There, Eli went outside the mansion with loads of Poobe’s favorite food. Poobe gets food by himself sometimes but he also likes to get food from Eli as well. He isn’t bound by any laws. Quite a free dragon, I would say.
Now then, I should stop looking elsewhere and start with the work.
And while working like that, time went by real quick and before I realized, it had been time for people to come visiting the mansion. Eli generally deals with the visitors.
The visitor just now is Lotson-san.
He’s a very capable person who had been working in the Helan territory even before my memories disappeared. He had refused to come back for a while but I was stubborn and pulled him back. And now he’s busy working.
“Landlord, good morning.”
Having come all the way to the office, he greeted politely as always.
“Good morning, Lotson-san. The documents will be done by today. With this, we can relax for a bit.”
“Glad to hear that. I am in awe by your work, landlord.”
“Thanks. By the way, Lotson-san, would you happen to know the address of a person named Sanmya?”
After pondering for a while, Lotson-san replied with a yes.
“Sanmya-san, the carpenter, yes? If you plan on going there, I could note down the exact route on paper and give it to you.”
“It really helps when you are this fast to pick things up.”
Lotson-san is a person who is working as my limbs. And he knows a lot about the people too so he’s quite popular. He’s quite the capable person who is very friendly.
After finishing off the last of the papers, leaving Iris and Rahsa behind as they wanted to rest, I went to Sanmya-san’s place to visit.
By riding Poobe, who was floating around happily, I was able to drift to Sanmya-san’s place real quick. I use drift here since Poobe’s flying doesn’t really feel like flying. It feels like he is doing nothing and is just being drifted by the wind but the direction is accurate and he’s much more faster than one could tell. Poobe is a dragon with hidden high performance. He’s my pride.
Having reached the destination, I got off Poobe’s back as he lowered the altitude and went in front of Sanmya-san’s house.
The people there were surprised to see the landlord suddenly visit the place. I am sorry for that.
I knocked on his door. His house was nice—made of wood and getting good amount of sunlight. The door was also done really well. As expected of a carpenter.
“Yees, who is it?”
And the person who came out was short in height and a bit wide to the sides, about 40 years old.
“Hmm, aren’t you the landlord?”
“Yes, that’s right. Can I come in?”
I was welcomed into the house cheerfully and his wife also gladly welcomed me inside. It seems my reputation is quite good. I felt bad again for drooling over the document and ending up burning it.
“Now then, landlord-sama, what brings you here?”
The husband asked as soon as the wife came and served tea.
“Umm, it’s that, that. The document you sent. I came to talk about it.”
“Ahh, I am very sorry you went through the trouble to come all the way here. I would have gone myself if you had just called.”
“It’s okay, there’s no need to be so upright. Even I want to go out every now and then. I also have Poobe with me so going about the vast Helan territory isn’t a pain either.”
Although I say that, my biggest motive was the guilt of burning the document.
“Thank you for your consideration. As I thought, was that request a bit unreasonable?”
…..what do I do?
“It’s not that. I thought it was a good idea.”
“I-is that so?! Haha, I talked about it quite a lot with my wife and my friends. And that if it’s this, then Kururi-sama might just accept it. I am kinda in charge of the carpenters around here so I was worried if I will be able to bring them good news. Haha, really, I am so glad.”
This is bad, this is really bad. He completely thinks I accepted it. Even though I don’t even know what it’s about.
“Now, now, don’t be hasty. It is a good idea but I haven’t approved it yet. I have come personally like this, I would like to hear about it in more details.”
“Ahh, I am very sorry for that.”
The husband said with a bitter laugh and the wife just nudged him saying, ‘geez, you’. And me, who is in cold sweat!
“It all started when you returned here, Kururi-sama. As one would think, there are a lot of youngsters looking up to you. And we couldn’t take in that flow and momentum so we asked you for assistance.”
This is bad, this is so bad. I can’t guess what it’s about at all.
Looking up to me? Do you mean like when I am riding Poobe or something? It’s impossible if you’re talking about increasing the amount of ride dragons. That’s not a good idea at all.
“About how many people look up to me?”
“I don’t know if all of them are serious or not but in total, there are about 300 of them.”
300 people?! Oi, oi, exactly what do you plan on doing? I can’t see what this is about.
“I am not sure if I will be able to prepare goods for all 300 of them…”
“That part won’t be a problem. What’s important is the skills and if we craftsmen gather them then I don’t think we will be lacking.”
Skills are important??
Looking up to me, 300 people, and skills are important.
Ah, this is that. They want to be a blacksmith, eh? I think it would be more accurate if I were to say they want to be a craftsman. That’s definitely it. The swords I created, the Kururi series, are quite popular in this country. I mean, they also call me the legendary blacksmith after all. I guess it can’t be helped if they look up to me then.
“Wh-what happened, so suddenly?”
Nah, you know, just that I now know what you’re talking about and that the fact people look up to me kinda tickles my heart.
“You’re saying 300 people want to become craftsmen?! And that you, the person in charge of gathering them talked to them?! And that at present, there’s no facility nor money to accept them?! And that’s why you applied for it, huh?! You wanted an environment to increase the amount of craftsman!”
He had the look saying ‘what is this, after so long?’ but I can’t help but feel happy.
“Alright, I have decided! I will make this Helan territory a paradise for the craftsman. That’s right, in this Helan territory which has abundant resources, it is easy to count on that. But that’s not it. If you’re a man, you would want a job! Sanmya-san, as of this moment, I appoint you as the grand person in charge of the plan—Turn Helan Territory into a Paradise for the Craftsmen! Raise the young ones, train them! And then construct, a production kingdom! In 10 years time, behind all the products in Kudan kingdom, it will be written ‘Made in Helan’!”
“Ha, hahaaa. Thank you, very much, for this huge role!”
“I shall use my knowledge, human resources and wealth. Now, let’s proceed!”
The husband and the wife looked at me with glittering eyes. They probably see Helan territory’s future behind that.
But, that aside, there’s one thing I need to tell them.
“Well then, about the application, write it again with all these and send it over.”
“Application? Ah, yes….”
“Well, I will be counting on you then.”
Now then, I was able to deal with the burnt document with this and was able to devise a plan for the future. My Helan territory’s future is bright.
Let’s talk about what happened after I returned to the Helan territory.
I was being wholeheartedly welcomed for the first few days and felt kind of itchy being complimented of things that I have no recollection of. That was the how the first week went.
But such feelings soon disappeared. As the top management were absent in Helan territory for a while, a ton of work had piled up and even with Iris and Rahsa’s help, we had to work through day and night for days.
There were also a few times when I had fallen asleep on the desk after working so much. And when I woke up, I found documents which needed my approval stuck on my cheeks with my saliva too. The people are probably looking forward to these documents being approved… I wonder how they would feel if I return it with approved with my drool. They would definitely think that the landlord is slacking off!! I moved to phase destroy evidence. I held up the documents on top of the fireplace and desperately tried to dry off the drool. But, although it did dry, the part where the drool was got all wavy and the texture there changed. I desperately tried to fix it by stretching it. I thought I was using just the precise amount of force but with an unpleasant sound, it happened. I could understand what it was even without looking.
And just when stricken by despair, more trouble came flying my way. The fire in the fireplace scattered for a moment and caught the document. It had just gotten dry. I just watched as the fire spread with momentum. ‘Hot, hot’ — I finally let the document go and took out the fire by stepping on it. I heard a sound behind me—the sound of someone approaching… I quietly stepped on top of the ash to hide it. I better polish the flooring later on.
“Aniki, you’re early even though you worked so late through the night.”
“Well, yeah. We have a boatload of work. It’s worth doing.”
“As expected of Aniki! The ideal landlord!!”
It was as if his hurtful words pierced through my chest.
Would an ideal landlord destroy the evidence of a burnt document? No, he wouldn’t!!
Well, I’ve already done it so it can’t be helped. In short, it would be alright if I just restore it.
Hmm, I wonder what sort of approval that document was seeking? If I remember correctly, I recall that I had dozed off before reading the document… That is bad, I can’t even forge the document then, can I? Ah, wait a minute, I think I remember the name of the applicant. I have a strong feeling that the name had “yama” in it. What could it be? I feel like it’s right there but I just can’t recall.
“Aniki, please don’t start the day by pondering about stuff. Eri-san is cooking a delicious breakfast, so let’s think about this after eating.”
“I guess we could do that.”
I felt Rahsa’s words made sense, so I decided to listen to him there.
When I reached the mansion’s living room, I found vegetable based breakfast lined up on the table. I could see Eli at the kitchen at the back busily finishing up the remaining cooking.
The table was a round table. I requested for this table since I can look at everyone’s face this way. My people made it for me. If I remember right, the guy had “yama” in his name… wait a minute, isn’t that the guy whose document I burned?! Ah, who was it again?
“Kururi, you’re thinking too much in the morning again.”
Iris came in late into the living room, still looking kinda sleepy. She also stayed in Helan territory and is helping out by doing the work till late at night. I’m very grateful for her existence.
“If you have any worries, you could discuss with us, you know?”
Saying angelic stuff as she sits on the chair. That really helps.
“Well, it’s not exactly a worry but I was just wondering what the name of the guy who made this table…”
“Nnn, I feel like it was a “yama” like name?”
“Right! I also remembered up to that. But after that…”
“Ah, I also somewhat remember the name. It was a name which gives off a very majestic “yama” vibe.”
So Rahsa also remembers that part, huh? Majestic “yama”? That’s no good, it doesn’t seem like we will be getting to the bottom of this anytime soon.
“It was Sanmya-san.”
Eri said, putting down the last dish on the table.
A smile appeared on everyone’s sleepy faces. Ah, that’s a “yama”. That’s majestic. I don’t feel like I will forget it any time soon. (TL note: the ‘yama’ kanji can read as yama and san).
“Now then, let’s eat.”
Eli precisely sat between me and Iris, extended her gratitude for the food and started eating.
Eli’s cooking is really delicious. I have an appetite even when I am not feeling well. According to her, it’s because of the love she puts into her cooking. It seems love is delicious. And it goes with anything on top of that. It might be something like mayonnaise.
Eli is supporting this mansion by herself like this. As of now, she is handling all cooking and cleaning around the house. I do plan on hiring someone soon but in this state, it would be heard to find someone trustworthy. She says it isn’t a problem so I left it all to her for now. Once the work settles down a bit, I should give her as well as Rahsa and Iris something as a token of my gratitude.
“It looks like we’ll be able to get done with the mountain of documents by today.”
I spoke of today’s plans while having some salad.
“Right. I think we will be done by noon. Once that happens, it will finally be your opportunity to display your skills.”
“Display my skills?”
That sounds kinda suspicious.
“Till now, we have only been looking at requests from the people or the requirements of the land. But after this, you can finally do what you want to. It’s fine if you make it like the Helan territory before or make it flourish with even fresher ideas. It’s all up to you, Aniki. I believe your people will surely cooperate with you properly.”
It’s one those—those things that really put pressure on you. Even though I am having salad, my stomach feels like it had just had some deep-fried food.
“It will be easy for you, Kururi.”
Iris’ follow attack also reverberated in my stomach.
“That’s true, this person can do just about anything.”
And as Eri’s words hit a critical spot, this conversation is done here.
After finishing breakfast and saying goodbye to all the pile of documents, our workload had eased up quite a bit.
The gloomy atmosphere in the office these past few days was also blown away. Maybe the light flowing in from the window helped with that as well.
I glanced outside through the window.
I could see Poobe there, having grown to 2 meters tall by now. He’s my partner, born from a ride dragon egg I got at the capital. He’s a different kind of dragon—one which flies by sucking by air to float his inflated body. In days like these with dazzling sunlight, he mostly floats in the sky all day. I also heard the people are using that as a way to forecast the weather as well, saying it would be sunny all day if they see him like that.
Since Poobe went to the trouble of coming down to land, it’s probably that.
“Ah, on top of that thin lane. There, before the 3 statues!”
“I see it. What are those?”
Hohoho, that’s something you can look forward to.
Iris and Rahsa both were surprised seeing the pig, raccoon and cow statues which had a sword on their hips.
Fufufu, you can never forget this shop now, can you? It’s one of Eli’s clever plans.
Iris, Rahsa, and I got off the ride dragons outside the shop and peeked into the window.
It seems Eli is talking to a customer. She was taking detailed notes. That’s probably a customer who wants an custom-made sword. As I am not there, she is taking thorough notes. Uuu, I am sorry, for leaving the shop for so long.
“As you can see, Eli likes her current job quite a lot. Can we really take her?”
“Leave it to me!”
Iris claimed, tapping her chest.
Seeing her finish talking with the customer, we entered the shop.
Seeing my face, Eli smiled. I also smiled back.
“I am back.”
“Ara, you haven’t forgotten about the souvenir, have you?”
“Of course not.”
I gave her the stuff I bought in large quantities at the capital. She just said ‘you really have no sense’ with a small voice but still smiled.
“Ah, are these two customers?”
Eli finally noticed Rahsa and Iris’ existence. It seems she was only looking at me and didn’t pay attention to the surrounding, which is quite unlikely of her. So cute.
“Oh my, and there’s also a cute creature on top of your head!”
It looks like she also noticed Poobe only now. How narrow did your vision get? Eli embraced Poobe. I felt pleasant looking at them. I am glad she likes Poobe.
“Eli-san, it has been a while.”
“Eliza-san, it really has been a while.”
The two started speaking to Eli.
“Ah, I think this is the first time we’re meeting, though…”
“I will explain that later. More importantly, Eli-san. I will be going to Helan territory with Kururi now. He will become the Helan territory’s new landlord. It’s unfortunate but the shop needs to shift. Eli-san, what will you do? Will you stay here? Or will you come along with Kururi?”
Eli looked a bit confused with all this sprung on her all of a sudden.
Talking about moving as soon as we came back. It would be weird if she wasn’t perplexed.
“I will be helping Kururi with his work. I will be beside him all the time until things settle down in the Helan territory.”
A sharp glance came stabbing me. The glint in her eye is terrifying.
“Who is this woman?”
It was a question directed at me but Iris was the one who answered.
“I am Kururi’s previous woman.”
Eh, really?! Is that true?!
“Gnnnn, I will also go. I will go to Helan territory or wherever! Kururi Helan. You’re my belonging!”
She declared, pointing her index finger at me. I thought I was supposed to say stuff like that but I guess it all worked out.
So this was Iris’ plan. Previous woman.. I am really curious to know whether that’s true or not.
Eli was feeling this burning rivalry towards Iris but Iris just seemed really happy that they met again. I could tell from their conversation. Iris only replied with a smile to whatever Eli said. And so, Eli was also taken aback after a while.
We had to close down the shop.
We were all busy tidying up. It would be nice if I can open the shop in Helan territory.
At the end, I ended up giving all the swords to Barol-san. I decided to have them sold at his shop. I also gave my farewells to everyone who helped us out here—Poly-san, Barol-san and Riot. Riot seemed really sad but his rivalry towards Rahsa also helped him regain himself.
I also bid farewell to this land.
The city from the sky appeared to be filled with grief yet it was beautiful.
At the Helan territory, my return was announced one week ahead.
They didn’t really expect me to come flying in on a ride dragon. As I landed at a marketplace near the mansion, I was immediately surrounded by the people.
There were people who didn’t even know how I looked like but word spread quickly and the day was celebrated with a big banquet.
I felt it weird sometimes about being welcomed to this extent.
But I came up with a conclusion soon.
Before my memories disappeared, I probably did what I had to do. And so, I shall do the same this time as well.
I entered the mansion made just for me and sat down on the landlord’sss chair in the office room.
I glanced at Rahsa and Iris, who were sitting on the adviser seats. They both looked really determined. I am thankful for it. I am thankful to have such great friends. Seems like my partner was sleeping on top of my head. He had been saying he liked my hair the best this morning as well. Eli had no intention of helping around with the work. She was now doing the laundry. ‘It is my job to support this house!’–she was full of motivation as well. I am counting on ya, Eli.
I will probably have a ton of work to do from now on. I wonder how I handled it before? I guess it doesn’t matter. That’s the past. I have to live in the present.
“Now then, let’s get to work.”
Poobe wasn’t a ride dragon who flew with its wings, instead, he flew by sucking in air.
Amazing, this is too good!
After floating for a while, he seemed to have gotten tired of it and came slowly landing on top of my head.
It seems he likes it here.
Poobe wasn’t as heavy as he looked. In fact, he was extremely light. It felt as if I didn’t have any burden on my neck.
And it also seemed like he took quite the liking to my head so I didn’t have any reason to hate it either.
“I am counting on you, alright?”
It seems he also feels the same. Good thing he’s so docile.
There are tons of merits in having a ride dragon interact with another one so after Poobe had settled down a bit, we had him meet with Rahsa’s red ride dragon and Iris’ blue dragon.
These dragons are huge—Poobe was astonished.
There’s a rank to the dragons but it looks like he is also not normal in regards to that. All the dragons are supposed to prioritize Rahsa’s dragon’s orders more than anything else as it is of the highest rank but Poobe didn’t listen to him at all. On the other hand, Rahsa’s dragon, Infu, also didn’t listen to Poobe.
The dragon society is ranked vertically but Poobe was born into this world outside of that line.
“It somehow feels like normal that this is your dragon.” said Rahsa.
“In fact, it would be weird if a normal dragon was born under Kururi.” Iris added.
What’s with that image?
Either way, I somewhat felt good that I got a nice dragon.
“In emergencies, every dragon comes under my direct control. However, if the enemy has a higher class dragon, the situation gets immediately overturned. Aniki, your dragon doesn’t fit into that so it will be really helpful in those situations.”
And so, I had also ended up accepting future jobs. It would be best if such a situation doesn’t occur. In fact, only the knights and nobles are allowed to have the eggs so it is hard to imagine that something like that will happen. But, you never know. We will be counting on you then, Poobe.
My life at the capital was really nice.
I had come outside the royal castle.
Poobe was riding on my head. Iris was beside me with her ride dragon, Rain. And Rahsa was also behind us with his ride dragon, Infu.
And in front us was a man wearing a coat and a long hoodie.
“Do you remember me? I came rushing when I heard you were embarking on a trip.”
“Toto, was it? Gap company’s boss?”
“That’s right but… you still can’t remember anything of the past, huh?”
“Hmm, it’s kinda impossible.”
“I guess it’s fine. I will be going to Helan territory soon. Let’s develop new kinds of medicinal plants like we used to then. The ones you produced are really selling well.”
“Oi, you’re sending some of the profits to the Helan territory, right?”
“Haha, of course. If you make more new stuff, let’s divide the profits in half. That was how it used to be.”
Like before, it is easy talking to him.
It seems he’s also quite friendly with Iris seeing how casually they greeted each other.
“Alright then, we will be going. Good luck with your work.”
“You too. I think there’s a ton of work in the Helan territory.”
After a handshake, I got on Rahsa’s ride dragon.
Iris and Rahsa were ready to take flight.
And with a loud noise, Infu began moving his wings. His huge body took to the skies.
Poobe also seems to be happy to feel the wind.
I looked down at Toto from the dragon. He was energetically waving his hands.
When I turned to look at the royal castle, I found Rail and prince Arch seeing us off from the window.
Well then, capital, I will be returning to where I belong.
And so, Infu flew, heading towards ‘Eli and Kururi’s Blacksmith’.
“This might be a bit late but why are the two of you coming along?”
The two didn’t just see me off, they were accompanying me to Helan territory.
“Well, I am like your younger brother so you can make me work as you please.”
Although he says that, he is supposed to be the supreme commander of dragons in state of emergencies, right? Well, there are rarely any emergencies so I guess it’ll be fine. I will return Rahsa when everything settles down in Helan territory. We have the ride dragons, we can come back anytime we please. We are living in such an era.
“What about you, Iris?”
“I will get rid of your anxiety source for you.”
Anxiety source… I immediately understood she was talking about Eli.
Eli likes the smithy. It’s kinda embarrassing but it seems that she also doesn’t dislike living with me.
Even still, I am now heading there to pick her up.
I need to ask her to come to Helan territory with me.
Would she mind? It seems Iris will take care of that for me. She might have some kind of a plan, seeing how confident she looked.
Dragons weren’t really common in the place where we woke up. And so the people were astonished at our sight, soaring in the sky.
Cracks appeared on the hard shell. A change was occurring to the egg which I had been taking care of for a week as if it was an infant.
I thought that it was about time for it to hatch so I came to the hatching room.
It was an area stuffed with straw, like stables, but it seemed like a comfortable place for the dragon to be born because of the warmth.
“I am excited to see what kind of a dragon hatches from it!”
Rahsa said delightfully, following me to watch it happen.
I was also happy. Although it has only been a week, I have carried it on my back with love.
“Ah, it’s hatching!”
Iris, who had also stuck along, expressed her excitement.
This dragon will be my partner. I hear it will grow big enough for me to ride in 3 months, like Rahsa and the other knights.
The first step towards that will be taken here.
And with more cracking noises, it came out.
A dragon with white scales popped its head out of the egg.
And then, it took 2 minutes to come out completely.
A big head and a round body of the same size. Its limbs were small, as well as its tail. The small wings on its back looked cute, like an accessory. It really looked like a baby dragon, really cute.
“How are white-scaled dragons?”
I tried asked Rahsa. I did receive an explanation from him about ride dragons the other day but I don’t clearly remember everything.
“White-scaled ones are not yet checked. Even still…”
“Eh? No, it’s nothing.”
It’s not nothing! There’s definitely something, isn’t there?!
“Iris, is there something wrong with it?”
I tried asking Iris next. She quickly turned her face away. Eh?! You’re definitely hiding something, aren’t you?!
“Are white scales bad or something?”
“No, it’s not like that. Really, it has not been checked yet.”
“Well, then, is there something else?”
I looked at Rahsa. He turned away.
I looked at Iris. She also looked away.
“Come on, say it! Now I am super curious!”
“Ahh, this is really hard to say but… This is the first time I am seeing a ride dragon of this shape.”
They explained to me about the infancy of ride dragons after that.
It’s not like these dragons have baby shape and transform slowly in the form we all know as they grow. It seems they are already in that shape from the moment they are born. Just that they are small in size.
But my ride dragon looked chubby—and that’s an understatement.
Moreover, the wings on its back are unbelievably small. Those two were worried about that part when they kept avoiding me.
“Oh, so that’s it? I’m not worried about that at all. Its more cuter this way.”
“I-is that so? Then I guess it’s fine..”
And in fact, I did find it more cute like this. The way it puffed up its cheeks from time to time was instant death level cute.
“Your name will be… Poobe. Yep, Poobe it is.”
“That’s a cute name. Hearing you call it cute, I am starting to find it cute too now.”
The atmosphere was awkward when it was first born but now after half an hour, Iris and Rahsa were touching it without constraint.
Poking and stroking its belly.
And while they were doing that, it bit Rahsa’s right hand.
They said that that is pretty common but he looked like he was hurting quite a bit.
I should be careful when touching Poobe.
“Oh, so that’s how you sound, huh? Alright, what do you want to do?”
According to Rahsa and Iris, the ride dragon and its partner can somewhat communicate with each other after an hour of being born. An hour has passed so I tried listening to it.
“Oh! I got it, I properly got it! It seems Poobe is hungry.”
“That goes with how it looks. Normally they don’t really eat anything for a day after being born….”
As expected of Poobe! It seems you’ll turn into an exceptional ride dragon.
“I will bring some food then. They are generally omnivorous so our food will also do. Wait a bit.”
While Iris went to get food, Rahsa and I tried to learn more about Poobe by observing it.
“What’s your ride dragon called, Rahsa?”
“Infu. Cool name, right?”
It’s cool but Poobe is the best to me.
Afterwards, the princess, Iris, brought food and we had lunch on top of the straw—the 3 of us and Poobe. At that moment, I was too excited about Poobe being born that I didn’t realize how odd it was. Although I did feel really bad after a while.
Poobe was a fast growing dragon—in every way.
After eating, Poobe took flight making a ‘kyuu’ sound.
I thought his wings were too small for that but he had already made it to my eye level.
No, wait, what’s this?! His wings aren’t moving.
His belly is inflated?!
It felt way softer than before when I tried touching it.
I soon realized that the ‘kyuu’ sound he made earlier was him taking in a large amount of air.
“Thank you. Well then, that’s it from us. Oh, right, Father has asked me to inform that you are invited to join us for dinner tonight.”
“Just like yesterday, huh? Certainly, please tell him that I will be there.”
With a bow, both Prince Arc and I left the room.
“I’m on good terms with my father. I’m sure we’ll get to talk about many wonderful things.”
Do you hold this country’s king in such high regard? What a carefree life you live. It makes me very furious!
“Kururi, I hope you’re not too exhausted. The next place we’ll go to will be today’s climax! It is a place I’ve been desperately trying to hide from Rahsa and the rest. If he were to find out about it, he’d surely want to come along with us.”
So that means it’s a really dangerous place, doesn’t it!?
“Don’t worry, I’ll go with you.”
He noticed my uneasiness and gave me such a cool phrase. Let’s concede that my opinion of him went up just a little bit.
“This is the Dartanel house. To continue from here would be a cause of offense, but it is important that we proceed for the time being.
“Oh, the noble who wanted to become lord of the Helan territories.”
“That’s right. The Dartanels are good at making a profit, but they are also stupid.”
“Are they now? Well then, are we also going to the Gap Company?”
“That won’t be a problem. We already have permission from Toto Gap. He was delighted to, should you become a lord, be able to devote himself to the development of medicinal herbs. He’s a good friend.”
If he hadn’t handed over those medicinal herbs back then, Rahsa might have killed him on the spot.
“The Dartanel are shady people. Tread carefully.”
To think that we came here alone despite that… Oh well. I don’t dislike a little dispute.
Guided by the prince, I arrived at the front of a large mansion in the noble district.
Even when looking at the nearby buildings, this house truly does stand out. I wonder if it wouldn’t be too expensive to have two gatekeepers.
“Tell that Fregen guy that his beloved Arc Kudan and Kururi Helan have arrived.”
With a fearless smile, Prince Arc said that to the gatekeepers.
Reacting with a twitch to hearing the full name of a member of the royalty, one of the gatekeepers stood frozen on the spot, while the other one rushed into the mansion.
He promptly returned, out of breath, and opened the gates.
“Master is waiting for you inside.”
As opposed to my somewhat nervous pace, the prince walks into the mansion with roaring confidence.
I could imagine the interior of the mansion judging from how it looked on the outside, but it was a very synthetic building. Everything being so beautifully clean was sure proof of the servants’ great efforts.
Apart from that, what worried me the most was that everywhere I looked, everything was studded with gold. Even the window frames. As well as the doorknobs. And to top it off, in a portrait of what I presume to be this house’s master, some of his teeth were painted with gold!
There’s so much gold in here, that it hurts my eyes.
“What a horrible taste, don’t you think?”
I wonder how much more gold are we going to see before we reach the room we’re supposed to go to?
In that room, there was a long table. At the rear of the room, a single man was sitting there, with his feet on the table. What manners! That was a bad first impression.
“Prince Arc. We’ve known each other for a long time, and yet it appears that you’re trying to make fun of me.”
The man quickly broke the ice. I could only catch a quick glimpse, but it seemed to me that his front teeth were golden. So the portrait back then was not just for looks, it was a true depiction of him?
“You say Kururi Helan has come here? Didn’t he die three years ago?”
“Fregen, is your eyesight all right?”
Answering Fregen’s question, Prince Arc pointed at me with his thumb.
Fregen’s eyes turned to me for a moment.
And, because he could not simply believe those words, he dashed at us from his seat at the rear of the room.
“I… I don’t believe this! Why are you alive!?”
It seems he can’t completely believe that I’m alive. But his face is turning pale as if he had just seen the Devil himself.
“Owwwww! My stomach hurts!”
“Since he’s sustained various injuries from you, just looking at your face seems to give him a stomachache.”
Really? What’s with that? What did I do?
“Don’t make fun of me! Why in the world did you come here? Yeeoooow!”
“This is the sword of the lord of the Helan territories. You wanted to become the lord of those lands yourself, but since a clear favorite has appeared, that’s now a thing of the past. This has already been decided at a parliamentary meeting with the king.”
“Nonsense! This guy has to be dead! Is he an imposter? Is this some sort of clever ruse? Impossible! Owwwwww, my stomach!”
Looks like a dreadful stomachache. Sorry about that.
“I’ve brought a letter with me. It details your absolute disinterest in the Helan territories henceforth. Sign it.”
Prince Arc shoved a document that resembled the one he had handed over to Toral Helan earlier into Fragen’s hands. However, the mood here was not one in which you could get a quick signature like before.
“Sign it? I will do no such thing! I will not yield! Owwww!”
Contrary to the strength of his words, since he immediately held his stomach in pain, he looked terribly deplorable.
“Well, in that case, we will stay in this mansion until you sign it. Is that all right, Kururi?”
“Of course. Will you tell me when is dinner served?”
Prince Arc and I dropped ourselves on the chairs that were already set by the table.
It is annoyingly golden, but there is a sense of cleanliness to this house. I could stick around for days.
“Get out! Get out! Hey, go away! M… my stomach!”
“We’re not going anywhere!”
“What is the menu for today?”
Thus, the strategy Prince Arc and I used of staying there was a complete success, and we were able to safely secure the needed signature. Fragen’s stomachache also seems to have receded as soon as I left the room, so I’m glad it turned out happily for everyone.
And with that, although a bit forcefully, I was officially ready to become the successor to the lord of the Helan territories.
Well, it’s not as if I could stay living a laid-back life forever, after all.
The time has come for me to return to the Helan territories.
Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith 119
I’ve been having a great time with Iris and Rahsa these past few days. I’ve been eating so many delicious meats and sweets as if there were no tomorrow.
They’ve told me that in the past, I used to eat up huge piles of all sorts of foodstuffs, so I wonder how many shops did we use to visit regularly?
Since I have no memories, I can’t say I have anything to answer to that, but I know I don’t have a stomach big enough to eat up huge piles of all sorts of foodstuffs. That’s a fact.
Speaking of other things, the egg on my back has started to move, and it’s making sounds.
Although some people feel they are okay being by themselves for many years, they may find themselves emotionally moved with this kind of changes. I can’t wait for it to be born.
Is this kind of laid-back lifestyle okay? As these anxieties crawled up on me, Prince Arc had made his appearance.
Since Iris and I were getting fairly closer to each other, I was grabbed by the shoulder and drawn a bit farther away from her. After that, Prince Arc went straight to the point.
“Honestly, Iris and Rahsa, you both sure are reckless.”
“But Brother here has returned to us, didn’t he? I intend to continue doing this for one more month.”
One more month!? This is bad. Eri is definitely going to be mad at me for having to open the store too much by herself.
“That won’t do. This fellow here has many things to do in order to get back to the Helan territories.”
“Is that so? Well then, after that’s done, let’s go play with Rahsa and Kururi again.”
Hey! Nothing’s changing what Rahsa said!
But I’m happy with the fact that I’m being welcomed to that extent.
“Good grief… Next time you’re going out to play, invite me too!”
Aha, Prince Arc! So you’re human on that side as well!
I thought that you were just taking things too seriously, but it seems that there are such concerns in your mind, huh?
With a snap, Prince Arc pointed his index finger at me.
“There are some people who have to see you from now.”
“Okay, let’s go meet them. Before that, though, can I ask you something?”
“What is it?”
“This egg, will it be okay if I keep carrying it for the meeting?”
We seem to be going to meet some rather important people, so I had to make sure properly.
“It’s not particularly a problem to me. To be carrying an egg with you is not considered a discourtesy now. Iris was carrying an egg with her during our wedding.”
Well, how about that.
“Wasn’t that inconvenient? We could until next week if need be.”
“Don’t mind that. I really enjoyed getting this present for you, so let’s celebrate.”
Somehow, from those words alone I could understand that the Prince and Iris’ romance is not quite exactly an unwavering thing.
Surely he must have gotten me something very expensive, right? If that happened, I might even reject it.
Hohoho! I can almost imagine that happening.
“So let’s go meet them at once. First is Toral Helan.”
“Toral… Helan? Could it be…?”
“That’s right. He’s your father, and the current lord of the Helan territories.”
Surely this person has abandoned the management of the Helan territories.
Moreover, even though he is in the city, he hasn’t come to meet me until today! I’ve been gone for three years, haven’t I? I wonder if that’s not reason enough to come flying out of worry.
I became very anxious instantly. Just what kind of person is he?
“Toral is currently staying at the royal castle.”
He’s at the royal castle! And he hasn’t come to visit me yet!
“What is he doing here? I have a bad feeling about this…”
“Toral is very reliable.”
Walking in front of me and guiding me to my father, Prince Arc said that with confidence.
Huh? Is he really a nice guy? How?
After a long walk, we finally arrived at a room with a small door.
“According to his wishes, Toral has been always working here”
“What kind of work is it?”
“Oh, he’s the court painter now.”
As Prince Arc opened the door, I could see a handsome middle-aged man inside the room.
The room was littered with paper. The man was holding a worn-out painting brush with his paint-stained hand.
“Hmm? If it isn’t Prince Arc! Are you here on an errand?”
“In a way, I am. Here.”
Prince Arc pointed at me.
The man introduced to me by the prince gave a fleeting glance at me and smiled while raising his hand.
“Well, if it isn’t Kururi. It’s been a while.”
… That was it.
Really? Is that all you’re going to say?
“Is something wrong with him?”
I secretly whispered into Prince Arc’s ear.
“He is a strange person.”
“Be sure to visit your mother next.”
Are you for real? It’s as if it had been three days since we last met! I’ve been gone for three years! Three years!
“He does give off that impression, but his talent for painting is impressive. To have a newfound talent at his age is truly wonderful.”
“No, no, I mean, what about the Helan territories? And he’s painting here? Aren’t the Helan territories going through difficult times?”
“He’s just that kind of person.”
He placed his hand over my shoulder as if sympathizing with me.
How was my relation to this father of mine before I lost my memories? For now, I have no idea.
“He has also painted Iris’ portrait. The paintings that appear on the market are all but copies of Toral’s work”
Nah, I’m being tricked here.
This guy is not impressive. He’s a phony! He’s on par with the average useless person!
“Toral, we spoke of this the other day, but would it be all right for the title of lord of the Helan territories to be handed over to your son, Kururi Helan?”
“Yes, of course. Kururi, if you want to make another hot spring, let me know. We’ll go for a soak.”
Look at that. He’s so cheerful, it’s like he’s living in a completely different world.
“Well, please sign here.”
He signed with the same brush he had been using for painting a few moments ago. It had been barely noticeable, but I had a feeling that he had done so with great skill and speed. It was somewhat annoying.
“I see. That’s a possibility.”
Iris grumbled something like ‘Even though you’ve forgotten about us, you haven’t forgotten about being a blacksmith, huh?’ while staring at the sword.
After being struck there, I could say ‘sorry’ with deference.
“The dragons are creatures are given a specific rank at the moment of their birth. Perhaps the dragon whose scales were used to make this sword was of a higher rank than that of the ones that the knights were riding. But I wonder if it was the same rank as my dragon, or another unknown rank? The reason behind it obeying your sword’s command might be connected to that.”
Thank you for your eloquent explanation. Maybe that’s it.
If we consider that, then one thing comes to mind.
“Rahsa, your dragon is different from the others, isn’t it? Its appearance, size and speed are different.”
“That’s correct. That dragon is a special one.”
“It’s one of the best Ride Dragons in this country.”
One of the best, huh? Certainly, it was giving off such an imponent aura back then. Its speed is top-notch, and it did not yield at all before the rampage of two fully armed men.
That dragon being one of the best of this country could only mean that there are many dragons like it in Princess Crossy’s country, where it originally came from. You can be sure to expect as much.
“What other kinds are there?”
“There are five confirmed species in the Kudan country.”
As if it were perfectly okay to casually carry such a thing with him, Rahsa had pulled out a tightly written book and showed me a passage.
There are five species currently confirmed.
Starting from the lowest ranks, the first one is the Gray Dragon. I stole one of those from one of the knights the other day.
Next is the Black Dragon.
The third one is the Yellowscale Dragon. By the way, I think that Reil has one of these in his possesion.
Number four is the Bluescale. Notable examples of this variant are Iris’ and Prince Arc’s Ride Dragons.
And then, at the top of the chart, the currently confirmed to be the best species: The Redscale Ride Dragon. There is only one of said species in the entirety of the Kudan country, and it is the mount of Rahsa Kudan.
By the way, typically one would put the color of the scales before of their name when referring to a dragon.
In this country, the Red Ride Dragon is Rahsa’s signature possesion.
“As a feature of the Ride Dragons, each person is assigned to a pair of dragons to serve as a foundation. Those who succeed at the special knight exams are granted an egg from that pair. The egg will hatch after being carried on said knight’s person without fail for approximately one week. It hasn’t been confirmed as a rule yet if the person’s own ability has any say in the outcome, but the color of the newborn dragon will differ from person to person.”
“And that’s why your dragon is a Redscale, right?”
“That’s correct. Back then, I was quite confused, because it was the first of his species. It’s been one year since then already.”
That’s so amazing! I want one! I want one of those Ride Dragons…!
“Recently, even the noblemen have started to acquire Ride Dragons. It is now customary to base one’s social status on the dragons one possesses.
“The aristocracy sure enjoys such things, don’t they?”
“That they do.”
I had no knowledge of things so widely spread across the Kingdom’s capital such as this. The price of having been asleep for three years is quite steep, isn’t it?
“Could I take that special exam myself?”
“That will not be necessary since it’s you, brother. Let us prepare an egg at once.”
Just because it’s me? Is it okay to do that? Will your fellow knights not resent you for that? Imagine if, as soon as I get my dragon, they do something nasty like not letting me feed it out of spite!?
“That’s right! I received an egg specially for you, Kururi, from Princess Crossy herself two years ago! Without a doubt, it was intended to be your dragon!”
There’s more? What’s with this special treatment? At this rate, my dragon will get bullied by other dragons of the same generation as him! I will protect you, you… Ride Dragon I have yet to meet!
“Was there such a thing? Well then, I will fetch it at once!”
Since there are many servants, it would seem appropriate to use them. However, both Iris and Rahsa looked like the kind of people that wants to do things for themselves.
‘I will fetch it at once’ he said, but this castle is considerably big. Will Rahsa be okay on his own? How big is that egg anyway? He said that the egg should be carried on one’s person without fail for a week… I suppose its size should be pretty reasonable…
After waiting for a little while, a slighly covered in sweat Rahsa returned while carefully holding an egg. The white and sturdy looking egg was big enough for Rahsa to hold it with both hands.
That’s a good size.
“I almost dropped it on my way back!”
Said Rahsa with a laugh, but hey! That’s not funny!
“Do I have to carry such a big thing on me for a week?”
“Here, use this special belt. Let us wrap it around your body, shall we? Do you want it on your back side, or over your stomach?”
Is that a question to be making with such ease? Which one would be best?
“Well, how about on the back side? That way it will be easier for me to move.”
“Understood. I’ll tie it down now, so please stay still.”
Rahsa fixed the egg on my back so that it would not slip out and fall.
I look like a father who’s rocking his baby!
“Good! I have said all I wanted to say, so why don’t we go out?”
Like this!? This is heavy, you know?
I didn’t want to make them worry about my shaking legs, so I suggested that the three of us go fishing. They crossed their arms and agreed, but is it really okay? Oh, well.
By the way, there were many people in the castle who were carrying eggs on their backs, just like me.
Oh, you too, huh? What a friendly look you’ve given me.
…When it’s born, I hope I can be friends with my child.