51 Part 1
Extra Part 3: Rita’s Wish and the Summoning Slave (Part 1)
This is an extra story.
The timeline is the morning after episode 50, and the story is from Rita’s point of view.
The second half of Part 4 starts with Episode 53.
“I’m off, Master.”
“Yes. Then take care of Aine, Rita. You are her bodyguard.”
Master Nagi held out his hand, and I bowed lightly, as usual.
Gentle fingers touched my golden beast ears.
When Nagi stroked her ears, I felt lucky to have been born as a beastman.
I’m embarrassed to say that I naturally wag my tail, but I can’t stop myself. It’s an instinct.
The collar that Nagi gave me has somehow become a part of me, and I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t there.
Nagi’s face is close to mine. I can feel her breathing.
I want to kunk you, rub you, and stroke you.
I want …him to come closer and …closer to me.
“I don’t think the Order of Divine know who we are, but be careful. Rita, Aine.”
“Hmm. What are you talking about, Nagi?
I, however, am a shy mess.
So, I put aside my feelings that were about to overflow, and puff my chest out to the fullest.
“I’m the strongest in the party in close combat, you know. I hope you don’t underestimate me. The Order of Divine is no match for me.”
“I’m telling you not to be reckless.”
I want to jump on Nagi, who is smiling, and rub his cheeks, but instead I want to do the ritual of his world, “hai-sakuchi” – splat!
Rita and her fellow slave, Aine, then went out to gather information (plus some shopping).
“Aine, Aine, Aine, Aine, Aine, Aine. What should I do? What should I do?”
“Yes, yes. What’s the matter, Rita?”
As soon as the house was out of sight, I cried out to Aine, who was walking next to me.
Aine, the “big sister” of the party, squints her sleepy eyes and gently strokes my hair.
“Oh, you know, Aine. Didn’t Nagi get another slave?
“You mean Miss Rafilia?”
“Yes. An elven girl, very beautiful.”
“I’ve talked to her a bit, and she seems like a nice girl.”
“Uh-huh. But, but, but.”
“Don’t worry about it. Even if there are more slaves, Na-kun will take good care of Rita-san too, right?”
“I know that…”
I know. It’s about Nagi.
I heard that Rafilia was suffering from a mysterious lock skill. I know because I also once had a similar thing installed on me. I know the pain caused by the cursed skill, and the happiness when Nagi saved me from it.
I feel sorry for Rafilia, and I know that Nagi was the only one who could help her.
Besides, Rafilia respects me. The ‘Dark Hero’ was the Master and the golden beast was me! I honestly don’t know what that mean though.
I know it in my head. But, but, but…
“Listen, Aine. I failed to engage in a soul engagement with Nagi…”
“Is that so?”
“After I had Nagi do a bunch of stuff for me due to the [Quick Reconstruction], I almost got a soul contract by accident. But the ritual was incomplete and …it didn’t work. I was so close.”
“I see. You did your best, Rita-san.”
Aine smiled at that.
Her eyes are always calm and unfazed by most things. That’s why I inadvertently ask her for advice on many things. Aine seems to be happy about it. She said that she was everyone’s big sister.
I am sometimes amazed by her unbelievable receptiveness.
Maybe Aine wouldn’t be upset if she suddenly had a child, let alone a party member.
“Rita-san, do you want to have a chance of ‘Engagement’ with Na-kun again?”
Aine asks me and like a matter of course I answer without even thinking.”
“…I want to do it.”
I said it.
…I said it.
…I said it. Ohhhh.
“Don’t worry. It’s a very natural feeling.”
Aine gives a thumbs up to me, who have turned red and started squirming.
“And Aine also needs Rita and Cecil to be good friends with her later.”
“No, it’s nothing. And then Aine will ask Na-kun for help at that time…”
I tilted my head.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Aine turn red.
“I’m sorry. Aine also wants to have ‘Engagement’ with Na-kun.”
“But that can wait. Right now, we are talking about Rita-san and Na-kun’s ‘Engagement’.”
“Yeah… I guess.”
“Aine has a great idea.”
“You should practice a lot so that you can properly say to Na-kun, “I want to have an ‘Engagement’.”
Yeah, I think Aine might be right.
I am 100% red right now.
I don’t usually express my feelings honestly, except when Nagi is reconstructing my skills and my mind and body is all fluffy.
The ‘Enganement’ is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake this time.
So I need to be able to ask Nagi to do it properly.
“All right, Aine. I’ll practice!”
“Then say what Aine says. “Nagi, I love you.””
“Nagi, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah.”
“Let me be something that will always be close to your soul.”
“Let me… always be… something that is closer to your soul.”
“Please let me be Naa-kun’s older sister even if I’m reborn.”
“Please let me be Naa-kun’s older… Is that Aine’s?”
“Yes. We’ll be together forever. Everything in Aine is for you. So, it’s okay. Aine is for Cecil and Rita too, please.”
“Aine, Aine! I’m not Nagi! Open your eyes and stop coming at me!”
When we were close enough to catch each other’s breath, Aine finally opened her eyes.
“I’m… sorry. I’ve been practicing too much.”
“What kind of practice do you usually do, Aine?”
In front of me who raised voice unintentionally, Aine was clearing her throat like a professional.
“In other words, it’s important to practice so much that it comes out naturally like this.”
I sighed involuntarily.
As expected of Aine, she is very persuasive. As a former apprentice guildMaster of the ‘Commoner’s Guild’, she’s everyone’s “big sister”. I can’t believe she’s thinking so seriously about me.
I clenched my fists.
“Yes, I’ll do my best. This time, I’m going to make a ‘Engagement’ with Nagi in a natural way.”
Even Aine has been so supportive.
But… why is it that Aine, who is walking next to me, is mumbling, “When Na-kun makes the ‘Engagement’ with Rita, I can cut off his path of retreat by saying that it is my turn now.”
While we were talking about this, we eeached to the main street of the town.
The purpose of today’s visit was to look around the morning market and gather information.