I came to the cat gathering.
However, I don’t see the usual elders.
“Nya— (Where is the elder?).”
Eh? You’re not speaking very clearly?
…Don’t tell me something happened to the elder?!
“Nyaa— (Elder-sama is hitting on a female cat and making out over there).”
“Nya (I shouldn’t have worried about him!).”
Nanpa, hey. What are you doing, old man?
(t/n: nanpa is slang for picking up women/hitting on women)
“Nyaa (Does Nekomata-sama isn’t interested in such things?”
Despite being a cat, I have no desire for other cats.
Maybe it’s because I’m old, or my body isn’t like other cats?
In addition, I don’t feel any desire for humans.
It’s something I don’t understand about myself.
Even when I think about it, it doesn’t make much sense.
I’m going to see Nell again today.
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“I’d like you to come up with some baby names for us, Neko-san.”
“Please help us!”
Upon my arrival at the inn, Mac-kun and Nell asked me to help them.
What is the purpose of asking that question?
Don’t ask for something unreasonable.
Please stop giving me that expectant gaze, I don’t have any sense.
I write, 『Ask Nancy-san what she wants her to grow up to be in the future』.
“Eh? Why does that matter?”
The name has a lot to do with it.
It’s natural for parents to put their hopes and dreams behind their kids’ names.
…Wait a minute? Do the cultures differ from Japan?
『Don’t worry about that, just ask her.』
We walked into Nancy-san’s room together.
She had put the baby to sleep.
“Oh? What’s wrong?”
“Mama! Did you know? Aka-chan in the future….”
“Shhh. Keep your voice down.”
“Can I ask you what you want your baby to be like in the future?”
“For peace of mind, I hope she could get a suitably rich noble to take care of her in her old age.”
What a dreamy story.
“Anything is fine. As long as she’s happy.”
“Don’t you want her to take over the inn?”
“The decision is hers.
A pushy parent won’t be able to build a long-term relationship with their child.
The business isn’t easy.”
Nancy-san has her own perspective on life.
Putting that into a name would be challenging.
In Japan, one could name her Sachiko.
We couldn’t think of a good name when we returned to Mac-kun’s room and thought about it.
How about a reverse search based on flower language?
What flower means ‘happiness’ in flower language?
Tell me, Appraisal Magic-san.
Flower language ‘happiness’: Carnation (eternal happiness), Moth Orchid (Happiness will come), Rose (Happiness)
Geranium (Your existence is happiness), Begonia (Happy days), Dracaena (Happiness), Devil’s Ivy (Lasting happiness)
Iris (Happiness will surely come), Clover (Good luck), Tulip (Compassion)
That’s a lot.
As a personal preference, I like Clover.
Wait, how about a four-leaf?
It is said that a four-leaf clover brings good luck.
I asked them to include ‘Yotsuba’ on the list.
Nancy-san finally decided on Yotsuba for her daughter after hearing the names Jiji and Baba came up with and the names we came up with.
My suggestion was chosen. We did it!