Chapter 17: How about cross-dressng….?

Ooh look~ More plot twists, and another chuuni nickname…..

How about cross-dressing….?

I left the monster corpses as they were and headed back to the capital, but there was some kind of dispute at the gates.

“Why won’t you let us in!?”
“Even if you say that… I can’t admit a slave whose master isn’t present because it’s the rules….. I could allow you entrance if it was only the blue-haired girl but……”
“Nes- our master is inside the capital! Besides, I can’t let this child search for him on her own!!”
“Although you’re saying that… “

The one arguing was a red-haired girl and she had brought along a brunette and a girl with blue hair.
I feel like I’ve seen that combination somewhere before, but I call out to the gatekeeper so I can enter.

“Err… Can I go in….?”
“Ah!! Yes, go ahead.”

I had spoken to the man when I was leaving, so he let me in without any problems.

“N-nest!?”

Then, for some reason, the red-haired girl called my name.

“Certainly I’m called Nest, but who.. are……”

I was about to ask who she was, but the girl I just passed was someone I already knew.

“Eh, what…? Aura?”
“That’s right!!”

In that case, the other two should be Lily and Tré.

“Huh, why are you guys here?”

As far as it goes, I had left them a message telling them not to worry before I left.

“…………were worried….”
“Eh, what did you say?”

Aura mumbled something but I couldn’t hear it clearly.

“N-never mind, you idiot Nest!!”

She yelled at me for some reason but people started looking at us so I decided to head back to the inn first.

“Ah, Mister. I’m the owner of these slaves so they’re allowed to enter now, right?”

Saying that, I show him the verification given to me by the slave merchant. The gatekeeper confirmed the verification and granted us passage.
We returned to the inn and I heard the details from Aura and the others.
It seems they were given a lift on a peddlers wagon but were stopped at the gates, and that’s when I came along.

“Seriously, you were suddenly taken away so we were worried. Lily and Tré were at least.”
“And you weren’t!?”
“Huh? But Aura-oneechan also had an extremely panicked fa- Mmph!!”

Aura covered Lily’s mouth before she could finish her sentence.

“Lily? You don’t have to mention that, okay?”
“K-kay.”

Lily was lead to a corner of the room.

“Speaking of which, why was Nest called to the capital…?”

Tré inquired while Aura and Lily were occupied.

“Er.. It seems that the king’s daughter and wife fell ill and he was looking for someone to heal them.”
“So Master healed them, right…?”
“N-no? I thought that it would cause a lot of trouble in the future if I did, you see?
“Eh, you’re not going to heal them….?”

Tré had looked at me with a gaze full of reverence, but it changed as if she received some kind of shock.

“N-no, I am going to heal them! It’s just that it would be bad if I exposed myself so I was planning to sneak in tonight.”
“A-as expected of Master…!”

Tré appeared to be deeply touched, but Aura and Lily returned at that point. It seemed like they had been listening to our conversation.

“But how are you going to sneak in? It’s the King’s castle so there should be a lot of guards…..”
“Th-that’s true…… But couldn’t I just force my way through while using Heal?”

I thought I could do it that way but does that seem a little excessive?

“I think that would be difficult. I don’t know how this castle is, but there were quite a lot of people with guards following them back at my castle.”
“S-seriously? Maybe I should just give up on healing them then.”
“Ehh…….”

Tré looked at me with a hopeful gaze as if asking ‘that’s a lie, right…?’, but it would come to nothing if I was caught when healing them.

“If I could at least make it into the castle then it might be feasible, but….”
“If you’re wondering how to deal with the door guards then how about using sleeping drugs?”
“But even if sleeping drugs were okay, how would I get the guards to take them without arousing suspicion?”

While brainstorming methods to deal with the door guards together with Aura, Tré spoke up timidly.

“M-master, I.. I’m good with cosmetics so how about cross-dressing…..?”

Tré unexpectedly proposed an idea, but that sounded a little difficult.

“Um.. Tré? As expected, that’s a littl- “That’s it!!” Eh?”
“Nest can just disguise himself as a girl and seduce them! I’ll lend you the clothing so use that to penetrate the castle!!”
“N-no wait, I’ll be quickly exposed if I wear female clothing as a guy!”

 

But in the end, my resistance was futile and I was forced into cross-dressing.

 

And after dozens of minutes, I was adorned with cat ears and paws. Viewed from the vicinity, I totally looked like a cat-girl.

The cat ears had been bought by Lily for some reason.

――――――[King POV]――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

In my hand right now was a report from the garrison in the outskirts of the capital.

[A large number of dismembered monsters were discovered in the outskirts of the royal capital…. There were no traces of them being dismantled so it’s believed that a terrifyingly brutal monster has materialised outside the royal capital. We would like the palace guards and knights to form a collaboration and stay vigilant. Furthermore, there have been reports of a fiend with long, dishevelled hair who wields a mysterious cylindrical bladed weapon? (A sharp scythe?) We have temporarily named this individual <Tosatsu Majo> (Witch of Slaughter).]

Even though I’m already preoccupied with my wife and daughter, work continues to pile up for me as the king.

“Witch of Slaughter…… What a good name……”

I decide to give a small reward to the guard who wrote this report.

Chapter 16: M-my hand is reacting!?

It looks like Nest isn’t worried about his manlihood….

M-my hand is reacting!?

After leaving the castle, I first headed out of the capital.
I walk for a while outside the capital and then check to make sure no one is around.
Since the matter with the goblins, I haven’t had a proper chance to test out my new skills.
Even if I’m going to sneak into the castle later, I have to make sure of my own strengths to some degree.

My first test was [supposing that that is the result of my special training in recovery magic, can I really use it?].
A number of monsters were living in the outskirts of the capital. Right at that moment, a small group of goblins appeared. They appeared to be transporting something and stopped when they noticed me.
Confronting these goblins, I prepared my trusty knife.
……… Little by little, the feeling of my arm moving by itself appeared, just like last time.
In that instant, a goblin came charging at me and I separated its arm from its body with my knife.

Thinking that this response could be due to the fact that goblins had a humanoid figure, I found other monsters to test it on but I was able to cut off their limbs as well.
Like this, I understood that the answer to my first question was [I can use it].

Next is testing [whether that sensation will respond to non-living things].
I picked up a relatively large rock and threw it overhead.
……Thunk.
The rock fell but that [reaction] didn’t appear at all.
The result: it didn’t react to [non-living] things.

After that was [can I use something other than a knife?].
I first tried wielding a sword dropped by the goblin I killed. I fought a number of monsters and discovered that I can use it somehow, but using my knife is easier.
Then, I tried using a tree branch that fell. I stare at the goblin in front, thinking that it was probably impossible without a blade of some sort.
….Huh? M-my hand is reacting!?
Being oblivious to this, the goblin charged at me like the goblin from before.
……My hand moves on its own.
I had thought there was no way a tree branch could defeat them, but behind me were its severed limbs and the dead goblin collapsed onto the ground.
As one would expect, even I was surprised. A tree branch with no blade was able to do this sort of thing.
I attempted it several times after that but the results were the same, I could cut off the limbs of goblins and other monsters with just a tree branch.
Even I had no idea how that came to be, but I’m honestly very pleased that I can fight with a tree branch if the time comes to that.
Afterwards, I went a little overboard and did in all the monsters……

What I concluded from these experiments was that I could certainly use other weapons but my knife was the easiest to use, and I can fight with a tree branch in the worst situation.

 

The final test was [the extent of pain I feel].
Although I had only been moving my [hand] when fighting the monsters just now, my body wasn’t at that level and I occasionally received a few attacks.
I didn’t feel any pain then but I’m experimenting with it just to make sure.
Just like in the past, I started with my finger but I only felt a little itch.
Next, I cut off my arm – this was also done in the past – and because it only itched a little, I also cut off my leg. It was the same as well.
Cutting my head or neck would indeed be scary so I left that alone but I cut everything else with no exception and still only felt itching.
As a result, I understood that everything else was fine, but the head and neck were unknown.

 

With this, I had finished all my tests for the time being so I cleaned up while healing myself and returned to the district.
I didn’t know what to do with the monsters’ corpses though……

Chapter 15: This person is the King!

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This person is the King!

…..I am at the capital.
On my left is an armoured bastard, on my right is an armoured bastard, and behind me is another armoured bastard.

“So annoying!!”
“Um… I’m sorry but please be patient. Since it’s the king’s decree….”

One of the armoured bastards lowers his head apologetically when he heard my shout.

“Speaking of which, why have I been called?”
“No, the king told us to find outstanding users of recovery magic and your name was mentioned when we asked around town.”

So the townspeople were to blame!!

“Even the receptionist at the guild had high praises for you.”

Asha-saannnn!!?
My shoulders slump after being betrayed by someone unexpected.

“And thus we brought you here. I’m sorry it was so abrupt….”
“N-no.. I-it’s alright…”
“Is that so! Then.. there’s something the king has to say so let’s head there now.”
“Waaiittt a momeeenttt!!!”

Did I just hear him say the king!?

“Whoa! Wh-what’s the matter?’
“Don’t just ask what’s the matter!!! Why are we going to the king’s place now!? I’m not prepared at all!?”

The armoured bastard said it in an extremely natural manner but for a commoner like me to suddenly meet the king it’s too intense!

“If you’re that vigorous then it’s fine.”

The armoured bastard grins (so it seems).

“No, how is it alright!? Please explain it! Hey!?”

My protest was in vain and in the end we reached a large door.
The king is definitely in there…. Because these scary looking people are lined up at the door!!

『Please enter』

A voice resounded from within the doors and the surrounding people reacted by opening the large door.

Inside was several common looking fellows like me and further inside I caught a glance of.. this person is the king! I could easily see that.
It looks like I wasn’t the only one summoned, and everyone in the room is here for the same reason.

“The one who called you guys here was me. I’m sorry for not giving you any warning but it’s a race against time so…..”

The king explains to us.
Simply put, it was something along the lines of [his wife and daughter contracted a mysterious disease so he found people who might be able to heal them].
At that point, I suddenly asked a question I was thinking about.

“Um.. Your Majesty. I understand why we were brought here but wouldn’t someone like the Saint have a higher chance of curing them?”

Generally, the Saint is the one considered the most outstanding in terms of recovery magic. Despite this, the Saint is nowhere to be seen.
The king grimaced, and I wondered if my question was too discourteous.

“Actually…. the Saint is my daughter.”
“””Pardon?”””

Including me, everyone in the group was dumbfounded at this sudden bombshell.

“Eh, but you just said your daughter caught a strange disease….?”
“That’s right. To be honest, the one who contracted the disease was my wife and my daughter tried to heal her but she ended up being infected instead.”

Everyone froze at these words. In other words, this was a disease that even the top healer failed to cure.
It’s not likely that some slightly-outstanding healers would cure this disease.

“I know that I’m asking the unreasonable….. Therefore, I won’t mind you withdrawing if you think it’s impossible….”

No one could move when they first heard the king’s words but after the first person left, everyone else continued to leave one after another.
If it was me, I might be able to heal them….. Except I have no proof, and no impetus to try it.
By the time I realised, there was no one else left in the room apart from the king and me. Even the guards read the awkward atmosphere and left the room.
I asked the king one final question.

“Your Majesty, if there was someone who succeeded in healing those two….. what would you do?”

The king probably thought that everyone had left the room, he showed signs of astonishment when he noticed me.

“Ah, right. If there was someone with such wondrous skill that he could cure what my daughter couldn’t, then I’d marry my daughter off to them. Of course, I would have to respect their own feelings though…..”
“I-Is that so….”

For a moment, I almost said “I will do it!!” but I don’t think I would make a good partner for such a divine beauty like the Saint.
In that case, letting my recovery magic be known would just be a disadvantage for me.

“As expected, I don’t think I can do it. I’ll be taking my leave now.”

I feel bad for the king but I still value my position. I’m not so good as to endanger myself for a stranger.
Right, the one to do that isn’t me.
If there was someone who could do it, that would be…..

The [Jet-black Saviour]-sama.