Using the funds we got from Ms. Poly, I had a smithing workshop made in the house. In this city, where there are many blacksmiths, there were also a hefty number of professionals who do this kind of work.
“You can really make swords, right?”
After coming this far into preparing the shop, Eli spoke of her disbelief.
I have come to understand her traits quite well–even though she is quite pretty when she stays quiet, the moment she opens her mouth, only thorn like words come out from her mouth. However, I also now know that she is a bit of a tsundere so looking forward to that one day when her dere form comes, I tolerated her words.
“I will make an awesome sword for you then. If you want, I will also make it an Eli special.”
“Oh, is that so? Then I will take you up on that offer, legendary blacksmith Mr. ‘Kururi’.”
Ah…… she knows.
About this Kururi Helan dude against whom I have this weird sense of opposition. Seeing one of his swords which is part of the Kururi series, I thought I could make one of the same level. And in fact, the one I made at the old man Barol’s workshop isn’t inferior to the Kururi series either. However, having someone know that I am borrowing the name of the person against whom I have this opposition feels really embarrassing.
“I have come to know a lot of things in these few days. And there’s also a person called Kururi Helan among those things I got to know. Seems like he was a person who could make excellent swords even from scrap iron. I am keeping my hopes up, Mr. ‘Kururi’.”
Eli said delightfully while sweeping the windows. She is too good at applying pressure. I feel like my heart my just surrender to her natural attacks. But, it will definitely come. I know there’s a tsundere side to her. If I just wait, the dere will come soon enough!!
‘Tap, tap’–the main door was knocked.
Because of the opening of the shop, I had received a few presents from the merchants. Wondering who it is this time, I opened the door.
There were two men standing in front, and they greeted me with a refreshing smile.
“Hello, we’re from the sign making shop. Your product is completed.”
Oohh! The board which can even be called the face of the shop, has arrived.
I instructed the two to set it up above the main door immediately.
It seemed like those two were really used to this as they easily set the board up, fixed it in place and then came back to us.
“How is it?”
I looked up at the board. The name of the shop was written with three colors–blue, red and black.
‘Eli and Kururi’s Blacksmith’.
I reflexively went ‘woah’.
Eli was written with blue, Kururi with red and the rest with black in a popping font.
“Hmm, well I guess it passes.”
In contrast to my reaction, Eli was really calm. But, I know that she is actually glad. This is what I noticed in these few days but it seems like she has a habit of hiding her emotions when she is happy. And when she is hiding it, she always has her eyes shut.
She was doing exactly that now, folding her arms trying to look calm.
There was also another reason as to why I think she was just trying to look calm.
When Ms. Poly suggested we should order a board, we had a dispute about the shop’s name. About whose name should come first. It sounds childish but it’s important. I did end up losing at the end but I felt Eli’s attachment to the shop from how happy she looked. And so, I think she is feeling quite jolly. More so than me, I would say.
After the sign makers left, the two of us gazed at the board for a while.
It was a weird feeling. For some reason, it just felt natural opening up a shop like this. Even though I am missing most of my memories, I feel satisfied as if my long awaited dream has come true. So weird.
“I wonder what our relationship was like before.”
Eli said, still looking up at the board.
“….Maybe, business rival?”
“You don’t have a bit of adventure in you, do you? I am amazed.”
What was the correct answer? What is this adventure she desires?! An immature guy like myself doesn’t understand.
After returning to the shop and confirming that the preliminary preparations were complete, I thought of making some swords.
I will concentrate and pour everything I have to make something great. To not lose to this borrowed name, I was determined to become an amazing blacksmith.
And so I was really serious like that but, Eli, having nothing to do, came and sat beside me to look.
“Come on, do it quick.”
Stuff like these are supposed to be done along, you know? Like concentrating and fighting a battle with yourself–and ultimately making a great sword! So having someone watching is well, ruining the atmosphere and makes it harder.
“I will watch so come on.”
I did try to protest with a side glance but looks like it didn’t work.
Seriously, she doesn’t understand men’s passionate world. Good grief.
I have learnt over from these past few days that I will beaten if I try to quarrel with her so I decided to not say anything.
This will be my first sword…… Let’s not count the one I made at old man Barol’s place. Even though I can’t really remember making swords before, I must have made a lot of them but let’s not count all of those too.
Finally, the sword that will mark my beginning……
Or it was supposed to be but the door was knocked again.
All the merchants already came so could it be a customer? That’s fast, too fast. That would stabilize the future prospects more than ever.
Eli hurried to answer.
I could hear her cheerful voice receiving the person. I was worried if she could handle customers well with her being all high-class and what not but from the looks of it, it seems like I didn’t need to worry at all.
Leaving the customer reception to her, I thought I should do what I can. That’s what I thought but, unexpectedly once again, Eli brought the two men to the back of the shop, to the workshop.
“Red haired man… They probably want to see you, Kururi.”