived at a greenhouse garden.
On his left were rows of wooden chairs of various shapes among the flowers and grasses. On his right was a roundhouse of beige marble, surrounded by a wide wooden frame full of books. There are layers of rose vines hanging by the French windows in the distance, screening the bright sunlight into small spots. The vine is also covered with colorful flowers. Squinting at it, it seems that you can still see little drops of water on the flowers.
In the quiet garden, Gian could not help but take a deep breath and hesitantly asked Yuno, “shop manager, why are there flowers and plants everywhere in the library? Although it’s beautiful … But will it be troublesome to take care of it? And the plants must be watered every day, won’t it affect the preservation of books? “
“Don’t worry, you don’t have to take care of these things. You just have to take care of the bookshelves over there.” He pointed to the wooden frame, and whether the other side could understand or not, he took him into the roundhouse.
In the dark, Gian looks up at the roof and opens his mouth in surprise. The dome is actually a bright galaxy, countless stars flashing, occasionally a small meteor across, as if the whole night sky.
“How about it? “Pretty Yuno pointed to the sky of the dome and motioned to Gian with a proud look in his eyes. “This is the unique starry sky in our library!”
Gian was obsessed with looking at the star river that seemed to reach out and touch. Inexplicably, she felt a very yearning for it. He could not help murmuring: “store manager, the starry sky … Is it true?”.
“True, of course!” The shop owner raised his head with pride as if he was not happy with his meaningless inquiry. “I took a lot of effort to persuade the master to help me do it!”
“Well, There’s no need to sort it out. Just come and have a look once in a while. “
“But there’s one thing you need to remember…” Yuno said here, his expression thoughtfully pointed to the distance, “don’t go in there casually!”
Gian looks along the direction he points to. There are rows of crystal walls in the middle of the room. The translucent walls are lined with white fluorescence, which makes them too pure. He poked his head to the left and right and found that the tall crystal walls seemed to form a pentagram. Surrounded by mushroom huts with yellow light around them, they looked like some kind of ancient ritual altar.
“Don’t worry.” Although this piece of high wall always gives him a strange feeling, since it is the store manager’s regulation, he has kept it in mind.
They went down the stairs the same way and saw the puppet flying with his arms high and a plate of snacks. In a blink of an eye, the little guy ran into the private room beside the stairs, carefully put the porcelain plate on the table, and yelled to the two people: “please use it slowly! Please use it slowly!”
With a smile, Yuno touched his cerebellar pouch, said thanks, and reached out to Gian. “Try the shop.”
Gian comes forward to see small yellow double-layer cakes like flowers on the plate, which is full of fragrance. He picked up a piece and put it in his mouth. He felt that it was sweet and soft, and the smell of milk was overflowing. It was as if he had just melted into his mouth. He was still squinting his eyes and slowly savoring the delicious food he had never enjoyed. He saw Yuno devouring the cake as if someone else had been reluctant to order.
The small shopkeeper who likes to eat sweets unconsciously ate the cake clean, which reminds him that there are other people at the site today. He stops to have a meal, and Yu Guang glances at the dull candidate. He coughs and digs off the topic: “this is the specific work. Is there any question?”
“This, that…” Gian is a little embarrassed and grabs his head, but he stops saying, “the store manager, about the reward…”
“Oh, the reward…” Yuno suddenly nodded and pondered for a moment, “the monthly salary is tentatively set at 1 gold bar, and the account is settled at the end of the month. Any other questions? “
“One gold? That is great! Thank you !” Gian almost jumped up happily, 1 gold, that’s 100 silver, 10000 copper! It’s enough for him to live a few months with frugality!
Yuno glanced at the excited helper for no reason. He felt that he had not given the wrong price, so he put on a senior store manager’s appearance and continued: “that’s it. You can go back and get ready. The business hours are up to 10:00 p.m. if you come over after school, you can have a free dinner in the shop.”
“OK, thank you, store manager!” The boundary sea hears to have free dinner where the opinion excitedly nods toward him, turned to just about to leave, and was stopped again.
“Wait, I almost forgot to give you the certificate.” Yuno walked back into the bar and handed him a gold crystal badge from the wooden cabinet.
Gian took the badge and looked at it. It was just like the one before him. It was empty and bright. Just when he wanted to take a closer look, it turned into a golden light and penetrated into his palm, and there was no trace of it.
He was startled by the golden light and hurriedly turned his right hand over and over to check. Still, he heard the store manager’s gentle Laughter: “don’t worry, the gold badge is specially made, and it will melt into your body. In the future, you can come in as long as you put your hand on the transmission tablet, and you don’t have to go through the channel. Just put your hands on the door.
“So it is. Then I’ll leave first. Goodbye to the manager. “After bowing to Yuno, Jiehai went to the wooden door and looked at it carefully for a moment. Then he took a deep breath, held his breath, and quickly put his hand on the door. The purple light flashed again. The figure of the youth returned to the stele Pavilion of the old temple.
With his previous experience, Jiehai just felt a little dizzy at the moment. He rubbed his head and looked at the sparkling lotus pool outside the pavilion and breathed a long breath. His face was full of excitement of returning from exploration. He stretched out his right hand and looked at the sun carefully. In his thin white palm, he could see a Golden Phoenix emblem.
“Great!” This just seems to confirm the broad smile. He turned his head and looked at the profound square monument with infinite vision in his eyes. “The song of time The song of time…” He murmured a few words, then clapped his hands and walked out of the hall quickly.
At the edge of the pond with golden ripples, the mysterious purple square tablet still stands quietly, as if it had never been changed since the origin of a distant time. A red carp leaped up from the pond and splashed a few water drops onto the stone tablet. However, it was as if it ran into an invisible flame at the pavilion’s edge and disappeared entirely in the air.