Chapter 23: As much as possible in the [Present]

Kookie wants to improve her creative writing skills…..but her subconscious is more creative than her consciousness. How does one sleep-translate?

A/N: I used third-person for this flashback so I tried to write in a more formal tone, but how is it?

As much as possible in the [Present]

In a certain country, a cute little girl was born. She was called [Aura] and had the fortune to be born to royalty.
Her life had no particular hardships, and she spent her days enjoyably.
She was blessed in the pursuit of knowledge and started learning about politics when she was 10 years of age.
The nation adored her and she grew up contentedly.
However, that all changed when a man appeared one day…..

 

The man registered at the Adventurers’ Guild and quickly rose through the ranks.
He greatly contributed to the town when monsters assaulted, and had even been summoned to the imperial castle.
Amidst a large number of violent adventurers, he earned the trust of the town with his agreeable personality and instantly became popular.

…………Then one day, a group of monsters assaulted the town once again.
Numerous adventurers attempted to suppress them. Naturally, he was no exception and also joined the subjugation unit. Incidentally, the number of adventurers was insufficient and the castle also sent guards to participate.
Within the castle were the members of the royal family which included Aura, as well as the leaders of the nation, with several people left to guard them.

 

While the King was awaiting information from the troops, an armoured guard turned up.

“So….. How is the subjugation unit?”

Removing his helmet, the one who reported about the subjugation was――

“The subjugation unit was……………

……………totally annihilated.”

――that man, with a devilish smile on his face.

In the instant following that, the King’s head suddenly went flying. He had unsheathed his sword with an unbelievable speed and massacred the surrounding leaders. The floor was dyed with blood, and his body was also stained red from the spurting blood of his victims.

“N-no……”

With no way to fight, Aura was also cut down by his sword.

“This is only the first……”

Her body collapsed onto the floor and she watched as he left, muttering with a smile on his face.

Am.. I going to die here………?

Her blood continued to flow out from the wound he inflicted. Aura was unable to stop the flow and just continued to cry.
The last thing she saw before she lost consciousness was the approaching figure of a person.

――――――[Arnest POV]――――――――――――――――――――――――――

“…………And when I woke up, my wounds had disappeared somehow. Everyone was killed there and only I survived. I think I was saved by that person I saw just before I passed out. But I never heard of any recovery magic like that so I searched for them and was caught…… And then you came, while I was living as a slave. I met Lily when I was first caught as a slave.”

Aura finished retelling her past but I couldn’t find any words to say to her and could only mutter the words “I see…..”

“Well, that’s all in the past! It’s no use caring about it now!! Look, our food has come out!”
“Ah, okay…..”

Aura said it’s fine not to worry about it but I wonder if she really feels that way……
I don’t really understand girls’ feelings. However, I wonder whether there’s anything I can do now……
I watch Aura eat the food happily and wonder if there is anything I can do for her….

The food looked delicious but I couldn’t really taste it. I simply ate while deep in thought.

If there’s something I can do for Aura―――――

―――――It’s letting her have as much [fun] as possible in the [Present].

“What’s this!? It’s super delicious!!”
“Right? I thought it would be delicious ever since I saw it on the menu.”
“Yeah, it really is delicious. As expected of Aura!”

I made it seem as though I thought the tasteless food was very delicious.

Chapter 22: Thank you very much!!

Since I don’t plan on TLing another chapter today, I decided to merge the last paragraph with the next chapter because it’s a better place to stop. (It changes POV for the last paragraph and ends with a cliff-hanger). There’ll probably only be 1~2 chapters tomorrow cos I’ll be cramming for exam the next day, but I’ll be picking up the pace after that for my Mid-sem break ~^^~

A/N: Sorry, I didn’t have time today so it’s another short chapter >w<

Thank you very much!!

“……t, …st!”

……Who is it..? I was sleeping so soundly……
With the events from yesterday, even if I’m not that bad with mornings normally, it was hard for me today.

“Nest, wake up!”
“……mn. So it’s Aura. I still want to sleep……”
“It’s not the time for that!! Lily has gone miss..ing……”

Seeing me still sleeping, Aura snatched my blanket away.

“……Hey? Why would Lily be in Nest’s bed, I wonder?”

Her voice was chilly. In that instant, my sleepiness was blown away and was instead replaced by cold sweat flowing down my back.

“Aura..san…..?”

I timidly look at the bed and see Lily sleeping. And furthermore, she was clinging to me.
Thinking back to last night, I certainly did feel like Lily had crawled into my bed……

“……Th-this LOLICOOONNNN!!!”
“I-I’m sorrrryyyyy!!!”

Luckily, Lily was still clinging to me so I passed through that situation unharmed.
Lily, thank you very much!!
……Well, this was also all Lily’s fault though.

 

We were in the middle of sightseeing in the capital. Since we were already here, we followed Lily’s idea of playing around a little and were thus walking around aimlessly.
On my cheek was a bright red handprint. Needless to say, it was Aura’s doing.
While I was feeling relieved about not being hit, Lily woke up and separated from me. Then I was suddenly hit.

“Jeez, don’t you know how to hold back?”
“It was my bad, okay? But you two suddenly sleeping together really surprised me.”
“Hmm.. So it was that sort of thing?”

We were strolling around the capital while chatting nonchalantly. As one would expect of the capital, it was more crowded than the town. There were plenty of street stands and the inn was also spacious.

“Lily, Tré, is there anything you guys want to eat…. They’re not here!?”
“Eh, no way!?”

Looking back over my shoulder, I notice that Tré and Lily were gone.

“But well, it should be fine since Tré is there. They should be returning to the inn when it gets late anyway.”

If Lily was on her own, we’d immediately turn around and look for her but fortunately, Tré was smart and carried some money on her.

“Then let’s just go around with just us two.”
“……kay.”

It seemed like Aura’s face turned slightly red, but I can just use my recovery magic if she gets a fever.

 

Aura and I had fun touring around the capital while partly searching for Lily and Tré.
It was soon midday and I felt it was a good time so we decided to have lunch.

“……Come to think of it, I never asked before but how did you end up becoming a slave?”

It’s already been quite some time since Aura and the others became a slave but I still haven’t heard the details.
With it suddenly on my mind, I boldly decide to ask as we waited for the food we ordered.
……There was a short period of silence, and then Aura started to speak.

“The reason I became a slave was――”

Chapter 21: You gave it away….?

This chapter was supposed to be paired with the previous one, but Kookie got lazy  >w<

A/N: I reverted the previous chapter back to first person.

You gave it away….?

Dropping the sword, I realised for the first time that there was a possibility that it wasn’t an enemy.
I lowered my arm at once, taking care not to inflict another serious injury. But that was only for an instant, as the one entering the room was clearly the rebel.
If it was going to be like this, I should have continued swinging as it was…..
But when I tried to act again, my stamina ran out and I collapsed onto the floor.

 

And then the one I thought was an enemy proceeded to cure my mother and I.
After that, I faced this man whose healing was superior to mine and praying that I will be able to see him again some day, I gifted him with one of my earrings.

 

Mother woke up a short while later. Just in case, we examined our bodies for the dark patches, but they were nowhere to be found on either of us.

“Oh my, what happened to your earring?”

Noticing that I wasn’t wearing one of my earrings, my mother asks for the reason.

“Actually…..”

I told her of the previous events and how I gave away the earring so we could meet again.

“You gave away the earring…..?”
“Yes, I did but…..was it bad…..?”
“….That is something someone from the royal line confers when they wish for another meeting, so you’re not exactly wrong…..”

But the Queen’s expression bewildered me.

“…….To put it simply, that earring is something you give to your future spouse. I also received it from your father.”
“!!”

I purely wished to meet again and didn’t have such ulterior motives when I gave it away but it looks like I may have done something foolish.
When I think about his reaction when he finds out…..
Overwhelmed with embarrassment, I completely forgot to report to Father and just continued to wrap myself in my futon.

――――――[Arnest POV]―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

….. I head back to the inn on my own.

“Sigh…..”

I breathe out a sigh. Despite going to heal the princess, I only managed to cure two servants in the end.

“Sigh…..”

I sigh once more. I’ll probably be wanted now, and I wasn’t even able to heal the princess. And tomorrow there might be a request at the guild: [seeking information!].
While walking alone in the dark, I flick the earring attached to my ear.

 

“Huh!? You went to the castle but couldn’t treat them!?”
“……Yes.”

Sure enough, I was scolded by Aura.
When I returned to the inn, her face looked relieved like she had been worrying. However, after I said that I failed in treating them, I was immediately made to sit in seiza.

“…..So? Why couldn’t you treat them?”
“Err… There were more guards than expected, and I looked for the room but…..”
“We already knew that from the start!!”
“Yes……”
“Well, it’s good that you returned safely….”

 

After being released from the short lecture, I washed my body and lay on the bed.
As one would expect of the capital, the room was very spacious. There were even two beds, so the others slept on the second bed.

When everyone was falling asleep, I felt like something entered my bed but I was too drowsy that I ignored it and continued to sleep.

 

…..It’s hot. Forcing my eyes open, I peek inside the futon.
Inside was Lily, who was hugging me as she slept….. As a little girl, she had a modest chest so someone with no experience with women was also able to endure it.
It was hard to see in the dark but it seemed like she had been crying as my clothes were damp. I would certainly refuse if it was drool or something but I’m hoping that as a maiden, she wouldn’t be drooling in her sleep.

“…….Lily.”

I tried to shake her away but instead it felt like she just hugged me tighter.
Let’s just leave her as she is……..
With hazy consciousness, I gently pet the head in front of me and return to sleep.

Chapter 20: I’ll start the treatment now.

Today I learned that the nun outfit is callled a ‘habit’.

Apparently I’m spoiling you guys with these releases and you’ll probably go into withdrawal when I catch up and only TL 1 chapter a day…. but I like you readers, you guys leave meaningful comments that I can enjoy instead of plain, old, boring ‘thank you’s, so continue to be spoiled!

A/N: It starts with the Saint’s perspective. From now on, I think I will incorporate a third-person perspective instead of just first-person. I used a little bit of third-person this time because of the change in perspective, but I will be using third-person for battle scenes and so forth after this.

I’ll start the treatment now.

“Good morning, Father.”

As the Saint, and as the Princess, I came before my own father, the King.
I already know what the matter is. It is about curing the Queen, my mother, who has contracted a mysterious disease.

“Good morning, Luna. Needless to say, I called you hear today to talk about my wife. I want to ask you to heal her as the Saint, is that alright?”
“…..I don’t know if I can cure her but I will try.”

Father nods at my agreement and with the words “then I’ll leave it to you”, he returns to work.

 

“Mother, I’m coming in now.”

I called out from outside the room, but there was no reply so I just went in.
Mother was asleep on the bed but she didn’t appear to be sleeping very peacefully.

I remove her clothes and look for symptoms of the disease.
There were several dark patches on her back and there were several of the same dark patches on her arm as well. It looks like those are the symptoms of this disease.

“Well then, Mother, I’ll start the treatment now.”

In terms of recovery magic, the most well-known spell was [Heal], but that wasn’t all recovery magic entailed.
Firstly, if this disease contained some sort of poison, I would need to use [Poison Heal] instead of [Heal].
And there would be times when I would need to cast [Refresh] for when the illness caused fatigue.
However, I cast [Poison Heal] and [Refresh] on Mother many, many times but the patches on her arm and back showed no sign of disappearing at all.

 

When I let the king know the treatment failed, he completely stopped work for the day to grieve and moan.

“…..I’m sorry, Father. My power just wasn’t enough.”

I couldn’t live up to my mother and father because of my own powerlessness….

 

When I woke up in my room the next day, my whole body felt sluggish.
……Perhaps I overexerted my magic during yesterday’s treatment.
While thinking that, I started changing into my habit in front of my mirror, because I couldn’t neglect my work as the Saint.
Suddenly, I noticed something black on my arm.
It can’t be…. I look at my arm and saw small black patches just like the Queen had.
From then on, I understood that this disease was contagious.
Certainly, it would have been better if I had considered that yesterday but because it was my own mother, I had deemed it a serious matter and forgot all about that.
I immediately head to the king’s room. Fortunately it was early in the morning and there were no guards in front of the king’s room.

“Father, I’m sorry for coming so early but are you awake?”
“…..Yeah, I’m awake.”

Still affected by yesterday’s matter, Father’s voice didn’t have his usual sense of aspiration.

“Please, just let me talk here.”

I cannot afford to infect my father, the king, so I ask for permission to speak through the door.

“Actually, it’s about Mother’s disease that I tried to treat yesterday. It appears to be a contagious type and I’ve now been infected as well…..”
“What!?”
“Please don’t open the door!!”

Surprised, Father tried to open the door and I had to coerce him into stopping.

“I apologise but this disease doesn’t seem like something I can cure. And it appears that this disease is contagious so Mother and I will migrate to a room at one end of the castle. And after we separate, please immediately order a quarantine.”
“….U-understood. I’ll do as you say….”

Hearing that, I returned to my room, prepared a minimal amount of necessities and head towards the assigned room.
I had Mother moved under strict management.

 

A few days passed after that. Meals were delivered before the room three times a day but now I had difficulty even going to pick it up. Not getting enough food, my face also seemed to become thinner.
…..Although I went to the trouble of learning recovery magic, I wonder if I will end up dying without even saving my mother…..
Unable to stop the falling tears, I wept into my pillow for a long time.

 

…..When I awakened unintentionally, there seemed to be some kind of disturbance outside the room.
It wasn’t the usual sound of our meals being delivered and when I strained my ears to listen to the faint voices of the guards, I discovered that a rebel had infiltrated the castle.
…..From the sound I heard outside the room just now, it’s likely that the rebel is on the other side of the door.
Dragging my heavy body forward, I pick up the sword that was left in the room for some reason.

 

…..The door opened――

I raise the sword in my hand towards the arm poking out from the opening of the door and swing it down vigorously.

Chapter 19: Please don’t come any closer….

Due to buggy Win10 issues, Skype has deleted all my contacts. If you’re my friend, please add me again. If you’re not my friend, uh… you can add me anyway and we can be friends XD (but please introduce yourself first, cos Kookie doesn’t add randoms).
Very short chapter this time.

A/N: I’m sorry this chapter is so short. It’ll make it longer from the next one on. m(_ _)m

Please don’t come any closer…..

“I won’t yield to you, whoever you may be.”

The beauty saying that looked pale, and was barely standing. She collapsed as she finished saying it.

“Hey, are you alright!?”
“Please don’t come any closer….”

But to abandon her now would leave a bad aftertaste. Being in a nook of the castle means she’s probably a servant who wouldn’t be able to pay for medical treatment, huh.

“…..Let’s see.. Heal.”

The fact that we met means we probably have some affinity so I cast recovery magic on the girl.

“…..Eh?”

Her complexion slowly improves and her health seems to have returned as the beauty quietly stands up.

“Y-you.. Did you do this…..?”
“Hm? I was the one who healed you but…. Ah, I don’t need any payment, okay?”

It’ll be dangerous if I stay here too long and the guards come, so I should take my leave soon.

“Th-then, I’ll be going now….”
“P-please wait!! Um.. If it’s possible, can you heal my mother as well…..?”

It seems both parent and child contracted the disease and the mother was currently sleeping in a bed inside.

“Heal.”

I was lead to where her mother was residing and cast another recovery spell. Her complexion improved and her ragged breathing also evened out.

“U-um! Take this….”

When I decided to leave for sure, the beauty handed me some kind of object. Looking at it closely, it seemed she gave me one of the earrings she was wearing.

“This is….?”
“Yes, this is something that’s been passed down in our family for generations. I’m giving it to you because I hope we’ll meet again. If it can act as payment for the treatment….”
“I see.. In that case, I should accept it. Then I really will be going now.”

At any rate, this is a beautiful earring. Why would a servant be holding this, I wonder….

 

I exit the room and search for the Saint’s room once again. However, I didn’t end up finding it no matter how much I searched and the guards gradually increased so with no other choice, I decided to return to the inn.

“Sigh, I went so far as to cross-dress and sneak in but only managed to heal two servants in the end….”

With heavy footsteps, I returned to the inn.

Chapter 18: Might you be a little tired?

Kookie was bullied by Skype who got rid of all her friends. Spent all day troubleshooting with no fix. So now Kookie is friendless, unhappy and is posting less chapters than planned.

A/N: A friend drew a picture of the protagonist cross-dressing and gave me a clean copy of it.

Might you be a little tired?

……..When the sun set and the sky begun to darken, I came to the front of the castle once again.
Naturally, there were two guards remaining at the entrance.
I’m going to infiltrate the castle now but I need to make them lose vigilance.
I turned on all my charm and approach the guards.

“Hey nyaa~ Misters, might you be a little tired?”

―――While I was cross-dressing.

In the end, I had make-up put on by Tré and for clothes, Aura said “my clothes aren’t sexy enough….” so we bought clothes with sex appeal (?).
The two gatekeepers were put in a good mood by me and relaxed their guard.

“Oh, a cute young lady came.”
“No, no, I’m not that cute….”

‘Cuteness increases just by being modest!’ is what Aura said, and I follow her advice.

“Rather than that, would you like some tea? To be honest, I made some excellent tea today, and I wanted to drink it with you misters…. Is that no good?”

Apparently the so-called ‘upturned eyes’ is important when saying this. Not only this, it was necessary for me to drink as well, so they wouldn’t suspect me.
Certainly, it would be surprising if someone suddenly offered you tea.

“N-no! Of course we’ll have some!!”

I prepare tea for myself and the two guards, and first drink myself.
Naturally, it was drugged with sleeping medicine but I whispered a quiet ‘Heal’ and succeeded in ridding myself of the drowsiness.
Seeing me drink, the guards also consumed the tea.

“I.. suddenly feel… sleepy….”
“Oh.. Me too….”

The sleeping drugs showed their effects and the two guards soon fell asleep.

 

Succeeding with the first plan, I infiltrate the castle and confirm the lack of guards, then change into the guise of the [Jet-Black Saviour].
But while searching for the Princess’s room, I realised that I didn’t know where the room was.

“Hey! Are you guys alright!? What happened!?”

At that moment, I heard a loud voice originating from the gatekeepers’ location. This is bad…. I never thought they would notice so early!
I panic and run away. I heard the sound of footsteps behind me but I ignored them and continued running.

I looked for the aforementioned room while running, but I couldn’t find it at all.
In the midst of that, I was finally caught in a pincer attack.

“You rebel! You have quite the nerve to sneak inside the castle, but that ends here! Receive our judgement!!”

While this was said, several guards sprung at me, but here I displayed the results of my experiment.
I nimbly retrieve my knife and chop off the arms of the people leaping at me, then flee once again.

“…..Eh? …….Uwaaaaahhhhhhhhh. My armmmm!”
“Heal!!”

I run while facing the guys rolling in pain and heal them.
They appeared to be dumbfounded when their cut off arms started regrowing but I didn’t have the time to care about that. I just continue running and focus on finding the rooms.

 

I must have been to absorbed in running that I ended up in an area without any illumination from the castle lamps.
It was bare except for a slightly old-looking door.
The Saint wouldn’t be here… or so I thought, but when I turned around to continue looking, I thought I heard some kind of noise from within the room.
That noise bothered me no matter what, so I opened the door.

” ..!!??”

In that instant, the person inside sliced off a part of my arm with a sword. It didn’t really hurt but I was certainly surprised.

 

“I won’t yield to you, whoever you may be.”

That girl was an extremely beautiful girl, with a voice I seem to have heard before――――

――――――[Tré POV]―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

“Master, take care….”
“Yeah!”

Just a moment ago, we took possession of the drugged tea and saw Master off at the entrance.
Even though he will get caught if he fails, Master is going to save the princess. Master really is an amazing person.
He’s also a kind Master to us slaves.
After he returns, Master might reward me for proposing the cross-dressing idea. Then this time I will definitely have Master wash me in the baths.

“Hey, Aura-oneechan, Tré..”

Lily called out, but she didn’t really help much this time so she might be thinking of something.

“What….?”
“You know? Master didn’t really have to cross-dress, couldn’t one of us have gone instead?”
“”Ah!””

 

…..It looks like the reward this time might have to wait.

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.

Chapter 14: You’re really saying that!?

Question: What’s better, a scheduled batch-release or spamming you with posts like I have been doing?
Asha-san seems less like a harem member and more like a tutorial fairy….

You’re really saying that!?

After finally managing to finish healing the subjugation members, we were drinking tea at the guild table.

“T-today there were a lot….”

Aura sounded completely exhausted, as if she was covered in wounds.
Tré also looked very pained after casting so many recovery spells and draining her mana.
Lily had reached her limit midway so she was now sleeping on my lap.
That isn’t to say I wasn’t tired. I had plenty of mana but continually using recovery magic all day is somehow… you know?

“Then shall we go home soon?”

Everyone was still exhausted but it’s not like we can stay here indefinitely.
Lily didn’t end up waking up so I piggybacked her home.

“Lolicon”
“Wai- You’re really saying that!?”
“So Master is a lolicon……?”
“No Tré, that’s wrong, okay? I’m not a lolicon, okay?”

The next day, the rumour that I was a lolicon flowed into the guild.
Hey, even though I healed you guys yesterday!!
I was ignored by Asha-san all day….

――――――[Armoured dude POV]―――――――――――――――――――――――

“So I should gather some outstanding healers, is that correct?”
“Yeah. I’m counting on you.”

I was in a hurry. My mind didn’t work well in a race against time.
Nevertheless, I still had a lot of things I need to do.
I stood up from my seat.

――――――[Arnest POV]―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

I somehow managed to supress the suspicions of me being a lolicon and I relaxed at home the next day.
Today is the regular day off work. Thinking of sleeping until noon and then going out to play somewhere, I fell asleep once again.

 

It’s now afternoon, and I am strolling about in town by myself for once.
The people in this town are as good-natured as usual and they wave when they see me.
Seeing them waving happily, I feel glad I killed the goblins back then.

 

“Would you happen to be the recovery magic user, Arnest-sama?”

Surprised by the sudden voice, I turn around while wondering who it is. Standing behind me were several people covered in full-body armour.

“Y-yeah. I’m Arnest but… can I help you with something?”

Naturally, this guy wasn’t one of my acquaintances. Despite this, he seemed to know of me.

“By order of the king, we have come from the capital to retrieve you!! It’s a very urgent matter so please come with us.”

With that said, I found myself being escorted away by two armoured men.

“Eh, right now!? Wai.. give me a moment first!!”

If I don’t say something to Aura and the others first, there’s no telling what will happen, especially to me.

“I’m sorry but this is a race against time.”

Whoa, are you serious…. I’m gonna get lectured when I get back…..

“Huh, Nest-san?”

Passing by us unexpectedly was the inn’s postergirl-chan.

“Ah, perfect timing! If you see Aura and the others, please tell them I’ve been summoned to the capital by the king and that they don’t have to worry about me!!”

Leaving behind those words, I was taken away by those armoured bastards.

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

Currently we were having a discussion about what to do from here on.
Apparently Nest was taken away to the capital when we weren’t aware.

“Jeez, what is Nest doing….”

I unintentionally let out a sigh.

Even the ever-smiling Lily had a gloomy expression after hearing the situation.

“Is Nest.. alright?”
“I think he should be fine. I heard it was an order from the King.”

But even if I believe he’s alright, I can’t help but think that there’s a chance of something bad happening.

“Yup, it’s useless to think any more! We’re going to the capital too!!”
“Yeah!!”

With that decided, there’s nothing more to discuss. We’ve saved up money from our work every day so we should have enough.
All that’s left is how we will get there, but…..

“Asha-san. Do you know any good means to get to the capital?”

We decided to ask Asha-san in the guild.

“Ah, could this be about Nest? I would like to go too, but I can’t leave my work….. As for traveling measures, it should be fine to ask a peddler. Luckily, Tré-san can use Recovery Magic so they should easily give you a ride.”

 

“Well then, please treat us well.”

We greet the peddler who will be giving us a ride to the capital and board the wagon.

 

Everything is so we can meet Nest.