At the paid waste disposal facility, I emptied the cargo bed and began my return journey. It was past noon, so I hadn’t stopped for lunch. As I approached my house, I noticed a wagon parked in front.
It was a car I recognized, so I pulled my truck up next to it. The passenger window rolled down, and a man with a bald head, thick eyebrows, large eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as a short beard on his chin, leaned out. Despite his imposing features, I smiled at him rather than becoming wary or defensive.
“Hello. Um, you are Mr. Ganro Iwaro, right?” I asked.
He went from a stern expression to a smile and replied, “You know who I am. Yes, I am Iwaro, the YouTuber. Nice to meet you.”
The man who introduced himself as Iwaro bowed politely and spoke with courtesy. Although it was our first meeting, there was a reason why I knew who he was. Prior to our meeting, Diya had contacted me and explained that she would bring him along. So, I had watched some of his streaming videos on the video site last night.
Contrary to his appearance, he had a gentle and laid-back personality, and was popular among his listeners for his cute gap between his appearance and personality. By the way, he had a muscular, inverted triangle body shape and was nearly two meters tall. He had even competed in bodybuilding competitions and achieved good results.
The content of his posted videos mainly focused on tinkering with electronic devices, Mini 4WDs, and toys, such as rewiring or modifying motors. His charm point seemed to be his diligent work with his large body.
He mentioned that he admired a certain anime character and was inspired by their appearance.
He had appeared in Diya’s videos several times, so I knew his name and face, but this was the first time I had watched his videos closely.
However, even at close range, it was difficult to guess his age… He didn’t seem to be in his twenties… He could be anywhere from his thirties to his forties, and it wouldn’t be surprising.
“Um, is there something wrong?”
I had been staring intently, so it seemed like I was being suspicious.
“Well, you’re here to help with Diya, right?”
“Yes, I am -“
Pushing aside Iwaro’s head, Diya pops up with a smile.
Even though both of them are smiling, they give off completely opposite impressions.
“I’m sorry for being a day late from the planned schedule. I pressed the intercom earlier, but there was no response,” she said, scratching her cheek with a troubled expression.
Ah, so my sister didn’t respond… It can’t be helped.
“I’m sorry, I should have let you know that I’ll be a little late. You can park your car anywhere around here,” I said apologetically.
“Anywhere around here? You’re not worried about parking violations or anything?” she asked, looking around and noticing the lack of people.
“Well, this whole area is my property, so even if the police come, it’s not a problem,” I replied, shrugging my shoulders.
“Really? Um, can I confirm something? From where to where exactly is this your land, Jin?” she asked with a hint of uncertainty.
She stares at me with sparkling eyes while massaging his hands, but those eyes are not shining with pure radiance, but are clouded with desire.
“Do you see the river a little further ahead? My land extends to the west beyond that river, to the north around that mountain over there, and to the east near the bend in the road. While to the south, it’s just before the lake.”
“Really? No way, that’s amazing!”
“Wow, that’s incredible!”
Both of them react exaggeratedly with surprise.
“My father said this area is known to have a bad reputation, so we were able to get it for a really cheap price. That mountain was basically given to us, or rather forced on us.”
They were able to acquire it at a surprisingly low price.
It seems that people who can’t manage their land or mountains are becoming more common and selling them cheaply.
“Um, by the way, what do you mean by ‘bad reputation’?”
“Oh, are you curious?”
The two of them nodded simultaneously as I responded with a light tone to their serious faces as they asked me with a solemn expression. Especially Iwaro, who had an anxious expression and was holding his hands in front of his chest… I could see why he’s popular for his gap-moe.
“This place used to be a small village, but due to a landslide, most of the village was buried and it became an abandoned village. So, even now, countless villagers are buried under this land…that’s the story behind the reputation of this land.”
I whispered, intentionally trying to create a scary atmosphere.
“Well, well, it seems like this could be a good material for a video. Ahahaha.”
Diya was laughing to hide her fear, but her cheeks were twitching.
Iwaro seemed to have lost the ability to speak and was trembling while holding his own shoulders.
“Well, I don’t know if it’s true or not,” I said with a smirk. Then, both of them puffed up their cheeks and got angry at the same time.
… They have a kind of mascot-like cuteness.
“Let’s cut the small talk and come on into my house.”
The gate was opened and the two got out of the car. I invited them into the garden.
Diya had been there before, so she was calm, but Iwaro, he looked around with great interest.
“Well, you said you want to install solar panels on the roof of this house, right?”
He squints and looks up towards the position where the backlight is.
“Yes. Can you do it for me?”
“Since it’s a roof balcony, it should be relatively easy, but would you mind me climbing up to check?”
“Of course. Let’s go up there now.”
“I’ll measure the dimensions of the garden and such.”
Diya lines up what seems like measuring tools in the garden, not bothering to look this way as she waves her hand.
Beforehand, I opened the door and shouted loudly, “Yae-nee, Dia and Iwaro-san are here!”
Following the sound of hurried footsteps, the sound of the door closing was heard from the second floor.
“Oh, was that a bother?”
“No, not at all. As you may have heard from Diya, my sister is not very good at socializing. So please, do not enter her room on the second floor under any circumstances.”
Although I hadn’t intended to speak in such a strong tone, the guest nodded repeatedly with a somewhat frightened expression.
He seemed like a delicate person despite his appearance.
Opening the door that led to the roof balcony, a fresh breeze flowed in all at once.
This place had the best sunlight and ventilation, and was used for drying laundry. Occasionally, my unhealthy sister would come up here to sunbathe.
“Wow, the roof is so spacious! The view is amazing and it’s so lovely up here. It’s great, isn’t it?”
The tall man moved to a corner of the roof while skipping, taking deep breaths.
“Ah, I feel like I’m being drawn in by this person’s strange charm! … I’ll subscribe to his channel later.”
“If you’re planning on making a home garden on the roof, it would be better to install the solar panels over there,” he said, skipping.
As I followed Iwaro’s gaze, he was looking at the top of the door we had just come out of.
Ah, I see. That spot above the stairs wouldn’t get in the way. There’s plenty of space there too.
“I agree. It might be convenient to install them there.”
“I see. That would be helpful. Would it be okay if I climb up and check?”
“Yes, please be careful.”
As he climbed, it was difficult to see from below, so I followed him up to the rooftop balcony. It was about two meters higher than the balcony, and with no fence or anything around, it was scarier than the height alone.
Come to think of it, I had never climbed up here before.
I watched his big back as he knelt and examined things, making sure not to get in the way. Suddenly, he turned around.
“I see, so we can easily install it here,” said Iwaro.
“Is that so? I was prepared for the installation to require significant construction work involving electrical wiring,” I replied.
“That’s usually the case, but it seems that there was already a plan to install solar panels here. There are already dedicated connection ports and mounting brackets,” explained Iwaro.
I was surprised to learn about this. I had no idea since my parents passed away shortly after acquiring the villa. But if everything goes smoothly, it’s lucky that there was already a plan in place