This is the last part of "Debt Collector Rhapsody" in Vol.7 which I'm hoping to translate in its entirety someday.
Shizuo tilted his head and spoke to Vorona who was walking behind him.
"Speaking of which, Vorona..."
"What is it?"
"Have I met you somewhere before?"
- He can't have......recognized me?!
Vorona's body went tense in alarm.
The only time they met he didn't see her face, and the only verbal exchange was her uttering "My, motorbike."
He threw her motorbike at her afterwards and broke it, and she fired a rifle at him, but she wore her rider suit and a full-faced helmet so her face wasn't seen.
But if he was particularly sharp, he could still have noticed similarities.
Still tense, she carefully found the best answer in her manner.
"......This is secret. I beg to refuse to answer your question if it is allowed."
Shizuo said nothing but walked to the vending machine nearby and bought a can of coffee.
Just as she wondered why he needed another can of coffee when he had only just drunk one -
Shizuo's outstretched hand was already offering the can of coffee to Vorona.
"There. My treat."
"Well um...I switched too many jobs these couple of years...so it's really the first time I've ever had a kouhai."
Shizuo had a truly happy smile on his face as he said this.
"Never mind, it's probably just my brain making stuff up...you looked like you were hitting it off with Akane, and after all Simon introduced you so there's no way you can be a bad person."
- He's a totally different guy now than when he kicked that car around.
- Did he or did he not realize who I really am?......I can't tell.
"So let's keep hitting it off from now on, shall we?"
Shizuo pressed the can of coffee against Vorona's cheek.
Despite having something shoved against her face all of a sudden, Vorona replied without the slightest trace of emotion.
"......Thanks, I'll take it."
- Heiwajima, Shizuo.
- ......A weird guy.
He was made of the most durable material of all the people she had known so far.
But she had yet to know anything about him.
- However long it takes, I'll have to get to know everything about him.
- And when I've known everything about him, I'll destroy him.
- That is what I'm going to live for.
As she made this decision, Vorona downed the coffee in one gulp.
Full-bodied aroma and low sugar content.
Feeling that it was still way too sweet for her, Vorona spoke to Shizuo again with an expressionless face.
"......Thank you very much. ......Sempai."