Chapter 41: It was a joke, teehee

Welp, can’t say there’s no progression any more. Nest…. so dense… and so repetitive >w<
Cringing too much after translating, will go back and edit later.
1 more chapter to go, then I’ll go back to being lazy. Or maybe go and finish another teaser chapter. Either way, more procrastination.

It was a joke, teehee

Wh-what should I do no……?
This is not the mood to just say ‘it was a joke, teehee’ after all this time.
No matter how I think, it’s become a worse state that before though……

“……uu…………!”

Even now, she had her face pressed to my back and continued to cry.
I want to remove the sword and heal myself some time soon but……

“……I’m sorry……!!……I’m sorry……!!…..It……It was my fault so……!!”

I don’t understand what Aura was thinking and why she was apologising to me.
But I do know that if I didn’t tell her it was a joke soon, it would get seriously bad later.
……Alright, I should say it now!

“………uu… Nestt……!!”

I was about to say it was a joke, but she called my name at that moment and in the end I wasn’t able to say it.

“……I’ve……!! …been so…… mean…… until now……!!

Really. Is she talking about the day I brought Tré home?

“……I’ll apologise so…… …….I…. I was wrong.. so…….so……..come backkkk……. …..!!”

Returning or whatever, I never went anywhere from the start though.
Ah, this is also really bad. It may be as bad as her possibly killing me later if I don’t tell her soon.
However, that I didn’t know when I should make my move was also a fact.

“……Even today…… when I heard you would release us from slavery…… I …….be abandoned…….”

……I never thought it’d be like that……
I just thought it would be inconvenient to be a slave so I said such a thing……
Huh, but thinking about it clearly, if it was Aura, I feel like she would be fine even without me though.

“……I just…. wanted to… stay by your side…….!!”

……Why [Me], I wonder.
I really had no intention of doing anything, and only thought to do normal things.
To want to be with someone like me, I wanted to know why.

“………Even after this…… ……together……wanted…….Nesttt…..!!”

Aura continued to nuzzle her head against my back.
I couldn’t even say that the sword stabbed in me was dangerous , and could only continue to play dead.

“……Don’t leave me…… I’ll say anything……………..even the things I never said until now…… I’ll say them all so……!!”

……The things Aura was unable to say to me, I wonder what the heck they were.
I-it couldn’t possibly be that my nostril hairs were coming out, right……? Eh, it’s different, right!?”

“……I……. …..you……”

H-huh? This, something okay to hear just as I am? I-it’s not something bad, by any chance, right……?

 

“―――――――I like you…… Never…… I was ever able to say it but…… I…… like…… You!!”

――――Aura.. likes.. me……?
I was Aura’s master, and Aura was my slave. What reason would she have to like me……
Or rather, this was the first time a girl told me they liked me――

“……I like you….. …….I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you I like you !!”

I-it’s the first time someone told me they like me――.
After that, as if calming down a little, I felt her weaken the strength with which she clung to my back.

“……I said I like you so many times so…… wake up already……!!”

So I had thought, but the power increased again.
But if I get up now, I will be scolded by Aura when I’m awake……
However, even if I continue playing dead for longer, I might be unable to catch up to Weiss.
In addition, I also want to heal myself soon.
I should just resign myself to be scolded already.
Just when I made that decision, Aura extracts the sword stuck in my chest for some reason.

“…… …If this is the end then……just once…… Let me indulge in this bit of selfishness, okay……”

I didn’t know what Aura was thinking but she started to turn my body face up. By the way, my eyes were closed.
……What was this final bit of selfishness――?

“Nest……”

……She called my name but there was no sign of anything happening in particular.
If I’m to get up then it should be now, huh……
And then, the moment I quietly opened my eyes――――――

 

 

―――――――I was kissed by Aura.
It wasn’t on the cheek like with Asha-san, but the lips.
Aura had her eyes shut, and didn’t realise I was awake.
……The kiss lasted tens of seconds and still continued without end even now.
I didn’t understand how or why it turned out like this, only felt confusion.
And then another tens of seconds.
At last, I saw a sign of the kiss ending.
……Aura opens her eyes.
Naturally, our gazes cross――

“Eh………?”

Aura was froze up noticeably. Similar to me, she was making a face like she didn’t understand what was happening.

“M-morning?”

We couldn’t stay like this forever so I timidly call out.

“Eh……EH!?

Aura’s face flushed red and she separates from me.

“W-why!? I-I did say to wake up but……eh, wh-what does this mean!?”

It seems she didn’t know what she should do in regards to my being alive.

“Calm down, Aura. This was……”
“Th-this was……?”

I decided to say the words I needed to now, to calm Aura down.

“――A joke, teehee.”

Chapter 40: I tried imitating the ogre.

Weiss pulled a Quirrel D:

I tried imitating the ogre

“Kukuku, you having no sense of pain was true.”
“……Hey Weiss, stop with the jokes.”

It doesn’t really hurt, but having a sword stick out from my chest isn’t a good feeling.
Much less he was mimicking the expression of the ogre from before, just what was he thinking?

“That’s right. I should certainly stop playing around soon.”

Saying such a thing, he suddenly brings out something he had hidden behind him.

“!!??”

With both arms and legs bound, and a cloth stuffed in her mouth so she couldn’t talk, it was [Aura].

“Mmmmph!”

She frantically struggled to get away from Weiss. However, there was a clear difference in power between the two.
One side was active as an adventurer. The other, someone who simply built up her knowledge of monsters every day.
Furthermore, Aura had all her limbs bound and couldn’t move her body sufficiently.

“If you remove that sword, I will kill this girl so please be warned.”
“Wha!?”
“Ah, I also laced that sword in poison used for torture to amplify the sense of pain. It should come into effect soon.”

……Just what in the world is happening?

“Ahaha, you’re making a ‘what is happening’ face. Do you still not understand? I was a traitor, that’s what it is. I was also the one who summoned the ogres.”
“……So what is your objective…..?”

I don’t even know how he manipulated the ogres to start with. He could be considered to possess such mighty strength, but I feel his goal was not clear at all.

“Hmm.. objective, is it. If anything, it’s because of an [order from above].”“About making ogres attack the town like this……?”
“That’s right. I need to completely destroy the town in the end, you know? Or rather, I sent a goblin army before the ogres this time, but they were done in by [you-know-who].”

…………
No doubt, that’s referring to me.

“Oh, it should be time for the pain to kick in now, I think? It seems even the strong guys scream from the tremendous pain when I use it, so hang in there, okay?”

……Indeed, I feel a tiny bit of pain.
Until now, it was only a little itchy but now it felt as sore as I did when I fell over before I learnt recovery magic.
However, it means the poison doesn’t end with just this.
When I glance over, Aura was looking this way with an ashen face.
……If it was going to turn out like this, I should have talked with Aura more. At this rate, it will end without me being able to release Aura from slavery.
I definitely want to prevent that at least, but I don’t think I’ll be allowed to.
……Do I really have no choice but to die like this――

―――Huh, it doesn’t hurt any more than this though……?
Could it be that this amazing effect was delayed?

“It should soon be too painful for you to talk, I think? Well, that can’t be helped though.”

……What to do. I’m definitely the strange one here……
It looks like he misunderstood my silence on his own, but the pain continued to remain at this level since some time ago.

“That recovery magic is a bother, you see. I expect you won’t be able to concentrate on healing because of the pain.”

……I see, it seems his aim was that. In the meantime, he probably intends to attack the town.
Some time passed, and indeed the pain still didn’t increase any further.
I thought that perhaps the effect might just be delayed and put myself on guard, but there was no sign of the pain increasing.
……But even if I stand around like this, it doesn’t mean something will happen.
I could also gamble on the subjugation squad to come this way but honestly, I couldn’t really expect it.
Besides, the longer they took, the more likely that the ineffectiveness of the poison would be exposed.
……Then what should I do?
The sword was still stuck in my chest with my blood flowing out.
Even if it’s just this, I want to quickly heal it.
Isn’t there.. Isn’t there any way to break this state of affairs……?

――There is.
……But honestly, I don’t really want to do it.
However, it’s also no good to missing this moment falling into an unrecoverable situation……
I must prepare myself――

“GGYYYAAAAAAAAaaaaAAAAa!!! IT HURTSS!! GUAAaaAAa!!”

……It’s too embarrassing.
Right now, I was screaming with all my strength while crouching.
When I tried imitating the ogre’s cry from before, I feel like I managed to make it sound like that.
If asked why I was doing such a thing, it was because I hit upon Weiss’s brief comment.

“It seems even the strong guys scream from the tremendous pain when I use it, so hang in there, okay?”

……even strong guys would scream from the pain.

“Ahaha, as I expected, even someone with no sense of pain will become like this.”

I couldn’t see his face because I was squatting down but I dare say he’s making a terrible face.
Aura may have turned as pale as a sheet, but I can only have her endure it.

“PIKYAAaAAa!!!”

Finally, I raise a magnificent scream, and then collapse on the ground as I was.
I might have overdone it a little but I hope doing this much makes it more intense.

“……Huh, did he die perhaps? Well, he did have a sword stabbed in him for this long so if it’s inevitable then it can’t be helped.”

……Alright!!
For the moment, my playing dead strategy is a success!!

“Then, I won’t need this person any longer, huh. Let’s kill her.”

……Wh-what did he say!?
Crap, I didn’t think of that.
I desperately think of even more plans to break out of this situation but nothing decent comes to mind.

“Ah, but it’s not good to head into town all bloody so I should just leave her as she is. She didn’t even respond to Nestcchi’s death anyway.”

Even by chance, it was fortunate that he ended up overlooking Aura.
……Weiss’s footsteps drift away. It seems he headed towards the town.
I can’t get up immediately so I maintain this collapsed state for a while.
Thereupon, I felt the sensation of something nestling close to me.

“…… …..! …..uU, Nesttt…………wake uppp…..!!”

――It’s Aura.
It seems she came over here with her arms and legs bound.
………N-now then, what to do?

Chapter 39: It’s incomparable

The most time-consuming part of translation (for Kookie) is diction + procrastination. Currently, procrastination equals reading other translated novels and sleeping. Not very productive at all.

Next up on my ‘to do because I’m bored’ list: Make a FAQ Q&A page~

It’s incomparable.

I closed the distance to the ogre.
Contrary to my running, the ogre walks towards me slow and steadily.
I don’t know whether that was an indication of composure or something, but I once again affirmed its big frame at this close distance.
Its size could probably rival the dragon from before.
If I continue at this rate, I should be able to start my battle with the ogre in a remote location away from the town.
In that case, the chance of exposing the townspeople to danger will be lowered, and I’ll also be able to focus on the battle.

 

The distance to the ogres grew even shorter.
I was already at a range that the ogre could reach if it extended its arms, or rather, the ogre actually tried to capture me with its arm.
But it’s slow. Dude-sense is much faster.
Well, normally, it would be limited to this speed at a size like this, which means I can dodge as much as I like.

“!?”

And yet, I saw it.
The ogre was grinning―
In the next instant, it did an about-face from its previous speed, with an obvious increase in speed.
Completely unprepared, I was unable to deal with that speed and was sent flying like that.
I was grateful for the fact that I really felt no pain, and immediately cast Heal despite tumbling on the ground.
The arms and legs bent in a strange direction returned to normal in an instant, and I recovered to a flawless state.
Thereupon, the ogre’s expression changed from a smile to a look of bewilderment.
The opponents it faced until now were probably sent beyond recovery with this one blow, or otherwise died instantly from it.
Even I think I could have an instantaneous death from this one blow if the location was bad, but luck was on my side this time.

“……Ha. As expected, it’s incomparable to the others before now.”

But it was the same for the ogre; I was not one of the opponents it could just kill off like before either.
I psych myself up, and face the ogre once more. The ogre also seemed to realise I was different from its previous enemies, and looked at me as if to examine my state.

“The real performance starts now……!!”

I won’t be negligent any more. I’ll deal with it completely, with all my strength―
I switched my knife to an underhanded grip, and the real fight between the ogre and I started.

While watching the ogre’s fist approaching, I recall what we learnt in practice and handle it with composure.
The ogre was also a humanoid type, and I soundly slip under the ogre’s boson, freely capitalising on the fruits of my training.
I was able to come to within reaching distance for my arm.
My arm starts to move―
Usually I would cut off the opponent’s arm or leg just like that, but unlike the goblins’ slender arms, ogre’s arm was as thick as my torso.
I was able to make a gash as deep as my knife but it was unable to reach the point of severing it.
In that case, it should be more efficient to use the beginners sword I purchased beforehand despite not being accustomed to it.
I thought to bring it just in case, and now it was worthwhile. I retrieve the sword hidden under my cloak and start amputating the arm.
But the ogre obviously wouldn’t let me do so easily, and it swung its fist around.
I crouched down and succeeded in avoiding the danger, and my arm even used the opportunity to stab at the ogre’s fist that was passing overhead and managed to lop off the arm just like that.

“GUGYAAAAAaaAA!!!”

The Ogre’s scream resounds.
To this date, most of my opponents lost their fighting spirit when I cut off their arm, but as expected of an ogre, it instantly regains its footing and rushes at me.

“Heal!!”

While casting recovery magic on myself, I elude the ogre’s charge.
I fear my arm wouldn’t be able to endure if I tried to ward it off without recovery magic.
I smoothly evade its charge and my arm perceives the ogre turning its back on me.
I trace a line from its back to its neck with my knife.

“GUGYAAAAaaaaaAAAAAaaaAAAAA!!!!!”

A scream arises, even louder than before. Looking at the ogre desperately trying to get away from me, it seems like it’s already lost its fighting spirit.
Nevertheless, I have no intention of stopping here. I can’t let it escape and harm the town again.
I seriously put my strength into my finishing blow and trace the gap between the ogre’s head and torso―
Thunk. The ogre’s head fell to the ground with a dull sound.
………I-is it over……?

“Heal.”

For now, I cast recovery magic on myself to cure the fatigue from the battle.

 

I look at the headless ogre collapsing before my eyes.
That was when it finally was aware that it had been killed.
I wonder how long it continued to stare.
I hear footsteps behind me. Weiss probably came to find me on his own because I was too slow.

“Ah, sorry Weiss. I was delayed in telling you to leave when I saw the ogre……huh?

However, when I turn my head, no one was there, only a lukewarm breeze was blowing.

“Weiss……?”

I’m sure I heard footsteps. And yet no one was there.
I thought it strange but I reconsider – it might be me mishearing – and then lower my gaze unintentionally.

“Huh……?”

A sword sprung forth from my chest, dripping with blood.
I spin around at once, and there―

 

 

Grinning like the ogre from before had been, was Weiss――

Chapter 38: I’ll be a little unreasonable.

Today is daddy’s birthday. Thus, there will be more chapters (~4+) especially translated. I plan to get through another episode of crazy plot twists today so look forward to it ~^^~

It seems Japan really loves their double negatives, and triple negatives…… and quadruple negatives >w<

I’ll be a little unreasonable.

“Huh, you’re alone?”

By the time I arrived at the rendezvous point, Weiss was already there.

“Yeah, due to a number of reasons. She might come later perhaps, but she probably won’t make it in time.”

As far as it goes, I left a memo with the location before I left the house, but she might not notice it.

“Weiss, do you know anything about ogres?”
“Well, only the general information.”
“Then it would help if you tell me about them.”

Since it was this kind of situation, anyone was fine as long as they were more informed than me.
It was originally planned for Weiss to come too, so it should be fine.

“Okay.”
“Then let’s hurry up and head there.

We quickly left the town, and headed to where the ogre was. I was already wearing the black cloak just in case.

“What’s that for?”

Weiss asks, as if seeing something strange. Come to think of it, I still haven’t explained about [this].

“I told you before about not wanting everyone to know about my recovery magic, right? And so, I fought a monster troop while wearing this to prevent my face from being exposed. And before I knew it, I ended up being called the [Jet-black Saviour], you see……”
“……Ain’t that cool?”
“As if it isn’t lame!?

Even I know that. I thought it was a pathetic name when I coincidently overheard it, and when I learnt that it actually referred to me, sheesh……!!
However, it’s not like I can do anything about that now.
Moreover, somehow the townspeople don’t think the [Jet-black Saviour] moniker was out of place at all, and even consider it stylish which is terrible.
Even though they should know what a cruel name it was if they thought about it normally…..

 

While hearing about the ogres in advance, we arrived at the intended location.
The astonishing thing I learnt was that [Ogres] were apparently humanoid monsters. Of course, they couldn’t fly either.
I learnt that they had no relation to large moths at all, but why then would they call them [Ogres], I wonder……
Another piece of intelligence I should keep in mind, would be the ogres’ overwhelming physical strength.
It seems they would even surpass dragons, if it’s just regarding the ogres’ physical strength. If I take them on directly, I would be helpless.

 

“Sigh, I’m starting to get nervous now.”

Nothing ogre-like has entered my field of vision yet, but I dare say it’ll approach that point soon.
Thinking back, the goblins weren’t much of an opponent, and the dragon was scary but I was able to flee from it.
But this time is different.
I already know that it’s [strong]. I also know that I might die if I’m careless.
And also the fact that this a battle where I absolutely can’t [run away]――

“I’ll be counting on you if someone comes, Weiss.”
“Roger”

Right now the townspeople are oblivious to the fact that ogres are coming.
If anyone leaves town and comes here where we are fighting, I won’t be able to concentrate on the battle.
If a townsperson comes, Weiss will inform them of the dangerous monsters, and also ask them to keep it a secret.
I also told him to ask for instructions if a girl named ‘Aura’ comes.

 

Within my vision, an indistinct figure could be seen.
When I strain my eyes, I see [that].
The figure was unmistakably gradually growing larger, and I could see that it was gigantic even from a distance.

“……Ah, come to think of it, I didn’t end up releasing Aura and the others from their slave contracts.”
“……? You had slaves, Nestcchi?”
“Yeah, the one who I planned to come with is one of them, but when I said that I wanted to release them from slavery in case something happened to me, she ran somewhere……”

I was still pondering it a little but I still don’t know why she cried.

“Err.. So that was the girl called Aura, right. Did that Aura girl really want to be released from slavery? I dunno what her relationship with you is like but if she ran away after you said that then that’s what I think it means.”

……Was such a thing really a possibility, I wonder.
Does a slave who doesn’t want to be released from slavery really exist?
I expect I would want to be freed immediately.
It would certainly be hard to tell if the master was very good natured, but Aura’s master is me.
I did say not to hold back to a certain extent, but that’s all I did in reality.
Every day, I make them stroll around town with me, and cook with me.
I wonder if it’s possible to not want to be released despite having such a master……
This kind of thing, I won’t know unless I ask Aura directly.
However, I do want to release them from slavery. I came to think this way since the incident at the checking station when we went to the capital.
…………Well, in order to have a proper chat with Aura, I have to defeat this ogre in front of me first.

By the time I noticed, the figure I could only discern as ‘ogre-ish’ could now clearly be seen as an [Ogre].

“Then you should move away soon, Weiss.”
“Understood. Please be careful.”
“Yeah. I’ll do my best.”

This time what I was entrusted to stop was a separate ogre, but I don’t think it will be done in so quickly.
In that case, I might have to stab it until it stops.
It’s not good to worry Asha-san that much either, but today I’ll be a little unreasonable.
To protect the town――
To protect everyone in town――
And in order to have a proper chat with Aura――
I began to run towards the approaching ogre in front of me.

Chapter 37: I’m sorry, that’s a lie.

I can’t decide whether my short attention span is part of my depression, or if I just have ADHD. Since I have nothing to procrastinate on after my mid-sems, I’ve started procrastinating on translating……
In other news, I’ve started a new teaser, and possibly more teaser series to come.

I’m sorry, that’s a lie.

“Hey, what happened? Just then, the guildswoman who was with you ran out with her face bright red……”

Weiss asks me, pointing to the guild entrance.

“N-no, nothing happened……”

Actually, many things happened with Asha-san, but now wasn’t the time for that.

“Are you guys going to join the subjugation squad?”

Judging from Asha-san’s story, I could guess that the monsters called ‘Ogres’ were considerably strong.

It wasn’t just for Cyan and the others in particular, it’s the same for the other adventurers this time. It’s different from participating in the goblin subjugation party from before.
There is probably the danger of death. Will they still participate in the subjugation party……?

“……I’m going.”

After a short silence, Cyan replies in a small, but determined voice.

“Me too, I will go.”

Gale also follows.

“…..Sigh, doesn’t this mean I have to go as well.”

Finally, Weiss as well.

“Right, that’s everyone then. Firstly, it seems the Ogres have split into three locations. The battle might be one-sided, but let’s split into two groups and each join a subjugation squad.”
“That sounds good.”
“Then let’s split, me with Weiss, and Cyan can partner up with Gale. Now, we’ll take care of our own equipment.”

Saying that much, I pulled Weiss along and exited the guild.
Gale approved of my opinion but my aim was elsewhere. My target was to go alone to the ogre’s place without raising suspicion.

“Weiss, I said such a thing before, but I have to go somewhere else by myself.”
“Um… What do you mean?”
“Actually, the number of ogres this town can handle simultaneously is not three, but two. And therefore, I was requested to go detain the other one.”

Weiss was one of the few people who knew my true recovery abilities so I made this division of groups, thinking I didn’t particularly need to conceal the matter with the [Jet-black Saviour].

“You mean, by yourself?”
“No, I plan to take one more person along. Regrettably, I know too little about monsters so I plan to have someone instruct me during battle.”

Aura was an especially fast learner in the adventurer class too, and it seems she had rapidly memorised the characteristics and weaknesses of the monsters, so this time I’ll put it into practice for the first time.

“Can that person fight?”
“Uh-uh, that’s impossible. I thought I’d have her give me instructions from a distance during the fight but is that really too much?”

If it’s impossible then I’ll have to fight the ogre without any information on it.

“Yes. Ogres are unexpectedly smart, so it might be dangerous.”
“……In other words, I can only fight alone, huh……”

It’s true that if I brought her with me, Aura would be helpless if she was attacked.
I can immediately heal any injuries but I must also consider an attack that can kill instantly.
I practiced dodging attacks at the adventurer classes so I should be more or less fine though……

“In that case, I’ll accompany you too. Like this, I’ll be able to protect them from unexpected movements while running from place to place.”

While I was wondering what to do, Weiss said such a thing.

However, it’s true that I’ll be able to safely receive instructions, and the danger will be reduced. Furthermore, Weiss already knows about me so I don’t have to worry about being exposed either.

“……Err.. Then can I count on you?”
“Roger.”

 

“……And so you came here, is that right?”
“T-that’s right. In truth, ogres and stuff are practically unknown to me, you see……”

Having heard from Mist that Aura had returned home, I ran back and explained the current situation to Aura.

“Then why did you undertake such a dangerous task!!??”
“F-for the sake of everyone in town, I thought……”

……I’m sorry, that’s a lie. It’s only because Asha-san said that kind of thing to me and I couldn’t refuse.

“I-in that case, it can’t be helped…… But , what should we, as your slaves, do if you end up dying from that……?”

Aura believed my lie so easily, but she immediately looks down.

“It’s fine. You know my recovery magic, right? Besides, I’m now able to avoid attacks because of the training.”

Well if I die as it is, I must also consider the fact that she might have to spend a lifetime as a slave who has lost her master.

“Then, I’ll release you from slavery now. The slave merchant told me that once a slave has made a contract, the master can release them themselves.”
“Eh……”

I felt like Aura raised her head a little; so this must have been the cause.

“In that case, even if I die, you’ll be fine no matter what..?”

I thought I was able to advance the conversation, but looking at Aura’s face, I didn’t know what happened.
――Aura was crying.
She turned her face towards me as if in a daze, and tears continued to spill from her eyes even now.

“H-huh? W-why am I.. N-no, nothing’s wrong so.. Really nothing’s.. wrong so..”

Aura tries to stop the flowing tears with her sleeve while muttering, but no matter how I look at it, there’s no way nothing is wrong.

“H-hey, what happened? Are you hurt somewhere?”

Nothing came to mind, and that was the only reason I could think of.

Even now she was desperately trying to stop her tears by rubbing against her sleeve but the tears didn’t stop and just the stain on her sleeve continued to grow.

“……Sorry, now really is.. impossible. After a moment.. return to normal.. again, so…… for now.. sorry..”

……Leaving those words behind, Aura left the house. The door that was left open indicated that something had happened to Aura one way or another.
After a moment, she said. I don’t know how long she meant, but it’s likely going to be difficult be instructed in regards to the ogre.
……This might be the first time I’ve seen Aura cry.
As far as it goes, Aura always says things to me, her master, without restraint. It’s true that there’s a part of her that’s always obstinate but she usually goes around cheerfully and now her popularity with the townspeople is also quite high.
For that kind of Aura to cry, something significant must have happened to her but I really have no idea.
In addition, being released from slavery should also be a joyous matter to Aura……

……However, I can’t only think about that now.
Let’s clean up the matter of the ogres first. Then when I have time, I can just ask Aura directly.
I retrieve the black cloak I wear as the [Jet-black saviour] from my own room, and head to the meeting place I arranged with Weiss.

Chapter 36: I will cry, okay?

Summer is hot…. Oh wait it’s only spring D:
Why is it 30°C already!??

Next chapter in editing/TLC~
P.S. Dear reddit uploader/s, can you make sure to add the ‘e’ at the end of Tsuit (in the romaji title) in your copy/pasting? It’s been bothering me for a while now…

I will cry, okay?

“Haa, we’re back……”
“Yeah.”

We returned after defeating the goblin king, and have finally arrived back at town.

“Then I’m going to return the wagon so you guys go to the guild first.”
“Understood.”

Weiss went to return the wagon we borrowed and we head to the guild to report the completion of our quest.

“……Doesn’t the town seem rather agitated?”

Gale utters, and when I look around, it certainly feels somewhat disconcerted.
But it was only the adventurers who were in a rush, and the shopkeepers were just doing business as usual.

“……What happened?”

If we head to the guild for now, we should be able to find out what happened.

“Ah, Nest-san! Welcome back.”

……This is what causes the misunderstanding, I think as I reply with a ‘I’m back’.

“Asha-san, the adventurers seem to be acting weirdly. Did something happen?”

There were hardly any adventurers inside the guild; they had all gone somewhere.

“Ah, did some monsters appear again, perhaps?”

I ask, half joking, half serious.

“……Actually, it is that.”
“Do the townspeople know?”
“No, we haven’t made an public announcement yet……”

Ah, so that’s why only the adventurers are in a hurry.

“But why didn’t you make an public announcement?”

I feel like an announcement was promptly made to the townspeople back when the goblins attacked but…… maybe there’s some kind of problem this time.

“……The monsters are a problem, they’re [Ogres]. The monsters that have appeared close to town, that is.”
“[Ogre], is it……”

Crap, it’s definitely a monster I don’t know. Is it a large moth or something……?
From Cyan and the others’ astonishment behind me, I could tell it was a strong monster though.

“Presently, a reconnaissance team has gone to verify it but from the reports of the adventurer party who discovered it first, there are likely [three] of them. Now, it’s at a level where the members affiliated with the guild may or may not be able to handle it.”
“I-isn’t that bad?”
“It is bad.”

If it’s a large moth, what kind of attacks does it have……
Yeah, I can’t imagine it at all.

“Nest-san, I have something to talk to you about so can you come inside for a moment?”
“Ah, yes.”

If it can’t be said here, then it must be something that Cyan and the others can’t hear about. I obediently follow her.

“So the reason I brought you here is to ask if I could have you stop the ogres. As the [Jet-black Saviour], that is.”

……Asha-san also knew about that, right.

“I said such a thing earlier, but the limit of what the guild can handle at the moment is two at best. I know it’s dangerous, but please. The town.. Please save everyone in the town.”

I won’t say ‘it’s too hard’ to Asha-san who made such a request, with her head cast down and trembling shoulders.

“Err… I understand. So please raise your head.”

I don’t know anything about Ogres but it should be fine if I take Aura along. Aura should be well-informed about fighting ogres since she has been taking the command course.
Of course, I have no intention of letting her participate in combat so I’ll have her stand at a distance……

“……Thank you very much.”

But Asha-san’s face was still gloomy.

“……Er, I’ll listen if there’s anything else I can do.”
“……”

As expected, her reaction is weak. I-it might be a good idea to quickly ask where the ogres are now……

“Then, I’ll be heading to where the Ogres are, but where are they located?”
“……The three ogres are besieging the town from three directions. Please take care of the ogre here, Nest-san.”

She explains while simply pointing to the location on a map.

“Then I’ll head off without delay.”
“………”

She gave me an explanation but there was no further response. Well, she might be thinking about something.
……However, when I was about to return to where Cyan and the others were, I was pulled from behind.
Of course, the only one who was there to pull me was Asha-san.

“A-Asha-san……?”

I remember the day of our first encounter, and become nervous.

“……Absolutely, please don’t disappear before my eyes. If that happens, I will cry, okay?”

“!!??”

I thought she whispered such a thing in my ear, and on my cheek a soft [something] was…….

Asha-san ran away with amazing vigour, her head lowered.

“A-are Ogres hard to kill……?”

I tried to switch my mood by uttering that but my head was full of what Asha-san did.
Naturally, this probably wasn’t part of the guild’s job. Having said that, thinking that she favours me might be conceited of me.
―――However, I couldn’t help but hope for such a future.

“Asha-san, huh……”

I don’t know how she feels herself though.
If it was like that, I guess I would be happy……

Chapter 35: It was easy

Catching up on chapters for missing so many days, this is Wednesday’s chapter.
Kookie wonders whether it’s possible to find a story to translate that would suit her writing style, but English and Japanese (/Chinese) differ greatly…. (If she does find one, Kookie may make it a scheduled weekly release)

It was easy

“Haa…… Is it.. alright now……?”
“L-looks like it……”

……It was a lot of trouble running away from the dragon.
When tired, I would use my [Heal] to cure us, then heal again when we got tired. I thought I might die from that cycle……

“Oh, you’re finally back. You didn’t return no matter how much time passed so I thought something happened.”
“Ah, yeah.”

It seemed like Cyan and Gale were indeed worried, but we simply obtained a slightly belated meal.
Cyan and Gale had been entrusted with driving, so the night watch was left to Weiss and I.

“Then we’ll be going to sleep.”
“Best regards.”

Saying that, the two entered the wagon. It was only for the night, but Weiss and I had to keep a lookout.

“……”

Weiss usually chats with everyone but he hasn’t spoken much since we came back.

“……So what the hell was up with your recovery magic? You healed a severed arm in an instant. I thought you might be keeping it a secret so I didn’t mention it when the others were around though.”

That’s right, my real recovery magic ended up being seen by Weiss. It was an unbelievable situation before, so I thought I was able to deceive him but it seems that his silence until now was out of courtesy.

“Th-that is……”

My recovery magic was basically a secret. Even when I need to use it, I ensure that my face won’t be exposed.
However, this awkward mood between us isn’t good either, especially when we are taking this quest together.
I was at fault for using the recovery magic in front of Weiss anyway, so I guess I have no choice but to give up and explain now……
I’ll have to request that he not tell other people though.

“……Actually, it seems that my recovery magic has a somewhat different effect than the usual.”
“Well, it certainly was amazing.”
“But, I don’t really want to stand out.. or rather, even when I do use recovery magic, I make sure to hide my face.”

The result of that was me receiving the embarrassing [Jet-Black Saviour] title though.

“Eh, but I think that having my arm cut off would hurt too much for me to concentrate on healing though……”
“Regarding that, it’s due to my special training for recovery magic.”
“Special training for recovery magic?”
“Yeah, when I was doing special training for recovery magic, I would cut my own hand and stuff. My sense of pain turned weird because of that, and now it doesn’t really hurt even if I cut off my arm.”
“Th-that’s pretty amazing……”
“I guess that’s how my recovery magic is. It would really help if you didn’t tell anyone else about this.”

If word spread from this and reached the king’s ears, I might be arrested for the incident with the princess…..
I might be executed like usual or something.

“Understood. I never had that intention anyway.”
“Ah, I’m counting on you.”

 

Night turned into day, and Cyan and Gale woke up.
Weiss and I took a nap for a short while, and then we headed off to subjugate the Goblin King.
I would win against the goblin king in a one-on-one fight, so honestly, the four-on-one this time gave us plenty of leeway.
If someone was injured, I would heal them, and then resume attacking.
Within 10 minutes, we had managed to bring down the goblin king.

“I didn’t think it would be so easy. Having recovery really helps a lot.”
“No, Gale’s wind magic was also amazing, and having a vanguard also made it easier.”

We cut off proof of the goblin king’s subjugation, and went on our way back to town.

――――――[Adventurer POV]―――――――――――――――――――――――――

I am an adventurer registered with the guild.
Today, I was harvesting medical herbs with a party a little away from town.

“Well, the monsters were scarce today so we’ve gathered quite a bundle!!”
“Indeed, we’ve only seen them once.”

Normally there would be around 10 monster encounters with goblins and such, but today they were in hiding.
Since there weren’t any monsters, we all collected herbs instead of keeping a lookout.
After a short while, we had collected as many herbs as we could carry, so we took a break.

“With this much, I’ll be able to live in comfort for a while!!”

The demand for the herbs was unexpectedly high, and it could fetch a high price if we had enough.

―――Thud

Suddenly there was a tremor in the ground. Just like the footsteps of something……

―――Thud thud

And in addition, there were several of them.

―――Thud THUD!!

The sounds gradually grew louder, and eventually stopped.

“””……”””

My party looked behind me in astonishment.
There was probably something behind me…… When I turned around, before me――

 

――――――――――――were Oni.
They were grinning as if they had discovered prey.
Wherever and however they were seen, they were clearly [Ogres].

“!!”

Their numbers, [three].
Ogres were supposed to be known as monsters who didn’t like crowds.
A single ogre possessed the power to destroy a village in scale, and there were three of them.
This place wasn’t very far from the town. At this rate, there was a possibility of them attacking the town.

“Hey, you guys!! I’ll distract them so go inform the guild!! Report this matter at all costs!!!”

In that case, what we, ourselves, must do now is to immediately report this to the town.

“N-no way!?”
“It’s fine so just GO!!!!”

I shout, avoiding an ogre’s swinging fist.

“I-I won’t forgive you if you die!!!”
“We’ll come back immediately!!”

Saying that, they start running in the direction of the town.
However, everyone should have realised it. That they won’t be able to see me again.

“Haa, this shithead……”

I’m fed up with having no luck to the end.
……I wonder if the town will be alright after I’m dead. I wonder if everyone will survive……
I’m pretty sure there were supposed to be some famous adventurers in town.
Plus, the rumoured [Jet-black saviour] of late should be there as well.
I have no choice but to bet on those guys now, huh……
I stare at the fist swinging downwards again while thinking that――.

Chapter 34: I’m gonna go fly a bit.

King’s name is now decided to be Ethique (French for Ethic).
Btw, the name Es’Quik in the previous chapter was meant to be a joke….. Nestlé NEsQuik… King of flavoured milk XD

Kookie really hopes her quality hasn’t dropped from the lack of motivation D:

I’m gonna go fly a bit.

“I-it’s a dragon……”

Right, before our eyes right now was, without a doubt, a dragon.
We instinctively understood that this dragon exuding an absolute presence, with deep crimson scales covering its body, was like a wall we couldn’t surmount.
Too preoccupied with searching for kindling, I came within reaching distance of its foreleg.
I immediately try to distance myself from there, making as little sound as possible.

But that seemed to displease the dragon instead, and it started to raise its large claw.
And with a speed unimaginable for its size, it swings down at me.
This time, my arm starts to react to the dragon’s leg that was swinging down at a speed my eyes could barely follow.
……Perhaps I also beat a dragon with this?
This arm of mine, that comes alive by itself, has killed many monsters so far……

That thought only lasted momentarily.
The claw and my arm crossed for an instant and the one dancing in the air afterwards was [my arm].
At that moment, I realised that my thinking was naïve.
Firstly, comparing the [dragon] with other monsters was a mistake itself. This dragon, which overwhelmed the surroundings just by being there, and ordinary monsters differed like heaven and earth.

“N-nestcchi!!”

With so much happening, I was dumbfounded for an instant but I managed to come to my senses at the sound of Weiss’s voice.

“Heal!!”

I promptly cast recovery magic on my own arm, and concentrate on escaping.

“N-nestcchi!? Y-your arm just regrew!?”
“Yeah, I’ll explain or whatever later so let’s flee for now!!”

What we should be doing now is escaping from the dragon. Even now, that large body swayed while chasing… after.. us……?
When I look over my shoulder, nothing was happening. The dragon in question was in the same place as before, and was simply looking at us.

“Huh, it’s not coming to chase us……”

I stare at the dragon while the sky darkens.

“Rather than the dragon not chasing us, isn’t it that it can’t chase us?”

The dragon appeared to be repeating the action of trying to stand up, and sitting down again.

“Th-that might be true. W-we’re saved……”

Weiss sat down on the spot, as if he was released from the tension.
But to be honest, now wasn’t the time for that. At this time, what was occupying my mind were Gale’s words.

 

“Ah, but I have heard a story about an old, wise dragon who allowed his adventurer benefactor to ride on his back and fly around in the sky.”
In short――――――――――――――

 

――――――――――――――If I heal the dragon, I should be able to fly?
It had bothered me a little so I had asked Aura what an ancient dragon was afterwards.
Apparently, [ancient dragon] is the name for a dragon that had lived for many years and had gained intelligence.
I haven’t seen a dragon before, but even so, I feel that this time’s dragon is clearly too big.
I dare say, it has probably lived for many years.
Living a long time means that it should have acquired the minimum amount of intelligence.

 

――――――――――――――The conditions have been met.

“Fufufu.”

I smiled in anticipation in regards to the possibility of flight.

“N-nestcchi? What’s the matter, all of a sudden..”
“I’m gonna go fly a bit now.”

Saying that, I start walking towards the dragon. I could hear Weiss’s confused voice behind me, but that didn’t matter right now.
I’m going to fly!!

Having approached the dragon, I examine its injury while heeding its movements.
It seems that its wing has been injured so it can’t fly.
Be relieved, I’m going to heal you now……!

“HEEAALLLL!!!!”

……This might be the Heal with the greatest magic power imbued into it so far.
But if this can allow me to fly then it’s a really great thing!!
……The dragon started to notice a sense of incongruity in its own body. Gradually, it started moving its wings.
Finished confirming to a certain extent, the dragon stares at me.
It seems to have intelligence so it should understand that I was the one who healed it.
――Then, it finally stands up.
Like that, it flapped its wings a few times, and then turned its back on me.

“Come ride on my bac- Gyabu!!??”

 

 

 

――――――――――――――Right now, I am flying in the sky.
I feel like the distance to the ground is a little close but I won’t voice such selfishness.
It’s fine as long as I can fly.
……Even if that was because I was sent flying by the dragon’s tail.

 

The fun ended, and I tumble onto the floor.
I immediately cast a heal and start running to where Weiss was.

“AHAHAHAHA”

――Who cares about magic. Because in the end, I was blown away by the dragon’s tail and I got to fly in the sky―――

 

 

 

“AS IFFFFFF!!!”

Which part of that was flying in the sky?
The flying that I’m talking about was more like this, right!?
After we escape from this flying dragon that was chasing us, I’m going to hit Gale once.

“D-DAMNNNN ITTTTTT!!!”

I continued running in the dark while crying――