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The Assassin Who Reaches to a Romcom Interlude 1

The Resentful Tank

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Volume 1, Interlude: The Resentful Tank

—1:03 AM, at a 24-hour convenience store.

“Welcome~”

Along with the monotonous electronic sound, a lazy greeting from the clerk followed.

Rather than being overly energetic, this languidness suited my nature better.

“Excuse me. Can I have a sakura manju and honey chicken nuggets? And a pack of number 73 cigarettes, please.”

“Right away~”

There were two customers in the store, one at the checkout buying fast food and cigarettes, while the other was selecting a bento box.

Annoying as it was, I had no choice but to wait for them to leave… so I headed towards the magazine section.

…To prevent customers from just browsing and not buying, all magazines were covered in tape…

“…”

I wanted to make my move on the target, but was hindered by a solid wall.

The scene before me was like my current predicament, stirring impatience within me.

“…Koumiya Shinobu.”

My frustration spilled out in words.

Why him? If it were any other adopted child, I could understand.

Lord Yuusuke’s adopted children, including the one I serve, “That person,” are all exceptional talents.

But Koumiya Shinobu, you are different. Even with Lord Yuusuke’s blood in your veins, a mere high school student dreaming of taking over the Koumiya Group, I will never acknowledge it.

That’s why I wanted to eliminate his existence, but it’s not an easy task.

The Kurumamichi couple. It’s all because of these detestable people guarding Shinobu.

Kurumamichi Dan and Izuna are shadows of Koumiya Yuusuke, eliminating assassins in emergencies, suppressing rival companies, they are top-class spies in the underworld.

Apparently, they also have a child, of whom I’ve heard but know little.

But the terror of Kurumamichi Dan and Izuna, the shield and the palette, I’ve experienced firsthand.

I was a spy hired by Koumiya Group’s rivals and had clashed with them.

The mission was to steal confidential information from the Koumiya Group.

Acquiring the information was easy, but the problem came afterwards.

When it was time to retreat, my men were captured in the blink of an eye.

It was all the work of Kurumamichi Izuna… the palette. This woman, who can change her appearance at will, had already infiltrated our ranks and crumbled our infiltration team from within.

Screams of agony came through the communicator.

Thinking I was done for, I frantically fled to the rendezvous point, relieved to have escaped.

But it was an illusion.

What I saw were the members of the retreat team, lying on the ground. And there stood a man, calmly amidst them.

Kurumamichi Dan… codename “Shield”. He had already defeated the retreat team.

There was no way to escape. But standing still would only lead to death. So I decided to fight for a way out—just as I thought this, a wall appeared before me.

This was my introduction to the ground. Then, Shield said—”You are quite the troublesome opponent.”

It sounded like self-praise, but he had the confidence and recognition of an excellent spy.

Never defeated in a spy’s battle, he had captured me without even using a weapon, calling me a troublesome opponent? There’s a limit to being unreasonable.

As I painfully struggled against the world’s irrationality, my employer was already doomed by the Koumiya Group, and I was left awaiting execution.

It was all over. I had resigned myself to death, sinking into a pit of despair.

—”It would be a waste for someone like you to die here. From now on, follow me.”

“That person” saved my life.

Since then, I have been a spy under the Koumiya Group.

The life I was about to lose, now I devote it to serving “That person,” to the Koumiya Group. I always believed that one day “That person” would take over everything in the Koumiya Group.

But two years ago, Lord Yuusuke did not choose “That person,” but chose Shinobu as his successor.

Naturally, almost all of Yuusuke’s adopted children, including “That person,” wanted Shinobu dead.

Unfortunately, none succeeded. All assassination attempts were thwarted.

All because of that detestable Kurumamichi family.

Over these two years, the flames of hatred nearly burned my heart to ashes.

When I came to my senses, the other adopted children had already backed off.

I don’t know if they gave up, chose to serve Shinobu, or are biding their time.

However, in some ways, this is a good development. This way, no one can stab me in the back.

While the other adopted children watch silently, if we can kill Shinobu first… a well-laid plan.

But, the world is always so irrational, and the worst has happened.

…Last Sunday.

Kurumamichi Shino embarked on a solo mission under the guise of researching dating spots, a pretext befitting a high school student. It was a rare opportunity.

According to colleagues who had previously surveilled the area, the Kurumamichi family’s security was full of gaps.

Even if it was the Kurumamichi couple’s wish, they wouldn’t normally allow a protectee to act alone.

Of course, I considered that this solo action might be a trap to lure out insurgents like me, but as long as I could eliminate Kurumamichi Shino, no problem was too big.

Thus, I dispatched professional spies.

Code-named “Lover,” with the alias Tanabe, they infiltrated the area – my subordinates.

Expert in close-quarters assassination “Stab Woman” and the long-range sniper “Shoot Man.”

They were an assassin couple who had taken down several key figures.

I thought if they took action, even if the assassination failed, burdened by Kurumamichi Shino, they could escape from the Kurumamichi couple. That was my original thought… but my assumption was completely overturned.

The moment I realized something was amiss was when Stab Woman fell to the ground.

Kurumamichi Shino easily dodged Shoot Man’s long-distance snipe, then in an instant moved close to Stab Woman, who was about to fire at close range, delivering a punch to her jaw and knocking her out instantly.

The first shot missed, and Shoot Man immediately began to flee, but as if his escape route was predicted, waiting for him was the strongest spy… Shield.

Without a chance to resist, Shoot Man was instantly subdued.

Only three minutes had passed. In such a short time, the spies known as “Lover,” feared by many, were so easily captured. That man… Kurumamichi Shino then said,

“Starting tomorrow, I’ll be busy, so I want to clear up any trouble today.”

As expected, the full-of-holes security was a trap to draw in the snake.

But Kurumamichi Shino’s combat ability was beyond my expectations.

Fortunately, the fact that I can stand here unharmed means that Lover didn’t leak any information… but the loss was too great, forcing a significant revision of the plan.

“Thank you very much, have a good day~”

Hmm… looks like the two customers in the store have left.

I picked up a can of coffee from the shelf and walked to the cash register.

“If you’re buying now, I recommend the limited-time cherry blossom manju… Tank.”

The male clerk said with a mocking smile.

This man’s name is Magician. His real name is unknown. Our relationship is based solely on code names.

“Eh? You don’t want it? Well, alright… let’s get to the main point.”

The Magician shook his head, looking disappointed.

As if his salary depended on sales.

“So, what’s the plan? Shall we just launch a missile at Kurumamichi High School? Just kidding, I’m joking. Don’t look at me with such scary eyes.”

Does this man really understand the rules of our world of spies?

Spies are shadows, their true value lies in remaining unknown.

Blowing up with a missile is ludicrous. Anyone foolish enough to do that would lose credibility and wouldn’t even dare to dream of living in this world anymore. Even if that killed Kurumamichi Shino, “that person” would not be chosen as the successor.

“You came here, so you must have figured it out, right? The relationship between those two.”

The girl who transferred last autumn… Otori Ema.

I thought she was just a pretty face, but she turned out to be Kurumamichi Shino’s lover.

Although I doubted their relationship was real, it seemed…

“They look like a naïve young couple in love.”

Ever since they started dating, they always pass by this convenience store on their way home.

It was right to have placed our spies around this area earlier.

“So, they might not be a real couple…”

It’s possible this is a new spy sent by the Kurumamichi Corporation.

I pulled out some coins from my pocket.

“But no matter how capable that girl is, she’s no match for the Kurumamichi family.”

I took the coffee can with the barcode sticker from the Magician.

“By the way, you should know her better than I do, right? Aren’t you two from the same school?”

I shook my head to the Magician’s inquiry.

In the past two days, I had secretly investigated Kurumamichi Shino and Otori Ema’s behavior at school.

But neither seemed suspicious. At most, Otori Ema loudly declared her love during today’s lunch break, but that seemed too crude to be a trap.

“So, what’s your plan? If she can be used, we should make the most of it~”

The Magician’s gaze was like a child wheedling to a parent.

Of course, I understood… this could very well be a trap set by Kurumamichi Shino.

But even if there’s a slight chance, I must take it on.

Even if this path leads straight to hell, I won’t care.

I must, must secure the Kurumamichi Corporation’s succession for “that person.”

So…

“Target Otori Ema.”

If Otori Ema is a spy, capturing her could yield valuable information. If she truly is Kurumamichi Shino’s lover, she could be used more effectively. Either way, it’s all beneficial.

“Hahaha! That’s what I’m talking about, Tank! That’s what I’ve been waiting to hear from you~”

Kurumamichi Shino. The successor to the Kurumamichi Corporation will not be you.

It’s “that person” who deserves it.

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The Assassin Who Reaches to a Romcom

The Assassin Who Reaches to a Romcom

Yagate Love Comedy ni Itaru Ansatsusha, やがてラブコメに至る暗殺者
Score 9
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Artist: Released: 2023 Native Language: Japanese
“I love you, Shino! From now on, I want to be by your side as your lover!” Thus, I, a very ordinary high school boy named Kurumichi Shino, and the school’s famously beautiful girl, Emma Ootori, became lovers. Can you believe it? That Emma Ootori? The perfect beauty brimming with humor and charm, who came from England. Truly a flower on a high peak. If I were really just an ordinary person… “I’ll turn Shino into a puppet and take everything from him!” I am set to inherit a vast fortune from the world-renowned Kogou Group. She must have approached me with her eyes on that inheritance. Anyone who opposes the group will be eliminated. Emma, it’s me who will use you. I’ll turn you into a puppet and thoroughly use you. Hehehe…”

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