Chapter 6: There was even physical damage…..!

Here guys, have another chapter. No OP healing this time XD
Also, I’d appreciate it if someone could find me a gif of the ‘harsh word impact’ trope, preferably one with the speech-arrows to put in chapter 4. The pic I have now doesn’t quite fit the image. A gif with someone’s soul leaving their body works too.
A/N: 1 En =1. I rewrote some of the content because of something a reviewer pointed out – Instead of asking Asha about the price, I now have him ask his first customer.

There was even physical damage….!

“Wake up, Nest. It’s morning.”

…..Crap, somehow I’m hallucinating enough that I hear a little girl. I must be tired, let’s sleep some more.

“Jeez, I said Wake up, Nest. There!”

Looks like I’m fairly tired. Because when I opened my eyes a little, a little girl came diving at me from above. Alright, let’s slee- “Oomph!”

T-to think there was even physical damage….!

“Hm, it’s Lily?”

She finally understands that I’m awake.

“Nice to meet you! I’m Lily! Also, thank you for curing my illness!”
“Mm, you’re welcome.”

Yesterday I was worried whether my recovery magic was enough, but she’s cured now so it’s all good. If I was told that they “didn’t really ask for it” or something I’d cry.

We make plans for hereafter while eating breakfast in the dining hall.

“Er.. I’m kinda starting a little business in the Guild from today on though. What will you guys do? I suppose you’re free to join me.”
“In that case, can I stay at the inn and rest? I’m still quite tired.”
“Roger that. What about you, Lily?”
“I’ll go with Nest!”
“OK. Then I’ll leave you to house-sit, Aura. I think we’ll be returning around dusk.”

Currently, I have borrowed the guild’s table and will commence the medical treatment. Lily, who thought for sure that she would be with Aura, is sitting on my lap quietly.
And indeed, a middle-aged man who looked like an adventurer came along.

“Oh, laddie. I want a little healing so can I rely on you?”
“Can I see what you’d like me to heal?”

It looks like the man has injured his arm. It was quite a deep wound, but this much probably won’t arouse suspicion.

“If it’s this much then I can heal it.”
“How much will it cost?”

Hmm, what’s the general price for something like this? I should treat this patient first before I go ask Asha-san.

“Um.. You’re my first patient so I won’t charge you. In return, could you tell me how much a Heal usually costs? Er.. Heal.”

The man was surprised as he watched his wound disappear in a flash.

“This is astonishing! Healers are amazing! Wouldn’t something like this be around 1000 En? But I’m not really sure either.” [T/N: ~$10]

The man left with a word of thanks. I hope the man will spread the word.
After that, I made the base price 1000 En like the man recommended.

For the first day of medical treatment, I stayed open from morning to dusk but I was unexpectedly surprised by the large number of people. Thanks to that my wallet was currently full.
In the meanwhile, Lily had been sitting on my lap while smiling. Ooh! So cute!!

I stopped by a clothes store on the way home. Of course, it was to buy Lily some clothing.
It took us an hour to finally decide with a lot of trial-and-error with the shop assistant

“Nest! Thanks for the new clothes!”
“Mn, you’re welcome.”

We were a little delayed in returning home but Aura should be fine.

―――――I might have been naïve with that belief.
Aura leapt at us the moment I opened the door.

“Wai.. I’m sorry for being late. But you shouldn’t.. be angry… at that…….”

Aura looked down at us, her eyes swollen.

“I-It’s not like I thought you weren’t returning! Despite saying you would return in the evening, you hadn’t come back for a while! Just to be clear, I didn’t think that I had been abandoned by you!!”

Aura’s tears fell down her cheeks drop by drop.

I had only been a little late. However, it was probably long enough for Aura to think that.

“Sorry, I wasn’t really thinking……”
“Sniff.. I’m going with you from tomorrow onwards, absolutely. I’ll follow you even if you say no.”
“Is that so…. Then let’s go together.”

I’ll have to consider Aura and Lily more, or so I thought again.

Aura eventually calmed down and we headed to dinner.

“It’s been bothering me for a while now but Lily’s wearing new clothes, right?
“Eh? Yeah.. I was the one who bought it though.”
“Where’s mine?”
“Hm? Ah.. I’m sorry?”

The next day, we bought Aura’s portion. My wallet has gotten lighter.

Chapter 5: The sensation of her butt was nosebleed-inducing!

Kookie should make a habit of putting random gifs in her chapters. It’s fun.
There’s a bit of a time-skip in the middle – Aura’s POV of the previous chapter.

The sensation of her butt was nosebleed-inducing!

“Then let’s first introduce ourselves.”

Currently we were in the inn’s dining hall. The girl was deeply asleep on my lap even now.
To be honest, I’m only just repenting the fact that I brought them along without even knowing their names.

“Firstly, my name is Arnest. My close friends call me Nest. I’ll be your master from today on, so let’s get along.”
“I-I’m Aura. Um.. Although I said I would also be your night time companion as well, th-that was.. how should I put it, just so you would take us with you, or rather….. Mmph!?”

I cover Aura’s mouth, who was trying to say some unthinkable words in the middle of the dining hall.

“Y-you idiot! Where do you think you are? Anyway, I never had that kind of intention so it’s fine.”

In truth, I had been thinking about it but it was probably better to keep that a secret.
Nevertheless, the surrounding gazes were painful….. It might be possible that they heard that statement just now.

“Let’s not talk about such things in public, okay? Because it’s dangerous (to my life).”

Aura nodded frantically at my compelling smile.

“So, this girl is?”
“Yeah.. Her name’s Lily. You can’t touch her, okay? Because she’s still a child.”
“I-I know that. Besides, I’m not a lolicon.”

Well, it’s certainly true that Lily, the girl sleeping on my lap is cute and I want to touch her cheeks. B-but that’s different, right?

“In that case, it’s fine…..”

And yet Aura continues looking at me in sceptically. Heh, it’s not like I have a particularly guilty conscience, okay!?

 

After our respective introductions, we returned to my room. I considered getting another room for them, but Aura said it was fine so we ended up staying in the same room.
There wasn’t anything I needed to do in particular so we quickly washed up and went to sleep.
Here, an incident occurred.

“No, I am a man after all, I can’t let a girl sleep on the floor.”
“That’s not good! I’m a slave, so it’s unacceptable to let my master sleep on the floor while I sleep on the bed by myself.”

This situation continued for a while. While I was worried about what to do, I happened to catch sight of Lily.

“………..If I sleep on the bed, I might assault Lily.”

Of course, I had no intention of doing that but if I don’t say something like this, Aura probably wouldn’t sleep on the bed.

“T-to think you would have that kind of hobby……”

Hm? Aren’t you taking it a little too seriously? B-but now that it’s come to this, I’ll have to persevere until I get her to sleep on the bed!

“That’s right, I’m a genuine lolicon. And the sensation of Lily’s butt on my lap was nosebleed-inducing!
“Uwah…. Th-then I’ll sleep on the bed. So the lolicon will sleep on the floor.”

Aura’s gaze was at absolute zero.
It may look like this but as far as it goes, I’m still her master…… Well I did get her to sleep on the bed, so I can just rationalise it tomorrow…..

――――――[Aura POV]――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

I am Aura, a former princess and currently a slave.
Even I know that I’m a slightly unusual slave. I was told to chase them away when a person who wanted to buy me appeared.
Truthfully, I didn’t want to listen to them but right now my little sister, Lily is sick.
That guy came while I was nursing Lily.

“Um… Miss former princess? I wanted to chat with you for a bit…….”

I originally had no intention of being his companion but he was different from the usual customer.
Usually they apply pressure on me when talking because I’m a slave, but he seemed fairly modest.
That was part of it but even though I usually won’t talk, before I realised, I even went so far as to tell him about Lily.
That’s not good, Aura, hasn’t everyone been the same until now? Besides, even if he’s a good person, I can’t leave this cage while I have Lily.

“Heal.”

What did he mutter? The moment I thought that, Lily’s body was covered in light. When the light dissipated, Lily had a certain change.
Her pained sleeping face from before now looked healthy.
What he said was that he used recovery magic to cure her illness. I thought that now I could freely go with him but-

“I don’t really want a slave.”

Eh!? What did that mean!? I thought for sure that he performed the treatment because he wanted me but it seems I was wrong.
But if I don’t get him to take us along now, I really will end up being sold to a stranger somewhere. I definitely don’t want that. He was still leaving the room while I was wondering if there was any way to detain him somehow.

“B-but I can be your night time companion as well…..?”

Truthfully, I’ve never done such a thing before, and I don’t want to do it if possible. Even so, I didn’t miss this perfect opportunity. Sure enough, he took custody of us in the end.

I only realised that I didn’t ask him for his name after we arrived at a cafeteria-like place.
It seems that his name is Arnest. But what should I call him….. I’m a slave so should probably call him Master or something. Or should I call him Nest like a close friend, or so I wonder.

 

Nest said he would rent a room for us but I couldn’t inconvenience him any further, so we stayed in the same room.
Even so, another incident occurred.
Nest was surrendering the bed to us to slept on the floor. Even if he’s my master, I have no excuse for letting him do so.
I don’t know what he was thinking but Nest seemed to grin while we were still in a stalemate.

“………..If I sleep on the bed, I might assault Lily.”

The astonishing thing was, when I got into bed and thought about it clearly, I realised that it was probably his means of making me sleep in the bed.
He looked so pitiful sleeping on the floor so I covered him with a futon and returned to the bed to sleep.
Good night, Nest. My first master.

Chapter 4: Try to get acknowledged!

Author-san releases a chapter every day and I’m trying to catch up. Not sure if I’ll continue at this pace though.
A/N: I added some description for Aura and Lily.

Try to get acknowledged!

I came to the Guild the following day. It seems I haven’t been exposed as the one from yesterday, thanks to the hood covering me.

“Good morning, Asha-san. Ah, here’s the lunch box from yesterday. It was delicious.”
“Good morning, Nest-san. Thank you for specifically bringing back the lunch box. In regards to the medical treatment, we prepared the table over there so please use it.”

Asha-san points to a table as she says that.

“Basically, the price is up to you to decide. Obviously that would be too expensive, but Nest-san need not worry about it. Best regards.”

So she says, but I don’t feel like doing medical treatment today. It seems my Heal is abnormal so I want to be able to use a normal Heal at the least. If I can’t learn it in one day today then I’ll also do it tomorrow but unlike the past, I was able to see the genuine spell in close proximity. I think I’ll probably be able to master it easily.

[Starting medical treatment. The price will be negotiated after examining the injury.]

“Alright.”

I set up the sign I had made in advance on the table top. The people around looked over to see what I was doing but they seemed somewhat delighted after reading the sign.

I fetched a knife from my belongings.

“Then let’s start.”

Unlike before, I’m leaving a small scar on my hand. There’s no point in healing everything now, so I focus on healing to leave a small scar.

“Heal.”

I wanted to only heal it a little but naturally, everything was healed on my first try and it ended in a failure.
I continued to repeat it over and over so I could at least improve my magic control slightly.

“Heal.”

I don’t know how many tries it took, but I finally succeeded.
Afterwards, I continued to do favourably and didn’t make any blunders.
With this, I can use a Heal without looking suspicious.
I didn’t have anything further to do so I left the guild.

I saw something interesting when returning to the inn. It was a ‘slave market’.
I’ve never experienced something like this in my life before so I was a little curious.
There were many slaves in the Slave Market. A variety of species, from humans to elves. Of course, the slaves were expensive. I didn’t have any particular urge to buy any but I caught sight of some text when looking around.

[A challenge from the Slave market! Try to get acknowledged by this beautiful princess!]

The contents simply stated that ‘There is a disobedient slave who was formerly a princess. If she acknowledges you as her master then we’ll offer her to you for free! However, please leave behind half the money you carry on you if you fail. ※Anyone can try.’
I’m only carrying a little bit of money so I might as well try. I’ll earn it back from tomorrow anyway…. It’s best to try now, when I have no money!

And so, I was supposed to be meeting the former princess now but she was at the back, looking after a girl who was lying on a bed.
The girl who was peeking out from the back had short, red hair and exuded an indescribable charm.
The girl on the bed was blue, like she was sick, and it wasn’t a bit inferior to the blue colour of her hair.

“Um… Miss former princess? I wanted to chat with you for a bit…….”
“Stop talking! I’m busy at the moment so hurry up and leave!!”

This is good business for Slave Market-san. I think it’s a little harsh though….

“Er.. that girl is?”

I thought the princess was being unreasonable, so I ask about the girl who has been concerning me for a while now.

“……… She’s my little sister. We’re not related by blood though.”
“Right.. So that’s it. How should I put it, doesn’t her condition look rather bad?”

If that wasn’t so, I don’t think the princess would be nursing her so frantically.

“This girl is ill. Furthermore, it’s an illness without a cure. Right now she’s somehow surviving with medicine, but I have to chase you guys away so I can buy that medicine. And so, won’t you leave soon?”

I see…. So there’s such a method for earning money in this age. The people from the Slave Market are pretty smart. Well done, well done.
But what should I do….? I should be using some recovery magic here, huh. She’s just so pitiful……Sigh.

“Heal.”

I had decided not to use it as much as possible but it can’t be helped.
The girl was bathed in light. The light disappears in an instant and left behind is a healthy looking girl who was sleeping.

“Eh, wh-what did you do!?”
“Er.. It’s just some recovery magic. That girl should be cured now.”
“Recovery magic, you say…..”

The princess’s jaw dropped in surprise.

“Then I’ll be leaving now. She’ll probably wake up soon, I think.”
“Eh, wai-wait a minute!”

The princess grabs my arm when I attempt to leave the room. I feel a sense of déjà vu…..

“D-don’t you want me!? Isn’t that why you healed her!?”

Right, it’s true that it seems that way when looking at it objectively….. But it’s not like I really want a slave.

“Er.. I only tried because I thought it would be interesting but come to think of it, my lodging fees will increase so I don’t really want a slave.”
“Don’t really want a slave!?”

The princess looks like she received a shock for some reason, but I ignore her and head outside.

“B-but I can be your night time companion as well…..?”

Couldn't find what I was looking for, but this'll do

*Flinch*
First of all, it goes without saying but, I have no experience with women. I’m a virgin. So when I receive such sweet temptations, my HP drops down to 1.

“B-but what will happen to that girl when you leave?”

I attempted a counterattack with only 1 HP.

“She’s actually not a slave, she’s just here. S-so you’ll even get a bonus this time.”

――――――――――――Mother, father, I’m sorry. My HP is already at 0.

“Haa~ I finally got to leave that place!”

Walking beside me is the princess. The girl is sleeping on my back.
The people from the slave market were extremely surprised in the beginning, but they were professionals. They immediately straightened their faces and finalised the contract. I pretended that I didn’t see the hint of frustration on their faces.
Or rather, I gained a slave but what should I do from here on……? I was the only one who felt troubled.